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02 November 2022 - NW3549

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to the report on Gravelotte Mines Geotechnical Concerns Pertaining to Flooding in April 2022, his department has been advised that ingress water is decanting anywhere else other than where the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) and his department are aware of; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether the ingress water has been tested; if not, why not; if so, what quantity of water is being treated by TCTA; (3) whether any water is prevented from coming in due to the pump failure; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps is TCTA taking in this regard at the moment; (4) what (a) are the reasons that the information has not been made available, (b) are the interim plans for mitigation while the pumps cannot be made functional soon enough, (c) is the level of the water at the moment and (d) are the financial costs involved?

Reply:

1.  There have been no reports to the Department of Water and Sanitation that there are currently any decants elsewhere. There are also no decants at the Eastern Basin plant where the TCTA is abstracting and pumping from.

The water level in the void is monitored daily and was 43.06 metres below ground level as of 17 October 2022. The DWS has scheduled a site visit on 25 October 2022 to Gravelotte Mines to assess the situation

It should be noted that each mine is responsible for pumping and treating water within its own mining area and ensuring the safety of its personnel and the environment it holds a mining right for.

2. Mine impacted water / acid mine drainage water in the void is tested daily when the plant is operating, and groundwater tests are conducted quarterly through the use of boreholes. Due to the plant being offline, the frequency of ground water testing has been increased from quarterly to monthly.

Depending on the results, the frequency may be increased to ensure the DWS and TCTA monitors possible ground water contamination closely. As the Eastern Basin AMD Treatment plant is offline, no water is currently being treated.

3. Ingress control measures are the mandate of DMRE and as such, DMRE would be in a better position to provide more clarity regarding the projects it is currently working on to reduce the total amount of water flowing into the Witwatersrand voids.

4. (a) The information is made available to the various forums on a regular basis and the Department and TCTA further responds to all stakeholder queries as and when needed.

(b)TCTA in partnership with Gold-One has procured 3 new motors in July 2022 and the factory acceptance tests for the new motors were conducted successfully on 29 September 2022 in China. The motors will be shipped to RSA on 21 October 2022.

A service provider is busy servicing the pump and will also make the modifications to the pump to be compatible with the new motor from China. It is expected that the plant will be operational early December 2022.

(c) The level at the Eastern Basin AMD Treatment plant was 43.06 metres below surface as of 17 October 2022.

(d) The cost of operations and maintenance in the Eastern Basin for the financial year 2021-2022 was R72 million while the cost of repairing the motors to date is R15.5 million.

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02 November 2022 - NW3464

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether his department has conducted recent investigations into the state of water and sanitation infrastructure in the municipalities that have either collapsed or are close to collapse; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether his department has made additional funding available for the maintenance of the water and sanitation infrastructure for the specified municipalities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.  The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) carries out a number of assessments into the state of water and sanitation infrastructure in the municipalities. These assessments enable the DWS to monitor the condition of municipal water and sanitation infrastructure through three incentive-based regulatory mechanisms:

  • The Green Drop Report, which focuses on sanitation (waste-water treatment systems and effluent quality)
  • The Blue Drop Report, which focuses on water (water treatment and water quality)
  • The No Drop Report, which focuses on non-revenue water and water losses through leakages

Findings of the 2022 Green Drop report 2022 indicated that 334 Wastewater Treatment Systems have been identified to be at critical state by achieving less than 30% during Green Drop Assessment. Letters of non-compliance in terms of green drop report audit findings have been sent to respective water services institutions responsible for the systems at critical state, requiring them to submit a detailed corrective action plans. To date, eighteen (18) municipalities responsible for 81 wastewater treatment systems have submitted action plans. The Department has also collaborated with SALGA and MISA to assist municipalities on the development of action plans.

In line with the National Water Resource Strategy and National Water and Sanitation Masterplan, the Department has also revived the No Drop Programme to facilitate the reduction of Non-Revenue Water and Actual Water Losses. Findings of the No Drop progress report will be published in March 2023. The department is also currently in the process of undertaking blue drop assessments in 1186 water supply systems. The final Detailed Blue Drop Report is targeted for release in March 2023.

The DWS also monitors the capacity of municipalities to deliver water and sanitation through the Municipal Strategic Self-Assessment (MuSSA); a web-based system that enables municipalities to conduct their self-assessment on critical aspects service delivery performance. The outcomes of the assessment position the Department and other sector role players to provide targeted support to local government through various support and intervention programmes aimed at improving services delivery, governance and business health. Priority areas are identified and addressed through the development of a Municipal Priority Action Plan (MPAP).

Lastly, Five-Year Reliability Water and Sanitation Plans will soon be rolled out in all forty-four (44) District Municipalities. The plans are meant to:

  • Ensure sustainable and reliable water services with the service-standard yardstick that has a 100% compliance to functionality, water security and effective governance to maintain appropriate levels of service delivery
  • Conduct primary situational assessments of the water services and infrastructure supply conditions and classify each situation into a reliability category. The solution options are then integrated to proposed projects, specifically integrating all funding programmes to alleviate new infrastructure needs and achieve reliability of water services.

2. According to Division of Revenue Act and grants frameworks, the Regional Bulk Infrastructure and Water Services Infrastructure Grants; managed by the DWS; do not fund any works related to operation and maintenance.

The department is looking at the current conditions of certain infrastructure and approached National Treasury to repurpose some portion of Regional Bulk Infrastructure and Water Services Infrastructure Grants to assist in the operation and maintenance of infrastructure.

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02 November 2022 - NW3347

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to the sewerage plants in Musina, Makhado and Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality in Limpopo being altogether dysfunctional and spewing raw sewerage into rivers and water supplies in the towns and surrounding areas, resulting in the contamination of rivers, drinking water, irrigation dams and affecting the health of livestock in all areas, what (a) number of complaints has his department received with regard to the crisis and (b) actions have been taken against the municipalities, district municipalities and Lepelle Northern Water, to hold them accountable for the health risks, damage to the environment and losses of exportable crops and livestock; (2) what actions have been taken to ensure that the (a) crisis is immediately rectified and that sewerage plants are made properly functional and (b) rehabilitation of surrounding areas including underground water, rivers, irrigation dams, is urgently attended to; (3) what funds have been made available to compensate for losses and/or health issues of members of the public and businesses as a result of the incompetence of the municipalities and Lepelle Northern Water?

Reply:

1.  The Musina and Makhado Local Municipalities (LM) fall within the jurisdiction of Vhembe District Municipality (VDM). The VDM is the Water Service Authority (WSA) and Water Service Provider (WSP) to the two local municipalities. A total of three (3) complaints were received regarding (i) two (2) sewer spillages from manholes in the Makhado and Musina and; (ii) uncontrolled discharge of effluent from the Harper wastewater treatment works (WWTW) which is disturbing the construction of a nearby road. Both incidents from the manholes have since been resolved.

The 2022 Green Drop Report raised concerns regarding the overall poor state of wastewater services at Biaba, Waterval, Hlanganani, Makhado, Malamulele, Mhinga, Musina, Mutale, Nancefield, Rietvlei, Tshifulanani, Vleifontein and Vuwani systems and the consequential impact on respective water resources. A letter of non-compliance has been issued for the Water Services Authority to submit a detailed corrective action plan within 60 days of publishing the Green Drop Report. The plan must map the activities, responsible persons, timelines, and expected improvements as outlined in the Regulations. To date, no report has been received to date and the Department is engaging the WSA together with MISA and SALGA as indicated below.

In addition, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) conducted compliance monitoring Inspections at Musina WWTW Nancefield (08 March 2022) and Rietvlei WWTW (07 March 2022) to check compliance against the conditions of issued water use licences for these WWTWs. An investigation was also conducted on the 18 August 2022 at the Campbell sewage package plant an to ensure compliance of National Water Act.

  • The DWS has issued directives to VDM for non-compliance of the following wastewater systems that are under Musina and Makhado LMs:Musina WWTW and Nancefield WWTW - issued on the 25 March 2022
  • Harper WWTW and Makhado WWTW - issued on the 06 September 2021
  • Campbell sewage package plant - issued on the10 August 2022In response to the directives issued by the DWS, the Vhembe District Municipality has developed the corrective action plans to address challenges with the WWTWs. Actions to be taken by the VDM include:refurbishment of the WWTW systems
  • Improvement operation and maintenance of the existing infrastructure

Furthermore, the DWS has approved business plans to fund the refurbishment projects through the Water Service Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) within the current financial year. The department is monitoring the implementation of the projects which are still at initiation stage and expected to be completed by end of municipal financial year 2022/23.

(2) Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality falls within the jurisdiction of Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) which assume responsibility of water and sanitation services as the WSA and WSP. Four complaints were received from Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality regarding pollution emanating from Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW). Administrative actions were taken against Sekhukhune District Municipality as a Water Service Authority for Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality.

  • Moganyaka Oxidation Ponds for which the DWSissued notice of intention to issue a directive dated 29 October 2021;– a follow up inspection was conducted on 15 June 2022 by the department who found that the issues identified in the notice had not been addressed. A directive is being prepared.
  • Dennilton WWTW for which the DWS issued notice of intention to issue a directive dated 31 July 2019; the department conducted a follow up inspection on 08 June 2022 to ascertain compliance with the provisions of the NWA. The municipality was further non-compliant with the directive in terms of Sections 19(3) and 53(1) of the National Water Act, 1998 which is an offence in terms of Section 151(1)(d) of the NWA. The case has been referred for an interdict against Sekhukhune District Municipality to ensure compliance with the directive for the Dennilton WWTW. Therefore, the Department has opened a criminal case for offences outlined in Section 151(1)(d), (i) and (j)) of the NWA. The criminal case will be opened against the Sekhukhune DM.

 

  • Nebo Oxidation Ponds in relation to a directive dated 04 May 2021; - DWS officials conducted a follow up inspection was conducted on 13 August 2020 and 05 November 2021 to ascertain compliance with a directive issued by the DWS. Most of the non-compliances had been rectified and the ponds were empty. The municipality indicated that the Oxidation Ponds will be utilized soon. The department officials recommended that the facility should be monitored continuously to ensure compliance with the directive issued to Greater Sekhukhune Municipality.
  • Ephraim Mogale WWTW in relation to a notice of intention to issue a directive dated 29 December 2021; DWS officials conducted a follow up inspection on 15 June 2022 to ascertain compliance with the provisions of NWA. A directive will be issued.
  • The 2022 Green Drop Report indicates that Marble Hall Wastewater system declined from a 62.3% score in 2013 to a 52% score in 2022. The inspectorate observed a lack of co-ordination amongst Lepelle Water (which is responsible for the Operation and Maintenance of four (4) WWTWs including Burgersfort, Groblersdal, Marble Hall, Steelpoort) and the WSA, which was noticeable during assessments. Plants operated by Lepelle Water achieved Green Drop scores of between 46% and 58% indicating a decline from 2013 Green Drop scores.

