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

Strong arguments will trump numbers in land debate

May 25, 2018 (19 hours, 10 minutes 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: President & Parliament’s budget vote in spotlight

May 21, 2018 (4 days, 22 hours 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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Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

May 20, 2018 (5 days, 23 hours 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: It's all about Budget Vote Debates

May 14, 2018 (1 week, 4 days 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 (2 weeks, 4 days 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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The Week Ahead: Workers' Day Debate, Tributes and Legislation top the agenda

May 2, 2018 (3 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

Parliament is taking full advantage of the public holiday. It has scheduled a fairly light -but eclectic – programme in the main chambers and committee corridor.

The presiding officers have called a joint sitting for Thursday in order to pay tributes to the late Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Dr Zola Skweyiya ...

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Infographic: 2017 Health Outcomes

May 1, 2018 (3 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) briefed the Portfolio Committee on Health on the performance outcomes of the Department of Health against the objectives of the 2030 National Development Plan on 17 April 2018. According to DPME, empirical evidence suggests that on the whole, the health status of ...

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SAA: Bail-out or not? #haveyoursay

April 30, 2018 (3 weeks, 4 days ago) — Comments

Parliament has learnt that SAA needs another R4.8 bn bailout immediately after the recent R10bn bailout received in December 2017. Read the article below, and have your say and People's Assembly will send your response to the relevant Parliamentary committees.

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Parliament told further R4.8 billion needed ...

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Week Ahead: Deputy President, Legislation & Budget vote

April 23, 2018 (1 month ago) — Comments

The legislature’s budget vote season shows no sign of slowing down. The schedule is packed with meetings as Committees continue to interrogate departments and entities on their budgets and priorities for the year ahead. With the deadline for the completion of Budget Vote Reports fast approaching, Committees are in ...

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The Week Ahead: New Term Begins...

April 16, 2018 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Parliament returns from recess this week. The second term will run for 9-11 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and legislative work; oral questions to the Executive; NCOP Local Government and Oversight Weeks and passing of the national budget.

In addition, the ...

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