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

The Week Ahead: COVID-19, Legislation & More

June 1, 2020 (1 day, 7 hours ago)

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Parliament’s month-long constituency period was supposed to start this week; however it has been pushed back to the end of June to allow the legislature to continue carrying out oversight over government’s COVID-19 response, pass the budget and consider other business.

After several intense weeks, there is a ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

June 1, 2020 (1 day, 9 hours ago)

Many are unaware of the fact that even though South Africa makes use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, meaning that our elected representatives (Members of Parliament) are not elected from geographic areas in the way Ward Councillors are in Local Government elections, MPs remain duty-bound to interact with the ...

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MP representative for Pan African Parliament helps us commemorate the importance of Africa Day

May 25, 2020 (1 week, 1 day ago)

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Today is Africa Day, and all African countries celebrate this day annually on 25 May. The day is intended to commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, now commonly known as the African Union (AU).

The African Union has a legislative arm known as the ...

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The Week Ahead: First Hybrid Sitting

May 25, 2020 (1 week, 1 day ago)

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There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business.

The highlights include Question Time Session, Africa Day commemoration, special NCOP Virtual Engagement; Women’s Charter Review, legislative business, interviews and important Committee hearings.

The sheer scale of COVID-19 means it touches almost every aspect of ...

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MP’s celebrate one year since being sworn into office.

May 22, 2020 (1 week, 4 days ago)

The 22nd of May 2020 marks one year since MP’s of the sixth Parliament were sworn into office. The composition of Parliament is now more youthful and representative than it used to be. To commemorate this anniversary, we interviewed two MP’s who have paved the way for many ...

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The Week Ahead: Budget hearings & Legislation

May 18, 2020 (2 weeks, 1 day ago)

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It’s week five of the virtual Parliament.

The legislature reached a milestone last Friday when it marked the 100th virtual meeting of its oversight committees.

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen a traditional, archaic and slow-moving institution transform into one trying to embrace experimentation and technology.

Some innovations are temporary ...

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Covid-19 Survey Findings

May 12, 2020 (3 weeks ago)

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From 8 April to 5 May 2020 we conducted a Covid-19 online survey. The aim of the survey was to drive audience engagement and to get a general idea of perspectives around COVID-19, the lockdown and related matters. The results are largely a reflection of those who came across the ...

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The Week Ahead: Full of week of budget-related meetings

May 11, 2020 (3 weeks, 1 day ago)

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It’s the second of week of budget-related meetings and the pace is quickening.

The schedule is packed as Committees continue to interrogate departments and entities on their budgets, targets and priorities for the year ahead.

As part of their oversight work, Committees have a constitutional mandate to scrutinise and ...

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COVID-19: How countries were affected and how governments responded

April 24, 2020 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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Tedros Adhanom, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned in 2018 that no country is fully prepared to fight a new pandemic. Fast forward to 2020 and this prediction has come to fruition: the COVID-19 virus has brought the entire world to a standstill. Governments across the ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament resumes & focuses on COVID-19

April 18, 2020 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

The Week Ahead: Parliament resumes & focuses on COVID-19

Parliament has prioritized a schedule of virtual committee meetings, whose scope of oversight relates to government departments driving COVID-19 response measures.

Initially, the Legislature, suspended its programme until further notice, issued several statements supporting the Government’s interventions and did not ...

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