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IN THE LOOP (3)

Updated: a day ago



Vol. 1 No.3 (covering the week ending 13 August 2021)*


NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR

  • please click anything in red and underlined to access the original documents (LEGALBRIEF TODAY subscribers can find summaries of most of these documents in their Monday-to-Friday doses of 'Policy Watch')

  • this newsletter should not be interpreted as reflecting the views of its author or those of the publishers of any other newsletters to which it refers

UNREST-RELATED DEVELOPMENTS

  • the recently gazetted ministerial directive establishing a temporary financial relief scheme (a related Department of Employment & Labour media statement tends to suggest that applications from the staff of employers not yet registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund will be considered - but only once their employers have registered and, in so doing, become eligible to submit applications on their employees' behalf )



RULES & REGULATIONS ...

OF GENERAL INTEREST

  • amendments to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, increasing the licensing threshold for embedded generation projects to 100 MW (as announced in June by President Cyril Ramaphosa)

... OF SECTOR-SPECIFIC INTEREST

  • nothing to report


POLICY & LEGISLATION OF GENERAL INTEREST

  • the 2021 Customary Initiation Act will come into force on 1 September

  • the NCOP's Security & Justice Committee has proposed several changes to the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill that could strengthen it if adopted by both Houses


POLICY & LEGISLATION OF SECTOR-SPECIFIC INTEREST

  • once a few days have passed (allowing LEGALBRIEF TODAY subscribers first sight) Policy Watch reports on the remitted Copyright Amendment Bill public hearings (also affecting the Performers' Protection Amendment Bill) will be available on this website, as indicated below (meanwhile, you may want to look at 'Copyright Amendment Bill process: the unpalatable truth'


OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

  • the draft national infrastructure plan, with a media statement from Public Works & Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

  • a draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill that, once in force, will implement the emergency tax measures announced on 25 July by President Cyril Ramaphosa

  • draft guidelines on the Competition Commission’s policy regarding collaboration between competitors on localisation initiatives

  • proposals for clarifying last year's notice on renewable energy premium rates under the Carbon Tax Act, with an accompanying National Treasury media statement

  • a draft conduct standard for co-operative financial institutions

  • draft auditing profession guidelines, on which CompliNEWS subscribers will find more details in Thursday's newsletter (and which will be included in your next ' IN THE LOOP ')


  • According to National Treasury, there has been a 12% decrease in compliance with a requirement that invoices submitted by goods and services suppliers to government entities are paid within within 30 days


COVID-19

  • the latest extension to the State of Disaster

  • a backdated ministerial directive formalising the recently reintroduced social relief of distress grant


FROM THE POWERS THAT BE

'South Africa welcomes the long-awaited sixth assessment by the intergovernmental panel on climate change. This is an important contribution to enhancing scientific understanding on climate change.'

'The biggest problem facing our human resource development system is ensuring that about 3.3 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 ... who are not in education, employment or training ... are supported to obtain skills that will assist them to enter the job market.'


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