The Committee met to discuss their preparations for the provincial public hearings on service delivery. It was decided that Members would be divided into three groups, with each delegation responsible for a province. The delegations would be visiting the Northern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal.
Members wanted to know who the delegations would be meeting and whether there would be an opportunity to meet with municipality leadership on the various trips. Members asked if they could change province allocation. Members wanted to ensure that there would be no inconveniences during their various visits and sought clarity on accommodation issues.
Preparations for the Provincial Public Hearings on service delivery
The Chairperson tabled the draft programmes for the Committee’s planned visits to three provinces- Northern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal.
The Committee Secretary explained that Members would be divided into three groups, with each delegation responsible for a province.
The Chairperson asked Members to comment on the respective programmes.
The Chairperson said that contrary to what was noted in the programme, he was going to KwaZulu Natal to assess the progress of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in that province.
Ms D Nhlengetwa (ANC) said that she might have difficulty getting to her local airport from her constituency due to the distance between her home and the airport. She also expressed her displeasure at the allocation of hotel rooms with single beds, noting her state of weight and lack of comfort of a single bed.
Mr W Doman (DA) said that Members should be able to recoup money from previous trips which had not yet been paid back.
The Chairperson said that Members should not be inconvenienced whilst on duty and doing the work of the people and requested that the parliamentary staff deal with any outstanding issues regarding the forthcoming trips.
Mr P Sizani (ANC) advised that Members should arrive at the venue of their meetings promptly and not delay municipal officials or create the impression that they were tardy.
Ms M Wenger (DA) said that it was important that councillors and mayors be consulted on the various visits made by the Members.
The Chairperson said that time and space should be allocated for Members to meet by themselves and review the meetings they had with municipal officials and the public in the different areas they would have visited.
The Chairperson instructed the parliamentary staff to take all the inputs made by Members into consideration before finalising the programmes.
The meeting was adjourned.
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