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

Infographic: Parliamentary Calendar 2017

Jan. 20, 2017 (1 day, 13 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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Opinion: Democracy for rural people under threat

Jan. 16, 2017 (5 days, 17 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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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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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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Infographic: Service Delivery Protests

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

The Civic Protest Barometer (CPB), published by the Dullah Omar Institute on 24 November 2016, measures trends in protest action in South Africa's municipalities. The 2016 CPB tracks trends in the number of protests, the geographical spread of protests, trends in violent civic protest and grievances behind protest action ...

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The Week Ahead: Debates, Legislation, Question Session & More

Nov. 28, 2016 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

It's the penultimate week of the parliamentary year and the National Assembly chamber has scheduled a broad programme as it rushes to finalise all urgent business.

The rules make provision for an MP to request the Speaker to place a matter of public importance on the Order Paper for ...

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Infographic: Water and Sanitation

Nov. 25, 2016 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

Statistics South Africa published its Water and Sanitation Report based on the General Household Survey: 2002-2015 on 23 November 2016. The report notes that in order to address poverty and under-development, the government has prioritised the provision of basic water and sanitation services to the poor because of the perceived ...

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The Week Ahead: President & Legislation in the spotlight

Nov. 21, 2016 (2 months ago) — Comments

The President's oral question session is the high point of the parliamentary week. He is required to answer questions of national or international importance once per term in accordance with the annual parliamentary programme. The questions are sifted and published beforehand in a process involving the Speaker, to ensure ...

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Infographic: Debt in SA

Nov. 20, 2016 (2 months ago) — Comments

In May 2016, the National Credit Regulator briefed the Portfolio Committee on the feasibility of a debt forgiveness programme. Currently over 10 million South Africans have impaired credit records and this prompted the Committee to engage with stakeholders in November 2016 on the viability of a debt relief programme. Inputs ...

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