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20 June 2017 - NW1699

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether regular maintenance is being undertaken on information technology facilities and systems within his department; if not, (a) why not (b) what steps have been taken to change this (c) why have no officials been (i) charged and/or (ii) suspended for not ensuring that these systems and facilities are maintained; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

a) Regular maintenance is undertaken by the Department and its agencies.

b) No steps can be taken against officials if regular maintenance is done accordingly.

c) Officials cannot be suspended or charged when they are doing their duty and the systems are available

07 June 2017 - NW1435

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) On what date will the term of the reinstated Board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) end, (b) how will the break in service be taken into account prior to its reinstatement and (c) what is being done to ensure that the Prasa Board does its job as effectively and efficiently as possible?

Reply:

  1. The term of the reinstated Board of PRASA will expire on the 31 July 2017
  2. There was no break in service as the Minister appointed the interim Board which was fully functional
  3. The full Board was reinstated to ensure that they carry out their fiduciary duties, however some members of the Board resigned subsequent to their reinstatement leaving the vacancies which the Minister is currently in a process to fill.

07 June 2017 - NW1434

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the interim board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, (a) what amount was paid to each member of the interim board since 13 March 2017, (b) what number of meetings were held by the interim board, (c) on what dates were the meetings held and (d) what did the interim board achieve?

Reply:

a

Mr Alli was not paid as per his request.

Ms N Scheepers 38 601.42

Mr MF Baleni 36 287.75

Mr RC Mkwanazi 34 676.92

Mr TR Rikhotso 38 601.42

Total 148 167.51

b

The Board held 2 meetings. The first was an introduction meeting and the second was a Board meeting

c

The Board met on the following dates:

17 March 2017

31 March 2017

d

The Board was planning on having as an induction workshop to get a full understanding of the mandate of PRASA, however this did not materialise due to the outcome of the court case.

05 June 2017 - NW1427

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)When was a certain person (name furnished) appointed onto the Road Traffic Infringement Agency Board; (2) whether the appointment was gazetted; if not, (a) why not and (b) what are the implications of not having the appointment gazetted; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) Adv Bilikwana is not appointed to the Board of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency;

(2) There was no appointment made and thus no need for his name to be gazetted;

(a) there was no gazetting because he is not a member of the board. His official employment duties are that of a Company Secretary. In the RTIA’s correspondence therefore, his name is listed along with that of board members, expressly indicating that he is the Company/Board Secretary, in line with best practise

05 June 2017 - NW1411

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) total amount has been spent by his department on legal fees (i) in the (aa) 2014-15, (bb) 2015-16 and (cc) 2016-17 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017 and (b) are the (i) details, (ii) outcomes and (iii) costs of each case?

Reply:

(a) Total amount spent on legal fees

(i)

(aa) 2014-2015 (R8,983.177.00)

(bb) 2015-2016 (R9,383.623.00)

(cc) 2016-2017 (R19,911,320.00)

(ii) Since 1 April 2017 (928,574.00)

(b)

(i) details

2014 2015

Tasima

City of Cape Town / Minister of Transport and SANRAL

DOT / Thwala

Prodiba

2015-2016

Tasima

Prodiba

Marine enquiry Kingfisher

City of Cape Town / Minister of Transport and SANRAL

DOT / Vilana

DOT / Thwala

MEC For Transport KZN / Transport Appeal Tribunal

JV Ndorum (Mthatha Airport)

2016-2017

Tasima

Prodiba

Marine enquiry Kingfisher

Marine enquiry Witbank

MEC for Transport KZN / Transport Appeal Tribunal

City of Cape Town / Minister of Transport and SANRAL

DOT / Thwala

DOT/ Vilana

JV Ndorum (Mthatha Airport)

African Harvest / Minister of Transport and ACSA

1 April 2017

Tasima

JV Ndorum ( Mthatha Airport)

(ii) outcomes

Tasima - success

Prodiba – success

Marine enquiry kingfisher – completed

Marine enquiry Witbank – completed

DOT / Vilana - settled)

DOT / Thwala – success

MEC for Transport KZN / Transport Appeal Tribunal - success

City of Cape Town – not succesful

JV Ndorum (Mthatha Airport) – not finalized

African Harvest (not finalized)

(ii) costs of each case

Tasima (R13, 322, 170. 54)

Prodiba (R1, 792, 495.19)

Marine enquiry Kingfisher (R2, 582, 935.33)

Marine enquiry Witbank (R1, 722, 232.54)

DOT / Vilana (R1, 552, 420.00)

DOT / Thwala (R2, 550, 370.93)

MEC for Transport KZN / Transport Appeal Tribunal (R1, 306, 460.93)

City of Cape Town / Minister of Transport and SANRAL (R1, 087, 503.00)

JV Ndorum (Mthatha Airport) (R247, 095.00)

African Harvest (R809 172.00)

05 June 2017 - NW1291

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the total number of examiners of vehicles in KwaZulu-Natal who have been convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness and continue to practice as examiners, (b) why have the specified examiners not been charged and arrested and (c) by what date will they be arrested and charged?

Reply:

It is difficult to report on the statistics relating to convictions of examiners due to the prolonged period it takes to finalise a case; and due to the fact that once a case has been opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS), they must conduct investigations and ultimately prepare the docket for the Department of Justice to prosecute. Therefore a case may take much longer than expected to be finalised. This involves arms of government other than the Department of Transport.

  1. It was reported to the Department that no examiners of vehicles in KwaZulu-Natal who have been convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness during the 2016 / 17 financial year are still practicing.
  1. See above (a)
  1. See above (b)

05 June 2017 - NW1510

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Transport

1. Whether (a) his Department and (b) each entity reporting to him procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) Bell Pottinger or (ii) any other public relations firm; if not, in each case, why not, if so, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) was the total cost, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payment and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of such payments in each case.

Reply:

Department

Department did not procure any services or made any payments to (i) the certain company (name furnished) or (ii) any other public relations firms. The reason is because the department did not have a need to obtain the services of a public relations firm.

(aa) Not applicable

(bb) Not applicable

(cc) Not applicable

(dd) Not applicable

(ee) Not applicable

(ff) Not applicable

Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited (ACSA)

Airports Company South Africa has not procured any services from the company whose name was furnished. Airports Company South Africa utilises the services of FTI Consulting for its public relations.

Air Traffic Navigation and Services (ATNS)

  1. According to ATNS records, no services where procured or payments made to Bell Pottinger
  2. No service or payments were made to any public relations firms. There has not been any reason to procure services or make payments to public relations firms

(aa) Not applicable

(bb) Not applicable

(cc) Not applicable

(dd) Not applicable

(ee) Not applicable

(ff) Not applicable

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

(a) N/A (b)(i)(ii)(aa)(bb)(cc)(dd)(ee)(ff)The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) procured services from and made payments to a public relations agency called PR Powerhouse. The agency was hired to provide the SACAA with a variety of marketing communications aimed at creating awareness about the organisation, its mandate, and services offered to the public. Examples of outputs include drafting of media statements, setting up media interviews, and related public relations activities. The contract agreement was for a period of six months, ending 31 March 2016. During the contract period, the agency was paid a monthly retainer fee of R54 150, 00 (fifty-four thousand one hundred and fifty rand); amounting to R324 900, 00 (three hundred and twenty-four thousand nine hundred rand). NW1652E

(b) Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (CBRT) has not procured services from nor has it made any payments to (i) Bell Pottinger nor (ii) has it engaged any other public relations firm. The Agency has not established the need to do so.

(aa) – (ff) Not applicable

(b) Road Accident Fund (RAF) did not procure any services from and/or make any payments to (i) Bell Pottinger, but (ii) did procure services from The Brand Leadership Group (Pty) Ltd (“Brand Leadership”), a brand strategy, brand valuation and intellectual property management company, to (aa) provide the RAF with communications, media and public relations services, (bb) at a total contracted cost of R3 102 624, including VAT, over the three year period commencing on 13 January 2014, (cc) the detailed breakdown of such cost is:

Description

Total Cost

Management fee

R2 721 600

Percentage of markup fee for events

Billing principles and terms and conditions

Addition cost

Billing principles and terms and conditions

Total

R2 721 600

Total VAT

R381 024

Total VAT inclusive

R3 102 624

, (dd) of which R 2 879 044.31 has been paid to date, (ee) the purpose of the payment was to compensate Brand Leadership for the contracted services rendered to the RAF, (ff) the detailed breakdown of the payments are set out below:

Date of Payment

Amount

Particulars:

07 April 2014

R7,524.00

Advertisement

09 May 2014

R13 167.00

Brand Management

11 June 2014

R86 184.00

Retainer

19 June 2014

R86 184.00

Retainer

04 September 2014

R86 184.00

Retainer

05 November 2014

R86 184.00

Retainer

12 November 2014

R86 184.00

Retainer

26 February 2015

R86 184.00

Retainer

13 March 2015

R86 184.00

Retainer

17 April 2015

R86 184.00

Retainer

30 April 2015

R86 184.00

Retainer

11 June 2015

R86 184.00

Retainer

01 July 2015

R86 184.00

Retainer

08 September 2015

R86 184.00

Retainer

11 September 2015

R96 159.00

Retainer of R86 184.00 and R9 975.00 for design and artwork

18 November 2015

R99 581.81

Retainer of R86 184.00 and R13 397.81 for road show

20 January 2016

R105 606.75

Retainer of R86 184.00 and design and layout R11 172.75

20 April 2016

R114 114.00

Retainer of R86 184.00, R16 758.00 and R11 172.00 for branding.

