The NCOP was established to represent the interest of the province and to provide a national forum for public consideration of issues affecting the province. The functioning of the NCOP is inextricably intertwined with the operations of the National Assembly, provincial legislature and SALGA on matters affecting province and local government. The aim of this biannual programme, launched by the NCOP in 2002, is to conduct oversight and public hearings in the most under served and rural areas of various provinces. The theme for this year is: “Celebrating 20 Years of the Constitution and the NCOP - Deepening Parliamentary Oversight for quality services to our people.”
Section 72 of the Constitution enjoins the National Council of Province (NCOP) to facilitate public involvement in the legislature and other processes. It further requires the NCOP to conduct its business in an open manner and hold its sittings and those of its committees in public. Section 66 of the Constitution authorizes the NCOP to require a Cabinet member or Deputy Minister or an official in the national or provincial executive to attend its meetings or those of its committees. The programme Taking Parliament to the People is in pursuance of this mandate.
During the week long programme, NCOP delegates will visit hospitals and clinics in Mangaung and surrounding municipalities to give an opportunity to residents to engage face-to-face with their elected public representatives on service delivery relating to issues that affects them.Click here to view NCOP Programme