KZN Legislature held its annual Workers Parliament under the theme “Defend and Advance Collective Bargaining in Honour of 50 Years for Worker Recognition”

KZN LEGISLATURE held its annual Workers Parliament under the theme “Defend and Advance Collective Bargaining in Honour of 50 Years for Worker Recognition”

 

On 19 May 2023, Workers from the three major union federations in the province which is Cosatu, Fedusa and Nactu, gathered at the Cecil Emmet Hall in Vryheid under Abaqulusi Municipality for their annual Workers Parliament where they deliberated on issues affecting workers as a sector. The issues that dominated the deliberations included the following:

  • Labour Migration Policy, Compliance and Resource on National Minimum Wage Implementation and Challenges facing Unemployment Insurance Fund.
  • Exploitation of EPWP workers in relation to the minimum wage.
  • Challenges facing the Council for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)
  • Transnet Privatisation, road congestion post April floods and plans to overcome these challenges.

Workers Parliament is one of the Legislature’s public participation programmes which enables the Legislature to involve various stakeholders in its law-making and oversight processes. It gives various sectors a platform to raise issues that affect them as citizens of the province.

Workers adopted a set of resolutions that will be submitted to the Office of the Speaker for referral to relevant committees of the Legislature for consideration. After consideration by Legislature committees, the resolutions will be referred to the Executive for processing and implementation. Provincial departments are required to provide regular reports to committees on progress regarding the implementation of resolutions adopted by the Workers Parliament.

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KZN Legislature Passes Division of Revenue Bill

02 May 2023

Statement

KZN Legislature Passes Division of Revenue Bill

This morning, KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Speaker Honourable Nontembeko Boyce presided over a Special Sitting of the legislature to pass the Division of Revenue Bill.

The Bill, which provides equitable division of revenue raised nationally among the national, provincial and local spheres of government was unanimously passed by the House.

The Bill has been sent to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) as our Provincial Mandate for voting.

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Issued by KZN Legislature Communications Unit

For more information please contact Sina Nxumalo at 0829060449

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Kwa-Zulu-Natal Legislature to vote on the KwaZulu-Natal Appropriation Bill 2023/2024

20 April 2023

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KWAZULU-NATAL LEGISLATURE TO VOTE ON THE KWAZULU-NATAL APPROPRIATION BILL 2023/2024

In performing its law-making function, the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature considers and passes the provincial budget to allow the Provincial Government to deliver services to the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

From the 18th to the 21st April 2023, all provincial departments have presented their Budget Votes to the Legislature where the Premier and Members of the Executive Council (MECs) outlined their departmental programmes that are designed to accelerate service delivery in the province.

The Legislature will consider and vote on the KwaZulu-Natal Appropriation Bill, 2023 on the afternoon of 21st April 2023 in the Chamber. The KwaZulu-Natal Appropriation Bill provides for the appropriation of money from the Provincial Revenue Fund for the requirements of the Province in the 2023/2024 financial year ending on 31 March 2024.

In performing its oversight function, the Legislature will closely monitor the spending of the Provincial Budget by departments to ensure the implementation of government programmes to bring about service delivery to communities. Legislature Committees will perform their oversight responsibilities over departments to ensure proper spending of departmental budgets and implementation of programmes to deliver services and development.

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Communications Unit: KZN Legislature
For more information:

Sina Nxumalo, 0829060449

Wonder Hlongwa, 0829083532

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Annual Interfaith Symposium held in Alfred Duma Municipality

Annual Interfaith Symposium held in Alfred Duma Municipality

 The KZN Legislature convened people of various faiths in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in their annual Interfaith Symposium which took place in Alfred Duma Municipality under the theme, “Developing Boys to be Leaders in the Fight Against Gender Based Violence for the Restoration of Women’s Dignity”. 

The Interfaith Symposium is a platform for the Interfaith Sector to deliberate on issues of social ills facing society and to provide the Legislature and Executive with inputs on how they can address other societal challenges in their law-making, oversight and executive functions respectively.

The Interfaith Sector has committed themselves to the ideals of peace, restoration of moral values, fight against all forms of social ills including gender-based violence, and a search for a society that respects and acknowledges the values of Ubuntu.

The symposium, which met on the 12th April 2023, adopted a set of resolutions that will be forwarded to the Legislature for consideration and further processing by its committees. After consideration by relevant committees, the resolutions will be tabled in the House for adoption and referred to the Executive for implementation.

