NCOP Public Services

National Council of Provinces Committee

Share this page:

Report of the Select Committee on Public Services on oversight activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament, dated 25 March 2014

Oversight responsibility of Public Services Select Committee

This Select Committee is responsible for oversight of the Departments of:

Public Works

Transport

Human Settlements


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.

05 Jun 2014 Since July 2014, the Public Works and Transport portfolios are part of SC Economic Development and Business Development and Communications is part of SC Communications and Public Enterprises
24 Mar 2014 Rental Housing Amendment Bill [B56B-2013]: final mandates; Committee Legacy Report
17 Mar 2014 Rental Housing Amendment Bill [B56B-2013]: negotiating mandates
03 Mar 2014 Rental Housing Amendment Bill [B56B-2013]; briefing by Minister and Department of Human Settlements
24 Feb 2014 Department of Public Works briefing on its oversight role over Independent Development Trust (IDT); IDT role in school infrastructure delivery; with Deputy Minister
17 Feb 2014 Efforts to improve the quality of construction in the housing sector: briefing by Department of Public Works & Construction Industry Development Board
10 Feb 2014 Cooperation between departments and progress on the audit of land and property that belongs to government, with Deputy Minister of Public Works
03 Feb 2014 Safer roads and weigh bridges: Briefings from Department of Transport & Road Traffic Management Corporation
27 Jan 2014 Update on Task Team efforts to resolve Free State – Lesotho cross border challenges that impact on road transport services
25 Mar 2014 ATC140325: Report of the Select Committee on Public Services on the Rental Housing Amendment Bill [B 56B – 2013] (National Assembly - sec 76), dated 25 March 2014:
19 Feb 2014 ATC140221: Report of the Interim Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation dated 19 February 2014.
19 Feb 2014 ATC140221: Report of the Interim Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation dated 19 February 2014.
19 Feb 2014 ATC140221: Report of the Interim Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation dated 19 February 2014.
19 Feb 2014 ATC140221: Report of the Interim Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation dated 19 February 2014.
08 Oct 2013 ATC131008: Report of the Select Committee on Public Services on the Merchant Shipping   (Civil Liability Convention) Bill, dated 8 October 2013
08 Oct 2013 ATC131008: Report of the Select Committee on Public Services on the Merchant Shipping (International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Bill, dated 8 October 2013:
05 Jun 2013 ATC130606: Report of the Interim Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation on the Amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations, dated 5 June 2013.
22 May 2013 ATC130523: Report of the Interim Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation on Alien and Invasive Species Regulations submitted to the NCOP for approval, dated 22 May 2013.
22 May 2013 ATC130523: Report of the Interim Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation on  Regulations and Directives in terms of the Protection from Harassment Act ( No.17 of 2011), dated 22 May 2013.
21 May 2013 ATC130521: Report of the Select Committee on Public Services on the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, dated 21 May 2013
07 May 2013 ATC130507: Report of the Select Committee on Public Services on the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, dated 7 May 2013:
24 Apr 2013 ATC130424: Report of the Select Committee on Public Services on the South African Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue Amendment Bill, dated 24 April 2013:
30 Oct 2012 ATC121030: Report of the Select Committee on Public Services on the Road Accident Fund (Transitional Provisions) Bill [B 22B – 2012] (National Assembly – section 75), dated 30 October 2012:
05 Jun 2012 ATC120605: Report Financial Statements of Servcon Housing Solutions (Proprietary) Limited for 2009-10, including the Report of the Independent Auditors on the Financial Statements and Performance Information for 2009-10, dated 5 June 2012
18 Aug 2011 ATC110808: Report Oversight visit to the Free State from 17 to 18 August 2011
01 Mar 2011 ATC110301: Report International Study Tour to the Republic of Cuba, dated 1 March 2011
25 Aug 2009 ATC090825: Report Budget Vote 5: Department of Public Works
25 Aug 2009 ATC090825: Report Budget Vote 33: Department of Transport
04 Feb 2009 ATC090204: Report Civil Aviation Bill
02 Sep 2008 ATC080902: Report Legal Succession to the South African Transport Services Amendment Bill
18 Jun 2008 ATC080618: Report Housing Development Agency Bill
27 Feb 2008 ATC080227: Report 1991 Amendments to the Convention on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), 1948
27 Feb 2008 ATC080217: Report International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships
Report: National Railway Safety Regulator Amendment Bill
Report: National Land Transport Bill
Report: National Road Traffic Amendment Bill
Report: Budget Vote 26: Department of Human Settlements

There are no questions at this time.

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
2010 Community Schemes Ombud Service Bill 27 Jul 2010 B21-2010 Act commenced
2010 Sectional Titles Schemes Management Bill 22 Jul 2010 B20-2010 Act commenced
2010 Transport Laws Repeal Bill 19 Jul 2010 B19-2010 Act commenced
Air Services Licensing Amendment Bill 28 May 2008 B25-2008 Act commenced
Built Environment Professions Bill 19 Jun 2008 B53-2008 Lapsed
Carriage by Air Amendment Bill 15 Aug 2006 B18-2006 Act commenced
Civil Aviation Bill 08 Sep 2008 B73-2008 Act commenced
Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment Bill 15 Feb 2007 B1-2007 Act commenced
Cross-Border Road Transport Amendment Bill 23 Nov 2007 B51-2007 Act commenced
Housing Consumers Protection Measures Amendment Bill 26 Mar 2007 B6-2007 Act commenced
Housing Development Agency Bill 08 Feb 2008 B1-2008 Act commenced
Legal Succession to the South African Transport Services Amendment Bill 13 Jun 2008 B43-2008 Act commenced
Merchant Shipping (International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Bill 15 Jul 2013 B19-2013 Act commenced
Merchant Shipping (Safe Containers Convention) Bill 17 Sep 2010 B31-2010 Act commenced
National Land Transport Bill 18 Jun 2008 B51-2008 Act commenced
National Railway Safety Regulator Amendment Bill 04 Jun 2008 B32-2008 Act partially commenced
National Road Traffic Amendment Bill 12 Jun 2008 B39-2008 Act commenced
Rental Housing Amendment Bill 20 Nov 2013 B56-2013 The bill has been signed into law.
Rental Housing Amendment Bill 27 Jul 2007 B30-2007 Act commenced
Road Accident Fund (Transitional Provisions) Bill 08 Jun 2012 B22-2012 Act commenced
Social Housing Bill 27 Jul 2007 B29-2007 Act commenced
South African Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue Amendment Bill 13 Sep 2012 B28-2012 Act commenced
Transport Agencies General Laws Amendment Bill 27 Jul 2007 B27-2007 Act partially commenced
Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill 05 Oct 2012 B30-2012 Act commenced

Contact

Secretary to Committee

Pilate Gwebu

Tel: 021 403 8257

Cell: 083 709 8491

E-mail: pgwebu@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson

Perfect Ndzukula

Tel: 021 403 3969

Email: pndzukula@parliament.gov.za

Share this page: