The week ahead in Parliament: The State Security Agency's vetting of Eskom officials is on the national agenda
Nov 29, 2022

Parliamentary Programme

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

TUESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2022

14:00 – ±18:30 PLENARY (HYBRID)

  1. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Finance on Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill [B25 – 2022]
  2. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Finance on Taxation Laws Amendment Bill [B26 – 2022]
  3. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Finance on Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill [B27 – 2022]
  4. First Reading debate: Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill [B25 – 2022](s77) and Taxation Laws Amendment Bill [B26– 2022](s77) & Second Reading debate: Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill [B27B – 2022](s75)
  5. Second Reading: Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill [B25 – 2022](s77) (no debate)
  6. Second Reading: Taxation Laws Amendment Bill [B26 – 2022](s77) (no debate)
  7. Consideration of Report of PC on Police on Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Amendment Bill [B15 – 2022]
  8. Second Reading debate: Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Amendment Bill [B15B – 2022] (s75)
  9. Consideration of Report of Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Flood Disaster Relief and Recovery
  10. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Employment and Labour

WEDNESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2022

15:00 – ±18:00 PLENARY (HYBRID)

  1. Consideration of Report of Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests on Alleged contravention of Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosure of Members’ Interests: Honourable Pinky Kekana, MP – Deputy Minister in the Presidency
  2. Debate on 16 Days of Activism on no violence against women and children: Empowering women to build resilience against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide
  3. Consideration of Report of the SADC PF Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Women Advancement and Youth Development on Enhancing Parliament’s Response in the Prevention and Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls During Pandemics to the 50th Plenary Assembly
  4. Consideration of Report of the Virtual SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) Stakeholder Consultative Session with Committee Chairpersons on the Development of the SADC Model Law and Public Finance Management
  5. Consideration of Report of the 52nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference, Africa Region, CPA Africa Region Conference

THURSDAY, 01 DECEMBER 2022

10:00 – ±18:00 PLENARY (HYBRID)

  1. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on Special Appropriation Bill [B24 – 2022] (no debate)
  2. First Reading debate: Special Appropriation Bill [B24 – 2022] (s77)
  3. Second Reading: Special Appropriation Bill [B24 – 2022] (s77) (no debate)
  4. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on 2022 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement
  5. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B23 – 2022] (s77)
  6. Debate on 2022 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement & First Reading debate: Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B23 – 2022] (s77)
  7. Consideration of Votes and Schedule: Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B23 – 2022] (s77)
  8. Second Reading: Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B23 – 2022] (s77) (no debate)

Debate on World AIDS Day: Global solidarity, shared responsibility

Three committee meetings of interest:

On Tuesday, The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry (National Assembly) will engage with the DTIC and stakeholders on the implementation of the South African Poultry Sector Master Plan.

The Poultry Sector Master Plan was signed in November 2019 by government, the industry, importers, labour representatives and other stakeholders, with the goal of stimulating local demand, boosting exports and protecting the domestic chicken industry from unfair trade practices.

Earlier this month, the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) reported that the industry’s master plan has delivered significant progress, with 2,600 jobs created within the previous two years. Despite this, Sapa contends that one of the biggest hindrances towards South Africa becoming a leading poultry exporter is the lack of state veterinary laboratories and infrastructure.  

South Africa’s poultry industry has in recent times been threatened by the dumping of products in countries such as Brazil, Spain and Denmark, subsequently resulting in ITAC’s provisional imposition of anti-dumping duties from December 2021 to June 2022 in a bid to protect local producers.

In early November, Itac began conducting a sunset review of the US’s tariffs following concerns raised by Sapa and poultry producers in the SA customs union.

Again, on Tuesday, The Portfolio Committee on Transport (National Assembly) will be briefed by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on the grass cutting tender and the recent fire at OR Tambo International Airport.

In early September, a veld fire engulfed the eastern side of OR Tambo International Airport, resulting in the temporary closure of one runway and additional damage to two non-operational aircrafts.

An ACSA insider alleges that the origin of the fire was attributed to the awarding of a recent tender to a vegetation control and grass-cutting service provider, which has been the subject of controversy due its inability to meet various requirements.

