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National Assembly Adopts Four Transformative Pieces Of Legislation

4 December 2018

Today, the National Assembly (NA) passed four transformative pieces of legislation, namely; the iKamva National e-Skills Institute Bill [B10 - 2018], the Property Practitioners Bill [B21 - 2018], the Customary Initiation Bill [B7 - 2018], and lastly, the Foreign Service Bill [B35B - 2015].

1. iKamva National e-Skills Institute Bill [B10 - 2018]

The iKamva National e-Skills Institute Bill seeks to provide for the promotion, development and meaningful use of digital skills. The passing of this Bill will see the establishment of the iKamva Digital Skills Institute and it functions. It also provides for the establishment of collaborative laboratories for digital skills production, training and coordination.

This ground-breaking Bill directly responds to the outcry of lack of skills and unemployability of South African youth. It aims to equip young South Africans with skills to help them build an online presence, create content, acquire skills to understand web design, user experience, social media and the development of Apps, including the use of indigenous languages in the digital space.

The adoption of this Bill will result in the development of much needed skills in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. This will ensure that we are able to position ourselves strategically as a country, so as to be part of the Global Information Society and Creative Knowledge Economies.

2. Property Practitioners Bill [B21 - 2018]

The Property Practitioners Bill aims to improve the transformation, efficiency, alignment and professionalization of the property sector. The Bill repeals the Estate Agency Affairs Act of 1976 which sought to entrench white privilege in terms of property ownership and participation in the property market. It aligns the legislative environment with our constitutional and democratic dispensation geared to address historical imbalances in the property market as created by the legacy of Apartheid.

The Bill establishes the Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority (a successor of the Estate Agency Affairs Board) to increase access and opportunities for the participation of black people, through the establishment of a Transformation Fund to serve as a vehicle to facilitate transformation in the sector. It also establishes Research Center to reduce barriers to entry for small and emerging agencies by creating a special dispensation in the submission of audit reports and trust funds for small and medium companies.

The adoption of this Bill is vital in the revitalisation and transformation of the property sector. This piece of legislation will stimulate job creation, empower designated groups and address the imbalances in the sector to benefit society as a whole.

3. Customary Initiation Bill [B7 - 2018]

The primary aim of the Customary Initiation Bill is to make provision for the effective regulation of customary initiation practices and ensure the safety of both males and females, in order to avoid and eliminate deaths and injuries at initiation schools.

Unregulated initiation schools have led to thousands of deaths of young men due to botched circumcisions and assaults. Traditional values have diminished and the integrity of the ritual is further undermined by harmful attitudes.

It is against this backdrop that the Bill aims to regulate initiation and provide for the establishment of initiation oversight and coordinating structures at national and provincial government levels. The Provincial Committee will also have the responsibility of investigating alleged abuse cases made against initiation practices and schools. It will also be responsible for coordinating and monitoring the activities and practices taking place at initiation schools, as well as keeping track of provincial initiation schools and their initiates.

The Bill makes provision for municipalities to help regulate the operations of initiation schools. Therefore, municipalities will be required to create a list of those opening up initiation schools, who would have to present their credentials and would have to know the practice itself. To make women more proactive in the transformation of the custom, the Bill insists that at least two members of the National Initiation Committee must be women.

Through this Bill, the ANC government will ensure that the lives of initiates are protected, through a set of norms and standards within which the customary practice of initiation takes place in a controlled and safe environment. This legislation is therefore crucial to the preservation of our culture.

4. Foreign Service Bill [B35B - 2015]

This historic Foreign Service Bill seeks to provide for the management, administration, accountability, and functioning of a professional Foreign Service of the Republic of South Africa. It provides for the operational requirements that are suitable and supportive of the operations of the Foreign Service in a global environment; and to provide for matters incidental thereto. Essentially, this piece of legislation seeks to address the fragmented structure of officials from various government departments, serving in South African Embassies abroad.

The Office of the ANC Chief Whip congratulates the various Portfolio Committees who processed these crucial pieces of legislation. As the legislative arm of the state, Parliament has ensured that it delivers on its legislative mandate in the interest of the people of the Republic of South Africa.

The Bills will be sent to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence.

Issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip, comrade Jackson Mthembu.


Nonceba Mhlauli
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