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19 October 2022 - NW2484

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What number of cases of rape have been heard in courts in the (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19, (c) 2019-20, (d) 2020-21 and (e) 2021-22 financial years. 2) What number of cases of rape have (a) been prosecuted successfully and (b) failed to secure a guilty verdict in each of the specified financial years; 3) What (a) has he found were the different reasons why cases could not be prosecuted successfully and (b) total number of cases failed to reach a successful prosecution due to each of the specified reasons; 4) Whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. The only courts that have jurisdiction to hear rape cases are the Regional and High courts. The following number of verdict cases related to rape were heard in the Regional courts, and were extracted from the Electronic Case Management System in the Lower courts:

YEAR

VERDICTS

2018/19

4 215

2019/20

3 984

2020/21

617

2021/22

2 789

2. The following table reflects the number of cases finalised in the past five (5) years, both with convictions as well as acquittals in the Regional courts:

YEAR

CONVICTIONS

ACQUITTALS

CONVICTION RATE

2018/19

2 820

1 395

67%

2019/20

2 684

1 300

67%

2020/21

435

182

71%

2021/22

1 821

968

65%

Although no electronic system for the recording of court cases have been introduced for the High courts, the general conviction rates of the High courts, which include the charges of rape, is reflected in the table below:

YEAR

CONVICTIONS

ACQUITTALS

CONVICTION RATE

2018/19

868

97

90%

2019/20

782

78

91%

2020/21

542

36

94%

2021/22

647

65

91%

3. (a) The reasons for acquittals are not recorded in each case. The prosecution will

present its case and lead evidence regarding the charges as contained in the police docket. The evidence of witnesses will then be tested during cross-examination in court by the defence. The presiding officer, after also hearing the evidence by the accused and/or defence when they have witnesses, will then make a judgement in the case. The burden of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal cases. It is important to note in this regard that the judgement of the court is based on all the evidence in court, considering as well circumstantial evidence, evidentiary rules and reliability of the evidence. There is seldom only one reason for either any acquittal or conviction as the court needs to weigh all the evidence before a conclusion may be reached. Some of the more common reasons that are included where convictions are not achieved include:

  1. Consent – it is often difficult to disprove consent where the rape has not resulted in any injuries or where circumstances may not support an inference to be drawn from the facts of the case;
  2. Identity – where the accused was not previously known to the victim, the identity may often be difficult to prove, especially in the absence of DNA or other evidence to support the identification of the accused. Unlike theft where articles may be found in possession of an accused to link them to an offence, there is seldom physical evidence to link the accused and the court has to e satisfied that the way identification took place, the method and circumstances in which the identification was made and reasons for identification are reliable and is trustworthy.
  3. Witness(es) in some cases either detract from their statements, deviate from consultation, or make concessions during cross-examination.
  4. Credibility findings are very important as in most instances with rape charges, the victim is the only witness that can testify on behalf of the State regarding the elements of the crime to be proved which include the identity, absence of consent, the place, and circumstances in which the crime was performed and the first reporting of the incident.
  5. Less common reasons include key witnesses not being available for testimony, contradictions in evidence by State witnesses and alibi evidence of accused that cannot be disproved.
  6. The complainant changes his or her version exonerating the accused.
  7. Forensic evidence exonerates the accused.
  8. Other evidence exonerates the accused.
  9. Complainant not in a fit mental state due to the trauma she/he endured.

b) The numbers of acquittals have been reflected above. However, as indicated in paragraph 3 (a) above, it is not possible to record each reason in isolation, it is important to note that even where the court may not be satisfied that the evidence is insufficient to prove the commission of an offence of rape, the court may still convict and often does, convict the accused on a competent verdict such as indecent assault, assault to do grievous bodily harm or assault common.

4. The State is aware of the difficulties in proving cases of rape, as well as similar sexual offence charges, including general Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) related offences. The National Prosecuting Authority as well as the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, in cooperation with other Government departments are doing a lot of work in this regard. One of the most important initiatives in this regard is the establishment of the various Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCCs) in the country where victims are being assisted, evidential support is provided including counselling for victims and matters can be reported. The prosecution is also assisting victims at court by means of Court Preparation Officers to prepare witnesses for court and facilitate victim impact statements in sexual offences matters.

It is also important to note that rape is one of the most difficult offences to prove beyond reasonable doubt, the crime has been committed by the specific accused. The conviction rate in general sexual offences, all crimes in terms of the Sexual Offences Act, Act No. 32 of 2007, is remarkably higher as indicated in the table below:

YEAR

CONVICTIONS

CONVICTION RATE

2018/19

4 724

74.4%

2019/20

4 098

75.2%

2020/21

2 539

75.8%

2021/22

3 402

74.2%

18 October 2022 - NW3178

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the President of the Republic

(1) With reference to his weekly newsletter of Monday, 30 May 2022, and his announcement that he would appoint a council to advise on broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE), (a) who is on the advisory council and (b) what are the specific terms of reference of the council; (2) whether the terms of reference will include an honest assessment of whether the BBBEE is doing the Republic more harm than good; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what is the cost of the advisory council to the taxpayer, given that the Department of Small Business Development and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition already exist?

Reply:

(1)(a) In terms of section 6(1) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act, 2003, as amended, the B-BBEE Advisory Council consists of members of the Executive and individuals appointed by the President, drawn from a wide range of persons with experience and expertise relevant to the work of the Council.

The members of the Council are:

  • President, who is the Chairperson,
  • Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, who is the Deputy Chairperson,
  • Minister of Employment and Labour,
  • Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development,
  • Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies,
  • Ms Gloria Serobe,
  • Mr Kganki Matabane,
  • Dr Nthabiseng Moleko,
  • Ms Sibongile Sambo,
  • Mr Sibusiso Maphatiane,
  • Mr Ajay Lalu,
  • Ms Louise Thipe,
  • Ms Makale Ngwenya,
  • Mr Kashief Wicomb,
  • Mr Thulani Tshefuta,
  • Mr James Hodge,
  • Ms Khathu Lambani Makwela,
  • Ms Irene Dimakatso Morati,
  • Dr Lulu Gwagwa.

(1)(b) The terms of reference of the Council are set out in Section 5 of the Act:

  • advise government on black economic empowerment;
  • review progress in achieving black economic empowerment;
  • advise on draft codes of good practice which the Minister intends publishing for comment;
  • advise on the development, amendment or replacement of the strategy referred to in section 11 of the B-BBEE Act;
  • if requested to do so, advise on draft transformation charters; and
  • facilitate partnerships between organs of state and the private sector that will advance the objectives of this Act.

(2) The Advisory Council is a statutory body and one of its functions is to review progress on B-BBEE implementation. Advances made in implementing this constitutional imperative include the increasing number of success stories of black entrepreneurs and industrialists who are adding to South Africa’s GDP and to job creation. As a consequence of governments’ empowerment programmes, more than 400,000 workers are now shareholders in their companies or are covered by agreements committing to introducing share ownership. An increasing number of black South Africans are occupying key management positions or serve as board members of leading South African companies and thousands of workers have benefited from skills development.

(3) The Council provides advice that can assist the work of government departments and entities and it does not therefore duplicate the work of any department, as it is not an executing structure. It does however provide Government with the independent perspectives of experts and persons with insights from different constituencies. The annual budget of the Advisory Council for the execution of its mandate and the legislated functions mentioned above is R734,000.

18 October 2022 - NW3126

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the President of the Republic

What are the relevant details of (a) all compensation amounts to be provided to the nine members of the National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council (NACAC) and (b) the highest qualification levels of all members of NACAC?

Reply:

As with all Advisory Councils, the members of the National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council (NACAC) only receive remuneration for the time spent for the preparation and attendance of the meetings and such other tasks as may be delegated by the NACAC.

Members of the NACAC shall be remunerated according to the remuneration category and scale recommended by the National Treasury’s Central Evaluation Committee. The Presidency has budgeted for operational costs that may arise.

The National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council members have been drawn from civil society, academia, business and labour, based on a list of publicly nominated individuals.

18 October 2022 - NW2795

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What number of business incubators that are funded by the (a) State, (b) private sector and (c) international actors exist in each province?”

Reply:

(a) The following Incubators are funded by the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) through funding allocation from Department of Small Business Development (DSBD):

No.

Province

Number of Incubation Centres

1

Eastern Cape

17

2

Free State

6

3

Gauteng

36

4

Kwa Zulu Natal

19

5

Limpopo

7

6

Mpumalanga

10

7

Northern Cape

5

8

North West

8

9

Western Cape

14

122

(b) According to data collected during 2019/20 financial year, a total of 106 incubators in the private sector were recorded. See below breakdown:

Type

No

Accelerators

49

Incubators

57

Total

106

It is however difficult to get real time numbers since state funded and private sector incubators are not governed and or affiliated to a body. Seda is in a process of resuscitating the Southern African Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) which will address the intention of assessing the overall number of incubators in the country.

(c) Seda does not have data on international players per province, however Seda is co-funding an incubator with the French Embassy called French South African Tech Labs in Cape Town.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

18 October 2022 - NW2987

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the President of the Republic

On Monday, 29 August 2022, he appointed a council to advise on corruption and how to tackle it, titled the National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council (NACAC), what (a) are the specific terms of reference of the specified council, (b) total amount will the advisory council cost the taxpayer and (c) are the reasons that he needs a council to give recommendations on the recommendations given by Chief Justice R Zondo; (2) whether the recommendations of the NACAC will be any more binding than the recommendations of the Report on The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State; if not, would the money spent on the NACAC not be better spent on capacitating the National Prosecuting Authority; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council (NACAC) was established as part of the institutional arrangements contained in the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS), which was developed through an extensive and inclusive participatory process.

The establishment of the council is a reflection of government’s commitment to work with all sections of society to fight corruption, promote integrity in the work of government and advancing Priority 1 of the Medium Term Strategic Framework – building a capable, ethical and developmental state.

The specific terms of reference for the National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council (NACAC) are as follows:

  • Advise on the effective implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) by government, civil society and the private sector.
  • Advise key role-players on the overarching thrust and six pillars of the NACS.
  • Advise on the strengthening of South Africa’s anti-corruption architecture.
  • Host the National Anti-Corruption Summit(s), bringing together government, civil society, business and academia to set the country’s anti-corruption agenda and evaluate progress in the implementation of the NACS; and
  • Advise on public awareness about corruption in all its facets.

The NACAC is an advisory council to the President. The Presidency has budgeted for operational costs that may arise.

Given its terms of reference, mandate and broad representivity, the NACAC has a valuable contribution to make to the consideration and implementation of the recommendations of the State Capture Commission.

18 October 2022 - NW3500

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) number of skills development programmes for entrepreneurs does her department have and (b) amount has her department spent on each specified skills development programme for entrepreneurs in each of the past five financial years?”

Reply:

a) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) through its entity, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) provides business development support to SMMEs and Co-operatives with Information & Business Advice, Business Plans, Mentoring and Training etc.

b) With limited resources, Seda has over the past five financial years provided the following skills development programmes for SMMEs and Co-operatives as per table below:

TRAININGS

2021/22

2020/21

2019/20

2018/19

2017/18

Total

             

Start Up 1

R1,014,111

R438,178

R566,617

R903,389

R774,003

R3,696,298

Small business Start Up

R150,844

R157,365

R409,954

R440,347

R497,540

R1,656,050

Basic Business Skills

R2,363,054

R2,610,713

R1,216,157

R1,224,240

R1,070,592

R8,484,756

Other Training

R20,011,593

R7,270,968

R1,435,190

R1,879,117

R2,631,256

R33,228,124

Co-Op Training

R203,920

R269,310

R384,764

R130,220

R380,542

R1,368,756

Total

R23,743,522

R10,746,534

R4,012,682

R4,577,313

R5,353,933

R48,433,984

Other training” in table above includes amongst others: Productivity improvement, Capacity Building training, Customer Service training, Labour Employer training, financial wellness and sector specific training which was introduced in 2021/22 FY.

Seda through its Learning Academy has developed different training programmes. These programmes are credit bearing and accredited by the Services Seta. Quality training aims to assist organisations of all types to implement and operate the Quality Management System (QMS) to increase effectiveness, consistency and customer satisfaction, explain the benefits of implementing QMS and understand the quality, management principles. Whilst food safety introduces Food Safety, Understand Pre-Requisite programme, Hazard Analysis, Critical, Control, Point system (HACCP) and HACCP principles and Implementing a Food Safety Management System (SANS 22000:2019.).

