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12 May 2022 - NW1376

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

What steps and/or measures has her department put in place with regard to the lack of spending of the allocated budget in the Eastern Cape, where the provincial department of social development returned R67 million in unspent food aid to the National Treasury?

Reply:

The unspent budget that the Honourable Member is referring to is part of the 2021/22 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) roll Over allocation totalling R134 million in the Eastern Cape which was approved and confirmed by the National Treasury on 15 November 2021. The tender was only advertised on 10 December 2021 and the closing date for the adverts was scheduled for 21 January 2022 as a result of Provincial Treasury directives for Tenders not to close in the month of December but be extended to January 2022.

After the finalisation of tender processes, the actual distribution of food parcels to the intended beneficiaries only commenced on 2 March 2022. By 28 March 2022, only 22 787 beneficiaries were able to receive food parcels constituting 26% of the total target of 85 741 beneficiary households. This is attributed to other various factors in addition to the stringent time frames that are related to Service Provider challenges with capacity to deliver as expected including unnecessary demands made by local truck drivers in the various local municipalities.

The Department through the Internal Audit Unit is currently exploring appropriate internal control systems and Risks involved in considering the operationalisation of the SRD Programme as transfers in future utilising a Zero Monthly Fee Digital Account as a Bank Card System possibly with no Bank Charges.

The Department remains convinced that exploring the utilisation of an Easy Zero Bank Card system is the most efficient and cost-effective mechanism to enable SRD beneficiary family households' easy access to food.

This system and/or mechanism remains the best option for the operationalisation of the SRD Programme in the Eastern Cape, given its largely rural terrain and thus difficult to access particularly during rainy days.

The Department has further initiated a process of preparing a submission in the form of a motivation to Provincial Treasury for the approval of additional allocation of funding to the Social relief of Distress Programme as a specialist and most urgent intervention to enable the 62 954 beneficiary family households to have access to food as well as to address immediate needs of hunger, child poverty and malnutrition amongst the Eastern Cape poor and vulnerable groups of family households who are mostly falling under the category of No Income Households.

12 May 2022 - NW574

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

With reference to a meeting that took place on 16 February 2022, where the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure was briefed on plans to release buildings to be utilised as shelters for female victims of gender-based violence, (a) on what date is it envisaged that the buildings will be released and (b) what is the total number of such buildings in each (i) province, (ii) region and (iii) municipality?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(a and b) I’ve been informed that the Department has already released eleven (11) buildings for use by victims of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF). Those properties are listed below as follows:

Table A

No.

PROVINCE

PROPERTY AREA

     

1.

Western Cape

Albertina

2.

Western Cape

Laingsburg

3.

Western Cape

Aurora

4.

Western Cape

Aurora

5.

Western Cape

Mooreesburg

6.

Western Cape

Heidelberg

7.

Gauteng

Salvokop, Pretoria

8.

Gauteng

Pretoria

9.

Gauteng

Pretoria

10

Gauteng

Pretoria

11.

Gauteng

Johannesburg

In addition to the above, the Department has identified more properties and jointly conducted site inspections with the Department of Social Development in various provinces. The Department is awaiting confirmation from the Department of Social Development on properties which must be released for use by victims of Gender based Violence. As a result the Department is unable to confirm the date on which the properties would be released.

I have requested a meeting with the Minister of Social Development, to expedite the handover.

The total number of 39 such buildings in each (i) province, (ii) region and (iii) municipality are listed on Annexure A.

12 May 2022 - NW1272

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) Which towns in the Northern Cape do not have walk-in service points of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) and (b) what are the reasons in each case; (2) what (a) are the names and (b) is the number of rural towns in the Republic that still do not have SASSA walk-in offices and/or service points?

Reply:

1(a) Annexure A reflects the list of the towns in Northern Cape which do not have SASSA local offices or services points

2. The only provinces which have a SASSA presence in all towns are Eastern Cape and Gauteng. For Eastern Cape, the towns of Bedford, Dimbaza, Adelaid and Sterkstroom had local offices, but these have been converted to periodic mobile services due to very low intake which did not warrant the continuation of the full time services.

For all other provinces, the attached annexures indicate the towns which do not have a fixed presence, with an indication of how those citizens are able to access SASSA services.

12 May 2022 - NW1353

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Tshwaku, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What is the policy position of his department with regard to African immigrants?

Reply:

International migration in South Africa is regulated in terms of the Immigration Act, 2002 9Act No 13 of 2002) (the “Act”), read together with the Immigration Regulations, 2014. The long title of the Act specifically indicates that the Act has been enacted to regulate admission of persons to, their residence in, and their departure from the Republic. It follows, therefore, that all migrants, African or otherwise, who wishes to enter, and reside in, the Republic must apply for, and meet the requirements of, entry and residence as prescribed. In this regard, all migrants are welcomed into South Africa regardless of their nationality.

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12 May 2022 - NW1254

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of the fact that a gang of criminals with fake South African passports are allegedly being investigated for crimes in Birmingham in the United Kingdom and further considering that the passport of the Republic has lost its international standing and credibility and with regard to his announcement that officials in his department and a Pakistani national have been arrested for running a syndicate that sells fake passports, what number of (a)(i) fraudulent identity documents and (ii) passports are currently in circulation, (b)(i) Pakistani, (ii) Indian and (iii) Bangladeshi nationals are currently in possession of South African passports and (c) officials of his department have been uncovered in the past decade for selling South African documents?

Reply:

(a&b) The arrest of members of the syndicate in Krugersdorp is indicative the net is closing in on all the corrupt Home Affairs officials and their associates be they South African or foreign nationals who are undermining the country’s laws. A multi-disciplinary law enforcement team is keeping a beady eye on a number of corrupt Home Affairs officials and syndicates and more arrests are imminent.

(a)(i) Furthermore, it is impractical to ascertain the number fraudulent documents in the hands of criminals and of those being produced through illegal means.

(b(i)-(iiI) There is currently an investigation taking place with regards to the matter.

However, the Branch Counter Corruption and Security Services, through investigations undertaken, intercepted the suspected fake passports issued through the process of photo swap. During the investigations on passport photo swaps, it was found that SA citizens who participated in the scam, are still in possession of their Identity Documents. It was only their passports that were required by foreign nationals. The suspected fake passports are from the following offices:

Home Affairs Office

Number of passports issued to foreign nationals

   

Benoni

101

White River

30

Burgersfort

45

Maponya Mall

20

Germiston

25

Prospecton

30

Ndwendwe

40

Tongaat

15

Umgungundlovu

18

Commercial Road

10

When fraudulent documents are detected the Branch Civic Services refers such cases to the Branch: Counter Corruption and Security Services if it involves the Departments officials and/or to Branch: Immigration Services (Inspectorate division) if it entails investigation of foreign nationals. Otherwise cases are referred to the South African Police Services (SAPS) and other law enforcement agencies.

Upon conclusion of the investigations conducted by the above institutions, and when the outcome renders the enabling documents to be fraudulent, the Department follows a process to set markers to block, nullify and to cancel the fraudulently issued identity documents and passports on the National Population Register(NPR) as a means to maintain the credibility of the system in the Republic.

Furthermore, the Immigration Service Branch within the Department is also involved to flag such documents on the Movement Control System (MCS). As a result, a note verbale is also published and circulated through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) as a means to communicate to foreign countries regarding fake or fraudulently issued passports and identity documents.

(c) From 2013 to date, 396 officials have been investigated for selling South African documents.

END

 

 

 

12 May 2022 - NW1390

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

Whether she has the power to hold principals of underperforming schools accountable; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the details of the underperforming schools and (b) action has she taken against the principals in the past three years up to the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply:

1. The Minister does not have the power to hold principals of underperforming schools accountable, but Heads of Department (HODs) do. This is guided by section 58B of the South African Schools Act (SASA), 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996) as amended.  According to subsection 1-5 of the SASA, the HoD takes the necessary steps to assist the school.  However, Members of the Executive Council (MECs) report to the Minister on the identification, management and support of underperforming schools by 31 March of each calendar year.  In the reports, the MECs indicate the challenges that led to underperformance, and the support programmes that will be implemented to deal with underperformance.

2. At the end of each financial year Provincial Education Departments report to the Minister the progress that has been made in supporting schools that have been identified as underperforming.

3 A table showing the number of underperforming schools per province is attached.

12 May 2022 - NW1374

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Tshwaku, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) steps has his department taken with regard to officials who have been found to be involved in the illegal issuing of passports and (b) corrective measures have been put in place to curb such acts?What (a) steps has his department taken with regard to officials who have been found to be involved in the illegal issuing of passports and (b) corrective measures have been put in place to curb such acts?

Reply:

a) Disciplinary action is instituted against officials who are found to be involved in the illegal issuing of passports in accordance with the Disciplinary Code and Procedure for the Public Service (PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2003);

b) Passport processes are evaluated regularly to identify possible vulnerabilities to fraud, corruption and security breaches, and recommendations are made to affected business units for implementation. Passports that are found to be issued illegally are referred for cancellation.

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12 May 2022 - NW1336

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether he intends to lower the costs associated with obtaining a skippers licence, considering that many fisherfolk are currently struggling to make ends meet due to the uncertainty regarding fishing permits, multiple administrative requirements and a difficult economic climate; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he intends to relax certain seaworthy requirements that may be deemed unnecessary in order to reduce costs for fisherfolk; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) received a 0% increase for the 2022-2023 financial year. All fees for Skipper Licences still the same as the 2021-2022 financial year and should assist fisher in the current economic climate. The 0% increase applies to all the services that the South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) provide and include the cost of safety surveys for fishing vessels. Should an increase be approved, due consideration will be given to the impact that any increase may have on fishers.

2. The challenge with lowering the current safety standards will lead to unseaworthy ships going to sea, which will not only endanger fishers but also other users of the sea. Reducing the safety standards will lead to unnecessary deaths amongst fishers and in turn impact on the fishing communities when a bread winner is lost. It must be noted that unseaworthy vessels lead to expensive Search and Rescue operations due to the number and type of sea and air assets that need to be mobilised to rescue a casualty at sea. Lowering Safety Standards which is meant to save both people and property at sea, or prevent pollution of the marine environment is not the solution.

12 May 2022 - NW1391

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) intervention measures has he and/or his department taken at the Stanford Terrace Clinic in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, in 2021, where patients reportedly had to wait outside the locked gate in the rain while nurses enjoyed their lunch and (b) are the reasons that the problem has not been solved as complaints of a similar nature continue to be reported?

Reply:

The Department has investigated the matter with the Operational Manager of Stanford Terrace clinic and one of the reasons for the patient queuing outside the gate was due to inadequate space in the waiting area of the clinic as the clinic was implementing disaster management strategies and observing social distancing. The spacing of patients in mitigating the spread of COVID 19, resulted in queues that were outside the gate also because of large patient numbers.

Whilst the EC DOH acknowledges the basic conditions of employment of employees and nurses in particular, the locking of the gate with nurses enjoying lunch is regrettable, and investigations by labour relations office in this regard is underway. Should the findings of our investigation be found to be inconsistent with the EC DOH policies, consequence management will be instituted to those employees who failed to exercise the Batho Pele Principles whilst on duty.

PLANNED INTERVENTIONS

  • Training of Stanford Terrace Nurses on Batho Pele Principles and;
  • Procurement of a tent as a temporal measure for patients waiting to be served

As the National Department of Health, we will follow this matter closely to see to its conclusion.

END.

12 May 2022 - NW1382

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Police

Which intervention measures has his department taken to combat (a) drug trafficking and (b) flourishing brotheis across the Republic ?

Reply:

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12 May 2022 - NW1005

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What (a) was the total number of (a) cases that were (i) enrolled for possession and/or use of Cannabis in the period 1 January 2018 to 28 February 2022, (ii) withdrawn and (iii) finalised cases with convictions, (b) were the reasons for withdrawal in each case and (c) are the details of the sentences that were imposed?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development that, currently, the Department does not have charges specific to cannabis. However, the Department gathers information in relation to four (4) charges relating to cannabis which was previously referred to as “dagga”. This is included under the umbrella of “other narcotics”, and the Department cannot drill down to charges relating to cannabis or dagga.

The current charge description is as follows: “Unlawfully receiving any document, intoxicating liquor, dagga, drug, opiate, money or any other article whilst in custody; unlawful supplying, conveying, hiding or placing for an offender’s use any document, intoxicating liquor, dagga, drug or opiate; bringing or introducing into a correctional centre or place of custody any document/ intoxicating liquor/ dagga/ drug/ opiate; Inmate – Arranging with a correctional/ custody official/ another person for a document/ liquor/ dagga/ drug/ opiate/ money/ article.”

It should also be noted that the National Director of Public Prosecutions indicated that the National Prosecuting Authority does not record the above requested information manually, and the electronic case management system allows for reporting on both possession of drugs as dealing in drugs which could be extracted in accordance with the relevant sections of the Act. However, information specific to ‘cannabis’ is not available.

