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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

SA Express

SAFCOL 

Denel

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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10 Jul 2019 Public Enterprises Budget: Committee Report
03 Jul 2019 Department of Public Enterprises 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan; with Deputy Minister
02 Jul 2019 Election of Chairperson; Committee programme
13 Mar 2019 State-owned companies contribution to jobs created: DPE briefing
06 Mar 2019 Public Enterprise Portfolio Committee Legacy Report
27 Feb 2019 Transnet market demand strategy: implementation
20 Feb 2019 Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises Legacy Report
13 Feb 2019 Minister of Public Enterprises on State of Nation Address impact and Eskom
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)
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 Oversight visit to Alexkor
13 Nov 2008 ATC081113: Report on Special Meeting with Representatives from South African Airways (SAA)
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
18 Jul 2019 NW15 by Mr R A Lees - What (a) are the (i) full names and (ii) details ...
18 Apr 2019 NW804 by Mr M M Dlamini - What amount of diesel did Eskom consume on each ...
18 Apr 2019 NW803 by Mr M M Dlamini - (1)What number of maintenance issues did Eskom ...
18 Apr 2019 NW764 by Mr N Paulsen - What total number of (a) tenders that were ...
18 Apr 2019 NW730 by Mr M M Dlamini - What (a) is the (i) make and (ii) model of each ...
18 Apr 2019 NW726 by Mr M M Dlamini - What is the (a) make and (b) year of production ...
18 Apr 2019 NW711 by Mr S C Motau - What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and ...
18 Apr 2019 NW659 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1) Whether SA Airways has provided any guarantee ...
18 Apr 2019 NW805 by Mr P G Moteka - What were the diesel reserves of Eskom as at 17 ...
15 Apr 2019 NW750 by Mr M M Dlamini - What is the lifespan of each of Eskom’s coal ...
25 Mar 2019 NW484 by Mr M M Dlamini - (a) What number of qualified (i) engineers and ...
25 Mar 2019 NW575 by Ms N W A Mazzone - What was the (a) total cost of transporting coal ...
25 Mar 2019 NW642 by Mr M M Dlamini - (1)What (a) number of aircraft are in the SA ...
25 Mar 2019 NW641 by Mr M M Dlamini - Whether Eskom has any capacity to extract oil or ...
25 Mar 2019 NW618 by Mr W M Madisha - What (a) is the estimated cost to Eskom of coal ...
25 Mar 2019 NW574 by Ms N W A Mazzone - (1)What (a) total number of trucks are currently ...
25 Mar 2019 NW524 by Mr T Rawula - (a) What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties ...
25 Mar 2019 NW487 by Mr M M Dlamini - Whether Eskom has any contracts with certain ...
25 Mar 2019 NW485 by Mr M M Dlamini - (a) What number of qualified engineers have left ...
25 Mar 2019 NW413 by Dr C P Mulder - (1)Whether, with reference to the reply by the ...
11 Mar 2019 NW303 by Dr C P Mulder - (1)What were Eskom's total coal service supplier ...
11 Mar 2019 NW170 by Mr R A Lees - Whether any action will be or has been taken by ...
11 Mar 2019 NW254 by Mr N Paulsen - What number of: (a) Engineers are employed at ...
11 Mar 2019 NW283 by Mr P G Moteka - (a) What number of tender briefings were held in ...
11 Mar 2019 NW298 by Mr W Wessels - (1) (a) What expected financial assistance will ...
11 Mar 2019 NW302 by Dr C P Mulder - (1)Whether, with regard to Eskom’s (a) total work ...
11 Mar 2019 NW335 by Mr M M Dlamini - (1)Was a tender advertised to appoint external ...
11 Mar 2019 NW336 by Mr M M Dlamini - (a) On what date was the company, Enel, appointed ...
11 Mar 2019 NW365 by Ms N W A Mazzone - (1)Whether Eskom has put any mechanisms in place ...
11 Mar 2019 NW369 by Mr E J Marais - (1)What (a) is the name of each gas company ...
11 Mar 2019 NW393 by Dr P J Groenewald - What (a) number of (i) artisans, (ii) technicians ...
06 Mar 2019 NW237 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - What has he found to have been the financial ...
06 Mar 2019 NW366 by Ms N W A Mazzone - Whether Eskom has put any measures in place to ...
06 Mar 2019 NW364 by Ms N W A Mazzone - Does a smart meter notify Eskom when it is (a) ...
06 Mar 2019 NW168 by Mr M G P Lekota - (a) what is the current status of the Promotion ...
25 Feb 2019 NW70 by Mr R A Lees - (1) Whether any action was taken in line with ...
21 Feb 2019 NW139 by Mr Y Cassim - With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...
21 Feb 2019 NW110 by Ms N W A Mazzone - (1)What is the current status of Alexkor’s ...
19 Dec 2018 NW3724 by Mr M M Dlamini - (a) What number of persons are employed by each ...
19 Dec 2018 NW3849 by Mr M W Rabotapi - (1) Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any ...
14 Dec 2018 NW3242 by Mr S C Motau - What (a) amount did (i) his department and (ii) ...
14 Dec 2018 NW158 by Mr E J Marais - What number of (a) charges have been laid against ...
14 Dec 2018 NW3665 by Mr M M Dlamini - (a) What number of public resorts were managed by ...
14 Dec 2018 NW3285 by Mr M M Dlamini - Whether (a) his department and/or (b) entities ...
12 Dec 2018 NW3454 by Mr J R B Lorimer - (1)(a) On what date did his department last ...
12 Dec 2018 NW2929 by Ms N R Mashabela - (a) What (i) is the total number of employees ...
06 Dec 2018 NW3396 by Mr DW Macpherson - What amount does the (a) Kwadukuza Local ...
06 Dec 2018 NW2879 by Mr M M Dlamini - With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...
06 Dec 2018 NW3357 by Mr M M Dlamini - (1)What is Eskom’s current renewable energy ...
15 Nov 2018 NW2891 by Hon Mzingisi Marshall Dlamini - Did the CEO of Eskom receive a letter from the ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Repeal of the Overvaal Resorts Limited Bill 08 Dec 2017 B36-2017 Approved by Parliament. Waiting to be 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
2019 3 meetings Attendance rate 81%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

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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