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Parliament, Sunday, 3 December 2017 – The National Assembly rose last week on 30 November and the National Council of Provinces is scheduled to rise this week on 5 December. However, the National Assembly's Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises continues with its enquiry into corporate governance at Eskom this week.

Issues coming up this week in the National Council of Provinces, as it wraps up its business, include the Adjustments Appropriation Bill, the proposed division of revenue and conditional grant allocations to provincial and local government and three Bills.

The National Council of Provinces plenary sitting on Tuesday is scheduled to consider the Adjustments Appropriation Bill. Also scheduled for consideration is the Select Committee on Appropriations’ report on the proposed division of revenue and conditional grant allocations to provincial and local spheres of government in the 2017 Medium Budget Policy Statement. Three Bills scheduled for consideration are the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Bill, the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill. Tuesday’s sitting is scheduled to end with farewell speeches.

Committees scheduled to meet in the week ahead are:

  • Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises: Enquiry into corporate governance at Eskom (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Standing Committee on Finance: Meeting with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to follow up on the Mr Jonas Makwakwa matter; follow up on the Mr Vlok Symington matter; further response to SARS Commissioner Mr Tom Moyane’s letter on the KPMG report on the SARS intelligence unit; receive a progress report on illicit financial flows since the last meeting, including the Panama/Paradise Papers; discussion on the proposed Judicial Commission of inquiry on SARS (Tuesday)
  • Standing Committee on Public Accounts: Hearing on Transnet contracts as well as deviation and expansion (Wednesday)

These are matters scheduled to come before Parliament this week. For the committee meetings schedule (updated daily), please click:https://www.parliament.gov.za/whatson

The first 2018 parliamentary term is scheduled to start on 23 January, with the first plenary sitting scheduled for 8 February. This will be a joint sitting to which President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to deliver the 2018 State of the Nation Address. Members’ debate on the Address, also at a joint sitting of the two Houses, is scheduled for 13 and 14 February and the President’s reply to the debate is scheduled for 15 February.

With the National Council of Provinces also scheduled to conclude its business this week, this serves as the final "Parliament - Week Ahead" statement for 2017.

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