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26 November 2020 - NW1268

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

What are the details of the (a) scope of work, (b) bill of quantities, (c) list of specifications from the client departments and (d)(i) progress and (ii) implementation reports from the project manager and/or contractor on certain bids that were awarded (details furnished)?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

With respect to the details requested for the projects, a summary of the attached documents is shown below for item (a) to (d):

Description

Document Attached

(a) Scope of Work

(b) Bills of Quantities

(c) List of Specifications

(d) Progress/

Implementation

report

H18/038AI – Awarded on 10 May 2019

Annexure A

Refer to Page 80, 99 and 107

N/A

Consultants Appointment

N/A

Procurement Instruction received from Key Account Management

N/A

Contractor not yet appointed

H18/034AI – Awarded on 10 May 2019

Annexure B

Refer to Page 78

N/A

Consultants Appointment

N/A

Procurement Instruction received from Key Account Management

N/A

Contractor not yet appointed

H18/026AI – Awarded on 26 April 2019

Annexure C

Refer to Scope of work document

N/A

Consultants Appointment

Refer to Procurement Instruction

N/A

H18/047AI – Awarded on 14 May 2019

Annexure D

Refer to Scope of work document

Refer to BoQ document

Refer to list of specifications

Refer to completion certificate reports

H18/029AI – Awarded on 14 March 2019

Annexure E

Refer to Page 66 to 102

N/A

Consultants Appointment

N/A

Procurement Instruction received from Key Account Management

N/A

Contractor not yet appointed

H18/027AI – Awarded on 11 June 2019

Annexure F

Refer to Scope of work documentation

N/A

Consultants Appointment

Refer to Procurement Instruction

N/A

H16/022 – Awarded on 20 October 2016

Annexure G

Refer to Scope of work document

Refer to BoQ document

Refer to tender document

Refer to progress report

H16/075 – Awarded on 3 March 2017

Annexure H

Refer to Scope of work document

Refer to BoQ document

Refer to tender document

Refer to progress report

H15/043 – Awarded on 23 June 2016

Annexure I

Refer to Scope of work document

Refer to BoQ document

Refer to tender document

Refer to progress report

H15/044 – Awarded on 23 June 2016

Annexure J

Refer to Scope of work document

Refer to BoQ document

Refer to tender document

Refer to progress report

26 November 2020 - NW2538

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What number of former (a) Ministers and (b) Deputy Ministers who were not included in the Cabinet announced by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on 29 May 2019, are still living in official residences; (2) whether she will furnish Dr L A Schreiber with a list of full names of all such former (a) Ministers and (b) Deputy Ministers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what total costs has her department incurred for providing official residential accommodation to former (a) Ministers and (b) Deputy Ministers since the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, constituted the current Cabinet on 29 May 2019?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

  1. (a) None. (b) In Pretoria there is one former Deputy Minister.
  2. (a) None. (b) In Pretoria we have Mr Gert C. Oosthuizen, former Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation.
  3. (a) None. (b) In Pretoria the Departments’ Valuations Unit made a determination for a market related rental to the value of R480,000.00 which has been raised as a debt against Mr Gert C. Oosthuizen, former Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation.

26 November 2020 - NW2466

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

(1) What number of new beds has her department procured for the parliamentary villages; (2) whether the beds are intended for all three parliamentary villages; if so, (a) what number of beds are intended for each parliamentary village, (b) what criteria will be used to determine who is entitled to receive a new bed, (c) what is the value of the bed contract and (d) to whom was the tender/contract for the provision of beds awarded; (3) whether the contract includes other items for the houses; if so, what are the details of the (a) additional items and (b) associated costs; if not, (4) whether her department has any plans in place for the procurement of additional items for the specified houses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I was informed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) that a total number of 360 new beds were procured by the Department for the three parliamentary villages.

2. Yes, the beds are intended for the main bedroom of all residences occupied by Members of Parliament at the three parliamentary villages.

(a) A total of 235 beds are intended for Acacia Park, a total of 56 beds are intended for Laboria Park and a total of 69 beds are intended for Pelican Park;

(b) All the beds of the main bedroom of Members of Parliament are entitled to replacement, unless a Member of Parliament feels that the bed does not require replacement;

(c) The value of the bed contract is R1,787,514.72;

(d) The contract for the provision of beds was awarded to Huracan term contract

3. This particular contract does not include any other items for the houses.

4. No, the Department does not have any plans to procure additional items for the specified houses as there is no need for it at the moment and the lifespan of the current items are still valid.

26 November 2020 - NW2074

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What (a) are the names of the officials who have been found to have conducted themselves irregularly in relation to the Beitbridge project and (b) steps has she taken to hold the specified officials accountable for their actions?

Reply:

a) The principles of natural justice demand that officials who have been implicated in misconduct be given an opportunity to give their side of the story against allegations levelled against them. It is on this basis that the names of the officials are withheld until all the affected employees have been properly served with the final charge sheets.

The process has been assigned to the Office of the State Attorney. Both the initiator and the chairperson of the disciplinary hearings have been appointed. The provisional charges were served on the implicated officials on the 05 October 2020.The officials were given seven (7) working days to provide the department with the written representations as to why they must not be formally charged with misconduct. The officials have already made written representations to the department. The process is underway to consider all the written representations made by the officials. Thereafter the department will consider whether to confirm the charges against the officials or not. Once the final charge sheet is served the names will be provided.

b) All the affected employees will be subjected to disciplinary hearings. The process has already commenced as indicated in clause a) above.

26 November 2020 - NW2220

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

(1)(a) What type of entity is Infrastructure South Africa (ISA), (b) under which legislative prescript was the ISA established and (c) where in the organogram of her department does the ISA sit; (2) under what legislative prescripts was the appointment of a certain person (name and details furnished) done? (3) whether the organisational structure for the ISA is available; if not, (a) who will draft the organogram and (b) by what date will the organogram be drafted; if so, will she provide Ms S J Graham with a copy of the organogram; (4) whether appointments will be made without an organogram being in place; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the position(s) in which appointments will be made (details furnished); (5) (a) where is the funding for the ISA emanating from, (b) how much funding has been allocated to ISA in the current financial year, (c) where is the budget and (d) how is the budget allocated?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) ISA was not established as an entity but a function to oversee the implementation of the mandate of Infrastructure. It is part of the National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (NDPWI) functional organisational structure reporting to the Minister, responsible for PICC & IDMS roles emanating from the National Macro Organisation of Government (NMOG) processes including the urgent need for targeted infrastructure investment.On the 27 May 2020, Cabinet resolved to create Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) to be housed within DPWI to serve the purpose of being a single-entry point and to ensure that DPWI has a system accounting for all infrastructure projects at all levels of government.

(b) Public Service Regulations, 25 (2)(a) states that, based on the strategic plan of the department, an executive authority shall determine the department’s organisational structure in terms of its core mandated and support function. Public Service Act, section 41 stipulates the alignment with the said regulations as well as the role of the Minister of Public Service and Administrations.

(c) The structure depicts ISA at a macro level within the department with the Head of ISA reporting to the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure.

2. Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa is appointed in the Presidency on contract. The Ministerrequested the permission of the Presidency to utilize the expertise of Dr Ramokgopa in introducing the functions of Infrastructure within DPWI.

3. The start-up organisational structure of ISA was concluded by the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure and submitted to the Minister of Public Service and Administration for his concurrence in accordance with the Public Service Act and Regulations. The organisational has now been approved and ready for implementation.

4. The process of recruitment is currently underway. The positions of Head of ISA, Deputy Director Generals and Chief Directors was advertised on the 8 November 2020.

5. The Department has reprioritised the budget which was approved by National Treasury for an amount of R23.062m. The breakdown is as follows:

a) Compensation of Employees is an amount of R11.943 m

b) Goods and Services is an amount R11.119m

c) And (d) See Annexure A – Allocation letter.

26 November 2020 - NW1850

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has achieved the objective to which it committed in 2018, namely to complete the eradication of bucket toilets in the Free State; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has not been able to complete the Bucket Eradication Programme in the Free State Province for reasons beyond the control of the department. It is for this reason that I have appointed the Housing Development Agency (HDA) to assist with the backlog.

I have been informed that the backlog can be attributed to the procurement of materials on national tender and Works Quotations (WQ’s) below R500 000,00. In some cases, Works Quotations are rendered unsuccessful as bids received are non-responsive due to:

  • Prices for required materials being very expensive; or
  • Bids not being received on some tenders at all or an insufficient number of bids being received for competitive evaluation and award

In addition, cash flow and delivery (transport) challenges experienced by successful bidders delayed delivery of material to sites prior and during the lockdown period. However, this has since normalised and some materials have been received.

It should also be noted that Supply Chain Management processes are not geared towards the procurement of materials on short notice as all tenders needs to follow Section 217 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

26 November 2020 - NW1944

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

Whether Thaba Tshwane has a User Management Plan (UMP) in place; if not, (a) on what date was maintenance last done on the infrastructure at Thaba Tshwane, (b) what maintenance is planned for the current financial year, (c) what budget has been allocated for maintenance and (d) by what date will a UMP be signed between her department and the client department; if so, (i) what services fall under the auspices of her department, (ii) has her department complied with its obligations in terms of the UMP, (iii) what is the budget allocation for implementation of the UMP and (iv) is the budget sufficient to comply with the terms of the UMP?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

No. I was informed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) that there is no specificUser Asset Management Plan (UAMP) in place for Thaba Tshwane. The overall UAMP document submitted by the DOD includes projects for Thaba Tshwane. See paragraph 1 (d)

a) Maintenance in the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) are divided into two broad categories, preventative and corrective maintenance

  • Preventative maintenance can be divided into two categories, interval based and condition based.
  • Interval based preventative maintenance is carried out in accordance with an established time schedule or an established number of units of use.
  • The condition based preventative maintenance is initiated by monitoring the condition of the asset, this involves inspection of assets, testing and parameter monitoring to determine if any maintenance is needed and then carrying out any requirements identified. The performance and parameter monitoring may be scheduled on request or continuously.
  • Corrective maintenance is carried out after fault recognition and is intended to put an item back into a state in which it can perform a required function. This type of maintenance can be an emergency repair, unscheduled or planned repair based on inspection or customer complaints.

The maintenance approach in Thaba Tshwane facility is a blend of both Preventative and Corrective. There is part of work that is done on a Corrective basis, on what DPWI refer to as Day-to-Day maintenance. The other Correctivemaintenanceis what the department termedas Planned Maintenance, which entail planned repair, refurbishment and renovation.

  • The date maintenance was last done on the infrastructure at Thaba Tshwane is grouped as follows:
  • Preventative maintenance is an ongoing activities through a Total FacilitiesManagement (TFM). The TFM aspectscover wide range of services from technical maintenance to soft services in the up keeping of the 1 Military Hospital facility. The commencement of the TFM is of the 1st September 2020.
  • Correctivemaintenancehas two categories at the department and are:
  • Unscheduled/Emergency, they arereferred to as Day-to-Day within the department. The maintenanceactivities of these are ongoing and are on “as and when” basis.
  • Planned maintenance entails planned repair, refurbishment and renovation.

b) Planned maintenance for the current financial year are as follows:

  • Preventative maintenance that is covered in the TFM implementation. The TFM aspects cover wide range of services from technical maintenance to soft services in the up keeping of the 1 Military Hospital facility. The programme runs for 36 months;
  • There is Unscheduled / Emergency maintenance, they referred to as Day to Day within the department is on the “as and when” basis;
  • Planned maintenance which entail planned repair, refurbishment and renovation for the current financial year could not be allocated funding owing to limited budget.

c) The following is the breakdown of the budget allocation for maintenance:

Preventative maintenance that is covered in the TFM implementation, which runs for 36 months with annual budget of R 62 898589,10.

  • Unscheduled/Emergency maintenance, referred to as Day-to-Day within the department doesn’t have a specific budget for Thaba Tshwane, rather there is an overall budget for the entire region in attending to the Unscheduled/Emergency maintenance and is on the “as and when” basis;
  • Planned maintenance, which entails planned repair, refurbishment and renovation budget for the current financial year. There is no planned maintenance budget that was allocated for this financial year owing to limited available budget.

d) With regard to the date in which the UMP will be signed between the DPWI (custodian) and the client department, the Government Immovable Asset Management Act, 19, 2007, states the following:

  • Clause 14 (1) The accounting officer of a user or custodian in its capacity as a user must, for all the immovable assets that it uses or intents to use;
  • compiles in accordance with Section 8, a user immovable asset management plan that will form part of the strategic plan of that user;
  • submits a copy of the user immovable asset management plan to the relevant custodian in accordance with Section 9.

In view thereof, no UMP is signed between the custodian and client departments. As per GIAMA, the user submits a copy of the UMP to the custodian. In this case the Department of Defence (client) has submitted their UMP to DPWI (custodian) on 05 August 2020.

(i) Regarding theservices that fall under the auspices of the DPWI; in respect of the UMP, the DPWI is responsible for the planning and execution of Capital Works projects (construction and upgrading of infrastructure) and the procurement of accommodation (acquisition or lease).

(ii) With regard to compliance with its obligations in terms of the UMP, the DPWI is currently managing the following maintenance projects as articulated in question a, b, and c above; and

The following dolomite projects are also being implemented:

  • Thaba Tshwane Emergency Dolomite Call-Out Services: WCS 052046: Allocation for Financial Year 2020/2021 is R12 292 651;
  • Dolomite Risk Management Services: Thaba Tshwane Personnel Services School: Upgrading of Civil Engineering Wet Services: WCS 048804: Allocation for Financial Year 2020/2021 is R1 000 000;
  • Dolomite Risk Management Services - SAAF Thaba Tshwane: Air force Gymnasium, Mafkamp, Base Hill & Mobile Deployment Wing - Upgrade Civil Engineering Wet Services: WCS 048803: Allocation for Financial Year 2020/2021 is R100 000;
  • Dolomite Risk Management Services - DOD Thaba Tshwane: Various Properties Fence line Repairs Including Additional Fencing to Shooting Range: WCS 047878: Allocation for Financial Year 2020/2021 is R150 000

(iii) With regard to budget allocation for implementation of the UMP, it should be noted that the prioritisation of projects for execution and its associated budget allocation is determined by the user. In view thereof, the Department of Defence (User) will be best positioned to respond to this question.

(iv) With regard to the budget sufficiency to comply with the terms of the UMP, it should be noted that the availability and confirmation of funding allocated for projects is a user prerogative and as such, the Department of Defence will be best positioned to answer this questiondirectly.

26 November 2020 - NW2395

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) On what legislation and/or legal provisions did she rely when she published her department’s Expropriation Bill of 2020 before the completion of the parliamentary process to amend section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic, 1996, to allow for land expropriation without compensation; (2) whether she has found that the publication of her department’s Expropriation Bill for 2020 will not hinder the parliamentary process in any way?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. The Expropriation Bill [B23-2020] is to replace the Expropriation Act 63 of1975. The Act of 1975 is inconsistent with the Constitution of South Africa, as also noted by the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture. The Expropriation Bill [B23-2020] was published in the Government Gazette for submission to Parliament in terms of Rule 276(1) (b) and (c) of the Rules of the National Assembly.

2. No.The Office of the Chief State Law Advisor (OCSLA) granted the final certification on 28 September 2020. The OCSLA found that the Expropriation Bill [B23-2020] is constitutional and therefore should proceed for parliamentary processes.

The review of section 25 of the Constitution, 1996 is the preserve of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) of Parliament. In terms of the separation of powers doctrine the three arms of the state must respect the constitutional status, institutions, powers and functions accorded to each one of them.

26 November 2020 - NW2160

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

(1) With reference to the imminent closure of the Independent Development Trust (IDT), what is the total number of (a) legal matters which are still ongoing relating to the IDT and (b) members who are still part of the IDTBoard; (2) whether an exit strategy document has been prepared; if not, on what basis is the closure being managed; if so, will she furnish Ms S J Graham with a copy of an exit strategy document; (3) what (a) is the total number of staff who are still employed by the IDT, (b) measures are being taken to reassign the staff within her department and (c) additional monies are being allocated to the IDT following the allocation of R84 million over four months?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1.(a) The total number of legal matters which are still ongoing relating to the IDT are 86 broken down asfollows:

Litigations

No.

Amount

By the IDT

16

R89,711,689.55

Against the IDT

45

R314,273,931.48

Dormant*

25

R22,592,395.04

* Dormant cases are those that were registered long ago for which there has not been any movement by the litigants but have not necessary been withdrawn or struck off.

b) The members who are still part of the IDT Board as confirmed by the Master of the High Court confirmedare:

  1. DrGcwalisile CynthiaKabanyane-Zulu
  2. Mr RashidPatel
  3. Ms PhelisaNkomo
  4. MrSiyadumaBiniza
  5. Mr ZakheleZitha
  6. Dr LulamaZitha

2. Yes, an IDT Exit Strategy Implementation Plan (IESIP) has been developed, but is not yet finalised pending the conclusion of all IDT client and stakeholder consultations on the future of the IDT. The IESIP gives an account of the portfolio of the IDT in terms of staff complement, committed and projected projects/programmes, assets and liabilities, litigations, and projectedrevenue.

The assessment depicts a bleak picture on the going concern status of the entity given its poor state of finance and weak balance sheet, where challenges have been mainly attributed to the gradual decrease in the IDT’s project portfolio due to a lack of client confidence, declining revenue that cannot cover its operational costs and corporate governance collapse, resulting in continued reliance on Government for funding.

3.(a) The IDT has 220 employees broken down asfollows:

Staff

Term

Total

 

Fixed

Term

Permanent

220

Core Technical and Social

56

40

96

Non-core / Support

43

61

104

Temp Support (finance)

10

0

10

Graduate trainees

(technical)

10

0

10

b) Subject to the final decision on the future of the IDT, options on the potential transfer and/or retention of existing staff are currently being examined and will be done in compliance with the Public Service Act, the Labour Relations Act and other and associatedlegislation.

c) The 84 million referred to was not allocated, but identified as the total operational requirement for four months based on a calculation that the IDT’s total operational expenses amounted to R21 million permonth.

A total of R128 million has been confirmed and approved by National Treasury for reclassification in the Department’s baseline (following the identification of savings in certain economic classifications) and transfer to

the IDT subject to sections 38 and 29 of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). Of this, a total of R72 million has already been transferred for 2020/21 where the balance of R56 committed for the remainder of the Financial Year, will be done in monthly tranches subject to the IDT submitting its operational shortfalls (on a monthly basis) and approval by the Accounting Officer.

26 November 2020 - NW2355

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

(1) In light of the fact that the Independent Development Trust (IDT) was used as the implementing agent for the Expanded Public Works Programme’s (EPWP) Covid-19 response, (a) by what means were the nonprofit organisations (NPOs) identified, (b) what criteria were used to determine which NPOs would be used, (c) what number of the specified NPOs were already part of the nonstate sector (NSS) NPO EPWP programme; (2) what (a) number of organisations that were already contracted to the IDT as part of the NSS EPWP programme were not used and (b) were the reasons for not using them; (3) whether the original NSS EPWP NPO programme is going ahead for this financial year as well; if not, (a) why not and (b) on what legislation and/or legal provisions will she rely to avoid legal repercussions for the breach of contract; if so, how far is the IDT with the implementation of this programme?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I was informed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) that the Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) that participated in DPWIExpanded Public Works Programmes (EPWP) COVID-19 response,were identified from an existing database of NPOs that were contracted by the Independent Development Trust (IDT)in 2019. These NPOs entered into a contractual agreement, with the IDT, for a period of two (2) years (i.e. 2019/20 – 2020/21) to implement the NPO programme activities.Considering their contracts were still active, the DPWI deemed it appropriate for the IDT to utilise the existing NPOs from the aforementioned database, subject to them being compliant with the Central Supplier Database (CSD) requirements.

Prior to contracting with the IDT in 2019, the NPOs had to undergo due diligence. The following criteria had to be met:

  • Valid Tax Clearance from SARS
  • Valid UIF Clearance Certificate
  • A valid letter of good standing from Compensation Fund
  • A valid letter from Department of Social Development confirming NPO registration
  • Proof that organisation has been in existence or operational for a minimum of 2 years
  • Submission of information of how the NPOs will create labour intensive (60%) activities and EPWP work opportunities
  • Proof of the NPOs good financial, administrative and reporting systems
  • Confirmation that work to be undertaken will have a developmental focus
  • Proof that the NPO has a presence where work will be undertaken
  • Attendance of compulsory briefing sessions for all NPOs.

For the purpose of COVID-19 interventions, of the 339 NPOs on the IDT database, 189 NPOs were contracted.

Three Hundred and Thirty Nine (339) NPOs were already part of the Non-State Sector (NSS) Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) programme contracted for a period of two (2) years in 2019.

2.(a) I was informed that of the 339 NPOs who were already part of the NSS NPOs programme, a total of 150 NPOs contracted to the IDT were not used.

(b)The reason these NPOs could not be used is due to the fact that they either did not meet the participation criteria or were un-willing to participate in the COVID-19 emergency response project.The plan still remains to implement the original NSS EPWP NPO programme.

3.(a) The Plan still remains to implement the original NSS EPWP NPO Programme.

(b) Currently the IDT is implementing the EPWP COVID-19 response project until the end of November 2020.

26 November 2020 - NW1978

Mohlala, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) number of (i) financial and (ii) nonfinancial turnaround strategies has been taken by her department in the past five years and (b) are the relevant costs of the restructuring programmes and turnaround strategies when using external consultants to undertake these interventions?

Reply:

Department of Human Settlements (DHS):

a) There was one Turnaround Strategy and Restructuring Programme undertaken by my Department of Human Settlements in the past 5 years. This was undertaken to align the revised departmental mandate from focusing on housing to the development of Human Settlements, as well as to align personnel resources in response to the National reduction of Compensation of Employees Budget. The process needed an Organisational Structure Review and Alignment, where there were:

  • financial costs for the Organisational Structure Review and Alignment Project, which was done through an external service provider in 2016-2018, due to insufficient capacity internally;
  • non-financial costs for review of the MTSF Strategy, as it was done by existing internal personnel.

b) The total external service provider costs amounted to R706 299.16 for consultancy services for the Organisational Structure Review and Alignment Project. The deliverables concluded by the service provider included:

  1. Recommendations report
  2. Business Case
  3. Macro Organisational Structure
  4. Micro Organisational Structure
  5. Job Descriptions and reports
  6. Job Evaluation and reports
  7. Competency report
  8. Implementation Plan and Migration strategy
  9. Human Resource Plan (draft)
  10. Employment Equity Plan (draft)
  11. Project close-out report
  12. Costing model
  13. Project administration reports

Department of Water and Sanitation:

(a)(i) In 2019 the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), in consultation with National Treasury, developed a financial turnaround strategy that is currently being implemented. DWS has not sought the services of consultants.

(ii) The department is currently in the process of reviewing its organisational structure using internal resources.

(b) The DWS has not sought the services of consultants for the review of the structure or the financial and non-financial turnaround strategies in the past five years.

26 November 2020 - NW2356

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

(1) What progress has been made in meeting the target of 25% set in her department’s 2020 Annual Performance Plan for new leases to be with black-owned properties; (2) whether her department intends entering into a lease with landlords who are not compliant with the requirements of Black Economic Empowerment in cases where (a) there are no black-owned properties in a certain area and (b) black-owned properties do not meet certain criteria; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether in cases where black-owned properties do not tender for a specific contract, her department will cancel the tender process and re-tender in order to allow for those businesses to participate; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) number of times would the procedure be followed and (b) other mechanisms would be used to ensure that the 25% target is met?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I was informed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) that the Department has thus far awarded a total of seven (7) lease contracts for the current financial year. Of these, five (5) have been awarded to black owned properties.

2. The Department continues to award leases to landlords who do not meet requirements of Black Economic Empowerment. The details are as provided in Annexure A (attached). It is not in the Empowerment Policy of the Department not to award any tender to landlords who do not meet requirements of the Black Economic Empowerment.

3.The Department will not cancel tender and restart the procurement processes solely on the basis of non-participation of bidders who comply with the requirements of Black Economic Empowerment.

Additionally, the cancellation of tenders are legislated in that departments are only allowed to cancel tenders in instances where due to changed circumstances there is no longer a need, funds are no longer available to cover the expenditure, no acceptable tender is received or there is a material irregularity in the tender process. Departments are only allowed to cancel a tender for the first time and thereafter any further cancellations must be approved by the National Treasury.

 

25 November 2020 - NW2788

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What measures has her department put in place to ensure that child support grant recipients remain in school until matric?

Reply:

The Child Support Grant (CSG) is part of the social assistance programme which is administered by the Department of Social Development (DSD).  However, it must be stressed that the right to basic education for all South African children is an unfettered right, provided for in our Constitution.  On the average, more than 80% of our learners are in no fee schools, which are fully funded by the State.  Therefore, learners who receive the CSG, who attend these schools, are fully covered.  But those, whose parents choose to send their children to fee-paying schools, those parents are expected to pay for their children's fees; pending the approval by the Provincial Education Departments to grant such parents fee exemptions.

25 November 2020 - NW2764

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, with regard to the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative which was introduced in the 2011-12 financial year to eliminate the backlog in schools infrastructure, there has been any meaningful improvement in terms of monitoring and accounting of the school infrastructure programme; if not, why not; if so, what is the current backlog in school infrastructure in each province?

Reply:

Overall progress on ASIDI is summarised as follows:

  • Of the 365 schools that need to be replaced, 252 have already progressed to Practical Completion
  • Of the 977 schools that required upgraded sanatition, 897 have already progressed to Practical Completion
  • Of the 1214 schools that required upgraded water supply, 955 have already progressed to Practical Completion
  • Of the 373 schools that required upgraded electricity supply, all 373 have progressed to Practical Completion

There are ASIDI schools which have been completed on both Inappropriate Structures and Basic Services which currently in occupied, and schools under construction which are in advance construction stages (Annexure B) and schools that requires funding (Annexure A-Backlog).

25 November 2020 - NW2691

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

(1)       What was the outcome of the meeting that the Director-General of Basic Education had with teachers’ unions to discuss the invigilation of COVID-19 positive National Senior Certificate candidates; (2) what measures were agreed on regarding the invigilation of COVID-19 positive National Senior Certificate candidates; (3) whether her department has considered a contingency plan to allow students with COVID-19 to write exams at a later stage; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Regarding the invigilation of candidates that are tested positive, teachers are not be compelled to invigilate the examination at the isolation venue, where a candidate who has tested positive is writing. Teachers are fully briefed about the task to be performed; and if the teacher agrees to carry out the task, a written consent of the teacher is obtained. 

2. Given that teachers are not compelled to invigilate, the Provincial Education Departments have appointed private invigilators who could be used to replace teachers who refuse to invigilate. However, private invigilators are fully briefed of the at hand, and their consent is obtained to perform this task.

3. Learners who will not be able to write the November 2020 examination due to their severe COVID-19 symptoms, will be allowed to write the May/June 2021 examination.   

25 November 2020 - NW2765

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       What interventions is she empowered to make in cases where schools blatantly exclude pupils on the basis of race from partaking in school activities; (2) whether she will meet with the leadership of Brackenfell High School regarding the alleged exclusion on the basis of race of learners in the school’s farewell event; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Department of Basic Education (DBE), in terms of the South African Schools Act, compels schools to develop School Codes of Conduct and policies on extramural activities, co-curricular activities, cultural events and excursion, based on the founding principles and values of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Part of the values and principles pertain to non-discrimination, non-sexism, non-racism and non-prejudice. Through the Education Management, Development and Governance (EMDG), all School Governing Bodies are inducted and capacitated on how to develop, implement and monitor school codes of conduct and other mandated school policies, so that when unintended instances of racial discrimination are identified, and solutions sought. Already, within the current review of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2019 - 2024 on Social Cohesion and Nation Building that is in process, the DBE has included an indicator on surveying and monitoring the compliance of school codes of conduct and other mandatory policies for SGBs. 

2. The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is dealing with the matter of Brackenfell High School.

25 November 2020 - NW716

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 34 on 13 March 2020, and given that professional consultants have been working on the project since 2012 or before and have already done most if not all the required planning and design work, the plans and designs already done for the project will be disregarded; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, why; (2) what are the details of the work to be done on the feasibility study that is currently undertaken by Umgeni Water; (3) what are the tendered costs of the feasibility study; (4) what are the reasons that the feasibility study undertaken by Umgeni Water will take 24 months to complete?

Reply:

1. The consultant who undertook the Detailed Feasibility and Detailed Design of the project was appointed by uThukela District Municipality, not Umgeni Water, and had not considered whether there was sufficient resource (water) in Spioenkop Dam to support the project demands. As a result, the project could have been constructed but would not have had the raw water resource needed to supply the demand in the area. After much of the planning and detailed design had been completed, the Department of Water and Sanitation undertook a due diligence study to determine whether there would be sufficient water available in Spioenkop Dam to support the scheme. When it became apparent that there would not be sufficient resource available the project was discontinued in the planned format

(2) Umgeni Water has recently completed a Framework Tender process and now has a panel of consultants to draw from for planning and detailed design projects. A consultant will be appointed from this panel to undertake the Detailed Feasibility Study of the project and this appointment is likely to be made the end of 2020, after the completion of the Terms of Reference, which are currently being developed by the project team.

(3) The procurement process has not, as yet, been completed and hence it is not possible to present the expected costs of the detailed feasibility study for this project.

(4) The bulk water supply scheme to supply Ladysmith will be a large and complex project and will have to include the development of a new resource (dam) and appropriate bulk infrastructure to treat and supply the water. Large projects of this complexity take time to plan and implement and the risk of rushing or curtailing the process can have huge risk and capital consequences. The planning study would include, amongst others, an options analysis, water resource assessment for each option, water quality monitoring and assessment, process investigation, pipeline alignments, water treatment plant, pump station and reservoir positioning, land and geotech surveys, economic and financial analyses and environmental investigations. All of these studies take time to undertake and are important to fully investigate to ensure the success of the project.

25 November 2020 - NW2671

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether, considering the troubling figures presented by both the Gauteng Education Department and her department regarding the ever decreasing numbers of both public and private schools, while learners in Gauteng alone grow by some 2,5% and/or 70 000 annually, as well as the fact that learners have a legitimate expectation and constitutionally enforceable right to basic education in terms of section 29(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, she has put any constructive measures in place to address the shortage of schools; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the time frames set; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Parliamentary Question was sent to Gauteng Education for response.

25 November 2020 - NW2665

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

(1)       In light of the fact that her department has urged all teachers and learners in the public schooling system to download and make use of the Teacher Connect Application (App) following its recent launch, what exactly has informed the timing of the delivery of the App, given that the Matric learners will be beginning their final examination on 5 November 2020 and all the other grades are concluding their school year; (2) whether her department has ensured that the App service does not exclude the most indigent pockets of society who, even if they have access to cell phones, might not have the telecommunications infrastructure to reap all the benefits of the App; if not, why not; if so, in what way?

Reply:

(1)          

  • The TeacherConnect app was first set up in the first half of July, initially to get the platform up-and-running and for Beta testing purposes. 
  • HealthCheck was then integrated in late July and officially launched on the 8th of September. (Daily Covid-19 Symptom Tracker). The urgency and the timing of launching the App, related to the Covid-19 tracking health application designed to provide an early warning system so that lives could be protected and saved, and also that school closures could be prevented as much as possible, and that schools could stay open at this critical time of the year.  This need took precedence despite it being so close to Matric examinations,
  • To date, we have supported just under 4 000 users on TeacherConnect. 
  • To support Matric learners where helpful, the Woza Matric schedule is included under the Materials section of the App. 

(2)

  • The first learning resources added to the TeacherConnect platform were exclusively to zero-rated websites. 
  • Please note that further the TeacherConnect teacher-training platform has now as of 12'th November become zero rated by every network except for Cell C, which we believe is imminent.
  • The large majority of other teacher resources we link through to on the platform are still made up of zero rated websites. 
  • An estimated 90% of internet users (and in fact a full 38-million South Africans per day) in South Africa use WhatsApp, making it one of the most accessible digital channels for reaching even the poorest in our nation.  
  • Many mobile network operators offer discounted Data Vouchers exclusively for use on WhatsApp. 

25 November 2020 - NW2411

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

What is the (a) current status of overcrowding in our prisons over the past 12 months and (b) breakdown of such overcrowding in each month in each province?

Reply:

a) As on Friday, 23 October 2020, the current national overcrowding level in correctional centres stood at 15.17% over the approved accommodation. (Table 1)

The current status of overcrowding over the past 12 months is reflected in Table 2.

Table: 1

INMATE POPULATION - 23 OCTOBER 2020

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

12846

89

5766

5855

156

12698

12854

18709

145.64%

45.64

GP

25204

425

13713

14138

530

19199

19729

33867

134.37%

34.37

KZN

21278

106

5910

6016

102

15763

15865

21881

102.83%

2.83

LMN

18929

71

5426

5497

269

15434

15703

21200

112.00%

12.00

FSNC

21585

78

4723

4801

227

13776

14003

18804

87.12%

12.88

WC

20725

403

10586

10989

391

13018

13409

24398

117.72%

17.72

National

120567

1172

46124

47296

1675

89888

91563

138859

115.17%

15.17

Table: 2 overcrowding status over the past 12 months per region

Region

Oct 2019

Nov 2019

Dec 2019

Jan 2020

Feb 2020

Mar 2020

Apr 2020

May 2020

Jun 2020

Jul 2020

Aug 2020

Sep 2020

EC

59.66%

59.42%

60.03

55.39%

53.81%

54.65%

54.94%

28.96

45.73%

46.23%

43.83%

45.64%

GP

52.06%

52.56%

52.72

47.63%

47.53%

45.56%

52.20%

48.88

44.84%

37.21%

35.46%

35.33%

KZN

33.64%

33.52%

34.63

31.32%

25.04%

23.86%

26.14%

22.67

16.05%

4.17%

2.69%

3.44%

LMN

44.27%

45.96%

46.70

41.09%

39.36%

38.56%

39.29%

33.84

27.60%

14.85%

11.13%

12.01%

FSNC

2.21%

3.56%

6.32

0.54%

0.18%

12.32%

0.38%

98.31

8.24%

11.86%

14.04%

13.70%

WC

42.29%

41.24%

36.81

31.07%

30.16%

29.17%

29.16%

26.07

19.51%

14.55%

16.13%

16.93%

National

37.83%

38.03%

38.17

33.27%

31.45%

30.25%

32.66%

28.96

23.35%

16.15%

14.56%

15.20%

  1. The breakdown of the overcrowding level in each month and in each region over the past 12 months in (End of month: October 2019 to September 2020) is provided from (Table 3 to Table14):

Table: 3

INMATE POPULATION - 31 OCTOBER 2019

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

13294

83

5522

5605

290

15330

15620

21225

159.66%

59.66%

GP

24877

497

11958

12455

839

24535

25374

37829

152.06%

52.06%

KZN

20281

155

6185

6340

495

20269

20764

27104

133.64%

33.64%

LMN

17799

99

6169

6268

477

18934

19411

25679

144.27%

44.27%

FSNC

21542

76

4840

4916

393

16710

17103

22019

102.21%

2.21%

WC

20779

472

10547

11019

696

17851

18547

29566

142.29%

42.29%

National

118572

1382

45221

46603

3190

113629

116819

163422

137.83%

37.83%

Table: 4

INMATE POPULATION - 30 NOVEMBER 2019

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

13294

92

5553

5645

290

15258

15548

21193

159.42%

59.42%

GP

24877

507

12185

12692

842

24419

25261

37953

152.56%

52.56%

KZN

20281

164

6163

6327

19745

1007

20752

27079

133.52%

33.52%

LMN

17799

102

6453

6555

442

18982

19424

25979

145.96%

45.96%

FSNC

21542

82

4908

4990

402

16916

17318

22308

103.56%

3.56%

WC

20779

452

10391

10843

668

17645

18313

29156

141.24%

41.24%

National

118572

1399

45653

47052

22389

94227

116616

163668

138.03%

38.03%

Table: 5

INMATE POPULATION - 31 DECEMBER 2019

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

13294

103

6273

6376

251

14648

14899

21275

160.03

60.03

GP

24877

497

12922

13419

744

23830

24574

37993

152.72

52.72

KZN

20281

172

6822

6994

423

19887

20310

27304

134.63

34.63

LMN

17799

124

7434

7558

390

18163

18553

26111

146.70

46.70

FSNC

21542

114

5764

5878

385

16640

17025

22903

106.32

6.32

WC

20779

460

11141

11601

556

16084

16640

28241

136.81

36.81

National

118572

1470

50356

51826

2749

109252

112001

163827

138.17

38.17

Table: 6

INMATE POPULATION - 31 JANUARY 2020

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

13294

105

6224

6329

236

14092

14328

20657

155.39%

55.39%

GP

24877

522

13514

14036

677

22013

22690

36726

147.63%

47.63%

KZN

20281

170

7066

7236

418

18978

19396

26632

131.32%

31.32%

LMN

17799

125

7157

7282

417

17413

17830

25112

141.09%

41.09%

FSNC

21542

98

5453

5551

343

15764

16107

21658

100.54%

0.54%

WC

20779

515

11772

12287

467

14482

14949

27236

131.07%

31.07%

National

118572

1535

51186

52721

2558

102742

105300

158021

133.27%

33.27%

Table: 7

INMATE POPULATION - 29 FEBRUARY 2020

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

13294

116

6106

6222

238

13987

14225

20447

153.81%

53.81%

GP

24877

521

13666

14187

677

21837

22514

36701

147.53%

47.53%

KZN

20281

163

6889

7052

402

17905

18307

25359

125.04%

25.04%

LMN

17799

116

6939

7055

386

17363

17749

24804

139.36%

39.36%

FSNC

21542

94

5420

5514

343

15647

15990

21504

99.82%

0.18%

WC

20779

519

11545

12064

496

14485

14981

27045

130.16%

30.16%

National

118572

1529

50565

52094

2542

101224

103766

155860

131.45%

31.45%

Table: 8

INMATE POPULATION - 31 MARCH 2020

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

13294

119

6221

6340

238

13981

14219

20559

154.65%

54.65%

GP

24877

477

13662

14139

661

21412

22073

36212

145.56%

45.56%

KZN

20281

157

6784

6941

400

17779

18179

25120

123.86%

23.86%

LMN

17799

121

6879

7000

374

17289

17663

24663

138.56%

38.56%

FSNC

21542

91

5221

5312

349

15382

15731

21043

97.68%

12.32%

WC

20779

470

11394

11864

512

14464

14976

26840

129.17%

29.17%

National

118572

1435

50161

51596

2534

100307

102841

154437

130.25%

30.25%

Table: 9

INMATE POPULATION - 30 APRIL 2020

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

13294

130

6596

6726

219

13653

13872

20598

154.94%

54.94%

GP

24877

580

15762

16342

645

20877

21522

37864

152.20%

52.20%

KZN

20281

187

7745

7932

378

17273

17651

25583

126.14%

26.14%

LMN

17799

138

7380

7518

354

16921

17275

24793

139.29%

39.29%

FSNC

21542

99

6006

6105

351

15167

15518

21623

100.38%

0.38%

WC

20779

479

11973

12452

445

13942

14387

26839

129.16%

29.16%

National

118572

1613

55462

57075

2392

97833

100225

157300

132.66%

32.66%

Table: 10

INMATE POPULATION - 31 MAY 2020

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

13294

117

6296

6413

195

13362

13557

19970

128.96

28.96

GP

24877

541

15296

15837

627

20572

21199

37036

148.88

48.88

KZN

20281

176

7723

7899

303

16676

16979

24878

122.67

22.67

LMN

17799

107

6913

7020

323

16479

16802

23822

133.84

33.84

FSNC

21542

85

5524

5609

357

15213

15570

21179

98.31

98.31

WC

20779

411

11671

12082

386

13556

13942

26024

126.07

26.07

National

118572

1437

53423

54860

2191

95858

98049

152909

128.96

28.96

Table: 11

INMATE POPULATION - 30 JUNE 2020

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

13294

108

6147

6255

183

12935

13118

19373

145.73%

45.73%

GP

24877

509

15017

15526

567

19939

20506

36032

144.84%

44.84%

KZN

20281

136

7017

7153

277

16107

16384

23537

116.05%

16.05%

LMN

17799

96

6274

6370

300

16042

16342

22712

127.60%

27.60%

FSNC

21542

74

4757

4831

267

14668

14935

19766

91.76%

8.24%

WC

20779

396

11494

11890

328

12615

12943

24833

119.51%

19.51%

National

118572

1319

50706

52025

1922

92306

94228

146253

123.35%

23.35%

Table: 12

INMATE POPULATION - 31 JULY 2020

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

12846

103

6073

6176

163

12446

12609

18785

146.23%

46.23%

GP

25204

460

14380

14840

540

19202

19742

34582

137.21%

37.21%

KZN

21278

134

6424

6558

275

15332

15607

22165

104.17%

4.17%

LMN

18929

70

5848

5918

284

15538

15822

21740

114.85%

14.85%

FSNC

21585

131

4599

4730

217

14078

14295

19025

88.14%

11.86%

WC

20725

354

10953

11307

296

12138

12434

23741

114.55%

14.55%

National

120567

1252

48277

49529

1775

88734

90509

140038

116.15%

16.15%

Table: 13

INMATE POPULATION - 30 AUGUST 2020

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

12846

96

5823

5919

148

12409

12557

18476

143.83%

43.83%

GP

25204

421

14146

14567

535

19039

19574

34141

135.46%

35.46%

KZN

21278

129

6253

6382

281

15188

15469

21851

102.69%

2.69%

LMN

18929

67

5408

5475

259

15301

15560

21035

111.13%

11.13%

FSNC

21585

79

4592

4671

196

13688

13884

18555

85.96%

14.04%

WC

20725

372

11038

11410

273

12385

12658

24068

116.13%

16.13%

National

120567

1164

47260

48424

1692

88010

89702

138126

114.56%

14.56%

Table: 14

INMATE POPULATION - 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

Region

Accommodation

Unsentenced

Sentenced

Grand Total

Population level %

Overcrowding Level %

   

Females

Males

Sub total

Females

Males

Sub total

     

EC

12846

92

5901

5993

158

12558

12716

18709

145.64%

45.64%

GP

25204

422

14058

14480

523

19105

19628

34108

135.33%

35.33%

KZN

21278

107

6293

6400

295

15314

15609

22009

103.44%

3.44%

LMN

18929

70

5622

5692

269

15242

15511

21203

112.01%

12.01%

FSNC

21585

72

4736

4808

213

13606

13819

18627

86.30%

13.70%

WC

20725

373

10819

11192

352

12690

13042

24234

116.93%

16.93%

National

120567

1136

47429

48565

1810

88515

90325

138890

115.20%

15.20%

END.

25 November 2020 - NW1869

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Dyantyi, Mr QR to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he and/or his department have determined how the next tranche of the funds set aside for the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic will be allocated; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he has found that a fair, transparent, competitive bidding process was followed in the disbursement of the first tranche of the allocation; if so, what are the relevant details including the quality of personal protective equipment that was procured?

Reply:

1. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development reprioritized a total amount of R334 million from its baseline in response to COVID-19 operational as well as health and safety requirements. In determining the budget required, the Department made its projections on the assumption that the pandemic will prevail for the entire financial year. The budget provision included an amount of R195 million which is specifically set aside for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and decontamination of the department’s facilities. The total allocation will be spent internally by the Department. Therefore, neither the Department is making any tranche to nor receives any funding in tranches from other institutions in this regard.

2. The Department strictly complied with the provisions of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) and the National Treasury Instruction Note No. 5 of 2020 in the procurement of PPE, thus ensuring that the procurement transactions upheld the principles of fairness, transparency and competitiveness. Since the withdrawal of Instruction Note No. 5 of 2020, the Department is following the process of requesting quotations from service providers that are registered on the Central Supplier Database. The quality of the PPE is checked against the requirements listed in the specifications document sent to all prospective suppliers, e.g. when procuring masks, the Department specifies that the mask should be 3-ply and sanitizers should contain at least a 70% alcohol content. This is checked and verified when the PPE are delivered to the relevant service point.

25 November 2020 - NW2736

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

What number of educators with qualifications in African mother tongue languages graduated for the foundation phase in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015, (d) 2016, (e) 2017, (f) 2018, (g) 2019 and (h) 2020?

Reply:

Since 2011, the Department has had a dedicated focus on strengthening Foundation Phase teacher education in the public university system, particularly on developing capacity for the preparation of African mother tongue language teachers.

The Strengthening Foundation Phase Teacher Education Programme involved an investment of R141 million and was implemented between 2012 and 2016.

From 2017 onwards, the Department has been implementing the Primary Teacher Education Project. An investment of R32.984 million has been made focusing on strengthening the numeracy and literacy component of Foundation and Intermediate Phase teacher education programmes. This includes the use of African languages as the language of learning and teaching, and on the teaching of the African languages.

This has led to a significant expansion in the number universities that offer Foundation Phase Teacher Education programmes from 13in 2011 to 22 currently, as shown in the table below.

NO.

INSTITUTION

NAME OF QUALIFICATION

AFRICAN LANGUAGES OFFERED

1

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiXhosa H/L

2

Central University of Technology

B ED (FP) TEACHING

Sesotho / Setswana / isiXhosa / IsiZulu

3

Nelson Mandela University

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiXhosa H/L

4

North West University

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiXhosa H/L

5

Rhodes University

 

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiXhosa H/L

   

PGCE (FP) TEACHING

isiXhosa H/L

6

Sol Plaatje University

B ED (FP) TEACHING

Setswana / isiXhosa H/L

7

Stellenbosch University

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiXhosa H/L

8

Tshwane University of Technology

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiZulu / Sepedi / Setswana / Xitsonga / Tshivenda

9

University of Cape Town

PGCE (FP) TEACHING

isiXhosa H/L

10

University of Fort Hare

 

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiXhosa H/L

   

PGCE (FP) TEACHING

isiXhosa H/L

11

University of the Free State

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiZulu / Sesotho H/L

12

University of Johannesburg

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiZulu / Sesotho H/L

13

University of KwaZulu-Natal

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiZulu H/L

14

University of Limpopo

B ED (FP) TEACHING

Sepedi / Xitsonga H/L

15

University of Mpumalanga

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isNdebele / isiSwati

16

University of Pretoria

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiNdebele / isiZulu / Sepedi / Setswana

 

 

PGCE (FP) TEACHING

isiNdebele / isiZulu / Sepedi / Setswana

17

University of South Africa

 

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiNdebele / isiZulu / Sepedi / isiXhosa / Sesotho / Setswana / siSwati / Tshivenda / Xitsonga

   

PGCE (FP) TEACHING

isiNdebele / isiZulu / Sepedi / isiXhosa / Sesotho / Setswana / siSwati / Tshivenda / Xitsonga

18

University of Venda

B ED (FP) TEACHING

Tshivenda / Siswati / isiNdebele / xiTsonga / Sepedi

19

University of Zululand

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiZulu

20

University of the Western Cape

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiXhosa H/L

21

University of the Witwatersrand

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiZulu / Sesotho H/L

22

Walter Sisulu University

B ED (FP) TEACHING

isiXhosa H/L

Many of these programmes are new, recently accredited by the Council on Higher Education and it is anticipated that the number of graduates produced through them will increase over time.

The Department does not collect HEMIS data at the level requested. However, in order to track graduate output, the Department requests universities to annually submit information about their initial teacher education graduates on a standard template. The following data has been extracted and consolidated from individual reports that universities submitted from 2014 to 2018. Information for 2019 is currently being collected.

The Table shows the number of graduates from Bachelor of Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Education programmes that have specialised in Foundation Phase teaching and that have an African language as home language / mother tongue[1].

Year

isiNdebele

isiXhosa

isiZulu

Sesotho

Sepedi

Setswana

Tshivenḓa

Xitsonga

siSwati

Total

2014

11

192

514

142

30

46

75

25

0

1 035

2015

20

75

660

41

98

26

82

49

0

1 051

2016

4

122

263

64

29

55

101

40

0

6781

2017

45

155

859

111

41

99

111

71

90

1 5822

2018

32

214

421

355

42

241

123

62

73

1 563

Total

112

758

2 717

713

240

467

492

247

163

5 909

1 In 2016, UNISA data was not received. The institution contributes a large portion of the total Foundation Phase graduates in African languages.

2 In 2017 TUT indicated that there were 44 African Foundation Phase graduates, but a language breakdown was not provided, hence not included in the 2017 total.

It is assumed that graduates that have an African Language, as their mother tongue would have developed this as a teaching specialisation, in order to meet the language requirements of the Policy on Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications. The specialisation would be at home language level or at first additional language level.

25 November 2020 - NW2840

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What plans have been put in place to refurbish Siqongweni High School in Ward 17 in Msunduzi Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal?

Reply:

The question has been referred to the KwaZulu Natal Department of Education and a response will be provided as soon as it is received.

25 November 2020 - NW2850

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What (a) total number of turnaround strategies has Mr Vuyo Mafata implemented since he was appointed a Commissioner of the Compensation Fund, (b) number of the strategies has (i) worked and/or (ii) not worked and (c) are the reasons that strategies put in place to turn around negative audit outcome are not working?

Reply:

One Turnaround Strategy has been developed implemented in two phases. First phase (Action Plan 1.0) was to stabilise the operations of the Compensation Fund and the second phase (Action Plan 2.0) was to improve controls in order to improve the audit outcomes. The implementation of the strategy is in progress.

24 November 2020 - NW2153

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister in the Presidency

What (a) are the details of the processes that his Office put in place to ensure that all tenders related to Covid-19 are monitored and (b) have been the findings in this regard?

Reply:

a) The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) only procured PPE’s and related equipment for internal use by staff. By 31st of August 2020, 15 Contracts to a total value of R 202, 064.14 had been awarded. All procurement was monitored in terms of the DPME Supply Chain Management Procedures.

b) None.

Thank You.

24 November 2020 - NW2154

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister in the Presidency

What (a) role has his Office played in respect of its officials that have been found to have behaved unethically in terms of Covid-19 tenders and (b) disciplinary actions have been taken against such officials?

Reply:

a) Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and the Auditor – General did not identify any cases where officials behaved unethically in terms of Covid – 19 tenders.

b) None

Thank you.

24 November 2020 - NW2835

Mkhonto, Ms C N to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether his department has a database of companies that are ignoring verdicts of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration ruling in favour of workers; if not, why not; if so, what (a)(i) is the name of each company, (ii) are the details of the judgment and (iii) is the date of the verdict in each case and (b) steps is his department taking to intervene in each case?

Reply:

Section 143 of the Labour Relations Act states that an arbitration award issued by a commissioner is final and binding and it may be enforced.

 In the event that a party fails to implement anaward which orders one party to compensate the other a sum of money by a certain date, the party entitled to the compensation may approach the CCMA to certify the award in terms of section 143(3).

 In such instances the certified award is furnished to the local Sheriff, instructing the latter to attach and take into execution the movables of the non-compliant party

For each case where there is non-compliance with the award, CCMA Case Management Officers, in terms of Standard Operating Procedures,contact the non-compliant party telephonically regarding the impending enforcement. This is meant to give the defaulting party a final opportunity to comply with the arbitration award.

Once the enforcement application has been processed the role of the CCMA is to pay for the costs of the enforcement for employees earning below the statutory threshold.

24 November 2020 - NW2771

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

When were the last inspections performed at companies to ensure that they are compliant with (a) immigration laws, (b) the Employment Equity Act, Act 55 of 1998 and (c) labour laws with regard to their hiring of non-South African citizens?

Reply:

(a) The Department of Home Affairs and its team of inspectors check compliance with immigration laws in the RSA as this falls within its mandate;

(b) For the financial year 2020/21 to date, the following inspections pertaining to the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 were conducted:

- Designated Employers Assessed : 75

- Designated Employers Reviewed : 299

- Designated Employers Re-Assessed : 217

(c) Labour Inspectors are conducting inspections on a continuous basis as part of their normal inspections at workplaces not only to determine compliance with labour legislation but also to determine the number of foreign nationals being employed.

23 November 2020 - NW1637

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, with reference to the Public Protector’s report on the Masiphumelele Informal Settlement in Noordhoek which was presented to the Portfolio Committee for oversight purposes (details furnished), (a) he will require the Public Protector to revisit the matter to address the plight of the African child, women and the elderly living in horrific conditions on the sides of the seven canals and (b) the residents will be moved to a dry site; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Public Protector South Africa that the Western Cape Provincial Office of the PPSA attended to complaints lodged by the Masiphumelele Informal Settlement Community (Complainant) pertaining to service delivery failures on the part of the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, which resulted in a Settlement Agreement entered into between the Complainant and the City of Cape Town on 18 December 2017.

In terms of the Settlement Agreement, the City of Cape Town undertook to inter alia develop a Spatial Development Framework for the Masiphumelele Community to provide for the delivery of basic services within the City of Cape Town’s financial and administrative capacity.

The PPSA monitored the progress made in terms of the Settlement Agreement, and the City of Cape Town provided regular progress reports. In terms of the monthly reports, the City of Cape Town indicated that the canals in the area had been cleared by April 2019.

I have been informed by the PPSA has indicated that the Honourable Member, lodged a complaint with the PPSA in connection with the living conditions of residents of the Masiphumelele area on 13 July 2020, and in particular, the resettlement of those still living on the sides of the canals. The Honourable Member’s complaint is currently being investigated, and the investigation team in the PPSA has arranged to meet with the Honourable Member. The City of Cape Town has already been approached for a response to the complaint.

23 November 2020 - NW1690

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether he has found that the cost of employing consultants to assist municipalities in managing their finances often outweighs the benefits they bring, given that only 15 out of 183 municipalities who used consultants in the 2018-19 municipal financial year managed to achieve clean audit results; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he has found that the use of consultants results in the transfer of skills to municipal employees; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The HonourableMember to note that information provided in the General Report 2018/19 by the Office of the Auditor-General and other reports, on the use of consultants generally, is equally of concern. Municipal appointment practices are also a direct contributing factor. The use of consultants and support provided must however be contextualised within the FM reforms for municipalities and the varies capacity levels in municipalities.In an attempt to address these concerns, the National Treasury issued MFMA Circulars and Guides assisting municipalities with best practices in financial management, covering a range of financial disciplines, the establishment of Budget and Treasury Offices, supporting the rollout of minimum competencies, supporting the appointment of appropriately qualified staff with the requisite skills to perform financial management responsibilities. These have been coupled with awareness and training initiatives. The efforts to improve financial management practices in municipalities and the resultant improved audit outcomes, may require a number of financial cycles to show desired changes, but is receiving attention by both the National and Provincial Treasuries. It must however be recognised that in some instances, the use of consultants with specialists’ skills and knowledge will be required. Therefore, it may not always be cost effective for municipalities to appoint these scarce skills on a permanent basis.

