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25 November 2022 - NW3784

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)What total number of (a) prisons are currently overcrowded to date and (b) projects currently exist to capacitate the specified prisons with the required resources and equipment; (2) Whether there have been any links between the overcrowding of prisons and the health deterioration of some inmates; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) How has he found did overcrowding negatively impact the human incarceration, rehabilitative and human rights imperatives of his department?

Reply:

(1) Attached as Annexure A.

(2) The Department does not have any evidence suggesting a link between overcrowding of prisons and the health deterioration of inmates. Inmates are provided with primary health care services in the correctional centres based on identified health needs and clinical conditions. Where applicable, inmates are referred to external public health facilities for secondary and tertiary levels of health care.

(3) Overcrowding places limitation in terms of space in the facilities for conducting group rehabilitation programmes.

Professionals share offices in some cases and that limits the number of inmates they can consult with per day since they have to alternate and share available common office spaces.

END.

25 November 2022 - NW3555

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Herron, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1) Considering that according to the Police Statistics released on 19 August 2022, a total number of 286 rapists were convicted between 1 April and 30 June 2022, what total number of rape cases are currently being prosecuted by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA); (2) what total number of rape cases were referred to the NPA in the 2021-22 financial year for a decision on prosecution; (3) of the specified rape cases that were referred to the NPA in the past financial year for a decision, what (a) total number of such cases (i) are currently being prosecuted, (ii) were nolle prosequi and (iii) were referred back to the SA Police Service for further investigation and (b) is the status of the balance of the cases?

Reply:

1. The total number of outstanding rape cases on the court rolls is: 10 118 in the Regional Courts and 5 355 in the District courts. The above is the total number of outstanding cases involving charges of rape as at 28 October 2022. The cases are not recorded in accordance with the dates on which the crimes have been reported at the South African Police Service and cannot directly be linked to the 286 cases reported by the Police for quarter one of the financial year.

2. During the financial year 2021-22, the NPA received 767 799 new dockets for decision. The NPA does not distinguish between crime types.

3. (a) (i) Of the 767 799 decision dockets, which include rape matters, prosecution was instituted in 79 319 cases.

(ii) Of the 767 799 dockets which include rape matters, prosecution was declined in 401 191 cases.

(iii) Of the 767 799 dockets which include rape matters, 283 719 cases were referred for further investigation.

(b) Regarding the balance of the cases, 2 749 were mediated, 770 were adult iversions and 1 816 cases were finalised by way of an admission of guilt. The rest of the cases were referred for an Inquest in terms of the Inquest Act No. 58 of 1959, the accused were referred for mental observation in terms of Criminal Procedure Act No. 51 of 1977, the accused were referred for criminal capacity assessment, finalized by way of an alternative dispute resolution method, diverted where the accused were young offenders and the rest of the cases are pending awaiting the arrest of the accused who absconded after enrolment of the case.

25 November 2022 - NW3151

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What number of criminal cases has (a) her department and (b) the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) lodge against (i) any persons who unduly benefited from receiving social grants through fraud and/or corruption and (ii) officials who have helped such persons to unduly benefit from receiving social grants through fraud and/or corruption in the past 10 years in each case; (2) what number of the charges were (a) prosecuted and (b) successfully prosecuted; (3) how regularly does her department train officials from (a) her department and SASSA in order to (i) recognise and (ii) prevent scams and/or fraudulent activities to obtain social grant payments? NW3861E

Reply:

1. (a-b) (i) During the period under review (2012/2013 to 2021/2022 financial years) SASSA referred a total number of 489 cases for criminal investigations and possible prosecution. These cases involved 1174 individuals, (ii) of which 761 were officials as reflected in the table below.

No.

Year

Beneficiaries

Officials

Money Lenders

Other

1

2021/2022

-

50

-

-

2

2020/2021

17

20

-

-

3

2019/2020

 83

16

3

 

4

2018/2019

 73

 52

 

1 CPS Official

6 Public Works Officials

5 Former SASSA Officials

5

2017/2018

 38

195 

53

7 private person

1 CPS

6

2016/2017

 1

 22

-

3 Private Persons

7

2015/2016

 9

 337

 

5 Doctors

5 Private persons

3 Former SASSA Officials

8

2014/2015

 -

 3

64

16 Private Persons

2 CPS Officials

9

2013/2014

 -

 56

-

 

10

2012/2013

 -

10 

-

03 Former SASSA Official

15 Agents/Tout

 

Subtotal

221

761

120

72 Private persons

 

Total

1174

2. (a) Of the 489 cases referred to Law Enforcement Agencies, b) 31 were successfully prosecuted.

3. SASSA has an approved Fraud Prevention Strategy that is aligned to the National Anti-Corruption Strategy. (i) Fraud awareness campaigns are conducted on a quarterly basis as per the operational plan. (ii)The emphasis of the strategy is on fraud prevention through fraud awareness capabilities.

25 November 2022 - NW3730

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether, considering that the report of the Auditor-General for the 2021-22 financial year states that one of the root causes for the lack of improved audit outcomes and the non-achievement of service delivery objectives is the inadequate monitoring of entities by accounting officers and authorities (details furnished), his department has plans in place to improve the quality of monitoring and oversight of grant management; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether his department has plans in place to build capacity and skills within the accounting officers and/or authorities in order to rectify the inadequacies in their monitoring of departmental entities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. RRAMS and PRMG is managed through a Conditional Grant Framework which stipulates various responsibilities of the National Transferring Officer (NTO) and the Receiving Officer (RO). Monitoring is done quarterly and through bilaterals and intervention meetings.

There are also Roads Coordinating Body meetings of all Provinces that also help to interface with Provinces and Municipalities on performance and compliance matters.

2. RRAMS has a Capacity Human Development Provision where by the receiving authorities are at liberty to recruit requisite skills and competencies to perform the functions expected from this program.

With regards, the monitoring and oversight of Road Agencies, the capacity at Public Entity Oversight will augment the Roads Branch with highly skilled and experienced persons.

In addition, further training and development programmes will be implemented to further build capacity.

The receiving authorities have been advised to address the shortage of critical skills, which include CFOs and technically skilled personnel both at Provincial and Municipal levels. However, it is worth mentioning that it is difficult for Municipalities to keep these technical skills.

25 November 2022 - NW3634

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What total number of SA Social Security Agency offices have outstanding (i) rent and/or (ii) other expenses (aa) in each province and (bb) nationally and (b) for what period has the specified rent and/or expenses been outstanding in each case?

Reply:

a) The total number of SASSA offices with outstanding rent, and other expenses are displayed in the table below:

Province

i) Rent

ii) Other Expenses

Eastern Cape

1 (one) office

(0) Nil

Free State

3 (three) offices

2 (two) offices

Gauteng

1 (one) office

(0) Nil

Kwazulu-Natal

7 (seven) offices

1 (one) office

Limpopo

3 (three) offices

(0) Nil

Mpumalanga

(0) Nil

(0) Nil

Northern Cape

2 (two) offices

4 (four) offices

North West

2 (two) offices

(0) Nil

Western Cape

(0) Nil

(0) Nil

Total Nationally

19 offices

7 offices

b) The period of outstanding rent and other expenses per provinces are displayed in the tables below:

 

Office

Rent

Other Expenses- Municipal service costs

Reasons and Amount outstanding

Eastern Cape

1

Nelson Mandela Metro District Office

10 months

(0) Nil

The SASSA Nelson Mandela District Office occupies the 6th floor of South African Post Office Main building in Gqeberha. The lease still has 3yrs to go but there has been security, health and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) related issues that have resulted in actions by organized labour. SAPO has failed to attend to problems that were raised on numerous occasions.

It also come to the attention of SASSA Eastern Cape Region that the Department of Labour has also raised OHS non-compliance issues with SAPO.

To get SAPO’s attention, SASSA Regional Management resolved to invoke the lease penalty clause and hold back the monthly rental until SAPO attends to matters raised.

Amount: R1 026 169.60.

Free State

2

Hertzogville Local Office

 

6 months

The invoices submitted were invalid. SASSA is waiting for the Local Municipality to correct these before payment can be processed. Amount: R68 603.10.

3

Zastron Local Office

6 months

6 months

There are delays in receiving rental invoices from the local municipality for payment. Due Amount: R36 155,20.

The municipality submitted invalid invoices for municipal services. The local municipality needs to correct the invoices before payment can be processed (municipal services).

Amount: R10 046.10

4

Welkom Local Office

8 months

 

Delays on signing of the lease agreement by the Provincial Department of Public Works and infrastructure. Amount: R 711 000.00.

5

Bethlehem Local Office

8 Months

 

Delays on signing of the lease agreement by Provincial Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. Amount: R 447 096. 00.

Gauteng

6

Kempton Park Satellite Office

7 months

 

There were delays in receiving invoices from the Ekurhuleni municipality, even after consistent follow-ups were made. The invoices were received on 21 October 2022 and payment will be effected by 28 October 2022. Amount: R87 500.00.

Kwazulu-Natal

7

Mbazwana Office

1 year, 6 months

 

Invoices have not yet been received. SASSA was told there is dispute between the District Municipality and Local Municipality as to who holds the centre. There is no lease agreement therefore, the costs have been provided as a contingent liability.

Amount: R 284 903.14.

8

Archie Gumede Office

9 years, 10 months

 

Invoices have not yet been received. There is also an outstanding lease agreement therefore, they have been provided for as contingent liability.

9

Gamalakhe Office

7 years, 2 months

 

No invoices have been received. There is no lease agreement that has been finalised between Ray Nkonyeni Municipality and SASSA. SASSA considered the amount owed as a contingent liability.

Amount: R 290 344.76.

10

Highflats Office

3 years

 

Invoices have not been received. There is no lease agreement therefore, the amount has been provided for as a contingent. The lease agreement has not been signed by the local Municipality. Amount: R192 544.13.

11

Umnini Office

2 years

 

SASSA has not received invoices. The amounts indebted for have been provided for in the provisions and contingent liability. There is a dispute with the municipality over their standard lease clause on insurance for space occupied by SASSA. The municipality is insisting on having the clause included in the lease agreement whilst this is unattainable. The matter is receiving the necessary attention. Amount: R 439 775.54.

12

Durban District Office

5 years,1 month

 

Partial payment is being made for space confirmed as correct by SASSA as per invoices for the Local Office. The amounts outstanding have been provided for in the provisions and contingencies as there is a dispute between DPWI acting on behalf of SASSA and PRASA on the actual space provided by PRASA as well as the effective date of the lease. DPWI has been facilitating the addendum to address same.

Amount: R 6, 219, 519.29.

13

Mbonambi Office

6 months

 

Invoices have not been received. The lease has not been finalised, but SASSA is utilising the space and is obligated to pay for the period agreed upon. Amounts due, have been provided in the contingency and provisions.

Amount: R 95 760.00.

14

Umlazi Local Office

 

13 years

Payments have been made as per what SASSA determined as the accurate amount owing but there is a dispute as to the amount owed and amounts paid. The amount has not yet been determined. SASSA is in continuous engagements with the municipality in this regard.

Limpopo

15

Mabatlane

12 months

 

The lease was extended in September 2021 and the expense has not been interfaced with Property and Accounts Payable modules. Facilities Management Unit at Head Office has been contacted for assistance. The lease for the previous financial year was accrued. Amount: R62 520.00.

16

Limpopo Regional Office

03 months

None

The lease was extended in August 2022, payment will be finalised during October and November 2022.

17

Limpopo Records Management Centre

02 months

None

The lease was extended in September 2022 and payment is in the process of being finalised for payment in October and November 2022.

Northern Cape

18

Northern Cape Regional

9 months

 

National Department Public Works and Infrastructure has not finalised negotiations with the landlord on certain conditions of the lease agreement. No invoice has been issued by landlord yet. Amount: R2 976 177.00.

19

Ritchie Local Office

10 years

 

The Municipal building was previously occupied by DSD. Thus, with establishment of SASSA, it was then shared with DSD and other organisations. Thus, there was no lease agreement between all parties. Various attempts were made with the municipality to correct this matter.

The municipality wants to charge SASSA for the entire building instead of a portion that is being occupied. SASSA is disputing the R150 576.18 as it is not apportioned correctly.

Amount: R150 576.18.

20

Prieska Local Office

 

7 years, 9 months

Siyathemba Municipality (Prieska): In the SLA, SASSA is supposed to pay for municipal services. However, invoices are not forthcoming despite follow-ups made to determine amounts outstanding to make the necessary provisions.

21

Phillipstown Local Office

 

6 years, 3 months

Renosterberg Municipality (Phillipstown) SASSA is sharing the building space with the Municipality. Three (3) SASSA officials occupy the building, and the rest of the building is occupied by the Municipality. There is one (1) meter for electricity and water, however SASSA is expected to pay for all municipal services. SASSA has challenged this therefore the correct amount due by SASSA has not been determined.

22

Hanover Local Office

 

6 years, 9 months

The Emthanjeni Local Municipality SASSA – In terms of the SLA, SASSA is responsible for 50% of municipal services costs. In SASSA’s books the municipal services have been paid up, whilst on the Municipality’s books SASSA is in arrears. The Hanover Municipality is reconciling its books. The amount to be paid has not been determined.

23

Noupoort Local Office

 

8 years, 2 months

Umsobomvu Municipality (Noupoort)

In terms of the SLA, SASSA is responsible for 50% of municipal services costs. In SASSA’s books the municipal services have been paid up, whilst in the Municipality’s books SASSA is in arrears. The Umsobomvu Municipality (Noupoort) is reconciling its books. The amount to be paid has not been determined.

North West

24

Moretele Local Office

one year

 

The landlord is a Traditional Council and payment could not be effected as they are not registered on the Central Supplier Database. Intervention from COGTA was obtained to assist them to be CSD complaint, the matter was resolved on 14 October 2022 and as such they will be included in next payment cycle. Amount: R 20 160.00.

25

Ratlou Local Office

five months

 

The municipality has not been submitting the invoices on time and in line with the contract conditions. Invoices for the Ratlou Local Office were only received on 05 October 2022 for rental backdating to 01 April 2022.

Due Amount: R135 072.52.

 

 

25 November 2022 - NW4125

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether, in light of the lack of human resources and shortage of equipment and medicine in hospitals and clinics which limit the right to health care for many South Africans on a daily basis, his department has put any measures in place to reduce the effects that the specified challenges have had on the quality of healthcare in the Republic and its communities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further, relevant details; (2) whether his department has mechanisms in place to address issues relating to (a) inadequate recruitment practices, especially in rural areas and (b) poor retention and staff mismanagement; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further, relevant details?

Reply:

1. As part of addressing the lack of human resources in hospitals and clinics, the Department of Health has developed and published (in February 2021), a 2030 Human Resources for Health Strategy that serves as a guideline of the Human Resources Agenda for the Public Health sector at various levels of care. The 2030 HRH Strategy modelling, indicates a current shortfall of skilled health professionals in South Africa and makes a call for investing in the Health workforce to address human resources deficits and inequalities across provinces and between private and public health sectors. However, due to stringent budgets, the implementation is at a snail’s pace.

Despite available limited resources, in the public service generally, the Department has managed put measures in place to close the vacancy-rate gap for health care related posts to 12.4% and administration positions to 11.80%, respectively, as at the 30 September 2022, across all the provinces.

In relation to Medical Equipment, the department has been experiencing budget cuts over the past few years impacting negatively on issues such as maintenance of equipment and facilities. However, new interventions in the form of conditional grants have been put in place to help provinces cope with revitalisation and maintenance backlogs.

The following are some of the conditional grants that have been introduced to help with acquisition, maintenance and revitalisation of facilities inclusive of Medical Equipment and are in addition to Equitable Share granted to provinces:

a) Health Facilities Revitalisation Grant (HFRG), Managed National Health, but transferred to provinces with conditions and oversight by National Health.

b) National Tertiary Services Grant (NTSG): Managed by National Health, but transferred to provinces for equipment gaps/shortages and repairs.

c) National Health Insurance Indirect Grant (In-kind grant): Managed and implemented under National Health through implementing agents.

