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12 April 2021 - NW225

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister in the Presidency

What are the reasons that The Presidency has not fired a certain person (name and details furnished) for failure to submit financial disclosures and embarrassing The Presidency through the person’s involvement in the contract (details furnished), given the President’s stated mission to fight corruption?

Reply:

In the course of the investigation into the affairs of the Gauteng Department of Health concerning irregularities in the appointment of a service provider to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) informed The Presidency that a senior Presidency official may have committed misconduct in violation of the Public Service Act, 1994.

The SIU consequently recommended the instituting of disciplinary proceedings against the official. In terms of possible misconduct identified by the SIU, the official has been placed on precautionary suspension in accordance with paragraph 2.7 (2), Chapter 7 of the SMS Handbook, pending an internal investigation into the official’s alleged misconduct. The outcome of the internal investigation will determine the cause of action to be taken by The Presidency in compliance with the law.

Thank You.

12 April 2021 - NW210

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)With reference to the Government’s formulation of the risk adjusted strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, (a) what measures are in place to ensure that the regulations meet the requirements of section 36 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, in particular the effect of the regulations that suspend and/or limit any of the fundamental rights in Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and (b)(i) where and (ii) how can the resources upon which the contents of the regulations have been premised be accessed by members of the public; (2) whether minutes and/or any other resolutions passed that gave effect to the regulations are kept by the secretariat of the COVID-19 Command Council; if not, why not; if so, (a) how and (b) on what date will the minutes and/or resolutions be made public?

Reply:

1. (a) National Corona Virus Command Council (NCCC), amongst its responsibilities, ensures that the regulations required to address, prevent

and combat the spread of COVID-19 are reasonable and justifiable. In addition, the measures introduced were necessary to save lives.

(b) (i) The records of the NCCC meetings are kept by the Cabinet Secretariat;

(ii) The records, by virtue of it being a Cabinet structure, is secret and is not as accessible to members of the public.

2. The records of the NCCC meetings are kept by the Cabinet Secretariat

a) The records are kept electronically;

b) The records, by virtue of it being a Cabinet structure, is secret and is not as accessible to members of the public.

Thank you.

12 April 2021 - NW209

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether, with reference to the expansion of the State’s capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, which gave cause for the Level 5 lockdown under the regulations, will her Office furnish Mr J J McGluwa with the full details of all state funded initiatives for the expansion of the response capacity to the COVID-19 pandemic in each province and the costs thereof since 25 March 2020; if not, why not; if so, (a) who has a final say in respect of the contents of the COVID-19 regulations, (b) what methodology is employed to decide on the contents of the regulations, (c) what is the nature of the evidence that is considered to formulate the regulations, (d) how is the credibility and scientific or other expert evidence determined and (e) what quality control measures have been put in place; (2) what measures are in place to ensure (a) transparency in execution of the functions mentioned above and (b) that citizens are able to exercise their rights as provided for terms of section 34 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) allocated funding from existing grants within the department in support of service delivery programmes as well as to augment the resources made available by affected organs of state from their own resources on the efforts to combat the spread of covid-19 pandemic. The details of the disaster management funded initiatives for the augmentation of the response capacity to the COVID-19 pandemic in each province and the costs thereof since 25 March 2021 are as follows:

An amount of R466 392 000 (R466.4 million) from the Provincial Disaster Relief Grant was transferred in March 2020 to the Departments of Health in all provinces primarily for the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Ventilators.

Table 1: funding allocation to Provincial Departments of Health for Covid-19 response measures: Provincial Disaster Relief Grant- 2019/2020 FY

No.

Province

Amounts allocated to Provincial Departments of Health

 

Eastern Cape

R 44 551 000

 

Free State

R 12 429 000

 

Gauteng

R115 996 000

 

KwaZulu-Natal

R138 918 000

 

Limpopo

R 42 449 000

 

Mpumalanga

R 33 993 000

 

Northern Cape

R 6 224 000

 

North West

R 18 540 000

 

Western Cape

R 53 292 000

 

Total

R466 392 000

An amount of R150 970 000 (R151 million) from the Municipal Disaster Relief Grant was transferred in May 2020 to 246 municipalities in all provinces primarily for Covid-19 response measures. The priority areas for allocated funding were (i) Sanitation, (ii) Waste Management, (iii) Decontamination of specific selected public spaces, (iv) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and (v) Hygiene packs.

Table 2: funding allocation to 246 municipalities in all provinces for Covid-19 response measures: Municipal Disaster Relief Grant- 2020/2021 FY

No.

Province

No. of municipalities funded

Amounts allocated to local municipalities within respective provinces

 

Eastern Cape

37

R42 787 000

 

Free State

22

R 8 610 000

 

Gauteng

8

R 5 276 000

 

KwaZulu-Natal

53

R47 499 000

 

Mpumalanga

17

R 9 596 000

 

Limpopo

27

R14 579 000

 

Northern Cape

31

R 3 137 000

 

North West

22

R11 559 000

 

Western Cape

29

R 7 927 000

 

Total

246

R150 970 000

In May 2020, The National Treasury has given the Department of Cooperative Governance approval for municipalities to reprioritise their 2019/20 Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) allocations, for urgent repairs to water and sanitation infrastructure, to improve their functionality in reliable delivery of basic services. A total of 335 projects were reprioritised to the value of R1.6 billion, with 187 projects under construction and 51 completed to date (See attached document for provincial details).

The reprioritisation by municipalities in 2020/21 financial year has been very low, with only 109 projects registered for implementation. The approval granted by the National Treasury in July 2020 indicated that of municipal MIG allocations can be reprioritised for urgent repairs to water and sanitation infrastructure to improve functionality of infrastructure, and a further 10% for sanitisation of public transport facilities, which includes repairs to municipal owned quarantine sites. The total value of these projects, as per municipal

applications, is R474, 595,236. A total of 50 projects are currently under implementation and 9 are completed to date (See table below for provincial details).

