Department of Transport
The transport department has announced the names of proposed members of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency’s (RTIA) board.
The RTIA plays an important role in attempting to minimise the contravention of traffic laws and to deal with infringements effectively.
Department of Science and Technology
The department of science and technology says the legislation to protect indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) is on its way to parliament.
A spokesperson for the department told the parliamentary committee involved that the draft IKS bill had been approved by the department. A submission to the minister of science and technology, for approval for further consultation with other government departments, was now in process.
National treasury has provided feedback on submissions on the Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill.
The bill was originally tabled in parliament in February 2014, lapsed at the end of the fourth parliament but revived at the start of the fifth parliament.
Department of Water and Sanitation
The new water and sanitation department says for the next year it will focus on policy and law reforms to ensure full integration between water and sanitation.
A department spokesperson told a national assembly oversight committee they would indicate in the new water and sanitation legislation what would be required in terms of a strategy.
Cabinet has sought to reassure jittery workers that government has no intention of preventing them from claiming their pensions when changing jobs.
In a statement following its latest meeting, cabinet claimed that some workers were concerned that as from next year, government would clamp down on pension withdrawals.
Department of Higher Education and Training
Higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande is calling for comment on a social inclusion policy framework.
The draft framework, for public post-school education and training institutions, has been published in the Government Gazette (37928 / 681 of 21 August 2014).
President Zuma has signed the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Amendment Bill into law.
The bill was tabled at the end of September 2013. Parliament sent the bill for assent at the end of March 2014.