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15 September 2021 - NW539

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether the SA Post Office offers a registered email communication and/or registered SMS service to its customers; if not, why not; if so, (a) what IT system/supplier is being used to provide this service, (b) on what date was the service procured, (c) at what cost was the service procured and (d) what are the full details of the relevant tender?

Reply:

I have been advised by the South African Post Office (SAPO) as follows:

Yes, the South African Post Office does offer registered digital communication. There is one system in operation, namely:

(a) Registered electronic mail system on RiPoste TrEx from Escher Group (IRL) Ltd;

b) SAPO entered into the Escher contract on 29 November 2013 and a modification was done on 27 June 2016. The original design of the service was one sender to one recipient. One sales engagement with customers, it became clear that customers were looking for an automated system to cater for one sender to many recipients (bulk). The cost of the modification amounted to R17 398.00.

c) The original cost was R 8 512 830.00. The maintenance cost amounted to R677 988.00 per quarter. SAPO has not paid maintenance for nine quarters due to the process of changing hosting providers. However, SAPO does not anticipate the need to pay outstanding maintenance costs.

d) The registered electronic mail system was concluded on agreement number 4600000491. The tender number was RFP No 03 E Registered Mail 12/13/HM. There was no tender conducted for the revenue sharing concept, it followed an investment procedure. The SAPO/Service Provider Agreement; SAPO Limited Bidding Document; and e-Registered Mail Statement of Work Agreement is attached as Annexures B1, B2 and B3 respectively.

15 September 2021 - NW665

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department and SOEs as follows:

a) DEPARTMENT

Yes

(i) Name of the company

Vimtsire Protection Services

(ii) Purpose

To provide physical security for the department (both Hatfield and Cape Town offices).

(iii) Value

R 18 091 921,34

(iv) Duration

Three years (01 December 2018 – 30 November 2021)

b) State-Owned Entities (SOEs)

Entity

(b)

(i)Name of Firm

(ii)Purpose

(iii)Value

(iv)Duration

ICASA

Yes

Modise Protection Services

Physical guarding

R 5 097 931.15

3 years

   

CIYTech Systems Cc

Maintenance of security systems

(CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 174 018.00

3 Years

   

ADT Fidelity

Armed response & alarm monitoring

R 88 591.40

3 Years

   

Modise Protection Services

Physical guarding

R 262 649.76

1 Year

   

Televonic Systems

Maintenance of security systems (CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 56 223.50

3 years

   

Rishumele Trading

Maintenance of security systems (CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 95 041.17

3 years

   

Ubomi Technologies

Physical guarding

R 298 515.13

7 months

   

Pro-Secure PTY Ltd

Maintenance of security systems (CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 99 056.80

2 years

   

Multi-Locking systems

Maintenance of security systems (CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 268 984. 16

4 Years

   

Multi-Locking systems

Maintenance of security systems (CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 173 111.71

3 Years

   

Postbank

Yes

Vusela Security Company

Monitor access control; screening employees; escorting clients; protection of company assets and personnel, report criminal activities to SAPS and assist in handover of Postbank Visa and SASSA cards

R 44 000 per month

5 years

   

Nemisa

Yes

Rise Security Services

Provide physical protection in the Parktown Building

R 3 732 056.51

3 years (ending March 2021)

   

PEPLER ALARMS CC

Provide reaction service and 24/7 monitoring of the alarm in the Franschhoek Building

R 462.30

Month to month contract

   

SABC

Yes

Mafoko Security Patrols

(Head Office-Gauteng)

Provision of physical security services at SABC Auckland Park offices and TV Outside Broadcasts

R 185 519 425. 61

5 years

   

Khayalami Security CC

(Eastern Cape)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 13 838 216. 62

2 years

   

Khayalami Security CC

(Western Cape)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 11 525 746. 05

3 years

   

Vhugi Protection Services (Limpopo)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 17 421 396. 43

3 years

   

Modise Protection Services

(North West)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 17 415 286. 04

3 years

   

Mafoko Security Patrols

(Free State)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 7 186 607. 46

3 years

   

Khayalami Security CC

(Northern Cape)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 4 569 137. 04

3 years

   

Mafoko Security Patrols

(Mpumalanga)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 4 966 994. 66

2 years

   

Mafoko Security Patrols

(Gauteng)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 3 236 391. 24

2 years

   

Mafoko Security Patrols

(KwaZulu Natal)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 7 361 514. 50

3 years

   

Broadband Infraco (BB)I

Yes

Selkirk Security services

Provision of security services at Head Office

R 2 440 944. 00

3 years

   

Mzuzovama (Pty) Ltd

Provision of alarm monitoring and ad hoc call outs for emergency responses at Newcastle Point of Presence

R 148 940. 00

2 years

   

Nthuthuko Zulu Innovative Holdings

Provision of alarm monitoring and ad hoc call outs for emergency responses at Mzintlava Substation

R 20 400. 00

2 years

   

Azifani Security and Cleaning Services

Guarding services on emergency basis and escorting of technical employees to dangerous sites in the Northern Cape and Gauteng regions

R 1 220 662.12

As and when – value is for the period 1 April 2020 to 28 February 2021

Provision of alarm monitoring and ad hoc call outs for emergency responses at Mzintlava Substation

R 20 400.00 - 2 years

   

National K9 Security Services

Guarding services on emergency basis and escorting of technical employees to dangerous sites in KwaZulu-Natal

R 572 784. 00

As and when – value is for the period 1 April 2020 to 28 February 2021

   

Bohlale Security Services

Guarding services on emergency basis and escorting of technical employees to dangerous sites in the Free State

R 208 874. 00

As and when – value is for the period 1 April 2020 to 28 February 2021

     
   

Sentech

Yes

Collins Sebola Financial Services (PTY) LTD JV Ramadzwi Security Services and Training Agency (PTY)

NKP Security guards’ deployments

R 14 532 175. 93

3 years

   

Afriguard Security Services

Security guarding for the sites

R 4 591 766. 81

2 years

   

Fidelity Security Services

Emergency security guard’s deployment due to power and RF cable theft on site

No contract value, services charged on a month to month basis

Month to month until new contract is set up.

   

Fidelity-ADT Security Services

Armed Response and monitoring

R 32 905. 00

5 years

   

Buyisa Security Services

Guarding of the offices afterhours only and 24 hours on weekends and Holidays

R 753 210. 36

3 years

   

Fidelity ADT and Technical

Armed Response and monitoring

R 27 000. 00

3 years

   

National Security and Fire

Armed Response and Monitoring

R 24 443. 64

3 years

   

National Security and Fire

Armed Response and Monitoring

R 15 120. 00

3 years

   

Red Alert (PTY) LTD

Armed Response and Monitoring of all four areas/sites

R 85 523. 71

3 years

   

Harambe Technologies

CCTV system maintenance

R 663 964.56

5 years

   

Craddock Sekuriteit CC

Armed Response, monitoring and escorts to sites

R 9 457,20

3 years

   

SAPO

Yes

Fidelity Cash Solutions

** All Provinces

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Pay point Services

  • Cash-in transit (CIT) & Guarding

R 825 000 000. 00

2 years (RFP to be issued)

   

Fidelity Security Services

** Gauteng

Guarding Services

  • Static and SASSA

R 201 032 089. 00

5 years

   

Fidelity Security Services

** Eastern Cape

Guarding Services

  • SASSA

R 81 449 264. 51

5 years

   

Fidelity Security Services

** Western Cape

Guarding Services

  • SASSA

R 33 376 527. 70

5 years

   

G4S

** All Provinces

CIT Services

R 400 447 987. 28

5 years

(New Award pending)

   

Vusela Sanmva Joint Venture

** Free State

** North West

** Kwazulu-Natal

** Northern Cape

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 240 656 922. 50

5 years

   

Isidingo (UNITRADE 1047 CC)

** Western Cape

Guarding Services

  • Static

R 33 422 400. 00

5 years

   

Tyeks Security Services

** Eastern Cape

Guarding Services

  • Static

R 59 942 143. 30

5 years

   

Marumofase Security

** Limpopo

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 2 859 247. 04

1 year

   

Ally’ s counter Force Security

** Limpopo

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 1 714 828. 32

1 year

   

Clearpoint Security & Hygiene

** Mpumalanga

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 1 153 047. 60

1 year

   

Sakhile Ezweni Group

** Mpumalanga

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 4 191 095. 23

1 year

   

Khayalami Security

** Mpumalanga

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 8 667 153. 9

5 years

   

Ndivhuwo Security Training

** Limpopo

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 3 302 970. 48

5 years

 

Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA)

Yes

PMT Security Service

Provision of physical security services

R 29 000 per month

1 year

 

SITA

 

SITA currently does not have security contracts in place for the East London, Bhisho and Port Elizabeth offices.

SITA is receiving security services from the Landlord’s Security at East London and Bhisho that are on site.

At Port Elizabeth there is currently no security on site. It is for this reason that a new Security Contract for SITA has been concluded for all 3 sites.

SITA is not paying for security service exclusively, as it is incorporated in the lease agreements.

We can thus not quantify any value for security service.

East London

Lease Term: 01 Mar 2019 to 28 Feb 2024

Port Elizabeth

Lease Term: 08 Jul 2020 to 07 Jul 2021

Bhisho

Lease Term: 01 Nov 2019 to 31 Oct 2024

   

Bangilizwe Security Services

Physical Building security for SITA Eastern Cape premises (East London, Gqeberha and Bhisho)

R 475 410. 00

6 months

   

Tyeks Security Services

Provide guarding and security services for SITA Free State premises ( Fort Drury Building and DATA CENTRE in Bloemfontein)

R 2 752 318. 30

3 years

   

4B Protection Services

Provide 24/7 Physical Security Services for SITA Gauteng premises (Erasmuskloof, Centurion, Beta and Numerus Buildings )

R 50 248 823. 29

3 years

   

Sbu & Sbo Protection Services (Pty) LTD

Provision of 24/7 Physical Security Services for SITA KZN premises (Pietermaritzburg & Durban Office)

R 4  839 720. 07

3 years

   

R5 Security services Pty Ltd

Provision of physical security services for SITA Limpopo premises (Polokwane Office)

R 2 741 598. 87

3 years

   

Mthenjankave Security Service

Provision of physical security service for SITA Mpumalanga premises

R 1 495 315. 01

3 years

   

This forms part of the Landlord (Bridge Trust) Lease agreement. The security company is CCL Services

Provision of physical building security for SITA Northern Cape premises (Kimberley office)

R 151 800. 00

(Only 1 day shift guard, seven days a week from 06h00 to 18h00)

1 year

   

SITA currently does not have a security contract in place as this forms part of the Landlord Lease agreement.

Provision of security services for SITA North West premises (Mafikeng, Rustenburg and Potchefstroom)

SITA is not paying for security service exclusively in terms of the lease agreements.

We can thus not quantify any value in terms of security.

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) and ZADNA do not make use of any private security firm as their offices are located at an office park which has its own security company.

15 September 2021 - NW319

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

With reference to the pension of SA Post Office (SAPO) pensioner, Mr Carl Olivier, (details furnished) and the fraud committed on his account, (a) what steps have been taken to stop the fraudulent activity on Mr Olivier’s pension account, (b) what progress has been made in issuing Mr Olivier with a functional SA Social Security Agency card that will allow him to draw his pension, (c) by what date will this matter be resolved, (d) what number of other accounts have been fraudulently accessed in a manner similar to the specified person's account and (e) what steps are being taken by the SAPO to deal with the matter?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

(a) On 11/07/2020 a fraudulent reissue card was performed (Card number 4213 xxxxxx100415) at Umzinto Post Office. The account was reimbursed on the 28/09/2020.

(b)(c) Another card was issued (4213xxxxx991290) on 18/11/2020 at Halfway Post Office which has an active status on the client’s profile.

(d) SAPO did not receive any new affidavit for any other disputed amounts.

Stats below refer:

(e) The modus operandi that criminal syndicates embark on from time to time changes continually. SAPO/POSTBANK have embarked on a process of cleansing its payment system and circumventing unauthorised access.

