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01 June 2018 - NW1512

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether the former Minister of Finance, Mr K M N Gigaba, (a) requested and (b) received approval in writing from the President for each intended official trip undertaken by the former Minister of Finance from 1 April 2017 to 27 February 2018 as is required in terms of the Ministerial Handbook; if not, in each case, why not; if so, on what date was the request (i) made and (ii) approved in each case; (2) whether the former Minister of Finance (a) requested and (b) received approval in writing from the President for his spouse to accompany him on each specified official visit; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. According to the information on record, the former Minister of Finance, Mr KMN Gigaba, undertook the following approved official travel abroad:

No.

Date

Country

(i) Request made

(ii) Travel approved

1.

19 – 26 Apr 2017

USA

12 Apr 2017

18 Apr 2017

2.

17 – 19 June 2017

China

12 June 2017

15 June 2017

3.

19 – 22 June 2017

England

12 June 2017

15 June 2017

4.

5 – 9 July 2017

Germany

26 June 2017

27 June 2017

5.

30 – 31 July 2017

Swaziland

24 July 2017

26 July 2017

6.

1 – 6 Sept 2017

China

23 Aug 2017

28 Aug 2017

7.

9 – 16 Oct 2017

USA

28 Sept 2017

29 Sept 2017

8.

7 – 17 Nov 2017

USA and Asia: Japan, China and Singapore

2 Nov 2017

4 Nov 2017

9.

21 – 28 Jan 2018

Switzerland

7 Dec 2017

11 Dec 2017

(2) The Ministerial Handbook does not require the President to approve the travel of the Minister’s spouse.

25 May 2018 - NW1424

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, with reference to his undertaking in his State of the Nation Address on 16 February 2018 in the National Assembly, a process to review the (a) configuration, (b) number and (c) size of national Government departments has been initiated; if not, in each case, why not; if so, (i) who is responsible for the review, (ii) what is the name of the lead department carrying out the review, (iii) what progress has been made with the review and (iv) by what date will the review be completed in each case?

Reply:

(a) – (c) Yes, the process of reviewing the size and shape of the National Executive and government departments has begun.  

(i)   A Technical Task Team of officials from the following departments is currently reviewing the configuration of the national government: The Presidency; the Department of Public Service and Administration; the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; the National Treasury; and the Department of Cooperative Governance.

(ii)  The Presidency is the lead department.

(iii)  A review of previous and current configurations is still in progress, with the view to establishing the synergy between the Constitution and legislation on one hand and the national macro-organisation of the national government, on the other. A preliminary analysis has been concluded.

(iv) The review will be concluded after due political consultations, in time for implementation in the sixth administration.

29 March 2018 - NW480

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

What action does he intend to take against Minister, Mr Malusi Gigaba, following the finding in the Pretoria High Court judgement in the Fireblade matter that the Minister had committed a breach of the Constitution so serious that it can be characterised as a violation?

Reply:

The judgment handed down in the Pretoria High Court in the matter of Fireblade Aviation (Pty) Ltd v Minister of Home Affairs contains statements about the Minister of Home Affairs that are of great concern and need to be given serious attention.

I am therefore giving the matter due and proper consideration.

29 March 2018 - NW479

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Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

Would he consider making a policy directive that all deliberative meetings of all organs of government commence with the collective reading of the Preamble of the Constitution, 1996?

Reply:

Government welcomes all suggestions on ways to popularise the Constitution and to advance public awareness about its values and intent.

The suggestion to read the Preamble of the Constitution at the beginning of all deliberative meetings of government will be considered alongside various other proposals, taking into account issues of practicability and impact.

29 March 2018 - NW478

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he will consider a review of the provisions of Clauses 8.1 and 8.2 of the Regulations governing the Judicial Commission of Enquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of the State that offer all those who confess before the commission freedom from criminal prosecution resulting in those implicated in wrongdoing falling over themselves and one another to give evidence to the Commission so that the criminal justice administration is blocked from using the evidence against them in any such prosecutions?

Reply:

Clause 8(2) of the regulations governing the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has been amended and published in the Government Gazette on 23 March 2018.

Clause 8(2) has been amended to read:

“A self-incriminating answer or a statement given by a witness before the Commission shall not be admissible as evidence against that person in any criminal proceedings brought against that person instituted in any court, except in criminal proceedings where the person concerned is charged with an offence in terms of section 6 of the Commissions Act, 1947 (Act No. 8 of 1947).”

Clause 8(1) has not been amended.

29 March 2018 - NW813

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he (a) instructed anyone and/or (b) has been informed of any instructions given to anyone in The Presidency to assist with the identity change of a certain person (name and details furnished) at the Department of Home Affairs in 2016; if so, in each case, (i) what are the relevant details, (ii) what are the names of the employees in The Presidency who assisted the specified person and (iii) on what statutory grounds did The Presidency rely to assist the specified person?

Reply:

No, I did not instruct anyone, nor was I informed of instructions given to anyone in The Presidency to assist with the identity change of the individual referred to by the Honourable Member.

I am, however, aware of a media enquiry to the Office of the Deputy President in August 2017 regarding an exchange of emails on this matter in which a staff member in the Office of the Deputy President had been involved. I was briefed on the circumstances of her involvement and have ascertained that at no point did she act improperly.

Should you require more detail on the matter, I will arrange for this information to be provided to your office.

29 March 2018 - NW477

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Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, given that executive political office bearers of the State change from time to time, he would make a policy directive to end the practice of adorning government buildings with portraits of the President, Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the respective departments and that the Coat of Arms of the Republic is utilised instead?

Reply:

The suggestion will certainly be given consideration. The views of various stakeholders will be sought.

Among others, this will include the Government Communications and Information System and State Protocol, who produces guidelines for the display of portraits of members of the executive in government buildings.

