NCOP Health and Social Services

National Council of Provinces Committee

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Oversight responsibility of the Select Committee on Health and Social Services

The Select Committee has oversight over the following Departments:

Department of Health

Department of Social Development

Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF SELECT COMMITTEES
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) appoints 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. Portfolio committees mirror portfolios in government whilst select committees mirror the clusters in government.

Select committees, and their subcommittees, meet whenever necessary and as determined in accordance with the Rules of the NCOP and the decisions and directives of the House Chairperson of Committees.

The select committees must report to the Council on matters referred to the committee on all decisions taken by it expect those concerning internal business.

Learn more about the work of this Committee: Legacy Reports


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 103 of the NCOP 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 procedure

-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

 Provinces are entitled to be equally represented in committees except where these Rules provide otherwise or in the case of matters to which section 75 of the Constitution applies. When committee members are appointed, the need for women to be fairly represented on committees must be taken into account.  If women are not fairly represented on Council committees, the Chairperson and the delegation heads must consider methods of achieving fair representation.

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 72(1)(b) of the Constitution requires that the National Council of Provinces and it’s committees conduct their business in an open manner. Section 79(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’. NCOP Rule 110 further states that:

Meetings of committees and subcommittees are open to the public, including the media, and the member presiding may not exclude the public, including the media, from the meeting, except when –

(a)        legislation, these Rules or resolutions  of the Council provide for the committee or subcommittee to meet in closed session;  or

(b)        the committee or subcommittee is considering a matter which is –

(i)         of a private nature that is prejudicial to a particular person;

(ii)         protected under parliamentary privilege,  or for any other reason privileged in terms of the law;

(iii)        confidential in terms of legislation; or

(iv)        of such a nature that its confidential treatment is for any other reason reasonable and justifiable in an open and democratic society.

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.

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.

03 Dec 2019 Joint Committee Report on Western Cape oversight
12 Nov 2019 Department of Social Development 2018/19 Annual Report
05 Nov 2019 Department of Health on its 2018/19 Annual Report; with Deputy Minister
29 Oct 2019 Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities 2018/19 Annual Report
23 Jul 2019 Legacy Report; Five-year review of Departments (Social Development, Health and Women)
16 Jul 2019 Department of Social Development 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan; with Minister
09 Jul 2019 Department of Health 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan; with Minister
26 Jun 2019 Election of Chairperson
25 Mar 2019 Property Practitioners Bill: Department response to submissions & final mandates; Committee Legacy Report
19 Mar 2019 Property Practitioners Bill: Negotiating Mandates & Department Response
05 Mar 2019 National Development Agency on its Annual Report 2017/18
26 Feb 2019 National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill [B16B-2017]: final mandates; with Minister
19 Feb 2019 National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill [B16B-2017]: negotiating mandates & department response
29 Jan 2019 Property Practitioners Bill [B21B-2018]: briefing; with Deputy Minister
16 Jul 2019 ATC190716: Report of the Select Committee on Health and Social Services on the Budget Vote and Annual Performance Plan 2019/20 of the Department of Health – Budget Vote No 16, dated 16 July 2019
16 Jul 2019 ATC190716: Report of the Select Committee on Health and Social Services on the Budget Vote and Annual Performance Plan 2019/20 of the Department of Social Development– Budget Vote No 17, dated 16 July 2019
25 Mar 2019 ATC190325: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the Property Practitioners Bill [B21B – 2018] (National Assembly – Section 76), dated 25 March 2019
23 Oct 2018 ATC181023: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the National Health Laboratory Services Amendment Bill [B15B – 2017] (National Assembly – Section 76), dated 23 October 2018
23 Oct 2018 ATC181023: Report of the Select Committee on Social Services on the National Health Laboratory Services Amendment Bill [B15B – 2017] (National Assembly – Section 76), dated 23 October 2018
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 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.
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
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 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
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
23 Jun 2011 ATC110623: Report Study Tours to Netherlands
19 Apr 2011 ATC110419: Report Immigration Amendment Bill [B32B – 2010]
19 Apr 2011 ATC110409: Report Sectional Titles Schemes Management Bill [B 20B-2010]
19 Apr 2011 ATC110419: Report Merchant Shipping (Safe Containers Convention) Bill [B 31B-2010]
24 Mar 2011 ATC110324: Report: Refugees Amendment Bill [B30B – 2010]
02 Nov 2010 ATC101102: Report Local Government: Municipal Electoral Amendment Bill
02 Nov 2010 ATC101102: Report Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Bill
02 Nov 2010 ATC101102: Report South African Citizenship 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 Regulations made in terms of the Children’s Act, 2005
17 Mar 2009 ATC090317: Report RSA – Lesotho Agreement on the Facilitation of Cross-Border Movement of Citizens
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: Community Schemes Ombud Service Bill [B 21B-2010]

There are no questions at this time.

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Electoral Laws Amendment Bill 12 Oct 2018 B33-2018 Act commenced
Property Practitioners Bill 14 Jun 2018 B21-2018 The bill has been signed into law.
National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Bill 24 May 2017 B15-2017 The bill has been signed into law.
National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill 24 May 2017 B16-2017 Approved by Parliament. Waiting to be signed into law.
Refugees Amendment Bill 16 Sep 2016 B12-2016 Act commenced
Border Management Authority Bill 24 May 2016 B9-2016 Approved by Parliament. Waiting to be signed into law.
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 Act commenced
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 Act commenced
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
2019 8 meetings Attendance rate 78%
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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