PC Sport and Recreation: Committee Legacy Report: preliminary discussion

Sports, Arts and Culture

04 February 2014
Chairperson: Mr M Mdakane( ANC)
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Meeting Summary

The Committee briefly discussed its legacy report. Members noted the report was useful as it would remind the Committee about what issues it had to deal with in the past five years and what outstanding matters could be brought to the attention of the incoming committee. It further noted that Parliament did not have an effective handover process, where the incoming Committee would be assisted by the outgoing one, which was why the Committee needed consensus on the report. The Committee Secretariat, Content Advisor and Committee Researcher were asked to revise the report to ensure that it was a legible and comprehensive.

 

Meeting report

The Chairperson welcomed all the Members present and requested the Committee to start with the minutes immediately so that thereafter, it could deal with the report .

Outstanding Committee Minutes
Minutes dated 29 of October 2013
The Chairperson tabled the document for consideration. He indicated the Committee would go through it page-by-page and correct errors where necessary.

The Chairperson noted that Mr T V Mampai would be insulted if his name had not been written with his title and proposed that that be rectified to Dr T V Mampai.

The minutes were adopted with this technical amendment.

The Chairperson commented that there had been improvement in the annotation of minutes

Minutes dated 5 of November 2013
The Chairperson tabled the document for consideration.

The minutes were adopted without amendments.

Minutes 28 of January 2014
The Chairperson tabled the document for consideration.

The Chairperson corrected the Secretariat, stating that as Chairperson he could never move for any issue.

Ms M Dube (ANC) said that it was possibly better to use the table format of the register, as it delineated who was present and absent in a clear structure.

The Committee Secretary replied that it took more pages to use the table format, hence the register structure had changed in the minutes from 5 of November 2013.

The Chairperson commented that it was part of the green initiative of saving paper, which was very useful.

Ms G Sindane (ANC) said she also preferred the table format.  Even if there was an explanation about why that had been, to her, the minutes seemed as if they were not from the same person. 

The Chairperson said that the Secretariat would deal with that issue and decide on what route to take. He then detailed the apologies of that meeting.

Ms Sindane asked about the utility of a standing apology, if one Member of Parliament (MP) never attended a meeting. Because that then meant that that representative could not speak authoritatively, even to his constituency about the activities of Parliament.

The Chairperson noted that this comment was in reference to Mr B Holomisa. There was very little the Committee could do with him, because the United Democratic Movement (UDM) did not have a list conference, as he was always the only MP candidate for the UDM.

The minutes were adopted with technical amendments.

Committee Handover Report
The Chairperson said that the Committee needed to have a hand over report that it had consensus on, to hand over to the 5th Parliaments Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation.

The Chairperson said the report would remind the Committee about what issues it had to deal with in the past five years and what outstanding matters could be brought to the attention of the incoming committee.
Parliament did not have an effective handover process, where the incoming Committee would be assisted by the outgoing one, which was why the Committee needed consensus on the report. Whether the new Committee read that report or not would not be the present Committee’s problem. The report needed to be concise and comprehensive.

Thereafter the Chairperson went through the draft report with the Committee. He said that provinces generally had similar problems, as seen on the oversight visits, especially concerning facilities and their state of operations. He added that the Committee should have probably visited Brazil, on its study tour, and that it should propose a visit to that country as well as one to Jamaica.

Mr M Rabotapi (DA) asked whether Libya would not be a suitable study tour destination.

The Chairperson replied that the issue with Libya was the possible genocide against Africans that could occur should Arabs become angry.

Ms Sindane asked about a grammatical error and asked about its insertion as a stand alone term.

The Chairperson said that all that was, within the handover report draft was, a suggested structure; therefore that could be fixed. He asked the Committee Secretariat, the Content Advisor and Committee Researcher to write a legible and comprehensive report. He then relayed the following weeks programme.

The Chairperson said that there needed to be an  appreciation dinner for the Committee to thank  Members for their diligence in doing their work, as he had been witness to a few instances were other Committees had to go looking for Members from other Committees to reach quorum.

The Chairperson thanked Members and the meeting was adjourned.
 

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