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08 August 2019 - NW102

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Police

(1) Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1408 on 18 June 2018 wherein he requested three weeks' extension to ensure that the information that is provided is factually correct, he is now in a position to indicate what (a) number of firearms and (b) amount of state-owned ammunition in each province and office of the SA Police Service (SAPS) were respectively reported as stolen or as missing in each specified year (details furnished);(2) what number of such (a) stolen and missing firearms are linked to crimes, (b) firearms and what amount of ammunition has been recovered and (c) persons were successfully prosecuted regarding the theft of state-owned firearms and ammunition;(3) whether any SAPS officials were prosecuted for negligence or theft; if not, why not; if so, what number has been prosecuted for negligence and for theft;(4) what measures has his department put in place to combat theft and loss of state-owned firearms and ammunition;(5) whether he will make a statement on the matter? (2) what number of such (a) stolen and missing firearms are linked to crimes, (b) firearms and what amount of ammunition has been recovered and (c) persons were successfully prosecuted regarding the theft of state-owned firearms and ammunition; (3) whether any SAPS officials were prosecuted for negligence or theft; if not, why not; if so, what number has been prosecuted for negligence and for theft; (4) what measures has his department put in place to combat theft and loss of state-owned firearms and ammunition; (5) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1 )(a) The information, regarding the number of firearms, which have been reported as losses from the South African Police Service (SAPS), is reflected in the table below:
 

Province

2013/2014

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

Head Office

87

86

94

138

95

65

Eastern Cape

134

150

134

148

112

49

Free State

38

22

38

36

32

19

Gauteng

165

140

185

123

145

101

KwaZulu-Natal

167

165

180

164

193

142

Limpopo

45

49

37

36

54

28

Mpumalanga

40

45

36

33

46

38


Find here: (1)(b) The information, regarding the number of rounds of ammunition, which have been reported as losses from the SAPS, is reflected in the table below:

08 August 2019 - NW79

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Finance

Has the National Treasury investigated the impact of the manipulation of the Rand by various commercial banks, in particular ABSA, as found by the Competition Commission; if not, why not; if so, what were the findings? NW1036E

Reply:

No, the National Treasury has not investigated such impact, as neither the National Treasury nor the South African Reserve Bank have any evidence that any bank has taken part in currency manipulation, as indicated in our previous replies to oral question 57 and 245 submitted on 29 March 2019, and will repeat the essence of those replies below.

We are not aware that the Competition Commission has made any finding on the manipulation of the rand, but is investigating a case of price fixing and market allocation in the trading of foreign currency pairs involving the Rand, which it has referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. The currency market is a deep and liquid market, and it is difficult to determine any material or long-lasting impact of any one transaction on the level or value of the currency.

It is important for members to differentiate between the impact of any transaction on consumers and the impact on the value of the rand – the investigation before the Competition Commission appears to be related more to the conduct of bank traders towards clients, rather than providing evidence of their affecting the actual value of the rand.

We should all await the outcome of the Competition Commission’s investigation before acting on them. I am also happy to invite the Honourable Member to provide any other evidence he may have on any currency manipulation to the Commission and/or National Treasury.

08 August 2019 - NW127

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether his department’s Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit has been established; if not, by what date is it envisioned to be established; if so, (2) whether he has found that the unit is (a) fully operational and (b) adequately staffed; if not, in each case, (i) why not and (ii) by what date will the specified unit be fully operational and adequately staffed; if so, (3) whether the unit has conducted successful disciplinary processes against any officials yet; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. The Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit was established as per Public Administration Management Act Proclamation, effective from 1 April 2019.

2.a) The Unit is not fully operational and b) it is not adequately staffed. (i) as the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has no funding to staff the unit or to allocate funds for its operations. (ii) The Unit is currently being incubated within the DPSA and is envaseged to be fully operational and adequately staffed by the next financial year, subject to the allocation of funds by the National Treasury.

3. The Unit has not yet conducted any disciplinary process against officials as the Unit is not yet fully operational.

08 August 2019 - NW181

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Police

On what date will (a) additional vehicles be supplied to the Moffatview Police Station in Johannesburg, (b) the current vacancies be filled, (c) additional bullet-proof vests be provided and (d) additional buildings be provided for the proper functioning of the specified police station?

Reply:

(a) One vehicle will be supplied to the Moffatview Police Station, by 30 July 2019.

(b) The approved staff establishment for the Moffatview Police Station, is 160.The current personnel strength, is 154. There is currently a shortage of six personnel members. A total of 12 newly enlisted constables were allocated to the Moffatview Police Station, in 2018/2019 and no further vacant posts will be filled, in the 2019/2020 financial year.

(c) In 2018/2019 and the first quarter of 2019/2020, 1 April2018 to 30 June 2019, no application for additional bullet-proof vests was received from the Moffatview Police Station.

(d) In 2018/2019, a total of five park homes were delivered to the Moffatview Police Station. No further accommodation shortages were reported after the park homes were provided to the police station.


Reply to question 181 recommended
GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date
: 2019-07-26

Reply to question 181 approved
GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date
: 2019-08-06

08 August 2019 - NW116

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

(1) What is the current status of case number CAS 1042/07 /16 opened in Sandton; (2) Have the relevant persons provided feedback to the complainant; if not why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether the SA Police Service has made contact with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA); if not, why not; if so, what was the response of the HPCSA?

Reply:

(1) The original case docket was sent to the Inquest Court. The case docket was received back from the Inquest Court, with enquiries. As soon as the enquiries have been attended to, the case docket will be returned to the Inquest Court.

(2) Yes, feedback was provided to the complainant, on 5 July 2019.

(3) Yes, a copy of the report is attached.
 

Reply to question 116 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date
: 2019-07-26

Reply to question 116 approved 
GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date: 2019-08-06

08 August 2019 - NW171

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Police

(1) What (a) total number of police officers does the Resources Allocation Guide (RAG) at the Parkview Police Station in Johannesburg provide for and (b) number of the specified positions are currently unfilled;” (2) what (a) total number of vehicles does the RAG at the specified police station provide for and (b) number of (i) operational and (ii) non-operational vehicles is at the police station; (3) what( a) total number of detectives does the RAG at the police station provide for and (b) number of the specified posts are vacant; (4) what are the relevant details of the (a) circumstances surrounding the crash of a vehicle assigned to the police station while on route to Durban and (b) official duties that took the vehicle on the road? NW1129E

Reply:

(1)(a) The staff establishment for the Parkview Police Station, is 114 and the actual personnel strength, is 117.

( 1 )(b) Not applicable.

(2)( a)(b )(i)(ii)
 

(a)
Number of vehicles

(b)(I)
Operational

(b)(ii)
Non-operational

30

26

Three vehicles are in for repairs.
One vehicle has been recommended for boarding.


(3)(a) The staff establishment for the Detective Service, at the Parkview Police Station, is 24 and the actual personnel strength, is 25.

(3)(b) Not applicable.

4)(a) Two state vehicles were following each other, descending a hill on a winding road. The driver of the vehicle in the rear, lost control of the vehicle and collided with the one in front. One South African Police Service (SAPS) member lost his life, as a result of the collision.

( 4 )(b) The vehicles were used to attend the official funeral of the late Constable Shange.

Reply to question 171 recommended

GENERAL

NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

KJ SITOLE (SOEG)

Date: 2019/07/26

Reply to question 171 approved I not approved


GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date: 2019/08/06

07 August 2019 - NW310

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

With reference to the state of the nation address on 7 February 2019, (a) which schools will be transformed into technical schools in each province in order to expand participation in the new technological specialisations, (b) what is the time frame in each case, (c) what are the details of how the transformation will take place and (d) what costs will be incurred in each case?

Reply:

a) The Plan is to have a Technical High School in each Circuit. Provinces have not yet identified the schools to be transformed into technical schools.

b) The time frame for the transformation and expansion of schools will be over a period of 5 years starting in 2020 – 2025.

c) Details of how the transformation will take place:

  • Identification of schools by the 9 Provincial Education Departments;
  • Mapping of schools in circuits to be undertaken;
  • An onsite audit of schools will be conducted by the National and Provincial Departments;
  • Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST) Conditional Grant covers all schools offering Technical Occupational and Technical vocational subjects.

d) Costs that will be incurred in each case will include the following:

  • Infrastructure renovation and construction (workshops).
  • Provisioning of equipment tools and consumables for the Technical specialisation subjects.
  • Human Resource recruitment.

07 August 2019 - NW118

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of land claims have been gazetted, but not yet processed by the Land Claims Commission; (2) whether she has found that the gazetting of land claims has a negative impact on the (a) value of the property and (b) owners’ ability to secure bank loans; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) whether all land claims that have been found to be invalid have been degazetted; if not, (a) why not and (b) what number of invalid land claims still need to be degazetted; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) 3 358

(2)(a)(b) Section 11(1) of the Restitution of Land Rights Act requires the Commission to publish in the gazette all land claims that are deemed compliant with Section 2 of the Act. To not publish claims that are deemed compliant with the Act will constitute non-compliance with the Act. The Commission has not conducted any scientific studies to determine the impact of the gazetting of claims on affected properties. However, even if such studies were to confirm a negative impact of gazetting of land claims on property values, such impact would not be reason enough for the Commission not to execute the legislative imperative as imposed by Section 2 of the Restitution of Land Rights Act.

