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What is the Climate Change Bill and why is it important?

A Bill is a draft version of a law. The Climate Change Bill was tabled in Parliament in February 2022. The Bill will now go through various public participation and law-making processes in order to become South Africa’s Climate Change Act. This important law will have an enormous influence on South Africa’s climate change response. It has the potential to protect our rights, help ensure a safe and climate resilient South Africa and a prosperous low carbon economy.

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What is the Climate Change Bill?

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The committee has released a programme (PDF) which includes public hearings in five provinces:

  • Mpumalanga: 3 – 5 February
  • Limpopo: 17 – 19 February
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 3 – 5 March
  • Gauteng: 10 – 12 March
  • North West: 31 March – 2 April

Summary of Major Climate Impacts

View an infographic illustrating the climate change impacts across three geographical areas (Western Cape and coastal regions, Limpopo/Lephalale, and Emalahleni/Mpumalanga Highveld).

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