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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.