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IN THE LOOP (4)

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Vol. 1 No. 4 (covering the week ending 20 August 2021)

UNREST-RELATED DEVELOPMENTS

The International Trade Administration Commission has issued guidelines on an import duty 'rebate initiative' introduced to assist local manufacturers whose ability to produce the goods required to fulfil existing orders was ‘significantly impacted’ by the unrest.


RULES & REGULATIONS OF SECTOR-SPECIFIC INTEREST


The Department of Mineral Resources & Energy has gazetted an additional amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act. It follows amendments made on 12 August among other things raising the licensing threshold for embedded generation projects to 100 MW.


POLICY & LEGISLATION OF GENERAL INTEREST


The National Assembly’s Justice & Correctional Services Committee has begun processing the Prevention & Combating of Hate Crimes & Hate Speech Bill now that the Constitutional Court has set the boundaries of hate speech in its 'Qwelane' judgment.


POLICY & LEGISLATION OF SECTOR-SPECIFIC INTEREST


An Agricultural Product Standards Amendment Bill has been tabled in Parliament with the aim of ensuring the ‘clear and effective application’ of management control measures, as well as product auditing for quality control purposes.

A slightly revised Financial Sector Laws Amendment Bill is expected to be sent to the National Council of Provinces soon and, once adopted, will then have completed its passage through Parliament. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive framework for the resolution of failed large, systemically important financial institutions, including banks.


Feedback from the Department of Trade, Industry & Competition and parliamentary legal advisers on recent Copyright Amendment Bill hearings is expected to be presented on 27 August to members of the National Assembly's Trade & Industry Committee.

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OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

  • ​a ‘comprehensive social security and retirement reform’ Green Paper

  • draft guidance notes for insurers on liquidity risk management

  • International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board proposals for improving the standards applicable to general purpose financial statements

  • a statement on further issues emerging from the Competition Commission's inquiry into the business-to-consumer online platform market

  • Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors guidelines on search and seizure procedures and dealing with non-audit complaints

OF GENERAL INTEREST

The Department of Trade, Industry & Competition has announced the launch of the Abadali equity equivalent investment programme, which will address 'funding gaps experienced across the early-stage business lifecycle of majority black-owned and controlled enterprises'.

COVID-19

According to Police Minister Bheki Cele, the 'double figure eye-popping increase in most crime categories' reported in the latest quarterly crime statistics was 'informed by ... adjusted lockdown levels and distorted crime trends'.

FROM THE POWERS THAT BE

Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

'Our people ... have a legitimate expectation to claim the mineral resources as theirs, ... evidence of which must reflect in their improved living conditions.'

Department of Water & Sanitation

'The main source of (water) pollution comes from wastewater treatment works due to sewer blockages, poor operations and maintenance as well as pollution from mining operations resulting in problems of acid mine drainage, particularly in mining provinces.'

Commission for Gender Equality

'There are warning signs that our country’s response to gender-based violence is falling short.'

Parliament's multi-party women’s caucus chair Nkhensani Bilankulu

'I have noted that young girls, legally underaged girls are getting pregnant. This state of affairs is very concerning. These staggering numbers, released during Women’s Month, what does it mean about our young women and girl-children?'


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