Blog Posts

The Week Ahead: There's a shortened programme

March 20, 2017 (4 days, 19 hours ago) — Comments

There's a distinct lull in Parliament this week and an unusual programme looms; with no sittings in the main chambers, a few meetings scheduled in the committee corridor and some committees devoting their time to oversight work across the country.

Oversight visits are a core part of an MP ...

Read more …

The Week Ahead: President, SASSA, Farm Murders, Legislation, Oversight & More

March 13, 2017 (1 week, 4 days ago) — Comments

It’s a big week in the National Assembly chamber with the President making an appearance, MPs debating hot button issues and commemorating Human Rights Day.

The President's oral question session on Thursday is the high point of the parliamentary week. He is required to answer questions of national ...

Read more …

Infographic: Municipal debt

March 10, 2017 (2 weeks ago) — Comments

On Wednesday 8 March 2017, Eskom made a presentation on defaulting municipalities to the Standing Committee on Appropriations. Eskom followed the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act process and applied to the High Court to be allowed to cut electricity to municipalities who were owing R10.2 billion to Eskom. On ...

Read more …

Share in South Africa’s biggest digital collection of free Government Gazettes

March 10, 2017 (2 weeks ago) — Comments

gazette

Code for South Africa and partners are building OpenGazettes.org.za - the biggest collection of free digital gazettes in South Africa - and they want to share it with everyone. They have over 14 000 digitised gazettes and adding more every day.

They are looking for partner organisations to share thecollection ...

Read more …

Mr Seiso Mohai (ANC)

March 9, 2017 (2 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

Seiso Mohai

What is your political background? My political awakening started in the early 80’s when I was in secondary school. Teachers affiliated with underground ANC structures mobilised us into the Young Christian Movement (YCM) of Botshabelo in Bloemfontein in 1979. In 1983 when the United Democratic Front (UDF) was established ...

Read more …

The Week Ahead: Question Time & Legislation in the spotlight

March 6, 2017 (2 weeks, 4 days ago) — Comments

There are four more weeks left in the first term and the programme has a familiar pattern: lots of unglamorous legislating, oversight and scrutinising, with some set piece battles in prospect.

There's both high policy and low politics on display in the main chambers this week, with appearances by ...

Read more …

Infographic: 2016 National Crime Statistics

March 5, 2017 (2 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

On Friday 3 March 2017 the South African Police Service (SAPS) briefed the Portfolio Committee on Police on the National Crime Statistics for April to December 2016. In June 2016 the government announced that crime statistics will henceforth be released quarterly, because the “need for frequent statistics will better enable ...

Read more …

Mr Sam Matiase (EFF)

March 3, 2017 (3 weeks ago) — Comments

Sam Matiase

What is your political background? My political awareness and activism started around 1988 in Bloemfontein at Botshabelo as a student activist in the Botshabelo Students Congress (BOSCO). BOSCO later became an affiliate of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS). In 1989 I joined the Botshabelo Youth Congress (BOYCO) which ...

Read more …

IJR: A People’s Conversation – Combating Xenophobia in SA

March 2, 2017 (3 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

ijr

Between 2008 and 2016, South Africa witnessed unprecedented levels of violence against foreign nationals which resulted in the loss of lives, the destruction of property and an overall collapse of trust within communities across the country.

In South Africa, we experience a very specific kind of xenophobia, targeted at African ...

Read more …

What happens if the two Houses of Parliament are controlled by different parties?

Feb. 28, 2017 (3 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

By Pierre De Vos.

The ANC provincial executive committee in KwaZulu-Natal has called for the scrapping of provinces and for the functions of the provinces either to be transferred to national or local governments. One of the interesting issues not raised in the proposal is what will happen to the ...

Read more …