Human Settlements Quarter 1 performance

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

05 September 2017
Chairperson: Ms N Mafu (ANC)
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Meeting Summary

The Committee met to be briefed on the performance of the Department of Human Settlements (DHS) for the first quarter (April to June) of the 2017/2018 financial year. After receiving a detailed report on the Department’s programmes, and its achievements and failures, the Committee expressed its disappointment at the lack of progress in several areas.

The DHS stated had not reached its targets for information technology (IT) governance in accordance with its administration operating targets. Reporting mechanisms had been put in place to report to both the Minister and the Director General as a response to concerns regarding oversight previously raised by the Committee, and it had also adopted and implemented a hands-on approach to tackle the challenges it had been facing.

The Committee was briefed on the Property Practitioners Bill and the Home Loan and Mortgage Disclosure Act (HLAMDA) Amendment Bill, which had been gazetted for public comment for a period of 30 working days. Following this, the DHS had incorporated written submissions from the public and interested parties and the Bill had been sent to Cabinet for approval. The draft legislation for the Human Settlements Development Bank had been completed and was currently in the process of being assessed through a socio-economic impact assessment, for introduction to Cabinet.

The Department reported that the overall provincial performance for the Military Veterans’ Housing Programme had been low. Five provinces -- Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Northern Cape and the North West -- had had no activity at all. The challenges these provinces faced included delays in contractor appointments, a lack of uniformity in project implementation, and some provinces had not established provincial steering committees. Proposed corrective measures to deal with these challenges were presented to the Committee.

The DHS conceded that its performance for the quarter did not represent a good picture in respect of serviced sites and the provision of housing units. The Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo and the North West were identified as the four poor performing provinces that required intervention. There was great concern over Gauteng’s under-performance, and the four under-performing provinces had been requested to submit credible recovery plans by the end of September. The Department’s biggest budget spending was towards housing development finance, which consisted of two major grants -- the Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG) and the Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG). The under-performance was ascribed to poor spending by the metros.

Members expressed great concern over the consistent under-performance of the Department, and asked what consequential measures had been put in place to deal with officials who were not up to standard. What were the causes of under-performance and under-delivery in the provinces? Why was there still a big backlog in the provision of title deeds? What was being done about the failure of some provinces to pay service contractors within the specified 30 days?

The Committee said it was eagerly anticipating the processing of the Property Practitioners Bill, as it would play a major role in reconfiguring and transforming property ownership in South Africa. 

Meeting report

Mr Neville Chainee, Deputy Director General, Department of Human Settlements, provided an overview of the report.

Administration – Operating Targets

  • Statutory requirements relating to the preparation of annual financial statements and performance information for the annual report had been completed.
  • Progress had been made to address information technology (IT) governance audit queries and their impact.
  • There had been progress in reducing the vacancy rate in middle management positions, and senior management service (SMS) vacancy rates had been prioritised for filling.
  • Performance management systems had been put in place to ensure that all SMS members submitted performance agreements on time.
  • Internal controls had been improved to ensure that payable and valid invoices were paid within 30 days.

The Department had not reached its targets in relation to IT governance and thus issues relating to IT governance formed one of the issues in the annual audit report. There were six SMS vacancies that had been prioritised for filling within the next six weeks. Performance management systems were a response to the Committee’s previously raised concerns about whether the Director General was providing sufficient oversight. He concluded the section by notifying the Committee that reporting mechanisms have been put in place to report to both the Minister and the Director General as a response to an issue previously raised by the Committee.

Progress on Policy Planning and Inter-Governmental Relations (IGR) targets

  • The Department had facilitated alignment of provincial-municipal development plans for the Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG) and the Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) with the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) priorities.
  • Coordination with sector departments contributing to human settlements development had been strengthened with IGR contact for better outcomes.
  • A research agenda to support policy development had been developed.
  • A framework for reviewing programmes in the National Housing Code was in place.
  • Municipalities’ state of readiness to deliver had been assessed in four municipalities in Limpopo Province.

Mr Chainee said that as per the request of the Portfolio Committee, the Department had taken a hands-on approach. In relation to the alignment of the provincial-municipal development plans for both the HSDG and USDG, the two metros that had underperformed were Ekhuruleni and Cape Town, but there had been an improvement as of 30 June 2017 in both metros. The Director General had been appointed to coordinate and manage the technical team on basic services by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA). 

