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Parliament looses control on government spending

SA’s big black hole in its fiscal galaxy….. It  looks like the governing party knows even more about the daylight robbery going on in certain provincial and local government structures than was originally disclosed.    A big hole in local givernment spending is still swallowing up millions in taxpayer revenue.    Not good news when […]

Competition Commission turns to LP gas market

August 16, 2014

Focus may be on LP gas allocations…. The Competition Commission has announced that it will conduct a market inquiry into the state of competition in the LP gas sector.    Public comment is invited from those in the liquified gas petroleum (LPG) sector and the Commission has said that such an inquiry is being initiated because […]

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Informal settlements: lack of progress queried

August 10, 2014

  Minister has catch-up job on settlements… With a budget of nearly R31bn to be spent this year on human settlements issues  to improve the lives of South Africans in the area of housing and more recently sanitation, the department of human settlements (DHS) says it has to come to grips urgently with the situation […]

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Expropriation of land stays constitutional

August 10, 2014

Minister now quoted in Parly minutes… In a press media briefing and subsequently in a meeting of the rural development and land reform parliamentary portfolio committee, minister Gugile Nkwinti confirmed that the whole process of land restitution for black persons dispossessed of their land was to be re-opened for a period of five years.   Under […]

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NHI to focus on better nursing, says DoH

August 1, 2014

Pilot NHI facilities to get IT systems An impassioned plea in Parliament by minister of health, Aaron Motsoaledi, when presenting the strategy and annual performance plan of the department health (DoH), that nursing in South Africa should return to “the old days” was received well across party lines during a meeting of the portfolio committee […]

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Small business gets R1bn incentive scheme

July 31, 2014

Tax relief and business incentives The new small business development department (SBDD) has transferred from the department of trade and industry (DTI) the R1bn fund which covers both corporate incentives to develop small business and the Small  Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA). However, it will leave with DTI all matters relating to B-BBEE insofar as regulations […]

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Budget vote passed just in time

July 29, 2014

Major learning curve for new MPs…. Probably the most difficult parliamentary rule to explain to the new influx of MPs who have become members of the fifth Parliament is the time honoured and important fact that whilst they may debate and even disagree with various facets of the budget vote appropriations now passed by Parliament, […]

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Gas Utilisation Master Plan gets things going

July 14, 2014

Gas a “game changer” in energy mix… With the publication for comment of the Gas Utilisation Master Plan (Gump) by the department of energy (DoE), South Africa came a step further towards the finalisation of its Integrated Energy Plan (IEP), meaning also that the document has received approval by the cabinet. The document, based on […]

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Protected Disclosures Act: More whistleblower cover

July 6, 2014

Act to cover workers and state employees… What was expected has now arrived in the form of an amending Bill to the Protected Disclosures Act, or “Whistleblowers Act”, which will draw contract workers, independent contractors, consultants and agencies into the ambit of the legislation, as well as state employees and employers. The draft is for […]

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SA to get coastal management underway

July 3, 2014

Coastal management includes cities and rural areas … South Africa’s National Coastal Management Programme (NCMP) is now underway with the publication of working proposals by the department of environmental affairs (DEA) which was accompanied by a call for public comment. The estimated contribution of coastal resources to the South African economy is in the order […]

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Mineral and Petroleum Resources Bill halted perhaps

May 8, 2014

Mineral and Petroleum Act extends State rights… New MPRDA starts with 20% free carry, maybe more…. The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill, the legislation that will give the state a right to a 20% free carried interest in all new exploration and production rights in the energy field, has been passed by Parliament […]

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UIF brings in foreign workers

April 28, 2014

Changes to Unemployment Insurance Act with new Bill…. Nearly thirty changes are proposed to the Unemployment Insurance Act, governing the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) in the form of the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill now tabled. Among other things, the Bill will qualify foreign workers for unemployment insurance benefits, as well as employees with learnership contracts. […]

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Parliament of South Africa closes for elections

April 23, 2014

Fresh start Now that the Fourth Parliament of South Africa has ended, there exists the assumption that the ANC will remain the governing party and there also, therefore remains the assumption the same application will be applied to South Africa’s economic problems in the form of the National Development Plan. This is now backed up […]

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DOE spells out biofuels and biomass

September 23, 2013

Biomass, biofuels and jobs…… On the subject of creating biofuels and biomass, the department of energy told parliamentarians that the main objective of any such exercise, if it was undertaken in the agriculture industry, would be to create jobs.       However, such a move towards the use of biomass would not take place if national food […]

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Troubled bus industry goes to Parliament

September 1, 2013

SA bus industry operators in trouble The South African bus system is on the verge of collapse, says the Southern Africa Bus Operators Association (SABOA) and, as the second largest mode of transport in SA behind only taxi transport, this fact was bad news for both commuters and those in industry and commerce whose workers […]

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Justice changing face of small claims courts

July 3, 2013

Small claims courts doubled….. Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr Andries Nel, in his budget vote speech, gave an update on small claims courts in the country, stating that there were now 277 such courts as distinct from 120 in 1994 mostly in white and urban areas. He told parliamentarians in the portfolio […]

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Bumpy road for e-tolling Bill continues

June 9, 2013

E-tolling finally makes it through Parliament… Discontent was expressed once again regarding the Transport and Related Matters Bill regarding e-tolling when opposition members complained that the Bill had been classified as Section 75 for national competence only, therefore denying the National Council of Provinces the process under section 76 of the Constitution whereby the Bill […]

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All not well in the trucking industry

April 26, 2013

Call that corruption exists In answer to a call made by the portfolio committee on transport on the state of the trucking industry in South Africa, it became evident from responses by the department of transport (DoT); from the Road Freight Association (RFA) and examples given by an independent small operator, that large truckers dominated […]

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Land reform: Something very sad is going on

April 21, 2013

Apartheid debate goes back to land reform…. Minister Manuel and President Zuma are said to have repaired their relationship over Manuel’s demand that the governing party and state departments overcome their obsession of blaming apartheid for all their non-delivery performance statistics such as land reform, which excuse has also been constantly appearing in parliamentary and […]

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