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That week in Parliament

14 February 2020

Ramaphosa’s SONA Speeches

11 February 2020

SONAs: At home and abroad

The 2020 State of the Nation (SONA) is just hours away. See some interesting facts on SONAs in South Africa as well as how the occasion is carried out in other parts of the world:  
10 February 2020

The Week Ahead: It’s all about #SONA2020

On Thursday, all eyes will be fixated on Parliament for the State of the Nation Address (SONA). The speech, due to be delivered at 19:00 before a combined gathering of Parliament, the Judiciary and the public, will be a report on the economic and...
06 February 2020


  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...
03 February 2020

The Week Ahead: MPs get stuck into 2020

It's still early days but Parliament is slowly coming back to life after a lengthy summer break. The legislature has planned a broad programme this week after a low-key start. With no sittings scheduled in the main chambers, the Committee corridor...
07 January 2020

NHI: Tracking the bill through Parliament

The NHI Bill was introduced to Parliament in August 2019 and is currently under consideration by the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Health. According to the government, the NHI aims to achieve the following principles: -The right to access...
05 January 2020

Section 25 Review Process

In February 2018, the National Assembly adopted a motion proposed by the EFF, with amendments by the ANC that Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee investigates mechanisms through which land can be expropriated without compensation. The Joint...
13 December 2019

Review of Parliament 2019

“I can only hope that none of those to whom an oath of office will be administered would see that exercise as just one those inconvenient processes that one has to go through, itching to occupy an office rather than determined to internalise the...
02 December 2019

The Week Ahead: Parliament wraps up for 2019

It’s a week of farewells and loose ends… 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 and there is plenty of opportunity for...
25 November 2019

The Week Ahead: It's the penultimate week of the parliamentary year

In the remaining days, lawmakers are scheduled to have debates, pass the amended budget, vote on several Bills, scrutinise/question the Executive, discuss the legislature’s programme, adopt new rules, conduct oversight visits, consider statutory...