Process of Human Settlements legislation

The Property Practitioners Bill and the Home Loan and Mortgage Disclosure Act (HLAMDA) Amendment Bill had been gazetted for public comment in the Government Gazette on 31 March 2017 under Notice No. 247 of 2017 for a period of 30 calendar days. During this process, the Department had received written submissions from the public and interested parties. Thereafter, information sessions were held from 20 June to 6 July in all nine provinces with the aim of enriching and allowing clarity in the public comment process. The Department had incorporated the relevant and applicable comments into the Bill and the process to have Cabinet approval and endorsement for the revised Bills to be introduced into Parliament had commenced.

Transformation Targets

  • 21 729 youths, women, government officials and consumers in the subsidy and gap market, had been trained in human settlements skills development.
  • Nine provinces and nine municipalities had been supported in the implementation of capacity development programmes.
  • 335 universities and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) college students had been supported on various programmes, including the artisan programme.

Mr Chainee confirmed that the Department had partnered with South African Local Government Association (SALGA) as part of their capacitation programme for local councillors. The Department had contributed to the resourcing and roll out of the programme.

Human Settlements Development Bank Establishment

A business case had been prepared in accordance with the draft interim guide for establishing public entities at the national sphere of government. The draft legislation had been completed and was in the process of being taken through the socio-economic impact assessment for introduction to cabinet. He hoped to fast track the process to introduce it to Parliament by late October.

Military Veterans

There was an agreement between the Department of Human Settlements and the Department of Military Veterans that 1 421 non-statutory military veterans would be provided with housing in the current financial year. The performance to date across all provinces revealed that of the 1 421 set figure, only 111 homes had been allocated to military veterans. The three provinces that stood out were the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape. Challenges regarding the military veterans programme in this quarter included:

  • No activity in five provinces – the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Northern Cape and North West province;
  • There was slow or lack of uptake on the Breaking New Ground (BNG) option by the South African Military Veterans Association (SAMVA).
  • Delays in contractor appointments.
  • Lack of uniformity in the implementation of the project – Free State 100m2 and Limpopo 75m 2 .
  • Provinces not applying authorised over-rides to fast-track allocation.
  • Beneficiaries not opting for BNG units in current projects.
  • Some provinces had not established provincial steering committees

Mr Chainee felt that it was important to note that of the five provinces that had no activity, these provinces were not solely responsible for underperformance. Instead, it was an issue of negotiation and updating between themselves and those representing the non-statutory veterans. The Free State and Limpopo were expanding beyond the set guidelines. There had been no agreement on whether BNG units should be offered to non-statutory military veterans in provinces that were in dire situations.

A range of corrective measures were proposed. After the Ministerial dialogue with military veterans on 3 May 2017, the Department had held a meeting with the leadership of Umhkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans (MKMVA) with a view to presenting the strategy of delivery for support. This involved:

  • Settlement of Military Veteran’s (MV’s) bonds within and below R188 000.00. Other cases to be dealt with were being fast-tracked – 70 had been settled by Department of Military Veterans (DMV).
  • The beneficiation of companies owned by MVs registered with the provincial Supply Chain Management (SCM) by being allocated at least the minimum of 30% in line with the Treasury regulations on Military Veterans.
  • Establishment of service centres in the provinces, especially in those provinces where there were no call centres to deal with MV issues.
  • All approved human settlements projects implemented in provinces would have 10% MV houses.
  • The Minister had established a six-member national task team to assist with the implementation of the programme.
  • MVs would build their own houses through the People’s Housing Process (PHP) where so organised.
  • The DHS was in the process of appointing an IT company to assist it with the enrolment and verification of MVs.
  • Implementation of the circular overrides had been signed off and approved by the Director General and forwarded to provinces.

MSTF-Based Delivery Targets

Mr Chainee said that 47 catalytic projects had been approved for implementation. Mining towns had been provided with human settlements intervention support, which included formalisation and full services, and interim basic services. Approximately R899.8 million had been ring-fenced for informal settlements upgrading and human settlements delivery in mining towns. For the period ending June 2017, a total of 1 594 sites and 579 units had been delivered.

