Child Protection Week

What is Child Protection Week?

National Child Protection Week is commemorated annually to raise awareness on the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution and Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).

The campaign is led by the Department of Social Development in partnership with Basic Education.

We need ...

Ms Bridget Staff Masango

"While South Africans are welcome to physically come to Parliament, I don’t believe their inputs into the work of Parliament are taken into account when decisions such as passing bills are made."


1. What is your political background?

My political career started in 2014, when I made myself available as ...

The Week Ahead: President & Legislation in the spotlight

The President's oral question session is the high point of the parliamentary week. He is required to answer questions of national or international importance once per term in accordance with the annual parliamentary programme. The questions are sifted and published beforehand in a process involving the Speaker, to ensure that ...

Infographic: SASSA beneficiaries

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) presented its 2015/16 annual report to the Select Committee on Social Services on Tuesday, 8 November 2016. In its report, the Agency provided a status report on beneficiaries of social assistance, social assistance trends per province, as well as child grant beneficiaries.

The ...

Ms Bridget Masango (DA)


How did you become involved in politics and what drew you to your specific party? Having grown up in rural KZN, witnessing and experiencing challenges that were a direct result of the politics of the day, I developed a curious interest in making any contribution I could. I did not ...

The week ahead – President to answer oral questions

It's a week of farewells and loose ends.

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart on Friday and return on 12 April. But a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before they go with lots of action scheduled in the main chambers and committee corridor.

The ...

Budget 2016: How will it be spent?

The Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan delivered the 2016 Budget Speech on Thursday 24 February. The speech focused on decreasing government expenditure, raising tax revenues and preventing a ratings downgrade. The Minister announced a cut in the expenditure ceiling by R10 billion but there is an increase in spending in ...

Invitation: AEN & PAN Children Roadshow


The Africa Evidence Network and PAN Children are hosting a Cape Town roadshow to further build networks around evidence-informed decision making. We are inviting policy-makers, parliamentary officials, civil society organisations and researchers to explore how we can work together to make better decisions for South Africa - and to provide ...

The Week Ahead: It’s all about lawmaking, debates and oversight

There's both high policy and low politics on display in the main chambers this week. The National Assembly offers a blend of members' statements; processing of committee reports; discussions of national importance, legislative business and oral questions to the Deputy President and the Governance Cluster. The programme is a bit ...

Infographic: National Crime Statistics - 2014/15

The Minister of Police released the national crime statistics on Tuesday 28 September 2015. Trends show that there has been an increase in contact crimes (0.9%) and contact related crimes (1.9%). Property related crimes decreased by 0.8% and there was a continued overall decrease in crimes against women and children. ...

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