Committees will perform their oversight responsibility on the implementation of resolutions in their monthly committee meetings. The Executive is required to present a comprehensive report on the implementation of the resolutions adopted by this year’s symposium at the next sitting of the Interfaith Symposium.

Some of the resolutions that will be adopted by the Legislature will find expression in the law-making processes of the Legislature.

 

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KZN Legislature Successfully Hosts 84th Executive Committee Meeting Of The CPA’s Africa Region

KZN LEGISLATURE SUCCESSFULLY HOSTS 84TH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE CPA’S AFRICA REGION

KwaZulu-Natal Legislature has successfully hosted the 84th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Africa Region Executive Committee meeting from the 3rd to the 6th of April in Durban this year.

 The Africa Region of the (CPA) comprises of the 63 national and subnational Legislatures and is governed by Co-ordinating Committee and the Executive Committee which are made up of all representatives from across the region.

The meeting was attended and addressed by Deputy Speaker of the South African Parliament Honourable Lechesa Tsenoli and Speaker of the KZN Legislature Honourable Nontembeko Boyce. Delegates showered Honourable Boyce with praises for the sterling work she did hosting the executive committee.

Members of the Executive Committee attending the meeting came from various countries throughout the continent.

The region’s President Hon A. Bundu comes from Sierra Leone; Chairperson Hon C.G Hara from Malawi, Vice Chairperson Hon. L. Sinimbo from Namibia, Treasurer Hon. N. Mekgwe from Gauteng, Vice Treasurer Hon. T. Mangwegape – Healy from Botswana, Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Chairperson Hon. Dr. Z. Gimba from Nigeria, CPA Africa Region Secretary is Ms. N. Mwihambi, ndc from Tanzania.

 

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CPA Africa Media Advisory and Programme

01 April 2023

Media Advisory

KwaZulu-Natal Legislature will be hosting the 84th Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s (CPA) Africa Region from the 3rd to the 6th of April in Durban this year.

The Africa Region of the (CPA) comprises of the 63 national and subnational Legislatures and is governed by Co-ordinating Committee and the Executive Committee which are made up of all representatives from across the region.

Members of the Executive Committee attending this meeting come from various countries throughout the continent.

Our President Hon A. Bundu comes from Sierra Leone; Chairperson Hon C.G Hara from Malawi, Vice Chairperson Hon. L. Sinimbo from Namibia, Treasurer Hon. N. Mekgwe from Gauteng, Vice Treasurer Hon. T. Mangwegape – Healy from Botswana, Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Chairperson Hon. Dr. Z. Gimba from Nigeria, CPA Africa Region Secretary is Ms. N. Mwihambi, ndc from Tanzani

The mission of the CPA Africa region is:  “To promote and protect the interests and perspectives of CPA Africa Regional Parliaments and countries, into the Commonwealth and beyond, and to promote gender equality, emancipation of women, and respect for human rights, freedoms, democracy and good governance.”

 

Details of the meeting are as follows:

Date: 3-6 April 2023

Time: 9am to 4pm

Venue: Garden Court, Marine Parade (Durban)

For more information please contact Sina Nxumalo at 0829060449 or Nomusa Phungula at 0718510085

CPA AFRICA MEDIA ADVISORY AND PROGRAMME  

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Quality Of Life Standing Committee Visits Special Schools In Zululand District

QUALITY OF LIFE STANDING COMMITTEE VISITS SPECIAL SCHOOLS IN ZULULAND DISTRICT

The chairperson of Quality of Life Standing Committee in the Legislature and a multiparty delegation of Members of Parliament visited special schools in  Zululand District with the intention of assessing the conditions and wellness of disabled pupils where they live. Members were also there to ascertain the role of relevant departments (Health, Social Development and Education) which they play in supporting the needs of disabled learners as per their legislative mandates.

All relevant departments were summoned to account as per the roles they play and support they give to ensure that teaching and learning takes place in a condusive environment, and that resources and equipments needed by learners with special needs are provided for, as this would allow learners with special needs to exercise their constitutional rights of equal access to education. The chairperson applauded the initiative by government to install water boreholes in remote rural schools, especially in Districts that are experiencing water shortages. “Though there is still so much to be done but you are on the right track, keep up the good work” said Phumzile Mbatha-Cele chairperson of Quality of Life Standing Committee.

