The Committee met to finalise its Report on the Western Cape Appropriation Bill (B1 -2020) Vote 5: Education. The ANC and Al Jama-Ah expressed its minority view and did not support the Vote.
Committee minutes dated 30 October 2019, 27 November 2019 and 4 February 2020 were adopted.
It was announced Committees would be suspended from 20 March to 20 April due to the Corona virus outbreak.
The Committee briefly discussed its programme for the next term.
The Committee adopt its oversight Report where it was stated there would be a workshop held in relation to the Report once the Committees resume work.
Further Committee Reports were adopted.
The Chairperson noted the Committee would today adopt outstanding minutes and to adopt the Committee Report on Vote 5: Education in the Schedule to the Western Cape Appropriation, 2020.
The Chairperson read the Report and asked Members for their vote on it.
Mr G Bosman (DA) voted in support of the Report while Mr G Brinkhuis (Al Jama-Ah) and Mr M Sayed (ANC) voted against it.
The Chairperson noted the minority view of the ANC and Al Jama-Ah.
The Chairperson highlighted Al Jama-Ah did not have full membership in the Committee and thus had no voting powers, although it was free to express its opinion on Committee matters.
Mr Brinkhuis requested the opinion of Al Jama-Ah be recorded even though it does not have permanent membership.
The Chairperson said the opinion of Al Jama-Ah would be recorded but will not appear in the Report since there was a vote on the report that Al Jama-Ah could not be a part of.
Ms N Makamba-Botya (EFF) stated that her apology for being unable to attend the meeting was not reflected in the Report.
The Chairperson said the apology should have been recorded – it will be added to the amendments.
Mr R Allen (DA) moved for the adoption of the Report. This was seconded by Mr Bosman.
The Committee Report on Vote 5 in the schedule to the Western Cape Appropriations Bill, 2020, was adopted.
Committee minutes dated 30 October 2019
Minutes were adopted without amendment
Committee minutes dated 27 November 2019
Minute were adopted without amendment.
Committee minutes dated 4 February 2020
Mr Sayed made a grammatical correction on point 4.3.
Mr F Christians (ACDP) asked for an apology to be recorded for his absence.
The minutes were adopted with amendments.
The Chairperson moved to the Report of 15 November 2019, requesting Members make amendments.
Mr Allen recommended the abbreviation “MOD” centres be spelled out for readers to understand.
The Report was adopted with amendments.
Committee Report on the Walking Bus Programme
Mr Sayed said it should be added to the Report that there was an absence of the Ward Councillor’s presence in the Walking Bus project and the Councillor just came to take photographs and leave.
Mr Allen added a recommendation to the Report, to Acknowledgement Point 4, that it should be stated that the Mayors need to encourage Ward Councillors to take part in the Walking Bus programme in order to create effective engagements.
The Procedural Officer read out the recommendation to be added and confirmed it will be amended to the Report.
The Report was adopted with amendments.
The Chairperson informed Members that the business of Committees will be suspended as of 20 March 2020 to 20 April 2020. The Committee meeting scheduled for 7 April 2020 would be moved to 21 April 2020. She asked the Procedural Officer to look into the issue of communication sent to Members as she was not sure they had received the communication.
The Committee would be going to George for the by-election on 13 May 2020 and there would be a Committee meeting on 12 May 2020. She thus requested that the programme for the meeting set for 19 May 2020, be moved to 12 May 2020 so as to enable easier travelling for Members.
Mr Bosman highlighted that the by-election had been moved from the date of 13 May 2020 and so the Committee could stick to its original schedule.
The Chairperson acknowledged the input by Mr Bosman and stated that the Committee schedule would thus remain as it were, on that regard.
Committee Oversight Report
The Chairperson said the Report was lengthy and she was not sure if Members had enough time to go through it. She asked Members to give recommendations on the Report if they had gone through it.
Mr Bosman asked that his name be added to the Report as it did not appear.
Mr Allen inquired about the workshop stipulated on page 22, point 14 – would the workshop still be going ahead in the light of the new changes made to the Committee schedule?
Mr Sayers, on page four and five, highlighted that point 4.3.5 had a factual inaccuracy and proposed a change be made to it so that it becomes factually accurate.
Mr Christians stated points 4.1.9 and 4.3.1 should be switched around in order on the Report because the discussion on 4.3.1 had to appear before the one in 4.1.9.
Mr Christians suggested the Report be adopted with the recommendations and the workshop shall be held at a later stage, as opposed to the Committee waiting for the workshop before adopting the Report.
The Chairperson introduced an amendment to page 10, point 6.3.2 - the point spoke of a committee and she suggested the Report make it clear this referred to a school committee in order to avoid confusion.
She stated that on point 9.3.1, the briefing should include the SA Qualification Authority (SAQA) and specify the certificate the leaner obtained when they completed a four year course of school. On point 9.3.4, she said the discussion of training of teachers should be included.
The Committee Oversight Report was adopted with amendments.
The Chairperson then asked for everyone present to introduce themselves for record since this was omitted at the start of the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned.
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