South Africa

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Branch Chairperson
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Bhisho, Eastern Cape
South Africa
Branch President
Eastern Cape Legislature
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Bhisho, Eastern Cape
South Africa
Branch Secretary
Eastern Cape Legislature
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Bhisho, Eastern Cape
South Africa

Members

  • Northern Cape

    Prior to the 1994 elections, there were no Provincial Governments in South Africa. Following the election, the country was sub-divided into nine geographical areas-better known as provinces....

    Northern Cape

    Seat of Parliament:
    Kimberley
    South Africa
    28° 43' 45.444" S, 24° 45' 14.544" E
    Population: 1,103,900 Constitution: Province Date of Independence: CPA Branch Formed: 01 Jan 1996 Voting Age: 18
    Branch Profile:

    Prior to the 1994 elections, there were no Provincial Governments in South Africa. Following the election, the country was sub-divided into nine geographical areas-better known as provinces. Provincial Governments have the power to create and pass their own legislation and contribute to national policy development. Each Provincial Government is managed by its own Provincial Legislature. In the Northern Cape, the Provincial Legislature a key function of the Provincial relates to fostering public participation. Act 108 of 1996- Constitution of the Republic of South Africa clearly states that the legislative arm of government, both provincial and nationally, is required to facilitate public involvement in all legislative processes. The Legislature operates using the Westminster System that has been adopted from Britain and Canada. The Legislature opens at the beginning of year when the Premier gives his State of the Province Address; thereafter it has fixed times as to when the House sits. There is usually a recess towards the middle and end of the year respectively. MPLs debate issues of public importance, vote on Bills, pose questions to the Executive and deliberate on policy issues and budget votes. At the last general election, the African National Congress (ANC) maintained their political dominance winning 19 seats. There are 3 other parties represented in the Provincial Legislature of Northern Cape and these are the Congress of the People (COPE) with five seats, the Democratic Alliance (DA) four seats and the Independent Democrats (ID) with two seats.

  • Western Cape

    The most important functions of the provincial Parliament are to make laws for the Province, to provide a forum for public debate, to oversee the Executive (government) and to hold the government...

    Western Cape

    Seat of Parliament:
    Cape Town
    South Africa
    33° 55' 29.532" S, 18° 25' 26.616" E
    Population: 5,223,900 Constitution: Province Date of Independence: CPA Branch Formed: 03 Dec 1996 Voting Age: 18
    Branch Profile:

    The most important functions of the provincial Parliament are to make laws for the Province, to provide a forum for public debate, to oversee the Executive (government) and to hold the government to account. After a general election, the provincial Parliament convenes to swear in the elected Members and to elect a Speaker who chairs meetings of the House and a Premier who heads the government. At a special sitting of the House called the official opening, the newly elected Premier delivers the opening address setting out the policies the government intends to pursue and identifies some of the Bills it intends to introduce. Business of Parliament is arranged by the Leader of the House and the Whips of the various political parties represented in Parliament. Mondays to Fridays are parliamentary working days and the hours of sitting from Monday to Thursday are from 14:15 to adjournment, and on Fridays from 10:00 to adjournment. The parliamentary programme is published quarterly and contains the business the House will deal with for that period. On Tuesdays parliamentary questions, interpellations and questions without notice to the Premier are dealt with. Ordinary Members may put questions to Ministers relating to their portfolio as part of their oversight function. The Secretary is the principal adviser to the Speaker and Members on procedural issues and is responsible for the publication of all parliamentary documents and for monitoring all records of the House. The core function of the Provincial Parliament is to make laws for the Western Cape Province. A proposed law is known as a Bill and may be introduced by a Provincial Minister, committee or Member of the Provincial Parliament. A Bill introduced goes through various stages in the Provincial Parliament before it becomes law. Each stage (called a reading) must be approved before the Bill can proceed to the next stage. This ensures careful consideration and allows for maximum input and participation by the public. Upon introduction, Bills are read a first time and distributed to all Members of the House. The Secretary to the Provincial Parliament publishes the Bill for 21 days in the Provincial Gazette for public input. After the 21 days the appropriate portfolio committee considers the Bill, taking into account all comments received from the public and other interested groups. Having considered the Bill, the committee reports to the House. The next stage (second reading) deals with the objects and principles of the Bill. After second reading the Bill can be referred to committee of the whole House for final amendments. The final stage is called the third reading and if the House agrees to the third reading, it agrees to the Bill. A copy of the Bill as passed by the House is sent to the Premier for his/her signature (assent). Once the Premier has assented to a Bill, it becomes an Act of the Province. Certain Bills dealing with financial matters, called money Bills, follow a slightly different route through the House. Such Bills may only be introduced by the Minister responsible for financial matters and are also not published for public comment. At this stage such Bills may not be amended.

