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That week in Parliament

Showing posts from: March 2021

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29 March 2021

First Term Review of Parliament (26 January to 19 March 2021)

  The first term of Parliament officially ended on 19 March and MPs are on recess until 4 May 2021. However, it will still be busy for some MPs as a number of committees will still be meeting during this constituency period. The major highlights for...
29 March 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (29 March 2021)

COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER A ministerial directive gazetted on 26 March for schools has clarified the measures applicable under lockdown level one to all: sports activities and tournaments physical education, and extra-curricular activities. On 26...
23 March 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (23 March 2021)

COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER A ministerial directive gazetted on 19 March: replaced sub-directions in the July 2020 health directive for handling and disposing of mortal remains, and withdrew a sub-direction allowing people entering South Africa to...
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22 March 2021

The Week Ahead: Land Expropriation legislation in the spotlight

  On one level, this looks like a pretty normal week. There is no main chamber business and there is a decent amount of action in the committee corridor. However, Parliament is officially in recess from today until 4 May 2021 While most MPs will only...
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15 March 2021

Public Protector Matter in Parliament: What You Need To Know

  The National Assembly is expected to vote tomorrow, Tuesday 16 March 2021, on whether or not to proceed with the process of impeaching Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.   Background The National Assembly endorsed Adv Mkhwebane as the fourth...
15 March 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (15 March 2021)

COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER Cabinet’s decision on 11 March to extend the Covid-19 State of Disaster by another month was confirmed on 12 March by notice in the Government Gazette.   According to the post-Cabinet meeting media statement announcing this,...
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14 March 2021

The Week Ahead: End of Term & Independent Panel Report on Public Protector

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to sign off at the end of the week and resume on 4 May 2021. Not everyone will be on a break though. A few committees, with urgent business, have arranged meetings during this period. There is no...
08 March 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (8 March 2021)

COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER A new temporary employer-employee relief scheme (TERS) directive was gazetted on 3 March. Its contents were later confirmed in a Department of Employment and Labour media statement. The directive: is retrospectively...
08 March 2021

International Women's Day (08 March 2021)

  Today, 8 March 2021, marks International Women’s Day – a day to commemorate and celebrate the vital role women play the world over. In the global parliamentary space, only 24% of women occupy parliamentary seats across the world.    The Legislature...
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08 March 2021

The Week Ahead: Question Time with the Deputy President & Mini debates

It’s the penultimate week of the first term but there’s plenty to do in the remaining days and the legislature has scheduled a busy programme in the main chambers and committee corridor.   The practice of oral questions is an established part of the...