South Africa’s National Legislation on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control
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  • National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC)

    Background Information
    Legislation:

    • The National Conventional Arms Control Act, No 41 of 2002 as amended, and it's supporting Notices and Regulations.
    • The Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act, No 15 of 1998.
    • Anti-Personnel Mines Prohibition Act, No 36 of 2003.

    The authority responsible for the control over trade in conventional arms and rendering of foreign military assistance is the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC).

    • The NCACC is a statutory body that reports to Parliament and consists of Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers.
    • No person may trade in conventional arms or render foreign military assistance unless that person is registered with the Chief Directorate Conventional Arms Control (CDCAC) and is in possession of a permit authorised by the Committee and issued by the DCAC. Permits are required for armaments development and manufacturing, marketing, contracting, exporting, importing or transferring (conveyance) of conventional arms, which includes; weapons, munitions, vessels (land, sea and air) designed for war, articles of war, and related systems, components, technologies, dual-use goods or services. .
    • Applications for registration and permits are processed by the CDCAC, which refers them to various departments for review. These reviews are considered by the Scrutiny Committee, which makes recommendations to the NCACC.

    Contact details:
    Postal Address:
    The Chairperson
    National Conventional Arms Control Committee
    Private Bag X910
    PRETORIA
    0001
    Physical Address:
    Chief Directorate Conventional Arms Control
    Defence Secretariat
    Office 1.4.166
    Cnr Nossob and Rigel Streets
    Erasmusrand x3
    PRETORIA
    Contact Person:Lihle Dlamini (Ms) - CDCAC Secretary
    Telephone: +27 (12) 355-5216/5912//6230/6231
    Fax
    : +27 (12) 355-6274
    Webpage
    : www.secdef.mil.za

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    Legislation:

    • The National Conventions Arms Control Act, No 41 of 2002 as amended and its supporting Notices and Regulations.
    • The Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act, No 15 of 1998.
    • Anti-Personnel Mines Prohibition Act, No 36 of 2003.

    Regulations:

    National Conventional Arms Control Act: Regulations

    Policy:
    Policy for the Control of Trade in Conventional Arms

    Presentation:
    NCACC Presentation

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    Nuclear Materials and Related Technology

    Background Information

    The Minister of Energy and its control structures, are responsible for the control over the export of source and special fissionable materials, as well as equipment or material especially designed or prepared for the processing, use or production of special fissionable material (NSG Part 1).

    The role of the Department in terms of the Nuclear sector is to administer all nuclear matters as required by legislation and international agreements

    Note: Dual-use nuclear related items are controlled by the NPC.

    Contact details:
    Postal Address:
    Chief Directorate: Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Radiation Security
    Department of Energy
    Private Bag X96
    0001   PRETORIA
    Physical Address:
    5th Floor, West Wing
    Matimba House
    192 Visagie Street
    Cnr Paul Kruger &Visagie Streets
    PRETORIA
    Contact Person: Elsie Monale (Ms) - Chief Director
    Telephone: +27 (12) 406 7499/7500/7505
    Fax
    : +27 86 615 6949
    E-mail
    : elsie.monale@energy.gov.za
    Webpage
    : www.energy.gov.za

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    Legislation:
    Nuclear Energy Act, No 46 of 1999
    National Nuclear Regulator Act, No 47 of 1999

    Regulations:
    Regulation R679 dated 23 May 2003
    Regulation 740 dated 16 April 1994

    Presentation:

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    Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Related Material
    www.saps.gov.za

    Background Information

    The authority responsible for the control over firearms, ammunition and related material is the Department of Police.

    No person may acquire or possess a firearm, ammunition or related material unless that person is in possession of a license, permit or authorisation issued by the South African Police Service.

    No person may manufacture or trade in firearms and/or ammunition or conduct business as a gunsmith unless in possession of a licence issued by the South African Police Service.

    Applications for firearm licences, permits or authorisations must be submitted to the relevant Designated Firearms Officer at the local Police Station.

    Applications for export of firearms and ammunition, controlled in terms of the Firearms Control Act, No 60 of 2000, must be submitted to the NCACC for approval.

    Contact details:
    Postal Address:
    The Head
    Central Firearms Register (CFR)
    Private Bag x811
    0001   PRETORIA
    Physical Address:
    Veritas Building
    Volkstem Avenue
    PRETORIA
    Contact Person: Lizzy Matlala (Ms) / Sizakele Xaba (Ms) - CFR Secretary
    Telephone
    :+27 (12) 353-6582/6104 (Firearms Exports)
    Telephone
    :+27 (12) 353-6111 (Firearms Call Centre)
    Fax
    :+27 (12) 353-6211
    E-mail
    :cfrhead.adm@saps.org.za

    Webpage:www.saps.gov.za

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    Legislation:
    Firearms Control Act, No 60 of 2000 as amended and its supporting Notices and Regulations.

