The Committee met to adopt its report on the strategic plan and budget vote of the Department of Social Development. After briefly discussing the inclusion of a recommendation regarding the work of the Central Drug Authority and with Members having gone through the report before hand, it was duly adopted with amendments. The Report would be forwarded to the House for publication in the ATC.
The Committee Secretary, Ms Lindiwe Ntsabo, outlined that the Committee needed a 50+1 quorum – six Members were present so the Committee met this quorum.
Members absent with apology included Mr P Mabilo (ANC) and Ms L Van der Merwe (IFP), who were both in the other meetings, Ms N Sonti (EFF), Ms B Masango (DA) and Ms E Wilson (DA).
The Committee adopted these apologies.
Adoption of Committee report on the strategic plan and budget vote of the Department of Social Development
The Chairperson briefly went through the recommendations of the report
Ms K de Kock (DA) was glad to see the recommendation regarding the social workers and food security programmes to address the drought was included. She felt the recommendations were a reflection of what the Committee discussed.
The Committee researcher suggested a minor editorial amendment to the second recommendation to allow it to read better.
The Chairperson thought the recommendation regarding the Central Drug Authority (CDA) should be included at this point in the report.
Ms S Tsoleli (ANC) said the shortcomings in the CDA were caused by the different departments who were meant to submit their reports to the CDA. She did not know how this could be recommended to the Minister but it should be included.
The Chairperson indicated the recommendations would be directed to the Minister as the CDA reported to the Minister. The Fourth Parliament had a clear resolution in its legacy report that the Authority should be upgraded from being an entity to expand its footprint in provinces. The current Committee also recommended this because the CDA was piggy-backing on Social Development in each province – they did not have offices in the provinces so their footprint was not there. By being an agency, the CDA could devolve to where it was needed most. This would be crafted as a recommendation to be implemented.
The Chairperson put the report for adoption.
Ms V Mogotsi (ANC) was happy to adopt the report as a Member of the Committee and a Member of the ANC.
Ms Tsoleli seconded the motion of adoption.
The Committee report on the strategic plan and budget vote of the Department of Social Development was duly adopted with amendments.
The Chairperson thanked Members for their participation and was pleased that the Committee got through its work in time. The report would now be forwarded to the House.
The meeting was adopted.