The table below provides Seda’s spent for the past five financial years:

Quality Training and Food Safety

2021/22

2020/21

2019/20

2018/19

2017/18

Total

               
 

R10,140,769

R7,107,300

R5,337,100

R4,706,400

R5,660,400

R38,612,369

 

Seda also has an Export Orientation Course (EOC) which focuses on Export Development. These courses focus on the business with the aim of helping the business assess its export readiness. The trainings target SMMEs that have the intention and the potential to enter the export business or those already involved in exports but wanted to strengthen their knowledge in this field of business. Seda has over the past five financial years provided Export Orientation courses for SMMEs and Co-operatives as per table below:

Export Development - Export Orientation courses

2021/22

2020/21

2019/20

2018/19

2017/18

Total

               
 

R730,000

R291,845

R150,000

R380,000

R220,000

R1,771,845

 

Furthermore, Seda has an Entrepreneurship in Schools Programme that encourages learners to consider entrepreneurship as an alternative career to employment. The main objective of the programme is:

  1. To influence the mind set of learners by encouraging them to become job creators instead of job seekers once they leave the schooling system.
  2. To equip learners with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to start and manage their businesses; and
  3. To improve entrepreneurial activity amongst the learners and educators.

The table below provides Seda’s spent for the past five financial years:

Entrepreneurship in schools

2021/22

2020/21

2019/20

2018/19

2017/18

Total

 

R3,260,000

R1,893,242

R2,072,671

R2,060,364

R2,103,817

R11,390,093

Seda is also in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development’s (UNCTAD) Division of Investment and Enterprise United Nation’s Empretec training Programme. The following are details about the programme:

  1. Empretec is a 6 Day programme aimed based on a unique Harvard University methodology focusing on behavioural approach to entrepreneurship.
  2. The programme is interactive, experience and self-assessment based and takes 25-30 participants per workshop. Participants learn by doing.
  3. Participants on this programme receive an UNCTAD endorsed certificate.
  4. Programme develops Personal Entrepreneurial Competencies (PECs) such as Opportunity Seeking, Persistence, Goal setting, risk taking, fulfilling commitments, planning etc. for participants.

The table below provides Seda’s spent for the past five financial years:

Empretec

2021/22

2020/21

2019/20

2018/19

2017/18

Total

 

R1,050,000.00

R1,155,000.00

R1080000

R1710000

R810000

R5,805,000.00

Seda also has a dedicated programme, The Basic Entrepreneurship Skills Development (BESD) which was jointly developed by Seda and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development via Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) since 2012. GIZ left the programme in December 2016. The programme is funded by the National Skills Fund for an amount of R84 million. The BESD approach utilises coaching as an innovative methodology to facilitate and reinforce learning and development support to emerging entrepreneurs. A total of 260 undergraduates and 1998 Emerging Entrepreneurs successfully completed the training initiative.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

18 October 2022 - NW3193

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)On what date did she attend the last meeting of any structure outside the Government in order to receive recommendations on the deployment of personnel in her department and/or entities reporting to her; (2) whether any appointments to her department and/or entities reporting to her were discussed during her attendance at any private forum and/or external structures to the Government; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the details of appointments that were discussed and recommendations received and (b) other Government matters were discussed during the last meeting of any such forum?”

Reply:

  1. The only meeting discussing appointments within the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) that I attended within my role as Executive Authority of the DSBD was with the departmental officials duly appointed and authorised to engage on the appointment of personnel within the DSBD.
  2. All appointments within the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) are in line with the relevant Public Service Regulations as published by the Department of Public Service and Administration. Appointments within the DSBD follows the processes and guidelines contained within the regulations. As such these appointments do not get discussed at forums or external structures that are not regulated by the Public Service Regulations.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

18 October 2022 - NW3499

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

What was the allocated budget of the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority on skills development for small businesses for each of the past five financial years?

Reply:

The allocated budget of the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority on skills development for small and medium businesses for each of the past financial years is as follows:

Financial year

Number of SMEs Supported

Budget Allocated

2018/19

910

R16 380 000.00

2019/20

3 608

R64 944 000.00

2020/21

2 446

R44 028 000.00

2021/22

2 508

R23 826 000.00

2022/23

2 700 (in progress)

R25 650 000.00

 

18 October 2022 - NW2544

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What (a) total number of cases of abuse (sexual and psychological) of inmates by correctional officers have been reported to his department over the past five years and (b) steps has his department taken to resolve the phenomenon of the abuse of inmates by those who are meant to protect them?

Reply:

Any abuse of inmates is against the departmental code of conduct.

a) Department of Correctional Services has the following reported incidents of abuse on inmates by the officials reported over a period of five (05) years:

Period

Type of complaint

Alleged number of officials

2017/18

None

None

2018/19

None

None

2019/20

None

None

2020/21

None

None

2021/22

02: sexual abuse

02

 

01: psychological abuse

 

b) In line with the departmental code of conduct, disciplinary processes were undertaken with the following outcomes:

Period

Type of complaint

Outcome of disciplinary process

2017/18

None

None

2018/19

None

None

2019/20

None

None

2020/21

None

None

2021/22

02: sexual abuse

01 official was not found guilty.

01 official was dismissed.

 

01: psychological abuse

02 officials were given written warnings

END

18 October 2022 - NW2794

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What plans has she put in place to support the small, medium and micro enterprises sector to participate in the Small-Scale Embedded Energy (SSEG) value chain?”

Reply:

A general approach adopted by the Department is to understand the quantum of financing and activity in specific value-chains within the sector. With this perspective, it was noted that renewable energy is clearly the most substantial sector currently, and opportunities were identified for specialised SMMEs who provide the technical services and products required at different stages of development and operation. Technologies such as solar water heating, bioenergy, smart grids and smart meters provide considerable opportunities across the board for SMMEs. Beyond the various product and service sectors and value chains, another key area of intervention is to support SMMEs to make them greener, more sustainable and thereby more competitive.

The Department has looked at mechanisms to support SMMEs within targeted sectors, using all instruments at their disposal. This includes:

  1. Business Development Support, incubation.
  2. Ensuring specialised technical and quality support for SMMEs.
  3. Plans are afoot to look at preferential and specialised financial assistance and incentives.
  4. Policies to set-aside or ringfence a percentage of the value of projects or products for SMMEs in defined value-chains, sub-sectors and state procurement.
  5. Localisation and demand-side policies.
  6. Export support.

The Department is also looking at supporting SMMEs to become more sustainable and to adopt green practices through partnership with the Department of Fisheries Forestry and the Environment (DFFE) and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) looking at the following specific measures:

1. To publicise, support and facilitate access by SMMEs to the full range of energy and resource- saving services.

2. Encourage and incentivise SMMEs to install embedded power generation technologies as it becomes economically feasible.

3. Promote the concept of circularity and the efficient manufacture and sustainable use of materials and resources.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

18 October 2022 - NW2472

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Shaik Emam, Mr AM to ask the President of the Republic

Given the state of the economy, high levels of poverty, joblessness, poor living conditions, corruption at all spheres of government, service delivery protests and the closure of both big and small businesses, what plans does the Government have to (a) address the failures of previous plans and policies and (b) engage all role players to forge a new path to prosperity?

Reply:

There are several reasons for the severe economic challenges our country is experiencing today. The accumulated legacy of colonialism and apartheid has been compounded by the effects of state capture and corruption, by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, by an energy crisis that has lasted for more than a decade, and now by global instability.

The Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP), crafted in partnership with social partners at NEDLAC, is government’s response to these economic challenges. Since it was launched in October 2020, this plan has helped to restore some of the jobs that were lost, support vulnerable households and firms, and place the economy on a path to growth.

The plan includes the following key areas of intervention:

  • A massive rollout of infrastructure, which will be achieved by unlocking new public and private infrastructure investment through building capability in Infrastructure SA and the Infrastructure Fund, reviewing procurement frameworks, and providing catalytic funding through blended finance instruments.

To date, 34 out of 50 strategic infrastructure projects are in implementation stages, accounting for R281 billion out of a total budget of R340 billion.

  • Achieving energy security, by improving Eskom’s performance and rapidly expanding generation capacity through a diverse energy mix.

In addition to the measures in the ERRP, in July 2022, I announced further measures to ensure Eskom achieves an acceptable energy availability factor, to accelerate the procurement of new capacity from renewables, gas and battery storage, facilitate greater private investment in generation capacity and transform the electricity sector.

While government is accelerating and expanding its power procurement programme, there are currently over 80 private generation projects, with around 6,000 MW of capacity, at various stages of development.

  • An employment stimulus to create jobs and support livelihoods through public and social employment.

Since its inception in October 2022, the Presidential Employment Stimulus has created over a million work and livelihood opportunities for unemployed South Africans. Of the participants, over 80% are youth and over 62% are women.

  • Renewed support to grow South African businesses, by pursuing new areas of growth through industrialisation, localisation and export promotion, helping SA businesses to thrive and expand.

As part of this work, master plans have been finalised in eight industries – clothing, textiles, footwear and leather, poultry, sugar, automotive, furniture, steel, tourism and forestry – resulting in total investment commitments of R82.5 billion and the creation of 6,500 jobs.

The 4th South Africa Investment Conference in March 2022 raised investment pledges to the value of R332 billion. This brings the total value of investment commitments since 2018 to over R1.1 trillion.

  • Implementing economic reform measures to reduce the cost of doing business, lower barriers to entry and create a more competitive and inclusive economy.

Some of the progress to date includes the auction of high-demand broadband spectrum, the identification of possible private sector partners for container terminals at the Durban and Ngqura ports, enabling third-party access to the freight rail network, clearing the water use licence backlog and significantly improving turnaround times, publishing a revised Critical Skills List and completing a comprehensive review of the work visa system.

Given the severe economic and social challenges our country is facing, government has been working with social partners towards consensus on the key tasks that we need to undertake together to address these challenges.

Underpinned by the ERRP, negotiations are underway through NEDLAC to finalise a ‘Framework for a Social Compact in South Africa’. This will form the basis for a broader engagement with all stakeholders and all South Africans on decisive actions to address unemployment, poverty and inequality.

18 October 2022 - NW3351

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the President of the Republic

In view of the fact that South African households and businesses have already suffered more power blackouts in just the first seven months of 2022 than in any other year previously, and noting that the Government is controlling the Republic’s extremely vulnerable electricity supply system with an iron first, which is deterring investment in the economy of the Republic and thereby hampering job creation, (a) what action has the Government taken against the Eskom workers whose illegal strike cost the country billions of Rands in July 2022, (b) contingency plan does the Government have for Stage 8 loadshedding and (c) action is the Government taking to get the implementation of the electricity crisis plan back on track after it has stalled?

Reply:

During the recent strike action, 2,186 Eskom employees were reported to have participated in the unprotected strike action. Eskom has served all identified employees with a notification to institute disciplinary action, and the cases are at different stages of the disciplinary process.

The System Operator determines the stage of load shedding required at any particular point in time in consultation with Generation. Stage 6 has been the highest level of load shedding to date and load shedding equates to approximately 5% of the load in a particular area per stage. The industry document that guides how load shedding is carried out is the NRS048 standard and it currently goes up to Stage 8 load shedding. Load shedding is executed in a controlled manner to ensure system stability across the country.

Since the announcement on 25 July 2022 of additional measures to tackle load shedding, the National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM) has been established to oversee measures to improve the performance of Eskom’s existing fleet of power stations; accelerate the procurement of new generation capacity; increase private investment in electricity generation; enable businesses and households to invest in rooftop solar; and fundamentally transform the electricity sector to position it for future sustainability. Significant progress has been made in several key areas, including the following:

  • The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has published an amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act for public comment in line with the announcement made by the President to remove the licencing threshold for embedded generation projects. The schedule was previously amended to raise the licensing threshold to 100 MW, a reform which has already unlocked significant private investment.

The new amendment will remove the licensing requirement for generation projects of any size and allow investment in larger, utility-scale projects to rapidly add new generation capacity to the grid.

