Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

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Oversight responsibility of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Portfolio Committee

The Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Portfolio Committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation as well as the following statutory entities:

Community Schemes Ombud Services (CSOS) 
Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB)
Housing Development Agency (HDA)
National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC)
National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC)
National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (NURCHA)
Rural Housing Loan Fund (RHLF)
Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA)
Thubelisha Homes

Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency
Mhlathuze Water Board
Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA)
Umgeni Water Board 
Water Research Commission (WRC)

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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15 Oct 2019 Housing Development Agency & Social Housing Regulatory Authority 2018/19 Annual Reports
11 Oct 2019 NHBRC, HDA, EAAB, SHRA & CSOS 2018/19 Annual Reports
10 Oct 2019 DHS, NHFC, Nurcha & RHLF 2018/19 Annual Reports, with AGSA & DPME input
17 Sep 2019 Workshop on Money Bills and Related Matters Act; Training on “My Parliament APP”; 3rd Term Programme
10 Sep 2019 Induction Workshop by AGSA & National Treasury
10 Sep 2019 Engagement with stakeholders on challenges experienced at Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works in Hammanskraal; with Deputy Minister
03 Sep 2019 Transfer of grants to municipalities; NHFC, NURCHA and RHLF consolidation
23 Aug 2019 Department of Water and Sanitation Term 1 expenditure; with Deputy Minister
20 Aug 2019 Ministry & Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on First Quarter Expenditure report
23 Jul 2019 Committee Second Term Programme
10 Jul 2019 Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation Budget: Committee Report
05 Jul 2019 Department of Water and Sanitation 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan; Human Settlements Budget: Committee Report; Legacy reports
03 Jul 2019 Department of Human Settlement Annual Performance Plan 2019/20, with Minister and Deputy Minister
02 Jul 2019 Election of Chairperson
10 Jul 2019 ATC190710: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on Budget Vote 36: Water and Sanitation and on the 2019/2020 Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan of the Department of Water and Sanitation, dated 10 July 2019
05 Jul 2019 ATC190705: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on Budget Vote 38: Human Settlements, on the Strategic Plan for the coming Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period and Annual Performance Plan 2019/20, dated 5 July 2019
20 Mar 2019 ATC190320: Draft Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on its activities undertaken during the 5th Parliament (May 2014 – March 2019
20 Nov 2018 ATC181120: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on Property Practitioners Bill [B 21 – 2018], dated 20 November 2018
18 Oct 2018 ATC181018: Report of the Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (Brrr) of the Portfolio Committee On Human Settlements, dated 18 October 2018
03 May 2018 ATC180503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on Budget Vote 38: Human Settlements, and on the strategic plan for the coming Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period and Annual Performance Plan 2018/19, dated 3 May 2018
24 Oct 2017 ATC171024: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on oversight visit to Mpumalanga Province, dated 24 October 2017
17 Oct 2017 ATC171017: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (Brrr) of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, dated 17 October 2017
09 May 2017 ATC170509: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on Budget Vote 38: Human Settlements, and on the strategic plans for the coming Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period and Annual Performance Plan 2017/18, dated 9 May 2017
09 May 2017 ATC170509: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on Budget Vote 38: Human Settlements, and on the strategic plans for the coming Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period and Annual Performance Plan 2017/18, dated 9 May 2017
09 May 2017 ATC170509: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on petitions, dated 9 May 2017
09 May 2017 ATC170509: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on oversight visit to Free State, dated 9 May 2017
14 Oct 2016 ATC161014: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, dated 14 October 2016