(3) (a) Section 11A of the Restitution of Land Rights Act provides for Withdrawal or Amendment of a gazette notice ONLY where either a party affected by the publication, typically a land owner, makes representations to the Commission with information conclusive to the Commission that the claim is non-compliant or the Commission, through detailed investigation, finds information that indicates that the claim is non-compliant.

Since the decision to withdraw a gazette notice is tantamount to the dismissal of the claim, the Commission follows a 2 stage process which is in line with the provisions of administrative justice towards claim dismissal.

In the first stage, the Commission provides the claimant with the notice or letter of an intention to dismiss the claim where after the claimant is provided with a minimum of 30 days to provide the Commission with conclusive reasons and or additional information that may convince the Commission not to dismiss the claim.

The 2nd stage consists of the issuing of the final dismissal letter where the notice period lapses without the claimant providing convincing additional information or where the information so provided is not convincing.

In all instances affected land owners are made aware when land claims are dismissed or when land claimants opt for other forms of settlement such as financial compensation.

(b) The Commission does not gazette invalid claims.

 

07 August 2019 - NW164

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of (a) district land reform committees have been established in each province (i) in each of the past 10 years and (ii) since 1 January 2019 and (b) the specified committees are still functional; (2) what are the details of (a) the mandate of district land reform committees and (b) how the committees are constituted; (3) whether her department still recognises district land reform committees; if not, what is the current status of the committees; if so, what are the relevant details of the applicable legislation on which her department relies in its recognition of the committees; (4) whether private sector stakeholders are still involved in the district land reform committees; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a),(i) Please refer to the table below.

Province

EC

FS

GP

KZN

LP

MP

NC

NW

WC

Total

Number of DLRCs

6

5

3

10

5

3

5

4

5

46

(ii0 None

(b) No, they are suspended for review of their functions.

(2) (a) Mandate: To support Government to resolve the slow pace of land redistribution in South Africa, and the lack of successful implementation of policy at the local level.

(b) DLRCs consist of a multi sectoral group of key stakeholders: Private sector, Organized Agriculture, farmers associations, civil society with interest in Land issues and Government.

(3) Yes. In 2018, the Department undertook a decision to review the terms of reference of the committees. The DLRCs are established in terms of Chapter 6 of the National Development plan (NDP) as the guiding framework for the Department.

(4) Yes. The composition as articulated in the Terms of Reference includes private sector stakeholders.

07 August 2019 - NW429

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(a) In each of the past three years and (b) since 1 January 2019, what number of (i) educators received training in information and communications technology (ICT) and (ii) the specified educators completed the training, (iii) educators benefitted from ICT training and (iv) educators are currently using ICT in the classroom in each province?

Reply:

(a) Table 1, 2 and 3 below provides figures for the past three years and (b) since 1 January 2019, (i) 3 632 educators have been trained on various ICT programmes and (ii) all trained educators have completed the training, (iii) 3 632 educators benefitted from ICT training and (iv) the DBE can provide data on how many educators and/ or schools have received ICT devices. However, the data on the usage of these devices lies in Provinces.

The data as captured by the Curriculum Branch on the training provided to educators on how to operate ICT devices, sourced from NSLA reports and the Moodle Platform is as follows:

Province

2016

2017

2018/19

 

BASIC

INTERMEDIATE

ADVANCE

TOTAL

BASIC

INTERMEDIATE

ADVANCE

TOTAL

BASIC

INTERMEDIATE

ADVANCE

TOTAL

GRAND TOTAL

Eastern Cape

2 999

782

632

4 413

8 826

14 653

2 852

26 331

4 056

2 667

291

7 014

37 758

Free State

408

8 092

632

9 132

8 172

3 593

6 378

18 143

181

185

39

405

27 680

Gauteng

1 171

502

632

2 305

4 028

6 885

1 326

12 239

1 987

1 700

600

4 287

18 831

KwaZulu-Natal

57

1 555

632

2 244

4 186

8 315

1 507

14 008

4 470

351

295

5 116

21 368

Limpopo

700

300

632

1 632

2 632

4 564

8 828

16 024

343

223

20

566

18 222

Mpumalanga

3 416

12 914

632

16 962

5 599

6 778

1 226

13 603

1 236

592

321

913

31 478

North West

2 638

1 307

632

4 577

8 615

14 592

2 787

25 994

296

4 675

266

5 237

35 808

Northern Cape

374

1 187

632

2 193

4 131

7 888

1 458

13 477

301

121

266

688

16 358

Western Cape

38 314

250

632

39 196

7 760

7 206

23 416

38 382

6 973

3 221

3 245

13 439

91 117

TOTAL

50 077

26 889

632

77 598

53 949

74 474

49 778

178 201

19 843

13 735

5 323

37 665

298 620

Table 1

The data as captured by the Teacher Development Branch sourced from the NSLA on the ICT integration into teaching training programmes:

PROVINCE

2017/18

2018/19

2019 (Quarter 1)

Eastern Cape

2 334

4 661

1 750

Free State

995

1 205

43

Gauteng

11 574

216

0

KwaZulu-Natal

359

234

368

Limpopo

950

1 480

200

Mpumalanga

1 928

1 605

0

North West

1 547

806

137

Northern Cape

250

727

0

Western Cape

3 832

1 879

634

Total

23 769

12 813

3 132

Table 2

Training provided on the Professional Development Framework for Digital Learning since 2018.

PROVINCE

Target Group

Date

KwaZulu-Natal

405 (Provincial Core Training Team)

July 2019

Gauteng

200 subject advisors (3 hour workshops)

August to September 2018

North West

91 (Provincial Core Training Team)

July 2018

Western Cape

30 (30 e-learning specialists, Curriculum Support and Teacher Development)

April 2018

Total

371 provincial and district officials

Table 3

07 August 2019 - NW262

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she will consider to establish a school violence task team to combat violence in the places of learning that will collaborate with the SA Police Service; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

All schools have established School Safety Committees in line with the National School Safety Framework. Each Committee is comprised of internal representatives from the School Governing Body (SGB) School Management Team (SMT), educators and learners. External role players are comprised of representatives from Government Department such as, South Africa Police Services (SAPS), Health, Social Development, Municipalities as well as Non-Governmental Organisations NGO) including Faith-based organisations.

The Department of Basic Education has also entered into partnership with the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) to coordinate a wide spectrum of stakeholders through the National School Safety Steering Committee (NSSSC).

 

07 August 2019 - NW231

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What is the total current vacancy rate across the Public Service (a) in the Republic and (b) what is the breakdown of the total for (i) each province and (ii) each national department?

Reply:

Based on the information available on PERSAL the vacancy rate in the Public Service for the quarter from April to June 2019 stands at 9.34%. This excludes the Defence Force and the State Security Agency that do not make use of the PERSAL system. The breakdown per department and province is provided in the table below:

National/ Provincial Departments and their Components

Government Components

Filled Posts June 2019

Vacant Posts June 2019

Quarterly Vacancy Rate (%)

Total

 

1,169,580

123,843

9.34

Eastern Cape

Total

 

115,551

20,516

15.23

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

 

1,378

167

8.52

Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism

 

508

245

30.48

Education

 

60,891

12,316

17.21

Health

 

40,254

6,653

13.93

Human Settlements

 

530

35

6.61

Office of the Premier

 

345

69

13.67

Provincial Treasury

 

417

22

4.56

Roads and Public works

 

1,639

161

7.33

Rural Development and Agrarian Reform

 

2,662

241

11.09

Safety and Liaison

 

131

20

14.44

Social Development

 

3,638

386

9.22

Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture

 

1,192

33

9.9

Transport

 

1,966

168

6.97

Free State

Total

 

56,301

3,830

5.72

Agriculture

 

987

56

4.43

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

 

348

53

13.13

Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

 

681

119

14.51

Education

 

27,849

1,664

4.81

Health

 

18,290

770

3.43

Human Settlements

 

409

62

12.89

Office of the Premier

 

493

56

9.81

Police, Roads and Transport

 

2,562

291

10.46

Provincial Treasury

 

380

48

11.21

Public Works

 

1,366

131

11.19

Social Development

 

1,913

464

16.99

Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation

 

1,023

116

9.85

Gauteng

Total

 

158,807

15,997

8.86

Agriculture and Rural Development

 

947

68

6.63

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

 

650

45

5.98

Community Safety

 

1,154

105

8.29

E-Government

 

773

76

9.23

Economic Development

 

327

31

8.19

Education

 

83,374

5,619

5.94

Health

 

61,112

7,895

11.2

Human Settlements

 

753

195

20.46

Infrastructure Development

 

2,514

487

15.89

Office of the Premier

 

463

86

14.14

Provincial Treasury

 

779

110

12.93

 

Infrastructure Financing Agency

32

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

747

110

13.41

Roads and Transport

 

1,888

554

22.17

Social Development

 

3,460

509

12.81

Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation

 

613

217

27.47

KwaZulu-Natal

Total

 

180,613

17,145

8.31

Agriculture and Rural Development

 

2,449

264

8.98

Arts and Culture

 

473

55

8.87

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

 

1,233

102

7.09

Community Safety and Liaison

 

162

18

8.99

Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

 

532

128

18.78

Education

 

