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25 February 2021 - NW192

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her reply to question 2995 on 6 January 2021, what total number of (a) persons paid their TV licences in (i) 2017-18, (ii) 2018-19 and (iii) 2019-20 financial years and (b) accounts were sent out via (i) mail, (ii) sms and (iii) email in each financial year?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

(a)

Financial Year

Business Licence

Dealer Licence

Concessionary Licence

Domestic (Normal)

Total

2017 - 2018

37 003

4 079

514 653

2 181 630

2 737 365

2018 - 2019

36 400

4 007

461 621

2 265 324

2 767 352

2019 - 2020

29 522

3 418

393 963

1 896 586

2 323 489

(b)

Financial Year

E-mails

SMS

Mailed letters

2017 - 2018

23 846 458

103 909 803

372

2018 - 2019

23 793 849

82 655 991

0

2019 - 2020

8 025 851

28 055 096

0

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

25 February 2021 - NW187

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)What (a) number of students was able to enrol in each public university (i) in 2020 and (ii) in 2021 in terms of the enrolment plan of each university and (b) is the current enrolment numbers at each public university; (2) what number of the students who enrolled at each of the specified universities in 2020 were beneficiaries of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme?

Reply:

(1) (a) The table below reflects the Ministerial approved enrolment planning targets for the 2020 and 2021 academic years.

Institution

Projected Targets

 

2020

2021

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

35 498

37 027

University of Cape Town

28 037

28 174

Central University of Technology

18 255

19 098

Durban University of Technology

30 219

30 439

University of Fort Hare

17 310

17 673

University of Free State

40 271

40 519

University of Johannesburg

49 727

49 969

University of KwaZulu-Natal

47 726

46 829

University of Limpopo

21 995

22 561

Mangosuthu University of Technology

12 980

13 391

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

29 792

30 461

North-West University

63 065

61 054

University of Pretoria

51 978

52 134

Rhodes University

8 714

8 866

University of South Africa

376 000

376 468

University of Stellenbosch

31 690

32 380

Tshwane University of Technology

61 814

62 439

Vaal University of Technology

20 992

22 154

University of Venda

16 992

17 332

Walter Sisulu University

30 269

29 544

University of the Western Cape

24 800

25 060

University of the Witwatersrand

40 935

41 003

University of Zululand

17 920

18 636

University of Mpumalanga

4 218

5 217

Sol Plaatje University

2 512

3 278

Sefako Makgatho Health Science University

6 640

6 820

Total

1 090 350

1 098 526

(b) The Department has only received preliminary data from universities on their 2020 enrolments and this is therefore subject to change.  More reliable data on enrolments will be received from universities at the end of April 2021. Once they have identified all their graduates, the Department will receive the final audited data at the end of July 2021. 

(2) As at 31 December 2020, NSFAS had confirmed funding for 487 411 university students on the DHET Bursary Scheme. It is estimated that this number would increase taking into consideration that NSFAS is concluding outstanding funding decisions. The table below provides a breakdown of the numbers per institution.

Institution

NSFAS Funded Students

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

                15 521

Central University of Technology

                  8 868

Durban University of Technology

                19 994

Mangosuthu University of Technology

                10 430

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

                14 164

North-West University

                22 356

Rhodes University

                  3 128

Sefako Makgatho Health Science University

                  3 229

Sol Plaatje University

                  1 434

Tshwane University of Technology

                36 447

University of Cape Town

                  5 109

University of Fort Hare

                  9 339

University of Free State

                21 503

University of Johannesburg

                23 328

University of KwaZulu-Natal

                23 916

University of Limpopo

                15 749

University of Mpumalanga

                  3 090

University of Pretoria

                10 706

University of South Africa

              157 395

University of Stellenbosch

                  3 952

University of the Western Cape

                10 471

University of the Witwatersrand

                  9 327

University of Venda

                10 890

University of Zululand

                13 092

Vaal University of Technology

                12 540

Walter Sisulu University

                21 433

Total

              487 411

 

25 February 2021 - NW16

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)Whether the investigation by the former Department of Science and Technology in 2016 into alleged maladministration by a certain person that was in the employ of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research at the time (name furnished), led to a report and/or any other indication of wrongdoing by the specified person; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in this regard; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. There was no investigation instituted against the former CEO of the CSIR by the DSI.
  2. Based on the answer given above, the question is moot.

25 February 2021 - NW204

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Whether there is a planned revision of curricula offered at technical and vocational education and training centres in light of the fact that many courses offered to equip students with trade skills are more theory-based than focused on practical application and skill, thus effecting graduating students’ employability; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Since 2018, the Department has embarked on a plan to review and update programmes and qualifications offered at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in order to align them with the needs of industry and society. This plan has focused on the following aspects of the curriculum:

1.   Integrating digital skills knowledge into current programmes;

2.   Introducing new programmes in response to the fourth industrial revolution (4IR);

3.   Phasing out of outdated programmes;

4.   Reconstruction of Engineering programmes to make them more responsive to the changing industry environment; and

5.   Revision and updating of subject content.

 1. Integrating digital skills knowledge into current programmes

With the support of CISCO Systems, the Department has developed digital skills training, which has been integrated into the National Certificate (Vocational) [NCV] programme. Knowledge of the use of the internet, email, cyber security and databases are examples of digital skills training that have been integrated into the NCV programme.

2.   Introducing new programmes in response to the 4IR

The Department has developed a new stream focusing on Robotics in the NCV: Information Technology and Computer Science programme which previously focused on programming and systems development only. This stream will cover subjects such as Electronic and Digital concepts for Robotics, Robotics Fundamentals and Industrial Automation. The curriculum for this programme is currently being quality assured by Umalusi and is envisaged for implementation in 2022.

3.   Phasing out of outdated programmes

In November 2020, the Department published a government notice for public comment on the phasing-out of NATED Report 191 N1 – N3 programmes. These programmes have been identified to be outdated in their curriculum structure, purpose and articulation possibilities within the National Qualifications Framework. The Department has received public comments, which are currently being analysed before final recommendations can be made.

4.   Reconstruction of Engineering programmes to make them more responsive to the changing industry environment

The Department has collaborated with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) in reconstructing curricula of Engineering Studies programmes to align with industry needs and standards of professional bodies. The programmes that have been prioritised and are currently being reconstructed are in the following fields: Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering.

This reconstruction commenced in August 2020 and is anticipated to be completed by June 2021. The completion of this process will see a reduction in the offering of the current NATED programmes and a move to occupational programmes, which are more industry-aligned.

5.   Revision and updating of subject content

The Department has since 2018 updated curricula in 38 subjects of the NATED Report 191 programmes covering Engineering, Business and Services studies. The implementation of these revised/updated curricula started in January 2021.

25 February 2021 - NW176

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether there is a budget to repair the lift at the Germiston Police Station that has eight floors; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the budget and (b) on what date will the lift be repaired?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

I am informed by the Department that budget is available for the maintenance of the lifts at the Germiston Police Station through a term contract.

Germiston Police Station vertical transportation service comprises of five lifts. All the lifts have reached and exceeded their end of lifespan and are over-due for a complete replacement.

Three lifts are out of service due to age and spares unavailability, the balance of two lifts are in service under the DPWI’s Johannesburg Region planned maintenance, however, only one lift is in operation as the other is currently switched off by the maintenance service provider whilst awaiting critical spare parts from the overseas suppliers.

a) The maintenance budget is available under a maintenance contract for the lifts under DPWI responsibility. Only two (2) of the five (5) lifts fleet in Germiston SAPS are repairable, though all have exceed their useful life and are beyond economic repair. The entire fleet needs to be replaced from a capital works fund to be provided by SAPS as a client.

b) A plan has been initiated to register a capital works project that will accommodate the replacement of the dilapidated lifts; this entails an instruction from the User Department (SAPS) together with funding allocations. The replacement period for the lifts is estimated at 12 to 18 months as lifts are being imported.

25 February 2021 - NW203

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

On what date will all National Student Financial Aids Scheme students at technical and vocational education and training centres at (a) Esayidi Campuses and (b) Thekwini College in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, receive the laptops as he promised in 2020?

Reply:

The procurement of laptops by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is still underway. NSFAS has communicated to all Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges that laptops will be distributed to all qualifying students in the month of April 2021.

25 February 2021 - NW167

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Nodada, Mr BB to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) is the total number of schools that have been identified by Sanitation Appropriate for Education to have inappropriate sanitation and (b) number of schools have had their sanitation facilities upgraded as a result?

