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Copyright Bill sits in President’s inbox

…..Copyright Bill at tipping point – yes or no? – 30 May 2020 –  Major issues remain at stake with the Copyright Amendment Bill sitting with the Presidency for signature for some thirteen months. The Bill will overhaul the copyright and trademark situation in South Africa, not attended to in the statute book by amending […]

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 […]

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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Home Affairs white paper appears govt meddling

June 17, 2019

White Paper re-focuses on immigration, security…  Report issued to clients April end 2019….. Gathering a head of steam and running into trouble both at home and abroad, is (former) Minister Siyabonga Cwele’s Draft White Paper on Home Affairs, something that President Ramaphosa clearly attempted to avoid any discussion on before elections.   One senses that the […]

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Tax Avoidance Bill: NPA and Hawks on illicit flows

June 17, 2019

Treasury, FIC, Hawks, NPA give Parly update… report to clients end of April … It now seems inevitable that the Minister of Finance will be tabling a General Anti Tax-avoidance (GATA) Bill by July 2019 as part of National Treasury’s plan to protect the tax base primarily aimed, as one MP put it, at “knocking […]

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Parliamentary Overview 12 June 2019….

June 16, 2019

  Changing the guard…   Plenty of note for business has happened legislatively during the parliamentary recess but perhaps none so important as the re-structuring of Cabinet. As a result  there will be a change in the appropriate portfolio committees to reflect any changes and a consequent shift in portfolio responsibility for various Bills held over […]

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Parliament censures CEF and PetroSA

June 14, 2019

….PetroSA, CEF and SFF mess gets worse… Article circulated  5 May 2019….. Despite the claim by new acting Group CEO, Sakhiwo Makhanya, that the Central Energy Fund (CEF) annual accounts for 2017/8 have “provided sufficient headroom for growth due to cost containment”, the CEF executive team was unable to convince  the parliamentary energy  committee chair, […]

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Official recognition to come for living wills

June 13, 2019

Living wills to be recognised by National Health Act A private member’s Bill has finally been tabled in Parliament amending the National Health Act which, if passed, will bring about more certainty on the legal status of living wills. It will provide health professionals, when presented with a living will representing the wishes of a […]

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