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16 February 2021 - NW3

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What total number of truck drivers have been murdered in riot-related incidents (a) in each of the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18, (iii) 2018-19 and (iv) 2019-20 financial years and (b) from 1 April 2020 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) (a) what total number of the truck drivers in each specified financial year and time period were foreign persons and (b) from which countries did they originate in each case; (3) whether he will to make a statement on the matter, if not, why not, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The statistics on the persons allegedly murdered flowing from the torching of trucks are kept by the South African Police Service (SAPS). That being said, I humbly request that this question be re-directed to the Departments of Employment and Labour and the SAPS for a reason that the President established an Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) under the leadership of the Department of Employment and Labour. It is worth noting that SAPS chairs the National JOINTS where security information is shared including such criminality that is taking place within the freight industry. It must also be noted that the Department of Transport initially led the Task Team prior to the establishment of the IMC. The then Minister of Transport, Dr B Nzimande officially handed over a report on this matter to then Minister of Labour on 15 April 2019.

The Minister of Employment and Labour, Hon. Nxesi is now leading this portfolio.

 

15 February 2021 - NW72

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

With reference to the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (details furnished) where recipients will be given a stipend of R3 500 per month and are expected to assist in teaching and learning, administration duties, general maintenance and cleaning, data capturing as well as facilitating sports, safety and health-related activities, what (a) measures has her department put in place to ensure that recipients  will be (i) youth with no criminal record and (ii) effectively inducted into the codes of conduct of the school and her department, (b) selection criteria will be utilised to determine who will be chosen and (c) form of skills transfer can the recipients expect to gain from participating in this programme?

Reply:

(i) will be youth with no criminal record  

The Department, working together with Provincial Education Departments (PEDs), acknowledges the need for the youth employed in schools, as part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Package, to be members of society, without criminal records.  As such, the Implementation Framework for the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) makes it mandatory for all youth employed in schools to submit a copy of their most recent Police Clearance Certificate (PCC), issued by the South African Police Service (SAPS).  The Department has taken into account that the processing of PCCs takes time to be finalised.  As such, PEDs have been advised to inform School Principals to request youth appointed in their schools to submit confirmation that they have made an application for a PCC.  All participants are required to have submitted their PCCs by January 2021.

In addition to this measure, PEDs are required to work with their counterparts, the provincial Departments of Social Development (DSD), to run the IDs of incumbents against the Sexual Offenders’ Register.  This is meant to protect our learners, as well as to ensure that schools remain as protective environments for our children to the extent necessary.

A further measure put in place is for the youth to have submitted testimonials, affirming their standing in their communities, as part of the documentation required to finalise appointments.

 

(ii) will be effectively inducted into the codes of conduct of the schools? 

All schools are required to use the period following immediately after finalising appointments to rollout an induction and orientation programme.  To facilitate this, the Department has finalised an orientation manual for Education Assistants and General School Assistants.  This manual has been mediated through the training of District Directors, Circuit Managers and School Principals.

Once the youth have taken up their positions, Principals are required to ensure that induction and orientation are provided to all.  The DBE orientation manual should be augmented with programmes designed by schools, supported by their Circuits.

 

(b) What selection criteria will be utilised to determine who will be chosen

        The following standard criteria have been discussed and agreed with PEDs: 

  • that the recruits are 18 – 35 years old;  
  • that they reside in the community where the school is located;
  • a special dispensation is provided for Schools for Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN).  PEDs have been advised to inform such schools that when they undertake recruitment processes, they should target their former learners who are suited to work in the schools;
  • a minimum of NQF Level 4 qualification for Education Assistants and General School Assistants; and
  • Since Education Assistants will be required to work with teachers and learners in classrooms, having an NQF level 7 qualification will be an added advantage.

 

(c) What form of skills transfer can the recipients expect to gain from participating in this programme             

        The Department has developed an inventory of training programmes, with the following five focus areas:

  • Child and Youth Care Workers (CYCW) to provide Psychosocial Support to learners;
  • Curriculum to claw-back on the losses imposed by the outbreak of COVID-19;
  • Reading Champions to respond to one of the key Sector priorities;
  • Infrastructure to support critical school infrastructure maintenance, and

to conduct an infrastructure condition assessments that will inform future maintenance work; and

  • e-Cadre programme to support schools and teachers with the following

ICT related activities - Basic ICT equipment troubleshooting, use of ICT in lesson planning, ICT school management Tools (SASAMS),

Integration of ICT in Teaching and Learning, Audit of schools for ICT readiness, and Loading Open Educational Resources on teacher and

learner devices to be used in the classrooms.

 The training programme will be provided in collaboration with various partners.

15 February 2021 - NW76

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

In light of the fact that the Thuthuzela project is led by the Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority, in partnership with various departments and donors, what is the progress on the five Thuthuzela care centres that were earmarked to be operational by March 2021; (2) in light of the fact that due to the mandatory COVID-19 shutdown, the number of victims that Thuthuzela care centres rendered services to decreased by 36,8% in comparison to 2019-20 quarter one reports, and in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 infections, what (a) measures and/or plans have been put in place to ensure that centres remain operational and the public is informed and/or aware of the operations and (b) are the full details of the (i) estimated budget allocation and (ii) implementation targets?

Reply:

1. The Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is currently focusing on the establishment of six (6) Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCCs) sites, instead of five (5). Despite the lockdown regulations that hampered finalisation of the tender process, the process of selecting sites was finalised with stakeholders, and the procurement of park homes (where required) is on schedule. The refurbishment process of the park homes and health facilities was unfortunately also hampered by the lockdown restrictions but is currently on-track. We are working with relevant stakeholders to ensure that these sites become operational by March 2021.

2. TCCs are based at health care facilities so that the TCC services remain accessible to victims. During Alert Level 5 lockdown, everyone was confined due to the Disaster Management Regulations, and the staff was required to work on rotational basis to ensure continued service delivery to victims. The TCCs have been acknowledged as an essential service and to this end, TCCs sites remained open during the period of lockdown.

It is noted that in the first months of lockdown, the number of matters reported decreased, however as the lockdown levels were lifted and public awareness initiatives were implemented by the SOCA Unit during August and September 2020, we specifically noted an increase in the number of matters reported at the TCCs sites during this period. In Quarter 2 of the current financial year, 7 336 matters were reported at TCCs sites, which is a 45.2% increase from Quarter 1 when 5 050 matters were reported.

Various forms of editorial media engagements, including national and local radio and TV stations, webinars, community events and social media platforms are utilised to inform communities regarding related services at the TCCs sites, thus there are no budget implications. The current 55 operational sites are covered in the NPA voted funds.

06 January 2021 - NW2875

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether her department has put any mechanism in place to monitor the performance of traditional leaders; if not, why not; if so, what consequences are there for traditional leaders who ignore their communities, but collect pay checks from the State?

Reply:

The Honourable Member is advised that the question asked would require the collation of the latest information from provinces to ensure that a comprehensive response is provided. Accordingly, the Department of Traditional Affairs has written to its Provincial counterparts for them to furnish us with the requested information. The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information once it has been availed by Provinces.

06 January 2021 - NW671

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether she, her department and/or any entity reporting to her received any donation of personal protection equipment since 1 February 2020; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details of (a) the date on which the donation was received, (b) the name of the donor, (c) the monetary value of the donation, (d) the branding that appeared on the donated equipment, including the branding of any political party, and (e)(i) how and (ii) where was the donated equipment distributed?

Reply:

The department, not any of entities reporting to me, did receive donations of personal protection equipment in the form of (1540 litres of hand sanitisers; Hand soap 2000 litres; x216 hand sanitisers 250ml; and x20 5litres surface sanitiser) in the period indicated. The details are the following:

a) Date

b) Donor

c) Value

d) Branding

e) Distribution

30 April 2020

United Nations

Not known

Sheer Elegance waterless hand sanitiser. 70% alcohol

Distributed to shelters during Minister’s visits.

30 April 2020

United Nations

Not known

Cleaning Warehouse

Distributed to shelters during Minister’s visits.

7 May 2020

SACSSP/ HWSETA

Not known

Sticker written hand Sanitizer

Composition 75% Alcohol

DSD Staff

7 May 2020

SACSSP/ HWSETA

Not known

Steri Guard 70% alcohol waterless hand sanitiser

DSD Staff

06 January 2021 - NW2314

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)Whether each national department employs an accounting officer; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) (a) what number of accounting officers are employed in an acting capacity and (b) does each specified officer have the necessary qualifications required for the position; if not, what is the position in this regard?

