October 19, 2019

The new parliamentary term opened last week after a recess, the annual two-week mid-year recess. This may create the impression that much of elected representatives’ time is spent in recess. However, just because MPs are not always present in parliament does not mean they are not hard at work. They could be engaged in oversight visits, public hearings, study tours or planning sessions. As the final term of the year gets underway, this is a good time to look back on what was achieved during the second term of the post-election parliament, and consider what lies ahead in the third.

The Minister who cares

October 15, 2019

Our newly appointed Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has brought to the attention of the public a scarcely known but highly endangered mammal, the pangolin. This odd-looking creature happens to be the world’s most trafficked animal and Minister Barbara Creecy warns this is a very lucrative illegal trade.

South Africans across the board will be comforted to know that the NHI pilot projects that were reported to have failed were in fact “not NHI pilots” at all. They were “health system strengthening projects” implemented in the NHI pilot districts, according to the Minister of Health in response to a question in the National Council of Provinces in September.

Women activists who have been conducting countrywide protests since the peak in femicide and violence against women in September have released an appeal to the government to use a portion of the additional funding set aside by President Cyril Ramaphosa to increase and strengthen shelters for abused women and children.

Performance in South Africa’s two tier health system – the public and the private – has been worsening for some time, writes ALEX VAN DEN HEEVER. Politicians have attempted to attribute the decline in the public sector to a myriad of ills, none of their making. These include migrants; insufficient funds; insufficient staff; medical schemes; lawyers suing them for medical negligence; the existence of two tiers and even the middle class.

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