The legislation in South Africa is aimed at maintaining a complete body of law that is well structured and fair. Legislation is important as it sets the standards which are applied for governing people within the public and private sectors of the country. Legislation Acts, which are also known as statutory law, are laws which have been implemented by a governing body. Types of LegislationIn order to have a complete body of law, it is necessary to focus on all areas of the law. As such, the South African Legislation Acts cover all areas, ranging from employment and consumer protection to maritime and heritage resources.
Other South African Acts cover resources such as national water as well as mineral and petroleum resources, ensuring the proper protection and management of those resources. Similarly, they ensure that occupational health and safety as well as mine safety are given the proper amount of attention on a national basis.
Yet it is the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act of 1996 that acts as a precedent. All the types of legislation in South Africa must be arbitrated against the Constitution Act of 1996 and, if necessary, amended accordingly. The Constitution set the bar for positive progress under a new government, and is thus a foundation for newer Acts and amendments. Why NetLaw Is So ImportantWith Legislation Acts covering deeds registries, alienation of land, copyright, fencing, advertising on roads, mining titles, spatial data infrastructure, and much more, accessing all the Acts can become tiresome and logistically difficult. However, there is a way to gain instant access to an up-to-date database of legislation through NetLaw.
But not only does NetLaw allow you to access the latest legislation and amendments, it also gives you access to historical legislation dating back to 1910. Furthermore, searching for specific pieces of legislation has never been easier since NetLaw provides alphabetical and chronological lists of Acts.South African legislation is broad and rich as a result of its history, which can make it overwhelming. But, thanks to NetLaw, it is easily accessible and easy to sort through.Image credit: bbc.co.uk