Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:42 AM
General Elections 2014 Update
On 25 February, the South African government proclaimed the Election Day for the fourth democratic election through Government Gazette No 37376. Effectively, the proclamation means that no further registrations will be accepted after 25 February 2014.
Voting abroad will take place on Wednesday, 30 April 2014. Please be advised that by law it is not possible to vote abroad on any date other than 30 April 2014, and no exceptions will be made. In Canada voting will take place at the South African High Commission in Ottawa, 15 Sussex Drive, Ontario, K1M1M8; and South African Consulate-General in Toronto, 110 Sheppard Avenue, Ontario, M2N 6Y8.
Applicants who registered to be on the voters’ roll are now required to notify the IEC of their intention to vote abroad and indicate at which location they intend to vote, by completing a VEC10 form. This includes ALL South Africans who are registered and whose names appear on the voters’ roll, Diplomats and their households.
Applications need to be submitted ONLINE ONLY on the IEC website at www.elections.org.za and will close at midnight (SA time) on 12 March 2014. Applicants will receive either an e-mail or SMS notification to acknowledge receipt of their application.
2014 Budget Speech
The Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa, the honorable Pravin Gordhan, presented the National Budget Speech 2014 on 26 February 2014.
"The private sector is also making an increasing contribution to infrastructure investment. Contracts for 47 renewable energy projects were concluded in 2012 and 2013, many of which are already under construction. These will add 2 460 MW of power capacity, and investment of R70 billion. A further R45 billion in investment will be contracted this year.” - Pravin Gordhan - Click here to read the complete speech.
State of the Nation address
The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, delivered the State of the Nation address to Parliament yesterday, 13 February 2014.
“We continue to explore other sources of energy, in line with the Integrated Resource Plan for Energy. The development of petroleum, especially shale gas will be a game-changer for the Karoo region and the South African economy. Having evaluated the risks and opportunities, the final regulations will be released soon and will be followed by the processing and granting of licenses. We expect to conclude the procurement of nine thousand six hundred megawatts of nuclear energy.” - Jacob Zuma - Click here to read the complete speech.
You can also watch the video of the State of the Nation address by clicking here
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