This week in Parliament: Governance & Water
Nov 21, 2023

This week sees plenty of activity in the National Assembly, with the consideration of a number of budgetary review and recommendation reports on the agenda. On Wednesday the Ministers in the Governance Cluster will answer questions in the NA. The Cluster includes Ministers of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs; Government Communications and Information Services and Media Development and Diversity Agency; Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities; Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, as well as Public Service and Administration.

On Friday one of the subjects for discussion in the NA will be “Strengthening the agriculture and poultry sectors as a catalyst for economic development in South Africa and Africa”. This comes after a crisis hit the poultry sector recently due to an outbreak of avian flu.

On Friday the NA will discuss the water provision crisis in South Africa. 

On committee level water is also a concern this week, with the National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency SOC Limited Bill receiving attention on Tuesday and Friday. The Bill provides for the incorporation and establishment of a state-owned company to administer, fund, finance, provide, operate, maintain and provide advisory services in respect of national water resources infrastructure.



1. Parliamentary Programme


TUESDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 2023 

14:00 – ±19:00 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Members’ statements (50) 

2. Statement by the Minister in The Presidency on Census 2022 Results (77) 

3. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Home Affairs (ATC, 20 October 2023, 157) (declarations) 

4. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Tourism (ATC, 20 October 2023, p 5) (declarations) 

5. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Public Service and Administration on Vote 7 of National School of Government Annual Report for 2022/23 financial year (ATC, 19 October 2023, p 117) (declarations) 

6. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Public Service and Administration on Vote 12 of Public Service Commission (PSC) Annual Report for 2022/23 financial year (ATC, 19 October 2023, p 99) (declarations) 

7. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Public Service and Administration on Vote 11 of Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), and Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) 2022/2023 (ATC, 19 October 2023, p 73) (declarations) 

8. Decision of Question on Draft resolution (Mr J S Malema): Closure of the Israel Embassy in South Africa and suspension of all diplomatic relations with Israel 


WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2023 

15:00 – ±19:30 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Questions for oral reply: (180) Cluster 3: Governance 

2. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on Division of Revenue Amendment Bill [B33 – 2023] (ATC, 21 November 2023) (no debate) 

3. Second Reading debate: Division of Revenue Amendment Bill [B33 – 2023] (s76(1)) (90) 


THURSDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2023 

14:00 – ±17:15 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (ATC, 19 October 2023, p 62) (declarations) 

2. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Public Works and Infrastructure (ATC, 19 October 2023, p 5) (declarations) 

3. 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) 

4. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Small Business Development (ATC, 23 October 2023) (declarations) 

5. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Planning Monitoring and Evaluation on Vote 14 of Statistics South Africa (ATC, 24 October 2023, 43) (declarations) 

6. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Planning Monitoring and Evaluation on Vote 9 of Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Brand South Africa (ATC, 24 October 2023, 17) (declarations) 

7. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Sport, Arts and Culture on Performance of national department and entities (ATC, 20 October 2023, p 228) (declarations) 

8. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Basic Education on Performance of Department of Basic Education for 2022/2023 financial year (ATC, 15 November 2023, p 201) (declarations) 

9. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Justice and Correctional Services on The Office of the Chief Justice (ATC, 17 November 2023) (declarations) 

10. Consideration of Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of PC on Justice and Correctional Services on The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, National Prosecuting Authority, Information Regulator, Legal Aid South Africa, South Africa Human Rights Commission and Public Protector (ATC, 17 November 2023) (declarations) 


FRIDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2023 

10:00 – ±13:00 MINI-PLENARY SESSIONS (VIRTUAL) Mini-plenary 1: 

1. Subject for discussion (Mr Z M D Mandela): Strengthening the agriculture and poultry sectors as a catalyst for economic development in South Africa and Africa (90) 

2. Subject for discussion (Dr M J Cardo): The role of national government policy in job creation and poverty alleviation (90) 

Mini-plenary 2: 

1. Subject for discussion (Mr N F Shivambu): Water provision crisis in South Africa (90) 

2. Subject for discussion (Ms Z Nkomo): Reviewing the economic position of women and measures to accelerate women’s economic empowerment (90) 

Mini-plenary 3: 

1. Subject for discussion (Ms Z Majozi): Urgent call for intervention by the South African Police Service and intelligence structures to address politically motivated killings, including the killing of Amakhosi and other traditional leaders (90) 

2. Subject for discussion (Dr W J Boshoff): The right of communities to participate in the management and development of both private and public educational institutions at all levels (90) 



2. Committee Programme


TUESDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2023 

Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, (National Assembly), [Day 2 of public hearings on the National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency SOC Limited Bill [B24- 2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00 

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the Committee report and clause by clause deliberations on the Revenue Laws Amendment Bill, Revenue Administration and Pension Laws Amendment Bill and the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Formal consideration of the A and B Bills of the Companies A/Bs; Briefing by the NLC on its 2022/23 Annual Report and its second quarter financial and non-financial performance for the 2023/24 financial year; Briefing by the SABS on its 2022/23 Annual Report and its second quarter financial and nonfinancial performance for the 2023/24 financial year], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, (National Assembly), [Consideration of the submission from National House of Traditional & Khoi-San Leaders (NHTKL) on the Preservation and Development of Agricultural Land (PDAL) Bill; Further consideration of the A-list on the PDAL Bill; Consideration of outstanding minutes of the Committee], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Select Committee on Finance, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by National Treasury on TLAB, TALAB, Rates Bill and Revenue Laws Amendment Bill], 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), [The Committee will receive Progress Report on the implementation of the Recommendations of the Zondo Commission from Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, and the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department on the Preparations for UNFCCC Climate Change conference in December 2023; Briefing by the National Treasury on the financing of the Climate Change Bill; Briefing by Legal Services on the Parliament’s position following the Constitutional Court Judgement on the NEMLA Bill, 2022; and Responses by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment on the remedial action to address the findings of the Constitutional Court], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:30-13:30 

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Department of Transport briefing on the proposed Festive Season Road Safety Plan for December 2023/January 2024; Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00 

Select Committee on Health and Social Services, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of the Final Mandates on the NHI Bill [B11B-2019], sec 76; Consideration and Adoption of Committee Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 15:00- 17:00 


WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2023 

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the Committee report and clause by clause deliberations on the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Formal consideration of the A and B Bills of the Companies Amendment Bill and the Companies Second Amendment Bill], 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, 09:30-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Briefing by Eskom on the annual report and financial statements for 2022/23 financial year], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 10:00 


FRIDAY, 24 NOVEBMER 2023 

Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Water and Sanitation on input of oral submissions on the National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency SOC Limited Bill [B24-2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00 

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B34-2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Negotiating Mandates: Expropriation Bill [B 23B-2020] (Sec 76)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

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