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Small-Scale Fishing Regulations on Track

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, has approved the Small-Scale Fishing Regulations.

In a statement, the agriculture, forestry and fisheries department declared that the regulations will be published in the Government Gazette once the Amended Marine Living Resources Act has been promulgated by the President.

DTI Provides Update on Affordability Assessment Regulations

Department of Trade and Industry

The National Credit Regulator is busy undertaking investigations to see whether the financial services sector is complying with the Affordability Assessment Regulations that came into force in September 2015.

The trade and industry department announced this during a briefing on the regulations in parliament this week.

Government to Cut Back on Overseas Trips

The Presidency

President Zuma has announced that overseas trips on the part of civil servants will be curtailed going forward.

This was announced during the 2016 State of the Nation Address in parliament.

Requests for trips will have to be strongly motivated and the benefits to the country clear-cut.

Comment Extended on Draft AARTO Regulations

Department of Transport

The transport department has extended the comment period for Draft Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment Regulations.

The proposed amendments were first published for comment in December 2015.

Special Economic Zones Act in Force

The Presidency

The Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Act came into effect on 9 February 2016.

President Zuma assented to the bill in 2014.

Task Team to Boost Economic Growth Set Up

The Presidency

A task team involving government and business is to be set up focused on economic growth and job creation.

The presidency revealed this following a meeting with business leaders in Cape Town this week.

New Minimum Wages for Retail Sector

Department of Labour

The labour department has published the new Sectoral Determination applying to employees in the wholesale and retail sector.

Sectoral Determination 9 was published in Notice 162 in Government Gazette 39671.

Focus on ...

State of the Nation Address

The president delivered his annual State of the Nation Address on the 11 February.

Text of SONA 2016 - Politicsweb (2016-02-11)

SONA 2016: Zuma's key points - Politicsweb (2016-02-11)

Nuclear affordability emphasised, as Zuma unveils economic ‘turnaround plan’ - Polity.org.za (2016-02-11)

Sona: SA deserved more - Moneyweb (2016-02-11)

With eye on downgrade Zuma tackles economy - Business Day (2016-02-12)

Week of 8 - 12 February 2016

On Tuesday, the national assembly’s trade and industry committee will be briefed on the Draft Credit Life Insurance Regulations, the National Credit Act Amendment Regulations and the Review of Limitations on Fees and Interest Rates Regulations.

The portfolio committee on agriculture, forestry and fisheries is scheduled to be briefed by the agriculture, forestry and fisheries department on the Fishing Rights Allocation Process. It will also receive a progress report on the implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy.

The standing committee on finance will continue with deliberations on the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill.

On Wednesday, the trade and industry committee will turn its attention to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission, the Black Industrialist Incentive and the Special Economic Zone Regulations.

The standing committee on finance will hold hearings on the Financial Sector Regulation Bill. National treasury will provide responses to submissions on the bill.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Mr Bonginkosi "Blade" Nzimande

Dr Blade Nzimande
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Higher Education and Training (2009-)

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