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

The Week Ahead: Executive Scrutiny, Debates and Legislation

Nov. 11, 2019 (13 hours, 9 minutes 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 (3 days, 7 hours 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 (4 days, 10 hours 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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The Week Ahead: Deputy President in the NCOP, debates and question time

Nov. 4, 2019 (1 week ago) — Comments

The endgame of the parliamentary year is fast approaching. There are only five weeks left before the legislature rises and loose ends are gradually being knitted together.

Following last week’s presentation of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), Parliament’s role in the processing and approval of the mini-budget ...

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Mervyn Alexander Dirks (ANC)

Oct. 29, 2019 (1 week, 6 days ago) — Comments

"Don't lose hope. South Africa is a Great country and things will improve for the better."

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

My political awareness dates back to the late '70s growing up in the then Transkei ...

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Social Solidarity for NHI Bill Success

Oct. 25, 2019 (2 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

In August 2019, the NHI Bill was introduced to Parliament and is currently under consideration by the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Health. The Bill is currently going through the stipulated parliamentary processes, including a public participation period, which might inform some amendments to the Bill, before it is ...

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Ms Samantha Jane Graham (DA)

Oct. 23, 2019 (2 weeks, 5 days ago) — Comments

"When we unite around our diversity and celebrate our uniqueness, then we will be able to achieve anything as a country. We need to stop allowing individuals and organisations to divide us. We have far more in common than we think. Let’s focus on our strengths. We are worth ...

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The Week Ahead: Legislation, Appointments & Question Time

Oct. 21, 2019 (3 weeks ago) — Comments

The major point of interest will come from Tuesday’s debate on the Special Appropriation Bill in the National Assembly Chamber. The Bill allocates an additional R59bn to Eskom over the next two years.

In recommending the Bill, the Standing Committee on Appropriations stated that “the proposed conditions are not ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

Oct. 21, 2019 (3 weeks 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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Petitions: How to get your voice heard in Parliament

Oct. 18, 2019 (3 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

In South Africa, Section 17 of the Constitution creates the right for everyone to present petitions. Public participation in law-making, oversight and other processes of Parliament, therefore, is an integral part of our democracy. Parliament has developed a number of ways to promote public involvement in the work of the ...

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