Questions and Replies

10 November 2017 - NW3383

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to make representations to the National Prosecuting Authority relating to the 783 counts of fraud, corruption and racketeering against him before the deadline of 30 November 2017; if so, (a) by which date and (b) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

This matter is currently before the National Prosecuting Authority and I am taking legal advice.

10 November 2017 - NW3556

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the provincial regulating entities and the applications for licenses, (a) what (i) are the reasons for delays in these applications, (ii) is being done to get up-to-date on applications and (iii) is the average turn-around time in processing applications, (b) how is this average turn-around time calculated, (c) what is being done to reduce turn-around times in future and (d) what mechanisms, processes and procedures have been put in place in this regard?

Reply:

a) (i) Slowness of the system, National Land Transport Information System (NLTIS), used to process applications for operating licences and failure by operators to submit required or additional information for upliftment of licences.

(ii) In the short term, officials work overtime to process as many applications as possible. The medium term solution is to redesign the NLTIS.

(iii) Approximately 90 days for the processing of applications. However, the turnaround time differs in each Province, subject to capacity constraints in each Provincial Regulatory Entity (PRE).

b) Calculated using the first-come-first-processed scheduler. Complete application will take a minimum of 5 days at phase 1: helpdesk, 35 days at registration and publication phase, 10 days for board preparations and adjudication and 10 days for board minutes and upliftment of operating licences.

c) PREs have developed standard procedure manuals. The PRE committee has delegated the over the counter transactions to officials to reduce the turnaround time.

d) The Department is in a process of redesigning the system (NLTIS).

10 November 2017 - NW3558

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Jongbloed, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the incomplete train stations in each province, (a) in which area are they situated in each province, (b) since which dates has each station remained incomplete, (c) why does each station remain incomplete, (d) by what date is it envisaged that each station will be completed and (e) how are passengers being accommodated in the meantime?

Reply:

Province

Stations not completed

Original end date

Reason for remaining incomplete

Revised End

Date

Actions to accommodate passengers

Gauteng

Oakmoor Station Upgrade

22 November 2015

Contract expired on 20 October 2016. Original delays were due to poor contractor performance. The Bid Adjudication Committee supported the extension of time approval request on 15 November 2016. The extension of time approval is outstanding due the FCIP not meeting as result of the Board not having a quorum up to July 2017 and the interim Board only appointed October 2017.

TBC

Current existing station. Areas where work is in progress is demarcated for safety reasons.

 

Greenview Station

17 June 2015

The initial contractor appointed for construction went into liquidation in December 2011. Land ownership issues (TRANSNET and City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality) delayed the project further. Land consolidation and rezoning in progress. Certificate of Occupation to be issued on completion of rezoning.

30 July 2018

Station not operational

KZN

Duffs Road Platform Rectification

31 August 2016

Delays due to occupations not being granted on time my TRANSNET. Further delays due to the project with the Re-Signalling Project for the minimization of service disruptions

30 June 2019

Current existing station. Areas where work is in progress is demarcated for safety reasons.

           

Western Cape

Phillipi Station Upgrade Project

07 April 2015

The initial approval request for the extension of time and contract cost increase was delayed by 24 months due to internal approval processes. Contract resumed on 02 May 2017 and back on track for completion by 31 March 2018.

31 March 2018

Current existing station. An area where work is in progress is demarcated for safety reasons.

Gauteng

Mabopane Station Upgrade

31 March 2011

15 April 2014

Phase 1 (Construction of Pedestrian Bridge) –The project is 60 % complete. The contractor abandoned site in November 2012.

Phase 2 (Construction of Station Concourse):

TBA

31 September 2017

Current existing station. An area where work is in progress is demarcated for safety reasons.

           
 

Depot

Fencing

New Locomotive

31 Sept 2014

30 April 2017

Project on hold. The

Contractor is not on site

The past 2 years. Currently

Verifying the work done

The scope was to deliver 70 locomotives. PRASA

Approached the court to have contract set aside. The court ruled in favor of PRASA. The contractor has since appealed the decision of the high court

20 December 2018

TBA

Awaiting a court decion

           

10 November 2017 - NW3559

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Jongbloed, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What are the objectives of setting up road-blocks outside international airports in the country, (b) what is the total number of road-blocks that have been set up in the past three financial years at each airport and (c) what were the (i) outcomes and (ii) statistics in each case?

Reply:

Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited (ACSA)

a) The SAPS at CTIA address Provincial threats at the Port of Entry i.t.o Section 13(6) of the SAPS Act 68 of 1995. This include setting up of Vehicle Control Points (VCP’s) outside the International Airport.

The VCP’s is targeted in specific time frames without directing where it should be and it is normally roving according to the threat.

(b and c) Attached numbers for the three financial years with the outcomes.

Year

2016/2017

2015/2016

2014/2015

VCP

265

146

81

Vehicles searched

4465

2971

2126

J534 Traffic offences

38

124

110

Please note that the information in the table below was provided by the South African Police Service (“SAPS”) as it falls within their mandate and responsibility; this function is not carried out by ACSA.

SAPS

Comments

a) What are the objectives of setting up road-blocks outside international airports in the country

Our objective of setting up road-blocks is as follows:

  • to discourage all crimes by providing a proactive and responsive policing that will reduce the levels of priority crimes

b) What is the total number of road-blocks that have been set up in the past three financial years at each airport and

Random stop and search procedures are conducted. No formal roadblocks were set up.

c) What were the

(i) Outcomes and

(ii) Statistics in each case

Nil

METRO

Comments

a) What are the objectives of setting up road-blocks outside international airports in the country

Our objective in holding Drunk Driving Roadblocks is as follows:

  • According to the statistics, a large percentage of all serious accidents in the North Region occur as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Many drunken drivers travel in the Region going to and from casinos and clubs and indulge in alcohol.

b) What is the total number of road-blocks that have been set up in the past three financial years at each airport and

Four (4)

c) What were the

(i) Outcomes and

(ii) Statistics in each case

  • 30th of April 2017 – 18 arrests
  • 19th of May 2017 – 16 arrests
  • 3rd of June 2017 – 20 arrests
  • 21st of October 2017 – 19 arrests

10 November 2017 - NW3034

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Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)In light of a statement issued by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) which indicates that he will issue a proclamation in due course authorising an investigation by the SIU into Eskom, (a) what matters does he intend that the SIU investigate regarding Eskom and (b) over what period; (2) whether he will request that the SIU investigation should cover the emergency coal and diesel contracts that Eskom had entered into since 1 January 2001; if not, why not

Reply:

I have not yet received the Proclamation relating to ESKOM from the SIU.

10 November 2017 - NW3046

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Mokause, Ms M O to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the comments that he made when he recently handed over a minibus to a certain maskandi group (name and details furnished), (a) what is the total amount of the bonus, (b) what was the reasoning and legislative basis behind the allocation of the bonus and (c) who is the employer in question?