There were no compensation claims submitted to Vhembe DM regarding loss and/or health issues however the department availed funds to Vhembe DM through the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) to refurbish and improve operations and maintenance of the wastewater systems.

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02 November 2022 - NW3364

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether his department has conducted recent investigations into the state of water and sanitation infrastructure in the municipalities that have either collapsed or are close to collapse; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether his department has made additional funding available for the maintenance of the water and sanitation infrastructure for the specified municipalities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.  The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) carries out a number of assessments into the state of water and sanitation infrastructure in the municipalities. These assessments enable the DWS to monitor the condition of municipal water and sanitation infrastructure through three incentive-based regulatory mechanisms:

  • The Green Drop Report, which focuses on sanitation (waste-water treatment systems and effluent quality)
  • The Blue Drop Report, which focuses on water (water treatment and water quality)
  • The No Drop Report, which focuses on non-revenue water and water losses through leakages

Findings of the 2022 Green Drop report 2022 indicated that 334 Wastewater Treatment Systems have been identified to be at critical state by achieving less than 30% during Green Drop Assessment. Letters of non-compliance in terms of green drop report audit findings have been sent to respective water services institutions responsible for the systems at critical state, requiring them to submit a detailed corrective action plans. To date, eighteen (18) municipalities responsible for 81 wastewater treatment systems have submitted action plans. The Department has also collaborated with SALGA and MISA to assist municipalities on the development of action plans.

In line with the National Water Resource Strategy and National Water and Sanitation Masterplan, the Department has also revived the No Drop Programme to facilitate the reduction of Non-Revenue Water and Actual Water Losses. Findings of the No Drop progress report will be published in March 2023. The department is also currently in the process of undertaking blue drop assessments in 1186 water supply systems. The final Detailed Blue Drop Report is targeted for release in March 2023.

The DWS also monitors the capacity of municipalities to deliver water and sanitation through the Municipal Strategic Self-Assessment (MuSSA); a web-based system that enables municipalities to conduct their self-assessment on critical aspects service delivery performance. The outcomes of the assessment position the Department and other sector role players to provide targeted support to local government through various support and intervention programmes aimed at improving services delivery, governance and business health. Priority areas are identified and addressed through the development of a Municipal Priority Action Plan (MPAP).

Lastly, Five-Year Reliability Water and Sanitation Plans will soon be rolled out in all forty-four (44) District Municipalities. The plans are meant to:

  • Ensure sustainable and reliable water services with the service-standard yardstick that has a 100% compliance to functionality, water security and effective governance to maintain appropriate levels of service delivery
  • Conduct primary situational assessments of the water services and infrastructure supply conditions and classify each situation into a reliability category. The solution options are then integrated to proposed projects, specifically integrating all funding programmes to alleviate new infrastructure needs and achieve reliability of water services.

2. According to Division of Revenue Act and grants frameworks, the Regional Bulk Infrastructure and Water Services Infrastructure Grants; managed by the DWS; do not fund any works related to operation and maintenance.

The department is looking at the current conditions of certain infrastructure and approached National Treasury to repurpose some portion of Regional Bulk Infrastructure and Water Services Infrastructure Grants to assist in the operation and maintenance of infrastructure.

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02 November 2022 - NW3556

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Mey, Mr P to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether his department has been informed that the residents of Ward 59, Ogunjini, Verulam in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, have been without water supply for a number of years and that the water supplied by water tankers is insufficient to meet the requirements of the households of the specified community; if not, why not; if so, what measures is his department taking to intervene in the matter. (2) what is the average cost (a) per tanker to supply the community with water and (b) to sink boreholes to supply sufficient fresh water to the community. (3) whether his department would consider sinking boreholes to address the community’s water crises, should it prove to be cost beneficial; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1)  The residents of Ogunjini in Ward 59 of eThekwini Metro have been receiving water supply from a 1Ml/day Ogunjini water treatment works. A project implemented by the eThekwini Metro to upgrade the treatment plant to 2Ml/day is planned for completion by September 2023.

Eight 16 000 litre water tankers with a minimum of two loads per day, have been permanently deployed to the area by the eThekwini Metro. It is expected that this current deployment plan will remain in force until the completion of the treatment works upgrade.

(2) a) The current average cost per tanker to supply the community with water is estimated at R4 000 per day.

b) The cost to sink a borehole is estimated at R331,000 per borehole at varying capacity outputs to be determined upon testing.

(3) The municipality is currently implementing an emergency borehole rehabilitation and installation programme while a full roll-out of the programme is at tender stage. The Ogunjini areas have also been considered for this programme.

(4) The Department of Water and Sanitation will continue to monitor the water services supplied to the area by the Ethekwini Metro and provide support if required.

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02 November 2022 - NW3618

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether he will implement mitigating measures and/or introduce national legislation to ensure that water purification plants and sewerage treatment plants throughout the Republic, including Rustenburg, can supply both potable water to residents and businesses and grey water to businesses that use grey water to lessen the burden on our scarce water resources?

Reply:

The Department aims to publish compulsory National Water and Sanitation norms and standards for public consultation drafted under Section 9 of the Water Services Act, No 108 of 1997. In the draft norms and standards, there is a provision for grey water management. It is therefore critical for the public and various stakeholders to provide comments once the regulations are published to shape these regulations to provide necessary guidance on how water and sanitation can be managed and provided efficiently.

Mitigation measures can be addressed by various water services authorities (WSAs) as prescribed in the Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000 under section 76 which prescribes mechanisms for provision of services. This section empowers the WSAs to provide these services based on the situation in a particular municipality on how water and sanitation services can be provided, and these includes grey water management, water reclamation, decentralised systems such as septic tanks among others.

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02 November 2022 - NW3542

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to tourism visa-free countries, (a) what research has been done in this regard, (b) what are the (i) results, (ii) outcomes and (iii) conclusions reached in the specified research, (c) which countries are presently visa-free (i) for South Africans upon arrival in their respective countries and (ii) upon arrival by their citizens in the Republic and (d) on what dates did visa-free agreements commence in each country with regard to sub-questions (c)(i) and (ii)?

Reply:

(a) The Department has not conducted any research regarding the visa free countries, therefore no results are available.

(b)(i-iii) There were no plans to conduct research in this area as most of the visa agreements were already concluded since 1992.

(c)(i–ii) The list of visa free countries is attached as Annexure A. RSA does not issue visas on arrival.

(c) Agreements are concluded on reciprocity principles based on bilateral agreements. These agreements are concluded as and when agreed upon

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01 November 2022 - NW3906

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she intends to take any steps to intervene in the Rustenburg Local Municipality (a) so that it constructs roads and (b) provides water to the community of Block 50 towards the side of Choppies at Boitekong; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

a)  It is responsibility of municipalities working together with Department Transport to construct roads; and

b)  It is responsibility of municipalities working together with Department Water and Sanitation to provide water to communities.

It is recommended that this question be transferred to the relevant Ministries of the above-mentioned departments for written reply.

31 October 2022 - NW3458

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether his department has recorded any train derailments in the (a) past two financial years and (b) current financial year; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (i) number of train derailments occurred in each case and (ii) were the consequences of the specified derailments to the (aa) rail value chain, (bb) Transnet and (cc) the economy at large; 2. what (a) amount in Rand has been the effect to (i) Transnet and (ii) the economy and (b) were the costs of repairs in each case?

Reply:

(1) (a) Railway Operators are required to report operational occurrences and

incidents as prescribed by South African National Standards (SANS) 3000-1 categories (Railway Safety Management standard) to the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR).

The table below depicts a year-on-year comparison of derailments and the associated consequence for occurrences reported to the RSR. A total of 290 derailments during the movement of rolling stock were recorded during the 2021/22 reporting period. In addition, the data received indicates that there were ten (10) injuries and three (3) fatalities as a result of derailments recorded during the 2021/22 reporting period.

(b) The table below depicts the number of derailments during the movement of rolling stock for the first quarter of the 2022/23 reporting period. A year-on-year analysis reveals an increase from the fifty eight 58) derailments reported in the first quarter of 2021/22 compared to the current year under review at ninety one (91) derailments.

(aa) The geographical distribution of derailments by province can provide a substantive baseline to make inferences on the rail value chain. The data suggests that most derailments happen in Gauteng (51%), KwaZulu-Natal (17%), and Western Cape (12%). The rail value chain is adversely affected due to delays caused by such occurrences, often because of the time, it takes to clear the occupied sections.

(bb) Transnet Freight Rail reported a total of two hundred and twelve (212) derailments during the 2021/22 reporting period. This number represents 73% of the overall derailments reported by the railway industry.

(cc) An efficient railway industry creates significant economies of scale. The haulage of dry bulk freight and metal ore(s) are notably the most impacted sectors.

(2) The RSR is not required to by law and has not to date collected and verified information pertaining to the Rand amount in costs to the economy and the cost of repairs in each case for Transnet.

31 October 2022 - NW3345

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)       With reference to his reply to question 654 on 5 April 2022 regarding liquid bulk storage in the Port of Ngqura and the Port of Port Elizabeth, and regarding the joint Transnet and Coega Development Corporation (CDC) development of the liquid bulk facilities in Zone 5 of the Special Economic Zone, (a) what are the details of the parcel/parcels of land that were (i) identified and (ii) chosen for the development, (b) on which parcel of land is the development being constructed, (c) what was the total cost of all land purchased for the specified development and (d) by what date is it envisaged that the development will be completed and commissioned; (2) what is the status of the appeal of the termination notice issued by Transnet National Ports Authority to Astron Energy (Pty) Ltd, Engen Petroleum Ltd and Total Energies Marketing South Africa (Pty) Ltd (Oil Majors); (3) whether the specified appeal process has affected the schedule for transferring the facility to the Port of Ngqura; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

(1)

a) (i) - (ii) The land that was identified and chosen for the development of the liquid bulk facility is Erf 312 in Zone 5 of the Coega SEZ, approximately 13 hectares.

b) Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has earmarked 20 hectares of land within the Port of Ngqura for the development of the liquid bulk facility.

c) TNPA has not purchased any piece of land outside the designated port limits of the Port of Ngqura for the development of the liquid bulk facility.

d) TNPA envisages completion and commissioning of the Port of Ngqura Liquid Bulk site by December 2026.

