In a brief virtual meeting, the Portfolio Committee on Water met to consider its legacy report, annual report, and the minutes of previous meetings.
The Chairperson greeted the Committee and apologised for his poor connection, as he was on a bus on the way to Parliament.
Committee’s Draft Legacy Report
Ms Shereen Dawood, Committee Content Advisor, read through the legacy report on the Committee’s work over the Sixth Parliament. She read the background information for the report, and highlighted the work of the previous and the current Portfolio Committee. The report explained all the work done by the Committee. She asked Members to read through the report in their own time and email her if they would like to add or change anything.
The Chairperson asked Members to raise their hands if they would like to interact with the report.
Ms G Tseke (ANC) agreed with Ms Dawood that the report tabled was merely for consideration by Members. It was their responsibility to go through it in their own time to add things that they believed should be added. She agreed that the report should be prioritised in the new year. She believed that, for now, the report was good.
Mr A Tseki (ANC) agreed with Ms Tseke, and said that this was an important report that required the Committee to take it as a process.
Ms M Pietersen (ANC) agreed with Ms Tseke and Mr Tseki.
Ms N Sihlwayi (ANC) said that she appreciated the presentation of the report because it captured a lot of issues that the Committee had dealt with. She agreed with the previous speakers.
The Chairperson said that there were grammatical errors that needed correcting. He added that where the costs of meetings were mentioned, the report should highlight what was being referred to as physical meetings.
Ms Dawood assured him that the matter of costs for meetings would be addressed in the Committee’s annual report.
Committee's annual report
The Chairperson asked the Committee Secretary to read the 2023 annual activities report.
Ms Nosipho Bavuma, the Committee Secretary, read the report to the Committee.
The Chairperson asked that the tariff dates in the report be reconsidered.
Ms Sihlwayi said the report was well-planned and provided clarification of the work done by the Committee. She asked about the intention of a report of this nature, because she thought that the report would direct future Members on what should be done. If this was the case, the report lacked content of the “so what,” and how future Committees should move forward. She asked how someone would relate to and understand this report.
Ms M Matuba (ANC) suggested that this report should have been presented before the legacy report, because the information in this report, if adopted, would be incorporated into the legacy report.
Mr S Moore (DA) said that Mr Du Toit had not presented on the National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency Bill, and this should be made clear to ensure the quality of the report.
The Chairperson agreed that the annual report would be integrated into the legacy report, and there would be no need to go into the archives to get information.
He asked Members to vote for the adoption of the annual report.
Ms Tseke moved to adopt the report, and Ms Matuba seconded the motion, with amendments.
The Committee considered the minutes of 28 November.
Ms Tseke moved for their adoption, and Ms Matuba seconded.
The Committee considered the minutes of 1 December 2023.
Mr Tseki moved for their adoption, and was seconded by Ms Tseke.
The meeting was adjourned.
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