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22 May 2020 - NW371

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the total length of the railway track infrastructure in the Republic and (b) how much of it is (i) used and (ii) not used?

Reply:

(a) The total length of railway track in South Africa exceeds 20 000km. PRASA owns approximately 2 300km of railway track, located primarily in the metropolitan areas of the country.

(b) (i) All of the PRASA track is earmarked for operations / use.

(ii) However, due to the unprecedented levels of theft in the PRASA rail environment a number of services have been temporarily suspended on key corridors. The rehabilitation of infrastructure, including electrical, perway, signalling and security interventions are required to recover the rail services on these corridors. The affected corridors include the Central Line in Cape Town and the Mabopane Corridor in Gauteng.

22 May 2020 - NW370

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Chabangu, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

What number of railway stations have closed and are no longer in use in the Republic since 1994?

Reply:

The following stations were closed and are no longer in use:

Gauteng:

  • Ellis Park – was closed in 2009 in preparation for 2010 World Cup. A risk assessment that was conducted showed that the platforms were narrow and could not accommodate the number of commuters going to the stadium. Ellis Park station was also too close to Doornfontein station and could easily use Doornfontein as the main station for Ellis Park stadium.

Western Cape:

  • Paarveneialand
  • Sunnycoast

Both stations were closed in 1996. They were not used by commuters but mainly used by railway employees and stopping was causing delays.

KwaZulu-Natal

  • None

Eastern Cape

  • None

Some of the stations (not listed) are temporarily and not permanently closed as a result of flooding, vandalism, crime, and PRASA not providing services as a result of shortage of rolling stock. As soon as projects are implemented to recover the service, these stations will be opened.

22 May 2020 - NW227

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Mey, Mr P to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Which authority has he appointed in terms of section 7 of the National Road Traffic Act, Act 93 of 1996, as inspectors of transport manufactures, builders and importers in Gauteng; (2) which regulations or provisions regulate (a) the issuing of permits for commercial transport operators on public roads, (b) the technical requirements pertaining to the vehicles and (c) operational requirements of such transport services; (3) which provision requires of a truck-tractor and semi-trailer combination to be subjected to the procedure referred to as sequencing?

Reply:

1. Which authority has he appointed in terms of section 7 of the National Road Traffic Act, Act 93 of 1996, as inspectors of transport manufactures, builders and importers in Gauteng;

Answer

Initially, the Department appointed SABS, however, due to the establishment of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) in terms of the NRCS Act, 2008 the NRCS is performing the functions of the inspectorate of manufacturers, builders and importers. The NRCS and the Department are negotiating the details of the Service Level Agreement the parties intend concluding.

2. Which regulations or provisions regulate (a) the issuing of permits for commercial transport operators on public roads, (b) the technical requirements pertaining to the vehicles and (c) operational requirements of such transport services;

Answer

(a) Section 45(1)(a) of the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No.93 of 1996), provides that “ subject to paragraph (b), the owner of a motor vehicle of a prescribed class is the operator thereof and shall upon licensing thereof, be registered as such in the prescribed manner and on the prescribed conditions. Section 47 also provides that no person shall operate a motor vehicle of any class contemplated in section 45(1) on a public roads unless a valid operator card is displayed on such motor vehicle in the prescribed manner.

Furthermore, Section 81 (2) of the National Road Traffic Act provides that the MEC may, after the applicant has paid the fees or charges referred to in section 7(3) and subject to such conditions as he or she may determine, authorise in writing, either generally or specifically, the conveyance in a safe manner on a public road of passengers or any load which does not comply with the loading restrictions provided for by the Act.

(b) The technical requirements for such vehicles are contained in the TRH11 Dimensional and Mass Limitations and Other Requirements for Abnormal Load Vehicles which contains types of abnormalities, load and vehicle configurations, abnormal load classification, dimensional limitations, i.e. length, width, height, overhangs, load projections, wheelbase, turning radius, mass limitations, marking and escorting, speed restrictions, technical detail and calculations, road usage factor calculation, effective width calculation and tyre pressure calculation.

(c)  The operational requirements are contained in both the TRH11 Administrative Guidelines for Granting of Exemption Permits for the Conveyance of Abnormal Loads and Dimensional and Mass Limitations and Other Requirements for Abnormal Load Vehicles.

Answer

3.which provision requires of a truck-tractor and semi-trailer combination to be subjected to the procedure referred to as sequencing?

The requirement for sequencing is contained in the TRH11 Administrative Guidelines for Granting of Exemption Permits for the Conveyance of Abnormal Loads which is used by Provinces in granting permits for the operation of such vehicle on public roads.

 

22 May 2020 - NW369

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Chabangu, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

What is the percentage of locally produced goods that the Airports Company of South Africa uses to maintain all airports under its control?

Reply:

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

The Service contracts used for the maintenance of ACSA’s assets have been analysed and information relating to the provisions of spares components and materials for both local and foreign procurement has been extracted. The labour components have excluded from the exercise, however, in all instance are 100% local.

The outcome of the exercise is as per the table below:

 

Local Component

Foreign Component

Total Spares components and materials

R258 93 309

R110 774 242

 

70.03%

 

The foreign components generally comprise spares required for:

  • Baggage handling systems
  • Automated Weather observations Systems
  • Airfield Ground Lighting Systems
  • X-ray Machines
  • Passenger Boarding Bridges
  • Instrument Landing systems
  • People Movers
  • Photovoltaic System

22 May 2020 - NW381

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department is investigating the allegations of corruption and unlawful evictions of the residents of erf 90 in Nyandeni Local Municipality Ward 8, Moyeni Location; if not, why not; if so, what assistance is her department giving to the residents of Ward 8 in Moyeni Location?

Reply:

No. No allegations of corruption and unlawful eviction have been reported to the Minister or the Department in this regard.

22 May 2020 - NW368

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department has any programmes to support commercial goat farmers in the (a) Chris Hani and (b) OR Tambo District Municipalities in the Eastern Cape; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a) The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) does not have national programme to support commercial goat farmers in the (a) Chris Hani and (b) OR Tambo District Municipalities in the Eastern Cape.

However, the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) provides technical, advisory and veterinary support to goat farmers in the province of the Eastern Cape. Furthermore the DRDDAR in collaboration with the University of Fort Hare are improving local goat production through research and goat development programme.

Improved goats are distributed to local goat farmers under DRDAR Livestock Production Improvement programme in order to improve food security through goat production in communities.

21 May 2020 - NW849

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What (a) total number of applications for Covid-19 relief funding have been received through the Unemployment Insurance Fund in each province to date, (b) number of the specified applications have been (i) approved and (ii) rejected in each case in each province and (c) was the Rand value of each (i) approved and (ii) rejected application in each case in each province?

Reply:

a) Provincial breakdown per province for Covid-19 benefits

Province

Employers

Employees

Amount

Eastern Cape

12953

144818

R 776 156 233.74

 

Free State

10077

89704

R 473 946 419.72

Gauteng

78007

1175703

R 6 727 878 282.04

Kwa Zulu Natal

29510

405933

R 2 121 794 517.27

Limpopo

6882

72317

R 369 951 437.25

Mpumalanga

10 816

143686

R 753 803 741.85

Northern Cape

2 925

24919

R 139 026 339.16

North West

6 432

68393

R 390 741 314.34

Western Cape

37 872

425763

R 2 325 801 123.84

Total

195 471

2 551 236

R14 079 099 409.20

b) The employers and employees not found in UIF system or rejected (not paid) per province

 

EMPLOYERS

EMPLOYEES

AMOUNT

Eastern Cape

5 066

31 735

R 130 415 911.65

Free State

3 941

19 657

R 79 636 227.49

 

Gauteng

30 510

257 636

R 1 130 471 342.60

Kwa Zulu Natal

11 542

88 954

R 356 520 703.27

Limpopo

2 692

15 847

R 621 62 167.69

Mpumalanga

4 230

31 486

R 126 660 069.10

Northern Cape

1 144

5 461

R 23 360 305.54

North West

2 516

14 987

R 65 655 447.34

Western Cape

14 813

93 299

R 390 799 507.49

Total

76 453

559 062

R 2 365 681 682.17

21 May 2020 - NW874

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether her department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 2. Whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small business according to the Broad – Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended ; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so (a) on what statutory grounds and / or provisions does she or her department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses? NW 1081E

Reply:

1. No, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation will not offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses. It is not within the mandate of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small business.

