Questions and Replies

15 July 2019 - NW96

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What are the full relevant details of the steps he is taking, together with the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, to ensure that the commercial cultivation of hemp in the Republic is legalised? NW948

Reply:

The response provided by my predecessor in August 2018, to a question by the Honourable Member, is still relevant.

I will request that updates be obtained from a task team led by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (“DALRRD”) looking at regulation for hemp and that further work be done to explore the commercial cultivation of hemp.

12 July 2019 - NW13

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What is the current total number of (a) foreign nationals and (b) undocumented migrants in South African prisons?

Reply:

a) There is a current total of 13 437 foreign nationals incarcerated in South African Correctional Centres.

b) Currently there is a total of 2 052 undocumented migrants/illegal immigrants incarcerated in South African Correctional Centres.

Foreign nationals, whether documented or undocumented, upon receiving custodial sentence are expected to serve their sentences in correctional centres within the Republic of South Africa (RSA) due to the fact that there is currently no Inter-State Transfer Agreement with other Countries. They are considered for placement after serving the prescribed minimum detention or non-parole period and if placement is approved, undocumented foreign nationals are deported back to their country of origin after Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has finalised deportation process. The documented foreign nationals are allowed to serve parole within the Republic of South Africa if their permits are not revoked by DHA.

12 July 2019 - NW159

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) What is the total number of vacancies in her department and (b) by what date will the specified vacancies be filled.NW 1117E

Reply:

(a) Total number of vacancies: 200

(b) We have

Placed a halt on the filling of current vacancies due to inadequate resources.

11 July 2019 - NW105

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether, with reference to tourism being one of the drivers of the economy, her department has a system in place to encourage transformation in the tourism sector, particularly with regard to providing job opportunities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply:

In line with National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS), the efforts to grow tourism have in the main two interrelated priorities, which are inclusive growth and sector transformation. Inclusive growth will bring about employment creation, investment and GDP contribution. In this regard, in partnership with the industry and other stakeholders we will increase the number of tourists to our country and their expenditure on related goods and services during their trips. Government overall has also highly placed tourism on the priority list and a whole-of-government approach to tourism development and promotion will be applied to maximise on our growth potential. On transformation, there are a number of initiatives aimed at increased participation of black people in sector. These are access to finance, development of capabilities of South Africans in particular youth and women across the tourism value chain, enterprise and supplier development, and implementation of the B-BBEE tourism sector codes of good practice. The department will continue to take advantage of the expanded Public Works Programme to empower youth through development of skills while they also earn a stipend wage through job opportunities.

11 July 2019 - NW18

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What (a) number of court intermediaries are currently employed by his department in each province, (b) court(s) do the intermediaries serve, (c) number of cases do the intermediaries attend to each month and (d) languages are the intermediaries proficient in?

Reply:

a) What number of court intermediaries is currently employed by the department in each province?

In the 2014/15 financial year, the Department created 185 permanent posts of court intermediaries and 9 permanent posts of Assistant Director (ASD) Intermediaries. The periodical recruitment process commenced in the 2015/16 financial year, and by the 2017/18 financial year, the Department had filled 179 of 185 posts of court intermediaries and 5 of 9 posts of ASD Intermediaries. However, due to the declining economy, austerity measures in budget allocations are persistently introduced, and in effect, constraining the Department’s plan to fill the remaining vacant posts. The current demand on social work services in the country has also resulted in the exodus of many intermediaries to better opportunities. As at 31 March 2019, the number of court intermediaries in permanent posts declined from 179 to 153, while the numerical capacity of the ASD intermediaries dropped from 5 to 4.

In bridging intermediary service gaps at our courts, the Department has recently introduced an automated Intermediary Diary Management System to ensure the shared use of the intermediaries within provinces and beyond. Through this system, the existing pool of intermediaries can be accessed by any court in the country, as and when the need arises, to match the special needs of the victim, often relating to language, age, disability, etc.

In strengthening further the existing human capital in intermediary services, the Department also utilises a pool of ad hoc intermediaries- mostly drawn from the NGO sector. This intervention also assists in relieving the pressure of unemployment in the country. In certain provinces, there are social workers employed by the Department of Social Development (DSD) who are released to assist, whenever the demand arises. The Table below gives a numerical spread of these services over all provinces in the country:

Province

DoJ&CD Intermediaries as at 31 Mar 2019

DSD Intermediaries

Total

 

Court Intermediaries

Assistant Director Intermediaries

Ad Hoc Intermediaries

   

Eastern Cape

16

1

-

-

17

Free State

10

-

3

2

15

Gauteng

12

1

27

16

56

KwaZulu-Natal

34

-

1

2

37

Limpopo

17

1

-

-

18

Mpumalanga

14

-

2

-

16

Northern Cape

9

-

-

-

9

North West

18

1

-

2

21

Western Cape

23

-

3

2

28

Total

153

4

36

24

217

b) What courts do the intermediaries serve?

In terms of section 170A of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No 51 of 1977), intermediary services are offered in any criminal proceedings pending before any court where it appears to such court that such proceedings would expose any witness under the biological or mental age of 18 years to undue mental stress or suffering if such witness testifies without support. Among all witnesses appearing in criminal proceedings held at our courts in the country, only children and persons with mental disabilities are entitled to intermediary services. Likewise, section 61(2) of the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No 38 of 2005) also require the use of intermediary services when children testify in proceedings held in terms of this Act.

At present, intermediaries are spread over and shared between regional criminal courts and children’s courts, where the demand for this service is predominantly high. As at 31 March 2019, the country has 405 regional criminal courts of which 89 are the sexual offences courts. The childrens’ courts are operating at 309 magisterial district courts and some at the 332 branch/ periodical courts. Intermediaries also service our high courts, whenever the need arises. Currently, in South Africa there are 11 high court divisions with 5 local seats. As indicated, the service of intermediaries is subject to demand and may therefore not be a daily occurrence at a given court.

c) What number of cases do the intermediaries attend to each month?

The Department uses the Integrated Case Management System (ICMS) for Intermediary Services to collect data from our courts. Currently, this system collects data of intermediary services offered at regional criminal courts and the children’s courts, where the demand for these services is currently highly concentrated. The statistics are collected in terms of people who receive these services and not in accordance to the cases registered at our courts. The plan is to increase the functionality of the ICMS and extend its scope to other cases. During the period of 12 months (i.e. 1 April 2018 to 31 Mar 2019) intermediaries rendered services to 14 907 children and 261 persons with mental disabilities who appeared in sexual offences and children’s courts proceedings held nationwide. The Table below gives the spread of these services over provinces per annum:

CASES WHERE INTERMEDIARY SERVICES WERE RENDERED: 2018/2019

Province

Sexual Offences

Children’s court

 

Child Witnesses

Child Victims

Mentally Disabled Witnesses

Mentally Disabled Victims

Witnesses

Victims

Total

EC

787

1 894

3

105

43

62

2 894

FS

451

890

1

5

54

64

1 465

GP

603

2 114

-

9

16

20

2 762

KZN

392

1 912

2

51

5

16

2 378

LIMP

269

640

6

15

21

23

974

MP

329

1 150

1

13

11

11

1 515

NW

198

585

1

11

61

30

886

NC

216

715

1

16

39

19

1 006

WC

340

915

4

17

4

8

1 288

TOTAL

3 585

10 815

19

242

254

253

15 168

The demand for the intermediary services differs from court to court and from month to month. In each month there are about 1 000 eligible persons who receive these services nationwide. Monthly statistics is only available in services rendered to child victims of sexual offences. Below is the number of child victims of sexual offences who received intermediary services per month in the 2018/ 19 financial year.

d) What languages are the intermediaries proficient in?

Intermediaries are appointed on the basis of proficiency in the language predominantly used at the courts they would be stationed at. With the recent introduction of the automated Intermediary Diary Management System, intermediaries are now booked for cases in accordance with the language needs of the victim/ witness and are shared throughout the country. This system is intended to avoid the unnecessary postponement of cases due to language shortages. Services are offered in all 11 official languages. For persons requiring sign language, ad hoc intermediaries are used. Below is a matrix showing language utilisation in each province:

Province

English

Afrikaans

Setwana

Sesotho

Isizulu

Siswati

Isixhosa

Isindebele

Tshivenda

Sepedi

Xitsonga

EC

216

70

1

27

50

0

257

5

0

0

1

FS

37

25

12

76

11

0

16

0

0

0

1

GP

116

73

72

84

172

6

89

9

17

77

33

KZN

209

9

0

11

275

0

74

0

0

0

1

LIMP

84

4

15

12

17

8

1

7

14

97

24

MPUM

55

10

5

6

63

39

0

23

0

44

11

NC

58

34

94

25

7

0

3

1

1

12

2

NW

55

97

75

0

0

0

22

0

0

1

1

WC

115

147

1

0

2

0

103

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

945

469

275

241

597

53

565

45

32

231

74

10 July 2019 - NW35

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(a) What is the total number of teachers who have been trained in coding in the past academic year, (b) of the specified total number of teachers, what is the number of teachers trained in each province and (c) what level of training was offered in each case?

Reply:

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has not conducted teacher training for coding, however some PEDs and individual schools have conducted training and this information may be obtained from PEDs. DBE has finalised Plans to deliver training of Teachers on coding. 

10 July 2019 - NW61

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

What number of commuters used the services of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa in each (a) province and (b) of the past five financial years?

Reply:

 

 

PRASA Rail

     

Metrorail Passenger Trips (Journeys)

       
 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Western Cape

174 934 932

163 002 997

127 745 294

75 074 682

46 986 046

Kwa Zulu Natal

78 810 656

78 783 593

71 536 136

63 443 383

55 060 960

Gauteng

252 807 231

197 743 040

164 871 194

117 603 876

99 972 237

East London

7 765 109

7 267 814

6 403 992

5 437 730

5 070 622

Port Elizabeth

1 691 877

1 582 061

1 466 963

1 333 550

1 411 218

TOTAL

516 009 805

448 379 505

372 023 579

262 893 221

208 501 083

           
           

Main Line Passenger Services (MLPS)

       

Number of passengers using the service

     
 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

MLPS

930 881

854 164

658 100

465 862

387 504

10 July 2019 - NW106

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether he has any plan of action in place to ensure that security is strengthened at our train stations and on the trains to address disruptions, vandalism and damage to state property that has become a norm and to ensure that commuters not only use an efficient service but also a safe one; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply:

1. Currently PRASA has an approved Security Operational Plan which is based on five critical issues namely:

1.1 Stop non-compliance with the relevant legislative and regulatory requirements with emphasis on the Private Security Industry Regulating Act (PSIRA) and regulations and the Railway Safety Regulator of South Africa Act (RSR) and regulations to turn PRASA Protection Services around into a professional security service;

1.2 Stop the un-procedural selection and appointment of security officials who do not meet the minimum physical, training, fitness and other PSIRA qualification standards and turn the inefficiencies and other challenges caused by this practice around to comply with PRASA Company Policies;

1.3 Stop the scourge of theft and M.D.T.P (Malicious Damage To Property) which paralyses the business and will destroy our capacity and ability to meet our strategic objectives and performance targets determined by the Department of Transport;

1.4 Stop crime affecting our passengers and staff. Turn it around through joint operations with the police and other law enforcement agencies to meet our constitutional obligations, security performance and targets;

1.5 Stop the escalating operational security cost. Turn ineffective and inefficient security services (and the perceptions) around through the implementation of technology and the correct balance between own and contracted security services.

