Questions and Replies

08 July 2019 - NW6

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

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

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works & Infrastructure:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08 July 2019 - NW12

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

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

Reply:

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

(b) They are from the following countries:

Countries

Total

Ethiopia

50135

DRC

34754

Bangladesh

27243

Zimbabwe

14861

Pakistan

9383

Congo

8626

Nigeria

6781

Burundi

6425

Uganda

4461

India

4267

Somalia

4152

Malawi

2175

Ghana

2032

Cameroon

1767

Kenya

1081

Rwanda

1015

Eritrea

978

Senegal

899

Niger

818

Mozambique

648

Tanzania

605

Zambia

264

Egypt

227

Ivory Coast

183

Algeria

167

China

126

Mali

120

Nepal

88

Liberia

70

Sudan

57

Benin

55

Lesotho

53

Guinea

52

Burkina Faso

44

Thailand

31

Togo

30

Syria

25

Comoros

23

Swaziland

17

Gabon

16

Afghanistan

16

Sierra Leone

15

Yemen

14

Bahamas

14

Sri Lanka

13

Palestine

12

Gambia

11

Guinea Bissau

10

Morocco

9

East Timor

8

Estonia

8

Angola

7

Iraq

6

Chad

6

Central African Republic

6

Jordan

6

Bahrain

5

Turkey

5

Ukraine

4

Botswana

3

Hungary

3

Mauritania

3

Other

3

Libya

3

Denmark

2

Jamaica

2

Madagascar

2

Malaysia

2

Venezuela

2

Mauritius

2

Iran

2

Solomon Islands

2

Paraguay

1

New Zealand

1

Namibia

1

Suriname

1

Azerbaijan

1

Colombia

1

Wallis and Futuna

1

Kyrgyzstan

1

Uruguay

1

Myanmar (Burma)

1

Bosnia

1

Ireland

1

Haiti

1

Russia

1

Barbados

1

Lebanon

1

Grand Total

184976

END

05 July 2019 - NW70

Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Basic Education

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

Reply:

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

05 July 2019 - NW187

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

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

Reply:

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

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW41

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

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

Reply:

The responses are presented on the below table:

Court

Number of Judges  who have left the Judicial system

Number of Judges who have entered the Judicial system

Constitutional Court

 

4

-

-

-

Supreme Court of Appeal

 

8

-

2

-

Northern Cape Division (Kimberley)

2

-

-

1

Eastern Cape Division  (Grahamstown)

1

-

1

2

Eastern Cape Local Division (Port Elizabeth)

2

-

-

1

Eastern Cape Local Division

(Bisho)

-

-

1

1

Eastern Cape Local Division

(Mthatha)

2

-

-

2

Western Cape Division

(Cape Town)

6

-

-

8

North West Division (Mahikeng)

 

1

1

-

1

Free State Division

(Bloemfontein)

3

-

1

9

Gauteng Division (Pretoria)

7

1

2

12

Gauteng Local Division

(Thohoyandou)

10

-

1

11

Limpopo Local Division

-

-

-

-

 

Limpopo Division

(Polokwane)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

4

 

Mpumalanga Division

(Nelspruit)

 

-

-

-

-

KwaZulu-Natal Division

(Pietermaritzburg)

2

-

-

4

KwaZulu- Natal Local Division

(Durban)

-

-

1

6

Labour Court

-

-

1

6

Total

48

2

10

65

 

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

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

05 July 2019 - NW58

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

Building name

Value of rented building

Purpose of rented building

Sechaba House/Van Wijk Louw

R295 million

Office Accommodation

Old Karfo film Archives

Unknown (DPW)

Office Accommodation

Old Library State Building

Unknown (DPW)

Office Accommodation

National Archives

Unknown (DPW)

Office Accommodation

Regents Place

Unknown (DPW)

Office accommodation for Sports and Recreation

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

The purpose of each state owned building is outlined below:

NO

STATE OWNED

PURPOSE OF THE BUILDING

 

Nelson Mandela Museum(3)

 

1

Bhunga Building

Museum

2

Qunu Youth and Heritage Centre

Museum and accommodation

 3

Mvezo Museum

Museum and accommodation

 

National English Literary Museum (3)

 

 4

New English Literary Museum

Museum

 5

Eastern Star Museum

Museum

 6

Schreiner House

Museum

 

South African Library for the Blind (3)

 

 7

1 Hemming Street

Library

 8

Vacant Erf 3659 - Hemming street

plot

 9

112 hemming street

Library

 

National Museum Bloemfontein (5)

 

 10

First (Eerste) Raadsaal

Museum

 11

Florisbad Research Station

Archeological site and

Storage

 12

Freshford House Museum

Museum

 13

National Museum

Museum

 14

Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Museum

 

Performing Art Centre of the Free State (1)

 

 15

Performing Art Centre of the Free State

Theatre

 

War Museum of the Boer Republic (1)

 

 16

War Museum

Museum

 

Market Theatre Foundation (1)

 

 17

Market Square

Offices and Theatre Lab

 

NARSSA (4)

 

 18

National Archives (Head Office)

Archives

 19

National Archives NFVSA

Archives

 20

National Archives and Bureau of Heraldry 

Archives

 21

National Archives Old Library Building

Archives

 

Drakenstein Correctional Centre House (1)

 

 22

Madiba House

Heritage site

 

Ditsong Museums of South Africa (11)

 

 23

Ditsong Kruger Museum

Museum

 24

Ditsong National Museum of Cultural

History (African Window)

Museum

 25

Ditsong Piernee Museum 

Museum

 26

Ditsong Pioneer Museum 

Museum

 27

Ditsong National Museum of Military

History

Museum

 28

Ditsong Sammy Marks Museum

Museum

 29

Ditsong National Museum of Natural

History

Museum

 30

Ditsong Tswaing Meterorite Site

Museum

 31

Ditsong Willem Prinsloo Agricultural

Museum

Museum

 32

Ditsong Ga Mohle Museum

Museum

 33

Ditsong Coert Steynberg Museum

Museum

 

National Library of South Africa(3)

 

 34

National Library of South Africa (Pretoria)

Library

 35

Centre for the Book

Library

 36

National Library of South Africa

(Cape Town)

Library

 

State Theatre (1)

 

 37

State Theatre

Theatre

 

Freedom Park Trust (2)

 

 38

ZASM Office Complex

Offices

 39

Freedom Park Heritage Site

Museum

 

South African Heritage Resource Agency (37)

 

 40

Old Congregational Church

Church & Gravesite

 41

Old Residency

Vacant Leased Property

 42

The Lookout

Gravesite

 43

Old Gaol

Office & Museum

 44

Piet Retief's House

Gravesite

 45

Moorddrif Monument

Gravesite

 46

Verdun Ruins

Gravesite

 47

Old English Fort, Mont Mare

Gravesite

 48

Mapoch's Caves

Cave

 49

Krugerhof Museum

Museum

 50

Union Masonic Temple

Church

 51

The Old Gun Powder House / Magazine

Vacant Leased Property

 52

Old Fort and Cemetery

Gravesite

 53

Livingstone's  House 

Gravesite

 54

Dal Josafat

Office, &

Leased Out Property

 55

SAHRA  Head Office

Office

 56

Concentration Camp / Garden of

Remembrance

Gravesite

 57

Struisbaai Cottages

Leased Out Property

 58

Valkenburg Manor House, Observatory

Leased Out Property

 59

Van Riebeeck's Hedge - Bishops Court

Hedge

60

Welcome Cottage - Glencairn

Vacant Leased Property

 61

Woutersen Wessels Vault

Gravesite

 62

Groenberg Skool

School

 63

Ordendaal School

School

 64

Vacant Erf 255 Tulbach

Vacant Land

 65

Vacant land Erf 255

Vacant Land

 66

1816 Hugo Family Vault

Gravesite

 67

SAHRA HQ 111 - Harringston Street

Office

 68

Birthplace of General Louis Botha

Gravesite

 69

Blarney Cottage

Vacant Leased Property

 70

Het Posthuys

Vacant Leased Property

 71

Kleinbosch Cemetery - Dal Josafat

Gravesite

 72

Portion of Old Fort Durban 

Museum

 73

Piet Retief Monument - Vryheid

Gravesite

 74

Spioenkop Battlefield

Gravesite

 75

Elandslaagte Memorial

Gravesite

 76

Burgher Monument

Gravesite

 

Artscape Theatre(3)

 

 77

Artscape Theatre

Theatre

 78

Artscape Storage Chappini Street

Storage

 79

Artscape Epping Workshop

Workshop

 

Afrikaanse TaalMuseum-en Monument(2)

 

 80

Taal Monument and Amphitheatre

Monument and Theatre

 81

Gideon Malherbe House

Museum

 

Iziko Museums of SA (11)

 

 82

Iziko SA National Gallery

Gallery

 83

Wingfield Hanger

Storage

 84

Iziko Bertram House

Museum

 85

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

Museum

 86

Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House

Museum

 87

Iziko Old Town House

Museum

88

Iziko South African Museum &

Planetarium

Museum and Planetarium

 89

Annexe building

Offices and Library

 90

Iziko Rust en Vreugd

Museum

 91

Iziko Slave Lodge

Museum

 92

Iziko Social History Centre

Storage, Offices and

Library

 

Luthuli Museum (1)

 

 93

Luthuli Complex

Museum

 

Msunduzi Museum (3)

 

 94

Pietermaritzburg Complex

Museum

 95

Boom street House

Museum

 96

Ncome Museum

Museum and

accommodation

 

The Playhouse Company (3)

 

 97

The Playhouse Theatre

Theatre

98

The Playhouse Company Head Office

Offices

 99

Mayville Complex

Storage

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal Museum(2)

 

100

Old st Anne Hospital

Old building

Will be upgraded to a new

Museum complex

101

Kwa-Zulu Natal Museum

Museum

 

William Humpherys Art Gallery (1)

 

102

William Humpherys Art Gallery

Gallery

TOTAL

102

c) Each building has been rented as follows:

 

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

Building name

How long has each building been rented

From whom the building is rented

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

Sechaba House/Van Wijk Louw

Seven years

Rebosis Property

2 097 878.49

Old Karfo Film Archives (Union Building)

Permanent

Department of Public Works

Not applicable

Old Library State Building

Permanent

Department of Public Works

Not applicable

National Archives Building

Permanent

Department of Public Works

Not applicable

Regents

Since 2006

Delta Property Fund

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


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

05 July 2019 - NW185

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

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

Reply:

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

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW194

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

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

Reply:

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

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW32

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

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

Reply:

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

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW131

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

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

Reply:

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

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW129

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

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

Reply:

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

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW74

Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Basic Education

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

Reply:

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

05 July 2019 - NW99

Senye, Ms L to ask the Minister of Basic Education

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

Reply:

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

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

05 July 2019 - NW130

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

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

Reply:

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

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW4

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

Federation

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

% Self-set and forward projected Barometer Targets Achieved

Football

89

73

Table tennis

67

76

Volleyball

67

33

Cricket

61

59

Amateur boxing

61

10

Softball

56

35

Basketball

56

23

Netball

50

54

Athletics

50

31

Chess

44

27

Rugby

28

60

Baseball

22

50

Gymnastics

17

73

Tennis

17

65

Swimming

17

39

Hockey

11

37

Jukskei

6

39

Bowls

0

-

Rowing

0

-

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

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

05 July 2019 - NW107

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

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

Reply:

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

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW186

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

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

Reply:

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

Thank you

05 July 2019 - NW5

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

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

Reply:

a) (i) Club development (CD)

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

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

Education and Training

Excellence

Performance

Participation

Foundation

Introduction

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

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

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

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

Strategic objectives

The following were identified as the strategic objectives by SRSA:

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

Strategic intent

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

Focus groups

Athletes

Coaches

Technical officials

Administrators

Partners and stakeholders

Provincial departments of Sport and Recreation

Local Authorities

National Federations

Provincial Federations

Local and Provincial Sports Councils-CONFED

Private sector

Responsibilities: -

7.1 Sport and Recreation SA

 Coordinate partnerships with other tiers and Departments of government

 Provide funding for the project

 Develop systems for the delivery of the project

 Develop monitoring and evaluation systems for the project

 Establish and maintain partnerships

 Conduct all processes as far as procurement is concerned

 Establish and maintain partnerships

7.2 Provincial Departments of Sport

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

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

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

 Establish and maintain partnerships

 Establish and maintain partnerships

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

 Provide SRSA with all the necessary information about the programme

7.3 Local Authorities

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

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

 Provide the necessary information for the programme

7.4 Sport federations

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

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

 Monitor growth of HR development in the programme

 Provide the participation opportunities for all involved in the project

1. The Club Pilot System

Introduction

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

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

Issues to being addressed

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

Stakeholders 

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

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

2015-16 = R10.5m

2016-17 = R15.4m

2017-18 = R17.1m

2018-19 = R18.5m

2019-20 = R18.6m

Total = R80m

2. Rural Sport Development Programme

Introduction

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

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

Aim

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

Outcomes

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

Stakeholders

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

Conclusion

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

ii) School Sport

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

Level 1: Intra School Competition

Level 2: Inter School Competition

Level 3: Area/Cluster Competitions

Level 4: District Competitions

Level 5: Provincial Competitions

Level 6: National Competitions

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

PROVINCES

PROVINCIAL

DISTRICT

COMMENTS

 

Multicoded School Sport Structure (Joint Provincial Coordinating Committee)

Code Specific

Multicoded School Sport Structure (Joint Provincial Coordinating Committee)

Code Specific

 

Eastern Cape

0

14

8

14 Codes per district

At Provincial: Tennis and Cricket are a challenge.

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

Free State

1

12

1 Metro + 4 districts

12

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

Gauteng

1

16

2 Districts and 3 Metros

16 Codes per district

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

4 Tshwane

3 Ekhurhuleni

5 Johannesburg

2 Sedibeng

1 West Rand

Limpopo

1

15

5

0

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

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

Kwazulu-Natal

1

9

8

9

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

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

Mpumalanga

1

13

4

13

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

Northern Cape

1

13

5

12

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

North West

1

16

3 out 4 Districts

16

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

Western Cape

1

16

1 Metro and 5 Districts

13

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

TOTAL

8

94

5 Metros and 44 Districts

105

 

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

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

Talent Scouting

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

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

Scientific Talent Identification

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

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

 

03 July 2019 - NW29

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the President of the Republic

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

01 July 2019 - NW39

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

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

Reply:

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

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

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

01 July 2019 - NW40

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

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

Reply:

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

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

27 June 2019 - NW71

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Chabangu, Mr M to ask the Minister of Tourism

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

Reply:

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

18 April 2019 - NW808

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

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

Reply:

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

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

18 April 2019 - NW711

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) him and/or the former minister and (ii) the former deputy ministers (aa) in the (aaa) 2016-17 and (bbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018.

Reply:

The information will be provided to Parliament as soon as it has been recieved and verified by the department and ministry.

18 April 2019 - NW791

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1) What is the current (a) storage, (b) processing and (c) product development capabilities of the South African Weather Service; and (2) what (a) products and (b) capabilities have been developed for astronomy by (i) her department and (ii) the entities reporting to her in the past three financial years?

Reply:

(1) (a) The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has constantly struggled to upgrade its computer capabilities due to budget constraints over the last few years. The nature of the business of the SAWS is heavily reliant on computing power and storage in executing its mandate to South Africa. This reliance is mostly on High Performance Computing (HPC) and high end server infrastructure in processing and generating products required for Disaster Risk Reduction in South Africa related to Weather and Climate.

(b) The South African Weather Service has in the last eighteen months upgraded its HPC Facillity to the following:

  • 336 CPU’s that equates to 4032 cores that gives a speed of 73.8 Terra Flops; and
  • Storage Capaicity on the HPC is 2 Petabytes.

The current upgraded HPC is used at 90% capacity at 90% of the time to fulfill some of the South African Weather Service operational needs. The South African Weather Service has a Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) with CSIR, Meraka Institute to use its Center for High Perfomance Computing (CHPC) for research work and Business Continuty Processes (disaster recovery). With the South African Weather Service increased opertional requirements to run Numerical Weather Predictions (NWP) models i.e additional Regional NWP models, Ensembles NWP models, Oceans and Coasts models, Air Quality Models, new and enhanced Climate Prediction models, etc. Due to this increased operational workloads, the South African Weather Service is looking into replacing its HPC capabalities within 2 to 3 year time frame , as well as looking at alternatives including using HPC as service in the Cloud.

(c) The HIGH-END Servers used in SAWS is to run its Virtual eniviroment for all its production enviroment related to weather and climate, as well as all its back office enviroment. Currently, the enviroment consist of 23 high-end servers and 800 Terra Bytes which runs 250 virtual servers for the South African Weather Service. The IT enviroment at SAWS Head Office is currently in the process of being upgraded, with SAWS regional offices being done in the next 6 to 12 months. For BCP requirements the South African Weather Service also needs to upgrade its disaster recovery infrastructure over the next 12 to 18 months. The South African Weather Service is also looking into cloud offering to compliment server requirements and reduce costs for infrastructure.

(2) (a and b)SAWS is not involved in astronomy, this lies completely outside SAWS and perhaps it could be traced back to DST with the SKA project. However, SAWS is working with South African National Space Agency (SANSA), the agency under Department of Science and Technology. SANSA has recently been designated by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as Regional Space Weather Centre to provide space weather products in support of Avaition industry. The capabilities and product development lies with SANSA. SAWS is working with SANSA as the provisions of space weather are included as the standard and recommended practices in ICAO which is under the custodianship of SAWS for the provision of aeronautical meteorological services to international air navigation.

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18 April 2019 - NW764

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What total number of (a) tenders that were advertised by (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him in each (i) month and (ii) province in the past 10 years required tender briefings and (b) the briefings were compulsory in each year since 2010 up into 2018?

Reply:

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

18 April 2019 - NW770

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(1)What number of meetings has the National Qualifications Forum held (a) in each of the past eight calendar years and (b) since 1 January 2019; (2) whether, with reference to her reply to question 2829 on 21 November 2018, she has found that the lack of activity of the National Qualifications Forum is a matter of concern since the National Qualifications Forum is deemed to be an important forum for her, the chairpersons and chief executive officers of the Quality Councils and the SA Quality Authority to raise issues with one another; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what steps will be taken to ensure that the National Qualifications Forum fulfils its mandate in future as envisaged in the National Qualifications Framework Act, Act 67 of 2008, as amended?

Reply:

1. (a) The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Forum held eight meetings in the past eight years.

(b) One NQF Stakeholders Forum meeting was held on 2 March 2019.

2. The NQF Forum is an important structure providing the Minister and Director-General with the opportunity to meet with the Chairpersons of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and Quality Councils to discuss important issues regarding the strategic direction of the NQF, as well as barriers and challenges experienced in the further development and implementation of the NQF. The NQF Forum promotes dialogue and creates a common understanding to ensure the efficient development and implementation of the NQF. I was concerned about the lack of activity of the NQF Forum and actioned the NQF Stakeholders Forum meeting on 2 March 2019 to identify critical issues and continue with the annual NQF Forum meetings.

The Chief Executive Committee is a permanent sub-committee of the NQF Forum and has met quarterly over the past years. It reports to the Minister, Director-General and NQF Forum.

3. The Director-General will ensure that the NQF Forum meetings are held. SAQA, as the secretariat of the NQF Forum is tasked to develop a schedule of meetings. Furthermore, Recommendation 4.3 of the Improvement Plan for the Evaluation of the Implementation of the NQF Act (Act No. 67 of 2008) compels the NQF Forum to schedule meetings in advance and the fulfilment of its mandate will be monitored through the Department of Higher Education and Training, and the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.

 

COMPILER DETAILS

NAME AND SURNAME: BELLINAH MOLAUDZI

CONTACT: 012 312 5703/5081

RECOMMENDATION

It is recommended that the Minister signs Parliamentary Reply 770.

MR GF QONDE

DIRECTOR–GENERAL: HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

DATE:

PARLIAMENTARY REPLY 770 IS APPROVED / NOT APPROVED / AMENDED.

COMMENT/S

MRS GNM PANDOR, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

DATE:

18 April 2019 - NW730

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What (a) is the (i) make and (ii) model of each scanner at each port of entry of the country and (b) number of the specified scanners is functional?

Reply:

The Parliamentary question has been returned to the Member of Parliament for clarification with regard to which scanners are being referred to. Once we receive this clarification, a reply will be sent Parliament.

18 April 2019 - NW795

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

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

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

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

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

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

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

DESCRIPTION/COMMENTS

AMOUNT

IRREGULAR AMOUNTS

Original Tender Price

R18, 000, 000

 

10% year on year increase

R1, 860, 000

R1, 860, 000

14% Vat charge year on year

R2, 780,400

R2, 780,400

Online digital marketing fees (3yrs)

R4, 803, 439

 

Website Hosting fees (3yrs)

R3, 003,176

 

Retainer fee for 4 months extended period

R2, 758,800

 
     

TOTAL

R33, 205,815

R4,640,400

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

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

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

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

18 April 2019 - NW726

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What is the (a) make and (b) year of production of every aircraft in the SA Airways fleet?

Reply:

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

18 April 2019 - NW759

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM

(a) What number of hectares of land has been sold by her department to developers in the past 25 years, (b) who was the developer in each case, (c) what was the size of the land that was sold, (d) where is the land located and (e) at what cost was each piece of land sold?

Reply:

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform does not keep its data on disposals in the manner that would enable it to immediately identify the nature of the person to whom the land was transferred, as required by the question. Information on all land parcels that were disposed by the Department in the past 25 years is available. However, the Department is unable to immediately distinguish whether the new owner is/was a developer. Every possible attempt has been made to achieve this. However, it is just not possible within the available time limits for this response to be submitted.

18 April 2019 - NW694

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

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) her and/or the former minister and (ii) the former deputy ministers (aa) in the (aaa) 2016-17 and (bbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Departments as follows

Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services:-

(i) (aaa) No vehicles were purchased for the former Minister in the 2016-17 financial year.

(bbb) No vehicles were purchased for the former Minister in the 2017-18 financial year.

(bb) A land Cruiser 200 4.5 V8, VX 6A/T, Model 26U was purchased for the former Minister for R1 298 945.70 in the 2018/19 financial year.

(ii) (aaa) No vehicles were purchased for the former Deputy Minister in the 2016-17 financial year.

(bbb) An Audi Q7 3.0 TDI, Quattro model, was purchased for the former Deputy Minister in the 2017/18 financial year for the amount of R 910 928.40. The vehicle was purchased for use in Cape Town.

(bb) An Audi Q7 3.0 TDI, Quattro model, was purchased for the Minister for the amount of

R 1 025 640.13 in the 2018/19 financial year. The vehicle was purchased for use in Pretoria.

Department of Communications:-

The department bought two vehicles for the former Deputy Minister Ms T Mahambehlala during 2017/2018 financial year.

Vehicle 1: Cape Town

(a) Jaguar XF 2.0d R Sport

(b) 2017 Model

(c) R 748 941.00

(d) 02 August 2017

(i) None

(ii) Former Deputy Minister – Ms T Mahambehlala

(aa) None

(bbb) 2017-18 Financial Year

(bb) None

Vehicle 2: Pretoria

(a) Mercedes Benz GLC 250 (X253)

(b) 2017 Model

(c) R 755 888.01

(d) 28 July 2017

(i) None

(ii) Former Deputy Minister – Ms T Mahambehlala

(aa) None

(bbb) 2017-18 Financial Year

(bb) None

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

18 April 2019 - NW661

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What (a) is the extent of fraud and corruption that has been uncovered and (b) is being done about the uncovered corruption with regard to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme?

Reply:

a) The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has appointed forensic investigators and investigations are currently underway.

b) Appropriate action will be taken once the investigations have been completed.

18 April 2019 - NW659

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)        Whether SA Airways has provided any guarantee in the (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18 and (c) 2018-19 financial years; if so, (i) to whom were these guarantees given, (ii) for which (aa) amount and (bb) term in each case and (iii) what was the activity in each case in each specified financial year; (2) what was the justification for the sponsorship in each case in each specified financial year; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

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

18 April 2019 - NW804

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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

Reply:

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

18 April 2019 - NW699

Motshidi, Ms T to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) her and/or the former minister and (ii) her deputy and/or former deputy minister (aa) in the (aaa) 2016-17 and (bbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bb) since 01 April 2018?

Reply:

(a, b, c and d) (i) (aa) (aaa) None.

(bbb) None.

(bb) None.

(ii) (aa) (aaa) None.

