Department of Labour
Cabinet approved the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill (2014) on Wednesday for submission to parliament.
These are the second amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act (2001) and they extend the period of payments of benefits from eight months to a year as well as provide for the coverage of civil servants.
Department of Energy
China and South Africa are considering the merits of a proposed agreement focused on developing nuclear energy in South Africa.
This was revealed in a statement released by the energy department.
Department of Water and Environmental Affairs
On Tuesday two National Environment Management bills, the Air Quality Amendment Bill and the Protected Areas Amendment Bill, were passed and sent to committees for concurrence.
The National Environmental Management: Air Quality Amendment Bill has been returned to portfolio committee on water and environmental affairs in the National Assembly (NA) after being passed in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) with amendments.
Parliament has passed the Judicial Matters Third Amendment Bill.
The bill was tabled in Parliament in November last year.
Parliament has sent the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill to president Zuma for signing.
The national council of province’s select committee on security and constitutional development adopted the bill this week.
Department of Communications
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Amendment Bill was passed by the National Assembly on Tuesday and will be sent to President Jacob Zuma for assent.
The bill clarifies the powers and duties of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) as well as providing for improved mechanisms for compliance.
The raft of customs bills tabled in October last year has been adopted by the national assembly and sent to the national council of provinces for concurrence.
The Customs Duty Bill, Customs and Excise Amendment Bill and Customs Control Bill seek to tighten up customs procedures.