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

The Week Ahead: Parliament wraps up for 2019

Dec. 2, 2019 (1 week ago) — Comments

It’s a week of farewells and loose ends… The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament next year. But a fair amount of work will be done before they go and there is plenty of opportunity for excitement ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

Dec. 2, 2019 (1 week ago) — Comments

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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16 Days of Activism

Nov. 25, 2019 (2 weeks ago) — Comments

16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence is an annual campaign that takes place all over the world to raise awareness on the negative impacts that violence against womxn and children has on society. South Africa joined the campaign in 1998 as one of the strategic interventions to make South ...

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The Week Ahead: It's the penultimate week of the parliamentary year

Nov. 25, 2019 (2 weeks ago) — Comments

In the remaining days, lawmakers are scheduled to have debates, pass the amended budget, vote on several Bills, scrutinise/question the Executive, discuss the legislature’s programme, adopt new rules, conduct oversight visits, consider statutory instruments and appointments as well as finalise assorted Committee Reports.

In the NA chamber, the ...

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The People's Budget: MTBPS 2019

Nov. 20, 2019 (2 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

"As things stand in this country, there's 10% of the population that currently gets 90% of the money in this country. That means that 90% of the population are living in poverty" - Noxolo of Amandla.mobi*

A brief look into some of the sentiments around the MTBPS. Listen below ...

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The Week Ahead: 2019 Parliament is winding down

Nov. 18, 2019 (3 weeks ago) — Comments

Question Time and Legislation are the main parliamentary business this week. Legislators in the National Assembly chamber will probe the Deputy President and selected Ministers in the Social Services Cluster during their scheduled oral reply question sessions.

Question Time is one of the ways Parliament scrutinises the work of government ...

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Mr. Mathew John Cuthbert

Nov. 14, 2019 (3 weeks, 4 days ago) — Comments

"What I urge South Africans to fight for is the identification of shared values, mutual respect and unity of purpose."


What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

My first recollection of politics is the lunchtime conversations I would have ...

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The Week Ahead: Executive Scrutiny, Debates and Legislation

Nov. 11, 2019 (4 weeks ago) — Comments

There are four weeks left until Parliament rises for the year.

In the remaining days, lawmakers are scheduled to vote on several Bills, approve government spending, scrutinise government performance, consider statutory appointments and instruments and finalise assorted Committee Reports.

Usually the parliamentary precinct is a quiet environment on a Monday ...

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2019 MTBPS: Processing of the mini-budget by Parliament

Nov. 8, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

With the much-awaited presentation of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) having come and gone, our weekly blog gleans into the role of Parliament in the processing and approval of the mini-budget.

A budget is the most important economic policy tool of a government explaining its priorities. Government budgets provide ...

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Mr Leon Schreiber

Nov. 7, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

"The Democratic Alliance is the only party that is fighting to build a capable state that provides fair opportunities in an economy where every citizen can prosper."

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

I obtained Bachelor's, BA ...

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