The Week Ahead: Women’s Day & Zama Zamas Debate

Parliament is taking full advantage of the public holiday. It has scheduled a fairly light but eclectic programme.

On Wednesday, the NCOP will hold a debate to commemorate Women’s Day. In keeping with previous speeches, lawmakers are expected to focus on the following themes in their speeches: mainstreaming gender equality, ...

Women's Month: Parliament's Efforts at Gender Mainstreaming

gender mainstreaming

Gender mainstreaming means integrating a gender equality perspective at all stages and levels of policies, programmes and projects. It is therefore a tool for achieving gender equality in South Africa. Policy and law makers have a constitutional responsibility to ensure that gender mainstreaming is used as a policy tool to ...

Representation and Participation of Women in Parliament


The month of August marks Women's month in South Africa. We must reflect on the progress that South Africa has made in terms of women’s representation and participation in Parliament.

Women’s Representation in Parliament within the current electoral system

South Africa has a five-year electoral cycle. Effective oversight, law-making, public ...

International Women's Day - 8 March


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 ...

Women Representation in the Sixth Parliament

Over the years South Africa has made large improvements on women representation in Parliament. Prior to 1994, the South African Parliament had a mere 2,7% representation of women. Fast forward to the sixth Parliament, women Members of Parliament (MPs) now account for 44.5% in both the National Assembly and the ...

Department of Women, Youth & Persons with Disbailities Priorities for 2019/20

On the 9th of July 2019, the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, delivered the 2019 Budget Vote speech which is meant to give the public an indication of what the departments budget for the year is and highlight what the key ...

National Women's Day

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.


It all began in ...

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: 2015/16 Departmental audit outcomes

National departments are subject to annual auditing by the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA), where an audit opinion is given based on a department's financial statements. In forming an audit opinion, AGSA determines the financial health of departments and if its performance met its predetermined objectives and if the financial ...

Decisions on public money not that democratic when the majority is not heard

By Steven Friedman



WHEN South Africans debate how public money should be spent, we can be sure that the voices of most of the people will never be heard.

The conflict over university fee increases is the latest example. We are told that "the students" want some ...

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