Questions and Replies

Filter by year

18 May 2020 - NW321

Profile picture: Hill-Lewis, Mr GG

Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to his statement in his State of the Nation Address on 13 February 2020, referring to inward direct investment, that projects with an investment value of R9 billion have already been completed and with regard to the 27 projects worth just over R250 billion that are in the implementation phase with more coming on stream in 2020, what is the (a)(i) nature of each project, (ii) investment value of each project and (iii) location of each project and (b) name of the investor in each case?

Reply:

Projects completed

 

Company Name

Nature of Project

Project Value

Location

1

Aberdare Cables

Cable manufacturing plant

R135,000,000

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

2

Adcock Ingram

Sterile eye-drop manufacturing and packing facility

R98,000,000

Clayville, Gauteng

3

Conlog

New electronics manufacturing capacity

R110,000,000

Dube Trade Port, KwaZulu-Natal

4

Hollard and Tokio Marine

Acquisition of Hollard Insurance Group SA and Hollard International

R5,000,000,000

Johannesburg, Gauteng

5

In2Food

Construction and operation of the largest food factory in the southern hemisphere

R241,000,000

OR Tambo SEZ, Gauteng

6

Komatsu

Establishing new parts distribution centre, headquarters, workshop, training centre and remanufacturing centre

R985,000,000

Germiston, Gauteng

7

Proctor and Gamble

Sanitary pad and diaper manufacturing facilities

R300,000,000

Kempton Park, Gauteng

8

Rexroth Bosch Company

New HQ building with production and warehouse facilities, expansion of Bosch value chain

R200,000,000

Kempton Park, Gauteng

9

Sumitomo Rubber Industries

Manufacturing facility for truck and bus radial tyres

R970,000,000

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

10

Mara

Smart mobile phone manufacturing

R1,500,000,000

Dube Trade Port, KwaZulu-Natal

   

TOTAL

R9,539,000,000

 

Projects under construction

 

Company Name

Nature of Project

Project Value

Location

1

Anglo American

On-going SIB capital and life extension capital

R71,640,000,000

North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga

2

Aspen Pharmacare

Manufacturing plant for anaesthetic products

R3,300,000,000

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

3

Bushveld

Vanadium mining and processing

R2,500,000,000

Brits, Mokopane, North West and Limpopo

4

Ivanplats

Development of a platinum, palladium, nickel, copper, gold and rhodium mine

R4,500,000,000

Mokopane, North West

5

McDonald's

Increasing restaurant chain outlets nationally

R3,000,000,000

National

6

Mondi

Mill upgrades and investment in associated forest assets

R8,000,000,000

Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal

7

Naamsa OEM Investment Pledge

Investment by major auto OEMs for expansions and value chain development

R40,000,000,000

Various

8

Nestle

Capacity increase, maintenance, green technology conversion at a number of manufacturing facilities

R663,000,000

Harrismith, Hammanskraal and East London

9

Rain

5G ultra-high speed data network

R2,000,000,000

Pretoria, Cape Town, Johannesburg

10

Vedanta

Development of an open cast zinc mine

R21,400,000,000

Kai Ma

Northern Cape

11

Vodacom

Expansion and upgrade of Vodacom’s national IT infrastructure network.

R49,000,000,000

National

12

DBSA Green Climate Fund

Establishment of the Climate Finance Facility to co-fund projects that mitigate or adapt to climate change

R1,300,000,000

Various

13

IDC

Fund available for manufacturing projects

R3,600,000,000

Various

14

Multichoice

Broadcasting sector investment, local content and decoder manufacturing.

R1,000,000,000

National

15

Naspers

Start-up fund to back and support South African technology entrepreneurs

R4,600,000,000

Various

16

New Development Bank

Funding available to projects in clean energy, bulk water, social infrastructure and transport

R29,000,000,000

Various

17

Dalisu Holdings

Chemicals manufacturing plant

R254,000,000

Piet Retief, Mpumalanga

18

Legacy Group

Mixed-use development in Sandton

R3,000,000,000

Sandton, Gauteng

19

Main Street 800

Coal mining industry in Komatipoort

R193,000,000

Nkomazi, Mpumalanga

20

MSC (KZN Cruise Terminals)

New passenger cruise terminal at the port of Durban

R259,000,000

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

21

Mvelo Minerals

Platinum and vanadium mining in North West

R100,000,000

Rustenburg, North West

22

Naledi Inhlanganiso

Rail component manufacturing

R120,000,000

Vereeniging and Benoni, Gauteng

23

Renergen

Helium gas facility

R700,000,000

Virginia, Free State

24

Scaw metals

Expansion of steel manufacturing plant

R250,000,000

Germiston, Gauteng

25

Tomis Group

Meat production facility

R120,000,000

Hermon, Western Cape

26

Toyota

Investing in a new passenger vehicle

R2,430,000,000

Prospecton, KwaZulu-Natal

27

Triple Flag

Is investing with Royal Bafokeng

Holdings in the platinum sector

R2,100,000,000

Phokeng, North West

   

TOTAL

R255,029,000,000

 

18 May 2020 - NW298

Profile picture: Marawu, Ms TL

Marawu, Ms TL to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, in light of the fact that the Republic is a sovereign State and a member of the Commonwealth, the Republic intends to resign from the Commonwealth; if not, what are the reasons that it will not resign?

Reply:

The South African Government does not intend to withdraw from the Commonwealth. When South Africa re-joined the Commonwealth in 1994, shortly after its first democratic elections, the South African Government recognised the Commonwealth’s contribution to the global campaign to end apartheid. Since 1994, South Africa has played host to four Commonwealth meetings, including the biennial summit of the 1999 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Durban, where South Africa assumed the Chair until 2001.

Since its return to the Commonwealth, South Africa has participated in summits, ministerial meetings and the governing bodies of the Commonwealth and worked closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat, contributing politically, financially and in terms of capacity and expertise to the work of the Organisation.

The work of the Commonwealth is in line with South Africa’s foreign policy commitments to human rights, democracy, good governance, justice and international law, peace, economic development, multilateralism and promoting the African Agenda. For South Africa, the Commonwealth provides a platform to forge common approaches to these matters of global importance and to promote trade, investment and the exchange of skills and knowledge between countries.

18 May 2020 - NW297

Profile picture: Zungula, Mr V

Zungula, Mr V to ask the President of the Republic

In view of his announcement during his State of the Nation Address on 13 February 2020 to allow municipalities that are in good standing to procure electricity from independent power producers and that mines are also allowed to self-generate electricity, what has he found will be the financial impact of the specified decision on Eskom; (2) whether this decision will cause Eskom to seek bail-outs in the near future; if not, how did he reach this conclusion; if so, has the National Treasury made provisions in this regard; (3) whether he has found that Eskom will not face foreclosure by creditors; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The decision to allow self generation by municipalities, industries and households is based on the fact that Eskom has insufficient capacity to generate enough energy to meet the needs of the economy. Its ageing power stations suffer regular breakdowns, which has resulted in load shedding. This has resulted in the need for additional energy.

The introduction of distributed electricity generation by industries and households mainly through renewable energy will lower demand for Eskom, thereby reducing its revenue. However, there will be a strong reliance on Eskom for the provision of base load.

The availability of reliable, lower cost electricity will contribute to greater economic activity and job creation, which, in turn, will increase demand for energy. It is therefore essential that Eskom is restructured and repositioned as a sustainable company within a transformed energy sector.

