The Committee met to elect the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements - Ms Semenya was elected unopposed.
The Chairperson thanked Members for their support and having confidence in her. She told Members that the Committee must strive to do better and serve the country at large. She also said that she is committed to changing the lives of the people of South Africa
The committee Secretary welcomed members to the virtual meeting and read out the agenda. The purpose of the meeting was to elect the Committee Chairperson. Rule 158 of the National Assembly Rules requires that before the Committee can be constituted, there is a need to elect the Chairperson.
The Secretary asked for Members to make nominations.
Ms M Tseki (ANC) nominated Ms R Semenya (ANC).
Mr Malatji (ANC) seconded the nomination.
The Committee Secretary confirmed there were no further nominations.
She declared Ms Semenya the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements.
The Chairperson thanked Members for their support and having confidence in her. She told Members that the Committee must strive to do better and serve the country at large. She also said that she is committed to changing the lives of the people of South Africa. She thanked the previous Minister for the work and also welcomed the new Minister in absentia.
Ms N Sihlwayi (ANC) congratulated Ms Semenya as the new Chairperson and said that the Committee looks forward to working with her. It is the mandate and responsibility of the Committee to change the conditions of South Africans. Ms Sihlwayi reminded the Chairperson that social change is of importance and Members believed in the capabilities of the Chairperson.
Ms E Powell (DA) asked about the process of requesting programmes because she had sent emails before without any acknowledgement.
The Chairperson responded that a Committee programme was adopted before but Members are more than welcome to send items that they wish to have on the programme and these issues would be discussed in the next meeting. The Chairperson highlighted the importance of keeping time during the term because the Committee has a lot to achieve but they will do their best to cover everything.
Ms Powell asked if the general Committee days are going to be changed from the previous portfolio.
The Chairperson responded that Members would be briefed on which days the Committee will meet because she also had to confirm with the Committee Secretary.
The Committee Secretary told Members that she was still waiting for the confirmation of days and once that was done she would communicate with Members.
The Chairperson thanked Members for attending the meeting.
Meeting was adjourned.
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