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15 March 2016 - NW362

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to President Jacob Zuma's undertaking in his State of the Nation Address delivered on 12 February 2015, that the Government will set aside 30% of appropriate categories of state procurement for purchasing from Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), Co-operatives, as well as township and rural enterprises, what percentage of the total procurement of (a) his department and (b) every entity reporting to him went to (i) SMMEs and (ii) Co-operatives from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available?NW374E

Reply:

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

The Department:
The percentage of the department's procurement from SMME's for the period 1 April 2015 to 26 February 2016 equals 88%. This percentage includes procurement from township enterprises. The department did not procure any goods or services from co-operatives.

Entities:
South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
The percentage of SALGA's procurement from SMME's (Levels 1 to 4) for the period April 2015 to February 2016 equals 35%. This percentage includes procurement from township and rural enterprises. The SALGA did not procure any goods or services from co-operatives.

South African Cities Network (SACN)
The percentage of the SACN procurement from SMMEs for the period April 2015 to February 2016 equals 46%.The SACN did not procure any goods or services from co-operatives.

Municipal Demarcation Board (MOB)
The percentage of the MDB procurement from SMME's (Levels 1 to 4) for the period April 2015 to February 2016 equals 29.64%.The MDB did not procure any goods or services from co-operatives.

 

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NUMBER: PQ2016/362

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19 FEBRUARY 2016

Herewith a reply drafted by:

MS D SNYMAN
Acting Deputy Director-General: Financial Services
Date: 2016/03/26

RECOMMENDED/...............

MR V MADONSELA
DIRECTOR-GENERAL
DATE: 02.03/2016

SUPPORTED/.................

ANRIES NEL, MP
DEPUTY MINISTER
DATE: 03/03/2016

APPROVED/...................

DES VAN ROOYEN, MP
MINISTER
DATE: 10/03/2016
 

15 March 2016 - NW188

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the statement by Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Councillor Parks Tau, that 46% of household water supply in Johannesburg is used for gardening, (a) what exact method and data was used to calculate this percentage and (b) when was this percentage calculated?

Reply:


The information was provided by the Gauteng Provincial Head of Department: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

The 46% figure is based on a number of published studies, notably a local one published by HE Jacobs, LC Geustyn and BF Loubser in 2005 entitled "Water - How is it used at home?". The study found that water consumption through garden irrigation makes up a significant amount of water losses. Water losses attributed to garden irrigation found to be at 46% of the total residential annual use.


Recommended by:

MR M RANGATE MR T FOSI
Chief Director: Improvement Programme Deputy Director-General: LGSIM
Date: 22/02/2016 Date: 29/02/2016

RECOMMENDED/.................................


MR V MADONSELA
DIRECTOR-GENERAL
DATE: 29/02/2016


SUPPORTED/.....................

MR A NEL, MP
DEPUTY MINISTER
DATE: 2/03/2016


APPROVED/......................


DES VAN ROOYEN, MP
MINISTER
DATE: 02/03/2016
 

15 March 2016 - NW6

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Shaik Emam, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs:

What measures does he intend to put in place to curb ( a ) noncompliance with the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, ( b ) wasteful expenditure, ( c ) irregular expenditure, fraud and ( d ) corruption (details furnished) in the local government sector?

Reply:

(a) The Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) is./ legislation that falls within the mandate of the National Treasury. It is applicable to national and provincial spheres of government; therefore, the Act does not apply to local government. The applicable legislation is the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) which has similar provisions on wasteful and irregular expenditure as in in the PFMA. Furthermore, it must be noted that the implementation of the MFMA also falls within the mandate of the National Treasury.

(b), (c) and (d)

A number of interventions are being put in place to address challenges pertaining to wasteful expenditure, irregular expenditure, fraud and corruption. Currently, we have the following measures in place:

• The Department is finalising the review of the 2006 Local Government Anti-Corruption Strategy.

• Draft Local Government Integrity Management Framework which sets out the responsibility of municipalities when implementing Local Government Anti-Corruption Strategy.

• We have a draft Implementation plan which provides for practical actions that will be undertaken to implement the strategy.

The additional measures that we have put in place are the following :

• The Department requested Provinces and municipalities to submit copies of forensic reports commissioned between April 2009 and October 2014.

• Of the 115 copies of forensic reports received , 106 have been assessed.

• We are collaborating with law enforcement agencies like the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), Hawks, and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to accelerate investigations and prosecution.

• Most of the forensic reports commissioned by Provinces and municipalities made recommendations that certain remedial or other corrective measures should be taken

15 March 2016 - NW329

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) How many times did the National Disaster Management Advisory Forum meet since 1 January 2009;

Reply:


The National Disaster Management Advisory Forum meets on a quarterly basis every year.
The National Disaster Management Advisory Forum has met 27 times since 2009 as follows:

Year

National Disaster Management Advisory Forum Meeting Dates

Number of Meetings

2009

12 February 2009

3

 

13 August 2009

 
 

12 November 2009

 

2010

11 February 2010

4

 

13 May 2010

 
 

12 August 2010

 
 

11 November 2010

 

2011

10 March 2011

4

 

2 June 2011

 
 

8 September 2011

 
 

10 November

 


Attached please find here: Reply

15 March 2016 - NW310

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

1. With reference to his reply to question 960 on 10 April 2015, which municipalities conducted customer satisfaction surveys in the (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-2014 financial years; 2. Whether he can provide the comprehensive database of all municipalities who have undertaken customer satisfaction surveys; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Below is a list of municipalities that have conducted Customer Satisfaction Surveys in the (a) 2012-2013 and (b) 2013-2014 financial years.

(a) Municipalities that have conducted Customer Satisfaction Surveys in 2012-2013 financial year are as follows:
i. City of Cape Town Metro
ii. Nelson Mandela Metro
iii. City of T shwane Metro
iv. EThekwini Metro
v. Maluti a Phofung local municipality in Free State
vi. Ekurhuleni Metro
vii. Baviaans Local Municipality in Eastern Cape
vii i. Swartland Local Municipality in Western Cape

(b) Municipalities that have conducted Customer Satisfaction Surveys in 201 3-2014 financial year are as follows:

i. Mangaung Metro
ii. Joburg Metro
iii. City of Tshwane Metro
iv. EThekwini Metro

2. Attached at (Tag A) is a database of municipalities that have conducted Customer Satisfaction Surveys in the (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-2014 financial years.

Notably, some of the local and district municipalities did not conduct the customer satisfaction survey in the period indicated based on capacity constraints in terms of personnel and budget. Most local and district municipalities rely on the surveys conducted by the Metros and provincial departments in their respective provinces

Attached please find here: Status of Citizens Satisfaction Surveys Conducted Currently

15 March 2016 - NW238

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Matlhoko, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs:

Whether he and/or his department has bought advertising space in The New Age in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) what number of times and (ii) for what amount in each specified financial year?

Reply:

Below is the response regarding the advertising space bought by the Department of Cooperative Governance in the New Age during the financial years 2012-13; 2013-14 and 2014 -2015

(a) 2012 - 2013 Financial year:

The Department of Cooperative Governance participated in one business briefing organised by The New Age Media in December 2012 which provided an opportunity to the Minister to engage with stakeholders and the public on local government matters and traditional affairs, through a live TV broadcast on SABC. The cost for this initiative amounted to R 486 255 - 60.

(b) 2013 - 2014 Financial year:

The Department did not buy any advertising space in the New Age during the 2013-2014 financial year.

(c) 2014 - 2015 Financial year:

The Department did not buy any advertising space in the New Age during the 2014-2015 financial year.

21 December 2015 - NW4188

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 151 on 26 February 2015, (i) he has received the outstanding information; (ii) if not, why not; if so, (iii) when will the specified information be provided?

Reply:

Yes.

( 1) (i) The following response is a follow up on Parliamentary Question 151 dated 26 February 2015 whereby only five (5) out of thirty (30) municipalities submitted the requested information. Of the twenty five (25) remaining municipalities, sixteen (16) have since submitted the outstanding information to the Limpopo Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Limpopo: COGHSTA). The legal costs incurred for 2012/13 and 2013/14 financial years are tabulated in Annexure "A" hereto;

(ii) Nine (9) municipalities did not meet the deadline for submission of responses. However, the municipalities have been requested to respond accordingly; and

(iii) The outstanding information from nine (9) municipalities will be delivered to the Honourable Member as soon as it has been received by the Limpopo: COGHSTA.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NUMBER 2015/4188
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04 DECEMBER 2015
 

Herewith a reply drafted by: Recommended

MS B NYEMBE DR MALAHLELA

Acting Executive Manager: LG LS & IE Acting Deputy Director-General: R& UD & LS

Date: 10/12/15 Date: 2015/12/11

RECOMMENDED/....................................................


MR V MADONSELA
DIRECTOR-GENERAL
DATE: 11/12/2015

SUPPORTED/ .........................................



MR A NEL, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER

DATE: 11/12/2015

APPROVED/.....................................



DES VAN ROOYEN, MP

MINISTER

Date:

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21 December 2015 - NW4186

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether any of the metropolitan municipalities measure the time it takes to respond to burst water pipes; if not, why not; if so, (a) which metros, (b) what is the average time, (c) how is this measured and (d) what is the specified municipality doing to improve performance in this area?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the metropolitan municipalities and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4187

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) Whether any of the metropolitan municipalities is currently installing a broadband network; if not, why not; if so, (a) which metro and (b) how many kilometers of fibre cable have been installed in each specified metro; (2) Whether each of these municipalities has any free Wi-Fi hotspots; if not, why not; if so, (a) which metros, (b) how many and (c) what is the specified municipality's future plans in this regard?

Reply:

The following response is based on the information provided by four Metropolitan Municipalities: City of Cape Town, eThekwini, Ekurhuleni and Mangaung. The remaining four Metropolitan Municipalities, Buffalo City, City of Joburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay did not meet the deadline for submission of responses. Attempts are being made to obtain the information from the outstanding Metropolitan Municipalities and will be made available on receipt thereof.

Hereunder are the responses from the responded Metropolitan Municipalities.

Reply by City of Cape Town

(1) "Total number of core fibres installed is 43 541km

(2) Digital Inclusion Project: In 2013 the City of Cape Town undertook a six month investigation followed by a proof of concept study into assessing the constraints, viability and potential uptake of a wireless mesh network in both Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

This study was funded to the value of $335 000 USO by the United States Trade and Development Agency. Our findings were later published and resultantly led to the roll out of the City's Wi-Fi Network which went beyond the two initial areas assessed for viability and which now boasts 188 AP's throughout the metro. The manner in which the project implementation materialised was indeed different to the initial objective in that it proved difficult to provide pole-to-home access by means of a mesh. Hence, we went with the AP's attached to Civic infrastructure model. The project has now progressed nicely.

The City of Cape Town's model around providing Wi-Fi access differs quite substantially to other metro's in the manner in which we provide both access and how we offer data to citizens. Our objective first and foremost is that our model is sustainable. It thus differs from what other South African metros are doing- which is most often outsourcing the service to companies that leverage from one site to pay for the next. The City is also exploring the feasibility of offering free Wi-Fi on the fleet of MyCiTi buses. A tender to contract with a service provider was evaluated in September and is now awaiting consideration for award by the Supply Chain Management Bid Adjudication Committee. This requires the appointed service provider to offer internet access to passengers at no cost to the City. "

Reply by eThekwini Metro

(1) "EThekwini has a broadband network in place and we have approximately 1650km of Fibre deployed already.

(2) We currently have over 80% of our Municipal Libraries offering patrons free Internet access through Wi-Fi and we are currently investigating the different models on how to expand this and provide Wi-Fi to the city's residents and visitors. This is to ensure that whatever route we take has been fully considered to take into account the broader objectives of becoming a smart city. "

Reply by Ekurhuleni Metro

(1) "Ekurhuleni is currently installing a broadband network. Ekurhuleni currently has 400km of fibre active, and the long term plan requires 1336km. The additional fibre required to complete the connectivity profile is expected to be implemented over the next 18 months.

(2) Ekurhuleni has active Wi-Fi hotspots. Ekurhuleni has approximately 900 hotspots active at present orientated around 160 sites. Future plans - Expansion to approximately 3000 hotspots in planned over the next 18 months. "

Reply by Mangaung Metro

(1) "The Metro is currently finalizing a broadband implementation model benchmarked against the City of EThekwini, whilst there a plans to roll out a broadband network, it is still in its initial phases and hasn't started.

