Blog Posts

The Week Ahead: Parliament resumes & Election of Speaker

16 Aug 2021 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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Parliament resumes this week for the third term after a lengthy winter 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 term will run for 7 weeks.

Some of the highlights include committee ...

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Representation and Participation of Women in Parliament

16 Aug 2021 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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The month of August marks Women's month in South Africa. We must reflect on the progress that South Africa has made in terms of women’s representation and participation in Parliament.

Women’s Representation in Parliament within the current electoral system

South Africa has a five-year electoral cycle. Effective oversight, law-making, public ...

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MP Ganief Hendricks tells us how he runs five Constituency Offices

8 Aug 2021 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

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Ever wanted to know what exactly happens in Constituency offices, and how some MPs engage with their constituents?

In this blog, we had the opportunity to interview Mr Ganief Hendricks who runs a whopping five constituency offices across the country. His constituency office areas are in Western Cape, Eastern Cape, ...

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What exactly do Provincial Legislatures do?

30 Jul 2021 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

The Legislature is an arm of state, alongside the Judiciary and the Executive. It is tasked with making laws, passing budgets and conducting oversight on the executive. Provincial legislature conduct this function of state at provincial level.

The public as the main stakeholder, have a right to participate in the ...

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Why active citizenry for young people is healthy for South Africa's democracy in building up to the Local Government Elections

19 Jul 2021 (2 months, 1 week ago)

As we wrap-up youth month, we spoke to a youth activist on the challenges facing the youth. Thamsanqa Masingi offers a perspective on why young people should be actively engaged in the democratic process.

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It is youth month, and once again the focus is on young people and the challenges ...

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Second Term Review of Parliament (04 May to 25 June 2021)

19 Jul 2021 (2 months, 1 week ago)

The second term of Parliament officially ended on 25 June and MPs are on recess until 16 August 2021.

The Sixth Parliament turned two during the term, on 22 May.

The main highlights of the term included: processing of the 2021/22 Budget; public hearings on various pieces of legislation; important ...

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World Parliament Day 2021

30 Jun 2021 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

World Parliament Day was established in 2018 through a United Nations General Assembly Resolution.

The theme this year is focused on youth participation.

World Parliament Day is celebrated every year on 30 June and it recognises the day the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was founded in 1889. The IPU empowers parliaments ...

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We ask MP Sello Seitlholo - Why active citizenry in young people?

25 Jun 2021 (3 months ago)

The focus on young people has gained traction in the mainstream, partly due to the effects of Covid-19 and how it has negatively impacted employment opportunities of young people.

We spoke to another young member of society, and activist in his own right. Member of Parliament Sello Seitlholo talks to ...

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Why is there a focus on professionalising local government?

24 Jun 2021 (3 months ago)

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Access to basic municipal services is a right enshrined in Section 152 (1) of the Constitution. The Constitution states that the purpose of local government is to provide a democratic and accountable government to local communities; to ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner; to promote ...

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Youth in Parliament 2021

21 Jun 2021 (3 months ago)

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On Wednesday, June 16, South Africa will be celebrating Youth Day. This is an opportune moment to reflect on the ages of our Members of Parliament.

A fundamental principle of democracy is that political systems should mirror society as a whole and represent the desires and best interests of all ...

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