20 November 2023
From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (20 November 2023)
- A parliamentary news report quoted Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi as having confirmed that a revised set of draft regulations is being prepared to give effect to the Employment Equity Amendment Act, 2022.
- The revised draft regulations will reflect some of the comments received on a version released in May 2023, which proposed five-year sector-specific employment equity targets.
- During a media briefing, Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs Minister Thembisile Nkadimeng referred to work underway on drafting a ‘General Laws Amendment Bill’ to:
- ‘streamline and fortify the legal framework governing municipalities’
- promote ‘more effective and transparent governance’
- ‘solidify good practices’
- address any ‘regulatory vacuums’, and
- ‘eradicate or mitigate detrimental practices’.
- This is in addition to:
MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT
- The Department of Transport gazetted draft amendments to regulations on training, certification, and ‘safe manning’ for public comment. The changes envisaged have significant implications for fishing vessels and their crew.
- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa gazetted a notice announcing its intention to consult further on matters relating to a subscription television broadcasting market inquiry begun in 2016. Stakeholder input should be made using the following questionnaires:
SCRAP METAL TRADING
- The Civilian Secretariat for Police gazetted a notice calling for public comments on draft amendments to regulations under the Second-hand Goods Act, 2009. They form part of a broader programme of action intended to curb damage to South Africa’s infrastructure and the broader economy by regulating trade in certain categories of metal waste, scrap metal and semi-finished metal products.
- The purpose of the draft amendments is to:
- address gaps in the enforcement of scrap metal seller registration requirements
- extend the registration requirements to include the buyers and sellers of semi-finished metal products
- introduce more comprehensive reporting obligations, and to
- restrict trade in scrap copper and semi-finished copper products to registered buyers and sellers.
- It is envisaged that waste pickers would be exempt from these requirements unless foraging and selling copper scrap.
Prepared by Pam Saxby
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