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NCOP rushes to pass 15 bills; only three sent back to NA

March 28, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) passed fifteen bills in just two days this week (26 and 27 March), in a rush before the close of Parliament’s last session. Twelve of the bills were sent to the President for assent. Minor amendments were made to only three bills by ...

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Should donations to political parties be regulated?

March 27, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

On Thursday, the Institute of Security Studies hosted a seminar about political party funding. Its invitation explains there is currently “no regulation of private funding to political parties... companies or wealthy individuals are able to donate money to political parties without any form of disclosure. This creates an environment of ...

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NGOs and MPs highlight inequality in access to justice within vulnerable groups

March 27, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

Civil society organisations and MPs, during a recent Roundtable on empowerment and the rights of women, children and the elderly, highlighted, during the general discussion of the issues, a more nuanced problem of how, within vulnerable groups, there were differing abilities to access justice. They noted unequal access to justice ...

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Roundtable on Empowerment and Rights of Women, Children and Elderly focuses on Gender Based Violence

March 27, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

During his welcome address at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) roundtable on empowerment and the rights of women, children and the elderly, NCOP Chairperson Mahlangu said that vulnerable groups needs the protection of the primary institution of law making, namely parliament.

Mahlangu added that although the “law is good ...

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Select Committee passes Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Bill

March 26, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

The Select Committee on Economic Development adopted the Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill today after MPs read out their province's final mandates. This marks the 11th bill passed in the past two days as Parliament closes tomorrow as the election approaches.

Yesterday, at the Committee meeting, MPs presented ...

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IEC releases list of national parties contesting 2014 election

March 26, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has released its list of parties that will be able to contest the national election on 7 May this year. Of the 33 parties who indicated their intention to contest the election, 29 complied with the IEC’s requirements, but four failed to ...

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SAPS’ top brass hand out contact details to community members

March 26, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

At the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) roundtable on empowerment and the rights of women, children and the elderly yesterday in Parliament, General Khehla John Sithole, Deputy National Commissioner of Policing Operations, told MPs that the police top brass were taking steps to improve policing in the country.

Deputy Chairperson ...

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NCOP Committees adopt 10 bills today in last-minute rush!

March 25, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

Eight Committees in Parliament's Second House met today to vote on final mandates for legislation that the Fourth Democratic Parliament is determined to complete - as its last day fast approaches. Five provinces need to vote in favour of a bill in order for it to pass. Many of these ...

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The week ahead - The end of the Fourth Parliament

March 24, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

The Fourth Parliament draws to an end this week. While the National Assembly (NA) concluded its work two weeks ago, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) continued to sit in order to finalise the many pieces of legislations referred to it for concurrence.

The main legislative highlight this week is ...

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Interventions since 2009: NCOP releases list

March 20, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

Since July 2009, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has reviewed and in some cases, either approved or rejected, interventions in six district municipalities, 30 local municipalities, and six provincial departments (one in the Eastern Cape and five in Limpopo), according to Parliament. Most of the interventions were as a ...

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