“That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

That Week In Parliament

Recent happenings in Parliament

The Week Ahead: Third Term is Underway

Aug. 13, 2018 (2 days, 23 hours ago) — Comments

Now that the National Assembly has also returned from constituency break (the NCOP resumed at the end of July), it feels like the real start of the new term.

The third term will run for 5-8 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include Committee, oversight ...

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#WomensMonth: SA Women on the March

Aug. 3, 2018 (1 week, 5 days ago) — Comments

Women all over the country came together, dressed in black and red on 1 August 2018 in support of #TheTotalShutDown movement by participating in the Intersectional Women’s March against gender-based violence (GBV) to Parliament in Cape Town, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, and to the Supreme Court in Bloemfontein ...

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Ministerial Attendance in Parliament: Is Ramaphosa’s Cabinet doing better?

July 24, 2018 (3 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, earlier this year indicated that she had written to newly appointed Deputy President, David Mabuza, to ‘complain about the absence of ministers during question time in the National Assembly’. In response, the Deputy President, in April 2018, announced measures to deal with non-attendance including an ...

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Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

July 23, 2018 (3 weeks, 3 days 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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Parliament 2018: Second Term Review

July 9, 2018 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

This review of the second term takes a quick look at the number of working days, Bills processed, written questions posed by MPs and replies by the Executive and the petitions under consideration.

It has been a busy term with 435 committee meetings compared to 331 in the first term ...

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Why Parliaments Matter

June 29, 2018 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

30 June 2018 marks #WorldParliamentDay. All over the world, parliaments exist to represent the people to ensure government by the people– this is said it to be the most profoundly important role parliament plays as an institution. Parliament represents the people by articulating the views of citizens in decision-making processes ...

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Youth Day: How many MPs Qualify?

June 14, 2018 (2 months ago) — Comments

Saturday, 16 June 2018, marks Youth Day and an ideal opportunity to reflect on the ages of our Members of Parliament. In South Africa, our definition of youth is someone under the age of 35 . We are often told that SA has a young population so it is worth reflecting ...

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Who made submissions on Land Debate?

June 12, 2018 (2 months ago) — Comments

In February, the National Assembly adopted a motion proposed by the EFF, with amendments by the ANC, that Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee investigate mechanisms through which land can be expropriated without compensation.

The deadline for public comments to the Joint Constitutional Review Committee was 15 June 2018. When interviewed ...

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The Week Ahead: Second Term Ends but work continues

June 11, 2018 (2 months ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 14 August 2018.

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

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Strong arguments will trump numbers in land debate

June 9, 2018 (2 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

Vincent Smith, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee that will review the "property clause", Section 25 of the Constitution, spoke about the role of the committee and the public hearings:

“I want the public to answer the question as to whether the Constitution, section 25, is an impediment to the land ...

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