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SANDF facilities in disrepair: Defence Department holds Public Works responsible

March 5, 2014 (5 years, 5 months ago) — Comments

Today, Secretary of Defence, Dr Sam Gulube, reported back to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans about the strained relations between the Departments of Defence and Public Works with regards to a massive backlog in the poor maintenance of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) facilities.

The backlog ...

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National Commissioner absent while SAPS presents “unacceptable” report

March 4, 2014 (5 years, 5 months ago) — Comments

National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, was a no-show at SAPS’ meeting today with the Police Portfolio Committee to discuss its reply to the Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report (BRRR) recommendations made by the Committee last year. In the Commissioner’s absence, the SAPS delegation presented a shoddy report devoid of ...

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Sneak Peak: Proposed amendments to unemployment insurance act

March 4, 2014 (5 years, 5 months ago) — Comments

Today, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour was made privy to the Department of Labour’s proposed amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act (ACT No. 63 of 2001). While the Bill still has to be officially introduced to the National Assembly by Cabinet, acting Deputy Director-General, Thembinkosi Mkhaliphi, on behalf ...

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We need to see more men pushing prams on streets says MP

March 4, 2014 (5 years, 5 months ago) — Comments

Last month the Portfolio Committee on Labour heard from the Department of Labour that their proposed amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act (Act No. 63 of 2001) include maternity benefits being de-linked from UIF. Essentially this would mean that if women claim maternity benefits but then are retrenched down line ...

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83% do not know where their local constituency office is

March 4, 2014 (5 years, 5 months ago) — Comments

Our current survey shows that 83% of online visitors to the People’s Assembly did not know where their local constituency office is located. Parliament spent R203 million last year to provide these constituency offices.

The People's Assembly website focuses on MP accountability. SA does not have a constituency ...

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“Worst two SETAs” fail to dispel Committee’s concerns

March 3, 2014 (5 years, 5 months ago) — Comments

At a meeting with the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and the Local Government SETA, who were both placed under administration over the last two and half years, the Committee for Higher Education and Training expressed concern that both SETAs were not fulfilling their duty to advance the ...

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School violence no better or worse since 2008 hears Committee

March 3, 2014 (5 years, 5 months ago) — Comments

On 26 February, the Select Committee on Education and Recreation held a meeting to discuss school safety, an issue that was specifically tied to keeping learners in school. The Department of Basic Education told the Committee that school safety involved the community and that parent support is needed as “violence ...

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In the spotlight this week

March 3, 2014 (5 years, 5 months ago) — Comments

With only two weeks left before Parliament rises, it is not a surprise that the National Assembly has planned two plenary sessions for Tuesday and the scheduled sittings for Wednesday and Thursday are expected to finish late in the day.

On Wednesday, the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will provide oral ...

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Controversial WEGE Bill is adopted by Committee amid protest

Feb. 28, 2014 (5 years, 5 months ago) — Comments

The Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities adopted the Women Empowerment Gender Equality (WEGE) Bill on Tuesday, 26 February, after controversial in-committee protests by the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT).

According to a statement released by Parliament, this Bill “marks yet another important step towards ...

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No Bills by MPs accepted - despite Constitutional Court challenge

Feb. 27, 2014 (5 years, 5 months ago) — Comments

The life of the Fourth Parliament is drawing to a close. Not a single Private Member’s bill has been taken forward or passed in this Parliament, and since 1994, only 17 Private Members’ bills, the majority being of a purely technical nature, have been accepted.

Prior to 2012, all ...

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