National Assembly approves three legislative matters at plenary sitting today
The National Assembly approved redrafted versions of three Bills today – the Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill, the Copyright Amendment Bill and the National Gambling Amendment Bill.
The Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill and the Copyright Amendment Bill are aimed at modernising existing legislation and aligning it with international treaties which South Africa intended ratifying and also addressing unfair contracting between creators or performers and copyright owners. Many creators and performers had not benefitted effectively from their work and had died in poverty.
The committee made technical changes to these two Bills.
Regarding the comprehensive National Gambling Bill, which the Minister of Trade and Industry introduced, the committee resolved to deal with three technical issues only. This was aimed at speedily addressing existing governance challenges. The three issues which the committee identified were the reconfiguration of the National Gambling Board to the National Gambling Regulator, addressing governance challenges relating to the National Gambling Policy Council and broadening the National Central Electronic Monitoring System.
In terms of the Rules of Parliament the committee could approve, reject, amend or redraft any legislation before it.
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