The Week Ahead: Routine Business in the Main Chambers and Committee-Land

30 May 2022 (4 weeks, 1 day ago)

There are four weeks left until Parliament’s mid-year constituency period.

In the remaining days, the legislative body is scheduled to pass the national budget, vote on several Bills, conduct important debates, hold a sectoral Parliament, scrutinise government performance and response to various crises, undertake oversight visits, and approve statutory appointments.

One thing that will not take place is the President’s Question and Answer session in the National Assembly, which is meant to happen once per term. This was confirmed at last Thursday’s National Assembly Programming Committee meeting. The President will have to make this up in the next quarter, with two Question and Answer sessions arranged during the six-week term.

Both chambers have scheduled sittings from Tuesday to Thursday.

On Tuesday, the NCOP has prioritised 2 policy debates: Trade, Industry, Competition and Human Settlements. The NA will consider the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill and assorted committee reports.

On Wednesday, the NCOP has prioritised 3 policy debates: Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Health. The NA will consider assorted committee reports including the South African Human Rights Commission's Report on the Investigative Hearing (held in North West) into the lack of Safety and Security Measures in Schools for Children with Disabilities in South Africa.

On Thursday, the NCOP has prioritised the following policy debates: Police, Civilian Secretariat for the Police Service, Independent Police Investigative Directorate and Higher Education and Training. The NA will consider the National Health Amendment Bill and the Disaster Management Amendment Bill.

One item that could be added suddenly to the Order Paper in both chambers is the motion to approve the new Secretary to Parliament from 1 June. This motion was supposed to be considered by both Houses last Wednesday but was deferred pending discussions on Tuesday.

The week rounds off with NCOP delegates discussing the Women's Charter for Accelerated Development Report Back Session in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Ad-Hoc Joint Committee on Flood Disaster Relief and Recovery will wrap up its oversight visit to KZN on Monday. It has scheduled a series of engagements with relevant stakeholders and a planned oversight visit to the areas affected by the floods.

Below is a rundown of the highlights in the Committee Corridor:

TUESDAY, 31 MAY 2022

Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, (National Assembly), [Consideration of the Motion of Desirability (MOD) on the Electoral Amendment Bill; Consideration of CVs and the report from the Office of the Chief Justice to fill a vacancy of an IEC Commissioner; Briefing by the Minister of Home Affairs on the report of the Investigation within the Government Printing Works (GPW) on the loss of financial data and loss of Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) as well as investigations by Hawks on the allegations of corruption levelled against the Chief Executive Officer of GPW], Virtual Meeting Platform, 08:30-13:00]

Portfolio Committee on Communications, (National Assembly), [Briefing by SAPO on: (i) establishment of the Oversight Team, (ii) implementation of turnaround strategy (iii) labour issues, (iv) improving cashflows; and (v) report back on the malpractice at Jansenville Post Office; Briefing by SAPO on its 2020-21 Annual Report; Briefing on the South African Postbank Bill [B12-2022] Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Update by Presidency on all reports referred by the SIU – how they have been processed, and DG Public Works DC], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-12:30

Select Committee on Health and Social Services, (National Council of Provinces), [Informal /Provisional briefing by the Department of Social Development: The Children’s Amendment Bill Sec 76, [B18-2020]; Adoption of Committee Minutes; Adoption of DOH Budget Vote report; Adoption of DSD Budget Vote report; Any other business], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-12:30

WEDNESDAY, 1 JUNE 2022

Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), [Presentation by the Parliamentary Legal Adviser and State Law Adviser on the A-List of the Expropriation Bill [B23-2020]; Consideration and adoption of minutes of the previous meeting], 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Findings of the SAPS Organisational Climate Survey, including issues of promotions and psychological support to members; Briefing by the Minister of Police on Crime Statistics for Fourth Quarter of 2021/22 Financial year (January to March 2022)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Health, (National Assembly), [Clause by clause deliberations on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill; Consideration and adoption of minutes], Venue to be confirmed, 09:30-13:00

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Department of Transport on the progress report to date on the roll-out of the integrated public transport network (IPTN) and reasons for the delays by some municipalities to achieve the IPTN project objectives], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

THURSDAY, 2 JUNE 2022

Joint Standing Committee on Defence, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Presentation on the Military Ombud 2021 Annual Activity report; Briefing by Minister of Defence on implementation of recommendations of DFSC; Consideration of the draft JSCD Third Term programme and discussion on Study Tour], Virtual Meeting Platform, 18:00-21:00

FRIDAY, 3 JUNE 2022

Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, (National Assembly), [Consideration of the A-list of the Electoral Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Joint Standing Committee on Financial Management of Parliament, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Briefing on Parliament’s performance in the fourth quarter of 2021/22], Virtual Meeting Platform, 12:30-15:30

Committees provide a platform for the public to present views directly to MPs. Share your thoughts, 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? Write to a Parliamentary Committee

View the schedule page here. View the Provincial Legislature's schedule 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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