“That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

That Week In Parliament

Recent happenings in Parliament

Youth Day: How many MPs Qualify?

June 14, 2018 (1 week 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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Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

June 14, 2018 (1 week, 1 day 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: Second Term Ends but work continues

June 11, 2018 (1 week, 3 days 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 (1 week, 5 days 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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The Week Ahead: Legislation and Hearings top the agenda

June 4, 2018 (2 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

A combination of a heavy legislative load, some important hearings and the pending recess break should mean plenty of fizz in Parliament this week.

With the NA chamber having its final sitting of the term last week and a fairly pedestrian agenda in the NCOP chamber, the major points of ...

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SAA bail-out: Result

May 30, 2018 (3 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) was told on 24 April that SAA needs another R4.8 billion immediately. This is after National Treasury gave a R10 billion bail-out to South African Airways in December 2017 so that it could be deemed a going concern on 31 March ...

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The Week Ahead: Deputy President Q&A and more

May 28, 2018 (3 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

It's a rapid descent towards the mid-year break as MPs rush to finalise all urgent business.

There are only a few weeks left before the legislature takes an extended break but there is still plenty of legislating, oversight, scrutinising and set piece battles in prospect.

There is a minor ...

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The Week Ahead: President & Parliament’s budget vote in spotlight

May 21, 2018 (1 month ago) — Comments

Parliament has scheduled a broad and busy programme in the main chambers as well as in the Committee corridor.

The main plenary event will be the debate on the Presidency's budget vote scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. In their speeches, the Presidency (this includes the President and Deputy President ...

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The Week Ahead: It's all about Budget Vote Debates

May 14, 2018 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

It’s the second of week of budget debates in the National Assembly and the frenetic pace of Committee meetings and mini-plenary sessions continue.

On Tuesday, the Ministers of Trade and Industry, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Labour, International Relations and Cooperation, Health, Public Works, Police, Public Enterprises and Mineral ...

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The Week Ahead: The President and Budget debates take centre stage

May 7, 2018 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

The President's oral question session on Tuesday is the high point of the parliamentary week. The President is required to answer questions of national or international importance once per term in accordance with the annual parliamentary programme. The questions are sifted and published beforehand to ensure only questions satisfying ...

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