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 (DPWI) as well as the following statutory entities:
Agrement South Africa
Council for the Built Environment (CBE)
Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)
Engineering Council of South Africa
Independent Development Trust (IDT)
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
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 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.
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)
THE DIFFERENT COMMITTEES OF PARLIAMENT
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 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.
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.
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.
|Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Policy|
|Draft National Infrastructure Plans 2050|
|Department of Public Works and Infrastructure - Language Policy|
|Expropriation Draft Bill, 2019|
|Expropriation Bill [B4-2015]|
|Construction Industry Development Regulations: Draft|
|Agrément South Africa Bill [B3-2015]|
|Expropriation Bill [B4-2015]|
|Draft Build Environment (BEP) Policy|
|Draft Agrément South Africa, 2013|
|NW1616 by Mrs Y N Yako - In light of how his department outsources most...|
|NW294 by Mr S S Zondo - Whether, given that during the State of the...|
|NW596 by Ms S J Graham - (1)Whether her department has received the...|
|NW2151 by Mr S S Zondo - Noting that his department has recently...|
|NW2089 by Mr S S Zondo - (a) What total amount does it cost his...|
|NW1927 by Ms A M Siwisa - (a) On what date will renovations at the...|
|NW1735 by Mr S S Zondo - (1) Whether, considering the R500 million that...|
|NW1659 by Ms S J Graham - (1) What is the purpose of the Old...|
|NW1646 by Mrs C Phillips - Whether, with reference to the former...|
|NW1645 by Mrs C Phillips - Whether, with reference to the former...|
|NW1508 by Ms S J Graham - What progress has been made to date with...|
|NW1644 by Mrs C Phillips - (1) Whether, with reference to the former...|
|NW2410 by A M Siwisa - What total number of properties that are under...|
|NW2246 by A M Siwisa - Out of the 165 sites identified by his...|
|NW2132 by Ms A M Siwisa - Whether, with reference to his recent budget...|
|NW1565 by M B Hicklin - (1)With reference to the reply to question...|
|NW1106 by Mr S S Zondo - Whether, following reports of damaged and...|
|NW948 by Mr S S Zondo - In view of the reported 360 courts that were...|
|NW1649 by Mr I S Seitlholo - Whether his department built a satellite...|
|NW1778 by Mrs N J Nolutshungu - (1)Whether, in light of the presented amounts...|
|NW1830 by C Phillips - (1)Whether, with reference to the former...|
|NW1838 by Mr I S Seitlholo - Whether, with reference to the former...|
|NW2041 by Ms S J Graham - (1)(a) Who approved the provision of a...|
|NW2161 by Ms T Breedt - (1)Whether the Matjhabeng Local Municipality...|
|NW2411 by Ms A M Siwisa - Whether the renovations at the Bantuvuka...|
|NW2430 by A M Siwisa - In light of the reports of collapsing ceilings...|
|NW2322 by Mr S S Zondo - Considering that since 2018 communities have...|
|NW2245 by A M Siwisa - With reference to his announcement during his...|
|NW1566 by M B Hicklin - (1)Whether, with regard to the proliferation...|
|NW1996 by Ms A M Siwisa - With regard to the networking budget vote...|
|NW2439 by Mr P A van Staden - Whether, with reference to his reply to...|
|NW2469 by Ms S J Graham - (1)(a) On what date was the last assessment of...|
|NW2478 by Mrs. M B Hicklin - (1) (a) What was the purpose of the dinner...|
|NW2485 by Mr S Tambo - (1)What (a) number of projects have stalled...|
|NW2504 by Ms A M Siwisa - (1)With reference to the information provided...|
|NW2516 by Mr A V Khoza - In light of the fact that the Park Road Police...|
|NW254 by Ms S J Graham - (1)What (a) progress has been made on the...|
|NW1064 by Ms S J Graham - (1)Whether a site assessment has been...|
|NW1819 by Mr P A van Staden - Whether, with reference to Mr P A van Staden’s...|
|NW2239 by Mr M K Montwedi - What (a)(i) are the full details and (ii) is...|
|NW2126 by Mr I S Seitlholo - Whether his department has successfully...|
|NW2125 by Mr I S Seitlholo (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:  [Question submitted for oral reply now placed for written reply because it is in excess of quota (Rule 137(8))]: - What mechanisms has his department implemented...|
|NW2099 by MS AM SIWISA - Since the beginning of the sixth Parliament,...|
|NW255 by Ms S J Graham - (1)Whether her department has received the...|
|NW2061 by Mr E J Marais - With regard to the parcels of land owned by...|
|NW2035 by Mr I S Seitlholo - (1)Whether the Rygersdal Complex in Rosebank,...|
|NW1997 by Ms A M Siwisa - What (a) number of buildings have been...|
|NW1674 by A G Whitfield - (1)Whether his department has entered into any...|
|NW1660 by Ms S J Graham - (1)What is the purpose of the Old Magistrate’s...|
|NW2150 by Mr S S Zondo - Given that his department has released 18 land...|
|Bill name||Date introduced||Number||Status|
|Expropriation Bill||15 Oct 2020||B23-2020||Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.|
|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|