15 September 2021 - NW1782

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he was satisfied that when he instructed that a certain person (name and details furnished) should be placed under precautionary suspension, based on adverse findings of the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) in an audit of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years of the National Skills Fund that any other officials, including the specified person, as the Accounting Authority, had not been coerced, forced and/or given any political directives which led to the irregularities and/or qualified opinion(s); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any other government (a) departments and (b) organisations such as the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, sector education and training authorities, and/or state-owned enterprises have received qualified audits from the AGSA in the past five financial years, where the Accounting Authority of any such department and/or organisation was placed under precautionary suspension by (i) him and/or (ii) a Minister; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, which government (aa) departments and/or (bb) organisations; (3) whether any investigations were conducted into government (a) departments and/or (b) organisations that (i) he and/or (ii) any of his Ministers placed under precautionary suspension; if not, why not; if so, what were the broad outcomes of such investigations?

Reply:

The President of the Republic of South Africa has in terms of section 42A(3) of the Public Service Act,1994 (Proclamation 103 of 1994) delegated powers to the Minister of Home Affairs to deal with the possible precautionary suspension of the Director-General of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Mr Qwebinkundla Qonde. This arises from adverse audit findings made by the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) in an audit of the financial years 2018/19 and 2019/2020 of the National Skills Fund, where the DG is an Accounting Authority.

The DG, as required by the law, was afforded an opportunity to make representations before the decision could be taken on the matter. After considering the entire case, he was put on precautionary suspension to pave the way for the forensic investigations to be conducted without any form of disturbance or interference. It is important to note that each case needs to be considered on its own facts.

In terms of the Public Service Act and the PFMA the relevant and responsible Ministers are in a position to respond to the Ministry-specific questions. Furthermore, questions related to the Auditor-General can be posed directly to the Auditor-General as the Auditor-General is accountable to Parliament.

13 September 2021 - NW2034

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the Public Transport Network Grant, (a) what exactly is the grant money for, (b) is there a contract with his department for the grants, (c) what proportion of the grants are allocated to capital expenditure and (d) what is the total breakdown of all capital expenditure for each of the five phases up to and including completion; (2) What was the exact (a) operating costs, (b) fare income and (c) council funding for each specific cost including operational in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18, (iii) 2018-19 and (iv) 2019-20 financial years?

Reply:

1. Public Transport Network Grant

a) The Public Transport Network Grant (PTNG) is a Division of Revenue Act (DoRA) schedule 5B conditional Grant allocation;

To provide funding for accelerated construction and improvement of public and non-motorised transport infrastructure that form part of a municipal Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) and to support the planning, regulation, control, management and operations of fiscally and financially sustainable municipal public transport network services.

b) The PTNG allocations are subsequently appropriated to municipalities that submit business plans with associated expenditure estimates per Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period, wherein the 1st year of the MTEF reflects an actual appropriation whilst the 2 outer years are indicative allocations.

The allocation is governed by the Public Transport Network Grant Framework that is published with the annual Division of Revenue Act.

c)Infrastructure allocations:

Items

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Infrastructure component: Ekurhuleni

 R 450 m

R 581 m 

R 478 m

R 413 m

R 289 m

d) Capital expenditure for each of the five phases.

See table below. The initial costing of the system was based on build first and operate later approach whereby all corridors will be developed with dedicated bus lanes, however this approach is being reviewed and a financially contained approach will be implemented for future phases.

The total costs to date on Phase 1 are R 2 2290 mil. Due to a scaling down to now operate first and built later strategy, the infrastructure expenditure has been reduced for the next few years and for future phases. The estimates for the future phases are high-level and more accurate estimates will be developed during the design stage of each phase.

The NDoT will continue to work with the City to reduce costs, ramp up operations faster and increase fare revenue while reducing operating deficits.

It must be noted that the City is still operating a starter pilot service since November 2017 and therefore it is operating sub optimally and should have scaled up to a fully fledged service by July 2019.

Phase

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4

Phase 5

 

Total
(R mill)

Corridor

2

1

3

5

4

7

6

   

 

 

 

Financial Year

2021/22

191

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

191

 

2022/23

330

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

330

 

2023/24

385

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

385

 

2024/25

421

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

421

 

2025/26

439

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

439

 

2026/27

92

391

 

 

 

 

 

 

483

 

2027/28

 

430

 

 

 

 

 

 

430

 

2028/29

 

473

 

 

 

 

 

 

473

 

2030/31

 

284

407

 

 

 

 

 

691

 

2032/33

 

170

428

221

 

 

 

 

819

 

2033/34

 

 

470

199

 

 

 

 

669

 

2034/35

 

 

376

219

 

 

 

 

595

 

2035/36

 

 

263

131

350

 

 

 

745

 

2036/37

 

 

 

144

385

271

 

 

801

 

2037/38

 

 

 

 

424

298

 

 

722

 

2038/39

 

 

 

 

466

328

 

 

794

 

2039/40

 

 

 

 

513

361

 

 

874

 

2041/42

 

 

 

 

 

397

348

 

745

 

2042/43

 

 

 

 

 

 

383

 

383

 

2043/44

 

 

 

 

 

 

422

 

422

 

2044/45

 

 

 

 

 

 

464

 

464

(2) What was the exact (a) operating costs, (b) fare income and (c) council funding for each specific cost including operational in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18, (iii) 2018-19 and (iv) 2019-20 financial years?

Items

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Operations Cost

 R0

R119,2m 

R126,7m

R168,4m

R232,2m

Fare Income

 R0

R0,33m 

R4,7m 

R8,1m

R8,5m

Council Funding

R0

R0

R0

R0

R0

 

13 September 2021 - NW2033

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

In view of his replies to question 497 on 2 March 2021 and question 1030 on 14 November 2019, what are the current and/or latest (a) reasons that the City of Ekurhuleni do not have 40 buses operating, (b) actions that his department has taken with the City for missing the various deadlines and (c) amount spent each month for leasing each bus that is in use?

Reply:

a) The City of Ekurhuleni’s 40 buses for Harambee are currently operational

b) The City has been instructed to speed up the Phase 1 operations rollout, reduce costs, increase passengers to over 10 000 a day and urgently conclude a final compensation agreement. Until all this is achieved, no future phases will be approved.

c) The City of Ekurhuleni does not have a bus lease contract as the 40 buses have been purchased outright by the bus operating company.

13 September 2021 - NW2176

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What measures does he have in place to cut the reliance on the State Information Technology Agency and secure an efficient IT system for Home Affairs offices, since his department is still failing to mitigate the situation of long standing queues?

Reply:

1. The Department is in the process of evaluating its internal skills with a view to creating the necessary capacity for its work.

2. A review of its enterprise architecture is also underway. This will allow it to better plan its systems in line with the Government Wide Enterprise Architecture framework while pointing out areas where dependency on SITA can be managed

3. In addition, the Department has had an Executive Engagement with SITA, and the following interventions are currently in the pipeline:

  • SITA’s proposal for an upgrade to Gold or Platinum will be tested through a proof of concept.
  • Go to Market Strategy for Access Link – The implementation of a strategy wherein DHA has access to a localised pool of pre-approved service providers wherein a procurement of a connectivity service can be expedited without the onerous procurement processes has long been awaited by DHA. SITA’s promise to implement in early 2022/23 will be closely monitored and reported upon.
  • SITA Strategy and Investment Plan for Uninterruptible Networks - SITA submitted a proposal to DHA that required a financial investment by DHA to the tune of R700m, whilst the Plan may not have been wholly accepted by DHA, the following critical parts of the Plan are being implemented by SITA and DHA:
    • Upgrade and maintenance of the dilapidated network equipment (routers and switches) - DHA.
    • Upgrade of SITA Switching Centres – SITA.
    • Expansion of SITA Core Network to reduce regional network outages – SITA.

END

13 September 2021 - NW1992

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

(1)With reference to the SA Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions registration for Health and Safety Officers, Manager and Agents exams and interviews, what number of persons have failed (a) the past three exams and/or interviews for (i) construction health and safety officer, (ii) health and safety officer, (iii) health and safety agent and (iv) professional health and safety agent and (b) more than once; (2) whether guidelines are provided as to what materials should be studied for each exam and/or interview; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details. (3) whether questions are asked around the guidelines provided only or are there other areas that are covered in the exam and/or interview; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure :

The information that I have received from the SACPCMP in response to the question is as follows:

(1) (a) (i) The number of construction health and safety officers who failed examinations is 299 out of 585.

(ii) The number of construction health and safety managers who failed examinations is 61 out of 92

(iii) The number of construction health and safety agents who failed interviews is 6 out of 12

(iv) refer to (iii) above

(b) 32 failed more than once.

(2) The examination/interview tests the competence in the application of the scope of services and regulations that govern the Construction, Health and Safety Professions. It is an expectation therefore that candidates must be conversant with these.

(3) The examination/interview tests competence in the application of scope of services and regulations that govern the Construction, Health and Safety Professions.

13 September 2021 - NW2137

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) In view of the fact that the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, signed a Border Management Authority (BMA) Commencement Proclamation in December 2020, which only allowed for the appointment of a Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners for the BMA, on what date will the section 97 Presidential Proclamation be signed to transfer relevant border law enforcement functions to his portfolio; (2) What deadline has been given for the current draft proclamation to be revised to remove reference to identified pieces of legislation which pose challenges to some departments; (3) GIven that the President in his 2021 State of the Nation Address committed to fast-track the implementation and capacitation of the BMA to curb illegal immigration and cross-border crime, what is the deadline envisaged for the operationalisation of the entire BMA Act, Act 2 of 2020?

Reply:

1. The draft Proclamation in terms of section 97 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (the “Constitution”), to transfer functions from relevant Organs of State, has been drafted and being consulted on with the said relevant Organs of State. Once there is concurrence on the contents of the Proclamation, the draft Proclamation will be forwarded to the Presidency for the President to approve same. Thereafter, the Department will cause the Proclamation to be gazetted.

2. The current draft Proclamation, in terms of section 97 of the Constitution has been revised to remove legislation that affects SARS-Custom and the SANDF. The Department is currently undergoing consultations with organs of state as required by the requisite processes and they have undertaken to provide such feedback by no later than 10 September 2021.

3. The establishment of the BMA in South Africa is an unprecedented “Whole-of-Government” endeavour led by the Presidency and guided by the Department of Public Service and Administration, and the National Treasury in terms of the Public Service Act, the Public Finance Management Act and the National Macro-Organization of Government (NMOG)principles.

The operationalization of the BMA Act involves multiple Organs of State, and complex regulatory, legislative, staffing, budgeting and funding processes; and as such, the BMA Act, 2020 will be operationalized in an incremental manner over a ten (10) year period ending in 2030.

END

13 September 2021 - NW2000

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) is the cause of the delay in construction of the N2 bridge over the Gwaing River at George in the Western Cape and (b) are the relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

a) The Contractor KPMM ran into financial difficulty around November / December 2018 and declared the commencement of business rescue proceedings in May 2019. Up to the present date KPMM is still in business rescue and this has significantly slowed the N2 Gwaing River bridge construction progress. SANRAL has provided the necessary support the during this process in the interest of ensuring that the project is completed. The Contractor has now informed SANRAL that they cannot continue with the works.

b) The contract was awarded to KPMM Roads and Earthworks (Pty) Ltd to the value of R161 200 000-00 (including VAT). The contract commenced on 29 January 2018 with a completion date of 28 July 2020. The contract duration was for a 30 months period. At this stage, the works are 58.4% complete with a total of R 96 238 948.87 (including VAT) spent to date. SANRAL has been in continuous discussions with the Contractor regarding performance and has been applying all applicable contractual penalties. With the contractor now having informed SANRAL that they cannot continue any longer, SANRAL is taking the necessary actions in terms of the Contract to assign the contract to a replacement contractor to complete the outstanding works.

13 September 2021 - NW1994

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

(1)Whether the SA Council of Project and Construction Management Professionals passed on the payment waiver for annual fees it was offered by the Council for the Built Environment for the 2020-21 financial year; if not, why not; if so, (a) how was the waiver communicated to members and/or prospective members and (b) what number of persons benefited from the waiver; (2) whether the fee waiver was a partial waiver; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what percentage was applied to each level of registration; (3) whether the new registrations paid the full registration fee; if not, what are the details of the waiver they were granted; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what (a) is the total number of (i) persons who failed to renew their registrations during the 2020-21 year and (ii) new registrations that were received during this period and (b) is the difference in numbers of registered members between the 2019-20 period and the 2020-21 period in each category?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1) (a) (b) Information I received is that CBE waiver was not passed on to registered persons. The CBE levy waivered accounts for 1.1% (for Candidates R21 per person and for Professionals R42 per person) of the total annual fee invoice, the waiver granted by CBE which amounts to R218 672 for the 2020/21 financial year was utilized to assist the Council with some financial relief as cashflow was affected.

(2) No. see (1) above.