2. No, there will be no financial or other relief to be allocated. It is not within the mandate of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small business.

 

21 May 2020 - NW808

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether the Republic has recorded any positive cases  of Covid – 19 in any of its foreign missions; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? (2) Whether any foreign mission officials and staff have been repatriated because of Covid-19 circumstances and / or directives; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW 1011E

Reply:

1. Yes, the Republic has recorded positive cases  of Covid-19 in its foreign missions. There are two positive cases of transferred officials as well as two of locally recruited personnel.

2. No.

21 May 2020 - NW807

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) interventions and plans does the Government have with the (i) Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries and (ii) continental African Union governments to mitigate against the overburdening of the healthcare system of the Republic in the event of astronomical Covid – 19 transmissions and (b) are the relevant details of the assistance that the Republic is providing to the (i) SADC region and (ii) African continent to deal with the Covid – 19 pandemic? NW 1010E

Reply:

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) recorded its first case of COVID-19 in early March. As of 18 May, 2020 all the sixteen (16) SADC Member States have been affected by COVID-19.

In this regard, South Africa continues to share information aimed at slowing down the transmission and thus reducing mortality associated with COVID-19, with the ultimate aim of reaching and maintaining a state of low-level or no transmission.

Some of the short term measures that have been collectively undertaken by SADC Member States, include, but are not limited to:

a) facilitate the protection of frontline healthcare staff through the provision of protective equipment and promotion of best practices across the region’s healthcare facilities;

b) provide the necessary tools and equipment to support SADC Member States’ health care facilities with intensive care and ventilation needs for COVID-19 patients;

c) conduct needs assessment including existing human, financial and material resources; to promote awareness through the provision of information materials, guidelines and information kits; and

d) extend safety nets in form of food handouts, unemployment benefits and water and sanitation facilities.

In the medium term, the region will:

a) assess the socio-economic impact of the pandemic and develop a recovery plan; and

b) assess the effectiveness of existing frameworks and mechanisms for dealing with crises like the COVID-19 pandemic and propose ways of improving them.

This is based on principles of solidarity, reciprocity, and the common good.

African Union (AU)

Since the Outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has thus far resulted in over 300 000 deaths globally, with close to 3000 deaths in the Continent, President Cyril Ramaphosa in his capacity as Chairperson of the African Union for 2020 has expressed in several platforms, to voice concern about the devastating impact of the pandemic in the Continent and has underscored that the fight against the pandemic will require a coordinated and collaborative approach amongst Member States.

The Bureau of the AU, under the leadership of President Ramaphosa has also undertaken the following interventions which are aimed at 1) ensuring that the spread of COVID-19 is contained and 2) ensure that the are measures in place to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic.

On 26 March 2020 President convened teleconference meeting of the Bureau of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union to discuss AU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and, ahead of the G-20 virtual Summit held on 27 March 2020.The first Bureau meeting was followed by another teleconference meeting held on 3 April 2020. Both meetings discussed the impact of the COVID-19 virus in the Continent and agreed to establish a joint Continental strategy in response to COVID-19 as well as, the COVID-19 Response Fund. The meeting also agreed to mobilise support for the comprehensive economic stimulus package which will held to mitigate the economic risks that will affect the Continent as result of the virus. The meeting further express support for the waiver of debt and interest repayment in order to provide the African countries the fiscus space to deal effectively with the virus.

On 12 April 2020, the President Ramaphosa, in his capacity as Chair of the AU, appointed Special Envoys whose responsibility will be to reach out to the G-20 and the EU to solicit rapid and concrete assistance to help Africa in dealing with the scourge.In line with the decisions of the Bureau meeting held on 3 April 2020, the Bureau of the AU met with the Business Leader’s Forum of the African Union. During the the meeting the business leaders expressed support for the AU’s Continental strategy to combat the COVID-19 virus.

The Bureau of the AU met with chairpersons of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to discuss collaborative efforts between the AU and RECs in addressing the impact of COVID-19 on 29 April 2020. In addition, President Ramaphosa held numerous consultations with other world leaders, including the EU, the G-20 countries. The President also held discussions with leading organisations in the development space such as the World Bank Group, galvanising support for Africa’s and AU’s efforts to tackle the impact of the virus.

A virtual conference of the AU Bureau under the leadership and the Chairship of South Africa was held to look at ways and means to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, while also looking and gaging the needed support to the existing mechanisms of the Union to fight pandemics like this. President Ramaphosa made the following pledges which have been fulfilled by South Africa:

(a) Special Fund for COVID 19: R 71 200 000 towards the establishment of the COVID 19 Fund for Africa

(b)  Africa Centre for Disease Control:   R 35 600 000 to assist in the emergency response in the health care systems for AU member states

21 May 2020 - NW868

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(1)Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial and/or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial and/or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

  1. UIF offers Covid -19 relief benefit to all businesses that have employer and employee relationship. Other existing relief is Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) for all businesses facing financial distress and other operational challenges affecting productivity. Requirements are Turnaround plan for the business, compliant with SARS.
  2. No, only if you meet the requirements mentioned in one above.

20 May 2020 - NW747

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1) Whether the specifications for the construction of the Beit Bridge border fence were designed by an engineer; if so, (a) were the materials used compliant with the specifications, (b) was the project signed off by the engineer, (c) will the engineer provide the supplier’s warranty to her Department and (d) what are the conditions of the warranty; if not, Friday, 1 May 2020 (2) whether the specifications were based on off-the-shelf products from a supplier; if not, who (a) designed and manufactured the materials and (b) will underwrite the warranty and (c) for what duration; if so, (i) was it a reputable supplier who can produce the specifications and the warranty, (ii) was the installation done according to the installation guide, (iii) will the warranty be underwritten by the supplier or the installer and (iv) what is the duration and terms of the warranty?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has informed me the specifications for the border fence were designed and the material was quality checked by the Engineer for compliance.

(b) Yes, the Project was signed-off by the Engineer

(c) (d) The Department has requested the supplier’s warranty, and I will provide additional information in due course after receiving the information from the Department.

 

2. (a) The fence comprised of components available in the market and was based on off the shelf products from the suppliers.

(b), (c) (i) This item falls away as these were off the shelf products.

(c) (ii) The installation was done in accordance with the specification.

(iii) (iv) The details of the supplier’s warranty will be provided, as stated above. The contractor has a 12 months defects liability which covers material and quality defects.

20 May 2020 - NW616

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What measures are being put in place to make the quarantine facilities, that she has earmarked for people with COVID-19 infections, fully compliant and ready to serve their purpose; (2) whether the quarantine facilities are equipped with (a) sufficient water, (b) electricity, (c) clean beds and bedding and (d) food; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the necessary inspections have been conducted to confirm that the quarantine facilities meet the minimum requirements of a quarantine facility; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) (a) what is the total number of quarantine facilities earmarked for persons with Covid-19 infections and (b) where is each facility located; (5) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has informed me from the list of 39 facilities that the DPWI has made available from its immovable asset register; only two were approved as meeting the basic requirements set by the Department of Health.

Both facilities were repaired and refurbished. Beds and linen were procured. The Gauteng Provincial Department of Health in the process of activating the two sites so that they may begin to operate as quarantine sites.

All identified private facilities are made available to the Department of Health. These are assessed by the Department of Health, and if found to be suitable for use as quarantine or isolation sites, Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is informed to consider contracting with the owners. Therefore, the responsibility to ensure that the private sector facilities are compliant and ready to serve as quarantine or isolation sites lies with the Department of Health.

2. DPWI has two sites which were approved by Department of Health as suitable to serve as quarantine or isolation sites, and both will be equipped with (a) sufficient water (b) electricity (c) new beds and linen upon activation by the Department of Health. (d) However, the provision of food is the sole responsibility of the Department of Health.

3. Yes, the inspection was conducted for facilities that were identified and availed by DPWI across the country. DPWI was part of the assessment team. However, the inspection of private facilities was done by the team as directed in paragraph 4.1 of the guideline document for quarantine and isolation in relation to COVID-19. The composition of the facility assessment team does not include DPWI.

4. (a) The Department of Health decides which facilities will have COVID 19 infected patients. Thus has no obligation to reveal this information to the Department. The Department only provides facilities for use as quarantine facilities or isolation sites. It has no knowledge of whether the patients are positive or not.