  • Various actions have been implemented to streamline regulatory processes for energy projects with more activities under review. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has waived the need to obtain an environmental authorisation for transmission infrastructure in areas of low and medium environmental sensitivity and in strategic transmission corridors. Average timeframes have been reduced for various regulatory processes, including grid connection, NERSA registration, water use licensing, environmental impact assessment and land use authorisation.
  • Eskom is taking steps to address challenges at power station level, including by deploying former power station managers and skilled experts to improve operational performance and reduce partial load losses.
  • A new Ministerial determination has been sent to NERSA for concurrence for over 18,000 MW of new generation capacity from wind, solar and battery storage.
  • A revised RFP has been published for Bid Window 6 to increase the amount of generation capacity procured from 2,600 MW to 5,200 MW.
  • An additional 200 MW has been procured through the Southern African Power Pool as of September 2022, with work underway to increase imports from the region.
  • A standard offer approach has been developed for Eskom to procure up to 1,000 MW of additional capacity from existing generators, contingent on market response.
  • Work is underway within Eskom to develop a mechanism to procure surplus energy from customers to increase uptake of rooftop solar installations.
  • The Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill, which provides for the establishment of an independent transmission company and the emergence of a competitive electricity market, is being finalised for tabling in Parliament.
  • The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 is being reviewed, with a completion target of March 2023, to update assumptions regarding energy availability and technological changes.

These and other measures currently underway will make a significant difference in reducing the risk of load shedding and achieving long-term energy security.

18 October 2022 - NW3350

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Whether, according to the Ministerial Task Team report, allowances to National Student Financial Aid Scheme will be increased to factor in the rise in food and transportation cost?

Reply:

The modelling conducted by the Ministerial Task Team was used to assist the Department, NSFAS and National Treasury as part of the medium-term budget discussions in preparation for the 2022/23 MTEF process. The model used the inflation estimates outlined in the 2022/23 MTEF Guidelines sent out by the National Treasury. This resulted in the shortfall for 2022/23 being addressed in the 2022/23 budget vote, with reprioritisation from across government, as well as an additional amount required from the Department’s budget. However, the discussion on whether allowances can be changed is dependent on funding available and anticipated costs for 2023. 

The MTEF allocations to NSFAS for university students are as follows:

  MTEF - Allocation

2022/23

2023/24

2024/25

 

 

 

 

University allocation: Baseline

37 151 442

40 711 784

   44 399 325

Reprioritisation-Universities

1 207 665

 

 

Sub-total: Universities

38 359 107

40 711 784

44 399 325

18 October 2022 - NW3046

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Tambo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

In light of the annual problem of South African students who are left without funding through study abroad programmes which are initiated by provincial governments, what contingency plans does his department have in place in cases where provinces that initiate study abroad programmes, fail to meet their financial obligations towards students?

Reply:

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) coordinates several international scholarships that are offered by international partners, while others are managed by other international, national and provincial departments or government agencies or private entities. The project initiation, administration, budgeting and funding of scholarship programmes are the responsibility of each provincial or national department that embarks on and implements these programmes as per the provincial or national department objectives.

All funding resources for any project including international scholarships have to be secured by the responsible sponsoring department before students are recruited and sent abroad. However, despite this clear separation of financial responsibilities of project implementation and funding between provincial and national department, DHET has put in several structures to promote and strengthen good practice, coordination and management of international scholarships.

The DHET established the International Scholarships Intergovernmental Forum, which it chairs and serves as secretariat. The DHET plays a national oversight and advisory role on international scholarship programmes in which different government departments at both national and provincial levels are involved. The Forum includes all government departments that administer international scholarships and meets biannually.

To further strengthen the Implementation of International Scholarships by the different government entities, the Minister of Higher Education and Training developed a strategy to strengthen the coordination, management and implementation of international scholarships. These Guidelines are geared towards facilitating the effective coordination and to address a range of persisting issues and challenges that have emerged in the implementation of international scholarships by South African Government entities. Furthermore, in order to strengthen the application of International Scholarships Guidelines, the guidelines are currently being processed into a National Policy to strengthen scholarship coordination, implementation and good practice.

18 October 2022 - NW3141

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What total number of (a) small, (b) medium and (c) micro enterprises have registered as formal businesses (i) in each year and (ii) for each industry since she took Office?”

Reply:

Since the Minister took office (August 2021) no study has been conducted on SMMEs that have registered as formal businesses. The only study which was conducted was in partnership with Fin scope South Africa during 2021/22 financial year which has estimated the total number of SMMEs that have registered as formal businesses at 2 615 715. The study segmented micro enterprises at 2 219 026, small enterprises at 375 809 and medium-sized enterprises at 20 916, full details of each category are outlined below.

Table 1: Small Enterprises by category and number of employees

Additionally, small enterprises operate mainly within the services and trade industries whilst medium-sized enterprises are predominantly within the industrial sector. In terms of the study the industries/sectors of operation are as follows: majority of micro and small enterprises operate within the services sector/industry as well as trade, whilst medium enterprises are within the industrial sector.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

18 October 2022 - NW2762

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De Villiers, Mr JN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What total amount has her department spent on external consultants in the period 1 May 2019 to 31 May 2022?”

Reply:

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) spent a total of R4 512 571.93 on consultants from 1 May 2019 to 31 May 2022, as tabulated below:

DSBD Consultants services - 1 May 2019 to 31 May 2022

 Item

Purpose

Amount in Rands

Audit committee

  • Audit related functions

773 254,15

HRM services

  • Employee, Health and Wellness related matters

307 570,81

Occupational health

  • Training

7 900,00

Organisational structure

  • BBBEE Verification

54 625,00

Qualification verification

  • Payment for candidate verification

146 980,38

Research and advisory

  • Appointment of a service provider to provide an overview of the economic challenges experienced by SMME's cooperatives in South Africa and a comparative analysis of policy responses of at least three (3) countries at a similar stage of development and propose suitable policy responses to DSBD for a period of six (6) months.
  • Appointment of a service provider to undertake a study on an analysis and assessment of barriers to entry for small, macro and medium enterprise and cooperatives to economic opportunities and to draft a policy framework.
  • Update the IDBS Policy and Package for Gazzette.
  • Appointment of a service provider to assist the Department with the strengthening of the Red Tape Reduction strategy.
  • SMME Annual Review.
  • Financial Literature and Context Review.
  • Provision of human resources within the Office of the Director-General to render Secretariat functions for a period of 12 months.

3 118 601,60

Translate and transcription

  • Interpretation and sign language services

103 639,99

TOTAL

 

4 512 571,93

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOMENT

18 October 2022 - NW3180

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the President of the Republic

In light of the fact that he has established 25 task teams since he became the President of the Republic on 15 February 2018, (a) who is serving on each task team, (b) what total amount has each task team cost, (c) what were the terms of reference of each task team, including the specific objectives to be achieved, (d)(i) what number of meetings has each task team had and (ii) will he furnish the Leader of the Opposition with the minutes of each meeting, (e) what specific criteria are used to assess the progress of each task team in achieving its objectives and (f) what progress has he found each task team has made in achieving its objectives?

Reply:

It is not correct to say that I have established 25 task teams since becoming President of the Republic on 15 February 2018.

However, a number of advisory councils, commissions, panels and working groups have been established since 2018. Some of these continue to function as per their stated terms of reference, while others were established for a specific purpose and were therefore terminated upon completion of their work and submission of their reports.

The relevant information on these bodies is contained in the reply to NA Question 2292 submitted by Ms S Gwarube (DA) on 10 June 2022.

Cabinet Committees, including Inter-Ministerial Committees, have also been established and there are no costs attendant on these structures. The minutes of Cabinet Committees and Inter-Ministerial Committees are classified.

Where task teams are established, they are generally for a specific time-limited purpose, consist mostly of government officials and do not require additional costs.

Where applicable, the records of the relevant bodies may be obtained from the relevant secretariat departments.

18 October 2022 - NW3353

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, with reference to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector, including Organs of State now being completed, with the focus now shifting to the reality of holding people accountable for the grand corruption, and in view of the fact that the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Shamila Batohi, highlighted the need for a greater budget allocation for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) so that the institution can employ individuals with the high level of expertise needed to achieve successful prosecutions for state capture-related corruption, he will direct the Minister of Finance to use the opportunity of the upcoming Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement to allocate sufficient budget to the NPA for adequate capacitation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Government will continue, within a constrained fiscal environment, to support measures to intensify the fight against corruption and ensure that there is sufficient capacity for the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases emanating from the State Capture Commission. Recommendations from the State Capture Commission that require additional financial resources are being considered by the National Treasury as part of the budget process.

18 October 2022 - NW3366

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, in view of the fact that correctional service centres generate lots of food from farming and making furniture, there is any plan in place that will see to it that the system produces for the rest of the Republic, thereby insourcing the skills and turning it into a state-owned entity; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The department is currently implementing the Strategic Framework on Self-sufficiency and sustainability (launched 01 April 2021), with the aim to increase the generation of food and other products. This is derived from the Correctional Services Act Section 3(2)(b) of the Correctional Services Act, Act No. 111 of 1998 as amended: “the department must as far as practicable be self-sufficient and operate according to business principles”.

DCS embarked on a process to incrementally increase self-produce food stuff and provide furniture and other products for own use and as ordered by other government departments. However, we have not been able to provide 100% in all of the needs of the inmates. The following progress has been recorded since the launch of the Strategic Framework on Self-sufficiency and sustainability:

  • Vegetables from DCS farms, we recorded an 89% self-sufficiency;
  • Fruit 78;
  • Red meat and pork in access of 90%; &
  • 100% self-sufficient in provisioning of eggs for inmate meals (ration)

This is an ongoing process of DCS investing in machinery and equipment in order to increase the level of sufficiency with the aim to eventually provide for the majority of food and other products to be used and or consumed by inmates.

Research is being conducted regarding the possibility and capacity to in source completely, which will then guide the possibility to provide outside of DCS.

END

18 October 2022 - NW3643

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What is the nature of the present dispute over the chieftaincy in Ba-Phalaborwa in Limpopo involving members of the (a) Malatji and (b) Shai families; (2) what (a) is the progress of the High Court case currently underway to resolve the specified dispute and (b) are the reasons for the delay in the case being brought to a hearing? NW4461E

Reply:

The Honourable Member is requested to note that the Department does not have at its disposal the information he is requesting. However, he will be furnished with the information as soon as it is received from the Province as matters relating to chieftaincies (senior traditional leadership) are the competence of provincial government.

17 October 2022 - NW3061

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Mathulelwa, Ms B to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether he has been informed that the road from Matatiele to Maluti in the Eastern Cape stands incomplete, as the construction company that was paid out millions of rands by his department has vanished; if not, why not; if so, what steps have been taken by his department to retrieve the funds wasted?

Reply:

Yes, the road cited by the Honourable Ms B Mathulelwa was referred to the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Transport, who advised that

  • the company, Klus Civils, was appointed for the reseal of Provincial Road DR08012;
  • the contract was terminated due to non-performance on 20 July 2022. The Department followed all processes as applicable in General conditions of contract for construction works 2015 (GCC 2015);
  • Klus Civils was only paid for actual work done in terms of their contractual agreement; and
  • the process is underway of sourcing a replacement contractor

17 October 2022 - NW2814

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) What number of Social Workers are (a) employed and (b) funded by her department, but are employed in a Non-profit Organisation (NPO) in each province? (2) What are the salaries of Social Workers at the different levels of seniority within her department in each province? (3) What are the salaries of Social Workers at the different levels of seniority within the NPO sector that are funded by her department in each province? (4) What are the reasons that the salaries of Social Workers employed by her department differ from the Social Workers who are funded by her department but are employed by an NPO?

Reply:

(a) (b) The department funds programmes in NPOs which is inclusive of operational costs to fill posts. The department does not fund individual posts in an NPO.

There are 7 102 social workers employed by the NPO Sector across the country.

The table below reflects the number of Social Workers employed by NPOs in the nine provincial departments based on the programme funding received from the Department.

PROVINCE

NUMBER OF SOCIAL WORKERS EMPLOYED IN NPOs

Eastern Cape

1 638

Free State

409

Gauteng

2 311

KwaZulu Natal

1 111

Limpopo

136

Mpumalanga

328

Northern Cape

69

North West

No response

Western Cape

1 100

Total

  1. 102

 

2. The salaries of Social Workers and Supervisors/managers employed in the public service range from grades 1 to 4 and 1 to 2 respectively as prescribed by the Occupational Specific Dispersion (OSD) for Social Service Professionals (SSPs). In every Province these would range within these scales.

The table below reflects the categories of Social Workers and their respective salaries within the Public Service.

OCCUPATIONAL CATEGORY

SALARY NOTCH

Social work

Grade 1

R261, 456 – R303, 093

 

Grade 2

R321, 546 – R369, 258

 

Grade 3

R389, 991 – R452, 106

 

Grade 4

R 479, 640 – R 589, 896

Social Work Supervisor

Grade 1

R 389, 991 – R 452, 106

 

Grade 2

R 479, 640 – R 725, 517

Social Work Manager

Grade 1

R 806, 811 – R 908, 085

 

Grade 2

R 806, 811 – R 1 116, 931

Social Work policy Developer

Grade 1

R 369, 268 – R 413, 739

 

Grade 2

R 439, 945 – R 589, 896

Social Work Policy Manager

Grade 1

R 806, 811 – R 908, 085

 

Grade 2

R 963, 387 – R 1 116, 831

3. Salaries of social Workers vary from NPO to NPO and Province to Province depending on the funds, sponsors and donations they receive.

Below are the examples of salaries paid to Social Workers in Gauteng, Western Cape and Eastern Cape based of DSD Programme funding.

Province

Professional Posts

Annual Allocation

Gauteng

Assistant Director

R 285, 084

 

Chief Social Work

R 233, 784

 

Social Work

R 174, 456

 

Social Auxiliary Work

R 141, 168

Western Cape

Social Work Manager

R 547, 884

 

Social Work Supervisor

R 299, 688

 

Social Work

R 198, 132

Eastern Cape

Social Work

R 135, 187

 

Principal Social Work

R 203, 553

4. Salaries in the Public Service are determined centrally by the Department of Public Service and Administration. Social Workers in the Public Service fall within the Occupation-Specific Dispensation (OSD) for Social Services Professionals (SSPs), which are tailor-made to ensure staff retention. `

The appointment of Social Workers in the NPO sector is guided by the employment policies of the various organisations and their respective management boards. The salaries of social workers are dependent on the subsidy that the department gives to the NPO, which is informed by the allocations it receives from National Treasury. It is also based on the ability of the NPO’s to source funding from other sources outside of government.

17 October 2022 - NW2816

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) Whether her department intends to bridge the gap between the salaries of social workers of her department and the social workers that are employed by Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) in post funded by her department; if not why not; if so, what are the relevant (a) details and (b) timelines in this regard; (2) On what date did her department last review and/or benchmark salaries of the social workers employed by her department and funded by her department but employed by an NPO; (3) Whether this benchmarking was done at a provincial or national level; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what were the findings? NW3411E

Reply:

a) DSD partially funds NPOs for programmes which includes operations and staffing in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) provisions governing transfer funding. The Department’s transfer funding budgets have been reduced along with all other budget items due to the current economic situation in the country, which has curtailed the prospects of funding increases to NPOs in the medium term.

b) Refer to (a) above

2. The funding of social worker programmes in the NPO sector is reviewed annually by the department at the provincial level in an effort to maximize the allocation within the department’s budget constraints. Benchmarking of social worker posts within the public sector is done nationally in terms of the relevant Occupational Specific Dispensation.

Salaries in the Public Service are reviewed centrally. In this regard, the Director-General issued DPSA Circular 21 of 2021, dated 04 November 2021. All salaries were adjusted by 1, 5% across all levels.

3. See response to question 2.

17 October 2022 - NW2523

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) Whether, given that the Umkomaas R102 bridge has collapsed and is posing an incredible danger to not only motorists who are using the specified bridge, but also to pedestrians who could fall into the embankment that is riddled with exposed electrical lines, his department has been informed of the current damage of the bridge; if not, why not; if so, what assessment(s) have been undertaken; (2) whether there are any plans for the reconstruction of the bridge; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the current proposed timelines for such reconstruction and (b) at what stage is the tender process? NW3024E

Reply:

1. The road damage at Umkomaas on R102 is a slip failure, not a bridge collapse. The slip failure was a result of the recent April 2022 floods. The site has been assessed, and only one lane was deemed safe to use. The affected portion has therefore been barricaded and the road is currently operating on a single lane in order to prevent total road closure.

2. Remedial works are inclusive of backfilling the failed slope and protecting the damaged embankment. Contractors have been invited to quote for the required repairs and the quotations closed on the 9th of September 2022, and the works will commence immediately after the appointment of a contractor, which is anticipated to be before December 2022.

17 October 2022 - NW3469

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

What (a) steps has her department taken to monitor that women are equipped and empowered in order for women entrepreneurs to gain access to relevant business networks and funding opportunities and (b) initiatives, besides awareness campaigns, has her department supported to practically equip women entrepreneurs with the necessary skills they need in the business environment?

Reply:

The DWYPD assesses the draft APPs of departments to ensure that the plans are responsive to the priorities of WYPD and annually monitors the government progress towards the economic empowerment and promotion of the rights of WYPD. The 2019-2022 report has the following findings among others:

  • Women in Energy (WiE) Programme was developed to promote access to information and support women to participate in through workshops and business summit for Women Owned Entrepreneurs. The workshop was held with over 1000 women entrepreneurs from all nine provinces, as well as Women in Energy (WiE) Business Summit attended by over 2000 women.
  • 1 497 Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) were approved for funding under the SMME Debt Relief Fund, of these, 33% are women-owned and 21% owned by young people;
  • The DSI reported that 110 innovator youth business start-ups were supported as part of the Grassroots Innovation Programme. Thirteen (13) businesses for youths have been established. About thirty-one (31) of the 110 (29%) are women innovators who have been supported through the programme.
  • The Department of Tourism is implementing a three-year pilot project on Women in Tourism (WiT) in Limpopo Province. The Project is based in the following municipalities: Musina, Thulamela, Greater Giyani, Hoedspruit and Molemole;
  • Furthermore, the Department of Tourism supported the Green Tourism Incentive Programme with a total of 45 grants and 25 awarded to women-owned businesses. Tourism Transformation Fund grants were approved for 17 businesses, of which 8 are women-owned. Of these, 5 are 100% women-owned, 1 is 70% women-owned, 1 is 60% women-owned and 1 is 50% women-owned.

_________________________

Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date:

17 October 2022 - NW3299

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Police

Noting that during the SA Local Government Association Council of Mayors conference held on 8 and 9 September 2022 in East London, the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, revealed that more than 300 municipal ward councillors have been murdered in the Republic in the few years, (a) what measured has the SA Police Service put in place to prevent the continuous killing of municipal ward councillors, (b) (i) what trends and/or patterns have been identified in the specified cases and (ii) how has the information been used to ensure the safety of municipal ward councillors and (c) will he furnish Ms Z Majozi with a report on the arrests that have been made in the cases in the past two years?

Reply:

Attached find here: Reply

17 October 2022 - NW3470

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

(1)How has her department collaborated with other relevant departments to address the gaps in legislation and noncompliant employers in order to ensure that women who are domestic workers do not lose their income for the months that they are on maternity leave; (2) whether her department intends to advocate for measures to be put in place to ensure that some form of health-care benefits is granted to domestic workers by their employers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW4275E

Reply:

1. The Department is engaging with the Department of Labour and Employment on the issue of Domestic Workers. In August 2022, the DWYPD participated in a dialogue session organized by the Department of Labour and Employment, where its main purpose was to bring together policymakers and partners to build and/or strengthen strategic partnerships that will collaboratively work towards improving access to the Unemployment Insurance Fund and Compensation Fund and other benefits for Domestic Workers in South Africa.

The main challenge the Domestic Sector is experiencing is that majority of domestic workers are not registered, which makes it very difficult for the department of Labour to monitor in terms of the implementation of the labour law.

In this dialogue process, the DWYPD engaged with different National Departments such as the Departments of Social Development; Employment and Labour, as well as with Representatives from the Joint SDG Fund in South Africa: viz. ILO, UNICEF, UN WOMEN; Representatives from civil society, private sector; and Domestic Workers representatives.

This work is ongoing.

2. The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities made a recommendation that the that Department of Labour working with DWYPD deploys inspectors to the households to check if they are registered and check compliance in terms of the minimum wage agreement, maternity benefits, medical benefits and other related issues. The DWYPD will continue engaging the Department of Labour and Employment in this regard.

_________________________

Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date:

17 October 2022 - NW2709

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) With reference to her reply to question 1602 on 30 May 2022, what number of the 38 037 children has the department assisted to obtain documentation; (2) will she furnish Mrs G Opperman with a breakdown of the type of documentation that was provided for each child such as birth certificate, asylum seeker permit and/or study permit; (3) what number of the referred children received each of the specified documents; (4) what number of the referred children that have been documented so far (a) have been declared citizens of the Republic and (b) are still non-citizens? NW3099E

Reply:

1. All the 38 039 children were assisted with online applications by the Implementing Partners of the Children in the Move Project contracted by UNICEF in supporting the Department, for documents and through referral to the Department of Home Affairs.

The process of assisting children on the move is briefly outlined here and is more on care and protection of these children as per the provisions of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005:

The children are admitted in Child and Youth Care Centre through the Children’s Court Order as per the provisions of Section 151 and 152 of the Children’s Act. During the admission children usually undergo a panel review process to ensure a joint decision in the best interest of the child.

While in the Child and Youth Care Centres children are cared for by providing them with basic services to meet their immediate needs.

Services that are also provided relates to health education for improving hygiene and nutrition. Children are also provided with professional counselling and emotional support. Therapeutic services are also provided to them.

The following is the core component when assisting children on the move namely:

  • Identification

Identification of children on the move is part of the intervention by Social Service Professionals (SSPs). Outreach work is done by Outreach Workers who are mainly Child and Youth Care Workers (CYCWs). Children are identified through the Outreach Programme which is a programme that reaches out to children to empower them to express their rights and needs and to link them with the necessary resources when required. Some of the resources are: their families; Drop-in-Centres and Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCCs). Social Service interventions are used to engage with the children and explore the reasons that led them to be on the move.

The identification of children on the move is two-fold:

• Focus on those children who can be re-unified with their families; and

• Those who cannot be reunified and would therefore have to be admitted in a Child and Youth Care Centre for further interventions.

Information on the home circumstances of the child emerge as the Social Workers engages the child. Through the engagement the Social workers are able to obtain the details of the family which he/she uses to contact them. In this regard, the contact becomes extended to family to establish the home conditions and reasons for the child to end up on the move. At this point, the family also becomes the focus of intervention until the child is fully re-unified with them. When the child is re-unified, there are other services which are recommended for the well-being and psycho-social support of the child.

A decision about a child who cannot be re-unified with the family is based on the outcomes of the investigations done into the home circumstances. The impending danger that is posed by the child being on the move is also a reason for immediate removal of the child from the situation.

Social workers further facilitate the provision of documentation by linking them with the Department of Home Affairs.

2. The breakdown of the types of documentation provided for each child is not available as the Implementing Partners do not receive feedback from the Department of Home Affairs about the document applications that are completed.

3. The number of the referred children who received each of the specified documents can be confirmed by the Department of Home Affairs as this falls within their mandate.

4. The number of the referred children that have been documented so far and have been declared citizens of the Republic and those that are still non-citizens can be confirmed by the Department of Home Affairs.

17 October 2022 - NW2589

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Nodada, Mr BB to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With regard to a tender that was awarded to a certain company (name furnished) in order to conduct a study known as a Systemic Evaluation, (a) what is the purpose of the Systemic Evaluation, (b) what number of (i) primary and (ii) secondary educators were employed and/or recruited for conducting the evaluation process, (c) how are the educators compensated for their work and (d) what number of schools (i) have been sampled thus far and (ii) must still be sampled?

Reply:

The written reply is indicated below:

a) The purpose of the Systemic Evaluation (SE)

The purpose of the SE is to monitor learner performance trends across years, which will be based on a curriculum test in Mathematics and Languages in Grades 3, 6 and 9. The assessment of learner performance will be evaluated in the context of in-school (school) and out-of-school (district) factors that influence learner performance. 

b) The number of fieldworkers

The requirement for the appointment of fieldworkers was a teacher qualification and teaching experience. Fieldworkers were appointed by the appointed service provider. Learners write the assessments on their own but are monitored closely by the fieldworker. In their recruitment, the company did not distinguish between primary and secondary teachers. A total of 710 fieldworkers were recruited.

c) How field workers are compensated for their work

The rates of payment were as follows:

    • Administration of assessment: R500.00 for every day worked (including attending training sessions),
    • Own car usage: mileage reimbursement is  R3.82 per kilometre.
    • Public transport Allowance: R150.00 per day worked
    • Data and airtime allowance: R200.00 once off

d) The number of sampled schools

Schools were randomly sampled per province before the administration of the study. A provincial breakdown of the sampled schools selected for the study is indicated in table below. The sampling has been completed and the data collection has been completed and there is no further sampling required.

