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18 May 2020 - NW200

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Shaik Emam, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether, in light of the fact that the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, announced the establishment of the Human Settlements Development Bank during the State of the Nation Address on 7 February 2019, there has been any progress in the establishment of the specified bank; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department has finalised the drafting of the Human Settlements Development Bank Bill including the business case on the establishment of the Bank. The Department is currently in consultation with the relevant stakeholders including, but not limited to, the National Treasury and the State Law Advisors before requesting Cabinet’s approval to publish the Bill for public comments.

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 - NW199

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Shaik Emam, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether she has been informed that the Reconstruction and Development Programme houses are being sold to farm owners and others in areas like Caledon, despite thousands of persons being on a waiting list; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps does she intend to take in order to address the matter?

Reply:

The matter that the Honourable Member refers to was never brought to my attention. Further, the Western Cape Provincial Department of Human Settlements indicated that neither the Department nor the Theewaterskloof Local Municipality is aware of Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses being sold to farm owners or other persons.

I would be grateful if the Honourable Member could provide me with more information on this matter in order for my department to investigate it further.

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 - 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 - NW297

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the President of the Republic

In view of his announcement during his State of the Nation Address on 13 February 2020 to allow municipalities that are in good standing to procure electricity from independent power producers and that mines are also allowed to self-generate electricity, what has he found will be the financial impact of the specified decision on Eskom; (2) whether this decision will cause Eskom to seek bail-outs in the near future; if not, how did he reach this conclusion; if so, has the National Treasury made provisions in this regard; (3) whether he has found that Eskom will not face foreclosure by creditors; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The decision to allow self generation by municipalities, industries and households is based on the fact that Eskom has insufficient capacity to generate enough energy to meet the needs of the economy. Its ageing power stations suffer regular breakdowns, which has resulted in load shedding. This has resulted in the need for additional energy.

The introduction of distributed electricity generation by industries and households mainly through renewable energy will lower demand for Eskom, thereby reducing its revenue. However, there will be a strong reliance on Eskom for the provision of base load.

The availability of reliable, lower cost electricity will contribute to greater economic activity and job creation, which, in turn, will increase demand for energy. It is therefore essential that Eskom is restructured and repositioned as a sustainable company within a transformed energy sector.

2. No further provisions have been made since the announcement last year by the Minister of Finance of a government support package of R230 billion over the next 10 years to provide Eskom relief and assist in servicing its debt.

3. Foreclosing Eskom is not part of Government’s plans.

18 May 2020 - NW288

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has any plans in place to build Reconstruction and Development Programme houses in Kakati, Ward 17 in Mpumalanga; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) by what date and (b) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a)&(b)According to the information received from the Msukaligwa Local Municipality, plans are already in place to build houses in Kakati, Ward 17 for the 2020/21 financial year. The quantity of houses to be constructed will be informed by the number qualifying beneficiaries and available resources.

In addition, projects that are currently being implemented in Kakati Ward 17 include the upgrading of Mavundla Street (80% complete), Motau and Tutu Streets (98.5% complete).

18 May 2020 - NW11

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Malema, Mr J to ask the President of the Republic

(1)(a) What number of inter-ministerial committees (IMC) does the Government have, (b) on what date was each IMC established and (c) how many times has each IMC met since it was established; (2) whether any IMC has established a panel; if so, (a) what is the name of each member of the panel and (b) how many times has each panel met; (3) whether any IMC has appointed (a) consultants and/or (b) contractors; if so, (i) on what date was each consultant and/or contractor appointed, (ii) what amount was paid to each consultant and/or contractor and (iii) what were the reasons for each appointment; (4) what amount has the Government spent on each (a) IMC and (b) related panel?

Reply:

1 (a)-(c)

Inter-Ministerial Committee

Date established

Meetings 2018-19

South African National AIDS Council

2000

3

Land and Agricultural Reform

June 2018

16

North West Intervention

(changed to Inter Ministerial Task Team)

April 2018

15

Municipal Elections 2021

June 2019

Not met

Khawuleza District Development Model

August 2019

2

South African Airways

March 2020

2

State Funerals

2014

21*

* Since establishment in 2014

As part of a rationalisation process to improve coordination and functionality, 12 IMCs were abolished in 2018 and 39 IMCs were abolished in 2019.

2 (a)-(b)

The Land and Agricultural Reform Advisory Panel was established by the President to advise the Land and Agricultural Reform IMC. The members of the panel are:

  1. Dr Vuyo Mahlati
  2. Prof Ruth Hall
  3. Dr Wandile Sihlobo
  4. Bulelwa Mabasa
  5. Thato Moagi
  6. Prof Mohammed Karaan
  7. Daniel Kriek
  8. Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi
  9. Dr Thandi Ngcobo
  10. Nick Serfontein

 

The Land and Agricultural Reform Advisory Panel has met 14 times.

3 (a)

No IMCs have appointed consultants.

3 (b)

I am advised that the following payments were made in respect of the following IMCs:

IMC

(b) Contractors

(i) Date Appointed

(ii) Amount

(iii) Reason for Appointment

Land Panel

Birchwood Hotel

December 2018

R239,011

Venue hire, sound equipment and catering for consultative work in the form of the two national Colloquia, 11 roundtables and consultations with the National House of Traditional Leaders

Design, Layout and Editing of the Final Report

 

St Georges Hotel

February 2019

R476,967

 
 

Sheraton Hotel

December 2019

R44,237

 
 

Black Moon Design and Advertising

March 2019

R166,085

 
 

Government Printing Works

June 2019

R71,415

Printing and publishing final report

North West Intervention

CSIR

July 2018

R1,417,143

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to provide capacity for the coordination and technical support for the first six months of the intervention.

4 (a)

Generally IMCs are coordinating structures. They do not require extra funding beyond the normal operations of coordinating structures.

North West Intervention IMTT/IMC: The cost to the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for convening the IMTT for the North West Province is estimated to be R525,000. This calculation excludes costs related to the actual intervention in the North West province.

4 (b)

Land and Agricultural Reform Advisory Panel:

  • Remuneration: R270,274
  • Travel and accommodation: R324,595
  • Catering for meetings and workshops: R26,044

Advisory Panel members were remunerated in accordance with the 2018 Service Benefit Packages for Office Bearers of certain Statutory and Other Institutions (National Treasury). Some Members of the Advisory Panel declined remuneration.

18 May 2020 - NW182

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

(1) What is the total breakdown of the number of single-medium schools in the Republic using each of the 11 official languages to teach; (2)what plans has her department put in place to (a) build more single-medium schools around the Republic and (b) improve mother-tongue education in each province; (3)what is her department doing to address or facilitate change in the language used to teach in single-medium schools, that are situated in areas that have or are becoming racially mixed, in order to address the feeder-zone issues that learners face; (4)in light of the fact that her department already has Life Orientation manuals used in schools such as the Achieve Careers Life Orientation manual, what are the details that the changes from these textbooks to the piloted Scripted Lesson Plans are based on?

Reply:


Response

Table 1 indicates that there were 8 096 single medium schools in South Africa. The majority of schools are English medium followed by Afrikaans with 6 483 and 1 261 respectively.

Languages

Number of single medium schools

Afrikaans

1 261

English

6 483

IsiNdebele

85

SiSwati

7

IsiXhosa

163

IsiZulu

31

SeSotho

17

Sepedi

22

Setswane

7

Tshivenda

4

Xitsonga

3

South African Sign Language

6

Other

7

Total

8 096

(2)(a) The establishment/building of schools is the competence of Provincial Education Departments (PEDs).

(b) The plan to improve mother-tongue education in each province is pursued through the proposed policy position to ultimately implement Multi-lingual Mother Tongue Based Education beyond the Foundation Phase.

All pieces of legislation provide for learners to learn through language(s) of their choice for as long as it is reasonably practicable. Supreme is Section 29(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa that provides that “everyone has the right to receive education in the official language or languages of their choice in public educational institutions where that education is reasonably practicable.” The Language in Education Policy further provides that "The language(s) of learning and teaching in a public school must be (an) official language(s). Any of the eleven official languages and the SA Sign Language can be used as medium of instruction in public schools.

The National Curriculum Statement encourages learners to learn through their Home Languages (Mother Tongue), particularly in lower grades where learners learn the critical foundational skills of reading, writing and numeracy. English and Afrikaans are used as Languages of Learning and Teaching (LoLT) throughout the system, although just 23% of South Africans identify English and Afrikaans as their Home Languages. African Home Languages are used as LoLT mainly in the Foundation Phase, and thereafter transit to English.

The EC DOE initiated the Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education pilot, wherein 2 015 schools are using IsiXhosa and Sesotho as LoLT beyond Foundation Phase. Learners in these schools are taught Mathematics, Natural Science and Technology in their home languages IsiXhosa and Sesotho. This initiative was started in 72 Confimvaba schools in Grade 4 in 2012 and incrementally in subsequent grades – the cohort is in Grade 12 in 2020. The province is working with other stakeholders such as the Rhodes University, University of Fort Hare, Oxford University Press, Pearson, and PanSALB. The MTBBE learners outperformed the non-MTBBE cohort in the June Common Examinations on 17 out of 18 questions.

On 13 January 2020, the Department of Basic Education wrote a letter to Provincial Heads of Department of Education, requesting them to provide ‘A plan that shows the utilisation of African Languages as Languages of Learning and Teaching beyond the Foundation Phase.’ The plans should reach the DBE by 3 April 2020.

Furthermore, the DBE in collaboration with the UNICEF, developed Multilingual Based Mother Tongue Education Concept Paper. The DBE is intending to introduce African languages as mother tongue incrementally beyond the Foundation Phase.

(3) Please see response to question 2(b) above.

(4) The Scripted Lesson Plans (SLPs)are not textbooks but serve as a teacher resources to assist them in the delivery of the content. The SLPs guide the teacher on how to deliver the sexuality education content of Life Skills (LS) and Life Orientation (LO)subjects and does not cover the other components of LS/LO.

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 - NW411

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What are the details of the (a) recruitment and (b) selection processes that were followed in the appointment of all staff members serving on the National Rapid Response Task Team?

Reply:

Honourable Member, in my Budget Vote speech on 7 May 2015 I announced the creation of a National Rapid Response Task Team and explained its purpose as follows:

“Communications and outreach programmes are part of our frontline services to ensure that the correct messages reach our people, in order to reduce the social distance referred to. I have decided to appoint a National Rapid Response Task Team that will help us communicate with our communities before implementing any policies, so that they understand the benefits, who would qualify and who would not, etc. This, we believe will lessen the tension that always arise when there is a development. This Task Team will also assist us understand where there is a problem and allow us to rapidly respond to problems as they arise.”

