At the meeting members were told that adverts had been placed in newspapers for the vacancies in the National Youth Development Agency Board.
The Committee programme was outlined and adopted. The aim was that by 30 April, the President could announce the new Board members as the tenure of old Board members ended on 30 April.
The Committee was told that the adverts had good standing in terms of their legality as they had been published through the office of the presiding officers of Parliament. She also added that, if the Committee had waited to meet and appoint Co Chairpersons before publishing the adverts it would have been impossible to meet its deadlines. Members discussed and approved proposed amendments to the agenda of the Committee over the next few months.
The Unit Manager of the Committee Section explained to members the steps taken to place adverts in newspapers for the vacancies on the National Youth Development Agency Board. Two adverts had so far been placed in national newspapers, one in English and the other in Afrikaans. Adverts in other languages would follow.
Before the voting commenced, members questioned whether there was a quorum and whether opposition parties were present at the meeting.
Mr Mkhize confirmed that there was a quorum both from the NCOP and the National Assembly and that two members from opposition parties were present.
Amendments to the Committee Programme were made:
▪ Short listing of nominees and invitation of short listed nominees for interview was moved from 9 to 14 April. ▪ Publishing of short-listed candidates as required by legislation was to be carried out from 16 to 20 April.
▪ Deliberation on final names of short-listed candidates was slated for 20 to 24 April.
▪ Publishing of Committee Report in both Houses was slated for 25 April.
▪ Debate on the report was on 26 April, so that by 30 April, the President could confirm and announce the new Board members as the tenure of old Board members ended on 30 April.
Mr J De Villiers (DA, Western Cape) asked for clarification from the Co Chairpersons on the legality of all actions carried out on behalf of the Committee, especially the adverts, prior to their election as Co Chairpersons. He noted that meetings slated for 16 to 20 April clashed with the provincial week meetings of the NCOP.
Ms Kubayi clarified that the number of CVs received would determine how long the short listing process would take, hence the Co Chairpersons may request permission from the chief whips and presiding officer of both houses to meet outside the normal time to consider the CVs if the need arose. She added that if the Committee had waited to meet before publishing the adverts, it would have been impossible to meet the deadlines outlined in the Committee Programme, hence the principal officers in the two houses decided to kick start the process.
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