Reply:

The President of the Republic is remunerated in terms of Section 2(1) of the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers Act of 1998 and there is no provision for a bonus. The matter of the bonus was thus raised on a lighter note rather than in the literal sense.

10 November 2017 - NW3262

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the Presidency’s 2016-17 Annual Report, what was the (a) total cost and (b) detailed breakdown of the costs of the 10 international trips that he undertook from 6 April 2016 to 10 February 2017?

Reply:

The Presidency does not incur costs for the President’s international trips.

When the President undertakes official international trips, host countries often extend courtesies for the President’s travelling expenses. In the absence of these courtesies, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation is responsible for the cost of the logistical arrangements with the Department of Defence being responsible for air travel.

10 November 2017 - NW3263

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

What are the relevant details of the total (a) annual salary of and (b) performance bonus amounts paid to each of his five advisors (names and details furnished) in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

The remuneration of the advisors is regulated in terms of the Dispensation for the Appointment and Remuneration of Persons (Special Advisers) appointed to Executive Authorities on Ground of Policy Considerations issued by the Minster of the Public Service and Administration. The Dispensation is attached for the benefit of the Honourable Member.

10 November 2017 - NW3363

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Bozzoli, Dr B to ask the President of the Republic

(1)(a) Why has he not yet released the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training and (b) by what date will he release the specified report; (2) whether he has found that the findings and recommendations of the report might lead to a student revolt; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The report is under consideration and will be released immediately after it has been finalised. The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Higher Education Funding and the Presidential Fiscal Committee are assisting the President to process the report.

10 November 2017 - NW3381

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to remove Mr M C Ramaphosa from the position of Deputy President of the Republic, in terms of the powers conferred on him in section 91 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) by what date and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

My office has already publicly refuted the reports that suggest that I am intending to remove Mr Cyril Ramaphosa as the Deputy President of the country.

10 November 2017 - NW3382

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to appoint a certain person (name furnished) to a position in Cabinet in terms of the powers conferred on him in section 91 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) by what date and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

The appointment of Ministers is the prerogative of the President in terms of Section 91 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. In exercising this power, I exercise discretion after careful consideration and the appointments are made public.

10 November 2017 - NW3180

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture”

1. What are the details including the ranks of service providers and /or contractors from which (a) his department and (b) the entities reporting to him procured services in the past five years; 2. What (a) service was provided by each service provider and /or contractor and (b) what amount was each service provider and /or contractor paid; 3. (a) how many of these service providers are black-owned entities, (b) what contract was each of the black-owned service providers awarded and (c) how much was each black-owned service provider paid?

Reply:

1. The information required to respond to the question posed by the Honourable Member is detailed and is archived by the National Treasury. I have requested the National Treasury to release such information, the process takes long. However, as soon as the information is availed by the National Treasury I will forward it to the Member.

10 November 2017 - NW3195

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Finance

Has he found that South Africa can afford nuclear energy?

Reply:

National Treasury conducted preliminary analysis on the costs and economic impact of a nuclear build on the fiscus and the economy in 2015. This was based on the 2013 pre-feasibility study undertaken by the Department of Energy to procure and build 9.6GW of nuclear generated energy, as per the 2010 Integrated Resource Plan.

With limited information available in the pre-feasibility study, the analysis show that a 9.6GW nuclear programme would have significant implications for national income, South Africa’s total debt burden, international financial position, the balance of payments, for taxpayers and electricity consumers who will bear the full costs of the programme.

The deteriorating fiscal position and increasing fiscal risks, as outlined in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement makes it harder to finance and/or guarantee a programme of this nature. An accurate assessment of the affordability of the nuclear new build programme needs to be based on a full socio economic cost benefit analysis, which shows the price path, affordability to households, implications for inflation and national income.

10 November 2017 - NW3218

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

What is the total number of bursaries the National Film and Video Foundation awarded to students that belong to each racial group, including intra-racial classifications (a) in the (i) 2014-2015,(ii) 2016-2017 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2017.

Reply:

The table below explains how the National Film and Video Foundation awarded bursaries to students :-

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

 

MALE

FEMALE

MALE

FEMALE

MALE

FEMALE

MALE

FEMALE

 

45 Black

33 Black

29 Black

22 Black

58 Black

62 Black

2 Black

2 Black

 

12 Coloured

5 Coloured

6 Coloured

5 Coloured

17 Coloured

6 Coloured

   
 

4 Indian

2 Indian

1 Indian

2 Indian

3 Indian

4 Indian

   
 

10 White

5 White

6 White

2 White

10 White

5 White

   
         

1 Chinese

     
 

71

45

42

31

89

77

2

2

TOTAL

116

73

166

4

10 November 2017 - NW3219

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture”

Wheteher he instituted disciplinary action against the officials of his department who were found to have been implicated in the adverse findings of the auditor-general ‘s 2016-17 report on the financial statements of his department; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the total number of officials who have faced disciplinary action and (b) what are the detail in case?

Reply:

a) The total number of officials who have faced disciplinary action were 18.

b) Details of disciplinary action in each are as follows:

Incident Description

Official No 1

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of appointment of service provider not done by the delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 2

Procurement of services not done through SCM

 

Incident Description

Official No 3

Decision to appoint the service provider not done by a delegated official. Supplier/service provider appointed without having an original Tax Clearance Certificate and BBEE Cetificate

 

Incident Description

Official No 4

Procurement of services not done through SCM and no evidence of recommending and approval by the Accounting Officer

 

Payments made to the supplier in excess of the approved contract amount and no approval of extension of contract by the Accounting Officer

 

Incident Description

Official No 5

Performing artists appointed not registered on CSD

 

Incident Description

Official No 6

Procurement of service not done through SCM and approval not done by the delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 7

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of appointment of service provider not done by the delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 8

Supplier/service provider appointed without having an original Tax Clearance Certificate and BBEE Cetificate

 

Incident Description

Official No 9

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of appointment of service provider not done by the delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 10

Procurement of services not done through SCM and reasons provided to deviate are not justifiable

 

Incident Description

Official No 11

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of appointment of service provider not done by the delegated official (DG).

 

Incident Description

Official No 12

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of additional items not done by the delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 13

Method or procurement used is incosistent with those prescribed in terms of PN 8 of 2007/2008 paragraph 3.2

 

Incident Description

Official No 14

Decision to appoint the service provider not done by a delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 15

No tax clearance certificate was submitted by the supplier during the procurement of services

 

Incident Description

Official No 16

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of repairs not done by delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 17

Award of procurement was made without an original Tax Clearance Certificate and no completion of SBD documents

 

Incident Description

Official No 18

Appointment of consultants without following a competitive bidding process

 

Competitive bidding process were not followed in in the awards of bids

 

Procurement of services not done through SCM and reasons provided to deviate were not justifiable

 

Request for quotations did not stipulate the preference point system to be applied

 

Appointment of service providers without valid tax clearance certificate

 

Three quotations were not obtained and reasons provided were not justifiable

 

BBEE points allocated on invaliud certificate resulting in incorrect award

 

Expenditure not committed by a delegated official

 

Evaluation criteria applied differs from original request for quotation

 

Supplier with lowest quote not selected and no reasons provided and approved by the delegated official

 

Performing artist appointed not registered on CSD

 

Variation order in excess of 15% not approved by National Treasury

 

Required number of quotes not obtained and reasons provided were not justifiable

 

No evidence that the bid was received before the closing date and time

 

EME affidavit used to allocate BBEEE points instead of certificate, resulting in incorrect allocation of points and award

 

 

10 November 2017 - NW3220

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture”

(a) What are the full reasons that his department achieved only 58% of its predetermined objectives while it spent 99% of its budget in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

The Department achieved 73% (52/71) of its predetermined objectives in contrast to the 58% achievement stated in the question. Similarly, the Department spent 97.4% (3.9 billion) of its appropriated budget and not the 99% indicated in the question.

Below are the generic reasons that resulted in the non-achievement of some of the planned performance target.

  • Delays due to prolonged consultative processes.
  • Compensation budget constraints.
  • Delays in the submission of compliance documents by the beneficiaries to allow the Department to process payment.
  • Delays in the procurement processes

The 2016-17 Annual Report contains specific details for each target that was not achieved.

10 November 2017 - NW3320

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the MINISTER OF ARTS AND CULTURE

1. Whether the (a) Chief Executive Officer and (b) Chief Financial Officer of entities reporting to him are employed on a permanent basis, if not, 2. Whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end? NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTION NO. 3320-2017 FOR WRITTEN REPLY Date of publication in the internal question paper 27 October 2017, internal question paper number 39-2017 Mr S P MHLONGO (EFF) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF ARTS AND CULTURE: 1. Whether the (a) Chief Executive Officer and (b) Chief Financial Officer of entities reporting to him are employed on a permanent basis, if not, 2. Whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end? NW3709E REPLY: (1) (a) No, not all the Chief Executive Officers reporting to the Minister of Arts and Culture are employed on a permanent basis, (b) Not all the Chief Financial Officers reporting to the Minister of Arts and Culture are employed on a permanent basis (2) (a) and (b), (i) and (ii) are attached for ease of reference

Reply:

(1) (a) No, not all the Chief Executive Officers reporting to the Minister of Arts and Culture are employed on a permanent basis,

(b) Not all the Chief Financial Officers reporting to the Minister of Arts and Culture are employed on a permanent basis

(2) (a) and (b), (i) and (ii) are attached for ease of reference

10 November 2017 - NW3357

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Tlhaole, Mr L S to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

1. Whether (a) he or (b) his Deputy Minister made use of a chartered private jet during the period 1 January 2013 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what (i) were the reasons for using a chartered private jet, (ii) was the travel in each case and (iii) did the use of the jet cost the department in each case?

Reply:

  1. The Department did not procure any use of a chartered private jet for the Minister or Deputy Minister.

10 November 2017 - NW3458

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1). How many officials and/or employees in his department were granted permission to have businesses and/or do business dealings in the past three financial years; (2). are any of the officials and/or employees that have permission to have businesses and/or do business dealings doing business with the Government; if so, (a) what was the purpose of each business transaction, (b) when did each business transaction occur and (c) what was the value of each business transaction?

Reply:

1. No officials were granted permission to have business and or do business dealings with government in the past three financial years; however, ten (10) officials were granted approval by the Executive Authority to conduct Remunerative Work outside the Public Service over the past three years.

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

0

4

6

 

2. No officials were granted permission to do business with the State, however, permission was granted to officials to participate in marking, training, teaching and lecturing at public institutions. The approval was granted in line with the exclusion as set out in Annexure A, of the Directive on Conducting Business with an Organ of State issued in January 2017.

a) Purpose

b) When did the Business Occur

c) Value of each Business transaction

E-Tutoring

Currently on-going

Not disclosed

Training

Currently on-going

Not disclosed

Board Member

Currently on-going

Not disclosed

Marking of Assignment & Examination

Currently on-going

Not disclosed

Moderation of Exams

Currently on-going

Not disclosed

10 November 2017 - NW3562

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(a) What is the total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid by (i) his department and (ii) each entity reporting to him for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days and (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case?

Reply:

a) The total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid in my department are as follows

(aa) (bb) (cc) (dd)

30 days

60 days

90 days

120 days

1

2

N/A

N/A

b) The total amount outstanding in each case in my department is as follows

(aa) (bb) (cc) (dd)

30 days

60 days

90 days

120 days

R16 500.00

R36 449.50

R0.00

R0.00

 

10 November 2017 - NW3415

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What plans are in place to integrate minibus taxis into an integrated public transport system,(b) what are the time frames, time lines and milestones in this regard,(c)(i) what consultation has taken place (ii) with whom (d) what are the main features of the integration?

Reply:

a) In terms of public transport strategy the incumbent operators (taxi and bus operators) should be the core of the integrated public transport system. Currently, the Integrated Public Transport Networks (IPTNs) are being operated by the incumbent operators as envisaged in the strategy. In most of the cities minibus taxi are feeding to the trunk or will feed to the trunk once the system is up and running.

b) The system is being rolled out in phases, as a result of that various cities are at different stages in terms of their system roll out.

c) (i) Consultation has taken place with various affected taxi associations and operators

(ii) It is mandatory for municipalities to consult all affected operators (minibus taxi and bus operators) when planning to implement the IPTNs.

d) In some corridors minibus taxi operators withdraw their operations and join the Vehicle Operating Company (VOC), whereas in certain cases minibus taxis remain in operation either as a feeder to the trunk of the public transport system or compete with the public transport system.

 

10 November 2017 - NW3418

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Edwards, Ms J to ask the Minister of Transport

(a)(i) Which taxi associations received government grants in the past three financial years and (ii) what were the grant amounts in each case, (b) what criteria are used to decide on qualifying taxi associations, (c) what is the purpose of the grant in each case, (d)(i) what key performance areas and specific actions are the taxi associations expected to perform and (ii) how often and how do the taxi associations report to his department, (e) what disqualified a taxi association from receiving future grants and (f)(i) which grants have been denied, (ii) to which taxi associations and (iii) why in each case in the past three financial years?

Reply:

(a) Taxi Associations operate at local level and by their very own nature are self-sustainable. The Department of Transport does not provide any direct financial assistance in the form of grants to Taxi Associations and neither are we aware of any provincial or local government that provides grants to these Associations.

(b) Refer to response number (a);

(c) Refer to response number (a);

(d) Refer to response number (a);

(e) Refer to response number (a);

(f) Refer to response number (a).

10 November 2017 - NW3419

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Edwards, Ms J to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)With reference to the payment of overtime for officers and staff members in the Road Traffic Management Corporation since 2015, (a) why has some overtime payments owed not been paid to the officials concerned and (b) when will these payments be paid; (2) will interest on these overdue payments be paid to those affected; if not, why not; if so, what amount in percentage interest will be paid; (3) will those affected be compensated in a different way; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of how they will be compensated?

Reply:

  1. All overtime due to officers and staff members has been paid and there is no outstanding payment.
  2. See (1) above
  3. See (1) above

10 November 2017 - NW3528

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What subsidy has his department paid to the Brakpan Bus Company over the past three financial years; (2) whether he has been informed of a 2014 feasibility study into future options of the specified bus company; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, which option does his department support; (3) (a) what are the relevant details of the kind of oversight that this department has over the bus company, in view of the subsidy paid by the taxpayer; (4) (a) what (i) fraud and/or (ii) corruption has been identified in the running of the bus company and (b) why is the bus company running at a loss?

Reply:

(1) Subsidized bus services are managed and administered by Provincial Departments of Transport and subsidy is paid by Provinces through the Public Transport Operations Grant, which is a supplementary grant. The Brakpan Bus Company contract is managed by Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and their subsidy allocation for the past three financial years is:

  • 2014/15 – R11 554 076.00
  • 2015/16 – R18 291 488.00
  • 2016/17 – R23 293 376.00

2. Brakpan Bus Service is a municipal owned bus company and any decision about the future of the company is the prerogative of the municipality as long as it is aligned with all legislative prescripts governing public transport. The Department is conscious of the fact that Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has appointed CSIR to conduct a due diligent exercise for all subsidized bus contracts in the Province, including Brakpan, with the aim of designing new public transport contracts in future.

3. The bus company is monitored by the Province through a Supervisory and Monitoring Firm (SMF) appointed by Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport to ensure that the operator complies with all contractual obligations.

4. a) The running and performance of the bus company is solely the obligation of the municipality as the owner.

b) Same as (a) above.

10 November 2017 - NW3538

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Road Accident Fund has been appointed; if so, (a) who has been appointed, (b) what criteria were used to appoint the new CEO, (c) (i) how many applications were received and (ii) what are the names of each candidate and (d) why were the unsuccessful applicants not successful in each case?

Reply:

The next Chief Executive Officer of the Road Accident Fund has not been appointed, and paragraph (a)(b)(c)(i)(c)(ii) are therefore not applicable

10 November 2017 - NW3546

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What steps has been taken by his department to ensure that all (i) metered taxis and (ii) e-hailed taxis are operating legally, (b) what number of the specified taxis were found to be operating illegally in the past three financial years and (c) what are the details of sanctions that were imposed on the illegal taxis?

Reply:

a) On the 19th July 2017 I met with the Minister of Police and the Acting National Commissioner and his team to discuss the state of affairs between the metered taxis and /app-based operators and to propose a more focussed enforcement strategy.

In addition, I met with the MEC for Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and the MMC’s of the relevant metropolitan municipalities on the 24th July 2017.

Furthermore, I met with the Gauteng Metered Taxi Council, the Concerned Metered Taxi Operators and the app-based operators on the 27th July 2017 in Midrand.

I also arranged a walk-about programme on 11th September 2017 in Sandton to sensitize operators that they must abide by the prescripts of the law which requires them to have a valid operating licence and that there will be no compromise on law enforcement.

b) During the above engagements, the Gauteng Province indicated they have received 6001 applications for e-hailing services as at 15 September 2017. Only 2077 applications were approved and only 1 was rejected. The Gauteng province further indicated that 3923 applications are still pending before the Gauteng Provincial Regulatory Entity (GPRE).

Regarding the metered taxi service, the GPRE received 3326 applications and 1368 of those applications were approved. GPRE also rejected 1958 applications.

During the October month the Province embarked on an outreach program where a total of 1078 applications were received and 162 licences were issued after this program. However, the information changes all the time as the Province is busy processing the licences to assist those who want to comply.

c) The National Land Transport Act, 05 of 2009 creates an offence to anyone who provides a public transport service without the necessary operating licence. If found to be providing public transport services without the licence, the relevant vehicle must be impounded and a determined fine must be paid before the vehicle is released by law enforcement. The fine varies from Province to Province since this power rests with the MECs and it goes up on a second and third offence.

10 November 2017 - NW3551

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Why did Road Traffic Management Corporation officers who have been trained since 2015 receive non-credit bearing certificates, (b) what is being done to ensure that the affected officers receive accredited training and (c) why were some officers awarded accredited courses without drivers’ licenses?

Reply:

a) Officers who were issued with non-credit bearing certificates did not fully meet the entry requirements for the Examiners of Vehicle course.

An Executive decision was taken to expose these officers to non-credit bearing up-skilling learning areas to address other critical skills which necessary to ward off the escalating carnage on the country’s roads.

b) The affected official were put on progamme by the Corporation to obtain the required driving licenses, and are scheduled to be enrolled for the credit bearing course in Examiner of Vehicle which is due to start on the 13 November 2017.

c) All officers who were enrolled for the accredited course possessed the relevant driving licenses in line with the applicable legislation

10 November 2017 - NW3554

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Why have the outstanding overtime payments of Road Traffic Management Corporation officers and staff not been made, (b) by which date will the payments be made and (c) why have staff members been requested to take time off in lieu of overtime payment?

Reply:

a) All overtime has been paid and

b) N/A

c) The policy allows staff members to take time off in lieu of overtime

10 November 2017 - NW2673

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

What is the total number of mines that his department has found to be not fully compliant with obligations of the Mining Social and Labour Plans (SLP) as required by the Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Act, Act 28 of 2002, (a) in the 2016-17 financial year and (b) since 1 April 2017?

Reply:

Number of companies found to be not fully compliant with Social and Labour Plan

 (a) 76

 (b) 65

 

Approved/Not Approved

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

10 November 2017 - NW2830

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Finance

What is the total amount of value-added tax that the SA Revenue Service received from the sales of (a) domestic airline tickets and (b) international airline tickets for each airline (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017?

Reply:

The SARS systems do not differentiate the various transactions that are subject to VAT in a manner which will allow SARS to identify the VAT transactions for airline tickets separately. It should be noted further that International Airline tickets are charged VAT at 0% as they are exported services.

SARS is therefore unable to provide the data as requested.

10 November 2017 - NW2962

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)(a) What total amount of additional revenue will be raised by the SA Revenue Service (SARS) following its amendments to the allowable deductions from taxes for persons with disabilities and (b) why did SARS (i) make the determination on the specified amendment, (ii) not phase the changes out and (iii) apply the specified amendments retroactively; (2) whether SARS has conducted any studies and/or investigations to determine what the financial and economic consequences of the specified amendments will be on taxpaying (a) persons with disabilities and (b) the dependants of the specified persons; if not, in each case, why not; if so, how (i) will the specified (aa) persons and (bb) dependants be affected and (ii) were these outcomes determined?

Reply:

1. It is not clear which amendments the honourable member is referring to, so it is assumed that reference is being made to the list of qualifying disability expenses that SARS is currently in the process of updating. The changes in the list are not about raising additional revenue. The changes are being made to ensure that the list of expenses prescribed by SARS is as comprehensive as possible and that the expenses are in line with the paragraph (c) of the definition of “qualifying medical expense” in section 6B(1). This will ensure that the list does not create inequity as far as persons who do not have a physical impairment or disability are concerned. (e.g. If a person with a disability purchases a vehicle because a person is using a wheelchair, it will unfair to allow such an expense instead of only allowing modifications to the vehicle to allow the wheelchair easy access in and out of the vehicle). The prescribed expenses must, as far as possible, only include expenses without which a person with physical impairment or disability will not be able to perform activities of daily living. (e.g. If a person cannot walk, the wheelchair is an aid that assists that person to be able to move from point A to point B. Without this wheelchair, the person cannot do this activity of daily living on his or her own and will always require assistance from other people to do so.) The amendments are, therefore being made to ensure that the list is line with the requirements of the legislation; which are based on practice in other leading democracies, such as Canada. It is understood that SARS’ understanding of the requirements of the legislation has been unsuccessfully challenged by “at least” one taxpayer in the Tax Board. SARS will monitor the outcome of any appeal to inform its future decision making. The amendments will only come in on the effective date of the updated list going forward and are not made with retrospective effect.

2. Since the list is only being amended to ensure that it is as comprehensive as possible, while ensuring that the expenses listed are in full compliance with the legislation, SARS has not conducted any studies and/or investigations to determine what the financial and economic consequences of the changes to the list are to persons with disabilities and their dependants. National Treasury would determine the financial and economic consequences of substantial changes in legislative policy, such as the change from a deduction to a tax credit system for these expenses. 

10 November 2017 - NW3235

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether any progress has been made by the National Director of Public Prosecutions in dealing with the final report that was prepared by a certain person (name furnished), into the collapse of African Bank, (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The South African Reserve Bank referred its report into the collapse of African Bank to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) on 17 May 2016. The NDPP requested the Head of the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit (SCCU) to attend to the matter as it fell within the mandate of the SCCU.

In March 2017, in response to Parliamentary Question No. 200, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) advised that the report was in its final stages of preparation. The prosecutor allocated the matter finalised a comprehensive report wherein he sets out that criminal investigations related to fraud, the Banks Act 94 of 1990 and Companies Act 71 of 2008 were warranted. He therefore recommended that the matter be referred to the South African Police Service for investigation and that a prosecutor be allocated to guide the investigations in the matter. Currently, the matter is under investigation by the Serious Economic Offences Unit of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI).

 

10 November 2017 - NW3318

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether the (a) chief executive officer and (b) chief financial officer of entities reporting to him are employed on a permanent basis; if not, (2) whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end?

Reply:

The tables below provide information of the appointed Chief Executive Officers (CEO) and Chief Financial Officers (CFO) of entities reporting to me:

Name of Entity

Type of employment

 

CEO Permanent

CEO Fixed Term

CFO Permanent

CFO Fixed Term

1. Legal Aid South Africa

No

Yes

Yes

No

2. Special Investigating Unit (SIU)

Yes

No

No

Yes

3. South African Board for Sheriffs

No

Yes

No

Yes

4. Council for Debt Collectors

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

5. South African Law Reform Commission

The South African Law Reform Commission does not have its own CEO and CFO as the Commission is part of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD).

6. Legal Practice Council

(a) The Executive Officer of the National Forum (NF) is Ms Charity Mhlungu, appointed on 1 December 2015 and will be in this position until the dissolution of NF. She is seconded from the DoJ&CD, and was a full time employee of the DoJ&CD Finance Department.

(b) The NF’s budget is held by the DoJ&CD; therefore the financial reporting is done by the CFO of the Department.

7. Rules Board for Courts of Law

The Rules Board does not have its own CEO and CFO as it is part of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

8. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)

The NPA does not have CEO and CFO positions in its organisational structure

Name of Officers employed on Fixed Term

Period of employment of the CEO

Period of employment of the CFO

CEO

CFO

Start Date

Completion Date

Start Date

Completion Date

CEO of Legal Aid South Africa: Ms V Vedalankar

Not Applicable

28/10/2002 (The contract was renewed periodically based on performance)

31/10/2019

Not Applicable

CEO of SIU: Not Applicable

CFO: Mr A Gernandt

Not Applicable

17/10/2016

31/03/2018

CEO of SA Board for Sheriffs: Ms S Snell

CFO: Mr A Simon

01/08/2015

31/07/2018

01/01/2012

31/12/2017

10 November 2017 - NW3412

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the Prasa signalling systems and maintenance work thereof, (a) what are the details of the work that is still outstanding in the 2017-18 financial year in each province, (b) why have these maintenance projects not been completed, (c) what is being done to resume and complete the maintanance work in each area respectively, (d) what are the timelines and deadlines for each area in this regard, (e) what are the amounts already paid in respect of each project and (f) (i) what are the total outstanding amounts in respect of each project and (ii) when will the outstanding amounts be paid in each case?

Reply:

Capital Expansion program for Resignalling

(a)(b) (c) (d)(e)

In 2013, PRASA commenced with a 7 year rollout of the new modern signaling system to replace existing signaling interlocking, which consist mainly of obsolete mechanical and electro-mechanical systems, with electronic interlocking as the technology of the future. In the Gauteng region, Stages 1 and 2 have been integrated into one overall programme whose contract was awarded to Siemens at an investment totaling R3.8 billion (exclude inflation). In the Durban and Western Cape regions, the signalling contracts were awarded to Bombardier for R1.3 billion (exclude inflation) and Thales/Maziya for R1.8 billion (exclude inflation), respectively. The overall investment amounts to approximately R7 billion across the three regions.

The scope of work of the signaling programme across the three regions includes the construction of central control centres for trial monitoring and control. Further, the programme includes the installation of new interlocking systems to improve operational capacity, safety and flexibility.

The overall Gauteng signalling work is currently at 48.9 per cent completion against a planned target of 55.9 per cent. The lagging behind against the planned target is due to additional scope of works which include the implementation of the Automatic Train Protection system between Pienaarspoort and Pretoria station in line with the introduction of a new service. To date, 19 (of 92) stations (Midway, Lenz, Lawley, Stretford, Grasmere, Residensia, Irene, Olifantsfontein, Kaalfontein, Leralla, Tembisa, Randfontein, Robinson, Krugersdorp, Luipaardsvlei, Roodepoort, Boksburg East, Dunswart, Benoni) have already been commissioned

The Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC) building is 100 per cent complete and already operational. The GNC currently operates Irene, Olifantsfontein, Kaalfontein, Leralla and Tembisa Corridor. The Southern line (Midway – Residensia) is next to being migrated to the GNC before the end of the current financial year. In total, eight Centralized Traffic Control Center’s (CTC’s) across Gauteng will be migrated to the GNC. The remaining mini control centres (Pretoria North, Germiston, George Goch, New Canada and Dunswart) will be migrated over a period ahead.