 

 

In terms of sub-question:

a) Cabinet.

b) The National Corona-Virus Command Council (NCCC) receives reports from the NATJOINTS and the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MACs). It considers the reports and deliberates on the required regulations and formulates a recommendation to Cabinet.

c) The following factors, amongst others, play a key role in the determination of the regulations:

(i) the extent of the rate of infection (e.g. number of active cases per 100 000 population, rate of increase / decrease of active cases etc).

(ii) the readiness of the health system to cope with the number of infections (e.g. availability of hospital beds, number of health care workers infected etc.);

(iii) the advice and analysis of the Minster of Health’s Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC), made up of a wide range of science and health experts and the NATJOINTS, made up of the Directors-General of the respective national sector departments.

d) The scientific evidence is quality assured by the MAC against peer reviewed publications of research conducted, where such publication is available.

e) The decisions of Cabinet on the content of the regulations are drafted in the correct layout by legislative drafters, which are legally vetted by the Office of the Chief State Law Adviser, before it is signed by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs for publication in the Gazette to give it the force of law.

(2)(a) All approved regulations are published in the Government Gazette. Before the publication in the Gazette, where major changes to regulations are to come into effect, often the President addresses the nation on those changes. After the publication in the Gazette, the Minister of COGTA leads media briefings involving other relevant ministers on the contents of Regulations.

(b) Section 34 of the Constitution guarantees the right of access to courts. The courts have remained operational during the declaration of the national state of disaster. To manage the spread of the virus, directions were issued by the

Minister of Justice and Correctional services and directives were issues by Heads of Courts.

Thank you.

12 April 2021 - NW970

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister in the Presidency

What total amount was spent on public service announcements at (a) eNCA, (b) SABC 2, (c) SABC 3 and (d)(i) print and (ii) digital media platforms for COVID-19 awareness campaigns in the period 1 March 2020 and 1 March 2021?

Reply:

The GCIS did not spend any funds for the flighting of PSA’s. The Public Service Announcements were flighted by all major media houses free of charge both on TV and on Radio.

a) ENCA flighted 11 spots and the total value of the PSA’s was R125 250.00

b) SABC 1, 2 & 3 flighted a total of 14 spots and the value of the PSA’s was R300 750.00. The cost breakdown per station is not available.

c) Same as above.

d) (i) No PSA’s were placed

(ii) Digital media platforms

The GCIS received ad grants from Facebook, Twitter as well as Google for use in COVID-19 awareness campaigns. This was a global campaign from the platform owners to assist Governments across the world in sharing COVID-19 information

Facebook: 4 ad grants totalling US$ 88 031 or roughly R1,3 million to use on GovernmentZA page. Spent to date: R680 000

Twitter: received ad grants from Twitter totalling R381 000 - Spent to date: R381 000

Google: Initial grant for the search campaign totalled US$5,5 million that was set to expire on 31 December 2020. This was extended until 31 December 2021. An addition grant of US$2,5 million was received in March 2021. Total grant: US$7,5 million or roughly R115 million. Spent to date: R77 000 000

Thank you.

12 April 2021 - NW223

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)What is the duration of the suspension of a certain person (name and details furnished); (2) whether the specified person has been transferred and/or seconded to another position in The Presidency; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the position which the person currently holds and (b) for how long will the person be in the specified position; (3) whether the person has retained all the previously allocated privileges and benefits such as salary, security detail, electronic equipment such as a cell phone and a laptop; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the reasons for this and (b) total amount has the person been paid in salaries since the suspension?

Reply:

(1)  Ms Khusela Sangoni has been placed on precautionary suspension with effect from 02 February 2021 pending an investigation. The investigation is mandated to be completed within 60 days from date of inception.
 
(2) As stated in 1 above, Ms Khusela Sangoni has been placed on precautionary suspension until the finalisation of the investigation. She has not been transferred or seconded to any other department.
 
(3) Ms Khusela Sangoni has retained all her allocated privileges since the precautionary suspension

a) Her suspension is in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 2.7(2) of Chapter 7 of the SMS Handbook, with full pay. The precautionary suspension does not constitute a punishment.

b) She receives her salary at the end of the month, where she will be paid her salary in full.

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12 April 2021 - NW224

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)What total number of (a) staff members and (b) political appointees in (i) senior management and (ii) middle management in (aa) The Presidency and (bb) his Office have submitted their financial disclosures by 21 January 2021; (2) what (a) total number of employees including their (i) names and (ii) positions failed to submit their disclosures and (b) actions has been taken in respect of each individual who failed to submit financial disclosures by 21 January 2021?

Reply:

The 2019/20 Financial Disclosure Period:

1. By 31 August 2020, The Presidency had a [1]100 % compliance level in terms of all staff members submitting their financial disclosures.

The Breakdown is per financial disclosure category:

a) Members of the Senior Management Service - All 58 submitted their financial disclosures by 30 May 2020.

b) Members in the Middle Management category (MMS12) – all [2]27 submitted their financial disclosures by 31 July 2020.

c) Members in the Middle Management category (MMS11) – all 51 submitted their financial disclosures by [3]30 August 2020.

d) Members in the OSD12/Higher category – All 12 submitted their financial disclosures by 31 July 2020.

2. All designated employees submitted their financial disclosures. Please note that the report is on employees’ compliance to the timelines of the Financial Disclosure Framework and not the content/Financial information that was disclosed.

Thank you.

  1. The 100% compliance level pertains to all employees who were employed by The Presidency during the official disclosure period and not employees who joined The Presidency after the disclosure period. All employees who submitted their financial disclosures are employed in terms of the Public Service Act, thus, in all categories there is no definition of a ‘political appointee’.

  2. A member who joined The Presidency in July 2020, submitted his disclosure in August 2020. So in total all 28 MMS12 members submitted their financial disclosures.

  3. Please Note that the Financial Disclosure Framework indicates that a newly appointed designated employee should disclose his/her financial interest 30 days after assumption of duty. An employee became part of MMS11 in October 2020, meaning that currently The Presidency has 52 MMS11 members. The Ethics Office could not register the employee on the Financial Disclosure System in 2020 due to intermittent problems with the system and not due to failure by the employee to disclose his financial interest.

09 April 2021 - NW438

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What engagements has she had with the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality in Limpopo to ensure that the villages in the specified municipality that do not have water are provided with water services?

Reply:

We have not scheduled a DDM visit to the Sekhukhune District yet and therefore have not had engagement with the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality.

However the Provincial Department of COGTA, working with the Sekhukhune District Municipality has engaged the municipality to discuss service delivery issues. In villages that do not have any water infrastructure, the Municipality supplies them with water through water tankers as per Ward councillor’s request.

Some of the projects that are currently being implemented in the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality are:

No.

Project Name

Targeted Village/s

Current Status

1

Mogorwane Water Supply Scheme

Mogorwane

Planned for completion and commissioning before end of May 2021

2

Mashabela Water Supply Scheme

Mashabela

Partially functional

3

Glencowie, GaMoloi, Cabrief, New Stand and Pelepele Park Water Reticulation

Glencowie, GaMoloi, Cabrief, New Stand and Pelepele Park Water

Functional

4

Makgeru Schoonoord Bulk Water Supply Scheme.

The total project cost is R210 396 563.42

Different villages within Makgeru and Schoonoord areas

The project is 90% complete. It is scheduled for completion on 15 September 2021.

To date, expenditure on local empowerment is as follows:

  • A total of R8 131 729.58 was spent on 25 Local contractors / suppliers.
  • A total of R55million has been spent on local labourers;
  • R1 839 000 has been spent on providing accredited training to about 400 local people.

5

Construction of water reticulation pipelines in GaMogashoa (Senkgapudi) and Manamane

The total budget is R144 467 205.32

GaMogashoa (Sekgapudi) and Manamage

The projects are at 74% complete. Scheduled completion dates are 24 June 2021 and 28 May 2021.

To date, expenditure on local empowerment is as follows:

  1. GaMogashoa (Sekngapudi) – R3 688 900 has been spent on 10 local companies and R1 326 000 has also been spent on 34 local labourers.
  1. Manamane – R2 627 925.83 has been spent on 13 local companies and R871 050 has been spent on 32 local companies.

09 April 2021 - NW334

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What (a) number of (i) directors-general and (ii) acting directors-general of government departments received performance bonuses in respect of the 2018-19 financial year and (b) was the total quantum of such bonuses paid out and (c) number of the relevant departments achieved outputs in excess of 80% of their targets as set out in their annual performance plans?

Reply:

In terms of section 7(7) of the Public Service Act, 1994, only the head of national departments and Offices of the Premier may bear the designation of Director-General. The information presented is therefore limited to Directors-General as contained in Schedule 1 of the Public Service Act, 1994.

(a) According to the information from the PERSAL system for the 2018/2019 performance cycle (i) four (4) Directors-General were paid performance bonuses (ii) no acting Directors-General were paid performance bonuses. (b) A total amount of R614 935,11 was paid out to Directors-General for performance bonuses. (c) All of the relevant departments have achieved outputs in excess of 80% of their targets as set out in their annual performance plans (APP). The table below provides the details of the departments who paid performance bonuses.

No

Name of Departments

Performance bonus paid

Achievement of APP targets

Directors-General

 

1

Higher Education and Training

R155,942.16

95%

2

The Presidency

R90,369.00

80%

3

Northern Cape: Office of the Premier

R248,131,95*

99%

4

Western Cape: Office of the Premier

R120,492.00

92%

GRAND TOTAL

R614 935,11

 

*The amount is for two payments of performance bonuses for two performance cycles paid in the 2018/2019 financial year. .

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09 April 2021 - NW948

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)How often does his department verify the data on the Persal system in an effort to ensure (a) its accuracy and (b) that there are no ghost employees on the system; (2) what are the reasons that some government departments are still making use of manual pay slips as opposed to electronic pay slips despite the fact that electronic pay slips contribute towards the reduction of printing costs and root out ghost employees in the public service; (3) by what date is it envisaged that the Government will phase out the manual submission and formally introduce electronic submission of leave forms for Public Service employees as part of modernising the public service?

Reply:

1. Each department is required to verify the payroll reports on a monthly basis to ensure that every employee receiving payment from the department is eligible for such payment.

a) The capturing, maintenance and verification of data on PERSAL is a decentralised responsibility of each relevant Head of Department. Therefore it is the responsibility of each Head of Department to assign a designated employee as a PERSAL controller to manage data accuracy. PERSAL controllers in every department are accountable for institutionalizing, maintaining and communicating procedures to ensure continuous control over access, security and maintenance of data records within their departments.

b) Treasury Regulations prescribe the verification of payroll reports to ensure that only legitimately employed persons receive payment. According to Treasury Regulation 8.3.4:

For all employees, the person in charge at the respective pay-points must certify on the date of payment that all persons listed on the payroll report are entitled to payment. Employees paid by cheque must sign the payroll report when collecting their cheques.” Regulation 8.3.4 further specifies “These payroll reports must then be returned to the Chief Financial Officer of the department within 10 days and the accounting officer must ensure that all pay-point certificates have been received on a monthly basis.”

