Energy Portfolio Committee Programme

Energy

07 July 2009
Chairperson: Ms E Thabethe (ANC)
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Meeting Summary

Members considered all three sets of draft minutes and unanimously agreed to adopt each one without any amendments. Members proposed a few changes to the draft programme but nevertheless adopted it as a working document due to unforeseen circumstances that may arise.

Meeting report

Adoption of Committee Minutes dated 9 June 2009, 10 June 2009 and 17 June 2009
The Chairperson requested Members to peruse all three sets of draft minutes and thereafter to propose any changes.

The Committee was satisfied that the draft minutes were a proper and accurate reflection of the proceedings and adopted each one without any amendments.

Adoption of Draft Committee Programme
The Chairperson invited comments on the draft programme.

Mr H Schmidt (DA) noted that nuclear energy would play a major role in South Africa’s future energy supply. As a result, he suggested that the Committee should include a debate on this subject in the programme.

The Chairperson pointed out that the Committee was scheduled to receive a briefing by the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) (Pty) Ltd in September.

Mr Schmidt argued that the PBMR should be considered separate from nuclear energy and asked that there be a briefing concerning nuclear energy as well.

Mr L Greyling (ID) asked for an additional briefing by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to explain exactly what they were up to.

The Chairperson approved of both changes and asked for a motion to adopt the programme.

Mr J Selau (ANC) moved to adopt the programme as a working document due to the unforeseen circumstances and changes that may arise.

Mr L Mkhize (ANC) concurred with the previous speaker.

The Committee adopted the draft programme as a working document with the above mentioned changes.

The Chairperson suggested holding the August briefings at a venue outside of parliament. She further noted that the Chairpersons Committee meeting would be the following day, after which she would have a better idea of the Committee’s budget.

The meeting was adjourned.

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