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That week in Parliament

08 October 2018

Final Quarter: Annual Report Season & MTBPS

  MPs head back to Parliament this week for the final term. This session runs for 8 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and legislative work, oral questions to the Executive, important debates,...
10 September 2018

The Week Ahead: Debates on urgent matters of national public importance

The constituency period beckons with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 8 October 2018.  The term for NCOP delegates will conclude a week later. There is no opportunity to go through the...
03 September 2018

The Week Ahead: Expropriation debate resumes in Parliament

It's a busy week in the main chambers. Everything from Executive Question Time, to debates, to legislative business, to statutory appointments and motions dominate the plenary agenda. In the NA, the main highlight is the oral question session with the...
27 August 2018

Legislation, Oversight and Executive Scrutiny top the agenda

The major points of interest in the National Assembly chamber will come from high-profile Question Time sessions and detailed legislating. On Thursday, the Deputy President will have his regular engagement with lawmakers when he appears to answer oral...
20 August 2018

The Week Ahead: An eclectic week of parliamentary action beckons

A combination of a heavy legislative load, the President's appearance, two conferences, debates and some important meetings, should mean plenty of fizz. The President's oral question session on Wednesday is the high point. The President is required to...
13 August 2018

The Week ahead: Third Term is Underway

Now that the National Assembly has also returned from constituency break (the NCOP resumed at the end of July), it feels like the real start of the new term. The third term will run for 5-8 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the...
25 July 2018

Ministerial Attendance in Parliament: Is Ramaphosa’s Cabinet doing better?

National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, earlier this year indicated that she had written to newly appointed Deputy President, David Mabuza, to ‘complain about the absence of ministers during question time in the National Assembly’. In response, the...
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29 June 2018

Why Parliaments Matter

WHY PARLIAMENTS MATTER 30 June 2018 marks #WorldParliamentDay. 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...
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14 June 2018

Youth Day - how many of our MPs qualify?

Saturday, 16 June 2018, marks Youth Day and an ideal opportunity to reflect on the ages of our Members of Parliament. In South Africa, our definition of youth is someone under the age of 35[1]. We are often told that SA has a young population so it is...
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11 June 2018

The Week Ahead: Second Term Ends but work continues

The constituency period beckons, with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 14 August 2018. There is no opportunity to go through the motions as a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done...