Defence and Military Veterans

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Oversight responsibility of Defence and Military Vetrans Portfolio Committee

The Defence and Military Veterans Portfolio Committee is responsible for the oversight of the Department of Defence as well as the following statutory entities:

Armaments Corporation of South Africa Limited
Castle Control Board

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.

14 Nov 2018 Defence funding model for implementation of 2015 Defence Review: DOD & National Treasury Budget Task Team briefing
31 Oct 2018 Defence Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report
24 Oct 2018 Department of Defence briefing 2017/18 Annual Report & Quarter 1 performance
17 Oct 2018 Military Veterans, Armscor & Castle Control Board BRRR
11 Oct 2018 Department of Military Veterans 2017/18 Annual Report
10 Oct 2018 Armscor & Castle Control Board 2017/18 Annual Reports; Defence and Military Veterans audit outcomes: AGSA briefing
13 Sep 2018 Hydrographic Bill B17-2018: consideration & adoption
12 Sep 2018 Hydrographic Bill: consideration of written submissions & Department response
29 Aug 2018 Department of Defence Quarter 1 performance & Committee recommendations implementation
28 Aug 2018 Meeting with Vietnamese National Assembly delegation
23 Aug 2018 Defence Amendment Bill: finalisation
22 Aug 2018 Defence Amendment Bill: deliberations; Department of Military Veterans Quarter 1 performance
16 Aug 2018 Hydrographic Bill: briefing; Defence Amendment Bill: postponed
14 Sep 2018 ATC180914: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Hydrographic Bill [B17-2018] (National Assembly– sec 75), dated 14 September 2018
23 Aug 2018 ATC180823: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Defence Amendment Bill [B18-2017] (National Assembly– sec 75), dated 23 August 2018
15 May 2018 ATC180515: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans: Department of Defence, dated 15 May 2018
09 Apr 2018 ATC180409: Report of the joint oversight visit of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence to Kinshasa and Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 25 to 29 March 2018, dated 9 April 2018
01 Mar 2018 ATC180301: Budget review and recommendation report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the 2016/17 annual report plan of the Department of Defence (DoD), dated 1 March 2018
23 May 2017 ATC170523: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans Entities, dated 23 May 2017
23 May 2017 ATC170523: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans: Department of Defence, dated 23 May 2017
15 May 2017 ATC170515: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on its 23 March 2017 oversight visit to 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg and the Regional Works Unit Western Cape at Youngsfield Military Base, dated 15 May 2017
15 May 2017 ATC170515: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on its 1 March 2017 oversight visit to Silvermine Naval Base, dated 15 May 2017
21 Oct 2016 ATC161021: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the 2015/16 Annual Report Plan of The Department of Military Veterans (DMV), dated 21 October 2016
21 Oct 2016 ATC161021: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the 2015/16 Annual Report Plan of the Department of Defence (DOD), dated 21 October 2016
21 Oct 2016 ATC161021: Budgetary Review And Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the 2015/16 Annual Report of the Castle Control Board (CCB) and Armscor, Dated 21 October 2016
10 May 2016 ATC160510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans an Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans, dated 10 May 2016
28 Oct 2015 ATC151028: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, dated 28 October 2015
02 Sep 2015 ATC150902: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Defence Laws Repeal and Amendment Bill [B 7– 2015] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 2 September 2015
14 May 2015 ATC150514: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 19: Department of Defence and Military Veterans, dated 13 May 2015
12 Nov 2014 ATC141112: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Theratification of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, dated 12 November 2014
29 Oct 2014 ATC141031: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans: 2013/14 and 2014/15 First Quarter Performance of the Department of Defence & Entities, and Department of Military Veterans, dated 29 October 2014
17 Sep 2014 ATC140918: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Defence Amendment Bill [PMB 8 – 2013], dated 17 September 2014
11 Jul 2014 ATC140711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 22: Department of Defence and Military Veterans and the Entities, namely Armscor and the Castle Control Board, dated July 2014
05 Mar 2014 ATC140305: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Regulations to the Military Veterans Act (Act 18 Of 2011), dated 5 March 2014
26 Feb 2014 ATC140226: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, 26 February 2014
21 Oct 2013 ATC131101: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, dated 21 October 2013
21 Oct 2013 ATC131029: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, dated 21 October 2013
13 Aug 2013 ATC140310: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on its Oversight visits to Selected South African Army Bases in the Northwest Province, and Gauteng; 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane; Selected Education and Training Facilities in the Western Cape and Northwest Province as well as the Armscor Dockyard in the Western Cape (30 July – 13 August 2013)
22 May 2013 ATC130522: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 22: Department of Defence and Military Veterans, dated 22 May 2013
15 May 2013 ATC130605: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on its Oversight visits to Selected South African Air Force Bases in Western Cape, Limpopo, Kwazulu-Natal and Free State Provinces; and Site visit to Selected Armscor Research and Development Facilities – dated 15 May 2013
23 Oct 2012 ATC121030: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, dated 23 October 2012:
19 May 2012 ATC120829: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Joint Workshop of Joint Standing Committee on Defence & The Portfolio Committee on Defence & Military Veterans held in Arniston on Saturday, 19 May 2012, dated 22 August 2012
16 May 2012 ATC120516: Report on Budget Vote 22, dated 16 May 2012
14 Mar 2012 ATC120314: Report on Military Ombud Bill [B9B-2011] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 14 March 2012
01 Nov 2011 ATC111101: Report on Budgetary Review & Recommendation Report of Portfolio Committee on Defence & Military Veterans, dated 01 November 2011
21 Sep 2011 ATC110921: Report on Military Ombudsman Bill [B9– 2011]
04 Aug 2011 ATC111123: Report on Joint Oversight activities conducted with Joint Standing Committee on Defence (2-4 August 2011)
29 Jun 2011 ATC110629: Report on Military Veterans Bill [B1– 2011]
30 Mar 2011 ATC110330: Report on Budget Vote 22: Department of Defence & Military Veterans
03 May 2010 ATC100503: Report on Budget Vote 21
15 Sep 2009 ATC090915: Report on Protocol of Amendments of International Hydrographic Organisation Convention
30 Jun 2009 ATC090630: Report on Budget Vote 19
11 Feb 2009 ATC090211: Report on State of Readiness of the SANDF and the State of the SA Defence related industry
20 Nov 2008 ATC081120: Report on Department’s Annual Report & Financial Statements for 2007/ 2008
17 Nov 2008 ATC081117: Report on Castle of Good Hope ‘s Annual Report 2007/ 2008
17 Nov 2008 ATC081117: Report on Armscor ‘s Annual Report for 2007/ 2008
17 Sep 2008 ATC080917: Report on National Conventional Arms Control Amendment Bill
23 Oct 2007 ATC071023: Report on Preliminary Report to Lohatla Combat Training Centre
07 May 2007 ATC070507: Report on Simon’s Town Naval Base & SA military Academy visits
22 Mar 2007 ATC070322: Report on Vote 20- Budget of the Department
12 Nov 2006 ATC061112: Report on Study Tour to Canada
Report: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report on the performance of the Department of Defence and Military Veterans for the financial year 2009/10
Report: Budget Vote 19 & Department’s Strategic Plan
04 Oct 2018 NW2783 by Mr S Esau - (1)(a) When was the latest Directorate Air ...
18 Sep 2018 NW1861 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...
11 Sep 2018 NW1245 by Mr S Esau - What are the full details of the amounts spent by ...
11 Sep 2018 NW2014 by Mr I M Ollis - (1)What are the details of the (a) number of ...
07 Sep 2018 NW2430 by Mr S P Mhlongo - What is the (a) name of each investing company ...
03 Sep 2018 NW1814 by Mr M R Bara - (1)Whether (a) her spouse and/or (b) an adult ...
03 Sep 2018 NW2233 by Mr D Bergman - (1)What is the total number of (a) A class ...
08 Aug 2018 NW1847 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)(a) For what period has the Director-General ...
06 Aug 2018 NW1518 by Mr S J F Marais - (1)With reference to reports on 7 May 2018 ...
26 Jul 2018 NW1695 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)Have any of the properties and/or assets of ...
18 Jul 2018 NW2109 by Mr S Esau - (1)(a) What is the status of the appointment of ...
11 Jul 2018 NW1910 by Mr S P Mhlongo - With reference to her reply to question 1370 on 4 ...
09 Jul 2018 NW1912 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...
