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ParlyReport….the Inside Track

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Get short, easy-to-read reports about Parliament on the subjects important to you and your business or industrial sector.    ParlyReport deals with major business institutions, provides the inside track on new and impending legislation and insight into recent government policy reported during oversight meetings.

 

New legislation that concerns business

committeesDesigned for both South African and overseas markets, our monitoring service attends portfolio committee meetings and media briefings. both in the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) of the South African Parliament.   ParlyReport observes, summarizes in short and focuses on  economic and business essentials.

The full spectrum of parliamentary affairs

NA smallThe report you get goes a step further than just listing legislation.   It takes a look at the implications of proposed changes and listens to government departmental presentations, translating these into concise and useful indications of changing policy.

 

Go to the “contact us”page if you require more details.    And read on for more background to Parliament itself.

 

This website represents information passed to our clients previously and is an archival reference service only

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Why is monitoring of parliament so important?

parlycommitteeFirstly, because Parliament at committee level, both in the “portfolio” committees in the NA and the “select” committees in the NCOP conduct not only oversight of the work and on the budgets of national government departments but hold them accountable.   This is taxpayers money.   In the process one hears of government policy; failures and successes on targets, changes to government policy and when and if new legislation is to be introduced.

This affects you, your business or what you are doing. You can be one ahead of what is coming. Forewarned is forearmed.

Secondly, because the committees are constantly amending legislation in the form of tabled Bills, initiating Bills and probing contentious issues the business plan may have to change and the need to prepare  for regulatory changes affecting compliance can be second guessed.

Democracy at work

The parliamentary working committees also examine specific areas of public life or matters of public interest. They deal with the national budget andCommitteemeeting small all budget appropriation votes for each government department and state owned entities, thus giving financial snapshots on the state of the utilities, their plans and policy forward.

parlyNAdebateImportant also for monitoring is Standing Committee on Public Accounts since it acts as Parliament’s watchdog on how taxpayers’ money is spent by the executive.    Every year the Auditor-General tables reports on the accounts and financial management of the various government departments and state owned institutions. Heads of government departments and institutions are regularly called by this committee to report and account for expenditure. The Committee can recommend that the National Assembly takes corrective actions if necessary.

 Provincial aspects and interests

The NCOP “selecNA smallt” committees specifically deal with matters and legislation that affect the provinces and where legislation is “tagged” as being of interest to local government.  Mandates from the nine provinces are obtained in support of the particular legislation after after debate has taken place in their own legislatures. In many instances, ParlyReport attends these meetings, since business and industry is much affected parliamentary involvement at this level.

 

Finally, there are parliamentary “ad hoc” committees formed to deal with specific matters under the rules of Parliament and also “joint” committees where the matter or legislation under debate crosscuts over a number of government departments or ministries.

Parliamentary Powershearings

Parliament has the power to summons any citizen or entity to its precinct and holds “hearings” on legislation or a particular subject of public interest, the public being able to submit their views either orally with a personalised submission in Parliament if granted by the committee secretary or in writing.

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If you want your publications as they come from Parliament please contact ParlyReportSA directly. All information on this site is posted two weeks after client alert reports sent out.

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