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2021: Gas Amendment Bill

On 30 July 2021, the CER submitted comments on the Gas Amendment Bill [B9-2021] to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy. The comments were submitted on behalf of both groundWork and the Centre for Environmental Rights and are available here.

According to the brief explanatory memorandum published on 13 April 2021, the Bill seeks to amend the Gas Act 48 of 2001 and insert certain definitions; to provide for the promotion of the orderly development of the gas industry; to enhance the national regulatory framework; to promote broad-based black economic empowerment; to provide for socio- economic and environmentally sustainable development; to provide for new developments and changing technologies in the gas sector; to facilitate gas infrastructure development and investment; to provide for cooperation between the private and public sectors; to strengthen enforcement and improve compliance; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

On 19 January 2024, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy published the Gas Amendment Bill 2023 (B – 2023) for comment. The Bill remains largely the same as the previous Bill (B9- 2021) that was withdrawn in 2022.

On 29 February 2024, the Life After Coal coalition submitted written comments on this Bill (B – 2023) to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy.