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Parliament goes into winter recess

….Flat battery problems …Parliament, unexpectedly, has become the stage for enquiries into corruption; poor governance; downright theft and for having to call to account a whole clutch of government heads for achieving absolutely nothing on service delivery, the last issue now emerging as a major headache for MPs on the ANC benches for the 2019 […]

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 […]

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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Parliament, ConCourt and Business

April 8, 2016

...editorial… Parliament wins with ConCourt judgement… Political comment on recent and fluid events involving Parliament and ConCourt are beyond the brief of ParlyReport other than perhaps the effect on Parliament as an institution capable of assisting business and industry. Nevertheless, these following words rang out from eleven of our judicial elders from the precincts of the […]

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US schedules AGOA trade checkups

March 25, 2016

Feature article sent to clients 10 March…..  AGOA trade agreement qualified……..  For the first time in the case of all African countries, the AGOA trade rules under the agreement for South Africa will be subject to a regular “out of cycle review” by the US. Normally any such agreement holds for ten years without review but the […]

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E-tolling: OUTA takes it to Parliament

March 12, 2016

Committee unsympathetic to OUTA… sent to clients 20 February…. Tough words were used in Parliament when the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA, now called Organisation Uniting against Tax Abuse) presented its views on e-tolling to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport, particularly of the idea to fund SANRAL of of the fuel levy.  In the end Wayne Duvenage, OUTA […]

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Parliament rattled by Sizani departure

March 10, 2016

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 the Chief Whip of the ANC has resigned, there is a palpable feeling amongst MPs that all is not well within the governing party. The […]

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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 […]