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Oversight responsibility of Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee

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

Alexkor

Eskom

Transet

South African Airways (SAA)

SA Express

SAFCOL 

Denel

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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07 Feb 2023 Eskom on: solutions to deal with load shedding, budget for maintenance and IPP, response to allegations by organised labour
01 Feb 2023 DPE progress in addressing AGSA findings & implementation of BRRR recommendations; Update on Shareholder Management Bill; with Deputy Minister present
30 Nov 2022 Alexkor update on implementation of the turnaround strategy; with Deputy Minister
23 Nov 2022 Mid-term performance report of DPE & SOEs
16 Nov 2022 Denel Briefing: Update on Implementation of its Turnaround Strategy; with Deputy Minister
09 Nov 2022 Business rescue process of SOEs: parliamentary oversight and legislation
02 Nov 2022 Engagement with Eskom on the energy crisis and Koeberg
26 Oct 2022 Safcol Annual Report 2021/22; with Deputy Minister
19 Oct 2022 Public Enterprises BRRR; Koeberg oversight visit prep
12 Oct 2022 Public Enterprises Portfolio Audit Outcomes; DPE Annual Report 2021/22; FFC Input on performance of SOEs; with Deputy Minister
30 Sep 2022 International state-owned enterprise (SOE) case studies
21 Sep 2022 South African Airways Annual Report for year ended March 2018
14 Sep 2022 Mango Airline business rescue process: DPE & SAA briefing, with Deputy Minister
07 Sep 2022 Transnet 2021/22 Annual Report; with Minister
31 Aug 2022 Financial and governance challenges facing Denel; Developments at Eskom; with Deputy Minister
24 Aug 2022 Alexkor 2020/21 Annual Report; Third Term Committee Programme
25 Oct 2022 ATC221025: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, dated 19 October 2022
07 Oct 2022 ATC221007: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Eskom, South African Airways, South African Express Airways and Denel, dated 30 September 2022
18 May 2022 ATC220518: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Budget Vote 10: Public Enterprises, and on the SP and APP for 2022/23 of the Department of Public Enterprises, Dated 18 May 2022
28 Mar 2022 ATC220328: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the Oversight Visit to Transnet Port of Durban, dated 23 March 2022
29 Nov 2021 ATC211129: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Eskom (Medupi and Kusile Power Stations) and SAFCOL, dated 24 November 2021
29 Nov 2021 ATC211129: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Transnet, dated 24 November 2021
25 Nov 2021 ATC211125: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, dated 24 November 2021
01 Jul 2021 ATC210701: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Alexkor, dated 19 May 2021
21 May 2021 ATC210521: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Budget Vote 10: Public Enterprises, and the Annual Performance Plan for 2021/22 of the Department of Public Enterprises, dated 19 May 2021
18 Nov 2020 ATC201118: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, dated 18November 2020
19 Aug 2020 ATC200819: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on a petition from the residents of Jamestown, Stellenbosch, dated 19 August 2020
17 Jul 2020 ATC200717: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the Adjustment Allocations Of Budget Vote 10: Public Enterprises, Dated 15 July 2020
04 Jun 2020 ATC200604: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Budget Vote 10: Public Enterprises, and the Annual Performance Plan for 2020/21 of the Department of Public Enterprises, dated 2 June 2020
28 Nov 2019 ATC191128: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the Oversight Visit to the Department of Public Enterprises and State-Owned Companies, dated 20 November 2019
13 Nov 2019 ATC191113: Report of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the Foreign Service Bill [B 35B-2015] (National Assembly - sec 75), dated 6 November 2019:
18 Oct 2019 ATC191018: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, dated 16 October 2019
10 Jul 2019 ATC190710: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Budget Vote 9: Public Enterprises, and the Annual Performance Plan for 2019/20 of the Department of Public Enterprises, Dated 10 July 2019
20 Mar 2019 ATC190320: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on its activities undertaken during the 5th Parliament (May 2014 – March 2019)
28 Nov 2018 ATC181128: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the inquiry into governance, procurement and the financial sustainability of Eskom, Dated 28 November 2018
31 Oct 2018 ATC181031: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the Repeal of the Overvaal Resorts Limited Bill [B 36 – 2017], dated 31 October 2018
30 May 2018 ATC180530: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to the Eskom Megawatt Park, dated 30 May 2018
