December 17, 2017

Decades of contestation over regulating party political funding could all be over by November, if the Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties has its way.

Next week the Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties is going to show what public participation in Parliament really means.

Read choice snippets from each public submission to get a preview of what they will be saying when they appear before the Committee.

It was his eighth vote of no confidence, and it came as no surprise when Zuma landed on his feet yet again. But it was too close for comfort.

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) made it clear in a press briefing that the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority are not meeting its expectations and it wants to see “consequences” taken against those who abuse state funds.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) believes that the Minister of Finance’s recent plan for economic growth could hold the key to ending the ongoing stand-off between the regulator and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS).

Yunus Carrim, ANC MP and Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, told the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & International Monetary Fund (IMF) that despite the difficulties of reversing corruption, especially in the context of inequality, it is up to governments to take decisive action.

South Africa’s provincial and national legislatures will be holding an International Women’s Conference during August. Speaking at the end of the two-day meeting of the Speakers’ Forum, Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete said the conference will attract high powered delegations from countries across the world.

The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill (MPRDA), after almost five years in the legislative pipeline, looks like it is headed for the Courts, or the rubbish bin, according to views expressed at recent parliamentary committee hearings. And it’s all due to a legal blip that Parliament should have seen coming.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) aims to have indigenous languages taught in grade one in 2,585 schools next year. This would require that 1,612 schools be brought on board by then, up from the 973 or 27% of South African schools that currently offer “marginalised” languages in their teaching curricula. This is an admirable target, but it had some of the Members asking about how this could be achieved.

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