100,817

8,057

7.16

Finance

 

378

44

10.93

Health

 

64,395

7,554

9.83

Human Settlements

 

579

55

7.5

Office of the Premier

 

512

46

7.21

Public Works

 

1,525

100

6.19

Social Development

 

3,668

278

9.41

Sport and Recreation

 

233

28

10.94

Transport

 

3,657

416

9.72

Limpopo

Total

 

100,509

17,386

14.58

Agriculture, and Rural Development

 

2,496

507

16.31

Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs

 

1,835

221

10.09

Community Safety

 

127

8

6.17

Economic Development, Environment and Tourism

 

1,231

69

5.99

Education

 

52,788

9,336

15.22

Health

 

32,549

3,738

9.85

Office of the Premier

 

457

36

6.63

Provincial Treasury

 

408

58

11.52

Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure

 

2,784

516

14.32

Social Development

 

3,103

2,590

44.66

Sports, Arts and Culture

 

469

47

8.12

Transport

 

2,262

260

9.76

Mpumalanga

Total

 

70,066

5,742

7.59

Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs

 

1,493

297

15.75

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

 

754

25

2.58

Community Safety, Security and Liaison

 

1,482

33

2.92

Culture, Sport and Recreation

 

277

34

10.91

Economic Development and Tourism

 

220

21

5.24

Education

 

40,002

2,461

5.97

Health

 

19,954

2,549

11.18

Human Settlements

 

370

99

20.94

Office of the Premier

 

228

38

15.22

Provincial Treasury

 

279

71

20.19

Public Works, Roads and Transport

 

3,120

51

1.45

Social Development

 

1,887

63

3.08

National

Total

 

332,677

17,803

4.92

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

 

4,850

1,269

20.35

Arts and Culture

 

404

55

9.26

Basic Education

 

733

48

5.22

Civilian Secretariat for the Police Service

 

145

10

7.59

Communications

 

62

8

14.48

Cooperative Governance

 

585

75

10.52

 

Cooperative Governance

421

47

9.33

 

Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent

164

28

13.5

Correctional Services

 

38,142

3,329

7.68

Economic Development

 

95

19

12.87

Energy

 

505

116

17.76

Environmental Affairs

 

1,598

211

11.17

Government Communication and Information System

 

415

52

10.56

Health

 

1,592

262

13.88

Higher Education and Training

 

21,215

1,995

7.97

Home Affairs

 

9,584

190

1.9

 

Government Printing Works

648

137

16.41

 

Home Affairs

8,936

53

0.57

Human Settlements

 

518

86

13.72

Independent Police Investigative Directorate

 

355

36

9.14

International Relations and Cooperation

 

2,198

400

14.01

Justice and Constitutional Development

 

20,377

1,419

6.6

 

Justice and Constitutional Development

16,017

1,413

8.21

 

National Prosecuting Authority

4,360

6

0.16

Labour

 

8,448

853

9.09

Military Veterans

 

137

12

12.53

Mineral Resources

 

1,012

89

7.93

National School of Government

 

203

26

10.77

National Treasury

 

1,972

316

13.84

 

Government Pensions Administration Agency

911

179

16.36

 

Government Technical Advisory Centre

140

13

9.09

 

National Treasury

921

124

11.92

Office of the Chief Justice

 

1,864

209

10.16

Office of the Public Service Commission

 

254

26

7.96

Performance Monitoring and Evaluation

 

418

52

11.29

Police

 

191,211

2,368

1.19

Public Enterprises

 

162

43

19.35

Public Service and Administration

 

379

75

14.33

 

Centre of Public Service Innovation

31

3

8.82

 

Public Service and Administration

348

72

14.77

Public Works

 

4,500

497

9.79

Rural Development and Land Reform

 

5,155

741

12.91

Science and Technology

 

386

104

20.5

Small Business Development

 

188

19

8.21

Social Development

 

690

245

25.29

Sport and Recreation South Africa

 

147

111

41.03

Statistics South Africa

 

3,323

865

20.19

Telecommunications and Postal Services

 

247

17

5.41

The Presidency

 

469

105

16.26

Tourism

 

456

54

9.99

Trade and Industry

 

1,174

39

2.67

Traditional Affairs

 

88

7

9.9

Transport

 

648

239

26.53

Water and Sanitation

 

5,680

1,105

16.02

Women

 

93

6

5.74

North West

Total

 

59,738

10,943

15.22

Community Safety and Transport Management

 

1,439

215

12.37

Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs

 

695

189

20.94

Economy and Enterprise Development

 

221

21

6.92

Education and Sport Development

 

30,612

4,542

12.73

Finance

 

515

92

15.21

Health

 

18,099

4,372

19.26

Local Government and Human Settlements

 

525

192

27.14

Office of the Premier

 

703

117

13.86

Public Works and Roads

 

2,751

369

11

Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development

 

1,494

600

28.41

Social Development

 

2,540

182

6

Tourism

 

144

52

25.34

Northern Cape

Total

 

21,743

3,477

13.85

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

 

521

40

5.44

 

Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs

 

581

69

9.99

Economic Development and Tourism

 

185

52

14.49

Education

 

10,085

2,196

18.7

Environment and Nature Conservation

 

236

12

3.39

Health

 

6,748

785

10.07

Office of the Premier

 

235

14

5.35

Provincial Treasury

 

350

45

10

Roads and Public Works

 

869

104

8.87

Social Development

 

1,051

84

6.59

Sport, Arts and Culture

 

522

48

8.08

Transport, Safety and Liaison

 

360

28

7.57

Western Cape

Total

 

73,575

11,004

12.18

Agriculture

 

861

24

2.67

Community Safety

 

286

10

2.94

Cultural Affairs and Sport

 

534

15

1.82

Economic Development and Tourism

 

187

13

4.6

Education

 

33,654

8,093

17.69

Environmental Affairs and Development Planning

 

350

4

1.6

Health

 

31,377

2,669

7.87

Human Settlements

 

400

19

3.83

Local Government

 

354

4

1.58

Provincial Treasury

 

249

27

6

Social Development

 

2,049

46

2.67

The Premier

 

950

21

2.37

Transport and Public Works

 

2,324

59

3.26

07 August 2019 - NW252

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1) (a) Has a full report on all contracts undertaken by a certain company (name and details furnished) been compiled; if not, why not; if so, what was the total value of contracts undertaken by the specified company since it started work in the North West; (2) whether the (a) Bahwaduba and (b) Tlhabologang abattoir projects have been completed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1211E

Reply:

(1) (a) The close out report on all contracts undertaken by Agridelight Training and Consulting has not yet been furnished by the company. This was despite several requests from the Department to the Implementing Agent. In a bid to resolve this matter, the Department is in a litigation process with the Agridelight to source this document. The matter is before the Court and in line with the directives on Section 100 Intervention.

The total amount of all transactions between the Department and Agridelight Training and Consulting contract from 01 November 2014 to 31 October 2017 is R604 048 828.18 as per the financial systems report. The figure includes 10% Management Fee for Agridelight.

(2) Bahwaduba and Tlhabologang Abattoir projects have not yet been completed. This is due to the fact that, upon expiry of the Agridelight Project, the Department attempted to appoint the service provider who was appointed by the Agridelight to complete the project. However, the service provider in question was not, and is still not compliant to the CIDB grading requirement (expired CIDB Grading Level to low) for the value of the project that he was being appointed for. Furthermore, the service provider’s tax compliance matters were not and are still not in order as prescribed by the Treasury Regulations.

07 August 2019 - NW108

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether, with reference to the issue of land settlement agreements, she has been informed that there are land claims where settlement agreements have been reached by all parties involved in the land claims and approved by either the former Minister or the Chief Land Claims Commissioner (CLCC) in terms of section 14(3) of the Restitution of Land Claims Act, Act 22 of 1994; if not, why not; if so, what is the status of these settlements; (2) whether she has been informed that the office of the CLCC in KwaZulu-Natal, through its officials, have been and currently are interfering by not implementing the agreed settlement and causing conflict within the communities who are of the view that those officials benefit in such settlement; if not, (a) whether she will investigate this matter and (b) what steps will she take in her investigation; if so, what steps does she intend taking against the specified officials; (3) whether she has any contingency plan in place should the steps she intends to take fail; if not, why not; if so, what indicators will she use to measure the success of the steps and the strategy?

Reply:

1. No. The Commission is still in the process of briefing the Minister on the work of the Commission

2. No.

(a) Yes.

(b) The Minister will firstly request details, from the Hon Inkosi Zulu, of those settlements where officials in the Office of the Regional Land Claims Commissioner: KwaZulu-Natal are allegedly not implementing the agreements and are causing conflict. Thereafter, she will investigate the veracity of the allegations and, where necessary, take appropriate action to ensure implementation of the agreed settlements and taking corrective measures against transgressing officials.

(3) No. A contingency plan will only be developed once the details of the allegations have been provided and the allegations investigated.

07 August 2019 - NW427

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) number of educators have been absent from teaching for a prolonged period of time in each province since 1 January 2019, (b) number of days has each of the specified educators been absent from teaching, (c) are the reasons for the extended absence in each case and (d) contingency measures were put in place during the extended periods of absence in each case?

Reply:

(a), (b), (c) and (d).

As part of monitoring, the National Department only collects aggregated information on teacher attendance. The Honourable Member is kindly advised to request the detailed information as requested directly from the Provincial Education Departments.

07 August 2019 - NW403

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George, Dr DT to ask the Minister of Finance

Does the SA Revenue Service (SARS) have the capacity to conduct investigations into activity in the illicit economy; if so, (a) what is SARS’ capacity in this regard and (b) how is this funded?

Reply:

In terms of its mandate and legal provision, SARS established an interim capability to conduct investigations into the illicit economy. The capability executes integrated enforcement investigations and comprises of data analysis, risk identification, criminal and compliance investigation and audits and debt recovery.

(a) Its current staff complement is 60.

(b) The capability is funded through SARS financial allocation.

The mandate and scope of this capability is currently under review in order to better define and sharpen its focus.

As part of the review by the new Commissioner the following is being assessed:

  • SARS’ capability and capacity to monitor and assess the activities within the elicit economy as well as assess the true revenue impact/ risk that the illicit economy presents to the state.
  • SARS’ capability and capacity to conduct the investigative and audit work
  • The most effective organizational arrangement
  • Collaboration with the agencies of State.

07 August 2019 - NW82

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties and (iii) facilities does the National Treasury currently (aa) own and (bb) rent, (b) what is the value and purpose of each (i) owned and (ii) rented property and (c)(i) for how long has each property been rented, (ii) from whom is each property rented and (iii) what is the monthly rental fee for each property?

Reply:

(a) (i) (ii) (iii) (aa)

Own

Nil

(a) (i) (bb)

Rent

Three (3) buildings:

- 1108 John Vorster Drive (1 x floor only)

- 240 Madiba Street; and

- 40 Church Square.

(a) (ii) (iii) (bb)

Nil

(b) (i)

Value and purpose owned property

Not applicable

(b) (ii)

Value and purpose of rented property

1108 John Vorster Drive

(1 x floor only)

R65 033 050.00

Office accommodation and State Transversal Information and Communication Technology site

 

240 Madiba Street

R603 337 824.00

Office accommodation

 

40 Church Square

R19 030 631.00

Office accommodation

(c) (i)

Duration of rental:

1108 John Vorster Drive

(1 x floor only)

20 years

 

240 Madiba Street

16 years

 

40 Church Square

16 years

(c)(ii)

From whom is each property rented:

1108 John Vorster Drive

(1 x floor only)

Rented on behalf of National Treasury by the Department of Public Works, owned by SITA.

 

240 Madiba Street

Rented on behalf of National Treasury by the Department of Public Works, owned by Bothongo Group Management.

 

40 Church Square

State owned - Department of Public Works.

(c)(iii)

Monthly rental fee for each property:

1108 John Vorster Drive

(1 x floor only)

R1 127 659.02

 

240 Madiba Street

R4 221 538.45

 

40 Church Square

R673 134.08

 

07 August 2019 - NW258

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether, taking into account the inherent risks to crops and the high costs of insuring such crops to farmers, her department is considering any government-subsidised crop insurance scheme to assist farmers; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) by what date will the specified scheme be implemented? NW1217E

Reply:

The Department has identified a need for agricultural insurance due to inherent risks and high costs incurred by smallholder and commercial producers in the sector. The department will engage both the National Treasury and the Land and Agricultural Bank on Agricultural Bank on how such an insurance can be developed as well as financed risks that may be associated with the system.”

07 August 2019 - NW165

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What mechanisms has her department put in place in order to transfer vacant land owned by the State to various Government departments; (2) what number of land parcels that are owned by the State have been identified as land that will be transferred?

Reply:

1. A number of organs of state in the three spheres of government (national, provincial and local) are constitutionally empowered to hold land for service delivery objectives. To the extent that the departments falling under the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development hold vacant land, there’s no plan to transfer such vacant land to government departments. The plan is to transfer such land to prospective land reform beneficiaries. Our policy however provides for the donation of land falling under our custody to other government departments, in instances where such departments identify such land as suitable for their service delivery objectives.

2. Falls away.

07 August 2019 - NW401

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With regard to the implementation of the compulsory two-years of Early Childhood Development for all children before Grade 1, what (a) are the exact steps of implementation, (b) are the dates for finalisation of each step, (c) is the expected date of implementation and (d) is the estimated budget implication for this project?

Reply:

a) During the Basic Education Budget Vote 14 debate for the 2019/2020 financial year, it was indicated that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has committed to developing a comprehensive plan to ensure a phased-in and systematic relocation of the responsibility and leadership for ECD. It was further indicated that this comprehensive plan will include the provision of two years of compulsory ECD prior to Grade 1; as well as the provision of Early Childhood Development (ECD) for 0-4-year-olds. Finally, the Department committed to the costed plan being finalised by March 2020.

The development of these plans is based on two principles:

  1. The plans should ensure that both the access and quality of ECD should improve significantly over the next 10 years; and
  2. The plans should be sensitive to the current model of ECD provision and not destabilise nor cause confusion in either the ECD or schooling sector.

b) The detailed plan for institutionalising the abovementioned high-level objectives is still being developed.

c) The DBE is working towards finalising a detailed, costed plan by March 2020, while at the same time beginning preparations for implementation.

d) The cost will be clarified through the detailed, costed plan.

06 August 2019 - NW394

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

(1) Whether the Government signed bilateral agreements with the (a) United Arab Emirates and/ or (b) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; if not, by what date will each agreement be signed; if so, on what date was each agreement signed; (2) whether each agreement has been ratified yet; if not, in each case, why not; if so, on what date was each agreement ratified? NW 1366E

Reply:

1. South Africa has signed twelve (12) bilateral agreements with the United Arab Emirates and eight (8) with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The areas of cooperation include economic, justice, tourism, defence, agriculture and energy collaboration.

According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s records, the already signed agreements with the two countries and the dates of signature, is herewith detailed below:

a) United Arab Emirates

Date signed/ adopted

Title of agreement

Entry into Force

17 May 1994

Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations

Entry into force:
19940517

18 November 1999

Defence Cooperation Agreement

Entry into force:
Not in force

3 February
2001

Agreement for Air Services between and beyond the Respective Territories

Entry into force:
20010827

24 September
2005

Bilateral Agreement on Economic, Trade and Technical Co-operation

Entry into force:
Not in force

25 April
2006

Memorandum of Understanding on Police Cooperation

Entry into force:
20060425

14 November
2011

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on the Establishment of a Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation

Entry into force:
20120529

14 November 2011

Defence Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates

Entry into force:
20121009

14 November 2011

Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on Political Consultations

Entry into force:
20111114

23 November
2015

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income. Plus Protocol

Entry into force:
20161123

25 September
2018

Extradition Treaty between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates

Entry into force: Ratification process underway.

25 September
2018

Treaty between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

Entry into force: Ratification process underway.

25 September
2018

Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on Cooperation in the Field of Social Development

Entry into force:
Not in force

b) Saudi Arabia

29 October 1994

Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations

Entry into force:
19941029

20 May 1999

Agreement on Economic, Trade, Investment and Technical Cooperation. Plus Protocol

20020522 (r)
Entry into force:
20020522

28 May
2000

Air Service Agreement

Entry into force:
Not in force

3 December
2006

Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in the Field of Higher Education

Entry into force:
Not in force

13 March
2007

Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Tax Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital

Entry into force:
20080501

25 February 2009

Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation

Entry into force:
Not in force

16 February 2014

Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Co-operation in the Field of Tourism

Entry into force:
20150415

27 March 2016

Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of South Africa on Bilateral Political Consultations

Entry into force:
20160327

2. The majority of the agreements are of a technical nature and as such, according to the Article 231 (3) of the Constitution, “binds the Republic without approval by the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), but must be tabled in the NA and NCOP within a reasonable time.” In this regard, agreements only enter into force following their tabling in the NA and NCOP.

The responsibility for ensuring the ratification (if required) and tabling of the agreement rests with the relevant line function department and its Minister. Therefore, it would be incumbent of the relevant Minister to answer the question as to the ratification or tabling of such agreement.

The third column of the table above shows when the agreements were ratified.

06 August 2019 - NW174

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether the National Treasury approved and/or supported any investments made by the Government in energy resources such as coal, oil, gas or other mineral resources and/or beneficiation process for energy resources or the direct supply of energy outside the borders of the Republic (a) in the (i) 2017-18 and (ii) 2018-19 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2019; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

National Treasury did not support any investments in energy resources outside the borders of the Republic.

06 August 2019 - NW292

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) total amount is budgeted for his private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in his private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

(a) The total amount budgeted for the Private Office of the Minister for the 2019-20 financial year is R22,748,000.00

(b)(i) The total amount in respect of remuneration is R9,355,000.00

(b) (ii)The salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in his private office since 1 May 2019 are as indicted in the table below.

(ii)

Salary level

(iii)

Job title

(iv)

qualification

(v)

Job description

14

Chief of Staff

Gr 12

BA

BA Honours: Industrial Phycology

Master of Art

Purpose:

To provide a support service to the Minister, ensuring an efficient and dynamic interface between the Ministry, Department, National Parliament and Provincial Legislatures and promoting a sound understanding of the policies and performance of the Minister and the Department

Functions:

1. Render support to the Minister in Cape Town and HQ, Pretoria

2. Manage external and internal liaisons

3. Manage the parliamentary process

4. Manage the Transport Ministry Budget

5. Manage the Transport Ministry

Requirments:

A recognised NQF level 7 qualification in Public Administration/Management / Transport Economics or Planning, or Law with at least 6-10 years relevant experience of which 5 years must be on SMS level

Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

6

Receptionist/Secretary, Office of the Minister

Gr 12

Purpose:

To render a reception and general administrative support service to the Ministry in Pretoria

Functions:

1. Render a reception and registry service

2. Render general administrative support

3. Act as relieve to Assistant Private Secretary

4. Act as Manager’s Secretary when s/he is in Cape Town

Requirements:

An appropriate recognized NQF level 5/6 qualification in Public Administration/Office Management

Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

5

Registry Clerk

Gr 12

Purpose:

To render a registry service and general administrative support service to the Transport Ministry

Functions:

1. Render a registry service

2. Administer Registers

3. Render general administrative support

4. Study the relevant Public Service and departmental prescripts/policies and other documents and ensure that the application thereof id understood properly

Requirements:

A minimum recognised NQF level 4 or Grade 12 certificate with at least one year relevant experience

Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

3

Food Services Aid

Gr 11

Purpose:

To render an efficient, professional and friendly food service aid to the Ministry

Functions:

1. Provide a food service aid to the staff in the Ministry

2. Prepare Board Room for meetings

3. Prepare refreshments on request for guests

4. Assist with Administrative duties

Requirements:

NQF level 4 qualification

Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

8

Private Secretary to the Minister

Gr 12

BA: Health Sciences an Social Studies-

Purpose:

To manage all matters pertaining to the Minister’s executive obligations

Functions:

1. Manage the Ministers program

2. Provide support to the Minister with his executive obligations

3. Manage logistical matters for the Minister

3. Manage logistical matters for the Minister

4. Oversee the management of Correspondence with the approval of the Chief of Staff and the Minister.

Requirements:

A recognised NQF level 7 in Public Service Administration or Political Science/ Communication with 6-10 years’ experience of which 5 years must be on MMS level.

Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

11

Assistant Private Secretary, Office of the Minister

Gr 12

BA : Politics

BA: Honours Politics

Fundamental of Project Management

Purpose:

To manage all matters pertaining to the executive obligations in support of the Private Secretary

Functions:

1. Manage the Ministers diary in support of the Private Secretary

2. Assist the Minister with his executive obligations

3. Manage logistical matters

4. Act as alternate in absence of the Administrative Secretary

5. Assist with the overall management of the Transport Ministry

Requirements:

A recognised NQF level 6/7 qualification in Public Administration/Management or Office Administration/ Management with 5 years relevant experience.

Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

8

Assistant Admin Secretary, Office of the Minister

(Driver/Messenger)

Gr 12

Purpose:

To assist with the administrative support to the Ministry of Transport with regard to managing external / internal correspondence

To render a messenger and driver service to Transport Ministry

Functions:

1. Assist with external / internal correspondence

2. Assist with managing the general administration of the Ministry of Transport

3. Manage and maintain the filing system

4. Manage incoming and outgoing mail and documents

5. Render assistance with the execution of functions attached to the registry

6. Render driver functions to Ministry as required

7. Assist the Ministry with the procurement of refreshments

8. Perform relief duties when required

Requirements:

An appropriate recognised NQF level 6 qualification in Public Administration with 2 years relevant experience.

Valid Code 08 drivers licence and driving for at least three yearsContract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

13

Media Liaison Officer, Office of the Minister,

Gr 12

BSc: Public Policy and Administration

Purpose:

To enhance the public image of the Minister and manage media liaisons

Functions:

1. Manage the media

2. Produce speeches, publicity and editorial materials

3. Work in conjunction with Communication Unit

Requirements:

An appropriate recognised NQF level 7 qualification in Communication or Journalism with postgraduate studies in media relations with 5 years relevant experience on MMS level

Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

13

Director: Cabinet Services (Spokesperson to the Minister)

Gr 12

BA Communication Science

BA Human and Social Studies

Purpose:

To provide an efficient and dynamic interface between the Ministry, Department, National Parliament and Provincial Legislatures

Functions:

1. Manage the parliamentary process

2. Liaise with MPs, Councillors & Parliamentary Standing Committees.

3. Support Parliamentary Study Group(s)

4. Liaise with Stakeholders

5. Manage the Directorate Parliamentary and Stakeholder Management

6. overall

Requirements:

A Recognised NQF level 7 in Public Service Management/ Political Science with 5 years’ relevant experience on MMS level

- Proven track record in strategic management

- Knowledge and experience of Parliamentary & legislative processes

- Political awareness and familiarity with broad lines of government policy

- Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

11

Administrative Secretary to the Minister

National Certificate N3: Business Studies

Purpose:

To promote and enhance communication between all structures in Parliament and the DoT

Functions:

1. Coordinate inputs for Parliamentary Questions

2. Manage the Legislative Process in Parliament

3. Support Parliamentary Study Group(s)

4. Liaise with Stakeholders

Requirements:

An appropriate recognised NQF 6/7 in Public Administration / or equivalent with at least 5 years’ experience

Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

12

Parliamentary Officer, Office of the Minister

Gr 12

Purpose:

To provide an efficient and dynamic interface between the Ministry, Department, National Parliament and Prdovincial Legislatures

Functions:

Manage the parliamentary process

1. Liaise with MPs, Councillors & Parliamentary Standing Committees

2. Support Parliamentary Study Group(s)

3. Liaise with Stakeholders

4. Manage the Directorate Parliamentary and Stakeholder Management overall

Requirements:

A Recognised NQF level 7 in Public Service Management with 5 years’ relevant experience on MMS level

Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

9

Administrative Secretary (Speech Writing)

Gr 12

Purpose:

To research and compile speeches for the Minister

Functions:

1. Research information on transport related issues

2. Prepare drafts of papers, speeches, or presentations for the Minister

Requirements:

An appropriate recognised NQF level 7 qualification as recognised by SAQA in Journalism, Social Science, Political studies, Communication or Languages/linguistics or Publishing. With at least 5 years relevant experience on MMS level

Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

6

Receptionist/Secretary (Cape Town)

 

Gr 12

National Diploma: HRM

National Certificate: Commerce

Post Graduate Diploma: Labour Law

 

 

Purpose:

To render a reception and general administrative support service to the Ministry in Pretoria

Functions:

1. Render a reception and registry service

2. Render general administrative support

3. Act as relieve to Assistant Private Secretary

4. Act as Manager’s Secretary when s/he is in Cape Town

Requirements:

An appropriate recognized NQF level 5/6 qualification in Public Administration/Office Management

Contract appointment linked to term of Office of the Minister

 

06 August 2019 - NW307

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What are the reasons for the decrease in the budget of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project from R6,3 billion in 2018-19 to R550,5 million in 2019-20, (b) which loans have become due for repayment in the past three years, (c) which loans will be due for payment in the next three years and (d) what was the division between toll and non-toll budget allocations in the past three years in total for the (i) capital and (ii) maintenance expenditure?

Reply:

a) The decrease from R6.3billion to R550.5 million, represents the decrease in the allocation from the fiscus to the project. In 2018/19 a special allocation of R5.75 billion was made due to the funding shortfall created by the non-payment of etoll. This amount was originally earmarked for non-toll roads, but was later un-earmarked and allocated to toll, to prevent a default on SANRALs bonds. The R550.5m is a normal fiscal allocation to SANRAL since the new dispensation in 2015.

b) The bonds which matured in the last three financial years (2017, 2018 and 2019) are as follows:

BOND

DATE MATURED

NOMINAL VALUE

NRA 018

30 Nov 2018

R2 386 500 309

PN001

6 February 2019

R510 000 000

PN002

21 February 2019

R550 000 000

PN003

28 March 2019

R164 000 000

c) the bonds which will be maturing in the next three financial years (2020, 2021 and 2022) are as follows:

BOND

DATE MATURING

NOMINAL VALUE

HWF08

15 July 2019

R1 000 000 000

HWF09

19 September 2019

R700 000 000

HWF10U

30 September 2019

R700 000 000

PN004

6 February 2020

R556 000 000

PN005

21 February 2020

R640 000 000

HWAY20

31 July 2020

R6 744 618 477

d) Toll and Non-toll budget for the past three years

See the link: http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW307TollNonToll.pdf

06 August 2019 - NW329

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

What total number of road deaths (a) took place per 100 000 persons in (i) 2016, (ii) 2017 and (iii) 2018 and (b) were pedestrians?

Reply:

a) Total number of road deaths that took place per 100 000 person in

Number of roads deaths

  1. 2016

25.2

(ii) 2017

24.9

(iii) 2018

22.4

b) Total number of fatalities for pedestrians per year

Road user group pedestrians

  1. 2016

5 410

  1. 2017

5 337

  1. 2018

4 970

06 August 2019 - NW327

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) How long did the former Deputy Minister, Ms L S Chikinga take to return the ministerial vehicles used while employed at his department after accepting a position in a different Department of Public Service and Administration and (b) what costs did his department incur in this regard; (2) whether any disciplinary action was taken against the specified person for allegedly flouting the provisions of the Ministerial Handbook; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether an investigation was launched into the (a) person’s practice of allegedly hiring rental vehicles from Avis for a relative which was paid for by his department and/or (b) relative’s excessive use of petrol expenses; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the (i) investigation and (ii) outcome of the investigation in each case? NW1294E

Reply:

(1) (a) The vehicle was returned on 29 May 2019.

