The Committee considered and adopted its report on the Department of Economic Development and its entities Strategic Plan 2013. Members corrected several minor errors in the document- these related to grammar, spelling and structure of sentences. The Committee also focused on the recommendations and highlighted the following:
The Department must maximize its support to the cooperatives and Small Micro and Medium Enterprises.
The Youth Accord should be implemented immediately.
The Department should consider the advancing the idea of developing and establishing a college or institution that will enhance the training and development of entrepreneurs.
The organogram of the Department had to be reviewed and aligned to the revised strategy.
The Department had to give specific and measurable data on the creation of jobs and progress made with various projects and focus on trade with Africa to improve job creation.
The Chairperson said that those Members that were not part of the Committee that were not present when the Committee compiled the strategic-plan had lost out a great deal. She said that she was pleased that her Committee was one of the privileged few that would be given a platform to present its budget vote in the House unlike other Committees that would have to do with Expanded Public Committees (EPC). The Committee was briefed by the Department and its entities during the Strategic plan report. She welcomed the new Member to the Committee.
Committee Report on Department of Economic Development and its entities Strategic Plan 2013
The Chairperson went through the report page by page and invited comments from the floor, because she expected Members to have gone through the report beforehand.
Mr K Mubu (DA) suggested the deletion of the words beginning with “which is” up to “2012” on page 1.
The Chairperson referred to page 1 and said that the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Act of 1940 should be changed to the amended IDC Act.
Ms D Tsotetsi (ANC) referred to page 2 inserted a semi colon on the last sentence of the third paragraph after the words “Director General” page 2.
Mr Mubu referred to page 2 and suggested the insertion of the words “facilitate the” before the word “promotion”.
The Chairperson cautioned Member not to change the Ministers words.
Mr X Mabasa (ANC) explained that it was not about changing the Ministers words but to fix the way a point had been put across.
Ms Tsotetsi suggested that the section on “Overview of the Progress made” could have been presented as progress per sector.
The Chairperson said that the Committee had requested for that information regarding progress per sector and they were told to wait for seven days, seven days had passed and the information had not yet been forwarded at the time of the meeting.
Mr Mabasa suggested the deletion of the word he on the 1st sentence of the 2nd paragraph.
The Chairperson suggested the deletion of the last part of the 1st sentence in the third paragraph, from the word “which to SEFA”.
Mr S Ngonyama (COPE) suggested the insertion of the words “in addition” on the 3rd paragraph, 3rd sentence after the word “tribunal”. Then the Committee briefly discussed the issue as it related to language and agreed to let the Committee Secretary to look at it and hand it to the Committee later.
Mr Ngonyama referred to page 5, 1st sentence deleted the word “indicated” and changed it to “acknowledged”. Ms Tsotetsi concurred.
On page 5, last paragraph Mr M Hlengwa (IFP) deleted the words “job numbers grew such that” because the word job had been mentioned on the 1st part of the sentence.
Mr Ngonyama changed the word “before” to “by” before the word “the”. Mr Mabasa deleted the words “last year” on the same sentence.
Mr Mabasa referred page 5, 2ndh paragraph and said that the sentence was too long, and it needed to be halved into two.
On page 7, second paragraph 1st sentence Mr Mubu suggested the deletion of the words “ to the above”.
Ms Tsotetsi then suggested the deletion of the words “as to” 2nd sentence of the 4th paragraph page 7.
Mr Hlengwa referred to page 8 and suggested the deletion of the words “the signing of”.
Mr Ngonyama referred to the second last paragraph on page 8 and inserted the words “job creation” before “initiatives”, and deleted the words “for jobs”.
Mr Ngonyama referred to page the second paragraph on page 9 and suggested the deletion of the words “was that there was a single and that the ultimate objective” . He suggested that the following wording should be inserted: “was still the same” after the word “mergers”. The Committee briefly discussed the wording of the paragraph. Then they agreed to look at responses of the previous meeting for clarification.
The Chairperson suggested that the Committee should not look at the regulatory bodies and consider them later because the Members were rushing to catch their flights since the following day was May Day.
Mr Mubu said that growing economies support Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME) and co-operatives, he urged the Department to maximize its support to the cooperatives and SMME.
Mr Mubu recommended that the Youth Accord should be implemented immediately.
Mr Ngonyama recommended that the Department should consider the advancing the idea of developing and establishing a college or institution that will enhance the training and development of entrepreneurs.
Mr Mubu said that the organogram of the Department had to be reviewed and aligned to the revised strategy.
Mr Mabasa and Mr Mubu recommended that it was important that the Department had to give specific and measurable data on the creation of jobs and progress made with various projects and focus on trade with Africa to improve job creation.
Mr Ngonyama moved for adoption and Mr Mubu seconded the motion, the report was adopted with amendments.
The meeting was adjourned.
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