Daily Archives: November 22, 2016

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane hands over Sanitation Facilites in Bloemhof

Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, will hand-over completed Sanitation Facilities to the residents of Bloemhof, North West on Thursday, 24 November 2016.

The handing over ceremony will be held under the theme It’s not all about flushing and it is part of the Bucket Eradication Programme which is aimed at addressing the legacy of bucket toilets.

The handing over of the Sanitation Facilities is part of the sanitation campaign which the department has embarked upon to raise awareness and educate people about how some prevalent diseases can be avoided through hand washing and decent sanitation services.

This occasion will also afford the opportunity to some private companies to come and showcase their sanitation technology innovations and the department will also have an exhibition stand where there will be some interaction with the members of the public on sanitation issues.

The department has made great strides in its Bucket Eradication Programme and North West is one of the four provinces which has benefited from this initiative as the province has seen the total eradication of bucket toilets.

Source: Government of South Africa

Parliament holds joint sittings and committee meetings

Joint Debate on 16 Days of Activism, Questions from the NA to the President, Division of Revenue Amendment Bill and other Bills scheduled for consideration and wide range of subjects on agenda of committees this week

A joint sitting of the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) tomorrow morning is scheduled to debate 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children: Count me in � together moving a non-violent South Africa forward.

Both Houses will also hold sittings in the afternoon. The NA sitting tomorrow afternoon is scheduled to consider the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill. It is also scheduled to consider the Protected Disclosures Amendment Bill and a draft resolution on the repeal of apartheid legislation from Mr NF Shivambu.

Reports on the 2016 Tourism Indaba (Portfolio Committee on Tourism) and on oversight visits to police stations (Manenberg Police Station and police stations in and around Port Elizabeth) and a research seminar on risk factors for police (Portfolio Committee on Police) are also scheduled for the sitting.

At its sitting tomorrow afternoon, the NCOP is scheduled to consider the report of the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on Eskom’s tariff increases for 2016 -17 and amended pricing structure for municipalities with effect from 1 July 2016. The sitting is also scheduled to consider the Performing Animal Protection Amendment Bill, the Higher Education Amendment Bill and the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill.

A meeting of the Joint Rules Committee of the NA and NCOP is scheduled for Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, the President is scheduled to answer questions for oral reply in the NA.

On Thursday, the NA is scheduled to consider several bills. These are the Rates and Monetary Amounts Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill and Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws (Administration) Bill, the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill.

Also at Thursday’s sitting, the NA is scheduled to consider the request for approval of two protocols amending agreements about avoiding double taxation and preventing fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. The one agreement is between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Federal Republic of Brazil. The other is with the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

On Thursday, the NCOP is scheduled to debate a report on Provincial Week, which was held from 12 to 16 September, under the theme: Following up on our communities to make access to education and health care work for all.

Besides specific financing instruments for infrastructure development in sport, budgetary review and recommendation reports, departments’ annual reports and quarterly reports, the 37committee meetings scheduled so far for the week have the following on their agendas:

Adoption of its report on the Provincial Treasuries’ expenditure review for the third and fourth quarter of 2015/16 � Select Committee on Finance, Tuesday

Briefing by Directorate on Priority Crimes Investigation on remuneration scale of national head, deputy head and provincial heads of the directorate � Portfolio Committee on Police, Wednesday

Petition on Africa Skills FET College in Western Cape’s alleged ill-treatment of students, corruption and racism � Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings, Wednesday

Briefing by Department of Small Business Development on progress regarding cooperatives development model pilot project in KwaZulu-Natal � Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, Wednesday

Department of Basic Education briefing on jobs for cash report � Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, Wednesday

Palestine � Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation receives briefing on current situation from National Coalition for Palestine, Wednesday, and on Friday, a beefing from the South African Jewish Board of Deputies in response to presentation by South African Jews for a Free Palestine

State of traditional affairs in South Africa � Department of Traditional Affairs briefs Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Wednesday

Claims and outcomes of investigations against senior managers and some Safcol Board members � Safcol to update Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises, Wednesday

Department of Military Veterans and South African National Military Veterans Association � briefing to Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (SANMVA) on department’s staffing and disciplinary cases and role and activities of SANMVA and its interaction with department

