DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER (examples of Twitter alerts sent during 2019)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A draft National Sport & Recreation Amendment Bill has been released for comment. It proposes establishing a sport arbitration tribunal, among other things

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Comment is sought on a new clause for the 2017 Defence Amendment Bill proposed by the NCOP and reducing from 30 to 10 the number of days a member of the SANDF may be continuously absent without leave before the matter is referred to a board of inquiry

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A new housing and living conditions standard for the mining industry came into force yesterday. It gives mining right holders 12 months to prepare the necessary plans 

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Icasa is conducting a regulatory impact assessment on new measures in place since February and intended to lower the cost of communicating – but apparently not being implemented properly

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Government is determined to transform the Road Accident Fund ‘from a fault-based system to a no-fault policy approach’ and will work with Parliament to speed up the process of finalising the Road Accident Benefit Scheme Bill (Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The Economic Regulator of Transport Bill to be tabled soon in Parliament will end the role of specialised industry-specific regulators (explanatory summary)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Stakeholders have only two more days to comment on the lapsed, recently revived 2018 Social Assistance Amendment Bill now before the National Assembly’s Social Development Committee

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Three tax law amendment Bills have been sent to the President for signature: the TLAB, TALAB and Rates Bills

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The Adjustments Appropriation Bill has been sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa for signature

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The FSCA has called for input on a draft determination affecting external central counterparty & trade repository licence applicants; & an ‘equivalence framework‘ affecting external central securities depositories

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER:
LAND EXPROPRIATION WITHOUT COMPENSATION: The draft Constitution 18th Amendment Bill to be gazetted next week for comment will be the version presented on Tuesday to the National Assembly committee

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A draft standard for central counterparty licence applications has been released for comment, with a ‘statement of need’

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The NCOP has called for written submissions on the 2017 National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill and the 2016 National Forests Amendment Bill , which were revived in October

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The 2019 Promotion of Access to Information Amendment Bill (making it mandatory for political parties to disclose individual donations above R10 thousand) has been sent to the President for signature

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Draft resettlement guidelines affecting prospecting & mining right/permit applicants/holders have been gazetted yesterday for comment

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A preliminary draft of the Bill amending section 25 of the Constitution to provide explicitly for land expropriation without compensation will be finalised on Thursday and gazetted for public comment

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Draft carbon tax allowance regulations released for comment focus on trade exposure and emissions intensity benchmarks
(summary document)

SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A draft revised waste management strategy gazetted for comment seeks, among other things, to address the ‘widespread impact’ of single-use plastic on SA’s coastline, rivers and wetlands

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The 2016 Border Management Authority Bill (‘B’ version) faces two more hurdles before being passed by Parliament, but Minister Aaron Motsoaledi seems confident that things will go smoothly

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The NCOP deadline for written submissions on the 2018 Civil Union Amendment Bill’s ‘B’ version has been extended to 6 December. The Bill focuses on objections to solemnising same sex marriages

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Section 67 of the 2002 Electronic Communications Act (competition matters) is likely to be reviewed in the light of the Competition Commission’s mobile data market review report, which was released yesterday

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Carbon offset allowance regulations gazetted on Friday came into effect retrospectively on 1 June

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The NCOP has called for comment on the National Minimum Wage Amendment Bill – nearly 12 months after a technical error was discovered

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Icasa has released a discussion document as the next step in its market inquiry into broadband mobile services

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The 10-year water & sanitation master plan released last week is a ‘call to action’ in the face of a ‘crisis’ projected to result in a 17% water deficit by 2030

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Proposed amendments to mineral & petroleum resources regulations among other things affecting social & labour plans have been gazetted for comment

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A summary of the Competition Commission’s grocery retail market inquiry report offers valuable insights into steps government could take to support spaza shops & small retailers

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Two new Acts have been added to the statute books but are not yet in force
Traditional & Khoi-San Leadership Act
Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Government’s new ‘district development’ approach to planning is expected to accelerate land reform, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The land redistribution process will not be ‘a licence to conduct land grabs’. ‘We shall not sacrifice … economic growth & development … on the altar of empty slogans’ (Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The new firearms amnesty indemnifies any owner of an illegally possessed/unwanted firearm (surrendered to the SAPS) from being prosecuted. The indemnity does not apply to firearms used to commit a crime (Minister Bheki Cele)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: More information may be needed on international investment treaty obligations affecting the expropriation of foreign-owned land. Yesterday’s briefing ‘shocked’ at least one ANC representative in the parliamentary committee

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The 2017 National Public Health Institute of SA Bill’s ‘D’ version and the DA’s 2018 Public Finance Management Amendment Bill are likely to be revived today (they were)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences & Related Matters) Act is to be strengthened and may eventually allow for the national register of sex offenders to be made public (Deputy Minister John Jeffery)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Once in force, a Bill soon to be tabled in Parliament will make it easier to prosecute persons alleged to have committed sexual offences more than 20 years previously

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The five-year municipal performance review released on Friday paints a grim picture. It probably informed the new district development model now being rolled out – but what about the core issues?

