The Week Ahead: NCOP Question Time with the President

7 Jun 2021 (2 weeks ago)

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The National Assembly is officially on recess from today until 17 August.

Meanwhile, the NCOP’s second term will run until 21 June.

The NCOP chamber has arranged a varied agenda for delegates. Highlights include Oral Questions and Replies with the President, legislative business, policy debates and a Youth Day debate.

The President’s appearance is the main highlight of the week and the only agenda item during Thursday’s sitting.

Up to six questions on matters of national or international importance will be asked during the session.

To view the questions, click here.

The NCOP has to debate and vote on any law or policy that affects provincial or local government. In keeping with this responsibility, the chamber has arranged 7 policy debates this week:

On Tuesday, Department of Basic Education and the Department of Higher Education and Training.

On Wednesday: Department of Police, Independent Police Investigative Directorate, Civilian Secretariat for the Police Service and the Department of Social Development.

On Friday: Department of Home Affairs

The week concludes with a debate to mark Youth Day under the theme: “Youth Development through access to free higher education and expanded access to skill and development”.

While most NA MPs will be focused on constituency work during this period, others will continue to plough on with committee business. Parliament has given permission to several National Assembly committees to meet during this period. Their agenda is a combination of legislation, oversight, statutory appointments and other urgent matters

Nation-wide public hearings on the Expropriation Bill continue this week (10-13 June). Hearings will take place in the Western Cape. This is the seventh provincial stop.

The Portfolio Committee on Social Development kick-started provincial public hearings on the Children’s Amendment Bill on 6 June in Limpopo, which will run through until 9 June.

On the sidelines, the Western Cape Division of the High Court (Cape Town) will hear the Public Protector’s latest application – on Monday - to stop Parliament’s enquiry into whether or not there are grounds for her removal from office.

Below is a rundown of the committee highlights:

MONDAY, 7 JUNE 2021

Ad Hoc Committee on the section 100 Intervention in the North West Province, (National Council of Provinces), [Feedback session with the community forum, with (Dep of Public works, Human settlements, Police, education and sport development and Premier’s office); Briefing by COGTA on the state of Municipalities in North West], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-14:00

TUESDAY, 8 JUNE 2021

Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of outstanding minutes; Briefing by department, the Compensation Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund on matters raised by AGSA], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Interviews: Critical Infrastructure Council], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-17:00

Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, (National Assembly), [Meeting with the Legal Practice Council to discuss matters of mutual interest], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-12:00

Select Committee on Finance, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by PBO on key challenges in ensuring economic growth], Virtual Meeting Platform, 14:00

WEDNESDAY, 9 JUNE 2021

Joint Meeting: Select Committee on Appropriations and Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communications, (National Council of provinces), [Briefing by Department of Public Enterprises on proposed transfer of R2.7 billion to SAA subsidiaries and update on expenditure of R7.8 billion transferred to SAA in 2020/21 financial year, including the terms and conditions of the 2018 Special Appropriation Act linked to the approved R10.8 billion to SAA; Consideration of the draft Reports on Appropriation Bill [B4B – 2021] and Special Appropriation Bill [B5 – 2021]; Consideration of draft Minutes of 02 June 2021 (SC on Appropriations)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour, (National Assembly), [Deliberations on Employment Equity Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Interviews: Critical Infrastructure Council], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-17:00

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing and consideration of the Draft Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) in terms of section 75(6) of the National Road Traffic Act], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

THURSDAY, 10 JUNE 2021

Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour, (National Assembly), [Deliberations on Employment Equity Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Interviews: Critical Infrastructure Council], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-17:00

FRIDAY, 11 JUNE 2021

Ad Hoc Committee on the section 100 Intervention in the North West Province, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by Law enforcement agencies on cases related to s100 intervention in North West], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

Committees provide a platform for the public to present views directly to MPs. Share your on the ground experience and expert information to the relevant committees. Critically, what questions should MPs pose to the Executive as they conduct their oversight work?

We have consolidated our reports on the COVID-19 related meetings here.

During the constituency period, MPs have a duty to: be available to the public, help solve problems and report back to their constituents on what is happening in Parliament.

The purpose of this period is to encourage MPs to remain in contact with the people they represent.

View the schedule page here.

*This summary is based on the schedule as it is published on Monday morning. The programme is subject to frequent updating so the link above needs to be checked daily to confirm the programme for the day.



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