This week in parliament: Economic questions and SCOPA meetings
Jun 5, 2023

1. Parliamentary Programme 

Wednesday will be a lively day in parliament as ministers in the economic cluster are asked questions in the National Assembly. This cluster includes the ministers of Public Enterprises, Public Works and Infrastructure, Small Business and Development, Trade, Industry and Competition, Tourism and Transport.

The DA’s Dean Macpherson has tabled the following question for the minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel: “What steps has he taken to secure an extension for the Republic of the African Growth and Opportunity Act agreement that will expire in 2025?” The renewal of this act, which gives South Africa preferential access to certain US markets, is threatened by our country’s stance on the Ukraine-Russia war, which runs counter to American foreign policy.

TUESDAY, 6 JUNE 2023 

14:00 – ±17:30 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Consideration of Recommendation of candidate for appointment by the President to serve as commissioner for Public Service Commission (Report of PC on Public Service and Administration, see ATC, 2 May 2023, p 6) (54) (declarations) 

2. Debate on Commemoration of 100 years Anniversary on admission of women into legal profession (88) 

3. Consideration of Request for Approval of Agreement Amending the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development (Report of PC on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, see ATC, 8 November 2022, p 5) (54) (declarations) 

4. Consideration of Request for Approval of Amendment to article 20 (1) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (Report of PC on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, see ATC, 10 November 2022, p 2) (54) (declarations) 

WEDNESDAY, 7 JUNE 2023 

15:00 – 18:00 PLENARY (HYBRID)
Questions for Oral Reply: Cluster 5: Economics 

THURSDAY, 8 JUNE 2023 

10:00 – ±16:00 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on Appropriation Bill [B3 – 2023] (ATC, June 2023) 

2. First Reading debate: Appropriation Bill [B3 – 2023] (s77) (90) 

3. Consideration of Votes and Schedule: Appropriation Bill [B – 2023] (s77) (200) 

4. Second Reading: Appropriation Bill [B3 – 2023] (s77) (no debate) 


2. Committee Programme

This week sees another full committee programme. Two SCOPA (Standing Committee on Public Accounts) meetings might garner attention. 

The first will focus on the decline of the state arms manufacturer DENEL; the committee will be briefed on DENEL’s financial woes as well as pending corruption investigations in which it is involved. The second is a meeting with brigadier Jaap Burger as well as the commissioner of the SAPS, Fannie Masemola, regarding allegations of fraud and corruption at Eskom, which were made by former CEO André de Ruyter.

TUESDAY, 06 JUNE 2023 

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Public Hearings on the Procurement Bill (provided it is tabled)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Consideration and Adoption of draft report on the 2023 Appropriation Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00- 12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Deliberations on the Railway Safety Bill [B 7 – 2021] (09:00-12:45); Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings], Committee Room S12A, Ground Floor, NCOP Building, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, (National Assembly), [Policy inputs by the Department of Health (DoH) and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) on the impact of the Animals Protection Amendment Bill to their policies; Committee deliberations on the Animals Protection Amendment Bill [B1-2021]; Committee deliberations on the presentation made by the Minister on the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Ingonyama Trust], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Briefing by DENEL on: Non tabling of annual report; Liquidity crisis; Update in irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure; Details of matters that are still outstanding, and when it is envisaged that these will be concluded; and Update on the investigations conducted by the SIU], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:30-13:30 

WEDNESDAY, 07 JUNE 2023 

Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), 

[Presentation of the updated state of government’s Immovable Asset Register; Demonstration of the Immovable Asset Register by the PMTE Real Estate Registry 

Services; Consideration and adoption of minutes of previous meetings], Committee Room 1, 120 Plein Street Building, Parliament, 09:00-12:00 

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Public Hearings on the Procurement Bill (provided it is tabled)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the DTIC, the NEF and the IDC on support provided to township economies], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:30 

Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, (National Assembly), 

[Productive Credit and Economic Growth: The role of the Banking, Credit; Consideration and adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, (National Assembly), 

[Briefing by the Department of Public Service and Administration on the first introduction of the Public Service Amendments Bill and Public Administration Management Amendments Bill; Consideration and adoption of the Oversight Report for the Northern Cape and Free State Provinces; Consideration and adoption of the minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00 

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Meeting with Brig Burger and Commissioner of SAPS regarding ex GCEO of Eskom on allegations of corruption, theft, maladministration, sabotage, lack of consequence management, cartels and other financial irregularities at ESKOM], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:30-13:30 

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of oral and written submissions on Economic Regulation of Transport Bill [B 1B-20 (s76)]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00 

Select Committee on Appropriations, (National Council of Provinces), 

[Consideration and adoption of draft Reports on the: (i) Appropriation Bill [B3 – 2023]; and (ii) Eskom Debt Relief Bill [B5 – 2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00 

FRIDAY, 09 JUNE 2023 

Select Committee on Finance, (National Council of Provinces), [Responses by National Treasury to public submissions made in the Financial Matters Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Standing Committee on the Auditor-General, (National Assembly), [Meeting on oversight to municipalities accompanied by the AGSA officials responsible for those identified municipalities], Venue to be confirmed, 09:30-13:00

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