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17 September 2020 - NW1895

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a)(i) number of officials of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) have been (aa) suspended and/or (bb) fired for defrauding the institution over the past five financial years and (ii) amount has SASSA lost through fraud by officials in the specified period and (b) measures does she have in place to prevent fraud at SASSA?

Reply:

a) Number of officials suspended and dismissed because of different kinds of disciplinary sanctions

In response to the above mentioned question, a table as well as the graph were used in order to summarise the number of SASSA employees that have been suspended and dismissed for defrauding the Agency over the last 5 financial years

Table1: Different types of disciplinary sanctions per Region for a period of 5 years

Province

Number of employees on precautionary suspension

Number of employees suspended without pay as per disciplinary enquiry sanction/outcome

Number of employees dismissed for fraud

Grand totals per Regions

Eastern Cape

17

0

16

33

Free State

2

3

4

9

Gauteng

5

1

4

10

KwaZulu Natal

111

7

25

143

Limpopo

3

5

16

24

Mpumalanga

7

8

2

17

North West

6

0

7

13

Northern Cape

0

2

1

3

Western Cape

5

0

1

6

Total

156

26

76

258

For further ease of reference, the following graph was used to also depict the different types of disciplinary sanctions per Region for a period of 5 years.

Graph 1:Different types of disciplinary sanctions per Region for a period of 5 years see the link:

https://pmg.org.za/files/RNW1895_-_Suspension_and_Dismissal_Table.pdf

Analysis of the above mentioned Table and the Graph

  • A total number of 156, 26 and 76 cases were recoded in the last five financial years for precautionary suspension, suspension without pay and dismissals for fraud respectively;
  • A grand total of 258 cases were recorded in the last five years in all Regions
  • KwaZulu Natal recorded the highest numbers in precautionary and dismissal categories. Overall KZN accounts for 55% which is the highest as compared to other Regions
  • On the other hand Northern Cape and Western Cape recorded the lowest cases which accounts for 1.6% and 2.3% respectively
  • When it comes to suspension without pay, Mpumalanga recorded the highest number namely 8 followed by KZN with 7 cases
  • Both Limpopo and Eastern Cape recorded a total number of 16 cases in the category of employees dismissed for fraud. It is pleasing to note the firm stance taken by both Regions to ensure behavioral changes when it comes to fraud
  • It should be noted that there were no relataed cases recorded at Head Office

(a) ii. Amount of money lost through fraud

The total amount of money lost through fraud over the past 5 financial years is approximately R282, 476,193.

(b) Measures in place to prevent fraud at SASSA

SASSA has a Fraud Prevention Strategy that is premised on four key pillars, namely Prevention, Detection, Investigation and Resolution.

The following Fraud prevention measures and mechanisms are being implemented by SASSA:

(b)1 Policies and Procedures

The Agency has developed and is implementing various policies and procedures in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and supporting Treasury Regulations, to which all employees and other stakeholders are required to comply. This creates an environment which is conducive for good corporate governance and the prevention of fraud.

(b)2 Internal controls and compliance

Management regularly identifies significant fraud risks and implements process level controls, systems and procedures to identify and prevent fraud and corruption. Types of controls typically include:

  • Authorisation controls (approval of expenditure or grants)
  • Supervisory controls (supervising day-to-day operations)
  • Process controls
  • System controls
  • Financial controls.

A major control that was implemented since August 2019 is bank account verification to ensure that grant money is paid into the bank account of the rightful grant beneficiary.

SASSA is piloting a biometrics solution for staff who access the grants system in order to ensure that transactions are performed by authorised persons.

(b)3 Fraud Risk Identification and Assessment

Fraud risk identification and assessment is conducted at least annually in order to identify the inherent exposures to fraud within the current operating systems and procedures.

(b)4 Fraud awareness

The Agency conducts fraud and corruption awareness sessions and training for SASSA employees and the public in order to assist in the prevention, detection and reporting of fraud and corruption.

Line managers also share information on fraud prevention measures with employees under their supervision.

(b)5 Code of Conduct and Ethics

SASSA has a Code of Conduct that has been shared with all the employees. The Code is aimed at creating an ethical organization culture, which is essential for fraud prevention.

(b)6 Disciplinary Code and Procedures

The Agency’s Disciplinary Code establishes standards for the conduct of all employees and the relevant disciplinary procedures to be adopted for breaches of the code. Consistent and effective dealing with identified instances of misconduct through fraud and corruption serves to enforce Fraud Prevention, by acting as a deterrent to other employees.

(b)7 Employee Screening

SASSA screens employees during the recruitment process.

(b)8 Communication

SASSA uses various tools to communicate with internal and external stakeholders about some of the anti-fraud awareness messages. The appropriate communication of anti-fraud measures and their results is essential to build trust in the social security system.

(b)9 Partnerships with stakeholders

SASSA is working closely with stakeholders in the banking sector such as the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, SA Reserve Bank, SA Post Office, National Treasury, Banking Association of South Africa, Payment Association of South Africa and various commercial banks in order to prevent fraud targeting social grants money.

SASSA has been sharing data with other government entities in order to validate information supplied by grant applicants to prevent and minimise inclusion errors and fraud.

The Agency also works closely with law enforcement agencies in detecting and combating fraud.

(b)10 Detection

Combined assurance (management, internal and external assurance providers) measures are also being employed to detect fraud and corruption within the Agency. The Internal Audit function plays a vital role in the detection of fraud and corruption. The external audit function is an important control in the detection of fraud. Various controls are also implemented in order to correct the controls weaknesses identified by the Auditor General of South Africa.

SASSA also acts on fraud and corruption cases that are reported through the following mechanisms:

(a) Public Service Commission (PSC) Fraud Hotline

(b) SASSA General Customer Care Contact Centre

(c) Whistle Blowing.

Pro-active fraud detection reviews, utilising data analytics are conducted regularly within business units with a high risk of fraud and error based on historic instances or other risk factors. This acts as an important mechanism in the detection of incidences of fraud and corruption.A critical component of detecting fraud is mutual sharing of data between SASSA, SAPO and other entities.

17 September 2020 - NW1686

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

(1) On what date was the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concluded between her department and the Department of Social Development with respect to the schooling of children whose caregivers receive child support grants; (2) what are the obligations of her department in terms of the MOU; (3) whether the specified obligations are still effective; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) will she furnish Mrs D van der Walt with a copy of the MOU?

Reply:

1. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) , Department of Social Development and South Africa Social Security Agency signed an Implementation Protocol on 09 March 2012, which is the effective date.
2. Kindly refer to clauses 3.3 and 5 of the Implementation Protocol, which provide for the roles and responsibilities of the DBE; and the combined responsibilities of the Parties respectively.
3. It is still effective.
4. Kindly find attached a copy of the Implementation Protocol.

17 September 2020 - NW1756

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) Whether certain radio licence holders (names and details furnished) have been invoiced for annual radio licence fees by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa for the current year; if not, by what date will the invoicing be done; (2) What (a) is the total number of radio licence holders that require annual invoices and (b) number of the specified radio licence holders have been invoiced for annual licence fees for 2020?

Reply:

I have been advised by ICASA as follows:

1. All invoices for the annual Radio Frequency Spectrum (RFS) licence fees for a total of 20,795 RFS licences for the 2020-21 financial year have been issued. This figure includes the licenses held by Monitoring, District Watch and District Bassett and all invoices were finalised and issued by 22 July 2020.

2. (a) A total number of 20 795 radio frequency spectrum licence holders require annual invoices.

(b) All Invoices were finalised and issued. The total amount invoiced for the annual RFS licence fees is R 741, 258, 948.00. The Authority extended the 2020 annual licence renewal date of RFS licences from 31 March 2020 to 30 June 2020 to mitigate the impact of the National State of Disaster and subsequent national lockdown on licensees. This was communicated on the Authority’s website in March 2020 and subsequently published in Government Gazette No. 43204 dated 3 April 2020. The Authority notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the day to day operations of the Authority which resulted in some licensees receiving their notices in July. Affected licenses will, however not be penalised and measures have been put in place to ensure that the renewed licences are issued timeously.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

           

17 September 2020 - NW1457

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Sukers, Ms ME to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) What is the breakdown of the costs incurred by her department in theDemocratic Alliance court case and that of1000 Women Trust that was decided on 22 May 2020 in the Cape High Court over the enforced ban on soup kitchens and food distribution regulations and (b) how will these costs impact on her department; (2) whether the legal action could have been avoided through the less expensive and more fruitful course of consultation with the litigating parties; if not, why not; if so, (a) was the course of consultation with the litigating parties pursued and (b) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) The Department has not yet been invoiced for the applicant’s costs.

(b) The impact on the department will be that the legal costs are not budgeted for.

(2)  (a) No;

(b) The applicants launched an urgent court application based on internal document which were still being consulted. The department did engage the applicants but did not agree on the material facts. The applicants wanted to prevent the Minister from issuing directions of which she is empowered by the Constitution and by the relevant Disaster Management Act. The court had to pronounce on these fundamental issues and ordered that theMinister is entitled to issue directions in this regard and further that the applicants be afforded an opportunity to look at the final draft directions three days before gazetting.

17 September 2020 - NW1896

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

How regularly does the SA Social Security Agency update its systems to ensure that all persons who receive grants (a) are alive and (b) meet the requirements to benefit from grants?

Reply:

a) All active grants are systematically checked against the Department of Home Affairs on a monthly basis, before payments are extracted for payment in the following month. All deaths which are registered with the Department of Home Affairs at the time of the monthly check result in the immediate cancellation of the grant.

b) Regulation 27(2) to the Social Assistance Act, Act 13 of 2004, makes provision for SASSA to review a social grant

“(a) at any time where it has reason to believe that changes in the beneficiary’s financial circumstances may have occurred;

(b) on expiry of the validity of the identity document of a beneficiary, if the beneficiary is a refugee; or

(c) in case of a foster child grant, on expiry of the court order.”

In addition, Regulation 27(8) makes provision for the review of permanent disability grants when there is reason to believe that changes to the medical condition could have occurred.

