Questions and Replies

25 March 2019 - NW131

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Bucwa, Ms H to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

I am advised by the Department that this question was asked to the Former Minister as question 1821 of 2018. I refer the Honorable Member to the same answer.

25 March 2019 - NW107

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) How often must his department inspect dam infrastructure with regard to (i) dam walls and (ii) spillways and (b)(i) who conducts such inspections and (ii) under what statutory provisions is the person or entity authorised; (2) (a) on what date was the last inspection of each dam performed by his department in Gauteng and (b) what number of dams (i) passed and (ii) failed the inspection; (3) with regard to dams situated within the City of Ekurhuleni, (a) what concerns and recommendations were raised in respect of each dam, (b) on what date was the City of Ekurhuleni notified about the concerns and recommendations and (c) by what date was the City of Ekurhuleni expected to rectify all defects in the dam infrastructure, including dam walls and spillways, in each case?

Reply:

(1)(a) All dams classified as dams with a safety risk by the Directorate: Dam Safety Regulation (i.e. Dam Safety Office) and are category II and III in terms of size must be subjected to a compulsory 5 yearly dam safety evaluation by an Approved Professional Person (APP).

(1)(b) The owner of a Category II or III dam must appoint an Approved Professional Person (APP) to conduct a dam safety evaluation at 5 years intervals. This regulatory provision is in terms of Section 118 and 119 of the National Water Act as well as Government Notice R 139 of 24 February 2012 (i.e. Dam Safety Regulations).

(2) Refer to Annexure A for the inspection dates, number of dams that passed or failed the inspection in Gauteng.

(3)(a) Refer to Annexure B for the APP recommendations.

(3)(b) Refer to Annexure C for the letters of acceptance or rejection sent to the City of Ekurhuleni after receipt of the Dam Safety Evaluation report from the APP.

(3)(c) Refer to Annexure C.

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25 March 2019 - NW9

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Has his department been informed of the crisis regarding huge outstanding payments to third parties such as pension funds, medical aids and the SA Revenue Service by various municipalities; if so, can he provide Mr W W Wessels with a list of the relevant municipalities and the amounts owed to each third party; (2) does his department have a plan to intervene in municipalities that are guilty of utilising third party deductions for operational expenditure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) has his department been informed of syndicates of municipal officials that paid third party deductions to their own bank accounts; if not, will his department investigate such allegations; if so, what is the relevant details; (4) how is his department assisting municipal officials who are at retirement age but whose pensions are affected by the non-payment of contributions to the respective pension fund by municipalities; (5) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

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

25 March 2019 - NW167

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What (a) are the root causes of the current water crisis in the Makana Local Municipality and (b) steps has he taken to resolve the crisis?

Reply:

a) The root causes of the current water crisis in Makana Local Municipality (LM) are due to aged infrastructure, increased demand and some recent operational deficiencies and the current drought conditions.

The latter has led to electrical failure and therefore disruption of plant operations has affected the town area, but has since been fixed. The Eastern Cape Provincial Office is working very hard to ensure plant operations are restored to the maximum design capacity but it is partly functional and currently produces 50% of its capacity. The work is to be completed by end of March 2019.

b) The following interventions are in place to deal with the crisis:

  • The Department has embarked on various Water Conservation and Demand Management Strategies which include rationing of water, dealing with major leaks, tankering to high laying areas and bottle water distribution in partnership with the “Gift of the Givers” a known Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). In addition, alternative sources are being explored by drilling boreholes which are to be linked to the current systems across Makana LM including Riebeeck East and Alicedale.
  • The linkages of both the East and West water supply systems will enable access to reliable controlled/restricted supply to cater for the Makhanda communities during the drought period and will be fully functional by end of March 2019.
  • In dealing with the increased demands, the Department has appointed Amatola Water Board to double the current treatment capacity of one of the treatment works from 10 ML/d to 20ML/d to meet current and future demands until 2030. Phase 1 of 4 phases is to be completed in March 2019. This phase will allow pumping of treated water from the eastern side to the western side which is currently at critical storage levels.
  • Furthermore, the Department has advised the Municipality to reprioritise its Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) to deal with the replacement of major components in the distribution system .This is due to the fact that the current funding trends and the revenue base of the municipality is inadequate to effectively address the current aged infrastructure and/or asset management in general. The Amatola Water Board is also in partnership with the Department in providing operational support to oversee and guide plant operators.