Project expenditure for Gauteng up to October 2017 amounts to R3 billion (including inflation adjustments).

The overall progress in Western Cape is at 68.3 percent completion, which includes design work, ordering of long lead items, pilot installations of signalling and communication, trenching and cable laying and installation of track side equipment for first two phases. The works currently underway and yet to be concluded include the construction of the Cape Metrorail Control Centre (CMCC) at Bellville and the installation of new interlocking systems at various rail lines. In addition, the works currently underway includes telecoms, power supply, OHTE and Perway adjustments across the different railway lines. Project expenditure up to October 2017 amounts to R842 million.

In KwaZulu Natal, the current works of the project includes the establishment of the Durban Central Traffic Control (CTC) at Rossborough and the installation of new interlocking systems from KwaMashu – Durban – Umlazi, Isipingo- Umbogwintini, Pinetown line and Crossmoor line. The overall Signalling work in Kwa-Zulu Natal is at 58.7 percent completion, consisting of detailed designs, track work installations, civil works, ordering of bulk material items and installation of first new point sets and signalling equipment. It is anticipated that the Pinetown line will be commissioned with a new signalling system by the fourth quarter of the current financial year. Project expenditure up to October 2017 amounts to R653 million.

Rehabilitation Program

The above renewal programme is a long term plan that will renew the system once all the projects are completed. In the interim, minor rehabilitation projects and maintenance of the existing system are taking place to ensure continuity of operations while the projects are being rolled out.

The Details of work covered during the 2017/18 financial year covers the following

  • Replacement of vandalized and stolen signalling system which directly affects train services
  • Constructive maintenance on worn-out signaling equipment affecting system reliability. Majority of this work is covered by a resignalling program discussed above
  • Routine maintenance and minor corrective work covered under operational maintenance

The above interventions are aimed sustaining the reliability and safety of the current (old) signalling system; however there remains a backlog of maintenance and repairs. This outstanding work is caused by ongoing theft and vandalism of signalling equipment and lack of human capital to deal with obsolete equipment and constraints in the operational funding for maintenance.

These challenges are addressed through major renewal program discussed above and the capital intervention program (minor rehabilitation projects). The Gauteng signalling rehabilitation amounts to R32.5 mil, KwaZulu Natal amounts to R8mil and Western Cape amounts to R19.5mil. In total the signalling rehabilitation program amounts to R60 mil covering all three regions; the actual spending is R22mil with projects still in execution and planned to be completed by end of the financial year. The outstanding amount of R38mil will be fully utilized by end of the 2017/18 financial year with the completion of the various rehabilitation projects.

10 November 2017 - NW3421

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the bridge over the N3 that collapsed in August 2017, (a) what was the cost of the repair, (b) on what dates were inspections of the bridge undertaken in the past three financial years, (c) what did each respective report reflect, (d) who prepared the reports respectively, (e) (i) on what date was the report on the August 2017 collapse finalised, (ii) what did the report reflect and (iii) who prepared the report and (f) what early warning systems have been put in place before any bridge collapses?

Reply:

a) The bridge has not been repaired yet.

b) A detailed inspection was done in 29 July 2016 by consulting firm Arcus Gibb according to requirements of the Committee of Transport Officials (COTO) of South Africa.

c) The inspection report reported "minor" defects with minimum "relevancy". No repairs were necessary.

d) The 29 July 2016 inspection report was done by consulting firm Arcus Gibb.

e) (i) The report was completed on 31 August 2017.

(ii) The report reflected that an 18.1 ton coil of steel came off a truck and impacted the pier above the protective barrier. The pier complied with the then TPA impact requirements when the bridge was constructed in 1978. The report also highlighted that the large impact was considered an extremely rare occurrence. The report did not deal with why the steel coil came off the truck. The report concluded that the collapse of the bridge was as a result of this impact and not any maintenance issues. All reinforcing and pre-stressing steel was not corroded and lack of maintenance did not lead to the collapse.

(iii) The bridge collapse report was compiled by the consulting firm Superstructures Consulting Engineers.

f) Although the highway is monitored with 24-hour CCTV, these systems cannot detect and warn against a bridge collapse caused by vehicle accident as experienced with this incident.

10 November 2017 - NW3422

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)With regard to bridges constructed by the SA National Roads Agency in the past three financial years, (a)(i) what total number has been built and (ii) where were they built in each specified financial year, (b) what were the total costs in each case and (c) to which companies were the tenders awarded in each case; (2) on what date (a) did the construction of each bridge commence and (b) was each bridge completed; (3) (a) what public participation and consultation processes took place in each case and (b) what impact did the consultations have on each project?

Reply:

1. (a) (i) 21 bridges have been built over the past 3 years by SANRAL.

(ii) Please see attached Table for relevant details on location.

(b) Please see attached Table for relevant details of the project under which bridge was built. Bridges are normally constructed as part of a road construction project, a price is tendered for the complete project and not each bridge individually.

(c) Please see attached Table for relevant details.

2. (a) Please see attached Table for relevant details on the project start and end dates. Please note that the start dates refer to date when consultant was first appointed.

(b) Please see attached Table for relevant details on year built of each bridge.

3) (a) The public participation process for each project is guided by the relevant requirements of the National Environmental Management Act and related Regulations.

(b) The impact of consultations on each project is varied and can range from no impact to complete realignment of a route been required, and these recommendations are captured in the Record of Decision issued by Department of Environmental Affairs for each project.

 

10 November 2017 - NW3426

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to his reply to question 2529 on 4 September 2017 pertaining to statistics from arrests during the 2016-17 festive season, (a) why does the Road Traffic Management Company (RTMC) not keep record of the data requested and (b) from what other source does the RTMC obtain this data?

Reply:

a) The recording of blood test results from Police Forensic laboratories is a mandate of SAPS. Traffic Officers only serve as complainants on the matter and the docket is processed by SAPS detectives. All 2016/17 cases are still pending.

b) The data is kept on SAPS CAS system and Department of Justice Register.

10 November 2017 - NW3428

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) How is the current tariff system of the National Ports Authority calculated and (b) how does it compare to international tariff systems and structures?

