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

The Week Ahead: Special Joint Sitting

Sept. 16, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return on 7 October. But a fair amount of work will be done before they go as the parliamentary agenda includes significant business in the main chambers and committee corridor.

The major point of ...

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Eight Things To Look Out For in Parliament for the rest of the year

Sept. 5, 2019 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

With the first term of the Sixth Parliament having come and gone, and the better part of its programme having been dedicated to the induction of incoming Members, establishment of Committees as well as the passing of the budget, the remainder of 2019 is expected to be busier on all ...

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THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT: The Economy, Legislation and more in the spotlight.

Sept. 2, 2019 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

We are mid-way through the second term and the programme has a familiar pattern this week: the legislature has scheduled committee meetings, oversight visits and sittings in the main chambers.

A debate to commemorate National Women’s Day is a standing item on the agenda and is held every year ...

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The Week Ahead: Debates, Oral Questions & Important Hearings.

Sept. 1, 2019 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

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Last week, Parliament was the scene of mass protests as thousands took to the streets to protest against gender-based violence and the killing of young women and children. The catalyst for the protests was the rape and murder of 19-year-old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana.

In 2008, a series of violent ...

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Gender Matters: Fifth Parliament

Aug. 30, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

We wrap-up Women’s month by looking at what Parliament has to say about how government is addressing the needs of women in society and what solutions it is coming up with.

The Legislature has two committees, namely the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disability and the ...

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Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology 2019/20 Priorities

Aug. 29, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

In December 2017, President Jacob Zuma announced that government will subsidise free higher education for poor and working class students.

This statement followed months of pressure and protests by the #FeesMustFall movement that demanded government stop the increase in tuition fees and increase its funding of universities.

Since the start ...

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Why didn’t she declare?

Aug. 27, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

by Gaile Fullard

Recently Twitter was asking this question – as elected representatives are annually required to declare benefits they receive from others. Check out the declarations on the People's Assembly website.

The 2019 Register is not available yet - the disclosure deadline is 13 September 2019 - but all past years ...

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The Week Ahead: Week of parliamentary action

Aug. 26, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

An eclectic week of parliamentary action beckons in the main chambers and Committee Corridor.

A combination of Question Time sessions, a sectoral parliament, oversight visits, legislative business and a few high-profile Committee meetings, should mean plenty of fizz.

The Women’s Parliament – which is an annual event on the legislature ...

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Department of Women, Youth & Persons with Disbailities Priorities for 2019/20

Aug. 21, 2019 (2 months ago) — Comments

On the 9th of July 2019, the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, delivered the 2019 Budget Vote speech which is meant to give the public an indication of what the departments budget for the year is and highlight what the key ...

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The Week Ahead: MPs return & President appears

Aug. 19, 2019 (2 months ago) — Comments

This session runs for five weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include Committee and oversight work; oral questions to the Executive; important debates; training of lawmakers and the Women’s Parliament. In addition, Parliament will begin the appointment process for several government bodies and consider ...

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