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Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

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Address: Parliament Street | Visitors Centre, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
Phone Number: 0214032266
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Parliament plays an important role in the life of the nation. It is elected...

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). The National Assembly represents the people, chooses the President, provides a forum for debate, passes laws, and oversees the executive. The NCOP represents the provinces to ensure that provincial interests are taken into account in the national sphere of government, participates in passing laws, provides a forum for debate of provincial issues, and ensures that local government is represented at national level. Both houses participate in debating and voting on the Budget. Most of this work is done by Members of Parliament (MPs) sitting in parliamentary committees. MPs also have responsibilities outside Parliament. They must consult with the public and serve people in their constituency areas. 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.

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Visits to Parliament is rare and when one is afforded an opportunity, one must certainly grab it with open hands ...

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 20, 2015
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Visits to Parliament is rare and when one is afforded an opportunity, one must certainly grab it with open hands ...

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

As the legislative capital of SA, Cape Town's Parliament has a rich history. My organisation often has interns who visit Parliament as part of their orientation. Currently Ms Nhlanhla Mrwebi runs the tour programmes - I would recommend you email her to book a tour. Old and new parliament has a fascinating history. ..I highly recommend a visit of usually... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

This is a beautiful colonial building, completed in 1884 and fronted by the lovely Company Gardens on one side. The only way to see inside is by a guided tour and free tours are available Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, between 9am and noon but have to be booked at least a week in advance; it is well worth... More 

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Cape Town
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

If you are passing by the city center I would recommend you to go, otherwise I'm not sure it worth. I didn't had the chance to get inside.

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Pretoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Wonderful setting the heart of Cape Town next to the Gardens the Parliament Building stands proud. The new bust of Nelson Mandela sits in front of the buildings for future generations, to be reminded of his view of freedom and what Parliament represents. If you have time there is a short tour, but we did not do this.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Amazing views of Table Mountain and majestic buildings combined with the beautiful company's garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The media would often have it that in the 20 years since democracy, little has changed. This circa 90 mins and free tour takes you to the literal seats of 'power' and gives therefore a fascinating and absorbing insight into where this country has come from and where its heading. Atau was our Guide - a Graduate who oozes charm,... More 

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Western Cape,South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

A large and magnificent bust (over 2 metres high) of Nelson Mandela has just been unveiled in front of the Parliament building.It can be seen from Plein Street and from the Red tour hop on-hop off sightseeing bus which passes by.Worth a look at as it is an excellent likeness.

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