Blog Posts

Only 16% of 18&19 year olds registered to vote!

Jan. 21, 2019 (4 months ago) — Comments

Ahead of the 2019 national and provincial elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is gearing up for the last voter registration weekend scheduled for 26 and 27 January 2019. Voting stations will be open from 08h00 to 17h00 on both days to allow new voters to register and existing voters ...

Read more …

2019 Parliament Preview

Jan. 15, 2019 (4 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

It’s an election year so we can look forward to a frenetic schedule and disjointed calendar as the National Legislature is first dissolved and later re-constituted after the elections. We can also expect an unpredictable timetable and two State of the Nation Addresses.

The Fifth Parliament term ends on ...

Read more …

Important dates on the parliamentary calendar so far

Jan. 14, 2019 (4 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

The first term of Parliament and the last term of the Fifth Parliament (7 February to 29 March 2019) will see the first major event of the year, the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Ramaphosa on 7 February 2019. The President will deliver the speech (his ...

Read more …

Infographic: Parliament 2018 - review in numbers

Jan. 10, 2019 (4 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

The conclusion of the parliamentary calendar year sees the Fifth Parliament shut its doors for 2018 after what has surely been one of the most tumultuous political years. People's Assembly takes a look at what happened behind the scenes in the halls of the Legislature with this snapshot of ...

Read more …

Mr Charel Jacobus De Beer (ANC)

Jan. 10, 2019 (4 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

de beer

What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? I am a paid up member of the ANC in good standing - a public representative since 1998 to 1999 as a Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) in the Northern Cape and ...

Read more …

#Elections2019: Who are you voting for?

Jan. 1, 2019 (4 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

President Cyril Ramophosa, in his 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA), announced that the 2019 elections will take place on 8 May 2019.

South Africa’s six democratic national and provincial elections have either taken place in April, May or June:

2019 – 8 May 2019

2014 – 7 May 2014 ...

Read more …

Review of Parliament 2018....

Dec. 10, 2018 (5 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

2018 was a bumper year of parliamentary business.

With the year done and dusted, we review some of the legislature’s activities and highlights from this period.

Delayed SONA and new President

The Fifth Parliament has given us a lot of “firsts”. Another such milestone was achieved early in February ...

Read more …

Committees: Who put in the work in 2018?

Dec. 9, 2018 (5 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

Committee proceedings, often referred to as the 'engine room of Parliament, is where MPs deliberate on bills, and scrutinise and report on the annual budget and strategic plans of the departments and entities they oversee. This is where it is determined whether government departments are delivering on what they promised ...

Read more …

Mr Risimati Mavunda (ANC)

Dec. 7, 2018 (5 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

mavunda

What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? I am part of the 1976 generation and I hail from a rural area in the Mopani region in Limpopo. I started school quite late at the age of 12 yrs where ...

Read more …

Sanitation in Schools

Dec. 4, 2018 (5 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

Tragedy struck in March this year when five-year-old Lumka Mketwa died after falling in a pit latrine at Luna Primary School in Bizana in the Eastern Cape. This came four years after another five-year-old, Michael Komape died, also in a pit toilet at his school in Limpopo.

In a victorious ...

Read more …