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14 March 2021

The Week Ahead: End of Term & Independent Panel Report on Public Protector

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to sign off at the end of the week and resume on 4 May 2021. Not everyone will be on a break though. A few committees, with urgent business, have arranged meetings during this period. There is no...
08 March 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (8 March 2021)

COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER A new temporary employer-employee relief scheme (TERS) directive was gazetted on 3 March. Its contents were later confirmed in a Department of Employment and Labour media statement. The directive: is retrospectively...
08 March 2021

International Women's Day (08 March 2021)

  Today, 8 March 2021, marks International Women’s Day – a day to commemorate and celebrate the vital role women play the world over. In the global parliamentary space, only 24% of women occupy parliamentary seats across the world.    The Legislature...
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08 March 2021

The Week Ahead: Question Time with the Deputy President & Mini debates

It’s the penultimate week of the first term but there’s plenty to do in the remaining days and the legislature has scheduled a busy programme in the main chambers and committee corridor.   The practice of oral questions is an established part of the...
01 March 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (1 March 2021)

COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER South Africa’s return to lockdown level one was confirmed on 28 February by notice in the Government Gazette. Amended disaster management regulations were gazetted on 28 February: confirming announcements in President Cyril...
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01 March 2021

The Week Ahead: Mini-plenaries & Budget scrutiny commences

There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business. The major points of interest will come from the Question Time session with the Executive, legislative business and mini-plenaries. There are also several high-profile...
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24 February 2021

#BUDGET2021: All You Need To Know

Every February the Minister of Finance presents the budget speech in Parliament for the upcoming fiscal year. The 2021 Budget will be presented by Minister Mboweni today, 24 February 2021, at 14:00.   What is in the budget and why should I care? The...
22 February 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (22 February 2021)

COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) On 11 February, a Department of Employment and Labour media statement: confirmed that the extension announced in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA)...
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22 February 2021

Delays in the Assenting of Bills

According to the Constitution, all Bills passed by Parliament must be submitted to the President for assent (signed into law). Once a Bill is signed by the President, it becomes an Act of Parliament and a law of the land.   Unlike in other...
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22 February 2021

The Week Ahead: Budget 2021 & COVID-19 debates

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's budget speech on Wednesday will dominate headlines this week. The Minister has a tough job to do as he seeks to address significant social challenges, satisfy public pressure and reassure investors and ratings agencies....