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ITAC Publishes Guidelines for Rebate of Duty Applications

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.

DAFF to Tighten Up Horticultural Sector

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.

No Fee Threshold for 2015 Set Down

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.

SAA Gets Additional Guarantee

National Treasury

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.

Trade and Industry Reiterates Stance on Online Gambling

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 Signs Tax Bills

The Presidency

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”.

Pension for Low Income Earners Under Consideration

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.

Focus on ...

January 2015

The constituency period for members has ended and a few meetings are scheduled for this week.

A full meeting programme will resume following the State of the Nation Address on 12 February 2015.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Ms Elizabeth Dipuo Peters

Ms Dipuo Peters
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Transport (2013-)

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