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That week in Parliament

24 July 2018

Ministerial Attendance in Parliament: Is Ramaphosa’s Cabinet doing better?

National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, earlier this year indicated that she had written to newly appointed Deputy President, David Mabuza, to ‘complain about the absence of ministers during question time in the National Assembly’. In response, the...
29 June 2018

Why Parliaments Matter

WHY PARLIAMENTS MATTER 30 June 2018 marks #WorldParliamentDay. 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...
14 June 2018

Youth Day - how many of our MPs qualify?

Saturday, 16 June 2018, marks Youth Day and an ideal opportunity to reflect on the ages of our Members of Parliament. In South Africa, our definition of youth is someone under the age of 35[1]. We are often told that SA has a young population so it is...
11 June 2018

The Week Ahead: Second Term Ends but work continues

The constituency period beckons, with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 14 August 2018. There is no opportunity to go through the motions as a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done...
04 June 2018

The Week Ahead: Legislation and Hearings top the agenda

A combination of a heavy legislative load, some important hearings and the pending recess break should mean plenty of fizz in Parliament this week. With the NA chamber having its final sitting of the term last week and a fairly pedestrian agenda in...
28 May 2018

The Week Ahead: It's a Busy One: Deputy President Q&A and more

It's a rapid descent towards the mid-year break as MPs rush to finalise all urgent business. There are only a few weeks left before the legislature takes an extended break but there is still plenty of legislating, oversight, scrutinising and set piece...
25 May 2018

Strong arguments will trump numbers in land debate

May 25, 2018  Vincent Smith, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee that will review the "property clause", Section 25 of the Constitution, spoke about the role of the committee and the public hearings: “I want the public to answer the question as...
21 May 2018

The Week Ahead: President Ramaphosa & Parliament’s budget vote in the spotlight

Parliament has scheduled a broad and busy programme in the main chambers as well as in the Committee corridor. The main plenary event will be the debate on the Presidency's budget vote scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. In their speeches,...
14 May 2018

The Week Ahead: It's all about Budget Vote Debates

It’s the second of week of budget debates in the National Assembly and the frenetic pace of Committee meetings and mini-plenary sessions continue. On Tuesday, the Ministers of Trade and Industry, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Labour,...
07 May 2018

The Week Ahead: The President and Budget debates take centre stage

The President's oral question session on Tuesday 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....