Reply:

According to the Public Service Act 103 of 1994, as amended, any information relating to the norms and standards of the Public Service functions, organizational, and governance arrangements, conditions of service and employment practices as well as information Management is the responsibility of the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

Therefore, my colleague, Minister Senzo Mchunu is at the apex of government information on Human Resource employment practices in the Public Service as well as monitoring thereof. I would suggest that this Parliamentary question be re-directed to the relevant institution.

Thank you.

06 January 2021 - NW2997

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

Of the 99 047 food parcels distributed by her department, 147 205 by the SA Social Security Agency and 220 674 by the Solidarity Fund during the national lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, (a) what total number of recipients of the specified food parcels were (i) older persons, (ii) persons with disabilities and (iii) child-headed households in each province and (b) are there signed registers to confirm that food parcels were received by the three specified categories of recipients?

Reply:

(a) The detailed beneficiary list of food parcels recipients including all the categories enquired about (i) older persons, (ii) persons with disabilities and (iii) child-headed households to which some are combination of the above categories; in each province are kept by provinces and SASSA where food parcels distribution is delivered. All beneficiaries of the relief signed as acknowledgement of receipt upon collection of food parcels. It is important to note that the Department of Social Development partnered with Solidarity Fund so this was not a Solidarity Fund project.

(b) The officials keep the portfolio of evidence in the form of signed registers for all reported food parcels to confirm that food parcels were received by the reported recipients.

06 January 2021 - NW2530

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Buthelezi, Ms P to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What are the relevant details of the (a) Demographic make-up, (b) Date of appointment, (c) Highest qualification obtained, (d) Age, (e) Gender and (f) Race of each executive leadership in each state-owned entity?

Reply:

Responses from the State-Owned Companies are attached as Annexure A

According to the information received from Alexkor

Name

Designation

Date of appointment

Highest qualification obtained

Age

Gender

Race

Mr Lemogang Pitso

Alexkor Chief Executive Officer

01/12/2017

Master in Business Leadership

49

Male

Black

Mr Deon Bowers

PSJV Act General Mine Manager

01/11/20

BSc Honors (Geological Science)

47

Male

Coloured

             

Demographics

Alexkor

PSJV

Male African

104

557

Male European

5

121

Male Asian

 

2

Female African

47

51

Female European

3

11

Female Asian

 

0

According to the information received from DENEL SOC LTD

Name of Executive

Designation

Date of appointment

Highest qualification obtained

Age

Gender

Race

Mr. Talib Sadik

Acting Group CEO

17 August 2020

B.Com/DIP Accounting/CA(SA)/

AMP (Insead)

55

Male

Indian

Ms. Carmen Le Grange

Group CFO

01 September 2019

B.Com/DIP Accounting/CA(SA)

47

Female

Coloured

Mr. William Hlakoane

Group COO

01 July 2019

MBA, ND: Mech Engineering/B:Tech Mech Engineering

48

Male

Black

Ms. Mercia Ngema

Group HR & Transformation

01 July 2019

MBA, Honours Degree in HR Management

46

Female

Black

Mr. Sello Ntshihlele

CEO: Denel Dynamics

01 August 2019

MBA, M. Eng (Electrical and Electronic)

56

Male

Black

Mr. Phaladi Petje

CEO: PMP

01 May 2013

BA(Hons) Economics

PDM Business Admin

Executive Development Programs

55

Male

Black

Mr. Mxolisi Makhathini

CEO: DLS/DVS

01 August 2019

Bsc (Electronic Eng)

47

Male

Black

Mr. Mike Kgobe

CEO: Denel Aeronautics

01 March 2010

Master Degree: Aeronautical Production & Maintenance

52

Male

Black

According to the information received from ESKOM SOC LTD

NAME

DESIGNATION

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

HIGHEST QUALIFICATIONS

AGE

GENDER

RACE

Mr Bala Monde ludovick

Group executive (distribution)

19970101

Master of Engineering Graduate Diploma in Engineering Industrial Engineering

47

Male

African

Ms Burn Faith

Chief information officer

20200515

Bsc maths; BSC Hons Maths

Master of Science Maths

Masters of Business Leadership

52

Female

Coloured

Mr Cassim Calib

Chief financial officer

20020211

Master of Business Leadership

Bachelor of Commerce
Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science
chartered accountant

49

Male

Coloured

Mr De ruyter Andre marinus

Group chief executive

20200106

Master of Business Administration

Bachelor of Civil Law
Bachelor of Arts

52

Male

White

Mr Dukashe Phillip

General manager- eskom rotek industries

19940101

Bsc Degree: Engineering

Post Grad Diploma: Engineering

50

Male

African

Mr Etzinger Andrew

General manager-risk and sustainability

19891211

Bsc Maths; BSC Hons Mathematical Statistics; BSC Hons Operations Research; Executive programme London Business School

52

Male

White

Mr Hewu Nqaba bartlett

Group executive legal and compliance (contractor)

20180326

Bachelor of Law
Baccalaureus Legum
Tax Law
Extracurricular Higher Diploma Law

45

Male

African

Mr Manjingolo Mlawuli

Company secretary

20200701

Ba law; LLB; Higher Diploma Company and Labour Law

52

Male

African

Mr Mathebula Rhulani

Group executive- generation (acting)

20031001

National Diploma Analytical Chemistry

Btech: Business Administration

40

Male

African

Mr Mflathelwa Mziwoxolo

General manager-strategy and planning

20100301

Bachelor of Engineering (mechanical)

35

Male

African

Mr Minyuku Nthato

Group executive (government and regulatory affairs)

20201015

Master of City Planning and Urban Design
Bachelor of Architectural Studies

42

Female

African

Ms Nxumalo Bhekizitha johannes

Group executive (group capital)

20170501

Master of Business Administration

National higher diploma (chemical engineering)
National Diploma (chemical engineering)

52

Male

African

Mr Oberholzer Jan albert

Chief operating officer

20180706

Master of Business Leadership

Bachelor of Engineering (electrical)
Electrical Engineers Certificate of Competency

62

Male

White

Ms Pule Elsie mamolatelo

Group executive (human resources)

20121201

Master of Science in Engineering Business Management

Bachelor of Arts and Social Work
BA Hons Psychology

53

Female

African

Mr Scheppers Segomoco Martin

Group executive (transmission)

19930809

Master of Business Administration

Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Graduate Diploma in Engineering

57

Male

African

Mr Sookrajh Bob

General manager- audit and forensics (acting)

19940401

B.Com Hons; Chartered Internal Auditor

Post Graduate Advanced Diploma Taxation

54

Male

Asian

Mr Tshitangano Solly

Chief procurement officer

20190101

B.Com Hons

58

Male

African

Mr Tuku Vuyolwethu

Group executive (transformation management office)

20200701

Master of Business Administration

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

45

Male

African

According to the information received from TRANSNET SOC LTD

SURNAME AND NAME

DESIGNATION

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION

GENDER

AGE

RACE

Derby Portia

Group Chief Executive

2020/02/01

Master’s Degree

Female

50

African

Kgomo Lucas Makoma (Brian)

Chief Audit Executive

2020/06/01

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Masters of Philosophy in Internal Audit, B.Com Accounting

Male

53

African

Shaw Andrew

Group Chief Strategy Officer

2020/07/01

PhD (Transport Economics), MBA, BSc and MSc (Engineering)

Male

53

White

Kani Yolisa

Group Chief Business Development Officer

2020/05/01

BSc Applied Science Honours in Transportation Engineering

Female

45

African

Dlamini Nonkululeko

Group Chief Financial Officer

2020/05/01

CA (SA), Higher Diploma in Accounting (CTA) and a B-Comm degree

Female

46

African

Coetzee Sandra Adv

Group Chief Legal Counsel

2020/05/01

Admitted Advocate, BLC, LLB and Senior Leadership Programme

Female

58

White

Munyai Pandelani

Chief Information Officer

2020/04/01

Master of Business Leadership, Master of Electronic Engineering, a BSc Electrical Engineering, BSc Physics and Mathematics

Male

51

African

Nemukula Vuledzani

Group Chief Procurement Officer

2020/04/01

BSc; MBA; Advanced Business Management Programme (AMP), Advanced Management Programme from INSEAD and Oxford Executive Leadership Programme (OELP)

Male

52

African

Mzimela Sizakele

Chief Executive: Transnet Freight Rail

2020/04/01

BA Economics and Statistics, a Certificate in Management from Henley College and a Certificate of the Transnet Executive Development Programme from GIBS

Female

55

African

Mills Ralph

Chief Executive: Transnet Engineering

2020/05/01

Bachelor’s degree in Military Science and an MBL.

Male

56

White

Velile Dube

Chief Executive: Transnet Port Terminals

2009/11/01

BA in Communications and a BA (Hons) in English Literature, Program Leadership Certificate, certificate in Leadership from the Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS).

Male

59

African

Michelle Phillips

Chief Executive: Transnet Pipelines

1999/11/16

Admitted Advocate of the High Court with a B Juris LLB, Executive Development leadership programmes, certificates for several International Terminal Operations Management Programmes from Antwerp, Rotterdam, Paris and Le Havre.

Female

49

Coloured

Khayalethu Ngema

Chief of People

2017/07/01

BA in Law and Industrial Sociology, A Public and Development Management Diploma and a postgraduate diploma in Public Policy and Development , Certificate for a Senior Executive Program

Male

50

African

Kapei Phahlamohlaka

Chief Executive: Transnet Property

2020/09/01

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Male

44

African

Mninawe Silinga

Chief Executive: Transnet National Ports Authority

2020/09/01

BSc in Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering, MBA, AMP, Chartered Director [IoD-UK]. Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering

Male

55

African

According to the information received from SAFCOL

Name and Surname

DESIGNATION

(b) Date of Appointment

(c) Highest Qualification

(d) Age

(e) Gender

(f) Race

Mr Tsepo Monaheng

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

01/12/2017

  • MBA
  • BSc in Electrical Engineering
  • BSc in Physics and Mathematics

57

Male

African

Mr John Maruma

Acting Chief Financial Officer (ACFO)

01/03/2020

  • MBA (In progress)
  • CA (SA)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (CTA)
  • B. Com (Hons) in Banking
  • Leadership Development Programme

37

Male

African

Mr Sibalo Dlamini

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

05/10/2020

  • Masters in Engineering Management
  • BSc in Chemical Engineering
  • BSc in Chemistry and Biology
  • Registered Professional Engineer (PrEng)
  • Leadership Development Programme

54

Male

African

Mr Vishal Harichund Executive:

Strategy and Commercial

01/06/2020

  • LLB
  • LLM
  • Admitted Attorney

42

Male

African

Mr Siyabonga Mpontshana

Executive: Legal

01/06/2018

  • B Accounting Sciences
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • IIASA

44

Male

African

Ms Dimakatso Motseko

Executive Human Capital

02/01/2018

  • MBL
  • BSc (hon) in Industrial Psychology
  • BSc in Industrial Psychology
  • Advanced Programme in Organisational Development
  • Registered Psychometrics

47

Female

African

Ms Christelle Marias

Chief Risk Officer

01/06/2020

  • MBA
  • B.Iuris
  • Certified Director (IoDSA Cert. Dir.)
  • Certified Risk Management Professional (IRMSA CRM Prof.)

49

Female

White

According to the information received from SAA

Position

Date of Appointment

Highest qualification

Age

Gender

Race

Chief Executive Officer (vacant)

-

-

-

-

-

Interim Chief Financial Officer

15 October 2018

CA (SA)

60

M

C

Chief Commercial Officer

19 August 2019

MA TV Journalism

53

M

W

Acting General Manager Operations

01 July 2019

Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management

52

M

B

Head of Loyalty/Voyager

01 April 2014

US BSc. Business Administration, Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License

50

F

W

Acting General Manager Cargo

01 June 2018

B. Com Hons (Transport Economics), Masters in Business Administration, IATA Diploma in Air Cargo Transportation

55

M

B

Acting General Manager Human Resources

03 October 2019

B. Com

52

M

W

Acting Chief Information Officer

01 October 2019

Masters in Business Administration

49

M

W

Acting Head Customer Services

01 October 2019

Management Advanced Programme (MAP), Diploma in Public Relations

47

F

B

Acting Chief Legal Officer

01 May 2020

Bachelor of Laws

40

M

B

Acting Chief Internal Auditor

01 October 2019

B. Com Hons (Accounting)

37

F

B

Company Secretary

01 February 2009

BA. Hons. (Economics and Social Administration), CIS Diploma, Bachelor of Laws

58

F

B

CEO

Vacant

 

 

 

 

Acting Chief Financial Officer

01 October 2020

B. Com Hons. Accounting

43

M

B

Acting HOD - Base Maintenance

01 September 2019

NTC 4 Aircraft Technology

48

M

B

Acting HOD- Marketing and Sales

01 May 2018

Aircraft Avionics Technician (Olifantsfontein)

44

M

B

Acting HOD- Workshops

01 September 2019

National Technical Certificate Part 3 (N3)

57

M

W

General Manager Engineering and Support Sevices

01 December 2019

Masters Airworthiness & Aviation Safety

49

M

B

General Manager Human Resources

01 November 2019

Executive MBA

49

M

B

General Manager Quality and Risk

01 December 2019

M.Sc Business and Strategic Leadership

45

M

B

HOD- Line Maintenance

01 February 2012

Senior Management Development Programme NQF 8

44

M

B

HOD- Security

01 December 2019

M. Tech Degree Policing

57

M

B

HOD-Business Excellence

04 November 2019

Masters Project Management

37

M

B

Chief Executive Officer

01 November 2013

B. Com

52

M

W

Chief Financial Officer

03 June 2019

B. Com Honours, CA (SA)

37

M

B

Acting General Manager Commercial

01 May 2018

Diploma in Hospitality Management

34

F

B

General Manager Operations

01 September 2019

Management Advanced Programme (MAP), National Diploma in Tourism Management

43

M

B

General Manager Human Resources

19 January 2015

Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources

43

F

B

Head of Quality, Safety and Environment

01 July 2015

BSc. Human Ecology

41

F

B

Head of Coastal

01 September 2017

BSc. Hons. Dietetics, Management Development Programme

47

F

B

06 January 2021 - NW2325

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) In which provinces did her department currently constitute active provincial substance abuse fora, (b) on what date was each specified forum established and constituted, (c) what number of times has each forum met since 1 January 2018, (d) what are the contact details of each forum’s secretariat and (e) what are the reasons that her department did not establish fora in some provinces; (2). Whether any of the specified provinces have outstanding substance abuse forum reports; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) what are the reasons that the specified reports are outstanding; (3) whether each province has put a (a) provincial substance abuse strategy and (b) mini drug master plan in place; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

Section 57 of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, 2008 specifically provides that the MECs must establish Provincial Substance Abuse Forums for their respective provinces. This is not a delegated power but a conferred power by the Act and the Minister cannot interfere with the powers conferred by legislation to her provincial counterparts as this would be in conflict with section 41 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa read with the Intergovernmental Relations Framework.

In terms of the same Act, the Minister is only empowered to establish the Central Drug Authority (CDA), which represents the national sphere of government. The Minister therefore does not have any executive or legislative mandate to establish Provincial Substance Abuse Forums and Local Drug Action Committees.

Provincial MECs are better placed to respond to this question.

06 January 2021 - NW2600

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entities reporting to her sponsored any events over the past two financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what (i) was the nature of the specified event, (ii) date was it held, (ii) total amount was paid, (iv) was the purpose of the event, (v) budget were the funds derived from, (vi) were the expected benefits to her department and (vii) actual benefits were derived from the specified sponsorship?

Reply:

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

DEPARTMENT:

(a) None

(i) Not Applicable

(ii) Not Applicable

(iii) Nil

(iv) Not Applicable

(v) Not Applicable

(vi) Not Applicable

(vii) Not Applicable

(b) The South African Post Office; Postbank; South African Broadcasting Corporation; Film and Publication Board and NEMISA did not sponsor any event in the last two financial years.

Broadband Infraco (BBI) does not actively sponsor events, however it does entertain sponsorships, if able to, that are aligned with the BBI mandate and are developmental oriented and enable a platform for engaging with their customers.

The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) did not sponsor any events in the 2018/2019 financial year, however it did in 2019/20.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) did not sponsor any events in the past two financial years, however it supported the Department in the ITU campaign in 2018. South Africa was voted back into the ITU Council following a four-year absence. This event was funded from the International Relations Conferences Budget as it was in line with the mandate of ICASA.

Entity

(i)Nature

(ii)Date held

(iii)Total Amount Paid

(iv)Purpose

(v)Budget funds derived from

(vi)Expected Benefits

(vii)Actual Benefits derived

BBI

SITA GovTech Golf Day

26 October 2019

R26 086

The event provided a platform for networking with ICT industry executives, suppliers and stakeholders, including the shareholder and other regulatory bodies.

Own generated funds were used, as BBI does not receive any Treasury allocations

N/A

The expected benefits were achieved during the event.

State Information Technology Agency

(SITA)

Conference specifically targets SMMEs.

