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Parliament gears up for SONA

Feb. 11, 2014 (5 years, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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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Rental Housing Amendment Bill: tussle between Parliament and Department

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

The Human Settlements Portfolio Committee met to discuss the re-introduced Rental Housing Amendment Bill. The bill was first introduced in 2011. This Committee made many amendments to it . However, it was withdrawn in mid 2012 by former Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale, just before the National Assembly could vote on ...

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SABC gets a roasting from Communications Portfolio Committee opposition MPs

Feb. 4, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

Following a briefing from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on their skills audit on Tuesday 4 February, DA member of the Portfolio Committee on Communications Ms Marian Shinn said that the SABC's presentation had given MPs “a snap shot of the very tragic state of the SABC... I ...

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Traditional Courts bill full steam ahead despite public pressure to stop it

Feb. 4, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

After a protracted parliamentary process, the contentious Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) is back on the agenda! This may have come as a surprise to anyone reading this weekend’s Sunday Times, which reported that the ANC Women’s League, opposition parties and a number of civil society groups appeared to ...

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SWEAT stages protest during WEGE parliamentary meeting

Feb. 4, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

In parliament on Wednesday 29 January, during public hearings on the controversial Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality (WEGE) Bill to the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) staged a demonstration in the committee room where Minister Lulu Xingwana was ...

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Will ratepayers take the strain of new Municipal Rates Amendment Bill?

Jan. 31, 2014 (5 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

Criticising the Municipal Rates Amendment Bill, Mr Parks Tau, Johannesburg City Executive Mayor, spoke about its impact on the domestic ratepayer and city budgets. Exemption from rates was in the public service interest. The Bill would shift R400 million per annum from government to the ratepayer. The impact amounted to ...

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