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That week in Parliament

25 July 2019


There were 39 unfinished bills when the Fifth Parliament ended. According to National Assembly Rule 333 (2), these bills lapsed automatically when Parliament was dissolved on 7 May 2019 Find a list of lapsed bills...
22 July 2019

The Week Ahead: Budget, Deputy President & farewells

After several intense weeks, there is a slight lull in the parliamentary agenda for the coming week. Most of the significant business is in the main chambers while the committee corridor takes a backseat. The programme has a distinct end of term feel...
15 July 2019

The Week Ahead: President and Parliament’s Budget Vote Debates take centre stage

It’s another week where Parliament’s schedule is dominated by Budget Vote Debates. These debates happen in the mini-plenary sittings of the National Assembly and are headlined by Ministers, their deputies, party leaders and senior MPs. This period is...
08 July 2019

The Week Ahead: Budget Vote Debates

The Week Ahead: Budget Vote Debates Parliament will largely be consumed by Budget Vote debates this week. These debates provide an opportunity for Parliament to discuss and then formally adopt the budgets of government departments and entities. The...
04 July 2019

A – Z of Parliamentary Parlance

The Sixth Parliament is now fully in swing! Chairpersons have been elected and Members are furiously busy scrutinizing performance plans and budgets. This would be a useful time to familiarize yourself  with some parliamentary parlance! We’ve all...
01 July 2019

The Week Ahead: Business of the 6th Parliament gets underway

  Portfolio Committees will  begin their work this week. Committees are an important venue for parliamentary activities. It is the site where most of the legislature's business is organised.  It is typically the first place where legislative proposals...
24 June 2019

The Week Ahead: SONA Debates

The Week Ahead: SONA Debates The Sixth Parliament is slowing kicking into gear with four plenary sittings scheduled this week. The main events will be the joint debate on the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday  as well as the President’s reply...
19 June 2019

A note to the Sixth Parliament: Committee Membership

While most of the public attention is directed at the main chambers, MPs spend most of their times in Committees. Committees are the site where the real, substantive work (law-making, oversight and budget allocation) happens. Committees have more time...
18 June 2019

A Note to the Sixth Parliament: The critical role of Committee Chairperson

Chairpersons play a dominant role in organising the administrative affairs of a Committee and control its budget. In addition, he/she supervises the writing of the Committee's reports to the House (ensuring that the text presented in the House is the...
18 June 2019

9 Facts about #SONA2019

  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...