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25 May 2020 - NW724

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

(1) With reference to the call by his department for public comments on the Government’s Draft Framework for the Risk-Adjusted Strategy to bring different sectors of the economy back to work, what role does his department play in reviewing submissions received from members of the public in determining the schedule of services to be phased in on each level of the Government’s Draft Framework for the Risk-Adjusted Strategy; (2) whether his department plays any role in monitoring the submissions received from members of the public via the (a) nervecentre@cogta.gov.za and (b) lockdowncomments@cogta.gov.za electronic mail addresses; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what (a) changes have been made to the schedule of services to be phased in on each level of the Government’s Draft Framework for the Risk-Adjusted Strategy due to the submissions received from members of the public and (b) was the reason for each change; (4) what criteria will be used to measure the success or failure of each level proposed for each economic sector?

Reply:

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has supported the work of Government in reviewing submissions which were received during the public consultation process. In particular, the dtic reviewed a number of submissions received from individual businesses, business associations and trade union.

Officials from the DTIC were given access to review submissions received from individual businesses, business associations and trade unions, largely directed to the nervecentre@cogta.gov.za email address. A team of officials from the Department, including from InvestSA and the Industrial Development Division were assigned to review such submissions.

A number of changes were made to the schedule of services which were phased in under Alert Level 4 and for the schedule recommended for Alert level 3. These changes were based on the feedback received both from individual businesses, business associations, trade unions and from the public. In some cases, the submissions required further consultations with businesses and trade unions. Some of the submissions were in favour of specific proposals and these were taken into account in the process.

To illustrate with a few examples:

  1. Changes were made in the wording of some sector descriptions and arrangements (for example in agriculture);
  2. Certain sectors or activities were more explicitly addressed in the framework covering those goods which could be manufactured at different levels of employment
  3. Value-chain linkages were more clearly addressed
  4. The minimum level of manufacturing enabled in level 4 was increased as a result of the submissions
  5. The sale of hardware, components and supplies were made more widely available to all consumers; and
  6. The opening up of eCommerce to sell goods other than those available in retail stores was also provided

In addition to these changes effected in Level 4, the submissions assisted Government in the drafting of the framework for level 3.

The incremental opening of certain sectors of the economy is intended to limit the spread of the virus, and to ensure that any spikes in infections can be identified and managed. In addition, it has enabled a greater level of preparedness in society and in the health system than was the case at the start of the pandemic in South Africa.

The dtic has been working closely with industry from manufacturing, construction and retail to get updates on infections and to identify solutions which can be rolled out to the industry.

The success of each level proposed, and the allocation of economic sectors in particular levels, is measured by the contribution to containing the spread of the virus and flattening of the curve of infections. Where necessary, changes are made to the extent of economic activity to the wider objectives of saving lives and protecting livelihoods.

The industry classification system was explained at a joint meeting of Parliamentary Committees on 1 May 2020, setting out criteria and the application of the three systems in the country moving from Level 5 to Level 4. The President announced recently that the country would move to Alert level 3, which will enable additional industrial sectors to return to full production.

Government has engaged with a number of organisations, from business associations, trade unions, political parties, premiers of provinces, individual businesses and religious institutions to receive feedback on the systems and to consider representations on proposed changes.

These have contributed to finalising the economic activity which will be enabled under Level 3.

-END-

25 May 2020 - NW963

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What documentation and/or permit is required specifically for essential and permitted goods and/or services sole proprietorships which operate during the lockdown to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, given that they cannot obtain an essential service permit from the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, as they are not registered with that institution nor required to be?

Reply:

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

Thank you

25 May 2020 - NW247

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What are the relevant details of the (a)(i) contracts and/or (ii) tenders awarded by her department to certain companies (names and details furnished), (b)(i) date, (ii) duration and (iii) cost of each specified contract and/or tender and (c) services rendered by the specified companies?

Reply:

The information provide to me by my two departments is as follows:

Department of Human Settlements (DHS):

(a) The National Department of Human Settlements contracted the services of one of the companies referred to by the Honourable Member on 10 December 2015.

  • The contract costs were R 2, 166 912.00;
  • The duration of the contract was seven (7) weeks;
  • The bid/ tender number is VA 49/516; and the order number is DH- 023574 and
  • The purpose of contracting the services of Foresight Advisory Services was to conduct an investigation of fraud, corruption and financial misconduct in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM), related to housing and human settlements matters.

(b) No contract/tender was awarded to the second company referred to in the question.

Department of Water and Sanitation:

None

25 May 2020 - NW882

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

1. The call for applications for the Relief Fund for artists included individuals, organisations and SMMEs.  SMMEs were not excluded from this call and therefore there has been an opportunity for small businesses to receive relief.

2. The COVID-19 relief fund was for all applicants and was not limited to small businesses governed by the BBBEE Act as specified in the question.

25 May 2020 - NW171

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

(a) What total number of Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) approvals (i) are outstanding and (ii) require approval for the 2018-19 financial year, (b) what are the names of the relevant companies that are still waiting and (c) how long have they been waiting to be approved; 2) what has he found to be the economic implications arising from delayed approvals and (b) why have there been any delays in the approval of section AIS incentives; 3) what are the details of the (a) of list each AIS incentive transfer that has taken place since 1 April 2017 and (b)(i) amount of the transfer and (ii) the manufacturer concerned; 4) (a) whether or not the AIS adjudication committee is in place, (b) how long is their term of office and (c) on what date will the term of the current committee expire? NW192

Reply:

I am advised as follows:

1. 45 projects were granted approval under the Automotive Incentive Scheme (AIS) in 2018/19 financial year. All completed applications have been adjudicated as end of the financial year. A list of all approved enterprises and projects across all incentives has been published in the 2018/19 incentive performance report that was tabled in Parliament. The report can also be accessed from the Department’s website: www.thedti.gov.za/publications

2. Delays occurred due to lack of information from applicants, internal verification processes as well as late feedback from applicants. The economic implications are that the applicant either continues with the investment or may not invest in line with its business decision.

3. In 2017/18 financial year 115 projects were paid a total amount of R1.5 billion and R1.9 billion was paid to 112 projects in 2018/19 financial year.

4. The process of appointing adjudication committee members under Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) is underway.

-END-

25 May 2020 - NW745

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

What mechanisms is her department putting in place to stimulate the construction sector in responding to the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to bring about (a) a phased reopening of the sector, (b) (i) the drafting of plans and (ii) implementation and enforcement of risk and mitigation plans sector-wide to prevent infections on sites, (c) the reopening of support organisations (details furnished) and (d) a plan around the infrastructure development spending that forms part of the medium-term expenditure framework?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(a) (b)(i)(ii) (c) (d) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has worked with National Command Council on COVID-19 (NCC) and the several work streams in the National Joint Operations and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints) to ensure the construction industry reopens as soon as possible. This included permitting all public works to resume in Level 4 and resuming construction industry on a greater scale during Level 3 from 1 June

The DPWI together with the Presidency’s Infrastructure and Investment Office is currently in the process of drafting an infrastructure economic recovery plan. This plan is aimed to stimulate and transform the construction industry increasing investment and economic participation, while investing in South Africa’s infrastructure.

As for DPWI’s entities:

AGREMENT SOUTH AFRICA

The entity has developed protocols for the return of staff members to the office. The protocols incorporate the requirement for staff to wear masks all the time; the suspension of physical meetings; screening of staff upon entry to the premises; and also managing the office space by making configurations to allow for physical distancing around common areas.

Agrement SA staff will for the most part continue to work remotely. The entity will apply the Business Continuity Plan, which incorporates the use of digital platforms to hold meetings, and applying digital options for various areas of the organisation’s operations. The organisation is exploring the feasibility of using electronic media to conduct scheduled quality inspection at sites where Agrement SA approved products are being used.

Council for the Built Environment (CBE)

The enity has developed Covid-19 Risk Mitigation measures for its employees which incorporate the following:

  • Provising suitable cleaning materials and protective personal equipment for the cleaning staff.
  • Provision of individual sanitizing products to staff members.
  • Notices around the office space with warning for staff to ensure that they keep their masks on and to sanitize their hands frequently.
  • Provision is also being made for all meetings to observe physical distancing requirements.

There have been interactions with key industry role players through their voluntary associations to develop plans to prevent infections on sites (although currently these sites are not yet opened due to the requirement for the construction sector to open up only at level 2 in terms of the Disaster Management Act regulations.)

The Professional Coucils have made preparations for the reopening of offices with phased return of staff to the office. Preparation have also been made for the office spaces to be Covid-19 safe, including deep cleaning of the offices, making a requirement for staff to wear masks all the time and sanitizing their hands frequently.

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

On the phased reopening of the sector:

The CIDB will develop emergency procurement tools to fast track the backlogs in the infrastructure projects by helping clients to develop emergency procurement policies. Plans are underway for cidb and National Treasury to develop prescripts for advance payments on construction projects. The intention by cidb and National Treasury is to issue instructions to public sector clients to waive deposits for construction tenders.

A further planned intervention is the establishment of framework contracts to shorten the solicitation and evaluation periods. There will be additional support for the cidb Standard for Uniformity in Construction Procurement provisions through the categorisation of projects for streamlined and simplified evaluation criteria.

