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

THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT: Parliament focuses on the Adjusted Budget

July 6, 2020 (6 days, 5 hours ago)

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MPs will spend most of the time talking about the emergency budget while other business is kept to a minimum.

The historic nature of the COVID pandemic and economic downturn necessitated the tabling of the supplementary budget.

Due to the substantial revisions in the departmental budget votes, committees will be ...

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Let’s delve deeper into the challenges of youth unemployment with Youth Capital.

June 30, 2020 (1 week, 5 days ago)

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According to StatsSA, 35% of the total population is made up of young people (aged 15-34). A staggering 63,4% of young South Africans account for the total number of unemployed people. This is huge!

While the government has put in place policy interventions such as the Expanded Public Works ...

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THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT: EXTENSION OF TERM TWO

June 29, 2020 (1 week, 6 days ago)

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Following last week’s tabling of the emergency budget, Parliament has had to reconsider its July recess period. This will have knock-on effect on the Legislature’s programme for the rest of the year.

Speaking at the National Assembly Programming Committee meeting last Thursday, House Chairperson Frolick explained that some ...

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Constitutional Review Survey Findings

June 4, 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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Every year (excluding an election year), the Joint Constitutional Review Committee is mandated by both Houses of Parliament to seek written public submissions on the annual review of the Constitution.

To go along with this year’s invitation for comments, we decided to test the public’s view on this ...

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The Week Ahead: COVID-19, Legislation & More

June 1, 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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Parliament’s month-long constituency period was supposed to start this week; however it has been pushed back to the end of June to allow the legislature to continue carrying out oversight over government’s COVID-19 response, pass the budget and consider other business.

After several intense weeks, there is a ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

June 1, 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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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MP representative for Pan African Parliament helps us commemorate the importance of Africa Day

May 25, 2020 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

Africa Day

Today is Africa Day, and all African countries celebrate this day annually on 25 May. The day is intended to commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, now commonly known as the African Union (AU).

The African Union has a legislative arm known as the ...

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The Week Ahead: First Hybrid Sitting

May 25, 2020 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

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There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business.

The highlights include Question Time Session, Africa Day commemoration, special NCOP Virtual Engagement; Women’s Charter Review, legislative business, interviews and important Committee hearings.

The sheer scale of COVID-19 means it touches almost every aspect of ...

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MP’s celebrate one year since being sworn into office.

May 22, 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

The 22nd of May 2020 marks one year since MP’s of the sixth Parliament were sworn into office. The composition of Parliament is now more youthful and representative than it used to be. To commemorate this anniversary, we interviewed two MP’s who have paved the way for many ...

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The Week Ahead: Budget hearings & Legislation

May 18, 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

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It’s week five of the virtual Parliament.

The legislature reached a milestone last Friday when it marked the 100th virtual meeting of its oversight committees.

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen a traditional, archaic and slow-moving institution transform into one trying to embrace experimentation and technology.

Some innovations are temporary ...

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