School Functionality Monitoring Programme Follow-up Visits Receive Feedback on Progress Made in the Implementation of Resolutions taken in January 2022.

School Functionality Monitoring Programme Follow-up Visits Receive Feedback on Progress Made in the Implementation of Resolutions taken in January 2022.

In the year since the last visits, the Schools Functionality Monitoring Program (SFMP) has proven to have made a significant positive impact on the delivery of quality education in KZN in critical areas such as teaching and learning, school infrastructure, school management and governance , performance, discipline and stakeholder relations.

The SFMP follow-up programme is designed to track and monitor the implementation of resolutions taken at the beginning of the year, during the first academic term visits. It also accommodates, assesses and deals with new issues that might have transpired since the last visits.

The purpose of the follow-up programme is precisely to:
1 . Assess the extent to which the department addressed the challenges identified in January 2022;
2. Focus on areas in which the department managed to address challenges;
3. Focus on areas in which the department failed to address challenges;
4. Identify contributing factors for failure to attend to challenges by any department;
5. Ascertain commitment between different levels of the department on addressing challenges; and
6. Assess systematic challenges that hindered progress on implementation of the resolutions.

A Multiparty delegation of Members of the Legislature were deployed into 24 teams that visited 94 schools in all KZN Districts, and the Metro in January 2022 and the SFMP follow-up programme took place on 06 and 07 September 2022.

A report with findings indicating progress on implementation of the January 2022 resolutions, findings on new issues such as curriculum coverage and examination readiness, and new resolutions (Sept 2022) will compiled and adopted by the Education Portfolio Committee then debated and adopted in the House and referred to the department for implementation.


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MPLs Deployed To KZN Schools To Monitor Their Functionality


Today, 6 September 2022 from 7:30am, Members of the Legislature are set to
monitor the functioning of schools across the province. The programme called School
Functionality Monitoring is a tool used by the legislature to conduct oversight over the
department of education, and it helps to assess service delivery in various areas in
schools. These areas include availability of educators versus learners, infrastructure
needs, community involvement in the running of schools, effectiveness of school
governing bodies, and other needs that may impact negatively on teaching and

During these oversight visits recommendations to improve teaching and learning are
generated and are based on two areas, namely, there are those that are at a level of
schools and those that require either the district or the department at a head office
levels to implement. The report is compiled, debated in the Legislature but ultimately
handed over to the department for implementation of the recommendations. The
legislature continues to monitor the implementation through its Education Portfolio

“This programme is of great assistance to the Committee as it allows us to get a
sense of what is happening across many schools and gives us an idea of the
magnitude of challenges the department may be facing, and what needs to be done
to improve the situation, and this means that the work of the legislature as the
oversight arm of the state is fully enhanced”, the Chairperson of the Education
Portfolio Committee, Hon Sifiso Sonjica said.


For more information, contact:
Wesley Canham
KZN Legislature
Media Liaison and PR

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Speaker Nontembeko Boyce Delivers A Paper Overview And Importance Of Gender Sensitive Parliaments To The 65th CPA Conference In Halifax, Canada


Overview and Importance of Gender Sensitive Parliaments
The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 proposes that full and effective participation and equal opportunities for women in leadership must be ensured at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life. Equally, goal 5, further emphasises the need for the proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments, provincial parliaments and or legislatures and local governments.
However, the CPA statics of women representation still paints a bleak picture in terms of achieving better representation. This does not discount the strides made to ensure that women are included in political participation, for instance in 2001 only 12.4% of women constituted parliaments in Sub-Saharan Africa and by 2019, the figures had grown to 24.1%. Statistics indicate that South Africa is ranked number 4 globally with 44.5% of women parliamentarians in national parliament (Vetten, Makhunga, & Leisegang, 2017). The Parliament of Rwanda still remains a shining beacon of hope in terms of the numbers of women representation, having surpassed the 50% mark by a long shot.

Women’s representation in political, social, and economic decisions is not a nice quota, but it is deeply embedded in the fibres of democracy. In South Africa, the bravery of women birthed the Women’s Charter in 1954. The charter was a declaration by the South African women in their fight for the equal recognition of right and privileges of women in South Africa. The National Council of Provinces has in this 6th term embarked on the review all of this charter, a programmer that was concluded at the beginning of 2022.The Women’s Charter , amongst other things, sought to achieve the following:
• The right to vote and to be elected to all state bodies, without restriction or discrimination.
• Closing of the wage gap between men and women.
• Equal rights with men in relation to property, marriage, and children, and for the removal of all laws and customs that deny women such equal rights.
• To strive for permanent peace throughout the world.
Some of the ideals of the Women’s Charter are still elusive. This is regardless of the fact that even the South African Constitution has provided for them.
The Inter-Parliamentary Report (2014) asserts that political participation is a human right grants citizens the right to participate and further remains central to development and democracy of any nation.
Challenges / barriers faced by women in politics and parliament
There is a need to acknowledge that the political landscape has not drastically changed, women still have to juggle between the unpaid work of raising children and managing households, furthering their studies and contesting political spaces with inadequate financial resource. The leadership positions in political parties are still dominated by males despite the correct political rhetoric. A study conducted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (2021) on barriers faced by women to enter and participate in parliaments; recognizes that the barriers are deeply rooted in social norms that tend to confine women to certain stereotypical expectations.

Gender Sensitive Parliaments: KZN Legislature Context
Gender-sensitive parliament refers to a parliament that responds to the needs and interests of both men and women in its structures, operations, methods and in its work. Gender-sensitive parliaments remove the barriers to women’s full participation and offer a positive example or model to society at large (Inter-Parliament Union , 2016).
Multilateral organisations such as CPA have further develeped guidelines which are thematized Standards according to the four dimensions of a Gender Sensitive Parliament namely:
• Equality of Participation within Parliament
• Parliamentary Infrastructure
• Parliamentary Culture
• Gender Equality Policy/Women’s substantive representation

Equality of Participation within Parliament
One of the components of this dimension is that women and men participate equally in politics, as candidates for elected office and as elected Members. As well as ensuring that all committees have women and men members; chairpersons are equally divided amongst the sexes; horizontal segregation is not a feature of committee membership or chairing. On equal participation in politics for men and women, South Africa has progressed and is ranked as “one of the most gender-diverse parliaments” across the global rankings.

Adopting the Proportional Representation (PR) electoral system is a catalyst for this progress. A strength of PR is that smaller parties have a chance of winning seats and in this way, ensure the representation of women and a broader range of political views. This is reflected in the 6th administration of the KZN Legislature where women across political parties constitute 49% of Members of the Provincial Legislature. Equal representation is also reflected in Members of the Executive as women contribute 51% of MEC in the Province. It is in the 6th Administration where we have also witnessed the institution having more women chairpersons of Portfolio Committees and as Office Bearers.

Parliamentary Infrastructure
Various factors under this dimension include ensuring that a range of women’s parliamentary bodies are established, such as women’s caucus, women’s committees, and Speaker’s groups. In the KZN Legislature, a multiparty women’s caucus was established in 2008 as an entity through which women parliamentarians are represented and can achieve gender mainstreaming in the interest of gender equality.

Critical to the existence of the Women’s caucus is the continued capacity development programmes, to empower women legislators and enhance their knowledge to be able to participate fully in the legislative processes.
In advancing gender issues, the women’s caucus hosts seminars/ dialogues with various stakeholders in government, the private sector, tertiary institutions, traditional leaders and tertiary institutions. In June, the women’s caucus hosted a successful dialogue series titled “How the Legislature assists its Committees to monitor different departments on whether they implement Gender Responsive Planning Budgeting Monitoring Evaluation and Auditing (GRPBMEA)”. GRPBMEA is a framework geared towards a more sustainable, comprehensive and multi-sectoral approach to gender mainstreaming within the country’s planning, monitoring and evaluation, as well as its public financing systems. The framework recognises that traditional budgeting systems are actively patriarchal and fail to see the contribution of women.

Another advisory, influencing and consultative advisory committee in the KZN Legislature is the Standing Committee on Quality of Life, Status of Women, Children, Youth and Persons with Disability. The committee monitors and evaluates progress in the improvement in the quality of life and status of women, children, youth and disabled persons in the Province, about the implementation of international instruments and applicable legislation.
The Committee in collaboration with government has facilitated dialogues with women farm workers at Emadlangeni and Edumbe to raise awareness against Gender Based Violence in rural areas of Umsinga and Ukuthwala at Ukhahlamba were held.
Parliamentary Culture
Parliamentarians ought to challenge cultural stereotypes and pioneer issues for other vulnerable groups. In this regard, KZN Legislature has championed dialogues advocating for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ and had held successful symposiums with the sector.

