SOUTH AFRICA MPS RETURN TO WORK AFTER MONTH-LONG CONSTITUENCY LEAVE

CAPE TOWN, Members of the South African Parliament return to work on Tuesday after a month-long constituency leave and are expected to get straight to work perusing the strategic, performance and budget plans for the various government departments for the current fiscal year in preparation for budget votes presentations this month.

It is going to be a busy week ahead with the various parliamentary committees holding close to 60 meetings between them.

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the upper house of Parliament, will hold a debate Tuesday on the significance of May Day which was observed on Monday.

On Wednesday, the Select Committee on Appropriations of the NCOP will consider negotiating mandates on the Division of Revenue Bill. The Bill allows for the equitable share of revenue raised nationally among the national, provincial and local spheres of government.

Also on Wednesday, the Parliamentary Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs will be briefed by the Department of Co-operation Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Constitutional Court ruling on the Municipal Systems Amendment Act, confirming its invalidity.

On the same day, the Parliamentary Committees on Finance and on Trade and Industry will hold public hearings on transformation of the financial sector.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK