The Week Ahead: It's a wrap for the Sixth Parliament

After a dizzying and tumultuous five years, Parliament will rise this week ahead of the 2024 National and Provincial elections.

Both Houses have scheduled plenary sittings on Thursday, where the main aim is to approve legislation.

In the National Assembly, lawmakers will consider five bills: the Municipal Demarcation Authority Bill, ...

The Week Ahead: Both chambers will convene on Thursday to finalise legislation

The National Assembly Programming Committee convened last Friday and scheduled two hybrid sittings for the lower house on 9 and 16 May 2024.

Officially, this is still a constituency period for the National Assembly, but these sittings have been arranged to finalise urgent legislative business and other outstanding matters.

Thursday’s ...

The Week Ahead: NCOP makes progress with legislative backlog

The NCOP will get an opportunity to dent the legislative load on Thursday as the main chamber is provisionally scheduled to consider eight bills:

Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill; Climate Change Bill; Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill; National Small Enterprise Amendment Bill; South African Post Office Soc Ltd Amendment Bill; ...

The Week Ahead: Second Term Resumes

The NCOP resumes after the two-week Easter constituency break. The term will run until early mid-May.

The main focus will be finalising as much outstanding priority legislation as possible. There are 27 bills before the NCOP: 3 on the NCOP Order for consideration by the House and 24 in Committees. ...

The Week Ahead: End of the Term

The constituency period beckons for both Houses, with MPs due to sign off on Thursday. It’s also the last rites for the National Assembly, with lawmakers returning on 21 May. Meanwhile, NCOP delegates will return on 15 April.

Many will immediately go out on the campaign trail (at least those ...

The Week Ahead: President’s final appearance in the National Assembly

Even with a public holiday to compress the parliamentary week, a fair bit of action is packed into the programme.

The main event in the NA chamber—scheduled for Tuesday—is the President’s Question Time session. This is his final engagement with NA lawmakers for the Sixth Parliament.

The questions cover an ...

The Week Ahead: Deputy President & DPP Interviews

The major point of interest will be Tuesday’s Question Time session with the Deputy President in the NCOP.

This will be the leader of government business’ penultimate engagement with NCOP delegates before the Sixth Parliament rises

In line with the broad tasks delegated to the Deputy President, he will be ...

The Week Ahead: Legislation & Oversight

The endgame of the current Parliament is fast approaching. As a result, loose ends are gradually being knitted together, negotiations are ramping up and decisions are being made on what business to finalise or forego.

In terms of Parliament’s Rules, business before the legislature lapses when its term ends, or ...

The Week Ahead: Question Time, Legislation, Mini-Plenaries & Budget 2024

There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business.

The major points of interest will come from the Question Time session with the Executive and mini-plenaries. There are also several high-profile meetings in the Committee corridor, consideration of several bills and Parliament’s scrutiny of the budget.

On ...

The Week Ahead: Budget Week & Removal of Judges

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s Budget Speech on Wednesday, 21 February will dominate headlines this week.

The Budget is an annual plan for what the government wants to achieve and how it will spend money to achieve those goals. It is the most important economic instrument of the government. It is ...