The above reviews are all done to ensure that the beneficiary continues to qualify for the grant over time. There is not a set period for reviews provided for in legislation, so the discretion is with SASSA. Since we do not have the resources or capacity to review all grants annually, a policy to give effect to Regulation 27 has been developed and is implemented. In terms of this policy, the reviews are prioritised in terms of grants where the beneficiary information is likely to change, for example, financial reviews are done for clients who declared income on application which either affects the amount of the grant they receive, or is near the threshold limit.

Similarly, medical reviews for permanent disability grants are done in accordance with the recommendation of the assessing doctor, who is best placed to indicate if, and over what time frame, a change in the medical condition is likely to occur.

17 September 2020 - NW1495

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

What steps will the SA Social Security Agency take to (a) proceed to back pay or catch up with the R350 grant payments that did not occur for the month of May and (b) ensure that payments are made to all approved applicants for the promised six months which ends in October 2020?

Reply:

a) SASSA is currently finalising all payments for applications approved for May 2020. Of the 4 424 720applications approved for payment in May, a total of 3 429 810 had been paid by 8 July 2020. The delay in paying the remainder was as a result of approximately 1 million additional applications being approved, after SASSA reconsidered all previously declined applications against the refreshed database received from UIF. These clients received new SMS messages requesting them to provide their banking details. SASSA will pay them as soon as wereceive theapplicant’s bank details, and National Treasury completes their accounts verification.

SASSA will request Post Bank to open accounts for those clients who have not provided their banking preferences after a period of 5 days from the date messages are sent to them.

b) Validations for the 938 554 applications received in June, as well as the 6 534 754 applications received in May will commence as from 15 July. Every application will be re-validated on a monthly basis to confirm that the applicant still qualifies to receive the grant, as circumstances could have changed in the interim. The payments for all those approved will be extracted and disbursed before end July. The July payments will then follow the same process and be disbursed by mid-August, with August payments being disbursed by end August. The payments will then be current, with payments for September and October being made in the month, for the month.

17 September 2020 - NW1862

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Xaba, Mr VC to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What are the benefits for the Republic’s participation in Operation Copper contained in the Memorandum of Understanding on Maritime Security Cooperation aimed at strengthening anti-piracy efforts that was signed by Mozambique, Tanzania and the Republic in 2012; (2) whether, given the nonparticipation of the other two countries in the operation and the fact that marine piracy remains a threat to all countries bordering the Western Indian ocean, she has found that the resources would be better used to patrol the exclusive economic zone of the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply:

(1) In accordance to the Memorandum of Understanding, the Republic has a vested interest in the political, economic, social and security objectives to promote peace, stability and the well-being of its neighbours. This is affected by protecting the integrity of the territorial waters against any illegal activities that undermines security and economic development, which includes piracy. It is the conviction that close co-operation and a mutual understanding as well as collaboration in matters of maritime security will be mutually beneficial to all parties concerned.

It provides a deterrence and is preventative to maritime piracy and maritime crimes committed at sea. The presence of Islamic militants in Northern Mozambique and the potential maritime threat they pose, requires the protection of the sea lanes within the Mozambique Channel that convey a large percentage of South Africa’s fuel requirements. Attacks from the sea are proving a very viable option with a very low risk of being halted/stopped. If left unchecked, Northern Mozambique could very well become a “launching site” for further criminal activities and networks in the region, which may include piracy, adopting asymmetric tactics destabilising and rendering the adjoining seas dangerous.

It also ensures valuable time at sea and training for crew members of the South African Navy (SAN) and keeps the ships’ crews interested in their profession. Relationships are developed with the Mozambican Security Forces and the local population. It is also a valuable source in the gathering of maritime related information.

(2) The SADC Maritime Security Strategy was an attempt to address piracy in the SADC Indian Ocean. The benefits derived from this Strategy and the subsequent signing of the Trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the RSA, Mozambique and Tanzania, signalled an end to “sea blindness within the SADC east coast, as well as engaging in discussions surrounding maritime security and the “blue economy”.

The promulgation of the Maritime Security Strategy and trilateral MOU was the confirmation of closer co-operation between member states on the SADC east coast to solve a common threat. This should be seen in a positive light firstly as it not just engendered closer co-operation amongst the Navies of the SADC east coast it’s also the first positive step in unlocking the maritime estate of the SADC and with it the blue economy.

Further to the above the SADC Maritime Security Strategy gave effect to the 13th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government that declared that there is a need “to develop a comprehensive and coherent strategy” in order to achieve Africa’s Security and Safety, as well as developmental aspirations, particularly within the maritime domain.

It further charged the Regional Economic Communities to develop, coordinate and harmonize policies and strategies to improve the African maritime security and safety standards, as well as the African maritime economy for more wealth creation from its oceans and seas.

17 September 2020 - NW1716

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) What has she found to be the reason why a certain person (name and details furnished) decided to take legal action against the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for unfair dismissal; (2) whether the legal process has been finalised; if not, why not; if so, what was the outcome of the legal action; (3) whether any other members of the current SABC board have been involved in legal action against the SABC; if so, what are the (a) names of the specified members and (b) reasons for legal action taken against the SABC in each case? NW2106E

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

1. The matter relates to the closure of BOP Broadcasting and the non-renewal of the contract by the SABC of the person in question as CEO of BOP Broadcasting.The CEO of BOP Broadcasting filed papers at the Labour Court challenging her “unfair dismissal”.

2.The Labour Court matter was finalised and the CEO of BOP Broadcasting was awarded six (6) months compensation.

3. No, members of the current SABC Board are not involved in legal actions against the SABC.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 September 2020 - NW1327

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is her department’s involvement in the National Food and Nutrition Security Co-ordinating Committee?

Reply:

The Department is part of the National Food and Nutrition Security Co-ordinating Committee and is a lead department working on the Strategic Objective 3 together with the Department of Basic Education, Health; Home Affairs; Provinces and local government; Civil Society; Development Partners.

Strategic Objective 3

NFNSP Strategic Objective

Rationale

Strategic Objective 3. Expand targeted social protection measures and sustainable livelihood programmes

  • Social protection and sustainable livelihoods are essential for access to safe and nutritious food safe water, sanitation and health care.

 

Working with the Department of Health infants born in public & private health facilities are registered within 30 days in population register. This is intended to ensure that eligible children receive the Child Support Grant on time.

DSD amongst other things responsible to improve the child grant registration system. This is intended to ensure that eligible children are registered for Child Support Grant.

DSD is also developing an integrated social protection information system to improve access to social assistance programmes.

Under strategic objective 3, we also expandingthe network of feeding and food distribution centres. This include the National School Nutrition Programme implemented by Department of Basic Education, children (0-4 years) provided with food through ECDs and DSD centre based nutrition programmes.

 

17 September 2020 - NW742

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

1.  What total number of vacancies currently exist in the SA Broadcasting Corporation at (a) executive director and (b) group executive level; 2. (a) How long has each vacancy held by staff on an acting basis, existed and (b) by which date will each such vacancy be advertised?

Reply:

I have been advised by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as follows:

1(a) There are currently no vacancies at the Executive Director level.

1(b) At Group Executive level, the SABC currently has one vacancy, that is, Group Executive: Governance and Assurance

2(a) The Group Executive: Governance and Assurance position has been vacant since January 2019.An incumbent has been acting in this position since 21 December 2018 until present.

2(b) The position of the Group Executive: Governance and Assurance is currently being reviewed.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 September 2020 - NW1757

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) With reference to radio signal interference in the Tygerberg area in the Western Cape, what steps have been taken by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to address the serious and ongoing signal interference issues on VHF repeaters (details furnished), input frequencies and licence numbers (details furnished); (2) whether any solution has been found to identify the source of the interference in the licensee’s frequencies; if not, (a) what further steps will be taken to protect the licensee’s rights in terms of its licences and (b) by what date will this be done

Reply:

I have been advised by ICASA as follows:

1. The ICASA technical team has responded to the complainant on several occasions and has over an extended period of time tried to resolve the matter. The interference has been intermittent in nature. However, whenever the ICASA team was on site no external interfering signals were observed. Furthermore, the ICASA technical team made a number of suggestions for remedial measures to be implemented by the complainant to mitigate against the interference. The team’s suggestions were not carried out and as such the team could not conclusively find and resolve the fault/s. Around July 2020, at another site visit the ICASA team found an unlicensed system still installed at the complainant’s site. The unlicensed system was removed and there has been no further complaints since.

2. Should the problem persist the ICASA team has recommended a site change given that other measures were not taken by the licensee. A site change would entail the movement of the equipment to another location, the cost implications of which would be borne by the licensee. However, the complainant was not in favour of this proposal.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

           

17 September 2020 - NW1500

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

What spectrum bands have been allocated to the SA Broadcasting Corporation for broadcasting (a) television, (b) radio and (c) other services such as shortwave transmissions; (2) (a) how much of the assigned spectrum is currently unused and (b) what is the list of the spectrum bands; (3) whether any assigned spectrum is traded and/or leased to third parties; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the list of the bands, (b) who have the bands been assigned to and (c) what are the respective terms and conditions?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

(1)&(2) The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has assigned Radio Frequency Spectrum to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for the purpose of providing both commercial and public sound and television broadcasting services. The details of the frequencies assigned to the SABC are provided in the table below. The table further outlines the frequencies that are currently being used as well as the number of frequencies unused:

Frequency Band

Broadcasting Service

Number of

Frequencies

Assigned

Number Frequencies Unused

470 -694

MHz

Terrestrial

Television

(SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3)

Digital Terrestrial Television

Multiplexer 1 (182 frequencies assigned) – 85% of capacity of

Multiplexer 1

At least 75% of the useable frequencies in the broadcasting frequency band 470 to 694 MHz is normally unused due to the nature of the planning methodology for Broadcasting Services and is earmarked for the use of Television Whitespaces applications.

   

NB. 15% allocated to Community

Television

 

87.5 -108

MHz

(FM)

Sound

792 frequencies

(21 stations)

140 spare frequencies categorised for public sound broadcasting (earmarked for possible coverage expansion).

535.5 - 1606.5 kHz

( MW/AM)

Sound

2 frequencies

(2 stations)

43 non categorised frequencies (can be used for public/community/commercial sound broadcasting with coordination with neighbouring and existing broadcasters in the band)

(3) In terms of the current regulatory regime, spectrum trading is not presently allowed in South Africa. Therefore, no frequency bands are leased to third parties.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 September 2020 - NW1791

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)   What (a) is the total number of cases that were investigated by the forensic unit of the SA Broadcasting Corporation in the past two financial years up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) are the amounts involved in each case and (c) number of cases resulted in (i) disciplinary action, (ii) criminal procedures and (iii) is the stated deadline for conclusion of each case where disciplinary procedures were instituted; (2) whether any of the specified cases led to no action whatsoever; if not, why not; if so, (a) what number of cases, (b) why has no action been instituted in respect of the specified cases and (c) on what date will the investigation be concluded in this regard?

Reply:

I have been advised by SABC as follows:

a) A total of 34 cases were investigated in 2018/19 and 32 in 2019/20.

b) Annexure A is attached which contains the details of amounts for each case

c) (i and ii)

Items

2018/19 FY

2019/20 FY

Disciplinary Actions

23

16

Criminal Procedures

None

1

c) (iii) While the SABC endeavours to conclude disciplinary actions within 90 days, actual timelines tend to be longer due to a variety of factors. These include lack of corporation by those implicated to speedily engage in the process and the availability of Chairpersons, Initiators, Panel members of the disciplinary committees. There are ongoing efforts to implement the outstanding recommendations by the end of this financial year.

2. No action taken.

a) No action taken against individuals emanated from 8 cases from 2018/19 and from 10 cases from 2019/20.

b) This is due to the fact that the recommendations from the investigations were made only in respect of the systems of internal control.

c)Management decided not to pursue the recommended actions from the Forensic Audit report due to a difference in interpretation of the root cause of the internal control failure.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 September 2020 - NW1826

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What are the reasons that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is (a) disregarding court orders prohibiting the eviction of the community of Marieville in Ekurhuleni, of which the last court order that was issued in June 2020 ruled that the SANDF must immediately return to the community all building materials and possessions confiscated and (b) still harassing the community?

Reply:

1. What is the reason that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is

a) The SANDF did not disregard any court order. The SANDF does not have any plan to evict anyone without any court order and its eviction court application process is under way. The members of the community would stay there until the eviction process by the SANDF has been adjudicated upon and finalised.

It is also important to mention that the residents who left the Happiness Village or the military land concerned have done so freely and this was after the Ekurhuleni Municipality intervened by – inter alia – asking the community members who wanted to be relocated to a place called Zamani, to be so relocated and the process ran smoothly with the SANDF assisting the Municipality therein. The building materials and possessions that have been removed are those belonging to the very same community members who have agreed to move to Zamani. This was done in order to enable the Municipality to know how many shacks and families have been moved and how many are still to remain at Happiness Village/ military land concerned. This approach is intended to help the Municipality to manage the situation better, should the eviction by SANDF of those illegal occupants succeeds.

b) The SANDF members are not harassing anyone and our plea has always been, when the eviction process is still underway, the illegal occupants should be requested not to bring extra shacks and/ or allow new occupants to prevent the mushrooming of the number of people staying there, because if this could be allowed, same will create a very serious problem for the Municipality if it is to assist with an alternative accommodation should they be finally evicted.

17 September 2020 - NW1854

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether her department will consider scrapping television licence fees for pensioners and war veterans; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department considers the handing over of pensioners to attorneys for the collection of television licence fees a fair treatment for the senior citizens of the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by the department as follows:

1. The department will, in due course, be consulting on the Draft White Paper Audio and Audiovisual Content Services Policy Framework: A New Vision for South Africa. It will be worthy to consider the category of individuals and institutions that should be considered for such a relief.

2. The collection of television licence fees is the responsibility of the SABC. The department has not adopted a position in this regard because the SABC has not engaged the department on the issue. As indicated above, this requires discussions and will be raised during public consultations.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 September 2020 - NW1195

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department has any contractual agreements with (a) a certain company (name furnished) and (b) its affiliates; if so, will she furnish Ms A L A Abrahams with the (i)(aa) memorandum of understanding and (bb) service-level agreements between her department and (aaa) the specified company and (bbb) its affiliates and (ii) names of the members of boards of directors of (aa) the specified company and (bb) its affiliates; if not, why not; if so, by what date, in each case?

Reply:

National Assembly written Reply: 1195 of 2020

(a)

Company

(b)

Affiliates

(i)(aa)(bb)(aaa)(bbb)

(ii)(aa)

(bb)

The Department of Social Development procured sanitizers for the officials from ECD Projects for the amount of R1379.50

N/A

N/A

Mr. Edward Schierhout

N/A

16 September 2020 - NW1834

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Sindane, Mr P to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) What total number of (i)(aa) prison officials and (bb) inmates have been affected by COVID-19 to date and (ii) the specified persons have since died in each case and (b) how is his department dealing with overcrowding in correctional centres during the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19?

Reply:

(a)(i) (aa) A total of 4 136 officials have been infected with COVID-19 as at 23 August 2020.

(bb) A total of 2 336 inmates have been affected by COVID-19 as at 23 August 2020.

(ii) A total of 60 officials and 43 inmates have died due to COVID-19 related illnesses as at 23 August 2020.

(b) The President of South Africa in terms of section 84(2)(j) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, read with section 82(1)(a) of the Correctional Services Act, 1998 (Act No. 111 of 1998) and for the purpose of addressing, managing and combatting the spread of the COVID-19 virus in all Correctional Centres in the Republic, authorised the consideration and placement on parole of certain category of sentenced offenders, who are or would have been incarcerated on 27 April 2020 subject to such conditions as may be approved by the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board under whose jurisdiction such sentenced offenders may fall.

The Special Parole Dispensation was announced by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 08 May 2020. Approximately 19 000 sentenced offenders who committed non-violent crime and were left with 60 months or less before the minimum detention period (MDP) will be released on parole.

  • As at 20 August 2020, a total 10 153 offenders have been released on Special Parole Dispensation.
  • The inmate population on 20 May 2020, (releases started on this date) was 155 069 which translated into an occupancy level of 130.78% and an overcrowding level of 30.78%.
  • The inmate population as on 20 August 2020, was 138 070, which translates into an occupancy level of 114.52% and an overcrowding level of 14.52%.
  • Since the commencement of the implementation of the 2020 Covid-19 Special Parole Dispensation the department down managed overcrowding in correctional centres with an overall of 16.26% (from 155 069 to 138 070)
  • The above are examples of how the Department of Correctional Services is successfully dealing with overcrowding in correctional centres to curb the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Department also recommend that the Courts should consider alternative sentencing as this will also assist with the management of the COVID-19 in correctional services.

END

15 September 2020 - NW645

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure to written question 304 on 19 March 2020, the authority given to the Property Management Trading Entity to open a bank account expires; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (2) whether the authority granted to the Property Management Trading Entity to open a bank account authorises the specified entity to operate an overdraft in the current account it has with the SA Reserve Bank; if not, why not; (3) whether the overdraft and/or negative balance of the Property Management Trading Entity with the SA Reserve Bank is backed up with any security such as a government guarantee; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so what are the details of sure security and/or collateral?

Reply:

1. No. It is a Paymaster - General account which is held at the South African Reserve Bank in terms of Treasury Regulation 15.2.1. The Paymaster - General account is the bank account operated by the particular government department or entity. This bank account will reflect all amounts received and paid by the particular government department or entity.

2. The net position of all the Paymaster-General accounts are funded to zero on a daily basis.

3. No. See (2) above.

15 September 2020 - NW1688

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Finance

Which municipalities, including metros, have had salary increases that were above the inflation rate in each of the past three municipal financial years?

Reply:

Over the past three financial years two salary and wage collective agreements wereconcluded at the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC). These collective agreements were effective for the periods, 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2021 (2017/18 to 2020/21 financial years). The terms of the agreements are applicable to all grades of municipalities and affect all employees who fall within the scope of the SALGBC. However, Municipal Managers and those employees appointed as managers directly accountable to Municipal Managers in terms of Sections 54A, Section 56 and Section 57 of the Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000, as amended, are excluded from all the terms of these collective agreements.

The below table link indicates the salary increases as per the salary and wage collective agreements applicable to the past three financial years.

https://pmg.org.za/files/RNW1688Table.pdf

 

15 September 2020 - NW1768

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George, Dr DT to ask the Minister of Finance

With regard to the assets of deregistered pension funds, what (a) total amount of unclaimed benefit funds is held, (b) steps are being taken to trace and pay beneficiaries and (c) total number of beneficiaries have been traced and paid since January 2017?

Reply:

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has informed the National Treasury that deregistered retirement funds should generally not have any unclaimed benefits.Prior to the liquidation of a fund or exemption from liquidation, these benefits are transferred to unclaimed benefit funds. If there are no unclaimed benefit funds that are willing to accept these benefits, the unclaimed benefits are paid to the Guardians Fund.

The FSCA has also pointed out thatsome retirement funds with assets were erroneously deregistered by their administrators, as part of a consolidation exercise. These funds have been or are in the process of being reinstated, as is the case when such errors are identified, and to ensure no loss to any members who have not been paid out. If the question is directed at ascertaining the amounts of unclaimed benefits in respect of these funds, unfortunately, the FSCA does not have these statistics. Further, the administrators are currently undertaking investigations on which funds have assets and wereerroneously deregistered. The administratorswould, therefore, likely not be in a position to knowthe value of these unclaimed benefits at this stagegiven that theirprocesses arestillunderway.

15 September 2020 - NW1886

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of Finance

What are the reasons that the National Treasury has not presented the Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation to Parliament despite repeated commitments to brief Parliament?

Reply:

The National Treasury and Public Investment Corporation are still in the process of studying the Mpati Commission Report and developing an implementation plan in terms of the recommendations. In addition, due to the global pandemic, there has been a delay with the necessary consultations that need to take place prior to presenting the matter to the Parliamentary Committee.

15 September 2020 - NW773

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether he took into consideration the (a) short-, (b) medium- and (c) long-term implications for the tourism sector when he made his announcement on 24 April 2020; if not, why not; if so, what (i) are the implications in each specified case, (ii) fund will he remove from the Tourism budget and (iii) criteria did he apply to slash the budget; (2) what steps will the National Treasury take to ensure that the tourism sector is not decimated by the time the sector can return to operate?

