DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY 2004/2005

LEGISLATIVE PROGRAMME

 

CCES : Cabinet Committee for Economic Sector

PC/NA : Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry (National Assembly)

SC/NCOP : Select Committee : National Council of Provinces

SLA : State law advisers

 

 

SHORT TITLE

MEMO TO CABINET

SUBMISSION TO SLA

ANTICIPATED

DATE OF INTRODUCTION

CURRENT STATUS

LINE MANAGER

RESPONSIBLE

  1. Companies Amendment Bill

6 August 2003

24 February 2004

June 2004

Being reviewed by SLA

Ms Astrid Ludin

  • Patents Amendment Bill
  • 3 September 2003

    24 February 2004

    June 2004

    Being reviewed by SLA

    Ms Astrid Ludin

  • Co-operatives Bill
  • June 2004

    August 2004

    Published for general comment on 27th November 2003. To be submitted to Cabinet end of June 2004

    Mr Lionel October

  • Close Corporations Amendment Bill
  • June 2004

    August 2004

    Research and drafting.

    Ms Astrid Ludin

  • Sugar Bill
  • July 2004

    September 2004

    Finalisation of Draft

    Mr Mxolisi Matshamba

     

     

  • National Small Business Amendment Bill
  • August 2004

    September 2004

    Drafting

    Mr Lionel October

  • Consumer Credit Bill
  • September 2004

    January 2005

    Research and drafting.

    Ms Astrid Ludin

  • Consumer Bill
  • September 2004

    January 2005

    Research and drafting

    Ms Astrid Ludin

  • Company Law Bill
  • October 2004

    February 2005

    Research and drafting

    Ms Astrid Ludin

  • Enterprise Development Bill
  • January 2005

    March 2005

    Research and drafting

    Dr Mohale Mahlape

  • Franchise Bill
  • February 2005

    April 2005

    Research and drafting

    Mr Lionel October

  • National Gambling Amendment Bill
  • June 2005

    August 2005

    Preparation of draft

    Ms Astrid Ludin

    Kindly refer to Annexure A for a brief synopsis on the objects of the respective bills.

    PREPARED BY PARLIAMENTARY OFFICE

     

     

     

    Annexure A

    DEPARTMENT OF TRADE & INDUSTRY

    LEGISLATIVE PROGRAMME FOR 2004/2005

     

     

     

    1. COMPANIES AMENDMENT BILL
    2. To amend the Companies Act, 1973, so as to prevent companies to have delinquent directors to serve as directors or in the management of such companies, and to protect a bona fide owner or holder of a dematerialised share certificate against a rectification order by a court of law, and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

    3. PATENTS AMENDMENT BILL
    4. To provide for the protection of indigenous knowledge, in particular the disclosure of the origin of genetic or biological materials and for compulsory licensing of medicines,

       

    5. CO-OPERATIVES BILL
    6. To provide for the formation, registration and winding up of co-operatives and for matters incidental thereto.

       

    7. CLOSE CORPORATIONS AMENDMENT BILL
    8. To amend the principal Act, so as to limit the legal liability of members of the corporations arising from deregistration. Currently, upon deregistration of a close corporation, liability is borne by the members and in the event of re-registering, liability should be borne by the corporation. The proposed amendments are necessitated by a judgement of court and there is also a need to update the principal Act.

       

    9. SUGAR BILL
    10. To consolidate and amend the laws relating to the Sugar Industry; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

       

    11. NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS AMENDMENT BILL
    12. To provide for structural changes to the Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency as provided for in the principal Act and for the merger thereof with the NAMAC Trust; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

    13. CONSUMER CREDIT BILL
    14. New legislation replacing the Credit Agreements Act, the Usury Act and aspects of the Alienation of Land Act that will comprehensively regulate all consumer credit transactions.

       

    15. CONSUMER BILL
    16. New policy and legislative framework, setting out guiding principles for interaction between businesses and consumers. The new consumer law will repeal the Consumer Affairs (Unfair Business Practices) Act, Sale and Service Matters Act and the Trade Practices Act, and will result in amendments to various sector laws.

       

    17. COMPANY LAW BILL
    18. To implement new companies legislation that will meet the peculiar needs of South Africans and also attract foreign investments, to reflect market practices and societal needs and to promote competitiveness and socially responsible businesses.

       

    19. ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT BILL
    20. To align the dti financial incentives with the requirements of a changing economy.

       

    21. FRANCHISE BILL
    22. The primary objectives of the bill are to align and establish South African specific Franchise legislation with international best franchise practices adapted for a developing country such as South Africa; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

       

    23. NATIONAL GAMBLING AMENDMENT BILL

    To provide for the regulation of Horseracing in the Gambling Act.