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:
    • a Local Government: Municipal Structures Amendment Bill, to which the Minister referred during a speech to delegates at a conference in October, and
    • the draft Intergovernmental, Monitoring, Support and Interventions Bill already released for public comment.



  • 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 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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