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KZN Legislature’s COGTA Portfolio Committee To Undertake A Study Visit To Japan

07 March 2023

Media Release

For immediate release

KZN LEGISLATURE’S COGTA PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE TO UNDERTAKE A STUDY VISIT TO JAPAN

KwaZulu-Natal Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs will undertake a study visit to Japan from the 27th May to the 4th June 2023 as part of the Legislature’s Members’ Capacity Building Programme.

Today, the Legislature Speaker, Hon Nontembeko Boyce and COGTA Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Hon. Zinhle Cele met with the Japanese Embassy led by Ambassador Tasuku Takanishi to discuss the preparations and programme for the visit.

Amongst the issues discussed with the Embassy which forms part of the study visit include the following:

  • Disaster management
  • Water and sanitation
  • Meeting with the City Council of Yokohama City
  • Visit to the Coal Plant using coal imported from South Africa
  • Waste management
  • Meeting with Political counterparts and Speaker of Japanese Parliament
  • Visit to NISSAN Headquarters

On returning from the study, the committee will compile a report which will be submitted to the Speaker, and tabled in the House for debate and adoption.

During this 6th term of the Legislature, most committees have visited various countries throughout the world to learn best practices to improve our law-making and oversight functions.

 

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 For more information, please contact.

Hon. Zinhle Cele, Chairperson of COGTA Portfolio Committee

Cell: 060 501 7783

 

Issued by Communications Unit: KZN Legislature

Sina Nxumalo: 0829060449

 

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KZN Legislature Public Works Portfolio Committee Calls For The Eviction Of “hitmen” Occupying Legislature Housing Units In Ulundi.

21 February 2023

Media Statement

KZN LEGISLATURE PUBLIC WORKS PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE CALLS FOR THE EVICTION OF “HITMEN” OCCUPYING LEGISLATURE HOUSING UNITS IN ULUNDI.

Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature’s Public Works Portfolio Committee have called for the eviction of alleged hitmen who have taken over housing units and government flats at the old legislature complex in Ulundi, north of KwaZulu-Natal.

Portfolio Committee members heard how apartments that were built to house government employees and some houses built for the provincial government ministers have been hijacked by armed hitmen who are refusing to vacate the properties.

Provincial Public Works Department Head Mr Siboniso Majola told the committee which met at the KZN Legislature Complex today how he was intimidated by one of the alleged hitmen.

“I went to the old legislature complex in Ulundi to talk to some of the illegal occupants that they needed to vacate the flats. One of the illegal occupants pulled out two firearms, placed them on the table and said ‘yes Mr Majola, we can talk now’. I was terrified”, said Majola.

The Chairperson of the Provincial Public Works Portfolio Committee Honourable Makhosazane Zungu condemned the conduct of the alleged hitmen.

The committee resolved to formally request the South African Police Services and the department to work together to evict illegal occupiers. Zungu said the committee would give the SAPS and the department six months to ensure that illegal occupiers of the buildings are removed.

Committee member Honourable Sthembiso Mshengu said he was shocked at the derelict state of provincial government flats and some ministerial houses in Ulundi adding that the complex is so neglected that it is still emblazoned with the coat-of-arms of the old KwaZulu Homeland government.

Committee member Honourable Hlengiwe Mavimbela, who is also Chairperson of Committees commended the adoption of the resolution saying the committee cannot keep quiet as if it condoned the illegal occupation of government property.

The committee also heard that the departments which have been owing the Public Works Department hundreds of millions of rands have begun to settle their debts. Majola said this was in response to a directive issued at the provincial cabinet lekgotla that departments must pay before the end of the current financial year.

Committee member Honourable James Nxumalo commended those departments who have paid saying it was unacceptable that others were not quick to settle their debts in order for the department to be able to carry-out its responsibilities.

Committee member Honourable Vusi Dube said even those who were legally occupying the flats must pay so that the conditions of the complex could be improved.

The old legislature complex in Ulundi houses a number of government departments and the house of traditional leaders. Some residential flats are legally occupied by some of these officials.

 

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Issued by KZN Legislature Public Works Portfolio Committee Chairperson Hon Makhosazane Zungu, contact details 0839894400

OR Committee Media Officer Mr Wonder Hlongwa at 0829083532

Mr Siboniso Majozi, KwaZulu-Natal’s Head of the Department of Public Works

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