Parliament, Monday, 16 March 2020 – In light of the measures announced by the President of the Republic in respect of curbing the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and after consultations with the whips and representatives of political parties, a decision has been taken to cancel the plenary sitting of the National Assembly scheduled for Tuesday, 17 March 2020.

The National Assembly will now sit on Wednesday, 18 March to conduct urgent business that would have been dealt with on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, this will include the consideration of the Division of Revenue Bill. Subject to availability of members of the Executive, the time for the sitting on Wednesday is 10:00.

Committee meetings will meet as scheduled until further notice.

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has also cancelled public meetings scheduled for Thursday 19 March 2020 in three Gauteng municipalities. The public meetings were part of the three-day report back session of the NCOP's flagship programme, Taking Parliament to the People (TPTTP). The NCOP will only meet on Thursday to consider an urgent business: the intervention in the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in terms of section 139 (1)(c).

A special meeting between the Presiding Officers of Parliament and the whippery will take place on Tuesday, 17 March to consider the way forward in light of the President's announcement.

A comprehensive announcement regarding the programme of both Houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, will be made after the Tuesday meeting.

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