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

Department of Women, Youth & Persons with Disbailities Priorities for 2019/20

Aug. 21, 2019 (4 days, 13 hours ago) — Comments

On the 9th of July 2019, the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, delivered the 2019 Budget Vote speech which is meant to give the public an indication of what the departments budget for the year is and highlight what the key ...

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The Week Ahead: MPs return & President appears

Aug. 19, 2019 (6 days, 19 hours ago) — Comments

This session runs for five weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include Committee and oversight work; oral questions to the Executive; important debates; training of lawmakers and the Women’s Parliament. In addition, Parliament will begin the appointment process for several government bodies and consider ...

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National Women's Day

Aug. 9, 2019 (2 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

Sixty-three years ago today twenty-thousand women took to the streets to march against the introduction of the Apartheid Pass Laws. What has now culminated into this public holiday symbolizes the role that women have and continue to play in the political sphere to shape the country.

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First Term Review: Sixth Parliament

Aug. 8, 2019 (2 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

Parliament’s first term ended last week. According to the programme, the term was 11 weeks but the main thrust of the work was compressed into the final 5 weeks of the quarter.

A lot was done in this first term: new parliamentary leadership was elected, the second State of ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

Aug. 5, 2019 (2 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

Many are unaware of the fact that even though South Africa makes use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, meaning that our elected representatives (Members of Parliament) are not elected from geographic areas in the way Ward Councillors are in Local Government elections, MPs remain duty-bound to interact with the ...

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MPs Guide to Running a Constituency Office

Aug. 3, 2019 (3 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

This piece is geared toward political parties, Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Legislatures and other public representatives - constituency offices are crucial to the democratic fabric of South Africa. Even though we make use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, public representatives are obligated to interact with and assist all ...

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The Week Ahead: End of the First Term

July 29, 2019 (3 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

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New Members were registered, sworn-in and received training. In addition, the legislature elected new leadership, had a second State of the Nation Address, set up structures, and assigned Members to Committees.

A big chunk of the time was ...

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A – Z of Parliamentary Parlance

July 23, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

The Sixth Parliament is now fully in swing! Chairpersons have been elected and Members are furiously busy scrutinizing performance plans and budgets. This would be a useful time to familiarize yourself with some parliamentary parlance, that is language! We’ve all heard about points of order, tabling reports and calls ...

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Budget, Deputy President & farewells

July 22, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

After several intense weeks, there is a slight lull in the parliamentary agenda for the coming week.

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Most of the significant business is in the main chambers while the Committee corridor takes a backseat. The programme has a distinct end of term feel as members of the National Assembly depart ...

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

July 18, 2019 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Today we commemorate our former President Nelson Mandela who served his term from 1994 to 1999. As we ponder on the past two weeks budget vote speeches delivered by the Ministers and their Deputies, what better way to assess our journey as a country than to recall where we come ...

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