Parliamentary Programme

Parliamentary Programme Framework

2017 - As agreed to by the Joint Programme Committee on 26 May 2016

FIRST TERM

24 January - 31 March 2017

  • 9 - 20 January: Constituency period
  • 24 January - 8 February: NA committees
  • 23 - 27 January: NCOP committees
  • 30 January - 3 February: NCOP committees oversight week
  • 7 February: NCOP review session
  • 9 February: Joint sitting (SONA)
  • 14 - 15 February: Debate on President's State-of-the-Nation Address
  • 16 Feburary: Reply by President to debate on State-of-the-Nation Address
  • 21 February - 17 March: NA plenaries / committees
  • 22 - 31 March: NA committees / oversight
  • 22 February: NA Plenary (Budget speech) (including tabling of Fiscal Framework, Appropriation Bill and Division of Revenue Bill)
  • 8 March: NA debate on Fiscal Framework
  • 10 March: Tabling of departmental strategic plans
  • 15 March: NA plenary on Division of Revenue Bill
  • 28 February - 31 March: NCOP plenaries / committees
  • 28 February - 1 March: NCOP committees strategic planning (annual review) sessions
  • 7 March: NCOP questions to Cluster 1: Peace and Security
  • 15 March: NCOP questions to the Deputy President
  • 7 - 8 March: NCOP plenaries / committees / departmental strategic plan
  • 14 - 15 March: Briefings to NCOP committees
  • 27 - 31 March:NCOP committees oversight week
  • 3 - 28 April: Constitutency period

SECOND TERM

2 May - 30 June 2017

  • 2 May - 29 June: NCOP plenaries / committees / departmental strategic plan briefings to NCOP committees
  • 2 - 5 May: NA committees
  • 2 May: Joint sitting: Debate on 20th anniversary celebration of the Constitution and the NCOP
  • 4 May: NCOP plenary on Division of Revenue Bill
  • 9 May: NCOP questions to Cluster 2: Social Services
  • 15 - 19 May: NCOP preliminary oversigh visits - Taking Parliament to the People: Free State
  • 9 - 12 May: NA plenaries
  • 16 May - 2 June: NA budget vote debates
  • May: Debate on vote 2: Parliament
  • May: Debate on vote 1: Presidency (followed by reply)
  • May: Decision onf Appropriation Bill by NA
  • June: NCOP questions to the Deputy President
  • 5 - 15 June: NA plenaries
  • 19 - 30 June: NA committees / oversight
  • June: Youth Parliament
  • 29 June: Decision on Appropriation Bill by NCOP
  • 3 - 31 July: Constituency period

THIRD TERM

1 August - 15 September 2017

  • 1 - 18 August: NA committees / oversight
  • 1 - 11 August: NCOP plenaries / committees
  • 3 August: NCOP questions to Cluster 3: Governance
  • August: Women's Parliament
  • 14 - 18 August: NCOP oversight week
  • 21 - 25 August: Taking Parliament to the People: Free State
  • 25 August: NCOP annual address by the President / Deputy President
  • 22 August - 8 September: NA plenaries
  • September: NCOP questions to the Deputy President
  • September: People's Assembly
  • 4 - 8 September: NCOP oversight week
  • 11 - 15 September: NCOP plenaries / committees
  • 11 - 15 September: NA committees / oversight
  • 18 - 29 September: Constituency period

FOURTH TERM

3 October - 1 December 2017

  • 2 - 13 October: NA committees (BRR reports)
  • 2 - 6 October: NCOP provincial week
  • 12 October - 16 November: NCOP committees / plenaries
  • 17 October - 1 December: NA plenaries
  • 12, 17, 19 October: NCOP questions to Cluster 4: Economics
  • 18 October: Tabling: 2017 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement and Adjustments Budget
  • October: Revised fiscal framework
  • November: Division of Revenue Amendment Bill
  • November: Decision on Adjustments Appropriation Bill by Parliament
  • November: NCOP questions to Deputy President
  • 20 - 24 November: NCOP report back session - Taking Parliament to the People: Eastern Cape
  • 28 - 30 November: NCOP committees / plenaries
  • 4 - 15 December: Constituency period
  • 18 December - January 2018: Leave period

Parliamentary Schedule

Week of 20 - 24 November 2017

TUESDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 2017

Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, (National Assembly), [Consideration of the proposed amendments from the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on the Refugees Amendment Bill], Committee Room V475, Fourth Floor, Old Assembly Building, 09:00-10:00

Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Portfolio Committee on Social Development, (National Assembly), [Briefing by Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) regarding compliance with the Constitutional Court ruling on the phasing out Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and procurement of alternative payment services], Committee Room V454, Fourth Floor, Old Assembly Building, 09:00

Ad Hoc Committee on Funding of Political Parties, (National Assembly), [Draft Political Party Funding Bill: deliberations on the outcome of the public hearing process and amendments to the regulations], Old Assembly Chamber, Ground Floor, Old Assembly Building, 09:00-18:00

Portfolio Committee on Economic Development, (National Assembly), [Consideration of the Study Tour Report], Committee Room S35, First Floor, NCOP Building, 09:00-10:00

Portfolio Committee on Communications, (National Assembly), [Formal deliberations and adoption of report on the Films and Publications Amendment Bill [B37-2015]; Adoption of minutes of August, September and October 2017], Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building, 09:30

Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs, (National Assembly), [Formal consideration of the Marine Spatial Planning Bill [B9-2017]; Briefing by the Office of the Auditor General on Special Report relating to the late tabling of the DEA’s Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2016/17 financial year; Briefing by DEA on the responses to the issues raised in the AGSA Special Report relating to the late tabling of the Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2016/17 financial year; Briefings by the Department of Environmental Affairs and its Public entities: Isimangaliso and SANParks, on their Frist and Second Quarterly Performance Report for 2017/18 financial year], Committee Room S12A, Ground Floor, NCOP Building, 09:00

Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Corporate governance in Eskom], Good Hope Chamber, Ground Floor, Good Hope Building, 09:30-20:00

Select Committee on Social Services, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), the Central Drug Authority (CDA) and the National Development Agency (NDA) on the Annual Report 2016/2017; Deliberations; Consideration and Adoption of Committee Minutes], Committee Room M314, Third Floor, Marks Building, 10:00

Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources, (National Council of Provinces), [Negotiating Mandate meeting on the: Plant Improvement Bill [B8B-2015] Sec 76 and Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill [B11B-2015] Sec 76; Consideration and Adoption of the Committee Study Tour Report; Consideration and Adoption of Committee Minutes], Committee Room V227, Second Floor, Old Assembly Building, 10:00

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the SAA Board and Executive on its future strategies and funding], Committee Room 3, Upper Ground Floor, 90 Plein Street Building, 10:00

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Finalisation of Insurance Bill; Finalisation of Venda Pension Matter; Minutes 1st & 2nd Quarters], Committee Room G26, Ground Floor, National Assembly Building, 10:00-16:00

Portfolio Committee on Energy, (National Assembly), [Update by the Minister of Energy on government’s plans relating to key and strategic matters in the energy sector], Committee Room E249, Second Floor, National Assembly Building, 10:00-17:00

Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Adoption of minutes and consideration of a subcommittee report – CLOSED MEETING], Committee Room E305, Third Floor, National Assembly Building, 13:00-14:00

Select Committee on Appropriations, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of Final Mandates on Division of Revenue Amendment Bill [B24-2017]; Consideration of draft Report on the above Bill; Consideration of draft Minutes of previous meeting], Committee Room 2, Upper Ground Floor, 90 Plein Street Building, 14:00

WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2017

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Status report on the Copyright Amendment Bill; Finalisation of the panel of experts on the Copyright Amendment Bill; Minutes; Committee programme for 1st quarter of 2018], Old Assembly Chamber, Ground Floor, Old Assembly Building, 08:30-10:30

Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources, (National Assembly), [Briefing by Lawyers representing ex-mine workers on Lung Diseases on the Mines and the silicosis class action cases; Consideration and Adoption of Minutes of 08 and 15 November 2017], Committee Room 2, Upper Ground Floor, 90 Plein Street Building, 09:00

Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Corporate governance in Eskom], Good Hope Chamber, Ground Floor, Good Hope Building, 09:30-20:00

Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Appropriations and Select Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Joint Briefing by National Treasury on the 2017 Adjustments Appropriation Bill], Committee Room V454, Fourth Floor, Old Assembly Building, 10:00

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Hearing with the Department of Home Affairs as well as National Treasury on the 2017 Adjustments Appropriation Bill], Committee Room V454, Fourth Floor, Old Assembly Building, 14:00-15:00

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Adoption of minutes and reports], Committee Room S12A, Ground Floor, NCOP Building, 10:00

Ad Hoc Committee on Funding of Political Parties, (National Assembly), [Draft Political Party Funding Bill: deliberations], Committee Room V226, Second Floor, Old Assembly Building, 09:00-18:00

Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration/ Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation on the comprehensive monitoring report of the Presidential Hotline; Briefing by the National Treasury on rationality of the budget cuts in government and its impact on service delivery; Briefing by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation on whether Government policy and mandates are adequately catered for in the budget and whether a new approach in allocation is feasible; Briefing by the Department of Public Service and Administration on the progress regarding the salary negotiations in the public sector; Consideration and adoption of the previous Committee minutes or reports], Committee Room 1, Upper Ground Floor, 90 Plein Street Building, 09:30

Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs, (National Assembly), [Formal Adoption of the Bill and the Committee Report on the Marine Spatial Planning Bill [B9-2017]; Briefings by the Department of Environmental Affairs Public entities: SAWS and SANBI, on their First and Second Quarterly Performance Report for 2017/18 financial year], Committee Room M314, Third Floor, Marks Building, 09:30

Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of minutes; Consideration and adoption of Free State Oversight Report], Committee Room GH41, Ground Floor, Good Hope Building, 09:30

Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) on the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive Programme; Briefing by the DST on the National Research Foundation Bill [B23-2017]], Committee Room M201, Second Floor, Marks Building, 09:30

Portfolio Committee on Labour, (National Assembly), [Briefing by Department of Labour (DoL) on the overall performance and plans of the Labour Activation Programme; and Consideration of the Draft Minutes of 15 November 2017], Committee Room S35, First Floor, NCOP Building, 09:30

Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) on its Strategic Plan 2015/16 – 2019/20 and Annual Performance Plan (APP) 2017/18; Briefing by the Department of Higher Education and Training on: progress in the finalisation of the new SETA landscape; steps taken to ensure private TVET colleges adhere to the payment of certification fees owed to Umalusi; update on the bid adjudication process towards the appointment of service providers to construct the remaining TVET college campuses and response to the Committee’s recommendations on the meeting with UniZulu, MUT, WSU, NSFAS, CPUT and Intellimali], Committee Room E249, Second Floor, National Assembly Building, 09:30

Portfolio Committee on Health, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the Medical Innovation Bill Report; Briefing by the Department of Health on its 2nd Quarter Report], Committee Room V119, First Floor, Old Assembly Building, 09:30

Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on the current political situations in Zimbabwe and Lesotho; Input on the Foreign Service Bill by the Department of Communications, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Statistics South Africa and South African Association of Former Ambassadors], Committee Room 1, Ground Floor, 120 Plein Street Building, 09:30

Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of outstanding minutes and reports], Committee Room S26, First Floor, NCOP Building, 09:30

Portfolio Committee on Public Works, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of minutes of previous meetings; Briefing by the Department of Public Works on proactive steps taken to increase the rate of progression of women-owned construction companies on the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB); Briefing by the CIDB on: The national contractors grading register (from grades 1 – 9); Its strategy to upgrade and ensure access to lower-grade contractors especially those in rural areas; Grading methods and criteria; Breakdown of lower grade contractors (grades 1 – 4) in construction projects of each municipality in the country; Reasons and remedial actions for the reported 140 000 job losses within the 1st and 3rd quarter of 2017 in the construction industry], Townhouse Hotel, 60 Corporation Street, Cape Town, 09:30