Reply:

1. On 24 April 2020, the Minister of Finance outlined a R500 billion economic support package in fiscal and monetary policy interventions to be implemented in the immediate, short-run with long-run sustainability. In terms of this, the Minister outlined that the fiscal response is characterised through five key components and provided the sequential order of interventions which involve (i) the scaling up of efforts to deal with the immediate effects of the pandemic, characterised through an extraordinary health budget (ii) substantial increase of social relief measures for the distressed (iii) rollout of an extensive set of tax relief and support for workers (iv) phased re-opening of the economy (v) supportive monetary and financial market measures -

(i)

(a) the immediateaftermath of the CoVID-19 pandemic had huge implications for the tourism sector, with many countries going into lockdown and imposing travel restrictions, this meant domestic and international tourism had been suspended in response to the pandemic, the contraction in activity triggered an unprecedented crisis in the tourism sector;

(b) as part of the short-term relief measures to support the tourism sector, the Department of Tourism, with the approval of the National Treasury, introduced the Tourism Relief Fund to provide once-off capped grant assistance to eligible small micro and medium sized enterprises in the tourism value chain to ensure their sustainability during and post the implementation of government measures to curb the spread of CoVID-19 in South Africa. Categories eligible to apply for the Tourism Relief Fund include, accommodation establishments, hospitality and related services, travel and related services. The Fund has been launched in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, South African Tourism (SAT) and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) through a 50:50 co-financing arrangement. To this end, the Department of Tourism has contributed R100million, while SAT/TBCSA contributed the remaining R100 million used to capitalise the Fund. The R200 million funding facility is administered by SAT, using a qualification criteria and selection process set by the Department of Tourism. Beneficiaries of the fund are geographically spread across the nine provinces; and

(c) to support the recovery of the tourism sector, the Tourism Relief Fund may be extended as part of upscaled measures expected to be detailed in a tourism sector recovery plan currently being developed by the Department of Tourism.

(ii) The South African Tourism carries out tourism marketing activities both domestic and international, with many countries going into lockdown and implementing stringent measures to curtail the spread of the CoVID-19 virus globally, the marketing activities of the entity have been significantly scaled down in the immediate, short term. Currently, domestic and international travel as well as interprovincial movement remains prohibited except for people that are travelling for the purposes of work or under specific provisions stipulated in the legislation.According to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, the domestic tourism industry is only expected to pick up activity in September 2020 due to the gradual easing of regulation on domestic and international travel. Even with that, tourism is only expected to regain about 50 per cent of the pre-CoVID-19 activity levels. This in large will also depend on the trajectory of the pandemic. For the moment, the entity will not be able to spend a significant portion of their allocated budget for 2020/21. To this end, during the recent tabling of the 2020 Special Adjustment Budget, allocations to the South African Tourism had been adjusted downward from R1.304billion toR438.306million for 2020/21 fiscal year. In addition, R134 million has been suspended from among others, the tourism incentive programme, destination development and tourism sector support services, bring the total reduction to R1 billion for 2020/21 fiscal year.

(iii) In funding some of the stimulus package, government committed to redirect R130 billion within the current budget. As such, departments were required to identify programmes/activities that could be temporarily suspended without negatively affecting the longevity of those programmes. In this respect, government was able to free up R109 billion from the 2020/21 Budget by removing underspent funds, delaying some departmental projects to 2021/22, and by suspending allocations to programmes with a history of poor performance.

2. Guided by the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan currently being developed by the Department of Tourism, the National Treasury will need to consider the fiscal implications of the plan for the 2020 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement and their possible inclusion in the tabling of additional budget adjustments at the time.

15 September 2020 - NW1898

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether any of the recommendations by the Mpati Commission of Inquiry into allegations of impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation have been implemented; if not, why not; if so, which of the recommendations have been implemented; (2) whether there is a time frame regarding the implementation of all the recommendations contained in the commission's report; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. Currently the Public Investment Corporation and the National Treasury are in the process of developing an implementation plan on the report’s recommendations. Once the implementation plan is finalised, I will be in a position to provide clarity on the implementation of the recommendations.

2. The time frames regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the Mpati Commission of Inquiry will be finalised and outlined in the implementation plan taking into accountconsultations between the National Treasury and the Public Investment Corporation after which the implementation plan and the timelines will be shared with the relevant stakeholders.

3. An update will be provided to all relevant stakeholders at the appropriate time once all the processes have been concluded in this regard.

15 September 2020 - NW1960

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

Whether her department has investigated cases of old people’s houses that are allegedly getting sold off without their consent to make way for businesses in Phomolong, Orlando West; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what actions will her department take to ensure that no one is illicitly deprived of their house to make way for businesses in the specified area?

Reply:

The Gauteng Provincial Department of Human Settlements reported that it had not received reports of the alleged selling of houses belonging to the aged in Pholomong, Orlando West to make way for the operation of businesses in the area.

The selling of any houses without the consent of the owner is illegal. I would, therefore, encourage the Honourable Member to report this to the law enforcement agencies or provide evidence of illegal selling of houses to my department for investigation. Alternatively, the Honourable Member could give me details of these misdemeanours, I would like to look into the matter as I am familiar with the area.

14 September 2020 - NW1589

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Which of the entities reporting to him currently have (a)(i) filled and (ii) vacant positions on their Boards and (b) an acting (i) chief executive officer and (ii) chief financial officer; (2) what is the total (a) number of employees in each entity that are currently on any form of suspension, (b) number of months combined of suspended staff members in each entity and (c) cost to company expenditure in respect of all staff currently under suspension in each entity?

Reply:

Airport of South Africa (ACSA)

(1)(a)(i)

Name

Position

Appointment Date

Advocate SandileNogxina

Board Chairman

9 November 2018

Ms NosizweNokwe - Macamo

Non-executive Director and Lead Independent

01 September 2018

Ms KemiraEsterhuizen

Non-executive Director (PIC Nominee)

17 December 2019

Mr PascalisMokupo

Non-executive Director

01 September 2018

Ms PhydelisNtombifuthiZikalalaMvelase

Non-executive Director

01 September 2018

Ms NompumeleloMpofu

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

01 February 2020

Mr SiphamandlaMthethwa

Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer

01 May 2020

Mr YershenPillay

Non-executive Director

01 September 2018

Mr Nqobizitha Irvin Phenyane

Non-executive Director

01 September 2018

Mr Graeme Alvan Victor

Non-executive Director (PIC Nominee)

15 December 2019

(1)(a)(ii) The maximum number of Board members is twelve, including the CEO and CFO, and there are ten Board members, including the CEO and CFO.

(1)(b)(i) No, Ms N Mpofu assumed duties as ACSA Chief Executive Officer on 1 February 2020.

(1)(b)(ii) No, Mr S Mthethwa assumed duties as ACSA Chief Financial Officer on 1 May 2020.

a) number of employees in each entity that are currently on any form of suspension

12 employees

b) number of months combined of suspended staff members in each entity

84 (eighty-three) months

c) cost to company expenditure in respect of all staff currently under suspension

R1,386, 297

Air Traffic Navating Services (ATNS)

a) (i) All Board positions are filled except for the Chief Executive Officer, which is also a Director position.

(ii) Only the Chief Executive Officer position, is vacant

b) (i) There is a Delegated Chief Executive Officer

(ii) The position of a Chief Financial Officer is filled

(2) (a)Seven (7)

(b) 13 months. Six were suspended on 02 June 2019 and one was suspended on 24 May 2019

All cases are due for completion by the end of August 2020.

2 (c) As at end of June 2020, salaries to the value of R4 999 959, 44 have been paid to the suspended employees

Cross Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA)

(1) The Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) has (a)(ii) 4 vacant positions in the Board and (b) an acting Chief Executive Officer and (ii) a full time Chief Financial Officer;

(2) (a) The C-BRTA has 2 employees on suspension (b) 23 (13 and 10 respectively) months combined of suspended staff members (c) The cost to company in respect of all staff currently under suspension for the C-BRTA is R 4 322 818,08

Road Accident Fund (RAF)

(1) The Road Accident Fund (RAF) currently has (a)(i) ten filled positions and (ii) three vacant positions on its Board and (b)(i) has an acting chief executive officer and (ii) acting chief financial officer;

(2) (a) The RAF currently has nine employees on suspension, (b) for a combined total of 40 months suspension and (c) for the total cost to company expenditure in respect of all staff currently under suspension of R1 942 648.99.

Road Transport Infringement Agency (RTIA)

1. (a) (i)None.

(ii)Board vacancies still exist and its appointment process underway and awaiting cabinet approval.

(b)(i) None;

(ii) None;

2. (a) 1 Employee: Mr MphoNtsana.

(b) Five (5) months.

(c) R 109 525,00

South African Maritime Safety Authority ( SAMSA)

1. (a) None

(ii) There are currently two vacancies at the Board

(b) (i) There is an appointed Acting CEO, awaiting Shareholder appointment of a permanent CEO.

(ii)There is a permanent CFO in place who is going on retirement in the next few months, a recruitment process was finalized and a new appointment (replacement) almost finalized.

2. (a) One

(b) 10 months by 26 July 2020

(c)R1, 136,799.34

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

1. (a)(i) The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) Board positions have all been filled. (ii)

There are no vacancies on the Board. (b) (i) The entity does not have an acting Chief Executive Officer (ii)The entity does not have an acting Chief Financial Officer. Both positions are filled.

2. (a) The SACAA currently has one (1) employee on suspension (b) the employee has been on suspension for a period of nine(9) months (c) at a cost to company of R 68 403.01 per month which is R 615627,09 for the nine months period. The employee is currently undergoing a disciplinary hearing which is in the final stages and should be concluded at the end of July 2020.

The hearing was delayed because of lockdown.

Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA)

  1. The Ports Regulator has (a)(i) filled the board positions effective 01 June 2020 for a 3-year term. (ii) N/A. (b)(i) The Ports Regulator does have a Chief Executive Officer in place, (ii) There is a Chief Financial Officer in Place as well.
  2. There are no employees who are (a) on suspension, (b) N/A, (c) N/A.

Railway Safety Regulations (RSR)

1. (a) (i) There’s currently one (1) vacancy on the RSR Board

(ii) Board Members are appointed on a month to month basis.

