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Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Parliament Street | Visitors Centre, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
+27 21 403 2911
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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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Parliament Street | Visitors Centre, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
+27 21 403 2911
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once the bastion of white supremacy, it is now open to all. Unfortunately, this does not include Sunday, the only day that my spouse and I had to see some of Capetown's historic buildings. One can still admire exterior of the massive building, constructed of...More

Thank CJW913
Reviewed 25 May 2017

It's not open all the time so it might be good to find out the times they are open. There are gardens next to it that is a good place to walk and relax. One of the iconic buildings in Cape Town and worth the...More

1  Thank arpegiator
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This tour takes you inside the SA parliament, you get to see where SA laws are made and the country run. It is imperative to book a tour in advance.

Thank Boo-ngane
Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is a well set up parliament for visitors who are able to get a good understanding of the SA parliamentary system.

Thank Jastogo
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Historic buildings very close to the company gardens in the heart of Cape Town, inside is not allowed.

Thank ARUN63512
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Got the chance to walk near by the building and really liked the vice surrounding it. Sadly it was closed when we went, but we still enjoyed the views of it and what it means to thd South African people. Well worth stopping by even...More

1  Thank Steve R
Reviewed 21 December 2015

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

1  Thank hoosainnarker
Reviewed 2 October 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....More

Thank elroyp754
Reviewed 16 September 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...More

Thank Retired_Gentleman
Reviewed 23 March 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...More

4  Thank Cody C
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