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25 March 2019 - NW191

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What budget has been put aside for maintenance and the upgrade of the water purification plants at (a) Dullstroom, (b) Belfast, (c) Machadodorp and (d) Waterval Boven which fall under the Emakhazeni Local Municipality (i) in each of the past three municipal financial years and (ii) since 1 July 2018; (2) what percentage of flocculent has been used at each specified purification plant in the past six months; (3) how many of the tanks at the purification plants must be constantly filled with flocculants; (4) whether the sludge dams at the purification plants are operational; if not, (a) why not and (b) since what date have operations been shut down; if so, since what date; (5) whether the pump filters at the purification plants are replaced regularly; if not, why not; if so, on what date were they last replaced?

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

25 March 2019 - NW185

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

(1)What (a) number of vehicles does the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) currently have for (i) EMPD precincts, (ii) Specialised Units and (iii) Head Quarters and (b) is the make, model and year of each vehicle; (2) (a) what number of the specified vehicles are currently out of commission in each of the divisions, (b) for how long has each vehicle been out of commission and (c) what are the reasons for each vehicle being out of commission; (3) is the number of available vehicles in accordance with the Norms and Standards for a Law Enforcement Agency; if not, what (a) number of additional vehicles does each division need in order to meet the norms and standards and (b) will the financial cost be in order to purchase the needed vehicles? NW195E

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

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25 March 2019 - NW14

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2434 on 13 November 2017 and his reply to question 1225 on 30 July 2018, his department has received the information; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the information be available; if so, (i) what number of kings are currently recognised by the Government as traditional leaders and (ii) what is the name of (aa) each king and (bb) the tribe over which the specified senior traditional leader rules; (2) what amount has each specified tribal chief received in remuneration in each year since 1 January 2012; (3) what (a)(i) movable and (ii) immovable benefits did each specified senior traditional leader receive in each specified year and (b) did the costs amount to in each case; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW88

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

(a) What projects have been implemented to improve the living conditions and welfare of animals at the zoos in (i) East London and (ii) Bloemfontein, (b) what is the current status of each project and (c) by what date is each project expected to be completed?

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

25 March 2019 - NW29

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether any municipality or municipal entity awarded contracts or tenders to certain companies (details furnished) between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2018; if so, (a) what service did each company render, (b) what was the monetary value of each tender or contract, (c) what was the duration of the tender, (d) who approved the tender and (e) did the tender comply with all the National Treasury and departmental procurement regulations?

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

25 March 2019 - NW26

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the total number of employees in each (a) municipality and (b) municipal entity?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW190

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What budget has been put aside for maintenance and the upgrade of the water purification plants at (a) Lydenburg, (b) Sabie and (c) Graskop which falls under the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality (i) in each of the past three municipal financial years and (ii) since 1 July 2018; (2) what percentage of flocculent has been used at each specified purification plant in the past six months; (3) how many of the tanks at the purification plants must be constantly filled with flocculants; (4) whether the sludge dams at the purification plants are operational; if not, (a) why not and (b) since what date have operations been shut down; if so, since what date; (5) whether the pump filters at the purification plants are replaced regularly; if not, why not; if so, on what date were they last replaced?

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

25 March 2019 - NW24

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) number of (i) technicians and (ii) artisans are employed by (aa) his department and (bb) each municipality and (b) is the profession of each technician and artisan?