The Rapid Response Task Team has been in existence since 2015 and their main responsibilities are to address sector related challenges including:

      • Community engagements, before any policy implementation, to enable better understanding of citizenry criteria and benefits on sector subsidies;
      • Proactive and responsive intervention to community needs to identify incidents/ issues before they reach the media, leading to public protests;
      • Proactive alerts on problems, for prompt and rapid response, before and as when they arise in order to lessen potential tensions during housing developments;
      • Liaison and engagement with various communities and key stakeholders in areas identified as hotspots in which there are pending and/or outstanding human settlements challenges, and to reduce social distance/ communication gaps between Government and communities;
      • Provide reports on proposed investigations on concerns and allegations of irregularities and malpractices in implementation and delivery of human settlement programmes and report findings with recommendations to the Minister;
      • Identify appropriate steps and actions to improve implementation and delivery of human settlements programmes and provision of support to distressed communities and make recommendations to the Minister.

In line with the above, in the Budget Vote of 10 May 2018 the former Minister of Human Settlements, Ms Noma-India Mfeketo, announced that,

“These are protests of communities who are crying for services and houses. It is therefore important that we act swiftly to resolve the challenges faced by our communities. The solution to these protests lies in a well-coordinated cooperative government intervention involving all spheres of government and multi-sector departments.  We will immediately deploy the National Rapid Response Team to engage the affected communities, while we also coordinate the integrated government intervention to address the community challenges.”

Since 2019 my new portfolio now includes Water and Sanitation, resulting in an increased scope of work, which require further intensified community and stakeholder interactions, consultations and coordination.

In order to achieve these objectives, we have since 2015 appointed persons with the necessary skills and competencies, taking into account their respective track records, experience, knowledge and expertise.

18 May 2020 - NW70

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether she can provide Ms E L Powell with information on the process followed to award Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses to local residents in the Fynbos Phase 1 and Fynbos Phase 2 housing development in Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape; if so, by what date; (2) whether the BNG houses were awarded to beneficiaries as per the chronological order of the existing Local Housing Waiting List; if not, which housing list was used; if so, (3) whether she can provide Ms E L Powell with a copy of the official Local Housing Waiting List used for the Fynbos Phase 1 and Fynbos Phase 2 housing development; if so, by what date; (4) whether she can provide Ms E L Powell with a copy of the list of names of recipients to whom homes were awarded in the specified housing development; if so, by what date?

Reply:

(1) According to information we received from the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCM), the Fynbos Phase 1 and Fynbos Phase 2 housing development project was preceded by a shack and population survey that was conducted by the BCM in 2012 to cater for informal settlement dwellers. Thereafter, the BCM collected the subsidy application forms from the community members and dispatched the same to the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements for validation, approval and capturing on the Housing Subsidy System (HSS). The outcome of the approval process was communicated to the BCM in their capacity as the designated project developer.

(2) The BCM indicated that the community of Fynbos reportedly convened a general meeting where they resolved to use the BCM’s master survey list (962) to extract the names of subsidy applications in order to compose their own list of preferred beneficiaries for Fynbos phase 1 and 2. Thus, the Housing Demand Database (Local Housing Waiting List) was not used.

(3) & (4) The information requested by the Honourable Member cannot be made available through a

reply to a parliamentary because the established practise applicable to parliamentary questions and guidelines contained in the document titled, “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly”, Members of Parliament, including the Executive, are prohibited from divulging names of persons, bodies when asking or responding to parliamentary questions. The guide referred to specifically states the following:

 

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”.

It is therefore suggested that the Honourable Member approach the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCM) for the information she requires.

18 May 2020 - NW267

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

(1) What (a) number of disabled learners are attending school in each province and (b) disabilities does each specified learner have; (2) what total number of schools for the disabled are there in the Republic; (3) what (a) number of schools for the disabled are in each province, (b) is the name of each specified school and (c) is each school’s individual specialty in terms of the disability focal areas?

Reply:

Response


(1) (a) Eastern Cape: 9 338; Free State: 6 375; Gauteng: 44 861; KwaZulu-Natal: 19 811; Limpopo: 8 626; Mpumalanga: 4 075; Northern Cape: 1 966; North West: 8 335; Western Cape: 17 797. 

    (b) The file: Disability type per province is attached below.

(2) 501 


(3) a) The file: Masterlist of Special schools is attached below. 

     b) The file: Masterlist of Special Schools is attached below. 

     c) The file: Masterlist of Special Schools is attached below. 


Attached Annexure A


Attached Annexure B

18 May 2020 - NW225

Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)What (a) is the name of the contractor who was appointed to construct Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses in Ward 5 in the Mamusa Local Municipality in North West and (b) amount was paid to the contractor; (2) whether any RDP houses were left incomplete; if so, (a) why and (b) what number were left incomplete?

Reply:

(1) (a) According to information received from the North West Provincial Department of Local Government and Human Settlements, the contractor was appointed in 2015 to build 65 Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses in Ward 5 in the Mamusa Local Municipality.

With regards to the name of the contractor, the Honourable Member should be aware by now that according to established practise applicable to parliamentary questions and guidelines contained in the document titled, “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly”, Members of Parliament, including the Executive, are prohibited from divulging names of persons, bodies when asking or responding to parliamentary questions. The guide referred to specifically states the following:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”.

(b) The Contractor was paid an amount of R3 295 000.00 which was for the construction of 46 foundations, 46 wall plates and 15 completed BNG houses.

(2) Some houses were left incomplete by the contractor. Despite interventions and support measures by the Provincial Department, the contractor experienced capacity challenges and subsequently vacated the site.

(b) The number of BNG houses that must still be completed in the project is fifty (50). The Provincial Department has since appointed another contractor to finalise the completion of the remaining houses.

(c) The Provincial Department has been advised to pursue the required legal consequence management against the defaulting contractor.

18 May 2020 - NW482

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Diale, Mrs B to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) Since what date has the Mceula Primary School in the Chris Hani District, Eastern Cape, been on the priority list for toilets and fixing of classrooms; (2) will this school be part of the Sanitation Appropriate for Education campaign; if not, (a) why not, (b) on what date will the ceilings and dangerous floors be attended to and (c) what is the budget allocated for all the work to be done at this school; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Response

There are two (2)  Mceula Primary Schools in the Chris Hani Municipality:

Response:

(1) and (2) 

MceulaPrimariy School, EMIS number: 200600469 had received 14 toilets for 265 learners and 5 teachers on the 23rd November 2012 and therefore it has not been prioritised. The school will not be on the SAFE Initiative because it has a sufficient number of toilets. The fixing of classrooms, is delegated to the school under the maintenance budget.  A works inspector will be dispatched to the school to ensure the effective utilisation of the maintenance budget. The annual maintenance budget for the school, is R47,955.00

 

Response:

(1) and (2)  Mceula Primary School, EMIS number: 200600468) is on the SAFE Initiative project list. The project has been allocated to an Implementing agent.  The concurrence to appoint a contractor has been granted by the DBE,and work will commence once the lockdown has been lifted.  the amount allocated for the project is R726 912.59.  The fixing of classrooms is delegated to the school under the maintenance budget.  A  works inspector will be dispatched to the school to ensure the effective utilisation of the maintenance budget. The annual maintenance budget for the is R45,522.50

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 - NW241

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

​(1) With reference to the Sanitary Appropriate for Education (SAFE) initiative launched by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on 14 August 2018, what (a) total number of schools were earmarked in each province, (b) budget was allocated to each province for the (i) 2018-19 and (ii) 2019-20 financial years, (c) is the total donations received from the (i) private sector, (ii) National Treasury and (iii) fundraising events and (d) which schools benefitted from the budget allocations; (2) whether all the (a) projects were finalised and (b) budgets allocated were spent; if not, why not; if so, what is the name of each contractor of each project?

Reply:

a) The number of schools earmarked for each province are as follows:

 

SAFE

and EIG

ASIDI

EC

1598

61

FS

156

 

KZN

1365

11

LIM

507

97

NW

145

 

MPU

127

 

b.    The allocation was not made to provinces but to the programme.

  • 2018/19: No allocation at all.
  • 2019/20: An allocation of R700 million was made available.

c.    Donations

  • No donated funds have been managed by the Department of Basic Education (DBE). The donors are allocated schools, given guidance on the Sector Norms and Standards of Infrastructure provisioning as well as a standard designs. The Site Development Plans (SDPs) are then approved by the Department following which the donor can construct the facility before finally handing over the finished product to the DBE / Provincial Education Department (PED).
  • An allocation of R2.8 billion has been made for the SAFE Initiative over the MTEF, as follows: 2019/20 : R700 000 000, 2020/21 : R800 000 000 & 2021/22 : R1 300 000 000.
  • No independently raised funds have been managed by the DBE.

d.    45 schools have been provided with appropriate sanitation through donations. As for the allocation of R700 million, it is planned that 606 schools will be provided with appropriate sanitation. These projects are all at tender stage. The concurrence approval,  to evaluate the procurement process to see whether it is compliant in terms of the PPPFA 2017, Section 38 (a), (i) and (iii) of the PFMA, is in progress. On completion of the evaluation, the contractors will be appointed.

18 May 2020 - NW286

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Tafeni, Ms N to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has any plans to construct water boreholes for the Amathole community in (a) Mbhashe and (b) Mnquma Local Municipalities in the Eastern Cape; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) Yes, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has plans to construct water boreholes for the communities in Mbhashe Local Municipal Area in the Eastern Cape Province. A total of 12 boreholes have been drilled through the Water and Sanitation Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) drought allocation of R 6,2 Million that was allocated from the 2019/20 financial year for drought relief programme for the Mbashe Local Municipality. The project of drilling, testing and equipping the boreholes is expected to be completed by the end of June 2020.

Furthermore, the Eastern Cape Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has also allocated in the 2019/20 budget adjustment an amount of R 2 000 000.00 (Two Million Rands only) from their Eastern Cape Drought Funding Allocation to the Amathole District Municipality which is allocated to Mbhashe Local Municipality, for the drilling and equipping of boreholes for hand pumps at Dwesa and connecting to the existing reticulation system as part of drought intervention plans.

