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

Deaf MP Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen unpacks the importance of International Day of Sign Language

Sept. 23, 2020 (1 day, 13 hours ago)

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The United Nations recognises the 23rd of September as the International Day of Sign Languages. This day provides a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people.

To help us understand the importance of this day, we spoke to Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen ...

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Funda Wande helps us shed light on International Literacy Day

Sept. 8, 2020 (2 weeks, 2 days ago)

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International Literacy Day was first celebrated in 1966 by UNESCO. This day is intended to raise awareness on the importance of reading. Fifty four years later this day remains important as illiteracy remains a challenge for many people, particularly in the developing world. In South Africa, the Department of Basic ...

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The Week Ahead: Local Government Week

Sept. 7, 2020 (2 weeks, 3 days ago)

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There will be a brief lull in Parliament this week, with the National Assembly in recess from today until 5 October.

During this period NA lawmakers will be performing constituency work. They have a duty to: be available to the public, help solve problems and report back to their constituents ...

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Women Representation in the Sixth Parliament

Aug. 26, 2020 (4 weeks, 1 day ago)

Over the years South Africa has made large improvements on women representation in Parliament. Prior to 1994, the South African Parliament had a mere 2,7% representation of women. Fast forward to the sixth Parliament, women Members of Parliament (MPs) now account for 44.5% in both the National Assembly ...

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The Week Ahead: President & Committee Meetings take centre stage

Aug. 24, 2020 (1 month ago)

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An eclectic week of parliamentary action beckons in the main chambers and Committee Corridor.

A combination of Question Time sessions, a sectoral parliament, a debate, legislative business and several high-profile Committee meetings, should mean plenty of fizz.

In addition, NCOP delegates return to Parliament this week for the third term ...

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National Youth Policy 2020 - 2030 Draft

Aug. 3, 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

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Here is a copy of the National Youth Policy 2020 - 2030 Draft from the Department of Women, Youth and People with Disabilities

National Youth Policy 2020 - 2030 Draft

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MPs Guide to Running a Constituency Office

Aug. 3, 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

This piece is geared toward political parties, Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Legislatures and other public representatives.

Constituency offices are crucial to the democratic fabric of South Africa. Even though we make use of a Proportional Representation electoral system, public representatives are obligated to interact with and assist all ...

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The Week Ahead: End of an historic second term

July 27, 2020 (1 month, 4 weeks ago)

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The second term has been truly historic: the pandemic forced Parliament to conduct its business virtually.

The tabling of the emergency budget extended the term by another month making it the longest session (16 weeks) in many years.

Initially, parliamentary business was limited to COVID-19 related matters but was later ...

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Let’s delve deeper into the challenges of youth unemployment with Youth Capital.

June 30, 2020 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

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According to StatsSA, 35% of the total population is made up of young people (aged 15-34). A staggering 63,4% of young South Africans account for the total number of unemployed people. This is huge!

While the government has put in place policy interventions such as the Expanded Public Works ...

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THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT: EXTENSION OF TERM TWO

June 29, 2020 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

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Following last week’s tabling of the emergency budget, Parliament has had to reconsider its July recess period. This will have knock-on effect on the Legislature’s programme for the rest of the year.

Speaking at the National Assembly Programming Committee meeting last Thursday, House Chairperson Frolick explained that some ...

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