Red Tape Reduction programme on track

rtr programme
23 Nov 2022

The Red Tape Reduction programme (RTR programme) is designed to make meaningful progress in reducing complex rules, regulations, procedures and processes that inhibit economic growth and job creation in key areas of the economy.

The presidency highlighted this in a briefing in parliament on red tape reduction.

The RTR programme was set up in the private office of the president.

Briefing the portfolio committee on small business development, the presidency pointed out that progress on tourism travel permits has recently been made following engagement between the transport department and the industry, with the support of the transport minister.

The presidency added that the transport department has made progress in reducing the licence backlog but the “existing process remains cumbersome with additional requirements that are not contained in the regulations”.

According to the presidency, the transport minister remains engaged on the matter.

Other priority interventions include that a meeting will be held with the mineral resources and energy department on the mining and prospecting rights license system to discuss how the RTR process can assist; implementation of recommendations on work permit and visa administration to be supported by the RTR programme; and letters are being drawn up to the premiers of each province to engage and encourage the setting up of red-tape-reduction units in each province.

The presidency pointed out that “addressing the selected impediments is dependent on the co-operation of the relevant administrative authorities, including at national, provincial and local government level”.

A second consultative reference group meeting was scheduled for 17 November involving representatives from the trade, industry and competition and small business development departments and business (including the Small Business Institute, Business Unity South Africa and the Black Business Council).

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