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JOINT BUDGET, FINANCE PORTFOLIO AND SELECT COMMITTEES: JOINT MEETING
14 March 2003
COMMITTEE REPORT ON BUDGET HEARINGS: ADOPTION; PENSIONS (SUPPLEMENTARY) BILL: ADOPTION
Chairperson: Ms B Hogan (ANC)
Pensions (Supplementary) Bill [B11-2003]
Portfolio Committee Report on Budget Hearings
Both the Bill and the Committee Report were adopted. This meeting was not minuted by PMG.
MEMORANDUM ON THE OBJECTS OF THE PENSIONS (SUPPLEMENTARY) BILL, 2003
An employee of the Department of Transport, Mr Clarke, suffered a massive stroke in
1984 while working on the South African base on Marion Island. This resulted in Mr
Clarke being paralysed from the nose down and being diagnosed as having complete
quadriplegia. His present pension does not cover his most basic care.
On 6 March 2001 Mr Clarke petitioned Parliament for additional pension benefits.
The Portfolio Committee on Private Members' Legislative Proposals and Petitions
recommended to the National Assembly that additional benefits be granted to Mr Clarke.
On 15 March 2002 the National Assembly granted Mr Clarke's petition.
In terms of section 213(2)(a) of the Constitution money may be withdrawn from the
National Revenue Fund in terms of an appropriation by an Act of Parliament.
Accordingly, the additional pension benefits granted to Mr Clarke by way of petition
may be paid from the National Revenue Fund only if authorised in an Act of Parliament.
For this reason the Pensions (Supplementary) Bill is proposed.
On 15 March 2002 the National Assembly granted Mr Clarke additional pension
benefits on the following terms:
''That Mr G C Clarke be grantedâ€”
* a pension of R1 500 per month, in addition to the pension he receives at
* back pay of this pension for a period of six months.''
This Bill proposes the authorisation of the aforementioned additional pension benefits to
Mr Clarke, from the National Revenue Fund.
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