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That week in Parliament

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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...
01 June 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update 1 June 2020

Lockdown level three Disaster management regulations for Covid-19 lockdown level three were gazetted on 28 May, among other things: allowing ‘a competent court to grant an eviction order provided it is just and equitable’ prohibiting ‘male and female...
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01 June 2020

The Week Ahead: COVID-19, Legislation & More

Parliament’s month-long constituency period was supposed to start this week; however it has been pushed back to the end of June to allow the legislature to continue carrying out oversight over government’s COVID-19 response, pass the budget and...
25 May 2020

COVID-19 State of Disaster and Lockdown Regulations: Update 25 May 2020

Last week brought a lull in the publication of ministerial directives, with only three gazetted. They affect public passenger transport, motor vehicle licences and permits, and the reopening of mining operations. In addition, two announcements were...
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25 May 2020

Government Gazette Highlights & Other Announcements

Having focused during April and early May on Covid-19 regulations and ministerial directives, the Government Gazette included several notices of more general interest last week. National Student Financial Aid Scheme An ‘independent investigation into...