22 April 2016

R135 560.25

Retainer of R86 184.00 and

design and placement of advert R49 376.25

25 April 2016

R172 368.00

2 X Retainer of R86 184.00

18 May 2016

R172 368.00

2 X Retainer of R86 184.00

20 June 2016

R172 368.00

2 X Retainer of R86 184.00

14 September 2016

R172 368.00

2 X Retainer of R86 184.00

19 September 2016

R182 286.00

Retainer of R86 184.00, advertorial for R87 210.00 and R8892.00 for design and layout for an advert.

19 January 2017

R401 365.50

4 X Retainer of R86 184.00, campaign of R53 437.50 and R3 192.00 for design.

Total

R2 879 044.31

 

(b) Road Traffic Management Corporations (RTMC) has not procured services from nor has it made any payments to (i) Bell Pottinger nor (ii) has it engaged any other public relations firm. The Agency has not established the need to do so.

(aa) – (ff) Not applicable

(b) Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTI) has not procured services from nor has it made any payments to (i) Bell Pottinger nor (ii) has it engaged any other public relations firm. The Agency has not established the need to do so.

(aa) – (ff) Not applicable

(b) South African Road Agency Limited (SANRAL) has not procured services from nor has it made any payments to (i) Bell Pottinger nor (ii) has it engaged any other public relations firm. The Agency has not established the need to do so.

(aa) – (ff) Not applicable

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

The South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) has never done any business nor procured any goods or services from Bell Pottinger or any other public relations firm.

The Authority has its own internal Corporate Affairs department which, among other things, is responsible for stakeholder management and communication.

Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA)

(b) The Ports Regulator did not procure any services from and/or made any payments to (i) Bell Pottinger or (ii) any other public relations firm. The reason for not using such services is because the activities of the Ports Regulator so far have not necessitated the use of a public relations firm.

National Railway Safety Regulator (NRSR)

(b)(i) The RSR has not procured any services from and/or made any payments to the company in question, Bell Pottinger.

(b)(ii) The RSR utilised the public relations services of Media Equity South Africa

(aa) The services procured related to the provision of reputation management services for the Regulator

(bb) The total cost of the services is contracted for an amount of R295 000.

(cc) Breakdown for cost relate to the assisting the Regulator to strengthen its relationship with the media and increase awareness of its newsworthy initiatives:

(dd) The Regulator has paid Media Equity SA R95 000 to date.

(ee) For services rendered as per the contract awarded to date

(ff) Detailed breakdown:

  • Facilitation of the State of Safety report Launch – R35 000
  • Interviews with senior management and staff
  • Desktop research and social media analysis
  • Securing participation from media houses and ongoing relationship building - R60 000

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

          (b) (i) PRASA has never procured services from Bell Pottinger

               (ii) No other PR Agency has been used by PRASA

               (aa) there was no requirement for those services

               (bb) Not applicable

               (cc) Not applicable

               (dd) Not applicable

               (ee) Not applicable

               (ff) Not applicable           

 

05 June 2017 - NW1292

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the total number of examiners of vehicles in the Eastern Cape who have been convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness and continue to practice as examiners, (b) why have the specified examiners not been charged and arrested and (c) by what date will they be arrested and charged?

Reply:

It is difficult to report on the statistics relating to convictions of examiners due to the prolonged period it takes to finalise a case; and due to the fact that once a case has been opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS), they must conduct investigations and ultimately prepare the docket for the Department of Justice to prosecute. Therefore a case may take much longer than expected to be finalised. This involves arms of government other than the Department of Transport.

(a) The Eastern Cape Province reported that one examiner was convicted and is still practicing (Case no 217/ 1 /2016 Cradock Magistrate Court). The reason for continuation is that the Department is waiting for the response of the accused. A suspension letter was issued to him and signed by him on 08 May 2017. He was given 21 days to respond and this will end on the 02 June 2017.

(b) See above (a)

(c) See above (b)

05 June 2017 - NW1284

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the total number of examiners of vehicles in Limpopo who have been convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness and continue to practice as examiners, (b) why have the specified examiners not been charged and arrested and (c) by what date will they be arrested and charged?

Reply:

It is difficult to report on the statistics relating to convictions of examiners due to the prolonged period it takes to finalise a case; and due to the fact that once a case has been opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS), they must conduct investigations and ultimately prepare the docket for the Department of Justice to prosecute. Therefore a case may take much longer than expected to be finalised. This involves arms of government other than the Department of Transport.

a) The Limpopo province reported that there were no examiners convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness in the 2016 / 17 financial year.

b) See above (a)

c) See above (b)

05 June 2017 - NW1430

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the investigation commissioned by the Board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa under the chairmanship of a certain person (name furnished), (i) who will lead the investigation (ii) what are the terms of reference (iii) what is the total amount budgeted (iv) what are the timeframes, timelines and milestones of the investigation going forward and (v) how will the findings and evidence from the specified investigation be incorporated into the current investigation?

Reply:

(i) There are three ongoing investigations at PRASA.

  1. The investigations into the irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure found by the Auditor-General in the 2014/2015 annual financial statements. This was commissioned by the Board of PRASA in terms of its fiduciary duties flowing from the Public Finance Management Act and led by Werksmans Attorneys.
  2. The investigations into contracts of more than R10 million concluded between 2012 and 2015 as per the remedial steps recommended by the Public Protector’s Report in August 2015 that are associated with the entities and transactions that were under investigation in (1) above. These investigations were, by agreement between PRASA, the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer of the National Treasury and the Department of Transport, led by Werksmans Attorneys.
  3. The investigations into contracts of more than R10 million concluded between 2012 and 2015 as per the remedial steps recommended by the Public Protector in August 2015. These relate to entities and transactions that were not viewed as related to the entities and transaction under investigation in (1) above. These investigations are led by National Treasury and National Treasury has appointed about 20 entities with forensic investigation capacity to conduct the investigation of these transactions and entities.

(ii) There is no new investigation commissioned by the Board of PRASA.

(iii) For the Financial Years 15/16 and 16/17, R148 million was paid for the investigations, and for the 17/18 Financial Year R14 million has been budgeted.

(iv) The timeframes for the conclusion of the investigations is end of July. The Milestones are that reports are submitted to the Board as they are completed. To date the Board has instituted seven court actions and has also forwarded 41 reports to the Directorate of Priority crimes investigations for further criminal investigations and 4 internal disciplinary actions have been instituted against affected employees.

(v) Please see response under (ii).

05 June 2017 - NW1431

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to his reply to question 653 on 29 March 2017, pertaining to the order by the Grahamstown High Court which ordered the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works to reimburse farmers who have repaired damaged roads themselves, (a) by what date will the department be in a position to have completed evaluating its options and (b) by what date will the department obtain a final legal opinion on this matter?

Reply:

The Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works has read the judgement and instructed the State Attorney to appeal components of the judgement. In terms of the process, the Department filed an Application for leave to appeal the judgement. The matter was heard on the 19th May 2017 in the Grahamstown High Court, which reserved its judgement. The Department is therefore still awaiting the judgement of the Court.

05 June 2017 - NW1276

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) When was the Mpumalanga inspector of test stations appointed, (b) who was appointed, (c) what criteria were used in the appointment, (d) what reports have been submitted since the appointment, (e) what main issues have been identified, (f) what is being done to fix problem issues, (g) what solutions for problem issues have been identified and (h) what are the deadlines respectively?

Reply:

(a) In terms of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996), there is no provincial inspectorate of testing stations.

(b) No one has been appointed, however the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC is in the process of appointing a service provider /s to conduct assessment and inspections of driver licensing testing centres and vehicle testing stations.

(c) An open tender, Reference No RTMC BID 05/2007/18 was issued on Friday 19 May 2017 and the closing date is 12 June 2017 at 11:00.

(d), and (e), for reasons stated in (a),(b) and (c) above, the Department only receives copies of the reports on inspections done by the SABS and is not privy to any provincial reports, findings and actions taken by the MEC of the province.

(f), (g), and (h) The Department has started with the process of developing the Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy that is intended to root out fraud and corruption at the vehicle and driving testing stations; and in terms of the current Departmental Strategic Plan, it is anticipated that the strategy will be approved in March 2019.

05 June 2017 - NW1275

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) When was the Limpopo inspector of test stations appointed, (b) who was appointed, (c) what criteria were used in the appointment, (d) what reports have been submitted since the appointment, (e) what main issues have been identified, (f) what is being done to fix problem issues, (g) what solutions for problem issues have been identified and (h) what are the deadlines respectively?

Reply:

a) In terms of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996), there is no provincial inspectorate of testing stations.

b) No one has been appointed, however the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC is in the process of appointing a service provider /s to conduct assessment and inspections of driver licensing testing centres and vehicle testing stations.

c) An open tender, Reference No RTMC BID 05/2007/18 was issued on Friday 19 May 2017 and the closing date is 12 June 2017 at 11:00.

(d), and (e), for reasons stated in (a),(b) and (c) above, the Department only receives copies of the reports on inspections done by the SABS and is not privy to any provincial reports, findings and actions taken by the MEC of the province.

(f), (g), and (h) The Department has started with the process of developing the Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy that is intended to root out fraud and corruption at the vehicle and driving testing stations; and in terms of the current Departmental Strategic Plan, it is anticipated that the strategy will be approved in March 2019.

