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.

29 Nov 2022 Investigating DWYPD comments on the certification of the National Council on Gender Based Violence and Femicide Bill
22 Nov 2022 National Youth Development Agency Amendment Bill: DWYPD briefing
15 Nov 2022 Update on programmes related to GBVF: GBVF Council briefing; Supplementary report on the filling of CGE vacancies; with Minister
08 Nov 2022 Progress made on SADC Protocol on Gender and Development and amending Article 20(1) of the CEDAW: DWYPD & DIRCO Input
04 Nov 2022 NYDA Q1 2022/23 Performance; Progress report on Presidential Youth Employment Interventions; with Minister
26 Oct 2022 CGE Vacancies: Recommendation & Committee Report
25 Oct 2022 Deliberations on candidates for the filling of vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
21 Oct 2022 Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities
18 Oct 2022 National Youth Development Agency Annual Report 2021/22
14 Oct 2022 Commission for Gender Equality Annual Report 2021/22
11 Oct 2022 Women Portfolio Audit Outcomes; DWYPD Annual Report 2021/22; with Minister
23 Sep 2022 Commission for Gender Equality vacancies: Interviews day 4
22 Sep 2022 Commission for Gender Equality vacancies: Interviews day 3
21 Sep 2022 Commission for Gender Equality vacancies: Interviews day 2
20 Sep 2022 Commission for Gender Equality vacancies: Interviews day 1
13 Sep 2022 Commission for Gender Equality Q1 2022/23 Performance
06 Sep 2022 Committee Reports: CGE Commissioners remuneration; Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation Petition; Oversight Visits; GBVF Emergency Response Action Plan
30 Aug 2022 National Treasury on merger of Programme 4 & 5 of DWYPD; DWYPD Quarter 1 2022/23 Performance; DWYPD & CGE lease agreements with DPWI; with Minister and Deputy Minister
24 Aug 2022 Commission for Gender Equality vacancies: shortlisting
23 Aug 2022 Commission for Gender Equality vacancies: shortlisting
18 Nov 2022 ATC221118: Supplementary Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on filling of vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality, dated 15 November 2022
15 Nov 2022 ATC221115: Supplementary Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities to identify suitable candidates for the filling of vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality dated, 15 November 2022
10 Nov 2022 ATC221110: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the Amendment of Article 20 (1) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, dated 8 November 2022.
08 Nov 2022 ATC221108: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the Agreement Amending the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, dated 8 November 2022
26 Oct 2022 ATC221026: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities to identify suitable candidates for the filling of vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality dated 26 October 2022
25 Oct 2022 ATC221025: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Dated 21 October 2022
06 Sep 2022 ATC220906: 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 6 September 2022
06 Sep 2022 ATC220906: Report of the Portfolio Committee On Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on an Oversight visit to the North West and Gauteng Provinces From 18 – 23 April 2022, dated 06 September 2022
06 Sep 2022 ATC220906: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons With Disabilities on the Petition Calling for the Assembly to Establish the National Council on Gender Based Violence and Femicide, dated 6 September 2022
06 Sep 2022 ATC220906: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on an Oversight visit to the Eastern Cape Province from 03 -06 July 2022, dated 6 September 2022
06 Sep 2022 ATC220906: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the Commission for Gender Equality Report on Government’s Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP) on Gender-based Violence and Femicide dated, 6 September 2022
17 May 2022 ATC220517: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the Annual Performance Plan (Budget Vote 20) of the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities for financial year 2022/23, dated 17 May 2021
