The week ahead in Parliament: Marine pollution and terrorism protection are on the Parliamentary agenda
Nov 8, 2022

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

TUESDAY, 08 NOVEMBER 2022

14:00 – ±18:30 PLENARY (HYBRID) Members’ statements

  1. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Reports of PC on Police on:

  • Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority performance for 2021/22 financial year

  • Independent Police Investigative Directorate performance for 2021/2022 financial year

  • Civilian Secretariat for Police Services performance for 2021/2022 financial year 2021/22 Annual Report of South African Police Service

2. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Reports of PC on Public Service and Administration on:

  • Vote 7 of National School of Government Annual Report for 2021/22 financial year:

  • Vote 12 of Public Service Commission 2021/2022

  • Vote 14 of Statistics South Africa 2021/2022

  • Vote 9 of Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Brand South Africa 2021/2022

  • Vote 11 of Department of Public Service and Administration and Centre for Public Service Innovation 2021/2022

3. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Reports of PC on Social Development

4. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Reports of PC on International Relations and Cooperation

5. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of PC on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

6. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of PC on Health

7. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Mineral Resources and Energy

8. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Transport

9. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Water and Sanitation on Annual reports and financial statements of Department of Water and Sanitation and entities for 2021/22 financial year

WEDNESDAY, 09 NOVEMBER 2022

15:00 – ±19:15 PLENARY (HYBRID)

  1. Questions for Oral Reply: Cluster 3 – Governance  

Some of the more noteworthy questions to Ministers Include:

  • Mr C Brink (DA) will ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs what measures will she take to enforce the prohibition on cadre deployment in municipal administrations through the Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Act , Act 3 of 2022?

  • Ms R N Komane of the EFF will ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration what implications will the Government’s unilateral decision to implement a 3% wage increase for public service employees have on the present and future ability of the collective bargaining process to handle wage negotiations?

2. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Finance on 2022 Revised Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals

THURSDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 2022

14:00 – ±17:00 MINI-PLENARY SESSIONS (VIRTUAL)

Mini-Plenary of Interest: (Mr N F Shivambu): Just energy transition in South Africa.

Parliament is set to debate the Just Energy Transition on Thursday during a mini-plenary debate. The debate was proposed Member of Parliament for the EFF Floyd Shivambu.

The just energy transition is primarily geared towards the transition of South Africa’s energy sector from coal towards cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy. It has particular bearing for South Africa in the context of increased load-shedding, and given the country’s current reliance on coal power.

Two committee meetings of interest this week:

The Portfolio Committee on Transport (National Assembly) will conduct public hearings on the Marine Pollution Amendment Bill. The proposed amendments seek to significantly improve the safe and appropriate management of sewage, waste and air emissions from marine vessels.

The Bill empowers the South African Marine Safety Authority (SAMSA) to provide technical standards for dealing with marine pollution from ships, which will have the force of law. South Africa is part of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and the bill seeks make some of the convention protocols part country’s legislation and in this way assist in clamping down on maritime pollution.

On Friday, The Portfolio Committee on Police (National Assembly) will conduct deliberations on the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Amendment Bill. Also known as the “Anti-terrorism Bill”, the new legislation seeks to update the current legislation by, amongst other things, including cybercrime within the definition of “terrorist activity”, and by bringing it in line with international conventions and standards.

A number of civil society groups have voiced their opposition to the Bill, arguing that the new definition of terrorism is excessively broad in its scope, and that it is in conflict with various clauses of the constitution, specifically those relating to freedom of association and freedom of expression.

Committee Programme

TUESDAY, 08 NOVEMBER 2022

Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Finance and Select Committee on Finance, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Consideration and adoption of the Committee Report on 2022 Revised Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Financial and Fiscal Commission on the following: 2022 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill; 2022 Adjustments Appropriation Bill; and 2022 Special Appropriation Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, (National Assembly), [Response by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) on public comments on the Agricultural Product Standard Amendment Bill; Adoption of the Motion of Desirability], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Public Hearings on the Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment Bill [B5-2022]; Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings], Committee Room M515, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the DMRE on the status of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund; Briefing by the DMRE on the investigation relating to the three regional offices in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North-West; Update on the cadastral system and licensing backlog; Consideration and adoption of minutes: 02 November 2022], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Consideration of the first draft of the BRR Report], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-12:00

WEDNESDAY, 09 NOVEMBER 2022

Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the DPWI/PMTE on its 2022/23 First Quarter performance; Consideration and adoption of minutes of previous meetings], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the ITAC on its 2021/22 Annual report as well on as its first quarter financial and non-financial performance for 2022/23 financial year; Briefing by the CIPC on its 2021/22 Annual report as well as on its first quarter financial and non-financial performance for 2022/23 financial year], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Parliamentary Budget Office on the following: 2022 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill; 2022 Adjustments Appropriation Bill; and 2022 Special Appropriation Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, (National Assembly), [National Public Hearings on the Housing Consumer Protection Bill [B10 – 2021]: Master Builders South

Africa; Master Builders and Allied Trades’ Association; Development Action Group (DAG)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:10-10:40

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Update briefing by State Security Agency regarding 2014 Cabinet directive to have officials in State organs vetted, especially in supply chain management departments and Eskom officials], Committee Room M314, Third, Floor, Marks Building, 09:30-12:30

Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, (National Assembly), [Opportunities and barriers including access to land, finance (banks) and investment posed by climate change for small enterprises, youth, unemployed graduates and women. Just energy transition funding for SMMEs and Cooperatives by Ms. Elize Hattingh, Expert and Academia on Sustainability from Trade Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS); Briefing by Public Service Commission on the Government failure to comply with 30-day payment regulation; Consideration and adoption of Committee Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation on the Policy Framework on the Integrated Planning to improve institutionalisation and harmonisation in the planning system; Briefing by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the comprehensive report on the piloted District Development Model in three district municipalities; Consideration and adoption of the previous Committee minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, (National Assembly), [Update from the Department on South Africa’s participation in High-Level meetings of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00

Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Parliamentary Legal Services on the following issues: how Parliament can exercise oversight over business rescue process of state-owned companies; legislation relating to Business Rescue and Liquidation processes, challenges and recommendations. Legal opinion relating to the legislative framework that prohibits state organs from collaborating or doing business together (public-public partnership) for the public good; Consideration and adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00

Committee for Section 194 Enquiry, (National Assembly), [Hearings: Day 33 – Ms Nelisiwe Thejane to appear before the Committee for cross-examination by Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane legal team], Hybrid (Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building and Virtual Meeting Platform), 10:00

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Department of Transport on its Annual Report 2022], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Health, (National Assembly), [Clause by clause deliberations on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

THURSDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 2022

Committee for Section 194 Enquiry, (National Assembly), [Hearings: Day 34 – Mr Cornelius van der Merwe to appear before the Committee for cross-examination by Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane legal team], Hybrid (Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building and Virtual Meeting Platform), 10:00

Select Committee on Appropriations, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by National Treasury, Financial and Fiscal Commission and Parliamentary Budget Office on Division of Revenue Amendment Bill [B 22 – 2022]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 17:00-20:00

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