The cidb has implemented provisions to support contractors in terms of their registration with the cidb. Registration expiry dates have been extended. This enables contractors to be able to access opportunities during the lockdown and immediately after the lockdown.

The cidb has also developed a Covid-19 survey in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg to investigate the impact of the pandemic on the construction industry. This will assist the cidb in finding ways to help contractors mitigate the effect of the lockdown on their companies.

The drafting, implementation and enforcement of risk and mitigation plans sector-wide to prevent infections on sites:

The construction industry is known to be well organized and commitments by industry have been made. The Construction Health and Safety Accord signed by Government, Organised Labour and Organised Business further reinforces the considerations to prevent infections on sites.

Despite having and complying with the occupational health and safety laws and regulations, the industry will put additional measures in place to ensure the health and safety of employees on sites.

The mitigation measures relate to the following risks:

• Travelling to work on public transport

• Site access by non-employees

• Personal Hygiene on sites

• Adequacy of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

• Safety at Site meetings

The specific risk mitigation measures include:

• Keeping contractors informed of all new safety related legislations.

• Constant Health and safety presentations, seminars and conferences.

• Inform industry and the Department of Labour of relevant incident/accident statistics including costs and recommend preventative action.

• Assist and advise contractors on how to improve their safety management programme.

• Arrange safety related training courses for contractors and their employees off site.

• Assist contractors as and when required with incident and accident investigations and reports.

Independent Development Trust (IDT)

The IDT has developed and is already implementing a Back to Work Readiness Plan with clearly articulated guidelines for all its staff. The plan entails, among others, preparing and resourcing of the workplace to ensure that it is fully compliant with the published Department of Employment and Labour’s Workplace Preparedness guidelines. As part of the Plan, the return of staff to work is being staggered, augmented by remote work arrangements for certain categories of staff, where deemed necessary. The entity also has a Steering Committee in place that is monitoring and assessing daily the implementation of the Back to Work Readiness Plan.

25 May 2020 - NW4

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August, Mr SN to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)What steps have been taken to (a) implement the reserve or minimum flow of the National Water Act, Act 32 of 1998, in the Lemoenshoek River outside Barrydale, Western Cape, and (b) enforce the required downstream water provision flows from the dam; (2) what actions have been taken against officials who allegedly illegally authorised a borehole for groundwater abstraction within 100m of a watercourse for the owner(s) of the large dam

Reply:

(1) The Department of Water and Sanitation is in the process of determining the Resource Classes and Resource Quality Objectives for the whole Breede-Gouritz Water Management Area as contemplated in Section 13 of the National Water Act (NWA). The Lemoenshoek/Huis River is included in this project. Once the Resource Classes and Resource Quality Objectives (RQO) are finalized (gazette next financial year) and approved the flow requirements for the reserve will be set and implemented, where applicable. The RQOs project started around 2017 and was estimated to take 3-4 years and is expected to be completed by end of 2020.

Preventative measures to avoid possible impact on watercourse included regular site visits and also measuring of water levels from the new borehole in question versus the old borehole located even closer to the non-perennial stream. The observations indicated no influence to the old borehole. The landowner has been also asked to install a datalogger which will record (monitor) water levels for proper management of the aquifer. The landowner had appointed an independent Geohydrologist to perform pumping test (July 2018) before applying for a General Authorisation (GA) to ascertain impact and sustainable yield. The report provided sound recommendations in terms of borehole monitoring for future impacts which were acceptable in terms of consideration during the process.

(2) No action was taken against any official regarding this matter because the General Authorisation (Notice 538 of 2016) which was approved by the Director General (Acting) of the Department of Water and Sanitation on 15/04/2016 and clarity on the GA confirmation process/authorisation is provided on sub-section 4 below. The General Authorisation (GA) is applicable for the whole of South Africa with certain exclusion areas, amongst others that no groundwater can be taken, in terms of the GA, within a radius of 100 metres from the delineated riparian edge of a watercourse. In this case, based on the findings during the site visits and observations made, the determination made was that the extraction of such quantity (3628m3/a) of groundwater was not illegal.

The Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BGCMA) does not authorize water use under the General Authorisation; the mandate of BGCMA is to confirm if the requirement of GA is being met for registration of water use. No approval is required as it is already approved, as mentioned above. In terms of condition 7 of the GA a person must register the water use if the use of groundwater is more than 10m3 on average per day. Below a volume of 10m3/d the taking is too small for registration. The particular Lemoenshoek property (Remainder of farm Lemoenshoek 37/24) submitted documentation to the BGCMA for the registration of the taking of water from groundwater for a volume of 3628m3 per annum. On average this is less than the required 10m3 daily taking from groundwater (small water use).

The BGCMA conducted a site visit on 3 December 2018 and the findings were as follows:

  • The river was extremely dry at the time and as the river is not delineated it was difficult to determine where the edge of the watercourse is. The river has been dry for previous years stretching from approximately 2014 and there has never been observation of flow for both summer and winter period since drought started. It should be clarified that the watercourse referred to as a river is a non-perennial stream which is a tributary of the Doring River located 4km north-west of the site.

There is an existence of old borehole which is closer to the watercourse that has been used by the farmer for irrigation and the current drilled borehole was even further away from watercourse which is a replacement of the existing borehole due to its blockage.

  • The extraction of water from groundwater was then confirmed for registration purposes, as the volume is small and the perceived risk is low.
  • Water levels observed from the new borehole were compared with water levels from old boreholes on three occasions during December 2018 to July 2019 and the results indicated no response of the old borehole to the new pumping borehole. As a result the new borehole did not seem to influence the non-perennial stream which has been dry some years prior to the drilling. It should be noted that the decision by the farmer to drill a replacement borehole was based on the fact that even the dam below was getting dry such that there was not enough water to be released downstream.

25 May 2020 - NW737

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether, with reference to the State of the Nation Address on 7 February 2019 in which the President of the Republic, Mr MC Ramaphosa, stated that all taverns, shebeens and liquor outlets near school premises must be shut down, any of the specified outlets near school premises have been shut down; if not, why not; if so, what number of the specified outlets (a) have been closed since the specified pronouncement and (b) within 500 meters of a school and/or educational institution are not yet shut down?

Reply:

The Department does not currently collect data on the location of taverns, shebeens and liquor outlets, as the regulation of such entities is the responsibility of provincial authorities.

The macro manufacturing and distribution of liquor in terms of the Liquor Act, 2003 (Act No. 59 of 2003) is regulated by the dtic; whereas the Provincial Liquor Boards are mandated to regulate the micro manufacturing and retail liquor sector in terms of their specified legislation. In terms of the relevant legislation the responsibility of closing down taverns, shebeens and liquor outlets is the responsibility of Provincial Liquor Boards.

Having given the matter consideration, I have now requested the Department to contact the provincial regulators and ask for information to be compiled on the matter and for the Department to provide me with advice regarding further steps that national government may need to take in light of such information.

-END-

25 May 2020 - NW367

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What is the age of each outstanding debt owed by each municipality to the relevant water board?

Reply:

The table below indicates the summary of amounts owed by the municipalities to Water Boards as at 31 January 2020. Refer to Annexure A for the detailed report.

   

 WATER BOARD

 

OUTSTANDING BALANCE

CURRENT

DAYS 30

DAYS 60

DAYS 90

DAYS 120+

Amatola Water

242 050 981

34 340 308

12 617 533

10 929 010

12 108 892

172 055 239

Bloem Water

1 111 729 213

90 805 933

82 244 725

89 102 028

84 450 529

765 125 998

Lepelle Northern Water

512 173 103

46 856 414

45 563 021

20 876 981

24 967 387

373 909 300

Magalies Water

156 673 829

48 245 931

16 412 377

16 725 197

6 421 343

69 446 900

Mhlathuze Water

42 208 385

28 321 793

1 679 271

88 303

37 375

12 081 643

Overberg Water

1 905 184

1 905 184

0

0

0

0

Sedibeng Water

4 469 871 627

116 232 131

81 966 710

91 799 381

100 594 643

4 079 278 761

Rand Water

2 909 873 142

1 591 241 639

228 186 486

176 184 365

182 628 323

731 632 328

Umgeni Water

765 184 819

479 062

472 926

719 057

457 768

3 096 988

TOTAL

10 211 670 283

1 958 428 395

469 143 048

406 424 321

411 666 260

6 206 627 158

ANNEXURE A

The table below indicates the amount owed by the Municipality to Water Boards:

(a) DETAILS OF EACH MUNICIPALITY

(b) DETAILS OF EACH WATER BOARD

(c) AGE OF EACH OUTSTANDING DEBT OWED

   

CURRENT

DAYS 30

DAYS 60

DAYS 90

DAYS 120+

Buffalo City Municipality

AMATOLA WATER

22 336 028

-

-

-

-

Amathole DM

 

11 049 871

11 633 383

10 929 010

12 108 892

172 055 239

Ndlambe LM

 

954 409

984 149

-

-

-

TOTAL

34 340 307,93

12 617 532,70

10 929 009,64

12 108 891,55

172 055 239,48

Mangaung LM

BLOEM WATER

83 505 758

75 346 147

81 701 232

77597505

436 508 084

Kopanong LM

 

7 195 169

6 839 613

7 381 679

6 820 463

327 205 165

Mantsopa (Excelsior)

 

105 006

58965

19 118

32 561

1 412 750

TOTAL

90 805 932,64

82 244 724,70

89 102 028,08

84 450 529,09

765 125 998,46

Capricorn DM

LEPELLE NORTHERN WATER

6 425 157,18

 

 

 

 

Greater Letaba Mun

 

1 562 548,52

 

 

 

-31 460,33

Greater Tzaneen Mun

 

163 164,65

 

 

 

(174,42)

Fetakgomo LM

 

1 169 074

1 340 998

995 446

787 748

4 317 686

Makhuduthamaga LM

 

2 342 862

3 769 171

3 491 223

3 390 803

7 372 468

Marble Hall Mun

 

785 771

951 149

821 653

827 466

1 108 683

Mogalakwena LM

 

1 666 454,73

2 272 587,96

 

 

(3 828,04)

Mopani DM

 

11 332 459,78

13 090 194,23

11 465 943,00

15 337 761,00

276 440 746,57

Polokwane Mun

 

17 129 979,28

19 621 060,75

 

 

288 363,04

Greater Tubatse LM

 

3 655 488

3 889 805

3 463 652

3 984 545

6 368 542

TOTAL

46 856 414,44

45 563 020,94

20 876 981,00

24 967 387,00

373 909 299,77

Thabazimbi TLC

MAGALIES WATER

3 234 590,57

2 945 767,03

2 995 079,84

3 110 088,73

50 475 597,58

Moses Kotane LM

 

6 936 480,24

10 089 754,80

10 682 376,35

904 165,49

1 907 227,59

Tshwane Metro (Zeekoeigat)

 

8 368 007,72

 

 

 

 

Modimolle Mun

 

2 025 641,23

1 254 991,37

1 482 417,06

1 199 246,38

12 096 077,04

Bela-Bela Mun

 

2 593 933,64

1 788 487,99

1 565 323,67

1 207 842,49

4 967 998,12

Rand Water

 

19 597 891,03

333 375,56

 

 

 

TOTAL

48 245 930,72

16 412 376,75

16 725 196,92

6 421 343,09

69 446 900,33

uMhlathuze LM

MHLATHUZE WATER

28 157 356

1 668 737

87 812

36 472

12 075 434

Gert Sibande DM

 

164 437

10 534

491

903

5 529

King Cetshwayo District Municipality

 

0

0

0

0

680

 

TOTAL

28 321 793,00

1 679 271,00

88 303,00

37 375,00

12 081 643,00

Hessequa

OVERBERG WATER

613 067,95

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

Theewaterskloof

 

1 292 115,84

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

TOTAL

1 905 183,79

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

Matjhabeng LM

SEDIBENG WATER

82 137 299

57 370 463

64 228 022

72 112 537

3 091 853 206

Maquassi Hills LM

 

6 515 983

4 837 408

5 384 189

5 838 291

174 158 636

Nala LM

 

6 159 253

4 375 787

5 100 149

5 557 645

180 571 114

Joe Morolong LM

 

704 149

423 560

708 256

-

-

Dikgatlong LM

 

797 746

496 601

612 601

809 575

12 168 944

Gamagara-Khathu LM

 

1 316 345

562 424

-

-

9 439 962

Tsantsabane LM

 

2 220 870

1 510 701

1 611 703

2 246 244

44 119 780

Ditsobotla LM

 

459 282

461 935

468 010

449 526

56 136 530

Mahikeng LM

 

8 016 122

7 700 421

8 779 099

8 358 631

291 014 332

Ngaka Modiri Molema LM

 

1 378 918

757 751

-

-

62 142 831

Khai-Ma LM

 

525 640

237 351

424 398

467 951

4 239 069

Nama-Khoi LM

 

6 000 523

3 232 310

4 482 955

4 754 244

153 434 359

TOTAL

116 232 131,27

81 966 710,35

91 799 381,06

100 594 642,82

4 079 278 761,29

Johannesburg Water (Soc) Pty

RAND WATER

601 946 620

-

-

-

-

Ekurhuleni Metro

 

357 322 287

40 188

-

-

-

Tshwane Metro

 

284 818 162

-

-

-

-

Emfuleni LM

 

113 949 087

104 607 948

104 380 961

116 833 568

246 835 517

Mogale City LM

 

33 753 159

30 033 659

50 183

-

-

Metsimaholo LM

 

17 911 937

-

-

-

-

Rustenburg LM

 

32 580 535

43 287

-

-

-

Govan Mbeki Municipality

 

38 615 065

33 568 470

32 737 163

34 187 132

121 837 632

Midvaal LM

 

12 930 575

-

-

-

-

Merafong City LM

 

23 548 220

21 272 619

21 260 446

12 853 138

2 445 845

Randwest City LM

 

28 195 393

21 551 884

8 569 040

8 759 454

1 744 405

Lesedi LM

 

8 313 922

(14 180)

-

-

-

Ngwathe LM

 

2 816 117

2 578 609

-

-

-

Victor Khanye LM

 

8 822 373

7 890 581

7 673 382

8 631 490

111 497 787

Royal Bafokeng Nation

 

6 590 241

10 173

-

-

-

Madibeng LM

 

5 193 436

5 170 117

138 114

-

-

Thembisile LM

 

12 488 849

-

-

-

-

Bushbuckridge LM

 

1 445 661

1 433 132

1 375 076

1 363 541

247 271 142

TOTAL

1 591 241 639,41

228 186 485,90

176 184 364,94

182 628 323,40

731 632 327,93

Ethekwini Municipality

UMGENI WATER (Water Sales)

248 858 903,41

0,00

0,02

0,01

0,00

Msunduzi Municipality

 

55 298 774,66

266,15

137,34

0,00

0,00

Umgungundlovu Municipality

 

16 448 729,85

18 025 166,54

22 828,51

14 108,61

139 112,02

Ugu DM

 

10 590 849,90

11 389 020,78

10 922 525,82

10 741 339,93

7 110 726,02

Ilembe DM

 

14 543 196,33

0,01

-0,06

0,00

0,00

Harry Gwala DM

 

959 447,04

1 010 811,95

922 650,73

928,59

0,00

Siza Water

 

3 768 417,82

4 175 617,24

837 412,22

956 666,85

33 080 238,18

Uthukela DM

 

10 596 176,78

9 739 275,91

11 225 107,67

12 145 680,57

68 705 797,49

Ethekwini Municipality M

UMGENI WATER CUC

48 833 795,52

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

Msunduzi Municipality M

 

10 530 392,37

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

Umgungundlovu Municipality M

 

3 161 164,90

3 464 913,01

0,00

0,00

0,00

Ugu District Municipality M

 

1 881 422,69

2 057 014,05

1 955 519,45

1 932 943,49

8 724 994,61

Ilembe District Municipality M

 

2 795 719,91

2 863 316,90

2 649 934,66

2 703 557,16

50 540 257,94

Harry Gwala District Municipality M

 

182 797,43

192 789,09

177 365,74

0,00

0,00

Siza Water

 

551 250,25

610 816,05

512 436,06

585 411,38

7 379 956,60

Ethekwini Municipality

UMGENI WATER MBWS

4 950 604,06

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

Msunduzi Municipality

 

1 099 940,47

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

Umgungundlovu Municipality

 

327 089,93

358 519,11

0,00

0,00

0,00

Ugu DM

 

194 673,25

212 841,95

202 340,16

200 004,22

1 343 065,46

Ilembe DM

 

289 276,75

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

Harry Gwala DM

 

18 914,30

19 948,14

18 352,26

0,00

0,00

Siza Water

 

75 070,12

83 181,89

69 784,35

79 722,27

2 151 694,61

Msunduzi Municipality Darvill Management Fee

UMGENI WATER COMMERCIAL

14 221 877,50

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

Msunduzi Municipality - Lynnfield WWTW

 

201 638,29

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

Msunduzi Municipality - Darvill Fixed Charged

 

289 572,01

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

Harry Gwala Municipality - Management Fee

 

676 293,95

676 068,58

675 763,74

0,00

304,64

Harry Gwala Municipality

 

706,86

348,72

95 973,19

0,00

0,00

Harry Gwala Municipality - Water Quality

 

138 956,46

207 713,64

265 566,18

60,84

44,81

Umgungundlovu Municipality - Management Fee

 

5 190 031,70

5 580 586,51

10 740,83

0,00

205 512,10

Umgungundlovu - Early Warning Flood System

 

10 036,89

9 593,63

9 284,16

9 593,63

1 373 272,05

Ethekwini Municipality - Water Quality

 

1 876,95

69 898,71

33 681,83

1,50

522,26

Ethekwini Municipality - Training & capacity Building

 

88 382,04

62 677,89

12 000 000,00

0,00

0,00

UGU - Water Quality

 

499 964,85

489 417,13

514 499,41

479 061,59

4 729 696,11

Alfred Nzo District Municipality - Analysis

 

303 935,70

15,05

0,00

0,00

0,00

 

TOTAL

479 061,59

472 925,55

719 056,64

457 768,45

3 096 987,65

25 May 2020 - NW863

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) Whether her department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial and/or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial and/or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, ( a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

(1) No, there is no provision in the departmental budget for relief to small businesses. The Department's mandate does not include the provision of relief to small businesses

(2) N/A

(a) N/A

(b) N/A

25 May 2020 - NW125

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether any municipalities owe money to any water boards; if so, what are the relevant details of each (a) municipality, (b) water board and (c) monetary amount owed in each case?

Reply:

The table below indicates the summary of amounts owed by the Municipality to Water Boards as at 31 January 2020. Refer to Annexure A for the detailed report.

 WATER BOARD

 

OUTSTANDING BALANCE

CURRENT

DAYS 30

DAYS 60

DAYS 90

DAYS 120+

Amatola Water

242 050 981

34 340 308

12 617 533

10 929 010

12 108 892

172 055 239

Bloem Water

1 111 729 213

90 805 933

82 244 725

89 102 028

84 450 529

765 125 998

Lepelle Northern Water

512 173 103

46 856 414

45 563 021

20 876 981

24 967 387

373 909 300

Magalies Water

156 673 829

48 245 931

16 412 377

16 725 197

6 421 343

69 446 900

Mhlathuze Water

42 208 385

28 321 793

1 679 271

88 303

37 375

12 081 643

Overberg Water

1 905 184

1 905 184

0

0

0

0

Sedibeng Water

4 469 871 627

116 232 131

81 966 710

91 799 381

100 594 643

4 079 278 761

Rand Water

2 909 873 142

1 591 241 639

228 186 486

176 184 365

182 628 323

731 632 328

Umgeni Water

765 184 819

479 062

472 926

719 057

457 768

3 096 988

TOTAL

10 211 670 283

1 958 428 395

469 143 048

406 424 321

411 666 260

6 206 627 158

25 May 2020 - NW135

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) With reference to the Intaba Primary School in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, (a) what total number of learners are enrolled at the specified school, (b)(i) what number of learners are enrolled in each grade and (ii) which grades share a classroom and (c)(i) what number of teachers, desks and chairs are there and (ii) which grades does each teacher teach; (2) what number of classrooms, toilets and wash hand basins, offices and storerooms, libraries and computers are at the specified school; (3) what sports facilities are there; (4) what are the relevant details of the (a) areas where the minimum standards have not been met and (b) steps that she has taken to ensure that the minimum standards are met in each specified case?

Reply:

The response to the question has been sourced from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and is attached 

25 May 2020 - NW939

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

Whether, in light of the rationality of some of the regulations and conditions of the Covid-19 state of disaster lockdown and taking into consideration the constitutional values of accountability, responsiveness and openness, her department has any policy in place that makes it imperative that regulations are accompanied by clear and concise explanations that enunciate the rationality of their aim; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

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

Thank you

25 May 2020 - NW788

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

(1) Who is responsible for the payment made to the private hotels and accommodation establishments that have been identified for use as quarantine facilities around the Republic to supplement her department’s properties; (2) whether any intermediaries such as a travel agent are being used to identify and book the specified sites; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) why is an intermediary required and (b) what are the average fees of the intermediaries; (3) whether the Government is paying the full rates for the sites; if not, what are the details of the (a) type of discount that the sites are providing and (b) suite of services that the sites are offering?

Reply:

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is responsible for the payment to be made to the private hotels and accommodation establishment that have been identified and contracted by the Department based on the requirements of National Department of Health for use as quarantine facilities. No payment has been made thus far for any facility.

2. No intermediaries are used. The Departments Supply Chain Management Logistics Section is utilised for booking the hotels. The SCM unit utilises a DPWI Master Database List to identify quarantine facilities and invite quotes.

3. Government is not paying the full rates for sites.

(a) The rates paid by government have been negotiated between National Treasury, Department of Tourism, Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and the Industry represented by Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA). These rates are discounted and below the standard rate offered to government as per Star grading of the sites. Rates are per room.

aa. 1 Star R850-00 single and R1035-00 sharing (exclu VAT)

bb. 2 Star R950-00 single and R1135-00 sharing (exclu VAT)

cc. 3 Star R1050-00 single and R1235-00 sharing (exclu VAT)

dd. 4 Star R1200-00 single and R1385-00 sharing (exclu VAT)

 

(b) Services offered are dinner, lunch and breakfast included in the above rates.

25 May 2020 - NW483

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her (a) department and/or (b) Office has (i) employed and/or (ii) awarded an employment contract to a certain person (name and details furnished)?

Reply:

The person referred to by the Honourable Member is a member of the Advisory Committee on the Stabilisation and Efficient Functioning of the Water Sector appointed by the Minister in terms of chapter 9 of the National Water Act (Act no 36 of 1998) to advise the Minister and the acting Director-General on the following:

  1. The financial management and functioning of institutions within the Water Sector;
  2. The effective and efficient functioning of supply chain management within institutions in the Water Sector;
  3. Investigations into maladministration, fraud and corruption, audit findings and any other misconduct related matters;
  4. General human resource and governance related matters;
  5. General labour relation matters, including the fast tracking of outstanding, pending and new disciplinary cases;
  6. Analysis, development and advice on the introduction of policy, systems, business processes and standard operation processes that contribute to the stabilisation and efficient functioning of identified areas or components; and
  7. To advise the Minister or Director General on any matter that is referred to the Advisory Committee by the Minister or Director General that will promote the effective and efficient functioning of institutions and components of institutions within the Water Sector.

25 May 2020 - NW709

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What are the criteria by which the Company and Intellectual Property Commission allowed Uzalo to continue shooting follow-up episodes during the lockdown period to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while blocking others from doing the same? [

Reply:

The CIPC is not empowered to authorize companies to operate during the lockdown period. It provided a service to companies registered under the Companies Act, to lodge their details as an essential service during the lockdown, based on self-declaration.

A certificate was issued to companies which registered, which enables easier identification of companies whose management believes they are services permitted to operate during periods when the Regulations issued under the Disaster Management Act limited such types of services.

The CIPC websites and certificates were required to state that registration (and possession of the certificate) does not constitute proof of compliance with the Regulations, but was simply proof that the management believed they comply with Regulations as set out above.

Some false or incorrect declarations were made and when these were brought to the attention of the CIPC, the certificates were rescinded.

I am advised that in the matter of Uzalo, the certificate was revoked on 3 May 2020.

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25 May 2020 - NW595

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) What percentage of black women-owned businesses does the Industrial Development Corporation fund, (b) in what sectors are the women-owned businesses and (c) how does the specified percentage compare with the other demographics?

Reply:

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THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

I have been provided with the following reply by the IDC:

  1. & (c)

(b)

Black women

   

Sector

Value of approvals (R'm)

Number of approvals

 

>25%

>50%

>25%

>50%

Agro Processing & Agriculture

324

66

14

6

Basic Metals and Mining

5,643

1,847

15

6

Clothing & Textiles

121

4

18

5

Basic & Speciality Chemicals

725

508

13

8

Chemical Products & Pharmaceuticals

204

66

17

10

Machinery & Equipment

948

635

20

12

Automotive & Transport Equipment

684

356

14

8

Heavy Manufacturing

459

202

21

9

Light Manufacturing & Tourism

1,030

699

19

13

Industrial Infrastructure

808

127

11

5

Media and Audio Visual

585

89

12

6

Other

110

110

3

3

Total

11,642

4,708

177

91

(c)

Refer to above.

 

____________________

Mr L October

Director-General: Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic)

_____/_____/2020

Supported / Not Supported

____________________

Mr E Patel

Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

____/____/2020

Approved / Not Approved

25 May 2020 - NW383

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether the Government has managed to achieve the targets it set itself to achieve through the Black Economic Empowerment programme in the past 10 years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

Over the past 10 years, there has been a significant expansion in the number of black South Africans who were able to access business opportunities or skills enhancement, as a result of BB-BEE programmes.

These included programmes such as

  • The Black Industrialist programme promoted by the DTIC and the IDC (Industrial Development Corporation).
  • Sector Charters and BEE Codes
  • Development Funds introduced through settlements under the Competition Act
  • Equity-equivalent programmes introduced for multinational corporations
  • Preferential policies used in state procurement
  • Support rendered to businesses by the National Empowerment Fund

I have requested that detailed information aggregating the impact of the various policies be prepared for public release and initial results were made available at a public conference hosted by the Black Business Council in March this year. It showed very large levels of funds deployed to promoting wider empowerment across the society.

I intend to release an updated version of the study during the Budget Vote of the Department.

Taken as a whole, while there has been enormous progress in expanding the base of the economy, there are still significant gaps and much remains to be done to build a truly inclusive economy.

Young people are disproportionately represented in the ranks of the unemployed. The presence of women in core productive sectors remain well below what is needed for the country to fully utilize the talents of one half of the population.

Levels of economic concentration remain unusually high in a number of sectors and recent changes in the competition laws are intended to address these.

For the period ahead, we need to:

  • improve the implementation of existing policy, including through strengthening the quality of the BEE ‘book’ through stronger business support services and maintaining transparency on beneficiaries.
  • scale up the successes of public policy in promoting sustainable empowerment, with resources allocated from the Budget to achieve this
  • address challenges in the structure of the economy and the practices that inhibit the participation of SMMES and black entrepreneurs in the economy.

The new Competition Act focuses for the first time on market structure, and the high levels of economic concentration in many parts of the economy. It does not prohibit economic concentration or seek to break up large companies, because in a globalised world and indeed for the success of the African Continental Free Trade Area, the continent will need industrial champions with the scale and size to be successful and to compete with the world’s large US, German, Chinese and Indian companies.

The new provisions of the Competition Act places the impact of structure or concentration of markets, on the entry of SMEs and Black South Africans in a sector. Where concentration acts as an inhibitor that prevents of limits entry and participation, the law now gives the Competition Commission the power to effect remedies.

The law has also been changed to address problems where large suppliers discriminate against SMEs on prices and unfair trading conditions. For example, if a large bakery sells bread at a significantly cheaper price to a large retailer with stores in a township, and sells the same bread at a much higher price to spaza shops and if the effect of this is to prevent a class of small businesses from participating in the market, it would be subject to investigation and remedy.

The law now addresses abuse of power by dominant firms who are buyers: for example retailers in relation to small suppliers; or insurance companies in relation to the panels of authorised panel-beaters.

The price-discrimination and buyer power provisions are intended to assist black-owned companies that have less than 20% of any given market.

These measures are directed at addressing both structural barriers, and conduct of dominant firms that inhibit smaller, newer and in many cases, black-owned firms from gaining a foothold in the market and then expanding.

-END-

25 May 2020 - NW211

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Mulder, Mr FJ to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1) Whether, with reference to the latest balance of trade figures for the Republic issued by the SA Revenue Service that show an accumulated general trade surplus of R116 billion for 2017 to the last quarter of 2019, and a trade deficit amounting to approximately R96 billion with China, his department is considering quotas on imports from China to protect local manufacturers and to prevent further job losses; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) relevant details and (b) timelines; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter? NW286E

Reply:

It is a fundamental pillar of current Government policy to support and nurture local manufacturing and support local jobs. This applies to both industrial as well as trade policy interventions.

There are two critical concerns relating to trade between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China (PRC):

  • First, the composition of trade between the two countries, which has generally been composed of exports by SA of raw materials (particularly minerals) and import of finished goods (consumer and capital goods). This impacts negatively on local value-addition and job creation.
  • Second, high levels of under-invoicing and invoice-fraud by SA importers on goods sourced from other countries, including China, which results in a flood of imports of goods, damages local industries, deprives the fiscus of taxes due to it and distorts accuracy of trade data.

These concerns have been followed up with the Government of the PRC.

In respect of the first area, increased Chinese investment in SA manufacturing can assist to create a more sustainable trade composition. Examples of such investment in SA by Chinese investors that have been facilitated includes manufacturing operations in appliance manufacturing, truck and car assembly and high-voltage cable manufacturing.

In regard to the second concern, Government has stepped up actions against illegal imports, including seizing such goods.

Data distortions due in large part to under-invoicing (as well as some product data which does not show up in SA’s bilateral trade data) mean that trade surplus/deficit data needs to be used with some caution. We compare SA data with those from trading partners to develop a fuller picture of trade-flows.

In respect of quotas, there are restrictions to what WTO members may apply in trade with each other.

Government is actively engaged in a range of measures to boost the competitiveness of the domestic industry. Tariff or trade remedies measures are utilised after a process of needs analysis confirms the necessity to implement such measures.

It is not considered appropriate to make a statement at this stage beyond the comments noted herein.

-END-

25 May 2020 - NW891

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)In light of the fact that the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Act, Act 3 of 2019, does not recognise Khoi-San kingship and queenship, how will (a) the provisioning of budget be allocated to the Khoi-San tribes and (b) accountability of the budget be determined; (2) on what date is it envisaged that the handbook will be made available, stipulating clear guidelines of the Government’s expectations of the Khoi-San as traditional leaders; (3) whether the handbook will be published in Afrikaans, which is a language that the Khoisan people are fluent in; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details? NW1099E

Reply:

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

Thank you

25 May 2020 - NW215

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What (a) number of (i) companies have benefited from the black industrialist programme since its establishment and (ii) jobs have been created by each company and (b) are the relevant details of the (i) name of each company, (ii) directors and (iii) number of directors in each specified case?

Reply:

I am advised that a total of 149 companies have been approved under the Black Industrialist Scheme (BIS) since inception to 31 January 2020, supporting 22 176 jobs. This excludes the IDC’s programme.

The list of all approved enterprises and projects across all incentives has been published in the 2018/19 which can be accessed from the Department’s website: http://www.thedtic.gov.za/wp-content/uploads/2018-2019_Annual_Incentive_Report.pdf

-END-

25 May 2020 - NW918

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to her stock replies to question 449 on 16 September 2019, question 1502 on 2 December 2019 and question 130 on 19 March 2020, she exercises any executive responsibility over metropolitan municipalities in respect of firearms and ammunition of such metros that are stolen and/or lost by its metro police; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date is it envisaged that the information requested in the specified questions will be made available; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

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

Thank you

25 May 2020 - NW413

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

In view of the Mpophomeni station system which recently collapsed resulting in sewage leaking into Midmar Dam (details furnished), (a) what steps does she intend to take to bring immediate relief to this situation and, following the recent announcement by uMngeni Water that R388 million would be allocated to upgrade and recommission the Mpophomeni Works (details furnished), (b) by what date will the R388 million upgrade of the Mpophomeni Works by uMngeni Water be completed?

Reply:

(a) The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) had on 05 December 2019 issued a Notice of Intention to Issue a Directive in terms of Section 19 (3) of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998) to UMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM); the Notice was alerting the UMgungundlovu District Municipality about the contraventions of polluting water resources and the remedial actions that need to be undertaken.

  • A follow up inspection was undertaken on 24 January 2020 to ensure compliance with the issued Notice and it was found that the manholes that were blocked and overflowing were fixed.
  • There are still recurrences due to insufficient capacity of the existing system and challenges with aging infrastructure. To rectify this, UMgungundlovu District Municipality has commenced with a project of upgrading the Mpophomeni sewer reticulation system on 1 April 2020. This project is separate from the Mpophomeni WWTW upgrade and will be undertaken in parallel.

(b) The upgrade of Mpophomeni WWTW commenced in January 2020 and will be completed in the course of 2022.

25 May 2020 - NW799

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) Whether his department has taken any steps to implement his announcement that playhouses will be made available for artists to perform live streaming activities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the playhouses will be involved in creating online platforms; if so, how will it be put in practice as the sector does not render an essential service; (3) whether any partnerships have been forged with the SA Broadcasting Corporation to televise performances in addition to live streaming?

Reply:

1. Yes. The Directive was gazetted. The Director General had a meeting with the CEOs of Performing Arts Institutions and the legal team on the 9th May 2020 to address implementation.

2. Yes, if they have their own content or projects they need to implement. They will bring these to the attention of the Department; some have done so already, for consideration and inclusion in the relief programme of the Department.

3. Not yet, however engagements have been initiated and are ongoing in line with promotion of local content. The DG has held meetings and also wrote letters in this regard to all broadcasters.

25 May 2020 - NW654

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether, as a participant on the board of the Solidarity Fund, he can provide details as to whether distributions from the fund or procurement by the fund are subject to Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment policies and legislation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the rationale for this? NW856E

Reply:

The Solidarity Fund was created on 23 March 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in South Africa. It is a platform for the general public, civil society and the public and private sector to contribute to the consolidated effort to fund various initiatives.

Ms Gloria Serobe is the Chairperson, Mr Adrian Enthoven serves as the Deputy Chairperson and Ms Nomkhita Nqweni is the interim CEO.

The Fund works closely with government and business, but it is independent of both of them. It is responsible for and controls the funds donated and is accountable for them, with Old Mutual administering the funds on a pro bono basis.

Full governance documentation can be found on the website of the fund at https://www.solidarityfund.co.za/Solidarity_Fund_Governance_Overview_V20200419.1.pdf.

Contributions to the Fund are utilised for four purposes, namely to

  • Prevent the spread of the infection by supporting campaigns and communication measures to flatten the curve
  • Detect and understand the magnitude of the disease through the supply of testing kits and research
  • Care for those in hospital or medical care by ensuring a supply of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and
  • Support those whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic through the support of feeding and shelter programmes across the country.

The Honourable Member is encouraged to direct the question of the policies of the Fund to its Chief Executive Officer or to the Chairperson of the Fund.

-END-

25 May 2020 - NW980

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to the R20 billion allocated to municipalities from the R500 billion economic support package for relief during the Covid-19 pandemic, (a) what is the breakdown of allocations for each municipality, (b) what are the conditions for spending that her department has set for each grant recipient and (c) on what date was each grant transferred to each recipient; (2) whether she will furnish Mr M H Hoosen with a copy of the spending plans of each municipality; if not, why not, if so, on what date? NW1269E

Reply:

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

Thank you

25 May 2020 - NW779

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What (a) number of applications have been received for funding relief through the (i) Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme COVID-19 Fund for Essential Supplies, (ii) Relief Funding for Companies in COVID-19 Distress and (iii) COVID-19 Black Business Funding Solutions in each province to date, (b) number of the specified applications have been (i) approved and (ii) rejected in each case in each province and (c) was the Rand value of each (i) approved and (ii) rejected application in each case in each province?

Reply:

I am advised as follows:

The COVID-19 Black Business Fund administered by the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) received over 250 applications totalling R700 million with approximately 30% of the applications from Gauteng, 20% from the Western Cape, 20% from KwaZulu-Natal and the balance from the other 6 provinces. A total of 12 applications valued at R78 million have been approved since inception of the Fund - of which 4 of the applications are from Gauteng; 5 from KwaZulu-Natal; and 3 from the Western Cape. Transactions valued at approximately R400 million have been declined for various reasons including applicants not being manufacturers of essential products.

Table 1 below outlines the performance of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) COVID-19 Essential Supplies and COVID-19 Distress Funding administered by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) since inception up to 08 May 2020.

Table 1

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25 May 2020 - NW587

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What measures did his department put in place to monitor working conditions in mines to ensure that workers are protected from COVID-19 before granting Sibanye Mine in Rustenburg and other mining companies permission to resume work?

Reply:

1. The Department has consulted with organised labour and organised business regarding the possible impact of COVID-19 in the mining sector.

2. The Department has made inputs into the recent amendments of the Regulations of the Disaster Management Act (DMA), issued in terms of Section 27(2) of the same Act and published by the Minister of COGTA on the 17th April 2020. Please take particular note of the insertion of Regulation 11K which deals with Mining Operations.

2.1 Regulation 11K.(1) of DMA states:

Mining operations, as referred to in paragraph 22 of Part B of Annexure B, must be conducted at a reduced capacity of not more than 50% during the period of lockdown, and thereafter at increasing capacity as determined by direction issued by the Cabinet member responsible for mineral resources and energy.

2.2 Regulation 11K.(2) of DMA states:

The following conditions apply to the starting and increasing of capacity:

a) A rigorous screening and testing program must be implemented as employees return to work;

b) The mining industry must provide quarantine facilities for employees who have tested positive for the COVID-19;

c) Data collected during the screening and testing programme must be submitted to the relevant authority;

d) Mining companies must make arrangements to transport their South African employees from their homes to their respective areas of operations;

e) Workers from neighbouring Southern African Development Community countries must be recalled to their place of employment at the end of lockdown in their respective countries in accordance with these Regulations and regulations applicable in those countries.

2.3 Regulation 11K.(3) of DMA states:

The monitoring and impact assessment of seismicity through the Council for Geoscience must be intensified with immediate effect.

3. The Department through the Chief Inspector of Mines has also directed the South African Mining Industry (SAMI) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the following communique issued to mining companies:

3.1 Guiding principles on prevention & management of COVID-19 in SAMI

3.2 Request for protocol on prevention & management of COVID-19 in SAMI

3.3 Safe start-up procedure of mines by employers and employees.

4. The Department has identified all Inspectors of Mines as essential service and were issued with Lockdown Permits to ensure that health and safety of mineworkers is not compromised even during this pandemic.

5. Inspectors of Mines remain on duty during the lockdown and conduct mainly unannounced visits at various mines particularly at high risk mines, to check the mines compliance to the Mine Health and Safety Act and other relevant prescripts such as “Lockdown” regulations.

Chief Inspector Mines

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate T S Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe, MP

Minister of Mineral Resource and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

25 May 2020 - NW861

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) What (a) is the total amount of (i) salaries, (ii) allowances and (iii) bonuses that were paid by each national sports federation in the past three financial years and (b) are the names of each person such monies were paid to; (2) (a) what amount was spent by each national sports federation on (i) local and (ii) international trips, including (aa) flights, (bb) accommodation and (cc) subsistence allowance in the past three financial years and (b) what amount did each national sports federation spend on the development of their respective sports in the specified period?

Reply:

The National Federations are unable to provide the requested information due to the lockdown as they need to retrieve the information from the archives and records.

25 May 2020 - NW320

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether she will provide details of any contracts or tenders that were awarded since 29 May 2019 by her department to certain companies (names furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) (a) on what date was each contract or tender awarded and (b) what is the (i) duration of the tender or contract that was awarded, (ii) cost of each of the contracts or tenders awarded and (iii) service that is rendered by each specified company?

Reply:

Please refer to my reply to question 247.

25 May 2020 - NW787

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

In light of the fact that her Department has been tasked with identifying potential quarantine sites for the Covid-19 crisis, what (a) is the mandate of her Department with regard to (i) ensuring suitability of identified sites with the requirements of the Department of Health, (ii) the upgrading of sites to ensure their habitability and (iii) equipping sites with beds, bedding and other requirements and (b) are the costs associated with any of the specified activities?

Reply:

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

 

On 18 March 2020 Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs issued regulations of Section 27 (2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 and new regulations were published on 29 April 2020.

Regulation 7(3) of the Regulations published on 29 April 2020 mandates the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure concurrently with the Members of the Executive Council responsible for Public Works and the accounting officers of municipalities to identify and make available sites to be used as isolation and quarantine facilities as the need arises.

  1. (i) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is responsible for repairing and refurbishing sites from the Department’s immovable asset register which have been approved by Department of Health (DoH) as meeting the basic requirements to serve as quarantine or isolation site. Provinces and Municipalities are responsible for sites they identify. The DoH ensure the suitability of privately owned sites.
  1. DPWI upgrades identified sites from the Department’s immovable asset register which have been approved by the DoH to ensure habitability. The Department only executes the upgrading project upon approval of the site by the DoH as meeting the basic requirements.
  1. DPWI provide beds and linen for sites from the Department’s immovable asset register that have been assessed and approved by the Department of Health as suitable to be used as quarantine or isolation sites.
  1. From the list of 39 sites, two were approved by the Department of Health and the total costs associated with:
  • repair and refurbishment is R4 266 453.64
  • provision of beds and linen is R737 291.45

25 May 2020 - NW929

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW1218E

Reply:

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

Thank you

25 May 2020 - NW609

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

Whether the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission has published a list of fees for the 2020 financial year in accordance with the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act, 2013 (Act No. 46 of 2013) and the Regulations of 2016 regarding the submission of B-BBEE compliance certificates for all companies; if not, why not; if so, what is the full breakdown of the fees applicable to all companies; (2) Whether consultants, who assist and assess the compliance of companies applying for B-BBEE certification, have a regulated fee structure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether the B-BBEE commission will consider extending the validity of the 2019 certificates to include 2020, in order to provide further financial relief to small business during this period as the costs of obtaining such certificates are substantial and will impact already heavily burdened operating costs of small, medium and micro enterprises; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? [

Reply:

(1) The Commission is financed from money appropriated by Parliament for the Commission and any money lawfully received from any other source. The B-BBEE Regulations permit the Commission to charge a reasonable fee for services rendered by its office, except for complaints, after publishing a schedule of fees by notice in the Gazette.

During the first three years of operation, the Commission focused on putting in place systems and processes to promote, advocate and raise awareness of the B-BBEE Act and its requirements and to support proper implementation of the legislation.

This was done at no cost during this period in order to promote the understanding of the B-BBEE Act and its requirements to encourage voluntary compliance.

I am advised that the Commission has therefore not published the schedule of fees yet, which means the services directly rendered by the Commission is currently free.

The Commission planned to commence consultation processes for the publication of the schedule of fees for its services in this financial year.

(2) Section 1 of the B-BBEE Act refers to the appointment of a B-BBEE Verification Professional Regulator by the Minister, which is a body that is responsible for accreditation and authorisation of a B-BBEE Verification Professionals.

The B-BBEE Act has in section 1 further defined a B-BBEE Verification Professional as a person who performs any work in connection with rating the status of enterprises in terms of B-BBEE compliance on the authority of, or for a rating agency accredited by, a B-BBEE Verification Regulator.

Therefore, by definition consultants are excluded from conducting any B-BBEE verification and/or issuing of B-BBEE Certificates.

The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) currently serves as the B-BBEE Verification Professional Regulator.

There is currently no regulation of fees charged by B-BBEE Verification Professionals

It is only the Construction Sector Charter Council that has issued a guideline around nominal fees that can be charged for construction-based entities that fall within the category of Exempted Micro-Enterprise (EME) and Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs).

(3) B-BBEE Certificates are valid for twelve (12) months.

Regarding the relief of costs of verification for small enterprises, the B-BBEE Act through the Codes has already granted an exemption to EMEs (entities with an annual turnover of less than R10 million) by indicating that they are not to be subjected to a B-BBEE verification process, as part of government’s initiative to ease the cost of doing business for small businesses.

Such entities receive automatic B-BBEE recognition levels and are only required to use a B-BBEE sworn affidavit or a certificate issued by the Companies and Intellectual Property (CIPC) confirming their turnover and level of black ownership. Such recognition is at no cost to the enterprises concerned.

In addition, 51% and 100% black owned and controlled QSEs (entities with an annual turnover of above R10 million but less R50 million) have also been exempted from being subjected to a B-BBEE verification process, and only use a sworn affidavit. The CIPC certificate option is currently not available to 51% and 100% black owned QSEs. It is only EMEs and start-up enterprises that can obtain a CIPC certificate.

Therefore, the costs of B-BBEE verification only apply to QSEs that are less than 51% black owned as well as large entities (entities with an annual turnover of R50 million and above).

In light of the above, I will request advice regarding the proposal for the extension of the validity of the 2019 certificates to cover 2020 and revert to the Honourable Member.

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25 May 2020 - NW985

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Thring, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

At what alert level will the employees of religious organisations be able to resume their weekday administrative financial and compliance functions from the office, such as the payment of salaries, essential information technology support, coordination of feedings schemes and essential building maintenance, subject to observance of standard hygiene and health protocols that apply to any other workplace during the lockdown to curb the Covid-19 pandemic?

Reply:

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

Thank you

25 May 2020 - NW259

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

(1)Whether he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with a copy of his department’s policy on sabbatical leave for officials; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with a detailed list of the (a) officials that have taken sabbatical leave since 1 January 2019 and (b) time period that each official has taken off from work; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details, in each case; (3) (a) what was the total cost to the taxpayer for overseas travel undertaken by officials of his department and (b) are these costs in line with the travel policy of his department; (4) what (a) number of business class flights were taken by officials of his department from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019 and (b) was the total cost of the specified flights?

Reply:

The sabbatical and travel policies of the two Departments that merged to form the DTIC, were developed and approved prior to the current administration and will be reviewed in due course in line with Government’s oveall policy position.

In respect of the specific questions posed, I have been advised by the Department that the following applies:

(1) The Department’s sabbatical leave is regulated in terms of the Bursary Policy which is an internal document.

The purpose of sabbatical leave is to provide employees with special leave opportunities for a maximum period of twelve (12) months to enable them to prepare for examinations, complete theses or projects in partial fulfilment of their studies. Operational requirements are considered and the line of studies should support the Department’s strategic objectives.

An employee who has been granted sabbatical leave is expected to enter into a contract to serve the Department for a period twice the sabbatical leave. This leave provision has positioned the Department as a learning organisation that promotes continuous learning and development of its employees. Another advantage arising from this provision is the retention of institutional skills and capabilities.

(2) The table below provides details of sabbatical leave since 1 January 2019. No officials from the Economic Development Department (EDD) were granted sabbatical leave.

(a)   Officials who have taken sabbatical leave since 1 January 2019

(b)   Period each official has taken off from work and details

 

Period

Duration

Details

Employee 1

1 February 2018 to 31 January 2019

12 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Industrial/Organi-sational Psychology

Employee 2

9 February 2018 to 8 February 2019

12 months

Attendance of classes towards a MBA

Employee 3

1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

12 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a PhD

Employee 4

16 January 2019 to 31 March 2019

2½ months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Public Administration

Employee 5

3 April 2018 to 3 April 2019

12 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a PhD

Employee 6

1 August 2019 to 31 October 2019

3 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Public Management

Employee 7

16 August 2019 to 15 November 2019

3 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation

Employee 8

1 March 2019 to 30 November 2019

9 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards an MBA

Employee 9

1 April 2019 to 30 November 2019

8 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards an MBA

Employee 10

1 May 2019 to 30 November 2019

7 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards an MBA

Employee 11

1 September 2019 to 31 December 2019

4 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Law

Employee 12

26 July 2019 to 25 January 2020

6 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards an MBA

Employee 13

1 October 2019 to 28 February 2020

5 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Management (Public Policy)

Employee 14

1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

12 months

Doctorate in Business Administration

Employee 15

1 October 2019 to 31 August 2020

10 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Business Management

Employee 16

1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

12 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a PhD

3) This information is disclosed in the dti’s Annual Report as part of the Goods and Services note to the Annual Financial Statements. All travel is in line with the Travel and Subsistence Policy of the department as well as National Treasury’s Instruction Note No. 04 of 2017/2018 on Cost Containment.

4) The dti had a total of 192 transactional business class tickets booked for officials at a total cost of R7 869 924. EDD had a total of 42 transactional domestic business class tickets booked for officials at a total cost of R395 472.

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25 May 2020 - NW221

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) What steps has his department taken to prepare for the effective and maximum implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement; and (b) how will this fit into the industrial policy of the Republic? NW298E

Reply:

The AfCFTA is a significant step towards the objective of African economic integration. The AfCFTA, as one of the flagship projects of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, aims to build an integrated market in Africa of over 1 billion people, with a growing GDP.

The AfCFTA, the market integration component of a wider African development agenda, combines market integration with infrastructure development and, industrial development to promote intra-Africa trade and sustainable economic growth. Initially, implementation of the AfCFTA will increase opportunities for trade amongst African countries in both goods and services. In Phase 2 rules for Investment, Intellectual Property and Competition will be developed.

The AfCFTA is intended to cover 55 African countries. All African Union Member States, except Eritrea, have signed the Agreement. The Agreement entered into force on 30 May 2019 and 28 countries have now ratified the AfCFTA.

The 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 9-10 February 2020 endorsed an intensive and focused work programme to ensure that all substantive outstanding negotiating issues necessary for the commencement of preferential trading under the AfCFTA are concluded.

The 33rd AU Assembly also endorsed an Extra-Ordinary Summit on the AfCFTA in May 2020 in South Africa to adopt the concluded rules of origin, tariff schedules and services schedules, for the commencement of trade under the AfCFTA preferences by 1 July 2020.

South Africa is engaged in ongoing consultations nationally and within SACU to ensure that we meet the obligations of a 90% tariff offer for the commencement of negotiations with trading partners on the continent and the finalisation of the Schedules of Tariff Concessions. In terms of Trade in Services, South Africa has submitted an initial services offer on the five priority sectors in preparation for the services negotiations under the AfCFTA, which will be subject to reciprocity.

We also need to anchor the Agreement in a wider context and work programme of structural transformation and industrial development to promote diversification, beneficiation and value-addition in order to realise the opportunities that will arise from a more open continental market.

Effective rules of origin are critical in any free trade agreement to define the extent of local processing and manufacturing of any product is needed to qualify for liberalised trade under the agreement. In this way, the rules of origin ensure that the parties to the agreement are the main beneficiaries of the agreement.

In addition to establishing effective rules of origin to encourage local content, it is also essential to have the necessary capacity in all customs services across the Continent, including in the South African Revenue Service, to monitor and enforce the rules of origin.

Such enforcement is necessary to ensure that non-parties do not take advantage of the more open trade regime on the continent. While SARS has demonstrated its capacity to perform these tasks, including in the SADC context, it is engaged in a process to upscale its enforcement capacity to meet the requirements of more open trade once the AfCFTA is fully operational.

South Africa has finalised sectoral masterplans on clothing and textiles and the poultry sectors to ensure that the country is able to utilise the opportunities presented through the AfCFTA. We are also developing more Master Plans, in traditional sectors like the steel industry, and the sugar industry which is a key livelihood for rural communities; furniture, as well as in new economy sectors such as the digital economy, with its opportunities for young people; and the green economy, to industrialise through a greener growth path.

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25 May 2020 - NW189

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 859 on 22 October 2019, her department secured the services of an independent assessor to do a dam safety evaluation on the Nqweba Dam; if not, what are the time frames for the envisaged evaluation; if so, (a) what are the findings of the assessor, (b) will her department take immediate steps on the findings of the assessor and (c) will there be a budget allocation for repairs and/or rehabilitation if such form part of the recommendations?

Reply:

(a) The process of appointing an independent expert has not yet been finalised. The timeframe envisaged for procurement of services of an independent expert for the dam assessment is June 2020. The Honorable Member would also appreciate that the said date was envisioned before the breakout of COVID-19 and the resultant lockdown which slowed down our work a bit.

(b) With all work done under the Dam Rehabilitation Programme, a risk based approach is utilised to determine how urgently a particular action should be taken. This information will be contained in the report from the independent expert. Therefore, based on the findings from the independent expert report, the DWS will endeavour to comply with the recommendations.

(c) The required funds will be allocated through our normal budgeting processes once the independent expert report outlines the extent of scope. Should the recommendations deem the rehabilitation of Nqweba Dam to be urgent, then an emergency protocol will be initiated in consultation with National Treasury.

25 May 2020 - NW744

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

What (a) is the status of the number of youth already recruited (b) are the districts from where they were recruited in respect of the target of recruiting 20 400 youth to assist the Department of Health; (2) (a) (i) who is responsible for the training of these participants (ii) what are the costs of the training and (iii) what total number of participants have been trained since 1 February 2020, (b) what is the status of the procurement of the personal protective equipment for the participants before they embark on their activities, (c) what is the envisaged (i) start date for the participants to begin actively working and (ii) duration of the project. and (d)(i) who will be paying the participants and (ii) what is the rate of payment?

Reply:

 

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1) (a) As at 27 April 2020, a total of 22 013 participants were recruited in all nine provinces in the country to participate in the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) COVID-19 response, to assist the Department of Health. The majority of the participants recruited represents the youth category (16 – 35years). However, in exceptional cases, persons outside of the youth category were recruited as the Non-Profit Organisations were unable to get sufficient numbers of youth participants targeted in the programme. Of the participants recruited, 21 379 are youth with the remaining 634 outside of the youth category.

Of the 22 013 participants recruited 15 012 are female, and 7001 are male. The table below provides further detail of the 22 013 educational/qualification level.

Qualifications

Number of participants

Grade 10

1911

Grade 11

3460

Grade 12

16321

Post-school Certificates Including N levels

238

Diploma

44

Degree

39

Total

22 013

(1) (b) Yes, the 191 NPOs to be contracted to cover the 44 districts and 8 Metropolitan Municipalities in the country. In line with the EPWP Recruitment Guidelines, all the NPOs are required to recruit participants close to their place of residence.

2(a) (i) It was agreed, and it is a requirement, prior to EPWP participants beginning work, the Department of Health (DoH) will train EPWP participants. DoH officials stationed within the respective Public Health Centres, where the participants will be deployed, will undertake the training. Training will also include infection prevention control.

(ii) There is no cost to the training provided by the DOH.

(iii) The training is provided by the Department of Health and is ongoing.

(2)(b) Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) have been procured for about five weeks of work. Pending approval of budget requests from National Treasury, the remainder of the PPEs will be acquired. PPEs, including hand sanitisers, masks and gloves. The use of PPEs is mandatory.

(2)(c)(i) The project start date is still to be confirmed by the DoH after finalising logistical processes, including the notification of Provincial Health MECs and Executive Mayors.

(ii) The duration of the project is for three (3) months.

(2)(d)(i) The DPWI EPWP COVID-19 response participants will be paid by the DPWI through the EPWP NSS: NPO programme budget for 2020/21.

(ii) A daily wage of R101.00 will be paid to each participant. This is in line with a daily wage rate of the EPWP NSS NPO programme for 2020/21 financial year.

25 May 2020 - NW676

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether there are any national standards for the quality, installation and maintenance of mining equipment and/or assets; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the details of the standards, (b) who is responsible for the enforcement thereof, (c) what total number of compliance inspections were undertaken in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18 and (iii) 2018-19 financial years and (d) what were the outcomes thereof?

Reply:

a) There are 36 South African National Standards (SANS) and 2 South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) referenced in the Mine Health and Safety Act No 29 of 1996, as amended. The list is in Annexure 1.

b) The monitoring and enforcement is done by the Department’s Engineering Inspectors.

c) (i) The total number of compliance inspections conducted in 2016/2017 was 9 363 which included the mine equipment inspections.

(ii) Similarly, the total number of compliance inspections conducted in 2017/2018 was 9 425.

(iii) The total number of inspections conducted in 2018/2019 was 8567.

d) Where there were non-compliances observed during the inspections, to deal with dangerous conditions or non-compliance with mine standards or provisions under the Act, Inspectors issued sections 55 and 54 instructions as per the Mine Health and Safety Act, No. 29 of 1996 as amended. For instance, during the reporting period 2018/2019, there were 1399 section 55 instructions and 963 section 54 instructions issued, respectively.

Chief Inspector Mines

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate T S Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe, MP

Minister of Mineral Resource and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

25 May 2020 - NW319

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the details of the (a) undertakings she made in response to the recent protests regarding addressing challenges of water availability in QwaQwa in the Free State and (b) progress made in respect of such undertakings; (2) whether she will provide the information on the progress made in this regard to date to Ms E L Powell; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) In response to the recent protests that occurred in January 2020 regarding addressing challenges of water availability in QwaQwa in the Free State I had committed to the following:

  • Sedibeng Water would be appointed as the implementing agent with regard to all issues related to water challenges.
  • A total amount of R220 million will be ring fenced to address water challenges faced by the community of Qwaqwa.
  • A total of 5000 water tanks to be procured to increase the number of water tankers (trucks) on the ground
  • Equip boreholes to provide water relief
  • Explore new technologies to address water challenges
  • Establish a Hotline and Call Centre to deal with immediate challenges related to water.
  • Sedibeng Water to establish the War Room.

(b) Progress made with regard to the commitments made by the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation are as follows:

  • Sedibeng Water was appointed as the Implementing Agent for drought intervention in Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality.
  • R54 million was allocated in the financial year ending March 2020. More funds are to be allocated in this financial year.
  • Seventeen (17) boreholes were equipped with submersible pumps and hand pumps and a total of five (5) boreholes were equipped and connected to the network.
  • Potential service providers were invited and presented their technologies which included:
        • Package Water Treatment Works that can be installed quicker than the conventional Water Treatment Works.
        • Pumps that do not use electricity.
  • A Steering Committee was established and consists of various stakeholders from the community and government representatives.
  • Stakeholders Forum has been established and is chaired by the Free State MEC COGTA.
  • Maluti-A-Phofung Drought Intervention Programme War Room has also been established by the Sedibeng Water Board.
  • A call centre has been equipped and resourced and an application done to Telkom for a hotline which will be operational once Telkom has finalised the installation.
  • 136 units of 5,000 litres (5 kL) water tanks have been distributed.
  • 30 units of 10,000 litre (10 kL) tanks have been distributed.
  • Construction of masonry tank stands has commenced in Ward 28 (Leribe, Theosane, Mabolela and Mabolela Central) and Ward 15 (Thabang, Masimong, Madimong, Sekgutlong).
  • 25 Water Tankers of 16 000 litre capacity are delivering water to the affected areas.
  • The Maluti-A-Phofung LM has hired 29 trucks from the local contractors.

(2) Progress is as indicated in (1)(b) above.

25 May 2020 - NW582

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, with reference to her reply to oral question 71 on 11 March 2020, she has intervened and finalised the investigation pertaining to service providers who are blocking the sanitation programme in schools in the Chris Hani District Municipality; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the progress of the intervention and investigation?

Reply:

As per the attached, this is the response to Parliamentary question 71 and does not correspond with the narrative as contained in question 582.

22 May 2020 - NW472

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the total number of farms and/or land parcels that her department purchased in the Chris Hani District Municipality; (2) whether any other state-owned and/or government department (a) bought and/or (b) owns land in the specified district municipality; if so, (i) what are the details of each state-owned entity and/or department that purchased or owns land, (ii) under which programme has the land been purchased, (iii) in which year has it been purchased, (iv) what is the size of each piece of land, (v) who is the current owner and/or beneficiary on each farm and (vi) what are the details of the current use of the land; (3) whether a lease agreement exist on each land parcel; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on which parcels were title deeds handed over?

Reply:

1. 205

(2) (a),(b) Yes

(i),(ii),(iii),(iv),(v),(vi) See attached Annexure A

3. See Annexure A

22 May 2020 - NW470

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department wrote letters to any farmers who are currently farming on state land to inform them to vacate the land; if so, (a) what number of farmers were affected, (b) what were the reasons given to each farmer who was asked to vacate the land and (c) what number of these letters were sent out since 1 April 2019 in each (i) district and (ii) province?

Reply:

Yes.

(a) 36

(b) See Annexure A

(c) See Annexure A

22 May 2020 - NW586

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

What measures has she put in place to support farmers through the Recapitalisation and Development Programme given that some farmers have already missed planting crops for the previous season?

Reply:

None. The Recapitalisation and Development Programme doesn’t exist in the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform.

22 May 2020 - NW585

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the reasons that his department is failing to assist Mr Boy Nonyane from Marite Trust in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, whose house was damaged by a certain company (name furnished) during the road construction of the R40 between Hazyview and Bushbuckridge?

Reply:

  1. SANRAL contract R.040-050-2010/2 for upgrading of R40 from turnoff to Sabie (the R28) to R533 in Bushbuckridge awarded to Roadmac Surfacing (Pty) Ltd and work commenced on 28 February 2011 and ended in February 2013.
  1. The claim was made by Mr Henry Nonyane, of Stand 711; Jim Brown Trust; Hazyview that damage discovered by Ms Agnes Sehlangu to his dwelling was allegedly caused on 19 and 20 January 2012 by the action of a vibratory roller being operated by the contractor or his sub-contractors at the time.
  1. Two of the contractor’s staff, Mr Peter Makwetla and Mr Kenneth Mashego, accompanied by the Resident Engineer from Vela VKE Consultants Mr Johan Van Straten attended a meeting with Ms Agnes Sehlangu at the house. The contractor was of the view that the damage to the house could not have been caused by his operations. The position of the house was more than 50 meters away from the road, and so was far enough away for the vibratory roller to have no effect. In spite of this, the claim was referred to the contractor’s Insurance providers. The matter was investigated, and the claim was subsequently denied as there was insufficient proof that the damage was caused by the activities of the contractor. All machinery was found to comply with standard specifications.
  1. On 4 September 2012, the contractor’s brokers sent a letter via email to Ms Sehlangu that her claim was rejected. On 12 September 2012 the claimant’s legal advisors responded to above letter with request that decision be revisited. On 16 October 2012, the contractor wrote a letter to the claimant’s legal advisors that their claim was denied and no compensation for damages would be made.
  1. No further correspondence was received from the claimant by the contractor nor SANRAL since the above communication in 2012.
  1. The project was handed back to SANRAL in February 2012 and the Defects Liability period ended in February 2013. In terms of the contract with SANRAL, the contractor is obliged to carry all risks associated with claims from third parties against the contract and that SANRAL is not legally responsible. Due to fact that the contract ended in February 2013 and that the matter has now prescribed in law as it is older than 3 years, SANRAL has no further actions it can take to assist.

4 September 2012 - Letter from Contractors Brokers