The week ahead in Parliament: The Annual Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement is in the spotlight
Oct 24, 2022

This week, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana is scheduled to deliver the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to Parliament on Wednesday 26 October 2022. The MTBPS sets out the policy framework for the upcoming budget, in addition to outlining government’s goals and objectives. It further explains the economic environment within which those goals are to be achieved, and projects the overall level of resources that will be available. The MTBPS is regarded as a significant step in the budget process, and calls on the nation to share with government the important decisions in need of execution.

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

TUESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2022

14:00 -±17:30 PLENARY (HYBRID)

  1. Consideration of National Land Transport Amendment Bill [B7F–2016](s76), the President’s reservations on the constitutionality of the Bill as submitted to him
  2. Consideration of Draft Notice on the Determination of Remuneration of Independent Constitutional Institutions (Report of PC on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities
  3. Consideration of Report of PC on Mineral Resources and Energy on Oversight visit to Jagersfontein, Free State Province
  4. Consideration of Report of PC on Public Service and Administration on Oversight visit to Gauteng Province from 19 – 22 April 2022
  5. Consideration of Report of PC on Tourism on Oversight visit to Mopani and Vhembe District Municipalities, Limpopo Province
  6. Consideration of Report of PC on Trade and Industry on Oversight visit to Gauteng and Mpumalanga from 19 to 22 April 2022

WEDNESDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2022

14:00 – ±15:00 PLENARY (Cape Town City Hall) (fully physical)

  1. Medium Term Budget Policy Statement
  2. Introduction:
  3. Adjustments Appropriation Bill
  4. Special Appropriation Bill
  5. Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill
  6. Taxation Laws Amendment Bill

THURSDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2022

14:00 – ±17:00 PLENARY (HYBRID)

Questions for Oral Reply: Cluster 1: Peace and Security

Some of the more noteworthy questions that will be posed to National Ministers include:

Dr. M Q Ndlozi of the Economic Freedom Fighters will ask the Minister in The Presidency, whether he in his capacity as Minister and/or his Deputy, have in any way been involved in the investigations surrounding the Phala Phala farm scandal involving the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Mr D J Stubbe of the Democratic Alliance will ask the Minister in The Presidency whether the State Security Agency conducted any investigation into the tracker and/or listening device that was placed in the vehicle of the Group Chief Executive of Eskom, Mr Andre de Ruyter; if not, why not; if so, (a) was the origin of the device established and (b) who was found to be responsible for placing the device in the vehicle?

Two committee meetings of interest this week:

On Tuesday, the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (National Assembly) will be briefed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and the South African Police Service on the progress regarding the organized land invasions at the “Knoflokskraal” site in the Grabouw plantation.

In a previous committee meeting, it emerged that the piece of land near Grabouw hosting over 4,000 illegal occupants, was declared unsalvable for forestry purposes. Minister Barbara Creecy highlighted that despite the department’s acquisition of a court order to prevent further land invasions during lockdown, invasions showed no indication of respite. The department’s intention to implement community forestry as outlined in its masterplan, was delayed due to a lack of co-operation from the community of Knoflokskraal, further constraining the area’s potential for employment creation and economic growth. The Public Works Department and SAPs are expected to update the Committee on efforts to remove the illegal occupants on the site.

On Wednesday, the Portfolio Committee on Health (National Assembly), will conduct clause by clause deliberations on the National Health Insurance Bill

1.1.         Committee Programme

TUESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2022

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the NGB 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, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the BRRR; Consideration and adoption of outstanding minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Consideration of written submissions on the Marine Pollution (Prevention of pollution from Ships) Amendment Bill [B5-2022]; Meeting with the Association for the Protection of Road Accident Victims APRAV) on cost saving proposals for the Road Accident Fund (RAF); Meeting with the South African Bus Rapid Transport Association (SABRATA) on Section 41 of the National Land Transport Amendment Act (2009); Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, (National Assembly), [Follow-up Briefing by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and the South African Police Service on the progress regarding the organized land invasions at the “Knoflokskraal” site in the Grabouw plantation], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Water and Sanitation on the progress report on the financial and institutional turnaround plans to address challenges related to the Water Trading Entity and strategies to address the audit outcomes highlighted by the AGSA for the 2021/22 financial year], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Council of Provinces), [The Department’s (DALRRD) approach towards the second round of land claims considering the lapsing of the Restitution of Land Rights Bill (B19 of 2017) and the failure to adopt the Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill, which aimed to amend section 25 of the Constitution. Of special interest is the manner in which the Department is communicating the way forward and impact of these events to land claimants who submitted claims in the second window; Consideration and Adoption of Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour, (National Council of Provinces), [10:00-13:00: Workshop on Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill [B 24D – 2016]; 13:30-17:00: Briefing by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition on Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill [B 24D – 2016] and Copyright Amendment Bill [B 13D – 2017]; Introduction of NCOP Legislative Programme], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-17:00

WEDNESDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2022

Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the DPWI on: (a) Progress report on the review of the National Infrastructure Management Strategy (NIMS); (b) Report on the recent training of Infrastructure South Africa in the 5 Case Model and Project Development Route Map setting out: (i) how the model integrates with the Framework for Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery (FIPDM); (ii) how the use of the UK’s 5 Case Model impacts on the review of the Public Private Partnership Regulation 16], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the NLC 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, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Banking Association of South Africa; Briefing by National Treasury – Cooperatives Banks Development Agency: Repositioning Co-operatives Banking Institutions to Bridge the SMMEs and Co-operatives Funding Gap; Consideration and adoption of Committee Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Public Service Commission (PSC) 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], Committee Room S12A/Hybrid, 10:00-13:00

Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Finance, Standing Committee on Appropriations, Select Committee on Finance and Select Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [2022 MTBPS Lock-up Session], Minor Hall, City Hall, 11:00-13:45

THURSDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2022

Committee for Section 194 Enquiry, (National Assembly), [Consideration of Adjournment Application by the Public Protector; Consideration of the revised Committee programme (if adjournment on granted); Ms Nelisiwe Thejane to appear before the Committee for cross-examination by the Public Protector legal team (if adjournment not granted); and Mr Cornelius van der Merwe to appear before the Committee (if adjournment not granted)], Hybrid (Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building and Virtual Meeting Platform), 10:00-17:00

Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Finance, Standing Committee on Appropriations, Select Committee on Finance and Select Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Minister of Finance on the 2022 MTBPS], Virtual Meeting Platform, 12:30-15:00

FRIDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2022

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Response by National Treasury to further submissions received on the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting Terrorism Financing) Amendment Bill [B18-2022] (“General Laws Bill”)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, (National Assembly), [Preparations for UNFCCC COP27 conference; Oral submissions on Climate Change Bill [B9-2022)]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-17:00

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