Other interventions include:

a) Integration of maintenance plans and Service Level Agreements within transversal contracts administered under National Treasury to help ensure functioning equipment.

b) Development of Medical Equipment Maintenance Strategic Framework within the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer within National Treasury, and the related transversal Contract for Maintenance of Medical Equipment.

2. Provincial Departments of Health are implementing various plans that include the following:

  1. Annual Recruitment Plan – with prioritisation of critical posts where funding permits
  2. Utilisation of conditional grant funding where it allows for prioritisation of posts
  3. Filling of approved replacement posts
  4. Employment of health professionals on contract basis to strengthen capacity and where funding permits these contract employees are absorbed on permanent employment at the end of their contracts
  5. Awarding of bursaries yearly to internal and external candidates to study further in various disciplines where there are shortages
  6. Provision of internship and community service programme

 

END.

25 November 2022 - NW3249

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Matumba, Mr A to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department has a plan in place to distribute sanitary towels in the North West the same way free condoms are distributed; if not, why not; if so what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The implementation of the Sanitary Dignity Implementation Policy Framework and the Sanitary Dignity Programme is coordinated and monitored by the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities. The equitable share budget allocation is given to various implementing provinces from the National Treasury. At National level, the implementation of the programme is shared between the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Social Development (DSD). National DSD implements the programme in four (4) provinces, which is Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Western Cape and Eastern Cape while DBE is implementing in five (5) provinces, namely Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Northern Cape and North-West.

Moreover, this province has strategically included the target for the provision of sanitary towels in the Annual Performance Plans. Learners who are mostly vulnerable and those in quintile 1 and 2 schools in the townships, villages and farm schools are being provided with dignitary packs on a quarterly basis.

The Department provides sanitary towels, on a small scale, to targeted learners from impoverished households and disadvantaged schools. Also, the provision of sanitary towels is made as a form of intervention during disasters. The Department is targeting 10 000 beneficiaries to receive dignity packs throughout this financial year. In 2016, the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities scaled up the provision of sanitary towels to benefit the majority of girl-children in quintile 1 and quintile 2 schools. During this period, it was decided that the North West Province Department of Education is strategically positioned to roll-out the large scale provisioning of sanitary towels to beneficiaries in that province.

The Department of Basic Education may be in a better position to provide specifics in terms of the number of sanitary towels provided and cost implications.

25 November 2022 - NW4182

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister in The Presidency

Given that the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, has established the Red Tape Unit at the beginning of the year, (a) what is the definition that the specified unit uses to identify red tape and (b) does the unit enforce the use of the definition to all ministerial departments?

Reply:

a) The red tape definition that the Red Tape Reduction Team in The Presidency is using at present is the following: “Red Tape can be defined as rules, regulations, and/or bureaucratic procedures and processes that are excessively complex and which impose unnecessary delay(s), inaction and/or costs that exceed their benefits, and/or is no longer effective in achieving the purpose for which they were originally created”. (Original source: Guidelines for Reducing Municipal Red Tape, 2013). The focus is specifically on red tape within government that inhibits economic growth and job creation in key areas of the economy, working with relevant role-players across government, and outside of government.

b) The Red Tape Reduction Team does not have enforcement powers but it does draw on the strategic leadership, convening and coordinating authority of The Presidency in working with departments and agencies firstly in identifying priority red tape issues and secondly in addressing them.

Thank You.

25 November 2022 - NW4046

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What (a) was the total capital budget for Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) in the (i) 2018-19, (ii) 2019-20 (iii), 2020-21 and (iv) 2021-22 financial years and (b) is the breakdown of the capital allocations in each port operated by TPT?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

(a)– (b)

Capital Budget Detail for the period 2018/2019 to 2021/2022

 

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

Port

2018/2019

2019/2020

2020/2021

2021/2022

Port of Durban

441,022,538

424,554,750

825,653,729

652,534,096

Port of East London

20,360,000

25,256,552

69,346,552

17,867,284

Port of Port Elizabeth

62,040,000

137,543,429

60,783,599

58,162,514

Port of Cape Town

221,204,907

256,639,379

207,388,203

117,222,693

Port of Saldanha

1,269,411,580

1,244,406,126

870,384,205

559,712,854

Port of Richards Bay

481,714,757

407,769,148

422,441,498

404,784,263

Port of Ngqura

112,325,882

138,701,408

30,871,000

92,228,961

Head office

113,500,000

242,569,008

113,919,050

123,635,445

Total

2,721,579,663

2,877,439,801

2,600,787,836

2,026,148,110

25 November 2022 - NW3263

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Shaik Emam, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Given the lessons we have learnt as a result of the war between Russia and Ukraine, what is her department doing to increase the production of (a) wheat, (b) maize and (c) other agricultural products to ensure that the Republic is self-sufficient?

Reply:

In order to ensure the production of key grains such as wheat, maize and other agricultural products the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) focuses its efforts on:

  • Breeding for high-yielding cultivars and distributing production guidelines;
  • Management of plant pests and diseases;
  • Release of new varieties with improved performance; and
  • Development support to black producers.

