Survey on Parliamentary Constituency Offices


Parliamentary Constituency Offices are funded through public funds and constituency work is meant to be an integral part of what Members of Parliament do. Policy also requires that parties provide Parliament with information on the location of its offices and the MP assigned to each, however information on constituency offices ...

OPINION: The election machinery picks up steam

By Judith February

Disclaimer: a full stadium does not necessarily translate into votes. This past weekend the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) put on what can only be described as a very impressive show. First to launch its manifesto was the ANC, followed by the DA. The latter fared ...

R2K: The problem with State Security’s secret budget

Today the Minister of State Security David Mahlobo delivered the State Security Agency (SSA) budget vote. It’s a long speech, with lots of things worth mentioning, but what does it actually tell us about the budget?

The SSA budget has grown from about R3 Billion in 2010/11 to R4.3 ...

Parliament in 2016: what to expect

From the local government elections to political battles, 2016 promises to be another turbulent year in Parliament. Also high on the agenda are contentious legislation, domestic challenges, the state of the economy and public accountability. We preview some of the main issues that will dominate the headlines in 2016.

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Infographic: Jobs Fund Performance

On Tuesday, 22 September 2015, National Treasury with the Deputy Minister of Finance, gave an overview and a status report on the Jobs Fund to the Standing Committee on Appropriations. South Africa's unemployment challenge needs high levels of economic growth which require long term structural change to the economy. The ...

ISS Seminar: South Africa’s new (secret) Nuclear Project

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Date: 29 September 2015

Time: Registration at 09h30

Seminar: 10h00 - 12h30

Venue: 6 Spin street, Cape Town

South Africa’s proposed expansion of its current nuclear energy programme seems to be shrouded in secrecy, resulting in widespread speculation and confusion. Given the potential costs of this project, can the government ...

Op-Ed: Transparency, the missing link in political party funding

By Judith February and Lindsay Ferris

South Africa has no legislation regulating private donations to political parties private individuals and companies are able to donate as much in secret as they wish leaving the door wide open for corruption and the buying of influence. In a country already divided by ...

ODAC: Civil Society Meeting on the Open Government Partnership


The meeting will provide information on the Open Government Partnership to civil society organisations in South Africa who are active in the governance, access to information and transparency sectors, as well as other organisations that are interested in understanding this initiative.

South Africa was one of the founding members of ...

Ruling in censorship case worth appealing

The Cape High Court ruling against the media in the so-called parliamentary censorship and signal jamming case serves to emphasise the importance the constitution places on the integrity of our democratic institutions.

The court, sitting as a full bench, ruled two to one that Parliament "has a right to protect ...

LiveMagSA: Dark days for Eskom

By Rofhiwa Maneta

What on Earth is happening at Eskom? If the past few days’ events are anything to go by, no one really knows. We’re all in the dark. This week the national electricity utility suspended their CEO Tshediso Matona along with three other executives, pending an inquiry on ...

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