2. No further provisions have been made since the announcement last year by the Minister of Finance of a government support package of R230 billion over the next 10 years to provide Eskom relief and assist in servicing its debt.

3. Foreclosing Eskom is not part of Government’s plans.

18 May 2020 - NW11

Profile picture: Malema, Mr J

Malema, Mr J to ask the President of the Republic

(1)(a) What number of inter-ministerial committees (IMC) does the Government have, (b) on what date was each IMC established and (c) how many times has each IMC met since it was established; (2) whether any IMC has established a panel; if so, (a) what is the name of each member of the panel and (b) how many times has each panel met; (3) whether any IMC has appointed (a) consultants and/or (b) contractors; if so, (i) on what date was each consultant and/or contractor appointed, (ii) what amount was paid to each consultant and/or contractor and (iii) what were the reasons for each appointment; (4) what amount has the Government spent on each (a) IMC and (b) related panel?

Reply:

1 (a)-(c)

Inter-Ministerial Committee

Date established

Meetings 2018-19

South African National AIDS Council

2000

3

Land and Agricultural Reform

June 2018

16

North West Intervention

(changed to Inter Ministerial Task Team)

April 2018

15

Municipal Elections 2021

June 2019

Not met

Khawuleza District Development Model

August 2019

2

South African Airways

March 2020

2

State Funerals

2014

21*

* Since establishment in 2014

As part of a rationalisation process to improve coordination and functionality, 12 IMCs were abolished in 2018 and 39 IMCs were abolished in 2019.

2 (a)-(b)

The Land and Agricultural Reform Advisory Panel was established by the President to advise the Land and Agricultural Reform IMC. The members of the panel are:

  1. Dr Vuyo Mahlati
  2. Prof Ruth Hall
  3. Dr Wandile Sihlobo
  4. Bulelwa Mabasa
  5. Thato Moagi
  6. Prof Mohammed Karaan
  7. Daniel Kriek
  8. Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi
  9. Dr Thandi Ngcobo
  10. Nick Serfontein

 

The Land and Agricultural Reform Advisory Panel has met 14 times.

3 (a)

No IMCs have appointed consultants.

3 (b)

I am advised that the following payments were made in respect of the following IMCs:

IMC

(b) Contractors

(i) Date Appointed

(ii) Amount

(iii) Reason for Appointment

Land Panel

Birchwood Hotel

December 2018

R239,011

Venue hire, sound equipment and catering for consultative work in the form of the two national Colloquia, 11 roundtables and consultations with the National House of Traditional Leaders

Design, Layout and Editing of the Final Report

 

St Georges Hotel

February 2019

R476,967

 
 

Sheraton Hotel

December 2019

R44,237

 
 

Black Moon Design and Advertising

March 2019

R166,085

 
 

Government Printing Works

June 2019

R71,415

Printing and publishing final report

North West Intervention

CSIR

July 2018

R1,417,143

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to provide capacity for the coordination and technical support for the first six months of the intervention.

4 (a)

Generally IMCs are coordinating structures. They do not require extra funding beyond the normal operations of coordinating structures.

North West Intervention IMTT/IMC: The cost to the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for convening the IMTT for the North West Province is estimated to be R525,000. This calculation excludes costs related to the actual intervention in the North West province.

4 (b)

Land and Agricultural Reform Advisory Panel:

  • Remuneration: R270,274
  • Travel and accommodation: R324,595
  • Catering for meetings and workshops: R26,044

Advisory Panel members were remunerated in accordance with the 2018 Service Benefit Packages for Office Bearers of certain Statutory and Other Institutions (National Treasury). Some Members of the Advisory Panel declined remuneration.

18 May 2020 - NW592

Profile picture: Msane, Ms TP

Msane, Ms TP to ask the President of the Republic

What are the criteria that he applied, as Chairperson of the African Union, for appointing Mr Trevor Manuel as one of the African Union’s COVID-19 Special Envoys?

Reply:

The COVID-19 pandemic has been declared a global emergency crisis and is having a devastating impact on public health systems of many countries and the global economy.

Consequently, the African Union (AU) Bureau of Heads of State and Government, under the Chairship of President Cyril Ramaphosa, agreed to call upon the international community including the G20, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, African Development Bank and other regional institutions to use all the instruments available to help mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic and provide relief to vital sectors of African economies.

To implement the AU Heads of State Bureau decision, the President as chair of the African union and supported by AU Heads of State Bureau established a panel of envoys of former finance ministers and prominent individuals with experience in the financial sector to mobilise support for Africa’s efforts to raise funds.

These envoys, who are drawn from different regions of the continent, are Mr Trevor Manuel, former Minister of Finance of South Africa; Dr Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, former Minister of Finance of Nigeria; Dr Donald Kabureka, former President of the Africa Development Bank; Mr Tidjane Thiam, former Chief Executive of Credit Suisse; and Mr Benkhalfa Abderrahmane, former Finance Minister of Algeria.

18 May 2020 - NW492

Profile picture: Schreiber, Dr LA

Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether it is the position of the Government to reduce the public sector wage bill by R160,2 billion over the next few years as announced by the Minister of Finance, Mr T T Mboweni; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he intends taking any steps to ensure that the Cabinet members implement the measures that the Minister of Finance put in place to reduce the public sector wage bill by R 37,8 billion by 31 March 2021; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the Government will proceed to implement the reductions to the public sector wage bill in the absence of consensus with the labour unions; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The state is committed to a sustainable wage bill. During the tabling of the 2020 budget, the Minister of Finance announced the reduction in compensation budgets by R160.2 billion over the 2020 MTEF. The reductions are distributed as follows: R37.8 billion in 2020/21 financial year, followed by reductions amounting to R54.9 billion in 2021/22 financial year and R67.5 billion in 2020/23 financial year.

Changes to the sovereign rating of the Republic by rating agencies and the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) have created an unprecedented economic and social catastrophe at a local and global level. As a consequence, Cabinet will re-evaluate the impact this has had on the measures to reduce the public sector wage bill by R37.8 billion by 31 March 2021.

Government respects the process of collective bargaining.

I am informed that the Minister for Public Service and Administration has already commenced engagement with labour unions in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) on the concomitant economic challenges and implications of the reductions with specific reference to the 2020/21 financial year.

We will continue to engage with labour unions at the PSCBC regarding measures to implement the reductions to the public sector wage bill.

16 March 2020 - NW10

Profile picture: Malema, Mr J

Malema, Mr J to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he has established a national coordinating mechanism to coordinate the sustainable development agendas of the (a) United Nations, (b) African Union and (c) Southern African Development Community; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) what national coordinating mechanism was established, (ii) on what date was the national coordinating mechanism established, (iii) what is its immediate task and overall mandate, (iv) what is the name of each person who was appointed and (v) what process was followed in appointing each person; (2) whether the national coordinating mechanism has facilitated any consultations and coordinated any process within and outside the Government on the Republic’s international sustainable development commitments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. South Africa played a critical role during the development of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the sustainable development agendas of the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and there are strong strategic linkages between these agendas and the National Development Plan (NDP).

Internationally, one of the critical success factors identified for effective domestic uptake of international development agendas is the establishment of a clear institutional mechanism for the alignment and coordination of various actors, with respect to monitoring and reporting, among others.

To this end, a process was initiated in 2015 among core departments within government and key stakeholders outside government towards the national coordination mechanism to promote the ‘domestication’ of the UN, AU and SADC development agendas, and for monitoring and reporting. In March 2019, the proposed coordination mechanism was submitted to Cabinet for approval, and Cabinet approved the establishment of the coordination mechanism on 27 March 2019.

The mechanism is in the process of being established, and the Presidency has convened meetings of the key departments and Ministers to coordinate preliminary reports to the United Nations High Level Political Forum on implementation of SDGs in July 2019, and to the African Union on Implementation of Agenda 2063 in February 2020. Further meetings will be convened for follow-up and lessons from these reports, and will include stakeholders outside government.

Coordination will also draw on the work of non-state and civil society stakeholders, and serve as the channel through which the activities and progress reports of various stakeholders are taken through government structures, while also facilitating regular dialogues between government and these stakeholders.

The envisaged coordination mechanism will work through existing structures within and outside government, and as such does not entail the appointment of individual persons to it.

2. With regard to consultations, in 2017, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) through the permanent mission in New York lodged a notification for South Africa to volunteer to present its Voluntary National Review (VNR) report at the July 2019 High level Political Forum under the UN Economic and Social Council. South Africa was one of 51 UN member States that volunteered to present their VNR report on implementation of SDGs.

The key principle the country followed in putting together the VNR was the inclusion of all national stakeholders, based on the SDG agenda’s spirit of ‘leaving no one behind’. In this regard, the process was consultative with written inputs from government, civil society organisations, the private sector and academia.

Statistics South Africa provided a critical basis for the process, through the collation and updating of baseline reporting data, in accordance with Stats SA’s mandate and its platforms for stakeholder engagement.

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, through the National Planning Commission Secretariat, coordinated the VNR processes inside and outside government. The VNR process was compiled in accordance with UN guidelines, and was finalised under Inter-Ministerial and Cabinet supervision.

16 March 2020 - CW48

Profile picture: Arnolds, Mr A

Arnolds, Mr A to ask the President of the Republic

(1) Whether any persons who have been implicated in the Zondo Commission (details furnished) have been prosecuted; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) how will he address the Zondo Commission’s recommendations?

Reply:

1. Decisions on whether or not to institute prosecutions, on what charges, and against whom, are within the sole purview of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). The NPA is enjoined to act independently and impartially in executing its duties and therefore does not report on these matters to the President, neither would it be appropriate for the President to request any such report.

2. The Zondo Commission is yet to make any recommendations to me.

16 March 2020 - NW12

Profile picture: Meth, Ms N

Meth, Ms N to ask the President of the Republic

(a) What number of special envoys has he appointed since February 2018, (b) how does the Government manage unethical behaviour, fraud and corruption in the case of any implicated special envoy and (c) what amount has the Government spent to date on each special envoy?

Reply:

I appointed four investment envoys in April 2018 and a further three, with sector-specific focus areas, in November 2019. These appointments are at the President’s discretion and may be modified and/or withdrawn should I deem it necessary.

Investment envoys, like all other citizens, are subject to the laws that obtain in the Republic, and as such, where any misdemeanours occur these would need to be dealt with in terms of the applicable laws.

I am informed that the investment envoys have incurred the following travel and conference-related costs since their appointment:

Special Envoys

2018

2019

2020

Mr Mcebisi Jonas

R872,511

R965,004

R180,429

Ms Phumzile Langeni

     

Mr Jaco Maree

     

Mr Trevor Manuel

     

Mr Jeff Radebe

     

16 March 2020 - NW84

Profile picture: Marais, Mr S

Marais, Mr S to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he employed the SA National Defence Force to patrol the streets of Kimberley in January 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what was the cost of employing the soldiers, (b) from which budget was the employment of the soldiers paid and (c) for what period were the soldiers employed; (2) whether he communicated the soldiers’ employment to Parliament; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The President did not employ the SANDF to patrol the streets of Kimberley in January 2020.

(2) There was no employment under section 201 of the Constitution.

16 March 2020 - NW255

Profile picture: Schreiber, Dr LA

Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the President of the Republic

What action(s) will be taken against a certain person (name and details furnished) for allegedly misappropriating public funds; (2) whether he intends to refer the matter to the Special Investigating Unit for investigation in respect of the alleged misappropriation of public funds; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The person to whom the question refers undertook an official trip to the United States and Switzerland in September 2019. As provided for in the Guide for Members of the Executive – which was came into effect on 8 June 2019 – she was accompanied by her spouse.

Should the Honourable Member or any other person have evidence of the misappropriation of public funds, they should provide that information to the relevant authorities.

20 December 2019 - NW1616

Profile picture: Esterhuizen, Mr JA

Esterhuizen, Mr JA to ask the President of the Republic

What (a) is the name of each investor who pledged funds at the 2018 investment conference, (b) amount did each investor pledge, (c) project was each pledge invested in, (d) is the time frame of each project and (e) number of jobs did each project create; (2) whether each project was new or an existing project in each case; (3) what (a) is the name of each investor who pledged funds at the 2018 investment conference, but never invested the pledged funds, (b) amount did each investor pledge but not invest and (c) projects were never implemented as a result?

Reply:

Of the 31 announcements made at the 2018 investment conference, 8 projects have been launched or are about to be launched.

A further 20 projects are in the implementation stage, meaning that either ground has been broken, construction has begun, equipment ordered and installed or, in the case of financial institutions like the IDC, DBSA and NDB, funds are being disbursed.

Of the 31 announcements, 3 are progressing more slowly due to regulatory and other challenges. Invest SA is working with these companies to unblock and resolve any challenges so that projects can be implemented.

ANNEXURE 1 contains the detail of the projects.

1617. The Leader of the Opposition (DA) to ask the President of the Republic:

  1. What (a) is the name of each investor who pledged funds at the 2019 investment conference, (b) amount did each investor pledge, (c) project was each pledge invested in, (d) is the time frame of each project and (e) number of jobs did each project create;
  1. whether each project was new or an existing project in each case?

NW2973E

REPLY

Seventy companies announced investments at the second South Africa Investment Conference, held in Johannesburg from 5-7 November 2019. The total value of these commitments was just over R363 billion.

Invest SA is working with the companies that made announcements to categorise and determine the level of implementation and to provide assistance to unblock and fast-track these investments where necessary.

ANNEXURE 2 contains the details of the projects.

28 November 2019 - NW1568

Profile picture: Malatsi, Mr MS

Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the President of the Republic

What are the specific roles of the envoys that he has appointed in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019, including their (i) targets, (ii) annual remunerations and (iii) other benefits; (2) how are each of the envoy’s responsibilities different from those of the Cabinet Ministers in their respective portfolios?

Reply:

1. In April 2018, I appointed four Presidential Envoys on Investment – Mr Trevor Manuel, Mr Mcebisi Jonas, Ms Phumzile Langeni and Mr Jacko Maree – to engage with domestic and foreign investors on the opportunities for investment in South Africa, and to understand any impediments they experience in pursuing those opportunities.

The Envoys do not have specific targets. Instead, their activities support the investment mobilisation drive which has a stated intention of ensuring an additional R1.2 trillion of investment in South Africa over five years.

The State is only responsible for the travel and associated expenses of the Envoys in carrying out these duties.

To strengthen the work of the Investment Envoys, the President in November 2019 appointed Mr Jeff Radebe, Mr Derek Hanekom and Ms Elizabeth Thabethe as new Presidential Envoys on Investment targeting specific areas, in addition to general investment promotion. Mr Radebe will drive investment promotion in the energy sector, focusing on oil and gas, while Mr Hanekom and Ms Thabethe will both be responsible for investment mobilisation in the tourism sector.

