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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 […]

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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Budget 2016: more on amnesty

April 29, 2016

 sent to clients 8 April…. Deadline extended for amnesty….. In the 2016 Budget presentation, which included an amnesty offer on undeclared overseas funds, it was claimed by the main opposition party that that this year’s financial plan may not have been bold enough to avert a downgrade, top of the mind remaining possible future tax hikes, particularly VAT – […]

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Broadband allocation on its way

April 10, 2016

Minister wants BEE ownership in broadband….. sent to clients 20 March….As if nobody knew already, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Siyabonga Cwele, told Parliament that broadband allocation is perhaps the biggest regulatory bottleneck in the South African deployment of wireless technologies.     He said, at the same time, he wants to […]

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MPRDA Bill returned to National House of Leaders

April 9, 2016

Some sort of movement on MPRDA at last…….. sent to clients 18 March…..In a parliamentary document recently published it is shown that the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment (MPRDA) Bill has been sent on a token trip through the National House of Traditional Leaders for comment in thirty days and then to be returned to the Portfolio […]

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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 […]

  • President Zuma vs Parliament on FICA Bill …..editorial……The convoluted thinking that is taking place in South Africa to avoid the consequences of the law has once again become evident in […]