Blog Posts

The Week Ahead: End of the Second Parliamentary Term

June 26, 2017 (2 days, 23 hours ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 1 August 2017. But a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before they go.

With little scheduled in the main chambers (only the NCOP is sitting), the committee ...

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Infographic: Debt in South Africa

June 26, 2017 (3 days ago) — Comments

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) and National Treasury briefed the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on over-indebtedness in South Africa and on the debt relief measures under consideration. On 31 December 2016, there were 24.31 million credit active consumer of which 40% (9.76 million) are classified as ...

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The Week Ahead: The President and Legislation top the agenda

June 19, 2017 (1 week, 3 days ago) — Comments

The President's oral question session in the National Assembly chamber is the high point of the parliamentary week. Question Time occurs in both the National Assembly and the NCOP and is one of the ways Parliament scrutinises the work of the executive. The President is required to answers questions ...

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Infographic: Domestic Violence

June 17, 2017 (1 week, 5 days ago) — Comments

The 2016 South Africa Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS), a collaborative effort between Statistics South Africa and the worldwide Demographic and Health Survey Program also covered domestic and gender-based violence (GBV). Despite constitutional protections, GBV remains persistent and widespread in South Africa and violence against women occurs across socioeconomic status ...

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Mr Sibusiso Mncwabe (NFP)

June 12, 2017 (2 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

S Mncwabe

What is your political background and what attracted you to your political party? I grew in KZN in a place called Claremont, a very active township in terms of politics during our youth days. I started leadership at a young age when I was in standard 8. I was chairperson ...

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The week ahead:Youth Day Debates & Question Time with the Deputy President

June 12, 2017 (2 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

Even with a public holiday to compress the parliamentary week, there is a fair bit of action scheduled into the available three days (Parliament is sitting from Tuesday to Thursday).

In the NA chamber, the most significant event will be the appearance by the Deputy President to answer oral questions ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament Getting Down to Business

June 5, 2017 (3 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

There are four more weeks left in this term and the programme has a familiar pattern: it includes oral questions to the Executive, Members’ statements, policy debates, Committee oversight and scrutiny and processing of assorted Bills, statutory appointments and Committee reports.

There is a minor parliamentary rarity on Tuesday: the ...

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The Week Ahead: President Zuma & Parliament’s budget vote in the spotlight

May 29, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

Parliament has scheduled a broad and busy programme in the main chambers as well as in the committee corridor.

The main plenary event will be the debate on the Presidency's budget vote scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. In their speeches, the Presidency (this includes the President, Deputy President and ...

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Infographic: Teenage Pregnancy & Sexual Behaviour

May 28, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

The 2016 South Africa Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS 2016) is the third survey to be conducted in South Africa with Statistics South Africa collaborating with the worldwide Demographic and Health Survey Program. Teenage mothers are more likely to experience adverse pregnancy outcomes, and find it more difficult to pursue ...

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Democracy is taking root in Africa. But that doesn’t mean it works all the time

May 25, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

By Nic Cheeseman

The questions that I get asked most often by students, policy makers and political leaders are: “can democracy work in Africa?” and “is Africa becoming more democratic?”.

africaPhoto: eNCA

As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of ...

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