Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003)
Forest Sector Charter
15. Industry Specific Initiatives
15.2 Additional Instruments
15.2.1 Integrated planning for Forest Sector development
To secure broad-based support for the development of the sector, it is necessary that opportunities for the forest development are incorporated into the national, provincial and municipal plans.
Steps are underway to develop a sector growth strategy and action plan for the forestry, pulp and paper and furniture industries in South Africa. This forms part of the National Industrial Policy Framework and the Industrial Policy Action Plan for the country. The sector growth strategy and action plan needs to be completed to support the implementation of this Charter.
Steps have also been taken to ensure that Forest Sector development initiatives are included in Provincial Growth and Development Strategies (PGDS's) and Municipal Integrated Development Plans (IDP's) for forestry regions in the country. However, more work has to be done to ensure that this is done for all forestry regions and that Forest Sector inputs are continually updated.
To this end:
|(a)||Government, through the DTI and DWAF, undertake to finalise and implement the sector growth strategy and action plan for the forestry, pulp and paper and furniture industries.|
This measure will be in place within 6 months of the signing of the Charter.
|(b)||Government, through DWAF, undertakes to ensure that forest development needs and opportunities are adequately incorporated in provincial and municipal planning processes, namely Provincial Growth and Development Strategies and Municipal Integrated Development Plans (with budgets), for all forestry regions of the country.|
This measure will be in place within 1 year of the signing of the Charter.
|(c)||Industry, in turn, undertakes to participate in provincial and municipal planning processes through the Department of Trade and Industry supported Regional Industry Strategies and Wood Clusters initiative.|
This measure will be in place in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo within two years of the signing of the Charter and in other key forestry areas within three years thereafter.