Cabinet approves search and rescue bill

2012-07-19 17:48

Pretoria - Cabinet has approved the South African maritime and aeronautical search and rescue amendment bill, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Thursday.

"The bill seeks to streamline processes, roles and responsibilities as prescribed during the execution of maritime and aeronautical rescue operations," he said.

Briefing media two days after Cabinet's fortnightly meeting, he said the measure was aimed at improving rescue response and turnaround times.

Among other things, the amendment bill delegates powers from the minister of transport to the SA Maritime Search and Rescue (Sasar) organisation.

"The bill further widens the scope under which the minister may regulate search and rescue by the way of regulations," Manyi said.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-19 18:58

    And the improvement will be .....? - 2012-07-19 19:07

      They should rather use this unit to "search and rescue" the billions of rand's lost in the black sea of corruption.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-19 20:49

      They've decided that sea rescue operations cannot be directed from Pretoria :) Srsly, though, I have no idea. Would be good if NSRI et al got some funding.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-07-19 21:01

    Now take the money that was earmarked for Zuma's new Boeings and use that to buy helicopters and long distance search planes for our coastline..!

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