Questions and Replies

05 May 2027 - NW932

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Majola, Mr F to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to him; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) Have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply:

DPSA

  1. The Department of Public Service and Administration (a) does not have a chief executive officer position, (b) the chief financial officer position is filled (c) does not have a chief operating officer position
  2. N/A
  3. N/A

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (PSC)

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is an independent Constitutional body, and its budget is appropriated via the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

  1. The PSC has no vacancy to this effect.
  2. Not applicable, please see (1) above
  3. Not applicable, please see (a) and (b) above.

CPSI

  1. (a) No, (b) No, (c) No
  2. Not applicable, (ii) Not applicable
  3. Not applicable
  4. Not applicable

NSG

1. National School of Government (NSG) is a Schedule 1 national department Equivalent positions in the NSG referred to in question 1 above are: (a) Principal, (b) Chief Financial Officer and (c) Deputy Director General: Corporate Management. Both the positions of Principal and CFO are currently filled. The post of Deputy Director General: Corporate Management (DDG: CM) has been vacant since 01 August 2016.

2. The DDG: CM position was advertised on 09 December 2016. Interviews were scheduled for 22 March 2017 but has to be postponed. A new date for interviews will be scheduled, in consultation with the NSG, by the Ministry.

3. Two Chief Directors have been appointed to act in the position on a three months rotational basis since the post became vacant. One of the two Chief Directors in in the second rotational term of three months, which ends on 30 April 2017. The other Chief Director has only acted for one rotational three months term. Both Chief Directors have applied for the vacant position.

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11 April 2027 - NW585

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to SA Express’ frequent use in 2016 of chartered planes provided by Solenta Aviation and SKA Aircraft Leasing amongst others to cover its route between (a) Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, (b) George and Johannesburg and (c) Kimberley and Johannesburg, what is the total amount of chartering a flight to cover an ordinary route that is supposed to be operated by SA Express; (2) Whether there is a service level agreement in place between SA Express and the specified companies; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)

Solenta: see the link: https://pmg.org.za/files/RNW585Solenta-170411.docx

SKA: see the link: https://pmg.org.za/files/RNW585SKA-170411.docx

 

(2) Yes there are contracts in place for both entities and the SLA’s are contained in both contracts.

Solenta: Contract Period: 01 Feb 2017 to 31 July 2017

SKA: Contract Period: 06 December 2016 to 31 March 2017

Mogokare Richard Seleke Lynne Brown, MP

Director-General Minister of Public Enterprises

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18 May 2017 - NW684

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

(1)Did (a) her department or (b) any entity reporting to her participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation event hosted at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban, on 25 February 2017; if so, what amount was spent in each case; (2) did (a) her department or (b) any entity reporting to her participate in the auction of the (i) souvenirs or (ii) personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma; if so, (aa) which items were purchased and (bb) at what cost, in each case?

Reply:

1 and 2.  NO, neither the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, nor her departments and all entities reporting to her participated in both events.

17 May 2017 - NW1004

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether a service provider or consultant has been appointed to develop the structure and implementation of the proposed ICT sector regulator as contained in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper; if so, (a) what is the name of the service provider or consultant, (b) how was the assignment advertised, (c) how was the person or firm chosen, (d) on what date was the person or firm chosen, (e) what is the scope of work requested, (f) what is the cost, (g) what is the completion date and (h) is the service provider or person a member of the National ICT Forum?

Reply:

I am being advised by the Department as follows:

No, the Department did not appoint a service provider or consultant to develop the structure and implementation of the proposed ICT sector Regulator as contained in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper.

17 May 2017 - NW1009

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services:

Are discussions being held with the National Treasury to (a) develop a funding plan for the establishment of the proposed national wireless open access network and (b) attract local and foreign investors to participate; if not, (i) why not and (ii) how does the Minister envisage funding the establishment of the network?

Reply:

I have being advised by the Department as follows:

a) No

b) No

(i) & (ii) The model contemplated in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, does not envisage Government funding for the establishment of the network but provides that Government may provide incentives to support wireless open access. These include the allocation of some funds from the fund responsible for rural and under-serviced areas. At the appropriate time, the Universal Service and Access Fund or its successor contemplated in the White Paper, the Digital Development Fund, may allocate some funds if money is appropriated by Parliament for that purpose.

The White Paper stipulates that the Wireless Open Access Network will be a public-private sector-owned and managed consortium, and will consist of entities that are interested in participating. Participants may include, but not be limited to, current holders of electronic communications service (ECS) and electronic communications network service (ECNS) licenses, infrastructure companies, private equity investors, Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Over-the-Top (OTT) players and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), State-Owned Companies and Development Financial Institutions.

17 May 2017 - NW970

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(1)What steps should public technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges take to attract and retain competent lecturers in fields where the current remuneration levels available for lecturing staff are significantly below comparable salaries and service conditions in the private sector;\ (2) has his department taken any steps to allocate posts to TVET colleges at post levels that will allow public colleges to attract staff with scarce skills that are also in high demand in the private sector as lecturers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether his department (a) intends or (b) has already allocated financial support to public TVET colleges to improve the skills base of existing college lecturers, similar to the development grants that are made available to universities; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is currently the main employer of the lecturing staff in the public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college sector. The Department implements remuneration levels and conditions of service determined in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) and relevant sectoral bargaining councils. Together, the Department and TVET colleges take steps that create conducive environments that would attract and enhance the retention of competent lecturers. Such conditions include amongst others, job stability and satisfaction, housing, pension, medical aid benefits, salary/pay progression, 13th cheques, bursaries to further their studies and other development funds that are applicable within the public service sectors. The Department will soon start exploring an Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) unique to TVET college lecturers intended to introduce improved service conditions and remuneration packages that can be catered for within the current and future voted budgets. Currently, TVET college lecturers are allowed to partake in teaching self-sustainable, part-time classes within the sector. Lecturers are also remunerated for participating in setting of examination question papers and marking of these external examination papers. Some TVET colleges recognise the good performance of their lecturing staff and award them incentives and/or tokens of appreciation in terms of their policies and availability of financial resources.

2. No, the Department has not yet taken steps to allocate posts to TVET colleges at post levels that will allow public colleges to attract staff with scarce skills that are also in high demand in private sector. It should be noted that since the Department was established in 2009 and started operating on 1 April 2010, the public TVET colleges were employers and remunerated the larger portion of their staff from their own payroll systems, whereas the Provinces maintained salary payments for staff that were already in colleges prior to 1 January 2006 as a result of the implementation of the Further Education and Training Act 16 of 2006 (now the CET Act 16 of 2006 as amended). Staff members in all colleges were only transferred to the Department on 1 April 2015. The Department took over approximately 18 000 staff members and a host of liabilities. Since April 2010, the Department has been hard at work to bring parity and standardisation of systems throughout the sector and amongst staff members within the sector. Remuneration of staff members is guided by the current Public Service legislation and resolutions taken in the bargaining councils. However, in terms of the CET Act 16 of 2006 as amended, College Councils are allowed to appoint and remunerate additional college staff and subject them to conditions of service that are not lower than what is offered by the Department. This implies that colleges are allowed to give additional incentives to staff providing scarce skills in order to attract and retain them.

3. The Department has on 28 March 2017, transferred a total amount of R31.899 million of the skills levy to the 50 TVET colleges within the country, for the 2016/17 financial year. This allocation was in support of the colleges’ skills development plans, which were approved through the 2016 Medium Term Expenditure Framework planning process. The allocation has further been earmarked as a national priority project, which will address the critical skills shortage in the TVET sector.

It is expected that colleges must submit to the Department, skills development plans processed through their Academic Boards before they are authorised to spend the funds. This practice of transferring skills development levy funds to colleges will be sustained annually pending proper reporting to account for the utilisation of such funds.

COMPILER/CONTACT PERSONS: Mr SL Sethusha

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

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QUESTION 970 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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17 May 2017 - NW968

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(1)Does his department intend to transfer the former (a) Mokopane and (b) Abel Teacher Colleges to the Waterberg and Sekhukhune Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges respectively; if so, (a) what is required to effect the transfer of these properties, (b) have any delays been experienced in the transfer of these properties to his department and (c) which departmental official(s) will be taking the lead in the negotiations to effect the transfer; (2) have formal memoranda of understanding been signed between his department and the Department of Education in Limpopo while such transfers are pending; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the terms under which the TVET colleges are entitled to utilise the facilities and (b) since what date has the (i) Waterberg and (ii) Sekhukhune TVET colleges been (aa) sharing or (bb) utilising these properties with other government departments?

Reply:

1. The Department of Higher Education and Training is supporting the transfer of the two properties, i.e. the Mokopane and Abel Teacher Training Colleges to the respective colleges.

(a) The process to effect the transfer is underway. The first step of discussions with the Limpopo Department of Education have commenced. In addition, the Limpopo Provincial Department of Public Works has conducted an assessment of utilisation and ownership which has concluded with the following recommendations:

  • In the short-term, a Task Team should be established made up of officials from the Department of Basic Education, Department of Higher Education and Training, National Department of Public Works, Limpopo Department of Public Works and Roads and Infrastructure to facilitate the process of sharing of facilities given the needs of both the Departments of Basic Education and Higher Education and Training.
  • In the medium to long-term, measures should be put into place for the Limpopo Provincial Government to formally transfer all former colleges of education facilities throughout the Province to National Government for use by the Department of Higher Education and Training, provided that there are plans to that effect.
  • The next step of the process will be to action the short-term recommendations with the signing of a Joint Memoranda of Agreement on sharing the facilities.