(3) Yes, new registrations paid the full registration fee; however, they are subjected to a pro-rated discount on their annual fees which is dependent on when the persons got to register.

(4) Below is a reconciliation of registered persons from 2019/20 to 2020/21 financial years. The reconciliations are as at 31 March 2021.

(i) Unpaid registered persons were 5 349 as at 31 March 2021 and

(ii) New registrations were at 900.

Analysis of declared membership movement

 

 

 

 

Professional

Candidates

Totals

Record of client membership headcount 31 March 2020

6 979

4 684

11 663

Opening Balance at 01 April 2020 / Declared/audited

6 979

4 684

11 663

Movement

   

 

Additions

435

465

900

Upgrade to professionals

40

- 40

-

Reinstatement

17

12

29

De- Registration - Bad debts write off

- 289

- 783

- 1 072

Less/Add Balancing Figure that could not be traced

   

- 96

Closing Balance at 31 March 2021 / Declared/audited

7 182

4 338

11 424

Less unpaid registered persons

2 844

2 601

5 349

Total paid up membership declared: Paid membership- 2020/21

4 338

1 737

6 075

(b) Levies declared to CBE during the 2020/21 Financial Period

 

 

 

Paid up membership

Total paid up membership declared: Paid membership- 2020/21

4338

1737

6075

CBE levy rate

42

21

 

Total payable to CBE for 2020/2021 period

182 196

36 477

218 673

(4)(b) The difference between registered persons is 239 (see table below).

Professional Category

2019/20

Financial year

2020/21

Financial year

Difference

Professional Construction Manager

888

919

31

Professional Construction Project Manager

1689

1679

-10

Professional Construction Mentor

28

13

-15

Professional Construction health and Safety Agent

100

109

9

Construction Mentor

8

9

1

Construction Health and Safety Officer

3367

3437

70

Construction Health and Safety Manager

921

905

-16

Candidate Construction Manager

417

542

125

Candidate Construction Project Manager

1945

1654

-291

Candidate Construction Health and Safety Agent

139

125

-14

Candidate Construction health and Safety Manager

107

78

-29

Candidate Construction Health and Safety Officer

2054

1954

-100

Grand Total

11663

11424

-239

13 September 2021 - NW2188

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Whether he plans to open a technical vocational educational and training college in oPhongolo, Northern KwaZulu-Natal; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department has no plans to open a Technical and Vocational Education and Training College in ePhongolo.

13 September 2021 - NW2056

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

In light of the fact that the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s acknowledgment of a backlog of 500 000 licences waiting in the system among other licence-related challenges such as renewals, (a) what is his department’s position on the suggestion to allow the renewal of licences over the weekend and after-hours until the backlog is resolved and (b) how best does his department intend to deal with licence-related challenges, especially in Gauteng?

Reply:

a) In 7 of the 9 provinces affected by the backlog, working hours have been extended including operations on Saturdays. Challenges relating to overtime is preventing the extension of operating hours in some provinces.

b) The department has extended the validity and grace period of all learner’s licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits that expire during the period that commenced from 26 March up and including 31 August 2021 to 31 March 2022l.

Considering that Gauteng poses the biggest challenge due to the large population of motorists and the fact that it remains the only province that has extensively deployed the online booking system, an email service for Gauteng users who experience difficulties with online bookings and renewing their licences has been activated.

Processes are underway to introduce online payments.

The RTMC is in discussions with the Health Professions Council of South Africa to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding which will allow motorists to make use of private optometrists who will have the authority to upload eye test results directly to the Natis system.

The interface of live enrolment units with home affairs has been completed. This will enable immediate validation of the fingerprints and reduce delays.

A process to deploy new Natis end-user equipment in all provinces has started.

The RTMC is opening additional DLTCs with more staff working from 7 in the morning and ending at 9 at night for seven days a week. This initiative will increase the capacity in Gauteng by 30%. The initiative can be deployed nationally in consultation with the MECs concerned

A new DLTC in Tembisa has opened its doors.

Two busses have been fitted with state of the art equipment to serve as mobile centres to assist with licence renewals

Two self-service kiosk are being prepared for testing and should be rolled out by October 2021.

13 September 2021 - NW2120

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), (a) at which South African airports have the Instrument Landing Systems (ALS) not been operational and/or switched off in the period 1 January 2020 to 15 August 2021, (b) on what dates were the systems not operating, (c) what are the reasons that the systems were not operating, (d) what are the relevant details of the persons who have been held accountable for the systems not being operational, (e) what are the reasons that no person has been held accountable, (f) what are the relevant details of the persons and/or entities who were responsible for the maintenance of the ALS during the specified period and (g) what are the relevant details of the persons and/or entities who have been responsible for the maintenance of the ALS as at 15 August 2021?

Reply:

The SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), (a) During the period 01 January 2020 and 15 August 2021 the following Instrument Landing Systems were switched off / were non-operational:

(a)

Station

Facility

Description

(b)

Unserviceable Dates

(b)

Serviceable Dates

(c)

Reasons why the systems were not operating.

(d) (e)

Details of the persons who have been held accountable for the systems not being operational

(f) (g)

what are the relevant details of the persons and/or entities who were responsible for the maintenance of the ALS during the specified period

FAPP

ILS

FAPP ILS RWY

August 2020

N/A

System unserviceable

Airport Management

The maintenance of ILS facilities is the responsibility of the airport management.

FAKN

ILS

KMIA ILS RWY 05

29-30 March 2021

31-Mar-21

25 days extension expired

The SACAA Flight Inspection Unit aircraft crashed on 23 January 2020 and the organisation went on a tender to source a service provider to conduct the calibration for its clients. The tender was approved, and an SLA signed in April 2020. The service provider appointed sub-contracted equipment and crew from a European company. Due to Covid-19 the service provider could not reposition the aircraft from Europe to South Africa due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. There were delays in obtaining a Foreign Operator Permit from the Air Service Licencing Council due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

All the major airports are equipped with modern based technology such as GNSS and RNAV approaches, in addition to the standard VOR approaches. So, being without an ILS doesn’t leave an airport stranded with traffic that cannot land in bad weather. They can also use the GNSS/RNAV approaches to achieve the same effect.

At the time of submitting this report all ILSes were operational and within the regulated parameters except for those where the owners opted not to calibrate.

 

FALA

ILS

Lanseria ILS RWY 05

27-Mar-21

18-May-21

FALA Airport closed down due travel restriction

   

 FAOR

ILS 03R

OR Tambo ILS 03R

10-Aug-20

22-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   
 

ILS 21L

OR Tambo ILS 21L

10-Aug-20

23-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   
 

ILS 03L

OR Tambo ILS 03L

10-May-21

11-May-21

Exemption not yet granted

   
 

ILS 21R

OR Tambo ILS 21R

10-May-21

11-May-21

Exemption not yet granted

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

FACT

ILS 19

Cape Town ILS 19

13-Aug-20

25-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   
 

ILS 01

Cape Town ILS 01

13-Aug-20

26-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

FALE

ILS 06

King Shaka ILS 06

06-May-20

02-Sep-20

Maintenance failure that needed flight calibrations resulting in the equipment NOTAM'd off air

   
 

ILS 24

King Shaka ILS 24

02-Jul-20

31-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 FAEL

ILS 29

East London ILS

16-Aug-20

12-Sep-20

Exemption Not Granted

   
 

ILS 11

East London ILS

16-Aug-20

11-Sep-20

Exemption Not Granted

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 FAPE

ILS 08 

 Port Elizabeth ILS 08

18-Aug-20

14-Sep-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   
 

ILS 26

 Port Elizabeth ILS 26

18-Aug-20

28-Sep-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

FAGG

ILS

George ILS 11

10-Jul-20

29-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   
 

ILS

George ILS 29

10-Jul-20

28-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   

 

13 September 2021 - NW1883

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George, Dr DT to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, with reference to the approval by the City of Ekurhuleni Municipal Council of item: A-TP (01-2021) in its virtual sitting on 28 January 2021, which sought to pay interim compensation to the Ekurhuleni taxi industry for the operation of phase 1 of the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network project, the National Treasury has found that the compensation is necessary; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, will the National Treasury be ensuring that the approved item is actioned; (2) (a) what is the total figure in respect of the approved recommendation stating that the payment of R10,00 fare per passenger on the Harambee Service between Tembisa-ORTIA and extension to Bartlett to affected taxi operators for the daily passenger revenue loss, which will be from the R17,00 per passenger fare collected, (b) what are the reasons that the amount to be paid has not been capped and (c) which taxi associations are part of the Ekurhuleni taxi industry; (3) whether the National Treasury has received correspondence from the caucus of a certain political party (name furnished) on this matter; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) In line with the Public Transport Action Plan and Strategy of 2007, the National Land Transport Act (NLTA) of 2009 and the Division of Revenue Act (DORA) Public Transport Network Grant framework, provision is made for the payment of compensation to incumbent public transport operators whose businesses will be affected by the implementation of Integrated Public Transport Networks (IPTN’s).

The interim compensation item is contained in periodic project progress reports that are submitted to the National Department of Transport and National Treasury.

The NDoT has informed the City that the interim compensation started in 2017/18 and was expected to be replaced by a final compensation agreement by 2018/19. The City is therefore required to urgently conclude a final negotiated compensation agreement that is based on an accurate valuation of the operating licences that will be affected.

2(a) R3.6 million.

2(b) The interim compensation agreement makes provision of R10.00 per fare paying passenger for the compensation of daily passenger revenue loss.

2(c) The Ekurhuleni Taxi Industry (ETI) comprises of the following Associations:-

LIST OF TAXI ASSOCIATIONS WITH COE AREA

No.

Taxi Association

Abbreviation

 

Johannesburg Tembisa Taxi Association

JJTA

 

Kempton Park Taxi Association

KETA

 

Birchleigh Oakmoor Taxi Association

BOTA

 

Lethabong Taxi Association

LETA

 

Tembisa Pretoria Taxi Association

TEPTA

 

Tembisa Alexandra Taxi association

TATA

 

Tembisa Local Taxi Association

TELTA

 

Tembisa Long distance Taxi Association

TELDTA

 

Benoni Taxi Association

BTA

 

Greater Brakpan Taxi Association

GBTA

 

Springs Long Distance Taxi Association

SLDTA

 

Springs Taxi Association

STA

 

Nigel Taxi Association

NTA

 

Daveyton-Kempton Park Taxi Association

DKTA

 

Zonkizizwe Taxi Association

ZOTA

 

Vosloorus Boksburg District Taxi Association

VBDTA

 

Katlehong People’s Taxi Association

KAPTA

 

Reiger Park Boksburg District Taxi Association

RTA

 

Greater Germiston Taxi Association

GGTA

 

Greater Alberton Taxi Association

GATA

 

Bushbuck Transport Services

BTS

 

Thaba-Bosiu Express Services

TBES

 

Thahameso Nthwanatsatsi Thusanang

TNT

LIST OF TAXI ASSOCIATIONS WITH COE AREA

No.

Taxi Association

Abbreviation

 

Germiston-Natalspruite LD Taxi Association

GNLDTA

 

Germiston Limpopo LDTA

GLLDTA

 

Ezibeleni Sterkspruite LDTA

ESLDTA

 

Germiston- Jane Furse LDTA

GJFLDTA

 

Inkanyezi LDTA

INLDTA

 

Thuthukani LDTA

TLDTA

 

Zamokhuhle LDTA

ZLDTA

 

Taung-Bophirima LDTA

TBLDTA

 

Izizwezomsinga LDTA

IZLDTA

CROSS-BORDER OPERATORS REGISTERED WITH THE CROSS-BORDER ROAD TRANSPORT AGENCY (CBRTA), OPERATING THE CROSS-BORDER ROUTES FROM WITHIN THE AREA OF JURISDICTION:

No.

Taxi Association

Abbreviation

1.

Boksburg Cross-Border Taxi Association

 

2.

Ekurhuleni Cross-Border Taxi Association

 

3.

Kempton Park Taxi Association (Cross-Border members)

KETACB

4.

Benoni Taxi Association (Cross-Border members)

BTACB

5.

Springs Long Distance Taxi Association (Cross-Border members)

SLDTACB

6.

Springs Cross-Border Taxi Association

SLDTACB

7.

Thaba-Bosiu Express Taxi Association (members)

TBES

8.

Kopanang Dikila Makaota Cross-Border Tax Association???

KDMCBTA

9.