Breeding for high-yielding cultivars and distributing production guidelines:

a) DALRRD together with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) collaborates with partners and role players across value chains to increase agricultural production and productivity of wheat, maize, and other agricultural products to ensure that the Republic is self-sufficient as follows:

  • Increase local production of wheat and reduce reliance on imports by breeding for high-yielding cultivars and distributing production guidelines and making information on cultivar choices widely available to producers across major wheat production areas. Production guidelines give farmers information about cultivars that yield more in their respective production areas. Furthermore, better price on wheat has encouraged more farmers to plant wheat this year than in previous years. Expansion of wheat production and other grains in the Eastern Cape is being pursued with a view to initiate wheat breeding programmes directed at releasing high-yielding cultivars for the Eastern Cape.

b) South Africa is currently self-sufficient in maize and is experiencing increased production levels in other crops such as soybean. The ARC conducts National Cultivar Evaluation Trials on an annual basis in collaboration with seed companies, farmers and other stakeholders to ensure increased production and productivity of key crop commodities. These trials are essential for producers to determine cultivars that are mostly adapted to specific production areas with respect to yield, stability and major pests and diseases and therefore crucial for farmers to make correct cultivar choices. Results are disseminated widely in the form of cultivar recommendation booklets, reports, popular publications as well as the ARC website. Diagnostic services are rendered to producers on soil health, pests and diseases together with information on suitable production practices, among others. Regular training services are conducted across provinces focusing on emerging farmers to capacitate them on the efficient and sustainable production of different crops. Emphasis is placed on the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices such as conservation agriculture and drought-tolerant cultivars. Crop production manuals, such as the Maize Information Guide (MIG), are also available on cell phone Applications (Apps) and updated regularly.

Management of plant pests and diseases:

Surveillance for Tilletia indica (Karnal bunt for wheat) is ongoing and all infested areas are placed under quarantine to control the movement of infested host materials in order to reduce the spread of the disease. Regulatory measures are also in place to prevent the further spread and release of new varieties with improved performance;

Import measures are in place to reduce the risk of the introduction of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) of maize into South Africa. MLND causes stunting, leaf necrosis, premature plant death, malformed partially filled ears, etc. in maize.

Following the introduction of the Fall Armyworm (FAW) in South Africa, the following measures were put in place:

  • Surveillance for FAW was initiated and it ensures early detection of the pest and leads to rapid response.
  • As collaboration is important in dealing with emergency response to plant pests, a steering committee, comprising of DALRRD, provincial departments, scientists and other industry role players, was formed and it meets regularly. The steering committee discusses best management strategies for the FAW.
  • Regulatory measures are in place by way of making amendments to Control Measures R.110 of the Agricultural Pests Act 36 of 1983.

Chemicals to control FAW were distributed to the affected provinces and farmers/growers were encouraged to apply registered chemicals while maize is still at an early stage to suppress FAW.

Release of new varieties with improved performance:

c) The attached tables summarise the number of new varieties released under the Plant Breeder’s Right Act, 1976 as well as the Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) approvals. The availability of new and improved plant varieties contributes to the sustainability and competitiveness of the production of individual commodities.

Table 1: Number of varieties granted Plant Breeder’s Rights for the year 2021/2022

Commodities

Financial year 2021/ 22

Number of Varieties Financial year 2022/ 23 (to date)

Number of Varieties

Maize

64

18

White Conventional

0

0

Yellow Conventional

1

0

White Genetically modified

26

18

Yellow Genetically modified

37

0

Wheat

1

15

Other grains

Sorghum

0

1

Sunflower

7

0

Soybean

30

24

Oats

2

0

Barley

1

0

Groundnut

3

0

Canola

4

0

Table 2: New GMO events approved in 2021/2022

Crop

Event

Trait

Category

Maize

Bt11xMIR162xMON89034xGA21

Insect resistance and Herbicide tolerance

General release

Maize

Bt11xMIR162xGA21

Insect resistance and Herbicide tolerance

General release

Maize

NK603 x T25 x DAS40278

Herbicide tolerance

Commodity clearance

Soybean

DAS-81419-2xDAS-44406-6

Insect resistance and Herbicide tolerance

Commodity clearance

Soybean

MON87701 x MON89788

Insect resistance and Herbicide tolerance

General release

       
       
       

Table 3: New GMO events approved in 2022/2023

   

Crop

Event

Trait

Category

Maize

3272 x Bt11 x MIR162 x MIR604 x TC1507 x 5307 x GA21

Insect resistance and Herbicide tolerance

Commodity clearance

Development support to black producers

The DALRRD implements a number of farmer support and development programmes such as the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme and Ilima/Letsema conditional grants aimed at promoting and facilitating agricultural development and increased production by beneficiaries of land reform or other black producers who have acquired land privately. In the 2022/23 financial year, these programmes are targeting to put 88 867 ha of land under the production of which 90% would be grains. The table below reflect the planned production in 2022/23 per province through these conditional grants:

HA

EC

FS

GP

KZN

LP

MP

NC

NW

WC

TOTAL

Fruit

298

 

0

 

291

50

 

10

 

649

Wine & Table Grapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

6

Vegetables

1616,8

12

200

2 073

878

1140

140

267

0

6 327

Grains (Maize, Dry Beans, Groundnuts, Wheat, Sunflower, Sorghum)

36 365

1414

4 000

10 465

6446

15050

200

6 288

0

80 228

Macadamia/Nuts

 

 

 

30

 

 

 

24

 

54

Chicory

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

120

Cotton

 

 

 

 

462

 

 

 

 

462

Fodder

701

210

0

 

 

 

 

110

 

1021

TOTAL

39 100,8

1 636

4 200

12568

8077

16240

340

6 699

6

88 867

25 November 2022 - NW3472

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether she has been informed of the comments made by the Department of Social Development in Gauteng that no new child and youth care centres (CYCCs) will be funded and/or registered going forward; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she intends to clarify the policy position of her department on nongovernmental organisations (NGO) and nonprofit organisations (NPO) as there is an anti-NGO and/or NPO sentiment emanating from some sectors of her department and some provincial departments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether she will furnish Ms L L van der Merwe with a copy of the report that was said to have been commissioned by her department in December 2020 that looked at CYCCs in the past seven years and pointed to the fact that they are not full to capacity; if not, why not, if so, (a) on what date and (b) what are the relevant details; (4) what continues to cause the late payment and/or nonpayment of NGOs/NPOs?

Reply:

1. The National Department is aware that the Gauteng Department of Social Development will not fund new CYCCs in the 2023/2024 financial year in line with the Institutional Re-alignment Project (IRP) that seeks to build state capacity and reduce over-reliance on NPOs. The Gauteng Department will continue to partner with NPOs that are compliant with the funding requirements and are registered in terms of the provisions of Children’s Act 38 of 2005 as CYCCs or any other relevant programme legislation such as Older Persons Act 13 of 2006 or Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act 70 of 2008. Furthermore, funded NPOs must be compliant with the NPO Act. The CYCCs that were funded during 2022/2023 and are compliant with above-mentioned legislation will continue to be funded during 2023/2024. The Department continues to register CYCCs or any other NPO/entity that applies for service registration provided that these comply with all the registration requirements. It must be noted that NPO registration does not automatically translate in funding by the Department. Funding is informed by priorities of the provincial department such as programme emphasis, service areas, geographic priorities and the availability of funds. Building state capacity to deliver constitutionally-mandated services, while retaining critical identified partnerships with the NPO sector, remains a priority for the Gauteng Department of Social Development (GDSD).

2. In line with the IRP, the GDSD is strengthening its monitoring of NPOs and ensuring compliance with relevant legislative mandates. The Department is also reviewing how NPOs were previously funded. These level-headed initiatives have caused discomfort in some sections of the NPO sector. As a result, the narrative that the Department is introducing these initiatives primarily to close NPOs down is being publicised. Of course this is incorrect. NPOs continue to play a critical role in identifying social problems, finding solutions, and even achieving social objectives in numerous areas that the Department cannot cover efficiently. They operate at the coal-face. It is for this reason that, in service of the people, effective partnerships between government and NPOs will continue. Therefore, it is not correct that the Department has anti-NPOs. It remains the responsibility of the NPO to comply fully with relevant legislation while demonstration return-on-investments on public resources.

3. (a) and (b)

The department is not aware of the report commissioned in 2020 that looked at CYCCs in the preceding seven years. However, as part of ongoing monitoring, funded CYCCs and other residential facilities are expected to submit their occupancy status reports.

4. Reasons for the delays on payments is non-compliance by NPOs which are not meeting all funding requirements as legislated. Funding of non-compliant NPOs poses a huge risk for the Department and the public as the quality of services to beneficiaries may be compromised due to non-adherence to prescribed legislation and norms and standards.

25 November 2022 - NW3629

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With reference to the Quarter One SA Crime Statistics for the 2021-22 financial year, pertaining to crimes committed against children, what is the total number of (a) successful convictions, (b) cases that were dismissed and/or acquitted as a result of poor and/or incomplete investigations by the SA Police Service, (c) cases withdrawn by the victim and/or victim’s family, (d) cases awaiting trial, (e) cases awaiting sentencing and (f) cases still under investigation in each province for (i) rape, (ii) sexual assault, (iii) attempted sexual offence and (iv) kidnapping?

Reply:

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) prioritises all Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) matters and more especially where the victims are children. The Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit within the NPA is tasked with, inter alia, ensuring increased access to justice for victims of GBV as well as optimal management of these matters in a victim responsive manner, in line with the Strategic Plan of the NPA. This is done by providing pre-trial and court preparation services, often in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations (CSO), at its sixty-one (61) Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCCs) across the country. These one-stop centres provide a variety of essential psycho-social, medical and legal services thus creating a safe space for child victims to report offences against them and receive services that are empowering them to transform into survivors. Specialised training is also provided to prosecutors in dealing with child victims and their testimonies. Whilst prosecutors in court are prioritising these matters, data is not kept for offences committed against children specifically.

During the Quarter 1 of 2021/22 financial year (April to June 2021), the following was not recorded in respect of crimes against children:

  1. The total of successful convictions;
  2. The total number of dismissals or acquittals, nor the reason(s) for the acquittal;
  3. The information regarding cases withdrawn by the victim and/or victim’s family;
  4. The number of cases awaiting trial;
  5. The number of cases awaiting sentencing; and
  6. The NPA is also unable to supply information pertaining to cases still under investigation in each province for (i) murder, (ii) attempted murder, (iii) assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and (iv) common assault as it is not recorded by the NPA but the SAPS.

The number of cases reported by SAPS includes matters where the decision was taken to not prosecute where the offender is also a child and below the age of criminal capacity or whether the child victim was too traumatised to proceed or where there is insufficient evidence to proceed.

25 November 2022 - NW4053

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What (a) was the budget for mental health in the past five financial years, (b) is the breakdown of the total number of (i) psychiatrists, (ii) mental health facilities and (iii) mental health awareness campaigns that are needed in his department; (2) what amount does his department need to adequately provide for the mental health needs of the Republic?

Reply:

1. (a) In line with Mental Health Care Act, 2002 as well as the World Health Organization’s approach to mental health services delivery, mental health is integrated into the general health services environment from primary health care level upwards. This is because individuals with a mental health problem often have other comorbidities as well. The budget for mental health is therefore integrated into other health services budget and cannot be singled out. The only clear cut mental health budget is that of specialised psychiatric hospitals, subsidies to community based mental health services, contracted mental health services budget, Mental Health Review Boards budget and the recently allocated conditional grant for mental health. The table below depicts the budget for mental health per province in the past five financial years as provided by the provinces.

Province

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/2022

Eastern Cape

R776 812 825

R814 343 561

R842 019 615

R677 232 329

R685 291 223

Free State

R383 350 000

R373 432 000

R389 396 100

R374 545 000

R421 315 000

Gauteng

R270 849 000

R391 061 000

R505 703 059

R610 018 600

R664 723 555

KZN

R858 384 455

R922 424 520

R965 369 481

R1 002 502 520

R954 083 000

Limpopo

R517 009 000

R547 850 000

R567 535 000

R584 614 000

R611 386 000

Mpumalanga

R48 693 000

R53 692 707

R59 510 701

R65 118 946

R78 647 305

Northern Cape

R54 871 000

R85 205 000

R108 547 000

R119 510 000

R127 371 000

North West

R482 452 366

R506 307 086

R503 906 430

R542 408 696

R602 446 383

Western Cape

Figure not provided

R921 445 000

R984 102 000

R992 619 000

R1 042 290 000

Total

-

R4 625 760 874

R4 926 089 386

R4 968 569 091

R5 189 492 466

(b)(i) The Department of Health’s Norms for Severe Psychiatric Conditions require a minimum of:

  • 1x psychiatrist for acute inpatient mental health services per 100 000 fifteen (15) years and older population.
  • 0.1x psychiatrist for medium to long stay inpatient mental health care per 100 000 fifteen (15) years and older population.
  • 0.25xpsychiatrists for ambulatory mental health services per 100 000 fifteen (15) years and older population.

In terms of the 2022 midterm population estimates the population of 15

years and older is 43 593 223.

In line with these norms that are based on the World Health Organisation model for mental health human resources, an estimated minimum number of psychiatrists required to service the 43 592 223 South Africa population of fifteen (15) years and older is 589.

There are no norms to estimate the number of psychiatrists needed for the below 15 years old population.

According to the Health Profession’s Council of South Africa registers, South Africa has 930 psychiatrists.

(ii) The Norms for Severe Psychiatric Conditions measure the mental health service needs through the number of beds required as opposed to number of mental health facilities. In terms of the norms, a population of 100 000 fifteen (15) years and older population require an estimated minimum of 28 beds for acute mental illness, 10 medium to long stay beds and 20 beds for community based residential mental health services. In this regard, the 43 592 223 fifteen (15) years and older South African population require an estimated minimum total of 25 283 mental health beds:

  • 12 206 beds for acute mental illness
  • 4359 medium to long stay mental health beds
  • 8718 community based residential mental health beds

According to the latest available statistics obtained from provinces South Africa has 19752 mental health beds.

(iii) Campaigning for increased awareness with regard to prevention of mental illness (adopting a healthy lifestyle), early detection and how to access mental health services when needed is a continuous process. The National Department and provincial health departments are currently doing so through door-to-door campaigns, pop-up stalls at events and in malls, community events, group and one-on-one counselling at health facilities, community radio slots and print media. These campaigns also focus on combating stigma that is associated with mental illness.

(2) Budgeting for health and other government services depends on the available resources. The World Health Organization recommends that countries allocate a minimum of between 5% and 10% of the country’s total health budget to mental health. The current estimates indicate that South Africa is spending 5% of its total health budget on mental health.

 

END.

25 November 2022 - NW4022

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether, following reports that the current nursing shortage in public health care stands at 1 nurse per 218 patients, his department will form a partnership with Temporary Employment Services (TES) in terms of (a) training nurses and (b) induction courses; if not, why not; if so, by what date will this commence; (2) (a) what medical training will TES offer and (b) has the training been accredited; (3) (a) how is TES funded and (b)(i) what percentage of nurses are they able to train and (ii) at what total cost; (4) what training will be prioritised in terms of the agreements?

Reply:

1. (a) The National Department does not have any agreement with Temporary Employment Services (TES) in terms of the training of nurses. The Department does not form partnerships with labour brokers or agencies for the training of nurses.

Prospective providers for Nursing Education programmes have to register with Department of Higher Education and need to apply for accreditation from the South African Nursing Council (SANC) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE). Applications are done per programme leading to registration in any of the prescribed categories of nursing according to the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No 33 of 2005). The SANC accredits nursing education institutions and programmes in terms of professional integrity, standards of education, clinical training and placement in appropriate health facilities. SANC also consider whether programmes demonstrate relevance, responding to a specific population’s health service needs. The CHE accredit programmes based on the academic standards of Higher Education.

(b) Induction is done by the health establishment for every cohort of new recruits, focussing on, amongst other subjects, national-, provincial-, and the health establishment’s policies. Health professionals are additionally inducted on the health establishment’s standard operating procedures for the professional group. This function cannot be outsourced, as it forms an integral part of orientation of new employees to a workplace and is seen as letting new employees feel welcome and appreciated by their employers.

2. (a) The National Department of Health has no plans to utilize TES for medical training. Medical training is the exclusive domain of medical schools.

(b) The Department has not established the accreditation status of the TES training programmes

(3)(a), (b) (i), (ii) See reply to (1) (a) here above.

 

END.

