Blog Posts tagged “Parliament”

International Day of Democracy - 15 September

15 Sep 2021 (1 month ago)

On the 15th of September every year, democratic nations across the world observe International Day of Democracy. This observance provides an opportunity for many nations to review the state of democracy in their own countries, and more broadly, globally.

A democratic parliament is one that is representative, open and ...

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The Week Ahead: President’s Q & A & Important Committee Meetings

30 Aug 2021 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

https://static.pmg.org.za/Call_for_comments.png It's a busy week in the main chambers. Everything from Oral Questions to the President, to debates, to legislative business, to considering statutory appointments and committee reports, to a Ministerial Briefing Session and two virtual sessions on Localizing the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan are scheduled.

In the National Assembly, ...

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Women's Month: Parliament's Efforts at Gender Mainstreaming

24 Aug 2021 (1 month, 3 weeks ago)

gender mainstreaming

Gender mainstreaming means integrating a gender equality perspective at all stages and levels of policies, programmes and projects. It is therefore a tool for achieving gender equality in South Africa. Policy and law makers have a constitutional responsibility to ensure that gender mainstreaming is used as a policy tool to ...

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Representation and Participation of Women in Parliament

16 Aug 2021 (2 months ago)

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The month of August marks Women's month in South Africa. We must reflect on the progress that South Africa has made in terms of women’s representation and participation in Parliament.

Women’s Representation in Parliament within the current electoral system

South Africa has a five-year electoral cycle. Effective oversight, law-making, public ...

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World Parliament Day 2021

30 Jun 2021 (3 months, 2 weeks ago)

World Parliament Day was established in 2018 through a United Nations General Assembly Resolution.

The theme this year is focused on youth participation.

World Parliament Day is celebrated every year on 30 June and it recognises the day the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was founded in 1889. The IPU empowers parliaments ...

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The Week Ahead: Second Term Starts

3 May 2021 (5 months, 2 weeks ago)

Parliament starts second term

Parliament resumes this week after a constituency period.

The virtual/hybrid Parliament will continue for another term, with some MPs working from the precinct and others remotely.

According to the latest timetable, the NA programme will run for 5 weeks and the NCOP for 7 weeks.

Some of the highlights include ...

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2021 First Term review of Parliament

7 Apr 2021 (6 months, 2 weeks ago)

The first term of Parliament officially ended on 19 March and MPs are on recess until 4 May 2021. However, it will still be busy for some MPs as a number of committees will still be meeting during this constituency period.

The major highlights for the eight week term include: ...

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The Week Ahead: Meetings continue despite recess

23 Mar 2021 (6 months, 4 weeks ago)

Week-ahead

On one level, this looks like a pretty normal week. There is no main chamber business and there is a decent amount of action in the committee corridor.

However, Parliament is officially in recess from today until 4 May 2021.

While most MPs will only be focused on constituency work ...

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#SONA2021 All You Need To Know

27 Jan 2021 (8 months, 3 weeks ago)

SONA2021

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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