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

The Week Ahead: Getting Down to Third Term Business

Aug. 14, 2017 (2 days, 23 hours ago) — Comments

There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business in the Committee corridor with MPs processing assorted Bills, scrutinising Executive action and dealing with statutory appointments.

In addition, a number of Portfolio and Select Committees have scheduled oversight visits during this week. The purpose of ...

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Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

Aug. 14, 2017 (3 days, 1 hour 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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Infographic: Motions of no confidence - The Zuma years

Aug. 7, 2017 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

Section 102: Motion of No Confidence needs a 51% vote, i.e. for the Motion to carry, it needs at least 201 MPs to vote in favour. President Zuma, before the 8th August vote, has survived five prior motions tabled against him - three have been voted on, one has been ...

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Do you support a secret vote?

Aug. 2, 2017 (2 weeks ago) — Comments

The countdown to the debate on the Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma has begun. The long-awaited vote is set to happen on 8 August 2017.

One of the intriguing subplots has been whether the vote should be done via secret ballot. The Constitutional Court ruled that the ...

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Hard to believe...but Ministers are showing up in Parliament

Aug. 1, 2017 (2 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

In Parliament’s Committees, MPs can scrutinise and probe the performance of Ministers and the executive has to justify their decisions and performance.

Committees can only perform their work optimally if there is a willingness by Ministers and their deputies to attend proceedings and be held accountable.

The ministerial attendance ...

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Infographic: Second Term Recap

July 10, 2017 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to return to Parliament on 1 August 2017. It is the end of an eventful second term and News 24 recently published an article, “What did (and didn't) happen in Parliament this term” that recaps the news that made headlines during the ...

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Secret Ballot Judgment

July 3, 2017 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

Constitutional Court schools Members of Parliament on their obligations.

By Pierre de Vos.

Any half decent lawyer would not have been surprised that the Constitutional Court ruled earlier this week that the Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) was mistaken when she claimed she did not have the power to ...

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The Week Ahead: End of the Second Parliamentary Term

June 26, 2017 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 1 August 2017. But a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before they go.

With little scheduled in the main chambers (only the NCOP is sitting), the committee ...

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Infographic: Debt in South Africa

June 26, 2017 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) and National Treasury briefed the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on over-indebtedness in South Africa and on the debt relief measures under consideration. On 31 December 2016, there were 24.31 million credit active consumer of which 40% (9.76 million) are classified as ...

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The Week Ahead: The President and Legislation top the agenda

June 19, 2017 (1 month, 4 weeks ago) — Comments

The President's oral question session in the National Assembly chamber is the high point of the parliamentary week. Question Time occurs in both the National Assembly and the NCOP and is one of the ways Parliament scrutinises the work of the executive. The President is required to answers questions ...

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