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The Week Ahead: 2019 SONA Debates

June 24, 2019 (2 days, 2 hours ago) — Comments

The Sixth Parliament is slowing kicking into gear with four plenary sittings scheduled this week.

The main events will be the joint debate on the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday as well as the President’s reply on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s session will be a marathon sitting starting ...

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Facts about #SONA2019

June 19, 2019 (1 week ago) — Comments

1. What is the SONA?

It is an annual address given by the President to a joint session of Parliament and marks the official opening of the legislature. It is designed to be a report on the economic and social state of the nation, and includes a review of the ...

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6th Parliament: Turnover, Youth & Gender

June 11, 2019 (2 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

Becoming an MP can be a complex and difficult journey. In many respects, the job is viewed as one which requires experience and therefore suited to older people. Meanwhile, women face all sorts of hurdles when running for elected office. This includes discrimination, patriarchy, violence and the ever present glass ...

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Provincial Legislatures: Age and Gender Breakdown

June 10, 2019 (2 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

While all the attention is focused on the national legislature, it is easy to overlook the state of gender and youth representation in the 9 provincial legislatures.

One province has achieved gender parity, while 4 have nearly reached this mark. Provinces are however are a long way off when it ...

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SAA Bail-out: Have your say!

June 8, 2019 (2 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

South African Airways needs another R4 billion to stay afloat. According to Africa Check, from 1999 until 2017 the South African government has allocated R29.1 billion in bailouts to the struggling national airline. Government allocated another R5 billion in November 2018 and the carrier also secured R3.5 billion ...

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South African Cabinet

May 31, 2019 (3 weeks, 4 days ago) — Comments

President Ramaphosa appointed the National Executive (Ministers and Deputy Ministers) on Wednesday, 29 May 2019

The Executive under the Sixth Administration consists of:

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This is compared to the Executive of the Fifth Administration:

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GLOBAL STATISTICS

According to the NationMaster County Cabinet Comparison, South Africa is one of 45 nations in ...

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New Ramaphosa Cabinet: 2019

May 30, 2019 (3 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

The President has announced his Executive which will serve the country’s Sixth Administration. Let’s take a look at some of the changes made.

The Cabinet is made up of the President, Deputy President and Ministers. The Deputy President is Mr David Mabuza. As per his 2018 State of ...

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Provincial Legislatures, Speakers & Premiers

May 28, 2019 (4 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

Last week, Wednesday 22 May 2019, Members of the Provincial Legislatures (MPLs) were sworn in. Presided over by the Judge Presidents for each province, the nine provincial legislatures also elected the Premiers of the province and Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the legislatures. The Premiers were inaugurated on 27 May ...

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First day of Parliament: a guide

May 22, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

Today Members of the National Assembly will be sworn in. These Members represent 14 political parties. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will take the Speaker’s seat at 10h30 and in groups of ten, alphabetically organised, he will preside over their swearing in. Each Member will swear or affirm faithfulness to ...

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Elections: Results and Seats

May 13, 2019 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

With the final results announced officially by the IEC on Saturday, 11 May 2019, the ANC has won the sixth general election. The ANC received a little over 10 million votes. This was followed by the DA and EF. The ANC also retained its majority in all provinces except the ...

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