(b) (i) The RSR currently has an Acting Chief Executive Officer

2. The RSR currently has no employees on suspension

South African National Roads Limited (SANRAL)

(i) Filled positions:

Board of Directors’ Details

Occupational Level

Name & Surname

Job title

 

MrThembaMhambi

Independent Non-executive Board member (Chairperson)

Non-executive director

MrSkhumbuzoMacozoma

Executive Board member (CEO of SANRAL)

Executive director

Ms Avril Halstead

Non-executive Board member

Non-executive director

Mr Robert Haswell

Independent Non-executive Board member

Non-executive director

MsLungileMadlala

Independent Non-executive Board member

Non-executive director

MrThamsanqaMatosa

Independent Non-executive Board member

Non-executive director

Mr Alec Moemi

Non-executive Board member

Non-executive director

(ii) Vacant positions:

SANRAL has one vacant position for an independent, non-executive board member.

(b)Executive positions:

(i) Acting Chief Executive Officer:

(ii) Acting Chief Financial Officer:

The positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer are filled, there are no vacancies existing or acting personnel occupying the positions:

Executive’s details

Employment

Personnel Number

First Name

Last Name

Entry Date

Type of Appointment

Position

195

Inge

Mulder

4/1/2003

Permanent

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

637

Skhumbuzo Dennis

Macozoma

12/1/2016

Fixed Term Contract (5yr)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

(2) what is the total (a) number of employees in each entity that are currently on any form of suspension, (b) number of months combined of suspended staff members in each entity and (c) cost to company expenditure in respect of all staff currently under suspension in each entity? NW1972E

SANRAL: Employees on suspension:

a) Employees on suspension

b) No. of months combined of suspended staff

c) Cost to company expenditure

0

0

0

There are currently no employees on suspension in SANRAL, therefore no cost associated with suspensions to report.

Passenger Rail of South Africa (PRASA)

(1) (a) (i) & (ii) Currently PRASA does not have a Board.

(b) (i) The Chief Executive Officer position is still vacant

(ii) The CFO vacancy is filled

(2) Suspensions

a) 49

b) 377

c) R2 884 260.86

Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC)

1. a) The RTMC Board currently has (i) nine filled positions and (ii) one vacant position

b) Not applicable

2. The total number of RTMC employees currently on suspension is

(a) Four

(b) The number of months they have been suspended is 11.

(c)  The cost to company expenditure in respect of all staff currently on suspension is R1 052 399.98.

14 September 2020 - NW2011

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Seitlholo, Mr IS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What amounts from the annual allocations of the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant were allocated to North West from the 2011-12 to 2019-20 financial years and (b) of the allocated funds for the above financial years, what amount (i) did the North West Department of Public Works and Roads use and (ii) of the funds was unspent and sent back to National Treasury?

Reply:

Since introduction of the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant (PRMG) in 2011, a total amount of R7 665 588 000.00 have been allocated to the province with the total expenditure of R5 843 912 000.00 between the financial years 2011/12 and 2019/20 as a supplementary grant to the equitable share allocation for the maintenance of the strategic secondary road network.

The detailed breakdown on the budget allocated, Expenditure and unspent amount is provided on the table below

PROVINCIAL ROADS MAINTENACE GRANT - BUDGET - 2011-2020

FINANCIAL YEARS

BUDGET

TOTAL EXPENDITURE (ACTUAL)

AMOUNT NOT SPENT

2011/2012

497 186 000.00

343 277 462.00

153 908 538.00

2012/2013

594 790 000.00

370 872 295.00

223 917 705.00

2013/2014

511 514 000.00

486 187 472.00

25 326 528.00

2014/2015

766 560 000.00

562 116 076.00

204 443 924.00

2015/2016

807 810 000.00

820 907 000.00

-13 097 000.00

2016/2017

867 524 000.00

619 401 000.00

248 123 000.00

2017/2018

932 884 000.00

908 168 000.00

24 716 000.00

2018/2019

1 341 407 887.00

678 492 243.00

662 915 644.00

2019/2020

1 345 917 000.00

1 054 491 893.00

291 425 107.00

TOTAL

7 665 588 000.00

5 843 912 000.00

1 821 681.000.00

14 September 2020 - NW1816

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

What steps will his department take to (a) intervene and (b) save the livelihoods of the workers employed at Mthatha Motors in the Eastern Cape who have been instructed by their employer to take unpaid leave during the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus?

Reply:

The labour inspector was dispatched to conduct an inspection to determine the level of non-compliance by the employer.

OUTCOME OF THE INSPECTION CONDUCTED

The BCEA and OHS inspection was conducted on the 13th of August 2020. During the inspection, it transpired that the employees are covered by MIBCO Bargaining Council. Employees were given two options by the employer during lockdown,

  1. to take unpaid leave and personally claim from UIF,
  2. another option was to take paid leave.

Some of the employees opted for paid annual leave while the rest of the employees were given paid leave while the employer also claimed for the COVID- 19 (Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme TERS) benefits.

The Department issued the Amended COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme directive that was signed on the 16th of April 2020 (clause 5.4) which provides as follows: “ an employer who has required an employee to take annual leave during the period of lockdown in terms of section 22(1)(b) of the BCEA 1997(Act 75 of 1997) may set off an amount received from the UIF in respect of that employee’s COVID -19 benefit against the amount paid to the employee in respect of annual leave provided that the employee is credited proportionate entitlement to paid annual leave in the future”

Amendment to Directive

Clause 5.5 provides as follows : “ To speed payment of COVID 19 benefits to employees, employers are urged to pay employees based on clause 3.4 of the Directive and reimburse or set off such with COVID 19 benefits claim payments from UIF”

In the case of these employees, the employer did not deduct paid annual leave from the UIF COVID-19 TERS payments.

Proof of UIF COVID-19 TERS and annual leave payments will be provided by the employer.

The employer is in the process of closing the business due to lease agreement that is coming to an end with TOTAL. CCMA is facilitating the retrenchment process. (Case No EC EL3458/20)

It is therefore recommended that the employer deducts the paid annual leave from July COVID-19 TERS benefits to ensure that if the employees are retrenched they would be reimbursed for the annual leave credit.

14 September 2020 - NW1953

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What total (a) amount has been disbursed by the Small Enterprise Finance Agencyand (b) number of businesses have been supported through the Covid-19 Emergency Relief Funds since the declaration of a national state of disaster?

Reply:

Programme

a)Amount Disbursed

b) Number of SMMEs/Spazas

SMMEs Debt Relief Fund

R306.7million

1 159

Spaza Shops Support Programme

R16.2 million

4 626

14 September 2020 - NW2081

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Finance

What (a) total number of (i) contractors and/or (ii) consultants were appointed by the Government Technical Advisory Centre between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2019 who are not South African citizens, (b) are the names of each specified contractor and/or consultant, (c) was the (i) date of appointment for each contractor and/or consultant and (ii) monetary value of each contract and (d) processes were followed to appoint each contractor and/or consultant?

Reply:

The Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) has awarded a total of 456 contracts over the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2019.

a) During this period, seven (7) contracts were awarded to contractors/consultants that were verified as non-South African while five (5) contractors/consultants could not be verified as eith South African or non-South African.

b) Please refer to table below.

c) Please refer to the table below.

d) Please refer to the table below.

 

Contractors/consultants contracts for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2019

NO.

SERVICE PROVIDER

START DATE

END DATE

NO. OF CONTRACTS

TOTAL VALUE OF CONTRACTS

PROCESS FOLLOWED

1. 

James Aiello

01-Jan-16

31-Dec-18

1

R 5 106 000,00

Bid

2. 

Mwansa Saidi

01-Jan-16

31-Dec-20

1

R 10 225 800,00

Bid

3. 

Donas Nyatsambo

03-Nov-14

31-Mar-17

1

R 2 883 574,00

Bid

4. 

Simon Creswell

05-Jan-15

04-Jan-18

2

R 4 913 547,00

Deviation

5. 

Tinashe Chatambira

03-Dec-15

30-Nov-18

1

R 1 001 000,00

Bid

6. 

William Kenneth James(Jim) Hewit

18-Mar-15

31-Mar-17

1

R 2 318 736,00

Bid

7.

Daniel Makoni

05-Jan-15

04-Jan-18

2

R 4 913 547,00

Deviation

TOTAL EXPENDITURE ON FOREIGN CONTRACTS:

R 31 362 204,00

 
8. 

Pieter Mert van der Berg

18-Mar-15

31-Mar-17

1

R 2 318 736,00

Bid

9. 

CH DE J Financial Management Chukudu De Jaar

01-Aug-15

31-Mar-17

1

R 2 210 586,00

Deviation

10.

Dr Nicholas Crisp

11-Aug-15

10-Aug-17

1

R 3 417 840,00

Bid

11.

Cornelis Johannes Kymdell

01-Sep-15

31-Mar-17

1

R 1 899 248,00

Bid

12

Gavin Hardford

19-Oct-15

28-Feb-16

1

R 352 000,00

Bid

TOTAL VALUE FOR UNVERIFIED SERVICE PROVIDERS:

R10 198 410,00

 

TOTAL SA VALUE

R690 473 518,90

 

TOTAL VALUE OF ALL CONTRACTS

R 732 159 132,90

 

14 September 2020 - NW2082

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)With reference to the contract which the SA Revenue Service (Sars) awarded to the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) in February 2011 to conduct a Sars corruption study to the value of R799 755, what process of procurement was followed to appoint the PARI; (2) whether the specified tender was advertised; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date was it advertised, (b) on what platforms and (c) which other organisations responded to the tender?

Reply:

1. Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) was appointed via a bid process (SARS reference number RFQ 39-2010).

2. (a) RFQ 39-2010 was advertised on 09 December 2010 and officially closed on 10 January 2011 at 11h00.

(b) SARS issued a bid invitation letter on 08 December 2010 as part of a limited bid. A compulsory briefing session was requested with five (5) bidders attending and on the closing two (2) bids were received.RFQ 39-2010 was then approved by the Bid Adjudication Committee at that time.

c) Two (2) bids were officially received on the closing date 10 January 2011 at 11h00.

