Parliament, Saturday, 3 September 2022 – The Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has begun a three-day public hearing programme in Limpopo at the Bela-Bela multi-purpose centre. The committee is in the province to listen to members of the public’s comments on the National Veld and Forest Fires Amendment Bill.

The people of the Waterberg district came out in numbers and overwhelmingly supported the Bill, which, amongst other things, seeks to amend and insert certain definitions; to provide for the facilitation of the formation of fire protection associations by a municipality or a traditional council; and to compel a land-owning municipality, state-owned enterprise, public entity or other organ of state to join fire protection associations.

The majority of participants addressing the committee felt that Communal Property Associations should be included in the Bill, with their roles clearly defined.

The committee is conducting public hearings as part of Section 59 (1)(a) of the Constitution, which requires the National Assembly (NA) to facilitate public involvement in its processes and in the processes of its committees.

Today, 3 September 2022, the committee will listen to the people of Mopani district at the Lenyenye Community Hall between 10 am and 2 pm.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES, MS FAITH MUTHAMBI.

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