Parliament, Thursday, 4 November 2021 – The Portfolio Committee on Social Development will from tomorrow, Friday 5 until Sunday 7 November 2021, hold public hearings on the Children’s Amendment Bill [B18 -2020] in the Northern Cape.
In line with the effort to ensure that children’s lives and rights are protected, the committee has resolved to undertake countrywide public consultations, as stipulated in the Constitution. The Children’s Amendment Bill seeks to strengthen protective measures for children and close gaps in the child protection system.
Furthermore, the Bill is intended to improve child foster care services; resolve the parental responsibilities of unmarried fathers; and services to children born to foreign parents and unaccompanied migrant children.
Parliament has made a commitment and strategic intention to enhance access to its work, the legislation-making process and public participation in general. As such, the committee resolved to visit all provinces to hear the public’s views on the proposed legislation to ensure that the Bill is responsive to the needs of the people.
The committee is mindful that that the scheduled public hearings occur at a time when Covid-19 is still prevalent and has taken steps to ensure that all Covid-19 guidelines and regulations are adhered to.
Details of the public hearings (Day 1)
Date: Friday, 5 November 2021
Venue: Kimberley Recreation Hall, Kimberley
The programme for the hearings can be downloaded using this link:
ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, MS NONKOSI MVANA.
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