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

Have your say about public healthcare medical negligence claims!

Oct. 19, 2018 (1 day, 7 hours ago) — Comments

Medical negligence claims at public healthcare facilities have reached a crisis point with a 45% increase in four years. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said it is "wreaking havoc" and that part of this is not negligence but is due to people working in syndicates to defraud the state through bogus ...

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The Week Ahead: President, Annual Reports & Provincial Week Top Agenda

Oct. 15, 2018 (5 days, 9 hours ago) — Comments

The major point of interest will come from the high-profile Question Time session with the President in the National Assembly chamber.

The President will have his regular engagement with lawmakers on Thursday. In terms of the rules, these oral question sessions happen once per term, are three hours long and ...

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Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

Oct. 14, 2018 (6 days, 10 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: Annual Reports & MTBPS

Oct. 8, 2018 (1 week, 5 days ago) — Comments

MPs head back to Parliament this week for the final term. This session runs for 8 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and legislative work, oral questions to the Executive, important debates, Taking Parliament to the People initiative and a review of ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

Sept. 29, 2018 (3 weeks 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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Zero-VAT Results

Sept. 17, 2018 (1 month ago) — Comments

After VAT increased to 15%, concern about the impact on poor households led the Minister of Finance to appoint a panel of experts to evaluate the current list of zero-VAT items and consider including extra items to lessen the impact of the VAT increase on the poor.

The recently released ...

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The Week Ahead: Debates on urgent matters

Sept. 10, 2018 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 8 October 2018. The term for NCOP delegates will conclude a week later.

There is no opportunity to go through the motions as a fair amount ...

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The Week Ahead: Expropriation debate resumes in Parliament

Sept. 3, 2018 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

It's a busy week in the main chambers. Everything from Executive Question Time, to debates, to legislative business, to statutory appointments and motions dominate the plenary agenda.

In the NA, the main highlight is the oral question session with the Minsters in the Governance Cluster. The practice of oral ...

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The Week Ahead: Oversight & Executive Scrutiny

Aug. 27, 2018 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

The major points of interest in the National Assembly chamber will come from high-profile Question Time sessions and detailed legislating.

On Thursday, the Deputy President will have his regular engagement with lawmakers when he appears to answer oral questions. In terms of the rules, these sessions happen once per month ...

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#WomensMonth: SA Women on the March

Aug. 24, 2018 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

Women all over the country came together, dressed in black and red on 1 August 2018 in support of #TheTotalShutDown movement by participating in the Intersectional Women’s March against gender-based violence (GBV) to Parliament in Cape Town, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, and to the Supreme Court in Bloemfontein ...

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