Housing Amendment Bill: Voting and Committee Programme 2001

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PUCLIC SERVICE SELECT COMMITTEE

PUBLIC SERVICE SELECT COMMITTEE
26 March 2001
HOUSING AMENDMENT BILL: VOTING; COMMITTEE PROGRAMME 2001

Chairperson: Ms P Madojina (ANC)

Documents handed out:
Committee Programme 2001 (See Appendix)
Housing Amendment Bill as amended by the Select Committee [B7B-01]

SUMMARY
Committee members were reluctant to adopt New Clause, Clause 7 as proposed by the Department. However members voted for the Bill and the new version of Clause 7 was adopted.

The three main issues on the Committee Programme for 2001 were:
-To monitor the building and repairs of rural roads,
-To have training on the budget
-The overseas tour should focus on roads and transport

MINUTES
Mr M Narsoo, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Housing, introduced Mr R Thatcher, Director: Legal Affairs in the Department of Housing, and Mr S Netshitomboni, State Law Adviser in the Department of Justice.

Mr Thatcher read out the proposed amendments made by the Department for the Committee's consideration (see B7A-2001 for these amendments as they were adopted by the Committee.).

Mr E Surty (ANC, North-West) felt that the deleted clause (replaced with new clause 7) had protected people trying to improve their houses and municipalities embarking on the building of houses. He suggested the Department should be thinking around this when dealing with this clause because by deleting it they were eroding the rights of mortgagees and local governments.

Mr Thatcher responded that by deleting this clause they were leveling the playing field for all creditors.

Mr Surty asked if the Department was acting constitutionally when taking these rights. He suggested that if they delete the clause they should insert something to protect financial institutions.

Mr Dango observed that the intention of deleting this clause is good but asked how does one balance that?

Mr Surty's answer was "by not diminishing the rights of mortgagees and local governments".

Mr Narsoo conceded that the issues raised by the Committee are issues the Department takes seriously. The intention of the Bill is an attempt to protect the investments of the State from being abused.

The Chair called for members to vote on the Bill and new clause 7:
The Eastern Cape supported the Bill as well as the new amendment.
The Free State supported the Bill
KwaZulu-Natal supported the Bill
Mpumalanga supported the Bill
North-West, though not having a final mandate from the province, in principle they support the Bill
Northern Province supported the Bill
Gauteng supported the Bill
Western Cape also supported the Bill

The Bill was passed unanimously with amendments.

Committee Programme 2001
The committee went over the draft programme developed from the Stellenbosch workshop.

Mr Mokoena asked how they are going to monitor the building and repairs of rural roads.

Ms B Thompson (ANC, KwaZulu-Natal) replied that the Committee would have to take up the issue with whoever was responsible for that project.

Ms J Kgoali (ANC, Gauteng) suggested that the Committee Clerk should look around for appropriate trainers including NGOs who could train members on budget issues.

It was agreed that this training should take place a week before the budget vote in May.

The Chair asked what form the Committee's tour should take.

Ms J Kgoali said that based on the information gathered from their tour of the Eastern Cape last year, the overseas tour should focus on transport and roads.

The Chair reminded members that there was still outstanding business to finish with Ms S Drits (Department of Transport) on Aviation and Maritime, and Mr E Jacobs of the Department of Public Works on the Department's Poverty Alleviation programme and other programmes.

The meeting was adjourned.

Appendix 1:
Select Committee on Public Services : National Council of Provinces
Provisional Programme for 2001

KEY THEMES
Our programme for the year will revolve around:
Overseeing implementation of sustainable poverty alleviation projects;
Restructuring of Public Transport Management;
Inter-governmental relations of our cluster departments;
Road Safety Awareness;
Overseeing Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy;
Monitoring building/repairs of rural roads;
Ministers to table legislation one month after receipt in order to allow smooth consultation.

BUDGET
We need to link vision, aims, programmes and plans of Ministries and Departments more concertedly with the budget. We need to play our oversight role effectively.

