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THE CONTRADICTION AT THE HEART OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

Introduced on May 22, 2023, the Public Procurement Bill (B 18-2023) seeks to streamline South Africa’s public procurement framework. Concerns persist about its ability to ensure transparency and fairness. Urgent revisions are crucial to align the Bill with constitutional principles, upholding democratic values.

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UNMASKED: THE GILAB BILL’S HIDDEN THREATS BEYOND THE REMOVED CLAUSE

The statement highlights the revisions to the bill, specifically the removal of a contentious vetting clause for NGOs and religious bodies. Despite this positive change, the statement emphasizes persisting flaws, including vague definitions, threats to constitutional rights, and the absence of oversight mechanisms, indicating that GILAB continues to pose risks. 

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GEPF’S TRANSFORMATION AGENDA: BETWEEN LAW AND REALITY

The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) recently introduced a transformation policy aimed at addressing historical inequalities within South Africa and the financial sector. While the GEPF’s intentions are undoubtedly noble, it is crucial to scrutinise the policy for potential legal conflicts and practicality.

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THE FW DE KLERK FOUNDATION’S SUBMISSION ON THE NHI BILL: THE PROPOSED NHI WILL NOT ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

On 15 September, the FW de Klerk Foundation made a written submission to the National Council of Provinces on the National Health Insurance Bill. The Foundation analysed key failures of the NHI Bill with specific reference to the constitutional principle of the Rule of Law and rationality, the feasibility of the proposed system and governance concerns, coupled with the unfettered power of the Minister of Health (“the Minister”).

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