MPs embark on oversight visits

Monday, February 1, 2010

Pretoria - A number of Parliament's Committees will this week undertake oversight visits to provinces to assess various projects and programmes.

Starting on Monday, the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements will visit housing projects in Knysna, George, Beaufort West, Laingsburg, De Doorns, Paarl and Cape Town. The visits are aimed at assessing progress in the implementation of government's programme on human settlements.

The Portfolio Committee on Correctional Services will visit two Correctional Centres in Northern Cape and Free State as part of monitoring adherence to procurement policies, and to assess whether the current Public Private Partnership Correctional Centres contribute to the objectives of the Department of Correctional Services.

The Portfolio Committees on Public Works, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will also spend a few days visiting different projects and programmes in the Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal.

The Portfolio Committee on Public Works will visit three Eastern Cape district municipalities - Alfred Nzo, Amathole and OR Tambo to, among others, assess progress in the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Finally, the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will visit Eastern Cape's Ncera Farms Training Centre, Qamata Irrigation Scheme and Queenstown's Sirwood Agricultural Project. The Committee will then proceed to KwaZulu-Natal to visit agricultural projects that include Ulundi Project, Empangeni's Phezukomkhono and Sikhululekile Agricultural Co-operative.

The purpose of the visit also includes examining the assistance by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to the projects.

The visits by the various Portfolio Committees are in line the institution's decision to have committees spending more of their time on oversight during the fourth Parliament.