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Merchant Shipping Bill Sent to NCOP


The National Assembly has passed the Merchant Shipping Amendment Bill and sent it to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence.

The bill was tabled at the end of March 2015.

Davies Gives Clarity on Export Advisory Council

Department of Trade and Industry

A business plan for the National Export Advisory Council (NEAC) will be drawn up following conclusion of the regulatory impact assessment (RIA) of the envisaged Export Development and Promotion Bill.

The trade and industry minister, Rob Davies, revealed this in a written reply to a parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance’s Stevens Mokgalapa on how the NEAC will tackle barriers to international trade.

Principles of Good Governance for Co-operatives Set Down

Department of Small Business Development

Principles of good governance to guide co-operatives in their day-to-day operations have been drawn up.

The Principles of Good Governance for Co-operatives were published in Government Gazette 39029 by the small business development department.

Draft Copyright Bill Released for Comment

Department of Trade and Industry

A Draft Copyright Amendment Bill has been published for comment.

Published in Government Gazette 39028, the proposed legislation aims to amend the Copyright Act of 1978.

Farm and Forestry Sector Wage Hearings in August

Department of Labour

The department of labour has issued the dates on which the first Farm and Forestry Sectors public hearings will be held.

The first hearings on the roadshow will start on 4 August in Zeerust, Northwest and Meyerton, Gauteng. The roadshow will end in Bethlehem, Free State on 11 September.

Nuclear Regulator Adjusts Authorisation Fees

Department of Energy

New authorisation fees for the National Nuclear Regulator have been published in Government Gazette 39025.

The fees refer to applications for the granting of nuclear authorisation as well as annual authorisation renewals.

NaTIS Contact Details Under the Spotlight

Department of Transport

Proposed regulations empowering the transport department to verify contact details on the NaTIS database by interrogating other relevant databases have been published for comment.

Published in Government Gazette 38997 in terms of the National Road Traffic Act, the proposal is contained in draft amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations.

27 - 31 July 2015

Committee meetings resume in parliament this week after the winter recess.

On Tuesday, the national assembly’s trade and industry committee will receive a status report on the Tripartite Free Trade Area negotiations with particular emphasis on trade and goods and movement of persons. The committee will also focus on trade facilitation in the World Trade Organisation.

The home affairs committee plans to consider proposed amendments to the Draft Refugee Amendment Bill. The public works committee is scheduled to hold public hearings on the Expropriation Bill.

The national council of province’s select committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs will be briefed on the Disaster Management Amendment Bill.

On Wednesday, the trade and industry committee will receive a report on developments in the Southern African Customs Union as well as negotiations with respect to the revenue sharing formula. The public works committee will continue with hearings on the Expropriation Bill.

The labour committee will be briefed by Nedlac on the forensic investigation report. Nedlac will also provide responses to an earlier presentation on its annual report.

On Friday, the labour committee plans to conduct a workshop with the research unit on the national minimum wage.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Mr Nathi Mthethwa

Mr Nathi Mthethwa
Current Portfolio: 
  • Minister of Arts and Culture (2014-)
  • Acting Minister of Public Service and Administration (2015-)

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