Detailed figures were presented to the Committee to illustrate the Department’s performance in relation to serviced sites and the provision of housing units. The DDG admitted that the figures did not represent a good picture of its performance. He highlighted that the Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo and North West were the four provinces that were a cause for concern and had formed the basis for intervention.

The Eastern Cape, KZN, Western Cape, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga had recovered.  Their performance was good in the sense that they would be able to realise their business plan delivery. The Western Cape, KZN and Mpumalanga in particular had demonstrated good project management skills.

Mr Mbulelo Tshangana, Director General (DG), DHS, said that the underperforming provinces had been given until September to submit a credible recovery plan to the Department. He identified Gauteng as the province that the Department was greatly concerned about, and said that the underperformance of Gauteng pulled down the national figures. The Department had discovered that Gauteng had not applied the readiness matrix tool, so some of the projects in the business plan were projects that were not ready to go. Limpopo and Free State were also under close watch.

Departmental Expenditure

Ms Funani Matlatsi, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Department of Human Settlements, highlighted the Department’s approved budget of R33.4 billion, and said that that would be the budget referred to until the end of the financial year. The four budget structure programmes covered administration, human settlements policy, strategy and planning, programme delivery support, and housing development finance.

The biggest budget spending went towards housing development finance which consisted of two major grants -- the Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG) and the Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) -- that were administered by the Department. Details on the department’s expenditure by programme for the first quarter were provided.

A key transfer was the R4.2 billion transferred to all provinces that administered the HSDG. There was no figure for the USDG because the payment had not been transferred, as metros were closing their financial year.

Ms Matlatsi said that the approved annual HSDG budget for provinces was R19.9 billion. The Eastern Cape, KZN, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Western Cape were not a challenge at this time, but the Free State, Gauteng, North West and Limpopo were problem provinces that would receive major attention. The Eastern Cape had spent 100%, but part of this expenditure had been spent on their accruals. Similarly, 75% of Free State’s budget had been spent on accruals. Gauteng and Limpopo had not done well. KZN had had an issue with the payment of accruals, thereby affecting its annual set target. Mpumalanga had remained consistent.  

In terms of metros, Ekhuruleni had yielded the desired results. She hoped that the support that would be given to Gauteng would improve the province’s performance. At the time of finalising the presented reports, the figures stood at 8.8% under-spending because they could be amended only once the metros had signed off their reports. The metros’ financial year-end was on 30 June, and due to the accrual system, they had until 31 August to pay off their accrual expenses. In light of this, the figures that had been presented to the Committee would change.

Ms Matlatsi concluded by saying that the provinces and municipalities continued to under-perform in all programmes in terms of the MTSF’s planned upgrading of informal settlements. The Department had proposed an amended grant framework to ensure that 50% of the USDG was spent on informal settlements. In order to address the underperformance of the provinces and municipalities in relation to the provision of title deeds, the Department had proposed a revision of the grant structure to allow for national leverage to influence performance. Furthermore, it had also proposed the ring-fencing of allocations for the catalytic projects, the Finance-Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLiSP), and the re-financing of the Human Settlements Development Bank. The Department had prepared and presented to the Ministers and Members of Executive Council (MinMec) a set of recommendations to allow for reallocations to improve the performance targets and outputs of both the HSDG and USDG. It had proposed that recovery plans for Limpopo, Gauteng, North-West and the Free-State be prepared for consideration by the Director-General, and this included possible reallocations.

Mr Chainee concluded by highlighting that that the poor performance could be attributed the metros. Some of the USDG funding had been allocated to libraries and for purchasing fire engines, where there had been a relationship between the purchasing of these engines and the response to fire alarms.



Mr H Mmemezi (ANC) said that the although the Department was not happy with the report, it was useful in providing the Committee with a view of the reality on the ground. He said that the property industry was still not transformed, and thus hoped that those who had been excluded during apartheid would be included once the Property Practitioners Bill was implemented. Referring to Mr Chainee’s concluding remarks, he argued that the problem was at the provincial level. Although the report was unacceptable, the Committee should give credit to those officials who were performing while condemning the non-performers. He asked what was being done with the officials who were not performing. The Department had to lead with the military veterans’ programmes.

Mr L Khoarai (ANC) asked what had caused the delay in the appointment of contractors for the military veterans’ programmes. With the Free State and Limpopo building houses above the established number of square meters, were the provinces still proceeding with the plan in this financial year? Which provinces had not set up steering committees?

Mr S Malatsi (DA) expressed concern over the consistent under-performance and under-spending. He had taken note of the proposed corrective measures, but asked what other recourse there was for the team to pursue if encouragement did not work. What was the status quo with regard to the allocation of 30% of work to companies which were led by military veterans? What was the cause of under-performance and under-delivery -- was it pure ineptitude or just a lack of capacity?  He expressed further concern over the consistently slow pace in delivering title deeds, but acknowledged the historical burden associated with this issue. Changing property ownership to black South Africans would be a breakthrough, but there seemed to be inaction and a slow pace. If accountability was an issue, was political intervention required?

Ms V Bam-Mugwanya (ANC) said that she was eager to see the Property Practitioners Bill, as it contributed to transformation. She sought clarity with regard to the Development Bank and Human Settlement Bank.  She asked what the Department should do with the provincial issue of service providers not being paid within 30 days, citing the Eastern Cape as an example of a province that had a problem with its failure to pay service providers which of led to service providers folding up because of non-payment.

Mr M Bara (DA) emphasised the importance of the Property Practitioners Bill in reconfiguring and transforming the country. He repeated Mr Mmemezi’s point on officials that were underperforming, adding that officials who were not performing should be dismissed. The Department could not justify under-performance and failure to deliver to the people of SA. Regarding the military veterans’ programmes, he sought clarity on what exactly the challenges were that the four non-performing provinces faced. He pointed out that there was a difference between not being able to perform due to constraints, and a lack of political will. To what extent was the military veterans’ housing project failure due to MVs themselves blocking these projects due to non-beneficiation? To what extent were MVs ensuring that they were deliberately frustrating the process? What guarantee did the Department have that MVs would be pleased with receiving smaller house when they knew that their colleagues had received bigger houses? On the issue of officials being seconded to underperforming provinces, how did the Department ensure that provinces were capacitated in the absence of the seconded officials?

Ms M Nkadimeng (ANC) recognised and applauded the Department for provinces that were delivering on their mandate, and agreed that under-performing provinces required support from the Department. On the issue of officials that were under performing, she said that those officials should be dealt with. The issue of title deeds required a solution within a specific time frame.

Ms M Mokause (EFF) said that the Department had mentioned a lot of challenges related to the payment of accruals. If this was a recurring problem, what was the Department’s solution? Were any steps being taken against provinces where money had been reallocated towards accruals? On the issue of non-performing provinces, the Committee required more information about the officials who were in these provinces.

Ms L Mnganga-Gcabashe (ANC) welcomed the performance of the five provinces. The Committee should applaud provinces that had been able to spent their allocated budgets. She expressed appreciation that the USDG that had been spent in metros, especially Buffalo City, Nelson Mandela Bay and Ethekwini. It was important for the national Department to support municipalities that had not been able to spend the USDG. It seemed as though metros that had been around longer were struggling to reach the 90% target. With the accruals, it might be an issue of misalignment of the financial year. Was it only administrative assistance that was required, or was political intervention also required? Limpopo eas a problem province -- what caused non-performance in this province? Serviced sites would be a solution to addressing housing delivery. Capacity was not an issue -- management was the issue. She asked whether performance appraisals were effective, and if not, then another tool should be found to deal with officials who were not performing. She concluded by commenting on the title deeds issue by suggesting that the national Department should categorise the backlog into two --  no norms and standards, and land issues that had not been resolved and financial plans had not been approved.

The Chairperson said that the Committee understood that the Free State and Eastern Cape issues had been brought up last year by the Director General. Their business plans had had to be delayed, but it did not take away from the fact that targets still needed to be met. She commented on the four underperforming provinces, and said that of these four, the North-West’s proposal should be in already. Had the province submitted its proposal?  She expressed worry about Gauteng and requested that the national Department should present an assistance plan for Gauteng when it came back to report on the second quarter. Limpopo was another concern, raising an issue regarding intervention and assisting provinces, of how provinces sustained themselves after the national Department had left? What was the long-term plan to ensure sustainability?

The Chairperson pointed out that the DHS had not met the set targets. This revealed a trend that provinces worked hard in the first quarter and started relaxing in the third and fourth quarter. The honesty which the presenters had displayed did not take away from the fact that targets had not been met. The Committee could not accept a report where so many targets had not been met, and she demanded that the report for the second quarter should show better results. The Committee had no knowledge of the 47 catalytic projects that the report referred to due to the report on catalytic projects being previously withdrawn at the last Portfolio Committee meeting, so the presenters could not report on catalytic projects which the Committee had no knowledge about.

The Chairperson reminded the DG that his team had previously presented a title deed restoration programme and had set up a team that had been appointed to deal with the title deed issue. However, there had not been feedback on the target of that recovery plan and team that had been put on place. She reiterated that the reports presented to the Committee must match the proposals and targets that the Department themselves had previously extablished.

Mr Chainee responded that in relation to overall performances with regards to the USDG and HSDG, the common denominator for provinces that were performing well was administrative ability at a management level. Stated that where there have been administrative changes, there had also been a regression the North West cited as an example that had had unstable management. Noted the issue on the Property Practioners bill and the Department would ensure that the Department meets the set time frame.

Department’s response

Mr Chainee responded to Mr Mmemezi’s comments on the provinces’ lack of performance, by arguing that the Department had adopted a hands-on approach. The Department was frustrated in terms of concurrency, legality and compliance. It had the ability to withholding funding and reallocate, but the process was subject to National Treasury approval, so it often took almost two months to stop the process and reallocate. The national DG had personally intervened in three projects. The issue of accountability had been raised with senior officials, and it was a responsibility of the DG to hold heads of departments (HODs) accountable.

He addressed Mr Khoarai’s question by saying that the delays in appointing the contractors for the MVs’ housing project had been held back over the requirement to meet the 30% target, but this should not be used as an excuse. Only KZN, Free State, Limpopo and the North West had MV steering committees, and the other provinces had a substantial amount of the backlog.

Responded to Mr Matlatsi, he said that there was a substantial amount of money going into planning, but the money was not being translated into delivery. There was a disconnect between the planning phase and translating it into serviced units and houses. The Free State was an example of a province that had no problem in spending the allocated budget, but this had not translated into delivery of houses. The key issue was not the spending, but the disconnect. The issue was projects planned and money spent on them, but there were substantial delays and the issue here could be the service consultants.

Regarding Ms Bam-Mugwanya’s question on payment to service providers, the Department took direct data from the housing subsidy system. There had been substantial efforts to bring the figure of non-payments to service providers down. The Department had also been careful to not interfere with the contractors’ payment processes.

He addressed the issue of the Human Settlements Development Bank delay by stating that the delay had been related to capitalisation -- for the bank to be effective, it should be capitalised. The Department had approached National Treasury as an alternative to provide a once-off capital amount, rather than reallocating USDG funds to the bank. Treasury had responded that this could be provided only once the legislation had been finalised. Mr Chainee hoped to have the legislation in place by 1 April 2018.

In relation to the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Grant, the Department conducted interventions within the legal constitutional national amendment to better prioritise money, because it realised it was difficult to find out what had been prioritised in metros for informal settlements.

He responded to Mr Bara’s concern about MV-owned companies and non-beneficiation by saying that the issue was to ensure that the Department was firm. There was a substantial amount of consultation and holding service consultants accountable.

The Department had seconded officials and identified officials that had the capacity, but the difficulty with the process was ensuring stable management. Officials had been seconded to assist in fast tracking the recruitment process for vacant positions, to ensure that there was not capacity gap.

Mr Chainee expressing his understanding with the Committees’ frustration over the title deeds issue. The solution that the Department had presented to National Treasury was the Schedule 5B grants, which would mean that the DHS would be able to contract service providers directly and hold them accountable. However, this proposal had not found favour with Treasury. The task team established by the DHS to deal with title deeds focused on issues beyond conveyancing -- it dealt with administrative blocks, township establishments and the conversion of agricultural land to townships in terms of Section 78. The DHS understood the importance of the title deeds, and its evaluation illustrated that the title deed process of giving people tenure had been the most successful of the housing programmes.

He responded to Ms Mokause by saying that accruals existed, and the issue was the translation into numbers. It was work in process. He reiterated the difference between the issues experienced in the Eastern Cape and Free State, as mentioned in the presentation. Gauteng had submitted its business plan and the Department was going through it. It had also received the North West’s recovery plan. In the case of Limpopo, the Director General had met with the Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) and the issue that had arisen from the meeting was that there were contractors who were employed, but lacked the capacity. The issue would be discussed with the province.

