Govt printer may charge for Gazette to prevent quick recycling

2015-10-13 20:00

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Parliament - The Government Printing Works (GPW) is considering placing a nominal fee on printed government gazettes to stop them from going straight to recycling.

Parliament's committee on home affairs was told by GPW representatives that recyclers sometimes arrive on a Friday, load up their bakkies and take the printed material straight for recycling.

The Government Gazette is also available online.

Printed by the GPW, the Government Gazette contains important notices such as, for example, the controversial decision to extend diplomatic immunity to the African Union summit which permitted the attendance of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in June.

It was this notice that the government included in its justification for not arresting Al-Bashir for alleged genocide and crimes against humanity in line with a request by the International Criminal Court.

The home affairs committee heard that in the last financial year 109 000 A4 pages were printed.

The GPW does not keep stock of it anymore and is currently in talks with treasury to set the nominal value.

Different Gazettes will have different prices because of the number of pages, but the nominal value suggested is R5.

The GPW, which prints high-security items such as smart cards and passports, received a clean audit with an income of R6bn.

It reported that there had been no security breaches.

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