Related to the above, we need to drastically improve our skills and technical abilities to evaluate the budget. We should organize a day training workshop that will focus on the above.

STUDY TOURS
It would be very useful for the Public Service Select Committee to visit a range of provinces on our line function.

Pending on resources, consideration should be given to organizing study tours abroad.

LEGISLATION
In terms of the three (3) cluster Departments' programmes we expect the following legislation this year:

Housing
Housing Amendment Bill [B7-2001] - scheduled for plenary on March 27 2001;
Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Amendment Bill - being drafted;
Community Reinvestment Bill - introduction to Parliament in September;
Disestablishment of South African Housing Trust Bill - being drafted and will be submitted to Cabinet next month, i.e., February;
Social Housing Bill - still in drafting process;
Regulation under the Home Loan and Mortgage Disclosure Act - being drafted.

Transport
The following legislation will be introduced in the second quarter of the year:
Rail Safety Regulator Bill;
Airports Company of South Africa Bill;
National Ports Bill;

The following Bills are envisaged to be tabled during the second semester of the Parliamentary programme:
National maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue Bill;
Cross - Boarder Road Transport Agency Amendment Bill;
Amendment to the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1966)
Amendment to the South African National roads Agency Limited and national Roads Act, 1998 (Act No. 7 of 1998)
Tow Truck Bill;
International Air Services Act (1949) Amendment Bill;
Civil Aviation Authority Act (19998) Amendment Bill;
Search and Rescue Bill;
Civil Aviation Offences Bill;
Railways Bill;
Designation of Airports Amendments Bill;
Aircraft Noise and Engine Emission Bill;
International Carriage by Air Amendment Bill;
Safe Containers Convention Bill;
Carriage of Passengers and Luggage by Sea Bill;
Bill to revise chapter IV of the Merchant Shipping Act and to implement ILO instruments;

Bill to implement 1992 CLC and Fund Protocols;

Bill to implement 1988 SOLAS and Load - Line Protocols;

General Amendment Bill (intended to tidy up a range of small and separate issues in all transport areas)


Public Works
There is no legislation envisaged for this year. The bulk of the legislation was passed last year.

IMPLEMENTATION OF PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK
According to Public Finance Management Act, we are expected to receive reports form the Departments on monthly basis in order to exercise our oversight function effectively.

Housing

PROGRAMME

ACTIVITY

PERFORMANCE


1. National Housing Programme


Housing Subsidy


Quantity, Quality and Size - Monitoring and Supervision


2. National Multi-Year Housing Plan


Provincial Government Interventions


Social Impact Improvements - Monitoring and Supervison


3. Integrated Development Planning


Networking with Local Councils


Inter-Governmental Co-operation


4. Women Empowerment


Women Led Building Construction Companies


Capacity Building and Development


Emerging Contractor Development


Central Data Capturing and Placement


Job Creation "Sustainability"


Transport

PROGRAMME

ACTIVITY

PERFORMANCE


Road Safety


Infrastructure Development


Building of Roads


Arrive Alive

Campaign


Public Awareness

"Sustainability"


Piece of Legislation to be amended - RAF to avail funding


Public Transport Restructuring


Safety and Funding Capacity Building


Piece of Legislation Needed


Road Traffic Management


Upgrade of Boarder Road sections and Road Infrastructure Development


Establishment of Co-operatives


Aviation and Maritime Management


Enable Government to take the Decision on King Shaka Airport.
Completion of Regulatory Framework for the Efficient Management of Ports


Promote Tourism, Exports and Potential Reduction in Airfares.
Policy and Legislation


Public Transport Management


Restructuring of Transport Networks


Restructuring Progress of Transnet, Spoornet, Portnet, SAA, Freight Dynamics and Metrorail


Integrated Development Planning


Tapping of Overlapping Projects, e.g. roads and poverty alleviation


Inter-Departmental Consultation

 

 

 


Public Works

PROGRAMME

ACTIVITY

PERFORMANCE


Rapid Delivery Programme


Rural Infrastructure Development


Construction of rural access roads/bridges and Upgrading of schools, clinics, crèches, taxi ranks, community halls and centers and other refurbishments.


