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That week in Parliament

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...
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26 October 2020

The Week Ahead: Mini-budget 2020

All eyes will be on the Minister of Finance when he delivers the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday. The MTBPS outlines the economic context against which the 2021 budget is being formulated and sets out the spending framework...
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26 October 2020

2020 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) Explainer

The 2020 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) is set to be delivered by the Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, on Wednesday, 28 October against a tumultuous economic backdrop exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country is facing a...
19 October 2020

From the Government Gazette, Speeches by Cabinet Ministers & Media Statements (19 October 2020)

There having been no new Covid-19 ministerial directives or disaster management regulations issued last week, this update focuses on other key developments. It does not feature Bills, draft Bills or parliamentary committee media statements. Economic...
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18 October 2020

The Week Ahead: Parliament debates the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan

There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business. The highlights include a joint debate, Question Time Session with the Deputy President, a Ministerial briefing, legislative business and high-profile Committee hearings....
12 October 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Other Developments: Update (12 October 2020)

LOCKDOWN LEVEL 1 Social grants and services A ministerial directive gazetted on 7 October amended directions in place since 6 August by: extending to 31 December the validity of temporary disability grants and care dependency grants that have already...
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12 October 2020

The Week Ahead: President in rare address to Parliament

On Thursday, President Ramaphosa will use a rare address in Parliament to brief the country on the government’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. Convening an address to both Houses is generally reserved for the State of the Nation Address...
05 October 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Other Developments: Update (5 October 2020)

LOCKDOWN LEVEL 1 Reopening borders and international travel A ministerial directive was gazetted on 30 September: listing the requirements to be met by the residents of other countries wishing to enter South Africa listing the land ports-of-entry at...