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That week in Parliament

06 December 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (6 December 2021)

COVID-19 According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, government is: in ‘the process of amending … (the) health regulations’ in anticipation of: reviewing ‘the use of the Disaster Management Act’ in managing South Africa’s ‘response’ to the pandemic, and...
29 November 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (29 November 2021)

LAND REFORM On 7 December, the National Assembly is scheduled to debate the Constitution 18th Amendment Bill, according to the latest parliamentary programme.   JUSTICE The South African Law Reform Commission has called for public comment on a...
28 November 2021

The Week Ahead: Parliament draws to a close

It’s the penultimate week of the parliamentary year. As a result, the schedule is quite packed as lawmakers rush to tie up loose ends and conclude the business of an eventful year. In the remaining days, the legislature is set to vote on several...
25 November 2021

Explainer: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports

​2021 Budget Review & Recommendations Reports – BRRR Parliament has a fundamental role in authorising budget decisions and in holding government to account. Consistent with this, parliamentary committees get to engage with the budget process at all...
22 November 2021

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

EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that the social employment fund is now open for project proposals. It will be managed by the Independent Development Corporation, which has published the fund’s: terms of reference, and an...
22 November 2021

The Week Ahead: President’s final Q&A for 2021

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 programme....
15 November 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (15 November 2021)

COVID-19   The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has amended its State of Disaster ICT regulations to reflect a ‘new provisional radio frequency spectrum regime’ announced on 10 November.   ENVIRONMENTAL   The Department of...
14 November 2021

The Week Ahead: Budget work & Question Time with Deputy President

Following last week’s presentation of the Medium Term Budget Statement (MTBPS), Parliament’s role in processing and approving the mini-budget kicks into gear this week. The adjustment process provides an opportunity to make revisions to the February...
09 November 2021

2021 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 roll-overs, and request additional funds for unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure. It...
08 November 2021

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

ENERGY   The Presidency has confirmed that agreement has been reached on an ‘historic partnership’ to support South Africa’s ‘just transition to a low carbon economy and a climate resilient society’. An ‘inclusive task force’ has been established to...