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DAFF Outlines Way Forward on Small-Scale Fisheries Policy

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department has outlined the way forward on implementation of the small-scale fisheries policy.

In a statement, the department announced that, once small-scale fishers have been recognized and declared per small-scale fishing community, the fishers will be mobilized to form one co-operative per community.

Draft Guidelines for Small Claims Courts Commissioners in the Pipeline

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Comment has been called on Draft Guidelines for the Commissioners of Small Claims Courts.

The justice and constitutional development department seeks input on the draft guidelines until 16 October 2017.

Comment Sought on Draft Political Party Funding Bill


A Draft Political Party Funding Bill has been published for comment.

The proposed legislation was drawn up by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties.

Consultation Policy Document on Financial Sector Ombud Schemes Drawn Up

National Treasury

A consultation policy document designed to facilitate effective financial sector ombud schemes has been released for comment.

The policy document “A Known and Trusted Ombud System for All” forms part of the comprehensive financial sector regulatory reform programme underway in South Africa centred on a Twin Peaks model of regulation.

White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation on Track

Department of Science and Technology

A new White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation is in the pipeline.

According to the science and technology department, cabinet is expected to approve the white paper soon.

Applicable Legal Principles for Debt Relief Under the Spotlight

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry

The trade and industry committee recently considered applicable legal principles that needed to be taken into account when drafting a proposed committee bill on debt relief.

The committee has started deliberations on the contents of the proposed legislation.

SASSA to Re-Activate Paymaster General Account with SARB

Department of Social Development

The Social Security Agency (SASSA) is in the process of re-activating its paymaster general account with the South African Reserve Bank.

The social development department announced this in a recent statement following an inter-ministerial committee on comprehensive social security meeting.

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)

Grace Mugabe: why diplomatic immunity isn’t always an ‘out of jail’ ticket - The Conversation (2017-08-21)

AfriForum asks court to set aside Grace Mugabe's diplomatic immunity - Polity (2017-08-24)

MPs want to grill minister over Mugabe - Business Day (2017-08-25)

In Parliament

18 - 29 September 2017

Constituency period

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Mr Tshililo Michael Masutha

Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services (2014-)

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