2. From the 1st of September 2019, Prasa will be employing new security companies, with new performance based contractual arrangement. The new agreements will include a heavy emphasis on reducing the vandalism and theft that is bedevilling our infrastructure.

3. A strong technology roll out is underway, in the form of CCTV, and other surveillance equipment. These are aimed to act as force multipliers to assist in areas where physical security cannot reach.

4. The new approved PRASA Group Security Strategy supports a different security outlook that fosters professionalism and a culture of sensitivity towards commuters and passengers alike.

5. This is supported by a new structure that is dedicated to give credence to the prioritization of security at stations.

09 July 2019 - NW10

Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

What support does he and/or his department intend to give in order to restore the dignity of the African people through the integration of traditional medicine in primary health care and the national health system?

Reply:

The Department of Health supports the integration of traditional medicine in primary health care and the national health system as follows:

(1) The Department of Health has taken steps towards the official recognition and inclusion of Traditional Medicine in the National Health System through relevant regulatory frameworks;

(2) The Traditional Health Practitioners Act, 2007 (Act No. 22 of 2007) was enacted as one of the tools to assist the Department in achieving this goal. The objectives of the Act are:

(a) to establish the Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council of South Africa;

(b) to make provision for control of the registration, training and practices of Traditional Health Practitioners in South Africa;

(c) to serve and protect the interests of Practitioners and those of members of the public who use the services of Traditional Health Practitioners.

(3) In implementing the Act, the Department has appointed the Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council of South Africa. It was established to oversee the registration and regulation of the practice of Traditional Medicine by setting practice standards. This will assist in eliminating bogus practitioners and charlatans in the practice. The Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council has to ensure safety, efficacy and quality of services provided by Traditional Health Practitioners through the enforcement of the code of ethics and conduct.

(4) The Department has appointed the Registrar of the Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council of South Africa who assumed duty on 1 September 2017. The Registrar is the secretary and accounting officer of the Council and performs the functions assigned to him by the Interim Council in terms of the Act. Amongst his responsibilities is to set up institutional arrangements such as structures and systems for the registration of Traditional Health Practitioners. Registration of Traditional Health Practitioners will commence as soon as this office is capacitated and it is functional to carry out its mandate.

(5) Processes are underway to finalise the draft policy on Traditional Medicine in South Africa. The policy on Traditional Medicine will serve as a guide to avoid a clash between the traditional medicine system and western medicine. Within the context of primary health care, they should blend in a beneficial harmony, using the best features of each system, and compensating for weaknesses in each.

END.

09 July 2019 - NW50

Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What number of citizens have not received ARVs in the past three months as a result of the second-line ARV shortage and (b) are there any further expected shortages?

Reply:

(a) There is a shortage of the abacavir/lamivudine and zidovudine/lamivudine combination used in second line. The shortage meant that there was lesser stock than is ordinarily available but we do not have stock. There are 360 000 patients on both combinations that are in short supply. There is currently 558 382 (AL = 177 741 + ZL = 380 641) units of the second line regimen available as at 28 June 2019.

Additionally the contracted supplier is bringing 650 000 units in July 2019. The National Department of Health has implemented stock visibility system where we have sight of the medicine stock holding at facility level. We have managed this situation by asking facilities to reduce the quality dispensed. Some patients receive two/three months supply at a time and we have advice that patients are dispensed only 1 month treatment. Secondly, we have moved stock around between facilities with higher stock levels to facilities with less stock. Thirdly, we have proposed an alternative treatment regimen should the current second line regimen not be available;

(b) The global supply of lamivudine API remains erratic however, the new ARV tender commenced on the 1st July 2019 where we have contracted additional suppliers, which we anticipate will fill the gap.

END.

09 July 2019 - NW37

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

What is the total number of drug-related deaths that have been recorded (a) in each province and (b) in each of the past five financial years?

Reply:

(a)-(b) The table below reflects the total number of drug-related deaths in South Africa. This data has been extracted by the South African Medical Research Council from unit records of deaths provided by Statistics South Africa which is available up to 2016.

Number of registered deaths with underlying causes that is drug-related by province, 2012-2016

PROVINCE

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

TOTAL

Eastern Cape

25

24

56

38

34

177

Free State

26

21

23

14

26

110

Gauteng

42

46

56

82

88

314

KwaZulu-Natal

38

52

53

42

65

250

Limpopo

5

12

13

13

17

60

Mpumalanga

5

16

14

13

23

71

North West

13

23

13

12

15

76

Northern Cape

16

25

24

19

19

103

Western Cape

27

39

22

42

24

154

TOTAL

197

258

274

275

311

1315

END.

09 July 2019 - NW2

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether he is aware of a proposed 2 dose Glaxo Smith Klein (GSK) ChAd155-RSV Vaccine Trial, to be conducted in the Republic (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) why is the Government exposing infants to (a) untested and (b) potentially fatal drugs for profit and ongoing science experimentation contrary to the protection contained in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996?

Reply:

(1) Yes. I am aware that the MRC Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit (based at the University of the Witwatersrand) is taking part in a multi-centre, multi-country study that aims to provide critical information on the safety, reactogenicity and immunogenicity profile of the ChAd155-Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) vaccine in infants likely to be unexposed to RSV. Sites in European, South American and North American countries are also participating.

Although RSV infection is a leading cause of death in young children, interventions to protect children against RSV infection and to treat children who acquire RSV infection are not available. For this reason, the World Health Organisation ranked a vaccine against RSV as the most important vaccine that needs to be developed in order to protect children in low- and middle-income countries from preventable mortality.

(2) (a) The vaccine should not be regarded as untested. The immunogenicity, safety and reactogenicity of the ChAd155-RSV vaccine in healthy adults has been evaluated and determined to be satisfactory by an Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC). A clinical study is currently being conducted in RSV-sero positive infants aged 12 to 23 months (study 204838 [RSV PED-002]) in Europe. The proposed study will only proceed if the safety profile of the current study is evaluated as being satisfactory by an IDMC. The study will be monitored by an IDMC at each step for safety, and any reports communicated to the regulatory authorities in real-time.

(b) There is no merit in the concern that children are being exposed to a dangerous vaccine, since this is a non-replicating vaccine and the vaccine itself cannot biologically cause any illness. As noted above, the trial will be conducted in line with clinical trial guidelines and will be strictly monitored to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

END.

09 July 2019 - NW52

Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to each type of antiretroviral drug, for how long is it envisaged that the Government’s stockpile will last?

Reply:

The Department of Health currently stockpiles the first line treatment regimen (Tenofovir/metrictabine/efavirenze) which 90% of patients are prescribed on. There is adequate supplies of the first line treatment , 10 million units currently with no shortage of API at this time. The stockpile will last for eight (8) weeks.

END.

09 July 2019 - NW36

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

What is the recorded total number of (a) alcohol-related deaths and (b) children who have been born with foetal alcohol syndrome in (i) each province and (ii) each of the past five financial years?

Reply:

(a)(i)-(ii) Table 1 below provide information on the numbers of alcohol related deaths in South Africa was obtained from the South African Medical Research Council, that was extracted from unit records of deaths provided by Statistics South Africa which are available up to 2016.

Table 1:

Number of registered deaths with underlying causes that is alcohol related by province, 2012-2016

PROVINCE

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

TOTAL

Eastern Cape

47

87

110

116

107

467

Free State

19

26

39

30

33

147

Gauteng

40

53

45

48

57

243

KwaZulu-Natal

65

76

73

83

75

372

Limpopo

20

15

18

23

20

96

Mpumalanga

18

12

16

22

11

79

North West

22

18

16

26

22

104

Northern Cape

21

33

36

30

29

149

Western Cape

118

120

129

123

139

629

TOTAL

370

440

482

501

493

2286

(b)(i)-(ii) Currently, data is available on the prevalence of foetal alcohol syndrome among grade-1 learners which is collected through surveys that were conducted in selected communities. Table 2 below provides a summary of the prevalence data that is available and was provided by the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research[1]

Table 2:

Summary of the prevalence of foetal alcohol syndrome among grade-1 learners

PROVINCE

COMMUNITY

PREVELANCE RATE AS A PERCENTAGE

REFERENCE

Eastern Cape

Bethelsdorp,

Port Elizabeth

13,0

Olivier, et al., 2017a

 

Burgersdorp

6,2

Still to be published

Free State

Jacobsdal

12,9

Still to be published

Gauteng

Soweto,

Diepsloot,

Lenasia

2,6

Viljoen, 2001

Northern Cape

De Aar

11,9

Urban et al., 2008

 

Upington

7,4

Chersich et al., 2012b

 

Kimberley

6,4

Urban et al., 2015

 

Renosterberg Municipality

28,2

Olivier et al., 2017b

 

Hanover

20,8

Still to be published

Western Cape

Wellington

8,9

Viljoen, Gossage, Brooke, Adnams, Jones, Robinson ... & May, 2005

 

Aurora

10,0

Olivier et al., 2013

 

Witzenberg Sub-district

9,6

Olivier et al., 2016

 

Saldanha Bay Municipality

6,7

Olivier et al., 2016

 

Wellington,

Montague,

Ashton,

Robertson

13,5 - 20,8

May et al., 2016

END.

  1. Probst, C, Parry C, Wittchen H, Rehm J. The socioeconomic profile of alcohol-attributable mortality in South Africa: a modelling study. BMC Medicine. 2018; 16:97

09 July 2019 - NW51

Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

What is the (a) name and (b) location of each (i) clinic and (ii) hospital that does not have 24/7 security?

Reply:

(a) The Name and Location

i) There are 429 Primary Health Care facilities that do not have 24 hours’ security in place.

ii) There is no hospital that does not have 24/7 security

A list with names and location of each facility is attached as Annexure A

PROVINCE

NUMBER OF FACILITIES

Eastern Cape

112

Free State

129

Gauteng

6

KwaZulu-Natal

22

Limpopo

15

Mpumalanga

15

Northern Cape

75

North West

34

Western Cape

21

END.

08 July 2019 - NW12

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

(a) What is the current total number of documented asylum seekers in the Republic and (b) from which countries are they?

Reply:

a) The total number of active asylum seekers (section 22 permit valid) as at 31 December 2018 is 184 976.

(b) They are from the following countries:

Countries

Total

Ethiopia

50135

DRC

34754

Bangladesh

27243

Zimbabwe

14861

Pakistan

9383

Congo

8626

Nigeria

6781

Burundi

6425

Uganda

4461

India

4267

Somalia

4152

Malawi

2175

Ghana

2032

Cameroon

1767

Kenya

1081

Rwanda

1015

Eritrea

978

Senegal

899

Niger

818

Mozambique

648

Tanzania

605

Zambia

264

Egypt

227

Ivory Coast

183

Algeria

167

China

126

Mali

120

Nepal

88

Liberia

70

Sudan

57

Benin

55

Lesotho

53

Guinea

52

Burkina Faso

44

Thailand

31

Togo

30

Syria

25

Comoros

23

Swaziland

17

Gabon

16

Afghanistan

16

Sierra Leone

15

Yemen

14

Bahamas

14

Sri Lanka

13

Palestine

12

Gambia

11

Guinea Bissau

10

Morocco

9

East Timor

8

Estonia

8

Angola

7

Iraq

6

Chad

6

Central African Republic

6

Jordan

6

Bahrain

5

Turkey

5

Ukraine

4

Botswana

3

Hungary

3

Mauritania

3

Other

3

Libya

3

Denmark

2

Jamaica

2

Madagascar

2

Malaysia

2

Venezuela

2

Mauritius

2

Iran

2

Solomon Islands

2

Paraguay

1

New Zealand

1

Namibia

1

Suriname

1

Azerbaijan

1

Colombia

1

Wallis and Futuna

1

Kyrgyzstan

1

Uruguay

1

Myanmar (Burma)

1

Bosnia

1

Ireland

1

Haiti

1

Russia

1

Barbados

1

Lebanon

1

Grand Total

184976

END

08 July 2019 - NW72

Pambo, Mr V to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of requests for asylum have been processed by his department in each of the past 10 financial years, (b) from which countries were the individuals whose asylum requests were granted and (c) what number of such requests is still outstanding?

Reply:

a) The total number of cases processed per year for the past 10 years (First instance adjudication):

Year

Total

2009

157 204

2010

77 071

2011

43 953

2012

63 228

2013

68 241

2014

75 733

2015

60 640

2016

41 241

2017

27 980

2018

18 104

b) The cases granted for the past 10 years per country according to the Departmental system is as below:

Country

Total

Somalia

36512

DRC

25953

Ethiopia

18022

Congo

4859

Zimbabwe

3432

Burundi

2774

Angola

2365

Eritrea

2096

Rwanda

1416

Bangladesh

563

Uganda

443

Cameroon

368

Kenya

143

Sudan

134

Zambia

69

Liberia

51

Syria

47

Palestine

41

Ivory Coast

37

Tanzania

32

Pakistan

28

Sierra Leone

19

Sri Lanka

15

Iraq

15

Russia

13

Togo

12

Nigeria

11

Ghana

11

Solomon Islands

10

Malawi

9

Swaziland

7

Central African Republic

7

Ukraine

7

Turkey

6

Egypt

6

Mali

6

India

6

Afghanistan

5

Other

5

Morocco

4

Estonia

4

Namibia

4

Yemen

3

Mozambique

3

Bulgaria

3

Myanmar (Burma)

3

Lebanon

3

Niger

3

Iran

3

Seychelles

3

China

2

Macau

2

Bahamas

2

Jordan

2

Gabon

2

Saint Kitts and Nevis

2

Comoros

2

Benin

2

Lesotho

2

Kyrgyzstan

1

Guinea Bissau

1

East Timor

1

Poland

1

Colombia

1

Brazil

1

Senegal

1

Chad

1

Oman

1

Algeria

1

Djibouti

1

Sweden

1

Cambodia

1

Libya

1

Principality of Andorra

1

Grand Total

99624

(c) As at 31 December 2018 there were 3 534 cases still to be processed by the Refugee Status Determination Officers.

END

08 July 2019 - NW121

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What are the basic requirements for asylum seekers to obtain a waiver certificate; (2) whether any personnel and/or agency is appointed to guide asylum seekers who want to legalise their stay in the Republic; if not, whether he will consider appointing such personnel and/or agency; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he can provide a detailed list of (a) the number of asylum centres and its addresses and contact details that currently exist in the Republic, (b) any and/or reasonable shelters that were erected and/or provided for asylum seekers by her department, (c) the number of asylum seekers and/or residency permit holders who have received full birth certificates and (d) asylum applications being rejected due to fraudulent documents; (4) whether any security personnel is provided at asylum centres; if so, (a) where and (b) what are the relevant details; (5) whether any difficulty in obtaining a full birth certificate for any asylum seeker has been eradicated; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The departmental legislation does not make provision for ‘waiver certificate’ as stated above. Rather, the department will issue an asylum transit visas to new asylum applicants that declare their intention to apply for asylum on arrival at designated ports of entry. The basic requirement is that a person must declare the intention to apply for asylum.

2. The department has personnel appointed at the Refugee Reception Centres for the above asked function in terms of section 8(2) that reads with section 21(1), (2) and (5) of the Refugee Act.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugee is the UN agency operating in South Africa with offices and implementing partners across the country that is also assisting new and existing asylum applicants through the asylum process. The agency is fully equipped and mandated to provide support to both clients and the department.

(3)(a) The department has five Refugee Reception Centres.

Addresses and contact details that currently exist in the Republic are as follows:

OFFICE

LOCATION

CENTRE MANAGER

CONTACT DETAILS

Cape Town Refugee Reception Office

5th Floor, Custom House, Corner Heerengracht & Table Boulevard Streets, Cape Town

Akos Essel

Phone: 021 421 9173 / 9200

Mobile:

Email: Akos.Essel@dha.gov.za

Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Office

Corner Eskia Mphahlele & Struben Streets, Pretoria

Bangwalang Chiloane

Phone: 012 395 4174 / 4000 

Email: Bangwalang.Chiloane@dha.gov.za

Durban Refugee Reception Office

137 Che Guevara Street, Durban

Naleen Balgobind

Phone: 031 362 1201

Mobile:

Email: Naleen.Balgobind@dha.gov.za

Musina Refugee Reception Office

8 Harold Grenfel Street, Musina

Jimmy Malemela

Phone: 015 534 5300
Mobile: 083 852 0104

Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office

10A Gidbaud Road, Sydenham, Lakeside

Sabelo Ngxitho

Phone: 041 404 8361/ 3

Mobile:

Email Sabelo.Ngxitho@dha.gov.za

(3)(b) The department does not provide shelter to asylum seekers and refugees.

 

(3)(c) Asylum seekers and refugees are not issued with full birth certificates, rather a recognition of birth that must be taken to the centre for a full asylum permit.

(3)(d) This category of decision/rejection does not exist in the Refugee Act.

(4)(a) All Centres have security personnel.

(4)(b) Centres have private security in uniform 24 hours, whilst the Department’s security personnel are present during the day.

(5) There are no difficulties in registering children of asylum seekers born in South Africa. Asylum seekers are issued with recognition of birth document. It is the responsibility of the parents to take such document and submit them to the Refugee Reception Centre with immediate effect to allow their children proper registration and issuance of the asylum permit.

 

END

08 July 2019 - NW6

Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether her department has put in place any processes to ensure transparency and measure the competence of service providers for departmental tenders; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how effective has she found the specified processes to be in ensuring that (a) those persons who have connections will no longer benefit and (b) new markets will open up for the youth in particular?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works & Infrastructure:

Yes, the Department’s Annual Procurement Plan, which contains a list of all planned tenders for any one particular financial year is published on the National Treasury website on a quarterly basis, as a process of ensuring transparency. This gives service providers a preview of the available/possible tenders that will be published and processed in that particular period and avails to suppliers a mechanism to plan for business opportunities within Public Works.

Transparency within the procurement process is enhanced further through the publication of all tender adverts indicating high level evaluation criteria/methods in four media platforms, namely, the Departmental website; Government Tender Bulletin; National Treasury eTender Portal; and in the case of construction projects in the CIDB iTender Portal as well. Furthermore, as a transparency measure the responses from all bidders for any one particular tender are published in the Departmental website indicating also the offers of the respective bidders. All tender awards are also published through various media platforms, wherein the tenders were also advertised.

The processes to measure the competence of service providers are entrenched in the evaluation criteria that assess functionality/quality levels of all the tender responses received. Further to this a recommended tender within the construction procurement space is subjected to a risk assessment by professional service providers appointed on the respective project. The risk assessment is based on criteria that include technical risk and commercial risk. The technical risk assessment is further sub-divided into two criteria, namely: an assessment on the quality of current and previous work performed by the tenderer in the class of construction work stated in tender document, as well as adherence to contractual commitments demonstrated by the tenderer in the performance on current work and previous work.

a) In an effort to root out fraud and corruption, to support the prevention of collusive practices and SCM abuse, detect possible conflict of interest through ‘connections’ in the SCM system, as well as ensuring compliance to all relevant prescripts and policies a number of controls have been put in place and these include:

All SCM practitioners/officials involved in the SCM processes are required to annually sign a Code of Conduct for all Departmental Officials Engaged in Supply Chain Management (PA00), which specifically enjoins the relevant officials to declare in writing to the Head of Supply Chain Management Unit, to the extent required by their respective positions, any business, commercial or financial interest or any activity undertaken for financial, material and/or personal gain.

In respect of every tender/bid specification/evaluation process that an official or SCM practitioner participates in there is a requirement for the disclosure of their respective financial interest by signing a Declaration of Interest and Confidentiality form (PA18) every time there is either a specification or evaluation meeting in relation to that particular tender.

Further to this and as part of disclosures in the quarterly financial statements all SCM practitioners are required to complete Related Party Declarations in which the official is required to disclose in detail the participation of spouses and close family members in partnerships, close corporations and/or companies.

  • Any official failing to adhere to this requirement by declaring his/her interest is subjected to the relevant disciplinary code. Where an official declares interest, that official is required to recuse him/herself from the relevant process.
  • All bidders that participate and respond to bids are required to complete a Declaration of Interest and Bidder’s Past SCM Practices (PA11) that stipulates that the bidder or his/her authorised representative declare his/her position in relation to the evaluating/adjudicating authority and/or take an oath declaring his/her interest, where:
  • The bidder is employed by the State; and/or
  • The legal person on whose behalf the bidding document is signed, has a relationship with persons/a person who are/is involved in the evaluation and or adjudication of the bid(s), or where it is known that such a relationship exists between the person or persons for or on whose behalf the declarant acts and persons who are involved with the evaluation and or adjudication of the bid.

b) Through the implementation of the Preferential Procurement Regulations (PPR) of 2017 new markets and opportunities have been opened for designated groups, with the youth also being provided for in that regard.

c) I am currently busy reviewing the tender procedures that are used in the Department and will in due course introduce measures, including a Procurement Transparency initiative that will, among other features, open up tender processes by way of tender registration and making bid adjudication processes open to public observation.

