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83% do not know where their local constituency office is

March 4, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

Our current survey shows that 83% of online visitors to the People’s Assembly did not know where their local constituency office is located. Parliament spent R203 million last year to provide these constituency offices.

The People's Assembly website focuses on MP accountability. SA does not have a constituency ...

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“Worst two SETAs” fail to dispel Committee’s concerns

March 3, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

At a meeting with the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and the Local Government SETA, who were both placed under administration over the last two and half years, the Committee for Higher Education and Training expressed concern that both SETAs were not fulfilling their duty to advance the ...

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School violence no better or worse since 2008 hears Committee

March 3, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

On 26 February, the Select Committee on Education and Recreation held a meeting to discuss school safety, an issue that was specifically tied to keeping learners in school. The Department of Basic Education told the Committee that school safety involved the community and that parent support is needed as “violence ...

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In the spotlight this week

March 3, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

With only two weeks left before Parliament rises, it is not a surprise that the National Assembly has planned two plenary sessions for Tuesday and the scheduled sittings for Wednesday and Thursday are expected to finish late in the day.

On Wednesday, the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will provide oral ...

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Controversial WEGE Bill is adopted by Committee amid protest

Feb. 28, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

The Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities adopted the Women Empowerment Gender Equality (WEGE) Bill on Tuesday, 26 February, after controversial in-committee protests by the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT).

According to a statement released by Parliament, this Bill “marks yet another important step towards ...

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No Bills by MPs accepted - despite Constitutional Court challenge

Feb. 27, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

The life of the Fourth Parliament is drawing to a close. Not a single Private Member’s bill has been taken forward or passed in this Parliament, and since 1994, only 17 Private Members’ bills, the majority being of a purely technical nature, have been accepted.

Prior to 2012, all ...

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Breaking down the budget: Your Minister on job creation and social spending

Feb. 27, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

On Wednesday, 26 February, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan tabled the Budget in Parliament. The national budget is essentially the announcement of government’s estimated spending (dividing state coffers between the three ties of the state), borrowing and tax plans for the forthcoming three years.

Nene-Gordhan Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has a ...

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Public health infrastructure remains a challenge as NHI is rolled out

Feb. 26, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, briefed MPs of the Health Portfolio Committee today, 26 February, on the roll out of the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme and the progress made so far throughout the provinces.

The NHI is being implemented as a way to make quality health care available for all ...

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You can get a tax break... if you save

Feb. 26, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

During the pre-budget speech on Wednesday morning, 26 February, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said it was essential that people started “developing a savings culture in South Africa” and found ways to “get out of the debt trap” as “consumerism was replacing society” both here and abroad.

The good news for ...

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#Fixthebudget Protest Outside Parliament

Feb. 25, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

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Singing, chanting slogans and waving #Fixthebudget placards,civil society advocacy groups and NGOS such as the Treatment Action (TAC) Campaign, Section 27, the Budget and Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF), the Progressive Youth Movement and others, gathered outside the gates of Parliament on Tuesday, 25 February, to voice their concerns around ...

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