“That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

That Week In Parliament

Recent happenings in Parliament

Review of Parliament 2018....

Dec. 10, 2018 (1 week ago) — Comments

2018 was a bumper year of parliamentary business.

With the year done and dusted, we review some of the legislature’s activities and highlights from this period.

Delayed SONA and new President

The Fifth Parliament has given us a lot of “firsts”. Another such milestone was achieved early in February ...

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Committees: Who put in the work in 2018?

Dec. 9, 2018 (1 week, 1 day ago) — Comments

Committee proceedings, often referred to as the 'engine room of Parliament, is where MPs deliberate on bills, and scrutinise and report on the annual budget and strategic plans of the departments and entities they oversee. This is where it is determined whether government departments are delivering on what they promised ...

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Sanitation in Schools

Dec. 4, 2018 (1 week, 5 days ago) — Comments

Tragedy struck in March this year when five-year-old Lumka Mketwa died after falling in a pit latrine at Luna Primary School in Bizana in the Eastern Cape. This came four years after another five-year-old, Michael Komape died, also in a pit toilet at his school in Limpopo.

In a victorious ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament wraps up for 2018

Dec. 3, 2018 (2 weeks ago) — Comments

It’s a week of farewells and loose ends…

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament next year. But a fair amount of work will be done before they go as there is some unfinished business to deal ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament is drawing to a close...

Nov. 26, 2018 (3 weeks ago) — Comments

It's the penultimate week of the parliamentary year.

As a result, there is a bit of frenzy as legislation and important business that can be completed are rushed to the finishing line while other less urgent parliamentary business is dropped for lack of time.

In the remaining days, lawmakers ...

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Parliament at Work: Who did the most?

Nov. 22, 2018 (3 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

The 2018 parliamentary year is just about winding down and we are taking a look at standout parliamentary committees that tackled everything from groundbreaking legislation, holding entities to account and cracking the whip.

On 15 November 2018 the Constitutional Review Committee adopted a recommendation that the Constitution should be amended ...

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The Week Ahead: Taking Parliament to the People

Nov. 19, 2018 (4 weeks ago) — Comments

The NCOPs Taking Parliament to the People (TPTTP) initiative is arguably the biggest highlight this week.

The TPTTP programme brings together representatives from all spheres of government and provides an opportunity for the public to engage face to face with elected representatives.

This year, Gauteng is the selected province for ...

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Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

Nov. 17, 2018 (1 month 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: Section 25 & legislation in the spotlight

Nov. 12, 2018 (1 month ago) — Comments

The work of the Joint Committee on Constitutional Review is likely to eclipse everything else this week. The Committee was given a mandate by the NA and the NCOP to review Section 25 of the Constitution, and other clauses where necessary, to make it possible for the state to expropriate ...

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The Week Ahead: President & Deputy make appearances in Parliament

Nov. 5, 2018 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business. The major points of interest will come from the high-profile Question Time sessions with the President in the National Assembly and the Deputy President in the NCOP.

This is the President’s final interaction with NA ...

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