“That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

That Week In Parliament

Recent happenings in Parliament

Parliament 2018: Second Term Review

July 9, 2018 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

This review of the second term takes a quick look at the number of working days, Bills processed, written questions posed by MPs and replies by the Executive and the petitions under consideration.

It has been a busy term with 435 committee meetings compared to 331 in the first term ...

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Why Parliaments Matter

June 29, 2018 (2 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

30 June 2018 marks #WorldParliamentDay. All over the world, parliaments exist to represent the people to ensure government by the people– this is said it to be the most profoundly important role parliament plays as an institution. Parliament represents the people by articulating the views of citizens in decision-making processes ...

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Youth Day: How many MPs Qualify?

June 14, 2018 (1 month ago) — Comments

Saturday, 16 June 2018, marks Youth Day and an ideal opportunity to reflect on the ages of our Members of Parliament. In South Africa, our definition of youth is someone under the age of 35 . We are often told that SA has a young population so it is worth reflecting ...

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Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

June 14, 2018 (1 month 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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Who made submissions on Land Debate?

June 12, 2018 (1 month ago) — Comments

In February, the National Assembly adopted a motion proposed by the EFF, with amendments by the ANC, that Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee investigate mechanisms through which land can be expropriated without compensation.

The deadline for public comments to the Joint Constitutional Review Committee was 15 June 2018. When interviewed ...

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The Week Ahead: Second Term Ends but work continues

June 11, 2018 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 14 August 2018.

There is no opportunity to go through the motions as a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done in the Committee corridor ...

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Strong arguments will trump numbers in land debate

June 9, 2018 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Vincent Smith, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee that will review the "property clause", Section 25 of the Constitution, spoke about the role of the committee and the public hearings:

“I want the public to answer the question as to whether the Constitution, section 25, is an impediment to the land ...

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The Week Ahead: Legislation and Hearings top the agenda

June 4, 2018 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

A combination of a heavy legislative load, some important hearings and the pending recess break should mean plenty of fizz in Parliament this week.

With the NA chamber having its final sitting of the term last week and a fairly pedestrian agenda in the NCOP chamber, the major points of ...

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SAA bail-out: Result

May 30, 2018 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) was told on 24 April that SAA needs another R4.8 billion immediately. This is after National Treasury gave a R10 billion bail-out to South African Airways in December 2017 so that it could be deemed a going concern on 31 March ...

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The Week Ahead: Deputy President Q&A and more

May 28, 2018 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

It's a rapid descent towards the mid-year break as MPs rush to finalise all urgent business.

There are only a few weeks left before the legislature takes an extended break but there is still plenty of legislating, oversight, scrutinising and set piece battles in prospect.

There is a minor ...

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