Public Service

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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.

Gordhan Wants Advisory Group on Local Government

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister, Pravin Gordhan, is planning to establish an advisory group on critical local government issues.

The minister said in parliament he wants to put together an advisory committee of eminent persons drawn from various sectors, including civil society, to advise him.  He plans to get the group involved with issues arising in the procurement system within local government, as well as on how to increase integrity and the value system in this sphere of the public sector.

Conditions of Authorisation Laid Down

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The rules governing how public sector institutions are to appoint authorised individuals to serve documents or processes of court on their behalf as part of a private prosecution have been published in Government Gazette 37722.

Section 15(2)(a) of the Magistrates' Courts Act of 1944 empowers public bodies to authorise suitable individuals to carry out this function.