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Treasury is unfazed by Friday’s S&P revised ‘outlook on SA’ (from stable to negative). SOEs are one of the agency’s concerns, although it chose not to comment on the SAA wage settlement. No comment from government yet, either

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A new SA Law Reform Commission discussion paper & draft Bill proposes that it should be mandatory for disputing parties to attend ‘a standardised information & education programme’ & ‘mediation session’ before going to court

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The 2018 Child Justice Amendment Bill (raising the minimum age of criminal capacity from 10 to 12 years) is ready to be passed by the NCOP and sent to the President for signature

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The 2018 Independent Police Investigative Directorate Amendment Bill (addressing accountability issues) is ready to be passed by the NCOP and sent to the President for signature

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A deeply worrying committee report on KZN land reform failures points to the need for a serious re-think, otherwise government plans for an ‘inclusive agricultural sector’ are doomed

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: An Economic Regulation of Transport Bill to be tabled soon in Parliament seeks to consolidate the economic regulation of aviation, marine, rail and road transport into a single framework (Cabinet statement)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The Foreign Service Bill has finally been passed. It ensures that minimum requirements are met when selecting heads of mission & their subordinates & controls the disposal of SA immovable assets abroad

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Public sector job application requirements for certified documents were relaxed yesterday with immediate effect. Government would like to see the private sector follow suit (Presidency)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: VAAL RIVER SYSTEM POLLUTION: R241.9m is rolled-over in the 2019 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill for a remediation intervention in the Emfuleni Local Municipality (National Assembly committee report)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: ‘At this stage, the whole country is seen as endemic and all animals are seen to be at risk of acquiring bovine brucellosis and should therefore be tested.’ (draft bovine brucellosis control policy)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The Department of Justice & Constitutional Development is busy drafting a policy on regulating the community-based advice office sector (Deputy Minister John Jeffery)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A Small, Medium & Micro Enterprise Ombudsman Services Bill almost ready for public comment focuses on contract-related conflict resolution around issues that will include non- or late payment (Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A draft strategy for establishing, expanding and maintaining ‘a network of botanical gardens across SA’ has been gazetted for comment

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A Bill on military discipline is about to begin its passage through Parliament

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: You now have an extra week to comment on draft buyer power abuse & price discrimination regulations aimed at levelling the competition playing fields for black-owned businesses

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Police Minister Bheki Cele wants buccal sampling to be mandatory for ‘all citizens’ (including newborns). He has postponed the completion of a Bill on forensic DNA testing pending a decision on his proposals

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: You now have an extra week to comment on draft buyer power abuse & price discrimination regulations aimed at levelling the competition playing fields for black-owned businesses

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: A Bill on military discipline is about to begin its passage through Parliament

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: ‘Comprehensive sexuality education’ lesson plans being piloted by the Department of Basic Education have been published with the aim of allaying fears about their content

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Neither ‘property’ nor the ‘custodianship of land’ is included in the mandate of the ad hoc committee established by Parliament to amend section 25 of the Constitution to provide for land expropriation without compensation

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Nearly 3 000 small-scale rock lobster fishers identified last year in the Western Cape but still waiting for their 15-year rights to be granted will have ‘access to fishing’ pending the conclusion of the process

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Trade & Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has described ArcelorMittal SA’s decision to close its Saldanha works as ‘regrettable’ given the ‘significant tariff protection and localisation initiatives’ introduced over the years

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Icasa has begun the process of issuing new community sound broadcasting service licences, after lifting its 2015 moratorium in July

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The Congress of the People’s 2018 Civil Union Amendment Bill will soon be the focus of public hearings in the NCOP

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The Recognition of Customary Marriages Amendment Bill has been sent to the National House of Traditional Leaders for comment by 11 December

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER:
NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE BILL, public hearings (Limpopo Province):
Vhembe District Municipality: 5 November
Greater Tzaneen: 16 November
Sekhukhune District Municipality:17 November
Capricorn District Municipality:18 November

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The 25 Year Review should be seen as as ‘an instructive tool’ and ‘springboard’ to ‘renewed effort’ (President Cyril Ramaphosa)

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Final opportunity to have your say on a Bill making it mandatory for every registered political party to record and disclose individual donations exceeding R10 0000

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: New poultry sector master plan includes extra protection from cheap imports
Minister Thoko Didiza
Engineering News

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: Citizens should not have to turn to SA’s courts because local, provincial & national government departments have failed to meet their ‘obligations’ (President Cyril Ramaphosa)