This week in Parliament: Agriculture, Procurement & Expropriation
Dec 4, 2023

A rather full schedule lies ahead for the members of parliament this week. 

On Tuesday the National Assembly (NA) will consider a report by the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform on the Preservation of Agricultural Land Bill. The bill aims to provide principles for the management of agricultural land, for the evaluation and classification of agricultural land, as well as the establishment and management of the national agro-eco information system.

The Public Procurement Bill will again be considered on Wednesday by the NA.

The Deputy President, Paul Mashatile, will deliver his annual address to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday at 14:00, titled “Accelerating the provision of social services, safety and the advancement of economic reforms for economic recovery in the interest of the people.”

On Wednesday the NCOP will consider the Expropriation Bill, in the continuation of a closely-watched process that has received a lot of public attention.

The Select Committees on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism and Employment and Labour will be briefed by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition on the Companies Amendment Bill on Tuesday. 

On Thursday the Select Committees on Public Enterprises and Communication will be briefed by the Department of Public Enterprises on the progress made with the implementation of the Zondo Commission Recommendations report.

 

 

1. Parliamentary Programme


TUESDAY, 05 DECEMBER 2023 

10:00 – ±20:15 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Consideration of Reports of Joint Standing Committee on the Financial Management of Parliament on: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa’s 2023/24 First Quarter Report (ATC, 14 November 2023, p 6); Parliament of Republic of South Africa’s 2022/23 Annual Report (ATC, 28 November 2023, p 93); Parliament of Republic of South Africa’s draft 2024/25 Annual Performance Plan (ATC, 28 November 2023, p 73); 2022/23 Annual Report of Parliamentary Budget Office (ATC, 28 November 2023, p 65) (54) 

2. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (ATC, 31 October 2023, p 27) (declarations) 

3. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Justice and Correctional Services: Correctional Services (ATC, 31 October 2023, p 7) (declarations) 

4. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Public Enterprises (ATC, 1 November 2023, p 9) (declarations) 

5. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Higher Education, Science and Innovation on Department of Science and Innovation (ATC, 6 November 2023, p 89) (declarations) 

6. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Higher Education, Science and Innovation on Department of Higher Education and Training and entities (ATC, 6 November 2023, p 6) (declarations) 

7. Consideration of Recommendation of candidates to fill six vacancies on South African Human Rights Commission of South (Report of PC on Justice and Correctional Services, see ATC, 30 November 2023) (54) (declarations) 

8. Consideration of Report of PC on Justice and Correctional Services on National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Bill [B 29 – 2023] (s75) (ATC, 22 November 2023, p 23) (54) (declarations) 

9. Second Reading debate – National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Bill [B 29B – 2023] (s75) (no debate) 

10. Consideration of Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill [B 9D – 2018] (s75) and of Report of PC on Justice and Correctional Services on amendments proposed by National Council of Provinces (ATC, 24 November 2023, p 4) (54) (declarations) 

11. Consideration of Report of PC on Justice and Correctional Services on State Liability Amendment Bill [B 16 – 2018] (s75) (ATC, 24 November 2023, p 5) (54) (declarations) 

12. Second Reading – State Liability Amendment Bill [B 16 – 2018] (s75) (no debate) 

13. Consideration of Report of PC on Police on Independent Police Investigative Directorate Amendment Bill [B21–2023] (s75) (ATC, 29 November 2023) (no debate) 

14. Second Reading debate – Independent Police Investigative Directorate Amendment Bill [B21B–2023] (s75) (77) 

15. Consideration of Report of PC on Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform on Preservation of Agricultural Land Bill [B8-2021] (s76(1)) (ATC, 28 November 2023) (no debate) 

16. Second Reading debate – Preservation of Agricultural Land Bill [B8B-2021] (s76(1)) (77) 

17. Consideration of Report of PC on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on National Youth Development Agency Amendment Bill [B13-2022] (s75) (ATC, 30 November 2023) (no debate) 

18. Second Reading debate – National Youth Development Agency Amendment Bill [B13B-2022] (s75) (77) 

19. Consideration of Report of Ad hoc Joint Committee on Flood Disaster Relief and Recovery (ATC, 28 November 2023, p 5) (76) 

20. Consideration of Report of Powers and Privileges Committee into allegations of conduct constituting contempt of Parliament by members of the National Assembly during State-of-the-Nation Adress on 9 February 2023 (see ATC, 1 December 2023) (54) 

