Blog Posts

The Week Ahead: Third Term is Underway

Aug. 13, 2018 (22 hours, 3 minutes ago) — Comments

Now that the National Assembly has also returned from constituency break (the NCOP resumed at the end of July), it feels like the real start of the new term.

The third term will run for 5-8 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include Committee, oversight ...

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#WomensMonth: SA Women on the March

Aug. 3, 2018 (1 week, 3 days ago) — Comments

Women all over the country came together, dressed in black and red on 1 August 2018 in support of #TheTotalShutDown movement by participating in the Intersectional Women’s March against gender-based violence (GBV) to Parliament in Cape Town, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, and to the Supreme Court in Bloemfontein ...

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Mr Vincent Smith - ANC

Aug. 1, 2018 (1 week, 5 days ago) — Comments

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Political background: I became involved in politics, and the ANC, by being involved in student politics. I became an MP through my leadership position in the ANC as a Deputy Chairperson of the ANC Johannesburg region.

What does your job as an MP entail? My job as an MP really ...

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Ministerial Attendance in Parliament: Is Ramaphosa’s Cabinet doing better?

July 24, 2018 (2 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, earlier this year indicated that she had written to newly appointed Deputy President, David Mabuza, to ‘complain about the absence of ministers during question time in the National Assembly’. In response, the Deputy President, in April 2018, announced measures to deal with non-attendance including an ...

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Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

July 23, 2018 (3 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

Since 1995, the Parliamentary Monitoring Group is enabling thousands of young people to go into Parliament and write detailed reports of the proceedings of the 50 oversight committees.

Here are some comments from our monitors, interns and past alumni – even two MPs are former PMG monitors.

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Mr Dennis Ryder (DA)

July 10, 2018 (1 month ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I was a mini mayor of Bedfordview in 1993. I have always been on committees and assisting in elections. I was then elected as a councillor in 2011 in Midvaal Local Municipality. I was a member of the Mayoral Committee: Engineering Services in Midvaal and ...

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Parliament 2018: Second Term Review

July 9, 2018 (1 month ago) — Comments

This review of the second term takes a quick look at the number of working days, Bills processed, written questions posed by MPs and replies by the Executive and the petitions under consideration.

It has been a busy term with 435 committee meetings compared to 331 in the first term ...

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Why Parliaments Matter

June 29, 2018 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

30 June 2018 marks #WorldParliamentDay. All over the world, parliaments exist to represent the people to ensure government by the people– this is said it to be the most profoundly important role parliament plays as an institution. Parliament represents the people by articulating the views of citizens in decision-making processes ...

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Youth Day: How many MPs Qualify?

June 14, 2018 (2 months ago) — Comments

Saturday, 16 June 2018, marks Youth Day and an ideal opportunity to reflect on the ages of our Members of Parliament. In South Africa, our definition of youth is someone under the age of 35 . We are often told that SA has a young population so it is worth reflecting ...

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Who made submissions on Land Debate?

June 12, 2018 (2 months ago) — Comments

In February, the National Assembly adopted a motion proposed by the EFF, with amendments by the ANC, that Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee investigate mechanisms through which land can be expropriated without compensation.

The deadline for public comments to the Joint Constitutional Review Committee was 15 June 2018. When interviewed ...

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