Reply:

a) An initial list of 3 898 schools were identified for intervention under the SAFE programme.

b) Since the start of the programme, some of the non-viable schools have been closed or rationalised and do not need intervention under the SAFE programme.  A verification of the actual need at schools, futher revealed that some schools have appropriate toilets; and do not need intervention under the SAFE programme.  There are however, 2 865 schools that do require intervention under the SAFE programme.  Of these, the construction of new toilets has progressed to practical completion at 683 schools.  A further 340 schools have toilets under construction.  New toilets at the remaining 1 842 schools, are scheduled for construction during 2021/22.

25 February 2021 - NW185

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and the annual renewal of certain electronic communication licences that were awarded and for which payment was made on 28 July 2020, but have not been received (details furnished), (a) on what date(s) were the specified licences issued for 2020, (b) on what date can the clients expect to receive the licences and (c) by what means are actual licences delivered to successful applicants?

Reply:

I have been advised by the ICASA as follows:

License Numbers

District Monitoring-License numbers 545-461-2 and 552-562-1

District Watch-License numbers 493-819-8, 145-617-2 and 483-730

District Bassetti-License numbers 532-539-4

a) ICASA issued all invoices for the annual Radio Frequency Spectrum (RFS) licence fees in respect of the RFS licences for the 2020-21 financial year on 22 July 2020. A batch of RFS Licences – including those held by District Watch, District Basset and District Monitoring - were printed on 29 November 2020.

b) The printed RFS licences are posted to licensees by the Authority’s service provider via unregistered postage. However, in light of the question posed it is apparent that the licensees may not have received their licences via post. The Authority will contact the licensees to arrange a reprint of the RFS licences for delivery or collection by the licensees at the Authority’s offices.

c) As stated above, printed RFS licences are posted to licensees by a service provider via unregistered postage. The Authority has however, noted the inefficiencies of this process and is currently implementing a new system (an Automated Spectrum Management System (“ASMS”)) for the processing of applications / renewals and delivery of RFS licences.

The ASMS system provides an online portal for receipt of – amongst others - new and renewal applications. The ASMS automatically sends invoices for administrative and licence fees via e-mail to the applicants as required. The system also automatically issues the RFS licences and e-mails them to successful applicants once processing and verification processes have been finalised. Going forward – with effect from 1 April 2021 - licensees will be able to download copies of their licenses from the ASMS and will no longer require the Authority to post licenses.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

25 February 2021 - NW168

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Nodada, Mr BB to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) plans has her department put in place to create and implement the promotion of gender empowerment in school communities and (b) is the total number of schools in each province which have been identified for the implementation of programmes specifically designed to address gender equity?

Reply:

a) What plans does DBE put in place to create and implement the promotion of gender empowerment in school communities?

DBE has a responsibility of implementing gender empowerment in schools. This is a constitutional obligation, but also serves as a catalyst in addressing gender discrimination, dismantling patriarchy, boosting confidence and promoting mutual respect between and amongst people, in particular learners.

Gender Empowerment is addressed in the Lifeskills and Life Orientation Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) delivered in all schools. To enhance the Lifeskills and Life Orientation offering, a phased implementation of Scripted Lesson Plans for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is currently undertaken in five (5) provinces.

In the co-curricular offering, the DBE has two programmes that assist with the promotion of gender empowerment in schools. These programmes are the Girls and Boys Education Movement (GBEM) and Techno-Girl. Briefly:

  • GBEM aims to encourage girls and boys to work together as equals and to foster respect for the human dignity and rights of both sexes. Through engaging with the movement and its activities, learners are equipped with adequate knowledge to engage on various issues such as governance, lifeskills, sport and development, gender based violence an related topics in a constructive manner, thereby encouraging active citizenry.

 

  • Techno-Girl programme on the other hand, is a girl economic empowerment initiative, which is achieved through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. Girls from disadvantaged communities benefit from a three-year structured job shadowing, mentorship and skills development programme with companies that have core skill requirements for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. The programme provides girls with a unique opportunity to explore various STEM career choices, analyse and make informed decisions in a given career choice. The programme has developed a mentorship component through Techno-Girl Alumni where learners, especially those who are in Grade 12, are offered assistance for applying to tertiary institutions.

 

b) Is there a total number of schools in each province which have been identified for implementation of programmes specifically designed to address gender equity?

 

Province

District

Number of Schools

Eastern Cape

Chris Hani

06

 

Buffalo City Metropolitant

06

 

Amathole East

07

 

Nelson Mandela Bay

09

Gauteng

 

Gauteng West

15

 

Johannesburg West

09

 

Tshwane South

09

Limpopo

 

Capricorn

09

 

Waterburg

05

Mpumalanga

 

Gert Sibande

06

 

Ehlanzeni

11

 

Nkangala

07

 

Bohlabela

06

KwaZulu Natal

 

Umgungundlovu

06

 

Uthukela

06

 

Umlazi

11

The Lifeskills and Life Orientation curriculum, as it addresses gender empowerement and equity, is offered in all 25 154 schools across the country.

The phased implementation of Scripted Lesson Plans for CSE is in 2176, broken down as follows:

Province

Number of Schools

Western Cape

101

Free State

131

Gauteng

436

KwaZulu-Natal

930

Mpumalanga

578

 

The GBEM programme is implemented in a selected 128 schools from the following provinces:

The latest statistical information on the Techno-Girl programme is still being consolidated by the Techno-Girl Trust with whom the DBE holds a partnership.

25 February 2021 - NW183

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With reference to recommendations made by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) after its oversight visit to the Beitbridge Border Post and the state of the fence built during 2020 by her department as part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, (a) what did her department’s Acting Director-General mean during the meeting of 2 February 2021 when he stated that her department’s Accounting Officer is only taking steps to ensure that all physical defects in the fence are rectified because Scopa recommended it and (b) what plans has her department put in place to rectify all the defects that it also admits exist; (2) in view of the recommendation that all supply chain management personnel be vetted and with Scopa now being told that this will take until March 2022, (a) what are the reasons for such a long delay with compliance with this recommendation and (b) what is being done to expedite this; (3) (a) what progress is being made on the recommendations to blacklist the principal contractor and the main contractor from doing business with the Government in terms of Regulation 14 of the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2017 and (b) why there is still a number of contracts with these companies in place? NW186E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) To have an informed position on the feasibility of rectifying all physical defects of the Beitbridge Border fence, the Accounting Officer sanctioned a detailed Technical Condition Assessment of the constructed 40km border fence to determine the extent of material deficiencies and breaches. The assessment was undertaken during December 2020.

On 2 February 2021, the outcome of this assessment was reported against recommendation (b) of the Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on its oversight visit to Beitbridge Border Post, from 4 to 6 September 2020, dated 17 November 2020 (ATC of 19 November 2020), which stated that:

The Committee recommends that the Accounting Officer ensures that all physical defects are rectified in line with all applicable regulations,

(b) As the fence, in its current form, is not fit for purpose and in material non-compliance with the specifications, the Department has taken a decision not to entertain the possibility of any further repairs of the fence.

Any further border fence initiatives will be located in the context of the Integrated Border Management solution currently underway. In this regard, the site clearance process is aimed at being completed by June this year, from where the Department will embrace and utilise a best practice approach to border security in consultation with the Department of Defence (DoD). The relevant Request for Information (RFI) on the Integrated Border Fence Solutions will accordingly be published by the end of March 2021 to facilitate consultations for solutions.

2. (a) I am informed by the Department that Security Vetting is a lengthy process and usually takes 3 months or more to complete. The Department has 7 Vetting officials who must vet the outstanding 253 SCM and Bid Committee officials.

The vetting process includes the following steps:

 

      • The SCM officials must complete the Z204 Vetting forms and attach personal documents such as copies of bank statements (savings, investment, house loan, vehicles loan, business interests), copies of academic qualifications, as well as other relevant documents. 
      • Thereafter fieldwork interviews by the vetting officers commence, where they go around the country to interview references of the official who is being vetted. Thereafter follows a personal interview with the official and his/her supervisor. 
      • The vetting officer compiles the report from where the vetting files are submitted to the State Security Agency (SSA) to conduct a polygraph test.
      • After the polygraph test, the files go to the SSA Evaluation Unit to determine whether security clearance should be issued or not. 
      • It should be noted that the SSA has to cater for all Government Departments and SOEs where the standard SSA process for polygraph testing and evaluation can sometimes take up to a year or more.

The process outlined above, is what informed the anticipated timeframe of completing the vetting of SCM and Bid Committee officials by March 2022.

 

(b) The Accounting Officer requested that SSA consider the DPWI vetting files as top priority for the expedition of polygraph testing as well as evaluation of vetting files. The Minister has also requested that the process be concluded as soon as possible.

3. (a) It was recommended that the Principal Agent and the main contractor be restricted from doing business with Government subject to the application of the relevant due process and National Treasury concurrence, pursuant to the examination of the findings of the investigation that they acted in an irregular manner in their respective engagements with the DPWI.