 

WEDNESDAY, 06 DECEMBER 2023 

10:00 – ±19:00 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on Eskom Debt Relief Amendment Bill (ATC, December 2023) (no debate) 

2. First Reading – Eskom Debt Relief Amendment Bill [B38 – 2023] (s77) (54) (declarations) 

3. Second Reading – Eskom Debt Relief Amendment Bill [B38 – 2023] (s77) (no debate) 

4. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Finance on Public Procurement Bill [B18-2023] (s76)1)) (ATC, December 2023) (no debate) 

5. Second Reading debate – Public Procurement Bill [B18-2023] (s76)1)) 

6. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on 2023 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (ATC, December 2023) 

7. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B34 – 2023] (s77) (ATC, December 2023) 

8. Debate on 2023 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement & First Reading debate: Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B34 – 2023] (s77) (90) 

9. Consideration of Votes and Schedule: Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B34 – 2023] (s77) (98) 

10. Second Reading: Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B34– 2023] (s77) (no debate) 

11. Consideration of Report of PC on Small Business Development on National Small Enterprise Amendment Bill [B16-2023] (s76(1)) (ATC, December 2023) (no debate) 

12. Second Reading debate – National Small Enterprise Amendment Bill [B16-2023] (s76(1)) (77) 

13. Consideration of First Report of Joint Rules Committee on Proposed amendments to Chapters 1-2A of the Joint Rules (see ATC, December 2023) (54) (declarations) 

14. Farewell speeches (54) 

 

Noteworthy motions in the National Council of Provinces: 

14:00 PLENARY 

Motions 

THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2023 

1. Consideration of the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill ([B 36 – 2023] (s75) (Provisional) 

2. Consideration of the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill [B 37 – 2023] (s77) (Provisional) 

3. Consideration of the Rates and Monetary Amounts Amendment Bill [ B 35 – 2023] (s77) (Provisional) 

4. Consideration of the Expropriation Bill [B 23B-2020] (s76) (Provisional) 

 

 

2. Committee Programme


MONDAY, 04 DECEMBER 2023 

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of Committee report on the Public Procurement Bill [B18 – 2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00 

 

TUESDAY, 05 DECEMBER 2023 

Ad Hoc Committee on the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the National Intelligence Coordinating Committee (NICOC) on its input into the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill (GILAB); Briefing by the Office for Interception Centres (OIC) on its input into GILAB; Briefing by the Designated Judge for Interception on input into GILAB [B40 – 2023]; Consideration and adoption of outstanding minutes], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 08:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, (National Assembly), [Presentation on the submission by SARB; Response by Statistics SA on the submission by SARB; Parliament Constitutional and Legal Services response on the constitutionality of the Bill; Consideration and deliberations of the Bill; Report on the motion of desirability of the Bill and clause by clause by the Committee], Virtual Meeting Platform, 08:00-16:00 

Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, (National Assembly) [Consideration and adoption of B-Bill of the National Small Enterprise Amendment Bill [B16-2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 08:30-10:00 

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Consideration and Adoption of the draft reports on the following: Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B34-2023]; Eskom Debt Relief Amendment Bill [B38-2023]; and 2023 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

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 the Companies Amendment Bill [B 27B-2023], and Companies Second Amendment Bill [B 26B-2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, (National Assembly), [Formal deliberations and finalisation of the Plant Health (Phytosanitary) Bill [B14- 2021] and Deeds Registries Amendment Bill [B28-2022]; Consideration and adoption of the outstanding Committee minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

 

WEDNESDAY, 06 DECEMBER 2023 

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of Final Mandates: Economic Regulation of Transport Bill [B 1B-2020] (s76); Negotiating Mandates: Expropriation Bill [B 23B-2020] (sec 76)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30- 13:00 

 

THURSDAY, 07 DECEMBER 2023 

Ad Hoc Committee on the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the South African Police Service – Crime Intelligence (SAPS- CI) on its input into the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill (GILAB); Briefing by Defence Intelligence (DI) on its input into GILAB; Briefing by the Office of the Inspector – General of Intelligence (OIGI) on its input into GILAB [B40 – 2023]], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 08:00-13:00 

Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communication, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Department of Public Enterprises on progress made with regard to the implementation of the Zondo Commission Recommendations report; Consideration and Adoption of Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

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