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

Exploring MPs’ Interests

Feb. 17, 2014 (5 years, 11 months ago) — Comments

One of the interesting datasets that the People’s Assembly collates is the register of members interests - the annual declaration by Members of Parliament of their interests including shares in companies, gifts they have received (with a value in excess of R1 500), and companies of which they are directors ...

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Black Sash warns Committee about illegal lending to the poor

Feb. 17, 2014 (5 years, 11 months ago) — Comments

During its deliberations on the National Credit Amendment Bill, the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry called in Black Sash, to brief members on the impact of unscrupulous lending on poor communities, specifically individuals who receive grants from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

Black Sash national advocacy manager ...

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Twenty SONA pictures to celebrate twenty years of democracy

Feb. 14, 2014 (5 years, 11 months ago) — Comments

People’s Assembly attended the 2014 State of the Nation Address (SONA), and we’ve brought you 20 SONA pictures to celebrate 20 years of democracy. Before President Zuma’s speech commenced, political leaders and Members of Parliament walked the red carpet flaunting smiles, speaking to the media, and posing ...

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Twenty SONA pictures to celebrate twenty years of democracy

Feb. 14, 2014 (5 years, 11 months ago) — Comments

People’s Assembly attended the 2014 State of the Nation Address (SONA), and we’ve brought you 20 SONA pictures to celebrate 20 years of democracy. Before President Zuma’s speech commenced, political leaders and Members of Parliament walked the red carpet flaunting smiles, speaking to the media, and posing ...

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SONA: Zuma on Chapter 9 institutions, anti-corruption and violent service delivery protests

Feb. 14, 2014 (5 years, 11 months ago) — Comments

Zuma SONA

Early on in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last night, President Jacob Zuma made mention of the institutions that check and balance our democracy:

“We have Chapter 9 institutions which support democracy and protect the rights of citizens. The liberations have also created space for an active civil ...

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Traditional Courts Bill meeting to discuss negotiating mandates halted

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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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