Political leaders to discuss local and international partnerships

Presiding Officers of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures will discuss the role of the South African Legislative Sector in building and consolidating local and international cooperation and partnerships at a two (2) day workshop to be held in Johannesburg on 28-29 November 2012.

Some of the more pertinent issues to be discussed include partnerships with parliamentary bodies in the context of the African continent and the organisational sustainability of the South African Legislative Sector.

The workshop, organised by the Legislative Sector Support (LSS), will be attended by all Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures as well as Secretaries and their Deputies.

Executive Director of LSS, Sandisiwe Schalk, says representatives from parliamentary bodies such as the SADC Parliamentary Forum, Pan African Parliament, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region), and East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), will join the workshop to share valuable insights with their South African counterparts.

“We have also invited organisations such as the European Union Delegation and SALGA to share with the Legislative Sector how beneficial partnerships can be in the context of inter-legislature relationships”.

Ms Schalk also said the workshop will scrutinise the current governance model including existing sector structures and discuss possible options for organisational sustainability of the sector.

"As a sector, we need to make a determination whether the current model is working optimally or whether it needs further enhancements. The workshop must address current and future funding and partnership options and decide on the best way forward".

Prominent guests who will address the workshop include the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Hon MJ Mahlangu, Secretary-General of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, Dr E Chiviya, the EU’s Ambassador to South Africa, Mr R van de Geer and the Chairperson of the South African Local Government Association, Cllr T Manyoni.