Parliament ready for first sittings of NA and NCOP

Parliament secretary Xolile George briefed the media and the country on Thursday 13 June on the state of readiness for the scheduled first sittings of the seventh parliament’s National Assembly (NA) and National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The sittings take place on 14 and 15 June 2024, respectively. “We are managing … a mammoth task Read more >

Parliament’s work: the journey of how a bill becomes a law

In this election season, it is important to consider the laws that affect our day-to-day life, and beyond. Why? Because the political parties we support send their elected representatives to Parliament to work on our behalf in making laws, among other important functions. Therefore, we must carefully consider who to give our vote to – Read more >

Add your voice to South Africa’s election agenda!

In the build-up to the general elections, the Nguvu Collective, an organisation working with marginalised communities in building leaders that will take the voice of the community forward, has launched its South Africa 2024 Elections survey to learn more about the issues South Africans care about. The organisation is committed to working with people on Read more >

Make your voice count in govt – comments wanted, deadlines near

One of Parliament’s primary oversight functions relates to law-making – this encompasses passing new laws, amending existing laws, and repealing or abolishing old laws. This function is guided by the Constitution of South Africa, which governs and applies to all law and conduct within South Africa. Part of that function includes soliciting comments from members Read more >

How to make a submission to Parliament – step by step

Source: Parliament of South Africa The South African Constitution makes provision for public involvement in lawmaking, oversight, and other processes of Parliament. South Africa’s democratic system not only provides for citizens to elect their representatives, but also allows citizens to have a say in matters that affect them. One of the ways that the public Read more >

PMG’s 2023 review of Parliament reveals highs and lows

The Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) published its 2023 review of Parliament in December of that year. The review included discussion of a March motion of no confidence against National Assembly (NA) Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the cabinet reshuffle in the same month, the removal of the former public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and internal disciplinary matters, among Read more >

Second and final voter registration weekend coming up

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will hold its second – and final – voter registration weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4 February 2024. Registration will be possible at 22 300 voting stations countrywide, between 08h00 and 17h00 on both days. New voters are encouraged to add their names to the voters’ roll, while Read more >