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

Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

24 Jan 2022 (4 days, 10 hours 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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Review of Parliament 2021

15 Dec 2021 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

Review 2021

2021 was another eventful parliamentary year. With the year done and dusted, we review some of the legislature’s activities and highlights from this period.

COVID-19

The virtual/hybrid Parliament continued with most MPs working remotely and others from the precinct. Although the virtual Parliament is limiting and imperfect, this “new normal” ...

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16 Days of Activism (2021)

7 Dec 2021 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence is an annual campaign that takes place all over the world from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), to raise awareness on the negative impact that violence against women and children has on ...

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The Week Ahead: President’s final Q&A for 2021

22 Nov 2021 (2 months, 1 week ago)

Week Ahead The President's oral question session on Thursday 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 that only those satisfying ...

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Explainer: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports

15 Nov 2021 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

BRRRs

Parliament has a fundamental role in authorising budget decisions and in holding government to account. Consistent with this, parliamentary committees get to engage with the budget process at all key stages of the budget cycle, both ex ante and ex post as appropriate.

Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports (BRRRs) are ...

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The Week Ahead: Budget work & Question Time with Deputy President

15 Nov 2021 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

The Week Ahead

Following last week’s presentation of the Medium Term Budget Statement (MTBPS), Parliament’s role in processing and approving the mini-budget kicks into gear this week. The adjustment process provides an opportunity to make revisions to the February budget, in response to changes that have affected the planned government spending for ...

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#LGE2021: Lessons Learnt from a Councillor

2 Nov 2021 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

David

Municipal ward councillors play a vital role in ensuring that residents receive the municipal services entitled to them. In this blog, we interview an out-going Ward Councillor, David Potter from the Democratic Alliance, who shares his lessons learnt throughout his term.

Which municipal ward do you represent?

I represent Ward ...

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Municipal Ward Committees: What You Need to Know

2 Nov 2021 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

ward committees

Public participation is a vital part of our democracy, and allows for citizens to get involved in how their communities are governed. At local government level the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998, requires, among others, that municipalities develop mechanisms to consult communities and community organisations in performing their functions ...

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Why it is important to vote: Nkele Talifhani Galedzana

29 Oct 2021 (3 months ago)

important to vote

In this blog series, we profile a number of Candidate Coucillors, who tell us why it is important to vote in the 2021 Local Government Election.

See other blogs from from Candidate Councillors featured in this series - Kaamil Alli, Shakira Choonara and Nomonde Ndlovu.

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2021 Local Government Election Candidate tells us why it's important to vote: Nomonde Ndlovu

20 Oct 2021 (3 months, 1 week ago)

Nomonde

In this blog series, we profile a number of Candidate Coucillors, who tell us why it is important to vote in the 2021 Local Government Election.

See another blog from Candidate Councillor - Kaamil Alli and Shakira Choonara.

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