“That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

That Week In Parliament

Recent happenings in Parliament

Week Ahead: Deputy President, Legislation & Budget vote

April 23, 2018 (11 hours, 52 minutes ago) — Comments

The legislature’s budget vote season shows no sign of slowing down. The schedule is packed with meetings as Committees continue to interrogate departments and entities on their budgets and priorities for the year ahead. With the deadline for the completion of Budget Vote Reports fast approaching, Committees are in ...

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Infographic: 2017 Health Outcomes

April 22, 2018 (1 day, 4 hours ago) — Comments

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) briefed the Portfolio Committee on Health on the performance outcomes of the Department of Health against the objectives of the 2030 National Development Plan on 17 April 2018. According to DPME, empirical evidence suggests that on the whole, the health status of ...

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Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

April 22, 2018 (1 day, 12 hours ago) — Comments

Since 1995, the Parliamentary Monitoring Group is enabling thousands of young people to go into Parliament and write detailed reports of the proceedings of the 50 oversight committees.

Here are some comments from our monitors, interns and past alumni – even two MPs are former PMG monitors.

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The Week Ahead: New Term Begins...

April 16, 2018 (1 week ago) — Comments

Parliament returns from recess this week. The second term will run for 9-11 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and legislative work; oral questions to the Executive; NCOP Local Government and Oversight Weeks and passing of the national budget.

In addition, the ...

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Infographic: Parliament 2018 - first term review

April 13, 2018 (1 week, 3 days ago) — Comments

With the first parliamentary term wrapped up, we take a look at legislative activity from this period. This quarterly review takes a quick look at the number of working days, Bills processed, written questions posed by Members and replied to by the Executive and petitions considered by Committees from 23 ...

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MPs Guide to Running a Constituency Office

April 10, 2018 (1 week, 6 days ago) — Comments

This piece is geared toward political parties, Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Legislatures and other public representatives - constituency offices are crucial to the democratic fabric of South Africa. Even though we make use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, public representatives are obligated to interact with and assist all ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

April 5, 2018 (2 weeks, 4 days ago) — Comments

Many are unaware of the fact that even though South Africa makes use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, meaning that our elected representatives (Members of Parliament) are not elected from geographic areas in the way Ward Councillors are in Local Government elections, MPs remain duty-bound to interact with the ...

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The Week Ahead: Busy week as the first term draws to a close

March 26, 2018 (4 weeks ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 17 April 2018.

There is no opportunity to go through the motions as a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before they go.

In the National Assembly Chamber ...

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Infographic: SAPS - Allocation of Resources

March 23, 2018 (1 month ago) — Comments

In a briefing to the Police Portfolio Committee last week, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) highlighted that almost without exception, relatively rich, predominantly white areas with very low contact crime rates, had far more police officers for every 100 000 people than poor, predominantly black areas with high contact crime ...

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The Week Ahead: Deputy President Q & A and Legislation

March 19, 2018 (1 month ago) — Comments

In comparison to recent weeks, there's a slight lull in Parliament as the legislature makes the most of the mid-week public holiday. The National Assembly has only set aside one day for parliamentary business in the main chamber. Elsewhere, the NCOP will have no plenary sittings as delegates will ...

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