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

25 March 2019 - NW188

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) What number of licencing centres does the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council currently have, (b) where are they situated, (c) what is the staff structure of each centre, (d) what number of the specified posts are filled and (e) what number of funded vacancies are there at each centre; (2) (a) by what date will all funded vacancies be filled and (b) what will the financial implications be for the filling of unfilled vacancies; (3) what number of (a) online applications and (b) walk-in applications did each centre receive for learners licences, drivers licences, renewal of licences and renewal of professional driving permits for the past three calendar years?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW1

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) Where in the process the consideration and appointment of new commissioners currently is and (b) what the next step is as the imminent commencement date of the new commissioners’ 5-year term is 1 March 2019; (2) whether a selection panel in terms of section 11(1)(c) of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities Act, Act 19 of 2002, has already been appointed; if not, why not; if so, what are the names of the persons serving on the panel; (3) whether the names of the persons who have been nominated and/or short-listed as new commissioners will be made public; if so, (a) where and (b) on what date?

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

25 March 2019 - NW173

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) With reference to his replies to question 71 on 24 February 2017 and question 3882 on 15 December 2017 regarding the vandalised property at 18 Market Street, Stellenbosch, (a) on what date and (b) why was the appointed security service terminated; (2) what was the estimated cost to restore the property as per the condition assessment dated May 2017; (3) what has been the department’s response to the offers that were being considered during May 2017; (4) what is the department’s decision regarding the future of this house; (5) on what date will the department be implementing its decisions regarding the future of this property?

Reply:

(1) (a) The contract of the security service provider, which was appointed to secure the property at No. 18 Market Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province, came to an end on the 30th April 2018.

(b) The contract was not renewed after expiry due to budgetary constraints.

(2) The estimated cost to restore the property as per the condition assessment conducted in May 2017 is R1 562 560.00

(3) The Department of Public Works has reviewed its letting out process to ensure that a free, open and fair process is undertaken during the letting out of surplus State-owned properties. In February 2019, the Department issued an interim circular all its regional offices, which outlines the process to be followed in the letting out of State-owned properties. The Department plans to advertise all surplus State-owned properties, including the property in question, No. 18 Market Street, Stellenbosch, through a Request for Proposals process. All offers submitted prior to this process must be resubmitted.

(4) The property is a surplus State-owned property and thus should be leased out.

(5) All surplus, vacant and unused State-owned properties will be advertised for letting out. The Department aims to begin the letting out process by April 2019.

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25 March 2019 - NW187

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What number of power outages have the suburbs of Glen Marais and Edleen, which are situated in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council (EMC) boundaries experienced in each of the past three calendar years; (2) what (a)(i) were the reasons and (ii) was the duration of the power outages in each case and (b) what time of day did the specified outages take place; (3) whether he found the EMC negligent and therefore responsible for any of the outages; if so, whether residents can submit claims against the EMC; (4) (a) on what date will (i) the EMC upgrade the infrastructure in the area to prevent further outages and (ii) work commence and be completed on the upgrades and (b) what is the cost of the upgrade; (5) does the EMC have a plan to ensure that all the relevant sub-stations are not damaged during the upgrades and that fuses are not stolen?

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

22 March 2019 - NW403

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Ngwezi, Mr X to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and TraditionalAffairs

What measures has he put in place to recover debt owed to municipalities by national and provincial departments and state-owned entities as nonpayment affects the efforts of municipalities to deliver basic services to communities?

Reply:

The debt owed to municipalities by national and provincial government departments remains a challenge.

The debt owed by organs of state was R6.3 billion as at 31 December 2016 and R9.7 billion as at 31 December 2018, and the debt continue to grow due to accruing interest and insufficient funds allocation by organs of state to service arrears.

Some of the reasons include insufficient budget allocations by organs of state to service current year debt and historic debt.

COGTA, in collaboration with Treasury, has structures in place to assist municipalities to recover the amounts owed by organs of state and to facilitate the resolution of disputes between organs of state and municipalities.

These structures discuss the debt owed to the municipalities, evaluate progress on the reconciliation of intergovernmental debt undertaken by municipalities and organs of state, billing challenges, progress on payments and find amicable solution on challenges. The structures and measures put in place include:

  • The National COGTA has undertaken an initiative to support municipalities through simplified revenue project which is aimed at enhancing the municipal revenue management and debt collection system;
  • Provincial intergovernmental debt forums/sessions – this structure is championed by Provincial COGTAs and/ Provincial Treasuries;
  • The department participates in the National Public Works Steering Committee, which focus on amount owed by Provincial and National Public Works;
  • Chief Financial Officers’ forum;
  • National Treasury monitors the movement of the debt of various organs of state through MFMA section 71 reports.

