CAPE TOWN, South Africa
The Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure will tomorrow, Friday 04 June 2021, hold public hearings on the Expropriation Bill [B23-2020] in the Elundini Local Municipality, in the Eastern Cape province. The session will be held at Entokozweni Community Hall in Ugie.
The purpose of the Expropriation Bill is to repeal the existing Expropriation Act of 1975 to provide a common framework in line with the Constitution to guide the processes and procedures for the expropriation of property by organs of state, and to provide for certain instances where expropriation with nil compensation may be appropriate in the public interest.
In line with Parliament’s strategic objective of enhancing access to the work of Parliament, legislative making process and improving public participation in general, the committee resolved to visit all the provinces to garner public views on the proposed legislation. The intention of the public hearings is to enrich the Bill and to ensure that it is responsive to the views and needs of individuals and groups on the ground.
Similarly, the committee decided to hold hearings during the week and at weekends to afford as many citizens and stakeholders as possible an opportunity to participate in the hearings. The committee is mindful that the scheduled public hearings will take place during the Adjusted Alert Level 2 lockdown regulations and has taken due regard to ensure adherence to Covid-19 guidelines and regulations.
In line with the announcement made by the President, the committee will adhere to the regulated 100 participants in a venue at any given time. The committee concluded the first session in the Eastern Cape in Mbizana.