08 July 2019 - NW17

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) With reference to the reply of the Minister of Police to question 3737 on 15 January 2019, (a) what are the (i) dates, (ii) details of contractors and (iii) costs of the latest renovations done at the Van Reenen Police Station in KwaZulu-Natal and (b) what number of days has it been since the renovations were last done at the specified police station; (2) has the police station been without water; if so, what are the details of why the police station did not have water; (3) (a) what are the reasons for (i) there being no permanent supply of clean water to the police station and (ii) the lack of permanent water supply not being resolved and (b) what arrangements have been made to provide a permanent supply of clean water to the police station?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works & Infrastructure:

(a) (i) The completion date for the Van Reenen Police Station in KwaZulu-Natal was 07 November 2016.

(ii) The name of the contractor who finished the project was Emcakwini Construction & Fencing CC.

(iii) The cost of the renovation was R8 750 523.65.

(b) The number of days since the last renovation is 2 years, 7 months and 17 days (as at 24 June 2019).

2. The police station has had very limited water supply due to the following reasons:

(a) from an altitude perspective, the police station is built in a mountainous area and during the low rainfall season (i.e. winter months) the yield (water supply) of the boreholes drops considerably, as a result of the low water table;

(b) the existing water supply installation consists of 3 boreholes; 2 boreholes are approximately 50 metres outside the fence on the south eastern side of the police station, and a third is in the brick building between the houses in the precinct. All three boreholes were equipped with submersible pumps. The boreholes pump into a 24 000 litre steel tank, which is housed on an elevated (concrete) tank stand, which then supplies the police station with water.

3. (a) (i) There are various reasons that contribute to the police station not having permanent supply of clean water, due to the following circumstances:

  • The police station is situated remotely, across the N3 and in a mountainous area that does not have bulk municipal water supply.
  • The non-availability of bulk municipal water supply with sufficient pressure is the reason why the police station is fed through 3 boreholes.
  • The 3 boreholes, which are placed at 3 different strategic areas are not effective due to the low water table. The continuous recurrence indicates that there is not enough water yield due to the low water table in the mountain (especially in winter and low rainfall season).

(ii) The lack of permanent water supply is currently not resolved as the local municipality does not have a water bulk supply network with adequate pressure feeding the police station. The existing municipal bulk water supply pipeline runs on the opposite side of the N3 whereas the police station is situated across the N3 without access to the municipal supply; hence the use of boreholes.

(b) In order to provide a permanent supply of clean water supply to the police station, an inter-governmental agreement shall be put into place. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has commenced with an investigation into the permanent supply of clean water supply to the police station by entering into talks with SANRAL and the UThukela District Municipality, with a view to securing an agreement on the modalities to supply water from the municipal bulk water, through a new proposed pipeline that crosses the N3 servitude to feed the police station. At this stage it is anticipated that an inter-governmental agreement will be in place within a period of six months. The process is at an early stage and after the inter-governmental agreement has been reached a feasibility study will be necessary to define the scope, costs and implementation timelines prior to registration of a project for design and implementation.

08 July 2019 - NW14

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

(a) How does he intend to address the undocumented, migrant crisis and (b) what number of undocumented, illegal migrants have been repatriated (i) in the past year and (ii) to which countries?

Reply:

a) The department has an inspectorate unit which combats all forms of illegal migration. Improved biometric capability and more effective co-operation with other law enforcement agencies are amongst some of the efforts being improved on to combat illegal migration and department is also finalising the Border Management Authority Bill which will seek to strengthen efforts in preventing undocumented migrants from entering South Africa.

b) Attached is the list of undocumented migrants that have been deported and the countries they have been repatriated to.

END

08 July 2019 - NW95

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether his department has made any progress to reduce the public wage bill; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes. During and post the 2018 Wage negotiations, economic realities and financial pressures were discussed with organised labour. The purpose was to jointly look at tangible measures going forward, to remain within the budgetary ceiling without negatively impacting on job security, as well as ensuring continuous efficient and effective functionality of departments within the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and beyond.

Numerous Human Resources (HR) related areas to reduce the Public Service wage bill have been jointly identified between the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) and the National Treasury (NT) as follows:

(i) Organisational structures interim measures

Regulation 25(2) of the Public Service Regulations (PSR), 2016 confers the authority to executive authorities to determine their department’s organisational structures, define and create posts necessary to perform the relevant functions of the department, grade the proposed new jobs and to engage in human resources planning.

Organisational structure of each government departments will be finalised when the National Macro Organisation of Government (NMOG) Project has been concluded by the 6th Administration.

(ii) Creation and filling of posts

Due to the current financial constraints, executive authorities of the 5th Administration were encouraged to align their organisational structures with their respective personnel budgets, and to create posts within the available funds in the current MTEF. Furthermore, executive authorities were encouraged to only fill critical posts in terms of section 9 of the Public Service Act (PSA), 1994.

Where the creation of a post is based on the redirection of funding from an abolished post to another post, the redundant post must first be abolished before the creation of the newly funded post.

(iii) Employment of persons additional to the approved fixed establishment

Regulation 57(2) of the PSR, 2016 states that “an executive authority may, unless otherwise authorised by the Act, within the available budget and at a salary linked to a grade determined through job evaluation or as determined in an OSD, employ persons additional to the establishment”.

The employment of persons additional to the establishment shall not exceed 12 consecutive calendar months unless otherwise directed by the MPSA. Requests made for the extension or continuation of the employment for periods longer than 12 months, must be assessed against the original reasons for the employment of persons additional to the fixed establishment to reduce such expenditure if no longer necessary.

(iv) Posts in the Offices of Executive Authorities

Chapter 3 of the guide to Members of the Executive and regulation 66 of the Public Service Regulation (PSR), read in conjunction with section 9 of the Public Service Act (PSA) 1994, stipulates the standard configuration of Offices of executive authorities and the capacity requirements for such offices.

The DPSA has issued a circular informing government departments that appointment made to private office of Executive Authority or Deputy Minister in terms of Regulation 66 of the PSR should be linked to their term of office of the relevant Executive Authority or Deputy Minister.

(v) Granting of Early Retirement without penalty for employees between 55 and 60 years

Section 16(6) of the Public Service Act, 1994 as amended states that “an executive authority may at the request of an employee allow him or her to retire from the public service before reaching the age of 60, notwithstanding the absence of any reason for dismissal in terms of section 17(2) if sufficient reasons exist for the retirement”.

Granting of Early Retirement without penalty for employees is in response to a need identified by employees who wish to exist the public service before the official retirement age of 60 years.

The provision for applications for early retirement, where National Treasury provides funding support to departments, is limited to the period 01 April 2019 to 30 September 2019. An assessment will therefore be conducted to determine whether a further need for financial support for early Retirement is required by departments.

The DPSA and NT have between April and June 2019 concluded National, Provincial and Sectoral workshops with the relevant human resource officials to support implementation. In addition the requisite governance, financial and administrative tools, documentation and reporting templates have been issued to departments.

(vi) Decremental Budgets allocated for payment of Performance Bonus

Regulation 73(3) of the Public Service Regulations, 2016 states that “the Minister shall from time to time determine a percentage of a department’s remuneration budget that shall not be exceeded for the purpose of granting performance rewards. This regulation is supported by regulation 73(4) which states that “the Minister shall from time to time determine the maximum percentage reward to be granted to an employee or category of employees”.

A strategy to decrease the percentage of a department’s allocated remuneration budget for the payment of performance rewards has been developed together with the National Treasury.

The approved Incentive Policy Framework (2017), provides that departments may not utilise more than 1.5% of their annual remuneration budget for the payment of performance rewards. The strategy decreases the budget allocation as follows:

Financial Year

Maximum % of Remuneration Budget

2018/19

1.5%

2019/20

0.75%

2020/21

0.5%

2021/22

0%

Post 2022

To be determined based on the comprehensive review of all PMDSs for all categories of employees

The above initiatives are envisaged to support government’s approach to manage the wage bill. The DPSA and NT monitor the public service wage expenditure to identify new and further areas for potential savings.

05 July 2019 - NW186

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What was the (a) approved and (b) actual spend for the maintenance budget of each region within the City of Ekurhuleni for the electrical network (i) in the (aa) 2016-17, (bb) 2017-18 and (ii) for the 2018-19 financial years and (b) detailed spending including on orders placed, signed delivery notes and/or completion of work certificates and proof of payment; (2) whether any of the specified regional maintenance budgets were reduced for any of the regions over any of the three specified financial years; if so, (a) which regions were affected, (b) in which financial years and (c) what were the budgets reduced to?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW99

Senye, Ms L to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Has her department considered implementing a multi-department plan in order to introduce social workers into the school system in light of the alarming reports of violence and mental health issues suffered by both pupils and teachers in school as well as the high unemployment rate of social workers?

Reply:

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) works together with education stakeholders, social partners and the Departments of Social Development, Health and the South African Police Service to address the causes as well as the effects of violence prevalent in schools, as in society. In the implementation of the Integrated School Health Policy by the Departments of Basic Education, Health and Social Development, mental health screening is included in the school health service package. In addition, the Department has developed the draft DBE National Guidelines for Resourcing an Inclusive Education System, wherein social workers are included in the multi-disciplinary team at various levels of the education system.

In implementation, Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) establish partnerships with the Provincial Departments of Social Development (DSD) as well as universities and partners to provide social work services to schools. In addition, PEDs engage and place unemployed social workers as Learner Support Agents.

05 July 2019 - NW107

Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she can provide a detailed progress report regarding the back-dated payment of salaries to izinduna; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW185

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What (i) preventative maintenance and (ii) routine maintenance is being conducted on electrical substations within the boundaries of the City of Ekurhuleni by the City and Eskom, (b) when last was each substation maintained by the City, (c) what is the frequency of the City’s maintenance actions and (d) what records or proof of such actions are being kept by the City?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW74

Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What are the (a) names and (b) location of each school that has not received their textbook allocation for the 2019 school year?

Reply:

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is responsible for the development of the National Catalogues of Textbooks. Provincial Departments of Education (PEDs) are responsible for the budget allocation for the procurement of textbooks for schools. The information on the schools must be sourced from the respective Provincial Departments of Education.

05 July 2019 - NW187

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) What number of tenders were awarded by the City of Ekurhuleni for the supply of switchgear in the past three financial years, (b) who were the winning bidders in each case and (c) what was the value and length of the tender awarded in each case; (2) whether any of the above-mentioned tenders were reduced with regard to the length of the tender; if so, what (a) were the reasons in each case and (b) are the names of any company that benefited from these reductions? NW1145E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW194

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the details of the initiatives undertaken by the National Khoi and San Council in each province since its establishment to address its aims of (a) joining fellow African leaders and communities in the recognised legislative framework regulating traditional leadership in the Republic, (b) ensuring the recognition of the Khoi and San’s traditional knowledge to certain indigenous biological resources, (c) advocating for the (i) developmental and (ii) human rights concerns of the Khoi and San communities, (d) ensuring that the Khoisan languages become official languages and (e) addressing the historical issues relating to land of the Khoisan;\ (2) what has the Council found to be the five top issues or concerns raised by the Khoisan communities in each province?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW130

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

(1)With regard to the firearm audit of the City of Ekurhuleni (details furnished) where 357 firearms are unaccounted for, (a) what are the names of the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officers to whom each of the 357 unaccounted firearms were last assigned to, (b) what action has been taken against each specified EMPD officer and (c) how many of the specified firearms have been used in crimes; (2) what action has her department taken against the head of the armoury for the 357 cases of unaccounted firearms?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW129

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

(1)With regard to the firearm audit of the City of Ekurhuleni (details furnished), (a) how often is the City of Ekurhuleni supposed to conduct an audit of its armoury and make it public and (b) who conducted the current audit; (2) what (a)(i) are the (aa) names and (ii) is the (bb) rank of each Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officer who did not report for the audit and (b) action has been taken against each specified EMPD officer; (3) with regard to each identified problem in the audit, (a) who has been held accountable in each case and (b) what action has been taken against each specified person in each case; (4) what steps has her department taken to implement each recommendation?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW70

Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) number of schools in the country are without remedial teachers and (b) is the (i) name and (ii) location of each specified school?

Reply:

Currently, the system appoints Learning Support Educators (LSEs). LSEs are appointed at district level, not at school level. This is because the resourcing model in this respect locates support at district level to ensure support provisioning for all schools rather than a few schools.

05 July 2019 - NW41

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Mulaudzi, Adv TE to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What is the total number of Judges who have (a) left and (b) entered the judicial system in the past five years with reference to each court they serve in or served in?

Reply:

The responses are presented on the below table:

Court

Number of Judges  who have left the Judicial system

Number of Judges who have entered the Judicial system

Constitutional Court

 

4

-

-

-

Supreme Court of Appeal

 

8

-

2

-

Northern Cape Division (Kimberley)

2

-

-

1

Eastern Cape Division  (Grahamstown)

1

-

1

2

Eastern Cape Local Division (Port Elizabeth)

2

-

-

1

Eastern Cape Local Division

(Bisho)

-

-

1

1

Eastern Cape Local Division

(Mthatha)

2

-

-

2

Western Cape Division

(Cape Town)

6

-

-

8

North West Division (Mahikeng)

 

1

1

-

1

Free State Division

(Bloemfontein)

3

-

1

9

Gauteng Division (Pretoria)

7

1

2

12

Gauteng Local Division

(Thohoyandou)

10

-

1

11

Limpopo Local Division

-

-

-

-

 

Limpopo Division

(Polokwane)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

4

 

Mpumalanga Division

(Nelspruit)

 

-

-

-

-

KwaZulu-Natal Division

(Pietermaritzburg)

2

-

-

4

KwaZulu- Natal Local Division

(Durban)

-

-

1

6

Labour Court

-

-

1

6

Total

48

2

10

65

 

a) The total number of Judges who have left the Judicial system in the last five years is 60.

b) The total number of Judges who entered the Judicial system in the last five years is 65.

05 July 2019 - NW58

Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the “Mr BS Madlingozi (EFF): to ask minister of Sports, Arts and Culture”

(a). What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties and (iii) facilities does his department currently (aa) own and (bb) rent, (b) what is the value and purpose of each (i) owned and (ii) rented property and (c)(i) for how long has each property been rented, (ii) from whom is each property rented and (iii) what is the monthly rental fee for each property? NW1015E

Reply:

(a)(i)(ii)(iii)(aa). My Department owns 102 buildings.

a) (i) (bb) My Department has rents four buildings

b) (i) The value and purpose of the rented buildings are as follows:

Building name

Value of rented building

Purpose of rented building

Sechaba House/Van Wijk Louw

R295 million

Office Accommodation

Old Karfo film Archives

Unknown (DPW)

Office Accommodation

Old Library State Building

Unknown (DPW)

Office Accommodation

National Archives

Unknown (DPW)

Office Accommodation

Regents Place

Unknown (DPW)

Office accommodation for Sports and Recreation

Value of the above State owned buildings is still to be determined by Department of Public Works.

The purpose of each state owned building is outlined below:

NO

STATE OWNED

PURPOSE OF THE BUILDING

 

Nelson Mandela Museum(3)

 

1

Bhunga Building

Museum

2

Qunu Youth and Heritage Centre

Museum and accommodation

 3

Mvezo Museum

Museum and accommodation

 

National English Literary Museum (3)

 

 4

New English Literary Museum

Museum

 5

Eastern Star Museum

Museum

 6

Schreiner House

Museum

 

South African Library for the Blind (3)

 

 7

1 Hemming Street

Library

 8

Vacant Erf 3659 - Hemming street

plot

 9

112 hemming street

Library

 

National Museum Bloemfontein (5)

 

 10

First (Eerste) Raadsaal

Museum

 11

Florisbad Research Station

Archeological site and

Storage

 12

Freshford House Museum

Museum

 13

National Museum

Museum

 14

Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Museum

 

Performing Art Centre of the Free State (1)

 

 15

Performing Art Centre of the Free State

Theatre

 

War Museum of the Boer Republic (1)

 

 16

War Museum

Museum

 

Market Theatre Foundation (1)

 

 17

Market Square

Offices and Theatre Lab

 

NARSSA (4)

 

 18

National Archives (Head Office)

Archives

 19

National Archives NFVSA

Archives

 20

National Archives and Bureau of Heraldry 

Archives

 21

National Archives Old Library Building

Archives

 

Drakenstein Correctional Centre House (1)

 

 22

Madiba House

Heritage site

 

Ditsong Museums of South Africa (11)

 

 23

Ditsong Kruger Museum

Museum

 24

Ditsong National Museum of Cultural

History (African Window)

Museum

 25

Ditsong Piernee Museum 

Museum

 26

Ditsong Pioneer Museum 

Museum

 27

Ditsong National Museum of Military

History

Museum

 28

Ditsong Sammy Marks Museum

Museum

 29

Ditsong National Museum of Natural

History

Museum

 30

Ditsong Tswaing Meterorite Site

Museum

 31

Ditsong Willem Prinsloo Agricultural

Museum

Museum

 32

Ditsong Ga Mohle Museum

Museum

 33

Ditsong Coert Steynberg Museum

Museum

 

National Library of South Africa(3)

 

 34

National Library of South Africa (Pretoria)

Library

 35

Centre for the Book

Library

 36

National Library of South Africa

(Cape Town)

Library

 

State Theatre (1)

 

 37

State Theatre

Theatre

 

Freedom Park Trust (2)

 

 38

ZASM Office Complex

Offices

 39

Freedom Park Heritage Site

Museum

 

South African Heritage Resource Agency (37)

 

 40

Old Congregational Church

Church & Gravesite

 41

Old Residency

Vacant Leased Property

 42

The Lookout

Gravesite

 43

Old Gaol

Office & Museum

 44

Piet Retief's House

Gravesite

 45

Moorddrif Monument

Gravesite

 46

Verdun Ruins

Gravesite

 47

Old English Fort, Mont Mare

Gravesite

 48

Mapoch's Caves

Cave

 49

Krugerhof Museum

Museum

 50

Union Masonic Temple

Church

 51

The Old Gun Powder House / Magazine

Vacant Leased Property

 52

Old Fort and Cemetery

Gravesite

 53

Livingstone's  House 

Gravesite

 54

Dal Josafat

Office, &

Leased Out Property

 55

SAHRA  Head Office

Office

 56

Concentration Camp / Garden of

Remembrance

Gravesite

 57

Struisbaai Cottages

Leased Out Property

 58

Valkenburg Manor House, Observatory

Leased Out Property

 59

Van Riebeeck's Hedge - Bishops Court

Hedge

60

Welcome Cottage - Glencairn

Vacant Leased Property

 61

Woutersen Wessels Vault

Gravesite

 62

Groenberg Skool

School

 63

Ordendaal School

School

 64

Vacant Erf 255 Tulbach

Vacant Land

 65

Vacant land Erf 255

Vacant Land

 66

1816 Hugo Family Vault

Gravesite

 67

SAHRA HQ 111 - Harringston Street

Office

 68

Birthplace of General Louis Botha

Gravesite

 69

Blarney Cottage

Vacant Leased Property

 70

Het Posthuys

Vacant Leased Property

 71

Kleinbosch Cemetery - Dal Josafat

Gravesite

 72

Portion of Old Fort Durban 

Museum

 73

Piet Retief Monument - Vryheid

Gravesite

 74

Spioenkop Battlefield

Gravesite

 75

Elandslaagte Memorial

Gravesite

 76

Burgher Monument

Gravesite

 

Artscape Theatre(3)

 

 77

Artscape Theatre

Theatre

 78

Artscape Storage Chappini Street

Storage

 79

Artscape Epping Workshop

Workshop

 

Afrikaanse TaalMuseum-en Monument(2)

 

 80

Taal Monument and Amphitheatre

Monument and Theatre

 81

Gideon Malherbe House

Museum

 

Iziko Museums of SA (11)

 

 82

Iziko SA National Gallery

Gallery

 83

Wingfield Hanger

Storage

 84

Iziko Bertram House

Museum

 85

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

Museum

 86

Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House

Museum

 87

Iziko Old Town House

Museum

88

Iziko South African Museum &

Planetarium

Museum and Planetarium

 89

Annexe building

Offices and Library

 90

Iziko Rust en Vreugd

Museum

 91

Iziko Slave Lodge

Museum

 92

Iziko Social History Centre

Storage, Offices and

Library

 

Luthuli Museum (1)

 

 93

Luthuli Complex

Museum

 

Msunduzi Museum (3)

 

 94

Pietermaritzburg Complex

Museum

 95

Boom street House

Museum

 96

Ncome Museum

Museum and

accommodation

 

The Playhouse Company (3)

 

 97

The Playhouse Theatre

Theatre

98

The Playhouse Company Head Office

Offices

 99

Mayville Complex

Storage

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal Museum(2)

 

100

Old st Anne Hospital

Old building

Will be upgraded to a new

Museum complex

101

Kwa-Zulu Natal Museum

Museum

 

William Humpherys Art Gallery (1)

 

102

William Humpherys Art Gallery

Gallery

TOTAL

102

c) Each building has been rented as follows:

 

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

Building name

How long has each building been rented

From whom the building is rented

What is the Monthly rental fee for the building (Rand)

Sechaba House/Van Wijk Louw

Seven years

Rebosis Property

2 097 878.49

Old Karfo Film Archives (Union Building)

Permanent

Department of Public Works

Not applicable

Old Library State Building

Permanent

Department of Public Works

Not applicable

National Archives Building

Permanent

Department of Public Works

Not applicable

Regents

Since 2006

Delta Property Fund

monthly rental on the building is R937 000 pm with an annual escalation of 5.5% per annum


The breakdown of monthly rental of State Owned Buildings still to be determined by Department of Public Works in this financial 2019/20 as per National Treasury exemption dated 08 January 2018.