29 Jun 2018 NW2113 by Mr S J F Marais - (a) What steps has the Surgeon-General taken to ...
29 Jun 2018 NW2112 by Mr S J F Marais - What is the current status of the intensive care ...
29 Jun 2018 NW2108 by Mr S Esau - As part of the required sea hours, what number of ...
29 Jun 2018 NW1083 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)With reference to her reply to question 579 on ...
29 Jun 2018 NW2110 by Mr S Esau - (a) How is the loss of scarce skills being ...
29 Jun 2018 NW1463 by Mr J Vos - (1)Whether, with reference to the reply of the ...
29 Jun 2018 NW1084 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)Whether, with reference to her reply to ...
29 Jun 2018 NW1645 by Ms E R Wilson - (a) What number of cases relating to the ...
29 Jun 2018 NW2111 by Mr S J F Marais - (a) What is the level of medical stock in the ...
14 Jun 2018 NW1844 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1)Whether all members of the senior management ...
14 Jun 2018 NW1154 by Mr S J F Marais - (1) What are the details of the breakdown of the ...
07 Jun 2018 NW1729 by Ms N R Mashabela - (1)(a) On what date was the matter, DS/R/104/29, ...
06 Jun 2018 NW1775 by Mr S J F Marais - (1)Whether, with regard to the decision taken by ...
06 Jun 2018 NW1774 by Mr S J F Marais - (1)With reference to the judgment in respect of ...
04 Jun 2018 NW1370 by Mr S P Mhlongo - What is the total number of members in the SA ...
30 May 2018 NW1240 by Mr S J F Marais - With reference to her reply to question 664 on 13 ...
29 May 2018 NW1086 by Mr N Paulsen - What (a) number of consulting firms or companies ...
23 May 2018 NW1244 by Mr S Esau - (1)What are the full details of the records of ...
22 May 2018 NW1082 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)Whether, with reference to her reply to ...
22 May 2018 NW1246 by Mr C D Matsepe - In view of reports that the United Nations via ...
17 May 2018 NW1045 by Mr S J F Marais - (1)What was the total (a) amount spent by Armscor ...
17 May 2018 NW1242 by Mr S J F Marais - With reference to her reply to question 666 on 13 ...
17 May 2018 NW1241 by Mr S J F Marais - (1)Whether, with reference to her reply to ...
17 May 2018 NW1243 by Mr S Esau - (1)With reference to external fees, (a) which ...
07 May 2018 NW1064 by Mr M G P Lekota - (a) What are the anticipated costs of providing ...
24 Apr 2018 NW708 by Mr J Vos - (1)Whether her department has a sexual harassment ...
20 Apr 2018 NW471 by Mr M W Madisha - (1) What (a) is the current operational status of ...
20 Apr 2018 NW958 by Mr S J F Marais - Whether, with reference to her reply to question ...
20 Apr 2018 NW940 by Mr T Z Hadebe - (1)What number of (a) poachers and (b) illegal ...
20 Apr 2018 NW953 by Mr S J F Marais - (1)(a) What were the costs of chartering SAA ...
19 Apr 2018 NW962 by Mr S J F Marais - (a) What is the total number of members of ...
19 Apr 2018 NW314 by Mr M Bagraim - What amount did (a) her department and (b) each ...
16 Apr 2018 NW977 by Mr C D Matsepe - How much land does (a) her department and (b) the ...
16 Apr 2018 NW112 by Mr S J F Marais - With reference to her reply to question 3874 on ...
13 Apr 2018 NW666 by Mr S Esau - Whether the shareholder position of a certain ...
13 Apr 2018 NW349 by Ms L V James - (a) What is the total amount that was (i) ...
13 Apr 2018 NW663 by Mr S J F Marais - (1)What progress has her department made with the ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Hydrographic Bill 30 May 2018 B17-2018 Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.
Defence Amendment Bill 30 Jun 2017 B18-2017 Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.
Defence Laws Repeal and Amendment Bill 25 Feb 2015 B7-2015 The bill has been signed into law.
Defence Amendment Bill - Mr D Maynier (DA) 19 Feb 2014 PMB8-2013 Withdrawn
Implementation of the Geneva Conventions Bill 15 Jun 2011 B10-2011 Act commenced
Military Ombudsman Bill 10 Jun 2011 B9-2011 Act commenced
Military Veterans Bill 21 Jan 2011 B1-2011 Act commenced
Defence Amendment Bill 01 Jun 2010 B11-2010 Act commenced
National Conventional Arms Control Amendment Bill 13 Jun 2008 B45-2008 Act commenced
Castle Management Act Repeal Bill 07 Mar 2008 B9-2008 Withdrawn
Defence Amendment Bill 05 Mar 2008 B6-2008 Withdrawn
Prohibition or Restriction of Certain Conventional Weapons Bill 12 Apr 2007 B7-2007 Act commenced
2018 22 meetings Attendance rate 91%
2017 20 meetings 69%
2016 18 meetings 62%
2015 21 meetings 54%
2014 16 meetings 52%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee:
Mandy Balie
Tel: 021 403 3673
Cell: 083 709 8431 or 079 900 4796
Email: mbalie@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:
Rethoma Michaels
Tel: 021 403 3050
Cell: 083 709 8429
Email: rmichaels@parliament.gov.za

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