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
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Expropriation Bill [B4-2015]|
|Construction Industry Development Regulations: Draft|
|Expropriation Bill [B4-2015]|
|Agrément South Africa Bill [B3-2015]|
|Draft Build Environment (BEP) Policy|
|Draft Agrément South Africa, 2013|
|NW993 by Ms N W A Mazzone - How much land does (a) his department and (b) the ...|
|NW1614 by Dr M J Figg (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - With reference to the identification of R 7,4 ...|
|NW2062 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1) Whether all members of the senior management ...|
|NW1759 by Mr D R Ryder - (a) What is the purpose of his department’s ...|
|NW1966 by Mr D R Ryder - (1) Following the recent Cabinet reshuffle made ...|
|NW1934 by Ms L Mathys (EFF) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...|
|NW1630 by Mr M Waters (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Which Department is the owner of 29 Lyster ...|
|NW436 by Dr M J Figg - (a) What is the current amount that is ...|
|NW2031 by Mr T R Majola (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) What are the details of the (a) number of ...|
|NW1831 by Mr W Horn (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Whether (a) his spouse and/or (b) an adult ...|
|NW1336 by Dr M J Figg - Whether any progress has been made on the ...|
|NW1883 by Ms L Mathys - (1) What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...|
|NW1615 by Dr M J Figg - With reference to his department’s Budget Vote ...|
|NW1662 by Mr M W Rabotapi - (a) What number of cases relating to the ...|
|NW1480 by Mr K P Robertson (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Whether, with reference to the reply of the ...|
|NW1326 by Mr D W Macpherson - (a) What budget is available for maintenance and ...|
|NW1337 by Mr D R Ryder - Whether any staff members of his department ...|
|NW1132 by Mr D Bergman (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) With regard to his department’s property on 5 ...|
|NW1133 by Mr D Bergman - Whether the old post office building in Irene is ...|
|NW1109 by Ms L Mathys (EFF) asked the Minister of Public Works - What (a) number of consulting firms or companies ...|
|NW964 by Dr M J Figg (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Whether, with reference to each case of ...|
|NW668 by Ms E R Wilson - (a) Why does his department’s outstanding account ...|
|NW862 by Ms D Kohler (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Whether his department is still leasing the ...|
|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 ...|
|NW725 by Mr R K Purdon (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - Whether his department has a sexual harassment ...|
|NW837 by Mr M Waters - What measures have been put in place to reduce ...|
|NW366 by Mr T R Majola (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - MINISTRY PUBLIC WORKS REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA ...|
|NW209 by Mr W M Madisha - Have the swimming pools of the ministerial ...|
|NW465 by Mr T W Mhlongo - (1) (a) What were the zoning types for Erf 11206 ...|
|NW467 by Mr T W Mhlongo - (1) (a) What are the premises located at 6455 ...|
|NW466 by Mr T W Mhlongo - (1) (a) What are the premises located at 673 ...|
|NW437 by Dr M J Figg - (1) Whether the property located at 7 Horvitch ...|
|NW435 by Dr M J Figg - (1) Whether, with reference to his reply to ...|
|NW331 by Mr A M Figlan - What amount did (a) his department and (b) each ...|
|NW284 by Mr K P Robertson - (1) (a) What total amount was originally budgeted ...|
|NW515 by Dr M J Figg - (1) With reference to John Dube House in Durban, ...|
|NW495 by Mr A P van der Westhuizen (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) What number of ablution facilities in each ...|
|NW120 by Mrs K Jooste - Whether, with regard to the proposed offices of ...|
|NW3908 by Dr M J Figg - (1) Does his department have a bank overdraft; if ...|
|NW3167 by Ms L Mathys (EFF) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) What are the details including the ranks of ...|
|NW3911 by Mr D R Ryder - With reference to the Expanded Public Works ...|
|NW3892 by Mr D R Ryder - In light of the additional funding that his ...|
|NW3989 by Mrs A M Dreyer - With reference to the Department of Public Works’ ...|
|NW3987 by Mr Y Cassim - What (a) was the total amount that was spent on ...|
|NW3984 by Dr M J Figg - (1) With regard to the Ministerial residences ...|
|NW3882 by Mr A P van der Westhuizen - (1) Whether his department took a decision ...|
|NW3985 by Dr M J Figg - (1) With reference to the construction of a braai ...|
|NW3990 by Mrs A M Dreyer - With reference to the Fernwood Master Plan, what ...|
|NW3986 by Mr Y Cassim - (a) What is the total number of fire pools that ...|
|NW3946 by Ms D van der Walt - With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...|
|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|
AttendanceRanked 25 out of 37 for NA
Secretary of Committee
Nola Jobodwana (Stand-in)
Tel: 021 403 3780
Cell: 083 709 8397
Secretary to Chairperson
Tel: 021 403 2847
Cell: 083 709 8423