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

National to Local Money Matters

16 Apr 2021 (6 months ago)

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Tracking the public purse can be a daunting process, right?

But what if we told you that there are ways to source information about how the National Treasury allocates money to national, provincial and local government departments to fund social programmes.

What can also get daunting is sourcing information on ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Constituency Offices

1 Apr 2021 (6 months, 2 weeks ago)

South Africa makes use of a Proportional Representation electoral system. This means that our elected representatives (Members of Parliament) are not elected from geographic areas in the way Ward Councillors are elected in Local Government elections.

MPs have a Constitutional duty to interact with the public and assist the public ...

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Here is what you need to know about the call for a Basic Income Grant

19 Mar 2021 (7 months ago)

South Africa’s poor economic conditions coupled with a steep rise in unemployment provides an opportune moment for the government to rethink its social welfare programmes, as more people become vulnerable to poverty.

Several calls have been made for a Basic Income Grant, with some proposing a universal basic income grant. ...

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The Week Ahead: End of Term & Independent Panel Report on Public Protector

15 Mar 2021 (7 months, 1 week ago)

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The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to sign off at the end of the week and resume on 4 May 2021.

Not everyone will be on a break though. A few committees, with urgent business, have arranged meetings during this period.

There is no opportunity to go through the ...

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International Women's Day - 8 March

8 Mar 2021 (7 months, 2 weeks ago)

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Today, 8 March 2021, marks International Women’s Day – a day to commemorate and celebrate the vital role women play the world over. In the global Parliamentary space, only 24% of women occupy parliamentary seats across the world.

The Legislature has two dedicated committees for women, namely the > Portfolio ...

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The Week Ahead: Question Time with the Deputy President & Mini debates

8 Mar 2021 (7 months, 2 weeks ago)

Week ahead Question time

It’s the penultimate week of the first term but there’s plenty to do in the remaining days and the legislature has scheduled a busy programme in the main chambers and committee corridor.

The practice of oral questions is an established part of the parliamentary day and gives MPs an opportunity ...

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2021 1st Quarter Parliament Programme

11 Feb 2021 (8 months, 1 week ago)

The previous year has presented Parliament with a myriad of challenges, one sticking point being Covid-19 and its impact on how Parliament functioned, and how oversight was conducted.

It seems the first quarter of Parliament will continue to function as a hybrid, due to Covid-19, and the usual activities for ...

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#SONA2021 All You Need To Know

27 Jan 2021 (8 months, 3 weeks ago)

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1. What is the SONA?

It is an annual address given by the President to a joint session of Parliament and marks the official opening of the legislature. It is designed to be a report on the economic and social state of the nation, and includes a review of the ...

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Review of Parliament 2020

10 Dec 2020 (10 months, 1 week 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 (10 months, 2 weeks 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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