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DoH updates MPs on NHI

article July 15 2020…… Hopes for transversal tendering by 2025/26 ….Dr Gail Andrews, Chief Operations Officer at Department of Health (DoH), told Parliament that the department hopes to have a “public transversal contract” in place before 2025 for core health supplies and low-value equipment, this installed with the principle in mind of reducing buy-outs and […]

Copyright Bill goes back to Parliament

….posted on July 13 2020…. Hung by its own petard: Copyright Bill  Threatened not so much by the US administration, as Cabinet advisers would like us to believe, but more probably actioned more as per the presidency statement because of incompatibility with international agreements,  President Cyril Ramaphosa has made his long outstanding move with regard […]

Parliament goes virtual for lockdown

….20 May 2020… SA first with virtual e-debate ….At the same time as the venerable British Parliament was tackling what seemed to them a totally invasive idea of a virtual e-Parliament, South Africa was simultaneously tackling the same subject as COVID 19 arrived at the shores of Africa.  Immediately, the issue of the consideration of […]

Latest Cybercrime Bill free of state apparatchik

New Cybercrime Bill    ……Every business must have a battle plan In the light of the fact that the Cybercrimes Bill, now passed by Parliament, places obligations on financial institutions and service providers to report incidents to SAPS, it would seem imperative that preparedness by business for a cybercrime incident must include a well-planned response […]

Face out in Parliament 

August 9, 2020

editorial….July 13 2020…              High Noon… Parliament recently saw a drama being played out that was reminiscent of the old and famous movie where, after a long number of small confrontations, the two parties shoot it out in Main Street.  With the critical matter of the approval of South Africa’s […]

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FFC: budget cuts may worsen service delivery

August 9, 2020

….article dated 20 July 2020….  Balance between needs and cuts required….  The Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC), the independent body which reports to Parliament on intergovernmental financial relations (IGFR) in terms of the Constitution, has told MPs of its deep concern that Minister Mboweni’s budget cuts, announced in the Supplementary Budget Bill, may adversely affect […]

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Eskom starts internal overhaul

August 6, 2020

…..July 7 article….. De Ruyter keeps his cards close  When asked by parliamentarians if Eskom would be calling upon retirees and ex-employees to assist with the Eskom recovery plan, CEO André de Ruyter told a joint Public Enterprises meeting called to hear progress on the Eskom unbundling, that at this stage it had not been […]

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NECSA says nuclear will come to SA

July 19, 2020

……may 15 2020…… A damaged NECSA plans its energy future ….. The South African Nuclear Corporation (NECSA), with an employee role beyond its capacity as a result of waiting  for a R750bn nuclear programme which never arrived, might be getting back on track with the possibility of nuclear down the track.  Having lost some extremely […]

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Hopes pinned on PetroSA comeback

July 19, 2020

…… may 15 2020….. CEF outlines plan to save PetroSA …… In a series of statements to Parliament’s Mining and Energy Portfolio Committee, acting CEO of Central Energy Fund (CEF), Lufuno Makhuba, surprised many with a promise of not only totally restructuring government’s stake in the energy sector but to save ailing oil and gas […]

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Treasury details illicit cash flows

July 14, 2020

.…Finance Standing Committee gets update …May 2020….In a recent meeting of the Finance Standing Committee, the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Illicit Financial Flows told MPs and chair Joe Maswanganyi that from 2108 until the present that investigations had resulted in the recovery of R400m. SARS also told parliamentarians at the same meeting that in […]

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B-BBEE included with Covid relief regs

June 20, 2020

Covid relief & BEE don’t mix, say MPs When the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) were presenting their 2020/21 performance plan to Parliament and after stating that all Covid19 distress funding would be allocated using B-BBEE guidelines, DTIC’s director general, Lionel October, found himself in a spot during questions. He was asked directly […]

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By-passing Parliament at one’s peril

June 17, 2020

….editorial,  30 May 2020 Regulations mania hits South Africa ….. Winston Churchill, perhaps the greatest political and parliamentary figure of the last century, said that if you make 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law.  Take a look at South Africa where far too many conflicting and nonsensical regulations are espoused on a […]

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