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

Traditional Courts Bill meeting to discuss negotiating mandates halted

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

The Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development met today, 12 February, to discuss the provinces negotiating mandates for the contentious Traditional Courts Bill. However, the discussion was brought to a stop when Members of the Committee argued that it was a waste of time to discuss and vote on ...

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No quorum at labour relations amendment bill meeting

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

Considering that the ANC’s Chief Whip, Stone Sizani, was recently reported in the Sunday Times as saying that the contentious Labour Relations Amendment Bill (LRA) was one of the nine pieces of legislation the ruling party wanted to get passed in Parliament prior to the general elections, it was ...

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Newhoudt-Druchen on being a deaf MP in Parliament

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

With the Madiba memorial fake sign language fiasco still fresh in our memories, People’s Assembly was struck by the rapport and fluidity with which South Africa’s first and only deaf MP, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, and her interpreters communicated complex and technical political terms in a recent Communications Portfolio Committee ...

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Newhoudt-Druchen on being a deaf MP in Parliament

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

With the Madiba memorial fake sign language fiasco still fresh in our memories, People’s Assembly was struck by the rapport and fluidity with which South Africa’s first and only deaf MP, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, and her interpreters communicated complex and technical political terms in a recent Communications Portfolio Committee ...

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Infographic: Food Security

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry And Fisheries hosted a two-day workshop on Food Security and Safety with the Portfolio Committees of Health and Social Development and the Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources. The committees engaged with food security and safety experts to examine what structures are in ...

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Report Back on Fishing Permits Stalled

Feb. 11, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

On Tuesday 11 February the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) was due to report back to their namesake Portfolio Committee in Parliament on the progress of fishing permits allocations and appeals. Chairperson Mlungisi Johnson (ANC) maintained that he did not feel it was appropriate to hear the Department ...

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Parliament gears up for SONA

Feb. 11, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

President Zuma will deliver the 2014 State of the Nation Address (SONA) to a Joint Sitting of the two Houses at 7pm from the National Assembly Chamber on Thursday 13 February. Although this is commonly regarded to be the official opening of Parliament, it is important to note that MPs ...

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Committee adopts Land Rights Bill, extends deadline for lodging claims

Feb. 6, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill was passed by the Rural Development and Land Reform Portfolio Committee yesterday, 5 February, after what seemed like rushed deliberations.

The bill seeks to amend the Restitution of Land Rights Act of 1994 by extending the date for lodging a claim for restitution ...

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Stats and figures: Auditor General report on department’s irregular and wasteful expenditure

Feb. 6, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

On Wednesday 5 February, the new Auditor-General (AG) Mr Kimi Makwetu briefed the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) on the audit outcomes of national departments for 2012-13 (released in November 2013) unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure. The good news is that there are improvements, but the findings have ...

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Rental Housing Amendment Bill: tussle between Parliament and Department

Feb. 5, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

The Human Settlements Portfolio Committee met to discuss the re-introduced Rental Housing Amendment Bill. The bill was first introduced in 2011. This Committee made many amendments to it . However, it was withdrawn in mid 2012 by former Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale, just before the National Assembly could vote on ...

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