“Impressions” and “That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

The Week Ahead: Parliament passes the budget

14 Jun 2021 (1 hour, 7 minutes ago)

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The second term concludes for NCOP delegates.

From next week, they will join their NA counterparts who have been on recess since 7 June.

A big chunk of the year has been spent considering the 2021/22 national budget.

After the Minister of Finance introduces the budget, the legislature must interrogate ...

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Annual Constitutional Review Blog + Survey

24 May 2021 (2 weeks, 6 days ago)

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Every year (excluding an election year), Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee must review the Constitution and report to the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.

To enable the Committee to conduct its work, Parliament’s Joint Rule 102 empowers the Committee to do the following:

Identify specific constitutional matters ...

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The Week Ahead: 25th anniversary of the Constitution.

24 May 2021 (3 weeks ago)

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There are a few weeks left until Parliament’s mid-year break.

In the remaining days, the legislative body is scheduled to consider and vote on several Bills, conduct important debates, appropriate funding, scrutinise government performance, oversee government’s COVID-19 response, consider statutory appointments and finalise assorted Committee Reports.

A major highlight this ...

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Here is the Plug on Petitions

11 May 2021 (1 month ago)

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Public participation in law-making, oversight and other processes of Parliament forms an important part of our democracy.

Parliament has developed a number of ways to promote public involvement. One of these ways is by submitting a petition, and this is a right enshrined in section 17 of the Constitution. Although ...

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The Week Ahead: Budget Vote debates begin

10 May 2021 (1 month ago)

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It’s the second week of budget-related meetings as Committees continue to interrogate departments and entities on their budgets, targets and priorities for the year ahead and finalise their ensuing reports to the House.

There is a common trend during the budget briefings: departments and entities complain about the impact of ...

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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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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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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)

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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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