Petitions and Submissions
In a democratic country it is important that Citizens contribute to decisions on how the country is governed.
The Public Participation and Petitions (PPP) Unit of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) was set up to help the Citizens of Gauteng have a say in the way the Province is governed.
The PPP Unit is one of the tools that maintain dialogue between Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) and the Citizens of Gauteng. The Unit receives the public’s suggestions, requests, and/ or complaints to the MPLs.
Any formal request or complaint that a Citizen of Gauteng sends through/ submits to the PPP Unit of the GPL is called a petition. Once a petition reaches the PPP Unit, they forward it to the Public Participation and Petitions Standing Committee (PPPSC), who decide how deal with it. If necessary, relevant Provincial Government Departments are contacted to deal with whatever issues received by the PPPSC.
The PPP Unit ensures that all petitions are dealt with, and they communicate with all petition authors on the progress of their petition. Records of all received petitions are kept by the PPP Unit.
Any formal suggestion regarding a particular law or decision that the GPL should consider, which is received from Citizens of Gauteng, is called a submission. The PPP Unit forwards all submissions that it receives to the relevant Standing Committee – depending on the issue detailed in the submission.
The PPP Unit acknowledges all submissions it receives, and keeps a record of them.
If you are not sure about how to send in a petition or make a submission, the PPP Unit can give you help and advice.
The PPP Unit also develops educational materials, organises educational campaigns and workshops to encourage Citizens of Gauteng to participate in all legislative processes. The Unit also involves the Gauteng Education Department in its work to develop lessons and study materials for schools in Gauteng.
This is to ensure that the voters of tomorrow know how to participate in making the Gauteng Government work for the people.