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)
Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA)
Catchment Management Agencies 

Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA)

Water Boards 

Water Trading Entity 
Water Research Commission (WRC)

Committees conduct their business on behalf of the House and report back on matters referred to them.

Learn more about the work of this Committee: Legacy Reports

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

Committee Membership

Committee membership is distributed among the parties roughly in proportion to the seats they get in Parliament, so if a party wins 20% of the seats, its MPs will occupy about 20% of committee positions.

The NA Rules Committee agreed that all Committees will be comprised of 11 Members: ANC – 6; DA – 2; EFF – 1; other parties – 2. 

Where it is practicably possible, each party is entitled to at least one representative in a Committee.

Read More: A note to the Sixth Parliament: Committee Membership

Read More: A Note to the Sixth Parliament: The critical role of Committee Chairperson

 

Committees in Practice

With the agreement of members, the Committee staff sets the dates and times of committee meetings. The frequency of committee meetings is determined by a committee’s work programme but it is normal for a committee to meet weekly. From time to time, committees can meet more than once a week if they work programme so demands.

Section 59(1)(b) of the Constitution requires that the National Assembly and it’s committees conduct their business in an open manner and hold their sittings in public. Section 59(2) states that the National Assembly may not exclude the public or the media unless it is ‘reasonable and justifiable to do so in an open and democratic society’. Rule 184(2) of the Rules of the National Assembly further require that any decision to exclude the public from a committee meeting or part thereof must be taken ‘after due consideration’ by that committee

Who attends Committee Meetings?:

MPs (those assigned to the committee and if they so wish, any other MP)

Committee Staff: Committee Secretary, Committee Assistant, Researcher, Content Advisor

Departments, entities, organizations, individuals and experts who are invited by the Committee to speak and be questioned

Parliamentary Legal Advisor (from time to time)

Media

General Public


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. There are structures to deal with support for Members, internal arrangements, disciplinary matters 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 also has its own domestic Committees. The Rules Committee and its subcommittees deal with the NCOP rules. There are structures to deal with support for Members, internal arrangements, disciplinary matters and powers and privileges of members. 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.

There are six Joint Committees:
- Constitutional Review Committee
- Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence
- Joint Standing Committee on Defence
- Committee on Multi-Party Women’s Caucus
- Joint Standing Committee on Financial Management of Parliament
- Joint Standing Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests

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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08 Jul 2020 Department of Water and Sanitation on Adjusted Budget & Revised Annual Performance Plan
08 Jul 2020 Department of Human Settlements on Adjusted Budget & Revised Annual Performance Plan
25 Jun 2020 Department of Water and Sanitation 2019/20 Quarter 4 Report; Limpopo and Gauteng Oversight Report; with Deputy Minister
19 Jun 2020 Department of Human Settlements 2019/20 Quarter 4 performance
07 Jun 2020 Department of Water and Sanitation & Entities 2020-21 Annual Performance Plan & Budget Vote Report
05 Jun 2020 Eastern & Northern Cape Provincial Department of Human Settlements on District Development Model; Water and Sanitation Plans, Water Services Authority Plans and Waste Water Treatment Plan; with Deputy Minister
02 Jun 2020 Water Boards tariff increases; with Deputy Ministers
29 May 2020 Human Settlements: Committee Report
28 May 2020 Water Research Commission & Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority 2020/21 APPs, with Deputy Minister
26 May 2020 Department of Water and Sanitation 2020/21 APP; Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency; Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency APPs; with Deputy Minister
22 May 2020 Water Boards: Lepelle Northern; Mhlathuze & Amatola 2018/19 Annual Reports; with Deputy Minister
21 May 2020 Department of Water and Sanitation 2020/21 Annual Performance Plan; with Deputy Minister
19 May 2020 Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency & Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency and Sedibeng CMA 2018/19 Annual Reports; Water Boards 2018/19 Annual Report with Deputy Minister
15 May 2020 Water Boards: Umgeni; Rand; Overberg 2018/19 Annual Reports; with Deputy Minister
15 May 2020 Department of Water and Sanitation & Water Research Commission 2018/19 Annual Reports
14 May 2020 Follow-up on DWS 2018/19 Audit & Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority Update; with Deputy Minister
12 May 2020 Department of Water and Sanitation 2018-19 Annual Report briefing with AGSA and Minister
11 May 2020 DHS, NHFC, EAAB, CSOS 2020/21 Annual Performance Plans; with Deputy Minister
07 May 2020 NHBRC, HDA & SHRA 2020/21 Annual Performance Plans
06 May 2020 DHS Annual Performance Plan 2020/21: discussion with Deputy Ministers
05 May 2020 DHS Annual Performance Plan and sector impact; water, sanitation, housing access statistics; with Ministry
21 Apr 2020 COVID-19 initiatives on water, sanitation & de-densification: briefing by Minister and DHS
10 Mar 2020 SONA implications for Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, with Deputy Minister
03 Mar 2020 Water provision to Limpopo residents
28 Feb 2020 Department of Human Settlements 2019/20 Quarter 3 Performance
25 Feb 2020 Department of Water and Sanitation 2019/20 Quarter 3 performance
18 Feb 2020 Status of housing provision in Gauteng: National & Provincial Department briefing; with Deputy Minister
08 Jun 2020 ATC200608: Report of the Deliberations of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on Budget Vote 41, 2020/21 Annual Performance Plan and Strategic Plan: Water and Sanitation And Entities, Dated 7 June 2020
04 Jun 2020 ATCX200604: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on Budget Vote 33: Human Settlements, and on the Strategic Plan for the coming Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period and Annual Performance Plan 2020/21, dated 29 May 2020.
29 Oct 2019 ATC191029: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on the Performance of the Department of Human Settlements for the 2018/19 Financial Year, dated 25 October 2019
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 petitions, 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 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: Housing Development Agency 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: Oversight visit to KwaZulu-Natal
Report: Community Scheme Ombud Services Bill
Report: Oversight visit to KwaZulu-Natal
Report: Oversight Visit to Eastern Cape
Report: Third Africa Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene (AfricaSan 3)
Report: Budget Vote 30: Human Settlements & Strategic Plan of Department of Human Settlements & its housing entities
Report: Social Housing Bill
Report: Budget Vote 26 and Strategic Plan 2009 – 2011 of the Department of Human Settlements and its Entities
Report: Rural Household Infrastructure Programme (RHIP)
Report: Housing Development Agency Bill
Report: Budget Vote 31: Human Settlements
09 Jul 2020 NW601 by Mr P Sindane - (1)(a) What number of evictions took place...
01 Jul 2020 NW412 by Ms E L Powell - (a) Why is her department’s report for the...
30 Jun 2020 NW597 by Ms N Tafeni - What are the reasons that the function of...
24 Jun 2020 NW503 by Mr M Bagraim - (a) To whom did her department allocate the...
19 Jun 2020 NW245 by Ms E L Powell - (1)Whether, in light of the Musina-Makhado...
18 Jun 2020 NW118 by Ms N P Sonti - Why do residents in Wonderkop, Marikana, in...
15 Jun 2020 NW653 by Ms B M van Minnen - (a) Who are currently the SA Delegates to the...
15 Jun 2020 NW540 by Ms E L Powell - Can she provide a list of the total amounts of...
15 Jun 2020 NW541 by Ms E L Powell - (1)What is the detailed list of all tenders...
15 Jun 2020 NW1041 by Dr M M Gondwe - What progress has her department made in (a)...
15 Jun 2020 NW656 by Ms E L Powell - (1)What has she found to be the reasons that...
15 Jun 2020 NW580 by Ms N R Komane - What measures has she put in place to ensure...
12 Jun 2020 NW222 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - Whether her department is assisting and...
12 Jun 2020 NW683 by Mr M Waters - (1)Whether Rand Water has a service level...
12 Jun 2020 NW533 by Mrs C Phillips - (1)Why was no provision made to supplement the...
12 Jun 2020 NW655 by Ms E L Powell - What are the reasons that (a) payments are not...
01 Jun 2020 NW124 by Ms L H Arries - (1)What (a) number of persons (i) were...
29 May 2020 NW38 by Dr A Lotriet - (1)Whether, following the release of the...
29 May 2020 NW598 by Ms N Tafeni - What measures has her department put in place...
29 May 2020 NW873 by Mr L J Basson - (1)Whether her department will offer any form...
29 May 2020 NW700 by Mr M Bagraim - (1)With reference to her reply to question 34...
29 May 2020 NW583 by Ms N V Mente - By what date will her department complete the...
29 May 2020 NW646 by Mr R A Lees - With reference to her reply to question 34 on...
27 May 2020 NW895 by Ms E L Powell - Whether any criminal charges have been laid...
25 May 2020 NW320 by Ms E L Powell - (1)Whether she will provide details of any...
25 May 2020 NW319 by Ms E L Powell - (1)What are the details of the (a)...
25 May 2020 NW4 by Mr S N August - (1)What steps have been taken to (a) implement...
25 May 2020 NW247 by Ms E L Powell - What are the relevant details of the (a)(i)...
25 May 2020 NW125 by Ms L H Arries - Whether any municipalities owe money to any...
25 May 2020 NW483 by Ms E L Powell - Whether her (a) department and/or (b) Office...
25 May 2020 NW189 by Ms S J Graham - Whether, with reference to her reply to...
25 May 2020 NW367 by Mrs E N Ntlangwini - What is the age of each outstanding debt owed...
25 May 2020 NW413 by Ms E L Powell - In view of the Mpophomeni station system which...
18 May 2020 NW199 by Mr A M Shaik Emam - Whether she has been informed that the...
18 May 2020 NW70 by Ms E L Powell - (1)Whether she can provide Ms E L Powell with...
18 May 2020 NW286 by Ms N Tafeni - Whether her department has any plans to...
18 May 2020 NW288 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - Whether her department has any plans in place...
18 May 2020 NW411 by Ms E L Powell - What are the details of the (a) recruitment...
18 May 2020 NW225 by Mrs S S Mokgotho - (1)What (a) is the name of the contractor who...
18 May 2020 NW200 by Mr A M Shaik Emam - Whether, in light of the fact that the...
30 Mar 2020 NW246 by Ms E L Powell - What are the relevant details of the steps she...
13 Mar 2020 NW98 by Dr M M Gondwe - What (a) progress has her department made in...
13 Mar 2020 CW52 by Mr I M Sileku - Whether any measures are in place to ensure...
13 Mar 2020 NW34 by Mr R A Lees - What are the relevant details of the proposed...
24 Dec 2019 NW1664 by Ms E L Powell - (1)Whether she will outline how the...
24 Dec 2019 NW1213 by Ms E L Powell - (1)On what legislative provisions did the...
24 Dec 2019 NW1524 by Ms E R J Spies - In view of the massive strain on key water and...
24 Dec 2019 NW1680 by Mr L J Basson - (a) What total number of title deeds has her...
24 Dec 2019 NW1665 by Ms E L Powell - (1)What are the specific competencies of the...
24 Dec 2019 NW1720 by Ms E L Powell - What are the details of each (a) position...

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
2020 27 meetings Attendance rate 94%
2019 22 meetings 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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