Parliament, Friday, 5 November 2021 – The Portfolio Committee on Social Development will tomorrow, Saturday 6 November 2021, hold the second leg of public hearings on the Children’s Amendment Bill [B18 -2020] in Mothibistad in the Northern Cape.
The committee kick-started the first leg of public hearings successfully in the province today in Kimberly, where the residents used the opportunity presented to them by the committee to express their views on the Bill.
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 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 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 the scheduled public hearings occur at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is still prevalent. It has taken steps to ensure that all Covid-19 guidelines and regulations are adhered to.
Details of the public hearings (Day 2)
Date: Saturday, 6 November 2021
Venue: Thabo Moorosi Multi-Purpose Centre, Mothibistad
ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, MS NONKOSI MVANA.
For media enquiries or interviews with the Chairperson, please contact the committee’s Media Officer:
Name: Malatswa Molepo (Mr)
Parliamentary Communication Services
Tel: 021 403 8438
Cell: 081 512 7920
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