Understanding Constituency Offices

3 Oct 2022 (22 hours, 25 minutes 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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Get To Know Anna Maria (Marina) Van Zyl

27 Sep 2022 (6 days, 17 hours ago)

1. How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

In 2010 I joined the Democratic Alliance upon return from the United Kingdom where I worked for 5 years. I decided that I wanted to be an active citizen and the Democratic Alliance really is the ...

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Get To Know Alvin Botes

26 Sep 2022 (1 week ago)

1. How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

My grandfather was a farm-worker, and upon reaching old age, he together with my grandmother and ten children was forcibly removed from the farm; after he dedicated his entire life to the farm-owner. This informed my ...

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The Week Ahead: Question Time with the President marks the end of the term

26 Sep 2022 (1 week ago)

The constituency period beckons, with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart on Friday and return to Parliament on 11 October 2022.

NCOP delegates have a two-week constituency period, which starts today. There is no opportunity to go through the motions as a fair amount of heavy-duty business will ...

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The Week Ahead: Mini-plenaries & Debates

19 Sep 2022 (2 weeks ago)

It’s the final week of the parliamentary term for National Council of Provinces (NCOP) delegates. Meanwhile, National Assembly (NA) MPs will sit for a further week and commence their constituency break on 3 October 2022.

There is a mixture of routine and important parliamentary business in both the NA and ...

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International Day of Democracy: Democratic Elections in South Africa

15 Sep 2022 (2 weeks, 4 days ago)

Pillars of Democracy

Between 1994 and 1996, various roleplayers, including the democratically elected Constitutional Assembly, Parliament, and the Constitutional Court, negotiated the South African Constitution. To this day, the Constitution that was produced has been regarded as one of the more progressive in the world, based on its extensive guarantees ...

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The Week Ahead: NCOP Local Government Week & Statutory Appointments

12 Sep 2022 (3 weeks ago)

From Tuesday to Thursday, the NCOP, in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), will host a hybrid Local Government Week under the theme, “Advancing Our Collective Effort to Enhance Oversight and Accountability in the Local Sphere of Government.

Local Government Week is a permanent and integral part ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament focuses on illegal mining activities and the state of public infrastructure

5 Sep 2022 (4 weeks ago)

The vandalism of public infrastructure remains a burning issue. Just last week, the National Assembly debated the topic and this week the NCOP has arranged a ministerial briefing session to discuss: the scale and impact of the destruction of public property and community facilities: measures to protect public infrastructure and ...

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