The Department of Energy was supposed to brief the Committee on the State of the National Address and its impact on the Energy Sector. The Department did not attend this meeting and did not inform the Committee of its absence. The Chairperson said that this matter would be dealt with after this meeting.
The Committee dealt with outstanding minutes and oversight reports. The following minutes were adopted with no amendments: 5 March 2013, 7 March 2013, 7 March 2013, 12 March 2013, 15 March 2013, 19 March 2013, 26 March 2013, 27 March 2013, 16 April 2013, 17 April 2013, 18 April 2013, 30 May 2013, 11 June 2013, 6 August 2013, 13 August 2013, 20 August 2013 and 30 August 2013. Minutes from 23 April 2013, 18 June 2013, 24 July 2013 and 10 September 2013 were set aside and would be adopted after the problems with consistency in names, verification of the attendance register and issue with pages 6 and 7 in the minutes of 18 June 2013 had been sorted out.
The Committee adopted the Eastern Cape Kwazulu Nation 16 – 20 January; the 1st Energy Stakeholder meeting 7 November and the 2nd Energy Stakeholder meeting 19 January 2012 as oversight reports without amendments.
Members said that because work was being concluded in terms of the Legacy Report, it was hoped that it was not being done just to comply, as this would form the basis of the Legacy Report.
Opening remarks by the Chairperson
The Chairperson said that the Department of Energy was supposed to brief the Committee on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and its impact on the Energy Sector. Unfortunately the Department was absent and had not sent any formal notification. He expressed shock at the behaviour of the Department.
The Chairperson indicated that the Committee would continue with the adoption of its outstanding minutes and reports.
Consideration of outstanding minutes
The Chairperson tabled several sets of minutes for consideration. He indicated that the Committee would go through these documents page-by-page and Members could give their input where necessary. The Committee adopted the following minutes without any amendments:
5 March 2013
7 May 2013
8 March 2013
12 March 2013
15 March 2013
19 March 2013
26 March 2013
27 March 2013
16 April 2013
17 April 2013
18 April 2013
30 May 2013
11 June 2013
6 August 2013
13 August 2013
20 August 2013
30 August 2013
Minutes yet to be adopted after verification
The following minutes were read but awaited verification before adoption.
23rd April 2013
Mr J Selau (ANC) said that he was in attendance at this meeting but it was not recorded as such.
The Chairperson said that the minutes would be set aside for verification before adoption.
18 June 2013
Mr S Radebe (ANC) said there were problems regarding the consistency of names.
Mr Selau said that he had only page 7 but no page 6 in his copy.
Ms N Mathibela (ANC) said that she had both pages.
The Chairperson said that this matter would be handed over to the Support Staff to sort out before adoption.
24 July 2013 and 10 September 2013
Minutes of the 24 July 2013 and 10 September 2013 were set aside regarding consistency of names before they would be adopted.
The Chairperson said that there was a gap with regard to the minutes from September 2013 up to now which still had to be adopted.
Eastern Cape Kwazulu Natal 16 – 20 January 2012 Report
The Committee read the Eastern Cape Kwazulu Natal 16 – 20 January Report. The Chairperson said that he hoped that page 8 was recorded clearer than what was presented in this report.
He had picked up something interesting on page 26 which had shocked him. It was in the 3rd paragraph from the bottom in Section 9.
The recommendation on page 27 should read: the third meeting also attended by academics from the University of Kwazulu Natal.
This report was adopted with no amendments.
1st Energy Stakeholder meeting 7 November 2011
The Committee read the 1st Energy Stakeholder meeting 7 November 2011.
The report was adopted with no amendments
2nd Energy Stakeholder meeting 19 January 2012
The Committee read the 2nd Energy Stakeholder meeting 19 January 2012.
This report was adopted without amendments
The Chairperson hoped and trusted that these were some of the reports that would be treasured as the Committee monitored the Renewable Energy Procurement Programme and the extent to which the Department had been responsive to these recommendations. A lot of good work had been done in preparation for the fifth Parliament and would allow for the monitoring of what had been achieved; what had been factored in as per recommendations from the Committee and what could be pursued.
The Chairperson added that because work was being concluded in terms of the Legacy Report, he hoped that it was not being done just to comply as this would form the basis of the legacy report. The next meeting was due for 20 February.
Mr L Greyling (ID) asked if any feedback had been received from the Department as this was a serious issue with no reason given. This issue should be taken up.
The Chairperson said that nothing had been received from the Committee Secretary. It would be pursued once this meeting was over.
The meeting was adjourned.
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