The Committee discussed the preparations for their oversight visit to Gauteng to deal with the Wolvenkop petition. The petition concerned a land dispute involving Wolvenkop farm in the
Opening Remarks by the Chairperson
The Chairperson welcomed all the new Members to the Committee. He explained that the Committee dealt with core issues that were happening on the ground. The Committee fulfilled an important role and could empower Members if ever they wanted to introduce legislation. Lastly, he briefly outlined the meeting agenda.
The Chairperson indicated that the Committee had to deal with the long outstanding Wolvenkop Petition. Preparations had been made for Members to visit
Ms Salome Meso, Committee Researcher, explained that the petition concerned a land dispute involving Wolvenkop farm in the
Ms Meso indicated that she had followed up with the provincial Department of Rural Development in
Ms Meso said that the Committee would get a presentation on the mediation report in
The Chairperson said that the whole purpose of going to
Mr T Mofokeng (ANC;
Ms Meso answered that the issue had been brought before the Department of Land Affairs in 1999 but was only brought to the attention of the Committee in July 2009. She added the Committee should address this question to the Department.
The Chairperson stated that he understood the background of Mr Mafokeng’s question as there were other outstanding cases that were referred to the Committee. He said that they needed to find a way of dealing with outstanding issues.
The Chairperson said that people should be made aware of the Committee so that they did not feel the need to resort to counterproductive behaviour in an attempt to get their grievances heard. He People were unaware about the existence of the Committee. Members should create awareness by exploiting all available avenues. The Committee should examine whether it was effective and what the challenges were so that it could serve the people better.
Mr F Adams (ANC;
The Chairperson answered that seven members would be going.
Mr Adams said that for them to equip and familiarise themselves they should have another briefing session on Thursday 12 November 2009.
The Chairperson agreed that they would definitely have another session so that they could get more information that would enable them to effectively engage with the community.
Mr Adams asked if Members would be provided with any written documentation on this matter.
The Chairperson replied that Members would be supplied with a package that contained all the relevant information.
Mr Adams asked that the researcher forward the packages to the relevant Members by the end of that day so they could familiarise themselves with all the issues as soon as possible.
Report on Strategic Planning Workshop.
The Chairperson enquired whether the Committee should deal with the report on its strategic planning workshop, noting that most of the Members were recently appointed to the Committee and had not been part of the workshop.
Mr A Matila (ANC;
The Chairperson agreed with this observation and decided that this issue should be deferred to the next meeting.
Consideration and Adoption of Minutes
The Chairperson tabled the minutes for consideration.
Members adopted the minutes without amendments.
The meeting was adjourned.
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