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Merchant Shipping Bill Tabled in Parliament

Department of Transport

The Merchant Shipping Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

Cabinet approved the bill early in 2014.

Foreign Qualifications Under the Spotlight

South African Qualifications Authority

The Draft Policy and Criteria for Evaluating Foreign Qualifications within the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) has been published for comment.

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) published the draft policy in Government Gazette 38610 in terms of the National Qualifications Framework Act of 2008.

IRBA Sets New Fees for Auditors

Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors

The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), in Government Gazette 38602, has set down new fees for the auditing profession.

The Auditing Profession Act empowers the IRBA to revise the fees on an annual basis.

Perishable Products Board Sets Down New Tariffs

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department has published perishable products levies and plant breeders’ rights applications in two separate notices in Government Gazette 38602.

Notice 67 contains revised perishable products levies while notice 248 lists applications for plant breeders’ rights.

Dairy Products to Get New Marking Rules

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The Regulations relating to the Classification, Packing and Marking of Dairy Products and Imitation Dairy Products Intended for Sale in South Africa have been published, in accordance with the Agricultural Product Standards Act.

These regulations are contained in notice 260 in Government Gazette 38615 and will come into effect within 12 months after the date of the publication.

Shark Biodiversity Management Plan Released

Department of Environmental Affairs

The Shark Biodiversity Management Plan has been published in Government Gazette 38607.

It was drawn up in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act of 2004.

Minimum Requirements for Adult Education Set Down

Department of Higher Education and Training

In accordance with the Higher Education Act and the National Qualifications Framework Act, the Policy on Minimum Requirements for Programmes Leading to Qualifications for Educators and Lecturers in Adult and Community Education and Training has been published.

According to Notice 257 published in Government Gazette 38612, the qualifications outlined in the policy replace all formerly approved professional qualifications for Adult Education and Training (AET) educators.

Week of 23 - 27 March 2015

The national assembly’s police committee plans to hold a Summit on Firearms Control in South Africa. The justice and correctional services committee will continue with deliberations on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act Amendment Bill.

National treasury and the South African Revenue Service will brief the standing committee on finance on their strategic and annual performance plans. The public works minister, Thulas Nxesi, intends introducing the Expropriation Bill to the public works committee.

On Wednesday, the Summit on Firearms Control will continue. The justice committee plans to wrap up its work on the Maintenance Amendment Bill.

The standing committee on finance is scheduled to consider further submissions on the Banks Amendment Bill. The trade and industry committee will tackle the issue of transfer pricing.

On Friday, the communications committee will conduct interviews of shortlisted candidates for the South African Broadcasting Corporation board.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Ms Faith Muthambi

Ms Faith Muthambi
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Communications (2014-)

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