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Oversight responsibility of Social Services Select Committee

This Select Committee is responsible for oversight of the Departments of:

Health

Home Affairs

Social Development


THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES IN PARLIAMENT (provided by Parliament)
The two houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, conduct their work in plenary sessions (where Members of a house meet together in one group), in joint sittings (where Members of both houses meet as one group), and in Committees (smaller groups of Members).

Working in Committees allows Parliament to:
Increase the amount of work that can be done
Ensure that issues can be debated in more detail than in plenary sessions
Increase the level of participation of Members of Parliament (MPs) in discussions
Enable MPs to develop expertise and in-depth knowledge of the specific Committee's area of work
Provide a platform for the public to present views directly to MPs, something which is not possible in a plenary sitting of Parliament
Provide an environment for Parliament to hear evidence and collect information related to the work of a specific Committee.
Committees are, in general, proportionally representative of the parties in Parliament. Committee meetings are open to the public, but may be closed if there is a good reason to do so.

The different committees have one or more of the following functions:
They monitor and oversee the work and budgets of national government departments and hold them accountable
They consider and amend Bills, and may initiate Bills
They consider private members' and provincial legislative proposals and special petitions
They consider international treaties and agreements
They examine specifi c areas of public life or matters of public interest
They take care of domestic parliamentary issues Committees have the power to summon any person to appear before them, give evidence or produce documents. They may require any person or institution to report to them. Committees may also receive petitions, representations or submissions from the public. Each Committee is headed by a Chairperson.

THE DIFFERENT COMMITTEES OF PARLIAMENT

Portfolio Committees
The National Assembly (NA) appoints from among its members a number of Portfolio Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments.

The role of Portfolio Committees is to:
consider Bills,
deal with departmental budget votes,
oversee the work of the department they are responsible for, and enquire and make recommendations about any aspect of the department, including its structure, functioning and policy.

The work of Committees is not restricted to government. They may investigate any matter of public interest that falls within their area of responsibility. There is a Portfolio Committee for each national Ministry and its associated government department/s.

Select Committees
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) appoints from its permanent members a number of Select Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments and to deal with Bills.

Because only 54 of the 90 NCOP Members are permanent delegates compared to the 400 of the NA, the Select Committees oversee the work of more than one national government department.

Public Accounts Committees
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Public Accounts acts as Parliament's watchdog over the way taxpayers' money is spent by the Executive. Every year the Auditor-General tables reports on the accounts and financial management of the various government departments and State institutions.

Heads of government departments and institutions are regularly called by this committee to report and account for expenditure. The Committee can recommend that the National Assembly takes corrective actions if necessary.

Members' Legislative Proposals and Petitions Committees
Draft bills can be submitted by individual Members of the National Assembly. These bills are considered by the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Private Member's Legislative Proposals and Special Petitions. If the Committee agrees with the principle of the draft Bill, a Bill will be prepared and dealt with by Parliament.

The National Council of Provinces Select Committee on Members' and Provincial Legislative Proposals considers draft Bills from individual NCOP members and provincial legislatures.

Petitions may also be tabled in Parliament and referred to the relevant committee that deals with the issue raised in the petition.

Internal Committees
The National Assembly has a number of internal committees that deal with matters affecting the running of Parliament. The Committees normally consist of senior Members of Parliament. The Rules Committee and its sub-committees deal with House rules, the budget of the House, support for Members, internal arrangements, and powers and privileges of members. Other internal Committees are the Programme Committee that plans the work of the Assembly, the Disciplinary Committee, and the Committee of Chairpersons.

The National Council of Provinces has its own domestic Committees. The Rules Committee and its subcommittees deal with the NCOP rules, the NCOP budget, parliamentary privileges, internal arrangements, international relations and delegated legislation. The Programme Committee plans the work of the NCOP and the Committee of Chairpersons make recommendations about the functioning of Committees and other NCOP forums.

Ad hoc Committees
Parliament or one of its Houses may appoint an ad hoc (temporary) Committee when a special task must be done. When the task is complete, the Committee is dissolved.

Joint Committees
The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces together appoint a number of joint committees, for example the Constitutional Review Committee.

The Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence are statutory Committees. This means that they are established, by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament, as well as in terms of the rules of Parliament.

The committees play a very important role in the process of building democracy and involving the public in the processes and activities of Parliament.

No results.

13 Nov 2018 Health; Human Settlements; Water and Sanitation; Home Affairs 2017/18 Annual Reports
06 Nov 2018 Department of Health 2017/18 Annual Report; South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) update; with Minister and Deputy Minister
06 Nov 2018 Department of Social Development & SASSA 2017/18 Annual Reports; with Deputy Minister
23 Oct 2018 National Health Laboratory Services Amendment Bill [B15B-2017]: Final Mandates; National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill [16B-2017]: briefing
09 Oct 2018 National Health Laboratory Services Amendment Bill [B15B-2017]: negotiating mandates
14 Aug 2018 Committee Report on Free State oversight
19 Jun 2018 Elections: IEC state of readiness; National Development Agency Annual Performance Plan; with Deputy Minister
12 Jun 2018 DSD & SASSA Annual Plan; National Health Laboratory Services Bill: briefing; with Ministers
05 Jun 2018 Department of Social Development 2017/18 Annual Performance Plan (meeting postponed)
29 May 2018 Human Settlements 2018/19 Annual Performance Plan; with Deputy Minister
03 Aug 2018 ATC180803: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on an Oversight Visit to Xhariep District Municipality and Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality in the Free State Province 30 July – 3 August 2018
12 Sep 2017 ATC170912; Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Refugees Amendment Bill [B12B – 2016] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 12 September 2017
08 Sep 2017 ATC170908: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on an oversight visit to the Ethekwini Local Municipality in Kwazulu-Natal Province, 04-08 September 2017
18 Aug 2017 ATC170818: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on an oversight visit to the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality in the Northern Cape Province 14-18 August 2017
21 Jul 2017 ATC170721: Select Committee On Social Services Joint Study Tour (with the Select Committee on Education and Recreation) to Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia 10-21 July 2017
06 Jun 2017 ATC170606: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Budget Vote and Annual Performance Plan 2017/2018 of the Department of Home Affairs – Budget Vote No 5, dated 06 June 2017
30 May 2017 ATC170530: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Budget Vote and Annual Performance Plan 2017/2018 of the Department of Health – Budget Vote No 16, dated 30 May 2017
30 May 2017 ATC170530: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Budget Vote and Annual Performance Plan 2017/2018 of the Department of Human Settlements – Budget Vote No 38, dated 30 May 2017
23 May 2017 ATC170523: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Budget Vote and Annual Performance Plan 2017/2018 of the Department of Social Development – Budget Vote No 17, dated 23 May 2017
31 Mar 2017 ATC170331: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on an oversight visit to the Mbombela, Bushbuckridge and Nkomazi Local Municipalities in the Mpumalanga Province 27-31 March 2017
19 Feb 2016 ATC160219: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Draft regulations for approval by Parliament, submitted on 4 June 2015 in terms of Section 43(4)(a) of the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act, 2013 (No 7 of 2013), AND the Directives submitted to Parliament on 4 June 2015 in terms of Section 44(7)(a) of the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act, 2013 (No 7 of 2013), dated 15 February 2016
26 Jan 2016 ATC160126: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Local Government: Municipal Electoral Amendment Bill [B22B-2015] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 25 January 2016:
22 Oct 2015 ATC151022: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services Substance Abuse Round Table held at the Townhouse Hotel, on 28 July 2015, dated 20 October 2015
22 Oct 2015 ATC151022: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on an Oversight visit to the Rustenburg Local Municipality in the North West and the West Rand District Municipality in Gauteng, from 17 to 21 August 2015, dated 20 October 2015.
20 Oct 2015 ATC151020: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill [B6B – 2014] (National Assembly – Section 76), dated 20 October 2015
18 Aug 2015 ATC150818: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Refugees Amendment Bill [B19 – 2015] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 17 August 2015:
19 Mar 2014 ATC140327: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014), 19 March 2014
22 Oct 2013 ATC131023: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Electoral Amendment Bill [B22B – 2013] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 22 October 2013:
08 Oct 2013 ATC131008: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Mental Health Care Amendment Bill [B 39 – 2012] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 08 October 2013:
28 Aug 2012 ATC120831: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Appointment of Candidates to serve on the Central Drug Authority Board, dated 28 August 2012
28 Aug 2012 ATC120830: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the appointment of Candidates to serve on the Central Drug Authority Board, dated 28 August 2012
23 Jun 2011 ATC110623: Report Study Tours to Netherlands
19 Apr 2011 ATC110419: Report Merchant Shipping (Safe Containers Convention) Bill [B 31B-2010]
19 Apr 2011 ATC110419: Report Immigration Amendment Bill [B32B – 2010]
19 Apr 2011 ATC110409: Report Sectional Titles Schemes Management Bill [B 20B-2010]
24 Mar 2011 ATC110324: Report: Refugees Amendment Bill [B30B – 2010]
02 Nov 2010 ATC101102: Report South African Citizenship Amendment Bill
02 Nov 2010 ATC101102: Report Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Bill
02 Nov 2010 ATC101102: Report Local Government: Municipal Electoral Amendment Bill
14 Apr 2010 ATC100414: Report Budget Vote 15 and Strategic plan 2010– 2012 of the Department of Health / Budget Vote 4 and Strategic plan 2010– 2012 of the Department of Home Affairs
30 Jun 2009 ATC090630: Report Budget Vote 4 and Strategic plan 2009 – 2011 of the Department of Home Affairs
17 Mar 2009 ATC090317: Report RSA – Lesotho Agreement on the Facilitation of Cross-Border Movement of Citizens
17 Mar 2009 ATC090317: Report Regulations made in terms of the Children’s Act, 2005
21 Oct 2008 ATC081021: Report Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill
23 Sep 2008 ATC080923: Report Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill
20 May 2008 ATC080520: Report Films & Publications Amendment Bill
04 Feb 2008 ATC080204: Report Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill
Report: Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill
Report: Refugees Amendment Bill
Report: Community Schemes Ombud Service Bill [B 21B-2010]

