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07 August 2017 - NW1735

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether any staff of (a) her department and (b) entity reporting to her were awarded any contracts or agreements to conduct business with any state entity in the (i) 2014-15,(ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years ; if so, what are the (aa)(aaa) name (bbb) professional designation of the staff members and (bb)(aaa) details of the contract(s) and/or agreement(s) awarded and (bbb) amounts in each case?

Reply:

Entity

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(aa)(aaa)

(bbb)

(bb)(aaa)

(bbb)

DST

No

Yes

Yes

  • Advocate Nomonde January

Head Legal Services

Cleaning and vegetation with Eskom.

R5000 Payable every second or third month. The employee has resigned from the company

CSIR

No

Yes

No

  • Mr Happy Mathekga

Technician

He held an interest in Paps and Hi Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd. The work was secured prior to permanent employment at the CSIR

The company removed furniture for the CIPC. The work was secured through a competitive process

R12 900

       
  • Ms R Phala

Project coordinator

She held an interest in Nakiwe Consulting (Pty) Ltd. the work was secured prior to permanent employment at the CSIR.

The company supplied books to Tshwane University of Technology. The work was secured through a competitive process

R37 000

       
  • Ms M Mqehlana,

Financial Admin Officer

She held an interest in Undivert (Pty) Ltd.

The company provided a computer server and programming to iNkandla Local Municipality. The work was secured through a competitive process.

R249 820

Entity

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(aa)(aaa)

(bbb)

(bb)(aaa)

(bbb)

NRF

No

No

No

       

HSRC

No

No

No

       

ASSAF

No

No

No

       

SANSA

No

No

No

       

TIA

No

No

No

       

02 August 2017 - NW1770

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Does (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister or (c) any of the heads of entities or bodies reporting to her make use of security services paid for by the State for (i) him/herself,(ii) his/her immediate family members or (iii) any of their staff members; in each case (aa) what are the reasons for it, (bb) from which department or entity's budget is the security service being paid, ad (cc) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) Yes. The Minister of Science and Technology makes use of security services provided by the State.

(i) The Minister has four protectors allocated to her. Two of the protectors are based in Pretoria and the other two are based in Cape Town.

(ii) None of the Minister's immediate family members make use of the security services provided by the State.

(iii) None of the Minister's staff members makes use of the security services provided by the State.

(aa) As the Minister of Science and Technology, the Minister is entitled to make use of security services provided by the State and this is to ensure her protection.

(bb) The costs incurred for the security services provided to the Minister are borne by the South African Police Services.

(cc) None

(b) Yes. The Deputy Minister of Science and Technology makes use of security provided by the State.

(i) The Deputy Minister has four protectors allocated to her. Two of the protectors are based in Pretoria and the other two are based in Cape Town.

(ii) None of the Deputy Minister's immediate family members make use of security services provided by the State.

(iii) None of the Deputy Minister's staff members makes use of the security services provided by the State.

(aa) As the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology , the Deputy Minister is entitled to make use of security services provided by the State and this is to ensure her protection.

(bb) The cost incurred for the security services provided to the Deputy Minister are borne by the South African Police Services.

(cc) None.

 

(c) None of the heads of entities reporting to the Minister of Science and Technology make use of security services paid for the State.

(i) None.

(ii) None.

(iii) None.

(aa) None.

(bb) None.

(cc) None.

04 July 2017 - NW1906

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her appointed transaction advisors for tenders in the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016; if so, (i) who were the transaction advisors that were appointed for the tenders, (ii) for which tenders were they appointed (iii) what was the pricing for the tenders in question and (iv) what amount were the transaction advisors paid?

Reply:

(a) The Department of Science and Technology has appointed the following advisor in the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016:

(i) UTHO Capital

(ii) Feasibility study for maintenance of the DST building and construction of the additional wing

(iii) R7 614 686.00

(iv) R2 997 000.00

(b) The entities reporting to the Minister of Science and Technology did not appoint transactional advisors for tenders in the period of 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016.

(i) None

(ii) None

(iii) None

(iv) Not applicable

28 June 2017 - NW1817

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1) Which entities reporting to her (a) have a board in place and (b) do not have a board in place, (i) of those that have a board, (aa) when was each individual board member appointed and (bb) when is the term for each board lapsing and (ii) how many (aa) board members are there in each individual board an (bb) of those board members of each entity are female; (2) With reference to entities that do not have board in place, (a) who is responsible for appointing the board and (b) when will a board be appointed.? "

Reply:

(1) Entities reporting to the Minister of Science and Technology

Entities

(a)

(b)

(i) (aa)

(i) (bb)

(ii) (a)

(ii) (bb)

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF)

Yes

N/A

01/11/2016

31/10/2020

13

05

Human Science Research Council (HSRC)

Yes

N/A

01/11/2013

31/10/2017

09

06

National Research Foundation (NRF)

Yes

N/A

01/10/2014

30/09/2018

13

05

Entities

(a)

(b)

(i) (aa)

(i) (bb)

(ii) (a)

(ii) (bb)

Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)

Yes

N/A

01/05/2017

30/04/2021

10

04

South African Council For Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP)

Yes

N/A

01/05/2015

30/04/2019

21

10

South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

Yes

N/A

01/09/2014

31/08/2018

16

06

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Yes

N/A

01/01/2015

31/12/2018

10

05

National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI)

Yes

N/A

01/08/2014

31/07/2018

19

06

(2) Not applicable as all DST Entities have Boards in place.

23 June 2017 - NW1597

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Has her department considered approaching Sentech to enter into a partnership regarding Sentech's possible purchase of a satellite?

Reply:

No, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has not yet considered approaching Sentech to enter into a partnership regarding Sentech's purchase of a satellite. However, the DST and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services are in the process of developing a national Satellite Communication Strategy, which will provide guidance for the procurement of a communications satellite.

19 June 2017 - NW1598

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Rawula, Mr T to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1) “What percentage of her department’s budget was allocated to scientific research and development for renewable energy alternatives in the 2017 – 18 financial year?” FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION 1598 DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 09 JUNE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 21 – 2017 “ Mr T. RAWULA to ask the Minister of Science and Technology: “What percentage of her department’s budget was allocated to scientific research and development for renewable energy alternatives in the 2017 – 18 financial year?” (NW1803E) REPLY: The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has a total budget of just over 7.5 billion for the 2017/18 financial year. The Hydrogen and energy subprogramme, which is responsible for the implementation of the Energy Grand Challenge, will spend just over R156 million to fund applied energy research to support the development and uptake of clean energy technologies in South Africa and other parts of the world. The bulk of these funds support universities and science councils for research and development in the areas of hydrogen fuel cell, solar, wind and energy storage technologies. Hence, the percentage of the DST ‘s budget that is allocated towards renewable energy alternatives is just under 2%.

Reply:

1. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has a total budget of just over 7.5 billion for the 2017/18 financial year.

The Hydrogen and energy subprogramme, which is responsible for the implementation of the Energy Grand Challenge, will spend just over R156 million to fund applied energy research to support the development and uptake of clean energy technologies in South Africa and other parts of the world. The bulk of these funds support universities and science councils for research and development in the areas of hydrogen fuel cell, solar, wind and energy storage technologies. Hence, the percentage of the DST ‘s budget that is allocated towards renewable energy alternatives is just under 2%.

06 June 2017 - NW1502

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) a certain company (Bell Pottinger) or (ii) any other public relations firms; if not, in each case, why not, if so in each case, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) was the total cost, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of such payments?"

Reply:

(a) The Department of Science and Technology did not procure any services from or make any payments to –

(i) Bell Pottinger;

(ii) any other public relations firm.

(b) The entities reporting to the Minister of Science and Technology did not procure any services from or make any payments to –

(i) Bell Pottinger;

(ii) any other public relations firm.

(aa) not necessary

(bb) not applicable

(cc) not applicable

(dd) not applicable

(ee) not applicable

(ff) not applicable

31 May 2017 - NW1233

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her has (i) procured any services from and/or (ii) made any payments to the Decolonisation Foundation; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) were the total costs, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of the costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of the payments in each case?”

Reply:

(a) The Department of Science and Technology:

a

(aa)

(bb)

(cc)

(dd)

(ee)

(ff)

(i)

(ii)

           

No

No

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

(b) The entities reporting to the Minister of Science and Technology:

b

(aa)

(bb)

(cc)

(dd)

(ee)

(ff)

(i)

(ii)

           

No

No

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

11 April 2017 - NW935

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to her; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) Have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply:

  1. Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to her; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy;

Entity

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

 

(a)

(i)

(ii)

(b)

(i)

(ii)

(c)

(i)

(ii)

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

No

N/A

N/A

No. However, the CFO tendered his resignation and his last day is 30 April 2017.

N/A

N/A

No

N/A

N/A

Human Sciences Research Council

No

N/A

N/A

Yes

January 2017

Resignation

Yes

16 March 2017

Mutual termination of agreement

2. Have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled;

Entity

(a)

(b)

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Yes. The interviews are scheduled for 03 May 2017.

1 July 2017.

Human Sciences Research Council

Yes. The CFO position was advertised. However, interviews not yet done.

The date is not confirmed.

 

No. The position of the Deputy CEO: Management Support is yet to be advertised.

The process is underway.

3. (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Entity

(a)

(b)

(c)

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

N/A

The Acting CFO will act until the new CFO is appointed and start on 1 July 2017.

  • N/A

Human Sciences Research Council

  • CFO: One
  • Deputy CEO: Management Support: One
  • Acting CFO: since January 2017
  • Acting Deputy CEO: Management Support: since 16 March 2017.
  • Acting CFO: No
  • Acting Deputy CEO: not yet advertised.

29 March 2017 - NW702

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1)Did (a) her department or (b) any entity reporting to her participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation event hosted at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban, on 25 February 2017; if so, what amount was spent in each case; (2) did (a) her department or (b) any entity reporting to her participate in the auction of the (i) souvenirs or (ii) personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma; if so, (aa) which items were purchased and (bb) at what cost, in each case?"

