Committees to debate and finalise new budgets

2014-06-30 00:00

THE new parliamentary committees meet for the first time this week to finalise their agendas in preparation of each department’s budget. From July 15 the departments will debate and finalise their new budgets in Parliament.

The new ministers in the committees will use the opportunity to introduce themselves to the portfolio committee members. They include Tina Joematt-Petterson (Energy) and Mike Masutha (Justice). Masutha may also use the week to discuss the ongoing internal struggle at the National Prosecution Authority with the committee, while Land Reform’s Gugile Nkwinti may explain to members how he wants to implement his contentious land policy.

The National Council of Provinces will host a three-day workshop to familiarise chief whips, party leaders and representatives with the parliamentary rules.

The week will also see the National Assembly’s rules committee issue its verdict on the disruptive actions by Economic Freedom Fighter MPs last week.

TODAY

What is going on? Parliamentary officials are still finalising accommodation and seats in the National Assembly of the new MPs.

What to expect: Seven in 10 MPs are new in Cape Town and need a home, with former MPs having until June 13 to move out of the Parliament village.

TOMORROW

What is happening? Portfolio committee for energy meets to discuss the department’s strategic plans and prospects in 2014.

What to expect: Greater clarity around the future plans for energy in South Africa. The State of the Nation Address announced nuclear power and fracking will start this year, while the committee will also detail plans for more coal-fired power stations. The new minister of Energy will make her first speech.

The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) embark on a national strike, hardly a week after the Amcu platinum strike ended.

WEDNESDAY

Numsa’s two-day central committee meetings begin in Gauteng.

— Media24.

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