The Week Ahead: NCOP makes progress with legislative backlog

The NCOP will get an opportunity to dent the legislative load on Thursday as the main chamber is provisionally scheduled to consider eight bills:

Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill; Climate Change Bill; Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill; National Small Enterprise Amendment Bill; South African Post Office Soc Ltd Amendment Bill; Housing Consumer Protection Bill; Deeds Registries Amendment Bill and Second Adjustments Appropriation Bill. Some of these bills must still be finalised in-Committee beforehand, so there could still be a change to this schedule.

In addition, the NCOP will consider the Report of the Joint Rules Committee on Proposed Amendments to Chapters 3 to 5 of the Joint Rules of Parliament. Parliament made substantial changes to the rules covering broad categories, including Rules relating to virtual and hybrid sittings, rules relating to the Joint Committees, the Mediation Committee, the Joint Tagging Mechanism, the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI), the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests, bills referred back by the President, time limits, and Joint Rule 159. Read more: https://pmg.org.za/committee-meeting/38681/

Meanwhile, NA lawmakers are still occupied with constituency work and, presumably, election campaigning.

Below are the main highlights in Committee-land:

TUESDAY, 23 APRIL 2024

Select Committee on Finance, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of negotiations mandates on the Public Procurement Bill [B18B-2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

Select Committee on Health and Social Services, (National Council of Provinces), [Deliberations on the Statistics Amendment Bill [B31B-2023]; Consideration and Adoption of Committee Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-12:30

Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Water and Sanitation and Human Settlements, (National Council of Provinces), [Departmental response on the Negotiating Mandate of Limpopo Legislature on the Municipal Demarcation Authority Bill [B14B-2022]; Tabling of a Draft C-List on Municipal Demarcation Authority Bill [B14B-2022]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Council of Provinces), [Final Mandate Meeting on the Climate Change Bill [B9B-2022] (National Assembly – sec 76; Consideration and Adoption of Reports and Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 11:30-13:00

Ad Hoc Committee on the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill, (National Council of Provinces), [Oral submissions on the bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 14:00-17:00

WEDNESDAY, 24 APRIL 2024

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of Negotiating Mandates on: Railway Safety Bill [B 7B-2021]; Consideration and adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Select Committee on Education and Technology, Sport, Arts and Culture, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration and adoption of the C-list of the BELA Bill [B 2B-2022]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-12:30

Select Committee on Appropriations, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of Negotiating Mandates on the Division of Revenue Bill [B4 – 2024]; Consideration and adoption of Committee reports on: Second Adjustments Appropriation (2023/24 FY) Bill [B6 – 2024]; and Gold and Foreign Exchange Contingency Reserve Account Defrayal Amendment Bill [B7 – 2024]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

Select Committee on Security and Justice, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration and adoption of Magistrate Commission reports; Consideration and adoption of Legacy Report; Adoption of Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 11:00-13:00

Select Committee on Finance, (National Council of Provinces), [Responses by National Treasury and Consideration of policy issues and clause by clause Pension Funds Amendment Bill [B3B-2024]], Virtual Meeting Platform, After NCOP Plenary

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