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Parliament, Sunday 20 October 2019 – Among envisaged events of this week is the First Speaker’s forum in the 6th Parliament comprising nine provincial Speakers, National Assembly Speaker and Chairperson of National Council of Provinces. They are to converge in Cape Town to discuss issues of mutual concern in the legislative sector. The two-day gathering takes place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Questions for the oral reply by the Deputy President David Mabuza and Ministers in the Economic Cluster, 35 Committee meetings and joint oversight visit to Limpopo province by the NCOP Select Committees are also in the programme.

National Assembly plenary House sittings are also scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesday, the Deputy President, David Mabuza will be up for questions whilst on Wednesday, the Ministers in the Economic cluster will also respond to their various portfolios. Oral Questions in the House is one of the oversight mechanism used by Parliament over the executive.

The Special Appropriation Bill will also be considered on Tuesday. The bill was tabled in Parliament on 23 July and it seeks to provide additional funding allocation to assist Eskom with its financial challenges.

Condolences for the late Ms Bavelile Hlongwa, (Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy who passed away in a motor vehicle accident last month) is scheduled for Thursday.

The NCOP’s Select Committees on Security and Justice together with Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) will undertake an oversight visit to Limpopo - Vhembe District, Makhado and Thohoyandou to assess the implementation strategies and the state of municipalities.

There are 35 Committee Meetings scheduled this week and will cover a range of issues including consideration of draft committee reports on the Budgetary Review and Recommendation Reports (BRRR) and briefings by government departments and entities.

 TUESDAY

Joint Meeting: Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs and Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Briefing on illegal migration by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), the Mayor of the City of Johannesburg and the Mayor of Ekurhuleni; Briefing by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on initiatives to address matters raised by the Mayor of the City of Johannesburg in order to promote social cohesion, manage illegal migration and prevent Xenophobia,
Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Consideration and Adoption of the Draft Committee minutes; Progress report by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) on Agri-Parks,
Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, Consideration of outstanding Draft Minutes and Draft Reports; Briefing by the Equal Education Law Centre on a Report on the State of Education (2014-19); Briefing by Section 27 on the Limpopo Sanitation Report and Analysis of the Limpopo Norms and Standards Report,
Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Appropriations, Standing Committee on Finance, Select Committee on Appropriations and Select Committee on Finance, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces): Discussion on the appointment of the Director of the Parliamentary Budget Office,

WEDNESDAY

Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, briefing by the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation in monitoring the implementation of delivery outcomes of the National Development Plan;
Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology, Consideration of the Committee’s Budgetary Review and Recommendation Reports (BRRRs); Briefing by the Whole and Retail SETA, Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) and Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) on their Annual Report 2018/19,
Portfolio Committee on Social Development, briefing by the Department of Social Development on progress made to meet the North Gauteng High Court deadline of 29 November 2019 on foster care system; Briefing by the Department of Social Development on its mandate on Gender-Based Violence, femicide, violence and murder of children,
Standing Committee on Appropriations, briefing by the Auditor-General South Africa on audit outcomes of the 2018/19 financial year; Consideration of draft minutes dated 9 and 10 October 2019,
Standing Committee on Finance, Consideration and adoption of the final draft of the Budget Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR),

 FRIDAY, 

Standing Committee on the Auditor-General, Briefing by the Auditor- General of South Africa on the Strategic Plan and Budget.

For the latest full schedule of committee meetings (updated regularly), please click: https://www.parliament.gov.za/whatson

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