Small Business Development

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Oversight responsibility of Small Business Development Portfolio Committee

The Small Business Development Portfolio Committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Small Business Development as well as the following statutory entities:

Small Enterprises Development Agency (SEDA)
Small Enterprise Finance Agency

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.

 

 

 

No results.

02 Sep 2020 Department of Small Business Development & entities 2020/21 Quarter 1 performance; with Deputy Minister
26 Aug 2020 COVID-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme: Treasury, BASA & SARB Input
19 Aug 2020 Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme: COSATU & Co-operatives Banks Development Agency Input; Integration of Co-operatives Banks Development Agency Programmes with DSBD
16 Jul 2020 Small Business Development: Committee Report
15 Jul 2020 DSBD, SEDA & SEFA 2020/21 Special Adjustments Budget; with the Minister
24 Jun 2020 Sefa & Seda 2019/20 Quarter 4 Report
17 Jun 2020 Department of Small Business Development 2019/20 Quarter 4 performance; with Deputy Minister
05 Jun 2020 Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) 2020/21 Annual Performance Plan
03 Jun 2020 DSBD on: SMMEs in distress; COVID-19 intervention measures; funding for SMMEs; with Deputy Minister
29 May 2020 Small Business Development Budget: Committee Report
21 May 2020 SEFA 2020/21 Annual Performance Plan; with Deputy Minister
13 May 2020 Department of Small Business Development 2020/21 Annual Performance Plan
28 Apr 2020 Support interventions to small business during COVID-19 lockdown: update; with Minister & Deputy
17 Jul 2020 ATC200717: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on Adjustment Budget Vote 36 of the Department of Small Business Development for the Financial Year 2020/21, Dated 16 July 2020
04 Jun 2020 ATC200604: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on Budget Vote 36 of the Department of Small Business Development for Financial Year 2020/21, Dated 29 May 2020
22 Oct 2019 ATC191022: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, dated 22 October 2019
10 Jul 2019 ATC190710: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on Budget Vote 31 of the Department of Small Business Development for Financial Year 2019/20, Dated 10 July 2019
20 Mar 2019 ATC190320: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on its Activities Undertaken During the 5th Parliament (May 2014 – March 2019), dated 20 March 2019
20 Mar 2019 ATC190320 :Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on its Activities Undertaken During the 5th Parliament (May 2014 – March 2019), dated 20 March 2019
20 Feb 2019 ATC190220: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on the Motion of undesirability of the Small Enterprises OMBUD Service Bill [B 14-2018], dated 20 February 2019
17 Oct 2018 ATC181017: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of The Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development
17 Oct 2018 ATC1811017: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on its Study Tour to Spain To Learn on Cooperatives Development Experience from 15 - 22 September 2018, dated 17 October 2018
10 May 2018 ATC180510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on Budget Vote 31 of the Department of Small Business Development for Financial Year 2018/19, dated 10 May 2018
02 May 2018 ATC180502: Report of the Select Committee on Economic and Business Development on Budget Vote 31: Small Business Development Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan 2018/2019 of the Department of Small Business Development, dated 02 May 2018
18 Oct 2017 ATC171018: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development
21 Jun 2017 ATC170621: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on the Motion of Undesirability of the Red Tape Impact Assessment Bill [B 13-2016], dated 21 June 2017
12 May 2017 ATC170512: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on Budget Vote 31 of the Department of Small Business Development for financial year 2017/18
31 Mar 2017 ATC170331: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, having undertaken the oversight visit to Mpumalanga Province from 27 - 31 March 2017
08 Mar 2017 ATC170308: The Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development visited KwaZulu-Natal Province during 30 January - 03 February 2017, dated 08 March 2017
16 Nov 2016 ATC161116: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on its Oversight Visit to Limpopo undertaken on 28th January to 02 February 2016, Dated 16 November 2016
24 Oct 2016 ATC161024: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development
23 Nov 2015 ATC151123: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on its Oversight visits to Kwazulu-Natal Undertaken on 25th and 26th November 2014 and to Eastern Cape and Gauteng on 27th January to 5th February 2015 Respectfully, dated 18 November 2015
28 Oct 2015 ATC151028: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business, dated 28 October 2015
