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

Teamwork in the Parliamentary Committees


29 Jan 2014 (7 years, 4 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 to ...

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Teamwork in the Parliamentary Committees


29 Jan 2014 (7 years, 4 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 to ...

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Parliament can feed the poor

29 Jan 2014 (7 years, 4 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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Parliament can feed the poor

29 Jan 2014 (7 years, 4 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

29 Jan 2014 (7 years, 4 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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Parliamentary meetings can go two ways…

29 Jan 2014 (7 years, 4 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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Protection of State Information Bill: The referral, the debate, and the process

6 Dec 2013 (7 years, 6 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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Mental Health Care has its Day in Parliament

20 Nov 2013 (7 years, 7 months ago)

Parliament recently acknowledged World Mental Health Day (10 October 2013) by inviting mental healthcare experts to brief the Health Portfolio Committee on mental health challenges and their suggestions on how these can be addressed.

The Department of Health gave the Committee some sobering statistics on the state of mental health ...

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Employment Tax Incentive Bill passed after three-year battle

20 Nov 2013 (7 years, 7 months ago)

The Employment Tax Incentive Bill has finally been passed by Parliament after a three-year battle between the National Treasury and trade unions over the youth wage subsidy. The Bill addresses the high levels of youth unemployment in South Africa by offering a wage subsidy for young workers between the ages ...

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Limpopo Intervention: Parliament acknowledges improvements

20 Nov 2013 (7 years, 7 months ago)

The Select Committee on Finance met with the Premier of Limpopo, the Anti-Corruption Task Team (ACTT), and other provincial departments in Limpopo, almost two years after Cabinet placed the province under administration in December 2011 following its shocking financial collapse with a R2 billion shortfall.   Two years ago health, ...

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