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18 September 2015 - NW3339

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department meets the Government’s employment equity target of 2% for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set in 2005; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No, the current employment equity ratio for persons with disabilities is at 1.54%. In its recruitment strategy the department advertisement for posts encourages people with disability to apply for positions in the department, however in many cases those who do apply do not meet the minimum requirements for the posts. We are considering partnerships with organisations like Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) to try and mitigate this recruitment challenge.



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18 September 2015 - NW3155

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to the IT server at the (a) Edenvale Home Affairs office and (b) Kempton Park Home Affairs office, (i) what amount of down-time or server failure has been experienced by each office’s IT server in (aa) 2014 and (bb) since 1 January 2015, (ii) what was the length of time of each down-time and (iii) what was the reason for each down-time?

Reply:

(i) The information for both offices is hereby provided as follows:

(a) Edenvale:

           (aa) 2014 - none

           (bb) April 2015 – one (1),

                 June 2015 – seven (7),

                 July 2015 - eight (8) and

                 August 2015 two (2).

b) Kempton Park:

         (aa) April 2014 - six (06),

         (bb) May 2015 - four (4),

               June 2015 - three (3),

              July 2015 – six (06) and

             August 2015 – two (2).

(ii-iii) Details in tabular format attached below:

OFFICE

MONTH

FREQUENCY OF DOWNTIMES

Duration of Down Time

Reason for Down Time

EDENVALE

APRIL 2015

01

The whole day

Photo booth and Front Line Officer (FLO) workstation offline/ power off

 

JUNE 2015

07

The whole day

FLO workstation and photo booth offline

 

JULY 2015

08

The whole day

Photo booth offline and Integrated Receipting Engine (IRE) for cash registers faulty

 

AUGUST 2015

02

The whole day

Integrated Receipting Engine (IRE) faulty. Photo booth offline and Xerox was faulty

         

KEMPTON PARK

APRIL 2015

06

2 Hours

Server was down due upgrade and generator kick in

 

MAY 2015

04

3 Hours

Problem with Server and generator failed to kick in

 

JUNE 2015

03

3 Hours

Problem with server generator failed to kick in

 

JULY 2015

06

The whole day

Back Office re-started the server

 

AUGUST 2015

02

3 Hours

Problem with server generator failed to kick in

08 September 2015 - NW3161

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What are the relevant details of the challenges encountered in using the Enhanced Movement Control System at the various ports of entry; (2) what is being done to train immigration officials and managers on how to (a) use and (b) implement the new specified system?

Reply:

(1) A significant challenge is that the Enhance Movement Control System (EMCS) is not integrated with other systems of the Department of Home Affairs. Every system has its own user- information, identifiers and business rules and as such provides data according to defined parameters. A single view of the traveler will only be possible once there is full system integration with EMCS. This requirement is identified within our Modernisation Programme being managed over a five-year strategic framework.

(2)(a) During and after implementation of the EMCS at a Port of Entry, officials from the Department’s Learning Academy as well as specialists on the EMCS system from our Port Control unit at Head Office are present to provide training and support to all users.

(2)(b) During the EMCS installation, technical teams are available to assist with implementation and support on the system. Prior to sign-off, on-site testing of the system is undertaken with immigration officials present to ensure it is operating efficiently and that information is successfully transferred between the port and the main server. In instances where there is a change of Legislation or within our Departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), the Learning Academy renders support with follow-up training on the system.

07 September 2015 - NW3124

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Has he read the report produced by the civil society organisation, Lawyers for Human Rights, titled Queue Here for Corruption; if not, why not; if so, does he consider the findings of the specified report serious enough to warrant urgent action; (2) in light of the findings of the specified report, what steps has he taken to ensure that corruption and corrupt practices in the processing of asylum applications are eradicated?

Reply:

  1. Yes I have read the report titled “Queue Here for Corruption”.
  2. The department will be engaging with Lawyers for Human Rights on the findings and recommendations with the intention to determine the way forward on the matters raised in the report.

07 September 2015 - NW3160

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to his department’s modernisation road map which indicates that the processes of the registration of marriages, issuing of death certificates and application for citizenship will be automated by mid-2015, what measures has his department put in place in respect of (a) infrastructure and (b) policies to meet this target?

Reply:

(a-b) According to the Departmental Strategic Plan 2015–2020 the department has targeted to automate the registration of marriages, divorces, deaths and citizenship business processes by the end of the 2017/2018 financial year. Currently it has only committed to continue with automation of the ID smart card and passport system through live capture in the 2015/2016 financial year. At an appropriate time the department will make further announcement on the modernisation project.

02 September 2015 - NW3056

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) How does (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him define red tape and (b) what (i) specific interventions and/or (ii) systems have been implemented to (aa) identify and (bb) reduce red tape in (aaa) his department and (bbb) the entities reporting to him?

Reply:

Responses provided by the Department of Home Affairs, Government Printing Works and Electoral Commission are given below:

(i)  Department of Home Affairs

(a) Red tape is defined as the excessive bureaucracy or procedures marked by complexities of processes which in most cases result in delays or failure to take any action.

(b)(i-ii) The department has put in place policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures to ensure smooth operations in compliance with the laws and mandate of the department.

(aa-bb) The department’s audit coverage plan focuses on various auditable areas with a sole purpose of identifying weaknesses in the internal control environment and reduces bottlenecks.

(ii) According to the Government Printing Works

(a) The Government Printing Works (GPW) might define red tape as bureaucratic processes that hinder and slow the work of the organisation. However it is not a term that the GPW uses in its business processes as it is very imprecise.

(b)(i-ii) As a government-owned manufacturing concern, the GPW does not encounter much “red tape” in its work, and has not needed to devise specific processes to deal with such red tape.

(iii) According to the Electoral Commission

(a) The Electoral Commission does not use a peculiar definition of red tape. It applies the common use of the term based on the South African Concise Oxford Dictionary. This dictionary defines the term as follows: “excessive bureaucracy or adherence to rules, especially in public business”

(b)(i-ii) In terms of the Regulations on Party Liaison the Electoral Commission has established Party Liaison Committees (PLC’s) in the three spheres of government. The primary function of the PLC’s is a consultations mechanism with political parties. These structures also provide crucial feedback on the efficacy on the systems and processes of the Electoral Commission. Based on some of these feedback legislative and operational policies are amended to reduce red-tape.

Ahead of elections the Electoral Commission commissions a Voter Participation Survey. This survey, on a representative sample basis, collects the views of South African citizens on the forthcoming elections. A special area of focus in this survey is the barriers to participation. Based on the outcome of the survey appropriate adjustments are made to the programmes of the Electoral Commission in order to ameliorate barriers to voter participation.

Furthermore on Election Day, a Voter Satisfaction Survey is commissioned on a representative sample of voting stations. This survey collect the vies of voters on their experiences of the voting process including assessing areas such as coercion to voting or voting for a particular political party, the simplicity of the voting process, the secrecy of the vote, the helpfulness of voting staff etc. The results of the voting satisfaction survey are used in planning subsequent electoral events including by elections.

02 September 2015 - NW3156

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What is the typical amount of time it takes for an identity document to be issued to a South African citizen who was not born in South Africa; (2) what is the reason for the discrepancy in the time-periods it takes to issue the same document to natural-born South African citizens and citizens not born in South Africa?

Reply:

  1. The turnaround time to issue and process a first time application is 54 working days and 47 working days for a re-issue of an identity document applied for.
  2. There is no discrepancy in time-periods. Sometimes there are internal processes of verifying the authenticity of supporting documents submitted that may impact on the time-period eg. verification of the authenticity of the Permanent Residence Permit.

02 September 2015 - NW2928

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)How many marriages have been solemnised in terms of the Civil Union Act, Act 17 of 2006, since the specified Act took effect; (2) how many marriages solemnised in terms of the specified Act have ended in divorce; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. 9821 marriages.
  2. For accurate information the Honourable Member is referred to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development who is the custodian of finalising divorces.
  3. No.

28 August 2015 - NW2916

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department is using undercover agents to discover (a) how departmental offices are functioning and (b) what (i) malpractices and (ii) human rights abuses are being committed there; if not, why not; if so, what are the (aa) relevant details of the investigations and (bb) outcomes thereof?

Reply:

The department does not use undercover agents, as there is no law permitting the department to use undercover agents.

19 August 2015 - NW2519

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)With reference to the inter-ministerial task team to be formed to consider the so-called unintended consequences of the new visa regulations on the tourism industry, (a) by what date will the specified team be formed, (b) what is the exact mandate of the team, (c) what (i) are the names and (ii) is the designation of each member of the team and (d) what is the team empowered to do; (2) will a composite finding be made; if so, by when?

Reply:

(1)(a) The date of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team is currently being processed by the Deputy Presidency which is facilitating the meeting.

(1)(b) The mandate of the team, as prescribed by Cabinet, is to propose measures to mitigate potential unintended consequences that occur as a result of administrative challenges.

(1)(c)(i)-(ii) The team is constituted by Ministers as announced by the President drawn from the Social, Economic and Security Clusters.

(1)(d) The team is empowered to deliver on its mandate as per (b) above.

(2) Refer to 1(d) above.

18 August 2015 - NW2681

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of the Western Cape High Court ruling against his department which set aside the closure of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office on 19 March 2013, what interim measures are in place to address the high number for asylum-seeker applications while the Lebombo Refugee Centre is currently being built; (2) what is the current progress with the construction of the Lebombo Refugee Centre?

Reply:

  1. The Court set aside the decision as indicated above and instructed the department to take a fresh decision, which was taken in November 2013. The department is not aware of a high number of new asylum seekers. According to the annual statistics shared with the public, the number of newcomers continues to decrease from approximately 233 300 in 2009 to 72 000 new applications in 2014. Departmental officials are coping with these numbers. The only bottlenecks remain with the appeal and review cases dealt with by the Refugee Appeal Board and Standing Committee on Refugee Affairs.
  2. The construction of the centre has not yet commenced. The Department of Public Works (DPW) has identified a suitable site in Komatipoort. The site is however zoned for agricultural use. An application was then made by DPW to rezone and subdivide the site. The application was heard by the Tribunal on 31 March 2015. Approval was granted by the Tribunal for the rezoning and subdivision of the site subject to South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) commenting on the access route to the site. SANRAL comments are awaited.

18 August 2015 - NW2687

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in his department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

(a-b) Neither the Minister nor Deputy Minister travelled to China during the 2014-15 financial year.

(c) The table below indicates the officials who travelled to China in the 2014-2015 financial year:

OFFICIAL

  1. PURPOSE

(ii)(aa-bb) COSTS

DDG: Immigration Services,

JW McKay

Study Tour on Integrated Border Management

Total: R 115 845.02

Flight: R 90 626.50

S&T: R 4 048.52

Accommodation: R 7 806

Ground transport: R 13 364

Director: Core Business and Change Audits, LT Kgopane

Assistant Director: Audits, NS Somdyala

Audit of DHA services in SA mission in Shanghai

Total: R 129 959.68

Flight: R 28 409.39

S&T: R 9 055.45

Accommodation: R 22 944

Ground transport: R 4 571

Flight: R 28 409.39

S&T: R 9055.45

Accommodation: R 22 944

Ground transport: R 4 571

OFFICIAL

  1. PURPOSE

(ii)(aa-bb) COSTS

DDG: Immigration Services, JW McKay

Director: Corporate Accounts, IP Mbhele

Bilateral discussions on immigration and official visit to SA missions in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively

Total: R 161 444.82

Flight R 61 547.39

S&T: R 4 541.52

Accommodation: R 19 441

Ground transport: R 9 285

Flight: R 38 597.39

S&T: R 4 541.52

Accommodation: R 14 206

Ground transport: R 9 285

Senior Accounting Clerk: Foreign Revenue, V Andrews

Accompanied Auditor – General officials to conduct regulatory audit of SA mission in Shanghai

Total: R 89 766.64

Flight: R 54 165.22

S&T: R 8 520.42

Accommodation: R 17 106

Ground transport: R 9 975

18 August 2015 - NW2721

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department has any reliable indicator of the number of undocumented foreign nationals in the country; if so, how many undocumented foreign nationals are currently residing in the country?

Reply:

The phenomenon of foreign nationals entering the country in contravention of the Immigration Act is difficult to quantify because, by their very nature, such movements do not take place through designated ports of entry and are therefore not recorded. As a result of this, the Department does not have a comprehensive view of the number of undocumented foreign nationals in the country.

Departmental systems do indicate, however, that since 2010, a total of 333 874 foreign nationals have overstayed the duration of their visas and have not departed through a designated port of entry. Further, in the first quarter of the 2015/16 financial year, 10 242 illegal immigrants were deported (and are therefore no longer residing in the country), whilst 4 860 were arrested during “Operation Fiela” as well as in normal operations. These figures only provide an indication of undocumented foreign nationals detected.

05 August 2015 - NW2631

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department is developing a protocol to (a) document and (b) receive climate refugees; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?NW3006

Reply:

(a)  There is no specific protocol in place for climate refugees. The department is not presently developing a protocol to document climate refugees.

The Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 provides for the documentation of all asylum seekers and refugees respectively in terms of section 22 and 24 (3) of the Act.

Refugee status is granted on merit and on the credibility of each asylum claim in terms of provisions transcribed under section 3 of the Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 which stipulates that, a person qualifies for refugee status for the purposes of this Act if that person –

(i)  Owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted by reason of his or her race, tribe, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group, is outside the country of his or her nationality and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country, or, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his or her former habitual residence is unable or, owing to such fear, unwilling to return to it; or

(ii)  Owing to external aggression, occupation, foreign domination or events seriously disturbing or disrupting public order in either a part or the whole of his or her country of origin or nationality, is compelled to leave his or her place of habitual residence in order to seek refuge elsewhere; or

(iii)  Is a dependant of a person contemplated in paragraph (i) or (ii).

As part of the existing protocol to document refugees, the department provides enabling documents to recognised refugees such as Refugee Certification in terms of section 27(C), Refugee Identity Documents in terms of section 30 (1) and Refugee Travel Documents in terms of section 31.

(b)  The department is not developing a protocol to receive climate refugees. This is because refugee status is already clearly outlined in the current legislation and international protocols. Section 21 of the Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 provides for the reception of all those who - because of reasons indicated in Section 3 of the same Act – have been forced to migrate and seek asylum in South Africa.

Asylum seekers are received, registered, accepted and processed with their claims adjudicated according to the relevant domestic legislation (The Constitution, Refugees Act No 130 of 1998) and international protocols (1951 UN Convention, the 1967 Protocol and the 1969 OAU Protocol).

16 July 2015 - NW2491

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)(a) What is the total number of applications for unabridged birth certificates that have been received by his department during the period 1 May 2014 to 31 May 2015 and (b) how many applications were received by each (i) regional and (ii) branch office on a monthly basis; (2) how many of the specified applications for unabridged birth certificates were (a) processed and (b) issued by each (i) regional and (ii) branch office on a monthly basis; (3) how many applications for unabridged birth certificates can his department (a) process and (b) issue per day; (4) what is the Key Performance Indicator with regard to issuing unabridged birth certificates in terms of his department’s Annual Performance Plan; (5) what is the total amount received by his department in respect of applications for unabridged birth certificate applications during the period 1 May 2014 to 31 May 2015?

Reply:

(1)(a) There are 185 641 applications for Unabridged Birth Certificates (UBC) that have been received by the department during the period 01 May 2014 to 31 May 2015.

(1)(b)(i-ii) According to available information the number of UBC applications received and processed during the period 01 May 2014 to 31 May 2015 at the department’s 9 regions / provinces and ready for collection are as follows:

Eastern Cape: 11 408

Free State: 5 589

Gauteng: 75 685

Kwazulu-Natal: 39 952

Limpopo: 4 645

Mpumalanga: 7 401

North West: 4 967

Northern Cape: 2 527

Western Cape: 33 467

 

(3)(a) The processing of UBC is dependent on the number of applications lodged on a particular day, and is a voluntary process.

(3(b) The issuance per day is dependent on the number of clients that come forth after notification was given to them, via an sms, that the UBC application is ready for collection.

(4)    6 to 8 weeks.

(5)   185 641

15 July 2015 - NW2544

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the application made on 23 September 2014 by a certain person (name furnished) for a vault copy of his birth certificate which has still not been processed by the Department of Home Affairs (details furnished), (a) why has nothing as yet been forthcoming, despite repeated requests for information from his department, (b) on what date is the application expected to be completed and the certificate issued to the specified person, (c) what are the full reasons for the delay in issuing this document and (d) what steps have been taken to ensure that this type of delay and lack of feedback to applicants by his department does not occur in the future?

Reply:

(a-c) Applications for both a computerised unabridged and a vault copy of birth certificate were captured on the system on 6 October 2014. However, due to an oversight on the part of the official who received the application, only the computerised unabridged birth certificate was processed on 10 October 2014 and printed at the office of application on 13 October 2014. The vault copy was processed on 29 June 2015.

(d) The Department has put in place mechanisms where clients can enquire about the progress on their applications through its call centre. In addition it will strengthen the current controls and monitoring of these areas.

02 July 2015 - NW2352

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether all citizens, including those born outside South Africa, are entitled to be issued with the Smart ID card; if not, why not?

Reply:

The rollout of the Smart ID Card is in the first phase of implementation and currently Smart ID Cards are only being issued to South African citizens by birth. All other categories such as permanent residence holders and naturalized citizens are not to be processed through the Live Capture at this stage; as this will form part of phase two of the modernisation project. The department will make an announcement on citizens born outside South Africa as the roll out evolves.

02 July 2015 - NW2236

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) his department and (bb) entities reporting to him spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

Responses provided by the Department of Home Affairs, Government Printing Works and Electoral Commission are given below:

(a) Department of Home Affairs

The Department has not paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year until 31 March 2015.

(b) According to the Government Printing Works

The Government Printing Works did not pay out the remainder of any employee’s contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to date.

(b)  According to the Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission did not pay out the remainder of any employee’s contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract from the 2008-09 financial year up to date.

02 July 2015 - NW2268

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)With reference to his department’s offices in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, is there a limit to the number of persons who can be assisted with the collection of documents such as identification documents, passports and residence permits in respect of each day; if so, (a) what is the maximum number of persons that can be assisted and (b) why can only a limited number of persons be assisted;

Reply:

(1)(a) Yes. When the office is busy and there are long queues, the office can assist at least 200 clients per day for both applications and collections of Smart Card IDs and Passports.

(1)(b) The office receives a large number of clients, due to the high demand for the acquisition of Smart ID Cards and the office can only serve the clients within the office operating hours. The increase in demand has been exacerbated by misinformation that has been given to the public, particularly the elderly.

For example, the elderly are being told that they would be charged a fee for the Smart ID Card if they do not apply immediately or they will not be paid their social grants by SASSA if not in possession of the Smart ID Card. This has resulted in a rush to acquire the Smart ID Cards which in turn causes overcrowding in the office as well as long queues.

The Department is working hard to counteract this misinformation and provide accurate information to clients through the channels of Operation Sukuma Sakhe, War Room meetings, Local Task Teams meetings, District Task Team meetings and other stakeholder engagements.

(2)(a) Yes. An additional collection counter will be installed as well as other resources that may be required within the limited space available.

(2)(b) An order is in the process of being issued for re-cabling and installation of additional data points so that the additional collection counter can be installed.

(2)(c) That will be determined once the additional counter has been added.

 

(3)(a-b) Yes, the clients are being informed by the floorwalkers and Office Manager about the numbers that can be assisted per day. Queuing numbers are issued to a certain number of clients that can be assisted per day while they are queuing outside. Moreover, the floorwalker is always available to check if all clients are being assisted and that they are seated in the correct queues. In addition, the floorwalker makes sure that the clients remaining outside are let in once there is availability of space in the office. Clients who are not able to be assisted on a particular day are informed.

16 July 2012 - NW2412

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on advertising in (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

Responses provided by the Department of Home Affairs, Government Printing Works and Electoral Commission are given below:

(a) Department of Home Affairs

(i) Sowetan

(aa) 2012-13: R631,859.25

(bb) 2013-14: R627,160.97

(cc) 2014-15: R 28,167.39

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) 2012-13: R0

(bb) 2013-14: R0

(cc) 2014-15: R0

(b) According to the Government Printing Works

(i) Sowetan

(aa) 2012-13: R0

(bb) 2013-14: R0

(cc) 2014-15: R39,104.55

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) 2012-13: R0

(bb) 2013-14: R0

(cc) 2014-15: R0

(b) According to the Electoral Commission

(i) Sowetan

(aa) 2012-13: R161,181.00

(bb) 2013-14: R464,059.00

(cc) 2014-15: R94,192.00

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) 2012-13: R0

(bb) 2013-14: R253,821.00

(cc) 2014-15: R56,429.00

26 December 2010 - Question:Minister of Home Affairs

MPs to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Reply:

QUESTION 277

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 February 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(a) How many arrests have been made by immigration officers at the (i) departure and
(ii) arrival halls of the Cape Town International Airport in (aa) 2007, (bb) 2008 and
(cc) 2009 and (b) what was the reason for each arrest?

NW293E

REPLY

(a) & (b) The information is specified in the table:click

QUESTION 278

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 February 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether the layout of the new Cape Town International Airport Building allows for immigration officers to do profiling of passengers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) which officials in her department were responsible for approving of and signing off the planning documents for those areas that her department would require;

(3) whether the problem that arose after the completion of the building was brought to her attention; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) whether any action will be taken to rectify the situation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(5) whether any additional security measures will be implemented at Cape Town International Airport until the section has been changed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW294E

REPLY

(1) No. The current layout is in a temporary structure.

(2) The Deputy Director-General: Immigration Services.

(3) No. The current layout is a temporary arrangement.

(4) Yes. The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) has new development programmes for the Cape Town International Airport within the next three years. The final layout of the International Departures, and Arrival Terminals will be discussed with ACSA, during this period. As an interim measure, the following shortcomings were discussed with ACSA, and it is attending to the following requests:

· A dedicated lane for staff, and assisted passengers to avoid overcrowding in the clearance area.

· Access control to the entrance of the clearance area.

· Dedicated security cameras to monitor officials, as well as, passengers in the clearance area.

· The installation of one way glass in the cubicles to give immigration officers the assurance that persons moving around in their perimeters have been cleared by Immigration.

· The installation of self closing gates between cubicles to allow only passengers who have been cleared access to the transit area.

(5) Yes. The following measures are currently being addressed:

· The access control door in the staff passage will be replaced with a card retention system. This will ensure that only designated card holders have access to the clearance area. The door will close automatically once the card holder has entered, and the card holder will only receive his or her access card back after the door has closed.

· The cameras fitted in the departure area will be channelled to the observation room to allow for supervisors to monitor the entire clearance area, as well as, cubicles for possible corrupt activities.

· The cubicles will also be fitted with monitors to allow immigrations officers to view passengers waiting in the queue, and to do profiling.

QUESTION 279

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 February 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether an inspectorate is currently based at Cape Town International Airport; if not, (a) why not, (b) when will the posts be advertised and (c) how many posts will be advertised; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether the applicants will be undergoing any vetting process; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) by when will the inspectorate be appointed and fully functional at the airport; if so, (i) how many staff members are employed in the inspectorate, (ii) how many posts still need to be filled and (iii) when will these posts be advertised;

(3) whether the current incumbents and/or new applicants will undergo any vetting procedures; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY

(1)(a) No. There is, currently, no office space available for the officials. A standby team is available around the clock to attend to incidents at the Cape Town International Airport.

(1)(b) It is intended that Inspectorate officials, from our existing Unit at Barrack Street office in Cape Town, will be deployed to the Cape Town International Airport, during April 2010, as the necessary office space has been acquired, and the plans to set up this Unit have been set in place.

(1)(c) A total of 10 posts will be advertised. That is, 2 Chief Control Immigration Officers, and 8 Immigration Officers. The posts for 1 Chief Control Immigration Officer, and 3 Immigration Officers have been prioritised, and will take up their positions in May 2010.

(2)(a) Yes. All candidates who are recommended for appointment to Immigration positions are subjected to criminal record checks, and security clearance before appointment. Further, all new officials undergo the vetting process as it is a Departmental policy to vet all recommended employees.

(2)(b) The posts will be advertised in the 2010/11 financial year.

(2)(b)(i) The total of staff members employed in the Inspectorate, nationally, is 638.

(2)(b)(ii)(iii) The approved structure which is intended to be over the period of three (3)

to four (4) years requires, approximately, another 548 positions.

(3) Yes. All candidates appointed in Immigration Services are subjected to vetting procedures in terms of criminal record checks, and security clearance.

QUESTION 299

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 February 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 of 2010

Dr C P Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:†

(1) Whether her Department has paid any performance bonuses to the current Director-General during his contract period; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what did the various amounts run into, (b) when they were paid out and
(c) what criteria were applied in determining his performance;

(2) whether the Director-General has solved her Department's ongoing problems and improved the Department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so,

(3) whether she will extend his contract for another period; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY

(1)(a) No. The Director-General has completed two performance cycles since his appointment in May 2007. The outcome of his performance assessment for the 2007/08 cycle is, currently, under review, while his performance assessment for the 2008/09 performance cycle is, still, in process.

(1)(b) The performance incentives (if any) will be effected upon moderation by the Moderating Committee.

(1)(c) The granting of Performance Incentives (if any) will be determined by the Director-General's achievements of the deliverables as indicated in the Strategic Plan for each performance cycle.

(2) Work is ongoing to address the many challenges facing the Department of Home Affairs. The turnaround times for key products as specified in the Strategic Plan were, largely, achieved, and maintained. Reports from the Government Communication Information System (GCIS), based on their tracker research, indicate that this is noticed, and appreciated, particularly, by rural and poor communities. The majority of callers to talk shows, also, register their satisfaction with the services of the Department. Among the more important achievements, are the following:

§ On average, it, now, takes 43 days to issue an Identity Document, versus the target of 60 days.

§ Live capture for passports is implemented at 40 offices.

§ At the end of January 2010, it took 27 days from the capturing of a passport application to the issuance of the passport, versus the average of 56 days it took in April 2009.

§ The Department moved from a disclaimer in the 2007/08 financial year to a qualified audit in the 2008/09 financial year.

Corruption, most, unfortunately, continues to blemish the efforts of many who work tirelessly to provide a service that is efficient, accessible, and corruption free to the citizens, and other important customers. However, the Department has implemented a counter corruption strategy that is beginning to show positive results.

(3) No. The Director-General is leaving on retirement, and will, therefore, not ask for the renewal of his contract.

QUESTION 300

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 February 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 of 2010

Dr C P Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department has made use of consultants in the (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07, (d) 2007-08, (e) 2008-09 financial years and (f) during the period
1 April 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i)(aa) how many and (bb) which consultants and consultancies were used in each of these financial years, (ii) what amounts were paid to each consultant or consultancy in each of these financial years and (iii) who are the directors of each of the consultancies that her department used in each of these financial years;

(2) whether any of the directors and shareholders of the consultancies have any links with the ruling party; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are these links;

(3) whether any persons who are currently consultants or owners of consultancies were formerly in the employ of her department; if so, (a) who are they, (b) why did they leave the employ of her department, and (c) what is the total financial value that has been paid out to each one of these consultants?

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REPLY

(1)(2)(3) This Question's required response, will take a long time, because the research

that is required to be undertaken, has to cover a period of, just, over six (6)

years. For this reason, the Honourable Member is, kindly, advised to source out

the required information from the previous Department's Annual Reports of the

years under question.

QUESTION 1776

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 May 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 15 of 2010

Mr N J J van R Koornhof (Cope) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

When will the visa requirements for South Africans visiting the United Kingdom be lifted?

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REPLY

No. I have not asked for the Visa requirements to be lifted. There were objective, and subjective reasons that led to the Visa requirements. For this reason, it will serve no useful purpose to request for the lifting of the requirement, at this stage.

QUESTION 1798

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 04 June 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 16 of 2010

Mrs C Dudley (ACDP) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(a) What (i) was the outcome of the review and (ii) are the relevant details of the dispensation that allows undocumented Zimbabwean migrants to live and work in South Africa and (b) when will the special dispensation be implemented?

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REPLY

(a)(i) The review of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002), is, still, in progress. The Department of Home Affairs is, currently, in the consultation phase.

(ii) None.

(b) It was implemented, last year, 2009.

QUESTION 1749

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 May 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 15 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

What were the start and end dates of tenure in office of every (a) permanent and (b) acting (i) Director-General and (ii) Chief Financial Officer during the period 1 January 2000 to
31 December 2009?

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REPLY

The Honourable Member is, kindly, advised to source out the required information from the Department's Annual Reports of the years, under question.

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QUESTION 213

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 May 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 14 of 2010

Mr D A Worth (DA-FS) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her Department still intends to introduce a new identity card for all South Africans; if not, why not; if so, (a) when will this process take place, (b) what will be the cost implications of this process to the (i) Government and (ii) citizens, (c) what is the envisaged timeline of this process and (d) what are the further relevant details;

(2) whether this new identity card will incorporate the drivers licence details; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY

(1)(a) Yes, the Department still intends to introduce a new identity card for all South Africans. The Department is, currently, preparing its front office, and back office processes to ensure the state of readiness of these offices. The outcome of these preparations will enable the Department to determine how best to introduce the identity card. Once the state of readiness is determined, the time frames for the introduction of the identity card will be announced.

(1)(b)(i) & (ii) The costs have not, yet, been determined, and are dependent on the outcome of preparations, as indicated in (1)(a) above.

(1)(c) It is envisaged that preparations of back offices, and front offices will be finalised by the end of this financial year (2010/11).

(1)(d) None, at this stage.

(2) Other relevant Departments will be consulted for purposes of additional smartcard capabilities, and utilisation.

UESTION 935

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 23 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 8 of 2010

Ms H N Makhuba (IFP) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) How much of the R104,4 million allocated to the smart ID card project in the Adjusted Appropriation Budget of October 2009 was spent in the last six months of the financial year;

(2) whether all such expenditure relates to the smart ID card project; if not, on what was the money spent;

(3) how has the expenditure from the above allocation moved the smart ID card project forward to date?

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REPLY

(1) The total amount of R104,4 million was spent.

(2) No. The National Treasury has approved that this fund could be utilised for the shortfall on the printing costs of new passports, which was payable to the Government Printing Works.

(3) Not applicable, as the funds were not spent on the Smart ID Card Project.

QUESTION 330

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 26 February 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 4 of 2010

Mr J J Mc Gluwa (ID) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) (a) What is the cost to produce 524 618 identity documents (IDs), (b) how many working hours were involved in making those IDs, (c) how will such IDs be destroyed, (d) how much will it cost to destroy them and (e) how many IDs have been destroyed in the past five years;

(2) whether her department will send text messages to persons to notify them of the readiness of their (a) IDs for collection and (b) smart cards for collection once the systems are in place; if not, (i) why not in each case and (ii) what are the new methods her Department is looking at to resolve this matter; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

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REPLY

(1) We have not calculated all these costs, nor, have we destroyed any ID's in the past five

(5) years. What is important, is that we, as the public representatives, must assist the

Department by making sure that the population understands:

(i) the value of the ID beyond the cost, in rands, and cents.

(ii) that they have to look after their ID's.

(iii) that they do not apply for a re-issue of the ID, unless they have ascertained

that their ID is lost.

(iv) that they fetch their ID, once they receive a sms informing them that their

ID has arrived.

(2)(a) Yes. With the implementation of the Track and Trace system, in 2007, short text messages (sms) are, automatically, sent to applicants informing them that their identity documents are ready for collection at the office of application. Two subsequent sms messages are, also, sent after 60 days, and 110 days, respectively, to inform applicants that their identity documents are ready for collection.

(2)(b) There are no Smart Cards, yet.

QUESTION 1716

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 May 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 15 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her (a) Department or (b) any of its entities has signed any contractual agreements with certain companies (names furnished) or any of their affiliates; if so,
(i) what is the nature of each contract, (ii) what is the (aa) start and (bb) end date of each contract, (iii) what is the monetary value of each contract, (iv) what are the details of the process that was undertaken for the signing of each contract, (v) who else tendered for each contract that was awarded to these companies and (vi) what amount did each tenderer quote in each case?

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REPLY

(a)(i) to (vi) THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS:

No. The Department of Home Affairs has not signed any contractual agreements with the mentioned companies.

(b)(i) to (vi) THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING WORKS:

No. The Government Printing Works has not signed any contractual agreements with the mentioned companies.

(b)(i) to (vi) INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION (IEC):

No. The IEC has not signed any contractual agreements with the mentioned companies.

(b)(i) to (vi) FILM AND PUBLICATION BOARD (FPB):

No. The FPB has not signed any contractual agreements with the mentioned companies.

QUESTION 1402

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 07 May 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2010

Mr S B Farrow (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether she and / or her Department has been informed of the problems experienced by the Glenmore community in the Eastern Cape to register the death of their relatives who died in the tornado and flood that devastated the area in 1979; if so, what are the relevant details; if not,

(2) whether she will investigate the matter and provide assistance to the community; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY

(1) No. Neither I, nor the Department of Home Affairs was informed.

(2) Yes. The Department of Home Affairs will investigate the matter after consultation with the relevant Provincial Government Entities to collect, as much as possible, information pertaining to the incident mentioned. A comprehensive report will, then, be compiled which will, then, indicate what action, or steps will be taken to assist the Glenmore community to address the registration process for the deaths. It would be appreciated, if the Honourable Member could, kindly, avail any additional information, or contact persons, in order to assist in addressing, and finalising the matter, as soon as possible.

QUESTION 1404

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 07 May 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2010

Mr J J Mc Gluwa (ID) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether fingerprints taken by her Department are made available to the SA Police Service; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1643E

REPLY

No. Fingerprints taken by the Department of Home Affairs are not made available to the SA Police Service. The Department does, however, receive requests from SA Police Service to assist it with the identification of certain individuals, by sending a full set of fingerprints to the Department.

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QUESTION 2403

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 27 July 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether (a) her Department or (b) any of its entities has signed any contractual agreements with a certain company (name furnished) or any of its affiliates (i) in the
(aa) 2006-07, (bb) 2007-08, (cc) 2008-09 and (dd) 2009-10 financial years and (ii) during the period 1 April 2010 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (aaa) what is the nature of each contract, (bbb) what is the monetary value of each contract, (ccc) what is the (aaaa) start and (bbbb) end date of each contract, (ddd) what are the details of the process that was followed for the signing of each contract, (eee) who else tendered for each contract that was awarded and (fff) what amount did each tenderer quote in each case?

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REPLY:

(a) & (b) No. Neither the Department of Home Affairs, or any of its entities had signed any contractual agreements with the mentioned company, in any of the 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10 or 2010/11 financial years.

QUESTION 2361

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 30 August 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2010

Mr M Swart (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her Department's Regional Office in George has a Mobile Unit; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the areas in which the Unit operates and (b) is the total number of applications for identity documents which (i) the Unit has processed since its launch and (ii) this Unit has processed since its launch at no charge to the applicant?

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REPLY

(a) Yes. The Department's Regional Office in George has one Mobile Truck which has been in operation, since September 2009, and visits the following areas, once, or twice a month:

· Stil Bay

· Waboomskraal

· Thembalethu

· Hornlee

· Mossel Bay

· Riversdale

· Sedgefield

· Knysna

· Heidelberg

· Rheenendal

· Plettenberg Bay

· Kranshoek

· Damesbos

· Asla Park

· Slang River

· Albertinia

(b)(i) The total number of identity documents processed is, as follows:

First identity document Issues : 1334

Re-issues of identity documents : 1 924

Identity documents distributed : 2 253

(b)(ii) The Mobile Unit was able to provide the following documents at no cost to the applicants during an outreach programme partnered with the Bitou Municipality who paid for the photos (First Issues), as well as, for the photos, and the application fee (Re-Issues):

First Identity document issues : 274

Re-issues of Identity Documents : 807

QUESTION 2350

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 27 August 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2010

Mrs S V Kalyan (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether she will consider amending official documentation completed by members of the public to reflect the category intersex in addition to the categories male and female; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details regarding the time frame for the proposed amendment of these documents?

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REPLY:

The Department of Home Affairs does not make provision for an intersex category on official documentation, but has procedures in place, with regard to changing of sex. An Amendment application form is used for this purpose, and will indicate the sex that is preferred. Expert medical opinion must, then, be provided as stipulated in the Alteration of Sex Description, and Sex Status Act, 2003, before a determination can be made. These procedures have proved to be sufficient, in terms of the practical application of the Act.

QUESTION 2318

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 30 August 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2010

Dr C P Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

What is the breakdown for the officials at post levels 8 to 12 in her Department in terms of (a) sex, (b) race and (c) age?

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REPLY:

The information is provided in the tables, attached:

QUESTION 2261

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 20 August 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 23 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her Department and / or any of its entities has purchased any 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer tournament (a) clothing or (b) other specified paraphernalia; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, in each case,
(i) what are (aa) the details and (bb) the total cost of the items purchased, (ii)(aa) how many items have been purchased and (bb) why, (iii)(aa) to whom has each of these items been allocated and (bb) why have these items been allocated to these persons and (iv)(aa) on what basis was the decision taken to purchase each of these items and (bb) on whose authority was the decision taken to make these purchases?

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REPLY:

The information for the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), the Government Printing Works (GPW), the Film and Publication Board (FPB) and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is specified in the table, attached:

QUESTION 2112

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 13 August 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 21 of 2010

Dr A Lotriet (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her Department has a language policy; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY:

Yes. The Department of Home Affairs has a language policy. It is in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa with specific reference to section 9(3).

QUESTION 2097 / NW2507E

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 6 July 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 19 of 2010

Ms A M Dreyer (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether a certain official of her Department (name furnished) is investigating allegations regarding a certain person (name furnished); if not, why not; if so, (a) when is the investigation anticipated to be completed and (b) when will the details and outcomes of the investigation be available?

NW2507E

REPLY:

(a) & (b) Yes. The official concerned has finished the investigation regarding the allegations levelled against a certain person. The details and outcomes of the investigation are available.

QUESTION 1981

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 30 July 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 18 of 2010

The Leader of the Opposition (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What is the estimated number of Zimbabwean refugees currently living in South Africa;

(2) whether she has any strategies in place to encourage the repatriation of Zimbabwean refugees; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY:

(1) In the period 1 January 2000 to 31 May 2010, a total of 5 822 Zimbabwean nationals were granted refugee status (refugee permits), in terms of section 24 of the Refugee Act, 1998 (Act No 130 of 1998).

(2) All the efforts to get Zimbabwe back to normal by the South African government are relevant to the repatriation of Zimbabweans. As the economic, and the political situation improves in Zimbabwe, a lot of Zimbabweans will voluntarily go back home.

QUESTION 1918

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 26 July 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 17 of 2010

The Leader of the Opposition (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) How many (a) Zimbabwean citizens have been granted asylum since 1 January 2002 and (b) applications for asylum by Zimbabwean citizens have yet to be processed;

(2) whether, with reference to the report by the United Nations Refugee Agency in June 2010 (details furnished), (a) there are any reasons for the backlog of asylum applications and (b) she has taken any steps to expedite the processing of these applications; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY:

(1) A total of 5 815 Zimbabwean citizens have been granted asylum in the period
1 January 2002 up to, and including, 31 May 2010.

(2) The moratorium and the Special Dispensation is coming to an end. The ongoing operation of documenting all Zimbabweans, in the country, is towards resolving the problem. There is, also, an amendment Bill that, if passed into law, will assist in speeding up the refugee application process, generally.

QUESTION 78

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 5 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 4 of 2010

Mr M J R de Villiers (DA-WC) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether any of the offices of her department is being rented; if so, (a) which offices in each (i) town and (ii) province and (b) what is the monthly rental for each of the buildings;

(2) whether there are any arrears of rent for any of the buildings; if so, (a) which buildings and (b) when will the arrears be addressed;

(3) (a) who are the owners of each of the buildings and (b) what is the term of the rental agreement for each of the buildings?

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REPLY

(1) to (3) It is suggested that the Honourable Member directs this Question to the Minister of Public Works. The Department of Home Affairs does not own immovable property. It leases its office accommodation through the Department of Public Works (DPW), who is responsible for the administration of the leased properties.

QUESTION 93

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 12 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 5 of 2010

Mr M J R de Villiers (DA-WC) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) (a) How many identity documents (IDs) are not collected at each of the Home Affairs offices and (b) what is the main reason for these documents not being collected;

(2) whether her Department has taken any steps to ensure that persons are properly informed to collect their IDs; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps and (b) what are the further relevant details?

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REPLY

(1)(a) The information as at 28 February 2010 per Province – is specified in the tables, below:

Province

less than 3 months

3 - 6 months

6 - 9 months

9 - 12 months

More than 12 months

Total

Kwa-Zulu Natal

47,945

20,727

18,707

12,869

35,546

135,794

Limpopo

24,617

12,033

14,994

9,519

21,054

82,217

Gauteng

37,317

15,214

16,986

12,811

25,238

107,566

Free State

12,997

8,298

6,820

7,361

10,799

46,275

Mpumalanga

16,014

7,702

7,929

4,947

12,022

48,614

North West

12,464

6,045

5,251

2,545

4,879

31,184

Northern Cape

4,247

2,428

2,130

1,086

1,764

11,655

Western Cape

23,220

9,556

5,206

5,851

11,421

55,254

Eastern Cape

27,409

14,336

19,934

15,366

22,765

99,810

Total

206,230

96,339

97,957

72,355

145,488

618,369

Lists of uncollected identity documents, per Province, per office, for the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010, are attached herewith, as Annexures A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H to I.

(1)(b) The main reasons for applicants not collecting their new identity documents are, as follows:

· Applicants are applying for identity documents when under the impression that they have lost their identity documents, only to find it at a later stage. Many applicants, therefore, never collect their newly issued identity documents. The identity document with the latest date of issue is the only valid identity document, which replaces all previous identity documents issued.

· Applicants also re-locate, and never collect their newly issued identity documents, at the office of application.

(2)(a) The following steps have been taken:

· Since the implementation of the ID Track and Trace system in 2007, short messages ("sms") are automatically triggered to the cell phones of applicants to inform them of the arrival of their identity documents, at the office of application. Two subsequent SMS's are sent to applicants (one after 60 days, and the other after 110 days), as reminders before returning the identity documents to Head Office, as uncollected.

· It should be noted that the turnaround time for the issuing of identity documents has been drastically reduced, and applicants, who are not in possession of cell phones may enquire at the department's Client Service Centre (toll free number 0800 60 11 90), after a month from the date of application. Clients can, also, use the enquiry SMS no (32551) to check, and get feedback on the status of their ID applications.

(2)(b) The Department, also, interacts with various community forums, and other stakeholders to encourage applicants to collect their identity documents. The department, also, engages with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), through the Provincial Liaison Committees to encourage Political Office Bearers to request communities to collect their identity documents.

QUESTION 1135

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 19 April 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 10 of 2010

1135. Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether any South African citizens have fallen victim to being falsely married to unknown people and are recorded as being married without their knowledge in the past ten years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how many and (b) how many cases (i) have been reported to her department and (ii) are being investigated by (aa) her department and (bb) the SA Police Service;

(2) whether there are any children currently sharing the same birth certificate with other children; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how many and (b) how many cases (i) have been reported to her department and (ii) are being investigated by (aa) her department and (bb) the SA Police Service;

(3) whether any persons have (a) overstayed or (b) contravened their visas between 1 January 2004 and 31 March 2010; if so, (i) how many in each year and (ii) what action has been taken in each case;

(4) (a) how many foreigners are currently in South Africa on (i) work and (ii) study permits and (b) in which provinces are they? NW1292E

REPLY

(1) Background

The problem of fraudulent marriages was discovered in early 2000's, wherein South Africans found themselves married to strangers. As the situation in South Africa stabilises, and its economy grows, the country will continue to become the favourite destination for many people across the globe who seek greener pastures, and safe places of abode. Evidently, this migration to the South will bring attendant problems, such as violation of our citizenship acquisition processes. This problem is, further, compounded by our present situation of unemployment, and rampant poverty.

The common causes of fraudulent marriages are:

Marriage of convenience

The victim would agree to enter into holy matrimony with a foreigner, seeking South African citizenship, in exchange for monetary compensation. In cases, where the foreigner does not honour his/her part of the bargain the victim would, then, claim that the marriage took place without his/her knowledge. In cases, where the transaction is honoured the victim will approach the offices of Home Affairs, ostensibly to apply for a new Identity Document, claiming that his/her ID is lost. When records are retrieved, and show that the applicant is married, he/she will, then, claim that the marriage took place without his/her consent, and, then, seek annulment (marriage expunged). Often, when this scam happens, the foreigner has by, then, already, obtained citizenship and/or permanent residence in the country.

Employment agencies

Victims, often, claim that bogus employment agencies request that they submit copies of their Identity Documents, ostensibly to process job placements for them. The victim will, then, later discover by "accident" when he/she processes some transaction, either, in the public service, or the private sector, that he/she is married.

Crime Syndicates

These are well-organised syndicates that are assisted by corrupt officials; corrupt religious leaders, and unscrupulous Marriage Officers. They take full advantage of poor controls, and the lack of basic amenities, and office equipment to fraudulently process details of South Africans, and marry them to foreigners without their knowledge.

(a) 6 769 cases were reported, as from 2007 to April 2010.

Year

Cases reported

2007

2,114

2008

2,185

2009

1,916

2010 (April )

554

Grand total

6,769

(b)(i) 6 769 cases were reported. Of these cases, 5 205 cases were finalised.

Year

Expunged

Referred to court

Total finalized per year

2007

1,671

349

2,020

2008

960

257

1,218

2009

1,118

426

1,548

2010 (April )

234

185

419

Grand Total

3,983

1,217

5,205

(b)(ii) (aa) 1 564 cases are under investigation within the Department .

Year

Under Investigation

2007

94

2008

967

2009

368

2010 (April )

135

Grand total

1,564

(b)(ii) (bb) The Department does not refer cases to SAPS. However, the Department has its own Internal Counter Corruption Unit, which investigates these cases.

(2) No. None have been brought to the attention of the Department. All children are registered through the National Population Register system, and are allocated with an ID Number. The system (NPR) is designed in a way that does not allow the sharing of birth certificates. The Department has, also, embarked on the process of redesigning its processes, in order to close any loopholes in the birth registration process. These include the upgrading of the security features on the National Population Register system, and the certificate.

2 aa Not applicable

2 bb Not applicable

(3) Yes.

(3)(a) & (b) The information is provided in the table, below:

Year

Overstayed / contravened

Action taken

2004

1 165

1 165 deported

2005

1 112

1 112 deported

2006

1 093

1 093 deported

2007

2 180

1 310 deported, and 807 fined

2008

2 115

1 175 deported, and 940 fined

2009

4 007

3 076 deported, and 931 fined

2010 up to & including
31 March 2010

1 202

915 deported, and 287 fined

Total

12 874

 

(4) The Department's Movement Control System is unable to generate reports on the number of work permit and study permit holders who are currently in South Africa. The Department of Home Affairs is able to provide statistics on the number of work permits and study permits applied for and issued for a specific period.

QUESTION 841

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 23 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 8 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether she has been informed that her Department owes the Government Printing Works an estimated R126 million; if so, (a) why is this amount (i) owed and (ii) not yet paid, (b) what steps will be taken to pay this and (c) when will this amount be paid;

(2) whether she will (a) investigate the matter and (b) take corrective steps in this regard; if not, why not in each case, if so, what are the relevant details in each case;

(3) whether she will take steps to ensure that this and similar problems do not recur; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

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REPLY

(1)(2)(3) Yes. The amount was settled before the end of the last financial year.

QUESTION 842

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 23 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 8 of 2010

842. Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether the signage and directions at the Swaziland-South Africa border post and within the facility comply with her department's guidelines; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether there are any plans for the facility to be upgraded and refurbished; if not, why not; if so, (a) when will this take place, (b) what are the details;

(3) whether all officials are (a) in possession of and (b) wearing name tags; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) whether any audit and/or investigation has been conducted to ensure officials are conducting business in a professional and friendly manner; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(5) (a) how many officials are currently employed, (b) how many vacancies exist currently at the border post and (c) when will the vacancies be filled? NW978E

REPLY

(1) All signage and directions at the Swaziland – South Africa border post and within the facilities comply with the Department's guidelines, except that of Golela, due to the construction of the new building, whose signage was temporarily removed in order to erect new ones and build roads.

(2) As no specific border post was indicated, herewith, a breakdown of all Ports of Entry at the Swaziland border:

BORDER POST

FACILITY UPGRADE AND REFURBISHMENT

Bothashoop

(a) No need to upgrade and refurbish the building.

Emahlathini

(a)No need to upgrade and refurbish.

Golela

(a) Phase one of the new Border post

is complete, and relocation to the new building was on the 29th April 2010

Jeppe's Reef

(a) The Border post has been, recently, upgraded (RAMP Contract: 2009/10).

Department of Public Works are in the process of placing proper signage, not only for the Department of Home Affairs, but for all Government Departments.

Josefsdal

(a) There are no plans for upgrading the facility.

(b) The office was only budgeted for repairs, and maintenance by Department of Public Works.

Mahamba

(a) There are plans to upgrade the current building.

(b) Public Works is, still, designing the new plan of border.

Mananga

(a)There are plans to upgrade the current building.

New plans will be submitted by September 2010 to renovate, and modify the current direction boards.

Nerston

(a)No need to upgrade, and refurbish.

.

Onverwacht

(a)No need to upgrade, and refurbish.

Oshoek

(a) There are plans to upgrade the current building.

(b) Public Works is, still, designing the new border post.

Waverley

(a) No need to upgrade, and refurbish.

(3) All officials, at the eight border posts, except newly appointed officials, wear name tags, at all times, while performing their duties. Name tags have been ordered for the newly appointed officials.

(4) There was no formal audit conducted.

(5) As no specific border post was indicated, herewith, a breakdown of the Ports of Entry at the Swaziland border:

BORDER POST

(A)CURRENTLY EMPLOYED

(B) FUNDED VACANT POSTS

Bothashoop

2 Filled Posts

3 Vacant

Emahlathini

6 Filled Posts

9 Vacant

Golela

12 Filled Posts

10 Vacant

Jeppe's Reef

17 Filled Posts

14 Vacant

Josefsdal

7 Filled Posts

4 Vacant

Mahamba

17 Filled Posts

6 Vacant

Mananga

12 Filled Posts

5 Vacant

Nerston

12 Filled Posts

6 Vacant

Onverwacht

1 Filled Post

8 Vacant

Oshoek

42 Filled Posts

13 Vacant

Warverley

5 Filled Posts

2 Vacant

TOTAL:

133

80

(c) to the moratorium in filling such posts, as a result of absorption of contract workers, Some of the posts were advertised in February 2010, and they could not be filled, due with more than 12 months employed by the Department, which is underway.

QUESTION 843

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 23 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 8 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department has taken any steps to prevent human trafficking through any of the border posts; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(2) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

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REPLY

(1) Yes. In this regard, the Honourable Member is respectfully referred to my responses submitted in respect of three previous Parliamentary Questions, which, also, dealt with Human Trafficking. The issue regarding the Department of Home Affairs' readiness to combat Human Trafficking has been, duly, addressed in these responses. The responses are in respect of Question 8 (Oral Reply – 2010) – attached herewith, as Annexure A, Question 2059 (2009) – attached herewith, as Annexure B, and Question 1788 (2009) – attached herewith, as Annexure C. Kindly, be informed that training of ten (10) moderators was conducted from
9 to 11 November 2009.

QUESTION 1077

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 30 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9 of 2010

Mrs M Wenger (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether any amount was (a) budgeted for and (b) spent (i) in the (aa) 2007-08 and (bb) 2008-09 financial years and (ii) during the period 1 April 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available on her Department's mini drug master plan; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) what amount has been allocated to her Department's mini drug master plan for the 2010/11 financial year?

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REPLY

(1) The Department of Home Affairs does not, at this stage, have a mini drug master plan.

(2) Not applicable.

QUESTION 1093

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 30 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9 of 2010

Dr C P Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:†

(1) How many 90-day visas have been issued to Zimbabwean citizens since the introduction of this type of visa;

(2) whether there has been an increase in the number of Zimbabweans applying for this visa; if so, what is the increase (a) in actual numbers and (b) as a percentage;

(3) whether any Zimbabwean citizens who have exceeded their 90-day visas have been taken into custody or deported; if so, (a) how many were (i) arrested and
(ii) deported and (b) what were the deportation costs;

(4) whether her Department keeps a record of the reasons for the applications by Zimbabwean citizens for 90-day visas; if so, (a) how many visas were issued in terms of the various reasons or categories furnished by the individual applicants and (b) what were the reasons for the applications?

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REPLY

(1) A total of 2,307,965 visitor's permits were issued to Zimbabwean passport holders up to, and including, 4 April 2010. According to the Departments Movement Control System a total of 1,631,718 departures for Zimbabwean nationals were recorded for the financial year 2009/2010.

(2) Yes, there has been an increase.

(2)(a) In the 2008/09 financial year, a total of 332,466 Zimbabwean passport holders obtained visitor's visas from the South African Embassy in Harare. In the 2009/10 financial year, a total of 2,307,965 visitor's permits were issued to Zimbabwean passport holders on arrival. This represents a difference of 1,975,499. According to the Departments Movement Control System a total of 1,631,718 departures for Zimbabwean nationals were recorded for the financial year 2009/2010.

(2)(b) The increase in percentage equals 594%.

(3)(a) & (b) No Zimbabwean passport holder, who has exceeded his or her 90 days visitor's permit, has been arrested for the purpose of deportation during the 2009/10 financial year.

(4)(a) & (b) The 90 days visa exemption which was granted to Zimbabwean passport holders only applies to holiday, and business visits to the RSA. Any Zimbabwean passport holder who wishes to enter the RSA for another purpose is required to apply for an appropriate temporary residence permit prior to proceeding to the RSA. Statistics provided by the South African Embassy in Harare indicates that the following temporary residence permits were also issued:

· Study Permits: 61

· Relative's Permits: 1

· Quota Work Permits: 49

· General Work Permits: 15

· Intra-company Transfer Work Permits: 6

QUESTION 593

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 5 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 6 of 2010 Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether any office of her Department had their electricity cut owing to non-payment or late payment of accounts (a) in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009 and (b) during 1 January 2010 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) which offices, (ii) on what dates and (iii) what (aa) was the duration of the electricity cut, (bb) was the amount owing in each case, (cc) action has been taken to improve the situation and (dd) is the estimated loss in revenue for her Department owing to the cut in electricity?

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REPLY

Abbreviation: DPW: Department of Public Works

Yes. The information is specified in the table below:

(a)(i) & (ii) & (b)

Year

(b)(i)

Offices

(b)(ii)

On what date

(aa)

Duration

(bb)

Amount owed

(dd)

Estimated loss of income

2008

Brakpan District Office

21 July

4 days

Amount owed not known as DPW is responsible for payment

R35,000.00

2009

Elim District Office

20 October

4 days

Amount owed not known as DPW is responsible for payment

R30,000.00

2010

Eldorado Thusong Centre

8 February

19 days

Amount owed not known as DPW is responsible for payment

R1,000.00

(dd) The electricity was cut in the above-mentioned cases due to the late payment of the electricity accounts of the offices mentioned by DPW, who is the Department responsible for the payment of such accounts. A meeting was held with the said Department to avoid future occurrences.

QUESTION 595

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 5 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 6 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether there are any backlogs in the processing of applications for permanent residency for each of the months from 1 June 2009 to 28 February 2010; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what was the extent of the backlogs in each case and (b) how many applications were received from foreign spouses of South African citizens?

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REPLY

(a) Yes. There is a backlog of applications for permanent residence for the period
1 October 2009 to 28 February 2010, only.

(a)(i) The backlog comprises 1 743 applications.

(a)(ii) A total of 696 of such applications have been received.

QUESTION 308

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 27 August 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 23 of 2010

Mr D B Feldman (COPE-Gauteng) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her Department has developed a (a) policy and / or (b) process for security, personality and integrity checks on all officials employed in her Department to ensure
(i) clean image and (ii) placing of people with integrity in positions of trust; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY

(a) Yes. A Vetting Policy has been introduced in the Department, in terms of which all employees are subjected to the vetting process. The requirements of a particular post determine the level of security clearance the incumbent, thereof, must possess. The decision to grant a security clearance rests with the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Feedback from the NIA is taken into account when a determination is made, regarding the suitability of an applicant for a particular post.

(b)(i) & (ii) Yes. In addition, as a standard part of the Department's Recruitment process, the following pre-employment checks are conducted on all nominated candidates, in accordance with Cabinet's decision on the compulsory undertaking of Personnel Suitability Checks (PSC), linked to the National Security Vetting Strategy:

· Criminal record check

· Credit record check

· Citizenship check

· Qualification verification

· Reference checks

QUESTION 997

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 30 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her Department and / or Departmental officials held any functions in Pretoria at the (a) Kievits Kroon Country Estate and (b) Protea Hotel in Van Der Walt Street during the period 1 January 2010 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, (i) what was the reason for each of these functions, (ii) how many officials were involved in each case, (iii) what was the total cost of each function and (iv) what was the total cost paid on behalf of officials attending each function in respect of (aa) travel costs,
(bb) accommodation costs and (cc) subsistence allowances;

(2) whether any gifts were presented to any official/s; if so, what (a) are the details and (b) is the total cost of these gifts?

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REPLY

(1)(a) No functions were held by the Department at the Kievits Kroon Country Estate for the period 01 January 2010 up to and including 31 March 2010.

(1)(b) No functions were held by the Department at the Protea Hotel in Van Der Walt Street for the period 01 January 2010 up to and including 31 March 2010.

(2)(a) & (b) No gifts were presented to officials in the 2009/10 financial year.

QUESTION 1617

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 21 May 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 14 of 2010

1617. Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether any forensic audits have been instituted by her department into its administration or the administration of its entities (a) in the (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-10 financial years and (b) during the period 1 April 2010 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, (aa) what was the subject of the audit, (bb) what was the finding of the audit, (cc) which entity or company or person was used to conduct the audit and (dd) what was the cost of the audit;

(2) whether the results of the audits have been made public; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the further relevant details;

(3) whether any criminal or disciplinary proceedings have been instituted as a result of the audits; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1880E

REPLY

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS:

Forensic audits instituted by the former Minister of Home Affairs (2008):

THE "WHO AM I ONLINE" PROJECT:

(1) to (3) A forensic audit was commissioned, and two (2) draft reports were prepared. Comments were sent back to the investigators, and a final report is still outstanding. The conclusion, and publishing of the report has, also, been affected by the litigation challenge registered by GijimaAst. As it stands, the matter is sub judice, and no further information can be provided, until all legal processes have been concluded.

Forensic audits instituted by the Branch: Finance and Supply Chain Management:

(1)(a)(i) to (iii) Yes. An analytical investigation was instituted in July 2009 into the Department's Basic Accounting System (BAS). The scope of the investigation included the 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 financial years (up to and including 30 September 2009).

(aa) Alleged irregular / fraudulent payments made in respect of Goods and Services not provided / delivered.

(bb) The findings are listed below:

· Twenty six (26) suspicious service providers were identified.

· Twenty four (24) original payment files and / or supporting documentation were untraceable.

· Two (2) fraudulent requests for the amendment of banking details of service providers were found.

(cc) Ernest & Young Advisory Services Ltd.

(dd) R542,047.77.

(2)(a) & (b) The results of the audit have not yet been made public, as the investigators indicated that the outcome of the audit should not be distributed, or made public, yet, as legal advice must still be obtained, regarding the way forward.

(3) No, not as yet. Once the proceedings in (2)(a) & (b) above have been finalised, criminal and , or disciplinary proceedings will be instituted against officials indicated in the audit.

Forensic audits instituted by the Chief Directorate: Audit Services:

(1)(a)(i) 2007/08 financial year:

(aa) An investigation into allegations of financial irregularities, following a case of burglary, and theft at the Department's Regional Office: Rustenburg. The alleged incident took place between 7 and 10 April 2007.

(bb) Based on the limited information, and records available in the office at the time, Internal Audit procedures followed initially indicated that R26879.00 was stolen / could not be accounted for. The financial losses the Department has suffered could be more as the audit rolls for 4 April 2007 was missing and could therefore not be used to determine the actual amount stolen.

(cc) The Department's Chief Directorate: Audit Services.

(dd) There were no additional costs involved as the audit was done by the Department of Home Affairs.

(2) & (3) No, as the results of the investigation proved to be inconclusive, a determination could not be made without a doubt whether or not Departmental officials were involved in the burglary and the theft of State money.

(1)(a)(ii) The 2008/09 financial year:

The South African Foreign Office in Uganda:

(aa) Allegations relating to fees collected for the processing of Visa applications. The allegations involved personnel recruited locally who were working in the Consular Section at the time.

(bb) No conclusion on the actual financial loss suffered by the Department could be determined and no official/s responsible for the reported irregularities could be identified.

(cc) The Department's Chief Directorate: Audit Services.

(dd) There were no additional costs involved as the audit was done by the Department of Home Affairs.

(2) & (3) No, as the results of the investigation proved to be inconclusive, a determination could not be made on the actual financial loss suffered by the Department as well as the fact that no official/s responsible could be identified for the reported irregularities.

The South African Foreign Office in Lesotho:

(aa) A special investigation regarding allegations of fraud / theft / financial irregularities committed in the Consular Section.

(bb) It was established that the actual financial loss suffered by the Department was R1,700.00.

(cc) The Department's Chief Directorate: Audit Services in co-ordination with the Internal Audit Business Unit of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation as well as Integrity Management Unit of Department of Home Affairs.

(dd) There were no additional costs involved as the audit was done by the Department of Home Affairs.

(2) & (3) No, as it was recommended that appropriate disciplinary steps be instituted against the officials who neglected to perform their duties.

(1)(a)(iii) The 2009/10 financial year:

(aa) A special investigation was conducted into the installation of security equipment in 28 of the Department of Home Affairs' offices as serious concerns of possible discrepancies, fraud and corruption in relation to the roll out of the tender were raised.

(bb) During a physical verification of security equipment installed in the 28 offices, it was discovered that there were discrepancies with billing the Department regarding quantities in terms of the contractual agreement, the invoices paid and the physical security equipment installed in the 28 offices. This resulted in the Department to suffer financial losses amounting to R6,027,940.64.

(cc) The Department's Chief Directorate: Audit Services.

(dd) There were no additional costs involved as the audit was done by the Department of Home Affairs.

(2) & (3) No, as disciplinary steps have been instituted against six officials of the Department.

THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING WORKS (GPW):

(1)(a)(i) The 2007/08 financial year:

No forensic audits were conducted.

(1)(a)(ii) The 2008/09 financial year:

(aa) An investigation was lodged into allegations of possible misappropriation of assets by employees at one of its Regional Offices.

(bb) The forensic audit could not produce evidence to institute disciplinary charges, or to institute criminal proceedings.

(cc) Ernest & Young Advisory Services Ltd.

(dd) R260,960.00 – exclusive of VAT.

(2) & (3) No. The forensic audit did not produce any evidence of wrongdoing which would warrant disciplinary action, or criminal proceedings.

(1)(a)(iii) The 2009/10 financial year:

No forensic audits were conducted.

THE FILM AND PUBLICATION BOARD (FPB):

(1) to (3) No forensic audits were conducted in the 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 financial years. No forensic audits were conducted in the current (2010/11) financial year up to and including 30 June 2010.

THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION (IEC):

(1) to (3) No forensic audits were conducted in the 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 financial years. No forensic audits were conducted in the current (2010/11) financial year up to and including 30 June 2010.

QUESTION 641

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 15 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 7 of 2010

Mr J J Mc Gluwa (ID) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether she will take any steps to redesign identity documents in light of the reported comments of her Deputy Minister (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what steps?

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REPLY

Yes. The Department is in the process to improve the security features of the current identity document, including the possibility of digitising the photograph into the identity document, as well as the upgrading of security features. Photo digitisation will ensure that the photograph of the rightful owner cannot be replaced.

QUESTION 640

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 15 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 7 of 2010

Mr J J Mc Gluwa (ID) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) (a) How much money was spent by her department on the smart card identity document system and (b) what tender irregularities were identified;

(2) whether she has received a report of the forensic audit of the tender process; if not, why not; if so,

(3) whether she will table the report in Parliament; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, when;

(4) whether she identified any problems with regard to the State Information Technology Agency's (Sita) involvement in the smart card identity document tender process; if so, what problems;

(5) how much (a) money was received from Treasury for the smart card system and
(b) unspent money was returned to Treasury owing to the tender being stopped?

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REPLY

(1)(a) No money was spent on the Smart ID Card document system.

(b) to (4) The Department of Home Affairs was advised by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), in April 2009, that a forensic audit of the tender process was being carried out (at its request) to investigate possible irregularities. It is suggested that the hon member directs his request for the information to the Minister for the Public Service and Administration, as SITA resorts under his jurisdiction.

(5)(a) A total of R104.4 million.

(b) No unspent money was returned to the National Treasury, as it was approved that this money could be utilised for the shortfall on the printing costs of new passports which was payable to the Government Printing Works.

QUESTION 435

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 26 February 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 4 of 2010

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(a) What (i) vehicles, (ii) aircraft and (iii) properties are currently owned by her department and (b) with regard to each item, (i) when was it purchased, (ii) how much did it cost and (iii) for what reason was it purchased?

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REPLY

(a) The information is specified in the table below:

(i)

Vehicles

(ii)

Aircraft

(iii)

Property

215 Sedans

236 Light Delivery Vehicles

128 Heavy commercial Units (4 to 7 ton trucks)

None

None – the Department

of Home Affairs utilises property from the Department of Public Works and the Private Sector

(b)(i) The current fleet were purchased between 1997 and 2010.

(b)(ii) The cost varies per vehicle. It is purchased according to the pricing on the schedule of the RT57 State Tender.

