The Vice President (Deputy Speaker) of the German Bundestag, Hon Ulla Schmidt, accompanied by the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group on SADC States and the Standing Committee on Sport, Hon Dagmar Freitag, together with the German Consul General, Dr Bernd Rinnert, met with Speaker Sharna Fernandez and Deputy Speaker Piet Pretorius on 19 February. Matters of general mutual interest were discussed as well as comparing and exchanging experiences with regards to presiding over House proceedings.
The official opening ceremony of the WCPP will take place on Friday, 20 February 2015. This important event on the WCPP calendar, will, as in the past, be a stylish but low-key event. Approximately 250 guests are expected to attend the proceedings, including members of the Consular Corps, religious leaders, as well as municipal speakers and mayors.
MPP, Rodney Lentit, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, together with the members of the committee, will conduct an oversight visit to nature reserves in the West Coast region to discuss pertinent biodiversity and conservation issues that have an impact on economic growth and tourism in the region. One of the desired outcomes of this visit is to highlight and showcase the facilities and outdoor activities that CapeNature has to offer that can be enjoyed by tourists and the people of the Western Cape.
The Western Cape Provincial Parliament appointed Ms Hamida Fakira as its new Secretary and Accounting Officer with effect from February 2015. Ms Fakira served as a Deputy Director General in the public sector for the past 10 years in the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Transport and, most recently, as advisor in the Ministry of Transport.
The official opening ceremony of the WCPP will take place on Friday, 20 February 2015. The Premier will deliver her State of the Province Address during the sitting at 10:30. Approximately 250 guests are expected to attend the proceedings, including members of the Consular Corps, religious leaders, as well as municipal speakers and mayors. Both these events are important annual highlights on the WCPP calendar, but, as in the past, the occasion will be low-key and cause no inconvenience to the residents or motorists of Cape Town.
The Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture held fruitful discussions with the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba, on the implications and consequences of the amended visa regulations (Immigration Regulations, 2014), in terms of Section 7 of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act no 13 of 2002) on 4 November 2014.
The standing committee committed to sending a copy of their report on the public hearings held from 25 to 26 September, to the minister’s office.
The WCPP is entering a very busy period - the tabling, scrutiny and consideration of annual reports of the different government departments in the province. This forms part of the oversight role of standing committees on the functioning and performance of the provincial government. The standing committees will engage with the relevant Ministers and senior management teams of each department, while the Standing Committee on Public Accounts will consider the departments' reports in terms of governance and financials.
Recent media reports suggest that the implementation of new immigration regulations (as contained in the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002) is not only having a detrimental effect on key industries contributing to the economy, but also disrupting the lives of people. The Western Cape Provincial Parliament is considering the immigration regulations in order to decide whether to make recommendations to the National Assembly in terms of section 104(5) of the Constitution.
Western Cape NCOP permanent delegates, accompanied by the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP) leadership invite stakeholders and interested parties to attend a public meeting on service delivery. The purpose of the public meeting will be to assess progress and discuss challenges in connection with infrastructure development in terms of the provision of human settlements, clean water, sanitation and electricity.
Details are as follows:
Date: Thursday, 11 September 2014
Venue: Malmesbury Banquet Hall, 1 Church Street, Malmesbury
Parliament’s National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will host the Provincial Week in the respective nine provinces from 8 to12 September 2014.
The Provincial Week Theme is: ‘Together making service delivery work for our people’
Permanent Delegates to the NCOP will use this opportunity to: