Hon Speaker, I move without notice:
That the House -
1) notes that the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference was held in Johannesburg at the Sandton Convention Centre between 28 August and 6 September 2013, with the theme for this year's conference being Effective Solutions to Commonwealth Developmental Challenges;
2) further notes that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's mission is to promote parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance, and further to seek co- operation among member parliaments and legislatures;
3) recalls that South Africa joined the Commonwealth in December 1931, but left in May 1961 when it became a Republic under the apartheid rule of the National Party; 4) believes that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference deliberations will assist in solving global political issues and promoting peace and stability around the world; and
5) wishes the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association success in its endeavours to promote democracy, accountability and good governance.