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Oversight responsibility of Labour Portfolio Committee

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

Commission for Conciliation, Mediation & Arbitration
National Economic, Development and Labour Council
Productivity SA
Unemployment Insurance Fund
Compensation Fund

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.

31 May 2017 Department of Labour response to Committee Report on KZN oversight visit
17 May 2017 Accessing Workplaces for Unannounced Oversight Visits: legal opinion; DoL Update on Western Cape & KZN oversight recommendations; DoL Budget approval
10 May 2017 Committee Report on Quarter 1 & 2 Performance of Entities; Committee Reports on oversight visits
04 May 2017 Unemployment Insurance Fund; Productivity South Africa & CCMA on their Annual Performance Plans
03 May 2017 Department of Labour; Supported Employment Enterprises; NEDLAC; Compensation Fund Annual Performance Plans
08 Mar 2017 National Minimum Wage: Committee Report on National Minimum Wage
01 Mar 2017 Minister on National Minimum Wage; Department inspections: feedback
22 Feb 2017 Compensation Fund, Unemployment Insurance Fund, Supported Employment Enterprises: Quarter 1 and 2 financial and performance briefings
15 Feb 2017 Nedlac, Productivity SA, Nedlac, Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, on their Quarter 1 and 2 2016 Reports
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 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 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
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 1986 Instrument for the Amendment of the Constitution of the International Labour Organisation, dated 31 July 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
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 Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill, dated 5 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 Labour Inspection Convention, 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 Maritime Labour 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:
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)
05 Jun 2017 NW1295 by Mr M Bagraim
05 Jun 2017 NW1273 by Mr D America
05 Jun 2017 NW1226 by Mr S J Motau
05 Jun 2017 NW1297 by Mr M Bagraim
05 Jun 2017 NW1296 by Mr M Bagraim
01 Jun 2017 NW1136 by Mr I M Ollis
01 Jun 2017 NW1138 by Mr I M Ollis
01 Jun 2017 NW1137 by Mr I M Ollis
18 Apr 2017 NW927 by Mr G Mackay
18 Apr 2017 NW842 by Mr I M Ollis
03 Apr 2017 NW694 by Dr G A Grootboom
27 Mar 2017 NW458 by Mr Y Cassim
15 Mar 2017 NW399 by I M Ollis
15 Mar 2017 NW397 by Mr I M Ollis
15 Mar 2017 NW362 by Ms J F Terblanche
15 Mar 2017 NW398 by I M Ollis
10 Jan 2017 NW2696 by Dr M J Figg
05 Jan 2017 NW2689 by Mr I M Ollis
05 Jan 2017 NW2690 by Mr I M Ollis
24 Nov 2016 NW2524 by Hon IM Ollis
18 Nov 2016 NW2390 by Mr D J Maynier
31 Oct 2016 NW2167 by Mr Y Cassim
31 Oct 2016 NW1809 by Mr I M Ollis
31 Oct 2016 NW2301 by Mr S Mokgalapa
31 Oct 2016 NW2166 by Mr D America
28 Oct 2016 NW2062 by Mr T Z Hadebe
28 Oct 2016 NW2097 by Mr D W Macpherson
28 Oct 2016 NW2147 by Mr I M Ollis
28 Oct 2016 NW2165 by Mr D America
28 Oct 2016 NW2027 by Prof B Bozzoli
28 Oct 2016 NW1745 by Mr I M Ollis (DA} to ask the Minister of labour
28 Oct 2016 NW1707 by Mr Z N Mbhele (DA) to ask !he Minister of labour
11 Jul 2016 NW1551 by Ms S P Kopane
11 Jul 2016 NW1462 by Mr C D Matsepe
11 Jul 2016 NW1434 by Mr G R Krumbock
06 Jul 2016 NW1147 by Dr P J Groenewald
05 Jul 2016 NW1516 by Mr L J Basson
24 May 2016 NW1426 by Ms S P Kopane
24 May 2016 NW1435 by Mr G R Krumbock
24 May 2016 NW1399 by Ms T Stander
24 May 2016 NW373 by Mr H B Groenewald
19 May 2016 NW939 by Mr T J Brauteseth
19 May 2016 NW1235 by Mr A R McLaughlin
17 May 2016 NW845 by Mr I M Ollis
10 May 2016 NW89 by Mr S M Gana
10 May 2016 NW909 by Mr T Rawula
10 May 2016 NW794 by Mr M Bagraim
10 May 2016 NW222 by Mr T Rawula
10 May 2016 NW183 by Mr I M Ollis
10 May 2016 NW844 by Mr I M Ollis

All questions to the Minister

Attendance

2017 9 meetings Attendance rate 69%
2016 24 meetings 68%
2015 23 meetings 58%
2014 19 meetings 65%
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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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