08 March 2018 - NW216

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the allegations lodged by the Speaker that the Minister of State Security had attempted to bribe a certain official (name and details furnished) to resign from the parliamentary probe into Eskom, (a) what (i) action has he taken in this matter to date and (ii) is delaying him from taking decisive action in the matter?

Reply:

The individual in question is no longer a member of the Executive.

08 March 2018 - NW212

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Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

What process did he follow in respect of the information given to him (details furnished) by the Head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate?

Reply:

The Head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate has not provided me with any information of the nature referred to in the question.

15 December 2017 - NW3728

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Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

Whether the Minister of State Security, Mr Bongani Bongo, had security clearance when he was appointed as Minister; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I am always guided by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, when I appoint Ministers. Section 91 of the Constitution provides the prescripts by which I abide when appointing the members of Cabinet. 

15 December 2017 - NW3431

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

Whether he facilitated the introduction of any member of a certain family (name furnished) to (a) the Zambian President, Mr Edgar Lungu and/or (b) any Zambian (i) cabinet members, (ii) service chiefs and/or (iii) diplomats during his official state visit to the Republic of Zambia from 12 to 13 October 2017; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

There was no member of the specified family that was part of the official delegation that accompanied the President to the State Visit to Zambia.

06 December 2017 - NW3431

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

Whether he facilitated the introduction of any member of a certain family (name furnished) to (a) the Zambian President, Mr Edgar Lungu and/or (b) any Zambian, (i) cabinet members, (ii) service chiefs and/or (iii) diplomats during his official visits to the Republic of Zambia from 12 to 13 October 2017; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

No. The individual mentioned was not part of the official delegation accompanying the President to the successful State Visit to Zambia.

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10 November 2017 - NW3046

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Mokause, Ms MO to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the comments that he made when he recently handed over a minibus to a certain maskandi group (name and details furnished), (a) what is the total amount of the bonus, (b) what was the reasoning and legislative basis behind the allocation of the bonus and (c) who is the employer in question?

Reply:

The President of the Republic is remunerated in terms of Section 2(1) of the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers Act of 1998 and there is no provision for a bonus. The matter of the bonus was thus raised on a lighter note rather than in the literal sense.

10 November 2017 - NW3383

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to make representations to the National Prosecuting Authority relating to the 783 counts of fraud, corruption and racketeering against him before the deadline of 30 November 2017; if so, (a) by which date and (b) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

This matter is currently before the National Prosecuting Authority and I am taking legal advice.

10 November 2017 - NW3382

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to appoint a certain person (name furnished) to a position in Cabinet in terms of the powers conferred on him in section 91 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) by what date and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

The appointment of Ministers is the prerogative of the President in terms of Section 91 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. In exercising this power, I exercise discretion after careful consideration and the appointments are made public.

10 November 2017 - NW3381

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to remove Mr M C Ramaphosa from the position of Deputy President of the Republic, in terms of the powers conferred on him in section 91 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) by what date and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

My office has already publicly refuted the reports that suggest that I am intending to remove Mr Cyril Ramaphosa as the Deputy President of the country.

10 November 2017 - NW3363

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the President of the Republic

(1)(a) Why has he not yet released the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training and (b) by what date will he release the specified report; (2) whether he has found that the findings and recommendations of the report might lead to a student revolt; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The report is under consideration and will be released immediately after it has been finalised. The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Higher Education Funding and the Presidential Fiscal Committee are assisting the President to process the report.

10 November 2017 - NW3263

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

What are the relevant details of the total (a) annual salary of and (b) performance bonus amounts paid to each of his five advisors (names and details furnished) in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

The remuneration of the advisors is regulated in terms of the Dispensation for the Appointment and Remuneration of Persons (Special Advisers) appointed to Executive Authorities on Ground of Policy Considerations issued by the Minster of the Public Service and Administration. The Dispensation is attached for the benefit of the Honourable Member.

10 November 2017 - NW3262

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the Presidency’s 2016-17 Annual Report, what was the (a) total cost and (b) detailed breakdown of the costs of the 10 international trips that he undertook from 6 April 2016 to 10 February 2017?

Reply:

The Presidency does not incur costs for the President’s international trips.

When the President undertakes official international trips, host countries often extend courtesies for the President’s travelling expenses. In the absence of these courtesies, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation is responsible for the cost of the logistical arrangements with the Department of Defence being responsible for air travel.

10 November 2017 - NW3034

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Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)In light of a statement issued by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) which indicates that he will issue a proclamation in due course authorising an investigation by the SIU into Eskom, (a) what matters does he intend that the SIU investigate regarding Eskom and (b) over what period; (2) whether he will request that the SIU investigation should cover the emergency coal and diesel contracts that Eskom had entered into since 1 January 2001; if not, why not

Reply:

I have not yet received the Proclamation relating to ESKOM from the SIU.

09 October 2017 - NW2562

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Kwankwa, Mr NL to ask the President of the Republic

(1)      What is the position of the Government of South Africa with regard to the resolutions taken at the 28th African Union (AU) Summit held in January 2017 to (a) re-admit Morocco to the AU, although this was in violation of the Constitutive Act of the AU and (b) adopt the Kagame Report on AU Reform without it having been discussed by member states prior to the specified summit; (2) whether the Government supported the adoption of the Kagame Report; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2822E

Reply:

The Government of South Africa accepts the outcome of the Summit on the admission of Morocco to promote unity and coherence within the Continent. Member states expressed strong views that by virtue of acceding to the Constitutive Act, Morocco should abide by all provisions of the Act and immediately resolve its relations with the Western Sahara to ensure territorial integrity between the two nations. South Africa also supports the Summit’s decision that the African Union should prioritise the resolution of the impasse between the two countries to change the status quo, failing which the principles on which the African Union was constituted, as articulated in the Constitutive Act, would be undermined. We fully support the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination.