The matter served before the Restriction Committee and Authority (RCAA) on 28 August 2020, after which detailed evidence contained in the Investigation Report was sought by the RCAA to enable it to continue its business. The Department was compelled to delay the release of this information and to reconstitute the composition of the RCAA recognising that the chairperson of the RCAA was one of the officials cited in the investigation report and subject to disciplinary action.

Another reason for delaying the release of the report to the RCAA, was to allow the Department to initiate and advance disciplinary processes before releasing the investigation report to third parties to protect the confidentiality of the information contained in the report.

On 11 February 2021 the department approved the final charges against the officials and formally reconstituted the RCAA to exclude from membership of the Committee any person who may have a conflict of interest. On 12 February 2021 the matter was tabled again with the RCAA and all the relevant reports and supporting evidence were provided to the committee to enable it to conclude its work.

The Committee has considered and studied the relevant investigation reports and issued letters to the contractor and consultant on 26 February 2021 requesting reasons why the Department should not recommend to National Treasury their restriction from doing business with the State. The RCAA has indicated that it will afford the respective service providers a period of 14 days to provide their written representations. The RCAA estimates that this process will be finalised by mid-March 2021.

(b) At this stage, the Department has not identified any justifiable grounds to terminate the existing contracts, as these contracts have been duly awarded. However, the Department is in the process of reviewing these contracts though its Internal Audit unit.

The Department is further seeking legal advice as to whether the conduct of the respective companies in relation to the Beitbridge contract constitutes sufficient grounds to seek termination of their remaining contracts with the Department. The matter is currently under legal review.

25 February 2021 - NW186

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)    What number of post offices have electronic National Traffic Information System (e-NATIS) vehicle licence machines? (2) Whether staff are trained on the use of the e-NATIS machines; if not, why not; if so, what (a) number of people are trained in this regard in each branch and (b) is the nature of the training?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

1. There are 520 Post Offices nationally across the Provinces, except for the Western Cape (which SAPO does not service currently) that have e-Natis with a current total of 580 machines.

2. Yes, staff are trained on the use of e-Natis machines.

(a) Approximately 2080 staff were trained nationally with a minimum of at least 2 per branch.

(b) Training needs change continually based on specific operational requirements and with the service offerings of the respective branch that are based on specific provincial negotiated agreements. Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and North West have a combination of full service and renewals. SAPO also has a supervisor and teller functions per branch as per e-Natis requirements.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

25 February 2021 - NW88

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether any of the 700 000 hectares of State land, that is currently being made available for farmers, falls under the control of her department, if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how many hectares fall under the control of her department, (b) where is the land situated and (c) who is currently occupying the land?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The 700 000 hectares made available to farmers is under the control of the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD).

a) None of these hectares fall under the control of Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure;

b) The land is situated throughout national and provincial spheres of government;

c) According to DALRRD, the land is vacant.

25 February 2021 - NW222

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the 89 Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) in the Eastern Cape that form part of the Non-State Sector Expanded Public Works Programme, the NPOs are required to pay Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) contributions on behalf of their participants; if not, why not; if so, are the contributions monitored by the Independent Development Trust; (2) whether the specified contribution from the NPOs are up to date; if not, (a) what measures are in place to ensure that outstanding monies are paid up on behalf of the participants and (b)(i) what total amount of outstanding contributions are owed for UIF and COIDA to her department and (ii) by which NPOs; (3) whether the stipend allocations are made in advance; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what happens to any excess monies that are not paid over to participants in cases such as absenteeism, (b) how often are the calculations made as to the amount of excess monies held by the NPO and (c) is there a record of anticipated expenditure versus actual expenditure in respect of each NPO; (4) in cases where the stipend allocations are made in arrears, what are the time frames for payments to the NPOs for each payment period? NW225E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I am informed by the Department that to implement the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Non-State Sector Non-Profit Organisation (NPOs) programme in the Eastern Cape Province, a total of forty eight (48) NPOs were contracted for two years in the 2019/20 financial year. From April – November 2020, twenty four (24) NPOs were utilized to implement the EPWP COVID-19 Response Project.

Based on the contract signed between the intermediary the Independent Development Trust (IDT) and the NPOs, there is an allocation paid to NPOs to ensure they pay the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) for participants contracted in the programme.

The payments done by the NPOs towards UIF and COIDA to the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) are monitored by the IDT in the following manner:

  • Upon contracting, NPOs have to submit a valid Letter of Good Standing with the UIF and for COIDA to cover the period of the programme/project implementation.
  • NPOs also expected to submit a proof of payment of the UIF to DEL to the IDT before the allocation can be paid.

2. All twenty four 24 NPOs contracted to implement the EPWP COVID-19 response are up to date with the COIDA contributions. However, from these NPOs, three (3) NPOs are not up to date with the UIF contributions.

(a) To ensure all outstanding monies are paid on behalf of participants to UIF and COIDA, the IDT continues to remind and encourage NPOs to settle any outstanding payments as the existing contracts signed with the NPOs does not have any punitive measures to be enforced.

(b)

(i) There are no outstanding contributions owed to and by NPOs on COIDA. Only three (3) NPOs have outstanding contributions on UIF. The 3 NPOs submitted their invoices to the IDT in February 2021 for the payment of UIF they did on behalf of participants, while participants had finished working on 13 November 2020. No payment has been done yet by the IDT to the NPOs, as the NPOs have been requested to provide evidence that payment was done for participants during the implementation of the EPWP COVID-19 Response Project.

(ii) The three (3) NPOs mentioned above are indicated in table 1 below:

Table 1: NPOs with outstanding UIF Payments

Item

District Municipality

Name of NPO

UIF Allocation

UIF Amount Spent

UIF Amount Un-spent

1.

Alfred Nzo

Ixabiso Lomntu Aids Awareness & Home Base Care

R5,641.86

R0.00

R5,641.86

2.

Alfred Nzo

Mount Frere Paralegal Advice Centre

R6,363.00

R0.00

R6,363.00

3.

Amathole

Ubabalo Lusanele Skills Centre

R5,641.86

R0.00

R5,641.86

3. Payment of stipends/wages to the NPOs are not made in advance. The payments to NPOs for participants stipends are based on claims submitted to the IDT for the work done supported by attendance registers.

a) The issue of excess monies does not apply in the NSS NPOs programme, as payments of stipends/wages are made on the basis of submission of the invoices which are supported by the attendance registers.

b) Calculations for payments held by NPOs on outstanding stipends/wages do not apply in the NPOs programme, as there are no advance payments made in the programme.

c) Yes, there are records of projected expenditure and actual expenditure for each NPO kept. Upon contracting, NPOs are allocated a budget based on the number of participants they should contract against the number of work days included in the contract. From this information, the IDT is able to project monthly expenditure for each NPO prior. For actual expenditure of projects, NPOs are also expected to submit invoices on monthly basis before payments can be done.

4) It takes 14 days to process the invoice of the NPO provided there are no corrections needed to be made by the NPO. The NPO invoice payment will exceed 14 days in cases where the NPOs have to make corrections. The turn-around time for payment depends on the speed of correction of the invoice by the NPOs. This varies from NPO-to-NPO. The IDT does not pay the NPO until all corrections / queries have been addressed.

25 February 2021 - NW236

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, in light of the fact that in many parts of the world school sport has restarted, albeit tentatively, she has plans in place to ensure that school sports go on this year, especially at schools in areas that are more impoverished in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what plans?

Reply:

On 21 October 2020 the Department of Basic Education issued the Amended Directions, in terms of Regulation 4(3) of the Regulations made under the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002), regarding the re-opening of schools; and measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 at Alert Level 1. At that point, non-contact sport was allowed and inter-school matches were allowed to resume activity. However, this was short-lived as the country experienced a surge in the number of people who contracted the corona virus; and the country was then moved to Alert Level 3. As a result, the Department has finalised the amended draft Directions in line with Alert Level 3.

These Directions have been consulted on widely with basic education stakeholders and the Human Rights Commission. The draft Directions allow for non-contact sport to resume within all schools, provided that compliance with social distancing, hygiene and safety measures to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 is adhered to.

The following safety measures must be adhered to with this resumption:

  1. The number of persons in the sporting venues, change rooms or training area at any given time, must be limited as far as is reasonably practicable;
  2. Sport personnel and all participants must be subjected to temperature screening before they enter the sport venue or sport fields;
  3. Face masks, or appropriate items that cover the nose and mouth as required by the health protocols, must be worn by all personnel and participants entering the sporting venues, change rooms or training area except participants when training or participating in matches;
  4. All windows and doors must remain open, where feasible, to reduce contact and ensure adequate ventilation;
  5. Social distancing must be maintained at all times; and
  6. A register of all personnel and participants must be kept.

