Women's issues to the forefront

In her capacity as President of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s branch of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Speaker Sharna Fernandez has initiated various activities during 2017 to firmly place the issue of gender-based violence on the agenda of the institution. In September she hosted a Women’s Dialogue, attended by delegates from various NGOs and CBOs that focus on gender-based violence issues across the Western Cape.


Cape Town Opera to brief standing committee

The Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs and Sport will be briefed by Cape Town Opera on its programmes on 20 September. Cape Town Opera not only showcases international acts but also has an education and outreach component. The organisation will provide information on their flagship programme, Opera is My First Language, which focuses on addressing the lack of formal music education in rural and township Western Cape Schools.

Meeting details:

Date: 20 September 2017
Venue: Chamber, 6th Floor, 7 Wale Street
Time: 08:30 to 10:30

Public Accounts Committee media briefing

Members of the media are cordially invited to a media briefing session hosted by the Public Accounts Committee  taking place on Wednesday, 13 September. Topics to be covered in this briefing include:

• Report of the Auditor-General of South Africa on a performance audit of the use of consultants at selected departments of the Western Cape Provincial Government (January 2014); and
• The discussion on allegation of irregular expenditure at the Western Cape Liquor Authority regarding the refurbishment and furnishing of the Sunbel Building.

Have your say at public hearings on the Western Cape Housing Development Amendment Bill

The Standing Committee on Human Settlements invites stakeholders, interested persons and organisations to
attend public hearings and to make written submissions on the Western Cape Housing Development Amendment Bill [B 2–2017].


The purpose of the amendment bill is to provide for immovable assets to be acquired or disposed of for the purpose of housing development; to disestablish the Western Cape Housing Development Fund established by section 13 of the act; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.


Petitions Committee visits Citrusdal

The Petitions Committee is to conduct an oversight visit to the demolished Alaska Forever Tavern in Riverview, Citrusdal, on Friday, 28 July.

The Petitions Committee received a petition from the Citrusdal Community Police Forum in March 2015. With the local municipalities’ intervention and due process followed, the tavern structure was eventually demolished in June 2017. Members of the Petitions Committee will also meet with the petitioners, Citrusdal Community Police Forum, and Cederberg Municipality.