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Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, 2019 (Act No. 8 of 2019)

Chapter 1 : Definitions, Purpose and Application of Act

2. Purpose of Act


The purpose of this Act is to—

(a) secure critical infrastructure against threats;
(b) ensure that information pertaining to security measures applicable to critical infrastructure remains confidential, subject to the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No. 2 of 2000), or any other Act of Parliament that provides for the lawful disclosure of information;
(c) ensure that objective criteria are developed for the identification, declaration and protection of critical infrastructure;
(d) ensure public-private cooperation in the identification and protection of critical infrastructure;
(e) secure critical infrastructure in the Republic by creating an environment in which public safety, public confidence and basic public services are promoted—
(i) through the implementation of measures aimed at securing critical infrastructures; and
(ii) by mitigating risks to critical infrastructures through assessment of vulnerabilities and the implementation of appropriate measures;
(f) promote cooperation and a culture of shared responsibility between various role-players in order to provide for an appropriate multi-disciplinary approach to deal with critical infrastructure protection;
(g) enhance the collective capacity of role-players who are responsible for the protection of critical infrastructure to mitigate possible security risks;
(h) ensure that every critical infrastructure complies with regulatory measures aimed at securing such critical infrastructure against threats;
(i) provide for the powers and duties of persons in control of critical infrastructure; and
(j) support integration and coordination of the functions of various role-players involved in the securing of critical infrastructure.



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