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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 […]

Border Management Authority around the corner

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 […]

Barnes prepares SAPO for SASSA

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 cleaning out “ten years of decay”, as he put it to the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services. “The years 2017 and 2018 could […]

Hate speech remains in Hate Crimes Bill

Obsession with Facebook slows draft  ….sent to clients 15 Jan…  The highly controversial draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill has been published by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development for comment. Submissions are now being considered.  The Bill has been in the making for almost ten years. Whilst provisions to […]

FIC Bill hold up goes to roots of corruption

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 […]

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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Government stirs on intellectual property plans

September 3, 2016

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 […]

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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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International Arbitration Bill to replace BITs

June 14, 2016

Arbitration Bill gets SA in line with UNCTRAL ….. The tabling of the International Arbitration Bill in Parliament will see ‘normalisation’ on a number of issues regarding arbitration between foreign companies operating in South Africa. This is if the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) policy recently expressed in Parliament by Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob […]

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Here it comes again…. the Traditional Courts Bill

June 13, 2016

Dubious motives …….. Minister of Justice Michael Masutha is to re-table once again the Traditional Courts Bill setting up a parallel system of justice in rural areas,  he says.   Minister Masutha was appointed by President Zuma in May 2014 and this same Bill, known to have the President’s wishes behind it, was withdrawn last year in […]

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SAPO – one big bungle at taxpayer’s cost

June 11, 2016

Total management failure….. The horror story of the uncontrolled mess in the South African Post Office (SAPO) and how this state entity, without formal management control to speak of and facing imminent danger of structural collapse, was reported upon in Parliament recently The route to near bankruptcy was recounted to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts […]

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Red Tape Impact Assessment Bill welcomed

June 4, 2016

Legislation to be sifted for red tape…. In what appears to be a carbon copy of what has been achieved notably in Australia and to a lesser extent in some ten other countries, DA MP Hendrik Kruger has introduced a refreshing draft private member’s bill, simply called the Red Tape Impact Assessment Bill. Hon. Kruger […]

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Parliament closes on sour note

June 4, 2016

Oversight role threatened….. editorial….. We have to admit it was not a happy Parliament that closed on 25 May 2016. Whilst we try to ignore newspaper scandals and listen to the more serious debate of those trying to get things right in the interests of the country, it was indeed a troubled Parliament that went […]

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Parliament: National Assembly traffic jam

April 29, 2016

editorial……. Massive public service vs National Assembly….. During the last few weeks, the sheer volume of meetings in the National Assembly of Parliament to consider each government departmental budget vote and each of the departmental five-year strategic plans has been overwhelming. Little of legislative consequence emerges during such a period each year, other than the […]

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  • Anti Corruption Unit overwhelmed

    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 […]

  • PIC comes under pressure to disclose

    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 […]

  • International Arbitration Bill to replace BITs

    Arbitration Bill gets SA in line with UNCTRAL ….. The tabling of the International Arbitration Bill in Parliament will see ‘normalisation’ on a number of issues regarding arbitration between foreign companies […]

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    Closed ranks on Sizani resignation….. As South Africa struggles with the backlash of having had three finance ministers rotated in four days and news echoes around the parliamentary precinct that […]

  • Protected Disclosures Bill: employer to be involved

    New Protected Disclosures Bill ups protection…. sent to clients 21 January……The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Affairs will shortly be debating the recently tabled Protected Disclosures Amendment Bill which proposes a duty […]