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

Why active citizenry for young people is healthy for South Africa's democracy in building up to the Local Government Elections

19 Jul 2021 (1 week, 2 days ago)

As we wrap-up youth month, we spoke to a youth activist on the challenges facing the youth. Thamsanqa Masingi offers a perspective on why young people should be actively engaged in the democratic process.

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It is youth month, and once again the focus is on young people and the challenges ...

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Second Term Review of Parliament (04 May to 25 June 2021)

19 Jul 2021 (1 week, 2 days ago)

The second term of Parliament officially ended on 25 June and MPs are on recess until 16 August 2021.

The Sixth Parliament turned two during the term, on 22 May.

The main highlights of the term included: processing of the 2021/22 Budget; public hearings on various pieces of legislation; important ...

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World Parliament Day 2021

30 Jun 2021 (4 weeks ago)

World Parliament Day was established in 2018 through a United Nations General Assembly Resolution.

The theme this year is focused on youth participation.

World Parliament Day is celebrated every year on 30 June and it recognises the day the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was founded in 1889. The IPU empowers parliaments ...

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We ask MP Sello Seitlholo - Why active citizenry in young people?

25 Jun 2021 (1 month ago)

The focus on young people has gained traction in the mainstream, partly due to the effects of Covid-19 and how it has negatively impacted employment opportunities of young people.

We spoke to another young member of society, and activist in his own right. Member of Parliament Sello Seitlholo talks to ...

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Why is there a focus on professionalising local government?

24 Jun 2021 (1 month ago)

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Access to basic municipal services is a right enshrined in Section 152 (1) of the Constitution. The Constitution states that the purpose of local government is to provide a democratic and accountable government to local communities; to ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner; to promote ...

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Youth in Parliament 2021

21 Jun 2021 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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On Wednesday, June 16, South Africa will be celebrating Youth Day. This is an opportune moment to reflect on the ages of our Members of Parliament.

A fundamental principle of democracy is that political systems should mirror society as a whole and represent the desires and best interests of all ...

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Annual Constitutional Review Blog + Survey

24 May 2021 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)

25th anniverssary

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 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

Petitions

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 (2 months, 2 weeks 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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