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Oversight responsibility of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Portfolio Committee

The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Portfolio Committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as well as the following statutory entities:

CRL Rights Commission

Municipal Demarcation Board

Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency

South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

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.

 

 

 

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04 Jul 2019 COGTA Budget: Committee Report
03 Jul 2019 COGTA, SALGA, MDB & CRL Rights Commission 2019/20 Annual Performance Plans, with Minister & Deputy Ministers
02 Jul 2019 Election of Chairperson
20 Mar 2019 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Portfolio Committee Legacy Report
27 Feb 2019 Municipal Systems Amendment Bill [B2-2019]: stakeholder engagement Day 2
26 Feb 2019 Municipal Systems Amendment Bill [B2-2019]: stakeholder engagement Day 1
04 Jul 2019 ATC190704: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dated 04 July 2019
13 Feb 2019 ATC190213: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Traditional and Khoi – San Leadership Bill [B23D-2015] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 13 February 2019
13 Feb 2019 ATC190213: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Local Government: Municipal Structures Amendment Bill [B19-2018] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 13 February 2019
05 Dec 2018 ATC181205: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill [B8D-2017] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 5 December 2018
05 Dec 2018 ATC181205: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill [B8D-2017] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 5 December 2018
17 Nov 2018 ATC181117: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dated 17 2018
14 Nov 2018 ATC181114: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Customary Initiation Bill [B7-2018] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 14 November 2018
08 May 2018 ATC180508: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 4 of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, dated 8 May 2018
08 May 2018 ATC180508: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 4 of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, dated 8 May 2018
08 May 2018 ATC180508: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 4 of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, dated 8 May 2018
14 Feb 2018 ATC180214: Report Of The Pc on Cogta on the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) on the Commercialisation of Religion and Abuse of Peoples Beliefs dated 14 February 2018
09 Dec 2017 ATC171209: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Study Tour to China, 02 – 09 December 2017
24 Oct 2017 ATC171024: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill [B23 – 2015] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 24 October 2017
17 Oct 2017 ATC171017: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs dated 17 October 2017
22 Jun 2017 ATC170622: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill [B8 – 2017] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 22 June 2017
14 Jun 2017 ATC170714: Interim report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill [B8 – 2017], dated 14 June 2017
10 May 2017 ATC170510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote No. 4 of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dated 10 May 2017
20 Oct 2016 ATC161020: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, dated 20 October 2016
19 Apr 2016 ATC160419: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 4 of The Department of Cooperative Governance And Traditional Affairs dated 13 April 2016
19 Nov 2015 ATC151119: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Disaster Management Amendment Bill [B 10 D – 2015] (National Assembly – sec 76) dated 17 November 2015
17 Nov 2015 ATC151117: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Disaster Management Amendment Bill [B 10 – 2015] (National Assembly – sec 76) dated 17 November 2015
20 Oct 2015 ATC151020: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, dated 20 October 2015
03 Jun 2015 ATC150604: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Disaster Management Amendment Bill [B10 – 2015] (National Assembly – sec 76) dated 3 June 2015
05 May 2015 ATC150505: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 4 of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dated 05 May 2015
28 Oct 2014 ATC141030: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, dated 28 october 2014
