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

Review of Parliament 2020

10 Dec 2020 (5 months ago)

Annual review 2020

Following the transition to a virtual/hybrid Parliament in April, the 2020 parliamentary year came to an end on 9 December.

It was an unprecedented year

In March, Parliament took a decision to suspend its programme as a precautionary measure due to COVID-19, which saw a drastic limit to the number ...

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The 4 W’s and H of By-Elections

7 Dec 2020 (5 months ago)

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On the 11th of November, affected South African in 95 wards across the country will be making their way to cast their votes in this year’s municipal by-elections. Unlike the general national elections, where all South African citizens who are 18 years and older can vote, the by-elections take place ...

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By-elections Survey Findings

16 Nov 2020 (5 months, 3 weeks ago)

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Voter turnout for by-elections, which are used to fill political offices that become vacant between general elections, has historically lagged behind that for municipal, provincial and national elections. There are many reasons why this is the case. In our October survey, we looked at voter attitudes and views on ...

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The Week Ahead: Men’s Parliament, Mini-Plenaries & Legislation

16 Nov 2020 (5 months, 3 weeks ago)

3 weeks until parli rises

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

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

The NA chamber has a full programme and will ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament debates the President’s Address on South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan

19 Oct 2020 (6 months, 3 weeks ago)

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

The highlights include a joint debate, Question Time Session with the Deputy President, a Ministerial briefing, legislative business and high-profile Committee hearings.

Last week, the President addressed Parliament on the government’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. In his ...

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International Day of Non-Violence - 2 October

2 Oct 2020 (7 months, 1 week ago)

Int day of violence

The United Nations recognises the 2nd of October as the International Day of Non-Violence. It is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

On the 15th of July 2020, during an announcement on the easing of ...

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

23 Sep 2020 (7 months, 2 weeks 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

8 Sep 2020 (8 months ago)

International literacy day

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 ...

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The Week Ahead: Local Government Week

7 Sep 2020 (8 months 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

26 Aug 2020 (8 months, 2 weeks 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 and the ...

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