Department of Energy
An intergovernmental framework agreement on nuclear cooperation will be signed with China in the first week of November 2014.
The energy department, in a statement, added that this would be followed by an agreement with Japan in the near future.
Department of Environmental Affairs
Environmental affairs has published another guideline document in its advice series on environmental impact management legislation and regulations.
According to a notice in the Government Gazette (38108 / 891 of 20 October 2014) the latest paper provides guidelines on need and desirability in terms of the environmental impact assessment regulations of 2010.
Department of Human Settlements
A recent indaba on housing has called for a review of legislation governing evictions.
The National Settlement Indaba was held last week in Johannesburg to find ways to deliver 1.5 million housing opportunities in South Africa.
Department of Higher Education and Training
Higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande has to appoint a new Quality Council for Trades and Occupations and is calling for nominations.
According to notice 818 in Government Gazette 38114 of 17 October 2014, a new chairperson and council have to be appointed before 1 April 2015 when the council’s new term begins.
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has officially published its plant health (phytosanitary) policy.
The guidelines were made public in the Government Gazette of 17 October 2014 (38102 / 889).
Department of Health
Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi is calling for the nomination of persons to be appointed to the advisory committee on mental health.
According to an announcement on the department’s website, the proposals have to be in by 21 November. A nomination form is also provided on the site.
Department of Energy
Petroleum pipeline licence holders will have to inform the National Energy Regulator in writing of any applications they make for an environmental impact assessment necessary before the licensed activity is brought to a halt.
This proposal is contained in draft amendment regulations to the Petroleum Pipelines Act published for comment in Government Gazette 38088.