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SONA should reflect a feminist agenda in government plans
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 19, 2019

19 June 2019 - President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver his first State of the Nation address of the 6th Parliament on Thursday under the theme “Following up on our Commitments: Making Your Future Work Better”.

Seminar interrogated SOE board appointments
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 13, 2019

The Dullah Omar Institute with the support of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa hosted a seminar aimed at interrogating SOE Board appointments at PRASA, SABC and Eskom on 11 June 2019.

Dullah Omar Institute Researchers take part in the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Programme
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 06, 2019

Dr Tinashe Chigwata a senior researcher and Dr Michelle Maziwisa a postdoctoral research fellow at the Dullah Omar Institute have started their secondments in the European Union Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) programme. The programme promotes cross-border and cross-sector collaboration through sharing knowledge and ideas from research to market and vice versa within Europe and beyond.

Impressions from Parliament: The new Speaker at a glance
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Jun 03, 2019

Former Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise was elected Speaker of the National Assembly recently.  As speaker Modise now has the unenviable task of presiding over debates in the National Assembly that has become increasingly disruptive. As part of her duties, she would serve as the administrative head and executive authority of Parliament, interprets and enforces the rules of Parliament and delivers rulings. Here is a sneak peak into her track record with a focus on her contribution to mainstreaming a feminist agenda on all the platforms she served.

Going forward by looking back: New MPs offered a ‘lesson plan’ to navigate oversight pitfalls
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Jun 03, 2019

The new batch of MPs sworn in recently have their work cut out for them if civil society organisations have their way. To assist them in their oversight role and championing the ideals of a People’s Parliament, a civil society grouping now offers MPs a ‘lesson plan’ on how to navigate the pitfalls that almost swallowed their predecessors in the 5th Parliament. A coalition of civil society organisations called Parliament Watch will provide all incoming committee chairpersons, party chief whips and the Speaker’s Office with a report on key findings based on three years (2016 – 2018) of monitoring MPs in the previous parliamentary term.

50% women cabinet no ‘feminist force’, experts say
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Jun 03, 2019

Many praised and welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first ever 50/50 gender-balanced cabinet recently, but certain gender activists had some reservations about what this means for real feminist governance.

Civil Society groups call on EFF to focus on VBS scandal and reflect on race baiting
Author: Women and Democracy Initiative
Published: May 30, 2019

We the undersigned civil society organisations are deeply disturbed by the recent threats and intimidation directed by the EFF, South Africa’s third largest political party, against civil society groups partners such as the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation (AKF), a fellow civil society organisation. In a similar vein the EFF party leadership has attacked journalists writing about financial scandals which implicate the EFF leadership instead of focusing on the substance of investigations by the journalists.

Remand of detention has severe socio-economic impact on families - ACJR research
Author: Jacob
Published: May 29, 2019

Remand detention is disproportionate and increasing in the Western Cape, such that over five years, 10 percent of adult men can be expected to be remanded. The extent of remand detention in the Western Cape is likely to have a severe financial impact on especially poorer communities.

Prof Dee Smythe joins DOI Advisory Board
Author: Jacob
Published: May 27, 2019

The Institute is proud to announce that Prof Dee Smythe, Professor of Public Law the University of Cape Town, is joining its Advisory Board.