 Province

Grade 3, 6 and 9 sampled schools

Eastern Cape

434

Free State

351

Gauteng

405

KwaZulu-Natal

450

Limpopo

418

Mpumalanga

373

Northern Cape

323

North West

387

Western Cape

398

Total

3 539

 

17 October 2022 - NW2582

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1) What are the details of (a) any additional funding and/or (b) reprioritisation from her department that will be transferred to either the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial administration or the City of eThekwini for flood relief purposes over and above the different types of Human Settlements grants;

Reply:

a). Additional Funding

There is no additional funding for either the Province or the Metro of Human settlements grants provided in the current financial year.

b). Reprioritization

An amount of R340.3 million was reprioritised under Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) and R124.4 million under Informal Settlements Upgrading Partnership Grant (ISUPG). These reprioritised funds, as part of the 2022/23 annual allocations, have already been transferred to eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality for the reprioritization for the flooding disaster relief purposes. It should be noted that the above-stated funds are not additional funds but are part of the allocated 2022/23 financial year.

(2) What are the details of the impact of the above-mentioned local, provincial or national reprioritisation of any Human Settlements grants on the provision of housing and basic services in the (a) 2021-22 and (b) 2022-23 financial years? NW3097E

a) 2021-22 financial year

There were no declared disasters that necessitated the reprioritisation measure during the 2021/22 financial year. The Provinces and Metropolitan Municipalities were able to continue with the normal operational tasks as expected of them without any impact on the annual budgets allocated to the Province.

b) 2022-23 financial year

(i) KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Department of Human Settlements

The natural disasters that occurred recently implied that the National Department had to approve the entire annual allocation of Provincial Emergency Housing Grant (PEHG) amounting to R326 million to assist the reported disaster of KwaZulu-Natal Province and therefore had no funds afterwards to assist any other Province with similar funding needs.

In the case of KwaZulu-Natal Province, an amount of R515 million (HSDG-R326 million and ISUPG – R189 million) was reprioritised by the Province to address the disaster and after the PEHG was approved, the Province decided to utilise the R326 million from PEHG and reverse the same amount which was reprioritised to address the disaster back to the HSDG. This implied that the Province still has the full annual allocation of HSDG of R2.9 billion to address human settlements needs for the 2022/23 financial year

(ii) eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

The Metro reprioritised funds allocated under Urban Settlements Development Grant amounting to R340.3 million to cater for the following projects:

  • Sundry replacements (Blocksum) and replacement of network to ensure security of supply to existing customers - R14.4 million;
  • Repair of damaged road surface, sidewalks, manhole, storm recovery, bridges, catch pit, embankments Damaged gabion, road reinstatement and stormwater repairs in various areas – R218.4 million;
  • Marrianhill stormwater Protection and Environments Protection, replacement of Leachate Treatment Plants, Sundry Replacements (Blocksum) Lovu Landfill cell PH and Infrastructure, Bisassar Road Landfill – R72.3 million; and
  • Tongaat Water Treatment Works Remedial to storm damage – R35.2 million

Under the Informal Settlement Upgrading Partnership Grant, the Metro reprioritised an amount of R124.4 million to cater for:

  • Purchase of land in Quarry Road West and Ezingwenyeni Informal Settlements – R8 million; and
  • Three projects for refurbishment or rehabilitation of the infrastructure damaged by the storm in various informal settlements namely, Dassenhook Informal Settlement, Salvia Place Informal Settlement, Quarry Road Informal Settlement, Umlazi Z and Q Informal Settlement and Mayville Informal Settlement – R116.4 million.

17 October 2022 - NW3128

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 282 on 4 June 2021, wherein she indicated that there are two night shelters in Limpopo of which one is run by the Government and one is privately run, namely Huis Maroela in Phalaborwa with a bed capacity of 10 and Khuseleka One Stop Centre in Polokwane with a bed capacity of 40, and considering that in her recent reply to question 2173 on 5 August 2022, wherein it was reported that Limpopo has zero night shelters, what (a) has become of the two night shelters in Limpopo in the period between 1 February 2021 and 30 June 2022 and (b) is her position on the information provided by her in both written replies?

Reply:

Limpopo does not have homeless shelters. The shelters that were indicated in question 282 of 2021 are for Gender Based Violence, i.e. Khuseleka in Polokwane Welfare Complex and Huis Maroela in Phalaborwa.

17 October 2022 - NW2581

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1) What was the total amount that was allocated for the (a) Urban Settlement Development Grant, (b) Human Settlements Grant, (c) Development Grant, (d) Emergency Housing Programme Grant and (e) Informal Settlement Upgrading Programme Grant in KwaZulu-Natal in the (i) 2021-22 and (ii) 2022-23 financial years (2) what amounts have been transferred against the specified amounts of the grants as at the latest specified date for which information is available; (3) what are the relevant details of all approved reprioritisation from existing and future budget allocations from the grants for the specific purposes of flood relief in KwaZulu-Natal? NW3096E

Reply:

1). The allocations of Human Settlements Grants in the KwaZulu-Natal Province:

(i) 2021/22 Financial Year

Provincial Allocations- KwaZulu-Natal Province

Name of Grant

Allocations (R’000)

Human Settlements Development Grant

2 455 021

Informal Settlement Upgrading Programme Grant

714 375

Provincial Emergency Housing Grant

-

Municipal Allocations-eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

Name of Grant

Allocations (R’000)

Urban Settlements Development Grant

1 288 158

Informal Settlement Upgrading Programme Grant

686 369

(ii) 2022/23 Financial Year

Provincial Allocations- KwaZulu-Natal Province

Name of Grant

Allocations (R’000)

Human Settlements Development Grant

2 935 224

Informal Settlement Upgrading Programme Grant in KwaZulu-Natal

756 868

Provincial Emergency Housing Grant

-

Municipal Allocations- eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

Name of Grant

Allocations (R’000)

Urban Settlements Development Grant

1 279 036

Informal Settlements Upgrading Partnership Grant

727 265

2). Transferred Amounts

(i) 2021/22 Financial Year

Provincial Grant Transfers

Name of Grant

Allocations (R’000)

Transferred (R’000)

Human Settlements Development Grant

2 455 021

2 455 021

Informal Settlements Upgrading Partnership Grant

714 375

714 375

Provincial Emergency Housing Grant

-

-

Municipal Grant Transfers- eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

Name of Grant

Allocations (R’000)

Transferred Funds (R’000)

Urban Settlements Development Grant

1 288 158

1 288 158

Informal Settlements Upgrading Partnership Grant

686 369

686 369

Municipal Emergency Housing Grant

-

-

(ii) 2022/23 Financial Year

Provincial Grant Transfers as at 31 August 2022

Name of Grant

Allocations R’000)

Transferred Funds (R’000)

Human Settlements Development Grant

2 935 224

1 472 072

Informal Settlements Upgrading Partnership Grant

756 868

415 937

Provincial Emergency Housing Grant

325 764

140 003

Municipal Grant Transfers as at 31 August 2022

Name of Grant

Allocations (R’000)

Transferred (R’000)

Urban Settlements Development Grant

1 279 036

447 663

Informal Settlements Upgrading Partnership Grant

727 269

363 633

Municipal Emergency Housing Grant

-

-

3). Relevant details of all approved reprioritization from existing and future budget allocations from the grants for the specific purposes of flood relief in KwaZulu-Natal:

(i) KwaZulu-Natal Province

a) Human Settlements Development Grant

The natural disasters that occurred recently implied that the National Department had to approve the entire annual allocation of Provincial Emergency Housing Grant (PEHG) amounting to R326 million to assist the reported disaster of KwaZulu-Natal Province and therefore had no funds afterwards to assist any other Province with similar funding needs.

In the case of KwaZulu-Natal Province, an amount of R515 million (HSDG-R326 million and ISUPG – R189 million) was reprioritised by the Province to address the disaster and after the PEHG was approved, the Province decided to utilise the R326 million from PEHG and reverse the same amount which was reprioritised to address the disaster back to the HSDG.This implied that the Province still has the full annual allocation of HSDG of R2.9 billion to address human settlements needs for the 2022/23 financial year.

b) Informal Settlements Upgrading Partnership Grant

The Province had reprioritised R189 million from ISUPG and that amount remains to cater for the widely reported and declared disaster. The annual allocation of the grant amounts to R727 million for this current financial year.

(ii) eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

Municipal Reprioritised Funds from the Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) and Informal Settlements Development Grant (ISUPG) for Municipalities are for the 2022/23 financial year as detailed below:

a) Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG)-R340.3 million

  1. Sundry replacements (Blocksum) and replacement of network to ensure security of supply to existing customers - R14.4 million;
  2. Repair of damaged road surface, sidewalks, manhole, storm recovery, bridges, catch pit, embankments Damaged gabion, road reinstatement and storm water repairs in various areas – R218.4 million;
  3. Marrianhill Storm Water Protection and Environments Protection, replacement of Leachate Treatment Plants, Sundry Replacements (Blocksum) Lovu Landfill cell PH and Infrastructure, Bisassar Road Landfill – R72.3 million; and
  4. Tongaat Water Treatment Works Remedial to storm damage – R35.2 million.

b) Informal Settlements Upgrading Partnership Grant – R124.4 million

  1. Purchase of land in Quarry Road West and Ezingwenyeni Informal Settlements – R8 million; and
  2. Three projects for refurbishment or rehabilitate the infrastructure damaged by storm in various informal settlements namely, Dassenhook Informal Settlement, Salvia Place Informal Settlement, Quarry Road Informal Settlement, Umlazi Z and Q Informal Settlement and Mayville Informal Settlement – R116.4 million.

17 October 2022 - NW3040

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

In view of two employees of her department, Mr Sipho Dikhobe and Mr Reinet Gamede, who were caught stealing diesel from the department and appeared at the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court in this regard, what (a) control measures have been put in place to monitor the use of diesel at her department and (b) are the reasons that her department took so long to notice the specified theft of diesel of more than a million rand?

Reply:

According to the information received from the Gauteng Provincial Department of Social Development, there is no information on the officials in question in their employment records. In the absence of such information, I am not able to provide any further details on the matter.

17 October 2022 - NW2698

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Marawu, Ms TL to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What has his department done to improve the ill administration of some of the entities reporting to him, such as the SA National Roads Agency, that has failed to maintain the road infrastructure and (b) has there been prospects to privatise the institutions? NW2885E

Reply:

 

a) There is a Performance Agreement in place with the Boards of all Agencies, including South African Road Agency Limited (SANRAL) wherein there is need to have a Routine Maintenance programme in place for 100% of the network and the following are the Technical Performance Targets for the road maintenance

        • 95% for Smooth Travel Exposure (STE);
        • 95% for Low Rut Exposure (LRE);
        • 95% for High Texture Exposure (HTE);
        • 90% for Bridge Condition Exposure (BCE);

SANRAL is performing according to these targets and had challenges, with regards, conclusion of awarding projects mainly funded from their Capex Budget. I have engaged with their Board to ensure they put in measures to address this backlog.

Besides challenges SANRAL has particularly with regards to GFIP, it is a well ran entity and has also proven beyond doubt in assisting Provinces during floods. Provinces are also relying on SANRAL for road rehabilitation, hence handing over their strategic roads to SANRAL.

b) There are no plans to privatise SANRAL, who are already operating based on commercial business principles, in the sense they can raise funds through tolling and from external sources and also enter into concession agreements with the provide sector

17 October 2022 - NW3194

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)On what date did she attend the last meeting of any structure outside the Government in order to receive recommendations on the deployment of personnel in her department and/or entities reporting to her; (2) whether any appointments to her department and/or entities reporting to her were discussed during her attendance at any private forum and/or external structures to the Government; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the details of appointments that were discussed and recommendations received and (b) other Government matters were discussed during the last meeting of any such forum?

Reply:

1. I have not attend any meeting of that nature.

2. None

17 October 2022 - NW2597

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the daily allowance that councillors get paid to attend activities of the SA Local Government Association (SALGA) and (b) (b) what (i) number of provincial SALGA activities were held for Western Cape municipalities in the 2019-20 financial year, (ii) type of activities took place and (iii) number of councillors attended each activity?

Reply:

(a) In terms of item 7 of the Notice on upper limits of salaries, allowances and benefits in respect of different members of municipal councils, a councillor designated by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) to serve in its governance structures is entitled to an allowance not exceeding R1103.23 per day, irrespective of the number of meetings attended by such councillor on a specific day.

(b) (i)   According to information obtained from SALGA, fifteen (15) activities and thirty-four (34) meetings were held during the 2019/ 20 financial year, as follows:

 

No.

(b)(ii) 

Types of Activities/ Meetings

(b)(iii) 

Number of councillors attended each activity

1

PEC Meetings

59

2.

Municipal Finance and Fiscal Policy Working Group

41

3

Human Settlements and Municipal Planning Working Group

40

4.