5. No.

20 May 2020 - NW743

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

(1) (a) Why was the Independent Development Trust (IDT) identified (details furnished) for an important task of managing the appointment of nonprofit organisations (NPOs) that apply to assist in the Government’s COVID-19 response, especially as she was convening an IDT Exit Strategy Task Team to look at the future of the IDT, and (b) where will funds for payment come from as the IDT does not receive grant funding from her Department; Friday, 1 May 2020? (2) whether the IDT has paid participants since 1 February 2020; if not, (a) why not, (b) what is the extent of outstanding payments and (c) what are the reasons for the delay in payment; if so, what are the relevant details of the payments made?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1(a) Initially the National Joint Operations and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints) decided to recruit a youth brigade to assist at quarantine site. Over a period of a few weeks, the Department of Health requested the EPWP to assist with additional activities. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), considering the resources available to itself and its entities, decided to assist the Department of Health through Non-State Sector (NSS) Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) programme. This programme has been implemented by the Independent Development Trust (IDT) on behalf of DPWI for the past 10 years. The IDT was appointed to implement this project for three months while DPWI continues to make the necessary arrangement to implement the NSS: NPO programme inhouse. My approval for use of the IDT to implement this intiative, in the main, is premised on the fact that the budget to implement work through the NSS NPOs programme is still classified as a transfer to IDT. With the current fiscal constraints the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure could not fund the Department of Health request for assistance through any other budget allocation.

1(b) Over the MTEF 2020/21 to 2022/23 period, the budget to implement the NSS: NPOs programme is an earmarked transfer allocation to the IDT. For the 2020/21 financial year, a budget of R745.361 million is allocated for wage costs while the amount of R33.123 million is earmarked for the non-wage costs. Non-wage costs cover costs of the personal protective equipment (PPEs), NPO administration costs, etc. It is therefore through this allocation that the IDT will cover the expenses related to the implementation of the EPWP COVID-19 response to assist the Department of Health.

2. The Department has informed me that not all participants were paid. As at 1 February 2020, eighteen (18) out of 339 NPOs had not paid their participants’ stipends. Since then, the IDT assisted NPOs in correcting the reasons for non-payment and committed to paying these NPOs by 8 May 2020.

(a) The delays in the payment of these NPOs has been linked to (1) late submission of supporting documentation such as invoices by the NPOs prior to the lockdown period; (2) errors contained on invoices submitted by NPOs which were rejected by the payment system; (3) NPOs submitting invoices with amounts higher than their Purchase Order balances; and (4) NPO delays in re-submitting corrected documents according to the identified errors.

(b) As at the end of March 2020, a total amount of R189 529 797,45 was paid to 321 NPOs out of the 339 contracted NPOs. Eighteen (18) NPOs, through the assistance of IDT, have resolved the non-payment matters and IDT has begun a process to pay these NPOs the outstanding R6 919 447, 00 before the 08 May 2020.

(c)  This answer is provided in 2(a) above.

20 May 2020 - NW409

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

What is the current balance of the Umsobomvu Youth Fund; (2) What are the details of (a) each amount that the specified fund paid to each beneficiary since its establishment, (b) the names of each beneficiary and (c) the outcomes achieved by each beneficiary with the funding received from the fund?

Reply:

The Umsobomvu Youth Fund was established in January 2001 with a mandate to create a platform for job creation, skills development and transfer for South Africa’s young people.

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Act which was passed by Parliament in 2008 formed the NYDA as a merger between the Umsobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) and in terms of section 21 of the Act dissolved the UYF and NYC.

  (1)  The balances of the Umsobomvu Youth Fund were therefore transferred into the NYDA as per section 21 of the NYDA Act. The UYF has therefore been dissolved and has a balance of zero.

 2. Links to the annual reports of the UYF which can be found online which will specify beneficiaries, amounts paid and outcomes are indicated below. Copies of the annual reports from 2001 – 2008 can be forwarded to the Honourable member upon request.

https://pmg.org.za/committee-meeting/8674/

https://pmg.org.za/committee-meeting/8495/

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/43412530/umsobomvu-youth-fund-annual-report-2006-nyda

20 May 2020 - NW888

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Whether her Office will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her Office rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

1. No, the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities will not offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses, as this is not the Department’s mandate.

2. The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities does not have a financial allocation within its budget to offer financial relief to SMME’s.

 

20 May 2020 - NW612

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)what (a) is the estimated time frame to repair the damaged fencing of the border posts between the Republic and Zimbabwe at the Beitbridge border post, (b) will be the costs of the repairs and (c) what type of fencing (i) was damaged and (ii) will be used for repairs; (2) what measures will she put in place to ensure that the repaired fence will not be vandalised again; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure(DPWI) has informed me as follows:

1. (a) The timeframe to repair the damaged fence was one month.

(b) The tenders sum of the contractor was a projected R37 176 843.50

(c) (i) Town Planning Services issued a Provisional Site Clearance Certificate to allow for the maintenance of the fence. The existing fence was in bad condition, and it comprises of a fence with Razor Mesh, Coil Strips and Posts etc.

(ii) The particular project addresses the maintenance of the existing fence. The fence comprises of Tension Posts, Intermediate Posts, Straining wires, razor mesh and razor coils etc.

2. My Department has communicated as follows on the vandalism:

  • The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is responsible for security at the border fence.
  • Following a breach of security, whereby the contractor’s material was allegedly stolen, I wrote a letter to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans (dated 4 April 2020), requesting her assistance in assigning SANDF officials to patrol the border fence line.
  • The response from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans came through a letter dated 7 April 2020, and it states that the C SANDF has undertaken to direct the SANDF Joint Operations Division, to address this security challenge on an urgent basis. This will cover the area where the fence is being erected and reinforce the existing private security elements on site.
  • The Director-General of DPWI wrote a letter to Secretary-General of Defence dated 15 April 2020 supplemented the Ministerial correspondences, requesting DOD Top Management to expedite patrol measures at this borderline
  • A follow-up letter from the Director-General of DPWI to Secretary-General of Defence dated 27 April 2020, requested the DOD to intensify patrol at the borderline fence between RSA and Zimbabwe.

3. Yes, I will consider in due course. The South African National Defence Force is responsible in terms of the Defence Management Act.

20 May 2020 - NW644

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

With reference to her reply to question 304 on 19 March 2020, what are the details of the amounts owed by client departments to the Department’s Property Management Trading Entity as at (a) 31 March 2018, (b) 31 March 2019 and (c) 28 February 2020 including but not exclusively the details of (i) each client in respect of their, (aa) names, (bb) contact details and (cc) accounting officers’ names, (ii) dates on which the payments were made on behalf of each client, (iii) the expenditure incurred and paid for on behalf of each client and (iv) why clients had not paid within 30 days of the payments having been made on behalf of clients?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The amounts owed by client departments to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Property Management Trading Entity as at:

(a) As at 31 March 2018, the gross outstanding balance was R3.478 billion that included an amount of R2.367 billion for impairment. The amount disclosed in the annual report was a net balance of R1.111 billion. (Annexure A)

(b) As at 31 March 2019, the gross outstanding balance was R4.172 billion that included an amount of R2.590 billion for impairment. The amount disclosed in the annual report was a net balance of R1.582 billion.

(c) As at 28 February 2020, the gross outstanding balance (before impairment) was R7.282 billion that included an amount of R2.590 billion that was impaired on the 31 March 2019. The impairment amount for the year ended 31 March 2020 has not been calculated yet and will be calculated and disclosed in the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2020.

Impairment is an accounting requirement that requires the Entity to evaluate whether objective evidence exists as a result of one or more events (a loss event) that may impact on the recoverability of the amounts due and calculate an impairment loss based on future expected cash flows. It must be noted that amounts impaired do not mean that they have been written off by the Entity. There is continuous engagement with client departments to ensure that they pay the gross outstanding debt.

The details of the amount owed for 31 March 2018, 31 March 2019 and 28 February 2020 are listed in Annexure A attached.

(i) The details of each client with respect of their, (aa) names, (bb) contact details and (cc) accounting officers’ names, are attached as (Annexure B).

(ii) and (iii) the Table A below reflect the period in which the payments were made on behalf of each client and the expenditure incurred and paid for on behalf of each client.

