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DCCI comments on National Treasury’s Carbon Offsets Proposal

Big Business is well aware of the far-reaching consequences if the looming carbon tax regime. Following extensive consultation on the tax and its impending implementation, Business welcomed National Treasury’s 2014 Carbon Offset Paper, as the carbon offsets provide an avenue for large carbon emitters to reduce their carbon liability. One…

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Draft Durban Climate Strategy, 2014

While the anticipated impacts of climate change appear to be tremendous and outside of the control of individuals and businesses, the Chamber acknowledges that a series of small interventions can go a long way to mitigate these impacts. In this submission, the Chamber makes numerous suggestions in four broad categories…

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Draft 2014/2015 Integrated Development Plan

The Chamber has welcomed the renewed energy devoted to many aspects of local economic development by the DCM, Dr Naledi Moyo.   There are few areas in which the pubic and private sector are at odds as far as the adoption of policies and strategies are concerned. The Chamber considers it…

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eThekwini Municipality Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework

eThekwini Municipality Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework (MTREF) 2014/2015 to 2016/2017 As far as the Chamber is concerned, early consultation with the Municipality over the budget proved impossible towards the end of 2013. Owing to these circumstances, the Chamber did not have the opportunity to provide constructive input into…

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Employment Equity Act, Regulations

Employment Equity Act, Regulations The Chamber appreciates and promotes the importance of encouraging designated groups to hold senior management positions. However, we do not believe that this is merely a matter of quotas to be achieved over factors such the requisite skills, capacity and staff productivity.  Thus, the Chamber fully…

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Draft Immigration Amendments

The Chamber appreciates the objectives of the legislation, as it seeks to provide greater control and knowledge in the realm of immigration. To this extent the Regulations are acceptable. However, the Chamber remains concerned about the issue of scarce skills work visas as we are well aware of gaps in…

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Draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (2013-2030), A Commentary

The Chamber finds the plan as set out very acceptable as a way forward for the next sixteen years. Attention has been drawn, particularly however, to a need for greater incentives for the development of energy efficiencies in all business sectors, including small and medium-sized businesses. The achievement of desired…

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Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill

The Durban Chamber acknowledges fully the benefits and positive economic effects of foreign direct investment, but  is concerned that the lack of empirical evidence in favour of bilateral investment treaties is indicative that these treaties may not contribute positively to the host nation’s economic growth and development. The Chamber fully…