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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

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

Functions

A portfolio committee must:

  • deal with Bills and other matters falling within its portfolio as are referred to in terms of the Constitution, legislation, National Assembly Rules, the Joint Rules or by resolution of the Assembly
  • must maintain oversight of-
    • the exercise within its portfolio of national executive authority, including the implementation of legislation,
    • any executive organ of state falling within its portfolio
    • any constitutional institution falling within its portfolio, and
    • any other body or institution in respect of which oversight was assigned to it
  • may monitor, investigate, enquire into and make recommendations concerning any such executive organ of state, constitutional institution or other body or institution, including the legislative programme, budget, rationalisation, restructuring, functioning, organisation, structure, staff and policies of such organ of state, institution or other body or institution
  • may consult and liaise with any executive organ of state or constitution institution, and
  • must perform any other functions, tasks or duties assigned to it in terms of the Constitution, legislation, these rules, the Joint Rules or resolutions of the Assembly, including functions, tasks and duties concerning parliamentary oversight or supervision of such executive organs of state, constitutional institutions or other bodies or institutions


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, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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06 Nov 2019 National, Provincial & Municipal Levels of Government; Beneficiary selection, formulae through which job opportunities were translated into actual jobs; with Minister
30 Oct 2019 Transformation of the IDT: DPWI briefing with Deputy Minister
23 Oct 2019 Implementing the pipeline for graduates to become professionally registered: CBE & BEPCs briefings
16 Oct 2019 Public Works & Infrastructure Budget Review and Recommendations Report
10 Oct 2019 Construction Industry Development Board & Council for the Built Environment 2018/19 Annual Report, with Deputy Minister
09 Oct 2019 Independent Development Trust & Agrément SA 2018/19 Annual Reports
08 Oct 2019 Audit Outcomes: AGSA briefing; DPWI & PMTE on implementation of 2017/17 recommendations; DPWI & PMTE 2018/19 Annual Report; with the Minister and Deputy Minister
18 Sep 2019 Foreign Properties owned by RSA: briefing; with Deputy Minister
11 Sep 2019 Committee Report on Gauteng oversight visit
04 Sep 2019 Small Harbours: progress report
21 Aug 2019 Public Works Academy: progress update by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure
21 Aug 2019 Implementation of the Government Immovable Asset Management Act: PMTE briefing
20 Aug 2019 Capacity Building Session by Office of the Auditor-General
20 Aug 2019 Department of Public Works and Infrastructure & PMTE Quarter 4 performance; with Deputy Minister
05 Jul 2019 Public Works and Infrastructure Budget: Committee Report
03 Jul 2019 Public Works & Infrastructure, Agrément SA, IDT, CIDB & Council for the Built Environment 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan; with the Minister
02 Jul 2019 Department of Public Works 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan, with the Minister
02 Jul 2019 Election of Chairperson
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
18 Nov 2019 NW1421 by Ms S J Graham - (a) What total number of sessional workers and ...
18 Nov 2019 NW1422 by Ms S J Graham - (1) (a) What number of Ministers from the Fifth ...
15 Nov 2019 NW1392 by Mr P A van Staden - (1) Whether she has been informed of the 2017 ...
15 Nov 2019 NW1390 by Mr P A van Staden - (1) Whether her department is involved with the ...
15 Nov 2019 NW1373 by Mr W F Faber - Whether her department did business with certain ...
12 Nov 2019 NW1348 by Ms S J Graham - With reference to municipalities that have ...
12 Nov 2019 NW1349 by Ms S J Graham (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure - (a) What number of Public Works and/or ...
28 Oct 2019 NW1085 by Mr A C Roos - With regard to each office leased by her ...
