The Second term of the sixth Parliament of South Africa was among the busiest this year. Aside from the heavy meeting schedule of Portfolio Committees and of Select Committees, between 6 May and 2 June, Government Departments laid their budget votes before Parliament in a series of debates in the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. These budget votes allow Parliament to discuss and adopt the budgets of Government Departments and related bodies, in a series of mini plenaries. The actual funding of the budgets comes about after a Parliamentary vote.
Among other things, these budget vote speeches give important insight into the activities, performance and priorities of the Department concerned. The budget votes delivered, can be viewed on the link www.gov.za/speeches
The National assembly (NA) is in constituency period from 7 June to 18 August and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) is in constituency period from 24 June to 18 August.
The third term of Parliament is due to run from 17 August to 3 September and the fourth term from 5 October to 5 December this year.
The PBF encourages subscribers to visit the Parliamentary website www.parliament.gov.za and to stay abreast and informed of the activities of our democratic Parliament and to participate actively in its various meetings and calls for submissions and inputs and public hearings.