(b)(iii) The vehicles are utilised for the following:

· To transport officials below the level of Senior Management Service (SMS) to official meetings and official appointments.

· To enable officials to conduct official duties which form part of and in support of the Department's Core Service Delivery activities.

· Specialised Units, such as the Mobile Trucks, are utilised as mobile offices in rural areas, for special projects and campaigns to deliver services to the people of the RSA.

· Other trucks owned by the Department are utilised to transport deportees.

QUESTION 461

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 26 February 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 4 of 2010

Ms H N Makhuba (IFP) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether she has been informed of officials at offices of her Department that are allegedly negative and uncaring towards applicants for identity documents, resulting in applicants being uncertain of what documents to bring to the offices when applying for and finalising applications for ID documents; if not, why not; if so,

(2) whether she intends taking any steps in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(3) whether she intends introducing a system whereby applicants for ID documents are assisted properly, especially in the rural areas; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY

(1) Yes. Clients have reported uncaring behaviour from officials. Feedback from clients is, mostly, received through correspondence, as well as, via my Complaints and Compliments Unit. During my office visits, and my interaction with members of the public, concerns with regard to poor service delivery by our officials, are also, brought to my attention.

(2) Steps already taken include, the compulsory wearing of name tags for easy identification of officials to ensure that members of the public can identify the official(s) that served them poorly. Disciplinary action is undertaken against the officials who do not comply with service delivery standards. Before the introduction of the compulsory wearing of name tags it was difficult to take action against officials for poor service delivery. I also conduct unannounced office visits to identify offices which have service delivery challenges.

(3) Some of the initiatives already implemented by the Department are:

· Pamphlets and posters on photograph requirements for identity documents, and passports were distributed to front offices for the public's attention.

· We have deployed floor walkers at our offices to assist clients with the completion of forms, and to inform clients of the requirements for the respective applications.

· Offices have been instructed to establish information desks, where clients are informed on the requirements for all applications.

· 63 offices have been refurbished, and have clear and proper visible signage.

· One hundred and seventeen (117) fully computerised mobile units, as well as twenty five (25) 4X4 vehicles, are deployed, especially in rural areas.

· A National Campaign was started last year, and launched on 23 March 2010, and this campaign focuses, among other things, on the collection of ID applications in rural areas, as well as the registration of births of unregistered children.

QUESTION 1039

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 30 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9 of 2010

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether certain persons (details furnished) declared their business interests to her Department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether the said persons directly or indirectly benefit from state or Departmental
(a) tenders, (b) procurement, (c) services or (d) contracts; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

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REPLY

(1) The Acting Chief Director: Refugee Affairs, the Financial Officer and the Director: Asset Management have declared their business interests. However, the Deputy Director: Procurement has not declared business interests to the Department because Chapter 3 C 1 of the Public Service Regulations stipulates that only members of SMS are required to declare such interests.

(2) The Financial Officer and the Deputy Director: Procurement are members of the Bid Adjudication Committee.

QUESTION 1318

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 26 April 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 11 of 2010

Mr N J J van R Koornhof (Cope) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether she has made any progress to get the visa requirements lifted for South Africans who want to visit the United Kingdom; if not, why not; if so, (a) what progress and (b) when does she expect the lifting?

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REPLY

No. I have not asked for the Visa requirements to be lifted. There were objective, and subjective reasons that led to the Visa requirements. For this reason, it will serve no useful purpose to request for the lifting of the requirement, at this stage.

QUESTION 1844

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 04 June 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 16 of 2010

Dr H C van Schalkwyk (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether all offices of her Department are equipped to issue (a) ID documents, (b) birth certificates and (c) other documents and certificates; if not, (i) why not, (ii) which offices are not equipped for these functions and (iii) when will these offices be equipped to perform these functions; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY

(a)(i) to (iii) Yes. All offices are equipped to issue identity documents. However, it must be noted that the actual production of identity documents is a centralised function undertaken at the Department's Head Office. The completed identity documents are, then, distributed to the respective offices of application for collection by the applicants.

(b)(i) to (iii) Yes. All offices of the Department are equipped to issue birth certificates. Birth registrations are, also, processed at identified Health facilities in the Republic of South Africa (RSA).

(c)(i) to (iii) Yes. All offices of the Department are equipped to issue marriage certificates, death certificates and temporary identity certificates. Furthermore, all offices are, also, able to issue temporary travel documents (temporary passports and emergency travel certificates). Other travel documents (tourist passports, child passports, maxi passports and official passports) are, also, centrally processed, and produced at the Department's Head Office in the same way as identity documents. Once issued, the documents are distributed to the respective offices of application for collection by the applicants.

QUESTION 1224

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 19 April 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 10 of 2010

Mr J J McGluwa (ID) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 191 on 13 March 2010, she will provide the case number for the case that has been referred to the SA Police Service for further investigation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY

Yes. The matter was reported to the SA Police Service in Garsfontein, and the case number is MAS 85/06/2003.

QUESTION 182

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 21 May 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2010

Mr R A Lees (DA-KZN) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) (a) How many foreigners who are employed to work on the site of Eskom's Ngula Power Station in KwaZulu-Natal have (i) applied for and (ii) been granted work permits and (b) from which countries do they originate;

(2) whether all foreigners employed on the site have valid work permits; if not, (a) why not and (b) how many do not have such permits; if so,

(3) whether these permits were obtained prior to commencing work on the site; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what basis were the work permits issued to each foreigner, (b) for what period are these permits valid and (c) what are the further relevant details?

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REPLY

(1)(2)(3)The Eskom-Ingula Project site which is about 10 000 square meters and about 30 kilometres from Ladysmith was visited on 31st May 2010.

The companies on site are CONCOR, WBHO (both forming a Bramhoek Joint Venture), CMC di Ravenna, Impregilo (both forming CMI Joint Venture) and BE Quanza, it is a total of five companies.

COMPANY BY NAME

CORPORATE PERMIT

GENERAL WORK PERMIT

INTRA-COMPANY PERMIT

CMC di Ravenna

340

19

19

Impregilo

5

0

9

B& E Quanza

0

2

0

WBHO

4

1

0

CONCOR

0

0

0

TOTAL

349

22

28

Grand total: 399 foreigners employed within the five companies – CMI has employed the

most foreigners.

CONCOR – no foreigner employed.

QUESTION 185

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 21 May 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2010

Mrs R N Rasmeni (ANC-NW) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What is the state of readiness of her Department in ensuring that soccer fans coming for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer tournament (a) enter and (b) leave South Africa at specified times;

(2) whether her Department has the necessary IT system in place in all major cities for this purpose; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY

(1)(a) & (b) In terms of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Special Measures Act, 2006 (Act No 11 of 2006), with specific reference being made to section 4 of the said Act, the Department of Home Affairs is ready.

The following measures have been put in place to ensure effective and efficient processing of travellers:

(i) At Ports of Entry:

Temporary Joint Border Clearance:

We have improved the infrastructure, and human resources at the

busiest ports of entries.

Dedicated Lanes:

The concept was implemented to fast track the movement of all persons associated with the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Dedicated lanes are, already, in operation at Oliver Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport, and Cape Town International Airport. Travellers will be grouped as follows:

· A differentiation between ordinary / normal travellers, and FIFA spectators.

· FIFA Accredited Members.

· Event Visa Holders.

· FIFA Ticket Voucher Holders.

· Pre-Cleared Passengers.

· Advance Passenger Processing (APP) passengers.

(ii) In the nine (9) Provinces:

Immigration Response Units in each Province:

· To be responsible for any emergencies at any Port of Entry.

· To be utilised as additional resources at Ports of Entry.

· Assist the Tracing Unit, which is responsible for following up on addresses submitted by visitors (at SA Foreign Offices Embassies) whose temporary residence permits have expired.

· Perform Inspectorate duties (Inspection-in-loco) at all Ports of Entry.

(iii) An Operation Centre:

· Collect passenger statistics from various Ports of Entry and compile reports to the Department's Immigration Management on a daily basis.

· APP overrides (either, to allow or deny entry into the Republic of South Africa).

· Handle all inquiries from all Airlines.

(iv) A Volunteer Programme:

· Trained volunteers are deployed at the 34 priority Ports of Entry.

(v) The re-introducing of Arrival Forms (BI-55):

The Department is in the process of re-introducing Arrival Forms (BI-55). This form is completed before a foreign traveller enters the Republic of South Africa, and will include a contact person, address and telephone number of the traveller whilst he / she in the Republic of South Africa.

(2) Yes. The Department of Home Affairs has the necessary IT Systems in place for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Event. In so doing, the Department has introduced the following new systems:

(i) Movement Control System (MCS):

· The Department has designed and rolled out a new Movement Control System. The new Movement Control System is based on new technology running in conjunction with external passport reading machines. The new system is integrated with other Ports of Entry to provide real-time verification, and authorisation, at any given time.

· The new MCS has been rolled out at all 34 priority Ports of Entry.

(ii) Advance Passenger Processing (APP) System:

· APP is a system whereby an Airline advises the South African Government of its passengers' intended travel to the Republic of South Africa. The Airline, then, receives a boarding directive from the South African Government confirming whether to board, or not to board a passenger. The checks take place in real time, whilst the passenger is going through the check in process at an Airport. This process happens, discreetly, in the background without any inconvenience to the passenger.

· The APP system processes all types of travel documents, including Refugee travel documents, United Nations travel documents, Seaman's Passports, Military identity documents, as well as, normal tourist, diplomatic, and official passports.

QUESTION 186

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 21 May 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2010

Mrs R N Rasmeni (ANC-NW) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) How far is her Department with the process of (a) upgrading and (b) updating the population register as a tool that can be used for planning purposes by the Government;

(2) whether the population register is up-to-date; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether this information can be used for planning purposes by the Government; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY

(1)(a) & (b) The Department of Home Affairs is making steady progress. A full assessment of the National Population Register (NPR) has been conducted to identify the areas for improvement. There is a project to upgrade the NPR through a process called Data Quality Management (DQM). DQM's main objective, amongst others, is to clean up current data set, in order to improve the quality, thereof. The Department is, also, redesigning the Births, Marriages and Deaths forms and functions, utilised to register clients in the NPR. The information on the NPR can, thus, be utilised for planning purposes by Government as the DQM will ensure that the NPR contains quality data.

(2) No. The NPR is not up-to-date, yet, as there are, still, undocumented children who are not registered on the system. The same applies to those persons who died in deep rural areas where informants cannot access the services in respect of death registrations. The Department has introduced multiple channels for clients to access its services through the utilisation of Mobile Units, outreach programmes at schools and online birth registration at Health facilities. There is, currently, a National Population Register Campaign aimed at ensuring birth is the only entry point into the NPR. The campaign will, also, focus to ensure the elimination of Late Registration of Births, and to encourage clients who are 16 years, and above, to apply for Identity Documents.

(3) Yes. The information on the NPR can be used for planning purposes by Government, as the DQM will ensure that the NPR contains quality data. The information, or data on the NPR is, also, shared with other Government Departments, such as the Departments of Health, Education, Social Development and Stats SA.

QUESTION 191

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 February 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 of 2010

Mr J J McGluwa (ID) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether she has been informed of an allegation of bribery against officials in her department (details furnished); if so,

(2) whether she will investigate the alleged identity fraud; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether she will investigate the alleged corrupt officials; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY

(1) Yes. I am, on a continuous basis, informed of such cases by the Department's Chief Directorate: Integrity Management Unit.

(2) Yes. Cases involving officials who are linked to bribery and corruption are vigorously investigated. The particular case, in question, has, already, been referred to the South African Police Service for further investigation, and internal investigations are, also, continuing. The Department's Chief Directorate: Integrity Management Unit will continue to monitor the progress being made with the investigation.

(3) Yes. Alleged corrupt officials are being investigated by the Department, on a daily basis, in conjunction with the South African Police Service's Units for Crime Intelligence, Commercial Crime and Forensic Ballistic Investigation. The National Intelligence Agency are, also, utilised when required.

QUESTION 1125

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 19 April 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 10 of 2010

Mr R B Bhoola (MF) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether she has been informed of the level of the alleged corruption with regard to the issuing of identity documents through her Department's pilot project aimed at enhancing service delivery to rural areas (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether she intends taking any steps to deal with corruption in her Department and at border posts; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

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REPLY

(1) No. All I get are numerous reports of numerous foiled attempts. Such foiled attempts are made possible by the presence of Home Affairs Stakeholder Forum members, who assist the suspecting, and vigilant Home Affairs officials, manning the Screening Committees, of dubious advances made by unscrupulous individuals, some of whom end up on the wrong side of the law. Such arrests are made possible by the presence of the South African Police, in the conducted service delivery venues, as SAPS remain one of the Home Affairs Stakeholder Forum members.

(2) Yes. I have embarked on an intensified campaign to ensure that the Counter Corruption Unit (CCU) in the Department adopts a zero-tolerance policy with regard to corruption. To this end I have demonstrated this in more than one way, such as:

(i) Ensuring that the capacity of the CCU receives priority attention within the constraints of the current Medium Term Expenditure Budget.

(ii) An Intelligence-driven approach and posture which have resulted in the establishment of an Analysis sub-unit. This Unit has already, successfully, analysed current and past trends of corruption within the Department, which lead to successful prosecutions after comprehensive investigations were conducted. More than fifty cases were exposed from one analysis exercise, and it has resulted in the need to conduct formal investigations. With the strengthened structure in place, the Department is able to analyse trends, identify risk areas and ensure prosecution of culprits, within and outside the Department, who are involved in corrupt activities.

(iii) The strengthening of relations with other law enforcement agencies has led to an increased co-operation with the agencies.

(iv) Results obtained from the Analysis Units on processes (within the Civic Services and Immigration Services Branches) have enabled the Department to identify and strengthen loopholes which were exploited in the past.

(v) The Department has already re-engineered births, marriages and deaths processes to include working with other stakeholders, including the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Basic Education as well as the Department of Health.

(vi) In terms of the Late Registrations of Birth (LRB), Screening Committees have been established to curb fraudulent Late Registrations of Birth. The purpose of these committees are to:

· Oversee "on the spot" adjudication.

· "Track and Trace" to track the processing of LRB applications.

· Online fingerprint verification of informants.

· A full search of each LRB applicant's fingerprints is undertaken against records of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to determine if the applicant was previously in possession of an enabling document.

· Suspicious and doubtful LRB applications are referred to the Inspectorate of the Immigration Services Branch for further investigation.

QUESTION 543

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 5 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 6 of 2010

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether any of her department's offices had their telephone lines cut as a result of non-payment and/or late payment of telephone accounts (a) in 2008, (b) in 2009 and (c) during the period 1 January 2010 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) which offices were affected, (ii) how many lines were cut, (iii) how many were supposed to be in operation in each case, (iv) for how long were each of the lines cut and (v) what was the amount owing in each case;

(2) Whether any action has been taken to (a) resolve and (b) avoid this situation in the future; if not, why not; if so, what action?

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REPLY

(1)(a) Yes. For 2008, telephones lines were cut, due to the late payments, caused by cash flow problems in the affected offices. However, only out-going calls were off.

i) 57 Offices were affected.

ii) In all the 57 Offices, the main lines were affected.

iii) All lines were supposed to be operational.

iv) Lines were cut for 4 days.

v) The total amount owed, was R1,291,812.03.

     
     

1(b) Yes. For 2009, telephone lines were cut, due to late payments, caused by cash flow problems in the affected offices.

I. 57 offices were affected.

II. All lines were supposed to be operational.

III. Lines were cut for 3 days.

IV. The total amount owed, was R309,216.45.

1(c) Yes. For 2010, telephone lines were cut, due to late payments, caused by cash flow problems in the affected offices. 10 Offices were affected.

I. In all the 10 Offices, the main lines were affected.

II. All lines were supposed to be operational.

III. Lines were cut for 1 day.

IV. The total amount owed was R27, 807.52

V.

     
     

(2)(a)(b) Each Province was requested to submit a BI requisition form, at the beginning of the Financial year, in order to generate an order to Telkom, and upon receipt of the invoice, the payment will be paid. Furthermore, the Department appointed Provincial Heads, at each Province, and, also, appointed Managers as Responsibility Managers, to ensure compliance, and accountability. In addition, the Department re-implemented Logis, to monitor all orders placed, to ensure that invoices are paid within 30 days.

QUESTION 544

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 5 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 6 of 2010

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether any portable bar scanning units (PBSUs) could not be accounted for (a) during and (b) after the registration for the April 2009 elections; if so, in each case (i) how many could not be accounted for, (ii) at which registration points, (iii) on what date and (iv) who was responsible for each unaccounted unit at the time it got lost.

(2) whether any of these PBSUs have been recovered; if not, why not; if so, in each case (a) which ones were recovered, (b) on what date and (c) where?

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REPLY

(1)(a) Yes.

(1)(b) No.

(1)(b)(i)(ii) One (1) could not be counted for at Bongolethu Junior Secondary School at Intsika Yethu Municipality in the Eastern Cape.

(1)(b)(iii) On 07 November 2008, a day before the registration weekend of 08 and 09 November 2008.

(1)(b)(iv) The PBSU was stored in the Principal's office and was part of the material stored there that was stolen during a burglary. The burglary was reported to the South African Police.

2. No. The PBSU has not been recovered, as yet. The criminal investigation by the SAPS is ongoing. On receiving the report of the burglary, the particular PBSU was blacklisted on the Commission's Voter Registration System to prevent any data from that PBSU from being uploaded into the system.

QUESTION 925

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 23 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 8 of 2010

Mrs Z B Balindlela (Cope) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her Department has achieved a turnaround in the quality of service it renders in respect of identification documentation and the availability of staff to process all applications; if not, why not; if so, (a) what structures were put in place to ensure good service delivery, (b) what were the achievements through the structures that were put into place and (c) what measures were put in place to afford clients the opportunity to hold her Department accountable for the services they provide?

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REPLY

Yes. The Department of Home Affairs has made significant progress in improving the quality of the services it renders in respect of identification documents. More work, still, needs to be done, as errors do occur, from time to time. The necessary officials are, also, available to process all applications.

(a) The following structures were put in place to ensure good service delivery:

· The identity workflow processes have been re-designed to remove all non-value added functions. This reduced all unnecessary handovers, resulting in the turnaround times for the issuing of identity books being reduced from 120 days to less than 60 days. Processes have, also, been streamlined, and new technology has, also, been introduced, such as Online Verification, and the Track and Trace System, has been optimized.

· Additional quality assurance measures have been implemented in the identity document processing facility to ensure that the photo, and demographics on the BI-9 application form correspond with the identity book to minimize the possibility of errors in the processing of enabling documents, with specific emphasis on areas where manual functions are involved.

· To assist clients, an information booklet of "Frequently Asked Questions" has been distributed to offices. This booklet incorporates requirements for applications, documentation to be submitted, and procedures to be followed.

· Online Verification enables instantaneous fingerprint verification to be conducted to safeguard the integrity of identity document applications. This speeds up the processing of identity documents compared to the previous manual system.

· The electronic Track and Trace System, enables identity document applications to be traced, and monitored, at all stages, of the issuing process. Operating in conjunction with this, is an SMS message system by means of which clients utilising their cellular telephones, are informed by text messaging, when their applications have been received, as well as, when their identity documents are ready for collection at offices.

· A dedicated Client Service Centre, with a toll-free number (0800 60 1190) has been established to assist clients with their queries.

· Dedicated secure courier services are being utilised. Furthermore, the security of identity documents is enhanced by scanning the documents into the Track and Trace System, until the point of collection by the applicant.

(b) The following, are achievements due to the necessary structures which were put in place:

· A reduction in the turnaround time to less than sixty (60) days in the cases of re-issuing of identity documents, as well as, first issuing of identity documents, where the birth is, already, registered.

· A reduction in identity document errors, and missing applications.

· Clients can monitor the progress of their applications by means of a SMS functionality, or the Department's Client Service Centre.

(c) The following, include measures put in place to afford clients the opportunity to hold the Department accountable for services provided:

· The Client Service Centre, and the Compliments and Complaints Unit (Minister's office) provide reference numbers to clients for each case for easy tracking on the progress made. Poor service delivery (the office name, and name of official concerned) can be reported to the Client Service Centre, and the Compliments and Complaints Unit. Officials are required to wear name tags for easy identification by the public.

· The Track and Trace System, also, creates an audit trail which enhances accountability by pin-pointing bottlenecks in the system, and the status of the identity application, at any given time.

· Upon application, all applicants are issued with an acknowledgement of receipt with a bar-coded (necessary for the Track and Trace system) number, as well as, the date of application.

· The outreach programmes implemented at Provincial level, and stakeholder forums are, also, effective communication methods in providing the public the opportunity to voice their service delivery concerns.

QUESTION 1007

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 30 March 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9 of 2010

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her Department has hired any private companies to do filing in any Refugee Reception Centres; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the details of the companies that were hired, (b) who are the (i) owners and (ii) directors of the companies, (c) what are the details of the contractual agreements, (d) what is the
(i) start and (ii) end date of each of the contracts and (e) at how many centres are each of these companies operating;

(2) whether the contracted companies are limited to Refugee Reception Centres; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) is the value of each contract;

(3) whether this appointment indicated a capacity void in her Department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) for how long has this been a problem in her Department and (b) what are the further relevant details?

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REPLY

(1) Yes. The Department of Home Affairs has advertised a tender through the normal tender procedures inviting service providers to implement a filing solution at Refugee Reception Centres, and the Chief Directorate: Permitting.

(1)(a) The preferred service provider is DOCUFILE JHB (Pty) Ltd. The Department is finalising the process for the signing of the contract with the service provider which will provide filing services to its Refugee Reception Centres, as well as, its Chief Directorate: Permitting.

(1)(b) (i) Messrs Gavin McElroy (Director), Clint Strydom, David Hughes, Mahendra Madilall and Trevor Harris-Dewey.

(ii) Mr Gavin McElroy.

(1)(c) The details are as follows:

· Electronic Filing System for the Immigration Services Branch.

· Scanning of documents.

· Imaging.

· Bar-coded record management systems.

· Training of staff.

(1)(d)(i) & (ii) The contract is for six months, and will commence, as soon as, the contract has been signed.

(1)(e) The service provider will operate at the Department's six Refugee Reception Centres, and the Chief Directorate: Permitting.

(2) No. The contract is not limited to Refugee Reception Centres.

(2)(a) The service will also extend to the Chief Directorate: Permitting.

(2)(b) The contract is valued at R4,441,585.10

(3)(a) & (b) No. The purpose of the appointment is to introduce an electronic filing system, as records are, currently, stored, manually.

24 December 2009 - Question:Minister of Home Affairs

MPs to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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QUESTION 1673

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 16 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 22 OF 2009

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether, since her appointment in May 2009 any renovations or alterations were done at state owned and private residences of her, her deputy minister or any other specified official of her department; if so, (a) where she and the occupants of each such residence were accommodated during the renovations and (b) at what cost to his department in each case?

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REPLY

Please, refer the question to the Minister of Public Works.

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QUESTION 1670

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 16 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 22 OF 2009

Mr J J Mc Gluwa (ID) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether the forensic audit into the "Who am I online" tender process has been completed; if not, why not; if so, (a) what has been the reason for the delay in making the report of the audit available and (b) when will the report be made available?

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REPLY


No. The reason is that I do not have the report. The Auditors have not, yet, given it to us.

QUESTION 547

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 10 July 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 6 of 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department makes use of private security firms; if so, how much money was spent on such firms in 2008;

(2) whether these firms are used on a contractual basis; if so, (a) how many contracts did her department take out in this regard in 2008, (b) with which firms were these contracts taken out, (c) for what specific purpose was each contract taken out and (d) what was the value of the contract in each case;

(3) why is there a need for her department to use a private security firm as opposed to state security?

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REPLY

(1) Yes. A total of R37,560,145.76 was spent on private security firms in the 2008/09 financial year.

(2) (a) Yes. The Department of Home Affairs signed contracts with 3 private security firms.

(b) The contracts were signed with: (i) Khulani Fidelity, (ii) Double Barrel Security and (iii) Night Watchers Security. However, the contract with Night Watchers Security was terminated due to its non-performance and non-compliance with the Service Level Agreement which was signed. Approval was also granted to Departmental offices in the North West and Free State Provinces to make use of other private security firms on a quotation basis. No formal contracts were signed with these firms. These firms are as follows:

· Atlie Project

· Thulanang Security Services

· MBS Security

· SSE Security Services

· Davidson Security Services

· Molefe Security Services

· SPE Security Services

· Motheo Security Services

· Fidelity Springbok

· Fidelity Cash Security

· Double Barrel Security

· G4 S Cash Services

(c) Due to a current lack of capacity regarding security officers employed in the Department, the utilisation of the private security firms are to provide sufficient guarding services of all the premises of the Department of Home Affairs. Khulani Fidelity also provides cash-in-transit services to the Department.

(d) A total of R37,560,145.76 were paid to private security firms which rendered services to the Department of Home Affairs. The amounts paid to each private security firm are as follows:

· In the North West and Free State Provinces:

- Atlie Project : R372,696.39

- Thulanang Security Services : R293,320.00

- MBS Security : R312,796.94

- SSE Security Services : R741,137.43

- Molefe Security Services : R19,502.25

- Motheo Security Services : R257,101.12

- Fidelity Cash : R2,334.72

- Fidelity Springbok : R63,758.97

- G4 S Cash Services : R11,185.13

TOTAL R2,073,832.95

· At the Department's Head Office and other Provinces:

- Double Barrel Security : R1,653,566.07

- Khulani Fidelity : R33,832,746.74

TOTAL R35,486,312.81

(3) The utilisation of private security companies is necessitated by the fact that the Department currently does not have the internal capacity to provide security, at all of its offices, in all 9 Provinces. Based on different appraisals and audits which have been conducted by both the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS), it is more cost effective, at this point in time, for the Department to outsource physical security.

QUESTION 2059

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 2 November 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 26 OF 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What measures will her department implement at all ports of entry to deal with the issue of human trafficking;

(2) whether officials will receive training on how to identify behaviour common to criminal activities; if not, why not; if so, (a) when will training (i) commence and (ii) conclude and (b) how many officials will be trained?

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REPLY

(1) The Department is in the process of establishing Inspectorate Units at the main Ports of Entry. An Inspectorate Unit is, currently, established at the O. R. Tambo International Airport. The Department of Home Affairs, also, forms part of the National Task Team on Human Trafficking, which is led by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Provincial Task Teams, comprising the Department of Home Affairs, the South African Police, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Health, and the NPA, have been established in all nine Provinces.

(2) Yes. The Department, in conjunction with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has, already, commenced a training programme for immigration officials on combating, and to sensitize staff to the issue of Human Trafficking. A curriculum on Human Trafficking is, also, being developed, which includes training on how to detect common criminal behaviour, in terms of departmental legislation, and to detect cases of trafficking for referral to the appropriate law enforcement authorities, and the support organizations for victims. The Department, in conjunction with the IOM, is, also, currently, training facilitators, and assessors within the Department's Directorates: Central Law Enforcement and Inspectorate, respectively, to roll out training to officials on implementation of the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill, once, it has been enacted.

(2)(a)(i) – (ii) & (b)

The dates on which the training was offered, as well as, the number of officials involved, are listed below:

· 24 to 28 August 2009: Facilitators course - 15 officials

· 07 to 11 September 2009: Assessors course - 8 officials

· 05 to 09 October 2009: Advance course – 7 officials

The next training for moderators will be from 09 to 11 November 2009 and 10 officials will be attending.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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QUESTION 1718

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 16 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 22 OF 2009

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What amount was spent by her department on (a) hotel accommodation, (b) restaurant expenses and (c) travel costs (i) in the 2008-09 financial year and (ii) during the period 1 April 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, for (aa) her,
(bb) her deputy minister, (cc) specified officials of her department and (dd) any other specified individuals;

(2) why did each individual use the specified accommodation in each case?

NW2210E

REPLY

The costs were according to the rules, and the Ministerial Handbook.

QUESTION 164

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 06 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 19 OF 2009

Ms H N Makhuba (IFP) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) How many non-attorney Immigration Practitioners are registered with her department;

(2) whether any Immigration Practitioners' Certificates have been withdrawn on disciplinary or other grounds; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether disciplinary action is currently pending against any Immigration Practitioners; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) whether her department has taken any measures to prevent and stop unregistered street agents from operating around regional offices; if not, why not; if so, (a) what measures and (b) what are the further relevant details?

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REPLY:

(1) A total of three hundred and seventy eight (378) Immigration Practitioners are registered with the Department of Home Affairs. Practising Attorneys do not need to register as Immigration Practitioners with the Department of Home Affairs.

(2) No. The Department has not withdrawn any Immigration Practitioners' Certificates on disciplinary or other grounds.

(3) No. There is currently no disciplinary action pending against any Immigration Practitioners.

(4)(a) & (b) Yes, but to a limited extent. The Department of Home Affairs does not have the necessary jurisdiction to control, or regulate the operating of any business in the streets, surrounding its premises, as this does not fall within the mandate of the Department. However, all offices of the Department are restrained from accepting any applications from street agents. All applications submitted by registered Immigration Practitioners must be accompanied by a copy of the practitioner's Identity Document, and his, or her registration certificate.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION 1896

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 23 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 24 OF 2009

Mr M J Ellis (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether (a) she, (b) her deputy minister, (c) any specified officials and (d) any other persons have been issued with a government or official credit card; if so, what are the relevant details for her, her deputy minister and each holder of a credit card in respect of the (i) name,
(ii) job title, (iii) credit limit, (iv) outstanding amount as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (v) monthly expenses incurred for each month since receiving the credit card, (vi) reason for such persons being issued with a credit card and (vii) uses that such a credit card is intended for;

(2) whether any such credit cards are over their credit limit; if so, (a) whose credit cards are over the limit and (b) what is the reason for the credit cards exceeding the limit;

(3) whether any action has been taken against such persons for exceeding their credit card limits; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW2458E

REPLY

(1)(a) & (b) The information is provided in the table below:

(i)

Person issued to

(ii)

Job title

(iii)

Credit limit

(iv)

Outstanding amount

(v)

Monthly expenses

(vi)

Reasons for issue

(vii)

Uses intended for

Dr N C Dlamini-Zuma

Minister

R20,000.00

R0

To date there is no expenditure charged to the credit card account

As per a Cabinet decision dated
4 November 1998 – to defray subsistence and travel expenses

For purposes of official transport, accommodation and subsistence

Mr M K N Gigaba

Deputy Minister

R20,000.00

R0

Monthly expenses range from R1674,00 to R5606.00

As per a Cabinet decision dated
4 November 1998 – to defray subsistence and travel expenses

For purposes of official transport, accommodation and subsistence

(1)(c) & (d) No other officials have been issued with such cards.

(2)(a) & (b) None of the two credit cards are over the limit.

(3) No action necessary as no credit cards are over the limit.

QUESTION 1592

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 9 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 20 OF 2009

 

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department organised or hosted (a) an imbizo, (b) a seminar, (c) conference and (d) any other function during the period
1 January 2006 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) on what date, (ii) what was the total amount spent on each, (iii) what is the breakdown of the cost in each case and (iv) how many guests attended in each case;

(2) whether there were any related costs for the travel and accommodation of guests for each of the events; if so, in each case, (a) what were the costs and (b) what was the breakdown of these costs;

(3) whether any member of the Cabinet was present at any of these events; if so, (a) who, (b) in what capacity and (c) why?

NW1998E

REPLY

(1)(2)(3) The expenditure of these events forms part of the overall expenditure

of the Department which is found in the Department's reports.

QUESTION 1299

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 18 September 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 17 OF 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether the official at her department's office in Pinetown accused of allegedly tearing up the application for an identity document of a certain person (name furnished) has been identified; if not, why not; if so, who is the person;

(2) whether any action has been taken against this official; if not, why not; if so, what action;

(3) whether she has sent a delegation to investigate the situation at that office of her department; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the outcomes of the investigation and (b) action is being taken there;

(4) whether she has taken any steps to change the public's perception and experience of her department as uncaring, unhelpful and unfriendly public servants; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1646E

REPLY

(1) Yes. After the investigation, she was charged for misconduct.

(2) Yes. The official was suspended, and a disciplinary hearing was held on 25 September 2009. On request of the official, as well as, the number of witnesses to be cross-examined, the hearing was postponed, and will resume on 15 to 18 October 2009.

(3) Yes. A delegation was sent to the Pinetown Office of the Department, and an investigation was conducted.

(3)(a) The outcome of the investigation was that the head of the office in Pinetown, as well as, the offender,

be charged with misconduct.

(3)(b) Both officials in question were charged with misconduct. Their disciplinary hearings took place on 23 and 25 September 2009, respectively. Following requested postponement, as earlier, alluded to in (2), possible action is awaited on resumption of the hearing on 15 to 18 October 2009.

(4) Yes. The following measures were put in place:

· The re-enforced wearing of nametags by all officials of the Department.

· On Talk Show on Radio 702, every first Thursday of every month, between 21:00 and 22:00, where we interact with members of the public.

· We are, also, trying to enhance the Batho Pele principles in our offices.

