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Oversight responsibility of Social Development Portfolio Committee

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

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)

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

Functions

  • A portfolio committee must:
  • deal with Bills and other matters falling within its portfolio as are referred to in terms of the Constitution, legislation, National Assembly Rules, the Joint Rules or by resolution of the Assembly
  • must maintain oversight of-
    • the exercise within its portfolio of national executive authority, including the implementation of legislation,
    • any executive organ of state falling within its portfolio
    • any constitutional institution falling within its portfolio, and
    • any other body or institution in respect of which oversight was assigned to it
  • may monitor, investigate, enquire into and make recommendations concerning any such executive organ of state, constitutional institution or other body or institution, including the legislative programme, budget, rationalisation, restructuring, functioning, organisation, structure, staff and policies of such organ of state, institution or other body or institution
  • may consult and liaise with any executive organ of state or constitution institution, and
  • must perform any other functions, tasks or duties assigned to it in terms of the Constitution, legislation, these rules, the Joint Rules or resolutions of the Assembly, including functions, tasks and duties concerning parliamentary oversight or supervision of such executive organs of state, constitutional institutions or other bodies or institutions


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, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Nov 2019 Foster Care Progress Report on High Court Order; DSD 2019/20 Quarter 2 Performance
13 Nov 2019 Social Assistance Amendment Bill: briefing; DSD Audit & BRRR action plan; with Deputy Minister
06 Nov 2019 Auditor General’s audit findings for 2018/19 Annual Report & BRRR: SASSA & NDA action plan; DSD 2019/20 Quarter 1 performance; with Minister
30 Oct 2019 Plans to combat Gender Based Violence, femicide, violence and murder of children: DSD briefing
23 Oct 2019 Foster Care Progress Report on High Court Order
16 Oct 2019 Social Development Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report
09 Oct 2019 DSD, NDA & SASSA 2018/19 Annual Reports
08 Oct 2019 Social Development audit outcomes 2018/19; DSD-SASSA-SAPO financial relationship: AGSA briefing
18 Sep 2019 DSD on turnaround strategy to address backlog in the Foster Care System & meet North Gauteng High Court deadline, with Minister
11 Sep 2019 AGSA workshop; High Level Panel Report: DSD response; with Deputy Minister
04 Sep 2019 Foster Care System backlog: progress report; with Deputy Minister
27 Aug 2019 Central Drug Authority Board role, composition, challenges & appointment process, with Minister & Deputy Minister
21 Aug 2019 Department of Social Development Quarterly performance, with Deputy Minister
10 Jul 2019 Social Development Budget: Committee Report
03 Jul 2019 Department of Social Development & National Development Agency 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan
02 Jul 2019 Election of Committee Chairperson
17 Oct 2019 ATC191017: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, on the performance of the Department of Social Development and its entities for the 2018/19 financial year, dated 16 October 2019
10 Jul 2019 ATC190710: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Budget Vote 17, the Annual Performance Plans of the Department of Social Development and its entities for 2019/20, dated 10 July 2019
13 Mar 2019 ATC190313: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the processes it followed in dealing with a petition submitted by Mr Waters on behalf residents from East Rand, dated 13 March 2018
13 Feb 2019 ATC190213: Report of the Portfolio committee on Social Development on the Oversight Visit to the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD), community nutrition and Development Centre (CNDC) and DSD Funded Projects, dated 13 February 2019
31 Oct 2018 ATC181031: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, on the performance of the Department of Social Development and its entities for the 2017/18 financial year, dated 31 October 2018
31 Oct 2018 ATC181031: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, on the performance of the Department of Social Development and its entities for the 2017/18 financial year, dated 31 October 2018
06 Jun 2018 ATC180606: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Oversight Visit to KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development, South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) And the National Development Agency (NDA) projects, Dated 06 June 2018