South Africa supports the adoption of the Kagame Report as its general thrust seeks to strengthen the African Union (AU) and improve its functioning and effectiveness.  South Africa will continue to safeguard the values of the AU Constitutive Act, and in this regard will continue to engage in AU discussions on the implementation of the report in a sustainable manner.

09 October 2017 - NW2426

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Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2278 on 11 November 2016, a certain family (name furnished) made monetary contributions towards the home loan of a certain person (name furnished); if not, what is his position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The issues raised in the question may form part of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry recommended by the Public Protector in her Report of “State of Capture”. As such, I cannot go into the details of the issues raised in the question.

09 October 2017 - NW2552

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the President of the Republic

(1)      Whether radical economic transformation is the Government’s official economic policy; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so; (2) whether, with reference to his advocacy of the radical economic transformation policy as well as his role in leading the country into the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa economic partnership, he has at any stage found his life to be under threat as a result of poisoning attempts; if so, (a) who conspired to poison him, (b) did he commission any investigations in this regard and (c) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

Radical economic transformation is government policy. The policy of our government is informed by the policy of the governing party, the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC at its National Conference in Mangaung in December 2012, declared that we had begun a second decisive phase of our long transition from Colonialism of a Special Type to a National Democratic Society, and that this second phase would be characterised by more radical policies and decisive action to effect socio-economic change and continued democratic transformation.

When I was inaugurated as President of the Republic for the second time on 24 May 2014, I began to give effect to the resolution in my inauguration address, when outlining the focus of the fifth democratic administration for the years 2014-2019. I said: “Today marks the beginning of the second phase of our transition from apartheid to a national democratic society. This second phase will involve the implementation of radical socio-economic transformation policies and programmes over the next five years”. The speech is attached for the Honourable Member’s perusal.

The ANC January 8 statement this year further outlined the governing party’s focus on radical socio-economic transformation, and also specifically radical economic transformation with a focus on the economy.

Radical socio-economic transformation was declared a priority for 2017/18 for government in the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA). In the SONA government sets out a Policy Framework and an Action Plan within which we will prioritise the allocation of resources and actions for a particular year. We defined radical economic transformation referring to fundamental change in the structure, systems, institutions and patterns of ownership, management and control of the economy in favour of all South Africans, especially the poor, the majority of whom are African and female.

We are already busy with the implementation of many aspects of the policy through our Nine Point Plan, ensuring that work done in the priority sectors that we have targeted for attention in order to reignite growth, include the meaningful participation of black people who were excluded in the past.

These sectors include mining, manufacturing, agriculture, energy, tourism, ICT, water and sanitation, industrialisation and others. We are working hard to enhance the compacts between business, labour and government as one part of effective transformation. Together we need to broaden the ownership, management and control of the economy so that we build a more sustainable future, with an economy in which the majority plays a meaningful role and in which they benefit, as it must happen in any country. The current situation where the income of white households remains at least six times higher than that of black households as per the last Census cannot be left unchallenged and must be corrected by all of us, especially business, government and labour working together.

I am not aware of a conspiracy to poison me because of the decision of South Africa to join BRICS or because of the radical economic transformation policy of government.

09 October 2017 - NW2563

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Kwankwa, Mr NL to ask the President of the Republic

What steps did South Africa as Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation from 2016 until August 2017 take after President Kabila and the Electoral Commission announced that the elections will no longer be held in 2017 and that President Kabila will stand for re-election on an election date to be determined contrary to the December 2016 agreement signed by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) led by President Joseph Kabila, the opposition parties led by the Union for Democracy and Social Progress and civil society organisations aimed at averting a slide into anarchy and civil war in the DRC, which requires President Kabila, whose term of office expired in December 2016 to step down after the elections that must take place before the end of 2017 and (b) did the Government of South Africa take any steps to quell the violence that erupted in the DRC immediately after the violation of this agreement, in order to ensure peace and stability in the region?

Reply:

South Africa was not the Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation from 2016 to August 2017. 

It should be noted that SADC through the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation remains seized with the political developments in the DRC. The Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation works on the basis of the Troika which at the time comprised of the Current Chair which was the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Angola as Incoming-Chair and the Republic of Mozambique as Outgoing Chair.

Following the demonstrations led by the opposition parties in the DRC on 19 and 20 September 2016 which resulted in violence, deaths and destruction of property, the Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, H.E. Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the Republic of the United Republic of Tanzania mandated the deployment of an Organ Troika Ministerial Assessment Mission to the DRC from 10 to 13 October 2016. The Assessment Mission was led by the Hon. Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga, Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania as Chairperson, who was accompanied by Hon. Georges R. Chikoti, Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola and Deputy Chairperson and  Hon. Patricio Jose, Deputy Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Mozambique representing the Outgoing Chairperson  of the  Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

The Organ Troika Assessment Mission made the following observations and conclusions:

  1. The political situation in the DRC remained volatile, thus necessitating the need for SADC to remain closely seized with the DRC situation and required deployment of  regular follow-up missions and continued expression of SADC support of the DRC;
  2. The Inclusive National Political Dialogue and the implementation of the outcomes thereof remains paramount in terms of garnering popular support to the electoral process, and the need to ensure the conduct of peaceful credible elections;
  3. The process of updating the voters’ register should be expedited and finalised within the time line to be agreed upon by the stakeholders;
  4. The regular deployment of follow-up SADC missions, including the SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC), has been prioritised and will remain a priority in order to enhance the visibility of SADC’s continued involvement and to demonstrate  SADC’s support to the DRC peace, security and electoral processes;
  5. SADC to ensure that there is high level engagement with the Government of the DRC, especially within the current period up to December 2016, in order to encourage the Government and other stakeholders to refrain from resorting to violence, and instead continue to dialogue with opposition groups with a view to addressing the outstanding issues; and
  6. The International Community should be encouraged to support the DRC National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) financially and materially in relation to the on-going voters’ registration process that will facilitate the conduct of combined presidential, parliamentary, and provincial elections, to be followed by local elections.

A Double Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government was also held in Lozitha, Kingdom of Swaziland on 17 March 2017 and noted that the political and security developments in the DRC and:

  1. commended the President of the DRC H.E. Joseph Kabila Kabange, the Government of the DRC, the National Episcopal Conference of Catholic Bishops for the DRC (CENCO), political parties and other stakeholders for the continued  efforts in addressing the political security challenges;
  2. noted and commended CENCO for the renewed meditation efforts, and urged the DRC stakeholders to finalise the Specific Arrangements for the Implementation of the 31st December 2016 Political Agreement, in particular the nomination of the Chairperson of the National Monitoring Committee, and encouraged the opposition to expeditiously submit the nominees for the position of the Prime Minister (now appointed);
  3. called upon the International Community to support the DRC in the electoral processes that are expected to facilitate peaceful and successful elections; and
  4. mandated the Organ Ministerial Troika to immediately conduct a follow-up mission to the DRC, on a date to be agreed upon in consultation with the Chairperson of the Organ and the Government of the DRC.

These efforts demonstrate that SADC remains committed in ensuring that the situation in the DRC is resolved in order for peace and security to prevail.  South Africa will play her role as SADC chairperson to ensure that the peace and stability goals of SADC in the region are achieved.

09 October 2017 - NW2565

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Kwankwa, Mr NL to ask the President of the Republic

In light of the fact that no African country submitted a report at the 28th Summit of the African Union (AU) held in January, which required that all African countries present reports on the measures they have undertaken to implement the recommendations of the report of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa that was submitted to the AU by the former President Mr Thabo Mbeki, in 2015 (a) what measures has South Africa taken to respond to the challenge of illicit financial flows from South Africa, (b) whether South Africa has since taken steps to encourage other African countries to submit their reports and (c) why did South Africa fail to submit its illicit financial flows report at the specified summit?

Reply:

There was no requirement for South Africa to submit a report to the January AU Summit.  However, South Africa has taken several measures and has acted strongly against the scourge of illicit financial flows, both at domestic and international levels.

Domestically, we have taken several steps to tighten the existing laws. These include:

  • Signing into law the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act, 2017. This Act addresses, amongst others, a full range of customer due diligence (CDD) requirements which are focussed on understanding customers better; Beneficial ownership, which requires institutions to know and understand the natural persons who ultimately own or exercise control over legal entities or structures; Prominent (influential) Persons, which requires institutions to better manage risks relating to relationships with prominent persons; and Freezing of assets, in terms of targeted financial sanctions against persons identified by United Nations Security Council in terms of various sanctions regimes.
  • The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) and the National Treasury are undertaking a review of the list of scheduled (accountable and reporting) institutions to strengthen reporting from such institutions in sectors susceptible to being abused for the laundering and illicit financial flows.
  • The FIC is also partnering with the Department of Home Affairs, SARS Customs and the South African Police Services, in a Task Team which has been established to conduct a pilot project for the cash declaration reporting at ports of entry and exit.
  • The National Treasury is also chairing a forum consisting of the SA Reserve Bank, FIC, Financial Services Board and SARS to improve coordination and sharing of information on illicit financial flows. It is envisaged that this forum will be formalised under the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating of Terrorist Financing (AML/CFT) Inter-Departmental Committee that the Director-General of National Treasury is in the process of establishing as a replacement of the Counter Money-Laundering Advisory Council, which was abolished by the amendments to the FIC Act.

At an international context we have also signed multilateral agreements:

  • Automatic Exchange of Financial Accounts Information, also known as Common Reporting Standard, which forms basis for automatic annual exchange information on offshore accounts to tax authorities of the residence country of account holders. It is intended to make it more difficult for taxpayers to hide their assets abroad. South Africa is amongst the first 60 countries that have commenced the first automatic exchanges on 1 September 2017 and has already activated bilateral exchange relationships with 48 of the 60 countries;
  • Transfer Pricing Country-by-Country (CbC), which provides tax administrations a global view of the operations of multinational enterprises and provide tax authorities with necessary information to enable them to make a high level risk assessment and to determine whether they should conduct a tax audit.  South Africa will receive the first CbC Reports on 31 December 2017; and
  • To date South Africa has over 79 tax treaties in place and the signing of the Multilateral Instrument (MLI) by South Africa automatically amended 44 of the 79 tax treaties and this number is expected to grow as more countries sign the MLI.
  • Currently, 71 countries have signed the MLI, with Nigeria, Mauritius and Cameroon being the latest to sign. The MLI will swiftly implement a series of tax treaty related Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) measures to update the existing network of bilateral tax treaties and reduce opportunities for tax avoidance by multinational enterprises.

This responsibility lies with the African Union and its 2015 Summit decision, on the report of the High Level Panel, directed the AU Commission to mount a diplomatic and media campaign for the return of illicitly out-flown assets.

09 October 2017 - NW2674

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Kwankwa, Mr NL to ask the President of the Republic

(1)      Whether, in light of the decision of the African countries in 2012 to establish a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by October 2017, which was reconfirmed in Addis Ababa in November 2016, in order to boost intra-Africa trade, the country has taken any steps to ensure that member countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa receive the same revenue they derive from the current free trade agreement even after the new agreement has come into effect; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what steps has the country taken to ensure (a) the finalisation of this process and (b) that, unlike most free trade agreements, the CFTA does not skew trade and development in favour of the more developed countries on the continent? NW2980E

Reply:

The negotiations towards establishing the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) are building on the trade liberalisation progress and achievements of the Regional Economic Communities such as our own, the Southern Africa Development Community, (SADC) and others.

The aim is to enhance intra-regional trade and ensure that African countries trade with each other on better terms than third countries. A free trade area implies granting parties thereto preferential access in terms of tariff duties, which has implications for revenue. Each negotiating party makes its own sovereign assessment about the benefits of entering into the CFTA negotiations and whether they potentially outweigh the negative considerations that arise. It is therefore not possible to predict with any degree of precision, how the CFTA will impact on the revenue base of the negotiating state parties. This will depend on the export profile of each negotiating state party to the CFTA.

The overriding imperative of the CFTA is to boost intra-Africa trade, promote market integration and industrialisation in Africa. A bigger market will improve the prospects of African countries to attract investment, promote the development of regional value-chains thus increase the potential of diversifying the economic base. We believe that this will contribute positively to economic growth and development in Africa. 

South Africa takes the CFTA negotiations very seriously, as the intervention has the potential to contribute positively to economic growth and development in Africa. Our commitment to the CFTA is evidenced by the fact that South Africa hosted the meeting of the AU Assembly of Heads of States that launched the CFTA negotiations. The CFTA is also one of the priorities of Agenda 2063 and the African Union Assembly of Heads of States receives regular feedback on progress. To demonstrate our commitment to the expeditious finalisation of the CFTA negotiations, South Africa recently hosted meetings of the CFTA technical working groups and the negotiating forum from 20 August to 2 September 2017, in Durban. Further, South Africa has made specific proposals, towards the conclusion of the CFTA negotiations.

In addition, the CFTA negotiations are receiving the highest political attention in South Africa, to provide the necessary guidance to speedily move towards the conclusion of the CFTA. South Africa is represented at all AU Trade Ministers meetings wherein the CFTA is discussed and direction given by AU Ministers of Trade to the negotiators. The International Trade and Economic Development Division of the dti advances and defends South Africa’s trade interests in the CFTA negotiations. The positions that South Africa advances in the CFTA negotiations are an outcome of consultations that take place in NEDLAC.

South Africa has advanced the development integration approach to the CFTA that combines market integration, industrial and infrastructure development. This approach ensures that Africa addresses the fundamental constraints to intra-Africa trade and Africa’s integration into the global economy, which include productive and supply-side constraints. This approach has been adopted by the Continent as a good basis to advance regional integration. This ensures that the benefits of the CFTA are broadened through the diversification of the export base and promoting inter-connectivity through infrastructure development.

Having said that, South Africa advances the retention of the policy space for development, particularly for Least Developed Countries. We defend the retention of policy space in any free trade agreement for the advancement of national development objectives such as industrialisation, access to affordable public health and the introduction of other development advancing measures in all free trade negotiations that we are party to, including the CFTA. South Africa supports free trade agreements that expressly recognise differentials in levels of development, and accordingly create differentiated obligations. South Africa is therefore committed to ensuring that the CFTA benefits all AU member states.

09 October 2017 - NW2844

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to heed the call for 16 August to be declared a commemorative day to be observed annually, in honour of those workers who lost their lives on 16 August 2012 in Marikana; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The death of more than 40 mineworkers in Marikana in August 2012 is a tragedy that should never be allowed to happen again in our country.

We should remember those who lost their lives by improving the living conditions of the people in Marikana.

On 26 August 2012, I appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate matters of public, national and international concern arising out of the tragic incidents at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana. In total 44 people lost their lives and many others were injured. Government is busy implementing the findings of the report.

I established an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), which is convened by the Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. The IMC comprises of the Departments of Human Settlements, Mineral Resources, Social Development, Police, Justice and Correctional Services, and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in order to manage the efforts to address the short and medium term challenges in the relevant areas.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Revitalisation of Distressed Mining Communities, through its work, leadership and intervention, has achieved commendable results, which include:

  • Approximately 522 housing units that have been completed to date;
  • Planning for Phase 2 of the housing development in Marikana Extension 5 is already underway and measures 144 hectares in extent, owned by Lonmin. The site has capacity to cater for 5 000 housing units.  Lonmin has commenced with the pre-feasibility study for this development;
  • Lonmin completed the conversion of all their hostels, namely 776 family units and 1 908 single apartments by December 2014, as per the Mining charter requirements
  • Lonmin has also submitted a new second Social and Labour Plan for the period 2014 until 2018. It undertook to build 4 000 infill apartments which are not meant to replace homeownership but to provide decent accommodation for employees.  
  • Phase 1 at the Karee Housing Estate has been completed, comprising 100 family units and 225 bachelor units. The next phase is in progress and should be finalised by the end 2017 comprising another 120 single units and 48 family units.
  • The Revitalisation of Distressed Mining Communities has been mainstreamed into the Government Programme of Action.

Government continues to engage business, labour and communities to seek sustainable solutions that resolve the concerns of mine workers and distressed mining communities and transform the mining sector to broaden the benefits of our country’s rich mineral wealth.

The Revised Mining Charter also seeks to address some of the medium to long-term challenges through the provision that mining license-holders should, as part of Broad-based Economic Empowerment, provide 8% free carry to the mining communities in their area of operations.

Government encourages all society to commemorate tragedies such as the one of Marikana in every manner possible.

Furthermore, government remains on track with regard to implementing the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry which was led by retired Judge Ian Farlam.

We appeal to all social partners to use the lessons from the Marikana tragedy to honour the memory of the victims through practical measures to improve the living and working conditions of mining communities, which is the most effective way to honour them.

