Employment and Labour

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Oversight responsibility of Employment and Labour Portfolio Committee

The Employment and Labour Portfolio Committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Employment and Labour as well as the following statutory entities:

Compensation Fund

Commission for Conciliation, Meditation and Arbitration (CCMA)

National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC)

Productivity SA

Unemployment Insurance Fund

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

Functions

A portfolio committee must:

  • deal with Bills and other matters falling within its portfolio as are referred to in terms of the Constitution, legislation, National Assembly Rules, the Joint Rules or by resolution of the Assembly
  • must maintain oversight of-
    • the exercise within its portfolio of national executive authority, including the implementation of legislation,
    • any executive organ of state falling within its portfolio
    • any constitutional institution falling within its portfolio, and
    • any other body or institution in respect of which oversight was assigned to it
  • may monitor, investigate, enquire into and make recommendations concerning any such executive organ of state, constitutional institution or other body or institution, including the legislative programme, budget, rationalisation, restructuring, functioning, organisation, structure, staff and policies of such organ of state, institution or other body or institution
  • may consult and liaise with any executive organ of state or constitution institution, and
  • must perform any other functions, tasks or duties assigned to it in terms of the Constitution, legislation, these rules, the Joint Rules or resolutions of the Assembly, including functions, tasks and duties concerning parliamentary oversight or supervision of such executive organs of state, constitutional institutions or other bodies or institutions


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, 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.

