From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (1 February 2021)
COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER
- Ministerial directives gazetted on 29 January have confirmed the measures already in place under adjusted lockdown level three at:
Correctional centres and remand detention facilities
- A composite ministerial directive issued on 28 January has prescribed measures to be taken for the duration of the State of Disaster at each lockdown level and in hotspots.
- According to Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubanehe, the tourism equity fund launched on 26 January is expected to:
- assist efforts to ‘crowd-in private sector investment’ for ‘rejuvenating’ the supply side of SA’s tourism market, and
- accelerate transformation by:
- facilitating acquisition and new project development by black entrepreneurs, and
- targeting ‘commercially viable and sustainable’ tourism enterprises ‘with a minimum of 51% black ownership’.
- Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has alluded to funding terms structured to make repayment ‘easy’ over 10 years, with ‘a maximum moratorium of 12 months’.
- The new national waste management strategy gazetted on 28 January focuses on the circular economy, among other things with the aim of:
- ‘addressing the role of vulnerable groups, waste pickers and the informal sector’
- supporting the participation of women, youth and people living with disabilities
- ‘increasing participation rates in residential separation-at-source programmes’, and ‘investing in the economies associated with transporting … recyclables to waste processing facilities’.
- The 10-year national botanical gardens expansion strategy approved for implementation at an 18 November 2020 Cabinet meeting has been gazetted.
- Automotive aftermarket guidelines were gazetted on 29 January with the aim of curbing practices that:
- ‘exclude small and medium enterprises and historically disadvantaged individuals from becoming approved motor body repairers and … dealers’, and
- limit consumer choice.
- The political party funding regulations were gazetted on 29 January, in the same document as a presidential proclamation confirming the Act’s 1 April commencement.
- A national framework for developing and drafting ‘evidence based’ public policy has been published.
Prepared by Pam Saxby
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