“That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

That Week In Parliament

Recent happenings in Parliament

The Week Ahead: State capture investigations kick into gear

Oct. 16, 2017 (6 days, 16 hours ago) — Comments

There's a broad and busy flavour to this week's parliamentary business.

In the National Assembly chamber, the main plenary highlight will be the Deputy President’s regular engagement with lawmakers when he appears to answer oral questions where he will be probed about a mixture of big-picture policy ...

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Infographic: 2016/17 Departmental audit outcomes

Oct. 15, 2017 (1 week ago) — Comments

National departments are subject to annual auditing by the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA), where an audit opinion is given based on a department's financial statements. In forming an audit opinion, the AGSA examines if a department meets its predetermined objectives and if its financial statements comply with legislation ...

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Elections for Sale: Party Funding – A Necessary Evil?

Oct. 15, 2017 (1 week ago) — Comments

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Background

South Africa finally has a draft Bill attempting to regulate private funding to political parties. The ad hoc committee is in the process of taking submissions from the public on the (Draft) Political Party funding Bill, 2017. In the interim too, a ruling by the Western Cape High Court ...

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The Week Ahead: BRRRs, Legislation & Provincial Week top Agenda

Oct. 9, 2017 (1 week, 6 days ago) — Comments

It's a lowkey week in main chambers with no plenary sittings scheduled in both Houses.

In contrast, it's a another big week in the Committee corridor where lawmakers will be dealing with leftover Annual Reports and finalising Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports (BRRRs) which must be completed before ...

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New Term: Annual Report Season & MTBPS

Oct. 2, 2017 (2 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

MPs head back to Parliament this week for the final term. This session runs for 9 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include Committee, oversight and legislative work, oral questions to the Executive, debates, a Joint Sitting, Taking Parliament to the People, NCOP Provincial Week ...

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Parliament 2017: Third Term Review

Oct. 1, 2017 (3 weeks ago) — Comments

This review of the third 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.

The term started with a bang when the motion of no confidence tabled against the President was ...

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Infographic: Cybercrimes & Cybersecurity

Sept. 26, 2017 (3 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

Public hearings were heard on the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill on 13 and 14 September 2017.

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) spoke about the expensive damage that cybercrime causes.

According to SABRIC, cybercrime is a consequence of a lack of cybersecurity and most attacks are still focused ...

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Infographic: 2017 Matric Exams

Sept. 19, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) briefed the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on 12 September 2017 on its readiness and preparatory plans for the 2017 matric exams. The exams kick off on 16 October and the briefing covered everything from enrolments, question paper development, exam irregularities, school-based assessment and ...

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Infographic: Sugar Tax

Sept. 12, 2017 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

On Tuesday 6 September 2017, National Treasury told the portfolio committees on finance and health that the proposed tax on sugary beverages was likely to be introduced in April 2018. The tax was first proposed by the then Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan with government suggesting that these drinks be taxed ...

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The Week Ahead: It's the end of another term…

Sept. 11, 2017 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 3 October 2017. But a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before they go.

The committee corridor will be the main source of parliamentary action, where there are ...

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