Minister Edna Molewa published National Climate Change Bill for public comment

10 June 2018


The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, has published the National Climate Change Bill in Government Gazette 41689 (Notice No. 636) for public comment.

The purpose of the Bill is to build an effective climate change response and ensure the long-term, just transition to a climate resilient and lower carbon economy and society.  This will be done within the context of sustainable development for South Africa, and will provide for all matters related to climate change.

The Bill acknowledges that anthropogenic climate change represents an urgent threat to human societies and the environment, and requires an effective, progressive and well-coordinated   response.  It further highlights that, amongst others, anticipated domestic climate change impacts have the potential to undermine the country’s development goals, and that responses to climate change raise unique challenges, thus requiring a legislative framework for the implementation of the country’s national climate change response.

The National Climate Change Bills addresses issues related institutional and coordination arrangement across the three spheres of government namely national, provincial and local. It further highlights the need    the spheres of government and entities, sectors as well business to respond to challenges of  climate change. The bill further address the matters relating to, the national adaptation to impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and removals, and policy alignment and institutional arrangements.

The objects of the proposed Act are to:

  • Provide for the  coordinated and integrated response to climate change and its impacts by all spheres of government in accordance with the principles of cooperative governance;
  • Provide for the effective management of inevitable climate change impacts through enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to building social, economic, and environmental resilience and an adequate national adaptation response in the context of the global climate change response;  and to
  • Make a fair contribution to the global effort to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that avoids dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system within a timeframe and in a manner that enables economic, employment, social and environmental development to proceed in a sustainable manner.

Timelines are set in the Bill for the establishment by the Minister of a national environmentally sustainable development framework for achieving the goals of the proposed Act, set out national adaptation objectives to guide adaptation to climate change impacts, determine a national greenhouse gas emissions trajectory for South Africa and the greenhouse gas thresholds that will determine carbon budget liability.

Section 24 of the Constitution of South Africa states that everyone has a right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being, and that all have the right to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generation, while allowing justifiable environmentally sustainable economic and social development.

A Series of Provincial Stakeholder Engagement Workshops at which all stakeholders and interested parties will be able to comment on the National Climate Change Bill will be hosted by the Department countrywide. Further arrangement are made to cover the remainder of the nine provinces. The Department will on an ongoing basis update the schedule for meeting in other provinces.

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

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

Members of the public are invited to submit to the Minister, by 8 August 2018, written inputs or comments to the following addresses:

By post to:     

The Director-General: Department of Environmental Affairs
Attention:  Ms Dineo Ngobeni
Private Bag X447

By hand to:

Environment House, 473 Steve Biko Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0002

By email to:

Any inquiries in connection with the National Climate Change Bill, 2018, can be directed to Mr Tlou Ramaru at 012 399 9252 and/or Ms Deborah Ramalope at 012 399 9160.

Copies of the socio-economic impact assessment report and memorandum of objects are available at

» Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) report

To access the National Climate Change Bill, click on:

» Climate Change Bill, 2018: For public comment

Public comments or inputs received after 8 August 2018 may not be considered.

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