October 19, 2019

Academic research on the best digital tools for monitoring southern African parliaments shows Uganda tweets live from parliamentary session, while Kenya has Mzalendo, a top website similar to the UK’s TheyWorkForYou.com. The study argues that digital tools such as these must be developed to ensure that citizens are able to follow the debates taking place in their respective official parliamentary chambers.

Has the EFF been had?

December 08, 2018

Land expropriation without compensation, increasingly colloquially known as EWC, may be the ANC’s winning card in its 2019 electioneering pack, but in time could prove to be the joker in the deck. Passed by Parliament just days before the House rose for the December recess, with 209 MPs voting in favour of a change to the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation, against only 91 nays, it was billed as a victory for the ANC and for EWC as a whole.

Not much has been heard of Parliament’s “High-Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change” since the stylish November 2017 launch of its report – until now, that is. At last, relevant parliamentary Committees, having discussed the panel findings, are filing their reports in the House, as per procedure.

Letter to the editor

November 07, 2018

Thank you for your October edition of Notes from the House. I did not personally know Lennox Garane but I certainly extend my sympathy and condolences to his family.

I have a small understanding of the problem that he was experiencing as I talk almost daily to members of the Parliamentary staff who feel they’ve been bullied and threatened by their seniors and managers. Many of the staff have come to know that I am a practicing labour lawyer and the word seems to have been spread that I am happy to give advice and to share some experiences with those who have been ill treated.

The Minister of Energy has indicated that the hunt for shale gas is back on the agenda. In response to a question from the DA asking what was the Government’s long-term plan to curtail rampant fuel price hikes, the Minister replied: “Time has come for us to remove any regulatory impediments to exploration. Linked to this is the need to urgently unlock the potential for shale gas in our country. This has been years in the making and the regulatory uncertainty meant investors could not make decisions.”

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