Oversight responsibility of Economic Development Select Committee
This Select Committee is responsible for oversight of the Departments of:
Small Business Development
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.
|Since June 2019, the Economic and Business Development portfolio is part of SC Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour|
|Competition Amendment Bill|
|National Land Transport Amendment Bill [B 7B – 2016]|
|Labour Relations Amendment Bill [B 32A–2017]|
|Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill [B30A–2017]|
|Labour Laws Amendment Bill [B 29–2017]|
|National Minimum Wage Bill [B 31A–2017]|
There are no questions at this time.
|Bill name||Date introduced||Number||Status|
|Competition Amendment Bill||11 Jul 2018||B23-2018||Act partially commenced|
|Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill||24 Nov 2017||B30-2017||Act commenced|
|Labour Relations Amendment Bill||24 Nov 2017||B32-2017||Act commenced|
|National Minimum Wage Bill||24 Nov 2017||B31-2017||Act commenced|
|National Land Transport Amendment Bill||15 Apr 2016||B7-2016||Under consideration by the National Assembly.|
|Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment Bill||30 Nov 2015||B38-2015||The bill has been signed into law.|
|Labour Laws Amendment Bill (originally introduced as PMB 5 of 2015)||26 Nov 2015||B29-2017||Act partially commenced|
|Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill||13 Oct 2015||B25-2015||Act commenced|
|Merchant Shipping Amendment Bill||27 Mar 2015||B12-2015||Act commenced|
|Expropriation Bill||13 Feb 2015||B4-2015||Rejected|
|Agremént South Africa Bill||10 Feb 2015||B3-2015||Act commenced|
|Infrastructure Development Bill||04 Nov 2013||B49-2013||Act commenced|
|Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill||31 May 2013||B15-2013||Lapsed|
|Geoscience Amendment Bill||14 Jun 2010||B12-2010||Act commenced|
|Companies Bill||26 Jun 2008||B61-2008||Act commenced|
|Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Amendment Bill||20 Jun 2008||B55-2008||Act commenced|
|Mine Health and Safety Amendment Bill||19 Jun 2008||B54-2008||Act commenced|
|National Energy Bill||18 Jun 2008||B52-2008||Act commenced|
|National Radioactive Waste Management Agency Bill||12 Jun 2008||B41-2008||Act commenced|
|Competition Amendment Bill||04 Jun 2008||B31-2008||Act partially commenced|
|Consumer Protection Bill||05 May 2008||B19-2008||Act commenced|
|National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Bill||01 Nov 2007||B47-2007||Act commenced|
|Standards Bill||01 Nov 2007||B46-2007||Act commenced|
|National Gambling Amendment Bill||27 Jul 2007||B31-2007||The bill has been signed into law.|
|Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill||03 May 2007||B10-2007||Act commenced|
|Accreditation for Conformity Assessment Calibration & Good Laboratory Practice Bill||15 Sep 2006||B29-2006||Act commenced|
|Measurement Units and Measurement Standards Bill||07 Sep 2006||B21-2006||Act commenced|
|Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill||05 Sep 2006||B20-2006||Act commenced|
|Corporate Laws Amendment Bill||08 May 2006||B6-2006||Act commenced|
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Secretary to Committee
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