Blog Posts

Annual Review of the Constitution Survey

May 18, 2020 (2 weeks, 5 days ago)

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The Week Ahead: Budget hearings & Legislation

May 18, 2020 (2 weeks, 6 days ago)

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It’s week five of the virtual Parliament.

The legislature reached a milestone last Friday when it marked the 100th virtual meeting of its oversight committees.

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen a traditional, archaic and slow-moving institution transform into one trying to embrace experimentation and technology.

Some innovations are temporary ...

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Covid-19 Survey Findings

May 12, 2020 (3 weeks, 4 days ago)

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From 8 April to 5 May 2020 we conducted a Covid-19 online survey. The aim of the survey was to drive audience engagement and to get a general idea of perspectives around COVID-19, the lockdown and related matters. The results are largely a reflection of those who came across the ...

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The Week Ahead: Full of week of budget-related meetings

May 11, 2020 (3 weeks, 6 days ago)

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It’s the second of week of budget-related meetings and the pace is quickening.

The schedule is packed as Committees continue to interrogate departments and entities on their budgets, targets and priorities for the year ahead.

As part of their oversight work, Committees have a constitutional mandate to scrutinise and ...

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Ockert Stefanus Terblanche

May 5, 2020 (1 month ago)

"Dear South Africans, let’s work hard to build one South Africa for all!"

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

I moved down to Mossel Bay after I left the SA Police Service at the end of August ...

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The Week Ahead: Focus shifts to budget-related matters

May 4, 2020 (1 month ago)

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Due to COVID-19 and the accompanying restrictions, Parliament is a very different place: virtual meetings are scheduled on Monday’s (this is usually allocated for constituency work), public holidays and even in the late afternoon/early evening.

And with Parliament still discussing how to conduct plenary business, work is confined ...

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The Week Ahead: Virtual meetings continue

April 28, 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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The sound and picture quality was occasionally poor. There were IT glitches, MPs struggled to operate the mute function and meetings took time to get going.

However, the first week of virtual committee meetings was a relative success. The technical staff worked hard behind the scenes to coordinate everything and ...

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COVID-19: How countries were affected and how governments responded

April 24, 2020 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

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Tedros Adhanom, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned in 2018 that no country is fully prepared to fight a new pandemic. Fast forward to 2020 and this prediction has come to fruition: the COVID-19 virus has brought the entire world to a standstill. Governments across the ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament resumes & focuses on COVID-19

April 18, 2020 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

The Week Ahead: Parliament resumes & focuses on COVID-19

Parliament has prioritized a schedule of virtual committee meetings, whose scope of oversight relates to government departments driving COVID-19 response measures.

Initially, the Legislature, suspended its programme until further notice, issued several statements supporting the Government’s interventions and did not ...

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First Term Review of Parliament

April 16, 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

First Term Review of Parliament (28 January to 20 March)

The first term of Parliament was an action-packed and eventful period. The major highlights during the eight weeks of parliamentary activity include: SONA and the subsequent debates; delivery of the Budget Speech and its processing; oversight, legislative and committee work ...

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