This week in Parliament: Foreign Policy & Finance
Nov 6, 2023

It is another busy week in parliament. 

On Tuesday the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, will deliver a statement in the National Assembly (NA) on the Israel-Hamas conflict which is expected to receive significant media attention. 

Minister Pandor will also, as part of the Ministers in the Peace & Security Cluster, face questions the following day. The EFF will ask her whether she has tabled a proposal for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador, and if not, what her position is in this regard.

The EFF has also requested that the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, supply the NA full details of the current backlog in cases at the National Prosecuting Authority. 

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise, will be asked about the details concerning the deployment of the South African National Defence Force to ensure safety and security at Eskom power plants. 

On Thursday the Deputy President, Paul Mashatile, will answer questions on a range of topics, including the implementation of the District Development Model and the improvement of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

On Friday, in a joint meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance and Select Committee on Finance, Treasury and the South African Revenue Service will give responses to the submissions they have received on the Revised Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals.



1. Parliamentary Programme


TUESDAY, 07 NOVEMBER 2023 

14:00 – ±18:00 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Condolences for Prince M G Buthelezi, MP (40) 

2. Condolences for Mr C H M Sibisi, MP (40) 

3. Members’ statements (50) 

4. Statement by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict (77) 

5. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Health on Performance of National Department of Health and entities (2022/23) (ATC, 18 October 2023, p 67) (declarations) 

6. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Social Development (ATC, 18 October 2023, p 4) (declarations) 


WEDNESDAY, 08 NOVEMBER 2023 

15:00 – ±18:00 PLENARY (HYBRID)
Questions for Oral Reply: (180) – Cluster 1: Peace and Security 


THURSDAY, 09 NOVEMBER 2023 

14:00 – ±16:30 PLENARY (HYBRID) Questions to the Deputy President 


FRIDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 2023 

10:00 – ±12:15 MINI-PLENARY SESSIONS (VIRTUAL) Mini-plenary 1: 

1. Consideration of Request for Approval of International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) (Report of PC on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, see ATC, 20 October 2023, p 63) (49) 

2. Consideration of Report of PC on Trade, Industry and Competition on Study visit to Republic of Korea (ATC, 13 September 2023, p 29) (49) 

3. ConsiderationofReportofPConEmploymentandLabouronInternationalStudy Tour to Kenya (ATC, 18 May 2023, p 6) (49) 

4. Consideration of Report of Joint Standing Committee on Defence and PC on Defence and Military Veterans on Joint study tour to Germany from 25 June 2023 to 1 July 2023 (ATC, 26 September 2023, p 39) (49) 

Mini-plenary 2: 

1. Consideration of Report of PC on International Relations and Cooperation on Oversight visit to vacant state-owned properties of South African embassies in Germany and Portugal (ATC, 7 September 2023, p 356) (49) 

2. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Finance on Oversight visit to National Treasury (ATC, 3 May 2023, p 47) (49) 

3. Consideration of Report of PC on Sport, Arts and Culture on Performance of national department and entities (ATC, 20 October 2023, p 228) (49) 

4. Consideration of Report of PC on Communications and Digital Technologies on 2022/23 Third and Fourth Quarter Performance and Expenditure Report of Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (ATC, 25 October 2023, p 210) (49) 



2. Committee Programme 


TUESDAY, 07 OCTOBER 2023 

Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour, (National Council of Provinces), [Social Compact to tackle grand social and economic challenges; The Committee to receive progress report in relation to the components of the social compact from Social Partners-Government, Business, Trade Union Movement and civil society; Presentation by Nedlac, and critical role players would be received by the Committee; Consideration and adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00- 13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Council for Scientific and Industry Research (CSIR) on the development of the IT system for the Department of Home Affairs for the five (5) offices to address the network challenges], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Communications and Digital Technologies, (National Assembly), [Deliberation/finalisation on the SAPO Amendment Bill [B 11-2023]; Briefing by the SABC on its Corporate Plan; Adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Select Committee on Health and Social Services, (National Council of Provinces), 

[Consideration of the Submissions on the NHI Bill [B11B-2019], sec 76 and the responses to submissions by the Department of Health; Consideration and Adoption of Committee Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Deliberations on the Companies A/Bs], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Update briefing with Eskom on development regarding Committee recommendations], Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:30-14:00 

Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Council of Provinces), [Final Mandate meeting on the: Agricultural Products Standards Amendment Bill [B15B – 2021]; National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill [B24B – 2021]; Consideration and Adoption of Minutes and Reports], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the SANParks and Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority on their First Quarterly Reports for 2023/24 financial year], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00- 13:00 


WEDNESDAY, 08 NOVEMBER 2023 

Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Finance and Select Committee on Finance, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Public hearings on the Revised Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00- 12:00 

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Briefing by National Treasury on the following: 2023 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill; 2023 Adjustments Appropriation Bill; and 2023 Eskom Debt Relief Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of public participation report, Further Committee deliberations on the Independent Investigative Directorate Amendment Bill [B21-2023], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00- 13:00 

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Negotiating Mandates: Economic Regulation of Transport Bill [B 1B-20 (s76)]; National Road Traffic A/B [B 7B- 2020] (sec 76)]; National Land Transport A/B [B 7F –2016] (sec 76)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Consideration of the draft A and B Bills of the Companies Amendment Bills], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, (National Assembly), [Adoption of the Public Hearings Report on the Public Administration Management Amendment Bill [B10 – 2023]; Report on the Motion of Desirability of the Bill for Public Administration Management Amendment Bill [B10 – 2023]; Consideration and deliberations of the Bill, clause by clause by the Committee], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-12:15

Portfolio Committee on Health, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Health on their 1st and 2nd quarterly report for 2023/24 financial year], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00 

Select Committee on Security and Justice, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration and adoption of the Committee Report on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill [B9B-2018] (National Assembly – sec 75); Briefing by the Ministry and Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on the Divorce Amendment Bill [B 22 – 2023] (National Assembly – section 75); Briefing by the Ministry and Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Amendment Bill [B28B – 2023] (National Assembly – section 75)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00 


FRIDAY, 10 NOVEBMER 2023 

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Clause by Clause consideration of the Independent Directorate Amendment Bill [B21-2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 08:00-10:00 

Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Finance and Select Committee on Finance, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Response by National Treasury and SARS to the submissions received on the Revised Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

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