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That week in Parliament

30 April 2018

The Week Ahead: Workers' Day Debate, Tributes and Legislation top the agenda

Parliament is taking full advantage of the public holiday. It has scheduled a fairly light -but eclectic – programme in the main chambers and committee corridor. The presiding officers have called a joint sitting for Thursday in order to pay tributes...
23 April 2018

Week Ahead: Deputy President, Legislation & Budget vote

The legislature’s budget vote season shows no sign of slowing down. The schedule is packed with meetings as Committees continue to interrogate departments and entities on their budgets and priorities for the year ahead. With the deadline for the...
16 April 2018

The Week Ahead: New Term Begins...

Parliament returns from recess this week. The second term will run for 9-11 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and legislative work; oral questions to the Executive; NCOP Local Government and...
26 March 2018

The Week Ahead: busy week as the first term draws to a close

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 17 April 2018. There is no opportunity to go through the motions as a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before they go. In the...
19 March 2018

The Week Ahead: Deputy President Q & A and Legislation dominate the Agenda

In comparison to recent weeks, there's a slight lull in Parliament as the legislature makes the most of the mid-week public holiday. The National Assembly has only set aside one day for parliamentary business in the main chamber. Elsewhere, the NCOP...
12 March 2018

The Week Ahead: President Q & A and Legislation

The President's oral question session on Wednesday 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....
05 March 2018

The Week Ahead: Action Packed

There's a broad and busy flavour to this week's parliamentary business. It's no exaggeration to say that everyday will deliver blockbuster action. In the National Assembly chamber, the main excitement will be the Question Time session with the...
26 February 2018

The Week Ahead: Land Debate & Parliament takes over budget process

The main plenary event – that is likely to overshadow everything else – is the debate on the EFF motion to expropriate land without compensation. The motion will be lead by Julius Malema. The party’s resolution calls on Parliament to establish a...
19 February 2018

The Week Ahead: It's budget week & debate on SONA

An eclectic week of parliamentary action beckons. The 2018 Budget, SONA debate, legislative business and Committee hearings feature. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's budget speech on Wednesday will dominate headlines this week. The Minister has a...
12 February 2018

The Week Ahead: The Show Must Go On

The Fifth Parliament has given us a lot of “firsts”. It achieved another last week. Even by its unpredictable standards, the decision to postpone the State of the Nation Address (SONA) was extraordinary. The stated rationale for the postponement is to...