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TRANSPORT PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
1 June 2005
COMMITTEE PROGRAMME PLANNING
Documents handed out:
Committee Vision 2005
Road Accident Fund Amendment Bill: Department’s version as of 1 June 2005
International Maritime Organisation: Convention for Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation
Explanatory Memorandum: Bilateral Air Services Agreement between RSA and Libya
Draft Committee Report on Department Budget (Draft not to be released to public)
The Committee Report on the Department budget that was supposed to have been discussed at this meeting, had not been completed. The Committee agreed to discuss the completed budget report by the end of the month. Members resolved to push back their other objectives in favour of supporting Public Transport Month in October. They decided to visit Gauteng and Limpopo on their oversight visits.
The Committee agreed to review the Libyan and South African Bilateral Agreement on Air Services, and the International Maritime Organisation Convention for Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation. If any Members had grievances about these, a meeting would be scheduled to discuss counter-proposals.
As the Committee report on the Department budget was not complete, the Chairperson highlighted the other programmes with which the Committee was falling behind. The Chairperson set the deadline for the Department budget report for the end of June. He suggested that the Committee solicit the Finance and Fiscal Commission (FFC) to do a presentation to the Committee to help them to produce a comprehensive budget report.
The Committee discussed their Vision for 2005. They had decided to have hearings based on the National Commuter Survey and to write a substantial report for tabling in Parliament. The Chairperson raised that the Department had not released the National Commuter Survey because there were problems with Stats SA. They had decided to only produce the report at the end of the year.
The Committee agreed to actively support Public Transport Month in October 2005. Consequently they pushed back the Freight Logistics Report to the beginning of next year. They decided to push back oversight work on freight logistics in favour of other public transport concerns.
They moved on to Committee oversight visits. They would visit the MEC for Transport in Gauteng, the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg and his Transport Department; the Executive Mayor of Tswane (they wanted to see if the metropole’s and the province’s strategies were aligned in Gauteng); the MEC for Transport Limpopo; and the Mayor of Polokwane. They would use information unearthed from these visits to write a substantial report. The Chairperson said these meetings were not designed for raising grievances, but instead to explain the Committee’s role and how policies affected provinces and cities.
The Chairperson explained that they only had to note the Libyan Convention. The treaty had already been signed so there was nothing that could be done to change it, but they could raise grievances. The Chairperson instructed Members to read through the Treaty. If they found problems, the Committee would call a joint meeting with the Department of Security to discuss counter-proposals.
The meeting was adjourned.
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