05 May 2016 ATC160505: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on the draft regulations on levies and fees pertaining to the Community Schemes Ombud Service, dated 5 May 2016
28 Apr 2016 ATC160428: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on Budget Vote 38: Human Settlements, and on the strategic plans for the coming Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period and Annual Performance Plan 2016-17, dated 26April 2016
20 Oct 2015 ATC151020: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, dated 20 October 2015
05 May 2015 ATC150505: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on Budget Vote 38: Human Settlements, and on the strategic plan for the coming Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period and Annual Performance Plan 2015-16, dated 5 May 2015
24 Mar 2015 Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on the Oversight Visit to Limpopo Province, dated 10 March 2015
21 Oct 2014 ATC141024: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, dated 21 October 2014
09 Sep 2014 ATC140910: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on the Rental Housing Amendment Bill [B 56D–2013], dated 9 September 2014:
08 Jul 2014 ATC140711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on Budget Vote 31: Human Settlements and on the strategic plan 2014/19 and annual performance plan 2014/ 2015, dated 8 July 2014
05 Mar 2014 ATC140306: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on the Housing Development Agency Regulations, dated 5 March 2014
16 Oct 2013 ATC131105: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, dated 16 October 2013
15 May 2013 ATC130521: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on Budget Vote 31: Human Settlements and on the Strategic Plans, 2013/14 – 2015/16 and Annual Performance Plans 2013 – 2014, dated 15 May 2013
22 Feb 2013 ATC130226: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on an Oversight visit to Lenasia, Gauteng, dated 22 February 2013
27 Nov 2012 ATC130204: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on the Oversight visit to Lenasia, Gauteng, dated 27 November 2012
24 Oct 2012 ATC130813: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on the oversight visit to the North West province, dated 24 October 2012
08 Aug 2012 ATC120910: Report on the follow-up oversight visit by the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements to the Eastern Cape, dated 8 August 2012
13 Jun 2012 ATC120613: Report on Rental Housing Amendment Bill [B 21-2011], dated 13 June 2012
31 Mar 2012 ATC121030: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements on the Budget Vote 31 – Human Settlements for the  financial year end 31 March 2012, dated 17 October 2012
15 Feb 2012 ATC120215: Report on oversight visit to Mpumalanga, dated 15 February 2012
01 Jul 2011 ATC110701: Report on Rural Household Infrastructure Programme (RHIP)
03 Dec 2010 ATC101203: Report on Study Tour to Queensland, Australia
06 Aug 2010 ATC100806: Report on Oversight visit to Gauteng from 1-6 August 2010
23 Jul 2010 ATC100723: Report on Oversight Visit to the Free State Province 19-23 July 2010
Report: Oversight Visit to Eastern Cape
Report: Budget Vote 26 and Strategic Plan 2009 – 2011 of the Department of Human Settlements and its Entities
Report: Housing Development Agency Bill
Report: Budget Vote 31: Human Settlements
Report: Housing Development Agency Bill
Report: Social Housing Bill
Report: Oversight visit to KwaZulu-Natal
Report: Oversight visit to KwaZulu-Natal
Report: Rural Household Infrastructure Programme (RHIP)
Report: Third Africa Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene (AfricaSan 3)
Report: Community Scheme Ombud Services Bill
Report: Sectional Titles Schemes Management Bill
Report: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report on the performance of the Department of Human Settlements for the financial year 2009/10
Report: Budget Vote 30: Human Settlements & Strategic Plan of Department of Human Settlements & its housing entities
04 Oct 2019 NW930 by Ms E L Powell - By what date will all residents residing in the ...
04 Oct 2019 NW893 by Mr T M Langa - What (a) total number of informal settlements ...
04 Oct 2019 NW822 by Ms H Ismail - (1)Whether her department has put any plans in ...
04 Oct 2019 NW813 by Ms E L Powell - Whether she intends to request that any ...
04 Oct 2019 NW761 by Ms E L Powell - What are the details of her department’s ...
04 Oct 2019 NW1005 by Ms E L Powell - (1)What (a) total amount did her department ...
01 Oct 2019 NW766 by Mrs M R Mohlala - In light of the fact that the Government recently ...
01 Oct 2019 NW903 by Mr R A Lees - (1)What are the relevant details of the (a) ...
01 Oct 2019 NW814 by Ms E L Powell - What are the relevant details of (a) her ...
23 Sep 2019 NW767 by Ms L H Arries - (a) Why have there been delays in the building ...
20 Sep 2019 NW770 by Ms G K Tseke - In view of the fact that some of her department’s ...
