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 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|
|NW3398 by Mr D R Ryder - (1)With regard to Acacia Park, Pelican Park and ...|
|NW3535 by Dr M J Figg - (1 ) Whether any contractors contracted by his ...|
|NW3883 by Mr Z R Xalisa - What number of Expanded Public Works Programme ...|
|NW3851 by Mr R K Purdon - (1) Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any ...|
|NW3803 by Dr M J Figg (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - What was the (a) address, (b) value, (c) size, ...|
|NW3752 by Dr M J Figg - (1) What is the total amount that his department ...|
|NW1718 by Ms L Mathys - (1) (a) What total amount of land owned by his ...|
|NW1758 by Mr D R Ryder - Which construction projects completed by the (a) ...|
|NW2931 by Ms L Mathys - (a) What (i) is the total number of employees ...|
|NW3075 by Mr D R Ryder - (1) What number of (a) Custodian Immovable Asset ...|
|NW3884 by Ms N V Mente - What amount has his department spent on repairing ...|
|NW2262 by Dr M J Figg - (a) What is the current amount that is ...|
|NW3313 by Ms L Mathys - (1) (a) On what date was the information ...|
|NW3407 by Mr K P Robertson - (1) What are the details of (a) his department’s ...|
|NW3918 by Ms Y N Yako - Whether, with reference to the reply of the ...|
|NW3077 by Mr D R Ryder - (a) What number of exemptions have been gazetted ...|
|NW3400 by Mr D J Stubbe - With reference to the findings of the Section 106 ...|
|NW3409 by Dr M J Figg - Whether his department leases any properties from ...|
|NW3410 by Dr M J Figg (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - Whether his department intends to repair the ...|
|NW3536 by Dr M J Figg - (1) Whether his department is paying R340,000 per ...|
|NW2846 by Ms D Kohler - (a) What number of buildings in each province ...|
|NW3076 by Mr D R Ryder (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Of the 90 000 buildings reportedly under the ...|
|NW3286 by Ms L Mathys - Whether (a) his department and/or (b) entities ...|
|NW2261 by Mmusi Aloysias Maimane - (1) With reference to the Minister of Labour’s ...|
|NW2724 by Mr W Wessels - (1) Whether his department conducts regular ...|
|NW2845 by Ms D Kohler - Whether he has been informed that members of his ...|
|NW3100 by Mr J H Steenhuisen - (1) On what date did his department last conduct ...|
|NW3244 by Mr S MOKGALAPA - What (a) amount did (i) his department and (ii) ...|
|NW3122 by Archibold Mzuvukile Figlan - Whether, since he served in Cabinet, he (a)(i) ...|
|NW2763 by Mr D R Ryder - (1) With regard to his department's deviations ...|
|NW2264 by Dr M J Figg - (1)Whether the Government owns any properties in ...|
|NW2303 by Ms Tandeka Gqada - (1) With regard to the property of his ...|
|NW2591 by Ms L Mathys - (1) (a) What is the total number of (i) deputy ...|
|NW2332 by Ms L Mathys - (1) (a) What number of labour disputes are ...|
|NW2263 by Dr M J Figg - With reference to his reply to question 993 on 30 ...|
|NW2343 by Ms L Mathys - With reference to his reply to question 3614 on ...|
|NW2396 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1) With reference to the identification of R7,4 ...|
|NW2520 by Dr M J Figg - (a) What amount did his department spend on ...|
|NW2452 by Ms L Mathys - What is the (a) name of each investing company ...|
|NW2712 by Ms L Mathys - What amount has been spent by his department on ...|
|NW2522 by Dr M J Figg - Whether a dolomite risk management programme has ...|
|NW2521 by Dr M J Figg (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - What was the total (a) cost for administering his ...|
|NW1757 by Mr D R Ryder - What (a) number of properties owned and managed ...|
|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 ...|
|NW436 by Dr M J Figg - (a) What is the current amount that is ...|
|NW1831 by Mr W Horn (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) Whether (a) his spouse and/or (b) an adult ...|
|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|
AttendanceRanked 15 out of 32 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