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04 March 2021 - NW383

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the opening of international borders, what (a) are the plans to engage National Treasury to obtain more of the budget and (b) would be the main requirements for the budget?

Reply:

The Department of Tourism, as is the case with all other organs of state at a national level, make budget requirements and motivation submissions to the National Treasury within the medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) cycle which concludes with the budget speech prior to the finalisation of the Annual Performance Plans (APPs). Thus the Department and its entity, South African Tourism ensures that the APPs are within the financial means available in terms of the MTEF allocations.

a) and (b) Not applicable

04 March 2021 - NW472

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What is being done to reduce outsourced functions and services within the national Department of Tourism, (b) what are the (i) time frames, (ii) timelines and (iii) deadlines in this regard, (c) what functions and services will be prioritised and (d) how will this be (i) monitored and (ii) measured?

Reply:

a) What is being done to reduce outsourced functions and services within the department.

At this stage the department has no plan to reduce outsourced functions and services within the department, due to the nature of these services and limited compensation budget. However, the department enters into negotiations with winning bidders for different services to ensure efficiency in the use of limited fiscal resources.

b) (i)-(iii) Not applicable

c) Not applicable

d) (i) – (ii) Not applicable.

04 March 2021 - NW470

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

a) What is being done to develop internal capacity within the national Department of Tourism, (b) what are the (i) time frames, (ii) timelines and (iii) deadlines in this regard and (c) on what areas will such capacity development focus?

Reply:

a) Branch managers are tasked to identify strategic training and development priorities. Training needs are furthermore identified through Personal Development Plans signed off annually between employees and supervisors. The skills gap is further identified through the outcomes of Performance management processes and the audit reports. After identifying the transversal training needs, the department develops and implements an annual Workplace Skills Plan. Technical and individual skills gaps are identified and addressed outside of the Workplace Skills Plan, and referred to as ‘ad-hoc’ training. Capacity is also developed through the awarding of bursaries to employees. The approved Learning and Development policy promotes educational development that supports the strategic objectives of the department and of government as a whole.

b) (i) - (iii) The Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) is developed and submitted annually by end of May. Training programmes for transversal skills are scheduled throughout the training year and must be finalised by the end of the financial year. Bursaries are awarded annually, in preparation for the Academic Year, starting in January.

c) In the current financial year focus has been on the following transversal skills:

  1. Digital Transformation
  2. Project Management
  3. Contract Management
  4. Disability Management
  5. SMME development and support
  6. Tourism Analytics
  7. Leadership during crisis
  8. Public Service Senior Management Service Pre-entry programme

Other skills development programmes directed at the internship programme, included Breaking Barriers to Entry into the Public Service as well as Emotional Intelligence.

 

04 March 2021 - NW173

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What total number of buildings and/or premises are currently utilised by the SA Post Office under lease agreements and (b) at what total cost?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

a) SAPO is currently renting 1 110 premises from landlords and is currently considering ownership option in some areas and releasing some where they are under-utilised.

b) Currently, the total rental bill is approximately R30 million per month.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

04 March 2021 - NW386

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether, with reference to the recent statement of the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, that the Tourism Recovery Plan entails three strategic themes, namely reigniting demand, rejuvenating supply and strengthening enabling capability, she will break the strategies down into practical examples of how her department will ensure the success of the plan; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the (a) full relevant details and (b) timelines attached to the plan?

Reply:

The Tourism Sector Recovery Plan’s interventions shall be contained in the plan which will be publicly available upon completion of Cabinet approval processes in this regard. The plan will also be integrated into the Annual Performance Plans of both the Department of Tourism and South African Tourism starting 2021/22 financial year to ensure implementation thereof. Furthermore, the plan also takes into account a whole of government approach in its implementation.

(a) – ( b) Not applicable

04 March 2021 - NW382

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the focus on tourism from African countries, (a) which countries in particular will be prioritised, (b) what (i) criteria and (ii) data was used for such prioritisation, (c) what will be done to develop and grow the markets and (d) what are the (i) focus market segments, (ii) timelines, milestones and deadlines per market segment and (iii) budgets per market segment?

Reply:

a) Markets of key focus in 2021/22 fiscal are: Nigeria; Kenya; Zambia; Malawi; Mozambique; Zimbabwe; eSwatini; Lesotho; Botswana and Namibia.

b) (i) and (ii) An in-depth analysis to determine priority markets for marketing investment in the next 3-5 years was undertaken in mid-2020 and concluded by the end of 2020. The process considers data availability for the decision-making, size of travel market, attractiveness characteristics, and ability to attract it to travel to the destination.

c) Key focus in the continent in the upcoming financial year will be on driving brand positivity messaging through the new regional campaign and also to capacitate both the source market trade and South African Product Owners.

(d) (i) –( iii) Detailed plans for the financial year 2021/22 shall be based on Annual Performance Plan that is still to be tabled.

03 March 2021 - NW381

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the second South Africa Investment Conference, wherein companies made investment commitments of R364 billion in industries including tourism and hospitality, (a)(i) what is the total amount that has been invested to date, (ii) by what number of companies and (iii) on what dates were these investments made, (b) what is the nature of such investments in each case and (c) how has the investments contributed to the economy to date?

Reply:

a) (i) Of the R364.4 billion in investment commitments announced by 71 companies at the 2019 SA Investment Conference, R69 billion (18.9% of the total value of announcements) has flowed into the economy as per reports received from companies.

(ii) 60 of the 71 companies are responsible for the flows of R69 billion.

(iii) This figure is based on quarterly updates received directly from the companies and reflect the status quo as at 31 January 2021.

b)

Sector

Number of Investments

Nature of investments

Advanced Manufacturing

4

New manufacturing facilities

   

Factory upgrades and expansions

Agro-processing 

 

 

7

Factory upgrades and expansions

   

New manufacturing facilities

   

Various new and expansion activities under poultry sector Master Plan

Automotive 

 

10

Factory upgrades and expansions

   

New manufacturing facilities

Infrastructure

6

Investment in upgraded and new infrastructure

Manufacturing 

 

 

 

11

Factory upgrades and expansions

   

New manufacturing facilities

   

Expansion of productive capacity across different operations

   

Various new and expansion activities under the Retail, Clothing, Textile, Leather and Footwear Master Plan

Mineral Beneficiation

 

 

11

Expansion and upgrading of existing mining operations

   

New mines

   

Investment in new and expansion of mineral processing capacity

Services

 

 

6

Investment in new datacentres

   

Investment in new and upgrading of broadband infrastructure and services

   

Investment in financial services

   

Expansion and upgrading of existing facilities

Oceans Economy

1

New cruise terminal infrastructure

Oil and Gas

2

Investment in new and upgrading of oil & gas projects

Renewable Energy

 

2

Investment in small scale renewable energy projects

Tourism and Hospitality 

8

Property development

   

New tourism and hospitality projects

Funds

2

Investment in project financing

Collective Announcement

1

Investment in various types of activities

c) The 2019 investment announcements are at different stages of progress and implementation and include site clearances, installation of bulk infrastructure, commissioning of plant equipment, and factory launches. These activities are contributing to the creation of jobs and economic development across provinces.

03 March 2021 - NW48

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(a) What role can reclamation, restoration and rehabilitation of degraded land play in increasing food production and (b) has her department identified degraded land for this purpose?

Reply:

a) Reclamation, restoration or rehabilitated land is key to increase the production of food in that it brings back land into production. Improving land quality by restoring same degraded lands have potential to increase yields as a results of increased ecosystem services i.e. food and water.

b) Yes.

03 March 2021 - NW217

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

(1)(a) What total number of (i) employees applied for the Early Retirement Incentive of 2019 in each (aa) national and (bb) provincial government department, (ii) applications were approved and (iii) applications were not processed, (b) who took the decision to not process the applications and (c) was this decision taken in consultation with National Treasury; (2) Whether there are any plans to re-introduce the Early Retirement Incentive in the 2021-22 financial cycle; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether consideration has been given to simplify the process around the Early Retirement Incentive by removing the early retirement provisions for employees aged 55 to 60 across the board and simply incentivising the exit of older less productive employees; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Introduction:

The Centralised Early Retirement initiative in 2019 was considered in response to managing the wage bill as well as a need identified for employees wishing to exit the Public Service before the official retirement age. Eligible employees must have turned 55 but not yet 60 years of age, during the financial years 2019 to 2021. National Treasury was to be approached by departments for the provision of additional funding, in cases where departments could not pay the liability attached to early retirement, on behalf of eligible employees. This meant that an employee taking early retirement would be treated as if he/she would be retiring normally. As National Treasury was providing funding for this initiative, the response to the question is based on the information supplied by National Treasury.

(1)(a)(i) The number of applications, for early retirement, received by National Treasury for processing by December 2020 from both national and provincial departments was 5 289.

(1)(a)(i)(aa) The available information is not disaggregated by departments or specific provinces. From the total number of applications for early retirement, 3 332 applications were from National Departments, and

(1)(a)(i)(bb) 1957 applications were from the Provinces.

(1)(a)(ii) 2 964 applications were recommended for funding and communicated to the respective national departments. Approval for early retirement vests with the relevant Executive Authority. The Technical Committee on Finance (TCF) decided that all applications from provincial departments be referred to the provincial Treasuries to process. The Applications from Provincial Departments were therefore processed and financed through the relevant provincial treasury.

(1)(a)(iii) all eligible applications submitted for central funding were processed and feedback provided to the relevant national departments. Each Provincial Treasury processed applications for the respective province and has such information.

(1)(b) no decision was taken not to process any eligible application made at the national level.

(1)(c) refer to (1)(b) above.

