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Oversight responsibility of International Relations and Cooperation Portfolio Committee

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

African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund

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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10 Jul 2019 International Relations and Cooperation Budget: Committee Report; with Deputy Minister
03 Jul 2019 DIRCO and African Renaissance Fund 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan; with Deputy Minister
02 Jul 2019 Election of Committee Chairperson
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
10 Jul 2019 ATC190710: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on Budget Vote 6: International Relations and Cooperation, Dated 10 July 2019
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: 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
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
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 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
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 the hearing of a petition by the National Coalition for Palestine (NC4P) pledging solidarity with the people of Palestine, 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: 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
24 Oct 2012 ATC121025: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, 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
16 Jul 2019 NW120 by Mr D Bergman - (1) Whether any action will be taken against the ...
16 Jul 2019 NW103 by Mr M Hlengwa - (a) At what stage is the process of the ...
16 Jul 2019 NW104 by Mr M Hlengwa - Whether she has found that the statements via ...
12 Jul 2019 NW159 by Mr M Hlengwa - (a) What is the total number of vacancies in her ...
05 Apr 2019 NW705 by Mr M H Hoosen - What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and ...
25 Mar 2019 NW481 by Ms N R Mashabela - What measures is her department putting in place ...
22 Mar 2019 NW651 by Ms N R Mashabela - What is the total number of staff members who are ...
11 Mar 2019 NW229 by Mr M Hlengwa - Since assuming office, (a) what number of ...
11 Mar 2019 NW228 by Mr M Hlengwa - (1)Whether, given the breakdown of democratic ...
08 Mar 2019 NW480 by Ms N R Mashabela - (1)Whether her department has been kept informed ...
08 Mar 2019 NW421 by Mr M G P Lekota - What reasons informed the recall of a certain ...
06 Mar 2019 NW262 by Ms N R Mashabela - What number of (a) tender briefings were held in ...
01 Mar 2019 NW346 by 22 FEBRUARY 2019Mr D Bergman - (a) On what date were the invitations to the 2019 ...
14 Feb 2019 NW133 by Ms H Bucwa - With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...
14 Feb 2019 NW60 by Ms N R Mashabela - (1)Whether she has been informed that she has ...
14 Dec 2018 NW3701 by 30 NOVEMBER 2018Ms N R Mashabela - What are the details of the Government’s policy ...
14 Dec 2018 NW3898 by Ms N R Mashabela - Whether, with reference to the reply of the ...
12 Dec 2018 NW3264 by Ms N R Mashabela - Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities ...
11 Dec 2018 NW3702 by Ms N R Mashabela - What is the total amount that the country pays to ...
11 Dec 2018 NW1796 by Mr S Mokgalapa - (a) What number of official (i) domestic and (ii) ...
11 Dec 2018 NW3024 by Ms J Steenkamp - (1)Which (a) embassies and (b) high commissions ...
11 Dec 2018 NW3326 by Ms R M M Lesoma - What (a) were some of the key discussions that ...
11 Dec 2018 NW3448 by Mr T R Majola - (1)(a) On what date did her department last ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3703 by Ms N R Mashabela - What (a) number of (i) embassies (ii) high ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3236 by Mr M W Rabotapi - What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3666 by Mr M W Rabotapi - What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) ...
25 Oct 2018 NW2772 by Adv H C Schmidt - (1)Whether (a) she and/or (b) her department have ...
19 Sep 2018 NW2360 by Ms N R Mashabela - Have there been any businesspersons on the ...
19 Sep 2018 NW2682 by Ms N R Mashabela - (a) What (i) number of international organisation ...
19 Sep 2018 NW2523 by Ms S V Kalyan - What is South Africa’s position regarding the (a) ...
19 Sep 2018 NW2400 by Adv A de W Alberts - (1)Whether, in view of her department’s mandate ...
19 Sep 2018 NW2377 by Ms M R Mashabela - Whether any businesspersons accompanied the ...
17 Sep 2018 NW2656 by Ms S V Kalyan - Whether the Government has an official position ...
17 Sep 2018 NW2524 by Ms S V Kalyan - (1)Whether her department received any requests ...
17 Sep 2018 NW2568 by Ms N R Mashabela - (1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy ...
14 Sep 2018 NW2680 by Ms N R Mashabela - (a) What (i) number of bilateral agreements with ...
14 Sep 2018 NW2717 by Mr S Mokgalapa - Whether the Government has a policy on the ...
14 Sep 2018 NW2681 by Ms N R Mashabela - (a) What (i) number of multi-lateral agreements ...
10 Sep 2018 NW2312 by Ms N R Mashabela - (1)(a) What number of labour disputes are ...
06 Jul 2018 NW1823 by Ms T Gqada - (1)Whether (a) her spouse and/or (b) an adult ...
04 Jul 2018 NW1731 by Mr W Wessels - (1)Whether all members of the senior management ...
27 Jun 2018 NW1863 by Ms N R Mashabela - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...
27 Jun 2018 NW2126 by Mr S Mokgalapa - (1)What are the details of the Government’s ...
27 Jun 2018 NW2023 by Ms N W A Mazzone - (1)What are the details of the (a) number of ...
27 Jun 2018 NW1914 by Ms N R Mashabela - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...
27 Jun 2018 NW1963 by Mr D Bergman - (a) What are the details of the last 50 votes ...
27 Jun 2018 NW1654 by Mr D J Stubbe - (a) What number of cases relating to the ...
26 Jun 2018 NW1698 by Ms N R Mashabela - (1)(a) What total amount of land owned by her ...
26 Jun 2018 NW1088 by Ms N R Mashabela - What (a) number of consulting firms or companies ...
08 Jun 2018 NW1797 by Mr S Mokgalapa - Whether, with reference to her reply to question ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Foreign Service Bill 04 Nov 2015 B35-2015 Lapsed
Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Amendment Bill 20 Jun 2008 B55-2008 Act commenced
2019 2 meetings Attendance rate 77%
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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