10 May 2018 ATC180510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Budget Vote 9: Public Enterprises, and the Annual Performance Plan for 2018/19 of the Department of Public Enterprises, dated 10 May 2017
31 Jan 2018 ATC181031: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, dated 31 October 2018
15 Nov 2017 ATC171115: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, dated 15 November 2017
17 May 2017 ATC170517: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Budget Vote 9: Public Enterprises, and the annual performance plan for 2017/18 of the Department of Public Enterprises, dated 17 May 2017
17 Mar 2017 ATC170517: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to the community of Soweto, dated 17 May 2017
26 Oct 2016 ATC161026: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, dated 26 October 2016
22 Apr 2016 ATC160422: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the Budget Vote 9: Public Enterprises and the annual performance plan for 2016/17 of the Department of Public Enterprises, dated 20 April 2016
06 Nov 2015 ATC151106: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, dated 4 November 2015
14 Aug 2015 ATC150814: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Port of Saldanha Bay, dated 5 August 2015
11 Aug 2015 ATC150811: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Denel Aviation, dated 5 August 2015
11 Aug 2015 ATC150811: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Transnet Port of Durban, dated 5 August 2015
13 May 2015 ATC150513: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the Budget Vote [Vote 9] and the Strategic Plan for 2015/16 – 2018/19 of the Department of Public Enterprises, dated 13 May 2015
11 Mar 2015 Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Transnet Rail Engineering, dated 18 February 2015
11 Mar 2015 Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to South African Express Airways, dated 18 February 2015
22 Oct 2014 ATC141024: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, dated 22 October 2014
09 Jul 2014 ATC140711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the Budget Vote (Vote 11) and the Strategic Plan of the Department of Public Enterprises, dated 9 July 2014
22 Oct 2013 ATC131107: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Transnet Port of Durban, dated 22 October 2013
16 Oct 2013 ATC131022: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, dated 16 October 2013
10 Sep 2013 ATC130923: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Eskom’s Medupi Power Station, dated 10 September 2013
17 Apr 2013 ATC130418: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the Budget Vote [Vote 11] and the annual performance plan for 2013/14 of the Department of Public Enterprises dated 17 April 2013
20 Nov 2012 ATC130128: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to Transnet, dated 20 November 2012
17 Oct 2012 ATC121024: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, dated 17 October 2012
28 Aug 2012 ATC120829: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to state-owned companies, dated 28 August 2012
07 Aug 2012 ATC120903: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the oversight visit to state-owned companies, dated 7 August 2012
12 Jun 2012 Report: Strategic Planning Workshop, dated 12 June 2012
10 May 2012 Report: Budget Vote 11and Strategic Plan of the Department for 20012/13 – 2016/17, dated 10 May 2012
22 Feb 2012 ATC120222: Report Private members’ legislative proposals and special petitions
25 Jan 2012 ATC120125: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on the Annual Reports of the Department of Public Enterprises and state-owned companies, dated 25 January 2012
25 Jan 2012 Report: Oversight visit to the Department of Public Enterprises and state-owned companies, dated 25 January 2012
23 Aug 2011 ATC110823: Report on Oversight Visit to Denel
02 Nov 2010 ATC101102: Report on Funding Solution for Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund (TSDBF) & the Transport Pension Fund (TPF)
13 Apr 2010 ATC100413: Report on Budget Vote [Vote 10] and Strategic Plan 20010/11 – 2012/13
17 Jun 2009 ATC090617: Report on Budget Vote 30 and Strategic Plan (2009/10 – 2011/12)
27 Jan 2009 ATC090127: Report on Department ‘s Annual Report
19 Nov 2008 ATC081119: Report on Oversight visit to Transnet
13 Nov 2008 ATC081113: Report on Special Meeting with Representatives from South African Airways (SAA)
13 Nov 2008 ATC081113: Report on Oversight visit to Alexkor
13 Nov 2008 ATC081113: Report on Study Tour of China and Vietnam
12 Nov 2008 ATC081112: Report on Oversight visit to SAFCOL
11 Jun 2008 ATC080611: Report on Department’s Budget Hearings
20 Mar 2008 ATC080320: Report on Oversight visit to (PBMR Ltd.) at Pelindaba
06 Dec 2022 NW3192 by Ms E R J Spies - (1)On what date did he attend the last meeting...
06 Dec 2022 NW3528 by Mr F Essack - (1)(a) Which service provider was appointed to...
06 Dec 2022 NW3529 by Dr L A Schreiber - (1)Whether he appeared before and/or met with...
