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Newhoudt-Druchen on being a deaf MP in Parliament

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 2 months ago) — Comments

With the Madiba memorial fake sign language fiasco still fresh in our memories, People’s Assembly was struck by the rapport and fluidity with which South Africa’s first and only deaf MP, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, and her interpreters communicated complex and technical political terms in a recent Communications Portfolio Committee ...

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Section 27 Article: Voters should demand the right to know political sugar-daddies

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 2 months ago) — Comments

Political party funding: Who pays the Piper? Who calls the tune? by Mark Heywood

In less than four months, in compliance with our Constitution’s injunction that gives “every citizen has the right to free, fair and regular elections for any legislative body established in terms of the Constitution” the ...

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Party funding should be transparent

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 2 months ago) — Comments

February 11 2014 at 10:45am

By Murray Hunter and Vinayak Bhardwaj

The front-page report in the Sunday Independent that billionaire Natie Kirsh may be the ³mystery donor² behind the failed DA-AgangSA merger has excited much interest in his alleged role as a political donor. Rightfully so.

But this is ...

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AWETHU! A people’s platform for social justice

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 2 months ago) — Comments

AWETHU! | ACTIVIST DIALOGUE | APRIL 26 2014

AWETHU! A people’s platform for social justice was launched on November 28th, 2013 in Johannesburg, with participation from more than 70 progressive, social movements, NGOs and faith based 28th, 2013 in South Africa. Awethu! seeks to build a broad, independent alliance to advance ...

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Report Back on Fishing Permits Stalled

Feb. 11, 2014 (5 years, 2 months ago) — Comments

On Tuesday 11 February the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) was due to report back to their namesake Portfolio Committee in Parliament on the progress of fishing permits allocations and appeals. Chairperson Mlungisi Johnson (ANC) maintained that he did not feel it was appropriate to hear the Department ...

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Parliament gears up for SONA

Feb. 11, 2014 (5 years, 2 months ago) — Comments

President Zuma will deliver the 2014 State of the Nation Address (SONA) to a Joint Sitting of the two Houses at 7pm from the National Assembly Chamber on Thursday 13 February. Although this is commonly regarded to be the official opening of Parliament, it is important to note that MPs ...

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VIP: Voting is Power

Feb. 11, 2014 (5 years, 2 months ago) — Comments

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The Voting is Power (VIP) campaign, launched by LiveSA magazine, is aimed at youth - the politically frustrated, the politically curious, and even the politically apathetic. It encourages you to get involved and have your say. People might see politicians as the VIPs, but you need to remember “they work for ...

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Submissions

Feb. 10, 2014 (5 years, 2 months ago) — Comments

Current Calls for Comment - where you can have you say: click here

It is important for citizens to make themselves heard on matters affecting them, by making submissions to the two Houses of Parliament. The Constitution allows the public to participate in government's decisions in terms of law making ...

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Committee adopts Land Rights Bill, extends deadline for lodging claims

Feb. 6, 2014 (5 years, 2 months ago) — Comments

The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill was passed by the Rural Development and Land Reform Portfolio Committee yesterday, 5 February, after what seemed like rushed deliberations.

The bill seeks to amend the Restitution of Land Rights Act of 1994 by extending the date for lodging a claim for restitution ...

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Stats and figures: Auditor General report on department’s irregular and wasteful expenditure

Feb. 6, 2014 (5 years, 2 months ago) — Comments

On Wednesday 5 February, the new Auditor-General (AG) Mr Kimi Makwetu briefed the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) on the audit outcomes of national departments for 2012-13 (released in November 2013) unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure. The good news is that there are improvements, but the findings have ...

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