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Electricity Theft Detection Device Under Development

Department of Science and Technology

Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor says a device to detect electricity theft will soon be made available to the public and installed in prepaid meter boxes.

The minister was replying to a parliamentary question about the apparatus, which was developed by the Technology Innovation Agency and called Saggitarious Serpentariou.

Plan to Bolster Child Protection Register

Parliament

A private member’s bill aims to increase the scope of offences that would render an offender unsuitable to work with children.

The draft Children’s Amendment Bill is the brainchild of the Democratic Alliance’s Mike Waters.

Cabinet Gives Green Light to Sexual Offences Bill

Cabinet

Cabinet has approved the Draft Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Amendment Bill to be tabled in parliament.

The justice and constitutional development department called for comment on the draft bill in October 2014.

Parliament Passes Legal Aid Bill

Parliament

The Legal Aid South Africa Bill is on its way to president Zuma for signing.

The National Assembly has passed the bill following National Council of Province approval earlier this month.

Comment Sought on Remote Gambling Bill

Parliament

Comment has been called on proposed legislation designed to put a regulatory framework for remote gambling in place.

The Draft Remote Gambling Bill, a private member’s bill drawn up by the Democratic Alliance’s Geordin Hill-Lewis, seeks to plug a loophole in current national gambling legislation characterised by an unregulated online gambling sector.

Financial and Fiscal Commission Under the Spotlight

National Treasury

A bill designed to tighten up how the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) operates will be tabled in parliament soon.

The Financial and Fiscal Commission Amendment Bill’s explanatory summary has been published in Government Gazette 38188.

Research on Fracking Underway

Department of Science and Technology

Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor says independent research, to prevent the possible negative environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, is in the offing.

In a reply to a question in parliament the minister revealed that her department has commissioned the Academy of Science of South Africa to put together a panel of experts to draw up a fracturing research plan.  At this stage the plan is under development.

Focus on ...

Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement

The 2014 MTBPS was delivered by Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, on 22 October 2014. Read the text here.

The following financial bills are currently in the spotlight:

Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill, 2014

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2014

Division of Revenue Amendment Bill, 2014

Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill, 2014

Adjustments Appropriation Bill, 2014

Week of 17 - 21 November 2014

On Tuesday, the standing committee on finance will be briefed by national treasury on the “twin peaks” legislation designed to introduce a new approach to financial sector regulation. The national assembly’s justice and correctional services committee is scheduled to be briefed by the Magistrates Commission on the suspension of magistrates.

On Wednesday, the health department will provide responses to the national assembly’s health committee on input received during public hearings on the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill. Treasury will brief the select committee on finance on the three tax bills recently passed by the national assembly.

A joint meeting of the national assembly’s mineral resources and finance committees will hear from treasury on transfer pricing.

On Friday, the telecommunications and postal services department will focus on low power transmitter roll out. Present will be the telecommunications department together with Sentech, SABC and ICASA.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Ms Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor

Ms Naledi Pandor
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Science and Technology (2012-)

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