That week in Parliament

The Week Ahead: SONA Debates

The Week Ahead: SONA Debates The Sixth Parliament is slowing kicking into gear with four plenary sittings scheduled this week. The main events will be the joint debate on the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday  as well as the President’s reply ...

A note to the Sixth Parliament: Committee Membership

While most of the public attention is directed at the main chambers, MPs spend most of their times in Committees. Committees are the site where the real, substantive work (law-making, oversight and budget allocation) happens. Committees have more time to ...

A Note to the Sixth Parliament: The critical role of Committee Chairperson

  The ANC announced its list of candidates for Committee Chairpersons. Chairpersons play a dominant role in organising the administrative affairs of a Committee and control its budget. In addition, he/she supervises the writing of the Committee's reports ...

9 Facts about #SONA2019

  1. What is the SONA? It is an annual address given by the President to a joint session of Parliament and marks the official opening of the legislature. It is designed to be a report on the economic and social state of the nation, and includes a review ...

Gender and Age break down of provincial legislatures

  While all the attention is focused on the national legislature, it is easy to overlook the state of gender and youth representation in the 9 provincial legislatures. One province has achieved gender parity, while 4 have nearly reached this mark. ...

Turnover, Youth and Gender: The Sixth Parliament

Becoming an MP can be a complex and difficult journey. In many respects, the job is viewed as one which requires experience and therefore suited to older people. Meanwhile, women face all sorts of hurdles when running for elected office. This includes ...

2019 Ramaphosa Cabinet

  Still unsure as to who's who in the 2019 Ramaphosa Cabinet? Hopefully our graphic will assist you. The 2019 Cabinet boasts a total of 28 portfolios and 28 Ministers. These Ministers are assisted by 34 Deputy Ministers.  Take a look at this useful ...

Why Parliament Matters

 All over the world, parliaments exist to represent the people to ensure government by the people– this is said it to be the most profoundly important role parliament plays as an institution. Parliament represents the people by articulating the views of ...

The first day of Parliament: A guide to proceedings

Today Members of the National Assembly will be sworn-in. These Members represent 14 political parties. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will take the Speaker’s seat at 10h30 and in groups of ten, he will preside over their swearing in. Each Member will ...

Election Results and Allocation of Seats in Parliament and Provincial Legislatures

  With the final results announced officially by the IEC on Saturday, 11 May 2019, the ANC has won the sixth general election. The ANC received a little over 10 million votes. This was followed by the DA and EF. The ANC also retained its majority in all ...


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