“That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

That Week In Parliament

Recent happenings in Parliament

The Week Ahead: There's a shortened programme

March 20, 2017 (6 days, 7 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 ...

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

March 13, 2017 (1 week, 6 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 ...

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Infographic: Municipal debt

March 10, 2017 (2 weeks, 2 days 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 ...

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The Week Ahead: Question Time & Legislation in the spotlight

March 6, 2017 (2 weeks, 6 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 ...

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Infographic: 2016 National Crime Statistics

March 5, 2017 (3 weeks 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 ...

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The Week Ahead: Deputy President, SABC, Land & Legislation top the agenda

Feb. 27, 2017 (3 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

There's a broad and busy flavour to this week's parliamentary business in the National Assembly chamber - it includes oral questions to the deputy president, members’ statements, notices of motions, a debate, and the processing of assorted bills, international agreements and committee reports.

The main plenary highlight will be ...

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Infographic: Budget 2017: How will it be spent?

Feb. 24, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

The Minister of Finance delivered the 2017 Budget Speech on Wednesday 22 February. The speech focused on decreasing government expenditure and raising tax revenues with the aim to ‘balance spending commitments, particularly in higher education, health and social protection, and ensuring the long-term health of the public finances'.

The Minister ...

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Infographic: The Budget Cycle

Feb. 21, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

The Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, will deliver the 2017 Budget Speech tomorrow, 22 February 2017 at 14h00. The budget is a culmination of processes that start in the previous year with the aim of making the most efficient use of public funds.

See infographic below on the budget cycle ...

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The Week Ahead: It's budget week

Feb. 20, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's budget speech on Wednesday will dominate the headlines this week. The Minister has a tough job to do as he seeks to address significant social challenges and reassure investors about the country’s growth prospects. The speech itself will largely focus on the planned use ...

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Infographic: Labour Market Stats

Feb. 19, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) collects data on the labour market activities of individuals aged 15 years and above who live in South Africa. Statistics South Africa released the QLFS Quarter 4:2016 (October – December 2016) on Tuesday, 14 February 2017.

The working age population increased by 1.7 ...

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