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03 May 2021 - NW562

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) total number of social workers of the SA Council for Social Service Professions have been capacitated in the Northern Cape and (b) was the overall cost of the special training of the 230 social workers to handle adoption services?

Reply:

(a) Five (5) Senior Social Workers were trained on the rendering of adoption services - one per District. These officials have also registered with the SACSSP as such. Due to the relatively low number of adoption applications received annually (25 to 30), and the fact that Child Welfare South Africa is also accredited to provide these services in the Northern-Cape, there is no need for more social workers to specialize in this field at the moment.

b) The overall costs of the special training of the 230 social workers to handle adoption services was R 779 200.00 which was paid for by the National Department

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03 May 2021 - NW400

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

In light of the fact that her department did away with the issuing of food parcels when it became riddled with corruption and a voucher system was introduced (details furnished), what is the current status with regard to these food vouchers?

Reply:

The Social Development Sector has not stopped the provision of food parcels as a form of relief completely. A number of the Provincial Departments of Social development still provide food parcels as an immediate form of relief for citizens facing severe challenges and food insecurity.

The sector has agreed to implement a hybrid model for the provision of assistance. This will entail a combination of food parcels, cash and food vouchers, depending on circumstances, and availability of service providers.

The interim decision not to continue issuing food parcels as the main form of social relief of distress by National Department of Social Development and SASSA was informed by a number of factors, including the costs, extensive logistics for the receipt, storage and issuing of food parcels as well as the lack of dignity for the citizens who receive the food parcels.

A decision was then made to explore alternative options for the provision of support for citizens who find themselves in situations of distress. The options considered include the provision of social relief in the form of cash as well as vouchers. Manual vouchers are already being utilised by SASSA and some provincial Departments of Social Development, such as KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng.

Initially the intention was to go on an open tender for an e-voucher solution as another option to be considered. However, given that some organisations, including the Solidarity Fund were piloting an e-voucher solution, it was agreed that the tender would rather be converted to a Request for Information (RFI) to determine what innovations exist in the market, and to have the opportunity to learn from the pilot implemented by the Solidarity Fund.

The RFI has been drafted and will be advertised in the new year. It will cover the entire social development sector, not only SASSA. This will then ensure that the hybrid model of support is implemented fully.

National Assembly Written Reply: 400 of 2021

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30 April 2021 - NW873

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Tourism

What (a) total number of project targets were missed in the first, second and third quarter of the 2020-21 financial year due to failure to appoint third party service providers, (b) are the details of the specified projects and (c) is the time frame for appointment of the third party service providers to ensure that delayed targets are met?

Reply:

a) The department presented the reports for Quarters 1, 2 and 3 of the 2020/21 financial year on the following dates respectively, 06 October 2020 and 02 March 2021. The reports contained details on areas of achievements, areas where quarterly targets were missed, reasons for non-achievement and the corrective measures.

b) The Honorable member is referred to the reports as previously submitted to the Portfolio Committee on Tourism.

c) The final information on the achievement of targets has not been verified/confirmed through audit processes as yet. The member will be furnished with the final details once the Annual Performance Report is tabled after the audit processes.

30 April 2021 - NW955

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) is the current staff shortage for (i) Grade R and (ii) learners with special educational needs in each province and (b) immediate steps has her department taken to deal with the specified staff shortage in each case?

Reply:

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 19/03/2021

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 09/2021

     

           

Response

(a) (i) Grade R is currently not part of compulsory education. And as such, allocation of educator posts in schools that offer Grade R classes is not done in terms of the post provisioning norms. The majority of educators appointed in Grade R posts are paid a monthly stipend as opposed to a salary. In schools where Grade R classes are offered, all posts are always filled. The is, therefore, no shortage of Grade R educators at schools, quantitatively. However, when considering the level of qualifications of Grade R teachers/practitioners appointed at schools there is an indication of qualitative shortage. The qualification of Grade R teachers/ practitioners currently employed at schools ranges from below Matric to a fully appropriate educator qualification. The latter category makes only about 34% of the 21 700 Grade R educators appointed at schools. It should, however, be noted that the sector will always find it difficult to attract fully qualified educators into Grade R teaching posts given the current conditions of service of Grade R educators.

(ii) The post provisioning norms are used to allocate posts of educators teaching learners with special educational needs. The allocated posts are filled with appropriately qualified educators.

(b) The Department runs ongoing targeted programmes that ensure the supply of educators in areas of need. Grade R and special needs education are part of the priority areas. With regards to improving Grade R qualifications, provinces are financially supporting Grade R educators currently employed in schools to upgrade their qualifications, either to the level of Grade R Diploma or the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase. About 2 700 such educators are currently being supported. As part of the Funza Lushaka Bursary scheme, the Department prioritises, in addition to African Languages, bursaries for studying towards a Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase with specialisation neurodevelopmental needs, Braille, and South African Sign Language.                               

30 April 2021 - NW807

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

(a) What number of public schools in each province (i) are currently in operation, (ii) meet the minimum norms and standards found within the SA Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996, and (iii) do not meet the minimum norms and standards and (b) of those schools that do not meet the minimum norms and standards, what are the reasons in each case?

Reply:

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 12/03/2021

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 08/2021

                  

Response

The information as per reports received from provinces as a sphere of government responsible for school infrastructure.

      1. Table below shows that there are 23 259 public ordinary schools currently operational,
      2. The minimum standards relate to Basic Services (Water, Electricity, Sanitation and schools built entirely of inappropriate material), as well as fencing and classroom provision. See table below:

PED

Total number public ordinary school                

Total number(%) of Schools provided with Water Supply        

Total number(%) of schools provided with Electricity supply        

Total number(%) of schools with sanitation        

Total number of Schools built of inappropriate structures

Schools using pit latrines ONLY

Total number of school without adequate Fencing

EC

5290

100%

100%

100%

*96

944

5 227

FS

1084

100%

100%

100%

*2

47

339

GP

2073

100%

100%

100%

0

0

146

KZN

5803

100%

100%

100%

0

901

198

LP

3833

100%

100%

100%

0

219

138

MP

1713

100%

100%

100%

0

1

1101

NW

1469

100%

100%

100%

0

18

0

NC

545

100%

100%

100%

0

0

88

WC

1449

100%

100%

100%

0

0

0

Total

23 259

100%

100%

100%

*98

2 111

7 237

*These schools are subjected to the process of rationalisation and realignment.

  

(b)

  • Unavailability of adequate budget;
  • Learner migration - learners move from one province to another, and also move in the same province from one district to another, which makes the classroom and sanitation backlog a moving target;
  • Rationalisation, were learner enrolment is low, or the school must be closed because it is not a viable school anymore;
  • Movement of learners from one school to another, were the schools that had sufficient infrastructure end up falling with backlog of insufficient facilities;
  • Drought were boreholes run dry, and waterborne toilets are not used anymore because of lack of water;
  • Deterioration of infrastructure, when the facilities are dilapidated that the facility can’t be used anymore; and
  • Vandalism and theft of infrastructure assets.

28 April 2021 - NW391

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

In light of the fact that Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution. to explicitly allow for land expropriation without compensation met on Friday, 12 February 2021, for the first time this year (details furnished), what are the reasons for the apparent rush to amend the Constitution which is taking precedence over a constitutional imperative that could very well see the amendment challenged in court should the process even appear to have been expedited?

Reply:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION 391

 

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

The Ad Hoc Committee to Amend Section 25 of the Constitution, a Committee of Parliament, determined its programme on the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution without involving the Executive, as it is usually the case. The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is therefore not privy to the reasons for determining the programme in the manner that it is said it has been done by Parliament.

28 April 2021 - NW227

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of State Security

(1) Whether the State Security Agency launched and/or finalised a full investigation into allegations made during testimony at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State that certain persons (names furnished) were involved in the looting of R9 billion from the State while each was employed in her department; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the details of the (a) investigation and (b) recommendations of the investigation in each case; (2) whether any criminal charges have been brought against any of the specified persons regarding the allegations; if not, in each case, (a) why not and (b) by what date is it envisaged that the criminal charges will be brought against each of the specified persons; if so, what are the (i) relevant details and (ii) CAS numbers of each case?

Reply:

Reply to this Parliamentary Question has been logged with the Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence

28 April 2021 - NW663

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?

Reply:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION 663

 

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER [No 6-2021 SIXTH PARLIAMENT]
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05 MARCH 2021

663. Mr A N Sarupen (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development:

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract? NW781E

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD)

(a)(i),(ii),(iii),(iv) Yes. Please refer to the table below.

(i) Name of Security Service Provider

(ii) Purpose

(iii) Value

(iv) Duration

Long term Security Contracts (2 – 3 Years)

Pristo Trading Response

To safeguard and protect departmental assets, information and staff against any risk exposure to theft and damages on a 24/7 basis. The main and focal purpose and objective is to deny access to unauthorized personnel (including attackers or accidental intruders) from physically accessing a building, departmental facilities and safe keeping of resources

 

R 55 110 734.98

01/12/2019 – 30/11/2022

Prosecure Security

 

R 19 072 012.00

01/12/2019 – 30/11/2022

Bulcof Security

 

R 13 357 567.40

01/12/2019 – 30/11/2022

Siyejabula Security

 

R 37 713 478.12

01/12/2019 – 30/11/2022

Bamogale Security (EC)

 

R 22 870 556.00

01/12/2019 – 30/11/2022

Bamogale Security (WC)

 

R 25 286 303.50

01/12/2019 – 30/11/2022

Bamogale Security (MP)

 

R 37 488 528.00

01/12/2019 – 30/11/2022

Bamogale Security (FS)

 

R 39 870 757.60

01/12/2019 – 30/11/2022

Bamogale Security (NW)

 

R 20 978 346.00

01/12/2019 – 30/11/2022

Whisper Security

 

R 1 767 903.84

01/12/2019 – 30/11/2022

Lekagang Security

 

R 2 229 050.88

01/12/2019 – 30/11/2022

Octaves Security

 

R 3 966 583.80

07/04/2019 – 07/04/2022

Octaves Security

 

R 3 403 618.68

04/04/2019 – 04/04/2022

Octaves Security

 

R 2 914 008.72

04/04/2019 – 04/04/2022

No Name Security

 

R 3 404 073.48

03/04/2019 – 03/04/2022

Tsangoane Security

 

R 1 286 650.56

01/03/2020 – 28/02/2022

Raite Security

 

R 3 164 902.68

07/04/2019 – 07/04/2022

Modise Security

 

R 3 075 625.76

09/04/2019 – 09/04/2022

Short term security contracts (3 x months)

Vhunene Security

 

R 27951.11

15/12/2020 – 15/03/2021

Reliance Security

 

R 399 811.89

15/12/2020 – 15/03/2021

Pristo Trading Response

 

R 275 746.64

10/01/2021 – 10/04/2021

Makjus Security

 

R 254 092.50

15/01/2021 – 15/04/2021

Black Excellence Forensic and Security

 

R 222 250.00

15/01/2021 – 15/04/2021

Black Protectors Security

 

R 267 375.00

15/01/2021 – 15/04/2021

Raite Security

 

R 261 091.95

16/01/2021 – 16/04/2021

Siyefana Security

 

R 209 643.76

24/01/2021 – 24/04/2021

George B Security

 

R 243 501.59

25/01/2021 – 25/04/2021

Rise Security

 

R 198 532.50

28/04/2021 – 28/04/2021

(b)(i),(ii),(iii),(iv) Entities reporting to the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Agricultural Research Council (ARC)

  1. Name of each firm
  1. Purpose
  1. Value
  1. Duration
  1. Nceda Cleaning and Security

The purpose of using out-sourced security guarding services is to maintain the integrity and availability of research material and information, protection of assets, control of access in terms of the control of Access to Public Premises Act 53 of 1985 and all other relevant legislation

  1. Nceda Cleaning and Security: R41 779 641,00

The contract supra are for three years (36 months) commencing in /March 2020 and ending in February 2023

  1. Rise Security Services
 
  1. Rise Security Services: R30 284 011,68
 

(c) Eldna Security Services

 
  1. Eldna Security Services: R17 301 311,23
 

National Agricultural Marketing Council NAMC)

No. The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) is renting office accommodation form the Landlord, namely Columbia Fall Properties 80 (PTY) LTD, who is responsible for the security of the building

Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP)

Yes. Please refer to the information below:

  1. Firm: Ezingeni Security and Cleaning (Pty) Ltd
  2. Purpose: Physical Security
  3. Value: R3506 580,00
  4. Duration: 12 Months (ends July 2021)

Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB)

Yes. Please refer to the information below:

  1. Firm: Fidelity Security (PTY) LTD
  2. Purpose: Provision of security services (guarding) at the ITB offices.
  3. Value: R89 996,80 monthly
  4. Duration: Month to month (the 3-year bid is at the evaluation stage)

Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB)

(i) Name of each firm

(iii) Value

(iv) Duration

(ii) Purpose

ADT Security (Pty) Limited (Cape Town)

R 837

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

ADT Security (Pty) Limited (Nelspruit)

R 763

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

ADT Security (Pty) Limited (Paarl)

R 743

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

ADT Security (Pty) Limited (Port Elizabeth)

R 608

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

B & S Alarms

R 195

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

Blue Security

R 696

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

Ceres Alarms

R 832

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

DRS Musina

R 550

Two-Years (Feb 23)

Monitoring & Armed Response

Hexvallei Security

R 389

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

Hi-Tech Monitoring CC (Malelani)

R 450

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

Hi-Tech Monitoring CC (Robertson)

R 350

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

Letaba Alarms

R 579

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

National Security & Fire (Pty) Limited (Cape Town)

R 653

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

National Security & Fire (Pty) Limited (Pretoria)

R 808

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

Specialised Agri Protection Services

R 490

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

Test Lek Security CC

R 400

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

Valley Security

R 240

Month to Month

Monitoring & Armed Response

 

R 9,583

 

 

28 April 2021 - NW674

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Hinana, Mr N to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?

Reply:

THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION

(a) The Department of Water and Sanitation utilises security services to safeguard the offices and assets at the Head Office and in the nine provincial offices. In some cases the security services are utilised to safeguard infrastructure that is vulnerable to vandalism. The details of security services utilised by the department, including the value and duration of each contract are as indicated in the table below.

DWS OFFICES

DURATION

OVERALL TOTAL AMOUNT

Gauteng

3 years

R 51 343 490.67

Limpopo

3 years

R 107 445 391.45

North West

3 years

R 103 590 139.20

Northern Cape

3 years

R 42 975 919.99

Mpumalanga

3 years

R 126 243 166.10

Eastern Cape

3 years

R 35 941 560.09

Western Cape

3 years

R 28 108 990.50

Free State

3 years

R 28 224 645.84

Kwazulu Natal

3 years

R 73 029 989.30

Limpopo

3 years

R 49 002 318.79

Limpopo

3 years

R 86 248 327.02

Limpopo

3 years

R 74 959 628.90

Gauteng (Vaal River intervention Security Services)

6 months

R14 000 000.00

TOTAL

R 821 113 567.85

(b) The entities utilise security services to safeguard the offices and assets as well as to safeguard infrastructure that is vulnerable to vandalism. The details of security services utilised by the entities of the DWS, including the value and duration of each contract are as indicated below.

Name of the Entity

The value

The duration

Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BGCMA)

R354.25 monthly

1 year (expiry date: 31 October 2021)

Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA)

R1,128,966.84

36 months (ending 31 July 2021)

Amatola Water

R5,003,846.82

The contract started on the 16th October 2020, for a duration of 3 years.

Bloem Water

N/A

N/A

Lepelle Northern Water

R16,635,920.64

3 year contract - April 2020 to March 2023

 

R23,084,192.88

3 year contract - April 2020 to March 2023

Magalies Water

R21,033,179.07

Three (3) years

2018 - 2021

Mhlathuze Water

R8,634,793.20

Three (3) years – 2019 to 2022

Overberg Water

N/A

N/A

Rand Water

R158,120,783.85

Thirty Six (36) Months (March 2020 to 28 February 2023)

Sedibeng Water

R20,908,079.54

Thirty-six months

 

R6,318,000.00

Thirty-six months

 

R20,850,000.00

Thirty-six months

 

R5,994,927.00

Thirty-six months

 

R8,576,214.80

Thirty-six months

 

R13,206,609.61

Thirty-six months

 

R17,438,493.77

Thirty-six months

 

R13,081,266.05

Thirty-six months

 

R22,641,378.55

Thirty-six months

Umgeni Water

R345,318,429.60

Five (5) years

Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority

R6.1 mil

3 years

From 01 June 2019 to

31 May 2022

Water Research Commission

R1,152,638.10

Two (02) years - November 2019 to 31 October 2021

Honourable Member, I am constrained and prohibited by the document titled “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly” from providing names of security firms as requested. The document referred to states that:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

(a) DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SETTLMENTS (DHS) AND ITS ENTITIES:

Department

(ii)Purpose

(iii)Value

(iv)Duration of specified contract

Human Settlements

To render guarding services

R9 199 080.00

01 June 2018 to 31 May 2021

(b) HUMAN SETTLEMENT ENTITIES

Entity

(ii) Purpose

(iii) Value

(iv) Duration of each specified contract

Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB)

Provision of security services at the EAAB office (63 Wierda Road Sandton)

R2 759 704.65 (?)

