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Publications Act, No. 42 of 1974

Long title


To provide for the control of certain publications or objects, films and public entertainments; to amend the Post Office Act, 1958; to repeal the Publications and Entertainments Act, 1963; to amend the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, and the Indecent and Obscene Photographic Matter Act, 1967; and to provide for incidental matters.


Table of contents

SECTION TITLE
1.
Recognition of Christian view of life
CHAPTER I. DIRECTORATE COMMITTEES AND ADVISORY COMMITTEES
2. Directorate of Publications
3. Functions of directorate
4. Committees
5. Persons eligible for appointment as members of committees
6. Coloured Advisory Committee
7. Indian Advisory Committee
CHAPTER II PUBLICATION OR OBJECTS
8. Production, distribution, importation or possession of certain publications or objects prohibited
9. Powers of committees relating to publications or objects
10. Applications for decisions by committees to be submitted to directorate
11. Directorate to-cause applications and publications or objects to be submitted to committees
12. Duties of director relating to decisions of committees
13. Appeals against certain declarations, prohibitions or decisions of committees
14. Reconsideration by appeal board of decisions that publications or objects are not undesirable
15. Review after lapse of two years of decisions that publications or objects are undesirable
16. Director to publish lists of certain publications or objects in the Gazette
17. Powers of entry, examination and seizure
18. Registration of publishers
CHAPTER III FILMS
19. Prohibition of exhibition or publication of films which have not been approved
20. Applications for approval of films
21. Examination of and decision on films by committees
22. Certificate of approval
23. Appeal to appeal board against rejection or conditions of approval of films
24. Reconsideration of decisions of committees in terms of which films have been approved 
25. Review of certain decisions on films after lapse of two years
26. Prohibited films
27. Performance of certain acts in relation to films prohibited
28. Certain films to be sent to director  
29. Registration of persons conducting business of
maker or distributor of films
CHAPTER IV PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENTS
30. Committee may prohibit giving of certain public entertainments or may impose conditions
31. Appeal against prohibition of giving of public entertainment or condition imposed in respect of giving thereof
32. Reconsideration of decision of committee that public entertainment is or will not be undesirable
33. Review of certain decisions on certain public entertainments after lapse of two years
34. Giving of certain public entertainments prohibited
CHAPTER V PUBLICATIONS APPEAL BOARD
35. Publications Appeal Board 
35A.Committees of experts [... inserted by Act 1978_109_007_19780630]
35B.Persons eligible for appointment as members of committee[... inserted by Act 1978_109_007_19780630]
36. Procedure of appeal board
37. Contempt of appeal board
37A. Influencing of directorate or committees [...inserted by Act 1977_079_019_19770615] 
38. Decisions of committees, directorate or appeal board not appealable
38A. Statement of question of law for opinion of Supreme Court [... inserted by Act 1978_109_007_19780630]
39. Review of decisions of appeal board by supreme Court
CHAPTER VI MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
40. Representations to appeal board in relation to applications for permits and exemptions
41. Admission of certain persons free of charge at exhibitions of films and at public entertainments
42. Undue influence of committee, directorate or appeal board prohibited
42A. Copies of certain editions shall not be taken into account for purposes of fixing certain amounts [...inserted by Act 1977_079_020_19770615] 
42B. Prohibition of publication of certain advertisements [...inserted by Act 1977_079_020_19770615] 
43. Penalties
44. Regulations
45. Exclusion of other laws
46. Application of Act to South West Africa
47. Definitions
48. Amendment of the Post Office Act, 1958
49. Amendment of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964
50. Amendment of section 1 of the Indecent or Obscene Photographic Matter Act, 1967
51. Amendment of section 2 of the Indecent or Obscene Photographic Matter Act, 1967 
52. Repeal of laws
53. Short title and commencement 
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