Policy Newsletter: April Edition

In collaboration with Activate! Change Drivers, the April edition of our Policy Newsletter is now available!

The primary focus of the A! Newsletter is to provide you with updates on policies, legislation and portfolio committees. We want to ease access to information about public policy and legislation so that you ...

What Is The Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill, and How Can I Make Submissions?

Discussing The BELA Bill

On Thursday the 9th of June, People's Assembly hosted a Civic Education Forum aimed to providing the public with adequate information to help them understand and make comments on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill. This discussion was facilitated by Drew Haller (PA Communication Officer)and the ...

An Interview with Mbinqo-Gigaba: Public Participation Processes for the BELA Bill

1.Does the Committee intend conducting provincial public hearings on the bill?

It is a Constitutional imperative that Parliament seeks public input when it deals with legislation, whether it is new Bills or amending existing Bills. The committee will therefore follow the example of all committees and conduct public hearings on ...

The Week Ahead: Debates, Oral Questions & Important Hearings.


Last week, Parliament was the scene of mass protests as thousands took to the streets to protest against gender-based violence and the killing of young women and children. The catalyst for the protests was the rape and murder of 19-year-old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana.

In 2008, a series of violent ...

Infographic: School readiness report - 2017

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) presented their school readiness monitoring report for 2017 on 29 November 2016 to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education. The report focused on admissions and registration challenges, teacher provisioning, learning and teaching resources and basic infrastructure. Admissions challenges are most notable in so-called “hotspots” ...

The Week Ahead: Two Inquiries & Taking Parliament to the People top the agenda

It's another low key week in the National Assembly main chamber with no sittings scheduled. All the parliamentary action will take place in the committee corridor where the schedule is full.

We will see not one, but two parliamentary inquiries this week. First, the Portfolio Committee on Police will begin ...

The Week Ahead: Legislation, Oversight Visits & Question Time dominate final week

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 11 October 2016. But a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before they go.

With nothing scheduled in the NA chamber, the committee corridor will be the main ...

Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi (ANC)


What is your political background? I became a SASCO branch Chairperson at Vista University and then Regional Executive Member of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the Greater Johannesburg region. I subsequently became a Deputy Provincial Secretary of the ANCYL in Gauteng province.

What does my job as ...

Ms Johanna Maluleke (ANC)


What is your political background? I became involved in politics at primary school in Soshanguve, Pretoria, quite unaware that I was gradually getting involved. In high school I was actively involved in boycotts against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of learning. Student politics in 1984 were influenced by ...

The Week Ahead: Budget debates and 'Taking Parliament to the People' dominate

For the past two weeks committees have been meeting with departments and entities to pore over their strategic and annual performance plans, budgets and performance targets and prepare reports for consideration by the House.

The focus now shifts to the budget vote debates that commence tomorrow and run until 12 ...

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