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Oversight responsibility of Public Works Portfolio Committee

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

Independent Development Trust
Construction Industry Development Board
Council for the Built Environment
Property Management Trading Entity

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 2018 Department of Public Works Quarter 3 & 4 performance; with Deputy Minister
22 May 2018 Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE) turnaround programme: Public Works status report
08 May 2018 Public Works Budget: Committee Report
02 May 2018 Committee Report on DPW Budget
24 Apr 2018 DPW, CBE, CIDB, PMTE, IDT, and Agrement SA on Annual Performance Plans, with Minister and Deputy Minister
17 Apr 2018 Department of Public Works Annual Performance Plan: Auditor General & DPME briefing
27 Mar 2018 Property Management Trading Entity: Department briefing
20 Mar 2018 “Operation Bring Back”: Progress Report, with Minister & Deputy Minister
13 Mar 2018 Assets on immovable asset register: Department briefing with Deputy Minister
27 Feb 2018 Public Works White Papers Review: progress report; with Deputy Minister
20 Feb 2018 Department of Public Works regional workshops resuscitation
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 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
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
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
30 Jul 2018 NW993 by Ms N W A Mazzone - How much land does (a) his department and (b) the ...
19 Jul 2018 NW1614 by Dr M J Figg (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - With reference to the identification of R 7,4 ...
13 Jul 2018 NW2062 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1) Whether all members of the senior management ...
13 Jul 2018 NW1759 by Mr D R Ryder - (a) What is the purpose of his department’s ...
10 Jul 2018 NW1966 by Mr D R Ryder - (1) Following the recent Cabinet reshuffle made ...
02 Jul 2018 NW1934 by Ms L Mathys (EFF) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...
02 Jul 2018 NW1630 by Mr M Waters (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Which Department is the owner of 29 Lyster ...
02 Jul 2018 NW436 by Dr M J Figg - (a) What is the current amount that is ...
02 Jul 2018 NW2031 by Mr T R Majola (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) What are the details of the (a) number of ...
02 Jul 2018 NW1831 by Mr W Horn (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Whether (a) his spouse and/or (b) an adult ...
18 Jun 2018 NW1336 by Dr M J Figg - Whether any progress has been made on the ...
18 Jun 2018 NW1883 by Ms L Mathys - (1) What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...
14 Jun 2018 NW1615 by Dr M J Figg - With reference to his department’s Budget Vote ...
14 Jun 2018 NW1662 by Mr M W Rabotapi - (a) What number of cases relating to the ...
14 Jun 2018 NW1480 by Mr K P Robertson (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Whether, with reference to the reply of the ...
14 Jun 2018 NW1326 by Mr D W Macpherson - (a) What budget is available for maintenance and ...
24 May 2018 NW1337 by Mr D R Ryder - Whether any staff members of his department ...
21 May 2018 NW1132 by Mr D Bergman (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) With regard to his department’s property on 5 ...
21 May 2018 NW1133 by Mr D Bergman - Whether the old post office building in Irene is ...
07 May 2018 NW1109 by Ms L Mathys (EFF) asked the Minister of Public Works - What (a) number of consulting firms or companies ...
07 May 2018 NW964 by Dr M J Figg (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Whether, with reference to each case of ...
04 May 2018 NW668 by Ms E R Wilson - (a) Why does his department’s outstanding account ...
03 May 2018 NW862 by Ms D Kohler (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Whether his department is still leasing the ...
04 Apr 2018 NW803 by Mr A P van der Westhuizen (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) What has been the cost (a) to dismantle and ...
04 Apr 2018 NW725 by Mr R K Purdon (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - Whether his department has a sexual harassment ...
04 Apr 2018 NW837 by Mr M Waters - What measures have been put in place to reduce ...
23 Mar 2018 NW366 by Mr T R Majola (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - MINISTRY PUBLIC WORKS REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA ...
19 Mar 2018 NW209 by Mr W M Madisha - Have the swimming pools of the ministerial ...
19 Mar 2018 NW465 by Mr T W Mhlongo - (1) (a) What were the zoning types for Erf 11206 ...
12 Mar 2018 NW467 by Mr T W Mhlongo - (1) (a) What are the premises located at 6455 ...
12 Mar 2018 NW466 by Mr T W Mhlongo - (1) (a) What are the premises located at 673 ...
12 Mar 2018 NW437 by Dr M J Figg - (1) Whether the property located at 7 Horvitch ...
12 Mar 2018 NW435 by Dr M J Figg - (1) Whether, with reference to his reply to ...
12 Mar 2018 NW331 by Mr A M Figlan - What amount did (a) his department and (b) each ...
12 Mar 2018 NW284 by Mr K P Robertson - (1) (a) What total amount was originally budgeted ...
12 Mar 2018 NW515 by Dr M J Figg - (1) With reference to John Dube House in Durban, ...
12 Mar 2018 NW495 by Mr A P van der Westhuizen (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) What number of ablution facilities in each ...
15 Feb 2018 NW120 by Mrs K Jooste - Whether, with regard to the proposed offices of ...
22 Dec 2017 NW3908 by Dr M J Figg - (1) Does his department have a bank overdraft; if ...
19 Dec 2017 NW3167 by Ms L Mathys (EFF) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) What are the details including the ranks of ...
19 Dec 2017 NW3911 by Mr D R Ryder - With reference to the Expanded Public Works ...
15 Dec 2017 NW3892 by Mr D R Ryder - In light of the additional funding that his ...
15 Dec 2017 NW3989 by Mrs A M Dreyer - With reference to the Department of Public Works’ ...
15 Dec 2017 NW3987 by Mr Y Cassim - What (a) was the total amount that was spent on ...
15 Dec 2017 NW3984 by Dr M J Figg - (1) With regard to the Ministerial residences ...
15 Dec 2017 NW3882 by Mr A P van der Westhuizen - (1) Whether his department took a decision ...
13 Dec 2017 NW3985 by Dr M J Figg - (1) With reference to the construction of a braai ...
13 Dec 2017 NW3990 by Mrs A M Dreyer - With reference to the Fernwood Master Plan, what ...
13 Dec 2017 NW3986 by Mr Y Cassim - (a) What is the total number of fire pools that ...
13 Dec 2017 NW3946 by Ms D van der Walt - With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Expropriation Bill 13 Feb 2015 B4-2015 Under consideration by the National Assembly.
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
2018 13 meetings Attendance rate 84%
2017 24 meetings 75%
2016 26 meetings 73%
2015 28 meetings 67%
2014 14 meetings 83%
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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