05 July 2019 - NW32

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

(1)What (a) number of metropolitan police officers are (i) currently employed by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department and (ii) employed in each division and (b) are the relevant details of the 2019-20 budgets for each division; (2) what (a) number of persons employed by the specified municipality currently receive (i) full-time and (ii) temporary protection from the Very Important Person division and (b) are the (i) names and (ii) professional designations of each specified person?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW131

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

(1)With regard to the attached firearm audit of the City of Ekurhuleni (details furnished) where 382 firearms were reported missing or stolen, (a) what is the value of the missing and/or stolen firearms, (b) what are the names of the EMPD officers in whose possession the 382 firearms were reported missing or stolen; (2) whether all missing or stolen firearms were reported to the SA Police Service and cases opened; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what number of (a) the 382 firearms were used in criminal cases and (b) persons lost their lives in each case; (4) why is the report silent on the amount of ammunition that has gone missing or has been stolen?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW5

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

(a) What are the relevant details of the development structures that have been put in place by his department for schools and clubs and (b) what systems of scouting to spot talent were put in place in the various phases of these developmental phases since 27 April 1994? NW952E

Reply:

a) (i) Club development (CD)

In 2004, SRSA launched the Mass Participation Programme to address grassroot sport development.

In 2006, Club Development project was launched. The project is now a programme. It is aimed at establishing a clear and seamless pathway for athletes through which they can progress from the entry level of the continuum to the highest echelons of participation.

Education and Training

Excellence

Performance

Participation

Foundation

Introduction

The major intent of establishing the Club Development (CD) is to facilitate access to sport and recreation for South Africans and to ensure that those with talent and the will to exploit that talent, are channelled into the mainstream of competitive sport.

Through this CD, SRSA is playing an important role/part in the development pathway of talented athletes by providing for the empowerment of their support staff (coaches, technical officials, administrators and managers) from as low a level as the ward and ensure, together with the other role players, the sustainability of the programme.

The focus of CD will be on athletes at the local level and their support staff. The outcomes of the project would be to eventually benefit the provincial and national federations. The SRSA is envisaging to keep the clubs and or association for a three year cycle with the hope that by that time they will be sustainable.

The lack of financial resources has been a major cause of the inability of many sports people to join the mainstream by affiliating to sports clubs. SRSA has decided to provide assistance through this project that will enhance club formation, training of the relevant support staff, provide sport equipment and the basic attire for competitions to take place.

Strategic objectives

The following were identified as the strategic objectives by SRSA:

  • Increase the levels of participation of South Africans in sport and recreation
  • Develop the human resource potential for the management of sport and recreation in South Africa
  • Ensure that sport and recreation bodies achieve their transformation objectives
  • Motivate the communities to develop active lifestyles
  • Ensure that those athletes with talent are channeled into the competitive areas of sport
  • Contribute, from a sport perspective, to integrated planning and implementation of programmes by the three spheres of government
  • Advocate, as a starting point, that high capacity municipal municipalities should participate and fund the initiative within their areas of jurisdiction

Strategic intent

To ensure smooth passage of athletes from one level of the development continuum to the next by encouraging participation through league systems.

Focus groups

Athletes

Coaches

Technical officials

Administrators

Partners and stakeholders

Provincial departments of Sport and Recreation

Local Authorities

National Federations

Provincial Federations

Local and Provincial Sports Councils-CONFED

Private sector

Responsibilities: -

7.1 Sport and Recreation SA

 Coordinate partnerships with other tiers and Departments of government

 Provide funding for the project

 Develop systems for the delivery of the project

 Develop monitoring and evaluation systems for the project

 Establish and maintain partnerships

 Conduct all processes as far as procurement is concerned

 Establish and maintain partnerships

7.2 Provincial Departments of Sport

 Coordinate, in conjunction with the provincial sport federations and local sports

councils the identification of sport to be dealt with in that province

 Identify 02 to 06 municipal districts that will be involved in the project

 Establish and maintain partnerships

 Establish and maintain partnerships

 Assist in identifying and provide venues for the different activities to take place

 Provide SRSA with all the necessary information about the programme

7.3 Local Authorities

 Assist in identifying and provide venues that will be used for the project

 Assist the sport codes in developing programmes/time table for the usage of the facilities

 Provide the necessary information for the programme

7.4 Sport federations

 Identify people in their provinces who can perform the following training needs:

 the training of coaches, technical officials, managers, etc.

 Monitor growth of HR development in the programme

 Provide the participation opportunities for all involved in the project

1. The Club Pilot System

Introduction

Recognising the above, SRSA through the Club System seeks to create an integrated and sustainable mechanism for the development of clubs on the basis of common and generally acceptable minimum standards

The Club Pilot System seeks to create an integrated and sustainable mechanism

Issues to being addressed

  • Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) through the Sub-Unit Club Development has over the years supported clubs by providing capacity building, equipment and playing attire. The support was intended to assist with the establishment of new clubs and development of the existing ones.
  • It was discovered that the clubs are not sustainable and that made it difficult for the Department to be able to have a clear picture of what clubs exist, and where.
  • This was caused by the fact that the support was spread too thin among the provinces and sporting codes with minimal monitoring on their progress and sustainability. Also, the enthusiasm to move to other clubs and or areas before ensuring that the supported clubs can be able to stand on their own contributed.
  • The model utilized over the years was not based on a common system with all standardized minimum requirements to ensure that the clubs graduate towards being self-sustainable.
  • Recognising the shortfalls of the past the Department reviewed its plan by introducing the Club Pilot System that will help the country to have a common club system with standardized protocols for clubs.

Stakeholders 

  • Sport and Recreation South Africa
  • Provincial Department responsible for Sport and Recreation as the lead institution,
  • Academy of Sport
  • District Municipality
  • Local Municipalities
  • Provincial Sport Confederation/Council
  • District Sport Council
  • Local Sport Councils
  • Provincial and District Federations
  • Local Association where applicable

Resources set aside to improve the programme in KZN and Limpopo:

2015-16 = R10.5m

2016-17 = R15.4m

2017-18 = R17.1m

2018-19 = R18.5m

2019-20 = R18.6m

Total = R80m

2. Rural Sport Development Programme

Introduction

The Programme was launched back in May 2016 in Mthatha with the objective of reviving sport and unearthing talent in rural areas with special focus on areas that are under the Traditional Authorities and farms.

Rural sport Development Programme focuses on four sporting codes which are: Football, Netball, Rugby and Athletics

Aim

Develop sport and unearth talent in all Provinces and Traditional Councils with primary focus placed on Farming communities under the guidance of the National House of Traditional Leaders.

Outcomes

  • To ensure that rural farms/ communities are equally exposed to sport development and are granted the same resources as urban or semi urban communities.
  • To further ensure that resources are made available to all rural communities where they can be able to nature and develop sport.
  • To further widen the pool of sport development and broaden the search for sport talent. The Aim of the programme is to revive sport and unearth talent in the rural areas. Provinces and Traditional Councils/ Farming communities are therefore to be utilised as vehicle in achieving the desired outcome.

Stakeholders

  • Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
  • Provincial House of Traditional Leaders
  • Five identified Traditional Councils
  • Provincial Department of Rural Development and Land Reform
  • Provincial Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • District and Local Municipalities servicing the identified Traditional Councils
  • Provincial SALGA
  • Provincial and District Sport Confederations servicing the identified Traditional Councils or Farming Communities
  • Provincial Academy of Sport
  • Provincial Federations of Netball, Football, Rugby and Athletics

Conclusion

  • Through the Conditional Grant, SRSA has over the years allocated funds to provinces for sport development and talent identification. Of the 100% allocation, CD and RSDP get a bigger percentage.
  • Provinces organize provincial championships for Club Development and Rural Sport development Programme.
  • At the championships, talent is to identified by federations representative with requisite skills and knowledge.
  • Strategic Objective 10: To provide formal sports participation opportunities through integrated and sustainable club structure;

ii) School Sport

The department has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Basic Education. The agreement outlines clear lines of responsibilities between the two departments especially in relation to the establishment of structures. There are six levels of responsibilities which are as follows:

Level 1: Intra School Competition

Level 2: Inter School Competition

Level 3: Area/Cluster Competitions

Level 4: District Competitions

Level 5: Provincial Competitions

Level 6: National Competitions

In terms of the MoU, the Department of Basic Education is responsible for levels 1-3 and Department of Sports, Arts and Culture is responsible for levels 4-6. The department of Basic Education has not provided the data in relation to the structures established as per their responsibility in the MoU. As a result, the School Sport structures that have been established as per the responsibility of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture are as follows:

PROVINCES

PROVINCIAL

DISTRICT

COMMENTS

 

Multicoded School Sport Structure (Joint Provincial Coordinating Committee)

Code Specific

Multicoded School Sport Structure (Joint Provincial Coordinating Committee)

Code Specific

 

Eastern Cape

0

14

8

14 Codes per district

At Provincial: Tennis and Cricket are a challenge.

Hockey structures not aligned to geopolitical districts (Still Eastern Province and Border)

Free State

1

12

1 Metro + 4 districts

12

The following codes work as franchises Rugby, Cricket, Tennis and Hockey. There is no single structure for those codes.

Gauteng

1

16

2 Districts and 3 Metros

16 Codes per district

They have also established Multi-coded structures at Regional level as follows:

4 Tshwane

3 Ekhurhuleni

5 Johannesburg

2 Sedibeng

1 West Rand

Limpopo

1

15

5

0

The Province has also established 4 Structures for IG at Province and District.