(2)

The Ports Regulator (PRSA) issued its record of decision (ROD) in respect of the appeal on 26 April 2022, in which it set aside TNPA’s decision to terminate the leases of Astron & Others and found that their lease had not been terminated by effluxion of time on 30 April 2022. TNPA advised the Oil Industry (Astron, Engen and Total) on 19 May 2022, that operations may continue as per the terms and conditions of the lease agreement and supplementary agreement.

(3)

The appeal process has not affected the commissioning of the site at the Port of Ngqura as the date of December 2026 was always an indicative date communicated to the stakeholders.

31 October 2022 - NW3413

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Following reports that Denel is going to need R3 billion to cover its funding gap over the next 12 to 18 months, what (a) factors were taken into account to make the determination and (b) plans has his department made to ensure that Denel gets the funding it needs in order to stay afloat?

Reply:

a) The total funding requirement is R5.2billion, Denel will be raising R1.8billion from disposal of non-core assets with over R900million already received in August 2022. Below is a breakdown of items the funds will be used for: 

  1. Funding to stabilise business (R977million)
  2. Funding for Growth and Sustainability (R900million)
  3. Current and Legacy obligations (R3326million)

b) The Department has applied and supported Denel’s funding request through the 2022 MTBPS and 2023 MTEF process. With regards to proceeds from non-core disposals, the Department is in constant communication with Denel on the progress made in order to fast-track the necessary PFMA approvals by the Minister.

31 October 2022 - NW3111

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) On what date was International Dredging and Mining (IDMH) appointed as a service provider; (2) whether the specified contract was awarded in terms of National Treasury regulations and the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, and therefore put out to tender; if not, why not; if so, (3)(a)(i) who signed the IDMH contract and (ii) on what date, (b) what is the period of the contract and (c) is the contract with Alexkor or the Pooling and Sharing Joint Venture?

Reply:

According to information received from ALEXKOR

  1. The contract was signed on or about 09 September 2011.
  2. There was a rigorous tender process (based on stringent criteria) which was preceded by consultation with the Richtersveld community in early 2010, as indicated in the annual report of 2011. The procurement process was compliant with the PFMA and Treasury Regulations and there were no findings by the external auditors Price Waterhouse Coopers Inc.
  3. The contract was signed by the CEO at the time, Ms Khetiwe McClain on 09 Septemeber 2011. No end date is specified on the contract and this is currently being reviewed. The contract is with Alexkor SOC Limited for the benefit of the Pooling and Sharing Joint Venture.

 

31 October 2022 - NW3019

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Buthelezi, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether any steps have been taken against corrupt officials at Alexkor following the probe by the Special Investigating Unit; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevance details; (2) what steps are being taken to counter zama-zama operations at (a) Alexkor mines, (b) PetroSA and (c) Eskom; (3) whether there are any plans to absorb zama-zama operators in an effort to regulate them; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to information received from ALEXKOR

  1. The SIU is still busy with its investigation. However, an interim briefing did not implicate officials employed by Alexkor nor the PSJV. Should the final report implicate any official appropriate action will be taken.
  2. Security at the mine has been increased and a special unit has been appointed to maintain safety and prevent illegal activity.
  3. An initiative through the Departments of Mineral Resource and Energy is in progress. Three local women have been identified and areas of work identified to accommodate them.

 

31 October 2022 - NW3148

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the details of the plans of his department for the repair and maintenance of the R103 road in the Alfred Duma Local Municipality from its intersection with the N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass to Ladysmith, including the (a) amounts budgeted, (b) details of work to be done, (c) details of the sections of the road to be repaired, (d) details of dates that work will be carried out and (e) actual expenditure in the (i) 2021-22 financial year and (ii) period 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022?

Reply:

1. The road P31 from the intersection with N3 Van Reenen’s pass to Ladysmith in the Alfred Duma local municipality has an extent of 28km. The maintenance repair for this road includes various maintenance activities listed in the table below.

No.

(a) Budgeted amount

(b) Detailed work to be carried

(c) Section of road to be repaired

(d) Date that work will be carried

(e) Expenditure

1

R 992 000

Blacktop patching (Pothole)

0.5km to 2.5km

November 2022

No expenditure to date

2

R 992 000

Line marking and road studs

0.00km to 3km

November 2022

No expenditure to date

31 October 2022 - NW3087

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the (a) O R Tambo International Airport, (b) Cape Town International Airport and (c) King Shaka International Airport, (i) by what date will the signage be updated and/or upgraded to clearly indicate which are the (aa) international and (bb) domestic terminals, (ii) what are the time frames, timelines, deadlines and milestones in this regard, (iii) what are the reasons that the signage has not been updated and upgraded to date and (iv) what are the interim arrangements that inform passengers of the specified information?

Reply:

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

ACSA acknowledges that from time to time some passengers may have difficulty in way finding; and where it is established that there are recurring problem areas, these are resolved at an operational level either by installing temporary or permanent new signage. Other initiatives taken to assist passengers are passenger agents who are on the floor as well as at strategically placed information desks located in the terminal.

We are also aware that there are opportunities for further enhancement of our signage in general, however this is not a current key priority. The limited funding that we have available for repairs, maintenance and capital projects is deployed to essential assets that need to be brought back into operations after being mothballed during COVID, and for asset maintenance and refurbishments to ensure operations are sustainable. As traffic recovers further, and the financial resources are made available we will embark on other projects that will further enhance our operations, signage being one of them. The signage interventions that will be considered for implementation at that stage includes fixed and variable electronic signage, further enhancements to the ACSA app way finding section, and floor maps.

 

31 October 2022 - NW3410

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether Alexkor has a (a) social and (b) labour plan; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2)(a) who appointed a certain person (name furnished) as the General Manager of the Pooling and Sharing Joint Venture (PSJV), (b) what is the duration of the contract of the specified person, (c) where was the position advertised and (d) who else was interviewed for the position; (3) what are the reasons that the person (a) was appointed and (b) resigned from the PSJV shortly before a certain person (name furnished) got suspended; (4) whether there are any family relationships between the specified persons; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) what are the reasons that no Chief Executive Officer has been appointed to fill the position of the person who resigned?

Reply:

According to information received from ALEXKOR

  1. Alexkor has a Social and Labour Plan (SLP). This is a requirement from the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002. The SLP projects are reported on in Quarterly Reports and Integrated Annual Reports.
  2. The PSJV Board appointed a certain person with effect from 1 August 2021 on a 5-year fixed term contract. This person was a former employee and met the requirements of the post. He was head hunted as the position needed to be filled immediately as an Operations Manager is a requirement of Section 3(1)(a) of the Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996.
  3. This person was appointed to a critical position and resigned for personal reasons 5 years prior to a certain persons suspension and not shortly before he was suspended.
  4. The specified person (referred to 3(b)) is the brother in-law of the person (referred to 2(a)).
  5. The PSJV financial position is precarious and Mr T Fowler was interviewed by the PSJV Board and appointed as the interim CEO of the PSJV, in addition to serving as the interim CEO of Alexkor. There is no additional remuneration for the additional position.

 

31 October 2022 - NW3109

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to the (a)(i) Boegoebaai Port and Green Hydrogen2 Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and (ii) Boegoebaai Port and Rail Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) and (b) Namakwa Mineral Processing SEZ, how will affected communities benefit directly should the SIP and SEZ projects be agreed upon?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

(a) (i)(ii) and (b)

The planning phase of the port and Rail development has shown that there exists a potential of 13 000 jobs that will be required for the port construction. Transnet’s short-term goal is to prioritize the training, development, and skilling of the local community from Richtersveld.

31 October 2022 - NW3485

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether a certain person (name furnished) holds any diamond mining licences and/or directorship in any diamond mining company while being the General Manager of the Pooling and Sharing Joint Venture; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the (a) names and (b) ownership details of the diamond mining companies; (2) whether he has found that this can be regarded as a conflict of interest, if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to information received from Alexkor

  1. The person concerned has declared that he has private businesses which are dormant.
  2. He has completed the declaration of interest forms which indicate there is no conflict of interest since the companies are dormant.

 

 

31 October 2022 - NW3417

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Tambo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Transport

Noting that the recent trucking accident has put into focus the need for a sustainable and working railway system to transport goods, in order to ease the congestion and accidents caused by trucks on the roads, what progress is being made in revitalising railway networks in the Republic?

Reply:

In order to ease congestion and accidents caused by trucks on the road, a key development in revitalising railway networks is the approval of the White Paper on National Rail Policy (Rail Policy) by Cabinet on 23 March 2022. The Department of Transport is responsible for creating the enabling policy and legislative frameworks and co-ordinating the implementation of these initiatives for the transport sector.

To promote the movement of cargo from road to rail, the Rail Policy introduces reforms to open up the space for private sector investment and equitable third-party access on the primary and secondary rail network. This will open up the rail market for other operators to compete and improve operational efficiencies and service quality which will attract cargo from road to rail.

A key player in the implementation of these reforms is Transnet, which falls on the shareholding of the Department of Public Enterprises, as it owns, operates and maintains the majority of the rail freight network in the country. The Department of Public Enterprises as part of its responsibility for the implementation of the National Rail Policy, must ensure optimal restructuring of Transnet’s rail relates businesses to ensure operational effectiveness and efficiency to make rail an attractive alternative for the movement of cargo from road to rail.

31 October 2022 - NW3110

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to the (a) Boegoebaai Green Hydrogen2 Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Port and Rail Strategic Integrated Project and (b) Namakwa Mineral Processing SEZ, what steps will be taken to safeguard the sacred twin Boegoeberge against (i) the poaching of succulents and (ii) sand blown from the unrehabilitated historic tailings dam of Alexkor?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

This question does not apply to TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) and should be redirected to the Northern Cape Provincial Government.

