“Impressions” and “That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

Why social grants matter in SA: they support 33% of the nation

Feb. 16, 2017 (3 days, 17 hours ago) — Comments

The South African government’s failure to fix a corrupted R10 billion social grant payment contract has caused a crisis that threatens to disturb monthly payments to millions of vulnerable households. The Conversation Africa’s business and economy editor Sibonelo Radebe asked Jannie Rossouw to explain what’s at stake ...

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The Week Ahead: SONA debates & more in the spotlight

Feb. 13, 2017 (6 days, 20 hours ago) — Comments

Before we get in to this week's schedule, we have to make a quick comment about last week's dramatic events.

Sadly, this was not a surprise. This was a sequel to SONA 2015 and 2016. There were warning signs – heavy security, deployment of soldiers, threats by the EFF ...

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SONAs: At home and abroad

Feb. 9, 2017 (1 week, 3 days ago) — Comments

The 2017 State of the Nation (SONA) is just hours away. Read some interesting facts on SONAs in South Africa as well as how the occasion is carried out in other parts of the world.

Seeinfographic below for more on SONAs at home and abroad!

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#SONA2017: The Speech

Feb. 6, 2017 (1 week, 6 days ago) — Comments

It’s one of the most important speeches that the President delivers in any year. With a prime time tv audience, it is a tremendous PR opportunity for the President to simultaneously lay out his agenda and reassure doubters - both local and foreign.

There are a few safe bets for ...

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The Week Ahead: It’s all about #SONA2017

Feb. 6, 2017 (1 week, 6 days ago) — Comments

On Thursday, all eyes will be fixated on President Zuma as he delivers the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The speech, due to be delivered at 19:00 before a combined gathering of Parliament, cabinet, the judiciary and the public will seek to build on the ruling party ...

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Everything you need to know about SONA 2017

Feb. 3, 2017 (2 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

What is the SONA?

It is an annual address given by the President to a joint session of Parliament. It is designed to be a report on the economic and social state of the nation, and includes a review of the past year and priorities for the current year.

When ...

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Parliament: What to expect in 2017?

Jan. 31, 2017 (2 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

2017 promises to be another busy and turbulent year in Parliament. Everything from specific scandals to legal and legislative battles to big-picture policy and foreign matters will be under the microscope. Also, high on the agenda are bread and butter issues, domestic challenges, the state of the economy and public ...

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Infographic: Living conditions of SA households

Jan. 31, 2017 (2 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

Statistics South Africa released the results of the 2014/2015 Living Conditions Survey (LCS) conducted between October 2014 and October 2015 on 27 January 2017. The survey shows household incomes, consumption expenditure and it also informs poverty levels patterns which is due to be released later in 2017.

In 2015 ...

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The Week Ahead: Oversight Visits, Public Hearings & Legislation

Jan. 30, 2017 (2 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

It's still early days but the legislature has planned a broad and busy programme after a low key week.

With no sittings scheduled in the main chambers, the committee corridor will again be the main source of parliamentary action this week.

Oversight visits provide committees with an opportunity to ...

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The Week Ahead: Committee meetings get underway

Jan. 23, 2017 (3 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

MPs return to work on Tuesday after their summer break and spending time in their constituencies. Because it's the first week, the programme is fairly gentle with no sittings scheduled in the main chambers and only a handful of meetings planned for the committee corridor.

The pre-State of the ...

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