This Bill seeks to regulate the competing interests for agricultural land by other industries by introducing norms and standards, protected agricultural areas (where non-agricultural activities will be restricted) and guide municipalities in their planning functions through agricultural sector plans to avoid the loss of high potential agricultural land to township development.
This legislation is critical for the sustained prosperity of agriculture, and therefore also the agribusiness sector as it will divert developments as far as possible away from high value agricultural land.
This Bill is currently before Nedlac.
The regulations lay out the process that must be followed to apply for a wter use licence in terms of the National Water Act.
Secure water rights are vital for financiers as the value of irrigation land is linked to water rights. The procedure which an applicant will need to follow is therefore vital. Some agribusinesses may require water licences for their own activities too.
The final regulations were promulgated in March 2017 but discussions are underway to propose amendments in order to facilitate the application process.
The Bill seeks to introduce a carbon emissions tax.
Primary agriculture is likely to receive an exemption until 2020 but agroprocessors and agribusinesses will likely be taxed for the consumption of fuel (logistics), electricity and possibly industrial activities.
The Bill has been passed by Parliament and is currently awating the President's signature with the implementation date announced as 1 June 2019. There are however still SARS rules and Regulations outstanding that are critical for its implementation.
These regulations published under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, places an obligation on emittors of green house gasses over a certain threshold to report their emissions to the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Some agribusinesses exceeding the threashold will need to submit annula figures to the Department by March each year. The information will be a central component to the carbon budgeting proposals post 2020.
The final regulations were promulgated in April 2017
THe Climate Change Bill seeks to give effect to South Africa's international agreements under the Paris Agreement to reduce emmissions in line with our national contribution and to adapt to the effects of climate change.
The Bill introduces carbon budgets that may be applied to larger emitters on a company level as well as sectoral emmission targets.
The Bill has been referred to Nedlac.
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