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Parliament’s first-ever attendance policy to be backed by strict sanctions

6 Mar 2014 (7 years, 9 months ago)

Parliament’s Joint Rules Committee (JRC) has finally adopted an attendance policy for its Members. The main objective of the policy is to set minimum standards and create obligations on Members for attendance and participation in parliamentary business. Although the Rules of Parliament will prevail over the attendance policy in a ...

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Pro-Israeli supporters turn up en masse at Committee Meeting

5 Mar 2014 (7 years, 9 months ago)

As agenda’s go, meetings by parliamentary committees to discuss and finalise an internal report do not rank highly. It is usually a routine and mundane exercise that hardly raises any interest. This theory is however overturned when the report in question deals with the Israel-Palestine conflict.

At a meeting earlier ...

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Department of Correctional Services reports back on medical parole

5 Mar 2014 (7 years, 9 months ago)

On Tuesday, 5 March, the Department of Correctional Services briefed the Portfolio Committee on Correctional Services on the implementation of the Medical Parole Provision of the Correctional Matters Amendment Act 2011 (Act no 5 of 2011).

As the Constitution makes provision for inmates to have the right to adequate health ...

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Salaries to be made uniform for all independent constitutional institutions

5 Mar 2014 (7 years, 9 months ago)

The National Assembly is shortly due to consider the Determination of Remuneration of Office Bearers of Independent Constitutional Institutions Laws Amendment Bill. This aims to establish a uniform and equitable framework for determining the salaries, allowances and benefits of the Public Protector, the Auditor-General and members of any commissions provided ...

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Expert warns about state of higher education

5 Mar 2014 (7 years, 9 months ago)

Higher Education South Africa (HESA) briefed the Higher Education and Training Portfolio Committee today on the state of higher education in the country, touching on lack of student access and opportunities, postgraduate education, higher education transformation, and the challenge of funding. HESA warned that there was a lot more that ...

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SANDF facilities in disrepair: Defence Department holds Public Works responsible

5 Mar 2014 (7 years, 9 months ago)

Today, Secretary of Defence, Dr Sam Gulube, reported back to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans about the strained relations between the Departments of Defence and Public Works with regards to a massive backlog in the poor maintenance of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) facilities.

The backlog ...

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National Commissioner absent while SAPS presents “unacceptable” report

4 Mar 2014 (7 years, 9 months ago)

National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, was a no-show at SAPS’ meeting today with the Police Portfolio Committee to discuss its reply to the Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report (BRRR) recommendations made by the Committee last year. In the Commissioner’s absence, the SAPS delegation presented a shoddy report devoid of timeframes ...

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Sneak Peak: Proposed amendments to unemployment insurance act

4 Mar 2014 (7 years, 9 months ago)

Today, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour was made privy to the Department of Labour’s proposed amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act (ACT No. 63 of 2001). While the Bill still has to be officially introduced to the National Assembly by Cabinet, acting Deputy Director-General, Thembinkosi Mkhaliphi, on behalf of Minister ...

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We need to see more men pushing prams on streets says MP

4 Mar 2014 (7 years, 9 months ago)

Last month the Portfolio Committee on Labour heard from the Department of Labour that their proposed amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act (Act No. 63 of 2001) include maternity benefits being de-linked from UIF. Essentially this would mean that if women claim maternity benefits but then are retrenched down line, ...

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83% do not know where their local constituency office is

4 Mar 2014 (7 years, 9 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 system where ...

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