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Cabinet Approves Environmental Mandates

Cabinet

The country’s position on two environmental issues, to be discussed at international conferences in the following weeks, were approved by cabinet on Wednesday.

According to a statement issued after the session, South Africa’s negotiators at the meeting on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals, to be held in Quito, Ecuador from 4 to 9 November and at the conferences of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as well as the Kyoto Protocol, which will take place from 1 to 12 December in Lima, Peru, were given their mandates.

New Appointments to BBBEE Council

The Presidency

A new presidential advisory council on broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) has been set up.

The council is tasked with advising government on BBBEE and reviewing its implementation.

Protocol on Fishing Safety Heading to Parliament

Cabinet

Parliament will be asked to approve international safety standards for seagoing fishing vessels.

Cabinet decided at its meeting earlier this week that provisions of the Torremolinos Protocol, which lays down standards such as life-saving appliances, radio communication and fire protection, must be sent to parliament for ratification.

Agrément South Africa Bill Gets Green Light

Department of Public Works

Cabinet has given the green light to proposed legislation designed to tighten up how Agrément South Africa is managed.

The Draft Agrément South Africa Bill was first published for comment at the beginning of 2014.

Cap on Sheriffs' Commission Under Scrutiny

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The Rules Board for Courts of Law is considering whether the cap on the commission paid to sheriffs when immovable property is sold in execution should be removed.

This is one of a number of proposed amendments to the rules of court released by the board for comment.

Priorities Set Down for Qualifications Framework

Department of Higher Education and Training

Higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande has published his latest guidelines on strategies and priorities for the national qualifications framework (NQF).

The guidelines, annually issued in terms of the NQF Act, were published in the Government Gazette (38123 / 809 of 24 October 2014) and are issued to give direction to the work of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the quality councils (QCs).

Treasury Seeks to Rebuild Fiscal Space

National Treasury

Gross domestic product (GDP) growth has been revised to 1.4% for the current financial year.

The finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, announced this during his maiden Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in parliament this week.

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 20 - 24 October 2014

The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) will take centre stage in parliament this week.

The finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, will deliver his maiden MTBPS in the national assembly on Wednesday 22 October at 14h00.

Committees, meanwhile, will continue to focus on budgetary reviews and recommendation reports.

On Tuesday, the trade and industry committee will continue with its colloquium on beneficiation. The select committee on finance will be briefed by national treasury on the Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill.

On Wednesday, the public protector is scheduled to present its annual report to the justice and constitutional development committee.

On Thursday, the finance minister will brief the finance and appropriation committees on the MTBPS.

On Friday, the trade and industry department plans to give a status report to the trade and industry committee on its recommendations on the Gambling Review Commission’s report, the implementation of the amended Lotteries Act and an update on the transformation of the horse racing industry.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Ms Lynne Brown

Ms Lynne Brown
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Public Enterprises (2014-)

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