05 December 2022

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (5 December 2022)

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ELECTORAL AMENDMENT BILL

  • The National Assembly’s Home Affairs Committee has agreed to recommend to the House that:
    • the Constitutional Court is approached as soon as possible for an extension to the deadline by which Parliament is required to pass the Bill, and that
    • clauses added to the Bill by the NCOP are advertised in January 2023 for public comment.

 

FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTRE (FIC) ACT

  • The Financial Intelligence Centre has issued a media statement explaining recently gazetted amendments to the Act’s Schedules 1, 2 and 3, which will:
    • come into effect on 19 December 2022, and among other things
    • identify the categories of legal professional accountable to the FIC, including notaries and conveyancers, and
    • bring dealers in high-value goods and crypto assets within the Act’s ambit.

 

INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE THROUGH METAL THEFT

  • The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has gazetted a phased programme of action intended to curb ongoing damage to South Africa’s infrastructure and the economy by regulating trade in:
    • ferrous and non-ferrous metals waste and scrap, and
    • semi-finished ferrous and non-ferrous metal products.
    • Amendments have since been made to two of the notices, affecting guidelines on controlling:
      • the export of certain semi-finished products, and
      • the import of certain metal-processing machinery.
  • The programme began on 30 November 2022 with:
    • a six-month ban on exporting:
      • copper waste and scrap metal
      • ferrous waste and scrap metal, and
      • re-melting ingots of iron or steel (except for stainless steel and ferrous waste and scrap generated in the ordinary course of business as a by-product of a manufacturing process), and
    • the concurrent suspension of the price preference system in respect of categories of waste and scrap metal banned from being exported.
  • During the six-month period now in force:
    • preferential pricing will continue to apply to all other waste and scrap metal, and
    • a permit system will continue to apply to the export of waste and scrap metal not affected by the ban.

 

BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT

  • The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has called for public comments on a draft multi-species management plan for South Africa’s vultures
  • Of the country’s seven vulture species, three are listed as critically endangered.

 

CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES)

  • The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has issued a media statement on the inclusion of seventeen succulent plant species and one succulent plant genus in Appendix III of the CITES list.

 

Prepared by Pam Saxby

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