The new finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, has confirmed that government will remain within the spending ceiling introduced in 2012.
This commitment was made in a written reply to a Democratic Alliance parliamentary question on whether South Africa will introduce wide-ranging cost-cutting measures following recent rating agencies downgrades.
Department of Trade and Industry
Amendments to the Companies Act to provide more certainty on its business rescue provisions are on the cards.
The trade and industry minister, Rob Davies, announced this during his budget vote speech in parliament.
Department of Higher Education and Training
The department of higher education and training is calling for nominations for an appointment to the health and welfare sector education and training authority (HWSETA).
According to a notice in the Government Gazette (37861 / 581 of 22 July 2014), “interested and relevant parties in the health and social development sector” are invited to submit proposals for the appointment of the chairperson of the accounting authority for the HWSETA for the term ending 31 March 2016.
Department of Economic Development
Guidelines flowing from the Infrastructure Development Act are being drawn up to ensure that government’s build programme contributes to economic and social transformation.
The economic development minister, Ebrahim Patel, revealed this during his budget vote speech in parliament.
Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Pravin Gordhan says two sets of regulations will soon be in place to address employment problems in municipalities.
In an answer to a parliamentary question on municipal governance, the minister said his department was presently engaged with the development of new regulations on staff matters.
Department of Energy
The energy department will continue to consult with stakeholders and refine the Independent System and Market Operator (ISMO) Bill.
The energy minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, confirmed this during her budget vote speech in parliament.
National treasury will continue to engage with relevant trade unions and stakeholders on the proposed retirement reforms.
The finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, gave this assurance during his budget vote speech in parliament.