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

#Fixthebudget Protest Outside Parliament

Feb. 25, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

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Singing, chanting slogans and waving #Fixthebudget placards,civil society advocacy groups and NGOS such as the Treatment Action (TAC) Campaign, Section 27, the Budget and Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF), the Progressive Youth Movement and others, gathered outside the gates of Parliament on Tuesday, 25 February, to voice their concerns around ...

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MPs pleased with rollout of Solar Water Heater programme’s progress

Feb. 25, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

The Department of Energy briefed the Economic Development Select Committee on Tuesday, 25 February, giving MPs an update on the rollout of the Solar Water Heater (SWH) programme that should see four million SWHs being installed in homes by 2030.

According to the Department’s presentation, SWH uses innovative renewable ...

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Mud schools take back seat to parliamentary discussion on role of IDT

Feb. 25, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

The Select Committee on Public Services held a meeting on Tuesday, 25 February, with the Independent Development Trust (IDT) regarding their role in the delivery of school infrastructure with specific reference to the eradication of mud schools. Considering the huge public outcry surrounding mud schools, People’s Assembly was surprised ...

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Adoption and lack of social workers are challenges, hears Social Development Committee

Feb. 24, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

The Social Development Portfolio Committee held a meeting with the Department of Social Development on Tuesday, 18 February to discuss its six-monthly report (April-September 2013). During a review of the Department’s performance, MPs noted that although the target for adoptions had been more than met – 735 adoptions registered against ...

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Parliament demands inclusive education for children with disabilities

Feb. 24, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

On Wednesday, 19 February, the Public Service and Administration Committee received a joint briefing by the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the crucial issue of access to schools for children with disabilities.

In her opening statement, Chairperson of the Committee ...

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Highlights of the week ahead

Feb. 24, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech on Wednesday will be the main highlight this week in Parliament.

In the 2013 MTBPS Speech by Minister Pravin Gordhan the following challenges were enumerated:

● “Growth is too slow.

● Unemployment is high and many households are over-indebted.

● Government expenditure substantially exceeds our revenue. Since 2008 ...

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Basic Education Committee receives briefing on 2013 National Senior Certificate Results

Feb. 21, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

On Tuesday, 18 February, the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education received a briefing by its respective department on the 2013 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results with Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, in attendance. The Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) also briefed the Committee ...

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SONA Debate, Day 2: ANC hits back, House gets rowdy

Feb. 20, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

Punctuated by heckling, insult trading and truckloads of rhetoric, Tuesday 19 February saw the second day of the two-day State of the Nation (SONA) debates descend into a rather raucous state of affairs. Amid the now hackneyed use of the “good news” refrain, laundry lists of national government policy successes ...

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SAA reports back to Parliament on its Turnaround Strategy

Feb. 20, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

Following a controversial R550-million government bailout last year, the South African Airways (SAA) had to report back to the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on Wednesday, 19 February, on the turnaround strategy that would help get the airline on track again.

During the course of his briefing on ...

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SONA Debate, Day 1: Opposition MPs open Nkandla(flood)gate

Feb. 18, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

The first day of the two-day State of the Nation Address (SONA) debate saw opposition MPs pour scorn on Nkandlagate. Addressing the National Assembly on Tuesday 18 February, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Lindiwe Mazibuko, said "I want to use this opportunity to send a very clear ...

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