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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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Jul 2020 DPWI Adjustment Budget: Committee Report
09 Jul 2020 DPWI on Adjustment Budget & Revised Annual Performance Plan; with Minister
24 Jun 2020 SA’s Infrastructure Investment Plan post COVID19, with Minister
17 Jun 2020 DPWI on the IDT exit strategy; with Minister and Deputy Minister
11 Jun 2020 DPWI & PMTE 2019/20 Quarter 4 performance; with Minister & Deputy Minister
02 Jun 2020 Public Works & Infrastructure Budget: Committee Report
28 May 2020 Independent Development Trust and Agrément SA 2019/20 Annual Performance Plans; with Minister and Deputy Minister
20 May 2020 CIDB & CBE 2020/21 Annual Performance Plans; with Deputy Minister
13 May 2020 DPWI & PMTE 2020/21 Annual Performance Plans with Deputy Minister
04 May 2020 Properties earmarked as quarantine facilities for COVID19 patients; Report on the Beitbridge fence erection project; with Minister and Deputy Minister
11 Mar 2020 DPWI & PMTE: Consequence management regarding fraud and corruption cases & Termination of employment contracts that has led to incapacity; with Deputy Minister
10 Mar 2020 State of parliamentary villages, with Minister and SAPS
04 Mar 2020 DPWI & PMTE 2019/20 Quarter 3 performance; with Minister
26 Feb 2020 CBE & BEPCs on implementing pipeline for graduates to become professionally registered; Process to complete review of the White Paper; with Deputy Minister
19 Feb 2020 Committee Reports
15 Jul 2020 ATC200715: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure on the 2019/20 Fourth Quarter performance of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, the Property Management Trading Entity, dated 14 July 2020
15 Jul 2020 ATC200715: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure on the Adjustments made within the Budgetary Allocation of Vote 13: Public Works and Infrastructure, dated 14 July 2020
04 Jun 2020 ATC200604: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure on Budget Vote 13: Public Works and Infrastructure, Dated 2 June 2020
20 Feb 2020 ATC2002Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure on the 2018/19 Fourth Quarter performance of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, the Property Management Trading Entity, dated 06 November 2019
20 Feb 2020 200220: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure on the 2019/20 First and Second Quarter performance of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, the Property Management Trading Entity, dated 27 November 2019
18 Oct 2019 ATC191018: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (2018/19) of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure on the Performance of the National Department of Public Works and its Entities, dated 16 October 2019
16 Sep 2019 ATC190916: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure on an Oversight Visit to Gauteng, Dated 11 September 2019
04 Sep 2019 ATC190904: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure on an Oversight Visit to Gauteng, Dated 11 September 2019
05 Jul 2019 ATC190705: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure on Budget Vote 11: Public Works, the Property Management Trading Entity, and entities reporting to the Minister of Public Works, dated 5 July 2019
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
31 Jul 2020 NW1630 by Ms S J Graham (DA) - Whether she appointed a certain person (name...
31 Jul 2020 NW1450 by Ms S J Graham - (1)What total number (a) of nonprofit...
31 Jul 2020 NW1231 by Mrs C C S Motsepe - What requirements has her department put in...
31 Jul 2020 NW1185 by Ms S J Graham - (a) What number of (i) implementing agents...
24 Jul 2020 NW1186 by Ms S J Graham - What (a) was the final total cost of...
24 Jul 2020 NW1235 by Ms S J Graham - What (a) number of participants are currently...
24 Jul 2020 NW1166 by M B Hicklin - What (a) reporting and accounting systems are...
