Parliament has called for written submissions on the Children's Amendment Bill [B18-2020]
On 31 August 2020, the Minister of Social Development tabled the Children's Amendment Bill [B18-2020] in Parliament. You can find copies of the bill and monitor its progress on this webpage.
The Bill was then referred to the Portfolio Committee on Social Development which will discuss the amendments and decide whether to pass them as they are or to recommend alternative amendments. The committee's decisions will be affected by the input that they receive from the public via written and oral submissions. You can therefore influence the final outcome by making a written and/or oral submission.
The Portfolio Committee's advert for submissions is pasted below:
'The Portfolio Committee on Social Development invites you to submit written comments on the Children's Amendment Bill [B18 – 2020]. Comments must be sent to Ms Lindiwe Ntsabo at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Friday, 27 November 2020.
In addition to making a written submission, you can indicate your interest in making a verbal presentation in your covering letter/email.'
Public hearings are provisionally scheduled to take place in February and March 2021.
The public hearings will be in Cape Town at Parliament or virtually on a zoom platform. When sending in your written submission, remember to indicate whether you want to make a verbal presentation. The committee secretary will get back to you in early 2021 with a reply on whether you have been allocated a slot.
When the public hearings are held, each presenter will be given between 10 to 15 minutes to present. The Chairperson is very strict with time therefore ensure you keep to your time limit and focus on your most important areas of support or opposition. After a batch of presentations, the members of parliament will ask questions and presenters will have an opportunity to reply.
Commentary on the Children's Amendment Bill to assist you in drafting your submission
We have prepared commentary on the proposed amendments in the bill and have started to lobby for changes.
Please contact us if you would like to support us or make a submission. Our position paper appears below:
NACSA position paper