From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (18 July 2022)
COMPENSATION FOR OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES AND DISEASES
- The Department of Employment and Labour has gazetted a notice announcing its intention to embark on ‘employer engagements, site visits and audits’ with the aim of ‘establishing effective registration and compliance’ with the Act.
- The Department Police has gazetted a notice calling for public comments on draft standard operating procedures for investigations, access, search and seizure under the Cybercrimes Act, 2020.
- The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has issued a media statement providing insight into the purpose of a draft White Paper released on 8 July for public comment. Once operationalised, it is expected to facilitate:
- ‘a shift to an Africanised conservation approach that embraces ... (South Africa’s) diverse cultures, traditions and knowledge systems’, as well as ‘values such as ubuntu’
- ‘a more holistic approach to sustainable use, which ensures (the) responsible and humane use of South Africa’s biodiversity
- an end to ‘poor and harmful practices such as those associated with the captive lion industry’
- the implementation of recommendations emerging from a recent high-level panel review of policy, legislation and practices affecting elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling, and
- promote transformation by way of ‘access and beneficiation by communities adjacent to protected areas, as well as for previously disadvantaged individuals’.
- Three sets of proposed amendments to regulations on mining-related activities have been gazetted for public comment. Once in force:
- one will affect the protocol for assessing and reporting on an activity’s impact on animal species
- one will have implications for hydraulic fracturing when exploring for and producing onshore oil and gas, and
- one will regulate financial provisioning for environmental damage during reconnaissance, prospecting, exploration and production.
- The Competition Commission has published an interim report for public comment. According to an accompanying media statement, provisional recommendations include:
- a 10-15% cap on the fee differentials between large and small businesses
- advertising that is clearly displayed as such, with top search positions reserved for ‘organic/natural search results’
- separating own-product retailers from third party sellers, and
- special funding and fee arrangements for businesses owned by historically disadvantaged persons.
- Several sets of amendments to regulations under the Liquor Products Act, 1989, have been gazetted since 8 July, when a composite notice was published dealing with matters similar to those gazetted a week later in separate notices affecting:
Prepared by Pam Saxby
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