10 Jul 2014 ATC140711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 3 of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, dated 10 July 2014
12 Feb 2014 ATC140304: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Amendment Bill [B 33 – 2013], dated, 12 February 2014:
01 Aug 2013 ATC131017: Draft Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the oversight visits to North West and Eastern Cape Provinces from 21 to 25 July and 28 July to 1 August 2013 – Dated 17 September 2013
14 May 2013 ATC130520: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Budget Vote 3: Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, dated, 14 May 2013
30 Jan 2013 ATC130328: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Oversight Visit to Gert Sibande District, Mpumalanga Province from 28 – 30 January 2013, dated 26 March 2013
20 Nov 2012 ATC121203: Report of the Select Committee on Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Consideration of the Termination Of Intervention in Okhahlamba Local Municipality– dated 20 November 2012
20 Nov 2012 ATC121120: Report of the Select Committee on Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Consideration of the Termination Of Intervention in Okhahlamba Local Municipality and Extension of Intervention in Indaka Local Municipality – dated 20 November 2012   
20 Nov 2012 ATC121203: Report of the Select Committee on Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Consideration of Extension of Intervention in Indaka Local Municipality – dated 20 November 2012
23 Oct 2012 ATC121023: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, dated 23 October 2012
23 Oct 2012 ATC121023: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, dated 23 October 2012 2011
02 May 2012 ATC120502: Report on Budget Vote 3, dated 2 May 2012
07 Jun 2011 ATC110607: Report Budget Vote 3: Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs
31 May 2011 ATC110531: Report Budget Vote 3: Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs
30 Mar 2011 ATC110330: Report: Northern Cape Province from 27 – 30 March 2011, dated 24 April 2012
02 Nov 2010 Report: Budgetary Review and Recommendation on the performance of the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs for the 2009/10 financial year, dated 2 November 2010
20 Apr 2010 ATC100420: Report on Budget Vote 3: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
22 Mar 2010 ATC100322: Report on Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Bill [B 22 – 2010]
11 Nov 2009 ATC091111: Report on Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill
11 Nov 2009 ATC091111: Report on Oversight Visit to Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality
11 Nov 2009 ATC091111: Report National House of Traditional Leaders Bill
12 Feb 2009 ATC090212: Report on Cross-boundary Municipalities Laws Repeal and Related Matters Amendment Bill
26 Nov 2008 ATC081126: Report on Oversight visit to the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup Host Cities
26 Nov 2008 ATC081126: Report on Oversight Visit to the SALGA & the Winterveldt Community
26 Nov 2008 ATC081126: Report on Public Hearings on National House of Traditional Leaders Bill & Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill
26 Nov 2008 ATC081126: Report on Budget Vote 29
13 Aug 2008 ATC080813: Report Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill
13 Aug 2008 ATC080813: Report on National House of Traditional Leaders Bill
24 Jun 2008 ATC080624: Report on Local Government Laws Amendment Bill
Report: Local Government Laws Amendment Bill
Report: Budget Vote 29
01 Aug 2019 NW332 by Dr A Lotriet - Whether, with reference to the reply to question ...
01 Aug 2019 NW409 by Mr M H Hoosen - What number of municipalities have implemented ...
01 Aug 2019 NW393 by Mr C Brink - Which municipal officials involved in opening or ...
01 Aug 2019 NW392 by Mr C Brink - (1)Whether, with reference to the reply to ...
01 Aug 2019 NW355 by Mr M Bagraim - What (a) number of official international trips ...
01 Aug 2019 NW239 by Mr M Waters - With regard to the recent fire at the Glen Marais ...
01 Aug 2019 NW270 by Ms E R J Spies - What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private ...
01 Aug 2019 NW347 by Mr M Hlengwa - What steps will her department institute in each ...
01 Aug 2019 NW226 by The Leader of the Opposition - Whether she intends to introduce amending ...
01 Aug 2019 NW331 by Dr A Lotriet - Whether, with reference to the reply to question ...
01 Aug 2019 NW311 by Mr M H Hoosen - (a) What action has she taken against ...
01 Aug 2019 NW405 by Ms E L Powell - (1)Whether any municipalities awarded any tenders ...
01 Aug 2019 NW398 by Mrs D van der Walt - (1)(a) What are the amounts of the debt owed to ...
01 Aug 2019 NW240 by Mr M Waters - (1)Whether (a) the City of Ekurhuleni has a ...
01 Aug 2019 NW399 by Mrs D van der Walt - (1)What (a) are the qualifications and (b) is the ...