Measures towards improvement of women leadership status and equal representation
Notwithstanding the strides that legislatures have made towards building a gender-sensitive parliament, the continued barriers cannot be ignored and require to be confronted.
Parliament and political parties need to continue to place emphasis on mentoring women, fostering their confidence to aim for political leadership positions and putting in place targeted policy solutions through capacity building and creating space for women to participate in leadership positions.
There is a need to continue to rally men for support of creating gender-sensitive parliaments. Ensuring that men are also champions for gender-sensitive parliaments so at to dismantle the inherent patriarchy normalized dominance that men should occupy leadership positions.
Also we need to look closely on how Standing Rules can be improved to ensure that they in no why inhibit on participation of women. The programs of parliaments may also be a barrier to women of child bearing age and those still starting families.
It therefore remains a responsibility of women already in leadership and those who are parliamentarians to come up with innovative means of including all women regardless of age, race or sexuality. This they have to do persuant to the call by one South African woman of many firsts and a pioneer in women political activism, Charlotte Manya Maxeke, when she said “ this work is not about ourselves. Kill that spirit of self and do not live above your people. If you can rise, bring some with you” So, I repeat those of us who are already actively participating in Parliaments must create more opportunities of participation by the women who are younger than us. It is in that understanding that the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature beyond the Women’s Parliament has a direct engagement with women that are below 35 through the Young Women’s Summit. Furthermore, I challenge male parliamentarians to support strategies that can be employed to ensure visible representation of women and reject institutionalizing discrimination and sexism.

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Association Of Public Accounts Committees To Convene Annual Conference

DATE: 12 AUGUST 2022


The National Association of Public Accounts Committees (APAC) will from the 15th to 17th August 2022 convene its Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting under the theme “Enhanced Oversight for Ethical Public Financial Management and Accountability to Grow South Africa Together”.

Established in 1997, APAC is an association of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) of National Parliament and similar public accounts committees of the nine provincial legislatures in South Africa.

The Association was formed with the objective of improving the quality of oversight on public financial management and accountability of the legislatures and government in the country. It performs this by empowering the public accounts committees and by building the capacity of their individual members.

APAC supports public accounts committees with mechanism to hold public institutions accountable if they do not comply with the relevant laws and other regulations. With the hosting of this conference, APAC seeks to facilitate exchange of information and best practices, and to discuss issues of mutual concern.
The Conference and AGM will be addressed by representatives of the National Speakers Forum, the Auditor-General of South Africa and the Acting Deputy Public Protector.

Delegates will deliberate on topics for debate during breakaway sessions on the first of conference. On the 16th, the conference will focus on presentations of discussions emanating from the caucus groups. And finally, on the 17th APAC will convene its Annual General Meeting (AGM) to communicate key decisions of the Association.

Some of the topics which the conference will address include:
• Enhancing Oversight on Public Financial Management and Accountability in South Africa.
• Support to Municipal Oversight on Financial Management and Accountability.
• Strengthening Collaboration with the Auditor-General of South Africa for Ethical Public Financial Management and Accountability.
• Deepening Societal Mobilization for Ethical Public Financial Management and Accountability.

Details of the Conference are as follows:
Date: Monday 15th to Tuesday 16th August 2022
Time: 09h00 am daily
Venue: Southern Sun, Maharani, Durban

Details of the AGM are as follows:
Date: Wednesday 17th August 2022
Time: 09h00
Venue: The Edward Hotel, Durban

For media RSVP’s and interview requests with the General Secretary, please contact Ms Pfano Bulasigobo on 060 533 1982 email: or Mr Sina Wiseman Nxumalo on 0829060449 email: .



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Kwazulu-Natal Legislature Speaker Congratulates Hon Nomusa Dube-Ncube On Her Appointment As The First Female Premier Of The Province Of Kwazulu-Natal




The KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Speaker Hon Nontembeko Boyce has expressed warmest congratulations to the new Premier, Hon Nomusa Duve-Ncube.

The first woman to be a Premier in KZN was sworn in during a special sitting held in Mpofana Municipality today.

‘As she enters the Office of the Premier, I want to extend my very best wishes for success to her and her Executive Council” Said Boyce

Boyce said Dube-Ncube’s appointment was iconic as she becomes the first woman to be a Premier following the 8 male Premiers before her and also because it happens during the time when the country was still celebrating women’s months.

“She is a seasoned leaders, having led both in the local sphere and the provincial sphere of governments. All of us as women look.up to her with great expectations for her to take the province to new heights ” added Boyce.

Hon Dube-Ncube’s appointment comes after the resignation of her predecessor Hon Sihle Zikalala last week.

“As the Legislature we wish to thank the former premier, Hon Sihle Zikalala for the work he has done for the Province of KwaZulu-Natal and we wish him well in his future endeavours” Boyce said

For more information contact:
Nomusa Phungula
071 851 0085 / 072 294 7237
Office of the Speaker Media Liaison / Spokesperson

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COGTA Portfolio Committee holds its First Section 132 Meetings with KZN Municipalities

On 07 July 2022, COGTA Portfolio Committee is conducting its inaugural Section 132 meetings with municipalities under uMgungundlovu District to consider the 2021/2022 Municipal Audit Outcomes as presented by the Auditor-General’s Office after conducting the audit of all KZN municipalities.

The Section 132 Hearings are being conducted in line with Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), which governs the management of municipal finances. The committee has resolved to hold meetings with worst performing municipalities in KZN which have received adverse audits, disclaimer audits and qualified audit reports in the last financial year.

Notwithstanding the poor performance by other municipalities, some have shown remarkable improvement in terms of managing their finances and other assets.

Appearing before the committee today is Umshwathi, Mpofana and Umngeni Municipalities to account on the state of their finances as well as service delivery in the communities they serve.

The hearings which are also attended by the COGTA Department, are taking place in the Legislature Chamber. Further hearings with other municipalities will be held during July.

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Clean up Campaign


Cleanliness is one of the major challenges facing communities currently which will also impact the future adversely and it is common belief that teaching the youth essential life skills impacts on their behavior as adults. It is for this reason that the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Speaker Hon Nontembeko Boyce, on the 16th of June 2022 led a clean up campaign in Inkosi Mtubatuba Municipality ‘s Msane township with an aim to tackle the environmental health issues and be part of the anti-pollution campaign.


The campaign portrayed the importance of protecting the environment and helped spark behavioral change amongst young people. The clean-up campaign was part of the Speaker’s Social Responsibility programme for the Youth Parliament. It took place on the sidelines of the Youth Month activities and was attended by members of the legislature, councillors and leaders of youth formations.

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2022 LGBTQIA+ Symposium


That the KZN Legislature held its successful LGBTQIA+ symposium in 2021, which was the first of its kind.

That the Speaker of the KZN Legislature will go down into the history books as someone who did not only pay lip service to embracing the rights of all communities, as encapsulated in the Constitution

It is resolved:
That words of gratitude be expressed to the KZN Legislature Speaker for not betraying pillars of the Constitution.

That two in three members of the LGBTQIA+ community are reported to be experiencing systemic and institutional discrimination.

That these experiences negatively affect the physical, psychological, and financial well-being of LGBTQIA+ community members, who then alter their lives in significant ways to avoid discrimination.

It is resolved:
That government includes lessons about LGBTQIA+ community concept in basic education curriculum.

That LGBTQIA+ community still find it difficult to access employment and growth opportunities in workplaces due to discrimination.

It is resolved:
That government makes it a priority to promote the economic security and financial stability of LGBTQIA+ community by fostering inclusive labour practices and workplace policies.

That LGBTQIA+ community members are often removed from the priority list of land and housing beneficiaries.

It is resolved:
That government ensures greater access to equally safe and stable housing for LGBTQIA+ community, as well as support services for those experiencing homelessness.

That Social Compact is a political voluntary agreement between government and political communities.

That Department of Sport, Arts and Culture was mandated by the President to lead on this transversal mandate.

It is resolved:
That all sporting codes accommodate the LGBTQIA+ sector and where challenges the sector be consulted.

That advocacy programmes for gender dialogues be in place.

That most schools do not have a school based social worker to assist with issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community members.

It is resolved:
That each school employs a school based social worker to assist with all learners social and psychological needs; especially those from the LGBTQIA+ community.

The discrimination experienced by LGBTQIA+ community members at police stations when reporting or opening cases.

It is resolved:
That SAPS be capacitated to treat everyone equally, especially so that they will be receptive towards LGBTQIA+ community members.


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Social Development Committee Oversight Visit to Wentworth Youth Development Centre

Members of the Social Development Portfolio Committee visited the state of the art Wentworth Youth Development Centre and were impressed with the upkeep of the facilities and buildings.

The Centre offers skills development in catering, decor, electricity, fashion designing and sewing.

Members of the Committee were excited that the institution has a program in place to secure employment for those who qualify and provides entrepreneurship training for others to start their own businesses. #kznmpls

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Multiparty Oversight Visits in Harry Gwala District


Members of the KZN Legislature are deployed throughout the Harry Gwala district on 22 & 23 June 2022 to hold meetings with communities and listen to their service delivery challenges.

MPLs will also visit development projects that are funded by the provincial government and the district and local municipalities to monitor their effectiveness in communities where these projects are located.

These visits are in preparation of the Taking Legislature to the People which is set to sit in the Harry Gwala district within the next few months.

The Multi-Party visits focus on tracking progress made in the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) in the district such as the province’s contribution through its Provincial Growth Development Plan and Mid-term Strategic Framework (MTSF).

Members will also engage communities on the challenges they are facing as far development is concerned and what has been the response of the provincial government departments and local municipalities.

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