“That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

That Week In Parliament

Recent happenings in Parliament

Infographic: 2017 Matric Exams

Sept. 19, 2017 (4 days, 23 hours ago) — Comments

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) briefed the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on 12 September 2017 on its readiness and preparatory plans for the 2017 matric exams. The exams kick off on 16 October and the briefing covered everything from enrolments, question paper development, exam irregularities, school-based assessment and ...

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Infographic: Sugar Tax

Sept. 12, 2017 (1 week, 4 days ago) — Comments

On Tuesday 6 September 2017, National Treasury told the portfolio committees on finance and health that the proposed tax on sugary beverages was likely to be introduced in April 2018. The tax was first proposed by the then Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan with government suggesting that these drinks be taxed ...

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The Week Ahead: It's the end of another term…

Sept. 11, 2017 (1 week, 6 days ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 3 October 2017. But a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before they go.

The committee corridor will be the main source of parliamentary action, where there are ...

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Infographic: Poverty trends in SA 2006 - 2015

Sept. 10, 2017 (2 weeks ago) — Comments

According to the Statistics South Africa report on poverty trends for 2006 to 2015, the last five years between 2011 and 2015 have been a rough economic rollercoaster for South Africa driven by a combination of low economic growth, high unemployment levels, low commodity prices, higher consumer prices (especially for ...

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The Week Ahead: Motion for Parliament to be Dissolved

Sept. 4, 2017 (2 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

It’s the penultimate week of the disjointed Third Term and the programme has a familiar pattern: it includes oral questions to the Executive, Members’ statements, committee oversight visits and scrutiny and the processing of assorted Bills, statutory instruments, statutory appointments and committee reports.

There is an unprecedented event/parliamentary ...

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Infographic: Women in Parliament

Aug. 29, 2017 (3 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

Prior to the South African democracy, female representation in Parliament sat at just 2.7% and rose to about 28% by the time the Constitution was adopted. By 2009, parliamentary seats occupied by women rose to an all-time high of 43% and currently stands at 41%.

Globally, data by the ...

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The Week Ahead: Questions to the President

Aug. 28, 2017 (3 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

The President's oral question session on Thursday is the high point of this parliamentary week. Question Time occurs in both the National Assembly and the NCOP and is one of the ways Parliament scrutinises the work of the Executive. The President is required to answers questions of national or ...

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The Week Ahead: Questions, Legislation & Taking Parliament to the People

Aug. 21, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

There's a broad and busy flavour to this week's parliamentary business in the National Assembly chamber.

The main plenary highlight will be the Deputy President’s regular engagement with lawmakers when he appears to answer oral questions. He will be probed about a mixture of big-picture policy matters ...

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Have your say on political party funding!

Aug. 18, 2017 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Political party funding is important in the drive to clean up corruption because we do not want political party capture. Parliament is reviewing this now. Currently, all 13 political parties share R150 million amongst themselves in public funding. If one is realistic, is this too little? How open should private ...

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Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

Aug. 17, 2017 (1 month, 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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