Blog Posts

16 Days of Activism (2021)

7 Dec 2021 (1 day, 11 hours ago)

16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence is an annual campaign that takes place all over the world from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), to raise awareness on the negative impact that violence against women and children has on ...

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The Week Ahead: Land Expropriation, mini-budget & farewells

6 Dec 2021 (2 days, 11 hours ago)

The Week Ahead

The constituency period beckons for NA MPs. They are due to depart at the end of the week and return in mid-to-late January.

Their NCOP counterparts will remain in session until 15 December.

A fair amount of work will be done before lawmakers conclude their business for the year.

There ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

6 Dec 2021 (2 days, 11 hours 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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What exactly do Provincial Legislatures do?

30 Nov 2021 (1 week, 1 day ago)

The Legislature is an arm of state, alongside the Judiciary and the Executive. It is tasked with making laws, passing budgets and conducting oversight on the executive. Provincial legislature conduct this function of state at provincial level.

The public as the main stakeholder, have a right to participate in the ...

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The Week Ahead- Parliament draws to a close

29 Nov 2021 (1 week, 2 days ago)

Week Ahead- 29 Nov It’s the penultimate week of the parliamentary year. As a result, the schedule is quite packed as lawmakers rush to tie up loose ends and conclude the business of the eventful year.

In the remaining days, the legislature is set to vote on several Bills, consider statutory instruments, hold oversight ...

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The Week Ahead: President’s final Q&A for 2021

22 Nov 2021 (2 weeks, 2 days ago)

Week Ahead 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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Explainer: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports

15 Nov 2021 (3 weeks, 2 days ago)

BRRRs

Parliament has a fundamental role in authorising budget decisions and in holding government to account. Consistent with this, parliamentary committees get to engage with the budget process at all key stages of the budget cycle, both ex ante and ex post as appropriate.

Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports (BRRRs) are ...

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Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams

15 Nov 2021 (3 weeks, 2 days ago)

"I choose to believe there is more good than bad in South Africa, and if everyone chooses to run away, who will be left to stay and fight for what’s right and just."

Alexandra

1. How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

I am a ...

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The Week Ahead: Budget work & Question Time with Deputy President

15 Nov 2021 (3 weeks, 2 days ago)

The Week Ahead

Following last week’s presentation of the Medium Term Budget Statement (MTBPS), Parliament’s role in processing and approving the mini-budget kicks into gear this week. The adjustment process provides an opportunity to make revisions to the February budget, in response to changes that have affected the planned government spending for ...

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The Week Ahead: Final Term

8 Nov 2021 (1 month ago)

week ahead

Parliament resumes this week after an extended constituency period.

The hybrid Parliament will continue for another term, with some MPs working from the precinct and others remotely.

The final term will run for seven weeks and the programme is packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and ...

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