(b) There were no additional costs incurred.

(2) (3) (a)(b)(i)(ii) Investigation was conducted in respect of the matter and disciplinary hearing is currently ongoing and in respect of employees.

05 August 2019 - NW242

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)(a) Whether, with regard to the testing of electrical equipment by the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS), the high voltage laboratory is functional, (b) what number of tests on individual electoral equipment has SABS conducted over the past seven years, (c) what income has been generated from the tests, (d) what number of persons work on the electoral equipment testing facility and (e) what is the annual cost of running the unit; (2) whether any equipment in the unit needs to be (a) repaired and/or (b) replaced; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) which equipment in each case and (ii) what is the estimated cost in each case?

Reply:

I am advised by the SABS as follows:

The high voltage laboratory is currently functional, though with capabilities principally in alternating current testing.

The number of test reports conducted by the facility for the past seven years is provided in the following table:

Financial year

Number of reports

2012/13

149

2013/14

108

2014/15

110

2015/16

80

2016/17

76

2017/18

47

2018/19

50

The income generated from the tests is provided in the following table:

Financial Year

Revenue

2012/13

R8 893 421

2013/14

R9 467 604

2014/15

R13 070 036

2015/16

R10 456 255

2016/17

R10 023 898

2017/18

R6 739 603

2018/19

R6 433 130

Between 4 and 7 employees have worked at the facility at any time. The annual running cost of the laboratory is provided in the table below:

Financial Year

Annual running costs (expenditure)

2012/13

R7 019 826

2013/14

R7 650 153

2014/15

R9 776 543

2015/16

R7 730 499

2016/17

R6 244 888

2017/18

R4 369 121

2018/19

R5 352 030

A number of equipment items need to be repaired, at an estimated cost of R23 million, while equipment items that need to be replaced have an estimated cost of R32.2 million, both sums inclusive of equipment and the linked engineering, project management and operational alignment services.

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05 August 2019 - NW254

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether he has been informed of any serious delays in the application of SA passports and other documentation at the Office for the Department of Home Affairs at consulates abroad; if so, what measures (a) have been put in place to reduce the delays and (b) will be put in place to ensure that his department and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation work together effectively to resolve the issues?

Reply:

a) The turnaround time for applications abroad is up to six (6) months as the Department (DHA) has a co-dependency on involvement of third parties, i.e. Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) for receipt inland and dispatching abroad of government documents including passport applications, through diplomatic bags which in itself is a controlled procedure that DIRCO administrates for all Government Departments.

The application process is thereby manual and non-automated, and entails the verification of citizenship which is a separately managed process and over and above, the fingerprint verification process should also transpire which may result in further delays, should the application be rejected due to the poor quality of fingerprints taken abroad.

In order to address the situation, the responsible support and line function units of DHA and DIRCO: Consular Services have created a stakeholder forum to find efficient solutions and redress the situation. This entails specific officials being assigned to receive lists of outstanding applications and then to liaise with the line function officials for processing and feedback to the Diplomatic Missions abroad.

b) The Department is looking into a permanent solution through its Modernisation Programme to ensure that applications made abroad or domestically can be captured and transferred electronically. This would substantially reduce dependency on manual, time consuming processes presently being applied.

END

 

 

05 August 2019 - NW288

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Mpambo-Sibhukwana, Ms T to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What (a) total amount is budgeted for his private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in his private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

The current staff that I have in my office was employed from the 1st July 2019, and in employing the staff we were cognisant of the guidelines as provided in the book titled: Guide For the Members of the Executive.

05 August 2019 - NW379

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) is the planned date for the reopening of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office (CTRRO) and (b)(i) steps have been completed to date to reopen the CTRRO, (ii) delays have caused his department to miss the court deadline, (iii) remaining steps need to be taken to reopen the CTRRO and (iv) interim measures have been put in place to allow new asylum seekers arriving in Cape Town to apply for asylum?

Reply:

(a) The date for the re-opening of the CTRRO is dependent on the finalisation of the lease agreement with the prospective landlord and the related project plan for refurbishment.

(b)(i) Department of Public Works (DPW) and Department of Home Affairs (DHA) have signed the lease contract, awaiting same concurrence with the prospective landlord.

(b)(ii) DPW procurement requirements in acquiring office accommodation have caused DHA to miss the court deadline.

(b)(iii) The concurrence of the prospective landlord on the agreement and the development of the project plan for new office accommodation.

(b)(iv) Applicants who are dependants of existing clients are allowed to apply Cape Town, whilst rest of new applicants are encouraged to apply as they enter the Republic in Refugee Offices closer to northern ports of entries as majority of applicants enter through those ports.

END

05 August 2019 - NW317

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Mr J J Mcgluva (DA)) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What plans does he have in place to address the (a) insufficient capacity at the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre, (b) continued inability of the State Information Technology Agency that has led to endless network and power down times including excessive long lines and (c) issuing of identity documents on weekends?

Reply:

(a) Due to budget cuts, the Department has not been in a position to fill vacant posts. The Department is, however, in the process of prioritising the filling of critical positions, which when filled, will aid in the reduction of interaction volumes in the Contact Centre.

The implementation of the modernisation strategies at both Front and Back Offices will further reduce Contact Centre volumes, thereby improving efficiency.

To ensure that the current resources are utilised efficiently, the Department reviewed the performance standards and introduced performance measures that will guarantee that production time is utilised optimally. Coupled with this, we enhanced the Contact Centre systems to allow visibility into staff daily activities. This assists management to better manage productivity.

To further increase accessibility to the public, the Contact Centre operates on a shift system, with the working hours being 07h30 to 17h30 on week days and 08h00 to 12h00 on Saturdays.

b) A comprehensive assessment was done by SITA in the last financial year and produced a new network architecture and implementation plan which will provide a fully redundant and high availability network throughout the DHA footprint. DHA has also rolled out power generators in modernised offices to provide alternative power supply during outages or load shedding.

c) The Department is addressing the issuing of identity documents on weekends through its various heads of offices that on voluntary basis, arrange with communities to open offices on weekends as well as during holidays. However, this is not sustainable and as it depends on the volunteerism.

The Department engaged organised labour on working hours at the Departmental Bargaining Chamber with a view to ensure service delivery is not affected and that our offices open on weekends. Work performance over weekends however requires payment of overtime as the staff is not prepared to work ‘voluntarily’ after completing their 40-hour work week, i.e. Mondays to Fridays.

In order to normalise the environment and to ensure our offices open on Saturdays or weekends, the Department is to re-open negotiations with organised labour as well as the Department of Public Service Administration (DPSA), to allow work on weekends through the introduction of a shift system or alternatively performance of remunerated overtime. This will assist clients who find themselves not able to visit DHA offices during the week, to access services on weekends. However due to the current financial constraints in the Department, it is currently not feasible to pay for the performance of remunerated overtime over weekends.

The Department will however explore possibilities of using alternative channels for collection of enabling documents over weekends.

END

05 August 2019 - NW433

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1). On what date did his Department ask the President, Mr C. Ramaphosa, to institute a Commission of Inquiry regarding the deaths from the stampede at the FNB stadium on 29 July 2017; and (2). Whether there will be a Commission of Inquiry; if not, why not, if so, a) by what date will it be instituted, b) what are the relevant details and c) has any budget been allocated for such a Commission?

Reply:

The President has taken note of the request and taken the following view regarding the request:

(i) That there is an unprecedented proliferation which has resulted in too many Commissions of Inquiry been established. Besides, the Ngoepe Commission of Inquiry that investigated and reported on the Ellis Park soccer tragedy in 2001 has already constituted rules that relate to incidences in sport at stadiums and elsewhere which should rather be utilized and built on instead of opting to build afresh;

(ii) That we must reflect on all tools in available toolboxes and exhaust all remedies, actions, etc. that stem from the findings and recommendations of the Ngoepe Commission of Inquiry;

(iii) That Commissions of Inquiry have limitations and as such should not be regarded as the first or last resort as there are other avenues to pursue preferably; and

(iv) That even though one can pursue the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry, it would be far quicker and practical, amongst others, to execute applicable and available processes to ensure proper law enforcement and criminal investigations for effective outcomes in the above regard.

At the said meeting of the said former Ministers, the following resolutions were subsequently taken:

That a meeting of Ministers of Justice and Correctional Service, Sport and Recreation and the Police and the National Director of Public Prosecutions (Acting) be convened to discuss the following, amongst others:

(a) The state of and progress made in relation to both the FNB Stadium tragedy and the Moses Mabhida incident relating to failure to comply with the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act or any other law including common law by any law enforcement entity or functionary;

(b) The state of, progress and outcome of an Inquest relating to the death of two soccer fans during the FNB Stadium tragedy;

(c) All litigation finalized or pending initiated in any court by any of the functionary involved in the FNB Stadium tragedy and the outcome of the said litigation and its impact;

(d) Any intervention that is necessary and required to address:

(i) Failure or inability by any law enforcement entity or agent to comply with the SASREA or any other law, including common law;

(ii) Complicity or perception thereof in relation to the investigation by the SAPS; and

(iii) Possible and potential gaps in the SASREA and possible amendments to the Act to address same; and

(iv) Alternative means to addressing challenges and gaps in organizing and planning major soccer derbies and other major sporting events to avoid recurrence, including communication and awareness raising prior and before such major events.