04 May 2018 ATC180504: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Budget Vote 17, the Annual Performance Plans of the Department of Social Development and its Entities for 2018/19 dated 04 May 2018
18 Oct 2017 ATC171018: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, on the performance of the Department of Social Development and its entities for the 2016/17 financial year, dated 18 October 2017
23 May 2017 ATC170523: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Budget Vote 17, The Strategic Plans (2015-2019) and the Annual Performance Plans of the Department of Social Development and its Entities for 2017/18, Dated 23 May 2017
26 Oct 2016 ATC161026: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, on the performance of the Department of Social Development and its entities for the 2015/16 financial year, dated 26 October 2016
26 Oct 2016 ATC161026: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, on the performance of the Department of Social Development and its entities for the 2015/16 financial year, dated 26 October 2016
03 May 2016 ATC160503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Children’s Second Amendment Bill [B 14 – 2015 (National Assembly – sec 76)], dated 20 April 2016
03 May 2016 ATC160503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Children’s Amendment Bill [B 13 – 2015 (National Assembly – sec 75)], dated 20 April 2016
28 Apr 2016 ATC160428: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Budget Vote 17, the Strategic Plans (2015-2019) and the Annual Performance Plans of the Department of Social Development and its Entities for 2016/17 dated 26 April 2016
03 Mar 2016 ATC160303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Oversight visit to the Northern Cape Provincial Department Of Social Development, the Regional South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) Office, the Sassa Service Centre and the National Development Agency (Nda) Projects, dated 02 March 2016
03 Mar 2016 ATC160303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Children’s Amendment Bill [PMB 2 – 2015], dated 02 March 2016
22 Oct 2015 ATC151022: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, on the performance of the Department of Social Development and its entities for the 2014/15 financial year, dated 21 October 2015
07 May 2015 ATC150507: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Budget Votes 17, the Strategic Plans and the Annual Performance Plans of the Department of Social Development and its Entities for 2015/16 dated 06 May 2015
16 Apr 2015 ATC150410: Report Of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Oversight visit to Limpopo Department of Social Development, South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) Regional Office and the National Development Agency (Nda) Projects, dated 18 February 2015
16 Apr 2015 ATC150416:Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the 2012/13 Annual Report of the Central Drug Authority (CDA) dated 18 March 2015
29 Oct 2014 ATC141030: The Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, dated 29 October 2014
22 Oct 2014 ATC141022: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, on the performance of the Department of Social Development and its entities for the 2013/14 financial year, dated 22 October 2014
09 Jul 2014 ATC140711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Budget Vote 19, the Strategic Plans and the Annual Performance Plans of the Department of Social Development and its Entities For 2014/15, dated 09 July 2014
09 Jul 2014 ATC140716: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development on its inception and establishment, dated 9 July 2014
12 Mar 2014 ATC140327: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014), dated 12 March 2014
18 Feb 2014 ATC140303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the 2012/13 Annual Report of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), dated 18 February 2014
18 Feb 2014 ATC140303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the National Development Agency 2012/13 Annual Report, dated 18 February 2014
05 Feb 2014 ATC140313: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Oversight visit to Gauteng Department of Social Development, South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Regional Office, SASSA SERVICE Area and the National Development Agency (NDA) projects, dated 05 February 2014
16 Oct 2013 ATC131023: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, dated 16 October 2013
20 Aug 2013 ATC130821: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Children’s Amendment Bill [PMB 1 - 2013], dated 20 August 2013
20 Aug 2013 ATC130829: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on The 2011/12 Annual Report of the Central Drug Authority (CDA) dated 20 August 2013
18 Jun 2013 ATC130619: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Oversight visit to Kwazulu-Natal Department of Social Development, South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Regional Office and its Service Area, National Development Agency (NDA) Projects, Coalition of Non-Government Organisations and Lifeline, dated 18 June 2013
30 Apr 2013 ATC130503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on  Budget Vote 19 and Strategic and Operational Plan of the Department of Social Development for 2013/14 and its Entities, dated 30 April 2013
30 Apr 2013 ATC130502: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on  Budget Vote 19 and Strategic and Operational Plan of the Department of Social Development for 2013/14 and its Entities, dated 30 April 2013
12 Mar 2013 ATC130415: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the 2010/11 Annual Report of the Central Drug Authority (CDA), dated 12 March 2013
26 Feb 2013 ATC130415: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the National Development Agency 2011/12 Annual Report, dated 26 February 2013
23 Oct 2012 ATC121024: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the performance of the Department of Social Development for the 2011/12 financial year, dated 23 October 2012
29 Aug 2012 ATC120831: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Appointment of Candidates to serve on the Central Drug Authority Board, Dated 29 August 2012
29 Aug 2012 ATC120830: Eport Of The Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the appointment of candidates to serve on the Central Drug Authority Board, dated 29 August 2012
24 Apr 2012 ATC120424: Report Budget Vote 19 And Strategic & Operational Plan
28 Feb 2012 ATC120228: Report 2010/11 Annual Report of The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), dated 28 February 2012
28 Feb 2012 ATC120208: Report 2009/10 Annual Report of The National Development Agency (Nda), dated 28 February 2012
18 Oct 2011 ATC111018: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the performance of the Department of Social Development for the 2010/11 financial year
19 Apr 2011 ATC110419: Briefing by South African Human Rights Commission on its report on Investigation into issues of rule of law, justice & impunity arising out of 2008 public violence against non-nationals
19 Apr 2011 ATC110419: Report 2009/10 Annual Report of National Development Agency (NDA)
26 Oct 2010 ATC101026: Report Study Tour to Brazil
18 May 2010 ATC100518: Report Social Assistance Amendment Bill
13 Apr 2010 ATC100413: Report Budget Vote 18: Social Development
20 Oct 2009 ATC091020: Report Oversight visits to SASSA office Pay points & Service Areas in the Western Cape
01 Jul 2009 ATC090701: Report Budget Vote 16: Social Development and its entities
18 Feb 2009 ATC090218: Report Annual Report, Financial Statements and Auditor-General’s report 2007/08
18 Feb 2009 ATC090218: Report Annual Report - 2008
19 Jun 2008 ATC080619: Report: Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill
19 Jun 2008 ATC080619: Report Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill
08 May 2008 ATC080508: Report Social Assistance Amendment Bill
05 Mar 2008 ATC080305: Report Oversight Visit to Pretoria to consult national Departments on the Children’s Amendment Bill
20 Jun 2007 ATC070620: Report Oversight Visits to the Western Cape, Gauteng and Northern Cape
Report: Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill
07 Nov 2019 NW1178 by Mr N E Hinana - Whether her department incurred any costs related ...
14 Oct 2019 NW629 by Mrs D B Ngwenya - What (a) total amount has (i) her department and ...
14 Oct 2019 NW662 by Mrs B S Masango - (1) Whether she intends to request that ...
14 Oct 2019 NW372 by Mr J N de Villiers - What (a) number of official international trips ...
01 Oct 2019 NW572 by Ms B S Masango - What does her department intend doing to show ...
01 Oct 2019 NW571 by Ms B S Masango - (1)What total number of (a) enquiries have been ...
01 Oct 2019 NW569 by Mrs T G Mpambo-Sibhukwana - With reference to the recent statistics on the ...
01 Oct 2019 NW570 by Mrs T G Mpambo-Sibhukwana - What is her department’s plan to alleviate the ...
01 Oct 2019 NW75 by Ms A M Siwisa - What total number (a) of social workers were ...
01 Oct 2019 NW805 by Ms B S Masango - (1)Whether her department has put any mechanisms ...
01 Oct 2019 NW666 by Mrs T G Mpambo-Sibhukwana - (1)Whether she has been informed of the current ...
03 Sep 2019 NW350 by Ms L L van der Merwe - (1)With regard to the announcement by the ...
03 Sep 2019 NW198 by Ms L L van der Merwe - What (a) is the current total number of ...
12 Aug 2019 NW196 by Ms L L van der Merwe - (1) Whether, with regard to the low subsidies ...
12 Aug 2019 NW244 by Dr A Lotriet - (1) (a) What are the reasons that the Kempton ...
30 Jul 2019 NW140 by Ms L L van der Merwe - With regard to the new instances of SA Social ...
30 Jul 2019 NW197 by Ms L L van der Merwe - With regard to the increase in the number of ...
18 Jul 2019 NW19 by Ms B S Masango - (a) What number of forensic social workers are ...
18 Jul 2019 NW43 by Mrs D B Ngwenya - (a) What number of rehabilitation centres are run ...
26 Mar 2019 NW512 by Ms N P Sonti - V\/hat number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties ...
20 Mar 2019 NW415 by Ms D Carter - Whether any action has been taken, be it ...
20 Mar 2019 NW330 by Ms N P Sonti - What is the (a) total number of social grant ...
20 Mar 2019 NW362 by Mrs A M Dreyer - (1)(a) What are the reasons that the Kempton Park ...
20 Mar 2019 NW498 by Ms N V Mente - Whether, in follow up to the reply to question ...
20 Mar 2019 NW637 by Ms N P Sonti - (a) What number of social grant recipients were ...
20 Mar 2019 NW716 by Ms T M Mbabama - What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and ...
20 Mar 2019 NW754 by Ms N P Sonti - Whether her department has conducted any studies ...
25 Feb 2019 NW160 by Ms D Carter - Whether any persons have been held accountable ...
25 Feb 2019 NW144 by Mr H B Groenewald - With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...
25 Feb 2019 NW78 by Ms A T Khanyile - (a) How long did the SA Social Security Agency ...
25 Feb 2019 NW269 by Ms N P Sonti - What number of (a) tender briefings were held in ...
28 Nov 2018 NW3526 by Ms B S Masango - With reference to her reply to question 2117 on ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3296 by Ms M S Khawula - (1) Whether certain persons (names and details ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3295 by Ms N P Sonti - (1)Whether certain persons (names and details ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3297 by Ms N V Mente - (1) Whether certain persons (names and details ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3299 by Mr N Paulsen - (1) Whether certain persons (names and details ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3294 by Ms Y N Yako - (1) Whether certain persons (names and details ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3293 by Mr P G Moteka - (1) Whether certain persons (names and details ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3271 by Ms N P Sonti - Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3200 by Mr N S Matiase - (1) Whether certain persons (names and details ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3721 by Ms N P Sonti - Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3302 by Adv T E Mulaudzi - (1) Whether certain persons (names and details ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3300 by Mr N S Matiase - (1) Whether certain persons (names and details ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3298 by Ms L Mathys - (1) Whether certain persons (names and details ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3248 by Mr T W Mhlongo - What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3202 by Adv T E Mulaudzi - (1) Whether certain persons (names and details ...
08 Oct 2018 NW2731 by Ms N P Sonti - What criteria does her department use to ...
04 Oct 2018 NW2730 by Ms N P Sonti - What (a) is the total number of non-profit ...
04 Oct 2018 NW2732 by Ms N P Sonti - What are the names of the persons who serve in ...
04 Oct 2018 NW2735 by Mr N Paulsen - (1)Has her department at any point engaged the ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Social Assistance Amendment Bill 13 Apr 2018 B8-2018 Under consideration by the National Assembly.
Children's Amendment Bill 20 May 2015 B13-2015 Act commenced
Children's Second Amendment Bill 20 May 2015 B14-2015 Act commenced
Children’s Amendment Bill - Mr M Waters (DA) 18 Feb 2015 PMB2-2015 Rejected
Children’s Amendment Bill – Mr M Waters (DA) 12 Mar 2013 PMB1-2013 Withdrawn
Social Assistance Amendment Bill 02 Mar 2010 B5-2010 Act commenced
Social Assistance Amendment Bill 23 Apr 2008 B17-2008 Act commenced
Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill 14 Mar 2008 B12-2008 Act commenced
Children’s Amendment 23 May 2006 B19-2006 Act commenced
2019 16 meetings Attendance rate 80%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Lindiwe Ntsabo

Tel: 021 403 8230

Cell: 083 709 8524

Email: lntsabo@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:

Thandeka Marubelele

Tel: 021 403 3225

Email: tmarubelele@parliament.gov.za

Cell: 061 438 5850

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