Blog Posts tagged “Must Read”

Deaf MP Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen unpacks the importance of International Day of Sign Language

23 Sep 2021 (1 day, 10 hours ago)

Wilma

The United Nations recognises the 23rd of September as the International Day of Sign Languages. This day provides a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people.

To help us understand the importance of this day, we spoke to Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen. ...

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International Day of Democracy - 15 September

15 Sep 2021 (1 week, 2 days ago)

On the 15th of September every year, democratic nations across the world observe International Day of Democracy. This observance provides an opportunity for many nations to review the state of democracy in their own countries, and more broadly, globally.

A democratic parliament is one that is representative, open and ...

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Annual Constitutional Review Blog + Survey

24 May 2021 (4 months ago)

CRC

Every year (excluding an election year), Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee must review the Constitution and report to the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.

To enable the Committee to conduct its work, Parliament’s Joint Rule 102 empowers the Committee to do the following:

Identify specific constitutional matters ...

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The Week Ahead: Meetings continue despite recess

23 Mar 2021 (6 months ago)

Week-ahead

On one level, this looks like a pretty normal week. There is no main chamber business and there is a decent amount of action in the committee corridor.

However, Parliament is officially in recess from today until 4 May 2021.

While most MPs will only be focused on constituency work ...

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Here is what you need to know about the call for a Basic Income Grant

19 Mar 2021 (6 months, 1 week ago)

South Africa’s poor economic conditions coupled with a steep rise in unemployment provides an opportune moment for the government to rethink its social welfare programmes, as more people become vulnerable to poverty.

Several calls have been made for a Basic Income Grant, with some proposing a universal basic income grant. ...

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The Week Ahead: End of Term & Independent Panel Report on Public Protector

15 Mar 2021 (6 months, 1 week ago)

end of term and independt panel on PP

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to sign off at the end of the week and resume on 4 May 2021.

Not everyone will be on a break though. A few committees, with urgent business, have arranged meetings during this period.

There is no opportunity to go through the ...

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International Women's Day - 8 March

8 Mar 2021 (6 months, 2 weeks ago)

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Today, 8 March 2021, marks International Women’s Day – a day to commemorate and celebrate the vital role women play the world over. In the global Parliamentary space, only 24% of women occupy parliamentary seats across the world.

The Legislature has two dedicated committees for women, namely the > Portfolio ...

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The Week Ahead: Question Time with the Deputy President & Mini debates

8 Mar 2021 (6 months, 2 weeks ago)

Week ahead Question time

It’s the penultimate week of the first term but there’s plenty to do in the remaining days and the legislature has scheduled a busy programme in the main chambers and committee corridor.

The practice of oral questions is an established part of the parliamentary day and gives MPs an opportunity ...

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The Week Ahead: Mini-plenaries & Budget scrutiny commences

1 Mar 2021 (6 months, 3 weeks ago)

Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Mini-plenaries & Budget scrutiny commences

There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business.

The major points of interest will come from the Question Time session with the Executive, legislative business and mini-plenaries. There are also several high-profile meetings in the Committee corridor including ...

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The Week Ahead: Budget 2021 & COVID-19 debates

22 Feb 2021 (7 months ago)

week ahead budget 2021

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni'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, satisfy public pressure and reassure investors and ratings agencies.

The Budget is an annual plan for what government wants to achieve ...

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