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Happening in the South African Parliament this week

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Cape Town, Parliament, 15 June 2020 – A debate on Youth Day, questions to President Cyril Ramaphosa by Members of the National Assembly, virtual plenary sittings of the National Council of Provinces and committee meetings of both Houses are among issues featuring at Parliament this week.

The Youth Day debate, themed, “Youth power- Growing South Africa together in a time of Covid-19” is scheduled at the National Assembly on Wednesday, 17 June at 3 pm. The debate commemorates the courageous youth of 1976 who sacrificed their lives and fought inequality and oppression by the apartheid government. 
On Thursday focus is on President Cyril Ramaphosa who will appear in the NA Chamber to give oral replies to questions from Members of Parliament. Questions for oral replies is another way in which Parliament holds members of the Executive, including the President, accountable for the work of government. The sitting starts at 2 pm.
Meanwhile, the National Council of Provinces will debate the Appropriation bill through its virtual plenary sittings on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June. Section 213 of the Constitution and section 26 of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) require that Parliament must approve any withdrawal of money from the National Revenue Fund (NRF) for allocation and expenditure by state organs. The NA passed the bill last Friday and is now scheduled for consideration and concurrence by the NCOP. Both virtual plenary sittings on Thursday and Friday are starting at 10:00 am.
At least 16 meetings of the Committees of the two Houses – The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces – are scheduled to hold virtual oversight meetings this week. 
MONDAY, 15 JUNE 2020
Select Committee on Appropriations – Consideration and adoption of the draft Report on the Appropriation Bill [B4-2020]; Consideration of draft Minutes dated 10 June 2020
Standing Committee on Public Accounts – Briefing by the Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises and the SA Express liquidators
Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans – Briefing by Military Ombud on their Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan
Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation – Briefing by the Department on the current Presidential elections in Burundi and upcoming elections in Malawi; Briefing by the Department on South Africa’s contribution to the operationalisation of identified Agenda 2063 flagship projects
Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure – Briefing by the DPWI on the IDT exit strategy; Consideration and adoption of minutes
Joint Meeting: Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises and Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communication- Briefing by Denel on progress made in implementation of the turnaround strategy
Standing Committee on Appropriations – Briefing by National Treasury on the Fourth Quarter Expenditure Report for the 2019/20 financial year; Consideration and Adoption of Committee’s minutes dated 5 June and 9 June 2020.
Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development – Briefing on the Department on Small Business Development 2019/20 Fourth Quarter Performance Report
Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries – Briefing by Commercial Fishing organisations: Fish SA; WWF; and AquaCulture
Joint Standing Committee on Defence – Briefing by the Department of Defence on border safeguarding and an update on the deployment of members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on COVID-19.
Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration – Briefing by the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation on the fourth quarter performance of 2019/20 financial year; Briefing by Brand South Africa on the fourth quarter performance of 2019/20 financial year; Briefing by the Statistics South Africa on the fourth quarter performance of 2019/20 financial year], Virtual Meeting Platform, 15:00-18:00
FRIDAY, 19 JUNE 2020
Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy – Briefing by the Minerals Council of South Africa (Mincosa), National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), Solidarity and The UASA on COVID-19 related work in the mining industry
Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry – Briefing by the DTIC on beneficiation and localisation; Consideration of the 1st draft of the 4th quarter financial and non- financial report of the DTI and the EDD; Formal consideration of the oversight reports
Portfolio Committee on Sport, Arts and Culture – Briefing by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on its 2020/21 Annual Performance Plan, status of the independent forensic audit and disciplinary process, plans for new sponsorship, and all other pertinent matters
Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities – Follow up meeting with the Commission for Gender Equality on all outstanding matters arising from the meeting of 26 May 2020 on APP and Strategic Plan for 2020/2021 with particular emphasis on the role of Commissioners
Constitutional Review Committee – Consideration of matters recommended for consideration in legacy report of the 5th CRC Parliament Report; Briefing by Committee stakeholders on the status and development of indigenous languages in line with the constitutional mandate of making them official languages; Briefing by the Equal Education on the review of section 100 of the Constitution, including the Parliamentary legal opinion in support of the submission made.

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