South African Legislation
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Printed Sources of Legislation
1. Government Gazette
The GG is published weekly by the Government Printer. Each act is published in a separate Government Gazette. In earlier years these gazette were known as Extraordinary Gazettes.
Date of commencement of Statutes:
Proclamations, government notices, general notices and regulations are also published in the Government Gazette.
Weekly Government Gazettes have an index and a monthly index is published.
The Government Printer publishes an annual alphabetical list of published acts according to the short title of the act.
Full text access to the Government Gazette, from 1993 onwards, is
2. Publisher series
South Africa's two leading legal publishers, LexisNexis, Butterworths and Juta Law, publish statutes commercially in a easy-to-use format.
Butterworths have their own system of legal classification by arranging
their subjects into 'headings'
(e.g. labour, family, etc.) Within
each 'heading' the acts are arranged chronologically.
2.2 Butterworths also publishes a set of selected acts often used in practice (i.e. the Deeds Act; the Magistrates Court Act; the Liquor Act). The set is known as Butterworths Consolidated Legislation Service (smaller, black binders). Each volume contains the text of the act, regulations in terms of the act and a list of fitting cases. This loose leave publication is updated quarterly.
[Please Note: Full text access to the Butterworths statutes is available on-line. See Online Databases on left-hand side.]
2.3 Juta publishes a seven-volume (index volume included) set of statutes of Juta's Statutes of South Africa every year. The amendments and additions made during the latest session of Parliament are incorporated into the text of the statutes concerned. Juta's arrangement of the acts differ considerably to the format Butterworths uses. Juta's format consists out of 18 groups and 105 subgroups according to their subject matter.
[Please Note: Full text access to the Juta statutes is available on-line. See Online Databases on left-hand side. The seven-volume printed version is are available at our Government Publications section.]
2.4 Juta's Legislation Service (Juta se Wetgewingsdiens) issues individual acts with regulations in Afrikaans and English. They are individually arranged, according to the topic it covers, in the reference section of our law section. These volumes also includes the regulations of each of the acts.
3. Current Awareness Services
Publications to keep users up to date on newest acts are:
4. Provincial legislation
Each province in South Africa has an Official Gazette. All provincial legislation is published in these gazettes, as well as proclamations and provincial notices.
Ordinances and provincial acts are also published in loose leaf editions
by Lexis Nexis Butterworths
5. Municipal regulations
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