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That week in Parliament

23 November 2020

From the Government Gazette, Speeches by Cabinet Members and Media Statements (23 November 2020)

National minimum wage On 20 November, the National Minimum Wage Commission gazetted a notice calling for comment on proposals for: a 4,5% adjustment increasing the national minimum per hour to R21,69 next year, and aligning farmworkers’ and domestic...
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23 November 2020

The Week Ahead: Parliament is drawing to a close

It's the penultimate week of the parliamentary year. As a result, there is a bit of frenzy as legislation and important business that can be completed are rushed to the finishing line while other less urgent parliamentary business is dropped for lack...
16 November 2020

From the Government Gazette, Speeches by Cabinet Members and Media Statements (16 November 2020)

Covid-19   The one month State of Disaster extension announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 11 November was confirmed three days later in the Government Gazette. Eased lockdown level one restrictions featured in the President’s speech came into...
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16 November 2020

The Week Ahead: Men’s Parliament, Mini-Plenaries & Legislation

There are three weeks left until Parliament rises for the year. In the remaining days, lawmakers are scheduled to vote on several Bills, approve government spending, hold debates, scrutinise government performance, consider statutory appointments and...
09 November 2020

From the Government Gazette, Speeches by Cabinet Members and Media Statements (9 November 2020)

Covid-19 On 2 November, the Departments of Small Business Development and Sport, Arts and Culture announced the availability of ongoing relief for qualifying organisations, enterprises and individual practitioners in the craft, design, visual arts and...
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09 November 2020

The Week Ahead: President’s final Q&A for 2020

The President's oral question session on Thursday is the high point of the parliamentary week. The President is required to answer questions of national or international importance once per term in accordance with the annual parliamentary programme....
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08 November 2020

Tracking the Gender-Based Violence Bills in Parliament

Domestic Violence Amendment Bill Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act Amendment Bill Criminal and Related Matters Amendment Bill   Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services 18 Nov 2020               ...
02 November 2020

From the Government Gazette, Speeches by Cabinet Members and Media Statements (2 November 2020)

Medium Term Budget Policy Statement The statement included several announcements not widely reported: The 1956 Pension Fund Act’s Regulation 28 (as amended in March 2011) is being reviewed to facilitate increased investment in infrastructure. ‘A...
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02 November 2020

The Week Ahead: Questions to the Deputy President, Urgent Debates & MTBPS processing

The endgame of the parliamentary year is fast approaching. There are only five weeks left before the legislature rises and loose ends are gradually being knitted together. Following last week’s presentation of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement...
26 October 2020

From the Government Gazette, Speeches by Cabinet Members and Media Statements (26 October 2020)

Covid-19 disaster management   The Lindela repatriation holding facility is now open to visitors, according to a ministerial directive gazetted on 23 October. On 21 October, the Sani Pass border post was re-opened in an amendment to the disaster...