Thahameso Nthwanatsatsi Thusanang Taxi Association

TNT

10

AMR Chitova Bus Express (Pty) Ltd

 

11

LJ Mokhabela Bus Company

 

(3) The NDoT has not been informed of the abovementioned correspondence by National Treasury and requests that this be sent directly to the Director General of the Department of Transport.

 

13 September 2021 - NW1993

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the SA Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions registration for Health and Safety Officers, Managers and Agents exams and interviews, persons who have failed the exam (a) are entitled to (i) view their exam paper in order to determine where they went wrong and (ii) an explanation as to where they failed and (b) have to pay the full exam and/or interview fee again to rewrite the exam; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case;

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

The information that I have received from the SACPCMP in response to the question is as follows:

1. (a) (i) Candidates who want to view their examination script are at liberty to apply to

view their scripts.

(ii) Candidates will know which questions they got right or wrong when they view their script and that should assist them to go back to the drawing board to fix their mistakes.

(b) Candidates who failed examination or interview are required to pay the full fee to rewrite.

(2) (a) The cost of examinations includes hiring venues, marking, moderating, storage and logistics of managing the entire examination process by the appointed service provider. This should be understood in the context of the Council being a self-funding entity. For business sustainability, the administrative cost of all of the Council’s processes must be recovered.

(b) The breakdown of the costs will reflect in the annual report for the 2020/21 financial year, which will be submitted to Parliament together with audited financial statements.

(3) The Council has determined that examinations should be delivered online and urgently, spurred on by the constant disruptions to examinations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions. However, security considerations necessitated the Council to investigate options to ensure that examination and interview security are not compromised. The Council has had a breach of its examination administration in the past, which was plagued with security vulnerabilities and corruption, where examination papers were leaked and also on social media platforms, in some cases, sold online. It is important that the Council, when it transfers its examination administration to an online system, ensures that it is secure and make breaches of the past impossible to repeat.

The Council had to ensure that it explores all the avenues required to enhance examination security including preventing the leaking of examination questions, which is paramount, given the high stakes nature of the examinations. The following aspects are being considered and finalised:

• Development of an online examination platform;

• Protecting the examination process through virtual proctoring software;

• Creating accessibility to the online examinations;

• The new logistical hurdles occasioned by the transition to a different delivery mode; and,

• The financial impact of moving examinations online – to ensure that there is no exorbitant increase in cost that must be transferred to applicants.

The timeline for the launch of online examinations has been determined as follows:

• The development of the online examination platform will be finalised and tested within four (4) weeks.

• Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes for procuring of a virtual proctoring service provider will commence after the budget review in October 2021.

• Once a virtual proctoring service provider is appointed, it will require approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks to set up the proctoring environment and integrate with the Council’s examination platform.

• The Council is most likely to be able to launch its online examinations in November 2021.

• Management will require approximately six (6) months to develop a plan for creating accessibility to its online examinations, through amongst others, partnering with service providers or institutions who have suitable computer facilities, disturbance free environments and secure Internet.

13 September 2021 - NW1942

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Mathulelwa, Ms B to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What steps has he taken with regard to poor services rendered at the office in Matatiele, especially in relation to the renewal of temporary identity documents?

Reply:

The Department of Home Affairs in partnership with the Matatiele Local Municipality has identified space to temporarily accommodate Home Affairs. This will ease congestion at the current location which is within the Department of Justice. The current space does not suit the needs for clients and resultantly leads to complaints and poor services in the area.

The envisaged temporary relocation to the ESKOM Building makes way for the erection of the office structure on the offered land to the Department by the Matatiele Local Municipality Council, which is next to the Matatiele Police Station.

The Department took a decision to render certain services during adjusted lockdown level 3. This amongst others, includes the issuance of identity documents to first time issuance and temporary identity certificates for those who may have lost their IDs.

END

13 September 2021 - NW2174

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the Chief Director for Roads in the North West, who has been suspended and the matter not yet finalised for four years since suspension, on what date will he or his department finalise the matter?

Reply:

The matter was referred to the Section 100 Administrator for the North West Department of Public Works& Roads and he confirmed that the suspension of the Chief Director for Roads in North West has been finalized and he was dismissed from Public Service on 29 November 2019. This matter is currently before the General Public Service Sectoral Bargaining Council as he is challenging his dismissal.

13 September 2021 - NW2084

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Ngcobo, Mr SL to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)Whether, given that in 2021 the National Research Foundation (NRF) introduced new funding criteria and processes for the funding of master’s students and doctoral candidates for part and full cost of study, and in view of the fact that the specified processes have made it difficult for such students and candidates to receive their funding on time and thus frustrating higher learning and research, his department has adopted any urgent processes to ensure that the NRF pays out the funds for the master’s students and doctoral candidates within 2021 before some of them finish their studies; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 2) whether his department is taking any steps to ensure that the NRF criteria and processes of paying out funds due to eligible master’s students and doctoral candidates in 2022 is improved, so that they receive the funding on time; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. In December 2020, the NRF communicated the funding outcomes for new successful masters and doctoral student applications for the 2021 academic year, including the extension support for masters and doctoral studies who would have completed in 2020 but were impacted negatively by the Covid-19 lockdowns. In March 2021, additional awards for extension support were made following the DSI approval of R9,08 million of reprioritised funds to award additional masters and doctoral extension support funding for the 2021 academic year. The deadline date for the submission of honours applications was extended to March 2021 to accommodate universities whose academic years have been extended due to the Covid-9 lockdown. Between April 2021 and May 2021 all honours awards had been concluded and communicated.

Successful applicants received their provisional award letters for postgraduate funding from the NRF and were required to submit the signed Conditions of Grants (CoGs), together with the proof of registration to the NRF, for the funds to be released to the university. Delays in the release of funding by the NRF were due to delays in the submission of the signed CoGs, and proof of registration. The Department has duly instructed the NRF to maintain constant communication with the universities’ Research Offices to facilitate the submission of outstanding documentation, by the universities to the NRF, to enable the release of outstanding funds within this year and before some of the students finish their studies.

In order to manage cash-flow, the universities have a grant deposit from the NRF which is used to pay out funds to postgraduate students and other grantholders. The grant deposit ensures the availability of funds at the university to honour grant payments and is replenished as the university invoices the NRF on grant expenditure.

2. Between 2017 and 2019 the NRF entered into a phase of preparing for the implementation of the DSI-NRF Postgraduate Funding Policy and held numerous engagements with the university stakeholder community. In 2020 and 2021, the NRF continued to hold virtual engagements with all 26 universities to ensure alignment with the implementation plan of the policy and to address challenges experienced by stakeholders. It must be noted that the start of the implementation of the policy coincided with the start of the COVID-19 related national lockdown and this may have impacted on the readiness of institutions to implement the new Full Cost of Study (FCS) and Partial Cost of Study (PCS) Funding.

The DSI has requested the NRF to engage further with the universities to streamline the payment processes in the 2022 academic year. Towards this goal/end, the NRF has made and authorised the following adjustments in relation to improving the payment processes for the 2021 academic year:

Accredited private rental accommodation - The NRF has taken note of the challenges relating to the requirement for universities to accredit all private rental accommodation occupied by postgraduate students and has therefore taken the decision to rescind the requirement for ‘accredited accommodation.’ The NRF is considering the option of setting regional accommodation allowances which could eliminate the need for a valid lease agreement for the private rental accommodation.

Payment of allowances to students - In order to be audit compliant, payments for allowances will be made either on a monthly or quarterly basis to students. The quarterly provision is made to accommodate institutions that have not as yet implemented systems and processes for monthly payments of student allowances.

Payments may be made according to the semester of registration – The NRF has provided clarity to the universities relating to this matter. If the student registered in the first half of the year (first semester), regardless of the month of registration, and is registered for the full year, the student is eligible for the full year scholarship which must be made available to the student. Likewise, if the student registers in the second half of the year (second semester), only half the scholarship may be made available for the 2021 academic year. The payment rules for each of the allowances still apply.

Payment of allowance for electronic study device – The NRF has provided clarity to the institutions relating to this matter. The institution and the NRF will not require quotations or proof of purchase for the electronic study device allowance. The allowance will be made available only once irrespective of whether the student receives NRF funding for a further postgraduate degree(s).

13 September 2021 - NW2172

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Transport

In light of the fact that the roads in the (a) Molelema and (b) Matsheng villages under Greater Taung Local Municipality in the North West are in a state of serious deterioration, what is the cause for the delay by his department in finalising the construction of the Matsheng-Molelema Road after a contractor was appointed as constructions have been halted for a year now?

Reply:

The matter was queried with the North West Department of Public Works and Roads and the Administrator has indicated that there are disputes that are being handled in court and committed that the Department will maintain the roads until the litigation processes are complete as to ensure trafficability and safe condition of the road for commuters. Upon completion of the Legal processes, Department will expedite procurement processes as to ensure completion of all the outstanding work.

10 September 2021 - NW1964

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

1. What total number of municipalities in each province have applied for and received waste licences for hazardous waste activities in terms of section 45 of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, Act59 of 2008, from her department; 2. whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. There are only two municipalities in South Africa that applied in terms of section 45 of the National Environment Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008), namely:

- Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality applied for and received a Waste Management Licence for the disposal of both General and Hazardous Waste.

- Eden District Municipality applied for and received a waste management licence for the Disposal of both General and Hazardous Waste.

2. All licences issued in terms of waste listed activities can be found on the South African Waste Information Centre website on http://sawic.environment.gov.za/?menu=88

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
DATE: 10/09/2021

10 September 2021 - NW1988

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1). What (a) are the details of the progress of the (i) Sekhing, (ii) Jouberton and (iii) Mathibestad clinics that are under construction by his department in the North West, (b) is the name of the company to whom his department awarded the contract to build each clinic and (c) amount did each clinic cost his department; (2) whether the three clinics are currently in operation; if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what is the current breakdown of the vacancy rate of health care workers in each (a) hospital and (b) position in the North West?NW2222E

Reply:

(1)and (2)

(I) CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW JOUBERTON CHC

1.1 STATUS SUMMARY

The project status summary is highlighted in the matrix below.

Table 1.1: Project status summary: Construction of a new Jouberton CHC

No.

Item

Description

1

Contract Number

DoH/020/PS/11

2

Date of Site Handover

19 September 2016

3

Original Contractor

JV Group Five & ENM

4

Implementing Agent

NWDoH

5

Principal Agent

Tiki Architects

6

Contract Commencement Date

19 September 2016

7

Contract Duration ( Original )

410 Calendar days

8

Practical Completion (Original )

3 November 2017

9

Revised practical completion date (As per EoT 8)

21 May 2019

10

Cost of EoT

R 4 358 562,97 Excl VAT

11

Contract value before EOT 8 (with EOT 7)

R 205 320 122, 91 Excl VAT

12

Revised contract value with EOT 7 & 8 awaiting Approval by Provincial treasury

R 209 678 685,88 Excl VAT

13

Original Contract Amount

R 146 622 724,20 Excl VAT

14

Progress to Date

100 %

15

Expenditure to date

R 222 217 461.09

​1.2 PROJECT SCOPE STATEMENT

The project scope includes the following health units amongst others:

CTOP, Dental, Emergency, Maternity, Theatre, Outpatients, Crisis Control, Radiology, Sputum Booth, TB and appurtenant works.

The following service units are also included:

Guardhouse, Main Reception and Administration, Pharmacy, Service Building, Generator and Gas Control, Medical Waste and refuse Deposit, Pump Station, Carports. Staff accommodation comprising of six (6) two bedroom flats and four (4) one bedroom flats and appurtenant works also forms part of the scope of works.

​1.3 PROGRESS TO DATE

The project is at 100% completion, with final completion achieved. The clinic is currently operational.

(ii) CONSTRUCTION OF A SEKHING chc

​1.4 STATUS SUMMARY

The project status summary is highlighted in the matrix below.

Table 1.1: Project status summary: Construction of a new Sekhing CHC.

No.

Item

Description

 

Contract number

NWDOH/PS/019/11

 

Contract sum

R 84 026 731.26

 

Commencement date

4 October 2012

 

Original Contractor

ENM Trading Pty Ltd

 

Principal Agent

Phitlhelelo Properties Pty Ltd

 

Project Period

22 months

 

Practical completion date (original)

31 August 2014

 

Revised practical completion date

21 February 2019

 

Progress to date

89%

 

Revised contract amount (Incl approved V.O’s)

R 130 686 350.69

 

Expenditure to date

R 121 557 456.64

​1.5 PROJECT SCOPE STATEMENT

Community Health Centre with Administration Building, OPD, Male and Female Medical Wards, CTOP, EMRS, Crisis Control, Pharmacy, Dental Unit and Services Building. Residential Accommodation with parking Bays, Water storage tanks, Generator and Diesel Tank Rooms, Boundary Fence for both developments and parking for visitors.

