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REPORT OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HEALTH ON ITS ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN DURING THE 4TH PARLIAMENT (MAY 2009 – MARCH 2014), DATED 12 MARCH 2014

Oversight responsibility of Health Portfolio Committee

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

Council for Medical Schemes
Medical Research Council of South Africa
National Health Laboratory Service
Compensation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works

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.

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21 Nov 2018 High Level Panel recommendations: Minister of Health briefing
07 Nov 2018 High Level Panel Recommendations for Health Sector: Prof Shisana briefing
31 Oct 2018 Committee Reports on KwaZulu-Natal oversight & Cuba study tour
24 Oct 2018 Health Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report
17 Oct 2018 Department of Health & Compensation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases 2017/18 Annual Reports, with Minister & Deputy Minister
16 Oct 2018 Medical Research Council & Council for Medical Schemes 2017/18 Annual Reports
11 Oct 2018 Office of the Health Standards Compliance, Office of the Health Ombuds, NHLS & SAHPRA 2017/18 Annual reports
10 Oct 2018 Health Sector 2017/18 Annual Report analysis by AGSA & FFC
12 Sep 2018 North West Department of Health status report; Committee Reports: Provincial Hospital Services; KZN Oversight; with Deputy Minister
05 Sep 2018 National Strategic Plan on HIV, TB and STIs: SANAC briefing
29 Aug 2018 Department of Health Quarter 1 performance
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 Health Care Services in South Africa dated 25 October 2017
25 Oct 2017 ATC171025: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the State of Mental Health Care Services, 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 Free State Province from the 20 – 21 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 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
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 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 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 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 Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill
18 Nov 2008 ATC081118: Report on Tobacco Products Control 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
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08 Oct 2018 NW2293 by Mr M Waters - What is the (a) optimal and (b) actual number of ...
08 Oct 2018 NW1692 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - With reference to his replies to questions 601, ...
08 Oct 2018 NW2272 by Mr S P Kopane - With reference to his reply to question 1621 on 2 ...
08 Oct 2018 NW2355 by Dr S SThembekwayo - (1)Whether his department outsourced the ...
08 Oct 2018 NW2599 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - (a)(i) What number of employees in his department ...
08 Oct 2018 NW2696 by Mr N S Matiase - With reference to his replies to questions 625, ...
08 Oct 2018 NW2648 by Ms S P Kopane - (1)Whether his department has taken any steps to ...
08 Oct 2018 NW2259 by Ms A T Khanyile - (1)With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...
08 Oct 2018 NW2296 by Mrs A M Dreyer - (1)What (a)(i) was the original costing and (ii) ...
08 Oct 2018 NW2318 by Dr S SThembekwayo - (1)(a) What number of labour disputes are ...
08 Oct 2018 NW2294 by Mr M Waters - What is the (a) optimal and (b) actual number of ...
05 Oct 2018 NW1401 by Ms N V Mente - (a) What are the details of the backlog of ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2378 by Mr N Singh - Whether he has taken any steps to engage with his ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2649 by Ms S P Kopane - Whether his department participates in national ...
05 Oct 2018 NW1555 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - (a) What is the (i) name and (ii) location of ...
05 Oct 2018 NW1556 by Dr S SThembekwayo - (a) What is the (i) name and (ii) location of ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2182 by Mr W M Madisha - What steps does his department intend to take to ...
05 Oct 2018 NW418 by Ms N R Mashabela - With reference to each supplier of all supplies ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2219 by Mr T M Nkonzo - Whether his department has any plans to build new ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2693 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - With reference to his replies to questions 612, ...
05 Oct 2018 NW422 by Mr Z R Xalisa - Whether there were any shortages (details ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2228 by Mr T J Brauteseth - (1)Whether his department and/or the ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2650 by Ms S P Kopane - Whether he will be participating in the upcoming ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2573 by Dr S SThembekwayo - (1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy ...
05 Oct 2018 NW1404 by Ms L Mathys - (1)Whether he has been informed that the (a) CT ...
05 Oct 2018 NW247 by Mr N S Matiase - What are the details of the qualification levels ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2438 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - What is the (a) name of each investing company ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2694 by Ms N P Sonti - With reference to his replies to questions 617, ...
05 Oct 2018 NW1333 by Ms L V James - Whether any mechanisms have been put in place to ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2191 by Mrs C Dudley - (1)Whether he has been informed of the (a) ...
05 Oct 2018 NW1559 by Ms N Nolutshungu - What (a) number of patients died at (i) clinics ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2600 by Ms V Ketabahle - (a) What steps is his department taking to ...
05 Oct 2018 NW2695 by Ms E N Ntlangwini - With reference to his replies to questions 620, ...
20 Aug 2018 NW1558 by Mr M M Dlamini - What (a) is the (i) name and (ii) location of ...
20 Aug 2018 NW1184 by Ms S P Kopane (DA) to ask Minister of Health - (a) What is the total number of (i) Linear ...
20 Aug 2018 NW1951 by Ms L Mathys - What number of wheelchairs are available at each ...
20 Aug 2018 NW1684 by Dr S SThembekwayo - What number of days has the CT scanner at ...
20 Aug 2018 NW763 by Mr S P Mhlongo - What are the ten leading causes for admission to ...
20 Aug 2018 NW421 by Ms L Mathys - (a) Why are mothers of newborn babies allegedly ...
20 Aug 2018 NW417 by Mr N S Matiase - Whether he has been informed that incubators are ...
20 Aug 2018 NW2131 by Mrs A M Dreyer - (1)(a) At what specific time was a certain person ...
20 Aug 2018 NW244 by Mrs E N Ntlangwini - What (a) is the number of non-governmental ...
20 Aug 2018 NW1263 by Ms S P Kopane - What number of persons in each province (a) were ...
20 Aug 2018 NW566 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - (a) What is the (i) name, (ii) location and (iii) ...
20 Aug 2018 NW1564 by Ms N V Mente - What is the total shortage of (a) nurses, (b) ...
20 Aug 2018 NW2130 by Mrs A M Dreyer - (1)What was the cause of death of the twins who ...
20 Aug 2018 NW241 by Ms N V Mente - What was the total number of doctors at each (a) ...
20 Aug 2018 NW2179 by Ms N V Mente - What is the total number of incubators that are ...
20 Aug 2018 NW242 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - What was the total number of nurses at each (a) ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
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 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.
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
2018 30 meetings Attendance rate 85%
2017 35 meetings 56%
2016 22 meetings 54%
2015 25 meetings 58%
2014 16 meetings 67%
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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