(2) The Metro is currently in the process of planning for free Wi-Fi rollout within the Metro with an initial 42 sites to be identified. The project is expected to

begin implementation by March 2016."

Herewith a reply recommended by:

MR. T Faba
Deputy Director-General Corporate Services
Date: 11/12/2015
 

21 December 2015 - NW4258

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) How many vacancies are there currently in each metropolitan municipality in respect of each job (i) category and (ii) level and (b) for how long has each specified post in each job (i) category and (ii) level been vacant?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Metros and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4264

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What total amount does the Kannaland Local Municipality in the Northern Cape pay for (a) salaries and/or (b) wages in each month; (2) whether the size of the specified municipality’s wage bill is in line with those of municipalities of a similar size; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details;

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Kannaland Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4256

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether each metropolitan municipality has taken any steps to enable citizens to become physically fit by (a) providing outdoor gym equipment, (b) initiating fitness programmes and/or (c) any other initiatives; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Metros and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4255

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, for each of the metropolitan municipalities, any (a) municipal mayors, (b) deputy municipal mayors, (c) municipal speakers and (d) other municipal official are provided with bodyguards; if so, (i) why are the specified persons provided with bodyguards and (ii) what is the (aa) current monthly cost and (bb) total cost for the 2014-15 financial year in each case?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Metros and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4202

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What are the reasons for (a) his and (b) the Chairperson of the Municipal Demarcation Board’s failure to (i) table and/or (ii) issue the intergovernmental report commissioned by the Minister of Finance on the financial viability and sustainability of the affected municipalities of the latest round of the redeterminations of their outer boundaries to the North Gauteng High Court, which presided over the case that related to the specified redeterminations?

Reply:

Any matter of concern to the member’s political party should or can be raised in the litigation process if the law permits.

21 December 2015 - NW4228

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether each of the five provinces which have been declared drought disaster areas have been gazetted; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will this be done; if so, on what date in each case; (2) (a) how much money has been allocated for drought relief for each affected province and (b) from which budgets will the specified funds be allocated; (3) (a) which areas are affected in each province, (b) what kind of intervention measures are planned and (c) when will the specified measures commence?

Reply:

  1. Yes. All the provinces have been gazetted. The details are in the table below:

Province

Gazette date for drought

  1. KwaZulu-Natal

17 December 2014 and

20 November 2015

  1. North West

24 July 2015

  1. Free State

4 September 2015

  1. Limpopo

13 November 2015

  1. Mpumalanga

25 November 2015 (Premier’s Notice)

2. (a) The National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) allocated an amount of R24.6 million to KwaZulu-Natal in March 2015 as the province was the first to declare a state of drought disaster in this current drought cycle. The amount was made available to address immediate needs regarding water supply for human consumption in the declared areas. The Department of Water and Sanitation also allocated an amount of R352 million for affected municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

(b) The funds allocated to KwaZulu-Natal by the National Disaster Management Centre is from the Disaster Grant within the departmental budget vote. The indication from the Department of Water and Sanitation is that allocated funds were reprioritised from existing departmental grants.

3. (a) Areas affected in provinces:

Province

Areas affected by drought

  1. KwaZulu-Natal

Ugu District Municpality

  • Hibiscus Coast
  • Umdoni
  • Umzumbe
  • Vulamehlo
  • Umuziwabantu

Umgungundlovu District Municipality

  • uMshwathi
  • Richmond
  • Mpofana
  • Mkhambathini

Uthukela District Municipality

  • Emnambithi/ Ladysmith
  • Indaka
  • Umtshezi
  • Imbabazane

Amajuba District Municipality

  • Newcastle
  • eMadlangeni
  • Dannhauser

Umzinyathi District Municipality

  • Umvoti
  • Nqutu
  • Msinga
  • Endumeni

Zululand District Municipality

  • AbaQulusi
  • Ulundi
  • eDumbe
  • Nongoma
  • uPhongolo

uMkhanyakude District Municipality

  • Umhlabuyalingana
  • Jozini
  • Big Five False Bay
  • Hlabisa
  1. North West

Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality

Ruth Mompati District Municipality

Bojanala District Municipality

Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality

  1. Free State

Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality

  • Mantsopa
  • Setsoto
  • Dihlabeng
  • Nketoana
  • Maluti-a-Phofung
  • Phumelela

Fezile Dabi District Municipality

  • Moqhaka
  • Ngwathe
  • Metsimaholo
  • Mafube

Xhariep District Municipality

  • Letsemeng
  • Kopanong
  • Mohokare
  • Naledi

Lejweleputswa District Municipality

  • Masilonyana
  • Tokologo
  • Tswelopele
  • Matjhabeng
  • Nala

Mangaung Metropolitan (Premier’s Notice)

  1. Limpopo

Capricorn District Municipality

  • Aganang
  • Polokwane
  • Molemole
  • Blouberg
  • Lepelle-Nkumpi

Mopani District Municipality

  • Greater Giyani
  • Greater Tzaneen
  • Greater Letaba
  • Baphalaborwa
  • Maruleng

Sekhukhune District Municipality

  • Elias Motswaledi
  • Ephraim Mogale
  • Greater Tubatse
  • Makhuduthamaga
  • Feta-Kgomo

Waterberg

  • Bela-Bela
  • Modimolle
  • Mookgophong
  • Mogalakwena
  • Lephalale
  • Thabazimbi

Vhembe

  • Makhado
  • Mutale
  • Musina
  • Thulamela
  1. Mpumalanga

(Premier’s Notice)

  • Chief Albert Luthuli Local municipality
  • Msukaligwa Local municipality
  • Mkhondo Local municipality
  • Dr J.S. Moroka Local municipality
  • Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme Local municipality
  • Thembisile Hani Local municipality
  • Dipaleseng Local municipality
  • Govan Mbeki Local municipality
  • Lekwa Local municipality
  • Emakhazeni Local municipality
  • Thaba Chweu Local municipality
  • Nkomazi Local municipality
  • Bushbuckridge Local municipality
  • Umjindi Local municipality

(b) The priority currently regarding interventions is to address the immediate needs of the affected communities. The priority is on water for human consumption, water for livestock consumption as well as livestock feed.

(c) The implementation of specified measures have commenced already by the various sector departments. The affected sector departments have reprioritised resources from existing resources to address drought related challenges in the affected areas.

21 December 2015 - NW4251

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng has been approached by Rand Water to assist in installing a telemetry system at all its reservoirs; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified municipality approached and (b) what was the response of the specified municipality; (2) (a) what has he found it would cost to install a telemetry system at all the reservoirs in the Ekurhuleni metro and (b) by when could this be done?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4257

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What amount was spent by each metropolitan municipality on advertising in (a) print media, (b) radio, (c) television, (d) online, (e) outdoors and (f) any other medium in the (i) 2014-15 financial year and (ii) since 1 July 2015; (2) in respect of each of the specified advertisements, (a) in which media was it flighted, (b) what was the purpose of the advertisement and (c) what was the cost in each case?

Reply:

The following response is based on the information provided by five Metropolitan Municipalities, Buffalo City; EThekwini; Nelson Mandela Bay; Ekurhuleni and City of Cape Town. The remaining three Metropolitan Municipalities, City of Joburg; City of Tshwane and Mangaung did not meet the deadline for submission of responses. Attempts are being made to obtain the information from the outstanding Metropolitan Municipalities and will be made available upon receipt thereof.

(a) Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality:

FINANCIAL YEAR

ADVERTISNG

COSTS

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION

REMARKS

2014/15

R869,385 00

Print

12 x Monthly staff newsletters

6 x Bi-monthly Metro Voice service delivery newsletters

4 x Quarterly Ward-based newspaper

10 x External publications advertising (e.g. SA Business, Municipal Directory, Focus, Beat, Taxi Image etc)

Print Adverts on Daily Dispatch. EC Today, Isolezwe

The monthly magazines cost about R30 000 per month (including printing and distribution)

Bi-monthly Magazine costs about R34 000 (5000 copies) incl. printing and distribution

Ward-based cost about R19 000 for 10 000 copies – including printing and distribution

General advert placements for annual institutional activities and events

   

Radio

4 x pre-recorded packages per month on 4 community radio stations within the Metro. The stations broadcast the municipal news every Wednesdays between 18h00-18h10. Below are the stations used:

Kumkani FM, Mdantsane FM, Izwi Lethemba FM and Forte FM.

16 x 10 minutes radio packages cost R65 000 per month.

General advertising of other activities like the annual ones:

Examples:

State of the Metro Address

IDP/Budget roadshows

Open Council Day

Mayoral Imbizo

 

   

Outdoors

Street Banners, Street Posters to market and advertise annual events

Examples:

State of the Metro Address

IDP/Budget roadshows

Open Council Day

Mayoral Imbizo

15/16 FY since 1st July 2015

Expenditure to date:

R 417 037,43

   

The amount spent to date as reflected on the 2nd column was spent on the same items stated above.

Please note that the Communications Department of Buffalo City Metro has not advertised anything on Television and/or online to date.

(b) EThekwini Metropolitan Municipality:

FINANCIAL YEAR

ADVERTISNG

COSTS

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION

REMARKS

2014/15

13,896 504.00

Print

Ezasegagasini Metro Newspapers

Workplace Staff Magazine

During the reporting period, the department printed 23 editions of Ezasegagasini Metro in isiZulu and English with a total print of 18.4 million copies.

Distribution of Ezasegagasini Metro occurred as per schedule. The newspaper is mainly distributed through door to door in semi-urban and township areas, and as well as to municipal offices, clinics, libraries and Sizakala Centres.

Other copies are inserted in The Mercury newspaper. To increase the reach of Ezasegagasini Metro, the unit started inserting Metro ezasegagasini in iSolezwe and Ilanga.

This is one of the tools used by the Unit to create awareness and understanding among staff on municipal programmes and policies.

The department produced six editions of the Workplace magazine and distributed it to all municipal offices.

 

   

Radio

Ukhozi – 96 x 5min slots

Lotus FM – 48 x 60min slots

Izwi Lomzansi – 32 x 60min slots

Vibe FM – 32 x 60min slots

Inanda FM – 32 x 60min slots

Gagasi FM – 21 x 60min slots

The Unit purchased additional radio slots to expand the Municipal radio programme.

This was important for engaging with citizens on service delivery programmes as well as in conveying important information as part of a two way communication between the Municipality and its communities.

Coordinated monthly talk shows on Ukhozi FM, Lotus FM and Gagasi FM. Additional air time was bought from community radio stations.

   

Online

Ezasegagasini Metro is available online and also in Cd and audio-tape format.

Website:

The website is the main electronic communication platform for the City communication.

Social Media:

The Municipality has social media accounts such as: Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin and YouTube social.

ITheku Bulletin: ITheku bulletin is the staff communication tool through which the Municipality disseminates information internally.

The Audio tapes and CDs formats of Ezasegagasini Metro are distributed to the visually impaired citizens. The distribution covers organizations for the blind and individual subscribers. 55 Tapes and 50 CDs are produced and delivered through the Post Office to 105 subscribers, of audio Ezasegagasini fortnightly.

In the period under review, the following can be reported:

The Unit updated information to ensure public has access to the latest information.

In this regard 301 new items were added, 190 public notices uploaded, 233 tenders added, 59 Press releases added and the number of request for quotation added is 198.

The Unit maintained these accounts by uploading news items daily and responding to queries. In the period under review:

Queries received were redirected to the correct client department after providing a response to the client.

Social media audience statistics:

Facebook 20 837 likes,

Twitter 14, 465 followers,

LinkedIn 7, 234

Site statistics:

Visits 1,285,769

Page views 2,415,377

Average time spent 00:02:01

New visits 406,413

During the period under review, the Unit published 23 editions of electronic newsletter.

   

Outdoor

No report submitted

 

Please note that the Communications Department of EThekwini Metropolitan Municipality has not advertised anything on Television to date.