 

 

05 June 2017 - NW1416

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Transport

What amount has his department spent on (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) subsistence costs for (i) him, (ii) his deputy minister and (iii) the respective spokespersons and media liaison officer(s) in the (aa) 2014-15, (bb) 2015-16 and (cc) 2016-17 financial years?

Reply:

(aa) 2014-15

ITEM

NAME

DESIGNATION

AIR

CAR HIRE

(a) TRAVEL

(b) ACCOMMODATION

(i)

MS E PETERS

MINISTER

R1 298 747.00

R 667 166.38

R1 965 913.38

R181 172.70

(ii)

MS L CHIKUNGA

DEPUTY MINISTER

No information available

R392 782.61

R392 782.61

R21 345.00

(iii)

MR I MNISI

MEDIA LIAISON OFFICER - MINISTRY

R8 706.17

R17 527.30

R26 233.47

R69 754.38

(iii)

MS N MAPHANGA

PARLIAMENTARY AND MEDIA LIAISON OFFICER - DEPUTY MINISTER

R0.00

R142 222.72

R142 222.72

NO INFO

No information – no record, company insolvent

(bb) 2015-16

ITEM

NAME

DESIGNATION

AIR

CAR HIRE

(a) TRAVEL

(b) ACCOMMODATION

(i)

MS E PETERS

MINISTER

R1 401 868.22

R883 813.53

R 2 285 681.75

R50 760.73

(ii)

MS L CHIKUNGA

DEPUTY MINISTER

R1 008 247.22

R863 496.51

R1 871 743.73

R109 187.69

(iii)

MR I MNISI

MEDIA LIAISON OFFICER - MINISTRY

R104 071.11

R30 607.13

R134 678.24

R52 744.00

(iii)

MS N MAPHANGA

PARLIAMENTARY AND MEDIA LIAISON OFFICER - DEPUTY MINISTER

R219 534.16

R154 047.35

R373 581.51

R124 636.87

(cc) 2016-17

ITEM

NAME

DESIGNATION

AIR

CAR HIRE

(a) TRAVEL

(b) ACCOMMODATION

(i)

MS E PETERS

MINISTER

R750 529.60

R1 047 281.14

R1 797 810.74

R85 616.07

(ii)

MS L CHIKUNGA

DEPUTY MINISTER

R862 245.83

R539 112.08

R1 401 357.91

R152 472.49

(iii)

MR I MNISI

MEDIA LIAISON OFFICER - MINISTRY

R93 865.84

R47 183.02

R141 048.86

R49 622.53

(iii)

MS N MAPHANGA

PARLIAMENTARY AND MEDIA LIAISON OFFICER - DEPUTY MINISTER

R195 974.90

R282 622.46

R478 597.36

R191 802.97

05 June 2017 - NW1288

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the total number of examiners of vehicles in the Free State who have been convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness and continue to practice as examiners, (b) why have the specified examiners not been charged and arrested and (c) by what date will they be arrested and charged?

Reply:

It is difficult to report on the statistics relating to convictions of examiners due to the prolonged period it takes to finalise a case; and due to the fact that once a case has been opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS), they must conduct investigations and ultimately prepare the docket for the Department of Justice to prosecute. Therefore a case may take much longer than expected to be finalised. This involves arms of government other than the Department of Transport.

a) According to information provided by the Free State province, no examiners were arrested or convicted in the 2016 / 17 financial year for fraudulent certification of roadworthiness.

b) See above (a)

c) See above (b)

05 June 2017 - NW1286

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the total number of examiners of vehicles in North West who have been convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness and continue to practice as examiners, (b) why have the specified examiners not been charged and arrested and (c) by what date will they be arrested and charged?

Reply:

It is difficult to report on the statistics relating to convictions of examiners due to the prolonged period it takes to finalise a case; and due to the fact that once a case has been opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS), they must conduct investigations and ultimately prepare the docket for the Department of Justice to prosecute. Therefore a case may take much longer than expected to be finalised. This involves arms of government other than the Department of Transport.

a) The North West Department of Transport reported on the following:

Four (4) Examiners had been arrested and charged.

Of the four (4), one (1) examiner resigned during the process,

One (1) examiner was found guilty by the Wolmaranstad Magistrate Court and sentence will be passed on the 9th June 2017.

Two (2) Examiners' case ongoing at the Tlhabane Magistrate Court, but are currently on bail and the hearing postponed to the 8th June 2017 - Case No. 336/02/2017

One (1) Runner and a Clerk arrested with the Examiner above, case also ongoing - Case No. 336/02/2017

The examiner who was found guilty is not currently working as an examiner.

b) See above (a)

c) See above (b)

 

05 June 2017 - NW1287

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the total number of examiners of vehicles in Gauteng who have been convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness and continue to practice as examiners, (b) why have the specified examiners not been charged and arrested and (c) by what date will they be arrested and charged?

Reply:

It is difficult to report on the statistics relating to convictions of examiners due to the prolonged period it takes to finalise a case; and due to the fact that once a case has been opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS), they must conduct investigations and ultimately prepare the docket for the Department of Justice to prosecute. Therefore a case may take much longer than expected to be finalised. This involves arms of government other than the Department of Transport.

a) Gauteng Province responded by noting that that five (5) Examiners of vehicles have been de-registered as Authorized Officers for Fraud during the 2016/2017 financial year and are no longer practicing as Examiners of Vehicles in the Gauteng Province due to their registration being cancelled.

b) See above (a)

c) See above (b)

05 June 2017 - NW1293

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Why are the provisions of SA National Standards 10216 not being applied equally with regard to the vehicle testing stations in each of the provinces, (b) why have the recommendations by the SA Bureau of Standards Inspectorate of vehicle testing stations been ignored to date, (c) what is his department doing to ensure that these recommendations are complied with, (d) what are the (i) timelines, (ii) milestones and (iii) deadlines in each province, (e) what is being done to ensure that these dates are complied with and (f) who is responsible to ensure that these dates are met?

Reply:

(a) In terms of section 40 of the National Road Traffic act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996) read with regulation 136 of the National Road traffic Regulations, 2000 it is the competency of the respective MEC’s responsible for transport to either suspend or cancel the registration of a testing station, if a testing station no longer complies with the requirements for registration. In terms of Regulation 137E the Inspectorate of Testing Stations shall evaluate and inspect as prescribed and make recommendations to the MEC in terms of the compliance or non-compliance of vehicle testing stations in the province. This includes but is not limited to the compliance to SANS 10216. It remains the prerogative of the respective MECs to implement the recommendations of the SABS and the reason for different applications of the recommendations is due to the fact that each MEC may choose to implement according to his or her discretion.

(b) The function of the Inspectorate of Testing Stations is currently performed by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). The Inspectorate can only make recommendations to the respective MEC and have no powers to enforce such recommendations. It remains the prerogative of the respective MECs to implement the recommendations of the SABS and the reason for different applications of the recommendations or not implementing at all is due to the fact that each MEC may choose to implement according to his or her discretion. All provinces have replied that the recommendations were adhered to.

(c) The Department is communicating concerns regarding noncompliance at the national forums and via provincial information sessions. This happens on a continuous basis. The Department has further included the development of the Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy in its Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan. The Department is further striving towards publishing the Minimum Requirements for Service Delivery Standard. Both these initiatives strive to address non-compliance at not only testing stations but also Driving Licence Testing Centres and Registering Authorities. All of the mentioned initiatives involves publication in the Gazette and impact studies. The replies to (d), (e) and (f) are dependent on the relevant MECs of each province and are depicted under the applicable provincial heading below.

Eastern Cape:

(d) (i) Upon recommendations by the SABS, Eastern Cape issues a TS4 notice to the contravening vehicle test station in terms of Regulation 136 (1) and (2) NRTA, Act 93 of 1996, and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000, requiring the said VTS to report to the MEC in writing within 14 days from the date of the notification, the reason for such failure to comply and details of the measures taken to rectify and prevent such failure. Standards are applied to in terms of the National Road Traffic Act 93/1996

(ii) (iii) The Province follows up with the VTS after the 14 days, and with the SABS to determine if the recommendations have been implemented and findings cleared. If the findings are not cleared, and of a nature that warrants suspension or cancellation, Eastern Cape then issues a TS5 notice to the contravening VTS notifying of the suspension or cancellation of the registration of such VTS, in terms of Regulation 136 NRTA, Act 93 of 1996, and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000.

No SABS findings were ignored. All recommendations by the Vehicle Testing Centre were rectified and sent back to SABS.

EC Inspectorate Section is doing a follow up to those recommendations by SABS and most were rectified.

The contravening VTS then has the right to appeal to the Minister of Transport within 21 days of receipt of the notice as per Section 51A NRTA, Act 93 of 1996. If an appeal is lodged with the Minister of Transport within the 21 days, and the Province is notified of such, then the Province waits for the decision of the Minister before implementing the suspension or cancellation.

(e) Inspectorate after the visit SABS should immediately forward copy or Email to the Provincial Inspectorate

(f) Eastern Cape Vehicle Fitness Section

Free State:

(d)The Province has started during the 2014-2015 Financial Year to upgrade and calibrate all the vehicle testing equipment at vehicle testing stations in the province.

(i) (ii)The Province reported that 17 stations were upgraded (i.e. Bloemfontein, Trompsburg, Bethlehem, Harrismith, Parys, Heilbron, Sasolburg, Kroonstad, Welkom, Virginia, Wesselsbron, Marquard, Ladybrand, Ficksburg, Odendaalrus, Thaba-Nchu, and Windburg Testing Stations) by the end of the 2016/17 financial year.

(iii) The province endeavors to continue upgrades in the 2017/18 financial year and will further calibrate the equipment of five more stations i.e. Botshabelo, Phuthaditjhaba, Bultfontein, Viljoenskroon and Petrusburg.

(e) The Inspectorate for Vehicle Testing Stations will follow up on the progress reported by the province.

(f) Provincial Monitoring Unit

Gauteng Province:

(d) (i) Upon recommendations by the SABS, Gauteng issues a TS4 notice to the contravening vehicle test station in terms of Regulation 136 (1) and (2) NRTA, Act 93 of 1996, and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000, requiring the said VTS to report to the MEC in writing within 14 days from the date of the notification, the reason for such failure to comply and details of the measures taken to rectify and prevent such failure.

(ii) The Province follows up with the VTS after the 14 days, and with the SABS to determine if the recommendations have been implemented and findings cleared. If the findings are not cleared, and of a nature that warrants suspension or cancellation, Gauteng then issues a TS5 notice to the contravening VTS notifying of the suspension or cancellation of the registration of such VTS, in terms of Regulation 136 NRTA, Act 93 of 1996, and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000. The contravening VTS then has the right to appeal to the Minister of Transport within 21 days of receipt of the notice as per Section 51A NRTA, Act 93 of 1996. If an appeal is lodged with the Minister of Transport within the 21 days, and the Province is notified of such, then the Province implements the decision to suspend or cancel the VTS in question on approval by the Minister

(iii) Addressed in (ii) above

(e)Addressed in (d) above

(f) Gauteng: Vehicle Fitness Section

KwaZulu-Natal:

The KwaZulu-Natal Province abides by the prescripts of SANS 10216. The Inspectorate of testing stations, SABS conducts yearly inspections at KwaZulu-Natal Vehicle Testing Stations and provides recommendations in respect of the findings in terms of SANS codes 10216 and deviations are addressed accordingly.

KZN does adhere to the recommendations made by the SABS. Upon receipt of TS4, TS5 recommendations from SABS, notices of intention to cancel or suspend or suspension/cancellation notices, signed by the HOD, are forwarded to the vehicle testing stations. Responses are followed up.

(c) Notices are sent to the vehicle testing stations, responses are dealt with, and SABS is consulted with regarding the responses.

(d) What are the:

(i) The recommendation is received from SABS. The notice is prepared for the HOD’s signature. On receipt of the signed notice, the notice is hand delivered and from the date of delivery, the testing station is given 14 days to respond.

(ii) The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport issued twelve (12) TS4 notices on recommendation from SABS, and 1 TS5 notice is in the process of being served. The representations in respect of the TS4 notices are in the process of being reviewed by SABS/Administration, and

(iii) The proprietor is given 14 days to respond.

(e) Monitor and pend for response, follow up on responses.

(f) The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport

Limpopo:

(d) The province is having number of compliance inspections conducted as one of the indicators in the Annual Performance Plan.

(i) Each and every institution is monitored every six months.

(ii) Compliance reports are received from National Inspectorate, follow-ups are made on implementation of the recommendations.

(iii) Monthly reports are received from the Departmental Inspectors and reports are being made to the respective institutions.

(e)(f) The National Inspectorate of Vehicle Testing Stations makes regular follow ups to ensure that these dates are met.

Mpumalanga:

(d) (i) (ii) (iii) Once the testing station report has been received, TS4 is issued to the affected testing station and a response is expected within 14 days. The testing station is given 30 days to put corrective measures.

(e) A follow up inspection is conducted to confirm the corrective measures.

(f) The Senior Manager responsible for Transport Administration and Licensing in the province.

North West:

d) The Provincial monitoring unit conducts follow up inspections to ensure the implementation and monitoring of the recommendations as communicated with the stations.

(i) Stations are given 30 days to respond to the recommendations made by the SA Bureau of Standards.

(ii) Non-compliant stations at the time of the inspection, have implemented all recommendations and now operating effectively. Furthermore, the Provincial Inspectorate conducts unannounced inspections to independently confirm that short comings are addressed accordingly.

(iii.) The provincial deadline for the implementation of the recommendations are linked to the SA Bureau of Standards Inspectorate deadline of 30 days.

e) Provincial monitoring unit conducts regular announced and unannounced visits to the Vehicle Testing Stations to ensure strict adherence to the deadlines, and where slow implementation is experienced, immediate intervention is sought with relevant authorities.

f) The Provincial monitoring unit is mandated with the responsibility of ensuring that all recommendations and deadlines thereto are strictly adhered to by relevant stations.

Northern Cape:

(d) Follow up letters are submitted to the respective Testing Stations in line with the findings and recommendations of the South African Bureau of Standards where TS4/ TS5 notices were issued.

Follow up visits are conducted to determine whether corrective interventions were taken or not. In the case where no corrective actions are taken the Testing Stations are suspended from operation i.e., De Aar, Victoria West, Kathu, Prieska etc.

Regular follow up visits and hosting of information sessions to ensure a common understanding in respect of the interpretation and application of relevant policies governing the Vehicle Testing Station environment.

(i) Quarterly

(ii) Follow up visits are done on Quarterly basis to ensure implementation plans are adhere to.

(iii) Testing Stations are given 14 (fourteen) days to comply in terms of Regulation 136 of the National Road Traffic Act, (Act. 93 of 1996).

(e) Regular follow ups in writing, telephonically and meetings with Municipal Managers/ Testing Station Proprietors.

(f) The Provincial Monitoring Unit.

Western Cape:

(d) Findings raised in reports that are provided to the Department are formally brought to the attention of the VTSs and followed up until rectified:

(i) as soon as the report is received with feedback due to the Department within 21 days (ii) milestones and corrected finding

(iii) reported immediately for a response within 21 days,

(e) The Section Vehicle Regulation and Standards Unit and the Compliance Monitoring Unit do follow up inspections.

(f) The Section Vehicle Regulation and Standards Unit and the Compliance Monitoring Unit

05 June 2017 - NW1290

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the total number of examiners of vehicles in the Western Cape who have been convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness and continue to practice as examiners, (b) why have the specified examiners not been charged and arrested and (c) by what date will they be arrested and charged?

Reply:

It is difficult to report on the statistics relating to convictions of examiners due to the prolonged period it takes to finalise a case; and due to the fact that once a case has been opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS), they must conduct investigations and ultimately prepare the docket for the Department of Justice to prosecute. Therefore a case may take much longer than expected to be finalised. This involves arms of government other than the Department of Transport.

a) It was reported to the Department that no examiners of vehicles in the Western Cape were convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness in the 2016 / 17 financial year.

b) See above (a)

c) See above (b)

05 June 2017 - NW1294

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the secondment in 2016 of a certain person (name furnished) from the department to Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa as its Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, at which Board meeting was his (a) salary, perks and conditions, (b) start and termination date and (c) as well as terms of reference and authority concluded and resolved?

Reply:

The Minister and the Board met on the 30th June 2016, after lengthy deliberations on the state of PRASA, the Minister announced her decision to second Mr. Letsoalo to PRASA as its Acting GCEO. The Board accepted the secondment.

Subsequent to the meeting of June 30 2016, the Board requested a meeting with the Minister to discuss the details of Mr. Letsoalo’s secondment and appointment as Acting GCEO. The said meeting was scheduled for 5th July 2016, however the Minister did not attend the scheduled meeting and submitted an apology.

At which Board meeting was his (a) salary, perks and conditions, (b) start and termination date and (c) as well as terms of reference and authority concluded and resolved?

The Board at the meeting of the 5th July 2016 then mandated the Chairman of the Board to write a letter of appointment to Mr. Letsoalo. The letter of appointment by the Chairman to Mr. Letsoalo was written and dated 7 July 2016, which contained the terms and conditions of Mr. Letsoalo’s appointment.

 

05 June 2017 - NW1280

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) When was the Northern Cape inspector of test stations appointed, (b) who was appointed, (c) what criteria were used in the appointment, (d) what reports have been submitted since the appointment, (e) what main issues have been identified, (f) what is being done to fix problem issues, (g) what solutions for problem issues have been identified and (h) what are the deadlines respectively?

Reply:

(a) In terms of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996), there is no provincial inspectorate of testing stations.

(b) No one has been appointed, however the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC is in the process of appointing a service provider /s to conduct assessment and inspections of driver licensing testing centres and vehicle testing stations.

(c) An open tender, Reference No RTMC BID 05/2007/18 was issued on Friday 19 May 2017 and the closing date is 12 June 2017 at 11:00.

(d), and (e), for reasons stated in (a),(b) and (c) above, the Department only receives copies of the reports on inspections done by the SABS and is not privy to any provincial reports, findings and actions taken by the MEC of the province.

(f), (g), and (h) The Department has started with the process of developing the Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy that is intended to root out fraud and corruption at the vehicle and driving testing stations; and in terms of the current Departmental Strategic Plan, it is anticipated that the strategy will be approved in March 2019.

05 June 2017 - NW1283

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) When was the KwaZulu-Natal inspector of test stations appointed, (b) who was appointed, (c) what criteria were used in the appointment, (d) what reports have been submitted since the appointment, (e) what main issues have been identified, (f) what is being done to fix problem issues, (g) what solutions for problem issues have been identified and (h) what are the deadlines respectively?

Reply:

(a) In terms of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996), there is no provincial inspectorate of testing stations.

(b) No one has been appointed, however the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC is in the process of appointing a service provider /s to conduct assessment and inspections of driver licensing testing centres and vehicle testing stations.

(c) An open tender, Reference No RTMC BID 05/2007/18 was issued on Friday 19 May 2017 and the closing date is 12 June 2017 at 11:00.

(d), and (e), for reasons stated in (a),(b) and (c) above, the Department only receives copies of the reports on inspections done by the SABS and is not privy to any provincial reports, findings and actions taken by the MEC of the province.

(f), (g), and (h) The Department has started with the process of developing the Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy that is intended to root out fraud and corruption at the vehicle and driving testing stations; and in terms of the current Departmental Strategic Plan, it is anticipated that the strategy will be approved in March 2019.

05 June 2017 - NW1329

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the SA National Roads Agency intends to take (a) registered and/or (b) non-registered e-toll users to court for not paying invoices issued; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) on which statutory ground(s), (ii) which type of user will be taken to court first and (iii) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

As a starting point, I need to state the following to the Honourable Member: SANRAL is in terms of the SANRAL Act, 1998 (Act 7 of 1998) (“the Act”) read together with the Regulations promulgated in terms thereof, empowered to recover outstanding debt from users who traverse the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) network in Gauteng.

(a)(b) Yes, the recovery is based on a “user pay principle” irrespective of whether the user is registered or non-registered. Such a recovery process will be embarked upon once all the prescribed legal processes have been followed.

(i0 In terms of section 27(1)(b) of the SANRAL Act, read together with the e-Road Regulations (published by the Minister of Transport on 9 October 2013 in Government Gazette Notice No. R. 793 in terms of sections 58(1)(dA) and (dC) of the SANRAL Act ("the e-Road Regulations")), the owner of a vehicle that passes under a gantry (defined as " a toll plaza where the liability to pay toll is recorded by an electrical or electronic device" in regulation 1 of the e-Road Regulations) on the GFIP toll roads is liable to pay toll to SANRAL

(ii) Both registered and non-registered be they individuals and companies registered in terms of our Company Laws of the Republic will be taken to court based on the merit of the case.

(iii) None

05 June 2017 - NW1420

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the total number of cases of (i) fruitless, (ii) wasteful and (iii) irregular expenditure that were identified by the Auditor-General in his department in the (aa) 2014-15, (bb) 2015-16 and (cc) 2016-17 financial years and (b)(i) what was the total amount involved in each case and (ii) how much has been recovered in each case?

Reply:

(a) Number of cases identified by the Auditor-General:

(i) Fruitless

(ii) Wasteful

(iii) Irregular

(aa) 2014-15

1

-

1

(bb) 2015-16

-

1

1

(cc) 2016-17

-

-

-

       

(b)(i) Total amount in each case:

(i) Fruitless

(ii) Wasteful

(iii) Irregular

(aa) 2014-15

R 67,000.00

-

R 750,865.50

(bb) 2015-16

-

R 50,050.00

R 520,000.00

(cc) 2016-17

-

-

-

       

(b)(ii) How much was recovered in each case:

(i) Fruitless

(ii) Wasteful

(iii) Irregular

(aa) 2014-15

R 67,000.00

-

-

(bb) 2015-16

-

-

-

(cc) 2016-17

-

-

-

05 June 2017 - NW1285

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What the total number of examiners of vehicles in Mpumalanga who have been convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness and continue to practice as examiners, (b) why have the specified examiners not been charged and arrested and (c) by what date will they be arrested and charged?

Reply:

It is difficult to report on the statistics relating to convictions of examiners due to the prolonged period it takes to finalise a case; and due to the fact that once a case has been opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS), they must conduct investigations and ultimately prepare the docket for the Department of Justice to prosecute. Therefore a case may take much longer than expected to be finalised. This involves arms of government other than the Department of Transport.

a) The province of Mpumalanga has reported that there were no examiners that were convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness in the 2016 / 17 financial year.

b) See above (a)

c) See above (b)

05 June 2017 - NW1278

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) When was the North West inspector of test stations appointed, (b) who was appointed, (c) what criteria were used in the appointment, (d) what reports have been submitted since the appointment, (e) what main issues have been identified, (f) what is being done to fix problem issues, (g) what solutions for problem issues have been identified and (h) what are the deadlines respectively?

Reply:

a) In terms of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996), there is no provincial inspectorate of testing stations.

b) No one has been appointed, however the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC is in the process of appointing a service provider /s to conduct assessment and inspections of driver licensing testing centres and vehicle testing stations.

c) An open tender, Reference No RTMC BID 05/2007/18 was issued on Friday 19 May 2017 and the closing date is 12 June 2017 at 11:00.

(d), and (e), for reasons stated in (a),(b) and (c) above, the Department only receives copies of the reports on inspections done by the SABS and is not privy to any provincial reports, findings and actions taken by the MEC of the province.

(f), (g), and (h) The Department has started with the process of developing the Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy that is intended to root out fraud and corruption at the vehicle and driving testing stations; and in terms of the current Departmental Strategic Plan, it is anticipated that the strategy will be approved in March 2019.

05 June 2017 - NW1433

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) total amount in legal fees and (b) other costs did (i) his department and/or (ii) any of the entities reporting to him have to pay with regard to the High Court case number 17748/17 of 10 April 2017?

Reply:

(a) The Department has not as yet received the legal fees from its legal team.

(b) Not applicable

(i) The Department has not yet received any taxed costs from the Applicants.

(ii) PRASA did not join legal proceedings, thus there were no legal fees to be paid

05 June 2017 - NW1328

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) What number of e-toll invoices have been issued in each month (i) in the (aa) 2015-16 and (bb) 2016-17 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017 as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and (b) what number of the specified invoices have been paid; (2) what is the (a) current compliance rate and (b) total outstanding amount owed by (i) registered and (ii) nonregistered e-toll users in each case

Reply:

1. The link below indicates the number of invoices issued and paid for each month since 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2017. The information for April 2017 is not yet available, but will be submitted once it is available.

https://pmg.org.za/files/RNW1328Table-170605.pdf  

2. SANRAL calculates the compliance rate in Rand value due to invoices varying in terms of tariff due to class of vehicle, time-of-day, frequent user discount, etc. Additionally, it should also be noted that once a vehicle reaches the monthly cap, invoices are still issued even though the value is zero.

a) The compliance rate for February 2017, based on Rand value was 29%.

b) Due to the year-end processes and audits still to be concluded, the value of outstanding debt can’t be disclosed. This will be available once the Auditor-General has concluded the audit on 31 July 2017. The audited results as at 31 March 2016, reflects the outstanding value (trade receivables), which would be for unregistered users, as R7 206 million.

05 June 2017 - NW1252

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Mulder, Dr CP to ask the Minister of Transport

(a)(i) Why the Telkom lines of the eNatis system have been cut by Telkom and (ii) what is the effect of this on owners of motor vehicles who want to obtain motor vehicle licences, (b) on what date will the matter be resolved and (c) what is the status of any criminal or other statutory accountability towards owners of motor vehicles who cannot obtain an/or renew motor vehicle licences?

Reply:

a) (i) Telkom cut voice services to NaTIS sites on 21 March 2017 because Tasima had not paid.

(ii) There were no adverse effects because the system remained operational as data services were not affected.

b) Voice services were restored on 19 April 2017 after the RTMC had taken over the NaTIS.

c) No owner of a motor vehicle was unable to licence a vehicle due to a planned interruption by Telkom. In the event of an unplanned interruption such as copper theft or other similar incidents, the licensing office logs a call with the provincial helpdesk to obtain a reference number. Through this process, the licensing office is authorised by the provincial helpdesk to backdate the effective date of licensing to prevent any penalties and arrears being payable.

05 June 2017 - NW1277

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) When was the Gauteng inspector of test stations appointed, (b) who was appointed, (c) what criteria were used in the appointment, (d) what reports have been submitted since the appointment, (e) what main issues have been identified, (f) what is being done to fix problem issues, (g) what solutions for problem issues have been identified and (h) what are the deadlines respectively?

Reply:

(a) In terms of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996), there is no provincial inspectorate of testing stations.

(b) No one has been appointed, however the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC is in the process of appointing a service provider /s to conduct assessment and inspections of driver licensing testing centres and vehicle testing stations.

(c) An open tender, Reference No RTMC BID 05/2007/18 was issued on Friday 19 May 2017 and the closing date is 12 June 2017 at 11:00.

(d), and (e), for reasons stated in (a),(b) and (c) above, the Department only receives copies of the reports on inspections done by the SABS and is not privy to any provincial reports, findings and actions taken by the MEC of the province.

(f), (g), and (h) The Department has started with the process of developing the Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy that is intended to root out fraud and corruption at the vehicle and driving testing stations; and in terms of the current Departmental Strategic Plan, it is anticipated that the strategy will be approved in March 2019.

05 June 2017 - NW1432

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Why has the Metrorail Chatsworth and Durban service been suspended, (b) how are passengers being accommodated whilst the service is suspended, (c) what is being done to reinstate the service and (d) by what date will the service be reinstated?

