Water and Sanitation

National Assembly Committee

LEGACY REPORT OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS ON ITS ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN DURING THE FOURTH (4th) DEMOCRATIC PARLIAMENT (MAY 2009 – MARCH 2014)

Oversight responsibility of Water and Environmental Affairs Portfolio Committee

The Water Affairs and Sanitation Portfolio Committee is responsible for the oversight of the Water and Environmental Affairs Departments as well as the following statutory entities:

iSimangaliso Wetland Park
South African National Biodiversity Institute
South African National Parks
South African Weather Service
Trans-Caldon Tunnel Authoirty
Breede River Catchment Management Agency
Inkomati Catchment Management Agency
Water Research Commission
Amatola Water Board
Bloem Water
Botshelo Water
Bushbuckridge Water Board
Lepelle Northern Water
Megalies Water
Consolidated Water Boards
Rand Water
Umgeni Water
Water Trading Entity

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.

07 Dec 2016 Madibeng & Swartruggens water supply: DWS & Magalies Water Board progress report
30 Nov 2016 Madibeng and Swartruggens: Magalies Water Board progress report
23 Nov 2016 Minister's response to Public Protector Report on Lesotho Highlands Water Project; Rand Water replies to tender irregularity allegations
16 Nov 2016 Committee reports
09 Nov 2016 Department of Water and Sanitation on 1 Quarter 2016/17 performance
02 Nov 2016 Water use allocation impact on farmers: Departments of Water; Rural Development and Land Reform; Agriculture
26 Oct 2016 Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase 2: progress report, with the Minister
25 Oct 2016 Water and Sanitation Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report
21 Oct 2016 Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority, Water Research Commission, Inkomti-Usuthu & Breede-Gouritz CMA on their 2015/16 Annual Reports
20 Oct 2016 Department of Water and Sanitation on its 2015/16 Annual Report, with Minister present
18 Oct 2016 Department of Water and Sanitation on its 2015/16 Annual Report with Auditor-General input
07 Sep 2016 Climate change impact on water and sanitation; MDGs attainment & SDGs incorporation into Department of Water and Sanitation's work
31 Aug 2016 Vision for Water by 2030: National Planning Commission briefing
24 Aug 2016 Department of Water and Sanitation on its 4th Quarter 2015/16 performance
25 May 2016 Department of Water and Sanitation and Water Boards on 2016/17 water tariffs
04 May 2016 Committee Report on Water and Sanitation Budget
20 Apr 2016 Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation Revised Strategic Plan 2015-2019
07 Apr 2016 Minister introduces Department of Water and Sanitation 2016 Strategic & Annual Performance Plans
06 Apr 2016 Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority, Water Research Commission, Inkomati Usuthu Catchment Management Agency & Breede Gouritz Catchment Management on their 2016 Budget & Corporate Plan
16 Mar 2016 Drought and Climate Change progress report by COGTA, DWS, DEA, DAFF
11 Mar 2016 Umgeni, Overberg & Magalies Water Boards on their 2014/15 Annual Reports
09 Mar 2016 Department of Water and Sanitation on 3rd Quarter 2015/16 performance
02 Mar 2016 Sedibeng and Bloem Water Boards on their 2014/15 Annual Reports
26 Feb 2016 Lepelle North Water Board & Amatola Water Board on their 2014/15 Annual Report
24 Feb 2016 Rand Water, Mhlatuze Water Boards on 2014/15 Annual Report; Deputy Minister present
17 Feb 2016 Water resource management: CSiR briefing, with Minister & Deputy Minister
03 Feb 2016 Workshop on Five Year Strategic Plan of the Portfolio Committee: day 2
25 Oct 2016 ATC161025: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, dated 25 October 2016
06 May 2016 ATC160506: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation: Consideration of the 2016-2017 Strategic Plans, Annual Performance Plans and Budget Allocation of the Department Of Water and Sanitation, Vote 36 and the Entities, Namely Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, the Water Research Commission, and Catchment Management Agencies, dated 4 May 2016
06 Nov 2015 ATC151106: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, dated 5 November 2015