29 Mar 2022 ATC220329: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa, dated 29 March 2022
23 Nov 2021 ATC211123: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons With Disabilities, Dated 23 November 2021
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
13 Dec 2022 NW4696 by Ms M D Hlengwa - Considering the crime statistics that were...
13 Dec 2022 NW4695 by Ms M D Hlengwa - (1)With reference to one of the priorities of...
25 Nov 2022 NW3999 by Ms A M Siwisa - (1)(a) What initiatives has she taken...
25 Nov 2022 NW3927 by Mrs T P Msane - Aside from drive shows, imbizos and other talk...
23 Nov 2022 NW4013 by Mr A M Shaik Emam - What measures did she and/or her Office put in...
23 Nov 2022 NW4012 by Mr S Ngcobo - Whether she intends to implement any measures...
23 Nov 2022 NW4011 by Ms N K Sharif - What are the relevant details of how the (a)...
23 Nov 2022 NW4010 by Ms N K Sharif - What (a) is the current status of the task...
23 Nov 2022 NW4005 by Ms M D Hlengwa - Considering that the report of the...
23 Nov 2022 NW4007 by Mrs KNF Hlonyana - What steps has she taken to preserve the...
23 Nov 2022 NW4009 by Mr M Bagraim - What monitoring steps has her Office taken to...
23 Nov 2022 NW4408 by Mr J Engelbrecht - What is the (a) total number of staff employed...
23 Nov 2022 NW4142 by Mr M Bagraim - What steps will she take to ensure that the...
17 Oct 2022 NW3470 by Ms M D Hlengwa - (1)How has her department collaborated with...
17 Oct 2022 NW3469 by Ms M D Hlengwa - What (a) steps has her department taken to...
10 Oct 2022 NW3364 by Ms A M Siwisa - With reference to the 12 shelters for persons...
10 Oct 2022 NW3363 by Ms A M Siwisa - With reference to her reply to question 486...
26 Sep 2022 NW3030 by Ms M D Hlengwa - Considering that the youth unemployment rate...
22 Sep 2022 NW3029 by Ms M D Hlengwa - Considering that one of the resolutions at the...
22 Sep 2022 NW3201 by Ms M D Hlengwa - Whether, in light of reported acts of...
22 Sep 2022 NW3006 by Ms E R J Spies - Whether she and/or her Office submitted a...
14 Sep 2022 NO486 by Mr B N Herron - With reference to the National Gender Based...
14 Sep 2022 NO464 by Ms C M Phiri - Considering that gender-based violence and...
14 Sep 2022 NO468 by Ms A S Hlongo - Given that the improvement of the financial...
14 Sep 2022 NO472 by Ms T S Masondo - Given that it is the vision of her Office to...
14 Sep 2022 NO475 by Ms M D Hlengwa - How does her Office intend to continue to...
14 Sep 2022 NO476 by Ms M D Hlengwa - In light of the fact that 855 women were...
14 Sep 2022 NO480 by Ms N P Sonti - Whether she has had an inter-ministerial...
14 Sep 2022 NO481 by Ms N P Sonti - In view of the SA Police Service ‘s crime...
09 Sep 2022 NW2479 by Ms T Breedt - (a) What (i) total number of employees of her...
09 Sep 2022 NW2677 by Mrs N I Tarabella Marchesi - On what date did she last attend a meeting...
06 Sep 2022 NW1122 by Mr L Mphithi - What (a) are the details, including the ranks...
02 Sep 2022 NW1123 by Mr L Mphithi - What (a) is the total number of international...
27 Jun 2022 NW2412 by Ms N V Mente - In light of the fact that in April 2020 the...
12 Apr 2022 NW959 by Mr L Mphithi - What are the relevant details of the (a)...
12 Apr 2022 NW735 by Mr S Ngcobo - with reference to the development of a...
12 Apr 2022 NW957 by Mr L Mphithi - Whether her Office, in line with its...
11 Apr 2022 NW1124 by Mr L Mphithi - what (a) total number of funding was disbursed...
11 Apr 2022 NW1282 by Mr L Mphithi - What amount was spent on advertising by (a)...
11 Apr 2022 NW1081 by Mrs T L Marawu - Whether she will account on the activities...
06 Apr 2022 NW830 by Mr L Mphithi - What (a) number of (i) financial, (ii)...
06 Apr 2022 NW1283 by Mr L Mphithi - what (a) number of (i) buildings, (ii)...
06 Apr 2022 NW1187 by Mr T M Langa - What steps have been taken in the past two...
06 Apr 2022 NW867 by Mr NE Hinana - What total amount in Rand has been spent on...
25 Mar 2022 NW895 by Mr T R Majola - What (a) is the total number of incidents of...
25 Mar 2022 NW832 by Mr L Mphithi - Whether her Office, in collaboration with the...
25 Mar 2022 NW734 by Mr S Ngcobo - With reference to the development of the...
25 Mar 2022 NW831 by Mr L Mphithi - whether any employees in her office have been...
01 Mar 2022 NW541 by Mr T R Mjola - What is the (a) make, (b) model (c) year of...
21 Feb 2022 NW17 by Mr M D Hlengwa - (1) Whether her Office has made progress in...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
National Youth Development Agency Amendment Bill 09 Jun 2022 B13-2022 Under consideration by the National Assembly.
Traditional Courts Bill 30 Jan 2017 B1-2017 Approved by Parliament. Waiting to be signed into law.
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
2022 40 meetings Attendance rate 76%
2021 42 meetings 80%
2020 37 meetings 73%
2019 19 meetings 75%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP Learn about our Attendance Methodology

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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