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That week in Parliament

08 June 2020

Covid State State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update (8 June 2020)

State of Disaster On 4 June, Cabinet announced its decision to extend the State of Disaster by one month to 15 July. The extension was gazetted on 5 June. Reopening schools Amendments to the 29 May ministerial directive on reopening schools under...
08 June 2020

The Week Ahead: Budget and Legislation

There are three weeks left until Parliament’s mid-year break. In the remaining days, the legislative body is scheduled to vote on several Bills, appropriate funding, scrutinise government performance, oversee government’s COVID-19 response, recommend...
01 June 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update 1 June 2020

Lockdown level three Disaster management regulations for Covid-19 lockdown level three were gazetted on 28 May, among other things: allowing ‘a competent court to grant an eviction order provided it is just and equitable’ prohibiting ‘male and female...
01 June 2020

The Week Ahead: COVID-19, Legislation & More

Parliament’s month-long constituency period was supposed to start this week; however it has been pushed back to the end of June to allow the legislature to continue carrying out oversight over government’s COVID-19 response, pass the budget and...
25 May 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update 25 May 2020

Last week brought a lull in the publication of ministerial directives, with only three gazetted. They affect public passenger transport, motor vehicle licences and permits, and the reopening of mining operations. In addition, two announcements were...
25 May 2020

Government Gazette Highlights & Other Announcements

Having focused during April and early May on Covid-19 regulations and ministerial directives, the Government Gazette included several notices of more general interest last week. National Student Financial Aid Scheme An ‘independent investigation into...
24 May 2020

The Week Ahead: First Hybrid Sitting

There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business. The highlights include Question Time Session, Africa Day commemoration, special NCOP Virtual Engagement; Women’s Charter Review, legislative business, interviews and...
18 May 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown Regulations: Update 18 May 2020

COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER AND LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS: Update (18 May 2020) To accommodate slightly relaxed lockdown measures under Level 4, amendments have been made to several ministerial directives. One has been repealed and clarity has been provided...
17 May 2020

The Week Ahead: Budget hearings & Legislation

It’s week five of the virtual Parliament. The legislature reached a milestone last Friday when it marked the 100th virtual meeting of its oversight committees. The Coronavirus pandemic has seen a traditional, archaic and slow-moving institution...
11 May 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown Regulations: Update 11 May 2020

Several ministerial directives issued under Covid-19 lockdown Level 5 have been amended or, in some cases, repealed and replaced. They should be read with the 29 April disaster management regulations on Lockdown Level 4.   Courts A directive on the...