The public hearings on the Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill provide citizens with an opportunity to contribute to South Africa’s legislative process and reinforce public health safeguard measures. The bill aims to bring South African tobacco control law in line with the World Health Organization Framework Convention and replace the Tobacco Control Act of 1993. The hearings provide a platform for productive discussions and ensure a broad spectrum of viewpoints are considered, with Dr Kenneth Jacobs urging Eastern Cape inhabitants to participate and shape the future trajectory of South Africa’s tobacco control environment.
South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled in favor of several thousand South Africans living abroad who previously lost their citizenship when applying for a second citizenship. The court has invalidated an apartheidera law, subsequently reinstating South African citizenship for those affected.