01 Aug 2019 NW406 by Ms E L Powell - What is the total (a) number and (b) extent of ...
01 Aug 2019 NW390 by Mr N A Sarupen - (1)Whether her department will provide any ...
01 Aug 2019 NW223 by Mr K J Mileham - Whether any (a) financial, (b) logistical and/or ...
05 Jul 2019 NW32 by Mr M Waters - (1)What (a) number of metropolitan police ...
05 Jul 2019 NW129 by Mr M Waters - (1)With regard to the firearm audit of the City ...
05 Jul 2019 NW186 by Dr A Lotriet - (1)What was the (a) approved and (b) actual spend ...
05 Jul 2019 NW194 by Mrs V van Dyk - (1)What are the details of the initiatives ...
05 Jul 2019 NW187 by Dr A Lotriet - (1)(a) What number of tenders were awarded by the ...
05 Jul 2019 NW185 by Dr A Lotriet - (a) What (i) preventative maintenance and (ii) ...
05 Jul 2019 NW107 by Inkosi B N Luthuli - Whether she can provide a detailed progress ...
05 Jul 2019 NW131 by Mr M Waters - (1)With regard to the attached firearm audit of ...
05 Jul 2019 NW130 by Mr M Waters - (1)With regard to the firearm audit of the City ...
16 Apr 2019 NW740 by Mr Z R Xalisa - What total number of (a) municipal wards in the ...
16 Apr 2019 NW603 by Mr T R Majola - Whether, with reference to his reply to question ...
16 Apr 2019 NW739 by Mr Z R Xalisa - What total number of (a) municipal wards in the ...
16 Apr 2019 NW606 by Mr D America - What number of vacant funded posts are in the ...
26 Mar 2019 NW402 by Mr E M Mthethwa - What measures will he put in place to curb the ...
26 Mar 2019 NW405 by Ms T Stander - What is the status of the intervention in terms ...
25 Mar 2019 NW1 by Mrs C Dudley - (1)(a) Where in the process the consideration and ...
25 Mar 2019 NW9 by Mr W W Wessels - (1)Has his department been informed of the crisis ...
25 Mar 2019 NW232 by Mr X Ngwezi - Whether, with reference to the investigation ...
25 Mar 2019 NW224 by The Leader of the Opposition - Whether, since he served in Cabinet, he (a)(i) ...
25 Mar 2019 NW378 by Mr K J Mileham - (1)What are the details of the processes followed ...
25 Mar 2019 NW14 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1)Whether, with reference to the reply to ...
25 Mar 2019 NW663 by Mr W M Madisha - What is the Government’s stance regarding the ...
25 Mar 2019 NW26 by Ms N Nolutshungu - What is the total number of employees in each (a) ...
25 Mar 2019 NW417 by Mr W M Madisha - Whether, with regard to the Presidential ...
25 Mar 2019 NW187 by Mrs A M Dreyer - (1)What number of power outages have the suburbs ...
25 Mar 2019 NW29 by Mr Z R Xalisa - Whether any municipality or municipal entity ...
25 Mar 2019 NW24 by Mr Z R Xalisa - What (a) number of (i) technicians and (ii) ...
25 Mar 2019 NW185 by Mr M Waters - (1)What (a) number of vehicles does the ...
25 Mar 2019 NW377 by Mrs K Jooste - (1)Whether the appointment of the Acting ...
25 Mar 2019 NW426 by Mr K J Mileham - (1)What are the details of the process followed ...
25 Mar 2019 NW462 by Ms D van der Walt - (1)What (a) number of boreholes were drilled by ...
25 Mar 2019 NW463 by Ms D van der Walt - (1)(a) What number of boreholes were drilled by ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Bill 06 Feb 2019 B2-2019 Lapsed
Local Government: Municipal Structures Amendment Bill 08 Jun 2018 B19-2018 Lapsed
Customary Initiation Bill 05 Apr 2018 B7-2018 Lapsed
Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill 28 Mar 2017 B8-2017 Approved by Parliament. Waiting to be signed into law.
Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill 22 Sep 2015 B23-2015 Approved by Parliament. Waiting to be signed into law.
Disaster Management Amendment Bill 09 Mar 2015 B10-2015 Act commenced
Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Amendment 24 Sep 2013 B33-2013 Act commenced
2010 Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Bill 27 Jul 2010 B22-2010 Act commenced
Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Amendment Bill 10 Sep 2009 B12-2009 Act commenced
National House of Traditional Leaders Bill 20 Jun 2008 B56-2008 Act commenced
Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill 20 Jun 2008 B57-2008 Act commenced
Local Government Laws Amendment Bill 27 Jul 2007 B28-2007 Act commenced
Constitution Thirteenth Amendment Bill 29 Jun 2007 B24-2007 Act commenced
Cross-Boundary Municipalities Laws Repeal And Related Matters Amendment Bill 29 Jun 2007 B25-2007 Act commenced
Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Bill 03 May 2007 B9-2007 Act commenced
2019 3 meetings Attendance rate 95%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Shereen Cassiem

Tel: 021 403 3769

Cell: 083 709 8533

Email: scassiem@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:

Beverly Walters

Tel: 021 403 3138

Cell: 083 709 8408

Email: bwalters@parliament.gov.za





 

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