Community Development and Social Cohesion Working Group

41

5.

Economic Empowerment and Public Employment Working Group

35

6.

Environment Planning and Climate Resilience Working Group

38

7.

Capacity Building and Institutional Resilience Working Group

43

8.

Water, Sanitation and Waste Management Working Group

43

9.

Public Transport and Road Working Group

38

10.

Governance and Inter-Governmental Relations Working Group

42

11.

Municipal Innovations and Information Technology Working Group

40

12.

SALGA Women’s Commission Meetings

81

13.

SALGA Women’s Commission Provincial Lekgotla

23

14.

Speakers Forum

56

15.

Provincial Members Assembly

39

 

17 October 2022 - NW2815

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) What number of Social Work posts are funded by her department within Non-profit Organisations (NPOs) in each province? (2) What number of Social Workers are employed by her department in each province? (3) What role do NPOs fulfil in the delivery of services as an extension of government services? NW3410E

Reply:

1. The department does not fund individual posts in any NPO. The department funds programmes in NPOs which is inclusive of operational costs to fill posts.

The table below reflects the number of Social Workers employed by NPOs in the nine provincial departments.

Table 1: Number of Social Workers employed in NPOs

PROVINCE

NUMBER OF SOCIAL WORKERS EMPLOYED AND FUNDED IN NPOs

Eastern Cape

0

Free State

0

Gauteng

2 311

KwaZulu Natal

1 111

Limpopo

136

Mpumalanga

328

Northern Cape

69

North West

-

Western Cape

1 100

Total

5 055

2. The number of Social Workers employed in provincial DSD are as follows:

PROVINCE

NUMBER OF SOCIAL WORKERS EMPLOYED

Eastern Cape

1 655

Free State

501

Gauteng

1 606

KwaZulu Natal

1 951

Limpopo

1 474

Mpumalanga

496

Northern Cape

231

North West

-

Western Cape

766

Total

8 680

3. The NPOs play a supporting role to the department in rendering social services to the most vulnerable citizens of this country. Since they operate within communities, they have direct access to the beneficiaries and are able to customize service provision according to specific target groups as per their founding constitutions, as well as localise according to the provincial/district/community needs. Their efforts contribute to the socio-economic development of the country in addressing the human development needs of society through their ability to provide developmental social services. The NPO-rendered services/programmes and interventions contribute towards improving the lives of the poor and most vulnerable. Below are some of the services and programmes rendered by NPOs:

  • Social Welfare Services (care and protection of persons with disabilities, older persons including residential care facilities, programmes for Orphans and Vulnerable Children etc.);
  • Children and Families Services (care and protection of children, community-based care services for children, support services to families, family preservation services, parenting programmes, adoption and foster care services etc.);
  • Restorative Services (crime prevention and support, victim empowerment and substance abuse prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services); and
  • Development and Research (community mobilisation programmes, institutional capacity building and support for NPOs, poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods, youth & women development (including food security, skills development, linking welfare beneficiaries to economic opportunities) and community-based research and planning.

14 October 2022 - NW3521

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Health

With regard to the 13,65 billion dollars that was contributed towards the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS (a) from which budget and/or line item was the contribution made and (b) how will the contribution be (i) used and (ii) of benefit to the Republic?

Reply:

It is not correct that the Department has contributed 13,65 Billion dollars towards the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. In order to put the record straight. South Africa has pledged 13,65 million dollars to the Global Fund as a contribution towards the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS. This is part of the country’s role as a member the global community in making a contribution towards addressing the challenges that are faced by the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS and Malaria, which is 36,5% more than our previous pledge.

a) The Global Fund Pledge of US$13 million was sourced from the Department of Health budget under the HIV/AIDS allocation as part of the pledge to Multi-National and Regional bodies/structures (United Nations and SADC). The Department provides for this allocation under Goods and Services, Posting Item Code: Membership & Professional Bodies. The US$650 thousand portion of the pledge was contributed by the South African National AIDS Council sourced from the private sector, as one of their 17 Sectors that support the country in shaping and implementing the HIV/AIDS and TB response.

b) (i) The contribution will be used to support the global intervention in the fight against HIV/AIDS in order to meet the global targets of 95-95-95 and Malaria elimination.

(ii) The benefits are as follows: South Africa is an implementor of Global Fund supported projects. Currently, the country received US$515 million through 4 Primary Recipients for implementation of various projects and programmes addressing HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. Included in the above figure, the National Department of Health is awarded US$364,357 million to implement the health driven interventions. Through the support from Global Fund, we will increase our drive to institutionalize granular, targeted, and gender-sensitive data systems and community-led approaches to monitor and address new HIV infections, especially among key populations and younger populations. Further to the attainment of the HIV/AIDS targets, the country will continue to improve the fight against Malaria, as part of the 8 countries that are called Malaria Elimination 8 or called E8 for short. It is our view further that the Global Fund support for Malaria programme, will include the prevention, surveillance, and treatment.

END.

14 October 2022 - NW3504

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Van Zyl, Ms A M to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What (a) total amount does her department owe to the (i) Walter Sisulu Local Municipality and (ii) Senqu Local Municipality and (b) is the age analysis of the monies owed in each case; (2) What (a) are the specific details of the buildings in respect of which her department owes the specified municipalities and (b) is the use of each specified building; (3) Whether her department has any plans to address the debts; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the details of her department’s plan and (b) is the time frame in which the debts will be settled? NW4317E

Reply:

1. (a) I am informed as follows by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(i) Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (Gqeberha/PE Region):

The age analysis obtained from the Municipality as at 30 June 2022 reflects an outstanding amount of R 7.6 million, the engagements have commenced with the Municipal Manager and DPWI Senior Managers to verify and reconcile, after which DPWI will then make payment within 30 days of receipt of invoices. The amount owed is broken down as follows:

      • DPWI accounts: R 5.2 million; and
      • Unknown accounts: R 2.4 million.

Unknown accounts are the accounts that do not belong to DPWI and the Municipality continue to bill DPWI.

Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (Umtata Region):

The age analysis obtained from municipalities as at 30 September 2022 reflects an outstanding amount R436 675.32. The amount owed relates to the current month billing for rates and taxes for 2022/2023 financial year (age analysis attached with the confirmation letter from the Municipality). The accounts outstanding are current and up to date.

DPWI does not pay annual property rates in advance but pays them programmatically on a monthly basis which is also applicable for Senqu Local Municipality. While municipalities may be reflecting the annual property rates as due and payable, and invariably overdue, there are few instances where invoices are not paid within 30 days.

(ii) Senqu Local Municipality:

As per the age analysis obtained from municipalities as at 31 August 2022 reflects an outstanding amount of R1.2 million broken down as follows:

      • Municipal services: R415 217.25 (with R349 000 not yet allocated after the payment run).

R66 217.25 (R415 217.25 – R349 000) is part of the payment that cleared in September 2022 but not yet allocated.

      • Property rates: R557 505.20 annual claim as outlined above for 2022/2023 financial year; and
      • Leased building: R231 285.33 long overdue lease rental accounts that is currently being investigated.

(2)

Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (Gqeberha)

#

User Department

Category

No. of Accounts

Mun. Services

Rates & Taxes

Arrear Amount

       

R

1

Correctional Services

Known Accounts

4

627 431,55

1 985 255,02

2 612 686,57

2

Justice

Known Accounts

7

305 609,28

146 724,28

452 333,57

3

NDPWI

Known Accounts

10

0,00

561 410,18

561 410,18

4

SANDF

Known Accounts

6

0,00

76 882,58

76 882,58

5

SAPS

Known Accounts

18

72 898,77

902 687,41

975 586,19

6

Water Affairs

Known Accounts

34

0,00

510 348,50

510 348,50

7

Unknown

 

49

   

2 418 234,24

TOTAL

128

1 005 939,61

4 183 307,98

  1. 607 481,83

Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (Mthatha)

The Municipality has confirmed that the Mthatha regional office is up to date with the payments.

Senqu Local Municipality:

#

User Department

Category

No. of Accounts

Municipal Services

1

Correctional Services

Known Accounts

4

95 281,18

2

Justice

Known Accounts

4

55 980.99

3

labour

Known Accounts

2

9 850.2

4

SAPS

Known Accounts

12

188 569,69

5

Home Affairs

Known Accounts

2

65 535,19

TOTAL

24

415 217,25

  • Rates and Taxes: R557 505.20 that relates to property rates for 2022/2023 financial year (See confirmation letter from the Municipality); and
  • Leased building: R231 285.33 long overdue lease rental accounts that is currently being investigated.

 

(3)

Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (Gqeberha)

DPWI’s Gqeberha Regional Office has been in contact with the Municipality and a visit to perform an extensive reconciliation of the known accounts is arranged for 17- 21 October 2022. The objective is to conclude the reconciliation and settle the reconciled outstanding amount by the end of November 2022.

However, DPWI will only process the amount due upon the completion of the reconciliations and the submission of accurate invoices and supporting documents by the Municipality.

Notwithstanding the above, DPWI made payments of R 734 479, 41 for Rates & Taxes, and R 213 267, 43 for municipal services (utilities) during September 2022. This is a clear demonstration and continuous endeavours by DPWI to ensure that all valid invoices from municipalities – as it is with other creditors – are settled timeously.

Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (Mthatha)

DPWI has no arrear debt on municipal services and property rates and is busy with the current billing.

Senqu Local Municipality:

The Department’s Mthatha Regional Office will meet with the Senqu Municipality and perform an extensive reconciliation for the overdue amount relating to the leased building on 1 November 2022, to resolve and conclude the matter by 30 November 2022.

14 October 2022 - NW3479

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Zondo, Mr S S to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether her department has any plans to ensure that the infrastructure of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is (a) refurbished and (b) maintained; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; a. What amount has her department spent on refurbishing the SANDF buildings in the past 2 years?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1. I am informed the immovable infrastructure maintenance approach in the Department of Public and Infrastructure (DPWI) is a blend of Preventative and Corrective. It is per the National Immovable Asset Maintenance Management (NIAMM) Framework, and facilities refurbishment and repair fall under Corrective maintenance.

a) Under Corrective maintenance, two asset renewal programmes ensure the upkeep of DoD facilities. These are Repair and Refurbishment (R&R) and Capital programmes. DPWI always has a myriad of repair and upgrade projects being carried out on the DoD portfolio. The current challenge is the decentralised budget that resides with the client. This model has bottlenecks that lead to delays in timeously carrying out refurbishment and capital projects due to unavailability or delay in funding confirmation.

Furthermore, in recent times DoD has prohibited DPWI from carrying out any Repair and Refurbishment projects in their facilities. The current DoD portfolio is relatively old, and the current prohibition of refurbishment by the DoD will accelerate the deterioration of the facilities resulting in a burden on the normal preventative and corrective maintenance budget. This could put the accounting officer in a precarious position if something were to go wrong due to the lack of refurbishment on these facilities.

b) DPWI continue to carry out Corrective (Day-to-Day) maintenance through various DPWI regional offices. Furthermore, there is an R1 million delegation assigned to the client to perform corrective maintenance as per the Day-to-Day guidelines. The department has already implemented the Total Facility Management (TFM) approach at one of the DoD key strategy facilities, 1 Military Hospital. The TFM implementation for 2 Military Hospital is imminent, and the site visit comprised of DPWI, management of 2 Military Hospital and potential service providers took place on 04 October 2022. TFM is a maintenance approach where the facilities' services are packaged by combining technical maintenance and soft services.

2. Refurbishment expenditure for the past two years on DoD facilities.

 

Maintenance

Repair

Refurbishment

DoD funded Refurbishment

2019/20

473 329 770

94 966 731

20 056 739

R 463 066 106

2020/21

342 495 058

80 322 416

5 676 461

R 320 936 571

 

DoD has another Refurbishment budget over and above its normal Capital budget, and DPWI also executes the projects on a recoverable basis.

14 October 2022 - NW3534

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to the Public Protector’s report on the National Health Laboratory, dated 30 March 2022, what total number of officials have been (a) implicated in allegations of (i) conflicts of interest, (ii) misconduct and (iii) maladministration, (b) charged, (c) taken on review and (d) suspended with pay; (2) (a) on what basis are reviews allowed and (b) what consequence management measures will be put in place to ensure that this does not happen again?

Reply:

1. With reference to the Public Protector’s report on the National health Laboratory, dated 30 March 2022, what total number of officials have been;

Question

NHLS Response

(a)(i) implicated in allegation of conflict of interest

None of the NHLS officials

(a)(ii) implicated in allegations of misconduct

None of the NHLS officials

(a)(iii) implicated in allegations of maladministration

None of the NHLS officials

(b) what total number of officials have been charged

None of the NHLS officials

(c) what number of officials have been taken on review

None of the NHLS officials

(d) what number of officials have been suspended with pay

None of the NHLS officials

2. (a) Not applicable as no NHLS officials launched review proceedings;

(b) The NHLS board will, in exercising its oversight responsibilities over the NHLS’s affairs, effectively and sufficiently observe and apply the principles enunciated in Part 5 of the King IV Code on Corporate Governance. 

The NHLS board is implementing the following corrective measures arising from the Public Protector’s report:

  • Strengthening the NHLS internal controls on the application of the NHLS Supply Chain Management (SCM) Policy and NHLS Remuneration Policy with a view to prevent a recurrence of the improprieties referred to in the Public Protector’s Report. 
  • A training course or workshop in Public Procurement, with particular emphasis on fiduciary duties and general responsibilities of Accounting Authorities outlined in the PFMA, as well as a refresher course or workshop on the NHLS Board’s Terms of Reference and guiding principles in the King IV Code on Corporate Governance. 
  • Strengthening the monitoring system in line with the guiding principles outlined in Part IV of the King IV Code to monitor procurement and HR processes in the appointment of service providers and individuals. 
  • A training course or refresher workshop in public procurement with particular emphasis on sections 57 and 83 of the PFMA as well as section 217 of the Constitution.
  • A course on protected disclosure to ensure the proper identification of the requirements for a protected disclosure case and the proper handling thereof. 
  • A refresher course on labour relations processes relating to, discipline, in particular the code of good practice on suspensions and dismissals.
  • A provision/strategy in the Board’s Terms of Reference to include a prerequisite for compulsory submission of pertinent recommendations for any job grading and/or salary scales. 
  • Training on Treasury Regulations 16A9.1 and sections 50, 51, 54, 63, 83 and 84 of the PFMA to enhance oversight capacity over the NHLS affairs. 
  • Inclusion of a clause in the Code of Conduct, for the Board to promptly inform the Minister of any changes in the position of Board members.
  • Inclusion of a provision in the NHLS Code of Conduct that a member of the Board who discloses to the Board any direct or indirect personal or private business interest which that member may have in any matter before the Board, must withdraw from the proceedings of the Board when that matter is considered. 
  • Review the existing policy or the policy provisions on managing conflict of interest to ensure there is no ambiguity. 
  • Guidelines in line with Rule 11 of Chapter 2 of the NHLSGR, Rule A.2(c) of Part V of the NHLSGR, where appropriate, pertaining to special circumstances for deviation from implementing recommendations for the implementation of the job grading and remuneration. 
  • Guidelines to deal with the ambiguity relating to the proper disposal of NHLS Board documents. 
  • Ground rules and timelines within which allegations of fraud, corruption and recommendations of forensic investigation reports, ARC and Legal Services Unit should be dealt with. 
  • Management team to take cognizance of the findings of maladministration and improper conduct and to take corrective action to prevent a recurrence of the improprieties referred to in this Report. 
  • Formal contract or service level agreement with a contractor, legally sound to avoid potential litigation and to minimise possible fraud and corruption. Such contracts must include legal vetting and must be constantly managed to ensure that both the NHLS and the contractors meet their respective obligations. 
  • A monitoring system that ensures that proper procurement in appointing service providers by the SCM and recruitment processes in appointing individuals by the Human Resources Department.
  • Review the existing policy or the policy provisions on managing conflict of interest. 
  • Evaluation the effectiveness of the NHLS’s internal controls and monitoring system and introduction of strict measures for compliance with lawful, reasonable, and procedurally fair labour practices.

END.

14 October 2022 - NW3512

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

In light of the fact that farmers in general are faced with poor roads infrastructures due to lack of local government support, resulting in higher vehicle maintenance and other inflationary costs, what collaborative steps has she taken to address the problems relating to the roads infrastructure maintenance with other Ministers?

Reply:

In line with Pillar 2 of the Agriculture and Agro-Processing Master Plan (AAMP), which prioritizes the provision of enabling infrastructure to support and grow the Agriculture sector, earlier this year the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development formally communicated with major agricultural organisations and Agribusiness from around the country, requesting them to submit details of rural roads requiring repairs, rehabilitation and surface upgrading. In response the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) received several lists of critically challenged rural roads that are affecting the efficient movement of agricultural produce in the country. These lists allowed DALRRD to map a status profile per Province and District municipality of the critical roads that require resurfacing and rehabilitation.

On analysis of the data and mapping it was found that the majority of the roads requiring attention are national, provincial and regional/municipal roads which are the mandate of the Department of Transport. The Minister of Transport has pronounced that his department will be attending to these. DALRRD will continue to work with other national sector departments and stakeholders to ensure that this work is completed with the urgency it requires.

Further, DALRRD is coordinating engagements between Agricultural Organisations and Agribusiness, sector departments and government stakeholders, in an effort to create a legislative provision for non-governmental organizations to render road rehabilitation services in partnership with rural municipalities. Commercial sector farmers have expressed their willingness, capacity and recourses to fix and maintain municipal roads that affect their businesses. Legislation, however, prevents them from doing so, as municipal roads are public responsibility. The DALRRD is coordinating a process with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the Agricultural Business Chamber to identify roads that fall within this category and create a legislative framework for private farmers in partnership with local municipalities to undertake road repair and maintenance. Official correspondence has been sent to COGTA, Agriculture Chamber of Business and AgriSA in pursuance of this.

Finally, in line with Pillar 2 of the Agriculture and Agro-Processing Master Plan (AAMP), The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has directed DALRRD to commence with a Rural Roads Rehabilitation Program that will prioritise farm access roads to land reform farms, village access roads in communal areas and access roads to Farmer Production Support Units (FPSU) that support community based agriculture in rural areas. This program aims to start implementation in partnership with other stakeholders within the current financial year.

14 October 2022 - NW3518

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether, with regard to the Human Rights Watch, an international nongovernmental organisation that has documented several cases of Russian military forces committing war violations against civilians in occupied areas of the Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Kyiv regions of Ukraine, which include a case of repeated rape, two cases of summary executions of seven men and other cases of unlawful violence that include threats against civilians between 27 February and 14 March 2022, the Government has condemned the specified war crimes by the invading Russian army; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

South Africa is not indifferent to what is going on in Ukraine. We are deeply concerned about the continuing conflict, the loss of lives and the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation. As a matter of urgency, there must be a cessation of hostilities, which would be the first step in a comprehensive response to the humanitarian crisis. We continue to stress that dialogue, mediation, and diplomacy are the only means to end the current conflict. As South Africa stated in the United Nations General Assembly, wars end when dialogue begins, and wars endure when there is no dialogue.

We have in our statements made calls for all parties in this conflict to respect The Laws of Wars, including respect for the Principles of Distinction, which enjoins all combatants to ensure civilians are not harmed.

14 October 2022 - NW3455

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Pambo, Mr V to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the (a) total bed capacity of public hospitals in the Republic and (b) backlog in this regard; (2) whether there are any plans to build new hospitals; if not, why not; if so, (a) what number of hospitals is envisaged to be built and (b) in which (i) provinces and (ii) towns?

Reply:

1.(a) In terms of the regulations relating to categories of hospitals, there are 100 656 approved beds in the republic and as of July 2022 the total number of usable beds was 85 126:

Province

Approved beds as per regulations relating to categories of hospitals

Usable beds as of July 2022

Eastern Cape

15436

13201

Free State

5372

4786

Gauteng

18833

18000

Kwa-Zulu

26213

20512

Limpopo

10603

7660

Mpumalanga

5848

4747

Northwest

5738

4461

Northern Cape

2287

1785

Western Cape

10326

9974

South Africa

100 656

85126

(b) There is no backlog in terms of new bed capacity that must be provided in the public hospitals.

The total bed capacity is determined using the beds per population ratio (the difference between the current bed capacity (approved) of public hospitals and the optimal bed capacity). According to Statistic South Africa mid- year population estimates of 2019, the total population in South Africa was 58,606,416 and this translated into 1.7 beds per 1000 population. The international benchmark for optimal beds per population is 1.5.

While the overall number of hospital beds per 1,000 population is in line with international references, the distribution of beds across the districts and levels of care appear to be extremely unequal (District Health Barometer 2019/20).

The table below provides a breakdown according to provinces.

Province

Approved beds as per regulations relating to categories of hospitals

StatsSA mid-year population estimates

Beds per 1000 population

Eastern Cape

15436

6,533,465

2,4

Free State

5372

2,971,708

1,8

Gauteng

18833

15,099,801

1,2

Kwa-Zulu

26213

11,503,917

2,3

Limpopo

10603

5,853,193

1,8

Mpumalanga

5848

4,598,333

1,3

Northwest

5738

4,053,179

1,4

Northern Cape

2287

1,240,254

1,8

Western Cape

10326

6,760,561

1,5

South Africa

100 656

58,606,416

1,7

 

The value of the indicator decreased to a lesser degree (less beds/population) for Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West.

(2) Below is a list of new hospitals in the pipeline to be constructed: 2 (a) and (b) (i) (ii)

PROVINCE

HOSPITAL NAME

NUMBER OF BEDS

STATUS

TOWN

Eastern Cape

Greenville District Hospital

100 Beds

Design

Bizana

 

Sipetu District

100 Beds

Construction

Mount Frere

 

Khutsong TB Hospital

124 Beds

Construction

Matatiele

 

Bambisana District Hospital

100 Beds

Construction Started

Nyandeni

 

Zithulele District Hospital

157 Beds

Construction Started

King Dalindyebo

 

Nelson Mandela Academic

To be confirmed

Feasibility Study

Queberha

Free State

Managaung District Hospital

330 Beds

Clinical Brief

Bloemfontein

 

Free State Psychiatric Hospital

877 Beds

Clinical Brief

Bloemfontein

 

Parys Hospital

To be confirmed

Feasibility Study

Parys

 

Dihlabeng District Hospital

212 Beds

Tender

Kroonstad

Gauteng

Lilian Ngoyi Regional Hospital

556 Beds

Tender

Johannesburg

 

Soshanguve Hospital

400 Beds

Land Acquisition

Pretoria (Soshanguve)

 

George Mukhari Academic Hospital

To be confirmed

Feasibility Study

Pretoria

(Ga-rankua)

 

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

To be confirmed

Feasibility Study

Johannesburg (Soweto)

KwaZulu Natal

UMzimkhulu Mental Hospital

90 Beds

Design

UMzimkhulu

 

King Edward 8th

To be confirmed

Feasibility Study

Durban

 

Northern KZN Tertiary Hospital

To be confirmed

Feasibility Study

Durban

Limpopo

Limpopo Academic Hospital

488 Beds

Tender

Polokwane

 

Siloam Hospital

244 Beds

Construction started

Siloam

 

Tshilidzini Hospital

535 Beds

Design

Thohoyandou

 

Elim Hospital

416 Beds

Design

Elim

Mpumalanga

Witbank Tertiary Hospital

400 Beds

Tender

Witbank

 

Witbank Psychiatric Hospital

400 Beds

Design

Witbank

 

Mapulaneng District Hospital

400 Beds

Construction

Bushbuckridge

 

Middelburg District Hospital

200 Beds

Construction

Middelburg

North West

Bophelong General Psychiatric Hospital

244 Beds

Construction started

Mafikeng

Western Cape

Swaartland District Hospital

132 Beds

Design

Swaartland

 

Belhar Regional Hospital

596 Beds

Design

Belhar

 

Klipfontein (GF Jooste) Regional Hospital

To be confirmed

Design

Klipfontein

 

Tygerberg Hospital

800 Beds

Feasibility Study

Cape Town

END.

14 October 2022 - NW3538

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to section 27(F) Financial Independent Applications, what is the total number of (a) applications received by his department that have not been finalised, (b) staff working on the specified applications and (c) applications (i) finalised and (ii) rejected in the six-month period from February to August 2022?

Reply:

a) The number of applications not finalised from July 2016 to September 2022 is 125, which is part of the backlog project.

b) 11 Adjudicators worked on this category of applications.

(c)(i) 36 applications have been finalised.

(c)(ii) 32 applications have been rejected.