Reply:

a) The Metrorail commuter service between Crossmoor (Chatsworth) and Durban was suspended from 22 February 2017 due to the general shortage of serviceable rolling stock experienced by the PRASA KZN Region. As at February 2017, only 32 train sets out of the required 57 train sets were in-service, due to major overhaul/upgrade and maintenance program requirements of the ageing fleet. PRASA was also losing 5 coaches on average per month due to vandalism. As a consequence the in-service fleet is under pressure and run more kilometres than usual, with less time to effect day to day maintenance, having an adverse effect on the performance of the fleet. The over extension and poor performance of the available fleet create serious risks in terms of commuter dissatisfaction and overcrowding.

In balancing the available in-service fleet with overall demand across the KZN region, the Chatsworth and Bluff services were suspended in order to make rolling stock available on higher demand corridors in areas where alternative bus services are not viable due to objections from the taxi industry.

b) A replacement bus service was provided by PRASA between Crossmoor and Merebank, making it possible for commuters to connect with trains travelling to and from the South Coast and Umlazi.

c) Although a partial recovery of the KZN Metrorail fleet availability towards the end of March allowed the train service between Durban and Crossmoor to be reinstated, limited spare trains sets still affects service capacity and performance, resulting in frequent cancellations. Buses are arranged on an ad-hoc basis to augment the train service as far as possible.

d) The train service between Durban and Crossmoor was officially reinstated on 30 March 2017. The train service between Durban/Umlazi and Wests (Bluff) remains suspended due to the ongoing shortage of rolling stock. PRASA is in a process of accelerating the return of additional rolling stock (train sets) to improve the fleet availability across all services in the KZN region.

05 June 2017 - NW1282

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) When was the Eastern Cape inspector of test stations appointed, (b) who was appointed, (c) what criteria were used in the appointment, (d) what reports have been submitted since the appointment, (e) what main issues have been identified, (f) what is being done to fix problem issues, (g) what solutions for problem issues have been identified and (h) what are the deadlines respectively?

Reply:

(a) In terms of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996), there is no provincial inspectorate of testing stations.

(b) No one has been appointed, however the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC is in the process of appointing a service provider /s to conduct assessment and inspections of driver licensing testing centres and vehicle testing stations.

(c) An open tender, Reference No RTMC BID 05/2007/18 was issued on Friday 19 May 2017 and the closing date is 12 June 2017 at 11:00.

(d), and (e), for reasons stated in (a),(b) and (c) above, the Department only receives copies of the reports on inspections done by the SABS and is not privy to any provincial reports, findings and actions taken by the MEC of the province.

(f), (g), and (h) The Department has started with the process of developing the Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy that is intended to root out fraud and corruption at the vehicle and driving testing stations; and in terms of the current Departmental Strategic Plan, it is anticipated that the strategy will be approved in March 2019.

05 June 2017 - NW1289

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the total number of examiners of vehicles in the Northern Cape who have been convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness and continue to practice as examiners, (b) why have the specified examiners not been charged and arrested and (c) by what date will they be arrested and charged?

Reply:

It is difficult to report on the statistics relating to convictions of examiners due to the prolonged period it takes to finalise a case; and due to the fact that once a case has been opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS), they must conduct investigations and ultimately prepare the docket for the Department of Justice to prosecute. Therefore a case may take much longer than expected to be finalised. This involves arms of government other than the Department of Transport.

a) It was reported to the Department that no examiners of vehicles in the Northern Cape have been convicted of issuing fraudulent certificates of road worthiness during the 2016 / 17 financial year.

b) See above (a)

c) See above (b)

05 June 2017 - NW1279

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) When was the Free State inspector of test stations appointed, (b) who was appointed, (c) what criteria were used in the appointment, (d) what reports have been submitted since the appointment, (e) what main issues have been identified, (f) what is being done to fix problem issues, (g) what solutions for problem issues have been identified and (h) what are the deadlines respectively?

Reply:

(a) In terms of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996), there is no provincial inspectorate of testing stations.

(b) No one has been appointed, however the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC is in the process of appointing a service provider /s to conduct assessment and inspections of driver licensing testing centres and vehicle testing stations.

(c) An open tender, Reference No RTMC BID 05/2007/18 was issued on Friday 19 May 2017 and the closing date is 12 June 2017 at 11:00.

(d), and (e), for reasons stated in (a),(b) and (c) above, the Department only receives copies of the reports on inspections done by the SABS and is not privy to any provincial reports, findings and actions taken by the MEC of the province.

(f), (g), and (h) The Department has started with the process of developing the Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy that is intended to root out fraud and corruption at the vehicle and driving testing stations; and in terms of the current Departmental Strategic Plan, it is anticipated that the strategy will be approved in March 2019.

05 June 2017 - NW1281

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) When was the Western Cape inspector of test stations appointed, (b) who was appointed, (c) what criteria were used in the appointment, (d) what reports have been submitted since the appointment, (e) what main issues have been identified, (f) what is being done to fix problem issues, (g) what solutions for problem issues have been identified and (h) what are the deadlines respectively?

Reply:

  1. In terms of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996), there is no provincial inspectorate of testing stations.
  1. No one has been appointed, however the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC is in the process of appointing a service provider /s to conduct assessment and inspections of driver licensing testing centres and vehicle testing stations.
  1. An open tender, Reference No RTMC BID 05/2007/18 was issued on Friday 19 May 2017 and the closing date is 12 June 2017 at 11:00.

(d), and (e), for reasons stated in (a),(b) and (c) above, the Department only receives copies of the reports on inspections done by the SABS and is not privy to any provincial reports, findings and actions taken by the MEC of the province.

(f), (g), and (h) The Department has started with the process of developing the Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy that is intended to root out fraud and corruption at the vehicle and driving testing stations; and in terms of the current Departmental Strategic Plan, it is anticipated that the strategy will be approved in March 2019.

05 June 2017 - NW1330

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Transport

What amount has been paid to the e-toll collection agency (name furnished) since the inception of the e-tolls as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project?

Reply:

Since the inception of e-tolls on 3 December 2013, the payments to date amounted to R2.22 billion for full toll operations. It must be noted that this amount cannot be regarded as compensation directly to the toll operator since it includes amounts that are paid via the e-toll operator to other service providers that provide direct services in terms of the project. Most notably are the following services:

Safety and Security Services

R 19.02m

Insurance of buildings

R 11.72m

Utilities (water, power, property taxes, telecoms), kiosk rental

R 138.49m

e-tags procurement from 3rd parties

R 130.56m

Invoice printing and posting

R 225.30m

SMS's

R 3.72m

 

R 528.81m

   

Excluding the above payments to other service providers (e.g. municipalities, telco’s, e-tags, Post Office, security and insurance companies), the payments made to the toll operator amount to R1.69 billion over a period of 42 months (Dec 2013 to May 2017). From these payments the operator:

  • pays salaries (approximately 1000 people);
  • performs system maintenance (toll gantries and all other hardware and software), electrical and building maintenance;
  • pays software licenses;
  • processes toll transactions;
  • generates invoices; and
  • operates customer service centres, the call centre, violator processing centre etc.

05 June 2017 - NW1429

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Who is the concessionaire of the Huguenot Tunnel in the Western Cape, (b) when were they appointed, (c) how were they appointed, (d) what criteria were used to appoint them, (e) when did this concessionaire start, (f) when will it be terminated (g) what are the terms and conditions of this concessionaire and (h) what financial costs and implications exist for Sanral or any other entity?

Reply:

(a) The Huguenot Tunnel is not a concession contract, but a state-owned toll road, as it is funded and maintained by SANRAL. The toll operations and tunnel management are outsourced to Tolcon Group, the Operator. SMEC Consulting Engineers are the appointed professional service providers; and are responsible for overseeing the operations and maintenance of the Huguenot Toll Plaza and Tunnel.

(b) Tolcon was appointed on 27 November 2014 and the Operations and Maintenance contract officially commenced on 01 February 2015.

(c) Tolcon and SMEC Consulting Engineers were appointed after an open tender process.

(d) The tender provided for a functionality requirement to be met as a minimum. This was calculated on the following basis:

THE QUALITY CRITERIA AND MAXIMUM SCORE IN RESPECT OF EACH OF THE CRITERIA ARE AS FOLLOWS:

FORM

DESCRIPTION OF QUALITY CRITERIA AND SUB-CRITERIA

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF TENDER EVALUATION POINTS

B1

Schedule of Work Experience in comparable projects

20

B3

Proposed Personnel for Key staff

15

B4

Continuing professional development of the Key staff

5

B5

(Items 1,4,5, & 6)

Organisational structure, Logistics, support structures and managerial ability appropriate to the size and nature of the work

10

B5

(Item 2)

Financial control structures

10

B5

(Item 3)

Financial information

5

B5

(Item 7)

Maintenance proficiency

15

B7

Toll Systems Replacement: Methodology, Approach & Technical Compliance

15

B8

Toll Manning Configuration

5

Total evaluation points for quality (MS)

100

The minimum number of evaluation points for quality (WQ) was 75.

All compliant tenders who met the threshold moved on to the second stage of the tender evaluation which was Price and Preference (90/10).

Scoring preference:

Up to 100 minus W1 tender evaluation points will be awarded to tenderers who submit responsive tenders and who are found to be eligible for the preference claimed. Points are based on a tenderer’s scorecard measured in terms of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (B-BBEE, Act 53 of 2003) and the Regulations (2009) to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA, Act 5 of 2000).