No code specific structures at district level. Provincial DoE and Sport Department will conduct workshops in July

Kwazulu-Natal

1

9

8

9

The province has challenges with establishment of some of the codes. Only Athletics, Aquatics, Chess, Netball, Football, Volleyball, Softball, Hockey, Gymnastics

structures are in place. Rugby and Cricket still work as franchises with no District structures.

Mpumalanga

1

13

4

13

The following codes are established in franchise system Rugby, Cricket and Hockey. So there is no proper alignment to the geopolitical boundaries of the province.

Northern Cape

1

13

5

12

The province has challenges of establishing Swimming, Softball, Tennis and Basketball including IG for School Sport. At a provincial level Basketball is still being established.

North West

1

16

3 out 4 Districts

16

Ngaka-Modiri Molema only has structures established at a local level and Not at District. There are Netball and Athletics structures.

Western Cape

1

16

1 Metro and 5 Districts

13

Rugby, Cricket and Athletics Structures are not aligned to geopolitical boundaries. However, they work with the province to organise all the districts.

TOTAL

8

94

5 Metros and 44 Districts

105

 

b. What systems of scouting to spot talent were put in place in the various phases of these developmental phases since 27 April 1994?

Since1994 there are two approaches that have been used in identifying athletes with potential for further development. These include Talent Scouting and Scientific Talent Identification.

Talent Scouting

Each Federation has guidelines and criteria they use to spot or scout the athletes with potential for further development. These vary based on the nature of the sport and whether it is a team sport or individual sport.

With individual sports the key assessment element is the performance results. With team sport there are number of variables that are considered depending on the sport.

Scientific Talent Identification

It is the responsibility of the Federations as the custodians of each sport identify talent. This is because the Federations have the requisite technical expertise required to identify and nurture talent. Once an athlete has been spotted, individual sport specific tests are conducted by Sport Scientists to determine and scientifically confirm the potential in order to invest or not to invest in that athlete's development.

Medical assessments are then conducted to determine the general medical status of the athlete. Basic Physiological Tests for junior athletes using the set tests batteries for each code conducted by Sport Scientists. The athletes are thereafter looked after by their respective federations.

 

05 July 2019 - NW4

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

What are the relevant details of the transformation targets that have been achieved in all sporting codes administered by his department since 27 April 1994? NW949E

Reply:

During the period 1994 to 2011 there were no transformation targets other than a loosely prescribed ‘quota’ of at least 50% ‘black’ (African, Coloured or Indian) representation for national representative entities without a measurement system and penalty.

In 2011 sport adopted a transformation Charter based on prescribed ‘targets’ in seven categories and recommended the establishment of a ministerial appointed independent transformation Commission in 2011 to monitor, report and make recommendations on the rate and extent of transformation on an annual basis.

This was followed by introducing a ‘Barometer’ process in 2015 in which federations set and projected forward their ‘own’ targets in relevant charter areas as described in a MoA with SRSA and SASCOC. Failure of a federation to achieve at least 50% of its ‘self-set targets could lead to the imposition of one or more prescribed penalties.

Since 2011 six voluminous transformation reports (a seventh is in progress) for sport have been published outlining a progressive individual and comparative profile of sport’s transformation status.

The following table reflect the transformation status of audited federations in terms of the two measurement systems – the Charter and Barometer scorecards in ranking order. As expected, the self-set (more conservative) barometer % target achievement is higher than the prescribed charter targets in most codes.

Federation

% Prescribed one-size-fits-all Charter Targets Achieved

% Self-set and forward projected Barometer Targets Achieved

Football

89

73

Table tennis

67

76

Volleyball

67

33

Cricket

61

59

Amateur boxing

61

10

Softball

56

35

Basketball

56

23

Netball

50

54

Athletics

50

31

Chess

44

27

Rugby

28

60

Baseball

22

50

Gymnastics

17

73

Tennis

17

65

Swimming

17

39

Hockey

11

37

Jukskei

6

39

Bowls

0

-

Rowing

0

-

Nine federations have achieved 50% or more of the pre-set Charter targets whereas eight have achieved 50% or more of their self-set Barometer targets. The latter performances will improve as federations become better skilled in setting and projecting forward targets.

Except for rowing, bowls, jukskei, swimming, tennis and to a lesser extent hockey (all faced with not insignificant sustainability challenges because of resource structures built on a declining predominantly White resource base), demographic transformation progress has been noteworthy over the past five years. In this regard cricket, rugby and netball have responded in exemplary fashion in the way transformation is in the process of being institutionalised in their respective organisations.

03 July 2019 - NW29

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the President of the Republic

(1)(a) Which Members of the Executive accompanied him to the 108th Session of the International Labour Organisation Conference which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 10 to 21 June 2019, (b) what number of officials accompanied (i) him and (ii) each specified Member of the Executive and (c) what number of days did his delegation stay in Geneva; (2) whether any spouses of any Members of the Executive and/or officials accompanied the delegation; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the (a) total cost and (b) detailed breakdown of the costs incurred in terms of accommodation, flights and daily allowances for each person that formed part of the delegation? NW986E

Reply:

1. (a) The Minister of Employment and Labour accompanied the President.

(b) (i) The President was accompanied by seven officials. (ii). This information can be obtained by the Honourable Member directly from the Ministry of Employment and Labour.

(c) Six of the seven officials were in Geneva for one day, while the seventh official, who advanced, was in Geneva for five days.

2. The Minister did not travel with a spouse. None of the officials that formed part of the President’s delegation travelled with a spouse.

3. (a) The total cost incurred for the President’s delegation is approximately R133 200.

(b) The breakdown of the costs incurred for the seven officials that accompanied the President are: accommodation – R66 500; return flights for one official – R35 300 (the other six officials travelled with the President and the flight costs were paid for as part of the mandate of the South African National Defence Force); and daily allowances for all seven officials – R31 400.

 

01 July 2019 - NW39

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether any plans are in place to roll out 5G in the Republic; if so, (a) in which area, (b) on what date is it envisaged to be rolled out and (c) for what purposes?

Reply:

In line with international developments, we expect 5G commercial deployments to take place from around 2020 in South Africa.

Minister will give full and further details of the roll out when she makes her pronouncement on the policy direction.

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

01 July 2019 - NW40

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether the Government has any plans to assist or take part in the rolling out of 5G; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

There are no direct plans for Government to take part in the rollout of 5G. Suffice to say, Government has been involved in a global multilateral process under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to identify and allocate radio frequency spectrum for IMT2020 or 5G. This process will be concluded at the ITU World Radio Conference which will take place at the end of 2019.

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

27 June 2019 - NW71

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Chabangu, Mr M to ask the Minister of Tourism

What projects and budget has her department put in place to ensure growth and job creation in the tourism industry in the former homelands?

Reply:

We do not have specific plans for the former homelands. However, we do have plans for the country as a whole. The Department’s approach for development and enhancement of attractions is across all provinces with a sharp focus on nodes. It may happen that some of these nodes fall within the former homeland areas. Our nodes are based on Coastal Marine Tourism nodes as approved by cabinet, the inland waterways, rural areas, hot springs, areas boarding National Parks and other iconic sites such as World Heritage Sites as well as township precincts, ensuring that the tourism value chain impact is maximised. In the future, we will also look into areas in and around Special Economic Zones (SEZ’s).

18 April 2019 - NW804

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What amount of diesel did Eskom consume on each day in the past year?

Reply:

The Parliamentary question has been forward to Eskom and the Department and the Ministry of Public Enterprises awaits their response. Further information will be conveyed to Parliament as soon as the response is received.

18 April 2019 - NW817

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Public Works

What is the current status on the possibility of moving Parliament to Pretoria?

Reply:

The Honourable Member should note that the project to relocate or move Parliament from its current seat in Cape Town is primarily the responsibility of Parliament, with the Department of Public Works playing a supporting role.

In this respect Parliament is responsible for the following:

  • Developing the business case for the relocation of the Parliamentary Precinct from a strategic operations point of view;
  • Initiating internal processes and debates within Parliament and giving the go ahead for the investigation into the feasibility of relocating the Parliament; and
  • Providing the Department of Public Works with the short, medium and long-term user requirements.

The Department of Public Works is responsible for:

  • The enhancement of feasibility and socio-economic impact studies and outline possible accommodation solutions.
  • Assisting Parliament with the investigations, the planning of the project and ultimately implementing the project, if deemed feasible.

1. OVERVIEW OF PROGRESS TO DATE

Various engagements have been had with Parliament over a number of years and to date the result is the following:

  • Inter-Departmental Task Team (IDTT) and Director-General forum meetings were held in February 2016 during which key items and actions were highlighted.
  • A Project Steering Committee consisting of the Senior Management of Parliament and the Department of Public Works was established and it is chaired by the Secretary to Parliament, whose responsibility is to ensure the successful implementation of the project. The project involves mainly the production of a comprehensive feasibility study report relating to the socio-economic impacts of Parliament remaining in Cape Town versus it relocating to Pretoria and project due diligence. The following sub-committee work streams were established in March 2017: Legal; Communications and Public Participation; Financial and Socio-economic; Human Resources and Labour Relations; and the Technical and Security Sub-committee.
  • Possible construction sites in Tshwane have been identified, but cannot be confirmed until such time that Parliament accommodation requirements have been signed off by the Secretary to Parliament. But, for this to happen Parliament must give guidance and take the decision to move the Parliamentary Precinct away from Cape Town and also legally pronounce Tshwane as the seat of Parliament, by way of proposing a constitutional amendment on Tshwane / Pretoria as the new Legislative Capital of the Republic of South Africa. Parliament’s decision will be informed by a comprehensive feasibility study mentioned above.

2. WAY FORWARD

The following recommendations emanate from the current status quo of the project:

a) Socio-economic impact assessment studies to be completed and the necessary funding to be sourced in order to conduct in-depth investigations of the possible construction sites that have been identified.

b) Parliament and the Department Public Works to discuss challenges relating to the aforementioned and develop a collective way forward.

18 April 2019 - NW795

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1) What are the details of the contract that Brand SA concluded with a certain company (name furnished) to act as its digital marketing agency from 2014 to 2017; (2) what are the details of the relationship between certain persons (details furnished); (3) on what basis was the specified company appointed to conduct digital marketing for Brand SA when a certain company (name furnished) provided a cheaper quote; (4) why did the tender amount of the digital marketing services of the specified company increase from R15 million to R33 million; (5) whether any steps were taken to address the finding of the Auditor-General that the contract amounted to irregular expenditure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW918E

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

1. The Avatar Digital Agency was contracted from 2014 to 2017 and was mandated to provide strategic input and guide the positioning of the brand on digital platforms. The scope of work included amongst others, management of website properties and social media platforms, content development, campaign development and execution as part of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) and contract agreed upon by both parties. A copy of the contract including SLA is attached herewith with full details.

