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Mineral Resources Committee Seeks Fracking Report

Department of Mineral Resources

The mineral resources committee has called for a comprehensive report on hydraulic fracturing in South Africa.

The call was made following a presentation by the mineral resources department and the Petroleum Agency of South Africa on the shale gas regulatory framework.

Senior Certificate Policy Under Amendment

Department of Basic Education

Amendments to national education policy pertaining to national senior certificate examinations is on the cards.

The basic education department published draft amendments in notice 410 in Government Gazette 38771 for comment.

Clinical Associates Under the Microscope

Department of Health

Draft Regulations Defining the Scope of Practice of Clinical Associates have been published for comment.

The proposed amendments were published in accordance with the Health Professions Act in Government Gazette 38816 in Notice 433.

Health Department Draws up Language Policy

Department of Health

The department of health’s Language Policy is open for public comment.

Notice 442 was published in Government Gazette 38827.

DTI Provides Feedback on Online Gambling Bill

Department of Trade and Industry

The trade and industry department has provided a response to the trade and industry committee on proposals contained in the Remote Gambling Bill.

The bill, a private member’s bill drawn up by the Democratic Alliance’s Geordin Hill-Lewis, seeks to plug a loophole in current national gambling legislation characterised by an unregulated online gambling sector.

Electricity Levy Increase Shelved

National Treasury

The proposed increase in the electricity levy announced in the 2015 Budget will not be implemented at this stage.

National treasury declared this while briefing the standing committee on finance on the Draft Rates and Monetary Amounts Bill.

Spatial Planning Act in Force in July

The Presidency

The Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act of 2013 will come into effect on 1 July 2015.

The proclamation was published in Government Gazette 38828.

Focus on ...

Draft Bills

The following draft Bills have been published for comment recently:

Draft Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill

Draft Insurance Bill

Week of 25 - 29 May 2015

On Tuesday, the national assembly’s public works committee plans to consider public submissions received on the Expropriation Bill. The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department is scheduled to provide responses to public comment on the Performing Animals Protection Amendment Bill.

The environmental affairs department will brief the environmental affairs committee on a progress report on climate change and carbon tax. Treasury and the South African Revenue Service plan to brief the standing committee on finance on the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill as well as the 2015 tax proposals.

The trade and industry committee will focus its attention on online gambling. A DA committee member, Geordin Hill-Lewis, will brief the committee on the Remote Gambling Bill.

On Wednesday, the trade and industry committee will receive input from the trade and industry department on the Remote Gambling Bill. The mineral resources committee will turn its attention to the future of the shale gas industry.

The science and technology department is scheduled to update the science and technology committee on the bio-economy strategy. Treasury will provide a response to the standing committee on finance on inputs on the New Development Bank.

On Friday, the labour committee plans to hold a workshop on the national minimum wage involving small, medium and micro-enterprises.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Mr Bonginkosi "Blade" Nzimande

Dr Blade Nzimande
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Higher Education and Training (2009-)

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