(bbb) None.

(bb) None.

The Department of Environmental Affairs did not procure any vehicles for the use by the former Minister and her Deputy Minister in the financial years: 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and since 01 April 2018.

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18 April 2019 - NW652

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What (a) number of (i) undergraduate and (ii) post-graduate students are enrolled at each (aa) university and (bb) technical and vocational education and training college in the Republic and (b) is the name of each institution?

Reply:

The latest audited and verified data is for the 2017 academic year and the information is provided in the tables below.

Number of students enrolled in public higher education institutions, by qualification type and institution in 2017:

Institution

Qualification Type

 

Occasional
Students

Undergraduate Qualifications

Postgraduate Qualifications

Total

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

140

32 426

2 136

34 702

University of Cape Town

975

16 899

10 850

28 724

Central University of Technology

118

16 815

1 252

18 185

Durban University of Technology

0

28 533

1 254

29 787

University of Fort Hare

32

11 538

3 856

15 426

University of the Free State

496

30 350

7 256

38 102

University of Johannesburg

81

41 779

8 587

50 447

University of KwaZulu-Natal

669

34 309

14 118

49 096

University of Limpopo

0

17 827

2 781

20 608

Nelson Mandela University

326

23 002

4 293

27 621

North West University

228

49 065

13 265

62 558

University of Pretoria

463

34 536

15 696

50 695

Rhodes University

63

5 598

2 416

8 077

University of South Africa

15 659

272 411

55 945

344 015

University of Stellenbosch

1 087

19 403

10 624

31 114

Tshwane University of Technology

222

59 829

2 981

63 032

University of Venda

0

13 967

1 738

15 705

Vaal University of Technology

292

18 363

563

19 218

Walter Sisulu University

0

28 656

1 861

30 517

University of Western Cape

0

17 238

5 205

22 443

University of Witwatersrand

498

24 621

13 261

38 380

University of Zululand

104

15 409

1 695

17 208

Sol Plaatje University

0

1 063

0

1 063

University of Mpumalanga

0

1 736

35

1 771

Mangosuthu University of Technology

0

12 422

243

12 665

Sefako Makgatho Health Science University

5

4 556

1 264

5 825

Totals

21 458

832 351

183 175

1 036 984

(bb) There are no categories of graduates and post-graduates for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college programme enrolment. Reflected in the tables below are the enrolled numbers for 2017 as were published in the statistical publication of the Department. These enrolment numbers are the latest officially released numbers.

TVET college name

NC(V)

Report 191

(N1-N6)

Occupational Qualifications

Other

Total

1.    Boland

1 468

5 958

2 501

162

10 089

2.    Buffalo City

3 098

5 186

0

0

8 284

3.    Capricorn

7 755

29 376

88

0

37 219

4.    Central Johannesburg

1 716

13 601

1

40

15 358

5.    Coastal

4 767

8 980

0

50

13 797

6.    College of Cape Town

2 901

9 395

0

3 992

16 288

7.    Eastcape Midlands

2 880

7 934

0

0

10 814

8.    Ehlanzeni

4 120

9 438

0

0

13 558

9.    Ekurhuleni East

3 537

13 211

0

25

16 773

10.  Ekurhuleni West

6 864

11 147

0

261

18 272

11.  Elangeni

3 492

4 452

269

25

8 238

12.  Esayidi

3 409

12 217

15

90

15 731

13.  False Bay

1 672

7 022

1 124

2 147

11 965

14.  Flavius Mareka

686

10 307

0

291

11 284

15.  Gert Sibande

5 593

7 033

0

0

12 626

16.  Goldfields

1 362

7 133

0

0

8 495

17.  Ikhala

1 894

6 182

0

0

8 076

18.  Ingwe

3 563

10 701

0

0

14 264

19.  King Hintsa

1 718

3 475

0

0

5 193

20.  King Sabata Dalindyebo

3 518

8 674

0

40

12 232

21.  Lephalale

623

8 865

69

28

9 585

22.  Letaba

2 223

4 399

0

107

6 729

23.  Lovedale

1 083

4 008

0

343

5 434

24.  Majuba

4 561

18 434

0

0

22 995

25.  Maluti

3 663

7 014

0

12

10 689

26.  Mnambithi

1 664

7 084

0

125

8 873

27.  Mopani South East

3 443

6 372

0

81

9 896

28.  Motheo

1 291

18 943

0

518

20 752

29.  Mthashana

1 263

5 358

204

0

6 825

30.  Nkangala

3 275

16 166

0

0

19 441

31.  Northern Cape Rural

981

4 340

356

0

5 677

32.  Northern Cape Urban

571

3 363

308

448

4 690

33.  Northlink

2 218

18 630

2 732

1 851

25 431

34.  Orbit

3 481

10 521

224

0

14 226

35.  Port Elizabeth

2 652

7 502

84

1 555

11 793

36.  Sedibeng

3 979

16 422

0

30

20 431

37.  Sekhukhune

1 905

7 398

26

0

9 329

38.  South Cape

1 359

3 356

0

1 068

5 783

39.  South West Gauteng

8 495

16 628

30

276

25 429

40.  Taletso

2 064

6 836

0

0

8 900

41.  Thekwini

1 681

10 264

197

135

12 277

42.  Tshwane North

3 137

19 075

0

2 471

24 683

43.  Tshwane South

2 184

19 189

0

4 143

25 516

44.  Umfolozi

3 521

9 044

511

543

13 619

45.  Umgungundlovu

1 936

8 197

473

313

10 919

46.  Vhembe

5 472

25 106

0

0

30 578

47.  Vuselela

1 813

6 794

281

303

9 191

48.  Waterberg

1 985

1 344

291

101

3 721

49.  West Coast

2 622

5 503

1 185

2 640

11 950

50.  Western College

1 215

22 576

0

319

24 110

Total

142 373

510 153

10 969

24 533

688 028

Sources: Statistics on Post-School Education and Training in South Africa, 2017.

18 April 2019 - NW756

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

What number of persons in the country were diagnosed with (a) tuberculosis, (b) pneumonia, (c) diabetes and (d) cancer in each province (i) in 2018 and (ii) since 1 January 2019?

