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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 […]

Parliament updated on SOE finances

September 17, 2020

…..article dated 25 August 2020…… DPE presents bleak picture….  As part of a portfolio committee meeting covering the status of the seven SOEs under the umbrella of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), new director general,  Khathatso Tlhakudi,  provided a sombre picture of the current financial malaise within the SA public sector.  However. he ended […]

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Pravin Gordhan’s plan for ailing SOEs

September 17, 2020

……article dated 3 September 2020…… New DG explains ‘step in’ powers….. Khathatso Tlhakudi, appointed recently by Pravin Gordhan as the new Director General, Public Enterprises, recently had the unenviable task of taking on angry MPs to explain the current state of South Africa’s disastrous public utility scenario.  It was his parliamentary initiation as the head […]

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Minister Patel and the Copyright Amendment Bill

September 16, 2020

………article dated 2 September 2020…..  Start made on returned legislation…… Trade and Industry minister, Ebrahim Patel, has made it clear to Parliament that in his view the Copyright Bill, which was returned unsigned to Parliament by President Ramaphosa, can be re-written in such a way that all six requirements set by the presidency on the […]

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PetroSA part of new energy plan

September 16, 2020

…..article dated 2 September 2020….. CEF to restructure both PetroSA and NECSA….. In what appears to be the first serious attempt to organise and restructure the struggling state entity Central Energy Fund (CEF) and rescue what will now be branded as South Africa’s ‘national petroleum company’ in the form of PetroSA, Minister of Energy, Gwede […]

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Road Accident Fund stays as it was

September 16, 2020

……article dated 2 September….. Parliament withdraws Bill making settlement changes… The idea that MPs might be able to revitalize the Road Accident Fund (RAF) by changing the method of claims payments under a new Road Accident Benefit Scheme (RABS) Bill  has been dropped by the Parliamentary Committee on Transport.   The method envisaged, it has been […]

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Little support halts National Gambling Bill

September 16, 2020

…..article dated 7 September….. Some provinces see Bill as invasive…. The contentious National Gambling Amendment Bill took a nosedive in the Trade and Economic  Select Committee of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) following the outcome of mandates received from the nine provinces.   When read out they showed that only three supported the Bill, with […]

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Parliament approves new Border Management Authority

September 16, 2020

……article 20 June 2020……. The road to Africa: six new border facilities…. Department of Home Affairs has briefed Parliament on the final plan for the construction of six new modern facilities at South Africa’s border posts, part of a major continental plan to improve cross border trade in the SADC region.  The focus at present […]

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Warning shot fired over PPE stocks

September 15, 2020

….article July 20….. Parliament slaps Treasury on PPE procurement…… Last week a corruption weary public learnt that Parliament’s Finance Standing Committee were as outraged as them on the subject of state PPE purchasing arrangements. The complaints started as case after case of cronyism was aired by the media picked up when the additional Supplementary Budget […]

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