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“Splendid bust of Mandela unveiled” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
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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.
Western Cape,South Africa
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“Splendid bust of Mandela unveiled”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 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.

Visited April 2014
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“Only if time permits”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

A huge bombastic building. It is impressive but I would not go out of the way to visit, a quick photo would do.

Visited October 2013
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Nice looking buildings”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

You can see Houses of Parliament when you visit the Company Gardens. Just walk past and take a photo, nothing else.

Visited July 2013
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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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