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12 May 2022 - NW1342

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Police

(1) Whether, with reference to his reply to question 728 on 17 March 2022, he is now in a position to indicate what (a) process must be followed to verify fingerprints during the application for firearm licences and/or competency certificates, (b) total number of applications that need to be verified have been submitted to the Criminal Record Centre in each province (i) in the (aa) 2017-18, (bb) 2018-19. (cc) 2019-20 and (dd) 2020-21 financial year and (ii) since 1 January 2022 and (c) total number of such applications that have been submitted in the specified financial years and period, of the Criminal Record Centre has provided feedback on; (2) what is the reason that the profiling system is not used?

Reply:

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12 May 2022 - NW1346

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Herron, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Transport

Given that at present minibus taxis can be regarded as the backbone of public transport in South African towns and cities and noting that minibus taxi owners are struggling to obtain operating licences in the current supply and demand model being implemented by planning authorities, (a) does he intend to improve access to operating licences for the minibus taxi industry and (b) how does he intend to meet workers’ travel demands through the supply of operating licences?

Reply:

a) The issuance of the operating license function does not rest with the Minister of Transport. It is a function that falls within the competencies of the Provincial Regulatory Entities (PREs) and Planning Authorities, that is municipalities. Section 36(1) of the National Land Transport Act No. 5 of 2009 (the Act) requires all municipalities to prepare Integrated Transport Plans (ITP). Furthermore, the Act requires all applications for operating licences to be referred to municipalities for their comments and inputs as planning authorities. Municipalities must indicate whether there is a need for service on the route or routes or in the area or areas in terms of its integrated transport plans. If there is a need for such a service, the municipality can direct a PRE to proceed with granting an operating licence.

If a PRE based on the response from the planning authority does not support the issuance of an operating license, in most instances, it is as a result of oversaturation in a route, as determined through the ITP.

b) As indicated above, all applications for operating licences must be based on an ITP developed by a planning authorities. Integrated Transport Plans are data driven and evidence based and hence critical in informing the supply and demand model. An operator who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the application process for an operating license, they can appeal the decision of the PRE with the Transport Appeals Tribunal.

12 May 2022 - NW1042

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       With regard to her reply to question 573 on 7 March 2022, what guarantee does her department give that other learners will not be exposed to corporal punishment administered by the same educator and putting another learner in danger; (2) whether other learners in the previous class also received counselling after the incident; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The question is more relevant to the provincial administration since it is the responsibility of the employer, who in terms of section 3(1)(b) of the Employment of Educators Act is the Head of the Provincial Education Department (PED) to implement policies with regards to the Code of Conduct and safety measures at schools, as well to enforce disciplinary code and procedures against all employees employed at the provincial level.

The question should therefore be forwarded to the relevant employer (PED) for a response.

12 May 2022 - NW1313

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

(a) What total number of technical schools are in each province and (b) how are they funded?

Reply:

A. NUMBER OF TECHNICAL SCHOOLS PER PROVINCE

 

PROVINCE

NO. OF TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

 

   

 

EASTERN CAPE (EC)

69

 

FREE STATE (FS)

30

 

GAUTENG (GP)

82

 

KWAZULU NATAL (KZN)

73

 

LIMPOPO (LP)

43

 

MPUMALANGA (MP)

40

 

NORTHEN CAPE (NC)

11

 

NORTH WEST (NW)

31

 

WESTERN CAPE (WC)

24

 

NATIONAL

403

 

 

B. FUNDING OF TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

  • All Technical Schools are funded by provinces from the allocated provincial budgets.
  • Some Technical Schools are supported by Departmental Partners like Sasol Foundation
  • Selected Technical Schools are chosen to be MST Grant Schools and they are supported in different ways including resourcing.
  • Every three years, new schools are included by provinces in the list of MST Grant Schools.

12 May 2022 - NW972

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)In light of the meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development held on 9 March 2022 where her department confirmed that public servants had applied for the Early Childhood Development Presidential Stimulus Relief Fund, (a) how did her department discover the matter, (b) what number of public servants applied for the fund and (c) in which department(s) are the specified public servants employed; (2) whether any public servants who applied for the specified fund received payment; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what disciplinary measures have been taken against the public servants in question?

Reply:

1. (a) Prior to processing the applications for payment, the Department conducted a due diligence process, which include verification of name, surname, and identity number against existing national database such as the Department of Home Affairs’ National Population Register and the DPSA’s Personal and Salary System (PERSAL). It is during this verification process that the department identified that some of the ECD staff were on PERSAL.

(b) Three Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty-Nine (3 729)

(c) PERSAL does not reflect the departments within which these staff are employed. The data has been sent to DPSA, which is the custodian of the public service payroll to identify in which departments/entities they are currently employed.

2. No, public servants who were found on PERSAL were disqualified and no payments were made and therefore is no need for any disciplinary action. The Department will further engage the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and the DPSA in this regard.

12 May 2022 - NW1377

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to the migration of Early Childhood Development to the Department of Basic Education, what measures have been put in place by her department to appoint the more than 9 000 qualified social workers who are unemployed?

Reply:

In the 2020/21 financial year, the sector employed 1 037 social work graduates. An additional 3 473 were employed in the same financial year which contributed significantly to the reduction of the number of unemployed social work graduates using the database of 9 000 unemployed social workers and social auxiliary workers that the Department developed in 2019.

In 2020/21-2021/2022 the department employed 3 388 unemployed social work graduates through the COVID-19 pandemic Presidential Stimulus Package.

As part of the long-term solution to address this issue, the Department has developed a draft sector strategy for the employment of social service professionals. The strategy addresses employment of social service professionals not only in the sector, but also in other departments/agencies, including at local government and the private sector where their professional services are required. This is an ongoing initiative within the context of the Inter-Departmental Forum. The forum resolved that all affected departments should submit a joint Funding Bid to the National Treasury in the current financial year for the permanent employment of social service professionals.

12 May 2022 - NW1375

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

Noting that R144 million of unspent budget was returned to the National Treasury for the 2020-21 financial year, what measures has her department put in place to ensure that non-profit organisations in the Northern Cape, which lack funding for crucial services rendered, actually receive funding?

Reply:

The Department of Social Development in the Northern Cape funded all NPO’s approved for funding during the 2020-21 financial year. NPO’s are required to demonstrate that they can implement effective, efficient and transparent financial management and internal control systems as required by section 38 (1) (j) of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA Act No. 1 of 1999). Approval for funding is subject to compliance with the above provision of the PFMA. The Department conducts quarterly monitoring at all funded NPO’s to ensure compliance with the Service Level Agreements (SLA) and provide the necessary support.

 

12 May 2022 - NW1338

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

Noting the remarks by the Auditor-General that the administration of the Eastern Cape Department of Health is in crisis, what intervention measures has he put in place to resolve the specified crisis in the specified province?

Reply:

The Eastern Cape Department of Health has put together a Health Turn-Around Plan consisting of six pillars to address the administrative challenges of the EC DOH. The strategies outlined in the plan envisage collaboration with and seeking assistance from other government departments and the Office of the Premier as well as external stakeholders including private sector, communities and academic institutions. The plan gives a detailed outline of the strategies and the support required from each of these stakeholders. The pillars of the plan are summarised below.

PILLARS OF THE EC HEALTH TURNAROUND PLAN AND STRATEGIC SUPPORT

1. Financial sustainability initiative: This pillar addresses the EC DOH financial discipline and wellness; looking at strategies to take department beyond compliance and towards social entrepreneurship. Strategies to address this pillar include a) revenue generation, b) introducing efficiencies, c) management of cost-drivers and d) management of debt and unauthorised expenditure.

2. Medico-legal intervention: addresses the following strategic objectives i.e

a) Stopping haemorrhage of funds

b) Strengthening case management

c) Developing Medico-Legal litigation expertise

d) Manage unauthorised expenditure associated Medico-Legal (ML) settlements

3. Service delivery optimisation pillar focuses on:

a) Service Optomisation Implementation Planning

b) HR Intervention to promote SDO

c) Securing buy-in from key stakeholders

4. Digitalisation and eHealth: This pillar addresses issues of inadequate capacity to track all debts against the department, insufficient staff and budget to electronically capture and store of maternity medical records on HMS2 module. Support services are manual therefore labour-intensive, cumbersome and prone to human error and broadband to critical sites slow. Alternative solutions are required in the interim to gain last mile connectivity.

5. Clinical - Healthy Communities Initiatives: has four strategic objectives which are:

a) National Health Insurance (NHI) implementation through ward-based community outreach teams

b) Primary Health Care (PHC) Approach of inter-sectoral collaboration

c) Addressing Burden of Disease

d) Integrated Development Planning6. 

6. The Foundation Pillar purports to strengthen Leadership and Management Capability and improves stakeholder trust and confidence in the EC healthcare system. The key focus areas are valued employees, capable teams, effective leadership and communication & change management.

END.

12 May 2022 - NW23

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

(1)       Whether, in light of alarming reports that 46 learners from the Umbozane Primary School in KwaMaphumulo became seriously ill after apparently eating lollipops at school, her department has investigated the specific incident; if not, why not; if so, what are the findings; (2) whether her department has any plans in place to prevent this from happening in the future?

Reply:

(a) An investigation was conducted by iLembe District and a report will made available to the Department of Basic Education by the KZN provincial education department. 

(b) The school has been issued with the Guidelines for Tuckshop Operators. 

12 May 2022 - NW1365

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Health

What steps have been taken by his department to ensure that service providers in hospitals, such as the Ngwelezana Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, comply with the minimum wage labour legislation and that workers are not abused?

Reply:

The National Department of Health is still consulting with the KwaZulu Natal Provincial Department of Health on this matter, to enable the Minister to respond to the Honourable Member’s question. The response will therefore be submitted as soon as information has been received from the province.

END.

11 May 2022 - NW1542

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) (a) What is the reason that inappropriate and substandard uniforms are procured for the Special Forces, whereas the Armaments Corporation of South Africa produces quality uniforms which are combat-reliant?

Reply:

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11 May 2022 - NW843

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What total amount in Rand has been spent on (a) catering, (b) entertainment and (c) accommodation for (i) her, (ii) the Deputy Minister and (iii) officials of her department since 29 May 2019?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

a) The total amount spent on catering for the period in question was R738 982.91,

(i) Minister: R157 644.86

(ii) Deputy Minister: R 90 665.20

(iii) Officials in the Department: R490 672.85

b) The total amount spent on entertainment for the period in question was R0.00,

(i) Minister: R0.00

(ii) Deputy Minister: R0.00

(iii) Officials in the Department: R0.00

c) The total amount spent on accommodation for the period in question was R15 345 562.86

(i) Minister: R 3 615 001.95

(ii) Deputy Minister: R 1 021 003.90

(iii) Officials in the Department: R10 709 557.01

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER

DATE:

11 May 2022 - NW871

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Sharif, Ms NK to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) is the total number of incidents of (i) sexual harassment and (ii) sexual assault that were reported in her department (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2021, (b) number of cases (i) were opened and concluded, (ii) were withdrawn and (iii) remain open or pending based on the incidents and (c) sanctions were meted out against each person who was found guilty?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

No incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault were reported in the Department in the past three years and since 1 April 2021.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

11 May 2022 - NW985

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What amount does (a) her department, (b) the SA Post Office, (c) the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa and (d) the SA Broadcasting Corporation, owe the (i) Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, (ii) Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and (iii) Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for (aa) water, (bb) rates and (cc) electricity as at 7 March 2022?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department and SOEs as follows:

I have been advised by the SOEs as follows:

a) Department:

i) Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality:

(aa) Water R0.00

(bb) Rates R0.00

(cc) Electricity R0.00

ii) Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality:

(aa) Water R0.00

(bb) Rates R0.00

(cc) Electricity R0.00

iii) Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality:

(aa) Water R0.00

(bb) Rates R0.00

(cc) Electricity R0.00

(b-d) SOEs:

  • SAPO has indicated that no amount is owed to any of the mentioned municipalities as at 07 March 2022. All utilities, rates and taxes accounts are paid in full.
  • Nemisa indicated that municipal rates and taxes accounts are up to date
  • SABC responded that the accounts at the municipalities mentioned were up to date as at 07 March 2022.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

11 May 2022 - NW723

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) what are the details of the Government’s position with regard to the Ukrainian call for foreigners to join its fight against the Russian Federation by joining the International Legion of Territorial Defence of Ukraine? (2) whether the Government will support South African Citizens wishing to apply for such international military service; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

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11 May 2022 - NW1509

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) whether, with reference to a recent report on the situation in Mozambique (details furnished) wherein the Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), General Rudzani Maphwanya, refers to rebels in the region as jihadists and Islamic insurgents, which is simplistic and offensive to Muslim citizen in the Republic and in other parts of the world, it is her position that by the SA National Defence Force using such simplistic terms which emanate from a unidimensional construct of terrorist violence is intended by the SANDF to stereotype Muslims in a similar way that 70% of US security policies after 9/11 targeted Arabs and Muslims as they were seen to be associated with adherents of extremist movements; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether she will consider a ruling by House Chairperson of the National Assembly, Ms M G Boroto (details furnished), calling for wisdom and not to be hurtful in referring to persons and implement for all media spokespersons of the SANDF to avoid using hurtful and offensive terms such as jihadists and Islamic insurgents which engenders negative stereotypes towards particular groups of religious persons among the public and policymakers, when in fact the persons are terrorists; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

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11 May 2022 - NW1225

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Noting that the United States of America is the biggest humanitarian supplier to the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, what has been the Government’s position on the African Union’s humanitarian stance with regard to humanitarian aid to unstable African countries?

