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Employment Equity Act In Force on 1 August 2014

The Presidency

The Employment Equity Amendment Act of 2013 will come into effect on 1 August 2014.

President Zuma signed the bill in January 2014.

RAF Claims Limit Increased

Road Accident Fund

The Road Accident Fund has set a new limit in terms of claims for loss of income and loss of support arising from road accidents.

The adjusted limit was published in Gazette 37854.

Promotion of Investment Bill in NEDLAC

Department of Trade and Industry

The Draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill is currently being debated in Nedlac.

The trade and industry minister, Rob Davies, revealed this in a written reply to a parliamentary question.

Emergency Medical Services Under the Microscope

Department of Health

The minister of health, Aaron Motsoaledi, has given notice that he plans to licence and control emergency medical services.

The draft regulations have been published in the Government Gazette (37869 / 585 of 24 July 2014) and interested parties have been invited to comment.

Coastal Management Bill Back on the Agenda

Department of Environmental Affairs

The coastal management legislation that was before parliament before the national elections in May, has been revived by the national assembly.

The national assembly has agreed to “resume proceedings” on the Integrated Coastal Management Amendment Bill (B 8F – 2013) “from the stage that it reached on the last sitting day of the sixth session of the fourth parliament”.

President Signs Customs Control Bill

The Presidency

A bill designed to provide a platform for the implementation of the recently promulgated Customs Duty Act has been signed into law.

The Customs Control Bill was passed by parliament at the end of March 2014 and sent for assent.

Attorneys Bill Tabled in Parliament

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

A bill designed to allow actions against the Attorneys Fidelity Fund to be instituted in other courts besides the high court has been tabled in parliament.

The explanatory summary for the Attorneys Amendment Bill was published in Government Gazette 37825 earlier this month.

Focus on ...

New Land Acts

President Zuma signed two new land Acts into law recently.

Property Valuation Act

Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act

Week of 28 July - 1 August 2014

A full programme of meetings lies ahead for members of parliament this week.

On Tuesday, the justice and constitutional development department will brief the justice portfolio committee on the Legal Aid Bill and Attorneys Amendment Bill. Both bills were recently tabled in parliament. The small enterprise finance agency is scheduled to update a joint sitting of the national assembly’s economic development and small business development committees on its strategic plan and annual performance plan.

The trade and industry committee will hear from the trade and industry department on consumer corporate regulation with particular emphasis on consumer protection. A joint meeting of the energy and public enterprises committees will receive an update by Eskom on the current state of the national grid, challenges of supply and short and long term mitigation plans.

The standing committee on finance is scheduled to hear from the Public Investment Corporation and the Financial Intelligence Centre on their respective roles and contribution towards the National Development Plan.

On Wednesday, the science and technology committee will receive briefings from a batch of relevant entities including the National Research Foundation, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the National Space Agency on their respective programmes of action. The national assembly’s finance committee will hold hearings on the Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill. It will also be briefed by treasury on draft tax laws.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Mr Ebrahim Patel

Mr Ebrahim Patel
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Economic Development (2009-)

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