NCOP Communications and Public Enterprise

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Oversight responsibility of Labour and Public Enterprises Select Committee

This Select Committee is responsible for oversight of the Departments of:

Public Enterprises

Communications

Science and Technology

Telecommunications and Postal Services


THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES IN PARLIAMENT (provided by Parliament)
The two houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, conduct their work in plenary sessions (where Members of a house meet together in one group), in joint sittings (where Members of both houses meet as one group), and in Committees (smaller groups of Members).

Working in Committees allows Parliament to:
Increase the amount of work that can be done
Ensure that issues can be debated in more detail than in plenary sessions
Increase the level of participation of Members of Parliament (MPs) in discussions
Enable MPs to develop expertise and in-depth knowledge of the specific Committee's area of work
Provide a platform for the public to present views directly to MPs, something which is not possible in a plenary sitting of Parliament
Provide an environment for Parliament to hear evidence and collect information related to the work of a specific Committee.
Committees are, in general, proportionally representative of the parties in Parliament. Committee meetings are open to the public, but may be closed if there is a good reason to do so.

The different committees have one or more of the following functions:
They monitor and oversee the work and budgets of national government departments and hold them accountable
They consider and amend Bills, and may initiate Bills
They consider private members' and provincial legislative proposals and special petitions
They consider international treaties and agreements
They examine specifi c areas of public life or matters of public interest
They take care of domestic parliamentary issues Committees have the power to summon any person to appear before them, give evidence or produce documents. They may require any person or institution to report to them. Committees may also receive petitions, representations or submissions from the public. Each Committee is headed by a Chairperson.

THE DIFFERENT COMMITTEES OF PARLIAMENT

Portfolio Committees
The National Assembly (NA) appoints from among its members a number of Portfolio Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments.

The role of Portfolio Committees is to:
consider Bills,
deal with departmental budget votes,
oversee the work of the department they are responsible for, and enquire and make recommendations about any aspect of the department, including its structure, functioning and policy.

The work of Committees is not restricted to government. They may investigate any matter of public interest that falls within their area of responsibility. There is a Portfolio Committee for each national Ministry and its associated government department/s.

Select Committees
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) appoints from its permanent members a number of Select Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments and to deal with Bills.

Because only 54 of the 90 NCOP Members are permanent delegates compared to the 400 of the NA, the Select Committees oversee the work of more than one national government department.

Public Accounts Committees
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Public Accounts acts as Parliament's watchdog over the way taxpayers' money is spent by the Executive. Every year the Auditor-General tables reports on the accounts and financial management of the various government departments and State institutions.

Heads of government departments and institutions are regularly called by this committee to report and account for expenditure. The Committee can recommend that the National Assembly takes corrective actions if necessary.

Members' Legislative Proposals and Petitions Committees
Draft bills can be submitted by individual Members of the National Assembly. These bills are considered by the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Private Member's Legislative Proposals and Special Petitions. If the Committee agrees with the principle of the draft Bill, a Bill will be prepared and dealt with by Parliament.

The National Council of Provinces Select Committee on Members' and Provincial Legislative Proposals considers draft Bills from individual NCOP members and provincial legislatures.

Petitions may also be tabled in Parliament and referred to the relevant committee that deals with the issue raised in the petition.

Internal Committees
The National Assembly has a number of internal committees that deal with matters affecting the running of Parliament. The Committees normally consist of senior Members of Parliament. The Rules Committee and its sub-committees deal with House rules, the budget of the House, support for Members, internal arrangements, and powers and privileges of members. Other internal Committees are the Programme Committee that plans the work of the Assembly, the Disciplinary Committee, and the Committee of Chairpersons.

The National Council of Provinces has its own domestic Committees. The Rules Committee and its subcommittees deal with the NCOP rules, the NCOP budget, parliamentary privileges, internal arrangements, international relations and delegated legislation. The Programme Committee plans the work of the NCOP and the Committee of Chairpersons make recommendations about the functioning of Committees and other NCOP forums.

Ad hoc Committees
Parliament or one of its Houses may appoint an ad hoc (temporary) Committee when a special task must be done. When the task is complete, the Committee is dissolved.

