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Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014), dated 12 March 2014

Oversight responsibility of Social Development Portfolio Committee

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

National Development Agency
South African Social Security Agency

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.

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.

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18 Oct 2017 SASSA progress report; Social Development BRRR; Committee Report on KZN oversight
11 Oct 2017 Social Development Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report
05 Oct 2017 South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) 2016/17 Annual Report
04 Oct 2017 Department of Social Development + NDA 2016/17 Annual Reports, with Auditor-General input
13 Sep 2017 SASSA and Department human resources: status report; Department Quarter 4 performance
06 Sep 2017 SASSA progress report, with Minister
21 Jun 2017 Gender Based Violence Command Centre; SASSA weekly progress report; with Minister
14 Jun 2017 Retirement and Social Security Reforms: Department of Social Development progress report
31 May 2017 SASSA engagement with South African Post Office (SAPO) on payment of grants; with Minister
23 May 2017 Committee Report on Department of Social Development Annual Performance Plan
19 May 2017 South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) revised Annual Performance Plan
17 May 2017 SASSA weekly progress report
10 May 2017 SASSA and Minister on Constitutional Court order & Pretoria High Court ruling
03 May 2017 DSD & National Development Agency Annual Performance Plan
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 Children’s Amendment Bill [PMB 2 – 2015], dated 02 March 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
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 National Development Agency 2012/13 Annual Report, dated 18 February 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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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: Report 2009/10 Annual Report of National Development Agency (NDA)
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
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 - 2008
18 Feb 2009 ATC090218: Report Annual Report, Financial Statements and Auditor-General’s report 2007/08
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
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All questions to the Minister

2017 16 meetings Attendance rate 68%
2016 22 meetings 74%
2015 19 meetings 65%
2014 11 meetings 79%
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 Marubele

Tel: 021 403 3225

Email: tmarubele@parliament.gov.za

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