END

14 October 2022 - NW3490

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

(1)What (a) was the budget for newly constructed SA Police Service building in Steytlerville, Eastern Cape, (2) whether the predicted final cost is different from the original budgeted cost; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the reasons for the difference in the costs; (3) what (a) were the original dates and/or time frames for the completion of the project and (b) new dates and/or time frames have been set for completion?NW4303E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)

(a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure informed me the accepted contract amount at tender was R 71 822 928.02 incl. 14% VAT. The current contract value is R 83 658 783.56 as a result of Contract Price Adjustment (CPAP) = R 8 117 795, 50; the re-measurements (mobile offices rental, 1% VAT increase, excavations for foundations and plumbing) = R 2 683 137.07; additional P&G (for extension of time claims) = R 1 239 397.91

(b) Current expenditure is R 81 062 474.13 inclusive of the R 5 931 200.00 penalties for late completion.

(2) Predicted final cost will differ slightly from the current contract value as some items on the initially measured quantities will be adjusted in the Final Account.

(3) The original completion date was 12 August 2019, and the approved extension was 07 July 2020. The project was completed on 25 August 2022, and penalties were imposed for late completion.

14 October 2022 - NW3517

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

When announcing the mobilisation of his countrymen to support his illegal invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to use all available means to deter future attacks, which was widely interpreted as a reference to the use of Russia nuclear weapons, the South African government condemn Putin veiled threat to use nuclear weapons in the Ukraine conflict; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

South Africa has always opposed violations of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member states, in keeping with the UN Charter. South Africa is continuing to encourage all the parties, through diplomatic channels, within all relevant international mechanisms and in various bilateral engagements to find a lasting solution to the current situation in Ukraine, in full compliance with the UN Charter and universally recognised human rights and fundamental freedoms.

South Africa believes that the mere possession of nuclear weapons constitutes a threat. The concept of nuclear deterrence, which is included in the military and security doctrines of all nuclear-weapon States, as well as States in nuclear security alliances and States under extended nuclear security guarantees, is itself a threat of use to convince another party to refrain from initiating some course of action. For this reason, any and all nuclear threats, whether they be explicit or implicit and irrespective of the circumstances are unequivocally opposed by South Africa.

14 October 2022 - NW3491

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

With reference to each of the programmes that form part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) of her department, what are the relevant details of (a) each specified programme within the EPWP framework, (b) the budget allocated to each programme, (c) the number of job opportunities created in each case, (d) the duration of the contracts of the beneficiaries, (e) the conversion to permanent employment of EPWP participants and (f) any skills development that were undertaken in each programme?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is the overall coordinator of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), comprised of the Infrastructure, Social, Environment and Culture and Non-State sectors. The DPWI leads the Infrastructure and Non-State sectors while the Department of Social Development (DSD) and Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) coordinate the Social Sector and Environment and Culture Sector, respectively. Further, the EPWP is implemented by various public bodies across all three spheres of Government.

The following response is specific to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.

  • The EPWP Municipal Infrastructure programme focuses on promoting the use of labour-intensive methods in construction by municipalities during the implementation of infrastructure projects to create work opportunities.
  • The EPWP National Youth Service Programme (NYS) aims to train youth in built environment artisan trades. The programme is implemented by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and the provincial departments of public works.
  • The Vuk’uphile Learnership Programme is a two to three-year learnership programme aimed at training and developing emerging contractors to enhance their skills for bidding and the execution of labour-intensive construction projects under the EPWP, as well as conventional construction projects. The Vuk’uphile Learnership Programme is implemented in partnership with various stakeholders that include public bodies, i.e. Municipalities, Provincial Departments and State Owned Entities, the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and a financial service provider (who provides bridging finance).
  • The EPWP Provincial Roads programme focuses on supporting provincial road departments to implement construction and maintenance projects labour-intensively. The support is provided by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure in collaboration with the Department of Transport.
  • The EPWP, Large Projects programme, focuses on ensuring that significant portions of projects with a budget greater than R30 million are implemented labour-intensively. The Large Projects are implemented in the different spheres of Government.
  • The Non-State sector is a cross-cutting EPWP sector comprising Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) and Community Work Programmes which deliver infrastructure, social and environment-related services through non-state actors at local and community levels. The NPO component of the Non-State sector is implemented through the Independent Development Trust (IDT), an entity of the DPWI.

b) With regard to the budget allocated to each programme;

  • R 20 million was allocated for Municipal Infrastructure support at a national level in the 21/22 financial year to support leveraging off projects funded by municipalities through various grants like the Municipal Infrastructure Grant. In the 21/22 financial year, municipal infrastructure projects worth more than

R5 266,472,189 were reported through the EPWP.

    • For the National Youth Service programme, a budget of R600,000 was used for coordination at a national level in the 21/22 financial year. The National Youth Service was implemented on projects with an overall budget of R221,691,176 in the 21/22 financial year.
    • A budget of R 7.9 million for support of the implementation of the Vuk’uphile Learnership Programme at a national level in the 2021/22 financial year with projects public bodies implemented more than R46.5 million.
    • R15.48 million was available for provincial road coordination support at a national level in the 21/22 financial year. Funding for the Provincial Roads programme is from the Provincial Roads Maintenance Grant (PRMG) and equitable share from provinces. Over R3.5 billion worth of projects were reported through the provincial roads programmes in the 21/22 financial year.
    • The Large Projects programme had R300,000 for coordination at a national level in the 21/22 financial year. Large projects worth more than R342 million were reported in the 21/22 financial year from different public bodies.
    • During 2021/22 financial year utilising own funding, public bodies in the Social, Environment and Culture and Non-State (CWP) sectors spent R4,5 billion, R3 billion and R889,904,599 respectively. The DPWI through the Implementation Agent, the Independent Development Trust (IDT), spent R797 975 370 of the NPO implementation allocation on participants’ wages in the 21/22 financial year.

c) With regard to the number of job opportunities created in each case;

  • From the municipal infrastructure programme 88 462 work opportunities were reported in the 21/22 financial year.
  • On the National Youth Service programme, 9,195 work opportunities were reported in the 21/22 financial year.
  • For Vuk’uphile Learnership Programme, 618 work opportunities were reported during the 2021/22 financial year
  • For Provincial Roads Programme, 134,340 work opportunities were reported on the EPWP reporting system by provincial roads departments in the 2021/22 financial year.
  • For the 2021/22 financial year, 3,570 work opportunities were reported on the Large Projects programme from public bodies in the different spheres of Government.
  • The number of work opportunities reported in the Social, Environment and Culture and Non-State (CWP) sectors was 163 928, 176 979 and 222 587, respectively. The Non-Profit Organisations program reported 100 212 work opportunities.

d) With regard to the duration of the contracts of the beneficiaries;

  • Municipal Infrastructure projects in 2021/22 financial year had an average duration of 81 days.
  • The average duration of work opportunities on the National Youth Service programme was 136 days in the 21/22 financial year.
  • The Vuk’uphile learnership programme is implemented over a period of 2 to 3 years.
  • Provincial Roads Programme recorded an average duration of 162 days for participants on projects reported by provincial roads departments in the 21/22 financial year.
  • On the Large Projects programme, participants had an average duration of 101 days.
  • The duration of contracts of the beneficiaries vary per sector, depending on the project duration. In the Social Sector in 2021/22 across all programmes, the average duration of work opportunities was 161 person days of work. The Environment and Culture sector provided an average duration of 77.8 person days of work while the Community Work provided an average of 34 person days of work.
  • Due to the delayed start in the implementation of the NPO programme in 2021/22 financial year which resulted in a phased approach in October and November 2021, participants’ contracts were for six (6) and five (5) months ending in March 2022.

e) With regard to the conversion to permanent employment of EPWP participants;

  • On the municipal infrastructure programme, there are no recorded statistics on conversation to permanent employment.
  • On the National Youth Service Programme, 36 learners were permanently employed by contractors on the DPWI projects in the 21/22 financial year.
  • The contractors in Vuk’uphile are not converted into permanent employment, however the training focusses on developing the emerging contractors such that they are better able to sustain their business.
  • EPWP Participants on projects implemented under the Provincial Roads Programme are not converted into permanent employment but are capacitated through skills development for opportunities in the active construction labour market.
  • On the EPWP Large Projects, there are no recorded conversion of participants into permanent employment.
  • No formal reports in respect of conversion to permanent employment of EPWP participants were received from the implementing public bodies of the Social, Environment and Culture and Non-State sectors in 2021/22.
  • Interestingly, a longitudinal study conducted by the EPWP Branch to determine the employment status of participants after their participation in the EPWP; the wave one of the study found that 21% of the participants that left the programme found employment elsewhere. This was confirmed by the Q1 2021 Quarter Labour Force Survey (QLFS) report which found that 22% of those that worked in the EPWP in the 2019/20 financial year and have left the programme found employment elsewhere after leaving the programme.

f) With regard to skills development that were undertaken in each programme;

  • DPWI has to apply for funding to the National Skills Development Fund.
  • On the municipal infrastructure programme, on-site training is conducted during project implementation which participant can then use it elsewhere when they exit the programme.
  • Under NYS programme, the 9,195 participants in the 21/22 financial year undertook skills development (theoretical and practical training) in different artisan trades. There was also skills transferred to the general labourers who were employed in the projects.
  • Contractors developed through the Vuk’uphile Learnership Programme are trained through Construction Education and Training Authority accredited training provider that offers them an NQF level 4 qualification called Supervision of Construction Processes. A total of 30 contractors were supported in the 21/22 financial year.
  • A number of skills training courses and on the job practical training opportunities were given to participants on road construction and maintenance trades across all provinces during projects implementation.
  • On the Large Projects programme, participants were provided with on the job training to be able to implement different activities on the infrastructure projects implemented.
  • Training did not take place in respect of the Non-State sector NPO programme.
  • The Social, Environment and Culture sectors reported 546 118 and 383 905 work opportunities with training days respectively across all sector programmes while the Non-State sector (CWP) reported 5 484 work opportunities with training.

14 October 2022 - NW3438

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

What plan has she put in place to ensure that the housing project in ward 24 in the Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality is completed by her department?

Reply:

The Limpopo Provincial Department of Cooperative Government, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) has advised that it has appointed Kgawana Construction and Enterprise CC to construct ten (10) houses in Ward 24 and that the contractor is currently on site. It has further indicated that the contractor is anticipating to complete all the houses as per Implementation Plan by the end of January 2023.

14 October 2022 - NW3519

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

In light of the fact that Zimbabwe is heading to its watershed elections In 2023 while there are wide spread reports of alleged targeted harassment of opposition members by the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, which includes Mr Job Sikhala, a member of Parliament representing the Citizens Coalition for Change, who has been held in detention without trial in a maximum security prison for 100 days, what steps has the Government taken to (a) ensure that Zimbabwe’s political situation does not degenerate into full -blown political violence ahead of the 2023 elections and (b) appeal to the Zimbabwean government to release all political prisoners- unconditionally?

Reply:

a) South Africa and Zimbabwe use the Bi-National Commission (BNC) to discuss all matters of mutual interest, including political and security situations in both countries. It should be recalled that for the July 2018 harmonised elections in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwean Government invited international observers, a move that was commended by the international community. It would also be recalled that the 2018 Elections were pronounced as having proceeded relatively quiet, free, and fair, notwithstanding recommended areas of improvement, as per AU and SADC Election Observer Missions. The violence erupted following the disputing of the election results by the leader of the then MDC-T, and the subsequent government response is well documented. President Mnangagwa established a Commission of Enquiry on the post-election violence, which was chaired by former President Kgalema Mothlanthe. The recommendations were released in public, which in South Africa’s view, was an indication of the commitment by the Zimbabwean Government to their implementation.

South Africa believes in peace, security, and stability in the region. Free and fair elections are a prerequisite of good governance for the attainment of the SADC Vision 2050, and the aspirations of the AU’s Agenda 2063. South Africa participates in electoral activities of the region through the SADC Electoral Advisory Council and is always part of the SADC Observer Mission.

b) With regard to the Job Sikhala matter, we will make further enquiries on the nature of his imprisonment. South Africa does not support any form of detention without trial or administrative detention as this is referred to in some jurisdictions. We will engage further with our counterparts on matters such as these.

COMPILER DETAILS

NAME AND SURNAME: Mr MJ Gininda

CONTACT: 012 351 1663

RECOMMENDATION

It is recommended that the Minister signs Parliamentary Reply 3332

 

MR Z DANGOR

DIRECTOR–GENERAL: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

DATE:

PARLIAMENTARY REPLY 3332 IS APPROVED / NOT APPROVED / AMENDED.

COMMENT/S

DR GNM PANDOR, MP

MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

DATE:

Additional information

The Government of the Republic of South Africa has not yet received any communication for the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe regarding the forthcoming harmonised elections to be held in 2023.