18 Mar 2019 National Minimum Wage Amendment Bill: finalisation
13 Mar 2019 Labour Portfolio Committee Legacy Report & Committee Report on DOL Quarter 2 & 3 performance
06 Mar 2019 Compensation Fund inspectorate report on Top 20 non-compliant companies; Supported Employment Enterprises performance & sales improvement plan
27 Feb 2019 Productivity SA challenges & alternative funding plans
20 Feb 2019 Compensation Fund, UIF & Productivity SA Quarter 1 & 2 performance
13 Feb 2019 Department of Labour, NEDLAC & CCCMA Quarter 1 & 2 performance
16 Jan 2019 National Minimum Wage Act technical amendments: briefing
20 Mar 2019 ATC190320: Legacy Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour Fifth Parliament 2014/15 –2018/19 Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on its activities undertaken during the 5th Parliament (May 2014 – March 2019)
18 Mar 2019 ATC190318: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the National Minimum Wage Amendment Bill [B 9-2019], dated 18 March 2019
13 Mar 2019 ATC190313: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the First and Second Quarterly Reports regarding the Performance of the Department of Labour and its entities in meeting Strategic Objectives for 2018/19, dated 13 March 2019
16 Jan 2019 ATC190116: Submission of a Legislative Proposal: Memorandum in terms of Rule 273 of the Rules of the National Assembly by the Portfolio Committee on Labour, dated 16 January 2019
17 Oct 2018 ATC181017: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on an Oversight visit to Gauteng and Free State Provinces, dated 17 October 2018
17 Oct 2018 ATC181017: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour, dated 17 October 2018
29 Aug 2018 ATC180829: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the THIRD Quarterly Report regarding the Performance of the Department of Labour and its entities in meeting Strategic Objectives for 2017/18, dated 29 August 2018
23 May 2018 ATC180523: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the SECOND Quarterly Report regarding the Performance of the Department of Labour and its entities in meeting Strategic Objectives for 2017/18, dated 23 May 2018
18 May 2018 ATC180518: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Labour Relations Amendment Bill [B32 – 2017], dated 18 May 2018
18 May 2018 ATC180518: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill [B30 – 2017], dated 18 May 2018
18 May 2018 ATC180518: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the National Minimum Wage Bill [B31 – 2017], dated 18 May 2018
09 May 2018 ATC180509: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on Budget Vote 28: Labour, and on the Strategic Plans of the Department of Labour and its entities 2018/19, dated 9 May 2018
15 Nov 2017 ATC171115: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Labour Laws Amendment Bill [PMB 5 – 2015], dated 15 November 2017
11 Oct 2017 ATC171011:Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour, dated 11 October 2017
06 Sep 2017 ATC170906: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Third and Fourth Quarterly Reports regarding the performance of the Department of Labour and its entities, dated 6 September 2017
17 May 2017 ATC170517: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on Budget Vote 28: Labour, and on the Strategic Plans of the Department of Labour and its entities, dated 17 May 2017
10 May 2017 ATC170610: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the First and Second Quarterly Reports regarding the Performance of the entities reporting to the Department of Labour, dated 10 May 2017
10 May 2017 ATC170510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on an oversight visit to the Western Cape, dated 10 May 2017
10 May 2017 ATC170510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on an oversight visit to Kwazulu-Natal, dated 10 May 2017
10 May 2017 ATC170510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on an oversight visit to Kwazulu-Natal, dated 10 May 2017
08 Mar 2017 ATC170308: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the workshops and public hearings held on the national minimum wage, dated 8 March 2017
08 Mar 2017 ATC170308: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Second Quarterly Report regarding the Performance of the Department of Labour in meeting its Strategic Objectives for 2016/17, dated 8 March 2017
27 Oct 2016 ATC161027: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour, dated 27 October 2016
05 May 2016 ATC150505: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on Budget Vote 28: Labour, and on the Strategic Plans of the Department of Labour (2014 – 2019) and its entities, dated 4 May 2016
13 Apr 2016 ATC160413: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill [B 25B – 2015], dated 13 April 2016
13 Apr 2016 ATC160413: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill [B 25B – 2015], dated 13 April 2016
09 Mar 2016 ATC160309: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill [B 25 – 2015], dated 9 March 2016
27 Oct 2015 ATC1151027: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour, dated 14 October 2015
14 Aug 2015 ATC150814: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on an unannounced visit to the Mitchells Plain and Nyanga Labour Centres, dated 12 August 2015
13 Aug 2015 ATC150813: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on an unannounced visit to the Mitchells Plain and Nyanga Labour Centres, dated 12 August 2015