· Plans are underway to start training for the front line office staff.

· Managers' visibility in all offices is made a pre-condition.

QUESTION 2128

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 6 November 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 27 OF 2009

Mr E J Marais (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether any measures are in place to ensure that passenger's basic human rights are not violated during luggage searches at airports; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether custom officials receive training to ensure that passenger's dignity and right to privacy are not violated during these searches at airports; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether any processes are in place for passengers who feel that their rights have been violated during these searches at national airports to file complaints; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) how many of such complaints were filed?

NW2802E

REPLY

(1) to (3) It is suggested that the Honourable Member directs this Question to the Ministers of Finance, and Police, as searching of passengers and, or their luggage, at airports is not the function of the Department, nor of the Customs.

QUESTION 1921

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 23 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 24 OF 2009

Mr G R Krumbock (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether there have been any incidents of vehicles crashing through the Maseru Bridge port of entry in the past five years; if so, how many;

(2) whether any of these incidents were accompanied by violence including the discharge of firearms; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether there are any vehicle arrester spikes or systems in place to prevent such incidents; if not, why not;

(4) whether she intends installing such a system; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW2485E

REPLY

(1) to (4) The questions posed, refer to Border Control, and not Immigration Control. It is suggested that the Honourable Member directs his request, for the specific information, to the Minister of Finance, as the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is, currently, chairing the Border Control Operational Co-ordinating Committee (BCOCC).

QUESTION 1919

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 23 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 24 OF 2009

Mr G R Krumbock (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

What (a) period of time elapsed within which she found that the controls at the Beit Bridge port of entry was not adequate, (b) were the reasons for proper controls not being implemented from inception and (c) is the total loss of revenue to the State that resulted over this period?

NW2483E

REPLY

(a) It came to my attention during my fact finding mission when I was appointed Minister of Home Affairs.

(b) A proper management system was not in place at the Beit Bridge port of entry, due to capacity constraints.

(c) This loss can, unfortunately, not be estimated, due to improper systems in place, at the time.

QUESTION 524

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 10 July 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 6 of 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether any function was organised to mark the occasion of the delivery of her budget vote in 2009; if so, (a) what total amount was spent on this function, (b) from which budget was the money allocated, (c) what amount was spent on (i) food and refreshments,
(ii) venue, (iii) entertainment, (iv) staff and (v) transport and (d) how many persons were invited to attend this function?

NW588E

REPLY

(1)(a)(b) Yes. The total amount spent on the function was R52 365.30, and it was taken

out of the Minister's budget.

(c)(i) Money spent on food was R50 000.00, and refreshments (non-alcoholic drinks)

was R2 365.30.

(ii) The venue hire is included in the above-mentioned amount.

(iii)(iv)(v) No money was spent on entertainment, staff, and transport.

(d) About 100 persons were invited from a range of stakeholders, namely, the

Portfolio Committee, Refugees Appeal Board, Standing Committee, Department of Home Affairs (DHA) agencies (IEC,FPB, and GPW), Disabled persons, DHA management, Members of Parliament, etc. However, a total of 200 persons attended, hence the inflated amount on food.

QUESTION 190

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 June 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 3 of 2009

Ms J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many vacancies were there as at 30 April 2009 for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in Mpumalanga?

NW236E

REPLY

Acronyms: RO: Regional Office

DO: District Office

BP: Border Post

The number of vacant posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Mpumalanga Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

         

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

RO Nelspruit

11

7

6

24

DO Barberton

2

0

0

2

DO Hazyview

3

1

0

4

DO Mapulaneng

7

0

0

7

DO Komatipoort

1

2

0

3

DO Mashishing (Lydenburg)

5

2

1

8

DO Mhlala

8

2

0

10

DO Nkomazi

3

2

0

5

DO White River (Nsikazi)

7

0

0

7

RO Ermelo

4

4

0

8

DO Bethal

2

1

1

4

PSP Standerton

0

0

0

0

DO Eerstehoek

4

1

0

5

DO Piet Retief

4

1

1

6

DO Secunda

8

0

2

10

RO Witbank

4

3

3

10

         

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

         

DO Belfast

0

0

0

0

DO Kwa-Mhlanga

3

2

0

5

DO Middelburg (MP)

6

1

0

7

DO Mkobolo (Kwaggafontein)

3

0

0

3

DO Siyabuswa

6

0

0

6

TOTAL

91

29

14

134

         

The number of vacant posts relating to Immigration Services at each office in the Mpumalanga Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

RO Nelspruit

3

2

1

6

DO Barberton

1

1

0

2

DO Hazyview

0

0

0

0

DO Mapulaneng

0

0

0

0

DO Komatipoort

0

0

0

0

DO Mashishing (Lydenburg)

0

0

0

0

DO Mhlala

0

0

0

0

DO Nkomazi

0

0

0

0

DO White River (Nsikazi)

0

0

0

0

BP Mananga

8

0

0

8

BP Lebombo

45

2

1

48

BP Josefdal

1

0

0

1

BP Jeppesreff

9

0

0

9

BP Kruger Mpumalanga

6

1

0

7

RO Ermelo

2

1

1

4

DO Bethal

2

1

0

3

PSP Standerton

0

0

0

0

DO Eerstehoek

2

0

0

2

DO Piet Retief

3

0

0

3

DO Secunda

2

0

0

2

BP Oshoek

19

3

1

23

BP Neston

3

1

0

4

BP Mahamba

12

1

0

13

BP Emahlathini

6

2

0

8

         

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

RO Witbank

2

2

0

4

DO Belfast

0

0

0

0

DO Kwa-Mhlanga

0

0

0

0

DO Middelburg (MP)

0

0

0

0

DO Mkobolo (Kwaggafontein)

0

0

0

0

DO Siyabuswa

5

0

0

5

TOTAL

131

17

4

152

           

* Please note that all of the above-mentioned vacancies are funded in the current financial year i.e. 2009/10.

QUESTION 191

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 June 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 3 of 2009

Ms J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many vacancies were there as at 30 April 2009 for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in North West?

NW237E

REPLY

Acronyms: RO: Regional Office

DO: District Office

BP: Border Post

The number of vacant posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the North West Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

RO Mmabatho

0

3

3

6

DO Atamelang

5

2

0

7

DO Itsoseng

0

0

0

0

DO Lehurutshe

5

2

0

7

DO Lichtenburg

7

2

0

9

DO Molopo

5

0

0

5

DO Ganyesa

4

2

0

6

DO Taung

9

0

0

9

DO Vryburg

5

0

1

6

RO Klerksdorp

21

0

1

22

DO Potchefstroom

7

1

0

8

DO Wolmaransstad

3

1

0

4

RO Rustenburg (Tlhabane)

17

6

1

24

DO Brits

4

2

0

6

DO Madikwe

5

1

0

6

DO Mankwe

5

2

0

7

DO Garankuwa

13

0

0

13

         

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

DO Mabopane

7

0

0

7

DO Temba

7

1

0

8

TOTAL

129

25

6

160

           

The number of vacant posts relating to Immigration Services at each office in the North West Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

RO Mmabatho

0

3

1

4

DO Atamelang

0

0

0

0

DO Itsoseng

0

0

0

0

DO Lehurutshe

0

0

0

0

DO Lichtenburg

0

0

0

0

DO Molopo

0

0

0

0

DO Ganyesa

1

0

0

1

DO Taung

0

0

0

0

DO Vryburg

0

0

0

0

BP Brey

4

0

0

4

BP Derdepoort

4

1

0

5

BP Kopfontein

11

3

0

14

BP Magobistad

3

0

0

3

BP Mokopong

3

1

0

4

BP Ramatlabama

9

0

0

9

BP Skilpadhek

7

0

0

7

BP Swartkopfontein

7

0

0

7

RO Klerksdorp

4

2

0

6

DO Potchefstroom

1

1

0

2

DO Wolmaransstad

0

0

0

0

RO Rustenburg (Tlhabane)

8

0

1

9

DO Brits

0

0

0

0

DO Madikwe

0

0

0

0

DO Mankwe

0

0

0

0

DO Garankuwa

0

0

0

0

DO Mabopane

0

0

0

0

DO Temba

2

0

0

2

TOTAL

64

11

2

77

* Please note that all the vacancies mentioned above are funded for the current financial year i.e. 2009/10.

QUESTION 192

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 June 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 3 of 2009

Ms J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many vacancies were there as at 30 April 2009 for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in the Northern Cape?

NW238E

REPLY

Acronyms: RO: Regional Office

DO: District Office

BP: Border Post

The number of vacant posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Northern Cape Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

RO Springbok

12

7

1

20

DO De Aar

1

1

0

2

DO Prieska

0

1

0

1

RO Upington

6

3

0

9

DO Kuruman

4

1

3

8

DO Postmansburg

0

2

0

2

RO Kimberley

17

6

2

25

DO Calvinia

1

3

0

4

DO Pampierstad

1

0

0

1

DO Jan Kempdorp

2

0

0

2

TOTAL

44

24

6

74

The number of vacant posts relating to Immigration Services at each office in the Northern Cape Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

RO Springbok

1

0

1

2

DO De Aar

1

1

0

2

DO Prieska

0

0

0

0

RO Upington

5

2

0

7

DO Kuruman

3

1

0

4

DO Postmansburg

0

0

0

0

BP Twee Riviersnek

1

0

0

1

BP Rietfontein

1

0

0

1

BP Noenieput

2

1

0

3

BP Nakop

7

1

0

8

BP Middleputs

1

1

0

2

BP Mccarthy's Rust

2

1

0

3

BP Gemsbok

2

0

0

2

RO Kimberley

0

3

1

4

DO Calvinia

0

0

0

0

BP Sindelingsdrift

3

1

0

4

Bp Onseepkans

1

1

0

2

BP Alexanderbay

3

1

0

4

DO Pampierstad

0

0

0

0

DO Jan Kempdorp

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

33

14

2

49

* Please note that all vacancies mentioned above are funded for the current financial year i.e. 2009/10.

QUESTION 193

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 June 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 3 of 2009

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many vacancies were there as at 30 April 2009 for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in the Free State?

NW239E

REPLY

Acronyms: RO: Regional Office

DO: District Office

BP: Border Post

The number of vacant posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Free State Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

RO Bloemfontein

18

3

2

23

DO Botshabelo

3

0

0

3

DO Thaba Nchu

0

0

0

0

DO Koffiefontein

0

0

0

0

DO Zastron

3

0

0

3

RO Welkom

8

3

2

13

DO Bultfontein

0

0

0

0

DO Kroonstad

8

0

0

8

RO Phuthaditjhaba

9

2

1

12

DO Bethlehem

6

1

0

7

DO Harrismith

2

0

0

2

DO Sasolburg

1

0

0

1

TOTAL

58

9

5

72

The number of vacant posts relating to Immigration Services at each office in the Free State Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

RO Bloemfontein

0

4

1

5

DO Botshabelo

1

1

0

2

DO Thaba Nchu

0

0

0

0

DO Koffiefontein

0

0

0

0

BP Maserubridge

4

0

1

5

BP Ficksburg

1

3

1

5

BP Caledonspoort

1

1

0

2

DO Zastron

0

0

0

0

RO Welkom

1

1

1

3

DO Bultfontein

0

0

0

0

DO Kroonstad

1

0

0

1

RO Phuthaditjhaba

0

0

1

1

DO Bethlehem

1

0

0

1

DO Harrismith

0

0

0

0

DO Sasolburg

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

10

10

5

25

* Please note that all the vacancies mentioned above are funded for the current financial year i.e. 2009/10.

QUESTION 194

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 June 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 3 of 2009

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many vacancies were there as at 30 April 2009 for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in the Eastern Cape?

NW240E

REPLY

Acronyms: RO: Regional Office

DO: District Office

BP: Border Post

The number of vacant posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Eastern Cape Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

RO Mthatha

1

9

2

12

DO Qumbu

2

0

0

2

RO Lusikisiki

0

0

1

1

DO Bizana

2

3

0

5

DO Libode

1

0

0

1

DO Port ST Johns

0

0

0

0

DO Tabankulu

0

0

0

0

RO Mount Frere

0

0

1

1

DO Aliwal North

1

0

0

1

DO Burgersdorp

3

0

0

3

DO MT Fletcher

1

0

0

1

DO Sterkspruit

0

1

1

2

RO Queenstown

2

5

1

8

TH Cofimvaba

1

0

0

1

DO Cradock

2

 

1

3

DO Engcobo

3

0

1

4

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

DO Lady Frere

1

0

0

1

RO King Williams Town

24

3

2

29

PSP Keikammahoek

1

2

0

3

DO Alice

7

2

1

10

DO Butterworth

1

1

0

2

DO Willowvale

1

0

0

1

DO East London

6

0

0

6

DO Mdantsane

3

1

0

4

DO Peddie

1

0

0

1

RO Port Elizabeth

10

7

1

18

DO Cleary Park

1

0

0

1

DO Uitenhage

3

0

0

3

DO Graaff Reinet

3

0

0

3

DO Grahamstown

5

2

0

7

DO Humansdorp

2

0

0

2

DO Somerset East

4

0

0

4

TOTAL

92

36

12

140

The number of vacant posts relating to Immigration Services at each office in the Eastern Cape Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

RO Mthatha

5

0

1

6

DO Qumbu

0

0

0

0

RO Lusikisiki

2

0

1

3

DO Bizana

0

0

0

0

DO Libode

0

0

0

0

DO Port ST Johns

0

0

0

0

DO Tabankulu

0

0

0

0

RO Mount Frere

2

0

1

3

DO Aliwal North

0

0

0

0

DO Burgersdorp

0

0

0

0

DO MT Fletcher

3

0

0

3

DO Sterkspruit

2

0

0

2

RO Queenstown

3

1

1

5

TH Cofimvaba

0

0

0

0

DO Cradock

0

0

0

0

DO Engcobo

2

1

0

3

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

TOTAL

DO Lady Frere

0

0

0

0

RO King Williams Town

3

3

1

7

PSP Keikammahoek

0

0

0

0

DO Alice

0

0

0

0

DO Butterworth

3

0

0

3

DO Willowvale

0

0

0

0

DO East London

2

2

0

4

DO Mdantsane

0

0

0

0

DO Peddie

0

0

0

0

RO Port Elizabeth

2

1

1

4

DO Cleary Park

0

0

0

0

DO Uitenhage

0

0

0

0

DO Graaff Reinet

0

0

0

0

DO Grahamstown

1

0

0

1

DO Humansdorp

0

0

0

0

DO Somerset East

0

0

0

0

BP Telebrug

2

0

0

2

RRO Port Elizabeth

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

32

8

6

46

* Please note that all vacancies mentioned above are funded for the current financial year i.e. 2009/10.

QUESTION 962

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 August 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2009

Ms J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) (a) How many security guards are employed at each office of her department in each province and (b) which security companies are used at each of these offices;

whether any mechanisms are in place to prevent these security guards from
(a) requesting or taking bribes from people in queues and (b) handling any official documentation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1161E

REPLY

(1)(a) & (b) The number of security guards employed at each office of the Department of Home Affairs in each Province as well as the security companies utilised – as per the table below:

Province and Office

Number of security guards

Security Company

Northern Cape

7

 

Kimberley

2

Fidelity Security Services

Upington

1

Fidelity Security Services

Kuruman

1

Fidelity Security Services

Pampierstad

1

Fidelity Security Services

Jan Kempdorp

1

Fidelity Security Services

De Aar

1

Fidelity Security Services

 

Free State

39

 

Provincial Manager's Office

2

SSE Security Services

Ficksburg

2

SSE Security Services

ThabaNchu

2

SSE Security Services

Koffiefontein

2

SSE Security Services

Ladybrand

2

SSE Security Services

Botshabelo

4

SSE Security Services

Bloemfontein

6

SPE Security Services

Brandford

1

Molefe Security Services

Welkom

2

Davidson Security Services

Bothaville

1

Davidson Security Services

Kroonstad

2

Davidson Security Services

Heilbron

2

Davidson Security Services

Bultfontein

2

Davidson Security Services

Parys

2

Davidson Security Services

Wesselsbron

2

M2M Security Services

Viljoenskroon

2

Motheo Security Services

Phuthaditjhaba

2

Fidelity Security Services

Bethlehem

1

Fidelity Security Services

 

Western Cape

58

Fidelity Security Services

Cape Town

4

Fidelity Security Services

Bellville

3

Fidelity Security Services

Wynberg

3

Fidelity Security Services

Langa

1

Fidelity Security Services

Paarl

1

Fidelity Security Services

Worcester

1

Fidelity Security Services

Malmesbury

1

Fidelity Security Services

Vredendal

1

Fidelity Security Services

Khayelitsha

4

Fidelity Security Services

Caledon

1

Fidelity Security Services

Nyanga

4

Fidelity Security Services

Mitchell's Plain

2

Fidelity Security Services

Grabouw

1

Fidelity Security Services

Somerset West

1

Fidelity Security Services

George

3

Fidelity Security Services

Beaufort West

2

Fidelity Security Services

Oudtshoorn

1

Fidelity Security Services

Plettenberg Bay

1

Fidelity Security Services

Nyanga Refugee Reception Office

23

Fidelity Security Services

 

Eastern Cape

49

Fidelity Security Services

Mthatha

6

Fidelity Security Services

Mqanduli

2

Fidelity Security Services

Qumbu

2

Fidelity Security Services

Tsolo

2

Fidelity Security Services

Ngcobo

4

Fidelity Security Services

Elliot

3

Fidelity Security Services

Cala

3

Fidelity Security Services

Dutywa

2

Fidelity Security Services

Butterworth

4

Fidelity Security Services

Nqamakwe

2

Fidelity Security Services

Centane

2

Fidelity Security Services

Willowsvale

3

Fidelity Security Services

Elliotdale

1

Fidelity Security Services

Lusikisiki

2

Fidelity Security Services

Bizana

2

Fidelity Security Services

Port St Johns

2

Fidelity Security Services

Ngqeleni

2

Fidelity Security Services

Libode

2

Fidelity Security Services

Flagstaff

3

Fidelity Security Services

 

Kwazulu-Natal

37

Fidelity Security Services

Thekwini

8

Fidelity Security Services

Ugu

1

Fidelity Security Services

Umgungundlovu

2

Fidelity Security Services

Amajuba

2

Fidelity Security Services

Commercial Road

2

Fidelity Security Services

Prospecton

2

Fidelity Security Services

Pinetown

3

Fidelity Security Services

Tongaat

2

Fidelity Security Services

Kokstad

1

Fidelity Security Services

Ixopo

1

Fidelity Security Services

Nongoma

1

Fidelity Security Services

Mthubathuba

1

Fidelity Security Services

Empangeni

3

Fidelity Security Services

Eshowe

1

Fidelity Security Services

Vryheid

1

Fidelity Security Services

Ladysmith

1

Fidelity Security Services

Durban Harbour

1

Fidelity Security Services

Bamshela

1

Fidelity Security Services

Harding

1

Fidelity Security Services

Umzimkhulu

1

Fidelity Security Services

Richards Bay

1

Fidelity Security Services

 

Gauteng

149

Fidelity Security Services

Provincial Manager's Office

2

Fidelity Security Services

Area Manager: West

2

Fidelity Security Services

Soweto

4

Fidelity Security Services

Carletonville

2

Fidelity Security Services

Randfontein

2

Fidelity Security Services

Krugersdorp

2

Fidelity Security Services

Roodepoort

3

Fidelity Security Services

Wynberg

4

Fidelity Security Services

Johannesburg

7

Fidelity Security Services

Market Street

7

Fidelity Security Services

Heidelberg

3

Fidelity Security Services

Vereeniging

3

Fidelity Security Services

Randburg

4

Fidelity Security Services

Vanderbijlpark

4

Fidelity Security Services

Crown Mines Refugee Reception Centre

30

Fidelity Security Services

Sebokeng

4

Fidelity Security Services

Area Manager: East

2

Fidelity Security Services

Alberton

3

Fidelity Security Services

Kempton Park

3

Fidelity Security Services

Benoni

3

Fidelity Security Services

Pretoria

9

Fidelity Security Services

Boksburg

2

Fidelity Security Services

Brakpan

3

Fidelity Security Services

Marabastad

11

Fidelity Security Services

Nigel

3

Fidelity Security Services

Germiston

5

Fidelity Security Services

Edenvale

3

Fidelity Security Services

Centurion

5

Fidelity Security Services

Soshanguve

3

Fidelity Security Services

Cullinan

4

Fidelity Security Services

Akasia

4

Fidelity Security Services

Ga-Rankuwa

1

Fidelity Security Services

Moretele

2

Fidelity Security Services

 

North West

23

 

Provincial Manager's Office

2

Thulanang Security Services

Molopo

2

Thulanang Security Services

Lehurutshe

1

Thulanang Security Services

Ganyesa

1

Thulanang Security Services

Taung

2

Thulanang Security Services

Itsoseng

2

Thulanang Security Services

Atamelang

1

Thulanang Security Services

Klerksdorp

4

MBS Security

Lichtenburg

1

MBS Security

Wolmaranstad

1

MBS Security

Rustenburg

2

Atlie Project

Mogwase

1

Atlie Project

Moretele

2

Atlie Project

Brits

1

Atlie Project

 

Mpumalanga

17

 

Nelspruit

4

Double Barrel Security

Witbank

4

Double Barrel Security

Ermelo

4

Double Barrel Security

Eerstehoek

3

Double Barrel Security

Mhala

2

Double Barrel Security

 

Limpopo

19

Double Barrel Security

Provincial Manager's Office

2

Double Barrel Security

Polokwane

2

Double Barrel Security

Giyani

4

Double Barrel Security

Mokopane

2

Double Barrel Security

Thohoyandou

2

Double Barrel Security

Makhado

1

Double Barrel Security

Dzanani

2

Double Barrel Security

Molemole

1

Double Barrel Security

Lephalale

1

Double Barrel Security

Tzaneen

2

Double Barrel Security

(2)(a) Currently, there is limited capacity to prevent private security guards from taking bribes from people in queues. The Department is installing integrated electronic security systems in all its offices with Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV). These will be monitored by Departmental security personnel in the control rooms. These systems have, already, been installed in twenty seven (27) frontline offices, and four (4) of the Refugee Reception Centres. Due to a lack of capacity, there are no Departmental personnel, yet, to monitor these systems. Additional installations are envisaged to continue over the next three years, and the Department will appoint its own security supervisors, during this period, to manage security, at all its offices, which will be periodically vetted.

(2)(b) Security guards are barred, in terms of their job descriptions, to handle official documentation. In instances where it emerged that official documentation was handled by a security guard, the Department has instructed the service provider to have the specific security guard permanently removed from rendering services at any office of the Department.



QUESTION 962

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 August 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2009

Ms J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) (a) How many security guards are employed at each office of her department in each province and (b) which security companies are used at each of these offices;

whether any mechanisms are in place to prevent these security guards from
(a) requesting or taking bribes from people in queues and (b) handling any official documentation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1161E

REPLY

(1)(a) & (b) The number of security guards employed at each office of the Department of Home Affairs in each Province as well as the security companies utilised – as per the table below:

Province and Office

Number of security guards

Security Company

Northern Cape

7

 

Kimberley

2

Fidelity Security Services

Upington

1

Fidelity Security Services

Kuruman

1

Fidelity Security Services

Pampierstad

1

Fidelity Security Services

Jan Kempdorp

1

Fidelity Security Services

De Aar

1

Fidelity Security Services

 

Free State

39

 

Provincial Manager's Office

2

SSE Security Services

Ficksburg

2

SSE Security Services

ThabaNchu

2

SSE Security Services

Koffiefontein

2

SSE Security Services

Ladybrand

2

SSE Security Services

Botshabelo

4

SSE Security Services

Bloemfontein

6

SPE Security Services

Brandford

1

Molefe Security Services

Welkom

2

Davidson Security Services

Bothaville

1

Davidson Security Services

Kroonstad

2

Davidson Security Services

Heilbron

2

Davidson Security Services

Bultfontein

2

Davidson Security Services

Parys

2

Davidson Security Services

Wesselsbron

2

M2M Security Services

Viljoenskroon

2

Motheo Security Services

Phuthaditjhaba

2

Fidelity Security Services

Bethlehem

1

Fidelity Security Services

 

Western Cape

58

Fidelity Security Services

Cape Town

4

Fidelity Security Services

Bellville

3

Fidelity Security Services

Wynberg

3

Fidelity Security Services

Langa

1

Fidelity Security Services

Paarl

1

Fidelity Security Services

Worcester

1

Fidelity Security Services

Malmesbury

1

Fidelity Security Services

Vredendal

1

Fidelity Security Services

Khayelitsha

4

Fidelity Security Services

Caledon

1

Fidelity Security Services

Nyanga

4

Fidelity Security Services

Mitchell's Plain

2

Fidelity Security Services

Grabouw

1

Fidelity Security Services

Somerset West

1

Fidelity Security Services

George

3

Fidelity Security Services

Beaufort West

2

Fidelity Security Services

Oudtshoorn

1

Fidelity Security Services

Plettenberg Bay

1

Fidelity Security Services

Nyanga Refugee Reception Office

23

Fidelity Security Services

 

Eastern Cape

49

Fidelity Security Services

Mthatha

6

Fidelity Security Services

Mqanduli

2

Fidelity Security Services

Qumbu

2

Fidelity Security Services

Tsolo

2

Fidelity Security Services

Ngcobo

4

Fidelity Security Services

Elliot

3

Fidelity Security Services

Cala

3

Fidelity Security Services

Dutywa

2

Fidelity Security Services

Butterworth

4

Fidelity Security Services

Nqamakwe

2

Fidelity Security Services

Centane

2

Fidelity Security Services

Willowsvale

3

Fidelity Security Services

Elliotdale

1

Fidelity Security Services

Lusikisiki

2

Fidelity Security Services

Bizana

2

Fidelity Security Services

Port St Johns

2

Fidelity Security Services

Ngqeleni

2

Fidelity Security Services

Libode

2

Fidelity Security Services

Flagstaff

3

Fidelity Security Services

 

Kwazulu-Natal

37

Fidelity Security Services

Thekwini

8

Fidelity Security Services

Ugu

1

Fidelity Security Services

Umgungundlovu

2

Fidelity Security Services

Amajuba

2

Fidelity Security Services

Commercial Road

2

Fidelity Security Services

Prospecton

2

Fidelity Security Services

Pinetown

3

Fidelity Security Services

Tongaat

2

Fidelity Security Services

Kokstad

1

Fidelity Security Services

Ixopo

1

Fidelity Security Services

Nongoma

1

Fidelity Security Services

Mthubathuba

1

Fidelity Security Services

Empangeni

3

Fidelity Security Services

Eshowe

1

Fidelity Security Services

Vryheid

1

Fidelity Security Services

Ladysmith

1

Fidelity Security Services

Durban Harbour

1

Fidelity Security Services

Bamshela

1

Fidelity Security Services

Harding

1

Fidelity Security Services

Umzimkhulu

1

Fidelity Security Services

Richards Bay

1

Fidelity Security Services

 

Gauteng

149

Fidelity Security Services

Provincial Manager's Office

2

Fidelity Security Services

Area Manager: West

2

Fidelity Security Services

Soweto

4

Fidelity Security Services

Carletonville

2

Fidelity Security Services

Randfontein

2

Fidelity Security Services

Krugersdorp

2

Fidelity Security Services

Roodepoort

3

Fidelity Security Services

Wynberg

4

Fidelity Security Services

Johannesburg

7

Fidelity Security Services

Market Street

7

Fidelity Security Services

Heidelberg

3

Fidelity Security Services

Vereeniging

3

Fidelity Security Services

Randburg

4

Fidelity Security Services

Vanderbijlpark

4

Fidelity Security Services

Crown Mines Refugee Reception Centre

30

Fidelity Security Services

Sebokeng

4

Fidelity Security Services

Area Manager: East

2

Fidelity Security Services

Alberton

3

Fidelity Security Services

Kempton Park

3

Fidelity Security Services

Benoni

3

Fidelity Security Services

Pretoria

9

Fidelity Security Services

Boksburg

2

Fidelity Security Services

Brakpan

3

Fidelity Security Services

Marabastad

11

Fidelity Security Services

Nigel

3

Fidelity Security Services

Germiston

5

Fidelity Security Services

Edenvale

3

Fidelity Security Services

Centurion

5

Fidelity Security Services

Soshanguve

3

Fidelity Security Services

Cullinan

4

Fidelity Security Services

Akasia

4

Fidelity Security Services

Ga-Rankuwa

1

Fidelity Security Services

Moretele

2

Fidelity Security Services

 

North West

23

 

Provincial Manager's Office

2

Thulanang Security Services

Molopo

2

Thulanang Security Services

Lehurutshe

1

Thulanang Security Services

Ganyesa

1

Thulanang Security Services

Taung

2

Thulanang Security Services

Itsoseng

2

Thulanang Security Services

Atamelang

1

Thulanang Security Services

Klerksdorp

4

MBS Security

Lichtenburg

1

MBS Security

Wolmaranstad

1

MBS Security

Rustenburg

2

Atlie Project

Mogwase

1

Atlie Project

Moretele

2

Atlie Project

Brits

1

Atlie Project

 

Mpumalanga

17

 

Nelspruit

4

Double Barrel Security

Witbank

4

Double Barrel Security

Ermelo

4

Double Barrel Security

Eerstehoek

3

Double Barrel Security

Mhala

2

Double Barrel Security

 

Limpopo

19

Double Barrel Security

Provincial Manager's Office

2

Double Barrel Security

Polokwane

2

Double Barrel Security

Giyani

4

Double Barrel Security

Mokopane

2

Double Barrel Security

Thohoyandou

2

Double Barrel Security

Makhado

1

Double Barrel Security

Dzanani

2

Double Barrel Security

Molemole

1

Double Barrel Security

Lephalale

1

Double Barrel Security

Tzaneen

2

Double Barrel Security


(2)(a) Currently, there is limited capacity to prevent private security guards from taking bribes from people in queues. The Department is installing integrated electronic security systems in all its offices with Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV). These will be monitored by Departmental security personnel in the control rooms. These systems have, already, been installed in twenty seven (27) frontline offices, and four (4) of the Refugee Reception Centres. Due to a lack of capacity, there are no Departmental personnel, yet, to monitor these systems. Additional installations are envisaged to continue over the next three years, and the Department will appoint its own security supervisors, during this period, to manage security, at all its offices, which will be periodically vetted.

(2)(b) Security guards are barred, in terms of their job descriptions, to handle official documentation. In instances where it emerged that official documentation was handled by a security guard, the Department has instructed the service provider to have the specific security guard permanently removed from rendering services at any office of the Department.

QUESTION 960

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 August 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether a new site for the Nyanga refugee centre has been identified; if not, why not; if so, (a) where is the new site, (b) when will a public announcement be made on the locality of the new site and (c) how will the public be informed of the locality of the new site;

(2) (a) what is the current situation on the move to the new site and (b) when will the intended move take place;

(3) whether interim arrangements will be made in order to still assist asylum seekers as well as people wanting to renew their permits; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b)(i) how and (ii) when will this be communicated to the public;

(4) whether she will take steps to reduce the (a) high vacancy rate and (b) absenteeism rate at the Nyanga refugee centre; if not, why not; if so, (i) when and (ii) what steps?

NW1159E

REPLY

(1)(a) Yes. The new premises are in Maitland, Cape Town.

(1)(b) Clients will be kept informed as the process to relocate the Centre unfolds. Other stakeholders are being informed on an ongoing basis through meetings. The last such meeting took place on 23 September 2009.

(1)(c) The public will be informed through adverts on regional radio stations, and in regional newspapers, the distribution of pamphlets and posters, as well as, through NGO's operating in the refugee environment.

(2)(a) The Cape High Court has given the Department a reprieve from
30 September 2009, until 23 October 2009, to ensure that the new premises are refurbished, and renovated in time.

(2)(b) The relocation has, since, taken place, and the office is in a new site.

(3)(a) No. Everything has been relocated to the new office.

(3)(b)(i) & (ii) As per (1)(b) and (1)(c) above.

(4)(a)(i) & (ii) Yes. Capacitating of Immigration Services is a strategically driven process, informed by specific transformation requirements that are identified through the restructuring of critical service delivery points, including Refugee Affairs. Where possible, critical placements are addressed by the re-allocation of available human resources. Where suitable candidates are not available, the normal recruitment procedures will be undertaken, once the migration process from the Department's old structure to the new structure is completed by the end of November 2009. Additional posts can only, then, be created on the new structure.

(4)(b)(i) & (ii) All officials at the Nyanga Refugee Reception Centre attended a course on the management of absenteeism. Further, the issue of absenteeism is, also, being addressed through disciplinary measures.

