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

MP representative for Pan African Parliament helps us commemorate the importance of Africa Day

25 May 2020 (7 months, 4 weeks ago)

Africa Day

Today is Africa Day, and all African countries celebrate this day annually on 25 May. The day is intended to commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, now commonly known as the African Union (AU).

The African Union has a legislative arm known as the ...

Read more …

The Week Ahead: First Hybrid Sitting

25 May 2020 (8 months ago)

this week in parli

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

The highlights include Question Time Session, Africa Day commemoration, special NCOP Virtual Engagement; Women’s Charter Review, legislative business, interviews and important Committee hearings.

The sheer scale of COVID-19 means it touches almost every aspect of government - everywhere ...

Read more …

MP’s celebrate one year since being sworn into office.

22 May 2020 (8 months ago)

The 22nd of May 2020 marks one year since MP’s of the sixth Parliament were sworn into office. The composition of Parliament is now more youthful and representative than it used to be. To commemorate this anniversary, we interviewed two MP’s who have paved the way for many young people ...

Read more …

The Week Ahead: Budget hearings & Legislation

18 May 2020 (8 months, 1 week ago)

Virtual meeting

It’s week five of the virtual Parliament.

The legislature reached a milestone last Friday when it marked the 100th virtual meeting of its oversight committees.

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen a traditional, archaic and slow-moving institution transform into one trying to embrace experimentation and technology.

Some innovations are temporary and ...

Read more …

Covid-19 Survey Findings

12 May 2020 (8 months, 1 week ago)

covid blog picture

From 8 April to 5 May 2020 we conducted a Covid-19 online survey. The aim of the survey was to drive audience engagement and to get a general idea of perspectives around COVID-19, the lockdown and related matters. The results are largely a reflection of those who came across the ...

Read more …

The Week Ahead: Full of week of budget-related meetings

11 May 2020 (8 months, 1 week ago)

picture

It’s the second of week of budget-related meetings and the pace is quickening.

The schedule is packed as Committees continue to interrogate departments and entities on their budgets, targets and priorities for the year ahead.

As part of their oversight work, Committees have a constitutional mandate to scrutinise and thereafter ...

Read more …

COVID-19: How countries were affected and how governments responded

24 Apr 2020 (9 months ago)

Blog cover

Tedros Adhanom, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned in 2018 that no country is fully prepared to fight a new pandemic. Fast forward to 2020 and this prediction has come to fruition: the COVID-19 virus has brought the entire world to a standstill. Governments across the ...

Read more …

The Week Ahead: Parliament resumes & focuses on COVID-19

18 Apr 2020 (9 months, 1 week ago)

The Week Ahead: Parliament resumes & focuses on COVID-19

Parliament has prioritized a schedule of virtual committee meetings, whose scope of oversight relates to government departments driving COVID-19 response measures.

Initially, the Legislature, suspended its programme until further notice, issued several statements supporting the Government’s interventions and did not want ...

Read more …

First Term Review of Parliament

16 Apr 2020 (9 months, 1 week ago)

First Term Review of Parliament (28 January to 20 March)

The first term of Parliament was an action-packed and eventful period. The major highlights during the eight weeks of parliamentary activity include: SONA and the subsequent debates; delivery of the Budget Speech and its processing; oversight, legislative and committee work ...

Read more …

Corona Virus in South Africa

30 Mar 2020 (9 months, 3 weeks ago)

This is what a lockdown means and how it helps to flatten the curve.

Corona Virus in South Africa

Read more …