The Committee convened to elect its Chairperson. Ms V Siwela (ANC) was nominated unopposed as Chairperson of the Committee. She accepted the nomination and declared Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development
The newly elected Chairperson thanked Members for her appointment and assured that she would continue to work hard to reach small business growth goals put forth by the Fifth Parliament. The Chairperson requested all Members’ participation in meetings and to work together regardless of party affiliation.
Election of Chairperson
The Committee Secretary, Mr King Kunene, welcomed everyone present and outlined the proceedings for electing the Chairperson per National Assembly Rule 158 (1) (a). The Rule is stated as follows: ‘A Committee must elect a Chairperson of the Committee’. The procedure outlines that the Committee Secretary would call for nominations and a seconder from the floor. If there is only one nomination, the nominee would be declared as Chairperson of the Committee. If there are multiple nominations, names of the nominees would be put to a vote by a show of hands. The nominee with a majority of votes would be declared Chairperson.
Mr Kunene reiterated the meeting was called in compliance with NA Rule 160 (1). This Rule states the Secretary must call a meeting within five days of the announcement of Committee Members.
Mr Kunene called for nominations.
Mr F Jacobs (ANC) nominated Ms V Siwela (ANC) as Chairperson of the Committee. Ms B Tlhomelang (ANC) seconded the nomination.
Ms Siwela accepted the nomination.
There were no other nominations and Ms Siwela was officially declared as Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development.
The Chairperson thanked all Members of the Committee and support staff. She reminded Committee Members to represent the people of South Africa and always act as the voice of the people. She encouraged everyone to participate in meetings regardless of party affiliation. The Chairperson underscored the importance of fruitful engagement regardless of political party.
Members congratulated the Chairperson and wished her luck in the new position.
The Committee Secretary called for a support staff training meeting later in the afternoon and underscored the importance of adopting the business development report before 12 July 2019.
Mr H Kruger (DA) requested the Committee schedule for the rest of the week. This was provided to the Member.
Mr T Langa (EFF) requested introductions and for all Members to introduce themselves.
The Chairperson reminded all Members of the tight schedule and to work diligently.
The meeting was adjourned.
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