Insider reports claim that due to the successful bidder being out of operation for an extensive time period, its tax and Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases status would have disqualified the company at the time of closure for bidding. The adjudication process has also been scrutinized by insiders, who further allege that the company was awarded the contract despite submitting incomplete documents. ACSA’s spokesperson has refuted these claims, assuring that the organisation conducted a thorough due diligence report on the service provider.    

On Wednesday, The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (National Assembly) will be updated by the State Security Agency on the vetting of Eskom officials.

Earlier in November, the State Security Agency (SSA) failed to appear before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), with the agency asserting its legal opinion that it only needed to account to Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence. Scopa chair Mkhuleko Hlengwa and its members said that refusal to account to them on a matter that was already in the public domain indicated that the entity is operating behind a veil of secrecy.

Scopa is seeking its own legal opinion on from parliament’s legal advisers, which is expected to be aired at Wednesday’s meeting. In an October meeting, it emerged that only five out of Eskom’s twenty-one senior executives had been granted a security clearance. The SSA is understood to have failed in its task of vetting the employees of government and state-owned entities.

Committee Programme:

MONDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2022

Committee for Section 194 Enquiry, (National Assembly), [Consideration of the removal application lodged against Evidence Leaders; Opening remarks by the Public Protector legal representatives; and Opening remarks by Evidence Leaders of the Committee], Hybrid (Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building and Virtual Meeting Platform), 09:30

TUESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2022

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of outstanding minutes and the Committee programme for term one 2023], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Engagement with the DTIC and stakeholders on the implementation of the South African Poultry Sector Master Plan; Consideration of Committee’s 1st Quarter Programme for 2023; Consideration of Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of reports on 2022 MTBPS, 2022 Adjustments Appropriation Bill, and 2022 Special Appropriation Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [09:00-10:15: Department of Transport presentation on the proposed Festive Season Road Safety Plan for the December/January period; 10:15-11:15: Briefing by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on the grass cutting tender, the recent fire at OR Tambo International Airport and the alleged refusal to refuel Russian and Ukrainian aircraft; 11:15-12:45: Department of Transport briefing on its 2022/23 Second Quarter Expenditure; Consideration and adoption of Committee Report on the Public Protector Report No. 37 of 2018-19 on an investigation into allegations of illegal conversion of goods-carrying Toyota Quantum panel vans into passenger-carrying mini bus taxis to transport members of the public for reward; Consideration and adoption of minutes and draft 2023 First Term Committee programme], Committee Room M314, Third Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Minister on matters relating to the Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB) as well as the finalisation of the labour tenants’ application and the role of the Special Master of Labour Tenants; Consideration of the Committee oversight visit report to Eastern Cape (Kirkwood) on 18 Nov 2022; Consideration and adoption of the draft minutes of 22 November 2022], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Committee for Section 194 Enquiry, (National Assembly), [Hearings – Day 37: Mr Freddie Nyathela to appear before the Committee], Hybrid (Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building and Virtual Meeting Platform), 09:30

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [The hearing on the Passenger Rail Agency of South African (Prasa) annual report and financial statements for the financial year 2021/22, all investigations, as well as irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditures], Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:30-13:30

Select Committee on Finance, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing) Amendment Bill (B 18B2022) clause by clause], 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), [Briefing by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition on Programme 2: Trade Policy. Outline Functional Policy Mandate of the Programme, and programme performance from 2019 to date; Further to highlight South Africa Trade Policy and Performance], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Council of Provinces), [The implementation of DMR regulations in terms of municipalities in good standing procuring its own electricity supply as per the IRP, with specific reference to solar energy units within Northern Cape municipalities; Consideration and Adoption of Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

WEDNESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2022

Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the National Treasury, ISA, and the IIO in the Presidency to update the committee on the review of the Public Private Partnership Regulations that is required to deliver on strategic infrastructure projects], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Responses on Illegal Mining oversight], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Update by State Security Agency on the vetting of Eskom officials], Committee Room M314, Third Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:30-12:30

Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, (National Assembly), [Small enterprise stakeholders engagement session: Informal Traders, Enterprising and Financial Cooperatives Associations; Consideration and adoption of Committee Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

Select Committee on Finance, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB) and the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB), and Rates bill and possible voting. (Otherwise reports will be voted on Thursday, 01 December after SeCoA meeting)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on its Annual Report 2021/2022], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

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