The Week Ahead: Parliament focuses on illegal mining activities and the state of public infrastructure

5 Sep 2022 (3 weeks, 4 days ago)

The vandalism of public infrastructure remains a burning issue. Just last week, the National Assembly debated the topic and this week the NCOP has arranged a ministerial briefing session to discuss: the scale and impact of the destruction of public property and community facilities: measures to protect public infrastructure and community facilities from vandalism and destruction. This is scheduled for Tuesday.

Continuing with this same theme, delegates will debate the restoration and modernisation of rail Infrastructure in South Africa during Thursday’s plenary.

Elsewhere, the National Assembly has arranged three sittings this week.

On Tuesday, legislators will consider assorted reports. Amongst these is the multilateral convention to implement tax treaty-related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting.

On Wednesday, Ministers in the Social Services cluster will answer oral questions. View here

At the same sitting, MPs will also consider the Children’s Amendment Bill.

Thursday’s plenary agenda is varied and will last longer.

The main item is the urgent debate of national public importance – put forward by the Chief Whip of the Majority Party - on the persistent illegal mining activities and concomitant crimes.

Consideration of the Traditional Courts Bill and vacancies at the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) are two other highlights.

Behind the scenes, the relocation of Parliament is back on the agenda. The Chief Whips Forum will meet on Wednesday to discuss the feasibility study of such a move.

Meanwhile, the Speaker has confirmed that she received 17 names, nominated by various political parties represented in the NA, to serve on the Independent Panel of Experts to probe the Phala Phala farm matter. After a careful consideration of the names at her disposal, the Speaker will appoint the Panel to begin the probe.

Beyond this, the Speaker will lead a multi-party parliamentary delegation to the 8th BRICS Parliamentary Forum (BRICS PF) virtual meeting on 6 September 2022.

Also, Parliament’s delegation to the Pan African Parliament will continue participating in that body’s Committee Sessions which run until 8 September.

Below are the highlights in the Committee Corridor:

TUESDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 2022

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Briefing by National Treasury on the Financial Matters Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Minister of Home Affairs and the Department of Home Affairs on the progress made in the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP); Briefing by the Minister of Home Affairs on the progress made on the implementation plan of the Ministerial Reviewing Committee on permits and visas; Update by the Minister of Home Affairs on suspensions of senior officials and update on Shepard Bushiri’s escape], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Briefing on the Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment Bill [B 5-2022]; Briefing by the Department of Transport on its first quarter expenditure for 2022/23; Deliberations on the Railway Safety Bill [B 7-2021], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, (National Assembly), [Consideration and Adoption of Draft Minutes and Draft Reports; Briefing by Department of Basic Education on Draft Rural Education Policy (including regulations on school closure, rationalisation and/or mergers)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-12:30

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Commissioners of the UIF and Compensation Fund on the progress regarding the implementation of corrective measures at the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Compensation Fund], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

WEDNESDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2022

Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), [Final consideration of the Expropriation Bill [B23-2020] A - List], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Briefing by Regulatory Authorities, including National Treasury and the SARB on the closure of bank accounts], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Briefing by Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (PRASA) on the issues resulting in perennial underspending on capital infrastructure by PRASA], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Select Committee on Appropriations, (National Council of Provinces), [Hearing with National Treasury and Department of Social Development on expenditure performance in the 4th quarter of 2021/22 of the Early Childhood Development Grant; Consideration of draft Minutes of previous meeting], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Public hearings on Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Amendment Bill [B15-2022]; Addendum to the Annual Performance Plan of the South African Police Service for 2022/23], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Health, (National Assembly), [Clause by clause deliberations on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building/Hybrid, 09:30-13:00

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Hearing on the Audit Report of the Road Accident Fund for the financial year under review (2020/21)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

THURSDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 2022

Joint Standing Committee on Defence, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Minister on the appointment of the Reserve Force Council and the Chief Defence Reserves; Briefing by the DOD in response to the Succession Planning Discussion- status quo, challenges and the way forward; Consideration of the Report on the strategic overview of the SANDF mid-term of the 6th Parliament by the JSCD; Consideration of Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 18:00-21:00

FRIDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2022

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Compensation Fund on the issues contributing to its audit findings over the recent financial years], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Joint Standing Committee on Financial Management of Parliament, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Update on matters related to the investigation into the 2 January 2022 fire on the parliamentary precinct in particular progress made in the renovation effort, the sourcing of interim venues to host plenaries, and the appoint of the panel of built environment experts to advise the Executive Authority on matters related to the restoration: Briefings by the South African Police Service, Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, and Parliament], Virtual Meeting Platform, 12:30-15:00

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*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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