25 November 2022 - NW3936

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What (a) number of bursary programmes does his department run annually, (b) is the (i) total monetary value and (ii) breakdown of all programmes, (c) number of persons receive bursaries from his department annually and (d) total amount has his department lost because of the irregularities in the allocation of the specified bursaries; (2) whether any officials of his department have been suspended, disciplined and/or dismissed from his department because of the alleged irregularities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details with regard to the (a) number of the officials who were suspended, disciplined and/or dismissed from his department, (b) date on which they were suspended, disciplined and/or dismissed, (c) positions of the officials against whom the steps were taken and (d) number of persons who have been found to have benefited irregularly from the bursaries and how they allegedly benefited irregularly; (3) whether any officials of his department have been suspended, disciplined or dismissed from his department because of the irregularities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details with regard to the number and the positions of the officials?

Reply:

(1. a) The National Department of Health has one Corporate Bursary Programme which targets only employees of the National Department of Health and its satellite offices.

(b) (i) The funding allocation for audited years:

Audited Year

Allocation

Expenditure

2020/21

R1,200,000.00

R408,240.88

2021/22

R1,500,000.00

R746,040.45

(ii)

The department has only 1 Corporate Service Bursary programme.

(c) Employees who received bursaries are as follows:

Audited Year

Number of beneficiaries

2020/21

06

2021/22

16

2022/23

The Study Assistance Committee is finalizing the adjudication process

(d) The department did not encounter any irregularity for the audited financial years and as such did not lose any money. The programme is audited on a regular basis and no findings were flagged during the audited financial years.

(2) (a) there are no officials that were suspended, disciplined and/or dismissed because there has not been any reported irregularly in relation to the bursaries offered by the National Department of Health.

(b) based on the response in part (a) above, the question is therefore not applicable

(c) based on the response in part (a) above, the question is therefore not applicable

(d) based on the response in part (a) above, the question is therefore not applicable

(3) There are no officials that were suspended, disciplined and/or dismissed because there has not been any reported irregularly in relation to the bursaries offered by the National Department of Health

 

END.

25 November 2022 - NW4044

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What is the total (a) percentage and (b) monetary value of capital under-expenditure by the Transnet National Port Authority in the Port of (i) Richards Bay, (ii) Durban, (iii) East London, (iv) Ngqura, (v) Port Elizabeth, (vi) Mossel Bay, (vii) Cape Town and (viii) Saldanha Bay in each of the past four financial years?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

(a)– (b)

The total percentage and monetary value of capital under-expenditure by Transnet National Ports Authority in the past four (4) financial years, i.e., 2018/19 to 2021/22 has been 32%, translating into R 9 696 million under-expenditure. The proportion of the capital under-expenditure (both in monetary and percentages) per port and/or business unit is as shown in Table 1 on the following page.

Table 1: Under/ over-expenditure

 

Port/ BU

Under/ Over -expenditure
2018/19

Under/ Over -expenditure
2019/20

Under/ Over -expenditure
2020/21

Under/ Over -expenditure
2021/22

Under/ Over -expenditure
Over past 4 Years

i.

RCB

- R 219m

- R 144m

- R 278m

- R 100m

R 1,883m

   

70%

49%

93%

41%

49%

ii.

DBN

- R 305m

- R 905m

- R 317m

R 736m

- R 2,036m

   

41%

78%

70%

336%

25%

iii.

EL

- R 83m

- R 23m

- R 28m

R 56m

- R 429m

   

81%

32%

67%

525%

41%

iv.

NGQ

- R 245m

R 227m

- R 182m

- R 245m

- R 390m

   

77%

48%

41%

56%

10%

v.

PE

- R 30m

- R 31m

- R 25m

R 22m

- R 362m

   

40%

49%

45%

52%

25%

vi.

MSB

- R 27m

- R 10m

R 0m

- R 3m

- R 110m

   

86%

31%

0%

14%

57%

vii.

CPT

- R 119m

- R 26m

- R 146m

R 148m

- R 844m

   

82%

24%

63%

112%

25%

viii.

SLD

- R 243m

R 7m

- R 275m

- R 107m

- R 1,326m

   

92%

6%

80%

47%

50%

 

DRS

- R 356m

- R 340m

- R 178m

- R 369m

- R 1,578m

   
  • 88%
  • 100%
  • 99%
  • 99%
  • 50%
 

HO

- R 63m

R 149m

- R 54m

- R 119m

- R 426m

   
  • 34%

2092%

  • 52%
  • 38%
  • 20%
 

LHS

- R 40m

- R 13m

- R 21m

- R 40m

- R 312m

   
  • 76%
  • 32%
  • 71%
  • 62%
  • 51%
 

Grand Total Under-expenditure

- R 1,732m

- R 1,108m

- R 1,503m

- R 22m

- R 9,696m

   
  • 66%
  • 41%
  • 69%
  • 1%
  • 32%

NB – All negative amounts and percentages denote under-expenditure.

 

25 November 2022 - NW4042

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What (a) was the total revenue for the Transnet National Ports Authority in each of the past four financial years and (b) proportion of revenue emanated from the Port of (i) Richards Bay, (ii) Durban, (iii) East London, (iv) Ngqura, (v) Port Elizabeth, (vi) Mossel Bay, (vii) Cape Town and (viii) Saldanha Bay?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

(a) and (b):

The table below shows Transnet National Ports Authority’s total revenue for the past four financial years from FY 2018/19 to FY 2021/22, as well as revenue contributions per port.

i.

ii.

iii.

iv.

v.

vi.

vii.

viii