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14 December 2018 - NW3862

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Women in ThePresidency

(1) Whether (a) her Office and/or (b) any entity reporting to her contracted the services of a certain company (name and details furnished), in each of the past 10 financial years; if so, what (i) number of contracts were signed, (ii) was the date on which each contract was signed, (iii) was the duration of each contract, (iv) services did the company render and (v) was the monetary value of each contract in each case; (2) whether any irregular expenditure relating to the contracts was recorded and/or condoned in each case; if so, what are the relevant details?

30 November 2018 - NW3452

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)(a) On what date did her Office last conduct an audit of artwork owned by Government which is under the curatorship of her Office and (b) what are the details of each artwork under the curatorship of her Office according to the Generally Recognised Accounting Practice 103; (2) Whether any artworks under under the curatorship of her Office have gone missing (a) in each of the past five financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1.  

A) The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation does not own any artwork.

B) Not Applicable.

2. Not Applicable

   

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Approved

as amended

   

Comment:

Dr NC Dlamini-Zuma

Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

   

Date:

   

21 November 2018 - NW3158

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Mente, Ms NV to ask the Minister in the Presidency

a) What is the purpose of the Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) in the annual evaluation cycle, (b) has the MPAT achieved its objective since it was established in 2011 and (c) what is the total cost of the MPAT in each year since 2011?

Reply:

a) The purpose of the Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) is to improve management practices within the National and Provincial Departments through the monitoring of defined standards and raising of awareness amongst departmental management. To facilitate the learning and improvement MPAT also identified and captured good practices in 42 case studies and had various events to disseminate the learnings. Some department have made MPAT scores part of their Annual Performance Plans and individual Performance Agreements however MPAT is not part of an annual evaluation cycle.

 

b) The theory of change of MPAT identified that the compliance to policy requirements would result in the improvement of management practices. The baseline data for the number of departments that achieving at least 3 in 50% of the standards assessed by MPAT was 38% in 2013 and this improved to 75% in 2017. An independent implementation evaluation of MPAT in 2015 indicated that “Evidence shows that 97.8% of accounting officers surveyed consider MPAT results to be useful to some extent. Departments tend to utilise these results for raising awareness of management practice strengths and weaknesses, accountability as well as for undertaking improvements and corrections”.

c) The following is a breakdown of the MPAT system development and maintenance cost included in the unit’s cost above:

Year

Cost

2012

561 742,13

2013

633 305,13

2014

790 075,57

2015

470 142,25

2016

325 136,77

Grand Total

2 780 401,85

   

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Approved

Approved

as amended

   

Comment:

Dr NC Dlamini-Zuma

Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

   

Date:

   

20 November 2018 - NW3215

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister in The Presidency.

(a) Which posts are vacant within Statistics South Africa, (b) which of these vacant posts are considered critical, (c) for what length of time has each of the posts been vacant and (d) which statistical reports are at risk as a result of vacant posts?

Reply:

a)  Kindly refer to Annexure A

b) Kindly refer to Annexure B

c) Kindly refer to Annexure C

d) The following Statistical report are at the risk: Health and Vital Statistics Birthand Dearth Statistics; Labour Statistics; Environmental Economic Statistics; GDP; CPI; Povertyand Inequality Statistics Short-Term Industry Stats; Gender Statistics; Crime Statistics, Social Stats, Private Sector Financial Statistics Structural Industry Stats

 

   

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Approved

Approved

as amended

   

Comment:

Dr NC Dlamini-Zuma

Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

   

Date:

   

20 November 2018 - NW3214

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister in The Presidency.

What form of political oversight is being exercised over the National Youth Development Agency in the absence of a Deputy Minister in her Office?

Reply:

a) The NYDA Act identifies the President as the NYDA’s political head, the President has then delegated the oversight functions to the Minister in the Presidency. The Minister receives technical support from the Department.

   

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Approved

as amended

   

Comment:

Dr NC Dlamini-Zuma

Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

   

Date:

   

20 November 2018 - NW3240

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Ngwenya, Ms G to ask the Minister in the Presidency

What (a) amount did (i) her Office and (ii) each entity reporting to her borrow from any entity in the People’s Republic of China (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018, (b) is the name of the lender of each loan, (c) conditions are attached to each loan and (d) are the repayment periods for each loan in each case?

Reply:

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation has not borrowed any funds since its inception in 2010.

The National Youth Development Agency has never borrowed funds from any entity in the People’s Republic of China.

Statistics SA has never borrowed funds from any entity in the People’s Republic of China.

   

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Approved

as amended

   

Comment:

Dr NC Dlamini-Zuma

Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

   

Date:

   

20 November 2018 - NW3276

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Gardee, Mr GA to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her awarded any contracts and/or tenders to certain companies (names and details furnished) from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, in each case, (i) what service was provided, (ii) what was the (aa) value and (bb) length of the tender and/or contract, (iii) who approved the tender and/or contract and (iv) was the tender and/or contract in line with all National Treasury and departmental procurement guidelines?

Reply:

  1. The Department conducted business with one of the companies (Vox Telecommunications) listed in the request.

Financial year

Contracts awarded to VOX telecommunications for

Amount

2014/15

Supply, installation and maintenance of audio-visual and video conferencing systems

R1 848 455.47

2016/17

Supply, deployment, support and maintenance of Firewall

R1 282 933.50

a) Both contracts were awarded through open tender processes.

b) On the list of companies listed in annexure to the inquiry letter, the NYDA has only transacted with VOX Telecommunications. VOX Telecommunications were awarded the contract for support services on the Great Plains accounting system. They were awarded the contract for a value of R422, 471.60. The contract was awarded through a procurement process consistent with the requirements of the Public Finance Management Act.