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“Not a tourist attraction”

Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
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Cape Town Half-Day City Tour Including Table Mountain
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 13 March 2012

Put it by a river wouldn't improve its appearance. Downtown and not a real "must-go-to" sight

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Reviewed 8 February 2012

It is ok. It is nice. But surely there is more to do do in Cape Town?

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Reviewed 13 January 2012

This is a seriously overrated experience even though it is free. Just don't bother with it. It would be much better just finding a way to interact with locals than parliamentarians who are far-removed from them.

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Reviewed 10 January 2018
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