Community Production Centres


Rehabilitation of Productive Infrastructure - Irrigation Schemes


Wealth Creation Opportunities through provision of direct employment, food and income to the farming communities - Alleviating Poverty


Multi-Purpose Centres


Multi-Service Delivery and Multi Administration Service Provision - One Stop Service Centre within rural areas for government services to communities


Easy Access to service rendering facilities such as Post Office, Pension Paypoint, Creche, Library, Clinic as well as administrative needs, e.g. Birth and Death Certificates


Clean and Green Programme


Waste management


Public / Private Partnerships (PPP's)


HIV/AIDS Infrastructure Support Programme


Infrastructure Development


Co-ordination among State Departments to complement and support the Government's Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy (ISRDS).


Black Economic Empowerment


Capacity building and/or Support of Emerging Contractors


Job Creation - permanent / temporal (women participation)


7. District Municipalities


Fund Allocations


Capacity Assessment - Link up with Education and Training Institutions such as Abet


Government Wide Asset Management


Asset and Property Management Framework


Asset Register


Poverty Alleviation Projects


Capital Works (including planned maintenance)


Sustainability and Monitoring


NOT A FINAL PROGRAMME
As the year progresses, we will, of course, fine-tune our programme. You are welcomed to make suggestions in this regard.

There is a lot for us to do! Let us do much of it as possible!

26 March 2001
PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

DATE

ACTIVITY

Monday, 26 March

Eastern Cape Provincial Visit Report
Strategic Planning Workshop (Provisional Programme): Finalization
Housing Amendment Bill [B7-2001]: Finalization and Voting

Tuesday, 27 March

Plenary: Housing Amendment Bill [B7-2001]

Wednesday, 4 April

Training Workshop on Budget

Monday, 9 April -
Friday, 13 April

LEAVE PERIOD

Monday, 16 April -
Friday, 4 May

CONSTITUENCY PERIOD

Wednesday, 9 May

Briefing on Budget Vote No.32: [Transport]

Friday, 11 May

Legislation: [Briefing by the Department Concerned]

Tuesday, 15 May

Policy Debate on Budget Vote No. 32: [Transport] - Provisional

Wednesday, 16 May

Public Works Department: [Briefing]

Thursday, 17 May -
Friday, 18 May

Legislation: [Negotiating Mandates, if need be] - Provinces


Monday, 21 May

Legislation [Consideration of Negotiating Mandates]

Wednesday, 23 May

Briefing on Budget Vote No. 16: [Housing]

Thursday, 24 May -
Friday, 25 May

Legislation: [Final Mandates, if need be] - Provinces

Wednesday, 30 May

Legislation: [Finalization and Voting]

Thursday, 31 May

Policy Debate on Budget Vote No 16: [Housing]

Friday, 1 June

Public Works Department: [Briefing]

Wednesday, 6 June

Legislation [Briefing by Department Concerned]

Friday, 8 June

Public Works Department: [Briefing]

Thursday, 14 June -
Friday, 15 June

Legislation: [Negotiating Mandates, if need be] - Provinces

Wednesday, 20 June

Legislation: [Consideration of Negotiating Mandates]

Thursday, 21 June -
Friday, 22 June

Legislation: [Final Mandates, if need be] - Provinces

Monday, 25 June

Legislation: [Finalization and Voting]

Wednesday, 27 June

Public Works Department: [Briefing]


NB: The exact details of the Programme thereafter depend on when exactly legislation is introduced to Parliament and the nature of the legislation. Besides legislation we will also be addressing the issues referred to in the overall Programme and any urgent issues that may arise.

Select Committee on Public Services
National Council of Provinces

Provisional Programme for 2001

KEY THEMES
Our programme for the year will revolve around:

Overseeing implementation of sustainable poverty alleviation projects;
Restructuring of Public Transport Management;
Inter-governmental relations of our cluster departments;
Road Safety Awareness;
Overseeing Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy;
Monitoring building/repairs of rural roads;
Ministers to table legislation one month after receipt in order to allow smooth consultation.