24 August 2017 - NW2425

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)(a) What amount of national, provincial and local government funding were budgeted for the 2017 National Women’s Day celebration held in Galeshewe, Kimberley, and (b) how much was eventually spent on the event; (2) whether invitations were sent to all political parties; if not, why not; if so, (3) whether she can provide the relevant details to Ms D Carter; if not, why not?

Reply:

1. (a) The Department of women’s budget for the 2017 National Women’s Day Celebrations held in Galeshewe, Kimberly was R1, 1million.

(b) The Department of women eventually spent R974, 698.46.

2. The National Women’s Day is a government function that is celebrated annually. The event is therefore opened to everyone to attend. It is for this reason that the event was well publicised through print and electronic media such as Posters, Newspapers, Radios, Television etc. There were no specific invitations sent to Political Parties. Instead, invitations were sent to Members of the Portfolio Committee: Women.

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Approved by the Minister on

Date:……………………………

21 July 2017 - NW1840

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Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, with reference to the report of the Public Protector entitled State of Capture, the report of the probe sponsored by the SA Council of Churches entitled Unburdening Panel, the report compiled by academics entitled Betrayal of the Promise: How the Nation is Being Stolen and the publication of countless emails that collaborate the content of the specified reports and implicate his son, members of the executive, ambassadors and senior officials, he, as Head of Government, has found that (a) his delay in taking action in this regard and (b) the response from Cabinet that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty are adequate, despite evidence that suggests that, on the balance of probabilities, unethical and unlawful conduct has been committed; if not, what steps does he intend to take in respect of the reports and emails; if so, what are the relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

The Public Protector's Report entitled State of Capture only makes inconclusive observations and does not make any findings against any person. The Report calls for further investigations of the allegations. As the Honourable Member may be aware, I have instituted review proceedings against the remedial action of the Public Protector and the matter is provisionally set down for a hearing in Court from 24 - 26 October 2017. A proper investigation on these allegations will be conducted once the Court has clarified the contentious issues.

I would like to reiterate the Government's position that any person, including the authors of the reports referred to in the Honourable Member’s question, who have information about any wrongdoing by any individual to inform the law-enforcement agencies so that investigations can be undertaken. 

It is my considered view that this is the proper and lawful way to deal with all the allegations of unlawful conduct.

21 July 2017 - NW1837

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he has sought residency of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for himself and/or his family; (2) whether he has purchased any property in the UAE; if not, (3) has any person or entity purchased a residence on his behalf in the UAE; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. – (3) Please refer to the attached statement that my office issued responding to the allegations that were published in the Sunday Times newspaper article of 4 June 2017 alleging that I own a palace in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. I would like to re-iterate that I do not own any property outside South Africa. Further, I have not requested anybody to buy a property for me or on my behalf abroad. I further confirm that I have not sought any residency outside South Africa, either for myself or my immediate family.

21 June 2017 - NW1556

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he will furnish Mr I M Ollis with a copy of the latest report on the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (2) by what date will the next Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative report be tabled; (3) what progress has been made to date with (a) increasing rail freight volumes on the Durban to Dar-es-Salaam route as part of the North-South Corridor Rail Project and (b) revitalising the Gauteng to Angola rail route?

Reply:

(1). A copy of the Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative (PICI) Report that was tabled in the last meeting of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2016 is attached.

(2) The next Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative (PICI) Report will be tabled in the meeting of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC), which will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January 2018.

(3) (a) There has been a stated commitment by North-South Corridor Member States to move more freight from road to rail but no measurement metrics for tracking this have been agreed to by the Member States on the North-South Corridor.

(b) The revitalisation of the Gauteng to Angola rail route is not part of the PICI nor is it part of the North-South Road and Rail Corridor Project.

21 June 2017 - NW1301

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether a certain person in his office (name and details furnished) declared his non-executive directorship in a certain company (name furnished) to him before the specified company was awarded a R149 million contract to supply Eskom with wiring; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date was the business interest declared to him and (b) what is his position with regard to the specific business interest; (2) whether any further business interests were declared by the specified advisor; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The non-executive directorship was not declared before the specified company was awarded a R149 million contract to supply Eskom with wiring. The delegated Executive Authority is in engagement with the special advisor with regards to the declarations of interest.

2. Yes. The following business interests were declared by the specified Advisor:

 (i) Business Venture

 (ii) Vaal River City

 (iii) Titantrade

26 May 2017 - NW1079

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the President of the Republic

What were the (a) reasons for and (b) findings of the Special Investigating Unit’s investigation into a certain person (name furnished), which was conducted following a presidential proclamation in September 2008?

Reply:

My assumption is that the question by the Honourable Member is in relation to the investigation that was done by the Special Investigating Unit into the affairs of Mhlatuze Water Board in Richards Bay. The investigation by the SIU was not into a particular individual but it was in relation to Mhlatuze Water Board as an Institution and as such, no findings were made in relation to a particular individual.

22 May 2017 - NW815

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the official statement, titled Finance Investment Roadshow, issued by The Presidency on 27 March 2017, what are the detailed reasons that he cancelled the National Treasury’s non-deal international investor roadshow headed by the Minister of Finance, Mr P J Gordhan, which was scheduled to take place between 27 March 2017 and 31 March 2017?

Reply:

There are two separate cases currently pending in the Gauteng High Court and the Constitutional Court respectively. The issues to be considered by the Courts, amongst others, relate to Mr Gordhan in his capacity as the former Minister of Finance. It will therefore be inappropriate to comment on the question asked while these matters are before the Courts.

22 May 2017 - NW802

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Waters, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether the Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, either in her current position or in her previous position as Deputy Minister of Social Development ever applied through the Executive Members Ethics Act, Act 82 of 1998, for permission to retain any gifts; if so, (a) on which dates did the Minister apply for such permission, (b) what was the nature of the gift, (c) what was the value of the gift, (d) what is the name of each person who gave the gifts, (e) which company did each person who provided the gift work for at the time and (f) was permission granted in each case?

