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04 June 2018 - NW1500

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the procedure as set out in section 4(2) of the Air Services Licensing Act, Act 115 of 1990, which provides that the Minister should consult when appointing members to the board with representatives of organised business, the industry, transport and air services sectors as well as with organised labour, in respect of the newly appointed members of the Air Services Licensing Board, has been met; if not, (a) what are the relevant particulars and (b) what steps will he take to rectify the omission; if so, (i) what are the relevant particulars and (ii) what proof can he provide that the legal requirement has been met; (2) Whether he will dissolve the appointments to the board and implement the process anew; if not, why not?

Reply:

  1. With reference to the question of Honourable Adv A de W Alberts, it should be clarified that the Minister of Transport is still investigating the appointment of the Air Service Licensing Board members, in order to determine if the board was properly constituted in terms of the Air Licensing Act, Act 115 of 1990.
  2. Falls away

04 June 2018 - NW1522

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

Why were certain persons (names furnished) appointed to managerial positions within the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa in view of the historic allegations levelled against them?

Reply:

The appointment of Mr Mthura Swartz and Cromet Molepo was approved by the previous Board of Control, as per the recruitment policy of PRASA.

04 June 2018 - NW1523

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Why has the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa not appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO) yet and (b) who has been fulfilling the functions of the CFO since the resignation of the former CFO?

Reply:

a) The recruitment process was started by the previous PRASA Board, and it will be finalized by the current Board;

b) Ms Thobeka Mahlati is currently the acting GCFO. The recruitment process has been resuscitated by the new Board.

04 June 2018 - NW1524

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What amount was collected by the e-tolls in each month in the (i) 2017-18 financial year and (ii) current financial year to date and (b) what was the cost of collection over the same period?

Reply:

a) (i) The receipts for GFIP e-tolls for each month of the previous financial year is reflected in the tabled below:

Apr-17

May-17

Jun-17

Jul-17

Aug-17

Sep-17

Oct-17

Nov-17

Dec-17

Jan-18

Feb-18

Mar-18

Rm

Rm

Rm

Rm

Rm

Rm

Rm

Rm

Rm

Rm

Rm

Rm

R64,33

R56,01

R59,14

R68,46

R57,79

R59,44

R72,78

R68,70

R16,55

R84,30

R61,74

R56,58

In addition, R23 million was received for financial transaction clearing fees from toll concessionaires as part of the services delivered nationally for electronic toll collection transactions. The total amount processed by the National Transaction Clearing House for e-toll transactions for the 2017/18 financial year amounted to R2 770 million

(ii) Receipts for April for the GFIP e-tolls- R63,5 million

b) (i) Payments made for the toll operational costs to toll operator: R643 million for 2017/18. It should be noted these payments include the payments made to the toll operator related to the processing and clearing of all electronic toll transactions nationally (R2 770 million).

(ii) The payment certificate for April has not yet been processed.

31 May 2018 - NW1399

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What is the (a) total number of railway crossings in the country, (b) where is each railway crossing located and (c) does each specified railway crossing have a functioning boom; (2) whether each railway crossing has a functioning warning system; if so, what are the details of each railway crossing’s warning system?

Reply:

1. (a) According to the records received by the RSR from Operators, there is a total of 10,435 level crossings in South Africa, of which 2,937 are public level crossings, 6,528 are private level crossings and 970 are departmental level crossings. Of these level crossings, 10,304 are active, 105 are inactive and 26 are on lines that are dormant.

(b) These level crossings are distributed throughout the country. For ease of reference, they have been summarized and categorized into Provinces as per the table below:

   

Status

Ownership (Public / Private)

Province

Number of Level Crossings

Active

Dormant

Inactive

Departmental

Private

Public

Gauteng

2,199

2,150

4

45

164

1,412

623

Western Cape

1,830

1,819

10

1

292

1,212

326

Free State

1,824

1,821

1

2

109

1,196

519

KwaZulu-Natal

1,469

1,411

7

51

119

900

450

Eastern Cape

1,305

1,303

0

2

102

736

467

Northern Cape

690

686

2

2

123

424

143

Limpopo

538

538

0

0

33

295

210

Mpumalanga

486

483

2

1

18

319

149

North West

94

93

0

1

10

34

50

Grand Total

10,435

10,304

26

105

970

6,528

2,937

c) Not all level crossings do have functional booms. Only 232 level crossings are equipped with Flashing Red Discs and Booms or only with Flashing Red Discs. The level of protection at level crossings are determined by the level of prevailing risk at the level crossing and may vary from a class 1 level of protections to a class 6B level of protection. This assessment is conducted by the Railway Operator in conjunction with the Road Authority (or Private Road Owner) in accordance with the South African Road Traffic Manual Chapter 2 Volume 7 and the standard of level crossings SANS 3000-2-2-1 Requirements for systemic engineering and operational safety standards – Track and associated civil infrastructure and installations – Level crossings. This standard was adopted by the National Minister of Transport as a Regulation under the National Road Traffic Act as Regulation 312A.

(2) All level crossings are equipped with signage that is in accordance with the prevailing risk at the level crossing to mitigate the risk to acceptable levels and is in accordance with the South African Road Traffic Manual Chapter 2 Volume 7 and the standard of level crossings SANS 3000-2-2-1 Requirements for systemic engineering and operational safety standards – Track and associated civil infrastructure and installations – Level crossings.

31 May 2018 - NW1405

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Mulaudzi, Adv TE to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) is the total number of kilometers of unpaved roads in each (i) municipality and (ii) province in the country and (b) is the estimated total monetary value that it would cost to pave all of the unpaved roads?

Reply:

a) Kilometres of unpaved roads in South Africa is 351, 468.9Km

b) (i) Kilometres of unpaved roads in each Municipality are 168 134Km

District Municipality

Unpaved Roads (km)

Alfred Nzo

3 430

Amajuba

1 631

Amathole

4 955

Bojanala

19 447

Cacadu

825

Cape Winelands

180

Capricorn

10 999

Central Karoo

120

Chris Hani

5 302

Dr Kenneth Kaunda

4 956

Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati

4 009

Eden

305

Ehlanzeni

9 412

Fezile Dabi

1 394

Frances Baard

1 993

Gert Sibande

2 518

Harry Gwala

1 091

Ilembe

1 459

Joe Gqabi

1 496

John Taolo

2 266

Letshweleputswa

1 548

Mopani

7 932

Namakwa

872

Ngaka Modiri Molema

13 260

Nkangala

5 825

OR Tambo

6 401

Overberg

183

Pixley Ka Seme

4 500

Sedibeng

1 141

Sekhukhune

10 060

Thabo Mofutsanyana 

3 419

Ugu

2 283

uMgungundlovu

1 485

Umkhanyakude

2 314

Umzinyathi

1 582

UThukela

2 630

Uthungulu

3 583

Vhembe

11 137

Waterberg

4 322

West Coast

1 335

West Rand

1 289

Xhariep

470

ZF Mqcawu

642

Zululand

2 132

Total

168 134

Kilometres of unpaved roads in the Metropolitan Municipalities are 12 497.9Km

Metropolitan Municipality

Unpaved

Baffalo City

1 122.9 Km

City of Cape Town

200 Km

City of Tshwane

525 Km

City of Johannesburg

682 Km

City of Polokwane

5 616 Km

City of Mbombela

2 100 Km

EThekwini City

1 500 Km

Nelson Mandela Bay

269 Km

Ekurhuleni City

125 Km

Total

12 497.9km

(ii) Kilometres of unpaved roads in the province are 170 837

Province

Unpaved

EC

36 345

FS

39 149

GP

1 356

KZN

23 254

LP

13 473

MP

8 373

NC

23 963

NW

14 550

TOTAL

170 837

c) Upgrading a road could cost any from R2million per km amount depending on whether done in house by the road authority or externally from R4million per/km

31 May 2018 - NW1455

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the boards of all entities reporting to him in the past three financial years, (a) what is the name of each board member who has resigned, (b) what were the reasons for each resignation, (c) did each member reach the end of their term and (d) on what date did each member join the specified board?

Reply:

ACSA

a) WHAT IS THE NAME OF ACSA BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAS RESIGNED

b) WHAT WERE THE REASONS FOR EACH MEMBER’S RESIGNATION

1. Mr Skhumbuzo Macozoma

2. Ms Siyakhula Simelane

3. Dr Matlhodi Steven Mabela

4. Dr John Lamola

1. Mr Macozoma was appointed as SANRAL CEO.

2. Mr Simelane in his letter of resignation informed the Minister that he resigned due to a number of governance’s issues of which some of them are highlighted in the letter written by the Audit and Risk Committee dated 13 February 2018.

3. Dr Mabela in his letter of resignation among others cited the following as ground for his resignation:

  • MoI is not an issue but application of the MoI (King iv)
  • Issues of lack of Corporate Governance.
  • Issues of political interference as it relates to good, sound corporate government.
  • Issues of over-reach and undermining of the Board by ACSA Executive.
  • Currently ACSA Board composition and the notion of the Board currently limping as described by the Minister.

4. Dr Lamola resigned following the publication of Sunday Times report of 20-07-2017

c) DID EACH MEMBER REACH THE END OF THEIR TERM?

No, the afore-mentioned members resigned before their term of office lapsed.

D0 ON WHAT DATE DID EACH MEMBER JOIN THE SPECIFIED BOARD?

Dr Matlhodi Steven Mabela, Ms Siyakhula Simelane were appointed to the ACSA Board with effect from 1 March 2015, for a period of three (3) years, and

Dr John Lamola was re-appointed as ACSA Board member with effect from 1 May 2016, for a period of three (3) years

ATNS

a) WHAT IS THE NAME OF EACH BOARD MEMBER WHO HAS RESIGNED

(b) WHAT WERE THE REASONS FOR EACH MEMBER’S RESIGNATION

1. Mr President Qiniso Dhlamini

2. Dr Bridget Ssamula

3. Mr Isaac Nkama

4. Ms Shaila Hari

5. Mr Daniel Gray Mwanza

6. Ms Mwabisa Mtshali

1. Mr Dhlamini resigned due to employment outside the Country.

2. Dr Ssamula resigned due to issues raised at the AGM on 13th September 2017 regarding the Entities Financial Statements.

3. Mr Nkama did not state any reason for his resignation.

4. Ms Hari did not state any reason for her resignation

5. Mr Mwanza did not state any reason for his resignation

6. Ms Mtshali resigned due to certain unethical conducts at the Entity.

c) DID EACH MEMBER REACH THE END OF THEIR TERM?

No, the afore-mentioned members resigned before their term of office lapsed.

(d) ON WHAT DATE DID EACH MEMBER JOIN THE SPECIFIED BOARD?

The ATNS Board was appointed with effect from 01 September 2015 for a period of three (3) years.

C-BRTA

a) WHAT IS THE NAME OF EACH BOARD MEMBER WHO HAS RESIGNED

1. Ms Pam Pokane

2. Ms Maleho Nkomo

(b) WHAT WERE THE REASONS FOR EACH MEMBER’S RESIGNATION

1. Ms Pokane resigned due to ill-health reasons

2. According to her letter of resignation Ms Nkomo appeared to be disturbed by the appointment of the Deputy Chairperson while she was the incumbent at the time and she was not recused of such position. The appointment of the new Chairperson without her being recused would cause a confusion and she opted to resign.

c) DID EACH MEMBER REACH THE END OF THEIR TERM?

No, the afore-mentioned members resigned before their term of office lapsed.

(d) ON WHAT DATE DID EACH MEMBER JOIN THE SPECIFIED BOARD?

The afore-mentioned members were appointed with effect from 1 April 2014 for a period of 3 years

PORTS REGULATOR

a) WHAT IS THE NAME OF EACH BOARD MEMBER WHO HAS RESIGNED

  1. Mr Riad Khan

(b) WHAT WERE THE REASONS FOR EACH MEMBER’S RESIGNATION

  1. Mr Khan did not state any reason for his resignation

c) DID EACH MEMBER REACH THE END OF THEIR TERM?

No, the afore-mentioned member resigned before his term of office lapsed.

(d) ON WHAT DATE DID EACH MEMBER JOIN THE SPECIFIED BOARD?

The afore-mentioned member was appointed with effect from 1 September 2015 for a period of 3 years

PRASA

a) WHAT IS THE NAME OF EACH BOARD MEMBER WHO HAS RESIGNED

1. Ms Zodwa Penelope Manase

2. Ms Carol Roskruge Cele

3. Ms Nonduduzo Kheswa

4. Mr Tefetso Bernard Phitsane

5. Mr Landon McMillan - National Treasury official (Resigned

(b) WHAT WERE THE REASONS FOR EACH MEMBER’S RESIGNATION

1. Ms Manase did not state any reason for her resignation

2. Ms Cele did not state her reasons for resignation but emphasized to the Minister that she has always been in the forefront in requesting that all matters placed before the Board should strictly adhere to approved policies and procedures.

3. Ms Kheswa resigned due to being unable to fulfill her fiduciary responsibilities because of her personal and professional pressure.

4. Mr Phitsane did not state any reason for his resignation

5. Mr McMillan resigned because he wanted to pursue his own business opportunities.

c) DID EACH MEMBER REACH THE END OF THEIR TERM?

No, the afore-mentioned members resigned before their term of office lapsed.

(d) ON WHAT DATE DID EACH MEMBER JOIN THE SPECIFIED BOARD?

The afore-mentioned members were appointed with effect from 1 August 2014 for a period of 3 years

31 May 2018 - NW1454

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What engagements, consultations and interactions are planned to avert the crisis with international trade when the moratorium on high cube containers takes effect and (b) why have engagements, consultations and interactions not taken place to date?

Reply:

a) On the 20th of September 2011, the then Minister of Transport published a Notice in Government Gazette No. 34621 exempting the transportation of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Containers on the public roads for a period of seven years. This grace period to the industry was meant to give them to lead time to configure their trailers and the necessary infrastructural modification to be able to transport the containers. There will be no crisis as most of the operators within the sector have complied with the prescribed regulation. In terms of regulation 224 of the National Road Traffic regulations, 2000, no person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle together with the load exceeding four comma three metres.

b) The reprieve of seven years was after the engagement with the industry of lead time required for them to conform to the legislation. It must be noted, that my Department did not introduce any changes to the current legislation and is thus just ensuring that everyone complies with the law.

31 May 2018 - NW1453

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the reply to question 3553 on 23 November 2017, why are some officers not given ranks at all?

Reply:

All National Traffic Police officers have ranks as per their appointments.

30 May 2018 - NW1134

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the municipality owns the stretch of the M24, Stephanus Schoeman road, between Alaric and the R55 in Centurion; if not, (a) why has the roads not been handed over to the municipality and (b) who is responsible for the major sinkhole that can cause major damage, injury if not death due to its depth and size; if so, when was it handed over?

Reply:

a) The road M24, Stephanus Schoeman road, between Alaric and the R55 in Centurion is not owned by the City of Tshwane Municipality, but by the Department of Public Works.

The Department has established that there is no formal communication between the parties involved regarding the transfer of the road to the City of Tshwane.

Should there be any need or initiative from either of the parties to transfer the road, the Department will assist in facilitating the process and the classification of the road.

b) The Department of Public Works should be responsible for the sinkhole repairs, until the process of handing over of M24 to the Tshwane Municipality gets initiated, when the need arises.

30 May 2018 - NW1457

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the payments made by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (a) in the past three financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018, (i) what payments have been made that were previously stopped, (ii) what are the total amounts that were paid, (iii) what is the name of each company that was paid, (iv) what services and/or goods did each company provide, (v) what are the reasons that each payment has been made retrospectively, (vi) on what date was each payment made, (vii) from which budget line item was each payment made and (viii) what amount was budgeted for in each case?

Reply:

With reference to the payments made by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa

a) (i) Payments were made to the following suppliers:

Mazwe Financial Services (Mazwe); and Kentorton

(ii) Mazwe – R28,978,342-38

Kentorton – R6,080,682-48

(iii) Please refer to (i) above.

(iv) Mazwe - provided loans to PRASA employees. The outstanding loans paid were for deceased employees and employees that had left the employment of PRASA.

Kentorton – the invoice period had prescribed, and it was not clear what work the supplier had done.

(v) Mazwe - The Officials that approved the payment (CFO and Senior Manager) at the time are no longer in the employ of PRASA, however, they advised that the reason the payment was made was due to pressure exerted on the finance department by a member of the Board. PRASA is in the process of recovering the money paid through a litigation process.

Kentorton payment was made on instruction of the then CFO.

(vi) Mazwe - 11 November 2014

Kentorton – 31 March 2016

(vii) Both amounts were not budgeted for.

(viii) Please refer to (vii) above.

b) Since 1 April 2018, no payment has been made in this regard.

30 May 2018 - NW1171

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the electronic national administration traffic information system in the past three financial years, (a)(i) where have prescribed procurement processes not been followed and (ii) what were the reasons for this in each case, (b) what were the costs involved and what was the irregular expenditure in each case, (c)(i) what investigations have been launched and (ii) on what date did the specified investigations commence and on what date will they conclude, (d) who was charged in each case, (e) what court cases have taken place and what were the judgements in each case, (f) what wasteful and fruitless expenditure has been identified and what has been done in this regard and (g)(i) what disciplinary proceedings have been initiated and (ii) what were the outcomes in each case?

Reply:

2017/18 Financial year

a) (i) The Department of Transport did not breach procurement processes related to the eNaTIS contract in 2017/18.

(ii) Not applicable

b) No irregular expenditure was incurred in 2017/18 by the Department of Transport related to the eNaTIS contract. However, the cumulative irregular expenditure was R1,256,559,982.63 related to the irregular extension of the contract for five years with effect from 1 May 2010. The cumulative irregular expenditure was R43,458,536.73 related to Change Note 47 that was signed in February 2010 to replace eNaTIS equipment across the country.

c)  (i) and (ii) Not applicable

d) Not applicable

e) Court cases and Judgements in each case,

Court cases

Judgements

(i) RTMC vs Tasima – Tuchten

- Tasima order to handover the NaTIS to RTMC with immediate effect

- Tasima to evacuate or be evicted from the NaTIS premises immediately

(ii) RTMC vs Tasima – Supreme Court of Appeal

- Tasima application dismissed

(iii) Tasima vs DoT and Others – Supreme Court of Appeal (Potteril)

- DoT appeal dismissed

- DoT appeal order to Constitutional Court

(iv) RTMC vs Tasima – Section 17(2)(f) application Supreme Court of Appeal

- Tasima application dismissed

- Tasima appeal to Constitutional Court

(v) Tasima vs RTMC – Steenkamp (Labor Court)

- Court order Section 197 to be applicable and Tasima staff to transfer to RTMC

- RTMC to pay salaries of effected staff pending finalisation of matter

- RTMC appeal order to Labor Appeals Court

(vi) Tasima vs RTMC – Solejee (Labor Court)

- RTMC ordered to pay salaries of Tasima staff

- RTMC appeal order to Labor Appeals court

(vii) Tasima vs RTMC – Rabkin Naicker (Labour Court)

- RTMC ordered to pay Tasima for expenses incurred by Tasima for salaries of Tasima staff pre Steenkamp order.

- RTMC appeal order to Labour Appeals Court

(viii) Tasima vs DoT and Others – Constitutional Court (Potteril Order)

  • 8 March 2018
  • Judgement reserved

(ix) Tasima vs DoT – Constitutional Court (Tuchten Order)

  • 8 March 2018
  • Judgement reserved

(f) Not applicable

(g) (i) and (ii) Not applicable

2016/17 Financial Years

(a) (i) The Department of Transport did not breach procurement processes related to the eNaTIS contract in 2017/18.

(ii) Not applicable

b) In 2016/17, the Department of Transport incurred irregular expenditure of R92,139,498.45 relating to the irregular extension of the eNaTIS contract in 2010.

c) (i) and (ii) Not applicable

d) On 23 December 2016, the Deputy Director – General: Civil Aviation (who was the former Deputy Director – General: Transport Regulation, Accident and Incident Investigation) was charged.

e) Court cases and Judgements in each case,

Court cases

Judgements

(i) Tasima vs DoT and Others – Basson 2

Order by Settlement DoT, pending finalisation of main matter in Constitutional Court must –

  • Pay Tasima for services rendered;
  • Approve PRQ’s
  • Give access to Tasima to Data Recovery Centre
  • Give Tasima unhindered access and use of Waterfall Park building and LAN Desk Agreement Agreements entered into by RTMC and respective service providers)

(ii) Tasima vs DoT and Others – Tuchten

- DoT officials found in contempt,

- DoT ordered to pay amount as per application and approve PRQ,s

(iii) Tasima vs DoT and Others –Pretorius

- DoT officials found in contempt,

- DoT ordered to pay amount as per application and approve PRQ,s

(iv) Tasima vs DoT and Others – Van Der Westhuizen

- Order by Settlement

- DoT officials found in contempt,

- DoT ordered to pay amount as per application and approve PRQ,s

(v) Tasima vs DoT and Others – Constitutional Court

- Appeal upheld

- DoT Tasima extended Agreement declared unlawful with no legal effect from 23 June 2015 (Hughes Order date)

  • Certain Officials of DoT and RTMC found in contempt for actions taken pre April 2015
  • Tasima ordered to handover NaTIS to RTMC within 30 days of Order

(vi) Tasima vs DoT and Others – Constitutional Court

  • Tasima application for clarification alternatively amendment of Constitutional Court Order of 9 November 2016
  • Application dismissed on basis that it has no probability of success.

(vii) Tasima vs DoT and Ohters – Potteril

  • DoT ordered to pay amount as per application and approve PRQ,s
  • DoT appeal the order

 

f) Not applicable

g)  Disciplinary hearings were held up to December 2016; and

(ii) The Deputy Director-General: Civil Aviation Transport was dismissed.

2015/16 Financial Year

a) (i) The Department of Transport did not breach procurement processes related to the eNaTIS contract in 2015/16.