Legal opinion on 2015 public submissions to Constitutional Review Committee � Constitutional Review Committee to receive briefing from Parliamentary Legal Advisers, Friday

Readiness of small-scale fishers to participate in implementation of Small-scale Fisheries Policy � representatives of small-scale fishers to brief Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Friday

Filling vacancies on statutory bodies – Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Council � Portfolio Committee on Communications, Tuesday; Agricultural Research Council � Select Committee no Land and Mineral Resources, Tuesday; Public Service Commission � Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration/Planning, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Tuesday and Wednesday

Bills, regulations and policies before committees include the:

Children’s Second Amendment Bill � Select Committee on Social Services, Tuesday

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill, Rates and Monetary Amounts Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill and Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws (Administration) Bill � Standing Committee on Finance, Tuesday

Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Bill � Discussion on progress and way forward by Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources, Tuesday

Polluter must pay principle and progress with implementing regulations to the Financial Provision for Prospecting, Exploration, Mining and Production Operations � Department of Mineral Resources to brief Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources, Wednesday

Labour Laws Amendment Bill � Portfolio Committee on Labour, Wednesday

Challenges related to implementation with Competition Act � Briefing from Competition Commission to Portfolio Committee on Economic Development, Wednesday

Medical Innovation Bill � Briefing from Department of Heath to Portfolio Committee on Health, Wednesday

Financial Sector Regulation Twin Peaks Bill � Standing Committee on Finance deliberations, Wednesday

Negotiating mandates on Division of Revenue Amendment Bill � Select Committee on Appropriations, Thursday

Foreign Service Bill � Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation scheduled to hear input from Department of Homes Affairs, Department of Public Service and Administration and Department of Public Works, Friday

Please note, the schedule of committee meetings is updated daily and published on the Parliamentary website home page. The programme for House sittings is also updated, as necessary, and published when updates occur.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson: Media Briefing on Integrated Energy Plan and Integrated Resource Plan

Ladies and Gentlemen, as you might be aware, on the 2nd November 2016 Cabinet approved the publication of the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for public comment and engagement. The reason for the brief today is to outline the IEP and IRP processes, including a reflection on the key aspects of the processes.

Integrated Energy Plan (IEP)

The development of a National Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) was envisaged in the White Paper on the Energy Policy of the Republic of South Africa of 1998 and, in terms of the National Energy Act, 2008 (Act No. 34 of 2008), the Minister of Energy is mandated to develop and, on an annual basis, review and publish the IEP in the Government Gazette. The purpose of the IEP is to provide a roadmap of the future energy landscape for South Africa which guides future energy infrastructure investments and policy development. The development of the IEP is a continuous process and takes into account the changes in the macroeconomic environment, developments in new technologies and changes in national priorities and imperatives, amongst other factors.

From the myriad of factors which had to be considered and addressed during the Integrated Energy Planning process, eight key objectives were identified and they are to

(1) Ensure security of supply;

(2) Minimise the cost of energy;

(3) Promote the creation of jobs and localisation;

(4) Minimise negative environmental impacts from the energy sector;

(5) Promote the conservation of water;

(6) Diversify supply sources and primary sources of energy;

(7) Promote energy efficiency in the economy; and

(8) Increase access to modern energy.

The IEP analyses current energy consumption trends within different sectors of the economy (i.e. agriculture, commerce, industry, residential and transport) and uses this to project future energy requirements, based on different scenarios. The scenarios are informed by different assumptions on economic development and the structure of the economy and also take into account the impact of key policies such as environmental policies, energy efficiency policies, transport policies and industrial policies, amongst others.

The IEP then determines the optimal mix of energy sources and technologies to meet those energy needs in the most cost-effective manner for each of the scenarios. The associated environmental impacts, socioeconomic benefits and macroeconomic impacts are also analysed. The IEP is therefore focused on determining the long-term energy pathway for South Africa, taking into account a multitude of factors which are embedded in the eight objectives.

While the IEP focuses on demand for all energy forms across all the economic sectors at a high level, more detailed sensitivity analysis of different demand growth profiles and supply-side options for the two main energy sub-sectors, namely: electricity generation and liquid fuels supply will be detailed in supporting sector plans. For the gas sub-sector, a draft framework which seeks to explore future possible options for the development of a gas market in South Africa is being developed. This approach has been undertaken to enable the differences in each of the sectors to be analysed in detail taking into account the complexities and level of maturity of each sub-sector.

Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)

Since the promulgation of the IRP 2010-30 there has been a number of developments in the energy sector, the country and the region which necessitate that we review and update the plan. Some of the developments or changes includes, additional capacity that has come online, demand lower than envisaged in IRP 2010- 30, draught in neighbouring countries experiencing resulting electricity shortage, reduced Eskom plant performance and changes in technology costs.

The IRP update process is different from the IRP 2010-30 development processes in a sense that the update process is not zero based but use the from the promulgated policy adjusted IRP 2010-30 as a reference point. The IRP development and update process as in the case of the IEP aims to balance similar objectives which are; security of supply, cost of electricity, job creation and localization, minimal negative environmental impact, minimal water usage, to diversity of supply sources (energy mix) and promotion of energy access.

Against these objectives the Department set 4 key milestones in regard to the development of the IRP, which are (1) settling the key assumptions, (2) developing a Base-Case, (3) modelling and analysing the Scenarios and sensitivities, and finally (4) the developing the final plan taking into account the various scenarios and policy positions.

The first and second milestones have been completed and are the basis of the planned public consultation process. The third milestone which involves testing various scenarios and sensitivities is currently underway; and the fourth milestone which relates policy adjustment will follow once public consultations and scenario analysis are done. What we are therefore inviting the public to do is: – Make input regarding the assumptions we have used; – Comment on the Base Case scenario we have modelled; – Comment on any other scenarios we should to consider; – Make any other input relevant to the process of developing the IRP and IEP.

Public engagement process and modalities

1. The IEP and IRP Assumptions and Base Case Reports: These will be published in the Government Gazette early on 25 November 2016. Reports including annexures will also be available on the Department of Energy website (www.energy.gov.za) from today (22nd November 2016).

2. Consultation Roadshows:

Roadshows in the major cities of Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth are planned to take place between 7th and 15th December 2016.

Additional provincial consultation roadshows will take place during the month of January 2017. Details to be communicated once logistics are in place.

Consultation will also take place with as many stakeholder bodies as possible, including Nedlac.

Exact dates and venues will be available on the Department website.

Consultations will be opened until February 2017.

Source: Government of South Africa

Gauteng Legislature engagements

As part of implementing the Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s (GPL) core mandates of Oversight and Scrutiny; Law Making; Public Participation; and Cooperative Governance, Portfolio and Standing Committees convene various activities to facilitate meaningful and objectives-driven engagement with relevant stakeholders.

The engagements vary based on specific objectives and priorities that are informed by each Committee’s Term Programme- ranging from Committee meetings; Public Hearings; Focus Intervention (FIS) unannounced oversight visits; Bill Hearings; Stakeholder Engagement Sessions; and Bua le Sechaba campaigns.

In an effort to ‘Take the Legislature to the People’, Portfolio Committees also schedule public meetings at the Legislature and in various communities around the Province � affording the people of Gauteng a platform to engage with the relevant departments on various service delivery issues.

Committees facilitate the engagement between Government and the people of Gauteng to ensure meaningful participation and ensure the public’s voice is heard and their needs met.

Source: Government of South Africa

Water and Sanitation hosts a drought intervention and management workshop

Workshop to discuss drought interventions in KZN

The Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal will host the Second Inter-Provincial Peer Learning Workshop for Drought Intervention and Management from 24 to 25 November 2016 at Public Works Conference Centre Mayville, Durban.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a platform for sharing and learning best practices on how the Province is responding to the drought situation. This includes the short and long term intervention measures that have been implemented in addressing the scourge of drought in an effort to undertake and improve water demand management.

KwaZulu-Natal was the first province to declare drought in affected areas and is seen to be the province which is at an advanced stage in terms of drought intervention and management. The Department will jointly host the workshop together with the provincial Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Source: Government of South Africa