Hearings on the 2004/05 Annual Reports of the 15 Water Boards: preparation

Water and Sanitation

14 March 2006
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WATER AFFAIRS AND FORESTRY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
15 March 2006
HEARINGS ON THE 2004/05 ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE 15 WATER BOARDS: PREPARATION

Acting Chairperson: Ms S Maine (ANC)

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Opening and Welcome
The Acting Chairperson, Ms S Maine, took the chair and welcomed Members to the Portfolio Committee on Water Affairs & Forestry. She reported that the Chairperson, Ms CC September, was away by an invitation by the Minister of Water Affairs & Forestry, to the Fourth Word Conference on Water in Mexico. She then stated that the purpose of the meeting was to prepare for the upcoming hearings on the 2004/05 Annual Reports of the fifteen (15) Water Boards scheduled to take place on the 22 and 24 March 2006. In preparation for the hearings, Ms S Dawood, briefed Members on the Water Boards. She further raised a concern with regard to Mr ZJ Kati’s health.

Presentation by the Researcher on a brief background on the Water Boards
Ms S Dawood, the Researcher, provided Members with a brief overview on the Water Boards. By way of enabling Members to monitor and conduct its oversight function over the Executive and its Public Entities, she prepared leading questions that will enhance the capacity of Members to interrogate the Annual Reports of the Water Boards.

Mr ZJ Kati’s health
As the Whip of the Committee, Ms Maine, raised her reservations with regard to the health of Mr Kati. She informed Members that she will take up the matter with the Office of the Chief Whip of the Majority Party, Mr Goniwe, and will suggest to him, if Mr Kati could not be given an early retirement due to medical reasons. She said that she would report back to Members on the outcome of the meeting with the Chief Whip.

Closure
The meeting adjourned at 10:30.

Signed on behalf of the Committee.

-------------------------------------                                                                       ------------------                  Ms S Maine                                                                   Date
Acting Chairperson:
PC on Water Affairs & Forestry

Present
African National Congress

Ms M S Maine
Mr Z J Kati
Ms TE Lishivha
Mr TDH Ramphele
Mr AK Moonsamy

Democratic Alliance
Ms J A Semple

Inkatha Freedom Party
Mr DV Mabuyakhulu
Mr M W Sibuyana

Apologies
Mr JD Arendse (ANC)
Ms MNS Manana (ANC)
Ms S N Sigcau (UDM)
Mr PHK Ditshetelo (UCDP)
Mr LW Greyling (ID)

The following persons were in attendance:
DWAF Parliamentary Liaison Officer

Mr T Brutus

Committee Researcher
Ms S Dawood

Committee Assistant
Ms O Siebritz

Committee Secretary
Mr Steve Morometsi


 

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