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28 September 2022 - NW2861

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) total number (i) of adverse effects caused by COVID-19 vaccines have been reported to the Government, (ii) of those have been investigated and (iii) have been found to be related to the specified vaccine and (b) has been the response of Government in instances where adverse effects caused by COVID-19 vaccines have been reported?

Reply:

An adverse event (not effect) following immunisation (AEFI) is any untoward medical occurrence which follows immunisation and which does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the usage of the vaccine. The adverse event may be any unfavourable or unintended physical sign, abnormal laboratory finding, symptom or disease.

i) From 17 May 2021 to the 8 August 2022 a total number of 6561 AEFIs (total minor and severe) following the use of either the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or J&J (COVID-19 vaccine Janssen) were reported to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).

ii) Only severe and serious AEFIs are investigated. A total of 2771 clinical investigations are either concluded or under way.

iii) Following investigation, the case files are sent to the National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee (NISEC) for assessment.  For assessments completed up to the 2 September 2022:

  • 81 AEFIs have been linked to the use of a COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer 52 and J&J 29)
  • these events include immunisation stress related reactions (fear of vaccination) and vaccine product related reaction or were related to the immunisation programme

The causality assessment outcomes are shared with the provincial health departments to provide feedback to the vaccine injured parties, regardless of the outcome.

The purpose of causality assessment is to ensure that high levels of vaccine confidence are maintained in the immunisation programme, and it is therefore essential to identify if an AEFI was causally linked to the use of the vaccine or whether the AEFI was coincidental to vaccination.

Accurate communication about AEFI is essential to prevent misinformation circulating in the community.

END.

28 September 2022 - NW2610

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)With reference to allegations that his department spent R300 million to pay certain companies (names furnished), to upgrade the Home Affairs National Identification System to an automated biometric identification system, but that it was never completed (details furnished), what (a) total amount was paid to the specified companies and (b) portion and percentage of the project had been completed by the specified companies that would justify a payment based on percentage/stage completion; (2) what (a) percentage of the project has been completed and can be continued by another service provider and (b) is the estimated cost to have the project completed; (3) what steps has his department taken to finalise the project so that both the SA Police Service and his department can start to operate effectively? NW3126E

Reply:

(1)(a) To date the Department has paid a sum of R293 754 950-57 to appointed service providers against ABIS Phase 1 milestone delivery:

  • EOH: R280 877 475.75
  • IDEMIA: R12 877 474.82

1(b) Implementation of ABIS Phase 1 is not complete as measured against the requirements within the Master Services Agreement (MSA). The programme is currently at 85% of the Phase 1 deliverable. This includes -

  • 100% development of two dedicated Disaster Recovery Sites and;
  • Procurement of IT equipment and infrastructure needed for development of ABIS architecture, interfaces and systems with payments to EOH comprising R113 383 482.12 for hardware, a further R110 972 282.7 for licensing and software and a sum of R56 521 710.91 against professional service fees.

(2)(a) Phase 1 remains in development, but work-in-progress is advanced and some of the Workstreams are fully delivered, namely:

  • 100% of Infrastructure development in the form of Data Centres and Security Integration is complete and ready for Production.
  • Three (CONLV, ONLV, IJS) of the six Interfaces are complete whilst the outstanding three interfaces (Live Capture, NPR and NIIS are advanced and soon to conclude end-to-end testing.
  • Change Management is complete at 100% whilst training of business users and SAPS officials is ongoing in preparation for use of the system.
  • Latent Search capability at work station level has successfully passed testing, Integration testing at Interface level is undergoing enhancement.
  • Facial recognition capability is enhanced at the Back Office and will soon conclude testing.
  • Data Migration stands at 99.76% complete, however the Department requires 100% of the HANIS database to be migrated to ABIS. This is a prerequisite to ensure complete integrity prior to its deployment into Production, and ensure that every existing client of the DHA will be able to access a service within the ABIS solution
  • By November 2022, it is anticipated that as ABIS moves into a Production environment, the system will become the primary biometric platform of the department, and HANIS will operate as a secondary, back-up. As the ABIS system stabilises, inclusion of new functionality will be introduced. Considering this, it may not be appropriate to appointment another service provider at this late stage of the programme as it will inevitably hold the risk of setting the ABIS Programme further aback.

(2)(b) It is estimated that a budgeted spend of R183 650 240.23 is required for conclusion of the ABIS Programme (all phases)

(3) The Department has meticulously managed its commercial contract with IDEMIA and the service provider is being held to account for its failure to conclude and ensure milestone delivery against the Master Services Agreement. Through this legal process, penalties will be applied for late or non-delivery. The Department has already communicated its intention to leverage such contractual penalties with effect from 1 April 2021.

Operationally, the department, and IDEMIA, have confirmed their commitment to finalise outstanding work and to commence with a phased release of functional ABIS components by end November 2022. This plan will be supported by enhanced ABIS testing within its development environments.

END

28 September 2022 - NW3165

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George, Dr DT to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether the National Treasury is involved in the administration of the Makana Local Municipality; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the involvement of the National Treasury?

Reply:

Yes. The Minister of Finance is responsible for administering the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) in all the 257 municipalities in the country. The National Treasury in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury continue to perform the monitoring and oversight role to Makana Local Municipality in terms of the MFMA.

In addition, the municipality is currently placed under intervention in terms of Section 139 (1) and (5) of the Constitution because of a crisis in its financial and service delivery affairs. This is a mandatory intervention by the Eastern Cape Provincial Executive; however, the Municipal Finance Recovery Services unit in the National Treasury has drafted the Financial Recovery Plan for this intervention as is required in all mandatory interventions.

The financial recovery plan was prepared in July 2021 and handed to the municipality for implementation. The recovery plan is monitored by the National Treasury and the Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury.

28 September 2022 - NW2747

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether, with regard to South African medical students studying outside the Republic, he will furnish Ms H Ismail with details of what total number of such students (a) are currently studying and/or (b) have completed their studies outside of the Republic; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details, including the (i) gender of the specified students and (ii) countries in which they studied in each case; (2) (a) what total number of South African medical students who have studied outside the Republic have been allocated to serve their community service duties in the past seven years and (b) to which hospitals have they been allocated to complete their community service; (3) what (a) total number of community service positions are reserved for female and male doctors and (b) are the requirements for each job reservation for female and male doctors

Reply:

1. (a) The only data available records for South African medical students studying outside the Republic is limited to those students studying under government to government agreements

(b) The completed and eligible data of recorded South African medical students studying outside the Republic are provided in 2 below (i) with gender per specified students .

(2) The data as recorded in the Internship and Community Service Program (ICSP) online System, is available from 2018 and the data can therefore be provided for the past five (5) years:

a)  total number of South African medical students who have studied outside the Republic have been allocated to serve their community service duties in the past five (5) years is 323

Year

Citizen

Gender

Total

2018

 

Male

1

 

SA

Female

39

 

 

Male

20

 

Grand Total

 

60

       
 

Citizen

Gender

Total

 

SA

Female

35

Year

 

Male

26

2019

Grand Total

 

61

       
 

Citizenship

Gender

Total

 

SA

Female

4

 

 

Male

16

 

Grand Total

 

20

Year

     

2020

Citizenship

Gender

Total

 

SA

Female

25

 

 

Male

28

 

Grand Total

 

53

Year

     

2021

Citizenship

Gender

Total

 

SA

Female

62

 

 

Male

47

 

Grand Total

 

109

       

b) The following table reflects the details in this regard.

Medical Community Service Studied Abroad Allocations past 5 years per facility

Facility names

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

Grand Total

 

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

 

ec Humansdorp Hospital

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

4

ec Khotsong TB Hospital

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

ec Laetitia Bam CHC

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

ec Madwaleni Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

ec Mhlakulo CHC

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

ec Mjanyana Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

ec Sipetu Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

ec Victoria Hospital

 

2

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

3

fs Boitumelo Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

fs Diamond (Diamant) Hospital

 

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

fs Dr JS Moroka Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

2

fs Elizabeth Ross Hospital

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

2

fs Embekweni Hospital

 

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

fs Fezi Ngumbentombi Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

fs Itemoheng Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

fs Katleho Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

fs PAX CHC

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

fs Phuthuloha Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

fs Senorita Ntlabathi Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

fs Winburg Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

gp Bronkhorstspruit Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

gp Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

2

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

gp Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

3

gp City of Johannesburg District Office

2

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

gp Edenvale Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

Medical Community Service Studied Abroad Allocations past 5 years per facility

Facility names

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

Grand Total

 

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

 

gp Far East Rand Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

gp Helen Joseph Hospital

2

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

3

gp Mamelodi Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

gp Sebokeng Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

gp Sedibeng District Office

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

gp South Rand Hospital

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

gp Tembisa Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

2

gp West Rand District Office

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz Church of Scotland Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz East/Boom CHC

1

 

1

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

4

kz Hlabisa Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz Hlengisizwe CHC

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz Inanda C CHC

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

kz Ladysmith Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz Madadeni Hospital

1

1

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

4

kz Ndwedwe CHC

1

 

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

3

kz Phoenix CHC

 

2

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

kz Pholela CHC

 

1

 

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

3

kz Pomeroy CHC

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz St Chads CHC

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz St Mary's Hospital (Mariannhill)

1

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

lp Dr CN Phatudi Hospital

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

lp Mankweng Hospital

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

lp Pietersburg Hospital

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

lp Tshilidzini Hospital

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Medical Community Service Studied Abroad Allocations past 5 years per facility

Facility names

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

Grand Total

 

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

 

mp Bethal Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

mp Elsie Ballot Hospital

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

mp Evander Hospital

2

1

1

 

 

 

6

1

 

1

12

mp Lydenburg Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

mp Matikwana Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

mp Middelburg Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

mp Piet Retief Hospital

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

4

mp Rob Ferreira Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

mp Shongwe Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

mp Standerton Hospital

2

 

 

 

 

 

2

1

1

 

6

mp Tonga Hospital

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

3

mp Witbank Hospital

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

nc Dr Harry Surtie Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

nc Port Nolloth CHC

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

nc Postmasburg Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

nw Joe Morolong Memorial Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

1

4

nw Kgetlengrivier sub-District Office

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

nw Klerksdorp-Tshepong Tertiary Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

nw Koster Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

nw Moses Kotane Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

nw Moses Kotane sub-District Office

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

nw Potchefstroom Hospital

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

nw Rustenburg sub-District Office

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

4

wc Alexandra Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

wc Citrusdal Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Medical Community Service Studied Abroad Allocations past 5 years per facility

Facility names

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

Grand Total

 

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

 

wc Eerste River Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

wc False Bay Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

wc George Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

wc Helderberg Hospital

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

3

wc Mowbray Maternity Hospital

1

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

3

wc Paarl Hospital

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

4

wc SAMHS 2 Military Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

wc Stellenbosch Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

wc Swartland Hospital

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

wc Victoria Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

wc Worcester CDC

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

wc Worcester Hospital

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

nw Witrand Psychiatric Hospital

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

kz Newtown A CHC

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

nw Ganyesa Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

2

kz St Margaret's TB MDR Hospital

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz Mahatma Gandhi Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

lp Philadelphia Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

2

kz St Andrew's Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz SAMHS AFB Durban Military Medical Clinic

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

nw Itsoseng CHC

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

fs Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli Hospital

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

3

nc Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

3

fs SAMHS Bloemfontein Military Medical Clinic

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

gp Dr George Mukhari Hospital

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Medical Community Service Studied Abroad Allocations past 5 years per facility

Facility names

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

Grand Total

 

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

 

kz King Dinuzulu Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

nc Northern Cape Province Placeholder

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

nw Tigane CHC

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

fs Mangaung District Office

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

nw Ganyesa CHC

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz Tongaat CHC

 

 

1

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

3

kz St Apollinaris Hospital

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

2

wc Caledon Hospital

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

fs Thabo Mofutsanyana District Office

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

wc Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

gp Tambo Memorial Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz Northdale Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz KwaZulu Natal Province Placeholder

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

nc SAMHS Midlands Sickbay

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

gp Ekurhuleni District Office

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

2

mp Carolina Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

nw Madibeng sub-District Office

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz Clairwood Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

fs Stoffel Coetzee Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz General Justice Gizenga Mpanza Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

kz Charles Johnson Memorial Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

2

 

4

kz Wentworth Hospital

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

kz Vryheid Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

kz Itshelejuba Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

fs Tokollo Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

1

3

Medical Community Service Studied Abroad Allocations past 5 years per facility

Facility names

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

Grand Total

 

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

 

nw SAMHS Potchefstroom Military Base Clinic

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

kz Appelsbosch Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

2

gp Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

nw Mahikeng Provincial Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

 

 

2

lp Kgapane Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

2

ec Amathole District Office

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

kz Catherine Booth Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

ec Canzibe Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

ec Tayler Bequest Hospital (Matatiele)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

kz Osindisweni Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

kz Dundee Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

gp City of Tshwane District Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

1

 

3

nc Springbok (Dr Van Niekerk) Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

2

nc SAMHS Lohatla Military Base Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

mp Ermelo Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

 

 

3

nc SAMHS Upington Sickbay

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

kz Umphumulo Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

2

kz Montebello Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

mp Barberton Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

1

3

mp Embhuleni Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

2

nw SAMHS Molopo Sickbay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

ec Willowmore Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

ec St Patrick's Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

gp Leratong Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

kz Untunjambili Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

Medical Community Service Studied Abroad Allocations past 5 years per facility

Facility names

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

Grand Total

 

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

 

nw Bophelong Psychiatric Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

mp Ehlanzeni District Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

fs Xhariep District Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

 

 

3

mp Matibidi Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

nw Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

lp Letaba Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

kz uMgungundlovu District Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

kz GJ Crooke's Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

kz Harry Gwala District Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

kz Impilwenhle Clinic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

fs Lejweleputswa District Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

nc SAMHS Kimberley Sickbay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

nw Ventersdorp Sub-District Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

lp SAMHS Ba-Phalaborwa Sickbay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

gp Steve Biko Academic Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

ec Wilhelm Stahl (Middelburg) Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

ec Tower Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

fs SAMHS Kroonstad Sickbay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

fs Botshabelo Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

kz Benedictine Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

ec St Elizabeth's Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

2

lp Seshego Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

ec Empilweni Gompo CHC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

gp Carletonville Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

nc John Taolo Gaetsewe District Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

Medical Community Service Studied Abroad Allocations past 5 years per facility

Facility names

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

Grand Total

 

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

 

wc Elsies River CHC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

wc Kraaifontein CHC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

wc Khayelitsha (Site B) CHC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

kz Rietvlei Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

wc Beaufort West Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

mp KwaMhlanga Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

ec Dora Nginza Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

ec Empilisweni Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

mp Themba Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

lp Malamulele Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

wc Breede Valley sub-District Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

lp Helene Franz Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

ec Bambisana Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

kz Nkandla Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

lp Siloam Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

ec Settlers Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

kz eThekwini District Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

kz Christ the King Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

gp Jubilee Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

gp Pholosong Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

Grand Total

67

48

26

32

4

16

37

29

43

21

323

(3) (a) The number of community service positions reserved for female and male doctors are 1 897;

(b) requirements for each job is complying with registration requirements to register as a community service doctor as set by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

END.

28 September 2022 - NW2782

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George, Dr DT to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether, with regard to his recent trip to Washington DC to meet the (a) International Monetary Fund and (b) World Bank, any loan requests were (i) made and (ii) granted; if not, why not; if so, (aa) what request(s) were made, (bb) what amount was granted and (cc) on what terms and conditions?

Reply:

No, there were no loan requests made or granted at the recent International Monetary Fund / World Bank Spring Meetings held in Washington DC. Loan requests are typically not discussed at the Spring Meetings.

28 September 2022 - NW3016

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). whether his department, in collaboration with the SA Police Service has conducted a full investigation into the events surrounding the death of Mr. Simiso Buthelezi after a boxing match in Durban on 5Jjune 2022; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2). whether (a)the Boxing South Africa Board and/or (b) his department will introduce additional safety regulations for boxing in relation to the events surrounding the specified person’s death; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes, the board instructed the Medical Advisory Committee of Boxing South Africa (MABBSA) to conduct the full investigation in this matter. The investigation is led by Dr Selepe who is the Chairperson of Boxing South Africa Medical Advisory Committee.

The committee has released a draft report which is yet to be discussed with the family and then be shared with oversight committees. There is a current police inquest being led by the Greyville Police Station and that process is currently ongoing.

Boxing South Africa is the regulator of safety standards in boxing. As the Minister, I will await the current investigation and recommendations thereof. Thereafter, I will in consultation with BSA determine if there is a need to update the existing safety protocols. While the death of an athlete may suggest that there is such a need, the technicalities of the required changes will be advanced by Boxing South Africa.

28 September 2022 - NW3212

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(2) whether (a) his department and (b) the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee have given the medalists bonuses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? (2) whether (a) his department and (b) the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee have given the medalists bonuses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. My department and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) have long committed that as a norm medallist at major multi-coded international events shall be awarded and given prize money as incentives. The date for ceremony to present the Awards and Prize money to Commonwealth Games Medallists is yet to be determined.

We trying to finalise a common date that will suite everyone involved to award the Commonwealth Games Medallists their dues.

28 September 2022 - NW3018

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether the heightened focus on immigration management by his department reflects the development, security and fulfilment of the department’s international obligations in accordance with its formal mandate; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how and (b) what benefits does the practice offer South African citizens?

Reply:

a) The mandate of the Department of Home Affairs is to manage international migration. In discharging its mandate, the Department of Home Affairs ensures compliance with South Africa’s international obligations as they relate to migrants and their rights. This includes the United Nations 1951 Convention and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Convention of 1969. In addition, South Africa is a signatory to the United Nations Protocol against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air; the United Nations Protocol against Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children; and the relevant Convention on International Civil Aviation regulating international travel.

Furthermore, the Global Compact for Migration requires that international migration should be safe, orderly and regular. Therefore, South Africa is duty bound to address irregular migration, as the Immigration Act already provides legal pathways through a number of Visas which migrants can apply for, enter and reside in South Africa. Enforcement against irregular migration is therefore not unique to South Africa, but an international practice of sovereign States.

In providing for the regulation of admission of foreigners to and their residence in the Republic of South Africa, the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002), inter alia, aims to promote economic growth through the employment of needed foreign labour which does not adversely impact on existing labour standards, rights and expectations of South African workers.

b) Adherence to the legislative prescripts ensures orderly migration and national security. It is critical that the DHA deals with illegal migration which is a criminal offence in terms of the Immigration Act. Any violation of laws undermines national security, territorial integrity and social cohesion.

END

28 September 2022 - NW2615

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Seitlholo, Mr IS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1) (a) What portion of her department's Social Responsibility Implementation Programme was allocated to North West for the upgrading of Manyane Game Lodge in Mahikeng, (b) from which budget line item were the funds sourced and (c) which contractor was responsible for the upgrade; (2) whether she will furnish Mr I S Seitlholo with the tender details and all relevant documents relating to the appointment of the specified contractor; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the handover of the project was done; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (4) what action did her department take to deal with the wasteful expenditure incurred as the lodge is now dilapidated?

Reply:

1. (a) A total of R 47 884 114 was spent on this project. Of this, R 36 184 114 was spent on construction and R 11 700 00 was spent on creating employment opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and transport of EPWP workers.

(b) From the EPWP budget allocation

(c) The Honourable Member is advised to make a request in line with the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), Act No. 2 of 2000.

(2) Yes. The project was advertised in 2011 and Implementing Agent appointed in the same year.

(3) The handover of the project was not done because the project was not completed.

(4) A case has been opened with SAPS, State Attorney was instructed to recover the loses and implicated officials were charged.

 

 

28 September 2022 - NW2951

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

What are the (a) names and (b) locations and/or areas of the (i) total 64 softball clubs and (ii) four softball diamonds with a 1000-seats capacity in the (aa) Cape Town Region and (bb) Western Cape Districts. (2) What (a) is the total building cost of the 3 500 –seater softball stadium in Polokwane and (b) is the time frame of his department for the project?

Reply:

1(a)(b)(i). The document with the names and locations of softball clubs is attached.

(ii). The following are the four softball diamonds in (aa) Cape Town region and (bb) Western Cape Districts:

Softball Diamond

Capacity

Turf Hall Stadium Athlone

3500

Lavender Hill

500

Beaufort West

500

Malmesbury

1500

(2)(a). The total building cost of the 3 500 –seater softball stadium in Polokwane is R90,960,827.34.

(b). The projected time frame for the completion of the project is 28 February 2023.

28 September 2022 - NW2999

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether he and/or his department submitted a policy review document and/or any other government policy document to structures outside of the Government, either to private and/or external structures or structures of any political affiliation during the past five years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) will he furnish Mr E J Marais with copies of all such documents and (b) what are the reasons that the Government documents were provided to each structure?

Reply:

a) The Department of Home Affairs has in the past five years developed five policy papers, namely:

  • The 2017 White Paper on International Migration,
  • The White Paper on Repositioning DHA,
  • The Official Identity Management Policy,
  • The One-Stop Border Post Policy as well as the
  • White Paper on Marriages in South Africa.

These policies are available on the departmental website – www.dha.gov.za

b) The South African Constitution makes it pertinent that in any form of decision-making, public participation must be conducted in order for such decision or policy to pass the test of legality and rationality.

The Constitution makes provision for public involvement in law-making, oversight and other processes of Parliament. South Africa’s democratic system not only provides for citizens to elect their representatives, but also allows citizens to have a say in matters that affect them.

The Department has held consultations with different structures outside government. In this regard, the department held consultations with various stakeholders including non-governmental organisations, academics, private sector, religious groupings, traditional leaders and members of the public. Further, the National Economic Development and labour Council (NEDLAC) was engaged on policies that have an impact on the economy such as the One-Stop Border Post Policy.

 

END

28 September 2022 - NW2982

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Regarding his department requesting information about Theatre and Dance Policy Consultative Conference that was scheduled on 2 to 3 September 2022, what has he found to be the reason that a certain person (name) furnished publicized inaccurate information on social media about who the presenter of the conference will be since it is clear from the latest poster that the conference is an event of his department not an event of the specified person’s organisation; 2. what is the reason that his department put its poster so late and only after the specified person had been exposed for publicizing information?

Reply:

  1. The relationship with the specified person is that of a service provider who has been appointed to project manage the process of the development of the Theatre & Dance Policy. The DSAC cannot comment further on why he may or may not have lied as posed in your question.

28 September 2022 - NW2793

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Health

What resources are available within his department to protect whistle blowers?

Reply:

No, there is no dedicated resources allocated to Whistle-blowers protection programme in the Department of Health.

Nevertheless, the Department rely on the measures that are in place for the protection of whistle blowers in government at large, the first being based on the existing measures dependent on the Department’s relationship with the South African Police Services (SAPS).

Secondly, the department in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has approved concept by UNODC to develop and establish a whistle blowing protection and risk assessment and mitigation in the procurement system within the health sector which is due to be launched soon, details will be provided upon finalisation of the concepts by the department of Health.

END.

28 September 2022 - NW3162

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1)Whether, with reference to the congress of the SA Football Association (SAFA), there is any litigation as at the latest date and/or envisaged in order to stop the congress; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is SAFA doing about mediation in respect of the issues to stop any pending or envisaged court action. (2) (a) what amount has been budgeted for the elective congress, (b) who will be presiding at the elective congress and (c) who are the members running for election? NW3874E

Reply:

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has in their response indicated that they are unable to respond to this question as they state it may result in third party interference which they indicate is forbidden by FIFA and has dire consequences to the National Federation. See attached letter received from SAFA in this regard.

28 September 2022 - NW2535

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) With regard to the Republic’s illegal migration crisis, what is his department’s position on the offer by the Lesotho government to assist the Government with repatriating Lesotho nationals within the Republic’s borders; (2) what (a) is the total number of immigration inspectors from his department and (b) plans are in place to increase the numbers; (3) what (a) is the total number of deportations per year and (b) total budget is available for deportations; (4) with his department not knowing the total number of illegal and/or undocumented migrants within the borders of the Republic, what (a) plans does his department have in place to verify and/or reject claims that the Republic is home to approximately 12 million illegal and/or undocumented migrants and (b) is his department doing to ensure that communities like Krugersdorp and others who have been protesting against the prevalence of illegal migrants are assisted?

Reply:

1. The department has always had good co-operation from the government of the Kingdom of Lesotho when it comes to repatriating their nationals who are found to be illegal in South Africa. The position of the department is to continue this co-operation which includes the Lesotho government confirming their nationals prior to deportation.

(2)(a) The Inspectorate as at 1 September 2022 has 700 members.

(2)(b) Funding was provided for the filling of 293 posts in quarter 1 of this financial year. The process to fill the posts has already commenced with 196 offers of employment being issued.

(3)(a) The number of deportation recorded for the last 3 financial years is as following:

    1. 2019/20 – 29376
    2. 2020/21 – 14859
    3. 2021/22 - 14113

There was a notable decrease during the course of the state of disaster arising from the Covid Pandemic.

(3)(b) The budget allocation for deportations this financial year was R20,901,000.00

(4)(a) The department is aware of the figures given by the Statistician General Risenga Maluleke a figure of 3.95 million foreign nationals are in South Africa according to their mid-year population estimates in 2021. This figure includes foreign nationals regardless of status. The department therefore refutes the figure of 12 million as we are not aware of the verifiable source that figure comes from. In order to deal with the challenges arising from persons who are undocumented the department is vigorously conducting operations and inspections to deal with this.

(4)(b) The department has been active in engagements with communities like Krugersdorp and has ensured that local, provincial and national elected representatives, community groups and other stakeholders have direct access to the senior management of the department to respond to these challenges. The department has been part of the multi-disciplinary team that is responding to the challenges of illegal immigration. A team of 60 immigration officers has been part of this effort. Prior to this the department was part of the team that was involved in crime combatting efforts in Diepsloot from April 2022 to July 2022.

END

28 September 2022 - NW2983

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

With regards to his department requesting information about Theatre and Dance Policy Conference scheduled to take place on 2 to 3 September 2022, which is presented in partnership with The Market Theatre Foundation, a cultural entity to his department against whom Mr. T W Mhlongo invoked and won in 2018 a Protected Disclosures Act, Act 26 of 2000, case in which he exposed corruption in the governance of its council, what role is The Market Theatre Foundation playing in this conference beyond being a service provider for the conference?

Reply:

There was no other role played by Market Theatre Foundation other than providing a venue for the said policy conference.

28 September 2022 - NW2478

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1) (a) What (i) total number of employees of her department are currently working from home, (ii) number of such employees have special permission to work from home and (iii) are the reasons for granting such special permission and (b) on what date will such workers return to their respective offices; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) Hybrid working arrangements have been withdrawn for all employees including employees with co-morbidities (now handled in line with standard sick leave procedures as per DPSA circular 38/2022).

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

(b) N/A

(2) N/A

28 September 2022 - NW2839

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Tourism

What total amount of tourism revenue has been lost to date due to Durban beaches being closed due to bad sewerage spills and E. coli contamination?

Reply:

The management of Durban Beaches is the responsibility of the eThekwini Municipality as the relevant Local Authority. In the event that the Honourable member wishes to obtain information on such matters, it would only be prudent for the member to directly engage with the relevant Local Authority.

 

28 September 2022 - NW3211

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1) (a) How has his department prepared for the Netball World Cup in 2023 that will be hosted by the Republic in 2023 and (b) what are the financial implications of the plans and preparations for his department. (2) whether his department has offered any (a) financial and/or (b) other assistance to Team South Africa; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (3) whether there are any measures in place to encourage sports tourism leading up to the event; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (4) what steps is his department taking to promote local cultural events for an international audience. (5) whether his department has any partnerships with the Department of Tourism to promote local cultural events for international audiences and tourism; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) There is significant progress being made regarding the preparations. The following is progress on key delivery areas.

  1. The venue and seating layout plans have been finalized.
  2. Training venues have been identified
  3. Accommodation plans for teams have been finalized
  4. Accreditation and security plans are progressing well with the assistance of State Security Agency and SAPS.
  5. The Travel agency has been appointed.
  6. Transport plans for teams will be finalized once the announcement has been made of qualified teams that will participate in the Netball World Cup 2023.
  7. A Marketing agency has been appointed and is finalizing the following plans:
    1. A. International
    2. B. Domestic and
    3. C. Public Relations plans
  8. The official ball has been revealed and named (Kganya).
  9. Official Mascot (Letsatsi) was launched at the Africa Regional Qualifiers in Pretoria.
  10. The Timing, Scoring and Result system has been procured and evaluated including the umpire alert system.
  11. The title and first tier sponsors have been secured.
  12. First phase of ticket sales will go on sale at the end of October 2022 which will be the hospitality and tour packages.
  13. The draw will take place in November 2022 after the conclusion of Regional Qualifiers.
  14. On the 25 May 2023 we will receive the Trophy in KZN and begin the trophy tour in all Provinces.

(1) (b) The following are the financial implications of plans and preparations

Projected income:

  1. R196,673,798 which is made up of Public Funding, Sponsorship, Ticketing, Broadcast, Merchandising, Accommodation and Other Income.
  2. Projected Expenditure:
  3. R189,867,110 which is made up of Business Operations, Tournament Operations, Workforce costs, Legacy costs and Hosting Fees to World Netball.

Profit / Deficit:

(i) Currently NWC23 projects a profit of R7,414,017 against an original deficit budget of (R30,245,756)

2)(a) Yes, the Department is offering financial assistance to Netball South Africa. As part of the annual grant Netball Ball identifies areas that require support. (b) As part of growing netball and making the national team competitive the Department is implementing the legacy programme. Key element of the legacy programme is the roll-out of the netball courts in schools.

(3) Various netball specific and sport specific events are being used to promote the 2023 Netball World Cup. These include but are not limited to the Quad series which involves Australia, England, and New Zealand to encourage sports tourism which will be held in Cape Town. The Spar Diamond challenge which will be held in Durban involving Scotland and Zimbabwe will also be used to promote Sport Tourism.

The Trophy tour will take place in all provinces therefore generating domestic interest and domestic tourism. The broadcasting plan involves a thirty second tourism video, which will be played at the beginning of each live broadcast at various build up competitions. There is strong collaboration with Tourism South Africa to effectively encourage sports tourism.

The broadcast partners have committed to give the Host City / Country a sixty second video at the start of each match during the World Cup2023 which will be broadcasted to the global audience to promote tourism to the country beyond the World Cup.

(4). A sustainability village will be set up by South African Tourism at the venue which will promote local crafters. Cultural performances will be included throughout the event commencing with the showcasing of South African Arts Culture during the Opening and the Closing ceremonies. The Western Cape Province has also translated the Netball Rule book to IsiXhosa. This contributes to social inclusion, promotes indigenous language and access to the sport in the first language.

(5) The Department of Tourism is one of the Departments that are part of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on NWC2023 as approved by Cabinet. The Department of Tourism through Tourism SA are key in amplifying and promoting the World Cup in all missions abroad. South African Tourism will assist the appointed ticketing agency with the promotion and marketing of travel packages for the NWC 2023 and quality assure the packages for teams and visitors.

28 September 2022 - NW2442

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the South African pavilion at the Dubai World Expo that was held during the period 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, what (a) were the daily statistics for the total number of (i) visitors per country to the specified pavilion and (ii) enquiries that were made and (b) was the nature of the enquiries in each category?

Reply:

The lead department for the South African Pavilion at the Dubai Expo was the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition. As per reply to Question no 2340, tabled on 6 July 2022, it is suggested that the Honourable member redirect his question to the relevant Minister.

(a) to (b) Not applicable

28 September 2022 - NW2766

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What plans has his department put in place in order to combat fraudulent South African passports, (b) what are the (i) deadlines, (ii) timelines, (iii) time frames and (iv) milestones in this regard, (c) what number of fraudulent passports have been identified in the (aa) past three financial years and (bb) since 1 January 2022, (d) how were the fraudulent passports identified in each case and (e) what number of charges were laid in each case?

Reply:

(a) & (b),(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

The Honourable Member is referred to the Statement made by Minister on 11th August 2022 in this respect, wherein Minister announced the first of three steps to be taken by the Department to secure the integrity of the South African passport, and make it foolproof against fraudulent acquisition. The Department thus has plans in place to combat fraudulent passports by intensifying the security measures in the South African passport and these plans will be implemented in phases. The following measures have been implemented:

  • A passport can only be collected strictly from office where it was applied for, whereas previously you could collect from any office in the country.
  • Only the person who applied for that passport can come and collect it by activating it through a fingerprint.
  • For minor children, their parents or guardians who helped them to apply for that passport will be the only ones allowed to come and collect it and activate using their own fingerprints.
  • The Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Interpol on 29 July 2022 on reporting lost and stolen passports.
  • South Africa is a signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Origination (ICAO) and is subjected to regular audits including on how it handles including on lost and stolen passports.
  • The Department has also revised its Standard Operating Procedures, Manuals and Policies regarding lost and stolen passports, and these are being implemented.

Further measures are also underway at our Government Printing Works facility to continue to secure our passports. The Department will make a determination and will make further announcements on the implementation of the further plans to be implemented in due course, when the ABIS programme has been completed.

(c)(aa) In the past three financial years, 500 passports were identified as fraudulent. Each time an investigation uncovered a fraudulently issued passport, they were referred for blocking of the passport numbers on the National Population Register so that the holders thereof cannot be able to use them. These were also referred for V-listing on the Movement Control System, which means that should the holders thereof attempt to use them at a Port of Entry, an Immigration Officer will be alerted.

(c)(bb) Since January 2022, 185 passports were investigated and the passport numbers were blocked on the National Population Register and also placed on the Movement Control Systems’ V-Stoplist.

(d) Whistle-blowers reported allegations pertaining to fraudulent passports. The Department then conducted investigations on those allegations and also profiled the User IDs of the implicated officials which uncovered that more passports were issued fraudulently.

(e) Twelve (12) officials were charged with misconduct with eight (8) dismissals and the remainder are still pending disciplinary hearings. The officials and members of the public involved have also been charged criminally for fraud, corruption, money laundering, racketeering and contravention of the Immigration Act with the cases still pending in court.

END

28 September 2022 - NW3119

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1).Whether his department funded the indoor heating pool project at the Retreat Swimming Pool in Cape Town; if not, who did; if so, on what date (a) did the specified project start and (b) was it completed. (2). what (a) was the initial project scope and Memorandum of Understanding between Aquatics Swimming Clubs and Swimming South Africa and (b) is the reason that the indoor heating swimming pool is still operating with cold water. (3). what planning and budget are being considered to ensure that the new indoor swimming pool complies with competition and/or gala standards. (4). what are the reasons that the (a) showers are not accessible to swimmers, (b) cloakrooms are used for storage space and (c) steel seating structures in the cloakrooms are not covered with wood and/or plastic material. (5). what are the reasons that the complaints which were submitted to the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee have not been attended to?

Reply:

The provision and maintenance of Sport and recreation facilities is the constitutional responsibility of Local Government through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) and the Metropolitan Municipalities through the Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG).

My department is in contact with the Provincial Department and the City of Cape Town to get more details in terms of the project.

28 September 2022 - NW2792

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether he has received any communication from the Office of the Premier of Gauteng, Mr D Makhura, pertaining to the case of Babita Deokoran which is under investigation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he has been informed of any disciplinary procedure pertaining to Babita Deokaran's investigation case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Minister received a briefing from the MEC of Health in Gauteng on issue pertaining Babita Deokoran, Thembisa Hospital and precautionary suspension of two senior officials related to the matter.

2. The Minister will await the outcome of the disciplinary process from the Provincial department

END.

28 September 2022 - NW2860

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

What total number of COVID-19 vaccines (a) have (i) been discarded and (ii) had their expiration date extended and/or adjusted further and (b) is the Republic still in the process of purchasing?

Reply:

a) (i) No doses that were stored at the vaccine distributors have expired.

(ii) There have been three shelf-life extensions of the Pfizer Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine. The shelf-life extensions were effective on the following dates, and the stock on hand at the vaccine distributors at the time of the extension is reflected below:

  • 1 October 2021 - three-month shelf-life extension. Stock on hand at the time of extension = 9,145,590 doses.
  • 14 December 2021 - three-month shelf-life extension. Stock on hand at the time of extension = 9,209,880 doses.
  • 12 May 2022 - three-month shelf-life extension. Stock on hand at the time of extension = 10,449,150 doses.

(b) The Republic is not in the process of purchasing more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

END.

28 September 2022 - NW2858

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether payment was made for the 12 Community Healthcare Workers of Maredi and Madras who were put onto the Persal System and made to sign contracts for screening COVID-19; if not, (2) whether he has found that his department inadvertently misled the Public Protector when they committed to correcting the specified issue; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Payment was made to 24 Community Health Workers in Mariti (16) and Madras (8).

2. In terms of the information received from Mpumalanga Department of Health, all Community Health Workers had received their stipend by the end of August 2022.

END.

28 September 2022 - NW3236

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(What total number of Europeans in the Republic have (a) migrant statuses, (b) refugee statuses and (c) work permits?

Reply:

a) The Department does not maintain migration data disaggregated by nationality on other types of visa except in respect of critical skills, business and general work visa.

b) There are currently 26 European nationals with active section 24 permits (Refugee Status).

c) The total number of Europeans in the Republic with work visas is 2 770 with effect from 04 January 2016 (this is from the period when the Department introduced an Online Visa Adjudication System).

END

28 September 2022 - NW3163

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

With regards to his department requesting information about the Theatre and Dance Policy Consultative Conference that was scheduled from 2 to 3 September 2022, what (a) number of submissions did his department receive in response to its call for submissions on the Draft National Theatre and Dance Policy document, (b) were the contents of the submissions that were received,(c) are the reasons that the submissions were not published by the department to ensure that the process was transparent,(d) number of persons and/or organizations that have been included and/or excluded from the conference, (e) are the reasons that the invitation was sent out to Mr. T W Mhlongo only at 19:21, and (f) are the reasons that invitations were not sent out by his department while it is now evident the conference is presented by his department?

Reply:

(a). 27 written submissions were received by the Department.

(b). Various submissions were received, some were just acknowledging and appreciating the invitation to be part of the policy development process. Whilst others were talking directly to policy focus areas such as education and training, research and information, 4th Industrial Revolution in Arts, funding, artists’ rights, social benefits, bursaries, networking, companies and career paths, awards, and recognition. These submissions are being consolidated into policy documents for ease reference.

(c). Submissions are currently being analysed, aligned, and consolidated into the final draft policy.

(d). Invitations were done through the Provincial Task Team members representing the sector. In addition, independent practitioners and institutions were invited from within different theatre and dance structures, including State theatre, Playhouse, Market theatre, PACOFS, Arts Cape, the Nelson Mandela Bay Theatre Complex, ASSITEJ, TADA, SAID, SADAF, SACCYF, CCIFSA

Over and above the specified structures, invitations were also issued to various role players across the value chain of the theatre and dance sector. A virtual link was also shared for a wider reach to ensure that all those who wish to participate, can. We are not aware of anyone, or any structures being deliberately excluded from the Policy Conference

(e). We are not aware of the invitation that was sent out to Mr TW Mhlongo at 19h21.

(f). A service provider was appointed to project manage the policy development process inclusive of the policy conference on behalf of the Department.

28 September 2022 - NW3231

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). Which recent measures have been taken in building quality recreational facilities which would cater for aspiring (a) karate, (b) judo and (c) boxing athletes in the Republic. (2). whether his department has set any time frames for the development of the specified facilities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a), (b) and (c)

While provision of sport and recreation facilities are, in terms of Schedule 5B of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, a mandate of local government/ municipalities, the department has been able to ensure that such mandate is fulfilled through ring-fencing and allocation of a portion of 5% earmarked for sport facilities in the Municipal Infrastructure Grant. Through this ring-fenced Grant, department has among others allocated the following facilities that caters for karate, judo, and boxing:

28 September 2022 - NW2546

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Finance

What remedial action has been put in place by the National Treasury to ensure that government departments and/or businesses owing money to municipalities, make urgent payments to such municipalities, in order to prevent the municipalities from experiencing liquidity and/or cash flow challenges?

Reply:

National Treasury has encouraged municipalities to enforce its credit control and debt management policies and bylaws. This implies that if any organ of state neglects to honor their payment arrangement for services rendered by municipalities within the legislative timeframe of 30 days as per the PFMA and MFMA, the municipal, by law, must proceed to terminate or restrict the services to those customers (including government departments and businesses) with immediate effect.

Even if the customer questions the accuracy of the bill issued by municipalities, which may be a valid concern, it is not acceptable behavior not to honor the payment for services knowing very well that services have been consumed. In some cases, dependent on the specific credit control and debt management policy, the customer may have to pay first before any dispute is resolved.

There are number of initiatives that government is undertaking to address systemic challenges in the management of revenue as well as guidance issued to assist municipalities which are summarized and articulated in an Annexure A to this response.

Annexure A:

Section 38(1)(f) of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No. 1 of 1999) (PFMA) read together with Treasury Regulation 8.2.3, requires accounting officers of departments to settle all contractual obligations and pay all money owing, including intergovernmental claims, within 30 days or other period agreed with the creditors or suppliers.

Municipal liquidity and/ or cash flow is a complex challenge underpinned by various matters not only related to arrears owed by government departments and/ or businesses.

Smart metering solution - to improve revenue collection in municipalities, the National Treasury is exploring a SMART solution with the Department of Minerals and Energy and the Department of Trade and Industry to, through the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO), issue a transversal tender for national roll out. It is envisaged this will transform the current backward-looking culture of payment for municipal services and property rates taxes to a forward-looking pre-paid payment solution of a consolidated municipal bill (for both services and property rates) also as it relates to organs of state and businesses. Unless funding can be facilitated, this will be a medium to longer term initiative to be funded from municipal own resources.

Organs of state debt - during the latter part of 2021, Government’s Multi-disciplinary Revenue Committee (MdRC) (as an organs of state consultation platform) initiated the Department of Public Works’ collection of information from all national organs of state on debt owed to municipalities and the reasons for them not paying. The project is delayed due to organs of state’s late or incomplete information. It is our understanding that the Department of Public Works is embarking on a similar project for provincial organs of state.

To ensure all government consumers of services are billed, a coordinated resolution is underway to correct the ownership of 80 000 government properties identified as registered to the incorrect government owner in the Deeds Office. This problem directly relates to the establishment and disestablishment of departments across 6 administrations since 1994. This has been stated by numerous organs of state as preventing them to pay the respective municipalities for property rates and services. This is unfortunately a costly and time-consuming process. The National Treasury will be engaging the Deeds Office to explore legal options to fast-track these corrections and more cost-effective ways to affect such going forward.

A project is also underway to assist municipalities to ensure that their valuation rolls agree to the asset registers of the Department of Public Works for all organs of state. It is anticipated that a nationwide reconciliation of this nature will provide a further list of variance properties that needs to be corrected in the Deeds Registry by the Department of Public Works and / or other organs of state. The second part of this project involves a long-term project to individually correct every property at the relevant Deeds Office on a case-by-case basis as mentioned above.

28 September 2022 - NW2831

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to his reply to question 271 on 17 March 2022 in which he gave a breakdown of the number of nurse vacancies in the provinces with KwaZulu-Natal having the highest number of vacant posts for nurses, (a) what progress has been made to address the vacancies, (b)(i) how was the budget adjusted to employ more nurses in the provinces and (ii) what is the breakdown of how funds were shifted to provide for the budget adjustment and (c) what (i) is the total number of vacancies still vacant in each of the provinces respectively and (ii) measures were put in place to further decrease the numbers?

Reply:

According to the information received from the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Department of Health-

a) There has been no further allocation towards compensation of employees (COE) for us to address actual vacancies of nurses in the Province, However, to ensure that there are minimal disruption of services, the Provincial Department has introduced several interventions to address the shortage of health workers in health facilities and this amongst others includes –

  • Increased hours of work for health workers those that are working part-time to full time and approved overtime for permanent serving staff,
  • Continues to engage with the Provincial Treasury for approval to fill posts in the current financial year
  • Appointed 671 community service professional nurses to underserved and rural areas
  • Redistribution of personnel to areas where the vacancy rate is higher to balance the equation, .

(b) (i) There were no budget adjustment instead the Department is experiencing further budget cuts.

(ii) As mentioned above on b(i), no budget adjustments were made.

(c) (i) The total number of nurses vacancies in KwaZulu-Natal is currently 6 435 details as per the table below:

SPECIFIED RANKS

TOTAL

Nursing Assistants

1011

Professional Nurses

3086

Staff Nurses

2338

Grand Total

6435

(ii) Measures put in place by the KwaZulu Natal Provincial Department of Health .

END.

28 September 2022 - NW3074

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture

What (a) procedures were followed in the appointment of Bongani Tembe, who is currently working as both councillor and Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KwaZulu Natal and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras and (b) is the policy provisions he relies on for the working for one entity while at the same time being contracted to another

Reply:

The recruitment policy or appointment of Mr Tembe by the orchestras is an internal matter of the boards of those orchestras.

These orchestras are not entities of the Department, so they do not report to us. The Honourable Member can contact the orchestras themselves for clarity on the matter.

28 September 2022 - NW2879

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to investigations into deaths in all state mortuaries, in what total number of the deaths (a) in the (i) 2018-19, (ii) 2019-20, (iii) 2020-21 and (iv) 2021-22 financial years and (b) from 1 April 2022 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, the specified death occurred due to (aa) firearms, (bb) blunt objects and (cc) knives and/or other sharp objects; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. The table indicates total number of deaths by Province 

Province  

(a)((i) 2018/19 

(a)((ii) 2019/20 

(a)((iii) 2021/22 

(a)((iv) 2022/23 

(a)01 April 2023 to date  

Eastern Cape 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

Free State 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

Gauteng 

17940  

18324 

16243 

20221 

9392 

KwaZulu- Natal 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

Limpopo 

4658 

5008 

4406 

5416 

2439 

Mpumalanga 

4892 

4949 

4994 

5098 

2246 

Northern Cape 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

outstanding 

Northwest 

1256 

1225 

1194 

1423 to date   

 

Western Cape 

5666 

5824 

5362 

5965 

2416 

 

Province  

(aa) Motor vehicle 

(bb) drownings 

Eastern Cape 

outstanding 

outstanding 

Free State 

outstanding 

outstanding 

Gauteng 

  602  

102 

KwaZulu- Natal 

outstanding 

outstanding 

Limpopo 

701 

45 

Mpumalanga 

10108 

1201 

Northern Cape 

outstanding 

outstanding 

Northwest 

2045 

318 

Western Cape 

  1. 917 
 

2. No.

END.

28 September 2022 - NW2862

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What are the reasons that medical students who were sent by his department to study in Russia are no longer receiving stipends, (b) on what date is it envisaged that the crisis will be resolved and (c) who has been held responsible for the negligence?

Reply:

The Provincial Departments of Health have provided the following information regarding the payment status of South African Citizen students who pursuing medical studies in Russia:

Name Provinces

Student sent to Russia

Yes/No

Stipends being paid

Yes/No

When will the crisis be solved

Who has been held accountable

Eastern Cape

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Free State

Yes

All active students in Russia are receiving stipends as authorization was given for the whole financial year 2022/23.

No crisis.

Not applicable

Gauteng

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

KwaZulu-Natal

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Limpopo

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Mpumalanga

Yes

229

32 of the 229 students not paid. Reason for delayed payments is due to the fact that these students have technical glitches with their banking details and they are already in Russia and the Province is exploring ways to process payments

Students were advised to open Digital banking accounts through e.g. Tymes bank in order to be able to send the bank confirmation letter for payment through BAS(Basic Accounting System). Once bank confirmations are received, the stipends will be paid accordingly for the 32 students.

No one as the challenge was not caused by employees.

Northern Cape

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

North West

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Western Cape

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

END.

27 September 2022 - NW3015

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether he and/or his department submitted a policy review document and/or any other government policy document to structures outside of the Government, either to private and/or external structures or structures of any political affiliation during the past five years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) will he furnish Mr M Chetty with copies of all such documents and (b) what are the reasons that the Government documents were provided to each structure?

Reply:

The department periodically develops and reviews policies and this process involves extensive consultations with external stakeholders and the broader public. As such, draft policies are gazetted for public to provide comments.

Once departmental policies are finalised, the documents are gazetted and published on DWS website thus becoming public documents.

a) All policies of the Department can be accessed on the official website www.dws.gov.za

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27 September 2022 - NW3077

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What progress has been made regarding his commitment to residents in Limpopo that they would have access to adequate running water in their homes by September 2022?

Reply:

The Nandoni-Nsami Pipeline Project consists of Construction of two (2) bulk water pipelines to provide water to Giyani and the greater Malamulele areas as well as a pump station at the Nandoni Water Treatment Works to supply water to the pipelines.

The 33.98km out of 40.50km of the Nandoni-Nsami line has been completed. There have been several delays with Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) pipe delivery. To date, 21.32km out of 26.58km the Nandoni-Malamulele pipeline has been laid. The project is left with chambers, pressure testing, Luvhuvu crossing and some finishing touches.

The project started on 07 March 2016 with an initial completion date of 09 November 2020. This could not be realised due to several unforeseen circumstances. The adjusted practical completion date is 14 March 2023.

The Water Service Authority (WSA), the Mopani District Municipality is also implementing additional reticulation to 55 villages that are supplied from the Giyani Water Treatment Works. Reported current progress with the reticulation project is as follows:

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27 September 2022 - NW2956

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 999 on 21 April 2022, the rehabilitation has now started, as it is now six months after the incident; if not, why not; if so, what is the status of the progress that has been made with regard to the rehabilitation. (2) what are the (a) full relevant details of the rehabilitation plan and (b) timelines for the rehabilitation in the two rivers; (3) whether he will furnish Ms A M M Weber with the details regarding the progress of the rehabilitation of the two rivers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether he will furnish Ms A M M Weber with details indicating whether the natural process of rehabilitation has started based on the reports provided to him by the rehabilitation company; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.  As indicated in response to Question no 2955, an amended rehabilitation plan was submitted on 4 August 2022 to include inputs from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency. The approved rehabilitation plan entails deliverables of the project which are categorised into three (3) phases namely:

  • Phase 1: Low Flow Eco Status Report
  • Phase: 2: Development of Rehabilitation Actions from Phase 1
  • Phase 3: Monitoring and Final Report

Implementation of Phase 1 of the rehabilitation plan has commenced, and the Khwezela Mine has appointed qualified team of specialists. The appointment of the team fulfils one of the requirements of the directive issued by this Department. Other key matters that the mine has made progress on include the following:

  • Commencement with the first round of monitoring and this has been completed on 19 August 2022 the results have been distributed and the specialist team is working on the results.
  • Commencement with the eco status assessment and reconnaissance surveys. The surveys entail systematic screening of the water resources through recording characteristics found in the water resources and recommended actions based on the results obtained.
  • Furthermore, a workshop on updating the rehabilitation plan with the specialist panel will be held on 15 September 2022. Specialist workshop on 1st and 2nd round of monitoring will be held October 2022.

(2) The relevant details of the rehabilitation plan are outlined in the Gantt chart attached as Annexure A with an indication of timelines. It is envisaged that implementation of the rehabilitation plan will be completed by 2027.

(3) Provision of the “details regarding the progress of the rehabilitation of the two rivers” can be obtained by submitting a request to the Departmental chief information officer as guided by PAIA.

(4) Provision of the “details indicating whether the natural process of rehabilitation has started based on the reports provided to him by the rehabilitation company” can be obtained by submitting a request to the Departmental Chief Information Officer as guided by PAIA.

 

 

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27 September 2022 - NW3358

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What measures have been put in place to accommodate children living with disabilities in early childhood development (ECD) centres as there is a shortage of ECD practitioners and schools for children living with disabilities?

Reply:

According to the Children's Act, it is expected that all Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes that provide services to children with disabilities must have specialised training to provide quality ECD services that will benefit those children. In line with this, training of ECD practitioners, in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), has a module that looks at working with children with disabilities. Over and above this, the Department is funding Uhambo, which is a disability organisation which continues to support and capacitate practitioners in stimulating children with different disabilities. In terms of inclusion, the developed infrastructure designs take into consideration the needs of children with disabilities. The Department has also begun reviewing the Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS) policy to establish gaps in regard to children in ECD living with disabilities. This will be used to capacitate ECD practitioners. 

27 September 2022 - NW2529

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Ngcobo, Mr SL to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       With regard to the SA Mobile Library Project which was established in 2005 to improve the literacy levels in primary schools and supported by her department, (a) what is the distribution ratio of the operative mobile libraries for each province and (b) how are they divided up in terms of rural-urban accessibility; (2) whether there are schools which these mobile libraries do not visit; if not, why not; if so, are such schools equipped with their own internal libraries with sufficient books; (3) whether there are any plans to have more of the schools make use of mobile libraries to house their own libraries at school; if not, why not; if so, what total number of schools?

Reply:

The questions asked have direct implications for the work of the Members of Executive Council (MECs) of Provincial Education Departments (PEDs), and not the Minister of Basic Education. The Hon Member is therefore advised to submit the questions to the MECs for education in PEDs. 

27 September 2022 - NW2623

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Nodada, Mr BB to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What number of educators were rated on the Integrated Quality Management System and/or the Quality Management System at (a) Level 1 which denotes Unacceptable, (b) Level 2 which denotes Acceptable, (c) Level 3 which denotes Good and (d) Level 4 which denotes Outstanding in each (i) post-level, (ii) province and (iii) academic year since 1 January 2010?

Reply:

The evaluation of educator performance in terms of the Integrated Quality Management System (IQMS) and / or the Quality Management System (QMS) is a provincial competence as educators are employed by Provincial Education Departments (PEDs).  Each PED evaluates and keeps a record of its educators on Post Levels 1 - 4 in terms of the criteria applicable to the relevant Collective Agreement (IQMS was informed by Collective Agreement No. 8 of 2003 while the QMS is informed by Collective Agreement No.2 of 2020).  The final performance scores of educators are collated, verified and consolidated within each PED. 

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has a monitoring and support role in the implementation of the performance management system.

The data required on the rating of educators on different post levels since January 2010 should therefore be requested from each province.

27 September 2022 - NW2530

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Ngcobo, Mr SL to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       With regard to the SA Mobile Library Project which was established in 2005 to improve the literacy levels in primary schools, what total number of mobile libraries, assisted by her department, are currently in operation throughout the Republic; (2) what total number of mobile libraries currently require maintenance in order to operate efficiently; (3) what is the staff capacity for the mobile libraries; (4) what total number of books is each mobile bus equipped with; (5) what total number of schools are the mobile libraries visiting currently?

Reply:

The questions asked have direct implications for the work of the Members of Executive Council (MECs) of Provincial Education Departments (PEDs), and not the Minister of Basic Education. The Hon Member is therefore advised to submit the questions to the MECs for education in PEDs. 

27 September 2022 - NW3261

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he has been informed that at the High Court in Kimberley, Northern Cape, the administration for Letters of Authority only assists members of the public until 12h00, takes two-hour lunch breaks and knocks off at 15h00; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The allegations in the question are untrue. It should be noted that the Master’s Office: Kimberley is open for the public from 7h45 – 12h15 and again from 13h45 – 15h30. Officials however, have lunch break 13h00-13h45 and remain in the office until 16h15 (as per normal working hours).

The time between 12h15 and 13h00 as well as between 15h30 and 16h15, is utilized for attending to administrative, office work and attend to the members of the public that are still in the office.

No public is assisted during the lunch break period, as the office does not want a situation in the office, where a female official sits alone with members of the public during the lunch break (13h00 – 13h45), to avoid possible intimidation or harassment allegations.

Any complaints suggesting the contrary should be brought under the attention of the Head of the Office, Mr Craig Davids, and will be investigated immediately.

27 September 2022 - NW2537

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Police

What are the reasons for the delays around the investigation into case number CAS 317/3/2022?

Reply:

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27 September 2022 - NW2779

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What number of water use licences for (i) new iron ore and (ii) manganese mines and/or plants in the Northern Cape have been submitted since 2016 but have not yet been processed, (b) what are the names of the individuals and/or companies that applied for the licences and (c) where are/will the mines and/or plants be located?

Reply:

There are two (2) Water Use Authorisations for Iron ore and Manganese mining activities currently in progress in the Northern Cape.

NO

APPLICANT

ACTIVITY

PROPERTY DETAILS

APPLICATION DATE

STATUS

1

Vumaste Resources March

Iron ore and Manganese

Land Parcel 54 of the Major Region KURUMAN (Portion 0 of the Farm March 54IM),

2022/08/24

Finalising Assessment

2

Japies Rus Minerale (Pty) Ltd

Iron ore and Manganese

Portion 1 of Land Parcel 668

2022/07/21

Initial assessment

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27 September 2022 - NW2752

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) On what date was the tender for the beautification and maintenance of the gardens surrounding the Booysens Magistrate Court issued and did the specified tender close, (b)(i) what total number of bidders responded to the tender and (ii) which bidder won the tender, (c) what is the (i) duration and (ii) value of the tender, (d) what are the payment conditions for the tender, (e) on what date did the successful bidder officially commence with work and (f) what are the terms, conditions and minimum standards for the tender and how are they monitored for compliance?

Reply:

a) The beautification of Booysens Magistrate Court was not advertised on tender. The Booysens Magistrate Court’s procurement section requested quotation using the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s Justice Yellow Pages (JYP) system to invite Central Supplier Database (CSD) compliant suppliers. Request for quotation was opened on 10 June 2022 with the closing date of 17 June 2022.

b) (i) The total number of bidders that responded to the request for quotations is seventeen (17), all bidders attended the site briefing meeting.

c) (ii) The winning bidder was Lenong M (Pty) Ltd.

d) (i) The duration of the contract is three (3) months.

(ii) The value of the service is R71 300.00.

e) Payments are only processed once the work has been completed and validated by the Court Manager, partial payments are made on monthly basis for the duration of the service.

f) The winning bidder commenced work on 15 August 2022, the delay for commencement of work was due to insufficient tools of trade and labour resources required to implement works needed.

g) The minimum standards were as follows:

  • Gardening services for the entire court yard (back yard, front yard and all sides including weed removal at parking lots.
  • Cutting of all overgrown lawn, grass fields within the court yard.
  • Services include pruning, removal of weeds, tree felling and trimming, lawn stems at perimeter fencing.
  • Using of weed killer on paving, paths and driveways.
  • Supplier to provide their own working tools and labours.
  • Removal of weeds and to see clear on the walk pathway.
  • Supplier to ensure gardening is carried out bi-weekly every month.
  • Ensure to remove all rubble waste from site and disposal thereafter.
  • Bidder to inform the Court Manager prior coming to site to carry out the service in order to ensure that Court serves are not disturbed due to noise.

The terms and conditions were as follows;

  • Quotations should be submitted on or before closing date as specified in the request for quotation.
  • Quotes must include delivery.
  • Quotation should indicate the validity period.
  • Quotation should indicate the delivery period.
  • All prices should be firm for the duration of the quotation.
  • Quote should be strictly to specification.
  • If bidder is VAT vendor, VAT number must be on quote.
  • All quotations above R300 000.00 will be evaluated on 80/20 performance point system.

Monitoring for compliance is done by the Court Management of Booysens Magistrate Court through physical assessment and verification to ensure that the work, which is carried out on site, is per the specification issued out during request for quotation.

27 September 2022 - NW2904

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2335 on 15 July 2022, any disciplinary actions were taken against the responsible municipal officials at the Water Services Authorities and/or municipalities that did not adhere to their non-compliance letters issued by his department; if not, why not; if so, (a) what actions were taken and (b) at which Water Services Authorities. (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. No disciplinary action was taken by DWS against municipal officials that did not adhere to non-compliance letters issued by the DWS as the non-compliance letters were issued by the DWS against the Water Service Authorities not individual employees. The WSAs against whom non-compliance letters were issued are indicated in Annexure A.

2. In terms of the Constitution of South Africa, the Department has an obligation to provide support to local government and to exhaust all intergovernmental relations remedies prior to turning to the judiciary for relief. The Department therefore approached the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the Municipal Infrastructure Agency and the South African Local Government Association to provide support and assistance to the Water Services Institutions that are struggling to develop and implement action plans. The Department monitors compliance against the implementation plans. Where these are not implemented or submitted despite support, the department will revert to administrative enforcement measures under the National Water Act. Where there are persistent and material breaches (offences) in terms of sections 151 of the National Water Act and 82 of the Water Services Act, the department will conduct criminal investigations to which may lead to criminal prosecution.

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27 September 2022 - NW3198

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)On what date did he attend the last meeting of any structure outside the Government in order to receive recommendations on the deployment of personnel in his department and/or entities reporting to him. (2) whether any appointments to his department and/or entities reporting to him were discussed during his attendance at any private forum and/or external structures to the Government; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the details of appointments that were discussed, and recommendations received and (b) other Government matters were discussed during the last meeting of any such forum?

Reply:

All appointments in the department are subject to open recruitment and selection processes and are not subject to Minister having meetings outside the public sector.

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27 September 2022 - NW2882

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to investigations into deaths in all state mortuaries, in what total number of the deaths (a) in the (i) 2018-19, (ii) 2019-20, (iii) 2020-21 and (iv) 2021-22 financial years and (b) from 1 April 2022 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, the specified death occurred due to (aa) motor vehicles and (bb) drownings; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter

Reply:

1. The table indicates total number of deaths by Province

Province

(a)((i) 2018/19

(a)((ii) 2019/20

(a)((iii) 2021/22

(a)((iv) 2022/23

(a)01 April 2023 to date

Eastern Cape

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

Free State

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

Gauteng

17940

18324

16243

20221

9392

KwaZulu- Natal

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

Limpopo

4658

5008

4406

5416

2439

Mpumalanga

4892

4949

4994

5098

2246

Northern Cape

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

outstanding

Northwest

1256

1225

1194

1423 to date

Western Cape

5666

5824

5362

5965

2416

Province

(aa) Motor vehicle

(bb) drownings

Eastern Cape

outstanding

outstanding

Free State

outstanding

outstanding

Gauteng

602

102

KwaZulu- Natal

outstanding

outstanding

Limpopo

701

45

Mpumalanga

10108

1201

Northern Cape

outstanding

outstanding

Northwest

2045

318

Western Cape

5 917

804

2. No. I will not make a statement on this matter.

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27 September 2022 - NW2650

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether any decision has been made by the National Prosecuting Authority on whether any prosecution will be instituted in respect of case number CAS109/09/2021 opened at Parkweg Police Station about alleged financial crimes committed within the administration of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality; if not, what is the reason for the failure to take such a decision; if so, (a) on what date was the decision made and (b) what progress has been made in the prosecution process to date?

Reply:

The Specialised Commercial Crime Unit in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Free State on 14 July 2022 declined to prosecute because there were no prospects of a successful prosecution. The facts did not disclose any criminal conduct, and the municipality was advised to proceed with the matter internally.

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27 September 2022 - NW2975

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, in the pursuit to avoid Day Zero in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, the Nelson Mandela Bay University was consulted to do research on alternative water resources to mitigate against the drought; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the research. (2) whether any research was conducted by his department on water infrastructure and alternative measures in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality to avoid Day Zero; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Nelson Mandela Bay University (NMU) has not been approached to carry out any research on alternative water resources to mitigate against the drought. The NMBM conducted its own research as guided Department of Water and Sanitation Algoa Reconciliation Strategy which was used to develop the NMBM Drought Mitigation Plan (DMP). The NMU is however a stakeholder at the NMBM Joint Operations Centre (JOC) where the DMP is reported which the university can provide their comments and inputs.

2. Yes, my Department has conducted the Algoa Reconciliation Strategy since 2011, which aims to reconcile bulk water sources with water requirements over a planning period of at least 25 years to prevent the risk of a water shortages. An annual update of the strategy, called the Status Report, is done which describes the status of the Algoa Water Supply System (WSS) in terms of bulk water infrastructure, water resources, current and future water requirements and yield balance, and recommended interventions and other actions.

One of the key recommendations have been made through the Algoa Reconciliation Strategy was that the NMBM should complete implementation of the Nooitgedacht Coega Low Level Scheme Phase 3 which will provide an additional 70Ml/day potable water to the NMBM. This project will be commissioned at the end of September 2022. Further recommendations of the Reconciliation Strategy were:

  • That the Metro should continue with the implementation of re-use schemes to meet the water demands of the Coega Special Economic Zone
  • Ensure implementation-readiness for implementation of reuse schemes from the Fish Water Flats WWTW and the planned Coega WWTW; within the constraints of available development funds
  • Proceed with planning for a potable reuse scheme, which should be preceded by a pilot scheme; and implementation of the 15Mℓ/d Coega seawater desalination scheme
  • Update the comparative costs and potential impacts of raising the Kouga and the Guernakop Dams against investing in a desalination plant as a long-term augmentation option, considering that an EIA application for a 60Ml/d desalination plant has already been granted to CDC by DEA. This should be dependent on the updated yields, once the updated Algoa WSS model is available.
  • Evaluate the Lower Sundays River Return Flows scheme at a more detailed reconnaissance level. This should be followed by a Feasibility-level Study by NMBM and considered as one of the next interventions to be considered for implementation. Consideration should be given to treating the water for industrial-quality use; and the municipality should timeously establish whether this scheme is worth pursuing further.
  • Implement Water Use Efficiency / Water Conservation Water Demand Management projects to reduce the demand for water
  • The Kouga LM should continue with groundwater evaluations and implementation of groundwater schemes, particularly those schemes that can easily integrated into the existing Water Supply System infrastructure. Groundwater initiatives undertaken by Kouga LM will further aim to make the various small towns less reliant on surface water supply. Potential groundwater yields should be updated when additional information becomes available.

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27 September 2022 - NW2955

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 999 on 21 April 2022, in which he indicated that the Kwezela Colliery and his department have agreed that the company will appoint an independent qualified environmental consultant as prescribed in the directive to develop sustainable rehabilitation plan, the independent consultant was appointed as agreed upon with the Kwezela Colliery; if not, why not; if so, who has been appointed to develop the plan; (2) whether a final rehabilitation plan was submitted on or before 30 April 2022; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (3) who was appointed and given the responsibility to execute the rehabilitation plan in the (a) Klein Olifantsriver and (b) Wilge River. (4) whether the rehabilitation plan was approved by his department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The Biodiversity Company was appointed by Khwezela Colliery to develop and implement a Rehabilitation Plan.

(2) The Rehabilitation plan was submitted before 30 April 2022. However, the plan needed to be reviewed and amended to include the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) inputs and was subsequently submitted to the department on 04 August 2022.

(3) The Biodiversity Company was appointed by Khwezela Colliery to develop and implement a Rehabilitation Plan for the Klein Olifants and Wilge Rivers.

(4) The Rehabilitation Plan was approved by the department.

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