Contact sport training is also allowed under Lockdown Alert Level 3, provided there is no contact during training, and physical distancing is maintained. Arts and Culture and other enrichment programmes are also allowed to resume in schools with safety and hygiene measures maintained.

For now, inter-school matches, choir rehearsals, choir competitions and sport championships at district, provincial and national level will be suspended. This is temporary as the country deals with the surge in the numbers of infections.

These measures are temporary and will be reviewed as the Covid-19 infections decline.

24 February 2021 - NW136

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

Whether, with reference to the Performance Agreement he signed with the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, (details furnished), he will provide progress updates regarding meeting the specified targets pertaining to the 2019-20 financial year of the different management areas listed under Key Responsibility Area 3; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Performance Agreement signed between the Minister and the President outlines the work that the Minister, supported by the Deputy Minister, the Department of Employment and Labour and all its entities must achieve. The Minister is expected to work with other Ministers on the various Cabinet Clusters to achieve the outlined priorities. Whether the Minister is delivering or not, will be assessed by the President during the Performance Evaluation process.

The Department of Employment and Labour and all its entities, do report to Parliament, through Parliamentary committees such as Select Committee and Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour,

that Honourable Bagraim is a member of, on the Quarterly progress on the implementation of priorities as outlined in the Strategic Plans and Annual Performance Plans that were used as a basis for allocating the Budget to the Department.

The Department and all its entities also table Annual Reports that are audited by the Auditor General on its Performance information and how the budget was used.

24 February 2021 - NW140

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

Given the forecast by economists that the continuation of the adjusted Level 3 lockdown restrictions could result in a further 1,4 million job losses, and given that the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s COVID-19 TERS scheme came to an end on 15 October 2020, what (a) steps is his department taking to prevent job losses on a massive scale and (b) is his department doing to provide income support to those persons who cannot work because of the adjusted Level 3 lockdown restrictions?

Reply:

a) The COVID-19 TERS benefit was extended until 15 March 2021. However, through the special COVID-19 TERS benefit government is supporting some employers to continue operating their businesses, whilst not having to pay wages during the period of decreased economic activity, thus preventing job losses.

Furthermore, employees that have to work reduced working time or have been laid off temporarily can apply for UIF-benefits under section 12(1)(b) for income replacement.

b) The following contribution was made to the economy since March 2020 to 10 February 2021

  • 13 468 043 beneficiaries received payments to the value of R57 488 330 825 in terms of the COVID-19 TERS benefit scheme
  • 1 161 059 employers applied for the above benefit on behalf of their employees.

In addition, a further R13 754 711 897 was paid in terms of unemployment and other statutory benefits to a further 2 445 665 beneficiaries.

24 February 2021 - NW149

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

What collaborative work is being done by her department and the Department of Justice and Correctional Services to allow for a clearer interpretation and protection for protection orders with regard to rights of children in such cases?

Reply:

The Department of Social Development work very closely with the Department of Justice and Correctional Services and the Judiciary in child protection matters as mandated by the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. The Act mandates the two departments to work together to care, protect and develop children. In order to successfully implement the Act it is important that officials from the two departments, who are key in the implementation of the Act should have a common understanding of the Act. It is against this background that capacity building sessions are held with the officials from the two departments.

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development facilitated refresher training in 2018/19 on the submission of information to the Register of the National Child Protection Register in conjunction with the Registrar of the National Child Protection Register. This training targeted officials from the Department of Social Development in all the provinces.

Furthermore there is a structure that has been established in terms of the Children’s Act which is National Child Care and Protection Forum (NCCPF) where the two departments are key. This structure serves as a platform to engage on child protection issues of which Protection orders with regard to rights of children are one of those discussed to ensure common understanding and correct interpretation thereof.

The two departments established an inter-sectoral steering committee on Foster Care which provide a platform to share information, reflect on lessons learned, implementation challenges and strategies to address these challenges.

24 February 2021 - NW31

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

In light of the long queues at post offices for persons to receive their COVID-19 grants of R350, what steps has she taken to ensure that there is a better way of distributing the grants, without subjecting persons to the indignity of waiting for hours to be assisted?

Reply:

When the special relief grant of R350 per month was introduced, it was expected that the majority of the applicants would have the grant paid into their personal bank accounts. The second option was to pay through mobile money to a cell phone. However, on implementation, it was found that the number of clients who provided banking details was relatively small, while the process to positively link a cell phone number to a specific client, as required by National Treasury before any payments could be made to that number, did not yield the desired results.

Of the total approved grants paid to date, approximately 66% are paid through SAPO, 30% through direct deposits into bank accounts and less than 5% through mobile money. This has placed great strain on the post office infrastructure, and has resulted in long queues outside post offices every day.

Initiatives implemented to try and manage the queues at post offices include the following:

  • The placement of volunteers at the busier post offices to assist with queue management ensuring that social distancing is maintained, and reminding all to keep their masks on at all times;
  • Scheduling clients through sending SMS notifications as to when they should collect their money. The recent SMS notifications have included the name of the post office at which the client should collect, if this information is available from previous collection history;
  • Encouraging clients to change the payment method by capturing their bank account details on the SASSA SRD website; and
  • SAPO has introduced staggering of collection according the last 3 digits of the ID number, so, for example those whose ID numbers end in 080 and 081 are allocated a specific date; those whose IDs end in 082 and 083 another day, and so on.

With the extension of the grant for a further 3 month period, the communication to clients to advise them to capture their banking details on the website has been strengthened.

24 February 2021 - NW109

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to the three types of homeless persons, namely chronic, transitional and episodic, what (a) is the total number of persons currently registered as beneficiaries of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) grant and (b) type of SASSA grants do the beneficiaries receive; (2) whether the specified beneficiaries access their grants on a regular basis; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what initiatives exist to ensure better access to SASSA grants by homeless persons in the Republic

Reply:

1. SASSA does not carry information as to whether an applicant for a grant is homeless or not. Any South African who meets the qualifying criteria for a grant is eligible to apply for, and receive the social grant.

Applicants for the R350 special relief grant also do not have to provide addresses, so it is not known how many of these clients are homeless.

2. The grants for all approved grant beneficiaries are paid on a monthly basis. All social grants are paid into a bank account, and can be accessed by the client at his/her convenience. Even the SASSA/SAPO card is a bank account into which the funds are paid.

Clients who receive the R350 special relief grant and who do not have bank accounts, collect these at the post office. As at end January, there are approximately 590 000 clients who have not yet accessed their grant from the post office. The reasons for them not collecting the funds is not known. However, all have been sent messages to remind them to collect the available funds.

3. Application channels for all social grants are available for every citizen. SASSA has offices throughout the country at which application can be made. There is no discrimination against citizens who are homeless.

One of the challenges which may be experienced by homeless applicants may be the inability to produce the required documents, as legislated in the Social Assistance Act, 2004. However, for all required documents, provision is made in the Act for an affidavit to be provided as an alternative, so this should not prevent eligible citizens from applying.

In addition to the above channels, applications may be lodged on line. SASSA is also exploring alternative channels through which applications can be lodged, including whatsapp, following the success of the process introduced for the R350 special relief grant.

24 February 2021 - NW35

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Mkhonto, Ms C N to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether his department has done any investigations into the adherence of employers to labour laws during the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19; if so, has he found that employers adhered to the specified laws in the manner that they treat the workers during the lockdown?

Reply:

The Occupational Health and Safety inspectors, nationally, conducted around 18 238 inspections for the three quarters in the financial year 2020/21. 47% of workplaces inspected were found to be non-compliant whilst 53% were found to be compliant with OHS and COVID19 Directions.

Around 8619 notices were issued to non-compliant employers during this period. This included contravention, prohibition and improvement notices.

24 February 2021 - NW138

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

Whether, with reference to sections 26 and 32 of the Labour Relations Act, Act 66 of 1995, which deals with closed shop agreements and the extension of collective bargaining agreements respectively, his Ministry and/or his department have ever considered, are considering, or are willing to consider (a) amending one or both of the abovementioned provisions with the goal of diminishing the influence of such agreements on the labour market and/or (b) removing one or both of the abovementioned provisions in their entirety from the specified Act; if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details to the questions respectively?

Reply:

Honourable Cardo must note that South Africa is a Constitutional democracy whereby the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa is the supreme law of the land. The Constitution protects the right to engage in collective bargaining and freedom of association. Therefore, the Honourable Dr Cardo is calling on the government to act unconstitutional by diminishing and/or removing the right to engage in collective bargaining.

It is sad that certain members lament constitutional violations in other countries and with the same breath are calling for the Government to act unconstitutional.

 

The Honourable member must note that our labour market policies are decided and agreed upon by way of consensus by NEDLAC social partners consisting of Organised Business, Organised Labour, Organised Community and Government. The Government does not dictate to social partners which policies are best suitable to govern their environment.

Dr Cardo must remember that bargaining councils are voluntary arrangements. It is parties themselves within the sector and understanding their dynamics within their sectors that conclude these collective agreements best suited for them.

Notwithstanding that, it is parties to the bargaining council without the intervention of government that conclude collective agreements best suited for their sector,

24 February 2021 - NW144

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether a feasibility study was done on zero-based budgeting; if not, why not; if so, what (a) were the findings and recommendations in this regard and (b)(i) are the terms and references and (ii) time frames for identified departments that will participate in the pilot project?

Reply:

National Treasury is working on designing a Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) framework that will be implemented for the National Treasury and Department of Public Enterprises during the 2021/22 medium term expenditure framework. The framework will aim to reduce unnecessary government expenditure to create space for other priorities including prevention of deficits and spiraling of government debt. The objectives will include:

  • Improving the performance of programmes/projects
  • Identifying redundant programmes/projects
  • Identifying bottlenecks within government’s finance supply chain
  • Identifying possible duplication of activities between and within departments
  • Improve and optimizing resource allocation, to prevent wasting available resources

The framework to implement the ZBB will be mainly through utilising expenditure reviews, which are used by several countries that have implemented ZBB before. The elements of the framework will include, amongst others:

  • Identifying objectives and outcomes
  • Roles and responsibilities and required skill sets
  • The link between ZBB and the budget process

24 February 2021 - NW205

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)With reference to the unsubsidised Charter and Tourism Bus Industry that have not been able to work a day utilising their Tourism & Charter permits since 26 March 2020, whereas many operators have paid their prepaid licence fees for the year March 2020 to March 2021, (a) on what date will the Department of Transport reimburse the license fees, (b) will permit holders be required to pay for the 2021-22 financial year even if they paid for the 2020-21 financial year but had not operated at all and (c) what engagements have her department and the Department of Transport undertaken to discuss and resolve the issue of the reimbursement of the prepaid license fee; (2) whether her department and the Department of Transport have engaged in any discussion and/or meeting to resolve and plan a way forward to assist the Charter and Tourism Bus Industry with the query on their prepaid licensing fees; if not, on what date is it envisaged that the (a) two departments will meet and (b) issue of the license fees be addressed; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

Various role players contribute to tourism. Prepaid licensing fees for the Charter and Tourism Business Industry is not the competency of the Department of Tourism, but the mandate of the Department of Transport. The department engages from time to time with the Department of Transport on various matters. The Honourable member may refer the question to the Minister of Transport.

1. (a) to (c) Not applicable.

2. (a) to (b) Not applicable.

24 February 2021 - NW171

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What is the total number of grant dependent beneficiaries who did not receive any SA Social Security Agency payment in the Northern Cape in January 2021 due to their accounts not being credited, (b) who is the person responsible for the failure to credit the accounts of the grant recipients and (c) on what date will their accounts be credited?

Reply:

a) A total of 1 383 clients in the Northern Cape did not receive their grants in January 2021. These were clients whose grants were approved, but who failed the bank verification process. Every new applicant, or client who changes the method of payment provides SASSA with the bank account details. Once this is captured on the system, the information is subject to a bank verification process, to ensure that the grant is paid into the account which belongs to that client and that the account is open. Where the account fails the verification process, the account cannot be credited. This process is in place to ensure that the grant is paid to the right person.

b) The process is system driven and the failure may be as a result of incorrect information provided; the client providing the details of an account which is in their spouse’s name; the account being closed by the time the credit should be processed or errors made during capturing.

c) The accounts will be credited once the information on the system has been corrected. This is done by the clients being contacted and requested to bring in a copy of their bank statement so that the record can be updated. Once the record is corrected, the payment is extracted, and the account credited, during the next payment cycle. The amount credited will then include the amount from when the grant was approved, or from the date of the last payment, to ensure that the client is not prejudiced.

24 February 2021 - NW135

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

Whether, with reference to the Performance Agreement he signed with the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, (details furnished), he will provide progress updates regarding meeting targets of the different interventions listed under (a) Key Responsibility Area 1 - Priority 2, (b) Key Responsibility Area 1 - Priority 4, (c) Key Responsibility Area 1 - Priority 6 and (d) Key Responsibility Area 2 – Priority 1; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Performance Agreement signed between the Minister and the President outlines the work that the Minister, supported by the Deputy Minister, the Department of Employment and Labour and all its entities must achieve. The Minister is expected to work with other Ministers on the various Cabinet Clusters to achieve the outlined priorities. Whether the Minister is delivering or not, will be assessed by the President during the Performance Evaluation process.

Priorities are outlined in the Annual Performance Plans, Strategic Plans, that were used as a basis for allocating the Budget to the Department of Employment and Labour.

Implementation progress on these priorities get reported in Parliament by the Department of Employment and Labour and its entities, through Legislature Committees, be it Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour, that Hon. Bagraim is a member of, Select Committee, etc. The Department of Employment and Labour and all its entities also table Annual Reports that are audited by the Auditor General on its Performance information and how the budget was used.

24 February 2021 - NW199

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) total number of SA Social Security Agency doctors are available to service the residents of (i) Hantam Local Municipality and (ii) Karoo Hoogland Local Municipality and (b) was the doctor-patient ratio to the total number of persons examined in each town in December 2020 for disability grants in Hantam Local Municipality?

Reply:

a) During December 2020, there was a total of 13 doctors to conduct medical assessments for SASSA clients. These doctors were utilised at a ratio of 40 clients per doctor per session. As from January 2021, this number has increased to 28 doctors in the province, and the maximum number of clients each doctor can attend to in a single session has been increased to 80.

(ii)The doctors are not confirmed to a single district municipality, but are allocated to specific areas as and when required.

b) A total of 108 assessments were done in December 2020 in Hantam local municipality as follows:

Calvinia 28

Brandvlei 20

Niewoudville 21

Williston 26

Fraserburg 13

24 February 2021 - NW137

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

Whether, with reference to the Performance Agreement he signed with the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, (details furnished), he will provide progress updates regarding meeting the specified targets pertaining to the 2019-20 financial year of the different management areas listed under Key Responsibility Area 4; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Performance Agreement signed between the Minister and the President outlines the work that the Minister, supported by the Deputy Minister, the Department of Employment and Labour and all its entities must achieve. The Minister is expected to work with other Ministers on the various Cabinet Clusters to achieve the outlined priorities. Whether the Minister is delivering or not, will be assessed by the President during the Performance Evaluation process.

The Department and all its entities, do report to Parliament, especially the Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour Portfolio, that Honourable Bagraim is a member of and the Select Committee on the Quarterly progress on the implementation of priorities,

as outlined in the Strategic Plans and Annual Performance Plans that were used as a basis for allocating the Budget to the Department. The Department and all its entities also table Annual Reports that are audited by the Auditor General on its Performance information and how the budget was used.

24 February 2021 - NW215

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

(1)With reference to the performance agreement he concluded with the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on 6 October 2020, on what research, evidence, methods and calculations are the assertions based that (a) one million jobs would be created for the youth by 2024, (b) his department would contribute 256 050 jobs to the one million jobs for the youth and (c) 61 050 jobs would be created at the Unemployment Insurance Fund; (2) what will the cost of employment to the State be for each of the specified job creation targets?

Reply:

1. (a) The 1 million jobs that are projected to be created, is a target that the government aspire to achieve in the Medium Term Strategic Framework for the next five years ending in 2024. The target was informed by the job summit commitments and economic stimulus interventions that are to be initiated by the Presidential Program Management Office to create 800,000 jobs. The Department of Employment and Labour will create an additional 256,050 was based on the previous four year trends in counselling and placement of people in employment, subsidies offered to Non-Governmental Organisations and Supported Employment Enterprises to promote employment of people with disabilities, Unemployment Insurance Fund Labour Activation and Compensation Fund sponsored programs uptake.

(b) and (c) The breakdown in terms of the DEL contribution which include the Unemployment Insurance Fund is as follows:

(i) Public Employment Services: 190 000

(ii) Supported Employment Enterprises and NGOs promoting employment of People with Disabilities: 1000

(iii) Unemployment Insurance Fund Labour Activation Programme: 61050

(v) Compensation Fund: 4000

2. The costs of the above activities will consist of a combination of National Treasury Budget allocation as forecast in the Estimate of National Expenditure to be announced by the Minister of Finance for the Medium Term Expenditure Framework period and allocations that the two funds will set aside for the revenue to be generated. The exact annual amounts to each of these initiatives, will be outlined in Annual Performance Plans that are to be tabled in parliament.

24 February 2021 - NW81

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

Whether, considering the widespread allegations of human rights violations and intimidation by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, it is the Republic’s position that the Ugandan Elections have been free and fair; if not, what is the position in this regard ; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether it is the Government’s position that the election outcome is legitimate; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW84E

Reply:

1. South Africa is not in a position to pronounce on whether the Ugandan Elections were free and fair because it did not observe the Elections. Based on the African Union principle of subsidiarity, which mandates regional organisations to take the lead in managing political and other issues occurring in their respective regions, South Africa defers its position to observations that were made by the East African Community (EAC) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) that had sent Elections Observer Missions to Uganda. Unfortunately, the African Union did not send an Elections Observer Mission which could also have guided South Africa’s position. Both these regional authorities did not pronounce on whether the Ugandan Elections were free and fair.

 

2. The outcome of the Elections was announced by a legitimate entity in Uganda, the Election Commission, on 16 January 2021. However, it was reported on 21 January 2021 that one of the Presidential contestants, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has challenged the outcome of the Elections. He lodged his complaints with in the Supreme Court of Uganda, which is the apex court in Uganda. He also has an option of referring the matter to the East Africa Court of Justice which also has jurisdiction following the exhaustion of local remedies. South Africa supports the resolution of political disputes through political and legal means, and will await the the outcome of the judicial process which is currently underway.

23 February 2021 - NW92

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to the 2019-20 Annual Report of the Financial and Fiscal Commission, what are the reasons that there were initial material misstatements that had to be corrected after being pointed out by the auditor?

Reply:

There was instability and a lack of leadership and oversight in the Finance Division. This was related to the disciplinary hearing of the now dismissed chief financial officer, leading to the commission having to appoint acting Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) while finalizing the disciplinary process. This resulted in weaknesses in the processing and reviewing of transactions during the compilation of the Annual Financial Statements. The commission has appointed a permanent CFO and has capacitated the internal control systems.

23 February 2021 - NW214

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What total number of the tourism offices throughout the world does the Republic still have operational and functioning, (b) where is each of the specified offices situated, (c) what budget has been allocated to each office (i) in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020, (d) what expenditure has each office incurred (i) in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020 and (e)(i) what are the main Key Performance Areas (KPAs) for each of the offices and (ii) how are the KPAs monitored and measured?

Reply:

a) South African Tourism operate globally through offices in 10 counties, it must be noted that the Minister has requested the board to review this offices and present a report with recommendations before financial year end.

b) Where is each of the specified offices situated.

Nigeria

Germany

UK

US

Netherlands

France

China

Japan

India

Australia

Lagos

Frankfurt

London

New York

Amsterdam

*Paris

Beijing

Tokyo

Mumbai

Sydney

*South African Tourism moved out of its Paris office space due to the high cost of rent. The team has been housed in virtual offices in Paris while suitable offices are being sought.

c) What budget has been allocated to each office: (ZAR)

 

AFRICA

AMERICAS

EUROPE

ASIA

AUSTRALASIA

 

Nigeria

US

Germany

UK

France

Netherlands

India

China

Japan

Australia

2017/18

31 336 173

80 128 526

70 587 093

61 241 379

50 299 260

36 340 817

50 922 009

36 199 037

16 889 252

32 506 659

2018/19

30 036 783

76 265 152

77 994 899

71 851 647

31 392 564

49 998 733

49 595 332

36 631 210

20 463 251

40 428 712

2019/20

26 210 153

104 874 679

64 665 996

69 127 524

45 425 302

43 207 601

44 694 662

39 526 887

15 513 332

43 993 558

(ii)Since

1 April

12 020 803

20 568 796

18 304 367

18 422 864

16 989 398

13 881 719

17 190 343

11 301 529

7 248 486

14 227 593

d) What expenditure has each office incurred: (ZAR)

 

AFRICA

AMERICAS

EUROPE

ASIA

AUSTRALASIA

 

Nigeria

US

Germany

UK

France

Netherlands

India

China

Japan

Australia

2017/18

29 929 382,18

89 673 998,13

63 416 737,35

80 418 753,12

44 371 186,92

40 384 310,26

49 391 953,82

38 214 129,16

18 451 120,94

27 081 866,75

2018/19

22 975 996,53

87 702 343,47

68 764 894,46

101 125 186,11

36 897 595,21

54 860 182,60

49 233 774,94

39 729 727,46

19 740 223,20

37 373 842,35

2019/20

22 154 884,26

103 414 766,18

55 643 291,48

94 537 239,58

19 086 267,45

35 083 701,59

20 935 729,03

27 664 437,27

15 945 166,85

39 223 667,13

(ii)Since

1 April

4 322 791,05

15 041 722,26

8 755 135,69

15 911 011,08

10 088 766,85

11 661 909,80

14 830 874,99

10 474 356,24

4 282 858,10

10 595 639,76

e) (i) Key Performance Areas (KPAs) for each of the offices.

Activities at all global offices contribute towards the achievement of the KPIs as stated in the organisational Annual Performance Plan. Each office operates as a regional hub servicing key source markets, to ensure effective marketing initiatives, support to the value chain partners and effective delegation of authority and responsibility. Mandate of each office is to drive number of international tourist arrivals into South Africa, increase tourist foreign direct spend, drive geographic spread, and increase brand awareness and positivity. Key focus areas of each office are as below:

  • Destination Brand Management

Increase:

  • Destination profiling to grow destination appeal
  • Brand awareness, Brand affinity, Brand positivity
  • Consideration
  • Messaging on matters of travel facilitation (the ease of travel to destination South Africa)
  • Consumer Engagements
  • Awareness and consideration campaigns
  • Influencer marketing
  • Authentic, educational, entertaining and inspiring fit for purpose content for targeted segments
  • Showcase diversity of experiences
  • Digital communities, social tribes
  • Advocacy
  • Distribution Channel Engagements and Capacitation
  • Trade Training – physical and virtual
  • Trade Communication – publications, newsletters marketing, etc.
  • Database Management / Customer Relations Management Rollout
  • Focus on Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events
  • Deals pages – partnerships with airlines and distribution channel (traditional and non-traditional)
  • Media Engagements
  • Trade and non-trade media publications for Public relations campaigns
  • Press releases, Emailers, media placements
  • Partnership Identification and Management
  • Traditional and non-traditional partnerships
  • Content partnerships
  • Outsourced third party media channels
  • Stakeholder messaging
  • DIRCO and Mission Training

.Marketing and Communication Platforms

  • Websites and virtual platforms
  • Digital Tools – social listening and tracking, gamification, WhatsApp bots, etc.
  • Virtual training tools – SA Specialist, etc.
  • Distribution channel engagement platforms
  • Real time data
  • Toolkits for South African Product Owners and in country trade and Missions

 

(ii) How are the KPAs monitored and measured.

Activities at all global offices are monitored and evaluated quarterly by our Strategy Unit, EXCO and Board. Furthermore Executive Authority through the support of the Department provides oversight on the work of the entity.

23 February 2021 - NW91

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to the 2019-20 Annual Report of the Financial and Fiscal Commission, what are the reasons for the exceptionally high levels of average leave days taken by each employee according to the annual and sick leave table, with the exception of salary levels 14 - 15?

Reply:

There are several factors that determined employees’ annual leave entitlement in 2019-20;

  • employees are entitled to a maximum of 22 – 27 days per annum (depending on years of service);
  • employees have a period of six months within which to take all annual leave days that they may have accumulated in respect of the previous calendar year;
  • employees may have had annual leave days from before the previous calendar year, as prior to a leave policy change, employees were allowed to maintain a carry-over balance of 10 days in accrued leave; and
  • some employees received once-off additional leave credits, to correct for leave unduly lost owing to an electronic leave system error.

 

 

SIGNATURE PAGE

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NUMBER: 91 [NW94E]

Deadline = 19 February 2021

Recommended / Not recommended

DR. KAY BROWN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: FINANCIAL AND FISCAL COMMISSION

DATE:

 

Approved / Not approved

DR. DAVID MASONDO, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF FINANCE

DATE:

23 February 2021 - NW22

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Tourism

What steps has she taken to ensure that the post-COVID-19 tourism sector is more representative of all the racial groups in the Republic, instead of seemingly being dominated by white persons?

Reply:

Government’s transformation policy and in particular the Implementation of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act is central to the rollout of departmental programmes. Furthermore, the department implements programmes aimed at supporting black people’s participation in ownership, management control, skills development and enterprise development amongst others. The department’s programmes have by design a footprint in the rural areas of our country. The department will continue along this path to ensure that black people are part of the tourism sector post Covid-19 pandemic. Among other interventions on working towards transformation of the sector, we launched the Tourism Equity Fund.

