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Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996)


Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction

Annex on Implementation and Verification ("Verification Annex")

Part V : Destruction of Chemical Weapons Production Facilities and its Verification pursuant to Article V

B. Destruction

Principles and methods for closure of a chemical weapons production facility



12. The purpose of the closure of a chemical weapons production facility is to render it inactive.


13. Agreed measures for closure shall be taken by a State Party with due regard to the specific characteristics of each facility. Such measures shall include, inter alia:
(a) Prohibition of occupation of the specialized buildings and standard buildings of the facility except for agreed activities;
(b) Disconnection of equipment directly related to the production of chemical weapons, including, inter alia, process control equipment and utilities;
(c) Decommissioning of protective installations and equipment used exclusively for the safety of operations of the chemical weapons production facility;
(d) Installation of blind flanges and other devices to prevent the addition of chemicals to, or the removal of chemicals from, any specialized process equipment for synthesis, separation or purification of chemicals defined as a chemical weapon, any storage tank, or any machine for filling chemical weapons, the heating, cooling, or supply of electrical or other forms of power to such equipment, storage tanks, or machines; and
(e) Interruption of rail, road and other access routes for heavy transport to the chemical weapons production facility except those required for agreed activities.


14. While the chemical weapons production facility remains closed, a State Party may continue safety and physical security activities at the facility.