Members discussed the draft report on the Department's 2011 budget. Members commented on the report but decided to only finalise it when the Committee returned on 24 May 2011 from the parliamentary recess break. Members asked for a focus on the issue of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as a valid reason to redirect funds towards cleaner energy, and issues regarding that would be dealt with after the oversight visits had been conducted.
The Chairperson said that the Committee would finalise the document when it returned on 24 May 2011 (from the parliamentary recess break) and thereafter submit it to the National Assembly. He asked for the issues that were dealt with in training to be included for record purposes and also the oversight work that had been done. He asked for Members to look at the Departments briefings and make observations on issues raised in the past and consider recommendations.
Mr S Motau (DA) said that more focus needed to be put on nuclear safety. The issue at Japan'sFukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant should serve as a wakeup call. The country needed to plan for possible disasters and redirect funds to cleaner energy
The Chairperson referred to the objectives and commented that more detail should be added to it.
Mr Motau reminded Members that if they submitted the report they would be binding themselves to the caucus and they therefore needed to be certain of what they agreed on.
The Chairperson commented that the report should include the Committees 's planned activities and objectives for the year.
Ms N Mathibela (ANC) made corrections and asked if the issue of Japan mattered since South Africa was on a different plate.
The Chairperson said that the Committee would not debate the issue at that time but would include another view as an observation. What was being raised would be dealt with again as the Committee still planned to visit Koeberg station.
Mr D Ross (DA) asked for the biosphere issue to be more strategically focused.
The Chairperson recalled that this matter had been raised during the training workshops. The Committee still had to decide how and where the issue would be located.
Ms B Tinto (ANC) supported the action and asked for the Chairperson to keep in mind that other Members belonged to other Committees.
The meeting was adjourned.
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