2. There is no specific set date for the complete phasing out of manual submission as the relevant technology platform is currently not capable of on-boarding all government departments at the same time. The introduction of electronic payslips is therefore, being rolled out in a phased approach. The migrating of departmental users to an electronic payslip platform requires a close partnership between the PERSAL controllers at National Treasury, department specific HRM employees working on PERSAL, Government Information Technology Officer (GITO) per department, the account management team at SITA as well as their mainframe team. This process impacts the on-boarding process as it depends on the readiness of specific departments to move to an electronic payslip platform at different times depending on the time departments receive the proposal from SITA, process it and verify employees and their respective email addresses to ensure the correct payslip goes to the correct employee. It has also been indicated by some departments that not all employees have access to emails which impacts on their ability to access electronic payslips.

3. The automation of leave is part of the functionality to be provided by the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS). National Treasury, which is the lead department in the IFMS Programme, is currently in the process of appointing a service provider to design the system to meet the requirements of the Public Service. Once this has been completed and the IFMS implemented, the system will address, amongst others, the automation of leave.

In view of the above, it is not possible to indicate at this stage on which date manual leave forms will be phased out and replaced with an electronic system.

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09 April 2021 - NW770

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What steps are being taken by her department to address the negative impact of widespread political infighting at local government level on service delivery to local communities?

Reply:

The political and administrative levels in municipalities must work together to improve on service delivery. Instability at any of the levels is has a negative impact on the ability of the municipality to perform its functions. All councillors are obliged to abide by the Councillor Code of Conduct (Schedule 1 of the Municipal Systems Act, 2000). The following clauses are pertinent:

2. A councillor must:

a) perform the functions of office in good faith, honestly and a transparent manner; and

b) at all times act in the best interest of the municipality and in such a way that the credibility and integrity of the municipality are not compromised.

11. A councillor may not, except as provided by law

a) interfere in the management or administration of any department of the municipal council unless mandated by council;

b) give or purport to give any instruction to any employee of the council except when authorised to do so;

c) obstruct or attempt to obstruct the implementation of any decision of the council or a committee by an employee of the council; or

d) encourage or participate in any conduct which would cause or contribute to maladministration in the council.

When the Code is breached, the recourse lies with the Municipal Council and the provincial MEC for Local Government.

1) The municipal council may

a) investigate and make a finding on any alleged breach of a provision of this Code; or

b) establish a special committee. to investigate and make a finding on any alleged breach of this Code; and ii. to make appropriate recommendations to the council.

2) If the council or a special committee finds that a councillor has breached a provision of this Code, the council may

a) issue a formal warning to the councillor;

b) reprimand the councillor;

c) request the MEC for local government in the province to suspend the councillor for a period; d. fine the councillor; and e. request the MEC to remove the councillor from office

3) The MEC for local government may appoint a person or a committee to investigate any alleged breach of a provision of this Code and to make a recommendation on whether the councillor should be suspended or removed from office.

4) If the MEC is of the opinion that the councillor has breached a provision of this Code, and that such contravention warrants a suspension or removal from office, the MEC maya. suspend the councillor for a period and on conditions determined by the MEC; or b. remove the councillor from office.

In terms of the amendments to the Municipal Structures Act, an MEC for local government will be able to remove a councillor from office for a breach of the Code and that councillor will not be eligible to become a councillor for a period of two years.

Political infighting requires all politicians and the intervention of their political parties to resolve their issues. All political office bearers have the responsibility to ensure communities are served effectively, efficiently, and respectfully.

09 April 2021 - NW999

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)What is the total number of students who (a) owe money to institutions, whose National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) payments have been delayed and (b)(i) are funded by NSFAS have failed the final exam of the 2020 academic year and (ii) what is the financial cost of the failure; (2) what is the total over enrolment (a) maximum limit and (b) above maximum limit accepted by institutions to NSFAS for 2020; (3) what are the reasons for not implementing the recommendations of the Heher Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training on the viability of tertiary education funding; (4) whether his department will continue with fee-free higher education considering the challenges facing NSFAS; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) A detailed template was sent to all institutions to gain an understanding of the current levels of student debt and the categories of students that carry debt, including NSFAS students. This information was due on 26 March 2021. It should be noted that eligible NSFAS qualifying continuing and returning students with debt are allowed to register and will receive their allowances in the first week of April 2021, dependent on academic results and registration data received from institutions.  No eligible NSFAS applicants and NSFAS returning students in TVET colleges are required to pay registration fees. The first payment of allowances for 2021 was made from 05 March 2021, upon receipt of registration data, for colleges that disburse allowances to students. However, in respect of the rest of the institutions, payments were made on 19 March 2021 upon receipt of their registration data.

(b)   This information will be available from NSFAS on 31 March 2021 as NSFAS is still awaiting academic results from some institutions to conclude 2021 funding decisions for returning and continuing qualifying NSFAS students. Funding for NSFAS returning students is dependent on academic progression. The Department has established that about 10% of TVET college student debt is recoverable and 90% is unrecoverable. However, in an effort to avert exclusion of students due to an inability to afford fees, TVET colleges writes off 90% of the student debt which is not recoverable.   

2. (a) The table below reflects the 2020 Ministerial approved enrolment planning targets for First Time Entering Undergraduates (FTEN) and total undergraduate enrolments.

 

TVET College

Continuing Student

New Applicant

Total

Boland

2 138

2 729

4 867

Buffalo City

1 602

2 076

3 678

Capricorn

4 441

4 514

8 955

Central Johannesburg

1 780

3 329

5 109

Coastal KZN

3 425

5 392

8 817

College of Cape Town

2 348

2 821

5 169

Eastcape Midlands

1 834

2 700

4 534

Ehlanzeni

2 180

3 694

5 874

Ekurhuleni East

2 061

4 966

7 027

Ekurhuleni West

4 209

5 320

9 529

Elangeni

3 261

3 311

6 572

Esayidi

3 163

3 306

6 469

False Bay

1 695

1 951

3 646

Flavius Mareka

1 184

2 937

4 121

Gert Sibande

3 474

4 271

7 745

Goldfields

872

1 843

2 715

Ikhala

1 750

2 096

3 846

Ingwe

2 375

2 558

4 933

King Hintsa

943

1 429

2 372

King Sabata Dalindyebo

2 363

3 043

5 406

Lephalale

1 077

1 287

2 364

Letaba

1 846

1 860

3 706

Lovedale

1 385

1 477

2 862

Majuba

5 397

5 773

11 170

Maluti

2 158

3 303

5 461

Mnambithi

1 335

1 805

3 140

Mopani South East

2 226

2 936

5 162

Motheo

1 770

5 175

6 945

Mthashana

1 706

1 783

3 489

Nkangala

3 401

3 362

6 763

Northern Cape Rural

688

2 119

2 807

Northern Cape Urban

1 405

2 288

3 693

Northlink

4 129

4 298

8 427

Orbit

2 222

2 307

4 529

Port Elizabeth

1 631

2 412

4 043

Sedibeng

3 480

4 759

8 239

Sekhukhune

1 523

2 197

3 720

South Cape

1 417

2 877

4 294

South West Gauteng

4 066

5 330

9 396

Taletso

1 094

2 300

3 394

Thekwini

1 845

2 592

4 437

Tshwane North

2 920

4 230

7 150

Tshwane South

2 131

3 177

5 308

Umfolozi

3 034

3 606

6 640

Umgungundlovu

1 883

2 226

4 109

Vhembe

5 150

6 167

11 317

Vuselela

1 524

2 586

4 110

Waterberg

1 598

1 836

3 434

West Coast

1 625

3 421

5 046

Western

2 702

3 447

6 149

Total

115 466

157 222

272 688

 

(b) It should be noted that the Department has only received preliminary data from universities on their 2020 enrolments and this is therefore subject to change. There may have been institutions that have over-enrolled slightly on their enrolment plans and the impact on NSFAS is not yet known.  More reliable data on enrolments will be received from universities at the end of April 2021. Once they have identified all their graduates, the Department will receive the final audited data at the end of July 2021. Preliminary data indicates that UNISA is the only institution that has exceeded its FTEN 2020 enrolment plan target. The approved enrolment target for FTEN students for UNISA was 57 703. According to UNISA’s first submission of HEMIS data, the University has enrolled 77 840 FTEN students. According to data received from NSFAS on 23 March 2021, the entity has funded 74 427 FTEN students in 2020. 

(3) The Commission completed its report and handed it to the former President on 31 August 2017. Government considered the report through an Inter-Ministerial Task Team and agreed with many of the recommendations, some of which are either currently being planned or implemented. Four recommendations made by the Commission were not accepted:

- Community Education and Training only concerns itself with adult basic education;

- A universal model of Income Contingent Deferred Loans underwritten by government;

- Funding (loans) should be extended to cover students studying at private higher education institutions; and

- University students should not pay application fees nor registration fees.

(4) Government’s policy remains the provision of fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working-class South Africans. Cabinet has requested an urgent review of government policy on student financial aid, which must be completed within the next three months. The focus will be on sustainable modelling of NSFAS as well as to explore a different public-private sector mechanism to enable better support for the “missing middle” income bracket.

09 April 2021 - NW953

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether a certain person (name and details furnished) is an employee of (a) his department, (b) a departmental agency and/or (c) any state-owned entity reporting to him in any capacity whatsoever; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

a) No, the said person is not an employee in the Department of Public Service and Administration.

b) N/A

c) N/A

End

09 April 2021 - NW786

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Given that the community of Moloto village in the Thembisile Hani Local Municipality in Mpumalanga have been hard hit by a water crisis that has forced the residents to buy water from persons who have drilled boreholes, by what date will she ensure that the specified municipality will provide water to the residents of Moloto village?

Reply:

The information was obtained from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Mpumalanga Province.

The municipality has been implementing a project for the development of groundwater supply scheme for Moloto with the aim of addressing the chronic water shortage faced by the above-mentioned village. The details of the project are as follows:

Name of Project: Moloto Village Ground Water Supply Scheme

Project scope: The project scope is as follows:

  • Drilling and equipping of 10 boreholes (estimated yield 4.5Ml/day)
  • Equipping of existing boreholes with electrical pumps
  • Construction of Water Treatment Package Plant
  • Construction of two (2) high lift pump stations.
  • Construction of two (2) bulk water supply lines to the existing 5.0Ml concrete reservoir.
  • Construction of a pump house, near the existing concrete reservoir.
  • Eskom connection.
  • Installation of automatic pump control units.
  • Installation of pipe line appurtenances.
  • Perimeter fencing.
  • Water Use Licence (WUL) application.

Project Budget: The total budget for the full scope of works is R 28 579 251.05.

Project Start Date: 28 February 2019

Project completion Date: The project is projected to be completed as soon as Eskom completes the re-installation of the vandalised Eskom Kiosk.

Number of planned beneficiaries: The project is envisaged to serve a population of 20 966 persons

Project funding source: The project is funded through the Water Services infrastructure Grant (WSIG)

Currently, the project progress is at 90% with the outstanding works of ESKOM connection, testing and commissioning. The ESKOM connection was done last year but the connection equipment and a transformer were subsequently stolen just after installation while Eskom was in the process of completing the installation.

