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Parliament demands inclusive education for children with disabilities

Feb. 24, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

On Wednesday, 19 February, the Public Service and Administration Committee received a joint briefing by the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the crucial issue of access to schools for children with disabilities.

In her opening statement, Chairperson of the Committee ...

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Highlights of the week ahead

Feb. 24, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech on Wednesday will be the main highlight this week in Parliament.

In the 2013 MTBPS Speech by Minister Pravin Gordhan the following challenges were enumerated:

● “Growth is too slow.

● Unemployment is high and many households are over-indebted.

● Government expenditure substantially exceeds our revenue. Since 2008 ...

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Basic Education Committee receives briefing on 2013 National Senior Certificate Results

Feb. 21, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

On Tuesday, 18 February, the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education received a briefing by its respective department on the 2013 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results with Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, in attendance. The Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) also briefed the Committee ...

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SONA Debate, Day 2: ANC hits back, House gets rowdy

Feb. 20, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

Punctuated by heckling, insult trading and truckloads of rhetoric, Tuesday 19 February saw the second day of the two-day State of the Nation (SONA) debates descend into a rather raucous state of affairs. Amid the now hackneyed use of the “good news” refrain, laundry lists of national government policy successes ...

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SAA reports back to Parliament on its Turnaround Strategy

Feb. 20, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

Following a controversial R550-million government bailout last year, the South African Airways (SAA) had to report back to the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on Wednesday, 19 February, on the turnaround strategy that would help get the airline on track again.

During the course of his briefing on ...

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SONA Debate, Day 1: Opposition MPs open Nkandla(flood)gate

Feb. 18, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

The first day of the two-day State of the Nation Address (SONA) debate saw opposition MPs pour scorn on Nkandlagate. Addressing the National Assembly on Tuesday 18 February, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Lindiwe Mazibuko, said "I want to use this opportunity to send a very clear ...

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Education Head responds to SADTU’s ‘declaration of war’

Feb. 18, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

As well as MPs, Tuesday 18 February’s Basic Education Portfolio Committee meeting was attended by Minister Angie Motshegka and other members of her department including recently re-instated Director-General (DG) Bobby Soobrayan – this after a disciplinary process cleared him of financial mismanagement and other wrong doing as alleged by the ...

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The week ahead

Feb. 17, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

The main source of parliamentary action this week will be in the National Assembly chamber as MPs debate the President’s State of the Nation Address. Members of Parliament will be afforded an opportunity to state their views on Tuesday and Wednesday and the President will get his turn to ...

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State of the Province Address – All you need to know

Feb. 17, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

Following the President’s State of the Nation Address, the Premiers from all 9 provinces will deliver their State of the Province Addresses over the next two weeks.

The State of the Province Address is a localised version of the State of the Nation Address where Premiers reflect on and ...

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Exploring MPs’ Interests

Feb. 17, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

One of the interesting datasets that the People’s Assembly collates is the register of members interests - the annual declaration by Members of Parliament of their interests including shares in companies, gifts they have received (with a value in excess of R1 500), and companies of which they are directors ...

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