Bidder 1 – Ethics Institute of South Africa. Bidder 2 – Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI)

14 September 2020 - NW2016

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

(a). On what date was the wellness tender that was awarded to a certain advertising company (name furnished) advertised, (b) where was the tender advertised and (c) what total number of companies applied for the specified tender?

Reply:

1. (a). The department awarded the tender to Indingliz Advertising and Marketing on 15 June 2020.

(b). The tender was advertised on the Government Bulletin, Sunday Independent and Sowetan newspapers.

(c). There were only two companies who applied for this tender.

14 September 2020 - NW2043

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(a) On what date will the reviewed organisational structure of her department be finalised, (b) what are the reasons for the delay in the finalisation and (c) who is responsible for the approval of the reviewed organisational structure?

Reply:

a) It is anticipated that the organisational structure will be finalised and submitted to the Minister of Public Service and Administration for consideration and concurrence by end of October 2020.

b) The finalisation of the structure was affected by the Covid-19 Lockdown as the focus of the relevant officials within the department shifted to making the work environment safe (Covid-19) for business continuity as the Department was part of those that were categorized as essential services.

c) The Minister of Small Business Development approves the structure in consultation with the Minister for the Public Service and Administration.

14 September 2020 - NW1541

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Mey, Mr P to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether there have been any delays at South African ports with the unloading, processing and transport of imported goods out of the harbours during the Covid-19 lockdown period; if so, (a) what are the relevant details, (b) what are the reasons for such delays, (c) what is the estimated loss to the economy, (d) what measures are being put in place to address the delays and (e) how long does he envisage will the delays still occur;

Reply:

There were some delays at South African ports with the unloading processing and transportation of imported goods out of the harbours during the hard Covid–19 lockdown which would fall under Level 5 however it must be stressed out that only the Port of Durban that was heavily affected due to the type of cargo it handles and the role it playes not only in South Africa’s economy but also in landlock countries in the SADC region.

a) During the first two weeks of the lockdown it was only the essentiasl cargo that was allowed to leave the port terminals and this was only for container terminals as most of the cargo being handled in such terminals is largley for manufactured goods. It was immdedialy discovered that approach was counter productive because the terminal stacking capacity was getting fuller and it was difficult to pick and choose which cargo that should be prioritsed. As a principle of efficiency in terminal managment the terminal must always be kept 50% full so that flow of cargo in and out of the terminal is optimised. There was therefore a decision taken to allow non essential cargo to leave the container terminals as bonded cargo to Customs approved warehouses and also to Shipping Liner’s warehouses in an effort to decongest the container terminals and that proved to be the best decision

b) The delays were caused by the arrival of the non essential and essential cargo at the same time sometimes both essential and non essential goods would be in the same container which proved to be catastrophic in trying to separate the imported goods. Another challenge the number of employees that were operational during the hard lockdown was heavily reduced for example in the Port of Durban only two gangs (gang is the shift or a number of people on one shift) were operational at any given time compare to five gangs and only two berths thatt were allocated to the shipping lines.

c) What is the estimated loss to the economy, the question should not be looked at in isolation with overall economic impact that came with COVID-19. But Transnet National Ports Authority is projecting not less 20% of revenue loss due to COVID-19. It will however be important to do an indepth study on the impact of COVID-19 within the maritme value chain.

d) Transnet National Ports Authority as a landord of the South African port system is now providing all supporting services at full capacity to support the activities in the ports such as marine and pilotage services and Transnet Ports Terminal which is the main the terminal operator especially of containers sector and is still ramping up the operations especially in the Port of Cape Town where the latest most delays have been prevalent which is the indication that what is happening in this country on the number of COVID-19 infections has also affected the port employees

e) The recent delays have largely been in one port which is the Port of Cape Town and these delays have been in two folds:

  1. The port workers have heavily been affected by high infection rates particulary in Cape Town which affected the number of employees coming to work and subsequently the poor productivity
  2. The state of Transnet Ports Terminal equipments has been a major concern for the port users and Transnet has adviced that it is a matter that is given urgent attention. It is however advisable that Department of Public Enterprises is the right Department to present those plans and interventions.

(2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

The Ministry does not deem it necessary at this stage. The Minister is however amendable should the house deem it appropriate

14 September 2020 - NW1846

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) In view of his indication that plans for theformalisation of the taxi industry are at an advanced stage, what are the reevant details of the specified plan: (2)whether the plan includes (a) a subsidy for the ordinary taxi operator (b) minibus-taxis in the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network of each town; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. formalisation in this context means that operators in the taxi industry would have to operate as registered businesses in the formal economy and comply with all regulatory requirements for operating a business. The Department is planning a National Taxi Lekgotlaat the end of October 2020, which will provide a platform to all stakeholders to start engaging on issues affecting the taxi industry includingformalisation. The Department launched a Public Discourse Platform on Thursday, 20th August 2020 where civil society is provided with an opportunity to make inputs on these matters.

(2) whether the plan includes

(a) a subsidy for the ordinary taxi operator

Subsidy is for the end user and therefore subsidy for the taxi industry would be looking assist the end user and not necessarily the taxi operator;

(b) minibus-taxis in the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network of each town; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Public transport subsidisation is implemented in response to a wide range of transport objectives but mainly to make transport services affordable and accessible to the user. Direct operational subsidy applies exclusively to formalised public transport services through contracting. Therefore formalization is critical for the taxi industry to participate in the integrated public transport networks implemented in different cities, where each mode plays its role in terms of the IPTN plans including minibus taxis.

 

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14 September 2020 - NW2015

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

(1).What are the details of the (a) service agreements and (b) duration of the contract for each company that his department is doing business with in response to Covid-19; (2). whether there were any tenders put out by his department for the specified contracts; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, where were the tenders advertised?

Reply:

1. (a) The details of the Service Level Agreement:

Category 1: Live Streaming Services – Pixel Entropy R 488 750.00 (due to non-performance by the Pixely Entropy, their appointment was Changed to re-appoint Diavantainment for an amount of R 772 900.00.

Category 2: Logistic and Event Management Services – Roadshow Marketing: to the total project amount of R 824 300.00.

Category 3: TV Production Management Services – VWV Group (PTY) LTD: to the total project amount of R 1 983 113.88.

(b) The duration of the contract for each company that the department is doing business in response to the Covid19 was for three (03) months.

2. Yes there were tenders put out by the department for the specified contract and supply chain processes were followed.

  • The tender was advertised on 02 April 2020 on the departmental websites of the (former Department of Sports and Recreation South Africa – (SRSA), and the Department of Arts and Culture – (DAC) only due to lockdown. The closing date was on 9 April 2020 at 11h00; and the route of submission of proposals was electronic.

14 September 2020 - NW2028

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Which sporting codes are not affiliated to the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee?

Reply:

  1. SASCOC indicated that they are unable to determine which sporting codes are not affiliated to the SA Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee.
  2. This is primarily because the procedure is such it is the group of individual who have identified a sport to be introduced in the country would approach the Confederation with an application for membership. In additional, sport is evolving on a regular basis with new sport being established globally making it difficult to keep track of what is considered to be sport.

14 September 2020 - NW2026

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1)When last was each national competition of each South African sports federation held; (2) What (a) total number of national federations has the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) closed down since its establishment and (b) were the reasons in each case; (3) what (a) total number of applications for membership has SASCOC refused since its inception and (b) were the reasons in each case?

Reply:

(1) The following are the details on national competitions as received from the National Federations that responded;

National Federations

Championship(s)

Dates

South African Wrestling Federation

Youth Championships

October 2019

 

Senior, Junior and Cadet

June 2019

 

Presidents and Masters

March 2019

South African Powerlifting Federation

South African Equipped Powerlifting Championships - Johannesburg

22 February 2020

Roller Sport South Africa

SA Artistic Roller Skating

SA Inline Speed skating 

17 - 19 May 2019 

South African Hockey Association

Indoor Inter Provincial Tournament

11-14 March 2020

Cricket South Africa

Proteas (Men) – Tour to India, match was abandoned without a ball bowled (Covid19 Impacted the rest of the tour).

12 March 2020

 

Proteas (Women)- ICC T20 Women’s World Cup (Semifinal

5 March 2020)

Tennis South Africa

Seniors National Competition

7-11 March 2020

South African Table Tennis Board

Para Junior and Senior Championship

8-10 August 2019

 

Veterans Championship

8-10 August 2019

 

Junior and Senior Inter regional championship

22-28 September 2019

 

SA Schools Championship

9-13 December 2019

Motorsport South Africa

Rotax Karting Championship

23 August 2020

Volleyball South Africa

Championship Cup

September 2019

Ringball South Africa

Ringball SA National Championship

June 2019

South African Fencing Federation

National Fencing Competition

15-16 February 2020

Bodybuilding South Africa

Bodybuilding Championship

December 2019

 

IFBB SA National show

September 2019

South African Korfball Federation

South African Korfball Championship

1 – 4 August 2019

Cycling South Africa

South African Elite Road Cycling National Championships

February 2020

South African Sport Association for the Intellectually Impaired

National Competitions

September 2019 Bloemfontein

Darts South Africa

National Youth and Senior Darts Championships

24-28 June 2019. PE

South African Ice Hockey Association

National competition

July 2019

South African Gymnastic Federation

National Championship

 
 

Artistic Women

15-17 August 2019 & 26-28 September 2019

 

Artistic Men

13-14 September 2019 & 24-25 September 2019

 

Rhythmic Gymnastics

25-29 September 2019

 

Trampoline Gymnastics

27-29 September 2019 & 18 October 2019

 

Tumbling Gymnastics

27-28 September 2019

 

Aerobic Gymnastics

23 September 2019

 

Acrobatic Gymnastics

24-25 September 2019

 

Artistic Women

15-17 August 2019 & 26-28 September 2019

 

Artistic Men

13-14 September 2019 & 24-25 September 2019

South African Sport Association for the Physically Disabled

2019 Toyota SASAPD National Championships in

15 to 22 March 2019 Stellenbosch

South African Confederation of Cue Sports

National SA Blackball Championships, SA Opens, SA Master, SA Veterans

Secunda, Mpumalanga, SA Juniors, SA Womens, SA Seniors, in Empangeni, KZN

February 2019

 

PSA

September 2019 –SA Opens & SA Juniors in Middleburg, Mpumalanga

 

SABSA SA Inter-Provincial Championships

September 2019 –Durban, KZN

Ringball South Africa

National Championship

24-28 June 2019 Pretoria

Squash South Africa

S A National Squash Championships

June 2019

 

S A Interprovincial Team Championships

June 2019

Canoeing South Africa

SA K2 Championships – Fish River Marathon.

