Official Opening of the Second Session of the Fifth Parliament

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.

Programme highlights:

Standing Committee engages with Minister

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.

WCPP focus on annual reports

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.

Public hearings on the impact of the new immigration regulations

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.

Public meeting on service delivery in Malmesbury

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
Time: 17:30

New Speaker and Deputy Speaker for Western Cape Provincial Parliament

At the first sitting of the Fifth Parliament of the Western Cape that took place on 21 May, the new Speaker and Deputy Speaker were elected. Members voted for their candidate by means of  a secret ballot.
John Hlope, Judge President of the Western Cape High Court, presided over the election of the Speaker. The Democratic Alliance (DA) nominated Sharna Fernandez as candidate and the African National Congress nominated Maurencia Gillion. Following the election, Hlope announced Sharna Fernandez as the duly election Speaker.