Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

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The Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Portfolio Committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) as well as the following statutory entities:

Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)   

Committees conduct their business on behalf of the House and report back on matters referred to them.

Learn more about the work of this Committee: Legacy Reports

 

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

Committee Membership

Committee membership is distributed among the parties roughly in proportion to the seats they get in Parliament, so if a party wins 20% of the seats, its MPs will occupy about 20% of committee positions.

The NA Rules Committee agreed that all Committees will be comprised of 11 Members: ANC – 6; DA – 2; EFF – 1; other parties – 2. 

Where it is practicably possible, each party is entitled to at least one representative in a Committee.

Read More: A note to the Sixth Parliament: Committee Membership

Read More: A Note to the Sixth Parliament: The critical role of Committee Chairperson

 

Committees in Practice

With the agreement of members, the Committee staff sets the dates and times of committee meetings. The frequency of committee meetings is determined by a committee’s work programme but it is normal for a committee to meet weekly. From time to time, committees can meet more than once a week if they work programme so demands.

Section 59(1)(b) of the Constitution requires that the National Assembly and it’s committees conduct their business in an open manner and hold their sittings in public. Section 59(2) states that the National Assembly may not exclude the public or the media unless it is ‘reasonable and justifiable to do so in an open and democratic society’. Rule 184(2) of the Rules of the National Assembly further require that any decision to exclude the public from a committee meeting or part thereof must be taken ‘after due consideration’ by that committee

Who attends Committee Meetings?:

MPs (those assigned to the committee and if they so wish, any other MP)

Committee Staff: Committee Secretary, Committee Assistant, Researcher, Content Advisor

Departments, entities, organizations, individuals and experts who are invited by the Committee to speak and be questioned

Parliamentary Legal Advisor (from time to time)

Media

General Public


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. There are structures to deal with support for Members, internal arrangements, disciplinary matters 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 also has its own domestic Committees. The Rules Committee and its subcommittees deal with the NCOP rules. There are structures to deal with support for Members, internal arrangements, disciplinary matters and powers and privileges of members. 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.

There are six Joint Committees:
- Constitutional Review Committee
- Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence
- Joint Standing Committee on Defence
- Committee on Multi-Party Women’s Caucus
- Joint Standing Committee on Financial Management of Parliament
- Joint Standing Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests

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.

