Week ahead in parliament: Departmental Budget Votes dominate the programme  
May 22, 2023

Parliament sees a full programme of parliamentary sittings and portfolio committee meetings this week. The schedule features a number of important departmental budget votes, including those of Public Enterprises and Trade, Industry and Competition.  

 

Deputy President Paul Mashatile will also be answering questions on Thursday and there will also be a vote by MP’s on the establishment of an ad hoc committee to exercise over the new Minister of Electricity and his programmes.  

 

TUESDAY 23 MAY 2023  

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  

(5) Debate on Vote 10: Public Enterprises (GHC) 
(6) Debate on Vote 13: Public Works and Infrastructure (M46)  

MINI PLENARIES (HYBRID)  

15:00 – 17:00  


WEDNESDAY, 24 MAY 2023  

Debate on Vote 17: Higher Education and Training (GHC)  

Debate on Vote 38: Tourism (M46)  

17:15 – 19:15  

Debate on Vote 39: Trade, Industry and Competition  

 

THURSDAY 25 MAY 2023  

14:00 – ±20:30 PLENARY (HYBRID)  

(1)  Questions to the Deputy President  

(2)  Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on Eskom Debt Relief Bill [B5 – 2023] (ATC, 28 April 2023)  

(3)  First Reading debate: Eskom Debt Relief Bill [B5 – 2023] (s77) (77)  

(4)  Second Reading: Eskom Debt Relief Bill [B5 – 2023] (s77) (no debate)  

(5)  Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Finance on Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill [B 21 – 2022] (ATC, 17 May 2023, p 10)  

(6)  Second Reading debate: Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill [B 21B – 2022] (s75) (77)  

(7)  Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Finance on Financial Matters Amendment Bill [B 20 – 2022] (ATC, 17 May 2023, p 4) (54) (declarations)  

(8)  Second Reading: Financial Matters Amendment Bill [B 20B – 2022] (s75) (no debate)  

(9)  Decision of Question on Draft resolution (Mr K J Mileham) on Establishment an ad hoc committee in terms of Rule 253(1)(a) to exercise oversight over the new Minister of Electricity and the implementation of the Office of Minister Ramokgopa’s programme of action (no debate)  

(10)  Debate on Africa Day: Deepening the African Union’s vision of African unity, peace, prosperity and development  

 

 

FRIDAY 26 MAY 2023  

MINI PLENARIES (HYBRID) 
10:00 – 12:00 
Debate on Vote 3 & 15: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (GHC)  

 

 

COMMITTEE PROGRAMME 

 

Noteworthy committee meetings this week include: 

On Tuesday, deliberations on the Railway Safety Bill will continue before the Portfolio Committee of Transport. The Bill aims to make the country’s passengers and freight safer. It provides for a system of safety permits and aims to establishes a national railway safety information and monitor system. It also has as a goal the promotion of rail as a preferred mode of transport that will help grow the country’s economy 

On Friday, the National Security Advisor to the President will be appearing before SCOPA regarding ex-GCEO of Eskom on allegations of corruption and maladministration at Eskom.  

The meeting follows the publication of André de Ruyter’s book, Truth To Power last week and the power utility warning of Stage 8 load shedding during the upcoming winter months. Sydney Mufamadi, in his role as National Security Advisor to the President, will be questioned by the committee following appearances by the SAPS, Hawks and SIU leadership last week 

 

Committee Programme: 

 
MONDAY, 22 MAY 2023  

Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of budget vote report], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-11:00  

 

TUESDAY, 23 MAY 2023  

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Briefing by National Treasury’s Chief Procurement Officer on the Procurement Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00  

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Transport on the 2023 Appropriation Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00  

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Deliberations on the Railway Safety Bill [B 7-2021]; Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings], Committee Room M314, Third Floor, Marks Building, 09:00-13:00  

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

[Briefing by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy on their 3rd and 4th Quarterly Performance Reports for 2022/23; Update on the cadastral system; Update on the licensing backlog; and Consideration and adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00  

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the ITAC on its 2023/24 Strategic and Annual Performance Plan (APP); Consideration of the first draft of the report on the DTIC’s third quarter financial and non-financial performance], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:30  

Portfolio Committee on Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, (National Assembly), [Oral submissions on Climate Change Bill [B9-2022]; and Briefing by the Department on the Rock Lobster Anti-Poaching Strategy], Committee Room 1, 120 Plein Street Building, Parliament, 09:30-13:00  

Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour, (National Council of Provinces), [Negotiating mandates on Performers Protection and Copyright Amendment Bills], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 10:00-13:00  

Portfolio Committee on Tourism, (National Assembly), [Briefing by South African Tourism (SAT) on Strategic Plan, Annual Performance Plan and the Budget for 2023/24 financial year; Consideration of minutes], Committee Room M201, Second Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 10:00-13:00  

 

WEDNESDAY, 24 MAY 2023  

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Deliberation by the Committee regarding ex-GCEO of Eskom on allegations of corruption and other financial irregularities at ESKOM], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00  

Portfolio Committee on Health, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the B-Bill of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill], Committee Room S35, First Floor, NCOP Building, 10:00-13:00  

 

FRIDAY, 26 MAY 2023  

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Meeting with National Security Advisor to the President regarding ex-GCEO of Eskom on allegations of corruption, theft, maladministration, sabotage, lack of consequence management, cartels and other financial irregularities at ESKOM], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30- 13:00.  

 

 

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