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Fourth Term Review 2021

15 Dec 2021 (1 month ago)

2021 Review

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Review of Parliament 2021

15 Dec 2021 (1 month ago)

Review 2021

2021 was another eventful parliamentary year. With the year done and dusted, we review some of the legislature’s activities and highlights from this period.

COVID-19

The virtual/hybrid Parliament continued with most MPs working remotely and others from the precinct. Although the virtual Parliament is limiting and imperfect, this “new normal” ...

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Sixth Parliament- 2021 Review Survey

14 Dec 2021 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

13 Dec 2021 (1 month, 1 week ago)

South Africa makes use of a Proportional Representation electoral system. This means that our elected representatives (Members of Parliament) are not elected from geographic areas in the way Ward Councillors are elected in Local Government elections.

MPs have a Constitutional duty to interact with the public and assist the public ...

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16 Days of Activism (2021)

7 Dec 2021 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence is an annual campaign that takes place all over the world from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), to raise awareness on the negative impact that violence against women and children has on ...

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The Week Ahead: Land Expropriation, mini-budget & farewells

6 Dec 2021 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

The Week Ahead

The constituency period beckons for NA MPs. They are due to depart at the end of the week and return in mid-to-late January.

Their NCOP counterparts will remain in session until 15 December.

A fair amount of work will be done before lawmakers conclude their business for the year.

There ...

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What exactly do Provincial Legislatures do?

30 Nov 2021 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

The Legislature is an arm of state, alongside the Judiciary and the Executive. It is tasked with making laws, passing budgets and conducting oversight on the executive. Provincial legislature conduct this function of state at provincial level.

The public as the main stakeholder, have a right to participate in the ...

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The Week Ahead- Parliament draws to a close

29 Nov 2021 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

Week Ahead- 29 Nov It’s the penultimate week of the parliamentary year. As a result, the schedule is quite packed as lawmakers rush to tie up loose ends and conclude the business of the eventful year.

In the remaining days, the legislature is set to vote on several Bills, consider statutory instruments, hold oversight ...

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The Week Ahead: President’s final Q&A for 2021

22 Nov 2021 (1 month, 4 weeks ago)

Week Ahead The President's oral question session on Thursday is the high point of the parliamentary week. The President 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 to ensure that only those satisfying ...

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Explainer: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports

15 Nov 2021 (2 months ago)

BRRRs

Parliament has a fundamental role in authorising budget decisions and in holding government to account. Consistent with this, parliamentary committees get to engage with the budget process at all key stages of the budget cycle, both ex ante and ex post as appropriate.

Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports (BRRRs) are ...

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