“Impressions” and “That Week In Parliament”

The Week Ahead: MP Training & Capacity Building

15 Aug 2022 (18 hours, 18 minutes ago)

The third term has kicked into gear now that the National Assembly lawmakers have returned from their constituency break. NCOP delegates started the term two weeks ago.

It’s expected to be a blockbuster term with many high-impact issues. Amongst others, these include:

-An independent panel’s investigation into President Ramaphosa’s fitness ...

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How Are SCOPA Chairpersons Elected Nationally and Provincially?

29 Jul 2022 (2 weeks, 3 days ago)

What Is The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA)?

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) is a Legislature Committee that acts as Parliament’s watchdog over the financial expenditure of the Executive. It audits reports, internal audits, forensic reports and any other documents issued by the Auditor-General, as well as ...

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Understanding Constituency Offices

29 Jul 2022 (2 weeks, 4 days ago)

South Africa makes use of a Proportional Representation electoral system. This means that our elected representatives (Members of Parliament) are not elected from geographic areas in the way Ward Councillors are elected in Local Government elections.

MPs have a Constitutional duty to interact with the public and assist the public ...

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Interview With IEC Deputy Chief Electoral Officer

5 Jul 2022 (1 month, 1 week ago)

What Is The Independent Electoral Commission?

The Independent Electoral Commission is a permanent body and Chapter 9 Institution created by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. The IEC is responsible for the management of free and fair elections. They work independently of the government, however, they are still ...

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What Is The Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill, and How Can I Make Submissions?

13 Jun 2022 (2 months ago)

Discussing The BELA Bill

On Thursday the 9th of June, People's Assembly hosted a Civic Education Forum aimed to providing the public with adequate information to help them understand and make comments on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill. This discussion was facilitated by Drew Haller (PA Communication Officer)and the ...

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The Week Ahead: End of Term for NA, Youth Day Debate

13 Jun 2022 (2 months ago)

The constituency period beckons, with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart mid-week and return to Parliament on 15 August 2022.

Meanwhile, the NCOP’s second term will run until 24 June.

Even with a public holiday to compress the parliamentary week, there is a fair bit of action packed ...

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Important SASSA Dates

7 Jun 2022 (2 months, 1 week ago)

Only grant recipients who have received an SMS from SASSA confirming their collection pay-out point as either Pick n Pay or Boxer can use the new collections points. Pick n Pay collection points for the SASSA social relief of distress grant (SDR) exclude the following points: • BP Pick ‘n ...

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The Week Ahead: President and Parliament’s Budget Vote Debates Take Centre Stage

6 Jun 2022 (2 months, 1 week ago)

In the National Assembly, the main plenary event will be the debate on the Presidency's budget vote scheduled on Thursday and the President’s reply a day later.

The Constitution confers on the Presidency the responsibility of leading a capable developmental state. A capable state is well-run and well-managed, with clear ...

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Child Protection Week

31 May 2022 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

What is Child Protection Week?

National Child Protection Week is commemorated annually to raise awareness on the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution and Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).

The campaign is led by the Department of Social Development in partnership with Basic Education.

We need ...

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The Week Ahead: Routine Business in the Main Chambers and Committee-Land

30 May 2022 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

There are four weeks left until Parliament’s mid-year constituency period.

In the remaining days, the legislative body is scheduled to pass the national budget, vote on several Bills, conduct important debates, hold a sectoral Parliament, scrutinise government performance and response to various crises, undertake oversight visits, and approve statutory appointments. ...

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