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

Nov. 23, 2020 (2 days, 12 hours 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 ...

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By-elections Survey Findings

Nov. 16, 2020 (1 week, 2 days 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 by-elections ...

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

Nov. 16, 2020 (1 week, 2 days 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

Nov. 9, 2020 (2 weeks, 2 days 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 ...

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

Nov. 2, 2020 (3 weeks, 2 days 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 ...

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The Week Ahead: Mini-budget 2020

Oct. 26, 2020 (1 month ago)

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All eyes will be on the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, when he delivers the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday. The MTBPS outlines the economic context against which the 2021 budget is being formulated and sets out the spending framework for the next three years.

The mini-budget ...

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The 4 W’s and H of By-Elections

Oct. 23, 2020 (1 month 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 ...

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A - Z of Parliamentary Parlance

Oct. 20, 2020 (1 month ago)

It has been more than a year since the Sixth Parliament started. Each day in the corridors of Parliament presents a plethora of learning moments.

In this infographic, we provide a useful glossary of some of the parliamentary parlance, that is language, that is used in Parliament.

While we have ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament debates the President’s Address on South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan

Oct. 19, 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business.

The highlights include a joint debate, Question Time Session with the Deputy President, a Ministerial briefing, legislative business and high-profile Committee hearings.

Last week, the President addressed Parliament on the government’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery ...

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The Week Ahead: President in rare address to Parliament

Oct. 12, 2020 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

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On Thursday, President Ramaphosa will use a rare address in Parliament to brief the country on the government’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.

Convening an address to both Houses is generally reserved for the State of the Nation Address but has been prompted by the unprecedented and devastating impact ...

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