The Office of the United States Trade Representative has set the review hearings of South Africa’s eligibility under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for 30 January 2020. This underscores the urgency for President Ramaphosa to send the Copyright Amendment Bill back to Parliament before we lose out on R12 billion in South African exports to the US.
After the likely spike in insurance claims arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, insurers are likely to introduce new or change existing exclusionary clauses which were not previously considered to be necessary. The rapid spread and potential damage of the coronavirus presents an extraordinary situation for governments, businesses and individuals.
There has been a lot of hype around the proposed National Health Insurance Bill, 2018 (NHI Bill) and the numerous implications for South African citizens. Little has been said, however, about how the NHI Bill will impact on the provision of medical aid benefits in the employee context.
Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, purportedly granted a welcome deviation from South Africa’s existing power generation licensing regulations that should see a relaxation of the process, encouraging additional power supply into the local grid. The change comes amidst growing concern over an already-strained national power supply and its ability to tolerate the increased winter load.
Parliament’s Select Committee on Economic and Business Development has passed a series of Labour Bills: National Minimum Wage Bill (B31-2017), Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill (B30-2017), Labour Relations Amendment Bill (B32-2017), Labour Laws Amendment Bill (B29-2017). The Bills were initially tabled in Parliament in 2017. In summary, the bills deal with a broad range of labour issues