Parliament, Sunday 9 February 2020 – President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address on Thursday takes centre stage this week.

Parliament is hosting the address, which the President will deliver at 19.00 on Thursday to a joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces. The address provides the President with an opportunity to assess South Africa’s domestic and international situation, to report on existing government programmes and to present plans for the coming year.

Parliament will also provide a public forum to discuss the President’s State of the Nation Address next week. This is when Members of Parliament debate the address at joint sittings of the two Houses of Parliament on 18 and 19 February and when the President replies to this debate on 20 February.

Also scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday this week are 10 meetings of parliamentary committees. The meetings, scheduled to discuss a range of legislative and public interest matters, are:


Portfolio Committee on Basic Education: Consideration and adoption of draft report on the Griqua People’s Heritage Submission to Parliament; briefing on petition from Residents of Dryharts Village; briefing from the Department of Basic Education and the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) on the 2019 National Senior Certificate Examination Outcomes; briefing by the Department of Basic Education on an Updated Status Report on Schools Reopening for 2020 (admissions, curriculum delivery plan, LTSM, textbooks and workbooks, support for progressed learners, post-provisioning norms

Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy: Briefing by Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and Business Rescue Practitioners on the investigation conducted following the incident that happened in Lilly mine and resulted in three workers being trapped underground in a container on 5 February 2016

Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour: Consideration of submissions on the National Minimum Wage Amendment Bill [B9-2019]; consideration and adoption of minutes

Portfolio Committee on Agriculture Land, Reform and Rural Development: Briefing by Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on assessment of court judgements that have a bearing on its legislative programme. The presentation must include progress reports regarding communal land tenure (as envisaged in the Communal Land Rights Act), the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, and the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act (ULTRA) – i.e. Rahube Matter. Legislative programme for 2020, including time-frames for tabling proposed legislation in Parliament. Consideration and adoption of the Draft First Term Committee Programme (Term 1 2020) and outstanding minutes

Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology: Briefing by the Department of Higher Education and Training on student housing infrastructure project (SHIP)

WEDNESDAY 
Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans: Briefing by Department of Military Veterans on the second and third Quarterly Reports (and feedback on the BRRR recommendations); the Audit Action Implementation Plan; follow-up on progress on the Database, skills Audit and the Military Veterans Amendment Act

Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communication: Briefing by Media Development and Diversity Agency on the challenges faced by community radio stations and the entity’s interventions to resolve these challenges; consideration of outstanding minutes

Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure: Briefing by the Public Service Commission on its annual report

Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services: Discussion of committee operational matters

Select Committee on Security and Justice: Briefing by the Department of Justice on the: (a) Treaty between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Republic of Bangladesh on Extradition, tabled in terms of section 231(2) of the Constitution, 1996; (b) Explanatory Memorandum to the Treaty between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Republic of Bangladesh on Extradition; (c) Treaty between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Republic of Bangladesh on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, tabled in terms of section 231(2) of the Constitution, 1996; (d) Explanatory Memorandum to the Treaty between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Republic of Bangladesh on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

For the latest full schedule of committee meetings (updated regularly), please click:https://www.parliament.gov.za/whatson

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