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

The Week Ahead: First Hybrid Sitting

May 25, 2020 (2 months, 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 (2 months, 2 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 (2 months, 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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Covid-19 Survey Findings

May 12, 2020 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

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From 8 April to 5 May 2020 we conducted a Covid-19 online survey. The aim of the survey was to drive audience engagement and to get a general idea of perspectives around COVID-19, the lockdown and related matters. The results are largely a reflection of those who came across the ...

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The Week Ahead: Full of week of budget-related meetings

May 11, 2020 (2 months, 4 weeks ago)

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It’s the second of week of budget-related meetings and the pace is quickening.

The schedule is packed as Committees continue to interrogate departments and entities on their budgets, targets and priorities for the year ahead.

As part of their oversight work, Committees have a constitutional mandate to scrutinise and ...

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COVID-19: How countries were affected and how governments responded

April 24, 2020 (3 months, 2 weeks ago)

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Tedros Adhanom, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned in 2018 that no country is fully prepared to fight a new pandemic. Fast forward to 2020 and this prediction has come to fruition: the COVID-19 virus has brought the entire world to a standstill. Governments across the ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament resumes & focuses on COVID-19

April 18, 2020 (3 months, 3 weeks ago)

The Week Ahead: Parliament resumes & focuses on COVID-19

Parliament has prioritized a schedule of virtual committee meetings, whose scope of oversight relates to government departments driving COVID-19 response measures.

Initially, the Legislature, suspended its programme until further notice, issued several statements supporting the Government’s interventions and did not ...

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First Term Review of Parliament

April 16, 2020 (3 months, 3 weeks ago)

First Term Review of Parliament (28 January to 20 March)

The first term of Parliament was an action-packed and eventful period. The major highlights during the eight weeks of parliamentary activity include: SONA and the subsequent debates; delivery of the Budget Speech and its processing; oversight, legislative and committee work ...

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Corona Virus in South Africa

March 30, 2020 (4 months, 1 week ago)

This is what a lockdown means and how it helps to flatten the curve.

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The Week Ahead: End of the Term & Reduced Parliament Programme

March 17, 2020 (4 months, 3 weeks ago)

The Week Ahead: Parliament's End of the Term & a Reduced Programme

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Along with the rest of the country, Parliamentary is consumed by the Coronavirus and much of this week’s planned programme had to be discarded.

In his address on Sunday, the President prohibited non-essential gatherings of 100 ...

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