Following a number of meetings between ESKOM and the municipality, a consensus was reached to put security measures to protect the infrastructure before ESKOM can replace the stolen items, of which the municipality did in October 2020. Therefore, it was then expected that ESKOM will replace all the stolen items and energise the boreholes however to this end, this has not been done even after numerous letters, and telephonic conversations to follow-up on the matter.

The recent report from ESKOM is that they are still in a process of procuring the stolen items. Once installation is completed in June 2021, the community of Moloto will have sustainable water supply.

In addition, the Municipality has completed the construction of a 5Ml reservoir to augment the water storage capacity and has also started with the implementation of the Moloto Water Infrastructure (Water reticulation) project of which the inception meeting was held on 04th March 2021. The project is under construction and will be implemented in 3 phases. Phase one is projected to be completed by 30 March 2022. A total of 4 770 households expected to benefit from the project.

Based on the above the municipality has a plan to address the water challenges faced by the residents of the Moloto village.

 

09 April 2021 - NW935

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether, with phase one of the vaccine rollout process targeting frontline healthcare workers, his department has devised a vaccine rollout strategy for public service workers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) forms part of the National Vaccine Rollout Committee led by the Department of Health. The Committee acts as a coordination mechanism that oversees the vaccine rollout in both the public and private sectors as government implements the National Vaccine Rollout Strategy, which was presented to Parliament.

In preparation for the Phase Two of the Rollout strategy, the DPSA has developed and presented the Project Plan to the Workplace Vaccination Work Stream of the rollout Committee, which outlines the rollout strategy for essential workers in the public service. This Project Plan is being consulted on with critical stakeholders for finalisation. The relevant details will therefore be made public and shared with Parliament once the plan has been finalised following the consultations.

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09 April 2021 - NW534

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)In light of the recent ruling by the Labour Appeal Court that the 2018 wage agreement, namely Resolution 1 of 2018, was deemed unlawful and in contravention of Regulations 78 and 79 of the Public Service Regulations because the State agreed to wage increases despite not having the requisite written commitment or approval from National Treasury, what are the reasons that his department ignored the letter from the Minister of Finance on 14 February 2018, which explicitly indicated that no additional funding can be made available to fund the wage negotiations outcome and advised his department to instead table an alternative offer that would not exceed the existing funding envelope; (2) whether he will furnish Dr L A Schreiber with (a) a list of the full names of (i) all government officials and (ii) Cabinet Ministers who formed part of the Committee of Ministers and/or who participated at any point in the negotiation of the 2018 wage agreement between the State and trade unions, (b) a full list of names of Cabinet Ministers and officials who formally approved and/or signed off on the 2018 agreement on behalf of the State, (c) a copy of the Cabinet Minutes from the Cabinet meeting that approved the draft wage agreement of 26 January 2018 and (d) a copy of the Cabinet Minutes from the Cabinet meeting that approved the final wage agreement of 8 June 2018?

Reply:

The labour unions involved in this matter have made an application for leave to appeal the Labour Appeal Court judgement. The matter is therefore still before the courts. Under the circumstances, it is advised that at this stage the Minister for the Public Service and Administration is unable to respond to the questions posed.

End

09 April 2021 - NW385

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether each national department employs an accounting officer; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) (a) what total number of accounting officers are employed in an acting capacity and (b) does each specified officer have the necessary qualifications required for the position; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) In terms of Section 36 of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 with respect to Accounting Officers; every department and every constitutional institution must have an accounting officer and the head of a department must be the accounting officer for the department.

(2) In terms of Section 37 of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999, deals with acting accounting officers and stipulates when an accounting officer is absent or otherwise unable to perform the functions of accounting officer, or during a vacancy, the functions of accounting officer must be performed by the official acting in the place of that accounting officer.

(a) Nationally: There are nine (9) acting Accounting Officers (In the Presidency the acting DG is also the formally appointed accounting officer).

Provincially: There are twenty seven (27) acting Accounting Officers.

(b) In terms of the regulatory framework, Regulation 63 (2) of the Public Service Regulations, 2016 states that, “an employee directed to act in another post in terms of section 32 (2) should have the necessary competency for the post to which he or she is appointed to act”. As defined in the Public Service Regulations, 2016, Competency means the combination of knowledge, skills, behaviour and aptitude that a person can apply in the work environment, which indicates a person's ability to meet the requirements of a specific post. For purposes of business continuity meeting qualifications for a post for purposes of acting is not a requirements however, noting the definition, competency to perform the duties are.

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09 April 2021 - NW837

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

What (a) is the vacancy rate for all types of nurses in the Republic, (b) is the breakdown of the number of posts that have remained vacant in each province and (c) are the details of the vacancy rate in the years (i) 2016, (ii) 2017, (iii) 2018, (iv) 2019 and (v) 2020?

Reply:

The Department of Higher Education and Training has no jurisdiction over the appointment of healthcare professionals or nurses. This is the responsibility of Provincial health Departments and this question should be re-directed to the National Department of Health.

07 April 2021 - NW743

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply of the Minister of Finance to question 2201 on 22 October 2020, a certain political organisation (name furnished) has refunded any of the monies owed to the State for the irregular use of an SA Air Force aircraft to transport a delegation of the specified political organisation to Zimbabwe for talks with a political party in that country; if not, why not; if so, (a) what total amount has been refunded to date, (b) what amount is still outstanding and (c) by what date is it envisaged the amount will be refunded in full; (2) whether the specified amount is the (a) full and (b) final amount with which the specified political organisation will refund the State; if not, what action is the National Treasury taking to recover the full cost of the irregular flight; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

On 30 September 2020, payment to the Department of Defence was made in the amount of R105 545.46

07 April 2021 - NW781

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

In view of the statement by the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, in his State of the Nation Address on 11 February 2021, that there will be renewed emphasis on building state capacity by building a pool of engineers, project managers and other critical skills in order to ensure a seamless implementation of projects, what targeted interventions will he make to (a) recruit a sufficient number of young persons for enrollment in the specified courses and (b) fund their studies?

Reply:

a)  Since the introduction of the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System in

2010 and the subsequent Medium-Term Strategic Framework, the Department has been engaging with universities through enrolment planning on their targets for scarce skills areas. In the new enrolment planning cycle, the targets for first time entering students into the scarce skills areas of engineering, life and physical science, human health, animal health and veterinary sciences, and teacher education are indicated in the table below:

Scarce Skills Areas

2020

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

Engineering

16 152

16 647

17 085

17 639

18 100

18 317

Life and Physical Science

16 948

17 161

17 584

17 391

17 459

17 614

Human Health

9 796

10 155

10 418

10 838

11 155

11 516

Animal and Veterinary

Science

1 116

1 154

1 194

1 209

1 229

1 257

Initial Teacher Education

22 752

22 746

22 788

22 855

22 951

23 380

The targets for all undergraduate enrolments for the scarce skills are in the table below:

Scarce Skills Areas

2020

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

Engineering

77 062

77 003

77 158

78 916

80 796

83 019

Life and Physical Science

58 267

59 240

60 613

61 218

62 092

62 890

Human Health

47 411

47 488

47 597

49 120

50 406

51 926

Animal and Veterinary

Science

5 001

5 208

5 343

5 469

5 592

5 729

Initial Teacher Education

136

272

139

733

142

893

144

791

147 471

150

117

770 Apprentices are being trained at 26 Centres of Specialisation at different Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in 13 priority trades with 130

participating employers. A further 1 000 young people are expected to start in 2021 as apprentices. TVET colleges are being supported to be Trade Test Centres for occupational trades.

In response to the President’s State of the Nation Address, Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) have set targets to respond to the National Skills Development Plan and contribute to the post-school education and training system. Amongst others, four SETAs that are involved with artisanal and engineering interventions have set targets for the Medium-Term Strategic Framework.

Interventions

2020

2021

2022

2023

2024

Artisans

9 170

7 768

9 683

9 234

9 919

Engineering Learnerships

10 588

7 551

9 840

10 560

8 055

Recognition of Prior Learning

3 259

2 561

2 855

2 978

1 543

Work Integrated Learning

1 849

1 654

2 243

2 166

2 188

Bursary

4 112

1 474

1 876

1 880

1 886

Candidacy

703

386

812

885

896

b) All NSFAS qualifying students in approved undergraduate qualifications are provided with financial support for their studies, as long as they continue to meet the financial and academic eligibility criteria.

SETAs have made commitments to fund employers that partner with TVET colleges to take more apprentices as part of the skills strategy to support the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. Funding of eligible learners will be done through discretionary grants given to employers and institutions of higher learning. SETAs will fund programmes or projects aimed at developing high-level skills such as managers, associate professionals and artisans amongst others.

07 April 2021 - NW657

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

(1)With reference to the burglary and theft of weapons at the TEK Base in Thaba Tswane, which was reported in December 2019, what (a) is the progress of the investigation, (b) charges were brought against the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) staff and (c) is the total number of SANDF staff who (i) were suspended, (ii) were charged, (iii) are still suspended but not charged, (iv) are still suspended and being paid their salaries and (v) were charged and have appeared in a court of law; (2) what are the details of the munitions (a) stolen and (b) recovered; (3) whether any stolen weapons were recovered; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) where and (b) on what date did the recovery occur?

Reply:

1. a. What is the progress of the investigation? The case is at Court of Senior Military Judge for trial.

b. What charges were brought against the SANDF Staff? Housebreaking and Theft and alternative charge of Negligent Loss of Firearms.

c. What is the total number of SANDF Staff who –

i.  were suspended? Fourteen (14) members.

ii. were charged? Fourteen (14) members.

iii. are still suspended but not charged? None.

iv. are still suspended and being paid their salaries? Six of the seven members that are still on suspension are receiving salary of which five members suspension are in process to be uplifted (As discussed with GOC SA Army Engineer Formation).

v. were charged and have appeared in a Court of Law? Fourteen (14) members.

2. What are the details of the munitions (a) stolen and (b) recovered? Eighteen (18) R4 Assault Rifles and three (3) 9mm Pistols ( 9mm Vector, 9mm Baretta and 9mm Star) were stolen of which eighteen (18) R4 Assault Rifles and two (2) 9mm Pistols (9mm Vector and 9mm Baretta) were recovered.

3. Whether any stolen weapons were recovered; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) where and (b) on what date did the recovery occur?

(i) Eighteen (18) R4 Assault Rifles and two (2) 9mm Pistols were recovered. The one 9mm Pistol that is still missing, was circulated.

(ii) On 08 February 2020 one 9mm Vector Pistol was recovered in Kwa-Thema and one R4 Assault Rifle was recovered in Springs. Thirteen R4 Assault Rifles and one 9mm Pistol were recovered in Daveyton on 09 February 2020. The last remaining four (4) R4 Assault Rifles were also recovered in Springs on 30 May 2020.

 

06 April 2021 - NW831

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

(a) What were the key issues emanating from the National Youth Machinery meeting (details furnished) and (b) who attended the meeting?

Reply:

(a) The key issues that are emanating from the National Youth Machinery meetings relate to progress on youth development interventions in the form of policies and programmes. In the meeting which was recently held on 02 March 2021, the following were discussed:

(i) Update on the launch of the National Youth Policy 2020-2030 (NYP2030) to create awareness on its approval and call for its implementation;

(ii) progress on the draft Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to track the implementation of the NYP2030. The aim was to solicit inputs from participants;

(iii) presentation on the Amendment of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Bill to solicit inputs from participants. The NYDA Act is amended to optimise and intensify delivery of services to the youth by making the NYDA’s broad mandate to be more focused, improve its governance and increase its reach through establishing NYDA’s offices and district and local levels in line with the District Development Model;

(iii) update on the draft Integrated Youth Development Strategy (IYDS) by the NYDA. The aim was to solicit further inputs from participants on the strategy which seeks to give effect to implementation of the NYP2030 through targeted programmes by government, business and civil society role players.

(iv) presentation of Techno girl Trust Program. The purpose of Techno Girl programme is to close the existing barriers of inadequate exposure of girls in the space of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The programme seek to reduce youth unemployment; provide second-chance; expose young people to 4IR; create needs innovative solutions; and provide youth with thorough training for businesses and employment opportunities. The purpose of the presentation was to solicit partnership in implementation of the programme.

(v) progress on the 4IR Youth Skills and Employment Initiative, which was presented to participants to appraise them that it will soon be presented to Cabinet. The initiative seeks to equip the youth with digital skills, so that South Africa and Africa, can reap the benefits from the 4th Industrial Revolution. The presentation was intended to encourage partnerships.

(b) The National Youth Machinery meeting was attended by youth focal persons in national line function departments; Offices of the Premiers; civil society organisations; South African Youth Council; and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). These attendees are the same participants who are targeted to attend all the National Youth Machinery meetings. The participants from business sector are also invited and attend the meetings on ad-hoc basis. The following are a list of organisations usually invited to send the representative/s to the meeting:

(i) Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (Chair and Secretariat);

(ii) Department of Social Development;

(iii) Department of Sports, Arts and Culture;

(iv) Department of Public Services Administration;

(v) Department of Home Affairs;

(vi) Department of Basic Education;

(vii) Department of Higher Education;

(viii) Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation;

(ix) Department of Economic;

(x) Department of Health;

(xi) Department of Minerals and Energy;

(xii) Department of International Relations and Cooperative Governance;

(xiii) Department of Small Business Development;

(xiv) Department of Employment and Labour;

(xv) Department of Justice and Correctional Services;

(xvi) Department of National Treasury;

(xvii) Department of Tourism;

(xviii) Department of Human Settlements;

(xix) South African Police Services;

(xx) Department of Communications and Digital Technologies;

(xxi) Department of Defence;

(xxii) Department of Employment and Labour;

(xxiii) Department of International Relations and Cooperation;

(xxiv) Department of Transport;

(xxv) Department of Public Works and Infrastructure;

(xxvi) Department of Small Business Development;

(xxvii) Department of Trade and Industry

(xxviii) Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation;

(xxix) Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services;

(xxx) Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs;

(xxxi) The Presidency;

(xxxii) Offices of the Premiers in all nine provinces;

(xxxiii) National Development Agency

(xxxiv) South African Youth Council

(xxxv) National non-Government Organisations

(xxxvi) South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

(xxxvii)Black Business Council

(xxxviii) Business Unity South Africa

(xxxix ) Development partners (e.g. UNFPA, UNICEF, GIZ)

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Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date _____________________

06 April 2021 - NW716

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

With reference to COVID-19 pandemic which has forced her Office to look toward incorporating Fourth Industrial Revolution measures and methodologies toward meeting its targets and, given this cost saving, what innovative plans does her Office have going forward to ensure all targets are met despite the impact that COVID-19 has had on regular functioning to ensure that the rights and needs of the youth are met?

Reply:

  • NYDA to speak on the Covid-19 grant programme launched as a result of COVID;
  • NYDA to speak to the 1000 businesses in a 100 days, and how success was achieved despite Covid. And what are the plans going forward.
  • Department to mention how they managed to consult young people throughout the pandemic

The Department will continue to engage young people and other stakeholders using both physical and virtual means. This will enable us to meet our targets and also meet the constitutional obligation of consulting those affected by policies and laws. The right to consultation has been centermost during the pandemic through using technology to engage youth for them to provide input into policy and legislation being developed by the Department.

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Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date _____________________

06 April 2021 - NW725

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department was responsible for identifying beneficiaries for the stimulus support that was provided as part of the COVID-19 packages; if not, (a) who was responsible to identify the beneficiaries and (b) what criteria were used; (2) whether she will furnish Mrs A Steyn with the report that was produced in order to motivate for support packages of identified beneficiaries; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALLRD) was responsible for identifying the Presidential Employment Stimulus Initiative (PESI) through an application process.

(a) Falls away.

(b) The Criteria used was dealt with in three distinct parts:

A: Compulsory Criteria;

B: Functional Criteria; and

C: Verification Criteria.

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(2) Yes. The information on support packages is provided below. The support packages to subsistence producers was determined by the agricultural economists based on the following production sizes:

Commodity

Production size required for support

Vegetable and fruit

1 ha or smaller (smaller than 100 meters x 100 meters or one soccer field);

Maize/soya/cotton/sugar/ grain products/ other

1ha or smaller (smaller than 100 meters x 100 meters or one soccer field)

Poultry

Broilers

100 broilers or less

 

Layers

50 layers or less

Livestock

Small Stock Units

25 animals or less

 

Large Stock Units

5 animals or less

NOTE:

  • Award sizes will range between R1000 and R9000, and are dependent on the commodity type applied for and verified production scale.
  • The size of the non-financial e-voucher will be determined by the current scale of production after physical verification by the Department of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural development.

** Please note the verification process in underway **

Section C below unpacks the production sizes further.