IN THE LOOP (19)

Vol. 1 No. 19, covering the week ending 3 December 2021


DEVELOPMENTS OF GENERAL INTEREST


President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that government intends conducting a ‘review’ of ‘the use of the (2002) Disaster Management Act’ in managing its ‘response’ to the Covid-19 pandemic and ‘ultimately lifting the national State of Disaster’.


The Department of Basic Education has published its policy on preventing and managing ‘learner pregnancy in schools’ commits the Department of Basic Education and ‘other role players’ to providing comprehensive sexuality education as a ‘crucial part of school curricular’.


Most sections of the Cybercrimes Act are now in force. However, several key aspects of certain sections are not, including:

  • those dealing with the reporting obligations of financial institutions and electronic communications service providers, and

  • those curtailing the harmful disclosure of pornographic material, especially when it involves children.

The criteria to be met by taxi operators seeking assistance from a relief fund established under the Covid-19 State of Disaster have been relaxed.


DEVELOPMENTS OF SECTOR-SPECIFIC INTEREST


The wording proposed for further amendments to the remitted Copyright Amendment Bill has been released for comment. This follows the National Assembly’s decision to grant its Trade & Industry Committee permission to amend the Act beyond the scope of the Bill and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reservations about the constitutionality of certain clauses.


The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has published a feedback report summarising input received on its ‘draft statement of methodology and policies governing … SARB-administered interest rate benchmarks’.


Norms and standards are now in place for each tourism sector facility and establishment reopening during the Covid-19 State of Disaster.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT


The South African Reserve Bank has called for input on the latest discussion document in its series on South Africa’s intended approach to bank resolution.


The Prudential Authority has released a draft directive clarifying certain aspects of liquidity risk exposure.


The Department of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment is proposing another set of amendments to the waste management extended producer responsibility regulations. They affect the electrical/electronic equipment, lighting and paper/packing sectors, as well as some single use products falling under paper and packaging.


​FROM THE POWERS THAT BE


'Gender-based violence and femicide has become so deeply entrenched across cultures and traditions in South Africa in ways that it appears to be normalised' (Sport, Arts & Culture Deputy Minister Nocawe Mafu)

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