Points awarded were allocated according to a tenderer’s B-BBEE status level of contributor and summarised in the table below:

The score for price was calculated out of the 90 points using the formula:

A = (1 – (P – Pm)/Pm)

Pm is the comparative offer of the most favourable comparative offer

P is the comparative offer of the tender offer under consideration

The points for Price was then added to the Preference Point for a total point out of 100. The tender is awarded to the highest point scorer.

(e) It should be noted that this is not a concession contract, but the current Operations and Maintenance contract started on 01 February 2015.

(f) The contract was awarded for a 3 year period, with an option to extend for a further 2 years.

(g) Not applicable

(h) The Huguenot Toll Plaza and Tunnel is part of the SANRAL Toll Portfolio. Details of bonds issued in the capital markets to fund the Portfolio with each bonds corresponding coupon rate is disclosed in the SANRAL financial statements.

30 May 2017 - NW1108

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Bara, Mr M R to ask the Minister of Transport

What amount was spent by his department on e-government services in the 2016-2017 financial year and (b) is projected expenditure for the 201-2018 financial year? NW 1249E

Reply:

a) The Department has defined its e-Transport architecture which is meant to integrate Transport transversal electronic services (e.g. eNaTIS, NLTIS, AARTO, Driving Licence etc) to enable them to be available online to improve citizen convenience, reduce queues and improve efficiency of integrated systems.

b) The expenditure is embedded in the operations of the current electronic services and it will be difficult to isolate because there is no special funding reserved for eTransport. But as cooperate with our agencies there is a focus to expand our services to make them available online. The current resources will be used to achieve the department’s online services.

26 April 2017 - NW943

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to her; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) Have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply:

1. SOUTH AFRICAN MARITIME SAFETY AUTHORITY (SAMSA)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

Yes

One (1)

Effectively from May 2017 till to date

The CEO Mr Tsietsi Mokhele resigned

The interviews were conducted and recommendation is routed to Minister for approval.

As soon as approval is granted by the Minister.

CFO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

COO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2. ROAD ACCIDENT FUND (RAF)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

COO

No COO Position

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

3. SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL ROAD AGENCY LIMITED SOC (SANRAL)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

COO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

4. SOUTH AFRICAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (SACAA)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

COO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

5. PORTS REGULATOR (PR)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

COO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

6. AIRPORTS COMPANY SOUTH AFRICA SOC (ACSA)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

Yes

One (1)

Effectively from January 2017 till to date

The CFO Ms Maureen Manyama resigned

The vacancy has been advertised and the shortlisted candidates have been identified for interviews

As soon as the recruitment process is finalized

COO

Yes

One (1)

Effectively from January 2017 till to date.

COO Resigned.

The vacancy is still to be advertised.

As soon as the recruitment process is finalized.

7. AIR TRAFFIC NAVIGATION SYSTEM (ATNS)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

COO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

8. ROAD TRAFFIC INFRINDGEMENT AGENCY (RTIA)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

COO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

9. CROSS-BORDER ROAD TRANSPORT AGENCY (C-BRTA)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

COO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

10. RAILWAY SAFETY REGULATOR (RSR)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

Yes

One (1)

Effectively from 1 November 2015 till to date.

Redeployed to another function within the organization.

The interviews has been conducted and the successful candidate will commence on the 02nd of May 2017.

02 May 2017.

COO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

11. PASSENGER RAIL AGENCY OF SOUTH AFRICA (PRASA)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

Yes

Three (3)

  1. Mr Nthi Khena from 15 July 2015 to 30 June 2016
  1. Mr Collins Letsoalo from 1 July 2016 to 24 February 2017
  1. Mr Lindikaya Zide from 27 February 2017 to date.

Effectively from July 2015 till to date.

The services of the GCEO were terminated.

The appointment process of the GCEO is currently underway.

The appointment process of the GCEO is anticipated to be finalized in the next six (6) months

CFO

Yes

One (1)

Mr Nathi Khena applied in the advertised position of the GCEO.

Effectively from December 2016

The services of the GCFO were terminated

The replacement process of the GCFO will commence in May 2017.

The appointment process of the GCFO is anticipated to be finalized by October 2017.

COO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

12. ROAD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT CORPORATION (RTMC)

POSITIONS

VACANCIES

YES/NO

NO OF PERSONS ACTED IN THAT POSITION

HOW LONG DOES THE VACANCIES EXISTED

REASONS FOR THE VACANCY

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

WHEN WILL THE VACANCIES BE FILLED

CEO

No vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

COO

No Vacancy

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

13 April 2017 - NW898

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the SA National Road Agency Limited has any debt that has remained unpaid for 30 days or more; if so, (a) what (i) are the details of these debts, (ii) are the reasons for non-payment in each case, (b) on what date will each debt be settled and (c) what (i) processes, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms are in place to ensure that payments are made on time?

Reply:

For the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, SANRAL had 10 suppliers being owed R318 810.23 in total, with 127 average outstanding days. The total payments for the same period was R19.8 billion. Therefore the total outstanding was less than 0,002% of the total amount paid.

(a)(i)Service Provider

Invoice Number

Invoice Date

a(ii)Reason for non-payment

(b)Settlement date

Waterkloof Farm

VR146/02-15/16A

17/02/2016

Payment rejected by the system, the supplier changed the banking details without updating the banking with SANRAL

Depends on correct banking details being provided

AL Te Ver Trust

VR404/10-16/17A

10/10/2016

Payment rejected by the system, the supplier changed the banking details without updating the banking with SANRAL

Depends on correct banking details being provided

M Dzutsu

VR518/12-16/17Q

06/12/2016

Payment rejected by the system, the supplier changed the banking details without updating the banking with SANRAL

Depends on correct banking details being provided

Ultimate Consumable (Pty) Ltd

INV282312

02/03/2017

Awaiting for the statement before payment is made

Will be done before 14 April 2017

Locksmith

201301535

01/11/2016

Payment rejected by the system, the supplier changed the banking details without updating the banking with SANRAL

Depends on correct banking details being provided

(a)(i)Service Provider

Invoice Number

Invoice Date

a(ii)Reason for non-payment

(b)Settlement date

Ethekwini Municipality

883377330019Dec

03608009769Oct

13/12/2016

22/10/25016

Payment rejected by the system, the supplier changed the banking details without updating the banking with SANRAL

Depends on correct banking details being provided

University of Stellenbosch

282585

06/05/2016

Payment rejected by the system, the supplier changed the banking details without updating the banking with SANRAL

Depends on correct banking details being provided

Express Employment

20160407

04/07/2016

Payment rejected by the system, the supplier changed the banking details without updating the banking with SANRAL

Depends on correct banking details being provided

Modern Frames

S2318

03/06/2016

Payment rejected by the system, the supplier changed the banking details without updating the banking with SANRAL

Depends on correct banking details being provided

ARQ Consulting Engineers

17726

08/11/2016

Payment rejected by the system, the supplier changed the banking details without updating the banking with SANRAL

Depends on correct banking details being provided

(c)(i)(ii)(iii) In order to prevent fraudulent transactions or changes to banking details, SANRAL’s internal control measures requires the supplier to submit changes to banking details on a registration form accompanied by an original bank statement/letter/cancelled cheque, confirming the new account number or correct account number. These suppliers have been notified of the problem. SANRAL will pay as soon as it receives correct bank account numbers in a prescribed format. The suppliers have been informed of the prescribed format for changing banking details

13 April 2017 - NW894

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) On what date was the meeting of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa held in which the turnaround strategy was tabled and (b) what amendments did the board make to the strategy?

Reply:

a) The Turnaround Strategy was tabled on 28 &29 November 2016 at a Board Strategy Workshop and it was tabled formally at the Board of Control meeting on the 27th February 2017.

b) The Board supported the Turnaround Strategy and made the following amendments:

    (i) That Management must refine the implementation dates as these were un-realistic.

    (ii) That Management get the assistance of external experts to assist management with the implementation of the Turn Around Strategy

13 April 2017 - NW901

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the Road Traffic Infringement Agency has any debt that has remained unpaid for 30 days or more; if so, (a) what (i) are the details of these debts, (ii) are the reasons for non-payment in each case, (b) on what date will each debt be settled and (c) what (i) processes, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms are in place to ensure that payments are made on time?

Reply:

a) SAPO debt which has been long outstanding due to a dispute with SAPO over proof of service. The details are as follows:

a(i) Service provider / Invoice holder

Invoice number

Invoice dates

a(ii) Reason for non-payment

b) Settlement date

South African Post office (SAPO)

19034GS3030

8069862335

8069862334

8069880768

8069889842

8069906437

8069917673

8069906423

8069906421

8069906420

8069906422

15050007

8069949634

8069949636

8069949635

8069977529

8069977533

8069988717

8069988723

8069988722

8069988714

8069988720

8069988721

4060019

4060010

10060010

8070019964

8070019966

10060008

8070039169

8070039168

8070039170

8070039171

19060029

8070055661

8070055662

8070055658

8070055667

8070055663

8070055666

8070055665

8070055664

01/04/2015 – 24/06/2015

Dispute with SAPO over service delivery not within legislated timeframes as required by AARTO regulations

Envisaged end of April 2017

 

(c) (i), (ii), (iii) Internal checks and balances to prove service on a monthly basis. Monthly SAPO service reports between SAPO and RTIA. A new SLA is in place to deal with proof of service mechanisms and how each party responds to instances outside of SAPO’s control.

