Parliament, Sunday 22 May 2022 – The National Assembly (NA) will, on Tuesday, convene its virtual mini-plenaries for Vote 23 and 26: Defence and Military Veterans, Vote 13: Public Works and Infrastructure, Vote 8: National Treasury (State Security), Vote 5: Home Affairs, Vote 31: Employment and Labour and Vote 28, 24 and 21: Police (includes Independent Police Investigative Directorate and Civilian Secretariat for the Police Service).

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will, on Tuesday, hold a virtual plenary sitting for policy debates on Budget Vote 34: Mineral Resources and Energy and Vote 36: Small Business Development.

On Wednesday, NA is scheduled to consider a motion recommending Mr Xolile George for the position of Secretary to Parliament. Once endorsed by both Houses of Parliament, the NA and the NCOP, Mr George will assume his duties as Parliament’s new Accounting Officer on 01 June 2022 – on a five-year contract. The NA will at the same plenary sitting also debate Africa Day under the theme: “Africa Month – Strengthening resilience and sustainability in nutrition and food security on the African continent”. The house will further pay tribute to its former member, Mr Mxolisi Sokatsha, who passed away in March.

The NCOP will at its virtual plenary sitting on Wednesday also hold an Africa Day debate and further debate budget vote 13: Public Works and Infrastructure.

On Wednesday still, Parliament will host a group of independent global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights. The group of elders was founded by the late former President Nelson Mandela. It will be led by Ms Mary Robinson, who is the former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The delegation will also include at least two other former heads of state.

On Thursday at 8.30 am, both the NA and the NCOP Programming Committees will host their respective programme committee meetings to plan for the business of both Houses, consider committee reports, Bills before the House, and the upcoming programme. In a mini-plenary, the NA will hold a debate under the theme: “Addressing inequality to advance the socio-economic rights of all and leave no one behind”. Whilst the NCOP will hold a policy debate on Budget Vote 38: Tourism.

On Friday, Parliament will hold the Women’s Charter for Accelerated Development Report Back Sessions in Limpopo. In the past two years, Parliament embarked on a nationwide provincial Women’s Charter Review sessions that took stock of the progress made in implementing the 1994 Women’s Charter and assessed its impact since the country’s advent of freedom and democracy.

The Presiding Officers have expressed deep shock and sadness following the passing of former City of Johannesburg Mayor, Cllr Mpho Moerane, and have conveyed their heartfelt condolences to his wife, Fikile, the children and rest of the Moerane family. Moerane, a lifelong advocate for social justice and equality, an activist and passionate servant for the people, played a crucial role in the continuous endeavour to enhance local government service delivery systems to address the deep and complex challenges facing the people. Through his wealth of knowledge and experience in local government, he was amongst the key voices in the NCOP’s programmes to advance cooperative governance and intergovernmental relations. His sharp mind and erudite contributions to the building of effective, integrated and resilient planning and service delivery systems in local government will be missed.

At least 40 meetings of Committees of the two Houses are scheduled for this week to conduct oversight, and to process various Bills and reports as follows:

MONDAY, 23 MAY 2022

Ad-Hoc Joint Committee on Flood Disaster Relief and Recovery, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) to be briefed by the Minister in the Presidency on the government relief and recovery plans. The committee will also receive a briefing by the Minister of COGTA and Head of the National Disaster Management Centre on the amount of damage caused and relief & and recovery plans]

TUESDAY, 24 MAY 2022

Standing Committee on Finance, to be briefed by the Parliamentary Legal Services on the review of the Financial Management of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act.

Portfolio Committee on Communications,) to be briefed by the Department on progress on implementation of the Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) Policy; Discussion on referral of on the Public Protector Report 114 of 2021/22; Adoption of outstanding minutes.

Select Committee on Finance, to receive a briefing from the DBSA on their quarterly report and challenges in executing their mandate.

Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Water and Sanitation and Human Settlements, to receive briefing from the KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the constitutional, procedural and substantive matters related to the invocations of section 139 (1) (b) of the constitution in uMkhanyakude District Municipality; Mntubatuba, Abagulusi, Umzinyathi and Mpofana, Inkosi Langalibalele, Uthukela and Umsunduzi Municipalities.

Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour, to be briefed by CCMA on collective bargaining, caseload management towards regulating workplaces and contributing to labour peace and economic development in the aftermath of Covid–19 pandemic and what impact and challenges encountered on the attainment of noble goals of poverty reduction, unemployment and inequality. This should include targeted plans and programmes on stakeholder management towards the realisation of Social Compact announced by the President of the Republic during SONA 2022.

WEDNESDAY, 25 MAY 2022

Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, to receive a briefing from the DPWI on the status of its legislative processes, including legislation regulating its entities (Public Works Bill, CIDB Amendment Act, CBE Amendment Act and IDT Act).

Standing Committee on Finance, to be briefed by National Treasury on their quarterly report and briefing by National Treasury and SARS on the Protocol Amending the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the State of Kuwait for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and the formal ratification of the Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS MLI).

Standing Committee on Appropriations, to be briefed by the Department of Employment and Labour on the 2022 Appropriation Bill].

Select Committee on Appropriations, Consultation with Financial and Fiscal Commission and Parliamentary Budget Office on the: (i) Appropriation Bill [B7 – 2022] and Second Adjustments Appropriation (2021/22 Financial Year) Bill [B8 – 2022].

Portfolio Committee on Police, Focus on Gender-based violence: Briefing by SAPS and CSPS on the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act., Crime statistics focussed on GBVF, Crime statistics focussed on violence against Women and Children, Revised National Instructions on Children in conflict with the Law, Roll-out and implementation of GBV Desk at Police stations.

Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Progress report by Northern Cape Province on addressing the challenges raised in the Auditor General’s Special Report on financial management on government’s Covid-19 initiatives.

THURSDAY, 26 MAY 2022

Joint Standing Committee on Defence, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Succession Planning Investigation: Presentations by External Experts]

FRIDAY, 27 MAY 2022

Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, Clause by Clause Deliberations on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2022; Consideration of CVs and the report from the Office of the Chief Justice to fill a vacancy of an IEC Commissioner.

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, Deliberations on /consideration of the Copyright and the Performers’ Protection A/Bs; Formal consideration of the Committee’s oversight visit report.

Standing Committee on Appropriations, to be briefed by the Department of Social Development on the 2022 Appropriation Bill.

Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Innovation and Portfolio
Committee on Health, [Joint on-site briefing with the Portfolio
Committee on Health by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) on the RNA Vaccine Technology Transfer Hub], Venue: Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines

Joint Standing Committee on Financial Management of Parliament, to be briefed by the Executive Authority and the Minister of Finance on progress made as far as addressing concerns about the allocation of Parliament’s budget (including a briefing by the Chairperson of the Parmed Board on progress made in resolving the issues around the Parmed liability).

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