25 – 26 September 2019

Triathlon South Africa

SA Sprint and Para Triathlon Championships

9 February 2020

 

SA Long Distance Triathlon Championships

1 December 2019

 

SA Duathlon Championships

30 June 2019

 

SA Standard Distance Triathlon Championships

24 March 2019

Softball South Africa

National Championship

December 2019

Jukskei SA

National competitions

16-22 March 2019         

2019

 

SA Junior Championship      

7-13 December 2019      

Swimming South Africa

SA grand Prix

21-23 February 2020 Durban

Rowing South Africa

Water Rowing Nationals: 

April 2019 Gauteng

 

SA Schools Championships

March 2020

 

Indoor Rowing Championship

June 2019 Mangaung

Lifesaving South Africa

National Championships

24th to 30th March 2019

Bowls South Africa

National Championship

11 – 19 May 2019.

South African Baseball Union

National Baseball Championship

Nelson Mandela Bay in April 2019

South Rugby Union

National Competition – (Provincial ) – Currie Cup Final

7 Sept 2019

 

Women IPL ( Provincial ) Finals

 

(2) SASCOC indicated that they have not closed down any federation. They further indicated that it is not SASCOC’s responsibility to close down NFs as they were not established by SASCOC. Each federation has its own autonomy to manage its affairs.

(3) SASCOC indicated that they don’t have the records on the number of membership applications declined. SASCOC further indicated that mostly applications are declined due to the organisations not meeting the membership criteria requirements e.g. the organisation is not of a national stature (does not have members in at least 5 provinces in the country), no statutes/ founding documents, not democratically set up, some are of the similar sport type as one of the current member of SASCOC (this element is in SASCOC’s Constitution).

14 September 2020 - NW1958

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)How far is the process of renaming the Cape Town International Airport and (b) what are the names that are being considered for renaming the airport; (2) whether he has found that renaming the specified airport as the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela International Airport would be supported; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2403E

Reply:

1. The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) embarked on a project to rename the following airports: Cape Town International Airport, East London Airport, Port Elizabeth International Airport and Kimberley Airport. This is in line with the South African Geographical Names Council Act of 1998 (Act No. 118 of 1998) and is part of the Transformation of Heritage Landscape Government Programme. According to the Act, the Minister of Arts and Culture is responsible for the approval of geographical names after receiving recommendations from the South African Geographical Names Council (SAGNC). The SAGNC is only responsible for geographical features of national concern including, but not limited to, towns/cities, suburbs and any form of human settlement, post offices, stations, highways, airports and government dams. SAGNC is also responsible for natural landforms like mountains, hills, rivers, streams, bays, headlands and islands.

ACSA appointed an independent public participation consultant to facilitate a transparent public participation process. A report outlining the methodology undertaken in ensuring a transparent public participation process, as well as the outcome of proposals has been submitted to the Department of Transportand is being considered by the Department. The Report entails amongst others, the issuance of an advert in the print media and radio broadcasts to solicit name proposals, the public hearing event, how comments were collected and the results of the public input. The Report also include the process of renaming East London Airport, Port Elizabeth International Airport and Kimberley Airport, which is facilitated by Provinces and Municipalities.

2. A Report on the renaming of airports is being considered by the Department of Transport; including the outcome of public submissions with respect to the renaming of Cape Town International Airport.

14 September 2020 - NW2017

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

Whether he has found that he erred in respect of the figures contained in his media statement released on 3 August 2020 that out of a total of 5 322 applications that were received in the categories Sport, Digital, as well as Arts, Culture and Heritage 4 602 were recommended and 1 570 were not, in light of the fact that 4 602 plus 1 570 actually equals to 6 892; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The difference is accounted for on the basis of multiple beneficiaries that were identified during assessment of the Appeals

It is fact is that the numbers of beneficiaries will always be more than that of applications received since some applications are making requests for more than just one individual.

14 September 2020 - NW2021

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether any athletes who were chosen to represent South Africa at any international sporting event that took place or was cancelled in the past three years are yet to receive their national colours; if so, (a) what total number of athletes are affected, (b) since what date have their sporting colours been outstanding and (c) what is the reason for the delay in each case?

Reply:

  1. SASCOC is not aware of any athletes whose National Federation has applied for national colours and has not received the colours. SASCOC processes such applications provided all required documents have been submitted.
  2. Prescripts of the National Colours Regulations are very clear that the onus is with the National Federations to submit colours applications to SASCOC.
  3. This question is relevant to National Federations not SASCOC as athletes belong to National Federation and NFs, as per their selection policy, determines those who qualify for colours.

14 September 2020 - NO367

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

What total (a) amount of the Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) fund has been disbursed by the Unemployment Insurance Fund in each month since 1 April 2020 and (b) number of persons benefited from the TERS fund in each of the specified months?

Reply:

 

Below is a breakdown of Covid-19 payment per month and employees benefited.

Date

Employers

Employees

Amount

April 2020

397 985

4 091 393

R 20 587 152 009.36

May 2020

238 540

2 846 119

R 11 577 254 567.94

June 2020

189 289

2 563 853

R 9 599 444 264.38

Overall Totals

825 814

9 501 365

R 41 763 850 841.68

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14 September 2020 - NW2073

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) total number of small businesses have closed as a result of the Covid-19-induced lockdown between March and August 2020 and (b) role has her department played in assisting small businesses during the specified period?”

Reply:

a) The coverage of the businesses closed due to Covid-19 induced lockdown may differ given the different regulations based on the Risk Adjusted Strategy levels and with reference to several surveys conducted in the country during this period.According to the survey conducted by the Department in partnership with the World Bank, from a survey of 2 226 firms contacted 47% firms reported to be closed during the second half of May 2020 (Lockdown Level 4).

Statistics South Africa conducted a rapid response survey (experimental study) in April 2020 (for reference period 30 March to 13 April 2020). The study provided an early indication of business impact resulting from Covid-19. Responses were received from 707 businesses across 10 industry sectors. Key results were as follows: The majority of responding businesses (85.4%) reported turnover below the normal range; 46.4% indicated temporary closure or paused trading activity; 50.4% expected their workforce size to stay the same in the two weeks after the survey, while 36.8% reported that their workforce size is expected to decrease; 28.3% indicated that their workforce has decreased working hours and 19.6% reported laying off of staff in the short term; and 19.1% indicated that prices of materials, goods or services purchased increased more than normal.

In terms of access to financial resources: 23.8% indicated a decrease while 52.6% indicated access to financial resources remained the same; 38.2% of businesses applying for financial assistance reported that they would use government relief schemes; 30.6% indicated they can survive less than a month without any turnover, while 54% can survive between 1 and 3 months. These are some of the findings regarding businesses affected by Covid-19 and the effects of the lockdown. The DSDB will be undertaking a second wave of the Covid-19 Business Pulse survey in partnership with the World Bank in the next few months to check the effects of the lockdown especially as the country moves to low levels and the economy begins to open up.

(b) Following the Covid-19 induced lockdown, the DSBD together with its agencies (the Small Enterprise Development Agency [Seda] and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency [sefa])developed interventions to ensure that small enterprises survive Covid-19 challenges in the economy and preserve jobs during this period. The following are the interventions implemented:

To ensure that SMMEs do not close down completely the DSBD initiated the SMME Debt Relief Finance Scheme. This scheme supported SMMEs through with working capital[payroll assistance, rental assistance and utilities] to ensure that jobs are retained in the economy. This scheme has run its course and is now closed.

In order to facilitate economic recovery amongst SMMEs, the DSBD conceptulised a range of sector specific schemes. Of these schemes, the following has been launched:

  • Spaza Shops and General Dealer Support Programme;
  • Autobody Repairers and Mechanics Support Scheme;
  • Bakeries and Confectioneries Business Support Scheme; and
  • Clothing, Textile and Leather Business Support Scheme;

Furthermore, the DSBD has recently launched the following schemes:

  • Tshisanyama and cooked food support programme;
  • Personal care support programme;
  • Fruits and Vegetable Hawkers;
  • Butcheries Support Programme;
  • Small Enterprise Manufacturing Programme; and
  • Business Viability Programme.

sefa has also instituted a range of support measures to assist the SMMEs that they are funding. Amongst these measures, are the following interventions:

  • Work with clients around repaying existing loans, without restructuring the loans, but allowed leniency on repayments;
  • No penalties or additional interest was charged on late repayments;
  • Not aggressively pursuing arrears;
  • sefa is providing struggling clients with additional moratorium to enable them to recover from the market shock before they resume repaying their loans, especially those who started operating from lockdown level 3 and 2.
  • sefa’s key funding Partners (Intermediaries) have provided interest and capital moratoriums to end users during the lockdown period;

14 September 2020 - NW2002

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to her reply to question 1435 on 11 August 2020, what (a) number of parents have not fetched the learning materials for learners who suffer from comorbidities and (b) action has been taken in this regard?

Reply:

(a) and (b) DBE does not keep the information of learners with comorbidities and therefore we request Hon Member to forward the question to provincial legislatures.

14 September 2020 - NW2010

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Seitlholo, Mr IS to ask the Minister of Transport

What amount of the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant has his department allocated to the Department of Public Works and Roads in North West for the construction of (a) D210 from Cokonyane to Modimong and (b) D201 from Pampierstad to Matlapaneng roads respectively?

Reply:

As the Hounarable Member may be aware, the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant (PRMG) is a schedule 4 grant created to supplement the provincialinvestments for road infrastructuremaintenance(routine, periodic and special maintenance) and the repair of roads and bridges damaged by unforeseen incidents, including natural disasters. The grant does allow 25% of the total allocation to do improvements and upgrades from gravel to surface. All new facilities are to be funded from the provincial equitable share as published in the Division of Revenue Act (DoRA).

The construction of road D210 and D201 from gravel to tar cantherefore be addressed from the equitable share as well as the 25% of the grant allocation.