QUESTION 961

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 August 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether, with regard to the Nyanga refugee centre, any mechanisms are in place to ensure that refugees are assisted in an organized manner; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) what is the reason for her officials not being able to (a) assist and (b) manage the entrance to the centre;

(3) whether any action will be taken to upgrade the current filing system from which applications can be tracked and followed up on and to ensure that it becomes more workable and efficient; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1160E

REPLY

(1) Yes. The following arrangements are in place at the centre to manage the large number of people who visit the office:

(i) The office is supposed to open is at 07:00 to segregate the crowd into queues according to the specific service(s) they require, namely:

· First time applications for asylum (Countries of origin are allocated specific days for the taking in of new applications)

· Extension of section 22 (asylum seeker) permits

· Refugee Identity Card Applications

· United Nations Travel Document applications

(ii) The queues are supposed to be directed to designated areas according to the specific service(s) required. Women and children should be prioritised in the queues. However, due to the long queues of first time applicants, and limited office space, queues, sometimes, extend outside the premises. All new applicants for asylum are issued with Section 22 permits on the same day, but many others may not make it to the registration desk, due to the length of the queue.

(iii) In terms of the Cape Town High Court ruling in June 2009, the Department was ordered to vacate the premises by the end of September 2009. However, the High Court has given the Department a reprieve from
30 September 2009, until 23 October 2009 to vacate the premises.

(2) Management of the entrance, to the centre, has been outsourced to a private security company. The staffing capacity at the centre is inadequate to deal with the large crowds. The Department is considering appointing additional workers to assist with managing the entrance, and assisting people in the queues.

(3) Yes. The Department is in the process of overhauling its refugee management system including, the current filing system. The Department has invited service providers to tender for the creation of a master file system that will link all Refugee Reception Centres across the country.

QUESTION 973

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 August 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2009

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What (a) was the rate of absenteeism in her department (i) in (aa) 2006, (bb) 2007, (cc) 2008 and (ii) during the period 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) were the main reasons for and (c) effects of these absenteeism during the said periods in each case;

(2) whether she has taken any steps with regard to absenteeism in her department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1173E

REPLY

(1)(a)(i) The absenteeism rate, based on the number of work days lost through absence, taking into consideration the number of employees and the total number of days to be worked by all employees, is as follows:

(aa) 2006 - 1.74%.

(bb) 2007 - 2.59%

(cc) 2008 - 2.12%

(1)(a)(ii) The absenteeism rate in the Department from 1 January 2009 to 31 August 2009 stands at 1.51%.

(1)(b) The following were the main reasons for absenteeism as observed by the Department:

§ Personal problems

§ Unsupportive work environment

§ Addiction to alcohol and / or narcotics

§ Lack of motivation

§ Ill health

(1)(c) The Department has observed that the following effects can be attributed to absenteeism:

§ Disruption in service delivery

§ Shortage of staff at working stations / service counters

§ Work overload to employees present at work

§ Poor image to the Public due to slow service delivery

§ Increased conflict with Management on attendance issues and work performance

§ Reduced work performance

§ Decline in staff morale who witness ongoing absenteeism

§ Cost of alternative Labour Sources

§ Increased overtime

(2) Yes. Since the beginning of the 2009/10 financial year, a total of 916 supervisors attended a compulsory course (which was presented by the Department) on Absenteeism Management. These supervisors were instructed to monitor absenteeism meticulously and to take disciplinary action against officials who do not comply with the current policy regarding all aspects of leave.

QUESTION 1250

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 11 September 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 16 of 2009

Mrs M Wenger (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(a) How many outstanding applications for identity documents that are two years and older still awaits processing, (b) how many applications for identity documents are outstanding in total as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (c) what steps will she take to fast-track such applications?

NW1592E

REPLY:

(a) & (b) The specific information regarding outstanding applications for identity documents that are two years, and older, which, still, await processing, is, unfortunately, not available, at present. However, a program is, currently, being run to determine the said information.

QUESTION 1240

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 11 September 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 16 OF 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether refugees have to renew permits at the centre where the permit was initially issued; if not, what procedures are in place to prevent officials from giving the wrong information to people trying to renew their permits?

NW1582E

REPLY

There are Standard Operating Procedures in place which oblige all officials to know what is expected of them, as well as, to give correct information, when requested. In addition, managers are in place to ensure that these procedures are implemented, and they have monitoring tools in place to ensure that no deviation from procedures occurs.

However, delays do occur, if the permits are not renewed at the initial office.

QUESTION 128

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 6 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 19 OF 2009

Mrs M M Maunye (ANC) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department is experiencing an increase in applications for emigration documents as a consequence of the current economic recession; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether the global economic situation has led to expatriates returning; if so, what are the relevant details?

NO1096E

REPLY:

(1) & (2) The Department of Home Affairs does not record the requested information, as the Department of Home Affairs' Movement Control System (MCS) only records the departures of persons from the RSA, through the Port of Entry they have departed. Places of destination, or, reason for the departure are not recorded. For this reason, it is, kindly, suggested that the Honourable Member directs her request for the information to the Honourable Minister of Finance, as this information is kept by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA).

QUESTION 131

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Tuesday, 6 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 19 OF 2009

Mrs C Dudley (ACDP) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

What progress has been made in (a) increasing efficiency, (b) speeding up the applications process and (c) reducing queues of foreign nationals applying for temporary permits?

NO1282E

REPLY:

(a) The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) primarily assists foreign nationals with the issuance of temporary permits as a client of a Refugee Reception Centre, or through application being made at a Permitting Office for enabling documentation. In both instances, the efficiency, and, or the application process, has been improved as part of the Department's overall transformation programme.

To this end, the Department is progressively expanding its footprint across the Republic with the establishment of additional offices during this current financial year, comprising of a permanent office in Musina, and a temporary office in Gauteng (Tshwane Show ground). This ensures that seven national service points are now provided for Refugee Status Determination. The management of these centres has also been improved, and the department recently commissioned job evaluation that resulted in senior appointments being made at the level of Director for the large centres, and Deputy-Director at the smaller centres. Operational efficiencies were also improved following a detailed study of process, and systems management. Training programmes for officials on Salary Levels 8- 13 have been instituted with a view to harnessing improved skills levels. Despite, all these measures, there is, still, a challenge in reducing the queries.

Similarly, the Department is also reviewing the efficiencies of Permitting Offices, particularly around the issuance of study and work permits. The decoupling of front and back offices processes is being evaluated as this would improve the management of applications, and limit possibilities for interference and, or, mismanagement to arise with such applications. Adherence to turnaround times for the management of Permit applications is, also, assessed on a weekly basis to ensure that service levels can be maintained.

(b) In respect of applicants applying for other temporary permits under the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002), a track and trace system is, currently, being piloted. This system is designed to keep clients informed on the process, and the outcome of their permit applications, ultimately, reducing the need to queue at domestic offices for enquiry purposes. A value-added benefit for the Department is that this system, also, provides a monitoring tool to assess whether service delivery timeframes are being adhered to.

QUESTION 136

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 12 June 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 of 2009

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many vacancies were there as at 30 April 2009 for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in Limpopo?

NW146E

REPLY

Acronyms: RO: Regional Office

DO: District Office

BP: Border Post

The number of vacant posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Limpopo Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

CIVIC SERVICES

 

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

RO Mokopane (Potgietersrus)

6

2

0

DO Lephalale (Ellisras)

2

0

0

DO Taueatswala

3

0

0

DO Modimolle

4

1

0

BP Platjan

0

0

0

BP Zanzibar

0

0

0

BP Groblersbrug

0

0

0

BP Stockpoort

0

0

0

DO Thabazimbi

6

0

0

RO Polokwane (Pietersburg)

4

2

0

DO Lebowakgomo

4

0

0

DO Jane Furse

0

0

0

DO Bochum

0

1

0

DO Molemole

0

2

0

DO Matlala

0

0

0

Gateway International Airport

0

0

0

DO Mankweng

0

0

0

DO Nebo

0

0

0

DO Seshego

0

1

01

DO Groblersdal

0

0

0

SEKHUKHUNE HOSPITALS

25

0

00

DO Burgersfort

0

0

0

RO Thohoyandou

3

1

0

Refugee Reception Office Musina

0

0

0

DO Louis Trichardt

3

2

0

DO Musina

1

1

0

DO Dzanani

3

1

0

DO Mutale

4

1

0

DO Hlanganani

1

0

0

DO Malamulele

1

0

0

DO Vuwani

0

0

0

BP Beit Bridge

0

0

0

BP Pontdrift

0

0

0

DO Mulamula

0

0

0

DO Mhinga

0

0

0

RO Giyani

2

0

0

DO Tzaneen

2

1

01

DO Phalaborwa

7

0

0

DO Raphahlela

0

0

0

DO Sekororo

0

0

0

DO Maphulaneng

0

0

0

BP Pafuri

0

0

0

BP Giriyondo

0

0

0

TOTAL

81

16

2

The number of vacant posts relating to Immigration Services at each office in the Limpopo as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

IMMIGRATION SERVICES

 

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

RO Mokopane (Potgietersrus)

6

0

0

DO Lephalale (Ellisras)

1

0

0

DO Taueatswala

0

0

0

DO Modimolle

0

0

0

BP Platjan

0

0

0

BP Zanzibar

0

0

0

BP Groblersbrug

2

1

0

BP Stockpoort

1

0

0

DO Thabazimbi

0

0

0

RO Polokwane (Pietersburg)

6

1

0

DO Lebowakgomo

0

0

0

DO Jane Furse

5

0

0

DO Bochum

0

0

0

DO Molemole

0

0

0

DO Matlala

0

0

0

Gateway International Airport

0

0

0

DO Mankweng

0

0

0

DO Nebo

0

0

0

DO Seshego

0

0

0

DO Groblersdal

0

1

0

DO Burgersfort

0

0

0

RO Thohoyandou

0

0

1

Refugee Reception Office Musina

5

10

2

DO Louis Trichardt

0

1

0

DO Musina

1

0

0

DO Dzanani

0

0

0

DO Mutale

0

0

0

DO Hlanganani

0

0

0

DO Malamulele

3

1

0

DO Vuwani

0

0

0

BP Beit Bridge

60

15

1

BP Pontdrift

2

1

0

DO Mulamula

0

0

0

DO Mhinga

0

0

0

RO Giyani

2

0

1

DO Tzaneen

2

0

0

DO Phalaborwa

0

1

0

DO Raphahlela

0

0

0

DO Sekororo

0

0

0

DO Maphulaneng

0

0

0

BP Pafuri

1

1

0

BP Giriyondo

1

0

0

TOTAL

98

33

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QUESTION 137

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 12 JUNE 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 OF 2009

Mr J Terblanche to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many vacancies were there for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each Home Affairs office in the Western Cape as at 30 April 2009?

NW147E

REPLY

Acronyms: PMO: WC Provincial Managers Office: Western Cape

RO: Regional Office

DO: District Office

The number of vacant posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Western Cape Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

CIVIC SERVICES

 

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

       

PMO: WC

2

11

9

RO: Cape Town

38

18

0

DO: Wynberg

26

3

0

DO: Bellville

25

6

0

RO: Paarl

32

9

1

DO: Worcester

8

6

0

DO: Vredendal

7

1

0

DO: Malmesbury

6

3

0

RO: George

17

11

0

DO: Oudtshoorn

6

2

0

DO: Beaufort West

7

4

0

RO: Khayelitsha

16

8

0

DO: Nyanga

15

4

0

DO: Caledon

11

1

0

D DO: M/Plain

10

3

0

TOTAL

226

90

10

The number of vacant posts relating to Immigration Services at each office in the Western Cape Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

IMMIGRATION SERVICES

 

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

RO Cape Town

31

9

1

Refugee Reception Office Cape Town

10

1

0

DO Bellville

0

0

0

DO Wynberg

0

0

0

Cape Town International Airport

14

1

0

Cape Town Harbour

2

1

0

Saldanha Bay Harbour

5

1

0

RO Khayelitsha

5

3

1

DO Mitchell's Plain

0

0

0

DO Nyanga

0

0

0

DO Caledon

0

0

0

RO Paarl

5

1

1

DO Malmesbury

1

0

0

DO Worcester

0

0

0

DO Vredendal

0

0

0

DO Stellenbosch

0

0

0

RO George

9

3

0

DO Oudtshoorn

0

0

0

DO Knysna

0

0

0

DO Beaufort West

0

0

0

Mosselbay Harbour

5

1

0

TOTAL

87

21

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QUESTION 138

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 12 June 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 of 2009

Ms J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many vacancies for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) managers existed on
30 April 2009 at each office in Gauteng?

NW148E

REPLY

Acronyms: RO: Regional Office

DO: District Office

BP: Border Post

The number of vacant posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Gauteng Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

CIVIC SERVICES

 

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

OR Tambo International Airport

0

0

0

RO Germiston

7

1

0

DO Alberton

6

1

0

DO Boksburg

0

1

0

DO Edenvale

1

1

0

DO Katlehong

0

0

0

DO Vosloorus

0

0

0

RO Springs

6

0

0

DO Benoni

1

0

0

DO Brakpan

2

1

1

DO Daveyton

0

0

0

DO Kemptonpark

0

1

0

DO Nigel

2

0

1

DO Tembisa

0

0

0

DO Ivory Park

0

0

0

RO Marabastad

9

2

2

Refugee Reception Office Pretoria

0

0

0

DO Centurion

3

1

0

DO Pretoria

4

2

0

DO Garsfontein

0

0

0

DO Atteridgeville

0

0

0

DO Midrand

0

0

0

RO Akasia

2

2

2

DO Mamelodi

0

0

0

DO Bronkhorstspruit

2

1

0

DO Soshanguve

0

1

1

DO Eersterust

0

0

0

RO Soweto

13

2

1

DO Lenasia

4

1

0

DO Roodepoort

3

2

0

DO Soweto

0

0

0

DO Naledi

0

0

0

RO Johannesburg

19

4

1

Refugee Reception Office Rosettonville

3

8

1

DO Alexandra

4

2

0

DO Marketstreet

14

5

1

DO Randburg

14

2

1

DO Sandton

7

0

0

RO Vereeniging

5

1

0

DO Evaton

0

0

0

DO Heidelberg

1

2

0

DO Orange Farms

0

0

0

DO Van Der Bijlpark

5

4

0

DO Sebokeng

4

1

0

RO Randfontein

10

0

0

DO Carletonville

9

0

0

DO Krugersdorp

7

2

0

Lanseria International Airport

0

0

0

DO Kagiso

0

0

0

TOTAL

167

51

12

The number of vacant posts relating to Immigration Services at each office in the Gauteng Province as at 30 April 2009 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

IMMIGRATION SERVICES

 

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGEMENT

Johannesburg International Airport

7

5

3

Lanseria International Airport

7

1

0

RO Germiston

7

1

1

DO Alberton

6

1

0

DO Boksburg

0

1

0

DO Edenvale

0

0

0

DO Katlehong

0

0

0

DO Vosloorus

0

0

0

RO Springs

6

0

0

DO Benoni

1

0

0

DO Brakpan

2

1

1

DO Daveyton

0

0

0

DO Kemptonpark

0

1

0

DO Nigel

2

0

1

DO Tembisa

0

0

0

DO Ivory Park

0

0

0

RO Marabastad

24

3

1

Refugee Reception office Pretoria

9

4

1

Ga-rankua

6

1

0

DO Centurion

3

1

0

DO Pretoria

4

2

0

DO Garsfontein

0

0

0

DO Atteridgeville

0

0

0

DO Midrand

0

0

0

RO Akasia

2

2

2

DO Mamelodi

0

0

0

DO Bronkhorstspruit

2

1

0

DO Soshanguve

0

1

1

DO Eersterust

0

0

0

RO Soweto

13

2

1

DO Lenasia

4

2

0

DO Roodepoort

3

2

0

DO Soweto

0

0

0

DO Naledi

0

0

0

RO Johannesburg

19

4

1

Refugee Reception Office Crown Mines

8

0

1

DO Alexandra

4

2

0

DO Marketstreet

14

5

1

DO Randburg

14

2

1

DO Sandton

7

0

0

RO Vereeniging

5

1

1

DO Evaton

0

0

0

DO Heidelberg

1

2

0

DO Orange Farms

0

0

0

DO Van Der Bijlpark

5

4

0

DO Sebokeng

4

1

0

RO Randfontein

10

0

0

DO Carletonville

9

0

0

DO Krugersdorp

7

2

0

Lanseria International Airport

7

1

0

DO Kagiso

0

0

0

TOTAL

138

55

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QUESTION 148

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 12 June 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 of 2009

Ms A Mda (Cope) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether any steps were taken to improve the security of documents; if not, why not; if so,

(2) whether the sale of fraudulent passports were curtailed by such steps; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW189E

REPLY

(1) Yes. New measures have been implemented to secure the Identity Documents (IDs) issued by the Department. The ID work flow process has been re-engineered to ensure that all ID books are accounted for, and the changes are, also, ensured of responsibility and accountability for individual ID books.

The Track and Trace system enables the Department to track and trace an ID application from the time of acceptance, up until the ID book is collected by the applicant. It, also, helps to detect when an ID application, or book was tampered with, or got lost during processing. The system can identify, who was the last official, who dealt with the case.

On-Line Verification was implemented to ensure that the person who is applying for a re-issue of an ID is the correct person. The fingerprint, and the ID number are verified against the HANIS data base, before an ID application is accepted, and the ID book is issued. This prevents illegal applications being accepted at front offices.

The Department is, also, currently, looking at improving the current format of the ID book. New technology will be introduced to make the Identity Document more secure from tampering. The tampering with the photograph on the ID books, is one of the major causes of fraud and identity theft.

With regards to passports, a high security new passport was developed, and implemented with effect from 8 April 2009. The new passport incorporates a number of security features that make external reproduction by unauthorised individuals difficult. These features were developed in collaboration with State security agencies. In addition, production of our passports has moved to a new secure site at GPW, where there is tighter access control to the production environment. The Department has, also, streamlined the end to end passport process, incorporating more controls, and monitoring to ensure that fraudulent activities are detected and minimised. Live capture, and on-line verification of applicants are being rolled out to front offices.

The Department is, also, improving measures to secure our Birth, Marriages, and Death documents. There is a Birth, Marriages, and Death Process re-design, which is , underway, looking at the capturing of births, marriages, and deaths information at the front office, and, thereby, securing the accuracy of information required, as well as, improving the information system that is used to capture such required information.

In addition, efforts are, underway, to improve the security features on all certificates. Currently, the certificates have a watermark, a unique serial number, and the User-id of the official that issued the certificate, is reflected.

In terms of the late registration of Birth, the process has been de-linked from the Identity Document (ID) application process. The identity of, both, the informant, and the applicant is tested, and verified against the fingerprints database. There is a thorough screening process by specialised committees, which determine the validity of the application for the late registration of birth. The Track and Trace system for the late registration of birth has been implemented, to trace the application, from the time of acceptance, up until the finalization.

(2) No reports, compromising the new passport, have been received, thus far.

QUESTION 699

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 7 August 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 7 of 2009

Mr I O Davidson (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether, in light of the current recession and the consequent shortfall in state revenue, her department has introduced any austerity measures to reduce its expenditure with regard to (a) official vehicles, (b) travel, (c) travel by departmental officials,
(d) accommodation and household help or (e) any other aspects of government business; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW793E

REPLY

The South African Government has decided to appoint a Ministerial Task Team to develop a proposal on how the whole of government could respond to the economic meltdown by, among other things, identifying areas in which expenditure could be reduced with a view to diverted resources to the provision of essential services.

The Task Team, which is led by the Minister of Finance, will make specific recommendations on how government could implement austerity measures in all the three spheres of government in a structured and coordinated manner. All government departments will be required to comply with these measures as soon as they are approved by Cabinet. These measures will be made available as soon as possible. The department will be in a better position to respond to your questions as soon as this matter is finalised by Cabinet.

QUESTION 1868

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 23 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 24 OF 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether the Department of Health is exempted from applying for scarce skills quotas; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, why?

NW2430E

REPLY

No. Government Departments are not exempted from any of the statutory requirements of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002), or, any of the Immigration Regulations incorporated, in terms of the said Act.

However, Government Departments wanting to employ foreigners may apply, in terms of section 31(2)(c), of the said Act, to have certain prescribed requirements waived, in respect of the specific category in which the foreigners must submit applications for work permits.

QUESTION 287

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 3 July 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 5 of 2009

Mr L W Greyling (ID) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What is the current status of the special exemption permits for Zimbabweans that were announced recently;

(2) whether the Government will introduce these permits; if not, why not; if so, when?

NW339E

REPLY

(1) Whilst the special dispensation for Zimbabwean nationals has been announced in the media, the Department of Home Affairs is, currently, investigating the technicalities surrounding the implementation, thereof. Consultations are also taking place within the Justice, Crime Prevention, and Security Cluster.

(2) A formal briefing session with Cabinet will take place, as soon as, the Department is ready to introduce the special dispensation for Zimbabwean nationals.

QUESTION 208

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 19 JUNE 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 3 OF 2009

208. Mr R B Bhoola (MF) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) How many (a) Indians, (b) coloureds, (c) blacks and (d) whites are employed in the (i) immigration and (ii) passport sections at the OR Tambo Airport;

(2) whether the Employment Equity Act, Act 55 of 1998, is being complied with; if not, why not; if so,

(3) whether her department is representing the diversity of South Africa; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW255E

REPLY

(1) (i) The racial composition of Immigrations Services staff at OR Tambo is classified, here-under:

(a) Indians - 2

(b) Coloureds - 6

(c) Africans - 256

(d) Whites - 8

TOTAL: 272

(ii) All immigration officers deal with passport issues, as well.

2. The Department of Home Affairs complies with the provisions of Employment Equity Act, 1998 in that:

§ An Employment Equity Plan for the period 2008 to 2011, is in place, which is a requirement, in terms of the Act, in order to achieve reasonable progress towards employment equity in the Department.

§ The Department submits Employment Equity Report, annually, to the Department of Labour in compliance with Section 21 (2).

§ The Employment Equity Forum has been established.

§ Employment Equity Plan, and the Report have been displayed on notice boards. The plan, and the Report are, also, accessible to the public.

§ Acting Deputy Director – General: Human Resources is the designated Senior Manager responsible for monitoring, and evaluation of the Employment Equity Plan.

3. No. There are a number of challenges, including that of the high mobility of employees.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION 917

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 21 August 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 10 of 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1). Whether the Director-General signed a performance contract with her; if not, why not; if so, when; whether all senior managers in her department signed performance contracts with the Director-General; if not, (a) which senior managers did not sign, (b) for what reason and (c) when will it be done; if so, on which date did each senior manager sign a performance contract?


REPLY

(1). The Director General, Mr Mavuso Msimang, entered into a Performance Agreement with me on 30 July 2009 for the 2009/10 performance cycle. The original Performance Agreement was also submitted to The Office of the Public Service Commission, as stipulated in the Guidelines for the Evaluation of Heads of Departments, as well as, per the Cabinet Lekgotla's Apex Resolution 15 of 2007.

No. Out of the seventy one (71) members of the Senior Management Service (SMS) on the fixed establishment of the Department, only sixty two (62) members have entered into a Performance Agreement with the Director-General / their respective supervisors for the 2009/10 performance cycle.

The information, in this regard, is attached, here, as Annexure A.

(2). (a) to (c). Of the nine (9) SMS members who have not entered into a Performance Agreement with their respective supervisors for the 2009/10 performance cycle, two (2) SMS members are newly appointed employees who have three (3) months to enter into a Performance Agreement with their supervisors, three (3) SMS members are newly transferred employees from the Department of International Relations & Cooperation and are in the process of structuring their performance agreements. The remaining four (4) SMS members were issued with Audi Alterem Partem letters, affording them the opportunity to provide reasons why the Department should not institute disciplinary measures against them for non compliance. The table below indicates the information in respect of each of the nine (9) SMS members concerned:

Name of the Member

Reason

Corrective Measure

Joseph: GB

Member failed to comply with provisions of Chapter 4 of the SMS Handbook

Corrective measures initiated, Audi Alterem Partem letter issued

Mnyaka: N

Member failed to comply with provisions of Chapter 4 of the SMS Handbook

Corrective measures initiated, Audi Alterem Partem letter issued

Ngoie: EC

Member failed to comply with provisions of Chapter 4 of the SMS Handbook

Corrective measures initiated, Audi Alterem Partem letter issued

Khuzwayo Z R

Date of Appointment: 1 August 2009

Less than 3 months in a rank, Performance Agreement to be submitted on 31 October 2009

HR currently providing technical assistance.

Khumalo: N

Transferred from the Department of International Relations and Co-operation on 9 May 2009

Member going through induction and orientation to the new environment (DHA) to enable judgements about what it will take to deliver a good service for the current performance cycle.

Mamoepa: MRE

Transferred from the Department of International Relations and Co-operation on 16 May 2009

Member going through induction and orientation to the new environment (DHA) to enable judgements about what it will take to deliver a good service for the current performance cycle.

Maya: L

Transferred from the Department of International Relations and Co-operation on 1 June 2009

Member going through induction and orientation to the new environment (DHA) to enable judgements about what it will take to deliver a good service for the current performance cycle.

Msomi: TJ

Member failed to comply with provisions of Chapter 4 of the SMS Handbook

Corrective measures initiated, Audi Alterem Partem letter issued

Apleni M

Date of appointment 1 October 2009

Less than 3 months in rank Performance agreement to be submitted no later than 31 January 2010

Branch: Human Resources providing technical assistance in the development of the Performance Agreement.

QUESTION 1164

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 11 September 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 14 of 2009

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her department uses temporary employment services and/or labour brokers; if so, (a) why, (b) how many positions have been filled by temporary employment services in the (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08 and
(iii) 2008-09 financial years, (c) what percentage of the total staff complement did temporary employment services contribute in each of these years and (d) how much money has been spent on temporary employment services per year?

NW1499E

REPLY:

No. The Department of Home Affairs does not utilise the services of temporary employment services and, or labour brokers.

QUESTION 452

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 10 July 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 6 of 2009

Dr C P Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:†

(1) How many (a) black, (b) brown, (c) Indian and (d) white officials were in her department's employ in (i) April 1994 and (ii) April 2009;

(2) how many of the (a) black, (b) brown, (c) Indian and (d) white officials (i) resigned, (ii) retired, (iii) took an early package and (iv) were dismissed during the period from 1 April 1994 to 1 April 2009;

(3) how many of the (a) black, (b) brown, (c) Indian and (d) white officials who
(i) resigned, (ii) retired, (iii) took an early package and (iv) were dismissed were replaced with an official from the same race group;

(4) how many posts in her department have been reserved for persons from the designated groups for affirmative action in terms of the Employment Equity Act, Act 55 of 1998;

(5) how many of these posts (a) are vacant and (b) have been filled with persons from the designated groups since the commencement of the Employment Equity Act, Act 55 of 1998?

NW513E

REPLY

(1)(i) There were a total of 7 236 employees in the Department of Home Affairs in April 1994. The breakdown is specified in the table, below:

Racial group

Number

(a) African

2554

(b) Coloured

563

(c) Indian

113

(d) White

4006

Total

7236

(1)(ii) There were a total of 7 435 employees in the Department of Home Affairs in April 2009. The breakdown is specified in the table, below:

Racial group

Number

(a) African

6071

(b) Coloured

447

(c) Indian

71

(d) White

846

Total

7435

(2) A total of 10 517 employees left the employ of the Department between April 1994 and April 2009. The number of officials (5 076) who left the employ of the Department for the reasons as specified in (i) to (iv) of the Question is specified in the table, below:

Racial group

(i)

Resigned

(ii)

Retired

(iii)

Took an early package

(iv)

Dismissed

Total

(a) African

980

411

1

751

2 143

(b) Coloured

266

14

0

101

381

(c) Indian

50

11

0

9

70

(d) White

1 542

819

5

116

2 482

Total

2 838

1 255

6

977

5 076

Please note: The Honourable Member's attention is invited to the fact that there are eleven (11) types / categories of resignations in the Public Service. The categories as well as the number of officials who left the employ of the Department are specified, below:

· Contract expiry : 4 378

· Death / demise : 596

· Dismissal: Ill health : 447

· Dismissal: Incapacity : 42

· Dismissal: Misconduct : 538

· Dismissal: Retrenchments : 53

· Not categorised : 344

· Resignation : 2 838

· Retirement : 1 255

· Transfer : 20

· Early package : 6

TOTAL : 10 517

(3) For the period April 1994 to April 2009, the Department replaced all 5 076 officials with officials of the same racial group. An additional 482 officials of the same racial group were, also, appointed during this period. The breakdown is specified in the table, below:

Racial group

Number

African

4,872

Coloured

385

Indian

49

White

252

Total

5 558

(4) In terms of the Employment Equity Plan (2008-2011) of the Department, the posts reserved for people from designated groups for affirmative action, as required by the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act no 55 of 1998), are as follows:

Abbreviations: AM African Male

AF African Female

CM Coloured Male

CF Coloured Female

IM Indian Male

IF Indian Female

WF White Female

Senior Management Services (SMS)

As per the table, below:

Year

AM

AF

CM

CF

IM

IF

WF

2008/09

12

19

11

14

10

14

0

2009/10

12

15

11

14

11

13

0

2010/11

11

12

5

6

5

4

0

The projection of the SMS has been done in accordance with a Cabinet decision that 50/50 representation must be achieved by March 2009.

Positions below Senior Management Services:

As per the table, below:

Year

AM

AF

CM

CF

IM

IF

WM

WF

2008/09

569

347

203

151

86

87

118

140

2009/10

530

312

250

149

92

103

214

131

2010/11

613

309

256

145

89

84

205

86

People with disabilities' targets to be achieved by March 2010

As per the table, below:

2008

2009

2010

Total

43

39

20

102

These employment equity targets are, currently, being revised in accordance with the new organisational structure of the Department. It, also, stands to reason, as to whether they do apply for these posts with the necessary required skills, and qualifications.

(5) (a) The Department is, currently, busy with the migration process from the old structure to the newly approved structure. Therefore, it is not possible to determine the current number of vacancies with regards to persons from the designated groups.

(5) (b) The following are the number of positions filled by people from designated groups.

RACE

GENDER

NUMBER

African

Female

3 308

African

Male

2 763

Sub-Total

6 071

Race

Gender

Number

Coloured

Female

257

Coloured

Male

190

Sub-Total

447

Race

Gender

Number

Indian

Female

38

Indian

Male

33

Subtotal

 

71

Race

Gender

Number

White

Female

675

People with Disabilities

35

GRAND TOTAL

7 299

QUESTION 377

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 3 July 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 5 of 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether she purchased a new vehicle on her appointment to office; if so, (a) why, (b) what make and model is the vehicle, (c) what did the vehicle cost and (d)(i) what accessories were included in excess of the vehicle's purchase price and (ii) what was the cost of such accessories; if not,

(2) whether she inherited an existing vehicle; if so, (a) what was the make and model and (b) how old is the vehicle?

NW437E

REPLY

(1)(2) No. The Minister of Home Affairs did not purchase a new vehicle on her appointment

to the new office, nor did she inherit any vehicle.

QUESTION 378

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 3 July 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 5 of 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether a function was held by her department to celebrate her appointment as minister; if so, (a) how much did the function cost, (b) what is the breakdown of the cost and (c) how many guests attended the function;

(2) whether there were any related costs for the travel and accommodation of guests; if so, (a) what were the costs and (b) what was the breakdown of these costs?

NW438E

REPLY

(1)(2) No celebration was held by the Department to celebrate my appointment as the new

Minister of Home affairs. All I had, was a teleconference on 24 June 2009, in Cape

Town to link with all Home Affairs offices, so as to communicate the StratPlan to the

staff and management, and to respond to questions raised by the staff.

QUESTION 1211

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 11 September 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 16 of 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her Deputy Minister or her department purchased a new vehicle on the Deputy Minister's appointment to office; if so,
(a) why, (b) what make and model is the vehicle, (c) what did the vehicle cost and (d)(i) what accessories were included in excess of the vehicle's purchase price and (ii) what was the cost of such accessories; if not,

(2) whether he inherited an existing vehicle; if so, (a) what was the make and model and (b) how old is the vehicle?

NW1550E

REPLY:

(1) No. The Department did not purchase a new vehicle on the Deputy Minister's appointment to office.

(2) Yes. The Deputy Minister inherited an existing vehicle.

(2)(a) The make is a BMW 530i, and it is a 2008 model.

(2)(b) The vehicle is one year old.

QUESTION 1804

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 16 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 22 OF 2009

Dr C P Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) How many applications for work permits from people with critical skills have been received (a) in total and (b) from each country until the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) how many (a) work permits have been issued (i) in total and (ii) per category in terms of the schedule of critical skills since publication of the schedule on 15 April 2008, (b) countries do the persons who have received work permits in terms of the critical skills work permit system hail from and (c) persons who have obtained such work permits hail from each of these countries; and

(3) how many of the work permits for persons with scarce skills have already been renewed since they were issued for the first time?

NW2305E

REPLY

(1)(a) Since the publication of the first Work Permit Quota List on
1 April 2006 (which made provision for the different types of categories) up to 31 August 2009, the Department of Home Affairs has received a total of 9 123 applications for quota work permits.

(1)(b) Statistics are not kept in respect of the number of work permits received, or issued per nationality.

(2)(a)(i) A total of 2 874 quota work permits have been issued, since
15 April 2008.

(2)(a)(ii) During the 2008/09 financial year, 1 380 quota permits were issued. Annexure A contains the breakdown. Since 1 April 2009, until 20 October 2009, 1 494 quota permits were issued. Annexure B provides a breakdown for this period.

