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By Legalish, Dec 29 2014 02:59PM

To amend the Rental Housing Act, 1999, so as to substitute and insert certain definitions; to set out the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords in a coherent manner; to require leases to be in writing; to extend the application of Chapter 4 to all provinces; to require MEC’s to establish Rental Housing Tribunals; to extend the powers of the Rental Housing Tribunals; to provide for an appeal process; to require all local municipalities to have Rental Housing Information Offices; to provide for norms and standards related to rental housing; to extend offences; and to provide for matters connected therewith.


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By Legalish, Oct 16 2014 09:42AM

To amend the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act, 2004, so as to provide for the amendment and insertion of certain definitions; to delete the provisions dealing with district management areas; to provide that a rates policy must determine criteria for not only the increase but also for the decrease of rates; to delete the provisions of section 3(4) and to provide for a rates policy to give effect to the regulations promulgated in terms of section 19(1)(b); to provide that by-laws giving effect to the rates policy must be adopted and published in terms of the Municipal Systems Act; to provide for the determination of categories of property in respect of which rates may be levied and to provide for a municipality to apply to the Minister for authorisation to sub-categorise property categories where it can show good cause to do so; to regulate the timeframe of publication of the resolutions levying rates and what must be contained in the promulgated resolution; to provide for the Minister to make a decision in terms of section 16(2) with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance; to provide for the exclusion from rates of certain categories of public service infrastructure as well as mining rights or mining permits, to provide that infrastructure above the surface in respect of mining property is rateable and the rates are payable by the holder of the mining right or mining permit; to provide that the exclusion from rates in respect of land belonging to a land reform beneficiary is extended to the spouse and dependants; to provide that an exclusion from rates in respect of the seashore lapses if any part thereof is alienated; to provide that a municipality may levy different rates on vacant residential property; to provide that a municipality may not recover rates in respect of a right of exclusive use registered against a sectional title unit from the body corporate; to provide that a person liable for a rate must furnish the municipality with his or her postal address; to provide that municipalities are not required to value properties fully excluded from rates; to provide for the period of validity of a valuation roll to be four years in respect of a metropolitan municipality and five years in respect of local municipalities; to provide for the MEC for local government to extend the period of validity of valuation rolls by two additional years where the provincial executive has intervened in terms of section 139 of the Constitution and by one financial year and two financial years for metropolitan and local municipalities respectively on request by a municipality in any exceptional circumstances; to provide that a body corporate, share block company or managing association is required to provide information to a valuer; to delete the requirement for the payment of interest in specific instances; to delete the requirement for the establishment of a valuation appeal board in every district municipality; to provide that a professional associated valuer may be appointed to the valuation appeal board if a professional valuer cannot be appointed; to amend the quorum of an appeal board to include the valuer member of the valuation appeal board; to amend the dates on which a supplementary valuation takes effect; to provide for the notification of owners of property affected by a supplementary valuation; to limit condonation by the MEC for local government through the framework to municipalities only; to provide for more effective monitoring and reporting by municipalities and provinces on critical areas of the implementation of the Act; to extend the Minister’s regulatory powers; to provide for the phasing in of certain regulations; to provide for the phasing in of the prohibition on the levying of rates on certain types of public service infrastructure; to provide for transitional arrangements in respect of municipalities that have been affected by a redetermination of municipal boundaries; to provide for transitional arrangements for the implementation of section 8; and to provide for matters connected therewith.


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By Legalish, Oct 14 2014 09:44PM

To amend the Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994, so as to amend the cut-off date for lodging a claim for restitution; to further regulate the appointment, tenure of office, remuneration and the terms and conditions of service of judges of the Land Claims Court; to make further provision for the advertisement of claims; to create certain offences; to extend the Minister’s powers of delegation; and to provide for matters connected therewith.


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By Legalish, Oct 14 2014 08:56PM

To provide for the recognition and protection of certain manifestations of indigenous knowledge as a species of intellectual property; to this end to amend certain laws so as to provide for the protection of relevant manifestations of indigenous knowledge as a species of intellectual property, namely the Performers’ Protection Act, 1967, to provide for the recognition and protection of performances of traditional works; the Copyright Act, 1978, to provide for the recognition and protection of indigenous works; to provide for the establishment of a National Council in respect of indigenous knowledge; to provide for National Databases for recording indigenous knowledge and to provide for the recording of indigenous works; and to provide for the establishment of a National Trust Fund for Indigenous Knowledge; the Trade Marks Act, 1993, to provide for the recognition of indigenous terms and expressions and for the registration of such terms and expressions as trade marks; to create for this purpose a further part of the trade marks register; to provide for the recording of indigenous terms and expressions; and to provide for further protection of geographical indications; the Designs Act, 1993, to provide for the recognition and registration of indigenous designs; to create for this purpose a further part of the designs register; and to introduce statutory provisions to provide for the establishment of a National Council in respect of indigenous knowledge, a National Database for the recording of indigenous knowledge and a National Trust and Trust Fund for purposes of indigenous knowledge; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.


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By Legalish, Oct 14 2014 08:45PM

To provide for certain prohibitions in respect of the possession of dangerous weapons; to repeal the Dangerous Weapons Acts in operation in the areas of the erstwhile South Africa, Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei, as those areas were constituted immediately before 27 April 1994; to amend the Regulation of Gatherings Act, 1993 (Act No. 205 of 1993), and the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000); and to provide for matters connected therewith.


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By Legalish, Oct 14 2014 08:38PM

To give effect to the Republic’s obligations concerning the trafficking of persons in terms of international agreements; to provide for an offence of trafficking in persons and other offences associated with trafficking in persons; to provide for penalties that may be imposed in respect of the offences; to provide for measures to protect and assist victims of trafficking in persons; to provide for the coordinated implementation, application and administration of this Act; to prevent and combat the trafficking in persons within or across the borders of the Republic; and to provide for matters connected therewith.


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