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

Women Representation in the Sixth Parliament

26 Aug 2020 (4 months, 3 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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The Week Ahead: President & Committee Meetings take centre stage

24 Aug 2020 (4 months, 4 weeks 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

3 Aug 2020 (5 months, 2 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

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MPs Guide to Running a Constituency Office

3 Aug 2020 (5 months, 2 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

27 Jul 2020 (5 months, 3 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.

30 Jun 2020 (6 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 Programme ...

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THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT: EXTENSION OF TERM TWO

29 Jun 2020 (6 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 departments ...

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2020 Draft Bills

26 Jun 2020 (6 months, 3 weeks ago)

2020 Draft Bills

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Constitutional Review Survey Findings

4 Jun 2020 (7 months, 2 weeks ago)

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Every year (excluding an election year), the Joint Constitutional Review Committee is mandated by both Houses of Parliament to seek written public submissions on the annual review of the Constitution.

To go along with this year’s invitation for comments, we decided to test the public’s view on this. The findings ...

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The Week Ahead: COVID-19, Legislation & More

1 Jun 2020 (7 months, 3 weeks ago)

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Parliament’s month-long constituency period was supposed to start this week; however it has been pushed back to the end of June to allow the legislature to continue carrying out oversight over government’s COVID-19 response, pass the budget and consider other business.

After several intense weeks, there is a slight lull ...

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