The Week Ahead: President’s final appearance in the National Assembly

Even with a public holiday to compress the parliamentary week, a fair bit of action is packed into the programme.

The main event in the NA chamber—scheduled for Tuesday—is the President’s Question Time session. This is his final engagement with NA lawmakers for the Sixth Parliament.

The questions cover an array of issues, including the Presidential Employment Stimulus programme, lifestyle audits for all public representatives and job creation. View here

On the same day, legislators will debate Human Rights Day.

Select Ministers in the Economics cluster will respond to oral questions on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, the NCOP chamber will only sit on Tuesday. The plenary agenda includes considering 2 bills, the National Council on Gender-based Violence Bill and the Expropriation Bill, as well as assorted committee reports.

There is plenty of noteworthy action in the Committee corridor. Here is a rundown of the highlights:

TUESDAY, 19 MARCH 2024

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Response by National Treasury to submissions received on the Pension Funds Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Select Committee on Security and Justice, (National Council of Provinces), [Committee deliberations on the Electoral Matters Amendment Bill [B 42B – 2023] S75], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-11:00

Select Committee on Finance, [Consideration of final negotiating mandates on the Public Procurement Bill [B18B-2023]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Council of Provinces), [Negotiating Mandate Meeting on the Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill [B13B-2021] (National Assembly – sec 76); Consideration and Adoption of Minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Water and Sanitation and Human Settlements, (National Council of Provinces), [Departmental responses on the tabled Negotiating Mandates on Municipal Demarcation Authority Bill [B14B-2022]; Briefing on Procedural and Legal Opinion on the request tabled by Western Cape and Eastern Cape Provincial Legislatures on the processing of the Municipal Demarcation Authority Bill [B14B-2022]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 11:00

Joint Standing Committee on Financial Management of Parliament, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Briefings to receive status reports on: the review of the FMPPLA and the development of regulations to the legislation; the organisational re-alignment; progress made in the resolution of various challenges related to the operation of the Parliamentary Budget Office], Virtual Meeting Platform, 17:30-20:00

WEDNESDAY, 20 MARCH 2024

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly) [Response by Dr George/ Research including response and / input by National Treasury to submissions received on the Responsible Spending Bill [B9 – 2023] (Private Members’ Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the motions of desirability and draft reports on the following Bills: 2024 Division of Revenue Bill; 2024 Second Adjustments Appropriation (2023/24 Financial Year) Bill; 2024 Gold and Foreign Exchange Contingency Reserve Account Defrayal Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Communications and Digital Technologies, (National Assembly), [Discussion and finalisation on the SABC SOC Ltd Bill [B32 – 2023] (s75)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, (National Assembly), [09:00-11:00: Briefing by the Office of the Auditor-General South Africa on Progress regarding Material Irregularities within the Human Settlements Portfolio; 11:00-13:00: Presentation of a Consolidated Report on Consequence Management in Transgressions Cases by Provinces; Consideration and adoption on minutes by the Committee], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector Including Organs of State: Induction for New Ministers to clarify the relationship between the political authority and the institutions they oversee; and Revision to relevant sections of the Ministerial Handbook], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00

Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Deliberations and finalisation of report of the Committee on the petition of the Former Director-General on allegations of irregularity on the cancelled South African Airways - Takatso strategic equity partnership], Committee Room M515, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 10:00

Select Committee on Security and Justice, (National Council of Provinces), [Committee consideration and adoption of the Electoral Matters Amendment Bill [B 42B – 2023] S75; Committee consideration and adoption of the Report on the Electoral Matters Amendment Bill [B 42B – 2023] S75], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-11:00

Joint Rules Committee, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of draft minutes of 1 December 2023; Matters arising; Consideration of Proposed International Relations Policy and Guidelines for Parliament; Consideration of Parliament’s Petitions Framework; Consideration of Report of Joint Subcommittee on Review of the Joint Rules on Chapters 3, 4, 5 and Schedule B; Legacy report for consideration by the Seventh Parliament], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, (National Assembly), [Progress report by DOD on expenditure on the ring-fenced budget allocation for border safeguarding; Briefing by DOD on its Audit Action Plan; Briefing by DOD Audit Committee on the monitoring of Audit Action Plans, challenges and related matters; Consideration and adoption of outstanding minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00

FRIDAY, 22 MARCH 2024

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly) [Consideration and adoption of the Committee report and clause-by-clause deliberations on the Pension Funds Amendment Bill[B3-2024]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

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