Table A:

Ageing bracket

Amount

Current (0-30 days outstanding)

R 1 199 303 174.83

30 days

R 1 187 276 619.08

60 days

R 514 491 484.74

90 days

R 362 236 122.09

<1 year

R 1 507 012 265.46

1-3 years

R 1 622 432 217.30

3- 5 years

R 328 926 973.56

> 5 years

R 560 054 849.53

TOTAL

R 7 281 733 706.59

The current approved business model of the Entity is that expenditure is incurred on behalf of client department after which the amount is claimed. The expenditure that is incurred on behalf of client departments is for private leases, municipal services, client infrastructure spending (Capital allocation) and other recoverable infrastructure projects (referred to as PACE and CA). At the end of the month, all payment made are then consolidated as a claim/invoice and sent to each client department to reimburse the Entity within 30 days as prescribed by Treasury Regulations 8.2.3. The current model has been revised and communicated to all user departments, where each user department must sign Billing Agreement to pay quarterly in advance for certain services.

(iv) As at 28 February 2020, an amount of R7,282 billion was outstanding from national departments and other organs of the state (Annexure C). Some of the reasons cited by client departments not to pay the Department is due to:

• user departments dispute occupation,

• lack or insufficient budget;

• budget cuts by National Treasury;

In line with established inter-governmental framework principles, below are some of the intervention that the Department has put in place to recover the outstanding from client departments:

  • Request to National Treasury to intervene on clients that do not pay within 30 days;
  • The Minister wrote letters to her counterparts requesting them to ensure that their departments pay the outstanding balances;
  • An intergovernmental framework on billing and recovery has been implemented to address the outstanding debt; dispute resolution and advance billing for services rendered;
  • The Department has resolved to devolve municipal services to the client departments; and
  • National Treasury was requested to issue an instruction note for all user departments to pay quarterly in advance, ring-fence the budget for accommodation and consider allocating infrastructure and accommodation budget to the DPWI. National Treasury is still processing the request of the Department.

Annexure B

 

NAME OF DEPARTMENT

DIRECTOR-GENERAL

PHONE

FAX

E-MAIL

 

Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

Mr Mzamo Michael Mlengana

(012) 319 6503

(012) 319 7135

Phone 012 319 6503

Fax 012 319 7135

Email MortimerM@daff.gov.za

 

Arts and Culture

Mr Vusumuzi Mkhize

Director-General

(012) 441 3027

012 441 3735

directorgeneral@dac.gov.za

 

Basic Education

Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli

Director-General

(012) 357 4504

(012) 323 5837

0862 070 149

Mweli.M@dbe.gov.za;

 

Communications

Qinisile Delwa (Acting DG)

(012)  473 0418

(012) 473 0469

 

qinisile@doc.gov.za

 

 

Cooperative Governance

Mr Dan Metlana Mashitisho

Director-General

(012) 334 0518

(021) 469 6735

086 293 4966

Danm@cogta.gov.za

 

Correctional Services

Arthur Fraser, Mr

National Commissioner

(012) 305 8841

(012) 323 6149

Arthur.Fraser@dcs.gov.za

 

Civilian Secretariat for Police

Mr Alvin Rapea

Secretary of Police

(012) 393 2520

(012) 393 2536/8

Labi.Ndhlovu-Shakung@csp.gov.za

 

Defence

Dr Sam Gulube

Secretary for Defence

082 078 7707

(012) 355 6219

(012) 355 6220

(012) 347 7445

Sam.Gulube@dod.mil.za;

Secdef@dod.mil.za;

Maete.Lengolo@dod.mil.za

Moleboge.Mojapelo@dod.mil.za

 

Economic Development

Mr Monde Tom (Acting DG)

(012)  394 1045

012 394 5664

 

MTom@economic.gov.za;

NPShabane@economic.gov.za

WMasvanhise@economic.gov.za

 

Energy

Zulu Thabane, Mr

Director-General

(012)  406 7672

(012)  643 0932

Nokuthula.mbeje@energy.gov.za;

 

Environmental Affairs

Ms Nosipho Ngcaba

Director-General

(012)  310 3017

(012)  322 4832

nngcaba@environment.gov.za

 

GCIS

Ms Pumla Williams

(Acting DG: GCIS)

(012)  473 0245

012 473 0163

 

precian@gcis.gov.za;

 

Health

Anban Pillay, Dr

Acting Director-General

(012) 395 9150

(012)  395 8422

dg@health.gov.za;

 

Higher Education & Training

Mr Gwebinkundla Qonde

Director-General

082 705 9457

(012) 312 6349 /6350

012 312 5429

(012) 323 0291

Qonde.G@dhet.gov.za;

Moloisi.I@dhet.gov.za;

Mkhabela.S@dhet.gov.za

 

Home Affairs

Mr Jackie McKay

Director-General (Acting)

(012)  406 7070

086 512 7864

directorgeneral@dha.gov.za

 

Human Settlements

Mr Mbulelo Tshangana

Director-General

082 801 9708

(012)  421 1486

012 421 1486

086 546 0490

Mbulelo.tshangana@dhs.gov.za

Bongiwe.ngobese@dhs.gov.za

Moipone.ngoasheng@dhs.gov.za

 

Independent Police Investigative Directorate

Patrick Setshedi,Mr

Executive Director (Acting)

(012)  399 0026

(012) 399 0070

(012)  399 0144

086 630 0617

(012) 399 0144

tmahibila@ipid.gov.za
rmamabolo@ipid.gov.za
amphago@ipid.gov.za

 

International Relations & Cooperation

Mr Kgabo E Mahoai

Director-General

(012) 351 0363

(012)  351 0296

(012)  329 2242

(012) 329 2242

radebel@dirco.gov.za

mahoaik@dirco.gov.za;

moroej@dirco.gov.za

thabedes@dirco.gov.za

 

Justice and Constitutional Development

Director-General

JB Skosana (Acting), Adv

(012) 406 4701

(012) 406 4706/4

086 644 6406

bmusekwa@justice.gov.za;

bmlambo@justice.gov.za;

JSkosana@justice.gov.za

ckok@justice.gov.za;

 

Labour

Mr Thobile Lamati

Director-General

082 467 4315

082 886 2604

(012) 309 4126

(012) 309 4620

Thobile.Lamati@labour.gov.za;

Sandisiwe.kaba@labour.gov.za

 

Military Veterans

Director-General

Derrick Mgwebi (Acting), Mr

(012)  671 4783

(012) 264 3280

(012) 671 1108

Puseletso.mthombeni@dmv.gov.za;

odg@dmv.gov.za;

 

Mineral Resources

Adv Thabo Mokoena

Director-General

(012) 444 3880

(012) 643 0932

Mamabefu.Modipa@dmr.gov.za

Kwazi.mhlongo@dmr.gov.za;

 

National School of Government

Principal

Busani Ngcaweni, Mr

(012) 441 6079

012 441 6133

(012) 441 6044

dg.secretary@thensg.gov.za;

malefau.masemola@thensg.gov.za

 

National Treasury

Mr Dondo Mogajane

Director-General

(012)  351 5904

(012)  328 5145

Dondo.Mogajane@treasury.gov.za

Felicitas.Mogase@treasury.gov.za;

 

Planning Monitoring & Evaluation

Ms Nompumelelo Mpofu

Director-General

071 267 8748

Mr Tsediso Matona

Secretary for National Planning

(012) 312 0014

(012) 312 2261

 

Caroline@dpme.gov.za;

Ellen@dpme.gov.za

 

Public Enterprises

Director-General

Kgathatso (Acting) Tlhakudi, Mr

(012) 431 1035

021 469 6776 

(012) 431 1040

DGOffice@dpe.gov.za

 

Public Service and Administration

Ms Yoliswa Makhasi

Director-General

012 336 1279

012 469 5485

(012) 336 1088

086 632 2028

Puleng.sibanda@dpsa.gov.za

MonicaP@dpsa.gov.za;

Tsholofelo.Mathabathe@dpsa.gov.za;

 

Public Service Commission

Dr Dovhani Mamphiswana

Director-General

082 773 0432

082 261 8809

(012)  352 1025

(012) 352 1200

(012) 325 8322

086 647 9746

connieg@opsc.gov.za;

 

Public Works

Adv Sam Vukela

Director-General

(012)  406 1988

(012)  328 4217

(021)  465 1244

Sam.Vukela@dpw.gov.za

DG.PA@dpw.gov.za

Nompumelelo.Hlakula@dpw.gov.za

Manthekeleng.Monama@dpw.gov.za;

 

Rural Development and Land Reform

Director-General

Mdu Shabane, Mr

(012)  312 8503

(012) 312 8867

(012) 312 6072

(012) 323 6072

DGOffice@drdlr.gov.za

 