(2)(b) & (c) The Department of Home Affairs does not keep statistics in respect of the number of work permits received, or issued per nationality, or country.

(3) The Department of Home Affairs does not keep statistics in respect of the type of category of work permits, which have been renewed.

Pease see the Annexure as attached.

QUESTION 1805

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 16 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 22 OF 2009

Dr C P Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(a) How many economic migrants are currently in South Africa and (b) what is their average period of stay in South Africa, (c) in which sectors of the economy are they employed and (d) what is their annual financial contribution to the economy? NW2306E


REPLY

We do not know. The Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002), does not make provision for economic migrants. The said Act does not cater for a specific permit to be issued to such migrants, which implies that such migrants do not qualify to apply for work permits.

That is why we have asked the Cabinet to allow us to consult, first.

QUESTION 419

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 3 July 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 5 of 2009

Dr C P Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:†

(1) Whether it has been established that the new personal information processing system which she referred to in the National Assembly on 26 June 2009 has contributed to the safeguarding of passports in order to meet international safety standards; if not, why not; if so, (a) who came to this conclusion and (b) what were the details of this finding;

(2) (a) how much did this system cost, (b) how many officials have been trained to use the new system and (c) how much did this training cost?

NW480E

REPLY

(1)(a) & (b) The new personal information processing system referred to, entails the upgrading of the passport capturing, and enrolment processes to ensure higher standards of security to the passport application process, by ensuring that potential fraudulent activities are minimised. That includes enhancements with the likes of Live Capture, Biometric Access Control, and Photo Enhancement processes.

The benchmarking against the international standards, as enshrined in the

prescripts of the International Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and more and

above, the known weaknesses of the document, convinced us that our

passport security features require extensive upgrading.

There were various loopholes that inadvertently allow fraudulent activities with the passport capturing process, namely:

1.1 The two paper based photographs required with every application submission, allowed: (a) The swapping of photos of legitimate applicants with illegitimate ones. Photos of applicants were laminated onto the passport; of which fraudsters were able to remove, and paste illegal ones onto the passport document. (b) Photos submitted were often of poor quality, and didn't conform to the international requirements of picture quality, as stipulated in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). In effect, the Live Capture process was introduced to solve this problem. This ensures that photos are captured live onto the system at the time of application. That is, in the presence of the citizen, allowing recapturing, if needs be, to correct any quality and compliance, immediately, online, with automated software through digital cameras. Photos are digitally printed onto the passport. The applicant's record, together with pictures, is, then, transferred for printing to Government Printing Works (GPW). There is less intervention by officials, and this has resulted in minimising possible fraudulent activities.

During the transition from old passport system to the new one, the Department had to develop a solution (enhancement module) to deal with the bad quality pictures that were, already, captured in the old system which were not compliant to the ICAO standards. The enhancement module functionality was developed and introduced. This functionality enhances the photograph by fine tuning it, until it is at the correct resolution (colour, clarity etc). Progressively, the backlog, which was caused by bad quality pictures, has been reduced without asking applicants to have their pictures taken, again. In effect, the Live Capture has dramatically decreased the time to produce the Travel Document with a marked increase in quality.

Following these vital developments, we are in the process of rolling out the Live Capture system. Already, we have installed it in forty (40) Home Affairs offices, with one (1) station, in each of them, and we are hoping to have more, before the end of the financial year. However, because of financial constraints, we may not have it in every office.

1.2. Users within the Department, with the rights to perform activities, on the passport application system, were accessing the system using password authentication. With this mechanism, users would swap passwords, leave their workstations unattended, and, then, fraudsters would get an opportunity to tamper with the system. Even though, there was audit trail, it was not easy to link the fraudulent action to the owner of the password, as there was no conclusive proof that they, indeed, performed the transaction.

The Biometric Access login was, then, introduced for the passport application process. This solution uses the fingerprint authentication, and the Smart Card mechanism. Each time, a user has to perform critical functions on the system, they are required to authenticate themselves, using their fingerprints. The system does not allow progression to another step in the process, until authentication has been performed.

A non-repudiation database is kept for all transactions performed during the process of issuing passports, the specific user doing the transaction is linked, date, or time of the transaction. This is, in fact, admissible evidence in a court of law.

(2)(a)(b)(c) Cost of the Live Capture system:-R10 Million (for the recently completed 40

offices). Training costs are included.

Cost of Biometric Log - on system:–R29 million. (with 850 enrolled users)

Training costs are included.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION 1789


DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 16 October 2009


INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 22 OF 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many, (a) same sex marriages and (b) civil unions have there been since the Civil Unions, Act, Act 17 of 2006, was passed into law to allow such marriages? NW2289E

REPLY

We do not know. This will take too long to establish. If there is any particular one of interest, we could check that.

QUESTION 1788

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 16 October 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 22 OF 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department has put any measures in place to address human trafficking; if not, why not; if so, what measures;

(2) whether any plans are to be implemented during the 2010 Fifa World Cup Soccer tournament to address human trafficking; if not, why not; if so, what plans?

NW2288E

REPLY

(1) Yes. The following measures were put in place:

  • All Immigration Officials have received training on Human Trafficking, offered by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
  • The Department, in conjunction with the IOM, is, also, currently, training facilitators, and assessors within the Department's Directorates: Central Law Enforcement, and Inspectorate, respectively, to roll out training to officials on implementation, once the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill is enacted.
  • The Department of Home Affairs forms part of the National Task Team on Human Trafficking, which is led by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

(2) Yes. The following measures are in place:

  • Perpetrators of Human Trafficking will be prosecuted, and dealt with in terms of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002).
  • Provincial Tasks Teams have been established, in all nine Provinces. The Tasks Teams comprise the Department of Home Affairs, the South African Police, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Health, and the NPA.

QUESTION 742

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 14 August 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9 of 2009

Mr J J McGluwa (ID) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her department will no longer issue smart card identity documents; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the further relevant details?

NW830E

REPLY

(a) & (b) No. The Smart Card Identity Document initiative remains one of the crucial plans of the Department. Cabinet mandated the Department of Home Affairs to replace the RSA National Identity Document with a Smart Identity Card (Smart ID Card). To this end, the Department initiated an open tender process for the supply of the Smart ID Card, which was managed by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA).

In the ensuing tender process, the Department was, subsequently, advised by SITA, in April 2009, that a forensic audit of the tender process was being carried out to investigate apparent irregularities. As at the end of August 2009, the Department had not been advised of the outcome of the forensic audit.

The Department has, since, cancelled the tender. Currently, we are in discussions with National Treasury to possibly allow us to start the process from scratch.

QUESTION 1737

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 10 October 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 30 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

For each of the past five years up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (a) what was the total amount spent by her department on bonuses or performance awards and (b) in each case, (i) how much was paid and (ii) what were the reasons for the bonus / performance award?

NW2521E

REPLY

2003/04 Performance Cycle:

(a) A total of R2,785,864.00 was paid to employees in lieu of performance/bonuses during this specific performance cycle.

(b)(i) A total number of 235 employees received bonuses / performance awards in this performance cycle. Due to the number of officials who qualified, the specific information can be made available separately to the Honourable Member at his request.

(b)(ii) The payment of incentive bonuses is granted to employees with twelve months continuous service in their specific ranks – at the end of March of each financial year. These incentive bonuses are only paid to officials with above and / or exceptional performance in terms of the agreed performance standard.

2004/05 Performance Cycle:

(a) A total of R15,710,338.48 was paid to employees in lieu of performance/bonuses during this specific performance cycle.

(b)(i) A total number of 2385 employees received bonuses / performance awards in this performance cycle. Due to the number of officials who qualified, the specific information can be made available separately to the Honourable Member at his request.

(b)(ii) The payment of incentive bonuses is granted to employees with twelve months continuous service in their specific ranks – at the end of March of each financial year. These incentive bonuses are only paid to officials with above and / or exceptional performance in terms of the agreed performance standard.

2005/06 Performance Cycle:

(a) A total of R20,628,249.63 was paid to employees in lieu of performance/bonuses during this specific performance cycle.

(b)(i) A total number of 2823 employees received bonuses / performance awards in this performance cycle. Due to the number of officials who qualified, the specific information can be made available separately to the Honourable Member at his request.

(b)(ii) The payment of incentive bonuses is granted to employees with twelve months continuous service in their specific ranks – at the end of March of each financial year. These incentive bonuses are only paid to officials with above and / or exceptional performance in terms of the agreed performance standard.

2006/07 Performance Cycle:

(a) A total of R12,112,346.42 was paid to employees paid to employees in lieu of performance/bonuses during this specific performance cycle.

(b)(i) A total number of 2411 employees received bonuses / performance awards in this performance cycle. Due to the number of officials who qualified, the specific information can be made available separately to the Honourable Member at his request.

(b)(ii) The payment of incentive bonuses is granted to employees with twelve months continuous service in their specific ranks – at the end of March of each financial year. These incentive bonuses are only paid to officials with above and / or exceptional performance in terms of the agreed performance standard.

2007/08 Performance Cycle:

(a) & (b) (i) The Department of Home Affairs is still in the process of processing the performance awards for this specific performance cycle and a final amount and the number of officials who were awarded performance awards can, at this stage, not yet be provided.

(b)(ii) The payment of incentive bonuses is granted to employees with twelve months continuous service in their specific ranks – at the end of March of each financial year. These incentive bonuses are only paid to officials with above and / or exceptional performance in terms of the agreed performance standard.

QUESTION 1738

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 10 October 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 30 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department's turnaround strategy has had any successes with regard to its financial management in view of the fact that her department has not achieved a clean audit report from the Auditor-General since its introduction; if so, what are the relevant details on which this conclusion is based;

(2) what are some of the other major policy (a) successes and (b) failures of her department under her leadership?

NW2522E

REPLY

(1) Yes. Listed below are the major improvements being put in place to ensure better financial management.

(i) A specific organisational structure has been established in the Department. Its main function is aimed to better current financial management in the Department and to facilitate effective financial management. This will ensure proper accountability.

(ii) The new structure will also ensure that effective financial management structures are put in place in the Provinces / Zones in terms of revenue administration and expenditure management as well as sound procurement systems.

(iii) Various governance structures, which include amongst others, a Compliance Unit, a Loss Control Committee and a Monitoring and Evaluation Unit have also been established within the Chief Directorate: Finance and Supply Chain Management. The purpose of these units is to ensure proper compliance with the Public Finance Management Act as well as to correctly enforce Treasury Regulations.

(iv) The Department's Asset Management system has also been revisited and a proper Asset Register now exists. All the necessary measures are implemented to ensure that asset management in the Department is compliant with the National Treasury's requirements in this regard.

(v) A Receipting Solution is also being piloted to address revenue management in the Department.

(vi) All delegations regarding financial management / authority as well as financial policies and procedures have been updated.

(vii) A five year Immigration Control Account Financial Statement has been compiled according to general accepted audit practices. It has been submitted to the Auditor General for auditing purposes.

(viii) A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been drafted between the Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs and is awaiting final signature between the two Departments. The purpose of this MOU is to better facilitate accounting for financial transactions taking place abroad at the SA Foreign Offices. To date, all vouchers received from the Department of Foreign Affairs have been verified and the Department is awaiting final payment from the Department of Foreign Affairs to post these transactions to the relevant items on the Department's budget.

(2)The Public Finance Management Act provides the policy framework with regard to management of finances in the department. To the extent that we are addressing the compliance issues relating to the PFMA as stated in (1) above, we are certain that this represents policy success in this regard.

QUESTION 1704

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 26 September 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 29 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

In respect of the 2006-07 and 2007-08 annual reports of her department and the annual reports of each statutory and other entity reporting to her, (a) what was the (i) budgeted cost, (ii) actual cost and (iii) unit cost of each annual report and (b) how many copies of each were (i) produced and (ii) distributed?

NW2484E

REPLY

Department of Home Affairs:

Entity

(a)(i)

Budgeted cost

(a)(ii)

Actual cost

(a)(iii)

Unit cost

(b)(i)

Produced

(b)(ii)

Distributed

Department of Home Affairs – 2006/07

R257 062.20

Design and layout

R65 817.90

Printing

R191 244.30

Total

R257 062.20

R51.41

5000

+/- 4870 copies were distributed.

The remaining number will be transferred to Knowledge and Information Management Directorate (KIM)

Department of Home Affairs – 2007/08

R363 753.80

Design and layout

R87 780.00

Printing

R275 973.80

Total

R363 753.80

R121.25

3000

Copies of the document have not yet been distributed

Independent Electoral Commission:

Entity

(a)(i)

Budgeted cost

(a)(ii)

Actual cost

(a)(iii)

Unit cost

(b)(i)

Produced

(b)(ii)

Distributed

Electoral Commission – 2006/07

145 000.00

Design and layout

R33 585

Printing

R66 415.23

Total

R100 000

R49.99

2 000

1 700. Balance for archiving

Electoral Commission – 2007/08

R145 000.00

Design and layout

R28 000.00

Printing

R133 540.00

Total

R161 540.00

R80.77

2,000

1,990. Balance for archiving.

Film and Publication Board:

Entity

(a)(i)

Budgeted cost

(a)(ii)

Actual cost

(a)(iii)

Unit cost

(b)(i)

Produced

(b)(ii)

Distributed

Film and Publication Board

– 2006/07

R120 000

Design and layout

R33 500.00

Printing

R57 666.00

Total Incl vat

R103 929.24

R51.96

2000

+/-1500

The remaining will be distributed to various stakeholders before financial year end.

Department of Home Affairs – 2007/08

R150 000

Total

R148 000

R74.00

2000

500 copies sent to parliament.

The balance have not yet been distributed

QUESTION 1266

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 11 September 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 16 of 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(a) How many mobile units does her department currently own in each province,
(b) in which provinces do they operate, (c) what are the operating times and (d) how many officials man a unit at any given time?
NW1611E

REPLY:

The Department currently owns and operates one hundred and seventeen (117) Mobile Units. The information for (a) to (d) is provided in the table, below:

Zone / Province

Number of Units

Operating time start

Operating time end

Number of officials

Zone 1 Kwazulu-Natal

16

09:30 or depending on the distance travelled per Unit

15:00 or until the last applicant / client has been attended to

Three (3) – the driver and two (2) administration clerks

Zone 1
Mpumalanga

12

09:00 or depending on the distance travelled per Unit

15:00 or depending on the distance travelled between the service point and the office of departure

Three (3) – the driver and two (2) administration clerks

Zone 2
Free State

11

08:00

Until all applicants / clients have been attended to

Three (3) – the driver and two (2) administration clerks

Zone 2
Northern Cape

12

10:00 or depending on the distance travelled per Unit

Until all applicants / clients have been attended to

Three (3) – the driver and two (2) administration clerks

Zone 2
North West

11

08:00

Until all applicants / clients have been attended to

Three (3) – the driver and two (2) administration clerks

Zone 3
Western Cape

12

09:00 or depending on the distance travelled per Unit

15:00 or until the last applicant / client has been attended to

Three (3) – the driver and two (2) administration clerks

Zone 3
Eastern Cape

17

09:00 or depending on the distance travelled per Unit

15:00 or until the last applicant / client has been attended to

Three (3) – the driver and two (2) administration clerks

Zone 4
Gauteng

10

08:30

15:00 or until the last applicant / client has been attended to

Three (3) – the driver and two (2) administration clerks

Zone 4
Limpopo

16

09:00 or depending on the distance travelled per Unit

15:00 or until the last applicant / client has been attended to

Three (3) – the driver and two (2) administration clerks

QUESTION 1264

Mr. A Louw (DA) to ask the Minister of Labour:

(1) Whether the practice of labour brokering has been outlawed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether he has formulated a plan to address the reduction of training opportunities that would follow the outlawing of labour brokering; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1609E

WRITTEN REPLY

No, there is nothing in our law that refers to the concept of labour broking. The so-called labour brokers legitimised themselves through the use of the provisions of the law that regulate temporary employment services.

In terms of our skills development legislation workplace skills could be accessed by any other employer or workplace. Therefore, employers could still make use of workplace skills training to develop their personnel.

QUESTION 1423

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 11 September 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 16 OF 2009

Dr H C van Schalkwyk (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether the persons from the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) responsible for the leaks which led to the cancelling of a tender to issue smart identity cards have been identified; if not, why not; if so,

(2) whether they have been investigated; if not, why not; if so, what steps were taken against them;

(3) whether the Auditor-General's report on procurement practices will be made available; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, when?

NW1780E

REPLY

(1) to (3) It is suggested that the Honourable Member directs his request for the information to the Honourable Minister of Public Service and Administration, as the State Information Technology Agency resorts under his jurisdiction.

QUESTION 2086

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 2 November 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 26 OF 2009

Mrs S V Kalyan (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her department has a strategy in place to deal with the impacts of climate change on migration within Southern Africa; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW2742E

REPLY

No.

QUESTION 1111


DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 4 September 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 13 of 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many vacancies were there as at 30 April 2009 for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in KwaZulu-Natal?

NW1374E

REPLY

Abbreviations: RO: Regional Office

DO: District Office

BP: Border Post

The number of vacant posts relating to Civic Services at each office in KwaZulu-Natal:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

RO: UMLAZI

0

0

1

PORT OF ENTRY: DURBAN HARBOUR

0

0

0

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DURBAN

1

0

0

DO: PROSPECTON

12

1

1

DO: UMBUMBULU

0

1

0

RO: ETHEKWINI

15

0

0

DO: COMMERCIAL ROAD

4

1

1

DO: PINETOWN

12

1

0

RO: NDWEDWE

0

0

1

DO: TONGAAT

2

0

0

DO: KWADUKUZA

4

0

0

DO: PHOENIX

1

2

0

DO: MAPHUMULO

2

0

0

DO: KWAMASHU

2

0

0

RO: UGU

4

2

1

DO: KOKSTAD

1

1

0

DO: SCOTTBURGH

4

2

0

DO: IXOPO

4

1

0

DO: UMZIMKULU.

1

0

0

RO: AMAJUBA

7

2

1

DO: LADYSMITH

10

1

0

DO: ESTCOURT

2

2

0

DO MSINGA

1

0

0

DO: NQUTU

1

0

0

DO: DUNDEE

1

0

0

RO: ZULULAND

17

3

0

DO: NGOTSHANE

2

0

0

DO: NONGOMA

4

0

0

DO: VRYHEID

9

1

1

DO: NKANDLA

2

0

0

RO: UTHUNGULU

2

3

1

DO: EMPANGENI

3

1

0

DO: MTUBATUBA

11

0

0

DO: HLUHLUWE

5

1

0

DO: INGWAVUMA

2

0

0

DO: ESHOWE

5

1

0

BP: GOLELA

2

0

0

BP: KOSI BAY

0

0

0

BP: ONVERWACHT

0

0

0

BP: SANI PASS

0

0

0

BP: BOESMANSNEK

0

0

0

RO: UMGUNGUNDLOVU

15

3

1

DO: GREYTOWN

3

0

0

TOTAL

173

30

9

The number of vacant posts relating to Immigration Services at each office in
KwaZulu-Natal:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

RO: UMLAZI

0

1

1

PORT OF ENTRY: DURBAN HARBOUR

5

2

0

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DURBAN

4

1

0

DO: PROSPECTON

0

0

0

DO: UMBUMBULU

0

0

0

RO: ETHEKWINI

3

1

1

DO: COMMERCIAL ROAD

0

0

0

DO: PINETOWN

0

0

0

RO: NDWEDWE

0

1

0

DO: TONGAAT

0

0

0

DO: KWADUKUZA

0

0

0

DO: PHOENIX

0

0

0

DO: MAPHUMULO

0

0

0

DO: KWAMASHU

0

0

0

RO: UGU

1

0

1

DO: KOKSTAD

0

0

0

DO: SCOTTBURGH

0

0

0

DO: IXOPO

0

0

0

DO UMZIMKULU.

2

1

0

RO: AMAJUBA

2

1

1

DO: LADYSMITH

0

0

0

DO: ESTCOURT

0

0

0

DO MSINGA

0

0

0

DO: NQUTU

0

0

0

DO: DUNDEE

0

0

0

RO: ZULULAND

0

1

1

DO: NGOTSHANE

0

1

0

DO: NONGOMA

0

0

0

DO: VRYHEID

0

0

0

DO: NKANDLA

0

0

0

RO: UTHUNGULU

5

1

1

DO: EMPANGENI

0

0

0

DO: MTUBATUBA

0

0

0

DO: HLUHLUWE

0

0

0

DO: INGWAVUMA

1

1

0

DO: ESHOWE

0

0

0

BP: GOLELA

5

1

0

BP: KOSI BAY

0

0

0

BP: ONVERWACHT

0

0

0

BP: SANI PASS

0

0

0

BP: BOESMANSNEK

0

0

0

RO: UMGUNGUNDLOVU

0

0

1

DO: GREYTOWN

0

0

0

TOTAL

28

13

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION 1111

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 4 September 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 13 of 2009

Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many vacancies were there as at 30 April 2009 for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in KwaZulu-Natal?
NW1374E

REPLY

Abbreviations: RO: Regional Office
DO: District Office
BP: Border Post

The number of vacant posts relating to Civic Services at each office in KwaZulu-Natal:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

RO: UMLAZI

0

0

1

PORT OF ENTRY: DURBAN HARBOUR

0

0

0

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DURBAN

1

0

0

DO: PROSPECTON

12

1

1

DO: UMBUMBULU

0

1

0

RO: ETHEKWINI

15

0

0

DO: COMMERCIAL ROAD

4

1

1

DO: PINETOWN

12

1

0

RO: NDWEDWE

0

0

1

DO: TONGAAT

2

0

0

DO: KWADUKUZA

4

0

0

DO: PHOENIX

1

2

0

DO: MAPHUMULO

2

0

0

DO: KWAMASHU

2

0

0

RO: UGU

4

2

1

DO: KOKSTAD

1

1

0

DO: SCOTTBURGH

4

2

0

DO: IXOPO

4

1

0

DO: UMZIMKULU.

1

0

0

RO: AMAJUBA

7

2

1

DO: LADYSMITH

10

1

0

DO: ESTCOURT

2

2

0

DO MSINGA

1

0

0

DO: NQUTU

1

0

0

DO: DUNDEE

1

0

0

RO: ZULULAND

17

3

0

DO: NGOTSHANE

2

0

0

DO: NONGOMA

4

0

0

DO: VRYHEID

9

1

1

DO: NKANDLA

2

0

0

RO: UTHUNGULU

2

3

1

DO: EMPANGENI

3

1

0

DO: MTUBATUBA

11

0

0

DO: HLUHLUWE

5

1

0

DO: INGWAVUMA

2

0

0

DO: ESHOWE

5

1

0

BP: GOLELA

2

0

0

BP: KOSI BAY

0

0

0

BP: ONVERWACHT

0

0

0

BP: SANI PASS

0

0

0

BP: BOESMANSNEK

0

0

0

RO: UMGUNGUNDLOVU

15

3

1

DO: GREYTOWN

3

0

0

TOTAL

173

30

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The number of vacant posts relating to Immigration Services at each office in
KwaZulu-Natal:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

RO: UMLAZI

0

1

1

PORT OF ENTRY: DURBAN HARBOUR

5

2

0

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DURBAN

4

1

0

DO: PROSPECTON

0

0

0

DO: UMBUMBULU

0

0

0

RO: ETHEKWINI

3

1

1

DO: COMMERCIAL ROAD

0

0

0

DO: PINETOWN

0

0

0

RO: NDWEDWE

0

1

0

DO: TONGAAT

0

0

0

DO: KWADUKUZA

0

0

0

DO: PHOENIX

0

0

0

DO: MAPHUMULO

0

0

0

DO: KWAMASHU

0

0

0

RO: UGU

1

0

1

DO: KOKSTAD

0

0

0

DO: SCOTTBURGH

0

0

0

DO: IXOPO

0

0

0

DO UMZIMKULU.

2

1

0

RO: AMAJUBA

2

1

1

DO: LADYSMITH

0

0

0

DO: ESTCOURT

0

0

0

DO MSINGA

0

0

0

DO: NQUTU

0

0

0

DO: DUNDEE

0

0

0

RO: ZULULAND

0

1

1

DO: NGOTSHANE

0

1

0

DO: NONGOMA

0

0

0

DO: VRYHEID

0

0

0

DO: NKANDLA

0

0

0

RO: UTHUNGULU

5

1

1

DO: EMPANGENI

0

0

0

DO: MTUBATUBA

0

0

0

DO: HLUHLUWE

0

0

0

DO: INGWAVUMA

1

1

0

DO: ESHOWE

0

0

0

BP: GOLELA

5

1

0

BP: KOSI BAY

0

0

0

BP: ONVERWACHT

0

0

0

BP: SANI PASS

0

0

0

BP: BOESMANSNEK

0

0

0

RO: UMGUNGUNDLOVU

0

0

1

DO: GREYTOWN

0

0

0

TOTAL

28

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QUESTION 1104

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 4 September 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 14 of 2009

Ms M R Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether, with reference to the expected increased tourist traffic for the Fifa 2010 World Cup Soccer tournament, her department will recruit and train additional immigration officials to process visitors on arrival and departure; if not, why not; if so, (a) what plans are in place in this regard and (b) how many additional officials will be recruited and trained;

(2) whether any budget has been allocated for (a) training and (b) salaries of such officials; if not, why not; if so, what are the amounts?

NW1365E

REPLY

(1)(a)&(b) Yes. A total of 143 critical posts have been advertised by the Chief Directorate: Port Control to improve immigration capacity at Ports of Entry. These additional recruited, and trained immigration officials will be deployed to support immigration operations at selected Ports of Entry during the FIFA 2010 World Cup, but will, also, ensure sustainable operations, and improved service delivery to the public, beyond the FIFA 2010 World Cup tournament.

(2)(a) & (b) An amount of ±R25,700,000.00 has been allocated for the filling of these positions, and training of the successful candidates.

25 December 2008 - Question:Minister of Home Affairs

MPs to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Reply:

QUESTION 1817

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 17 October 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 31 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether any disciplinary action was taken against officials in her department (a) in
(i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007 and (b) during the period 1 January 2008 up to
30 September 2008; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) how many instances of disciplinary action occurred, (ii) what was the rank/position of each official against whom disciplinary action was taken, (iii) what was the transgression and (iv) what disciplinary action was taken?

NW2612E

REPLY

(a)(i) Yes.

(a)(ii) Yes.

(a)(iii) Yes

(b)(i) A total of 594 instances of disciplinary action occurred in the period
01 January 2008 to 30 September 2008.

(b)(ii) Rank / position of each official – please note that the ranks / positions are stated together with the number of officials in that specific rank against which disciplinary action was taken. As per the table below:

Rank / position

Number of officials

Senior Administrative Officers

42

Vetting Officer

1

Senior Administration Clerks

113

Senior Immigration Officers

10

Senior Provisioning Administrative Officer

1

Administration Clerks

125

Senior Legal Administrative Officer

1

Security Officers

13

Refugee Reception Officers

8

Quality Assuror

1

Provisioning Administrative Officers

8

Legal Administrative Officers

2

Information Technology Specialists

2

Immigration Officers

149

Interns

3

Grounds man

1

Foreign Mission Co-ordinator

1

Fingerprint Comparers

35

Drivers

4

Deputy Directors

6

Control Security Officers

2

Client Service Consultant

1

Cleaners

11

Chief Immigration Officers

18

Casual Workers

4

Assistant Directors

12

Administrative Officers

7

Senior Personnel Officer

1

Chief Administration Clerks

4

Chief Training Officer

1

Control Immigration Officers

3

Data Typist

1

National Youth Service Participant

1

Principle Communications Officer

1

Secretary

1

Total

594*

(b)(iii) The transgressions – as per the table below. Please note that the number of a specific instance/s is only stated:

Transgression

Number of officials

Assault

15

Disrespect and abusive behaviour

33

Aiding and abetting and corruption

209

Theft

10

Fraud / false statements

67

Unauthorised absence / abscondment

98

Discrimination against fellow employees

0

Damage to / loss of State property

8

Unauthorised use of Government vehicles

56

Dereliction of duty

94

Absenteeism / abscondment

45

Total

635*

* More than one transgression by official in some cases, hence the difference in totals.

(b)(iv) The disciplinary action taken. Please note that only the number of actions taken is stated:

· Dismissals: 196

· Suspension without salary: 44

· Demotions: 3

· Written Warnings: 196

· Cases withdrawn /

found not guilty / not finalised: 196

QUESTION 843

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 30 May 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 15 of 2008

Mr M H Hoosen (ID) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What (a) is the total number of refugee applications pending and (b) steps are being taken to address the backlog;

(2) how many applications have been (a) approved and (b) rejected in the past financial year;

(3) whether her department receives any revenue to support refugees; if so, (a) from whom and (b) what amounts have been received?

NW1531E

REPLY

(1)(a) A total number of 89 584 refugee applications were pending as on 31 March 2008.

However, not all of these constitute a backlog, but are pending applications which are being dealt with, at our permanent office.

(1)(b) The Department of Home Affairs implemented the Refugee Backlog Project to address the pending asylum applications and refugee applications which were submitted before 1 July 2005. This project ended in February 2008, and all applications for political asylum, which were lodged before 1 July 2005, have successfully been dealt with by the Backlog Project. Cases which were not finalised are cases where the applicants appealed against the decisions of the Refugee Status Determination Officers. The backlog project was successful, and it has, now, been closed.

Applications are, currently, being dealt with by the five permanent Refugee Reception Offices, following the appointment of 190 additional staff members (between the five centres), in addition to the existing staff members. The newly appointed Centre Managers, Operations Managers, Refugee Status Determination Managers, and Refugee Reception Managers will ensure that applications for asylum and refugee status are being dealt with swiftly and responsibly.

To improve efficiency, the Department has identified the status determination process of asylum seekers and refugees, as one of the Department's priorities, within the Turnaround Project. The Department is currently piloting the "Refugee and Deportation (RaD) Integrated System in this regard.

(2)(a) A total of 1617 applications were approved during the past financial year (2007/08) – i.e refugee status was granted in terms of section 24 of the Refugees Act, 1998 (Act No 130 of 1998).

(b) A total number of 5661 applications were rejected during the 2007/08 financial year.

(3) (a) & (b) No.

QUESTION 595

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 March 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 11 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(a) What are the key criteria identified by her departmental turnaround team necessary to be met in order to meet the objectives of the turnaround strategy, (b) on what basis was each of these key criteria identified, (c) on what date was the turnaround strategy first implemented, (d) what is the progress to date in respect of each key criterion and (e) by what date will all the objectives have been met so that her department will begin to function efficiently and effectively in all key service delivery and operational areas?

NW1280E

REPLY

The following key criteria were identified:

Improved service delivery which will be customer focused.

The reduction of fraud and corruption.

A much improved and more effective management of risks.

Improved turnaround times for key enabling documents.

Effective operations encompassing people, processes, infrastructure and technology.

Improved organisational alignment.

The selection of the turnaround criteria factored in the key findings of the Ministerial Support and Intervention Task team which was appointed in June 2006 to analyse the root causes of the problems in Home Affairs, and subsequently, made recommendations. In addition, a diagnostic exercise was undertaken in the Department and extensive interviews were conducted to identify key issues and success criteria for the Turnaround.

Phase 1 (one) of the Turnaround was initiated on the 01 June 2007, and encapsulated the design of a new Vision, and defining an Operational Model for the Department, as well as, the Roadmap for the Turnaround. Phase 1 (one) was completed in December 2007, and Phase 2 (two) began in January 2008.

At this stage, it is not possible to assess the progress to date with regards to each set criteria, as the Department has, only, now, embarked on the Piloting and Implementation Phase of the Turnaround Project (Phase 2). This process follows the initial defining of the new Vision and Operating Model of the Department, as well as, the Roadmap for the Turnaround Project.

However, a number of Phase 1 Quick Win initiatives had a significant impact on

the key criteria. These included:

A Track and Trace system for Identity Documents (ID) was implemented, enabling the Department to identify key bottleneck areas in the process, and giving citizens access to the status of their ID applications.

A first line Contact Centre was established to support the existing second line service centre to improve service delivery.

Critical path backlogs were eliminated in fingerprint verification, and turnaround times improved from an average of 27 days to 4 days.

More than 400 front office officials working with Identity Document (ID) applications have been trained on quality assurance. A single courier service has been put in place for the pick up, and delivery of IDs, and applications between front offices, and the head office. This resulted in an improvement in the time it takes to dispatch an application from an average 20 days to 10 days. This figure is set to decline further as implementation progresses in Phase Two.

A new Late Registration of Birth process was developed to minimise fraud in the late registration process. More than 300 front office officials were trained in the new process.

A large account unit was set up to expedite issuing of permits focusing on scarce skills.

(e) The Turnaround Project, a complex task, which typically takes three to five years in many big organisations, is expected to be completed by 2011. It is anticipated that 55% to 65% of the Turnaround effort will be implemented by the end of 2009.

