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Deaf MP Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen unpacks the importance of International Day of Sign Language

23 Sep 2021 (5 days, 8 hours ago)

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The United Nations recognises the 23rd of September as the International Day of Sign Languages. This day provides a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people.

To help us understand the importance of this day, we spoke to Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen. ...

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International Day of Democracy - 15 September

15 Sep 2021 (1 week, 6 days ago)

On the 15th of September every year, democratic nations across the world observe International Day of Democracy. This observance provides an opportunity for many nations to review the state of democracy in their own countries, and more broadly, globally.

A democratic parliament is one that is representative, open and ...

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What about the Political Party Funding Act?

13 Sep 2021 (2 weeks, 1 day 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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What we know about the upcoming Local Government Elections

8 Sep 2021 (2 weeks, 6 days ago)

The Constitution Court confirmed on the 3rd of September 2021 that the Local Government Elections must go ahead on any day between the 27th of October and the 1st of November 2021. This came after the IEC had brought an application before the court to postpone the Local Government Elections. ...

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The Week Ahead: Legislation tops the agenda this week

6 Sep 2021 (3 weeks, 1 day ago)

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Parliament has been an interested observer in the IEC’s request to the Constitutional Court to postpone the local government elections. One of the reasons is that the decision would have an impact on its programme. Traditionally, the legislature schedules an extended recess to allow lawmakers to participate in the campaigns ...

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The 2020 Register of Interests has been released. Here is what you need to know

3 Sep 2021 (3 weeks, 4 days ago)

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In terms of the Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosure of Financial Interests (the Code), MPs must disclose their financial interests annually. The following kinds of financial interests are registrable interests and must be disclosed:

  • Shares and other financial interests in companies and other corporate entities; remunerated employment outside Parliament; ...

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The Week Ahead: President’s Q & A & Important Committee Meetings

30 Aug 2021 (4 weeks, 1 day ago)

https://static.pmg.org.za/Call_for_comments.png It's a busy week in the main chambers. Everything from Oral Questions to the President, to debates, to legislative business, to considering statutory appointments and committee reports, to a Ministerial Briefing Session and two virtual sessions on Localizing the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan are scheduled.

In the National Assembly, ...

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Women's Month: Parliament's Efforts at Gender Mainstreaming

24 Aug 2021 (1 month ago)

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Gender mainstreaming means integrating a gender equality perspective at all stages and levels of policies, programmes and projects. It is therefore a tool for achieving gender equality in South Africa. Policy and law makers have a constitutional responsibility to ensure that gender mainstreaming is used as a policy tool to ...

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The Week Ahead: Women’s Parliament & the recent unrest top this week’s parliamentary agenda

23 Aug 2021 (1 month ago)

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An eclectic week of parliamentary action beckons in the main chambers and Committee Corridor.

A combination of Question Time session, a sectoral parliament, a debate, legislative business and several high-profile Committee meetings, should mean plenty of fizz.

In the second week of July 2021, the country experienced unprecedented levels of ...

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How to Register as an Independent Candidate

19 Aug 2021 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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