Science and Technology

Dr Phil Mjwara

Director-General

082 889 0971

(012 )843 6815

086 681 0006

phil.mjwara@dst.gov.za

Itshekeng.masilela@dst.gov.za

Nomkhosi.peter@dst.gov.za

Zanele.sithole@dst.gov.za

Bongiwe.kheswa@dst.gov.za;

 

Small Business Development

Acting Director-General

Lindokuhle Mkhumane, Mr

012 394 1433

 

LMkhumane@dsbd.gov.za

 

Social Development

Director-General

Mzolisi Toni (Acting), Mr

(012) 312 7647

 

SusanP@dsd.gov.za;

PaulK@dsd.gov.za

OsbourneM@dsd.gov.za  

WelheminahS@dsd.gov.za

WendyL@dsd.gov.za LebogangSh@dsd.gov.za

 

South African Police Service

(SAPS)

General KJ Sitole

National Police Commissioner
082 450 9206

012 400 6583


012 400 6890

 

MathebulaA@saps.gov.za ChiloaneM@saps.gov.za depnatcom@saps.gov.za sitolej@saps.gov.za

 

South African Revenue Services (SARS)

Commissioner

Edward Kieswetter, Mr

012 422 5174

(012) 422 5205

(012) 422 5160

012 452 9676

TMokhari@sars.gov.za

SisterM@sars.gov.za;

 

Sport and Recreation South Africa

Director-General

Sumayya Khan, Ms

(012)  304 5149

086 5748 039

sumayya@srsa.gov.za

 

Statistics South Africa

Mr Risenga Maluleke

Statistician-General

(012)  310 8075

(012)  321 7343

palil@statssa.gov.za;

Lenas@statssa.gov.za;

 

Telecommunications & Postal Services

Mr Robert Nkuna

Director-General

012) 427 8031

012 427 8167

(012) 427 8016

tmathebula@dtps.gov.za

rnkuna@dtps.gov.za;

 

The Presidency

Dr Cassius Lubisi

Director-General

(012)  300 5354

086 683 5354

Nokukhanya@presidency.gov.za;

Nelly@presidency.gov.za;

 

Tourism

Mr Victor Tharage

Director-General

083 387 3300

(012 ) 444 6379

(012) 444 6721

(012) 444 7040

vtharage@tourism.gov.za;

msibiya@tourism.gov.za;

mzwane@tourism.gov.za;

 

Trade and Industry

Mr Lionel October

Director-General

071 356 1135

(012) 394 3075

(012)  394 0323

loctober@thedti.gov.za;

emsiza@thedti.gov.za;

TMatshego@thedti.gov.za;

 

Traditional Affairs

Mr Mashwahle Diphofa

Director-General

(012) 334 4918

086 616 7586

AnnaM@cogta.gov.za;

charlesn@cogta.gov.za

ReshoketsweM@cogta.gov.za

 

Transport

Director-General

Alec Moemi, Mr

(012) 309 3172

(012) 328 5926

DirectorGeneral@dot.gov.za

phenyam@dot.gov.za;

 

Water & Sanitation

Director-General

Deborah Mochotlhi (Acting), Ms

(012) 336 8152

(012) 336 8850

MochotlhiD@dws.gov.za

 

Women

Director-General

Shoki Tshabalala (Acting), Ms

(012) 359 0071

(012) 323 5954

dg@women.gov.za

 

Government Pensions Administration Agency

(GPAA)

Chief Executive Officer

Krishen Sukdev, Mr

012 319 1007

012 326 2507

krishen.sukdev@gpaa.gov.za

 

Government Printing Works

Chief Executive Officer(Acting)

Thandi Moyo, Ms

012 748 6213

012 323 9746

Thandi.Moyo@gpw.gov.za

20 May 2020 - NW797

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With reference to her statement that a long-term project is underway between the various departments regarding the security of the Republic’s borders and that the specified project is currently in its inception phase (details furnished), (a) which departments are involved in the project, (b) what does the entire project entail and (c) by what date is it envisaged that the construction of the fence will commence; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works & Infrastructure:

1. (a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is the lead Department with the provision of the borderline infrastructure. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is involved as the user client and is responsible in terms of the Defence Management Act to patrol the borderline fence.

(b) The Department is currently in a planning phase for the upgrading and reconstruction of patrol road and fencing on the borderline between the Republic of South Africa and neighbouring countries.

The following planning activities are currently being undertaken:

  • ± 556km of borderline infrastructure: Site Clearance process for the upgrading and reconstruction of patrol roads and fencing on the borderline between RSA, Swaziland and Mozambique.
  • ±700km of borderline infrastructure: Site Clearance process for the upgrading and reconstruction of patrol roads and fencing on the borderline between RSA, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
  • ±500km of borderline infrastructure: Site Clearance process for the upgrading and reconstruction of patrol roads and fencing on the borderline between RSA and Lesotho.

(c) Upon confirmation of funding, construction activities within eah of the above mentioned projects will be implemented.

2. Yes , I will provide additional information in due course after further engagement with the relevant departments including National Treasury.

20 May 2020 - NW786

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

(1)What (a) is the total amount of the additional funding that the National Treasury has made available to her Department for measures to deal with Covid-19, (b) are the conditions linked to the specified funding and (c) is the funding being allocated to; (2) whether a business plan is required; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (3) whether a business plan is available; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. I was informed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure as at 12 May 2020 no additional funding has been allocated to the Department from National Treasury for DPWI to deal with Covid-19.

2. Not applicable, as the Department was not allocated the additional funding.

3. Not applicable, as the Department was not allocated the additional funding.

19 May 2020 - NW242

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Finance

What will be the tax benefit to persons who donate land in terms of the proposed Draft National Policy for Beneficiary Selection and Land Allocation?

Reply:

The precise nature of the tax benefits available to persons who donate land in terms of the proposed Draft National Policy for Beneficiary Selection and Land Allocation will depend on the final form the policy takes, as well as the implementation of the policy. The benefits that may be available are an exemption from donations tax on donations of land, the disregarding of capital gains and losses on donations of land and a deduction of the lower of the fair market value or cost of the land on the date of donation. The potentially applicable provisions are summarised below.

Section 54 of the Income Tax Act, 1962, (the Act) stipulates that donations tax is payable on the value of any property disposed of under any donation by any resident. Section 56(1), however, provides for the exemption of the payment of donations tax in certain circumstances. For purposes of this reply, the following paragraphs are relevant.

  • Paragraph (h) exempts from donations tax, any donation of property by or to persons listed in sections 10(1)(a), (cA), (cE), cN), (cO), (d) or (e). This includes, among others, the national, provincial or local sphere of government, certain institutions, boards or bodies and qualifying public benefit organisations (PBOs).
  • Paragraph (o) exempts from donations tax, a donation of property consisting of the full ownership in immovable property and meeting the following requirements:
    • the immovable property must be acquired by any beneficiary entitled to any grant or services in terms of the Land Reform Programme, as contemplated in the White Paper on South African Land Policy, 1997, in terms of a project that has been approved by the Minister of Land Affairs or a duly designated person; or
    • the donation of immovable property must have been made under land reform initiatives by virtue of the measures contemplated in Chapter 6 of the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 of 11 November 2011, released by the National Planning Commission, Presidency of the Republic of South Africa.

Paragraph 62(a) of the Eighth Schedule to the Act provides that a person must disregard a capital gain or capital loss determined in respect of the donation or bequest of any asset by that person to the government in the national, provincial or local sphere. Paragraph 64D of the Eighth Schedule provides that a person must disregard any capital gain or capital loss in respect of a donation of land or right to land under a land reform initiative contemplated in Chapter 6 of the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 of 11 November 2011.

A bona fide donation of land made may qualify as an income tax deduction under section 18A of the Act if all the legislated requirements are met and, in particular:

  • if the donation is made to a PBO, the PBO has been approved under sections 18A and 30;
  • if the donation is made to a department of government in the national, provincial or local sphere, the department has been approved under section 18A; and
  • the recipient of the donation actively carries on a listed public benefit activity (PBA) and applies such donations solely for the purposes of the PBA.

Part II of the Ninth Schedule to the Act lists a PBA under the heading “Land and Housing” in paragraph 5(e) that reads as follows.

“The promotion, facilitation and support of access to land and use of land, housing infrastructural development for promoting official land reform programmes.”

This PBA is broader and more multifaceted than the donation of land resulting from an official land reform programme.

19 May 2020 - NW272

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Finance

What (a) is the comparative increase in rand amount and percentage, year on year, in equitable share provision for (i) Dr Beyers Naudé, (ii) Makana, (iii) Ndlambe, (iv) Sundays River Valley and (v) Blue Crane Route Local Municipalities from 2015-16 to 2019-20 financial years and (b) are the determining factors on which the calculation in increase was made?

Reply:

  1. The tables below show the year on year rand amount increases/decreases and growth rates for the five municipalities.

(b) Factors used to determine allocations to municipalities

Standard determining factors

With respect to the formula allocations, demographic and other data is used to determine each municipality’s portion of the local government equitable share.

  • The proportion of households below the affordability threshold in each municipality is based on 2011 Census data. Using data from the annual General Household Survey, the total number of households in each municipality is then adjusted every year.
  • Bulk water costs are updated based on the average increase in bulk tariffs charged by water boards.
  • Bulk electricity costs are updated based on the bulk price determination approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa.
  • All other costs are updated based on the National Treasury’s inflation projections.

A detailed explanation of the above can be found in Annexure W1 of the Division of Revenue Bill, 2019 and more details of how costs are estimated can be found in the ‘discussion paper on the proposed structure of the new local government equitable share formula’ (published in 2013). All of this information available on the National Treasury website. All of the data used in each year’s calculation of the LGES allocations is also published in a summary spreadsheet.

Decline of allocations to Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality between 2015/16 and 2017/18

The decline of the allocations to the Dr Beyers Naudé municipality between 2015/16 and 2017/18 is largely a result of the 2016 re-demarcations, which saw the merger of Camdeboo, Baviaans and Ikwezi local municipalities into this municipality. Some elements in the structure of the local government equitable share (LGES) formula and related allocations resulted in allocations to the newly merged municipality being less than the sum of the allocations to the preceding, separate municipalities:

  • The institutional component of the LGES formula includes a fixed base allocation for all municipalities. In 2016/17, this meant the newly formed municipality received a single base allocation of R5.9 million, not 3 (R17.7 million) as they would have as separate municipalities.
  • The subsidisation of the salaries of councilors (calculated outside of the LGES formula) is at a sliding scale, with the highest level of support provided to grade 1 municipalities. As these municipalities were previously grades 3, 2 and 1 respectively, the newly merged municipality, which was graded at level 3, has a smaller number of councilors than the 3 previous municipalities and therefore receives less special support for councilor remuneration and ward committees.

18 May 2020 - NW563

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What measures has her department put in place to ensure that schools are safe from burglaries and arson attacks during the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19?

Reply:

                                                                                                                           

Response

The Department of Basic Education has signed a Protocol with the South African Police Service to provide support regarding crime perpetrated by communities towards schools.  The South African Police Service are busy with these investigations and are pursuing criminal charges against the perpetrators where schools have opened cases at their local police stations.

18 May 2020 - NW691

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

(1) What is the total cost of the litigation and/or legal fees for the National Library of South Africa during the period 1 January 2017 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) what is the legal cost for each labour dispute and/or matter defended; (3) what are the relevant details of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) award on the CCMA matter of a certain person (name and details furnished); (4) (a) what was the outcome of the CCMA case against a certain person (name furnished) from the National Library of South Africa of whom the Board reported in November 2019 that the matter was resolved, (b) how was the specified matter resolved and (c) what total amount in legal fees was involved? NW893E

Reply:

1. Litigation costs from 1 January 2017 to date are as follows:

Year

Amount

2017

R 71, 383.70

2018

R 1, 807, 468.98

2019

R 2, 314, 626.18

2020

R 3, 901, 436.20

Total

R 8, 094, 915.15

 

2. The legal cost for each labour dispute are as follows:

Year

Litigation

Amount in Rands

October 2018 - September 2019

NLSA vs Executive Director: Corporate Services

R 579, 902.39

January 2018 - November 2019

NLSA vs Director: Centre for the Book

R 1, 696,950.27

April 2019 - August 2019

NLSA vs former National Librarian and CEO

R 1,663, 094.00

April 2018 to Date

NLSA vs Director: Human Resources

R 152, 121.96

April 2017 - August 2019

NLSA vs Director: Bibliographic Services and Collections Management

R 2, 798, 522.75

Total

R 6, 890, 591.37

3. The CCMA ruled in favor of the employee for Unfair Suspension.

Details of the ruling: The National Library of South Africa, the respondent has perpetrated an unfair labour practice in terms of section (186) (2)(b) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 as amended.

4. (a) On 30 September 2019 at conciliation, the employee withdrew his case after an agreement was reached that he would return to work on 01 November 2019.

(b) On 28 October 2019 the Board ruled that the employee’s return date would be deferred to 1 April 2020 in light of representation and resistance received by Management from internal and external stakeholders including Organised Labour.

(c) The total cost for the above matter is R 1 696 950.27.

18 May 2020 - NW748

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

(1) Whether board members of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) are still paid as board members; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the total amount in salary that each such member gets (a) per month and (b) annually; (2) whether SASCOC is on the brink of financial collapse; if not, what is SASCOC’s financial position; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. According to the Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC); Board members do not receive a salary but an allowance as approved by the General Assembly. These allowances are to compensate board members for costs incurred in attending to board matters. Board members that are in an acting position do not receive an acting allowance and continue to receive their normal allowance

(a) The elected board members continue to receive their monthly allowances as follows: -

  • President: Nil (currently vacant)
  • 1st Vice President: R22 024.97
  • 2nd Vice President: Nil (currently vacant)
  • Ordinary Board Member: R18 354.14 (8 members)
  • The IOC and IPC representatives that serve on the board have waivered their entitlement to receive an allowance and do not receive same
  • Total Monthly allowances for board members: R168 858.12

(b) As required by reporting standards, these amounts are disclosed in the annual financial statement

2. SASCOC has indicated that:

  • The organization is in a critical stage of need of funding to fully deliver on its mandates.
  • The reduction of funding from the National Lotteries Commission of R100m (due to the change in their own distribution criteria) has severely impacted on SASCOC’s financial needs as this funding requirement was part of the budgetary requirements of SASCOC that was submitted to the Commission. The annual allocation for the 2019/2020 financial year from the Commission was R8m.
  • The total annual funds inflow (which include government, the NLC, IOC, IPC and IOC/IPC Top sponsors) expected for the 2020/2021 financial year is R39m.
  • The funding needs for SASCOC to meet its commitments for the 2020/2021 financial year is R47m. This amount excludes funding required for games delivery
  • SASCOC is unable the deliver on its games programmes or unfunded mandates without additional special funding.

18 May 2020 - NW738

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether the Ekurhuleni Development Agency (EDA) of the City of Ekurhuleni, reports directly to her; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the (i) names and (ii) qualifications of the five board members, (b) what amount has each board member earn in each financial year since the inception of the EDA, (c) what (i) number of persons work for the EDA, (ii) are their positions and (iii) is the gross salary that each person earns per annum and (d) what (i) was the total budget of the EDA since its inception and (ii) has it accomplished?

Reply:

The Ekurhuleni Development Agency does not report to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Thank you

18 May 2020 - NW588

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What measures has her department put in place to prevent schools from being vandalised?

Reply:

The Department of Basic Education has signed a Protocol on School Safety with the South African Police Service. See Attached Annexure A. Several criminal cases have been opened with the Police across the various provinces. The Police Service is investigating these acts of vandalism and criminality and the Department of Basic Education has called for the maximum sentences to be imposed on those found to be responsible for the wanton destruction of school infrastructure. 

18 May 2020 - NW692

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

(1) Whether the National Library of South Africa took disciplinary steps against a certain person (name and details furnished) who was found by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration to have colluded with a subordinate to charge a certain person (name furnished) with unfounded allegations; if not, why not; if so, what steps; (2) whether he has found that the specified person wasted the institution’s money by allegedly pushing a personal vendetta; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the Board has taken any steps against the person; if not, why not; if so, what steps; (4) whether the person’s contract will be extended for three years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, upon what recommendation?

Reply:

1. No disciplinary action was taken.

2. No action was taken against anyone in this regards. The Board noted the specific comments made by the Presiding Officer as they could not be substantiated.

3. No action has been taken against anyone, as indicated above. This matter was handled as a result of a grievance lodged by staff and management felt that there was no malicious intent.

4. The NLSA’s Recruitment Policy requires that all vacant positions must be advertised.

18 May 2020 - NW492

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the President of the Republic

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

Reply:

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

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

Government respects the process of collective bargaining.

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

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

18 May 2020 - NW589

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What measures has her department put in place to ensure that learners who were receiving meals as part of the school nutrition programme continue to receive meals during the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID 19?