06 May 2015 ATC150506: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on Budget Vote 28: Labour and on The Strategic Plans of the Department of Labour (2014/15 – 2018/19) and its Entities, dated 6 May 2015
28 Oct 2014 ATC141029: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour, dated 28 October 2014
31 Jul 2014 ATC140731: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Adoption of an Automatic Recommendation on the Social Protection Floor by the International Labour Organisation, dated 31 July 2014
31 Jul 2014 ATC140731: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the 1986 Instrument for the Amendment of the Constitution of the International Labour Organisation, dated 31 July 2014
10 Jul 2014 ATC140711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on Budget Vote 18: Labour and on the Strategic Plans of the Department of Labour (2014 – 2019) and its Entities, dated 10 July 2014
11 Mar 2014 ATC140320: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014), dated 11 March 2014
25 Feb 2014 ATC140226: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Labour Relations Amendment Bill, dated 25 February 2014:
25 Feb 2014 ATC140226: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Employment Services Bill, dated 25 February 2014:
05 Nov 2013 ATC131106: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Employment Services Bill [B 38 – 2012] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 5 November 2013:
22 Oct 2013 ATC131022: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour, dated 22 October 2013
15 Oct 2013 ATC131016: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Employment Equity Amendment Bill, dated 15 October 2013:
18 Jun 2013 ATC130618: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Labour Relations Amendment Bill [B 16 – 2012], dated 18 June 2013:
17 May 2013 ATC130520: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on Budget Vote 18: Labour and on the Strategic Plans of the Department of Labour (2013 – 2018) and its Entities, dated 17 May 2013
26 Mar 2013 ATC130715: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Oversight Visit to KwaZulu-Natal Province, dated 26 March 2013
12 Mar 2013 ATC130313: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Erratum of the Annual Performance Plan and the Erratum of the Strategic Plan of the Department of Labour, dated 12 March 2013:
05 Mar 2013 ATC130306: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Recommendation concerning HIV and Aids and the World of Work, No 200 (Recommendation 200) and South African Code of Good Practice on HIV and Aids and the World of Work, 2012 (HIV Code), dated 5 March 2013:
05 Mar 2013 ATC130305: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention, dated 5 March 2013:
05 Mar 2013 ATC130305: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Labour Inspection Convention, dated 5 March 2013:
05 Mar 2013 ATC130305: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Work in the Fishing Sector Convention, dated 5 March 2013:
05 Mar 2013 ATC130306: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill, dated 5 March 2013:
05 Mar 2013 ATC130305: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Maritime Labour Convention, dated 5 March 2013:
24 Oct 2012 ATC121107: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Performance of the Department of Labour, dated 24 October 2012
16 Oct 2012 ATC121016: Interim report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the Labour Relations Amendment Bill [B16-2012] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 16 October 2012 2011
11 Sep 2012 ATC121022: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on the study tour to Germany, dated 11 September 2012
24 Apr 2012 ATC120424: Report Budget Vote No 18 – Labour & the Strategic Plan for 2011-2016 , dated 24 April 2012
06 Mar 2012 ATC120306: Report Oversight visit to farms in the Western Cape, dated 6 March 2012
20 Oct 2011 ATC111020: Report Budgetary Review & Recommendation Report of Portfolio Committee on Labour
12 Apr 2011 ATC110412: Report Budget Vote No 18 – Labour and the Strategic Plan of the Department of Labour for 2011-2016 and its entities
21 Oct 2010 ATC101021: Report Oversight Visit to the Fishing Industry and Sheltered Employment Services in the Western Cape from 18-21 October 2010
10 May 2010 ATC100510: Report Oversight Visit to Eastern Cape (East London) 9th & 10th May 2010
23 Mar 2010 ATC100323: Report Public Hearings on Labour Brokering
10 Mar 2010 ATC100310: Report Budget Vote 17: Labour and the Strategic Plan of the Department & its public entities
17 Jun 2009 ATC090617: Report Budget Vote 15 and the Strategic Plan
11 Feb 2009 ATC090211: Report 2007-2008 Annual Report of the Department of Labour
21 Oct 2008 ATC081021: Report Skills Development Amendment Bill
06 Aug 2008 ATC080806: Report Skills Development Amendment Bill
Report: Progress by Department of Labour towards attaining 2014 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
12 Mar 2019 NW489 by Mr P G Moteka - What (a) number of call centres are currently ...
12 Mar 2019 NW488 by Mr P G Moteka - What number of persons do certain companies ...
12 Mar 2019 NW455 by Mr J H Steenhuisen - (1)(a) On what date did her department last ...
12 Mar 2019 NW412 by Dr C P Mulder - (1) Whether, with reference to her reply to ...
12 Mar 2019 NW281 by Mr P G Moteka - What number of (a) tender briefings were held in ...
12 Mar 2019 NW226 by Ms A T Khanyile - Whether, since she served in Cabinet, she (a)(i) ...
