The Northern Cape Provincial Legislature of the First Session of the Sixth Legislature, recently held the election of the various Committees and the following Committees were established, the Portfolio Committees established and elected on the 04 June 2019 are as follows:
Most of the Legislature’s work is done by its committees. A Chairperson, who receives administrative assistance from a Committee Co-ordinator, heads each Committee. In committee meetings, MPLs discuss and debate Bills and other legislation of national and/or provincial importance. Much like the opposition parties, committees invest considerable time and effort into scrutinizing the work and spending habits of the Executive Council, ensuring that no mismanagement occurs. Committees foster public participation by receiving public petitions and submissions on relevant topics from any interested persons or institutions.
Members of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature (MPLs) conduct their work in a sitting (where Members of a house meet together in one group) and in Committees (smaller groups of Members). Committees are proportionally representative of the parties in the Legislature. Committee meetings are open to the public, but may be closed if there is a good reason to do so. Committees both in National Parliament and Provincial Legislatures have considerable power, which is enshrined in the Constitution (Act 108 of 1996). According to sections 56, 69 and 115, of the Constitution, legislatures or any of their committees have the following functions:
- Summon any person to appear before them to give evidence under oath or affirmation or to produce documents;
- Require any person or institution to report to them;
- Compel in terms of legislation or the rules & orders, any person or institution to comply with a summons or a request for a report;
- Receive petitions, representation or submissions from any interested person or institution.
- Monitor and oversee the work and budgets of provincial government departments and hold them accountable
- Consider and amend Bills and may initiate Bills
- Consider private members’ and provincial legislative proposals and special petitions
- Examine specific areas of public life or matters of public interest
Committees have the power to summon any person to appear before them, give evidence or produce documents. They may require any person or institution to report to them. Committees may also receive petitions, representations or submissions from the public.
PC on Agriculture, Land Reform &Rural Development, Environment and Conservation
PC on Education, Sport, Arts & Culture
PC on Finance, Economic Development & Tourism
PC on Health and Social Development
PC on COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE, HUMAN SETTLEMENTS AND TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS
PC on Transport, Safety & Liaison and Roads & Public Works
Gender, Women , Children and Persons with Disabilities
Premier & legislature
Constitutional Affairs, Petitions & Public Participation
Review of Rules & Parliamentary Practice:
Chairperson: Deputy Speaker OM Matika (ANC)