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Mar 28, 2023 | Articles

Access to Parliamentary Documents Simplified by Sabinet

Parliamentary documents and Bills play an important role in the ever-changing landscape of South African legislation. The majority of these documents are available online through the South African parliament website, but finding the particular document you need can often be like trying to find a proverbial needle in a near-infinite digital haystack.

It is exactly these sorts of challenges that the Sabinet Discover portal was designed to overcome. It gives you the ability to search easily and efficiently through critical information about changes in the South African legislative or legal landscape.

The Digitisation of Parliamentary Documents

Digitisation has changed the legal information sphere in significant ways. Before digitisation, all legal and legislative documentation, including parliamentary documents, had to be physically stored in hard copy. Not only could these documents get damaged or lost, but they could also only be read or used by one person at a time. This put hard limits on access to information, both in terms of how much information was available, and who could access it. But we live in a world where almost everything has been or is in the process of being digitised. Now, with no physical restraints on how much data can be stored, and the ability for multiple people to use the same data at the same time, the sheer amount that can now be accessed is staggering.

So, where does the downside come in? So far, digitisation sounds like the best thing to ever happen to data storage. But the problem has now been pushed to the other extreme. Now, there is an overwhelming amount of data available, all of it accessible online, which has made it much harder to find specific information within this vast general collection. Digitisation also means that new Bills or parliamentary documents can be released, or earlier ones updated, and these sometimes-crucial amendments can be easily missed. Navigating the infinite digital landscape and finding information that is relevant and useful amidst all the clutter has become no small task. This is just as true for parliamentary documents as it is for any other documentation.

Leveraging Digitisation with Sabinet Discover

Sabinet constantly strives to simplify and allow more effective access to a wide range of legal and legislative documents, including parliamentary documents. Sabinet Discover allows you to fine-tune your search to return exactly what you are looking for with ease, instead of browsing through endless chronological lists of files until you come across something helpful.

How Sabinet Discover Works for Parliamentary Documents

Through the Sabinet Discover search portal, you have a vast trove of South African legislative information at your fingertips. Our Bill Tracker and Parliamentary Documents Service specialise in getting you the most relevant and up-to-date information related to any and every Act or Bill tabled before the South African parliament, including all the preceding parliamentary documents related to them. Sabinet conducts extensive daily research across a wide variety of reputable sources of government and parliamentary information and illustrates the complete legislative history of Bills and Acts, from their earliest drafts to their final acceptance so you can see exactly where in the process a particular Bill is. Easily follow the progress of a Bill from its first discussion in a parliamentary document through its development as a draft and then into a Bill, which is then signed into law and finally updated as an Act. Our portal allows you to home in on the information you need and cut through the irrelevant clutter surrounding it.

Sabinet Covers Everything:

  1. Any and all parliamentary Bills, including their profile history and current status. This accounts for Bills that are still in process, as well as those completed and those that have been passed but not yet enacted.
  2. We cross-reference Government Gazettes to their corresponding Bills.
  3. We cover all parliamentary documents, including draft Bills, committee reports, submissions to parliament, speeches by ministers, and answers to questions asked in parliament.

Navigating the digital landscape of South African legislation becomes easy when you have the right tool for the job.

Should you wish to make use of this invaluable service, you can explore the Sabinet Discover search portal to enjoy easy access to relevant parliamentary documents or any other South African legislation. If you require more information about the Sabinet portal and how it can benefit you, please feel free to contact us.