Blog Posts

The Week Ahead: Third Term Resumes

Aug. 17, 2020 (1 month ago)

Third terms

National Assembly legislators return to Parliament this week for the third term. NCOP delegates will carry out constituency work for another week and return on 25 August.

This session will be relatively short and be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include Committee and oversight work; oral questions to ...

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Parliamentary reflections on Women’s Equality

Aug. 10, 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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Women’s Day is an important day for reflection on how far our country has come with advancing equality and women's rights. In Parliament, a plethora of policies, frameworks and laws have been developed to advance equality and protect women. However, the question of how effective these policies are ...

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National Youth Policy 2020 - 2030 Draft

Aug. 3, 2020 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)


Here is a copy of the National Youth Policy 2020 - 2030 Draft from the Department of Women, Youth and People with Disabilities

National Youth Policy 2020 - 2030 Draft

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MPs Guide to Running a Constituency Office

Aug. 3, 2020 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

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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2020 Draft Bills in Parliament at the Moment

July 31, 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

Draft bills 2020

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The Week Ahead: End of an historic second term

July 27, 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)


The second term has been truly historic: the pandemic forced Parliament to conduct its business virtually.

The tabling of the emergency budget extended the term by another month making it the longest session (16 weeks) in many years.

Initially, parliamentary business was limited to COVID-19 related matters but was later ...

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The Week Ahead: Deputy President in the NCOP & Virtual Budget Vote Debates

July 19, 2020 (2 months ago)


Parliament will largely be consumed by Budget Vote debates this week.

These debates provide another opportunity for lawmakers to interact with the budget and are headlined by Ministers, their deputies, party leaders and senior MPs.

During processing of the main budget, the legislature agreed not to hold any debates (this ...

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The Week Ahead: Supplementary Budget Debates begin

July 13, 2020 (2 months, 1 week ago)

budget debates begin

It's déjà vu in Parliament with MPs spending most of the time focusing on the emergency budget.

Committees will be dealing with remaining Annual Performance Plans and finalising Budget Reports. As part of their budget scrutiny, MPs are probing departments about the the impact of budget cuts; how funds ...

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Manuel Simão Franca De Freitas

July 12, 2020 (2 months, 1 week ago)

"I am accessible. An MP is not someone up there that nobody knows. My constituency knows me and I serve my people."

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

I was an activist in the Democratic Party (DP) pre-94 ...

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Ms Bridget Staff Masango

July 9, 2020 (2 months, 1 week ago)

"While South Africans are welcome to physically come to Parliament, I don’t believe their inputs into the work of Parliament are taken into account when decisions such as passing bills are made."


1. What is your political background?

My political career started in 2014, when I made myself available ...

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