Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
7 December 2009

Deadlines for comment to various legislative amendments

Social Assistance Act, 2004 Amendment: Regulations relating to the Application for and Payment of Social Assistance and the Requirements or Conditions in respect of Eligibility for Social Assistance: Invitation to submit comments on the proposed regulations to e-mail puseletsol@dsd.gov.za (for attention: Mr Puseletso Loselo) by not later than 16:00 on Friday 11 December 2009. (GG 32747, GN 1116, 2009-11-27
Social Assistance Amendment Bill, 2009: Comments to e-mail puseletsol@socdev.gov.za (for attention: Mr Puseletso Loselo) on or before 30 December 2009.The draft amendment bill is also available on the Department of Social Development’s website: www.dsd.gov.za. (GG 32761, GenN 1571, 2009-11-30
Annual review of the single exit prices of medicines and scheduled substances: Medicines and Related Substances Act 11 of 1965. For comment to the Director-General of Health, Director: Pharmaceutical Economic Evaluations by 6 February 2010. (GG 32684, GenN 1474, 2009-11-06
Draft Policy on free basic refuse removal: Department of enviromental affairs. For comment to obaloyi@deat.gov.za by 5 January 2010. (GG 32688, GenN 1476, 2009-11-06
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