IN THE LOOP (20)

Vol. 1 No. 20, covering the week ending 10 December 2021


DEVELOPMENTS OF GENERAL INTEREST


Several Bills (some of which have yet to be tabled in Parliament) will be used to implement ANC policy on accelerated land reform, according to Justice & Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola. They will include a Land Restoration Bill. Meanwhile – although the Constitution 18th Amendment Bill was not supported by the number of MPs required to pass it – Parliament will proceed next year with its work on the revised Expropriation Bill. According to the ANC's parliamentary caucus, a ‘new way’ will be found to use land expropriation with no compensation as an instrument of land reform, using existing provisions in the Constitution.


A Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill to be tabled ‘shortly’ in Parliament includes a proposal making Grade R attendance compulsory, according to the explanatory summary.


A Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill about to be tabled in Parliament will make it mandatory for DNA buccal samples to be taken from persons convicted of Schedule 8 offences.


A National Assembly Home Affairs Committee media statement on the draft Electoral Amendment Bill has clarified its status. ‘Two options on electoral reform’ are being considered, providing a ‘viable initial platform’ for the committee to proceed with its work.


National Treasury has confirmed that the preliminary findings of recent IMF consultations with government have pointed to ‘a lack of progress’ in implementing structural reforms and ‘continued weaknesses in state-owned enterprises’.


The Competition Commission has published a report on the findings of its study on economic concentration and participation levels and trends.


DEVELOPMENTS OF SECTOR-SPECIFIC INTEREST


The Financial Intelligence Centre has issued a communication clarifying matters relating to business relationships with prominent, influential persons and their immediate families in the context of possible money laundering risk.


The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance has tabled a report in the House elaborating on its reasons for rejecting the DA’s Pension Funds Amendment Bill.


The Independent Communications Authority of SA has gazetted an invitation to apply to bid in next year’s high-demand radio frequency spectrum auction.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT


Al Jama-ah leader Mogamad Hendricks is calling for input on proposals for a Maintenance Amendment Bill, which will seek to introduce provisional financial support pending the outcome of a maintenance claim.


The South African Law Reform Commission has published an issue paper exploring the ‘criminal law response‘ to domestic violence.


The Department of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment has published a proposed amendment to the February 2018 environmental authorisation regulations for large-scale wind and solar photovoltaic energy development activities.


The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has released two complementary discussion papers intended to ‘promote transparency’ in environmental, social and governance reporting and guide listed companies on ‘best practice disclosure’.


The Accounting Standards Board has released proposals for the contents of a ‘due process handbook’ intended to prescribe minimum requirements for the process of developing standards of generally recognised accounting practice.


The Consumer Commission has gazetted two documents for public comment:

  • proposed guidelines setting out the procedures to be followed when a consumer protection group applies for accreditation, as well as during the ensuing assessment process, and

  • draft amendments to the automotive industry consumer code of conduct.


​FROM THE POWERS THAT BE


'We should not wait for new regulations before we reduce the size of ... gatherings, as research has shown this to be an effective means of reducing the spread of the (Covid-19) virus' (President Cyril Ramaphosa)


'The Constitution enables the multiple voices of the people to be heard in an organized, articulate, meaningful and principled manner. The argument that constitutional democracy is a threat to democracy itself and a subversion of the will of the people makes no sense and is not supported by any evidence, both in our country and elsewhere in the world' (Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Thembisile Nkadimeng)

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