Reply:

The Department is working in collaboration with the national and provincial Departments of Social Development (DSD) through the National Food and Nutrition Security Task Team led by the Presidency, through which agreement was reached that DSD will include learners from the National Nutrition Programme in their Disaster Relief and Social Relief Management Programme when distributing food parcels to households. The Department 's social and corporate partners were encouraged and referred to use the DSD distribution centres.

18 May 2020 - NW749

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

(1) Whether a certain person (name furnished) is suing the National Library of South Africa (NLSA); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a)(i) what is the lawsuit for and (ii) what is the total amount the lawsuit claims and (b) what has been the progress in the matter; (2) whether the lawyer of the NLSA admitted to the accusations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, why is the NLSA wasting time and state money in defending this matter; (3) whether the lawyer of the NLSA withdrew from the matter after the evidence has been submitted; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes, the person is suing the National Library of South Africa

(a)(i) The lawsuit is for alleged defamation of character

(ii) R 10 million

(b) The matter is at the High Court awaiting a trial date.

2. The NLSA accepted the summons and are defending the matter.

3. In light of the above, the lawyer has not withdrawn and is still the NLSA’s attorney of record.

18 May 2020 - NW792

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

(1) (a) Who (i) authorised and (ii) signed off the printing of Simply Larry by the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), (b) was the decision in line with the rules of the NLSA publishing grant policy and (c) who decided to print 1 000 copies instead of 300 as policy dictates; (2) whether the biography that was printed falls within the scope of books authorised to be published under the NLSA grant; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the biography belongs to a certain person (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) (i) The National Librarian and CEO

(ii) The Acting Director: Centre for the Book

(b). The decision to publish the manuscript was in-line with the Community Publishing Grant’s Guidelines for Special Projects. While the Community Publishing Grant focuses on fiction works, the Special Projects focus on non-fiction work that capture the history of our country not captured in conventional history books.

(c) The decision to published 1000 copies was dictated by the potential demand for the book in the market.

2. The biography falls within the scope of the Community Publishing Grant’s Special Projects as it focuses on non-fiction work that capture the history of our country not captured in conventional history books.

3. The biography tells the story of Father Laurence McDonnell, fondly known as Larry and his relationship with South African liberation struggle heroes.

18 May 2020 - NW564

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) (a) By what date is it envisaged that schools will resume the 2020 academic programme following the national lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 and (b) what are the full details of the steps her department intends to take to mitigate the teaching time lost due to the specified lockdown; (2) whether the 2020 cohort of Grade 12 is likely to write the National Senior Certificate examinations by the end of 2020, given the suspension of the academic programme for an extended period during the national lockdown; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

RESPONSE

  1. (a) In terms of the announcement made by the Minister on 30 April 2020, the intention is to phase in the resumption of schooling, which will be determined by the readiness of the schools to ensure that learners, teachers and support staff are not exposed to any risk of infection. Hence, the planned date is 1 June 2020 for learners in Grade 12 and Grade 7; and 18 May 2020 for all teachers. The resumption of schooling will be subject to all safety precautionary measures implemented in schools. The other grades will be systematically phased-in, depending on the readiness of the schools.

(b)       The time lost will be recovered by resorting to the following measures -

  • The June vacation will be reduced to a week;
  • The September holiday will reduced to a long weekend;
  • The December holidays will be reduced by a week;
  • The June examination will be scrapped to allow for more teaching and learning time; and
  • If necessary the school day will be extended for the Intermediate Phase (30min); Senior Phase (1 hour) and Grade 12 (2hours).

In addition to the above, the Department has already commenced with the trimming and re-organisation of the school curriculum to ensure that the core content areas are covered in preparation for the next grade. This will also alleviate the pressure on both learners and teachers.

  1. In terms of the writing of the National Senior Certificate examination, if the Grade 12 learners resume schooling on 1 June 2020, the National Senior Certificate examination will take place as scheduled extending into December 2020. The time lost will be recovered as outlined in (1)(b) above. The processing and standardisation of the results will be delayed until January 2021 and the results would be released by the middle of January 2021.

18 May 2020 - NW708

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(a) Why did his department decide to use a certain federation (name furnished) that claims to represent artists, to manage the distribution of monies to deserving artists, (b) what was the criteria his department used to select the specified federation and (c) how will he ensure that the money in the fund gets to the artists?

Reply:

a) The Department is not using the said federation to manage the distribution of funds to artists

b) and (c) falls off, as the Department is not using the federation

18 May 2020 - NW759

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What number of municipalities in each province have (a) infrastructure maintenance plans in place and (b) implemented such plans (i) fully or (ii) partly; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW961E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

18 May 2020 - NW750

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

(1) Whether a certain person (name furnished) was dismissed by the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) on serious allegations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what were the allegations, (b) for how long has the specified person been at home receiving a salary and (c) was someone paid an acting allowance in the position; (2) whether the person was reinstated; if so, (a) on what grounds, (b) what are the reasons that the NLSA did not challenge the matter and (c) what total amount has the case cost the NLSA; (3) whether the institution is facing any law suits in respect of the specified person; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes, the staff member was dismissed on 7 August 2019. The staff member appealed the decision and it was ruled in the staff member’s favour.

(a) Allegations include acts of sexual harassment, victimisation and intimidation.

(b) Six months

(c) Yes

2. Yes, the person was reinstated

(a) The person was reinstated as a result of the outcome of the appeal

(b) The NLSA Regulation of 1998 in Section 16, number 9 states that the decision of the appeal authority is final.

(c) The total cost for the case is R 1 696 950.27

3. The institution is not facing any law suits in this respect.

18 May 2020 - NW793

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

(1) Whether there will be an additional opportunity for artists to apply for funding during the Covid-19 lockdown; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether artists who can provide proof that their applications were submitted before the cut-off date of 6 April 2020 will be considered for funding; if not, (a) why not and (b) can the artists appeal; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) who selected the panels for both the Sports and Arts and Culture sectors, (b) what were the criteria for selecting the respective panels, (c)(i) who will be considered for the arts and culture funding and (ii) what criteria will be used, (d) what total number of artists will be accommodated and (e) on what date will the lists of (i) those who qualified for funding and (ii) the amounts they received be made available?

Reply:

1. A decision on an additional opportunity for artists to reapply is not under consideration for now. An engagement with industry stakeholders has taken place, which has contributed in guiding the approach. On 6th May 2020, we met with industry stakeholders, and the industry unanimously proposed that the Department finilise those that had initially applied but could not make it. Only after these agreed-upon processes are concluded, will additional steps be considered.

2. There is an appeal panel tasked with such responsibility.

(a) Note the response above

(b) Yes. We have appointed Advocate Steve Kekana, Advocate Nakedi Ribane and Ms Sibongile Nzimande to the appeal panel; they are seized with this task. An email address for appeals was set up and communicated as part of feedback to applicants.

3. (a) The Minister selected the panels

(b) Panelists were drawn from different backgrounds and as expertise in the Sports, Arts and Culture domains

(c) (i) All the people who will be recommended by the adjudication panel will receive funding

(ii) The criteria was made available from the commencement of the process of the COVID-19 relief fund. The criteria is broad-ranging and the full criteria is included, as an addendum, to this reply

(d) The total number will depend on the total number of artists who applied and succeeded

(e) (i)–(ii) The lists will be made available as and when the process is completed, or towards completion.

18 May 2020 - NW865

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether her department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial and/or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial and/or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses? NW1072E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

18 May 2020 - NW794

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether councillors hand their resignation from a municipality to her department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether a certain person (name furnished) resigned as a councillor at a certain municipality (name furnished); if not, on what statutory ground(s) can the specified person rely to simultaneously serve as the Executive Mayor of a certain district municipality (name furnished) and a councillor at the specified local municipality; if so, on what date did the person resign as a councillor from the local municipality; (3) whether the person receives remuneration from the two different municipalities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the person’s remuneration package from each municipality and (b) on what statutory grounds do the municipalities rely in this regard; (4) whether she has found that there are any other councillors who simultaneously serve as mayors of different municipalities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the full relevant details in each case? NW997E

Reply:

1. No.

When a person resigns as a councillor, he or she may submit their resignation to the municipality, or to the political party to which the councillor may belong to, for the party to then submits the resignation to the municipality, where after a vacancy is declared.

