The Committee met to consider and adopt all outstanding reports and minutes. In addition, the Committee briefly discussed its study tour to China and highlighted the need to carry out more oversight visits.
The Chairperson indicated that the purpose of the meeting was to consider and adopt all outstanding minutes and reports. She stressed that the meeting would not be long, noting that several Members were absent as they had to attend other meetings. However, she was happy that there were sufficient members present members to form a quorum and continue with the agenda.
The Chairperson tabled two sets of minutes for consideration. These were dated 25 May and 20 July.
The Committee approved the former with minor amendments while no changes were made to the latter.
Committee Report on Oversight visit to
The Chairperson noted that the report was long overdue and asked Members whether any changes should be made to it.
Mr M Makhubela (COPE,
Mr M Sibande (ANC,
Mr Makhubela explained that the report did not adequately capture that the construction of the police station would be a long process and what would be done in the mean time in terms of security as security was an important issue in that area.
Mr G Mokgoro (ANC,
The Committee corrected all the minor errors and then adopted the report.
Reports on Agreement and Requirements on Wine Labeling
The Chairperson stressed that there were two reports which needed to be adopted by the Committee and asked Members to come up with additions and recommendations to the reports and to move for their adoption.
The Committee adopted both reports without amendments.
The Chairperson noted that the Committee had planned a study tour to
The Chairperson stressed that the Committee should adhere to the call that Members of Parliament should go out and inspect what was going on outside Parliament. It was very important for the Committee to exercise its oversight duty.
Mr Makgoro requested that the Committee Secretary check the date of the study tour to make sure that it did not clash with the National General Council of the ANC which was scheduled for 24-25 September.
Mr Sibande thanked the Chairperson for suggesting that the Committee should make visits from time to time because he saw the Committee as the back-bone of the Departments and proper monitoring was needed in order to curtail the activities of mining companies that were polluting the environment and water resources of the country.
Ms N Magadla (ANC, KZN) also thanked the Chairperson for her encouragement and stressed that the Committee relied on her leadership and direction when it came to arranging oversight visits.
Mr Makgoro also supported Mr Sibande’s sentiments and suggested that the Committee carry out more oversight visits because there was a large emergence of mining companies who disregarded the rules and regulations of mining. He further suggested that the Committee should appoint a researcher to investigate and compile a report on the activities of mine companies in the
The Chairperson told members that there was a trip to
She thanked Members for their participation and urged them to avail themselves for those oversight visits.
The meeting was adjourned.
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