“Impressions” and “That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

Deaf MP Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen unpacks the importance of International Day of Sign Language

23 Sep 2021 (1 day, 9 hours ago)

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The United Nations recognises the 23rd of September as the International Day of Sign Languages. This day provides a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people.

To help us understand the importance of this day, we spoke to Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen. ...

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International Day of Democracy - 15 September

15 Sep 2021 (1 week, 2 days ago)

On the 15th of September every year, democratic nations across the world observe International Day of Democracy. This observance provides an opportunity for many nations to review the state of democracy in their own countries, and more broadly, globally.

A democratic parliament is one that is representative, open and ...

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What about the Political Party Funding Act?

13 Sep 2021 (1 week, 4 days ago)

The Political Party Funding Bill was developed by a parliamentary committee and formally introduced in Parliament in 2017. President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Bill into law (became the Political Party Funding Act) on the 22nd of January 2021 and came into effect on the 1st of April 2021. ...

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The 2020 Register of Interests has been released. Here is what you need to know

3 Sep 2021 (3 weeks ago)

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In terms of the Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosure of Financial Interests (the Code), MPs must disclose their financial interests annually. The following kinds of financial interests are registrable interests and must be disclosed:

  • Shares and other financial interests in companies and other corporate entities; remunerated employment outside Parliament; ...

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MP Ganief Hendricks tells us how he runs five Constituency Offices

8 Aug 2021 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

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Ever wanted to know what exactly happens in Constituency offices, and how some MPs engage with their constituents?

In this blog, we had the opportunity to interview Mr Ganief Hendricks who runs a whopping five constituency offices across the country. His constituency office areas are in Western Cape, Eastern Cape, ...

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Why active citizenry for young people is healthy for South Africa's democracy in building up to the Local Government Elections

19 Jul 2021 (2 months, 1 week ago)

As we wrap-up youth month, we spoke to a youth activist on the challenges facing the youth. Thamsanqa Masingi offers a perspective on why young people should be actively engaged in the democratic process.

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It is youth month, and once again the focus is on young people and the challenges ...

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Second Term Review of Parliament (04 May to 25 June 2021)

19 Jul 2021 (2 months, 1 week ago)

The second term of Parliament officially ended on 25 June and MPs are on recess until 16 August 2021.

The Sixth Parliament turned two during the term, on 22 May.

The main highlights of the term included: processing of the 2021/22 Budget; public hearings on various pieces of legislation; important ...

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World Parliament Day 2021

30 Jun 2021 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

World Parliament Day was established in 2018 through a United Nations General Assembly Resolution.

The theme this year is focused on youth participation.

World Parliament Day is celebrated every year on 30 June and it recognises the day the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was founded in 1889. The IPU empowers parliaments ...

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We ask MP Sello Seitlholo - Why active citizenry in young people?

25 Jun 2021 (3 months ago)

The focus on young people has gained traction in the mainstream, partly due to the effects of Covid-19 and how it has negatively impacted employment opportunities of young people.

We spoke to another young member of society, and activist in his own right. Member of Parliament Sello Seitlholo talks to ...

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Why is there a focus on professionalising local government?

24 Jun 2021 (3 months ago)

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Access to basic municipal services is a right enshrined in Section 152 (1) of the Constitution. The Constitution states that the purpose of local government is to provide a democratic and accountable government to local communities; to ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner; to promote ...

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