24 Jul 2020 NW1267 by Ms S J Graham - In view of the fact that a virement of...
24 Jul 2020 NW1262 by Dr M M Gondwe - What progress has her department made in...
21 Jul 2020 NW1178 by Dr M M Gondwe - What measures has her department put in place...
21 Jul 2020 NW1047 by Ms S J Graham - In light of the fact that repatriations are...
21 Jul 2020 NW1233 by Mr M Waters - By what date does she intend to respond to the...
21 Jul 2020 NW1187 by Ms S J Graham - What (a) was the total cost of refurbishment...
21 Jul 2020 NW1102 by Mrs M B Hicklin - (1) What is her department doing to facilitate...
09 Jun 2020 NW958 by Ms S J Graham - (1)(a) What role did she play in the...
09 Jun 2020 NW959 by Ms S J Graham - (a) What extraordinary expenditure has her...
09 Jun 2020 NW856 by Ms S J Graham - With reference to the price paid by her...
08 Jun 2020 NW913 by Mr P A van Staden - (1)Whether her Department awarded any tenders...
08 Jun 2020 NW957 by Ms S J Graham - (a) What progress has her Department made on...
08 Jun 2020 NW855 by Ms S J Graham - (1)Whether, in light of the fact that her...
08 Jun 2020 NW857 by Ms S J Graham - Whether, with reference to her decision that...
08 Jun 2020 NW1048 by Ms S J Graham - Whether an assessment has been done by her...
08 Jun 2020 NW1046 by Ms S J Graham - (1)Whether, with reference to the directive...
08 Jun 2020 NW880 by Mr G K Y Cachalia - (1)Whether her Department will offer any form...
01 Jun 2020 NW476 by Ms B M van Minnen - (1)What measures and guidelines has she in...
01 Jun 2020 NW746 by Ms N W A Mazzone - (a) What regulations did her Department rely...
25 May 2020 NW788 by Ms S J Graham - (1) Who is responsible for the payment made to...
25 May 2020 NW744 by Ms S J Graham - What (a) is the status of the number of youth...
25 May 2020 NW745 by Ms S J Graham - What mechanisms is her department putting in...
25 May 2020 NW787 by Ms S J Graham - In light of the fact that her Department has...
20 May 2020 NW616 by Mr P A van Staden - (1)What measures are being put in place to...
20 May 2020 NW644 by Mr R A Lees - With reference to her reply to question 304 on...
20 May 2020 NW612 by Mr P A van Staden - (1)what (a) is the estimated time frame to...
20 May 2020 NW797 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1)With reference to her statement that a...
20 May 2020 NW786 by Ms S J Graham - (1)What (a) is the total amount of the...
20 May 2020 NW747 by Ms N W A Mazzone - 1) Whether the specifications for the...
20 May 2020 NW743 by Ms S J Graham - (1) (a) Why was the Independent Development...
11 May 2020 NW643 by Mr A C Ross - With regard to the recent R37,2 million...
30 Apr 2020 NW565 by Mrs S P Kopane - What is the breakdown of the number of...
30 Apr 2020 NW535 by Mr D Joseph - (1)(a) What type of events are currently...
30 Apr 2020 NW552 by Mrs M B Hicklin - (1) What amount did her department spend in...
09 Apr 2020 NW509 by Ms S J Graham - Whether she has been informed that the...
09 Apr 2020 NW510 by Ms S J Graham - Given that R3 million was transferred from...
08 Apr 2020 NW510 by Ms S J Graham - Given that R3 million was transferred from...
08 Apr 2020 NW491 by Dr L A Schreiber - (1) Whether her department took a decision...
30 Mar 2020 NW440 by Ms S J Graham - What measures does her Department have in...
30 Mar 2020 NW421 by Mrs M B Hicklin - (1) (a) What number of houses are currently on...
30 Mar 2020 NW508 by Ms S J Graham - (1) With reference to her statement during the...
19 Mar 2020 NW341 by Mrs M B Hicklin - (1)In view of the statement in the progress...
19 Mar 2020 NW356 by Ms S J Graham - What (a) is the total number of (i)...

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
2020 15 meetings Attendance rate 78%
2019 19 meetings 83%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee

Nola Jobodwana

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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