(b) Yes, my Department has made plans for Mnquma Local Municipality to construct water boreholes for the communities. A total of 49 boreholes have been drilled through the Water and Sanitation Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) Drought allocation of R 57,929 million that was allocated for Drought Relief Programme for the Mnquma Local Municipality. A total of 31 boreholes are operational while a total of 10 boreholes are currently being tested and a total of 8 boreholes are being equipped. The project of drilling, testing and equipping the boreholes is expected to be completed by the end of June 2020.

In addition, DWS through the Rapid Response Unit (RRU) funding has allocated an amount of R 40 Million and has appointed the Amatola Water Board from 1 April 2020 (for a period of three years 2023) as an Implementing Agent to drill more boreholes (in addition to the 49 mentioned above) to cover the Mnquma, Adelaide, Bedford and Peddie areas. The number of boreholes to be drilled will be determined by the need and currently the Amatole Water Board is conducting an assessment in those areas to determine the needs. It is anticipated that the drilling will commence by the end of March 2020, followed by testing, yield, and water quality. The design of infrastructure pumps, pipes, reservoirs and construction will commence by mid - April 2020.

In summary, I have prepared a table with details of drilled boreholes that the Department has been and is still busy with as part of the DWS’ drought relief intervention to respond to Mnquma and Mbashe Local Municipalities.

MBASHE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

No

Local Municipality

Town/Area

Description

No. of Boreholes

24 hour yield L/S

Comments

1

Mbashe

Dwesa

Dwesa

2

 

Still to be equipped, quality poor

2

Mbashe

Idutywa Town

Idutywa Town

6

23

Still to be equipped. Requiring R55 million to equip and pipe back to Idutywa.

3

Mbashe

Idutywa Town

Idutywa Town

4

Newly drilled

Newly drilled, awaiting water quality results. Still to be equipped.

 

Total 12 Boreholes- Mbashe LM

MNQUMA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

No

Local Municipality

Town/Area

Description

No. of Boreholes

24 hour yield L/S

Comments

1

Mnquma LM

Butterworth

Borehole 1 Golf Course

1

2

Equipped with a submersible pump and generator. Supplying private individuals. Operating 12 hours per day

2

Mnquma LM

Butterworth

Borehole 2 Golf Course

1

2

Equipped with a submersible pump and the generator. Currently operating 12 hours per day

3

Mnquma LM

Butterworth

Borehole 2 -Golf Course

10

Currently being tested

Currently being tested

4

Mnquma LM

Butterworth

Hospital Borehole

1

0.4

Equipped with a submersible pump and generator and supplying hospital only. Insufficient to meet full hospital

5

Mnquma LM

Butterworth

Low yield, shallow borehole

24

<1

Equipped with hand pumps – 4 are fit for human consumption and 20 are not fit for human consumption.

6

Mnquma LM

Butterworth

Teko Fihla Boreholes

4

14

Equipped with a submersible pumps and generator. Currently operating 12 hours per day

7

Mnquma LM

Butterworth

Teko Fihla Boreholes

8

27

Still being equipped. Project expected to be completed before June 2020. Water to be pumped to Ibika Reservoirs

 

Total 49 Boreholes –Mnquma Local Municipality

18 May 2020 - NW321

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to his statement in his State of the Nation Address on 13 February 2020, referring to inward direct investment, that projects with an investment value of R9 billion have already been completed and with regard to the 27 projects worth just over R250 billion that are in the implementation phase with more coming on stream in 2020, what is the (a)(i) nature of each project, (ii) investment value of each project and (iii) location of each project and (b) name of the investor in each case?

Reply:

Projects completed

 

Company Name

Nature of Project

Project Value

Location

1

Aberdare Cables

Cable manufacturing plant

R135,000,000

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

2

Adcock Ingram

Sterile eye-drop manufacturing and packing facility

R98,000,000

Clayville, Gauteng

3

Conlog

New electronics manufacturing capacity

R110,000,000

Dube Trade Port, KwaZulu-Natal

4

Hollard and Tokio Marine

Acquisition of Hollard Insurance Group SA and Hollard International

R5,000,000,000

Johannesburg, Gauteng

5

In2Food

Construction and operation of the largest food factory in the southern hemisphere

R241,000,000

OR Tambo SEZ, Gauteng

6

Komatsu

Establishing new parts distribution centre, headquarters, workshop, training centre and remanufacturing centre

R985,000,000

Germiston, Gauteng

7

Proctor and Gamble

Sanitary pad and diaper manufacturing facilities

R300,000,000

Kempton Park, Gauteng

8

Rexroth Bosch Company

New HQ building with production and warehouse facilities, expansion of Bosch value chain

R200,000,000

Kempton Park, Gauteng

9

Sumitomo Rubber Industries

Manufacturing facility for truck and bus radial tyres

R970,000,000

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

10

Mara

Smart mobile phone manufacturing

R1,500,000,000

Dube Trade Port, KwaZulu-Natal

   

TOTAL

R9,539,000,000

 

Projects under construction

 

Company Name

Nature of Project

Project Value

Location

1

Anglo American

On-going SIB capital and life extension capital

R71,640,000,000

North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga

2

Aspen Pharmacare

Manufacturing plant for anaesthetic products

R3,300,000,000

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

3

Bushveld

Vanadium mining and processing

R2,500,000,000

Brits, Mokopane, North West and Limpopo

4

Ivanplats

Development of a platinum, palladium, nickel, copper, gold and rhodium mine

R4,500,000,000

Mokopane, North West

5

McDonald's

Increasing restaurant chain outlets nationally

R3,000,000,000

National

6

Mondi

Mill upgrades and investment in associated forest assets

R8,000,000,000

Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal

7

Naamsa OEM Investment Pledge

Investment by major auto OEMs for expansions and value chain development

R40,000,000,000

Various

8

Nestle

Capacity increase, maintenance, green technology conversion at a number of manufacturing facilities

R663,000,000

Harrismith, Hammanskraal and East London

9

Rain

5G ultra-high speed data network

R2,000,000,000

Pretoria, Cape Town, Johannesburg

10

Vedanta

Development of an open cast zinc mine

R21,400,000,000

Kai Ma

Northern Cape

11

Vodacom

Expansion and upgrade of Vodacom’s national IT infrastructure network.

R49,000,000,000

National

12

DBSA Green Climate Fund

Establishment of the Climate Finance Facility to co-fund projects that mitigate or adapt to climate change

R1,300,000,000

Various

13

IDC

Fund available for manufacturing projects

R3,600,000,000

Various

14

Multichoice

Broadcasting sector investment, local content and decoder manufacturing.

R1,000,000,000

National

15

Naspers

Start-up fund to back and support South African technology entrepreneurs

R4,600,000,000

Various

16

New Development Bank

Funding available to projects in clean energy, bulk water, social infrastructure and transport

R29,000,000,000

Various

17

Dalisu Holdings

Chemicals manufacturing plant

R254,000,000

Piet Retief, Mpumalanga

18

Legacy Group

Mixed-use development in Sandton

R3,000,000,000

Sandton, Gauteng

19

Main Street 800

Coal mining industry in Komatipoort

R193,000,000

Nkomazi, Mpumalanga

20

MSC (KZN Cruise Terminals)

New passenger cruise terminal at the port of Durban

R259,000,000

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

21

Mvelo Minerals

Platinum and vanadium mining in North West

R100,000,000

Rustenburg, North West

22

Naledi Inhlanganiso

Rail component manufacturing

R120,000,000

Vereeniging and Benoni, Gauteng

23

Renergen

Helium gas facility

R700,000,000

Virginia, Free State

24

Scaw metals

Expansion of steel manufacturing plant

R250,000,000

Germiston, Gauteng

25

Tomis Group

Meat production facility

R120,000,000

Hermon, Western Cape

26

Toyota

Investing in a new passenger vehicle

R2,430,000,000

Prospecton, KwaZulu-Natal

27

Triple Flag

Is investing with Royal Bafokeng

Holdings in the platinum sector

R2,100,000,000

Phokeng, North West

   

TOTAL

R255,029,000,000

 

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 - NW298

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Marawu, Ms TL to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, in light of the fact that the Republic is a sovereign State and a member of the Commonwealth, the Republic intends to resign from the Commonwealth; if not, what are the reasons that it will not resign?

Reply:

The South African Government does not intend to withdraw from the Commonwealth. When South Africa re-joined the Commonwealth in 1994, shortly after its first democratic elections, the South African Government recognised the Commonwealth’s contribution to the global campaign to end apartheid. Since 1994, South Africa has played host to four Commonwealth meetings, including the biennial summit of the 1999 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Durban, where South Africa assumed the Chair until 2001.

Since its return to the Commonwealth, South Africa has participated in summits, ministerial meetings and the governing bodies of the Commonwealth and worked closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat, contributing politically, financially and in terms of capacity and expertise to the work of the Organisation.

The work of the Commonwealth is in line with South Africa’s foreign policy commitments to human rights, democracy, good governance, justice and international law, peace, economic development, multilateralism and promoting the African Agenda. For South Africa, the Commonwealth provides a platform to forge common approaches to these matters of global importance and to promote trade, investment and the exchange of skills and knowledge between countries.

15 May 2020 - NW495

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)What (a) total number of (i) national and (ii) provincial government departments were found to be underperforming as per the Auditor-General reports in the past three financial years and (b) are the names of the departments; (2) whether the (a) Directors-General and (b) Heads of Departments of the specified departments received performance bonuses in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so; what was the total monetary amount of the bonuses received by each person?

Reply:

1. For purposes of this report, departments who received Auditor-General findings of “Disclaimer” and “Adverse with Findings” may be regarded as underperforming departments. For the past three financial years the following six (6) departments (two national and four provincial) may be regarded as underperforming:

No

Department

2018/19

2017/18

2016/17

1

Department of Cooperative Governance

 

X

 

2

Department of Environmental Affairs

 

X

X

3

FS Office of the Premier

X

X

 

4

FS Agriculture and Rural Development

 

X

X

5

FS Sport Arts and Recreation

 

X

 

6

GP Human Settlements

X

   

2. No performance bonuses were paid to the HODs or acting HODs of the six (6) affected departments for the past three financial years.

15 May 2020 - NW666

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether he, his department and/or any entity reporting to him purchased any personal protection equipment since 1 February 2020; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details of (a) the date on which the equipment was purchased, (b) the name of the supplier where the equipment was purchased, (c) the monetary value of the purchase, (d) the branding that appeared on the purchased equipment, including the branding of any political party, and (e)(i) how and (ii) where was the purchased equipment distributed?