31 October 2022 - NW3273

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the details of the plans of his department for the repair and maintenance of the R103 road in the Alfred Duma Local Municipality from Ladysmith to Colenso, including the (a) amounts budgeted, (b) details of work to be done, (c) details of the sections of the road to be repaired, (d) details of dates that work will be carried out and (e) actual expenditure in the (i) 2021-22 financial year and (ii) period 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022?

Reply:

The road is P1-10 from Ladysmith to Colenso and the maintenance activities are as follows for:

FINANCIAL YEAR 2021-2022

No.

(a) Budgeted amount

(b) Detailed work to be carried

(c) Section of road to be repaired

(d) Date that work carried out

(e)(i) Expenditure 2021/22

1

R 230 338.00

Grass cutting

0 km to 14 km

June 2021

R 230 338

2

R 161 930.00

Installation and repair of Guardrails

0 km to 7 km

April 2021

R 161 930

The internal maintenance team was also involved in the pothole patching on this road throughout the year.

APRIL 2022 TO DATE

No.

(a) Budgeted amount

(b) Detailed work to be carried

(c) Section of road to be repaired

(d) Date that work carried out

(e)(ii) Expenditure 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022

1

R 153 819.00

Line marking

9 km

September 2022

153 819.00

The internal maintenance teams have to date repaired 15 Signs and have repaired a total of 67 m2 of pothole repairs to date.

Future plans

There is allocation for a grass cutting and tree felling contractor to start the works in January 2023 with a total allocated budget of R968 100.00.

Under capital project we have anticipated to Reseal P1-10 for 11 km.

31 October 2022 - NW2871

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Transport

On what date is it envisaged that the R34 joining Empangeni and Melmoth in Cetshwayo District in KwaZulu-Natal will be fixed, in order to reduce the high number of car accidents in the specified area?

Reply:

The road R34 is P393

As a Short-term intervention, the local office has a maintenance contract responsible for the drain cleaning and verge maintenance in addition, the district has utilised the internal teams to repair the current potholes on the R34 on a regular basis.

As a Medium-Term intervention The Department does have a plan for the Rehabilitation of road P393. However, the department has appointed IDT as the implementing agent with the 1st batch of projects in the planning stage to be implemented later in 2022/23 financial year. P393(R34) is anticipated to be in the 2nd batch which considering design procurement and all the applicable stages will anticipate work on the ground in the 2024/25 financial year.

31 October 2022 - NW3282

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Essack, Mr F to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether his department has taken any steps to establish an independent statutory body to make senior appointments at state-owned enterprises in order to address the scourge of cadre deployment, as recommended by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector, including Organs of State: if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Zondo Commission recommends the establishment of a standing Appointment and Oversight Committee tasked to ensure, by way of a public hearing, that any person nominated for Board appointment or as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, or Chief Procurement Officer of an SOE meets the professional, reputational and eligibility requirements for such a position. The Committee must also investigate and act upon any complaints received concerning the misconduct of any Board member or senior executive in the discharge of his or her duties.

Currently, the DPSA Guide on the Appointment of Persons to Boards of State and State-controlled Institutions is in place and is under review. Government will collectively deliberate on how the Guide can be enhanced to incorporate the recommendations of the Commission.

As a long-term intervention the SOE Bill and its regulations will codify the appointment process so that the principles and process become legally binding and those sanctions for non-compliance are put in place.

31 October 2022 - NW3457

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

What has he found to be the details of the biggest stumbling blocks and/or challenges faced by the rail systems that have prevented the concept of cooperation between trucks and rail to come into fruition as the Road Freight Association (RFA) has had many discussions with his department over the past three decades and that major logistics members of the RFA had come forward with innovative concepts?

Reply:

Transnet Freight Rail, which falls under the shareholding of Department of Public Enterprises, largely owns and operates the country's freight rail infrastructure, locomotives and wagons.

The obsolete state of much of the rail infrastructure and rolling stock do not make it attractive for the private sector to shift cargo from road to rail. Safety and security, mainly due to rampant theft and vandalism of railway infrastructure is also a concern. The unavailability of rolling stock and locomotives is key for third party access and currently hinders new operators from operating on the rail network.

As the freight rail operator, Transnet Freight Rail is best positioned to engage with the innovative concepts proposed by stakeholders such as the Road Freight Association and to articulate what interventions can be implemented at an operational level to develop intermodal collaboration and to achieve road-to-rail shift of cargo. It should be noted that innovative concepts may also need to comply with relevant procurement legislation to ensure transparency, fairness and competitiveness.

The Department of Transport in terms of its mandate of developing policy and regulatory frameworks, has developed the National Rail Policy which was recently adopted by Cabinet. Inputs provided by the Road Freight Association have been considered in the development of the National Rail Policy. The National Rail Policy intends to place rail on a sound footing to play a meaningful role as a backbone of a seamlessly integrated transport value chain. The National Rail Policy introduces secondary interventions that will give effect to institutional repositioning and allows for on-rail competition. This will open up the rail market to other operators to compete and improve operational efficiency that is needed to improve service quality and encourage a shift from road to rail.

31 October 2022 - NW3414

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether the International Air Services Licensing Council has revoked the licences of the SA Airways due to lack of capacity to service aircrafts; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to the information received from SAA

The International Air Services Licensing Council has not revoked the licenses of South African Airways (SAA). SAA made representation to the International Air Services Licensing Council (The Council) on its current route allocation and the decision by the Council to review some of the frequencies on the routes that the airline is currently not serving.

SAA continues to ramp up its operations by bringing in additional equipment into the fleet. The airline assures members that the airline is not losing its route rights. SAA continues to operate its current network and schedule with 6 regional and 2 domestic destinations. Currently, the airline has deployed additional capacity on the Cape Town route to meet demand and we have increased the aircraft size on the Harare route.

There is no doubt that SAA still retains a high brand equity and customer loyalty, demonstrated by successful re-entry to regional and domestic markets, with positive occupancy rates.

31 October 2022 - NW3411

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(a) What (i) total number of public servants were dismissed from employment in the (aa) 2019-20, (bb) 2020-21 and (cc) 2021-22 financial years and (ii) are the reasons that they were dismissed, (b) is the breakdown of the specified number of suspended public servants in each (i) national and (ii) provincial department and (c) number of such public servants held senior positions within the Public Service?

Reply:

a) The total number of public servants who were dismissed from employment:

(i) (aa) 2019-20 2525

(bb) 2020-21 2295

(cc) 2021-22 3002

(ii) Reason for dismissal:

Reason for dismissal

2019-2020

2020-2021

2021-2022

Alcohol/Narcotic abuse

1

0

0

Criminal offence

0

0

3

Desertion

332

280

354

Dishonourable discharge

288

221

208

Falsifying documents

0

1

3

Insubordination

2

0

0

Misconduct not indicated

1,896

1,786

2,424

Perjury

0

1

1

Poor work performance

2

0

0

Professionally unqualified

0

1

0

Unsatisfactory attendance

4

5

9

Data source: PERSAL

b) Breakdown of the specified number of suspended public servants:

(i) National Departments:

Name of Departments

SMS Member (Level)

Number of Precautionary suspensions cases received

Number of Precautionary suspensions cases finalised

Agriculture, Land reform and Rural Development

14

1

0

Basic Education

0

0

0

Civilian Secretariat for Police

0

0

0

Communications and Digital Technologies

0

0

0

Cooperative Governance

14

1

0

 

14

1

0

 

13

1

0

 

14

1

0

Correctional Services

15

1

0

 

13

1

0

 

15

1

0

Defence

0

1

0

Employment Law

0

0

0

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environmental Affairs

0

0

0

Government Communications & Information Systems

0

0

0

Government Pensions Administration Agency

0

0

0

Government Printing Works

0

1

0

Health

0

3

0

Higher Education and Training, Science & Innovation

0

12

0

Home Affairs

15

1

0

 

14

1

0

 

13

1

0

 

13

1

 

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

Human Settlement

0

0

0

Independent police Investigative Directorate

13

6

0

International Relations and Cooperation

0

1

0

Justice and Constitutional Development

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

Military Veterans

14

4

0

Mineral Resources and Energy

0

0

0

National School of Government

0

0

0

National Treasury

0

0

0

National Prosecuting Authority

14

1

0

 

 

1

0

 

 

1

0

Office of Chief Justice

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

Planning , Monitoring and Evaluation

0

0

0

Public Enterprises

16

1

0

Public Service and Administration

15

1

0

Public Service Commission

0

0

0

Public Works and Infrastructure

 

16

1

0

 

0

1

0

Science and Innovation

0

1

0

Small Business Development

0

0

0

Social Development

0

0

0

South African Police Service

0

0

0

Sports, Arts and Culture

0

0

0

Statistics South Africa

0

0

0

Tourism

0

0

0

Trade and Industry and Competition

0

0

0

Traditional Affairs

0

0

0

Transport

0

0

0

Water and Sanitation

0

3

0

Women , Youth and Persons with Disabilities

0

0

0

The Presidency

13

1

0

TOTAL

19

79

0

(ii) Provincial Departments:

Provinces

Provincial Departments

Number of Precautionary suspensions received

SMS

Eastern Cape

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

0

0

 

Community Safety

1

0

 

Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism

0

0

 

Education

0

0

 

Health

0

0

 

Human Settlements

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Roads and Public Works and Infrastructure

0

0

 

Rural Development and Agrarian Reform

0

0

 

Safety and Liaison

0

0

 

Social Development

0

0

 

Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture

0

0

 

Transport

0

0

 

Total

1

0

Free State

Agriculture and Rural Development

3

0

 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

0

0

 

DESTEA

1

1

 

Education

1

0

 

Health

7

0

 

Human Settlements

2

1

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

 

Police, Roads and Transport

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

1

0

 

Public Works & Infrastructure

2

0

 

Social Development

1

1

 

Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation

0

0

 

Total

18

3

Gauteng

Agriculture and Rural Development

0

0

 

Education

4

 0

 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

 0

 

Community Safety

3

0

 

Economic Development

7

3

 

E-Government

0

0

 

Health

No report

No report

 

Human Settlements

No report

No report

 

Infrastructure Development

9

3

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Roads and Transport

No report

No report

 

Social Development

0

0

 

Sports, Arts , Culture and Recreation

No report

No report

 

TOTAL

23

6

Kwazulu-Natal

Agriculture and Rural Development

6

1

 

Arts and Culture

0

0

 

Community Safety

0

0

 

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

3

1

 

Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

2

2

 

Education

28

3

 

Health

22

1

 

Human Settlements

 

0

 

Office of the Premier

4

2

 

Social Development

7

5

 

Sport and Recreation

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Public Works

1

1

 

Transport

2

2

 

Total

75

18

Limpopo

Agriculture and Rural Development

0

0

 

COGHSTA

0

0

 

Education

0

0

 

Health

9

0

 

Limpopo Depart. of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure

0

0

 

Social Development

0

0

 

Sports, Arts and Culture

0

0

 

Transport and Community Safety.