QUESTION 596

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 March 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 11 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her department has made any special budget allocation for the implementation of the turnaround strategy; if not, (a) why not and (b) how will the funds required be sourced; if so, (i) what is the total amount budgeted for the turnaround strategy in each province or region, (ii) how many (aa) individual and (bb) company consultants and/or agencies have been appointed to carry out the (aaa) research on and (bbb) implementation of the turnaround strategy, (iii) what is the total cost of the turnaround strategy to date and
(iv) how much has been expended on outside agents and consultants?

NW1281E

REPLY

(a) No specific budget is allocated to the Turnaround Project, as its work is integrated in the Strategic Plan of the Department. All amounts for the work done in the Turnaround Project are covered in the baseline of the Department's Budget.

The National Treasury has also made a special allocation of R 300 000 000 per annum for specific Turnaround Projects. This is held on commission by the Treasury, and was made available to the Department of Home Affairs on motivation.

(b)(i)The Department has now budgeted a total amount of R1,126,621,000 for the Turnaround Project – please see the tables given at (b)(iv) for a comprehensive breakdown of this amount, which indicates that the amount will be utilised during the 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11 financial years. The amount budgeted for, includes the total cost of the Turnaround Project for the Department's Head Office, as well as, all its Provinces.

(b)(ii)(aa) & (bb). A total number of 107 consultants from the consulting firms Fever Tree Consulting and A.T. Kearney were employed.

(b)(iii) The total expenditure incurred by the Department in respect of the Turnaround Project (as on 31 March 2008) amounts to R148.061 million.

(b)(iv) A breakdown of the expenditure as per the tables below:

Description

Budget Allocation (million)

Expenditure as at

31-03-2008 (million)

Budget Allocation (million)

Total Budget (million)

Total Expenditure as at
31-03-2008 (million)

 

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

 

Consultants

R147,310

R146,022

R255,305

R64,104

-

R466,719

R146,022

DHA

R34,719

R2,039

R55,346

R246,591

R323,246

R659,902

R2,039

Total

R182,029

R148,061

R310,651

R310,695

R323,246

R1,126,621

R148,061

               

QUESTION 597

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 March 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 11 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her department paid for the travel and car hire and any other related costs for a certain person (name furnished) on or about 30 May 2006, 1 and 2 July 2006; if so, (a) in what capacity was the said person employed by her department, (b) why did this person incur these costs and (c) what was the total cost to her department of the expenditure incurred?

NW1282E

REPLY

Yes. The Department paid for the costs for the 30th May and 1st of July 2006 only. The person was offering voluntary service to the Department.

To cover her travel expenses while assisting the Deputy Minister with communication and speech writing services.

R 7 737.60

QUESTION NO.: 598 DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28 March 2008

Dr J T Delport (DA) to ask the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Development:

(1) What is the current staff vacancy rate in the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO) at each (a) salary and (b) occupation level;

(2) whether there has been an increase in the number of staff resigning from the DSO since the announcement that it would be disbanded by June 2008; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether there are any plans in place for the prosecutors and forensic investigators who are currently part of the DSO but who will not be transferred to the SA Police Service after the disbanding of the DSO; if not, why not; if so, what plans?

NW1283E

REPLY

(1) The vacancy ratein the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO as at 30 July 2008 is as follows:

(a) Vacancy rate according to salary bands:

SALARY BAND

NO OF

POSTS

NO FILLED

VACANCY

RATE %

Lower Skilled

(Levels 1 – 2)

0

0

0%

Skilled

(Levels 3 – 5)

18

17

6%

Highly Skilled Production

(Levels 6 – 8)

148

108

27%

Highly Skilled Supervision

(Levels 9 – 12)

481

346

28%

Senior Management

(Levels 13- 16)

74

43

42%

 

721

514

29%

(b) The vacancy rate according to occupational levels:

OCCUPATIONS

NO OF POSTS

NO FILLED

VACANCY RATE %

Administrative Related

73

64

12%

Advocated

104

57

45%

Client Information Clerks (switchboard)

1

1

0%

Communication and Information Related

2

0

100%

Finance and Economics Related

1

0

100%

General and Special Investigators*

432

319

26%

Head of Department/CEO

1

0

100%

Library mail and related clerks

3

3

0

Logistic Support Personnel

8

5

38%

Messengers/Porters

8

8

0%

Other Administrative Related Clerks

1

0

100%

Other Information Technology

1

0

100%

Prosecutors

5

1

80%

Protection Services

9

9

0%

Public Relations

1

1

0%

Secretaries

9

4

56%

Senior Managers**

62

43

31%

 

721

514

29%

* Includes Trainee and Assistant Forensic Accountants

** Includes DDPP's and Forensic Accountants

(2) Resignations at the DSO have remained at an average of 3.5 per month for the months before and after the announcement but since April 2005, it has risen to an average of 5 per month.

(3) A plan on these matters is not yet finalised and discussions are ongoing.

QUESTION 882

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 30 May 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 15 of 2008

Ms H Weber (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) (a) How many burglaries have occurred in her department's offices throughout the country in each of the past five years up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) how many (i) identity documents, (ii) passports,
(iii) computers and (iv) other equipment were stolen during such burglaries, (c) what was the total cost incurred by her department as the result of the burglaries and
(d) what is the total amount spent by her department on office security in each of these years;

(2) whether any of her department's officials were implicated in these burglaries; if so, (a) how many and (b) at which offices were they based;

(3) whether her department has taken any action against the implicated officials; if not, why not; if so, what action?

NW1573E

REPLY

(1)(2(3) The Department has had a series of burglaries in some of its offices, around the country, in the past, which caused so much inconveniences. The information, the Honourable Member is looking for, requires an enduring process of accessing information, spanning so many years that may require the extensive use of resources, so dearly required for the critical advancement of the challenges, and the undertaking of the immediate tasks of the Department.

QUESTION 633

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 9 May 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2008

Mr L W Greyling (ID) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether the spouses of foreign persons with critical skills recruited to come to work in the Republic of South Africa are themselves allowed to seek work in South Africa; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, under what conditions?

NW1319E

REPLY

Currently, the spouse of a recruited foreign person with critical skills does not automatically qualify for a work permit, but is allowed to seek work in the Republic of South Africa. However, as is the case with all other foreign nationals, an application for a work permit must be submitted at the nearest Regional office of the Department in the Republic of South africa (RSA) (or South African Embassy, or High Commission in their country of origin).

Having recognised that this has a potential to negatively affect the recruitment of much needed scarce skills, we intend to consider a review of this legal position as part of the immigration policy review process.

QUESTION 1208

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 1 August 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 21 of 2008

Ms H Weber (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department has taken any steps to establish whether companies, small businesses and other employers employ illegal immigrants; if so, for each of the past five years up to the latest specified date for which information is available, how many (a) employers have been found to be employing illegal immigrants and (b) illegal immigrants were employed in each case; if not,

(2) whether her department intends taking such steps; if not, why not; if so, when;

(3) whether they were fined; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1949E

REPLY

(1), (2) and (3) Yes. The Chief Directorate: Inspectorate is responsible for immigration law enforcement. This unit continues to conduct inspections of companies and businesses on a regular basis to ensure that employers do not employ illegal foreigners. The table below reflects information on each province for the past five financial years and also the fines imposed:

Province

Year

Number of employers

Amount Fined

Number of illegal foreigners

Amount fined

Kwazulu Natal

2003/04

2

R2000

1

R500

 

2004/05

1

R1000

0

0 *

 

2005/06

2

R7000

0

0 *

 

2006/07

0

0

0

0

 

2007/08

0

0

0

0

 

Total

5

R10000

1

R500

 

Mpumalanga

2003/04

1

R14000

1

R1500

 

2004/05

2

R3000

1

R1500

 

2005/06

0

0

0

0

 

2006/07

10

R15000

2

R3000

 

2007/08

2

R6000

2

R3000

 

Total

15

R38000

6

R9000

 

Eastern Cape

2003/04

0

0

0

0

 

2004/05

0

0

0

0

 

2005/06

2

R5000

1

R2500

 

2006/07

2

R5000

1

R1000

 

2007/08

5

R17500

1

R2500

 

Total

9

R27500

3

R6000

 

Western Cape

2003/04

4

R12000

2

R2700

 

2004/05

4

R7500

1

R1500

 

2005/06

4

R10000

1

R2000

 

2006/07

5

R30000

4

R10000

 

2007/08

15

R86800

2

R5000

 

Total

32

R146 300

10

R21200

 

Northern Cape

2003/04

0

0

0

0

 

2004/05

0

0

0

0

 

2005/06

2

R2000

0

0 *

 

2006/07

0

0

0

0

 

2007/08

0

0

0

0

 

Total

2

R2000

0

R0

 

North West

2003/04

8

R19200

8

R4000

 

2004/05

10

R20000

6

R5000

 

2005/06

10

R41500

9

R6300

 

2006/07

8

R24000

4

R3000

 

2007/08

9

R11000

5

R3800

 

Total

45

R115700

32

R22100

 

Free State

2003/04

1

R5000

1

R500

 

2004/05

4

R6000

2

R2000

 

2005/06

5

R15500

4

R4000

 

2006/07

4

R24500

2

R4000

 

2007/08

1

R2500

1

R1000

 

Total

15

R53500

10

R11500

 
 

Gauteng

2003/04

16

R33200

9

R3100

 

2004/05

10

R27000

6

R2800

 

2005/06

23

R6300

23

R4600

 

2006/07

67

R31100

52

R26000

 

2007/08

10

R10000

9

R4500

 

Total

126

R107600

99

R41000

 

Limpopo

2003/04

7

R38300

5

R7000

 

2004/05

12

R22500

7

R4500

 

2005/06

16

R26100

7

R7000

 

2006/07

0

0

0

0

 

2007/08

0

0

0

0

 

Total

35

R86900

19

R18500

* Please note: No fines were imposed on illegal foreigners, as the illegal foreigners involved were directly deported. Section 32(2) of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002) states that any illegal foreigner shall be deported.

QUESTION NO 1237

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 15 September 2006

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 30 - 2006

Mrs S V Kalyan (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether any cases of financial misconduct have occurred in her department in the 2004-05 financial year; if so, what are the relevant details?

N1640E

REPLY:

Yes. A total of seven employees have been dismissed for financial misconduct in the 2004/2005 financial year.

The nature of the financial misconduct in respect of the dismissed employees:

- Misappropriation of State funds;

- Failure to bank or declare revenue monies collected; and

- Inflation of subsistence and travel claims

The Ranks, Offices and dates of dismissals:

1) Rank: Senior Administration Clerk

Office: Directorate: Identity Documents: Pretoria

Date of dismissal: 07 July 2004.

2) Rank: Immigration Officer

Office: Pontdrift Port Control Office(Limpopo)

Date of dismissal: 02 November 2004.

3) Rank: Senior Administration Clerk

Office: Regional Office: Umgungundlovu (Kwazulu-Natal)

Date of dismissal: 28 October 2004.

4) Rank: Administration Clerk

Office: Regional Office: Bethlehem (Free State)

Date of dismissal: 22 December 2004.

5) Rank: Immigration Officer

Office: Cape Town Regional Office (Western Cape)

Date of dismissal: 28 June 2004.

6) Rank: Senior Administration Clerk

Office: Polokwane Regional Office (Limpopo)

Date of dismissal: 27 August 2004.

7) Rank: Administration Clerk

Office: Wynberg District Office (Western Cape)

Date of dismissal: 15 December 2004.

QUESTION 1482

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 29 August 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many posts were there for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in KwaZulu-Natal as at 25 August 2008?

NW2226E

REPLY

The number of posts relating to Civic Services were available at each office in the Kwazulu-Natal Province on 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

Office

Counter Staff

Supervisors

Management

Amajuba Regional Office (R/O)

43

13

16

Chatsworth District Office (D/O)

23

5

1

Commercial Road D/O

43

11

1

Dundee D/O

12

4

0

Empangeni D/O

30

9

1

Eshowe D/O

17

4

1

Estcourt D/O

11

3

0

Ethekwini D/O

61

21

4

Greytown D/O

2

0

0

Howick D/O

0

2

0

Ingwavuma Service Point (S/P)

17

5

1

Ixopo D/O

17

5

1

Jozini D/O

15

5

1

Kokstad D/O

22

6

1

Kwadukuza D/O

22

7

1

Kwamashu D/O

8

2

0

Ladysmith D/O

34

10

1

Maphumulo D/O

8

2

0

Mbazwana S/P

16

5

1

Melmoth D/O

10

1

1

Mpumalanga D/O

8

1

0

Mtubatuba D/O

26

7

1

Ndwedwe R/O

51

15

3

New Hanover D/O

8

1

1

Ngotshane D/O

13

1

1

Nkandla D/O

10

3

0

Nongoma D/O

10

2

0

Nquthu D/O

8

2

0

Phoenix D/O

26

7

1

Pinetown D/O

43

11

1

Prospecton D/O

27

7

1

Richmond D/O

10

3

0

Scottburgh D/O

27

8

1

Tongaat D/O

25

7

1

Ugu R/O

49

15

3

Umbumbulu D/O

8

2

0

Umgungundlovu D/O

16

11

3

Umlazi D/O

37

11

3

Umsinga D/O

14

6

1

Uthungulu R/O

53

15

3

Vryheid D/O

27

7

1

Zululand R/O

25

2

1

TOTAL

932

264

58

The following number of posts relating to Immigration Services in the Kwazulu-Natal Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

Office

Counter Staff

Supervisors

Managers

Ethekwini D/O

24

5

3

Ugu R/O

16

4

1

Umgungundlovu D/O

15

4

1

Uthungulu R/O

20

5

1

Amajuba R/O

12

16

6

Golela PCO

18

6

1

Kosi Bay PCO

8

3

0

Onverwacht Port Control Office (PCO)

5

1

0

Durban Harbour PCO

12

3

0

King Shaka Airport PCO

18

2

2

Sani Pass PCO

3

1

0

Boesmansnek PCO

3

1

0

TOTAL

154

51

15

QUESTION 1483

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 29 August 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many posts were there for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in the Western Cape as at 25 August 2008?

NW2227E

REPLY

The number of posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Western Cape Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

Cape Town Regional Office (R/O)

124

38

4

Wynberg District Office (D/O)

44

13

1

Bellville D/O

62

21

1

Cape Town International Airport

51

12

1

Cape Town Harbour

11

3

0

Cape Town Refugee Reception Office

16

9

1

Paarl R/O

34

11

2

Worcester D/O

19

7

1

Stellenbosch D/O

6

2

0

Malmesbury D/O

22

7

1

Vredendal D/O

8

2

0

George R/O

35

15

2

Knysna D/O

11

2

0

Beaufort West D/O

14

5

0

Oudtshoorn D/O

12

3

0

Khayelitsha R/O

38

17

2

Caledon D/O

24

8

1

Mitchell's Plain D/O

21

6

1

Nyanga D/O

32

7

1

TOTAL

584

188

19

The following number of posts relating to Immigration Services in the Western Cape Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

Cape Town International Airport

90

9

2

Cape Town R/O

40

4

1

Cape Town Harbour

10

3

0

Khayelitsha R/O

14

3

1

George R/O

15

3

1

Paarl R/O

15

3

1

Malmesbury D/O

5

1

0

TOTAL

189

26

6

QUESTION 1484

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 29 August 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many posts were there for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in Mpumalanga as at 25 August 2008?

NW2228E

REPLY

The number of posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Mpumalanga Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

Office

Counter Staff

Supervisors

Management

Nelspruit Regional Office (R/O)

13

6

2

Barberton District Office (D/O)

5

2

1

Hazyview D/O

7

3

1

Komatipoort D/O

6

2

1

Lydenburg D/O

4

1

1

Mhala D/O

9

6

1

Nkomazi D/O

5

3

1

White River D/O

5

2

1

Witbank R/O

36

16

2

Middelburg D/O

19

6

1

Belfast D/O

5

2

0

Kwamhlanga D/O

10

4

1

Mdutjana D/O

18

7

1

Mkobola D/O

9

3

0

Ermelo R/O

23

8

2

Piet Retief D/O

5

3

1

Evander D/O

22

7

1

Bethal D/O

8

2

1

Standerton D/O

6

2

0

Volksrust D/O

5

2

0

TOTAL

220

87

19

The following number of posts relating to Immigration Services in the Mpumalanga Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

Nelspruit R/O

10

4

1

Witbank R/O

10

1

0

Middelburg D/O

2

0

0

Siyabuswa D/O

0

1

0

Lydenburg D/O

2

0

0

Hazyview D/O

2

0

0

White River D/O

2

1

0

Nkomazi D/O

2

0

0

Komatipoort D/O

5

0

0

Barberton D/O

2

1

0

Lebombo Port Control Office (PCO)

41

2

0

Mananga PCO

6

2

0

Jeppes Reef PCO

10

2

0

Josefsdal PCO

1

1

0

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport PCO

9

2

0

Mhala D/O

5

1

0

Ermelo R/O

1

1

0

Piet Retief PCO

1

1

0

Bethal D/O

1

0

0

Secunda D/O

1

0

0

Oshoek PCO

31

1

0

Waverley PCO

2

1

0

Nerston D/O

4

2

0

Emahlathini D/O

4

1

0

Mahamba PCO

10

4

0

TOTAL

164

29

1

QUESTION 1485

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 29 August 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2008

Ms H Weber (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many posts were there for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in Eastern Cape as at 25 August 2008?

NW2229E

REPLY

The number of posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Eastern Cape Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

Office

Counter Staff

Supervisors

Management

King Williams Town Regional Office (R/O)

24

15

2

Zwelitsha Service Point (S/P)

3

1

0

Alice District Office (D/O)

12

5

1

Fort Beaufort S/P

3

1

0

Middledrift S/P

3

2

0

East London D/O

26

10

1

Keiskammahoek D/O

11

6

0

Mdantsane D/O

9

5

0

Peddie D/O

8

4

0

Queenstown R/O

31

12

2

Whittlesea S/P

3

1

0

Cofimvaba D/O

16

5

1

Tsomo S/P

3

1

0

Cradock D/O

12

5

1

Middleburg S/P

3

1

0

Ngcobo D/O

13

4

1

Cala S/P

3

1

0

Elliot S/P

3

1

0

Lady Frere D/O

10

5

0

Port Elizabeth R/O

33

15

2

Clearly Park D/O

14

4

1

Graaff Reinet D/O

8

4

1

Grahamstown D/O

12

5

1

Port Alfred S/P

3

1

0

Humansdorp D/O

12

5

1

Motherwell D/O

20

6

1

Somerset East D/O

6

3

0

Uitenhage D/O

17

5

1

Mthatha R/O

31

18

2

Mqanduli S/P

5

1

0

Butterworth D/O

12

7

1

Ngqamakhwe S/P

4

1

0

Centane Thusong D/O

2

1

0

Qumbu D/O

10

4

1

Tsolo S/P

4

1

0

Willowvale D/P

17

6

1

Dutywa S/P

4

1

0

Elliotdale S/P

2

1

0

Mount Frere R/O

22

10

2

Mt Ayliff S/P

3

1

0

Aliwal North D/O

6

3

0

Burgersdorp D/O

6

3

0

Mount Fletcher D/O

6

3

1

Maluti S/P

3

1

0

Matatiele S/P

3

1

0

Sterkspruit D/O

14

6

1

Lusikisiki R/O

21

8

2

Flagstaff S/P

3

1

0

Bizana D/O

14

5

1

Libode D/O

14

5

1

Ngqeleni S/P

4

1

0

Port St Johns D/O

12

5

1

Ntabankulu D/O

8

4

0

TOTAL

551

231

31

The following number of posts relating to Immigration Services in the Eastern Cape Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

King William's Town R/O

21

5

2

East London D/O

16

4

0

Queenstown D/O

21

6

1

Engcobo D/O

2

1

0

Port Elizabeth R/O

12

5

1

Graaf Reinett D/O

4

1

0

Grahamstown D/O

6

2

0

Butterworth D/O

5

1

0

Mount Fletcher D/O

5

1

0

Sterkspruit PCO

5

1

0

Lusikisiki PCO

16

5

1

Mthatha R/O

19

5

1

Couga PCO

16

5

0

Telebridge PCO

10

1

0

Qachasneck PCO

10

1

0

Ramatisilo PCO

6

1

0

Ongeluksnek PCO

6

1

0

TOTAL

180

46

6

QUESTION 1486

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 29 August 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2008

Ms H Weber (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many posts were there for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in Northern Cape as at 25 August 2008?

NW2230E

REPLY

The number of posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Northern Cape Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

Office

Counter Staff

Supervisors

Management

Kimberley Regional Office (R/O)

49

22

2

De Aar District Office (D/O)

15

6

1

Prieska D/O

10

4

0

Jan Kempdorp D/O

8

3

0

Upington R/O

43

18

2

Kuruman D/O

24

10

1

Postmasburg D/O

13

5

1

Springbok R/O

23

10

2

Pampierstad D/O

12

6

0

Calvinia D/O

13

5

1

TOTAL

210

89

10

The following number of posts relating to Immigration Services in the Northern Cape Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

Kimberley R/O

17

6

1

Upington R/O

22

6

1

Springbok D/O

12

4

1

De Aar D/O

5

1

0

Kuruman D/O

11

3

0

Alexander Bay Port Control Office (PCO)

7

1

0

Sendelingsdrift PCO

2

1

0

Vioolsdrift PCO

17

5

0

Onseepkans PCO

2

1

0

Nakop PCO

17

7

0

Rietfontein PCO

2

1

0

Gemsbok PCO

3

1

0

Twee Rivieren PCO

2

1

0

Middelputs PCO

2

1

0

McCarthy's Rest PCO

2

1

0

TOTAL

123

40

3

QUESTION 1487

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 29 August 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2008

Ms H Weber (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many posts were there for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in Limpopo as at 25 August 2008?

NW2231E

REPLY

The number of posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Limpopo Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

Office

Counter Staff

Supervisors

Management

Giyani Regional Office (R/O)

12

3

2

Tzaneen District Office (D/O)

17

6

1

Phalaborwa D/O

12

3

1

Thohoyandou R/O

27

4

2

Vuwani D/O

12

5

1

Dzanani D/O

14

5

1

Elim D/O

13

6

1

Malamulele D/O

12

4

1

Makhado D/O

20

6

1

Mutale D/O

13

4

1

Musina D/O

6

2

1

Mokopane R/O

27

4

2

Lephalale D/O

12

3

1

Modimolle D/O

8

2

0

Tauyatwala D/O

3

0

0

Thabazimbi D/O

6

0

0

Polokwane R/O

28

6

2

Bochum D/O

9

3

0

Seshego D/O

3

0

0

Mankweng D/O

7

2

0

Lebowakgomo D/O

50

12

1

Molemole D/O

7

3

1

Groblersdal D/O

6

3

1

Sekhukhuni Hospitals

25

9

0

TOTAL

349

95

21

The following number of posts relating to Immigration Services in the Limpopo Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

QUESTION 1488

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 29 August 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2008

Mr T D Lee (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many posts were there for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in Gauteng as at 25 August 2008?

NW2232E

REPLY

The number of posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Gauteng Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

Office

Counter Staff

Supervisors

Management

Brakpan District Office (D/O)

19

6

1

Nigel D/O

22

6

1

Kempton Park D/O

30

9

1

Benoni D/O

19

6

1

Springs Regional Office (R/O)

45

14

2

Boksburg D/O

24

2

1

Germiston R/O

31

4

2

Akasia R/O

25

6

2

Centurion D/O

10

3

1

Alberton D/O

23

3

2

Edenvale D/O

17

3

2

Cullinan D/O

14

5

1

Mabopane D/O

18

2

1

Soshanguve D/O

10

3

1

Garankuwa D/O

25

7

1

Pretoria R/O

88

16

2

Johannesburg R/O

20

20

2

Alexandra D/O

4

4

0

Market Street D/O

4

9

0

Randburg D/O

14

6

0

Sandton D/O

6

3

1

Randfontein R/O

9

12

2

Carletonville D/O

5

4

1

Krugersdorp D/O

5

6

1

Soweto R/O

9

9

1

Roodepoort D/O

17

7

1

Vereeniging R/O

19

11

2

Heidelberg D/O

4

2

0

Sebokeng D/O

4

2

1

Vanderbijlpark D/O

11

4

1

Total

551

194

35

The following number of posts relating to Immigration Services in the Gauteng Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

Springs R/O

18

3

2

Benoni D/O

4

1

0

Kempton Park D/O

3

1

0

Nigel D/O

5

1

0

Daveyton D/O

5

1

0

Tembisa D/O

5

1

0

Brakpan D/O

5

1

0

Carletonville D/O

1

1

0

Krugersdorp D/O

3

1

0

Soweto R/O

5

2

1

Vereeniging R/O

8

1

1

Germiston R/O

16

3

1

Alberton D/O

3

1

0

Boksburg D/O

3

1

0

Edenvale D/O

3

1

0

Randburg D/O

3

1

0

Randfontein D/O

40

2

2

Roodepoort D/O

2

1

0

Marabastad D/O

24

5

2

Akasia R/O

0

1

1

Pretoria R/O

10

6

1

Johannesburg R/O

19

3

0

Lanseria Airport

8

1

0

O R Tambo International Airport

161

17

4

Crown Mines Refugee Reception Office

34

52

9

TOTAL

388

109

24


QUESTION 1489

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 29 August 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2008

Mr T D Lee to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many posts were there for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in North West Province as at 25 August 2008?

NW2233E

REPLY

Due to the fact that the Department of Home Affairs has separated its Civic Services and Immigration Services as part of its Turnaround Project, the following number of posts relating to Civic Services were available in the North West Province on 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

North West Province

Office

Counter Staff

Supervisors

Management

Mmabatho Regional Office

22

6

9

Molopo District Office

14

2

5

Lehurutshe District Office

9

2

3

Ganyesa District Office

9

3

2

Taung District Office

14

4

4

Vryburg District Office

7

3

4

Rustenburg Regional Office

20

6

8

Mankwe District Office

5

3

4

Madikwe District Office

7

4

2

Brits District Office

10

2

4

Garankuwa District Office

7

2

5

Mabopane District Office

8

4

3

Moretele District Office

15

3

2

Klerksdorp District Office

17

5

7

Lichtenburg District Office

12

3

4

Atamelang District Office

6

2

2

Potchefstroom District Office

8

2

3

Wolmaranstad District Office

2

0

1

TOTAL

192

56

72

Due to the fact that the Department of Home Affairs has separated its Civic Services and Immigration Services as part of its Turnaround Project, the following number of posts relating to Immigration Services were available in the North West Province on
25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

Mafikeng

0

0

1

Mafikeng RRO

5

2

1

Mmabatho

20

5

1

Klerksdorp

20

5

1

Rustenburg

20

5

1

Brits

5

1

0

Moretele

5

1

0

Lehurutse

5

1

0

Vryburg

5

1

0

Ganyesa

5

1

0

Potchefstroom

5

1

0

Makopong

6

1

0

Bray

6

1

0

Makgobistad

6

1

0

Derdepoort

6

1

0

Swartkopfontein

12

4

0

Kopfontein

24

7

0

Ramatlabana

24

7

0

Skilpadshek

24

7

0

TOTAL

203

52

5

QUESTION 1490

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 29 August 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 of 2008

Mr T D Lee (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

How many posts were there for (a) counter staff, (b) supervisors and (c) management at each office in Free State Province as at 25 August 2008?

NW2234E

REPLY

The number of posts relating to Civic Services at each office in the Free State Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

Office

Counter Staff

Supervisors

Management

Bloemfontein Regional Office (R/O)

49

14

2

Botshabelo District Office (D/O)

16

5

1

Zastron D/O

8

2

1

Koffiefontein D/O

8

2

1

Taba Nchu D/O

11

4

1

Phuthaditjhaba R/O

49

14

2

Bethlehem D/O

24

8

1

Harrismith D/O

8

2

1

Sasolburg D/O

12

5

1

Welkom R/O

40

14

2

Kroonstad D/O

17

4

1

Bulfontein D/O

10

3

1

TOTAL

252

77

15

The following number of posts relating to Immigration Services in the Free State Province as at 25 August 2008 – as per the table below:

OFFICE

COUNTER STAFF

SUPERVISORS

MANAGERS

Ficksburg Bridge Port Control Office (PCO)

33

12

1

Maseru Bridge PCO

42

12

1

Caledonspoort PCO

20

4

0

Van Rooyenshek PCO

13

4

0

Monantsapas PCO

3

1

0

Pekabrug PCO

3

1

0

Sepapushek PCO

3

1

0

Makaleng PCO

3

1

0

Phuthaditjhaba D/O

14

4

1

Bethlehem D/O

5

1

0

Bloemfontein R/O

19

5

1

Botshabelo D/O

5

1

0

Welkom R/O

19

5

1

Kroonstad D/O

5

1

0

TOTAL

187

53

5

QUESTION 1004

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 13 June 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 18 of 2008

Ms H Weber (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) (a) What are the reasons for her department not releasing a report submitted to her office by a team of immigration experts assessing the huge backlogs in processing applications for asylum-seekers, (b) what is the total cost for the (i) compilation of the report and (ii) remuneration to members of the team who wrote the report and (c) how many times did the team meet to discuss or elaborate on the report;

(2) whether she will release the report; if not, why not; if so, when?

NW1742E

REPLY

(1)(a) As far as I know, there was never any report to be published, as this was a Backlog Project. The Exit Report was prepared, and submitted by the Backlog Managers appointed and trained by the Department, with the aim of eradicating the backlog in asylum applications, accumulated since 1998, and not to "assessing the huge backlogs in processing applications for asylum-seekers" as suggested.

In essence, the Exit Report, so compiled by the Backlog Managers, was purely an administrative report, intended for in-house use; and, therefore, cannot be published.

It is also important to note that the writers of the Exit Report were not a team of Immigration experts. They were, instead, appointed by the Department to assist in eliminating the accumulation of pending asylum applications by means of approvals and rejections, through an adjudication process, for the duration of the project. In order to achieve that, the Department provided them with training in "Refugee Status Determination and Immigration matters".

(b)(i) No additional costs were incurred for the report, as its compilation was completed within the allotted budget for the Backlog Project.

(ii) The total cost was R9 179 552.25. This was the amount paid in salaries to the Backlog Managers for the duration of the project (May 2005 to March 2008).

(c) Project members met regularly to discuss challenges, and progress made. However,

the last three (3) months of the project were basically dedicated to the compilation of

report, and the closure of the project.

(2) With reference to the response given in (1)(a) above, the report is intended for

Internal use. Besides, there are lessons learnt in the project which are also vital for improving processes, and service delivery, such as file census, file audit, file management system, segregation of dormant files from active ones, etc.

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 20 June 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 19 of 2008

Ms H Weber (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) (a) what were the reasons for the correct procedures not being followed in awarding tenders to four IT firms to modernise the identification system and (b) what are
(i) the full names of the tender committee members responsible for the allocation of those tenders and (ii) their designations;

(2) whether any action will be taken against those found to have not followed the correct procedures in awarding the tenders; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1775E

REPLY

(1) and (2) It needs to be clarified that there is no report that has ever found any tender for the Department of Home Affairs to have been awarded without following correct procedures. It is also not clear from the question which specific tender the Honourable Member is referring to. A number of tender relating to the identification system have been issued and/or awarded in the department. These include the HANIS tender, the Smart ID card tender and the Who-Am-I-Online tender.

With regard to the Who-Am-I-Online tender, I have taken a decision to refer the concerns raised by Members of the Home Affairs portfolio Committee regarding the process and the costs to the Office of the Auditor-General who currently dealing with this matter. A report in this regard is still not yet available.

QUESTION 1043

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 20 June 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 19 of 2008

Ms H Weber (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(a) When was the Large Account Initiative, created to assist companies with large requirements of foreign skills, set up, (b) how many companies are part of this Large Account Initiative, (c) how many skilled foreign nationals have been recruited and (d) what is the breakdown of the foreign skills acquired since the initiative was established?

NW1777E

REPLY

(a) The first phase of Large Account Initiative (LAI) which serviced 4 (four) pilot companies,\ started in July 2007.

(b) Apart from the initial 4 pilot companies, an additional 23 (twenty three) companies

were selected on the 15th of May 2008.

(c) To date, a total number of 1810 skilled foreigners have been recruited by the initial 4 piloted companies.

(d) The foreign skills which were acquired consisted of the following: (i) Mining Engineers, (ii) Artisans, (iii) Specialized Engineering skills for the Construction Industry and (iv) Industrial Engineers.

QUESTION 1044

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 20 June 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 19 of 2008

Ms H Weber (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) (a) When will the recently-announced division of her department into separate civics and immigration service units be implemented, (b) how will the two new units be structured and (c) what amount (i) was budgeted, (ii) was allocated and (iii) has already been spent in dividing the department into these two units;

(2) whether there will be any staff retrenchments or job losses resulting from this restructuring; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the
(a) relevant details and (b) reasons for these retrenchments;

(3) whether any new jobs will be created by the division of the department into the civics and immigration services units; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how many?

NW1778E

REPLY

(1)(a) The Department is in the process of implementing the new structure, including the division between Civic Services and Immigration Branch.

(b) These units will be structured according to the Vision and Design structure that was presented, and approved by the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) on 11th of April, and by the Minister of Home Affairs on 16 April 2008.