Reply:

The system that generates data for the TB programme does so in quarterly (3 months) cohorts. Data before the end of the quarter is always incomplete, and in fact, its is global standard practice to report TB data a quarter behind. Notwithstanding, the programme reported data in 2018 as follows:

(a)

01 January 2019 to 31 March 2019

 

Eastern Cape

11,842

 

Free State

2, 665

 

Gauteng

8,007

 

KwaZulu-Natal

11,976

 

Limpopo

2,751

 

Mpumalanga

3,040

 

North West

3,257

 

Northern Cape

2,160

 

Western Cape

8,980

 

TOTAL SA

54,678

(b) The table below shows the number of Pneumonia new cases among under-5 children diagnosed in public health facilities and number of severe Pneumonia cases among under-5 children admitted to hospital 2018 and January 2019 only. (Data source: DHIS).

(b)(i)

01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018

 

Province

Pneumonia new cases among under-5 children diagnosed in public health facilities

Number of severe Pneumonia cases among under-5 children admitted to hospital

 

Eastern Cape

11,141

4,395

 

Free State

9,088

2,347

 

Gauteng

22,907

4,362

 

KwaZulu-Natal

53,099

10,683

 

Limpopo

11,124

5,836

 

Mpumalanga

2,234

3,034

 

Northern Cape

2,718

983

 

North West

3,391

2,222

 

Western Cape

46,249

13,150

 

TOTAL SA

161,951

47,012

 

(b)(ii)

01 January 2019 (ONLY)

 

Province

Pneumonia new cases among under-5 children diagnosed in public health facilities

Number of severe Pneumonia cases among under-5 children admitted to hospital

 

Eastern Cape

1,761

688

 

Free State

357

111

 

Gauteng

1,128

307

 

KwaZulu-Natal

4,050

1,236

 

Limpopo

469

272

 

Mpumalanga

86

123

 

Northern Cape

133

62

 

North West

178

110

 

Western Cape

2,249

751

 

TOTAL SA

10,591

3,660

(c) Number of persons 40 years and older screened for diabetes and number of new persons diagnosed with diabetes reported in 2018 and 2019 (January only) (Data source: DHIS)

(c)(i)

01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018

 

Province

Client 40 years and older screened for diabetes

Diabetes client 40 years and older new

 

Eastern Cape

2,412,674

19,078

 

Free State

697,852

9,157

 

Gauteng

2,908,672

49,485

 

KwaZulu-Natal

5,261,552

18,498

 

Limpopo

2,048,233

15,684

 

Mpumalanga

1,110,747

16,190

 

Northern Cape

176,988

2,423

 

North West

808,038

7,543

 

Western Cape

247,705

9,853

 

TOTAL SA

15,672,461

147,911

(c)(ii)

01 January 2019 (Only)

 

Province

Client 40 years and older screened for diabetes

Diabetes client 40 years and older new

 

Eastern Cape

438,872

4,365

 

Free State

69,307

596

 

Gauteng

259,459

4,680

 

KwaZulu-Natal

499,803

1,301

 

Limpopo

178,356

1,102

 

Mpumalanga

97,935

910

 

Northern Cape

18,421

192

 

North West

79,044

938

 

Western Cape

23,632

772

 

TOTAL SA

1,664,829

14,856

(d)(i)-(ii) According to the pathology-based National Cancer Registry 2014 report total number of cancers diagnosed in South Africa: 75,577.

END.

18 April 2019 - NW792

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

b) (i) South African National Parks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18 April 2019 - NW803

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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

Reply:

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

18 April 2019 - NW774

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Ryder, Mr D to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) (a) What are the details of the inter-departmental forum set up to manage the disposal of the Government’s immovable assets in foreign territories, (b) what is the (i) name and (ii) professional designation of each member of the forum and (c) why has each member been appointed to serve on the forum; (2) (a) what is the (i) name and (ii) professional designation of the forum’s chairperson and (b) why was the specified person selected to serve as the forum’s chairperson; (3) (a) which immovable assets is the forum looking at for disposal and (b) where is each asset situated; (4) whether the forum took a decision regarding the Government’s two properties in Bonn in the Federal Republic of Germany; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) In order to deal with the 18 properties identified by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) as surplus to their needs, the Department of Public Works (DPW) and DIRCO established a joint inter-departmental task team to give effect to the disposal of these properties. Under this joint team five properties in Namibia were disposed. Owing to the subsequent reconsideration of the possible alternate use of the properties, as well as the introduction and development of the Foreign Services Bill, the joint inter-departmental task team did not formally convene. However, in the event that DIRCO takes a decision to dispose of the remaining properties, a new joint team and its membership will have to be reconstituted.

(b) In 2009, membership of the forum was as follows

(i) and (ii)

Ms B Africa (Chief Director- Facilities Management DIRCO co-chair)

Mr E Dlamini (Chief Director- Property Portfolio Management - DPW co-chair)

Mr P Bolink (Director- DIRCO Facilities Management)

Mr M Phambane (Director- DPW Property Disposals)

Ms M Dumane (Director- DPW Key Accounts Management)

Ms M Molotsi (Deputy Director- DPW Property Disposals)

(c) At the time these members were employed in the Facilities Management and Disposal units in DIRCO and DPW respectively.

2. a) (i) and (ii ) The forum was co-chaired by

Ms B Africa (Chief Director- DIRCO Facilities Management co-chair)

Mr E Dlamini (Chief Director- Property Portfolio Management - DPW co-chair)

(b) The co-chairpersons were the heads of the above-mentioned Facilities Management and Disposals functions within DIRCO and DPW.

3. (a) As mentioned-above, the forum is not operational. DIRCO is currently updating the list of vacant properties abroad with a view to identifying the best way forward on each immovable asset, assisted by DPW.

(b) DPW is awaiting an updated list from DIRCO.

4. In the early 2000s, DIRCO, which was then known as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), identified a number of properties in various countries as redundant and a financial burden to the State. At the time, The DFA confirmed 18 properties for disposal in various countries. The 18 properties were made up as follows: 13 properties Namibia; 2 properties in Bonn, Germany; 1 property in Zurich, Switzerland; 1 Madeira, Portugal and 1 parking bay in Paris, France.

In August 2008, the then Minister of Public Works approved the disposal of all the identified redundant foreign properties through public tender. However, as this process was new under the democratic dispensation, the DPW then prioritised the disposal of the 13 Namibian properties as a pilot project.

It was then in 2009, that the Acting Director-General of the Department of Public Works along with his counterpart at the DFA approved the establishment of a Joint Foreign Disposal Committee (JFDC) to facilitate the disposal of all identified foreign properties. In 2010, the sale of the Namibian properties was advertised on public tender. Out of the 13 Namibian properties only 5 properties were disposed of and the remaining 8 properties could not be disposed of, as the bidders failed to raise funds for the purchase.

Since then the DPW and DIRCO have tried to resume the process of disposal of the identified properties located abroad without success. Nonetheless, the Foreign Service Bill Foreign Service Bill (B35B of 2015), was passed by the National Assembly in December 2018. The bill makes provision for the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation to be able to dispose of properties under DIRCO’s custodianship, in consultation with the Minister of Public Works and the Minister of Finance. Once promulgated, we trust that the Act will enable DIRCO to move swiftly to deal with properties that are redundant and a financial burden to the State. DIRCO and DPW will continue to cooperate on matters of disposals and facilities management, with a view to the DPW providing DIRCO with the necessary technical expertise to be able to develop its immovable asset management capabilities.

18 April 2019 - NW658

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) What number of claims were brought separately against the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) during the past five financial years by landowners who suffered damages due to fires caused by the SANDF and (b) what was the monetary value of each claim; (2) what (a) number of stated claims were paid out in each financial year and (b) was the monetary value of the settlement in each case; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. (a) One, in 2018

(b) Eight Hundred and Seventy Thousand Seven Hundred and Six Rand Eighty Five Cents (R870 706.85).

2. (a) Nil, as parties are still negotiating on possible settlement.

(b) Nil, same as sub-paragraph (a).

3. No, as the matter is sub judicae

18 April 2019 - NW817

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Public Works

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

Reply:

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

In this respect Parliament is responsible for the following:

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

The Department of Public Works is responsible for:

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

1. OVERVIEW OF PROGRESS TO DATE

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

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

2. WAY FORWARD

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

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

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

18 April 2019 - NW787

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Economic Development

1. What are the reasons for each incident of irregular expenditure incurred by the Competition Commission (a) in each of the past three financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018; 2.whether the Commission has put in place a financial management strategy to control expenditure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 3. whether the Commission has taken any measures to recover irregular expenditure from the officials responsible for incurring it; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) disciplinary steps have been taken against the official in each case.

Reply:

As previously advised through parliamentary reply PQ77, the Department has instituted a review into various matters relating to the effectiveness and efficiency of the competition authorities, which includes a forensic investigation into certain items identified in the Auditor General Report and the results of the investigation is awaited.

In addition to the above, I refer the Honourable Member to the published annual reports of the Competition Commission which deal with irregular spending matters for relevant years in some detail, including where appropriate, matters related to consequence management in relation to officials.

In relation to a financial management strategy to control expenditure, the Commission advises that it has done the following:

  • a) Revised its Supply Chain Management (SCM) policy to tighten controls.
  • b) Brought in additional capacity in the Finance Division to improve compliance and overall financial management.
  • c) Rationalised its level of activities in order to fit in the budget and generate savings to cover the previous year’s budget.
  • d) Adopted austerity measures including curtailment of case work, litigation as far as possible is insourced, filling of vacancies reprioritised only critical posts are filled, international delegations are reduced to one official approved by the Commissioner, only the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner travel business class. All other staff travel economy class irrespective of the flight duration, all strategic meetings or planning sessions are held in the Commission’s premises.

The wider review of the Commission readiness for the implementation of changes to legislation that I have referred to, will also address some aspects of improved technical management of financial matters and financial controls.

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18 April 2019 - NW706

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) him and (ii) his deputy ministers (aa) in the (aaa) 2016-17 and (bbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

(i) Since my appointment as the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, the vehicle which I have been using was purchased by the Department of Science and Technology during the 2013/14 financial year. Please refer to my reply to parliamentary question no. 361 which was submitted in March 2017. Details of the recently purchased vehicle, replacing the vehicle which was purchased by the Department of Science and Technology, is tabulated below:

Financial Year

Make

Model

Price

Date Purchased

2017/18

Mercedes Benz

GLE 350d 4MATIC

R975 750.01

23 March 2018

2018/19

No vehicles were purchased since 1 April 2018 to date.

(ii) The Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development did not purchase any vehicle in the 2016/17, 2017/18 financial years and since 1 April 2018. The Deputy Minister is currently using vehicles that were bought for him during the 2014/15 financial year. Please refer to my reply to parliamentary question no. 361 which was submitted in March 2017.

18 April 2019 - NW753

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What has been the country’s carbon emission rates in terms of each sector’s contribution in each of the past 10 years?

Reply:

To support tracking of domestic climate change policy imperatives, South Africa, as a Non-Annex I Party to the UNFCCC, prepares and regularly updates a National Greenhouse Gas Inventory which provides an account of current emissions levels and trends. The latest official greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, approved officially by the late Minister of Environmental Affairs and submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), covers a period of 2000 – 2012. However, the Department has prepared preliminary GHG estimates for the period 2000 – 2015, which have gone through an independent review and public consultation process. Thus, in responding to the question raised, the preliminary estimates of 2000 – 2015 are provided by the sector. In terms of South Africa’s GHG inventory, four sectors are covered, and these include the Energy Sector; Industrial Processes and Product Use Sector; Agriculture Forestry and Other Land Use Sector; as well as the Waste Sector.

According to the 2000 – 2015 GHG inventory, the net emissions are currently 510 694,09 Gigagrams of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (GgCO2eq). The Energy Sector contributed 84% of these emissions in the year 2015.

The table below provides a breakdown of the 4 sectors and their respective contributions to the national emissions profile across the time series of 2000 – 2015.