Reply:

Entities/Department

(1)

(2)

 

(a)

(b)

(a)

(b)

     

(i)

(ii)

(aa)

(bb)

(i)

(ii)

(aa)

(bb)

Department of Science and Technology (DST)

The DST did not participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation

N/A

The DST did not participate in the auction of souvenirs

The DST did not participate in the auction of personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF)

N/A

ASSAF did not participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

ASSAF did not participate in the auction of souvenirs

ASSAF did not participate in the auction of personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma

N/A

N/A

 

Entities/Department

(1)

   

(2)

         
 

(a)

(b)

(a)

(b)

     

(i)

(ii)

(aa)

(bb)

(i)

(ii)

(aa)

(bb)

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

N/A

The CSIR did not participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The CSIR did not participate in the auction of souvenirs

The CSIR did not participate in the auction of personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma

N/A

N/A

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

N/A

HSRC did not participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

HSRC did not participate in the auction of souvenirs

HSRC did not participate in the auction of personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma

N/A

N/A

Nation Research Foundation (NRF)

N/A

NRF did not participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

NRF did not participate in the auction of souvenirs

NRF did not participate in the auction of personal

N/A

N/A

Entities/Department

(1)

(2)

 

(a)

(b)

(a)

(b)

     

(i)

(ii)

(aa)

(bb)

(i)

(ii)

(aa)

(bb)

   

the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation

         

belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma

   

South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

N/A

SANSA did not participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

SANSA did not participate in the auction of souvenirs

SANSA did not participate in the auction of personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma

N/A

N/A

Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)

N/A

TIA did not participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

TIA did not participate in the auction of souvenirs

TIA did not participate in the auction of personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma

N/A

N/A

28 March 2017 - NW618

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

"(a) By what date will the R30 million science centre in Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape, be completed and (b) what are the reasons for the delay in construction".

Reply:

Reply to Question

(a) The construction of the science centre in Cofimvaba is scheduled to be completed by 31 March 2018

(b) The delay in the construction of the science centre in Cofimvaba was due to compliance requirements with the National Environmental Management Act (107/1988): Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014 and National Water Act 36 of 1998.

The science centre exhibition to be established is intended to include both indoor and outdoor displays. The outdoor display was planned to encompass development of an artificial wetland to advance life and earth sciences. In June 2016, the DST in pursuit of this idea sought technical assistance towards the development of artificial wetland from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). DEA runs the "Working for wetlands" programme that seeks to rehabilitate and protect wetlands in country.

Upon surveying the project site, DEA's experts discovered an existing wetland surrounding almost the entire area demarcated for the erection of the building. The discovered wetland was not readily visible and hence it was not picked up during the pre-building site appraisal. This being the situation, there is an obligation to comply with legislation relevant to the construction of a building on this kind of land. Compliance issues that led to the delay in the construction of the building included the following:

  • Permission had to be sought from DEA regarding the conditions under which the construction of the science centre could proceed. DEA granted permission for the construction to go ahead in December 2016.
  • The site plan had to be revised and resubmitted to the Municipal Planning Tribunal in order to comply with the minimum distance that has to be maintained between the building and a water course. The approval was secured in February 2017.
  • Work towards compliance with National Water Act in progress and technical expert are compiling information necessary for the final submission to Department Water and Sanitation.

24 March 2017 - NW529

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1) What are the (a) names of each (i) country, (ii) conglomerate, (iii) government department and (iv) international agency that her department concluded bilateral or cooperation agreements with (aa) in each of the past 10 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016, (b) outlines and (c) periods of each of the specified agreements? NW586E

Reply:

(1) Attached at Tag A is a comprehensive report on the international agreements within the past 10 financial years in categories of aid agencies, bilateral partner countries and entities, multilateral and international private sector.

(2) In summary the report reflects as follows:
 

International partner

Past 10 years

Since 1 April 2016

Aid agencies

11 agreements signed

4 agreements signed

Bilateral partner countries and entities

38 agreements signed

1 agreement signed

Multilateral entities

8 agreements signed

No agreements signed

International private sector

4 agreements signed

No agreements signed


Find here: Tag A: International Agreement Signed by the Department of Science and Technology

23 March 2017 - NW466

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether her Department procured any services from and/or made any payments to (a) Mr Mzwanele Manyi, (b) the Progrssive Professional Forum, (C) the Decolonisation Fund and / or (d) Black Business Council, if not, in each case, why not, if so, what (i) services were procured , (ii) was is the total cost, (iii) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (iv) was the total amount paid (v) was the purpose of the payments (vi) is the detailed breakdown of such payment in each case?

Reply:

a) No, Mr Mzwanele Manyi did not respond to any bids advertised by the department.

b) No, the Progressive professionals Forum did not respond to any bids advertised by the department

c) No, the Decolonisation Fund did not respond to any bids advertised by the department

d) No Black Business Council did not respond to any bids advertised by the department.

  1. Not applicable
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable
  4. Not applicable
  5. Not applicable
  6. Not applicable

13 March 2017 - NW370

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) her and (ii) her deputy in the (aaa) 2014 – 15 and (bbb) 2015 – 16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016.

Reply:

(i)  In the period under review the following vehicles were purchased for use by the Minister of Science of Science and Technology:

(aaa) 2014 – 15 Financial year for Pretoria Office:

  1. Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 180 kw Q TIP;
  2. 2015
  3. R697,733.58 and
  4. 23 July 2015 (invoice date)

(bbb) 2015 – 16 financial year for Cape Town Office:

  1. Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quarto;
  2. 2016
  3. R798,020.53 and
  4. 29 March 2016 (invoice date)

(bb) Since 1 April 2016

  1. No cars were purchased.
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable
  4. Not applicable

(ii)  In the period under review , no vehicles were purchased for use by the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology.

28 November 2016 - NW2309

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1) Whether any (a) internal and/or {b) external forensic reports pertaining to (i) her department and /or (ii) each entity reporting to her were completed from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what is the (aa) name, (bb) subject matter and (cc) date of conclusion of each of the specified forensic reports?

Reply:

(a) No internal forensic reports

(b) External forensic reports – 2

(i) Pertaining to the Department of Science and Technology (aa) Forensic investigation into the Nkowankowa Demonstration Centre. (bb) Forensic investigation into various allegations regarding irregularities pertaining to the Nkowankowa Demonstration Centre, which was a Department of Science and Technology led community project. The period under investigation was from 01 December 2013 to 31August2015. (cc) The forensic investigation was concluded on 22 June 2016

Find here: http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW2309entity.pdf

 

 

 

 

15 November 2016 - NW2329

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 456 on 14 March, the specified investigation into the project manager at the Nkowankowa Demonstration Centre has been finalised yet; if not; if so, (a) what were the findings and (b) is the specified project manager still under suspension?

Reply:

(a) The forensic investigation into alleged maladministration at the Nkowankowa Demonstration Centre (NDC) has been finalised. The investigation confirmed that there was gross financial maladministration of NDC affairs as well as other forms of unethical conduct.

(b) Given the serious findings of the investigation, the Departmental terminated its relationship with the project manager.

 

31 October 2016 - NW2218

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether any environmental impact studies were conducted for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope; if not, why not; if so, (2) Have the specified environmental impact studies been completed; if not, why not; if so, in each case (a) on which dates were the specified studies completed and (b) who conducted the specified studies; (3) Are the specified studies available for residents of the SKA region to read; if not, why not; if so, where can copies of the specified studies be obtained?

Reply:

  1. A number of impact assessment studies have been conducted on the SKA site since 2006. The first Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study which focused on a 5km radius around the proposed KAT 7 radio telescope site was conducted in 2006 and a Record of Decision (RoD) was issued in October 2007. The second EIA study was undertaken in 2008, after the acquisition of the Meys Dam and Losberg Farms, which constitute the core site of the MeerKAT radio telescope. This study was undertaken to assess the impact of the MeerKAT. A RoD for this study was issued in July 2009. A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) study is currently underway for phase 1 of the SKA project which is expected to begin in 2018.
  2. The first EIA study was completed in 2007, the second study was completed in 2009. Both studies were conducted by Strategic Environmental Focus (SEF), an environmental consultancy company. The third study is the SEA which is currently underway, and it is being conducted by the CSIR.
  3. Yes, the studies referred to are available for the residents of the SKA region to read. A copy is available at the public library in Carnarvon and another one is available at the SKA site.

27 October 2016 - NW2135

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1)Whether an implementation plan for multi-wavelength astronomy has been submitted by the National Research Foundation to her department; if not, why not; if so, (a) when was the specific plan submitted and (b) what are the further relevant details; (2) whether in the budget allocation to the SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) has been increased as a result of the specified plan; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) what is the status of the student programme at the SAAO in terms of being continued or discontinued?

Reply:

1. The NRF submitted the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Multi-Wavelength Astronomy to the DST in November 2015 and it was approved by the DST Executive Committee in March 2016. The Implementation Plan outlines the proposed programmatic focus and consequent financial implications for astronomy initiatives in South Africa, and it was approved as a framework within which various astronomy-related interventions, projects and programmes could be initiated, subject to the availability of funds.

The roll-out of the Plan will be jointly considered on an ongoing basis between the NRF and the DST, taking into account the available financial allocations and the level of support for astronomy within the overall DST and NRF portfolio.

(2) The Implementation Plan of the National Strategy for Multi-Wavelength Astronomy prioritises an increase in the parliamentary grant of the SAAO as the most important need for astronomy outside the MeerKAT/SKA budget. However due to the current economic conditions there has not been an increase in the current baseline allocation to the SAAO. A budget of R40 million has been allocated over the next three years from the DST Infrastructure budget, commencing from the 2016/17 financial year, for IT and infrastructure refurbishments, upgrades and new acquisitions. Although this funding will somewhat alleviate the facility’s current funding constraints and see to some basic needs of upkeep, it does not address the need for additional funding for operations and other programmes in the observatory. In this context the student programme at SAAO remains discontinued until it is feasible to increase the allocation to the SAAO for this purpose.

06 October 2016 - NW1974

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether she has instituted an investigation into the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) following a protected disclosure by an employee; if not, why not; if so, (a) when will the specified investigation be concluded and (b) wo has been tasked with conducting the investigation; 2. Whether the findings of the investigation will be made public; if not, why not; 3. Whether the Chief Executive Officer of the CSIR has been informed of the nature of the specified disclosure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?”

Reply:

1. A preliminary investigation to establish the veracity of the allegations made in the protected disclosure has been instituted by the Minister of Science and Technology and the CSIR Board.

(a) A preliminary investigation is still underway and the Minister is unable to ascertain the date within which the investigation will be concluded.

(b) The General Council of the Bar of South Africa has been briefed to conduct the preliminary investigation into the allegations made in the protected disclosure.

2. The Minister will advise Cabinet on the outcome of the preliminary investigation.

3. The CSIR Board as the Accounting Authority of the CSIR was advised of the protected disclosure.

30 September 2016 - NW2104

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(a) What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising on the (i)Africa News Network 7 channel, (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (aa)television channels and (bb) radio stations, (iii) national commercial radio stations and (iv) community (aa) television and (bb) radio stations (aaa) in the 2015-16 financial year and (bbb)since April 2016?"

Reply:

(a) The Department of Science and Technology spentthe following on advertising (aaa) in the 2015/16 financial year, and (bbb) since 1 April 2016:

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

R369 344,00

R613 670,40

(ii)(aa) South African Broadcasting Corporation television channels

(aaa)

(bbb)

R1 798 668, 01

R400 088,00

(ii)(bb) South African Broadcasting Corporation radiostations

(aaa)

(bbb)

R1 884 310,00

R410 000,00

(iii) National commercial radio stations

(aaa)

(bbb)

R878 692,88

R273 200,00

(iv)(aa) Community television

(aaa)

(bbb)

R1 368 000,00

Nil

(iv)(bb) Community radio stations

(aaa)

(bbb)

R238 790,00

Nil

(b) The entities reporting to the Minister of Science and Technology spent the following on advertising:

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

Entity

(aaa)

(bbb)

Academy of Science of South Africa

Nil

Nil

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Nil

Nil

Human Sciences Research Council

Nil

Nil

National Research Foundation

Nil

Nil

South African National Space Agency

Nil

Nil

Technology Innovation Agency

Nil

Nil

(ii)(aa) South African Broadcasting Corporation television channels

Entity

(aaa)

(bbb)

Academy of Science of South Africa

Nil

Nil

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

R2 677 725,00

Nil

Human Sciences Research Council

R7 296,00

Nil

National Research Foundation

Nil

Nil

South African National Space Agency

Nil

Nil

Technology Innovation Agency

Nil

Nil

(ii)(bb) South African Broadcasting Corporation radiostations

Entity

(aaa)

(bbb)

Academy of Science of South Africa

Nil

Nil

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

R450 000,00

Nil

Human Sciences Research Council

Nil

Nil

National Research Foundation

R200 000,00

Nil

South African National Space Agency

Nil

Nil

Technology Innovation Agency

Nil

Nil

(iii) National commercial radio stations

Entity

(aaa)

(bbb)

Academy of Science of South Africa

Nil

Nil

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Nil

Nil

Human Sciences Research Council

Nil

Nil

National Research Foundation

Nil

Nil

South African National Space Agency

Nil

Nil

Technology Innovation Agency

Nil

Nil

(iv)(aa) Community television

Entity

(aaa)

(bbb)

Academy of Science of South Africa

Nil

Nil

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Nil

Nil

Human Sciences Research Council

Nil

Nil

National Research Foundation

Nil

Nil

South African National Space Agency

Nil

Nil

Technology Innovation Agency

Nil

Nil

(iv)(bb) Community radio stations

Entity

(aaa)

(bbb)

Academy of Science of South Africa

Nil

Nil

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

R256 000,00

R110 000,00

Human Sciences Research Council

Nil

Nil

National Research Foundation

Nil

R14 711,80

South African National Space Agency

R12 030,00

R25 720,00

Technology Innovation Agency

Nil

Nil

30 September 2016 - NW1890

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether any investigations have been launched by (a) her department and/or (b) the Technology Innovation Agency into the sale of the specified agency’s 49% shareholding in Kapa Biosystems to American shareholders for U$ 4.93 million, which was subsequently sold to a certain company (name furnished) for an alleged amount of U$ 445 million; if not, why not; if so (i) who conducted the investigation, (ii) what were the findings, (iii) will the findings be made available and (iv) by what date?”

Reply:

(a) The Minister established a task team to determine the facts of the matter and the most appropriate course of action.

  1. The Task Team is still determining the facts of the matter and the most appropriate course of action.
  2. There are currently no findings as the Task Team is still verifying the veracity of the allegations made.
  3. The Minister will advise Cabinet on the outcome of the assessment conducted by the Task Team.
  4. The date cannot be ascertained at this stage as the assessment is still ongoing.

9/1/4/5/2/A/2

THE MINISTER

QUESTION 1890 FOR WRITTEN REPLY: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY: DR A LOTRIET (DA): SALE OF TIA’S SHAREHOLDING IN KAPA BIOSYSTEMS TO AMERICAN SHAREHOLDERS

INTRODUCTION

  1. The above-mentioned question appears on the Internal Question Paper No. 28 dated 16 September 2016 for written reply in the National Assembly.

2. A draft reply to the question is enclosed in Pocket 2 for the Minister’s consideration.

Recommendations

3. It is recommended that the Minister approves the draft reply enclosed in Pocket 2 if the Minister concurs with its contents.

DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DATE:

QUESTION 1890 FOR WRITTEN REPLY: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY: DR A LOTRIET (DA): SALE OF TIA’S SHAREHOLDING IN KAPA BIOSYSTEMS TO AMERICAN SHAREHOLDERS

DECISION

Reply approved/not approved.

Further discussion required/not required.

Proposed date for discussion:

MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

DATE:

9/1/4/5/2/A/2

THE DEPUTY MINISTER

QUESTION 1890 FOR WRITTEN REPLY: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY: DR A LOTRIET (DA): SALE OF TIA’S SHAREHOLDING IN KAPA BIOSYSTEMS TO AMERICAN SHAREHOLDERS

Enclosed in Pocket 1, please find a copy of a submission to the Minister for your information.

DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DATE:

DECISION

Contents noted.

Further discussion required/not required.

Proposed date for discussion: ………………………………………….

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

DATE:

ROUTE FORM

SUBMISSION TO THE MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

PROGRAMME

2

FILE NO.

9/1/4/5/2/A/2

SUBJECT

QUESTION 1890 FOR WRITTEN REPLY: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY: DR A LOTRIET (DA): SALE OF TIA’S SHAREHOLDING IN KAPA BIOSYSTEMS TO AMERICAN SHAREHOLDERS

ABBREVIATED DESIGNATION

SURNAME AND INITIALS

ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE

COMMENTS

B Durham

CD: Bio

   

M Muofhe

DDG: TI

   
     

29 September 2016 - NW2034

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

What formal qualifications does each of her department’s (a)(i) Chief Financial Officers and/or (ii) acting Chief Financial Officers and (b)(i) Directors-General and/or (ii) acting Directors-General possesses?”

Reply:

(a)(i) The Chief Financial Officer position is permanently filled. The employee has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Commerce.
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

(a)(ii) Not applicable. The position is permanently filled.

(b)(i) The Director-General position is permanently filled. The employee has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree.
  • Bachelor of Science Honours Degree.
  • Master of Science Degree.
  • Doctor of Philosophy.

(b)(ii) Not applicable. The position is permanently filled.

29 September 2016 - NW2069

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1)Whether each Head of Department (HOD) of her department signed a performance agreement since their appointment; if not, (a) what is the total number of HODs who have not signed performance agreements, (b) what is the reason in each case, (c) what action has she taken to rectify the situation and (d) what consequences will the specified HOD face for failing to sign the performance agreements; if not, (i) when was the last performance assessment of each HOD conducted and (ii) what were the results in each case; (2) whether any of the HODs who failed to sign a performance agreement received a performance bonus since their appointment; if not what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) at what rate and (b) what criteria were used to determine the specified rate; (3) whether any of the HODs who signed a performance agreement received a performance bonus since their appointment; if so, (a) at what rate and (b) what criteria were used to determine the specified rate?”

Reply:

1. The Head of Department (HOD) of Science and Technology has signed a performance agreement annually since his appointment in 1 April 2006.

2. The HOD has consistently signed a performance agreement since his appointment.

3. The HOD received a performance bonus at a percentage rate approved by Public Service Commission in line with his performance assessment result of above average performance.

30 June 2016 - NW1559

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(a) What amount did (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising in the 2015-16 financial year and (b) how much has (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her budgeted for advertising in the 2016-17 financial year?"

Reply:

(a) In the 2015/16 financial year –

(i) the Department of Science and Technology spent R5 902 582 on advertising; and

(ii) the entities reporting to the Minister of Science and Technology spent the following on advertising:

Entity

Amount (R)

Academy of Science of South Africa

Nil

 

Human Sciences Research Council

202 776,56

 

National Research Foundation

3 053 648,00

 

South African National Space Agency

1 649 695,00

 

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

7 350 000,00

 

Technology Innovation Agency

410 286,26

 

(b) For the 2016/17 financial year –

(i) the Department of Science and Technology has budgeted R6 500 000,00 for advertising;

(ii) the entities reporting to the Minister of Science and Technology have budgeted the following for advertising:

Entity

Amount (R)

Academy of Science of South Africa

Nil

 

Human Sciences Research Council

230 000,00

 

National Research Foundation

1 833 839,00

 

South African National Space Agency

1 924 756,00

 

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

6 360 000,00

 

Technology Innovation Agency

464 998,06

 

15 June 2016 - NW1524

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1)Whether her department was approached by any political party for any form of funding (a) in the (i) in the 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years (b) since 1 April 2016; If so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) Whether her department provided any form of funding to any political party (a) in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2016; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so what are the relevant details in each case?"

Reply:

(1) a The Department of Science and Technology has not been approached by any political party for any form of funding.

(i) Nil

(ii) Nil

(iii) Nil

(b) N/A

(2) a The Department of Science and Technology has nt provided any form of funding to any political party.

(i) Nil

(ii) Nil

(iii) Nil

(b) N/A

26 May 2016 - NW1407

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether (a) her department and (b) entities reporting to her are running development programmes for (i) small businesses (ii)) co-operatives; if not, why not; if so, in each case, (aa) what are the relevant details, (bb) what amount has been budgeted and (cc) how many jobs will be created through specified development programmes in the 2016-17 financial year?”

Reply:

1. (a) The Department of Science and Technology (DST) prefers to utilise the entities in the innovation and science system to execute specific interventions. In this instance the DST does not have its own development programme for SMMEs:

(i) No

(ii) No

(aa)

(bb)

(cc)

1. (b) Entities responses are provided in the table below:

Entity

(i)

(ii)

(aa)

(bb)

(cc)

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

No

No

The running of development programmes does not fall within the mandate of ASSAf.

N/A

N/A

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

No

No

The running of development programmes does not fall within the mandate of HSRC.

N/A

N/A

National Research Foundation (NRF)

Yes

No

Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa, a business unit of the NRF and NMC Civils have partnered with Absa in an Enterprise and Supply chain Development (ESD) initiative to develop small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Northern Cape. This programme will enable qualifying SMEs to obtain funding from Absa so that they can provide services and goods to NMC Civils in the 80km road project.

Approximately R34,5 million

There are potentially 34 Companies in Northern Cape to benefit from this initiative assuming they meet the criteria.

South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

Yes

No

The satellite development programme that is currently being pursued by SANSA, under the support of the Department of Science and Technology, has an industry development and localisation initiative in it. As part of the satellite development programme all contracts established include an element of industry development and localization. To this end, there are four small businesses currently being sub-contracted as part of the broader satellite development programme.

To date the satellite programme has invested R 5 944 687 with the said four small businesses.

Small businesses account for indirect jobs. 46 direct technical jobs and 7 support staff at Denel Spaceteq. Skills development for 7 students with a target of over 20 students by the end of the programme.