(c) (i)(ii)(iii) No separate budget was allocated to this particular part of the re-organisation.

(2) The intention of this re-organisation is not to reduce capacity. On the contrary, between 2000 and 3000 vacancies need to be filled in the next five years. The intention is to capacitate the organisation, in the best way possible, so that the Department of Home Affairs can meet its performance obligations to the South African public.

(3) Civic Services is expected to grow with approximately 1 700 employees, in five (5) years, while the National Immigration Branch/Immigration Services is expected to grow with approximately 1000 employees, in five (5) years, as well.

QUESTION 1271

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 8 August 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 22 of 2008

Dr R Rabinowitz (IFP) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her department pays for the printing costs of the annual reports of all agencies, councils and commissions reporting to her; if not, who pays for the printing of these annual reports; if so, what were the associated costs of this in each year from 1994 to 2008?

NW1236E
REPLY

No. The Department of Home Affairs is only responsible for paying printing costs for its own Annual Report and that of the Government Printing Works, as its annual performance is incorporated in the Department of Home Affairs' Annual Report. Printing costs of the Annual Reports for entities reporting to me, i.e. the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Film and Publication Board (FPB) are paid by themselves as budgeted for in their own budget allocations.

The Department of Home Affairs:

Unfortunately, records reflecting the printing costs regarding the Department's Annual Report are only available from the 2001/02 financial year – as per the table below:


Financial year Printing costs Number of copies
2001/02
Reprint R44,706,02
R28,309,79 1800
1000
2002/03 R92,952,00 6000
2003/04 R118,070,94 3000
2004/05 R141,802,21 3000
2005/06 R169,555,60 5000
2006/07 R257,062,20 5000
2007/08 R275,973,80 3000

QUESTION 354

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 7 March 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 8 of 2008

Dr S-B Huang (ANC) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether she and her Deputy Minister are monitoring her department's turnaround strategy that was launched in 2007; if not, why not; if so, what benchmarking mechanisms are being used in this regard;

whether this is bearing any fruit; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW957E

REPLY

(1) Yes. On a lower level, there is an Executive Committee (EXCO) that oversees the work done by the workstreams, and once in a month, the Deputy Minister, and myself get updated, and subsequently, give strategic direction, at a political level, by way of a Steering Committee (STEERCO) meeting on all matters pertaining to the Turnaround. Notwithstanding, the flash reports that are given to me on a weekly basis.

(2) Immense progress, thus far, is commendable. We have been able to realise the Turnaround plan through the 55 projects that have been set up. As we speak, the restructuring and the migration plan of the Department is being implemented.

QUESTION 1094

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 20 June 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 19 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department (a) kept records as required by the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, and (b) reported any incidents of losses through
(i)criminal conduct, (ii) unauthorised expenditure, (iii) irregular expenditure or
(iv) fruitless and wasteful expenditure in the 2007-08 financial year; if not, why not;
if so,

(2) whether any action has been taken against the offending officials; if not, why not; if so, in each category, (a) how many officials (i) were dismissed, (ii) were suspended and (iii) had other sanctions imposed on them and (b) what amounts were involved;

(3) whether there were any disciplinary cases pending on 31 March 2008; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1833E

REPLY

(1)(a) to (b)(iv) As per the table below:

Incident

Disciplinary steps taken/criminal proceedings

2007/08

     

An official procured goods and services for private use

The department has since charged the official with additional 62 cases of fraud and found guilty and dismissed. The money will be recovered from his pensions.

9

An official procured goods and services for private use

The department has since charged the official with additional 62 cases of fraud and found guilty and dismissed. The money will be recovered from his pensions.

2

An official procured goods and services for private use

The department has since charged the official with additional 62 cases of fraud and found guilty and dismissed. The money will be recovered from his pensions.

24

An official procured goods and services for private use

The department has since charged the official with additional 62 cases of fraud and found guilty and dismissed. The money will be recovered from his pensions.

42

Rendering of catering services without obtaining relevant orders and authorisation from Procurement services

Explanatory information was obtained from the affected offices and the expenditure will have to be regularised.

8

Accommodation of newly appointed officials without following proper procurement processes

The matter is under investigation

31

The Chief Directorate: Communication Service made use of Service Provider: Monitoring South Africa for media monitoring and reporting without following normal procurement procedures where bids needed to be invited.

The department is still in the process of finalising the case to determine liability and the Official responsible for this action.

498

TOTAL

 

614

(2) (a) For the financial year 2007/2008, 53 officials were involved in financial misconduct.

(i) 21 officials were dismissed for financial misconduct.

(ii) 25 officials were suspended.

(iii) 15 officials had other sanctions imposed on them:

13 officials had only Final Written Warnings imposed on them and;

2 officials had Final Written Warning plus Suspension Without Salary

2 officials were found not guilty.

1 official resigned.

(b) A total amount of R965 885.20 was involved. Please note that in some instances the amounts are not specified.

(3) 14 cases are still pending finalisation. (1) Yes, my Department has kept records, in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999 of losses incurred through criminal conduct, unauthorized expenditure, irregular expenditure and fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

(2) Action was taken against the relevant offending officials found guilty.

(a) With regard to the instances of financial misconduct for the period 2007-08, the following action was taken against officials in my Department:

(i) 4 were dismissed;

(ii) 9 were suspended; and

(iii) 21 had other sanctions imposed on them. Regarding officials that are found to have been liable for the losses, the State Attorneys offices have been briefed to recover the losses from them. Such matters are subject to ongoing litigation.

(b) The process of determining the actual amounts lost takes time. In most cases, the initial figures are estimates but once the investigation is completed, the amounts are generally accurate.

(3) There were 230 cases outstanding at the end of the 2007/08 financial year. To date, 112 of these matters have been finalised.

QUESTION 976

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 30 May 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 15 of 2008

Mr L B Labuschagne (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department has conducted an energy audit to determine its (a) use of energy and (b) opportunities for reduction of energy use; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether her department has any plans to reduce energy consumption; if not, why not; if so, what plans;

(3) whether her department has made any material reduction in energy use since
1 January 2008; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1660E

REPLY

(1)-(3 The Department has disengaged geyser installations, and has, further, requested officials

to, no longer, use portable bar heating systems. As part of the contingencies to deal with load shedding (power-cuts), the Department has installed 11 Gensets and Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) at state owned buildings. The rollout of this to all Department of Home Affairs Regional Offices is led by the Department of Public Works (DPW).

The energy savings audits, previously done by DPW, at all the offices of the Department of Home Affairs will, subsequent to its findings, issue recommendations on further energy savings methods, as well as, energy saving devices that must be installed at the various offices of the Department.

QUESTION 429

DOF PUBLICATION: Friday, 14 March 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9 of 2008

Mrs S V Kalyan (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether she will introduce an e-identity document; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1033E

REPLY

I will be introducing a Smart ID Card, in the course of the 2008/09 financial year, which is considered to be compatible to the needs of our society. A pilot project is scheduled for the end of December 2008, and a full rollout will commence towards the end of December 2009.

QUESTION 706

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 9 May 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 12 of 2008

Ms H Weber (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department makes use of private security firms; if so, how much money was spent on such firms in 2007;

(2) whether these firms are used on a contractual basis; if so, (a) how many contracts did her department take out in this regard in 2007, (b) with which firms were these contracts taken out, (c) for what specific purpose was each contract taken out and (d) what was the value of the contract in each case;

(3) why is there a need for her department to use a private security firm as opposed to state security?

NW1403E

REPLY

(1) Yes. A total amount of R29,339,473,87 was spent on private security firms in the 2007/08 financial year.

(2) Yes. (a) A total of ten (10) contracts were in place during 2007.

(b) Khulani Fidelity Security Services (Most Khoza Security Services), Double Barrel Security Services, Motheo Security Services, M2M Security Services, SSE Security CC, Davidson Security Services, P S Legal Protection Security Services, Cheetah Security Services, Naphtronics Security Services and Bagale Security Services.

(c) The contracts were for the provision of guard duties, cash-in-transit facilities and armed response services.

(d) The following amounts were paid to each of the respective service providers:

· Khulani Security Services R 26,882,623,98

· Most Khoza Security Services R4,860,75

· Double Barrel Security Services R1,875,563,08

· Motheo Security Services R31,686,20

· M2M Security Services R27,000,00

· SSE Security Services R91,618,20

· Davidson Security Services R110,238,00

· P S Legal Security Services R6,666,93

· Cheetah Security Services R43,638,06

· Bagale Security Services R95,006,10

· Naphtronics Security Services R176,122,57

· Fidelity Security Services R450,00

(3) The utilisation of private security companies is necessitated by the fact that the Department currently does not have the internal capacity to provide security, at all of its offices, in all nine (9) Provinces. However, the Department has appointed nineteen (19) new Security Officers during the 2007/08 financial year. Ten (10) of these officers are, currently, stationed at the Department's Head Office, and the remaining nine (9) (Control Security) officers, have, each, been deployed to the Provinces.

Based on different appraisals and audits that have been conducted by both the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and the South African Police Service (SAPS), it is more cost effective, at this point, in time, for the Department to outsource physical security. By outsourcing physical security, the Department only needs to pay for services provided by a private security guard, which is, in all instances, far less than the salary, and benefits to be paid to an appointed official, in a financial year.

QUESTION 740

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 16 May 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 13 of 2008

Mr J Selfe (DA) to ask the Minister Home Affairs:

(1) Whether her department's office in Wynberg, Cape Town is experiencing staff shortages; if so, (a) for how long have the staff shortages persisted, (b) what have the implications been for the delivery of services to the public as a result of such staff shortages and (c) what steps is her department taking to alleviate the shortages;

(2) whether the Wynberg office currently conforms to her department's vision of providing a world class service; if not, what steps is her department taking to ensure conformity?

NW1427E

REPLY

(1) Yes. (a) Staff shortages have been experienced over the past two financial years.

(b) Long queues are evident due to the shortage of frontline staff members.

(c) The following steps were taken and are still in force:

· Staff members, including a deployed Assistant Director, stationed in the Office of the Provincial Manager: Western Cape, as well as, staff members in the offices of the Regional Managers regularly assist when queues are reported to be long.

· Four (4) Queue Managers were appointed with effect from
27 April 2008 to focus on client relations and queue management.

· Three (3) new staff members (appointed at the Regional Office: Khayelitsha) assumed duty at the Wynberg office on Monday, 19 May 2008.

· Members of the National Youth Service were also deployed to the Wynberg office to assist with queue management.

· Five (5) new staff members (appointed at the District Office: Bellville) will also assume duty at the Wynberg office once their appointments have been finalised.

· The Directorate: Human Resource Administration at the Department's Head Office is also investigating ways to further expedite the advertisement of vacant posts.

(2) No. At the moment, the Wynberg office does not conform to the Department's vision of providing a world-class service. However, as part of the Turnaround Project, the Department will address the shortcomings of this office, and it forms part of the offices that have to be refurbished.

The Department of Home Affairs is, further, in the final stages, of finalising its new structure which will cluster Provinces into zones. The proposed separation of Civic Services and National Immigration Services in the Department will address the needs of the Department and its Regional – and District Offices which will minimise capacity constraints.

QUESTION 519

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Thursday, 20 March 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 10 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her department has a national data base containing the records, including fingerprints, of all persons who have applied for an identity document; if not, (a) why not and (b) what plans are envisaged to address this matter; if so, (i) what is the nature of the information recorded on the data base, (ii) what steps are planned to ensure that every person applying for refugee or residence status have such information recorded on the data base and (iii) what arrangements have been made to share the information with other agencies like the SA Police Service?

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REPLY

(a) Yes. A full set of fingerprints in respect of every South African citizen who applies for a South African identity document is kept on the Home Affairs National Identification System (HANIS). The HANIS System further makes provision for the integration with other Information Systems of the Department, such as the new Refugee System.

(b)(i) The nature of the information that is recorded on the database is as follows:

The identity document number of the applicant or South African citizen.

A full set of fingerprints of the applicant or South African citizen.

A photograph of the applicant or South African citizen.

Demographic data of the applicant or South African citizen, such as surname, full names, date and place of birth, residential, as well as, postal address and the applicant's status, with regard to South African citizenship.

(b)(ii) The Department of Home Affairs has acquired a new Refugee System, and it is currently being piloted by the Department for capturing asylum seekers or approved refugees, and their fingerprints will also be stored in HANIS.

(b)(iii) The SA Police Service has access to the information from the database in electronic, as well as, hardcopy format. In addition, there are three members of the SA Police Service attached to the Criminal Record Centre, and these three members are permanently stationed at the New Co-Operation Building in Pretoria, and they have easy access to any information on the Department's data basis.

QUESTION 768

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 16 May 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 13 of 2008

Mr M M Swathe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

In respect of each of the past five years up to and including 2007, (a) how many posts existed at the Electoral Commission, (b) how many of these posts were vacant, (c) for how long was each of these posts vacant, (d) what amount was allocated by her department for the operation of this Commission and (e) what amount was actually spent?

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REPLY

(a)(b) & (c) The information is not readily available or determinable. However, statistics on

the number of posts and vacancies, as at the last day of the relevant financial

year, are given in the Commission's annual reports to Parliament for the fina-

ncial years ending in March 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Similar statistics

were not given in the annual report for the year ending March 2007, as the

Commission's structures were under review, and thus, in a state of flux, at

that time. Comparable statistics will be included in this year's (2008) annual

report.

(d) & (e) The Department of Home Affairs does not allocate funds to the Electoral

Commission. Parliament votes for the Electoral Commission, and the

amount voted appears on the Home Affairs vote as a transfer amount. The

annual amounts voted by Parliament for the Commission are to be found in

the yearly budgets submitted by the Minister of Finance, and approved by

Parliament. The amounts received by the Commission as income, and spent

in each financial year can be found in the Commission's Annual Reports to

Parliament containing the Commission's financial statements, and the Auditor

-General's reports on those financial statements.

QUESTION NO.: 769 DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16 MAY 2008

Mr M M Swathe (DA) to ask the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Development:

In respect of each of the past five years up to and including 2007, (a) how many posts existed at the Human Rights Commission, (b) how many of these posts were vacant, (c) for how long was each of these posts vacant, (d) what amount was allocated by her department for the operation of this Commission and (e) what amount was actually spent?

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REPLY

Details of the vacant posts at the South African Human Rights Commission for the past five years as well as the budget allocated by my Department for the operation of this office are indicated in the table below:-

Year

Total Establishment

Total Nr of Funded Posts

Total Nr of filled Posts

Total Nr of Vacant Funded Posts

Total Funds Available

Total Spent

2002/03

85

85

85

0

27,401,000

28,201,016

2003/04

114

114

95

19

32,728,000

29,458,174

2004/05

120

120

106

14

37,653,000

38,827,409

2005/06

138

138

108

30

41,774,000

42,392,847

2006/07

135

135

104

31

49,220,000

45,574,082

The table below indicates the period which each vacant post remained unfilled:-

TOTAL NUMBER OF POSTS

DESCRIPTION OF POSTS

VACANT FROM

TO

 

New and Vacant positions 2004 (19)

   

1

Education Officer: Mpumalanga Provincial Office

February 2004

March 2005

1

Legal Officer: Mpumalanga Provincial Office

February 2004

March 2005

1

Admin Secretary: Mpumalanga Provincial Office

February 2004

April 2005

1

Provincial Manager: Mpumalanga Provincial Office

February 2004

March 2005

1

Housekeeper: Mpumalanga Provincial Office

February 2004

March 2005

2

PAIA Researchers x2

April 2004

August 2004

5

ESR Researchers x 5

May 2004

September 2004

1

Deputy Director: Equality

May 2004

October 2004

1

Deputy Director: Media & Communications

June 2004

December 2004

1

Legal Officer

July 2004

September 2004

1

Secretary: PEPUDA

July 2004

October 2004

1

Legal Secretary

July 2004

September 2004

1

Legal Practitioner

August 2004

December 2004

1

Deputy Director: Administration

October 2004

March 2005

19

     
 

New and Vacant positions 2005 (14)

From

To

1

Head of Programme: Finance & Administration

January 2005

May 2005

1

Head of Programme : Legal Services

March 2005

November 2005

1

Legal Officer

March 2005

August 2005

1

Legal Officer

March 2005

August 2005

1

Deputy Director: PAIA

March 2005

August 2005

1

Legal Officer

March 2005

Abolished

1

Legal Officer

April 2005

Abolished

1

Deputy Director:PEPUDA

April 2005

November 2005

1

Deputy Director: Media & Communications

April 2005

October 2005

1

Researcher:PEPUDA

April 2005

December 2005

1

Researcher ESR

May 2005

Abolished

1

Deputy CEO: Operations

May 2005

August 2006

1

Deputy Director: Finance

July 2005

December 2005

1

Legal Practitioner

November 2005

July 2006

14

     
 

New and Vacant positions 2006 (30)

From

To

1

Deputy Director: ESR

January 2006

Abolished

1

Communications Officer

January 2006

Upgraded

1

PA to CEO

February 2006

August 2006

1

Education Officer: Northern Cape Provincial Office

January 2006

September 2006

1

Provincial Manager: Eastern Cape Provincial Office

February 2006

January 2007

1

Education Officer

March 2006

September 2006

1

Legal Officer

March 2006

September 2006

1

Admin Secretary: Free State Provincial Office

March 2006

August 2006

1

Employee Relations Manager

April 2006

May 2006

1

Head of Programme: Human Resources

April 2006

August 2006

1

Provincial Manager: North West Provincial Office

April 2006

September 2006

1

Legal Officer: North West Provincial Office

April 2006

June 2007

1

Administrative Secretary

April 2006

June 2007

1

Office Assistant

April 2006

January 2008

1

Deputy Director: Child rights

April 2006

June 2007

1

Deputy Director: HIV/AIDS

April 2006

September 2006

1

Deputy Director: Older persons

April 2006

September 2006

1

Deputy Director: Non-nationals

April 2006

September 2006

1

Legal Officer

April 2006

September 2006

1

Compliants Administrator

July 2006

October 2006

1

Legal Assistant

July 2006

October 2006

1

Secretary

July 2006

July 2006

1

Education Officer: Northern Cape Provincial Office

July 2006

Outstanding

1

Legal Officer

April 2006

June 2007

1

Head of Programme: NACHRET

August 2006

April 2007

1

Human Resources Practitioner

August 2006

September 2006

1

Legal Practitioner

September 2006

February 2007

1

Education Officer: Mpumalanga Provincial Office

November 2006

July 2007

1

Education Officer: Western Cape Provincial Office

November 2006

June 2007

1

Education Officer

March 2006

July 2006

30

     
 

New and Vacant positions 2007 (31)

From

To

1

Admin Assistant: Human Resources

July 2007

August 2007

1

Chief Internal Auditor

April 2007

November 2007

1

Parliament: Administrator

April 2007

November 2007

1

Deputy Director: Disability

April 2007

September 2007

1

Deputy Director: Crime & Human Rights

April 2007

September 2007

1

Deputy Director: Business & Human Rights

April 2007

September 2007

1

Archivist

April 2007

September 2007

1

IT Help Desk Administrator

April 2007

September 2007

1

Deputy Director: Equality

April 2007

November 2007

1

Office Manager

April 2007

September 2007

1

Senior Researcher

April 2007

September 2007

1

Head of Programme: Finance

April 2007

September 2007

1

Senior Assistant Accountant

April 2007

October 2007

1

Head of Programme: Human Resources

May 2007

November 2007

1

Deputy Director: E-Learning

July 2007

December 2007

1

Provincial Manager: Eastern Cape

July 2007

Outstanding

1

Researcher Parliament

July 2007

December 2007

1

Provincial Manager: Western cape Provincial Office

July 2007

Outstanding

1

Provincial Manager: Mpumalanga Provincial Office

August 2007

Outstanding

1

Head of Programme: Legal Service

November 2007

December 2007

1

Administrative Secretary

November 2007

February 2008

1

Administrative Secretary

November 2007

February 2008

1

Head of Programme: Research

November 2007

June 2008

1

Travel & Events Manager

November 2007

January 2008

1

Legal Officer- Northern Cape Provincial Office

November 2007

Outstanding

1

Legal Assistant

November 2007

Abolished

1

Records Clerk

November 2007

April 2008

1

Human Resources Manager

November 2007

Outstanding

1

Accounts Clerk

November 2007

April 2008

1

Deputy Director: Monitoring and Evaluation

October 2007

Abolished

1

Education Officer: Northern Cape Provincial Office

May 2008

January 2008

31

     

QUESTION 770

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 16 May 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 13 of 2008

Ms H Weber (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(a) What is the total daily cost for running the Lindelani Immigration Centre, (b) how many people is the centre legally allowed to host, (c) how many illegal immigrants are currently (i) hosted and (ii) daily fed by the centre, (d) how many staff members at the centre are employed by her department, (e) how many posts are vacant at the centre, (f) how long have they been vacant, (g) when are these posts going to be filled and (h) how much has been budgeted to fill them?

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REPLY

(a) The total daily cost of running the Lindela centre is calculated as the average number of illegal foreigners which were detained – per day – over a calendar month. The Department is then charged R105.00 per day to detain one illegal immigrant.

(b) 4004.

(c)(i) As on the morning of 20 May 2008, a total number of 2205 illegal immigrants were hosted at the centre.

(ii) As on the morning of 20 May 2008, a total number of 2205 illegal immigrants were fed by the centre, but the total varies during the course of the day because of new admissions and deportations.

(d) Fifty eight (58) staff members are currently employed at the centre.

(e) There are currently 15 vacant posts.

(f) As per the table below:

Job title description

Post status description

Post date

Vacant date

Salary level

Immigration Officer

Vacant

2004-03-01

2008-02-11

5

Immigration Officer

Vacant

2004-03-01

2007-12-01

6

Immigration Officer

Vacant

2004-03-01

2008-04-01

6

Immigration Officer

Vacant

2004-03-01

2008-04-04

6

Immigration Officer

Vacant

2006-03-16

2008-05-01

6

Immigration Officer

Vacant

2006-03-16

2006-03-16

6

Immigration Officer

Vacant

2006-03-16

2006-03-16

6

Immigration Officer

Vacant

2006-03-16

2006-03-16

6

Control Immigration Officer

Vacant

2007-09-28

2007-09-28

8

Control Immigration Officer

Vacant

2008-04-01

2008-04-01

8

Assistant Director: Immigration services

Vacant

2006-03-16

2006-03-16

10

Senior Administration Clerk

Vacant

2008-03-10

2008-03-10

5

Senior Administration Clerk

Vacant

2007-08-01

2007-08-01

5

Senior Administrative Officer

Vacant

2007-09-01

2007-09-01

8

Assistant Director: Administration

Vacant

2006-01-01

2006-01-01

9

(g) The Department is in the process of finalising a new structure, which will address capacity at this specific office, as well as, all other offices of the Department.

(h) A total amount of R1,190,775,20 has been budgeted to fill all the vacant positions after the finalisation of the new structure.

QUESTION 231

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 25 February 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 4 of 2008

Mr M Swart (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether her department is currently making use of the services of an international task team to assist with its turnaround strategy; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how many persons are employed by the task team, (b) what is the annual cost of the task team, (c) what mandate was given to this task team, (d) in what section are they employed, (e) for how long will her department still use the task team, (f) what is the estimated future cost of the task team and (g) why are (i) local consultants not being used and (ii) highly paid officials in her department unable to perform the turnaround tasks now being done by these consultants?

NW696E

REPLY

(1) No. The team of consultants in the Department cannot be viewed as an "international

task team", as overseas consultants, in the team, constitute a negligible number.

A total number of 107 consultants are currently being utilised.

For a comprehensive breakdown of all costs associated with the Turnaround Project, please refer to the tables below:

Description

Budget Allocation (million)

Expenditure as at

31-03-2008 (million)

Budget Allocation (million)

Total Budget (million)

Total Expenditure as at
31-03-2008 (million)

 

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

 

Consultants

R147,310

R146,022

R255,305

R64,104

-

R466,719

R146,022

DHA

R34,719

R2,039

R55,346

R246,591

R323,246

R659,902

R2,039

Total

R182,029

R148,061

R310,651

R310,695

R323,246

R1,126,621

R148,061

               

(c) The mandate of the turnaround project is to transform the Department into a modern, efficient, cost-effective service organisation responsive to the needs of South African citizens, residents and visitors to our country

(d) The consultants are deployed in all the Branches and Business Units of the Department.

(e) It is anticipated that the consultants will be utilised until the end of the 2009/10 financial year.

(f) Please see the table as mentioned in point (b) above.

(g)(i) & (ii) The minority of international consultants, in the team, merely complements the majority of the local consultants, in conjunction with the Departmental staff, on a daily basis, on all the projects, as project sponsors, team leads, or team members, with their wealth of international experience on Home affairs related matters.

QUESTION NO. 237

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 25 FEBRUARY 2008

(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 4)

Mr M Swart (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether the Chief Financial Officer of her department received a performance bonus in 2007; if so, (a) how much and (b) why was the performance bonus awarded?

NW702E

REPLY:

Yes.

(a) R20,274.03.

(b) For his performance as evaluated by the Accounting Officer when measured against a set of pre-determined indicators.

QUESTION 1103

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 27 June 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 20 of 2008

Dr R Rabinowitz (IFP) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether she will ensure that her department (a) monitors and (b) reduces its carbon footprint with immediate effect; if so, how will this be done;

(2) whether this will include the phasing out of glossy publications from all agencies or councils reporting to her; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) (a) what is the estimated cost of all such (i) reports and (ii) publications per annum in the case of these agencies and all other working documents of her department and (b) what kinds of (i) energy are being used in the offices of her department and (ii) energy saving measures are being implemented in these offices?

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REPLY

(1) (a) & (b) Yes. The Department of Home Affairs is committed to the implementation of the Programme of Energy Efficient Measures in National Government Buildings, as approved by Cabinet, which includes the monitoring and reduction of the use of energy by National Departments. We are currently working on a plan in this regard. The finalised plan will be costed and implemented.

(2) This is dependent on the plan that will be implemented.

(3)(a)(i) & (ii) As per the table below:

Department of Home Affairs:

Financial year

Costs

Number of copies

2001/02

Reprint

R44,706,02

R28,309,79

1800

1000

2002/03

R92,952,00

6000

2003/04

R118,070,94

3000

2004/05

R141,802,21

3000

2005/06

R169,555,60

5000

2006/07

R191,244,30

5000

2007/08

R R275,973,80

3000

(3)(b)(i) The Department of Home Affairs utilises electricity supplied by Eskom through the various local municipalities, as it does not have its own source of energy.

(3)(b)(ii) The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) did not embark on a specific energy savings audit. However, the matter was raised with the Department of Public Works (DPW) who is enrolled to do energy savings audits at offices of all National Departments, including all the offices of the Department of Home Affairs. DPW will, subsequent to its findings, issue recommendations on energy saving methods, as well as, energy saving devices that must be installed at the various offices of the Department.

Whilst we await the DHA audit report, we have as an interim measure done the following to address energy saving:

- Discontinued with the installation of geysers

- Requested officials to no longer use portable bar heating systems

As part of our contingencies during load shedding (power-cuts), the Department has installed 11 power generators and uninterrupted power supply at state owned buildings. Further rollout to our Regional Offices will be led by DPW.

Film and Publication Board (FPB):

(3)(a)(i) & (ii) The annual cost of publications, including the Annual Report, is estimated at about R190,000,00. These are necessary and unavoidable publications for the benefit of the public, such as schools and community organisations.

(3)(b)(i) As the FPB does not have its own source of energy, it is utilising electricity supplied by Eskom through the various local municipalities

(3)(b)(ii) The FPB embarked on standard energy saving methods, which include that electrical equipment are switched off when not in use, to use electrical lighting only where and when necessary, utilisation of energy saving light bulbs and to ensure that electricity in all offices are switched off after hours.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC):

(3)(a)(i) Three (3) reports at a total cost of R199,818,64 in the 2007/08 financial year.

(3)(a)(ii) Twenty three (23) publications, which included manuals, pamphlets, flyers, banners, programs, modules, folders and brochures at a total cost of R999,545,42 in the 2007/08 financial year.

(3)(b)(i) Electricity – with standby diesel generators in a limited number of cases.

(3)(b)(ii) - All non-essential electrical equipment such as lights and air-conditioners are switched-off after working hours.

- The IEC uses electronic communication as its prime means of communicating, both internally and externally. This includes working documents, newsletters and the like. Large amounts of paper are thus saved.

- The IEC embarked on a program in 2007 to plant a tree at every school it uses as a voting station as a means of reducing its carbon footprint. The cost is being covered by donations and staff contributions.

QUESTION 1144

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 27 June 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 20 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

Whether any function was organised to mark the occasion of the delivery of her budget vote in 2008; if so, (a) what total amount was spent on this function, (b) from which budget was the money allocated, (c) what amount was spent on (i) food and refreshments,
(ii) venue, (iii) entertainment, (iv) staff and (v) transport and (d) how many persons were invited to attend this function?

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REPLY

(a) Yes. An amount of R67 650 00 was spent on the function.

(b) The money was allocated from the Department's budget.

(c)(i) R67 650.00.

(ii)(iii)(iv)(v) No extra amount of money was spent.

(d) One Hundred and Fifty (150) people were invited.

QUESTION 468

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 14 March 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) With reference to the scarce skills and work permit quotas schedule appearing as a link to her department's website, what are the reasons for (a)(i) chartered accountants, (ii) management accountants, (iii) cost accountants and
(iv) accounting technicians not listed as scarce on the schedule and (b)(i) doctors, (ii) nurses and (iii) other health care professionals not listed as scarce under the health professionals category;

in respect of each of the three most recent financial years for which information is available, how many applications (a) for work permits had been (i) received,
(ii) approved and (iii) successfully placed in terms of permanent employment and (b) considered as having a scarce skill had been (i) received, (ii) successfully registered on the site and (iii) successfully placed in terms of permanent employment?

NW1108E

REPLY

The Department of Home Affairs does not determine the professional categories and occupational classes which are deemed to be scarce and critical or the applicable quotas, but mainly facilitates the issuing of quota work permits to foreigners in these professional categories or occupational classes. For this reason, a national list of scarce skills (Master Skills List) has been developed through collaboration by key Departments (Education, Home Affairs, Labour, and Trade and Industry) in order to provide a concrete picture of skills shortages that have been identified as contributory to blocking economic growth and development.

(2) The following breakdown of information available:

(a) During the period 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006:

(i) 12 765 applications for work permits were received; and

(ii) 12 582 applications for work permits were approved.

During the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007:

27 997 applications for work permits were received; and

26 917 applications for work permits were approved.

During the period 1 April 2007 until 31 March 2008:

20 824 applications for work permits were received; and

18 584 applications for work permits were approved.

(b) During the period 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006:

(i) 339 quota work permit applications were received; and

(ii) 285 quota work permits were approved.

During the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007:

942 quota work permits applications were received; and

661 quota work permits were approved.

During the period 25 April 2007 until 31 March 2008:

1191 quota work permit applications were received; and

1133 quota work permits were approved.

(2)(a) (iii) and (2)(b)(iii) Work permits are temporary residence permits and are issued for temporary employment and not permanent employment. With regard to general- and intra company transfer work permits, foreigners have secured employment prior to applying for work permits, which means that they have been placed successfully. In so far as quota work permits are concerned, foreigners are required to provide proof of having secured employment in the respective professional category or occupational class within 90 days after having entered the RSA.

QUESTION 1800

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 17 October 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 31 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

With regard to her reply to Question 889 on 10 October 2008, how many of the 1831 vacancies (a)(i) were filled by the end of the 2007-08 financial year and (ii) are still vacant and (b) by when will her department fill all the vacancies?

NW2595E

REPLY

(a) (i) The 1831 vacancies referred to were vacant as at 10 May 2008.This was before the implementation of the new organisational structure that was approved in January this year.A total of 474 positions were filled since 10 May 2008. However, the Department of Home Affairs has started with the implementation of its newly approved structure with effect from 01 June 2008 and 809 critical positions were identified for filling.

(ii) All the critical identified positions (809) are still vacant. A total of 417 vacant positions have already been advertised. Another 476 vacant positions will be advertised soon.

(b) The Department envisages to fill all remaining vacancies by the end of January 2009.

QUESTION 1800

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 17 October 2008

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 31 of 2008

Mr C M Lowe (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

With regard to her reply to Question 889 on 10 October 2008, how many of the 1831 vacancies (a)(i) were filled by the end of the 2007-08 financial year and (ii) are still vacant and (b) by when will her department fill all the vacancies?

NW2595E

REPLY

(a) (i) The 1831 vacancies referred to were vacant as at 10 May 2008.This was before the implementation of the new organisational structure that was approved in January this year.A total of 474 positions were filled since 10 May 2008. However, the Department of Home Affairs has started with the implementation of its newly approved structure with effect from 01 June 2008 and 809 critical positions were identified for filling.

(ii) All the critical identified positions (809) are still vacant. A total of 417 vacant positions have already been advertised. Another 476 vacant positions will be advertised soon.

(b) The Department envisages to fill all remaining vacancies by the end of January 2009.