(2) Various measures are considered to better manage personnel expenditure in the Public Service. At this point in time there are no plans to re-introduce a centrally funded Early Retirement Incentive, similar to the incentive that applied in 2019. Early Retirement is regulated and is vested with the relevant Executive Authority. Nothing prohibits departments from encouraging their employees to take early retirement in terms of the current provisions. In August 2020, National Treasury issued Guidelines for Costing and Budgeting for Compensation of Employees for the preparation of estimates of expenditure for the 2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). The Guidelines encouraged departments to implement compensation containment measures, such as Early Retirement without penalisation, among others.

(3) There is no evidence that older employees are necessarily less productive than younger employees or vice versa. Experience, institutional memory and maturity are highly valued by employers. Incentivising exits, is therefore not a mutually exclusive process from considerations such as service delivery continuity, human resource planning, recruitment, utilization, development and retention.

The process of applying for early retirement is the same as applying for normal retirement with the additional consideration of penalties for early retirement. The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) applies the same formula to both normal and early retirement. Any changes to the process may affect the Government Employees Pension Law and Rules as there is an adjustment factor applicable to early retirement.

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03 March 2021 - NW218

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

(1)What total (a) number of qualifying government employees are currently benefitting from the Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS) in each (i) province, (ii) department and (iii) salary level and (b) amount is currently being saved in the Individual-Linked Savings Facility for qualifying government employees who do not currently own homes; (2) Whether the department attempted to establish why only a low number of qualifying government employees are benefiting from the GEHS; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1(a) As at 31 January 2021, the number of government employees receiving the housing allowance was 958 705. The breakdown is as follows: 710 173 employees are for home ownership, 240 194 employees are tenants and 8338 are employees still receiving the old housing allowance.

1(a)(i) The table hereunder provides aggregate information, as at 31st January 2021, on employees that are receiving the housing allowance per province and in national departments.

Province and National

Number of employees

Eastern Cape

95 040

Free State

41 006

Gauteng

122 960

KwaZulu Natal

145 358

Limpopo

86 588

Mpumalanga

59 428

North West

45 060

Northern Cape

16 250

Western Cape

49 009

All Provinces (Sub Total)

660 699

National

298 006

Grand Total

958705

1(a)(ii) Information on employees receiving the housing allowance per department (National and provincial departments) is reflected on Annexure A.

1(a)(iii) Information on employees, per salary level 1 to 10 including 11 to 12 for the Occupational Special Dispensation (OSD), is reflected on Annexure B. Employees who are not owning nor renting any accommodation do not receive the housing allowance. Employees who are on middle management (MMS) and senior management service (SMS) levels (11 – 16) respectively and are on Total Cost to Employer salary packages do not receive a separate housing allowance. However, they are able to access other services of the Scheme, such as education and counselling, housing loans and housing stock facilitation, and enrolment.

1(b) As at 31st December 2020, the amount currently saved in the Individual-Linked Savings Facility (ILSF) is R 9.6 billion.

2. The DPSA has established that eligible public service employees are accessing the housing allowance benefit and that this has improved since inception of the GEHS benefits. This is demonstrated by the fact that the qualifying number of employees has almost doubled from 352 103 in July 2015 when the GEHS benefits were implemented to 710 173 employees as at 31 January 2021., A further improvement is on the reduction of the number of employees who were eligible for the historical housing allowance from 44530 in July 2015, to 8 338 employees, as at 31 January 2021.

At an employee/individual level factors, ranging from poor financial health, decisions on appropriate home locations, respective housing stock supply and affordability price ranges affect the ability of employees to obtain finance for housing loans or where to purchase, within their affordability criteria.

The access to and provision of decent housing is a national imperative and the DPSA is acutely aware of its role in acting as a catalyst for disrupting the status quo.

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02 March 2021 - NW206

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What (a) operations is the (i) SA National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) and/or (ii) entities reporting to him conducting and/or have they conducted from the property at 265 Pasteur Road, Blackheath, Johannesburg, (b) total number of employees of SANRAL and the specified entities reporting to him work at the property, (c) were the reasons to use the specified property and (d) process was followed to contract with the owners of the property; (2) whether SANRAL and/or entities reporting to him have been informed that (a) activities at the property are in violation of the property zoning and (b) the buildings on the property are without plans and therefore illegal; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1 (a) (i) SANRAL is conducting no operations from the property at 265 Pasteur Road.

1 (a) (ii) A service provider VEA Roads appointed by SANRAL for the Routine Road Maintenance Contract (NRA X.002-128-2019/1) of National Route N1 Section 19, N1 Section 20, N1 Section 21, N3 Section 12, N12 Section 18 & N17 Section 1 (Johannesburg Freeway RRM) is conducting its operations from 265 Pasteur Road and using it as site office for the Routine Road Maintenance contract. According to SANRAL Service Provider this property is registered as a business, as confirmed with the owner.

1 (b) No employees of SANRAL work at the property. For the SANRAL appointed service providers the following employees work at the property:

  • 6 x representing the Consulting Engineers of Ndodana/Oarona JV;
  • 3 x Employees from the Main Contractor (Vea Roads);
  • Security on-site

1 (c) The SANRAL appointed service provider indicated that they selected the property because it is:

  • Registered as a business.
  • Fully furnished as an office with network points, fibre installation etc.
  • Central locality of the property in relation to the project been administered from this property and easy access to the Gauteng Freeways.

1 (d) The SANRAL appointed service provider indicated that they contacted the property agent known as RAWSON, put down their requirements and this property was identified by RAWSON and a lease then entered into by service provider.

 

2 (a) SANRAL or any of its entities has not been informed that activities at the property are in violation of the property zoning.

2 (b) SANRAL or any of its entities has not been informed that buildings on the property are without plans and therefore illegal.

SANRAL has requested the service provider that is leasing the property to obtain written confirmation from the lessee with regard to relevant approvals regarding zoning and plans. Should there be any non-compliances, SANRAL will insist that the service provider ensures that they are rectified.

 

02 March 2021 - NW500

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, with reference to his replies to questions 547 on 11 November 2020 and 687 on 3 April 2019, his department has withheld transfers; if not, why not; if so, (a) what amount has been withheld, (b) from what date were transfers withheld and (c) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Whether with reference to his replies to questions 547 on 11 November 2020 and 687 on 3 April 2019, his department has withheld transfers?

Yes, indeed the Department has withheld Ekurhuleni’s 2nd tranche transfer.

a) What amount has been withheld?

R200 million,

b) From what date were transfers withheld?

From 23 October 2020 to 25 November 2020.

c) What are the relevant details?

A tranche / quarterly transfer is conditional upon the progress or achievement of previously funded milestones. The Department as the Transferring Officer had to reschedule Ekurhuleni’s 2nd tranche transfer due to non-compliance with grant framework and allow enough time to the Ekurhuleni municipality to conduct applicable assessments in order to comply with the grant framework. The transfer deferred was rescheduled and paid on the 26th of November 2020, following the required compliance.

02 March 2021 - NW404

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)Whether the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research granted support to the company Additiv Solutions from the Photonics Prototyping Facility Programme (a) in the past three financial years and (b) since 1 April 2021; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, Additiv Solutions qualified for such assistance at the time; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) funds the Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) through its Industry Innovation Partnership Programme. The PPF was established in 2016 and is a national facility that supports the commercialisation of photonics prototypes and facilitates photonic product development that results in market-ready products. It is hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) National Laser Centre. The facility supports small technology businesses in the main. The PPF publishes call for proposals, inviting technology business to submit proposals for technologies requiring prototyping support. The PPF established a PPF Investment Committee, which includes industry experts and the DSI, and which evaluates and recommends proposals to be supported to the CSIR. Proposals are evaluated against the following criteria:

a) Relevance and Impact (commercial relevance; feasibility; and significance of impact to the Photonics industry);

b) Technical merit (clarity of objectives/motivation to use the PPF; novelty of technology; maturity of technology);

c) Budget (alignment to tasks; and feasibility with existing infrastructure); and

d) Management Plan (feasibility and efficiency of plan; and track record and team)

PPF published an open call for participation inviting proposals from SMMEs, established companies and technology entrepreneurs requiring prototype product development support, using photonics as a core building block. Additiv Solutions (Pty) Ltd submitted a proposal for the “Development of a low-cost metal additive manufacturing machine to target the use of metal 3D printing in various industries” on 30 September 2019, in response to this call. The proposal was evaluated by the PPF Investment Committee, and approved for funding on 9 December 2019. A contract between the CSIR and Additiv Solutions was concluded on 12 June 2020, and the planned contract completion date is 31 March 2021. The value of the contract is R1 245 890, with no direct funding transfer to Additiv Solutions. The funding is utilized at the CSIR to support CSIR labour and equipment acquisition to support the project. No additional contracts or funding allocations are currently planned to Additiv Solutions.

2. This question relates to particular project at the CSIR. The Minister does not usually make statements on particular projects, and is not planning to do so in relation to the CSIR’s support to Additiv Solutions.

02 March 2021 - NW287

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department exercises any oversight over municipal speed-calming policies to ensure that both the guidelines entailed in the specified policies as well as the actual implementation of the guidelines by municipalities conform to the national guidelines; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The department does not exercise any oversight over municipal speed calming policies that ensure that both the guidelines entailed in the specified policies, as well as the actual implementation of the guidelines by municipalities, conform to the national guidelines.

It is important to note that the local sphere of Government has by-laws that among other things guide the design and the implementation of the calming measures within the area of its jurisdiction.

Furthermore, The National Road Safety Steering Committee (NRSSC) technical committees have updated National Guideline for Traffic Calming measures, including clearer designs for speed humps, as a priority. This updated guideline will be incorporated to Road Safety Authorities guideline manuals for implementation.

We believe that Municipalities will benefit from these guidelines if they make use of them.

02 March 2021 - NW61

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Health

Whether the matter of long queues at the Mayville Clinic in Ward 101 in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality was brought to his attention; if not, will he take steps to resolve the situation; if so, what steps has he taken to resolve the situation?

