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That week in Parliament

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09 November 2021

2021 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) Explainer

What is the MTBPS? The MTBPS is also referred to as the “mini budget”. It allows government departments to apply for adjustments to their budgets, apply for roll-overs, and request additional funds for unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure. It...
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08 November 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (8 November 2021)

ENERGY   The Presidency has confirmed that agreement has been reached on an ‘historic partnership’ to support South Africa’s ‘just transition to a low carbon economy and a climate resilient society’. An ‘inclusive task force’ has been established to...
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08 November 2021

The Week Ahead: Final Term

Parliament resumes this week after an extended constituency period. The hybrid Parliament will continue for another term, with some MPs working from the precinct and others remotely. The final term will run for seven weeks and the programme is packed...
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03 November 2021

#LGE2021: How to Get Involved in Your Municipality

Public participation: the bedrock on which democracy rests Voting is one of the ways we make democracy work. But this on its own is not sufficient. Democracy is also strengthened when citizens participate and are actively involved in decision-making...
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02 November 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (2 November 2021)

COVID-19   On 28 October, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy withdrew several directives affecting three sectors: biodiversity, especially live auctions marine and freshwater fishing, and waste recycling.   FISHERIES   On...
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25 October 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (25 October 2021)

COVID-19   On 22 October, the Compensation Fund gazetted a notice explaining the circumstances in which a claim may be submitted when an employee experiences serious Covid-19 vaccination side-effects. These are only when: an employer makes vaccination...
21 October 2021

State of Local Government

  In less than two weeks’ time, South Africans will be going to the polls to elect public representatives to sit in the 257 municipal councils across the country.   The latest (2019/20) audit findings as presented by Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke...
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17 October 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (18 October 2021)

  COVID-19   The State of Disaster has been extended to 15 November.   On 11 October, the disaster management regulations for adjusted lockdown level one were amended to allow limited numbers of spectators at certain sports matches.   On 15 October,...
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15 October 2021

Parliament’s role in Local Governance

In less than three weeks’ time, South Africans will go out in numbers to cast their votes to elect public representatives to sit in the 257 municipal councils across the country, comprising eight metropolitan, 44 district and 205 local municipalities....
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11 October 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (11 October 2021)

ENVIRONMENTAL   The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has called for public comment on draft guidelines for designing and producing various forms of packaging for eventual recycling.   CONSERVATION   The Department of Forestry,...