It’s a bumper edition this week, detailing
- Progress reached to date, on a number of laws which were in the pipeline, and which are nearing finalization, and which have already been covered in our Gazette Watches and newsflashes over the past months;
- reminders which urge affected persons to submit comments on certain policies;
- extensions which have been granted to certain parties in terms of their compliance deadlines.
We also house details on policies and other documents which have not been published in the Gazette but which have been circulated directly to certain stakeholders, such as
- the SOP on Cybercrime investigations, circulated to practicing attorneys for comment by the LPC;
- a report researched by Just Share, and commissioned by Futuregrowth and Old Mutual on Whistle Blowing, which report reveals “ that our Whistle Blowing Laws “simply do not work”;
- a policy document prepared by leading law firm Webber Wentzel (WW) which will be / is being discussed by the Private Sector Working Group (PSWG) of the National Cannabis Master Plan (NCMP) as a possible alternative to the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill (CPPB); and
- a much delayed framework for low-cost (medical aid) benefit options (LCBO), overseen by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), which will allow medical schemes to offer packages that are exempted from provisions in the Medical Schemes Act that require cover for a much broader basket of care, known as prescribed minimum benefits.
Enjoy this edition of “legal happenings” for the week, an interesting read, which houses something for each and every one of you, including those who use e-cigarette and vaping products.
Alison and her great team.
Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020: Standard Operating Procedures
The South African Police Service is in the process of preparing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in terms of s 26 of the Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020 and requested provisional input on the draft SOPs.
Creecy grants compliance extension for miners – a red flag for climate change goals
Mining companies have been granted another extension to comply with regulations linked to environmental rehabilitation.
Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy granted a 15-month extension for existing mineral rights holders to comply with National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) Financial Provisioning Regulations of 2015. This is the fourth time an extension has been granted.
One week left to comment on South Africa’s new labour migration policy
Government paints the policy as forward-looking, but can it be enforced and how will it affect the lives of immigrants?
The Department of Labour has invited comments on the Draft National Labour Migration Policy (NLMP) and the Employment Services Amendment Bill (ESAB) by Saturday 28 May.
New e-cigarette and vaping rules planned for South Africa
The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) says it has established a National Technical Committee (TC) to develop South African National Standards to guide the use of e-cigarette and vaping products.
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