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ACTTo apply the International Health Regulations, adopted by the World Health Assembly, in the Republic, and to provide for incidental matters.(Afrikaans text signed by the State President)BE IT ENACTED by the State President, the Senate and the House of Assembly of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:-
In this Act, unless the context otherwise indicates -“Republic” includes the territory of South West Africa;“the International Health Regulations” mean the International Health Regulations adopted by the World Health Assembly at Boston on 25 July 1969, and set out in the Schedule.
2. Application of International Health Regulations in Republic
The International Health Regulations shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, apply in the Republic.
3. Promulgation of proclamations and regulations by State President
(1)The State President may by proclamation in the Gazette -(a)designate any part in the Republic which shall, for the purposes of Article 17 of the International Health Regulations, be deemed to be an approved port;(b)designate any airport in the Republic which shall, for the purposes of the International Health Regulations, be deemed to be a sanitary airport;(c)apply in the Republic, without any modification or with such modifications as he may deem fit, any regulation adopted by the World Health Assembly, after the commencement of this Act, to amend or supplement the International Health Regulations.(2)The State President may make regulations -(a)to give effect to any provision of the International Health Regulations as applicable in the Republic;(b)prescribing fees, and providing for the recovery of any expenditure incurred, in connection with the application in the Republic of the International Health Regulations.(3)Any regulation made under subsection (2) may prescribe penalties for any contravention thereof or failure to comply therewith, but no such penalty shall exceed a fine of five hundred rand or imprisonment for a period of six months.(4)Any proclamation made under subsection (1) and any regulation made under subsection (2) shall be laid upon the Tables of both Houses of Parliament within fourteen days after promulgation thereof if Parliament is in ordinary session or, if Parliament is not in ordinary session, within fourteen days after the commencement of its next ensuing ordinary session.(5)Any proclamation or regulation referred to in subsection (4) or any provision thereof may by resolution passed by both Houses of Parliament during the session in which such proclamation or regulation has been laid upon the Tables, be disapproved of and thereupon the provisions of section 12(2) of the Interpretation Act, 1957 (Act No. 33 of 1957), shall apply as if such resolution were a law repealing such proclamation, regulation or provision.
Any offence contemplated in section 3(3) shall for the purposes of jurisdiction be deemed to have been committed in any place where the accused happens to be.
5. Application of Act in South West Africa
This Act and any amendment thereof shall apply also in the territory of South West Africa, including the Eastern Caprivi Zipfel.
The International Sanitary Regulations Act, 1952, is hereby repealed.
7. Short title
This Act shall be called the International Health Regulations Act, 1974.