BUDGET
We need to link vision, aims, programmes and plans of Ministries and Departments more concertedly with the budget. We need to play our oversight role effectively.

Related to the above, we need to drastically improve our skills and technical abilities to evaluate the budget. We should organize a day training workshop that will focus on the above.

STUDY TOURS
It would be very useful for the Public Service Select Committee to visit a range of provinces on our line function.

Pending on resources, consideration should be given to organizing study tours abroad.

LEGISLATION
In terms of the three (3) cluster Departments' programmes we expect the following legislation this year:

Housing
Housing Amendment Bill [B7-2001] - scheduled for plenary on March 27 2001;
Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Amendment Bill - being drafted;

Community Reinvestment Bill - introduction to Parliament in September;

Disestablishment of South African Housing Trust Bill - being drafted and will be submitted to Cabinet next month, i.e., February;

Social Housing Bill - still in drafting process;

Regulation under the Home Loan and Mortgage Disclosure Act - being drafted.

Transport
The following legislation will be introduced in the second quarter of the year:
Rail Safety Regulator Bill;
Airports Company of South Africa Bill;
National Ports Bill;

The following Bills are envisaged to be tabled during the second semester of the Parliamentary programme:
National maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue Bill;
Cross - Boarder Road Transport Agency Amendment Bill;
Amendment to the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1966)
Amendment to the South African National roads Agency Limited and national Roads Act, 1998 (Act No. 7 of 1998)

Tow Truck Bill;
International Air Services Act (1949) Amendment Bill;
Civil Aviation Authority Act (19998) Amendment Bill;
Search and Rescue Bill;
Civil Aviation Offences Bill;
Railways Bill;
Designation of Airports Amendments Bill;
Aircraft Noise and Engine Emission Bill;
International Carriage by Air Amendment Bill;
Safe Containers Convention Bill;
Carriage of Passengers and Luggage by Sea Bill;
Bill to revise chapter IV of the Merchant Shipping Act and to implement ILO instruments;
Bill to implement 1992 CLC and Fund Protocols;
Bill to implement 1988 SOLAS and Load - Line Protocols;
General Amendment Bill (intended to tidy up a range of small and separate issues in all transport areas)

Public Works
There is no legislation envisaged for this year. The bulk of the legislation was passed last year.

IMPLEMENTATION OF PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT FARMEWORK
According to Public Finance Management Act, we are expected to receive reports form the Departments on monthly basis in order to exercise our oversight function effectively.

Housing

PROGRAMME

ACTIVITY

PERFORMANCE


1. National Housing Programme


Housing Subsidy


Quantity, Quality and Size - Monitoring and Supervision


2. National Multi-Year Housing Plan


Provincial Government Interventions


Social Impact Improvements - Monitoring and Supervison


3. Integrated Development Planning


Networking with Local Councils


Inter-Governmental Co-operation


4. Women Empowerment


Women Led Building Construction Companies


Capacity Building and Development


Emerging Contractor Development


Central Data Capturing and Placement


Job Creation "Sustainability"


Transport

PROGRAMME

ACTIVITY

PERFORMANCE


Road Safety


Infrastructure Development


Building of Roads


Arrive Alive

Campaign


Public Awareness

"Sustainability"


Piece of Legislation to be amended - RAF to avail funding


Public Transport Restructuring


Safety and Funding Capacity Building


Piece of Legislation Needed


Road Traffic Management


Upgrade of Boarder Road sections and Road Infrastructure Development


Establishment of Co-operatives


Aviation and Maritime Management


Enable Government to take the Decision on King Shaka Airport.
Completion of Regulatory Framework for the Efficient Management of Ports


Promote Tourism, Exports and Potential Reduction in Airfares.
Policy and Legislation


Public Transport Management


Restructuring of Transport Networks


Restructuring Progress of Transnet, Spoornet, Portnet, SAA, Freight Dynamics and Metrorail


Integrated Development Planning


Tapping of Overlapping Projects, e.g. roads and poverty alleviation


Inter-Departmental Consultation

 

 

 


Public Works

PROGRAMME

ACTIVITY

PERFORMANCE


Rapid Delivery Programme


Rural Infrastructure Development


Construction of rural access roads/bridges and Upgrading of schools, clinics, crèches, taxi ranks, community halls and centers and other refurbishments.


