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Tax Relief for Bargaining Councils to Remain

National Treasury

The current proposal in the 2017 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) on relief for Bargaining Councils will remain in place.

National treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) confirmed this during a recent briefing on the Draft TLAB and the 2017 Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill in parliament.

Regulations Relating to Plant Breeders' Rights Tweaked

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Regulations Relating to Plant Breeders' Rights have been amended.

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department published the amendments in Government Gazette 41179 in terms of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act.

Competition Tribunal Approves Coca-Cola Merger

Department of Economic Development

The Coca-Cola Company is to merge with Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Pty) Ltd.

The economic development department announced the merger in Government Gazette 41178.

Draft Lower Courts Bill in the Pipeline

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

A Draft Lower Courts Bill is under development.

In a briefing in parliament on its 2016/17 annual report, the justice and constitutional development department indicated that the proposed legislation aims to “rationalize and transform the legislative framework of the lower courts in line with the constitution.”

Labour Laws Amendment Bill to be Tweaked

Department of Labour

Parliament has called for comment on proposed amendments to the Labour Laws Amendment Bill.

The private member’s bill proposing paternity leave for fathers was tabled at the end of 2015.

Amendments to State Information Technology Act Under Construction

Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Amendments to the State Information Technology Act are on the cards.

The telecommunications and postal services minister, Siyabonga Cwele, revealed this during a meeting in parliament.

Road Accident Fund Amendment Bill Withdrawn

Department of Transport

The Road Accident Fund Amendment Bill has been withdrawn from parliament.

The bill was tabled in parliament in February 2017.

Focus on ...

Grace Mugabe: Diplomatic immunity and privileges recognised

Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act (37/2001): Minister's Minute - Government Gazette Notice (2017-08-20) (accessible for Sabinet Gazette subscribers)

Grace Mugabe granted diplomatic immunity - DIRCO - Politicsweb (2017-08-20)

Mugabe family met by senior government officials in Zim - Eyewitness News (2017-08-20)

Immunity for Mugabe opens can of worms - Business Day (2017-08-21)

Grace Mugabe: why diplomatic immunity isn’t always an ‘out of jail’ ticket - The Conversation (2017-08-21)

AfriForum asks court to set aside Grace Mugabe's diplomatic immunity - Polity (2017-08-24)

MPs want to grill minister over Mugabe - Business Day (2017-08-25)

Grace Mugabe: Zim embassy withdraws from proceedings - AfriForum - Politicsweb (2017-10-07)

In Parliament

Week of 16 - 20 October 2017

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Ms Lynne Brown

Ms Lynne Brown
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Public Enterprises (2014-)

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