January 16, 2019

A number of concessions have been introduced to the controversial hate speech Bill to placate those who regard it as a threat to democracy and civil rights.

A new Private Member’s Bill has been tabled by the DA’s TOBY CHANCE for the establishment of an Ombud service for small and medium enterprises. He tabled the Bill and has called for public comment in an effort to ensure that small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) get the backing they need to survive.

Is there another Life Esidemeni tragedy waiting to happen, especially in provinces which have no mental care facilities at all, or hospitals with 100% vacancy rates for mental health care professionals?

Parliament’s Rural Development and Land Reform Committee is fast losing patience with the Ingonyama Trust, with a Committee member declaring at its most recent meeting that in terms of actual delivery the Trust had scored zero.

It is nearly 100 days since we set out as a nation on a new path of renewal and revival. It is nearly 100 days since we decided, together, to make a clear and decisive break with the discord and division of recent times.

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) has now held three meetings on the mounting debt facing Eskom.

Notes from the House publishes a regular column of briefs from Parliament that you normally wouldn’t get sight of. Please note, none of this is fake news, though you would be forgiven for thinking it could be.

The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsolaedi, had tried three times to warn the Premier of the North West province against employing the current provincial Minister (MEC) responsible for Health.

The parliamentary precinct in Cape Town couldn’t be further away from the hurly burly of provincial government, and that has little to do with distance measured in kilometres. National Parliament is where legislation about service delivery is debated and if necessary amended; local government is where it is delivered – or should be.

The mining sector is in significant disarray, according to a report tabled this month by the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources. Political uncertainty has led to low investor confidence and continuing breaches of trust between government and industry have seen a decline in constructive engagement.

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