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Comment Called on Proposed RTIA Board Members

Department of Transport

The transport department has announced the names of proposed members of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency’s (RTIA) board.

The RTIA plays an important role in attempting to minimise the contravention of traffic laws and to deal with infringements effectively.

Indigenous Knowledge Bill in the Pipeline

Department of Science and Technology

The department of science and technology says the legislation to protect indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) is on its way to parliament.

A spokesperson for the department told the parliamentary committee involved that the draft IKS bill had been approved by the department.  A submission to the minister of science and technology, for approval for further consultation with other government departments, was now in process.

Treasury Gives Feedback on DBSA Bill

National Treasury

National treasury has provided feedback on submissions on the Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill.

The bill was originally tabled in parliament in February 2014, lapsed at the end of the fourth parliament but revived at the start of the fifth parliament.

Water and Sanitation to Focus on Policy Flow

Department of Water and Sanitation

The new water and sanitation department says for the next year it will focus on policy and law reforms to ensure full integration between water and sanitation.

A department spokesperson told a national assembly oversight committee they would indicate in the new water and sanitation legislation what would be required in terms of a strategy.

No Plans to Prevent Pension Payouts

Cabinet

Cabinet has sought to reassure jittery workers that government has no intention of preventing them from claiming their pensions when changing jobs.

In a statement following its latest meeting, cabinet claimed that some workers were concerned that as from next year, government would clamp down on pension withdrawals.

Social Inclusion Push at Tertiary Level

Department of Higher Education and Training

Higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande is calling for comment on a social inclusion policy framework.

The draft framework, for public post-school education and training institutions, has been published in the Government Gazette (37928 / 681 of 21 August 2014).

Municipal Property Rates Bill Signed

The Presidency

President Zuma has signed the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Amendment Bill into law.

The bill was tabled at the end of September 2013. Parliament sent the bill for assent at the end of March 2014.

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New Land Acts

President Zuma signed two new land Acts into law recently.

Property Valuation Act

Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act

Week of 18 - 22 August 2014

Committee meetings resume in parliament this week after a two week hiatus.

The national assembly’s communications committee will hear from the public service and administration minister on the proclamation of the new department and the entities falling under it. A joint meeting comprising the justice and women committees will interact with relevant Institutions Supporting Democracy on their functions and mandates.

The environmental affairs committee will hear from the environmental affairs department on a number of pertinent issues including climate change and progress on efforts to deal with rhino poaching. The South African National Roads Agency Limited is scheduled to update the national assembly’s transport committee on its current and future projects.

The standing committee on finance will hear from a number of key financial entities on their respective roles and mandates including the Government Employees Pension Fund and the Financial Services Board. The trade and industry committee will receive a detailed briefing on the Special Economic Zones Policy.

On Wednesday, the trade and industry committee plans to hear from the trade and industry department on industrial financing to strengthen investment in the manufacturing sectors. The committee will also focus on the issue of mineral beneficiation. The mineral resources committee is scheduled to discuss labour relations in the mining industry with input from stakeholders on the trade unions and mining houses.

The Development Policy Research Unit from the University of Cape Town will conduct a workshop with the labour committee on the proposed national minimum wage. National treasury and the Development Bank of Southern Africa will provide responses to submissions received on the DBSA Amendment Bill.

On Friday, the trade and industry committee will turn its attention to public procurement and localisation. The trade and industry department will also brief the committee on Industrial Policy Action Plan projects earmarked for the 2014/15 financial year.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Dr Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Health (2009-)

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