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That week in Parliament

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07 November 2022

The Week Ahead: Mini-plenaries

There are five weeks left until Parliament rises for the year. In the remaining days, lawmakers are scheduled to vote on several Bills, approve government spending, hold debates, scrutinise government performance, conduct oversight visits, consider...
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03 November 2022

“Small parties” in Parliament

Our current electoral model of proportional representation (PR) is designed specifically to create space for a multi-party constitutional democracy. The three-largest parties (ANC, DA & EFF) occupy 90% of the National Assembly seats. The remaining 10%...
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31 October 2022

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (31 October 2022)

ZONDO COMMISSION REPORT Parliament has issued a media statement: acknowledging receipt of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s response to recommendations in the report, which the President unpacked in his address to the nation on 23 October undertaking to...
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31 October 2022

The Week Ahead: Question Time with the President

The President's oral question session - on Thursday - is the high point of the parliamentary week. The President is required to answer questions of national or international importance once per term in accordance with the annual parliamentary...
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24 October 2022

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (24 October 2022)

LOADSHEDDING: HOSPITAL EXEMPTIONS The Department of Health has issued a media statement on progress made in mitigating the impact of load shedding on essential healthcare services. To date: 212 ‘priority hospitals’ have been identified across the...
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24 October 2022

2022 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) Explainer

What is the MTBPS? The MTBPS is also referred to as the “mini-budget”. It allows government departments to apply for adjustments to their budgets, apply for rollovers, and request additional funds for unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditures. It...
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24 October 2022

The Week Ahead: #MTBPS2022

All eyes will be on the Minister of Finance when he presents the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday. The MTBPS outlines the economic context against which the 2023 budget is being formulated and sets out the spending framework...
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17 October 2022

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (17 October 2022)

STATE CAPTURE COMMISSION REPORT The Presidency has issued a media statement announcing the availability of an amended report: reflecting corrections made by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo in his capacity as commission chair when the original version was...
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16 October 2022

Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports (BRRRs) 2022

Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports (BRRRs) are a critical part of Parliament’s engagement with the budget. In October of each year, Committees compile BRRRs for every government function. 2022 Budget Review & Recommendations Reports BRRR In...
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16 October 2022

The Week Ahead: Question Time & Electoral Legislation

The practice of oral questions is an established part of the parliamentary day and gives MPs an opportunity to question the Executive about matters for which they are responsible. For all its limitations, this is usually an occasion of heightened...