This week in Parliament: President & Economics Cluster
Mar 18, 2024

Even though the week is broken up by a public holiday on Thursday, the somewhat shortened schedule for parliament this week still contains a number of important items.

On Tuesday the President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will answer questions in the National Assembly. 

Dr MME Tlhape (ANC) will ask the president for details on the integrated planning in government to maintain growth and job creation in the agricultural sector through land reform.

From the opposition benches, the DA will ask the President whether lifestyle audits for the members of the executive have been completed, while the IFP and the FF Plus will ask about the one-month suspension of the Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, Ms E D Peters. It was found that Ms Peters had breached the Code of Ethical Conduct in her former portfolio as Minister of Transport.

Consideration of the Expropriation Bill by the National Council of Provinces has been scheduled for Tuesday as well. The Bill aims to provide for the expropriation of property for a public purpose or in the public interest, and to identify instances where the provision of nil compensation may be just and equitable for expropriation in the public interest.

The Ministers in the Economic Cluster will answer questions on Wednesday. The Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, Mr K Ramokgopa, will be asked quite a few questions, ranging in scope from the energy availability factor, the Independent Transmission Projects model and the impact of small-scale embedded generation on Eskom.

On committee level, both the Pension Funds Amendment Bill and the Public Procurement Bill will receive attention this week.

The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Wednesday will in all likelihood receive media attention as the cancelled South African Airways – Takatso strategic equity partnership will be placed under the spotlight.



1. Parliamentary Programme


TUESDAY, 19 MARCH 2024

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

09:00 – PLENARY (HYBRID)

1. Debate on Human Rights Day

14:00 – ±17:00 PLENARY (HYBRID) (Cntd.)

2. Questions to the President

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF PROVINCES

14:00 PLENARY (HYBRID)

1. … 

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


WEDNESDAY, 20 MARCH 2024

15:00 – ±18:00 PLENARY (HYBRID)

Questions for Oral Reply: (180) – Cluster 4: Economics3



2. Committee Programme


TUESDAY, 19 MARCH 2024

• Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of Legacy Report of the Committee; Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings], Virtual Meeting Platform, 08:00-09:00

• Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Response by National Treasury to submissions received on the Pension Funds Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00- 12:00

• Select Committee on Finance, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of final negotiating mandates on the Public Procurement Bill [B18B-2023]], 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), [Finalisation of Companies Amendment Bills and Adoption of Report; Consideration of Negotiating Mandates on the National Small Enterprise Amendment Bill [B16B – 2023] (National Assembly – sec 76)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00


WEDNESDAY, 20 MARCH 2024

• Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and Council for the Built Environment (CBE) on the 2024/25 Annual Performance Plans], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

• Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly) [Response by Dr George / Research including response and / input by National Treasury to submissions received on the Responsible Spending Bill [B9 – 2023] (Private Members’ Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:004

• Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector Including Organs of State: Induction for New Ministers to clarify the relationship between the political authority and the institutions they oversee; and Revision to relevant sections of the Ministerial Handbook], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

• Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Deliberations and finalisation of report of the Committee on the petition of the Former Director-General on allegations of irregularity on the cancelled South African Airways – Takatso strategic equity partnership], Committee Room M515, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 10:00


FRIDAY, 22 MARCH 2024

• Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly) [Consideration and adoption of the Committee report and clause-by-clause deliberations on the Pension Funds Amendment Bill[B3-2024]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

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