Parliamentary Program

About this program

The Democracy Development Program (DDP) exists to deepen the practice of democracy in South Africa. It seeks to build strong and active communities that can hold those in power to account. The programme seeks to promote civil society engagement with the KZN provincial legislature towards deepening accountability and promotion of good governance in the process, promote public engagement with the legislature through its various programmes.

The KwaZulu-Natal Legislature is one of the nine provincial legislatures in South Africa. Based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, the KZN Legislature is constitutionally mandated to pass legislation, provide a forum for public participation, involve the public in the law-making process, and oversee the activities of the provincial executive. The KZN Legislature consists of 80 Members, elected every five years on a proportional representation system. The Premier and Members of the KZN Cabinet are appointed from these Members.

PROGRAMME GOAL

To foster transparency and accountability of KZN legislature by promoting the participation of citizens and civil society in the work of portfolio committees.

OBJECTIVES

  • To enhance citizen engagement with portfolio committees of KZN Parliament
  • To deepen accountability through civil society engagement with portfolio committees
  • To enhance civil society and political parties’ cooperation in responding to various bills

PROGRAMME GEOGRAPHICAL FOCUS

The programme focuses on the KZN legislature

PROGRAMME METHODOLOGY

a) Transformational dialogues approach between civil society and political parties.

b) Capacity building initiatives – training, seminars, and workshops.

c) Research on bills.

PROGRAMME COMPONENTS

a) Research

b) Capacity building workshops.

PROGRAMME TARGET

  1. Civil Society
  2. Political parties
  3. Citizens
  4. Portfolio Committees
August 22, 2022

“Increasing women parliamentarians’ participation in portfolio committees in South Africa’s legislatures.”

By Nyasha Mcbride Mpani Introduction and Background South Africa, just like other African countries, has been struggling with the under-representation of women in the legislature. The […]
July 26, 2022

“Eight-years to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Re-Imagining the Role of Parliamentarians in Facilitating the Realisation of This Goal.”

‘”We acknowledge also the essential role of national parliaments through their enactment of legislation and adoption of budgets and their role in ensuring accountability for the […]
June 28, 2022

The Role of Legislature in Tackling Youth and Graduate Unemployment in South Africa.

“Nothing is dangerous like an educated but unemployed youth”-Unknown By: Nyasha Mcbride Mpani Introduction and Background Unemployment has been the number one major problem affecting youth […]
May 30, 2022

The Role of Parliament in Fostering Workers Rights in South Africa Post- Covid 19

“Workers’ rights should be a central focus of development”- Joseph Stiglitz By: Nyasha Mcbride Mpani Introduction The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on various facets […]
April 28, 2022

The Role and Functions of MPs in Promoting Financial Accountability of the State to the Legislature in South Africa

By Nyasha Mpani Introduction The work of Parliament and MPs is well articulated in the country’s constitution which is the supreme law of the country. According […]
March 29, 2022

Mobilising Parliamentarians to accelerate political accountability in South Africa: The How and Why it Matters

“Given the ongoing exposure of malfeasances in both public and private sectors in the country, accountability cannot be a buzzword or a cliche. It must be […]
February 16, 2022

DDP inaugural women parliamentarians workshop

Understanding the role of parliament, parliamentarians, and parliamentary committees  The Democracy Development Program hosted a day capacity-building workshop for members of the KwaZulu Natal Legislature Women’s […]
January 26, 2022

Media and Women in Politics

“Women are never the right age. We are too young, we’re too old. We are too thin, we’re too fat. We wear too much make-up, we […]
November 17, 2021

Service Delivery Challenges in Kwazulu Natal

By Nyasha Mcbride Mpani Download the article here: Service Delivery in KZN
November 17, 2021

CO-OPERATIVE GOVERNANCE & TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE MEETING

Briefing by the Department of COGTA and on the cost of boreholes at uMzinyathi District Municipality and Briefing on Departmental reports (2nd Quarter Report 2021/22 (Financial […]
October 20, 2021

“The Role of Legislatures’ Oversight Committees in Deepening Democracy and Accountability for the use of Public Resources in South Africa”

By: Nyasha Mcbride Mpani Introduction Chapter 4 of  the Constitution[1] spells out the mandate of Parliament which is of protecting the Constitution and promoting democratic governance […]
October 20, 2021

Portfolio on co-operative governance & traditional affairs (COGTA)

Briefing by the Department of COGTA and MEC on the status of boreholes, report on beneficiaries of EPWP and on 1st Quarter Report 2021/22 (Financial and […]
September 3, 2021

Portfolio on Co-Operative Governance & Traditional Affairs (COGTA)

 Briefing by the Department of COGTA and MEC on the status of boreholes, report on beneficiaries of EPWP and on 1st Quarter Report 2021/22 (Financial and […]
August 22, 2017

Adhoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties Bill

On 16 August 2017, DDP Programmes Manager Dr Paul Kariuki presented civ-il society’s position on political party funding to the Adhoc Committee at Parliament in Cape […]