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Oversight responsibility of Public Works and Infrastructure Portfolio Committee

The Public Works and Infrastructure Portfolio Committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure as well as the following statutory entities:

Agrement South Africa
Council for the Built Environment
Construction Industry Development Board
Engineering Council of South Africa
Independent Development Trust 
South African Council for the Architectural Profession
South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession
South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions
South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession
South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession

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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05 Jul 2019 Public Works and Infrastructure Budget: Committee Report
03 Jul 2019 Public Works & Infrastructure, Agrément SA, IDT, CIDB & Council for the Built Environment 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan
02 Jul 2019 Department of Public Works 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan, with the Minister
02 Jul 2019 Election of Chairperson
12 Mar 2019 Immovable assets outside RSA management/disposal: Public Works & DIRCO briefing, with Deputy Minister; Committee Legacy Report
05 Mar 2019 EPWP Phase III job creation: Public Works briefing, with Deputy Minister
26 Feb 2019 Immovable Asset Register progress report & Land identified for redistribution: DPW & DHS briefings, with Minister
19 Feb 2019 Properties & land parcels earmarked for land reform through land restitution process, with Deputy Minister
12 Feb 2019 High Level Panel Recommendations; Committee Annual Report
05 Feb 2019 Public Works Committee Oversight & Annual Report
12 Mar 2019 ATC190312: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on its activities undertaken during the 5th Parliament 2014 to 2019 as considered and adopted on 12 March 2019
12 Feb 2019 ATC190212: Report on the High Level Panel Report recommendations related to the mandate of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works, dated 12 February 2019
31 Oct 2018 ATC181031: Portfolio Committee on Public Works: Report on a study tour to the Federal Republic of Germany, dated 31 October 2018
23 Oct 2018 ATC181023: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on a follow-up Oversight Visit to the eastern cape, dated 23 October 2018
17 Oct 2018 ATC181017: 2017/18 Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on the Performance of the National Department of Public Works And its Entities, dated 17 October 2018
28 Aug 2018 ATC180828: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on the Expropriation Bill, dated 28 August 2018
08 May 2018 ATC180508: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on Budget Vote 11: Public Works and Annual Performance Plans 2018-2019 of the Department of Public Works, the Property Management Trading Entity, and entities reporting to the Minister of Public Works, dated 8 May 2018
10 Oct 2017 ATC171010: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on the performance of the national Department of Public Works, dated 10 October 2017
10 Oct 2017 ATC171010: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on the performance of the national Department of Public Works, dated 10 October 2017
05 Sep 2017 ATC170905: Report on an Oversight Visit to Small Harbours on the Western Cape West Coast, and Cape Town, dated 5 September 2017
05 Sep 2017 ATC170905: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on an Oversight visit to Small Harbours In the South-Western Cape, and Cape Town, dated 5 September 2017
14 Mar 2017 ATC170314: Interim Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on the Expropriation Bill, dated 14 March 2017
22 Nov 2016 ATC161122: 2015/16 Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on the performance of the national Department of Public Works, the Property Management Trading Entity, and entities reporting to the Minister of Public Works, dated 22 November 2016.
24 May 2016 ATC160524: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on the Expropriation Bill [B 4D – 2015] (National Assembly – sec 76(1)), dated 24 May 2016
19 Apr 2016 ATC160419: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on Budget Vote 11: Public Works and on the Strategic Plans 2016-2017 and Annual Performance Plans 2016-2017 of the Department, the Property Management Trading Entity and entities, dated 19 April 2016
08 Feb 2016 ATC160208: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on the Expropriation Bill [B 4 – 2015], dated 26 January 2016
20 Nov 2015 ATC151120: The 2014/15 Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on the performance of the national Department of Public Works, dated 19 November 2015
26 Jun 2015 ATC150526: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on the Agrément South Africa Bill [B 3 – 2015] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 26 May 2015:
05 May 2015 ATC150505: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on Budget Vote 11: Public Works and on the Strategic Plans 2015-2016 and Annual Performance Plans 2015-2016 of the Department, the Property Management Trading Entity and entities, dated 5 May 2015
21 Oct 2014 ATC141029: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works, dated 21 October 2014
10 Jul 2014 ATC140710: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on Budget Vote 7: Public Works and on the Strategic Plan 2014 - 2019 and Annual Performance Plan 2014 - 2015 of the Department, dated 10 July 2014
22 Oct 2013 ATC131023: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works, dated 22 October 2013
22 Oct 2013 ATC131023: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works, dated 22 October 2013
30 Apr 2013 ATC130507: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on Budget Vote 7: Public Works and on the Strategic Plans, 2012 - 2016 and Annual Performance Plans 2013 - 2014 of the Department and its entities, dated 30 April 2013
23 Oct 2012 ATC121024: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on the Department of Public Works for the 2011/12 financial year, dated 23 October 2012.
20 Mar 2012 ATC120320: Report oversight visit to the Free State, 22 – 27 January 2012, dated 20 March 2012
06 Mar 2012 ATC120306: Report oversight visit to the Northern Cape from 5 to 9 September 2011, dated 6 March 2012
25 Oct 2011 ATC111025: Report oversight visit to the Eastern Cape from 24 to 29 July 2011, dated 25 October 2011
29 Jul 2011 Report: oversight visit to the Eastern Cape from 24 to 29 July 2011, dated 25 October 2011
31 May 2011 ATC110531: Report Strategic Plans of the Department and its entities
25 Apr 2011 ATC110425: Report Budget Vote 7, Strategic Plans 2012 – 2016 & Annual Performance Plans 2012 - 2014, dated 25 April 2011
15 Feb 2011 ATC110215: Report the oversight visit to Mpumalanga, 24 – 26 January 2011, dated 15 February 2011
04 May 2010 ATC100504: Report Budget Vote 6 & Strategic Plan 2010/11 to 2012/13 of the Department of Public Works & its Entities
02 Mar 2010 ATC100302: Report Oversight Visit to Eastern Cape from 1 – 3 February 2010
11 Jun 2009 ATC090611: Report Budget Vote [Vote 5] and Strategic Plan 2009/10 – 2011/12
18 Feb 2009 ATC090218: Report Budget and Strategic Plan on the 2008 – 2011 Budget Vote 5 of the Estimates of National Expenditure
28 Jan 2009 ATC090128: Report Annual Reports of the Department of Public Works; IDT; AGRÉMO; CIDB; CBE 2006/07
27 Aug 2008 ATC080827: Report Built Environment Professions Bill
08 Jul 2019 NW17 by Mr. R A Lees - (1) With reference to the reply of the Minister ...
08 Jul 2019 NW6 by Mr M N Nxumalo (IFP) asked the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure - Whether her department has put in place any ...
18 Apr 2019 NW555 by Mr J J McGluwa - (1) With regard to the contracts awarded to ...
18 Apr 2019 NW554 by Mr J J McGluwa - (1) What specific maintenance has been conducted ...
18 Apr 2019 NW428 by Dr M J Figg - What (a) number of residential properties under ...
18 Apr 2019 NW429 by Dr M J Figg - Whether any plans have been put in place to ...
18 Apr 2019 NW430 by Mr D R Ryder - (1) What number of heads of departments of his ...
18 Apr 2019 NW817 by Ms L Mathys - What is the current status on the possibility of ...
18 Apr 2019 NW445 by Mr M Waters - (1) (a) On what date was each school within the ...
18 Apr 2019 NW774 by Mr D R Ryder - (1) (a) What are the details of the ...
11 Apr 2019 NW712 by Ms G S A Ngwenya - What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and ...
11 Apr 2019 NW672 by Mr D R Ryder - (a) What (i) amount has been allocated for the ...
11 Apr 2019 NW525 by Ms L Mathys (EFF) asked the Minister of Public Works - (a) What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties ...