(c) Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality:

FINANCIAL YEAR

ADVERTISNG

COSTS

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION

REMARKS

2014/15

July – Nov 2015

R4,565,228.00

R1,349,031.35

Print

The Herald

Die Burger

Daily Sun

Die Son

Sunday Times

Weekend Post and relevant community newspapers

The purpose of the advertisements were as follows:

  1. Tenders to alert residents about business opportunities.
  1. Land applications and notices – rezoning, removal of restrictions, special consent etc. To alert residents about land related developments and opportunities for participation, comments and objections purposes.
  1. Vacancies – To inform local and national residents about employment opportunities in the Municipality.
  1. Electricity notices - To alert residents in advance of proposed planned electricity supply interruptions for maintenance
  1. IDP – to inform communities about public participation meetings for IDP and Budget purposes.
  1. Special events – To inform the public about celebration, commemoration and religious events such as Youth Month; Women’s Month; Eid Mubarak; Festive Season, etc.
  1. Art, Museum, Culture and Heritage – to alert residents about the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and heritage events.
  1. Customer care and tariffs – To alert the public on tariff increases, valuation roll, opening and closing of customer care centres.
  1. Diverse – Once off notices such as career Expo, pound notices, annual return and midterm report.

 

 

R120 000.00

Radio

IFM

PE FM

BAY FM

KQ FM

ALGOA FM

The radio slots were utilized to inform residents about the public participation programme on IDP and Budget meetings.

   

Outdoors

No report submitted

 
   

Online

No report submitted

 

(d) Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality only started with its communication campaigns in November 2014, hence there are no records for months prior to November.

The Metropolitan spent a total amount of R11,723,616.88 on advertising in print media, radio, television, online and outdoors. Refer to the attached Expenditure report.

The attached expenditure report reflects the names of the media houses where advertisements were flighted and the cost of each advertisement. (Refer to Annexure A)

The purpose of advertisement was to create awareness and transparency on all major projects of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipalities; also to educate, inform and share information with all the relevant stakeholders about the EMM projects.

(e) City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipalities

According to the City of Cape Town, for the 2014/2015 financial year the City’s total cost for advertising amounted to R26 466 516.55. The financial system for this financial year does not make provision for a breakdown per type or split between print, radio and online. That would require a manual breakdown per advert and will take weeks to do. No television advertising costs were incurred over the period.

Major communication campaign costs are excluded from the above amount as these are funded either via departments, or centrally for major campaigns. An approximate amount spent would be in the region of R17 million and includes the agency fees, development and design costs.

21 December 2015 - NW4183

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether any of the metropolitan municipalities have any average-speed-overdistance cameras installed in the municipality; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details in each case and (b) has there been any positive results from the installation of these cameras?

Reply:

The following response is based on the information provided by three Metropolitan Municipalities, City of Cape Town, eThekwini and Mangaung. The remaining five Metropolitan Municipalities, Buffalo City, City of Joburg, City of Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Ekurhuleni did not meet the deadline for submission of responses. Attempts are being made to obtain the information from the outstanding Metropolitan Municipalities and will be made available on receipt

thereof.

Hereunder are the responses from the responded Metropolitan Municipalities.

Reply by City of Cape Town

(a)"Yes, the City of Cape Town has average-speed-over-distance cameras installed on the M5, Nelson Mandela Boulevard and the N2 incoming.

(b) Yes, there has been a dramatic reduction in road accidents and fatality rates within four months following the installation of the cameras. 11


Reply by eThekwini Metro

(a) "This Municipality does not have any average speed over distance cameras, reason being that the majority of roads into and out of EThekwini are Provincial Roads and not Municipal roads, thus a Provincial mandate.

(b) Secondly it is not really practical in an urban environment where speeding is a short-distance-location problem with the road geometry and environment changing so much over the length. Generally, congestion and traffic signals/stop control would negate its effectiveness. In an urban environment it is the spot speed that is of concern and not the average speed per se. "


Reply by Mangaung Metro

(a) "Yes, the Municipality has procured fixed and mobile cameras. However, the average speed limit prosecution over extended distance requires that where the average offender is not immediately stopped and charged, the issuing authority that wants to use the camera for prosecution purposes shall obtain written permission from the Director of Public Prosecutions for the roads or sections of roads where it intends on doing such prosecution whether such camera is fixed or mobile. Each case is dealt with according to its own merits to make for the operational guidelines in order to ensure the accuracy and reliability of measurements results for fair prosecution the decision whether or not to prosecute still remains in the discretion of the prosecutor.

(b) Yes high volume of speed offenders are apprehended day and night it must a/so be noted that preparations using distance over time measuring

equipment prior to the instrument being used for prosecution purposes should be adhered to , site selection for the equipment to be used in any traffic condition provided that a clear view of identified markers must be visible and adherence to operational procedures for prosecuting guidelines for speed measuring equipment and traffic light violations monitoring equipment.
 

 

21 December 2015 - NW4114

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)     What due diligence was conducted by the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency prior to it entering into a contract with the Siyenza Group to construct toilets in the Northern Cape? (2) were any checks conducted on Siyenza Group with respect to their (a) tax clearance and (b) Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) status; if not, why not in each case; if so, (i) what were the outcomes of the specified checks and (ii) why were the (aa) discrepancies and/or (bb) fraudulent nature of the evidence provided not revealed; (3) whether the way forward to regularising the specified contract will involve an open, competitive bidding process; if not, why not; if so, will the (a) process be open to new contractors and (b) CIDB compliance be verified?

Reply:

  1. and (2)

A pre-qualification check was done by the MISA Supply Chain Management unit to check compliance with submission of tender compliance documents i.e. tax clearance certificates, BBBEE Certificates, CIDB rating certificates etc. The tax clearance certificate appeared to be legitimate and was taken at face value. Later MISA introduced an additional control measure or due diligence measure of verification of the authenticity of submitted documents (this verification is not a legal requirement in terms of National Treasury supply chain management regulations). It is through this process that MISA was able to detect that the tax clearance certificate that was submitted by Siyenza Group during tendering and the renewed tax clearance certificate were not issued by SARS, which resulted in MISA cancelling the contract.

(3)

MISA’s contract with the Siyenza Group was terminated by mutual agreement on 25 May 2015. Following the termination of the contract, the Department of Water and Sanitation (the project funder) informed MISA that the balance of the remaining projects under the Siyenza Group contract should be handed back to the Department. The Department of Water and Sanitation indicated that it will utilise other contractors already contracted by the Department to complete the project. There was therefore no need for MISA to proceed with any bidding process to finalise the project. .