Details relating to these recent appointments are still in the process of being finalised.

2. The Special Envoys do not have any executive responsibilities and are not members of the Government. They are deployed to convey messages about the investment climate and to generate goodwill with investors. They are not responsible for the formulation or implementation of policy nor the exercise of any administrative authority.

28 October 2019 - NW1149

Profile picture: Malatsi, Mr MS

Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister in the Presidency

What total expenditure was incurred by Brand SA on the Right to Vote campaign on (a) television channels, (b) out-of-home platforms, (c) print publications, (d) digital platforms and (e) influencers in the (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16, (iii) 2016-17, (iv) 2017-18 and (v) 2018-19 financial years?

Reply:

Brand South Africa did not incur any expenditure on the Right to Vote campaign on either of the platforms and in the identified financial years.

 

DRAFTER OF THE REPLY

Name: Ms Sithembile Ntombela

Designation: Chief Marketing Officer (Acting) Contacts: sithembilenG›brandsouthafrica.com

Recommended

Ms Thulisile Manzini

Chief Executive Officer (Acting)

Brand South Africa Date: 22/10/2019

Approved / not approved

Hon Jackson Mthembu, MP
Minister in the Presidency

28 October 2019 - NW1148

Profile picture: Malatsi, Mr MS

Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister in the Presidency

What (a) number of copies of the (i) Vuk'uzenzele newspaper and (ii) Public Sector Monager magazine were published and distributed and (b} was the total cost for publishing and distributing each of the specified publications (i) in the (aa) 2014, (bb} 2015, (cc} 2016, (dd) 2017 and (ee) 2018 calender years and (ii) since 1 January 2019?

28 October 2019 - NW1147

Profile picture: Malatsi, Mr MS

Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister in the Presidency

What was the total expenditure incurred by the (a) Media Development and Diversity Agency, (b) Statistics SA and (c) Brand SA for (i) car hire, (ii) travel claims, (iii) cellphone allowances, (iv) flights and (v) hotels for board members since 1 April 2014?

Reply:

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is a normal government department which draws its mandate from the Statistics Act (Act 6 of 1999) and as such does not have a board of directors. In light of the above, this question is not applicable Stats SA.

DRAFTER OF THE REPLY

Name: Bheki Mathunjwa

Designation: Chief Financial Officer

Contacts: Landline: 012 310 4813 - Mobile: 082 888 2532

Recommended


Risenga Maluleke Statistician-General: Statistics South Africa
Date: 23/10/2019


Approved/Not approved

Hon Jackson Mthembu (MP)
Minister in the Presidency
Date: 24/10/2019

24 July 2019 - NW308

Profile picture: Macpherson, Mr DW

Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he has established a task team to look into the shortcomings of the Copyright Amendment Bill [B13-2017] before assenting to it; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the terms of reference of the task team, (b) what is the name of each person on the task team and (c) by what date is the task team expected to complete its work?

Reply:

(a) - (c) The Presidency legal team has collated all submissions, petitions and investigated areas of concern regarding the Bill. The team is currently analysing these submissions with the purpose of fully appraising the President on the Bill. As such, there is no task team established to consider the Bill.

22 July 2019 - NW230

Profile picture: Steenhuisen, Mr JH

Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he has signed performance agreements with each Member of the Executive; if not, (a) why not and (b) which Members of the Executive still need to sign performance agreements; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) - (b) As I have said in the State of the Nation Address, I will be signing performance agreements with Ministers and Deputy Ministers who will be delegated clear and meaningful programmes to lead.

We expect to finalise these performance agreements by September 2019 when the Medium Term Strategic Framework, with clear deliverables for each department, is approved by Cabinet.

22 July 2019 - NW229

Profile picture: Steenhuisen, Mr JH

Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to take any disciplinary action against a certain person (name furnished) for running a parallel intelligence network; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I am informed by the relevant authorities that the investigation of this matter is still ongoing and is led by the National Prosecuting Authority. I therefore cannot and will not pre-empt the work that is being done. As soon as I am appraised of the outcomes of these investigations, I will consider the appropriate steps to be taken.

22 July 2019 - NW224

Profile picture: Maimane, Mr MA

Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether the Government will utilise funds loaned from the China Development Bank in its Infrastructure Fund; if not, where will the funds be sourced from; if so, what (a) amount in funding will be loaned from the China Development Bank and (b) will be the terms and conditions of the loan?

Reply:

(a) - (b) The Infrastructure Fund is expected to utilise funds from International Finance Institutions (IFIs), including the China Development Bank (CDB), as well as other Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and private sector institutions. Work on the design of the Infrastructure Fund is continuing, involving the National Treasury, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC).

As indicated above, consideration will be given to source funding from number of IFIs, DFIs and private sector institutions.

Government has committed R100 billion to the fund over ten years as a subsidy to leverage both private sector and development finance funding for well planned projects. This seed capital will be funded through reprioritisation or additional borrowing but may also include guarantees. There is R5 billion in the existing Medium-Term Expenditure Framework for this purpose. Adequate processes to enable borrowing on a competitive basis from multilateral institutions (such as World Bank, New Development Bank, Chinese Development Bank) already exist. The intention will be to access technical assistance that comes with concessional loans both for purely social infrastructure and for blended finance projects with social and economic elements.

The decision on the funding mix, and terms and conditions of the loan will be determined by several factors. Therefore, it would be premature to indicate what the loan amount would be and the terms and conditions of the loan.

22 July 2019 - NW225

Profile picture: Maimane, Mr MA

Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, with reference to his reply to the State of the Nation Address on 26 June 2019, he intends to deploy members of the SA National Defence Force to assist members of the SA Police Service in gang-ridden areas; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

In a letter dated 17 July 2019, I informed both the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces that I have deployed 1,320 members of the South African National Defence Force for service in cooperation with the South African Police Service for the prevention and combating of crime, maintenance and preservation of law and order where needed in the Western Cape Province.

The deployment was authorised in terms of section 201(2)(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.

This deployment is for the period 18 July 2019 to 16 September 2019, with a total expenditure of R23 391 351.00.

03 July 2019 - NW29

Profile picture: Cardo, Dr MJ

Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the President of the Republic

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

01 April 2019 - NW667

Profile picture: Carter, Ms D

Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to reprimand the Minister of Police as directed by the Public Protector for failing to ensure that protection was provided to two whistle-blowers in KwaZulu-Natal who were in danger of assassination; if not, why not; if so, what has delayed him to take action in the matter?

Reply:

The Minister of Police is taking the Public Protector’s report on review.

The Presidency has applied to intervene in the review application instituted by the Minister of Police to ask the court to stay the implementation of the remedial action until the review is determined.

19 March 2019 - NW447

Profile picture: Bodlani, Ms T

Bodlani, Ms T to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he met with a group of female firefighters employed by the City of Ekurhuleni after they approached him around 23 August 2018 to highlight their grievances relating to alleged discrepancies in the payment of allowances; if not, on what date is it envisaged that the meeting will take place; if so, what (a) commitments came out of the specified meeting and (b) is the name of each woman who signed the memorandum handed over to him?

Reply:

(a) I did not have a meeting with the female firefighters employed by the City of Ekurhuleni.

(b) The memorandum was received by a Presidency official on 23 August 2018. It was forwarded to the City of Ekurhuleni, which has been asked to address the concerns raised in the memorandum, working with the Department of Cooperative Governance.

Apart from the signatures, there are no names specified in the memorandum that was submitted to the Presidency.

19 March 2019 - NW617

Profile picture: Madisha, Mr WM

Madisha, Mr WM to ask the President of the Republic

Whether a certain person (name and details furnished) has the requisite security clearance; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The person in question was interviewed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) on or around 22 May 2018, before he was appointed to his current position.

The Presidency has been informed that the person’s security clearance is still being processed. We trust that the SAPS will conclude the matter urgently and make a final determination in this regard in accordance with applicable prescripts.

19 March 2019 - NW479

Profile picture: Gardee, Mr GA

Gardee, Mr GA to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether the President of Rwanda, Mr Paul Kagame, is scheduled to visit the country in the near future; if so, why does the Government continue to maintain normal relations with the Rwandan government despite the alleged murder and attempted murder of Mr Patrick Karegeya and Mr Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa which are a clear violation of the Republic’s sovereignty and rule of law; (2) what measures and steps will he take in his future engagements with the President of Rwanda, Mr Paul Kagame, and the Rwandan government in response to the violation of South Africa’s sovereignty and rule of law which resulted from the alleged murder and attempted murder of the specified persons allegedly by the Rwandan government? NW543E

Reply:

1. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda was one of the Heads of State and Government who attended Young Presidents’ Organisation conference in Cape Town from 6 to 7 March 2019, at the invitation of the organisers of the meeting.

Pursuant to the death of Col Karegeya who was found dead in his hotel room at Michelangelo Hotel on 31 March 2013 and the assassination attempt on the life of Gen Nyamwasa on 4 March 2014, bilateral relations between South Africa and Rwanda were severely strained.

Our Government took necessary measures by launching a police investigation on the death of Col Karegeya which is currently before an inquest. On the attempted assassination of Gen Nyamwasa, our Government declared three Rwandan diplomats and one Burundian diplomat persona non grata and expelled them from South Africa, for illegal activities inconsistent with their diplomatic work which was in violation of Article 41 of the Vienna Convention and Article 9 of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act. Our Government took that decision based on evidence from our security agencies pointing to their involvement in illegal activities.

(2) The Government of South Africa and the Government of Rwanda have since 2014 engaged in discussions pursuant to the death of Col Karegeya and attempted assassination of Gen Nyamwasa. As an outcome of these discussions, the two countries agreed in June 2015 to normalise their relations. In the meetings that I have had with President Kagame, we agreed to normalise our bilateral relations, including the reactivation of the visa service at the South African High Commission in Kigali. Our respective Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation are working on the modalities.

19 March 2019 - NW478

Profile picture: Gardee, Mr GA

Gardee, Mr GA to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he has been informed of the alleged murder attempts on a Rwandan citizen, Mr Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa allegedly by the Rwandan government; if so, what measures and steps has the Government taken in response to the clear violation of the Republic’s sovereignty and rule of law by the Rwandan government; (2) whether he has discussed the matter with the Rwandan government; if so, what are the relevant details of the discussion? NW542E

Reply:

(1) I am informed about the attempted assassination of General Nyamwasa. On 6 March 2014, following the attempted assassination of Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, our Government declared three Rwandan diplomats and one Burundian diplomat persona non grata and expelled them from South Africa, for illegal activities inconsistent with their diplomatic work which was in violation of Article 41 of the Vienna Convention and Article 9 of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act. Our Government took that decision based on evidence from our security agencies pointing to the involvement of these diplomats in illegal activities.

(2) The Government of South Africa and the Government of Rwanda have since 2014 engaged in discussions pursuant to the death of Col Karegeya and attempted assassination of Gen Nyamwasa. As an outcome of these discussions, the two countries agreed in June 2015 to normalise their relations. In the meetings that I have had with President Kagame, we agreed to normalise our bilateral relations, including the reactivation of the visa service at the South African High Commission in Kigali. Our respective Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation are working on the modalities.

19 March 2019 - NW477

Profile picture: Gardee, Mr GA

Gardee, Mr GA to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he has been informed of the alleged murder of Col Patrick Karegeya by the Rwandan government; if so, what measures and steps has the South African Government taken in response to the violation of South Africa’s sovereignty and rule of law by the Rwandan government; (2) has he discussed the matter with the Rwandan government; if so, what are the relevant details of the discussion?

Reply:

(1) Col Patrick Karegeya was found dead in his hotel room at the Michelangelo Hotel on 31 December 2013. The National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks are handling the matter to the extent that the case was recently submitted to a Magistrate in Sandton for an inquest.

(2) The Government of South Africa and the Government of Rwanda have since 2014 engaged in discussions pursuant to the death of Col Karegeya and attempted assassination of Gen Nyamwasa. As an outcome of these discussions, the two countries agreed in June 2015 to normalise their relations. In the meetings that I have had with President Kagame, we agreed to normalise our bilateral relations, including the reactivation of the visa service at the South African High Commission in Kigali. Our respective Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation are working on the modalities.

19 March 2019 - NW424

Profile picture: Van Der Walt, Ms D

Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

(1) (a) On what date did he receive proposed amendments to the Ministerial Handbook, (b) which sections will be amended and (c) what are the details of any financial benefits emanating from proposed amendments to the Handbook; (2) by what date will he (a) sign off on the revised Ministerial Handbook and (b) make the revised handbook public? NW487E

Reply:

(1) (a) The proposed amendments to the Ministerial Handbook were submitted to the Presidency in June 2018.

(b) The proposed amendments are, in the main, in the following areas:

(i) Staffing for offices of Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Premiers and MECs;

(ii) Provisions for Members with special needs due to disability;

(iii) Procurement of official vehicles and the use of hired vehicles;

(iv) Domestic and international travel;

(v) Provision, maintenance and furnishing of official residences; and,

(vi) The period within which former members are required to vacate state owned residences and relinquish official motor vehicles.

(c) It is envisaged that cost savings will be achieved through the transversal contract administered by National Treasury in terms of vehicles purchased, reductions in the cost of flights and a reduction in administrative support and accommodation costs when Members travel abroad.

(2) Following discussion between the President and the Minister of Public Service and Administration, the amended Handbook has been returned to the Department of Public Service and Adminstration. The Department has been asked to ensure that the amended Handbook takes account of the work currently underway on the macro-configuration of government and the amendment of Regulation 66 of Public Service Regulations on the staff establishment for offices of the President, Deputy President, Ministers, Premiers and MECs.

01 March 2019 - NW230

Profile picture: Hlengwa, Mr M

Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he will take action against the (a) Minister of Environmental Affairs, (b) Minister of Mineral Resources and (c) Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services responsible for Correctional Services who are implicated through allegations in testimony given at The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the action he intends to take?

Reply:

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud in public institutions is currently underway.

Following the conclusion of the inquiry, the Commission will submit findings and recommendations to the President. The President will await the report of the Commission before determining what action needs to be taken, including against any Members of Cabinet that may be implicated in the report.

Nothing prevents the relevant authorities within the criminal justice system from investigating allegations of impropriety by Ministers or any other persons. In any such instances, legal processes must be allowed to be concluded with due regard for the rule of law.

01 March 2019 - NW159

Profile picture: Carter, Ms D

Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

Whether any steps have been taken to give effect to the recommendations of the Nugent Commission of Inquiry Into Taxation and Governance by SARS that criminal prosecution be instituted against Mr Tom Moyane for awarding a certain contract (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps and (b) what is the current status of the specified steps?

