NCOP Petitions and Executive Undertakings

National Council of Provinces Committee

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Oversight responsibility of Petitions and Private Members Legislative Proposals Select Committee

The Committee consider and make recommendations to the National Assembly on all legislative proposals made by Members intending to introduce Bills. The Committee also consider all special petitions referred to the Committee by the Chairperson.


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.

21 Aug 2018 Minister of Police & Deputy Minister of Economic Development: Executive Undertakings Progress
15 Aug 2018 Minister Progress Reports: Environmental Affairs & Mineral Resources
13 Jun 2018 Lunga Kona Petition Report & Transkei Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) Petition
06 Jun 2018 Minister Progress Reports: Health and Human Settlements
30 May 2018 Embrace Dignity Petition Report; Committee Reports
23 May 2018 Hlabana Petition adoption
16 May 2018 Minister Progress Reports: Social Development; Small Business Development
02 May 2018 Embrace Dignity Petition Report
18 Apr 2018 Transkei Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) petition: Special Investigating Unit & Department of Labour hearing
15 Aug 2018 ATC180815: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Executive Undertakings made by the Minister of Environmental Affairs during the House Sitting of 27 October 2015, dated 15 August 2018
15 Aug 2018 ATC180815: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Executive Undertakings made by the Minister of Mineral Resources During The House Sitting of 27 October 2015, dated 15 August 2018
30 May 2018 ATC180530: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Executive Undertakings made by the Minister of Higher Education and Training during the house Sitting of 9 June 2015, as adopted on 30 May 2018
30 May 2018 ATC180530: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Executive Undertakings made by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development during the House Sitting of 4 June 2015, as adopted on 30 May 2018
30 May 2018 ATC180530: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Executive Undertakings made by the Minister of Higher Education and Training During the House Sitting of 9 June 2015, as adopted on 30 May 2018
30 May 2018 ATC180530: Final Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the hearing of the Embrace Dignity Petition, as adopted on 30 May 2018
02 May 2018 ATC180502: Final Report of the Select Committee On Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearing of the Embrace Dignity Petition dated 2 May 2018
06 Oct 2017 ATC171006: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings, on the Study Tour Undertaken to Sweden, Stockholm, from 2 to 6 October 2017
06 Oct 2017 ATC171006: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings, on the Study Tour Undertaken to Sweden, Stockholm, from 2 to 6 October 2017
08 Jun 2017 ATC170608: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearing of the Africa Skills College Petition, Dated 08 June 2017
24 May 2017 ATC170524: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearings of the Love Knysna Petition, held on 10 February 2016, 16 March 2016 and 24 May 2017, at Parliament
24 May 2016 ATC170524: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearings of the Fuzane Petition, held on 6 May 2015, 13 May 2015 and 3 June 2015, at Parliament
18 May 2016 ATC160518: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearing of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders Petition held at Parliament, on 18 May 2016
18 May 2016 ATC160518: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearing of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders Petition held at Parliament, on 18 May 2016
03 May 2016 ATC160503: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on Draft Guidelines on Executive Undertakings, dated 28 October 2015
03 May 2016 ATC160503: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on Draft Guidelines on Petitions dated, 5 August 2015
13 Apr 2016 ATC160413: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the hearing of the Oudtshoorn Ratepayers Association Petition, held at Parliament, on 27 January 2016 and 16 March 2016
13 Apr 2016 ATC160413: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the hearing of the Love Knysna Petition, held at Parliament, on 10 February 2016 and 16 March 2016
25 Feb 2016 ATC160225: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearing of the Coida Petition, held on 6 May 2015 At Parliament
25 Feb 2016 ATC160225: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearing of the Maluti-A-Phofung Petition, held on 26 and 27 May 2015 at Parliament and the Inspection in Loco Conducted on 5 August 2015, at Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality
16 Oct 2015 ATC151016: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearing of the Paul Mkhize Petition, Held On 5 November 2014 at Parliament, dated 14 October 2015
16 Oct 2015 ATC151016: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearing of the Paternity Leave Petition, held 26 November 2014 at Parliament, dated 14 October 2015
16 Oct 2015 ATC151016: Report of Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearing of the Andrew Sehume Petition, held on 5 November 2014 at Parliament, dated 14 October 2015
16 Oct 2015 ATC151016: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the hearing of the Mayibuye - Transnet Petition, held on 26 November 2014 at Parliament, dated 14 October 2015
02 Sep 2014 ATC140902: Report of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings on the Hearing of the GA – Sekhaolelo Community Petition Hearing, held at the Park Hotel, Mokopane, Limpopo, on 2 September 2014

There are no calls for comments at this time.

There are no questions at this time.

There are no bills related to this committee.

2018 10 meetings Attendance rate 90%
2017 11 meetings 75%
2016 13 meetings 73%
2015 16 meetings 70%
2014 4 meetings 84%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary to Committee

Nkanyiso Mkhize

Tel: 021 403 8086

Cell: 061 438 7303

E-mail: nmkhize@parliament.gov.za

Executive Secretary

Nasreen Fakier

Tel: 021 403 8736

Cell: 083 709 8405

email: nfakier@parliament.gov.za

 

 

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