Science and Technology Budget: Committee Report

Science and Technology

08 May 2018
Chairperson: Ms L Maseko (ANC)
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Meeting Summary

The Committee met briefly to consider the final draft Report of the Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology on Budget Vote No 30. The Committee made no further amendments to the document and it was approved. It was agreed that the report was a fair representation of the discussions that took place. The DA and EFF reserved their rights and did not approve the report.

Meeting report

Mr N Koornhof (ANC) informed members that the Chairperson was running late but asked that the Committee begin considering the report until she arrived.

All members of the Committee agreed.

Committee Report on Science and Technology Budget

Mr Koornhof guided the Committee through the report page by page. No new amendments to the report were made by members.

The Chairperson arrived and apologised for her late arrival.

Mr Koornhof informed the Chairperson that the Committee had agreed to go through the report in her absence and that there were no amendments made so far.

The Chairperson thanked Mr Koornhof. She then asked members for their input on the recommendations.

Ms C King (DA) said that she found the report to be perfectly laid out and that there was nothing new to add to it. However, she said that she reserves the right to approve of the report.

Dr S Thembekwayo (EFF) agreed that there was nothing new to add to the report. She also reserved the right to approve of it.

Ms N Ndongeni (ANC) said that there was nothing to add to the recommendations in the report.

Mr Koornhof commented that it is a very fair report and it is critical with regards to funding.

The Chairperson said that she also thinks it is fair and that it highlights the issues raised during engagement with the Department, entities and the Minister. Further, it was good that the report highlights the response from National Treasury.

The Chairperson informed the Committee that there is a need to monitor and oversee the progress of the recommendations. She noted that it is difficult to prescribe time periods because of external factors beyond their control. She thanked Members for engaging on the report and asked whether it can be formally adopted.

Mr Koornhof agreed with formally adopting the report.

Ms Ndongeni seconded the motion to adopt the report.

The Chairperson announced the adoption of the report and adjourned the meeting.

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