0

0

 

Total

9

0

Mpumalanga

Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environment Affairs

0

0

 

Community Safety, Security and Liaison

4

0

 

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

1

0

 

Culture, Sports and recreation

0

0

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

 

Education

5

0

 

Health

14

0

 

Human Settlements

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

2

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Transport, Safety and Liaison

0

0

 

Public Works, Roads and Transport

0

0

 

Social Development

0

0

 

Total

26

0

Northern Cape

Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform

No report

No report

 

Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs

0

0

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

 

Education

12

0

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Roads and Public Works

4

 

 

Sports and Arts and Culture

0

0

 

Social Development

2

0

 

Health

10

0

 

Transport, Safety and Liaison

0

0

 

Total

28

0

North West

Agriculture & Rural development

2

2

 

Arts , Culture Sports and Recreation

No report

No report

 

Corporative Governance & Traditional Affairs

0

0

 

Community Safety and Transport Management

0

0

 

Economic Development , Environment, Conservation & Tourism

1

0

 

Education

No report

No report

 

Health

12

2

 

Human Settlements (New department)

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

2

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Public Works and Roads

1

0

 

Social Development

No report

No report

 

Total

18

4

Western Cape

Agriculture

0

0

 

Community Safety

5

4

 

Cultural Affairs and Sport

0

0

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

 

Education

7

3

 

Environmental and Development Planning

0

0

 

Health

11

0

 

Human Settlements

0

0

 

Local Government

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Social Development

2

0

 

The Premier

3

0

 

Transport and Public Works

0

0

 

TOTAL

28

7

 

Grand Total

226

38

c) Number of SMS on precautionary suspension: 57

NOTE: The information used for this response was obtained from the FOSAD reports sent to the DPSA as at 30 June 2022.

End

31 October 2022 - NW3344

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 785 on 5 April 2022 regarding the Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport, the projects for (a) terminal redevelopment, (b) landside parking and (c) increased capacity have been budgeted for in the Medium-Term Budget Expenditure Framework; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any consideration has been given to expedite the project; if not, why not; if so, by what date will all scheduled projects be (a) initiated and (b) completed?

Reply:

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

​3.1 Terminal Optimisation Project (R30 million)

  • 3.1.1 Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a project to optimise the terminal configuration of Chief Dawid Sturman airport was initiated. This project sought update and expand ablution facilities, provide additional security screening capacity and departure lounge capacity as well. There were also plans to improve the commercial facilities in the departure holding lounge (additional private lounge space and coffee shop).  The project had progressed to conceptual design stage, when the project was halted in 2020 and its contract terminated in April 2021 on account of COVID-19 and its impact on the financial sustainability of ACSA.
  • 3.1.2 We recently received a traffic outlook in August 2022 which validates the requirements of our capital programmes based on envisaged traffic demand. We therefore intend on re-initiating the project planning processes in early 2023, subject to funding availability. We will complete the design process, and the works are intended to be complete by 2026/2027. The construction period is extended as a result of the works being constructed within an operational environment. This near term project will allow ease of operations and will improve the passenger experience, as we commence work on a major terminal expansion which is required at the airport in the medium term.

3.2 Landside Optimization ​​(R17 million)

  • 3.2.1 A project to optimise landside parking was also initiated pre-COVID-19 and was similarly halted and its contract terminated. This project entails the re-organisation and optimisation of the existing parking. The boundary between car rental and public parking will be relocated, with parking re-assigned between car rental and public parking.  The ingress and egress layout will also be re-organised in-line with the parking reassignment. The project had reached detailed design stage and the project planning will be re-initiated (subject to funding availability) in early 2023, with completion expected in 2025.

​3.3  Major Terminal Expansion (R1,3 Billion)

  • 3.3.1  We had also partially completed a precinct plan for Chief Dawid Stuurman Airport prior to the COVID -19 pandemic. This precinct plan will inform the landside developments of a multi-storey parkade and the extent to which the full terminal building can be expanded towards the landside to create additional terminal depth.
  • 3.3.2 We intend on using these plans to initiate a major terminal expansion for the airport. The design processes for this terminal will commence in 2025. The project is intended to provide a new terminal module with a new processing facility. It is envisaged that the terminal development will entail the demolition of a part of the existing terminal and reconstruction of a new building on the existing site. The new building will have double the footprint of the existing terminal. Passenger loading bridges will be introduced. Due to the magnitude of this project, we anticipate a development period of 8 years including design, approvals, procurement and construction.
  • 3.3.3 Capital programmes for the next 5 years are currently under discussion with the aviation industry as part of the economic regulation processes. The extent to which this project can be expedited will be dependent on the overall financial position of ACSA, the capital profile for the group, as well as affordability and fundability considerations from industry.
  • 3.3.4 We also intend on reviewing the master plan for the airport within the medium term.

31 October 2022 - NW3369

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Transport

Following the Pongola accident, wherein 19 learners were killed on our roads, what immediate measures of intervention have been taken regarding the transportation of learners in bakkies?

Reply:

Integrated law enforcement operations will be scaled up targeting trucks, public transport and bakkies in Pongola and across all provinces including Pongola in KZN. These operations are monitored regularly to determine impact and to decide on further cause of action and interventions.

The KwaZulu Natal Road Inspectorate and the local municipal traffic officers are part of the integrated plan to address the question of bakkies transporting learners and freight in general.

The National Traffic Police will also be deployed on an ad-hoc basis to assist the province informed by analysis of traffic information to assist in areas with insufficient traffic policing capacity

Block patrols will also be undertaken to ensure considerate driving in the area.

The MEC in the province has been advised to invoke the provisions of Section 50 of the National Road Traffic Act to conduct investigations with a view of suspending the operators permit with regards to freight transport.

31 October 2022 - NW3274

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the details of the plans of his department for the repair and maintenance of the R103 road in the Alfred Duma Local Municipality from Colenso to Estcourt, including the (a) amounts budgeted, (b) details of work to be done, (c) details of the sections of the road to be repaired, (d) details of dates that work will be carried out and (e) actual expenditure in the (i) 2021-22 financial year and (ii) period 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022?

Reply:

The road from Colenso to Estcourt is P1-9

(a) The amount budgeted for the road is R 5 937 172.24

(b) The planned maintenance activity is blacktop patching on main road P1-9 from 6.000 km to18.000 km in Estcourt Area Office.

(c) The section of the road to be repaired is from 6.000km to 18.000km.

(d) The Projected start date is on 02 October 2022.

(e) There is no actual expenditure for (i) 2021-22 Financial Year and (ii) April 2022 to date for this project.

31 October 2022 - NW3428

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Transport

What intervention has he made to deal with the increasing number of accidents involving truck drivers on South African roads?

Reply:

A national integrated plan identifying hazardous routes in each province has been developed. Law enforcement operations will be held along these routes by provincial and municipal traffic departments.

Mobile vehicle testing equipment will also be deployed along the routes to tests the roadworthiness of the trucks.

Block patrols will also be intensified to ensure that drivers conduct themselves appropriately and drive with due consideration for other road users.

The National Traffic Police will be deployed to assist provinces in areas where there is insufficient capacity.

Section 50 of the National Traffic Act, which empowers MECs to deal with repeat offenders, will be invoked to enable MECs to initiate investigations against operators and to obtain information about vehicle and driver fitness.

Regulations to strengthen the current rules relating to the operation of trucks on a public road, the construction and equipment of such vehicle and the conditions on which it may be operated are being considered.

Department of Transport is working closely with Department of Public Enterprises to move cargo from road to rail.

Sanral will implement engineering solution, where required, to provide median barrier to prevent vehicle from overtaking onto oncoming traffic.

Monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and reports will be analysed regularly to ensure that these interventions have the desired impact.

31 October 2022 - NW3125

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Given that in engagements with the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and Transnet over the infrastructure failure which is causing mass amounts of sewage discharge into the harbour, rivers and beaches in Durban, the specified municipality and Transnet have put forth a plan to manage and resolve the critical sewage issue, (a) what are the relevant details of the specified plan and (b) will he furnish Ms H S Winkler with a copy of the plan?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

The matter is being handled by the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality as it is their sewer pump that has failed. TNPA is the affected party in this case. It is recommended that the question be referred to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) as they are the responsible ministry in this instance. 

31 October 2022 - NW3152

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether Eskom will carry the costs of the infrastructure of a dedicated supply of electricity to the Ezakeni water pump station on the Thukela River in the Uthukela District Municipality; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details (2) whether Eskom has submitted a quotation to the Uthukela District Municipality for the provision of a dedicated supply of electricity to the specified pump station; if not, why not; if so, (3) what are details of the quotation given to the Uthukela District Municipality for the provision of a dedicated supply of electricity to the pump station, including the (a) funding requirements of Eskom and (b)(i) full costs and (ii) time it will take to construct and operationalise?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom:

  1. The supply requirements for the water infrastructure from Spioenkop dam to the raw water pump station is dedicated infrastructure for the sole use of Uthukela District Municipality, as such all cost needs to be recovered from the customer. Eskom does not carry the cost for dedicated infrastructure.
  2. Eskom submitted a cost estimate fee in March 2017 to Uthukela District Municipality, and there was no response to the letter.
  3. Scope of Works: To make the supply available, it was necessary to do the following work:
  • Remove the existing 10MVA transformer and replace it with a 20MVA transformer at Spioenkop substation and upgrade the protection from 3TM to 4TM (add diff protection).
  • Establish a new 22kV feeder bay at Spioenkop substation and build a foundation and all necessary civil works.
  • Build approximately 5 km of 22kV Hare conductor from the proposed feeder bay at Spioenkop substation to the proposed water treatment works plant.
  • Build approximately 2 km of 22kV Hare conductor from the proposed water treatment works to the proposed Command reservoir site and install a 50kVA transformer at the Command reservoir.
  • Build approximately 10 km of 22kV Hare conductor from the Command reservoir site to a raw water pump station.
  • Install a meter at all three points of supply.

