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On 7 June 2022, the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare submitted significant
amendments to the gazetted 2021 Private Voluntary Organisations Amendment Bill (PVO
Amendment Bill), on the National Assembly Order Paper. These amendments, which will be
formally introduced by the Minister in Parliament at the Committee stage, materially alter the
gazetted PVO Amendment Bill. Since December 2021, CSOs have presented oral and written
submissions, including the CSOs’ Consolidated Analysis of the PVO Bill, highlighting their
concerns to the Parliament Legal Committee, Parliament Portfolio Committee on Public Service
and at the public hearings convened in terms of section 141 of the Constitution. The concerns
have also been raised at relevant meetings with the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary
Affairs and officials within the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare. The proposed amendments do not address these concerns at all. All the rights issues raised in the
Consolidated Analysis are still applicable to the proposed amended Bill, except the proposed
amendments introduce even more restrictive provisions.

Analysis of Proposed Amendments to the PVO Amendment Bill (8)

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