Adoption of Committee Minutes, Report and Draft Programme for 2013

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

19 November 2012
Chairperson: Ms D Nhlengethwa (ANC)
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Meeting Summary

The Committee met briefly to consider several outstanding minutes, the report on its oversight visit to the Western Cape and its first term programme for 2013. All the documents were approved with amendments.

Meeting report

Opening Remarks
The Chairperson welcomed everybody to last Committee meeting for the year. She informed Members that the Committee Secretariat had agreed not to schedule strategic meetings for the next two weeks.

The Chairperson reminded Members that in the last meeting, the Committee had agreed to slot in the trip to France but would deal with this topic when they discussed the Committee Programme for 2013. The Committee would also consider outstanding minutes today.

Outstanding Committee Minutes
Committee Minutes dated 5 September 2012
The Chairperson tabled the minutes for consideration. She explained that the agenda of that meeting included deliberation on the briefing by the MECs for local government on the status of municipalities in the Province.

Mr G Boinamo (DA) corrected the spelling of the word “table” with the word “tabled”, on the last sentence of the final page of the minutes.

The Committee adopted the minutes with amendments.

Committee Minutes dated 6 September 2012
The Chairperson tabled the minutes for consideration. She noted that this meeting was a continuation of the previous day’s meeting.

Ms C Mosimane (COPE) proposed that in its recommendations the Committee should seek clear information about access to water in municipalities because when the MECs for Local Government reported to the Committee they were not sure of the figures they reported to the Committee.

Mr M Matshoba (ANC) moved for the adoption of minutes.

Ms Mosimane seconded the move.

The Committee adopted the minutes with amendments.

Committee Minutes dated 11 September 2012
The Chairperson tabled the minutes for consideration. She explained that the agenda of that meeting included a briefing by the Office of the Auditor-General on audit outcomes for local government 2011/2012.

The Chairperson said that she did not understand Committee’s resolution. The resolution read: “it was suggested that if consequences for wrongdoing were a central issue, then the Committee should engage all the relevant stakeholders in a national workshop on the problem. The National Treasury, the Auditor-General’s Office, Local Municipalities, the Department and the Committee were some of the people who could contribute to the discussion…”.

Mr Boinamo said that there was nothing wrong with the resolution.
The Chairperson emphasised that the person who did not sit in that Committee would not understand that resolution. She understood that it was a workshop with stakeholders but there had to be a resolution for those people that were not part of the workshop. The workshop should come up with the resolution.

Mr Matshoba asked about those municipalities that did not have Chief Financial Officers (CFOs).

The Chairperson responded that the presentation from the Department had stated that district municipalities would assist those municipalities that did not have CFOs and the Department would assist those with forums that did not sit.

The Chairperson said that some of the resolutions could be raised in the Committee’s strategic planning session in January.

Ms Mosimane said they should also highlight the lack of information on supply chain management and procurement.

Ms I Ditshetelo (ACDP) moved for the adoption of minutes.

Ms F Boshigo (ANC) seconded the move.

The Committee adopted the minutes with amendments.

Committee Minutes dated 23 October 2012
The Chairperson tabled the minutes for consideration. She indicated that the agenda of that meeting included the discussion on Matatiele boundary; briefing by the Department of Cooperative Governance on the progress with regard to the implementation of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Act; and Draft regulation for the appointment of municipal managers and section 56 managers. The Committee had also adopted the Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report (BRRR) in that meeting.

Mr Boinamo noted that he had attended the meeting but his name had been omitted from the attendance list.

Ms Mosimane moved for the adoption of the report.

Ms Dtshetelo seconded.

The Committee adopted the Minutes with amendments.

Committee Minutes dated 30 October 2012
The Chairperson tabled the minutes for consideration. She noted that the agenda included a briefing from the department of Cooperative Governance on the progress made with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Mr J Steenhuizen (DA) said that on page 3 under the heading discussion in the first paragraph, the Committee should take out the word “correctness” and replace it with the word “accuracy”.

Mr Matshoba moved for the adoption.

Mr Boinamo seconded the move.

The Committee adopted the minutes with amendments.
Report of the Portfolio Committee on its oversight visit to the Western Cape
The Chairperson tabled the report for consideration.
Ms W Nelson (ANC) stated that the report should not have abbreviations as some of the Members could not understand some of these. The Committee Secretary should write the full name followed by abbreviation in brackets.

Ms Nelson referred to page 8 and noted that reference was made to the fact that the municipality had indicated that the challenge had been brought to the attention of the Infrastructure Housing and Services Department but there was no Infrastructure Housing and Services Department nationally, and that needed to be looked at.

Mr Boinamo moved for the adoption of the report.

Ms Nelson seconded the move.
The Committee adopted the report with amendments.

2013 First Term Committee Programme
The Chairperson informed Members that the study tour to France would take place in January. The Committee Secretary would submit dates of the trip to Members.

The Chairperson outlined the planned activities in the Committee’s programme:
●5–8 February 2012 there would be a Members Training Workshop.

●11 - 13 February 2012 there would be a Strategic Planning Workshop.

● 27 February 2012 there would be a briefing from MEC for Local Government in the Western Cape.

● 5 March 2012 there would be a briefing by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on its Annual Performance Plan.

●On 12 March 2012 the Committee would be meeting with South African Local Government Association (SALGA) with regard to the MDGs.

The Chairperson advised that the programme was subject to change.

Mr Matshoba moved for the adoption of the programme.

Ms Mosimane seconded the move.

The Committee adopted the programme.

The meeting was adjourned.

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