It will hence not be necessary to –

  • establish a Commission of Inquiry any more since we have, on the advice of the Department of Justice, decided to execute alternative applicable and available processes as motivated above so as to ensure proper law enforcement and criminal investigations for effective outcomes in the above regard; and
  • cater for any budget for such a Commission of Inquiry any more.

We will liaise with the Department of Justice afresh since they have undertaken to lead the way by coordinating and chairing the meetings referred to above.

05 August 2019 - NW261

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she will consider introducing a component within her department to help develop and empower the principals of schools in management on an ongoing basis just like there are subject advisors who are employed to assist school teachers in specific subjects; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department has a component that helps develop and empower the principals of schools in management on an ongoing basis in the same way as Subject Advisors assist schools teachers with subject related matters. These are Circuit Managers who are supervisors of school principals. Each Circuit Manager is responsible for between 25 and 30 school principals according to the Policy on the Roles and Responsibilities of Education Districts with consideration to provincial differences.

05 August 2019 - NW373

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What (a) number of official international trips is (i) he and (ii) his deputy planning to undertake in the 2019-22 medium term expenditure framework, (b) will the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose and (iv) number of persons who will travel with the delegation be and (c) is the detailed breakdown of the expected cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other expenses in each case?

Reply:

The International trips which the Minister and the Deputy Minister are planning to undertake in the 2019-2022 medium term expenditure framework are still being consolidated.

05 August 2019 - NW381

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What actions were taken by his department to provide services in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape since it stopped sending mobile units to those areas, (b) why do mobile units no longer operate in these areas and (c) what steps will his department take to address this issue as a matter of urgency?

Reply:

a) The Department adopted a multi-channel strategy in order to meet the service delivery needs of the citizens. This includes physical offices, mobile units and online services. The Department also has partnerships with the Department of Health for registration of birth in the hospitals. In the Eastern Cape rural areas, the Department has a total of 43 offices of which 15 are modernised to issue Smart ID cards and new passports. Over and above the 43 offices, the Department has service points in 37 health facilities for registration of birth and death located in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape. The mobile units serve as a complementary channel not as the main channel.

b) The mobile units are not operating nationwide, not just in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape. The reason for halting of the mobile units programmes is that, with the old mobile fleet being over seven (7) years on the roads, and about 54 of the units being economically irreparable, the Department is in the process of refurbishing the existing 61 trucks, and has procured additional 38 trucks to add to the total fleet. The Mobile solution was designed and tested during 2018/19 financial year and declared successful after testing and the units are used for outreach programmes while awaiting the contract for uninterruptable network solution to be finalised. The mobile units will be deployed in the hard to reach areas across the country; including the Eastern Cape once the modernisation process is concluded.

c) As indicated above, mobile units are in the process of being modernised and refurbished, and will be deployed once they are ready. However, the population of Eastern Cape has 59 physical offices located in various parts of the province to service the needs of population.

END

05 August 2019 - NW259

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(a) What was the (i) total cost of the SA Football Association election? and (ii) breakdown of all relevant costs and (b) what (i) number of members of the electoral commission was paid each day? and (ii) amount was paid to each specified member?

Reply:

(i) The total cost for South African Football Association election amounted to R5,894,689.

(ii) Breakdown is provided below;

Flights Air Travel                                R448,672

Road Travel                                        R137,500

Accommodation                                  R393,904

Venue (Sandton Convention Centre)       R196,869

Sound and lighting                                R310,224

Branding                                              R22,620

Election stationery                                R9,900

Electoral Committee members fees      R2,137,500

Other Costs                                        R100,000

(Drivers' fees, fuel, security, NEC members, etc.)

TOTAL                                             R3,757,189

(b)(i) and (ii) Below are the amounts paid per member of the Electoral Commission;

McCaps Motimele                   R855,000

Ntambi Ravele                        R360,000

Mthobi Tyamzashe                 R360,000

Abel Ramolotja                      R315,000

Bongani Zondi                       R247,500

TOTAL                                R2,137,500

The Honourable Member must note that this is the money in which SAFA fundraised privately from their sponsors.

05 August 2019 - NW312

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

Whether her department has set a deadline to remove the gear used for octopus fishing after imposing a temporary ban in False Bay; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether all live fish and other animals caught in the gear will be released; (3) Whether her department has a map of where all the gear was placed in order to ensure that all traps are removed; if not, how will her department ensure that all the traps are removed in order to combat the illegal fishing of octopus in False Bay?

Reply:

(1) The Permit Holders were instructed on 28 June 2019 to remove all octopus fishing gear with immediate effect. The process of removal of the entire octopus fishing gear in the False Bay area was completed on 11 July 2019.

(2) Permit Holders were allowed to retain all their catch.

(3) The Department has all the GPS coordinates where all the octopus gear was deployed. The Department also works with the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO) to ensure that all the areas where their octopus gear is deployed, are recorded on the Navigational Chats in support of safe navigation. All the 46 lines and 987 pots that were deployed, have been removed and the removal was monitored by the Fisheries Compliance Officers at the Kalk Bay Fishing Harbour.

 

Regards

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

05 August 2019 - NW189

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether, with reference to the reply of the former Minister of Sport and Recreation to question 3557 on 14 December 2018, his department has received the outstanding information from Athletics SA; if not, by what date can the information be expected; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The department has not received the outstanding information from Athletics SA; and we will follow up with Athletics SA.

05 August 2019 - NW177

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to schools in Johannesburg Wards 23, 54, 55, 56, 57, 124 and 125, what (a) assessments have been done to ascertain the number of additional schools needed in each ward, (b) were the outcomes of the assessments, (c) plans are there to build additional schools in the specified area and (d) are the time frames and deadlines in each case?

Reply:

The response below is as received from the Gauteng Department of education.

a) The Gauteng Department of Education completed infrastructure assessments with regard to the number and type of facilities during the 2018/19 financial year. This data informs the number of additional facilities, including classrooms, required per school and by implication the number of new schools required in any given residential area.

b) There is a total of 38 public ordinary schools in the wards referred to above of which 28 are primary and 10 are secondary schools. There is a total shortage of 23 classrooms in 9 primary schools and 3 classrooms in 1 secondary school, whilst there is a surplus of 53 classrooms in 19 primary schools and 61 classrooms in 9 secondary schools, based on our learner: classroom ratio of 40:1.

c) There are no plans to build additional schools in the area as there isn’t a need for additional schools based on our learner: classroom ratio of 40:1. After the construction of Glenvista Primary School in 2015 the overcrowding in primary schools in these areas was significantly reduced.

d) See (c) above.

05 August 2019 - NW414

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What is the current outstanding number of identity documents (IDs) to be collected from his department by citizens; (2) Are any IDs being destroyed by his department; if not, why not; if so, what are the reasons; (3) What is the current quantity of documents earmarked for distribution by his department around the Republic in each of the nine provinces; (4) Whether he has found that the collection of IDs in each province is satisfactory; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) Whether there is any delay in the collection of IDs; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1386E

Reply:

1. Currently there are 389 574 uncollected ID documents.

2. Yes, the ID’s are being destroyed by the Department, if the client was issued with a new ID or the client is deceased.

3. Currently ± 15 000 ID documents are distributed per day.

4. Not Satisfactory. The Department has dedicated counters for collection however clients delay to collect their ID documents after receiving the SMS notification.

5. Yes, there are delays in the collections of ID documents. Clients are not collecting their ID documents immediately after they receive the SMS notification that the ID document is ready for collection.

END

05 August 2019 - NW149

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

In light of the shooting incident that recently took place along the border in the area of Ndumo in KwaZulu-Natal between South African soldiers and Mozambican Border Police resulting in the death of two Mozambican border police officials, what does she intend to do (a) with the findings of the board of inquiry’s investigation, (b) with the South African soldiers who are found to be involved in something untoward in respect of the incident and (c) in order to ease tensions and resume good relations between the two countries?

Reply:

1. (a) A Joint Multinational Board of Inquiry (BOI) was convened where the representatives of the respective countries involved will investigate the shooting incident. The agreed upon target date for the completion of the BOI is 30 July 2019. The normal legal process will be followed thereafter to ensure that the findings will be implemented.

(a) As this matter is sub judice at this stage, till the completion of the BOI, this question cannot be answered, but it needs to be mentioned that all members will be dealt with in accordance with the findings and recommendations of the BOI.

(b) With the SANDF agreeing to convene a Multinational Board of Inquiry to investigate the incident, it demonstrates the intention to be completely transparent and not to cover up any wrongdoing on the side of the SANDF members that resulted in the sad incident. This approach is believed to contribute and to ensure continued good relations between the two countries.

05 August 2019 - NW188

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)What was the total projected cost of the construction of the women’s hostel in Mzimhlope in Orlando in (a) 2006, (b) 2012, (c) 2014 and (d) 2016; (2) what (a) amount has actually been spent on the construction of the specified project to date and (b) portion of the specified actual costs were borne by the City of Johannesburg; (3) by what date will the finalised project be handed over to its beneficiaries?

