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Marine Spatial Bill targets ocean resources…

Bill to bring order to marine economy… 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 business and industry  […]

Parliament thrashes out debt relief Bill

Credit Regulator calls for defined debt relief…  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 (NCA). The call will […]

Fresh Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill tackles Internet fraud

…  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 […]

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 […]

Madonsela: state capture and corruption…

November 13, 2016

says, Zuma involved in state capture..  editorial.. To those who know, the silence after a bomb goes off is quite uncanny. Like the state capture bomb. Even birdsong ceases and the world seems to halt for a few seconds.  Then as things start up again, people seem to gabble. Everybody is rushing about. Life starts up […]

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Communal Property Bill assists land reform

November 13, 2016

Reform assisted on communal property  …sent to clients 21 Oct….The tabling of the Communal Property Associations Amendment Bill could represent a major advance in bringing order to many aspects of government’s land reform policy. In essence, the Bill will ensure that householders have security of tenure and thus have the ability to raise capital before they enter […]

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NRCS hammered over port delays

November 1, 2016

NRCS admits failure to meet LOA targets …..sent to clients 16 Oct…...The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), responsible for the issuance of letters of authority (LRAs) to complete import certification of imports in respect of critical safety regulations, came under intensive fire in Parliament from MPs across all party lines. This included a warning from […]

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Foreign assets amnesty Bill underway

October 15, 2016

Timing of window period resolved as 30 June …..sent to clients 15 Sept…  The Standing Committee on Finance has now behind it the call for comment on a revised draft Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill which proposes a Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) for financial amnesty  in respect of offshore […]

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FIC Bill hold up goes to roots of corruption

October 14, 2016

Bill originally approved by Cabinet .….. sent to clients 20 Aug…..Going to the heart of the issues facing National Treasury on money laundering and financial crime, or in this specific case the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill (FIC Bill), is the failure of President Zuma to give assent to the Bill and to sign it […]

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Restitution of Land Rights Act reversed

September 26, 2016

Concourt says land bill “improperly” passed …,sent to clients 25 August….  The Constitutional Court has upheld an application that amendments to Restitution of Land Rights Act were improperly processed by Parliament.  The Bill was tabled by Land Reform Minister, Gugile Nkwinti. Groupings opposed to the legislation successfully argued that the amending Bill went through Parliament without sufficient consultation […]

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National Forests Bill enforces forestry control

September 25, 2016

SA forests critical to industry …sent to clients 25  Aug…. With exports of forest products over R2bn and an industry that employs 170,000 people, 66,000 of which are in hands-on forestry operations, the National Forests Bill now tabled in Parliament is of considerable interest. The little known Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, has […]

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Anti Corruption Unit overwhelmed

September 22, 2016

Focus on top down elements of patronage  ….editorial….As Parliament went into short recess, the Anti-Corruption Unit, the combined team made up of SARS, Hawks, the National Prosecuting Authority and Justice Department, divulged that some 400 cases of public service corruption have been “successfully prosecuted since 2014”. Out of hand To have that number of public service thieves arrested […]

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Carbon tax offsets on the way

September 6, 2016

Tax offsets plan almost ready for Parliament sent to clients 12 Aug     Only a little reminding is needed that 29 July 2016 was the deadline for comments to Treasury on the forthcoming carbon tax offsets plan which Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, has promised will come into effect 1 April 2017 with some saying […]

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Treasury goes with health pundits on sugar tax

August 29, 2016

Sugar tax threatens jobs say suppliers With the publication by Treasury of the policy paper on a sugar tax on sugar-sweetened beverages of 2.9 cents per gram of sugar, Treasury is set to raise some R3bn from fizzy or carbonated drinks and the possibly of a total R4.5bn from the food and beverage industry as a […]

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Parliament awaits to hear from Cabinet

August 29, 2016

Same Parliament, same Cabinet, different mood ..editorial……Parliament has now resumed with the same Cabinet, the same 400 MPs, the same ANC Alliance majority instructed whips and the same names in the party benches but the ambiance is very different.     This subtle fact, however, matters little in the immediate future.   Legislation before the National Assembly […]

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Broadband allocation could involve SABC

August 3, 2016

ICT White Paper to set up broadband allocation… An Integrated ICT White Paper involving broadband allocation is in its final stages of preparation involving consultation with various parties, said Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, during his Budget vote speech to Parliament.  This matter is a long outstanding issue in the industry and delays are imperiling […]

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Parliament to open Aug 16

July 28, 2016

Parliament .. in a galaxy far, far away   ……editorial….There’s nothing  more like an election to disrupt Parliament and the business of running a country than an election.    Probably, and to a lesser extent, the same is going on in the USA but nevertheless few politicians in SA at present seem to have their eye on […]

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Border Authority to get grip on immigration

July 26, 2016

Border controls for trade as well….. A Bill enabling the formation of an overall border authority to be known as the Border Management Authority has reached Parliament following its publication for comment last October by the Minister of Home Affairs. The legislation will “allow for the transfer, assignment and designation of law enforcement functions on the […]

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PIC comes under pressure to disclose

July 25, 2016

Unlisted investments of PIC queried…. When asked for information on how the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) had invested its funds, Dr  Daniel Matjila, Chief Executive Officer, told parliamentarians that the most he could do, even with ‘listed’ investments, was to give only names. Any terms and condition of any investment agreement could not be made public. On […]

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Parliament and the investment climate

July 21, 2016

Seven issues spooking investment……. editorial……Nothing, absolutely nothing, will stop growth more effectively than to be constantly changing the investment climate by altering the playing field levels; criminalising business for non-compliance of local laws which have nothing to do with business; and bringing about the kind of atmosphere of uncertainty in which investors are constantly attempting to […]

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Immigrant visa problems dominate debate

July 4, 2016

Northern agriculture seen as visa defaulter……. sent to clients 15 June…..Sam Morotoba, DDG of Public Employment Services, Department of Labour (DOL), told parliamentarians that it was DOL’s view that visa immigration policies for South Africa must involve cutting down on the flow of unskilled immigrants into the country. From the nature of the debate, it was evident […]

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Central Energy Fund hatches fuel plan

June 30, 2016

A lot going on at Central Energy Fund….. Central Energy Fund (CEF), the state utility which controls the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) and fosters PetroSA, has again been outside of a plan that has Parliamentary approval or, it appears, Treasury knowledge.    CEF falls under the aegis of the Department of Energy (DOE) and is therefore responsible to Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson.  Clearly […]

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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 […]

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