13 April 2017 - NW891

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) Which remuneration policies for the payment of board members of entities reporting to her has she not approved, (b) what are the reasons in each case and (c) when will these policies be approved; (2) (a) how have affected boards been operating in the meantime, (b) how has this been monitored and (c) what do reports reveal in this regard? NW960E

Reply:

1.(a) None. Board fees are determined by the Minister of Transport on consultation with the Minister of Finance.

(b) Not applicable

(c) Not applicable.

2. (a) Not applicable.

(b) Not applicable.

(c) Not applicable.

 

13 April 2017 - NW903

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the Rail Safety Regulator has any debt that has remained unpaid for 30 days or more; if so, (a) what (i) are the details of these debts, (ii) are the reasons for non-payment in each case, (b) on what date will each debt be settled and (c) what (i) processes, (ii) and (iii) mechanisms are in place to ensure that payments are made on time?

Reply:

Railway Safety Regulator (RSR)

Yes, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) had unpaid debts for 30 days and more at 31 March 2017.

a) (i)

Supplier

Amount

21st Century Pay Solutions Group

7,410.00

Armani Office Supplies

7,530.40

Baupa Trading Enteprise

50,200.00

Enovative Technologies Africa

24,582.96

GIBB Engineering & Science

224,093.10

Khula Fleet Solutions

328,885.90

Metrofile

5,677.31

Times Media

37,613.16

Vox Telecommunications (Pty)

111,670.18

Vukile Property Fund Ltd

54,060.71

Work dynamics (pty) Ltd)

79,800.00

YSA Developments Leadership

229,647.81

1,161,171.53

ii) Inadequate cash, Delays In collections of debtors.

b) April 2017

c) (i) To improve cash flow, operators are required to apply for renewal of their permit three months before expiry of their permits. This allows safety assessment to take place before the expiry of the permit. After the assessment has been completed, an invoice is issued to the operator. This process ensures that revenue is generated and collected in time.

(ii) According to (RSR) debtors Management Policy, debtors must be collected within 30 days of issuing an invoice. After operators have been invoiced, regular follow up is made with the debtors to ensure that payment is received.

(iii) Communication with debtors takes place through telephone, email and by sending statement of accounts. This is done to ensure that cash flow of the organisation is improved so that creditors could be paid within 30 days

13 April 2017 - NW893

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the process to appoint the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa which began in 2016, (a) why was the process terminated, (b) who made the decision to terminate the process and (c) what amount was spent on the process?

Reply:

Firstly, the former Minister of Transport, Ms Dipuo Peters met with staff members of PRASA. The staff members shared concerns that emerged from when SARCC became PRASA. The consolidation process of the various passenger rail entities into a single passenger entity, namely PRASA, did not also pay attention to cultivating a specific culture within the new organization. As result, hence the challenges that are now being experienced within PRASA. Secondly, the recruitment process for the Group CEO was compromised through the leaking of information to the public. The former Minister impressed upon the Board Chairperson to consider putting the appointment process on hold in light of the above developments. She emphasised that organisational stability was critical and had to be reached before a new CEO can be appointed. This would enable the incoming new CEO to focus on performance and gearing the organization for delivery.

a) The process to appoint the Group CEO of PRASA was terminated within the context of the above background. The credibility of the recruitment process was compromised.

b) The former Minister together with the Board Chairperson agreed and both took the matter to the Board for discussion and decision making

c) The amount spent on the process was R 1 767 000.00

13 April 2017 - NW895

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) How were the respective increases on e-toll tariffs calculated and (b) what other criteria were used; (2) whether public participation processes took place in each province; if not, why not; if so, what submissions were received?

Reply:

1. (a)The toll tariffs were adjusted for Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) effective 3 March 2017. The average of the CPI headline year-on-year rates, for the period November 2015 to October 2016, as published by Statistics-SA, was calculated and applied to the previous year’s tariffs for the tariff adjustment. The average CPI as applicable to the adjustment effective 3 March 2017 was 6.0417%.

This CPI adjustment is to retain the real value of the toll tariffs - there is no increase of the tariffs in real terms.

(b) No other criteria were used.

 

(2) The processes to be followed as directed by the South African National Roads Agency Ltd and National Roads Act, No.7 of 1998 were undertaken by SANRAL. The tariffs were calculated and recommended by SANRAL for approval by the Minister and then published in the Gazette for 14 days following signature by the Director General. The Act directs the processes to be followed for the amendment of toll tariffs as follows:

S 27 (2) clarifies that the amendment of toll tariffs “will become effective only 14 days after a notice to that effect by the Agency has been published in the Gazette”.

S 27 (3) (a) specifies that the amendment “is determined by the Minister on the recommendation of the Agency”.

S (3) (c) specifies that the amendment “must be made known by the head of the Department by notice in the Gazette”.

Further, Clause 5.19 of the applicable Gazette no. 40623 of 16 February 2017 states that: “The tariffs and amounts displayed in this notice may be adjusted by a determination of the Minister annually: Provided that such adjustment shall not exceed the Consumer Price Index calculated for the preceding 12 months”.

 

10 April 2017 - NW905

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the SA Aviation Authority has any debt that has remained unpaid for 30 days or more; if so, (a) what (i) are the details of these debts, (ii) are the reasons for non-payment in each case, (b) on what date will each debt be settled and (c) what (i) processes, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms are in place to ensure that payments are made on time?

Reply:

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) endeavors to comply with section 38(1)(f) of the Public Finance Management Act, Treasury Regulation 8.2.3 and National Treasury SCM Instruction No 5 of 2016/17 to settle all contractual obligations and pay all debt owing within the prescribed or agreed period, which in this case is thirty (30) days.

a) (i), and (ii) The SACAA is not aware of any valid and authorised debt that has remained unpaid for 30 days or more.

b) Debt is settled within 30 days of a valid and approved invoice being presented to the SACAA’s Finance Department and if all the required supporting documents are submitted.

c) (i), (ii), and (iii) The payment process is governed by a policy on accounts payable that have been approved by the SACAA Board. Payments are done weekly by the SACAA’s Finance Department and a creditor’s age analysis is prepared and reviewed monthly.

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10 April 2017 - NW904

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the Ports Regulator of South Africa has any debt that has remained unpaid for 30 days or more; if so, (a) what (i) are the details of these debts, (ii) are the reasons for non-payment in each case, (b) on what date will each debt be settled and (c) what (i) processes, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms are in place to ensure that payments are made on time?

Reply:

PORTS REGULATOR OF SOUTH AFRICA

The Ports Regulator does not have any debts that have remained unpaid for a period longer than 30 days. The Ports Regulator has a turnaround time of 7 days to pay the invoice, this was further confirmed by the Auditor General in the 2015/16 financial year regularity audit which indicated an average of 8 days for the payment of invoices.

(a) Not applicable as there are no debts unpaid.

(b) Not applicable as there are no debts unpaid.

(c) (I, ii and iii) The Ports Regulator has a system of recording each invoice immediately upon receipt to ensure each tracking, the invoice is then submitted to the respective department for approval before being sent back to finance for payment, the finance section does follow ups if the invoice is not received back from respective department to ensure timeous payment. The invoice after being received back from other departments is then compiled form payment which takes about two days. All these stages are recorded.

10 April 2017 - NW896

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether her department has any debts that have remained unpaid for 30 days or more; if so, (a) what (i) are the details of these debts, (ii) are the reasons for non-payment in each case, (b) on what date will each debt be settled and (c) what (i) processes, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms are in place to ensure that payments are made on time?

Reply:

a) The department does not have any debts that remained unpaid for 30 days or more.

a) (i) N/A

    (ii) N/A

b) N/A

c) (i) Payments to creditors are processed on a daily basis.

(ii) An invoice is received from the supplier; the invoice is certified by the project manager, a payment advice is compiled and approved by the relevant delegated authority; the payment is processed and authorised on the system and the amount is paid.

(iii) The Department implemented a payment tracking system to monitor and track payments.

10 April 2017 - NW906

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the Airports Company South Africa has any debt that has remained unpaid for 30 days or more; if so, (a) what (i) are the details of these debts, (ii) are the reasons for non-payment in each case, (b) on what date will each debt be settled and (c) what (i) processes, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms are in place to ensure that payments are made on time?

Reply:

Airports Company South Africa has no debt unpaid for 30 days or more relating to its borrowing programme.

The company also has an accounts payable policy to make payments to suppliers and service providers within 30 days of date of invoice or accrual of debt. Payment occurs on the matching of the original purchase order with the goods / services receipt note and the supplier invoice or recognition of the debt. (a) (i) (ii) It is inevitable that some invoices from suppliers will remain unpaid if differences are identified between the purchase order, goods / services receipt note and the invoice or if disputes are lodged. The company’s accounts payable system reflect that less than 0.8% of monthly ‘debts’ remain unpaid after 30 days based on such circumstances (every month the accumulated unpaid ‘debts’ are less than 0.8% of the monthly ‘debts’). (b) each outstanding ‘debt’ is settled immediately on the resolution of the conditions that gave rise to the non-payment. (c) (i) (ii) (iii) The company utilises an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tool with procurement and accounts payable modules linked to a cash management system that enables the recognition of ‘debts’ when goods / services are delivered as per the International Framework for Reporting Standards (IFRS) to ensure continuous service delivery through payments to suppliers.