4th Parliament Legacy Report
Portfolio Committee on Communications
Activities undertaken: May 2009 – March 2014
Oversight responsibility of Communications Portfolio Committee
The Communications Portfolio Committee is responsible for the oversight of the Department of Communications as well as the following statutory entities:
South African Broadcasting Corporation Limited
South Africa Post Office Limited
Telkon SA Limited
National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa
Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa
Universal Service and Access Fund
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|Bill name||Date introduced||Number||Status|
|Broadcasting Amendment Bill||04 Dec 2015||B39-2015||Withdrawn|
|Films and Publications Amendment Bill||23 Nov 2015||B37-2015||Under consideration by the National Assembly.|
|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|
|2010 Sectional Titles Amendment Bill||28 Jun 2010||B14-2010||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|
|Protection of Personal Information Bill||25 Aug 2009||B9-2009||Act commenced|
|Broadcasting Amendment Bill||15 Aug 2008||B72-2008||Act commenced|
|Electronic Communications Amendment Bill||01 Oct 2007||B38-2007||Act commenced|
|Postal Services Amendment Bill||07 Sep 2006||B22-2006||Act commenced|
AttendanceRanked 25 out of 37 for NA
Secretary of Committee:
Tel: 021 403 3733
Cell: 083 709 8407
Secretary To Chairperson:
Tel: 021 403 2404
Cell: 083 709 8497