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“A piece of History”

Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
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US$51.32*
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Half-Day Table Mountain and Cape Town City Tour
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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.
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“A piece of History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2012

While waiting to go to the high court, this was a fabulous visit, a great reminder how the wheels of history turn.

Visited September 2012
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“A serious looking building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

The Cape Town Houses of Parliament are a serious looking building. Dominated by beautiful white, the building is surrounded by neat gardens and nice grounds. The Houses of Parliament are well located for the tourist, being near the Company's Gardens and St George's Cathedral, with several museums located to the south and east of the location. Cape Town's Houses of Parliament are worth a look.

Visited July 2012
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Pretoria
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“Good place to check off your list but not an earth shattering experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012

Worked close to Parliament and can say that the tour is interesting and informative, especially the green room where that president got shot in the 60's, but the rest is dark hallways and dark wood panelling. I would recommend it for a school excursion or tour for law students.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Serene”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

Beautiful building - very tidy and neat grounds - friendly but stern reception at entrances - leaves a wondering mind of what's happening there every day!

Visited March 2012
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“Interesting insight into South African's Parliament”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

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

Visited August 2011
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