General Law Third Amendment Act 129 of 1993

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129 of 1993

The General Law Third Amendment Act 129 of 1993 intends:

  • to amend the Insolvency Act, 1936, so as to further regulate an appeal against certain orders;
  • to amend the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1944, so as to further regulate the limits of jurisdiction of lower courts;
  • to amend the Radio Act, 1952 [repealed in 1996], so as
    • to delete certain definitions and amend another definition; and
    • to delete obsolete provisions;
  • to amend the Universities Act, 1955 [repealed in 1997], so as to regulate certain offences and penalties anew;
  • to amend the Mines and Works Act, 1956, so as to further regulate work on certain days and insert a penalty clause in connection therewith; 
  • to amend the Labour Relations Act, 1956, so as to make further provision for the auditing of account books of trade unions and employers' organizations;
  • to amend the Interpretation Act, 1957, so as to further regulate the dates of commencement of certain laws;
  • to amend the State Attorney Act, 1957, so as to further regulate the employment of correspondents;
  • to amend the Post Office Act, 1958, so as
    • to further regulate the transfer of land and the use of immovable property and land; and
    • to exempt the successor companies from certain laws;
  • to amend the Correctional Services Act, 1959, so as to provide for the manner in which multiple sentences of correctional supervision shall be served;
  • to amend the Stock Theft Act, 1959, so as to repeal an obsolete provision;
  • to amend the Supreme Court Act, 1959, so as
    • to delete obsolete expressions;
    • to regulate appeals against judgments or orders of certain divisions anew; and
    • to make provision that a court of appeal may strike certain appeals off the roll;
  • to amend the Territorial Waters Act, 1963 [repealed in 1994], so as to extend the application of certain laws to certain installations;
  • to amend the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1966 [repealed in 2002], so as to further regulate the determination of the value of remuneration in kind in agriculture;
  • to amend the Mental Health Act, 1973 [repealed in 2004], so as to further regulate the discharge of State patients;
  • to amend the Post Office Service Act, 1974 [repealed in 1998], so as to further regulate the constitution of the Staff Management Board and the term of office of the Postmaster General;
  • to amend the Livestock Improvement Act, 1977 [repealed in 1998], so as to insert certain definitions;
  • to amend the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as
    • to redefine "bank";
    • to further regulate private prosecutions;
    • to further regulate the powers of a peace officer in respect of an arrest without a warrant;
    • to substitute certain obsolete expressions;
    • to further regulate the proof of entries in accounting records and documentation of banks;
    • to further regulate the sentence of correctional supervision;
    • to extend the discretion of the court to antedate a sentence under certain circumstances; and
    • to further regulate the conditional postponement or suspension of a sentence;
  • to amend the Attorneys Act, 1979, so as
    • to further regulate the admission or readmission and enrolment as an attorney and the removal of an attorney from the roll;
    • to make provision that attorneys may under certain circumstances deviate from the prescribed tariffs for conveyancing; and
    • to empower a council of a law society to assess certain fees mero motu;
  • to amend the Manpower Training Act, 1981 [repealed in 1999], so as to give training boards the opportunity to evaluate test results before they issue certificates;
  • to amend the Universities and Technikons Advisory Council Act, 1983 [repealed in 1997], so as
    • to expand the composition of the Universities and Technikons Advisory Council; and
    • to further regulate the consequences of the existence of a vacancy in a committee of the Advisory Council;
  • to amend the Forest Act, 1984 [repealed in 2004], so as to amend a definition; and to provide for the delegation of a certain power by the Minister of Agriculture;
  • to amend the Rules Board for Courts of Law Act, 1985, so as to regulate anew the composition of the Rules Board for Courts of Law; to provide that the said Board can employ a person with special knowledge of any matter on a temporary basis; and to provide for the remuneration, allowances, benefits and privileges of the members of the said Board;
  • to amend the South African Certification Council Act, 1986 [repealed in 2001], so as to further regulate the composition of the South African Certification Council;
  • to amend the Sea Fishery Act, 1988, so as
    • to regulate by permit the transfer of fish from one vessel or fishing boat to another at sea;
    • to further regulate the prohibition on the catching or killing of fish by detonating a substance in the sea; and to create certain presumptions;
  • to amend the Legal Succession to the South African Transport Services Act, 1989, so as to further regulate certain statutory protection;
  • to amend the Road Traffic Act, 1989 [repealed in 2000], so as to further regulate the offence of driving with an excessive amount of alcohol in the blood or breath;
  • to amend the Judges' Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act, 1989 [repealed in 2001], so as to further regulate the method oftransport of judges;
  • to amend the South African Reserve Bank Act, 1989, so as to further regulate the appointment of directors;
  • to amend the Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990, so as to further regulate export inspection tariffs;
  • to amend the Posts and Telecommunications Acts Amendment Act, 1992, so as to repeal a superfluous provision;
  • to amend the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992, so as to provide that a person who has undergone a change of sex may apply for the alteration of the sex description in his birth register;
  • to amend the Abattoir Hygiene Act, 1992 [repealed in 2000], so as to further regulate the delegation of powers;
  • to amend the Audit Arrangements Act, 1992 [repealed in 2004], so as to further regulate the transfer of officials;
  • to amend the Management of State Forests Act, 1992, so as
    • to redefine "Minister"; and
    • to further regulate the management of State forests;
  • to provide for the interpretation of references to the Public Accountants' and Auditors' Act, 1951;
  • to create a certain offence;
  • to repeal certain obsolete laws; and
  • to provide for matters connected therewith.


  • 1 December 1993, Sections 27, 32 and 39 (Gazette 15308 of 1 December 1993)
  • 1 September 1993, Sections 1-2, 5, 7, 26, 28-31, 33-38, 40-60, 65-69 and 71-74 (Gazette 15102 of 1 September 1993)
  • 1 January 1994, Sections 3, 4, 6 (Gazette 15102 of 1 September 1993)


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