​1.6 PROGRESS TO DATE

The contractor has currently abandoned the site citing financial difficulties, and further requested settlement on the project. The Department has appointed an external investigator on the project, of which the finding on the report shall provide a way forward on the project as the Department is considering termination.

iii) Information about the Mathibestad CHC is still being verified by the Province, it will be submitted as soon as it is completed.

(3) According to the North West Provincial Department of Health the current breakdown of the vacancy rate of health care workers in each hospital are as follows (a)-

HOSPITAL / HEALTH CARE WORKER CATEGORY

FILLED

VACANT

TOTAL

VACANCY RATE

Bophelong Psychiatric Hospital

220

34

254

13.4

Brits District Hospital

377

72

449

16.0

Ganyesa District Hospital

96

27

123

22.0

Gelukspan District Hospital

142

37

179

20.7

Gen De La Rey District Hospital

44

14

58

24.1

Job Shimankane Tabane Hospital

792

113

905

12.5

Joe Morelong Memorial Hospital

289

40

329

12.2

Klerksdorp Tertiary Hospital

1032

144

1176

12.2

Koster Hospital

91

11

102

10.8

Lehurutshe District Hospital

74

25

99

25.3

Mafikeng Provincial Hospital

593

56

649

8.6

Moses Kotane District Hospital

426

119

545

21.8

Nic Bodenstein District Hospital

94

23

117

19.7

Potchefstroom: Hospital Primary

457

98

555

17.7

Schweizer-Reneke Hospital

72

16

88

18.2

Taung District Hospital

330

39

369

10.6

Thusong District Hospital

136

32

168

19.0

Tshepong Primary Hospital

121

26

147

17.7

Witrand Regional Hospital

509

130

639

20.3

Zeerust District Hospital

67

17

84

20.2

Grand Total

5962

1068

7035

15.2

(b) Position in the North West

The North West Provincial Department of Health has an overall health care workers vacancy rate of 15.2%. The North West Provincial Department of Health’s budget baseline for the financial year 2020-2021 is reduced over R400 million and therefore the department is mainly filling critical replacement posts and some priority posts which were identified in the beginning of the financial year. The posts are being filled as and when the budget is available and confirmed by the Chief Financial Officer.

The Province ensure that health care service are continuously provided in the Province and not compromised through payment for overtime for additional hours worked by health care workers.

END.

10 September 2021 - NW1937

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What (a) relief measures has he put in place to assist black-owned small businesses and emerging industrialists who lost their properties during the recent unrest in (i) KwaZulu-Natal and (ii) Gauteng, (b) total number of the specified businesses were funded by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and (c) steps has the IDC taken to ensure that the businesses are able to operate again?

Reply:

The DTIC, together with the IDC and NEF developed a relief package for businesses covered by the recent unrest in parts of KZN and Gauteng and full details of the measures were made public shortly after they were finalised and further details were subsequently provided to Parliament through the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, on 24 August 2021.

Funding was reprioritised from the budgets of the three entities and this was further supplemented by a fiscal transfer from the National Treasury. The components of the funding covered ddifferent kind of support, often as a ‘blended’ product comprising:

  • Grants: this portion is not repayable and is normally granted based on need or developmental objectives being achieved
  • Loans: granted at concessionary terms and it is typically for working capital, machinery, repairs to premises, fitment replacement, etc.
  • Bridging finance: covers ‘cash-flow’ challenges until SASRIA payouts are made.

The Critical Infrastructure Reconstruction Programme aims to leverage investment by supporting damaged infrastructure. This is a cost-sharing grant of 50% of the total qualifying infrastructure costs with a maximum cap of R30 million.

The Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) Economic Stabilisation Fund that provides funding to companies affected by the unrest and associated supply chain disruptions. This will be achieved through financing uninsured businesses not covered by insurance or those with funding insurance shortfalls. The fund offers concessionary funding through interest-free loans with a maximum investment of R50 million.

The NEF Economic Recovery Fund supports affected businesses in all sectors of the economy focused on manufacturing, retail and services businesses. The support targets building improvements and fittings for premises, replacement of machinery, equipment, commercial vehicles and replenishing stock and working capital shortfalls owing to supply chain disruptions. A maximum of R10 million in loan funding will be provided.

In particular, IDC Support Package totalling R1.5 billion from its own balance sheet, made up of R800 million developmental grants and R700 million concessionary loans. To focus the implementation efforts on the delivery of this package, the following essential institutional arrangements were put in place:

  • Refined investment guidelines and simplified evaluation process.
  • Multidisciplinary deal teams including Business Development Managers, Risk Analysts, and Legal Advisors who meet daily to drive transaction delivery.

Applications are approved by a special Exco committee, composed of IDC Divisional Executives and Senior Professionals, which meets daily.

IDC is also administering the dtic’s R400-million Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) Economic Stabilisation Fund that supports manufacturing companies affected, including those impacted by supply chain disruptions. Fund offers concessionary funding through interest-free loans.

The IDC is participating in physical visits to the affected companies. Together with the dtic the IDC is conducting coordinated publicity events to ensure that the funding packages are well advertised to the affected enterprises. This includes roadshows, webinars, virtual and physical site visits to affected clients.

The IDC is also providing Post-funding Business Support to offer non-financial advisory support aimed at restoring the long-term resilience and competitiveness of the affected businesses.

On 24 August 2021, the Department provided information on the approvals made as at that date through the IDC and NEF funding. Since then, a number of further transactions have been approved. The Department will be releasing the updated figures within the next five days and I will provide a copy of the updated data in a supplementary reply.

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10 September 2021 - NW1874

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Deputy President

With reference to his most recent trip to the Russian Federation to receive medical treatment, what are the details of the (a) transport he used to travel (i) to the Russian Federation in June 2021 and (ii) back to the Republic in August 2021, (b) number of person(s) who accompanied him on the trip, (c) accommodation (i) he and (ii) any person(s) who accompanied him used during the trip and (d) transport he and any person accompanying him used while in the Russian Federation on the trip?

Reply:

In his oral reply to similar question posed by Mr Steenhuisen of the DA on 03 September 2021 in the National Assembly, President Ramaphosa outlined matters of principle with regard to the security and travel arrangements of the President and Deputy President.

The President said: Deputy President, is entitled to security wherever he is, including that of the President. This is not a personal choice. The Deputy President do not choose to be continuously shadowed by security people, but it is a requirement because it is taken that when the President, and the Deputy President are in positions that are in, they almost become state property, this is what comes with the job. Therefore, wherever the Deputy President and the President goes, they have to have security. They have security whether they are awake or asleep. The other issue is that whenever the President or the Deputy President goes, at any given time, their transportation is the responsibility of the government. When they fly it is the responsibility of the Air Force and as they travel on the ground it is the responsibility of the police, the Presidential Protection Unit. This is what comes with the job.

In this specific matter, the Deputy President flew commercial at his personal cost, and the supporting official was the Private Secretary. The Presidency was only responsible for costs that were incurred on behalf of the Private Secretary to the Deputy President in terms of flights, accommodation and S&T with the total budget allocation of R158, 542.54.

END

10 September 2021 - NW2047

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(a) What has he found to be the challenges that are currently experienced in erecting more wind farms in the Eastern Cape and (b) how much energy in megawatts does his department anticipate will be generated from the wind turbines located in the Eastern Cape?

Reply:

(a) There are currently no known challenges. Projects are expected to manage the process of securing land use rights from landowners and ensure compliance with environmental requirements.

The projects are also dependent on the availability of grid capacity which Eskom has indicated is starting to become a limitation.

(b)  The current procured and contracted capacity of Wind Energy Facilities in the Eastern Cape is about 1432 MW. According to the Grid Connection Capacity Assessment 2023 report published by Eskom, the Eastern Cape electricity network can accommodate an additional 1740MW of generation capacity and it will therefore require upgrading in the future.

10 September 2021 - NW1911

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Deputy President

(1)With reference to his most recent trip to the Russian Federation to receive medical treatment, what are the details of the (a) total cost and (b) itemised breakdown of the specified total cost incurred by the Government in terms of (i) transportation, (ii) accommodation, (iii) medical treatment and (iv) any other related costs for (aa) him and (bb) any other person accompanying him on the trip; (2) whether he covered any of the costs related to the trip from his own pocket; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

As indicated under question 1874 from the same Honourable member, the Deputy President paid for his flight costs to and from the Russian Federation as well as medical expenses.

The breakdown for the costs incurred for the support staff are hereby attached as Annexure A.

ANNEXURE 

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10 September 2021 - NW2014

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

(1)Whether there has been an investigation by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and/or his department into R4,5 million fraud in the NRCS; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the full relevant details; (2) whether 4000 illegally imported flat screen television sets that were seized by the NRCS were stolen from the NRCS warehouse; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the full relevant details; (3) what (a) items have been stolen from any premises of the NRCS in the past 12 months and (b) was the total value of the items stolen in each case?

Reply:

The CEO of the NRCS, Mr Mamaditse, has provided the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) with the following information.

(1) A case of fraud was detected in the NRCS in December 2020. The NRCS reports that it commissioned a full investigation of the matter which confirmed that fraud amounting to R4,501,488.21 was committed. The disciplinary process is underway and a criminal case has been opened. The NRCS insurers have been notified and are currently assessing the claim. The NRCS reports that it has also reviewed its procedures to mitigate the risk of this type of fraud recurring.

(2) Six hundred and seventy-two (672) illegally imported television sets were handed over to the NRCS on 4 July 2017. The NRCS reports that 641 were stolen and the theft was discovered in December 2018. A criminal case was opened. The NRCS Legal Services unit has been tasked with investigating the matter and is assisting the police investigation.

(3) (i) Losses Due to the Unrest in Durban

One of the NRCS rented warehouse in Durban was looted during the unrest and the full extent of the loss is still in the process of being determined. The warehouse was used to store Electro-technical, Automotive and Chemicals, Materials and Mechanicals products.

(ii) Reported and confirmed Losses over the past 12 Months, excluding the loss arising from looting in Durban.

Premises

a) Product

Quantity

b) Value

Port Elizabeth

Safety Shoe

21

R8 400

Port Elizabeth

Paraffin heaters

110

R55 000

Total

   

R63 400

The NRCS reports that it is actively addressing the challenges experienced with regard to products being stolen. To this end, the NRCS has appointed a panel of service providers to destroy non-compliant products. In addition, it advises that it has undertaken a review of its storage facilities and will shortly issue a tender to source more secure storage facilities.