2. The design of national and provincial support programmes has at its core specific focus on the transfer of skills and capacity, on-the-job training, to municipal officials, covering institutional and technical areas.For example, a total of 1 434 capacity building sessions were completed, with 9 716 officials capacitated during the 2018/19 financial year, from the national support programme to selected municipalities. The principles of skills transfer are also embedded in the Cost Containment Regulations for Municipalities issued in 2019, where measures must be implemented by municipalities when appointing consultants to perform specific responsibilities. The absorption capacity of municipalities also must be factored. The details relating to the use of consultants and transfer of skills, for those contracts entered into by municipalities would be best obtainable from the municipality directly, given the different specialised areas and contractual arrangements.

23 November 2020 - NW1899

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether the Government Employees Pension Fund is experiencing any cash-flow problems; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The GEPF is not experiencing any cash-flow problems.

23 November 2020 - NW1600

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether he has found that the cost of employing consultants to assist municipalities in managing their finances often outweighs the benefits they bring, given that only 15 out of 183 municipalities who used consultants in the 2018-19 municipal financial year managed to achieve clean audit results; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he has found that the use of consultants results in the transfer of skills to municipal employees; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The HonourableMember to note that information provided in the General Report 2018/19 by the Office of the Auditor-General and other reports, on the use of consultants generally, is equally of concern. Municipal appointment practices are also a direct contributing factor. The use of consultants and support provided must however be contextualised within the FM reforms for municipalities and the varies capacity levels in municipalities.In an attempt to address these concerns, the National Treasury issued MFMA Circulars and Guides assisting municipalities with best practices in financial management, covering a range of financial disciplines, the establishment of Budget and Treasury Offices, supporting the rollout of minimum competencies, supporting the appointment of appropriately qualified staff with the requisite skills to perform financial management responsibilities. These have been coupled with awareness and training initiatives. The efforts to improve financial management practices in municipalities and the resultant improved audit outcomes, may require a number of financial cycles to show desired changes, but is receiving attention by both the National and Provincial Treasuries. It must however be recognised that in some instances, the use of consultants with specialists’ skills and knowledge will be required. Therefore, it may not always be cost effective for municipalities to appoint these scarce skills on a permanent basis.

2. The design of national and provincial support programmes has at its core specific focus on the transfer of skills and capacity, on-the-job training, to municipal officials, covering institutional and technical areas.For example, a total of 1 434 capacity building sessions were completed, with 9 716 officials capacitated during the 2018/19 financial year, from the national support programme to selected municipalities. The principles of skills transfer are also embedded in the Cost Containment Regulations for Municipalities issued in 2019, where measures must be implemented by municipalities when appointing consultants to perform specific responsibilities. The absorption capacity of municipalities also must be factored. The details relating to the use of consultants and transfer of skills, for those contracts entered into by municipalities would be best obtainable from the municipality directly, given the different specialised areas and contractual arrangements.

23 November 2020 - NW1955

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether he reappointed the acting board of the Public Investment Corporation led by a certain person (name furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how did a certain newspaper (name furnished) gain access to information that was not publicly communicated by any official National Treasury platform?

Reply:

The COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown had a negative effect on the appointment process of the new Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Board which was to be effective from 1 August 2020. In accordance with the Memorandum of Incorporation of the PIC, the terms of office of the Interim Board was extended until the appointment process is finalised or 15 months after the expiry of their initial term of office, whichever is earlier.

The Ministry isnot aware of the information accessed by the certain newspaper (name furnished) and how the newspaper gained access to the information.

23 November 2020 - NW1900

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)What is the prescribed period within which a member of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) should receive the first retirement payment after completing and submitting all relevant documentation; (2) what (a) number of members of theGEPF have been affected by delays in first payments after retirement in the each of the financial years from 2010-11 to 2019-20 and (b) were the reasons for each of the specified delays; (3) what was the total amount of interest paid due to the late payments since the 2010-11 financial year; (4) whether the GEPF has put in place any measures to ensure that delays in the payment of pensions are mitigated; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. A benefit is payable to a member, pensioner or beneficiary entitled to such benefit within a period of 60 days from the benefit becoming payable to the member, pensioner or beneficiary.

2. (a)The under mentioned table details the retirements paid within 60 days and those retirements paid outside of 60 days

Financial Year

Total Retirement Cases Paid

Claims paid within 60 days

% age paid within 60 days

Claims not paid within 60 days

%age Not paid within 60 days

2011

23,913

23171

97%

742

3%

2012

29,391

26830

91%

2,561

9%

2013

27,699

22849

82%

4,850

18%

2014

29,546

22043

75%

7,503

25%

2015

28,802

24797

86%

4,005

14%

2016

31,845

27693

87%

4,152

13%

2017

32,196

26848

83%

5,348

17%

2018

35,571

29966

84%

5,605

16%

2019

35,931

32236

90%

3,695

10%

2020

34,134

29944

88%

4,190

12%

(b) The reason for delayed benefit payments varies and arises due to many factors.  The delays amongst others include:

  • Claim documentation has not yet reached the GPAA. Claimants should ensure that their HR departments send all required documentation to the GPAA once finalised
  • Incomplete or incorrect documentation which requires the documents to be referred back to employee departments for rectification
  • Incorrect payment information such as incorrect bank accounts which results in bank verification process failing thereby payment cannot be made
  • GPAA awaiting tax directives from SARS before payment is made.
  • Issues with members’ tax affairs requiring members to attend to these with SARS. Member’s tax affairs need to be in order to ensure that the required tax liability is paid over to SARS before benefits can be paid to members.
  • Required divorce documentation outstanding to pay benefits
  • Other reasons pertaining to specific claims.
  • The impact of the lockdown regulations has impacted operational activity of the GPAA since March 2020.

3. The table below depicts the interests paid in respect of all benefits paid by the GEPF and not specifically in respect of retirements only. The interest paid would be in respect of retirement, resignation, death, ill-health retirement, and transfer benefits.

Financial Year

Benefits Paid for the year

R’000

Interest Paid for the

R’000

2010 – 2011

31 098 727

653 748

2011 – 2012

35 581 583

881 093

2012 – 2013

39 769 902

756 179

2013 – 2014

52 570 775

1 158 520

2014 – 2015

78 341 762

1 421 880

2015 – 2016

85 196 350

1 845 820

2016 – 2017

86 290 613

1 883 182

2017 – 2018

91 071 319

1 954 491

2018 – 2019

94 876 686

1 469 311

2019 – 2020 (Unaudited)

108 742 851

1 752 019

4. The Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) which administers payments for the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) like many other organisations, was negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. In support of the national agenda in combating COVID-19 the entity was also initially closed for a short period of time during the first lockdown until it was subsequently classified as an essential service. The GPAA has implemented various measures to increase production since the declaration of the National State of Disaster.

These measure include:

• The acquisition of additional technology and mobile devices to enable and increase remote working arrangements;

  • A combination of remote working and staff coming into the office is being followed in order to ensure improved capacity;
  • Implementation of automation of processes, where possible, to allow for faster capability in processing of pension claims;
  • A dedicated focus on processing pension retirement claims to accelerate claims of retirees.
  • Continuous improvement of processes are being attended to allow for remote and faster capability of processing of claims

It is important to emphasise that these initiatives notwithstanding, service to members, pensioners and beneficiaries is impacted by COVID-19 and delays may still be experienced as staff contract COVID -19.

5. It is not necessary for the Minister to make a statement on the matter as there has been acknowledgement by the GEPF and GPAA of late payments.

20 November 2020 - NW2510

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether, with reference to the reply by the Deputy President to oral question 15 in the National Assembly on 22 October 2020, wherein he indicated that there will be no load shedding in the Republic over the next 18 months, although not guaranteed, he is in a position to confirm that indeed there will be no load shedding in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

Eskom recognizes the negative impact that load shedding has on the lives of the people and the economy of South Africa. Eskom endeavours not to load shed and does so only as a last resort to ensure the security of the electricity network. However, Eskom’s generating fleet is ageing, at around 39 years on average, and it is both unreliable and unpredictable. As Eskom has often stated, until all the required reliability maintenance has been executed, all the new build units come on line and the DMRE emergency generation comes on line, the system remains constrained and the risk of load shedding remains high in the foreseeable future.

20 November 2020 - NW2529

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Buthelezi, Ms P to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What are the plans of schools and educational programmes under the Transnet Academy in (a) funding the activities in order to invest in the academy and give it the necessary technology, facilities and faculties required to function at an optimal level and (b) forming and improving strategic partnerships with technical and vocational, education and training colleges, universities and research institutions?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet:

a) The Transnet Academy has identified the requisite technology requirements, developed the strategy and agreed business requirements with the Transnet Information, Communication and Technology Management (ICTM). Budget provisions have been made by ICTM as part of the Transnet Capex funding requirements.

b) Transnet has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the TVET Directorate. This approach has an advantage of building capacity across the country on an integrated basis.

University partnerships form the bedrock of the Academy strategy and this includes previously disadvantaged Universities to be included in the partnering review.

The Transnet Head of Academy serves as a Board member on the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and Transnet plays a pivotal role in the SETA’s. To date, three Transnet Employees serve in the Rail, Freight Handling, and Maritime Chamber. As members’ their role is to advise as industry experts in skills development.

20 November 2020 - NW2509

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(a) What progress has been made with the Port St Johns Local Municipality (Turnkey) Electrification Project; (b) What total amount has been spent on the specified project to date and (c) By what date does he envisage the project will be completed?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

The Port St Johns Local Municipality (Turnkey) Electrification Project is a schedule 5B project that is managed by the municipality. The question should therefore be directed to the municipality.

20 November 2020 - NW2177

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Regarding the maintenance of prepaid electricity meters under Eskom, what is the current status of reported faults of electricity meters in terms of reported issues and maintenance outstanding; (2) Under what circumstances will Eskom carry out calibration tests and/or maintenance on electricity meters to ensure that the equipment reflects the correct consumption and usage?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

1. As at 9 October 2020, 7 038 prepaid electricity meters faults were reported in October 2020. Of these, 3 698 prepaid electricity meters have been maintained and faults were resolved/closed.

The 3 340 prepaid electricity meter work orders that are still open are reported by zero-buying customers, that is the meters indicated that the customers are not consuming electricity. In these cases, Eskom first scheduled the fault for investigation, after which the following actions will follow:

Where a customer is found to have tampered with the supply or meter, a tamper fine will be issued, the meter will be maintained and then the customer’s supply restored.

Where a meter is found to be bypassed, a tamper fine will be issued. The meter will be maintained however then the customer’s supply will be restored once the tamper fine is paid or a deferred payment form is signed.

Where the customer is zero buying but no tamper is found, the prepaid electricity meter will be maintained and the work order closed.

