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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 ...
(Subcommittee) CDA Board Vacancies: deliberations and recommendations
1 Sep 2021
The subcommittee convened to discuss a letter received by the Minister of Social Development regarding a request to fill two vacancies on the board of the Central Drug Authority (CDA). In 2020, the subcommittee undertook the process of recommending 13 names to constitute the board. The Minister appointed 12 of ...
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), ...
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.
Children’s Amendment Bill: Legal Advisor on status of ECD clauses that were not contested & summary of public comments
7 May 2021
In a virtual meeting, the Committee was briefed on how to handle clauses relating to Early Childhood Development (ECD), in the Children’s Amendment Bill, since this function would be migrating to the Department of Basic Education by April 2022. The Committee was told, based ...