Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
The Maintenance Amendment Bill is heading for Parliament.
The bill’s explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 38138.
Allied Health Professions Council
The Allied Health Professions Council has published a code of medical ethics for practitioners and therapists.
According to a notice in the Government Gazette (38125 / 128 of 30 October 2014) the draft code, including guidelines for good practice and advertising procedures, has been published for comment by stakeholders.
Department of Science and Technology
The government’s scientific and technology innovation policy is to be reviewed.
Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor says the Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) will be asked to review the national system on innovation and assess progress since the publication of the 1996 white paper.
Department of Trade and Industry
The trade and industry department is planning to prevent the introduction of any new gambling activities including online gambling.
This proposal is contained in a briefing on a Draft Gambling Policy presented to the trade and industry committee yesterday.
Parliament has passed the Rental Housing Amendment Bill and sent it to president Zuma for signing.
The bill was revived in August by the fifth democratic parliament after having being tabled in parliament in November 2013.
Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans
The defence and military veterans committee has adopted a report rejecting the need for the Defence Amendment Bill.
The private member’s bill was drawn up by David Maynier, a Democratic Alliance member of Parliament and tabled in October 2013.
Department of Mineral Resources
The search for shale gas in the Karoo could commence around the middle of 2016.
The mineral resource department revealed this during a briefing to the select committee on land and mineral resources.