Parliament, Friday, 23 September 2022 – The joint meeting between the Portfolio Committees on Water and Sanitation, on Human Settlements, and on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs resolved to urgently apply to the House Chairperson responsible for committees to visit Vhembe District to assess the implementation of agreements between various departments and the villagers who were moved for the construction of the Nandoni dam.

The committees received a petition from villagers complaining about the non-implementation of promises, including; compensation for moving, building houses, installation of water pipes and taps in residential sites, replacement of domestic animal enclosures, provision of infrastructure, relocation of graves, and mitigation of negative social and cultural impact. While the department reported that substantial work had been done to implement these promises, the committees felt it necessary to visit and assess the level of this implementation.

Section 56 (d) and 69 (d) of the Constitution, read with the Rules of the National Assembly, provides for the NA to receive petitions, representations, or submissions from any interested persons or institutions. Public participation in law-making, oversight, and other processes of Parliament is an important constitutional provision of our democracy. One way the public can exercise their right to participate in Parliament is by submitting a petition.

The committees resolved that in responding to the petition, it would be sensible to urgently visit the area and interact with all related stakeholders in order to finalise this matter. The committees will, following the application process, communicate the dates when they will undertake this visit.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON WATER AND SANITATION, MR ROBERT MASHEGO. 

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