PC Economic Development: Adoption of Minutes

Economic Development

11 November 2014
Chairperson: Ms E Coleman (ANC)
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Meeting Summary

There were numerous amendments to the minutes and Members expressed concern about the quality of the minutes. Members said many of the minutes were not a true reflection of the meetings that took place. Committee Members added that this was a concern because the minutes were for public consumption and the manner in which they were presented meant that the public would not be able to understand what exactly transpired in Parliament.

The Committee returned some sets of the minutes to the staff to be re-written in order to fix them entirely so that the minutes could be a true reflection of the meetings that took place.

The Committee, led by the Chairperson condemned the Committee staff for the very poor quality of the minutes. 

Meeting report

The Chairperson welcomed Committee Members and received an apology from Mr A Cele (ANC) who was attending a meeting in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The Chairperson said the Committee would not be receiving a presentation from the Department of Economic Development and Members would be informed as to the new date for the presentation. She said the Committee would proceed to consider and adopt the outstanding minutes.  

Minutes of 24 June 2014

Members agreed that the minutes reflected what had happened in the meeting even though the minutes had a lot of grammatical errors.

Mr S Marais (DA) moved for the adoption of the minutes. This motion was seconded by Mr P Atkinson (DA).

Mr S Tleane (ANC) suggested the Committee should consider having the minutes re-written.  

The Chairperson said it was very dangerous to have minutes that did not reflect the true events of a meeting because the minutes were not only for them as the Committee but for the public and the government entities to which they gave mandates. She hoped there were recordings of the meetings so that reference could be made when correcting the minutes.

Minutes of 1 July 2014

Mr Tleane moved for the adoption of the minutes with the necessary corrections as considered. This motion was seconded by Mr Atkinson.

Minutes of 3 July 2014

Mr Marais moved for adoption, seconded by Mr Pikinini.

Minutes of 8 July 2014

The Chairperson said the Committee should skip these minutes because they were incomplete.

Minutes of 10 August

This set of minutes was to be returned for re-writing.

Minutes of 2 September 2014

This set of minutes was to be returned for re-writing.

Minutes of 9 September 2014

This set of minutes was to be returned for re-writing.

Minutes of 14 October 2014

Mr Marais said the minutes did not make sense because there needed to be more than one conclusion as there were two different issues discussed. He said the minutes did not reflect what was discussed with the Auditor General.

The Chairperson said the minutes were not incorrect in nature but that they were not all inclusive and that they did not address the whole meeting. She said the minutes needed to be separated accordingly to reflect both presentations and discussions because it looked as if the committee did nothing on that day. She said the minutes would be returned for re-writing.

Minutes of 24 October 2014

Mr Marais said the minutes did not reflect that there was a discussion during the meeting.

Ms C Matsimbi (ANC) said everything was captured in the minutes but they just omitted to reflect the formal discussion as well as the DA's reserving rights.

The Chairperson advised that the minutes be returned for revision.

Minutes of 28 October 2014

The Chairperson said the minutes had too many errors and it was a bad reflection on the Committee staff to have peoples' names spelt wrong because a person name was their identity. She said the minutes needed to be returned for re-writing.

Minutes of 4 November 2014

The Chairperson together with Committee Members agreed that the minutes needed to be withdrawn.

The Chairperson said it was not good that the Committee could not adopt all the minutes and that some were missing. She said the Committee had to adopt the missing minutes before the next calendar year and that at the next meeting the staff should make sure that the minutes were adopted. She thanked Members for their attendance and participation.

The meeting was adjourned. 

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