19 May 2015 ATC150519: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan (Budget Vote 31) of the Department of Small Business Development for financial year 2015/16, dated 19 May 2015
14 Sep 2020 NW2043 by Mr Z N Mbhele - (a) On what date will the reviewed...
14 Sep 2020 NW2073 by Mr D F Mthenjane - What (a) total number of small businesses have...
14 Sep 2020 NW1953 by Ms R N Komane - What total (a) amount has been disbursed by...
06 Jul 2020 NW1162 by Mr H C C Krüger - Whether her department has a strategy to...
06 Jul 2020 NW1156 by Mr W W Wessels - (1)With reference to her reply to question 916...
05 Jun 2020 NW757 by Mr M G E Hendricks - (1)With reference to the total number of 16...
05 Jun 2020 NW916 by Mr W W Wessels - Whether her department awarded any tenders...
05 Jun 2020 NW911 by Mr V Zungula - What steps is she taking to (a) assist small...
05 Jun 2020 NW781 by Mr Z N Mbhele - What (a) number of applications have been...
05 Jun 2020 NW277 by Mr Z N Mbhele - (a)(i) What total amount in funding was...
14 Nov 2019 NW772 by Prof C T Msimang - Whether her department has taken any steps to...
14 Nov 2019 NW1374 by Mr W F Faber - Whether her department did business with...
14 Nov 2019 NW1177 by Mr N E Hinana - Whether her department incurred any costs...
14 Nov 2019 NW771 by Prof C T Msimang - What steps has her department taken to promote...
11 Sep 2019 NW628 by Ms A M Siwisa - What (a) total amount has (i) her department...
06 Sep 2019 NW752 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)Whether her department hosted any event...
06 Sep 2019 NW716 by Mr Z N Mbhele - What measures and mechanisms did her...
06 Sep 2019 NW715 by Mr Z N Mbhele - What measures and mechanisms did her...
06 Sep 2019 NW453 by Ms L L van der Merwe - (1) With reference to the undocumented...
05 Sep 2019 NW655 by Mr V Zungula - Whether, in light of the Legacy Report of the...
28 Aug 2019 NW286 by B B Nodada - What (a) total amount is budgeted for her...
28 Aug 2019 NW371 by Mr J N de Villiers - What (a) number of official international...
14 Aug 2019 NW128 by Dr L A Schreiber - With reference to the reply of the former...
18 Apr 2019 NW322 by Adv T E Mulaudzi - What number of loan applications were (a)...
18 Apr 2019 NW195 by Mr R W T Chance - What was the (a) destination, (b) purpose, (c)...
18 Apr 2019 NW143 by Mr H B Groenewald - With reference to the reply of the Minister of...
18 Apr 2019 NW194 by Mr H C C Krüger - What (a) number of international trips did (i)...
18 Apr 2019 NW399 by Adv T E Mulaudzi - What number of loan applications have been...
18 Apr 2019 NW594 by Mr R W T Chance - (1)(a) What was the cost of her trip to the...
16 Apr 2019 NW715 by Ms T M Mbabama - What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and...
16 Apr 2019 NW536 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (a) What number of (i) buildings, (ii)...
09 Apr 2019 NW287 by Adv T E Mulaudzi - What number of (a) tender briefings were held...
03 Apr 2019 NW600 by Mr R W T Chance - What are the relevant details of the progress...
02 Apr 2019 NW65 by Adv T E Mulaudzi - (1)Whether she has been informed that she has...
21 Dec 2018 NW3402 by Mr H C C Krüger - (1)Whether her department is in the process of...
21 Dec 2018 NW3767 by Mr R W T Chance - (a) What progress has her department made with...
14 Dec 2018 NW3809 by Mr R W T Chance - Whether the forensic investigation into...
12 Dec 2018 NW3289 by Adv T E Mulaudzi - Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities...
10 Dec 2018 NW3125 by Mr H B Groenewald - Whether, since she served in Cabinet, she...
29 Nov 2018 NW2658 by Mr R W T Chance - (1) With reference to her reply to question...
14 Nov 2018 NW369 by Mr M S Malatsi - a) What is the total amount that was (i)...
05 Nov 2018 NW1958 by Mr T E Mulaudzi - What has she found to be the impact of fuel...
05 Nov 2018 NW2207 by Dr C P Mulder - (1)Whether all members of the senior...
20 Sep 2018 NW2251 by Mr H C C Krüger - (1)Whether any Enterprise Incubation...
07 Sep 2018 NW1112 by Mr T E Mulaudzi - What (a) number of consulting firms or...
05 Sep 2018 NW1483 by Mr M P Rabotapi - (1)Whether, with reference to the reply of the...
20 Aug 2018 NW1834 by Ms L V James - (1) Whether (a) her spouse and/or (b) an adult...
14 Aug 2018 NW947 by Mr R W T Chance - (a) What is the name of each member of the...
03 Aug 2018 NW1937 by Mr T E Mulaudzi - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents...
03 Aug 2018 NW1149 by Mr M Bagraim - (1)What assistance has been provided by her...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Small Enterprises Ombud Service Bill - Mr T Chance (DA) 29 May 2018 B14-2018 Rejected
Red Tape Impact Assessment Bill - Mr H Krüger (DA) 18 Oct 2016 B13-2016 Rejected
2020 16 meetings Attendance rate 79%
2019 16 meetings 89%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

King Kunene 

Tel: 021 403 3772

Cell: 082 335 2839

Cell:  071 363 2252

Email: kkunene@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson

Nomtha Zixesha

Te: 021 403 2615

Cell: 083 709 8518

Email: nzixesha@parliament.gov.za

 

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