CHILDREN’S SECTOR PARLIAMENT, HOST REGION: CITY OF JOHANNESBURG - 30 JUNE 2015 The Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) led by the Hon. Speaker L. Mekgwewill be hosting Children’s Parliament under the theme of “Gauteng Children Celebrating 21 Years of a Democratic Legislature”.
Purpose of the event
The main purpose of the Children’s Parliament is to create a platform for participation of children in matters of democracy and nation building in line with the country’s Children’s Act (No. 38 of 2005), which advocates for the creation of platforms to enhance children participation in democracy providing them an opportunity to influence policies and strategies to realize their rights. The children sector parliament will also be used as a vehicle to educate children about our countries history and foster social cohesion at an early age by bringing together children of different races.
The month of June is recognised nationally as the month for the youth due to the series of national events that took place on the 16thJune 1976, wherein students from Soweto and other parts of the country took to the streets in defiance to the use of the Afrikaans language as a medium of instruction and the education system. Currently, the youth still faces lot of challenges such as access to high education, employment, crime, drug abuse, and HIV/AIDS. In commemorating and celebrating youth month the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) convenes the Youth Sector Parliament as a public participation intervention in response to section 118 of the Constitution, wherein young men and women across the Province of Gauteng are granted the opportunity to debate their challenges and develop resolutions with a view to influencing decision making processes.
Inspired by the decision taken in 1997, where the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) decided to establish a governance body called the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), this body was given a mandate to consider effective strategies to increase women’s participation and/or representation in parliament. This included CPA activities and other various political institutions. This decision was based on the identified gender imbalances which existed in the decision-making levels of parliament and the CPA. Furthermore, persuading this, the Gauteng Provincial Legislature was honoured to be led by the female Speaker who was the Chairperson of the CPA Africa Region ExCo, Hon. Lindiwe Maseko who is now a Member of Parliament. Stemming from the above, The Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) has volunteered to host the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Southern Africa Region Workshop scheduled to take place from the 4th to the 8th of May 2015 at the Southern Sun Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport. This is a network which responds to the needs of Women to dialogue and share experiences, discuss topics of interests and seek solutions to the special problems faced by the female minority in parliaments.
The Gauteng SpeakersForum through the CRC in partnershipwith Valued Citizens Initiative presents the programme called SONDELA student dialogue, the dialogue will focus on the awareness of cultures, reflect on the values of our society and Nelson Mandelas legacy from 27-28 February 2015 at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. Launched in the presence of Valued Citizens learners on 5th June 2013 with the Speaker of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, SONDELA is totally aligned with the Citizen ResponsibilityCampaign. The Valued Citizens Initiative engages the youth to participate indemocratic processes promoting the values of our constitution. Citizens Responsibility Campaign (CRC) will gather175 learners from 5 high schools in Gauteng on 27 February 2015 to take part in an open dialogue creating an awareness of cultures, reflects on thevaluesof society and uphold the legacy of Nelson Mandela. From this dialogue, on the second day (28 February 2015), learners will process the words into symbols, colours through the production of 25 visual art pieces on canvasses and the production of a mural as a public artwork. The Valued Citizens Initiative has the mandate to deliver on this work and thought to create a meaningful partnership with the Gauteng Legislature and SONDELA; taking pride together.
On Monday, 23 February 2015, the Gauteng Provincial Legislature will host the first Sitting of the year, which marks the occasion of the Premiers delivery of the State of the Province Address for 2015. Presided over by Honourable Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe, the State of the Province Address is the opportunity for Gauteng Citizens to hear about the Gauteng Executives plan of action for the year ahead, which includes all service delivery commitments by Gauteng Government as well as the socio-economic state of the Province. The event will commence with a Morning Programme at 07h30, which includes red carpet interviews; entertainment; the police parade; and guard of honour among others. Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, will deliver the SOPA during a House Sitting at 10h00. STREET CLOSURES ON THE DAY
21 November 2014 The Gauteng provincial Legislature (GPL) will host its first official Sector Parliament for the Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) sector. This is subsequent to a dialogue convened by the GPL in 2013, in an effort to reach out to this sector of society and foster inclusive governance. After a successful host of the dialogue, a decision was taken in the House to officially endorse the gathering into a Sector Parliament that would be convened annually. Click here for more.
03 November 2014, News ALERT, STANDING COMMITTEE ON PETITIONS. The Standing Committee on Petitions to hold a stakeholder and petitioners engagement which include petitioners and authorities on issues that relate to service delivery. This is part of taking the legislature to the people. For more information and constant updates follow us on twitter or like our facebook page or Click Here (196.01 kB)