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New Parliament to Convene on 6 and 7 May


ParliamentThe National Assembly will have its first sitting in Cape Town on 6 May, following the elections on 22 April, the present Speaker, Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, has announced. On that day…

Health Budget Includes New National Child Vaccine Programme


Portfolio Committee on HealthAn additional R1.8bn to introduce three new child vaccines was announced by Trevor Manuel in his budget presentation to the National Assembly on 11 February. He said…

Heading Clearer On State Medical Insurance


Portfolio Committee on HealthWith the lapsing of Bill no 58 of 2008, the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill, the route now being followed by the state in substitution of previous national…

Watered down medicines bill gets final parliamentary approval


Portfolio Committee on HealthThe Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill, which as originally proposed stated that all medicines and health products would require the signature and approval of the minister…

Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill now to become law


Portfolio Committee on HealthThe Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill has now completed the parliamentary process having been passed by both houses and will now go forward for the President's assent…