01 Sep 2015 ATC150901: Report Of The Portfolio Committee On Water And Sanitation On Public Hearings On Theft And Vandalism Of Water Infrastructure Held On 25 November 2014, Adopted 19 August 2015
25 Aug 2015 ATC150825 : Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on Public Hearings on Theft and Vandalism of Water Infrastructure, dated 19 August 2015
21 Aug 2015 ATC150821: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on Petition from residents of Tsakane, Sunnyridge, Symhurst, Bedfordview, Primrose and Gerdview calling for an investigation into the causes of the water crisis in Gauteng submitted in terms of Rule 312 (Mr. M Waters) dated 19 August 2015
21 Aug 2015 ATC150821: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on an oversight visit to Gauteng Province 4-5 February 2015, dated 19 August 2015
19 May 2015 ATC150519: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation: Consideration of the 2015-2016 Strategic Plans, Annual Performance Plans and Budget Allocation of the Department Of Water and Sanitation, Vote 36 And The Entities, namely Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, the Water Research Commission, Catchment Management Agencies and Water Boards, dated 13 May 2015
12 Nov 2014 ATC141114: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation oversight visit to the Madibeng Local Municipality, North West Province, dated 12 November 2014
12 Nov 2014 ATC141113: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation oversight visit to the Madibeng Local Municipality, North West Province, dated 12 November 2014
21 Oct 2014 ATC141023: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, dated 21 October 2014
09 Jul 2014 ATC140709 Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on the  Consideration of the 2014-2015 Strategic Plans, Annual Performance Plans and Budget allocation of the Department of Water Affairs, Vote 38  and the Entities, Namely Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, the Water Research Commission, Catchment Management Agencies, Water Boards and Komati River Basin Water Authority dated 9 July 2014
07 Apr 2014 ATC140407: Legacy report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on its activities undertaken during the Fourth (4th) Democratic Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014)
05 Mar 2014 ATC140313: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on Rhino Poaching Stakeholder Workshop, Held at the Kruger National Park (Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza), from 2nd — 4th December 2013, dated 5 March 2014.
05 Mar 2014 ATC140305: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Amendment Bill [B27D-2013], dated 5 March 2014.
27 Feb 2014 ATC140228: Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Amendment Bill [B 28B- 2013] [National Assembly – sec 75], dated 27 February 2014.
25 Feb 2014 ATC140225: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the National Water Amendment Bill [B3- 2014], dated 25 February 2014.
29 Oct 2013 ATC131029: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the Benguela Current Convention on the Environmental Protection and Conservation of Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem, dated 29 October 2013.
29 Oct 2013 ATC131029: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Amendment Bill 2013 [B 27- 2013] [National Assembly – section 76], dated 29 October 2013.
29 Oct 2013 ATC131029: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Amendment Bill 2013 [B8- 2013] [National Assembly – section 76], dated 29 October 2013.
29 Oct 2013 ATC131029: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the Annex VI to the Protocol on the Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, dated 29 October 2013
29 Oct 2013 ATC131029: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Amendment Bill 2013 [B 28- 2013] [National Assembly – section 75], dated 29 October 2013.
23 Oct 2013 ATC131023: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the National Environmental Management Laws Second Amendment Bill [B13 B- 2013], dated 23 October 2013
16 Oct 2013 ATC131021: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs, dated 16 October 2013
15 Oct 2013 ATC131021: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs, dated 15 October 2013
18 Jun 2013 ATC130618: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the National Environmental Management Laws First Amendment Bill [B13 D-2012], dated 18 June 2013.
15 May 2013 ATC130729: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs: Consideration of the 2013-2014 Strategic Plans, Annual Performance Plans and Budget Allocation of the Department of Environmental Affairs and its Entities, namely Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, the South African National Botanical Institute, the South African National Parks and the South African Weather Services; and, the Findings of the Auditor General  Regarding the Interim Audit Conducted on the Financial Statements for 2012-2013 and the Use of Consultants During the period 2006 – 2009 by the Department of Environmental Affairs, dated 15 May 2013.
15 May 2013 ATC130521: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill [B13-2012], dated 15 May 2013.
22 Nov 2012 ATC121122: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the  African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources of 2003 In Terms of Section 231 (2) of The Constitution Of 1996
07 Nov 2012 ATC121123: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs Relating to the Oversight Visit dealing with certain aspects of the work of the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Water Affairs in the Gauteng Province 24th — 27th July 2012, dated 7 November 2012
07 Nov 2012 ATC130510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs relating to numerous public hearings dealing with matters pertaining to climate change, including the Climate Change Green Paper during February 2011, The Climate Change White Paper During November 2012 and the implementation of the climate Change White Paper during June and November 2012, dated 7 November 2012
07 Nov 2012 ATC130227: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs Relating to the Oversight visit Dealing with certain aspects of the work of the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Water Affairs in the Gauteng Province 24th — 27th July 2012, Dated 7 November 2012.
25 Oct 2012 ATC121029: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the Performance of the Department of Water Affairs for the 2011/12 Financial Year, dated 25 October 2012
23 Oct 2012 ATC121023: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the Department of Environmental Affairs for the 2011/12 Financial Year, dated 23 October 2012
03 Oct 2012 ATC121019: Report Of The Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on its Oversight visit to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phases I and II, on 1-3 October 2012, Dated 18 October 2012.
18 Sep 2012 ATC121016: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the Yearly Report to Parliament on the International Environment Instrument (2010-2011), dated 18 September 2012.
18 Sep 2012 ATC121016: Report of The Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the Acceptance of The Amendment of Annexure B of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on the Climate Change, for the Inclusion of the Belarus, dated 18 September 2012.
05 Sep 2012 ATC120906: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho, dated 5 September 2012
05 Sep 2012 ATC120906: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity, dated 5 September 2012
25 Apr 2012 ATC120425: Report Budget Vote 30: Environmental Affairs, dated 25 April 2012
19 Apr 2011 ATC110419: Report Budget Vote 30: Environmental Affairs
13 Apr 2010 ATC100413: Report Budget Vote 37: Water Affairs
13 Apr 2010 ATC100413: Report Budget Vote 29: Environmental Affairs
03 Mar 2010 ATC100303: Report Joint Public Hearings on Political, Economic, Legal, Gendered & Social Impacts of Climate Change
24 Feb 2010 ATC100224: Report Video Conference held with United Kingdom Parliament  on Climate Change
02 Feb 2010 ATC100202: Report 2008/09 Annual Report of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
02 Feb 2010 ATC100202: Joint Report Financial Statements and Annual Report for 2008/9
05 Aug 2009 ATC090805: Report Water Tariff increases of Bulk Water Resources 2009/10
10 Jun 2009 ATC090610: Joint Report Budget Vote 34
11 Sep 2008 ATC080911: Report SA National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency Bill
07 Nov 2007 ATC071107: Report North West Province Oversight visit
07 Nov 2007 ATC071007: Report Free State Province Oversight visit
Report: Financial Statements & Annual Report Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (Tcta) & Water Research Commission (Wrc) For 2008/9