(b) The process has taken a while but increased impetus is required from all parties to avoid undue delays.

(c) The Director responsible for College Infrastructure Projects will lead from the side of the Department of Higher Education and Training.

2. There has been no signing of a formal Memorandum of Agreement to date. A generic draft has been prepared and is being consulted with the respective authority.

(a) At present, the colleges are utilising the sites based on a mutual agreement with the Limpopo Department of Education. In effect, the colleges have control over certain parts of the site and requests access to other parts on a needs basis.

(b) (i) For the Waterberg TVET College, the Mokopane site has been shared with the Limpopo Provincial Department of Education since January 2008 and the site is also utilised by the Limpopo Provincial Department of Economic Development.

 (ii) For the Sekhukhune TVET College, the Abel site has been shared with the Limpopo Provincial Department Education since February 2016 when the college took occupation and the site is also utilised by the Sekhukhune District Municipal Water Affairs Division.

 

COMPILER/CONTACT PERSONS: Mr S Mommen

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

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QUESTION 968 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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17 May 2017 - NW1007

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services:

Whether any discussions have been held with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) on any aspect of the implementation of the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper; if not, (a) why not and (b) are there any plans to include the regulator in the implementation of any aspect of the policy; if so, (i) what issues have been discussed and (ii) what is the expected outcome of these discussions?

Reply:

I have being advised by the Department as follows:

Yes. The Department is required by law to engage ICASA. The Department has engaged ICASA on the implementation of the
National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper. These discussions were initially led by the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of ICASA

(i) Issues discussed:-

  • Legislative programme to implement the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper;
  • Cost to Communicate Programme;
  • Compilation of National ICT indicators to support policy development and regulation making; and
  • Wireless Open Access Network and the assignment of high demand spectrum.

(ii) To solicit ICASA’s input on the Implementation Framework as the regulator will be expected to implement policy, including the integration of the plan into their future Annual Performance Plans. Discussions are on-going.

 

17 May 2017 - NW1003

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether a service provider or consultant has been appointed to develop the structure and implementation of the proposed Digital Development Fund as contained in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper; if so, (a) what is the name of the service provider or consultant, (b) how was the assignment advertised, (c) how was the person or firm chosen, (d) on what date was the person or firm chosen, (e) what is the scope of work requested, (f) what is the cost, (g) what is the completion date and (h) is the service provider or person a member of the National ICT Forum?

Reply:

I am advised by the Department as follows:

No, the Department did not appoint a service provider or consultant to develop the structure and implementation of the proposed Digital Development Fund as contained in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper.

17 May 2017 - NW967

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(1)Is the current funding model for public technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges providing for the additional costs incurred by rural colleges with multiple campuses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) is the current funding model for public TVET colleges implemented in full; if not, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) by what date will it be fully implemented; (3) does his department intend to adjust the funding model for TVET colleges in the near future; if so, what (a) is the envisaged timeline for the introduction of a revised funding model and (b) are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. The current funding model does not explicitly provide for any additional costs of rural colleges. In terms of the current National Norms and Standards for Funding Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NNSF TVET) colleges, the Department of Higher Education and Training provides funding to TVET colleges based on formula funding for ministerial approved programmes, where the formula takes into account a range of service delivery issues, including the types of programmes being offered (National Certificate (Vocational) and NATED Report 191 programmes as approved in a national register), Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) students, cost of delivery including staff, capital infrastructure requirements and the ability of colleges to utilise resources efficiently.

The formula funding works as follows:

  • The Department sets a national funding base rate, in rand terms, describing the cost of delivering a basic TVET college programme;
  • The Department also sets a funding weight for each programme eligible for formula funding, i.e. Ministerial approved programmes, where this weight indicates how much more than the funding base rate it costs to deliver a particular programme;
  • An assumed fee level, representing the cost that college fees can be expected to cover, is assigned to each programme and the individual students per programme are multiplied by the programme duration in order to obtain the full-time equivalent students;
  • An applied total funding weight is calculated for each programme in each college, representing public funding to be received for each full-time equivalent student. This weight takes into account expected fees. The weight is multiplied by the full-time equivalent students to obtain the programme weight of each programme; and
  • The sum of all programme weights, the college programme weight, is multiplied by the funding base rate in order to obtain a college allocation.

It must be noted that the previous TVET college allocations were calculated through the NNSF TVET within the specific provincial budget allocations as determined through the equitable share formula applied by the National Treasury. These provincial allocations formed part of the provincial equitable share and was published in the Provincial Budget Statements.

With these functions now being a national competence, it has a direct impact on the TVET college allocations as a national budget must be applied opposed to the previous provincial budgets as determined by National Treasury. Unless more voted funds are made available, the inherited allocations per college will remain.

It is our intention to consider the rural context when additional funds become available.

2. The current funding model for public TVET colleges is implemented in full.

3. The Department appointed a Ministerial Committee to review the funding model and propose the new funding framework for TVET and Community Education and Training (CET) colleges, which will be used to revise the current funding model. The final recommendation report was received in April 2017. The new funding model is envisaged to be finalised and implemented in April 2018 after going through all the due processes of public comments and concurrence by the Minister of Finance.

 

COMPILER/CONTACT PERSONS:

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

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QUESTION 967 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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17 May 2017 - NW21

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Has (a) she and/or (b) her Deputy Minister ever (i) met with any (aa) member, (bb) employee and/or (cc) close associate of the Gupta family and/or (ii) attended any meeting with the specified persons (aa) at the Gupta’s Saxonwold Estate in Johannesburg or (bb) anywhere else since taking office; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each specified case, (aaa) what are the names of the persons who were present at each meeting, (bbb)(aaaa) when and (bbbb) where did each such meeting take place and (ccc) what was the purpose of each specified meeting? 21The Leader of the Opposition to ask the Minister of Small Business Development: Has (a) she and/or (b) her Deputy Minister ever (i) met with any (aa) member, (bb) employee and/or (cc) close associate of the Gupta family and/or (ii) attended any meeting with the specified persons (aa) at the Gupta’s Saxonwold Estate in Johannesburg or (bb) anywhere else since taking office; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each specified case, (aaa) what are the names of the persons who were present at each meeting, (bbb)(aaaa) when and (bbbb) where did each such meeting take place and (ccc) what was the purpose of each specified meeting? NW 24E REPLY: No No (aa – cc) No (aa-bb) (aaa – bbb)Not applicable

Reply:

(a) No

(b) No

 (i) (aa – cc) No

 (ii) (aa-bb)

(aaa – bbb) Not applicable

17 May 2017 - NW1006

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)  What is the status of the legal action he initiated in the North Gauteng High Court to review the decision by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) to issue the Invitation to Apply to participate in a spectrum auction; (2) Have negotiations with ICASA to resolve the impasse on this issue been held; if so, what is the nature of these negotiations? NW1134E

Reply:

I am being advised by the Department as follows:

1. .The matter between the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is still pending in the High Court. The application consisted of two parts:, Part A, the High Court granted an order interdicting and preventing ICASA from implementing the licensing steps and processes referred or contemplated in the Invitation to Apply. In respect of Part B, namely the review application, this part is pending.

2. Yes, the Department is engaging ICASA on the implementation of the Integrated ICT Policy White Paper.

17 May 2017 - NW969

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Have any markers for examinations of his department been disciplined for submitting fraudulent claims in each of the past three academic years; if so, what are the full details in each case; if not, why has his department blamed the delays in the payment of examination markers on questionable claim forms?

Reply:

No formal disciplinary processes have been implemented to date, however the sanction of not paying the claims is effected. It is incorrect to state that the Department blames the delays in the payment of examination markers on questionable claim forms.

If Hon Mr D America (DA) is able to provide me with the names of markers who are contesting their payments, I will request the Department to look into the matter.

An analysis of the claims received reveals some of the types of misrepresentation as:

  • Inflation of kilometres travelled;
  • Dates and time on the claim form and attendance register do not correspond;
  • Three officials travel in one car and all three claim for the total distance travelled;
  • One marker pays for three people sharing a room at a guesthouse but all three claim the total invoice amount for the accommodation;
  • Hours worked or scripts marked are inflated; and
  • One marker marks at more than one marking centre.

With regards to the processing of claim forms, the following should be noted:

  • All claims are processed in accordance with the approved Travel Policy of the Department;
  • All distances claimed are verified using Google maps, questionable accommodation invoices are verified and all claims are checked against attendance registers and log sheets to check the number of scripts marked; and
  • Claims are returned to marking centres if discrepancies are found, which prolongs the payment of claims.

The following interventions have been implemented:

  • The national examinations function embarked on a road show to support markers in the correct procedures to complete claim forms;
  • A Deputy Marking Centre Manager: Claims has been appointed at each marking centre to ensure claims are filled in correctly;
  • A capturing tool has been developed to capture the claims at the marking centre to speed up the turnaround time for payment;
  • Marking centres are monitored by national examinations officials during marking sessions to ensure that claims are correctly processed; and
  • Examination Assistants are appointed during the processing of claims to assist with the verification of claims to expedite the process.

The turnaround time for payment is between 30 - 40 days after receipt of correctly completed claim forms.