NOTE:

On acceptance of the cost estimate fee and payment of the quotation fee below, Eskom will provide a budget quote. The Distribution standard connection charge is payable upfront before construction.

(b)(i) Full Cost:

The estimated charges are as follows, in 2017 Rand values:

Charge

Estimated value

Distribution Standard Connection Charge

R 15 456 473.36 + VAT = R 17 620 379.63

Quotation Fee

R 661 424.50

Security Deposit

R 2 549 000.00

(b)(ii) Completion is estimated from 12 to 24 months depending on long lead time materials.

31 October 2022 - NW3409

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What (a)(i) total number of public servants are currently on suspension with full pay and at (ii) cost to the Government, (b) is the breakdown of the specified number of suspended public servants in each (i) national and (ii) provincial department and (c) number of such public servants hold senior positions within the Public Service?

Reply:

a) (i) Total number of public servants currently on suspension with full pay: 305

(ii) Cost to the Government: R 130 964 676,15.

b) (i) Breakdown of suspended public servants in National Departments:

Name of Departments

SMS Member (Level)

Number of Precautionary suspensions cases received

Total cost for Precautionary suspensions

Agriculture, Land reform and Rural Development

14

1

not indicated

Cooperative Governance

14

1

R 2,396,286.82

 

14

1

R 2,360,860.58

 

13

1

R 1,939,751.03

 

14

1

R 426,844.64

Correctional Services

15

1

R 309,095.63

 

13

1

R 182,511.67

 

15

1

R 238,714.49

Defence

0

1

R 356,171.50

Government Printing Works

0

1

R 22,752.59

Health

0

3

R 95,199.39

Higher Education and Training, Science & Innovation

0

12

R 2,549,231.00

Home Affairs

15

1

R 956,198.25

 

14

1

R 859,747.00

 

13

1

R 654,631.25

 

13

1

R 94,921.50

 

0

1

R 790,611.21

 

0

1

R 502,049.41

 

0

1

R 500,233.08

 

0

1

R 199,930.50

 

0

1

R 171,056.25

 

0

1

R 178,863.75

 

0

1

R 163,806.00

 

0

1

R 163,806.00

 

0

1

R 149,802.00

 

0

1

R 184,281.75

 

0

1

R 171,056.25

 

0

1

R 184,281.75

 

0

1

R 171,056.25

 

0

1

R 39,747.50

 

0

1

R 40,344.50

 

0

1

R 40,951.50

 

0

1

R 20,781.50

 

0

1

R 20,172.25

 

0

1

R 20,172.25

 

0

1

R 20,172.25

 

0

1

R 21,781.00

 

0

1

R 94,921.50

Independent police Investigative Directorate

13

6

R -

International Relations and Cooperation

0

1

R 3,158.38

Justice and Constitutional Development

0

1

R 642,798.67

 

0

1

R 1,773,149.72

 

0

1

R 2,654,793.91

Military Veterans

14

4

R 3,778,958.91

National Prosecuting Authority

14

1

R 292,528.70

 

 

1

R 235,925.36

 

 

1

R 53,470.45

Office of Chief Justice

0

1

R 2,985,711.13

 

0

1

R 94,841.55

Public Enterprises

16

1

R 28,734.95

Public Service and Administration

15

1

R 4,951,979.60

Public Works and Infrastructure

16

1

R 3,957,066.00

 

0

1

R 89,538.75

Science and Innovation

0

1

R 1,190,868,66

Water and Sanitation

0

3

R 15,651.08

The Presidency

13

1

R 215,374.05

TOTAL

19

79

R 40 257 345,63

       

(b) (i) Breakdown of suspended public servants in Provincial Departments:

Provinces

Provincial Departments

Number of Precautionary suspensions received

SMS

Total cost for Precautionary suspension

Eastern Cape

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

0

0

0

 

Community Safety

1

0

R 1,208,961.00

 

Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism

0

0

0

 

Education

0

0

0

 

Health

0

0

0

 

Human Settlements

0

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

0

 

Roads and Public Works and Infrastructure

0

0

0

 

Rural Development and Agrarian Reform

0

0

0

 

Safety and Liaison

0

0

0

 

Social Development

0

0

0

 

Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture

0

0

0

 

Transport

0

0

0

 

Total

1

0

R 1,208,961.00

Free State

Agriculture and Rural Development

3

0

R 2,659,259.57

 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

0

0

R -

 

DESTEA

1

1

R 12,551.07

 

Education

1

0

R 187,885.70

 

Health

7

0

R 805,249.33

 

Human Settlements

2

1

R 2,381,250.03

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

R -

 

Police, Roads and Transport

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

1

0

R 48,087.60

 

Public Works & Infrastructure

2

0

R 145,487.54

 

Social Development

1

1

R 41,871.61

 

Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation

0

0

R -

 

Total

18

3

R 6,281,642.45

Gauteng

Agriculture and Rural Development

0

0

R -

 

Education

4

 

 

 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

 

 

 

 

Community Safety

3

0

R 117,978.71

 

Economic Development

7

3

R 5,650,621.08

 

E-Government

0

0

R -

 

Health

No report

No report

No report

 

Human Settlements

No report

No report

No report

 

Infrastructure Development

9

3

R 1,831,135.27

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Roads and Transport

No report

No report

No report

 

Social Development

0

0

R -

 

Sports, Arts , Culture and Recreation

No report

No report

No report

 

TOTAL

23

6

R 7,599,735.06

Kwazulu-Natal

Agriculture and Rural Development

6

1

R 1,517,725.00

 

Arts and Culture

0

0

R -

 

Community Safety

0

0

R -

 

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

3

1

R 2,380,756.00

 

Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

2

2

R 819,973.00

 

Education

28

3

R 4,991,434.50

 

Health

22

1

R 3,305,739.53

 

Human Settlements

 

0

R -

 

Office of the Premier

4

2

R 6,509,741.00

 

Social Development

7

5

R 8,394,222.35

 

Sport and Recreation

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Public Works

1

1

R 3,376,082.40

 

Transport

2

2

R 2,235,369.80

 

Total

75

18

R 33,531,043.58

Limpopo

Agriculture and Rural Development

0

0

0

 

COGHSTA

0

0

R -

 

Education

0

0

R -

 

Health

9

0

R No cost indicated -

 

Limpopo Depart. of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism

0

0

R -

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure

0

0

R -

 

Social Development

0

0

R -

 

Sports, Arts and Culture

0

0

R -

 

Transport and Community Safety.

0

0

R -

 

Total

9

0

R -

Mpumalanga

Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environment Affairs

0

0

0

 

Community Safety, Security and Liaison

4

0

R 195,439.56

 

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

1

0

R -

 

Culture, Sports and recreation

0

0

R -

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

R -

 

Education

5

0

R 2,132,884.31

 

Health

14

0

Not indicated

 

Human Settlements

0

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

2

0

R 509,482.95

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Transport, Safety and Liaison

0

0

R -

 

Public Works, Roads and Transport

0

0

R -

 

Social Development

0

0

R -

 

Total

26

0

R 2,837,806.82

Northern Cape

Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform

No report

No report

No report

 

Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs

0

0

R -

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

R -

 

Education

12

0

R 5,713,629.00

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Roads and Public Works

4

 

R 36,189.00

 

Sports and Arts and Culture

0

0

R -

 

Social Development

2

0

R 270,956.56

 

Health

10

0

R 18,740,641.63

 

Transport, Safety and Liaison

0

0

R -

 

Total

28

0

R 24,761,416.19

North West

Agriculture & Rural development

2

2

R 429,472.00

 

Arts , Culture Sports and Recreation

No report

No report

No report

 

Corporative Governance & Traditional Affairs

0

0

R -

 

Community Safety and Transport Management

0

0

R -

 

Economic Development Environment, Conservation & Tourism

1

0

R 210,805.23

 

Education

No report

No report

No report

 

Health

12

2

R 11,473,472.27

 

Human Settlements (New department)

0

0

R -

 

Office of the Premier

2

0

R 263,485.50

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Public Works and Roads

1

0

R 167,346.62

 

Social Development

No report

No report

No report

 

Total

18

4

R 12,544,581.62

Western Cape

Agriculture

0

0

R -

 

Community Safety

5

4

R 672,487.25

 

Cultural Affairs and Sport

0

0

R -

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

R -

 

Education

7

3

R 155,862.21

 

Environmental and Development Planning

0

0

R -

 

Health

11

0

R 473,464.83

 

Human Settlements

0

0

R -

 

Local Government

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Social Development

2

0

R 461,437.61

 

The Premier

3

0

R 178,891.90

 

Transport and Public Works

0

0

R -

 

TOTAL

28

7

R 1,942,143.80

 

Grand Total

226

38

R 90 707 330,52

c) Number of senior public servants on precautionary suspension: 57

NOTE: The information used for this response was obtained from the FOSAD reports sent to the DPSA as at 30 June 2022.

End

31 October 2022 - NW3443

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

By what date will the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eskom and his board be dismissed, due to them having failed the Republic and having kept the country in the dark for a longer period than any other Eskom CEO and board has before?

Reply:

After a review of the previous Eskom Board, the Minister announced the appointment of a new Board with a full complement of 15 directors, with effect from 1 October 2022, for a three-year term, subject to annual review. The new Board includes 13 new Non-executive Directors and two existing Executive Directors, namely the CEO and CFO.

In line with proper corporate governance, the performance management of the executive directors falls within the purview of the Board.

31 October 2022 - NW2392

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What total number of taxis in Gauteng are registered (a) on the eNatis system with the Road Traffic Management Corporation and (b) with the Provincial Legislature Transport Department on the Register Admin System?

Reply:

a) The operating license information is stored on the Department’s Operating License Administration System (OLAS). According to OLAS the total number of taxis with valid operating licenses in Gauteng is:

  • Minibus Taxis = 31 723
  • Meter Taxis including ehailing = 7087.

The data on OLAS is also on the eNaTIS because for a taxi to acquire an operating licence it must have been registered on eNatis and have a vehicle licence.

b) The Registration Administrative System (RAS) is utilised to register taxi associations, their members and vehicles. The same number of operating licenses appearing on OLAS for Gauteng operators is captured on the RAS

31 October 2022 - NW2604

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) What are the details of the (a) budget, (b) expenditure and (c) entities that received the tender for fixing roads in (i) Limpopo, (ii) North West and (iii) Free State between 2014 and 2020; (2) what is the detailed information with regard to the (a) roads that were fixed and (b) amount that each road cost the department to repair in each case?