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

See Annexure A

Technology Innovation Agency

 

 

Annexure A

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC INDUSTRIAL AND RESEACH (CSIR)

  1. (b)(i) Yes

(ii) No

Development Programme 1

(aa) The Bio-manufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC). The BIDC supports SMMEs through the prototyping and scale-up phases of product development, assists them to do market acceptance testing and to launch products in the market. The companies remain the sole owners of their innovations and retain absolute control over their future in terms of value add and partnerships. The BIDC helps to lower the cost and barriers that inhibit innovative enterprises from translating their inventions into market-ready products.

The BIDC’s support for SMMEs is through the development of bio-based manufacturing processes and products. Enterprises that are incubated at the BIDC have access to ready-to-use bio-manufacturing facilities, support in research and development laboratories as well as access to experts in the fields of agro-processing and bio-processing product development and scale-up.

Currently the BIDC is supporting 19 enterprises of which 16 are owned by black entrepreneurs, including 10 black women-owned enterprises. To date, 33 products with applications in the cosmetics, nutrition and biotechnology industries have been developed and transferred to the enterprises. The programme has resulted in 105 permanent jobs being created, the majority of which are within the enterprises and their value chains, while an additional 165 temporary jobs have also been created. At least 54 interns have received training in the BIDC vocational learning programme in order to provide the bio-manufacturing sector with a skilled workforce.

(bb) R12, 5 million.

(cc) 75 permanent jobs and six interns.

Development Programme 2

(aa) Ultrasonic Broken Rail Detector (UBRD) System. The UBRD system was co-developed by CSIR and Armscor's Institute for Maritime Technology using public funds from CSIR, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and DST. This world-first technology system helps prevent derailment of heavy freight trains by detecting broken railway lines in real-time and alerting the TFR control centre. The system currently protects 860 km of the Sishen-Saldanha iron ore export line and is installed on critical sections (bridges & tunnels) of the coal export line. The system will soon be licensed to a South African company for local manufacturing and international business development.

(bb) R1.75 million.

(cc) Approximately 40 to 70 jobs are projected to be created. The number of jobs created will depend on the success of international sales and could be in high technology manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution.

Development Programme 3

(aa) Umbiflow. Umbiflow is a medical ultrasound system that operates off a standard computer, and conducts an assessment of the blood flow between mother and child whilst in the womb. It uses this information to assess if the fetus is likely to be receiving insufficient nutrition for growth and allows medical staff to intervene. The intention is to reduce the high still birth rate experienced in developing nations and, by permitting the measurement to be done at clinic level, to reduce unnecessary referral of mothers to higher levels of care. The system is currently in a clinical trial in Gauteng, Tshwane district and will be licensed to an SMME in the medical sector during 2016-17.

(bb) R7 million.

(cc) approximately five to eight permanent jobs are projected to be created.

Development Programme 4

(aa) Micro-Enterprise Media Engine (MEME) Platform. This is an ultra-low cost scalable mobile Internet Television platform that enables media production SMMEs to own the means of global (export) distribution while retaining the Intellectual Property rights to their content. The platform was developed at the CSIR. It is globally competitive in its ability to distribute live television with integrated social media interaction to even the remotest rural areas of emerging economies on mobile devices without any break-up of the stream (no video buffering). The technique is patented in China, Russia, Nigeria, East and Southern Africa, USA and UK. The intention is create the opportunity to build a new emerging economy-to-emerging economy (E2E) mobile television industry that will draw the media talent of South African youth exiting film schools into a growing local media SMME space by widening the audience reach and negating the cost of traditional television broadcasting infrastructure requirements (satellite, etc.). It is currently licensed to five SMMEs to pilot for one (1) year before it will be opened to the entire South African media industry in 2017. It is further being integrated into the curriculum of a local film school.

(bb) R11.1 million. (EU-General Budget Support).

(cc) Four film school students, four full-time media employees, seven full-time technology employees plus approximately 25 jobs/workers across the five pilot SMMEs, during the pilot period.

Development Programme 5

(aa) Establishment of a cashmere fibre industry in the Eastern Cape (EC). The CSIR has developed a cashmere processing know-how to produce yarns and would like to commercialize the results of their research. The venture involves training farmers on how to harvest cashmere fibre, and the establishment of a production facility that will process the harvested cashmere fibre in readiness for manufacture of garments. With the assistance of the Jobs Fund funding, the initial objective of the project was to establish a cashmere fibre industry in the country, in particular the Eastern Cape. The key objectives of the project, as supported by the Jobs Fund include:

  • To empower traditional goat farmers by generating income from under coat down fibre that grows on traditional goats during winter;
  • Train the goat owners on how to harvest the cashmere fibre;
  • Establish the production facilities (cleaning and processing of cashmere fibre), thus creating permanent jobs;
  • Establish a market for the cashmere fibre; and
  • Establishment of the foundation for full economic beneficiation of indigenous goats found in the province.

(bb) R7 million was allocated from October 2013 until March 2016. R400 000.00 allocated for the 2016-17 financial year.

(cc) Four jobs are projected.

Development Programme 6

(aa) Enterprise Creation for Development (ECD). A CSIR implementation business area with a development mandate, which assists both the public and private sectors to implement enterprise development activities. These activities include opportunity identification, opportunity assessment and packaging, enterprise support programmes, and capacity building for local economic development (LED). Industry sectors targeted include manufacturing, agro-processing, green economy, ICT and built environment. ECD focuses on the application of technology to address underdevelopment. In the previous year, ECD was involved in the development and support of 10 pilot projects and 12 enterprises.

  • Feasibility studies for four incubator programmes were undertaken.
  • ECD was involved in conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for 2 industrial parks, eight (8) agri-parks, and one (1) agro-processing hub. In addition, the business area was involved in the establishment of a Business Processing Outsourcing Park.
  • In terms of technology transfer, 21 mature technologies and four (4) new technologies were transferred.

(bb) ECD activities are funded by national, provincial and local government, international agencies, private corporate social investment initiatives, and foundations, on a project-by-project basis.

(cc) The number of jobs that will be created or retained by enterprises as a result of the CSIR’s intervention during the 2016-17, is unknown at this stage.

Development Programme 7

(aa) Technology Localisation Programme (TLP) (implemented by the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit {TLIU}). The TLP is aimed at increasing South Africa’s domestic productive capacity. The programme provides funding and technology support to enable more local firms to supply goods to state-owned entities (SOEs). The support assists individual firms and targeted sectors to get access to technology resulting in increased capability, competitiveness and new processes or products.

(bb) R105 million invested since 2011.

(cc) the impact of the programme since its inception is as follows:

  • 147 firms have benefited from the Technology Assistance Packages (TAPs) with 20 of them landing contracts to the value of R162m.
  • 250 students have benefited from internship opportunities offered through this programme with 45% getting permanent jobs.
  • TAPs resulted in the local production of twenty items which were previously imported.
  • 187 jobs were created due to the implementation of Technology Assistance Packages (TAPs).

Development Programme 8

(aa) The Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF). The Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF), hosted at the CSIR National Laser Centre, provides the necessary infrastructure, skills and networks needed to facilitate the development of prototypes that are well-aligned to market-needs for the realisation of Photonics-based products and devices. It will also develop expertise (amongst PPF staff, students and interns) in the area of prototyping, product development and stakeholder engagement. Ultimately this will lead to new Photonics products that will be used to improve the competitiveness of the existing industry and for new and emerging industries to be formed resulting in job creation.

(bb) To-date the following funds have been secured:

R 11.4 million (DST- High End Infrastructure (HEI))

R 9 million (DST- Industrial Innovation Partnership Fund (IIPF))

R 13.4 million (CSIR)

(cc) One permanent, full-time position for an operations manager and approximately four positions for interns. As the programme gains traction, additional jobs will be created by interns being placed in industry, employment of new interns and the creation of new jobs in existing industries or SMMEs via new product offerings.

Development Programme 9

(aa) Defence Transformative Enterprise Development (DEFTED) Programme. The Department of Defence (DOD) runs the DEFTED programme through the CSIR. The aim of the project is to address the defence industry transformation challenges through the development of black industrialists in the defence industry. The DEFTED program will support the defence sector black industrialists and entrepreneurs with technical Human Capital Development (HCD), Technology Development (TD) and Enterprise Development (ED).

(bb) R50.4 million has been budgeted for the 2016-17 financial year.

(cc) 30 jobs.

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AGENCY (TIA)

  1. (b)(i) Yes.

(ii) No.

Development Programme 1

(aa) AgriViro (Pty) Ltd. Development of novel biological control technologies for the control of pests in economically important horticultural crops.

(bb) R1, 175,729.00

(cc) five.

Development Programme 2

(aa) NemaBio (Pty) Ltd. Development of entomophathogenic nematodes as biological control agents for the control of pest in horticultural crops.

(bb) R86,5429.00

(cc) one.

Development Programme 3

(aa) Beonics (Pty) Ltd. Development of poultry feed additive and nutraceutical as an antibiotic replacement alternative from honry propolis

(bb) R 4,620,000.00

(cc) 0 - Project at a technology development stage.

Development Programme 4

(aa) Enzyme Technologies (Pty) Ltd. Enzyme technologies is implementing a project to extract bromelain enzyme from waste pineapple stumps, for animal health pharmaceutical application. It is in our Bio-pharmaceutical & pharmaceutical focus area/ programme

(bb) R 2,887,560.00

(cc) 0 - Project at a technology development stage.

Development Programme 5

(aa) GR Active. TIA funds the University of Pretoria to develop an extraction process for a bioactive that will be produced from a plant that is indigenous to South Africa. The bioactive will be produced in a manufacturing facility that will be established in Mamelodi, Tshwane. It is anticipated that a Cooperative will be established by the Mamelodi based Mothong Trust, which will be responsible for production. Mothong Trust is part of the GR Active consortium. The project is in the Complementary Medicine & IKS Focus Area/ programme. IKS stands for Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

(bb) R 6,935,515.00

(cc) one.

Development Programme 6

(aa) BioDx (Pty) Ltd. BioDx (Pty) Ltd has developed a process for production of an environmentally sustainable biocide for industrial as well as cosmetics application. The project is at commercialization stage and is focussed on demonstrating the technology at client facilities for potential uptake. It is in the complementary medicine & IKS focus area/ programme.

(bb) R 1,269,896.00

(cc) seven.

 

Development Programme 7

(aa) CPT Pharma (Pty) Ltd. CPT Pharma (Pty) Ltd is currently establishing a pilot plant for development and improvement of generic processes for 4 active pharmaceutical ingredients for human health and animal health applications. It is in Bio-Pharmaceuticals & Pharmaceuticals focus area/ programme.

(bb) R 1,086,000.00

(cc) one.

Development Programme 8

(aa) Afriplex (Pty) Ltd. Afriplex is developing a complementary medicine for the treatment of prostate cancer. The complementary medicine is extracted from a plant that is indigenous to South Africa and has been used for generations by local communities. The project is in the Complementary Medicine & IKS focus area/ programme.

(bb) R 2,455,393.00

(cc) 0 - Project at a technology development stage.

Development Programme 9

(aa) Altis Biologics (Pty) Ltd. Altis is developing a product that is extracted from porcine bone for the treatment of bone fractures. Although the active ingredient is a biological product, the product is classified as a medical device due to delivery mechanism. The project is therefore in the Medical Devices & Diagnostics focus area/ programme. The project is in the Complementary Medicine & IKS focus area/ programme.

(bb) R 2,455,393.00

(cc) 0 - Project at a technology development stage.

Development Programme 10

(aa) Settec. System for monitoring early settling of solids in slurry pipes.

(bb) R 316,178.75

(cc) one.

Development Programme 11

(aa) Green Iron Technology. Processing of waste iron ore for application in steel industry.

(bb) R 900,000.00

(cc) Four.

Development Programme 12

(aa) Zargun. Zargun Separation of Zirconium isotopes for the nuclear sector.

(bb) R 6,301,739.00

(cc) Three.

Development Programme 13

(aa) CMTI Consulting. Development of ultra low bed mining equipment.

(bb) R 5,989,734.33

(cc) Four.

Development Programme 14

(aa) Arc Aqua. Development of the core technology improvement of the software for remote reporting, high voltage power supply system, turbine generator and development of additional applications to the core technology, industrial overhead, end of hose and integrated unit.

(bb) R 2,900,000.00

(cc) 0 - Project at a technology development stage.

Development Programme 15

(aa) Rubber Nano. To develop a production ready "ZR6" additive for use in the OEM tyre manufacturing industry.

(bb) R 660,000.00

(cc) 0 - Project at a technology development stage.

Development Programme 16

(aa) Fibrelux. Fibrelux is a wool diameter measuring device for the wool farming industry.

(bb) R 560,000.00

(cc) 10.

Development Programme 17

(aa) Welcore. Weldcore is a novel sampling technique developed by NMMU. This technique allows for the removal of representative core sample in situ from safety critical structures as well as repair of the weld site using an innovative welding technique FTSW.

(bb) R 11,000,000.00

(cc) 10.

Development Programme 18

(aa) mLab Mobile Apps Support. The programme has been developed to stimulate the emergence of mobile apps based innovation business. Often these businesses that are created by young people with tertiary education qualifications but are not in employment, education or training systems. It is a feeder platform for significant innovation projects that can be funded through the TIA technology development fund.

(bb) R 2,500,000.00

(cc) 30.

Development Programme 19

(aa) Balancell (Pty) Ltd. Balancell is a technology business specialising in battery management electronics for medium to large scale batteries of all chemistries. Its battery management systems provide insight into the stored energy of a battery pack and improve its reliability and efficiency.

(bb) R 2,000,000.00

(cc) 0 - Project at a technology development stage.

Development Programme 20

(aa) Impact Free Water (Pty) Ltd. The project use Wave Energy Reverse Osmosis technology for desalination of seawater to produce bottled drinking water and electricity.

(bb) R 500,000.00

(cc) 0 - Project at a technology development stage.

Development Programme 21

(aa) DST has established the Technology Station Programme (TSP) aiming at offering technology based support to SMME. The programme is managed by TIA and hosted by Universities of technologies. The technology Stations provide access to specialist knowledge and equipment. There are currently 18 stations with national footprint and are sector focused as follows:

Manufacturing Cluster

  • TUT: Electronics & Electrical Engineering, including ICT
  • VUT: Product Prototyping, materials, processing technologies
  • NMMU: Mechanical System Technologies & Automotive components;
  • DUT: Fibrous Reinforced & Molded Plastics
  • CUT: Rapid Prototyping & Product Development
  • CPUT: Adaptronics
  • UJ: Light Metals Casting & Foundry technology
  • TUT: TDM (IAT) Transfer, Training & Adv Manufacturing
  • SUN: TDM (IAT) design, analysis & Adv Manufacturing
  • WSU (IAT): Design, Tooling, Dies, Mould making

Agro-Processing, Chemical, Other Cluster

  • CPUT: Agro Food Processing
  • UL: Agrifood Processing
  • TUT: Chemistry & Chemical engineering
  • NMMU: Petrochemicals, Bio-downstream chemicals
  • MUT: Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
  • UJ: Process, Energy, Environments
  • VUT: Panel-beating, spray-painting
  • CPUT: Clothing and Textile Technologies

(bb) In the financial year 2016/17

  • TIA budget allocation R34,511 million
  • Additional grant from DST R37,739 million
  • Additional grant from DST to scale up the TSP R33 million

(cc) The impact of the programme for the financial year 2015/16 is as follows:

  • A total of 103 interns participated in the interns Programme
  • A total of 10 interns have received employment
  • 2154 SMMEs received technology based support from the programme
  • 27 knowledge innovation products supported through the stations support activities, and 58 product/prototype developed
  • 20 full functional prototypes completed and 33 youth funded projects currently at various TS for support with products designs, CAD/CAM and quality improvements

25 April 2016 - NW946

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Has (a) she and/or (b) her Deputy Minister ever (i) met with the any(aa) member, (bb) employee and and/or (cc) close associate of the Gupta family and/or (ii) attended any meeting with the specifies persons (aa) at the Gupta's Saxonworld Estate in Johannesburg or (bb) anywhere else since taking office; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each specified case (aaa) what are the names of the persons who were present at each meeting, (bbb) (aaaa) when and (bbbb) where did each such meeting take place and (ccc) what was the purpose of each specified meeting?"

Reply:

(a) and (b) No

(i) (aa) No

(bb) No

(cc) No

(ii) (aa) No

(bb) No

(aaa) Not applicable.

(bbb) (aaaa) Not applicable.

(bbbb) Not applicable.

(ccc) Not applicable.

21 April 2016 - NW896

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Has she earned any additional income from business, in particular business doing work for the Government, since her appointment as Minister; if so, (a) when, (b) how much did she earn, (c) from which business and (d) for what work; 2. Whether her (a) spouse, (b) children and (c) close family earned income from business, in particular business doing work for the Government, through her appointment as Minister; if so, in respect of each case, (i) when, (ii) how much did each earn, (iii) from which businesses and (iv) for what work?

Reply:

(1). No

(a) Not applicable

(b) Not applicable

(c) Not applicable

(d) Not applicable

(2)

(a) No

(b)No

(c) No

29 March 2016 - NW654

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether the status of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has been clarified in terms of the type of entity it is for auditing purposes; if not, why not; if so, what is the status of the ASSAf; (2) whether the required supply chain management policies and procedures have been put in place by the ASSAf management; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will it be done; if so, what are the relevant details?”

Reply:

  1. The status of ASSAf has not yet been clarified. The matter is currently being dealt with by the Academy, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Treasury.
  2. The required supply chain management policies and procedures have been put in place by the ASSAf management;

         (a) N/A.

         (b) The required supply chain management (SCM) policies and procedures have been revised in order to ensure compliance with the Public Finance Management Act and have been put in place by the ASSAf management. Furthermore, a dedicated SCM Administrator has been appointed.

18 March 2016 - NW381

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

With reference to President Jacob Zuma’s undertaking in his State of the Nation Address delivered on 12 February 2015, that Government will set aside 30% of appropriate categories of state procurement for purchasing from Small, Medium and Micro – sized Enterprises (SMMEs), co operatives, as well as township and rural enterprises, what percentage of total procurement of (a) her department and (b) every entity reporting to her went to (i) SMMEs and (ii) co-operatives from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available.

Reply:

(a)(i) The Department procured 40.38% of goods and services from SMMEs, township and rural enterprises combined for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 January 2016.

(a)(i) The Department did not procure any goods or services from co operatives for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 January 2016.

14 March 2016 - NW457

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(a)Whether her (a) office and/or (b) department received a letter from certain company (Greville Wood development); if so, has a formal response indicating her department's position on the proposal been sent to the specified company; if not, (i) why not and (ii) when will the specified response be sent; if so, (aa) on what date was such a response sent and (bb) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

a) Yes, the Office of the Minister received a letter from MrGreville Wood dated 5 January 2016. The letter requests the Minister to start a debate in government on "developing an engineered rollout plan that poverty cannot treat with contempt that could address unemploymentcountrywide, as the 1984 and 2011 proofs demonstrated”.

b) In addition, Mr Greville Wood sent a letter to the Director-General of the DST requesting financial support for 3 projects. A formal response was sent to MrGreville Wood on 15 December 2015 indicating that the funding support requested does not fall within the mandate and funding priorities of the DST. A formal response was also sent on 3 March 2016 to the letter received by the Minister. In the letter, the Minister highlighted that the DST is playing a role in encouraging the use of innovative building technologies. We do not fund projects such as requested by Mr Woods.

Further relevant details:

bb) In his letter dated 5 January 2016 addressed to the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Wood acknowledged previous DST funding of an innovative building technology proof of concept project. The DST had appointed its entity; the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Built Environment unit to work with MrWood and the project was completed on 31 October 2012. The project close out report was submitted by the CSIR to the DST and based on this report; the CSIR highlighted the need for GWD to secure Agrément SA approval. Agrément SA is responsible for innovative construction product assessment and certification in South Africa.

14 March 2016 - NW97

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether she has entered into a performance agreement with the President Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014- 2019; if not why not; if so (a) which indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has she undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed; (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets form the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

Reply:

(a) The Minister has a signed performance agreement translated from the Medium Term Strategic Framework for a 5 year period. 

(a) (a) Outcome 4: Decent employment through inclusive growth.

Suboutcome 10: Investment in research, development and innovation supports inclusive growth by enhancing productivity of existing and emerging enterprises and improving the living conditions of the poor.

Outcome 5: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.

Suboutcome 3: Increase access to high level occupationally directed programmes in needed areas.

Outcome 6: An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network

Suboutcome 5: Expansion, modernisation, access and affordability of South Africa’s information and communication infrastructure ensured.

Outcome 10: Protect and enhance our environmental assets and natural resources.

Suboutcome 2: An effective climate change mitigation and adaptation response

(a) (b) (c) (d) (e) These documents form the basis of the department being held accountable by Parliament on a quarterly basis and also being held accountable by the public.  The performance agreement of the Minister is therefore publicly assessed through the Portfolio Committees on a regular basis. 

14 March 2016 - NW456

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

1)Whether there is a project manager at the Nkowankowa Demonstration Centre (NDC)(Wolkberg Fruit Processors); if not, why not, is (who is the person and (b) when was the person appointed; 2) Whether the project manager of the NDC is being investigated; if so, (a) what is the focus of the investigation, (b) when will the investigation be concluded and (c) will a report be made available; 3) Whether there have been any civil cases involving the NDC since its inception, if so (a) what did they involve, (b) what was the outcome in each case and (c) did it have any financial implications for the NDC, if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1). There is an interim project management team at the Nkowankowa Demonstration Centre (NDC). The interim project management team is constituted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and a local Black farmer who has experience in running a mango processing factory. This interim arrangement is intended to maintain operations at the NDC until the completion of the ongoing investigation. (b) The interim management team was established in January 2016. The DST is responsible for all decisions relating to the NDC.

2) Yes. There is an ongoing investigation at the NDC and the project manager is under suspension, pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of maladministration.(a) The focus of the investigation is on allegations of maladministration of the NDC. (b) It is expected that the investigation will be concluded at the end of April 2016. (c) A report will not be made available pending the finalisation of the investigation and/ or any proceedings related thereon as disclosure of the report may prejudice the investigation and subsequent proceedings thereon.

3) Yes. (a) There has been one civil case instituted by the local engineering company against the suspended project manager, for failure and/ or refusal by the project manager to pay for goods allegedly delivered to the NDC. (b) (c) The DST is not privy to the status of the matter in that it was not party to the proceedings and despite its attempts to resolve this matter amicably, the suspended project manager did not cooperate with the DST officials and the plaintiff’s attorneys to resolve this matter.

 

18 December 2015 - NW4165

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(a) Whether the National System of Innovation was resulting in a year-on year increase in the respect of (a) productive research, (b) economic and professional exploitation of knowledge in South Africa, (c) leveraging of private sector and international funding for innovation, (d) building knowledge-generation and knowledge-exploitation capabilities in rural and historically disadvantage higher education institutions and (e) developing and strengthening regional and provincial innovation systems and capabilities to meet community and industry demands; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

a) Yes. South Africa's scientific output, measured by publications in internationally accredited journals, increased at an average rate of 10% per year from 2003 to 2012, representing an average growth of 624 publications per year. This is much higher than the world average, with a steady increase in the country’s share of the world’s journal publication (from 0.49% in 2003 to 0.73% in 2012).

Several reports (Africa Innovation Outlook -2012; Global Research Report – 2010, and UNESCO Institute for Statistics Information Bulletin) confirm that South Africa leads the continent in for example, the largest proportion of researchers per employed population in Africa, spending on research and development (R&D) in US dollar terms (based on purchasing power parity, and the number of internationally recognized research outputs).

b) Yes. Trends from the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) provide indication of progress with regard to the economic and professional exploitation of knowledge in South Africa. NIPMO has now been in place for five years and systems are in place to collect information on invention disclosures (in the form of patents, designs, copyrighted work, new software, plant breeders’ rights and trademarks) arising from scientific and technological research activities as well as formation of new enterprises and technology transfer activities.

For example, invention disclosures arising from publicly funded R&D, statistics collected by NIPMO indicate a growth in these activities with over 1000 disclosures having been reported to NIPMO since 2010 starting with 96 disclosures during 2010/11 financial year and increasing progressively to 252 disclosures during 2014/15.  During 2015/16 disclosures are on track to exceed the figures of 2014/15 financial year.  These disclosures are being tracked to monitor whether the intellectual property is being protected in terms of a granted patent, design, trade mark, etc. and the status of commercialisation/exploitation of this intellectual property. 

Furthermore, it is noted that since 2010 the number of granted patents being managed by an office of technology transfer has doubled while the number of licenses granted has almost tripled.  Over 5% of more than 1000 disclosures have been commercialised with revenue in excess of R2,5 million accruing to the institutions.  Based on an internationally accepted 5:95 rule this means that R47.5 million has accrued in terms of economic growth to the country as a whole.  These are very encouraging figures considering the early days of this piece of legislation, having only celebrated its five year anniversary in August 2015.

c) Yes. In the 2014/15 financial year, the DST was able to secure R354 600 000 of foreign funds from international partners through agreed science, technology and innovation instruments for knowledge production, technology transfer, enhance innovation, and STI human capital development.

To ensure that the DST is leveraging private sector funding for innovation, the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan now includes a specific indicator to monitor the level of investment in research, development, and innovation (RDI) partnerships by government and the private sector. Nevertheless, the current low levels of business confidence do impact on the willingness of the private sector to commit to long-term spending on RDI. The DST is however addressing this constraint in a number of ways. For example, the DST is utilising the R&D Tax Incentive, as well as the Sector Innovation Funds (SIFs) as vehicles to attract private sector investment.

d) Yes. The DST has various initiatives and programmes for strengthening knowledge generation and knowledge-exploitation capabilities of historically disadvantaged higher education institutions. For example, in the bioeconomy arena through the initiative of the DST a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Pfizer Inc. and the North-West University (NWU) was signed for the potential use of Pfizer's genetically modified animal models for evaluations in oncology, inflammation and immunology, as well as central nervous system and cardiovascular system disorders. Furthermore, other initiatives which are meant to empower the previously disadvantaged higher education institutions include the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) indicated in the Table below. The main goal of the Research Chairs initiative is to strengthen and improve research and innovation capacity of public universities for producing high quality postgraduate students and research and innovation outputs.

Table: South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI)

Research Chairs awarded

Previously disadvantaged institution

Computational Modelling of Materials

University of Limpopo

Biodiversity Value and Change in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve

University of Venda

Nanotechnology

University of Zululand

Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Walter Sisulu University

Social Change

University of Fort Hare

Nuclear Engineering

North-West University

Astrophysics & Space Physics

North-West University

e) Yes. In terms of developing and strengthening regional and provincial innovation systems and capabilities, the DST supports the establishment of Regional Innovation Forums (RIF) to promote the development of regional and provincial innovation systems through the interaction of academia, industry/business, communities and government to support Provincial Growth and Development Strategies, Integrated Development Plans and development plans of local municipalities. The most active RIFs currently are in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape and there is effort to scale up to other provinces.

Through the RIFs, the DST has supported hosting of strategy and planning workshops that led to regional innovation interventions with regard to the development of Regional/Provincial Innovation Strategies, feasibility studies and business plans for science parks or innovation hubs such as:

  • the networking, mentorship programme and innovation strategy workshops managed by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) that led to  establishment of the Propella Business Incubator at NMMU. The Propella supports technology start-ups and accelerates existing SMMEs in the areas of energy  efficiency, renewable energy technology, advanced manufacturing and supply chain optimisation;
  • the Eastern Cape Provincial Innovation Strategy;
  • the Free State Feasibility study for the establishment of a Science Park;
  • the Science Park development in Southern Gauteng at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT);  and
  • support for networking and innovation forums in Western Cape.

 

Other areas planned for  receiving DST support for RIF and Science Park development include Kwa-Zulu Natal in support of the 4 Regional Technology Hubs that are currently being implemented, and  Science Park development in one of the Gauteng SEZs in collaboration with the Chinese Government.

17 December 2015 - NW4167

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(a) Whether she intends to invest a higher percentage of the gross domestic product in research and development than the present 0,76% in view of the fact that economies that significantly increase their investment in science, technology and innovation, as research clearly shows, (details furnished) are able to respond faster and more comprehensively to fiscal improvements; if not, why not; if so, by what percentage does she intends to increase investment in research and development for over the medium term?

Reply:

The Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) Strategic Plan (2015-2020) outlines what the DST will do to help achieve this target. For the year 2015/16, for instance, the DST has a budget of R7 482 billion, of which 92,2% (R6,9 billion) is allocated to entities that report to the Minister of Science and Technology. Key funding priorities for the DST over the medium term include developing human capital, creating new knowledge, growing research infrastructure, and encouraging innovation by funding marketable products emerging from research and incubation. All these are essential elements of a policy framework to encourage other actors in the system of innovation to contribute to increasing the investment in R&D at appropriate levels.

The DST is working closely with National Treasury on plans on how the target can be achieved. Across government, there are a number of avenues for investment in science, technology and innovation activities through various departments, their entities as well as work they do with the higher education institutions. Another major part of the effort involves building partnership arrangements with the private sector and international partners that will help leverage further resources for R&D investment.

 

 

14 December 2015 - NW4166

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether she had ascertained from the Director-General and other relevant officials why the Auditor-General had to remind them of their oversight responsibility as management in 2015 regarding (a) supply chain management, (b) performance information management and (c) instituting more effective policies and procedures to manage the contracts that her department had entered into, if not, why not; if so, (i) what reasons did they advance and (ii) what steps has she taken to ensure that such reminders will never be needed again?

Reply:

  1. Yes,

(aa/ab) During July 2015, a meeting was held between the Minister, management of the Department and officials from Auditor General in which Supply Chain Management and Performance Information management were discussed.

(ac) The Contract Management Sub-Unit has been established, this Sub-Unit has a Practitioner and interviews for the Assistant Director: Contract Management will be conducted in December 2015. In addition to this the Director: Supply Chain Management has been appointed with effect from 01 December 2015. The appointment of these officials will not only secure stability in Contract Management in the Department but will also ensure consistent administration and management of contracts, e.g., the database of contracts kept in Supply Chain Management will be monitored and reviewed monthly by the Chief Financial Officer.

(ac)(i) The Supply Chain Management directorate had experienced capacity constraints however this was addressed through the appointment of contract employees.

(ac)(ii) In terms of oversight responsibilities, the Chief Financial Officer will ensure that there is regular monitoring and reviews of the contract administration and compliance with Supply Chain Management policies and procedures.

11 December 2015 - NW4166

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether she had ascertained from the Director-General and other relevant officials why the Auditor-General had to remind them of their oversight responsibility as management in 2015 regarding (a) supply chain management, (b) performance information management and (c) instituting more effective policies and procedures to manage the contracts that her department had entered into, if not, why not; if so, (i) what reasons did they advance and (ii) what steps has she taken to ensure that such reminders will never be needed again?

Reply:

  1. Yes,

(aa/ab) During July 2015, a meeting was held between the Minister, management of the Department and officials from Auditor General in which Supply Chain Management and Performance Information management were discussed.

(ac) The Contract Management Sub-Unit has been established, this Sub-Unit has a Practitioner and interviews for the Assistant Director: Contract Management will be conducted in December 2015. In addition to this the Director: Supply Chain Management has been appointed with effect from 01 December 2015. The appointment of these officials will not only secure stability in Contract Management in the Department but will also ensure consistent administration and management of contracts, e.g., the database of contracts kept in Supply Chain Management will be monitored and reviewed monthly by the Chief Financial Officer.

(ac)(i) The Supply Chain Management directorate had experienced capacity constraints however this was addressed through the appointment of contract employees.

