Blog Posts

A Parliament for the people – could it be happening at last?

May 20, 2014 (6 years, 1 month ago)

By Trudi Makhaya

Amongst my mostly corporate and entrepreneurial social circle, my previous job in government was a source of some fascination and bemusement. But of all my duties in that life, being summoned to Cape Town to account to Parliament had to be one that seemed most other-worldly. The ...

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Zackie Achmat on the election results and what they mean

May 20, 2014 (6 years, 1 month ago)

South African activist, Zachie Achmat expressed his views at the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s roundtable discussion regarding this year’s election results.

Achmat said the results affirmed the “enormous class and race divide” in our society due to people’s failure to vote. Over 40% of the electoral did not ...

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ANC’s decline: Fact or Fable?

May 20, 2014 (6 years, 1 month ago)

This year’s election results was no surprise for the South African people, with the leading party still holding the majority vote with 62%. But, what was not expected was where the decrease in voter percentage came from.

Political analyst and Professor, Steven Friedman, says if the current trends continue ...

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Democracy discussion = conversation about left-wing opposition

May 20, 2014 (6 years, 1 month ago)

Political analysts Eusebius McKaiser and Adam Habib and political activist Mike van Graan discussed the topic “Does Democracy Work?” at the Franschoek Literary Festival on Sunday, 18 May, chaired by author, Peter Harris.

Harris kicked off by asking van Graan why he had recently written a Thought Leader article in ...

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Parliament releases provisional list of designated members headed for Parliament

May 19, 2014 (6 years, 1 month ago)

On Friday, 16 May, Parliament released a list of designated Members for the National Assembly and a list of Members of Provincial Legislatures for the Fifth Parliament.

However, the lists are bound to be amended as there are Members on the list who have declared that they will not be ...

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Veteran MP's advice to new MPs

May 15, 2014 (6 years, 1 month ago)

The Fifth Parliament opens on 21 May 2014 and People’s Assembly decided to catch up with out-going MP and former chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Annelize van Wyk.

Asked why she’s not returning to Parliament, van Wyk answered with a short and simple “Because I was ...

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The Real Story of South Africa's National Elections

May 15, 2014 (6 years, 1 month ago)

By Dale T. McKinley · 11 May 2014

No sooner had the final results of the recently concluded 2014 national elections been announced than President Zuma gave a predictably self-congratulatory speech lauding the result as “the will of all the people”. The reality however is that the ANC’s victory came ...

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The A to Z of what new MPs should know about Parliament

May 15, 2014 (6 years, 1 month ago)

The A to Z of Parliament will show new and returning MPs everything they need to know about their place of work. From attendance at committee meetings, to law-making and oversight duties, we have everything you need to know to calm those nerves and help you on your way.

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Parliamentary Leader of Opposition needs experience, says analyst

May 13, 2014 (6 years, 1 month ago)

Since the announcement of Lindiwe Mazibuko’s resignation from the role of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, much has been said about the reasons behind her decision and speculation over whether DA Gauteng Leader Mmusi Mamaine will be her replacement. But, there has been a dearth of analysis on ...

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Seat-winning parties, big and small, celebrate election results

May 13, 2014 (6 years, 1 month ago)

On Saturday, 10 May, the African National Congress (ANC) along with thousands of ANC supporters paraded the streets of Johannesburg in celebration of the party’s success.

The New Age recently reported President Zuma’s appreciation of volunteers in assisting the election process and led thousands of supporters in song ...

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