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ICASA to Ponder Neotel Acquisition

Independent Communications Authority

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) has formally given notice that it received an application for approval of the acquisition of Neotel by Vodacom.

The application is made in terms of the Electronic Communications Act of 2005.

Commissioner Appointed to African Bank Limited

South African Reserve Bank

Adv J F Myburgh has been appointed as commissioner to African Bank Limited (ABL) as from 30 August 2014.

The notice, published in Government Gazette 37979, indicates that the commissioner is tasked with investigating the “business, trade, dealings, affairs or assets and liabilities” of the bank.

Updated Plant Variety Journal Published

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has published the latest plant variety journal.

According to a notice in the Government Gazette (37979 / 709 of 12 September 2014) the journal is compiled on a quarterly basis.

Wildlife Centralised Permit System on the Way

Department of Environmental Affairs

Environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa says her department is developing a centralised permit system for all wildlife activities regulated by national legislation.

In a written reply to a question in this regard in the national assembly, the minister said environmental affairs recognised the need to centralise information relating to activities, such as transport, breeding, sale and hunting of wildlife, authorised in terms of national legislation.

Post-School System Under the Microscope

Department of Higher Education and Training

Higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande has called for comment on a proposed policy for differentiation in the post-school system.

According to a notice in the Government Gazette (37997 / 717 of 15 September 2014) interested institutions, persons and organisations are invited to comment within 31 days of the publication of the Gazette.

New Consultation Fees for Natural Sciences

Council for Natural Scientific Professions

The Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) has altered their fee recommendations for practitioners and technical staff.

According to a notice in the Government Gazette (37979 / 110 of 12 September 2014) the suggested new hourly tariffs are up between 9.8 and 10.4 percent.

Land Reform Action Plan on the Horizon

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

An action plan is being put together based on recommendations gleaned during the recent Land Tenure Summit held in Johannesburg.

The rural development and land reform department convened the summit to discuss challenges in land reform in South Africa.

Focus on ...

Amendments to Labour Acts

Have a look at these legislative profiles:

Labour Relations Amendment Act

Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act

Week of 15 - 19 September 2014

A joint meeting involving both house’s finance and appropriations committees will hold a workshop with national treasury and the Financial and Fiscal Commission on the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement. The national assembly’s economic development committee plans to hear from the economic development department on progress made regarding the implementation of the social accords.

Eskom will provide the energy and public enterprises committee with an update on the new build programme.

On Wednesday, the health department will be briefed by the IFP’s Narend Singh on the Medical Innovation Bill, recently re-tabled in the national assembly. The rural development and land reform department is scheduled to brief the rural development committee on the state land audit and public land management in South Africa.

The labour committee plans to hold a workshop on the national minimum wage. The standing committee aims to finalise its work on the Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill.

On Friday, the telecommunications and postal services committee will be briefed by stakeholders on South Africa’s state of readiness in terms of digital terrestrial television.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (2009-)

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