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10 September 2021 - NW1977

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

1. Whether her department is opposed to the global treaty on multilateral environmental agreement dealing with non-plastic pollution (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 2. whether her department is considering to import more plastic waste; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 3. whether she has found that the current systems and processes of the Republic are effective in significantly reducing the amount of plastic waste, in particular the amount of waste going into the ocean; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

  1. South Africa is aware of the global discussions around a potential new international treaty on marine litter and plastic pollution and has been participating actively in the United Nations Environment Assembly’s Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics, where the matter has been considered. South Africa has not finalised the due process to inform any pronouncement on a position concerning the global treaty for plastic pollution. This will only be done after a position paper is taken through the Cabinet Cluster process.
  2. South Africa is a party to the Basel Convention on the control of the trans-boundary movement of waste. The 2019 amendments of Annexes to the Basel Convention addresses plastic waste in guiding member countries on the management of import and export of plastic waste. Using the guidance from the Basel Convention, the department has set up systems to handle applications for the importation of plastic waste. The applicants that intend to bring plastic waste into the country are obliged to indicate the intended use of the plastics and evidence of scarcity of the type of plastic waste they intend to import into South Africa.
  3. South Africa’s current systems and processes are effective in significantly reducing the amount of plastic waste, in particular the amount of waste going into the ocean. The department has introduced the following to address the potential leakages of plastic into the ocean:

a). The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations were published in Government Gazette 43879 (Notice No. 1184) on 05 November 2020 for implementation and apply to the following sectors: electrical and electronic equipment, lighting and paper, packaging and some single use products. These EPR Regulations outline a new approach to waste management in South Africa and will contribute significantly to the diversion of plastic waste from landfill.

b). In September 2020, Cabinet approved the National Waste Management Strategy, 2020 in terms of section 6 of NEM: WA. The strategy is based on the update and revision of the 2011 version and built on the success and lessons learnt from the previous version. Waste Minimisation forms part of the focus areas in the latest version of the strategy.

c). The amended regulations to Plastic Carrier Bags and Plastic Flat Bags Regulations were gazetted on 07 April 2021 in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) and NEM:WA. The amendments focus on promoting a circular economy and ensuring circularity by prescribing the design through setting minimum recycled content in a phased manner starting in the year 2023 until 2027. The amended regulations create a demand for plastic waste to be used as a recyclate.

d). The department is also supporting other initiatives that are led by numerous organisations (private and civil society) in the country that are aimed at generating valuable information to support policy making for the management of plastic waste in South Africa. These initiatives include, amongst others, the initiative to end plastic waste, the Plastic Pact and the Plastics Master Plan (led by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC)).

e). The department implements various Environmental Programmes that are aimed at cleaning waste in the environment. The department's Source to Sea initiative aimed at stemming the flow of litter from upstream sources and catchments on land into the ocean environment is one such programme. Under this project, the department is working with municipalities to deploy litter interception devices in priority rivers and to collect litter from these rivers systems.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

DATE: 10/09/2021

10 September 2021 - NW1999

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with a list of (a) 12 organisations linked to a certain journalist (name furnished) that allegedly received grants from the National Lotteries Commission, (b) the amount of money granted to each of the organisations, (c) the year that each of the funds were disbursed and (d) any other relevant details thereof; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? [

Reply:

I have been furnished with a reply to the question submitted, by Ms Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission. The reply states that the NLC received “a formal anonymous complaint” relating to Mr Raymond Joseph having direct or indirect interest in eight NLC funded organisations. The NLC provided a list of the organisations, which did not contain the details of the alleged link. I have requested that such information be supplied and will prepare a supplementary reply after receipt of the information.

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10 September 2021 - NW2050

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What are his department’s existing and planned efforts to (a) boost exports, promote investment and create high-value, high-paying jobs in order to build back from the effects of COVID-19 and (b) ensure every part of the Republic benefits from our trade strategies? [

Reply:

The Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, to which the DTIC contributed, sets out the overall approach by Government to boost exports, promote investment and create decent work opportunities as part of the response to Covid-19.

Within that framework, the Annual Performance Plan of the Department tabled in Parliament this year sets out a more detailed set of actions covering trade, investment and industrial development. This was further complemented by the package of measures announced recently to address the damage caused by the unrest in parts of KZN and Gauteng in early July 2021.

The work programme cover inter alia the following

  • Progressing the work on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, specifically focused on completion of a set target on rules of origin on industrial products; and conclusion of discussions on services.
  • Implementing a number of sector growth plans, covering core industrial activities (steel and autos), food security (poultry and sugar) and consumer goods (clothing & textiles and furniture).
  • Expanding levels of private sector investment in the economy to boost economic output, including through support to firms in implementation of pledges made at South African Investment Conferences.
  • Improving the business environment through providing an efficient company registration service and addressing unnecessary regulatory requirements applicable in DTIC public entities;
  • Promoting opportunities for a larger number of South Africans through competition and empowerment policies, which include the work of development finance institutions; and
  • Supporting equitable development in different parts of the country through a new focus on district development and compiling economic information on each district municipality.

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10 September 2021 - NW2013

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether a well-known personality (name furnished) and/or her company, (details furnished) received any grant funding from the National Lotteries Commission; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the details of the funding?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission that the NLC has not funded the individual or the named company.

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10 September 2021 - NW1978

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

1. (a) On what date will (i) phase two of the Social-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIS) be concluded and (ii) the draft policies be published and (b) how will they take into account the outstanding SEIAS phase two process; 2. whether she will ensure that all stakeholders in the fishing industry have been adequately and comprehensively consulted by her department to ensure that the process is fair and thorough?

Reply:

 

(1) (a)

We hope to publish phase two of the Social-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) by mid-September.

(ii)The SEIAS Phase 2 documents, which will be made available to stakeholders for comment during the public participation process on draft policies in mid September.

(b) Yes consultation will conform with Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) requirements .

(2) Yes.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
DATE: 10/09/2021

10 September 2021 - NW1912

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Deputy President

(1)Whether the Surgeon-General of the SA National Defence Force referred him for any form of medical treatment to the Russian Federation since 27 February 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on which date(s) did the Surgeon-General refer him for medical treatment in the Russian Federation, (b) why was the Surgeon-General and the SA Military Health Service not able to provide the medical treatment that he required in each case and (c) what costs were incurred by the Government in each case for referring him to the Russian Federation; (2) whether, in light of his numerous postponements and cancellations of question sessions in the National Assembly, the Surgeon-General has found that in his current state of health he is fit to hold his current Office and perform the various duties as required by his Office; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Deputy President like any other South African is entitled to choose his or her preferred medical practitioner. In recent past in Parliament, the Deputy President took South Africans into confidence about him taking ill and how he ended-up receiving lifesaving treatment from doctors in the Russian Federation.

It would thus be medically imprudent for anyone to abruptly abandon medical treatment by medical practitioners who are intimately au fait with one’s medical profile. Further details regarding the Deputy President’s consultations with the Surgeon-General can be obtained from the Office of the Surgeon-General, and the SA Military Health Service.

In instances where the Deputy President has had to postpone sessions for oral reply, such was communicated to the Presiding Officers of Parliament in accordance with Rule 144 (1) read together with Rule 11 (2). The Deputy President is fully competent to execute his responsibilities as delegated by the President.

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10 September 2021 - NW2046

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) (a) What total number of applications to erect wind farms in the Eastern Cape were approved by his department, (b) what total number of wind farms are erected in the Eastern Cape currently following the approval of such applications and (b) where is each wind farm located in each case; (2) whether his department has identified other areas in the Eastern Cape for potential wind farms; if not, why not; if so, (a) where will each such project be located and (b) on what date is it envisaged that construction will (i) commence and (ii) be completed?

Reply:

1. (a) The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy does not receive applications for the erection of Wind Farms but receive bids following a request for proposals. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment is probably best placed to provide this information based on environmental impact assessments applications they receive.

(b) Find below a list of wind-based projects in the Eastern Cape procured under Bid Windows 1 – 4.

Project

Area

Dorper Wind Farm

Stormberg

MetroWind Van Stadens Wind Farm

Port Elizabeth

Kouga Wind Farm

Port Elizabeth

Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm (RF) (PTY) LTD

Jeffereys Bay

Cookhouse Wind Farm

Cookhouse

Amakhala Emoyeni

Bedford

Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm Project

Tsitsikamma

Waainek

Grahamstown

Grassridge

Coega

Chaba

Komga

Nojoli Wind Farm

Cookhouse

Red Cap-Gibson Bay

Oyster Bay

Nxuba Wind Farm

Cookhouse

Golden Valley Wind

Cookhouse

Wesley-Ciskei

Hamburg

Oyster Bay Wind Farm

Humansdorp

2. Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) does not dictate the location of the Wind Energy Facilities. IPPs are required to select their own location and conduct the necessary studies to ensure viability of the project.

The department has however worked with international partners and local industry associations to produce the Wind Atlas. The Wind Atlas is a high-resolution wind resource map that shows South Africa’s wind resource.

 

10 September 2021 - NW1976

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

1.Whether she has been informed of the storage of dangerous chemicals close to an important Natural area (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 2. what ate the full relevant details of the chemicals that wee stored at the facility before it burnt down; 3. what number of complaints were received by her department from members of the public regarding the impact of the acrid fumes on their health?

Reply:

1. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) was not aware of the storage of the chemicals in close proximity to the natural area prior to the fire incident that took place in July 2021. The DFFE is not the competent authority for issuing environmental authorizations in respect of such an activity as this function lies with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs. As a result of the fire incident, the DFFE received a notification in terms of section 30 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) and has subsequently therefore become aware of the storage facility.

2. On the 25* of August 2021 the Minister in the National Assembly committed to release the findings of the investigation by a multi-departmental investigative team in relation to the compliance profile of United Phosphorus Limited (UPL) by the end of September 2021. The drafting of that report is at an advanced stage and the department remains on track to disclose this to the public as the Minister committed to do.

3. The DFFE received 12 (twelve) complaints from the public through the departments Environmental Crime and Incidents Hotline at the time when the fire was not fully extinguished. It should, however, be noted that the majority of the complaints were reported to the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

DATE: .10/09/2021

10 September 2021 - NW1938

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What total number of the businesses that supply (a) chicken, (b) rice and/or (c) car accessories in the Republic are South African-owned? [

Reply:

(a) The Department does not keep a register of all chicken suppliers. According to SA Poultry, there are 1 117 chicken and egg suppliers in South Africa, the vast majority of which would be South African owned.

(b) The Department does not keep a register of rice suppliers.

(c) It is not clear whether the question on car accessories is intended to refer to items that are solely ‘accessories’ i.e. dash covers, mirrors, car seat covers, phone mounts etc, for which details are not kept; or whether it covers auto components too. The Department has furnished me with the number of local component manufacturers they are aware of – once the question is clarified, the number can be provided.

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10 September 2021 - NW2012

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

With reference to his reply to question 159 on 5 March 2021, (a) what are the reasons that he has not yet provided the requested information and (b) on what date will he provide the information?

Reply:

I have been furnished with a reply to the question submitted, by Ms Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission.

Ms Mampane advises as follows:

“ (1)(a) Venalor NPC applied to the National Lotteries Commission in the 2018 and 2020 financial years in terms of section 2A (4) Lotteries Act No 57 of 1997 as amended (“the Act”) and the application was adjudicated by the ACNHDA in terms of section 26 of the Act and related regulations.

The first application for the 2017/18 financial year was for an amount of R4 672 180.00 and the second application was awarded in the 2019/20 financial year for an amount of R2 292 300.00.

The National Lotteries Commission funded Venalor NPC to host the annual awards ceremony that recognise the contribution of South African female artist in their respective genres and facilitate a platform in which up and coming aspiring artists can have access to a larger audience and to perform alongside established artists in the industry in line with the funding focus areas.

(b) The funding covered amongst others workshops, marketing and communications, women summit, mbokodo awards and other logistical matters such as transport, security.

(2) The NLC conducted a site visit with regards to the grant for the R4 672 180.00 to ascertain whether funds are being used according to the conditions stated on the Grant Agreement. The site visit reports found that the funded organisations utilised the funds in line with the conditions of the grant. Following submission of a satisfactory progress report, the project has been closed.

The NLC conducted a site visit with regards to the grant for the R2 292 300.00 to ascertain whether funds were utilised in accordance with conditions stated in the Grant Agreement. To date the funded organisation has submitted a satisfactory interim progress report for the first tranche that was paid. The NLC continues to enforce the Grant Agreement.”

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10 September 2021 - NW1967

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What (a) total amount has been allocated for food relief in (i) KwaZulu-Natal and (ii) Gauteng, (b) criteria will be used to allocate food relief and (c) measures will be put in place to eliminate double-dipping;(2) what number of food vouchers (a) have been distributed to date and (b) will be allocated; (3) what is the breakdown of the value of each food parcel in terms of (a) food items, (b) packaging, (c) transport and/or (d) any other relevant details?

Reply:

1 (a) The amount that has been allocated by the Department of Social Development for food relief as a result of the violent protests is R100 million, which was distributed as follows: in (i) KwaZulu-Natal = R60 million for 81 429 food parcels and (ii) R40 million for 57 143 food parcels in Gauteng.

In addition to this allocation, SASSA has an allocation for social relief of distress in both provinces, which is used for the issuing of vouchers for affected families – not specifically for the response to the unrest.

(b) The criteria which will be used to allocate food relief includes:

  • People experiencing hunger as a result of the public violence and looting.
  • Families with bread winners who have been laid off from industries that have closed down.
  • Families battling with hunger where there is no income (Living below the food poverty line of R585 per month).
  • Targeting 70% rural & 30% urban areas of KZN

(c) The measures that have been put in place to eliminate double-dipping include verification of qualifying beneficiaries against the different lists, such as the SASSA social relief of distress vouchers vs the identified beneficiaries by Social Development officials;

(2) a) SASSA issued 5 568 food vouchers in KwaZulu-Natal and 337 food vouchers in Gauteng region to respond to the unrest for the period between 1 April 2021 to end July 2021.

b) Vouchers to be allocated will depend on the assessment of applications received since provision of this benefit is needs based and dependent on available resources. SASSA will provide assistance in accordance with the provisions as set in the Social Assistance Act, 2004.