Reply:

The response for question 1 and 2 are as detailed below for Free State, Limpopo and North West.

Please see attached:

Annexure A- Free State Province

Annexure B: Limpopo Province; and

Annexure C: North West Province

31 October 2022 - NW2558

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1) Whether, with reference to his reply to question 477 on 9 May 2022, his department has extended the deadline for senior managers to update their qualifications on the PERSAL system; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) at what stage will his department (a) employ punitive measures to address the issue of the slow pace of senior managers updating their qualifications on the PERSAL system and (b) conduct an investigation into the issue of senior managers within the Public Service who do not have the qualifications for the positions that they currently occupy?

Reply:

1. There was no extension provided to departments, departments are gradually responding to circular HRD0301 by updating data on PERSAL.

2. Below are the responses for question 2 (a) and (b):

a) PERSAL is specifically designed for payment of employees’ salaries. The capturing of qualifications on PERSAL is currently not mandatory and until such time, when capturing of qualification on PERSAL is made mandatory, the Department cannot employ any punitive measures.

b) The Department of Public Service and Administration continues to monitor compliance in terms of the implementation of the PSR, 2016 and the Directive on compulsory capacity development, mandatory training days and minimum entry requirements for members of senior management service. Individual letters are prepared to Head of Departments requesting them to provide proof of qualifications for Senior Managers who were appointed during the implementation of the Public Service Regulations, 2016 and the said Directive.

End

31 October 2022 - NW3484

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) What were the reasons furnished by a certain person (name and details furnished) for the resignation; (2) what (a) were the reasons that the specified person took four Richtersveld community members to Dubai and India in 2017 and (b)(i) are the names and (ii) who paid for the travel arrangements?

Reply:

According to information received from Alexkor

1. The person resigned for personal reasons.

(2)(a) The information at my disposal is that the person (Company Secretary) accompanied the Board and the CPA representatives on a sales and marketing business trip to India (via Dubai). The purported objective of the trip was to meet with the leading diamond cutting and polishing companies in Surat and lobby them to set up diamond cutting and polishing units in the Northern Cape, as well as to meet with jewelers in Jaipur and lobby them to set up operations in South African and especially in the Northern Cape.

(b) The names of the community members who were on the trip are:

  • Mr Willem Vries (Sanddrif, Richtersveld);
  • Mr Dennis Farmer (Eksteenfontein, Richtersveld);
  • Mr Brian Koopman (Lekkersing, Richtersveld); and
  • Mr Ryno Thomas (Kuboes, Richtersveld).

(c) The trip was approved by the former Minister of Public Enterprises and was paid for by the Alexkor RMC Joint Venture.

 

28 October 2022 - NW3805

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) signed a contract with a certain company (name furnished) for the transportation of blood samples and other medical specimens from 1 September 2022; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the contract; (2) whether blood and other medical samples have been (a) collected from various clinics by the specified company and (b) delivered for analysis to laboratories since 1 September 2022; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he will furnish Mrs M O Clarke with proof that (a) the company has special purpose vehicles for the transportation of medical specimens and (b) their drivers are all certified to transport dangerous goods; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether there was a written agreement between the NHLS and NEHAWU to (a) absorb medical transport companies like HEC Logistics and others into the new tender and/or (b) insource the companies into the NHLS; if not; what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date has the agreement been implemented?

Reply:

1. Yes, the NHLS has awarded a contract to ZaMlangeni Holdings for the transportation of blood samples and other medical specimen for a period of five years (05) years, with effect from 01 September 2022.

2. (a) The appointed service provider commenced with the service of collecting and transportation of medical specimen on 01 September 2022 and

(b) Delivered to all the laboratories for analysis. There was a seamless transition between the new and old service providers, however there were some teething problems on the first day in some areas. Management put interventions to resolve the challenges and avoid disruption of service. The services are currently running smooth in all areas across the country.

3. (a) The company has special purpose vehicles for the transportation of medical specimens and

(b) their drivers are all certified to transport dangerous goods. The pictures of the cars, licence discs and compliance certificates of the drivers are hereto attached.

4. The NHLS has not concluded any agreement with the majority union, NEHAWU for the absorption or takeover of the transport companies as those companies are not part of the NHLS / NEHAWU bargaining forum.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3731

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether, in light of reports of patients at the Nkonjeni Hospital who received food full of ants, any health inspectors have been sent to the specified hospital to ensure that the quality of meals given to patients, as well as food preparation processes, meet the requirements for the minimum standards of his department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any health inspectors have been sent to the hospital to ensure that cleaning equipment within the hospital and/or clinic meets the requirements for the minimum standards of his department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes, initial inspection was conducted on 07 October 2022 and a follow up on 24 October 2022 by health inspectors, now called Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) from Zululand District Municipality. The EHPs did not find any evidence of ants in food provided to patients. There is a pest controller providing pest control services in the kitchen. An inspection of food premises was done from the storage, preparation, transportation to the ward, to providing food to patients and was found to be complying with required prescripts. Patients were also interviewed to determine if there was any incident where food provided had ants and no patient witnessed that incident and no further complaint was received by the EHPs.

2. Yes, EHPs have visited the facility which was found to be in compliance with minimum standards as it is in possession of a valid Certificate of Acceptability issued for compliance with the provision of the Foodstuff Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972, as amended and its regulations. Furthermore, as a proactive prevention measure, a comprehensive report with recommendations to the facility on implementation of the clean-as- you-go principle including provision of rodent proof at the storeroom was compiled.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3806

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)How does his department (a) monitor and (b) ensure that only qualified personnel perform specialised jobs in the public healthcare sector; (2) what number of unqualified personnel are employed in the (a) national and (b) provincial public healthcare sector since 1 January 2022?

Reply:

1. All appointments in the public health sector are advertised in accordance with job specifications that outlines required qualifications and the job description that assists in (a) monitoring that only qualifying applicants are recommended by the interviewing panel. Applicants are also required to submit their certified copies of qualifications prior to commencement of duty to the employer. This monitoring is further supported by a functionality on the PERSAL System that requires the employer to capture the qualifications of the incumbent against the position in question, (b) assuring that the recommended candidate has the right qualification and caries the required relevant skills and attributes that enables him/her to perform specialized jobs in the public health care sector.

2. There is 0 number of unqualified personnel employed in the (a) National and (b) Provincial public healthcare sector since 1 January 2022.

 

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3714

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) What are the reasons that a 15-year old Zenizole Vena, an underage rape victim, was turned away at the Motherwell Clinic in the Eastern Cape due to her not having a case number and (b) which disciplinary measures have been taken against the nursing staff that were on duty on that specific day at the clinic; (2) whether the nurses have been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) The reasons will be established through a formal investigation.

(b) The staff involved will be subjected to a formal investigation in line with the Labour Relations Act and other labour related legislation and prescripts. Recommendations of investigation reports will be implemented.

(2) The nurse who was on duty when this incident occurred has not been suspended yet, because she has been on sick-leave ever since the incident. She will be served with the required disciplinary process communication instruments on her return. Should her absence be prolonged, the Eastern Cape Department of Health will serve her with these instruments while at home.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3733

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What total number of state hospitals and/or clinics require (a) infrastructure upgrading and (b) maintenance of existing infrastructure; (2) whether he will furnish Ms M D Hlengwa with an audit of all unstaffed positions in state hospitals and/or clinics; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Health Sector as the user of health facilities required by GIAMA to produce User Asset Management Plan (U-AMP) which reflect the condition of the health facilities. This followed by development of Infrastructure Programme Implementation Plan (IPMP), which is a three-year costed plan, which indicates how these facilities will be attended, to bring them back to acceptable standard. The U-AMP table below is indicating that there are 265 hospitals and 1903 primary health care facilities that requires a certain number of upgrades and additions. However, it should be noted that all active health facilities are budgeted for maintenance and repair in every financial year through Equitable Share and Hospital Revitalization Grant.

Number of Facilities that register conditional rating of C3 (C3: urgent attention) as per 2020 U-AMP

Province

Hospital

Primary Health Care

EC

43

325

FS

29

12

GP

32

98

KZN

66

486

LP

2

385

MP

30

237

NC

14

71

NW

21

218

WC

28

71

TOTAL

265

1903

2. The current overall vacancy posts for all health care workers, which are providing both health related (16 070) and administration (4 764) functions/services in hospitals and clinics are 20834 posts, in the public health sector (i.e. in all 9 Provinces including the National Department of health) as recorded on the 30 September 2022 PERSAL System date set.

 

These recorded posts are both funded and unfunded posts in the System. Due to constrained budgets, a systematic process of approving funding and advertisements of posts by accounting officers in consultation with Provincial Treasuries is ongoing. This is to avoid exceeding Cost of Employment (COE) budgets.

 

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3716

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the full breakdown of (a) the money mismanaged and/or misspent since the inception of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration programme, (b)(i) the number of officials involved and (ii) in what capacity and (c) how were the persons involved in the financial mismanagement disciplined in each relevant financial year in each case; (2) what is the full breakdown of the (a) audit investigations that have been undertaken since the inception of the programme and (b) outcomes of the investigations in each (i) province and (ii) financial year?

Reply:

(1) (a) The National Department is not aware of any mismanagement and/or misspent of funds by any of its officials on this programme. The funds are assigned to the programme and transferred to the Department of International Relations and Corporation and Cuba when received from the Province for students in Cuba.

In South Africa they are transferred to Universities by the National Department of Health for students.

(2) (a)(b)(i)(ii) There are no audit investigations we are aware of relating to the mismanagement or misspent of money for the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Collaboration Programme in the Department of Health.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3713

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to the Ritshidze Data on the Free State report on challenges that make it hard to access the human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) and Tuberculosis (TB) preventative treatment, which states the challenges and interventions needed to address the health access crisis in the province, while he is yet to make sustainable interventions in that direction after so many years, (a) what are the plans of his department concerning Free State healthcare issues and (b) on what date is it envisaged that the specified plans will take shape to address issues of access to healthcare in the province?

