International Trade Administration Commission
Guidelines on applications for permits for rebates of duties for certain chemical products have been published by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) in Government Gazette 38398.
The guidelines are published in terms of the Customs and Excise Act.
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
A bill designed to tighten up the horticultural sector is heading for parliament.
The Plant Improvement Bill’s explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 38398.
Department of Basic Education
The basic education department has set R1 116 as the no-fee threshold for 2015.
The no fee threshold enables the basic education minister, Angelina Motshekga, to declare a no fee public school in terms of section 35 read with section 39(7) of the South African Schools Act.
An additional guarantee of R6.488 billion has been granted to South African Airways (SAA).
In a statement, national treasury confirms that this now takes the total guarantees allocated to SAA to R14.4 billion.
Department of Trade and Industry
The trade and industry department has indicated that any legislative attempts to introduce online gambling will be vigorously opposed.
Last year, the Democratic Alliance (DA) announced its intention to introduce a private member’s bill designed to provide a legal basis for the regulation and control of all online or remote gambling activities in South Africa.
President Zuma has signed the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act into law.
The act focuses on “changes to the administrative provisions of tax legislation currently administered by SARS, including the Tax Administration Act”.
Department of Labour
The labour department is to soon launch an investigation into a national retirement mechanism for low income earners.
In a statement, the department added that a discussion paper on the issue would be tabled at Nedlac in the near future.