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That week in Parliament

08 February 2021

TESTING THE LIMITS OF OPENNESS, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION – Public access to information that Parliament requests from Departments

Link to full Research Introduction Our overall intention with this project is to support transparency and public access to information. We did this by assessing how often parliamentary committees rely on requests for information in addition to that...
07 February 2021

The Week Ahead: It’s all about SONA 2021

On Thursday, all eyes will be fixated on Parliament for the State of the Nation Address (SONA). It’s one of the most important speeches that the President delivers in any year. With a prime time tv audience, it is a tremendous PR opportunity for the...
01 February 2021

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

COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER Transport Ministerial directives gazetted on 29 January have confirmed the measures already in place under adjusted lockdown level three at: seaports airports across the rail transport sector by passenger road transport...
31 January 2021

The Week Ahead: Parliament returns for 2021 first term

It's still early days and Parliament is slowly coming back to life after a lengthy summer break. The first term will run for 8 weeks and will be an action-packed and eventful period. The major highlights include: State of the Nation Address (SONA) and...
27 January 2021

#SONA2021 All You Need To Know

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 review...
25 January 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (25 January 2021)

COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER Education On 22 January, a ministerial directive confirmed: the dates on which state schools should reopen to school management teams, teaching assistants, administrative staff, other educators and, on 15 February, to...
18 January 2021

COVID-19 State of Disaster & From the Government Gazette

Extension A notice extending the State of Disaster until 15 February was gazetted on 12 January. Hotspots The list was updated on 29 December 2020. Regulations The Covid-19 disaster management regulations for adjusted lockdown level three were amended...
10 December 2020

Review of Parliament 2020

  Following the transition to a virtual/hybrid Parliament in April, the 2020 parliamentary year came to an end on 9 December. It was an unprecedented year.   In March, Parliament took a decision to suspend its programme as a precautionary measure due...
10 December 2020

Fourth Term Review (2020)

07 December 2020

From the Government Gazette (7 December 2020)

  COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER Regulations A notice declaring the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality a ‘hotspot’ was gazetted on 3 December. On the same day, an amendment to the 1 October Covid-19 lockdown level one disaster management...