Food relief provision from the Solidarity Fund was purely using food parcels and no vouchers were part of this response. This was due to the fact that the food outlets in some of the affected areas were destroyed. The provision of food parcels therefore ensured that vulnerable citizens had access to food;

(3) The cost of each food parcel is R700. The breakdown in terms of (a) food items, (b) packaging is as follows:

Category

Food items

Unit

Qty

Starch

Fortified Maize meal

KG

10

 

Rice

KG

10

 

Potatoes

KG

7

Protein

Tinned fish -Pilchards in Tomato Sauce

400g TIN

6

 

Baked Beans in Sauce

410g TIN

6

 

Sugar Beans/Split Peas

KG

2

 

Milk Full Cream (Powder - not creamer) or liquid

KG

Litres

1

6

Vegetable

Butternut OR Cabbage (Any veg in season)

KG

10

3

Seasoning

Onions

KG

2

 

Cooking Oil

LIT

2

Other

Soap

Bar

2

(c) Transport and/or (d) food sourcing, packaging and distribution to households is fixed to not more than 5% of the food parcel value = R35 per food parcel.

10 September 2021 - NW2142

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

(1)(a) Whether he has consulted the lead senior negotiator, on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) at his own department regarding South Africa’s proposed localisation policies, considering the fact that Dr Morgenie Pillay believes that the said localisation policies are incongruent with the AfCFTA; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details regarding the outcomes of the consultations; (2) whether he has found that localisation policies are incongruent with the nondiscrimination obligations and commitments imposed on the Republic in the AfCFTA; if not, why not; if so, what is the justification for the continued push for localisation policies by his department [NW2431E]

Reply:

The South African Government’s industrialisation and localisation policies aim to build and upgrade domestic production to supply domestic and foreign markets, support wider economic development and promote employment growth.

I draw the Honourable Member’s attention to the fact that localisation policies are not simply that of the DTIC. Localisation is a policy framework that enjoys resounding support among South Africans who recognize the need to industrialise our economy. It is the policy of the Administration and follows the commitment in the Manifesto of the ruling party to stronger localisation as a pillar of its industrial policy. The commitment to localisation is included in the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan of government.

The approach on localisation has also been unanimously endorsed by the business, labour and community representatives at Nedlac. They represent a large number of firms and entrepreneurs, workers in different sectors of the economy and organisations made up of representatives of various community interests. Indeed the agreement at Nedlac specifically provides for a quantitative target and a list of sectors and products. In these circumstances, the consultations on the South African approach to localisation were at the appropriate level at which consultations on policy matters normally take place, namely with social partners and with other Government policy-makers.

I further draw the Honourable Member’s attention to local industrialisation policies of governments across the world, in both developed and developing countries. It is what governments do to enable achievement of national objectives and indeed there is today a growing consensus on the value of carefully targeted and well-implemented industrial policy measures. I will be happy to brief the Portfolio Committee in due course on these developments should the Committee so request. There is also a growing literature on the subject which is easily accessible to the public.

In respect of trade, the localisation policies are consistent with South Africa’s international trade obligations and building industrial capacity is the very purpose of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement in order to reduce the over-reliance by countries on the continent to imports of manufactured products from elsewhere in the world. The localisation policies followed by the SA government (with the support of business, labour and community organisations) represents inter alia the plan to build South Africa’s industrial capacity within the framework of the AfCFTA.

I also draw attention to the Policy Statement on Localisation for Jobs and Industrial Growth as well as the Trade Policy for Industrial Development and Employment Growth, available on the DTIC’s website.

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10 September 2021 - NW2045

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Mr Jacob MbeleDeputy Director General

(1) What total number of applications for the erection of wind farms and/or wind turbines have been received by his department in each district in the (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020-21 financial years; (2) what (a) total number of objections were received and (b) are the reasons for the objections in each case?

Reply:

1. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy does not receive applications for the erection of Wind Farms but receive bids following a request for proposals. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment is probably best placed to provide this information based on environmental impact assessments applications they receive.

2. See response to (1) above.

09 September 2021 - NW1982

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). Whether he will confirm that there are council members who are on the approved but not announced list for relief funding as the acting chairperson of the National Arts Council (NAC) said in a Facebook Zoom meeting on 3 March 2021; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) who approved the relief funding and (b) what is the name of each council member who applied; (2). (a) on what basis did the council members apply for relief funding, (b) for what amount did each member apply and (c) what is the total amount that was approved for the council members; (3). whether council members are remunerated for their service to the NAC, if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the remuneration?

Reply:

(i) There was no Facebook meeting held on the 3 March 2021 involving any the Chairperson or any Member of Council . The NAC held two weekly Industry briefings on the 24th February and the 5th March 2021 respectively during the period mentioned.

(ii) Yes, there are Arts and Culture Industry practitioners who serve on the NAC Council whom are employed by organisations that applied for PESP funding prior to their appointment to Council.

(1).

a) All PESP applications were adjudicated by independent panel of experts prior to the commencement of the term of this Council before the 30 December 2020. The New Council commenced on the 1st January 2021 and found all respective applications already adjudicated and approved by the adjudication panels.

b) A list of the organizations that applied that employ the Council Members is attached below (*Please note that no member applied in their personal capacity*):

Project Number

Organisation name and Project Name

Lead Applicant name

Amount Applied for

Amount Approved /Declined

Declaration of Interest Received

1. 

BAT Centre Trust - Open Call

Nontsikelelo Ngqakayi

R 275 000

Not funded. Second application

YES

2. 

Federation of Community Arts Centre KZN

Samukelisiwe Dlamini

R 1 941 076

Declined

YES

3. 

Zikmo Consultants – Kapa Bokone Music and Cultural Festival

Zikie Molusi

R 4 350 000

Application withdrawn. (Council Member did not declare his interest)

Not Received, Council Member did not declare his application during 5 meetings he Chaired, which led to the Council suspending him and referring his matter to the Ministers office

4. 

Durban Music School – Skills development Programme

Kim Mathews

R 608 000

R414 010,00

YES

5. 

Durban Music School – Ignite a Flame

Kim Mathews

R 995 000

R 174 320

YES

6

 

Cape Town Opera -Monteverdi Vespers

Jade Lewis

R 500 000

R 500 000

YES

7. 

Cape Town Opera – Singing for sustainability

Lize Coetzer

R 496 000

R337 745,00

YES

8. 

BAT Centre Trust - Open Call

Nontsikelelo Ngqakayi

R 400 780

R151 780,17

YES

9. 

Afrocentric Talent Agency (Pty) Ltd – Giya M’aFrika Giya

Dr Sipho Sithole

R 3 518 828

R 1 089 500

YES

10.

BAT Centre Trust – 2021 Project Plan

Xolani Sithole

R 3 000 000

R 435 800

YES

11.

Federation of Community Arts Centre KZN

Samukelisiwe Dlamini

R 1 941 076

Declined

YES

(2) (a) i. Members of Council organizations applied on the basis of a funding call for PESP which was advertised on the 30 October 2020. Long before their appointment to serve on NAC Council was confirmed.

ii. The funding guidelines were broadly advertised on various media platforms, consultative processes done via zoom sessions and on the Grant Management System (GMS). The call was open to both individuals and formally registered organizations, institutions and groups active within the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector for the purposes of job retention wage subsidies in Stream 1 and for the creation of new work opportunities in Stream 2.

iii. In addition, the PESP is an initiative of government that is meant to benefit ALL South Africans by creating and/or retaining work opportunities to all practitioners in the sector that have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

iii.Their applications were adjudicated prior to their commencement to serve on NAC Council.

(b) Please refer to the table for how much each organisation applied for.

(c ) The total amount recommended for approval for the organisations that employ Council Members affected is R3,103155, 17.

(3). Council members are remunerated as per Treasury Guidelines. They are not paid a salary but receive an honorarium per sitting, preparation and are reimbursed for any costs incurred while undertaking any other approved work on behalf Council. The honoraria is paid as follows:

Chairperson – R 3 888 for sitting fee and R 3 888 for preparation fee;

Vice Chairperson – R 3 738 for sitting fee and R 3 738 for preparation fee and Members - R 2 382 for sitting fee and R 2 382 for preparation fee.

09 September 2021 - NW1222

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

In view of the fact that a number of Lesotho citizens were uprooted from their land during phase 1 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, what steps has she taken to ensure that (a) compensation is paid to the specified persons and (b) there will be no further disenfranchisement of the citizens of Lesotho as a result of the specified project?

Reply:

All persons affected by the project were either relocated, resettled and/or had their assets compensated in accordance with the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Compensation Policy as well as the Treaty between the Republic of South Africa and Lesotho. Ccompensation was paid to the affected persons by adopting the following measures:

  1. The LHWP’s legal obligations to the people and communities affected by Project works are based on: The Lesotho Constitution, the LHWP Treaty - Article 7, the LHDA Order of 1986 and the LHWP Compensation Regulations, Legal Notice No. 50 of 1990, and specifically for the implementation of Phase II, the Phase II Agreement – Article 15.
  2. The LHWP Compensation Policy covers compensation for: Loss of assets, Uprootment (including resettlement), Income Restoration, Rural Development, Natural Environment and Heritage and in addition the implementation of Public Health plans with Lesotho.

The implementation and the execution of the Compensation Policy is also regularly monitored by an Independent Panel of Experts.

Complaints relating to compensation, relocation and resettlement issues are dealt with through various Lesotho Highlands Development Agency (LHDA) field officers, the Social Development and Environment Division, and the Public Relations Office. All queries that arise are dealt with by the LHDA on a case-by-case basis and captured on a database. Complainants also have access to the Compensation Ombudsman.

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09 September 2021 - NW1317

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

1.Since the 2012-2013 financial year, (a) what number of members of the SA Police Service (SAPS) in each province who were accused of violent misconduct did the SAPS management place on provisional suspension and/or desk duty, pending the completion of the Independent Police investigative Directorate’s investigation (b) on what date was each member charged and (c) what was the charge against each specified member, 2. whether there are instances or occasions where one member of the SAPS has been accused and suspended more than once; if so, what are (a) their names and (b) the details of the charges? NW1511E

Reply:

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08 September 2021 - NW2060

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

What are the details of hospitals that have recorded the highest infant mortalities in the Republic in 2021?

Reply:

Infant deaths are defined as deaths occurring during the first year of life, and are divided into newborn deaths that occur during the newborn period (0 – 28 days) and post-neonatal deaths that occur between 29 days and one year of age. The majority of infant deaths occur during the newborn period.

The thirty public sector hospitals with the highest number of infant deaths recorded thus far in 2021 are shown in the table below[1]. The hospitals with the highest number of infant deaths are predominantly national central, tertiary and regional hospitals – this is primarily due to the fact that these are large, referral hospitals which provide care to many newborns and other infants who are at highest risk of death.

Hospital

Level of care

No. of newborn deaths

No. of post-neonatal infant deaths

Total infant deaths

gp Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

Tertiary hospital

299

62

361

ec Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital

National Central Hospital

139

67

206

gp Dr George Mukhari Hospital

National Central Hospital

168

29

197

lp Mankweng Hospital

Tertiary hospital

159

27

186

gp Tembisa Hospital

Tertiary hospital

166

18

184

gp Rahima Moosa Hospital

Tertiary hospital

156

23

179

ec Dora Nginza Hospital

Regional Hospital

126

40

166

gp Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital

Regional Hospital

149

17

166

kz Queen Nandi Regional Hospital

Regional Hospital

116

41

157

fs Bongani Hospital

Regional Hospital

135

22

157

kz Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital

Regional Hospital

129

20

149

wc Tygerberg Hospital

National Central Hospital

118

31

149

nw Mahikeng Provincial Hospital

Regional Hospital

126

11

137

nw Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital

Tertiary Hospital

119

17

136

gp Sebokeng Hospital

Regional Hospital

101

18

119

gp Steve Biko Academic Hospital

National Central Hospital

68

49

117

kz Mahatma Gandhi Hospital

Regional Hospital

95

17

112

fs Pelonomi Hospital

Tertiary hospital

92

17

109

kz Port Shepstone Hospital

Regional Hospital

87

21

108

kz General Justice Gizenga Mpanza Hospital

Regional Hospital

91

16

107

kz RK Khan Hospital

Regional Hospital

84

13

97

mp Witbank Hospital

Tertiary hospital

72

21

93

gp Kalafong Hospital

Tertiary Hospital

71

18

89

mp Rob Ferreira Hospital

Tertiary Hospital

65

22

87

gp Mamelodi Hospital

Regional Hospital

76

11

87

gp Leratong Hospital

Regional Hospital

67

18

85

ec Mthatha General Hospital

Regional Hospital

79

2

81

kz Newcastle Hospital

Regional Hospital

62

18

80

fs Universitas Hospital

National Central Hospital

69

11

80

gp Jubilee Hospital

District Hospital

77

3

80

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District Health Information System. Extracted 2nd September 2021.

