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Oversight responsibility of the Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communication 

The Select Committee has oversight over the following Departments:

Department of Public Enterprises

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies 

THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF SELECT COMMITTEES
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) appoints 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.

Select committees, and their subcommittees, meet whenever necessary and as determined in accordance with the Rules of the NCOP and the decisions and directives of the House Chairperson of Committees.

The select committees must report to the Council on matters referred to the committee on all decisions taken by it expect those concerning internal business

Composition in the select committees differ between whether the matter before the committee’s consideration falls under section 75 or 76 of the Constitution 

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

Powers

Rule 103 of the NCOP Rules (9th Edition) say that for the purposes of performing its functions  committee may, subject to the Constitution, legislation, the other provisions of these rules and resolutions of the Assembly –

  • Summon any person to appear before it to give evidence on oath or affirmation, or to produce documents
  • Receive petitions, representations or submissions from interested persons or institutions
  • Permit oral evidence on petitions, representations, submissions and any other matter before the committee
  • Conduct public hearings
  • Consult any Assembly or Council committee or subcommittee, or any joint committee or subcommittee
  • Determine its own procedure
  • Meet at a venue determined by it, which may be a venue beyond the seat of Parliament
  • Meet on any and at any time, including –
    • On a day which is not a working day
    • On a day on which the Assembly is not sitting
    • At a time when the Assembly is not sitting, or
    • During a recess
  • Exercise any other powers assigned to it by the Constitution, legislation, the other provisions of these rules or resolutions of the Assembly

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.

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.

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.

13 Nov 2019 Department of Public Enterprises & Department of Communications past 3 years performance: Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (Office of the President) briefing
06 Nov 2019 Alexkor on progress made regarding court review of Deed of Settlement for payments to made to beneficiaries & establishment of CPA to complete implementation of DoS
09 Oct 2019 BBBEE Forever Consortium: follow-up meeting; with Deputy Minister
11 Sep 2019 SA Express on the airline’s financial challenges, fleet maintenance & turn-around strategy
28 Aug 2019 SABC on its financial stability and HR matters; with Deputy Minister
31 Jul 2019 BBBEE Forever Consortium: DPE briefing
24 Jul 2019 Department of Communications Annual Performance Plan
17 Jul 2019 Department of Public Enterprises 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan; with Minister and Deputy Minister
10 Jul 2019 Public Enterprises Committee Legacy Report
26 Jun 2019 Election of Chairperson
08 Nov 2019 ATC191108: Report of the Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communication on the oversight visit to the South African Post Office (SAPO), Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and Broadband Infrastructure Company (BBI), dated 6 November 2019:
20 Mar 2019 ATC190320: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the Repeal of the Overvaal Resorts Limited Bill [B 36-2017] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 20 March 2019
20 Mar 2019 ATC190320: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the iKamva Digital Skills Institute Bill [B 10B – 2018] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 20 March 2019
20 Mar 2019 ATC190320: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on its activities undertaken during the 5th Parliament (May 2014 – March 2019)
20 Nov 2018 ATC181120: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the National Research Foundation Amendment Bill [B 23B – 2017] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 20 November 2018
20 Nov 2018 ATC181120: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the Films and Publications Amendment Bill [B 37B – 2015] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 20 November 2018
20 Nov 2018 ATC181120: Report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Bill [B 6B-2016] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 20 November 2018
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 ratification of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) Convention of 1999, dated 8 February 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
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 South African Post Office SOC Limited Amendment Bill [B 24B – 2013] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 20 November 2013:
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:
23 Oct 2013 ATC131023: Report of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the Labour Relations Amendment Bill, dated 23 October 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:
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 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 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 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 Labour Inspection Convention, 1974 (No. 81), dated 20 February 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
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.
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
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 Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) 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
iKamva Digital Skills Institute Bill 07 May 2018 B10-2018 Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.
Repeal of the Overvaal Resorts Limited Bill 08 Dec 2017 B36-2017 The bill has been signed into law.
National Research Foundation Amendment Bill 06 Oct 2017 B23-2017 Approved by Parliament. Waiting to be signed into law.
Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 12 Apr 2016 B6-2016 The bill has been signed into law.
Films and Publications Amendment Bill 23 Nov 2015 B37-2015 The bill has been signed into law.
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
2019 10 meetings Attendance rate 67%
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 Walters

Tel: 021 403 8661

Cell: 083 709 8476

E-mail: bwalters@parliament.gov.za

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