Reply:

Date Applied for permission

Nature of Gift

Value of a gift

Name of Organisation offered the gift

Name of the person offered the gift

Permission Granted

22/01/2010

Leather/Crome Magazine Stand

Not Specified

Not specified

Not specified

Permission granted

26/01/2011

1 X Jewellery Box and Clash Bag

R2 400.00

Dimension Data

Not specified

Permission granted

11/11/2011

1 X Painting Art Works

1 X Xhosa Traditional Attire

R15 000.00

R1 500.00

John Adams Artists in Port Elizabeth

Community Development Association Steering Committee

Not specified

Not specified

Permission granted

Permission granted

25/04/2013

1 X iPhone5 Cell phone

R9 499.00

CellC

Mr Knott Craig

Permission granted

18/06/2015

6 X Bottles of Red Wine

1 X Isichumo

R120.00 each

R2 500.00

His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini

His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini

 

Permission granted

Permission granted

14/12/2016

1 X 3 year old Bonsmara Bull

R60 000.00

G T Molefe Farming in Harrismith

Not specified

Permission granted

22 May 2017 - NW546

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Did he pay Fringe Benefits Tax on the non-security related upgrades at his private homestead in Nkandla; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date did he pay the specified taxes and (b) how much tax did he pay?

Reply:

The issue of Tax is a confidential matter between the South African Revenue Services and the Tax payer.

22 May 2017 - NW480

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the President of the Republic

How does he explain the rationale behind his decision to relieve three eminent and respected black advocates (names furnished) from their duties at the Judicial Services Commission?

Reply:

I am empowered by Section 178(1) (j) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, (the Constitution) as Head of the National Executive to designate four persons to serve on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), after consulting the leaders of all the parties in the National Assembly.

Members of the JSC that I have designated serve until I replace them in terms of Section 178(3) of the Constitution. The three members served in that capacity since 2009 and I decided to replace them to enable others a chance to also serve on the JSC. I would also like to once more express my gratitude to the three members for the immeasurable contribution they have made during their tenure.

22 May 2017 - NW394

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he (a) has taken or (b) will be taking any action to deal with the request by the Commissioner of the SA Revenue Service, Mr Tom Moyane, contained in a statement on or about 24 February 2017, to intervene in the strained relationship between the Minister of Finance, Mr P J Gordhan, and the Commissioner; if not, why has he not or will he not be taking any action in respect of the Commissioner’s request; if so, what action has he taken or will he be taking in respect of the Commissioner’s request; (2) whether he has found that the decision by the Commissioner to convene a press conference to make a statement about his strained relationship with the Minister was in the best interest of the SA Revenue Service; if not, why not; if so, why

Reply:

1. Mr PJ Gordhan is no longer the Minister of Finance.

The Minister of Finance, Mr Malusi Gigaba and the SARS Commissioner, Mr Tom Moyane, have a good working relationship. There is no longer a need for mediation.

2. In light of the response under (1), this question is no longer relevant.

22 May 2017 - NW1075

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

Whether an intelligence report played any role in informing his decision to reshuffle the Cabinet on 31 March 2017; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The status of the so called intelligence report is a subject of litigation in Court proceedings, in which the Democratic Alliance is a party. I therefore cannot comment on the matter.

 

22 May 2017 - NW971

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America, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Has he formally determined the (a) remuneration and (b) service conditions of commissioners of the Public Service Commission, including that of the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, in line with the Public Service Commission Act, Act 46 of 1997, as amended; if not, (i) why not and (ii) by when will he do so; if so, (2) are the (a) remunerations and (b) service conditions linked to other positions in the Public Service to allow for annual revisions; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether commissioners qualify for any additional benefits, such as medical aid support, pension benefits and housing allowances; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Conditions of Appointment are derived from or are linked to the salaries and conditions of service which apply to comparable (identified) Senior Management positions in the Public Service. Due to this link, I will be able to issue the 2017 Annual Determination once the cost of living adjustment for Members of the Senior Management Service for 2017 has been determined by the Minister for Public Service and Administration, after consultation with the Minister of Finance.

2. The Conditions of Appointment, inclusive of remuneration and conditions of service, applicable to members of the Public Service Commission are derived from or are linked to the salaries and conditions of service which apply to comparable (identified) Senior Management positions in the Public Service. The conditions of service of Senior Managers in the Public Service are determined by the Minister for the Public Service and Administration. Despite the linking of the salary dispensation of Members of the Public Service Commission with the Senior Management Service, the salary progression measures (notch increases) introduced for the SMS in 2002 for implementation with effect from 1 April 2003 were not extended to Commissioners.

(3) The Conditions of Appointment applicable to Members of the Public Service Commission provide for an Inclusive Flexible Remuneration Package for members of the Public Service Commission. This package consists of the basic salary (70% of the package), the State’s contribution to the Government Employees Pension Fund (13% of the pensionable salary) and a flexible portion. The flexible portion can be used for a motor car allowance, 13th cheque, medical assistance, housing allowance or non-pensionable cash allowance. It should however be noted that the total amount structured for these benefits must equal the amount available in the flexible portion of the Member’s package.

22 May 2017 - NW545

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Has he nominated the former Minister of Finance, Mr Nhlanhla Nene, for any position at the New Development Bank, in line with his public commitment to do so in December 2015; if not, why not; if so, (a) on which date did he nominate the specified person, (b) for which position at the New Development Bank and (c) what progress has been made to date to appoint the person in the specified position?

Reply:

I have on several occasions, including in a reply to a written Parliamentary Question (No. 347), publicly stated that South Africa indeed nominated Mr Nhlanhla Nene for the position of Head of the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank, also known as the BRICS Bank. No further action is being taken in this regard as Mr Nene subsequently accepted a position in the private sector.