(ac)(ii) In terms of oversight responsibilities, the Chief Financial Officer will ensure that there is regular monitoring and reviews of the contract administration and compliance with Supply Chain Management policies and procedures.

19 October 2015 - NW3267

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1) What (a) total amount did her department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliamentary business in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) is the total number of trips undertaken; (2) What is the total amount that her departments spend on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliamentary business in the specifies financial year?

Reply:

1.

(a)

(b)

R6 706 495,32

1596

2.

(a)

(b)

R1 377 154,53

R381 595,41

     

12 October 2015 - NW3365

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

What progress has been made by ASSAf to promote and inspire all fields of scholarly inquiry and evidence-based solutions that are aligned with goals of the department and the challenges reflected in the National Development Plan? (2) How does the mandate of ASSAf assist with (a) unprecedented employment rates, (b) poverty and (c) inequality?”

Reply:

  1. The broad objectives aimed at addressing the triple challenges of the NDP through a set of priority interventions are unpacked below:

       (a) Develop an economy that will create more jobs

  • The State of Green Technologies in South Africa. (Consensus study - completed)
  • South Africa’s technical readiness to support the shale gas industry. (Consensus study - ongoing)
  • “Our Nuclear Future: Delay or Demise”. (Workshop - completed)
  • Standing Committee on the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality. (Ongoing)
  • “Measuring Deprivation to order to promote Human Development”. (Workshop -completed)

      (b) Improve national infrastructure

  • The State of Energy Research in South Africa. (Completed – follow up study to be initiated)
  • A symposium on “Our Nuclear Future: Delay or Demise”. (Completed)
  • Standing Committee on the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality. (Ongoing)

     (c) Transition to a low-carbon economy

  • The State of Green Technologies in South Africa. (Consensus study - completed)
  • South Africa’s technical readiness to support the shale gas industry. (Consensus study - ongoing)
  • “Our Nuclear Future: Delay or Demise”. (Workshop - completed)
  • Hosting the official release and media workshop on the Fifth Assessment Report, Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). (Completed)

     (d) Create an inclusive and integrated economy

  • Standing Committee on the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality. (Ongoing)
  • “Measuring Deprivation to order to promote Human Development”. (Workshop -completed)

     (e) Reverse the spatial effects of apartheid

  • Standing Committee on the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality. (Ongoing)
  • “Measuring Deprivation to order to promote Human Development”. (Workshop - completed)

     (f) Improve the quality of education, training and innovation

  • Reconceptualising Education and Training of an Appropriate Health Workforce for the Improved Health of the Nation. (Consensus study - ongoing)
  • Revitalising Agricultural Education and Training (AET) in South Africa. (Consensus study - ongoing)
  • Inquiry-based science education (IBSE) pilot project. (Ongoing)

    (g) Provide quality health care for all

  • Standing Committee on the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality. (Ongoing)
  • Diversity in Human Sexuality. (Consensus study - completed)
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity Standing Committee. (Ongoing)
  • The State of Biosafety and Biosecurity in South Africa. (Consensus study - completed)
  • Standing Committee on Health. (Ongoing)
  • Improved Nutritional Assessment of Micronutrients. (Consensus study - completed)
  • Reconceptualising Education and Training of an Appropriate Health Workforce for the Improved Health of the Nation. (Consensus study - ongoing)
  • Preventing a Tobacco Use Epidemic in Africa. (Consensus study - completed)
  • Provider Core Competencies for Mental, Neurological and Substance Use (MNS) Disorders. (Consensus study - ongoing)

     (h) Provide social protection

  • Standing Committee on the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality. (Ongoing)
  • Diversity in Human Sexuality. (Consensus study - Completed)
  • Standing Committee on Health. (Ongoing)

   (i) Build safer communities

  • Standing Committee on the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality. (Ongoing)
  • Workshop on “Measuring Deprivation to order to promote Human Development”. An initiative of the Standing Committee for the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality. (Completed)
  • Diversity in Human Sexuality. (Consensus study - Completed)
  • Standing Committee on Health. (Ongoing)

(2) Through the promotion of excellence and scholarly endeavour, ASSAf contributes to the knowledge base on these topics. The second component of ASSAf’s mandate relates to the provision of science advice to government. ASSAf is able to mount in-depth studies and convene workshops on relevant topics with a view to providing advice on matters of science to support policy development and also to provide a platform for scholarly debate. A good example of the latter would be a recent workshop on “Measuring Deprivation in order to promote Human Development in South Africa”.

12 October 2015 - NW3425

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether the discontinuation of the student programme at the SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) will have any impact on the future need for scientists in the field of Astronomy; if so, what is her department doing to remedy the situation at the SAAO?ˮ

Reply:

Yes, the discontinuation of these programmes could have a negative impact on SAAO science operations and hence training of scientists, if not addressed. Telescopes and astronomy instruments that are used by astronomers are maintained and developed by optical, mechanical and electronic engineers/technicians. SAAO is the ideal ground to develop and sustain the skills of local engineers and technicians who are developing instrumentation at the cutting edge of astronomy. These skills are needed to operate and develop the telescopes located at Sutherland, and discontinuation of the student programme will lead to fewer young astronomers, engineers, and technicians available to service the needs of the SAAO and the country for the development of instrumentation in the medium to long term. SAAO has motivated for an increase in its core grant and the Astronomy sub-Agency, within the NRF, will be including this request in an Implementation Plan for Multi-wavelength Astronomy, which is currently being drafted by the NRF and will submitted to the DST at the end of September 2015. The Department will then assess the feasibility of increasing allocations to the SAAO for this purpose.

09 October 2015 - NW3242

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1)What is the current level of collaboration between the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the SA National Space Agency (SANSA); (2) Is the HSRC currently benefiting from prefential pricing from any of SANSA’s products and services with regard to (a) spatial development and migration, (b) HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and (c) Tuberculosis; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details of the specified benefits in each case?.”

Reply:

(1) There is currently no collaboration between the HSRC and SANSA.

(2) None.

 

UPDATE:

Until recently there was little contact between HSRC and SANSA. Since the question was posed to the Minister of DST the two organisations have made some initial contact and are planning a meeting to explore some possible collaborations especially on spatial development and migration. It is also hoped that the meeting will also discuss other areas of potential collaboration including, if possible, HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB. However, the relevance of HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB specifically to SANSA’s work is not a matter we are able to address in this reply.

29 September 2015 - NW3536

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1)In a view of the National Treasury's Budget Review stating that an estimated R5 billion in tax revenue was forgone during the period 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2012 due to the tax allowance under section 11D of the Income Tax Act, Act 58 of 1962, can the benefits of the tax incentive be quantified in terms of the (a) development of new products; and (b)number of (i) jobs and (ii) job opportunities that were created?

Reply:

(1) (a) 1 062 new products were launched during the period November 2006 to February 2014. No data is available for the period before November 2006.

(b) (i) Since inception to February 2014 there were 25268 personnel directly employed by companies applying for the R&D tax incentive in conducting R&D..

(ii) Data is not available for the number of job opportunities created during the period 1st April 2005 to 31 March 2012. This is not one of the reporting parameters set by section 11D(17) whicht states that the Minister of Science and Technology must annually submit a report to Parliament advising Parliament of the direct benefit of the research and development in terms of economic growth, employment and other broader government objectives and the aggregate expenditure in respect of such activities without disclosing the identity of any person. Furthermore section 11D(13) states that a taxpayer carrying on research and development approved under subsection (9) must report to the committee annually with respect to the progress of the research and development and the extent to which that research and development requires specialized skills.

28 September 2015 - NW2944

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1)Whether her department is in any way involved in research regarding the new nuclear build programme in the country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?”

Reply:

The Department is not involved in research regarding the new nuclear build programme in the country since the nuclear technology option/choice is yet to be decided on. However, there are existing initiatives in support of nuclear energy industry that the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is involved in for the development of know-how and technologies in the nuclear technologies fields.

These include the Nuclear Engineering Research Chair at North West University; Carbon Materials and Technology Chair at the University of Pretoria; Advanced Materials Initiative (AMI); South African Nuclear Human Asset Research Programme (SANHARP); Masters in Accelerator and Nuclear Science (MANUS) and Masters in Material Science (MatSci) programme, involving the University of Zululand, the University of the Western Cape and iThemba Labs.

The focus of the work is as follows:

  • Nuclear safety, which includes radiation effects of mining and routine discharges of Koeberg nuclear power station and also radiation standards and regulations;
  • Nuclear materials beneficiation;
  • Carbon technologies research with emphasis on nuclear graphite technology to support nuclear power generation;
  • Reactor technology research on modelling and simulation of nuclear reactors and their associated power plants and process applications. These models are applied in the analysis, design and optimisation of pressurised water reactors and high temperature reactors;
  • Nuclear project management, nuclear energy economics; and
  • Collaborative research on system analysis of passive safe small modular high temperature gas cooled reactors.

23 September 2015 - NW3424

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether any measures have been put in place to ensure that there is further growth of the Southern African Large Telescope and its instruments; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? ˮ

Reply:

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is an international facility with South Africa holding a 33% share. In 2012, the SALT Board resolved to start a R75m Development Fund for the purpose of providing the resources necessary for continued development of the telescope and its instruments. Each of the partners in the telescope consortium had committed to pay a pro-rata share of the fund in proportion to its shareholding in the telescope and the contributions are meant to be made by May 2016. South Africa’s contribution amounts to R25m and this amount has already been paid. To date approximately R33m, both in-kind and in cash, has been received from the SALT partners, and this matter is raised at each meeting of the SALT directors. The DST is using its bilateral inter-governmental engagements with the relevant countries to solicit higher levels of government support to the respective consortium partners so that they may contribute their outstanding share to the development fund. In addition, the DST and NRF are actively seeking new partners to extend and recapitalise the consortium.

22 September 2015 - NW2994

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether her department is in any way involved in research regarding the new nuclear build programme in the country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

REPLY:

 

The Department is not involved in research regarding the new nuclear build programme in the country since the nuclear technology option/choice is yet to be decided on.  However, there are existing initiatives in support of nuclear energy industry that the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is involved in for the development of know-how and technologies in the nuclear technologies fields.

 

These include the Nuclear Engineering Research Chair at North West University; Carbon Materials and Technology Chair at the University of Pretoria; Advanced Materials Initiative (AMI); South African Nuclear Human Asset Research Programme (SANHARP); Masters in Accelerator and Nuclear Science (MANUS) and Masters in Material Science (MatSci) programme, involving the University of Zululand, the University of the Western Cape and iThemba Labs.

