Parliament, Sunday 13 September 2020 – Consideration of Covid-19 tax Bills; debates on International Democracy and Heritage Days, including a heritage lecture, are items scheduled to conclude the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) third term programme this week.

The NCOP will, from 21 September, join the National Assembly (NA) on the constituency period. The NA started its constituency period on September 7 and both Houses will return for the fourth term programme on October 5.

On Tuesday’s virtual plenary, the NCOP will hold a Debate on International Democracy Day under the theme: “Reaffirming the values and principles of our constitutional democracy.” The plenary will also consider various reports of Committees and the quarterly progress reports from the Magistrates Commission.

On Wednesday the NCOP will hold a virtual Heritage lecture to be addressed by the Executive Director of the South African Cultural Observatory, Ms. Unathi Lutshaba. She will provide a macroeconomic mapping perspective of South Africa’s overarching cultural and creative industries while highlighting the impact of Covid-19 on the sector. The lecture will be followed through with a Debate on Heritage Day titled: “Reviving communities and improving their quality of life through heritage sustainability.” The debate will be held during the NCOP’s plenary on Thursday.

The Thursday plenary will also consider two Bills, the Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill [B 11 – 2020] and the Disaster Management Tax Administration Bill [B 12 – 2020]. The two Bills, commonly referred to as the Covid-19 Tax Bill and the Covid-19 Tax Administration Bill, were introduced by the Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni together with the special adjustment budget on 24 June 2020.

Despite the NA being on constituency period, some of its Committees will be among the nine (9) scheduled to hold meetings this week, as indicated below:


Powers and Privileges Committee, [Consideration and adoption of draft agenda; Consideration and adoption of draft minutes of 11 March 2020; Matters arising; Consideration of legal opinion on SONA incident 13 February (Legal Services); Report on the External Initiator on the incident of 11 July 2019; Committee Programme]

Ad Hoc Committee on Legislation amending Section 25 of the Constitution, Consideration of draft programme

Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour, Briefing by the Department of Tourism and provincial and local government authorities on resource allocation to improve and enhance destination marketing, including rural and township economies; Briefing by Tourism Business Council of South Africa and other industry players on its role to the inclusive growth agenda in relation to the tourism industry]

Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy, Briefing by the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land Reform and Restitution on government’s position regarding the fate of communal land governed by traditional authorities in accelerated land reform using state-owned land as a source of land for redistribution; Consideration and Adoption of Minutes and Reports


Select Committee on Appropriations, OR Tambo District Municipality progress on water and sanitation projects (specifically the projects visited during the Committee oversight of July – August 2018)

Select Committee on Education and Technology, Sport, Arts and Culture, Briefing by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture on the following: 2020/21 Revised Budget and APP; Update on the Covid-19 Relief Fund; Consideration and adoption of outstanding minutes

Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communication, The financial sustainability (balance sheet) of the Postbank and customer outreach (urban and rural) as well as the impact of Covid-19 on the bank's operations

Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings, Consideration of the EOH Petition (Petition calling for the intervention of National Council of Provinces in relation to the alleged disagreement between the Department of Higher Education and Training, Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA), EOH Abantu (Pty) Ltd and the disgruntled former learners of EOH Abantu (Pty) [Speaker of Gauteng Provincial Legislature, on behalf of disgruntled former learners of EOH Abantu (Pty) Ltd].)


Sub-Committee on the Filling of Vacancies on the Central Drug Authority Board: Portfolio Committee on Social Development and Select Committee on Health and Social Services, Shortlisting of candidates to serve on CDA board

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