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Public Hearings on land expropriation

The Joint Constitutional Review Committee will this week hold various public hearings into the possible review of section 25 of the Constitution in the Western Cape.

The decision to hold public hearings follows a mandate by the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces to ascertain whether a review of Section 25 of the Constitution and other clauses are necessary, to make it possible for the state to expropriate land in the public interest without compensation, and propose the necessary constitutional amendments where necessary.

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Details of this week’s hearings:

WESTERN CAPE:

Date:  Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Venue: Oudtshoorn Thusong Centre, Oudtshoorn
Time: 11:00-16:00

Date:  Thursday, 2 August 2018
Venue: Recreational Hall, Beaufort West
Time: 11:00-16:00

Date:  Thursday, 2 August 2018
Venue: Citrusdal Thusong Centre, Citrusdal
Time: 11:00-16:00

Date: Friday, 3 August 2018
Venue: Swellendam Thusong Centre, Swellendam
Time: 11:00-16:00

Date: Saturday, 4 August 2018
Venue: Friends of God Church, Cnr Frans Conradie and Vasco Boulevard, Goodwood, Cape Town
Time: 11:00-16:00

 


See the full updated programme for the public hearings here.


Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

 

Steps to improve service delivery by SARS

The ACDP welcomes steps taken by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to improve the service delivered to taxpayers with the release of the Service Charter which outlines taxpayers’ rights and responsibilities as well as service standards they can expect from the agency.

ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley said today that “it is important for the public to know what they can expect from Sars and the ACDP encourages taxpayers to familiarise themselves with the charter in order to know – not only their responsibilities but also – their rights”.

The charter sets out obligations such as making sure declarations are correct, that returns are filed timeously and honestly and that fictitious deductions are not claimed.

WATCH: ACDP: “It is disgraceful that R50billion was lost at SARS”

In turn SARS promises the South African public that the agency will be professional, courteous and treat taxpayers with ‘utmost respect’.

“The ACDP commends SARS on the effort being made to improve services in a manner that does not take the taxpayer for granted, knowing it is the continued diligence of every taxpayer that ensures those depending on services are not disappointed”.

WATCH: ACDP: “Fraud and corruption run very deep”

SARS is appealing to taxpayers and tax practitioners to use e-filing rather than going into physical branches. People can make use of the contact centre if they need an agent to help them with e-filing.

Dudley pointed out that “People earning less than R350 000 per year from a single source of income with no allowances like travel are NOT required to file tax returns. It is only in your interests to do so if you have retirement annuities or excessive medical costs and therefore expect a refund.”

SARS is reminding taxpayers that refunds will only be released if the taxpayer is not facing audits from previous years but VAT refunds will be released despite having audits on previous periods.

“SARS promise to be more specific about the documents required from taxpayers who are being audited, instead of requiring more documents than necessary is welcomed as a good starting point. At the same time The ACDP notes SARS warning that they will be tougher on taxpayers filing late submissions and will initiate processes to prosecute offenders. The ACDP acknowledges that compliance is for the good of the country and a culture of compliance is encouraged when penalties are in place. Extenuating circumstances however must carefully considered.

The ACDP calls on SARS focus on tracking down illicit operations including tobacco, fuel, alcohol and trafficking of people.”

The tax filing season will conclude on October 31 for provisional taxpayers (those who earn an income other than a salary such as rental income) who opt to file at physical branches and non-provisional taxpayers (all other taxpayers).

Provisional taxpayers using e-filing have until January 31, 2019 to file their returns. Sars has to collect R1.345-trillion.


ISSUED BY: CHERYLLYN DUDLEY MP
3 July 2018

SASSA grant delays

 The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has assured beneficiaries that their grants will be paid.

SASSA Acting CEO, Mr Abraham Mahlangu, has noted the challenges experienced by grants beneficiaries during the current social grant payment cycle.

“We are aware that beneficiaries are experiencing problems with the electronic payment of their social grants. What is being experienced is a result of a process of changing from an old to a new payment system for social grants. SASSA is also in a process of phasing out Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) as directed by the Constitutional Court and introducing the South African Post Office (SAPO) to pay social grants”, says Mr Mahlangu.

WATCH:  Dudley: “SASSA, We have no time to lose!”

“We assure beneficiaries that their social grants will be paid in full. In fact, the funds are already in their accounts. We request beneficiaries to give themselves at least 3 days to withdraw their grants.

Should a beneficiary choose to access their funds through an ATM, the account type a beneficiaries chooses should be a savings account – in the event of the savings option being rejected, the beneficiary can then choose the cheque account option.

“SASSA wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused to the beneficiaries. SASSA and SAPO are working tirelessly to find a solution to this problem and ensure that all beneficiary services are restored in the shortest possible time. We further undertake to keep our beneficiaries informed”, Mr Mahlangu concluded.


Source: South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)

Have your say on learner pregnancy in schools policy

The Department of Basic Education has extended the deadline for written submissions on the National Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy in Schools.

Submission Guidelines

In preparing your submission, the Department of Basic Education asks that:

  1. Submissions are be prepared under the headings listed in the draft policy document;
  2. The person or organisation making the submission includes a clearly worded proposal for revision of the sections commented upon, where possible;
  3. You kindly  indicate “no comment” if you do not wish to comment under a particular heading; and
  4. The contact details of the person or organisation responsible for the submission of comments must are included with your submission.

Send your submission to:

The Director-General
For attention: Dr F Kumalo, Chief Director: Care and Support in Schools
Address: Private Bag X895,Pretoria, 0001
Fax: 012 328 8401
Email: pregnancypolicy@dbe.gov.za


The closing date for submissions is 31 July 2018


READ:  Department of Basic Education: Draft National Policy on prevention and management of learner pregnancy in schools


SOURCE: Department of Basic Education