 

The focus of the work is as follows:

  • Nuclear safety, which includes radiation effects of mining and routine discharges of Koeberg nuclear power station and also radiation standards and regulations;
  • Nuclear materials beneficiation;
  • Carbon technologies research with emphasis on nuclear graphite technology to support nuclear power generation;
  • Reactor technology research on modelling and simulation of nuclear reactors and their associated power plants and process applications. These models are applied in the analysis, design and optimisation of pressurised water reactors and high temperature reactors;
  • Nuclear project management, nuclear energy economics; and
  • Collaborative research on system analysis of passive safe small modular high temperature gas cooled reactors.




    END

 

18 September 2015 - NW3252

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(1)Is the African Institute of South Africa (AISA) effectively collaborating with the SA National Space Agency to advance its agenda to collect, collate and analyse data on Africa’s development through its Geo Information System; if not, why not; if so, how; (2) What tools will be used by AISA to promote an African research agenda?”

Reply:

(1) There is currently no collaboration between the AISA research programme and SANSA.

 

(2) The HSRC is in the process of developing its Africa Research Partnership and Collaboration Strategy. The Strategy for AISA will be nested within this broader HSRC Strategy.



END

 

17 September 2015 - NW3366

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

What is the outcome of the Ministerial Review Committee on the enhanced role of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in the policy advisory niche and (b) what is the current status of the election of the 32 members of ASSAf? (2) Have any members been elected? If so, (a) what are the names of each of the elected members and (b) on which date was each of the specified members elected? (3) Has a human resource manager been appointed in ASSAf? If not, why not? If so, (a) what is the name of the appointed manager and (b) when was the specified person appointed? (4) Did ASSAf appoint four additional interns as at 30 April 2015? If not, why not? If so, (a) what are the names of each of the specified interns and (b) on what date was each specified intern appointed? (5) Has the policy and liaison managerial post within ASSAf been filled? If not, why not? If so, (a) what is the name of the appointee and (b) on what date was the specified person appointed?”

Reply:

  1. (a) The roles of ASSAf and the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) have been clarified, with ASSAf being best positioned to provide formal scientific advice through its in-depth, evidence-based long-term studies, and NACI being more suited to provide informal, short-term advice that may be of a confidential and policy nature. ASSAf and NACI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to this effect.
  2. (b) Thirty-two Members were elected in 2013. They were inaugurated on 23 October 2013. Some details about the members are given below.

ASSAf NEW MEMBERS 2013

 

NAME

GENDER

RACE

INSTITUTION

1

Prof Lee Berger

M

White

Wits

2

Prof William Bishai

M

White

Nelson R Mandela School of Health

3

Prof Claude Carignan

M

White

University of Cape Town

4

Prof Tilman Dedering

M

White

Unisa

5

Prof Tania Douglas

F

Black

University of Cape Town

6

Prof Themba Dube

M

Black

Unisa

7

Prof William Ellery

M

White

Rhodes University

8

Prof Kobus Eloff

M

White

University of Pretoria

9

Prof Andrew Forbes

M

White

CSIR

10

Prof Bao-Zhu Guo

M

Black

Wits

11

Prof Willem Hanekom

M

White

University of Cape Town

12

Prof Branislav Jeremic

M

White

Stellenbosch University

13

Prof Colin Kenyon

M

White

CSIR

14

Prof Anna Kramvis

F

White

Wits

15

Ass. Prof Delia Marshall

F

White

University of the Western Cape

16

Prof Ebrahim Momoniat

M

Black

Wits

17

Prof Kathryn Myburgh

F

White

Stellenbosch University

18

Prof Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

M

Black

Unisa

19

Prof Marie-Louise Newell

F

White

Africa Centre for Health and Population

20

Prof Stella Nkomo

F

Black

University of Pretoria

21

Prof Ruksana Osman

F

Black

Wits

22

Prof Michael Pepper

M

White

University of Pretoria

23

Prof Francesco Petruccione

M

White

University of KwaZulu-Natal

24

Prof Wolfgang Preiser

M

White

Stellenbosch University

25

Prof Jeremy Seekings

M

White

University of Cape Town

26

Prof Dirk Smit

M

White

Stellenbosch University

27

Prof Mark Solms

M

White

University of Cape Town

28

Prof Gary Stevens

M

White

Stellenbosch University

29

Prof Caroline Tiemessen

F

White

National Institute of Communicable Diseases

30

Prof Louise Viljoen

F

White

Stellenbosch University

31

Prof Maria Watt

F

White

University of KwaZulu-Natal

32

Prof Derek Yach

M

White

The Vitality Group (Discovery Holdings)

2. In 2014, 23 new ASSAf Members were elected and these members were inaugurated at the Annual Awards ceremony on 14 October 2014 (their details are shown below):

ASSAf NEW MEMBERS 2014

 

NAME

GENDER

RACE

INSTITUTION

1

Professor Marion Bamford

F

White

Wits

2

Professor Markus Böttcher

M

White

North West University

3

Professor Jeanet Conradie

F

White

University of the Free State

4

Professor Wim de Villiers

M

White

University of Cape Town

5

Professor Eno Ebenso

M

Black

North West University

6

Professor Liesel Ebersöhn

F

White

University of Pretoria

7

Professor Sabiha Essack

F

Black

University of Kwazulu-Natal

8

Professor Amanda Gouws

F

White

Stellenbosch University

9

Professor Shireen Hassim

F

Black

Wits

10

Professor Salomé Kruger

F

White

North West University

11

Professor Robert Mattes

M

White

University of Cape Town

12

Professor Dhayendre Moodley

M

Black

University of Kwazulu-Natal

13

Professor Linus Opara

M

Black

Stellenbosch University

14

Dr Nesri Padayatchi

M

Black

University of Kwazulu-Natal

15

Professor Laurence Piper

M

White

University of the Western Cape

16

Professor Sekhar Ray

M

Black

Unisa

17

Professor Neerish Revaprasadu

M

Black

University of Zululand

18

Professor Christian Rogerson

M

White

University of Johannesburg

19

Professor Mohamed Seedat

M

Black

Unisa

20

Professor Sheona Shackleton

F

White

Rhodes University

21

Professor Ivan Turok

M

White

HSRC

22

Professor Karel Viljoen

M

White

University of Johannesburg

23

Professor Charles Wiysonge

M

Black

Stellenbosch University

3. Mrs Lynette du Plessis was appointed as Human Resources Manager with effect from 1 January 2015.

4. Interns appointed were:

Ntambudzeni Tshiswaise 4 May 2015

Uve Gcilishe 1 April 2015

Mmaphuthi Mashiachidi 1 April 2015

Agatha Khanyisa 1 June 2015

5. Mr Stanley Maphosa was appointed as the policy and liaison manager with effect from 2 March 2015.

15 September 2015 - NW3367

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

What is the current status of young scientists participating at different meetings of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa related to science policy? (2) How many young scientists have participated in the meetings related to science policy in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years?”

Reply:

  1. Since 2010, the Academy engages on average at least 100 young scientists in its various activities throughout the year (except in 2013 when ASSAf did not host a Young Scientists’ Conference).

Young scientists are engaged through the following:

    • The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and its various activities;
    • The ASSAf annual Young Scientists’ Conference;
    • Workshops, conferences and lectures that the Academy hosts;
    • Nominations to attend regional and international inter-academy network meetings;
    • Serve on ASSAf standing committees (health, poverty reduction, science education);
    • Serve on study panels - The Academy undertakes to ensure that young scientists are engaged within study panels and/or the convening activities that inform the products of the Academy; and
    • The organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World.

2.  The following is an indication of the number of young scientists who participated in meetings during the specified financial years:

  • 2012/13: 263 (includes young scientists’ conference, nomination to IAMP and IAP meetings, and SAYAS membership);
  • 2013/14: 35 (Lindau Laureate, IAP, IAMP, SAYAS and service on ASSAf activities – there was no YSC in 2013); and
  • 2014/15: 130 (Lindau Laureate, IAP, IAMP, SAYAS, service on ASSAf activities, YSC, OWSD fellowship holders).

The drop in numbers can be explained by the fact that there has been much more focus on quality of work for participation in the Young Scientists’ Conference rather than a focus on increasing the number of participants.

15 September 2015 - NW3326

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(a) (i)What total amount did her department spend on her travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did she undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for her in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a) (i) What total amount did her department spend on the Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did the Deputy Minister undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for the Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) and Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?.

Reply:

  1. Total amount spent by the department on the Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in 2014-15 financial year;

a

b

 

aa

 

bb

i

ii

i

ii

R236 919,46

21

-

-

-

-

 

2. Total amount spent by the department on the Deputy Minister’s travel costs  between Gauteng and Cape Town in 2014-15 financial year?.

a

b

 

aa

 

bb

i

ii

i

ii

R236 919,46

21

-

-

-

-

 

14 September 2015 - NW3238

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Science and Technology:

(1) Is the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) experiencing difficulties in attracting donors and/ or funding; if so, (a) to what extent and (b) what influence does it have on the research agenda; (2) What portion of the total funds available to the HSRC is sourced from the (a) private sector and (b) government; (3) Do the private sector dictate the research agenda of the HSRC; if so, how?” FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NO (3238) DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: (04 SEPTEMBER 2015) (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 32-2015) “   Ms JF Terblanche (DA)to ask the Minister of Science and Technology: (1)Is the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) experiencing difficulties in attracting donors and/ or funding; if so, (a) to what extent and (b) what influence does it have on the research agenda; (2)What portion of the total funds available to the HSRC is sourced from the (a) private sector and (b) government; (3)Do the private sector dictate the research agenda of the HSRC; if so, how?” (3238) REPLY: (1)a) In the previous year (2014/15), as opposed to the previous two years, the HSRC has experienced difficulty in reaching its financial targets. These targets are particularly subject to changes in funder research imperatives and demands. b) The HSRC is guided by its mandate as articulated in the HSRC Act, as well as national government priorities when deciding the research agenda for a year. A process of consultation is undertaken with stakeholders as well as the HSRC Board annually where the strategic focus of research is agreed upon. (2)Aside from the Parliamentary grant and international funders (including international government agencies), the HSRC also receives funding from: a) Local Private sector funders – R4 197 000 b) Other Government Departments/Agencies – R48 114 000 No, the private sector does not dictate the research agenda of the HSRC.

Reply:

(1) a) In the previous year (2014/15), as opposed to the previous two years, the HSRC has experienced difficulty in reaching its financial targets. These targets are particularly subject to changes in funder research imperatives and demands.

b) The HSRC is guided by its mandate as articulated in the HSRC Act, as well

as national government priorities when deciding the research agenda for a year. A process of consultation is undertaken with stakeholders as well as the HSRC Board annually where the strategic focus of research is agreed upon.

(2) Aside from the Parliamentary grant and international funders (including international government agencies), the HSRC also receives funding from:

a) Local Private sector funders – R4 197 000

b) Other Government Departments/Agencies – R48 114 000

(3) No, the private sector does not dictate the research agenda of the HSRC.