25 Nov – 10 Dec 2020
NO Violence against Children & Women
Maletsatsi Mabaso Clinic
18 NOVEMBER 2020
2020 Provincial Budget Adjustment
27 Nov | 10:00am | 4th Raadzaal
“Because the people of South Africa finally chose a profoundly legal path to their revolution, those who frame and enact
the Constitution and law are in the vanguard of the fight for change.
It is in the legislatures that the instruments have been fashioned to create a better life for all.
It is here that oversight of government has been exercised.
It is here that our society with all its formations has had an opportunity to influence policy and its implementation.”
FORMER PRESIDENT: REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDING OFFICERS
Hon. NB Sifuba – Speaker
The Free State Legislature is an activist legislature that champions democracy. The Legislature ensures that fundamental rights of the electorate and inhabitants of the Free State are protected; their integrity respected and that meaningful processes are in place to entrench their freedoms. So, the role played by the Legislature in this regard is to ensure that the Executive Council addresses political, socio-economic challenging the inhabitants of the province. The responsibility of the Office of the Speaker is to execute authority in the Legislature through presiding over the proceedings of the House and ensure that resources allocated to the Legislature are utilized as per programmes of the Legislature.
Portfolio Committees of the Free State Legislature are mainly responsible for conducting practical oversight on the “work” done by Members of the Executive Council. Hence the notion, Members of the Executive Council are accountable to the Legislature. It should be borne in mind that Executive Council is responsible for providing and delivering services to the inhabitants of the province. These services are not provided in vacuum but resources of the state are utilized to secure the provision of services.
Work of a MPL in the Legislature
Members of the Provincial Legislature have many job descriptions, including legislator, negotiator, ombudsman, policy analyst, public speaker, and diplomat. To perform these duties, Members are continuously busy with either sittings or Committee meetings and they have to attend to other duties in their legislature, party political, and constituency offices.
When Members speak in the Legislature during sittings, they have an opportunity to present the policy position of their political party as well as the views of their constituents. Members may make statements on matters of public importance and participate in debates on Committee reports, bills or other debates of public importance. They can also ask questions to the Premier and Members of the Executive Council on matters relating to the programmes, actions or policies of the provincial government.
Taking Parliament to the People
The NCOP composed of a single delegation from each province comprising ten delegates. The Free State province has six permanent delegates based permanently in Cape Town and four special delegates who are appointed from time to time by the Premier of the province to attend and vote on matters of provincial interest in the NCOP.
NO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & CHILDREN
Be an activist against GBV in your homes, communities, work and positions. Challenge cultures and practices that perpetuate gender inequalities and consequent abuse of women and children at personal and societal level.
WHERE TO GET HELP
SAPS Crime Stop
Tel: 08600 10111
Gender -Based Violence Command Centre
Tel: 0800 428 428
Stop Gender Violence Helpline
Tel: 0800 150 150 sms *120*7867# from any cell phone
Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA)
Tel: (011) 975 7107
Childline Tel: 08000 55 555
National Crisis Line Tel: 086 132 2322
SA National Council for Child Welfare Tel: 011 339 5741
Maintain Our Pride
We are sending our best wishes with no a single amount of doubt, that you will make us proud. We are mindful of the unique challenges the education sector faced this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. However, through our work as the committee on Education, visiting sites and assessing the reports received from the department of Education, we are fully behind you. These are the times when our true character as a province and as people is tested, go and be great.
Hon. TP MEEKO: Chairperson portfolio on Education, Health & Social Services
We hope our website gave you all the information you needed. If you have any further questions or would like more detailed directions feel free to contact us using any of the following sources. We look forward to talking to you.
The Office of the Secretary to Legislature is responsible for overseeing and managing systems of the Legislature to realize objectives as set out by the Rules and Orders Committee.