Legislature Study Tour

The leadership of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature (NCPL), undertook a multi-party study tour to Brazil and Cuba. Members of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature embarked on a study tour to Cuba and Brazil. The duration of the Study tour, excluding travel days is 11 days. A multi party delegation consisting of 12 MPLs and 3 Officials departed for Cuba on 18 April 2017 and will travel to Brazil on 25 April. The delegation will be returning to the country on 1 May 2017. The purpose of the study tour is one mechanisms used by the provincial legislatures to empower and expose members and officials of the NCPL to activities of other countries in terms of best practices considering political and socio-economic issues and challenges that are unique to the Northern Cape. Against the background of the realignment of a new world order, strategic geopolitical developments also impact on the provinces, and in this specific instance, the Northern Cape. To understand and constructively identify and engage the developmental agendas and socio-economic imperatives of the new order, it is essential that policy and opinion makers be exposed to countries that harbour similarities, specifically in their struggle for freedom and liberation. Based on the two central tenets of the continued international engagement of South Africa, namely Pan-Africanism and South-South solidarity, exposure to these countries will empower honourable members and officials of the NCPL to enhance the effective and efficient implementation of the strategic objectives of the institution. Paramount is oversight and accountability over the executive in terms of service delivery. The purpose of the study tour is to enrich the workings of the Members of the Provincial Legislature with regards to law-making, oversight over the executive arm of government and facilitation of public involvement in the processes of the NCPL. The objectives of the study tour are three fold:

  • First, to engage relevant role-players and political counterparts in the specific countries;
  • Second, to engage relevant institutions on the parliamentary systems and governance arrangements focusing on law making, oversight and accountability; and
  • Third, to have meetings and exchanges with similar legislative structures and to study projects relevant to the development trajectory of South Africa and the Northern Cape.

The focus of the study tour and expected areas of engagement with government and legislative institutions in Brazil are:

  • Parliamentary and Governance systems enhancing accountability;
  • Health and Welfare services;
  • Tourism and Nature conservation programmes;
  • Government housing projects;
  • Rural developmental programmes;
  • Agricultural programmes, specifically focusing on emerging and women farmers;
  • Economic development; and
  • Education.