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That week in Parliament

29 June 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update (29 June 2020)

State of Disaster regulations amended On 25 June, a Government Gazette notice was published: amending the 29 April regulations on contact tracing to allow: the inclusion of geospatial hotspot mapping in the Covid-19 database, and the use of cell phone...
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29 June 2020

The Week Ahead: Extension of Term Two

Following last week’s tabling of the emergency budget, Parliament has had to reconsider its July recess period. This will have knock-on effect on the Legislature’s programme for the rest of the year. Speaking at the National Assembly Programming...
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28 June 2020

WHY PARLIAMENTS MATTER

The United Nations passed a resolution to recognize the International Day of Parliamentarism (aka World Parliament Day) as “an opportunity to celebrate Parliaments, as the cornerstone of democracy, and as institutions designed to improve the lives of...
22 June 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update (22 June 2020)

Personal care services Following last week’s announcement of Cabinet’s decision to lift restrictions in place since the State of Disaster was declared, a ministerial directive gazetted on 19 June has prescribed protocols for reopening businesses,...
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21 June 2020

The Week Ahead: End of Term & Tabling of Emergency Budget

The constituency period beckons with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 28 July. This second term of the 2020 parliamentary year will go down in history as meetings were conducted entirely on online platforms The...
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16 June 2020

Youth Day: Highlighting policy and legislative instruments that support Youth Development

On June 16 each year, South Africans celebrate Youth Day. South Africa has a long history of institutional, policy and legislative instruments that have and continue to contribute to youth development. In this blog, we turn the spotlight on existing...
15 June 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update (15 June 2020)

  Lockdown level 3 Last week, Trade, Industry & Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel issued a new directive making several important changes. In the light of Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi’s 4 June directive on consolidated workplace health...
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14 June 2020

The Week Ahead: President Q&A and Youth Day Debate

Even with a public holiday to compress the parliamentary week, there is a fair bit of action scheduled into the available four days. In the NA chamber, the most significant event will be the appearance by the President to answer oral questions. This...
08 June 2020

Covid State State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update (8 June 2020)

State of Disaster On 4 June, Cabinet announced its decision to extend the State of Disaster by one month to 15 July. The extension was gazetted on 5 June. Reopening schools Amendments to the 29 May ministerial directive on reopening schools under...
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08 June 2020

The Week Ahead: Budget and Legislation

There are three weeks left until Parliament’s mid-year break. In the remaining days, the legislative body is scheduled to vote on several Bills, appropriate funding, scrutinise government performance, oversee government’s COVID-19 response, recommend...