Blog Posts

Department of Women, Youth & Persons with Disbailities Priorities for 2019/20

Aug. 21, 2019 (4 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

On the 9th of July 2019, the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, delivered the 2019 Budget Vote speech which is meant to give the public an indication of what the departments budget for the year is and highlight what the key ...

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Ms Nazley Khan Sharif (DA)

Aug. 21, 2019 (4 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? I joined the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation in my first year at Wits and have been part of politics ever since. I was elected as a PR Councillor in the City of ...

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The Week Ahead: MPs return & President appears

Aug. 19, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

This session runs for five weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include Committee and oversight work; oral questions to the Executive; important debates; training of lawmakers and the Women’s Parliament. In addition, Parliament will begin the appointment process for several government bodies and consider ...

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National Women's Day

Aug. 9, 2019 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Sixty-three years ago today twenty-thousand women took to the streets to march against the introduction of the Apartheid Pass Laws. What has now culminated into this public holiday symbolizes the role that women have and continue to play in the political sphere to shape the country.

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First Term Review: Sixth Parliament

Aug. 8, 2019 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Parliament’s first term ended last week. According to the programme, the term was 11 weeks but the main thrust of the work was compressed into the final 5 weeks of the quarter.

A lot was done in this first term: new parliamentary leadership was elected, the second State of ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

Aug. 5, 2019 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

Many are unaware of the fact that even though South Africa makes use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, meaning that our elected representatives (Members of Parliament) are not elected from geographic areas in the way Ward Councillors are in Local Government elections, MPs remain duty-bound to interact with the ...

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MPs Guide to Running a Constituency Office

Aug. 3, 2019 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

This piece is geared toward political parties, Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Legislatures and other public representatives - constituency offices are crucial to the democratic fabric of South Africa. Even though we make use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, public representatives are obligated to interact with and assist all ...

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The Week Ahead: End of the First Term

July 29, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

A lot was packed into the first term of the Sixth Parliament 22July2019

New Members were registered, sworn-in and received training. In addition, the legislature elected new leadership, had a second State of the Nation Address, set up structures, and assigned Members to Committees.

A big chunk of the time was ...

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A – Z of Parliamentary Parlance

July 23, 2019 (1 month, 4 weeks ago) — Comments

The Sixth Parliament is now fully in swing! Chairpersons have been elected and Members are furiously busy scrutinizing performance plans and budgets. This would be a useful time to familiarize yourself with some parliamentary parlance, that is language! We’ve all heard about points of order, tabling reports and calls ...

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Cape Flats No Longer At Ease

July 23, 2019 (1 month, 4 weeks ago) — Comments

On the 18th of July 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the deployment of 1320 members of the SANDF to various parts of the Western Cape. The SANDF is tasked with working with the SAPS to prevent and combat crime in these areas

This deployment of the SANDF will last for ...

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