The nitty-gritty of the Amend­ment Bill

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Clause 1 of the bill pro­vides for the amend­ment of the def­i­ni­tion of the “pro­ject” and “con­ces­sion agree­ment” to ex­pand the scope of the Act.

Clause 2 of the bill pro­vides for the amend­ment of sec­tion four of the Act to in­cor­po­rate the agency’s role in as­sist­ing or act­ing for any or­gan of state to en­able it to re­alise its pub­lic trans­port and rail-re­lated ob­jec­tives, and to ex­pand its ob­jects and to up­date the ref­er­ence to the in­te­gra­tion of pub­lic trans­port and rail ser­vices in the province with other trans­port plans.

Clause 3 of the bill pro­vides for the amend­ment of sec­tion five of the Act on the func­tions of the agency to ex­pand them ac­cord­ingly.

Clause 4 of the bill pro­vides for the amend­ment of sec­tion 13 of the Act to pro­vide that mem­bers of the board of the agency may serve for more than one term, as long as they do not serve for more than two con­sec­u­tive terms.

Clause 5 of the bill pro­vides for the amend­ment of sec­tion 19 of the

Act to pro­vide that com­mit­tees of the board must con­sist of at least three mem­bers, be­cause one-per­son com­mit­tees are not con­sid­ered ad­vis­able.

Clause 6 of the bill pro­vides for the amend­ment of sec­tion 20 of the Act to ef­fect a cor­rec­tion and to pro­vide that the board must sum­marise the board’s char­ter in each an­nual re­port, rather than every three years.

Clause 7 of the bill ef­fects a con­se­quen­tial amend­ment to and cor­rec­tion of sec­tion 28 of the Act.

Clause 8 of the bill ef­fects a con­se­quen­tial amend­ment of and cor­rec­tion to sec­tion 34 of the Act, and up­dates the ref­er­ence to the Na­tional Land Trans­port Tran­si­tion Act, 2000 which has been re­placed by the Na­tional Land Trans­port Act, 2009.

Clause 9 of the bill ef­fects a con­se­quen­tial amend­ment of and im­prove­ments to sec­tion 38 of the Act.

Clause 10 of the bill pro­vides for the in­ser­tion of a clause on lim­i­ta­tion of li­a­bil­ity, which is a stan­dard clause in Acts of this na­ture.

Clause 11 of the bill sub­sti­tutes words and ex­pres­sions to pro­vide for the change in the def­i­ni­tions of “pro­ject” and “GTIA” (Gaut­eng Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Act).

Clause 12 of the bill pro­vides for the amend­ment of the law men­tioned in the Sched­ule to the Bill. It pro­vides for the amend­ment of sec­tion 56 of the GTIA, 2001 to em­power the MEC to del­e­gate the above­men­tioned rail-re­lated func­tions to the agency, sub­ject to con­di­tions that the MEC may de­ter­mine.

Clause 13 of the bill sub­sti­tutes the long ti­tle, to en­able the agency to as­sist the province in per­form­ing the province’s pub­lic trans­port and rail-re­lated func­tions that may be del­e­gated to the agency.

Clause 14 of the bill pro­vides for the short ti­tle.

All th­ese clauses were ei­ther adopted as in­tro­duced or with amend­ments. More de­tailed in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on http://gpl.gov.za/.

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