21 December 2015 - NW4185

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether any of the metropolitan municipalities measure the average time it takes to fix (a) potholes, (b) street lights and (c) traffic lights; if not, why not; if so, (i) which metros, (ii) what is the average time in each case, (iii) how is this measured and (iv) what is the specified municipality doing to improve performance in this area?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the metropolitan municipalities and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4236

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What amount was spent on legal fees by the Tlokwe City Local Municipality in the North West in the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) what is the breakdown of the specified amounts?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Tlokwe City Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4259

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What amount of capital budget of each metropolitan municipality was spent on refurbishing infrastructure in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years; (2) (a) what are the details of each project and (b) how much was spent on each project; (3) whether any capital funds were used to pay salaries; if so, (a) why and (b) how much?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Metros and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4182

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to his comments at the inter-ministerial briefing on drought held on 13 November 2015, where he requested municipalities to report on the extent of the drought and water shortages they are facing, for each municipality, (a) what is the situation as reported and (b) what assistance is being offered to mitigate the reported water problems?

Reply:

(a) The conditions vary from province to province. Some of the severely affected drought areas are impacted by the wasteful usage of water, lack of maintenance of infrastructure, poor farming practices and non-implementation of measures to mitigate against the impact of drought. The Water and Agricultural Sectors are the most affected. Although some rainfall has fallen in some parts of the country, it has not been sufficient to have a meaningful impact on the drought situation. All the affected stakeholders continue to monitor the conditions on the ground and early warning and advisory information is regularly being disseminated to communities for preparedness and informed decision making.

(b) There are concerted efforts within the Department of Cooperative Governance, key government departments and stakeholders regarding the current drought conditions. The main focus is on the implementation of extraordinary measures to mitigate further impacts of drought such as the enforcement of water restrictions, the repair and maintenance of infrastructure and coordinated efforts on the awareness and advocacy campaigns.

21 December 2015 - NW4201

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether he had any form of consultation with (a) the Minister of Finance and/or (b) any other (i) person or (ii) entity regarding the contents of an intergovernmental report commissioned by the Minister of Finance on the latest round of the redeterminations of municipal boundaries to assess the financial viability and sustainability of the specified proposed amalgamations; if not, why not; if so, what were the outcomes in each case?

Reply:

No.

The report referred to by the Honourable Member was submitted to me by the Municipal Demarcation Board on 07 August 2015.

Prior to that, officials from the Department of Cooperative Governance met with their counterparts from the National Treasury to discuss similar related matters from the Minister of Finance and further addressed these matters during the Budget Forum meeting held on 8 June 2015.

It must be further noted that the Municipal Demarcation Board must consider the objectives for demarcation and the factors to be taken into account, as provided in sections 24 and 25 of the Municipal Demarcation Act, when determining or redetermining municipal boundaries.
1. BACKGROUND

1.1 Between December 2014 and April 2015, the Minister after consultation with all the MECs responsible for local government in the provinces, requested the Municipal Demarcation Board (MOB), in terms of section 22(2) of the Municipal Demarcation Act to determine or redetermine the boundaries of various municipalities with a view of optimising the financial viability and sustainability (Tag 1 ).


1.2 In total , 34 requests were made to the MOB, as follows:

 

PROVINCE

NUMBER

PROVINCE

NUMBER

Kwazulu-Natal

11

Limpopo

5

Eastern Cape

5

Mpumalanqa

5

Free State

2

North West

4

Gauteng

1

Northern Cape

1

1.3 Subsequent to that request, on 09 March 2015 the Minister of Finance wrote to the Minister of Cooperative Governance (Tag 2) pledging support to the initiative and suggesting that both Departments should work together to strengthen the proposal for further boundary changes for municipalities. The Minister of Finance proposed that the areas that could be strengthened include:

(i) The proposal should be consulted broadly;
(ii) The future role of district municipalities should be carefully considered;
(iii) The alignment of the new proposals for metros with other proposed urban reforms (including in the NOP and Department of Cooperative Governance's (DCoG's) Integrated Urban Development Framework) should be reviewed;

(iv) The implications for the local government fiscal framework must be established; and (v) Future analysis should take greater account of the structural change in allocations to municipalities that resulted from the implementation of a new local government equitable share formula.

1.4 The Minister of Finance further proposed that officials from the National Treasury (NT) and DCoG should engage further on the proposals as well as on any future proposal for the redemarcation of municipal boundaries before they are submitted to the MOB.

1.5 On 07 August 2015 the Minister received a letter from the MOB (Tag 3) notifying him of a letter from the Minister of Finance (Tag 4) objecting to the proposed municipal boundaries redetermination.

1.6 The main reason cited by the Minister of Finance for this objection was that there is no evidence to suggest that the re-determination of municipal boundaries will contribute towards or stimulate economic growth and development in the area as a whole.

2. DISCUSSION

2.1 On 15 April 2015 a meeting was held between the officials from DCoG and the NT to discuss the correspondence referred to in 1.3 above. It was agreed that there must be greater collaboration in this regard.

2.2 This matter was further discussed at the Budget Forum meeting held on 8 June 2015.

2.3 There have been continuous engagements with the NT, South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) on determining the financial implications in this regard.

2.4 Regarding the claim by the NT that the process of amalgamation is expensive, it should be noted that whilst there will be change management costs involved, the view is that in the long-term, the reduction in the number of non-viable municipalities will have a significant impact on governance issues.

2.5 The argument about the reduced transfer of equitable share allocations to municipalities once amalgamated is a policy matter. If the funds are already in Division of Revenue Act (DoRA), it is assumed that in terms of the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework the funds will be allocated to the municipalities for the next three years. Far and above, the funding formula can be reviewed to accommodate amalgamated municipalities.

2.6 It cannot be factually substantiated that when municipalities are amalgamated there will always be an increase in administrative costs. The non-viable municipalities are actually characterized by bloated organisational establishments.

2. 7 The general claim that the amalgamated municipalities will be less viable can also not be factually substantiated in terms of cost-benefit analysis. Whilst there are lessons to be learnt in the case of the Tshwane merger, it should be taken into consideration that there were many factors which also contributed to the challenges of this merger.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTIONS FOR WRITIEN REPLY

QUESTION NUMBER 2015/4201

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30 NOVEMBER 2015

Herewith a reply drafted by: Recommended


MS B NYEMBE DR MODJADJI MALAHLELA
Acting Executive Manager: Local Government Acting Deputy Director-General: Regional and Legislative Support and Institutional Urban Development and Legislative Support Establishment

Date: 10/12/15 Date 2015-12-11

RECOMMENDED/ ...........................................



