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SELECT COMMITTEE ON MEMBERS’ LEGISLATIVE
18 October 2006
DRAFT FOURTH TERM COMMITTEE PROGRAMME: ADOPTION
Chairperson: Mr F Adams (ANC) [Western Cape]
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Draft Fourth Term Committee Programme [please email email@example.com]
The Committee adopted its Draft Programme for the Fourth Term, without amendments. The Committee agreed to undertake a study tour to Australia. Members requested that future study tours include African states as well.
The Chairperson opened the meeting by requesting every Member to consider the Committee’s Draft Programme. He noted that no objections were raised.
The Chairperson said that the South African Parliament needed to consider the other countries that had similar legislative proposals and a similar system of proposals as South Africa. It appeared as though Australia and Germany were the two most likely countries for the Committee’s study tour.
Mr A Watson (DA) [Mpumalanga] agreed with the Chair. He was however of the view that Germany was more technologically advanced than South Africa. He believed that Australia would be more similar to the South African situation, especially with regard to aborigines and rural areas.
The Chair seconded the proposal that the Committee visit Australia
Mr J Le Roux (DA) [Eastern Cape] agreed as well.
Kgoshi L Mokoena (ANC) [Limpopo] expressed his full support for the proposal. He would like future study tours to include African states, because they were all looking at South Africa as the continent’s good example.
The Chair informed the Committee that African countries had been considered, with the most similar country being Kenya. Kenya was however plagued by corruption and fraud. There was however the possibility of a future visit to Nigeria, as it was one of the superpowers on the continent.
Mr A Moseki (ANC) [North West] suggested that the considered opinions of professors and professional researchers be secured when embarking on such study tours, as they understood the cultural and political nuances on the African continent.
Mr Le Roux asked the Chair to also consider Ghana for a future visit. He was of the view that much could be learnt from that country.
The Chair undertook to do so. He reiterated the Committee’s decision to visit Australia.
The meeting was adjourned.
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