Reply:

The Mzimhlope Women’s Hostel is located in Orlando and falls within the jurisdiction of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. The City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, through the Gauteng Province of human Settlements, indicated that:

(1) In 2006 the cost was R2 476 600

In 2012 the cost was R51 485 997

In 2014 the cost was R5 403 373

In 2016 the cost was R6 353 601

(2) The total amount that has been spent since the inception of the project is approximately R140 000 000, inclusive of the costs borne by the City of Johannesburg.

(3) The project had an original scope of 186 units which were planned to be constructed as double storey structures but to date only 34 units have been completed. Blockages that have contributed to the delays in the project have since been resolved. The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements has subsequently appointed a contractor and the process of appointing professionals and engineering services are currently being finalised. It is expected that the project will resume in August 2019 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of the 2020/21 financial year. Once this has been completed, the units will be allocated to qualifying beneficiaries for occupation.

05 August 2019 - NW309

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of the Trade and Industry

On what date (a) will the investigation by his department into the National Lotteries Commission, as requested by the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry in December 2018, be finalised and (b) does he intend to present the outcome of the investigation to the specified committee?

Reply:

This matter arose during the 5th administration. I am informed by the Director General of the dti that the investigation was conducted by the forensic investigators appointed by the NLC Board. The former Minister of Trade and Industry received the report on 5 March 2019 and requested that additional matters be investigated. The NLC has since requested their investigators to conduct further work and a report was submitted on 9 May 2019. The dti is currently engaging with the Board regarding the implementation of the recommendations. The NLC will be in a position to provide a report to Parliament.

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02 August 2019 - NW278

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Seitlholo, Mr IS to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

(a) Honourable Member, there is no separate budget for the private office which is a component in the Ministry of Hunan Settlements, Water and Sanitation. My private office comprises of the Private Secretary, Assistant Private Secretary, Receptionist and two domestic workers.

(b) Conditions of employment such as salaries and qualifications of staff is confidential. The Protection of Personal Information Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, amongst others, protect the confidentiality of such information.

However, I wish to indicate to the Honourable Member that Private Secretaries, Assistant Private Secretaries, receptionist in offices of Ministers share the responsibilities of managing the Ministers’ diaries, providing administrative support and protocol services as well as coordinating all the meetings between the two offices, i.e. Pretoria and Cape Town. The two domestic workers assist the Executive in their Cape Town and Pretoria residences.

02 August 2019 - NW314

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

Whether she will consider introducing a ban, as she did in False Bay, on octopus fishing in Mossel Bay, in order to prevent any further deaths of whales; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

At this stage we are not considering a further ban. Our marine scientists are currently in discussion with licence holders on mitigation measures that can be introduced in all licensed areas. These options still require testing. If however entanglements are reported the situation will be re-evaluated. In line with the Permit conditions of Octopus Exploratory Fishing, if there are entanglements of cetaceans, operators are required to suspend their fishing operations.

 

Regards

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

02 August 2019 - NW293

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in the Presidency:

(1) What (a) total amount is budgeted for his private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in his private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

(a) Total amount budgeted for 2019-20: R30.5 million

(i) Total remuneration: R12, 152,230

Find here: Office of the Minister

02 August 2019 - NW298

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(a) What are the legislative requirements concerning the operational aspects of the offshore bunkering operation in Algoa Bay; and (b) what number of (i) litres of oil have been spilled since the specified operation commenced, (ii) ships have docked alongside the bunkering ship since the specified operation commenced, and (iii) people are directly employed as a result of this bunkering operation?

Reply:

a) Offshore oil bunkering operations are authorised through the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). Application requirements and procedures are outlined in SAMSA’s Marine Notice No. 4 of 2016, which also identifies Section 21 of the South African Marine Pollution (Control and Civil Liability) Act, 1981 (Act No. 6 of 1981) as the main piece of legislation authorising this activity. There is currently no gazetted regulation or authorisation process in place for this activity (and there is no process in place for public participation/consultation with interested and affected parties prior to authorisation.)  

If an incident impacting on the environment were to occur, as a result of the bunker operations, the responsible parties are required to submit reports to the Department as per Section 30 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998).

b) (i) The Department is aware of two (2) oil spill incidents related to offshore bunkering in Algoa Bay. The first incident took place on 14 August 2016 wherein approximately 100 liters of oil was spilled. The second incident occurred on 6 July 2019 and, reportedly, 200 liters of oil was spilled. This latest incident is still under investigation by SAMSA, after which a confirmed volume of oil spilled will be reported. Further information can be obtained from SAMSA.

(ii) and (iii) SAMSA and Transnet National Ports Authority for the Port of Ngqura are the authorities who jointly authorise and monitor the bunkering activities in Algoa Bay, and will therefore be able to provide this information.

 

Regards

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

02 August 2019 - NW279

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) remuneration, (ii) salary level,(iii) job title,(iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

02 August 2019 - NW272

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Spies, Ms ERJ to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

(a)

 

2019/20

 

Compensation

Operational

Total

 

R'000

R'000

R'000

Ministry Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

23 595

14 687

38 282

Minister

2 500

3 712

6 212

Ministerial Support

21 095

10 975

32 070

 

 

 

 

(b) i) ii) iii) iv) v)

 

NAME OF OFFICIAL

LEVEL

SALARY

POST NAME & JOB DESCRIPTION (Purpose)

QUALIFICATIONS

1.

Feroze Shaik

L14

R1 327 974 pa

Chief of Staff:

To manage the office of and render a support service to the executive authority (EA).

B. Hon. Degree: Public Administration

2.

Mamonkwe Sipilica

L12

R922 335 pa

Private Secretary:

Provide assistance with secretarial services and support the EA with private obligations.

National Certificate:

Public Administration

National Diploma: Human Resource Management (Currently studying)

3.

Bongani Ngquba

L10

R646 193 pa

Stakeholder Relations Officer:

Provide assistance to the EA with community outreach and stakeholder relations management

National Diploma:

Productivity

4.

Liesel Jacobs

L9

R532 814 pa

Assistant Appointments Secretary:

Provide secretarial support to the EA

National Diploma:

Business Management

5.

Buchule Mbuli

L7

R443 929 pa

Secretary / Receptionist:

Provide secretarial support and Reception services to the EA.

B tech:

Public Management

6.

Gift Mnguni

L11

R863 748 pa

Cabinet and Parliamentary Officer:

To manage and coordinate matters

emanating from Parliament/ Cabinet / other legislative structures and community outreach

Certificate in Public Management

B. Degree:

Public Management

(Currently Studying)

7.

Sylvester Pandelani

L8

R528 654 pa

Registry Clerk:

Provide registry support services in the

office of the EA

Matric

Nat Diploma:

Public Management and Administration

(Currently Studying)

8.

Clifford Seanego

L6

R373 987 pa

Driver Messenger:

Provide messenger and driver services in the office of the EA

Matric

Certificate: Computer Literacy

9.

Nicholas Leontsinis

L11

R733 257pa

Media Content Manager:

To manage and coordinate the development of content for speeches/ inputs of the EA

Masters Degree: African Studies

BA Hon Degree

 

Regards

 

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

 

02 August 2019 - NW313

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

(1)(a) On what scientific data did her department rely when setting its quotas for octopus fishing in South African waters; (b) on what date was the scientific data collected; and (c) who collected the data (2) Whether her department appointed any independent observers to attest to the accuracy and veracity of the scientific data; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The purpose of the exploratory fishery is to gain scientific knowledge regarding octopus harvesting in various areas in terms of catch, effort, as well as seasonal trends and gear efficiency.

(a) The purpose of the exploratory fishery is to gain scientific knowledge regarding octopus harvesting in various areas in terms of catch, effort, as well as seasonal trends and gear efficiency.No quota has been set for octopus fishing in South African waters. The octopus fishery is managed by effort (number of pots).

Effort for this fishery was determined and set below the sustainable levels based on data collected through a desktop study prior to the establishment of the exploratory phase of the fishery.

(b) The desktop studies were conducted in 2003 and 2004 prior to the first phase of the experimental fishery and were further inferred by a PhD thesis titled: A Development and Management Framework for a New Octopus Vulgaris Fishery in South Africa, which was published by Ané Oosthuizen of Rhodes University. The study focussed on the first phase of the theoretical framework and protocol and was implemented by using a proposed octopus pot fishery in South Africa as a case study.

This was followed by a scientific paper in 2004 titled Economic Feasibility of an Experimental Octopus Fishery in South Africa which was published in the South African Journal of Science 100(11). The Study generated baseline information necessary in the design of the experimental fishery, giving guidelines as to which vessels, fishing gear and markets would be most feasible. The proposed fishery, gear and vessel type, fishing techniques and expected catch rates were described, the results of market research were also outlined, as well as the estimated cost of fishing.

(c) The data was collected by Departmental officials.

(2) No. The infromation was considered was information that was available in the reports and published works from a variety of sources. With regard to the long-term future of whether or not the Department plans to set up a permanent octopus fishery, we have instructed our marine scientists to urgently review all existing scientific data to inform the way forward with regard to this fishery. This process must be complete within this financial year.

 

Regards

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019