    Regulations:
    Regulation 26156, dated 26 March 2004

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    Control of Explosives
    www.saps.gov.za

    Background Information

    The Chief Inspector of Explosives, is appointed by the Minister of Police and is responsible for the control over explosives. Some of the Chief Inspector’s functions include:

    • The authorisation and classification of all explosives manufactured in and imported into South Africa
    • The issuing of explosives import, export, transit, transport and user permits to registered persons and entities
    • The licensing of explosives vehicles and explosives magazines
    • Ensuring that all plastic explosives manufactured or imported are marked for the purposes of detection

    Applications for registration, licences and permits must be submitted to the Chief Inspector’s Office in Pretoria.

    Note: The issuing of import, export and transit permits for military explosives, explosive ordinance and tear-gas, is subject to permits issued by the NCACC and NPC.

    Contact details:

    Postal Address:
    The Chief Inspector of Explosives
    Private Bag x624
    0001   PRETORIA
    Physical Address:
    184 Jeff Masemola Street
    PRETORIA
    Contact Details: Lt. Col JJ van Staden/ Ms D van der Merwe (Secretary)
    Telephone:+27 (12) 393-2748/55/63/67/59
    Fax:+27 (12) 323-1711

    E-mail
    :pta-explosives@saps.org.za

    Webpage
    :www.saps.gov.za

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    Legislation:
    Explosives Act, No 15 of 2003 as amended and its supporting Regulations.
    Tear-gas Act, No 16 of 1964

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    Enforcement

    Background Information
    Legislation allows for the prosecution of transgressors. Legislation also allows for the appointment of inspectors to carry out inspections and the investigation of suspected offences.

    It is required that Industry complies with South African arms control and non-proliferation policy and legislation and implement compliance processes and procedures.

    Various Government Departments and Agencies act in a supporting capacity, amongst others:

    • SAPS (Crimes against the State- CATS);
    • The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA); and
    • Border Police.

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    Enforcement: SAPS
    (Crimes against the State - CATS)

    Contact details:
    Postal Address:
    Private Bag X302
    0001   PRETORIA
    Physical Address:
    218 Visagie Street
    PRETORIA
    Contact Persons: Sanet Venter (Ms) - (Secretary)
    Telephone:+27 (12) 401-3267/95
    Fax
    :+27 (12) 320-4283
    Email: VenterSanet@saps.org.za
    Webpage: www.saps.gov.za

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    Enforcement: The National Prosecuting
    Authority of South Africa (NPA)

    www.npa.gov.za

    Contact details:
    Postal Address:
    Postal Bag X1837
    0127 SILVERTON
    Physical Address:
    VGM Building
    123 Westlake Street
    Weavind Park PRETORIA
    Contact Person: Helena Zwart (Secretary)
    Telephone: +27 (12) 845-6431
    Fax
    : +27 (12) 846-6337
    E-mail
    : hzwart@npa.gov.za
    Website
    : www.npa.gov.za

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    Enforcement:
    South African Border Police

    www.borders.sars.gov.za

    Contact details:
    Postal Address:
    Private Bag x241
    0001 PRETORIA
    Physical Address:
    540 Pretorius Street
    Arcadia PRETORIA
    Telephone: +27 (12) 421-8015
    E-mail
    : vreugdenburg@saps.org.za

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    Department of International Relations and Cooperation
    www.dirco.gov.za

    Background Information

    The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is responsible for the development, promotion and execution of all aspects of South Africa's foreign policy as entrusted to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. The Minister of of International Relations and Cooperation, in accordance with recognised diplomatic practice, is charged with the responsibility for South Africa's foreign policy, not only with regard to the political aspects thereof, but also insofar as the supervision and co-ordination of South Africa's economic, trade, financial, military, agriculture, health, social, cultural, and other relations which may have an impact on other countries.

    Within the Department of International Relations and Cooperation the Directorate: Disarmament and Non-Proliferation works in the areas of national, regional and international arms control, as well as international and regional negotiations.

    Within the Department of International Relations and Cooperation the Directorate: Disarmament and Non-Proliferation works in the areas of national, regional and international arms control, as well as international and regional negotiations.

    Contact details:
    Postal Address:
    The Directorate: Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
    Private Bag x152
    0001   PRETORIA
    Physical Address:
    Department of International Relations and Cooperation
    NE2B-Second Floor-077
    OR Tambo Building
    460 Soutpansberg Road
    Rietondale
    0084
    PRETORIA
    Contact Person:Dr W Zaayman/Mr P Siyothula
    Telephone: +27 (12) 351-1592/1805
    Telephone:+27 (12) 351-1000 (Reception)
    Fax
    : +27 (12) 351-1243
    E-mail
    : disarm@dirco.gov.za
    E-mail: zaaymanw@dirco.gov.za
    E-mail: siyothulap@dirco.gov.za
    Webpage
    : www.dirco.gov.za

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