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AARTO Bill on Track

Department of Transport

The transport department plans to table the Draft Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill in parliament before the end of May 2015.

This was revealed during a recent update briefing to the transport committee on the status of various draft bills.

Inspection Fees for Agricultural Products Adjusted

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department has amended Agricultural Product Standards Act regulations.

The amended regulations were published in Government Gazette 38493.

IPAP 2015/16 in the Pipeline

Department of Trade and Industry

The next version of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) will shortly go before cabinet for approval.

The trade and industry department’s deputy director-general, Garth Strachan, made this known during an update briefing on IPAP 2014/15-2016/17 to the trade and industry committee in parliament.

Draft Online Regulation Policy Drawn Up

Film and Publication Board

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is calling for comment on the Draft Online Regulation Policy drawn up under section 4A of the Films and Publication Act.

The draft policy was published in notice 182 in Government Gazette 38531.

New Allowances for Social Service Professions Council

Department of Social Development

Proposed changes to the allowances payable to members of the Council for Social Service Professions have been published in Government Gazette 38492 for comment.

The Amendment to Regulations Regarding Allowances Payable to Members of the Council, Professional Boards, Committees and Task Teams was drawn up in terms of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978.

Good Pharmacy Practice Rules Tweaked

South African Pharmacy Council

The South African Pharmacy Council has announced its intention in Government Gazette 38511 to amend the rules and minimum standards relating to good pharmacy practice.

The proposed amendments were published in Board Notices 49 and 50:

New Sheriffs Board in Place

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

A new Sheriffs Board is in place.

In a statement, the justice and constitutional development department confirmed that the board’s term of office commenced on 2 March 2015.

Focus on ...

Budget Speech

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will deliver his first Budget Speech on 25 February 2015.

Full text of the Budget Speech - Polity.org.za (2015-02-25)

Budget in a nutshell: taxes up by 1 percentage point, fuel levy to rise sharply - Business Day (2015-02-25)

Following in others' footsteps or forging a new path? - Business Report (2015-02-24)

Political week ahead: Nene budget to take centre stage - Business Day (2015-02-23)

Fiscal consolidation plan is finance minister's challenge - Business Day (2015-02-23)

Week of 2 - 6 March 2015

On Tuesday the national assembly’s energy committee will focus on skills development in the energy sector. In attendance will be the energy department together with the Electricity and Water Sector Education and Training Authority, Chemical Industries Education Training Authority and the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA.

The justice and correctional services committee plans to hold hearings on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act Amendment Bill. The environmental affairs department will brief the environmental affairs committee on a progress report on rhino poaching as well as provide insight into all bills, regulations and treaties planned for 2015/16.

The transport committee is scheduled to be briefed by the transport department on the draft Road Accident Benefit Scheme Bill . Both house’s appropriations and finance committees will be briefed by the parliamentary budget office on the Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals and Division of Revenue Bill.

On Wednesday, both house’s finance committees plan to hold public hearings on the Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals. The justice committee will continue with hearings on the Sexual Offences Bill.

The mineral resources committee will receive an update from the mineral resources department on the South African Mineral Resources Administration Database. The public enterprises committee will turn its attention to the role of state-owned enterprises in promoting localisation, beneficiation and small business.

On Thursday, the trade and industry committee will consider a status report on the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2013/14. Both house’s finance committees will also wrap up their work on the Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals by adopting a committee report on the matter.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Mr Senzeni Zokwana

Mr Senzeni Zokwana
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (2014-)

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