Why active citizenry for young people is healthy for South Africa's democracy in building up to the Local Government Elections

As we wrap-up youth month, we spoke to a youth activist on the challenges facing the youth. Thamsanqa Masingi offers a perspective on why young people should be actively engaged in the democratic process.


It is youth month, and once again the focus is on young people and the challenges ...

Representation: can we question the legitimacy of parliament?

By Raymond Suttner

In its opening words, phrased as a declaration and making known to all, the Freedom Charter embraces a claim to popular sovereignty and democratic rule, in the name of the people of South Africa. It immediately attacks the legitimacy of apartheid South Africa and simultaneously calls for ...

Metrorail eating away at our wallets

BY Sheilan Clarke

Metrorail (or Metrofail as commonly known among its commuters) has once again increased their tariffs despite late trains, broken seats, unnecessarily stopping in the middle of nowhere among other technical issues.

Lennit Max, Standing Committee chairman on Transport and Public Works recently said he wanted Metrorail to ...

EFF tactics have become somewhat tired

By Judith February

It’s becoming a matter of routine for presidential question time to be disrupted. Last week’s scenes in the National Assembly left little room for doubt - as if there was any, after the chaos of the State of the Nation address in February - that Parliament is ...

Ms Duduzile Promise Manana - ANC


Political background: I am from Driekoppies Malelane district in Mpumalanga. I joined the ANC formally in 1994 whereas; I had been involved since the age of 12 years before then.

I then served in the ANCYL as an additional member in the executive structure of the Malelane branch in the ...

LiveMagSA: Xenophobia - what is government doing about it?

By Rofhiwa Maneta

This Wednesday, Deputy Minister Cyril Ramaphosa was in parliament to answer questions from members of the National Council of Provinces. A question or two was dedicated to the ongoing energy crisis and government’s plans to arrest the decline into a full blown crisis. But perhaps the most ...

Infographic: The 2015 budget simplified

Today, the Minister of Finance, Mr Nhlanhla Nene gave his first budget speech in Parliament. As predicted by People's Assembly, the speech touched on pressing matters such as the energy crisis and proposed tax changes.

The Minister told citizens that the country's projected economic growth for 2015 was expected ...

Legislation to come before Parliament in 2015

On 15 February 2015, the Presidency released a press statement detailing legislation that will come before Parliament this year. President Zuma made reference very briefly to certain pieces of legislation during the 2015 State of the Nation Address. See list of legislation below:

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

To further ...

Black Sash poses questions to President before 2015 SONA

President Jacob Zuma, tonight you will present the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to a joint sitting of Parliament. Below are some questions we wish to pose to you.

Honorable President Zuma, you told us this time last year that government’s monitoring and evaluation efforts indicate “an improvement in ...

MY VOTE COUNTS Press Statement: MVC versus the Speaker

Yesterday, My Vote Counts went to the Constitutional Court to defend the Constitution and hold political parties to account. We asked the Constitutional Court to declare that Parliament has failed to fulfill its constitutional obligation to enact financial disclosure legislation to regulate private donations to political parties. This financial information ...

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