22 May 2017 - NW947

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Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether the Government has concluded an agreement for the development of nuclear plants with representatives of (a) the Russian government and (b) any Russian company subsequent to the removal of Mr Pravin Gordhan as the Minister of Finance; if so, in each case, (i) on what date was the agreement concluded and (ii) by whom; (2) have any agreements been concluded regarding the (a) project management and/or (b) construction of the specified nuclear power plants; if so, in each case, (i) with whom and (ii) at what cost?

Reply:

1. (a) No

    (b) No

2. (a) & (b): Over the years, before the removal of the former Minister of Finance Mr Pravin Gordhan from office, the Department of Energy has been undertaking the preparations for the rollout of the Nuclear New Build Programme (NNPB). As part of these preparations, the Government has entered into Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) with nuclear vendor countries. These IGAs cover a broad range of areas for potential cooperation. Amongst others, the IGAs cover the use of nuclear energy for electricity generation including the design, construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants in South Africa.

It should however be noted that the Western Cape High Court has recently reviewed and set aside the decision of the Minister of Energy of 10 June 2015 to table some of these Intergovernmental Agreements before Parliament in terms of Section 231(3) of the Constitution.

(i) South Korea, USA, China, France and Russia.

(ii) The IGAs have no financial implications attached to any of them because they are cooperation agreements.

22 May 2017 - NW870

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the President of the Republic

(1)(a) How many times has the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Comprehensive Social Security (IMC) met since its establishment in 2016, (b)(i) where and (ii) on what date was each meeting held and (c) what was on the agenda of each meeting; (2) which (a) Ministers serve on the IMC and (b) Minister is responsible for calling the meetings of the IMC?

Reply:

1. I established the IMC on Comprehensive Social Security in 2015 consisting of five Ministers (the first five Ministers listed under 2a below). Early this year, I took a decision to reconstitute this IMC to include other Ministers (as listed below).

 (a) Twice.

 (b) (i) & (ii) 9 September 2015 in Cape Town and 12 May 2017 in Pretoria.

 (c) The main agenda of the IMC is to address existing policy gaps by developing a responsive social protection system for South Africa as envisaged in Chapter 11 of the National Development Plan (Vision 2030). The IMC’s agenda also entails taking forward the Social Security Reform Discussion Paper.

2. (a) The following nine Ministers are Members of the IMC:

  • Minister of Social Development
  • Minister of Finance
  • Minister of Labour
  • Minister of Health
  • Minister of Transport
  • Minister of Home Affairs
  • Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services
  • Minister of Communications
  • Minister of State Security

 (b) The IMC was previously co-chaired by the Ministers of Finance and Social Development. However since its reconstitution, I am the Chairperson of the IMC.

22 May 2017 - NW421

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

(1)On what date did he first gain knowledge (a) of the transfer of thousands of mentally ill patients from Life Esidimeni Healthcare to 27 unlicensed non-government organisations (NGOs) and (b) that some of the specified patients had died in the care of these unlicensed NGOs; (2) Does he intend to establish a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Esidimeni tragedy; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

1. I was briefed by the Minister of Health on Life Esidimeni on 1 February 2017, which was immediately after the release of the report on the matter by the Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba. Immediately after this briefing, on behalf of the government, I extended our deepest condolences to the families of psychiatric patients who died so tragically in Gauteng.

2. The investigation that was conducted by the Health Ombud was comprehensive and sufficient with regard to assisting government with information to deal with the matters at hand. As such I am not intending to establish a Commission of Inquiry.

22 May 2017 - NW339

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Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to his reply to oral question 4 on 17 March 2016, wherein he stated that he is intervening and dealing with the relationship between the Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan, and the Commissioner of the SA Revenue Services, Mr Tom Moyane, at the presidential level (details furnished), (a) what are the details of the action he has taken at the presidential level and (b) why has his intervention at presidential level not resolved anything?

Reply:

Mr PJ Gordhan is no longer the Minister of Finance.

The Minister of Finance, Mr Malusi Gigaba and the SARS Commissioner, Mr Tom Moyane, have a good working relationship. There is no longer a need for mediation.

22 May 2017 - NW423

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

What were the reasons for employing the SA National Defence Force to assist the SA Police Service with maintaining law and order in and around the Parliamentary precinct on the occasion of the State of the Nation Address on 9 February 2017?

Reply:

The Honourable Member will recall that the DA approached the Cape Town High Court on this matter. I am therefore not in a position to comment further on it. The Court must be given an opportunity to deal with the matter.

22 May 2017 - NW422

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Does he intend to take any action against the (a) Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and (b) Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, following the court finding that Government’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court was unlawful and unconstitutional; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

No. The two Ministers represented the National Executive in these proceedings. As the Honourable Member clearly points out in his question, this was a Government decision, based on legal advice from highly competent lawyers.

10 May 2017 - NW953

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Malema, Mr J to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he is aware of any (a) renovations, (b) security upgrades and/or (c) infrastructure-related works that are being carried out at his private residence in Nkandla by the relevant government departments; if not, (2) whether he inquired from the relevant Minister after it was revealed in the Sunday papers that such work was being undertaken; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (3) whether he agreed with the relevant Minister(s) that the work is undertaken?

Reply:

  1. No
  2. Please refer to the attached media statement that was issued by the Ministry of Public Works on 23 April 2017.
  3. See the reply above (2).

28 March 2017 - NW251

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he (a) has considered and/or (b) is considering appointing a commission of inquiry, in terms of section 84(2)(f) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, to inquire into any aspect of the (i) banking and/or (ii) financial sector, if not; why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I am not considering appointing a commission of inquiry at the moment.