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The Week Ahead: President in rare address to Parliament

Oct. 12, 2020 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

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On Thursday, President Ramaphosa will use a rare address in Parliament to brief the country on the government’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.

Convening an address to both Houses is generally reserved for the State of the Nation Address but has been prompted by the unprecedented and devastating impact ...

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The Week Ahead: Final Term Resumes

Oct. 5, 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

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Parliament resumes this week after a constituency period.

The hybrid Parliament will continue for another term, with some MPs working from the precinct and others remotely. This system is limiting and imperfect but Parliament has been able to perform its legislative and oversight role at a vital time.

The final ...

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International Day of Non-Violence - 2 October

Oct. 2, 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

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The United Nations recognises the 2nd of October as the International Day of Non-Violence. It is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

On the 15th of July 2020, during an announcement on the easing of ...

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Deaf MP Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen unpacks the importance of International Day of Sign Language

Sept. 23, 2020 (2 months ago)

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The United Nations recognises the 23rd of September as the International Day of Sign Languages. This day provides a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people.

To help us understand the importance of this day, we spoke to Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen ...

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International Day of Democracy - 15 September

Sept. 15, 2020 (2 months, 1 week ago)

On the 15th of September every year, democratic nations across the world observe International Day of Democracy. This observance provides an opportunity for many nations to review the state of democracy in their own countries, and more broadly, globally.

People's Assembly has prepared this infographic to highlight the different ...

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The Week Ahead: International Democracy Day & Heritage Day Debates

Sept. 14, 2020 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

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The NCOP will wrap up its third term.

Delegates will join their NA colleagues from next week to embark on constituency work.

While the National Assembly has been in recess since 7 September, both Houses will resume the final term on 5 October.

A major point of interest will come ...

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Crime Stats Relating to Sexual Offences

Sept. 11, 2020 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

Every year the Minister of Police publishes the Crime Statistics of the country. These statistics are important as they inform citizens on how safe they are. Most importantly these statistic inform policy direction on how to reduce crime and deter criminal activity.

Gender based violence (GBV) has been considered another ...

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Yunus Ismail Carrim

Sept. 10, 2020 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

"Whatever our ideological, policy and other differences, we need to work much more closely together to achieve developmental goals that we share in common that are in the interests of all the people but primarily the poor and disdavantaged."

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Question 1: What is your political background? How did you come ...

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Funda Wande helps us shed light on International Literacy Day

Sept. 8, 2020 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

International literacy day

International Literacy Day was first celebrated in 1966 by UNESCO. This day is intended to raise awareness on the importance of reading. Fifty four years later this day remains important as illiteracy remains a challenge for many people, particularly in the developing world. In South Africa, the Department of Basic ...

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The Week Ahead: Local Government Week

Sept. 7, 2020 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

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There will be a brief lull in Parliament this week, with the National Assembly in recess from today until 5 October.

During this period NA lawmakers will be performing constituency work. They have a duty to: be available to the public, help solve problems and report back to their constituents ...

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