25 January 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (25 January 2021)



  • On 22 January, a ministerial directive confirmed:
    • the dates on which state schools should reopen to school management teams, teaching assistants, administrative staff, other educators and, on 15 February, to learners, and that
    • independent schools should not reopen to learners until 29 January.


  • An 18 January statement on developments in the post-school education and training sector confirmed that:
    • eligible National Student Financial Aid Scheme can expect to receive the digital devices promised in July 2020 before the start of the 2021 academic year
    • this is scheduled to begin ‘in March’, and that
    • negotiations with mobile network operators on affordable access to data will continue.




  • Draft norms and standards have been released for comment, focusing on equipping the sector to operate safely during the international Covid-19 pandemic.






  • Input from Minister Fikile Mbalula at a recent departmental planning session points to a moratorium on new operating licences for mini- and midi-bus taxis, a resolution included in the declaration emerging from last year’s taxi lekgotla.




  • National Treasury issued a statement on 22 January providing insight into the 2020 tax Acts, which were published two days earlier, giving effect to proposals in the 2020 Budget.


Prepared by Pam Saxby

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