The Committee met to consider its report on the public hearings concerning SMMEs’ access to funding. Members did not debate the substance of the report and instead spent time correcting grammatical errors. It was decided that the report would be adopted later.
The meeting focused its attention on a page by page assessment of the grammatical correctness of the report, during the course of which, members expressed concern at several errors and questioned whether the report should have been edited before being presented to the Committee.
Mr S Marais (DA) argued that the debate should be about the content of the report, rather than its grammar, and suggested that linguistic correctness was not relevant.
Mr S Ngonyama ((COPE), who drew attention to part of the report which read:” Public sector institutions need to explore more innovative methods of ensuring that candidates are properly diagnosed asses and trained…” instead of “properly diagnosed, assessed and trained…”, asked whether a facility existed within Parliament for reports to be edited before submission to the committee. This would be of benefit to both the researchers and secretary, as they could not be expected to effectively write and edit their own reports.
The Chairperson said that the report had now been tabled, and Members should now study the amended text so that the content could be fully discussed at a future meeting of the committee.
The meeting was adjourned.
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