Select Committee on Education and Recreation, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by the Department of Arts and Culture on its 2016/17 Annual Report; Consideration and adoption of Committee Minutes], Committee Room M315, Third Floor, Marks Building, 10:00

Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises, (National Council of Provinces), [Briefing by key stakeholders (DPE, COGTA, Treasury and DRLRF) on the completion of the implementation of the Deed of Settlement between the Richtersveld Community and Alexkor; Consideration of outstanding minutes], Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building, 10:00

Portfolio Committee on Energy, (National Assembly), [Continuation of the update by the Minister of Energy on government’s plans relating to key and strategic matters in the energy sector], Committee Room V475, Fourth Floor, Old Assembly Building, 10:00

Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform, (National Assembly), [Deliberations on the Communal Property Associations Amendment Bill; Adoption of minutes], Committee Room G26, Ground Floor, National Assembly Building, 10:00

Portfolio Committee on Social Development, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Social Development on the Progress report on the Foster Care System], Committee Room V227, Second Floor, Old Assembly Building, 10:00

Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, (National Assembly), [Briefing on matters relating to educational support provided to military veterans and their dependents; State Information Technology Agency (SITA) briefing on progress made with the upgrade of the military veterans call centre and database; Department of Military Veterans briefing on 13 November 2017 letter re progress made with the subsidization of public transport for military veterans], Committee Room 3, Upper Ground Floor, 90 Plein Street Building, 10:00

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Tax Ombuds Annual Report; Minutes 3rd & 4th Quarters; Finalisation of Outstanding Matters for 2017], Committee Room E337, Third Floor, National Assembly Building, 10:00-13:30

Select Committee on Security and Justice, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of written submissions received for International Arbitration Bill; Consideration and adoption of the International Arbitration Bill [B10B-2017] (S75); Consideration of written submissions received for Legal Practice Amendment Bill; Consideration and adoption of the Legal Practice Amendment Bill [B11B-2017] (S75); Consideration and adoption of Minutes 8 November 2017], Old Assembly Chamber, Ground Floor, Old Assembly Building, 10:30

Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of Progress Reports on Executive Undertakings made by the: Minister of Health (during policy debate: Health on 07 May 2015); Consideration of Progress Reports on Executive Undertakings made by the: Minister of Human Settlements (during policy debate: Human Settlements on 12 May 2015)], Old Assembly Chamber, Ground Floor, Old Assembly Building, 11:00

Portfolio Committee on Tourism, (National Assembly), [Briefing by National Department of Tourism (NDT) on Tourism Sector Skills Audit; Draft minutes of 15th November 2017; Announcements and closure], Committee Room E540, Fifth Floor, National Assembly Building, 12:30-14:30

Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Adoption of minutes and consideration of a subcommittee report – CLOSED MEETING], Committee Room E305, Third Floor, National Assembly Building, 14:00-15:00

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Hearing on Transnet (Ltd) on the irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure for the financial year 2016/17 (as well as commitments and accruals; deviations and expansions)], Committee Room V454, Fourth Floor, Old Assembly Building, 18:00-21:00

THURSDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2017

Constitutional Review Committee, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Adoption of outstanding minutes; Consideration of legal opinions on 2016 public submissions], Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building, 12:00-14:00

Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Corporate governance in Eskom], Committee Room V475, Fourth Floor, Old Assembly Building, 14:00-20:00

Ad Hoc Committee on Funding of Political Parties, (National Assembly), [Draft Political Party Funding Bill: deliberations], Old Assembly Chamber, Ground Floor, Old Assembly Building, 14:00-18:00

FRIDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2017

Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Appropriations and Select Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces), [Joint Public Hearings on: 2017 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement; and 2017 Adjustments Appropriation Bill], Old Assembly Chamber, Ground Floor, Old Assembly Building, 09:00

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Meeting with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on the late tabling of its 2016/17 Annual Report and Financial Statements, and on allegations of state capture at the entity], Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building, 09:00