  • North West Province

    The North West Province of South Africa is bounded on the north by Botswana, on the south by the provinces of Free State and the Northern Cape, and on the northeast and east by the Limpopo...

    North West Province

    Seat of Parliament:
    Mmabatho
    South Africa
    25° 50' 15.936" S, 25° 35' 41.1" E
    Population: 3,450,400 Constitution: Province Date of Independence: 27 Apr 1994 CPA Branch Formed: 25 Apr 1996 Voting Age: 18
    Branch Profile:

    The North West Province of South Africa is bounded on the north by Botswana, on the south by the provinces of Free State and the Northern Cape, and on the northeast and east by the Limpopo Province and Gauteng. Covering 118,797 sq km (45,869 sq miles), the North West Province was created in 1994 by the merger of Bophuthatswana, one of the former bantustans (or black homelands), and the western part of Transvaal, one of the four former South African provinces. Much of the province consists of flat areas of scattered trees and grassland. The Magaliesberg mountain range in the northeast extends about 130 km (about 80 miles) from Pretoria to Rustenburg. The Vaal River flows along the southern border of the province. Temperatures range from 17° to 31° C (62° to 88° F) in the summer and from 3° to 21° C (37° to 70° F) in the winter. Annual rainfall totals about 360 mm (about 14 in), with almost all of it falling during the summer months, between October and April. In 1994 the population of the North West Province was estimated to be 3 669 349 (out of a total of an estimated 44 819 778 people living in South Africa); 65% of the people in the North West Provice live in the rural areas. The majority of the province's residents are the Tswana people who speak Setswana. Smaller groups include Afrikaans, Sotho, and Xhosa speaking people. English is spoken primarily as a second language. Most of the population belong to Christian denominations. (Figures according to Census 2001 released in July 2003). The province has the lowest number of people aged 20 years and older (5,9%) who have received higher education. The literacy rate is in the region of 57%. As part of the Department of Education?s proposed plans for higher education, the existing four higher learning institutions will be merged to form two. During 2003, as part of the Year of Further Education and Training project, three mega institutions, Taletso, ORBIT and Vuselela, were established to provide technical and vocational training to the youth. These institutions have been incorporated into many of the former education and technical colleges and manpower centres. Mafikeng, formerly Mafeking, serves as the provincial capital. Other significant towns include Brits, Klerksdorp, Lichtenburg, Potchefstroom, Rustenburg and Sun City. The province has two universities: the University of North West, which was formerly called the University of Bophuthatswana (founded in 1979), in Mmabatho; and Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (founded in 1869; became a constituent college of the University of South Africa in 1921 and an independent university in 1951). Important historical sites in the province include Mafikeng, the traditional capital of the Barolong people, where a British garrison was placed under siege by Afrikaners during the Boer War (1899-1902); Lotlamoreng Cultural Village near Mafikeng, which re-creates a traditional African village; and Boekenhoutfontein, the farm of Paul Kruger, who was the last president of the South African Republic (a state created by Afrikaners in what is now north-eastern South Africa), from 1883 to 1902. The province has several national parks. The largest, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, is located in the crater of an extinct volcano. The mainstay of the economy of North West Province is mining, which generates more than half of the province's gross domestic product and provides jobs for a quarter of its workforce. The chief minerals are gold, mined at Orkney and Klerksdorp; uranium, mined at Klerksdorp; platinum, mined at Rustenburg and Brits; and diamonds, mined at Lichtenburg, Christiana, and Bloemhof. The northern and western parts of the province have many sheep farms and cattle and game ranches. The eastern and southern parts are crop-growing regions that produce maize (corn), sunflowers, tobacco, cotton, and citrus fruits. The entertainment and casino complex at Sun City and Lost City also contributes to the provincial economy. The provincial government consists of a premier, an executive council of ten ministers, and a legislature. The provincial assembly and premier are elected for five-year terms, or until the next national election. Political parties are awarded assembly seats based on the percentage of votes each party receives in the province during the national elections. The assembly elects a premier, who then appoints the members of the executive council.

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