Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Tours Office arranges free guided tours of Parliament covering the history, the functions of Parliament, an explanation of how Parliament works and how to get involved in the Parliamentary processes. Parliament plays an important role in the life of the nation. It is elected to represent the citizens of South Africa according to the Constitution. Parliament is the place where laws are passed and where important issues of the day are discussed. It is the place where the views of citizens can be heard directly by parliamentary committees. Parliament also keeps the executive and state institutions accountable. Parliament is made up of two 'houses' - the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia34,338 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The custom of placing supreme authorities is not unique to South Africa. For example, in Germany and Russia, the Constitutional Court is located not in the capital but in Karlsruhe and St. Petersburg, respectively. In the Netherlands, all authorities are located not in the capital Amsterdam, but in The Hague. The uniqueness of South Africa is connected with its history. The Union of South Africa was formed as a confederation of the British Possessions with its capital in Cape Town, the Orange Free State with its capital in Bloemfontein and the South African Republic (Transvaal) with its capital in Pretoria. Therefore, Pretoria left the government, Bloemfontein - the court, and Cape Town - the parliament. The South African Parliament buildings are located in Cape Town. The Parliament was housed in a building built in 1884 in the neoclassical style, and outbuildings built in the 1920s and 1980s. The outbuildings housed the National Assembly (the lower house of Parliament), and the National Council of Provinces (the upper house of Parliament) in the historic building. During my visit to Cape Town, the building was closed due to the pandemic for tourists, but it worked. However, on the morning of January 2, 2022, the South African parliament shared the fate of the German Reichstag. However, in 1933, the Nazis set fire to the Reichstag to blame the Communists. Everything is more absurd in Cape Town. Nothing can be done with the South African Herostratus. He turned out to be crazy. ..However, the results are as smart. The fire destroyed the premises of both chambers. The reasons are the same as with Paris Notre Dame. Criminal negligence. The fire-fighting system partially did not work, and the employees of the protection services apparently continued to celebrate the New Year. Maybe not everyone was recognized as crazy?
Written 24 October 2022
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Cody C
Cape Town16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Business
I sort of quite like the fact that homeless people now surround parliament. They sleep on the streets next the exterior fences - they have effectively turned the Company Gardens into a well-tended camp for the homeless. It sort of makes me feel a bit better about the fact that the dear old president has been shamelessly stealing the taxpayer's cash and spending it uh, upgrades, for his house. At least now poor people are getting a slice of the action too. Parliament is brilliant. If you're homeless, then go there at once.
Written 23 March 2015
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Sachin K
New York City, NY6,507 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
The parliament building is well preserved from it’s colonial days and is a unique building. The statue of Mandela stands out. Worth considering to visit the building complex when in Cape Town.
Written 26 July 2019
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Linus
Breda, The Netherlands396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
It's not open all the time so it might be good to find out the times they are open. There are gardens next to it that is a good place to walk and relax. One of the iconic buildings in Cape Town and worth the visit.
Written 25 May 2017
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,610 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
Got the chance to walk near by the building and really liked the vice surrounding it. Sadly it was closed when we went, but we still enjoyed the views of it and what it means to thd South African people. Well worth stopping by even if just for a few pictures.
Written 23 September 2016
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hoosainnarker
Cape Town Central, South Africa6,195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Visits to Parliament is rare and when one is afforded an opportunity, one must certainly grab it with open hands ...
Written 21 December 2015
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serena99
Geneva, Switzerland939 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
would have loved to have visited this building but it's closed weekends and afternoons so try to get here in the morning mon to fri. the outside is lovely and in pleasant gardens, so you can enjoy a stroll around in the sun. there are a few other sites in the area so worth coming down here
Written 22 March 2015
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TravellerDWM
London, UK510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Solo
You need to book in advance for a tour around Cape Town Parliament but it is worth it. The tour was interesting, took you into the various chambers. Very informative. You cannot take photos inside but they give you a CD with all the photos you could want. Most of the people on the tour were from S Africa. Highly recommend it. Email tours@parliament.gov.za
Written 9 April 2012
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Highcliffe_House
Gordon's Bay, South Africa61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Put it by a river wouldn't improve its appearance. Downtown and not a real "must-go-to" sight
Written 13 March 2012
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Bhekani R
Pretoria, South Africa247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
This tour takes you inside the SA parliament, you get to see where SA laws are made and the country run. It is imperative to book a tour in advance.
Written 14 January 2017
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