MR V MADONSELA
DIRECTOR GENERAL
DATE: 11/12/2015

SUPPORTED/..........................................................

MR A NEL, MP
DEPUTY MINISTER
DATE: 15/12/15


DES VAN ROOYEN, MP
MINISTER
DATE:

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08 December 2015 - NW4088

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to each metropolitan municipality’s 2015-16 budget, what is the proposed (a) operational and (b) capital expenditure on services to informal settlements?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the metropolitan municipalities and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4095

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether any municipal official or councillor of the Tlokwe City Local Municipality in the North West undertook any international travel (a) in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) since 1 July 2015; if so, (i) what was the purpose of each trip, (ii) who undertook each trip and (iii) what was the total cost of each trip including, but not limited to, (aa) flights and (bb) accommodation?

Reply:

This information has been requested from Tlokwe Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4157

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Robertson, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any councillors and/or municipal officials that owe any rates and/or taxes to the Mbombela Local Municipality may benefit from any incentive schemes that are designed to incentivise poor rate payers to pay 50% less of the outstanding amounts they owe; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he has found that it is ethical to benefit from such a scheme when a person (a) is currently employed in the finance department and/or (b) is a councillor that could have known that such a scheme was to be presented to the specified municipality’s Council and that it would ultimately be adopted by the majority; if not, (i) why not and (ii) what steps will he take against the Members of the Mayoral Committee for allegedly indicating to the specified Council that resolutions were passed indicating that councillors and municipal officials were able to benefit from such a scheme despite the resolutions making no mention of said officials; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he will instigate an investigation into the alleged breaching of the specified legislation in the specified municipality; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Mbombela Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

The Honorable Member should provide CoGTA with any concrete information in his possession that could assist in any investigation – which will be initiated if there is a prima facie basis in existence.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4113

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What transitional arrangements were put in place in the (a) Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality and (b) Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality respectively to facilitate the transfer of assets from their former district municipalities to the new Metros; (2) whether such arrangements are still in place; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether any backlog of assets still remains to be transferred; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, for each of the specified Metros, what (a) is the nature, (b) is the value of the assets to be transferred and (c) are the relevant reasons why the specified transfers have not yet taken place?

Reply:

This information has been requested from these two metropolitan municipalities and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4140

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What amount did the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng spend on paying employees for overtime (a) in the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) from 1 July 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) what instruction has the Auditor-General given to the specified Metro in this regard?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4115

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether any budget has been (a) prepared, (b) tabled and (c) adopted by the Ethekwini Municipal Council for the 2022 Commonwealth Games; if not, how was it possible for the City of Durban to bid for the specified project; if so, (i) what are the funding implications for the specified municipality and (ii) how will the specified municipality raise the necessary funds?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4094

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

For each metropolitan municipality, (a) what is the current threshold limit for indigent grants, (b) what services form part of the indigent grant package, (c) how many households are registered as indigent, (d) what is the total value of indigent grants budgeted for the 2015-16 financial year and (e) is the eligibility for indigent grants determined (i) via application and/or registration or (ii) automatically via property valuation?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the metropolitan municipalities and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4090

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)For each metropolitan municipality, what (a) amount was spent on legal fees in the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) was this amount spent on; (2) whether any of the officials employed by the specified municipalities are lawyers that have been removed from the roll; if so, (a) what is their current role at each of the specified municipalities and (b) why were they employed?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the metropolitan municipalities and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4145

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What amount has each metropolitan municipality spent on (a) catering and (b) entertainment in the (i) 2014-15 financial year and (ii) since 1 July 2015?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the metropolitan municipalities and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4089

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether each metropolitan municipality has a closed circuit television network; if not, why not; if so, how many cameras are (a) on the network and (b) currently active?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the metropolitan municipalities and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4111

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any forensic (a) audits and/or (b) reports have been generated for the Thabazimbi Local Municipality in Limpopo since 2004; if not, (i) why not and (ii) what action will he take in this regard; if so, in each case, what were the findings of the specified (aa) audits and/or (bb) reports; (2) whether the specified (a) audits and/or (b) reports were tabled before the council of the specified municipality; if not, why not; if so, in each case, (i) when were the (aa) audits and/or (bb) reports tabled and (ii) what actions were taken in this regard; (3) whether any disciplinary action was taken against any persons, parties and/or organisations implicated in the specified audits and/or reports; if not, (a) why not and (b) what action will he take in this regard; if so, what were the outcomes of the disciplinary action taken in each case?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Thabazimbi Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4097

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What amount was spent on advertising by the Tlokwe City Local Municipality in the North West (a) in print media, (b) on radio, (c) on television, (d) online, (e) outdoors and (f) any other medium (i) in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) since 1 July 2015; (2) in respect of each specified advertisement, (a) in which media was it flighted and (b) what was the (i) purpose of the advertisement and (c) cost?

Reply:

This information has been requested from Tlokwe Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4108

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Robertson, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What amount was spent on (a) catering and (b) entertainment by the Tlokwe City Local Municipality in the North West (i) in the 2014-2015 financial year and (ii) since 1 July 2015?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Tlokwe Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4092

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, for each metropolitan municipality, any municipal official or councillor undertook any international travel (a) in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) since 1 July 2015; if so, (i) what was the purpose of each trip, (ii) who undertook each trip and (iii) what was the total cost of each trip including (aa) flights and (bb) accommodation?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the metropolitan municipalities and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4112

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any water tankers were purchased by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (a) in the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) since 1 June 2015; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, (aa) how many water tankers were purchased in each specified financial year, (bb) what was the total cost of the specified tankers purchased and (cc) who supplied the specified vehicles; (2) whether he has found that the specified purchases represents a fair market price for the specified vehicles; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details in each case?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Province and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4104

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the proposed (a) operational expenditure and (b) capital expenditure of the Tlokwe City Local Municipality in the North West on services to informal settlements in the 2015-16 financial year?