08 September 2021 - NW2059

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the recent crime statistics report, what (a) are the details of hospitals that have recorded the highest incidents of rape-related treatment and (b) total number of rape victims have died in hospitals in the period covered by the latest crime statistics report?

Reply:

This question is unfortunately beyond the scope of information that is available to the Department of Health. The determination of rape requires a conviction in a court rather than an allegation or complaint. The SAPS may be in a better position to provide information regarding this question. Rape is not recorded as a cause of death in any health statistics and deaths associated with sexual assault will usually be recorded as death due to unnatural causes, most frequently recorded as ‘blunt trauma’ or ‘sharp trauma’, etc.

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08 September 2021 - NW1987

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What are the details of the progress that his department has achieved in addressing the arrears payments with regard to the medical depot accruals that have large outstanding amounts which have a negative impact on procuring medical equipment, medication and other medical supplies; (2) what was the actual total accrual amount at the beginning of the intervention compared to the current outstanding arrears to the medicine depot?

Reply:

EASTERN CAPE

1. The province had allocated sufficient budget at the beginning of the financial year for the settlement of outstanding accruals for medicines in the Depots. The interventions also included a process of ensuring that all invoices are received and processed on time from the suppliers to the payment stage.

2. The Eastern Cape depot had a total of R847 461 million on accruals at the end of the financial year. The high level of accruals was due in part to the cash flow challenges faced by the department as a result of the high medico legal claims.

The department prioritized the settlement of accruals in the first quarter of the current financial year. At the end of August 2021, the department had settled R689 042 million of the accruals. This is equivalent to 81% of the total accruals on medicines and medical supplies. The balance is expected to be settled in the month of September.

FREE STATE

1. The Free State department of health does not experience problems in paying the claims of medical depot. The strategy we use is that of prioritizing medical depot and making sure that they remain afloat to enable it to pay suppliers on time. The arrangement is that they submit their claims at the beginning of every week.

2. The total accruals amount to R542,443,773 and total paid amount to R443, 963,155 which translate to 82% of the total payment made to date. The outstanding amount R97,267,083 was settled by 31 August 2021 and R1,213,534 by 09 September 2021.

GAUTENG

1. The department and the depot had agreed to submit claims at least twice a month as opposed to once a month. This has helped to keep the depot afloat so that it is able to pay its suppliers on time while procuring more medicines as may be required by health facilities. The GDOH is now able to process payments for submitted claim within 30 days on receipt of a claim. The Medical Supplies Depot is able to fulfil its mandate of procuring Medicines that are mostly delivered direct to health facilities and to pay its creditors.

2. As at 31 March 2021 the balance owed to the Medical Supplies Depot was R925 million, the outstanding amount was settled in full in the first quarter of the current financial year (2021/2022). At the end of quarter one of 2021/2022 financial year amount owed to the depot was R664 million and was paid in full in the month of July and August. The new current balance owed is R412 million but is still within 30 days.

KWAZULU-NATAL

1. The Medical Depot is continuously engaging with the facilities to submit payment packs on time in order to be able to process them to pay suppliers. Monthly account reconciliations are done in order to identify old outstanding payments. Strict turnaround times to process the payments on time once all necessary supporting documents are received from the facilities.

2. The actual total accrual amount at the end of August 2020 (excluding less than 30 Days) was R1,053,308,923 and the current outstanding amount August 2021 (excluding less than 30 Days) is R455,859,740.

LIMPOPO

1. Limpopo pharmaceutical procurement is partially centralized with the exception of the Regional and Tertiary institutions that are on direct delivery system. Total budget allocation for the 2020/21 financial year was R1,6 billion whereas the accruals as at the end of the financial year was R96 million which translate to 6%.

2. Total Medical depot accruals amount to R96 million. Accruals are expected to be in line with the monthly expected percentage expenditure equal to 8,3%. The department in the year under review managed to contain the accruals to remain under the acceptable percentage of 8,3%. All the accruals have been paid in the 1st quarter of the current financial year.

MPUMALANGA

1. Mpumalanga Department of Health does not have any outstanding invoices not paid as all accruals have been paid during the first quarter.

2. Total accruals outstanding as at 31 March 2021 has been R195,813,681 and all the invoices have been processed during first quarter and currently invoices not paid are within 30 days of been received.

NORTHERN CAPE

1. The department is currently experiencing cash flow constraints, thus a number of invoices cannot be paid within the 30 days of receiving the invoice, as determined in terms of Treasury Regulation 8.2.3. There is continuous challenge to settle the accruals which mainly affects the Equitable share. The payments are prioritised in terms of the source of funding, contractual obligations, non-negotiables items and other payments.

2. Total Medical Depot accruals & payables as at 31 March 2021 amounts to R96.512 million, which results mainly from cash flow constraints affecting the provincial equitable share funding. Currently, there is no intervention from the oversight departments.

NORTH WEST

1. The North West Department of Health could not pay all of its invoices for goods and services for the 2019/2020 financial year, starting from the third quarter. In the main, the challenge has been inadequacy of goods and services budget allocation over the years as opposed to the ever increasing burden of diseases and price escalation on non-negotiable items such as medicine and medical supplies.

2. At the beginning of the intervention, the North West Department of Health had accruals amounting to R236,649,308 relating to the medical depot and at the end of 2020/2021 financial year an amount of R265,928,108 was disclosed as accruals. As at 31 August 2021 accruals totaling R215,568,490 which is 81% has already been settled and the intention is to pay in full all in the invoices which are not disputed by end of September 2021.

WESTERN CAPE

1. The Cape Medical Depot (CMD) procures Goods and Services on behalf of the whole Western Cape Health Department via its MEDSAS procurement system. Once the CMD issues stock to a particular health institution the relevant budget of that institution is expensed. Once invoices are received, payments are effected and paid within 30 days, so there is no need for Medical Depot accruals payment strategy.

2. CMD’s accruals are significantly below the accepted threshold and will not be prevented from continuing to procure the relevant goods and services on behalf of the department. In terms of payment days, the department is well within the 30-day payment threshold.

END.

08 September 2021 - NW2058

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, given that the Cancer Association of South Africa partnered with the World Health Organisation to highlight the risks associated with tobacco use and in light of the fascination with hooker amongst party-going youth, his department recorded any number of deaths and/or severe illnesses directly connected to the use of hooker; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

No. The Department is not aware of any deaths or severe illness reported that are directly connected to the use of hookah in South Africa.

However, studies conducted in other countries on the chemistry of waterpipe smoke had shown hookah smoking contained seven carcinogens, 39 central nervous system depressants, and 31 respiratory irritants (Pratiti, R., & Mukherjee, D. (2019). Water-pipe smokers are found to have significantly higher carbon monoxide in blood which reduces tissue oxygenation, than cigarettes smoking (Theron, Ansa, Schultz, Cedric, Ker, James A, & Falzone, Nadia. (2010).

The main ingredient used in waterpipe is tobacco, and its use has both acute and long-term harmful effects on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Hookah users tend to also add other substances to it such as alcohol and drugs. (Theron A et al: Carboxyhaemoglobin levels in water-pipe and cigarette smokers Original Articles122 -124.)

Waterpipe use is associated with an increased risk of transmission of infectious agents, including respiratory viruses, hepatitis C virus, Epstein Barr virus, Herpes Simplex virus, tuberculosis, Helicobacter pylori, and Aspergillus. WHO had raised concerns about waterpipe use and its risk of transmission of diseases, also indicated that it could also encourage the transmission of COVID-19 in social gatherings.

All innovative tobacco products, the related products, including the waterpipe should be strictly controlled in the country. The demand and supply of such products need to be reduced to ensure that we do not get more young people addicted to the products. Young people need to be continually made aware of the harm that goes with using these products and the tobacco industry needs to be controlled by, for example, development of the Control of Tobacco Products and the Electronic Delivery Systems Bill of 2018, which seeks to address all loopholes pertaining to these harmful products flooding our country as most countries are strictly regulating them or not permitting them at all.

Hookah/waterpipe, they uses molasses or moist tobacco. There are two types of waterpipes (hubbly bubbly, hookah pipes), the electronic (non-combustible) and those that cause emissions. A major source of tobacco addiction is nicotine, whose levels in hookah are extremely variable as they depend on the type of tobacco used.

A study conducted in South Africa found that while the tobacco was the norm in smoking hookah, significant numbers also reported using marijuana and/or alcohol-based products in combination with tobacco even among children as young as 13-15 years (Combrink, A., Irwin, N., Laudin, G., Naidoo, K., Plagerson, S., & Mathee, A. (2010). Results indicate that the hookah pipe is a gateway drug, as participants appear to use the hookah pipe with other substances like marijuana and alcohol. (Jacobs, L., Roman, N. V., & Schenk, C. (2015).

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08 September 2021 - NW2071

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Given the crucial importance of private sector players in the communications and digital technologies arena with regard to their expertise, resources and assets, what steps has she taken or does she plan to take towards cultivating value-creating and synergistic public-private partnerships that will contribute to the imperative of advancing the Fourth Industrial Revolution and narrowing the digital divide in the Republic?

Reply:

We believe in the founding tenets of this country of a social compact between government, business, labour and the value that cooperation and collaboration with other stakeholders adds to the reach and depth of any programme.

08 September 2021 - NW2054

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

In light of the composition of Team South Africa at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, what steps (a) has the Government taken to ensure that in future events of a similar nature, the South African national teams will represent the demographic composition of the South African population and the transformative spirit of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and (b) is the Government taking to assist talented young persons from disadvantaged backgrounds and previously excluded populations to prepare and train to represent the Republic in international Olympics competitions?

Reply:

The Department recognizes that access to participation opportunities cannot be realized without provision of sporting facilities at the community level and at the school sport which both will act as feeders. The transformation of sport requires a multi-pronged approach which has fundamentals embedded in the lower level of participation to maximize access.

Whilst recognizing that provision of sport facilities is primarily a Constitutional Responsibility of Municipalities, the Department with its limited financial resources has over the years been providing multi-sport courts particularly in schools, community gyms and play parks.

This we believe will contribute significantly in the transformation of sport in all sporting codes to reflect the demographics of our society.

Notwithstanding the fact that talent identification, athlete development and athlete preparation is the responsibility of the Federations at National. Provincial and Local Level, the Department has been implementing the Schools Sport Programme. Through the MoU with DBE, the Department has been able to fully implement its part of the MoU i.e. deliver the school sport district tournaments, assist learners to participate at the provincial and national school sport championships. Annually we assist about 2500 schools with the equipment and attire. We also provide teachers responsible for School Sport with capacity building programmes in various skills like Sport coaching, administration and first aid.

The Department also has a Club Development Programme. This programme is meant to ensure that there is a structured process to support the community leagues in the provinces which are implemented with the Sport Federations.

In addition to these interventions the Department has been implementing the Athlete Support Programme.

Athletes supported through the scientific support programme seeks to provide dedicated support to identified talented athletes identified by National Federations to reach their optimal performance.

Athletes are also supported through the Provincial Sports Academies by providing dedicated support to talented athletes who are at a provincial level with the potential of progressing to national level of the through high performance sport system.

In addition, athletes are supported through the Sports Bursary programme which targets 50 athletes a year. While the number of athletes seems to be miniscule for any meaningful impact to be made, the reality is that as new intakes enter the programme, others exit on having completed Grade 12. Support is given to athletes who have been identified by different Sport Federations during the National School Sport Championships and then placed into Sport focus schools. The support provides R100 000 per athlete per year from Grade 8-12 for 5 years. Support is provided in particular, to previously disadvantaged individuals (women and athletes with disabilities) remains critical in Governments endeavour to achieve transformation in sport.

08 September 2021 - NW2001

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1).Whether the National Arts Council’s Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme’s forensic investigation has terms of reference; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details; (2). whether the investigation includes the forensic accounting; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2236E

Reply:

(1). Yes, the (NAC) National Arts Council’s Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme’s forensic investigation has terms of reference, see the attached document.

 

(2). The accounting part of the investigation is included in the Terms of reference.