07 Sep 2021 Progress Report on the Implementation of GBVF National Strategic Plan: CGE Briefing
01 Sep 2021 Follow-up Meeting with the Commission for Gender Equality
31 Aug 2021 NYDA 2020/21 Quarter Four & 2021/22 Quarter One Performance Reports
24 Aug 2021 Commission for Gender Equality on 2020/21 Quarter 4 & 2021/22 Quarter 1
19 Aug 2021 DWYPD on all outstanding human resource matters and previous meeting follow-up
17 Aug 2021 DWYPD 2020/21 Quarter 4 & 2021/22 Quarter 1 performance; with Deputy Minister
11 Aug 2021 Commission for Gender Equality on matters of concern
15 Jul 2021 NYDA Board Vacancies: Committee Report
15 Jul 2021 Closed Meeting: (Subcommittee) NYDA Board Vacancies: further engagements
08 Jul 2021 (Subcommittee) NYDA Board Vacancies: Committee Report
07 Jul 2021 (Subcommittee) NYDA Board Vacancies: deliberations & recommendations
25 Jun 2021 (Subcommittee) NYDA Board interviews: Day 4
24 Jun 2021 (Subcommittee) NYDA Board Vacancies: Interviews day 3
23 Jun 2021 (Subcommittee) NYDA Board Vacancies: Interviews day 2
22 Jun 2021 (Subcommittee) NYDA Board Vacancies: Interviews day 1
21 Jun 2021 Sub-Committee NYDA Board Vacancies: Preparation for Interviews (CLOSED MEETING)
02 Jun 2021 Integrated Youth Development Strategic & Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
26 May 2021 NYDA Board: short-listing for interviews
25 May 2021 NYDA Board: short-listing preparations
24 May 2021 NYDA Vacancies: short-listing criteria
18 May 2021 Determination of Remuneration of Independent Constitutional Institutions
14 May 2021 DWYPD Budget: Committee Report
11 May 2021 Commission for Gender Equality 2021/2 Annual Performance Plan
05 May 2021 National Youth Development Agency 2021/22 Annual Performance Plan
04 May 2021 DWYD 2021/22 Annual Performance Plan; with Ministry
15 Jul 2021 ATC210715: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the filling of vacancies for the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Board,dated 15July 2021
19 May 2021 ATC210519: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the Draft Notice on the Determination of Remuneration of Independent Constitutional Institutions, dated 18 May 2021
14 May 2021 ATC210514: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the Annual Performance Plan (Budget Vote20) of the Department of Women,Youth and Persons with Disabilitiesfor financial year 2021/22, dated 14 May 2021
02 Mar 2021 ATC210302: Report on Women's Parliament, date 28 August 2020
02 Mar 2021 ATC210302: Report on Youth Parliament, date 26 June 2020
09 Feb 2021 ATC210209: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the appointment of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Board Members, dated 09 February 2021
03 Dec 2020 ATC201203: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, dated 3 December 2020
28 Aug 2020 Generation Equality: Advancing our collective efforts to end Gender Based Violence and Femicide
19 Aug 2020 ATC200819: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the Draft Notice on the Determination of Remuneration of Independent Constitutional Institutions, dated 18 August 2020
06 Aug 2020 ATC200806: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on filling of vacancies on the National Youth Agency (NYDA) Board, dated 05 August 2020
17 Jul 2020 ATC200717: Report of the Portfolio Committee On Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the Adjusted Annual Performance Plan of The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, National Youth Development Agency and the Commission for Gender Equality for Financial Year 2020/2021 Dated 17 July 2020
26 Jun 2020 Youth Power-Growing South Africa together in a time of Covid-19
09 Jun 2020 ATC200609: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons With Disabilities on the Strategic Plan (2020-2025) and Annual Performance Plan (Budget Vote 20) of the Department Of Women, Youth And Persons With Disabilities, The Commission for Gender Equality and the National Youth Development Agency for Financial Year 2020/21, Dated 2 June 2020.
23 Oct 2019 ATC191023: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons With Disabilities, dated 22 October 2019
20 Aug 2019 ATC190820: Draft Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency on its activities undertaken during the 5th Parliament (May 2014 – March 2019)
05 Jul 2019 ATC190705: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the Annual Performance Plan (Budget Vote 13) of the Department of Women in the Presidency and the Commission for Gender Equality for financial year 2019/2020, dated 5 July 2019.
23 Oct 2018 ATC181023: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency, dated 23 October 2018
05 Jun 2018 ATC180605: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency on Oversight visit to North West Province from 10 – 15 September 2017, Dated 5 June 2018
08 May 2018 ATC180508: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency on Annual Performance Plan (Budget Vote 13) of the Department of Women in the Presidency and the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) for financial year 2018/19, dated 8 May 2018
18 Oct 2017 ATC171018: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency, dated 18 October 2017
18 Oct 2017 ATC171018: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report Of The Portfolio Committee On Women In The Presidency, dated 18 October 2017
23 May 2017 ATC170523: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency on Annual Performance Plan (Budget Vote 13) of the Department of Women in the Presidency and the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) for financial year 2017/18, dated 23 May 2017
19 Oct 2016 ATC161019: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency, 19 October 2016