28 Oct 2019 NW1061 by Mr P Van Staden - 1) Whether the State assets register of her ...
28 Oct 2019 NW1062 by Mr P Van Staden - (1) Whether there are any Government departments ...
28 Oct 2019 NW1063 by Mr P Van Staden - (1) What (a) is the total number of buildings ...
28 Oct 2019 NW1089 by Mr H C C Krüger - (a) What number of parcels of vacant land is ...
28 Oct 2019 NW1176 by Mr N E HINANA (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - Whether her department incurred any costs related ...
14 Oct 2019 NW1041 by Ms S J Graham - (1) Whether her department entered into a lease ...
14 Oct 2019 NW1047 by Mr. W F Faber - (1)What was the total cost incurred by the ...
14 Oct 2019 NW1039 by Mrs S P Kopane - (1) Whether the Engineering Council of South ...
14 Oct 2019 NW1038 by Mrs S P Kopane - (1) What steps has she taken to strengthen the ...
14 Oct 2019 NW1048 by Mr. W F Faber - (1) What is the total square meterage of the ...
14 Oct 2019 NW1046 by Mr. W F Faber - (1) What number of (a) Members of Parliament, (b) ...
14 Oct 2019 NW858 by Ms S P Kopane - Whether (a) her department, (b) any entity ...
04 Oct 2019 NW879 by M. Gen O S Terblanche - What total number of buildings housing government ...
26 Sep 2019 NW967 by Ms S J Graham - Whether she appointed a certain person (name ...
20 Sep 2019 NW857 by Mrs S P Kopane - (1) With reference to the reply of the former ...
20 Sep 2019 NW856 by Mrs S P Kopane - (1) With reference to her department’s ...
20 Sep 2019 NW861 by Ms S J Graham (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure - What (a) total number of residential properties ...
20 Sep 2019 NW793 by Mr M Tshwaku - 1. (a) What amount was spent on advertising by ...
13 Sep 2019 NW681 by Mrs M B Hicklin - Whether the Government’s proposed land reform ...
13 Sep 2019 NW751 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1) whether her department hosted any event ...
13 Sep 2019 NW710 by Ms S J Graham - What (a) amount does her department currently owe ...
13 Sep 2019 NW708 by Mr M Chetty - With reference to her reply to question 285 on 15 ...
06 Sep 2019 NW544 by Mr M Bagraim - What (a) number of workers in the Expanded Public ...
06 Sep 2019 NW584 by Mr M Tshwaku - (a) On what date was the contract to accommodate ...
06 Sep 2019 NW627 by A M Siwisa - What (a) total amount has (i) her department and ...
02 Sep 2019 NW520 by Ms S J Graham - Whether any cases of sexual harassment emanating ...
02 Sep 2019 NW547 by Mr G K Y Cachalia - (a) What total (i) number of erven that are ...
02 Sep 2019 NW546 by Mr G K Y Cachalia - (a) What total (i) number of erven are registered ...
02 Sep 2019 NW486 by Mr J H Steenhuisen - Whether the results of the integrity and ...
02 Sep 2019 NW485 by Mr J H Steenhuisen - (1) Whether the integrity and lifestyle audits of ...
15 Aug 2019 NW204 by Mr. M N Nxumalo - (a) What is the total number of vacancies in (i) ...
15 Aug 2019 NW407 by Ms. E L Powell - What is the total (a) number and (b) extent of ...
15 Aug 2019 NW342 by Mrs V van Dyk - (a) What monetary amount was invested or spent by ...
15 Aug 2019 NW205 by Mr. M N Nxumalo - In view of the fact that a responsibility for ...
15 Aug 2019 NW408 by Ms S P Kopane (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure - What (a) specific upgrades and/or changes have ...
15 Aug 2019 NW370 by Mr J N de Villiers - What (a) number of official international trips ...
15 Aug 2019 NW300 by Mrs A Steyn (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure - What (a) number of workers in the Expanded Public ...
15 Aug 2019 NW203 by Mr. M N Nxumalo - What is the total (a) number of government ...
15 Aug 2019 NW285 by Mr B B Nodada - What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private ...
22 Jul 2019 NW112 by Mr M N Nxumalo - (1) Whether, with regard to the recent negative ...
22 Jul 2019 NW144 by Mr M N Nxumalo - (1) Whether her department has an appropriate ...
22 Jul 2019 NW166 by Mrs. A Steyn (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works - (1) What mechanisms has her department put in ...

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
2019 17 meetings Attendance rate 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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