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The Portfolio Committee received briefings in a virtual meeting from the Department of Social Development and its entities.
The first presentation was an update on the implementation of the Covid-19 grant by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Most of the questions raised by the Committee were related to ...
Election of Chairperson
31 Aug 2021
The Committee met virtually to nominate and elect a new Chairperson following the appointment of Mr M Gungubele (ANC) as Minister in the Presidency, on 05 August.
Ms N Mvana (ANC) was nominated unopposed as Chairperson of the Committee. She accepted the nomination and was declared Chairperson of the Portfolio ...
Update on migration of Early Childhood Development: DSD & DBE briefing; with Ministers
25 Aug 2021
The Joint Portfolio Committees on Basic Education and Social Development met to hear the progress in implementing the migration of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme function from the Department of Social Development (DSD) to the Department of Basic Education (DBE). This decision had been announced in 2019 by President ...
The Committee met virtually to consider a number of in house business items. The Committee considered its report on its oversight visit to KZN and Gauteng to access the impact of the civil unrest in these provinces on the work of the Department of Social Development (DSD), ...
Fund-Raising Amendment Bill: briefing; with Minister
2 Jun 2021
Minister Lindiwe Zulu noted that the lack of access to dormant relief funds. The distribution of state finances amongst five relief funds posed a costly administrative problem which prevented accessing money quickly and efficiently in the event of emergencies or disasters. This Bill would amend the Fund-Raising Act of 1978 ...
Children’s Amendment Bill: Technical Team on ECD chapters/clauses; DSD Budget: Committee Report
19 May 2021
The Department of Social Development provided an update on the progress made on the Early Childhood Development (ECD)-related clauses in the Children's Amendment Bill, the scope of the work that had been done, and timelines for submission of the Bill to ...
Children’s Amendment Bill: public hearings day 5
18 May 2021
In a virtual meeting, the Committee hosted its fifth and final day of public hearings on the Children’s Amendment Bill [B18-2020]. A total of 19 persons from various organisations presented their submissions and key themes addressed included:
Migrant, asylum seeker and refugee population in South Africa ...
Children’s Amendment Bill: public hearings day 3
13 May 2021
The Committee conducted public hearings on the Children’s Amendment Bill. Presentations were received from the Association for Social Workers in Private Practice; Fathers 4 Justice; Sonke Gender Justice; Solidarity Guild for Social Workers; Cause for Justice; Women’s Legal Centre; and the Catholic Institute for ...
Children’s Amendment Bill: public hearings day 2
12 May 2021
The National House of Traditional Leaders presented an oral representation to the Committee based on their written submission. Issues around male and female circumcision were outlined as well as guardianship, rights of unmarried fathers and ...
Children’s Amendment Bill: public hearings day 1
11 May 2021
The Committee began public hearings on the Children’s Amendment Bill. Eight organisations made oral submissions.
Stakeholders highlighted challenges relating to Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres registration, availability of sites, and challenges rural-based ECD centres encounter.