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Infographic: Parliamentary Calendar 2017

Jan. 20, 2017 (1 day, 12 hours ago) — Comments

The first term of Parliament (24 January to 31 March 2017) will see the first major event of the year, the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Zuma on 9 February 2017. The President will deliver the speech to a special joint sitting of the National Assembly ...

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ISS Seminar: SA politics under pressure

Jan. 18, 2017 (3 days, 12 hours ago) — Comments

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It’s a crunch year in global and local politics. In South Africa, the battle for the African National Congress’ (ANC’s) top position is now being fought openly and will be decided in December. But while the party calls for unity and action, disunity appears to be the order ...

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Opinion: Democracy for rural people under threat

Jan. 16, 2017 (5 days, 16 hours ago) — Comments

By Fani Ncapayi

The new year has ushered in a dangerous time for millions of rural dwellers in South Africa as they face the prospect of losing precious democratic rights enjoyed by their urban fellow citizens.

The government is contemplating revising a law that imposes two systems of governance in ...

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Mr Shahid Esau (DA)

Jan. 13, 2017 (1 week, 1 day ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I went to a high school that was very politically inclined and I was heavily involved in political debates and community youth movements to fight the apartheid regime. I then left the country to study abroad in Saudi Arabia where there were also anti-apartheid movements ...

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Review of Parliament 2016

Jan. 12, 2017 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

It was a short parliamentary year due to the 2016 Local Government Elections. Nonetheless, it was a bumper year of parliamentary business, court battles, internal squabbles, jousting, attempts to remove the President from office and parliamentary inquiries.

While all the events are too many to enumerate, this review will attempt ...

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Ms Sheilla Tembalam Xego (ANC)

Jan. 11, 2017 (1 week, 3 days ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? My interest in politics started way back in 1976 and 1977 when I was young and still attending teaching college. I started teaching in 1980 and then joined a teacher union. As a unionist I became actively involved in politics. From 2000 to 2006 I ...

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Register for FREE Digify Bytes Sessions

Dec. 13, 2016 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Digify Bytes is an intensive training experience aimed at giving thousands of young learners and job seekers a short, sharp shot of digital skills. Delivered by passionate, young digital professionals, Digify Bytes will open up a whole new world where digital skills will give your learners a competitive advantage when ...

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Mr Manuel De Freitas (DA)

Dec. 12, 2016 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I have been involved in politics for over 20 years. I got involved as a volunteer for the Democratic Party (DP) leading up to the 1994 elections. In 1995 when the first democratic local government elections were to take place, the DP branch I belonged ...

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Infographic: School readiness report - 2017

Dec. 9, 2016 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) presented their school readiness monitoring report for 2017 on 29 November 2016 to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education. The report focused on admissions and registration challenges, teacher provisioning, learning and teaching resources and basic infrastructure. Admissions challenges are most notable in so-called “hotspots ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament wraps up for 2016

Dec. 5, 2016 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

It’s a week of farewells and loose ends…

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament next year. But a fair amount of work will be done before they go as there is some unfinished business to deal ...

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