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:
In commemoration of Women’s Day, a Speaker’s Debate took place during the sitting of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament today. The event, initiated by the Speaker Sharna Fernandez, focused on the topic of Substance abuse and domestic violence: the rights, role and contribution of women in the Western Cape.
The Official Opening of the Fifth Parliament of the Western Cape took place on Friday, 20 June 2014. The event was attended by approximately 250 guests, including members of the Consular Corps, religious leaders, as well as municipal speakers and mayors. The Groote Schuur Hospital choir welcomed guests with song as they arrived (see photo).
The names of the chairpersons of standing committees have been released. In all there are 12 committees, including that of Public Accounts, which will oversee the 14 provincial departments. This is two more that than the previous session and this will ensure better oversight, without any additional costs as committees work in groupings.