Blog Posts tagged “Parliament”

National Women's Day

Aug. 9, 2019 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Sixty-three years ago today twenty-thousand women took to the streets to march against the introduction of the Apartheid Pass Laws. What has now culminated into this public holiday symbolizes the role that women have and continue to play in the political sphere to shape the country.

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The Week Ahead: End of the First Term

July 29, 2019 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

A lot was packed into the first term of the Sixth Parliament 22July2019

New Members were registered, sworn-in and received training. In addition, the legislature elected new leadership, had a second State of the Nation Address, set up structures, and assigned Members to Committees.

A big chunk of the time was ...

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Budget, Deputy President & farewells

July 22, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

After several intense weeks, there is a slight lull in the parliamentary agenda for the coming week.

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Most of the significant business is in the main chambers while the Committee corridor takes a backseat. The programme has a distinct end of term feel as members of the National Assembly depart ...

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President and Parliament’s Budget Vote Debates take centre stage

July 15, 2019 (2 months ago) — Comments

It’s another week where Parliament’s schedule is dominated by Budget Vote Debates.

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These debates happen in the mini-plenary sittings of the National Assembly and are headlined by Ministers, their deputies, party leaders and senior MPs.

This period is usually frenetic as lawmakers jump from Committee work to attending ...

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Mr Vincent Smith - ANC

Aug. 1, 2018 (1 year, 1 month ago) — Comments

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Political background: I became involved in politics, and the ANC, by being involved in student politics. I became an MP through my leadership position in the ANC as a Deputy Chairperson of the ANC Johannesburg region.

What does your job as an MP entail? My job as an MP really ...

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Mr Manuel De Freitas (DA)

Dec. 12, 2016 (2 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I have been involved in politics for over 20 years. I got involved as a volunteer for the Democratic Party (DP) leading up to the 1994 elections. In 1995 when the first democratic local government elections were to take place, the DP branch I belonged ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament wraps up for 2016

Dec. 5, 2016 (2 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

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 as there is some unfinished business to deal ...

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Mr Tekoetsile Motlashuping (ANC)

Nov. 28, 2016 (2 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you become involved in politics and in particular, what drew you to your specific party? I joined the African National Congress (ANC) through the United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1983. At the time I was involved in the National Education Coordinating Committee (NECC ...

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Editorial: SA is courting abuse

Nov. 23, 2016 (2 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

Increasingly, the courts are being called on to settle disputes that should be dealt with by other constitutional or political institutions.

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SA is awash with court cases between political actors. Hardly a week goes by without a civil society organisation or a political party ...

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The Week Ahead: President & Legislation in the spotlight

Nov. 21, 2016 (2 years, 10 months ago) — Comments

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 ...

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