This week in Parliament: Security & Energy
Feb 26, 2024

It is a busy week in Parliament with a full programme scheduled.

The National Clouncil of Provinces will spend time on the Eskom Debt Relief Amendment Bill and the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill.

The National Assembly (NA) will consider the Copyright Amendment Bill and a Report on the Bill by the Portfolio Committee on Trade, Industry and Competition. The Bill aims to allow for further limitations and exceptions regarding the reproduction of copyright works. 

On Wednesday the Ministers in the Security Cluster will answer questions put to them by members of Parliament.

On Friday the NA will discuss the following topic, as put forward by Dr Manketsi Tlhape of the ANC – “Critical assessment of land reform and agrarian transformation in supporting small and medium-scale black farmers to ensure food security and growth in the agricultural sector.”

In committee meetings the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill will receive attention this week. The Bill provides for new generation capacity and electricity infrastructure, as well as the creation of an open market platform that will allow for competitive electricity trading.


1. Parliamentary Programme

TUESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2024

14:00 – ±16:45 PLENARY (HYBRID)

1. Consideration of Report of PC on Public Service and Administration on Public Service Amendment Bill [B 13 – 2023] (s76(1)) (ATC, 14 February 2024, p 6) (no debate)

2. Second Reading debate – Public Service Amendment Bill [B 13B – 2023] (s76(1)) (77)

3. Consideration of Report of PC on Public Service and Administration on Public Administration Management Amendment Bill [B 10 – 2023] (s76(1)) (ATC, 14 February 2024, p 3) (no debate)

4. Second Reading debate – Public Administration Management Amendment Bill [B 10B – 2023] (s76(1)) (77)

5. Consideration of Report of PC on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation on Statistics Amendment Bill [B31 – 2023] (s75) (ATC, 16 February 2024) (no debate)

6. Second Reading debate – Statistics Amendment Bill [B31B – 2023] (s75) (77)

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF PROVICES

14:00 PLENARY

1. Motions

2. Reports

3. Consideration of the Eskom Debt Relief Amendment Bill [B 34 – 2023] (s77)3

4. Consideration of the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill [B19B – 2020] (s75)

(Provisional)


WEDNESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2024

15:00 – 18:00 PLENARY (HYBRID)

Questions for Oral Reply: (180) • Cluster 1: Peace and Security


THURSDAY, 29 FEBRUARY 2024

14:00 – ±16:45 PLENARY (HYBRID)

1. Consideration of Recommendation of a candidate to fill a vacancy on Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) Council (Report of PC on Communications, see ATC, 9 February 2024, p 4) (54) (declarations)

2. Consideration of Copyright Amendment Bill [B 13F – 2017] (s76) and of Report of PC on Trade, Industry and Competition thereon (ATC, 15 February 2024, p 2) (54) (declarations)

3. Consideration of Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill [B 24F – 2016] (s76) and of Report of PC on Trade, Industry and Competition thereon (ATC, 15 February 2024, p 8) (54) (declarations)

4. Consideration of National Road Traffic Amendment Bill [B 7D – 2020] (s76) and of Report of PC on Transport thereon (ATC, 20 February 2024, p 6) (no debate)

5. Consideration of Economic Regulation of Transport Bill [B 1D – 2020] (s76) and of Report of PC on Transport thereon (ATC, 20 February 2024, p 5) (no debate)

6. Consideration of Report of Powers and Privileges Committee into allegations of conduct constituting contempt of Parliament by Mr M J Zwane, MP (see ATC, 22 February 2024) (54) (declarations)

7. Consideration of Report of Powers and Privileges Committee into allegations of conduct constituting contempt of Parliament by members of the National Assembly during Oral Questions to the President on Tuesday, 30 August 2022 (see ATC, 22 February 2024) (54) (declarations)


FRIDAY, 01 MARCH 2024

10:00 – ±12:30 MINI-PLENARY SESSIONS (VIRTUAL)

Mini-plenary 1:

1. Subject for discussion (Mr S N Swart): Parliament’s role in terms of section 231(2) of the Constitution, with particular reference to the World Health Organisation’s proposed Pandemic Agreement and amendments to the International Health Regulations of 2005 (90)

2. Subject for discussion (Ms F A Masiko): Policy oversight over the implementation of the 2019 to 2024 Medium Term Strategic Framework (90)

Mini-plenary 2:

3. Subject for discussion (Mr B N Herron): Addressing the triple crisis of low economic growth, high unemployment and entrenched poverty (90)

4. Subject for discussion (Dr M M E Tlhape): Critical assessment of land reform and agrarian transformation in supporting small and medium-scale black farmers to ensure food security and growth in the agricultural sector (90)

Mini-plenary 3:

5. Subject for discussion (Dr L A Schreiber): The need to professionalise the Republic’s public administration to improve service delivery for South Africans (90)

6. Subject for discussion (Mr M Shikwambana): Provision of fee-free higher education for all in South Africa (90)



2. Committee Programme


TUESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2024

• Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the Draft A-List of the National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency SOC Limited Bill [B24-2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00

• Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), [Report by the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) with the full Board of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) on matters related to governance, compliance, and transformation], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

• Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Finance, Standing Committee on Appropriations, Select Committee on Finance and Select Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) and the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) on the 2024 Budget], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

• Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour, (National Council of Provinces), [Departmental responses on stakeholder issues raised during public hearings on the Companies Amendment Bills; Consideration and adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00- 13:00

• Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, (National Assembly), [Briefing by HEMP 4 LIFE on government’s production support to cannabis and hemp producers and agricultural entrepreneurs in South Africa; Consideration and adoption of the 2023 Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

• Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Assembly), [Continuation of Deliberations on the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill [B23 – 2023]], Committee Room 1, Upper Ground Floor, 90 Plein Street Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:006

• Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Assembly), [Continuation of Deliberations on the National Nuclear Regulator Amendment Bill [B25 – 2023]], Committee Room 1, Upper Ground Floor, 90 Plein Street Building, Parliament, 18:00- 21:00

• Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the entities of the Department of Transport on their 2022/23 Annual Reports: PRASA; Department of Transport briefing on its 2023/24 Second and Third Quarter Expenditures; Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings and draft Committee 2023 Annual Report], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00

• Portfolio Committee on Tourism, (National Assembly), [Tabling of the draft Committee Legacy Report for the Sixth Parliament], Committee Room M515, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 10:00-13:00


WEDNESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2024

• Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Finance and Select Committee on Finance, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Public hearings on the 2024 Budget (Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

• Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the National Treasury on the 2024 Division of Revenue Bill; Second Adjustments Amendment Bill and the Gold and Foreign Exchange Contingency Reserve Account Defrayal Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

• Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Assembly), [Continuation of Deliberations on the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill [B23 – 2023]], Committee Room 1, Upper Ground Floor, 90 Plein Street Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:00

• Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Assembly), [Continuation of Deliberations on the National Nuclear Regulator Amendment Bill7 [B25 – 2023]], Committee Room 1, Upper Ground Floor, 90 Plein Street Building, Parliament, 14:00- 18:00

• Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Select Committee Consideration of Written and Oral Submissions on: Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment Bill [B5—2022]; and Transport Appeal Tribunal Amendment Bill [B8B—2022]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

• Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Briefing by South African Airways on the outstanding annual reports and financial statements;], Committee Room M515, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 10:00-13:00

• Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Follow up meeting with the Minister of Public Enterprises on the allegations of irregularities in the SAA transition], Committee Room M515, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 14:00-17:00


FRIDAY, 01 MARCH 2024

• Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Assembly), [Continuation of Deliberations on the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill [B23 – 2023]], Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:00

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