(2) Prepayment meters are full electronic devices with no moving parts on the measurement circuit that require calibration during the lifespan of the meter. They are electronically calibrated during the manufacturing process using high-tech calibration equipment embedded in the production line.

The accuracy is regularly certified by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). All the calibration results of individual meters are loaded into the Eskom Customer Care and Billing System for future reference. The calibration is not expected to drift in anyway during the lifespan of meter.

In instances where a customer complains that a meter is inaccurate, Eskom uses SABS certified equipment to verify the accuracy of the meter. In the unlikely event that the meter is found to be inaccurate, the meter is replaced with a new one. The faulty meter is then sent to the supplier for full analysis and the supplier is expected to submit a comprehensive report to Eskom.

20 November 2020 - NW1933

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) By what date is the R3,5 billion loan and/or equity bridge from the Development Bank of South Africa to South African Airways repayable; (2) whether the loan will be repaid under the business rescue process; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, who will be responsible for the repayment of the loan? NW2449E

Reply:

1. The loan from the Development Bank of Southern Africa to South African Airways (SAA) was paidON THE DIRECTION OF THE NATIONAL TREASURY,on 27 August 2020.

2. The loan was repaid from the 2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) allocation for the period 2020/21 to 2022/23 financial year, for the purchase of equity in SAA.

20 November 2020 - NW2255

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Mabhena, Mr TB to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether, with reference to the (a) recent unrest in Mpumalanga, particularly in the Thembisile Hani Local Municipality, Dr J S Moroka Local Municipality and Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality and (b) weeks-long protest at the Union Buildings by the specified communities demanding the implementation of the Moloto Rail Corridor, his department is still committed to the specified project, if so, (2) what total amount has his department budgeted for the (a) current financial year and (b) next two financial years for the implementation of the Moloto Rail Corridor; (3) whether he will commit to have a series of public meetings in the affected areas to give information regarding the (a) updated project time lines or time frames and (b) implementation, if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a)&(b) On 30 October 2014, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), submitted the Moloto Rail Corridor, Public Private Partnership (PPP), Treasury Approval 1 application to National Treasury for consideration. On 3 December 2015, the DirectorGeneral of National Treasury responded to the CEO of PRASA informing him that the Treasury Approval 1 application was not granted.

On 31 October 2017, the Department motivated funding through the National Treasury’s Budget Facility on Infrastructure (BFI) for the development of the Moloto Rail Corridor. On 5 April 2018, the Department received the outcome of the application indicating that the request for funding was not supported and that no funding will be made available to further develop a rapid rail solution because the exploration of non-transport solutions should be investigated in addition to transport solutions to comprehensively respond to corridor challenges.

(2) Please refer to response in (1)

(3) Seven (7) public engagements in the form of Imbizoshave been conducted with the Siyabuswa, KwaMhlanga, Moloto and surrounding communities. These were conducted as part of providing progress on the planned Moloto Rail Project, Road expansion project and the overall exposure of the service delivery by Government and the Department of Transport’s public entities. The last public engagement conducted with a purpose of providing information on the status of both the road and rail initiatives status was held on 5 June 2017.

With regard to the Moloto Road Project, SANRAL concluded 12 stakeholder engagements sessions prior to Covid-19 Lockdown, details listed in the table below. With the easing the COVID19 lockdown restrictions, SANRAL will be resuming the stakeholder engagements as planned or necessitated by events on the ground in project sites.

SANRAL Moloto Road Corridor Stakeholder Engagements

TYPE OF ENGAGEMENT

ROAD SECTION / TARGET AREA (COMMUNITY)

DATE

Stakeholder engagement: Taking SANRAL to Moloto

R573 Section 1 & 2 - Moloto

2 March 2018

Mpumalanga Youth Dialogue - Engagement

R573 Section 2 - KwaMhlanga

5 December 2018

Stakeholder Engagement - Taking SANRAL to Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality

R573 Section 3- Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality

30 May 2019

Access Agreement meeting

R573 Section 3 – Slovo/ Moteti B

29 August 2019

Access Agreement meeting

R573 Section 3 – Slovo/ Moteti B &Oorlog Villages

11 October 2019

Ministerial Event: Signing of MOU – Transfer of R573 Sec 1 to SANRAL

R573 Section 1 & 2 - Moloto

15 November 2019

Pre- Community Resolution meeting/ Information session

R573 Section 2 - Kwaggafontein A & B

4 February 2020

Pre- Community Resolution meeting/ Information session

R573 Section 2 - Mandlethu (Vlaklaagte No.1) &Mobhoko Village

5 February 2020

Pre- Community Resolution meeting/ Information session

R573 Section 2 - Mzimkhulu

6 February 2020

Pre- Community Resolution meeting/ Information session

R573 Section 2 - Tweefontein E &Buhlebesiswe (Vlaklaagte No.2)

18 February 2020

Pre- Community Resolution meeting/ Information session

R573 Section 3 – Slovo, Moteti B &Oorlog Villages

10 March 2020

Pre- Community Resolution meeting/ Information session

R573 Section 3 – Stompo/Waalkraal B, Waalkraal A and Waalkraal Ext Villages

11 March 2020

20 November 2020 - NW2284

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What informed the use of Treasury Regulation 16A6.6 to appoint Rand Merchant Bank as transaction advisor to oversee the Strategic Equity Partner transaction of Air Chef by SAA?NW2858

Reply:

SAA did not use Treasury Regulation 16A6.6 to appoint Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) as a transaction advisor to oversee the Strategic Equity Partner transaction of Airchefs. SAA used normal open competitive procurement processes to appoint RMB as transaction advisor for Airchefs.

The Department however, used Treasury Regulation 16A6.6 to appoint RMB as a transaction advisor to oversee the Strategic Equity Partner (SEP) transaction for SAA. This was carried out in order to speed up the process of assessing the best SEP for SAA as part of the work of concluding the business rescue process given the fact that RMB was already underseeing this SEP transaction with Airchefs.

20 November 2020 - NW909

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Marawu, Ms TL to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to the challenges that the SA Airways (SAA) is going through in relaunching itself, (details furnished), what steps will he take to ensure that: (a) the new SAA pilot structures reflect the economically active population; and (b) all the Black pilots are retained.

Reply:

According to the information received from SAA:

(a) The failure to transform the pilot corps at SAA is a symptom of the general failure of leadership at the airline to make pertinent decisions and ensure their implementation. The Regulating Agreement (RA) entered into in 1988’s primary objective was to preserve undeserved privileges accrued through unjust laws that preserved aviation careers to a small minority in this country.

These privileges came with unaffordable perks and salary framework which should have long been remedied. The airline (i.e. the Business Rescue Practitioners) on insistence of the Department is addressing the matter of RA as it cannot become part of the new SAA.

The following is the background to the RA:

1.1  The Regulating Agreement, (“The RA”) is an evergreen collective agreement entered into between South African Airways Pilots Association (SAAPA) and South African Airways (SOC) LTD (SAA) in 1988. The RA regulates the terms and conditions of employment of pilots and contains volumes of onerous provisions on SAA.

1.2. It is our view that the RA is unconstitutional and unlawful, and it is imperative that it be terminated.

1.3. The unconstitutionality and unlawfulness of the RA relates to the following:

1.3.1 First, the evergreen nature of the regulating agreement is in breach of section 23(4) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (“the LRA”). Section 23(4) of the LRA does not contemplate or permit collective agreements which have no fixed term, no specific notice period and which may not be terminated on reasonable notice – in other words it does not contemplate or permit evergreen collective agreements.

1.3.2 The regulating agreement precludes and impedes SAA achieving meaningful and expeditious transformation which is in breach of the Constitution and the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998. In particular, in terms of the RA, the principle of seniority rigidly and directly affects and controls all elements of the manner in which pilots are employed and dealt with by SAA, including promotions, demotions, salaries and so on. Given the make-up of SAA’s pilot list, which comprises overwhelmingly of white males, this operates to the detriment of and discriminates unfairly against white women, black men, and especially black women.

1.3.3 The regulating agreement effectively removes core elements of decision-making from the board and management of SAA and precludes SAA from giving effect to its procurement obligations. This is in breach of the Constitution, the Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999 and the Companies Act 71 of 2008. The effect of the Regulating Agreement is that SAA is precluded from reaching any agreement to wet-lease SAA aircraft without the consent of SAAPA. The RA has a “succession of ownership” provision which means that notwithstanding any changes in ownership of SAA, the RA will remain in full operation. Considering the fact that Government has taken a decision to find a strategic equity partner (SEP) for SAA, the RA in its current form, combined with succession clauses, will no doubt make SAA less attractive to potential partners.

The RA also subjects key SAA procurement decisions such as which hotels to contract with to the control of SAAPA in that SAAPA is entitled to select the short-list of three hotels from which SAA can choose and even within this short-list, SAA is required to take SAAPA’s preferences into account. It requires SAA to act in breach of Treasury instructions – such as requiring SAA to accommodate pilots and crew in four- or five-star hotels when the Treasury instruction requires that three-star hotels be used.

1.3.4 The negotiations at the LCF with the DPE. After more than two and a half months of engagements, no agreement on the restructure of SAA was concluded and no agreement was reached on the VSP offered by DPE. In fact, SAAPA are on record at different forums and in writing to SAA that they never agreed to the VSP and reserve their rights in that regard.

(B) In engagement with potential Strategic Equity Partners (SEPs), the Department has placed the transformation of pilot corps as an imperative to the partnership. This is to ensure that National developmental objectives in Aviation should still receive priority in the new SAA. An appropriate balance must be attained to correct historical discrimination, retention of key skills, and achieving the correct demographic and gender objectives. This is a non-negotiable set of objectives. It is important that all pilots cooperate in achieving these objectives.

20 November 2020 - NW2294

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Mey, Mr P to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What progress has been made with the upgrading of the Moloto Road (R573) which stretches from the Mpumalanga and/or Gauteng border, north of Pretoria to Marble Hall in Limpopo, specifically with regard to the (a) planning and design of upgrades, (b) completion of the required environmental impact assessments, (c) appointment of contractors to undertake the specified upgrades and (d) projected (i) cost and (ii) time lines in each instance; (2) what (a) progress has also been made with the proposedMoloto rail link thatwould ease pressure on the road and (b) is the projected (i) cost and (ii) time lines in this regard; (3) what total amount has been spent annually since the 2016-17 financial year onimpact studies and other professional services for the upgrade of the (a) Moloto Road and (b) proposed rail link; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1.a) Please see column 1 (a) in Table 1 below for planning and design status.

(b) The Environmental Impact Assessment process commenced in 2016 for Moloto Road Corridor and the Environmental Authorization was issued on 12/05/2017 (DEA Ref 14/12/16/3/1/162).

(c) Please see column 1 (c) in Table 1 below for status of contractor appointments.

(d) (i) Please see column 1 (d) (i) in Table 1 below for projected costs.

(d) (ii) Please see column 1 (d) (ii) in Table 1 below for projected timelines.

(2) (a) There has not been any progress on the proposed rail link project due to funding availability. The application for funding the Moloto Rail Project submitted to National Treasury in October 2014, in the form of a Treasury Approval (TA 1) was not approved. The subsequent request for funding submitted to National Treasury in 2017 under the Budget Facility for Infrastructure (BFI), was also not granted.

