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Crunch time at Eskom

From August 2018 ParlyReport…….

Marine Spatial Bill targets ocean resources…

Bill to bring order to marine economy… November 2017 ParlyReport….. In the light of President Zuma’s emphasis in his recent speeches on oil and gas issues, it is important to couple this in terms of government policy with the tabling of the section 76 Marine Spatial Planning Bill (MSP Bill).  The proposals are targeted at […]

Parliament thrashes out debt relief Bill

Credit Regulator calls for defined debt relief…  From November 2017 ParlyReport….. MacDonald Netshitenzhe, of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has told parliamentarians that his department in general endorses the call  by the National Credit Regulator (NCR) for the Minister of Trade and Industry to provide for debt relief provisions under the National Credit Act […]

Government stirs on intellectual property plans

New approach to SA intellectual property  ……sent to clients Aug 16…. The Cabinet has agreed that a new intellectual property (IP) framework is needed and has asked that discussions commence with all stakeholders in order to set out a future IP policy for South Africa. In 2013 the South African government released a draft IP policy which ran […]

World Bank gets the cold shoulder

October 7, 2018

From the Aug/September 2018 ParlyReport……. Go to:   

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Communal Property Bill part of land reform

October 7, 2018

From Aug/September ParlyReport….

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Reserve Bank sees no threat in nationalisation

October 7, 2018

  FromAug/September report……

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New Competition Bill invades business principles

August 20, 2018

  Competition kill is not transformation, say critics Due to an idealogical theme imposed by the Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, on the new Competition Amendment Bill, recently published for comment, South Africa can expect a highly charged series of hearings following the Bill’s recent tabling in Parliament.  

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Gigaba pushes for control of border posts

July 17, 2018

Treasury, Home Affairs at odds on customs issues Parliament will be debating in the new session in August the Border Management Authority Bill.   What the Bill proposes is a single state entity known as the Border Management Authority (BMA) to oversee all aspects of the movement in the import/export of goods and to control movement […]

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3rd draft Mining Charter

June 20, 2018

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Parliament 2018 : somewhat shell-shocked

April 10, 2018

Taking a breather…. As Parliament closed for the Easter recess there was a sort of stunned silence that reigned over the precinct.   It was as if the guns had gone silent following a truce declaration.  Maybe it was because parliamentarians were looking at their piled-up in-trays as they left or were considering the legislative backlog that had […]

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Minimum Wage Bill hits bumpy road….

March 12, 2018

Minimum Wage not signed into law… The long journey for South Africa’s first minimum wage fix has been tabled in the National Assembly with the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment (BCEA) Bill and the National Minimum Wage Bill (NMW) Bill having passed second reading stage and having been voted upon. But all is not well […]

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ANC MPs face to face with reality

February 5, 2018

….SA on world stage for Parliamentary opening ….editorial 27 January… Who is going to be doing what in the ANC as Parliament re-opens for the first session of 2018 is far from clear as the party cogitates over leadership factors.    However, the vessel, the SS Rainbow Nation, may have righted itself and could commence the long […]

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Parliamentary start to 2018 will be stormy

January 9, 2018

….Cabinet changes on the way …. editorial...After having endured so many of President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffles, most of them in his own interests, it is painful to think that in all probability there is still one more shuffle to go. The focus for business and industry now falls upon the parliamentary portfolios of public […]

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Competition Commission gets to know LPG market

November 13, 2017

 DOE holds off on LPG regulatory changes… Sent to clients 25 Oct….In a briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Energy on the report by the Competition Commission (CC) into the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) sector, acting Director General of the Department of Energy (DOE), Tseliso Maqubela, has again told Parliament that the long-standing LPG supply shortages […]

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Cabinet paralyisis in times of need 

October 7, 2017

More of the same crisis… Editorial  7 October….. Every time Parliament re-opens from recess and the Cabinet goes, we seem to be saying that the next session will represent extraordinary and tumultuous times. The reality is that with South Africa lurching from one crisis to another and the taxpayer continuing to fund probably what is […]

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Fresh Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill tackles Internet fraud

September 5, 2017

…  Revised Bill criminalises cybercrimes … posted 5 Aug… A new Bill designed to give powers to the State Security, Defence, Police and Telecommunications Ministers to intervene in many aspects of South Africa’s key economic, financial and labour environments and zeroing in on cybercrimes and related offences, is in debate.  It also calls upon the financial […]

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Parliament set for tough questioning

August 14, 2017

Editorial… …..Busy session to get some answers ….  In the absence of any move by the National Prosecuting Authority, particularly the somnambulant National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams whose department seems confused as to whether 100,000 leaked Gupta e-mails constitute prima facie evidence of fraud or not, it falls to a parliamentary committee in Cape […]

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Parliament embroiled in state capture

July 10, 2017

State capture emerges as a fact  … An impression might have been given recently that parliamentary meetings only occur as and when e-NCA cherry picks a meeting for the evening news on the subject of state capture.   Therefore, one might think, every parliamentary meeting is either about the SABC or Eskom, Transnet or Denel. […]

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Parliament may see delays on Mining Bill

June 16, 2017

Mining and petroleum bill to hit snags Overwhelmingly evident is the cloud hanging over the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill (MPRDA), linked inextricably to a troubled Mining Charter, some movement on the MPRDA being necessary to restore stability to the mining industry in the form of legislative clarity. Legislative clarity will also allow […]

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AARTO traffic offences bill on its way

May 29, 2017

AARTO licence demerit system studied  …. In what has been a legislative marathon, the update of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) has now reached a stage where Parliament has called for yet further consultation with the public. It requires on report on the situation with the e-Natis system, with provider Tasima […]

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Border Management Authority around the corner

May 10, 2017

SARS role at border posts being clarified …. In adopting the Border Management Authority (BMA) Bill, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs agreed with a wording that at all future one-stop border posts, managed and administered by the envisaged agency and reporting to Department of Home Affairs (DHA), were to “facilitate” the collection of customs revenue and […]

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  • AARTO licence demerit system studied  …. In what has been a legislative marathon, the update of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) has now reached a stage […]

  • SARS role at border posts being clarified …. In adopting the Border Management Authority (BMA) Bill, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs agreed with a wording that at all future one-stop border […]

  • Modernising SAPO a culture change ….. sent to clients 27 February…. Stage by stage, Mark Barnes, Group Chief Executive Officer of South African Post Office (SAPO), appears to be reforming cultures and […]

  • OECD money task force waiting for SA   ….sent to clients Feb 7…. Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Yunus Carrim, made it quite clear in terms of parliamentary rules that […]

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