Blog Posts tagged “Parliament”

Review of Parliament 2020

10 Dec 2020 (1 month, 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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MPs on Twitter: Who holds the influence?

27 Nov 2020 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

Information and communication technology has changed rapidly over the past 20 years with a key development being the emergence of social media.

Social media has had a powerful impact in the way that we communicate, how we formulate our opinions and how we perceive of ourselves, others and the ...

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National Women's Day

9 Aug 2019 (1 year, 5 months ago)

Sixty-three years ago today twenty-thousand women took to the streets to march against the introduction of the Apartheid Pass Laws. What has now culminated into this public holiday symbolizes the role that women have and continue to play in the political sphere to shape the country.

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It all began in ...

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The Week Ahead: End of the First Term

29 Jul 2019 (1 year, 5 months ago)

A lot was packed into the first term of the Sixth Parliament 22July2019

New Members were registered, sworn-in and received training. In addition, the legislature elected new leadership, had a second State of the Nation Address, set up structures, and assigned Members to Committees.

A big chunk of the time was ...

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Budget, Deputy President & farewells

22 Jul 2019 (1 year, 6 months ago)

After several intense weeks, there is a slight lull in the parliamentary agenda for the coming week.

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Most of the significant business is in the main chambers while the Committee corridor takes a backseat. The programme has a distinct end of term feel as members of the National Assembly depart ...

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President and Parliament’s Budget Vote Debates take centre stage

15 Jul 2019 (1 year, 6 months ago)

It’s another week where Parliament’s schedule is dominated by Budget Vote Debates.

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These debates happen in the mini-plenary sittings of the National Assembly and are headlined by Ministers, their deputies, party leaders and senior MPs.

This period is usually frenetic as lawmakers jump from Committee work to attending budget vote ...

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Mr Vincent Smith - ANC

1 Aug 2018 (2 years, 5 months ago)

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Political background: I became involved in politics, and the ANC, by being involved in student politics. I became an MP through my leadership position in the ANC as a Deputy Chairperson of the ANC Johannesburg region.

What does your job as an MP entail? My job as an MP really ...

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Mr Manuel De Freitas (DA)

12 Dec 2016 (4 years, 1 month ago)

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What is your political background? I have been involved in politics for over 20 years. I got involved as a volunteer for the Democratic Party (DP) leading up to the 1994 elections. In 1995 when the first democratic local government elections were to take place, the DP branch I belonged ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament wraps up for 2016

5 Dec 2016 (4 years, 1 month ago)

It’s a week of farewells and loose ends…

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament next year. But a fair amount of work will be done before they go as there is some unfinished business to deal with. ...

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Mr Tekoetsile Motlashuping (ANC)

28 Nov 2016 (4 years, 1 month ago)

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What is your political background? How did you become involved in politics and in particular, what drew you to your specific party? I joined the African National Congress (ANC) through the United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1983. At the time I was involved in the National Education Coordinating Committee (NECC) ...

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