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That week in Parliament

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 will ...
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. The ...
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 Ministers ...
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 tough ...
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 ...
06 February 2018

SONA 2018: The Speech

It’s one of the most important speeches that the President delivers in any year. With a prime time tv audience, it is a tremendous PR opportunity for the President to simultaneously lay out his agenda and reassure doubters - both local and foreign. There ...
05 February 2018

The Week Ahead: It’s all about #SONA2018

On Thursday, all eyes will be fixated on Parliament for the State of the Nation Address (SONA). The speech, due to be delivered at 19:00 before a combined gathering of Parliament, Cabinet, the Judiciary and the public, will seek to build on the governing ...
01 February 2018

9 things to know ahead of #SONA2018

1. What is the SONA? It is an annual address given by the President to a joint session of Parliament. It is designed to be a report on the economic and social state of the nation, and includes a review of the past year and priorities for the current ...
29 January 2018

The Week Ahead: MPs get stuck into 2018

It's still early days but the legislature has planned a broad and busy programme after a low key week. With no sittings scheduled in the main chambers, the Committee corridor will again be the main source of parliamentary action this week. Oversight ...