No mention of Africa in US election, but it will still strongly affect us

In 2014, two years before the last US presidential election, Lord Robin Renwick, former British ambassador to SA and the US, published a book. Time has not smiled kindly on the slim work, Ready for Hillary?, and even less so on its subtitle: Portrait of a President in Waiting. Of course, only with “the lordly perspective of retrospective […]

Insights from Parliament: National Assembly in recess until 5 October

The National Assembly goes into another recess this week and will remain in this state until the start of the final term on 5 October 2020. The NCOP on the other hand will only go into recess on 30 September, but there is limited programming scheduled for this period.   Some Bills of interest have recently […]

Insights from Parliament: Cabinet approves Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill

The Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill (“the Bill”) has been approved by Cabinet and will soon be tabled in Parliament by the Minister of Justice.  This Bill follows from a Constitutional Court judgment that upheld the right to personal, private possession and cultivation of cannabis, and gave the legislature until September 2020 to enact legislation […]

Insights from Parliament: A new proposed policy on 5G infrastructure

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has gazetted a new policy on the deployment of communications networks in South Africa for comment. The policy aims to accommodate the accelerated deployment of electronic communications networks, such as LTE and 5G networks, and has significant implications for land and property owners if it is implemented […]