This week in Parliament: Public Protector and Avian Flu
Oct 16, 2023

On Thursday the National Assembly will vote on a committee recommendation that Adv. Kholeka Gcaleka should become the new Public Protector, following the parliamentary removal from office of Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane.     

The week also sees public hearings by the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on the Companies Amendment Bill. The bill proposes much more rigidity in the disclosure of remuneration for workers and executives. 

The Select Committee on Security and Justice will hold deliberations on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, which provides for the offence of a hate crime and the offence of hate speech, and the prosecution of persons who commit those offences.

On Friday the department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the South African Poultry Association will brief parliament on the Avian Infuenza outbreak which is affecting South African agriculture and business.

 

1. Parliamentary Programme

THURSDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2023 

14:00 – ±17:30 PLENARY (City Hall) (fully physical) Consideration of Recommendation of a person for appointment as Public Protector (Report of Ad hoc Committee to Nominate a Person for Appointment as Public Protector, see ATC, 29 August 2023, p 4) (76) 

 

2.  Committee Programme

TUESDAY, 17 OCTOBER 2023 

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Briefing by National Treasury on their annual report], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Public Hearings on the Companies Amendment Bills], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-17:00 

Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Assembly), [Tabling and deliberations on the Committee’s 1st draft Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report (BRRR) for 2023], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-12:30 

Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, (National Assembly), [Briefing on the Report from the Auditor-General of South Africa on the Material irregularities in National, Provincial and Local Government for 2022/23 financial year; Briefing by the Auditor-General of South Africa on the audit action plans and associated timelines as well as progress of the implementing those undertakings; (Chemical and Waste Management, Environmental Programmes and Forestry Branches to be in attendance); Briefing by the Commission for Gender Equality: Progress Report: Transformation in the Public and Private Sectors 2022/2023 (SANParks to be in attendance)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Deliberations on the Marine Oil Pollution (Preparedness, Response and Cooperation) Bill [B 10-2022]: Consideration and adoption of list of amendments; Briefing by the Department of Transport on the Luxembourg Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Railway Rolling Stock, tabled in terms of section 231(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.; Consideration and adoption of the report on the Luxembourg Protocol; Consideration and adoption of Committee Report on the public hearings on the Marine Oil Pollution (Preparedness, Response and Cooperation) Bill; Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings], Committee Room M314, Third Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 10:00- 13:00 

 

WEDNESDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2023 

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Department on the Transport Appeal Tribunal A/B [B8B-20 (s76)] & Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution) A/B [B5- 2022] – sec76], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Public Hearings on the Companies Amendment Bills], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-17:00 

Portfolio Committee on Health, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the Committee’s Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report (BRRR); Consideration and adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Employment and Labour (incl. SEE) on the 2023 Annual Report (BRRR); and Briefing by Nedlac on its 2023 Annual Report (BRRR)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00 

Select Committee on Security and Justice, (National Council of Provinces), 

[Briefing by the Ministry and Department of Correctional Services on the Correctional Services Amendment Bill [B14-2023]; Briefing by the Ministry and Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on the Judicial Matters Amendment Bill [B 7B-2023]; Deliberations on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill [B9B-2018] (National Assembly – sec 75); Continuation of deliberations on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill [B9B-2018] (National Assembly – sec 75)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-16:00 

 

FRIDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2023 

Portfolio Committee on Sport, Arts and Culture, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report (BRRR); Update by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) on the revised White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage; Consideration and adoption of Committee minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00- 12:45 

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Public Hearings on the Companies Amendment Bills], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Adoption of BRRRs], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, (National Assembly), [Briefing by DALRRD and SAPA on the Avian Infuenza outbreak], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

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