The Ambassador of Switzerland, Ms Helene Budliger Artiega, accompanied by the Swiss Consul General, Ms Bernadette Hunkeler Brown, paid Speaker Sharna Fernandez a courtesy visit on 2 February. In their informal discussions, both parties shared information of mutual importance aimed at strengthening and maintaining the good relationship between Switzerland and the WCPP. Areas covered included research partnerships, renewable energy, trade and industry, tourism and training.
The official opening ceremony of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament will take place on Friday, 19 February 2016. The Premier will deliver her State of the Province Address during the sitting at 10:30.
Speaker Sharna Fernandez, hosted a breakfast in commemoration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament on 3 December.
The Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs and Sport will be hosting the handover of kit to SAFA’s Western Cape Teams by the SAB League on 1 December.
The SAB League is a National Youth Diversion Programme within the National U21 Regional Football League, the largest grassroots football development programme in South Africa targeting 18 to 21 year olds. The SAB League has been the starting block for many of today’s greatest players participating in the Premier Soccer League, the national team and participating in the international football arena.
Hon Okkie (Ockert) Terblanche was appointed as permanent Western Cape delegate to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), representing the Democratic Alliance. The motion was moved by Chief Whip of the Majority Party, Hon Mark Wiley, at the Sitting of Western Cape Provincial Parliament on 15 October. Hon Terblanche will subsequently be sworn in by the NCOP at a future sitting of the House.
Daylin Mitchell was sworn in by Speaker Sharna Fernandez as the newest Member for the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP) on 21 September.
At 29, Mitchell is the youngest Member of the WCPP ever. During his political career he has served as young leader in the Democratic Alliance, as well as interim youth chairperson and deputy chairperson of the Western Cape Metro Region. From 2013 to 2014 he served as national director for provincial growth and guidance and from 2014, until becoming a Member, as Democratic Alliance chief of staff at the WCPP.
Members of the National Council of Provinces and the Western Cape Provincial Parliament will undertake oversight visits to various institutions in the Cape Town area from 14 to 17 September.
These oversight visits, under the theme “ Advancing infrastructure investment and development for better services to communities”, are intended to enable Parliament, the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), and particularly the National Council of Provinces, an opportunity to monitor the state of infrastructure.
As part of its oversight function, the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Community Development will consider the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill [B6B-2014] (NCOP).
The Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs and Sport hosted a support event for the football clubs representing the Western Cape in the top two tiers of football in SA at the WCPP on 9 September.
In an effort to promote support for local clubs in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the National First Division (NFD), the committee hosted a finger lunch attended by executive members of Ajax Cape Town, Vasco and Milano United, as well as the coaches, management and players of Ajax Cape Town.
The Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture will consider the Western Cape Liquor Amendment Bill [B 3-2015]. Submissions are invited at three public hearings to be held in the Western Cape: George on 8 September, Robertson on 9 September and Cape Town on 11 September.
The purpose of the Bill is to: