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					Report of the Portfolio Committee on Provincial and Local Government on
Budget Vote 29: Provincial and Local Government, dated 3 June 2008.

The Portfolio Committee on Provincial and Local Government, having considered
Budget Vote 29: Provincial and Local Government, report as follows:

A. INTRODUCTION

1.    The budget review of the Ministry and Department of Provincial and Local
      Government (dplg) was undertaken on 4 March 2008 and that of the
      statutory bodies accountable to the Portfolio Committee on 11 and 28
      March 2008, respectively.

2.    The budget briefings also served to acquaint the Portfolio Committee with
      the plans, programmes and projects of the Ministry and Department of
      Provincial and Local Government.

B. PARTICIPANTS IN THE BUDGET HEARINGS

1.    Those who appeared before the Committee included a delegation from the
      Department of Provincial and Local Government - Ms L Msengana-Ndlela,
      Mr E Africa, Mr M Peter, Mr N Jack, Mr M Rangata, Mr M Manyike, Mr P
      Matomela, Mr D Manyindo, Dr S Mngadi, Mr F Radebe, Mr V Rabothata,
      Mr y Patel, Ms F Makhubu, Mr C Malehase, Mr B Cele, Ms N Lester, Ms B
      Leon, Ms C Heimann, Mr O Nkoane, Mr L Williams, Ms M Kalako-
      Williams, Mr D Powel, Mr T Fosi, Mr H Toolo, Mr D Madurai, Mr N
      Mpungose, Ms T Mketi, Ms M Mabidilala, Mr A Snyman, Ms V Ndah, Ms S
      McNeil, Mr T Faba, Mr D Petersen, Ms H Engelbrecht, Ms S Nengwekhulu

2.    The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) was
      represented by Mr M Somyo, Mr X George, Ms S Molokoane-Machika, Ms
      J Meyer and Mr A Mpela. The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) was
      represented by Dr V Mlokoti, Mr H Monare and Mr N Ligege. The National
      House of Traditional Leaders was represented by Adv S Maifadi, Khosi F
      Kutama, Kgosi P Maubane, Mr M Linda, Mr M Mabusela, Mrs N Mgwebi,
      Nkosikazi N Mhlaul, Mr R Khandlhela, Mrs M Tsabalala, Mr G Moroka, Mr
      G Sitole, Mr L Mota, Hosi P Ngove and Inkosi J Nhlapho. The Local
      Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA) was
      represented by Mr S Maloka, Mr E Mnyakeng, Ms M Nkosi and Mr G
      Lobelo. The Commission for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of
      Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission) was
      represented by Dr M Guma, Mrs M Bethlehem, Ms P Madiba, Mr C Smuts
      and Mr R Maruma.



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C.    Department of Provincial and Local Government (DPLG)

      The Director-General addressed the Committee on the strategic overview
      of the programmes and Budget of the Department for 2008/09 – 2010/11.

      She mentioned that the discussions were informed by the State-of-the-
      Nation Address, the Parliamentary Media Briefing and lessons from the
      Local Government Strategic Agenda for 2006/2011. In her address she
      also touched on the following:

                  Infrastructure Investment and Service Delivery Targets
                  Capacity Building and Hands-On Support
                  Public Participation
                  Programmes on Women and the Youth
                  Provincial Government
                  Traditional Leadership and Traditional Communities
                  Provincial and Local Government Policy Review
                  Organisational Capability and Performance

      The Committee was informed that the department’s approach to provincial
      and local government was forward looking in character, result-orientated
      and sought to enable citizens to take part in the processes and determine
      their own development and ensure that government was accountable to
      the communities it served.

C.1   Governance, Policy and Research

      The Committee received an overview of the functional areas of the branch
      – with a breakdown of the outputs for 2007/08 with the achievements and
      progress to date. Priorities for 2008/09 included the following:

                  Produce a White Paper on the system of provincial and local
                   government
                  Implement the Inter-Governmental Relations Framework Act
                  Implement three support interventions on organic law on
                   decentralisation in DRC
                  Implement a government wide national programme of
                   support
                  Increase the number of municipalities with credible
                   Integrated Development Plans (IDPs)

      Figures for the branch were as follows:

      Adjusted Appropriation  (2007/08)   -         R 43, 303 000.00
      Medium Term Estimates (MTEF Baseline)
                              2008/09     -         R 44, 449 000.00
                              2009/10     -         R 48, 171 000.00
                              2010/11     -         R 53, 641 000.00




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      Some of the interventions requiring legislative involvement were the
      following:
                  Amendments to the Traditional Leadership and Governance
                   Act
                  Amendments to the National House of Traditional Leaders
                   Act
                  Submission of bi-annual Intergovernmental Report to
                   Parliament



C.2   Urban and Rural Development

      The purpose of this programme was to manage, co-ordinate, monitor and
      measure the effectiveness of the urban renewal programme and the
      integrated sustainable rural development programme across all spheres of
      government. The Committee was informed of the structure of the branch
      and the projects, progress and intended results of the branch in the last
      financial year. Figures for the branch were as follows:

      Adjusted Appropriation       (2007/08)            -      R 10, 682 000.00
      Medium Term Estimates (MTEF Baseline)
                                   2008/09              -      R 11, 577 000.00
                                   2009/10              -      R 12, 156 000.00
                                   2010/11              -      R 12, 885 000.00

C.3   Systems, Capacity Building and Project Consolidate

      The Department gave an overview of the purpose and structure of the
      branch, and the highlights and commitments. The Committee also
      received a breakdown of the listed priorities for the next financial year.
      Figures for the branch were as follows:

      Adjusted Appropriation       (2007/08)            -      R 95 123 000.00
      Medium Term Estimates (MTEF Baseline)
                                   2008/09              -      R 108, 399 000.00
                                   2009/10              -      R 110, 050 000.00
                                   2010/11              -      R 125, 668 000.00

C.4   Free Basic Services and Infrastructure

      The Committee received a branch perspective in the form of immediate,
      short-term, medium term and long-term priorities. Areas from the State-of-
      the-Nation Address also spoke to the following:

                   Speeding up community infrastructure delivery
                   War on poverty
                   Deepening local democracy




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      Figures for the branch were as follows:

      Adjusted Appropriation       (2007/08)           -      R 40, 402 000.00
      Medium Term Estimates (MTEF Baseline)
                                   2008/09             -      R 41, 430 000.00
                                   2009/10             -      R 46, 502 000.00
                                   2010/11             -      R 49, 292 000.00

C.5   Monitoring and Evaluation

      The Committee looked at the issues raised during the last engagement
      and received an overview of the projects and achievement in the last
      financial year. The Committee received a list of what was required to fulfill
      the modified commitments. Figures for the branch were as follows:

      Adjusted Appropriation       (2007/08)           -      R 15, 405, 438.00
      Medium Term Estimates (MTEF Baseline)
                                   2008/09             -      R 19, 353, 494.00
                                   2009/10             -      R 20, 321, 169.00
                                   2010/11             -      R 21, 540, 439.00

C.6   Disaster Management

      The purpose of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) was
      to:
               Promote the implementation of the Disaster Management Act
               Build and strengthen the capability and accountability of
                provinces and municipalities to implement their constitutional
                mandate
               support implementation capacity for disaster management in
                provincial and local government

      The Committee discussed the structure of the National Disaster
      Management Centre and reflected on the State-of-the-Nation Address.
      Interventions requiring legislative involvement were the following:
                   Review of the Fire Brigade Services Legislation
                   Disaster Management and Fire Brigade Services
                    Regulations
                   Review of the Funding Chapter of the National Disaster
                    Management Framework.

      Figures for the branch were as follows:

      Adjusted Appropriation       (2007/08)           -      R 95, 123 000.00
      Medium Term Estimates (MTEF Baseline)
                                   2008/09             -      R 108, 399 000.00
                                   2009/10             -      R 119, 050 000.00
                                   2010/11             -      R 125, 668 000.00




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D. SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SALGA)

The Committee received a broad overview of the SALGA Budget (2008/09 –
2010/11 MTEF Period). This included the challenges of the current funding model
and ways in which to address these challenges – and reasons why the challenges
of the current funding model should be addressed. In his summary of the Budget
2008/09, the Committee received a synopsis of the projected income and
expenditure by business unit.

The legislative background stipulated that an annual budget must include:
                      projections of revenue, expenditure and borrowing
                      asset and liability management
                      cash flow projections
                      capital expenditure programmes
                      dividend policies

The Committee received a breakdown of the revenue and expenditure
distribution and revenue and expenditure analysis. The Committee was given an
explanation of SALGA’s projected financial performance and position, solvency
and liquidity, application of funds and outstanding membership levies.