11 Apr 2019 NW550 by Mr. D R Ryder - (1) Whether the property that houses the Fairland ...
11 Apr 2019 NW645 by Ms L Mathys - What (a) income does his department and/or ...
11 Apr 2019 NW671 by Mr D R Ryder - Whether any members of the Executive (a) ...
11 Apr 2019 NW775 by Mr D R Ryder - (1) (a) How often are deviations from the ...
11 Apr 2019 NW765 by Ms L Mathys - What total number of (a) tenders that were ...
11 Apr 2019 NW729 by Ms L Mathys (EFF) asked the Minister of Public Works - (a) On what date was each of the country’s (i) ...
11 Apr 2019 NW673 by Mr D R Ryder - (1) Whether the Van Der Stel House on the western ...
25 Mar 2019 NW173 by Mr A P van der Westhuizen (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) With reference to his replies to question 71 ...
25 Mar 2019 NW557 by Dr M J Figg - Whether any plans have been approved to rebuild ...
07 Mar 2019 NW284 by Ms L Mathys (EFF) asked the Minister of Public Works - What number of (a) tender briefings were held in ...
07 Mar 2019 NW140 by Ms T Gqada (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...
20 Dec 2018 NW1718 by Ms L Mathys - (1) (a) What total amount of land owned by his ...
20 Dec 2018 NW1758 by Mr D R Ryder - Which construction projects completed by the (a) ...
20 Dec 2018 NW2931 by Ms L Mathys - (a) What (i) is the total number of employees ...
20 Dec 2018 NW3075 by Mr D R Ryder - (1) What number of (a) Custodian Immovable Asset ...
20 Dec 2018 NW3398 by Mr D R Ryder - (1)With regard to Acacia Park, Pelican Park and ...
20 Dec 2018 NW3752 by Dr M J Figg - (1) What is the total amount that his department ...
20 Dec 2018 NW3803 by Dr M J Figg (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - What was the (a) address, (b) value, (c) size, ...
20 Dec 2018 NW3851 by Mr R K Purdon - (1) Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any ...
20 Dec 2018 NW3883 by Mr Z R Xalisa - What number of Expanded Public Works Programme ...
20 Dec 2018 NW3535 by Dr M J Figg - (1 ) Whether any contractors contracted by his ...
19 Dec 2018 NW2262 by Dr M J Figg - (a) What is the current amount that is ...
19 Dec 2018 NW3884 by Ms N V Mente - What amount has his department spent on repairing ...
19 Dec 2018 NW3313 by Ms L Mathys - (1) (a) On what date was the information ...
19 Dec 2018 NW3407 by Mr K P Robertson - (1) What are the details of (a) his department’s ...
19 Dec 2018 NW3918 by Ms Y N Yako - Whether, with reference to the reply of the ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3410 by Dr M J Figg (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - Whether his department intends to repair the ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3536 by Dr M J Figg - (1) Whether his department is paying R340,000 per ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3409 by Dr M J Figg - Whether his department leases any properties from ...
03 Dec 2018 NW2846 by Ms D Kohler - (a) What number of buildings in each province ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3076 by Mr D R Ryder (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Of the 90 000 buildings reportedly under the ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3077 by Mr D R Ryder - (a) What number of exemptions have been gazetted ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3400 by Mr D J Stubbe - With reference to the findings of the Section 106 ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3100 by Mr J H Steenhuisen - (1) On what date did his department last conduct ...
19 Nov 2018 NW2261 by Mmusi Aloysias Maimane - (1) With reference to the Minister of Labour’s ...
19 Nov 2018 NW2724 by Mr W Wessels - (1) Whether his department conducts regular ...
19 Nov 2018 NW2845 by Ms D Kohler - Whether he has been informed that members of his ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Expropriation Bill 13 Feb 2015 B4-2015 Rejected
Agremént South Africa Bill 10 Feb 2015 B3-2015 Act commenced
Built Environment Professions Bill 19 Jun 2008 B53-2008 Lapsed
Expropriation Bill 15 Apr 2008 B16-2008 Withdrawn
Government Immovable Asset Management Bill 06 Feb 2006 B1-2006 Act commenced
2019 2 meetings Attendance rate 86%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee

Nola Jobodwana (Stand-in)

Tel: 021 403 3780

Cell: 083 709 8397

E-mail: njobodwana@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson

Gadija Osman

Tel: 021 403 2847

Cell: 083 709 8423

E-mail: gosman@parliament.gov.za

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