Reply:

The matter of the long queues at the Mayville clinic in ward 101 are known. This clinic is jointly managed by the Provincial Department of Health and eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. This clinic operates for 5 days from 07h00 to 16h00. The clinic is managed in line with Ideal clinic programme, which has reduction of the long waiting times as one of its objectives. It is a known fact that long waiting times results in long queues in the clinics. Through the ideal clinic, Mayville clinic has been implementing the Integrated Clinic Services Management (ICSM), which directs that there be three streams. The streams are Acute Care; Mother child and Women’s health and the third stream is Chronic care. The implementation of the three streams has resulted in the reduction in the long queues because all users are seen at their own streams and thus avoid users waiting at wrong streams.

The clinic has indeed seen long queues in the past year due to the following problems:

a) All users that come to the clinic must undergo COVID-19 screening as part of the Covid-19 guidelines, and this leads to long queues as each user must be screened as part of the protocols.

b) The need for social distancing of 1,5 meters which adds to the long queues

c) Due to COVID-19 response, the clinic established CCMDD pick up points outside to avoid allowing many patients in the clinic. The outside pick point was closed when the country moved to lower lockdown levels. This led to the sudden increased number of patients who had been receiving their treatment remotely during the hard lockdowns.

The following steps have since been taken to address the situation:

a) The department has assigned 6 more COVID-19 screeners to improve efficiency and reduce the waiting times which lead to long queues

b) The department has implemented the fast queue for people with disabilities and the elderly so that they don’t wait longer hours.

c) There has an engagement with the local leadership to facilitate the reopening of the community halls as external pick up points for CCMDD. This will assist in that the patients do not have to queue at the clinic all at once for collection of chronic medication

The province has started to engage eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality regarding the provincialization of the Personal Primary Health Care Services. Once this clinic is provincialized, the province will be able to start with the extension of hours of services. These actions will address the long queues even after the COVID-19 pandemic.

END.

02 March 2021 - NW17

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether he has found that minibus taxis and flights that are allowed to operate at full capacity and thereby exposing passengers and travellers in close proximity to many hours of coughing, sneezing, talking and eating, do not pose a serious risk to the transmission of COVID-19; if not, what evidence does he rely on to make such concessions; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Public Transport

In terms of the Public Transport Directions published on the 22 July 2020 (Gazette No: 43538) loading capacity for long distance public transport travel is restricted to 70% whereas for any trip regarded as short distance a 100% capacity is allowed. Medical experts and professionals advised that the longer you are exposed to an infectious person the more likely you are to be exposed to the virus. This implies that encounters with an infectious person for a short time have a lesser risk of spreading the virus. It is for this reason that allowing closer contact of passengers (100% capacity) on shorter trips/period, coupled with other mitigating measures such as wearing of masks and sufficient ventilation, would not necessarily pose a higher risk of infection to passengers. It should also be emphasised that the wearing of masks is currently compulsory.

South African Civil Aviation Authority

The Minister of Transport has permitted aircraft to be filled to capacity except the two rows in the front or back of the cabin which must be kept open in case a suspected case is identified during flight.  This decision was taken following a risk assessment exercise and the implementation of a multi-layered approach to the prevention of the spread of the virus which includes amongst others:

  1. Mandatory wearing of masks throughout the flights by both crew and passengers except children under 5 years and those with documented medical exclusions.
  2. Screening at domestic & international airports upon entering the terminal building that include thermal scanners, questionnaires and visual inspections.
  3. Social Distancing throughout the journey.
  4. Contactless check-in and boarding procedures.
  5. Issuance of Directions and detailed guidelines on procedures to be followed by each operator customised to their individual operations.
  6. Disinfection of the aircraft before it enters service and in between trips.
  7. Training of Crew in the management of communicable diseases.
  8. Universal Precaution Kits on board.
  9. Mandatory PCR Testing & Antigen Testing of International Passengers.
  10. Management of medical waste in the cabin.
  11. Contact tracing mechanisms.
  12. Airlines/Charter Operators & Airports are required to submit procedures for approval by the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) in compliance to the Minister’s Directions and guidelines. The SACAA is responsible to monitor compliance.
  13. Public Education through media campaigns.
  14. Embarkation & Disembarkation procedures are implemented at airports during boarding and upon arrival.

In terms of the Aircraft itself, the following is applicable to modern aircraft and this is based on IATA, Airbus, Boeing & Embraer research.

Cabin Air Quality: The research conducted indicated the following findings:

  1. The risk of transmission in the modern cabin environment is low for a number of reasons: passengers face the same direction, seatbacks act as barriers, air flow is from the top to bottom, and the air is also very clean.
  2. There is a higher rate of air renewal than in other indoor facilities.
  3. The air in the aircraft cabin comprises of around 50% fresh air from outside the aircraft and 50% of HEPA filtered air. The air in the cabin is renewed 20-30 times an hour, once every 2-3 minutes and about 10 times more than most office buildings. Research has shown that the airflow in an aircraft (from ceiling to floor) is effective to prevent the droplet spread in the cabin.
  4. Modern jet aircraft are equipped with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. These filters have similar performance to those used in hospital operating theatres and industrial clean rooms and these HEPA filters are 99.9+% effective at removing viruses, bacteria and fungi.
  5. The bacteria/virus removal efficiency rate of the HEPA filters onboard includes viruses such as SARS, which is similar to COVID-19.
  6. The guidelines issued by the Minister requires that airlines maintain appropriate ventilation during all phases of travel, including while the plane is on the ground.

Aircraft by their nature are confined spaces and for decades operators have relied on sophisticated air conditioning systems to filter out viruses that could be carried by passengers and these systems have proven to be effective in filtering out viruses and bacteria that could be exchanged on board an aircraft. Studies conducted by aircraft manufacturers and operators prove the effectiveness of these systems. Same have been recognised by international bodies regulating civil aviation world-wide.

02 March 2021 - NW497

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport:

With reference to his reply to question 1030 on 14 November 2019, (a) what are the reasons that the City of Ekurhuleni failed to meet the deadline of October 2019 in order to have 40 buses operating, (b) what action has his department taken with city for missing the deadline and (c) amount does the city spend on leasing each bus in each month

Reply:

a) Challenges experienced with the operationalisation of additional buses and services.

The City of Ekurhuleni reported that there were unforeseen delays with the issuing of new operating licences for buses at the Provincial Regulatory Entity (PRE). Without the operating licences the additional busses could not be introduced into the system.

This delay was further exacerbated by the closing of PRE offices during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Only applications for operating licence renewals were processed during the lockdown period.  The City had to intervene and request for a special dispensation for the processing of the BRT operator’s application for operating licences. 

It must also be noted that Ekurhuleni’s application for a rollover of over R100 million for the 2018/19 year was not approved by National Treasury even though the city appealed in January 2020. This led to a shortage of operational funding for the 19/20 financial year.

 

b) The Department of Transport supported the Ekurhuleni’s appeal regarding its 18/19 rollover. However, with this appeal being unsuccessful and with the challenge of COVID 19 from March 2020 and its impact on the Tembisa to OR Tambo International Airport route, the Department has accepted a delay and has instructed Ekurhuleni to fully ramp up the 40 bus service in the first half of 2021.

Failure to comply with this will see Ekurhuleni as a potential candidate for being suspended from the Public Transport Network Grant in the 2022 MTEF period.

Similar cautionary warnings have been given to several other cities as well.

c) The City of Ekurhuleni report that it is not spending any funds per month relating to the leasing of busses stated above. Initially some of the 40 buses were leased from early 2019 by Harambee operator KTVR Vehilce Operating Company (VOC) in order to augment the pilot service launch in late 2017.

By October 2019, the Harambee operator KTVR VOC had secured short term financing for the remainder of the 40 bus fleet that was not already procured

02 March 2021 - NW64

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether he has been informed that the roads in the agricultural town of Standerton in Mpumalanga are full of potholes and that this has persisted for quite some time now; if not, why not; if so, (2) whether his department has plans in place to address the persisting problem; if not, why not; if so, by what date will the plans be implemented?

Reply:

1. The Minister of Transport has been informed about the bad condition of roads within the town of Standerton in Mpumalanga Province. The Minister has also discovered that the mentioned roads fall within the jurisdiction of the local sphere of Government and they needed to be rehabilitated through the MIG funding made available by COGTA.

2. The Department is constantly engaging with all 44 Municipalities on road data collection so that municipalities can be able to prioritise the maintenance and rehabilitation of their road network using their MIG allocations from COGTA. The Department is of the view that the Standerton local Municipality has made plans as per assessment data they have received thus far.

Municipalities are also encouraged to enter into MOA with SANRAL to augment their technical skills where that is a challenge for their execution of road maintenance activities.

Furthermore, SANRAL through its routine maintenance contracts do daily route patrols of all national roads under SANRAL’s jurisdiction and identify, for example potholes that must be repaired within 48 hours.

We are made to understand that, the Mpumalanga Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport (PWRT) is aware of the poor condition of the Municipal roads in Standerton and was requested by the Local Municipality in question for certain municipal roads to be taken over by the Province. This transfer is encouraged.

01 March 2021 - NW269

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she has been informed that many public schools are still excluding learners on the basis of non - payment of school fees; if not, why not; if so, what steps has she taken to stop the practice and allow learners to receive education without any hindrances?

Reply:

I have been informed about the illegal practices by schools to collect school fees, and charge registration fees as a condition for learners to return to school. 

I have instructed the Department to work with Provincial Education Departments to ensure that school principals and School Governing Bodies stop the practice.  Officials of the Department have been conducting interviews on various radio stations in the country, to inform parents about their rights on the demand by schools to charge registration fee.  Media statements, including statements on social media, have been issued on the matter, advising all affected parents to report such cases to the nearest provincial or district office for intervention.

