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That week in Parliament

14 September 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Other Developments: Update (14 September 2020)

LOCKDOWN LEVEL 2 Temporary employer/employee relief scheme (Ters)   A ministerial directive gazetted on 7 September confirmed that qualifying criteria announced in August will apply until the State of Disaster ends. These are that: for an employee to...
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14 September 2020

The Week Ahead: International Democracy Day & Heritage Day Debates

The NCOP will wrap up its third term. Delegates will join their NA colleagues from next week to embark on constituency work. While the National Assembly has been in recess since 7 September, both Houses will resume the final term on 5 October. A major...
07 September 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Other Developments: Update (7 September 2020)

LOCKDOWN LEVEL 2 Transport A ministerial directive gazetted on 2 September: clarified that privately owned vehicles are permitted to carry ‘their maximum licensed passenger capacity’ (amending a directive issued on 25 August), and extended the...
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07 September 2020

The Week Ahead: Local Government Week

There will be a brief lull in Parliament this week, with the National Assembly in recess from today until 5 October. During this period NA lawmakers will be performing constituency work. They have a duty to: be available to the public, help solve...
31 August 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Other Developments: Update (31 August 2020)

LOCKDOWN LEVEL 2 Post-school education and training   On 26 August, Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande confirmed that: ‘from 1 September’, ‘up to 66%’ students will be permitted to return to campus, with priority given...
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31 August 2020

The Week Ahead: Busy Week as the NA third term ends

The constituency period beckons for NA MPs. They are due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 6 October. Their NCOP counterparts started the term one week later and will remain in session until 30 September. Lasting three...
24 August 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update (24 August 2020)

Lockdown level 2 Regulations were gazetted on 17 August following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement two days earlier. In addition to relaxing restrictions on certain economic and other activities during the extended State of Disaster, they: set...
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24 August 2020

The Week Ahead: President & Committee Meetings take centre stage

An eclectic week of parliamentary action beckons in the main chambers and Committee Corridor. A combination of Question Time sessions, a sectoral parliament, a debate, legislative business and several high-profile Committee meetings, should mean...
17 August 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown Regulations: Update (17 August 2020)

Lockdown level 2 On 17 August, South Africa moved to a more relaxed lockdown level in which, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa: there will be no restrictions on inter-provincial travel, and subject to the ‘necessary and appropriate stringent...
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16 August 2020

The Week Ahead: Third Term Resumes

National Assembly legislators return to Parliament this week for the third term. NCOP delegates will carry out constituency work for another week and return on 25 August. This session will be relatively short and packed with activities. Some of the...