05 May 2016 ATC160505: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency on Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan (Budget Vote 13) of the Department of Women in the Presidency and the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) for financial year 2016/17, dated 4 May 2016
15 Apr 2016 ATC160415: Report of the Portfolio Committees on Women in the Presidency, Rural Development and Land Reform and Mineral Resources in Limpopo Province from the 14 – 18 September 2015, dated 09 March 2016
28 Oct 2015 ATC151028: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency, dated 28 October 2015
07 May 2015 ATC150507: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency on Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan (Budget Vote 13) of the Department of Women in the Presidency and the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) for financial year 2015/16, dated 6 May 2015
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01 Jun 2021 NW1191 by Ms M D Hlengwa - Whether her Office took any steps to promote...
01 Jun 2021 NW1190 by Ms M D Hlengwa - (a) What extraordinary measures have been...
01 Jun 2021 NW1174 by Mr S Ngcobo - Whether there are any plans in place to help...
01 Jun 2021 NW1167 by Mr S Ngcobo - (a) What (i) did the research on impact of...
01 Jun 2021 NW1157 by Ms N K Sharif - Whether, with reference to the R1,6 billion...
01 Jun 2021 NW1128 by Mr L Mphithi - Will the National Youth Development Agency...
06 Apr 2021 NW718 by Mr L Mphithi - What will be the cost of advertising with...
06 Apr 2021 NW1012 by Mr L Mphithi - Given that most interactions and/or meetings...
06 Apr 2021 NW831 by Mr L Mphithi - (a) What were the key issues emanating from...
06 Apr 2021 NW716 by Mr L Mphithi - With reference to COVID-19 pandemic which has...
06 Apr 2021 NW517 by Mrs M B Hicklin - (1)Whether any staff member in her Office (a)...
26 Mar 2021 NW717 by Mr L Mphithi - In view of the fact that her Office has been...
26 Mar 2021 NW854 by Ms N K Sharif - What (a) are the reasons that her Office has...
26 Mar 2021 NW853 by Ms N K Sharif - In view of the fact that gender-based violence...
26 Mar 2021 NW852 by Ms N K Sharif - (a) What are the details of the new model that...
26 Mar 2021 NW832 by Mr L Mphithi - How does her department involve the youth...
26 Mar 2021 NW680 by Mr J N de Villiers - Whether (a) her Office and/or (b) any entity...
11 Mar 2021 NW556 by Mr L Mphithi - (a) Who has she found to have been responsible...
11 Mar 2021 NW596 by Ms M D Hlengwa - Whether, with regard to COVID-19 that left...
11 Mar 2021 NW557 by Mr L Mphithi - Given the impact that COVID-19 has had on...
11 Mar 2021 NW555 by Mr L Mphithi - (1)What is the status of the post of Chief...
09 Dec 2020 NW2914 by Mr L Mphithi - Whether she will furnish Mr L Mphithi with the...
09 Dec 2020 NW2915 by Mr L Mphithi - Whether she will furnish Mr L Mphithi with the...
09 Dec 2020 NW3049 by Ms M D Hlengwa - (1)In commemoration of World Aids Day and the...
02 Dec 2020 NW2804 by Mr L Mphithi - (1) With reference to the National Youth...
02 Dec 2020 NW2806 by Mr L Mphithi - (a) What is the budget for monitoring and...
02 Dec 2020 NW2805 by Mr L Mphithi - Whether, with reference to the National Youth...
13 Nov 2020 NW2655 by Ms DB Ngwenya - With reference to her reply to question 1801...
22 Oct 2020 NW2240 by Ms NK Shariff - How does the Inter-Ministerial Committee play...
22 Oct 2020 NW2241 by Ms N K Shariff - Which departments (a) will be implementing the...
22 Oct 2020 NW2239 by Ms N K Shariff - (1)What funding model will be used to finance...
29 Sep 2020 NW2107 by Mr L Mphithi - (a)What is the total number of young...
18 Sep 2020 NW2085 by Ms M D Hlengwa - Whether, given that not much has changed...
07 Sep 2020 NW2052 by Mr L Mphithi - Whether any (a) internal and/or (b) external...
07 Sep 2020 NW2051 by Mr L Mphithi - What (a) is the current staff complement of...
07 Aug 2020 NW1801 by Ms N V Mente - Following the release of the report by the...
07 Aug 2020 NW1638 by Ms N P Sonti - What measures has her Office put in place to...
31 Jul 2020 NW1633 by Ms L L van der Merwe - (1) With regard to the establishment of the...
17 Jul 2020 NW1390 by Ms A L A Abrahams - Whether her Office has a safety plan for...
20 May 2020 NW409 by Ms D Kohler - What is the current balance of the Umsobomvu...
20 May 2020 NW888 by Mrs M O Clarke - Whether her Office will offer any form of...
03 Mar 2020 NW190 by Mr S Ngcobo - Whether her Office has initiated the drafting...
06 Dec 2019 NW1696 by Ms N K Shariff - With reference to her department’s mandate to...
05 Dec 2019 NW1697 by Mr L Mphithi - Whether, with reference to the Emergency...
05 Dec 2019 NW1577 by Mr N K Sharif - In each of the past four financial years, what...
05 Dec 2019 NW1509 by Ms M S Khawula - In light of the escalating violence against...
05 Dec 2019 NW1576 by Mr Z N Mbhele - In each of the past four financial years, what...
05 Dec 2019 NW1698 by Mr L Mphithi - In light of the fact that the term of the...
13 Nov 2019 NW1145 by Mrs N I Tarabella Marchesi - Whether her Office has conducted any research...

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Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Traditional Courts Bill 30 Jan 2017 B1-2017 Under consideration by the National Assembly.
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
Traditional Courts Bill 25 Jan 2012 B1-2012 Lapsed
Prevention And Combating Of Trafficking In Persons Bill 15 Mar 2010 B7-2010 Act commenced
2021 36 meetings Attendance rate 82%
2020 37 meetings 73%
2019 19 meetings 75%
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Contact

Secretary of Committee

Neliswa Nobatana

Tel: 021 403 3840

Cell: 083709 8472

Email: nnobatana@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson

Y Sili

Email: ysili@parliament.gov.za
 

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