The Week Ahead in Parliament: The Special Investigating Unit's probe into South African Airways is in focus
Nov 14, 2022

The following plenaries have been programmed to take place this week:

TUESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2022

14:00 – ±17:00 PLENARY (HYBRID)

  1. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Tourism
  2. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Home Affairs
  3. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Public Enterprises
  4. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Communications
  5. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries on Annual reports and financial statements of Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment and entities
  6. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Small Business Development
  7. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities
  8. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Public Works and Infrastructure on Performance of National Department of Public Works and entities (2021/22)

WEDNESDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 2022

15:00 – ±19:15   PLENARY (HYBRID)

  1. Questions for oral reply: Cluster 4: Economics

Noteworthy questions include:

  • Mr N F Shivambu of the EFF will ask the Minister of Finance, Whether he has tasked any of the senior officials and/or the Deputy Minister with the responsibility to investigate the feasibility of establishing a sovereign wealth fund; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is the position of the Government with regard to the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund; if so, who has he tasked?

  • Mr K J Mileham of the DA will ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, What (a) total number of times has the National Energy Crisis Committee that was established by the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, to address the 15 years of worsening rolling electricity blackouts in the Republic, met since 25 July 2022 and (b) are the relevant details of the actions the specified committee has taken to alleviate the electricity crisis, which adversely affects the economy and daily lives?

2. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on Division of Revenue Amendment Bill [B22 – 2022]

3.Second Reading debate: Division of Revenue Amendment Bill [B22 – 2022](s76(1)) (77)

THURSDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2022

14:00 – ±16:30 PLENARY (HYBRID)

  1. Questions to the Deputy President

Noteworthy questions include:

  • Mr N F Shivambu of the EFF will ask the Deputy President, Whether, as the leader of the Human Resource Development Council, he has found that the recent Cabinet adoption of the national framework toward the implementation of the professionalisation of the public sector, abolishes the so called cadre deployment policy that was defended by the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, before the Zondo Commission as an important part of implementing the mandate of the governing African National Congress in the Public Service; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) informed the development and subsequent adoption of the framework and (b) impact will it have on the ability of the Government to employ persons who hold the values that advances the society through a Public Service that responds to its needs?

  • Ms S Gwarube of the DA will ask the Deputy President, (a) Which recommendations pertaining to the interface between Parliament and the Executive contained in the Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector, including Organs of State will he address through interactions with Parliament’s Presiding Officers, as outlined in the implementation plan of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, and (b) what are the relevant details of the timelines in this regard

Two committee meetings of interest this week:

On Tuesday, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (National Assembly) will be briefed by SAA on the progress made by the management since the last meeting with the Committee and investigations conducted by the SIU on SAA.

The Special investigating Unit, which probes corruption, maladministration and fraud in state institutions, began its investigation into SAA in 2019 with preliminary findings released in March last year describing the corruption within the national airline as “devastating” and included maladministration, unlawful appropriation of public funds and conflict of interest by SAA employees. This week’s scheduled briefing by SAA follows Minister Godongwana revealing in his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) last month that Government financial support to repay debt and implement the business rescue plan has resulted in a significant improvement in the airlines balance sheet.

On Wednesday, The Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development (National Assembly) will be briefed by the Red Tape Reduction Task Team in the Presidency.

Government red tape and overregulation has for many years deterred foreign investment and constrained the growth of the South African economy, with small businesses disproportionately bearing the burden of such regulations. According to the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, South Africa fell from being ranked 32nd in 2008, to 84th in 2020 out the 190 countries on the index.   

The establishment of a Red Tape Reduction Task Team within the Presidency was announced following the 2022 State of the Nation Address, with the intentions of diminishing bureaucratic obstacles to investment and small business development.  The unit is led by former CEO of Exxaro Resources and chair of the Small Business Institute, Sipho Nkosi.

Committee Programme

TUESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2022

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Clause by clause deliberations and consideration and adoption of the Committee report on the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill (Rates Bill) and the Revenue Laws Amendment Bill (Revenue Laws Bill)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the Report on 2022 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, (National Assembly), [Formal deliberations on the Agricultural Products Standards Amendment Bill (AList); Consideration and adoption of outstanding minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Mineral Resources & Energy (DMRE) on the following: 1st and 2nd Quarterly Performance Reports for 2022/23; Update on the solar water heater programme (SWH); Tabling of correspondence; Consideration and adoption of minutes: 08 November 2022], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Briefing by SAA on the progress made by the management since the last meeting with Committee and investigations conducted by the SIU on SAA], Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Public Hearings on the Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment Bill [B 5-2022]; Responses by the Department of Transport on the oral and written submissions on the Bill; Deliberations on the Transport Appeal Tribunal Amendment Bill [B 8 – 2020]; Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings], Committee Room M515, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, (National Assembly), [Session on Creating an Enabling Policy and Regulatory Environment for SMMEs and Co-operatives – The Role of National Treasury], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Minister on the WTO; Briefing by the Minister on the outcomes of the Black Industrialists and Exporters Conference; Formal consideration of the BRR Report], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-12:00

Select Committee on Finance, (National Council of Provinces), [Public hearings on Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB) and the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) and Rates bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 18:00

WEDNESDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 2022

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Clause by clause deliberations and consideration and adoption of the Committee report on the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB) and the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [09:00-10:00: Discussion on the Parliamentary Legal Service opinion regarding the State Security Agency 2014 Cabinet directive on vetting; 10:00-13:30: Follow up meeting with investigating agencies regarding collaboration on cases being investigated (SIU, Hawks and NPA)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:30

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the NMISA on its 2021/22 Annual report and its 2022/23 first quarter performance; Briefing by the SANAS on its 2021/22 Annual report and its 2022/23 first quarter performance], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, (National Assembly), [Briefing by Red Tape Reduction Task Team in the Presidency; Consideration and adoption of Committee Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

FRIDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2022

Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Assembly), [Public hearings on the Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill [B13 – 2021]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

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