Important Notice – DISCRETIONARY GRANT APPLICATION EXTENSION

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Issued by: The Services SETA Discretionary Grant Allocation Team

DISCRETIONARY GRANT APPLICATION EXTENSION NOTICE

In recognition of the possible need for more time to respond to the recently closed period and submission of Discretionary Grant applications online, the Services SETA would like to inform applicants that the Discretionary Grant Funding window which closed on 21 November 2014 has been reopened and the deadline for submission extended to 5 December 2014.   Incomplete applications will be accessible and can be completed and new applications may be submitted within the extended period.

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South Africa Rising

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by Nancy Macaluso, National Association of REALTORS®, President’s Liaison to South Africa

South Africa Rising was the theme I chose, during my 2013 visit as the National Association of REALTORS® President’s Liaison to South Africa.  I named it that as South Africa rose to meet the world’s economic leading countries being recognized as one of the “BRICS” countries- Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa.

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Urgent Notification: Section 27 applications for late submission of audit reports and unblocking

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AGENTS BLOCKED FOR LATE SUBMISSION OF AUDIT REPORTS REQUIRING SECTION 27 PROCESS

We are in the process of streamlining the section 27 process for walk in agents as well as e-mail submissions via section 27applications@eaab.org.za. An automated letter will be sent to all agents blocked by the system as per the attached sample. Please be aware of the process so that you can advise any agents who enquire.

Section 27 department has 2 permanent staff members, Thsepo and Raymond, and 5 temporary staff members assisting with the process. Of these, 3 administrators are stationed at the public booths to assist with a constant stream of walk in agents from receiption. We had some difficulties with access to all systems, which Tumo has been resolving for us. Thanks Tumo for all your help. We have 4 administrators dealing with section 27applications@eaab.org.za mails,  e-mails from other departments and call centre queries.  

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APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF OMBUD FOR COMMUNITY SCHEME OMBUD SERVICE

Mr Themba Mthethwa, the former Chief Executive of the Public Prosecutor’s Office has been appointed as the Chief Ombud for the Community Scheme Ombud Service, reported  Angelique Ardé, in the Personal Finance  supplement to the Saturday  Star of 18 October 2014. ( See clipping attached hereto) She also reported that the owners in Sectional Titles … Read moreAPPOINTMENT OF CHIEF OMBUD FOR COMMUNITY SCHEME OMBUD SERVICE

The B-BBEE Amendment Act (the Act) 46 of 2013 has been proclaimed and came into effect on the 24th October 2014

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On Friday the 10th October 2014, the DTI gazetted for public comment the Amended B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice for the following statements:

The President signed the B-BBEE Amendment Act (the Act) 46 of 2013 into law on the 27 January 2014. The Proclamation Notice was signed on the 2nd October 2014 and it will be gazetted and go into effect on Friday 24 October 2014.

The target date for setting up the BEE Commission and B-BBEE Verification Regulator is 31 March 2015.

The Trumping Clause (Section 3) has been deferred for 12 months, and will come into force in October 2015

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Property sector nears deadline to keep its transformation charter

Written by: Marius Muller, CEO of Pareto

The property sector is running out of time to align its transformation charter with the DTI’s revised B-BBEE act and codes. If the sector doesn’t make the April 2015 deadline, the charter will fall away and the property industry will automatically adopt the revised BEE codes. This will place it under immense pressure to speed up transformation, says Marius Muller, CEO of Pareto.

“With the new codes there’s a great opportunity to re-look how the property sector achieves BEE and ensure it is done in a sustainable way,” says Muller. “In general, the sector has made slow transformation progress. After 20 years of democracy, we should be seeing more change. There’s more that we can do. We should want to do better.”

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