Click on link for: REPORT OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES ON ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN DURING THE FOURTH PARLIAMENT (MAY 2009 – MARCH 2014)
Oversight responsibility of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Portfolio Committee
The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Portfolio Committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well as the following statutory entities:
Agricultural Research Council
Marine Living Resources
National Agricultural Marketing Council
Perishable Products Export Control Board
Ncera Farms (Pty) Ltd
Onderstepoort Biological Products Limited
Clink on link for: Acts of Parliament managed by Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
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.
|NW1119 by Mr D America - (1) Whether his department provided any form of ...|
|NW971 by Ms T M Mbabama - How much land does (a) his department and (b) the ...|
|NW1306 by Mr N Paulsen - (1) What number of commercial agricultural farms ...|
|NW1209 by MR T R MAJOLA - (1) Whether his department conducts tests for ...|
|NW1207 by Mr T R Majola - Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any ...|
|NW344 by Ms D Van der Walt - (a) What is the total amount that was (i) ...|
|NW703 by Stander - (1) Whether his department has a sexual ...|
|NW262 by Paulsen - Number of farms is a certain company (name ...|
|NW1034 by Mr N R Mashabela - Whether, with reference to his reply to question ...|
|NW1033 by Mr Honourable N Paulsen - What is the (a) size of the land that his ...|
|NW1031 by Honourable V Ketabahle - With reference to his reply to question 265 on 9 ...|
|NW264 by MR P MOTEKA - What is the nature of the agreement between Rance ...|
|NW500 by MS A STEYN - (2) whether his department or the entities ...|
|NW499 by MS A STEYN - (1) (a) What steps has (i) his department and ...|
|NW263 by MR N PAULSEN - Whether he has been informed that the youth ...|
|NW265 by Honourable Z R Xalisa - 1) How many State Forests have been leased out to ...|
|NW501 by Honourable Ms A Steyn - (1) What are the details of all live animal and ...|
|NW261 by Paulsen - (a) How many state-owned forests are there in the ...|
|NW309 by Ms P T van Damme - What amount did (a) his department and (b) each ...|
|NW4003 by Mr T Z Hadebe - (1)What amounts of abalone were confiscated from ...|
|NW4002 by Mr T Z Hadebe - (1)What amounts of abalone were confiscated from ...|
|NW3731 by Mr N Paulsen - (1) Whether (a) his department and/or (b) ...|
|NW3884 by Ms A Steyn - Whether his department recently bought Range ...|
|NW3934 by Ms A Steyn - (1) With reference to his reply to question 2696 ...|
|NW3935 by Ms A Steyn - With reference to his reply to question 3494 on ...|
|NW4027 by Mr T Z Hadebe - (1)Whether the proceeds from the sale and/or ...|
|NW3834 by Mr P van Dalen - (1) What are the relevant details of the intended ...|
|NW3604 by Mr N Paulsen - Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entity ...|
|NW3561 by Mr H C C Kruger - (a) What is the total number of supplier invoices ...|
|NW3435 by Mr N Paulsen - How many officials and/or employees in his ...|
|NW3157 by Mr N Paulsen - (1) What are the details including the ranks of ...|
|NW3297 by Mr N Paulsen - (1) Whether the (a) Chief Executive Officer and ...|
|NW2694 by MS A STEYN - (a) How many official international trips did (i) ...|
|NW3494 by Ms A Steyn - (a) What was the total cost of developing ...|
|NW3225 by Ms A Steyn - (1) What are the details of the (a) ...|
|NW3224 by Ms A Steyn - (1) (a) What (i) was the total cost of importing ...|
|NW2934 by Ms A Steyn - (1) Whether the World Organisation for Animal ...|
|NW3067 by Ms A Steyn - What are the details of all current outbreaks of ...|
|NW2932 by Ms A Steyn - (a) What number of abattoirs did his department ...|
|NW2992 by Ms SP Kopane - (1) What is the (a) total amount that was paid ...|
|NW2933 by Ms A Steyn - (1) Whether his department made use of any (a) ...|
|NW2102 by Mr M Q Ndlozi - (a) Who currently holds tenders in the various ...|
|NW2626 by Ms A Steyn - (a) What (i) programmes, (ii) bursaries and (iii) ...|
|NW2693 by Ms A Steyn - (a) What number of times has (i) the ...|
|NW2791 by MR N Paulsen - With reference to his reply to question 1605 on ...|
|NW2498 by Mr P van Dalen - (1) Whether his department has disbursed any ...|
|NW2437 by Inkosi R N Cebekhulu - (1) Whether his department has the capability and ...|
|NW2873 by MR T J BRAUTESETH - What is the detailed (a) breakdown of and (b) ...|
|NW2696 by MR P VAN DALEN - Whether, with reference to his reply to question ...|
|NW2105 by Honourable MM Dlamini - 1) Does his Department has a policy to provide ...|
|Bill name||Date introduced||Number||Status|
|Agricultural Debt Management Repeal Bill||23 May 2008||B24-2008||Act commenced|
|Deeds Registries Amendment Bill||04 May 2006||B5-2006||Act commenced|
|Fertilizers and Feeds Bill||27 Nov 2012||B41-2012||Withdrawn|
|Land Use Management Bill||28 May 2008||B27-2008||Lapsed|
|Liquor Products Amendment Bill||07 Jul 2016||B10-2016||Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.|
|Liquor Products Amendment Bill||21 May 2008||B22-2008||Act commenced|
|Marine Living Resources Amendment Bill||13 Sep 2013||B30-2013||Act commenced|
|National Forests Amendment Bill||21 Jul 2016||B11-2016||Under consideration by the National Assembly.|
|National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill||03 Nov 2016||B22-2016||Withdrawn|
|Performing Animals Protection Amendment Bill||03 Mar 2015||B9-2015||Act commenced|
|Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill||12 Mar 2015||B11-2015||Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.|
|Plant Improvement Bill||03 Mar 2015||B8-2015||Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.|
|Provision of Land And Assistance Amendment Bill||12 Jun 2008||B40-2008||Act commenced|
|Sectional Titles Amendment Bill||16 May 2006||B8-2006||Act commenced|
|Veterinary and Para-veterinary Professions Amendment Bill||13 Jun 2012||B25-2012||Act commenced|
AttendanceRanked 8 out of 37 for NA
Secretary of Committee:
Tel: 021 403 3765
Cell: 083 709 8391
Secretary To Chairperson:
Tel: 021 403 2785