- Is amended by Civil Defence Amendment Act, 1967
- Is amended by Defence Act, 2002
- Is commenced by Application of the provisions of the Civil Defence Act, 1966, to the territory of South-West Africa
Civil Defence Act, 1966
Act 39 of 1966
- Published in South African Government Gazette no. 1567 on 19 October 1966
- Assented to on 6 October 1966
- Commenced on 1 April 1969 by Proclamation of 1969
- [This is the version of this document from 15 July 2002 and includes any amendments published up to 6 October 2022.]
- [Amended by Civil Defence Amendment Act, 1967 (Act 69 of 1967) on 1 June 1967]
- [Amended by Defence Act, 2002 (Act 1 of 2002) on 15 July 2002]
1. DefinitionsIn this Act, unless the context otherwise indicates -“director” means the Director of Civil Defence appointed under section 2;“disaster” includes an act of God, the influx of refugees into the Republic and any form of sabotage as defined in section 21 of the General Law Amendment Act, 1962 (Act No. 76 of 1962);[The General Law Amendment Act 76 of 1962 is not in force in Namibia.]“division” means the Directorate of Civil Defence established by section 2;“Minister” means the Minister of Defence;[definition of “Minister” substituted by Act 69 of 1967]“prescribed” means prescribed by regulation;“regulation” means a regulation made under this Act;[definition of “Republic” deleted by Act 69 of 1967]“state of emergency” means the state which exists during -(a)a state of emergency referred to in section 2 of the Public Safety Act, 1953 (Act No. 3 of 1953);[The Public Safety Act 3 of 1953 is not in force in Namibia. States of emergency are covered by Article 26 of the Namibian Constitution.](b)'time of war' as defined in section 1 (1) of the Defence Act, 1957 (Act No. 44 of 1957); or[The Defence Act 44 of 1957 has been replaced by the Defence Act 1 of 2002.](c)any internal riots or any disaster, whether local or national in character, which have or has been declared by the Minister by notice in the Gazette to be a state of emergency for the purposes of this Act;“this Act” includes the regulations.
2. Establishment of Directorate of Civil Defence
3. Object and purpose of division and steps for the achievement thereof
4. Indemnity against loss or damage
5. Delegation of powersSubject to the provisions of section 3(2), the Minister may in writing delegate to the director any of the powers conferred upon him in terms of section 2(2)(b), and to the director or an officer contemplated in section 2(2)(c) any of the powers conferred upon him in terms of section 3(1), and the director may, if steps taken or about to be taken in terms of section 3(1) include the division of the Republic into regions or areas, in writing delegate any of the powers thus delegated to him, other than the power under section 2(2)(b), to any person appointed under this Act in respect of any such region or area.
6. Assistance in connection with application of ActThe Minister may in consultation with the Minister of Finance render to any person who at the request or direction of the Minister, the director or other officer of the division, takes part in connection with anything done under this Act, or has taken part in connection with anything done under this Act, the financial assistance with regard to such taking part as the Minister, after consultation with that person, may determine.
7. Power of Minister on default to cause act to be performed himselfIf any person who has been directed under this Act to perform any act (including the delivery or making available of anything), refuses or fails, after written notice from the Minister, to perform that act within a period mentioned in the said notice, the Minister may himself have that act performed and recover the costs thereof from the person concerned.
8. Appointment of committees and remuneration of members
9. Compulsory training and service
10. Voluntary training and serviceAny person, other than a person who is exempted in terms of paragraph (f), (g), (i) or (j) of section 9(2) may voluntarily enrol in the prescribed manner to undergo training, as prescribed, in connection with any matter referred to in section 3(1) or to render service in connection with any such matter; and such person shall be subject to the conditions of training and service as are prescribed.
11. Duties of employers of persons undergoing training or rendering service
12. Training institutions
13. Entering of premises
14. Detention of unauthorized personsAny person who is employed at any place with regard to the protection of which the Minister has under this Act directed or prescribed any steps, shall be competent to arrest and to search any person entering or attempting to enter the said place without the authority prescribed by the Minister, and to seize anything which is in the possession of the said person.
15. Act does not apply with reference to certain persons and propertyNo provision of this Act shall apply with reference to any person or the property (including immovable property which is leased) of any person or of the government of any person who is in terms of the Diplomatic Privileges Act, 1951 (Act No. 71 of 1951), entitled to diplomatic immunity.
16. State bound by certain provisionsThe provisions of subparagraphs (aa), (bb) and (cc) of section 3(1) shall bind the State.[Proc. 205 of 1969 provides that the reference to the State in section 16 “shall be construed as a reference to the Administration of the territory of South-West Africa”.]
17. Offences and punishmentsAny person who -
19. Application of Act to South-West Africa
20. ***[section 20 deleted by Act 1 of 2002]
21. ***[section 21 deleted by Act 1 of 2002]
22. ***[section 22 deleted by Act 1 of 2002]
23. Repeal of section 18 of Act 37 of 1963Section 18 of the General Law Amendment Act, 1963, is hereby repealed.[The General Law Amendment Act 37 of 1963 was not directly applicable to South West Africa, although it did amend some South African laws which applied to South West Africa.]
24. Short titleThis Act shall be called the Civil Defence Act, 1966.
History of this document
15 July 2002 this version
Amended by Defence Act, 2002
01 April 1969
01 June 1967
Amended by Civil Defence Amendment Act, 1967
19 October 1966
Published in South African Government Gazette number 1567
06 October 1966