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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.

No results.

20 Feb 2019 Committee Report on Cuba study tour
13 Feb 2019 National Health Laboratory Services Amendment Bill: adoption
05 Dec 2018 Nursing colleges reopening & curriculum
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 Report on KwaZulu-Natal oversight
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 Eastern Cape Province From 15 – 18 September 2015, 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
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
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
03 Jan 2019 NW3577 by Ms D Carter - Whether he has been informed of the alleged ...
03 Jan 2019 NW3800 by Ms E R Wilson - (1)Whether his department made any changes to the ...
03 Jan 2019 NW2739 by Dr S SThembekwayo - (a) What is the number of hospitals with broken ...
03 Jan 2019 NW3802 by Ms E R Wilson - With regard to the reported changes to the draft ...
03 Jan 2019 NW3602 by Ms L V James - How does his department intend to improve the ...
03 Jan 2019 NW3890 by Mr N Paulsen - What number of new additional ambulances is his ...
03 Jan 2019 NW3903 by Mr M Tshwaku - Whether, with reference to the reply of the ...
03 Jan 2019 NW3801 by Ms E R Wilson - (1)Why did the acting Director-General in the ...
03 Jan 2019 NW3697 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - (1)(a) What stakeholders were consulted in the ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3471 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - (1)(a) On what date was the information ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3582 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - With reference to his reply to question 238 on 23 ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3603 by Ms L V James - Is there a cancer control policy in the country; ...
03 Dec 2018 NW2916 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - What is the total number of (a) premature babies ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3604 by Ms S P Kopane - Do all provinces have plans to deal with ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3469 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - (a) What (i) pre-operation and (ii) ...
03 Dec 2018 NW2903 by Mr T Rawula - (1)What number of (a) psychiatrists are employed ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3606 by Ms S P Kopane - How is the Integrated School Health Programme ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3553 by Mr M S Shackleton - Whether there are any plans in place to improve ...
03 Dec 2018 NW2890 by Mr P G Moteka - (a) What number of incidents of (i) racism and ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3055 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1)With reference to investigations into deaths ...
03 Dec 2018 NW2887 by Dr S SThembekwayo - What is the (a)(i) total number of staff and (ii) ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3605 by Ms S P Kopane - On what date will regulations on electronic or ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3609 by Ms E R Wilson - By what date will the new nursing programme be ...
03 Dec 2018 NW3223 by Dr A Lotriet - (1)What was the (a) infant mortality rate, (b) ...
21 Nov 2018 NW3049 by Ms D Carter - In view of the perceived escalating countrywide ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3153 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - Whether the Tintswalo Hospital in Mpumalanga have ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3048 by Ms D Carter - With reference to a certain media report (name ...
19 Nov 2018 NW2901 by Mr L G Mokoena - What number of staff is currently and optimally ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3162 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - What (a) are the salaries of public healthcare ...
19 Nov 2018 NW2906 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - (1) Whether he was informed of a patient who died ...
19 Nov 2018 NW1694 by Mr T Rawula - What (a) is the (i) name and (ii) location of ...
19 Nov 2018 NW2989 by Ms E R Wilson - Whether the Government signed a new agreement or ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3055 by Dr P J Groenewald - 1. With reference to investigations into deaths ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3155 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - (1) What (a) was the budget for maintenance for ...
19 Nov 2018 NW2867 by Ms S P Kopane - Whether a certain person (name furnished) ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3154 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - What number of (a) beds are available in the ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3110 by Mr M R Bara - Whether, since he served in Cabinet, he (a)(i) ...
19 Nov 2018 NW2888 by Ms Y N Yako - What (a) are the details of the supply of (i) ...
19 Nov 2018 NW3189 by Mr M S F de Freitas - (a) What amount has been spent on healthcare and ...
19 Nov 2018 NW2892 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - What is the total number of premature babies that ...
16 Nov 2018 NW2867 by Ms S P Kopane - Whether a certain person (name furnished) ...
05 Nov 2018 NW251 by Mr P G Moteka - What is the (a) bed turnover rate at each ...
05 Nov 2018 NW3007 by Ms S P Kopane - What (a) amount (i) was allocated for renovations ...
05 Nov 2018 NW2258 by Ms A T Khanyile - (1)With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...
05 Nov 2018 NW3005 by Ms T Stander - (1)(a) To whom was the tender to run the boiler ...
05 Nov 2018 NW2220 by Dr P Maesela - Whether, with reference to the Life Esidimeni ...
05 Nov 2018 NW2908 by Ms L Mathys - Whether he has been informed of faulty elevator ...
05 Nov 2018 NW2905 by Mr M Tshwaku - What (a) is the size of Silvertown Clinic in ...
05 Nov 2018 NW3004 by Ms T Stander - (a) Whether there have been any (i) food, (ii) ...
05 Nov 2018 NW2909 by Ms N R Mashabela - What number of doctors are on duty in each shift ...

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
2019 2 meetings Attendance rate 75%
2018 30 meetings 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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