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.
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|NW518 by Mr N Paulsen - (a) What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties ...|
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|NW327 by Mr N Paulsen - What was the Rand value of the agricultural yield ...|
|NW343 by Ms A Steyn - (1) (a) What number of applications for the ...|
|NW328 by Paulsen - What was the fishing yield of each of the top 10 ...|
|NW2 by Mrs C Dudley - (1) Whether the Government is concerned about the ...|
|NW275 by Mr N Paulsen - What number of (a) tender briefings was held in ...|
|NW46 by Mr N Paulsen - What was the total fishing quota given to I&J in ...|
|NW48 by Ms N P Sonti - What percentage of seeds that were provided by ...|
|NW47 by Mr N Paulsen - What extent of hectares of land were used for (a) ...|
|NW49 by Ms L Mathys - What (a) are the names of farmers who are ...|
|NW3660 by Mr N Paulsen - What are the top 5 agricultural products produced ...|
|NW3422 by Mr P van Dalen - 1. Did any foreign–flagged fishing vessels ...|
|NW3345 by Mr W M Madisha - What (a) is the quantum of irregular, unlawful ...|
|NW2816 by Inkosi R N Cebekhulu - Whether any investigation has been undertaken in ...|
|NW3436 by Mr J H Steenhuizen - (1) (a) On what date did his department last ...|
|NW3278 by Mrs E N Ntlangwini - Whether (a) his department and/or (b) entities ...|
|NW3176 by Ms A Steyn - (1) (a) What number of inspector positions exist ...|
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|NW3101 by Mr Mmusi Aloysias Maimane - Whether, since he served in Cabinet, he (a)(i) ...|
|NW2250 by Mr H C C Krüger - (1) Whether (a) his department and/or (b) the ...|
|NW2704 by Mr N Paulsen - (a) Who are the top five companies or individuals ...|
|NW2445 by Mr N Paulsen - What is the (a) name of each investing company ...|
|NW2325 by Mr N Paulsen - (1) (a) What number of labour disputes are ...|
|NW2583 by Mr N Paulsen - (1) (a) What is the total number of (i) deputy ...|
|NW2636 by Ms A Steyn - (1) Whether his department drafted new inspection ...|
|NW2231 by Ms C King - What amount has his department spent on the (a) ...|
|NW1899 by Mr W Wessels - (1) Whether all members of the senior management ...|
|NW2218 by Mr N Singh - Whether he has engaged with the Minister of Trade ...|
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|NW1211 by Mr C D Matsepe - (1) With reference to certain companies (names ...|
|NW1210 by Mr C D Matsepe - What are the details of the tenders awarded to ...|
|NW2107 by Mr P van Dalen - With reference to his reply to question 2815 on 2 ...|
|NW1498 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1) (a)(i) How many cases of alleged illegal ...|
|NW1711 by Mr N Paulsen - 1. What total amount of land owned by his ...|
|NW2009 by Mr R K Purdon - What are the details of the (a) number of ...|
|NW1640 by Mr T J Brauteseth - (a) What number of cases relating to the ...|
|NW2064 by Ms Mbabama to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Whether, with reference to the Mala Mala Game ...|
|NW1927 by Mr N Paulsen - (1) What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...|
|NW1809 by Mr D J Maynier - (1) Whether (a) his spouse and/or (b) an adult ...|
|NW1876 by Mr N Paulsen (EFF) to ask Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - (1) What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...|
|NW1213 by Mr M Bagraim - Has there been any findings by the ...|
|NW1586 by Ms A Steyn - (1) With reference to his reply to question 971 ...|
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|NW1458 by MS E R WILSON - (1) Whether, with reference to the reply of the ...|
|NW1024 by Mr T Rawula - What is the (a) agricultural purpose and produce ...|
|NW1186 by Mr P van Dalen - Whether any abalone has been stolen from ...|
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|Bill name||Date introduced||Number||Status|
|National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill||03 Nov 2016||B22-2016||Withdrawn|
|National Forests Amendment Bill||21 Jul 2016||B11-2016||Lapsed|
|Liquor Products Amendment Bill||07 Jul 2016||B10-2016||Approved by Parliament. Waiting to be signed into law.|
|Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill||12 Mar 2015||B11-2015||The bill has been signed into law.|
|Performing Animals Protection Amendment Bill||03 Mar 2015||B9-2015||Act commenced|
|Plant Improvement Bill||03 Mar 2015||B8-2015||The bill has been signed into law.|
|Marine Living Resources Amendment Bill||13 Sep 2013||B30-2013||Act commenced|
|Fertilizers and Feeds Bill||27 Nov 2012||B41-2012||Withdrawn|
|Veterinary and Para-veterinary Professions Amendment Bill||13 Jun 2012||B25-2012||Act commenced|
|Provision of Land And Assistance Amendment Bill||12 Jun 2008||B40-2008||Act commenced|
|Land Use Management Bill||28 May 2008||B27-2008||Lapsed|
|Agricultural Debt Management Repeal Bill||23 May 2008||B24-2008||Act commenced|
|Liquor Products Amendment Bill||21 May 2008||B22-2008||Act commenced|
|Sectional Titles Amendment Bill||16 May 2006||B8-2006||Act commenced|
|Deeds Registries Amendment Bill||04 May 2006||B5-2006||Act commenced|
AttendanceRanked 22 out of 36 for NA
Secretary of Committee:
Tel: 021 403 3765
Cell: 083 709 8391
Secretary To Chairperson:
Tel: 021 403 2785
Cell: 083 709 8500