“That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

That Week In Parliament

Recent happenings in Parliament

The Week Ahead: It's budget week & debate on SONA

Feb. 19, 2018 (9 hours, 57 minutes ago) — Comments

An eclectic week of parliamentary action beckons. The 2018 Budget, SONA debate, legislative business and Committee hearings feature.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's budget speech on Wednesday will dominate headlines this week. The Minister has a tough job to do as he seeks to address significant social challenges and reassure ...

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Trains in SA: Vandalism and Violence

Feb. 18, 2018 (1 day, 7 hours ago) — Comments

Members of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Transport voiced their dissatisfaction with PRASA's inability to deal with Cape Town’s rail crisis on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. With the Deputy Minister of Transport in attendance, the Committee received briefings from #UniteBehind, PRASA, Metrorail, the Railway Safety Regulator and the ...

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9 things to know ahead of #SONA2018

Feb. 14, 2018 (5 days, 3 hours ago) — Comments

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1. What is the SONA?

It is an annual address given by the President to a joint session of Parliament. It is designed to be a report on the economic and social state of the nation, and includes a review of the past year and priorities for the current year ...

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Elected officials: are we adequately represented?

Feb. 10, 2018 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

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Have your say on #SONA2018!

Feb. 9, 2018 (1 week, 3 days ago) — Comments

In an unprecedented move, the 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA) was indefinitely postponed. With no word from the ruling party on when the SONA will take place or even who will be at the podium, opposition parties have stated their positions.

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The Week Ahead: It’s all about #SONA2018

Feb. 5, 2018 (2 weeks ago) — Comments

On Thursday, all eyes will be fixated on Parliament for the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The speech, due to be delivered at 19:00 before a combined gathering of Parliament, Cabinet, the Judiciary and the public, will seek to build on the governing party’s January 8th Statement ...

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#SONA2018: The Speech

Feb. 4, 2018 (2 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

It’s one of the most important speeches that the President delivers in any year. With a prime time tv audience, it is a tremendous PR opportunity for the President to simultaneously lay out his agenda and reassure doubters - both local and foreign.

There are a few safe bets for ...

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Preview: 2018 Parliamentary year

Jan. 31, 2018 (2 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

2018 will be another busy, intense and unpredictable year in Parliament – everything from a possible impeachment to legislative battles to investigations to big-picture policy debates and government performance. Here are some predictions of the main stories that will dominate the headlines this year. However, there are two qualifications: this is ...

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The Week Ahead: MPs get stuck into 2018

Jan. 29, 2018 (3 weeks ago) — Comments

It's still early days but the legislature has planned a broad and busy programme after a low key week.

With no sittings scheduled in the main chambers, the Committee corridor will again be the main source of parliamentary action this week.

Oversight visits provide Committees with an opportunity to ...

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What would constitute a serious breach allowing for impeachment of the President?

Jan. 19, 2018 (1 month ago) — Comments

By Pierre de Vos.

Late last year the Constitutional Court ordered the National Assembly (NA) to devise specific rules to deal with the impeachment of a sitting President. One of the tasks faced by the NA is to devise a set of criteria to determine what would constitute a serious ...

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