20 Sep 2019 NW726 by Mr M J Cuthbert - (1)(a) What are the reasons that the Lindelani ...
16 Sep 2019 NW522 by Mr I S Seitlholo - (1)With reference to the reply of the former ...
13 Sep 2019 NW764 by Mr L J Basson - (a) By what date will the second phase of the ...
13 Sep 2019 NW595 by Ms L H Arries - What number of persons have registered for the ...
13 Sep 2019 NW543 by Mr M Bagraim - (1)(a) What number of wastewater treatment plants ...
13 Sep 2019 NW744 by Dr D T George - (1)Whether her department hosted any event and/or ...
19 Aug 2019 NW363 by Mr M Chetty - What (a) number of official international trips ...
19 Aug 2019 NW417 by Mr K J Mileham - (1)Whether a certain company (name furnished) was ...
12 Aug 2019 NW188 by Mr T W Mhlongo - (1)What was the total projected cost of the ...
05 Aug 2019 NW188 by Mr T W Mhlongo - (1)What was the total projected cost of the ...
02 Aug 2019 NW278 by Mr I S Seitlholo - What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private ...
18 Jul 2019 NW22 by Mr L J Basson - (1)On what date was the last (a)(i) Blue Drop and ...
16 Jul 2019 NW86 by Ms N P Sonti - With reference to the reply to question 53 on 11 ...
16 Jul 2019 NW44 by Mrs M R Mohlala - (1)(a) What number of labour disputes are ...
16 Jul 2019 NW45 by Mrs M R Mohlala - What is the (a) name of each investment company ...
16 Jul 2019 NW46 by Ms M S Khawula - (a) On what date will the houses of the Msunduzi ...
16 Jul 2019 NW60 by Mr M Tshwaku - What percentage of water that was consumed in the ...
22 Mar 2019 NW22 by Ms M S Khawula - (a) who are the contractors that have built ...
11 Mar 2019 NW53 by Dr SS Thembekwayo - NAAONALA&SEMBLY QUESMOMPORKWTENREPLY QUESTION ...
11 Mar 2019 NW23 by Ms N V Mente - What number of RDP houses has her department had ...
06 Mar 2019 NW329 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - What is the total number of the Reconstruction ...
01 Mar 2019 NW16 by Ms. NKF Hlonyana - What is the basis on which the residents of ...
03 Dec 2018 NW2924 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - With reference to her reply to question 1952 on ...
02 Nov 2018 NW2925 by Mr N Paulsen - What (a) number of persons were evicted from ...
02 Nov 2018 NW2924 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - With reference to her reply to question 1952 on ...
22 Oct 2018 NW2554 by Mr M S Malatsi - 1.Whether she will furnish Mr M S Malatsi with ...
19 Oct 2018 NW2468 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - What is the current cost of building one RDP ...
17 Sep 2018 NW1079 by Ms NKF Hlonyana - (a) What are the reasons that the tender that was ...
17 Sep 2018 NW1004 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - What is the total amount that her department has ...
17 Sep 2018 NW1653 by Mr D J Stubbe - 1. (a) What number of cases relating to the ...
17 Sep 2018 NW2198 by Mr W M Madisha - Whether she has received the report by the ...
17 Sep 2018 NW2007 by Mr M S Malatsl - With reference to each domestic trip that was ...
17 Sep 2018 NW2006 by Mr M S Malatsi - With reference to each domestic trip that was ...
17 Sep 2018 NW1952 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - Whether her department at any stage promised ...
17 Sep 2018 NW1853 by N S Matiase - What is the total number of houses that were ...
17 Sep 2018 NW1400 by Ms NKF Hlonyana - What is the number of houses that needs to be ...
17 Sep 2018 NW1367 by Ms NKF Hlonyana - What is the average total monetary cost of ...
17 Sep 2018 NW1096 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - What (a) number of consulting firms or companies ...
20 Aug 2018 NW1852 by Ms N K F Hlonyana (EFF) to ask the Minister of Human Settlements - What is the total number of persons who are on ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Property Practitioners Bill 14 Jun 2018 B21-2018 The bill has been signed into law.
Rental Housing Amendment Bill 20 Nov 2013 B56-2013 The bill has been signed into law.
Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Bill 18 Jun 2012 B14-2012 Act commenced
Rental Housing Amendment Bill 01 Nov 2011 B21-2011 Withdrawn
2010 Community Schemes Ombud Service Bill 27 Jul 2010 B21-2010 Act commenced
2010 Sectional Titles Schemes Management Bill 22 Jul 2010 B20-2010 Act commenced
Housing Development Agency Bill 08 Feb 2008 B1-2008 Act commenced
Rental Housing Amendment Bill 27 Jul 2007 B30-2007 Act commenced
Social Housing Bill 27 Jul 2007 B29-2007 Act commenced
Housing Consumers Protection Measures Amendment Bill 26 Mar 2007 B6-2007 Act commenced
2019 13 meetings Attendance rate 88%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Kholiswa Pasiya-Mndende

Tel: 021 403 3725

Cell: 083 709 8495

Email: kpasiya-mndende@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:

Gregory Rhoxo

Tel: 021 403 2282

Cell: 083 173 6206

Email: grhoxo@parliament.gov.za

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