Reply:

This information has been requested from Tlokwe Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4148

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What was the (a) value of the capital expenditure budget and (b) amount unspent in respect of the specified budget of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality in the Free State in the (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13, (iii) 2013-14 and (iv) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4103

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What amount of the capital budget of the Tlokwe City Local Municipality in the North West was spent on refurbishing infrastructure in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years; (2) what (a) are the details of each project and (b) amount was spent on each project; (3) whether any capital funds were used to pay salaries; if so, (a) why and (b) what amount?

Reply:

This information has been requested from Tlokwe Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4093

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)For each of the metropolitan municipalities, (a) how many officials are currently on suspension and (b) for each suspended official, (i) what is the position of the specified official, (ii) what is the reason for the suspension, (iii) for how long has each specified official been suspended and (iv) what has been their total remuneration during the period of suspension; (2) whether any severance packages were paid to any municipal officials; if so, for each specified official, (a) who was the official, (b) why was the severance package paid, (c) for how long was the specified official employed by each of the specified municipalities and (d) what was the total amount of the severance package?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the metropolitan municipalities and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4106

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Robertson, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether the Mbombela Local Municipality has been given authorisation to veto the Code of Conduct for councillors and municipal officials as contained in Schedule 1 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether there are any councillors and/or municipal officials who are in contravention of their payment arrangements of rates and/or taxes that exceed the prescribed 30 days payback period in the specified municipality; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) who are the (i) councillors and/or (ii) municipal officials and (b) in each case, (i) what amount is outstanding and (ii) for how long?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Mbombela Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

08 December 2015 - NW4096

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) How many officials of the Tlokwe City Local Municipality in the North West are currently on suspension and (b) for each suspended official, (i) what is the (aa) position of the official and (bb) reason for the suspension, (ii) for how long has each specified official been suspended and (iii) what has been their total remuneration during the period of suspension; (2) whether any severance packages were paid to any municipal officials; if so, for each official (a) who was the official, (b) why was the severance package paid, (c) for how long was the official employed by the specified municipality and (d) what was the total amount of the severance package?

Reply:

This information has been requested from Tlokwe Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

30 November 2015 - NW3880

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any investigation is currently underway and/or was conducted into the non-compliance of municipalities with the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act, Act 29 of 2014, in the 2014-15 financial year; if not, why not; if so, which municipalities (a) are being and/or (b) have been investigated; (2) (a) what is the current status of each of the specified investigations and (b) when is it anticipated that the investigations will be completed; (3) what has he found are the causes for the municipalities’ non-compliance with the specified Act; (4) whether he is taking any steps to ensure the compliance of the municipalities with the specified Act; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. In the 2014/15 financial year 40 municipalities were assessed regarding compliance with the rating aspects of the Municipal Property Rates Act (the Act). 29 of the 40 municipalities were found not to be compliant with certain provisions of the Act. These include the requirement for adopting and publishing in the Provincial Gazette the by-law to give effect to the implementation of the municipal rates policy as well as the resolution levying rates (section 6 and 14 of the Act).

The department wrote letters to the 29 of the 40 municipalities that were found to be non-compliant. The letters outlined issues of non-compliance and how those matters should be addressed. Monitoring of municipal progress towards resolution of those matters indicate that as of 9 October 2015, 15 of the 29 previously non-compliant municipalities are now in compliance. The department will continue monitoring municipal compliance with the Act with the objective of addressing non-compliant matters as part of the 2016/17 municipal budget preparation process.

2. Please refer to (1) above and (4) below.

3. From the monitoring and assessments conducted, some of the causes were lack of understanding that Council adopted documents (i.e by-laws to give effect to rates policies and resolution levying rates) must be published in the relevant Provincial Gazette as required by the law. After identifying these kinds of non-compliance, a Circular (with specimen by-law and resolution levying rates) was issued to all municipalities on 10 April 2015.

4. Yes. As already indicated in (1) and (3) above, the department is continuing to monitor municipal compliance with the critical provisions of the Act and where required it provides the necessary guidance. Whilst in the 2014-15 financial year only 40 municipalities were assessed for compliance, for the 2015/16 financial year the number is 152, and this is envisaged to increase to 193 in 2016/17 financial year, and thereafter all municipalities will be assessed on an annually basis. The objective is to institutionalise municipal compliance with critical provisions of the Act.

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17 November 2015 - NW3724

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether his department is aware that the upgrading of the access road into Kwanomzamo, Riebeek East, in Makana Municipality scheduled for completion in 2012 has not been completed; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) why was the upgrading of the specified road not completed and (b) when will the upgrading of the specified road be completed; (2) whether the Municipal Infrastructure Grant funding was used to build the specified access road; if not, (a) from what budget were the funds sourced and (b) what was the total cost of the specified project; if so, from where was this grant funding sourced; (3) has there been any attempt to complete this project since 2012; if not, why not; if so, why is the project still incomplete?

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3878

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Basson, Ms J to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to his reply to question 3086 on 8 September 2015, what was the outcome of the investigation into the issues raised in the internal audit report with regard to the payment to Maximum Profit Recovery (Pty) Ltd; (2) whether the external investigator investigated the other allegations in the internal audit report; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3713

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any investigation is underway into the actions, performance or administration of a certain municipal manager (name and details furnished) in the Free State; if so, (a) what is the (i) nature of the investigation and (ii) current status of the investigation and (b) when is it anticipated that the investigation will be completed; if not, (2) whether he is aware of (a) the serious allegations of corruption and maladministration that have been levelled against the specified person and (b) a Hawks investigation into the specified person; (3) (a) how long has the specified person been acting as municipal manager and (b) what is the specified person’s regular position in the municipality; (4) does the specified person have the requisite qualifications to act as a municipal manager; if so, what are the details of the qualifications; (5) whether he will instruct the political leadership of the municipality to remove the specified person from the specified position as acting municipal manager given the nature of the allegations against the specified person and return the specified person to the person’s previous position; if not, why not; if so, when? NW4395E

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3764

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to his reported disclosure last year (details furnished) that out of 278 Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) in municipalities, 170 were not qualified, what is the statistics with regard to qualifications of CFOs in municipalities as at 1 September 2015?

Reply:

The response is based on the information provided by National Treasury.

As at 01 September 2015, out of 227 filled chief financial officer posts, 151 meet the requirements, in terms of the Local Government: Regulations on Minimum Competency Levels.