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

National Assembly passes Property Valuation Bill

March 18, 2014 (6 years, 3 months ago)

Despite objections from the DA, FF Plus and the ACDP, on 12 March 2014 the ANC majority in the National Assembly ensured the passing of the Property Valuation Bill. The bill, which aims to regulate the prices government pay for land for reform purposes, has now been referred to the ...

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“Unparliamentary” Behaviour: Things MPs have said…

March 14, 2014 (6 years, 3 months ago)

Following yesterday’s lively exchange between Freedom Front Plus MP, Pieter Groenewald, and Acting Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform Minister, Lechesa Tsenoli, which saw Groenewald get thrown out of the National Assembly for telling the Minister he was talking “nonsense”, People’s Assembly saw an opportunity to report ...

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“Unparliamentary” Behaviour: Things MPs have said…

March 14, 2014 (6 years, 3 months ago)

Following yesterday’s lively exchange between Freedom Front Plus MP, Pieter Groenewald, and Acting Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform Minister, Lechesa Tsenoli, which saw Groenewald get thrown out of the National Assembly for telling the Minister he was talking “nonsense”, People’s Assembly saw an opportunity to report ...

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Older persons let down by government

March 14, 2014 (6 years, 3 months ago)

The Portfolio Committee on Social Development held a meeting on Tuesday, 11 March, to respond to a petition submitted to Parliament last year by “Concerned Pensioners” on behalf of over 2 800 pensioners. The petition focused on the disappointment pensioners felt with both national and local government, who had failed ...

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No tenders for MPs' business partner or family

March 13, 2014 (6 years, 4 months ago)

Members of Parliament adopted a revised Code of Conduct today, which included a provision banning them from doing business with the state. The code goes further and places limitations on their family members and business partners business dealings with the state.

During a meeting of the Joint Rules Committee yesterday ...

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"Secondment" Bill bulldozed through Parliament?

March 13, 2014 (6 years, 4 months ago)

Most Members of the Democratic Alliance walked out of the National Assembly yesterday as the vote to adopt the Public Administration Management (PAM) Bill took place. According to the DA, the Bill has been rushed through Parliament, evident by the fact that public hearings on the Bill were held on ...

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Election list surprises and the way forward

March 13, 2014 (6 years, 4 months ago)

Yesterday, 12 March, marked the deadline for political parties intending to contest the national election to submit their candidate lists that will represent them in Parliament, says the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). The ANC has released three lists – a national list featuring MPs who will serve in the ...

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Conservative spending or widening the deficit?

March 12, 2014 (6 years, 4 months ago)

Today, the Select Committee on Appropriations received a post-budget presentation from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), focusing on various factors affecting revenue and expenditure as well as the country’s economic growth, which is predicted to be quite low over the next three years. The question also arose as to ...

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“We are ready to run these elections” says IEC

March 11, 2014 (6 years, 4 months ago)

The Home Affairs Portfolio Committee received a briefing by the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) today, with mostly positive stories from the IEC regarding their preparation and state of readiness for the national election, come 7 May 2014.

IEC Deputy Chairperson, Terry Tselane, told the Committee that although “we ...

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#Get to know your MPs in the Twittersphere

March 10, 2014 (6 years, 4 months ago)

The People’s Assembly website has been set up to bridge the divide between ordinary citizens and their elected representatives. One of the ways we do this is by providing contact details- this includes parliamentary office numbers, constituency office numbers and personal cell phone numbers- of MPs.

However in this ...

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