Reply:

(a) The tariffs of the NPA are calculated on the basis of a comprehensive Tariff Methodology based on the widely used internationally best practice Required Revenue approach. The current tariff decision is based on the third tariff methodology published by the Regulator having been aproved and published in March 2017 after a number of rounds of public consultation. See annexure A: Port Tariff Methodology For Tariff Years 2018/19 – 2020/21

The tariff strategy published in July 2015 sets out a transparent and rational approach to an efficient and cost reflective pricing structure. Long term tariff targets are published on an annual basis to increase transparency and stability in the sector and significant progress have been made in the rebalancing of port tariffs on a sustainable basis. The tariff strategy is fairly unique as very few port pricing systems are publicly regulated but does reflect an advanced approach to port infrastructure pricing. Please see Annexure B: Tariff Strategy for the South African Ports System 2015/16.

10 November 2017 - NW3548

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the functions taken over from Tasima, (a) who has taken over these functions, (b) what are the functions, (c) how is it ensured that functions are properly executed, (d) what (i) are the costs since taking over these functions, (ii) additional staff have been appointed for this purpose and (iii) are their functions and (e) when were they appointed?

Reply:

a) The Road Traffic Management Corporation’s Road Traffic Information Systems (RTIS) Unit took over all functions related to the operation and managements of the NaTIS with effect from 05 April 2017.

b) The functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Software Development
  2. Business Engagement
  3. Business Intelligence
  4. NaTIS User Training
  5. NaTIS Infrastructure Support
  6. Project Office – deployment of new NaTIS sites, replacement of equipment, deployment of communication services
  7. NaTIS Site Support – Hardware and network support
  8. System Support – End-user Software Trouble shooting
  9. Information System Security and Governance, Risk and Compliance
  10. NKP Physical Security

c) The Corporation employed a compliment of technical staff with over 700 years accumulated NaTIS experience in 2015. This staff compliment has been augmented with existing support functions in Finance, Human Capital, Risk Management, etc to ensure that all functions are properly executed.

d)

(i) Costs to date

Road Traffic Information Systems costs incurred, YTD September2017

 

 

 

 

 

Economic classification

 

 

 

Amount

Compensation of Employees

 

 

 

R39 011 781.40

 

 

 

 

 

Goods & Services

 

 

 

R56 878 696.10

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Expenditure

 

 

 

R 1 528 044.60

 

 

 

 

 

Total spent on eNaTIS

 

 

  R

97 418 522.10

 

 

 

 

 

(ii) No additional staff have been appointed in the RTIS Unit since the takeover. Corporation continues to review its staff requirements in terms of its strategic mandate.

(iii) Not applicable, see (d)(ii) above as no new staff have been appointed.

e) Not applicable, see (d)(ii) above.

10 November 2017 - NW3555

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to a certain court case (details furnished), (a) what are the costs of the specified court case to date, (b) what are the reasons for the costs, (c) what are the relevant details of the cost orders to date and (d)(i) why is a certain company (name furnished) applying for leave to appeal the ruling and (ii) what has he found to be the reason for the specified application?

Reply:

(a) The costs are unknown at this stage as the Department is yet to receive the accounts of the Departmental Advocates from the State Attorney.

(b) The costs are for the services rendered to the Department by the Advocates.

(c) The Court ordered the Department to pay the costs of Comair and the Court Order became suspended when the Department filed the leave to appeal through the State Attorney.

(d)(i) Another Court could come to a different conclusion as the High Court may have erred in concluding that the Air Services Licensing Council has taken a decision to suspend a license of an applicant (Comair), when there was an existing interim order directing the Air Service Licensing Council not to take a decision.

(d)(ii) The Air Service Licensing Council ought to be allowed the space to make a decision on the shareholding issue to ensure clarity and finality on the matter.

09 November 2017 - NW3331

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Whether the (a) chief executive officer and (b) chief financial officer of entities reporting to her are employed on a permanent basis; if not, (2) whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end?

Reply:

 

THE South African Council For Educators

1 (a)

The Chief Executive Officer of SACE is employed on a fixed term contract.

(b)

The Chief Financial Officer of SACE is employed on a permanent basis.

2 (a)

Name of Chief Executive Officer: Ms ME Mokgalane.

(b)(i)

Ms Mokgalane was appointed on 1 August 2017.

(b)(ii)

Ms Mokgalane’s contract will end on 31 July 2022.

   
 

Umalusi

1(a)

The Chief Executive Officer of Umalusi is employed on permanent basis

(b)

The Chief Financial Officer of Umalusi is employed on permanent basis.

2

Not applicable as none of the officers are employed on a fixed term contract.

09 November 2017 - NW3398

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Boshoff, Ms H to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)With reference to the 2016 academic year, what was the pass rate percentage in the subjects of (a) computer applications technology and (b) consumer studies at each of the schools for the deaf and full service schools in each province; (2) (a) what number of schools that are classified as full service schools registered deaf candidates to write the Grade 12 NSC exams, (b) what was the number of candidates who wrote the exams and (c) how many passed in each province; (3) what number of deaf learners at schools for the deaf and at full service schools, obtained bachelor passes and diploma passes in each province?

Reply:

1. Table below indicates the pass percentage for deaf learners in the 2016 NSC examination for the subjects (a) Computer Applications Technology and (b) Consumer Studies:

Table 1: Provincial Performance

Province

Schools for the Deaf

 

Computer Application Technology (a)

Consumer Studies (b)

Eastern Cape

100.0

97.8

Free State

100.0

100.0

Gauteng

83.0

100.0

Kwazulu Natal

50.0

100.0

Limpopo

 _

20.9

Mpumalanga

_

 _

North West

_

_

Northern Cape

20.0

 _

Western Cape

87.0

94.4

National

81.4

49.5

Source: IECS Exam System

(1)There are no full schools service with deaf learners

Schools for the Deaf

Table 2: Schools for the Deaf Performance for CAT & CS

Provinces Name

Centre Names

Computer Application Technology (C.A.T) (a)

Consumer Studies (b)

EASTERN CAPE

ST THOMAS SECONDARY SCHOOL

100.0

97.8

FREE STATE

BARTAMIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND

100.0

100.0

FREE STATE

THIBOLOHO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND

100.0

-

GAUTENG

FILADELFIA

77.4

100.0

GAUTENG

SIZWELE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

0.0

-

GAUTENG

ST VINCENT SCHOOL

100.0

-

GAUTENG

TRANSORANJE SKOOL VIR DOWES

100.0

-

KWAZULU-NATAL

ST MARTIN DE PORRES COMPREHENSIVE

100.00

100.0

KWAZULU-NATAL

VN NAIK SHOOL FOR THE DEAF

100.0

-

KWAZULU-NATAL

VULEKA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

0.0

100.0

LIMPOPO

SETOTOLWANE SECONDARY

-

20.9

NORTHERN CAPE

RETLAMELENG SPECIAL SCHOOL

20.0

-

WESTERN CAPE

DE LA BAT-SKOOL

81.3

90.9

WESTERN CAPE

DOMINICAN GRIMLEY-SCHOOL

100.0

100.0

Source: IECS Exam System

2. There are no Full-Service Schools for the deaf.

3. The table below indicates the number of deaf learners at schools for the deaf that obtained bachelor passes and diploma in each province.

Table 3: Bachelor &Diploma Pass for Schools for the Deaf

Province

Schools for the Deaf

 

Achieved Bachelors

Achieved Diploma

Eastern Cape

1

2

Free State

4

8

Gauteng

15

18

Kwazulu Natal

1

7

Limpopo

-

4

Mpumalanga

-

-

North West

-

-

Northern Cape

0

2

Western Cape

4

7

National

25

48

Source: IECS Exam System

3. There are no full school with deaf learners.

09 November 2017 - NW3325

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Tlhaole, Mr L S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether the (a) chief executive officer and (b) chief financial officer of entities reporting to her are employed on a permanent basis; if not, (2) whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end?

Reply:

1. ARMSCOR

The Chief Executive Officer of Armscor, Mr KPE Wakeford was appointed on a fixed five (5) year contract from 01/05/2015 and this contract will end on 30/04/2020.

The Chief Financial Officer of Armscor, Mr JG Grobler was appointed on a permanent basis.

2. CASTLE CONTROL BOARD

The Castle Control Board has a Chief Executive Officer and a Financial Officer. Both are appointed on a 3-year fixed term contracts expiring in December 2019.

The CEO is Mr. CT Gilfellan, who was appointed since April 2013. His current 3-year contract was renewed in January 2017 and will expire on the 31 December 2019.

The CFO is Mr. Mandla Ngewu, who was appointed since April 2014. His current 3-year contract was renewed in January 2017 and will expire on 31 December 2019

09 November 2017 - NW3452

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)How many officials and/or employees in his department were granted permission to have businesses and/or do business dealings in the past three financial years; (2) are any of the officials and/or employees that have permission to have businesses and/or do business dealings doing business with the Government; if so, (a) what was the purpose of each business transaction, (b) when did each business transaction occur and (c) what was the value of each business transaction?

Reply:

1.  The number of officials granted permission to do business in the past three financial years were:

    (a) May 2015-April 2016= 32 officials

    (b) May 2016-April 2017= 12 officials

   (c) May 2017 to present = 8 officials

2. No officials were granted approval to do business with the State however in 2015/16 it was found that one official did business with the state:

Name of company

Name of government organ

Amount of transactions

Nwakhoseni Holdings (Pty) Ltd

 

Nat: Agri Forestry & Fisheries

43 131,00

The official applied for approval to undertake remunerative work outside public service and received approval. The official stated that business was done in the previous year (2015), but payment was received in 2016. Since that payment, no business was done with the State.

In 2016/17 it was found that one official did business with the state:

Name of Company

Name of government organ

Amount

Inqaba Biotechnical Industries

NAT: Agri Forestry & Fisheries

52 946,70

The official is a Foreign Economic Representative based outside South Africa. He was not aware of the regulation of not doing business with the State. Immediately he became aware of it, he resigned as Director of the company.

09 November 2017 - NW3470

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

With reference to his reply to question 3042 on 23 October 2017, what number of trust funds have been registered since 2003?

Reply:

Trusts are registered through the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. The B-BBEE Commission is mandated to only register major B-BBEE Transactions and of the registered transactions to date only seventy (70) involved trusts. The B-BBEE Commission does not register trust funds and as such has no access to such trust funds.

09 November 2017 - NW3578

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) What is the total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid by (i) his department and (ii) each entity reporting to him for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days and (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case?

Reply:

a) i) Zero (aa) (bb) (cc) (dd) Falls away

b) Zero

Approved/Not Approved

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

09 November 2017 - NW3292

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

Whether, with reference to the advertised position of senior manager in Protected Area Expansion which was advertised by the Eastern Cape Tourism Agency in August 2017 and in respect of which interviews were held in September 2017, a suitable candidate was appointed; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the details of scores on the original score sheet of the interview panel, (b) what was the recommendation of the panel regarding who should be appointed and (c) was the recommended candidate appointed?

Reply:

This is a provincial competency that would require the question to be reffered for respond by the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism as the Management Authority in charge of the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency.

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09 November 2017 - NW3313

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)Whether the (a) Chief Executive Officer and (b) Chief Financial Officer of entities reporting to her are employed on a permanent basis; if not; and (2) whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end?

Reply:

1. South African National Parks (SANParks)

1. (a) No

     (b) No

2. (a) Chief Executive Officer: Mr Fundisile Mketeni

          Chief Financial Officer: Vacant.

    (b) (i) Chief Executive Officer: 1 December 2014

              Chief Financial Officer: Vacant

         (ii) Chief Executive Officer: 30 November 2019

              Chief Financial Officer: Vacant

2. iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority

1. (a) No

    (b) No

2. (a) Interim Chief Executive Officer – Dr Anis Karodia

        Chief Financial Officer – Ms Abeeda Kadir

(b) (i) Interim Chief Executive Officer – 1 September 2017

Chief Financial Officer – 1 May 2015

(ii) Interim Chief Executive Officer – 31 March 2018

Chief Financial Officer – 30 April 2020

3. South African Weather Services (SAWS)

1. (a) No

(b) No

2. (a) Chief Executive Officer – Mr Jerry Lengoasa.

Chief Financial Officer – Vacant.

(b) (i) Chief Executive Officer employed – 08 May 2017

Chief Financial Officer – Vacant.

(ii) Chief Executive Officer Contract ends – 31 March 2022

Chief Financial Officer – Vacant.

4. South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

1. (a) No

(b) Chief Financial Officer at SANBI is employed – on a permanent basis.

2. (a) Chief Executive Officer – Dr Moshibudi Rampedi

Chief Financial Officer – Ms Lerato Sithole

(b) (i) Employed on 01 September 2017

(ii) Employment contract ends on 31 August 2022

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09 November 2017 - NW3385

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)Whether any cell phones and/or other communication devices were confiscated by rangers from alleged poachers in each national park since 01 January 2017; if so, (a) what number of communication devices were confiscated in each specified park and (b) what are the details of the processes followed after confiscation; (2) whether the specified devices were handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS); if so, have the devices been used as evidence in investigations?

Reply:

(1) Yes, ninety three (93) cellular phones were confiscated during arrests, by Rangers, of suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park.

(2) Yes, all cellular phones recovered from South African National Parks (SANParks) anti-poaching operations/ arrests are handed over to the SAPS for further investigation. The intention is for all cellular phone evidence to be used in investigation processes. The SAPS is in a better position to give an account on whether the devices have been used as evidence in investigations.

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09 November 2017 - NW3310

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

(1)Whether the (a) chief executive officer and (b) chief financial officer of entities reporting to her are employed on a permanent basis; if not, 2) whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end?

Reply:

Not applicable.

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Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….