23 February 2021 - NW98

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to the previous chief executive officer of Armscor who resigned from service towards the end of 2018, what (a) were the reasons that a bonus was paid to him in the 2019-20 financial year given that he had left the employment before the end of the 2018-19 financial year and (b) were the reasons that an amount of R1,188,000 was paid to him?

Reply:

1. The previous Chief Executive Officer of Armscor’s last day of service was 30 April 2019.

2. The Board considered and approved payment of performance remuneration for the 2018/2019 financial year, at its sitting on 28 August 2019. This was after receiving the Auditors General’s report, which confirmed the satisfactory performance of Armscor against agreed objectives and goals.

3. Upon meeting the requirements of his performance contract, Armscor paid 20% of the total remuneration package, which was approved by the Board. The total taxable amount was R763 200-00 and R419 760.00 (after tax) was paid on 13 September 2019.

4. On termination of service on 30 April 2019 the previous Chief Executive Officer received his normal monthly salary plus the leave payment for accumulated vacation leave credit of 23,43 days. This is in accordance with the Armscor conditions of employment which reads as follows:

“When an employee leaves Armscor's service, he/she is entitled to convert his/her leave and long service leave into cash, calculated on total cost to Armscor on day of termination of service.”

The taxable amount for the accumulated leave days was R425 134.78 and R233 824.13 (after tax) was paid on 30 April 2019.

5. The previous Chief Executive Officer received no performance remuneration payment for the 2019/2020 financial year.

23 February 2021 - NW216

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether value-added tax (VAT) was paid on the sale of tickets for the 2010 FIFA World Cup; if not, what are the reasons that no VAT was paid; if so, what total amount was paid?

Reply:

Value-added tax was levied at the standard rate of 14% on all 2010 World Cup ticket sales.

VAT revenue from such sales amounted to R318 million.

23 February 2021 - NW96

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to Project Thusano and the agreement between the South African Government and/or her department and the Cuban government and Cuban entities, what (a) are the details of the protection services that are provided to the Cuban representatives in the Republic and (b) have been the costs related to the specified protection services in the past five years?

Reply:

1. (a) The South African National Defence (SANDF) has the responsibility to provide security for any of its guests on the South African soil. This is based on diplomatic responsibilities by utilising our current inherent Protection Services for movement, protection and security of the Cubans during deployment.

(b) The VIP Protection Services comprises of members of the SANDF, and therefore the detachment of this Service to Project THUSANO does not involve additional cost either than what is already utilised as an inherent service within the Department of Defence.

23 February 2021 - NW212

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What mechanisms, processes and procedures are in place in respect of the Tourism Equity Fund, (b)(i) how will successes and failures be monitored and analysed, (ii) how often will this be done and (iii) by whom, (c) what criteria will be used in the prioritisation of applications, (d) what minimal qualifications must applicants to the fund have to qualify and (e) who will administer the fund?

Reply:

a) What mechanisms, processes and procedures are in place in respect of the Tourism Equity Fund.

  • The sefa Board approves the investment guidelines of the Tourism Equity Fund based on the agreed Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Tourism.
  • A dedicated portfolio management strategy applies to the ring-fenced funds with regards to funding allocation, accounting, and reporting.
  • sefa will report to the Department of Tourism on a quarterly basis on the performance of the fund as well as consolidate the performance and outcomes of the Fund within its annual financial statements and annual report.

(b)(i) How will successes and failures be monitored and analysed.lections and Reporting

    • The beneficiaries will also receive non-financial support to ensure support
    • Approved applicants will be monitored for at least three years after final disbursement.
    • Site inspections will be conducted with all the approved applicants at each claim stage before disbursements. A site inspection report will be completed as part of this process.
    • Approved applicants are required to participate and a monitoring report will be completed as part of this process.
    • Where Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) or other commercial finance institutions form part of funders for projects, the main DFI / commercial funder must submit bi-annual progress report on all beneficiaries projects funded as part of the TEF for the duration of the fund.

(ii) and (iii) Projects will be monitored quartely by the Department of Tourism and sefa.

(c) What criteria will be used in the prioritisation of applications.

The following are the funding requirements:

  • Business Profile
  • BBBEE certificate or affidavit
  • Company statutory documents
  • FICA documents
  • Certified ID copies of Directors/Members
  • 12 months bank statements
  • Latest Annual Financial Statements and Management Accounts not older than three months from date of application (Statement of Financial Performance and Statement of Financial Position) – where applicable
  • 5 year Cash Flow Projections (with clear assumptions) – where applicable
  • Relevant industry certification – where applicable
  • Facility Statements of other funders – where applicable

(d) What minimal qualifications must applicants to the fund have to qualify.

  • Be a registered legal entity in South Africa in terms of the Companies Act, 1973 (as amended); Close Corporations Act, 1984 (as amended); and the Cooperatives Act, 2005 (as amended)
  • Be 100% owned by South African citizens.
  • Be predominantly black-owned (51%).
  • Be registered and compliant with the South African Revenue Service.
  • Be majority black owner-managed and controlled.
  • Operate in the qualifying sectors.

(e) The fund will be administer by the Small Enteprise Financial Agency (sefa)

22 February 2021 - NW134

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether, with reference to increased rates of infection in Zimbabwe as a result of the COVID – 19 second wave, the South African Government extended any help to Zimbabwe; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) No, the South African Government has not extended any help during the second wave of COVID-19 to Zimbabwe. However, it is heartening to note that the Development Bank of Southern Africa donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) during the first wave to the Government of Zimbabwe in July 2020 to help in the fight against COVID-19 at that time and for future use. The items included, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits, surgical masks, face shields, examination gloves, surgical gowns, medical suits and goggles.

22 February 2021 - NW82

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

What are the details of the (a) phone call she had with the newly appointed United States Secretary of State, Mr AJ Blinken, and (b) issues regarding Africa that were discussed?

Reply:

a) Both principals underscored the importance of the bilateral relationship. The US Government acknowledged South Africa as an indispensable partner and remarkable global player, as well as an important commercial partner for the US. In the area of health, South Africa acknowledged the US support for PEPFAR, which has been impactful in South Africa and the region.

Covid-19 pandemic (US): The Biden Administration has committed to working with partners in international institutions, including on continental issues. Within the World Health Organisation (WHO) context, the US has joined the COVAX initiative and will also work with other multilateral institutions to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The US also wants to address global health security and work on climate impact with other countries.

South Africa welcomed the decision by the Biden Administration to re-join the WHO and the COVAX initiative. The US aproach aligns with South Africa’s position that there should be equitable and affordable distribution of vaccines. The focus on global health will assist to prepare less developed countries, including in Africa, to better prepare for the next pandemic, when it occurs. Mitigating the impact of climate change is also priority for South Africa and therefore the importance that the US is placing on this matter, including within the multateral context, is welcomed.

China: The US Government will adopt a more nuanced approach towards China, but the tensions with China are expected to continue under the Biden Administation. It was conveyed that South Africa and China enjoy good relations and that it was important to ensure that all countries, including the US, China and Russia, work jointly to assist those who are least able to help themselves. The Secretary displayed a willingness to further discuss this matter with South Africa.

b) According to Secretary Blinken, Africa will be a priority for the Biden Administration. South Africa raised the World Trade Organisation (WTO) position for Director-General and requested that the US Government support the candidature of former Nigerian Finance Minister, Ms Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was opposed by the former President, Mr Trump.

Shortly after the telephone conversation, the Biden Administration expressed its strong support for the Nigerian candidature.

19 February 2021 - NW290

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George, Dr DT to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to the 2019-20 Annual Report of the Financial Intelligence Centre what are the reasons that there were numerous internal control deficiencies identified by the Auditor-General?

Reply:

The FIC received an unqualified audit report with no findings (“clean audit report”) and there were no internal control deficiencies identified.

The Audit Report indicates:

“The matters reported below are limited to the significant internal control deficiencies that resulted in the annual performance report and the findings on compliance with legislation included in this report.

And below it recorded:

“I did not identify any significant deficiencies in internal control.”

19 February 2021 - NW101

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George, Dr DT to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether, with reference to a certain news report (details furnished) on alleged money-laundering activities committed by Mr Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) flagged any suspicious financial transactions directly related to Mr Bushiri and his wife; if not, who was the authority that flagged the close to 20 000 suspicious transactions within a single month; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) actions were taken in response to the transactions?

Reply:

The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) receives and analyses regulatory reports, which the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, 2001 (Act 38 of 2001) (FIC Act) requires certain institutions to submit to it. These regulatory reports include those that relate to suspicious and unusual activities and/or transactions (as per section 29 of the FIC Act).

Provisions in the FIC Act preclude the FIC from divulging information about the receipt of regulatory reports, their content, the subject(s) of reports and the identities of reporters. These provisions protect reporters and subjects of reports, and safeguard sensitive information concerning the FIC’s analysis of reported information.

