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Malawi Set to Implement Programme to Retain Female Parliamentarians

Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare says a roll-out programme will be implemented to retain female parliamentarians, increase and achieve 50/50 representation of members of parliament in the national assembly.

Speaking in an interview, Gender Affairs director, Peter Msefula affirms that the programme will focus on training female parliamentarians on how best they can save the interest of the people in their constituencies.

Wilderness Foundation Addresses Parliament on Rhino Poaching

Director of the Wilderness Foundation, Andrew Muir, addressed the portfolio committee on environmental affairs on the topic of rhino poaching on, 26 January 2012. Together with a number of other environmental and wildlife organisations, the Wilderness Foundation offered advice and insight into the way forward to help curb poaching in 2012.

Honourable Members, Lest We Forget

To be faithful to South Africa and to obey, respect and uphold the Constitution in terms of their oath or affirmation of office, takes precedence above any other duty of Members of Parliament - including political party interests.

As such, Members of Parliament have a primary constitutional duty, apart from their combined legislative authority, to scrutinise and oversee executive action and to provide a national forum for public consideration of issues - to ensure accountable, responsive and open government.

Parliament Launches Mobi-site

Parliament is taking its drive to increase public participation to mobile technology, with the launch of a mobi-site to make itself more accessible to the people.

South Africa has more than 63 million cellphones registered with the different networks, and the mobi-site will enable these users to access the latest information on what is happening in Parliament.

Parliament media manager, Letebele Masemola-Jones, points out that with the mobi-site, Parliament “…wants to increase public participation, reach out to the youth. Parliament wants to be accessible to everybody."

NGOs Call on Mubarak to Dissolve Parliament

Three Egyptian NGOs have called President Hosny Mubarak, to dissolve the newly- elected parliament because of ‘alleged election fraud’.

The Independent Coalition for Elections' Observation released video footage of what it says was bribery, ballot cards being forged and violence at different polling stations across the country.

One of the videos, taken by members of the NGOs, purports to show a 12-year-old boy casting a ballot, while another shows a five-year- old who was allegedly shot in his feet near a polling station in southern Egypt.

SOS Coalition: SOS Urges Parliament to Extend the Deadline for Nominations for the SABC Board to Ensure that the Board Chair and Other Issues are Resolved

SOS Coalition members have been debating the issue of putting forward nominations for the SABC Board. Four members of the Board have resigned. SOS has expressed concern about putting forward new members because the Coalition believes that the current conditions on the Board are not conducive to members playing their critical oversight roles.  However, SOS believes that this is an important moment for the communications sector. We have a new Minister, Deputy Minister and new Acting Chair of the Portfolio Committee on Communications in place.

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