Parliament of South Africa closes for elections

April 23, 2014

Fresh start

NA with carsNow 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 in fact by the Infrastructure Developmental Bill, passed in the last few days, giving additional powers to Economic Development Minister, Ebrahim Patel, to help push the sixteen special infrastructure projects (SIPs) and give a power push to the work of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) in coordinating inter-governmental and inter-departmental issues involving the NDP.

Little else was on the minds of parliamentary committees as they finished their term of office other than infrastructure development, health with its forthcoming national health insurance proposal and delivery to the poor, not only in basic education but in land restitution.

New crew

With the coming of a Fifth Government of South Africa in May, many new parliamentarians will arrive for the first time; portfolio committees in the National Assembly and select committees in the National Council of Provinces will be re-formed; most of those committees having new chairpersons guided initially by the legacy reports of the outgoing parliamentarians.

It will be noted that our list of legislation on this website has been reduced by some 75%, indicating the number of Bills passed in the last few frenetic weeks and now sitting with President Zuma for assent; some of them already promulgated as law with government furiously developing the regulations that will make each law work.

Whilst in many instances this will amount to more red-tape, during the Fifth Government developmental benefits should start kicking in.

SARS happy

 Already, Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, has said tax revenue remains “buoyant” and commented that preliminary outcomes of revenue collection for the 2013/14 fiscal year the overall revenue collected by South African Revenue Service as of midnight on Monday March 31, was R899.7-billion.

At this stage, this is R0.7-billion more than the revised estimate in the 2014 Budget which may go some way to reducing the huge deficit that seems to put a frown of the faces of so many in the banking world.

Energy, health, education, finance and land reform will remain the subject of much scrutiny by ParlyReport in the coming months, plus meeting and establishing relationsipswith those in the new parliamentary structures.


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