Community Production Centres


Rehabilitation of Productive Infrastructure - Irrigation Schemes


Wealth Creation Opportunities through provision of direct employment, food and income to the farming communities - Alleviating Poverty


Multi-Purpose Centres


Multi-Service Delivery and Multi Administration Service Provision - One Stop Service Centre within rural areas for government services to communities


Easy Access to service rendering facilities such as Post Office, Pension Paypoint, Creche, Library, Clinic as well as administrative needs, e.g. Birth and Death Certificates


Clean and Green Programme


Waste management


Public / Private Partnerships (PPP's)


HIV/AIDS Infrastructure Support Programme


Infrastructure Development


Co-ordination among State Departments to complement and support the Government's Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy (ISRDS).


Black Economic Empowerment


Capacity building and/or Support of Emerging Contractors


Job Creation - permanent / temporal (women participation)


7. District Municipalities


Fund Allocations


Capacity Assessment - Link up with Education and Training Institutions such as Abet


Government Wide Asset Management


Asset and Property Management Framework


Asset Register


Poverty Alleviation Projects


Capital Works (including planned maintenance)


Sustainability and Monitoring

NOT A FINAL PROGRAMME
As the year progresses, we will, of course, fine-tune our programme. You are welcomed to make suggestions in this regard.

There is a lot for us to do! Let us do much of it as possible!
26 March 2001


PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

DATE

ACTIVITY

Monday, 26 March

Eastern Cape Provincial Visit Report
Strategic Planning Workshop (Provisional Programme): Finalization
Housing Amendment Bill [B7-2001]: Finalization and Voting

Tuesday, 27 March

Plenary: Housing Amendment Bill [B7-2001]

Wednesday, 4 April

Training Workshop on Budget

Monday, 9 April -
Friday, 13 April

LEAVE PERIOD

Monday, 16 April -
Friday, 4 May

CONSTITUENCY PERIOD

Wednesday, 9 May

Briefing on Budget Vote No.32: [Transport]

Friday, 11 May

Legislation: [Briefing by the Department Concerned]

Tuesday, 15 May

Policy Debate on Budget Vote No. 32: [Transport] - Provisional

Wednesday, 16 May

Public Works Department: [Briefing]

Thursday, 17 May -
Friday, 18 May

Legislation: [Negotiating Mandates, if need be] - Provinces


Monday, 21 May

Legislation [Consideration of Negotiating Mandates]

Wednesday, 23 May

Briefing on Budget Vote No. 16: [Housing]

Thursday, 24 May -
Friday, 25 May

Legislation: [Final Mandates, if need be] - Provinces

Wednesday, 30 May

Legislation: [Finalization and Voting]

Thursday, 31 May

Policy Debate on Budget Vote No 16: [Housing]

Friday, 1 June

Public Works Department: [Briefing]

Wednesday, 6 June

Legislation [Briefing by Department Concerned]

Friday, 8 June

Public Works Department: [Briefing]

Thursday, 14 June -
Friday, 15 June

Legislation: [Negotiating Mandates, if need be] - Provinces

Wednesday, 20 June

Legislation: [Consideration of Negotiating Mandates]

Thursday, 21 June -
Friday, 22 June

Legislation: [Final Mandates, if need be] - Provinces

Monday, 25 June

Legislation: [Finalization and Voting]

Wednesday, 27 June

Public Works Department: [Briefing]


NB: The exact details of the Programme thereafter depend on when exactly legislation is introduced to Parliament and the nature of the legislation. Besides legislation we will also be addressing the issues referred to in the overall Programme and any urgent issues that may arise.

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