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"An Activist Legislature that Champions Democracy"

Albertina Sisulu Centenary

In 2018 South Africa will mark the centenary of the life Albertina Sisulu, a fearless champion of democracy and human rights. The centenary celebrations will run for the entire year and will be marked by a series of commemorative events.

 

Year of Dr. Nelson Mandela

11 February 2018 marks 28 years since the release of Isithwalandwe/ Seaparankoe Comrade President Nelson Mandela from the Victor Verster prison in 1990. Upon his release, following 27 years imprisonment
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Mission and Vision

Vision: An Activist Legislature that champions democracy 
Mission: 
To promote 
good governance and a culture of human
rights through public participation, law-making and oversight that is vigilant, dynamic, 
proactive and responsive.


ABOUT FREE STATE LEGISLATURE


The powers, functions and responsibilities of Provincial Legislatures are set out in Chapter 6 of the Constitution. The legislative power of Provincial Legislatures is defined by section 114 of the Constitution. In exercising its legislative power, the Free State Provincial Legislature may consider, pass, amend or reject any bill. It may also initiate or prepare legislation, except money bills. 
The Constitution also provides for a specific relationship between the Provincial Legislature and the Provincial Executive. Section 142 mandates the Provincial Legislature to exercise oversight over the Provincial Executive by putting in place mechanisms to ensure that all provincial organs of state in the province are accountable to it.
These constitutional powers, functions and responsibilities are detailed in Rules 127 to 130 of the Standing Rules and Orders of the Legislature.

Provincial Legislatures are obliged by the Constitution to conduct their business in an open manner and to facilitate public involvement in these processes. The constitutional limitations within which a Provincial Legislature must operate is further provided for in section 104(3) as follows; “A provincial legislature is bound only by the Constitution and, if it has passed a constitution for its province, also by that constitution and must act in accordance with and within the limits of the Constitution and that provincial constitution.” Apart from these specific functions, Provincial Legislatures also play a broader role in the democratic system of government. They strengthen the system of representative government by increasing the overall opportunities for representation, and, as part of the structures of deliberation, they ensure that different perspectives on issues concerning and affecting societies are considered.




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MEMBERS OF THE FREE STATE PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE


Hon.Sisi Ntombela, is officially the Premier of the Free State. This, after being elected and sworn in in the Provincial Legislature, on 02 April 2018.



UPCOMING EVENTS.



On 9 August the country will commemorate Women’s Day under the theme: “100 Years of Albertina Sisulu, Woman of Fortitude: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”.
The President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address during the national event which will be held at Mbekweni Rugby Stadium, Paarl, Western Cape.  This year’s commemoration takes on a special significance as it is the year of the “triple centenary”. South Africa celebrates the birth of struggle icon Mama Albertina Sisulu and Tata Nelson Mandela as well as the formation of the Bantu Women’s League.

The Mama Sisulu’s centenary celebration will form a core thrust of Women’s Month as we pay tribute to her and the many women leaders of her generation. Mama Sisulu was one of the organisers of the anti-pass Women’s March in 1956 and played a key role in its planning.

This year’s Women’s Month must also be used to give expression to critical issues facing women of today, particularly the gender-based violence and the economic empowerment of women. 

SITTING OF THE HOUSE 03 AUG 2018




DR NELSON MANDELA MONTH JULY


OUR PRINCIPALS





President C. Ramaphosa

President of South Africa since 15 February 2018.
Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa was born on 17 November 1952 in Johannesburg.


Premier S. Ntombela

 


FSL Speaker M. Qabathe


 


Deputy Speaker S. Mbalo

 

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17 JULY 2018

Former US President Barack Obama delivers 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture


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DESIGN SOLVE PROBLEMS


From the purely practical to the richly philosophical, design is the solution to a host of challenges.



BUSINESS OF THE LEGISLATURE




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MESSAGE FROM PRESIDING OFFICERS





Hon MG Qabathe

Speaker

Office of the 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.

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Hon. S Mbalo

Deputy Speaker

Office of the Deputy

The office is constituted by electing a Speaker during the sitting of the House – implying, the House will resolve to decide who should become the Speaker. The Office extends to the Office of the Deputy Speaker and Chairperson of Committees. It should be noted that the Deputy Speaker and Chairperson of Committee are Members of the Committee on Rules and Orders; and the Speaker the Chairperson of the committee.

As the leader of the House, the Speaker has the responsibility to:
Provide political leadership & strategic direction to the House.
Exercise impartiality at all times in pursuance of these duties.

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