E. MUNICIPAL DEMARCATION BOARD (MDB)

The Committee received an overview of the membership and structure of the
Board since 1994 mentioning that the Board had approved a proposal to review
the structure. Time was spent on some of the points raised at the last briefing
with the Committee in October 2007. The Board gave a comprehensive
breakdown of the expenditure figures. Much time was spent explaining to the
Committee the outputs and developments for 2007/08 in respect of the following:
                      Determination and Re-Determination of Municipal
                        Boundaries
                      Progress with Re-Determinations Cases in All Provinces
The Committee was briefed on the assessment of municipal capacity and the
review of District Management Areas (DMAs) – with time frames. The Board
would continue with its work in respect of Service Delivery Boundaries in
conjunction with the Department of Justice and the SAPS. The Board would
continue to:
                      Enhance quality engagements and improve the working
                        relationship with relevant stakeholders.
                      Enhance and promote good governance
                      Enhance and improve organisational capacity and
                        capability




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The Board also touched on the developments going forward in respect of the
election timetable. He concluded with the Board’s strategic direction – medium
term strategy for 2008/09 – 2011/12. Figures for the Budget Programmes were
as follows:

      2008/09
       Medium Term Expenditure Estimates = R 25, 419, 000
       MTEF Allocation                   = R 25, 419, 000

      2009/10
       Medium Term Expenditure Estimates = R 53, 812, 322
       MTEF Allocation                   = R 34, 801, 000

      2010/11
       Medium Term Expenditure Estimates = R 38, 147, 578
       MTEF Allocation                   = R 37, 563, 000


F. LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECTOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
AUTHORITY (LG-SETA)

The Committee received a broad outline of the Sector Skills Planning and the
Comparative Workplace Skills Plan. The Committee received a comprehensive
breakdown of the various projects with the budget and expenditure per project.
Mention was made of progress in respect of the Learnerships as follows:
      -     career pathing and professional progression
      -     progress on implementation of learnerships
      -     apprenticeships and artisan learnerships

The Committee received an overview of the Education Training Quality Assurance
(ETQA) and the milestones which included:
      -     Quality promotion and provider development
      -     Provider development support for the Traditional Leadership
            Development Programme
      -     Standards generation
      -     Accredited and programme approved providers

The Committee received a breakdown of the number of accredited training
providers, registered assessors and moderators per province. He also touched on
the issue of the LG: SETA Finances and Information Technology and gave
statistics on the Skills Development Levy Income and Expenditure and the
Discretionary Grant Income and Expenditure.


G. NATIONAL HOUSE OF TRADITIONAL LEADERS (NHTL)

The NHTL listed the various Committees within the House and their respective
programmes. The NHTL also established a “Think Tank” composed of various
institution heads to assist the House on constitutional, cultural, social and
legislative matters. The “Think Tank” will be addressing the policy Lekgotla of the

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Houses in April 2008. The NHTL also made comments on a range of legislation
including the following:
                       The Children’s Act
                       Human Science Research Council Bill
                       Traditional Health Practitioners Bill
                       Traditional Courts Bill
The NHTL has also been active in the field of crime prevention. There were
various stakeholder partnerships in respect of Moral Regeneration, Languages,
Presidential National Commission on Communication Technology and
Information, SANAC, Health Policy Initiatives and Poverty Alleviation.

On Indigenous Knowledge, the NHTL mentioned the inputs made on the
Traditional Health Practitioners Bill to influence that the knowledge of traditional
doctors should be preserved. The Committee was given detailed information on
the Skills Development Programme, NPA Training on Domestic Violence and
Staff Development. The NHTL also undertook some international visits to Ghana
and Zambia.

Some of the important ongoing programmes and priorities included:
                    That the NHTL increase their programmes after
                       engagement with the President in April
                    The NHTL met with DPLG on how different branches in
                       DPLG could work with the House
                    The NHTL would approach the Committee to participate
                       in the outreach programmes
                    The NHTL would require R 20 million to deliver on the
                       work of the Institution of Traditional Leadership

H. COMMISSION FOR THE PROMOTION AND THE PROTECTION OF THE
RIGHTS OF CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS AND LINGUISTIC COMMUNITIES (CRL
COMMISSION)

The Committee received an overview of the various programmes the Commission
was involved in. These included:
      -      Boys Initiation Hearings
      -      Virginity Testing
      -      Teenage Pregnancy
      -      Animal Sacrifices in Rituals
      -      Promotion and Protection of African Language and Mother Tongues

The Committee was briefed on the recognition of community councils, the
vacancy rate and high staff turnover and the assessment of Chapter Nine
Institutions. The Committee also received a breakdown of the SCOPA
Recommendations for 2005/06 vs. 2006/07. Some of the CRL Commission
highlights for 2007/08 included the following:

       -      Research and Policy Development Charters
       -      Public Education and Advocacy
       -      Community Engagement in preparation for the National
              Consultative Conference (NCC)

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I. CONCLUSION

1.     The Committee believed that submissions are in part a response to
       past resolutions and mandates.
2.     The Committee further records some of its concerns and directives
       recorded in its Portfolio Committee Report in 2007, as adopted by
       Parliament and, directs the Department and institutions that appeared
       before it to implement the decisions of the Committee that are still
       outstanding.
3.     The Committee furthermore commits itself to strengthening its
       oversight role through visits to Municipalities.
4.     The Committee thanks parties concerned for the progress made so far.




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