Week ahead in parliament: Budget votes and crime stats
May 29, 2023

Sittings this week again focus on debates of Departmental Budget Votes. Departments whose budgets will be presented include Justice, Social Development and the Presidency. The president, Cyril Ramaphosa, will himself table the presidency’s budget on Wednesday. This debate will in all likelihood attract attention, especially because the newly created cabinet position of Minister of Electricity falls under the Presidency.

TUESDAY, 30 MAY 2023 

10:00 – 13:00 Committees MINI PLENARIES (HYBRID) 10:00 – 12:00 

1. Debate on Vote 25: Justice and Constitutional Development (GHC)

2. Debate on Vote 19: Social Development (M46) 

14:00 – ±17:50 PLENARY (HYBRID)

1. Debate on Vote 2: Parliament (135)

2. Consideration of Reports on Budget Votes (no debates) 

3. Consideration of Draft Notice on Determination of Remuneration of Independent Constitutional Institutions (Report of Standing Committee on Finance, see ATC, 17 May 2023, p 19) (54) (declarations) 

4. Consideration of Draft Notice on Determination of Remuneration of Independent Constitutional Institutions (Report of PC on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, see ATC, 16 May 2023, p 16) (54) (declarations) 

MINI PLENARIES (HYBRID) 10:00 – 12:00 

1. Debate on Vote 23 & 26: Defence and Military Veterans (GHC) 

2. Debate on Vote 20: Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (M46) 14:00 – 16:00

3. Debate on Vote 28, 24 & 21: Police (including Independent Police Investigate Directorate & Civilian Secretariat for the Police Service) (GHC) 

4. Debate on Vote 35: Science and Innovation (M46)  

16:15 – 18:15 

1. Debate on Vote 10: Public Enterprises (GHC)

2. Debate on Vote 13: Public Works and Infrastructure (M46) 

WEDNESDAY, 31 MAY 2023 

14:00 – ±20:00 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

Debate on Vote 1: The Presidency 

THURSDAY 25 MAY 2023 

14:00 – PLENARY (HYBRID)
Resumption of debate on Vote 1: The Presidency (Reply) 

COMMITTEE PROGRAMME 

Noteworthy committee meetings this week include: 

The crime statistics for the quarter dated 1 January – 31 March will be released on Tuesday by Police minister Bheki Cele. The Portfolio Committee on Police will receive a pre-release briefing on Tuesday morning. 

With the Thabo Bester court case and the integrity of South African prisons still in the news, a briefing by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Sevices, Ronald Lamola, and the Department of Correctional services on their Strategic and Annual Performance Plans for 2023/24 might garner attention.

The Portfolio Committee on Heath will be briefed by the Department of Health on the Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill. The bill aims to regulate the sale and advertising of tobacco products and electronic delivery systems (“vaping”).

TUESDAY, 30 MAY 2023 

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Pre-release briefing on the Fourth Quarter Crime Statistics (01 January to 31 March 2023)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 08:00-09:30
Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Briefing by National Treasury on the impact and effectiveness of the Jobs Fund, plans for its recapitalisation and future contribution], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Assembly), 

[Update by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy on shale gas developments; Update by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, with the Central Energy Fund on the Solar Water Heater Programme; Consideration and adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00 

Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Minister on the deliberations and recommendations by the Interministerial committee on land reform and agriculture with regard to Land Reform and the Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB); Further, the ITB to present the status report on governance issues at the Ingonyama Trust and the Ingonyama Holdings], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00- 13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Tourism, (National Assembly), [Consideration of minutes; Briefing by the Department of Tourism on policy review process (Green Paper)], Committee Room M515, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Transport on its 2022/23 fourth quarter expenditure; Consideration and adoption of the Committee report on the Department of Transport 2022/23 third quarter expenditure; Consideration and adoption of the revised Committee second term programme; Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings; Deliberations on the Railway Safety Bill [B 7 – 2021]], Committee Room M314, 3rd Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:00 

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

[Briefing by the Minister and the Department of Correctional Services on the Strategic and Annual Performance Plans for 2023/24], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, (National Assembly), [Virtual Oral submissions on Climate Change Bill [B9-2022]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:30 

WEDNESDAY, 31 MAY 2023 

Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), 

[Briefing by the DPWI/PMTE on the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). (Its objectives, the cost incurred on each component, how much was paid, how many service providers were involved to date, and the current status of the ERP); Consideration and adoption of minutes of previous meetings], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Briefing by National Treasury on the Legal and Regulatory Framework for Procurement of New Generation Energy Capacity by Municipalities and Municipal Entities], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, (National Assembly), 

[Briefings on 2023/24 Quarter Four Performance Reports of the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD), Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa), and Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda); Consideration and adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00 

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of oral and written submissions on 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 

Select Committee on Appropriations, (National Council of Provinces), [Responses by National Treasury on public submissions on the: (i) Appropriation Bill [B3 – 2023]; and (ii) Eskom Debt Relief Bill [B5 – 2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Health, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Health on the Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill [B33 – 2022]], Committee Room M201, Second Floor, Marks Building, 10:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, (National Assembly), [Briefing by Department of Basic Education (DBE) on Social Cohesion Programs (Planning, Management and Organizing Schools Sports, Arts and Music Eisteddfods for grooming learner’s talent/ potential], Virtual Meeting Platform, 20:00-22:00

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