Question NW7 to the Minister of Transport

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20 March 2019 - NW7

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Alberts, Adv A to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the particular reasons why the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) has made a donation to a certain organisation (name furnished); (2) what are the full details of the statutory and general legal basis on which he relied to justify the specified donation; (3) whether Acsa has previously made any donations to the specified organisation; if so; what are the full relevant details; (4) whether (a) the nature of the relationship between Acsa and the organisation is formal or informal and (b) any (i) directors and/or (ii) employees of Acsa have any ties with the organisation

Reply:

1. Due considerations of this sponsorship were based on the following:

(i) Sponsorship objectives: The sponsorship was within the approved scope when considering sponsorships, and it is within the mandate and Delegated Level of Authority (DL of the CEO (section 7.7.3.2 of the DLA Procedure Manual).

(ii) Transformation imperatives: Given the strategic initiative of Airports Company South Africa’s transformation objectives, the 7 sector strategies that will guide implementation have to date been completed namely IT, construction, advertising, property, car rental, retail, and ground handling). ACSA collobared with the BBC (Built Environment) provided assistance in the main with the construction sector strategy.

(2)(i) The sponsorship was within the approved scope when considering sponsorships, and it is within the mandate and Delegated Level of Authority (DLA) of the CEO (section 7.7.3.2 of the DLA Procedure Manual).

(ii) Furthermore, the Auditor General conducted an audit on this specific sponsorship donation and process followed for the audit of FY2017/2018. There was no finding on the process and governance followed, however, it was found that ACSA was not to have paid VAT for the sponsorship. This has since been recitified in the process manual of sponsorships/donations.

(3) There were no previous sponsorships/donations to the BBC.

(4)(a) There were discussions tabled to formalize an MOU between the two organizations, given the strength of ACSA’s strategic focus of transformation, however, this has not been finalized to guide the collaboration going forward, therefore the relationship is informal.

(b)(i)(ii) None of ACSA employees and directors have ties with the organisation.

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