Traditional Courts Bill meeting to discuss negotiating mandates halted

12 Feb 2014 (8 years, 3 months ago)

The Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development met today, 12 February, to discuss the provinces negotiating mandates for the contentious Traditional Courts Bill. However, the discussion was brought to a stop when Members of the Committee argued that it was a waste of time to discuss and vote on ...

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No quorum at labour relations amendment bill meeting

12 Feb 2014 (8 years, 3 months ago)

Considering that the ANC’s Chief Whip, Stone Sizani, was recently reported in the Sunday Times as saying that the contentious Labour Relations Amendment Bill (LRA) was one of the nine pieces of legislation the ruling party wanted to get passed in Parliament prior to the general elections, it was surprising ...

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Newhoudt-Druchen on being a deaf MP in Parliament

12 Feb 2014 (8 years, 3 months ago)

With the Madiba memorial fake sign language fiasco still fresh in our memories, People’s Assembly was struck by the rapport and fluidity with which South Africa’s first and only deaf MP, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, and her interpreters communicated complex and technical political terms in a recent Communications Portfolio Committee meeting.

During ...

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Section 27 Article: Voters should demand the right to know political sugar-daddies

12 Feb 2014 (8 years, 3 months ago)

Political party funding: Who pays the Piper? Who calls the tune? by Mark Heywood

In less than four months, in compliance with our Constitution’s injunction that gives “every citizen has the right to free, fair and regular elections for any legislative body established in terms of the Constitution” the Independent ...

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Infographic: Food Security

12 Feb 2014 (8 years, 3 months ago)

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry And Fisheries hosted a two-day workshop on Food Security and Safety with the Portfolio Committees of Health and Social Development and the Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources. The committees engaged with food security and safety experts to examine what structures are in ...

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Party funding should be transparent

12 Feb 2014 (8 years, 3 months ago)

February 11 2014 at 10:45am

By Murray Hunter and Vinayak Bhardwaj

The front-page report in the Sunday Independent that billionaire Natie Kirsh may be the ³mystery donor² behind the failed DA-AgangSA merger has excited much interest in his alleged role as a political donor. Rightfully so.

But this is an ...

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AWETHU! A people’s platform for social justice

12 Feb 2014 (8 years, 3 months ago)

AWETHU! | ACTIVIST DIALOGUE | APRIL 26 2014

AWETHU! A people’s platform for social justice was launched on November 28th, 2013 in Johannesburg, with participation from more than 70 progressive, social movements, NGOs and faith based 28th, 2013 in South Africa. Awethu! seeks to build a broad, independent alliance to ...

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Report Back on Fishing Permits Stalled

11 Feb 2014 (8 years, 3 months ago)

On Tuesday 11 February the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) was due to report back to their namesake Portfolio Committee in Parliament on the progress of fishing permits allocations and appeals. Chairperson Mlungisi Johnson (ANC) maintained that he did not feel it was appropriate to hear the Department’s ...

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Parliament gears up for SONA

11 Feb 2014 (8 years, 3 months ago)

President Zuma will deliver the 2014 State of the Nation Address (SONA) to a Joint Sitting of the two Houses at 7pm from the National Assembly Chamber on Thursday 13 February. Although this is commonly regarded to be the official opening of Parliament, it is important to note that MPs ...

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VIP: Voting is Power

11 Feb 2014 (8 years, 3 months ago)

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The Voting is Power (VIP) campaign, launched by LiveSA magazine, is aimed at youth - the politically frustrated, the politically curious, and even the politically apathetic. It encourages you to get involved and have your say. People might see politicians as the VIPs, but you need to remember “they work ...

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