01 March 2021 - NW361

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

Whether her department has commenced with the recruitment process to fill vacancies of the 1 600 educators who succumbed to COVID-19; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The filling of vacant posts is an ongoing process to ensure that there is a teacher in front of every class.  Schools received their new post establishments for 2021 in September and October 2020.  All vacant posts that occurred as a result of the declaration of the new post establishments, and/or natural attrition, are filled continuously.  This would include all vacancies that resulted from the loss of 1600 educators, who succumbed to COVID-19.  The posts are filled in the order of priority, which involves the placement of educators declared in addition; placement on provincial and national bursary recipients; placement of young graduates; and lastly other unemployed educators seeking employment in public schools.

01 March 2021 - NW272

Mkhonto, Ms C N to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       In view of the severe damage to infrastructure (details furnished) caused by the tropical storm Eloise in some parts of the Republic over the past three weeks, what contingency plan does her department have in place to ensure that all schools have water available at all times; (2) whether her department has a database of schools where learners might not be able to get to schools on time due to the damaged infrastructure; if not, why not; if so, how will the learners be accommodated in order to ensure that they are not left behind with lessons?

Reply:

1. Provinces have provided schools with rainwater harvesting tanks and schools replenish the water in the tanks through their school allocations. In cases where schools are unable, agreements have been entered into with municipalities for the replenishment of water at affetcted schools.

2. The Department has received reports from provinces which indicate the number of schools affected by storm damages.  Only in 6 schools, where learners are not able to utilize the classrooms, due to the extent of the damages.  In four of the schools, learners and educators are accommodated in adjacent schools, while repairs are in progress; and in two of the schools, mobile classrooms have been provided.

01 March 2021 - NW365

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

What is the total amount of money that was received by the Government from the (a) World Health Organisation, (b) International Monetary Fund and (c) World Bank for research in the development of vaccines in the Republic?

Reply:

The Department of Science and Innovation has not received any funding from the (a) World Health Organization, (b) International Monetary Fund and (c) World Bank for research in the development of vaccines in the Republic.

01 March 2021 - NW139

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

With reference to a certain tender (details furnished) from the National Lotteries Commission, what (a) was the total amount the tender was worth, (b)(i) was the total number of persons who were bidders for this tender, (ii) are all their full names and (c) was the scope of the work pertaining to the tender, including the work done?

Reply:

I have been furnished with a reply to the question submitted, by Ms Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission.

Ms Mampane’s reply is as follows:

(a) “The total amount for the bid was R460 287.50 all inclusive.

(b) (i) There were a total of 19 bidders.

(ii) The full names of the bidders were as follows;

 

ITEMS

NAME OF BIDDER

1

Apros

2

Digital Republic

3

Insight2lead

4

KTM Knowledge Solutions

5

LM Training

6

Majeke Macheke School of Business Leadership

7

Mgiba

8

Mngotha Project Management

9

Mthente

10

Ndziane Inc Attorneys

11

Pan Africa TMT Group

12

Quest Research

13

Siloam People Development Agency

14

SMEC

15

Surveyfiesta

16

Toma-Now

17

Underhill Corporate Solutions

18

Urban-Econ

19

Wits

(c) The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to appoint a suitably qualified service provider to conduct research on the social, economic and operational impact of the Corona virus pandemic and related emergency measures on funded organisations; and to make recommendations on an appropriate grantmaking strategy in the short, medium and longer term. The study would include an overview of how other international and national grant makers have responded to the pandemic (or to other historical emergencies or crisis) and lessons learned from these experiences.

The service provider was also required to report [sic] should inform discussion and planning about how the NLC should amend its grantmaking strategy in response to the identified trends and factors as well as include in the proposal a process to workshop the research findings with the Commission to facilitate adjustments to its grantmaking strategy, considering the legislative framework within which the Commission operates.

The following work was done by the service provider:

  • Inception report.
  • Literature review & stakeholder mapping.
  • Data collection: Desktop research.
  • Stakeholder engagement & interviews.
  • Draft report”.

-END-

01 March 2021 - NW448

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What are the reasons that the Xhariep region does not have its own District Office and what is the logic behind subjecting principals and educators to travel all the way to Bloemfontein to get services for their schools, sometimes losing up to six hours that could have been spent teaching and/or doing school-related administration?

Reply:

The information required to respond to the question is not available at the Department of Basic Education but rather the Free State Department of Education. According to the Public Service Act, 1994 (Proclamation 103 of 1994 (PSA) s, 1, 3, 7(a)), the power to demarcate, name and organise education districts in a province vests with the Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Education, who is the executive authority responsible for the organisation of the provincial education department (PED).

26 February 2021 - NW49

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What total number of young persons have benefited from agricultural education, extension services young farmers’ development and empowerment opportunities provided by the National Rural Youth Service Corps Programme?

Reply:

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development has provided agricultural training and youth empowerment as follows:

a) Agricultural Training

A total of 2 238 youth have graduated in various programmes in Colleges of Agriculture for the past 5 years. In the main, the youth graduated from the following agriculture study fields: animal production, plant production, irrigation management and animal health.

Currently, a total of 2 540 young people are registered for various agricultural programmes at Diploma level in the 11 Colleges of Agriculture. Of the 2 540 youth registered, 960 are at first year level of their studies, 851 second year and 729 are at third year.

In addition to this, a total of 4 014 youth have been enrolled/registered in training related to the agricultural sector through the NARYSEC Programme in various provinces. Of these youth, 3148 have completed training, and 866 are currently engaged in training in various TVET Colleges and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and are expected to finish by December 2021.

The Recapitalisation and Development programme provided credited and uncredited (on-farm hands on training) benefiting 1 785 youth.

The Department further supports youth who meet the requirements and are interested in pursuing scarce and critical skills in agriculture and land reform through bursary. Since the inception of the Department’s external bursary scheme, a total of 1 738 young people benefitted through under graduate and post graduate studies.

b) Young Farmers’ Development, Extension Services & Empowerment Opportunities

As a form of an exit strategy to the external bursary scheme, the Department further recruit unemployed agricultural graduates and place them in Commercial farms to enhance their employability and practical exposure. A total of 1 029 youth benefitted from graduate placement programme.

To give practically empowerment to youth through the Land Reform Programmes, the Department of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development allocated 181 703 Ha of land (81 farms) to young people since 2010/2011 financial year benefiting 295 youth.

A total of 989 youth received production support through 1HA -1 household programme further empowering this youth on their various sector related activities. In addition, 6 684 youth directly received support through Recapitalisation and Development programme.

The department is implementing the Strategy for employment of young unemployed agricultural graduates in extension and advisory services. Currently 215 unemployed graduates are employed whereby 46 is employed by DALRRD and a total of 169 is employed by Provinces as follows: Mpumalanga employs 53, Free State 30, North West 46 and Kwa-Zulu Natal employs 40.

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26 February 2021 - NW291

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to his categorical statement in April 2020 that he, the Deputy President, Mr D D Mabuza, Ministers and Deputy Ministers will each take a one-third cut in their salaries for three months and that this portion of their salaries will be donated to the solidarity fund, what (a) total number of Members of the Executive honoured the pledge and (b) is the name of each Member of the Executive who did not honour the pledge?

Reply:

As I said previously in response to a similar question (NW2111E) asked by the Leader of the Opposition on 24 July 2020, the donation to the Solidarity Fund is a voluntary contribution that each Member of Cabinet and Deputy Minister chose to make in support of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Minister and Deputy Minister was responsible for making the necessary arrangements to contribute to the Fund.

26 February 2021 - NW160

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to his address to the nation on 14 December 2020, where he announced that beaches would be closed in the Eastern Cape, Sarah Baartman District Municipality and the Garden Route District Municipality, what (a) scientific data and modelling information did he rely on to make this decision, (b) is the source of the scientific data and modelling information and (c) total number of COVID-19 infections and deaths were prevented by the closure of the beaches vis-a-vis keeping them open?

Reply:

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) meets regularly to receive reports on the status of the pandemic at national, provincial and district levels. These reports are based on data compiled by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases and the national and provincial Departments of Health.

The NCCC also receives and considers recommendations based on an analysis of this data and consultation with experts in the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 and relevant stakeholders.

Based on the recommendations of the NCCC, at a special meeting on 13 December 2020, Cabinet decided on a number of measures to contain the spread of infections in the three areas identified as hotspots, namely the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Sarah Baartman District and the Garden Route District. These measures included the closure of beaches.

During the festive season in particular, beaches and other recreational areas are sites of informal gatherings, which in the midst of a surge of infections significantly increase the likelihood of transmission.

The decision was made to, along with other interventions, close beaches and remove this possible source of rapid cluster outbreaks. This was also done to protect the health care system which was already very strained and to prevent unnecessary excess deaths.

It should also be noted that hotspot declarations were made in consultation with the districts under consideration.

There was a significant drop in new infections, hospital admissions and deaths in all three hotspots between the middle of December 2020 and the end of January 2021.

This evidence supports the decision to take stringent measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus and prevent deaths due to COVID-19.

It is not possible to isolate the impact of one intervention. What is evident is the overall effect of several measures, including the change in human behaviour and enforcement of interventions.

26 February 2021 - NW158

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, with reference to the Western Cape High Court ruling against the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs for the illegal and unconstitutional ban on tobacco products under the Disaster Management Act, Act 57 of 2002, which cost the country upwards of R3 billion in tax and inflicted misery on 11 million South Africans, he intends taking disciplinary steps against her for her illegal and unconstitutional action; if not, why not; if so, what steps have or will be taken?

Reply:

The High Court ruling to which the Member refers is on appeal as government is of the firm view that this decision should be appealed.

The nature of the pandemic is constantly changing and government’s caution, based on information available at the time was therefore entirely justifiable.

As a responsible government we consider it critical that we continue to have all options at our disposal should any of these prove necessary to combat the pandemic.

There is no intention to take any disciplinary action against the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on this matter. It was a collective decision of Cabinet to take all precautions necessary to limit transmission of the coronavirus and to limit the likely increase in the number of severe cases.

26 February 2021 - NW389

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1)In light of the fact that the Free State Agriculture, an organisation that represents the interests of commercial farmers in the province, recently accused the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, of failing to create a clear plan for the agricultural sector for the year 2021 and in the future, as well as the absence of a concise plan from the President’s State of the Nation Address which has caused a concern for farmers across the Republic, what are the Government’s plans to assist farmers in 2021 and beyond, seeing that the national state of disaster may not end in the near future; (2) Whether the Government has made provision for contingency plans regarding food security in this uncertain period; if not, what are the details of the Government’s position regarding the state of food security in the Republic in the near future and beyond; if so, what are the plans?

Reply:

The government’s plan to assist farmers in 2021 and beyond include the following:

  • In 2021 and beyond the implementation of the eight (8) production schemes in the AAMP in partnership with the Provincial Departments of Agriculture and other sector partners will be rolled out. The eight production schemes are: grains, white meat, red meat, oilseeds, fibre, industrial crops, fruits and nuts and vegetables.

 

  • DALRRD will continue to implement drought mitigation strategies inclusive of developing drought-resistant seeds by the ARC, planting and storing fodder, removal of invasive plants and management strategies to prevent soil degradation.
  • The department will pursue the allocation of state land as part of transforming land ownership patterns and promoting access to land, especially for the previously disadvantaged, through allocating land to smallholder producers and enhanced comprehensive support to the smallholders.
  • The DALRRD remains committed to supporting agricultural producers towards intensifying the domestic food production amidst the COVID 19 situation. To this effect, implementation of Programmes such as the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP), Ilima Letsema and LandCare are continuing in all Provinces.
  • In 2021/22 at least 9 500 vulnerable households will be supported to produce own food through household food gardens and a total of 65 314 hectares will be planted through the Ilima/Letsema conditional grant support of R597 million.
  • Support will further be provided through CASP conditional grant amounting to R1.4 billion to 7 800 smallholder and subsistence producers with on-farm infrastructure.
  • The Department provided a R1, 2 billion Covid-19 Disaster Relief Agricultural Intervention Fund to provide relief to struggling smallholder and communal farmers in 2020/21.
  • The Department is implementing the R1 billion Presidential Employment Stimulus initiative for subsistence producers. This will enable producers to retain self-employment in the agricultural sector.

These interventions are aimed at ensuring increased household food production, whilst increasing food access and improved livelihoods of poor and marginalised households, thereby contributing to food security and economic growth.

2. Yes. Food security remains a fundamental strategic imperative of the South African government in this uncertain period of the COVID 19 situation. The Government, through a multi-sectoral approach, continues to implement the National Food and Nutrition Security Plan (2017 – 2022) which is coordinated from the Office of the Deputy President and Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME). The Plan embodies the government’s collective response to the challenge of food insecurity and malnutrition. A number of programmes under this plan are already being implemented using the existing resources in various government departments.

This plan is implemented through six strategic objectives which are as outlined below:

6 Strategic Objectives (SO) Anchoring the Plan

Lead

Department

Other Key Departments and Social Partners

1

Institutional Arrangements for food and nutrition security

Establish multi-sectoral Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) Councils and supporting structures oversee alignment of policies, legislation and programmes; coordination and implementation of programmes and services which address FNS and; draft new policies and legislation where appropriate

Office of the Deputy President

DPME

DALRRD; DSD; COGTA;

DBE; DTI; DRDLR; Provinces; Local government; Civil Society; Organised Labour, Development Partners

2

Establish inclusive local food value chains to support access to nutritious, affordable foods

DALRRD

Water & Sanitation; DTI; DSBD; DST, NT; Civil Society, Development Partners

3

Expand targeted social protection measures and sustainable livelihood programmes

DSD

DOH; Home Affairs; DBE;

Provinces and local government; Civil Society; Development Partners

4

Scale up of high impact nutrition interventions targeting women, infants and children

DOH

DBE; DSD; Home Affairs; Civil Society; Development Partners

5

Develop an integrated communication plan to influence people across the life cycle to make informed food and nutrition decisions

DOH

DBE; DSD; Home Affairs; Development Partners

6

Develop a monitoring and evaluation system for FNS in South Africa and establish an integrated risk management system for monitoring FNS related risks.

StatsSA

DALRRD

DPME; DALRRD; DOH; DBE; Statistics SA; COGTA

In addition, government implemented a number of interventions in response to COVID 19. These include social protection initiatives and programmes that are aimed at strengthening resilience of livelihood systems in various communities. As part of the governments’ collective response, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) is implementing a number of initiatives. These include:

  • Intensifying efforts to geographically locate food insecure, vulnerable and hungry population within the country in fulfilment of the Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis Programme spearheaded by SADC.
  • DALRRD further conducted a rapid assessment in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. This was aimed at quantifying the impact of the COVID 19 on agriculture, trade as well as food and nutrition security.
  • A total of R81.2 million has also been committed by the Department to conducting the National Food and Nutrition Security Survey for 2021/22 targeting over 84 000 households nationally. The results of this survey and the rapid assessment will inform the collective planning and proper targeting of food security interventions.

Although a few challenges were experienced by producers and suppliers associated with acquisition of agricultural production inputs in the country, overall no major disruptions were experienced during the 2020/21 planting season, which started in October 2020. Despite the challenges of uncertain weather patterns, such as floods and draught, experienced of in some parts of the country, the weather outlook for the 2020/21 planting season has been positive. According to the Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) the preliminary area estimate of maize as at February 2021 is 2,776 million ha, which is 6, 35% more than the 2,611 million ha planted for the previous season. This follows a bumper harvest of about 15.3 million tons of commercial maize that is estimated to be harvested for this season. The country has ample maize to meet the demand in the human and feed markets, and will be able to export into neighbouring countries.

The government of RSA is committed to ensuring food and nutrition security amid the COVID 19 pandemic.

26 February 2021 - NW20

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department keeps a record of farm evictions; if not, why not; if so, what total number of persons have been evicted from farms in the period between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 2020?

Reply:

Yes, according to the Department’s records 2 194 individuals were reported to be evicted from the farms under the period in question. Not all evictions are reported to the department or brought before courts.

25 February 2021 - NW364

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

What is the (a) total number of students who wrote their final examination in the 2020 academic year and (b) ratio of those who wrote exams versus the enrolment rate of 2020?

Reply:

(a)  A total of 469 549 candidates participated in the November 2020 final examinations.

(b)  The table below provides a breakdown of enrolments and participation ratios per qualification as at 19 February 2021.

Qualification Category

Number Enrolled

Number Wrote

Participation Ratio

National Certificate (Vocational) Level 2 - 4

175 232

 

138 351

 

79.0%

National Technical Education Report 190/1 N1-N6

355 535

 

289 509

 

81.4%

General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training   Level 4

74 063

 

41 689

 

56.3%

Total

604 830

469 549

77.6%

25 February 2021 - NW183

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With reference to recommendations made by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) after its oversight visit to the Beitbridge Border Post and the state of the fence built during 2020 by her department as part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, (a) what did her department’s Acting Director-General mean during the meeting of 2 February 2021 when he stated that her department’s Accounting Officer is only taking steps to ensure that all physical defects in the fence are rectified because Scopa recommended it and (b) what plans has her department put in place to rectify all the defects that it also admits exist; (2) in view of the recommendation that all supply chain management personnel be vetted and with Scopa now being told that this will take until March 2022, (a) what are the reasons for such a long delay with compliance with this recommendation and (b) what is being done to expedite this; (3) (a) what progress is being made on the recommendations to blacklist the principal contractor and the main contractor from doing business with the Government in terms of Regulation 14 of the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2017 and (b) why there is still a number of contracts with these companies in place? NW186E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) To have an informed position on the feasibility of rectifying all physical defects of the Beitbridge Border fence, the Accounting Officer sanctioned a detailed Technical Condition Assessment of the constructed 40km border fence to determine the extent of material deficiencies and breaches. The assessment was undertaken during December 2020.

On 2 February 2021, the outcome of this assessment was reported against recommendation (b) of the Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on its oversight visit to Beitbridge Border Post, from 4 to 6 September 2020, dated 17 November 2020 (ATC of 19 November 2020), which stated that:

The Committee recommends that the Accounting Officer ensures that all physical defects are rectified in line with all applicable regulations,

(b) As the fence, in its current form, is not fit for purpose and in material non-compliance with the specifications, the Department has taken a decision not to entertain the possibility of any further repairs of the fence.

Any further border fence initiatives will be located in the context of the Integrated Border Management solution currently underway. In this regard, the site clearance process is aimed at being completed by June this year, from where the Department will embrace and utilise a best practice approach to border security in consultation with the Department of Defence (DoD). The relevant Request for Information (RFI) on the Integrated Border Fence Solutions will accordingly be published by the end of March 2021 to facilitate consultations for solutions.

2. (a) I am informed by the Department that Security Vetting is a lengthy process and usually takes 3 months or more to complete. The Department has 7 Vetting officials who must vet the outstanding 253 SCM and Bid Committee officials.

The vetting process includes the following steps:

 

      • The SCM officials must complete the Z204 Vetting forms and attach personal documents such as copies of bank statements (savings, investment, house loan, vehicles loan, business interests), copies of academic qualifications, as well as other relevant documents. 
      • Thereafter fieldwork interviews by the vetting officers commence, where they go around the country to interview references of the official who is being vetted. Thereafter follows a personal interview with the official and his/her supervisor. 
      • The vetting officer compiles the report from where the vetting files are submitted to the State Security Agency (SSA) to conduct a polygraph test.
      • After the polygraph test, the files go to the SSA Evaluation Unit to determine whether security clearance should be issued or not. 
      • It should be noted that the SSA has to cater for all Government Departments and SOEs where the standard SSA process for polygraph testing and evaluation can sometimes take up to a year or more.

The process outlined above, is what informed the anticipated timeframe of completing the vetting of SCM and Bid Committee officials by March 2022.

 

(b) The Accounting Officer requested that SSA consider the DPWI vetting files as top priority for the expedition of polygraph testing as well as evaluation of vetting files. The Minister has also requested that the process be concluded as soon as possible.

3. (a) It was recommended that the Principal Agent and the main contractor be restricted from doing business with Government subject to the application of the relevant due process and National Treasury concurrence, pursuant to the examination of the findings of the investigation that they acted in an irregular manner in their respective engagements with the DPWI.

The matter served before the Restriction Committee and Authority (RCAA) on 28 August 2020, after which detailed evidence contained in the Investigation Report was sought by the RCAA to enable it to continue its business. The Department was compelled to delay the release of this information and to reconstitute the composition of the RCAA recognising that the chairperson of the RCAA was one of the officials cited in the investigation report and subject to disciplinary action.

Another reason for delaying the release of the report to the RCAA, was to allow the Department to initiate and advance disciplinary processes before releasing the investigation report to third parties to protect the confidentiality of the information contained in the report.

On 11 February 2021 the department approved the final charges against the officials and formally reconstituted the RCAA to exclude from membership of the Committee any person who may have a conflict of interest. On 12 February 2021 the matter was tabled again with the RCAA and all the relevant reports and supporting evidence were provided to the committee to enable it to conclude its work.

The Committee has considered and studied the relevant investigation reports and issued letters to the contractor and consultant on 26 February 2021 requesting reasons why the Department should not recommend to National Treasury their restriction from doing business with the State. The RCAA has indicated that it will afford the respective service providers a period of 14 days to provide their written representations. The RCAA estimates that this process will be finalised by mid-March 2021.

(b) At this stage, the Department has not identified any justifiable grounds to terminate the existing contracts, as these contracts have been duly awarded. However, the Department is in the process of reviewing these contracts though its Internal Audit unit.

The Department is further seeking legal advice as to whether the conduct of the respective companies in relation to the Beitbridge contract constitutes sufficient grounds to seek termination of their remaining contracts with the Department. The matter is currently under legal review.

25 February 2021 - NW192

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her reply to question 2995 on 6 January 2021, what total number of (a) persons paid their TV licences in (i) 2017-18, (ii) 2018-19 and (iii) 2019-20 financial years and (b) accounts were sent out via (i) mail, (ii) sms and (iii) email in each financial year?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

(a)

Financial Year

Business Licence

Dealer Licence

Concessionary Licence

Domestic (Normal)

Total

2017 - 2018

37 003

4 079

514 653

2 181 630

2 737 365

2018 - 2019

36 400

4 007

461 621

2 265 324

2 767 352

2019 - 2020

29 522

3 418

393 963

1 896 586

2 323 489

(b)

Financial Year

E-mails

SMS

Mailed letters

2017 - 2018

23 846 458

103 909 803

372

2018 - 2019

23 793 849

82 655 991

0

2019 - 2020

8 025 851

28 055 096

0

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

25 February 2021 - NW187

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

(1)What (a) number of students was able to enrol in each public university (i) in 2020 and (ii) in 2021 in terms of the enrolment plan of each university and (b) is the current enrolment numbers at each public university; (2) what number of the students who enrolled at each of the specified universities in 2020 were beneficiaries of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme?

Reply:

(1) (a) The table below reflects the Ministerial approved enrolment planning targets for the 2020 and 2021 academic years.

Institution

Projected Targets

 

2020

2021

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

35 498

37 027

University of Cape Town

28 037

28 174

Central University of Technology

18 255

19 098

Durban University of Technology

30 219

30 439

University of Fort Hare

17 310

17 673

University of Free State

40 271

40 519

University of Johannesburg

49 727

49 969

University of KwaZulu-Natal

47 726

46 829

University of Limpopo

21 995

22 561

Mangosuthu University of Technology

12 980

13 391

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

29 792

30 461

North-West University

63 065

61 054

University of Pretoria

51 978

52 134

Rhodes University

8 714

8 866

University of South Africa

376 000

376 468

University of Stellenbosch

31 690

32 380

Tshwane University of Technology

61 814

62 439

Vaal University of Technology

20 992

22 154

University of Venda

16 992

17 332

Walter Sisulu University

30 269

29 544

University of the Western Cape

24 800

25 060

University of the Witwatersrand

40 935

41 003

University of Zululand

17 920

18 636

University of Mpumalanga

4 218

5 217

Sol Plaatje University

2 512

3 278

Sefako Makgatho Health Science University

6 640

6 820

Total

1 090 350

1 098 526

(b) The Department has only received preliminary data from universities on their 2020 enrolments and this is therefore subject to change.  More reliable data on enrolments will be received from universities at the end of April 2021. Once they have identified all their graduates, the Department will receive the final audited data at the end of July 2021. 

(2) As at 31 December 2020, NSFAS had confirmed funding for 487 411 university students on the DHET Bursary Scheme. It is estimated that this number would increase taking into consideration that NSFAS is concluding outstanding funding decisions. The table below provides a breakdown of the numbers per institution.

Institution

NSFAS Funded Students

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

                15 521

Central University of Technology

                  8 868

Durban University of Technology

                19 994

Mangosuthu University of Technology

                10 430

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

                14 164

North-West University

                22 356

Rhodes University

                  3 128

Sefako Makgatho Health Science University

                  3 229

Sol Plaatje University

                  1 434

Tshwane University of Technology

                36 447

University of Cape Town

                  5 109

University of Fort Hare

                  9 339

University of Free State

                21 503

University of Johannesburg

                23 328

University of KwaZulu-Natal

                23 916

University of Limpopo

                15 749

University of Mpumalanga

                  3 090

University of Pretoria

                10 706

University of South Africa

              157 395

University of Stellenbosch

                  3 952

University of the Western Cape

                10 471

University of the Witwatersrand

                  9 327

University of Venda

                10 890

University of Zululand

                13 092

Vaal University of Technology

                12 540

Walter Sisulu University

                21 433

Total

              487 411

 

25 February 2021 - NW176

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether there is a budget to repair the lift at the Germiston Police Station that has eight floors; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the budget and (b) on what date will the lift be repaired?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

I am informed by the Department that budget is available for the maintenance of the lifts at the Germiston Police Station through a term contract.

Germiston Police Station vertical transportation service comprises of five lifts. All the lifts have reached and exceeded their end of lifespan and are over-due for a complete replacement.

Three lifts are out of service due to age and spares unavailability, the balance of two lifts are in service under the DPWI’s Johannesburg Region planned maintenance, however, only one lift is in operation as the other is currently switched off by the maintenance service provider whilst awaiting critical spare parts from the overseas suppliers.

a) The maintenance budget is available under a maintenance contract for the lifts under DPWI responsibility. Only two (2) of the five (5) lifts fleet in Germiston SAPS are repairable, though all have exceed their useful life and are beyond economic repair. The entire fleet needs to be replaced from a capital works fund to be provided by SAPS as a client.

b) A plan has been initiated to register a capital works project that will accommodate the replacement of the dilapidated lifts; this entails an instruction from the User Department (SAPS) together with funding allocations. The replacement period for the lifts is estimated at 12 to 18 months as lifts are being imported.

25 February 2021 - NW168

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

What (a) plans has her department put in place to create and implement the promotion of gender empowerment in school communities and (b) is the total number of schools in each province which have been identified for the implementation of programmes specifically designed to address gender equity?

Reply:

a) What plans does DBE put in place to create and implement the promotion of gender empowerment in school communities?

DBE has a responsibility of implementing gender empowerment in schools. This is a constitutional obligation, but also serves as a catalyst in addressing gender discrimination, dismantling patriarchy, boosting confidence and promoting mutual respect between and amongst people, in particular learners.

Gender Empowerment is addressed in the Lifeskills and Life Orientation Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) delivered in all schools. To enhance the Lifeskills and Life Orientation offering, a phased implementation of Scripted Lesson Plans for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is currently undertaken in five (5) provinces.

In the co-curricular offering, the DBE has two programmes that assist with the promotion of gender empowerment in schools. These programmes are the Girls and Boys Education Movement (GBEM) and Techno-Girl. Briefly:

  • GBEM aims to encourage girls and boys to work together as equals and to foster respect for the human dignity and rights of both sexes. Through engaging with the movement and its activities, learners are equipped with adequate knowledge to engage on various issues such as governance, lifeskills, sport and development, gender based violence an related topics in a constructive manner, thereby encouraging active citizenry.

 

  • Techno-Girl programme on the other hand, is a girl economic empowerment initiative, which is achieved through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. Girls from disadvantaged communities benefit from a three-year structured job shadowing, mentorship and skills development programme with companies that have core skill requirements for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. The programme provides girls with a unique opportunity to explore various STEM career choices, analyse and make informed decisions in a given career choice. The programme has developed a mentorship component through Techno-Girl Alumni where learners, especially those who are in Grade 12, are offered assistance for applying to tertiary institutions.

 

b) Is there a total number of schools in each province which have been identified for implementation of programmes specifically designed to address gender equity?

 

Province

District

Number of Schools

Eastern Cape

Chris Hani

06

 

Buffalo City Metropolitant

06

 

Amathole East

07

 

Nelson Mandela Bay

09

Gauteng

 

Gauteng West

15

 

Johannesburg West

09

 

Tshwane South

09

Limpopo

 

Capricorn

09

 

Waterburg

05

Mpumalanga

 

Gert Sibande

06

 

Ehlanzeni

11

 

Nkangala

07

 

Bohlabela

06

KwaZulu Natal

 

Umgungundlovu

06

 

Uthukela

06

 

Umlazi

11

The Lifeskills and Life Orientation curriculum, as it addresses gender empowerement and equity, is offered in all 25 154 schools across the country.

The phased implementation of Scripted Lesson Plans for CSE is in 2176, broken down as follows:

Province

Number of Schools

Western Cape

101

Free State

131

Gauteng

436

KwaZulu-Natal

930

Mpumalanga

578

 

The GBEM programme is implemented in a selected 128 schools from the following provinces:

The latest statistical information on the Techno-Girl programme is still being consolidated by the Techno-Girl Trust with whom the DBE holds a partnership.

25 February 2021 - NW185

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and the annual renewal of certain electronic communication licences that were awarded and for which payment was made on 28 July 2020, but have not been received (details furnished), (a) on what date(s) were the specified licences issued for 2020, (b) on what date can the clients expect to receive the licences and (c) by what means are actual licences delivered to successful applicants?

Reply:

I have been advised by the ICASA as follows:

License Numbers

District Monitoring-License numbers 545-461-2 and 552-562-1

District Watch-License numbers 493-819-8, 145-617-2 and 483-730

District Bassetti-License numbers 532-539-4

a) ICASA issued all invoices for the annual Radio Frequency Spectrum (RFS) licence fees in respect of the RFS licences for the 2020-21 financial year on 22 July 2020. A batch of RFS Licences – including those held by District Watch, District Basset and District Monitoring - were printed on 29 November 2020.

b) The printed RFS licences are posted to licensees by the Authority’s service provider via unregistered postage. However, in light of the question posed it is apparent that the licensees may not have received their licences via post. The Authority will contact the licensees to arrange a reprint of the RFS licences for delivery or collection by the licensees at the Authority’s offices.

c) As stated above, printed RFS licences are posted to licensees by a service provider via unregistered postage. The Authority has however, noted the inefficiencies of this process and is currently implementing a new system (an Automated Spectrum Management System (“ASMS”)) for the processing of applications / renewals and delivery of RFS licences.

The ASMS system provides an online portal for receipt of – amongst others - new and renewal applications. The ASMS automatically sends invoices for administrative and licence fees via e-mail to the applicants as required. The system also automatically issues the RFS licences and e-mails them to successful applicants once processing and verification processes have been finalised. Going forward – with effect from 1 April 2021 - licensees will be able to download copies of their licenses from the ASMS and will no longer require the Authority to post licenses.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

25 February 2021 - NW186

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)    What number of post offices have electronic National Traffic Information System (e-NATIS) vehicle licence machines? (2) Whether staff are trained on the use of the e-NATIS machines; if not, why not; if so, what (a) number of people are trained in this regard in each branch and (b) is the nature of the training?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

1. There are 520 Post Offices nationally across the Provinces, except for the Western Cape (which SAPO does not service currently) that have e-Natis with a current total of 580 machines.

2. Yes, staff are trained on the use of e-Natis machines.

(a) Approximately 2080 staff were trained nationally with a minimum of at least 2 per branch.

(b) Training needs change continually based on specific operational requirements and with the service offerings of the respective branch that are based on specific provincial negotiated agreements. Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and North West have a combination of full service and renewals. SAPO also has a supervisor and teller functions per branch as per e-Natis requirements.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

25 February 2021 - NW204

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Whether there is a planned revision of curricula offered at technical and vocational education and training centres in light of the fact that many courses offered to equip students with trade skills are more theory-based than focused on practical application and skill, thus effecting graduating students’ employability; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Since 2018, the Department has embarked on a plan to review and update programmes and qualifications offered at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in order to align them with the needs of industry and society. This plan has focused on the following aspects of the curriculum:

1.   Integrating digital skills knowledge into current programmes;

2.   Introducing new programmes in response to the fourth industrial revolution (4IR);

3.   Phasing out of outdated programmes;

4.   Reconstruction of Engineering programmes to make them more responsive to the changing industry environment; and

5.   Revision and updating of subject content.

 1. Integrating digital skills knowledge into current programmes

With the support of CISCO Systems, the Department has developed digital skills training, which has been integrated into the National Certificate (Vocational) [NCV] programme. Knowledge of the use of the internet, email, cyber security and databases are examples of digital skills training that have been integrated into the NCV programme.

2.   Introducing new programmes in response to the 4IR

The Department has developed a new stream focusing on Robotics in the NCV: Information Technology and Computer Science programme which previously focused on programming and systems development only. This stream will cover subjects such as Electronic and Digital concepts for Robotics, Robotics Fundamentals and Industrial Automation. The curriculum for this programme is currently being quality assured by Umalusi and is envisaged for implementation in 2022.

3.   Phasing out of outdated programmes

In November 2020, the Department published a government notice for public comment on the phasing-out of NATED Report 191 N1 – N3 programmes. These programmes have been identified to be outdated in their curriculum structure, purpose and articulation possibilities within the National Qualifications Framework. The Department has received public comments, which are currently being analysed before final recommendations can be made.

4.   Reconstruction of Engineering programmes to make them more responsive to the changing industry environment

The Department has collaborated with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) in reconstructing curricula of Engineering Studies programmes to align with industry needs and standards of professional bodies. The programmes that have been prioritised and are currently being reconstructed are in the following fields: Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering.

This reconstruction commenced in August 2020 and is anticipated to be completed by June 2021. The completion of this process will see a reduction in the offering of the current NATED programmes and a move to occupational programmes, which are more industry-aligned.

5.   Revision and updating of subject content

The Department has since 2018 updated curricula in 38 subjects of the NATED Report 191 programmes covering Engineering, Business and Services studies. The implementation of these revised/updated curricula started in January 2021.

25 February 2021 - NW222

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether, with reference to the 89 Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) in the Eastern Cape that form part of the Non-State Sector Expanded Public Works Programme, the NPOs are required to pay Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) contributions on behalf of their participants; if not, why not; if so, are the contributions monitored by the Independent Development Trust; (2) whether the specified contribution from the NPOs are up to date; if not, (a) what measures are in place to ensure that outstanding monies are paid up on behalf of the participants and (b)(i) what total amount of outstanding contributions are owed for UIF and COIDA to her department and (ii) by which NPOs; (3) whether the stipend allocations are made in advance; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what happens to any excess monies that are not paid over to participants in cases such as absenteeism, (b) how often are the calculations made as to the amount of excess monies held by the NPO and (c) is there a record of anticipated expenditure versus actual expenditure in respect of each NPO; (4) in cases where the stipend allocations are made in arrears, what are the time frames for payments to the NPOs for each payment period? NW225E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I am informed by the Department that to implement the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Non-State Sector Non-Profit Organisation (NPOs) programme in the Eastern Cape Province, a total of forty eight (48) NPOs were contracted for two years in the 2019/20 financial year. From April – November 2020, twenty four (24) NPOs were utilized to implement the EPWP COVID-19 Response Project.

Based on the contract signed between the intermediary the Independent Development Trust (IDT) and the NPOs, there is an allocation paid to NPOs to ensure they pay the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) for participants contracted in the programme.

The payments done by the NPOs towards UIF and COIDA to the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) are monitored by the IDT in the following manner:

  • Upon contracting, NPOs have to submit a valid Letter of Good Standing with the UIF and for COIDA to cover the period of the programme/project implementation.
  • NPOs also expected to submit a proof of payment of the UIF to DEL to the IDT before the allocation can be paid.

2. All twenty four 24 NPOs contracted to implement the EPWP COVID-19 response are up to date with the COIDA contributions. However, from these NPOs, three (3) NPOs are not up to date with the UIF contributions.

(a) To ensure all outstanding monies are paid on behalf of participants to UIF and COIDA, the IDT continues to remind and encourage NPOs to settle any outstanding payments as the existing contracts signed with the NPOs does not have any punitive measures to be enforced.

(b)

(i) There are no outstanding contributions owed to and by NPOs on COIDA. Only three (3) NPOs have outstanding contributions on UIF. The 3 NPOs submitted their invoices to the IDT in February 2021 for the payment of UIF they did on behalf of participants, while participants had finished working on 13 November 2020. No payment has been done yet by the IDT to the NPOs, as the NPOs have been requested to provide evidence that payment was done for participants during the implementation of the EPWP COVID-19 Response Project.

(ii) The three (3) NPOs mentioned above are indicated in table 1 below:

Table 1: NPOs with outstanding UIF Payments

Item

District Municipality

Name of NPO

UIF Allocation

UIF Amount Spent

UIF Amount Un-spent

1.

Alfred Nzo

Ixabiso Lomntu Aids Awareness & Home Base Care

R5,641.86

R0.00

R5,641.86

2.

Alfred Nzo

Mount Frere Paralegal Advice Centre

R6,363.00

R0.00

R6,363.00

3.

Amathole

Ubabalo Lusanele Skills Centre

R5,641.86

R0.00

R5,641.86

3. Payment of stipends/wages to the NPOs are not made in advance. The payments to NPOs for participants stipends are based on claims submitted to the IDT for the work done supported by attendance registers.

a) The issue of excess monies does not apply in the NSS NPOs programme, as payments of stipends/wages are made on the basis of submission of the invoices which are supported by the attendance registers.

b) Calculations for payments held by NPOs on outstanding stipends/wages do not apply in the NPOs programme, as there are no advance payments made in the programme.

c) Yes, there are records of projected expenditure and actual expenditure for each NPO kept. Upon contracting, NPOs are allocated a budget based on the number of participants they should contract against the number of work days included in the contract. From this information, the IDT is able to project monthly expenditure for each NPO prior. For actual expenditure of projects, NPOs are also expected to submit invoices on monthly basis before payments can be done.

4) It takes 14 days to process the invoice of the NPO provided there are no corrections needed to be made by the NPO. The NPO invoice payment will exceed 14 days in cases where the NPOs have to make corrections. The turn-around time for payment depends on the speed of correction of the invoice by the NPOs. This varies from NPO-to-NPO. The IDT does not pay the NPO until all corrections / queries have been addressed.

25 February 2021 - NW167

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

What (a) is the total number of schools that have been identified by Sanitation Appropriate for Education to have inappropriate sanitation and (b) number of schools have had their sanitation facilities upgraded as a result?

