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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Several ministerial directives issued under Covid-19 lockdown Level 5 have been amended or, in some cases, repealed and replaced.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...
09 May 2020

The Week Ahead: Full week of budget-related meetings

It’s the second of week of budget-related meetings and the pace is quickening. The schedule is packed as Committees continue to interrogate departments and entities on their budgets, targets and priorities for the year ahead. As part of their...
05 May 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown Regulations: Latest Update

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown Regulations: Update A new set of Covid-19 disaster management regulations was gazetted on 29 April, consolidating and replacing those issued on 25 March and since amended several times. Chapter 3 spells out...
03 May 2020

The Week Ahead: Focus shifts to budget-related matters

Due to COVID-19 and the accompanying restrictions, Parliament is a very different place: virtual meetings are scheduled on Monday’s (this is usually allocated for constituency work), public holidays and even in the late afternoon/early evening. And...
28 April 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown: Update on 28 April 2020

Last Saturday, government called for input on a draft framework of economic sectors to be reactivated during each of the five Covid-19 lockdown alert levels announced last week by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Stakeholders were given until midday, Monday...
26 April 2020

The Week Ahead: Virtual meetings continue

The sound and picture quality was occasionally poor. There were IT glitches, MPs struggled to operate the mute function and meetings took time to get going. However, the first week of virtual committee meetings was a relative success. The technical...
23 April 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown Regulations: Update

On 16 April, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced a fourth set of amendments to the 18 March Covid-19 State of Disaster regulations. Changes have also been made to several ministerial directives –...
20 April 2020

The Week Ahead: Parliament resumes & focuses on COVID-19

Parliament has prioritized a schedule of virtual committee meetings, whose scope of oversight relates to government departments driving COVID-19 response measures. Initially, the Legislature, suspended its programme until further notice, issued...
15 April 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown Regulations: A summary

This blog unpacks the State of Disaster regulations and lockdown directives, focusing on the ones most likely to affect you, family, friends and the business or non-profit organisation you work for There have been many changes to the State of Disaster...