Blog Posts tagged “Must Read”

International Day of Democracy - 15 September

Sept. 15, 2020 (5 days, 12 hours 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.

People's Assembly has prepared this infographic to highlight the different ...

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Funda Wande helps us shed light on International Literacy Day

Sept. 8, 2020 (1 week, 5 days ago)

International literacy day

International Literacy Day was first celebrated in 1966 by UNESCO. This day is intended to raise awareness on the importance of reading. Fifty four years later this day remains important as illiteracy remains a challenge for many people, particularly in the developing world. In South Africa, the Department of Basic ...

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Parliamentary reflections on Women’s Equality

Aug. 10, 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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Women’s Day is an important day for reflection on how far our country has come with advancing equality and women's rights. In Parliament, a plethora of policies, frameworks and laws have been developed to advance equality and protect women. However, the question of how effective these policies are ...

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The Week Ahead: It’s all about #SONA2020

Feb. 10, 2020 (7 months, 1 week ago)

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, the Judiciary and the public, will be a report on the economic and social state of the nation ...

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The Week Ahead: MPs get stuck into 2020

Feb. 3, 2020 (7 months, 2 weeks ago)

It's still early days but Parliament is slowly coming back to life after a long summer break.

The legislature has planned a broad programme this week after a low-key start.

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

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NHI: Tracking the bill through Parliament

Jan. 15, 2020 (8 months, 1 week ago)

The NHI Bill was introduced to Parliament in August 2019 and is currently under consideration by the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Health.

According to the government, the NHI aims to achieve the following principles:

-The right to access health care: The NHI would ensure access to health care ...

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Parliamentary Constituency Office Officially Opens Its Doors

Jan. 13, 2020 (8 months, 1 week ago)

The local parliamentary constituency office (PCO) was officially introduced in the southern suburbs at the end of last year. It was opened in the Pelican Park Parliamentary Village Hall in Buck Road by advocate Hishaam Mohamed, a member of parliament (MP) for Grassy Park and the southern suburbs.

Having grown ...

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Review of Parliament 2019

Dec. 13, 2019 (9 months, 1 week ago)

“I can only hope that none of those to whom an oath of office will be administered would see that exercise as just one those inconvenient processes that one has to go through, itching to occupy an office rather than determined to internalise the magnitude, the enormity of the responsibility ...

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Petitions: How to get your voice heard in Parliament

Dec. 11, 2019 (9 months, 2 weeks ago)

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: Parliament wraps up for 2019

Dec. 2, 2019 (9 months, 3 weeks ago)

It’s a week of farewells and loose ends… The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament next year. But a fair amount of work will be done before they go and there is plenty of opportunity for excitement ...

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