Blog Posts

The Week Ahead: It’s a wrap for 2020

Nov. 30, 2020 (5 days ago)

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It’s a week of farewells and loose ends…

The constituency and leave period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament next year. But a fair amount of work will be done before they go and there is plenty of opportunity ...

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MPs on Twitter: Who holds the influence?

Nov. 27, 2020 (1 week, 1 day ago)

Information and communication technology has changed rapidly over the past 20 years with a key development being the emergence of social media.

Social media has had a powerful impact in the way that we communicate, how we formulate our opinions and how we perceive of ourselves, others and the world ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament is drawing to a close ...

Nov. 23, 2020 (1 week, 4 days ago)

Penultimate year

It's the penultimate week of the parliamentary year.

As a result, there is a bit of frenzy as legislation and important business that can be completed are rushed to the finishing line while other less urgent parliamentary business is dropped for lack of time.

In the remaining days, lawmakers ...

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By-elections Survey Findings

Nov. 16, 2020 (2 weeks, 4 days ago)

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Voter turnout for by-elections, which are used to fill political offices that become vacant between general elections, has historically lagged behind that for municipal, provincial and national elections. There are many reasons why this is the case. In our October survey, we looked at voter attitudes and views on by-elections ...

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The Week Ahead: Men’s Parliament, Mini-Plenaries & Legislation

Nov. 16, 2020 (2 weeks, 5 days ago)

3 weeks until parli rises

There are three weeks left until Parliament rises for the year.

In the remaining days, lawmakers are scheduled to vote on several Bills, approve government spending, hold debates, scrutinise government performance, consider statutory appointments and instruments and finalise assorted Committee Reports.

The NA chamber has a full programme and will ...

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The Week Ahead: President’s final Q&A for 2020

Nov. 9, 2020 (3 weeks, 5 days ago)

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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 ...

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The Week Ahead: Questions to the Deputy President, Urgent Debates & MTBPS processing

Nov. 2, 2020 (1 month ago)

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The endgame of the parliamentary year is fast approaching. There are only five weeks left before the legislature rises and loose ends are gradually being knitted together.

Following last week’s presentation of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), Parliament’s role in the processing and approval of the mini-budget ...

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The Week Ahead: Mini-budget 2020

Oct. 26, 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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All eyes will be on the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, when he delivers the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday. The MTBPS outlines the economic context against which the 2021 budget is being formulated and sets out the spending framework for the next three years.

The mini-budget ...

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The 4 W’s and H of By-Elections

Oct. 23, 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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On the 11th of November, affected South African in 95 wards across the country will be making their way to cast their votes in this year’s municipal by-elections. Unlike the general national elections, where all South African citizens who are 18 years and older can vote, the by-elections take ...

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A - Z of Parliamentary Parlance

Oct. 20, 2020 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

It has been more than a year since the Sixth Parliament started. Each day in the corridors of Parliament presents a plethora of learning moments.

In this infographic, we provide a useful glossary of some of the parliamentary parlance, that is language, that is used in Parliament.

While we have ...

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