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

Review of Parliament's Rule Book

Jan. 29, 2014 (6 years, 8 months ago)

The current review of the Rules of Parliament is not only in compliance with statutory requirements but in response to pressures from the leading and minority opposition parties in Parliament. Moves made by the Democratic Alliance to pass a Motion of No Confidence on the President of the Republic last ...

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Parliamentary meetings can go two ways…

Jan. 29, 2014 (6 years, 8 months ago)

As an observer, one is either fortunate to attend a committee meeting where Members of Parliament are thoroughly prepared and willing to respectfully engage with one another on matters, but other meetings fail to grasp your interest from inception and the free snacks provided by Parliament may become the highlight ...

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Parliamentary meetings can go two ways…

Jan. 29, 2014 (6 years, 8 months ago)

As an observer, one is either fortunate to attend a committee meeting where Members of Parliament are thoroughly prepared and willing to respectfully engage with one another on matters, but other meetings fail to grasp your interest from inception and the free snacks provided by Parliament may become the highlight ...

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Change is slow but possible

Jan. 29, 2014 (6 years, 8 months ago)

Of all the parliamentary committees I have visited, the most informative has been the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities. Due to my studies in Development and Gender, attending this Committee has extended my knowledge and I have witnessed the reality of how policies can either produce ...

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Teamwork in the Parliamentary Committees


Jan. 29, 2014 (6 years, 8 months ago)

I have been visiting Parliament for six months and during that time I have certainly gained insight into the ‘goings on’ of South Africa’s political spectrum. While politics plays a key role in the parliamentary setting, it is certainly not the be all and end all when it comes ...

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Teamwork in the Parliamentary Committees


Jan. 29, 2014 (6 years, 8 months ago)

I have been visiting Parliament for six months and during that time I have certainly gained insight into the ‘goings on’ of South Africa’s political spectrum. While politics plays a key role in the parliamentary setting, it is certainly not the be all and end all when it comes ...

Read more …

Change is slow but possible

Jan. 29, 2014 (6 years, 8 months ago)

Of all the parliamentary committees I have visited, the most informative has been the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities. Due to my studies in Development and Gender, attending this Committee has extended my knowledge and I have witnessed the reality of how policies can either produce ...

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Parliament can feed the poor

Jan. 29, 2014 (6 years, 8 months ago)

One thing that can be said about attending parliamentary committee meetings (unrelated to the discourse), is that the food served to MPs and visitors during the meetings is plentiful and delicious. Fresh filter coffee and cream, scones with whipped cream and jam, fine cheeses with crackers, croissant sandwiches with a ...

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On SAPS

Jan. 29, 2014 (6 years, 8 months ago)

“When a Government collapses, the first thing to go is justice, and there is no justice in this country.”

These words were muttered by a disgruntled opposition MP during a tea break after a presentation from the South African Police Services (SAPS). The Portfolio Committee on Police had just gone ...

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Protection of State Information Bill: The referral, the debate, and the process

Dec. 6, 2013 (6 years, 9 months ago)

On 12 September 2013, President Zuma referred the Protection of State Information Bill back to Parliament “for reconsideration insofar as sections of the Bill, in particular Sections 42 and 45, lack meaning and coherence”. The letter that the President wrote to the Speaker stated that clause 42 referenced the incorrect ...

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