Public hearings on Marine Spatial Planning Bill

The Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Environmental Affairs and Development Planning invites stakeholders and interested persons and organisations to attend public hearings and to submit written submissions on the Marine Spatial Planning Bill [B 9D–2017] (NCOP).


The Bill seeks to create a marine spatial planning system that promotes economic growth that is facilitated by coordinated planning across multiple sectors.


The Bill, therefore, seeks to:


  • Develop and implement a shared marine spatial planning system to manage a changing environment that can be accessed by all sectors and users of the ocean.
  • Promote sustainable economic opportunities which contribute to the development of the South African ocean economy through coordinated and integrated planning.
  • Facilitate good ocean governance.
  • Provide for the documentation, mapping and understanding of the physical, chemical and biological ocean processes and opportunities in, and threats to, the ocean.
  • Give effect to South Africa’s international obligations in South African waters.


You are hereby invited to attend and also encouraged to participate in the public hearings and/or to submit any written input on the Bill to the Standing Committee for consideration.



The programme for the public hearings is as follows:







30 July 2018


Dial Rock Community Hall

Camp Street, Parkersdorp

Saldanha Bay


31 July 2018



Mossel Bay Town Hall

Marsh Street

Mossel Bay


3 August 2018


The Chamber

Western Cape Provincial Parliament, 6th Floor, 7 Wale Street, Cape Town

Cape Town Metropole


Written submissions on the Amendment Bill must reach Ms Shareen Niekerk, Committee Coordinator, 4th Floor, Provincial Legislature Building, 7 Wale Street, Cape Town, by no later than 12:00 on Friday 17 August 2018. Requests to make verbal presentations at the public hearings must reach the Committee Coordinator at least two days before the relevant hearing date. For enquiries please contact Ms Niekerk Tel: 021 487 1992 or Email


To download a copy of this Bill, click here.

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