Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
Regulations on Basic Education assistance for Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) identified victims of apartheid have been amended.
The justice and constitutional development department published the amended regulations in Government Gazette 43890.
The regulations were drawn up in terms of the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act.
A new definition on COVID-19 is inserted.
“COVID-19” for the purposes of regulation 15A means the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov2) which is an infectious disease caused by a virus that has previously not been scientifically identified in humans, which emerged during 2019 and was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation in 2020”.
The amended regulations stipulate that any part of transport allowances not used for attending school must be used for any education related expenses incurred by a learner.
They also stipulate that the cut-off date for the submission of applications for assistance is 30 September each year for applications for the subsequent year.
The amended regulations also point out that a victim or a relative or dependent of a victim do not have to reapply for further assistance but need to complete Form 3 on Subsequent Application for Assistance.
A new regulation 15A on extension of assistance due to COVID-19 points out that, if the 2020 school year is extended to 2021 as a result of COVID-19, assistance may be provided to beneficiaries for the period for which the 2020 school year is extended.
In Gazette 43891, the department also published amended regulations on higher education and training assistance for TRC-identified victims of apartheid.
The amended regulations stipulate that the cut-off date for the submission of applications for assistance is 30 November 2020 by new entrants for the 2021 academic year.
Both sets of regulations came into effect on 7 November 2020.
Meanwhile, in Gazette 43873, the department published the prescribed rate of interest in terms of the Prescribed Rate of Interest Act.
A rate of interest of 7% per annum as from 1 September 2020 is set down.
In Gazette 43872, the Legal Practice Council published amended Rules of the Council.
The timeframe for firms to account to clients in writing and retain copies of such accounts is adjusted from five to seven years.