Joint Committees
The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces together appoint a number of joint committees, for example the Constitutional Review Committee.

The Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence are statutory Committees. This means that they are established, by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament, as well as in terms of the rules of Parliament.

The committees play a very important role in the process of building democracy and involving the public in the processes and activities of Parliament.

No results.

14 Nov 2018 National Research Foundation Amendment Bill: briefing; Films and Publications Amendment Bill; Indigenous Knowledge Bill: adoption
31 Oct 2018 National Research Foundation Amendment Bill: Department briefing, with Minister
24 Oct 2018 Films and Publication Amendment Bill [B37B-2015]: finalisation; Gauteng Oversight Visit Report
10 Oct 2018 Films and Publications Bill [B37B-2015]: proposed amendments
12 Sep 2018 Films and Publication Bill B37B-2015: public hearings & deliberations
05 Sep 2018 Films and Publications Bill [B37B-2015]: consideration of submissions
22 Aug 2018 Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Bill [B6B-2016]: final mandates
15 Aug 2018 Films and Publication Bill [B37B-2015]: briefing, with Deputy Minister
27 Jun 2018 Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Bill: consideration of C & D -list
20 Jun 2018 Protection, Promotion, Development & Management of Indigenous Knowledge Bill: Northern Cape negotiating mandate
13 Jun 2018 Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Bill: negotiating mandates
22 Aug 2018 ATC180822: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Bill [B 6B-2016], dated 22 August 2018
16 May 2018 ATC180516: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the Strategic Plan 2014-15 – 2018-19 and Annual Performance Plan 2018/2019 of the Department of Public Enterprises, dated 16 May 2018
14 Jun 2017 ATC170614: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the Annual Performance Plan for 2017/18 of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), dated 14 June 2017
07 Jun 2017 ATC170607: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the Strategic (Corporate) Plan and Annual Performance Plan for 2017/18 – 2019/20 of the South African Post Office, dated 7 June 2017
31 May 2017 ATC170531: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the Annual Performance Plan for 2017/18 of the Department of Science and Technology, dated 31 May 2017
24 May 2017 ATC170524: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the Strategic Plan for 2014/2015 – 2018/2019 and Annual Performance Plan for 2017/2018 of the Department of Public Enterprises, dated 24 May 2017
08 Feb 2017 ATC170208: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the Final Acts of the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union – Guadalajara 2010, dated 8 February 2017
08 Feb 2017 ATC170208: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the ratification of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) Convention of 1999, dated 8 February 2017
12 Oct 2016 ATC161012: eport of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on Eskom’s tariff increase for 2016-17 and amended pricing structure for municipalities with effect from 1 July 2016, dated 12 October 2016
25 Nov 2015 ATC151125: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the Amendment to Article XII(c)(ii) to the Agreement of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (ITSO), aimed at Protecting the Provision of Satellite Communication Services to Developing Countries, dated 25 November 2015
24 Feb 2015 Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises (the Committee) on an Oversight Visit to the entities under the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), dated 18 February 2015
12 Feb 2014 ATC140212: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Amendment Bill [B 18B-2013] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 12 February 2014:
05 Feb 2014 ATC140205: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill [B 17B–2013] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 5 February 2014:
20 Nov 2013 ATC131120: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the Employment Services Bill [B 38B – 2012] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 20 November 2013:
20 Nov 2013 ATC131120: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the South African Post Office SOC Limited Amendment Bill [B 24B – 2013] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 20 November 2013:
23 Oct 2013 ATC131023: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill, dated 23 October 2013:
23 Oct 2013 ATC131023: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the Labour Relations Amendment Bill, dated 23 October 2013:
15 May 2013 ATC130530: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on its Strategic Planning Workshop, dated 15 May 2013
20 Feb 2013 ATC130221: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, dated 20 February 2013
20 Feb 2013 ATC130221: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) and Recommendation 2011 (No. 201), dated 20 February 2013
20 Feb 2013 ATC130221: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the Work in the Fishing Sector Convention, 2007 (No. 188), dated 20 February 2013
20 Feb 2013 ATC130221: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the International Labour Organisation Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work (No. 200), dated 20 February 2013
20 Feb 2013 ATC130221: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the Labour Inspection Convention, 1974 (No. 81), dated 20 February 2013
27 Nov 2012 ATC121128: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Transnet and Medupi Coal-Fired Power Station, dated 27 November 2012
27 Nov 2012 ATC121129: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on an Oversight Visit to the Sheltered Employment Factories in Pietermaritzburg and Jacobs, in KwaZulu-Natal, dated 27 November 2012.
27 Nov 2012 ATC121130: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on an Unannounced Oversight Visit to the Sheltered Employment Factory at Ndabeni in the Western Province, dated 27 November 2012.
08 Aug 2012 ATC120808: Report and Financial Statements of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for 2010-11, dated 8 August 2012
08 Aug 2012 ATC120808: Financial Statements of the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) for 2010-11, including the Report of the Independent Auditors on the Financial Statements for 2010-11, dated 8 August 2012
08 Aug 2012 ATC120808: Report and Financial Statements of the Department of Labour – Vote 17 for 2010-11, dated 8 August 2012
06 Jun 2012 ATC120606: Report on Financial Statements of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) for 2010-11, including the Report of the Independent Auditors on the Financial Statements and Performance Information for 2010-11, dated 6 June 2012
16 May 2012 Report: Report & Financial Statements of Transnet Ltd & the Group for 2010-11, including the Report of the Independent Auditors on the Financial Statements & Performance Information for 2010-11, dated 16 May 2012
21 Sep 2011 ATC110921: Report on South African Post Office SOC Ltd Bill [B 2B-2010]
03 Aug 2011 ATC110803: Report on Oversight visit to Mitchells Plain Labour Centre
13 Apr 2011 ATC110413: Report on Oversight Visit to Koeberg Nuclear Power Station on 26 January 2011
23 Feb 2011 ATC110223: Report Final Acts of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, Antalya, 2006, tabled in terms of section 231(2) of the Constitution, 1996, dated 23 February 2011
16 Oct 2008 ATC081016: Report on Broadcasting Amendment Bill
26 Aug 2008 ATC080826: Report on Skills Development Amendment Bill

