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Maintenance Amendment Bill on Track for Parliament

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The Maintenance Amendment Bill is heading for Parliament.

The bill’s explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 38138.

Proposed Ethics Code for Medical Practitioners

Allied Health Professions Council

The Allied Health Professions Council has published a code of medical ethics for practitioners and therapists.

According to a notice in the Government Gazette (38125 / 128 of 30 October 2014) the draft code, including guidelines for good practice and advertising procedures, has been published for comment by stakeholders.

Science and Technology Innovation Policy Under Review

Department of Science and Technology

The government’s scientific and technology innovation policy is to be reviewed.

Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor says the Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) will be asked to review the national system on innovation and assess progress since the publication of the 1996 white paper.

Trade and Industry Targets Online Gambling

Department of Trade and Industry

The trade and industry department is planning to prevent the introduction of any new gambling activities including online gambling.

This proposal is contained in a briefing on a Draft Gambling Policy presented to the trade and industry committee yesterday.

Rental Housing Bill Sent to President Zuma

Parliament

Parliament has passed the Rental Housing Amendment Bill and sent it to president Zuma for signing.

The bill was revived in August by the fifth democratic parliament after having being tabled in parliament in November 2013.

Defence Committee Rejects Arms Procurement Bill

Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans

The defence and military veterans committee has adopted a report rejecting the need for the Defence Amendment Bill.

The private member’s bill was drawn up by David Maynier, a Democratic Alliance member of Parliament and tabled in October 2013.

Fracking in the Karoo Set for 2016

Department of Mineral Resources

The search for shale gas in the Karoo could commence around the middle of 2016.

The mineral resource department revealed this during a briefing to the select committee on land and mineral resources.

Focus on ...

Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement

The 2014 MTBPS was delivered by Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, on 22 October 2014. Read the text here.

The following financial bills are currently in the spotlight:

Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill, 2014

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2014

Division of Revenue Amendment Bill, 2014

Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill, 2014

Adjustments Appropriation Bill, 2014

Week of 27 - 31 October 2014

Both house’s finance committees are scheduled to hold public hearings on the revised fiscal framework following last week’s mid-term budget. The human settlements minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, will report back to the human settlements committee on progress made in meeting the 100 days in office programme.

The Human Science Research Council plans to brief the national assembly’s appropriations committee on the recently tabled mid-term budget.

On Wednesday, the Financial and Fiscal Commission as well as the parliamentary budget office will brief both house’s appropriations committees on the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement. The national assembly’s health committee is scheduled to hold public hearings on the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill.

The auditor-general will update the standing committee on public accounts on the audit outcome for 2013/14. The rural development and land reform committee plans to hear from the rural development department on the Land Rights Management Facility.

On Friday, the South African Post Office will brief the telecommunications and postal services committee on its current state of affairs and the Postbank corporatisation statement.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Mr Ohm Collins Chabane

Mr Collins Chabane
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Public Service and Administration (2014-)

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