Reply:

(a) the date on which the equipment was purchased,

  • 50x Automated hand sanitizer dispensers and 200x 1 liter hand sanitizer – 19 March 2020
  • 1000x Masks, 1000x Aprons and 1000x Gloves – 23 March 2020
  • Two Infra-Red Thermometers – 3 April 2020
  • Hand Sanitizer, 600x 200ml bottles – 20 April 2020

(b) the name of the supplier where the equipment was purchased,

  • 50x Automated hand sanitizer dispensers and 200x 1 liter hand sanitizer – SAFARMEX Medical Logistics.
  • 1000x Masks, 1000x Aprons and 1000x Gloves – Ment Medical and Waste (Pty) Ltd.
  • Two Infra-Red Thermometers – Tripharma (Pty) Ltd.
  • Hand Sanitizer, 600x 200ml bottles – BAJU Cleaning Chemicals.

(c) the monetary value of the purchase,

  • 50x Automated hand sanitizer dispensers and 200x 1 liter hand sanitizer – R69 893.55
  • 1000x Masks, 1000x Aprons and 1000x Gloves – R122 700.00
  • Two Infra-Red Thermometers – R5 999.30
  • Hand Sanitizer, 600x 200ml bottles – R34 500.00

(d) the branding that appeared on the purchased equipment, including the branding of any political party, and

  • Automated hand sanitizer dispensers and sanitizer - Germkill
  • 1000x Masks, 1000x Aprons and 1000x Gloves – No branding
  • Two Infra-Red Thermometers – Shenzen BSX Technology Electronics C0.Ltd (BSX815)
  • Hand Sanitizer, 600x 200ml bottles – No branding

(e)(i) how and (ii) where was the purchased equipment distributed?

  • 50x Automated hand sanitizer dispensers - dispensers mounted on walls throughout the Batho Pele House Building for usage by all employees and persons entering the building and 200x 1 liter hand sanitizer – sanitizer bottles used to refill the various dispensers and Cleaners’ spray bottles.
  • 1000x Masks issued to staff who attend meetings, Cleaners and front office workers, 1000x Aprons issued to Cleaners to perform cleaning activities on a daily basis and 1000x Gloves – issued to frontline staff and Cleaners on a daily basis,
  • Two Infra-Red Thermometers – utilize for screening employees’ temperature prior to meetings and when entering the building.
  • Hand Sanitizer, 600x 200ml bottles – intended for frontline officers and to be issued to employees who travel with public transport, when they are required to return to the office during alert level 4 and onwards.

REPLY:

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is an independent Constitutional body, accountable to the National Assembly. It is therefore not an entity or body reporting to the Minister for Public Service and Administration (MPSA). Its budget was, prior to 2020/21 financial year, appropriated through the MPSA. With effect from 1 April 2020, the PSC’s budget is appropriated through the PSC allocated vote, and not through the MPSA.

The PSC has to date, not received any donation of personal protection equipment from any source. The details of the purchase for twenty two (22) infrared thermometers are as follows:

a) the date on which the equipment was purchased: 16 April 2020;

b) the name of the supplier where the equipment was purchased: Baitsanape Laboratory Supplies;

c) the monetary value of the purchase: R55 660.00 (VAT inclusive);

(d) the branding that appeared on the purchased equipment including the branding of any political party: Not Applicable; and

(e) (i) how was the purchased equipment distributed: Distribution to the All Provincial Offices PSC was through the contracted courier service company called Skynet South Africa; and

(ii) Where was the purchased equipment distributed? Two instruments per provinces were distributed to the nine (9) Provincial Offices of the PSC using the courier services for only eight offices outside the Gauteng Province. The Provincial Offices of the PSC are located as follows:

  • Eastern Cape Provincial Office in King Williams Town;
  • Free State Provincial Office in Bloemfontein;
  • KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office in Pietermaritzburg;
  • Limpopo Provincial Office in Polokwane;
  • Mpumalanga Provincial Office in Nelspruit;
  • Northern Cape Provincial Office in Kimberly;
  • North West Provincial Office in Mmabatho;
  • Western Cape Provincial Office in Cape Town; and
  • Gauteng Provincial Office in Johannesburg,

 

REPLY:

The National School of Government reporting to the Minister of Department Public Service and Administration purchased sanitisers

  1. 11 March 2020
  2. The NSG has a service provider (Masana Hygiene Services (PTY) Ltd.) that provides cleaning, maintenance and hygiene services of its building. As part of their cleaning service contract, an addendum was added requesting them to supply the NSG building with sanitizers.
  3. The total amount was R13 314.61
  4. No. There was no branding of any political party
  5. (i) The sanitisers were purchased through request for quotations process

(ii) The sanitisers were used at the lifts and floor entrances

REPLY:

The CPSI has not purchased any personal protection equipment since 1 February 2020.

(a) N/A

(b) N/A

(c) NA

(d) N/A

(e)(i) N/A (ii) N/A

15 May 2020 - NW425

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)With reference to Board members of SA Tourism, (a) what other employment does each Board member have outside of SA Tourism, (b) how was each Board member vetted, (c) why was each Board member appointed in each case and (d) what remuneration does each Board member get in each month; (2) with reference to Board members of SA Tourism in the past three financial years, (a)(i) which Board members were appointed in each specified financial year and (ii) when was each specified Board member appointed and (b)(i) which Board members resigned in each financial year, (ii) when did each specified Board member resign and (iii) what reasons were cited for resignations in each case?

Reply:

1. Board Members of SAT

Board Member

Name

(a) What other employment does each Board Member have outside SA Tourism

(b) How was each Board member vetted?

(c ) Why was each Board Member appointed in each case

(d) What Remuneration does each Board member get in each month?

Mr Ravi Nadasen

Chief Operations Officer: Tsogo Sun

Board members are vetted through a verification of candidates’ identification, criminal record, ITC and qualification checks.

The Board has undergone security screening.

Human resource and hospitality sector experience.

There is no monthly remuneration for members of the Board. Board members are remunerated at an hourly rate per meeting. The current hourly rate is R540.00 for Chairperson and R327 for members.

There is no remuneration for Departmental representative

Mr Thebeetsile Ikalafeng

Managing Director: Brand Leadership

 

Marketing and branding expertise.

 

Mr Enver Duminy

Chief Executive Officer: Cape Town Tourism

 

Tourism marketing expertise.

 

Ms Michelle Julie Constant

Independent Consultant

 

Arts and culture experience.

 

Dr Abba Omar Jacoob

Senior General Manager: Strategy & Communications

 

International relations experience.

 

Ms Kate Rivett-Carnac

Independent Consultant

 

Research and tourism experience.

 

Ms Dawn Elizabeth Robertson

CEO: Constitution Hill

 

Arts, culture and tourism marketing.

 

Ms Lindiwe Sangweni

Chief Operations Officer: City Lodge Hotel Group

 

Tourism industry and hospitality sector experience.

 

Mr Siyabonga Dube,

Independent Consultant: Chartered Accountant

 

Governance, public sector Finance and Auditing experience.

 

Ms Zola Tshefu

Founder & Executive Director: LiLiBo Investments (Pty) Ltd

 

Tourism and public sector governance experience.

 

Ms Nomzamo Bhengu – Departmental representative

Chief Director: Strategy & Systems: Department of Tourism

 

Governance and administration.

 

1(c) Board members are appointed on the basis of their knowledge, experience or qualifications relating to the functions of the Board.

2. SAT Board Members past three financial years

Financial Year

(a)(i)Which Board Members were appointed in each financial year?

a(ii) When was each specified Board Member appointed?

2020/21

Ms. Gloria Serobe

29 April 2020

 

Adv. Mojankunyane Gumbi

29 April 2020

2019/20

Ms. Zola Baba Tshefu

11 August 2019

 

Mr. Siyabonga Dube

11 August 2019

2018/19

2017/18

Mr. David Frost

01 March 2019

 

Mr. Monwabisi Fandeso

01 June 2018

 

Ms. Pamela Bulelwa Yako

01 June 2018

 

Dr. Tanya Ethel Abrahamse

01 June 2018

 

Mr. Aloysius Thebeetsile Ikalafeng

01 June 2012

01 June 2015

01 June 2018

 

Ms. Michelle Julie Constant

01 June 2015

01 June 2018

 

Mr. Enver Duminy

26 August 2016

01 June 2018

 

Mr. Yacoob Abba Omar

21 November 2015

01 June 2018

 

Ms. Dawn Elizabeth Robertson

01 June 2018

 

Ms. Kathleen Elizabeth Rivett-Carnac

01 June 2018

 

Ms. Lindiwe Sangweni -Siddo

01 June 2018

 

Mr. Ravi Nadasen

01 June 2018

 

Mr. Mohamed Baba

01 June 2018

 

Ms. Nomzamo Bhengu

(Departmental representative)

01 June 2018

Financial Year

b (i)Which Board Members resigned in each financial year

b.(ii) When did each specified Board Member resign?

b.(iii) What reasons were cited for resignations in each case?

2019/20

Ms. Pamela Yako

04 September 2019

Stepped down as Board Chairperson, and subsequently stopped participation, as a result Board membership also lapsed

 

Dr. Tanya Abrahamse

03 September 2019

Other commitments

 

Mr. Mohamed Baba

25 June 2019

Other commitments

 

Mr. David Frost

29 July 2019

Other commitments

2018/19

Mr. Monwabisi Fandeso

14 August 2018

Other commitments.

2017/18

None.

None.

None.

15 May 2020 - NW665

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether he, his department and/or any entity reporting to him received any donation of personal protection equipment since 1 February 2020; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details of (a) the date on which the donation was received, (b) the name of the donor, (c) the monetary value of the donation, (d) the branding that appeared on the donated equipment, including the branding of any political party, and (e)(i) how and (ii) where was the donated equipment distributed?

Reply:

No

REPLY:

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is an independent Constitutional body, accountable to the National Assembly. It is therefore not an entity or body reporting to the Minister for Public Service and Administration (MPSA). Its budget was, prior to 2020/21 financial year, appropriated through the MPSA. With effect from 1 April 2020, the PSC’s budget is appropriated through the PSC allocated vote, and not through the MPSA.

The PSC has to date, not received any donation of personal protection equipment from any source.

REPLY:

The National School of Government reporting to the Minister of Public Service and Administration

No. The department did not receive any donation of personal protection equipment since 1 February 2020.

  1. No. Not applicable
  2. No. Not applicable
  3. No. Not applicable
  4. No. Not applicable
  5. (i) No. Not applicable

(ii) No. Not applicable

REPLY:

The CPSI has not received any donation of personal protection equipment since 1 February 2020.

(a) N/A

(b) N/A

(c) NA

(d) N/A

(e)(i) N/A (ii) N/A

15 May 2020 - NW490

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether he intends to reduce the public sector wage bill by R37, 8 billion by 31 March 2021, as envisaged by the Minister of Finance, Mr T Mboweni; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what progress has been made in implementing measures to (a) reduce the public sector wage bill by R37, 8 billion by 31 March 2021 and (b) engage with labour unions that are opposed to these reductions?

Reply:

(a)  Yes.

(b) Government’s position in this regard is to to slow down the growth of the public service wage bill as presented by the Minister of Finance in the 2020 Budget speech.

(c) The employer has tabled an agenda item, namely: Management of the Public Service Wage Bill for discussion with organised labour admitted to the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council on 25/02/2020 which is now following council processes.

(d) As indicated above, the employer is engaging with admitted trade unions at the PSCBC on the 2018 wage agreement and engagements are ongoing.

14 May 2020 - NW455

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the tenders awarded whilst the Chief Executive Officer of SA Tourism was on suspension, (a) what tenders were awarded, (b) what was the value of each tender, (c) what process was followed in awarding each tender, (d) who signed off on each tender, (e) on what date does each tender (i) commence and (ii) terminate, (f) how will each tender be monitored in each case and (g) what penalties are in place should a tender not meet tender specifications?

Reply:

What tenders were awarded whilst the Chief Executive Officer of SAT was on Suspension?

What tenders were awarded

(b)Value of each tender

(c ) what process was followed in awarding each tender

(d) who signed off on each tender

(e) on what date does each tender (i)

Commence and (ii) terminate

(f) How will each tender be monitored

(g) What penalties are in place should a tender not meet tender specifications

SAT148/19-Departure and Domestic Survey

R 85 201 938.92

Competitive Bidding Process

The Board

i) 15 July 2019

ii) 15 July 2022

Monthly Report

Parties agreed on the following penalties to be applies in respect of the service provider’s performance:

  • Timelines
  • Data quality and Data Weight.

SAT 157/19-Land Market Research

R 3 481 713.00

Competitive Bidding Process

Bid Adjudication Committee

i) 30 October 2019

ii) 31 March 2020

Site visits during the field work.

Report on progress and achieved milestones

Failure to deliver as per the timelines SA Tourism can terminate the contract immediately and appoint another service provider to provide similar services.

SAT 142/19 -Design And Construction Of International Exhibitions Stands

R 29 776 912.39

Competitive bidding process

Bid Adjudication Committee

i) 1 November 2019

ii) 31 October 2022

All services rendered by the supplier, its personnel, agents or sub-contractors will be subject to an on-going evaluation to determine the effectiveness.

If either party commits a material breach of this agreement which goes to the root of the agreement and fails to remedy the material breach within 21 business days of written notice from the aggrieved party shall require a remedy to the breach, failure to do so will result in the aggrieved party being entitled to cancelling/terminate this agreement.

SAT USA 001/19 -Integrated Marketing Agency: Public Relations, Social Media & Activations for the North America Hub

USD 1 026 000.00

Competitive bidding process

Bid Adjudication Committee

i) 15 October 2019

ii) 15 October 2022

All services rendered by the Bidder, its personnel, agents or sub-contractors will be subject to on-going evaluation to determine its effectiveness.

Performance management monitored continuously to ensure that products/services are delivered in accordance with the conditions of the contracts. The preferred bidders will be required to submit performance reports, i.e. through a progress tracking report monthly until closure of the contracts and failure to do so will result in the termination of the agreement.

SAT 162/19- Marketing and Communication Agency- Strategy *

Estimated budget amount for a period of five years

R 48 390 674.54

Competitive bidding process

The Board

i) 26 February 2020

ii) 26 February 2025

. Clauses in the contract that manage the relationship are as follows:

·   Clause 6 on Quarterly meeting on performance and scope of work

·   Annual performance and relationship review by an independent 3rd party

. Performance metrics determined on a 40:40:20 scale to be carried by all agencies and in place April 2020 as follows:

  • 40% SAT APP
  • 40% score of the relationship and performance survey
  • 20% individual KPI’s dependent on the specialist service the agency is delivering
  • Dispute resolution on non-delivery (with rectification within 15 days) clause 34
  • operating model presentation which was due to be implemented 1 April, however will now be delayed to 17 April
  • 90 day notice period for termination and/or reduction or change of services

Clause 33 covers termination of the agreement giving us 4 options: i. Termination for cause

Detailed history of non-performance in a rolling 3-month period ii. Termination for convenience iii. Termination for change of control iv. Termination for breach

SAT 162/19- Marketing and Communication Agency- Creative Agency *

Estimated budget amount for a period of five years

R419 487 997.64

Competitive bidding process

The Board

i) 26 February 2020

ii) 26 February 2025

  • Clauses in the contract that manage the relationship are as follows:

·   Clause 6 on Quarterly meeting on performance and scope of work

·   Annual performance and relationship review by an independent 3rd party

  • Performance metrics determined on a 40:40:20 scale to be carried by all agencies and in place April 2020 as follows:
  • 40% SAT APP
  • 40% score of the relationship and performance survey
  • 20% individual KPI’s dependent on the specialist service the agency is delivering
  • Dispute resolution on non-delivery (with rectification within 15 days) clause 34
  • operating model presentation which was due to be implemented 1 April, however will now be delayed to 17 April
  • 90 day notice period for termination and/or reduction or change of services

Clause 33 covers termination of the agreement giving us 4 options: i. Termination for cause

Detailed history of non-performance in a rolling 3-month period ii. Termination for convenience iii. Termination for change of control iv. Termination for breach

SAT 162/19- Marketing and Communication Agency- Media Agency *

Estimated budget amount for a period of five years

R40 228 879.41

Competitive bidding process

The Board

i) 26 February 2020

ii) 26 February 2025

  • Clauses in the contract that manage the relationship are as follows:

·   Clause 6 on Quarterly meeting on performance and scope of work

·   Annual performance and relationship review by an independent 3rd party

  • Performance metrics determined on a 40:40:20 scale to be carried by all agencies and in place April 2020 as follows:
  • 40% SAT APP
  • 40% score of the relationship and performance survey
  • 20% individual KPI’s dependent on the specialist service the agency is delivering
  • Dispute resolution on non-delivery (with rectification within 15 days) clause 34
  • operating model presentation which was due to be implemented 1 April, however will now be delayed to 17 April
  • 90 day notice period for termination and/or reduction or change of services

Clause 33 covers termination of the agreement giving us 4 options: i. Termination for cause

Detailed history of non-performance in a rolling 3-month period ii. Termination for convenience iii. Termination for change of control iv. Termination for breach

SAT 162/19- Marketing and Communication Agency- Digital Agency *

Estimated budget amount for a period of five years

R198 170 931.96

Competitive bidding process

The Board

i) 26 February 2020

ii) 26 February 2025

  • Clauses in the contract that manage the relationship are as follows:

·   Clause 6 on Quarterly meeting on performance and scope of work

·   Annual performance and relationship review by an independent 3rd party

  • Performance metrics determined on a 40:40:20 scale to be carried by all agencies and in place April 2020 as follows:
  • 40% SAT APP
  • 40% score of the relationship and performance survey
  • 20% individual KPI’s dependent on the specialist service the agency is delivering
  • Dispute resolution on non-delivery (with rectification within 15 days) clause 34
  • operating model presentation which was due to be implemented 1 April, however will now be delayed to 17 April
  • 90 day notice period for termination and/or reduction or change of services

Clause 33 covers termination of the agreement giving us 4 options: i. Termination for cause

Detailed history of non-performance in a rolling 3-month period ii. Termination for convenience iii. Termination for change of control iv. Termination for breach

SAT 162/19- Marketing and Communication Agency- Brand PR *

Estimated budget amount for a period of five years

R81 313 973.43

Competitive bidding process

The Board

i) 26 February 2020

ii) 26 February 2025

  • Clauses in the contract that manage the relationship are as follows:

·   Clause 6 on Quarterly meeting on performance and scope of work

·   Annual performance and relationship review by an independent 3rd party

  • Performance metrics determined on a 40:40:20 scale to be carried by all agencies and in place April 2020 as follows:
  • 40% SAT APP
  • 40% score of the relationship and performance survey
  • 20% individual KPI’s dependent on the specialist service the agency is delivering
  • Dispute resolution on non-delivery (with rectification within 15 days) clause 34
  • operating model presentation which was due to be implemented 1 April, however will now be delayed to 17 April
  • 90 day notice period for termination and/or reduction or change of services

Clause 33 covers termination of the agreement giving us 4 options: i. Termination for cause

Detailed history of non-performance in a rolling 3-month period ii. Termination for convenience iii. Termination for change of control iv. Termination for breach

SAT 162/19- Marketing and Communication Agency- Corporate PR *

Estimated budget amount for a period of five years

R61 008 554.70

Competitive bidding process

The Board

i) 26 February 2020

ii) 26 February 2025

  • Clauses in the contract that manage the relationship are as follows:

·   Clause 6 on Quarterly meeting on performance and scope of work

·   Annual performance and relationship review by an independent 3rd party

  • Performance metrics determined on a 40:40:20 scale to be carried by all agencies and in place April 2020 as follows:
  • 40% SAT APP
  • 40% score of the relationship and performance survey
  • 20% individual KPI’s dependent on the specialist service the agency is delivering
  • Dispute resolution on non-delivery (with rectification within 15 days) clause 34
  • operating model presentation which was due to be implemented 1 April, however will now be delayed to 17 April
  • 90 day notice period for termination and/or reduction or change of services

Clause 33 covers termination of the agreement giving us 4 options: i. Termination for cause

Detailed history of non-performance in a rolling 3-month period ii. Termination for convenience iii. Termination for change of control iv. Termination for breach

SAT 162/19- Marketing and Communication Agency- B2B Direct Marketing*

Estimated budget amount for a period of five years

R80 763 536.29

Competitive bidding process

The Board

i) 26 February 2020

ii) 26 February 2025

  • Clauses in the contract that manage the relationship are as follows:

·   Clause 6 on Quarterly meeting on performance and scope of work

·   Annual performance and relationship review by an independent 3rd party

  • Performance metrics determined on a 40:40:20 scale to be carried by all agencies and in place April 2020 as follows:
  • 40% SAT APP
  • 40% score of the relationship and performance survey
  • 20% individual KPI’s dependent on the specialist service the agency is delivering
  • Dispute resolution on non-delivery (with rectification within 15 days) clause 34
  • operating model presentation which was due to be implemented 1 April, however will now be delayed to 17 April
  • 90 day notice period for termination and/or reduction or change of services

Clause 33 covers termination of the agreement giving us 4 options: i. Termination for cause

Detailed history of non-performance in a rolling 3-month period ii. Termination for convenience iii. Termination for change of control iv. Termination for breach

*Marketing and Communication Agency tender is actually one tender split into 7 marketing disciplines across the marketing and advertising ecosystem.

They are all interlinked although separately awarded as SA Tourism took a “best-in-breed” approach” where the services, because of their nature, have the same measures of monitoring (section F) and penalties (section G) which are standard with these types of commodities.

All 7 disciplines in essence relate to marketing and communications services.

14 May 2020 - NW559

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Tourism

What progress has her department made in rolling out the National Tourism and Climate Change Response Programme and Action Plan?

Reply:

1. The Department developed and approved a Tourism and Climate Change Response Programme and Action Plan in 2011. The programme addresses both climate change mitigation and adaptation measures within the tourism sector.

2. The implementation of the Action Plan was implemented over three years in phases, i.e. 2012/13, 2013/14, and 2014/15 financial years. The final year of the implementation of the Action Plan was the 2014/15 financial year.

The Response Programme and Action Plan were designed to deliver on the following Five (5) outcomes:

2.1 Improved understanding of the vulnerabilities of tourism to the physical impacts of climate change in order to build resilience and adaptive capacity of the industry;

2.2 Reduced Tourism related greenhouse gas emissions;

2.3 A fully informed tourism industry through consistent and effective industry outreach and communications;

2.4 A nationally consistent, inclusive and cooperative approach to implementation; and

2.5 Maintaining effective climate change messaging and positioning in our key markets.

3. Reduced Tourism related greenhouse gas emissions - Mitigation measures:

Significant progress was made in the implementation of the Action Plan. The following measures were implemented to ensure that the outcomes specified above are achieved.

3.1 The department has a Tourism Resource Efficiency Programme that focuses on energy efficiency, water efficiency and waste management in the tourism sector.

3.2 The department is currently completing a pilot project on Tourism Resource Efficiency Training for unemployed youth. One Hundred and Eighty (180) unemployed youth were trained by the National Cleaner Production Centre – South Africa (NCPC – SA) on Resource Efficient Cleaner Production and the Fundamentals of Energy Management. The trainees were placed for a period of six (6) months with tourism establishments across the country. During their placements, trainees assisted establishments to better manage their energy and water use.

3.3 The department has a Green Tourism Incentive Programme. The incentive, which is implemented through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is designed to assist tourism businesses to implement energy and water saving measures in their establishments

4. Improved understanding of the vulnerabilities of tourism to the physical impacts of climate change in order to build resilience and adaptive capacity of the industry - Adaptation measures:

4.1 The department has a Tourism Adaptation Project (TAP). The project seeks to build the resilience and adaptive capacity of the tourism sector to the impacts of climate change.

4.2 In 2012, the Department partnered with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the GIZ (German Development Agency) to conduct a Baseline Assessment of the impact of Climate Change on Tourism. A Basic Vulnerability Guideline was developed to assist tourism attractions to assess their vulnerability to climate change.

4.3 Currently, the department has partnered with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) and the GIZ to conduct risk and vulnerability assessment of twenty-seven (27) tourism sites across the country. A three–year Tourism Adaptation Implementation Plan will be developed as part of this project. The project would have been concluded at the end of March 2020, however, due to the nationwide lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the final stage of the project was not completed.

5. A fully informed tourism industry through consistent and effective industry outreach and communications - Communication andOutreach:

5.1 The department continues to raise awareness on both the contributions of tourism and its vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.

5.2 Information booklets on tourism and climate change are distributed to stakeholders. Furthermore, awareness is raised through capacity building and information sharing sessions.

6. A nationally consistent, inclusive and cooperative approach to implementation – intergovernmental coordination:

6.1 A Tourism and Climate Change Task Team was established in 2010. Its mandate was to develop the Response Programme and Action Plan. It consisted of representatives from provincial and local Government, business, NGOs, and academia.

6.2 Guidelines for the development of Provincial Tourism and Climate Change Action Plans were also developed to assist Provinces to customize their response programme. This is important in that climate change impacts are not uniform across the country.

6. Maintain effective climate change messaging and positioning in our key markets – green marketing

A carbon-offset programme for the tourism sector was developed. There has been limited work done in relation to green marketing. The department will work with South African Tourism (SAT) on positioning of South Africa as a green or carbon neutral destination.

14 May 2020 - NW706

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(1) Whether he has been informed that a certain company (name furnished) has paid its workers with loans during the period of the lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which they will have to repay once they return to the workplace; if so, (2) whether he has found that this constitutes a fair labour practice; if not, on what date does he intend to engage the specified company to stop this practice?

Reply:

Our Department was made aware of this situation by the employees of the said company. Concurrently, the employees referred the matter to the

Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) for its intervention. The Federation’s intervention led to the withdrawal of the loan offer by the said

company. The company offered to pay the employees, whilst working with them to find a sustainable approach to supporting its workforce.

As the Department, we viewed the action of the company as unfair towards the employees. We are happy that an amicable solution was found.

14 May 2020 - NW697

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What (i) number and (ii) percentage of international tourists have (aa) postponed their visits to the Republic and (bb) cancelled their visits amidst the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the Republic and (b) how does she intend to ensure that both (i) local and (ii) international tourism improve once the current situation has been resolved?

Reply:

a) (i) and (ii)(aa) Number and percentage of international tourist that have postponed their visits to the Republic

Information not available

(i) and (ii)(bb) Number and percentage of international tourist that have cancelled their visits to the Republic

Information not available

b) (i) How will the minister ensure that local tourism improve once the current situation has been resolved

(ii)How will the minister ensure that international tourism improve once the current situation has been resolved?

The Department and SA Tourism are currently developing a recovery plan which will be centred around three strategic objectives of; re-igniting demand, rejuvenating supply and strengthening enabling capability. The gathering of information and inputs is currently underway through industry webinars and this will assist in further development and finalising of the plan. Initial indications are that the Recovery will be led by Domestic, then Regional and ultimately International, what is currently unknown are the durations of both the phases and pace of the recovery.

12 May 2020 - NW406

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)(a) What is the total budget allocated to each provincial education department for the 2020-21 financial year and (b) will the specified budget allocations be conditional; (2) whether the spending of the allocated budgets will be monitored; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) Table 1 is displaying the total budget allocated to each provincial education department for the 2020-21 financial year:

(1)(b) Part of the total budget allocated to each provincial education department, includes specific purpose allocations (conditional grants) which must be met. These conditions are stipulated in the annual Division of Revenue Bill/Act.

(2) The reporting requirements specified in sections 32 and 40(4) of the PFMA, and also in the annual Division of Revenue Act (DoRA), requires that expenditure and revenue information for all programmes, including conditional grants, be provided each month to the Provincial Treasuries and the National Treasury for monitoring and evaluation purposes. This information is also used by Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures for monitoring purposes. Failure to provide this information is not only illegal and grounds for the sanctions under the Act to take effect, but also reflects poor management.

12 May 2020 - NW379

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether he intends to introduce legislation that will allow the National Treasury to deduct monies owed to Eskom by (a) municipalities and (b) government departments; if not, why not; if so, what is the envisaged date for introducing the specified legislation?

Reply:

No, the Finance Minister does not intend to introduce legislation of such a nature for the following reasons:

  • The fiscal system has been designed to give autonomy to the spheres of government hence it is a decentralised fiscal system according to the Constitution of South Africa. In our view this system shifts accountability to where it belongs. Through this system, reforms regarding revenue and expenditure functions are transferred from central government. Having said this, the Constitution, Chapter 13, clearly states that nationally raised revenue must be equitably shared between the three spheres of government. Furthermore, it allows for a treasury control mechanism through punitive action against those guilty of transgression of this arrangement. Introducing new legislation contrary to the prescripts and spirit of the Constitution is not acceptable.

In addition, this question betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the way electricity is paid for in South Africa. Electricity users must pay for the electricity they use. In the case of customers supplied with electricity by municipalities, this means that users (including businesses and households) must pay the municipality for the electricity they use, and the municipality must in turn pay Eskom for the bulk electricity that they have purchased to sell on to their customers. National Government does not make transfers to municipalities to enable them to pay for electricity bought by municipal distribution customers. So it is not clear what source of funding the questioner is suggesting that funds should be deducted from and transferred directly to Eskom.

In line with the autonomy given to municipalities, the Accounting Officers is responsible for exercising prudent financial management at the institution, this is captured in section 60 and 61 of the Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act No. 56 of 2003) (MFMA). Similarly, Section 38(1)(c) of the PFMA states that the Accounting Officers of departments are responsible for the monies due by the department.

Creating an opportunity that take away the responsibility of the respective sphere of government will open the door for any creditor to approach national government for direct payment which is will be unmanageable especially in cases were disputes may arise as is the case of Eskom and some municipalities as well as municipalities and the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.

12 May 2020 - NW689

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

(1) Whether a certain tender (details furnished) falls within the R150 million allocated as a relief measure towards artists and sports programmes; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what number of persons from townships and rural areas does he envisage will benefit from the specified tender; (2) whether his department will provide monthly reports detailing the usage of the money; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether his department will ensure that at least 70% of the recipients are from the previously disadvantaged communities, in order to bridge the gap between rich and poor and uplift small business enterprises; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what mitigation measures has his department put in place to avoid that the interventions fail; (5) what steps has his department taken to ensure that the money does not end up in the wrong hands?

Reply:

1. Yes, the tender falls within the R150 million allocated as a relief measure towards artists and sports programmes.

At this stage, the Department cannot determine the number of persons from townships and rural areas that will benefit from these contracts however; the contracts were awarded to 100% black-owned companies.

2. Yes. According to government prescripts, the Department does summit In-Year-Monitoring reports to the National Treasury on a monthly basis.

3. The contracts were awarded to 100% black-owned companies.

4. The Department appointed Adjudication Panel of experts knowledgeable of the sector and utilised sports federations to ensure all interventions are fit for purpose. The Department also established an internal team for relief fund, assigned administrative support to the adjudication panels, appointed a service provider with expertise in data capturing and ICT. Finally, there are project meetings that are held daily to report on status of implementation chaired by the Minister and the Deputy Minister.

5. The Department appointed 15 Panel Members from the Arts Sector; these are seasoned arts practitioners with expert knowledge of the sector to serve as independent adjudicators for all applications. Part of the reasons was to ensure that the Panel will be able to guide and screen the process to ensure that relief funds goes to arts and sport beneficiaries.

12 May 2020 - NW398

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Finance

What action does he intend to take in accordance with section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, to support and strengthen the capacity of the Madibeng Local Municipality’s financial management in view of the fact that its current liabilities exceed its assets (details furnished)?

Reply:

The Provincial Executive Council (EXCO) in the North West province has resolved to intervene in Madibeng by invoking Section 139 of the MFMA to impose a financial recovery plan in the municipality due to persistent material breach of its obligations and failure to provide basic services or to meet its financial commitments. As a result, National Treasury in collaboration with the North-West Provincial Treasury will be assisting the municipality to prepare a financial recovery plan aimed at improving financial management in Madibeng. Critical to this process is to also impose appropriate changes to the municipality’s budget and revenue raising measures, budget parameters, set spending limits and revenue targets that will give effect to this recovery plan.

In addition, National Treasury assessed the Madibeng’s 2019/20 MTREF budget and it was found to be unfunded and unsustainable. Consequently, National Treasury advised the municipality to revise the budget to ensure that its expenditure is within the realistic revenue to be collected and to develop a financial plan outlining how it will improve its unfunded position to a funded budget. To this effect, National Treasury will support the Provincial Treasury to closely monitor the implementation of the financial recovery plan and the budget plan of Madibeng in order to improve financial management in this municipality.

Capacity building and training programmes conducted by both national and provincial treasuries

Following the invocation of section 100 (1)(a) of the Constitution in the North West Province, a directive was issued by the Minister of Finance to improve Supply Chain Management (SCM) in the North West province and National Treasury developed a SCM learnership programme to improve and turn around SCM processes in municipalities. This programme is aimed at rebuilding and renewing trust in municipal services through training of SCM officials. As a result, five SCM practitioners of Madibeng LM have been enrolled in this programme. Madibeng is also a recipient of the finance management grant, administered by the National Treasury, which is intended to strengthen capacity in the financial management of a municipality. The municipality has appointed eight interns in the Budget and Treasury Office (BTO) to support the implementation of the financial management reforms.

The North West Provincial Treasury in partnership with the National Treasury, provided numerous training on financial management reforms and budgeting to municipal officials. Recently, an intensive five-day workshop was conducted to provide further training on budget, financial reporting and revenue management to municipal officials.

12 May 2020 - NW688

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

(1) With reference to the declaration by the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, that COVID-19 has been declared a National Disaster and the subsequent funding amount of R150 million that was allocated from his department's budget towards all artists, athletes and technical personnel who qualify, what number of applications have been received since the closing date of 6 April 2020; (2) what is the breakdown of the different categories of (a) artists, (b) athletes and (c) technical personnel who have applied for financial aid; (3) whether he has found that more sportsmen than sportswomen have applied for financial aid; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether he has found that his department has communicated its message across all sectors by using pamphlets and advertisements, thereby reaching all artists and athletes, as well as ordinary sportsmen and sportswomen at grassroots level; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Department received a total number of 6 088 emails in response to the Relief Fund and upon pre-screening of all emails the actual Relief Fund Applications came to 4011. The independent panel of adjudicators is currently processing all Arts and Culture applications. The Sports applications have been completed. From the Sport sector there were 323 applications.

2. (a) (b) (c) The call for the Relief Fund applications was categorised into the following:

  • Individuals (artists and athletes)
  • Companies
  • Digital Solution Proposals:

We can only be able to provide a breakdown upon completion of adjudication processes.

3. There were more male applicants than female applicants. There were 239 males and 84 females.

4. The Department used the following platforms to communicate the message to the public:

(a) The Minister made a formal statement at a media briefing on 25 March 2020 where members of the Command Council updated the media on initiatives in their sectors. Thereafter, the Department issued a media statement on the relief fund

(b) .Following the issuing of the media statement, the Minister was interviewed on various television and radio stations. The statement was also picked-up by SowetanLive, Citizen, News24 (Sport24), and the Star newspapers on the 30th March 2020.

(c) The Department engaged organised formations in the Arts and Sports sector such as SASCOC, CCIFSA as the umbrella formations for the two sectors. Communication was sent as per an instruction letter to Sports Federations to advise their members to apply and also indicate their responsibilities in the process.

(d) Furthermore, the Department made a public call in Electronic media to announce the COVID-19 Relief Fund for athletes and creatives through media statements and interviews.

(e) The Department also issued an A-Z guide for applications and this was uploaded on all Departmental digital platforms, shared with provinces and organised formations in arts and sport.

(f) To ensure that the message of the Relief Fund extend beyond urban areas, the Department through the Minister’s Office consulted with all MEC’s and HOD’s of all Provinces on the Relief Fund.

(g) The Minister the Director-General and other officials were interviewed on radio and television to articulate the details of the relief fund.

12 May 2020 - NW208

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Finance

What is the (a) total number of staff and (b) remuneration budget of each provincial department, per directorate in each provincial legislature?

Reply:

Below is the personnel information and the 2019/20 Compensation of employees adjusted budget per provincial department. Data has been provided at a departmental level as information per directorate is not readily available and would be best if it is sourced directly from Provincial Treasuries. Further information on personnel numbers and budgets per Programme is provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure which can be accessed at the National Treasury website under the following link;

http://www.treasury.gov.za/documents/provincial%20budget/2019/3.%20Estimates%20of%20Prov%20Rev%20and%20Exp/Default.aspx

12 May 2020 - NW404

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether any investigation was launched into the conduct of a certain person (details furnished), in relation to the unlawful deposits the specified municipality made with the VBS Mutual Bank; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any disciplinary proceedings were instituted against the specified person; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes. The North West Provincial Treasury facilitated an investigation of the Municipality’s investments with VBS by certain person (details furnished). The final report is in possession of the North West Provincial Treasury.

2. The certain person (details furnished) is no longer in the employ of the Municipality. Therefore disciplinary proceedings cannot be instituted against her. A criminal case was open with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI/Hawks) with the case reference: DPCI HO 6/01/2019.

12 May 2020 - NW693

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

(1) Whether, in view of the finding by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration that the lawyer in the National Library of South Africa’s case to investigate allegations against a certain person (name and details furnished) acted unprofessional and unethical, the Board still makes use of the specified lawyer’s services; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the National Library of South Africa does not have a contract with the lawyer whose services they have been using since 2015; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the lawyer has been reported to the Legal Practice Council for unethical and unprofessional conduct; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether the specified case is still under investigation; if not, why not; if so, has the lawyer recused himself from the case; (5) what are the names of the other lawyers that are used by the National Library of South Africa?

Reply:

1. There are matters that the specified attorneys are handling, as the NLSA’s attorney of record, that are currently before the Court.

2. Yes, the specified Attorneys have been rendering legal services to the NLSA since July 2014. However, with new matters requiring legal advice, the NLSA appoints legal counsel on a rotational basis.

3. There was no decision taken, to our knowledge, to report the lawyer to the Legal Practice Council.

4. The names of the other lawyers that are used by the National Library of South Africa are:

  • MM Baloyi Attorneys
  • Mamatela Attorneys Inc.
  • Maserumule Attorneys
  • MacRoberts Attorneys

12 May 2020 - NW690

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

(1) In which (a) city and (b) province is the SA Football Museum located; (2) whether the National Lotteries Commission allocated R9,5 million towards the specified museum in 2016; (3) what are the full details of what the specified money was used for; (4) what are the names of the board members of the association and/or federation to whom the funds were allocated; (5) whether he has found the R9,5 million that was allocated towards the cause to be value for money; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW892E

Reply:

(1). According to the South African Football Association the SA Football Museum is an idea which has not come to fruition yet. They need funders to realise the idea.

However it has been established that the SA Football Museum is a Section 21 non-profit company established to build an exhibition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. According to the Project Director of the SA Football Museum:

(a) The South African Football Museum is not a physical entity and is therefore not physically located in any city or province.

(b) This exhibition referred to above is currently housed in the grandstand entrance of the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng

(2) The South African Football Museum was awarded R7,4million from the SA National Lottery. The monies were received in 2 tranches (2014 and 2016)

(3) According to the SA Football Museum the funds were used to build another exhibition in celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy. The focus of the exhibition was to celebrate South Africa’s 20year history of successfully hosting international sporting competitions.

(4) The names of the members of the non-profit organisation; The South African Football Museum are:

      1. Philippa M Freer
      2. Rehaad James
      3. Leepile Taunyane

(5) The SA Football Museum has requested an engagement with the Department to consider the possibility of the exhibition reaching a wider audience.

12 May 2020 - NW399

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Finance

What steps will he take in accordance with section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, to address the financial issues of the Lekwa Teemane Local Municipality (details furnished)?

Reply:

The Provincial Executive Council (EXCO) in the North West Province has resolved to intervene in Lekwa-Teemane by invoking Section 139 of the MFMA to impose a financial recovery plan in the municipality due to persistent material breach of its obligations and failure to provide basics services or to meet its financial commitments. As a result, National Treasury in collaboration with the North-West Provincial Treasury will be assisting the municipality to prepare a financial recovery plan aimed at improving financial management in Lekwa-Teemane. Critical to this process is to also impose appropriate changes to the municipality’s budget and revenue raising measures, budget parameters, set spending limits and revenue targets that will give effect to this recovery plan.

In addition, National Treasury assessed the Lekwa-Teemane’s 2019/20 MTREF budget and it was found to be unfunded and unsustainable. Consequently, National Treasury advised the municipality to revise the budget to ensure that its expenditure is within the realistic revenue to be collected and to develop a financial plan outlining how it will improve its unfunded position to a funded budget. To this effect, the National Treasury will support the Provincial Treasury to closely monitor the implementation of the financial recovery plan and the budget plan of Lekwa-Teemane with the aim of improving the financial management in this municipality.

Capacity building and training programmes conducted by both National and Provincial Treasuries

Following the invocation of section 100 (1)(a) of the Constitution in the North West Province, the directive was issued by the Minister of Finance to improve Supply Chain Management (SCM) in the North West province and National Treasury developed a SCM learnership programme to improve and turn around SCM processes in municipalities. This programme is aimed at rebuilding and renewing trust in municipal services through training of SCM officials. As a result, two SCM practitioners of Lekwa-Teemane LM have been enrolled in this programme. Lekwa-Teemane is also a recipient of the finance management grant, administered by the National Treasury, which is intended to strengthen capacity in the financial management of a municipality. The municipality has appointed four interns in the budget and treasury office (BTO) to support the implementation of the financial management reforms.

The North West Provincial Treasury in partnership with the National Treasury, provided numerous training on financial management reforms and budgeting to municipal officials. Recently, an intensive five-day workshop was conducted to provide further training on budget, financial reporting and revenue management to municipal officials.

11 May 2020 - NW641

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether there is a way for persons who lost income and qualify for relief to register through SMS and/or WhatsApp where they do not have access to the internet to register online; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to the Directives for COVID-19 TERS, published by Minister of Employment and Labour, Mr TW Nxesi, employers are obliged to apply on behalf of their employees for the Covid-19 TERS Benefit. Furthermore, the Directives provide for Bargaining Councils or Entities that are legal bodies to apply for employees. Therefore, employees can have their applications made through any of the above options. Bargaining Councils or Entities or Employers are encouraged to apply for employees as it is them who have the information, systems and tools that will enable an efficient application process. In addition, Bargaining Councils or Entities or Employers are obliged through an Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to commit to certain conditions, which they can be held liable for should they fail to honour.

11 May 2020 - NW603

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

Whether his department is considering to introduce a jobs protection bill in light of the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19?

Reply:

There is currently no intention to introduce a jobs protection bill. The Department is however in the process of developing a national employment policy that would amongst others address the notion of protection of jobs. This policy will have to be presented to parliament when it is done.

11 May 2020 - NW735

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

(a) By what date will her department construct permanent structures and infrastructure at the Kibler Park Secondary School, (b) what are the (i) dates, (ii) deadlines, (iii) milestones and (iv) time frames in each case, (c) why have the permanent structures and infrastructure not been built to date and (d)(i) what total amount has her department allocate 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.

11 May 2020 - NW562

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

(1)       What reasons have compelled her to suspend the feeding schemes in schools during the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19; (2) what steps has her department taken to ensure that the recipients of meals from the school feeding schemes continue to receive meals or food parcels through (a) nongovernmental organisations and/or (b) the Department of Social Development during the lockdown period, which has seen schools closed for an extended time?

Reply:

The closure of schools was announced by the President as part of the lockdown measures and all school activities were ceased.  

The Department has been working with the Department of Social Development (DSD), through the National Food and Nutrition Security Task Team, led by the Presidency, through which it was agreed that learners would be targeted in families to receive food parcels in their Disaster Relief and Social Relief Management Programme. Corporate partners have been encouraged to donate to the DSD structures in this regard.

11 May 2020 - NW774

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

(1)       What are the relevant details of her department’s plans to build a technical high school in the Johannesburg South District; (2) (a) what are the (i) dates, (ii) deadlines, (iii) milestones and (iv) time frames for building the specified school, (b) what are the reasons that such a school has not been built to date, (c) what budget has her department allocated for building the school and (d) from which budget will the money be provided?

Reply:

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

11 May 2020 - NW643

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

With regard to the recent R37,2 million emergency procurement of a 40km fence alongside the Beitbridge Border Post in terms of Treasury Regulation 16A6.4, what (a) is a detailed description of the goods and services, (b) are the name(s) and company registration number(s) of the suppliers(s), (c) is the process that was undertaken to get quotes and (d) is the reason why palisade fencing was not considered?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has provided me with the following information regarding the emergency procurement of the 40km borderline:

a) The description of required goods/services includes repair and replace 40km of borderline infrastructure (match existing fence) between RSA/Zimbabwe. This comprised of a 1.8m fence.

b) The service providers contracted by the department are Caledon River Properties trading as Magwa Construction (Reg. 2017/430436/07) (“the Contractor”) and Profteam cc (Reg. 2017/058 188/23) (“the Principal Agent”).

c) The DPWI informed me as following:

  • DPWI was in the early stages in the process of appointing a service provider prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, after the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) stated that their strategic border infrastructure was in poor condition.
  • The particular project addresses the short to the medium-term solution. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a very high risk for loss of life (i.e. Death), adverse health impact, cross-border smuggling and crime, negative economic impact and social impact in South Africa.
  • Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on 15 March 2020 on the Covid-19 pandemic and the simultaneous declaration of a National State of Disaster
  • Under Section 27(2)(L) of the Disaster Management Act, No 57 of 2002, the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, issued a directive on 16 March 2020 for the emergency securing of the South African Border Posts
  • Recognising the Ministerial Directive a site visit was held by DPWI and Department of Defence (DoD) officials on the 17 March 2020 at the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry.
  • Officials discussed several options to meet the set deadline under an emergency basis (criteria).
  • The National Treasury’s Instruction Note No. 08 of 2019/2020 Emergency Procurement during Covid-19 on paragraph 3.5.1 (i) provides for the invocation of emergency procedures.
  • It was prudent to invoke the emergency procurement process that entails the appointment of the required service providers through a negotiated procedure that was approved by NBAC.

d) The palisade fencing was not considered due to the fact that the aim of the project was to repair and replace the existing borderline fence.

11 May 2020 - NW733

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

(a) By what date will her department construct additional learner ablution facilities at The Hill 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 for a response and will be submitted as soon as it is received from the province.

11 May 2020 - NW407

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With regard to funds from the National Lotteries Commission to provide much needed sanitation in Limpopo and Eastern Cape, (a) which schools in each province were beneficiaries of the projects, (b) what was the total amount allocated for the project in both the provinces, (c) what amount was allocated to each company (names and details furnished), (d) what were the details of each contract for each project, (e) was each project completed, (f) who are the owners of the specified companies, (g) how is a certain person (name furnished) involved in the specified companies and (h) how was her department, the Limpopo and the Eastern Cape education departments involved?

Reply:

In regards to the funds from the National Lotteries Commission for the provision of sanitation in Limpopo and Eastern Cape, the DBE liaised with the Provincial Education Departments (PEDs); however, the PEDs have no records of any funding that was obtained / donated by the National Lotteries Commission, as this donation could have been directly donated to the respective schools.  The DBE will contact the Commission in order to obtain the list of those schools that may have benefited from the donation.  

08 May 2020 - NW391

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What (a) was the total number of remission of sentences affected since 16 December 2019 and (b) are the relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

(a) Releases on 2019 special remission of sentence from 17 December 2019 until 06 March 2020

TABLE: 01: STATUS OF SPECIAL REMISSION BY REGIONS: 06 MARCH 2020

REGION

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

TOTAL RELEASES

EC

3 662

1 443

5 105

GP

3 281

4 103

7 384

KZN

3 889

2 142

6 031

LMN

2 288

2 157

4 445

FSNC

1 760

1 586

3 346

WC

4 273

4 480

8 753

TOTAL

19 153

15 911

35 064

(b) Details

Table: 02: RELEASES FROM CORRECTIONAL CENTRES PER: 06 MARCH 2020

Description

Males

Females

Total

Children(Less than 18 years)

31

10

41

Youth (18 – 25 years)

3 224

263

3 487

Adult (26 -64 years)

10 940

1 020

11 960

Elderly (65 & older)

355

23

378

Disabled

38

7

45

Total

14 588

1 323

15 911

Table: 03: UNCONDITIONAL and CONDITIONAL RELEASES FROM CORRECTIONAL CENTRES: 06 MARCH 2020

REGIONS

UNCONDITIONAL

CONDITIONAL

TOTAL

EC

956

487

1 443

GP

2965

1 138

4 103

KZN

1 492

650

2 142

LMN

1 532

625

2 157

FS & NC

1 093

493

1 586

WC

3 846

634

4 480

NATIONAL

11 884

4 027

15 911

Table: 04: STATUS OF CUMULATIVE RE-ARREST CASES AND REASONS

STATUS OF CUMULATIVE RE-ARREST CASES AND REASONS REPORTED BY REGIONS AS AT 06 MARCH 2020

REGION

NUMBER

REASONS

TOTAL

RE-ARREST

EC

9

6x Theft; 1 x Possession of stolen goods, 1x Assault , 1x House breaking (2xAmathole, 1xSt Albans, 4x Sada,2x Kirkwood)

9

GP

8

8 x theft ( 1x Boksburg and 5 x Johannesburg,1X Krugersdorp, 1x Zonderwater )

8

KZN

4

1x Housebreaking;1x malicious damage to property, 1x House Breaking W/I to steal & Malicious damage to property, 1x theft

(2x Kokstad, 1x Ncome and 1x Empangeni)

4

LMN

2

1 x offender released on the 02/01/2020 was readmitted on the 02/01/2020 for dealing with drugs and 1x theft (1x Bethal and 1 x Thohoyandou)

2

FSNC

5

1xRobbery, 2X House breaking and theft, 1x Theft, 1x violation of protection order (2x Upington, 3x Colesberg)

5

WC

22

13 x Theft, 5x Housebreaking & theft; 1x Assault, Theft & Housebreaking 1x Dealing in drugs & Assault; 1x Drug possession, and 1 x Suspected Stolen goods.

(6x Pollsmoor, 1x Overberg, 4 x Voorberg, 1x Mosselbay; 2 x Oudtshoorn, 2 x Breede River (Worcester Male, 2 x Malmesbury RDF, 2 x Allandale 2 x Voorberg)

22

TOTAL

50

Theft , Assault, Housebreaking and theft, dealing with drugs, robbery , Drugs possession, Suspected Stolen goods, violation of protection order, Malicious damage to property

50

END

07 May 2020 - NW293

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department is paying for the former Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, to attend the United Nations Commission on Women Status in New York on 9 March 2020; if so, (a) why, (b) what budgetary process was followed and (c) what amount is her department paying for the trip?

Reply:

(a)(b)(c) No, the Department of Social Development is not paying for the Former Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini to attend the 64th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women which was scheduled to take place from 09 March 2020 in New York, United States of America.