Committee Report on Budget Vote 18: Department of Labour

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Employment and Labour

11 April 2011
Chairperson: Mr M Nchabeleng (ANC)
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Meeting Summary

The Committee met to consider and adopt the Committee Report on the Department of Labour’s Strategic Plan and outstanding minutes from previous meetings.

Meeting report

Consideration and Adoption of the Committee Report on the Strategic Plan of the Department of Labour
The Chairperson tabled the report for consideration and requested Members to give their comments on it.

Mr I Ollis (DA) suggested that the Committee should include a recommendation in the report which put pressure on the Department of Labour to speed up its efforts in using digital technology in dealing with complaints and applications.

The Chairperson said that the Department had spent a lot of money (R1.9 billion) on digitising its systems and should therefore work faster in processing applications it received and the report would reflect that recommendation.

Ms L Makhubela-Mashele (ANC) concurred with Mr Ollis and said that the Committee should include such a recommendation in its report.

The Committee adopted the report with amendments. The Committee agreed to make additional recommendations in the report which would inform the Committee’s focus on the Department’s work.  

Consideration and Adoption of Outstanding minutes
The Committee put aside the minutes from a meeting held on 19 January for adoption at another meeting pending the attendance of another member who had attended the meeting. The Committee adopted minutes from meetings it held on 26 January, 1 March, 22 March, 29 March. The Committee adopted minutes from 9, 15, February, 15 March with amendments. 

Mr Ollis said that there were problems with the manner in which the minutes from 15 February were written. The minutes confused matters which had been discussed at that meeting.

The Chairperson said that the Committee Secretary would correct the errors noted by Mr Ollis and add more detail to the meeting.

Ms Makhubela-Mashele said that the Committee should better brief the Committee Secretary on what issues it wanted included in the minutes.

The Chairperson concurred.

The meeting was adjourned.



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