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The Week Ahead: Second Term Starts

3 May 2021 (1 month, 1 week ago)

Parliament starts second term

Parliament resumes this week after a constituency period.

The virtual/hybrid Parliament will continue for another term, with some MPs working from the precinct and others remotely.

According to the latest timetable, the NA programme will run for 5 weeks and the NCOP for 7 weeks.

Some of the highlights include ...

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National to Local Money Matters

16 Apr 2021 (1 month, 4 weeks ago)

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Tracking the public purse can be a daunting process, right?

But what if we told you that there are ways to source information about how the National Treasury allocates money to national, provincial and local government departments to fund social programmes.

What can also get daunting is sourcing information on ...

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2021 First Term review of Parliament

7 Apr 2021 (2 months, 1 week ago)

The first term of Parliament officially ended on 19 March and MPs are on recess until 4 May 2021. However, it will still be busy for some MPs as a number of committees will still be meeting during this constituency period.

The major highlights for the eight week term include: ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

1 Apr 2021 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

South Africa makes use of a Proportional Representation electoral system. This means that our elected representatives (Members of Parliament) are not elected from geographic areas in the way Ward Councillors are elected in Local Government elections.

MPs have a Constitutional duty to interact with the public and assist the public ...

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The Week Ahead: Meetings continue despite recess

23 Mar 2021 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

Week-ahead

On one level, this looks like a pretty normal week. There is no main chamber business and there is a decent amount of action in the committee corridor.

However, Parliament is officially in recess from today until 4 May 2021.

While most MPs will only be focused on constituency work ...

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Here is what you need to know about the call for a Basic Income Grant

19 Mar 2021 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

South Africa’s poor economic conditions coupled with a steep rise in unemployment provides an opportune moment for the government to rethink its social welfare programmes, as more people become vulnerable to poverty.

Several calls have been made for a Basic Income Grant, with some proposing a universal basic income grant. ...

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The Week Ahead: End of Term & Independent Panel Report on Public Protector

15 Mar 2021 (3 months ago)

end of term and independt panel on PP

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to sign off at the end of the week and resume on 4 May 2021.

Not everyone will be on a break though. A few committees, with urgent business, have arranged meetings during this period.

There is no opportunity to go through the ...

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International Women's Day - 8 March

8 Mar 2021 (3 months, 1 week ago)

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Today, 8 March 2021, marks International Women’s Day – a day to commemorate and celebrate the vital role women play the world over. In the global Parliamentary space, only 24% of women occupy parliamentary seats across the world.

The Legislature has two dedicated committees for women, namely the > Portfolio ...

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The Week Ahead: Question Time with the Deputy President & Mini debates

8 Mar 2021 (3 months, 1 week ago)

Week ahead Question time

It’s the penultimate week of the first term but there’s plenty to do in the remaining days and the legislature has scheduled a busy programme in the main chambers and committee corridor.

The practice of oral questions is an established part of the parliamentary day and gives MPs an opportunity ...

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2021 Provincial Budget Speeches

3 Mar 2021 (3 months, 1 week ago)

The spotlight is now focused on the provinces, as they highlight how their provincial budgets will be spread out across the different government department and programmes. The infographic below provides a useful calendar of the different Provincial Budget Speeches due to take place in the month of March.

*Please note ...

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