Category Archives: Legislative

Independence naysayers are ‘narrow-minded’ says Cape Party

As usual the Cape Party catches flak every time it raises the issue of the Western Cape becoming an independent country. Cape Party leader Jack Miller slammed members of the media and politicians for being “narrow- minded” “The coverage we have received in the news media has been blatantly biased and aimed at relegating the Cape Party to the fringes of politics” Miller accused the media and the professional political class of being bedfellows with a common ideology that freezes out alternative perspectives. “We have…

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IFP

Parliamentary snap debate “transformation in the higher education sector”

Honourable Speaker, The greatest single threat in any time of crisis is a lack or absence of leadership; and what we have come to witness over the past 2 weeks has been exactly that: an absence of leadership. Today, we are called upon to debate transformation in higher education and there is widespread agreement, which the IFP subscribes to, that change and transformation in higher education is necessary for nation building, social cohesion and strengthening our democratic discourse underpinned by inclusivity and access. Such an…

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Helfte van alle staatsdepartemente ignoreer Grondwet

Die ANC-regering ignoreer die Grondwet en ander landswette steeds makliker. Die regering se implementering van die Taalwet en die Omar el-Basjhir-insident is die mees onlangse voorvalle, sê dr. Pieter Mulder, leier van die VF Plus. Op ʼn vraag van die Vryheidsfront Plus in die portefeuljekomitee vir kuns en kultuur, het die departement hierdie week bekend gemaak dat slegs 15 van die 47 staatsdepartemente tot op datum hul taalbeleid bekend gemaak het. Nog tien departemente het slegs konsep-taalbeleide opgestel, sê dr. Mulder wat die vrae gestel…

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Debate On The Medicines & Related Substances Amendment Bill [B 6D – 2004] By Hon N J Nkwanyana MPL

Madame Speaker, the Inkatha Freedom Party welcomes the amendments that are being reposed in this Bill as it seeks to amend the Medicines & Related Substances Act 0f 1965 with a view to updating certain definitions, functions and clarifying appointments and functions of structures associated with health matters. Having said that, Madame Speaker, the Inkatha Freedom Party expresses its extreme concern for the well-being of the citizens of our province when one considers the severe shortage of medicines at many of our health care facilities.…

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Kopiereg-Wetsontwerp hou onheilspellende gevolge vir kunstenaars in

Die nuwe Wetsontwerp op Kopiereg hou omvattende onheilspellende gevolge in vir alle kunstenaars in Suid-Afrika en kom daarop neer dat ʼn lied soos Steve Hofmeyr se Pampoen eendag outomaties aan die staat gaan behoort as die sanger nie meer daar is nie, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor handel en nywerheid. Die sinistere wetsontwerp is verlede maand stilweg in die Staatskoerant gepubliseer. Dit bevat verskeie kommerwekkende aspekte, waarvan die belangrikste die oorerwing van kopiereg na die staat is Adv. Alberts…

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IFP

The Defence Laws Repeal And Amendment Bill B7-2015

The Defence Laws Repeal And Amendment Bill B7-2015 by Mr MA Mncwango, MP. Honourable Speaker, The South African Law Reform Commission recommended the repeal of Defence laws it considered to be redundant, and the amendment of those inconsistent with the Constitution’s equality clause. The Defence Laws Repeal and Amendment Bill [B7 -2015] therefore seeks to repeal sixteen Defence laws and proposes an amendment to the Castle Management Act, 1993. There is one of the 16 however, that we feel should not be repealed but rather…

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Nuwe Swart Ekonomiese Bemagtiging (SEB)-punteskok is onwettig

Nuwe Swart Ekonomiese Bemagtiging (SEB)-punteskok is onwettig

Die staat se nuwe, eensydige vertolking van kodes vir Swart Ekonomiese Bemagtiging (SEB) ingevolge waarvan ondernemings punte op die SEB-telkaart verwerf, is onwettig en sal groot druk plaas op alle buitelandse beleggings, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor ekonomie. Hy sê veral so kort na die Amerikaanse hoender-invoerdebakel kan dit Suid-Afrika se deelname aan die Amerikaanse wet op groei en ontwikkeling in Afrika verongeluk en grens dit aan ekonomiese selfmoord. Luidens ʼn berig in vandag se Business Day het Suid-Afrika…

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Suspects nabbed for rhino poaching related crimes appear in court

Legislation to be extended to cover domestic workers

Pretoria – South Africa’s domestic workers will soon be covered by the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (Coida) Act, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Saturday. The minister, who held a Domestic Worker Imbizo at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto on Saturday, said the Act was currently undergoing a Parliamentary review and would be passed in the near future. The Unemployment Insurance Act was also being reviewed. Minister Oliphant said the review would include extending benefits to workers when going on maternity leave…

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IFP

MEDIA DELIBERATELY MISLEADING ON THE ISSUE OF NEW LEGISLATURE

The IFP calls on the media to desist from “peddling, malicious statements” that the IFP in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature has renewed its calls of being against the relocation of the legislature from ULUNDI to Pietermaritzburg. “We want to set the record straight after we noted some news reports with grave concern that again we raised the issue in the House during the vote 2 (Provincial Legislature) debate last Tuesday. We put questions to the Speaker about the depreciation and maintenance costs, and the utilisation of…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

Government considers sugar tax

Pretoria – The Gauteng MEC for Health, Qedani Mahlangu, says making sweetened soft drinks costly could sway people to drink fresh water – an important step in the fight against obesity. “If we could impose a tax regime that is similar to the ‘sin tax’ applicable to alcoholic beverages, we could make it costly to choose sweetened cold drinks. Hopefully people will appreciate drinking fresh water,” said MEC Mahlangu. This comes after her department and other provinces made a commitment to promote healthy lifestyles. MEC…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

South African Government announces new Zimbabwean permits

Pretoria – Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced the details of the new Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP). Outlining the particulars of the ZSP at a media briefing in Pretoria, the Minister said this marked the beginning of a new phase, as the Dispensation for Zimbabwe Project (DZP) will officially be closed on 31 December 2014. Under the DZP, Zimbabwean nationals, who were in the country illegally, were granted an opportunity to legalise their stay. The special dispensation was introduced in 2009 to regulate…

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Home Affairs ready to address Immigration Act problems

Home Affairs studying High Court ruling

Pretoria – The Department of Home Affairs says it is studying the judgement of the Western Cape High Court, regarding the implementation of the new immigration regulations. “The department is still studying the judgement and will provide comment in due course,” it said on Monday. The department was taken to court by Brent Johnson, whose Danish wife was denied entry into South Africa after the department declared her as an “undesirable person”, after a short visit outside the country. She wasn’t allowed back into the…

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September National Imbizo Responds To Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s Policy Proposals For Farmers to Give Half Their Land to Farm Workers

Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s policy proposals requiring commercial farmers to hand over half their farms to farmworkers seems to be yet another attempt by white capital through the agency of the ANC to pull the wool over our peoples eyes under the guise of economic transformation. According to these policy proposals, the farm workers will assume ownership of 50 percent of the farmlands that they work on which in turn is proportional to the number of years each worker had worked on the farm land. In…

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