Regarding to the Department’s annual performance plan (APP) targets, he said that the APP had been changed to align with provinces’ needs. The Auditor General AG had been able to track delivery, so the APP in the reports was a reflection of the provinces’ performance.

Mr Chainee reassured the Chairperson that they would not shy away from being held accountable by Committee. To restore the public’s confidence in the Department, there needed to be a focus on informal settlements and title deeds, and it was committed to reaching its targets in those two areas. In relation to the issue raised about catalytic projects, the Department would liaise with the secretary for the projects to be presented with the Housing Development Agency (HDA).

Ms Matlatsi explained that idea behind the two schedules. The Schedule 5B grant would be an indirect grant that would be managed by the Department. It would ensure that the Department was ready and capacitated because if the grant was not spent, it would revert back to National Treasury. She said that the division of revenue boiled down to the two processes mentioned by Mr Chainee, which would take up to two to three months until the special Gazette was finalised. This Gazette then needed to be signed by the President to legalise the transfer.

The Department had agreed that in the new financial year, the Department would start early, within the first quarter, to take money away from provinces. It had started the process to redirect funds, and there had been squabbles between the MECs. The Director General had met with the MEC of Limpopo, as it had been one of the provinces considered for redirecting funds to other provinces. The redirection of the money would, however, be limited to provinces. It would not apply to metros, because the dynamics of the USDG did not allow money to be redirected to other metros unless National Treasury approved.

Ms Matlatsi reminded the Committee that accruals were payables that had to be paid regardless of whether they aligned with the financial year, because service providers had provided the service and in most instances accruals had yielded targets. The challenge therefore was in aligning targets with financial years. In cases where accruals from a previous financial year were paid in a new financial year, it compromised the targets for the year in which they were paid, thus also raising the issue of paying these service providers within the 30-day period.

When service providers were constituted as failures in the system, they were blacklisted. This resulted in them being taken out of the system and the Department cancelling their contracts. The under-performing provinces compromised the methods and structures that were in place. The challenge was that when the Department met with the provinces, there was dishonesty from them, as their reports did not correlate with their business plans. However, the Deputy Director General had recognised this issue.

In a nutshell, the Department had budgeted for the business case, together with G-Tech and National Treasury, to speed up the capitalisation of the Human Development Settlements Bank. The Department did not condone overspending, and instead promoted effective cash flow management. In most cases where there had been over-spending, a non-compliance letter was written because if the money was spent but not accounted for, it constituted an unauthorised transfer.

Ms Matlatsi said that the Department had conducted oversight with the provinces the previous day, and had picked up that the plans provided committee were thorough and realistic. The Department had stolen those plans, and was now going to reconcile the business plans they had with the ones submitted by the provinces. This was the challenge of the dishonesty that she had referred to earlier. The Department had noted the Committee’s requests and the information would be provided.

Ms Matlatsi concluded by addressing the issue of capacity. She acknowledged that the issue could not be discussed because 3% of the USDG had been allocated to capacity, and some of the provinces made use of it. Another challenge was the effective management of permanent staff, because the Department was reliant on the service contractors. There needed to be an alignment in that regard.

Chairperson said that she was sure that the Committee would agree that after recess, Gauteng and Limpopo had to come to present their challenges their MECs and staff. It was an issue that could not be delayed any more.

She concluded by asking Mr Chainee if the information he provided on the Property Practioners Bill had been sufficient, or if he wanted to provide more information to the Committee.   

Mr Chainee responded that the Department awaited approval from Cabinet, and following the approval it would be presented to the Committee.  

Committee minutes

The Committee adopted the minutes of the progress report on the Catalytic Project for 23 May 2017, as moved by Ms Nkadimeng and seconded by Mr Malatsi.

It adopted the minutes of 13 June, when the Department had presented its business plan for Gauteng and North West. Adoption was moved by Mr Mmemezi and seconded by Mr Bara.

Lastly, the minutes of 20 June, when the Department presented its business plan for the Free State and Eastern Cape were adopted, as moved by Mr Mmemezi and seconded by Ms Nkadimeng.

The meeting was adjourned. 

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