(ii) Not Applicable

b) In 2015/16, the Department of Transport incurred irregular expenditure of R121,429,316.98 relating to the irregular extension of the eNaTIS contract in 2010.

c) (i) and (ii) Not applicable

d) Not applicable

e) what court cases have taken place and what were the judgements in each case,

Court cases

Judgements

(i) Tasima vs Department of Transport (“DoT”) and Others – Hughes Order

  • Tasima DoT Agreement declared unlawful, Tasima to handover NaTIS to RTMC in 30 days
  • Tasima appeal Hughes Order

(ii) Tasima vs RTMC – Mavundla Order

- Application struck of the Role

(iii) DoT and others vs Tasima – Section 18(3) Application Hughes

- Relief for enforcement of Hughes Order granted

(iv) Tasima vs DoT and Others – Section 18(4) Appeal Fabricius

- Judgement reserved sine dies pending Supreme Court of Appeal

(v) Tasima vs Dot and Others – Supreme Court of Appeal

- Appeal upheld, DoT to receive transfer of NaTIS as per transfer provisions in the DoT Tasima agreement, officials of DoT and RTMC found in contempt of court for actions taken to effect transfer of NaTIS pre April 2015.

- DoT and RTMC appeal order to the Constitutional Court

(vi) Tasima vs DoT and Others – Basson 1

  • DoT officials found in contempt,
  • DoT ordered to pay amount as per application and approve PRQ,s
  • DoT to provide Tasima access to Data Recovery Centre

(vii) Tasima vs DoT and Ohters – Potteril

  • DoT ordered to pay amount as per application and approve PRQ,s
  • DoT appeal the order

f) Not applicable

g) (i) and (ii) Not applicable

23 May 2018 - NW800

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether the term of the current interim board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has a specific date by which it will come to an end; if not, what legal provisions does his department rely on as a justification for the indefinite term for the interim board; if so, on what date will the term of the interim board end; (2) (a) what legal provisions did his department rely on when it appointed the interim board and (b) by what date will a full-time board be put in place?

Reply:

1. The Board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is appointed with effect from 12 April 2018 for a period not exceeding 12 months.

2. (a) Section 24 of the Legal Succession to the South African Transport Service Act 9 0f 1989.

(b) The Board of Control of PRASA was appointed on 12 April 2018.

17 May 2018 - NW637

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether any new members on the Air Service Licensing Board were appointed in accordance with the Air Service Licensing Act, Act 115 of 1990, during the period 30 March 2017 to 26 February 2018; if so, (2) whether the specified persons appointed during the specified period possessed the required expertise and experience in aviation as determined by section 4(1) of the said Act; if so, in what way this expertise and experience had been verified; (3) whether consultation with the stakeholders took place as determined by section 4(2); if so, (a) on what date and (b) with whom such consultation was held; (4) whether the reappointment of the existing members had been considered during the specified period; if so, can he provide Adv A de W Alberts with a copy of the letter that was addressed to his department allegedly stating that consideration had been given to such reappointment and that a decision was taken against it and that his department had been instructed to advertise these posts?

Reply:

1. With reference to the question of Hounarable Adv A De Albets, it should be clarified that the Minister of Transport is still investigating the appointment of the Air Service Licensing Board members, in order to determine if the Board was properly constituted in terms of the Air Licensing Act, Act 115 of 1990.

(2) to (4) Falls away

07 May 2018 - NW534

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Why were only certain houses belonging to Transnet in Reunion, South of Durban, sold to some of the tenants and (b) on what basis was it decided which houses would be sold or not?

Reply:

This response is according to information received from Transnet:

                                                        

(a)      With regards to Reunion Houses, Residents were invited to purchase houses from 2000 until 2004 (most house were sold in this period).

(b) In 2004 a general moratorium was issues by DPE to stop all sales of state properties, and residents that were still waiting to purchase were affected.

.

04 May 2018 - NW1170

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the reply to question 3817 on 28 November 2017, (a) on what date will legislation be amended to match the legislation of all other Southern African Development Community countries and (b) why has the specified legislation not been amended to date?

Reply:

a) As the Honourable Member is aware, the development of legislation is a process which entails various consultations and stakeholder engagements prior to its implementation and coming into effect. For that reason, my Department cannot with absolute certainty determine a date on which a legislation will be amended.

b) There have not been discussions about the possible amendment to the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000 (Regulation 224) which sets the overall height of any other motor vehicle at four-point three meter (4.3m).

04 May 2018 - NW1169

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) On what date does he intend to implement the Road Freight Strategy approved by Cabinet on 24 May 2017 and (b) why has the specified strategy not yet been implemented?

Reply:

a) The Department of Transport is in the process of developing an Integrated Implementation Plan to heighten the roles and responsibilities of all relevant implementing agencies. This is due to the fact that implementation relies largely on different departments such as DPE, NATIONAL TREASURY, the DTI, TRANSNET, Provinces and Municipalities and the Private sector generally. We have ascertained the different needs of provinces and municipalities towards implementation, areas of collaboration with the private sector have also been established.

To this end, the DOT has begun the process towards implementation, notably, the provincial road shows, industry planning meetings, bilateral with DPE and TRANSNET to ascertain rail state of readiness to take on the rail friendly commodities that will be migrating to rail from road. We note the enthusiasm from Transnet on the road to rail migration. We have also been in discussion with RTMC and NPA on the utilisation of Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) for prosecution. The legislation division is working on the charges that need to be affected for this to come to fruition.

We have also had discussions with Cross Border Road Transport Agency to determine their regulatory system, its imminent expansion and how integration can be sought.

The implementation of the RFS is DOT co-ordinated, whilst the actual implementation lies with various agencies, State Owned Companies, Departments, other spheres of government and the Private sector.

b) The strategy is being implemented gradually, and the Integrated Implementation Plan (IIP) will further qualify the different responsibilities and responsible persons from the noted implementing agencies (Reference to (a)).

04 May 2018 - NW1039

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to his reply to question 376 on 8 March 2018, (a)(i) what officials will he not retain and (ii) why not, in each case, (b)(i) what new officials will he bring into this office and (ii) why, in each case and (c) what are the cost implications in each case?

Reply:

(a)(i) what officials will he not retain and (ii) why not, in each case,

Job title

(a)(i)

Employees that will not be retained

(a)(ii)

reason

Chief of Staff Salary level 14

R1 127 334pa

Not retained

As prescribed in paragraph 3.3 of the Financial Manual 2016, the contract employment of employees should terminate at the end of the first month after the month, in which the term of the Executive Authority terminates, for any reason. Employees in the Transport Ministry were appointed on contract for a period linked to the term of office of the then Minister, Mr M J Maswanganyi, MP. Subsequently, their employment contracts terminated on 31 March 2018.

Registry Clerk, Pretoria

Salary level 6

R183 558pa

Not retained

As above

Messenger/Driver, Pretoria

Salary level 4

R127 851pa

Not retained

Retires on 30 April 2018.

Food Service Aid, Pretoria

Salary level 3

R107 886pa

Retained

Re-appointed on contract for a period linked to the term of office of the Minister.

Private Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Salary level 13

R948 174pa

Not retained

As prescribed in paragraph 3.3 of the Financial Manual 2016, the contract employment of employees should terminate at the end of the first month after the month, in which the term of the Executive Authority terminates, for any reason. Employees in the Transport Ministry were appointed on contract for a period linked to the term of office of the then Minister, Mr M J Maswanganyi, MP. Subsequently, their employment contracts terminated on 31 March 2018.

Deputy Director: Assistant Private Secretary

Salary level 11

R657 558pa

Not retained

As above

Assistant Administrative Secretary

Salary level 8

R281 418pa

Not retained

As above

Media Liaison Officer

Salary level 13

R948 174pa

Retained

Re-appointed on contract for a period linked to the term of office of the Minister.

Director: Cabinet Services

Salary level 13

R948 174pa

Not retained

As prescribed in paragraph 3.3 of the Financial Manual 2016, the contract employment of employees should terminate at the end of the first month after the month, in which the term of the Executive Authority terminates, for any reason. Employees in the Transport Ministry were appointed on contract for a period linked to the term of office of the then Minister, Mr M J Maswanganyi, MP. Subsequently, their employment contracts terminated on 31 March 2018.

Parliamentary Officer

Salary level

R948 174pa

Not retained

As above

Administrative Secretary: Speech Writer

Salary level 11

R657 558pa

Not retained

As above

Receptionist / Secretary

(Cape Town)

Salary level 6

R183 558pa

Not retained

Laterally transferred to the Office of the Director-General, Cape Town

Special Adviser: Ministry

Salary level 15

R1 370 973pa

Not retained

As prescribed in paragraph 3.3 of the Financial Manual 2016, the contract employment of employees should terminate at the end of the first month after the month, in which the term of the Executive Authority terminates, for any reason. Employees in the Transport Ministry were appointed on contract for a period linked to the term of office of the then Minister, Mr M J Maswanganyi, MP. Subsequently, their employment contracts terminated on 31 March 2018.

Project Manager: Ministerial Advisory Services

Salary level 15

R1 370 973pa

Not retained

As above

(b)(i) what new officials will he bring into this office and (ii) why, in each case and (c) what are the cost implications in each case?

(b)(i)

New employees

(b)(ii)

reason

(c)

Cost implication

Chief of Staff

As indicated in (a)(ii) above the previous post incumbent’s contract terminated on 31 March 2018. Current post incumbent, previously employed in the Office of the Minister at the Department of Higher Education and Training, until 30 November 2017. Laterally transferred to the Department and in terms of section 32 of the Public Service Act, 1994, directed to perform duties in the office of the Minister for a period linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R1 127 334pa - same remuneration package – additional expenditure: once-off clothing allowance of R6360 and non-pensionable allowance of R6215pm; additional salary for March 2018 iro the previous post incumbent, i.e. R86 130.45pm and sessional and children allowance for March, R8904.00: total additional cost: R107 609.45

Office Administrator Gr II to the Chief of Staff: Transport Ministry

Post was vacant. Current post incumbent previously employed in the Office of the Minister at the Department of Higher Education and Training, until 30 November 2017.

R226 611pa - same remuneration package; no additional expenditure

Receptionist/Secretary (Pretoria)

vacant

NA

Registry Clerk, Pretoria

As indicated in (a)(ii) above the previous post incumbent’s contract terminated on 31 March 2018. Current post incumbent previously employed in the Office of the Minister at the Department of Higher Education and Training, until 30 November 2017. Laterally transferred to the Department and in terms of section 32 of the Public Service Act, 1994, directed to perform duties in the office of the Minister for a period linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R183 558pa – additional expenditure: additional salary for March 2018 for March 2018 iro the previous post incumbent, i.e. R16 711.50pm plus a non-pensionable allowance of R1415pm: total additional cost: R18 126.50.

Messenger/Driver, Pretoria

Previous post incumbent retires on 30 April 2018. Current post incumbent previously employed in the Office of the Minister at the Department of Higher Education and Training, until 30 November 2017.

