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Legal Deposit Act 54 of 1997. PRESENTED BY: TRISHA RAMSUMAIR DEPUTY DIRECTOR: LEGISLATION AND COMPLIANCE DIRECTORATE: LEGAL SERVICES. Purpose of the Act. To provide for the preservation of national documentary heritage through legal deposit of published documents;

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Presented by trisha ramsumair deputy director legislation and compliance directorate legal services l.jpg

Legal Deposit Act 54 of 1997

PRESENTED BY:

TRISHA RAMSUMAIR

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: LEGISLATION AND COMPLIANCE

DIRECTORATE: LEGAL SERVICES


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Purpose of the Act

  • To provide for the preservation of national documentary heritage through legal deposit of published documents;

  • To ensure the preservation, cataloguing and access to published documents emanating from, or adapted for South Africa; and

  • To provide access to government information;

  • To provide for a Legal Deposit Committee.


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Document

  • means any object which is intended to store or convey information in textual, graphic, visual, auditory or other intelligible format through any medium, and any version or edition of a document which is significantly different from that document in respect of its information content, intelligibility or physical presentation, is considered to be a separate document.


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Official Publication

  • means a document published by an organ of national, provincial or local government, a parastatal organisation or any other public entity.


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means produced to be generally available in multiple copies or locations to-

(a) any member of the public, whether through purchase, hire, loan, subscription, licence or free distribution; or

(b) the members of an association or a society, the membership of which is open to any qualifying member of the public

Published


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Deposit of documents and information or locations to-

  • A publisher shall for each published document supply to the prescribed places of legal deposit the prescribed number of copies

  • At least 5 copies

  • A publisher shall furnish the State Library with the prescribed information


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Cost or locations to-

In terms of section 3 of the Act, the Publisher is responsible for the cost


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Exemptions or locations to-

  • If the publisher is likely to suffer serious financial or other hardship in supplying the documents, the Minister may, upon application from the publisher and after consultation with the Committee, exempt such publisher from the obligation to supply a copy of such document to such place or places of legal deposit as may be specified by the Minister.

  • The Minister shall not exempt a publisher from his or her obligation to supply a copy of a document to the South African Library or the National Film, Video and Sound Archives, and to furnish the State Library with the prescribed information.


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Exemptions or locations to-

  • The Minister may, after consultation with the Committee, grant financial relief to publishers who suffer serious financial hardship as a result of their obligation to supply certain documents to the South African Library or the National Film, Video and Sound Archives.

  • Such relief shall not exceed the cost of producing an additional copy of such documents.

  • If a place of legal deposit does not require a particular document, the head of such place of deposit may exempt the publisher in writing from the obligation to supply a copy of such document.


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Time of Deposit or locations to-

  • Publisher dispatch document and furnish information within 14 days of the day on which the document is published


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Places of Legal Deposit or locations to-

  • City Library Services – Bloemfontein [Mangaung Library]

  • Library of Parliament – Cape Town

  • Natal Society Library – Pietermaritzburg [Msunduzi Library];

  • The former South African Library – Cape Town

  • The State Library – Pretoria [National Library of South Africa]

  • the National Film, Video and Sound Archives, Pretoria, for purposes of certain categories of documents as prescribed;

  • [The South African Library for the Blind, for purposes of certain categories of documents as prescribed]

  • any other library or institution prescribed by the Minister for purposes of certain prescribed categories of documents


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Official Publications Depository or locations to-

The Minister shall designate at least one place of legal deposit in each province to serve as an official publications depository

Entitled to receive a copy of every official publication but not of other categories of documents.

Official publications depository may be designated in an existing place of legal deposit if the Minister deems this advisable – may also to receive documents other than official publications

Constitutional Court Library and R.J.R. Masiea Library


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Functions of the Legal Deposit Committee or locations to-

The Committee shall-

(a) advise the Minister on any matter dealt with in this Act;

(b) make recommendations to the Minister concerning any regulations which the Minister may make under this Act;

(c) co-ordinate the tasks carried out by the various places of legal deposit in respect of legal deposit;


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Functions of the Legal Deposit Committee cont… or locations to-

(d) advise any place of legal deposit regarding any matter dealt with in this Act;

(e) establish subcommittees or working groups when necessary to investigate any matter dealt with in this Act and to execute any tasks relating to the implementation of this Act and to co-opt persons to such subcommittees or working groups for the duration of the investigation or task; and

(f) report to Parliament on the activities and financial affairs of the places of legal deposit.


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Offences or locations to-

Any publisher who fails to comply with the Act and shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding R20 000.


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Action to Remedy Non-Compliance or locations to-

If a publisher fails to supply the documents to one or more places of legal deposit, an officer authorised thereto by the Minister may demand that such documents be supplied to such place or places of legal deposit within 30 days.

If on the expiration of that period, such documents have not been received, such officer may by purchase acquire the documents or, if copies are no longer available, cause a reproduction thereof and recover the cost of that purchase or reproduction from the publisher.

If the officer is unable to acquire or reproduce the documents or recover the cost thereof, the Department may institute civil proceedings against such publisher.


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Thank or locations to-You


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