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Data Services Market Inquiry Launched

Department of Economic Development

The terms of reference for the Data Services Market Inquiry have been set down.

The economic development department published the scope and purpose of the Inquiry in Government Gazette 41054.

Compulsory Specification for Electric Cables Tweaked

Department of Trade and Industry

The compulsory specification for safety of electric cables with extruded solid dielectric insulation for fixed installations (300/500 V to 1 900/3 300 V) has been amended.

The trade and industry department published the amendments in Government Gazette 41047.

Municipal Regulations on Minimum Competency Levels to be Amended

National Treasury

Draft Amendments to Municipal Regulations on Minimum Competency Levels have been published for comment.

National treasury published the proposed regulations in Government Gazette 41047 in terms of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act.

Zwane Lauds Revised Mining Charter

Department of Mineral Resources

The targets and timelines in the Revised Mining Charter are “realistic and achievable.”

The mineral resources minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, made this clear during a recent address to the Black Business Council in Johannesburg.

Mitigation Plan on Health Promotion Levy in Nedlac

National Treasury

A mitigation plan on the proposed Health Promotion Levy (HPL) was currently before Nedlac for consideration.

National treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) revealed this during a briefing on the Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) and Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB) in parliament.

Draft Waste Tyre Regulations Drawn Up

Department of Environmental Affairs

Comment has been called on proposed Waste Tyre Regulations.

The environmental affairs department published the draft regulations in Government Gazette 41049.

Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill Tabled

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

The private member’s bill was published for comment in April 2017.

Focus on ...

Grace Mugabe: Diplomatic immunity and privileges recognised

Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act (37/2001): Minister's Minute - Government Gazette Notice (2017-08-20) (accessible for Sabinet Gazette subscribers)

Grace Mugabe granted diplomatic immunity - DIRCO - Politicsweb (2017-08-20)

Mugabe family met by senior government officials in Zim - Eyewitness News (2017-08-20)

Immunity for Mugabe opens can of worms - Business Day (2017-08-21)

In Parliament

Week of 21 - 25 August 2017

On Tuesday, the telecommunications and postal services department will brief parliament on e-government, national e-strategy, SMME strategy and cybersecurity. The trade and industry committee will commence with deliberations on the Copyright Amendment Bill. The agriculture, forestry and fisheries committee plans to undertake clause-by-clause deliberations on the Liquor Products Amendment Bill. The transport committee will deliberate on the National Land Transport Amendment Bill. The energy department will brief the energy committee on its 4th Quarter Performance Report for 2016/17. The standing committee on finance is scheduled to deliberate on the Insurance Bill.

On Wednesday, the trade and industry committee will focus on the subcommittee on the draft committee bill on debt relief. The standing committee on finance will turn its attention to the role of cooperative banks. The science and technology committee will deliberate on the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill. The labour department plans to brief parliament on progress with regard to the Compensation Fund’s Action Plan.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Mr Bonginkosi "Blade" Nzimande

Dr Blade Nzimande
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Higher Education and Training (2009-)

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