Reply:

The South African government supports the African Union (AU) Humanitarian Policy Framework which articulates the AU’s stance on humanitarian issues.

The AU adopted the AU Humanitarian Assistance Policy in 2015. It outlines a broad framework and the Continental body’s intent in dealing with humanitarian issues.

The Policy Framework establishes a strategic approach and guidelines in support of the core aims of humanitarian action: to preserve, protect and save lives, alleviate suffering and enhance physical security and human dignity of those in dire need. It also “complements and supports the policies of AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the international community, United Nations (UN) agencies, International Civil Defence Organisation (ICDO), the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, national and international NGOs and other humanitarian actors and stakeholders”.

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11 May 2022 - NW968

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether she will furnish Ms B M van Minnen with the scientific data used to support the view of her department that 5G cell phone towers are not harmful to human health including any journal articles and/or scientific papers that were used to justify the approval of the rollout of the specified technology?

Reply:

I have been advised as follows:

The Department is guided by the Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Field (RF EMF) guidelines of March 2020 developed by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), which provide the necessary and sufficient levels of protection from adverse effects relating to exposure to RF EMF when networks including 5G are deployed or operated.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

11 May 2022 - NW1257

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

In light of the recent media statement by his department that there are some remand detainees within correctional centres who have been in remand detention for more than two years thus contributing to overcrowding, what (a) is the total number of remand detainees who have been in detention for more than two years, (b) are the reasons for the prolonged period of detention and (c) are the further relevant details of the strategies developed during the two consultative sessions that were held in November 2021 for all six regions of his department during which heads of correctional centres deliberated on measures to reduce overcrowding?

Reply:

a) Total number of remand detainees who have who have been in detention for more than two years as at 31st March 2022 was 3 698.

Regional breakdown is as follows:-

Region

Grand Total

Gauteng

1718

Western Cape

708

Limpopo, Mpumalanga & North-West

390

Kwa-Zulu Natal

387

Eastern Cape

291

Free State & Northern Cape

204

Grand Total

3698

Source: GITO

 

b) The reasons for the prolonged period of detention is the delayed response from the courts on the outcome of the applications of Section 49 G or a continue with detention response is received, however DCS does continue to make use of the provision of Section 49G of the Correctional Services Act by referring Remand Detainees (RDs) to court before completing a period of two years for consideration of their detention and thereafter annually if the RD remains in detention after the initial referral. The courts are required to consider applications from DCS where possible outcomes are as follows:-

  1. Release of the RD
  2. Release and placement on warning,
  3. Placement under s62(f): Supervision by a correctional official
  4. Reduction of the amount of bail
  5. Placement in a secure care facilities
  6. Decline to review bail (Unsuccessful application)

The department intends to intensify relationships with the Justice Cluster by participating in the National Efficiency Enhancement Committee (NEEC), Judicial Case Flow structures and the courts to address this challenge.

c) The strategies developed during the two consultative sessions held in November 2021 for all six regions relates to measures to reduce overcrowding. Heads of Centres were encouraged to establish and maintain stakeholder relations by attending District Efficiency Enhancement Committee (DEEC) meetings where issues relating to Case flows are addressed.

END

11 May 2022 - NW984

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What amount has (a) her department, (b) the SA Post Office, (c) the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa, (d) the SA Broadcasting Corporation, (e) the State Information Technology Agency and (f) the Broadband Infraco spent on (i) flowers, (ii) cards, (iii) wreaths and (iv) gifts in the past eight financial years?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department and SOEs as follows:

a) Department

Department

i) Flowers

(ii) Cards

(iii) Wreaths

(iv) Gifts

 

R47 363, 00

0

Included (i) due to BAS SCOA classification

R691, 00

(b-f)

SOEs

(i) Flowers

(ii) Cards

(iii) Wreaths

(iv) Gifts

SAPO

-

-

-

-

NEMISA

R3 549.90

-

-

-

SABC

R96 329.00

-

R4 463.00

R 116 181.00

SITA

R21 463.00

-

-

-

BBI

R69 156.00

-

-

R24 075.00

SAPO indicated that no money was spend for flowers, cards, wreaths and gifts in the last eight (8) years.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

11 May 2022 - NW1665

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What are the full details of (a) all the (i) monies, (ii) loans, (iii) aid and (iv) goods and services that have been spent on Cuba since he became President on 15 February 2018 and (b) the explanation of why the Government has chosen Cuba as a beneficiary of South African aid and assistance?

Reply:

a) (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) A loan was made available to Cuba under an Economic Assistance Agreement for agricultural development projects as well as reconstruction of infrastructure.

The loan was divided into two tranches. The first tranche of R63 million was made available in 2018. The Cuban government has fully repaid the loan.

The second tranche of R84 631 000 million was made available in 2021. The Cuban government has been repaying the loan since December 2021.

The total loan to Cuba since 2018 is R147 631 000.

b) The relationship between South Africa and Cuba dates back well before the 1994 democratic elections, and the friendship and solidarity with Cuba should be viewed within the context of the significant contribution that Cuba made to the liberation of South Africa. The South African Government signed an Agreement on Economic Assistance with the Government of the Republic of Cuba on 3 February 2012, entering into force on 21 November 2012. The 2012 Agreement was one of the outcomes of the 2010 State Visit to Cuba by the then South African President. The latter announced that South Africa would offer Cuba an Economic Assistance Package to assist with agricultural development projects as well as reconstruction of infrastructure, following the damage caused by devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean in 2008.

The Economic Assistance Package enhanced economic collaboration with Cuba especially through improved bilateral trade and increased goodwill from the people of Cuba. Through the package exports of South African agricultural products, plastic resins, dump trucks and tires were increased, jobs were created and retained, there was business reinvestment, consumer support to the RSA manufacturing sector, and channels for payment from Cuba were established

 

11 May 2022 - NW724

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

what measures has her department put in place to ensure that members of the SA National Defence Force, from corrupt border officials to those who are members of the organised criminal syndicates are brought to book?