2. The Chairperson of Brand South Africa and Avatar Digital Agency’s Chief Executive Officer belong to the same church denomination, but attend different branches in Pimville, Soweto, and Tsakane, East Rand respectively.

3. Avatar Digital Agency won a 3-year tender in 2014 to provide services as described in reply 1 above. Hetzner is not a digital marketing agency, but a web hosting services provider. To run the website properties, hosting is required amongst other services such as Search Engine Optimisation, Server set up and monitoring, framework and software updates, back up, security and quality assurance which were all encompassed in Avatar Digital Agency’s quotation. Website hosting is a sub element of digital marketing which Avatar Digital Agency outsourced to Hetzner. In 2017 when the Avatar Digital Agency contract came to an end, Brand South Africa outsourced only the website hosting services directly to Hetzner. Brand South Africa currently remains without digital marketing capability pending the conclusion of the Avatar Digital Agency matter.

4. The awarded tender amount for Avatar Digital Agency was for R18 million inclusive of vat. This vat inclusive amount was in line with the tender specifications. The amount increased to R33 million as follows:

DESCRIPTION/COMMENTS

AMOUNT

IRREGULAR AMOUNTS

Original Tender Price

R18, 000, 000

 

10% year on year increase

R1, 860, 000

R1, 860, 000

14% Vat charge year on year

R2, 780,400

R2, 780,400

Online digital marketing fees (3yrs)

R4, 803, 439

 

Website Hosting fees (3yrs)

R3, 003,176

 

Retainer fee for 4 months extended period

R2, 758,800

 
     

TOTAL

R33, 205,815

R4,640,400

As per the AGSA Management Report dated 17 July 2018, the AG found that this contract was irregular to the tune of R4.6 million.

5. Brand South Africa is taking the necessary steps to recoup the R4.6 million of overpayment from Avatar Digital Agency. Brand South Africa Management allowed Avatar Digital Agency to change the SLA to include 14% vat and 10% escalation in contravention of the original bid

document which resulted in this R4.6 million overpayment. An investigation is currently being finalised to determine those employees responsible and hold them to account.

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

18 April 2019 - NW793

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)Whether her department brought the agreement between the National Research Foundation and SA National Parks to establish a new national park in the Northern Cape to any meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will her department bring the agreement to the Committee; if so, what are the relevant details; and (2) what is the latest update on the due diligence regarding the specified agreement?

Reply:

(1) The agreement has not been brought to the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs.

(a) South African National Parks (SANParks) is still completing internal approval processes for the agreement; and

(b) the agreement will be tabled to the next Board meeting during 2019. Upon the completion of internal approval processes, the agreement will also be submitted to the Minister of Environmental Affairs for consideration, since the authority to establish new national parks rests with the Minister. Once the Minister has considered and given SANParks the green light to proceed with the project, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and SANParks will be ready to bring the agreement to the Committee.

(2) The agreement between the National Research Foundation (NRF) and SANParks for the possible establishment of a new national park around the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio astronomy facility in the Northern Cape, should be considered as ongoing. The Business Plan for the establishment of the new national Park was considered and approved by the Board in 2018. The Board provided the Chief Executive Officer of SANParks with a mandate to negotiate the draft Contractual Agreement between SANParks and the NRF.

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18 April 2019 - NW805

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What were the diesel reserves of Eskom as at 17 March 2019 for its power stations which use diesel to generate electricity?

Reply:

The Parliamentary question has been forward to Eskom and the Department and the Ministry of Public Enterprises awaits their response. Further information will be conveyed to Parliament as soon as the response is received.

18 April 2019 - NW808

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM

What are the details of the logistical support and access to the market that the Government has provided to farmers who received land under section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, in the past 25 years?

Reply:

The provision of access to markets and logistical support to emerging farmers have been mainly the mandate of the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries.

However, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform provided support for access to markets to farmers who received land under section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa through the implementation of the Recapitalisation and Development Programme (RADP) since 2011. Through RADP, the Department supported those farmers in co-operation with strategic partnerships to assist them with agricultural infrastructure, inputs and access to markets. Funding provided to projects include on-farm infrastructure, such as road maintenance for ease of access and marketing costs. Moreover, the support was a collaborative effort between sector departments and commodity organisations.

18 April 2019 - NW803

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)What number of maintenance issues did Eskom power stations experience (a) in the two years before and (b) since he took office as the Minister of Public Enterprises; (2) (a) what was faulty in each case, (b) on what date was the item last maintained prior to the fault, (c) on what date was the item bought, (d) how long did it take to repair and (e) what amount did it cost to repair in each case? NW926E

Reply:

The Parliamentary question has been forward to Eskom and the Department and the Ministry of Public Enterprises awaits their response. Further information will be conveyed to Parliament as soon as the response is received.

18 April 2019 - NW792

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What are the details of (a) the strategy adopted by the (i) South African Weather Service and (ii) South African National Parks to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution and (b) how the specified entities will use the Fourth Industrial Revolution to (i) track the movement of rhino horn, (ii) predict poaching, (iii) predict the migration of climate zones and (iv) predict where crops should be planted?

Reply:

a) (i) The South African Weather Service (SAWS), as the national meteorological service, operates under the authority of the South African Weather Sevice Act, 2001 (Act No. 8 of 2001), as amended, through the SAWS Amended Act, 2013 (Act No. 48 of 2013). As mandated, SAWS contribute to solutions that relate to extreme weather, natural disasters and climate change and variability. These solutions are fundamentally aimed at saving lives, infrastructure and property, as well as supporting socio-economic development and building societal resilience. To achieve this, SAWS has developed a five-year Strategic Plan (2019/20 – 2023/24) that is particularly aligned with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (hereafter 4-IR).

SAWS strategic plan is anchored on three pillars i.e., science, technology and services. These pillars are supported by the human capital (with requisite knowledge and skills which are suited for 4-IR), inter-institutional and multi/cross-disciplinary collaboration, as well as global and regional linkages. The integration of all these systems with artificial intelligence, indigenous knowledge and machine learning are key to realising the SAWS mission of improving safety and quality of life of the people in South Africa in support of government’s priorities and programs such as the National 9 point Plan.

(ii) South African National Parks (SANParks) has an IT Strategy that seeks to leverage initiatives delivered over the past years and builds on the successes already achieved towards its desired future state. The strategy is adaptable to the changing technological trends moving towards the 4th industrial revolution. The implementation of the strategy towards this future state has realised a number of initiatives, such as building a sensory network (internet of things –IoT) in support of anti-poaching. SANParks management will continue to build on initiatives in the years to come.

b) (i) South African National Parks

SANParks does not have the capability to track rhino horn; however, we can track the movement of poachers and combat poaching as they enter the Park, in their pursuit for rhino horn. In addition, the horn can be traced back to its origin using chip technology, once it has been confiscated at or en route to destination.

(ii) In 2014, SANParks, more specifically the Kruger National Park (KNP), pioneered a multi-facetted program to enhance connectivity and situational awareness. These projects have now evolved to a system where the Internet of Things (IOT) approach resulted in the so called “smart park” concept. The core of this is the common and collaborative platform called C – MORE, developed at the CSIR jointly with Armscor and SANParks. This user friendly platform can be operated by all levels of management (rangers to park wardens) and all agencies involved in EAP, and specifically rhino protection, on any device ranging from smart phones to multi-screen computers in the operation rooms.

Through this system, information is streamed to allow surveillance, early warning, detection and tracking (SEDT), as well as fusion of all information and subsequent data from a suite of sensors. Current sensors include radar, magnetic, seismic, optronic, electronic and acoustic. These sensors can be in the rhino horn, on the rhino, on a fence, in the ground, on the ranger and on vehicles or air craft. It allows in time monitoring of animals, i.e. rhino; but also dogs utilised in the Anti-Poaching Units (APU), own forces and poachers. Intelligent collation and customised programs to process the data subsequently allows for the benefit of some Artificial Intelligence (AI) through predictive modelling in the form of heat maps, graphs, histograms and tables. This informs decision making and more intelligent deployment of resources based on validated trends.

(iii) In the context of the 4-IR, SAWS uses advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mobile Technology (MT), radar and satellite technologies, and High Performance Computing (HPC) for weather forecasting and climate predictions. Further, the institution runs earth system models on the HPC and processes weather and climate data and information for developing products and services for different climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, water, energy, health, aviation, marine and for air quality and disaster risk reduction.

In addition, SAWS’ Integrated Service Strategic (ISS) approach integrates innovative technologies, physical, digital and biological systems to generate useful and innovative products and services. SAWS is actively implementing new weather deveopment programes to improve its capibilities in Early Warning Prediction (Weather and Climate), that includes Artifical Intelligence in Numerical Weather Prediction models and data management solutions for big data. SAWS also implemented a new Marine Research Business Unit that is active in implementing operational wave and storm surge forecasting along the coast of South Africa in support of operation PHAKISA.

In this regard, the analysis of long-term historical climatic trends and future climate projections are used for climate zoning. These results are used to derive agro-hydrological products such as heat and chill units, frost, evapotranspiration, as well as other products that are useful for identifying suitable sites and planting dates for different crops under current and future climates.

SAWS data, SANParks weather station records and satellite observations are being used to predict species’ future zones of climate suitability in combination with modeled future climate surfaces based on global circulation models, several of which have been statistically and/or dynamically downscaled for use at a South African scale through the CORDEX project
(e.g. Engelbrecht et al, CSIR, 2018). Species-specific models are being carried out on an ongoing basis by both South African and international researchers. Amongst the correlative species distribution models used to develop these are those that rely on artificial neural networks (ANN) to predict where species will be able to survive in the future. Principles of Network Flow are being used to identify the pathways of least resistance for each to use to move through the landscape in order to reach these, enabling SANParks to plan strategies to help this climate change adaptation. We hope to use several new and emerging technologies to monitor both climate change impacts and the effectiveness of our strategies to minimise them; these could include environmental DNA, additional satellite imagery (e.g. high-resolution Lidar), more sensitive and detailed weather monitoring and new technologies for measuring air and water quality.

(iv) The SAWS mobile applications (WeatherSmart APP and AgriCloud APP) are also mobile APPs showing SAWS weather forecasting products, which, for example, are used for planting dates of maize crop. SAWS is constantly exploring and implementing new digital avenues to get the products and services to the citizens of the country so that they can make informed decisions on climate impact. The same solutions are also used for agricultural operational activities. Most importantly, SAWS infrastructure and knowledge generation processes (e.g. development of data mining algorithms) are suitably integrated as early warning systems for weather and climate related extreme conditions such as flooding, droughts and heat waves; thanks to 4-IR.

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