Speaker Sharna Fernandez

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I am Sharna Fernandez, the elected Speaker of the 5th Parliament of the Western Cape.

Parliament’s role and definitive outcome is to represent the people of the province. We also have to ensure that the Executive of the Western Cape Government is held accountable for the spending of taxpayers’ money.

Public participation plays a vital role in the functioning of our parliament and province. Our focus will be on building stronger relationships with the people of the Western Cape in order to promote the essential role of active citizenship in the law-making processes of our province and country.

Encourage every citizen in this province, and every South African, to learn more about parliament and its role and functions.

Our Public Education and Outreach team is geared to bridging the communication gap between our rural citizens and our institution by presenting educational workshops. Please feel free to contact them at the details listed under the Get Involved menu.

In an effort to make the Western Cape Provincial Parliament accessible to all, it would be a privilege for us, via our Communication and Information team, to arrange and host a tour group for any persons wishing to learn more about our institution. Find details under the Visit Parliament menu on the left.

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As Speaker, I hope to draw the attention of all citizens of this province to the rights and responsibilities our democracy has bequeathed them.