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FIVE-YEAR REVIEW OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION (May 2009-March 2014) ADOPTED ON 12 MARCH 2014

Oversight responsibility of International Relations and Cooperation Portfolio Committee

The International Relations and Cooperation Portfolio Committee is responsible for the oversight of the Department of International Relations as well as the following statutory entities:

African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund

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.

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20 Mar 2019 Democratic Republic of Congo political developments: Department briefing, with Minister & Deputy Minister
13 Mar 2019 Darfur & protection of vulnerable civilians
06 Mar 2019 Madagascar & Mali political developments
27 Feb 2019 International Relations and Cooperation Legacy Report
13 Feb 2019 DIRCO, African Renaissance & International Co-operation Fund Quarter 3 performance
05 Dec 2018 Committee Minutes
22 Nov 2018 Foreign Service Bill: adoption
21 Nov 2018 Foreign Service Bill: adoption; with Deputy Minister
15 Nov 2018 Foreign Service Bill: discussions
14 Nov 2018 Foreign Service Bill: deliberations
07 Nov 2018 Foreign Service Bill: discussion
31 Oct 2018 Joint Committee Report on Namibia
22 Nov 2018 ATC181122: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the Foreign Service Bill [B 35-2015], dated 22 November 2018
24 Oct 2018 ATC181024: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, dated 24 October 2018
24 Oct 2018 ATC181024: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, dated 24 October 2018
24 Oct 2018 ATC181024: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, dated 24 October 2018
01 Jan 2018 ATC180131: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the Study Tour to Ottawa, Canada, dated 31 January 2018
18 Oct 2017 ATC171018: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, dated 18 October 2017
17 May 2017 ATC170517: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on Budget Vote 6: International Relations and Cooperation, dated 17 May 2017
03 May 2017 ATC170503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the hearing of a petition by the National Coalition for Palestine (NC4P) pledging solidarity with the people of Palestine, dated 3 May 2017
03 May 2017 ATC170503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the White Paper on South Africa’s Foreign Policy, dated 3 May 2017
03 May 2017 ATC170503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, on the public lecture on the current situation and South Africa’s position on the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), dated 3 May 2017
03 May 2017 ATC170503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on its oversight on the facilities and premises of the headquarters building of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Protocol State Lounges, State Guesthouses and the Pan African Parliament, dated 3 May 2017
03 May 2017 ATC170503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on a mission of conducting oversight on the implementation of the Joint Commission of Cooperation between South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran and the execution of South Africa’s international relations policy, in Teheran, Iran and Doha, Qatar from 9-12 May 2015, dated 3 May 2017
25 Oct 2016 ATC161025: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, dated 25 October 2016
21 Apr 2016 ATC160421: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on Budget Vote 6: International Relations and Cooperation, dated 20 April 2016
26 Oct 2015 ATC151026: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, dated 20 October 2015
14 May 2015 ATC150514: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the Budget Vote 6: Department of International Relations and Cooperation, dated 13 May 2015
24 Oct 2014 ATC141027: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, dated 24 October 2014
09 Jul 2014 ATC140711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the Budget Vote 5: International Relations and Cooperation, dated 9 July 2014
12 Mar 2014 ATC140320: Five-Year Review of the activities of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation (May 2009-March 2014) Adopted On 12 March 2014
31 Oct 2013 ATC131105: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Communications, dated 31 October 2013
30 Oct 2013 ATC131105: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, dated 30 October 2013
06 Oct 2013 ATC131108: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the dialogue on South Africa-Cuba relations: Successes and challenges towards the implementation of processes aimed at kick-starting economic processes in Cuba, dated 6 October 2013
11 Sep 2013 ATC131106: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the study tour to Israel and Palestine dated 11 September 2013
14 Aug 2013 ATC130909: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, on the Oversight visit to the Headquarters of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, dated 14 August 2013
14 Aug 2013 ATC130909: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the workshop held on the role of Parliament in treaty-making processes, dated 14 August 2013
22 May 2013 ATC130528: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the Budget Vote 5: International Relations and Cooperation, dated 22 May 2013
24 Oct 2012 ATC121025: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, dated 24 October 2012
24 Oct 2012 ATC121025: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the Agreement amending for the second time the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, of the one part, and the European Community and its member states, of the other part, dated 24 October 2012
29 Aug 2012 ATC120917: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the workshop on progress with processes towards regional integration, dated 29 August 2012
29 Aug 2012 ATC120911: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the seminar held on the involvement of South African companies and personnel in security related activities and business abroad, the impact on the conduct of foreign policy abroad, dated 29 August 2012
24 Apr 2012 ATC120424: Report The Strategic Plan and Budget Vote
30 Nov 2011 ATC111130: Report Oversight Visits to International Conference Centre (ICC Durban) & King Shaka International State Protocol Lounge, Durban
25 May 2011 ATC110525: Report Strategic Plan and Budget Vote of Department of International Relations & Cooperation
10 Nov 2010 ATC101110: Report Ratification of  African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance
20 Apr 2010 ATC100420: Report Budget Vote 5: International Relations and Cooperation
20 Apr 2010 ATC100420: Report Department of International Relations and Cooperation Annual Report for 2008/9
10 Nov 2009 ATC091110: Report Accession to the revised Cotonu partnership agreement
12 Jun 2009 ATC090612: Report: Budget Vote No 3
21 Oct 2008 ATC081021: Report RSA & Russian Federation Treaty of Friendship & Partnership
05 Mar 2008 ATC050305: Report IBSA Summit
05 Mar 2008 ATC080305: Report AFRICOM
Report: Visit to Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip and Syria
Report: Study Tour to Western Sahara and Algeria
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19 Nov 2018 NW3666 by Mr M W Rabotapi - What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) ...
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25 Oct 2018 NW2772 by Adv H C Schmidt - (1)Whether (a) she and/or (b) her department have ...
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28 May 2018 NW1053 by Mrs C Dudley - (a) What action is her department taking to ...
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All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Foreign Service Bill 04 Nov 2015 B35-2015 Under consideration by the National Assembly.
Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Amendment Bill 20 Jun 2008 B55-2008 Act commenced
2019 5 meetings Attendance rate 70%
2018 28 meetings 80%
2017 24 meetings 82%
2016 24 meetings 68%
2015 18 meetings 72%
2014 11 meetings 78%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Lubabalo Sigwela

Tel: 021 403 3808

Cell: 083 709 8508

Email: lsigwela@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:

Andisa Macanda

Tel: 021 403 2949

Cell: 083 709 8463

Email: amacanda@parliament.gov.za

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