Blog Posts

Petitions: How to get your voice heard in Parliament

Oct. 18, 2019 (3 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

In South Africa, Section 17 of the Constitution creates the right for everyone to present petitions. Public participation in law-making, oversight and other processes of Parliament, therefore, is an integral part of our democracy. Parliament has developed a number of ways to promote public involvement in the work of the ...

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Sahlulele Luzipo (ANC)

Oct. 16, 2019 (4 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

"I'm a product of the struggles of the toiling masses of our people. I was nominated by branches of the ANC to be on the National list to parliament"

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

I'm ...

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The Week Ahead: Question Time & high-profile meetings

Oct. 14, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

Question time is the main business in both chambers this week. The practice of oral questions is an established part of the parliamentary day and gives MPs an opportunity to question the Executive about matters for which they are responsible.

Everything from specific scandals and programmes to big-picture policy to ...

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NHI Timeline: Key dates and events

Oct. 12, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

The analyses and debates about the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill rage on following its introduction to Parliament early August. The tabling of the Bill was long in coming as the mooting of ideas to reform healthcare financing in South Africa are not new and date as far back as ...

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Ms Siviwe Gwarube (DA)

Oct. 9, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

Parliament should also ensure that the issues which concern South Africans are the matters that are being dealt with.

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

I began my career in politics as a professional staff member working in ...

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The Week Ahead: MPs return and President appears

Oct. 7, 2019 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Parliament resumes this week after a two-week constituency period. The final term will run for nine weeks and the programme is packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and legislative work; oral questions to the executive;Taking Parliament to the People report back event and a review ...

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Enabling an Inclusive and Participatory Democracy

Sept. 20, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

The theme for this year's International Day of Democracy, which fell on the 15th of September 2019, was Participation. Democracy is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation. It is a fundamental building block for representation, human rights and legitimacy. Democracy is a two-way street, built on a constant ...

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Public Service Month: Evolution and Transformation of the Public Service Sector in SA

Sept. 20, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

https://www.pa.org.za/media_root/file_archive/Public_Service_Month.pn Public Service Month: Evolution and Transformation of the Public Service Sector in SA

September marks Public Service Month.

This is an annual event in the calendar of the Department of Public Service and Administration and theme for this year’s celebration is: “Khawuleza, Taking Public Service to the People. Batho ...

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Crime and Safety in South Africa

Sept. 20, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

The 2018/19 annual crime statistics released by the Minister of Police recently paint a gloomy picture of the state of affairs in South Africa. The stats show that there has been an increase for all contact crimes including murder, sexual offences, attempted murder, assault with intent to cause grievous ...

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Ms Michele Clarke (DA)

Sept. 19, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

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

Prior to 2000, I worked for Local Government for 15 years as an Official. I then got involved with the Democratic Alliance, which was then the Democratic Party (DP) in 1997 before ...

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