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

March 27, 2014 (6 years, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane on regional integration, BRICS, and Rwanda

March 19, 2014 (6 years, 3 months ago)

International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, delivered what she termed her post State of the Nation Address (SONA) foreign policy briefing to the media.

Much of her speech looked at South Africa’s involvement with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU), and finding “African ...

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More consultation time needed for Rental Housing Bill says Limpopo, Western Cape

March 18, 2014 (6 years, 3 months ago)

The Select Committee on Public Services held a meeting today to discuss the provinces’ negotiating mandates for the Rental Housing Amendment Bill. Seven provinces said they were in favour of the Bill, while Limpopo and the Western Cape did not support it.

The Rental Housing Amendment Bill was re-introduced last ...

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National Assembly passes Property Valuation Bill

March 18, 2014 (6 years, 3 months ago)

Despite objections from the DA, FF Plus and the ACDP, on 12 March 2014 the ANC majority in the National Assembly ensured the passing of the Property Valuation Bill. The bill, which aims to regulate the prices government pay for land for reform purposes, has now been referred to the ...

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