The Inter Ministerial Task Team dealing with debts owed by municipalities to Eskom and Water Boards (IMTT) recommended the installation of electricity and water prepaid metering infrastructure. This will be one of the effective tools to eliminate the municipal debt, as the municipal service will be on a prepayment system nationwide.

Organs of state are urged to prioritise municipal services in their budgets. There is a process underway to request the National Treasury team responsible for monitoring Provincial and National budgets to ensure that municipal services are prioritized in municipal budgets.

  1. Section 96(a) of the Municipal Systems Act, states that municipalities must collect all money that is due and payable and section 96(b) state that municipality must adopt, maintain and implement a credit control and debt collection policy, which is consistent with its rates and tariff policies and complies with the provision of the Municipal Systems Act.
  2. Section 75(A)(1) of Municipal Systems Act empowers a municipality to levy and recover fees, charges or tariffs in respect of any function or service of the municipality and recover collection charges and interest on any outstanding amount.
  3. The credit control and debt collection policies adopted by municipalities are clear on debt collection; however, the municipalities still encounters challenges of collecting money that is due and payable mainly due to culture of non-payment and internal control deficiencies on the municipal systems.
  4. The following are contributing factors to culture of non-payment and internal control deficiencies on the municipal systems
  • Lack of debt reconciliation between municipalities and organ of state;
  • Incorrect billing by some of the municipalities;
  • Billing statements are not issued timeously and/not issued to the rightful owner within organ of state;
  • Payments not allocated timeously to the relevant accounts by municipalities;
  • Insufficient budget allocation by organ of state to service current year debt and historic debt;
  • Inadequate budgeting for municipal services and property rates by organ of state

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22 March 2019 - NW604

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

(a) What number of waste management depots are in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, (b) where is each depot situated, (c) which geographical areas does each depot cover in relation to waste collection and (d) what number of households and businesses are within the collection area of each depot; (2) what is the minimum ratio of refuse collection trucks to households or businesses to ensure that refuse is collected at least once a week in line with the National Environmental Management Act, Act 62 of 2008; (3) what (a) was the (i) optimal and (ii) actual number of refuse collection trucks at each depot in the municipality on 1 October 2018, (b)(i) number of the trucks were not in working order and (ii) number of days has each truck not been in working order and (c) are the reasons that each truck has not been in working order? NW727E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has written a letter to the Provincial Department responsible for Local Government in Gauteng to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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22 March 2019 - NW398

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Police

What is the current police to population ratio of each police station in each province in respect of murder?

Reply:

The South African Police Service (SAPS) determines the population ratio, using the mid-year population estimates, released and produced by Statistics South Africa that only covers national and provincial estimates. Thus far, the population ratio, per police station in each province, in respect of murder, is not available, since the areas in the country are not aligned to station boundaries. Therefore, the crime ratios cannot be determined.

 

 

 

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22 March 2019 - NW458

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Police

What number of (a) cases of (i) murder, (ii) rape, (iii) housebreaking, (iv) carjacking, (v) theft of motor vehicles, (vi) robbery of persons in their houses or on their premises and (vii) drug-related crimes were reported at the Edenvale Police Station, (b) such cases were sent to court and (c) convictions were obtained for the specified cases in the past three financial years?

Reply:

(a)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)( i)(b)(c)

 

Edenvale

(a)Reported

(b) Cases to court

(c) Convictions

 

2015/

2016

2016/

2017

2017/

2018

2015/

2016

2016/

2017

2017/

2018

2015/

2016

2016/

2017

2017/

2018

(i)

Murder

1

3

7

03

00

02

01

00

01

(ii)

Rape

10

8

8

00

03

04

00

00

00

(iii)

House breaking

234

351

357

11

16

19

05

05

02

(iv)

Carjacking

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(v)

Theft of motor vehicles

299

213

225

05

04

05

02

02

01

(vi)

House robbery

73

105

93

01

07

07

04

00

01

(vii)

Drug related crimes

330

319

284

329

318

283

19

78

85

 

 

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22 March 2019 - NW186

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

(1)(a) What qualifications should the person responsible for the armoury at the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) have, (b) what qualification does the incumbent official have and (c) does the incumbent official meet the minimum requirements; (2) whether, due to the fact that the EMPD armoury audit has still not been finalised, the EMPD can add more weapons to the register; if so, what policy provision allows them to do so; (3) (a) whether he will provide Mr M Waters with a full list of all the weapons bought or ordered by the EMPD in the (i) 2017-18 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2018 and (b) what are the financial implications for the purchasing of the specified weapons; (4) are any of these weapons currently being used by the EMPD; if so, (a) what number is being used and (b) in which divisions

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has engaged the Gauteng Provincial Department responsible for Local Government to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW391

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2248 on 13 September 2018, he has been informed of a report submitted to the Emfuleni Local Council, reference O/MM/AA6/Finance/Reports 2018/FS 124-18, for irregular expenditure by the specified municipality for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, which indicates a payment of R43 334 546,27 made by the municipality to a certain law firm (name furnished) for representation of employees to the SA Local Government Bargaining Council held in Benoni; (2) whether he and/or his department intends to recover any of the legal costs; if not, why not; if so, (a) why was the amount not included in the specified reply and (b) what steps has he taken or will he take to recover the irregular expenditure; (3) whether he has been informed that the municipality paid the legal costs of the employees in instances where it was not liable to do so; (4) whether the specified attorneys will continue to deliver legal services to the municipality; if not, what steps does he and his department intend to take to terminate the services of the attorneys; if so, why?NW415E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has engaged the Gauteng Provincial Department responsible for Local Government to obtain the relevant information from Emfuleni Local Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW598

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

(a) What number of criminal charges were brought against members of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department over the past 24 months, (b) what was the outcome of each specified case and (c) at which police station were the charges laid?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has written a letter to the Provincial Department responsible for Local Government in Gauteng to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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22 March 2019 - NW607

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the reasons that residents in the (a) Kempton Park and (b) Germiston areas within the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality are experiencing constant sporadic and unreliable refuse collection services; (2) (a) in what number of instances has the municipality transgressed the National Environmental Management Act, Act 107 of 1998, by failing to collect refuse once a week within seven days this calendar year, (b) which areas were affected, (c) what are the reasons for each transgression and (d) what steps is the municipality taking to ensure that it provides basic services to residents according to applicable legislation? NW730E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has written a letter to the Provincial Department responsible for Local Government in Gauteng to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW400

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Shelembe, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, in light of the lack of information in communities regarding service delivery budget and implementation that often results in angry protests, he has found that all municipalities are complying with section 77 of the Municipal Structures Act, Act 117 of 1998, as required by law to ensure that there are frequent meetings with communities; if not; what is the position in this regard; if so; what are the relevant details?

Reply:

​1.1 Certainly, municipalities are required by law to put in place mechanisms and processes to encourage communities to participate in the affairs of municipality. This is provided for in chapter 4 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000.

1.2 Furthermore, Schedule 1 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 makes provision for councillors as elected public representatives to be accountable to local communities and report back at least quarterly to their constituencies on council matters, including the performance of the municipality in terms of established indicators.

1.3. In order to ensure that councillors fulfil their obligation to communities, a Code of Conduct has been developed and makes provision for the following:

(i) Attendance of meetings-A councillor must attend each meeting of the municipal council and a committee which that councillor is a member (i.e. Ward Committee meetings and Community feedback meetings); and

(ii) Sanctions for not attending meetings-A municipal council may impose a fine as determined by the standing rules and orders of the municipal council on a councillor for not attending to meetings which that councillor is required to attend.

1.4  Although the legislation requires of councillors to convene community feedback meetings quarterly, the norm across most of the municipalities is that feedback meetings are convened on a monthly basis and councillors are required to produce portfolio of evidence to that effect i.e. attendance registers, minutes/reports of such meetings. Reports indicate that, of the total 4392 wards across the country, feedback meetings have been convened in approximately 90% of wards. Other community engagement mechanisms being used by municipalities are i.e. Integrated Service Delivery Models (War Rooms), IDP forums and ICT platforms i.e. social media platform.