The Department will be amending the examinations policy to provide for disciplinary actions or the charging markers and other personnel with fraud. This will formalise sanctions such as the blacklisting of markers found guilty of submitting fraudulent claims.

COMPILER/CONTACT PERSONS: Ms N Pote/Mr FY Patel

EXT: 5458

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

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QUESTION 969 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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17 May 2017 - NW975

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Bozzoli, Dr B to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Whether he will furnish Prof B Bozzoli with a copy of the report done by the Council on Higher Education on the LLB qualifications of South African universities; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

The Council on Higher Education has agreed that the Minister may release its Higher Education Quality Committee’s draft report on the National Review of Bachelor of Law (LLB) Programmes (2016 - 2017) offered at South African universities, which is attached as Annexure A.

COMPILER/CONTACT PERSONS: Dr D Parker

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

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QUESTION 975 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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15 May 2017 - NW714

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Alberts, Adv A to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)With reference to point 5 of his reply to question 2375 on 30 November 2016, (a) on what date and (b) how did the Public Investment Corporation violate the Strategic Asset Allocation owing to the movement of the markets in each separate case; (2) whether the Investment Committee of the Government Employees Pension Fund was informed in each individual case regarding the violation and (a) condoned and/or (b) rectified it in each separate case?

Reply:

(1)(a) and (b) At the outset it should be stated that any changes in the Government Employees Pension Fund’s (GEPF) Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) cannot be implemented in a short period of time due to the size of the GEPF Portfolio. It is also for this reason that PIC clients provide the PIC with transition benchmarks, which are more dynamic benchmarks that reflect the SAA over a shorter term and are used during the period of transitioning a portfolio following mandate changes and changes in the SAA.

The revision of the 2007 GEPF Mandate in 2009 introduced new asset classes with new SAA ranges for these different asset classes. The effect was that there were breaches of the new SAA during the transition period when the GEPF Portfolio was being aligned with the revised GEPF Mandate. A similar situation occurred in 2011 when there was a further revision by the GEPF of its Mandate to the PIC and the portfolio had to be transitioned from the old to the newly revised mandate.

There are also from time to time technical breaches to the SAA due to market movements and currency fluctuations in different asset classes.

(2) As per point 5 of former Finance Minister Gordhan’s reply to Parliamentary Question 2375 of 30 November 2016, these breaches were reported to the GEPF’s Investment Committee and they were condoned and / or rectified.

15 May 2017 - NW1002

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Finance

What is the total amount of financial losses suffered by the SA Airways as a result of the cancellation of flights due to the strike by the South African Cabin Crew Association on 26 April 2017?

Reply:

The total amount of financial losses suffered by the SA Airways as a result of the cancellation of flights due to the strike by the South African Cabin Crew Association on 26 April 2017 is R31 781 701.00.

15 May 2017 - NW451

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether the National Treasury procured any services from and/or made any payments to (a) Mr Mzwanele Manyi, (b) the Progressive Professionals Forum, (c) the Decolonisation Fund and/or (d) the Black Business Council; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what (i) services were procured, (ii) was the total cost, (iii) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (iv) was the total amount paid, (v) was the purpose of the payments and (vi) is the detailed breakdown of such payments in each case?

Reply:

No, the National Treasury did not procure any services and has not made any payments. (a) (b) (c) (d), (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) and (vi) are not applicable.

11 May 2017 - NW13

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(a) What are the full relevant details of the process followed in the appointment of a certain company (name furnished) as the organiser of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress due to be held in Johannesburg in 2017, (b) by what date will the speaker programme be (i) finalised and (ii) made available to the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development and (c) what role is being played by the City of Johannesburg in the specified congress?”

Reply:

a) Sustainable Entrepreneur Accelerator (SEA) Africa was not appointed by Department of Small Business Development (DSBD). The organisation took the initiative of bidding for South Africa to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) to be held in Johannesburg in 2017. The Minister responsible for Small Business Development was requested by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) to receive the award when the City of Johannesburg was announced as the winner of the bid and subsequently requested her to be the Patron of the event.

b) The programme was finalised and circulated to all stakeholders. The Cabinet Memo regarding the GEC was tabled for information by the Minister in February 2017.

c) The City of Johannesburg was part of the team responsible for organising the event and represented in the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

11 May 2017 - NW811

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Mbete, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) On what date did she appoint a certain person (name and details furnished) as an advisor and (b) what did the specified person advise on; (2) did the person receive payment for providing advice; if so, what amount was received as payment?

Reply:

1. Honourable Dr Makhosini Busisiwe Khoza was never appointed Special Advisor to the Minister of Social Development, Ms BO Dlamini.

2. None.

11 May 2017 - NW402

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Social Development

Did her department fund any non-profit organisations (NPOs) that specialise in (a) mental health, (b) disabilities and (c) drug abuse in the 2015-16 financial year; if so, in each case, (i) how many NPOs were funded in each province, (ii) what is the total financial value and (iii) what percentage of the specified NPOs were compliant with the Non-Profit Organisation Act, Act 71 of 1997?

Reply:

Yes, the Department of Social Development (National) has funded Non-Profit- Organisations (NPOs) that specialise in (a) mental health (b) disabilities and (c) substance abuse in the 2015/2016 financial year.

(a) and (b) The following Non-Profit Organisations that specialise in Mental Health and Disabilities were funded at National level for the specified period (2015/16 financial year).

ORGANISATION

KNOWN AS

FUNDING

1. South African federation for Mental Health

SAFMH

R 801 000.00

2. Deaf Federation of South Africa

DEAFSA

R 500 000.00

3. Epilepsy South Africa

Epilepsy SA

R 500 000.00

4. Disabled Children Action Group

DICAG

R 750 000.00

5. Albinism Society of South Africa

ASSA

R 700 000.00

6. Autism South Africa

Autism SA

R 500 000.00

TOTAL

R 3 751 000.00

(c) The following Non-Profit Organisations that specialise in Substance Abuse were funded at National level for the specified period (2015/16 financial year).

ORGANISATION

KNOWN AS

FUNDING

1. The South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

SANCA

 

2. South African Depression and Anxiety Group

SADAG

 

TOTAL VALUE

 

R2,887,000.00

  1. The following is a provincial breakdown of the total number of NPOs, delivering mental health, disability and substance abuse services that were funded during the 2015/16 financial year.

PROVINCE

MENTAL HEALTH

DISABILITIES

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Free State

4

91

53

Western Cape

114

217

49

North West

3

30

12

Mpumalanga

7

133

6

Northern Cape

2

12 (14 OFFICES)

1 (2 OFFICES)

Gauteng

The Department of Social Development does not fund the Mental Health organisations in Gauteng province. These are funded by the Department of Health.

116

48

Eastern Cape

2

22 - Residential

Facilities

13 - Welfare

Organisations

22 - Protective

Workshops

18 - Community

Based

Rehabilitation

projects.

26 - Special Day Care

Centres

5

Limpopo

1

23 – stimulation

centres

3 - Homes

15 -Community based

rehabilitation

49- protective

workshop

1

21 - programmes

Kwa-Zulu Natal

0

4

0

TOTAL

156

773

197

(ii) Total financial value

PROVINCE

MENTAL HEALTH

DISABILITY

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

VALUE (R)

TOTAL

Free State

-

-

-

26,562,985.91

Western Cape

48,000,000.00

129,000,000.00

56,600,000.00

233,600,000.00

North West

2,075,643.00

14,615,000.00

6,622,000.00

23,312,643.00

Mpumalanga

4,211,721.00

30,971,279.00

10,971,000.00

46,154,000.00

Northern Cape

1,009,456.98

6,348,170.09

410,771.90

7,768,398.97

Gauteng

The Department of Social Development does not fund the Mental Health organisations in Gauteng province. These are funded by the Department of Health.

63,082,175.00

60,320,466.00

123,402,641.00

Eastern Cape

0

31,577,345.00

4,244,555.35

35,821,900.35

Limpopo

3,560,000.00

12,500,000.00

4,600,000.00

20,660,000.00

Kwa-Zulu Natal

0

932,400.00

0

932,400.00

TOTAL

588,856,825.98

289,026,369.09

143,768,793.25

518,214,969.23

(iii) Percentage of compliance with the NPO Act 71 of 1997.

PROVINCE

MENTAL HEALTH

DISABILITY

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Free State

100%

100%

100%

Western Cape

99%

100%

100%

North West

100%

100%

100%

Mpumalanga

100%

100%

100%

Northern Cape

100%

100%

100%

Gauteng

The Department of Social Development does not fund the Mental Health organisations in Gauteng province. These are funded by the Department of Health.

100%

100%

Eastern Cape

55%

100%

44%

Limpopo

100%

100%

100%

Kwa-Zulu Natal

100%

100%

100%

11 May 2017 - NW615

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) steps will be taken by her department to ensure that the SA Social Security Agency will become capable of administering and paying social grants in future and (b) are the exact timeframes within which this will take place?

Reply:

It is a matter of public knowledge that the Constitutional Court has extended the CPS contract with SASSA for the payment of social grants for a period of twelve months, until 31 March 2018 on the same terms and conditions as those of the initial contract signed in 2012. The Court further ordered that the Minister and SASSA report on affidavit every three months on how they plan to ensure the payment of social grants after the expiry of the extended contract in March 2018.

The first report to the Constitutional Court is due next month (June). The report will set out the exact details, including the timeframes on how the Agency intends to ensure the payment of social grants beyond the current contract.

We will therefore furnish the Honourable Member with such report once it has been completed and submitted to the Constitutional Court as per the judgment.

11 May 2017 - NW401

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department uses poverty line(s) for planning purposes; if not, why not; if so, (a) which poverty line(s) is or are used and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

Yes, the Department considers the following three poverty lines developed by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

Food poverty line: the Rand value below which individuals are unable to consume enough food to supply them with minimum per-person-per-day energy requirements for good health (about 2 100 kilocalories) per capita per month.

Lower-bound poverty line: stipulates the threshold below which one has to sacrifice some food to obtain some basic non-food items. It is a sum of the FPL and the average amount derived from non-food items of households whose total expenditure is equal to the food poverty line; and

Upper-bound poverty line: the unambiguous threshold of relative deprivation below which people cannot afford the minimum lifestyle desired by most South Africans. It is a sum of the FPL and the average amount derived from non-food items of households whose food expenditure is equal to the food poverty line.

Based on the national poverty lines above, data from Stats SA shows that between the period 2006 and 2011, there was a decline in poverty levels in the country for all three lines. The proportion of the population living below a food poverty line decreased from 28.4% in 2006 to 21.7% in 2011 whilst the proportion living below the lower bound poverty line decreased from 51.0% 2006 to 37.0% in 2011 and with regards to the upper bound poverty line, the proportion declined from 66.6% in 2006 to 53.8% in 2011.

A report entitled Poverty Trends in South Africa: An examination of absolute poverty between 2006 and 2011 attributed the main source of decline in poverty to social wage package through services such as free primary health care, no-fee paying schools and school nutrition programme, social grants (most notably the Old Age and Child Support Grants, RDP housing and the provision of basic services to poor households namely water, electricity and sanitation.

11 May 2017 - NW966

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Has the West Coast Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college been a beneficiary of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund over the past three financial years; if so, what (a) amount(s) have been allocated to the college, (b) development project(s) are linked to this funding and (c) audited financial statements have been submitted to the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) to date; (2) has the NLC conducted a site visit or visits to the specified college to verify the information provided by the college; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details; (3) (a) what amounts have been transferred to the college to date and (b) has the NLC found that the college met the conditions linked to the grants

Reply:

(1) No funding has been allocated to the West Coast Technical and Vocational Education and Training College over the past three financial years.

(2) No site visit was conducted as the organisation has not been funded.

(3) As mentioned above no amount has been transferred to the West Coast Technical and Vocational Education and Training College over the past three financial years.

11 May 2017 - NW861

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 3797 on 12 November 2015, the specified matter has been finalised; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) why did the SA Social Security Agency accept confirmation that Cash Paymaster Services will only charge for the registration of other beneficiaries and not for (a) children and (b) procurators; (3) with reference to her reply to the specified question, is the statement that the re-registration of all beneficiaries, children and procurators part and parcel of the long-term, not a contradiction of the statement that the extension and the inclusion of the children and procurators at the same time that enrolment was taking place was agreed to in a management meeting held in June 2012, within the same document?

Reply:

This matter is still before the Gauteng High Court.

11 May 2017 - NW405

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Social Development

Does her department take the nutritional needs of children into account when calculating the value of the child grant?

Reply:

Today we pride ourselves on having reached out to the poorest of the poorer. We have proved to be a developmental state that has been able to take decisive action to support more than 12 million children through the social grant system. When the policy on the Child Support Grant (CSG) was developed, the Lund committee (1996) recommended a small amount (R70) derived from the Household Subsistence Level for food and clothing for children. Drawing on the Committee’s recommendations, Cabinet approved the CSG at a higher amount of R100 when implemented in 1998. This amount has been increased by inflation since then. Government is continuously faced with the policy question as to whether the value of the grant should be increased (above inflation) to be in line with more recent food nutritional indexes, or to expand the reach of the grant. In the last two decades, Government has focused mainly on extending the reach of the CSG to poor children. Currently our focus is on ensuring that the low take up between 0-1 is addressed through programs such as the Integrated Community Outreach Programme (ICROP) and Mikondzo, which target areas of greater deprivation. This is in line with the objectives set in the National Development Plan and the Medium Terms Strategic Framework for 2019.

Historically only a few children accessed social assistance through the State Maintenance Grant. Today the vast majority of children in need of assistance is able to access the support, not only through the grant but through a range of other government interventions.

This is also in line with the Taylor Committee report (2002) that assessed the effectiveness of the CSG in relation to nutrition. The Committee recommended that the CSG be supplemented by an appropriate nutrition programme. To this effect, Government provides essential services for example, food nutrition programme to poor children through the Department of Basic Education and other free basic municipal services at reduced and controlled costs to impoverished households. In addition Government has ensured that basic food items such as brown bread, maize meal, vegetables, fruits, eggs, samp, mealie rice and milk are zero-rated, meaning the 14% VAT is not paid on these goods.

11 May 2017 - NW1052

Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)(a) What was the budget allocation for the Centurion Aerospace Village in the (i) 2015-16 and (ii) 2016-17 financial years, (b) what is the total number of jobs that were created; (2) whether any new (a) construction and/or (b) earthworks has been undertaken on the Centurion Aerospace Village site; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?NW1182E

Reply:

(1) (a) The budget allocation was (i) R17.5 million and (ii) R18.4 million which was allocated for operational expenditure only. No funds were provided for infrastructure.

      (b) None

(2) (a) No

      (b) The external bulk electrical works tender has been issued on 6 April 2017 and will commence shortly.

10 May 2017 - NW372

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) her and (ii) her deputy (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

The last time the Department purchased official vehicles for both the Deputy Minister and the Minister was in 2009 after their appointment in their respective positions. The purchase of official vehicles for political principals is guided by the prescripts and regulations of the National Treasury concerning vehicle fleet replacement and are also clearly stipulated in the Ministerial Handbook.

In terms of the aforementioned prescripts, Departments may purchase official vehicle/s directly from manufacturers and/or their dealerships only when the currently provided official vehicle for that office has reached 120 000 km or 5 years, whichever comes first. The Ministerial Handbook clearly states in Chapter 5 No 1.2.1:

Members at national level may be provided with one vehicle for use in Cape Town and one vehicle for use in Pretoria. The total purchase price of the vehicle may not exceed 70% of the inclusive annual remuneration package of a Minister as may be amended from time to time on recommendation of the Commission for the Remuneration of Political Members

The official Pretoria based vehicles allocated to the Minister and the Deputy Minister in 2009 have far exceeded the prescribed 120 000 km and the five year period. The Minister’s vehicle reached 161 523 km and the Deputy Minister’s vehicle 143 652 km. As such the purchase of new official vehicles became unavoidable and needed replacement due to high maintenance costs and security reasons.

One official vehicle in Cape Town has also far exceeded the prescribed 120 000 km (151 062 km for the Minister) and the five-year period. In compliance with the National Treasury’s cost containment measures, the Department has delayed the purchase of official vehicles for Cape Town. Although the money for the purchase of the new official vehicles for the Deputy Minister and Minister was budgeted for in the 2014/15 financial year, the following official vehicles were only purchased in the 2016/2017 financial year.

 

( a)

Make

(b )

Model

(c )

Price

(d )

Date on which the vehicle was purchased

(i)Minister

       

(aaa) 2014-15

-

-

-

-

(bbb) 2015-16

-

-

-

-

(bb) since 01 April 2016

BMW

B 7A22 740l

R1 302 525

13.10.2016

         

(ii) Deputy Minister

       

(aaa) 2014-15

-

-

-

-

(bbb) 2015-16

-

-

-

 

(bb) since 01 April 2016

Jeep Grand Cherokkee

HEMI SRT8 6.4L

R1 161 687

25.07.2016

10 May 2017 - NW805

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 290 on 28 April 2015 (a) what is the total number of additional re-registrations that were conducted by Cash Paymaster Services to warrant an additional R316 447 361,41 being paid to them and (b) what was the cost for each additional re-registration?

Reply:

(a) A total of 13 005 475 additional enrolments were performed by Cash Paymaster Services.

(b) The additional enrolments were not charged for at a unit cost, but rather the cost were calculated using the actual costs incurred as a result of the additional re-registrations which had to be performed over the period from January to July 2013. The costs incurred related to transport; infrastructure hire costs (use of halls and other venues for the re-registration); security service; travel and accommodation and staff costs, amongst others.

10 May 2017 - NW863

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, with reference to her replies to questions 3836, 3797 and 3798 on 12 November 2015, the matter has been finalised; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so; (2) whether, with reference to her reply to question 2725 on 4 September 2015, any negotiations with regard to the cost of re-registration were ever held prior to the commencement of the project; if not, why not; if so, (a) what was agreed to during such negotiations and (b) on what date(s) were the negotiations conducted; (3) whether the Bid Adjudication Committee of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) recommended the implementation of the specified re-registration project; if not, (a) who gave the approval for the payment of the specified project without the recommendation of the Bid Adjudication Committee, (b) on what date was the decision taken, (c) can she provide (i)(aa) the record of decision of each meeting and (ii) all notes relevant in this regard and (iii) the documentation on the approval for the payment of the additional amount with regard to the specified project; (4) whether, with reference to the specified reply, SASSA was not informed upfront what the cost would be of the registration process; if not, why did SASSA not negotiate with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) before CPS started with the registration process? NW928E

Reply:

This matter is still before the Gauteng High Court.

10 May 2017 - NW795

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What are the full details of all payments made to a certain person (details furnished) during the specified person’s tenure on the Ministerial Advisory Committee (details furnished) from its establishment in September 2013 through to the publishing of the final report of the committee in November 2014; (2) whether (a) her department and or (b) the SA Social Security Agency made any further (i) payments, (ii) gifts and/or (iii) sponsorships to the specified person after her tenure on the Ministerial Advisory Committee terminated; if so, what are the full relevant details in each case? NW857E

Reply:

1. Ms Khoza was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) from the 2 September 2013 until 21st May 2107 when she resigned from the committee following her appointment as a Member of Parliament. She was paid for the hours she worked both as the chairperson and committee member of the MAC.

The total amount paid for her services is R 601 066.55 (inclusive of meetings, travel domestic and international and S&T allowances).

2. (a) & (b) (i), (ii) and (iii) No

10 May 2017 - NW862

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with regard to her reply to question 82 on 10 March 2015, the biometric standard has been finalised; if not, why not; if so; (a) what was the total cost of developing the standard, (b) what are the names of the consultants used and (c) what is the total amount that was paid to each consultant?

Reply:

The biometric standard has been finalized and adopted by the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA) for use in the banking environment.

(a) SASSA did not cover the total cost, but initiated the process with the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). During engagements with South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and PASA, SARB issued an instruction to PASA to develop an industry standard for biometrics. SASSA then stopped work on the industry standard, but continued with work on the value of biometrics in social grant payments. The amount paid to CSIR was R 482 964.42 inclusive of VAT.

(b) There were not individual consultants used. SASSA contracted CSIR, a government agency, to undertake the research and development.

(c) CSIR was contracted for a number of work packages, related to the payment of social grants. The total amount of the contract for the development of a biometric enrolment and authentication system was R 3 323 066.94 inclusive of VAT.

10 May 2017 - NW882

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)With reference to the Policy on Incapacity Leave and Ill Health Retirement Programme (PILIR) as approved by Cabinet, (a) what are the reasons for the refusal of the Gauteng Health Department to implement the specified policy and (b) who made the decision; (2) was this policy replaced by a different system; if not, how is the function of the PILIR performed; if so, what is the precise mandate of such a system; (3) has any action been taken against any department for not implementing the policy on PILIR; if not, why not; if so, what action has been taken?

Reply:

1(a) The DPSA is not aware of the reasons why the Department did not appoint a Health Risk Manager for the period 1 October 2013 to 31 December 2018.

1(b) In terms of Regulation 48 of the Public Service Regulations, 2016, the Head of Department is tasked with the responsibility to manage leave in the department.

(2) No, the PILIR has not been replaced by a different system and is still in effect.

PILIR is implemented in accordance with clause 7.5 of Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 7 of 2000 as amended by PSCBC Resolutions 5 of 2001, 15 of 2002 and 1 of 2012 respectively.

According to the resolutions, an employee whose normal sick leave credits in a cycle have been exhausted and who, according to the relevant practitioner, requires to be absent from work due to a disability which is not permanent, may be granted sick leave on full pay.

The DPSA issued the Policy and Procedure on Incapacity Leave and Ill-health Retirement on the implementation of PILIR in November 2005.

(3) All departments are implementing PILIR. The Gauteng Department of Health is the only department not to appoint a Health Risk Manager for the period
     1 October 2013 to 31 December 2018.

     My office has issued correspondence to the new MEC of Health in Gauteng, to apprise her of the non-appointment of Health Risk Managers in the        Gauteng Department of Health for her immediate intervention.

END

10 May 2017 - NW612

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

Did (a) the SA Social Security Agency or (b) she and/or her department hold any meetings with Net1/Cash Paymaster Services (Pty) Ltd (i) in (aa) 2014, (bb) 2015 and (cc) 2016 and (ii) since 1 January 2017; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each specified case, (aaa) who was present at the meeting, (bbb) what was the reason for the meeting and (ccc) where did the meeting take place?

Reply:

(a) and (b) Yes,

  (i) Yes, (aa), (bb) and (cc)

2014

Dates

(aaa)

Who was Present at the meeting?

(bbb)

What was the reason for the meeting?

(ccc)

Where did it take place?

  1. 26-08-2014

Mr F Earl (SASSA)

Mr N Pillay (CPS)

Ms A Lewington(CPS)

Card Replacements and Pin Reset

Management Reports

KZN scanning

Scanning of re-registration documents

Sort and sort plan

SASSA: Head Office

  1. 10-09-2014

Mr T Malumedza(CSIR)

Mr E Dube (CSIR)

Mr D Mathekga(CSIR)

Mr F Dinisio (CSIR)

Mr F Earl (SASSA)

Ms F Talane (SASSA)

Ms G Maphophe (SASSA)

Mr S Belamant: CEO (NET1)

Ms A Lewington ( CPS)

Mr N Pillay (CPS)

CPS presentation on grants payment process –Cash flow

 

Net1 Offices: Rosebank

  1. 15-09-2014

Mr C Pakade :DG (DSD)

Mr Z Dangor Special Adviser to the Minister –(DSD)

Mr T Magwaza DDG (DSD)

Ms V.L Petersen: CEO (SASSA)

Mr F. Earl -EM (SASSA)

Mr H Kotze :CFO ( CPS/Net1)

Mr S Belamant: CEO (CPS/Net1)

The review of SLA, direct deductions on SASSA cards and review of biometric voice

SASSA : Head Office

4.10-10-2014

Mr F Earl: EM (SASSA)

Inputs into the draft SLA

Grants transfer and reconciliation process.

KZN data and feedback on CSIR visit

Net1Offices :Rosebank

2015

26-02-2015

Mr F. Earl- EM (SASSA)

Mr E Matshiga –Senior Manager (SASSA)

Mr N Pillay (CPS)

Ms A Lewington (CPS)

Review of the Enrolment Strategy In SASSA Local: Business Rules/ Audit Of Enrolment Sites

Development Of A Card Management Strategy: Mitigation Of Risk

Monthly Reports

Beneficiaries Children And Procurators not registered

Cash Requirements: April 2015 And December 2015

December Pay Cycle

Audit Of The Nedbank Accounts

DSD Audit Findings

Exemption 17 Breaches : Confirmation Of Proposed Meeting With The Registrar Feedback On Regional Grants Operational Meeting

Net 1 Offices :

Rosebank

09-11-2015

Ms F Talane (SASSA)

Mr T Matlou (SASSA)

Mr S Koliti (SASSA)

Mr N Pillay ( CPS)

Ms A Lewington( CPS)

Discussions on Customer Care working relations

Net1 Offices: Rosebank

2016

1.30-03-2016

Ms S Mawelele: (SASSA)

Mr J Skhosana: (SASSA)

Mr S Budaza: (SASSA)

Mr A Segafa: (SASSA)

Mr R Willoughby-(SASSA)

Ms A Lewington: (CPS/Net1)

Ms T Du Toit: ( CPS/Net 1)

Ms Carol-Anne Savides: (CPS/Net1)

Customer Care Operational meeting

SASSA: Head Office

2.26-04-2016

Ms S Mawelele: (SASSA)

Ms G Maphophe: (SASSA)

Mr R Willoughby: (SASSA)

Mr K Tlou: (SASSA)

Ms A Lewington:(CPS/Net1)

Ms T Du Toit: (CPS/Net1)

Ms Carol-Anne Savides: (CPS/Net 1)

Customer Care Operational meeting

Net1 Offices :Rosebank

3.26-05-2016

Ms S Mawelele: (SASSA)

Mr J Skhosana: (SASSA)

Mr S Budaza: (SASSA)

Mr A Segafa: (SASSA)

Mr R Willoughby-(SASSA)

Ms A Lewington: (CPS/Net1)

Ms T Du Toit: ( CPS/Net 1)

Ms Carol-Anne Savides: (CPS/Net1)

Customer Care Operational meeting

SASSA: Head Office

4.29-08-2016

Ms S Mawelele: (SASSA)

Ms G Maphophe: (SASSA)

Mr R Willoughby: (SASSA)

Ms A Lewington:

( CPS/Net1)

Ms T Du Toit: ( CPS/ Net1)

Ms Carol-Anne

Savides: (CPS/Net1)

Customer Care Operational meeting

Net 1 Offices-Rosebank

5. 04-11-2016

Mr T Matlou: ( EM SASSA)

Mr G Maphophe (SASSA)

Mr M Sethosa : (SASSA)

Mr M Nhlangothi: (GM: SASSA)

Mr N Pillay: ( CPS/ Net1)

Ms A Lewington: (CPS/ Net1)

National Steercom to address operational challenges encountered by regions during payment of grants.

Net1 Offices –Rosebank

6. 22-08-2016

Ms Z Mvulane (EM: SASSA)

Ms T Parkies (Workstream)

Mr W Metcalfe(Workstream)

Mr J Segole(Workstream)

Mr M Van Wyk(Workstream)

Mr T Sukazi (Workstream)

Mr N Pillay (CPS)

Dr Serge Belamant (CPS)

Due diligence

Information Technology

BIN Migration

Card Security Features

Biometric Functionality

Net1 Offices-Rosebank

7. 18-10.2016

Ms Z Mvulane (EM: SASSA)

Ms T Parkies (Workstream)

Mr W Metcalfe(Workstream)

Mr J Segole (Workstream)

Mr M Van Wyk(Workstream)

Mr T Sukazi (Workstream)

Mr N Pillay (CPS)

Dr Serge Belamant (CPS)

Phase-in Phase-out

Biometric System Integration

Merchants Management

Call Center Integration

Reconciliation

Net1 Offices-Rosebank

8. 28-10-2016

Ms Z Mvulane

Ms T Parkies

Mr W Metcalfe

Mr J Segole

Mr M Van Wyk

Mr T Sukazi

Mr N Pillay

Dr Serge Belamant

Business continuity

Card Life Extension

Merchant Management

Introduction of the Special Account

4. Improvement of SASSA payment file.

Net1 Offices-Rosebank

2017

1. 01-03-2017

Ms T Mzobe (SASSA)

Ms Z Mvulane (SASSA)

Ms R Ramokgopa (SASSA)

Ms D Ndlovu (SASSA)

Mr T Chauke (SASSA)

Mr A Mahlangu (SASSA)

Mr B Van Vrede (DSD)

Dr W Magasela (DSD)

Dr S Belamant (CPS)

Mr N Pillay (CPS)

Mr T Jonger (CPS)

Mr H Kotze (CPS)

(Workstream)

Mr W Metcalfe

Mr Manie V Wyk

SASSA and CPS Negotiation

Protea Hotel

2. 02-03-2017

Mr A Mahlangu (SASSA)

Mr B Van Vrede (DSD)

Dr W Magasela (DSD)

Dr S Belamant (CPS)

Mr N Pillay (CPS)

Mr T Jonger (CPS)

Mr H Kotze (CPS)

(Workstream)

Mr W Metcalfe

Mr Manie V Wyk

Mr Julias Sehole

SASSA – CPS Technical Negotiations

Net1 Offices-Rosebank

3. 03-03-2017

Ms T Mzobe (Acting CEO SASSA)

Ms Z Mvulane (SASSA)

Ms R Ramokgopa (SASSA)

Ms D Ndlovu (SASSA)

Mr T Chauke (SASSA)

Mr A Mahlangu (SASSA)

Mr B Van Vrede (DSD)

Dr W Magasela (DSD)

Dr S Belamant (CPS)

Mr N Pillay (CPS)

Mr T Jonger (CPS)

Mr H Kotze (CPS)

(Workstream)

Mr W Metcalfe

Mr Manie V Wyk

SASSA and CPS Negotiation

Protea Hotel

10 May 2017 - NW860

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to questions 3835 on 12 November 2015 and 3797 on 12 November 2016, the specified matter has been finalised; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) was the registration of children and procurators a variation of the (a) scope and (b) price of the contract with Cash Paymaster Services; if not, what was it since the registration of the specified categories was done in addition to the re-registration of the 9 082 251 persons that were projected in her department’s costing template; if so, (i) what is the process that the SA Social Security Agency follows in terms of its supply chain processes to vary the scope or price of a contract and (ii) was the specified process followed? NW925E

Reply:

(1) The matter has not yet been finalized by the North Gauteng High Court.

10 May 2017 - NW865

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 1437 on 20 July 2016, what progress has been made with regard to acquiring the Trust Bank building for use by the SA Social Security Agency office in the Kempton Park area?

Reply:

SASSA Gauteng Region, through the National Department of Public Works (NDPW) is in the process of acquiring permanent office accommodation for the Kempton Park area.

The procurement process is at an advanced stage as the submission for entering into a lease agreement with the recommended service provider has been routed to the Director General of NDPW for approval/disapproval, we now await feedback from his office.

Several engagements have been made seeking progress in this regard, to date no tangible response is forthcoming. As the Agency we are committed to finalizing this process however we rely on our counterpart of which is the National Department of Public Works.

The Agency will continue to engage with the National Department of Public until the process is finalized.

 

10 May 2017 - NW611

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether the contract between her department and Net1/Cash Paymaster Services (Pty) Ltd for the distribution of social grants beyond 1 April 2017 has been finalised, if not, why not; if so, (a) was it finalised in line with the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999 and (b) what is the (i) total cost of the contract, (ii) duration of the contract and (iii) unit cost for each grant payment; (2) are there any provisions within this contract for unforeseen or contingent ancillary costs or volumes? NW669E

Reply:

1) Yes, and addendum to the 2012 contract has been signed

 (a) It has been finalized as per the National Treasury instruction of 2016/17

 (b) (i) is R16.44 per beneficiary projected annual cost of R1 170 080 000.00 calculated at 11 000 000.00 number of beneficiaries

     (ii) 12 months

    (iii)

Types of Grants

Amount (R)

Older Person’s grant

R1 600.00

Older Person’s grant (above 75)

R1 620.00

Disability grant

R1 600.00

War Veteran’s grant

R1 620.00

Child support grant

R380.00

Foster Child grant

R920.00

Care Dependency grant

R1 600.00

Grant-i-aid

R380.00

(2) None. However, the Constitutional Court set out a process for CPS to approach National Treasury for an increase in the transaction costs, should this be necessary to court will make a final decision.

10 May 2017 - NW23

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to her reply to oral question 107 on 31 August 2016, (a) what are the detailed tasks of each of the five specified work streams and (b) how many persons are employed to work on each of the specified work streams; (2) whether any persons who are not employed by her department have been employed to work on any of the specified work streams; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the names of the specified persons and (b) how much does it cost to employ the specified persons; (3) what are the relevant details of the thorough due diligence currently being conducted by the specified work streams into the systems used by other social security agencies, including banks and the infrastructure developed by the current service provider?

Reply:

1. (a) The tasks of the workstreams are the following:

  1. The legislative Policy Requirements Management is to provide comprehensive legal advice to SASSA and other in relation to the future workstream payment system focusing on legislative management policy requirements, contract development and design of the new system.
  2. Information and Business System and Banking Services is to facilitate for the insourcing of an ICT platform that will integrate the application of payment management system for social assistance and related social security benefits.
  3. The Benefits and Local Economic Development is to identify the benefits and economic development initiatives to be implemented with delivery of the comprehensive security system
  4. Change and Stakeholder Management workstream; is to provide guidance to the change management and stakeholder engagement.
  5. Human resource Management workstream is to facilitate for the development of the organisational organogram and skills training programme that will support the new proposed functions to be institutionalized within SASSA.

(b) Three ( 3 ) workstream leaders were appointed with 14 additional support staff members.

(2) Yes

 (i) Mr Patrick Monyeki is the workstream leader for Information and Business System and Banking Services and the following personnel is employed by him.

  • Mr Warwick Metcalfe: Programme Manager
  • Mr Julius Segole: BIS Project Manager
  • Ms.Colleen Armstrong: PMO Project Manager
  • Mr Manie Van Wyk: Banking Project Manager
  • Mr Christian Nyakanyanga: Security Architect
  • Ms.Laecoln Snayman: Project Administrator
  • Mr Senzo Derrick Ndlovu: Business Analyst
  • Ms. Nombuso Zuma :Business Analyst
  • Mr Nazeem Ally: Architect
  • Mr Aboobaker Ashis: Architect
  • Mr Ronald Barnes: Architect
  • Mr Maneesh Singh Architect
  • Mr Jaco Moller: Quality and Risk Manager

The Steering Committee comprises of DSD and SASSA officials.

  • Mr Tim Sukazi is the team leader for the Legislative and Policy Workstream and supported by Ms Ziyanda Nyanda

(ii) Ms. Tankiso Parkies is the Benefits and Local Economic Development workstream leader. The leader is supported by the alternative pay-points assessment and merchants suitability assessment teams established within SASSA. Other members of the team:

  • Mr Dominic Nsele
  • Ms Unathi Mguye
  • Ms June Mabhida
  • Ms Ngobese

(iii) Human Resource management: Dumisile Ndlovu (SASSA official)

(iv) Communication and change management team is supported by Mr Sgwili Gumede and the internal SASSA staff

(b) Mr P Monyeki R35 897 645.01/ Mr T Sukazi R7 620 227.40 and Ms. T Parkies R4 381 726.00

2.  The due diligence that are being conducted include the following:

  • ICT Infrastructure
  • Data Integration system
  • Transaction data analysis capability

09 May 2017 - NW351

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) her and (ii) her deputy (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(i) No vehicle was purchased for the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans.

(ii) The details of the vehicle purchased for the Deputy Minister in the period(s) in question are:

(a) Audi

(b) Q7

(c) R746 361, 28

(d) 01 September 2014.

(ii) Deputy Minister.

(aaa) 2014-15.

(bbb) None.

(bb) None.

08 May 2017 - NW621

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

(a) How many South African boxing bouts registered through Boxing SA have been aired on TV in the past 24 months, (b) which fights were broadcast on (i) Supersport, (ii) SABC and (iii) eTV and (c) how were these fights allocated to each province?

Reply:

(a) The Boxing is Back campaign in partnership with South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Boxing SA (BSA) and Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) started in June 2015. Since June 2015 there has been 9 tournaments broadcast in different provinces, listed below is a schedule of allocation:

(b) The fights broadcast by the different Channels were as follows:

(i) Supersport

TOURNAMENT DATE

PROVINCE 

PROMOTION 

18 March 2015

Gauteng 

Golden Gloves 

06 June 2015

Gauteng 

Golden Gloves 

19 September 2015

Gauteng 

Golden Gloves 

0 December 2015

Gauteng 

Golden Gloves 

19 March 2016

Gauteng 

Golden Gloves 

18 October 2016

Gauteng 

Rainbow 

24 April 2015

Eastern Cape

Xaba 

24 July 2015

Eastern Cape

Xaba 

25 September 2015

Eastern Cape

Xaba 

18 December 2015

Eastern Cape

Xaba 

30 Aug 2015

Eastern Cape

Eyethu 

(ii) SABC

TOURNAMENT DATE

PROVINCE 

PROMOTION 

26 June 2015

Gauteng 

BRD Promotion 

24 July 2015

Eastern  Cape 

Xaba Promotions 

27 Aug 2015

Mpumalanga 

Showtime 

09 Oct 2015

Free State 

Dream Team 

27 Nov 2015

Western Cape 

CSuns Promotions

26 February 2016

Northern Cape 

TK Promotions

19 March 2016

KwaZulu Natal

Starline& White Buffalo

29 April 2016

Limpopo

Limpopo Champion & Xaba

29 Jul 2016

Eastern  Cape 

Xaba Promotions 

27 May 2016

North West

TK Promotions

07 October 2016

Free State 

Dream Team 

(iii) eTV – No boxing events were broadcast on eTV.

(c) The partnership of BSA, SRSA and SABC decided on a schedule of fights and allocations to different provinces.

08 May 2017 - NW831

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Bucwa, Ms H to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

With regard to his reply to question 2452 on 5 December 2016, how did each international trip undertaken by the (a) administrator and (b) project co-ordinator of the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (i) directly and (ii) indirectly contribute to increasing the number of beneficiaries of skills training?

Reply:

Based on the information obtained from the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA), the trips assisted to improve performance and benchmark best practices in relation to:

(a) (i) - Establishing partnerships with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, increased stakeholder engagements and signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with TVET colleges.

- Increasing employer participation, which informed the Sector Skills Plan on scarce and critical skills.

- Increasing awareness and implementation of learning programmes such as Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

- Licencing five TVET colleges to facilitate CATHSSETA learning programmes.

(ii) In the implementation of WIL, the increased partnership agreements with industry resulted in the permanent employment for at least 50% of beneficiaries within the programme.

(b) (i) - Increasing the establishment of MOUs between public and private partnerships within CATHSSETA’s sectors to foster WIL programmes.

         - Increasing the establishment of MOUs with TVET colleges to ensure training of unemployed youth on CATHSSETA learning programmes.

         - Capacitation of TVET college lecturers on education, training and development practices.

        - Initiating a TVET college infrastructure development project to equip TVET colleges with the necessary machinery to offer the Chef qualification.

(ii) Improving the public perception of TVET colleges through various career guidance sharing platforms, which has contributed to increased enrolments at TVET colleges.

 

COMPILER/CONTACT PERSONS:

EXT:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

QUESTION 831 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

08 May 2017 - NW872

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether any public participation processes took place with the (a) residents of the Angelo informal settlement in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and (b) residents of surrounding communities before a decision was taken to move the Angelo residents to Farm 87 Portion 230 Driefontein; if not, why not in each case; if so, (i) what was the nature of each public participation process, (ii) on what date did each take place and (iii) how many residents participated in each process?

Reply:

1. The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality through Gauteng Department of Human Settlements indicates that (a) public participation processes were not undertaken with the residents of the Angelo informal settlement in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and (b) public participation processes were not undertaken with the residents of surrounding communities before a decision was taken to move the Angelo residents to Farm 87 Portion 230 Driefontein. According to Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, the reasons for public participation not to be conducted with the residents of Angelo informal settlement is that, the meeting scheduled for 04 February 2017 for public participation processes with the residents did not materialize due to unrests in the area and the Councilor requested for the meeting to be postponed.

08 May 2017 - NW620

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation:

(1) With regard to the fight in East London on 22 April 2016, where certain fighters (names furnished) were not paid, how did Boxing SA allow the fight to continue without having the purse money; (2) have any other fights been allowed to take place without purse money being paid to Boxing SA (a) in the 2015-16 financial year and (b) since 1 April 2016; if so, (i) which fights and (ii) have the purse monies been paid to the fighters since 28 February 2017; if not, which amounts are still outstanding?

Reply:

(1) At the time of sanctioning the said boxing event, which took place on the 22 April 2016 at East London, Boxing SA had reasonable grounds to believe that it was in receipt of a legitimate legal commitment by the provincial department of Sports, Arts and Culture in the Eastern Cape to pay for the purse money.

It later emerged that the written undertaking purportedly signed by the CFO of the department of Sports, Arts and Culture in Eastern Cape and submitted by the promoter, was actually falsified. It is for that reason that disciplinary steps were taken against the promoter. This resulted in the promoter’s license being suspended and a civil claim being instituted against him to recover the money.

(2) (a) No, in the financial year 2015/16 there were no tournaments staged without payment of purse money.

(b) Yes, (i) Since 1 April 2016, there was a tournament held in Limpopo Province hosted by a consortium led by Limpopo Champions and Xaba Promotions on the 29 April 2016.

(ii) All outstanding monies were subsequently settled with all the licensees.

08 May 2017 - NW875

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether his department intends to investigate the price of R12,1 million that the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality paid for purchasing Farm 87 Portion 230 Driefontein from Living Africa Development (Pty) Ltd, which paid a mere R112 074 for the specified land; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements responded that the department does not intend to investigate the price of R12,1 million that the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality paid for purchasing Farm 87 Portion of 230 Driefontein from Living Africa Development (Pty) Ltd. The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements indicated that, all acquisitions were done from the basis of a market valuation based on the value of the property as per legal requirements, which are done by a registered valuer to determine the value at the time of the transaction.

According to the department, Living Africa made Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality an offer for the land on 21 October 2015. They offered the land to Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for R16,5 million and at the time, the land was valued at R28 million as per Living Africa valuation. The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality further conducted its own valuation which determined the value at R22 million and the municipality started its negotiations at a value of R7,7 million which were not acceptable to the owner. The Property Acquisition Task Team led the negotiations that closed the deal with both parties accepting a sale price of R12,1 million subject to Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Council approval. According to Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, this transaction is therefore deemed to be above board and was done with Councils best interest at heart.

 

 

 

 

08 May 2017 - NW871

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether the Council of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality conducted any (a) environmental impact assessment studies and/or (b) geographical studies prior to its decision to move residents from the Angelo informal settlement to Farm 87 Portion 230 Driefontein; if not, in each case, why not; if so, (i) on which dates were the specified studies concluded and (ii) what were the outcomes in each case; (2) on what date(s) did the council become aware of (a) an open mineshaft and (b) the beginning of a sinkhole on the specified property; (3) why did the council not (a) stop the construction of foundations and (b) conduct the necessary studies when it became aware of the mineshaft and sinkhole; (4) whether the council will reassure the residents that neither the (a) mineshaft nor (b) sinkhole pose no threat to them?

Reply:

It is important to indicate that the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs referred the questions to the Human Settlements, as the sector is responsible for the matters indicated in the questions. The Provincial Department of Human Settlements through the National Department of Human Settlements provided the information in response to the questions.

(1) According to the report received from the Gauteng Provincial Department of Human Settlement, it is indicated that, the studies were undertaken to determine the suitability of the land for human habitation. The studies conducted are the following: (a) Environmental Impact Assessment, (b) Geotechnical Studies and Township Establishment application to determine the suitability of the land for human habitation in farm 87 Portion 230 Driefontein.

(i) The specified studies were concluded on the following dates: Geotechnical studies were concluded and a final report compiled in August 2012, the Environmental Impact Assessment was concluded in May 2016, the assessment has not been approved and the Township Establishment Application was concluded in October 2014, the application has not been approved.

(ii) The outcomes of the studies were as follows:

Geotechnical Studies - the land was categorised into three portions for analysis of its development prospects. Zone A-has a mining depth less than 30m, this is excluded from the developable area. Zone B characterised by shallow undermining where the depth rise is more than 30m, the land is developable with restrictions. Zone C has no undermining at all.

Township Establishment application – the application took the development constraints into cognisance, the Town Planning Layout of the site provides for the following land uses: 12.7h of land constitutes 57.71% of the site to be used for residential development and 9.3h of land that constitutes 42.29% used for Public Open Spaces.

The Environmental Impact Assessment - the land is characterised as largely degraded and thus no objection was noted for housing development purposes.

(2) The department became aware of the (a) open mineshaft during 2012 (b) the date regarding the beginning of a sinkhole on the specified property was not provided by Gauteng Provincial Department of Human Settlements.

(3) The construction (a) was not stopped because it was done in a developable area; (b) the land surveyor demarcated the developable and the undevelopable area. The area where the slabs are laid is the part that is developable according to the township layout plan and the geotechnical studies conducted.

(4) The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements indicated that the Council will:

(a) implement safety measures before relocating the community; and

(b) the area that is prone to sinkholes will be fenced off, and other sinkholes in the area will be filled prior to the relocation of the community..

 

08 May 2017 - NW874

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the decision of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Council to move residents from the Angelo informal settlement to Farm 87 Portion 230 Driefontein, the municipality has addressed the issue of illegal miners on the specified property; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) action has the specified municipality taken to ensure that the lives of the residents are not put in danger?

Reply:

The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements indicated that;

(a) Illegal miners were not identified, however if and when identified, the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department and the South African Police Service will be engaged (b). The department has not provided information on the action taken to ensure that the lives of the residents are not put in danger.

 

 

08 May 2017 - NW736

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the attached letter from the Acting Director-General of his department to the Municipal Manager of Bela-Bela Local Municipality, his department has received the KPMG report on 10 November 2016; if not, (a) why and (b) what action has his department taken to receive the report?

Reply:

In October 2016, the Department received correspondence from the Honourable Kevin Mileham, MP. The correspondence was with regard to a forensic report commissioned within the Bela Bela municipality by KPMG. The Honourable Member was requesting a copy of the forensic report for purposes of review and distribution to the Bela Bela Councillors.

According to the Honourable Member, the forensic report was finalised in May 2016. The report is alleged to be available at the Internal Audit department for Councillors to view although they are not allowed to take copies.

Following the request from Parliament, on 04 November 2016, the Department prepared a correspondence requesting the municipality to submit a copy of such a report with a view to assess the report and advise accordingly. The correspondence to the municipality was approved from the Acting Director-General’s office.

On 11 November 2016, the Department received a correspondence from the municipality as a response. The municipality indicated that Council processes are still underway to ensure that the recommendations emanating from the forensic report are implemented. In this regard, they requested to be granted space and time to finalise internal processes before releasing a copy of the report.

 

During its special meeting on the 15th September 2016, the Municipal Council, resolved, amongst others that:

  • the report on investigation into various allegations of irregularities in the municipality be noted;
  • legal advice sought with regard to the processing of the recommendations of the report to ensure that Council is insulated from any potential litigation;
  • all the recommendations of the report which may necessarily not need legal opinion be implemented and subsequently referred to MPAC for processing and reporting to Council;
  • the outcomes of the legal opinion on the recommendations of the forensic report be referred to MPAC for further processing and reporting to Council;
  • the Manager for Planning and Economic Development, as the designated Acting Municipal Manager during the forensic investigation period, be authorised to handle all the processes of the report until its conclusion in accordance with Council’s Oversight and Governance Structures as outlined above.

 

08 May 2017 - NW884

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to the outcome of the 2014 disciplinary case against a certain official (name and details furnished) for tender fraud committed in 2012, (a) what are the details of the charges, (b) what is the total amount the specified person has to pay back and (c) what amount has the person paid to date; (2) Was a criminal case opened with the SA Police Service against the specified person; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) what is the specified person’s current position and (b) does the person still participate in tender procedures?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the municipality:

1. (a) The details of the charges are as follows:

Charge 1 - Misconduct by providing the Mayor and Council with false statement or evidence.

Charge 2 - Misconduct with regard to the sourcing of quotations for the purchase of transformer. The official intentionally and /or deliberately concealed the quotation of one of the service provider which was R600 000.00 less than the appointed service provider; thereby causing the municipality to suffer financial loss in the amount of R600 000.00.

Charge 3 - Failure to verify SARS status before submitting the invoice to the Municipal Manager and CFO.

Charge 4 - Contravention of section 195 of the Constitution.

Charge 5 - Gross negligent for his recommendation of Makgoleng Trading Enterprise

(b) The total amount to be paid back is R392 107.00.

(c) The amount which has been paid to date is R136 163.36.

(2) No criminal case was opened. The Department is still awaiting for the municipality to provide the reason(s) why a criminal case was not opened with the SA Police Service.

(3) (a) The official’s employment contract expired on the 30 March 2017.

     (b) No

08 May 2017 - NW548

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Lotriet, Dr A to ask the Minister of Health

On what date did he gain knowledge of the (a) transfer of thousands of mentally-ill patients from Life Esidimeni Healthcare to 27 unlicensed non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and (b) persons who had died in the care of these unlicensed NGOs?

Reply:

In the whole Life Esidimeni saga, there are different events and various facts that occurred and emerged and were learnt of at different times respectively.

Unfortunately, the honourable member's question is framed in such a way that it assumes that the events and the facts that subsequently emerged all occurred at the same time and hence were learnt of at the same time.

I will try my best to separate them because that is how in reality they occurred.

I first learnt of the intention of Gauteng Department of Health to terminate their contract with Life Esidimeni and move mentally ill patients to other facilities in November 2015, when section 27, on behalf of South African depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), wrote to the National Department of Health, threatening to take the Gauteng Department of Health to court. They said they will cite the Minister and the Premier of Gauteng though no relieve will be sort from them.

The Director-General of the National Department of Health then contacted Gauteng to try and find out what this is all about as nobody in Gauteng Government ever informed the National Department of Health of any problem pertaining to mental health patients.

After being briefed, the Director-General felt that there is nothing that should provoke a court case and that the issues relating to mental health patients are straight forward and can be settled through a discussion.

The Director-General then facilitated a meeting between the HOD of Gauteng Department of Health, SADAG and Section 27. This meeting culminated into an agreement being signed between Gauteng Department of Health and SADAG whereby it was agreed that if patients have to be moved, they will be moved to facilities that do not offer an inferior service to which they were receiving at Life Esidimeni.

As it emerged later, Gauteng Department of Health unfortunately breached this agreement in every conceivable manner!

Part of the agreement was also that a detailed plan be prepared by the parties (Gauteng Department of Health, SADAG, Section 27) by the end of January 2016.

This agreement was an out of court settlement and hence SADAG withdrew its court case, which was due in court on 22 December 2015. The withdrawal happened on 21 December 2015.

It emerged later that Gauteng Department of Health did not put up a plan by the end of January 2016 as agreed in the out of court settlement.

In March 2016, Section 27 then rushed to court to interdict the Gauteng Department of Health but did not cite the Premier or the National Minister of Health, and hence there was no information forthcoming to the National Department in this regard.

Unfortunately, Section 27 lost the court interdict.

I then came to hear about the death of psychiatric patients who were moved from Life Esidimeni when the MEC for Health in Gauteng, in answering to a question in the legislature, announced that 36 mentally-ill patients died under the care of NGO's in and around Gauteng.

I was completely shocked and could not comprehend the whole thing. I immediately contacted the Health Ombuds person, Prof. Malegapuru Makgoba to investigate.

I subsequently learnt from his report that it was actually 94+ patients who died and not the 36 as earlier announced by the MEC in the Legislature. I also learnt from the Ombud's report that when they died they were under the care of 27 NGO's and that the NGO's were actually having invalid licenses issued by the Gauteng Department of Health. All these facts I only learnt when the Health Ombud presented to me a preliminary report in January 2017.

The MEC for Health in Gauteng had made her announcement in the legislature in September 2016 and the Health Ombud was asked by me to investigate in October 2016. The Health Ombud's final report was only released publicly on 01 February 2017.

END.

08 May 2017 - NW883

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to the Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) forensic report commissioned within the Bela-Bela Local Municipality and finalised in May 2016, (a) when will the report be tabled before the Council Bela-Bela Local Municipality and (b) what amount did it cost to compile the forensic report; (2) were any of the report’s recommendations implemented; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) do any of the report’s recommendations include the institution of criminal charges; if so, against whom; (4) what are the reasons for ignoring the Promotion of Access to Information Act application to receive the forensic report; (5) will any action be taken against officials who have not performed according to their job descriptions; if not, why not; if so, what action?

Reply:

The following response was provided by the municipality:

1. (a) The KPMG forensic report was tabled before Municipal Council on the 15th of September 2016.

   (b) The cost of the compilation of the forensic report is R959 593.55.

(2) All of the report’s recommendations were implemented. Further, legal opinion was obtained regarding the matter and its subsequent recommendations were also implemented by putting in place all the applicable corrective measures as espoused in the reports. The Municipal Public Accounts Committee subsequently prepared a report as duly mandated by Municipal Council and submitted the report for Council’s consideration on 27 January 2017.

(3) There is a recommendation with regard to the institution of criminal charges against one of the Joint Venture Company whose termination was also a subject of investigation. However, the matter is still being dealt with by the courts and thus sub duce.

(4) According to the municipality, there has never been an instance where Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application pertaining to the KPMG was ignored. The municipality has consistently provided the same response to everyone requesting the report that until such time that all Municipal Council processes are duly concluded, the report remains the confidential report of Council.

(5) The forensic investigation did not find any official(s) that had not performed their responsibilities as espoused in their respective job descriptions.

08 May 2017 - NW873

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With regard to the decision of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Council to move residents from the Angelo informal settlement to Farm 87 Portion 230 Driefontein, (a) what type of structures are to be built on the specified property, (b) what is the total number of structures that will be built, (c) for how long are the residents expected to live on the specified property and (d) will the property be fenced off in order to protect the residents from the (i) railway line, (ii) mineshaft and (iii) sinkhole; (2) How does the municipality intend to provide (a) sanitation and water, (b) refuse removal and (c) electricity services at the specified property?

Reply:

1. According to the information received from the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, the following responses were provided that :

(a) The type of structures to be built are temporary structures, L-shaped IBR sheeting structure with insulation inside and 100mm slab for floor.

(b) A total number of 565 structures will be built.

(c) The residents will be there for a period of 2-3 years if there are no delays on the Comet Village Housing Project. This is where permanent housing will be allocated for the residents. (d) Yes, the property will be fenced off to protect the residents from the (i) railway line, (ii) mineshaft and (iii) sinkhole.

2. Interim services will be provided in line with council service standards for the informal settlements in that:

(a) Water standpipes and chemical toilets will be provided;

(b) Refuse removal will be done once a week; and

(c) Electricity services will be provided, subject to budget availability.