12 Mar 2019 NW135 by Mr G K Y Cachalia - With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...
12 Mar 2019 NW390 by Mr R A Lees - What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) ...
12 Mar 2019 NW490 by Mr P G Moteka - What is the total number of employees that a ...
07 Mar 2019 NW87 by Mr J H Steenhuisen - (1) What is the current status of the ...
07 Mar 2019 NW38 by Mr P G Moteka - (1) Why is a certain person paid a monthly salary ...
20 Feb 2019 NW38 by Mr P G Moteka - (1) Whether a certain person (name furnished) is ...
20 Feb 2019 NW57 by Mr P G Moteka - (1) Whether a certain person (name furnished) is ...
20 Feb 2019 NW40 by Mr LG Mokoena - (a) What (i) is the name of each of the top 20 ...
15 Nov 2018 NW2818 by Mr N Singh - (a) Whether she has been informed of the ...
15 Nov 2018 NW3146 by Mr P G Moteka - (a) What (i) is the name of the company in the ...
15 Nov 2018 NW2544 by Mr M Waters - 1. With reference to her reply to question 2167 ...
15 Nov 2018 NW2930 by None - (a) What (i) is the total number of employees ...
18 Oct 2018 NW2625 by Adv A de W Alberts - (1) Whether she has been informed of the report ...
18 Oct 2018 NW2450 by Mr P G Moteka - What is the (a) name of each investing company ...
18 Oct 2018 NW2216 by Mr BH Holomisa - (1) Whether, with reference to a certain letter ...
18 Oct 2018 NW2205 by Dr C P Mulder - Whether all members of the senior management ...
20 Aug 2018 NW1249 by Mr M Bagraim - a) Which appointment were made by the Director- ...
20 Aug 2018 NW1995 by Mr M Waters - (1) Whether with regard to her reply to question ...
13 Aug 2018 NW1932 by Mr P G Moteka - (1) What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...
13 Aug 2018 NW1656 by Adv H C Schmidt - (a) What number of cases relating to the ...
13 Aug 2018 NW1716 by Mr P G Moteka - (1) (a) What total amount of land owned by her ...
30 Jul 2018 NW1474 by Adv. HC Schmidt - (1) Whether , with reference to the reply of the ...
30 Jul 2018 NW1452 by Mr M R Bara - With reference to her reply to question 2167 on ...
05 Jul 2018 NW2025 by Ms B S Masango - 1. What are the details of the (a) number of ...
05 Jul 2018 NW1984 by Leader of the Opposition - (1)What (a) number of the buildings housing her ...
05 Jul 2018 NW1825 by Ms T Gqada - (1)Whether (a) her spouse and/or (b) an adult ...
21 May 2018 NW1252 by Mr D America - What (a) number of grievances have been filed ...
21 May 2018 NW1250 by Mr D America - Whether any disciplinary action was taken against ...
21 May 2018 NW1247 by Mr M Bagraim - Whether her department currently has an operating ...
21 May 2018 NW1248 by Mr M Bagraim - (1)Why were certain officials (names and details ...
21 May 2018 NW1256 by Mr T R Majola - What number of jobs have been (a) created and (b) ...
21 May 2018 NW1255 by Mr T R Majola - With reference to her department’s commitment ...
21 May 2018 NW1254 by Mr D Bergman - (1) Why was the annual target of the Public ...
21 May 2018 NW1253 by Mr D Bergman - (1) (a) What number of (i) job centres and (ii) ...
15 May 2018 NW1251 by Mr D America - (a) What (i) are the required qualifications for ...
15 May 2018 NW1107 by Mr Rawula - What (a) number of consulting firms or companies ...
07 May 2018 NW638 by Adv A de W Alberts - (a) what (i) number and (ii) percentage of (aa) ...
07 May 2018 NW973 by Mr M Bagraim - How much land does (a) her department and (b) the ...
18 Apr 2018 NW719 by Mr S Mokgalapa - (1) Whether her department has a sexual ...
17 Apr 2018 NW325 by Mr Y Cassim - What amount did (a) her department and (b) each ...
17 Apr 2018 NW578 by Mr N S Matiase - Whether the proposed 1 Million jobs to be created ...
17 Apr 2018 NW576 by Mr P G Moteka - Has her department engaged the Minister of Health ...
17 Apr 2018 NW360 by Ms S P Kopane - What is the total amount that was (i) budgeted ...
17 Apr 2018 NW119 by Ms D van der Walt - With regard to her department’s offices vacating ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
National Minimum Wage Amendment Bill 19 Mar 2019 B9-2019 Lapsed
Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill 24 Nov 2017 B30-2017 Act commenced
Labour Relations Amendment Bill 24 Nov 2017 B32-2017 Act commenced
National Minimum Wage Bill 24 Nov 2017 B31-2017 Act commenced
Labour Laws Amendment Bill (originally introduced as PMB 5 of 2015) 26 Nov 2015 B29-2017 Act partially commenced
Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill 13 Oct 2015 B25-2015 Act commenced
Labour Relations Amendment Bill - Mr I Ollis (DA) 18 Feb 2015 PMB1-2015 Withdrawn
Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill 12 Mar 2014 B7-2014 Lapsed
Employment Services Bill 06 Nov 2012 B38-2012 Act commenced
Employment Equity Amendment Bill 19 Oct 2012 B31-2012 Act commenced
Labour Relations Amendment Bill 23 May 2012 B16-2012 Act commenced
Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill 17 May 2012 B15-2012 Act commenced
Skills Development Amendment Bill 17 Jun 2008 B49-2008 Act commenced
2019 7 meetings Attendance rate 75%
2018 35 meetings 84%
2017 22 meetings 72%
2016 24 meetings 68%
2015 23 meetings 58%
2014 19 meetings 65%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Membership

There is no membership information at this time.

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Zolani Sakasa

Tel: 021 403 3735

Cell: 083 709 8488

Email: zsakasa@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:

Shamiella Peer

Tel: 021 403 2183

Cell: 071 363 2366

Email: speer@parliament.gov.za

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