“Impressions” and “That Week In Parliament”

The Week Ahead: Question Time with the President marks the end of the term

26 Sep 2022 (15 hours, 11 minutes ago)

The constituency period beckons, with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart on Friday and return to Parliament on 11 October 2022.

NCOP delegates have a two-week constituency period, which starts today. There is no opportunity to go through the motions as a fair amount of heavy-duty business will ...

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International Day of Democracy: Democratic Elections in South Africa

15 Sep 2022 (1 week, 4 days ago)

Pillars of Democracy

Between 1994 and 1996, various roleplayers, including the democratically elected Constitutional Assembly, Parliament, and the Constitutional Court, negotiated the South African Constitution. To this day, the Constitution that was produced has been regarded as one of the more progressive in the world, based on its extensive guarantees ...

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The Week Ahead: NCOP Local Government Week & Statutory Appointments

12 Sep 2022 (2 weeks ago)

From Tuesday to Thursday, the NCOP, in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), will host a hybrid Local Government Week under the theme, “Advancing Our Collective Effort to Enhance Oversight and Accountability in the Local Sphere of Government.

Local Government Week is a permanent and integral part ...

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The Week Ahead: President Ramaphosa’s Question Session

29 Aug 2022 (4 weeks ago)

The President's oral question session - on Tuesday - is the high point of the parliamentary week. The President is required to answer up to six questions of national or international importance once per term in accordance with the annual parliamentary programme. Four supplementary questions, arising from the reply to ...

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Is the Electoral Amendment Bill Unconstitutional?

16 Aug 2022 (1 month, 1 week ago)

We sat down with Election Analyst, Michael Atkins, to discuss the electoral Amendment Bill and what consequences it will have for the 2024 national elections. Read the interview transcript below, and listen to the audio here.

Please note that this is not a verbatim transcript, as it has been edited ...

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The Week Ahead: MP Training & Capacity Building

15 Aug 2022 (1 month, 1 week ago)

The third term has kicked into gear now that the National Assembly lawmakers have returned from their constituency break. NCOP delegates started the term two weeks ago.

It’s expected to be a blockbuster term with many high-impact issues. Amongst others, these include:

-An independent panel’s investigation into President Ramaphosa’s fitness ...

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How Are SCOPA Chairpersons Elected Nationally and Provincially?

29 Jul 2022 (1 month, 4 weeks ago)

What Is The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA)?

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) is a Legislature Committee that acts as Parliament’s watchdog over the financial expenditure of the Executive. It audits reports, internal audits, forensic reports and any other documents issued by the Auditor-General, as well as ...

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Understanding Constituency Offices

29 Jul 2022 (1 month, 4 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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