Reply:

a) An initial list of 3 898 schools were identified for intervention under the SAFE programme.

b) Since the start of the programme, some of the non-viable schools have been closed or rationalised and do not need intervention under the SAFE programme.  A verification of the actual need at schools, futher revealed that some schools have appropriate toilets; and do not need intervention under the SAFE programme.  There are however, 2 865 schools that do require intervention under the SAFE programme.  Of these, the construction of new toilets has progressed to practical completion at 683 schools.  A further 340 schools have toilets under construction.  New toilets at the remaining 1 842 schools, are scheduled for construction during 2021/22.

25 February 2021 - NW203

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

On what date will all National Student Financial Aids Scheme students at technical and vocational education and training centres at (a) Esayidi Campuses and (b) Thekwini College in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, receive the laptops as he promised in 2020?

Reply:

The procurement of laptops by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is still underway. NSFAS has communicated to all Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges that laptops will be distributed to all qualifying students in the month of April 2021.

25 February 2021 - NW16

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)Whether the investigation by the former Department of Science and Technology in 2016 into alleged maladministration by a certain person that was in the employ of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research at the time (name furnished), led to a report and/or any other indication of wrongdoing by the specified person; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in this regard; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. There was no investigation instituted against the former CEO of the CSIR by the DSI.
  2. Based on the answer given above, the question is moot.

25 February 2021 - NW236

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

Whether, in light of the fact that in many parts of the world school sport has restarted, albeit tentatively, she has plans in place to ensure that school sports go on this year, especially at schools in areas that are more impoverished in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what plans?

Reply:

On 21 October 2020 the Department of Basic Education issued the Amended Directions, in terms of Regulation 4(3) of the Regulations made under the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002), regarding the re-opening of schools; and measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 at Alert Level 1. At that point, non-contact sport was allowed and inter-school matches were allowed to resume activity. However, this was short-lived as the country experienced a surge in the number of people who contracted the corona virus; and the country was then moved to Alert Level 3. As a result, the Department has finalised the amended draft Directions in line with Alert Level 3.

These Directions have been consulted on widely with basic education stakeholders and the Human Rights Commission. The draft Directions allow for non-contact sport to resume within all schools, provided that compliance with social distancing, hygiene and safety measures to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 is adhered to.

The following safety measures must be adhered to with this resumption:

  1. The number of persons in the sporting venues, change rooms or training area at any given time, must be limited as far as is reasonably practicable;
  2. Sport personnel and all participants must be subjected to temperature screening before they enter the sport venue or sport fields;
  3. Face masks, or appropriate items that cover the nose and mouth as required by the health protocols, must be worn by all personnel and participants entering the sporting venues, change rooms or training area except participants when training or participating in matches;
  4. All windows and doors must remain open, where feasible, to reduce contact and ensure adequate ventilation;
  5. Social distancing must be maintained at all times; and
  6. A register of all personnel and participants must be kept.

Contact sport training is also allowed under Lockdown Alert Level 3, provided there is no contact during training, and physical distancing is maintained. Arts and Culture and other enrichment programmes are also allowed to resume in schools with safety and hygiene measures maintained.

For now, inter-school matches, choir rehearsals, choir competitions and sport championships at district, provincial and national level will be suspended. This is temporary as the country deals with the surge in the numbers of infections.

These measures are temporary and will be reviewed as the Covid-19 infections decline.

25 February 2021 - NW88

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether any of the 700 000 hectares of State land, that is currently being made available for farmers, falls under the control of her department, if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how many hectares fall under the control of her department, (b) where is the land situated and (c) who is currently occupying the land?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The 700 000 hectares made available to farmers is under the control of the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD).

a) None of these hectares fall under the control of Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure;

b) The land is situated throughout national and provincial spheres of government;

c) According to DALRRD, the land is vacant.

24 February 2021 - NW199

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) total number of SA Social Security Agency doctors are available to service the residents of (i) Hantam Local Municipality and (ii) Karoo Hoogland Local Municipality and (b) was the doctor-patient ratio to the total number of persons examined in each town in December 2020 for disability grants in Hantam Local Municipality?

Reply:

a) During December 2020, there was a total of 13 doctors to conduct medical assessments for SASSA clients. These doctors were utilised at a ratio of 40 clients per doctor per session. As from January 2021, this number has increased to 28 doctors in the province, and the maximum number of clients each doctor can attend to in a single session has been increased to 80.

(ii)The doctors are not confirmed to a single district municipality, but are allocated to specific areas as and when required.

b) A total of 108 assessments were done in December 2020 in Hantam local municipality as follows:

Calvinia 28

Brandvlei 20

Niewoudville 21

Williston 26

Fraserburg 13

24 February 2021 - NW205

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)With reference to the unsubsidised Charter and Tourism Bus Industry that have not been able to work a day utilising their Tourism & Charter permits since 26 March 2020, whereas many operators have paid their prepaid licence fees for the year March 2020 to March 2021, (a) on what date will the Department of Transport reimburse the license fees, (b) will permit holders be required to pay for the 2021-22 financial year even if they paid for the 2020-21 financial year but had not operated at all and (c) what engagements have her department and the Department of Transport undertaken to discuss and resolve the issue of the reimbursement of the prepaid license fee; (2) whether her department and the Department of Transport have engaged in any discussion and/or meeting to resolve and plan a way forward to assist the Charter and Tourism Bus Industry with the query on their prepaid licensing fees; if not, on what date is it envisaged that the (a) two departments will meet and (b) issue of the license fees be addressed; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

Various role players contribute to tourism. Prepaid licensing fees for the Charter and Tourism Business Industry is not the competency of the Department of Tourism, but the mandate of the Department of Transport. The department engages from time to time with the Department of Transport on various matters. The Honourable member may refer the question to the Minister of Transport.

1. (a) to (c) Not applicable.

2. (a) to (b) Not applicable.

24 February 2021 - NW149

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

What collaborative work is being done by her department and the Department of Justice and Correctional Services to allow for a clearer interpretation and protection for protection orders with regard to rights of children in such cases?

Reply:

The Department of Social Development work very closely with the Department of Justice and Correctional Services and the Judiciary in child protection matters as mandated by the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. The Act mandates the two departments to work together to care, protect and develop children. In order to successfully implement the Act it is important that officials from the two departments, who are key in the implementation of the Act should have a common understanding of the Act. It is against this background that capacity building sessions are held with the officials from the two departments.

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development facilitated refresher training in 2018/19 on the submission of information to the Register of the National Child Protection Register in conjunction with the Registrar of the National Child Protection Register. This training targeted officials from the Department of Social Development in all the provinces.

Furthermore there is a structure that has been established in terms of the Children’s Act which is National Child Care and Protection Forum (NCCPF) where the two departments are key. This structure serves as a platform to engage on child protection issues of which Protection orders with regard to rights of children are one of those discussed to ensure common understanding and correct interpretation thereof.

The two departments established an inter-sectoral steering committee on Foster Care which provide a platform to share information, reflect on lessons learned, implementation challenges and strategies to address these challenges.

24 February 2021 - NW215

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(1)With reference to the performance agreement he concluded with the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on 6 October 2020, on what research, evidence, methods and calculations are the assertions based that (a) one million jobs would be created for the youth by 2024, (b) his department would contribute 256 050 jobs to the one million jobs for the youth and (c) 61 050 jobs would be created at the Unemployment Insurance Fund; (2) what will the cost of employment to the State be for each of the specified job creation targets?

Reply:

1. (a) The 1 million jobs that are projected to be created, is a target that the government aspire to achieve in the Medium Term Strategic Framework for the next five years ending in 2024. The target was informed by the job summit commitments and economic stimulus interventions that are to be initiated by the Presidential Program Management Office to create 800,000 jobs. The Department of Employment and Labour will create an additional 256,050 was based on the previous four year trends in counselling and placement of people in employment, subsidies offered to Non-Governmental Organisations and Supported Employment Enterprises to promote employment of people with disabilities, Unemployment Insurance Fund Labour Activation and Compensation Fund sponsored programs uptake.

(b) and (c) The breakdown in terms of the DEL contribution which include the Unemployment Insurance Fund is as follows:

(i) Public Employment Services: 190 000

(ii) Supported Employment Enterprises and NGOs promoting employment of People with Disabilities: 1000

(iii) Unemployment Insurance Fund Labour Activation Programme: 61050

(v) Compensation Fund: 4000

2. The costs of the above activities will consist of a combination of National Treasury Budget allocation as forecast in the Estimate of National Expenditure to be announced by the Minister of Finance for the Medium Term Expenditure Framework period and allocations that the two funds will set aside for the revenue to be generated. The exact annual amounts to each of these initiatives, will be outlined in Annual Performance Plans that are to be tabled in parliament.

24 February 2021 - NW171

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What is the total number of grant dependent beneficiaries who did not receive any SA Social Security Agency payment in the Northern Cape in January 2021 due to their accounts not being credited, (b) who is the person responsible for the failure to credit the accounts of the grant recipients and (c) on what date will their accounts be credited?

Reply:

a) A total of 1 383 clients in the Northern Cape did not receive their grants in January 2021. These were clients whose grants were approved, but who failed the bank verification process. Every new applicant, or client who changes the method of payment provides SASSA with the bank account details. Once this is captured on the system, the information is subject to a bank verification process, to ensure that the grant is paid into the account which belongs to that client and that the account is open. Where the account fails the verification process, the account cannot be credited. This process is in place to ensure that the grant is paid to the right person.

b) The process is system driven and the failure may be as a result of incorrect information provided; the client providing the details of an account which is in their spouse’s name; the account being closed by the time the credit should be processed or errors made during capturing.

c) The accounts will be credited once the information on the system has been corrected. This is done by the clients being contacted and requested to bring in a copy of their bank statement so that the record can be updated. Once the record is corrected, the payment is extracted, and the account credited, during the next payment cycle. The amount credited will then include the amount from when the grant was approved, or from the date of the last payment, to ensure that the client is not prejudiced.