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

Feb. 18, 2014 (5 years, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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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Black Sash warns Committee about illegal lending to the poor

Feb. 17, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

During its deliberations on the National Credit Amendment Bill, the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry called in Black Sash, to brief members on the impact of unscrupulous lending on poor communities, specifically individuals who receive grants from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

Black Sash national advocacy manager ...

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Launching the People’s Assembly

Feb. 17, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

After months of development, the People’s Assembly went live last week just prior to the 2014 State of the Nation Address. The site draws on eleven (and counting) sources of information to connect people with the work of their representatives.

Here we’ll run through a few of the ...

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Twenty SONA pictures to celebrate twenty years of democracy

Feb. 14, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

People’s Assembly attended the 2014 State of the Nation Address (SONA), and we’ve brought you 20 SONA pictures to celebrate 20 years of democracy. Before President Zuma’s speech commenced, political leaders and Members of Parliament walked the red carpet flaunting smiles, speaking to the media, and posing ...

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“Fix the Patent Laws” campaign

Feb. 14, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

Fix the Patent Laws

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), together with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), launched the “Fix the Patent Laws” campaign to draw attention to South Africa’s national patent laws that have hindered access to affordable medicines.

The campaign asks for a reform of these laws, which have made medicines “unaffordable, unavailable ...

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SONA: Zuma on Chapter 9 institutions, anti-corruption and violent service delivery protests

Feb. 14, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

Zuma SONA

Early on in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last night, President Jacob Zuma made mention of the institutions that check and balance our democracy:

“We have Chapter 9 institutions which support democracy and protect the rights of citizens. The liberations have also created space for an active civil ...

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