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

Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

March 9, 2019 (3 months, 1 week 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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The Week Ahead: President’s final appearance in the NA

March 4, 2019 (3 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

It's a rapid descent towards the end of the Fifth Parliament as MPs rush to finalise all urgent business.

The endgame of the current Parliament is fast approaching and loose ends are gradually being knitted together. There are only a few weeks left (three weeks for the NA and ...

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Provincial Budgets: 2019

Feb. 27, 2019 (3 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

SA's national budget was tabled in Parliament on 20 February 2019 - what follows this process is the tabling of provincial budgets in each of the nine provincial legislatures. Provincial budgets are as important as the national one - the budget sets out how the provinces intend spending public funds on ...

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The Week Ahead: Deputy President, Appointments & Legislation

Feb. 25, 2019 (3 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business. The major points of interest will come from the Question Time session with the Deputy President in the NA chamber and several high-profile meetings in the committee corridor.

On Wednesday, the leader of government business will ...

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2019: State of the Province Address (SOPA)

Feb. 22, 2019 (3 months, 3 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 respect of government’s five priority areas - education, health, the fight against crime and corruption, rural development and land reform ...

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The Week Ahead: It’s Budget Week!

Feb. 18, 2019 (3 months, 4 weeks ago) — Comments

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's budget speech on Wednesday will dominate headlines this week.

The Minister has a tough job to do as he seeks to address significant social challenges, reassure investors and satisfy public pressure ahead of the national election.

Low economic growth, revenue shortfalls and underperformance of State-Owned ...

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The Week Ahead: SONA Debates

Feb. 11, 2019 (4 months ago) — Comments

It’s taken a few weeks but Parliament is finally firing on all cylinders with plenty of action beckoning in both the main chamber and the Committee corridor. The main events will be the joint debate on the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as ...

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SONA 2019: The Speech

Feb. 5, 2019 (4 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

It’s one of the most important speeches that the President delivers in any year. With a prime time tv audience, it is a tremendous PR opportunity for the President to simultaneously lay out his agenda and reassure doubters - both local and foreign.

The SONA will be the last of ...

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The Week Ahead: It’s all about #SONA2019

Feb. 4, 2019 (4 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

On Thursday, all eyes will be fixated on Parliament for the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The speech, due to be delivered at 19:00 before a combined gathering of Parliament, Cabinet, the Judiciary and the public, will seek to build on the governing party’s January 8 ...

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9 Facts about #SONA2019

Jan. 31, 2019 (4 months, 2 weeks 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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