Blog Posts tagged “Must Read”

The People's Budget

Nov. 20, 2019 (19 hours, 3 minutes ago) — Comments

"As things stand in this country, there's 10% of the population that currently gets 90% of the money in this country. That means that 90% of the population are living in poverty" - Noxolo of Amandla.mobi

A brief look into some of the sentiments around the MTBPS. Listen below ...

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The Week Ahead: 2019 Parliament is winding down

Nov. 18, 2019 (2 days, 21 hours ago) — Comments

Question Time and Legislation are the main parliamentary business this week. Legislators in the National Assembly chamber will probe the Deputy President and selected Ministers in the Social Services Cluster during their scheduled oral reply question sessions.

Question Time is one of the ways Parliament scrutinises the work of government ...

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The Week Ahead: Executive Scrutiny, Debates and Legislation

Nov. 11, 2019 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

There are four weeks left until Parliament rises for the year.

In the remaining days, lawmakers are scheduled to vote on several Bills, approve government spending, scrutinise government performance, consider statutory appointments and instruments and finalise assorted Committee Reports.

Usually the parliamentary precinct is a quiet environment on a Monday ...

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2019 MTBPS: Processing of the mini-budget by Parliament

Nov. 8, 2019 (1 week, 5 days ago) — Comments

With the much-awaited presentation of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) having come and gone, our weekly blog gleans into the role of Parliament in the processing and approval of the mini-budget.

A budget is the most important economic policy tool of a government explaining its priorities. Government budgets provide ...

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The Week Ahead: Deputy President in the NCOP, debates and question time

Nov. 4, 2019 (2 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

The endgame of the parliamentary year is fast approaching. There are only five weeks left before the legislature rises and loose ends are gradually being knitted together.

Following last week’s presentation of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), Parliament’s role in the processing and approval of the mini-budget ...

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The Week Ahead: Legislation, Appointments & Question Time

Oct. 21, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

The major point of interest will come from Tuesday’s debate on the Special Appropriation Bill in the National Assembly Chamber. The Bill allocates an additional R59bn to Eskom over the next two years.

In recommending the Bill, the Standing Committee on Appropriations stated that “the proposed conditions are not ...

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Petitions: How to get your voice heard in Parliament

Oct. 18, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

In South Africa, Section 17 of the Constitution creates the right for everyone to present petitions. Public participation in law-making, oversight and other processes of Parliament, therefore, is an integral part of our democracy. Parliament has developed a number of ways to promote public involvement in the work of the ...

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The Week Ahead: Question Time & high-profile meetings

Oct. 14, 2019 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Question time is the main business in both chambers this week. The practice of oral questions is an established part of the parliamentary day and gives MPs an opportunity to question the Executive about matters for which they are responsible.

Everything from specific scandals and programmes to big-picture policy to ...

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The Week Ahead: MPs return and President appears

Oct. 7, 2019 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

Parliament resumes this week after a two-week constituency period. The final term will run for nine weeks and the programme is packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and legislative work; oral questions to the executive;Taking Parliament to the People report back event and a review ...

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Enabling an Inclusive and Participatory Democracy

Sept. 20, 2019 (2 months ago) — Comments

The theme for this year's International Day of Democracy, which fell on the 15th of September 2019, was Participation. Democracy is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation. It is a fundamental building block for representation, human rights and legitimacy. Democracy is a two-way street, built on a constant ...

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