Merchant Shipping Bills: National Treasury briefing and adoption; Committee Report on Limpopo Review

NCOP Finance

12 November 2013
Chairperson: Mr C de Beer (ANC; Northern Cape)
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Meeting Summary

National Treasury briefed the Committee on the Merchant Shipping (International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Contributions and Administration Bills. The Fund was created to compensate parties suffering damages from oil spillages where ship owners were unable to provide full compensation. The Contributions Bill would provide for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to collect charges from companies or large oil importers rather than for the Fund itself to do this, and the state would be obliged to pay these contributions over to the Fund. The National Treasury informed the Committee that the Merchant Shipping (International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Administration Bill would make it possible for SARS to do its work.

The Committee noted that that the Contributions Bill and the Administration Bill were important pieces of legislation given the number of shipwrecks on the South African coast. After a brief discussion, Members agreed to adopt the reports on both Bills, which would be discussed in the National Council of Provinces on 21 November 2013.

Members discussed the report on the Limpopo Review and the interventions since the province was put under administration. They asked about the 500 planned posts, and if the suspension of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) had been lifted and if he had been transferred. The Committee stated that since Limpopo had gone into administration, it was no longer compliant with some of the provisions of the Public Finances Management Act (PFMA). They noted that an anti-corruption team would not deal with disciplinary matters in the province. Members agreed that this should fall under the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA).

The Report was adopted with several amendments. Members agreed that the process of rehabilitation in the province was still far from complete. The Report would be considered by the NCOP on 21 November 2013.

Members adopted the minutes of 22, 24, 29 and 31 October 2013, as well as 5 and 6 November 2013.National Treasury briefed the Committee on the Merchant Shipping (International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Contributions and Administration Bills. The Fund was created to compensate parties suffering damages from oil spillages where ship owners were unable to provide full compensation. The Contributions Bill would provide for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to collect charges from companies or large oil importers rather than for the Fund itself to do this, and the state would be obliged to pay these contributions over to the Fund. The National Treasury informed the Committee that the Merchant Shipping (International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Administration Bill would make it possible for SARS to do its work.

The Committee noted that that the Contributions Bill and the Administration Bill were important pieces of legislation given the number of shipwrecks on the South African coast. After a brief discussion, Members agreed to adopt the reports on both Bills, which would be discussed in the National Council of Provinces on 21 November 2013.

Members discussed the report on the Limpopo Review and the interventions since the province was put under administration. They asked about the 500 planned posts, and if the suspension of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) had been lifted and if he had been transferred. The Committee stated that since Limpopo had gone into administration, it was no longer compliant with some of the provisions of the Public Finances Management Act (PFMA). They noted that an anti-corruption team would not deal with disciplinary matters in the province. Members agreed that this should fall under the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA).

The Report was adopted with several amendments. Members agreed that the process of rehabilitation in the province was still far from complete. The Report would be considered by the NCOP on 21 November 2013.

Members adopted the minutes of 22, 24, 29 and 31 October 2013, as well as 5 and 6 November 2013.  

Meeting report

National Treasury briefed the Committee on the Merchant Shipping (International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Contributions and Administration Bills. The Fund was created to compensate parties suffering damages from oil spillages where ship owners were unable to provide full compensation. The Contributions Bill would provide for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to collect charges from companies or large oil importers rather than for the Fund itself to do this, and the state would be obliged to pay these contributions over to the Fund. The National Treasury informed the Committee that the Merchant Shipping (International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Administration Bill would make it possible for SARS to do its work.

The Committee noted that that the Contributions Bill and the Administration Bill were important pieces of legislation given the number of shipwrecks on the South African coast. After a brief discussion, Members agreed to adopt the reports on both Bills, which would be discussed in the National Council of Provinces on 21 November 2013.

Members discussed the report on the Limpopo Review and the interventions since the province was put under administration. They asked about the 500 planned posts, and if the suspension of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) had been lifted and if he had been transferred. The Committee stated that since Limpopo had gone into administration, it was no longer compliant with some of the provisions of the Public Finances Management Act (PFMA). They noted that an anti-corruption team would not deal with disciplinary matters in the province. Members agreed that this should fall under the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA).

The Report was adopted with several amendments. Members agreed that the process of rehabilitation in the province was still far from complete. The Report would be considered by the NCOP on 21 November 2013.

Members adopted the minutes of 22, 24, 29 and 31 October 2013, as well as 5 and 6 November 2013. 

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