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

The Week Ahead: Budget Vote Debates - Round Two

May 22, 2017 (2 days ago) — Comments

It’s the second of week of budget debates in the National Assembly and the frenetic pace of committee meetings and mini-plenary sessions continue.

On Tuesday, the Ministers of Trade and Industry, Police and Finance will take to the podium to present their budgets. Their colleagues in the Basic Education ...

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Infographic: Teenage Pregnancy & Sexual Behaviour

May 20, 2017 (4 days ago) — Comments

The 2016 South Africa Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS 2016) is the third survey to be conducted in South Africa with Statistics South Africa collaborating with the worldwide Demographic and Health Survey Program. Teenage mothers are more likely to experience adverse pregnancy outcomes, and find it more difficult to pursue ...

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Infographic: Budget Votes - How does it work?

May 15, 2017 (1 week, 1 day ago) — Comments

Committees have been meeting for two weeks with departments and their entities to pore over their strategic and annual performance plans, budgets and performance targets in preparation for reports to be considered by the House. The focus now shifts to the House budget vote debates that commence tomorrow, 16 May ...

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The Week Ahead: Budget vote debates dominate the agenda

May 15, 2017 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

For the past two weeks, Committees have been meeting with Departments and Entities to pore over their strategic and annual performance plans, budgets and performance targets in preparation for reports to be considered by the House.

The focus now shifts to the budget vote debates that commence tomorrow and run ...

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Parliament returns - with new monitoring tool targeting ministers

May 11, 2017 (1 week, 6 days ago) — Comments

President Zuma’s reshuffle of 20 ministers and deputy ministers on 30 March at midnight took place just as Parliament went into a month long recess.

Parliament returned on 2 May and, with all these new appointments eager to make their mark, it will be interesting to see how they ...

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Week Ahead: Budget vote season rolls on

May 8, 2017 (2 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

It's raining reports: with the deadline for the completion of Budget Vote Reports fast approaching, committees are in a race to finalise their reports ahead of the budget vote debates, which are scheduled to start next week.

As a result, the schedule shows no sign of slowing down as ...

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Public Participation in Parliament - a survey of participants

May 8, 2017 (2 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

In practice, public participation in the legislature is often diluted, haphazard and falls short of its intended purpose. In fact, the President, civil society and the courts have had to remind the legislature about its duty to facilitate adequate public participation.

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This report reviews public participation based on survey responses ...

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The Week Ahead: Second Term Begins....

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

Parliament returns from recess this week. The second term will run for 9 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and legislative work; oral questions to the executive; a possible motion of no confidence debate; NCOP Oversight Week and passing of the national ...

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Parliament 2017: First term review

April 25, 2017 (4 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

With the first parliamentary term wrapped up, we take a look at legislative activity from this period. This quarterly review takes a quick look at the number of working days, Bills processed, written questions posed by Members and replied to by the Executive and petitions considered by Committees from 24 ...

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How to remove a sitting President

April 6, 2017 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

There are two constitutional processes to remove a President: Motion of No Confidence and Removal of President.

Section 102: Motion of No Confidence needs a 51% vote. For the Motion to carry, it needs 201 MPs to vote in favour (151 opposition MPs and 50 ANC MPs). MPs can go ...

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