The Committee met briefly to consider and adopt the Report approving the Department of Environmental Affairs Budget Vote. Members made minor changes and suggested that the report should include a timeframe that was given by the Committee to the Board of South African Weather Service on the payment for the fruitless and wasteful expenditure that was incurred after the Board paid salaries of eight months to the former SAWS CEO. The report was approved with amendments.
The Committee also adopted two further reports without changes: its Committee Programme and a Report of the South African Parliamentary Delegation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Election of Acting Chairperson
The Committee Secretary indicated that the Chairperson of the Committee, Mr P Mapulane (ANC), was off sick and therefore Members had to elect an acting Chairperson.
Ms H Nyambi (ANC) nominated Mr S Makhubela (ANC) and this was seconded by Mr M Mabilo (ANC).
Mr Makhubela was elected unopposed as an acting Chairperson.
Committee Report on Environmental Affairs Budget
The Acting Chairperson firstly welcomed everyone in the meeting and indicated that the first task today would be the adoption of the Budget Vote Report. Members had already received the report the previous week and the Committee should therefore only reflect on the main points.
Ms Nyambi suggested that the word “allocation” on the third bullet point in page 10 should be deleted as it was unnecessary in the sentence.
Ms J Edwards (DA) referred to page 11 (the first bullet point in the last paragraph) and suggested that it should be reworded as it sounded like the sentence was incomplete.
Ms Edwards further proposed that there should be a reason provided for the reduction of the number of officials trained in environmental compliance and enforcement on the third bullet on page 12.
Ms R Purdon (DA) proposed that the report should include the timeframe that was given by the Committee to the Board of South African Weather Service (SAWS) on the payment for the fruitless and wasteful expenditure that was incurred after the Board paid salaries of eight months to the former SAWS CEO.
Mr Mabilo moved for the adoption of the report and was seconded by Ms Nyambi.
The report was adopted with amendments.
Adoption of the Committee Programme
The Acting Chairperson stated that the Committee Programme would stay as is but could be amended anytime when there is a pressing issue to be discussed by Members.
The Programme was adopted as is.
Report of the South African Parliamentary Delegation on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
The Report was adopted with no changes.
The meeting was adjourned.