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Oversight responsibility of Health Portfolio Committee

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

Compensation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works

Council for Medical Schemes

National Health Laboratory Service

Office of Health Standards Compliance

South African Medical Research Council

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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28 May 2020 Health Budget: Committee Report; Ministry/Department of Health on Covid-19 update
20 May 2020 Department of Health Strategic Plan & Annual Performance Plan; with Deputy Minister
13 May 2020 Department of Health Strategic Plan, Annual Performance Plan and Budget: AGSA analysis and assessment
27 Apr 2020 COVID-19 Update & Government Response: Minister & Department briefing
10 Apr 2020 COVID-19 Update: Minister of Health briefing
11 Mar 2020 Healthcare Market Inquiry Report: briefing by Competition Commissioner
04 Mar 2020 National Health Insurance (NHI) Pilot Evaluation; Coronavirus response; with Minister & Deputy Minister
28 Oct 2019 ATC191028: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Health, dated 18 October 2019
10 Jul 2019 ATC190710: Report of The Portfolio Committee on Health on the Budget Vote No. 16: and Annual Performance Plan of the Department of Health, Dated 10 July 2019
13 Mar 2019 ATC190313: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill [B16D – 2017] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 13 March 2019
20 Feb 2019 ATC190220: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on a Study Tour to Cuba, from 01 to 05 October 2018, dated 20 February 2019
13 Feb 2019 ATC190213: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Bill [B15D – 2017] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 13 February 2019
31 Oct 2018 ATC181031: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on an oversight visit to KwaZulu-Natal Province from 14 to 17 August 2018, dated 31 October 2018
24 Oct 2018 ATC181024: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health, dated 24 October 2018
30 May 2018 ATC180530: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill [B16 – 2017], dated 30 May 2018
09 May 2018 ATC180509: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill [B34 – 2017], dated 9 May 2018
25 Apr 2018 ATC180425: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Annual Performance Plan of the Department of Health, its Entities (2018/19 - 2020/2021) and Vote 16, dated 25 April 2018
27 Mar 2018 ATC180327: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Bill [B15B – 2017] (National Assembly – section 76), dated 27 March 2018
22 Nov 2017 ATC171122: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Medical Innovation Bill [PMB1-2014], dated 22 November 2017
01 Nov 2017 ATC171101: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the South African Human Rights Commission’s Report Investigation into Oncology Services in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, dated 01 November 2017
01 Nov 2017 ATC171101: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the South African Human Rights Commission’s Report Investigation into Oncology Services in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, dated 01 November 2017
25 Oct 2017 ATC171025: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the State of Mental Health Care Services, dated 25 October 2017
25 Oct 2017 ATC171025: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the State of Health Care Services in South Africa dated 25 October 2017
18 Oct 2017 ATC171018: Budgetary Review And Recommendations Report Of The Portfolio Committee On Health, Dated 18 October 2017
13 Sep 2017 ATC170913: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on oversight visit to the North West Province from 14- 16 September 2016, dated 13 September 2017
13 Sep 2017 ATC170113: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on oversight visit to the North West Province from 14 - 16 September 2016, dated 13 September 2017
13 Sep 2017 ATC170913: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on oversight visit to Gauteng Province from the 22- 23 September 2016, dated 13 September 2017
13 Sep 2017 ATC170913: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on oversight visit to Free State Province from the 20 – 21 September 2016, dated 13 September 2017
11 May 2017 ATC170511: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Annual Performance Plan of the Department of Health, its entities (2017/18 - 2019/2020) and Vote 16, dated 11 May 2017
25 Oct 2016 ATC161025: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health, dated 25 October 2016
05 May 2016 ATC160505Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Annual Performance Plan of the Department of Health, its Entities (2016/2017-2018/2019) and Budget Vote 16, dated 5 May 2016
03 Mar 2016 ATC160303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Oversight visit to the Eastern Cape Province From 15 – 18 September 2015, dated 24 February 2016
03 Mar 2016 ATC160303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on Oversight visit to Limpopo Province from 21 To 24 July 2015, dated 24 February 2016
03 Mar 2016 ATC160303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on Oversight visit to Mpumalanga Province from 22 to 23 September 2014, dated 24 February 2016
03 Mar 2016 ATC160303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Oversight visit to the Free State Province on the 19 June 2015, dated 24 February 2016
04 Nov 2015 ATC151104: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill [B6D-2014] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 4 November 2015
28 Oct 2015 ATC151028: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health, dated 27 October 2015
05 Aug 2015 ATC150805: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill [B6 – 2014 (National Assembly - sec 76)], dated 5 August 2015
13 May 2015 ATC150513: Interim report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill [B6 – 2014] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 13 May 2015
30 Apr 2015 ATC150430: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Strategic Plan (2015/16 To 2019/20), Annual Performance Plan (2015/16 To 2017/18) and Budget Vote 16 of The Department of Health, dated 29 April 2015
22 Oct 2014 ATC141031: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health for the 2013/14 financial year, dated 22 October 2014
09 Jul 2014 ATC140718: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Strategic Plan (2014/15 – 2018/19), Annual Performance Plan (2014/15) and Budget Vote 16 of the Department of Health, dated 9 July 2014
12 Mar 2014 ATC140328: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014), dated 12 March 2014
12 Nov 2013 ATC131113: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Mental Health Care Amendment Bill [B39B - 2012] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 12 November 2013
23 Oct 2013 ATC131028: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on a study tour to London, United Kingdom, dated 23 October 2013
17 Oct 2013 ATC131023: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health, dated 17 October 2013
17 Sep 2013 ATC140404: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on oversight visit to Mpumalanga Province from the 16 to 17 September 2013, dated 12 March 2014
02 Aug 2013 ATC140404: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the oversight visit to the North West Province from 29 July to 2 August 2013, dated 12 March 2014
08 May 2013 ATC130510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Annual Performance Plan for 2013/14 – 2015/16 and Budget Vote 16 of the Department of Health and its Entities, dated 8 May 2013
24 Apr 2013 ATC130424: Report of the Mediation Committee on the National Health Amendment Bill [B24D-2011] (National Assembly – sec 76 (1)), dated 24 April 2013
14 Mar 2013 ATC130314: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the National Health Amendment Bill [B 24D – 2011] (National Assembly– sec 76), dated 14 March 2013
13 Mar 2013 ATC130313: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Mental Health Care Amendment Bill [B39-2012] (National Assembly– sec 76), dated 13 March 2013
24 Oct 2012 ATC121025: The Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the performance of the Department of Health for the 2011/12 financial year, dated 24 October 2012
12 Sep 2012 ATC121115: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on a study tour to Bangkok, Thailand, dated 12 September 2012
18 Jun 2012 ATC120618: Report on National Health Amendment Bill [B 24 - 2011] (National Assembly – Sec 76), dated 18 June 2012
19 Apr 2012 ATC120419: Report on Budget Vote 16 & the Strategic Plan of the department for 2012/13 - 2014/15, dated 19 April 2012
21 Oct 2011 ATC111021: Report Budgetary Review & Recommendation Report of Portfolio Committee on Health
12 Aug 2011 ATC110812: Report on Oversight visit to Mankweng, Louis Trichardt Hospitals and Madombidza Clinic in the Limpopo Province from 10-12 August 2011, dated 30 November 2011
11 Aug 2011 ATC110811: Report Oversight Visit to Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in the Eastern Cape
25 May 2011 ATC110525: Report Budget Vote 15 & Strategic Plan for 2011/12-2013/14
09 Mar 2011 ATC110309: Report oversight visit to the Free State
12 Apr 2010 ATC100412: Report Budget Vote 15 & Strategic Plan for 2010/11-2012/13
25 Jun 2009 ATC090625: Report Budget Vote 14 & Strategic Plan for 2009/10 Financial Year
18 Nov 2008 ATC081118: Report on Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill
18 Nov 2008 ATC081118: Report on Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill
03 Sep 2008 ATC080903: Report Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill
18 Jun 2008 ATC080617: Report Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill
17 Jun 2008 ATC080617: Report Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill
Report: Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill
09 Mar 2020 NW112 by Mr P A van Staden - (1)What is the total number of (a) medical...
09 Mar 2020 NW95 by Mrs M O Clarke - What (a) number of claims of negligence have...
09 Mar 2020 NW111 by Mr P A van Staden - (1)With reference to the approximately 30...
09 Mar 2020 NW173 by Mrs M O Clarke - Whether public clinics in Gauteng have mobile...
09 Mar 2020 NW174 by Mrs M O Clarke - Whether municipal clinics in the City of (a)...
09 Mar 2020 NW97 by Dr M M Gondwe - (1)What processes has his department followed...
09 Mar 2020 NW121 by Ms N N Chirwa - (a) What is the name of each health facility...
09 Mar 2020 NW6 by Rev K R J Meshoe - (1)Following the 17 recorded cases of...
09 Mar 2020 NW18 by Mr P A van Staden - (1)With reference to the outbreak of the...
09 Mar 2020 NW175 by Mr M Bagraim - (1)Whether he has been informed that Klopper...
09 Mar 2020 NW110 by Mr P A van Staden - (1)What is the total estimated cost to launch...
09 Mar 2020 NW17 by Mr P A van Staden - (1)Whether he has been informed that the...
09 Mar 2020 NW16 by Mr P A van Staden - (1)What is the (a) reason for a certain...
18 Dec 2019 NW1694 by Ms N K Sharif - (1)With reference to access to health care by...
18 Dec 2019 NW1677 by Ms H Ismael - (1)Whether, with reference to his reply to...
18 Dec 2019 NW1685 by Mr M S F de Freitas - (a) What budget or grants are provided for the...
18 Dec 2019 NW1678 by Ms H Ismail - (a) What (i) is the reason for the Good Hope...
29 Nov 2019 NW1567 by Ms N K Sharif - (a) What total number of healthcare...
29 Nov 2019 NW1623 by Ms H Ismail - Whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with...
29 Nov 2019 NW1544 by Mrs E R Wilson - In light of the fact that the SA Human Rights...
29 Nov 2019 NW1559 by Dr M M Gondwe - What progress has his department made in...
29 Nov 2019 NW1564 by Ms S Gwarube - What number of government health care...
29 Nov 2019 NW1565 by Ms S Gwarube - What is the current waiting period for...
29 Nov 2019 NW1622 by Ms H Ismail - What number of ambulances are available in the...
29 Nov 2019 NW1634 by Dr M M Gondwe - (1)What progress has his department made in...
29 Nov 2019 NW1621 by Ms H Ismail - (1)What total number of (a) clinics and (b)...
29 Nov 2019 NW1563 by Ms S Gwarube - What number of deaths have been recorded as a...
29 Nov 2019 NW1545 by Mrs E R Wilson - (1)What percentage of (a) persons living with...
29 Nov 2019 NW1566 by Ms N K Sharif - (1)What are the guidelines and/or protocols...
28 Nov 2019 NW1434 by Ms N N Chirwa - Whether there is a governing board in...
28 Nov 2019 NW1532 by Ms H Ismail - (a) What is the total number of suppliers that...
28 Nov 2019 NW1433 by Ms N N Chirwa - Whether there is a proper drainage system at...
28 Nov 2019 NW1496 by Ms R N Komane - (a) Why is the clinic in Makolokwe Ward 29 in...
28 Nov 2019 NW1432 by Mr K Ceza - (1)What number of nurses are employed at the...
28 Nov 2019 NW1535 by Mr N E Hinana - What number of public health facilities are...
28 Nov 2019 NW1498 by Mr H A Shembeni - What are the reasons that the patients at the...
28 Nov 2019 NW1429 by Mrs N R Mashabela - Whether he has found that there are enough...
28 Nov 2019 NW1412 by Ms H Ismail - (a) What is the total number of key vacancies...
28 Nov 2019 NW1431 by Mr K Ceza - Whether the boiler at the Middelburg...
28 Nov 2019 NW1413 by Ms H Ismail - (a) What is the total number of key vacancies...
28 Nov 2019 NW1543 by Mrs E R Wilson - With reference to his department’s financial...
28 Nov 2019 NW1534 by Ms H Ismail - (1)Whether the Compensation Commission for...
28 Nov 2019 NW1425 by Ms R N Komane - (a) What is the total number of (i) nurses who...
28 Nov 2019 NW1533 by Ms H Ismail - (1)What number of (a) public health facilities...
21 Nov 2019 NW1350 by Ms S Gwarube - What is the current total number of (a) funded...
21 Nov 2019 NW1286 by Mr M K Montwedi - (a) Why are the (i) Magogong and (ii) Buxton...
14 Oct 2019 NW137 by Ms S Gwarube - What amount has been spent on each pilot...
14 Oct 2019 NW617 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - What (a) total amount has (i) his department...
14 Oct 2019 NW741 by Mr W F Faber - (1) Whether his department hosted any event...
14 Oct 2019 NW338 by Ms S Gwarube - (a) What total number of (i) Linear...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
National Health Insurance Bill 08 Aug 2019 B11-2019 Under consideration by the National Assembly.
Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill - Ms C Dudley (ACDP) 06 Dec 2017 B34-2017 Rejected
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.
Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill 26 Feb 2014 B6-2014 Act commenced
Medical Innovation Bill - Mr M Oriani-Ambrosini (IFP) 19 Feb 2014 PMB1-2014 Rejected
Mental Health Care Amendment Bill 12 Nov 2012 B39-2012 Act commenced
National Health Amendment Bill 15 Nov 2011 B24-2011 Act commenced
Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill 13 Jun 2008 B44-2008 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
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
Health Professions Amendment Bill 31 May 2006 B10-2006 Act commenced
2020 7 meetings Attendance rate 91%
2019 13 meetings 87%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Vuyokazi Majalamba

Tel: (021) 403 3770

Cell: 083 709 8522

Email: vmajalamba@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson

Selina Mkaliphi

Tel: 021 403 3966

Email: smkaliphi@parliament.gov.za

Cell: 061 438 4413

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