Reply:

Government has started implementing the most pressing recommendations that were made by the Commission. These include terminating the appointment of Mr Tom Moyane as the Commissioner of SARS on 1 November 2018, and initiating the process to appoint a new Commissioner.

A new commissioner is expected to be appointed in the near future.

While some of the organisational recommendations can only be implemented by the Commissioner, the Minister of Finance announced during the Budget speech that the Acting Commissioner has already taken steps to:

  • Re-establish the large business unit, which will be formally launched in early April 2019.
  • Launch an illicit economy unit to investigate syndicated tax evasion schemes in high-risk sectors, including the tobacco trade.
  • Harnessing opportunities from information-sharing agreements between tax authorities to fight cross-border tax evasion.
  • Reviewing contracts that breached procurement regulations and acting to recover funds from any fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

The Minister of Finance has requested Judge Davis to assess the tax gap, which is the difference between revenue collected and what ought to be collected.

The Minister also intends to introduce legislative amendments this year, giving effect to a number of the Commission’s governance recommendations. These matters will be included in this year’s draft tax legislation.

20 February 2019 - NW3

Profile picture: Malema, Mr J

Malema, Mr J to ask the President of the Republic

Since his reply to question 19 for oral reply on 6 November 2018 and the subsequent correction to his reply through his letter of 14 November 2018, in which he confirms the existence of a contract between his son and Bosasa, also known as African Global Operations, (a) he still maintains the existence of the contract that he read with his own eyes and (b) if he will furnish Mr J S Malema with a copy of the contract?

Reply:

a) As I indicated in my statement to the Public Protector of 1 February 2019, in September 2018, my son, Mr Andile Ramaphosa, showed me two documents:

  • An Advisory Mandate signed in December 2017 between his company, Blue Crane Capital (Pty) Ltd, and African Global Operations (AGO) for possible business entry and activities in some East African countries.
  • An Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy signed with AGO in January 2018.

b) It is not for me to share the contractual arrangements of private companies, including any belonging to my son.

20 February 2019 - NW5

Profile picture: Shivambu, Mr F

Shivambu, Mr F to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 19 for oral reply on 6 November 2018 and his further clarification to his reply through his letter of 14 November 2018, Bosasa’s donation of R500 000 was returned; if not, why not; if so, (a) to whom in Bosasa and (b) what proof was he furnished with of such return?

Reply:

a) As I indicated in my statement to the Public Protector of 1 February 2019, I have been informed by the former ‘CR17’ campaign managers that, following an unsuccessful attempt to meet Mr Gavin Watson in order to arrange for the return of the donation, an amount of R500,000 has been transferred into an attorney’s trust account.

The funds will remain there until such time as these matters surrounding African Global Operations are clarified following various concerning disclosures before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Thereafter, a decision will be made as to whether these monies should be returned to the account from where they came, passed on to appropriate government authorities or donated to a charity.

b) The former ‘CR17’ campaign managers have shown me proof of payment.

20 February 2019 - NW4

Profile picture: Shivambu, Mr F

Shivambu, Mr F to ask the President of the Republic

Whether the donors of his political campaign to become president of his political organisation are holders of government contracts; if so, in each case, (a) what are their names and (b) which government contracts do they hold?

Reply:

As I indicated in my statement to the Public Protector of 1 February 2019, a deliberate decision was taken by myself and those leading the ‘CR17’ campaign that, apart from attending dinners with potential funders, I would not be involved in fundraising, nor would I be provided with the identity of donors or the amounts pledged, as I did not want to feel under obligation to them in any shape or form at any time in the future.

As a consequence:

a) I do not have the names of the donors.

b) I do not know if they hold government contracts.

14 December 2018 - NW3740

Profile picture: Maynier, Mr D

Maynier, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he was made aware of the (a) attack on editors on social media and/or (b) meeting held with the SA National Editors Forum by the Minister of Finance, Mr T T Mboweni; if so, what is the position in this regard; (2) whether (a) he and/or (b) any person in his Office communicated (i) directly or (ii) indirectly with Mr T T Mboweni on this matter; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(1) (a) No

(b) No. I am encouraged by the fact that the Minister of Finance reached out to the SA National Editors Forum and had a constructive discussion on matters that were of concern to both parties.

(2) (a) No

(b) No

14 December 2018 - NW3739

Profile picture: Maynier, Mr D

Maynier, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, with reference to his reply to a supplementary question on question 20 on 6 November 2018, (a) he and/or (b) any person in his Office communicated (i) directly or (ii) indirectly with the Minister of Finance, Mr T T Mboweni the Government’s position on the future of the SA Airways; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a) & (b) (i) (ii): No. There is agreement in the Executive that the immediate priority for government is to stabilise SAA financially and through a rigorous process of cost-reduction and commercial re-orientation, to turn it into an airline that is financially and operationally sustainable.

10 December 2018 - NW3641

Profile picture: Shivambu, Mr F

Shivambu, Mr F to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether, with reference to the additional information he provided in respect of oral question 19 on Friday, 16 November 2018, he received any donation in his official capacity from African Global Operations (Bosasa) since his term in the office of the Presidency; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) which account was used to pay the donation and (b) what was the donation for; (2) whether he declared all the money donated to him; if not, why not; if so; on what date was it declared? NW4212E

Reply:

1. I have not received any donation, either in my official or any other capacity, from African Global Operations. As I indicated in a letter to the Speaker of the National Asembly on 16 November 2018, the payment to which the Leader of the Opposition referred was made on behalf of Mr Gavin Watson into a trust account that was used to raise funds for a campaign established to support my candidature for the Presidency of the African National Congress.

The donation was sought and obtained without my knowledge, and I was not aware of the existence of the donation at the time that I answered the question in the National Assembly.

2. Since I did not receive any donation from African Global Operations no declaration was necessary.

10 December 2018 - NW3342

Profile picture: Lekota, Mr M

Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he has taken any steps to investigate allegations relating to the alleged irregular and/or unlawful appointment of persons in the Ministry of Transport (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, (a) what progress has been made and (b) what was the conclusion reached?

Reply:

(a) – (b) The allegations referred to by the Honourable Member were made in the form of an anonymous letter circulated to various government entities, including the Presidency.

I am informed that the Public Service Commission, one of the recipients of the anonymous letter, determined after correspondence with the Department of Transport that it will not take action due to the fact that it would be difficult to obtain further and more detailed particulars from an anonymous complainant.

We would urge any individuals who have evidence of irregular or unlawful appointments to make use of the proper channels.

In this regard, it is worth mentioning that the Minister of Public Service and Administration did receive another letter from a former employee of the Department of Transport making similar allegations.

In line with the Public Service Act, the Minister of Public Service and Administration has begun a process to ascertain the veracity of the allegations.

The work to ascertain the veracity of the allegations has not yet been concluded. The Department of Public Service and Administration is in contact with the Department of Transport to ascertain whether the appointment of persons in the Ministry of Transport is compliant to the Public Service Act and other relevant prescripts.

Once the work has been concluded, a report will be submitted to the Minister of Public Service and Administration. Further enquiry on these allegations should be directed to the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

10 December 2018 - NW3576

Profile picture: Madisha, Mr WM

Madisha, Mr WM to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he has been informed of the crisis playing out in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries involving certain persons (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps have been taken to resolve the crisis?

Reply:

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has apprised me on the allegations levelled against senior officials in his department. He further indicated that disciplinary proceedings for some of the implicated officials are currently underway, while for others, investigations are proceeding. These processes have not yet been concluded and I expect a report from the Minister once they are concluded.

The Minister has assured me that despite these allegations and related processes currently underway, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is effectively implementing the strategic programmes of the Department.

 

10 December 2018 - NW3578

Profile picture: Lekota, Mr M

Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to assent to the Political Party Funding Bill [B33 of 2017] in time for its implementation prior to the May 2019 Elections; if not why not?

Reply:

I wish to refer Honourable Member to the attached statement that was issued by the Presidency on 15 November 2018 on Bills passed by Parliament and referred to me for signing into law.

As per the statement, the Political Party Funding Bill is one of the Bills that I am currently considering. Due to the importance attached to legislation, I have a constitutional obligation of ensuring that, while expediting the process, a Bill that has been passed into law is not vulnerable to legal challenge and that it is constitutionally complaint. I can assure the Honourable Member that I am applying my mind with the urgency and thoroughness the Bill demands.

09 November 2018 - NW3073

Profile picture: Maynier, Mr D

Maynier, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2638 on 3 October 2018, any of the Special Envoys on Investment received any support from any firms in the private sector; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) which envoy received private sector support, (b) what was the nature of support received, (c) what number of personnel were seconded to provide support and (d) what is the value of the support provided; (2) whether any expenditure was incurred as a result of private sector firms supporting the specified envoys; if not, why not; if so, what (a) total expenditure was incurred and (b) is the detailed breakdown of the expenditure in each case? NW3437E

Reply:

  1. The Special Envoys on Investment are private individuals who have volunteered to support the country’s investment drive. The envoys are attached to different private sector organisations and may, from time to time, act in their capacity as envoys while they are travelling on company business, which is paid for by their respective firms. No personnel have been seconded to provide support to the envoys specifically.
  2. No public entity has made any payment to any private firm to which the envoys are affiliated for the purpose of supporting the work of the envoys in the investment drive.

02 November 2018 - NW2760

Profile picture: Maynier, Mr D

Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)Whether each intervention as set out in the Inclusive Growth Action Plan, which was released on or around 13 July 2017, was achieved by each responsible authority; if not, (a) which intervention was not achieved, (b) which authority is responsible for achieving the specified intervention and (c) why was the specified intervention not achieved; (2) whether plans have been put in place to ensure that the specified interventions will be achieved; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW3053E

Reply:

  1. a), b) and c) and 2): The interventions, its achievement the responsible Departments of the Inclusive Growth Action Plan which was released on or around 13 July 2017, are as follows

Intervention

Responsible

authority

Achievement

  1. Fiscal Policy

Minister of Finance

  • The Budget Facility on Infrastructure run by the National Treasury and the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission has been established.
  • A three-year (2018/19 – 2020/21) public service wage agreement was finalised by Government and Labour Unions in June 2018.
  1. Financial sector and tax policy

Minister of Finance

  • Financial Sector Regulation Act was signed into law on 21 August 2017.
  • Standing Committee on Finance and Portfolio Committee on Transformation have completed hearings and have finalised the report.
  • The Insurance Bill 2016 has been approved by Standing Committee on Finance.
  1. Leverage Public Procurement

Minister of Finance / Minister of Small Business Development

  • The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act Regulations took effect on 1 April 2017.
  • The Public Procurement Bill memorandum to Cabinet signed on 7 July 2017. The draft Bill has been approved for submission in October 2018 to proceed to Cabinet for approval for public consultation.
  • Government’s Small Business and Innovation Fund, focused on providing support for entrepreneurs, has been allocated R1 billion for 2019/20.
  1. Recapitalisation of SOEs and Government Guarantees

Minister of Finance / Cabinet

  • National Treasury has crafted a draft framework for disposal of non-core assets, which still needs to go through the necessary consultative process.
  1. Broader State Owned Entity (SOE) reforms

Minister of Finance/

Minister of DPE/

Minister of DPSA/

Cabinet

  • Boards of several SOEs have been changed to improve governance; these include Eskom, Transnet, Denel and Prasa.
  • Government is implementing recommendations from the 2010 Presidential Review Commission of SOEs
  1. Private Sector Participation Framework

Minister of Finance/

All Shareholder Ministries/

All SOEs

  • Private Sector Participation Framework has been approved by Cabinet and shared with the relevant departments and entities.
  1. Costing Developmental Mandates

Minister of Finance

  • Template to determine and cost developmental mandates has been approved by Cabinet and shared with the relevant departments and entities.
  1. Energy

Minister of Finance/

Minister of Energy/

DPE/

Eskom

  • Task team comprising of NT, DPE and Energy advised that Eskom could not pursue the “hardship” approach as this would have unintended consequences and negatively impact Eskom’s ability to raise funds. Task team indicated that there is no need for soft support for Eskom.
  • Renewable Energy Independent Power Purchase (REIPPP) agreements have been signed on the 4th April 2018 and will add additional 2300MW to the grid
  • DTI continues to roll-out and expand the Black Industrialists programme.
  1. South African Airways

Minister of Finance

  • The new SAA CEO appointment has been completed
  • Institute of Directors (IoDSA) conducted an external skills audit, which was concluded before the 2017/18 MTBPS
  • New SAA Board has been appointed.
  • SAA has reduced the frequencies on certain loss-making routes.
  1. Telecommunication

Minister of DTPS/

CSIR/

Minister of EDD

  • The CSIR has completed a study on spectrum availability to determine if excess capacity will be available to license to industry after allocating spectrum to the WOAN.
  • The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has released the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill for public consultation
  • The data enquiry public hearing process has commenced. The Commission held a three day public hearings into Data Market Inquiry from 17-19 October 2017. The four major cellphone service providers in South Africa were invited to testify on the second day of the public hearings. The aim of the inquiry is to better understand the general state of competition in the data services sector.
  1. Postbank

Minister of Finance/

Minister of DTPS

  • Legislation to facilitate the licensing of Postbank is still being finalised
  1. Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act

Minister of Mineral Resources

  • This has been withdrawn from Parliament
  1. Broad-based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry

Minister of Mineral Resources

  • The Charter was published on the 27th September 2018.
  1. The Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

  • The bill was published for public consultation but not yet finalised.
   

Approved

Not

Approved

Approved

as amended

   

Comment:

Dr NC Dlamini-Zuma

Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

   

Date:

   

29 October 2018 - NW2824

Profile picture: Lees, Mr RA

Lees, Mr RA to ask the President of the Republic

What are the details of (a) the purpose(s) for which the US$ 25 billion in funding pledged by the government of the People’s Republic of China towards his economic stimulus package will be utilised and (b) all the terms and conditions attached by the Chinese government to make the specified funds available?

Reply:

a) A number of agreements were signed between the governments of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China, and between different state entities and private companies in the two countries, during the state visit by President Xi Jinping to South Africa in July 2018 and during my state visit to China in September 2018, prior to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Taken together, the agreements reflect a commitment of around US$15.2 billion in equity investments and loans across a range of industrial sectors, mining, infrastructure and services. The funding will, among others, support cooperation on special economic zones, trade and investment relations and financing for state owned entities.

b) Eskom and Transnet entered into loan agreements with Chinese banks.

Eskom entered into a loan agreement with the China Development Bank for R33 billion. The facility has a grace period of five years and thereafter the principal amount is repayable by Eskom in 20 instalments over a period of 10 years. There are no specific conditions for this loan.

