Blog Posts

Ms Samantha Jane Graham (DA)

Oct. 23, 2019 (3 hours, 13 minutes ago) — Comments

"When we unite around our diversity and celebrate our uniqueness, then we will be able to achieve anything as a country. We need to stop allowing individuals and organisations to divide us. We have far more in common than we think. Let’s focus on our strengths. We are worth ...

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The Week Ahead: Legislation, Appointments & Question Time

Oct. 21, 2019 (2 days, 2 hours ago) — Comments

The major point of interest will come from Tuesday’s debate on the Special Appropriation Bill in the National Assembly Chamber. The Bill allocates an additional R59bn to Eskom over the next two years.

In recommending the Bill, the Standing Committee on Appropriations stated that “the proposed conditions are not ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

Oct. 21, 2019 (2 days, 5 hours ago) — Comments

Many are unaware of the fact that even though South Africa makes use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, meaning that our elected representatives (Members of Parliament) are not elected from geographic areas in the way Ward Councillors are in Local Government elections, MPs remain duty-bound to interact with the ...

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Petitions: How to get your voice heard in Parliament

Oct. 18, 2019 (5 days, 2 hours ago) — Comments

In South Africa, Section 17 of the Constitution creates the right for everyone to present petitions. Public participation in law-making, oversight and other processes of Parliament, therefore, is an integral part of our democracy. Parliament has developed a number of ways to promote public involvement in the work of the ...

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Sahlulele Luzipo (ANC)

Oct. 16, 2019 (1 week ago) — Comments

"I'm a product of the struggles of the toiling masses of our people. I was nominated by branches of the ANC to be on the National list to parliament"

What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

I'm ...

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The Week Ahead: Question Time & high-profile meetings

Oct. 14, 2019 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

Question time is the main business in both chambers this week. The practice of oral questions is an established part of the parliamentary day and gives MPs an opportunity to question the Executive about matters for which they are responsible.

Everything from specific scandals and programmes to big-picture policy to ...

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NHI Timeline: Key dates and events

Oct. 12, 2019 (1 week, 3 days ago) — Comments

The analyses and debates about the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill rage on following its introduction to Parliament early August. The tabling of the Bill was long in coming as the mooting of ideas to reform healthcare financing in South Africa are not new and date as far back as ...

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Ms Siviwe Gwarube (DA)

Oct. 9, 2019 (2 weeks ago) — Comments

Parliament should also ensure that the issues which concern South Africans are the matters that are being dealt with.

What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

I began my career in politics as a professional staff member working in ...

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The Week Ahead: MPs return and President appears

Oct. 7, 2019 (2 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

Parliament resumes this week after a two-week constituency period. The final term will run for nine weeks and the programme is packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and legislative work; oral questions to the executive;Taking Parliament to the People report back event and a review ...

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Enabling an Inclusive and Participatory Democracy

Sept. 20, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

The theme for this year's International Day of Democracy, which fell on the 15th of September 2019, was Participation. Democracy is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation. It is a fundamental building block for representation, human rights and legitimacy. Democracy is a two-way street, built on a constant ...

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