Mineral Resources and Energy

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Oversight responsibility of Mineral Resources and Energy Portfolio Committee

The Mineral Resources and Energy Portfolio Committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy as well as the following statutory entities:

Central Energy Fund 

NECSA

National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)
National Nuclear Regulator 
National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute 
South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)

Council for Geoscience 
Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC)
Mintek
South African Diamond & Precious Metals Regulator
State Diamond Trader

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 Jun 2020 Independent Electricity Management Operator Bill: Department of Public Enterprises and Eskom response
23 Jun 2020 Lily Mine Update; Optimum Mine Update: DMRE & BRP briefings
19 Jun 2020 Minerals Council of South Africa and mining trades unions on COVID-19 related issues in the mining industry
10 Jun 2020 Agreement between RSA & European Atomic Energy Community for Co-operation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
02 Jun 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Budget: Committee Report; Update on Solar Water Heater programme
27 May 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Budget: Committee Report
26 May 2020 DMRE on its response to Covid-19, including regulations thereof; with Minister
20 May 2020 NERSA, SDT & SADPMR 2020/21 Annual Performance Plans
19 May 2020 SANEDI, Mintek & NECSA 2020/21 Annual Performance Plans
19 May 2020 NNR, NRWDI, MHSC 2020/21 Annual Performance Plans
12 May 2020 Central Energy Fund & Council for Geoscience 2020/21 Annual Performance Plans
07 May 2020 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy 2020/21 Annual Performance Plan; with Minister
10 Mar 2020 Independent Electricity Management Operator Bill: consideration
19 Feb 2020 Agreement between RSA & European Atomic Energy Community: Department briefing
18 Feb 2020 Independent Electricity Management Bill (PMB): Department response
11 Feb 2020 Lily Mine Investigation: update
04 Jun 2020 ATC200604: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy on the Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025, Annual Performance Plan for 2020/2021and the Budget Vote No. 34 of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, dated 02 June 2020
22 Oct 2019 ATC191022: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy (Vote 26) dated 22 October 2019
22 Oct 2019 ATC191022: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy (Vote 29) dated 22 October 2019
05 Jul 2019 ATC190705: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy on the Annual Performance Plan for 2019/ 2020 and the Budget Vote No. 29 of the Department of Mineral Resources dated 05 July 2019
05 Jul 2019 ATC190705: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy on the Annual Performance Plan for 2019/20 and Budget Vote No. 26 of the Department of Energy, Dated, 05 July 2019
13 Mar 2019 ATC190313: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resource Based on the report of the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change, dated 13 March 2019
07 Nov 2018 ATC181107: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on its oversight visit North West and Gauteng on the 13-14 September 2018, dated 07 November 2018
17 Oct 2018 ATC181017: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources Dated 17 October 2018
05 Sep 2018 ATC180905: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on its oversight visit Gauteng on the 29 January – 02 February 2018, dated 05 September 2018
05 Sep 2018 ATC180905: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on its oversight visit to Mpumalanga and Gauteng on the 13 – 17 August 2018, dated 05 September 2018
25 Apr 2018 ATC180425: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 29 of the Department of Mineral Resources for the 2018/ 2019 Financial Year, dated 25 April 2018
08 Nov 2017 ATC171108: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on its oversight visit Gauteng on the 11-15 September 2017, dated 08 November 2017
06 Sep 2017 ATC170906: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on its oversight visit to the Province of North West on the 26 – 29 June 2017, dated 06 September 2017
06 Sep 2017 ATC170906: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources (PCMR) on a study tour to Australia from – 31 July to 04 August 2017, dated 06 September 2017
31 May 2017 ATC170531: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources (PCMR) on its oversight visit to the Provinces of Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga on the 26 – 31 March 2017, dated 31 May 2017
10 May 2017 ATC170510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 29 of the Department of Mineral Resources for the 2017/2018 Financial Year, dated 10 May 2017
15 Mar 2017 ATC170315: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on its oversight visit to the Western Cape from 30 January till 03 February 2017, dated 15 March 2017
19 Oct 2016 ATC161019: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources dated 19 October 2016
19 Oct 2016 ATC161019: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on President’s reservation on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill [B15B -2013], dated 19 October 2016
14 Apr 2016 ATC160414: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on the Strategic Plan, Annual Performance Plan and Budget of the Department of Mineral Resources for the 2016/2017 Financial Year, dated 13 April 2016
01 Mar 2016 ATC160301: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on its oversight visit to the Mpumalanga Province, on the 21-24 July 2015, dated 3 February 2016
20 Oct 2015 ATC151020: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources dated 20 October 2015
10 Sep 2015 ATC150910: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on its oversight visit to the Province of KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape, on the 01 – 06 February 2015 dated 12 August 2015
10 Sep 2015 ATC150910: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on its oversight visit to the Northern Cape Province, on the 24 – 27 March, dated 12 August 2015
04 May 2015 ATC150504: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on the Strategic Plan and Budget Vote 29 of the Department of Mineral Resources for the 2015/2016 Financial Year, dated 29 April 2015
04 Mar 2015 ATC150304: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on its oversight visit to the North West Province, on the 23 – 26 November 2014, dated 04 March 2015
24 Oct 2014 ATC141030: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources, dated 24 October 2014
26 Sep 2014 ATC141030: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on its oversight visit to the Province of Gauteng, on the 25 – 26 September 2014, dated 29 October 2014
11 Jul 2014 ATC140711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on the Strategic Plan and Budget Vote 32 of the Department of Mineral Resources for the 2014/2015  Financial Year, dated 11 July 2014
11 Mar 2014 ATC140311: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill [B15-2013], (National Assembly– section 76), dated 11 March 2014
29 Oct 2013 ATC131101: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources dated 29 October 2013
05 Jun 2013 ATC130607: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on public hearings on the Mining Charter , dated 5 June 2013
22 May 2013 ATC130524: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on the Strategic Plan and Budget Vote 32 of the Department of Mineral Resources for the 2013/14  Financial Year, dated 22 May 2013
24 Oct 2012 ATC121101: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on the Performance of the Department of Mineral Resources for the 2011/12 Financial Year, dated 24 October 2012
15 Feb 2012 ATC120215: Report on oversight visit to Mpumalanga, dated 15 February 2012
24 Nov 2011 ATC111124: Report on Performance of Department of Mineral Resources for the 2010/11 financial year
08 Sep 2011 ATC110908: Report on Oversight visit to Sekhukhune, Limpopo Province from 05-08 September 2011, dated 30 November 2011
02 Sep 2011 ATC110902: Report on Third Africa Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene (AfricaSan 3)
30 May 2011 ATC110530: Report on Strategic Plan and Budget Vote 32 of the Department of Mineral Resources for the 2011/12 Financial Year
25 May 2011 ATC110525: Report on Geosciences Amendment Bill
25 May 2011 ATC11052s: Report on Strategic Plan and Budget Vote 32 of the Department of Mineral Resources for the 2011/12 Financial Year
26 Jan 2011 ATC120821: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on an International Study Tour to Chile and Bolivia on the 17-26 January 2011, dated 14 June 2012
06 Aug 2010 ATC100806: Report on Oversight visit to Gauteng from 1-6 August 2010
21 Apr 2010 ATC100421: Report on Budget Vote 31 And DMR Strategic Plan
18 Nov 2009 ATC091118: Report on Oversight Visits n four Provinces to investigate illegal mining activities
19 Jun 2009 ATC090619: Joint on Report: Budget Vote 28
19 Nov 2008 ATC081119: Report on Mine Health and Safety Amendment Bill
19 Nov 2008 ATC081119: Report on Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill
18 Sep 2008 ATC080918: Report on Mine Health and Safety Amendment Bill
17 Sep 2008 ATC080917: Report on National Radioactive Waste Management Agency Bill
19 Aug 2008 ATC081119: Report on National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute Bill
14 Aug 2008 ATC080814: Report on National Energy Bill
26 Jun 2008 ATC080626: Report on Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill
24 Jun 2008 ATC080624: Report on Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill
04 Jun 2008 ATC080604: Report on Strategic Plan and Budget Vote: 28
08 Jun 2020 NW328 by Mr K J Mileham - Whether the proposal as stated by him at the...
08 Jun 2020 NW876 by Prof B Bozzoli - (1)Whether his department will offer any form...
08 Jun 2020 NW677 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) What (a) total number of fuel storage...
08 Jun 2020 NW732 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) Whether any payments were made to certain...
08 Jun 2020 NW675 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) What is the current status of the...
25 May 2020 NW587 by Mr M K Montwedi - What measures did his department put in place...
25 May 2020 NW676 by Mr K J Mileham - Whether there are any national standards for...
09 Mar 2020 NW157 by Ms H Ismail - Whether his department received any...
09 Mar 2020 NW159 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) Whether any mining permits were issued to...
09 Mar 2020 NW161 by Mrs C Phillips - What government incentives are in place to...
27 Feb 2020 NW81 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) Noting the problems reported at the...
20 Nov 2019 NW435 by Mrs V van Dyk - Whether he has found that the granting of the...
20 Nov 2019 NW460 by Mr H C C Kruger - (1) Whether his department received...
20 Nov 2019 NW450 by Dr W J Boshoff - (1) Whether his department has been informed...
20 Nov 2019 NW91 by Ms L H Arries - What is the (a) total number of mine workers...
20 Nov 2019 NW85 by Mr SG Mantashe - What total number of permanent jobs (a) have...
20 Nov 2019 NW1019 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) What number of mining entities, including...
20 Nov 2019 NW617 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) Whether any license has been issued for...
19 Nov 2019 NW806 by Mrs C Philips - What number of applications for mining...
17 Oct 2019 NW366 by Ms N K Sharif - What (a) number of official international...
17 Oct 2019 NW434 by Mrs V van Dyk - (1) What is the current status of the...
17 Oct 2019 NW988 by Ms A M M Weber - (1) Whether, with reference to the fact that...
17 Oct 2019 NW976 by Dr W J Boshoff - (I) With reference to his statement made on 10...
17 Oct 2019 NW195 by Mr D Joseph - a) What number of the electrical substations...
17 Oct 2019 NW319 by Mr K J Mileham (DA) to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy - (1) Who is responsible for enforcing the...
17 Oct 2019 NW38 by Mr M M Dlamini - (a) What number of miners (i) Jost their lives...
17 Oct 2019 NW1020 by Mr K J Mileham - Whether any mining, prospecting and...
30 Aug 2019 NW123 by Mr K J Mileham - 1) Whether the Government made any investments...
30 Aug 2019 NW124 by Mr K J Mileham - Whether certain persons and certain companies...
30 Aug 2019 NW153 by Mr MN Nxumalo - Whether he has a plan in place to ensure the...
30 Aug 2019 NW201 by Dr W J Boshoff - (a) What is the combined generation capacity...
30 Aug 2019 NW320 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) With reference to his reply to question 26...
30 Aug 2019 NW221 by Mr K J Mileham - What (a) is the incidence level as a...
30 Aug 2019 NW488 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) What is the status of the Thyspunt site,...
30 Aug 2019 NW24 by Mr K J Mileham - What (a) number of (i) prospecting, (ii)...
30 Aug 2019 NW222 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) What are the relevant details of {a) the...
08 Jul 2019 NW8 by M N Nxumalo - Whether his department is taking any steps to...
08 Jul 2019 NW26 by Mr K J Mileham - (1) Whether, since the reply of the former...
08 Jul 2019 NW90 by Ms M Mokause - What steps has his department taken to...
08 Jul 2019 NW83 by Mr M M Dlamini - What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties...
08 Jul 2019 NW68 by Mr M M Dlamini - By what date will the new integrated Resource...
08 Jul 2019 NW66 by Mr D F Mthenjane - Whether the Republic has any rare earth...
05 Dec 2018 NW2948 by Ms Y N Yako - What (a) are the names of the companies that...
05 Dec 2018 NW3260 by Ms Y N Yako - With reference to the reply to question 2952...
05 Dec 2018 NW3079 by Adv H C Schmidt - With regard to each and every mineral, what...
05 Dec 2018 NW2710 by Mr T Rawula - (a) What is the total number of operational...
12 Nov 2018 NW3080 by Adv H C Schmidt - What (a) is the number of notices issued in...
12 Nov 2018 NW3284 by Ms Y N Yako - Whether (a) his department and/or (b) entities...
12 Nov 2018 NW3239 by Ms G S A Ngwenya - What (a) amount did (i) his department and...
12 Nov 2018 NW2950 by Ms N P Sonti - (1)Whether media personnel was given access to...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Independent Electricity Management Operator Bill 23 Oct 2019 B14-2019 Under consideration by the National Assembly.
Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill 31 May 2013 B15-2013 Lapsed
Geoscience Amendment Bill 14 Jun 2010 B12-2010 Act commenced
Mine Health and Safety Amendment Bill 19 Jun 2008 B54-2008 Act commenced
National Energy Bill 18 Jun 2008 B52-2008 Act commenced
National Radioactive Waste Management Agency Bill 12 Jun 2008 B41-2008 Act commenced
Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill 03 May 2007 B10-2007 Act commenced
Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill 05 Sep 2006 B20-2006 Act commenced
Electricity Regulation Bill 18 Nov 2005 B29-2005
2020 16 meetings Attendance rate 79%
2019 25 meetings 81%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Ayanda Boss

Tel: 021 403 3768

Cell: 083 709 8515

Email: aboss@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:

Ntombodumo Baleni

Tel: 021 403 2448

Cell: 061 488 4154

Email: nbaleni@parliament.gov.za

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