The Committee met to discuss its planned oversight visits. During the trip, the Committee woul d would perform oversight on farms and have public hearings with the farmers and farm labourers, as well as meet with Transnet. Members expressed concern about the strikes and labour issues that had taken place at Transnet and vowed to address this matter with the relevant Portfolio Committees.
Adoption of Minutes
The Chairperson tabled two sets of minutes for consideration. These were dated 12 and 19 May 2010. Both were approved without any amendments.
Upcoming oversight visits
Mr Z Mlenzana (COPE,
The Chairperson agreed with the Member and said that ICASA would be called to Parliament after the recess.
The Chairperson reported that the Committee had made an application to carry out oversight visits to
Mr M Jacobs (ANC,
The Chairperson replied that the Department operated on a National level, but there were parastatals in the provinces. The Committee Members, as Provincial representatives, would perform oversight on farms and have public hearings with the farmers and farm labourers, as well as meet with any parastatals. The Committee would look at requests and proposals leading up to these visits.
Mr Groenwald suggested that follow-ups be done regarding the Transnet training course, which the Committee had attended in Stellenbosch.
The Chairperson agreed that it would be worth accessing the outcomes of the course.
Ms L Mabija (ANC,
The Chairperson said that the Committee would communicate with Public Services and Labour and Public Enterprise Committees to discuss the needs of the Provinces. The strikes were expected to continue and were a serious issue. After the oversight visits, the Committee could propose a topic for discussion in Parliament.
Ms Mabija noted that in an earlier meeting that morning, it was stated that Committees were not reporting to the House about the implementation of their programmes.
The Chairperson said that the Committee Secretary always submitted programme reports to the relevant offices and it was also the responsibility of those offices to report. Each week the House Chair reported on all work performed by a Committee.
Mr M Sibande (ANC,
The Chairperson said that oversight would include visits to the Labour Departments in all the provinces visited to address these problems. This would require prior planning.
Ms Mabija commented that though the labour sector was the spine of all Departments, the problem with labour and strikes was not being confronted adequately by the NCOP. She suggested that in the third quarter labour issues should be more visible.
Mr H Groenwald (DA,
The Chairperson said that one of the problems was that there was not sufficient debate on the budget vote. The Committee would approach the Department of Labour with a draft programme for provincial oversight and thereafter discuss relevant labour operations with the NCOP.
The meeting was adjourned.
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