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Parliament Seeks Comment on Medium Term Budget Policy Statement 2016


Both house’s finance committees have called for comment on the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) 2016.

The MTBPS will be available on 26 October 2016 after the finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, has tabled it in parliament.

Regulations on the Exhumation, Reburial or Symbolic Burial of Deceased Victims Amended

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Amended regulations on the exhumation, reburial or symbolic burial of deceased victims are in place.

The amendments were drawn up in terms of the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act.

President Zuma's Reservations on MPRDA Bill Under the Spotlight

Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources

The portfolio committee on mineral resources has decided that the power to be given to the mineral resources minister to amend codes, standards and charter as stipulated in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill does not bypass constitutional mandated legislative procedure.

The committee announced this in a report on the president’s reservations on the bill.

Hearings on Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Area Underway

Department of Science and Technology

The first public hearing on the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Area (KAAA) has taken place in Pretoria.

This followed the publication of a notice of public hearings on the draft KAAA Regulations in Notice 920 in Government Gazette 40215 in August 2016.

Judicial Matters Amendment Bill Tabled in Parliament

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The Judicial Matters Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

The justice and constitutional development department published the bill’s explanatory summary in Government Gazette 40274 in September 2016.

Reckless Lending Under the Microscope

Department of Trade and Industry

Plans are afoot to extend the powers of the National Credit Regulator (NCR) to conduct pro-active investigations and impose administrative fines on perpetrators of reckless lending.

The trade and industry department revealed this while briefing parliament on the National Credit Policy Review.

Trade and Industry Committee Welcomes Draft Bills on Liquor and Gambling

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry

The portfolio committee on trade and industry has welcomed the release of the Draft National Liquor Amendment Bill and the Draft National Gambling Amendment Bill for comment.

The two bills were published for comment at the beginning of October 2016.

Focus on ...

In Parliament

Week of 24 - 28 October 2016

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Mr Malusi "Knowledge" Mkanyezi Gigaba

Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Home Affairs (2014-)

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