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Department of Home Affairs on IT Modernisation Programme & 3rd quarter 2014/15 performance
10 Mar 2015
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) briefed the Committee on the Quarter 3 Performance Report of 2014/2015, the Quarter 3 Expenditure Report, and IT Modernisation. In relation to performance, detailed figures and percentages were presented for each of the programmes and sub-programmes. In general, it was noted that the DHA ...
Department of International Relations and Cooperation on its 2nd and 3rd quarter 2014/15 performance
4 Mar 2015
The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) addressed the Committee on issues that had been emerging in the media regarding alleged misrepresentations by South African ambassadors. Members were informed that investigations were being initiated, and in other instances were ongoing, regarding the allegations. The allegations ...
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) briefed the Committee on amendments to the Refugee Act and on the establishment of a refugee reception centre in Lebombo, Mpumalanga.
The DHA gave a background to legislation currently in place which governs refugee affairs. The presentation then centred on the challenges the Department ...
Overview of International Relations issues in State of the Nation Address; Treaties and role of Parliament; Committee monitoring tool
25 Feb 2015
International relations themes touched on by the President in his State of the Nation Address were noted:
The African Agenda - The President called for schools to practise the African Union (AU) anthem in preparation for the celebration of Africa Month in May 2015. SA would also continue to support ...
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC): recommendation for Commissioner vacancy
24 Feb 2015
The Committee discussed the candidates to fill the IEC Commissioner vacancy which had been vacant since the resignation of IEC Chairperson, Ms Pansy Tlakula. Members had been given a shortlist of eight candidates (recommended by the Chief Justice) together with their curriculum vitaes to peruse and consider before the meeting. ...
Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation Legacy Report
18 Feb 2015
The Committee Content Adviser and the Committee Researcher presented the Legacy Report of the Fourth Parliament’s Portfolio Committee which identified its lessons as well as challenges for which it hoped the present Committee could perhaps find solutions. The framework of the previous Committee’s work included parliament’s strategic focus for the ...
Impact of State of Nation Address on Home Affairs
17 Feb 2015
The Committee met briefly to discuss the impact of the 2015 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on the work of the Committee.
The Content Advisor of the Committee outlined some of the issues which the President had addressed in the SONAs of 2014 and 2015. In his 2014 speech, ...
White Paper on South Africa's foreign policy: Departmental briefing
12 Nov 2014
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation briefed the Committee on the White Paper on South Africa’s foreign policy. In 2010 the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation initiated an assessment of SA’s foreign policy against a backdrop of a rapidly changing international relations environment. Widespread engagement and consultation took ...
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) gave a presentation outlining their function and work in South Africa, including their mandate, the people included under their jurisdiction and both the international and South Africa’s national legal framework which governed refugees. Global and continental statistics were given, including numbers of ...
White Paper on South Africa's foreign policy: Panel discussion
5 Nov 2014
The meeting was an appraisal of the draft White Paper on International Relations and Cooperation, in a panel discussion. The Institute for Global Development (IGD) Director presented on matters of the paradigm shift in thinking, orientation and Africa, and its researcher concentrated on consideration of matters relating to the South-South ...