Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

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Oversight responsibility of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Portfolio Committee

The Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Portfolio Committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries as well as the following statutory entities:

iSimangaliso

Marine Living Resources Fund

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

SANParks

South African Weather Service (SAWS)

Committees conduct their business on behalf of the House and report back on matters referred to them.

Learn more about the work of this Committee: Legacy Reports

The role and functions of Committees in Parliament (provided by Parliament)
In accordance with the powers given to it by the Constitution, the National Assembly establishes a range of committees with assigned powers and functions. The committees are required to report regularly on their activities and to make recommendations to the House for debate and decision. A large part of the Assembly’s role in the law‑making process happens in committees and much of its oversight over the executive is also done through committees, particularly the portfolio committees.

There is a portfolio committee for each corresponding government department. The composition of the committees reflects, as far as is practicable, the numerical strengths of the parties represented in the Assembly. That committee will deliberate on bills covering that department’s area of jurisdiction and scrutinise and report on its annual budget and strategic plan. As the people’s representatives, members of the committees determine whether government departments are delivering on what they promised and whether they are spending the public money they receive in a responsible manner. As part of their oversight work, committees may also do site visits where they find out directly from the people at ground level whether the government is delivering on its promises.

If a committee reports on a matter and makes certain recommendations, that report will be debated in a full sitting or plenary to give other members of the House an opportunity to engage with the content of the report. Once the report has been debated, the House decides whether to adopt the committee’s recommendations. The House may also decide only to note the report or it may refer the report back to the committee with an instruction to do further work

Broadly speaking, the mandates of Committees are to consider and process legislation referred to it; exercise oversight over the Department and entities reporting to it; consider international agreements referred to it; consider the budget vote of the Department and its entities; facilitate public participation in its processes; and to consider all other matters referred to it in terms of legislation and the Rules of Parliament

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 167 of the National Assembly 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 working arrangements

-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

Committee Membership

Committee membership is distributed among the parties roughly in proportion to the seats they get in Parliament, so if a party wins 20% of the seats, its MPs will occupy about 20% of committee positions.

The NA Rules Committee agreed that all Committees will be comprised of 11 Members: ANC – 6; DA – 2; EFF – 1; other parties – 2. 

Where it is practicably possible, each party is entitled to at least one representative in a Committee.

Read More: A note to the Sixth Parliament: Committee Membership

Read More: A Note to the Sixth Parliament: The critical role of Committee Chairperson

 

Committees in Practice

With the agreement of members, the Committee staff sets the dates and times of committee meetings. The frequency of committee meetings is determined by a committee’s work programme but it is normal for a committee to meet weekly. From time to time, committees can meet more than once a week if they work programme so demands.

Section 59(1)(b) of the Constitution requires that the National Assembly and it’s committees conduct their business in an open manner and hold their sittings in public. Section 59(2) states that the National Assembly may not exclude the public or the media unless it is ‘reasonable and justifiable to do so in an open and democratic society’. Rule 184(2) of the Rules of the National Assembly further require that any decision to exclude the public from a committee meeting or part thereof must be taken ‘after due consideration’ by that committee

Who attends Committee Meetings?:

MPs (those assigned to the committee and if they so wish, any other MP)

Committee Staff: Committee Secretary, Committee Assistant, Researcher, Content Advisor

Departments, entities, organizations, individuals and experts who are invited by the Committee to speak and be questioned

Parliamentary Legal Advisor (from time to time)

Media

General Public


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.

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.

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. There are structures to deal with support for Members, internal arrangements, disciplinary matters 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 also has its own domestic Committees. The Rules Committee and its subcommittees deal with the NCOP rules. There are structures to deal with support for Members, internal arrangements, disciplinary matters and powers and privileges of members. 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.

There are six Joint Committees:
- Constitutional Review Committee
- Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence
- Joint Standing Committee on Defence
- Committee on Multi-Party Women’s Caucus
- Joint Standing Committee on Financial Management of Parliament
- Joint Standing Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests

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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04 Jun 2020 State of small scale fishery and areas of improvement for sustainable small scale fishery
20 May 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Budget: Committee Report
15 May 2020 DEFF 2020/21 Strategic Plan; with Minister and Deputy Minister
07 May 2020 South African Weather Service & SANBI 2020/21 Annual Performance Plans; with Ministry; COVID-19 Update
07 May 2020 SANParks & Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority 2020/21 Annual Performance Plans; with Minister and Deputy Minister
10 Mar 2020 Maritime Governance and Sustainable Development; Report back on COP25 outcomes and implications for South Africa, with Minister
03 Mar 2020 DEFF, SANParks & Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority 2019/20 Quarter 3 performance, in the presence of the Deputy Minister
25 Feb 2020 Transformation in the forestry and fisheries sectors; Challenges faced by Forestry and Fisheries branch; with Minister and Deputy Minister
18 Feb 2020 State of South African Environment; with Minister
11 Feb 2020 First Term Programme
24 Oct 2019 ATC191024: ENVIRO Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry & Fisheries on the Annual Reports & Financial Statements of the Department of Environmental Affairs & its four entities, dated 23 October 2019
10 Jul 2019 ATC190710: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries on the Strategic Plan 2019/20—2023/24, Annual Performance Plans (APPs) 2019/20 and the Budget Vote 27 of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), dated 10 July 2019.
03 Apr 2019 ATC190320: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the parliamentary inquiry into the alleged eviction of beach goers at Clifton Fourth Beach on 23 December, 20 March 2019
20 Mar 2019 ATC190320: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on Petition received from Kempton Park residents, dated 20 March 2019
12 Feb 2019 ATC190212: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete Ozone Layer, tabled in terms of section 231 (2) of the Constitution, 1996, dated 12 February 2019
08 Nov 2018 ATC181108: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Colloquium on Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in South Africa: harming or promoting the conservation image of the country, held on 21 and 22 august 2018, dated 8 November 2018
08 Nov 2018 ATC181108: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill [B 14B – 2017], dated 8 November 2018
08 Nov 2018 ATC181108: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Colloquium on Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in South Africa: harming or promoting the conservation image of the country, held on 21 and 22 august 2018, dated 8 November 2018
08 Nov 2018 ATC181108: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill [B 14B – 2017], dated 8 November 2018
23 Oct 2018 ATC181023: Budgetary Review And Recommendation Report (BRRR) Of The Portfolio Committee On Environmental Affairs On The Annual Reports And Financial Statements Of The Department Of Environmental Affairs And Its Four Entities, Namely: (SANPARKS), (IWPA), (Saws) And (SANBI), For The 2017/18 Financial Year, Dated 23 October 2018
19 Jun 2018 ATC180619: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill [B 14 – 2017], dated 19 June 2018
12 Jun 2018 ATC180612: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on Minamata Convention on Mercury, dated 12 June 2018
10 May 2018 ATC180510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Strategic Plan 2018/19—2020/21, Annual Performance Plans (Apps) 2018/19 and the Budget Vote 27 of the Department of Environmental Affairs (Dea) and The Entities: the South African Weather Service (Saws), South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authrority and the South African National Parks (Sanparks), dated 10 May 2018.
24 Apr 2018 ATC180424: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Donations of High-value Wildlife Species to Private Individuals by the North West Provincial Government Department of Rural, Environmental and Agricultural Development, dated 24 April 2018
28 Mar 2018 ATC180328: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Marine Spatial Planning Bill [B 9B – 2017], dated 28 March 2018
20 Feb 2018 ATC180220: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Environmental Management for Sustainable Development, tabled in terms of section 231(2) of the Constitution, 1996, dated 20 February 2018
29 Nov 2017 ATC171129: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Marine Spatial Planning Bill [B 9 – 2017], dated 29 November 2017
26 Oct 2017 ATC171026: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Donations of High-Value Wildlife Species to Private Individuals by The North West Provincial Government Department of Rural, Environmental and Agricultural Development, dated 26 October 2017
