Department and Committe Programme: Workshop

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

25 February 2002
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PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE

PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
26 February 2002
DEPARTMENT AND COMMITTEE PROGRAMME: WORKSHOP

Chairperson: Mr Y Carrim

Relevant Documents:
Integrated Governance
Integrated Sustainable Rural Development and Urban Renewal Programmes
Local Government Transformation (awaited)
Draft Committee Programme as adopted (see Appendix)

This workshop was not minuted, as it was not open to the public. Here are the documents that were presented at the workshop.

Agenda

- A broad overview by the acting Director-General (Mr C Clerihew)
- The strategic planning process (G Mokate)
- Local Government Transformation (Ms J Manche)
- Integrated Governance (Mr E Africa)
- ISRDP and URP (Mr E Africa)
- Adoption of Draft Committee Programme (Chairperson)

Appendix

Here is the final version of our provisional programme from now until May. The Committee is processing the Municipal Finance Management Bill with the Finance Portfolio Committee on Tuesdays and Fridays to process that Bill. The Committee will be allowed to meet on Wednesdays during weeks in which this happens.

PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME
1ST QUARTER 2002

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1This programme has to be located within the context of the overall perspective and programme of our Committee for this five-year term of parliament set out in our September 1999 programme (A copy of this is enclosed).

1.2 Inevitably, this is a provisional programme. Not just for the usual reasons - but also because of the pending appointment of a new Director General and, for the first time, we will be working with other parliamentary committees to process legislation and will have to adjust our programme to fit into theirs. This refers to the Finance Committee in respect of the Municipal Finance Management Bill (MFMB) and the Justice and Constitutional Development Committee in respect of the constitutional amendments dealing with the MFMB and the "crossing the floor" legislation.

2. KEY CONCERNS

2.1 The following are our key concerns this year:

i) The consolidation of the new local government system, including the new local government financial system.
ii) Clarification of the status, role, powers and functions of traditional leadership and institutions
iii) The Integrated Sustainable Rural Development strategy and Urban Renewal
iv) Consideration of the provincial system, integrated governance and intergovernmental relations


2.2 Overall our concern will be to locate our work in the context of the challenges of economic growth, job-creation, development and democracy. We need to link our work to the central challenges set out in the Presidents "State of the Nation" address and the Minister of Finances "Budget Speech"

3. LEGISLATION

3.1 Currently, we have the "Section 185" bill before us. We have basically completed the bill, but for a few outstanding issues that are being politically processed.

3.2 We have also basically finished with the Disaster Management Bill, and are waiting for the Department to attend to certain procedural maters before finalising the bill

3.3 Other legislation that might be introduced this year, with tentative dates, include:

i) Constitutional Amendments and "Crossing the Floor" legislation - April
ii) Local Government Laws Amendment Bill - May
iii) Legislation on Traditional Leadership and Institutions - July
iv) Property Rates Bill - July
v) Amendment to Sections 100 and 139 of the Constitution - July
vi) Repeal of Outdated Local Government Legislation - second half of the year
vii) Legislation emanating from Section 41 of the constitution - November

4. BUDGET DEBATE

4.1 We need to become more rigorous in our scrutiny of the budget of the Ministry/Department. We should seek to become more acquainted with the PFMA (Public Finance Management Act) and relevant policy and other documents so as to better equip ourselves to fulfil our oversight role in regard to the budget.

5. GENERAL OVERSIGHT

We need to more clearly link our scrutiny of the budget to our oversight role as a whole.

5.1 It is difficult to elaborate a full programme for our oversight role for the year because of a lack of certainty on when exactly the bills will be introduced to parliament, the programme of other portfolio committees we will have to work with, the time it will take to finalise the bills, the extent of our extra-parliamentary political responsibilities, the availability of resources, and other considerations. Depending on what is possible in the circumstances, we should focus on:

· A study tour of municipalities to assess and contribute to the local government transformation.
· Division of powers and functions between district and local municipalities.
· Restructuring of municipal service delivery.
· More effective and consistent monitoring of the work of the Department and statutory bodies following under our portfolio.

6. STUDY TOURS

6.1 Our priority is to undertake a study tour of municipalities to evaluate progress in and contribute towards local government transformation. This will take place in the second half of the year. It will include representatives of the NCOP and SALGA. The dates will be finalised following the necessary negotiations.

6.2 There is a possibility that we might undertake a study tour of another country to consider their local government financial system, including, among other aspects, the relationship between development planning and budgeting, and property rates systems. If we were to do this, we would have to negotiate for external funding with the sanction of parliament.

7. EDUCATION AND TRAINING

7.1 We have a fairly full year- but where possible, we need to allocate time for an education and training programme so as to better equip ourselves to play a more effective role as MPs.

8. GENERAL

8.1 At any time during the year members are welcome to offer suggestions on how we might improve the programme.

8.2 There's a lot of work to be done. We must simply do it!

As adopted on 26 February 2002

PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

DATE

SUBJECT

VENUE

TIME

Tues, 26 Feb

Workshop with Ministry & Department

Constantia Conference Centre

10:00-17:00

Wed, 6 March

Section 185 Bill - Deliberations

265, 2nd Floor, 120 Plein Street

9:00-13:00

Tues, 12 March

Municipal Finance Management Bill (MFMB) (Finance Portfolio Committee)

E249

9:00-13:00

Wed, 13 March

Section 185 Bill
Deliberations & Voting

Frid, 15 March

MFMB (Finance Portfolio Committee)

E249

9:30-13:00

Tues, 19 March

South African Cities Support and Learning Network
(Andrew Boraine)
Debate on Section 185 Bill in the National Assembly

Good Hope Chamber

9:00-13:00


14:00

*Wed, 20 March

Budget Review: Local Government SETA

 

9:00-13:00

       

Leave and

Constituency Period

21 March-

21 April

       

Tuesday, 23 April

Budget Review

PS 2

9:30-17:00

Wed, 24 April

Budget Review

 

9:30-17:00

*Friday, 26 April

Budget Review

V454

9:00-17:00

Tuesday, 30 April

Disaster Management Bill -Deliberations

E 249

9:00-13:00

Friday, 3 May

Disaster Management Bill -Deliberations

Good Hope Chamber

9:00-13:00

Tuesday, 7 May

Division of Powers & Functions

PS2

9:00-13:00

Tuesday, 14 May

Disaster Management Bill - Deliberations & Voting

M201

9:00-13:00


* still to be confirmed

** this programme may have to change to be adapted to take into account sittings of the Finance Portfolio Committee on the Municipal Finance Management Bill

*** final details about venues will be provided in your weekly notices and the Order Paper

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