The confidentiality requirements in the FIC Act also serve to avoid disruption of investigative processes that the competent authorities may undertake, based on the financial intelligence reports they receive from the FIC.

19 February 2021 - NW43

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What steps has he taken to address the infrastructure and human resource capacity challenges at the Kgosi Shope Primary School in the North West?

Reply:

The question has been referred to the North West Department of Education and a response will be provided as soon as it is received.

19 February 2021 - NW47

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) are the reasons that teacher assistants have not been paid in KwaZulu-Natal for the past three months and (b) steps has she taken to resolve the specified matter?

Reply:

a)What  are the reasons that teacher assistants have not been paid in KwaZulu-Natal for the past three months

The teacher assistance were employed in December 2020. The province reported that the delay in payment of stipend is that the PED experienced a challenge with monthly cashflows received from their Provincial Treasury . The Provincial Treasury is allocating cashflow to the Provincial department amounting to 8.33% of the annual budget.

b)What steps has she taken to resolve the specified matter?   

The Department is conducting weekly meetings with PEDs to provide assistance and guidance. The PED reported that they  engaged  with the Provincial Treasury, and  the funds will be released to Districts on 11 and 18 February 2021. It is envisaged that the outstanding stipends will be finalised by 20 February 2021. The matter pertaining to February and March stipends is being attended to by the PED with the Provincial Treasury.

19 February 2021 - NW289

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George, Dr DT to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to the 2019-20 Annual Report of the Financial Intelligence Centre, what were the reasons (a) for the internal delays in processing payments that caused the Financial Intelligence Centre not to meet its obligation to pay invoices within 30 days and (b) that one verbal warning and five written warnings were issued to employees?

Reply:

(a) Internal delays in the payment of invoices resulted mostly from the following:

  • Suppliers often send invoices directly to business units instead of directly to the Finance business unit (Finance) which is responsible for payment. This results in a delay in the processing of invoices and the subsequent late payment.
  • There are incidents where relevant documentation is not timeously approved or submitted to Finance, resulting in Finance having to follow up on the status of the documentation which subsequently results in undue delays.
  • These internal inefficiencies have been identified and addressed and although not fully eradicated, the results have been improving. The FIC is committed to achieving and maintaining 100% compliance to the target.

 

(b) The reasons were extended to the relevant employees.

19 February 2021 - NW52

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) are the reasons that her department allowed the Lower Ntlaza Junior Primary School in Libode, Eastern Cape, to be run down the way it has been and (b) plans does her department have in place to repair damaged classrooms in the specified school?

Reply:

The question has been referred to the Eastern Cape Department of Education and the response will be provided as soon as it is received.

16 February 2021 - NW123

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the Design and Implementation of Speed Humps: Supplement to the National Guidelines for Traffic Calming (details furnished) has been updated since it was last published in 1997; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Design and Implementation of Speed Humps: Supplement to the National Guidelines for Traffic Calming has not been updated since it was last published in 1997.

The National Guidelines for Traffic Calming 1998 together with the supplementary documents the ‘Design and Implementation of Speed Humps’ and the ‘Design Guidelines for Mini-roundabouts’ have remained the de facto main national reference documents for traffic calming. Given the holistic approach described in the document, some local authorities had adopted the National Guidelines for Traffic Calming as formal municipal policy as a whole, without any amendment whereas other municipalities opted to develop their own policies and standards for traffic calming.

The National Road Safety Steering Committee (NRSSC) technical committees have updated National Guideline for Traffic Calming measures, including clearer designs for speed humps, as a priority. This updated guideline will be incorporated to Road Safety Authorities guideline manuals for implementation.

16 February 2021 - NW131

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) What specific line item budgets will be cut in order to fund the R10,5 billion bailout to SA Airways (SAA) that he announced and (b) how does he envisage the projected losses at SAA over the next three financial years will be financed?

Reply:

a) All the changes to departmental budgets for the implementation of the SAA Business Rescue are reflected in the 2020 Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure (AENE). Changes to each departmental appropriation are reflected in Table 3 of the AENE, while Table 2.1 outlines the changes per economic classification, including shifts between votes for all adjustments, mostly the SAA Business Rescue and the extension of the Social Relief of Distress allocations.

b) The Business Rescue Plan of SAA has been activated and envisages the establishment of a new, restructured airline. In this regard, any previously projected losses will ha to be reduced and finally eliminated and the business rescue plan is specifically designed to achieve this objective, which is the reason for the allocations towards its execution. The allocations made for SAA in this Second Adjustments Appropriation Act will include payment of severance packages for staff, and other requirements to reduce costs over the long term.

16 February 2021 - NW122

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the National Guidelines for Traffic Calming (details furnished) have been updated since it was last published in 1998; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The 1998 version of the National Guidelines for Traffic Calming have not been updated since they were published.

The National Guidelines for Traffic Calming together with the supplementary documents on the ‘Design and Implementation of Speed Humps’ and the ‘Design Guidelines for Mini-roundabouts’ have however remained the de facto main national reference documents for traffic calming. Given the holistic approach described in the document, some local authorities had adopted the National Guidelines for Traffic Calming as formal municipal policy as a whole, without any amendment whereas other municipalities opted to develop their own policies and standards for traffic calming.

The National Road Safety Steering Committee (NRSSC) technical committees have updated National Guideline for Traffic Calming measures, including clearer designs for speed humps, as a priority. This updated guideline will be incorporated to Road Safety Authorities guideline manuals for implementation.

16 February 2021 - NW124

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department has ever considered and/or is considering implementing a national framework that prescribes the design of speed humps instead of merely issuing guidelines that are malleable; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department has the speed hump design manual published in 1998 and it needs updating to be in line with new developments within the built environments.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), as the lead agency on road safety, is responsible for chairing the National Road Safety Steering Committee (NRSSC) to look into among other priorities the updating of procedure manuals, including Road Safety manuals and design manuals. These manuals and guidelines are ratified at COTO before they get incorporated to Provincial Authorities Implementation guidelines.

The Department has since instructed the RTMC to prioritise the updating of National Guidelines for traffic calming for inclusion into Provincial Road Safety Authorities implementation guidelines.

Furthermore, the Provinces through their traffic engineering sections, do carry out design traffic calming measures eg. rumble strips, speed humps, delineators etc. to mitigate road fatal crashes and protect pedestrian traffic.

16 February 2021 - NW19

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Kwankwa, Mr NL to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, in light of the fact that airports facilitate tourism, boost trade and generate economic growth aviation, his department has put in place strategic interventions such as the Instrument Landing System, Microwave Landing System, Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range, Standard Runway, Navigation Facilities and jet fuel and aviation gasoline (Avgas) to remedy the reported shortage of resources and basic operation facilities at the Mthatha Airport; if not, why not; if so, (a) what strategic interventions are in place to remedy the situation, as the shortage of jet fuel and Avgas negatively affects the Department of Health and the SA Police Service in the region, (b) by what date does he envisage the strategic interventions will be implemented, (c) how soon can the results be expected and (d) what are the further, relevant details?

Reply:

Civil Aviation

The airport does not have an ILS (Instrument Landing System) as the terrain around the airport could cause problems with signals. The airport had an ILS test done by an independent Company that installs ILS and it was found not to be a site where an ILS can be installed. The airport has a GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) which is in use to aid aircraft to land at Mthatha Airport.

The airport does have a VOR (Very High Frequency Omni Range) but when the new runway was added to the airport by the National Department of Transport (DOT), DOT did not move this VOR as it was installed for use on the old runway as a let-down aid. In building the new runway the VOR was too far off centre line to be used as a let-down procedure. A new DVOR is planned for Mthatha Airport and it will be installed by Air Traffic Navigation Service (ATNS) when ATNS upgrades other VORs in South Africa. COVID-19 has delayed the procurement of such VORs but this will take place in the new financial year.

Mthatha Airport has one of the most modern runway lighting systems in the world and this includes approach lights, PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) Approach lights, taxiway lights and edge lighting including marker boards for taxiways.

There is no fuelling at the airport for civilian use currently as the demand for such fuel is minimal. The airline that serves the airport does not require fuel and there are very few private flights to this airport. The South African Police Service (SAPS) have their own fuelling arrangements at the airport at the air wing site helipad. The Department of Defence has a similar arrangement where they fuel their own helicopters.

In 2018 the Eastern Cape Department of Transport advertised an Expression of Interest and received two responses. However, the responses were not up to the standard due to the fact that the aviation fuelling requirements are strictly regulated and not any one can operate such a facility. The Department is attempting to have a sole service provider appointed, who operates at the East London airport and has been operating for many years.