Quote of the week

It is necessary that the integrity of the electoral process be maintained. Indeed, the acceptance of the election as being free and fair depends upon that integrity. Elections must not only be free and fair but they must be perceived as being free and fair. Even-handedness in dealing with all political parties and candidates is crucial to that integrity and its perception by voters. The Commission must not be placed in a situation where it has to make ad hoc decisions about political parties and candidates who have not complied with the Act. The requirement that documents must be submitted to the local offices of the Commission does not undermine the right to vote and to stand for election. It simply gives effect to that right and underscores the decentralised and local nature of municipal elections.

Ngcobo CJ
Electoral Commission of the Republic of South Africa v Inkatha Freedom Party
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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