Important Bills off to Parliament

Eugene Von Brandis MPL

DA Western Cape Spokesperson Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Legislature

Today, 27 February 2013, the Standing Committee on Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, considered and finalised the Cape Town International Convention Centre Company Amendment Bill, and the Western Cape Transport Infrastructure Bill.

The formal consideration of the Cape Town International Convention Centre Company Amendment Bill today will allow it to be referred to parliament. This was predated by publication of the Bill in the Provincial Gazette on 15 November 2012, where no comments were received on the Bill, as well as a public participation process.

The Bill facilitates the technical requirements necessary for the Cape Town International Convention Centre Company Act, 2000 [Act 8 of 2000] to facilitate the expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The Bill further elaborates on the Province’s representation on the Board of the holding company, Convenco, and provides for the contribution of the Province to Convenco.

Both the informal and formal consideration of the Western Cape Transport Infrastructure Bill had to be completed today. This was due to a lack of a committee quorum at the previously scheduled date for the informal consideration, 6 February 2013.

As DA Spokesperson on Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape, and as Chairperson of the Standing Committee, I am happy that despite the change in the committee’s schedule, the bill was agreed to unanimously, without amendments. The extensive public participation process in January 2013 yielded no objections to the Bill, as comments received were not relative to the legislation in its totality or to any of the specific clauses.

The Western Cape Transport Infrastructure Bill will legitimise the Provincial Minister or the relevant municipality as the responsible transport infrastructure authority, enabling them to undertake planning, design, construction, management and financing of transport infrastructure.

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