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That week in Parliament

23 January 2018

Preview: 2018 Parliamentary year

2018 will be another busy, intense and unpredictable year in Parliament – everything from a possible impeachment to legislative battles to investigations to big-picture policy debates and government performance. Here are some predictions of the main ...
12 December 2017

Review of Parliament 2017

This Fifth Parliament continues to break new ground. 2017 was a bumper year of parliamentary business, court battles, internal squabbles, jousting, brinkmanship, attempts to remove the President from office, dissolve Parliament and parliamentary ...
27 November 2017

The Week Ahead: Parliament is winding down

It’s a week of farewells and loose ends in the National Assembly. 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 a lot ...
20 November 2017

The Week Ahead: It's a mad rush...

There is a bit of frenzy in Parliament as legislation and important business that can be completed are rushed to the finishing line while other less urgent parliamentary business is dropped for lack of time. It's a big week in the NA chamber with MPs ...
13 November 2017

The Week Ahead: President in the NCOP & Questions to Deputy

It's the last rites of the 2017 Parliament and both chambers have scheduled broad and busy programmes as they rush to finalise all urgent business. In the NA chamber, the main plenary event will be the appearance by the Deputy President to answer oral ...
06 November 2017

The Week Ahead: Debates, Questions & Committee Scrutiny

The endgame of the current parliamentary year is fast approaching. There are only five weeks left before Parliament rises and loose ends are gradually being knitted together. The main excitement in the NA chamber is the discussion on the nationalisation ...
30 October 2017

The Week Ahead: President and Deputy take Centre Stage

The President's oral question session on Thursday is the high point of the parliamentary week. The President is required to answer questions of national or international importance once per term in accordance with the annual parliamentary programme and ...
23 October 2017

The Week Ahead: Mini-budget tops the agenda

It's a busy week in the main chambers. Everything from the mini-budget speech, to Ministerial question time, to debates, to legislative business, to motions and Members' and Ministerial statements dominate the plenary agenda. All eyes will be on the ...
16 October 2017

The Week Ahead: State capture investigations kick into gear

There's a broad and busy flavour to this week's parliamentary business. In the National Assembly chamber, the main plenary highlight will be the Deputy President’s regular engagement with lawmakers when he appears to answer oral questions where he will ...
09 October 2017

The Week Ahead: BRRRs, Legislation & Provincial Week top Agenda

It's a lowkey week in main chambers with no plenary sittings scheduled in both Houses. In contrast, it's a another big week in the Committee corridor where lawmakers will be dealing with leftover Annual Reports and finalising Budgetary Review and ...