Deputy Speaker, can I start by formally lodging a point of order because for a member to claim that I do not come to the portfolio committee is simply not true. He is actually misleading the House. [Interjections.] I come to the committee when I am invited. When I am not in a position to come to the committee, I always make sure that I apologise. Also, I make sure that either I send the Deputy Minister to go to the committee or, if the Deputy Minister is not available, the director-general or relevant senior officials go, depending on the question.
It cannot be that the hon member may come and mislead the House here, let alone saying this other thing, that I don't go to universities. Have you been to the University of Venda, wena [you], to know what is going on there? [Interjections.] I visit these institutions all the time. Sometimes I apologise from the committee because I have to go and physically do an inspection and engage with these institutions.
Hhayi, Bhanga ungezi ukuzokhuluma into engekho lapha eNdlini. Cha, ngiyakhononda impela, Phini likaSomlomo. Ngizocela ukuthi uthathe isinqumo ngoba ayikho le nto eliyishoyo ilungu leli elihloniphekile - angazi noma lisahloniphekile yini uma likhuluma kanje.[Uhleko.] (Translation of isiZulu paragraph follows.)
[No, Bhanga, do not come here to tell untruths to the House. Yes, I am really raising a point of order, Deputy Speaker. I would like you to make a ruling because what this respectable hon member is saying is not true - I am not sure whether he is still respectable if he is talking like this. [Laughter.]]
Particulars regarding challenges faced in advancing Phase Two of Lesotho Highlands Water Project
78. Ms J Manganye (ANC) asked the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs: Whether the South African component of the Commission on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project experienced any challenges or difficulties with advancing Phase Two of the project; if so, what are the relevant details? NO449E