06 Dec 2022 NW4456 by Mr F Essack - What role will (a) his department and (b) the...
06 Dec 2022 NW4422 by Ms P Madokwe - Considering assertions made by the Chief...
06 Dec 2022 NW4077 by Ms O M C Maotwe - What were the reasons for the complete closure...
05 Dec 2022 NW4359 by Ms B M van Minnen - What (a) are the new and updated costs of the...
02 Dec 2022 NW4379 by Mr F Essack - With most renewable energy projects that are...
02 Dec 2022 NW4373 by Mrs M B Hicklin - What (a) are the reasons that Eskom refuses to...
02 Dec 2022 NW4315 by Mr E M Buthelezi - Whether, with reference to his department’s...
02 Dec 2022 NW4308 by Dr W J Boshoff - What are the relevant details of (a) the total...
02 Dec 2022 NW4302 by Mr G K Y Cachalia - What are the relevant details of the...
02 Dec 2022 NW4301 by Mr E M Buthelezi - With regard to the financial constraints and...
25 Nov 2022 NW4076 by Ms O M C Maotwe - What (a) procurement processes were followed...
25 Nov 2022 NW4049 by Mrs N I Tarabella Marchesi - Whether, with regard to the summons and...
25 Nov 2022 NW4046 by Mr E J Marais - What (a) was the total capital budget for...
25 Nov 2022 NW4044 by Mr E J Marais - What is the total (a) percentage and (b)...
25 Nov 2022 NW4043 by Mr M Chetty - What (a) was the total capital budget for the...
25 Nov 2022 NW4042 by Mr M Chetty - What (a) was the total revenue for the...
25 Nov 2022 NW3893 by Mr E M Buthelezi - Whether, considering the ending of Transnet’s...
25 Nov 2022 NW3390 by Mrs NJ Nolutshungu - In light of the fact that earlier in 2022, the...
25 Nov 2022 NW3297 by Mr E M Buthelezi - (1) Given that the Minister of Mineral...
25 Nov 2022 NW3370 by Mr M M Chabangu - Whether he has found that Eskom can be rescued...
25 Nov 2022 NW3914 by Ms P Madokwe - What (a) amount has Eskom invested in power...
25 Nov 2022 NW4017 by Mr C V King - Whether, with reference to his comments during...
25 Nov 2022 NW4075 by Ms O M C Maotwe - Whether he has found any misconduct on the...
25 Nov 2022 NW4118 by Mr. M Tswaku - What (a) impact will the decommissioning of...
25 Nov 2022 NW4212 by Mr E J Marais - In light of the fact that Transnet has...
25 Nov 2022 NW4288 by Mr M Tshwaku - Following the decommissioning of the Komati...
25 Nov 2022 NW4289 by Mr M Tshwaku - What are the full details of the recent loan...
25 Nov 2022 NW4291 by Mr E J Marais - In light of the fact that Transnet assisted...
24 Nov 2022 NW3747 by Mr T M Langa - Considering that organised labour declared a...
24 Nov 2022 NW3736 by Ms O M C Maotwe - By what date will Eskom be paying workers the...
24 Nov 2022 NW3620 by Mr R A Lees - (1)What is the total monetary value of (a) all...
24 Nov 2022 NW3594 by Mrs V van Dyk - (a) Who appointed a certain person as the...
24 Nov 2022 NW3582 by Mr E M Buthelezi - Whether he will furnish Mr E M Buthelezi with...
24 Nov 2022 NW3546 by Mrs V van Dyk - (1)(a) On what date was Messina Attorneys...
24 Nov 2022 NW3790 by Mr E M Buthelezi - Whether he will furnish Mr E M Buthelezi with...
24 Nov 2022 NW3840 by Mr F Essack - Whether, in light of the fact that the...
24 Nov 2022 NW3875 by Dr P J Groenewald - Considering that before December 2021 three...
24 Nov 2022 NW3878 by Dr W J Boshoff - Whether, with reference to Medupi’s ash dump...
24 Nov 2022 NW3891 by Dr P J Groenewald - Whether, in view of his statement at the...
24 Nov 2022 NW3892 by Mr E M Buthelezi - Considering the breakdown of a generating unit...
31 Oct 2022 NW3410 by Mrs V van Dyk - (1) Whether Alexkor has a (a) social and (b)...
31 Oct 2022 NW3414 by Mrs O M C Maotwe - Whether the International Air Services...
31 Oct 2022 NW3443 by Mr TM Langa - By what date will the Chief Executive Officer...
31 Oct 2022 NW3152 by Mr R A Lees - Whether Eskom will carry the costs of the...
31 Oct 2022 NW3111 by Mrs V van Dyk - (1) On what date was International Dredging...
31 Oct 2022 NW3109 by Mrs V van Dyk - With reference to the (a)(i) Boegoebaai Port...
31 Oct 2022 NW3019 by Mr E M Buthelezi - (1) Whether any steps have been taken against...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Repeal of the Overvaal Resorts Limited Bill 08 Dec 2017 B36-2017 The bill has been signed into law.
Broadband Infraco Bill 06 Jul 2007 B26-2007 Act commenced
South African Express Bill 30 May 2007 B14-2007 Act commenced
South African Airways Bill 13 Nov 2006 B35-2006 Act commenced
Transnet Pension Fund Amendment Bill 12 Oct 2006 B30-2006 Act commenced
2023 1 meetings Attendance rate 56%
2022 24 meetings 65%
2021 18 meetings 65%
2020 22 meetings 61%
2019 15 meetings 69%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP Learn about our Attendance Methodology

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Disang Mocumi

Tel: 021 403 8115

Cell: 083 709 8512

Email: dmocumi@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:

Loretta Lawrence

Tel: 021 403 2723

Cell: 083 709 8485

Email: llawrence@parliament.gov.za

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