Public Service Amendment Bill: Deliberations; Oudtshoorn Municpality Oversight Vist Report: Adoption

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION SELECT COMMITTEE

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION SELECT COMMITTEE
11 September 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE AMENDMENT BILL: DELIBERATIONS;  OUDTSHOORN  MUNICPALITY OVERSIGHT VIST REPORT: ADOPTION

Chairperson:
Mr S Shiceka (ANC, Gauteng)

Documents handed out:
Public Service Amendment Bill [B31B-2006]
Public Service Amendment Bill: Clause-By-Clause Explanations

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SUMMARY
Four Members indicated that they did not fully understand the Bill. It was decided that the Department of Public Service and Administration would be requested to brief those individuals on the Bill once again before Members briefed their provinces on 10 and 11 October. The Committee adopted its Report on the Oudtshoorn oversight visit, without amendments.

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Public Service Amendment Bill
The Chairperson reminded Members of the importance of processing the Bill expeditiously, as they would have to report to provinces on 10 and 11 October. An advertisement would be placed in the media inviting public input on the Bill. He then asked the State Law Advisers if there was any law preventing the Committee from reporting to the provinces and the public input concurrently.

Adv Z Adhikari (Parliamentary Legal Adviser) responded that there was no such law, and therefore the Committee could run the two processes concurrently.

The Chairperson further clarified that the intention of the meeting was to see if the committee members were ready to present the Bill to their provinces. It was very important that Members understood the Bill fully so they would be able to deal with questions. He reminded Members that the Committee had dealt with the Bill conclusively, and wanted to know if there were any Members who did not feel they understood it fully.

A female Member of the Committee and Mr N Mack (ANC, Western Cape) said they did not feel confident enough yet, and would appreciate another briefing by the Department of Public Service and Administration.

The Chairperson proposed that the Members who did not yet understand the Bill fully be given individual attention by the Department soon. The Committee Secretary would organize the briefing. Four Members felt they needed another briefing by the Department.

Oudtshoorn Report
The Chairperson briefly explained to the Committee the situation at the Oudsthoorn Municipality. When he and the provincial leadership went to Oudsthoorn Municipality the community felt a need for government intervention. They indicated that a new Municipal Manager had been appointed, along with 57 other managers. The feeling was that the municipal council could now run itself but there was still a need for the provincial government to intervene with regards to economic development, as the area was still very poor.

Mr A Moseki (ANC, North West) proposed that the report be adopted, as it covered every aspect of the trip, which Mr Mack seconded.

The Committee adopted the report without amendments, and the meeting was adjourned.

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