Blog Posts

Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

11 Dec 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

South Africa makes use of a Proportional Representation electoral system. This means that our elected representatives (Members of Parliament) are not elected from geographic areas in the way Ward Councillors are elected in Local Government elections.

MPs have a Constitutional duty to interact with the public and assist the public ...

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Review of Parliament 2020

10 Dec 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

Annual review 2020

Following the transition to a virtual/hybrid Parliament in April, the 2020 parliamentary year came to an end on 9 December.

It was an unprecedented year

In March, Parliament took a decision to suspend its programme as a precautionary measure due to COVID-19, which saw a drastic limit to the number ...

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The 4 W’s and H of By-Elections

7 Dec 2020 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

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On the 11th of November, affected South African in 95 wards across the country will be making their way to cast their votes in this year’s municipal by-elections. Unlike the general national elections, where all South African citizens who are 18 years and older can vote, the by-elections take place ...

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The Week Ahead: It’s a wrap for 2020

30 Nov 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

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It’s a week of farewells and loose ends…

The constituency and leave period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament next year. But a fair amount of work will be done before they go and there is plenty of opportunity for ...

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MPs on Twitter: Who holds the influence?

27 Nov 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

Information and communication technology has changed rapidly over the past 20 years with a key development being the emergence of social media.

Social media has had a powerful impact in the way that we communicate, how we formulate our opinions and how we perceive of ourselves, others and the ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament is drawing to a close ...

23 Nov 2020 (2 months ago)

Penultimate year

It's the penultimate week of the parliamentary year.

As a result, there is a bit of frenzy as legislation and important business that can be completed are rushed to the finishing line while other less urgent parliamentary business is dropped for lack of time.

In the remaining days, lawmakers in ...

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By-elections Survey Findings

16 Nov 2020 (2 months, 1 week ago)

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Voter turnout for by-elections, which are used to fill political offices that become vacant between general elections, has historically lagged behind that for municipal, provincial and national elections. There are many reasons why this is the case. In our October survey, we looked at voter attitudes and views on ...

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The Week Ahead: Men’s Parliament, Mini-Plenaries & Legislation

16 Nov 2020 (2 months, 1 week ago)

3 weeks until parli rises

There are three weeks left until Parliament rises for the year.

In the remaining days, lawmakers are scheduled to vote on several Bills, approve government spending, hold debates, scrutinise government performance, consider statutory appointments and instruments and finalise assorted Committee Reports.

The NA chamber has a full programme and will ...

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The Week Ahead: President’s final Q&A for 2020

9 Nov 2020 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

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The President's oral question session on Thursday 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 questions are sifted and published beforehand to ensure that only those satisfying ...

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The Week Ahead: Questions to the Deputy President, Urgent Debates & MTBPS processing

2 Nov 2020 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

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The endgame of the parliamentary year is fast approaching. There are only five weeks left before the legislature rises and loose ends are gradually being knitted together.

Following last week’s presentation of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), Parliament’s role in the processing and approval of the mini-budget kicks into ...

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