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31 July 2020

Government Legislative Priorities 2020

Over the past couple of weeks, government Ministers appeared before Parliament to present departmental Budget Speeches, as part of the processing of the Adjustments Appropriation Bill (2020). During these deliveries, some of them spoke about their...
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27 July 2020

The Week Ahead: End of an historic second term

The second term has been truly historic: the pandemic forced Parliament to conduct its business virtually. The tabling of the emergency budget extended the term by another month making it the longest session (16 weeks) in many years. Initially,...
27 July 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update (27 July 2020)

LOCKDOWN LEVEL 3 Schools   The break announced on 23 July by President Cyril Ramaphosa ‘will allow schools to prepare for the return of more grades … later in August’, according to a statement issued the next day by Basic Education Minister Angie...
20 July 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update (20 July 2020)

LOCKDOWN LEVEL 3 Basic income grant   On 13 July, Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu issued a media statement confirming that ‘discussions’ on the introduction of a basic income grant (BIG) ‘have been brought back to the table’ and that the...
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20 July 2020

The Week Ahead: Deputy President in the NCOP & Virtual Budget Vote Debates

Parliament will largely be consumed by Budget Vote debates this week. These debates provide another opportunity for lawmakers to interact with the budget and are headlined by Ministers, their deputies, party leaders and senior MPs. During processing...
13 July 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown Regulations: Update (13 July 2020)

LOCKDOWN LEVEL 3 State of Disaster extended In his address to the nation on 12 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa extended the State of Disaster to 15 August. Amended regulations Gazetted on 12 July, the amendments: are the latest changes to the 29 April...
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12 July 2020

The Week Ahead: Supplementary Budget Debates begin

It's déjà vu in Parliament with MPs spending most of the time focusing on the emergency budget. Committees will be dealing with remaining Annual Performance Plans and finalising Budget Reports. As part of their budget scrutiny, MPs are probing...
10 July 2020

Metropolitan Municipalities: COVID-19 Response Plans

Minister & Deputy on Disaster Management Regulations and their amendments - 21 April 2020 Role of local government in combating spread of COVID-19 virus: SALGA briefing​ - 28 April 2020 Stimulus package to municipalities: Department briefing​ - 30...
06 July 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown Regulations: Update (6 July 2020)

LOCKDOWN LEVEL 3 Schools Two changes were made to the 23 June list of classes scheduled to reopen on 6 July: removing Pre-Grade R (in an amendment issued on 29 June), and in a 2 July media statement, making Grades R, 6 and 11 the only classes to...
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06 July 2020

Bill Returned to Parliament by the President

President Ramaphosa recently returned four Bills to Parliament for reconsideration, namely: Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill (2016); Copyright Amendment Bill (2017); Protection of State Information Bill (2010); Liquor Products Amendment Bill...