Reply:

The challenge with the question in respect of Retshidze is that it is general and as such it is difficult for the department to respond in a specific way. The table here below provides general responses in line with the areas that were covered by the Retshidze report.

 

a) The plans of the department concerning Free State Health Issues and (b) date to address the issues of access to health care are in the table below:

Item

Challenge raised by Ritshidze

  1. Plans of the department
  1. Date

Shortages of staff

  • 79% of facilities again reported being understaffed and unable to meet the needs of public healthcare users this year
  • There currently are budget pressure and as such the department is not able to appoint a new staff

The department will prioritize critical post for 2023/24 budget and over the MTEF

ART

  • 66% of PLHIV would like to collect ARVs closer to their home (66% last year)
  • The department is planning on increase pick up points for the ARVs so that the patients can collect their treatment closer home
  • The department will also reopen more adherence clubs that were affected during COVID19
  • Districts have developed differentiated of care models and welcome back campaigns towards reach 95-95-95

March 2023 extended to April 2023 for budget in the new financial year.

Infrastructure and cleanliness

  • 90% of facilities need some additional space
  • 25% of public healthcare users reported that facilities were “dirty
  • The infrastructure unit has received approval to allocate additional funding to maintenance and refurbishment of facilities earmarked for ideal clinic programme
  • The department has appointed EPWP to assist with cleaning at health facilities to argument the current shortages

March 2023

Waiting times

  • 4:31 hours was the average waiting time after the facility
  • The department planned to decant more patients who are more stable on treatment to reduce backlog waiting time

The department plans to appoint staff in the MTEF period

Men specific services

  • 9 sites had no male specific services at all
  • The department plan to pilot a men’s clinics to HIV and testing, , male medical circumcision and other services

April 2023

Availability of medication

  • 13% of respondents said they had left or knew someone who left empty handed (8% last year)
  • There are currently no shortage of ARV and monitored weekly using SVS
  • Facilities are implementing and monitoring redistribution to ensure sustainability of medicine .

Ongoing

Key population

  • 0% facilities report any key population specific services at all
  • The department has employed 25 peer educators to promote access for access for key population
  • Also do demand creation for key population
  • The plan is to expand the peer educators service over the METF to insure accessibility to key population

April 2023

Some of the key general activities and plans

  • Welcome back strategy was started in 2020/ 21 financial year but not fully implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The department planned to re- train all categories of staff.
  • To strengthen adherence to treatment through reviving adherence clubs.
  • Implementation of the track and tracing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
  • Monitoring of Medicine availability is done through Stock status report.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3737

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

(a) How long are the waiting lists for terminations of pregnancies at facilities that offer such services in (i) Gauteng and (ii) KwaZulu-Natal and (b) what plans have been put in place to ensure that women do not suffer the fate of carrying unwanted babies to term, due to the lack of access to termination services?

Reply:

(a) According to the Provincial Department of Health, there is no waiting time for first trimester clients, however the waiting time for second trimester clients is from one week to four weeks, and also there is no waiting time for both trimesters (first and second) for clients requesting ToP services.

(b) As part plan to ensure that women do not suffer the fate of carrying unwanted babies to term, due to the lack of access to termination services, the department has published information on the Termination of Pregnancy on various provincial websites, with the details of the facilities that offer the service. The facilities that provide the services further display the packages of services that are delivered including ToP.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3732

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, considering that contraceptives is the most common medicine that was out of stock at public healthcare facilities in 2022, which may be catastrophic for some of the most vulnerable women in the Republic, and noting that the Stop Stockouts Project (SSP) acknowledges the significant efforts of his department to address such stockouts of all medicines (details furnished), his department has considered the recommendations of the SSP (details furnished); if not, (a) why not and (b) what alternatives have been considered to address the negative impacts of the specified stockouts; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The National Department of Health (NDOH) welcomes the initiative by SSP to investigate stockouts in the provinces and has considered the recommendations made in the SSP report. It should be noted that the overall medicine availability has improved significantly over the years, since 2014. In any supply chain, supply challenges do arise from time to time.

In the April to June 2022 period, the reporting period of the SSP report, contracted suppliers reported challenges impacting on the supply for some contraceptives. These challenges included Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) shortages, production delays and quality control issues which affected the manufacture of both tablets and implants. Additionally, the contract for the implants was ceded from one supplier to another, which resulted in interruptions in supply until the process was complete.

The NDOH continuously engages the suppliers to identify any possible supply challenges, to adjust the demand forecast (where necessary) and to work together to mitigate the risks. Furthermore, the NDOH established a decision-making forum where all provinces are represented; to identify interventions aimed at addressing any medicine supply challenges, to improve medicine availability and to reduce the potential impact of stock outs.

Where supply constraints are identified, the NDOH works with the provinces to identify and implement interventions to minimize stock outs and impact on patients. These interventions are informed by the cause of the supply challenge:

• Where the supply constraint is due to operational matters e.g., machine breakdown, labor unrest, theft, post importation testing, etc. the NDOH would source products from alternative local suppliers with registered products using the quotation process.

• Should the supply constraint result in a longer term supply challenge, such as regulatory matters including amendments to the dossier that requires approval from South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), including a change/addition of an active pharmaceutical ingredient source and/or manufacturing site, the transfer of ownership of dossiers which results in a change of marketing authorization, delays in the issuing of the permits for imported medicines, manufactured products requiring additional quality checks by SAHPRA, etc. and no alternative local suppliers with registered products are available; an application would be made to SAHPRA for the acquisition of unregistered medicines for human use in South Africa Act use in terms of Section 21 of the Medicines and Related Substances Act. For example, when the Medroxyprogesterone injection was unavailable, Section 21 was sourced to minimize impact on patients.

Since the publication of the report, the supply of all contraceptives has stabilized and the NDOH is not aware of any supply constraints for contraceptives at present. The overall medicine availability indicates that there is sufficient stock to meet the patient demand and is currently at 90.5%.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3715

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

Whether, with regard to the site establishment taking place at the SA National Defence Force College of Intelligence in Waterkloof, her department is constructing the project; if not, who is responsible for the construction of the project; if so, what are the relevant details in respect of the (a) scope of work, (b) project value, (c) localisation plan and framework of the main contractor and (d) appointment of the Chief Legal Officer?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

I have been informed that the project in question is being implemented by the Department of Defence and not the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.

Therefore, (a), (b), (c) and (d), Fall away.

28 October 2022 - NW3712

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What total number of students (a) have been enrolled, (b) have graduated, (c) have been employed by his department and (d) are currently still employed by his department since the inception of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration programme; (2) what (a) are the reasons for the termination of employment and (b) amount has the termination of employment cost his department since the inception of the specified programme; (3) whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with a breakdown of all expenses since the inception of the programme; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) amounts are still outstanding?

Reply:

1. (a) There are 3369 students recruited to the programme since inception.

b) A total of 2617 has graduated from the Programme.

c) The total of 2 617 students mentioned in (b) above, after completion of their integration in South African local universities are/were allocated to various health facilities for a two-year medical internship and then proceed to fulfil a one-year Community Service Programme in rural and underserved areas.

d) The National Department of Health has requested the numbers that are currently still employed form Provincial Departments of Health, since the PERSAL System does not have a functionality that provides such granular data since inception of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Programme.

2. (a) The doctors from the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Programme assume appointment to the department as qualified medical doctors like any other doctor trained in South Africa, this also include termination of employment. The termination of duty is therefore based on grounds that are deemed necessary for termination in terms of the scope of practice of medical doctors or it may be voluntary as is the case with any other employee.

(b) This cannot be quantified specifically for the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical doctors.

(3) (a) Costs incurred when students in Cuba

The following are average costs incurred and are fixed cost per student per year, depending on the Rand/Dollar Exchange Rate at the time of transfer, is reflected below:

  • Preparatory (one year) : $2000.00 per students
  • 1st – 5th Year (per student) : $5000.00
  • Stipend (per student per year) : $2400.00
  • Additional costs include two return flight tickets during six years and additional flight ticket in case of death of immediate family member. The tickets cannot be costed as it also depends on the Rand/Dollar Exchange at the time.

Level

Tuition Fees

Meals & Acc.

Ave. cost Med. Ins.

Stipend

TOTAL

Preparatory

$6000.00

$6022

$450

$2400.00

$14, 872.00

1st – 2nd Year

$12, 500

$6022

$500

$2400.00

$21, 422.00

3rd – 4th Year

$11, 500

$6022

$500

$2400.00

$20, 422.00

5th Year

$13, 500

$6022

$600

$2400.00

$22, 522.00

b) Costs incurred for integration in the local Universities

Tuition fees charged by South African universities during the integration since inception until 2018 varied from one university to another. After the agreement signed with local universities, the cost of integration per student has been standardised since July 2018 and adjusted according to annual Consumer Price Index. Students have all to be in the clinical training platform for 18 months which translates into three (3) semesters. Additional costs include transportation of the final year students to local universities which depends on the mode of transport and distance to the university.

The following are the average costs incurred in South Africa:

  • July 2018 – June 2019 : R231 325.00 per student (R115 662.50 per semester).
  • July 2019 – June 2020 : R241 734.63 per student (R120 867.31 per semester).
  • July 2020 – June 2021 : R252 612.68 per student (R126 306.34 per semester).
  • July 2021 – June 2022 : R260 696.28 per student (R130 348.14 per semester).
  • July 2022 – June 2023 : R277 641.54 per student (R138 820.77 per semester).

Amount outstanding are not readily available for both Cuba and local Universities as we are in a process of receiving and paying invoices for the 2021 to 2022 financial year for Cuba, and 2022/ 2023 Financial year for local Universities.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3745

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Tambo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Health

In view of recent reports of a 15-year old girl who was gang-raped in Gqeberha, Motherwell, being turned away from a clinic and told to go and open a case before she is treated, only to die on her way to open a case, what (a) are the consequence measures of his department for medical practitioners who display gross negligence that leads to the placing of those in need in danger and in some instances deadly health situations and (b) training is available for medical practitioners when handling sensitive health matters relating to women?

Reply:

(a) Cases of suspected transgression/misconduct are investigated in line with the Labour Relations Act and other labour related legislation and prescripts. Recommendations of investigation reports are implemented.

(b) Training and education on being sensitive to the needs of all patients is part of the undergraduate curricula of all health cadres. Inservice training on the management of sexual assault victims and gender-based violence is available to health workers.

 

END.