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Report of the Select Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014)

Oversight responsibility of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Select Committee

This Select Committee is responsible for oversight of the Departments of:

Women


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

No results.

24 Mar 2014 Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill: Final Mandates; Committee Legacy report adopted
18 Mar 2014 Women Empowerment and Gender Equity Bill [B50B – 2013]: Negotiating mandates
03 Mar 2014 Women Empowerment Gender Equality Bill [B50B-2013]: briefing by Minister and Department
18 Feb 2014 Women with children in correctional centres: Gauteng Department of Correctional Services briefing
04 Feb 2014 Circumcision deaths in 2013: reports from Eastern Cape & Mpumalanga provincial Departments of Health
23 Oct 2014 ATC141023: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency dated 23 October 2014
10 Jul 2014 ATC140710: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 8 of the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities for the financial year 2014/15.
07 Apr 2014 ATC140407: Report of the Multi-Party Women’s Caucus on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014)
07 Apr 2014 ATC140407: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014)
07 Apr 2014 ATC140407: Report of the Select Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014)
25 Mar 2014 ATC140325: Report of the Select Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill [B50B - 2013] (National Assembly – Section 76), dated 25 March 2014.
25 Mar 2014 ATC140326: Report of the Select Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill [B50B - 2013] (National Assembly – Section 76), dated 25 March 2014.
12 Mar 2014 ATC140324: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities’ engagement with children in constituencies, dated 12 March 2014.
12 Mar 2014 ATC140324: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children, Youth and People with Disabilities: Oversight visit to the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate Court and Police Station to assess services to victims of domestic violence, 12 March 2014
05 Mar 2014 ATC140324: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities Public Hearings on the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill [50-2013], dated 5 March 2014.
26 Feb 2014 ATC140226: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill [B50-2013] dated 26 February 2014
17 Oct 2013 ATC131017: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio  Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities dated 17 October 2013
14 Aug 2013 ATC130820: Report of the Select Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the Commission on Gender Equality Amendment Bill [B 36 -2012] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 14 August 2013, as follows:
14 Aug 2013 ATC130820: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, dated 14 August 2013
14 Aug 2013 ATC130820: Report of the Select Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, dated 14 August 2013
31 Jul 2013 ATC131014: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the oversight visit to the offices of the Commission on Gender Equality from 30-31 July 2013, dated 18 September 2013
31 Jul 2013 ATC131009: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the oversight visit to the offices of the Commission on Gender Equality from 30-31 July 2013, dated 18 September 2013
15 May 2013 ATC130517: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children, and People with Disabilities on the Revised Strategic Plan of the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities (2013/14) and Budget Vote 8 for the financial year 2013/14, dated 15 May 2013.
15 May 2013 ATC130517: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the Commission on Gender Equality Amendment Bill [B36-2012], dated 15 May 2013
24 Apr 2013 ATC130510: Report on the Select Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on participation in the Fifth State Parties Meeting on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations, New York, United States of America dated 24 April 2013.
28 Mar 2013 ATC130729: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the oversight visit to the offices of the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities from 26 – 28 March 2013, dated 24 July 2013
14 Mar 2013 ATC130315: Report of Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on Consideration of South Africa’s Second, Third and Fourth Periodic State Party Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for the Period 1998 to September 2012, dated 14 March 2013
20 Feb 2013 ATC130222: Report of the Portfolio Committee of Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the report of the 56th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status Of Women (UNCSW), dated 20 February 2013
24 Oct 2012 ATC1029: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of The Portfolio Committee on Women, Children, and People with Disabilities on The Performance Of The Department of Women, Children, and People with Disabilities, dated 24 October 2012
22 Jun 2012 ATC121121: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children, and People with Disabilities on the oversight visit to Gauteng Province from the 18 – 22 June 2012, dated 14 November 2012
21 Jun 2012 ATC120917: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children, and People with Disabilities on the Study Tour to Norway, dated 21 June 2012
23 May 2012 ATC130509: Report of the Select Committee on Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities on the Oversight visit to the Khuti Home Care and Development Centre and the Siyazama Centre 23 May 2012 dated 24 April 2013.
16 Nov 2011 ATC111116: Report Study Tour to United States of America on 25-28 July 2011
16 Nov 2011 ATC111116: Report Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development
16 Nov 2011 ATC111116: Report Oversight Visit to Saartjie Baartman Centre for Abused Women (SBC) & Thuthuzela Care Centre
26 Oct 2011 ATC111026: Report Oversight visit to Rosendaal High School, Delft Police Station & Delft Community Health Care Centre, Western Cape Province
26 Oct 2011 ATC111026: Report Oversight Visit to KwaZulu-Natal & Eastern Cape Provinces from 24 – 29 July 2011
16 Sep 2011 ATC110916: Report National Council of Provinces: Provincial Week: 12 – 16 September 2011
24 Aug 2011 ATC110824: Report Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development
15 Jun 2011 ATC110615: Report Strategic Plan of National Youth Development Agency for year 2011-14
15 Jun 2011 ATC110615: Report Strategic Plan of the National Youth Development Agency for year 2011-14
19 Nov 2010 Report: Taking Parliament to the People Programme: Free State Province: 15 - 19 November 2010
06 Aug 2010 ACT140324: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children, Youth and People with Disabilities on oversight visit held in Limpopo Province from the 04 – 06 August 2010 dated 12 March 2014
21 Apr 2010 ATC100421: Report Budget Vote 1: National Youth Development Agency
08 Apr 2010 ATC100408: Report Budget Vote 7: Women, Children And People With Disabilities
11 Sep 2009 ATC090911: Report National Council of Provinces: Provincial Week: 7 – 11 September 2009
15 May 2008 ATC080515: Report NCOP “Taking Parliament to the people” Northern Cape
15 May 2008 ATC080515: Report NCOP “Taking Parliament to the people” Western Cape
15 May 2008 ATC080515: Report NCOP “Limpopo Visit”
Report: Provincial Weekly
Report: UNFCCC Parliamentary Delegation to the 16th Conference of Parties’ Meeting (COP16)
Report: NCOP 2004 - 2009
Report: NCOP “Taking Parliament to the people” North-West Province
Report: Strategic Plan of Department of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities (2011-2015) &  budget vote for financial year 2011 -12
Report: UNFCCC Parliamentary Delegation to the 16th Conference of Parties’ Meeting (COP16)

There are no calls for comments at this time.

There are no questions at this time.

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill 06 Nov 2013 B50-2013 Withdrawn
Commission on Gender Equality Amendment Bill 30 Oct 2012 B36-2012 Act commenced

Contact

Secretary to the Committee

Mahdiyah Solomons

Tel: 021 403 3844

Cell: 083 709 85 72

Fax: 086 694 4326

E-mail: msolomons@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson

Nomtha Zixesha

Tel: 021 403 2615

Cell: 083 709 8518

E-mail: nzixesha@parliament.gov.za

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