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Politics, sometimes defined as the art and science of government[1], is a process by which collective decisions are made within groups. ... South Africa coat-of-arms; fair use; from http://www. ... // Constitution Following the 1994 elections, South Africa was governed under an interim constitution. ...

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edit The President of South Africa is the head of state and head of government under South Africas Constitution. ... Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (born June 18, 1942, in Idutwa, South Africa) is the President of the Republic of South Africa. ... The Deputy President of South Africa is appointed by the President of South Africa. ... Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (3 November 1955 –) is the current Deputy President of South Africa. ... Ministers, in the South African government, are Members of Parliament who hold a ministerial warrants to perform certain functions of government. ... The Parliament of South Africa, has undergone many transformations, as a result of the countrys tumultuous history. ... The National Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament of South Africa, located in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. ... The Speaker of the National Assembly presides over the South African National Assembly. ... Tony Leon Anthony James Leon (born 15 December 1956) is a South African politician and the leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africas main opposition party and current leader of the opposition. ... The Judiciary of South Africa is an independent branch of government, subject only to the South African Constitution and the laws of the country. ... The South African Constitutional Court (Afrikaans; Die Konstitusionele Hof van Suid Afrika) was established in 1994 by South Africas first democratic constitution: the Interim Constitution of 1993. ... The South African Supreme Court of Appeal is the South African court which has the final say on all matters, except those that involve the constitution. ... The High Court of South Africa is a court of law in South Africa. ... Magistrates Courts in South Africa are the lower courts and the courts of of first instance and decide all matters as provided for by an act of parliament. ... Elections in South Africa gives information on election and election results in South Africa. ... Political parties in South Africa lists political parties in South Africa. ... Foreign Relations of South Africa South African forces fought on the Allied side in both World War I and World War II, and it participated in the postwar United Nations force in the Korean War. ... The history of South Africa encompasses over three million years. ...

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) is the upper house of the Parliament of South Africa under the (post-apartheid) constitution which came into full effect in 1997. It replaced the former Senate, but is very similar to that body, and to many other upper houses of legislatures throughout the world, in that its purpose is to represent the specific viewpoints of individual provinces and urban areas. An upper house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the lower house. ... The Parliament of South Africa, has undergone many transformations, as a result of the countrys tumultuous history. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Senate (Senaat in Afrikaans) was the upper house of the Parliament of South Africa between 1910 and 1981, and between 1994 and 1997. ...



Election to the NCOP is indirect. Citizens vote for provincial legislatures, and each of these legislatures then nominates a delegation of ten members to the NCOP. The delegation, which includes the premier, must reflect the proportion of each political party in the provincial legislature. Each of South Africa's nine provinces has equal representation in the Council, irrespective of size or population. A delegation from the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) may also attend sittings of the NCOP, but may not vote. A premier is an executive official of government. ... A map of the nine provinces of South Africa South Africa is currently divided into nine provinces. ...


Each provincial delegation may cast one vote. Legislation is passed if five of the nine provinces vote in favour, except if the bill is a Constitutional Amendment, in which case it requires the approval of six provincial delegations before going to the National Assembly for approval. The NCOP may consider, amend, propose amendments to, or reject legislation. It must consider all national bills, and also has the power to initiate legislation which relates only to the provinces or in areas in which both the national and provincial governments have powers to make law (Schedule 4 areas). The National Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament of South Africa, located in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. ...

Chairpersons of the National Council of Provinces

  • 1997 - 1999 Patrick Lekota
  • 1999 - 2004 Naledi Pandor (f)
  • 2004 - 2004 Joyce Kgoali (f)
  • 2004 - Johannes Mahlangu acting to 17 Jan 2005)


Parliament of South Africa Website: National Council of Provinces

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