24 Oct 2017 ATC171024: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the reasons why the South African Weather Service Board should not be held Liable for the Fruitless and Wasteful Expenditure following its Decision to Terminate the Services of the Former Chief Executive Officer, Dr L Makuleni, dated 24 October 2017
17 Oct 2017 ATC171017:BRRR of the Portfolio Committee on the Entities of the Environmental Affairs, Namely SANparks, ISAP, SAWS and SANBI Annual Reports and Financial Statements for 2016/17 Financial Year, dated 17 October 2017
18 May 2017 ATC170518: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Strategic Plan 2017/18 – 2019/20, Annual Performance Plans (APPS) 2017/18, Dated 18 May 2017
18 May 2017 ATC170518: Report of the South African Parliamentary Delegation to the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Dated 18 May 2017
25 Oct 2016 ATC161025: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs, dated 25 October 2016
24 Aug 2016 ATC160824: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Yearly Report to Parliament on the International Environment Instruments for 2015-2016, dated 24 August 2016
26 Apr 2016 ATC160426: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Strategic Plan 2016/17—2019/20, (APPS) 2016/17 & the Budget Vote 27 (DEA) & Entities: (Saws), (SANBI), (IWPA) (SANparks), Dated 26 April 2016
28 Oct 2015 ATC151028: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs, dated 27 October 2015
19 May 2015 ATC150519: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Acceptance of the BAN Amendment to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, dated 12 May 2015
05 May 2015 ATC150505: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Strategic Plan 2015/16—2019/20, Annual Performance Plans (Apps) 2015/16 And The Budget Vote 27 of the Department of Environmental Affairs (Dea) and the Entities: The South African Weather Services (Saws), South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority (Isimangaliso) and the South African National Parks (Sanparks) dated 28 April 2015.
24 Feb 2015 ATC150224: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the oversight visit on Air Quality Pollution Hotspots in Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces from 28-30 October 2014, dated 24 February 2015.
13 Jan 2020 Procedures to be followed for assessment and minimum criteria for reporting of identified environmental themes when applying for Environmental Authorisation
06 Dec 2019 Draft revised and updated National Waste Management Strategy
17 Sep 2019 Proposed National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations
29 Aug 2019 Draft Approach to Spatial Management System Report for South Africa’s Marine Planning Areas
06 May 2019 National Change Adaptation Strategy - draft
26 Oct 2018 South Africa's National Biodiversity Framework
27 Jul 2018 Persistent Organic Pollutants phase-out: draft regulations
08 Jun 2018 National Climate Change Bill
03 May 2018 National Health Care Risk Waste Management Regulations
23 Mar 2018 National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill [B14 -2017]
23 Oct 2017 Climate Finance in South Africa
21 Aug 2017 Draft Waste Tyre Regulations
29 May 2017 Marine Spatial Planning Bill [B9 -2017]
04 Apr 2017 Draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy
22 Aug 2016 Draft Marine Spatial Planning Framework
08 Jun 2016 Draft National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations
24 Mar 2016 Marine Spatial Planning Draft Bill, 2016
27 Oct 2015 Draft National Social Infrastructure Guidelines
14 Oct 2015 DEADLINE EXTENDED: National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Draft Bill, 2015
29 Jun 2015 Draft Air Quality Offsets Guideline
12 Jun 2015 Draft Regulations Prescribing the Atmospheric Emission Licence Processing Fee
05 Jun 2015 National Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations - draft
02 Jun 2015 Draft Amendments to the Alien and Invasive Species list, 2015
10 Mar 2015 Committee of Inquiry investigating the feasibility of a rhino horn trade
02 Feb 2015 National Pricing Strategy for Waste Management
12 Sep 2014 EIA Guideline for Renewable Energy Projects: Draft
03 Sep 2014 Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014
02 Sep 2014 Activities requiring environmental authorisations
29 Aug 2014 Public hearings: Climate Change; Sustainable Development; Rhino Poaching
25 Aug 2014 Draft National Appeal Regulations
21 Jul 2014 Norms and Standards for the Management of Protected Areas in South Africa
18 Jul 2014 Draft National Atmospheric Emission Reporting Regulations
27 Feb 2020 NW37 by Mr A G Whitfield - What was the total number of live (a) black...
