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That week in Parliament

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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 ...
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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 in ...
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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 the ...
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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 ...
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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 to ...
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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, ...
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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, ...
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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. The ...
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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 to ...
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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 ...