President to brief NCOP on land reform, SOEs, youth opportunities

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa will return to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) this afternoon for oral replies, the Presidency said.  

Holding the regular question and answer plenary sittings with the President and other members of the Executive is one of the ways in which Parliament exercises oversight over executive action.

Among the issues, President Ramaphosa will address is the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative.

Launched in March, the initiative between business, government, labour and civil society will see businesses creating one-year paid positions for youth aged between 18 and 35 with a minimum paid stipend of R3 500 a month.

President Ramaphosa will also brief the NCOP members on progress in the process of conducting lifestyle audits on senior public officials as part of government’s commitment to fighting corruption.

Lifestyle audits is a commitment that President Ramaphosa made during the 2018 State of the Nation Address.

The President will also address matters relating to the governance of state-owned enterprises and their developmental role in helping to grow the economy. 

He will also address loan conditions attached to Eskom and Transnet from the Chinese Development Bank, the Presidency said.

Furthermore, he will also provide an update on the land reform programme and government’s position on US President Donald Trump’s recent remarks on land redistribution and the implications of the remarks to the diplomatic relations between South Africa and the United States.

“President Ramaphosa had consistently indicated that the process of land reform would be undertaken within the confines of the Constitution and in a way that grew the economy‚ ensured food security‚ and increased agricultural production.”

After the oral replies, the President will join Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise in launching Theme Books published to celebrate the constitution and the centenary birthdays of Madiba and MaSisulu.

The books contain contributions and perspectives from a wide range of current and past Members of Parliament and other South Africans who reflect, among others, on the character of the democratic state, structure of government, relationship between spheres of government, the judicial system in the new democratic dispensation and specialised structures of government.

Deputy President to answer questions

Meanwhile, Deputy President David Mabuza will be in Parliament in the National Assembly on Wednesday to also answer questions for oral reply.

The six questions to the Deputy President on Wednesday cover government mechanisms to ensure provincial government strengthens financial controls and implement sound financial management to stem the tide of irregular and unauthorised expenditure.

He is also expected to provide details on how government intends dealing with the scourge of abuse against women and children; government’s anti-poverty programmes; international and national measures to be put in place to ensure long-lasting peace in South Sudan. –