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HAPPENING IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT THIS WEEK

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Sunday, 31 May 2020 – On Tuesday, the National Council of Provinces will hold its first virtual sitting to consider the 2020 Division of Revenue Bill.

The Bill provides for equitable division of funds raised nationally among the national, provincial and local spheres of government for a particular financial year.

Minister of Finance Mr Tito Mboweni tabled the Bill, when he delivered the 2020 Budget Speech to Parliament in February, and it was passed by the National Assembly on 18 March.

On Thursday, the Women’s Charter Review Sessions move to the Pixley Ka Seme District Municipality in the Northern Cape. The sessions are being held to assess progress in implementing the 1994 Women’s Charter for Effective Equality. Sessions are planned for all five Northern Cape District Municipalities and took place in three of these last week. The first Women’s Charter Review Session took place in November 2019 in the Western Cape.
 
On Thursday Parliament held its 200th virtual parliamentary committee meeting. This week, another 29 committee meetings are scheduled from Tuesday to Friday. They include:
 
TUESDAY 2 JUNE
Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy with all 9 Provincial Legislatures: Briefing by Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries on National Forest Amendment Bill
 
Standing Committee on Finance and Select Committee on Finance:Briefing by the Public Investment Corporation on Mpati Commission of Inquiry Report
 
WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE
Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Briefing by Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality on its COVID-19 response plan and the following petitions: Germiston and Boksburg, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality residents, calling on the Assembly to investigate the numerous power outages (Mr M Waters (DA);
Alberton, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality residents, calling on the Assembly to investigate public participation and legislative compliance in the proposed housing development in Alberton, submitted in terms of Rule 347 by Mr D Bergman (DA); and Ward 37, Alberton North, Ekurhuleni residents, calling on the Assembly to investigate the illegal occupation of stand 1/1224 number 42, Second Avenue, Alberton North, submitted in terms of Rule 347 (Mr D Bergman)
 
Standing Committee on Public Accounts: Briefing by Dept. of Public Works on deviation from proper procurement regarding tender to contractor Magwa Construction
 
Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises and Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communication: Briefing by Eskom on recovery plan and progress in unbundling of Eskom into three independent entities
 
Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development and Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour: Briefing by Department of Small Business Development on overview of SMMEs in distress across sectors and provinces; progress in implementing COVID –19 intervention for SMMEs & Co-ops in reference to; business registrations on www.smmesa.gov.za; the Business Growth and Resilience Facility; Debt relief Fund; the Sefa-Debt Restructuring Facility
 
Standing Committee on Appropriations and Select Committee on Appropriations:
Briefing by National Treasury on the 2020 Appropriation Bill
 
THURSDAY 4 JUNE
Portfolio Committee on Communications (Subcommittee):Deliberations on outcome of interviews of shortlisted candidates for Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Board
 
Portfolio Committee on Communications: Consideration and adoption of report recommending candidates for appointment to Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Board
 
Portfolio Committee on Social Development: Briefing by Department of Social Development on progress made in implementing on Gender Based Violence Fermicide (GBVF) emergency response action plan
 
FRIDAY 5 JUNE
Standing Committee on Appropriations and Select Committee on Appropriations:Public hearings on the 2020 Appropriation Bill
 
Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Briefing by Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality on response plans for COVID-19

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