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That week in Parliament

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...
10 June 2019

Gender and Age break down of provincial legislatures

  While all the attention is focused on the national legislature, it is easy to overlook the state of gender and youth representation in the 9 provincial legislatures. One province has achieved gender parity, while 4 have nearly reached this mark....
10 June 2019

Turnover, Youth and Gender: The Sixth Parliament

Becoming an MP can be a complex and difficult journey. In many respects, the job is viewed as one which requires experience and therefore suited to older people. Meanwhile, women face all sorts of hurdles when running for elected office. This includes...
03 June 2019

Ramaphosa Cabinet

  Still unsure as to who's who in the Ramaphosa Cabinet? Hopefully our graphic will assist you. The Cabinet boasts a total of 26 portfolios and 28 Ministers. These Ministers are assisted by 35 Deputy Ministers.  Take a look at this useful tracking...
22 May 2019

Why Parliament Matters

 All over the world, parliaments exist to represent the people to ensure government by the people– this is said it to be the most profoundly important role parliament plays as an institution. Parliament represents the people by articulating the views...
22 May 2019

The first day of Parliament: A guide to proceedings

Today Members of the National Assembly will be sworn-in. These Members represent 14 political parties. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will take the Speaker’s seat at 10h30 and in groups of ten, he will preside over their swearing in. Each Member will...
13 May 2019

Election Results and Allocation of Seats in Parliament and Provincial Legislatures

  With the final results announced officially by the IEC on Saturday, 11 May 2019, the ANC has won the sixth general election. The ANC received a little over 10 million votes. This was followed by the DA and EF. The ANC also retained its majority in...
10 May 2019


  The Constitution spells out, in section 52, that after an election, the first sitting of the National Assembly must take place at a time and date determined by the Chief Justice but not more than 14 days after the election result has been declared ...