R127 851pa – saving of R52 212pa (former post incumbent on a higher salary notch due to pay progression)- additional expenditure: salary for March and April iro current post incumbent who retires on 30/4/2018, i.e. R35 392.50 plus non-pensionable allowance of R1415pm; total additional cost: R36 807.50

Food Service Aid, Pretoria

Previously employed on contract for a period linked to the term of office of the former Minister. Contract terminates on 31 March 2018. Re-appointed on contract with effect from 1 April 2018 linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R107 886pa – same remuneration package; no additional cost

Private Secretary to the Minister of Transport

As indicated in (a)(ii) above the previous post incumbent’s contract terminated on 31 March 2018. Current post incumbent previously employed in the Office of the Minister at the Department of Higher Education and Training, until 30 November 2017. Laterally transferred to the Department and in terms of section 32 of the Public Service Act, 1994, directed to perform duties in the office of the Minister for a period linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R948 174pa – same remuneration package - additional expenditure: once-off clothing allowance of R6360 and non-pensionable allowance R6215pm and additional salary for March 2018 iro the previous post incumbent, i.e. R52 044.06pm; sessional and children allowance for March, R7716.80: total additional cost: R72 335.86

Deputy Director: Assistant Private Secretary

Vacant

NA

Assistant Administrative Secretary

As indicated in (a)(ii) above the previous post incumbent’s contract terminated on 31 March 2018. Current post incumbent previously employed in the Office of the Minister at the Department of Higher Education and Training, until 30 November 2017. Re-appointed on contract linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R281 418pa - same remuneration package - additional expenditure: once-off clothing allowance of R6360 and non-pensionable allowance R6215pm and additional salary for March 2018 iro the previous post incumbent, i.e. R23 451.50pm; sessional and children allowance for March, R7716.80: total additional cost: R43 807.30

Media Liaison Officer

Previously employed on contract for a period linked to the term of office of the former Minister. Contract terminates on 31 March 2018. Re-appointed on contract with effect from 1 April 2018 linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R948 174pa - same remuneration package; no additional expenditure

Director: Cabinet Services

Previously employed in the Office of the Minister at the Department of Higher Education and Training, until 30 November 2017. Laterally transferred to the Department and in terms of section 32 of the Public Service Act, 1994, directed to perform duties in the office of the Minister for a period linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R1 006 374pa – post on same level, however, post incumbent on a higher salary notch due to pay progression – difference of R6875.00pm. in additional expenditure: additional salary for March 2018 iro the previous post incumbent, R67215.00pm and sessional and children allowance for March, R7716.80: total additional cost: R79 781.80

Administrative Secretary (Office Administration)

(Cape Town)

As indicated in (a)(ii) above the previous post incumbent’s contract terminated on 31 March 2018. Current post incumbent previously employed in the Office of the Minister. Re-appointed on contract linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R948 174pa – post upgraded from level 11 to level 13 - additional expenditure: R24 218.00pm; additional salary for March 2018 iro the previous post incumbent, R23 451.50 and sessional and children allowance for March, R7716.80: total additional cost: R55 386.30

Parliamentary Officer

(Khasu)

As indicated in (a)(ii) above the previous post incumbent’s contract terminated on 31 March 2018. Current post incumbent previously employed in the Office of the Minister. Re-appointed on contract linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R1 116 918.00pa - post on same level, however, post incumbent on a higher salary notch due to pay progression – difference of R14062.00pm; additional expenditure: additional salary for March 2018 iro the previous post incumbent, R73430.00pm and non-pensionable allowance R6215pm and sessional and children allowance for March, R8310.40: total additional cost: R102 017.40

Director: Speech Writing

(Bhengu)

Post created additional to the establishment. Current post incumbent previously employed in the Office of the Minister. Re-appointed on contract linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R948 174pa – additional to the establishment

Receptionist / Secretary

(Cape Town)

vacant

NA

Special Adviser: Ministry

(Sizani)

As indicated in (a)(ii) above the previous post incumbent’s contract terminated on 31 March 2018. Appointed on contract linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R1 412 415 – post on same salary level - post incumbent on a higher salary as approved by DPSA – additional cost: R3453.25pm

Project Manager: Ministerial Advisory Services

(Sishi)

Post created additional to the establishment. As indicated in (a)(ii) above the previous post incumbent’s contract terminated on 31 March 2018.

R1 370 973pa - post on same salary level and remuneration package- no additional cost

Special Adviser: Ministry

(Nqandela)

Post additional to the establishment. Appointed on contract linked to the term of office of the Minister.

R1 391 541pa post incumbent on a higher salary as approved by DPSA – additional cost: R1714.00pm

Director

(Mncwabe)

Post created additional to the establishment. Current post incumbent previously employed in the Office of the Minister. Re-appointed on contract for a period of six months.

R1 116 918.00pa

Paragraph 3.3 of the Financial Manual 2016, provides for the contract employment of employees to terminate at the end of the first month after the month in which the term of the Executive Authority terminates, for any reason. In view of the fact that all contract employees in the Transport Ministry who served the previous Minister of Transport, Mr M J Maswanganyi, MP, were appointed for a period linked to the term of office of the Minister, employment contracts were therefore terminated on 31 March 2018.

04 May 2018 - NW1173

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) (a) What was the cost for each kilometre for construction of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Bus Rapid Transport system and (b) what is the total number of kilometres that were constructed; (2) did the costs include (a) depots, (b) stations and (c) pedestrian bridges; if not, what are the details of additional costs for each kilometre?

Reply:

1. (a) The cost for each kilometre for construction of the City of Ekurhuleni’s Bus Rapid Transport system amount to R73.9 million

(b) The total number of kilometers constructed is at 11,238 kilometres

2. (a, b, c) The costs are for construction of dedicated us lanes and Sub-structures for the station The details of additional costs include the following:

  • Cost of relocation of services
  • Cost of delays due to the relocation of services
  • Cost of delays due to the delays in obtaining Water Use Licences
  • The reconstruction of existing lanes
  • Increased earthworks to accommodate two stations at acceptable gradients
  • Construction of Pioneer layers
  • The addition of Red Oxide to the concrete pavement for colouring
  • Additional drainage costs due to the specialised stormwater drainage system
  • Construction of additional mixed lanes

04 May 2018 - NW1172

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the reply to question 3551 on 10 November 2017, why did a certain officer (name furnished) receive an accredited qualification without a driving licence at the time?

Reply:

Ms T C Zulu was enrolled into the Examiner of Vehicles course in 2015 because she was in possession of a code EC driving license which she obtained on the 6th August 2014.

Reg 2(1)(c) of the National Road Traffic Act 93/1996 prescribes that:

“The chief executive officer shall grade an examiner of vehicles as a – Grade C, if the diploma referred to in section 3D (1) of the Act indicates that such examiner is qualified to examine and test a motor vehicle of any class, except for a motorcycle or motor tricycle and such examiner holds a Code EC driving license for a manual transmission”

To date the above mentioned learner has not been issued with a diploma in examiner of vehicles, it is due to be issued soon.

04 May 2018 - NW1168

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the reply to question 1428 on 5 June 2017, what are the details of each settlement that was reached with each respective employee?

Reply:

i) The dismissals of all three (3) former employees were set aside;

ii) All legal fees due to the Corporation by the former employees were written-off; and

iii) Advocate Morule, Dr Hlengani Moyana and Mr Thabo Tsholetsane were paid R1,100 000; R1,500 000 and R150 000, respectively as a full and final settlement of the matter (including all pending litigation cases).

 

04 May 2018 - NW1167

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) By what date will payments be made to the plaintiff in case CAS 813/01/2014 (details furnished) and (b) why have payments not yet been made to date?

Reply:

(a) Payment of the capital awarded to the plaintiff in case CAS 813/01/2014 was made on 18 February 2018 and the party-and-party costs were paid on 18 December 2017; and, payment in respect of future medical expenses will be made as and when claims are submitted and assessed under the Undertaking issued as part of the settlement and; (b) payments have been made.

 

 

04 May 2018 - NW1077

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department has done any upgrading of public transport facilities and services to and from healthcare facilities since 1 January 2012; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the (i) name and (ii) location of each healthcare facility that has seen the specified upgrade and (b) are the relevant details of each specified upgrade?

Reply:

The three spheres of Government share responsibilities for different aspects of public transport operations and infrastructure. From a national perspective the Department through the Passenger Rail Agency will be rolling out upgraded rail infrastructure and services in line with the recapitalisation programme of Metrorail. In several cities, rail lines provide connections to health care facilties especially in city CBDs and in township hubs. The Department will confirm the specific operational upgrades in due course once the rail corridor based infrastructure and service improvements are completed from 2018/19 onwards.

With regard to road based public transport, the Department has been funding 13 cities through the Public Transport Network Grant to improve the quality of services. Four cities are currently operating a Phase 1 service and another five cities will either pilot or launch services in 2018/19.

In several cities these upgraded services such as Rea Vaya in Johannesburg and My Citi in Cape Town served major health care facilties such as the Phase 1a and b or Rea Vaya which link Soweto with Rahima Moosa, Chris Hani Baragwanath, Charlotte Maxeke Hospitals etc. The My Citi N2 Express serves Lentegeur Hospital in Mitchells Plain Cape Town. In Tshwane the current A re Yeng pilot phase connects to Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

Upcoming projects in 2018/19 will serve the Tembisa Hospital in Ekurhuleni with the Harambee BRT. By 2021/22 the Department expects all 13 cities to be operating at least one major township to CBD trunk route that will serve the major health facilities on both these ends.

04 May 2018 - NW1040

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to his reply to question 458 on 8 March 2018 regarding the Rail Safety Regulator Level Crossing Technical Committees, (a) on what date will such a committee be established in the Free State and (b) what are the reasons for the delay in the establishment of the committee?

Reply:

a) The Committee in the Free State will be established on 17 August 2018.

b) The delay in establishing the Committee was caused by Provincial restructuring.

25 April 2018 - NW948

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to his reply to question 455 on 13 March 2018, (a) why was information prior to the 2017 calendar year on planned maintenance not recorded, (b) what is being done to reduce the number of breakdowns and (c) what alternative technology to copper cables are being considered?

Reply:

a) Following an investigation into the reason for the absence of records for planned maintenance prior to 2017, it was discovered that these reports are in fact available in the Infrastructure Maintenance System. Attached, please find the requested reports.

b) As part of PRASA’s Modernisation Programme, PRASA is in the process of replacing the old signalling system through a national re-signalling programme. However, the impact of this programme has been hampered by the high levels of vandalism and cable theft in specific areas.

c) The current re-signalling program aims to minimize the use of copper cables in the rail network and optic fibre is preferred where ever possible e.g. communication between relay rooms (Main to Sub relay rooms). Unfortunately, power cables remain copper from the relay rooms to the signal apparatuses itself. These copper cables are concealed with a double layer of concrete to protect the cable from pilferage. Alternative technologies are vigorously pursued and innovations/developments in this area are closely monitored.

23 April 2018 - NW673

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the (a) plans, (b) time frames, (c) deadlines, (d) milestones in each province and (e) monitoring mechanisms with regard to the new rail infrastructure and its integration onto the existing rail infrastructure and network?

Reply:

Key programmes on the rail infrastructure network is reflected in the table below. All of these projects are multi-year projects and dates indicated on current projects are as per contracts.