01 November 2016 to

31 October 2021

National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC)

Alarm and Armed response for 22 NHBRC offices

R155 728.00

01 January 2021 to

30 April 2021

 

Physical Guarding Security and installation of security systems

R1 072 235.00

01 February 2021 to

01 February 2022

 

Physical Guarding security services for office in Gqebertha

R259 191. 18

01 January 2021 to

01 January 2023

 

Physical Guarding Security Service

R12 771 759.60

10 December 2020 to

10 January 2023

 

Filed Risk Assessment

R453 800.00

01 October 2020 to

31 December 2021

Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA)

Security officers to safe guard the property 24 hours

R695 669.00

January 2020 to June 2021

 

Security Guard

R1 490 500.00

January 2020 to December 2020

Housing Development Agency (HDA)

Antiland invasion – property guarding

R328 440.00

1 March 2020 to 30 April 2021

 

Antiland invasion – property guarding

R2 196 684.00

1 September 2020 to 31 August 2022

 

Antiland invasion – property guarding

R324 161.17

1 March 2020 to 30 April 2021

 

Antiland invasion – property guarding

R401 579.17

1 May 2020 to 30 April 2021

 

Antiland invasion – property guarding

R336 029.17

1 May 2020 to 30 April 2021

 

Antiland invasion – property guarding

R398 898.66

1 March 2021 to 31 February 2022

 

Antiland invasion – property guarding

R431 231.23

1 June 2020 – 31 May 2021

 

Antiland invasion – property guarding

R366 252.00

1 August 2020 – 31 July 2021

 

Office security services performed by two (2) security officers

R544 536.09

1 February 2021 – 31 October 2022

 

Alarm system and armed response

R450.00

Month to month contract

 

Alarm system and armed response

R 412.00

Month to month contract

 

28 April 2021 - NW335

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1) Whether any staff member in her department (a) performed work in addition to the responsibilities related to his or her work, outside normal working hours, in the past five financial years and (b) has been performing such work during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what number of staff members and (ii) in what job or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether approval for such work was obtained in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the policy of her department in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved, (c) what number of contraventions of this policy were brought to the attention of the National Treasury in the past five financial years and (d) what steps have been taken against the transgressors?

Reply:

NATIONAL ASSEMLY

WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION 335

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER [No 02-2021 SIXTH PARLIAMENT]

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19 FEBRUARY 2020

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

(1)(a) Yes.

(1)(b) It should be noted that remunerated work outside of Public Service (RWOPS) are verified against the Central Supplier Database and PERSAL System. These are also audited by Auditor General as part of its regular audit process. The tables below depict the information on RWOPS from 1 April 2014 to date.

1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 (former DRDLR)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

63

Management and general support

8

Administration related

71

 

1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 (former DAFF)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

1

Financial Related

1

Management and general support

2

 

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016 (former DRDLR)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

63

Management and general support

8

Administration related

3

Social Science related

74

 

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016 (former DAFF)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

3

Management support

2

Financial and related

1

Agricultural and support

6

 

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017 (former DRDLR)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

60

Management and general support

8

Administration related

3

Social Science related

1

Community Development related

72

 

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017 (former DAFF)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

1

Manage and support

1

Agricultural support

2

 

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018 (former DRDLR)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

53

Management and general support

3

Administration related

1

Economic advisory

3

Cartographic Surveying and Related Technicians

60

 

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018 (former DAFF)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

4

Administration Related

10

Management support

17

Public Health Related

5

Financial and Related

13

Natural Sciences Related

19

Agricultural and support

2

Economic Advisory Support

1

Info Tech and related

1

Horticulturists Fore Agriculture

1

Comm and Info

2

Artisan Foreman

75

 

1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019 (former DRDLR)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

37

Management and general support

3

Administration related

1

Economic advisory

3

Cartographic Surveying and Related Technicians

44

 

1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019 (former DAFF)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

14

Administration Related

6

Management and support

11

Agriculture and support

1

Economic Advisory

7

ORG 17 DEFF

1

Line function support and Admin

3

Financial and Related

3

Public Health Related

10

Natural Sciences Related

56

 

1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020 (former DRDLR)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

3

Health Sciences

8

Management and general support

3

Computer systems

6

Administration related

3

Financial related

2

Natural sciences

3

Finance & Economic

1

Deeds

29

 

1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020 (former DAFF)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

8

Manage and Support

45

Agriculture and Support

1

Horticulturists Fore Agriculture and Support

   

54

 

1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021 (DALLRD)

(i) Total

(ii) Work Categories

22

Management and General Support

12

Financial and Related

6

Deeds

14

Agricultural production related

21

Administration related

6

Natural Sciences Related

3

Economic Development related

1

Material - Recording

1

Community Development

1

Social Sciences related

1

Health sciences related

88

 

(2) Applications were processed with either approval or disapproval outcome. In an instance an employee was suspected to be in contravention of the Directive such case would be investigated and when found guilty, appropriate actions would be taken.

(2)(a) The Department applies the DPSA Directive on Other Remunerative Work Outside Public Service as contemplated in Section 30 of the Public Service Act, 1994.

(2)(b) Approval is obtained from the Director-General for salary levels 1 – 12 and Minister for salary levels 13 – 16.

(2)(c) There were 5 (2 former DAFF and 3 former DRDLR) instances of contravention of the legislation. However, these were not reported to the National Treasury as this is not a requirement.

(2)(d) Appropriate and corrective actions were taken against the employees that were found to have contravened the law.

28 April 2021 - NW403

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Breedt, Ms T to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1) Whether, with reference to the minimum wage increase for farm workers as recommended by the National Minimum Wage Commission and announced by the Minister of Labour, she and/or her department considered that the 16,1% wage increase may amount to major job losses and retrenchments in the agricultural sector due to unaffordable wages in the midst of dire economic circumstances; if not, why not, if so, what is her department’s plan to assist employers in the agricultural sector to mitigate job losses; (2) did she and/or her department (a) consult with all relevant stakeholders, (b) participate in the process of determining the 16,1% increase, (c) make formal recommendations and/or (d) object to the relevant increases; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION 403

 

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

 

  1. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) is aware of the possible inadvertent impact that the 16,1% wage increase will have on the agricultural sector given the dire economic predicament the country is experiencing. Correspondingly, the Department is also mindful of the escalating living expenses which is the major driver necessitating annual adjustments in the minimum wage, considering low wage levels of ordinary South African workers, including farmworkers. However, Government cannot turn a blind eye to the dire effect the current economic situation has had on businesses. To this effect, Chapter four of the National Minimum Wage Act has made provision for a state where an employer or an employers’ organisation registered in terms of section 96 of the Labour Relations Act, or any other law, acting on behalf of a member, may, in the prescribed form and manner, apply for an exemption from paying the national minimum wage.
  1. (a) No - The process of consultations was made by the Department of Labour and Employment.
  1. No.
  1. No.
  2. No.

(3) No. However, the Minister will be consulting the relevant and affected structures in the endeavour to devise on intervention(s) to mitigate job losses within the agricultural sector.

28 April 2021 - NW521

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De Villiers, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether any staff member in her department (a) performed work in addition to the responsibilities related to his or her work, outside normal working hours, in the past five financial years and (b) has been performing such work during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what number of staff members and (ii) in what job or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether approval for such work was obtained in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the policy of her department in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved, (c) what number of contraventions of this policy were brought to the attention of the National Treasury in the past five financial years and (d) what steps have been taken against the transgressors?”

Reply:

1(a) Yes, 12 staff members applied to performed remunerative work outside public service in the past five years and they were all granted permission.

1(b)(i) – (ii) The 12 staff members that were granted permission, between 1 April 2014 to date, to perform remunerative work outside the Public Service, guided by the Public Service prescripts and Departmental Policy directives, were or are employed in these work categories within DSBD: Co-operatives, BBSDP, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Financial Management and Office of the Director-General.

(2)(a) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has an approved Ethics Management Policy and Remunerative Work Outside Public Service (RWOPS) Policy as guided by the Public Service Regulation 2016 and the circulars from the DPSA, guiding the management of the RWOPS. The RWOPS Policy allows the applicant to perform work after office hours and not more than 40 hours per month. The Policy further indicates that applicants are not allowed to use the state resources, including the time of the department, to perform their remunerative work.

(b) The appointed Ethics Officer is responsible for processing the applications and approval is granted by the Director-General.

(c) Zero.

(d) Not applicable.

_______________________________________________________________________________

RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

_______________________

MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

______________________________________________________________________________

RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

________________________

MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

_______________________________________________________________________________

RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

_________________________

MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

26 April 2021 - NW790

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Mkhonto, Ms C N to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

With reference to the approximately 1 050 houses at Kanyamazane in the Mbombela Local Municipality in Mpumalanga which was damaged by a hailstorm in May 2018, and noting that most of the specified houses had asbestos roofing, what steps did her department take since then to repair the damaged houses and remove the asbestos roofing?

Reply:

Honourable Member, I have been informed by the Mpumalanga Department of Human Settlements that the roofs of 2 433 houses damaged by a hail storm have been replaced in the areas of Kanyamazane, Entokozweni and Tekwane South in Mbombela Local Municipality under the Provincial Emergency Housing Programme.

Most of the damaged houses were part of the pre-1994 housing stock and were roofed with asbestos fiber roofing sheet. The roofs of these houses has since been replaced with more durable and environmentally friendly roofing sheets i.e., roofing tiles.

26 April 2021 - NW749

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

With reference to the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu areas in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, what total number of (a)(i) government-sponsored houses have been built and (ii) title deeds for houses have been given to residents in each of the above areas from 1 October 2019 to date, (b)(i) houses were built and/or given to persons with disabilities in each year since October 2019, (ii) title deeds were given to persons living with disabilities to date and (c)(i) houses were built for child-headed households and (ii) title deeds were given to child-headed households from 1 October 2019 to date?

Reply:

(a)(i) The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Department of Human Settlements indicated that the total number of government-sponsored houses, commonly referred to as Breaking New Ground (BNG) Houses that have been built in the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu areas is 622.

(ii) 126 Title Deeds have been handed over to the residents in Inanda, 83 Title Deeds have been handed over to residents in Ntuzuma and 39 Title Deeds have been hand over to residents in KwaMashu from 1 October 2019 to date.

(b) 2 Houses were built and handed over to persons with disabilities in July and August 2020.

(c) No houses were built for child-headed households since October 2019.

 

 

23 April 2021 - NW744

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether, with reference to the Parliamentary Villages Management Board Act, Act 96 of 1998, which determines that the Management Board must meet at least every three months, the current Board is operating in accordance with the specified Act; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

I have been informed by the Department that the Board is chaired by the Acting Director-General of the Department. The current Board is operating in accordance with the Parliamentary Villages Management Board Act, and held its inaugural meeting on the 16th September 2020. Subsequently, two meetings were held on the following dates: 23rd March 2021 and the 01st April 2021.

23 April 2021 - NW746

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(a) How often does her department undertake regular maintenance at the Parliamentary Villages, (b) who replaced the previous contractor (name furnished) whose contract expired at the end of 2020, (c) what services does the current contractor provide, (d) does the current contractor have a permanent presence in the Villages, (e) what are the relevant details of the budget allocated to the contractor for the 2020-21 financial year and (f) were appropriate tender processes followed?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

I am informed by the Department that:

  1. The Department undertakes maintenance on a day-to-day basis.
  2. The Department has various maintenance contractors appointed to render day-to-day maintenance according to their building disciplines.
  3. The current contractors provide:
      • Maintenance and Repairs to domestic appliances ie. fridges, stoves, etc.;
      • Maintenance to pumps, pools and irrigation systems;
      • Maintenance to fire detection / protection / suppression systems and access control (CCTV, automated doors / gates, PA systems, surveillance);
      • Maintenance and repairs to air-conditioning;
      • Buiding services;
      • Pest control;
      • Repairs and service to standby generators and electrical; and
      • Plumbing services.
  4. No, term contractors are available as and when required.
  5. The budget for services is R25 million.
  6. Yes, all tenders are advertised on the Government Tender Bulletin (National).

23 April 2021 - NW888

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Tourism

How will her department be assisting the tourism sector in the Republic in order to reinvigorate the (a) international market and (b) domestic market in respect of South Africa being once again an ideal tourist destination post the vaccine rollout period?

Reply:

  1. International market.

South African Tourism has kept all its international trade partners and stakeholders regularly updated on key matters of relevance to travel to South Africa. The continuous flow of information helps to sensitize international markets of the situation in South Africa and highlights the high standard of safety protocols adopted and implemented by the tourism industry. This will boost the confidence in the destination and inspire travel choices in favour of South Africa. On the business events front, SA Tourism together with the industry players participated at various events, meetings and conferences aimed at invigorating the industry through virtual platforms. On the economic diplomacy front, the Minister is leading engagements with missions of market countries and also reaching out to our key trade partners to provide insights on facts related to tourism and the pandemic in South Africa. All these are part of the regional and international market rejuvenation campaign.

  1. Domestic market.

The domestic tourism campaign led by the Minister and supported by the Deputy Minister has been rolled out across all provinces in the country, showcasing some of the best but less known attractions. The campaign is supported through both mainstream and digital media platforms. While official account of the sector’s domestic recovery performance is yet to be compiled, indications from the sector are that these efforts are bearing fruits and that domestic tourism is on its way to recovery dependant on the pandemic trends.

23 April 2021 - NW857

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) With reference to the fitment of all the houses within the Parliamentary villages, and in Acacia Park Parliamentary Village in particular, with alarm systems, but without one of these systems having been activated, what are the reasons why the alarm systems were installed without any means for them to contact either the SA Police Service (SAPS) office or an external security company; (2) whether an appropriate study was conducted prior to the installation of perimeter beams along the perimeter wall of the Acacia Park Parliamentary Village; if not, why not; if so, (3) was the terrain along the perimeter walls of the Acacia Park village ascertained through a surveillance study to be suitable for the installation of the perimeter security beams; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) which company was approved to install the security systems and perimeter security beams at Acacia Park; (4) whether the correct supply chain management and/or tender processes were followed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

  1. I have been informed by the Department that the intruder alarms were removed and re-instated as part of the scope of work under contract WCS 045661/002 which was the refurbishment of Sessional Officials’ accommodation. The challenge however, was the ageing infrastructure at SAPS Rondebosch Static Protection Service, where not all intruder alarms reported the signal to the SAPS site office at Groote Schuur Estate. The Department is currently attending to these challenges and will resolve the intruder alarm and signal under the current MP maintenance project, WCS 046748.
  2. Yes, at the inception of the project in 2015, the appropriate study was done through the SAPS Security Assessment Report.
  3. Yes, the appropriate study was done through the SAPS Security Assessment Report. (a) It was recommended that the perimeter of the park must consist of the following:
  • Single welded mesh fence (high security fence);
  • Concrete plinth underneath;
  • Effective perimeter illumination for easy patrol and enhancement of cameras either during the night or adverse weather conditions, SANS 10389-2;
  • Beams were already fitted for detecting would-be intruders trying to tamper with the fence and/or for zone breaching;
  • The fence must, at all times, be free from holes and/or any sort of damages,
  • Vegetation around the fence was also not recommended; and
  • The placing and number of cameras, namely 17 (PTZ) Pan Tilt Zoom in Acacia Park, 6 fixed and 5 (PTZ) in Pelican Park and 7 fixed and 5 (PTZ) in Pelican Park.
  • (b) Liberty Technologies was sub-contracted by Bambana Management Services to install the security system and perimeter security beams at Acacia Park.
  •  
  • 4. Yes, the correct tender process was followed. The open tender was advertised in line with sound supply chain management processes. The contract for the upgrading of the access control at the three Parliamentary Villages undertaken in 2015 amounted to R32 231 266.29 and the successful bidder was Bambana Management Services.

23 April 2021 - NW923

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

How (a)(i) has the domestic tourism industry adhered to the implementation of the COVID-19 Tourism Safety Protocols since the opening of domestic tourism under Alert Level 2 and (ii) was this (aa) ascertained and (bb) measured and (b)(i) has the domestic market improved and/or picked up since the announcement of the relaxation of travel restrictions under Alert Level 2 and (ii) was this (aa) ascertained and (bb) measured?

Reply:

(a) (i) Department of Tourism working together with the private sector have been pro-active in establishing Directions and Protocols respectively as measures to reduce transmission risk across all sub-sectors. The Covid-19 protocols are rolled out by the sector under a self-regulatory framework in conjunction with the government’s Risk-Adjusted Strategy. The domestic tourism industry was not excluded to the efforts of law enforcement authorities to enforce adherence to the measures put in place by government to limit the spread of the virus. Law enforcement agencies has raised concerns of some establishments who were found to be none- complaince, this were mainly by some restaurant and this was raised with the sector.

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(ii) (aa) and (bb) No survey was done on this matter. However feedback received from the industry points to majority of the sector being in compliance. Furthermore, observations made during visits to establishments show that industry is ready with compliance to the protocols and safe operations.

(b) (i) There has been some form of recovery in the domestic sector although it is still below the pre-COVID-19 levels. Since the Risk adjusted strategy was implemented in March 2020 there has been a steady improvement/ progress from Level 5 to Level 1. Following the easing of lockdown to level 3 in June 2020, domestic tourism started picking up from August 2020 resulting in the performance at different levels of lockdown depicted in the table below.

Month

COVID 19 Level

Trips

August 2020

L2

2,465,260

September 2020

L1

2,236,371

October 2020

L1

2,266,853

November 2020

L1

1,174,491

December 2020

L1 and adjusted L3

1,358,772

(ii) (aa) and (bb) SA Tourism conducts monthly surveys that track travel patterns and behaviour of South Africans within the country.

21 April 2021 - NW651

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether there are any public funds that are used towards the management of community tourism organisations (CTOs); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) amount and (b) are the relevant details; (2) whether there are any public funds that are transferred to CTOs, if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what amount, (b) how is the amount determined for each CTO and (c) which department and/or entity provides the funds?

Reply:

(1) and (2) Community Tourism Organisations (CTOs) are independent associations based on voluntary participation by their membership. The organisations are responsible for their operations including financial aspects thereof. The Department of Tourism does not fund CTOs.

21 April 2021 - NW467

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Tourism

What total number of community tourism organisations are currently operational in each province?

Reply:

The Department of Tourism does not keep data on Community Tourism Organisations. The Department’s point of entry to community organisations is through Provincial and Local government with due recognition of the concurrency of the tourism legislative mandate. The department maintains this approach as it has worked effectively in terms of outreach and engagements with local tourism communities as well as from an intergovernmental relations point of view. Thus, the department acknowledges concurrent legislative competence and that local govenment is responsible for the development of local tourism including matters related to community tourism organisations.

21 April 2021 - NW490

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

(a) What number of (i) directors-general and (ii) heads of departments (HODs) in the public service are (aa) permanently employed, (bb) in acting positions, (b) for what period have they been acting in such positions and (c) will he furnish Dr M M Gondwe with a breakdown of this number in each government department?

Reply:

a) (i) (aa) Directors-General - 37 Nationally appointed; 8 Provincially appointed (Schedule 1 of the Public Service Act, 1994) - (Directors-General are appointed on contract for a term not exceeding five years)

(bb) Acting Directors-General - National 8 Directors-General are acting; Provincially 1 Director-General is acting.

(ii) (aa) Heads of Department: 87 appointed – (Schedule 2 of the Public Service Act, 1994) – (Heads of Department are appointed on contract for a term not exceeding five years)

(bb) Acting Heads of Department – 25.

(b&c) Officials are appointed to act from the date the post has become vacant – Period of Acting Directors-General Nationally by Department (data: as at 31 December 2020):

National Departments

Post vacant date

Duration vacant (months)

Department of Social Development

2017-05-31

43

Department of Water and Sanitation

2017-11-30

37

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

2020-10-31

2

Department of Military Veterans

2018-06-15

31

Small Business Development

2018-09-30

27

The Presidency

2020-08-31

4

Communication and Digital Technologies

2020-06-30

6

State Security Agency

2018-04-30

33

     

Provincial Department

Post vacant date

Duration vacant (months)

North West Office of the Premier

2019-04-30

20

(b&c) Officials are appointed to act from the date the post has become vacant – Period of Acting Nationally by Department: (data: as at 31 December 2020):

Province

Provincial Department

Post vacant date

Duration vacant (months)

KZN

Provincial Treasury

2020-06-30

6

 

Transport

2020-04-30

8

 

Northern Cape

Provincial Treasury

2014-10-31

74

 

Education

2020-08-31

4

 

Roads and Public Works

2020-07-31

7

 

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

2019-10-31

14

 

Environment and Nature Conservation

2020-02-01

11

 

Economic Development and Tourism

2014-10-31

74

 

Health

2020-02-28

10

 

Eastern Cape

Health

2020-09-30

3

 

Rural Development and Agrarian Reform

2018-09-30

27

 

Mpumalanga

Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs

2018-05-31

31

 

Public Works, Roads and Transport

2019-10-31

14

 

Economic Development and Tourism

2014-10-31

74

 

Education

2019-08-31

16

 

Health

2013-06-01

90

 

Cooperative Governance

2020-02-29

10

 

Gauteng

Community Safety

2020-02-29

10

 

Health

2020-10-01

3

 

Economic Development

2020-11-30

1

 

Limpopo

Education

2020-01-31

11

 

Social Development

2020-05-01

8

 

North West

Agriculture and Rural Development

2020-10-01

3

 

Health

2020-01-13

12

 

Social Development

2018-11-30

26

       
       

21 April 2021 - NW652

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether she has any structured ongoing engagement with community tourism organisations (CTO); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what (a) proportion of CTOs has she and/or her department found to be effectively operational in each province and (b) are the criteria that determines this; (3) (a) what is the last date that she had a structured engagement with CTOs, (b)(i) where and (ii) how did this take place, (iii) who were the participants in this engagement and (iv) what was the basis of the discussion?

Reply:

1. The Minister of Tourism undertakes tourism stakeholder outreaches across the country, wherein she engages with various stakeholders within local communities. Thus, the Minister takes an inclusive approach at a community level with participation by all affected and interested parties.

2. (a) and (b) Neither the Department of Tourism nor the Minister of Tourism have mandate to evaluate functionality of Community Tourism Organisations or any other tourism association as these are voluntary associations.

3. (a)(i) and (b)(i) and (ii) The latest engagement was in the Northern Cape in the areas of Upington and Rimvesmark in a form of Ministerial outreach linked to the tourism recovery efforts and revitalisation of domestic tourism in particular.

(iii)The engagements were attended by amongst others the provincial government, local government, and local tourism business community.

(iv)To obtain insights into the key tourism issues and opportunities for improvements where necessary.

21 April 2021 - NW469

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Tourism

What (a) are the (i) legislative and (ii) policy responsibilities and (b) is the purpose of the Community Tourism Organisation?

Reply:

The Department of Tourism does not have policy and/or legislative responsibilities regarding Community Tourism Organisations. However, the department has a responsibility to reach out to tourism stakeholders at all levels, and to maintain sound intergovernmental relations by working with and through provinces and local government where appropriate.

21 April 2021 - NW395

Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

In view of the fact that in November 2020 the Auditor-General’s 2019-20 report on her department and the entities reporting to her showed again the absolute urgency to fill vacancies in key positions especially that of an accounting officer, what (a) steps has she taken to fill key vacancies in her department and the entities reporting to her since the release of the report of the Auditor-General and (b) is the total breakdown of the number of vacancies in her department that have been filled?

Reply:

The timeframe cited in the question suggests that the Honourable Member is referring to the filling of vacancies in the Departments of Human Settlements.

In September 2020, I instructed the Department of Human Settlements to fill all vacant and funded posts from Assistant Director and above by the end of the financial year. Following the foregoing instruction, National Treasury reduced the DHS’ allocation of the Compensation of Employee’s (COE) budget over the MTEF 2021/22 -2023/24. Subsequent to the reduction of the COE, the Department identified a list of priority posts which could be filled from the available funds. The lists hereunder contains the posts which the Department and its Entities have identified for filling.

No

DHS Post Name

Salary Level

Progress

1. 

DDG: Human Settlements Delivery Frameworks

15

Post to be advertised

2. 

CD: Executive Support

14

Shortlisting completed - Pending interview.

3. 

CD: Human Resources

14

Shortlisting completed - Pending interview.

4. 

CD: Legal Services

14

Shortlisting completed - Pending interview.

5.

CD: Human Settlements Plan

14

Interviewed-Pending appointment

6.

CD: Monitoring & Evaluation

14

Interviewed-Pending appointment

7.

CD: Program Implementation Facilitation

14

Earmarked for advertisement and filling by April 2021

8.

CD: Regulatory Compliance

14

Earmarked for advertisement and filling by April 2021

9.

D: Budgeting

13

Shortlisting completed - Pending interview.

10.

D: Financial Accounting

13

Shortlisting completed - Pending interview.

11.

D: Contract Management

13

Shortlisting completed - Pending interview.

12.

D: HS Framework Legislation & Research

13

Shortlisting completed - Pending interview.

DHS Entities

Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS)

No.

Post Name

Progress

1.

Chief Financial Officer

The interviews have been finalised and Minister will soon approach cabinet for concurrence for the appointment of the recommended candidate

National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC)

1.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NHFC retired on 31 August 2020 and thereafter the Minister appointed an acting CEO with effect from 1 September 2020. The appointment of the CEO is underway.

Housing Development Agency (HDA)

1. 

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

An Acting CEO was appointed in February 2021, which will be followed by the recruitment of a fulltime CEO.

2.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

The CFO was appointed in May 2020 into a fulltime fixed contract post.

3.

HDA Board

The Interim Board in February 2020 and the process of appointing a permanent Board has begun in earnest.

Estate Agency Affairs Board

No.

Post Name

Progress

1.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

A Chief Financial Officer has already been seconded from the NHFC to the EAAB and commenced with duties on 01 March 2021.

Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA)

1. 

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The contract of the former CEO ended on 31 January 2021. The recruitment process to fill the vacancy has commenced.

2. 

SHRA Council

The call for nominations has been finalised and the Selection Committee furnished the Minister with a list of recommended persons which the Minister will exercise oversight on and thereafter submit the same for the concurrence of Cabinet.

(b) The post of Director-General for the Department of Human Settlements is not vacant. The positions indicated below have also been filled, utilizing the available CoE budget:

 

No

Post Name

Salary Level

Progress

1.

CD: Governance Framework

14

Filled

2. 

DD: Occupational Health and Safety

11

Filled

3. 

Office Manager

11

Filled

4. 

DD: Internal Control

11

Filled

5. 

DD: Information

11

Filled

6. 

ASD: Corporate Secretariat Support

9

Filled

7. 

ASD: Municipal Accreditation

9

Filled

8.

Senior Internal Audit X 2

9

Filled

21 April 2021 - NW918

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What measures does her department have in place to act against municipalities that do not adhere to ministerial directives, such as the Madibeng Local Municipality that refused to effect a ministerial directive to assist with the improvement of water and wastewater systems to address pollution with regard to effluent in streams and rivers?

Reply:

The Ministerial Directive is issued in terms of section 63 of the Water Services Act, 1997 (Act 108 of 1997 (WSA). The issuance of a Directive involves a consultative process whereby the Minister engages all the stakeholders; including the Premier, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Member of the Executive Council responsible for COGTA and the Mayors involved in the implementation of a directive as per the legislative requirements.

If a municipality or any of the stakeholders fail to implement the Directive, Sections 63 (2) (b) of the WSA and section 151 of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act 36 of 1998) (NWA), empower the Executive Authority to take over the functions after due process or take legal action.

Regarding the particular case referred to in the question, the Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation and Minister of Minerals Resources and Energy, Premier of North West, COGTA MEC and the Mayor of the municipality met on 04 March 2021 to resolve the impasse. The Minister of DMR is the champion for the District Development Model in North West Province. During the course of the meeting, it was resolved that the municipality will hand over the operations and maintenance of the water and sanitation infrastructure to the Magalies Water Board, in accordance with the Minister’s directive. The municipality did not object and all processes are currently underway to implement the resolution.

21 April 2021 - NW468

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Tourism

What is the (a) name, (b) surname, (c) telephone number and (d) email address of each chairperson of the Community Tourism Organisation?

Reply:

The Department of Tourism does not keep data on Community Tourism Organisations (CTOs) and works through provinces and local government as points of entry when it comes to outreaches and engagements with local tourism stakeholders including CTOs. The Honourable member may directly liaise with relevant province/s and/or local government in this regard.

21 April 2021 - NW1010

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) is the total breakdown of all the monies that have been paid annually in the form of Roads and Transport Grant to the Rustenburg Local Municipality for the Rustenburg Rapid Transport system since 2008, (b) was the original budget for the project and (c) is the expected total spend to complete the project?

Reply:

Mrs C Phillips (DA) to ask the Minister of Transport:

(a) Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) was allocated funds from the Public Transport Network Grant from the 2010/11 financial year. From 2010/11 to June 2020, a total of R 3,855 billion has been allocated to the RLM and total expenditure is standing at R3, 163 billion.

The table below summarises the allocation and expenditure per financial year.

(b) Was the original budget for the project?

The original budget was estimated at R3 billion rands. It is important to highlight that it was impractical to construct all routes and other infrastructure at once and within a short space of time as this would have caused a gridlock. The municipality therefore had to phase-in construction. There were further objections in the initial stages of construction, which halted construction of bus lanes in the CBD and resulted in construction delays.

(c) What is the expected total spend to complete the project?

The majority of construction is completed and the municipality needs depot infrastructure. From henceforth, the city will use the grant operational component to pay compensation to taxi industry incumbents and run the service, these are estimated at R1.4 billion rands including compensation for affected operators over the next 12 years.

20 April 2021 - NW349

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) total number of hectares of land is held in the name of traditional leaders for use by communities in Northern Cape, (b) is the name of the responsible traditional leader in each of the areas and (c) government support has been provided in each area since 1 January 2014?

Reply:

a) About 943 578 hectares of land in Northern Cape are held by Government on behalf of traditional communities, whose boundaries are defined in various proclamations.

b) The names and locations of each of the traditional communities concerned are provided in the attached schedule.

c) None

20 April 2021 - NW348

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) total number of hectares of land is held in the name of traditional leaders for use by communities in North West, (b) is the name of the responsible traditional leader in each of the areas and (c) government support has been provided in each area since 1 January 2014?

Reply:

a) About 1 941 974 hectares of land in North West are held by Government on behalf of traditional communities, whose boundaries are defined in various proclamations.

b) The names and locations of each of the traditional communities concerned are provided in the attached schedule.

c) None

20 April 2021 - NW536

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether, in view of the announcement by the National School of Government that the government of the People’s Republic of China will be providing training to South African public servants, including to expose South African managers to China’s governance models, the Government is paying to obtain this training from the Chinese government; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he will furnish Dr L A Schreiber with a detailed breakdown of the curriculum and topics that will be covered during the training; (3) given that the People’s Republic of China is a one-party state instead of a multiparty liberal democracy like the Republic, what are the reasons that he has found it to be appropriate for public servants in our democracy to be trained on governance matters by functionaries of the Chinese state?

Reply:

(1) The Government of South Africa is not paying to receive this training from China. The programmes are sponsored by the Government of China and exist within the context of the MoUs entered into between the NSG and the China National Academy of Governance and the University of China Academy of Social Sciences.

(2) For details of the curriculum please see the following annexures:

Annexure 1: Building Governance Capacity for South Africa

Annexure 2: Economic Governance

Annexure 3: Poverty Alleviation and Rural Development

 

The upcoming programme on Governance and Emergency Management will cover topics such as (1) Modernization of Chinese Government Structure and Governance Ability, (2) Chinese Government Performance Management, (3) China's Public Policy Making, (4) Response to Emergencies, (5) Emergency management in China, (6) Practice and exploration of the construction of national emergency management system

These programmes are targeted at Senior Managers in the public service and have also attracted Deputy Ministers, Councillors and Executive Mayors.

(3) The NSG has prioritised the use of strategic partnerships with leading institutions from around the world in pursuit of knowledge exchanges. These partnerships include institutions in Europe, Asia and the Americas. These partnerships are with the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (France), University College London (United Kingdom), Thunderbird School of Global Management – Arizona University (USA), China National Academy of Governance and the University of China Academy of Social Sciences.

The NSG also enjoys exchanges with countries such as Germany, Chile and India where we facilitate learning opportunities for South Africa’s public servants. The pursuit of these strategic partnerships is in line with South Africa’s White Paper on Foreign Policy. We pursue our relations with countries that have diplomatic relations with South Africa, China being one of them. Regardless of its Political System, China boasts a public service that is based on a strong system of meritocracy and has its own unique governance system which other countries can learn from in crafting or improving their own in pursuit of their own national objectives and interests. Over the past decades, China has excelled in development planning, testing and mass rollout of integrated development initiatives. China has been very successful in translating strategic plans into operational plans and implementing them. We would like South Africa’s public servants and leaders to be exposed to the education and learning programmes that have underpinned the successes of development-oriented states such as China.

We also facilitate learning opportunities with institutions in Germany, France, Chile and India, because like China, they have mastered State craft.

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20 April 2021 - NW350

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Spies, Ms ERJ to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) total number of hectares of land is held in the name of traditional leaders for use by communities in Gauteng, (b) is the name of the responsible traditional leader in each of the areas and (c) government support has been provided in each area since 1 January 2014?

Reply:

 

a) About 20 182 hectares of land in Gauteng are held by Government on behalf of traditional communities, whose boundaries are defined in various proclamations.

b) The names and locations of each of the traditional communities concerned are provided in the attached schedule.

c) None

20 April 2021 - NW345

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) total number of hectares of land is held in the name of traditional leaders for use by communities in the Eastern Cape, (b) is the name of the responsible traditional leader in each of the areas and (c) government support has been provided in each area since 1 January 2014?

Reply:

a) About 3 501 621 hectares of land in the Eastern Cape are held by Government on behalf of traditional communities, whose boundaries are defined in various proclamations. The Eastern Cape proclamations however have not been recently mapped since the Provincial Government, with the assistance of the national Department of Traditional Affairs, is still verifying the accuracy and completeness of the proclamations in their possession. Once this process is completed, all the boundaries of traditional communities will be mapped in order to confirm existing information particularly with respect to the boundaries.

b) The names and locations of each of the traditional communities concerned are provided in the attached schedule.

c) None

20 April 2021 - NW346

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) total number of hectares of land is held in the name of traditional leaders for use by communities in Limpopo, (b) is the name of the responsible traditional leader in each of the areas and (c) government support has been provided in each area since 1 January 2014?

Reply:

a) About 2 912 679 hectares of land in Limpopo are held by Government on behalf of traditional communities, whose boundaries are defined in various proclamations.

b) The names and locations of each of the traditional communities concerned are provided in the attached schedule.

c) None

20 April 2021 - NW347

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) total number of hectares of land is held in the name of traditional leaders for use by communities in Mpumalanga, (b) is the name of the responsible traditional leader in each of the areas and (c) government support has been provided in each area since 1 January 2014?

Reply:

a) About 642 670 hectares of land in Mpumalanga are held by Government on behalf of traditional communities, whose boundaries are defined in various proclamations.

b) The names and locations of each of the traditional communities concerned are provided in the attached schedule.

c) None

20 April 2021 - NW352

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Spies, Ms ERJ to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) total number of hectares of land is held in the name of traditional leaders for use by communities in KwaZulu-Natal, (b) is the name of the responsible traditional leader in each of the areas and (c) government support has been provided in each area since 1 January 2014?

Reply:

a) About 2 883 720 hectares of land in KwaZulu-Natal are held by the Ingonyama, as trustee of Ingonyama Trust, on behalf of the communities that are listed in the schedule to the KwaZulu-Natal Ingonyama Trust Act, 1994. An additional amount of about 559 559 hectares are held by Government on behalf of traditional communities in the same province.

b) The names and locations of each of the traditional communities, on whose behalf the land is held, are provided in the attached schedule.

c) None

20 April 2021 - NW172

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)What total (a) number of provincial departments have underperformed in the 2019-20 financial year and (b) amount was paid for performance bonuses to the specified underperforming departments in the specified financial year; (2) What total (a) number of departments within the national Government have underperformed in the 2019-20 financial year and (b) amount was paid for performance bonuses to the specified underperforming departments in the specified financial year?

Reply:

  1. For the purpose of responding to this parliamentary question, departments that received a disclaimer or adverse finding from the Auditor-General for the 2019/2020 financial year are regarded as having underperformed. (a) The North West Department of Human Settlements is the only provincial department that received a disclaimer or adverse finding from the Auditor-General for the 2019/2020 financial year. (b) According to information available on PERSAL no performance bonuses were paid by the department for the 2019/2020 financial year.
  2. (a) None of the national departments received a disclaimer or adverse finding for the 2019/2020 financial year. (b) According to information available on PERSAL no performance bonuses were paid by departments that are regarded as underperforming.

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20 April 2021 - NW784

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) total number of persons have had their Permission to Occupy rights to land converted to lease agreements by the Ingonyama Trust in KwaZulu-Natal and (b) impact has the specified conversion had on the tenure security of ordinary citizens in the specified province?

Reply:

 

a) None. People that reside on Ingonyama Trust land do not do so purely on the basis of a Permission to Occupy, but rather on the basis of customary tenure. There are instances where some may have had Permission to Occupy documents issued to them in the past, but the conclusion of a lease has never necessitated that the lessee surrenders the Permission to Occupy or forsake their customary tenure rights. It has therefore never been significant for the Ingonyama Trust Board to record the fact that a lessee may have had a Permission to Occupy document since it plays no significant role in the determination whether a resident on Ingonyama Trust land should be granted a lease or not.

b) The conclusion of a lease agreement by a resident on Ingonyama Trust land has no impact on the customary tenure right of such a resident.

20 April 2021 - NW418

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether she has found the operations of the Advisory Council on Military Veterans in her department to be sound; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the reasons that she has neglected to respond to the previous advisory council and (b) steps will she take to ensure that the new advisory council’s recommendations are implemented?

Reply:

The question is vague as it is not clear when it is alleged that I “neglected to respond to the previous Advisory Council”.  I issued a Ministerial Directive in 2019 on the interpretation and application of the mandate of the Advisory Council with specific reference to, amongst others, this provisions in the Act, and it is trusted that once a new Council is appointed that  they will operate within these parameters. 

 

 

20 April 2021 - NW344

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) total number of hectares of land is held in the name of traditional leaders for use by communities in the Free State, (b) is the name of the responsible traditional leader in each of the areas and (c) government support has been provided in each area since 1 January 2014?

Reply:

a) About 140 277 hectares of land in the Free State are held by Government on behalf of traditional communities, whose boundaries are defined in various proclamations.

b) The names and locations of each of the traditional communities concerned are provided in the attached schedule.

20 April 2021 - NW77

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether her department has taken steps to ensure that small, medium and micro enterprises that form part of the constituencies of municipalities are included in the procurement model of the cities to open up enough space for small business to participate in line with supply chain management processes of each city; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?”

Reply:

The procurement of goods and services in municipalities is governed by the Municipal Finance Management Act, the Supply Chaim Management Regulations of the National Treasury as revised and the applicable Practice Notes as issued National Treasury. The MFMA, SCM Regulations and the various Practice Notes prescribe procurement requirements from SMMEs and Co-operatives of each municipality.

To augment the legislated mandates, the Department of Small Business Development consults and lobbies the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) on various policy and SMME support instruments it develops for adoption and implementation in municipalities. A recent example is that of when the Department was developing the SMME-Focused Localization Framework in 2020, it held consultations and mobilized for adoption by municipalities for implementation. The Localisation Framework identifies over 1000 products and services that must be procured from SMMEs and Cooperatives. To date, SALGA continues to create a platform for the Department to create awareness of the Localisation Framework amongst the municipalities to consider SMMEs and Co-operatives produced goods or services when issuing out tenders to bidders. To demonstrate success of this mainstreaming work, the City of Tshwane continues to consult with the Department in their process of developing its own localisation policy and reviewing its supply chain management policies.

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20 April 2021 - NW21

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) total amount of the budgeted COVID-19 relief fund for small businesses has been distributed to date and (b) is the racial profile of the businesses to which the specified funds were distributed?”

Reply:

a) Disbursements under the SMME Debt Relief Fund amounted to R316.2 million to 1 151 SMMEs of the R513 million that was set aside. It must be noted that no additional claims from approved beneficiaries were received against the Scheme when the economy moved to lockdown level 3.

b) The racial profile of the businesses is outlined as follows:

Race

Number

%

Asian

3

0.26

Black

696

60.47

Coloured

67

5.82

Indian

98

8.51

White

287

24.93

Total

1 151

100.00

19 April 2021 - NW554

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

What is the total number of (a) schools in each province that do not have access to water in 2021 and (b) water tankers that have been installed in schools in each province since 1 November 2020?

Reply:

1. As reported by provincial education departments, there were no schools that did not have any access to water.

2. No water tanks were installed in the provinces since November 2020.

19 April 2021 - NW799

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

What are the full, relevant details and breakdown of the (a) total amount that her department has spent on mobile classrooms countrywide and (b) location of the specified classrooms?

Reply:

(a)       R774 430 461

(b) 

The Classrooms are located as follows:

           

FREE STATE

2704

 

KWA-ZULU NATAL

1925

 

LIMPOPO

605

 

NORTHERN CAPE

65

 

NORTH WEST

73

 

WESTERN CAPE

206

 

GAUTENG

240

19 April 2021 - NW898

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

(1)Whether he will furnish Dr W J Boshoff with a summary of National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) related demonstrations at university and technical and vocational education and training college campuses, comparing the year before administration had commenced with the two and a half years during which NSFAS was under administration; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. It should be noted at the outset that student protests do occur on university campuses from time to time and relate to a broad range of issues. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and funding-related matters do sometimes feature in these protests, but are often institution-specific and appear to be NSFAS-related, but are not always.

In 2017, NSFAS introduced and implemented a new funding system for all universities, termed the “student-centred” model. The system was intended to provide an improved information technology platform for submitting and processing student applications, where students apply directly to NSFAS through an online application system and manage allocations to students.

While some changes to systems and processes at NSFAS resulted in students applying directly to NSFAS in 2017 with some of the preliminary funding decisions being concluded and communicated to students on time, the rest of the processes at NSFAS were subject to severe challenges and unacceptable delays.

NSFAS did not have the requisite capacity and technical knowledge required for the successful implementation of the new system. The information technology platform and systems built to manage the processes were not able to function effectively. There were huge delays in the exchange of registration data between NSFAS and universities, making funding decisions, and paying students on time. As a result of these challenges, there was much dissatisfaction across universities and the following universities experienced disruption of the academic activities during 2017:

The Vaal University of Technology, Witwatersrand, University of Limpopo, University of Venda, Sol Plaatje University, University of Cape Town, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, Walter Sisulu University, Rhodes University, Nelson  Mandela University, University of Fort Hare, Central University of Technology, University of the Free State, UNISA, University of Zululand, Durban University of Technology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Mangosuthu University of Technology.

In August 2018, an Administrator was appointed to, amongst others, deal with the operational challenges explained above, ensuring improved systems and policy controls, and addressing backlog issues from previous funding cycles. In the first period of administration, operations at NSFAS stabilised significantly, resulting in a comparatively smooth funding cycle for 2019, improved relationships between institutions and NSFAS, improved data exchange between NSFAS and institutions, and better controls being put in place to manage funding rules. There was also a significant improvement in payments to students, which, with the support of institutions, were paid on time to students for the first time ever. Reconciliations were also done monthly, which resulted in smoother administration of the funding scheme.

The Department developed guidelines on how the new DHET bursary would be implemented. Standards were set up early in January 2018 based on research that NSFAS had undertaken. These were communicated to the system but were not implemented by all universities in the same way.  In 2019, it was discovered that some universities did not implement the policy correctly for first-time entering students, and payments of allowances were made to students who did not qualify. NSFAS had no means to validate funded undergraduate courses in universities, and that a funded qualification management system was not in place. With a lack of controls at NSFAS, institutions were able to submit data that did not comply with the policy, such as allowance amounts not in line with the policy and qualifications that did not qualify for funding.

This led to some confusion and dissatisfaction and resulted in turmoil. Many demands made by students and protests were experienced on many campuses. It should also be noted that many universities had protests as a response to the call for a national shutdown by the South African Union of Students. The following universities experienced student protests:

The Mangosuthu University of Technology, University of Fort Hare, University of Zululand, the University of Venda, University of Mpumalanga, the Vaal University of Technology, University of Limpopo, Sol Plaatje University, University of Cape Town, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, Walter Sisulu University, Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela University, Central University of Technology, University of the Free State, UNISA, Durban University of Technology, and University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The government also made funds available to pay off the historic debt of NSFAS funded students incurred prior to the introduction of the DHET bursary.

The lack of policy controls at NSFAS had a significant effect. Closeout issues were still being addressed in 2020, and weaknesses in data controls persisted. There were delays in finalising appeals by NSFAS. Although there was a call for a national shut down by SAUS, the sector was relatively calm and only the following institutions had major disruptions:

Central University of Technology, North West University, University of Fort Hare, University of Venda, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of South Africa, Central University of Technology, Durban University of Technology, Sefako Makgatho University, Sol Plaatje University, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Limpopo, University of the Free State, University of the Western Cape, University of Zululand, Vaal University of Technology, Walter Sisulu University and Witwatersrand University.

There is a significant improvement in terms of controls at NSFAS and the payment of allowances. The protests that are currently experienced by universities relate to the broader funding of the sector and in particular, matters relating to student debt of missing middle students.  

The following table presents a summary of NSFAS matters that prompted recipients to demonstrate in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges:

2019

2020

2021

Outstanding allowances

Outstanding allowances

Outstanding allowances

Late or non-disbursement of allowances

Late or non-disbursement of allowances

Late or non-disbursement of allowances

Migration to NSFAS wallet payment system

Migration to NSFAS wallet payment system

Migration to NSFAS wallet payment system

 

 

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The main goal of the Department and NSFAS is to ensure that financial aid reaches the right student timeously. To this end, the value chain process is dependent on the active participation of all stakeholders regarding, amongst others, the following:

  • Development and distribution of the bursary policy by the Department;
  • Capacity building training of college officials by the Department and NSFAS;
  • Accurate completion and timeous submission of a complete application by a student; and
  • Timeous submission of the student registration data to NSFAS by colleges.  

The Department, together with NSFAS, college management and Student Representative Councils collectively have a responsibility to address the issues reflected in the table above. The Department and NSFAS have put various mechanisms in place to address these issues such as developing standard operating procedures for the administration of college fees and allowances as well as the introduction of the NSFAS wallet payment system to expedite payment of allowances.

(2)    Yes.

19 April 2021 - NW477

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to the reply of the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, to question 2256 on 5 January 2021, (a) what was the total cost of the charter, (b) who were the private individuals who requested the SA National Defence Force (SANDF ) to transport their donations of personal protective equipment to Cuba, (c) under what policy and/or regulations was this private transport approved, (d) how did the private individuals know about the charter when this charter was not publicly announced and (e) how does the SANDF explain not having any details about the presence of a certain person (name furnished) on an SANDF charter flight?

Reply:

The former South African Ambassador to Cuba His Excellency Mr Pitso coordinated the donation and requested the SANDF to take the collected items to Cuba since there was a chartered flight to Cuba which was taking personal artefact for students in Cuba and fetching those that has completed their studies. This was under special circumstances when borders were closed in many countries.

The former Ambassador is in regular contact with the Cuban Mission in South Africa, hence he got to know about the flight to Cuba by the SANDF for their own members as well as those of the NDoH. The arrangement was between the Embassy of Cuba and the donor.

Private organisations and individuals would normally not have this service available to them.

19 April 2021 - NW951

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether, considering that he is in receipt of a number of reports from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) spanning a number of departments, and given his obligation to protect the public and further considering that identified individuals in the specified reports may hold professional status with a Statutory Council, he will pass such reports on to the relevant statutory councils so that any licensed persons (details furnished) are held to account in order to protect the Republic; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date and (b) what are the further relevant details; (2) whether he will make it a policy in respect of any government official who is/was investigated and/or charged internally in the past, present and future to be reported to their relevant statutory body for investigation in terms of the professions code of conduct; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what (a) total number of professionals are implicated in the SIU reports and (b) field of expertise is each implicated professional serving in?

Reply:

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigations are regulated in terms of the Special Investigation Unit and Special Tribunal Act, 1996.

According to this Act, the SIU is empowered to investigate serious malpractices or maladministration in connection with the administration of State institutions defined in the Act.

Section 1 of the Act defines State institution to “mean any national or provincial department, any local government, any institution in which the State is the majority or controlling shareholder or in which the State has a material financial interest, or any public entity as defined in section 1 of the Reporting by Public Entities Act, 1992 (Act No. 93 of 1992)”.

All final reports of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) received by my Office are therefore released to all affected State institutions to implement the recommendations of the SIU.

In the case of SIU making certain findings of wrongdoing against a particular professional based on evidence, the SIU refers this to the relevant professional body with recommendations regarding professional disciplinary action.

The said referral is accompanied by relevant evidence to enable the professional body to institute the recommended disciplinary action and hold the professional to account.

The SIU has established a function which will follow up with the statutory professional bodies or councils to establish whether the SIU recommendation is implemented.

The SIU also makes similar referrals to government where there is evidence of wrongdoing by any government official. In the latter case, a referral accompanied by evidence is sent to the Accounting Officer or Accounting Authority of the relevant state institution to enable the Accounting Officer or the Accounting Authority to institute disciplinary action and thus to hold the official to account.

In view of the above there is no need to develop a separate policy in this regard.

The SIU has found evidence of wrongdoing by five (5) professionals – all attorneys – since January 2011. In each case, referrals were made to the relevant professional body.

16 April 2021 - NW942

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De Villiers, Mr JN to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

With reference to the latest Estimates of National Expenditure, what are the (a) relevant details of the increase in the number of personnel from 209 to 241 between the 2019-20 and 2023-24 financial years and (b) reasons that the estimated number of personnel in the 2023-24 financial year exceeds the 234 to 241 funded posts in his department?

Reply:

(a) In terms of the enabling Legislation of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), the Compensation Fund (CF) and Supported Employment Enterprises (SEE), the Minister of Labour (now Employment and Labour) appoints a Commissioner and support staff to perform the functions of the Funds and seconds such to the Funds.

As a result of this, it is the Department that is the registered employer and all appointments are made in line with the Public Service Act and accompanying Regulations. The Department therefore performs all payroll functions for the Department, the UIF, CF and SEE as one employer.

In terms of Compensation of Employees (CoE or payroll), the allocation of expenditure is governed by an Organisational Development (OD) exercise determining the functions and the level of such functions performed by positions contained in the approved establishment. This is commonly referred to as the “Approved Percentage Split”. This information is captured against positions on the establishment and is monitored and controlled by the Human Resource Management units within the Department as well as the UIF, CF and SEE.

The establishment is confirmed as being correct at regular intervals as it is this establishment which determines the value of CoE that is expensed against the Vote or alternatively recovered from the respective Fund.

(b) As a result of this symbiotic relationship, the Department reflects an approved establishment of 9990 on PERSAL however, only expenditure in respect of 2987 positions are expensed against the CoE allocations reflected in the Estimates of National Expenditure, and not 9990 positions as per the approved establishment.

16 April 2021 - NW971

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister in the Presidency

With reference to (a) each of the past seven financial years and (b) the 2021-22 financial year, what (i) are the names of the brand agencies contracted to Brand South Africa, (ii) was the total value of each contract in respect of each project and (iii) was the (aa) name and (bb) duration of each project?

Reply:

  1. The spreadsheet is herewith attached detailing the requested information.

Thank you.

16 April 2021 - NW964

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With reference to the efforts made by her department to ensure that youth and women are empowered and given work opportunities by her department, what is the percentage of (a) women and (b) youth recruited and/or provided with work opportunities under the current Expanded Public Works Programme by public bodies; (2) whether her department has met its targets in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) I have been informed by the Department that for the period 1 April 2020 – 31 December 2020, a total of 515 862 work opportunities have been reported through the EPWP Reporting System across all the spheres of Government and the four (4) EPWP sectors. Of the 515 862 work opportunities, 68% of work opportunities (i.e. 349 311) were for women empowered in the programme.

(b) In the same reporting period, 44% of work opportunities (i.e. 225 753) were accounted for youth empowerment.

 

2. The target for women is 60% and the target for youth is 55%, which means that the EPWP programme, which is coordinated by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has managed to exceed the women target, but has been unable to reach the youth target.

The rationale for achieving the targets on women participation is attributed to the nature of the Programmes implemented. For example, the Provincial Roads Programme has contributed 102 336 work opportunities out of the 515 862 work opportunities, this means 20% of the total work opportunities came from the Provincial Roads Programme. The Provincial Roads Programme is a routine road maintenance programme, mainly located in rural areas and has a 75% ratio of work opportunities (i.e. 77 037) going to women, whilst only attracting 23% youth (i.e. 23 826). Based on the nature of the work in this programme which entails cleaning of the road surface, clearing of drains & channels and clearing & cleaning of verges, a lot of youth do not find this type of programme attractive.

Furthermore, programmes such as the Home Based Community Care (HBCC) contributed 60 857 work opportunities toward the 515 862 work opportunities. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of work opportunities (i.e. 53 774) were awarded to women, whilst only 27% of the work opportunities were provided to the youth (i.e. 16 681). In this programme, the nature of work entails caring for the poor, elderly and sick through house visits, the provision of palliative care and patient referrals and most youth do not find this work attractive.

However, there are Programmes within EPWP that have high youth participation and these programmes are the National Youth Service, the NPO Programme, Tourism & Creative Industries, Mass Participation and Sustainable Land Based Livelihoods which are implemented on a smaller scale than the above-mentioned programmes and collectively contribute to 84 820 work opportunities.