18 Jul 2016 Sustainable Hydropower Generation Policy - draft
17 Feb 2016 Draft National Sanitation Policy
18 Nov 2015 Revised Norms and Standards for Setting Water Services Tariffs
13 Nov 2015 Draft Pricing Strategy of Water use Charges
11 Sep 2015 Stop Negative Impact Climate Change.
06 Nov 2014 Solutions to address Vandalism and Theft of Water Infrastructure in South Africa
17 Mar 2014 National Pollution Prevention Plans Regulations
06 Mar 2014 National Exemption Draft Regulations
11 Feb 2014 National norms and standards for organic waste composting
01 Nov 2013 National Water Policy Review (NRWP), July 2013
01 Nov 2013 National Environmental Management: Waste Amendment Bill, [B32-2013]
30 Oct 2013 Guidelines preparation of Implementation Plans and Environmental Management Plans
04 Sep 2013 Water Research Amendment Bill, 2013
02 Sep 2013 National Water Policy Review [NWPR]
20 Aug 2013 Water Research Amendment Draft Bill
16 Aug 2013 National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Amendment Bill
14 Aug 2013 National Environmental Management: Air Quality Amendment Bill, 2013
13 Aug 2013 National Environmental Management Amendment Laws Bill, 2013
26 Jul 2013 South African Weather Service Amendment Bill [B23-2013]
22 Jul 2013 Public Hearings on Efficacy of the South Africa's Environmental Impact Assessment: (EIA) Regime
15 Jul 2013 Public Hearings on NEM: Integrated Coastal Management Bill
02 Jul 2013 South African Weather Service Amendment Draft Bill
07 Jun 2013 Norms & Standards for Remediation of Contaminated Land and Soil Quality in RSA ( NEM: Waste Act)
27 May 2013 Efficacy of the present Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regime, in South Africa
03 May 2013 Comment: Carbon Tax Policy Paper
25 Apr 2013 Comment: Threatened or Protected Species Draft Regulations
08 Apr 2013 Comment: Biodiversity Act non-detriment findings
08 Apr 2013 Deadline extended for comment: National Water Resource Strategy [NWRS-2]
08 Apr 2013 Comment: National Water Resource Strategy 2
08 Apr 2013 Comment: Green Paper on National Environmental Management of Ocean
08 Apr 2013 Comment deadline extended: The Efficacy of South Africa's Environmental Impact Assessment Regime
05 Dec 2016 NW2193 by Ms T E Baker
01 Dec 2016 NW2364 by Ms A Steyn
01 Dec 2016 NW2574 by Mr M S Mbatha
28 Nov 2016 NW2193 by Ms T E Baker
25 Nov 2016 NW2193 by Ms T E Baker
25 Nov 2016 NW2113 by Mr C D Matsepe
22 Nov 2016 NW2260 by Ms T E Baker
22 Nov 2016 NW2259 by Ms T E Baker
15 Nov 2016 NW2318 by Ms D Robinson
15 Nov 2016 NW2228 by Adv H C Schmidt
31 Oct 2016 NW2195 by Ms T E Baker
31 Oct 2016 NW2196 by Mr D W Macpherson
31 Oct 2016 NW2194 by Ms T E Baker
31 Oct 2016 NW2157 by Mr L J Basson
31 Oct 2016 NW2156 by Mr L J Basson
31 Oct 2016 NW2155 by Mr L J Basson
31 Oct 2016 NW1912 by Mr K P Robertson
17 Oct 2016 NW1962 by Ms T E Baker
13 Oct 2016 NW1815 by Ms T E Baker
07 Oct 2016 NW2078 by Ms S V Kalyan
07 Oct 2016 NW2043 by Dr M J Figg
07 Oct 2016 NW2007 by Ms T E Baker
07 Oct 2016 NW1961 by Ms T E Baker
07 Oct 2016 NW2006 by Ms T E Baker
07 Oct 2016 NW2122 by Mr T Rawula
27 Sep 2016 NW1816 by Ms T E Baker
27 Sep 2016 NW1716 by Adv H C Schmidt
27 Sep 2016 NW1721 by Ms N K Bilankulu
27 Sep 2016 NW1722 by Ms N K Bilankulu
27 Sep 2016 NW1812 by Mr L J Basson
27 Sep 2016 NW1813 by Mr L J Basson
27 Sep 2016 NW1814 by Mr L J Basson
13 Sep 2016 NW1697 by Ms N K Bilankulu
09 Sep 2016 NW1693 by Ms T E Baker
07 Sep 2016 NW1678 by Adv H C Schmidt
07 Sep 2016 NW1674 by Mr D J Stubbe
30 Aug 2016 NW1694 by Ms T E Baker
30 Aug 2016 NW1695 by Ms T E Baker
05 Jul 2016 NW1023 by Mr L J Basson
05 Jul 2016 NW1421 by Mr L J Basson
05 Jul 2016 NW1024 by Mr L J Basson
27 Jun 2016 NW1215 by Mr T Z Hadebe
09 Jun 2016 NW1586 by Mr C D Matsepe
09 Jun 2016 NW1595 by Mr L J Basson
09 Jun 2016 NW1419 by Mr L J Basson
03 Jun 2016 NW1446 by Ms Z Jongbloed
03 Jun 2016 NW1533 by Ms K de Kock
03 Jun 2016 NW1212 by Ms T E Baker
24 May 2016 NW1367 by Mr A R McLoughlin
24 May 2016 NW1366 by Mr A R McLoughlin

All questions to the Minister

Members

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Mahdiyah Solomons

Tel: 021 403 3844

Cell: 083 709 8527

Email: msolomons@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson:

Bulelwa Mfecane

Tel: 021 403 3080

Email: bmfecane@parliament.gov.za