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Nuclear Cooperation Agreement with China on the Cards

Department of Energy

An intergovernmental framework agreement on nuclear cooperation will be signed with China in the first week of November 2014.

The energy department, in a statement, added that this would be followed by an agreement with Japan in the near future.

EIA Guideline on Need and Desirability Published

Department of Environmental Affairs

Environmental affairs has published another guideline document in its advice series on environmental impact management legislation and regulations.

According to a notice in the Government Gazette (38108 / 891 of 20 October 2014) the latest paper provides guidelines on need and desirability in terms of the environmental impact assessment regulations of 2010.

Law Governing Evictions Under Scrutiny

Department of Human Settlements

A recent indaba on housing has called for a review of legislation governing evictions.

The National Settlement Indaba was held last week in Johannesburg to find ways to deliver 1.5 million housing opportunities in South Africa.

New Trades and Occupations Council Sought

Department of Higher Education and Training

Higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande has to appoint a new Quality Council for Trades and Occupations and is calling for nominations.

According to notice 818 in Government Gazette 38114 of 17 October 2014, a new chairperson and council have to be appointed before 1 April 2015 when the council’s new term begins.

South Africa Gets First Plant Health Policy

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has officially published its plant health (phytosanitary) policy.

The guidelines were made public in the Government Gazette of 17 October 2014 (38102 / 889).

Advisory Committee on Mental Health to be Set Up

Department of Health

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi is calling for the nomination of persons to be appointed to the advisory committee on mental health.

According to an announcement on the department’s website, the proposals have to be in by 21 November.  A nomination form is also provided on the site.

NERSA to be Informed of Pipeline EIAs

Department of Energy

Petroleum pipeline licence holders will have to inform the National Energy Regulator in writing of any applications they make for an environmental impact assessment necessary before the licensed activity is brought to a halt.

This proposal is contained in draft amendment regulations to the Petroleum Pipelines Act published for comment in Government Gazette 38088.

Focus on ...

Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement

The 2014 MTBPS will be delivered on 22 October 2014. The following financial bills will be introduced soon afterwards:

Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill, 2014

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2014

Division of Revenue Amendment Bill, 2014

Week of 20 - 24 October 2014

The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) will take centre stage in parliament this week.

The finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, will deliver his maiden MTBPS in the national assembly on Wednesday 22 October at 14h00.

Committees, meanwhile, will continue to focus on budgetary reviews and recommendation reports.

On Tuesday, the trade and industry committee will continue with its colloquium on beneficiation. The select committee on finance will be briefed by national treasury on the Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill.

On Wednesday, the public protector is scheduled to present its annual report to the justice and constitutional development committee.

On Thursday, the finance minister will brief the finance and appropriation committees on the MTBPS.

On Friday, the trade and industry department plans to give a status report to the trade and industry committee on its recommendations on the Gambling Review Commission’s report, the implementation of the amended Lotteries Act and an update on the transformation of the horse racing industry.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Ms Lynne Brown

Ms Lynne Brown
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Public Enterprises (2014-)

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