Reply:

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10 May 2022 - NW1446

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment

(1) Whether, with reference to the press release of her department on 25 February 2022, wherein it was stated that income generated by trophy hunting is especially critical for marginalised and impoverished rural communities, whereas it is given that almost all hunting in the Republic takes place on private land and on poorly managed provincial reserves, her department has studied the benefits of hunting to rural communities; if not, (a) why not and (b) what evidence does her department have to support the assertion that income generated by trophy hunting is especially critical for marginalised and impoverished rural communities; if so, what are the relevant details of such studies; (2) what are the details of benefits that were received from trophy hunting by marginalised and impoverished rural communities in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020?

Reply:

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09 May 2022 - NW1666

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether she has found that the Government’s relationship with Cuba has in no way materially benefited the governing party or any political organisation directly and/or indirectly; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further, relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) is not aware of any benefits that have accrued to the governing party or to any political organisation as the Department does not have any interface with the governing party or political organisations on these matters.

 

COMPILER DETAILS

NAME AND SURNAME: MR BJ ERASMUS

CONTACT: 012 351 8637

RECOMMENDATION

It is recommended that the Minister signs Parliamentary Reply 1666.

 

MR Z DANGOR

DIRECTOR–GENERAL: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

DATE:

PARLIAMENTARY REPLY 1666 IS APPROVED / NOT APPROVED / AMENDED.

COMMENT/S

DR GNM PANDOR, MP

MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

DATE:

09 May 2022 - NW477

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

(1)As at January 2022, what number of senior managers in the Public Service do not have the qualifications required for the positions that they currently occupy; (2) what number of government departments have been able to update the qualifications of their staff members on the PERSAL system; (3) whether there will be repercussions for government departments and/or senior managers who have failed to ensure that their qualifications are updated on the PERSAL system; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The reply to Parliamentary Question 152 on 7 April 2021, highlighted that the information available from PERSAL, indicated that over 35% of senior managers (SMS) did not have the requisite qualifications for the positions that they occupied. By 31 January 2022, the figure reduced by almost 10% to 25.9%. As it stands, a total of 2412 out of 9309 senior managers do not have their qualifications reflected on PERSAL.

2. 50 departments updated the qualifications of their senior managers on the PERSAL system between 31 October 2021 and 31 January 2022.

3. The DPSA is monitoring the updating of PERSAL data and continues to remind Accounting Officers of the importance of maintaining this information. The current exercise has indicated that there might be SMS members who possess proper qualifications but such are not reflected on the PERSAL system. It is however clear that departments are gradually responding to
Circular HRD0301 to update PERSAL data, therefore further punitive measures might not be needed. It is important to reiterate the fact that the matter of the senior manager’s or other employees’ qualifications be understood within the broader context of the professionalization of the public service efforts that are underway.

End

09 May 2022 - NW1341

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Herron, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

With regard to the apartheid era migrant labour hostels, what total number of (a) persons currently reside in (i) public, (ii) private and/or (iii) grey hostels and (b) hostel complexes (i) remain unrefurbished and/or (ii) are transformed into family units in each metropolitan area; (2) Whether any other hostels, not included in the above three categories, remain unrefurbished and/or untransformed; if not; what is the position in this regard; if, (a) how does her department intend to transform each of the specified hostels into family units and (b) by what date does she envisage each planned transformation will be completed?

Reply:

1. (a) (i) (ii) (iii) The hostel environment together with the nomadic nature of occupants have proven to be a difficult task for municipalities as managing agents to keep track of the number of persons occupying units. Illegal invasions together with sub-letting has exacerbated this problem to such an extent that most legal lease holders cannot be found. Provincial departments together with their respective municipalities are only responsible for government-owned rental accommodation and as such are not responsible for private rental accommodation or grey hostels (which include a component of private ownership).

(b)(i) (ii) The following table illustrates the hostels that have been transformed into family units as well as those which have not been refurbished in each metropolitan area:

Province

Metropolitan Area

Number of hostels not refurbished

Number of hostels transformed into family units

Gauteng

Ekurhuleni Metro

20

1

 

Johannesburg Metro

14

8

 

Tshwane Metro

3

2

Western Cape

City of Cape Town

5

1

KZN

eThekwini Metro

11

9

Free State

Mangaung Metro

No public hostels

Eastern Cape

Buffalo City Metro

No public hostels

 

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro

No public hostels

2. Hostels are grouped into three categories only, that is: public, private and grey hostels.

(a) The Department is only responsible for public sector hostels and is currently transforming hostels into family units using the Community Residential Units (CRU) programme. The programme provides grant funding to provinces and municipalities for the upgrading, conversion, or complete redevelopment of existing government owned rental stock, including hostels.

(b) Due to the vast size of hostels and limited budget, all hostel projects are undertaken in phases and planned over a span of 10 to 30 years, therefore it is very difficult to put the exact date for the completion of the transformation of the hostels into family units.

06 May 2022 - NW1496

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Mathulelwa, Ms B to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Which methods of intervention has his department implemented to assist farm workers in Ward 1 in the Umzwabantu Local Municipality, who were retrenched without any documentation, thus rendering them unable to claim their Unemployment Insurance Fund and/or Relief of Social Distress Grant?

Reply:

Late in 2020 or early 2021, the Manager for Kokstad Labour Centre received a call from former speaker of Umuziwabantu Local Municipality, Cllr Mzwandile Nyathi requesting the intervention of the Labour Centre) on a complaint of workers who were retrenched by their employer, Dropper Pride without proper adherence to UIF prerequisites.

The Dropper Pride’s owner’s name was Calum and the company was specialising on a forestry sector. He indicated that he had decided to close the company due to financial difficulties and ultimately retrenched the workers.

Guidance was given to him regarding the required documentation to enable his workers to apply for UIF. Consequently, Honourable speaker, Cllr Nyati e-mailed the UI-19 forms with relevant supporting documents of the retrenched workers. Further arrangements were made for workers to deposit their UIF applications in the box next to entrance door of the office as the satellite office within the premises of Department of Home Affairs, in ward 1 of Umuziwabantu Local Municipality was closed due to Covid-19 regulations.

Another alternative given was the official fetching the forms from the clients in the premises of the satellite office

All these options enabled the clients to submit their UIF applications and eventually the clients were helped and received their UIF monies.

The intervention of Kokstad Labour Centre was after the retrenchment has already completed by the Dropper Pride.