Plans/Programme

Region

d)

Key Milestones

b &c)

Projected Completion Date

e)

Monitoring Mechanism

Re-Signalling Programme

KwaZulu/Natal (KZN)

 

25 Jun 2021

Project Progress meetings;

Monthly report;

APP;

Quarterly Report DOT

   

Phase 1: Pinetown line

20 Jul 2018

 
   

Phase 2: New Rossborough Centralised Traffic Control Centre (CTC)

16 May 2019

 
   

Phase 3A: Kwa Mashu to Temple

30 Nov 2018

 
   

Phase 3B: Avoca to Springfield

27 May 2020

 
   

Phase 4: Umlazi to Umbogintwini

23 Sep 2019

 
   

Phase 5: Clairwood to Crossmoor

05 Jun 2020

 
   

Phase 6: Berea to Congella

15 Oct 2020

 
   

Phase 7: Durban station

11 May 2021

 
 

Western Cape (WC)

 

30 Jun 2020

Project Progress Meeting ; Monthly report;

APP

Quarterly report to DOT

   

Regional Monitoring and Train Control Centre (RM&TCC)

30 June 2018

 
   

Phase 1.2: Wynberg – Simonstown, Crawford – Diep River

30 Apr 2018

 
   

Phase 1.4: Koeberg – Maitland - Hazendal

31 May 2018

 
   

Phase 1.3: Salt River - Kenilworth

31 Jul 2018

 
   

Phase 3.1: Cape Town - Woodstock (South)

30 Sep 2018

 
   

Phase 3.2: Cape Town - Woodstock (North)

31 Oct 2018

 
   

Phase 2.3: Esplanade - Ysterplaat

31 Jan 2019

 
   

Phase 1.1: Philippi - Kaptiensklip, Chris Hani

28 Feb 2020

 
   

Phase 2.2: Woltemade – Parow

31 Mar 2020

 
   

Phase 2.1: Langa - Nyanga, Bontheuwel – Sarepta

30 Apr 2020

 
   

Phase 4.1: Tygerberg – Bellville

31 May 2020

 
   

Phase 4.2: Kuils River - Strand, Eerste River - Muldersvlei

30 Jun 2020

 
 

Gauteng

 

28 Feb 2021

Project Progress meetings;

Monthly report;

APP;

Quarterly Report DOT

   

Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC)

Apr 2016 - Completed

 
   

Phase 1: Midway – Residentia

31 Mar 2016 – Completed

 
   

Phase 2: Kaalfontein – Leralla, Olifantsfontein – Irene

28 Nov 2016 – Completed

 
   

Phase 3: Randfontein – Roodepoort

15 May 2017 – Completed

 
   

Phase 4: Boksburg East – Springs, Daveyton – Alliance

15 Dec 2017 – Completed

 
   

Phase 5: George Goch – Geldenhuys, Benrose – Kaserne West, Booysens – Crown

03 Apr 2018

 
   

Phase 6: Rissik – Koedoespoort – Eerste Fabrieke

15 Dec 2019

 
   

Phase 7: Jeppe – Johannesburg – Braamfontein

25 Sep 2018

 
   

Phase 8: Centurion – Pretoria, Mitchell Street – Saulsville

07 Jan 2019

 
   

Phase 9: Kempton Park – Knights

11 Mar 2019

 
   

Phase 10: Langlaagte – Florida, Croesus

20 May 2019

 
   

Phase 11: New Canada – Naledi, Orlando – Kliptown

14 Oct 2019

 
   

Phase 12: Hercules – Belle Ombre, Capital Park East and West, Pretoria North – Mabopane, Rosslyn

23 Jun 2020

 
   

Phase 13: De Wildt

06 Jul 2020

 
   

Phase 14: Driehoek – Germiston, Angelo – Oosrand, Kutalo – Elsburg – Kwesine, India

01 Feb 2021

 

Blue Downs Rail Extension

Western Cape: Cape Town

Preliminary Design and EIA

Detail Design

Construction

Operations

Aim to commence Preliminary Design in 2018/19, thereafter timeframes can be confirmed with greater accuracy.

Allow for 4-6 month procurement process for phases leading up to Operations

12 – 15 months

6 months

  1. – 30 months

Programme Management office

Cape Town Intermodal Planning Committee

Depot Modernisation

Wolmerton

Gauteng North

Phase 1 complete

Phase 2 in testing & commissioning scheduled for completion by end March 2018

Phase 3 Consultants appointed

Designs complete

Contractor appointed

All construction complete

February 2019

February 2020

November 2021

March 2026

 

Depot Modernisation

Braamfontein

Gauteng South

Will be done in phases

Phase 1 awaiting appointment of contractor by PRASA Board. 12 month design and construction period envisaged

Phase 2

Consultants appointed

Designs complete

Contractor appointed

All construction complete

June 2019

March 2020

December 2021

June 2024

Project Progress meetings;

PRASA Tech Management Committee;

Monthly report;

APP;

Quarterly Report DOT

Depot Modernisation

Salt River

Western Cape

Will be done in Phases

Phase 1 will be advertised by June 2018 and construction will be complete by June 2021

Phase 2

Consultants appointed

Designs complete

Contractor appointed

All construction complete

December 2019

December 2020

December 2021

June 2025

PRASA Tech Management Committee;

Monthly Report;

APP

Quarterly Report DOT

Depot Modernisation

Durban Yard and Springfield

KZN

Consultants appointed

Designs complete

Contractor appointed

All construction complete

January 2019

January 2020

November 2021

March 2026

PRASA Tech Management Committee;

Monthly Report;

APP

Quarterly Report DOT

 

23 April 2018 - NW530

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the Gillooly’s interchange in Gauteng and applications for billboard structures along roads, what is the total number of applications that (a) have been received in each month, (b)(i) were approved in each month and (ii) the reasons for approval in each case (c)(i) were rejected in each month and (ii) what are the reasons for rejection in each case (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15, (bbb) 2015-16 and (ccc) 2016-17 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2017?

Reply:

Despite the presence of various billboard structures at Gillooly’s Interchange, none of these where applied for with SANRAL nor approved by SANRAL. Please see detailed answers to questions below.

(aaa) 2014-2015 = No applications received by SANRAL with regard to the Gillooly’s.

(bbb) 2015-2016 = No applications received by SANRAL with regard to the Gillooly’s.

(ccc) 2016-2017 = No applications received by SANRAL with regard to the Gillooly’s.

(bb) since 1 April 2017 = No applications received by SANRAL with regard to the Gillooly’s.

(b)(i)

(aaa) 2014-2015 = No applications received, so none approved by SANRAL.

(bbb) 2015-2016 = No applications received, so none approved by SANRAL.

(ccc) 2016-2017 = No applications received, so none approved by SANRAL.

(bb) since 1 April 2017 = No applications received, so none approved by SANRAL.

(b)(ii)

(aaa) 2014-2015 = No applications received, so none approved by SANRAL.

(bbb) 2015-2016 = No applications received, so none approved by SANRAL.

(ccc) 2016-2017 = No applications received, so none approved by SANRAL.

(bb) since 1 April 2017 = No applications received, so none approved by SANRAL.

(c)(i)

(aaa) 2014-2015 = No applications received, so none rejected by SANRAL.

(bbb) 2015-2016 = No applications received, so none rejected by SANRAL.

(ccc) 2016-2017 = No applications received, so none rejected by SANRAL.

(bb) since 1 April 2017 = No applications received, so none rejected by SANRAL.

(c)(ii)

(aaa) 2014-2015 = No applications received, so none rejected by SANRAL

(bbb) 2015-2016 = No applications received, so none rejected by SANRAL

(ccc) 2016-2017 = No applications received, so none rejected by SANRAL

(bb) since 1 April 2017 = No applications received, so none rejected by SANRAL.

23 April 2018 - NW531

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the Gillooly’s interchange in Gauteng and the applications for billboards erected on the SA National Roads Agency SOC Ltd properties such as bridges, (a) what is the total number of (i) applications that have been supported in each month, (ii) objections that have been lodged with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and (b) what were the reasons for (i) supporting and (ii) objecting the applications (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15, (bbb) 2015-16 and (ccc) 2016-17 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2017?

Reply:

Despite the presence of various billboards on bridges owned by SANRAL in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, none of these where applied for with SANRAL nor approved by SANRAL. These billboards are illegal and should be removed, but SANRAL is prevented in doing so by the dispute resolution mechanisms provided for in Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act with Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (they illegally approved these billboards) and litigation relating to similar billboards with one of the transgressors. Please see detailed answers to questions below.

a) (i)

(aaa) 2014-2015 = No applications received by SANRAL, so none supported by SANRAL.

(bbb) 2015-2016 = No applications received by SANRAL, so none supported by SANRAL.

(ccc) 2016-2017 = No applications received by SANRAL, so none supported by SANRAL.

(bb) since 1 April 2017 = No applications received by SANRAL, so none supported by SANRAL.

(a) (ii)

(aaa) 2014-2015 = 2 objections lodged by SANRAL

(bbb) 2015-2016 = 13 objections lodged by SANRAL

(ccc) 2016-2017 = 22 objections lodged by SANRAL

(bb) since 1 April 2017 = 12 objections lodged by SANRAL

(b) (i)

(aaa) 2014-2015 = No applications received by SANRAL, so none supported by SANRAL.

(bbb) 2015-2016 = No applications received by SANRAL, so none supported by SANRAL.

(ccc) 2016-2017 = No applications received by SANRAL, so none supported by SANRAL.

(bb) since 1 April 2017 = No applications received by SANRAL, so none supported by SANRAL.

(b) (ii)

(aaa) 2014-2015 = Do not comply to section 48 and 50 of the SA National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act, 1998 (Act no. 7)

(bbb) 2015-2016 = Do not comply to section 48 and 50 of the SA National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act, 1998 (Act no. 7)

(ccc) 2016-2017 = Do not comply to section 48 and 50 of the SA National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act, 1998 (Act no. 7)

(bb) since 1 April 2017 = Do not comply to section 48 and 50 of the SA National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act, 1998 (Act no. 7)

23 April 2018 - NW532

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)With reference to the construction of the N1 bypass through extension 4 Nancefield outside Musina to Beitbridge, what (a) is the (i) budget and (ii) timeframe of the contract and (b) are the names of the contractors; (2) (a) what is the total number of households that are affected, (b) where are the affected households being relocated to and (c) what other compensation was offered to the affected households?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) Construction contract award value is R487 279 565,59 excluding CPA and VAT.

(ii) The 30 month construction contract commenced on 16 March 2016 and was scheduled to be completed by 15 September 2018. The contractor is however currently behind schedule and now only forecasts to complete in November 2019, with associated applicable contractual penalties to be applied by SANRAL.

(b) The contractor is Basil Read Limited

(2) (a) A total of 30 households in Musina Nancefield Ext 4 are affected due to their houses been within the new road reserve.

(b) The affected households are provided with new houses in Musina Nancefield Ext 10.

(c) Ownership of the affected stands vests with Musina local municipality. SANRAL compensated the municipality for the affected stands as well as for the new stands identified by the municipality. SANRAL is in the process of constructing new houses to all applicable national standards on the new stands at SANRAL’s cost. Compensation values per affected property have been determined by independent Professional Valuers appointed by SANRAL through negotiations with households and the municipality. The affected households also agreed to R3000 per household compensation for relocation costs to be paid by SANRAL.

23 April 2018 - NW581

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

By what date will his department scrap the failing e-toll system that privatises public roads and which motorists are refusing to pay?

Reply:

As things stand, there are no plans to scrap the e-toll system. However there are ongoing discussions at National and Provincial governments. Once decision has been reached and finalised it will be communicated.

20 April 2018 - NW674

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What (a) progress has been made with each investigation into Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) contracts above R10 million and (b) amount has been recovered in each case since 31 July 2017; (2) What (a) progress has been made with each investigation into Prasa contracts below R10 million and (b) amount has been recovered in each case since 31 July 2017?

Reply:

1. (a) National Treasury has submitted a report on the outcome of their investigation into contracts above R10 million, related to the recommendations made in the Public Protector’s Report, to the Interim Board of Control of PRASA for action.

The Treasury report was scrutinised by PRASA and PRASA has responded to National Treasury indicating that some of the findings were inaccurate and needed to be reviewed. National Treasury has therefore undertaken a process to reappoint the relevant service providers to review the disputed findings. Once the service providers are appointed, a review will take place and the findings will be finalised.

(b) No amounts have been recovered.

2. (a) There are no special investigations for contracts below R10 million. These are reported in the normal course of business as identified by either management or audit (internal or external).

(b) No amounts related to special investigations for contracts below R10 million have been recovered.

20 April 2018 - NW898

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, what (a) are the operational costs of the BRT system and (b) proportion of the costs is covered by (i) fares, (ii) grants and (iii) any other source of funding?

Reply:

a) Total operating costs for 2017/2018 Financial year (FY) are R129, 134,245.00 with a projection of R258, 518,892.00 and R372, 900,948.00 for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 financial years, respectively.

b) (i) A proportion of fares for 2017/2018 FY is R16,859,365.00 with a projection of R52,476,670.00 and R111,438138.00 for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 Financial years, respectively.

(ii) Grants allocated for 2017/2018 FY is R700,718,000.00 with a projection of R671,906,000 and R670,650,000 for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 Financial years, respectively.

(iii) Of the total operating costs, Council is funding R67, 979,972.00 for 2017/2018; with a projection of R311, 124,374.00 and R508, 413,969.00 for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 financial years, respectively.

The above costs and projections are based on the starter service which has been operational since October 2017.

 

 

09 April 2018 - NW950

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to his reply to question 302 on 8 March 2018 regarding investigations into his department and entities reporting to him and the naming of officials who have since resigned, (a) why have these officials not been charged to date and (b) on what date will they be charged in each case?

Reply:

a) The official is not currently employed in any of the entities reporting to the Minister of Transport.

b) Not applicable, refer to response in a above

 

09 April 2018 - NW905

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

What is the funding model for the (a) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road and (b) bridges over the Mtentu and Msikaba Rivers?

Reply:

The funding models are as follows:

a) The upgrading of the existing section of the N2 Wild Coast Road between East London and Port St Johns via Mthatha is being funded through the SANRAL existing non-toll MTEF budget allocation and will not be a toll road.

The new greenfield section of the N2 Wild Coast Road between Port St Johns and the Mtanvuna River near Port Edward is to be funded using a hybrid funding model, consisting of SANRAL non-toll MTEF budget allocation for initial construction and Toll financing for future maintenance and operations.

b) The Msikaba and Mtentu bridges will both be funded entirely from SANRAL’s existing non-toll MTEF budget allocation.

 

09 April 2018 - NW949

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the Pretoria High Court order regarding the inaction of the Airports Company of South Africa Board on the Chief Executive Officer and requests of reports on the specified matter by the Ministers of Transport and Finance, (a) when was the report submitted, (b) was it submitted on time, (c) what were the contents of the report and (d) what action does he intend taking in this regard going forward?

Reply:

a) The minister has requested a detailed report from the board regarding this matter and is yet to be received.

b) Refer to answer in a

c) Refer to answer in a

d) The Minister will engage the reports once made available and take the necessary steps.

 

09 April 2018 - NW906

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road, how is the South African National Roads Agency Limited currently funding its work given that the first allocation of R1 billion according to the budget review will only be available after 1 April 2019?

Reply:

The upgrading of the existing section of the N2 Wild Coast Road East London and Port St Johns via Mthatha is being funded through the existing SANRAL non toll MTEF budget allocation and will not be a toll road.

The 2 mega bridges, Mtentu and Msikaba, are also being funded from confirmed SANRAL non toll budget allocations.

The new greenfield section of the N2 Wild Coast Road, which is still at design stage will be atoll scheme funded through a hybrid model comprising public non-toll funds and private funds. The non-toll budget allocation of R1billion has already been made in the 2019/20 MTEF budget allocation.

 

05 April 2018 - NW843

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the reply to question 3558 on 10 November 2017 regarding incomplete train stations, (a) what number of contracting companies have gone into liquidation (i) in the (aa) 2015-16 and (bb) 2016-17 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017 to date, (b) what are the implications and cost implications of each project for (i) Prasa and (ii) his department and (c) what mechanisms, processes and procedures are in place to measure the sustainability of contracting companies when appointed and (d)(i) when were the mechanisms, processes and procedures introduced and (ii) what outcomes have been experienced as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply:

With reference to the reply to question 3558 on 10 November 2017 regarding incomplete train stations:

a) None of the companies that were contracted to perform work on the stations went into liquidation (i) in the (aa) 2015-16 and (bb) 2016-17 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017 to date.

b) There are no additional implications, costs and otherwise, arising for (i) PRASA and (ii) the Department since none of the companies were liquidated.

c) Companies are required to submit financials, undergo bank rating when tendering, and during the contract phase, the company will submit security such as retention and a performance guarantee. In the building environment the contractors are monitored and assessed by an appointed project manager that they meet financial obligations of the contract, e.g. ensuring that the required plant, tool and material is available for the project.

d) (i) It has been an on-going requirement for every project/tender that is issued to the market.

(ii) None, since no contractors have negative outcomes, e.g. liquidation.

29 March 2018 - NW799

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What payments has the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa made to Siyaya DB Engineering, Siyaya Energy (Pty) Ltd and Siyaya Rail Solution (Pty) Ltd in the past three financial years and (b)(i) what was the (i) total amount (ii) purpose of each payment and (ii) who authorised each payment?

Reply:

a) Payments made to Siyaya in the past three years:

2014/15 FY – R169,970,227-77

2015/16 FY – R167,269,444-68

2016/17 FY – R292,783,545-69

b) What was the:

  1. Total amount – R630,023,218-14.
  2. Please refer to attached spreadsheet. The purposes of these payments are documented for each business unit on separate tab of the attached spreadsheet.
  3. Please refer to attached spreadsheet. Names of responsible persons are documented for each business unit on separate tab.

 

29 March 2018 - NW841

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the Electronic National Traffic Information System (e-Natis), (a)(i) what percentage of the data is (aa) usable and (bb) not usable and (ii) what are the reasons for this situation, (b)(i) what is being done to rectify the current situation and (ii) by what date will the rectification be done and (c)(i) what monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are in place and (ii) what are the costs involved in this regard?

Reply:

a) (i) The data on the National Traffic Information Systems (NaTIS) is captured at over 1 300 sites in the county with over 2 600 concurrent users at any time.

(aa) The data in the system is usable and is used by all municipalities, provinces, law enforcement agencies, national agencies such as Road Traffic Infringement Agency, South African Revenue Service, National Intelligence Agency, National Regulator for Compulsory Standards and South African Bureau of Standards.

(bb) It is not possible to determine the percentage of data not useable but what I can report is that e-Natis is being used as a key resource to provide effective road traffic management sites throughout the country to register, deregister and check the ownership of vehicles.

(b) (i) Whenever it is determined that the data is inaccurate (either by notification of the information subject or by way of various processing functions) users with specific authorisation are able to update the various information assets. The entity is currently in the process of cleaning up the data in various fields.

(ii) The process of cleaning the address data has commenced when Regulation 32A of the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000 was introduced at the end of 2015. The effect of the regulation is such that any person who is going to transact on the Electronic National Traffic Information System has to produce proof of residence or address so that that can be captured to refresh the data. For the FY 2016/7 905014 addresses have been updated. The Corporation will further be extending self-service platforms on various technological platforms allowing information subjects to maintain their information based in terms regulation 32A (4). It is envisaged that this service will be available in quarter 2 of the 2018/9 financial year.

  1. (i) The Corporation has included a KPI in the 2018/9 financial year to monito the accuracy of data and will also use this baseline to evaluate the system.

(ii)The cost of improving the accuracy is included in the operational expenditure of the NaTIS as support and maintenance is fully insourced. It is catered for in the annual operating budget of IT branch.

29 March 2018 - NW798

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What were the reasons that the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa suspended its Legal Panel, (b) how long has the specified panel been suspended and (c) what (i) legal provisions were used to justify the suspension, (ii) are the current interim arrangements in light of the legal panel’s suspension and (iii) are the costs associated with the interim arrangements?

Reply:

a) The reason for the suspension of the Legal Panel is based on the following Auditor General’s 2016/2017 FY Finding No 6 of the draft Management Letter, which reads:

  • Auditor’s conclusion
    • Management comment is noted. This panel was compiled by SARCC and no SCM process was followed by PRASA in the set-up of the panel. Further, there is no SCM policy followed when selecting suppliers from this panel, it is done based on the preference of the user and not on a rotational basis to ensure, fair, equitable distribution of work and there are no technical proposals submitted every time services are required. Therefore, the method used to select the service providers is not fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective and does not comply with the requirements of S.51(1)(a)(iii) of the PFMA.

(b) This panel had been in existence since 2005 and should have been re-advertised.

(c) PRASA Board of Control took a resolution on the 1st of December 2017 to suspend the use of this panel which had been cited on numerous audit reports over the years for its illegality and irregularity. This decision was also informed by the 2016/17 Annual Audit cited the audit finding number 6 on the legal panel matter. The decision to suspend the legal panel was effective only on the new matters and has no bearing on matters already in brief through the different lawyers.

(d) As an interim measure, SCM obtained permission for the use of the South African Civil Aviation Authority, (SACAA) Legal Panel whilst PRASA embarks on the process to procure its own legal panel.

(e) There are no costs associated with the interim arrangement.

22 March 2018 - NW641

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether his department (a) received and/or (b) investigated allegations related to intimidation by staff and/or security members of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017; if so, what (aa) are the relevant details and (bb) remedial actions have been instituted against individuals or companies; (2) whether Prasa employs security staff who have criminal records in the provinces; if so, what (a) are the relevant details in each case and (b) are the specified persons not registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority; (3) what was the total number of (a) SA Police Service and (b) private security company members who were employed to secure Metrorail operations in each of the past five financial years and since 1 April 2017 in each province?

Reply:

1. (a) PRASA received a complaint from Mr Zackie Achmat on 23 February 2018, regarding a complaint of violence and threats against #UnitedBehind,

(b) PRASA Security is currently investigating the complaints and will take remedial action when concluded,

(i) & (ii) the case of Mr Achmat is the only case that have been brought to the attention of the department since 1 April 2017,

(aa) the case relates to violence and threats against #UnitedBehind,

(bb) the department does not condone any individual who is implicated in any form of misconduct.

2. (a) Regrettably some security officials were employed as part of a recruitment drive to phase in a larger complement of internal security personnel with the intention to phase out contracted security over a period of time. Some of the members were recruited from the SANDF, Military Veterans and from private security companies. PRASA Security already started a vetting process in 2016 after the matter of criminal records was reported. The recruitment was however done prior to the vetting and screening of staff being intensified by PRASA Security. It is not PRASA’s prerogative to divulge the information on the individuals’ details relating to the criminal records.

(b) These members are not PSIRA registered and alternative placement is being sought for them.

3. (a) PRASA Security is not mandated to divulge any information relating to the SAPS.

(b) The Metrorail private security personnel complements for the past five financial years are as follows: see the link

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW641Table.pdf

22 March 2018 - NW735

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether his department has a sexual harassment and assault policy in place; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will his department have such a policy in place; if so, (i) how are reports investigated and (ii) what are the details of the consequence management and sanctions stipulated by the policy; (2) (a) what is the total number of incidents of sexual harassment and assault that have been reported in his department (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017, (b) what number of cases were (i) opened and concluded, (ii) withdrawn and (iii) remain open based on the incidents and (c) what sanctions were issued for each person who was found to have been guilty?

Reply:

(1) The Department has Sexual Harassment and assault policy,

(a) There is a policy in place as indicated above.

(b) falls away

(i) There is a reporting template which the victim must complete and submit to the Labour Relations. Depending on who the perpetratrator is, the investigation may be approved by the Accounting Officer and where he is implicated, the Executive Authority.

(ii) Immediate suspension and or transfer, pending investigation, and sanctions stipulated by the policy, Dismissal

(2)(a) There is only one incident reported.

(2)(i) 2015/16 - Nil

2016/17 – One (01)

2017/18 - Nil

(ii) Nil

(b) None

(ii) (iii) None

(iii) None

(c) None

22 March 2018 - NW677

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the payments made by the Road Accident Fund (RAF) (a) in the (i) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2017, (aa) what is the average turn-around time from application to full payment to the victim, (bb) what is the average pay out amount, (cc) what is the total number of applications that have been outstanding for the longest period, (dd) what are the reasons that each application is outstanding and (ee) what is the total amount of each outstanding application?

Reply:

With reference to the payments made by the Road Accident Fund in

 
  1. (i) the 2015-16,

(ii) 2016-17 financial years

and (b) since 1 April 2017,

(aa) the average turn-around time from application to full payment to the victim was,

1,238 days

1,194 days

1,165 days

(bb) the average pay out amount was,

R 539,425

R 521,855

R 542,926

(cc) the total number of applications that have been outstanding for longer than 10 years was,

5,263 personal claims

(as at 31 March 2016)

3,256 personal claims

(as at 31 March 2017)

2,827 personal claims

(as at 28 February 2018)

(dd) the reasons that each application is outstanding are,

  1. the claimant’s attorney served summons on the RAF, to interrupt prescription of the claim, but is unable to locate his client to take instructions on the RAF’s tender; take instructions on other aspects of the claim; send his client for medical assessments; etc., or
  1. the claimant’s attorneys served summons on the RAF (and is thus dominus litis), the RAF has entered appearance to defend, but the claimant’s attorney has not set the matter down for trial, or
  1. a judgment has been obtained in respect of the merits (liability aspect) of the claim, the claimant’s attorney has not, or is in the process of, pursuing the quantum aspect of the claim, or
  1. the direct claimant cannot be traced

(due to the number of personal claims involved it is not feasible to furnish reasons, on an individual claim basis, instead a high-level summary of the most common reasons is provided)

and (ee) the total amount of each outstanding application is

R241,622

(average claimed amount)

R325,160

(average claimed amount)

R372,658

(average claimed amount)

22 March 2018 - NW676

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the board of each entity reporting to him, (a) which positions are currently not filled, (b) what are the reasons that the vacancies remain unfilled and (c) by what date will each vacancy be filled?

Reply:

(a)

ENTITY NAME

VACANCIES

SANRAL

7

CBRTA

4

RTIA

7

ACSA

5

SACAA

5

ATNS

6

PRASA

11

SAMSA

2

PORTS REGULATOR

3

(b) The term of office of members of the afore mentioned entities lapsed and others resigned. The Department has embarked on a process to fill in all existing vacancies in all the entities.

(c)The Minister intends to fill in all the above mentioned vacancies as a matter of urgency.

22 March 2018 - NW675

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether any decision has been reached regarding the future of the e-toll project of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will a decision be reached; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No, there is no new decision on the future of the e-toll project. The project continues to operate and SANRAL is engaged in various processes to improve the collection of revenues due for use of the GFIP road network.

a) A decision on the future of the e-toll project will be made by Cabinet. I as the new Minister will receive a briefing from SANRAL and the DOT on work conducted in the past 6 months in order to determine the next step.

I will seek guidance from Cabinet and various stakeholders in this regard.

b) Once necessary engageement transpire, the date for the desicion will then be determined.

 

22 March 2018 - NW643

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Bara, Mr M R to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What is the total (a) financial loss and (b) number of train coaches lost to (i) Metrorail and (ii) Shosholoza Meyl due to (aa) aging stock, (bb) vandalism (cc) derailment and accidents and (dd) theft over the past three years; (2) what was the total amount spent on (a) maintenance of existing train coaches and (b) purchasing of new train coaches for Metrorail and Shosholoza Meyl over the past three years?

Reply:

1. i) Metrorail:

Metrorail

Financial year 2015/16

Financial year 2016/17

Financial year 2017/18

Year to date

a) Total financial Loss

R48,582,002-86

R197,879,931-22

R201,333,873-26

aa) Total coaches lost to aging stock

0

0

0

bb) Total coaches lost to vandalism including theft and excludes coaches waiting for quotations

132

228

463

cc) Total coaches lost to derailments and accidents

52

41

25

dd) Theft recorded within bb)

     

ii) Shosholoza Meyl

Shosholoza Meyl

Financial year 2015/16

Financial year 2016/17

Financial year 2017/18

Year to date

a) Total financial Loss

R13,438,746-15

R14,439,503-85

R27,878,250-00

aa)Total coaches lost to aging stock

0

0

0

bb) Total coaches lost to vandalism including theft and excludes coaches waiting for quotations

177

198

190

cc) Total coaches lost to derailments and accidents

11

4

8

dd) Theft recorded within bb)

     

*

  1. (a) Maintenance of existing train coaches for Metrorail and Shosholoza Meyl over the past three years

Metrorail

Financial year 2015/16

Financial year 2016/17

Financial year 2017/18 year to date

Total OPEX amount spent on coach maintenance

R556,011,506-23

R597,303,628-55

R599,515,344-66

Total Capex refurbishment spent on coach maintenance

R276,938,269-11

R194,747,834-27

R207,472,748-12

Total General Overhaul program cost.

R936,978,000-00

R1,306,909,000-00

R817,793,000-00

Maintenance of new EMU trains (OPEX)

R0-00

R85,071,643-86

R344,201,661-75

Shosholoza Meyl

Financial year 2015/16

Financial year 2016/17

Financial year 2017/18 year to date

Total OPEX amount spent on coach maintenance

R122,207,079-72

R122,180,184-74

R118,621,841-03

Total Capex refurbishment spent on coach/locomotive maintenance

R49,283,845-62

R54,950,983-03

R72,245,465-08

Total General Overhaul program cost.

R271,796,000-00

R304,971,000-00

R146,904,000-00

 

(b) Purchasing of new train coaches for Metrorail and Shosholoza Meyl over the past three years.

PRASA to date has received and accepted 18 New Trains for Metrorail Services and has paid R6,3 billion over the past three years (FY2015/16 – FY2017/18), which includes, inter alia,:

·        Payments for the 18 Trains

·        Capital Spares, Tools and Test Equipment; and

·        Mobilization of local manufacturing activities, including construction of Local Factory

No new coaches or locomotives were acquired for Shosholoza Meyl.

22 March 2018 - NW642

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) is the total number of persons who have (i) been injured and/or (ii) died as a result of open coach doors in moving trains of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) (aa) in each of the past five financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2017 and (b) actions have been taken by Prasa with regard to each case?

Reply:

a) Total number of:

(i) (aa) PASSENGER INJURIES

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

43

163

311

336

298

(ii) (aa) PASSENGER FATALITIES

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

0

15

2

10

16

(bb) PASSENGER INJURIES AND FATALITIES 2017/18 YTD

i bb) Passenger Injuries since April 2017

  1. bb) Passenger Fatalities since April 2017

141

18

(b) Actions taken by PRASA:

Risk Indicators

Risk Reduction Measures

Responsible

Due Date

Progress

Door failure – doors closing with excessive force and doors failing to open or close

Replacement of Door Mechanism(design options)

PRASA Technical

Ongoing

Executed during Routine Maintenance

 

Improve Inspection, Testing and Maintenance regimes for doors prior to train release

Train Operations &

Rolling Stock

Ongoing

Daily Train Inspections conducted by Train Crew and Rolling Stock Technicians

Passenger falls between coaches

Introduction of new trains with open walkthrough between coaches - no doors

between coaches

PRASA Technical

20 Years Rolling Stock Programme

20 Train sets Delivered

New Trains deployed in the Pienaarspoort Corridor in Gauteng.

Curved platform – inhibits Train Guard’s view

Platform Marshalls and Safety Patrollers

Security

Ongoing

Platform Marshalls and Safety Patrollers deployed at Super Core and Core Stations

Commuter Behaviour - Passengers blocking Train Doors

Safety Campaigns

Marketing and Communications

Ongoing

Monthly Safety Campaigns conducted at Stations.

Overcrowding on Platforms/Stations

CCTV Cameras/Monitoring on Stations

Customer Services

Ongoing

Monitoring of Station conducted by Security

22 March 2018 - NW640

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether there were any findings against the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa by the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) relating to the security operations of Metrorail in each of the past three financial years; if so, (a) what are the details of the findings, (b) were any fines paid and (c) were any remedial actions taken to resolve any issues pointed out by the PSIRA; (2) what are the details of (a) each security-related contract for Metrorail operations that was (i) advertised and (ii) awarded (aa) in the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2017, (b) the value, (c) the deliverables, (d) the company it was awarded to and (e) any further information in each case?

Reply:

1. Yes there were two finding against PRASA in the Western Cape in 2017/18.

(a) The first finding related to the internal complement of staff and the second related to the Training Centre. PSIRA instituted proceedings in the Western Cape by ways of a summons in terms of the Private Security Regulations Act, No 56 of 2001 against PRASA for alleged improper conduct with 855 counts. The charges are related to outstanding SASETA Certificates required for PSIRA Registrations, non-compliance to requirements for uniforms, criminal records and administrative requirements for the training centre. It must be noted that members recruited from the SANDF are trained professionals but many had not yet been registered through the process of recognition for prior learning;

(b) PRASA was fined the amount of R3,000,000-00 in respect of the charges related to the 855 counts for non-compliance of the complement and R8,000-00 for the Training Centre. All fines were paid on 31 January 2018; and

(c) The remedial actions are ongoing and include the following:

  • Sourcing the funding to replace uniform and equipment.
  • 96 members with criminal records have in the interim been placed with customer services pending further investigation and record clearance. The criminal records of five members have been cleared in the meantime.
  • Members unsuccessful with their application will be dealt with through the relevant legislation.
  • There are pending applications for expungement of criminal records as allowed for by PSIRA regulations.
  • PRASA Security intensified the vetting screening of security staff. The process will be completed by 30 April 2018.
  • A total of 229 members have been retrained and are awaiting their SASETA certificates for registration with PSIRA.
  • The training centre deficiency has been corrected.
  • PRASA is engaging PSIRA to update our records and to deal with the administrative backlog.