 

Energy

IPPU

AFOLU (excl. FOLU)

AFOLU (incl. FOLU)

Waste

Gross total

Net total

Emissions (Gg CO2e)

2000

341 494

34 071

50 600

35 306

10 838

437 003

421 709

2001

339 566

34 057

50 286

33 617

11 502

435 412

418 743

2002

350 968

36 141

50 886

33 258

12 137

450 132

432 504

2003

374 586

35 607

49 252

33 674

12 755

472 199

456 622

2004

390 091

35 784

49 179

35 301

13 355

488 409

474 531

2005

384 329

39 118

48 200

34 825

13 940

485 587

472 212

2006

391 155

40 173

48 529

34 803

14 511

494 368

480 642

2007

419 689

38 223

47 931

35 486

15 069

520 912

508 467

2008

411 802

36 048

49 424

38 082

15 616

512 890

501 548

2009

419 841

34 352

47 656

32 970

16 150

517 999

503 313

2010

433 688

36 442

48 803

30 890

16 671

535 605

517 691

2011

412 992

40 228

49 169

34 590

17 282

519 670

505 091

2012

425 532

38 955

48 224

25 429

17 866

530 577

507 782

2013

445 187

41 349

49 841

20 609

18 387

554 764

525 532

2014

436 363

41 878

50 269

19 148

18 965

547 475

516 354

2015

429 872

41 882

49 592

19 407

19 533

540 878

510 694

The table below provides the emissions for the base year 2000, the 2012 GHG inventory and the year 2015. It also provides the changes in emissions, in terms of emission levels and percentage, for each of the four sectors.

Sector

Emissions (Gg CO2e)

Increase
2000 to 2015

Increase
2012 to 2015

 

2000

2012

2015

Gg CO2e

%

Gg CO2e

%

Energy

341 494

425 532

429 872

88 377

25,9

4 340

1,0

IPPU

34 071

38 955

41 882

7 812

22,9

2 927

7,5

AFOLU (excl. FOLU)

50 600

48 224

49 592

-1 008

-2,0

1 368

2,8

AFOLU (incl. FOLU)

35 306

25 429

19 407

-15 899

-45,0

-6 022

-23,7

Waste

10 838

17 866

19 533

8 695

80,2

1 667

9,3

Gross total

437 003

530 577

540 878

103 876

23,8

10 302

1,9

Net total

421 709

507 782

510 694

88 985

21,1

2 912

0,6

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18 April 2019 - NW748

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What number of counsellors are employed at each institution of higher learning?

Reply:

The Department does not collect information on the number of counsellors employed by institutions of higher learning. The Department has requested institutions to provide information on the number of counsellors employed at their various campus clinics/counselling centres. This will take some time to compile, and as soon as the data is available, the information will be provided.

18 April 2019 - NW745

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What number of students (a) applied for funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme at each institution of higher learning in 2019, (b) who applied for funding at each institution have (i) had their applications approved and (ii) received their funding allocations?

Reply:

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provided responses to the questions posed.

a) Number of 2019 applications for funding: 555 708.

b) The breakdown of applications and approved applications (funding eligible) per institution are attached as Annexure A.

(i) Number of approved 2019 applications: 445 054.

(ii) Number of students allocated funding: 433 516.

Annexure A

2019 APPLICATIONS FOR NSFAS FUNDING

TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TRAINING COLLEGES

INSTITUTION

APPLICATIONS RECEIVED

FUNDING ELIGIBLE

BOLAND

3 942

3 454

BUFFALO CITY

2 505

2 285

CAPRICORN

5 162

4 427

CENTRAL JOHANNESBURG

3 800

3 380

COASTAL KWAZULU-NATAL

5 844

5 308

COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN

4 238

3 803

EAST CAPE MIDLANDS

2 701

2 486

EHLANZENI

4 720

4 360

EKURHULENI EAST

4 780

4 310

EKURHULENI WEST

6 715

6 240

ELANGENI

4 999

4 545

ESAYIDI

2 739

2 544

FALSE BAY

2 405

2 133

FLAVIUS MAREKA

1 569

1 428

GERT SIBANDE

6 600

6 107

GOLDFIELDS

2 280

2 109

IKHALA

1 917

1 778

INGWE

2 156

2 018

KING HINTSA

1 616

1 461

KING SABATA DALINDYEBO

3 159

3 009

LEPHALALE

1 036

956

LETABA

1 875

1 700

LOVEDALE

1 406

1 261

MAJUBA

6 960

6 686

MALUTI

4 024

3 594

MNAMBITHI

1 642

1 586

MOPANI SOUTH EAST

2 036

1 866

MOTHEO

4 677

4 301

MTHASHANA

2 064

1 945

NKANGALA

4 274

3 871

NORTHERN CAPE RURAL

2 164

1 936

NORTHERN CAPE URBAN

4 684

4 469

NORTHLINK

5 408

4 904

ORBIT

4 135

3 464

PORT ELIZABETH

3 065

2 763

SEDIBENG

4 320

3 905

SEKHUKHUNE

1 830

1 659

SOUTH CAPE

2 875

2 617

SOUTH WEST GAUTENG

5 659

5 137

TALETSO

2 310

2 020

THEKWINI

3 373

3 039

TSHWANA NORTH

5 140

4 476

TSHWANE SOUTH

3 733

3 299

UMFOLOZI

4 256

3 897

UMGUNGUNDLOVU

4 427

3 902

VHEMBE

6 150

5 642

VUSELELA

3 535

3 114

WATERBERG

2 364

2 209

WEST COAST

3 668

3 428

WESTERN

5 768

5 230

UNIVERSITIES

CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

10 040

7 195

CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

8 143

6 045

DURBAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

17 267

13 871

MANGOSUTHU UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

7 478

6 003

NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

11 514

8 478

NORTH-WEST UNIVERSITY

15 789

11 527

RHODES UNIVERSITY

1 532

999

SEFAKO MAKGATHO HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY

2 125

1 509

SOL PLAATJE UNIVERSITY

848

646

TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

29 558

23 573

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

5 178

3 587

UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE

6 047

4 405

UNIVERSITY OF FREE STATE

20 063

15 485

UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

34 966

27 522

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU NATAL

24 921

19 849

UNIVERSITY OF LIMPOPO

15 246

12 331

UNIVERSITY OF MPUMALANGA

1 453

1 192

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

8 543

5 781

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA

95 444

66 546

UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH

2 912

1 801

UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE

7 594

5 281

UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND

8 532

5 555

UNIVERSITY OF VENDA

6 911

5 301

UNIVERSITY OF ZULULAND

11 138

9 218

VAAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

5 901

4 345

WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY

13 860

10 948

18 April 2019 - NW793

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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18 April 2019 - NW805

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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

Reply:

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