June 19, 2019

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.

One of Parliament’s chief objectives is oversight of the executive, and a tool it uses to achieve this is Question Time. Questions for oral or written reply can be put to the President, the Deputy President and Ministers, and gives Members of Parliament the opportunity to monitor the Government’s service delivery. However, many of the answers leave South Africans with more questions.

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 Department of Social Development conceded in a committee meeting in Parliament that there is R500 million allocated for social grants in 2018/2019 which will simply not be spent. ALISON TILLEY reports on another debacle in the ongoing slow train wreck that is Sassa.

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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