Parliament, Sunday, 19 July 2020 – Deputy President David Mabuza is scheduled to answer questions for an oral reply at the National Council of Provinces plenary sitting starting at 14.00 on Thursday. The six questions to the Deputy President cover issues relating to service delivery hotspot; Initiatives done to curb the recent violent attacks on farmers and farm workers; Initiatives undertaken since the COVID outbreak and subsequent hard lockdown on 26 March 2020 to support investment facilitation and promote trade in South Africa; whether he will urge the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure to prioritise and allocate funds for Public Employment Programme project to vulnerable citizens; whether was it the right decision to unban alcohol sales when the country entered level 3 of the lockdown in light of the sharp rise in new Covid-19 cases daily and what plans are there for the revival of township economy.

These regular oral question sessions are one of how Parliament fulfils its constitutional role of scrutinising and overseeing executive action.

At its plenary sitting on Tuesday, at 14:00, the NCOP will debate Adjustment Budgets of two government departments, Department of Basic Education and Department of Higher Education and Training. Wednesday’s sitting, scheduled to start at 14:00 will debate the Division of Revenue bill following its consideration by the National Assembly on 15 July 2020. The aim of the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill (B9-2020) is to amend the Division of Revenue Act 2020 per the Money Bills and Related Matters Act, 2009 and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly is scheduled from Tuesday to Friday to hold 21 virtual Budget Votes mini-plenaries of government departments.

Also scheduled on Parliament’s programme is a virtual high-level stakeholder dialogue in the Northern Cape as part of the 1994 Women Review Charter Sessions.

16 Committee Meetings of both Houses are scheduled this week and include:

Select Committee on Education and Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture, Consideration and adoption of the following: Adjustments Budget reports: Vote 16 and Vote 17.

Standing Committee on Appropriations, Briefing by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Adjustments Appropriation Bill;

Joint Meeting: Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour and Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, Consideration and adoption of the revised Budget Vote reports and minutes;

Select Committee on Appropriations, Consideration and adoption of Final Mandates on 2020 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill.

Select Committee on Security and Justice, Briefing by the Department of Home Affairs/Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) on the impact of Constitutional Court ruling to the IEC and the country that the Electoral Act 73 of 1998 is unconstitutional because it does not allow independent candidates to be elected to the National Assembly and Provincial Legislatures;

Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Finance and Select Committee on Finance, Public hearings on the Disaster Management Tax relief Bill and Disaster Management Tax Administration Bills;

Joint Meeting: Select Committee on Appropriations and Standing Committee on Appropriations, Briefing by National Treasury on the 2020 Adjustments Appropriation Bill;

FRIDAY, 24 JULY 2020
Joint Meeting: Select Committee on Appropriations and Standing Committee on Appropriations, Public hearing and Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) input on the 2020 Adjustments Appropriation Bill;

Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy, Briefing by the Department of Department of Mineral Resources and Energy on the special adjustments to Budget Vote 34 and revisions to the Strategic Plan, and Annual Performance Plans.

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