Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill Released for Comment

Civilian Secretariat for Police

The Civilian Secretariat for Police has called for comment on proposed legislation designed to facilitate the identification and declaration of infrastructure as critical infrastructure.

The Draft Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill was approved by cabinet in April 2016 for comment.

The draft bill also aims to, inter alia, provide for guidelines and factors to be taken into account to ensure the transparent identification and declaration of critical infrastructure, to provide for measures to be put in place for the protection, safeguarding and resilience of critical infrastructure, to provide for the setting up of the Critical Infrastructure Council and its functions and to provide for the powers and duties of persons in control of critical infrastructure.

Written comment on the draft bill, published in Gazette 39985, is invited until 15 June 2016.

Speaking during the police department’s budget vote in parliament recently, the police minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko, described the draft bill as designed to ensuring that South Africa “maintains a robust and sustainable approach to the protection of South Africa’s critical infrastructure in the interests of the state and all citizens”.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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