Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014), dated 11 March 2014
Oversight responsibility of Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee
The Public Enterprises Portfolio committee is responsible for the oversight of the Department of Public Enterprises as well as the following statutory entities:
Broadband Infraco Limited
DENEL (Pty) Ltd
South African Airways Limited
South African Express (Proprietary) Limited
South African Forestry Company Limited
Pebble Bed Modular Reactor
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Repeal of the Overvaal Resorts Limited Bill [B 36 – 2017]|
|Repeal of the Overvaal Resort Limited Bill - draft|
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|NW2519 by The Leader of the Opposition - What are the details of the interest rates on all ...|
|NW2382 by Mr M G P Lekota - Whether his department or Eskom has launched any ...|
|NW2402 by Mr R A Lees - (1)What are (a) the number of persons who ...|
|NW2590 by Mr M M Dlamini - (1) (a) What is the total number of (i) deputy ...|
|NW2404 by Mr R A Lees - (1)Whether the departure of the SA Airways flight ...|
|NW2098 by Ms N W A Mazzone - With reference to the R13,16 billion raised ...|
|NW1267 by Ms V van Dyk - (1) Did a certain company, namely Scarlet Sky ...|
|NW2146 by Mr N Paulsen - Whether he has found that the new coal ...|
|NW1268 by Ms V van Dyk - (1)(a) What is the full name of the company that ...|
|NW955 by Ms V Van Dyk - What was the process by which Mervyn Carstens was ...|
|NW1204 by Ms S V Kalyan - Whether complaints about certain persons namely ...|
|NW1221 by Adv A de W Alberts - (1) With reference to the appointment of ...|
|NW2145 by Mrs E S Ntlangwini - (1) With reference to the hearings hosted by the ...|
|NW2144 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (a) What are the details of his plan to deal with ...|
|NW1202 by Ms S V Kalyan - Who nominated (a) (i) Mrs H B Matseke, (ii) Mr T ...|
|NW1044 by Ms V van Wyk - With reference to the annual reports of Alexkor ...|
|NW1043 by Ms V van Dyk (DA) asked the Minister of Public Enterprises - Who appointed (a) Mrs Matseke, (b) Mr Trevern ...|
|NW1478 by Mr D C Ross - (1)Whether, with reference to the reply of the ...|
|NW1502 by Adv A de W Alberts - (1) Whether he can indicate what number of ...|
|NW1269 by Ms V van Dyk - (1) What are the details of the relevant ...|
|NW21 by Ms N W A Mazzone - (1) Whether any of the bonuses listed on page 108 ...|
|NW2029 by Mr E J Marais - (1)What are the details of the (a) number of ...|
|NW991 by Ms N W A Mazzone - How much land does (a) his department and (b) ...|
|NW1271 by Mr E J Marais - What value has been gained by Alexcor after the ...|
|NW1580 by Adv A de W Alberts - (1)What (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) ...|
|NW1042 by Ms V van Dyk (DA) asked the Minister of Public Enterprises - Did a certain company, namely Hernic Ferrochrome ...|
|NW1305 by Mr M M Dlamini - (a) Whether he has been informed of the 12 ...|
|NW1260 by Ms N W A Mazzone (DA) to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises - 1. By what date will Eskom reinstitute its ...|
|NW1619 by Ms N W A Mazzone - (a) What amount is currently owed by ...|
|NW1735 by Adv A de W Alberts - (1) Why is Transnet continuing to sell some of ...|
|NW1846 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1)Whether all members of the senior management ...|
|NW1829 by Mr W Horn - (1)Whether (a) his spouse and/or (b) an adult ...|
|NW1660 by Mr SC Motau - (a) What number of cases relating to the ...|
|NW1270 by Mr E J Marais - (a) Why does his department have a 20% ...|
|NW1201 by Mr E J Marais - (a) What are the details of the process followed ...|
|NW1199 by Mr E J Marais - (1) (a) Did Denel award a scholarship to a ...|
|NW954 by Ms V van Dyk - (1) Whether a certain chief executive officer, ...|
|NW1081 by Mr M M Dlamini - (1) (a) Did Denel award a scholarship to a ...|
|NW19 by Mr E J Marais - (1)With reference to Transnet’s Request for ...|
|NW80 by Ms N W A Mazzone - (1) Whether she held a face-to-face meeting with ...|
|NW153 by Ms N R Mashabela - Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entity ...|
|NW1281 by Mr M G P Lekota - Whether, given the perilous state of many ...|
|NW1262 by Ms N W A Mazzone - (1) (a) Are all four units of the Ingula Pumped ...|
|NW1261 by Ms N W A Mazzone - (1) What are the reasons that Eskom has failed to ...|
|NW137 by Ms N W A Mazzone - (1)With reference to an amount of R55,984 million ...|
|NW139 by Ms N R Mashabela - (1) How many officials and/or employees in her ...|
|NW519 by Ms V van Dyk - (1) Whether, with reference to the reply to ...|
|Bill name||Date introduced||Number||Status|
|Repeal of the Overvaal Resorts Limited Bill||08 Dec 2017||B36-2017||Under consideration by the National Assembly.|
|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|
AttendanceRanked 5 out of 37 for NA
Secretary of Committee:
Tel: 021 403 8115
Cell: 083 709 8512
Secretary To Chairperson:
Tel: 021 403 2723
Cell: 083 709 8485