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

National Women's Day

Aug. 9, 2019 (2 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

Sixty-three years ago today twenty-thousand women took to the streets to march against the introduction of the Apartheid Pass Laws. What has now culminated into this public holiday symbolizes the role that women have and continue to play in the political sphere to shape the country.

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First Term Review: Sixth Parliament

Aug. 8, 2019 (2 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

Parliament’s first term ended last week. According to the programme, the term was 11 weeks but the main thrust of the work was compressed into the final 5 weeks of the quarter.

A lot was done in this first term: new parliamentary leadership was elected, the second State of ...

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MPs Guide to Running a Constituency Office

Aug. 3, 2019 (2 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

This piece is geared toward political parties, Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Legislatures and other public representatives - constituency offices are crucial to the democratic fabric of South Africa. Even though we make use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, public representatives are obligated to interact with and assist all ...

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The Week Ahead: End of the First Term

July 29, 2019 (2 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

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New Members were registered, sworn-in and received training. In addition, the legislature elected new leadership, had a second State of the Nation Address, set up structures, and assigned Members to Committees.

A big chunk of the time was ...

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A – Z of Parliamentary Parlance

July 23, 2019 (3 months ago) — Comments

The Sixth Parliament is now fully in swing! Chairpersons have been elected and Members are furiously busy scrutinizing performance plans and budgets. This would be a useful time to familiarize yourself with some parliamentary parlance, that is language! We’ve all heard about points of order, tabling reports and calls ...

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Budget, Deputy President & farewells

July 22, 2019 (3 months ago) — Comments

After several intense weeks, there is a slight lull in the parliamentary agenda for the coming week.

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Most of the significant business is in the main chambers while the Committee corridor takes a backseat. The programme has a distinct end of term feel as members of the National Assembly depart ...

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

July 18, 2019 (3 months ago) — Comments

Today we commemorate our former President Nelson Mandela who served his term from 1994 to 1999. As we ponder on the past two weeks budget vote speeches delivered by the Ministers and their Deputies, what better way to assess our journey as a country than to recall where we come ...

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President and Parliament’s Budget Vote Debates take centre stage

July 15, 2019 (3 months, 1 week 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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6th Parliament: Turnover, Youth & Gender

July 9, 2019 (3 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

Becoming an MP can be a complex and difficult journey. In many respects, the job is viewed as one which requires experience and therefore suited to older people. Meanwhile, women face all sorts of hurdles when running for elected office. This includes discrimination, patriarchy, violence and the ever present glass ...

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2019 Budget Debate Votes

July 8, 2019 (3 months, 2 weeks 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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