Provincial Public Participation Workshops: 2018 Climate Change Bill

Event date: 
2018-06-12 (All day) to 2018-06-29 (All day)

Introduction and background
Target participants
Event schedule / programme
Documents for download


Introduction and Background


Climate change is a global challenge requiring both international and domestic solutions. The global climate change response – in which South Africa participates - imposes obligations on developed and developing countries to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change impacts.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has been engaged in; [building on the gains achieved through the National Climate Change Response Policy (White Paper)]; leading a national process of developing a national climate change response legislative framework;  in the form of a draft bill that will be presented to Cabinet for approval to publish the draft bill for public comments.

The overarching premise for the proposed Climate Change Bill is South Africa’s particular vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, the effects of which are already being experienced. Indications are that even with the implementation of appropriate mitigation and adaptation measures these impacts will increasingly be experienced across a number of sectors including waterresources; agriculture and food production; forestry and fisheries; human health; energygeneration; industry; humansettlements and migration;disaster management; biodiversity and terrestrial ecosystems.Impacts will disproportionately affect the poor and most vulnerable groups; and, South Africa’s ability to meet its development and economic growth goals, including job creation and poverty reduction. It is further inspired by South Africa´s contribution to global GHG emissions and South Africa´s commitment to the Paris Agreement.


The initial design, evaluation and revision of policy initiatives benefits from considering the input and views provided by citizens and stakeholders, including those who will be directly affected by the policy but also those who are involved in ensuring its correct application.  In this regard, the premise of the early consultation on the bill is to promote greater acceptance of the policy initiative.

The objectives of the stakeholder engagement workshops are as follows:

  • To publicise the gazetted Climate Change Bill as a proposed legal framework for South Africa’s climate change response
  • To solicit comments and inputs from interested and affected stakeholders on the climate change bill
  • To create a basis for the positive support for the climate change bill at parliamentary public hearings stage prior to promulgation.


Targeted participants / stakeholders and project partners


DEA will deliver this project in partnership with the 9 Provincial Departments of Environmental Affairs, GIZ as the funding partner and Climate Legal as the consultants appointed to support the Department in the development of the Climate Change Bill.

The climate change legal framework topic is a somewhat complex topic that requires a well versed knowledge of the subject of climate change, in order for participants to optimally contribute to the discussion. In this light, the participation of stakeholder groups with expertise or technical knowledge in climate change as well as interested and affected parties with interest on the topic of climate change is encouraged.


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Duration / project schedule

The provincial stakeholder consultation will take place June – July 2018, within the anticipated 60 day public commenting period for the Draft Bill.

For overall project related matters; please contact:

Ms Dineo Ngobeni
Director: Administration and Co-ordination
Climate Change and Air Quality Management
Tel: 012 399 9138


Province Date Venue Contact Person
Western Cape 03 July 2018

Hotel Verde,
(Cape Town Airport vicinity )

15 Michigan Street, Airport Industria
 Cape Town

Ms. Sarah Birch / Mr Mulalo Musekene
Tel: 021 483 2753 / 021 483 0627
Email: /

Friday, 06 July 2018

Meropa Casino Conference Centre; Polokwane

Phumudzo Thivhafuni
Tel: (015) 290 7000
Cell: 079 499 4428

Northwest 10 July 2018

The Royal Marang Hotel
Portion 30 of the farm Boekenhoutfontein,
Route R565 (Sun City Road), Phokeng
GPS co-ordinates: 

S 25.76625 E 27.10750 

Ms. Tharina Boshoff
Tel. (018) 389-5656
Cell: 0795112320

Free State Friday, 20 July 2018  

The President Hotel, Bloemfontein

1 Union Avenue Naval Hill, Bloemfontein

Mr. Monde Walaza /
Ms Nthabeleng Mahase
051-400 4818;
National - Gauteng 16 July 2018 Holiday Inn JHB Airport Ms Dineo Ngobeni
Department of Environmental Affairs
Climate Change and Air Quality Management
Tel: 012 399 9138
Exhausted schedule
Mpumalanga 26 June 2018 Ekangala Municipality Council Chambers, Middelburg Ms. Dudu Sibiya
Tel: 013 759 4000
Cell: 084 587 9053
Northern Cape 28 June 2018 Protea Hotel, Kimberly Ms. Leigh-Anne Esterhuizen
Tel: 053 807 7392
Cell: 076 833 0764
18 – 22 June 2018 : Adaptation Futures Conference (Cape Town) Blocked
KZN Friday,
15 June 2018
South Sun Elangeni Maharani , Durban

Mr. Ntokozo Ngubo
Tel: 033 897 9215


Eastern Cape 12 June 2018 (Umtata)   Lyndon Mardon
Tel: (040)609 4550
Cell: 071 865 3914
14 June 2018
(Port Elizabeth)
The Beach Hotel Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth
Limpopo 07 June 2018 Meropa Casino, Polokwane Phumudzo Thivhafuni
Tel: (015) 290 7000
Cell: 079 499 4428


Meetings scheduled for June 2019 are to be held as follows:

Date Venue Time
29 June 2018 The President Hotel, Bloemfontein 09:00
28 June 2018 Protea Hotel Kimberley 09:00
26 June 2018 Nkangala District Municipality Council Chambers, Middleburg 09:00
15 June 2018 Southern Sun Elangeni, Durban 09:00
14 June 2018 The Beach Hotel, Port Elizabeth 09:00
12 June 2018 Savoy Hotel, Mthatha 09:00



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