Blog Posts

Mr George Michalakis

Feb. 21, 2020 (1 day, 6 hours ago) — Comments

What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

I got involved in politics on campus at the University of the Free State and joined the DA in 2007. I was one of a very small group of liberal students during ...

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SONA over the years - Themes and Priorities

Feb. 21, 2020 (1 day, 11 hours ago) — Comments

Below, we have provided you with a breakdown of the SONAs from 2015 to 2020. We did not include the SONA that took place at the beginning of 2019, on the 7th of Februar, we focused on the SONA that was delivered after the elections.

So for a breakdown of ...

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The Week Ahead: SONA Debates & Legislation

Feb. 17, 2020 (5 days, 12 hours ago) — Comments

It’s taken a few weeks but Parliament is finally firing on all cylinders with plenty of action beckoning in both the main chamber and the Committee corridor.

The main events will be the joint debate on the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as ...

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The Week Ahead: It’s all about #SONA2020

Feb. 10, 2020 (1 week, 5 days ago) — Comments

On Thursday, all eyes will be fixated on Parliament for the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The speech, due to be delivered at 19:00 before a combined gathering of Parliament, the Judiciary and the public, will be a report on the economic and social state of the nation ...

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#SONA2020: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Feb. 6, 2020 (2 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

1. What is the SONA?

It is an annual address given by the President to a joint session of Parliament and marks the official opening of the legislature. It is designed to be a report on the economic and social state of the nation, and includes a review of the ...

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The Week Ahead: MPs get stuck into 2020

Feb. 3, 2020 (2 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

It's still early days but Parliament is slowly coming back to life after a long summer break.

The legislature has planned a broad programme this week after a low-key start.

With no sittings scheduled in the main chambers, the Committee corridor will be the main source of parliamentary action ...

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MPs Guide to Running a Constituency Office

Feb. 3, 2020 (2 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

This piece is geared toward political parties, Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Legislatures and other public representatives - constituency offices are crucial to the democratic fabric of South Africa. Even though we make use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, public representatives are obligated to interact with and assist all ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

Jan. 27, 2020 (3 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

Many are unaware of the fact that even though South Africa makes use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, meaning that our elected representatives (Members of Parliament) are not elected from geographic areas in the way Ward Councillors are in Local Government elections, MPs remain duty-bound to interact with the ...

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Cheryl Phillips

Jan. 21, 2020 (1 month ago) — Comments

"We have diverse kinds of people, many nationalities and areas. Nevertheless, we need to become one because together we are going to be much stronger than if we are apart."

C.Phillips

What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

My first ...

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Mr Cilliers Brink

Jan. 21, 2020 (1 month ago) — Comments

What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? From an early age I had an unusual interest in politics. I think I was drawn to the ability of strong and resourceful leaders to change institutions for the better, or more ...

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