July 16, 2019

A total of 42% of our elected representatives gave the thumbs up to the 2018 Budget, despite 85% of the organisations and individuals who made submissions at the mandatory public hearing sounding a very clear no.

The 2018 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals along with the Report of the Standing Committee on Finance was adopted in Parliament by a hefty 191 ayes to 81 nays, confirming yet again how the mood in Parliament so often fails to reflect the feelings of those outside the precinct where the citizens live.

The Committee on Human Settlements wants to know why the Cape Town metro consistently fails to spend the Urban Settlements Development Grant, which is supposed to be used to upgrade and improve informal settlements.

The danger the governing party poses to democracy is that it continues to blur the lines between the state and the party. This became particularly evident when it came to changing the president.

A new column in Notes from the House tells you in brief about what goes on in Parliament behind the scenes. No fake news will be published – although you may wonder if some of this really did happen.

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