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The Great Debate. Is a pension fund also a distress fund? 

....article dated 9 September 2021.... Members Bill jumping the gun, says Treasury.... The argument against dis-allowing retirement fund members to access a portion of their pension fund retirement savings in cash before the stated retirement date,...

Expropriation Bill key to land reform

......article dated 5 July 2021..... Parliament awaits outcome of ANC/EFF debate... Whatever happens as a result of the extended ad-hoc parliamentary meetings between the governing party and the EFF on the proposed Amendment of Section 25 of the...

Energy plan on gas exploration tabled

.......article dated 4 July 2021.... Minister to brief Parliament in August Now that Cabinet has approved the Upstream Petroleum Resources Bill and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) have indicated their policy and the purpose...

Equity Bill bulldozed through committee

....article dated 4 July 2021....... Minister intent on setting BEE targets... The unusually large number of objections from business to the “cavalier approach" by Minister Thulas Nxesi on the fixing of BEE targets for various sectors in terms of...

Energy plan on gas exploration tabled

.......article dated 4 July 2021.... Minister to brief Parliament in August Now that Cabinet has approved the Upstream Petroleum Resources Bill and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) have indicated their policy and the purpose...

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Equity Bill bulldozed through committee

....article dated 4 July 2021....... Minister intent on setting BEE targets... The unusually large number of objections from business to the “cavalier approach" by Minister Thulas Nxesi on the fixing of BEE targets for various sectors in terms of...

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Copyright Bill to be partially re-written

.....article dated 4 June 2021..... Parliament rejects controversial clauses After a tense debate, the parliamentary trade and industry portfolio committee finally voted against further passage of the Copyright Amendment Bill as currently drafted...

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EFF calls for nationalisation of land

.....article dated 4 June 2021..... ANC, EFF debate changes to Constitution on land....  Parliament’s especially formed Constitutional ad-hoc Committee comprising MPs from the ANC, FF and DA were given until 31 May to finalise the wording of the...

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Communal land is ‘no-mans-land’ Parliament told

..... article dated 30 September 2020.... Issue of communal land still unresolved..... Making the whole question of land settlement more difficult in South Africa, there exists a conundrum inherited from apartheid days that much of rural land in...

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Battle of the Bulge

.......editorial .....August 2020....... What size the SA public service? It is plain to see that the country’s major liability in terms of over-expenditure is the massive public sector wage bill which, by any standard, is totally out of proportion...

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By-passing Parliament at one’s peril

....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. ...

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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...

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