February 17, 2019

All State of the Nation Addresses promise many things. It’s been a very long time since we have heard one which promised hope.

After a day-long discussion, a joint meeting of parliamentary Committees affected by the drought agreed on one point: We need one clear voice to articulate a national strategy.

Proposed amendments to what has colloquially become known as the debt relief Bill is seen by some as a long overdue move to address the needs of the very poor who are drowning in debt. Others see it as a ‘moral hazard’ that will encourage defaulters.

Investigations by the Unite Behind coalition has exposed what tens of thousands of commuters have suspected for a long time. It claims the cause of the chaos that has left the country’s railways in shambles has its roots in Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (Prasa's) corruption and thievery.

“My employer used to phone Metrorail to find out if the trains were late, but went ahead to fire me,” says Warren Johnson, a resident of Elsies River in Cape Town.

The UDF Veterans, fed up with the no-show of the board of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) at Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport, wrote a letter to Cyril Ramaphosa to call on him to bring back Popo Molefe and appoint a credible board to investigate PRASA's corruption.

Amid the hype about whether or not Zuma will jump or be pushed, it is worth considering the prospect of impeachment and reminding ourselves that there is another option in reserve.

Public hearings held at Parliament last week on legislation to replace the apartheid-era National Key Points Act of 1980 described the new proposed Bill as draconian, vague, far too broad and possibly unconstitutional.

Minister of Communications Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who has been in her post for about two months, announced to the Communication Committee that the deadline to complete digital migration is June 2019.

Almost a quarter of parliamentary posts (23%) are currently standing empty, which could in part explain why there is sometimes a sense that Parliament is not doing its job properly.

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