There are no questions at this time.

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Bill 24 May 2017 B15-2017 Under consideration by the National Assembly.
National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill 24 May 2017 B16-2017 Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.
Refugees Amendment Bill 16 Sep 2016 B12-2016 The bill has been signed into law.
Border Management Authority Bill 24 May 2016 B9-2016 Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.
Immigration Amendment Bill 17 Mar 2016 B5-2016 The bill has been signed into law.
Local Government: Municipal Electoral Amendment Bill 02 Sep 2015 B22-2015 Act commenced
Refugees Amendment Bill 04 Aug 2015 B19-2015 Act commenced
Children's Amendment Bill 20 May 2015 B13-2015 Act commenced
Children's Second Amendment Bill 20 May 2015 B14-2015 Act commenced
Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill 26 Feb 2014 B6-2014 Act commenced
Electoral Amendment Bill 24 Jul 2013 B22-2013 Act commenced
Mental Health Care Amendment Bill 12 Nov 2012 B39-2012 Act commenced
National Health Amendment Bill 15 Nov 2011 B24-2011 Act commenced
Immigration Amendment Bill 01 Oct 2010 B32-2010 Act commenced
Refugees Amendment Bill 13 Sep 2010 B30-2010 The bill has been signed into law.
Local Government: Municipal Electoral Amendment Bill 20 Aug 2010 B27-2010 Act commenced
2010 South African Citizenship Amendment Bill 15 Jul 2010 B17-2010 Act commenced
Births And Deaths Registration Amendment Bill 15 Jul 2010 B18-2010 Act commenced
Social Assistance Amendment Bill 02 Mar 2010 B5-2010 Act commenced
Civil Union Bill 12 Sep 2009 B26-2006 Act commenced
Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill 13 Jun 2008 B44-2008 Act commenced
Social Assistance Amendment Bill 23 Apr 2008 B17-2008 Act commenced
Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill 14 Mar 2008 B12-2008 Act commenced
Refugees Amendment Bill 13 Mar 2008 B11-2008 The bill has been signed into law.
Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill 07 Mar 2008 B7-2008 Act commenced
Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill 20 Jun 2007 B21-2007 Act commenced
Traditional Health Practitioners Bill 20 Jun 2007 B20-2007 Act commenced
Immigration Amendment Bill 13 Sep 2006 B28-2006 Act commenced
South African Red Cross Society and Legal Protection of Certain Emblems Bill 12 Sep 2006 B25-2006 Act commenced
Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill 12 Sep 2006 B24-2006 Act commenced
Films and Publications Amendment Bill 14 Jun 2006 B27-2006 Act commenced
Health Professions Amendment Bill 31 May 2006 B10-2006 Act commenced
Children’s Amendment 23 May 2006 B19-2006 Act commenced
2018 18 meetings Attendance rate 85%
2017 17 meetings 73%
2016 13 meetings 66%
2015 20 meetings 57%
2014 12 meetings 80%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary to Committee

Marcelle Williams

Tel: 021 403 3799

Cell: 083 709 8451

E-mail: mawilliams@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson

Betsie Venter

Tel: 021 403 2895

Cell: 083 709 8412

E-mail: bventer@parliament.gov.za

Cell: 083 709 8421

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