Blog Posts

A - Z of Parliamentary Parlance

Oct. 20, 2020 (1 day, 7 hours 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 ...

Read more …

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

Oct. 19, 2020 (2 days, 7 hours ago)

debate

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 ...

Read more …

The Week Ahead: President in rare address to Parliament

Oct. 12, 2020 (1 week, 2 days ago)

https://www.pa.org.za/media_root/file_archive/term_3.jpg

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 ...

Read more …

The Week Ahead: Final Term Resumes

Oct. 5, 2020 (2 weeks, 2 days ago)

parli resumes

Parliament resumes this week after a constituency period.

The hybrid Parliament will continue for another term, with some MPs working from the precinct and others remotely. This system is limiting and imperfect but Parliament has been able to perform its legislative and oversight role at a vital time.

The final ...

Read more …

International Day of Non-Violence - 2 October

Oct. 2, 2020 (2 weeks, 5 days ago)

Int day of violence

The United Nations recognises the 2nd of October as the International Day of Non-Violence. It is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

On the 15th of July 2020, during an announcement on the easing of ...

Read more …

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

Sept. 23, 2020 (4 weeks ago)

Wilma

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 ...

Read more …

International Day of Democracy - 15 September

Sept. 15, 2020 (1 month 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 ...

Read more …

The Week Ahead: International Democracy Day & Heritage Day Debates

Sept. 14, 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

week-ahead

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 ...

Read more …

Crime Stats Relating to Sexual Offences

Sept. 11, 2020 (1 month, 1 week 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 ...

Read more …

Yunus Ismail Carrim

Sept. 10, 2020 (1 month, 1 week 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."

Yunus

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

Read more …