08 Nov 2019 NW1314 by Ms HS Winkler - (I) Will the member of the South African...
08 Nov 2019 NW1360 by Ms A L A Abrahams - Whether her department did business with...
08 Nov 2019 NW1290 by Mr N Singh - With reference B the Government Notice No 1317...
31 Oct 2019 NW1185 by Mr N Singh - Whether she intends taking action to ensure...
29 Oct 2019 NW1300 by Mrs. A MM Weber - (1) Whether mining activities are prohibited...
25 Oct 2019 NW1186 by Mr M Waters - What progress has been made since her reply to...
25 Oct 2019 NW1069 by Mr S N August - (1) Whether, in view of the fact that the...
25 Oct 2019 NW1163 by Ms A L A Abrahams - Whether her department incurred anyrelated to...
13 Sep 2019 NW738 by 06 September 2019 Mr G K Y Cachalia - Whether her department hosted any event and/or...
13 Sep 2019 NW660 by Ms A M M Weber - (a) When last did her department monitor the...
05 Sep 2019 NW457 by Mr N Singh - Question : In view of the fact that no permit...
05 Sep 2019 NW458 by Mr N Singh - (1) What is the (a) impact of the declaration...
05 Sep 2019 NW480 by Ms H S Winkler - (1) What is the square meterage and grade of...
05 Sep 2019 NW443 by Ms CV King - (1) Which beaches lost their blue flag status...
12 Aug 2019 NW411 by Mr J R B Lorimer - (1) What are the details of the process...
12 Aug 2019 NW413 by Mr J R B Lorimer - (1) What number of (a) persons were arrested...
12 Aug 2019 NW410 by Me H S Winkler - (1) (a) What number of (i) lions are currently...
12 Aug 2019 NW357 by Mr M Bagraim - What (a) number of official international...
12 Aug 2019 NW344 by Mr N Singh - Whether, In respect of the Republic's listed...
12 Aug 2019 NW412 by Mr J R B Lorimer - (1) Whether she has found that long-line...
05 Aug 2019 NW312 by Ms H S Winkler - Whether her department has set a deadline to...
02 Aug 2019 NW313 by Ms H S Winkler - (1)(a) On what scientific data did her...
02 Aug 2019 NW314 by Ms H S Winkler - Whether she will consider introducing a ban,...
02 Aug 2019 NW298 by Mr A G Whitfield - (a) What are the legislative requirements...
02 Aug 2019 NW272 by Ms E R J Spies - What (a) total amount is budgeted for her...
26 Jul 2019 NW215 by Mr N Singh - What is the total (a) number of government...
26 Jul 2019 NW213 by Mr N Singh - (a) What is the total number of vacancies in...
26 Jul 2019 NW214 by Mr N Singh - What (a) is the total number of employees in...
19 Jul 2019 NW169 by Mr J R B Lorimer - (1) Whether her department appealed the...
19 Jul 2019 NW141 by Mr N Singh - 1. Whether, with regard to the current and...
11 Jul 2019 NW113 by Mr N Singh - What are the full relevant details of the (a)...
11 Jul 2019 NW125 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) Whether any action is being taken to...
10 Jul 2019 NW47 by Mr N Paulsen - Who are the current 20 largest recipients of...
04 Jul 2019 NW57 by Mrs K N F Hlonyana - What tonnage and percentage of the timber...
04 Jul 2019 NW33 by Ms A M M Weber - Whether she intends to introduce legislation...
04 Jul 2019 NW49 by Mr N Paulsen - What is the total amount of revenue collected...
04 Jul 2019 NW48 by Mr N Paulsen - What is the total tonnes of (a) glass, (b)...
18 Apr 2019 NW279 by Ms Y N Yako - What number of (a) tender briefings were held...
18 Apr 2019 NW127 by Mr M R Bara - With reference to the reply of the Minister of...
18 Apr 2019 NW62 by Mr M M Dlamini - (1)Whether she has been informed that she has...
18 Apr 2019 NW546 by Ms N V Nyambi - With reference to the recent expansion of...
18 Apr 2019 NW547 by Prof N M Khubisa - With reference to the climate change and...
18 Apr 2019 NW631 by Mr N S Matiase - What (a) number of privately owned game farms...
18 Apr 2019 NW699 by Ms T K Motshidi - What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and...
18 Apr 2019 NW753 by Mr Z R Xalisa - What has been the country’s carbon emission...
18 Apr 2019 NW791 by Mr R K Purdon - (1) What is the current (a) storage, (b)...
18 Apr 2019 NW792 by Mr R K Purdon - What are the details of (a) the strategy...
18 Apr 2019 NW793 by Mr R K Purdon - (1)Whether her department brought the...
14 Mar 2019 NW521 by Mr Z R Xalisa - (a) What number of (i) buildings, (ii)...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill 24 May 2017 B14-2017 Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.
Marine Spatial Planning Bill 13 Apr 2017 B9-2017 The bill has been signed into law.
National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Amendment Bill 22 Apr 2013 B8-2013 The bill has been signed into law.
2020 9 meetings Attendance rate 75%
2019 20 meetings 74%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Tyhileka Madubela

Tel: 021 403 3713

Cell: 083 709 8401

Email: tmadubela@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:

Ms Amanda Kleyn

Tel: 021 403 3156

Email: akleyn@parliament.gov.za

Cell: 083 7098400

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