THE FIRST TERM OF PARLIAMENT 2021
The first term of Parliament ends on 23 March this year followed by a Constituency period for both the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) from 23 March to 3 May. The Second term of this Parliament commences again on 4 May.
The first term has been a busy and exciting one. Some highlights we have seen this term include:
- 11 February – The State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered at the opening of Parliament by HE President Ramaphosa.
- 16 and 17 February - the debate on the State of the Nation Address.
- 18 February – Reply by the President to the debate on the State of the Nation Address.
- 24 February – The Budget Speech delivered by Finance Minister Mboweni.
In February and March we have seen, among others, in both Houses: (not in any particular order):
- A series of Plenaries on the Fiscal Framework and on the Division of Revenue bills;
- Mini Plenaries;
- Questions to the President and to the Deputy President in the National Assembly
- Questions to various Clusters;
- Tabling of Departmental Strategic Plans
- Ministerial briefings
- Special lectures and meetings including the Women’s Charter Review
Both the Parliamentary Portfolio Committees of the National Assembly and the Select Committees of the National Council of Provinces have been extraordinarily busy with their meetings and public hearings, calls for submissions and inputs in the legislative process.
Legislation introduced and proposed in 2021 and pending in Parliament includes the following Bills:
- Ease of doing business Bill: (B6-2021);
- Special Appropriation Bill (B5-2021);
- Appropriation Bill (B4-2021), (B4-2021)
- Division of Revenue Bill (B3-2021);
- Disaster Management Amendment Bill (B2-2021);
- Animals Protection Amendment Bill (B1-2021);
Readers are encouraged to follow the work and proceedings of Parliament and to participate in its activities as invited on the Parliamentary website www.parliament.gov.za