The constituency period beckons, with MPs in the National Assembly due to depart on Friday and return to Parliament on 11 October 2022.
NCOP delegates have a two-week constituency period, which starts today. There is no opportunity to go through the motions as a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before the term ends.
Question Time, Legislation and debate are the main chamber business this week.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to answer oral questions on Thursday. Due to disruptions, he was unable to complete his questions during his previous appearance on 30 August 2022. Accordingly, the President will deal with the supplementary questions of Question No 11 by Mr V Zungula, which was the fifth question on the day, in addition to the new questions scheduled.
In addition, select Ministers in the Economics Cluster will be probed on a range of subjects during their Question Time Session on Wednesday.
The National Assembly has a big legislative load and will get a chance to reduce this when it considers six bills:
Tuesday: Economic Regulation of Transport Bill; National Road Traffic Amendment Bill; Drugs and Drug Trafficking Amendment Bill and Land Court Bill. Wednesday: Fundraising Amendment Bill and Expropriation Bill
Beyond this, there is a mini-plenary session scheduled on Tuesday to discuss the establishment of an ad hoc committee to investigate matters surrounding Phala Phala game farm theft as well as Thursday’s urgent debate of national importance on the negative impact of heavy-duty trucks on the safety of commuters on the roads and the recent loss of lives.
Elsewhere, nationwide public hearings on the National Veld and Forest Fires Amendment Bill continue in the Eastern Cape Province from Friday, 30 September until Sunday, 2 October 2022.
The Committee Corridor has arranged many interesting meetings including making recommendations to fill vacancies at the SABC and CGE. This is a summary of the highlights: TUESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2022
Joint Meeting: Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy and Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Brief overview by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on issues raised during the joint oversight visit to the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant in April 2022, including new developments which might have arisen; Briefing by Eskom on its responses to issues raised by the NUM, including questions and clarity seeking which were not responded to during the oversight visit], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:30
Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Follow-up briefing by the SIU on the investigation into allegations of maladministration and corruption at the National Lotteries Commission; Introduction of the NLC Chairperson and Board’ Response from the DTIC and the NLC on the SIU findings], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00
Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, (National Assembly), [Deliberations on candidates for the filling of vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:00
Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, (National Assembly), [Joint briefing by the Department of Home Affairs and the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) on the fight against war on queues and chronic issue of network downtimes at the DHA offices; Briefing by the Department of Home Affairs on the roll out of DHA services to banks and mobile units; Responses by the Department of Home Affairs, the Electoral Commission and Parliament Legal Service and Committee deliberations on the Electoral Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00
Portfolio Committee on Communications and Digital Technologies (Sub-Committee), (National Assembly), [Sub-Committee deliberations on the outcome of the SABC Board interviews], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-12:00
Portfolio Committee on Communications and Digital Technologies, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the report recommending candidates for the SABC Board by the Portfolio Committee; Update by the Minister on Broadcasting Digital Migration], Virtual Meeting Platform, 12:30-13:30
WEDNESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2022
Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Consideration of the A-List on the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Amendment Bill [B15-2022]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00
Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, (National Assembly), [Briefing by Auditor-General on the DoD, DMV, Armscor and CCB: Findings and audit outcomes on the financial and non-financial performance of the departments and entities for the 2021/22 financial year] Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00
FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2022
Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Innovation, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) on Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Institutional Landscape (HESTIIL) Review report; Consideration of the Draft Report on the Oversight Enquiry into the Appointment of Prof Mbati as Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Sefako Makgatho University (SMU) and Related matters; Consideration of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00
Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Adoption of Committee report on the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Amendment Bill [B15-2022]], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-17:00
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*This summary is based on the schedule as it is published on Monday morning. The programme is subject to frequent updating so the link above needs to be checked daily to confirm the programme for the day.
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