Blog Posts

Why active citizenry for young people is healthy for South Africa's democracy in building up to the Local Government Elections

19 Jul 2021 (5 days ago)

As we wrap-up youth month, we spoke to a youth activist on the challenges facing the youth. Thamsanqa Masingi offers a perspective on why young people should be actively engaged in the democratic process.

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It is youth month, and once again the focus is on young people and the challenges ...

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Second Term Review of Parliament (04 May to 25 June 2021)

19 Jul 2021 (5 days, 3 hours ago)

The second term of Parliament officially ended on 25 June and MPs are on recess until 16 August 2021.

The Sixth Parliament turned two during the term, on 22 May.

The main highlights of the term included: processing of the 2021/22 Budget; public hearings on various pieces of legislation; important ...

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World Parliament Day 2021

30 Jun 2021 (3 weeks, 3 days ago)

World Parliament Day was established in 2018 through a United Nations General Assembly Resolution.

The theme this year is focused on youth participation.

World Parliament Day is celebrated every year on 30 June and it recognises the day the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was founded in 1889. The IPU empowers parliaments ...

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We ask MP Sello Seitlholo - Why active citizenry in young people?

25 Jun 2021 (4 weeks, 1 day ago)

The focus on young people has gained traction in the mainstream, partly due to the effects of Covid-19 and how it has negatively impacted employment opportunities of young people.

We spoke to another young member of society, and activist in his own right. Member of Parliament Sello Seitlholo talks to ...

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Why is there a focus on professionalising local government?

24 Jun 2021 (1 month ago)

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Access to basic municipal services is a right enshrined in Section 152 (1) of the Constitution. The Constitution states that the purpose of local government is to provide a democratic and accountable government to local communities; to ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner; to promote ...

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Youth in Parliament 2021

21 Jun 2021 (1 month ago)

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On Wednesday, June 16, South Africa will be celebrating Youth Day. This is an opportune moment to reflect on the ages of our Members of Parliament.

A fundamental principle of democracy is that political systems should mirror society as a whole and represent the desires and best interests of all ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament passes the budget

14 Jun 2021 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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The second term concludes for NCOP delegates.

From next week, they will join their NA counterparts who have been on recess since 7 June.

A big chunk of the year has been spent considering the 2021/22 national budget.

After the Minister of Finance introduces the budget, the legislature must interrogate ...

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The Week Ahead: NCOP Question Time with the President

7 Jun 2021 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

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The National Assembly is officially on recess from today until 17 August.

Meanwhile, the NCOP’s second term will run until 21 June.

The NCOP chamber has arranged a varied agenda for delegates. Highlights include Oral Questions and Replies with the President, legislative business, policy debates and a Youth Day debate. ...

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The Week Ahead: Busy week as National Assembly recess looms

31 May 2021 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

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A combination of a heavy legislative load, some important hearings and the pending recess break should mean plenty of fizz in Parliament this week.

The constituency period beckons, with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 17 August ...

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Annual Constitutional Review Blog + Survey

24 May 2021 (2 months ago)

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Every year (excluding an election year), Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee must review the Constitution and report to the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.

To enable the Committee to conduct its work, Parliament’s Joint Rule 102 empowers the Committee to do the following:

Identify specific constitutional matters ...

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