 

Thank you

18 May 2020 - NW823

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What measures has her department put in place to ensure that there are no initiation schools during the Level 4 restrictions with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic; (2) whether her department has put measures in place to (a) conduct oversight and (b) raise public awareness with regard to initiation schools; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1026E

Reply:

1. One of the endeavours to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Minister consulted the range of Traditional Leaders, through CONTRALESA, the National House of Traditional Leaders and the Provincial Houses who agreed to suspend customary initiations.  The Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders and Provincial Houses launched a media campaign regarding the suspension of the initiation.

2. Provincial Initiation Task Teams will monitor and ensure that no customary initiation takes place.

Thank you

18 May 2020 - NW723

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

a.With reference to her department’s call for public comments on the Government’s Draft Framework for the Risk-Adjusted Strategy to bring different sectors of the economy back to work, what (a) number of submissions have been received via the (i) nervecentre@cogta.gov.za and (ii) lockdowncomments@cogta.gov.za electronic mail addresses, (b) process, matrix and criteria have been used to evaluate each submission and (c) number of persons are responsible for reviewing the submissions received from members of the public; b. What (a) changes have been made to the Government’s Draft Framework for the Risk-Adjusted Strategy due to the submissions received from members of the public and (b) was the reason for each change; c. What criteria will be used to measure the success or failure of each level proposed for each economic sector? NW927E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

18 May 2020 - NW632

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether her department is putting measures in place to provide learners with WIFI?

Reply:

                                                                                                    

School connectivity is the mandate of the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT). Since the financial year 2014/201, the then Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services placed obligations on Network Operators to connect schools as part of their licensing obligations. A total of 5 250 schools were to be connected by 2019/2020 April. This number included ordinary schools and special schools. All the ordinary schools under these obligations, have been connected; and work has started to bring connectivity into special schools. This connectivity did not include provision of Wi-Fi into schools.

Department of Basic Education (DBE) will consider engaging the DCDT to instal Wi-Fi in schools in the next phase of connectivity rollouts to schools. We hope and believe that DCDT fully understands the technological advancements that include Wi-Fi Technologies. 

18 May 2020 - NW681

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(a) By what date will additional learner ablution facilities be constructed by her department at the Glenvista High School in Johannesburg, (b) what number of facilities will be constructed for each gender, (c) what are the (i) dates, (ii) deadlines, (iii) milestones and (iv) time frames in each case, (d) why have the additional facilities not been built to date and (e)(i) what total amount has her department allocated towards the project and (ii) from which budget has the specified amount been allocated?

Reply:

The question has been referred to the Gauteng Department of Education and a response will be submitted as soon as it is received from the province.

18 May 2020 - NW549

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the President of the Republic

What are the relevant details of the Government’s plans to address the looming economic crisis as a result of the national lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak, in view of the fact that the Republic’s credit rating has recently been downgraded by international ratings agencies to junk status; (2) whether the Government intends to (a) seek debt relief from the International Monetary Fund and/or (b) borrow funds for debt relief from any foreign entity; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. Government has announced a fiscal support package of R500 billion in order to manage the impact of the lockdown on households and business. The details of this package are available on: http://www.treasury.gov.za/comm_media/press/2020/20200428_COVID_Economic_Response_final.pdf

2. South Africa is a member in good standing of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, New Development bank (NDB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). Part of the benefits afforded to members is borrowing at preferential rates. In light of the recent global crisis and elevated risk, the cost of funding has been significantly affected and government is exploring other alternative sources of funding to fund the government borrowing requirement and to lower the borrowing costs.

The government has approached the IMF, AfDB, World Bank and NDB for financial support related to the COVID-19 impact. The transactions are still being negotiated and the relevant details will be made available by the Minister of Finance once concluded.

18 May 2020 - NW717

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) are the details of the processes followed by the Uthukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal in awarding contracts for the transport and supply of water by road tanker transport to consumers from 1 January 2014, (b) are the (i) names, (ii) identity and/or company registration numbers and (iii) physical and postal addresses of each person and/or company contracted to deliver water to consumers, (c) is the (i) duration, (ii) value and scope of each contract and (iii) total amount paid in each case and (d) is the number of loads delivered and distance travelled by each contractor?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

18 May 2020 - NW679

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) assessments has her department done, in Johannesburg wards 23, 54, 55, 56, 57, 124 and 125, to ascertain the number of additional schools that is needed in the area, (b) were the outcomes of such assessments, (c) plans are there to build additional schools in the specified area and (d) are the timeframes and deadlines in this regard?

Reply:

                                                                                                        

Response

The question has been referred to the Gauteng Department of Education and a response will be provided as soon as it is received from the province

18 May 2020 - NW707

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

With reference to the national address of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on Tuesday, 21 April 2020, on the R500 billion rescue package in which forms of support have been extended to artists during the lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 without providing an amount that will be allocated to artists from the R500 billion lump sum, what (a) total amount was set aside for the entire Arts segment and (b) amount will be allocated to each sector within the Arts segment?

Reply:

a) The total amount set aside for the arts segment in the R500 billion rescue package has not been determined, however, the Department recently finalised its budget needs for consideration to be part of the rescue package

b) See (a) above

18 May 2020 - NW631

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What plans does she have in place to monitor that all learners who are expected to continue with school work from home do their work?

Reply:

To ensure that learners continue to be supported while they are at home during the Lockdown, the sector put the following measures in place: 

  1. Schools and teachers distributed and issued learners with printed materials that included workbooks as well as work sheet to learners before the official closure of schools by government under Covid 19.
  2. Teachers planned work for learners and learners were issued with work to be done while they are not at school. A call was made to parents to support, assist and supervise the learners to do their work during this period of uncertainty.
  3. To ensure that learners in underserved and remotest areas are not left out we have taken advantage of Radio as a mass media tool, we are to this end working with 110 radio stations to broadcast lessons in all 11 official languages, for all grades and  subjects on specific topics.
  4. Of these 110 Radio Stations are 10 National Radio Stations, 10 Regional Radio Stations as well as 90 Community Radio Stations across all 9 provinces. This approach ensures that the most disadvantaged learner in terms of socioeconomic status and well as geographic location sis not left behind. These radio stations have listenership that runs into Millions. The Broadcast Schedules have been developed. 
  5.  Our approach in intervening as a Sector, as evidenced through Department of Basic Education (DBE) and Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) interventions is cross cutting as it does not only include Radio Broadcast Lessons but also include, distribution of Printed materials, Websites with online content, dedicated portals, Online schools, TV Broadcast Lessons as well as live streaming of lessons on a daily basis.
  6. A special TV channel has been designated, in partnership with eMedia Investments, to broadcast educational support for learners and teachers, with special focus on Grade 12 on the OpenView HD (OVHD) platform – channel 122. This channel is available free of any subscriptions and will broadcast for a period of six months starting from 01 April to 30 September 2020.
  7. Educational content has been curated and uploaded on the DBE website in such a manner that it is visible and clearly accessible when a user lands on the website

18 May 2020 - NW592

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the President of the Republic

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

18 May 2020 - NW753

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) (a) Why the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is in the horse racing business through its 100% ownership of a certain company (name and details furnished), whose sole asset is 388 088 shares in Phumelela Gaming & Leisure, (b) who are the directors of the specified company and (c) why have no audit reports of the company not yet been submitted to Parliament; (2) what are the reasons that the horse racing and/or jockey association have separate membership from the SA Equestrian Federation and SASCOC?

Reply:

1. SASCOC not in the horse racing business.

(a) According to the SASCOC; the listing of Phumelela Gaming on the stock exchange was conditional on shares being issued as part of an empowerment requirement. SASCOC was identified as one of the beneficiaries of these issues, which shares were issued at no cost to SASCOC.

A special vehicle investment company, Gride Investments (Pty) Ltd was formed by SASCOC to receive and hold the shares in Phumelela.

(b) The directors for the 2018/2020 financial year as reported are:-

  • Mr GN Sam (SASACOC Board President - resigned 31 December 2019)
  • Mrs MSI King (SASCOC Board member - resigned January 2020)
  • Mr JC Ellis (Independent)

(c) Gride Investment (Pty) Ltd has been audited every year in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards for Small and Medium-sized Entities and the requirements of the Companies Act of South Africa. The annual financial statements are published and approved by the General Assembly

2. SASCOC indicated that there is no reason why the horse racing and the jockey association cannot fall under the auspices of the SA Equestrian Federation. The federation has for some time been engaging to bring under its auspices, as an associate member, horse racing and the jockey association. This engagement is continuing