2. (a) (i) A national tender was advertised in 2016 on the National Treasury CSD portal, however the tender was cancelled owing to restructuring and the start of a turnaround process;

(ii) no contracts was awarded

(aa) & (bb) An emergency procurement process was followed following severe damage to the infrastructure and the killing of a security guard in 2017.

(b) Tabulated below are the values for contracts awarded since 1 April 2017.

Company

Type of Service

Total Monthly Value Excl. Vat

Sechaba Security

88 Armed guards to escort train crew

R1,451,691-36

Red Ants

4 Armored Vehicles and 4 crew

R636,419-00

UAV Drone Solutions

Drone Aircrafts

R480,000-00

Combined Private Investigations

Forensic Investigations

R1,363,034-00

Total Per Month Excl. Vat

R3,931,144-36

Total Value Excl. Vat for Six Months

R23,586,866-16

(c) The deliverables for the respective companies are as follows:

    • UAV Drone Solutions for night patrols and location of criminals / syndicates digging and slashing cables.
    • Red Ants for the provisions of two armoured vehicles day and night with a response team of 8 day and 8 night for the protection of technical staff who are called out for repairs of damaged infrastructure as well as escort duties during routine maintenance. This was done due to ongoing attacks of PRASA staff on the Central Line. It was also reported that on occasion criminals boarded the trains to rob passengers.
    • Deployment of 88 Armed Guards provided by Sechaba Security for the protection of train crews and passengers at the turn around points as well as identified high risk stations on the central line.
    • Combined Private Investigations were procured to provide forensic investigation services and improve the rate of successful prosecutions for copper theft from 5% to 80% over the next six months.

(d) The companies are as follow:

  • UAV Drone Solutions
  • Red Ants
  • Sechaba Security
  • Combined Private Investigations

(e) There no further information.

15 March 2018 - NW454

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What are the details of all road crashes that took place at the Gilloolys interchange in Ekurhuleni in terms of (i) vehicle type and (ii) statistics in each month in each of the past three financial years (details furnished), (b)(i) how is the statistics being used in road (aa) traffic safety and (bb) traffic movement strategies and (ii) what strategies were developed as result thereof (aa) in each of the past three financial years (details furnished) and (bb) since 1 April 2017?

Reply:

a) There were six fatal accidents and ten serious accidents.

See table below for

(i) (ii) (aa) (bb) Vehicle type statistics in each month from January 2015 to January 2017.

DAY/ DATE

TIME

PLACE

DESCRIPTION

17/01/2015

15:42

N3 North & Gillooly’s

Interchanges

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston North)

Interlink Freightliner Reg. 238 CFH GP & 402 OTL GP & 402 OTS GP →N in the right lane when the vehicle brakes failed and collided with cement barrier on the right, then with a Geely Sedan Reg. CR 76 WP GP →in the right lane. Geely Sedan then collided with Articulated M/Benz HMV Reg. BR 17 YJ GP & SDH 063 GP →N in the left lane. Interlink Freightliner then collided with Fiat Sedan Reg. H 351 MP →N. Fiat Sedan then collided with Toyota Sedan Reg. DH 19 HR GP →N. Toyota Sedan then collided with M/Benz Sedan Reg. PBN 194 GP →N. M/Benz Sedan collided with Toyota SUV Reg. M 1856 →N. Toyota SUV collided with Opel LDV Reg. ZPT 870 GP →N (Johan Bardenhorts FRCS attended on behalf of RTMC)

07/04/2015

18:45

N3 North & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Nissan Interlink Reg. BJ 85 RD GP & YHN 516 GP & YHN 507 GP →N lost control on curve in the road and the vehicle overturned.

10/05/2015

10:50

N3 North & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Toyota M/Bus Taxi Reg. KFS 634 GP →N and stationery in the left lane due to a breakdown. Passengers got out of the vehicle when a Opel LDV Reg. ZHG 678 GP →N collided with Pedestrians.

16/09/2015

22:30

N3 South & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Freightliner Interlink HMV Reg. HGM 261 MP & HFV 786 MP & HFV 774 MP →S in the right lane when the driver lost control collided with cement barrier and then with a lamppole and vehicle overturned.

05/10/2015

13:46

N3 South & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Renault HMV Reg. DJ 61 YV GP →S lost control collided with UD HMV Reg. HHZ 165 MP →S that was stationery due to an accident. Renault HMV then collided Scania Fire Engen (Council) Reg. WMD 537 GP →S and stationery at an accident scene. Renault HMV then collided with UD HMV Reg. HHZ 165 MP →S and stationery due to accident.

23/02/2016

08:00

N3 South & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Isuzu LDV Reg. DDW 175 GP →S and collided with stationery Isuzu HMV Reg. XRZ 927 GP →S on painted island. (Vehicle was on painted island due to that it had broken down)

25/02/2016

16:15

N3 North & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

BMW Sedan (EMPD – Freeway Unit) Reg. DJ 26 PC GP →N when a vehicle in front of him shot up an object and collided with his vehicle.

16/03/2016

08:30

R24 East & Gilloolys Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Audi Sedan Reg. MXG 986 GP → E in the right lane when the driver lost control and collided with a lamppole on the middle island.

25/05/2016

07:29

N12 East // Gilloy’s Interchange & Concord Rd

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Toyota Hilux LDV Reg. XSP 881 GP →E in the right lane when the left rear tyre had a sudden deflation. The driver lost control left the road to the left. Toyota LDV went up the embankment over a fence, landed on Boing Rd and overturned

28/06/23016

08:18

N3 North & Gilloy’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Iveco Ambulance (Council) Reg. CP 59 WK GP →N in the emergency lane and responding with light and sirens on. A unknown vehicle severed to the left and Iveco ambulance also swerved to left and collided with concreted barrier.

06/07/2016

11:38

N3 & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Hino HMV Reg: XNH 370 GP→N Travelling in left lane when V/Wagen Golf Reg: LPV 681 GP was reversing on shoulder of road

10/07/2016

02:18

N3 South at Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Ford Sedan Reg. TJP 279 GP →S in right lane, when driver lost control & collided with lamp post on the middle medium of the freeway.

18/09/2016

18:15

N3 North & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

V/W Jetta Sedan Reg. BV DF FG GP → N

& collided into stationary Ford LDV Reg. BZ 06 LP GP (stationary) → N. V/W Jetta lost control & collided into a Peugeot Sedan Reg. CG 36 RM GP → N

20/10/2016

08:00

N3 North & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Ford LDV Reg. FC 76 VS GP →N in the second lane. Unknown HMV on the left of him changed lanes to the right. Ford LDV moved to right lane lost control and collided with concrete barrier. Passenger on the back of Ford LDV got ejected from the vehicle.

02/12/2016

06:00

(Gillooly’s Interchange) N3 South & R24 East

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Toyota LDV Reg. HFR 629 GP →E when the driver lost control on the curve in the road and the vehicle overturned. Passenger at the back was flung from the vehicle.

06/12/2016

22:22

N12 East & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Ford Sedan Reg. VWV 069 GP →E when the driver lost control on the curve in the road and collided with steel barrier.

14/04/2017

01:05

N3 North (Gillooly’s) & R24 Bridge

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Volkswagen Amarok LDV Reg.: DW 88 TS GP→N travelling straight in middle lane when Pedestrian (African Male 38) →W walk across the freeway in to oncoming traffic.

21/05/2017

01:30

R24 at N3 Fly Over

(Gillooly’s Interchange)

(Germiston)

Mercedes Benz Sedan Reg. No.: YNJ 009 GP →W driver lost control and collided with concrete barrier.

22/07/2017

09:30

N3 North & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Sangyong SUV Reg. FZC 376 GP →N when the driver lost control and collided with the bridge puller.

24/08/2017

07:09

N12 East Rd at the Gillooly’s

Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Hino LDV Reg. DZ 21 ZN GP →E, vehicles

In front of slow down. He tried to brake but lost control and vehicle overturned

05/10/2017

10:10

N3 North & Gillooly’s Interchange

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Hyundai LDV Reg. CWM 224 FS →N in the second lane from the left and side swipe V/Wagen Crafter (EMPD – By law Unit) Reg. FY 50 TB GP →N in the left lane.

06/11/2017

06:55

N3 South & R 24 Bridge

(Bedfordview)

(Germiston)

Suzuki M/Bike Reg. CP 56 VC GP →S when he severed to avoid a vehicle. The driver lost control and left the road and collided with cement puller.

(b)(i) The statistics have been used to identify key factors that lead to accidents on this routes, and to develop interventions to improve traffic safety and traffic movement.

(ii) Traffic officers are deployed to the interchanged during peak travel periods to deal with reckless driver behaviour that leads to accidents and Sanral incident management teams have been deployed to ensure that incidents that impede traffic movement are responded to speedily.

 

13 March 2018 - NW455

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the fatal train crash at the Geldenhuys Train Station in Germiston on 9 January 2018, (a) how often was the signalling system (i) tested and (ii) maintained (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15, (bbb) 2015-16 and (ccc) 2016-17 financial year and (bb) since 1 April 2017 and (b)(i) what were the results of each test respectively and (ii) what action was taken in each case?

Reply:

a) Signalling system:

i & ii) On a monthly basis job cards are issued for maintenance and during the maintenance execution the correspondence tests are conducted. The cycle for both testing and maintenance is 3 monthly and 6 monthly based on the type of sub-system. This is referred to as Planned Maintenance. The region did not capture the information on planned maintenance prior to 2017 calendar year. This has been rectified and maintenance job cards are now captured on the Infrastructure Maintenance system. Breakdowns or unplanned maintenance was captured.

aa)

aaa) 2014-15: The standard report from the Infrastructure Maintenance system is provided in calendar years and only the last three years’ information is active.

bbb) 2015 (January to December 2015)

The region did not capture the information on planned maintenance prior to 2017 calendar year. This has been rectified and maintenance job cards are now captured on the Infrastructure Maintenance system. Breakdowns or unplanned maintenance was captured.

ccc) 2016 (January to December 2016)

The region did not capture the information on planned maintenance prior to 2017 calendar year. This has been rectified and maintenance job cards are now captured on the Infrastructure Maintenance system. Breakdowns or unplanned maintenance was captured.

bb) 2017 (January to December 2017)

b) (i) When correspondence tests are conducted as part of routine maintenance as per above maintenance frequencies and there are defects detected during the tests, those defects are attended to and in cases where they cannot be rectified immediately, the train control office is informed immediately just like it was informed during theft of more than 100 meters of various signalling cables at Geldenhuys during the festive season 2017.

Furthermore the Section between Cleveland and Driehoek has been under construction over the past year. The construction work was aimed at replacement of an obsolete signalling system with the latest technology. The new signalling system at Geldenhuys was fully tested and commissioned on 30 November 2017. Due to recurrence of cable theft during the festive season, the new signalling system was then affected and hence manual train authorization was introduced as part of the contingency plan for train working.

ii) Records of the results of tests and actions are kept at the depot level and are not captured on the system. There are plans to capture this on the Maintenance system going forward.