Secondly, the Social Distress Grant is a form of relief scheme that administered entirely by South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), in which each beneficiary receives R350.00 if his / her application is successful.

The Department has an MoU with SASSA in which the clients’ database of DEL is shared with SASSA for enabling the effective operations for the grant. The database enables SASSA to see the status of a client in relation to employment / unemployment.

If SASSA system says the client still has UIF money in DEL, the client after he / she has verified with DEL can write a letter or affidavit that disputes that to SASSA in which the latter will process the client’s application for a grant.

In essence, the Social Distress Grant complaints and queries are not supposed to be taken to DEL but to SASSA with appeals if need be.

06 May 2022 - NW1419

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

With reference to the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, chairing the Extraodinary Summit of the Organ Troika of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plus SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) Personnel Contributing Countries (PCCs) and the Republic of Mozambique on 12 April 2022, what are the details of the progress of the SADC Mission in Mozambique; (2) Whether any time frame was discussed regarding the fight against acts of terrorists in some parts of Cabo Delgado Province; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) on what date is it envisaged that peace will be restored in the region?NW1736E

Reply:

1. On 12 April 2022, Extra-Ordinary SADC Summit plus Personnel Contributing Countries received and noted the progress on the operations of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) as well as the budget of SAMIM. The Summit Plus approved the transition of SAMIM from Scenario 6, (Rapid Deployment Capability) to Scenario 5 (Multidimensional Force), with a robust mandate (retention of Special Forces) by 15 May 2022. The SAMIM leadership recommended to the Extraordinary SADC Summit an adoption of term-based approach of a one year beyond 15 July 2022, instead of a three month’s renewal. The Troika Summit Plus has recommended the 1-year term-based approach for adoption by the SADC Extraordinary Summit which will take place before July 2022.

2. Given the intractable nature of the fight against terrorism, it is not possible to have a fixed time frame on when peace will be restored in the region. However, the SADC countries will continue with the fight against terrorism using the instruments at the disposal of individual countries and the region.

06 May 2022 - NW1546

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

What measures has his department put in place to eradicate the long queues in the East London centre of his department?

Reply:

  • Queue marshals have been appointed to manage the queues – they identify the most vulnerable like elderly, ill, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to ensure they get assisted first.
  • Queue marshals separate queues per speciality i.e.
  • UIF has been allocated three queues; first is for new applications and clients who want to register as work seekers on ESSA, second is for enquiries (clients who have applied but the application is not yet finalised) and the third line is for clients coming to sign (clients who are already getting UIF benefits but must report every month to indicate if they are still unemployed as per Unemployment Insurance Act prescripts), another queue is for those who are coming to lodge a labour complaint against their employer and those who are coming to register/enquire an injury/disease on duty.
  • Manual applications are taken when the system is offline or when the system is slow. In addition to this, UIF clients who are coming to sign (clients already getting UIF benefits) get listed on a register which gets attended to by the processing office staff to process the UIF payment.
  • Encourage online applications and telephonic enquiries where clients have means.
  • In cases of Reduced Work Time (RWT), retrenchments and closure of companies a team is sent to the premises of the employer for collection of documents for new applications and this has assisted to reduce the number of clients coming through to lodge UIF claims in our labour centre.

06 May 2022 - NW1447

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment

With regard to press release of her department on 25 February 2022, wherein it was stated that income generated by trophy hunting is especially critical for marginalised and impoverished rural communities, whereas it is given that almost all hunting in the Republic takes place on private land and/or poorly managed provincial reserves, (a) how does regulated and sustained hunting incentivise communities to conserve valuable wildlife species when hunting rarely takes place on communal land and (b) what are the details of a supporting reference and/or studies for the figure of R1,4 billion which the press release claims the hunting sector conservatively contributed to the economy in 2019?

Reply:

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06 May 2022 - NW1410

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

Whether the jobs that were created according to the report of the Compensation Fund are recorded with Statistics South Africa; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how is this report reconciled with a report of Statistics South Africa of an increase in the unemployment rate?

Reply:

Employers register their employees with the Department of Employment and Labour through declarations to the Unemployment Insurance Fund. This information is shared with the Statistics SA as one of the data sources used by Statistics SA. More information on how StatisticsSA collate their data can be obtained directly from them.

06 May 2022 - NW1445

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment

Noting that the export quota for 2022 has been set at 150 elephants and that, according to the press statement of her department of 25 February 2020, only a very small portion of the overall elephant population is hunted in a year, what (a) are the reason that a hunting quota of 150 elephants has been set, (b) number of elephants were hunted nationally in the (i) 2018, (ii) 2019 and (iii) 2020 calendar years and (c) number of elephants were destroyed nationally as Damage Causing Animals in each of the specified years?

Reply:

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06 May 2022 - NW1459

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

What (a) total number of parties (i) attended and (ii) participated at the SA National Parks Tourism Conference held on 31 March 2022, (b) are the names and relevant details of the participants in each instance, (c) was the objective of the conference and (d) was achieved at the conference?

Reply:

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06 May 2022 - NW1480

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

(1)What is the total number of izinduna in the Republic; (2) whether all izinduna are paid by the government; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) who determines the salaries of izinduna and (b) what are the details of the criteria used in this regard?

Reply:

1. It is assumed that the Honorable Member is referring to headmen/women as defined in national legislation. According to information received from provinces, there is currently a total of 6 677 headmen/women in the country.

2. All duly recognised headmen/women are paid by the government. It should however be noted that there is a backlog in the payment of headmen/women in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The province is making arrangements to address the matter.

a) The salaries are determined by the Independent Commission on the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.

b) A job description was developed and approved by the Independent Commission on the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers. This followed a job grading that informed the level at which headmen/women should be paid.

06 May 2022 - NW1411

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

What are the details of the progress that he has made with regard to the directive made by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts that the (a) Director-General and (b) Chief Financial Officer must present in writing the reasons that they should be kept in government employment after obtaining adverse and disclaimers from the Auditor-General for 10 years?

Reply:

On the 16 February 2022, Compensation Fund appeared before Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA). Compensation Fund attracted the attention of SCOPA because of poor audit outcomes. Some Hon. Members from the Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour attended that SCOPA hearing.

A lot of things were said in that hearing, but the issue of Director General and Chief Financial Officer writing to SCOPA and stipulating reasons why they should be kept in government employment never arose. The Hon. Member may have taken her notes inaccurately in this particular regard. What came close to what the Hon. Member is asking, is that SCOPA requested the Minister to submit performance assessments of the Director General and those of the two Commissioners to SCOPA and that was done.

06 May 2022 - NW1486

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What are the relevant details of how he will assist the fisherfolk with the rising cost of fuel, diesel in particular and the impact this will have on the sector? NW1817

Reply:

The high diesel prices globally are a direct results of the ongoing conflict in Eastern Europe. The supply of diesel to Europe from Russian Federation has been disrupted as a result of sanctions thus creating a major diesel shortage globally.

The government has intervened by reducing the fuel levy by R1.50 per litre over a period of two months. This intervention came at a cost of R6 billion to the State and benefited both diesel and petrol users.

06 May 2022 - NW1415

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

How has he found will the extensive damage that was caused to public infrastructure by the recent flooding in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape impact the day-to-day operations of his department, in particular, with regard to the affected magistrates’ courts as referred to by the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, during his address to the nation on 18 April 2022; 2. what are the relevant details of the (a) courts that have been damaged, (b) extent of the damage, (c) projected timeline for repairs and (d) contingency plans that have been put in place to ensure that the work of the courts can continue during this time?

Reply:

1. (a) The recent flooding in KwaZulu-Natal has negatively affected the day-to-day

operations of the courts due to the damaged infrastructure. On 12 April 2022, there was a very low attendance by officials as public transport was not available, and there was a precautionary warning that people should not access certain roads. Many courts postponed matters on that day.

The Court Managers have reported that operations at most courts have resumed fully. A number of courts need to be repaired following the floods. Some park homes will need to be replaced due to severe damages, whilst new ones are required in some courts. The only courts forced to close early due to health and safety concerns are those courts that are still without water.

(b) The only Court which was affected by the recent floods in the Eastern Cape is Port St. Johns. There was no infrastructure damage (including flooding and leakages). The only damage incurred affected telephone lines in the office. As a result, the office is not telephonically accessible, but a call has been logged for the telephone lines to be attended to. The Superior Courts (High Courts and Labour Court) in the Eastern Cape Province were also not affected.

2. (a) A total of 35 courts were affected by the floods. The courts that have been damaged include the following:

Item No.

District

No. of Courts Affected

Names of the Courts Affected

 

EThekwini

8

i) Verulam Magistrates Court;

ii) Verulam Family Court;

iii) Pinetown Magistrates Court;

iv) Chatsworth Magistrates Court;

v) Ntuzuma Magistrates Court;

vi) Emlazi Magistrates Court;

vii) Wentworth Magistrates Court; and

viii) Newlands East Magistrates Court

 

Harry Gwala

4

i) UMzimkhulu Magistrates Court;

ii) Hlanganani Magistrates Court;

iii) Ixopo Magistrates Court; and

iv) Himeville Magistrates Court.

 

iLembe

4

i) KwaDukuza Magistrates Court;

ii) Ndwedwe Magistrates Court;

iii) Maphumulo Magistrates Court; and

iv) Nsuze Periodical Court.

 

King Cetshwayo

2

i) Esikhawini Magistrates Court; and

ii) Mtunzini Magistrates Court.

 

Ugu

7

i) Port Shepstone Magistrates Court;

ii) Ramsgate Branch Court;

iii) Izingolweni Magistrates Court;

iv) Phungashe Magistrates Court;

v) Emzumbe Branch Court;

vi) Scottsburgh Magistrates Court; and

vii) Umzinto Magistrates Court.

 

UMgungundlovu

4

i) Pietermaritzburg Annex Building;

ii) Pietermaritzburg Magistrates Court;

iii) Howick Magistrates Court; and

iv) Masters Office Pietermaritzburg.

 

uMkhanyakude

2

i) Hlabisa Magistrates Court; and

ii) Manguzi Branch Court.

 

uMzinyathi

2

i) Msinga Magistrates Court; and

ii) Greytown Magistrates Court.

 

uThukela

2

i) Ekuvukheni Magistrates Court; and

ii) Ezakheni Magistrates Court.

b) The following are the extent of the damages caused to the courts:

  1. Roofs causing roof leakages and damaged ceilings;
  2. Park homes;
  3. Floors and carpets;
  4. Windows;
  5. Peeling paint;
  6. Electricity supply;
  7. Water supply;
  8. Generators;
  9. Cleaning of drainage systems; and
  10. Access roads.

c) Repairs to the damaged courts are on-going. There are on-going meetings between the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD), Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) as well as stakeholders. DPWI is assisting government departments with the required assessments on the damages caused, and service providers have been appointed to attend to some critical areas. It is anticipated that all repairs to roofs will be finalised by 31 May 2022. Depending on the outcome of the completed assessments, some roofs might need to be replaced.

d) The KZN Regional Office has put contingency plans in place to ensure that the work of the courts can continue. All the courts will function during repairs as Court Managers and Heads of Judiciary manage the optimal utilisation of the available courtrooms. Periodical courts operating in damaged mobile courts will be relocated to the main seats. Where water is not available, the DoJ&CD has procured drinking water. Water tanks are procured, and the municipality is assisting with water delivery. Some courts close early due to lack of water. Capacity is sourced from other regions to assist where possible.

06 May 2022 - NW1541

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

In light of reported incidents of racism at the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool in Clydesdale, Tshwane, what (a) steps has her department taken in this regard and (b) policies have been put in place to deal with racism in schools throughout the Republic?

Reply:

(a) The Minister of Basic Education enquired with the Provincial Education Department in question and recommended an investigation of the case and requested a report of the outcome.

(b) The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa is used as the most supreme law of the State to deal with Racism in Schools. As such, a circular is released annually to all schools to encourage the Recital of the Preamble of the Constitution in schools, as a way to inculcate constitutional values and principles. This is coupled with the distribution of Slimline Constitutions, in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD). Furthermore, the National Action Plan to combat Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerances led by the DoJ&CD has education-specific activities to guide the sector in addressing racism in schools. 

Within the basic education sector and the schooling community, the South African Schools Act is used as the basis of legislation to deal, among others, with issues of racism in schools. This is coupled with the South African Council of Educators Act and the Employment of Educators Act, which provide guidance on the ethical, non-prejudiced and non-racial conduct of teachers in the classroom and within the school environment. The School Code of Conduct provides for the discipline and ethical conduct of learners in schools.

06 May 2022 - NW1576

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether (a) his department and/or (b) entities reporting to him concluded any commercial contracts with (i) the government of the Russian Federation and/or (ii) any other entity based in the Russian Federation since 1 April 2017; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, for each commercial contract, what are the (aa) relevant details, (bb) values, (cc) time frames, (dd) goods contracted and (ee) reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

Reply:

The Department of Employment and Labour and its entities found no information connected to the question 1576 of Hon. Marais.