This week in Parliament: Deputy President & Economic Cluster
Sep 18, 2023

This week ministers in the economic cluster will be answering questions in parliament. Especially answers by the Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, and the Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, will be closely watched. Godongwana is expected to be asked about Treasury’s proposed budget cuts, a very sensitive issue for the governing party before next year’s elections. Ramokgopa is expected to give feedback on what progress was made on the implementation of Eskom’s Plant and Recovery Plan. 

On Friday the deputy president, Paul Mashatile, will also be answering questions in the National Assembly. The topics he will be questioned on range from land reform to the functionality of coalition governments. 

On committee level, this week will see hearings on unauthorised expenditure in various departments. 

In the National Council of Provinces, the Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communication will be updated by the Department of Public Enterprises on the progress made on the unbundling of Eskom into three divisions.

 

 

1. Parliamentary Programme 

 

TUESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2023 

14:00 – PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Consideration of Report of PC on Public Service and Administration on Public Administration Laws General Amendment Bill [B 16 – 2021] 

2. Second Reading – Public Administration Laws General Amendment Bill [B 16 – 2021] 

3. Consideration of Report of PC on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on Animals Protection Amendment Bill [B 1 – 2021] 

4. Second Reading – Animals Protection Amendment Bill [B 1 – 2021] 

5. Consideration of Request for Approval of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) 

6. Decision o fquestion on reports debated in mini-plenary 

7. Debate on Heritage Day 

 

WEDNESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2023 

15:00 – 18:00 PLENARY (HYBRID) Questions for oral reply: Cluster 4: Economics 

14:00 – PLENARY 

 

THURSDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2023 

1. Consideration of Recommendation of a person for appointment as Public Protector 

2. Legislation 

FRIDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2023 

10:00 – ±12:30 PLENARY (HYBRID) Questions to the Deputy President 

 

 

2. Committee Programme

 

TUESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2023 

Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Water and Sanitation on the South African National Water Resource Infrastructure Bill SOC Limited; Briefing by the Rand Water, Magalies, Amatola and Overberg Water Boards on their Corporate Plans of the 2023/24 financial year], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00 

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Hearings on unauthorised expenditures for the following departments/entities: Vote 3: Department of Cooperative Governance; Vote 4: Government Communication and Information System; Vote 11: Department of Public Service and Administration; Vote 41: Department of Water and Sanitation; Vote 30: Department of Telecommunications and Digital Technologies], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00 

Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the DPWI/PMTE on the 2023/24 First Quarter performance], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Public hearings on the 2023 Draft Revenue Laws Amendment Bill and 2023 Draft Revenue Administration and Pension Laws Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Select Committee on Finance, (National Council of Provinces), [Responses by National Treasury on the submissions received for Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill [B21B-2022]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Clause-by-clause Deliberations on the Railway Safety Bill [B 7-2021]; Consideration and adoption of Committee report on the Railway Safety Bill; Deliberations on the Marine Oil Pollution (Preparedness, Response and Cooperation) Bill [B10-2022]; Consideration and adoption of Committee fourth term programme; Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings], Committee Room M314, Third Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 10:00-13:00 

 

WEDNESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2023 

Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the DPWI on the DPWI/PMTE human resources strategy to effectively deal with the undercapacitation of the PMTE that is needed to manage, design, and implement strategies through which the value of the large asset portfolio can be unlocked; Consideration and adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00- 12:00 

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Public hearings on the 2023 Draft Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill (2023 Draft Rates Bill), 2023 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (2023 Drat TLAB) and 2023 Draft Tax Administration Laws Bill (2023 Draft TALAB)], Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the Committee Report on the Climate Change Bill (B-list) [B9- 2022]; Consideration and adoption of the Committee Report on the Climate Change Bill Provincial Public Hearings (B-list) [B9-2022]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-14:00 

Portfolio Committee on Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, (National Assembly), [Briefing by Legal Services on Parliament’s position following the Constitutional Court Judgement on the NEMLA Bill, 2022; Responses by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment on the remedial action to address the findings of the Constitutional Court; and Consideration and adoption of outstanding minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 18:00-20:00 (or immediately after Plenary) 

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Department of Transport responses to the written submissions on Economic Regulation of Transport Bill [B 1B- 2020 (s76)], National Road Traffic A/B [B 77B-2020 (s76)], National Land Transport A/B [B 7F-2016 (s76)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-17:00 

Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communication, (National Council of Provinces), [Update briefing by the Department of Public Enterprises on progress made on the unbundling of Eskom to three divisions, namely generation, transmission and distribution; Consideration and Adoption of Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00 

 

FRIDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2023 

Select Committee on Health and Social Services, (National Council of Provinces), [Final mandates on the Fund-Raising Amendment Bill [B29B – 2020], sec 76; Consideration and Adoption of Committees Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30- 11:30 

Portfolio Committee on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, (National Assembly), [Briefing by Statistics South Africa on the tabled Statistics Amendment Bill, 2020], Virtual Meeting Platform, 08:30-10:00 

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