1.5  In an effort to provide support and monitor performance in municipalities, the department introduced the Back to Basics Programme (B2B) that is anchored on five pillars, which involve putting people and their concerns first, creating conditions for delivering quality municipal services, good governance, among other things.

1.6  The following is an analysis report conducted through B2B by municipalities on the frequency of Ward Committee meetings:

  • The average number of Ward Committee meetings for the municipalities that reported in terms of the monthly B2B reporting was 15,09 per month in 2017/18, which was an increase from the 7,18 in 2016/17. This was to be expected given that Ward Committees first had to be established in the 2016/17 financial year after the August 2016 local government elections.
  • Per province, the lowest average of meetings per month in 2017/18 was reported by Free State municipalities (5.15) and Northern Cape (5,67). The Northern Cape municipalities were also the lowest in 2016/17 (1,49) followed by Free State municipalities (4,40).
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1.7  The following is an analysis report on the frequency of Ward Councillor Report back meetings:

  • The average number of Ward Councillor Report Back meetings for reporting municipalities in the country was an average of 6.17 meetings per month in 2016/17, which increased to an average of 10.75 in 2017/18.
  • Per province, the lowest average of meetings per month in 2017/18 was reported by Free State municipalities (4.21), followed by Northern Cape municipalities (6.03) and they were also amongst the lowest in 2016/17, 5.20 for Free State and 2,03 for Northern Cape. Western Cape (3.23) municipalities also reported a low average of monthly meetings in 2016/17 with 3,23 but this increased to an average of 8,19 in 2017/18.

2. BACKGROUND

2.1 Chapter 4 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 requires of municipalities to develop a culture of community participation that complements formal representative government with a system of participatory governance and must for this purpose-

  • Encourage, and create conditions for, the local community to participate in the affairs of the municipality, including in—
  • the preparation implementation and review of its integrated development plan in terms of Chapter 5;
  • the establishment, implementation and review of its performance management system in terms of Chapter 6:
  • the monitoring and review of its performance, including the outcomes and impact of such performance, the preparation of its budget; and strategic decisions relating to the provision of municipal services in

2.2 Councillors and staff to foster community participation; and use its resources, and annually allocate funds in its budget for this purpose.

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22 March 2019 - NW441

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What amount does the Government spend on average (a) in respect of each student and (b) annually for students studying at (i) universities and (ii) technical vocational education and training colleges?

Reply:

(a) -(b)(i) The total state budget for university subsidies for the 2017 university academic year was R34.067 billion, as stated in table one of the annual Ministerial Statement on University Funding. This allocation was for 1 036 984 individual students. On average, government subsidised each university student with an amount of R32 852 in the 2017 academic year.

It is important to note that this amount does not include the funding provided by government through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to individual poor and working-class students to support them to pay university fees and their daily expenses while studying.

(ii) On average, government subsidised each student at a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college with an amount of R45 929 in the 2019 academic year based on a Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) basis. This amount is based on the 2019/20 available budget of R12.976 billion (80% State subsidy plus 20% NSFAS Tuition Bursaries, excluding any allowances) and the funded 282 526 FTE students for the 2019 academic year as contained in the TVET colleges’ enrolment plans.

22 March 2019 - NW459

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Police

What number of (a) cases of (i) murder, (ii) rape, (iii) housebreaking, (iv) carjacking, (v) theft of motor vehicles, (vi) robbery of persons in their houses or on their premises and (vii) drug-related crimes were reported at the Sebenza Police Station, (b) such cases were sent to court and (c) convictions were obtained for the specified cases in the past three financial years.

Reply:

 

(a) (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)(vii)(b)(c)

 

   Sebenza

(a) Reported

 

b) Cases to Court

 

  (c) Convitcion

   
 

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/18

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

 
                     

Murder

07

00

04

02

00

01

00

00

00

 

Rape

03

02

05

01

02

03

00

00

00

 

Housebreaking

143

86

95

08

03

05

09

02

03

 

Carjacking

17

32

45

02

04

00

01

00

00

 

Theft of motor

vehicles

98

107

78

02

05

04

00

01

00

 

House robbery

36

20

21

06

04

03

06

00

00

 

Drug-related crimes

1251

280

178

251

280

178

178

215

00

 

 

 

Reply to question 459 recommended/

KJ LE (SOEG)

Date: t01t !!"

GENERAL

ER: H AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

Reply to question 459 approved/cot-approve8-

MINISTE’ OF POLICE BH CELE, P

Date

22 March 2019 - NW401

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Mthethwa, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to municipalities that were identified as being dysfunctional and had professionals deployed to them by his department in 2018, what progress has been made in respect of the performance of the specified municipalities?

Reply:

At the beginning of 2018/19 financial year CoGTA identified 87 dysfunctional municipalities that required urgent support. In August 2018 MISA deployed district support teams comprising more than 80 engineers and town planners in 55 out of the 87 identified dysfunctional municipalities. These 55 municipalities were targeted for technical support due to severe challenges in relation to the delivery of municipal infrastructure for basic services. Specifically, they were selected on the basis of the following:

  • 17 Municipalities had their MIG transfers stopped at least three times in the past 5 years, including 2017/18;
  • 18 Municipalities had their MIG transfers stopped at least twice in the past 5 years, including 2017/18; and
  • 20 Municipalities were experiencing different forms of service delivery challenges.

Each district support team deployed in these municipalities is constituted by engineers, construction and project managers, financial accountants, and town and regional planners. The focus of these teams is to build capacity of these municipalities to plan, deliver, operate and maintain infrastructure. A range of support initiatives are being implemented through these teams to enable these municipalities to improve. The support by these teams broadly covers the following areas, among others:

  • Technical support on the upgrading of infrastructure;
  • Project / contract management support;
  • Town Planning / Spatial & Development Planning Support;
  • Assistance in the compilation of ‘sector plans’ (master plans, water conservation and demand management, etc.);
  • Operations and maintenance support;
  • Revenue enhancement strategies; and
  • Policy and by-law reviews, Review and assessment of IDP’s and relevance to service delivery.

1. Progress Made in the 55 Municipalities To Date

Our active interventions and support has led to some progress. There are some distressed municipalities that have improved and which in our view deserve to be removed from the list of 55 dysfunctional municipalities. A total of 24 municipalities have significantly improved in terms of performance since deployment of district support teams. The table below provides a list of municipalities that have achieved significant improvements in performance.

Province

Number of Municipalities in the List of 55

No of Improved Municipalities

List of Improved Municipalities

Eastern Cape

11

6

Mnquma, Sakhisizwe, Matatiele, Mbizana, OR Tambo

Free State

4

2

Masilonyana, Maluti-a-Phofung

Gauteng

3

2

Lesedi, Rand West City

Kwazulu-Natal

10

7

Mpofana, uMgungundlovu DM, uMvoti, Ndwedwe, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Jozini, Inkosi Langalibalele

Limpopo

7

1

Molemole,

Mpumalanga

3

3

Lekwa, Govan Mbeki, Nkangala

Northern Cape

7

1

Kareeberg

North West

6

2

Ditsobotla, Ngaka Modiri Molema

Western Cape

4

1

Laingsburg

Totals

55

24

 

Summary of progress made with regard to performance in the 55 municilalities is demonstrated in the following:

  • Improvement with the monitoring and in spending of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant allocations;
  • Filling of critical technical positions;
  • Support with applications for grant funding;
  • Improvements in revenue collection through introduction of revenue enhancement strategies, e.g. development and implementation of water conservation and demand management plans for Matatiele, Kou Kama, Mose Kotane, Mafube, Letsemeng, uMzinyathi, Ugu, and Abaqulusi;
  • Improved planning and delivery of infrastructure as a result of support provided by the district support teams, e.g. Matjhabeng municipality is being supported with condition assessment of wastewater infrastructure. Ten other municipalities are supported with the development of sector plans, e.g electricity master planning in Madibeng and Spatial Development Framework for Makana;
  • Basic service delivery backlogs assessments are being conducted in five district municipalities, namely West Rand, uThukela, King Cetshwayo, uMgungundlovu, and Capricorn.
  • Framework contracts are being introduced to improve efficiencies in the procurement of goods and services in municipalities;
  • Reduction of adverse audit findings.

A table containing a list of all 55 municipalities highlighting support provided to each one and progress on performance to date is attached as an annexure to the reply.

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22 March 2019 - NW601

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With regard to the fire on 26 August 2018 at a house in Sycamore Street, Cresslawn, Kempton Park, what (a) are the reasons that emergency services did not answer the first several calls made at around 01:00am, (b) is the time recorded that a call was made to the emergency services notifying them of the fire and (c) time did the fire fighters arrive at the scene; 2) What are the reasons that (a) there was no water in the fire engine tanks, (b) the hose connection did not fit the nearest fire hydrant and (c) the fire fighters only started dousing the flames at 02.50am; 3) What actions have been taken with regard to a missing laptop and the safe being tampered with; 4) Whether he will initiate a full inquiry to investigate all of the above? NW724E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member was obtained by the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) from the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE). The response to the question and its sub-components by the CoE is as outlined below.

1)

a) Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) confirms that the well alight house in Sycamore Street Kempton Park was serviced on the 26th of August 2018 by firefighting crews from Kempton Park Fire station, which is the primary firefighting station in the area. It is important to note that the emergency call centre receives a high volume of calls on its emergency lines from community members reporting emergencies, hence the result in overloading of the emergency lines and delays in answering all the calls. The primary role and objective of Emergency Services is to render quality service delivery to the entire community and take preventative measures to save lives and properties from fires. Thus, at all times, Fire Engines and Ambulances are always ready to respond to all emergencies that the City of Ekurhuleni is legally expected to respond to. The city also has capabilities to respond and support other cities beyond its borders.

b) DEMS would like to highlight that the first call received was at 01:27 in the morning and the firefighting crew from the Kempton Park fire station as primary responders, rapidly responded accordingly to the address given, 11 Sycamore road Kempton Park. It took firefighting crews only eight minutes to arrive on the scene after pulling out of the station to the address.

c) Firefighters arrived on the scene of fire eight minutes after leaving the Kempton Park Fire Station.

2) On arrival of fire engines from Kempton Park fire station i.e. (i) Major Industrial Pumper, (ii) Hydraulic Platform (HP) and (iii) Grass Unit, part of the house`s roof had already collapsed. Immediate intervention was initiated to extinguish the blaze. Water from the first arriving Major Pumper was used prior to connection from the water tanker which responded from Tembisa. The first Major pumper that arrived on scene had 3 400 litres of water in the tank, which can be emptied within minutes depending on the number of discharge hoses in use and the diameter thereof. On arrival of the water tanker which had 12 000 litres capacity tank, relay pumping was initiated to complement water from the first pump. HP is a fire engine without a water tank as per specifications. It consists of a hydraulically operated extension ladder which has water way leading to the tip of the same ladder. Its main purpose is to rescue people from high rise buildings and it gets its water supply from other pumpers, water tankers and water sources such as hydrants. In this case, it was not utilised because the structure was a single-storey building. The CoE, for illustrative purposes has attached pictures of the hydraulic platform and the water tanker that was utilised on this incident as outlined below:

Picture 1: Hydraulic Platform based in Kempton Park

Picture 2: Type of water tanker used

  1. With regard to water hydrant connections, there are two main types of connections that are used within the Fire Brigade services and these are bayonet type or screw type standpipes. Both types of connection stand-pipes are part of the basic equipment readily available in the fire engines. Bayonet standpipe fits on a bayonet water hydrant outlet and the screw type standpipe is compatible with a screw type system water hydrant. It is important to note that these connections are not marked hence a Firefighter must open the lid and inspect before connecting the correct stand pipe. The correct standpipe was used on the day to sustain relay water supply to the fire through the pumps. Laying out of attack lines was done swiftly because firehoses are pre-packed. Thus, firefighting was initiated immediately on arrival. The CoE, for illustrative purposes has attached pictures of the different types of standpipes as outlined below: