“That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

That Week In Parliament

Recent happenings in Parliament

The Week Ahead: Budget, Deputy President & farewells

July 22, 2019 (1 day, 19 hours ago) — Comments

After several intense weeks, there is a slight lull in the parliamentary agenda for the coming week.

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Most of the significant business is in the main chambers while the Committee corridor takes a backseat. The programme has a distinct end of term feel as members of the National Assembly depart ...

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

July 18, 2019 (5 days, 18 hours ago) — Comments

Today we commemorate our former President Nelson Mandela who served his term from 1994 to 1999. As we ponder on the past two weeks budget vote speeches delivered by the Ministers and their Deputies, what better way to assess our journey as a country than to recall where we come ...

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President and Parliament’s Budget Vote Debates take centre stage

July 15, 2019 (1 week, 1 day ago) — Comments

It’s another week where Parliament’s schedule is dominated by Budget Vote Debates.

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These debates happen in the mini-plenary sittings of the National Assembly and are headlined by Ministers, their deputies, party leaders and senior MPs.

This period is usually frenetic as lawmakers jump from Committee work to attending ...

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2019 Budget Debate Votes

July 8, 2019 (2 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

Committees have been meeting for the past week with departments and their entities to scrutinize strategic and annual performance plans, budgets and performance targets in preparation for reports to be considered by the House. The focus now shifts to the House budget vote debates that commence tomorrow, 9 July and ...

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A – Z of Parliamentary Parlance

July 4, 2019 (2 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

The Sixth Parliament is now fully in swing! Chairpersons have been elected and Members are furiously busy scrutinizing performance plans and budgets. This would be a useful time to familiarize yourself with some parliamentary parlance, that is language! We’ve all heard about points of order, tabling reports and calls ...

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State of the Province Address: 2019

June 30, 2019 (3 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

The State of the Province Address is a localised version of the State of the Nation Address where Premiers reflect on their achievements and communicate their programmes of action. In past years, many provinces have held the event away from the legislature, in places such as sports grounds and university ...

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The Week Ahead: 2019 SONA Debates

June 24, 2019 (4 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

The Sixth Parliament is slowing kicking into gear with four plenary sittings scheduled this week.

The main events will be the joint debate on the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday as well as the President’s reply on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s session will be a marathon sitting starting ...

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Facts about #SONA2019

June 19, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

1. What is the SONA?

It is an annual address given by the President to a joint session of Parliament and marks the official opening of the legislature. It is designed to be a report on the economic and social state of the nation, and includes a review of the ...

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6th Parliament: Turnover, Youth & Gender

June 11, 2019 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Becoming an MP can be a complex and difficult journey. In many respects, the job is viewed as one which requires experience and therefore suited to older people. Meanwhile, women face all sorts of hurdles when running for elected office. This includes discrimination, patriarchy, violence and the ever present glass ...

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Provincial Legislatures: Age and Gender Breakdown

June 10, 2019 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

While all the attention is focused on the national legislature, it is easy to overlook the state of gender and youth representation in the 9 provincial legislatures.

One province has achieved gender parity, while 4 have nearly reached this mark. Provinces are however are a long way off when it ...

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