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Government Spending Ceiling to Remain

National Treasury

The new finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, has confirmed that government will remain within the spending ceiling introduced in 2012.

This commitment was made in a written reply to a Democratic Alliance parliamentary question on whether South Africa will introduce wide-ranging cost-cutting measures following recent rating agencies downgrades.

Business Rescue Provisions to be Tweaked

Department of Trade and Industry

Amendments to the Companies Act to provide more certainty on its business rescue provisions are on the cards.

The trade and industry minister, Rob Davies, announced this during his budget vote speech in parliament.

Health SETA Seeks Accounting Chair

Department of Higher Education and Training

The department of higher education and training is calling for nominations for an appointment to the health and welfare sector education and training authority (HWSETA).

According to a notice in the Government Gazette (37861 / 581 of 22 July 2014), “interested and relevant parties in the health and social development sector” are invited to submit proposals for the appointment of the chairperson of the accounting authority for the HWSETA for the term ending 31 March 2016.

Infrastructure Development Guidelines to Drive Transformation

Department of Economic Development

Guidelines flowing from the Infrastructure Development Act are being drawn up to ensure that government’s build programme contributes to economic and social transformation.

The economic development minister, Ebrahim Patel, revealed this during his budget vote speech in parliament.

Municipal Officials Under the Spotlight

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Pravin Gordhan says two sets of regulations will soon be in place to address employment problems in municipalities.

In an answer to a parliamentary question on municipal governance, the minister said his department was presently engaged with the development of new regulations on staff matters.

ISMO Bill Undergoing Refinement

Department of Energy

The energy department will continue to consult with stakeholders and refine the Independent System and Market Operator (ISMO) Bill.

The energy minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, confirmed this during her budget vote speech in parliament.

Consultations on Retirement Reforms to Continue

National Treasury

National treasury will continue to engage with relevant trade unions and stakeholders on the proposed retirement reforms.

The finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, gave this assurance during his budget vote speech in parliament.

Focus on ...

New Land Acts

President Zuma signed two new land Acts into law recently.

Property Valuation Act

Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act

Week of 21 - 25 July 2014

A scaled-down committee meeting schedule will continue this week due to budget vote debates and extended public committees.

On Tuesday, the select committee on economic and business development will hear from the energy and labour departments on their respective budget votes, strategic plans and annual performance plans. The police department is scheduled to brief the select committee on security and justice on its strategic plan with emphasis on provincial-related matters.

On Wednesday, the communications and telecommunications departments will brief the select committee on communications and public enterprises on their annual performance plans. The international relations and cooperation department plans to update the select committee on trade and international relations on its budget vote and plans for the year ahead.

Parliamentary Programme

Minister in the Spotlight

Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula

Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of  Defence and Military Veterans (2012-)

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