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

President and Parliament’s Budget Vote Debates take centre stage

July 15, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

It’s another week where Parliament’s schedule is dominated by Budget Vote Debates.

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These debates happen in the mini-plenary sittings of the National Assembly and are headlined by Ministers, their deputies, party leaders and senior MPs.

This period is usually frenetic as lawmakers jump from Committee work to attending ...

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2019 Budget Debate Votes

July 8, 2019 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Committees have been meeting for the past week with departments and their entities to scrutinize strategic and annual performance plans, budgets and performance targets in preparation for reports to be considered by the House. The focus now shifts to the House budget vote debates that commence tomorrow, 9 July and ...

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State of the Province Address: 2019

June 30, 2019 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

The State of the Province Address is a localised version of the State of the Nation Address where Premiers reflect on their achievements and communicate their programmes of action. In past years, many provinces have held the event away from the legislature, in places such as sports grounds and university ...

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The Week Ahead: 2019 SONA Debates

June 24, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

The Sixth Parliament is slowing kicking into gear with four plenary sittings scheduled this week.

The main events will be the joint debate on the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday as well as the President’s reply on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s session will be a marathon sitting starting ...

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Facts about #SONA2019

June 19, 2019 (2 months ago) — Comments

1. What is the SONA?

It is an annual address given by the President to a joint session of Parliament and marks the official opening of the legislature. It is designed to be a report on the economic and social state of the nation, and includes a review of the ...

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Provincial Legislatures: Age and Gender Breakdown

June 10, 2019 (2 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

While all the attention is focused on the national legislature, it is easy to overlook the state of gender and youth representation in the 9 provincial legislatures.

One province has achieved gender parity, while 4 have nearly reached this mark. Provinces are however are a long way off when it ...

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South African Cabinet

May 31, 2019 (2 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

President Ramaphosa appointed the National Executive (Ministers and Deputy Ministers) on Wednesday, 29 May 2019

The Executive under the Sixth Administration consists of:

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This is compared to the Executive of the Fifth Administration:

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GLOBAL STATISTICS

According to the NationMaster County Cabinet Comparison, South Africa is one of 45 nations in ...

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New Ramaphosa Cabinet: 2019

May 30, 2019 (2 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

The President has announced his Executive which will serve the country’s Sixth Administration. Let’s take a look at some of the changes made.

The Cabinet is made up of the President, Deputy President and Ministers. The Deputy President is Mr David Mabuza. As per his 2018 State of ...

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Provincial Legislatures, Speakers & Premiers

May 28, 2019 (2 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

Last week, Wednesday 22 May 2019, Members of the Provincial Legislatures (MPLs) were sworn in. Presided over by the Judge Presidents for each province, the nine provincial legislatures also elected the Premiers of the province and Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the legislatures. The Premiers were inaugurated on 27 May ...

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First day of Parliament: a guide

May 22, 2019 (2 months, 4 weeks ago) — Comments

Today Members of the National Assembly will be sworn in. These Members represent 14 political parties. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will take the Speaker’s seat at 10h30 and in groups of ten, alphabetically organised, he will preside over their swearing in. Each Member will swear or affirm faithfulness to ...

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