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Implementing SPLUMA: A Review of Four 'Post-SPLUMA' Provincial Planning Bills
Author: Xavia Poswa and Jaap de Visser
Published: Oct 25, 2017

The legal framework for spatial planning and land use management in South Africa is undergoing considerable change with a new national Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act of 2013 (SPLUMA) and the adoption of municipal planning by-laws throughout the country. The Constitution permits provinces to also pass laws on the matter. Of the nine provinces, the Western Cape is the only province that has passed 'post-SPLUMA' provincial legislation. This report conducts an interim assessment of how some of the other provinces are approaching this issue. It analyses four provincial planning bills of Mpumalanga, North West, Free State and Limpopo.

Tokomane ya dintlha tsa melao ya go tlosiwa ga Moporesitente
Author: Jaap de Visser
Published: May 09, 2017

Kokoano Bosetšhaba e sa ntse e akanya ka ga Tshisinyo ya go tlhoka Tshepo mo go Moporesitente. Kgotlatshekelo ya Molaotheo e setse e kopilwe go atlhola ka ga go pateletsa tiriso ya ditlhopho tsa sephiri. Mo kgetsing e nngwe e e farologaneng, Kgotlatshekelo ya Molaotheo e kopilwe go dira katlholo ka go tlosiwa mo tirong ka ntlha ya ditatofatso tsa ditlolomolao ga Moporesitente. Tse ke tshobokanyo e e ka ga dintlha tse Molaotheo o di laelang mabapi le gore Moporesitente o tlosiwa jang mo maemong a gagwe.

Feiteblad oor die Reëls vir die Ontslag van die President
Author: Jaap de Visser
Published: May 09, 2017

Die Nasionale Vergadering oorweeg tans ’n mosie van wantroue in die President. Die Grondwetlike Hof is gevra om ’n geheime stemming af te dwing. In ’n aparte saak is die Grondwetlike Hof gevra om te beslis oor die “vervolging” (impeachment) van die President. Wat hieronder volg, is ’n kort opsomming van wat die Grondwet bied oor hoe die President uit sy amp onthef kan word.

UXWEBHU LWEMIGAQO YOKUSUSWA KUKAMONGAMELI
Author: Jaap de Visser
Published: Apr 12, 2017

iNdlu yoWiso mthetho yeSizwe izoqwalasela isindululo sokuphela kwethemba kuMongameli. Inkundla Yomgaqo-Siseko iceliwe ukuba inyanzele ibhalothi efihlakeleyo. Kwelinye icala, inkundla yomGaqo- Siseko iceliwe ukuba ilawule phezu kwe impeachment kaMongameli. Apha gezantsi kukho isishwankathelo esifutshane esichaza ukuba UmGaqo-Siseko uthini ngosuso lukaMongameli e-ofisini

Fact Sheet on Rules for Removal of President
Author: Jaap de Visser
Published: Apr 11, 2017

The National Assembly is considering a motion of no confidence in the President. The Constitutional Court has been asked to force a secret ballot. In a separate case, the Constitutional Court has been asked to instruct Parliament start 'impeachment’ proceedings against the President. Parliament Watch, a collective of organisations working towards the advancement of social justice, the realisation of human rights, and strong constitutional democracy has prepared this brief summary of what the Constitution provides about how the President is removed from office.

ESR Review, Volume 18 No.2, 2017
Author: Dullah Omar Institute
Published: Mar 14, 2017

This second issue of the 2017 ESR Review includes two features, one explores if the Sustainable Development Goals are human rights-based and the other looks at the link between fundamental, elementary, primary and basic education. There is also an insightful interview with Professor Sandra Liebenberg.

South Africa's human rights record reviewed under UPR
Author: Dullah Omar Institute
Published: Sep 27, 2016

Government must end the impunity around torture, make special arrangements to prosecute gender-based violence, redouble its efforts to arrest maternal deaths and ensure that each child has a birth certificate. These are some of the recommendations made by the Dullah Omar Institute in its submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council. They were made as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. The Human Rights Council will review South Africa in 2017.

Electing Councillors: a Guide to Municipal Elections
Author: Jaap de Visser and Nico Steytler
Published: May 01, 2016

This manual outlines the electoral system for local government in South Africa. It deals with the right to vote, the different categories of municipalities, ward and PR councillors, how to field candidates, by-elections, conduct during elections as well as the calculation of results. It is a detailed manual, designed to assist civil society organisations, the media and electoral officers.