Transnet entered into a R4 billion loan agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to finance the general operating activities and certain capital expenditure of Transnet. The facility is a five-year, rand denominated, quarterly amortising loan, at a floating and competitive interest rate. The loan came with terms and conditions that are standard for this type of loan.

In addition, there were agreements signed between private sector companies of China and those of South Africa. The conditions attached to each of these agreements are a matter between the respective parties.

 

29 October 2018 - NW2819

Profile picture: Maynier, Mr D

Maynier, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he was informed about any contact and/or interaction between the former Minister of Finance, Mr N M Nene, and any member of the Gupta family prior to (a) appointing him as the Minister of Finance on 26 February 2018 and (b) Mr Nene giving evidence at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to Inquire into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, on 3 October 2018; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he received any offer to resign from the position of Minister of Finance, from Mr N M Nene, as a result of his contact and/or interaction with any member of the Gupta family; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he has found that Mr Nene’s contact and/or interactions with members of the Gupta family have resulted in the contravention of the prescripts of section 96 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW3121E

Reply:

(1) (a) No

(b) No

(2) Former Minister Nene submitted a letter of resignation on 9 October 2018, which I accepted.

(3) Mr Nene is no longer a Minister. If there are any findings to be made on Mr Nene’s contact with members of the Gupta family that will be a matter for the Commission of Inquiry on State Capture.

29 October 2018 - NW2821

Profile picture: Maynier, Mr D

Maynier, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he attended the meeting during which the Cabinet agreed to issue a request for proposals for the Government’s proposed nuclear build programme on 9 December 2015; if not, why not; if so, (2) whether he supported the Cabinet’s decision to issue the request for proposals; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he intends to give evidence on his role with regard to decision-making relating to the Government’s proposed nuclear build programme before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to Inquire into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW3123E

Reply:

1. I attended the Cabinet meeting of 9 December 2015 in my capacity as Deputy President of the Republic. It was at this meeting that a decision was made to issue a request for proposals for a nuclear new build programme, and at which it was also agreed that any decision to proceed further with a nuclear build programme would take place after the Request for Proposals process had been completed and a final funding model developed.

2. Discussions in Cabinet are confidential and it is therefore not possible to provide information on individual contributions to the discussion. All members of Cabinet, regardless of their personal views, are bound by decisions taken by Cabinet and are collectively responsible for implementing those decisions.

3. I have publicly stated that I am available to give evidence at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture should the Commission deem it necessary.

23 October 2018 - NW2734

Profile picture: Mente, Ms NV

Mente, Ms NV to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)What are the names of the (a) individuals and (b) organisations that undertook the research and wrote the White Paper on an Integrated National Disability Strategy (INDS); (2) whether the persons who undertook the research and wrote the paper were external contractors; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what amount were they paid in each case?

Reply:

1.(a) The INDS completed in 1997, was compiled through a multi stakeholder consultative process which was led by the Office of the Status of Disabled Persons (OSDP).

(b). The stakeholders comprised of officials from all spheres of government, members of civil society, members from academic institutions, persons with disabilities and various organizations of persons with disabilities.

2. The process was not commissioned to external contractors and therefore no individual / external contractor was compensated

08 October 2018 - NW879

Profile picture: Macpherson, Mr DW

Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister in the Presidency

With reference to the Aquaculture hub of the Oceans Economy Lab, (a) what are the detailed reasons behind the delays in the expansion of the (i) Oyster hatchery at Paternoster, (ii) Oyster Catcher Initiative, (iii) Hermanus Salmon, (iv) Hondeklip Bay Abalone hatchery, (v) Richards Bay sea cage kob farming, particularly improving market access and developing the value-chain and (vi) Wild Coast abalone ranching and (b) what steps are being taken to resolve the delays and complete the projects in each case?

Reply:

i) According to DAFF, Paternoster Oyster initiative was delayed owing to lack of interest to invest from private investors to date and therefore could not leverage other funding. Consequently, the project was removed from the Operation Phakisa registered projects. Recently, the company has been bought over and the new owner intends to set up an oyster hatchery. This company will have an opportunity to register the new project with Operation Phakisa.

ii) Oyster Catcher initiative was delayed due to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process that was conducted for Saldanha Bay. Now that the Environmental Authorisation has been approved, the conditions of the Environmental Authorisation need to be met and Transnet reports that the approval process for additional sea space needed, is underway.

iii) The Hermanus Salmon has not been awarded a lease for the property that the company identified. The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and Department of Public Works (DPW) have agreed that the advertisement of vacant sites suitable for aquaculture will be prioritised to expedite the resolution of the problem.

iv) The Hondeklip Bay Abalone Hatchery was initially funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). However, the consolidation of Aquaculture projects funding at the DST led to the withdrawal of funding for the same. The DAFF has subsequently sourced funding for this initiative to ensure continued development of aquaculture in Northern Cape.

v) The Richards Bay sea cage kob farm has completed a successful pilot project. However, before commercial aquaculture can be undertaken in the bay, a feasibility study is being undertaken to assess whether there is water space for commercial production levels and whether aquaculture activities can coexist with other activities being undertaken in the Port. The DAFF is drafting a marketing and awareness programme for the aquaculture sector in South Africa, which includes value chain and marketing of products.

vi) The Wild coast abalone farm initiative is progressing well. However, due to initial funding constraints the plans are slightly behind schedule. The company has sourced the necessary funding and this project is expected to progress as planned

   

Approved

Not

Approved

Approved

as amended

   

Comment:

Dr NC Dlamini-Zuma

Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

   

Date:

   

03 October 2018 - NW2561

Profile picture: Lekota, Mr M

Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

With regard to his speech that he delivered during the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Kimberley on 21 February 2018 (details furnished), has he found that the (a) former President, Mr J G Zuma, intended to remain in power by force and (b) army considered intervening in the politics and democratic processes of the country; if not, what is the position in this regard in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

The speech that the President delivered in Kimberley as the Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force on the occasion of Armed Forces Day, on 21 February 2018, does not make reference to any of the assertions made in the question of the Honourable Member.

The section of the speech quoted by the Honourable Member reflects the primary mandate of the SANDF, as prescribed in the Defence Act No. 42 of 2002, Section 2(b), which states: “The primary object of the Defence Force is to defend and protect the Republic, its people and its territorial integrity”.

The President’s speech on Armed Forces Day 2018 is attached for information.

03 October 2018 - NW2628

Profile picture: Lekota, Mr M

Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he intends to give evidence before the Judicial Commission of Enquiry into State Capture (the commission); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he responded to the letter; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date did he respond and (b) what was the name of the addressee? NW2904E

Reply:

(1) - (2) The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture is empowered to decide who should give evidence before it. If the Commission asks me to appear before it, I will gladly oblige.

Any person, including members of Cabinet and senior government employees, who may have information that would assist the Commission in its work, is encouraged to make that information available to the Commission and, if necessary, to give evidence.

 

03 October 2018 - NW2610

Profile picture: Shivambu, Mr F

Shivambu, Mr F to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he has ever received a letter from the leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo in his capacity as Deputy President and/or President or; if so, on what exact date did he receive the letter; (2) whether he responded to the letter; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date did he respond and (b) what was the name of the addressee? NW2904E

Reply:

(1) Yes, the letter from the leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo was received by the President, in his capacity as President, on 6 June 2018.

(2) The letter was responded to on 11 July 2018, addressed to the President of Abahlali baseMjondolo, Mr S. Zikode.