Blog Posts

State of the Province Address – All you need to know

Feb. 17, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

Following the President’s State of the Nation Address, the Premiers from all 9 provinces will deliver their State of the Province Addresses over the next two weeks.

The State of the Province Address is a localised version of the State of the Nation Address where Premiers reflect on and ...

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Exploring MPs’ Interests

Feb. 17, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

One of the interesting datasets that the People’s Assembly collates is the register of members interests - the annual declaration by Members of Parliament of their interests including shares in companies, gifts they have received (with a value in excess of R1 500), and companies of which they are directors ...

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Black Sash warns Committee about illegal lending to the poor

Feb. 17, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

During its deliberations on the National Credit Amendment Bill, the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry called in Black Sash, to brief members on the impact of unscrupulous lending on poor communities, specifically individuals who receive grants from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

Black Sash national advocacy manager ...

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Launching the People’s Assembly

Feb. 17, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

After months of development, the People’s Assembly went live last week just prior to the 2014 State of the Nation Address. The site draws on eleven (and counting) sources of information to connect people with the work of their representatives.

Here we’ll run through a few of the ...

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Twenty SONA pictures to celebrate twenty years of democracy

Feb. 14, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

People’s Assembly attended the 2014 State of the Nation Address (SONA), and we’ve brought you 20 SONA pictures to celebrate 20 years of democracy. Before President Zuma’s speech commenced, political leaders and Members of Parliament walked the red carpet flaunting smiles, speaking to the media, and posing ...

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“Fix the Patent Laws” campaign

Feb. 14, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

Fix the Patent Laws

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), together with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), launched the “Fix the Patent Laws” campaign to draw attention to South Africa’s national patent laws that have hindered access to affordable medicines.

The campaign asks for a reform of these laws, which have made medicines “unaffordable, unavailable ...

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SONA: Zuma on Chapter 9 institutions, anti-corruption and violent service delivery protests

Feb. 14, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

Zuma SONA

Early on in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last night, President Jacob Zuma made mention of the institutions that check and balance our democracy:

“We have Chapter 9 institutions which support democracy and protect the rights of citizens. The liberations have also created space for an active civil ...

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Stop SASSA-CPS Debits Campaign

Feb. 13, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

Blacksash

The Black Sash, along with partner organisations and supporters of the STOP SASSA-CPS DEBITS CAMPAIGN, met with government officials to register the extent and impact of crisis facing millions of SASSA beneficiaries and their households. Our meeting on 29 January 2014, at Khotso House in Johannesburg, was the start of ...

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Shrinking the accountability deficit

Feb. 13, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

By Christi van der Westhuizen__

This year South Africans celebrate the 20-year anniversary of our democratic parliament. With national and provincial elections approaching, political parties are finalising the lists of candidates selected to represent South Africans. It is an opportune moment to reflect on the efficacy of public representation ...

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Zuma’s speech will need to strike chord with those on the burning streets

Feb. 13, 2014 (6 years, 5 months ago)

By Judith February__

This article first appeared in Eye Witness News and the Cape Times on 13 February 2014

What is the state of our nation? Recently we have seen a dramatic rise in social protest as we stand on the cusp of elections. No fewer than five protests ...

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