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CPA Secretary-General visits Parliament of South Africa and engages with South African Provincial Legislatures

During a visit to Cape Town, the CPA Secretary-General, Stephen Twigg met with the CPA South Africa Branch Secretary and Secretary to the National Council of the Provinces, Advocate Modibedi Phindela at the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.

At a meeting held at the Parliament buildings, they discussed the CPA’s support for Members of Parliament in South Africa and the CPA South Africa Branch’s ongoing engagement through the CPA Africa Region and the wider Association. The CPA Secretary-General was accompanied by Emily Davies, Head of Strategy and Engagement and Zothile Zondi, Programmes Officer (seconded from the South Africa Parliament).

Above: The CPA Secretary-General on his visit to the National Council of the Provinces at the Federal Parliament of South Africa. Click here for images.

The CPA Secretary-General held a meeting in Cape Town with six of the nine Speakers and Presiding Officers from the South African Provincial Legislatures in the margins of the CPA Residency programme.

The CPA Branches represented included Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Western Cape. Members discussed the issue of the CPA’s legal status, the unique representation for sub-national Legislatures in the CPA’s membership and the ongoing professional development support for Members of Parliament through CPA programmes.

Above: The CPA Secretary-General meets with the Speakers of Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Western Cape at a special meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa. Click here for images.

In South Africa, the CPA Secretary-General, Stephen Twigg also met with representatives Ms Phyll Opoku and Steve Letsike from The Commonwealth Equality Network to discuss opportunities to collaborate on human rights and equality in the Commonwealth.

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The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of around 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance.

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