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Organisations set agenda with demands for 6th Parliament
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Jul 08, 2019

A group of civil society organisations recently came up with a mixed bag of demands for Parliament, ranging from improving the institutional health and culture of the parliamentary administration to ongoing ethics training of MPs during their term.

Claim back ‘Proudly South African’ – Boesak
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Jul 08, 2019

South Africans were reminded on Saturday not to think that the state of the ANC is the measure of where we are as a people. Struggle activist and theologian Dr Allan Boesak gave a memorial lecture at the District Six Museum in celebration of late minister of justice Dullah Omar and late Judge Essa Moosa’s contribution to the law in South Africa.

Claim back ‘Proudly South African’ – Boesak
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Jul 08, 2019

South Africans were reminded on Saturday not to think that the state of the ANC is the measure of where we are as a people. Struggle activist and theologian Dr Allan Boesak gave a memorial lecture at the District Six Museum in celebration of late minister of justice Dullah Omar and late Judge Essa Moosa’s contribution to the law in South Africa.

SOE Bill should be expedited: Deputy Minister
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Jul 08, 2019

Despite public pressures for urgency in addressing problems in state-owned entities (SOEs), there is still a long road ahead for government’s new law meant to regulate these entities if the Department of Public Enterprises’ Annual Performance Plan (APP) is anything to go by. In the APP it is envisaged that the Shareholder Management Bill which will govern all SOEs, will only be adopted into law by the 2020/21 financial year.

Best price or best practice? - How government fails at gender responsive procurement
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Jul 08, 2019

Government departments surveyed by the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is failing at gender responsive procurement and generally show a lack of understanding of these critical transformation provisions, a recent report found. The CGE in the 2018/19 financial year surveyed a small sample of departments on their gender transformation efforts in public procurement. The CGE’s report tabled in Parliament in June showed most of the departments surveyed failed to integrate gender as a main component in their procurement practices.

MEDIA STATEMENT: Poverty is not a crime!
Author: Jacob
Published: Jul 05, 2019

Recent media reports highlighting the issuing of fines to homeless people based on laws or city by-laws which prohibits people from sleeping in any undesignated area or obstructing sidewalks sparked much outrage, with officials presenting arguments woefully justifying the existence and enforcement of these provisions with generalised statements.

Specialised Masters and PhD Programme in Multilevel Government and Local Government
Author: Jaap
Published: Jun 25, 2019

The South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, situated in the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI), offers high quality Masters and PhD programmes in multilevel government and local government. These programmes deal with question such as: how are multilevel states designed? how are powers delineated? how are the finances allocated to provincial and local governments? how does national government supervise subnational governments? They also deal with pertinent issues relating to the rule of law and good governance. Both programmes combine legal and constitutional studies with other disciplines, such as political science and public administration. Applications are open for both admission and financial support.

Parliament committee meetings must be open and accessible
Author: Dullah Omar Institute
Published: Jun 25, 2019

All the parliament committee meetings must be conducted in an open and accessible manner and should be broadcast for the public on a platform such as YouTube and national television stations in order to ensure accessibility by all members of the public.

SONA should reflect a feminist agenda in government plans
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 19, 2019

19 June 2019 - President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver his first State of the Nation address of the 6th Parliament on Thursday under the theme “Following up on our Commitments: Making Your Future Work Better”.

Seminar interrogated SOE board appointments
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 13, 2019

The Dullah Omar Institute with the support of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa hosted a seminar aimed at interrogating SOE Board appointments at PRASA, SABC and Eskom on 11 June 2019.

Dullah Omar Institute Researchers take part in the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Programme
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 06, 2019

Dr Tinashe Chigwata a senior researcher and Dr Michelle Maziwisa a postdoctoral research fellow at the Dullah Omar Institute have started their secondments in the European Union Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) programme. The programme promotes cross-border and cross-sector collaboration through sharing knowledge and ideas from research to market and vice versa within Europe and beyond.

Impressions from Parliament: The new Speaker at a glance
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Jun 03, 2019

Former Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise was elected Speaker of the National Assembly recently.  As speaker Modise now has the unenviable task of presiding over debates in the National Assembly that has become increasingly disruptive. As part of her duties, she would serve as the administrative head and executive authority of Parliament, interprets and enforces the rules of Parliament and delivers rulings. Here is a sneak peak into her track record with a focus on her contribution to mainstreaming a feminist agenda on all the platforms she served.

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