Final week of Parliament 2021: Vote on expropriation fails

This week is the final week of Parliamentary programming for 2021. Parliament will rise on this Friday 10 December for the year. The biggest news from the Parliamentary week is undoubtably the vote on the ANC’s controversial proposal to amend the constitution to clearly allow the seizure of land without compensation. As reported by the […]

The week ahead in Parliament: Expropriation & Eskom on the national agenda

With last week’s Mid-Term Budget Policy Statement behind us, Parliament undertakes the intensive process of processing the proposed amendments. In the National Assembly, the highlight for the week is undoubtedly the questions session for oral reply involving the Economics Cluster, which is programmed to take place on Wednesday. Several important committee meetings are scheduled for […]

Update from Parliament: A busy week ahead with crypto, fake news and Eskom’s unbundling

This week sees Parliament continuing with its series of budget-related mini plenaries ahead of the final vote on the budget set to take place next week. But, there’s some non-budget-related activity that’s of interest too. In committee, the Portfolio Committee on Communications will be holding a roundtable discussion on the impact of digital media in […]

Insights from Parliament: Mozambique insurgency on Parliament’s agenda

Parliament is currently in recess. The recess period started on 23 March and ends on 3 May, which is a rather lengthy constituency period. There are some interesting committee meetings scheduled for the coming week. The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy will be particularly busy. On Tuesday, the Minister of Mineral Resources and […]

SONA 2021: Five things your business needs to know

President Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address this year was a subdued affair, and many commentators have been left unimpressed by his policy announcements. However, the President shared some glimmers of hope that can boost private sector growth in the coming years. Here are five key takeaways from SONA 2021 that are likely to affect […]

Zoom into SONA 2021: a muted affair?

The National Assembly at Parliament, SONA 2019

The traditionally glitzy start to South Africa’s political year at the State of the Nation Address (SONA) will be a more subdued affair in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Scheduled to take place on 11 February at 7pm, this year’s ceremonial joint sitting of Parliament will see most attendees participating from their homes rather […]

Insights from Parliament: Cabinet approves Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill

The Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill (“the Bill”) has been approved by Cabinet and will soon be tabled in Parliament by the Minister of Justice.  This Bill follows from a Constitutional Court judgment that upheld the right to personal, private possession and cultivation of cannabis, and gave the legislature until September 2020 to enact legislation […]