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

Sept. 23, 2020 (6 days, 2 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

Sept. 15, 2020 (2 weeks 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.

People's Assembly has prepared this infographic to highlight the different ...

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The Week Ahead: International Democracy Day & Heritage Day Debates

Sept. 14, 2020 (2 weeks, 1 day ago)

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The NCOP will wrap up its third term.

Delegates will join their NA colleagues from next week to embark on constituency work.

While the National Assembly has been in recess since 7 September, both Houses will resume the final term on 5 October.

A major point of interest will come ...

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Crime Stats Relating to Sexual Offences

Sept. 11, 2020 (2 weeks, 4 days ago)

Every year the Minister of Police publishes the Crime Statistics of the country. These statistics are important as they inform citizens on how safe they are. Most importantly these statistic inform policy direction on how to reduce crime and deter criminal activity.

Gender based violence (GBV) has been considered another ...

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Yunus Ismail Carrim

Sept. 10, 2020 (2 weeks, 4 days ago)

"Whatever our ideological, policy and other differences, we need to work much more closely together to achieve developmental goals that we share in common that are in the interests of all the people but primarily the poor and disdavantaged."

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Question 1: What is your political background? How did you come ...

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Funda Wande helps us shed light on International Literacy Day

Sept. 8, 2020 (2 weeks, 6 days ago)

International literacy day

International Literacy Day was first celebrated in 1966 by UNESCO. This day is intended to raise awareness on the importance of reading. Fifty four years later this day remains important as illiteracy remains a challenge for many people, particularly in the developing world. In South Africa, the Department of Basic ...

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The Week Ahead: Local Government Week

Sept. 7, 2020 (3 weeks, 1 day ago)

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There will be a brief lull in Parliament this week, with the National Assembly in recess from today until 5 October.

During this period NA lawmakers will be performing constituency work. They have a duty to: be available to the public, help solve problems and report back to their constituents ...

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The Week Ahead: Busy Week as the NA third term ends

Aug. 31, 2020 (4 weeks ago)

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The constituency period beckons for NA MPs. They are due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 6 October.

Their NCOP counterparts started the term one week later and will remain in session until 30 September.

Lasting three weeks, this has been one of ...

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Women Representation in the Sixth Parliament

Aug. 26, 2020 (1 month ago)

Over the years South Africa has made large improvements on women representation in Parliament. Prior to 1994, the South African Parliament had a mere 2,7% representation of women. Fast forward to the sixth Parliament, women Members of Parliament (MPs) now account for 44.5% in both the National Assembly ...

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The Week Ahead: President & Committee Meetings take centre stage

Aug. 24, 2020 (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 sessions, a sectoral parliament, a debate, legislative business and several high-profile Committee meetings, should mean plenty of fizz.

In addition, NCOP delegates return to Parliament this week for the third term ...

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