The Department of Public Works and Roads confirmed that the two roads are in their plan and will be constructed in accordance with the priorities made in 2012 by the communities of the Greater Taung Local Municipality. To that extent, priority 2 and 3 on the North West list of projects are underway and are towards completion. The Road D201 and D210 appear as priorities number 4 and number 5 on their list respectively therefore they will be constructed as per their priority program.

14 September 2020 - NW1462

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Ngwezi, Mr X to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What has he found are the biggest challenges that institutions such as (a) Harambe, (b) Youth Employment Service, (c) Youth Lab and (d) any other youth employment incubator initiatives are facing in view of the fact that the latest statistics from Statistics South Africa paints a bleak picture of the reality facing 20,6 million young South Africans between the ages of 15 to 34 years who are neither employed nor in any form of educational institution and/or training facility and that the numbers for black youth in the rural and peri-urban areas are exponentially worse where unemployment figures are in excess of 40%?

Reply:

 

I may not be familiar with every little challenge that the provided list of youth organisations faces on a daily basis as none of these entities fall under the Department of Employment and Labour whilst others are not even in government. Amongst the challenges that we have identified within government that continue to contribute to high unemployment rate amongst the youth are the following:

  • The structural nature of the South African economy, low economic growth levels compounded by Insufficient investments by the private and public sector in new ventures and infrastructure
  • socio economic challenges and the high poverty levels that remain amongst blacks and in some instances contributing to school drop outs especially in peri-urban and rural areas,
  • limited skill acquisition and resultant inadequate preparation of youth for entry into the world of work,
  • rapid changes in the labour market fuelled by digitization and automation.
  • The covid-19 pandemic has further added to the above challenges.

I am aware that despite challenges that these youth organisations continue to face on a daily basis, they have done a lot to assist government in addressing the plight of our young people. Within government, great strides have been made in improving employability of young people through interventions in the education system but more still needs to be done. Government has also implemented a number of interventions to address the youth unemployment problem. These includes:-

  • High level interventions to grow the economy within National Development Plan 2030, the Medium Term Strategic Framework and Agreements conclude by the President and the various Ministers.

Within the Department of Employment and Labour:

  • The Promulgation of the Employment Services Act 2014 was introduced to guide the Department in its free services to promote youth employment. These services include registration of work seekers and employment opportunities, the matching, counselling, placement offered through 126 Labour centres, satellite and visiting points; and vulnerable groups employment schemes through 13 Supported Employment Enterprises Factories and Subsidized organizations that employ people with disabilities.
  • Labour Activation programmes funded by the Unemployment Insurance Fund
  • Occupational death dependants Youth bursary scheme funded by the Compensation Fund.

Other departments have also initiated the following interventions that benefited millions of young people as part of their contribution:-

  • The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)
  • Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) and Jobs Fund by National Treasury
  • The 2018 Jobs Summit Framework Agreement, as well as the establishment of the Job Fund
  • The Skills development system funded by the Skills levy, the Bursary Scheme funded under the NESFAS in the High Education and Science and Technology Department
  • More recently Government has developed the Presidential Youth Employment Interverntion which provided for the Presidential Youth Service, scaling the Youth Employment Service (YES) and the creation of a national pathway management network.

14 September 2020 - NW2037

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) plans are in place to (i) have the South African airspace open and (ii) allow additional airlines to operate, (b) airlines will be involved, (c) routes will be involved and (d) are the respective time frames in each case?

Reply:

What (a) plans are in place to

(i) have the South African airspace open and

Yes, the South African Airspace is open

(ii) allow additional airlines to operate,

We currently have twelve (12) Scheduled operations in South Africa, CLASS I

(1.) Mango,

(2.) SA Airlink,

(3) Cobra Airlines,

(4.) Safair Operations,

(5) FlygoAir Ltd,

(6.) Cemair

(7) Graphyon Airlines SA

(8.)Magestic Air MEGA and out of the 12 the04 Airlines are on Provisional liquidation,

(1.) SAA;

(2.) SA Express;

(3.) Kulula Comair/ British Airways and;

(4.) Fly Blue Crane.

The Domestic Airspace is South Africa is fully opened to ensure that South African Domestic market gains a traction before we can allow any Foreign Airlines comes.

(b) airlines will be involved,

(c) routes will be involved and

The Domestic Market is not route based, it is deregulated and any person who is licensed by notification to Council they are then allowed to service any point of Airport in South Africa,

(d) are the respective time frames in each case?

There are no specific timelines.

What (a) plans

The Government has post COVID plans in place available as and when the Health Departments advise on the balancing of the COVID curve by South African to allow the opening of the Airspace.

The South African Airspace is still not opened for the International flight. The Current flights that are being conducted by International Airlines for Humanitarian, repatriation and Evacuation purposes.

As you may be aware under Lookdown Level 3 the Minister of Home Affairs proclaimed under the Disaster Management Act that South African are permitted to travel outside of the Republic for only three purposes, WORK, STUDY and Medical Reasons.

14 September 2020 - NW1484

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

With reference to the total number of Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) applications that his department has received to date, what total number of (a) TERS applications were received from (i) early childhood development centres and (ii) partial care facilities, (b) the specified applications in each case qualified for TERS funding and (c) the applications were rejected in each case;

Reply:

1.

  1. 293 applications were received from Early Childhood Development Centre
  2. UIF Database does not differentiate centres but register them as per the applicant.
  3. Total employees applied for is 4761
  4. 1940 applicants were rejected
  5. Below are various reasons for rejection.

Error types

Employees not declared

Bank Name not found

Shut-down From Date not found

Applicant already received TERS benefits from LAP - TERS

Account Number not found

ID No. is On Hold on the UIF Database

Account type not found

Leave Income is a Negative Amount

Branch Code not found

Monthly Salary is a negative amount

Duplicate ID

3.

    1. 2 821 employees were paid
    2. Total amount paid out is R 10 022 922.57
    3. The value still to be paid to 1940 employees not determined to date.

11 September 2020 - NW2038

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

With reference to his reply to question 555 on 25 May 2020, (a) what are the details of the progress achieved to date for each company and (b) how is the progress (i) monitored and (ii) reported in each case? [

Reply:

 

Eight (8) companies made commitments totalling R36.2 billion at the previous two South African Investment Conferences held in 2018 and 2019 respectively, as detailed in my reply to question 555.

These are private sectors investments and hence companies do not report progress publicly. However, feedback, monitoring and reporting on progress is facilitated through the project management function of InvestSA, who is in regular communication with the companies who have made investment commitments. InvestSA also facilitates inter-governmental cooperation to help unblock challenges which these projects may be experiencing.

While the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted progress on some of the investments in the tourism and hospitality sectors, I am advised that a number of projects are under construction.

Further progress will be reported at the 3rd South African Investment Conference, which is expected to be held later this year.

 

11 September 2020 - NW2031

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

What are the terms and conditions for the provision of laptops to students who are recipients of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) grants;

Reply:

  1. University Students: The acquisition of digital learning devices for the 2020 NSFAS funded students registered at public higher education institutions shall be funded by the students’ learning materials allowance made available by NSFAS on a loan-to-buy basis.

Where a NSFAS funded student has the 2020 learning materials allowance available at the date of applying for the digital learning device, that learning materials allowance will be used by the institution to purchase the device on behalf of the student. Where the 2020 learning materials allowances has been used by the NSFAS funded student, the 2021 learning materials allowance shall be used to purchase the digital learning device. Should the student not return as a NSFAS funded student in future academic years, the student is liable to repay the amount due to the institution. Where applicable, the institution shall utilise its existing policies and procedures/guidelines to recover funds for the purchasing of the digital learning device from the student.

TVET Students: The acquisition of digital learning devices for the 2020 NSFAS funded students registered at public TVET colleges shall be as a once-off arrangement for the duration of their studies and a once-off 3-month data allowance in line with the negotiated deals between the Department and mobile network operators, with the exception of Trimester 1 and Semester 1 students who are already exiting the system. The digital learning device is a once-off allowance for the current 2020 academic year. Since this is an allowance, ownership of the digital learning device will vest with the student. Institutions must therefore ensure that only NSFAS funded students who are currently enrolled and registered with the TVET college receive this allowance and digital learning devices. Since Trimester 1 and Semester 1 are already at the end of the cycle, these students are not eligible to receive digital learning devices and shall be excluded from this once-off scheme.

  1. University Students: The institution shall issue a purchase order together with the NSFAS student details and at a minimum, the institution will maintain proper records of all digital learning devices distributed to NFSAS funded students. Rules on the return of devices to the institutions must be provided for in the asset management policy of the institution. The institution shall coordinate the logistical arrangements with the service provider(s) to ensure that the appropriate checks and balances are implemented and agreed upon to guarantee that the correct NSFAS funded students receives and accepts responsibility for the safekeeping and care of the digital learning devices.

TVET Students: The TVET college will maintain proper records of all digital learning devices distributed to NFSAS funded students. The digital learning devices will be delivered directly to NSFAS funded students. The TVET college shall coordinate the logistical arrangements with the service provider(s) to ensure that the appropriate checks and balances are implemented and agreed upon to guarantee that the correct NSFAS funded students receives and accepts responsibility for the safekeeping and care of the digital learning devices.

11 September 2020 - NW2039

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

What (a) plans does her Department have in place for providing preferential pricing structures for South Africans, as opposed B non-South Africans, which will provide access to South African National Parks (SANParks) properties, (b) research has been done in this regard and (c) are the (i) timeframes, (ii) milestones and (iii) deadlines regarding preferential pricing structures?

Reply:

 

  1. SANParks already implements a differential pricing and fee structure for South Africans and international guests. This differentials system was introduced in 2003, and the effect thereof is that South Africana receive preferential rates as compared to international guests. This was done to improve and expand access to National Parks by South Africans.
  2. Research had been conducted prior b the implementation of the preferential pricing system. SANParks embarked on a benchmarking exercise, comparing our fee structure with similar conservation authorities on the African continent.
  3. SANParks started implementing the Preferential Pricing mechanism in November 2003, and this pricing structure is being implemented currently

i Not applicable as the system is already being implemented

ii Not applicable as the system is already being implemented

iii. Not applicable as the system is already being implemented

Regards

MS BD CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
DATE: 11/09/2020