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The Week Ahead: Parliament passes the budget

14 Jun 2021 (13 minutes ago)

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The second term concludes for NCOP delegates.

From next week, they will join their NA counterparts who have been on recess since 7 June.

A big chunk of the year has been spent considering the 2021/22 national budget.

After the Minister of Finance introduces the budget, the legislature ...

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The Week Ahead: NCOP Question Time with the President

7 Jun 2021 (6 days, 23 hours ago)

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The National Assembly is officially on recess from today until 17 August.

Meanwhile, the NCOP’s second term will run until 21 June.

The NCOP chamber has arranged a varied agenda for delegates. Highlights include Oral Questions and Replies with the President, legislative business, policy debates and a Youth Day debate. ...

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The Week Ahead: Busy week as National Assembly recess looms

31 May 2021 (1 week, 6 days ago)

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A combination of a heavy legislative load, some important hearings and the pending recess break should mean plenty of fizz in Parliament this week.

The constituency period beckons, with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 17 August ...

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Annual Constitutional Review Blog + Survey

24 May 2021 (2 weeks, 6 days ago)

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Every year (excluding an election year), Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee must review the Constitution and report to the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.

To enable the Committee to conduct its work, Parliament’s Joint Rule 102 empowers the Committee to do the following:

Identify specific constitutional matters ...

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Mr Isaac Sello Seitlholo

24 May 2021 (2 weeks, 6 days ago)

"I think Covid-19 really showed how Parliament oversight was neglected and made to be a spectator instead of holding the Executive to account."

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

I come from an academic background rather than a ...

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The Week Ahead: 25th anniversary of the Constitution.

24 May 2021 (3 weeks ago)

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There are a few weeks left until Parliament’s mid-year break.

In the remaining days, the legislative body is scheduled to consider and vote on several Bills, conduct important debates, appropriate funding, scrutinise government performance, oversee government’s COVID-19 response, consider statutory appointments and finalise assorted Committee Reports.

A major highlight this ...

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What about the Political Party Funding Act?

19 May 2021 (3 weeks, 4 days ago)

The Political Party Funding Bill was developed by a parliamentary committee and formally introduced in Parliament in 2017. President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Bill into law (became the Political Party Funding Act) on the 22nd of January 2021 and came into effect on the 1st of April 2021. ...

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The Week Ahead: Budget Vote debates continue...

17 May 2021 (3 weeks, 6 days ago)

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Parliament will largely be consumed by Budget Vote debates this week.

The debates allow for Parliament, and the public, to be updated about what departments are doing, how they are performing and exactly how public money is being used in a forum larger than a Committee meeting.

Each debate lasts ...

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Here is the Plug on Petitions

11 May 2021 (1 month ago)

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Public participation in law-making, oversight and other processes of Parliament forms an important part of our democracy.

Parliament has developed a number of ways to promote public involvement. One of these ways is by submitting a petition, and this is a right enshrined in section 17 of the Constitution. Although ...

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The Week Ahead: Budget Vote debates begin

10 May 2021 (1 month ago)

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It’s the second week of budget-related meetings as Committees continue to interrogate departments and entities on their budgets, targets and priorities for the year ahead and finalise their ensuing reports to the House.

There is a common trend during the budget briefings: departments and entities complain about the impact of ...

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