There are no questions at this time.

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
National Research Foundation Amendment Bill 06 Oct 2017 B23-2017 Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.
Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 12 Apr 2016 B6-2016 Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.
Films and Publications Amendment Bill 23 Nov 2015 B37-2015 Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.
South African Postbank Limited Amendment Bill 31 Jul 2013 B25-2013 Act commenced
South African Post Office SOC LTD Amendment Bill 31 Jul 2013 B24-2013 Act commenced
Electronic Communications Amendment Bill 11 Jul 2013 B17-2013 Act commenced
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Amendment Bill 11 Jul 2013 B18-2013 Act commenced
Employment Services Bill 06 Nov 2012 B38-2012 Act commenced
Employment Equity Amendment Bill 19 Oct 2012 B31-2012 Act commenced
Labour Relations Amendment Bill 23 May 2012 B16-2012 Act commenced
Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill 17 May 2012 B15-2012 Act commenced
South African Post Office Bill 09 Feb 2010 B2-2010 Act commenced
South African Postbank Bill 06 Nov 2009 B14-2009 Act commenced
Broadcasting Amendment Bill 15 Aug 2008 B72-2008 Act commenced
Electronic Communications Amendment Bill 01 Oct 2007 B38-2007 Act commenced
Broadband Infraco Bill 06 Jul 2007 B26-2007 Act commenced
South African Express Bill 30 May 2007 B14-2007 Act commenced
South African Airways Bill 13 Nov 2006 B35-2006 Act commenced
Transnet Pension Fund Amendment Bill 12 Oct 2006 B30-2006 Act commenced
Postal Services Amendment Bill 07 Sep 2006 B22-2006 Act commenced
2018 17 meetings Attendance rate 91%
2017 20 meetings 61%
2016 16 meetings 57%
2015 16 meetings 58%
2014 10 meetings 61%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary to Committee

Phumelele Sibisi

Tel: 021 403 3660

Cell: 083 709 8449

E-mail: psibisi@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson

Beverly Soga

Tel: 021 403 8661

Cell: 083 709 8476

E-mail: bsoga@parliament.gov.za

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