Posted on October 02, 2017 at 12:00 AM
MEDIA INVITATION, 02 – 06 October 2017
SITTING ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMITTEEE UPDATE
PORTFOLIO COMMITEES OF THE FREE STATE LEGISLATURE MANDATE: Portfolio committees of the Free State Legislature are mainly responsible for conducting practical oversight on the “work” done by Members of the Executive Council. This oversight function is confirming the Constitution, specifically that Members of the Executive Council are individually and collectively accountable to the Legislature.
The Portfolio Committees advises the Whip Committee when it has concluded its consideration of a bill and will then table its report in the Legislature. The Committee’s report may include proposed amendments to bill. Keys issue that the Committees to the Legislature is expected to cover in the programme.
Sitting of the Free State Legislature is scheduled and will convene as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 04 October 2017
Venue: Chamber of the Fourth Raadsaal, BLOEMFONTEIN
(i) Committee reports
(ii) Tabling of Report of the Public Service Commission on the Report to the National Assembly in terms of section 196(4)(e) of the Constitution, read with section 196(6) for 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.
(iii) Tabling of Annual reports and Audited financial reports of the Free State Legislature, Provincial government departments and provincial entities for 2016/17 financial year
Schedule of Committee meetings for the week of 02 – 06 October 2017 is as follows:
1. Thursday, 05 October 2017
1.1. Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts and Finance
Venue: Committee Room 2, 6th Floor, Southern Life Plaza, Bloemfontein
(i) Meeting with Department of Agriculture and Rural Development regarding the annual report for 2015/16 financial year
(ii) Briefing by Office of the Auditor-General on the audit outcomes of various Departments and public entities for the financial year ended 31 March 2017
(iii) Finalisation of questions for various departments and public entities,
(iv) Finalisation of programme for consideration of the audited financial statements of various departments and public entities
For Further Enquiries:
Issued by the Free State Legislature Communication Services.
FREE STATE LEGISLATURE APPOINTS THE NEW SECRETARY
Monday, 02 October 2017- The Speaker of the Free State Legislature, Hon. Mamiki Qabathe announced Mr. Thabo Mofokeng as the newly appointed Secretary to the Free State Legislature. During the staff meeting held at the Raadsaal, the Speaker revealed the decision by the Rules and Orders Committee to appoint Mr. Mofokeng to the position that has been vacant since March 2017. The position was previously occupied by Advocate Thabo Mokoena who was since appointed as Director General at the Department of Minerals and Energy.
Mr. Mofokeng is a PhD candidate at the Da Vinci Institute focusing on Management of Technology, Innovation, People and Systems. The new Secretary to the Legislature joined the Free State Legislature in 1995 as Hansard Reporter and grew within the ranks patiently. At the time of his appointment, he was the Acting Secretary and served within the South African Legislative Sector as a Member of the National Executive Committee and Secretary General of the South African Legislatures Secretaries Association (SALSA).
During the brief announcement ceremony, the Speaker described Mr. Mofokeng as “a humble individual who is always ready to serve”, and wished him well in the new responsibility. “Although the task at hand will not be easy, you need to understand our robust engagements and challenges are all in the interest of building and strengthening the institution”, Hon. Qabathe said.
In his acceptance speech Mr. Mofokeng said, “I am humbled by the trust bestowed upon me by the leadership of the Free State Legislature to occupy the position of the Secretary to the Free State Legislature”.
The Free State Legislature, its leadership and staff send heartfelt messages of gratitude to Mr. Mofokeng and wish him all the best in the new obligation.
For Enquiries Contact:
Life Mokone (Mr.)
Spokesperson and Head of Communication
Tel: 051 407 1100
Cell: 076 231 6810
Posted on September 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM
The Speaker to the Free State Legisalture- Hon. MG Qabathe in collaboration with Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will be embarking on a Youth Election Democracy Program. The event is scheduled for the 20th-22nd September 2017, in Metsimaholo Local Municipality, Sasolburg.
The Program is aimed at continuous engagement with the Youth in entrenching democratic values and ethos, while maintaining the strategic partnership and collaboration with youth organisations, the IEC and Provincial Government. The theme of the programme is “Youth Responsibility to Defend Democratic Value”.
Posted on September 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM
The Free State Legislature responds to allegations of 120million misspent on the new Legislature Building Complex
Bloemfontein, 11 September 2017 – the Free State Legislature notes the media reports regarding the "120 million misspent" on the new Legislature Building Complex. The Free State Legislature resolved in 2010, that the Free State Provincial Government initiates the process of building a new legislature complex at Ramkraal site in Bloemfontein. The proposed building when complete will produce the total development footprint at 15,283 square metre. The total project costs were initially estimated at R841million. The Department of Public Works proceeded with the appointment of contractors and was responsible for the appointment of all procurement processes including the appointment of contractors as well as other services relating to the project. At the initiation stage of the project, it was agreed that the Free State Legislature will act as the payment agent, the arrangement that lasted until September 2012 and was shifted back to the Department of Public Works. At the time, all relevant records were transferred to the Department of Public Works.
The Free State Legislature responds to allegations of "120 million misspent" on the new Legislature Building Complex.
The report received from the Provincial Treasury is that Office of the Auditor General has initiated a process for a further review and to link the payments made by the Department of Public Works to the Free State Legislature during the 2010/11 financial year and across the four-year financial period. Additional to that, the Rules and Orders Committee of the Free State Legislature has established a Joint Committee comprising of the Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts and Infrastructure Development to summon various individuals and institutions to appear before the committee to respond to various questions regarding the project.
We are of the view that, at this stage it is premature for anybody to venture into unfounded conclusions of the financial misspent on the project. Any further communication from anybody other than the AGSA and the Joint Committee regarding the unproven amounts “misspent” on the project remains mere speculation. We advise all our people to give these two processes led by the AGSA and Joint Committee an opportunity to deal with the matter thoroughly and at the right time, communication regarding the project and its future will be correctly made public.