(b) Refer to (2) (a)

(c) Refer to (2) (a)

(3) (a) Please see Table 2 below for the SANRAL Moloto Road expenditure to date.

(b) No budget has been spent on the proposed Rail Project since the last feasibility study was completed in 2014.

(4)

Table 1: SANRAL R573 Road Projects

SANRAL Project

(Project Numbers)

SECTION & PROVINCE

1 (a) Planning and Design update

1 (c) Appointment of contractors

1(d)(i) projected cost

(Incl. VAT)

1(d)(ii) Timelines

Comments

R.573-010-2021/1

Stormvoel (km 0,0) to Baviaanspoort road (km 2,4)(Moepel road)

Design 95 % Completed

No

R423 million

December 2021 to May 2023

Gauteng Section of R573 only gazetted as National Road on 5th June 2020, enabling SANRAL to now proceed with finalisation of designs and issuing of construction tenders.

R.573-010-2023/1

Km 2,4 to km 4,0 (Interchange)

Design 90 % Completed

No

R488 million

April 2022 to September 2024

Gauteng Section of R573 only gazetted as National Road on 5th June 2020, enabling SANRAL to now proceed with finalisation of designs and issuing of construction tenders.

R.573-010-2022/1

Km 4,0 to km 8,4 and PWV 2

Design 90 % Completed

No

R1 300 million

April 2022 to March 2025

Gauteng Section of R573 only gazetted as National Road on 5th June 2020, enabling SANRAL to now proceed with finalisation of designs and issuing of construction tenders.

R.573-010-2024/1

Km 8,4 to km 18,4

Design 70 % Completed

No

R700 million

Start April 2024

Gauteng Section of R573 only gazetted as National Road on 5th June 2020, enabling SANRAL to now proceed with finalisation of designs and issuing of construction tenders.

R.573-010-2023/2

Km 18,4 to km 28,4

Design 70 % Completed

No

R700 million

Start April 2023

Gauteng Section of R573 only gazetted as National Road on 5th June 2020, enabling SANRAL to now proceed with finalisation of designs and issuing of construction tenders.

R.573-010-2024/2

Km 28,4 to km 37,4

Design 70 % Completed

No

R700 million

Start April 2024

Gauteng Section of R573 only gazetted as National Road on 5th June 2020, enabling SANRAL to now proceed with finalisation of designs and issuing of construction tenders.

R.573-010-2022/1

Km 37,4 to km 48,568

Design 80 % Completed

No

R600 million

December 2022 to November 2024

Gauteng Section of R573 only gazetted as National Road on 5th June 2020, enabling SANRAL to now proceed with finalisation of designs and issuing of construction tenders.

R.573-020-2016/1

Section 2 - Mpumalanga

Completed

Yes

R105 million

Completed

4 intersections upgraded

R.573-020-2019/4

Section 2 - Mpumalanga

Completed

No

R560 million

April 2021 to Sept 2023

Tender adjudication process for the appointment of a contractor underway.

R573-020-2019/1

Section 2 - Mpumalanga

Design 90 % Completed

No

R346 million

April 2022 to October 2023

Finalising bridge designs.

R573-020-2019/2

Section 2 - Mpumalanga

Design 65 % Completed

No

R197 million

June 2022 to June 2023

Covid19 delayed Resolution of the Kwamhlanga business node due to encroachment within the road reserve.

R573-020-2019/3

Section 2 - Mpumalanga

Completed

No

R413 million

November 2021 to February 2023

Planning Pre-community resolution meeting and Community resolution meeting as part of land acquisition process.

R573-020-2019/5

Section 2 - Mpumalanga

Design 65 % Completed

No

R406 million

March 2022 to June 2024

Resolution of the Kwaggafontein business node due to encroachment within the road reserve.

R.573-030-2016/1

Section 3 - Limpopo

Completed

Yes

R244 million

January 2017 to October 2021

The Contractor has since re-established the site after experiencing cashflow problems.

R.573-030-2019/1

Section 3 - Limpopo

Completed

No

R362 million

April 2021 to Sept 2023

Tender adjudication process for the appointment of a contractor underway.

R.573-023-2019/1

Section 3 - Limpopo

Completed

No

R405 million

January 2022 to June 2024

Covid19 delayed the Community Resolution meetings required to finalise the land acquisition process.

R.573-030-2019/2

Section 3 – Mpumalanga

Design 90 % Completed

No

R450 million

April 2022 to September 2024

Finalising the bridge designs.

Table 2: SANRAL R73 Moloto Expenditure to Date

Table 2: SANRAL R73 Moloto Expenditure to Date

20 November 2020 - NW2517

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(a)What are the reasons that Eskom has cut off the electricity for the community of Braamfisherville in Phase 3, Soweto, in Gauteng for the past six months and (b) By what date does he envisage the electricity will be restored in the specified community?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

1. Eskom has not cut off electricity supply for the Phase 3 customers in Braamfisherville. The transformers have failed as a result of overloading networks caused by meter bypasses and ghost vending, as well as the illegal operations by third parties. In order to avoid this phenomenon from repeatedly reoccurring, Eskom has decided to audit the meters, fine those who have illegally bypassed their meters or are purchasing ghost vouchers, and replace the damaged meters before replacing the transformers. This process has been resisted by customers and hence delayed the process of transformer replacement across Braamfisherville.

We have currently agreed with ward councilors and the Gauteng Province to defer the payment of fines where customers who cannot afford them will have to agree to a payment arrangement by signing the relevant forms.

It was only after the payment arrangement was agreed upon that customers agreed that we implement the process. This process has created a backlog of about 70 transformers that need to be replaced. We have drafted a schedule to replace these transformers and are progressing very well.

2. A number of transformers are offline in Phase 3 as a result of the reasons provided above. The replacement of transformers in Phase 3 is expected to be completed by 21 December 2020 subject to the customers signing the deferred payment agreements and material availability. Eskom will have to be provided with the meter or reference number in order to provide a more specific date.

20 November 2020 - NW2579

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether, with reference to the discussions on an action plan for economic recovery, the social partners at the National Economic Development and Labour Council did consider any other job-creation interventions apart from public employment programmes; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

An emphatic point has to be made that the nature of unemployment in our country is such that, it is high, it is structural, systemic and deep-seated. This already outlined nature of unemployment in South Africa is compounded bylack of requisite skills as well as misalignment of them. Given this sad reality, a focussed, in touch, alert and forward-thinking government would bring among its interventions mass employment and Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) offer such. So, Public Employment Programmes are tremendously important in the context of countries like ours, they are key!

Do we rely only on them for job creation? Of course not! One of the key aspects of Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan is the Infrastructure Programme. Infrastructure development has a huge potential, almost guaranteed job creation, whether you talk of transforming of cities, towns, rural areas landscape or creation of bulk water infrastructure, national roads improvements projects, school construction, network infrastructure such as ports, rail, roads, etc – those go concurrently with creation of employment.

In the South African Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, there is reindustrialisation. Reindustrialisation will create employment and will also grow business. Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan among many, seeks to create an economy that will create jobs. The creation of jobs is one of the key objectives of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. There is also an aim to reverse the decline of the local manufacturing sector, the resuscitation of tourism, you should know the capacity of tourism in terms of labour absorption. There will also be unchartered terrain especially when we go deeper to digital advancement, the space is alive with possibilities particularly when it comes to youth employment. This Plan will invest in our human capital even for the future. So, Dr Cardo, yes, NEDLAC social partners considered job creation interventions beyond the Public Employment Programmes.

20 November 2020 - NW2285

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)On what date did a certain senior Eskom official (name furnished) complete his Master of Business Administration degree; (2) Whether the degree was verified with the SA Qualification Authority; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

1. Mr André de Ruyter obtained his Master of Business Administration qualification on 17 September 1998.

2. The qualification was verified on behalf of Eskom, prior to Mr de Ruyter’s appointment, by Lexis Refcheck. Eskom did not request SAQA to evaluate or verify the qualification.

As part of all executive appointments in Eskom, a full verification by a reputable company has to be done to verify ID number, driver’s license and criminalrecords and ensure the candidate has obtained all the qualifications listed on their résumés.

SAQA evaluation/verification of overseas qualifications is not a specific requirement for the appointments of executives at Eskom. A SAQA verification by the qualification holder will be requested only when the foreign qualification is a minimum requirement.

It is also important to note that as of 16 September 2019, only qualification holders (QHs) may apply for the evaluation of their foreign qualifications.

The above requirement according to SAQA, is to ensure that QHs are the prima facie owners of their applications and the outcomes thereof, including the protection of their private details. For this reason, SAQA will only interact directly with QHs, and involve third parties only when they are the parents or legal guardians of the affected QHs.

Please note that the change in the SAQA approach took place before Mr de Ruyter’s appointment and verification of his qualification. 

Government has total confidence in Mr de Ruyter who has already made a substantial difference in Eskom. We call on all stakeholders to support the efforts of the Board and management team in their efforts to restore good governance, operational effectiveness, financial stability and efficiently implement the Eskom Roadmap.

20 November 2020 - NW2753

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether her department has any plans to refurbish and/or rebuild the dilapidated Mthingwevu Secondary School in Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details of the plan?

Reply:

The question has been referred to the Eastern Cape Department of Education and a response will be forwarded as soon as it is received. 

19 November 2020 - NW2730

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) What is the status of the turnaround strategy aimed at ensuring that the SA National Defence Force Intelligence Division achieves its targets in relation to vetting decisions and (b) what other measures has the division put in place to ensure that it achieves its targets in relation to vetting decisions?

Reply:

1. The Defence Intelligence, Directorate Vetting Strategy and Implementation Plan is being implemented, however, due to capacity challenges the previous vetting targets of FY2019/20 could not be achieved.

2. Defence Intelligence has managed to make progress to achieve the vetting targets which relates to:

a. The staffing of vacant post to capacitate Directorate Vetting.

b. The decentralisation of confidential clearances to the lowest level within the SANDF.

19 November 2020 - NW2731

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What is the (a) current status of her department’s Cyber Defence Strategy, (b) total amount that has been spent on developing the capacity of the specified strategy and (c) number of personnel that have been trained and/or hired to fulfil this capacity; (2) how will the funding constraints due to COVID-19 impact on the development of the capacity of her department’s Cyber Defence Strategy?

Reply:

1. (a) The Cyber Defence Strategy was approved by the Council of Defence.

(b) The Defence Intelligence presents bi-annually to the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI), which includes the funds spend and members trained towards the fulfilment

19 November 2020 - NW2729

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether the SA National Defence Force Intelligence Division met its targets related to vetting decisions for the (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) 2019-20 financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the figures in each financial year; (2) what was the number of personnel working in the vetting division in the (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) 2019-20 financial years?

Reply:

1. The vetting target for the financial years as indicated was as follows:

Financial Year

Target

Achievement

2017/18

6500

4328

2018/19

7000

3584

2019/20

7500

7167

2. The Defence Intelligence presents bi-annually to the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI), which includes the personnel strength of both uniform and civilian members of the Division.