3 – 4 April 2018

Trade Zone 123 t/a Imbizo Events

R216 600.00

SMME in ICT and Expo Summit

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

A biannual conference hosted by ARMSCO, DoD and SITA

18 May 2018

Military Basis Wonderboom Fonds 

R82 500.00

MICSSA Conference

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

ICT Publication. Provides SITA profiling in the ICT industry

13 June 2018

My Broadband Events

R172 500.00

MyBroadband Cloud Conference 2018

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

SITA invited to represent Public Sector ICT

19 – 20 June 2018

Manufacturing Indaba

R230 000.00

Manufacturing Indaba 2018

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

Stakeholder Relations

5 October 2018

SENTECH SOC LTD

R65 000.00

SENTECH Chairperson’s Charity Golf Day

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

Stakeholder Relations

29 October 2018

MSG IT Solutions

R50 000.00

Woman in ICT Conference /Awards

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

Customer Relations

31 October –

3 November 2018

Kimberley Golf Club

R35 200.00

Barney Barnato Golf Tournament

SITA 2018/19 budget

   
 

Annual ICT Summit hosted in the Eastern Cape, SITA exhibited services and a speaking opportunity as the Lead ICT Agency for Government

20 - 22 November 2018

Trade Zone 123 t/a Imbizo Events R552 000

Eastern Cape 14th Annual ICT Summit 2018

SITA 2018/19 budget

None

 
 

Annual ICT Summit hosted in the Eastern Cape, SITA exhibited services and speaking opportunity as the Lead ICT Agency for Government

20 – 21 November 2019

Trade Zone 123 t/a Imbizo Events R287 500

Eastern Cape 15th Annual ICT Summit 2019

SITA 2019/20 budget

None

 

ICASA

SA Reception

02 November 2018

R 300 000

To ensure that delegates were able to hear the SA proposal to be voted back into the ITU Council as well as Board Member for the Radio Regulations Board (RRB)

International Relations Conferences Budget

SA to be voted back into the ITU Council

SA was voted back into the ITU Council following a four year absence

Sentech

Attached as Annexure

           

USAASA

SITA

GovTech

2019

conference

to be held

at the Durban ICC

27 – 30

October

2019

R 145 000.00

The Conference

bringing together

Government, Industry

and Business on a

multi-layered

engagement. SITA provides a platform

that not only

showcases the latest

technologies,

solutions and trends,

but also brings

together diverse

stakeholders across

the public and private

sectors.

Stakeholder

Engagement

and

Communications

The conference

assists USAASA

to build

successful private

public partnership

for USAF projects that are

implemented by

the Agency

through

exhibition,

attendance of

sessions and

networking

opportunities.

Sponsorship

through

Exhibition space

and Marketing

opportunity pre,

during and post conference

 

The 15th

Annual ICT

Summit

hosted by

Imbizo

Events at

the East

London International Convention Centre

in East

London,

Eastern

Cape

19 - 21

November

2019

R 30 000.00

The Summit is a

platform that aims to

showcase the latest

trends and discuss

solutions and issues,

innovative ideas, and

online

communications

within the industry

across South Africa

with a focus on the

Eastern Cape

Stakeholder

Engagement

and

Communications

The Agency has

interests in ICT

Solutions

highlighting latest

developments,

policies and

growth in the ICT

Industry to

develop South

Africa, As such

this summit

provides an

opportunity to

network with

Government, the

public sector

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Private

Sector to solicit

partnerships for

projects in the

Eastern Cape

Sponsorship

through

Exhibition space

Networking and

Marketing

opportunity pre,

during and post

Summit

zaDNA

iWeek

21-23 August 2018

26-28 August 2019

R 49 205.87

For ZADNA to market its services to the core internet audience (stakeholders)

in South Africa

ZADNA’s annual iWeek budget item

Yes

Yes

Notes: (vii) SITA - Note that whereas the activity is called sponsorship, it is actually payment for participation in the event, by exhibition of services, attendance of the event, in most cases summits or conferences by SITA representatives and SITA’s speaking slot and branding. The events are strategically targeted and aimed at promoting SITA services and the brand.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

06 January 2021 - NW2585

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to the Non-Profit Organisation Financing Report (details furnished), what (a) plans does the Government have in place to rehabilitate the social services and care that was being subsidised prior to the onset of the pandemic, (b) are the reasons that the poorest provinces are the last to the feeding through such as the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, the North West and Mpumalanga feature prominently as areas of (i) perennial funding delays and (ii) funding withdrawal and (c) are the reasons that her department make decisions that affect vulnerable lives without adequate information sharing and/or consultation with those affected to ensure that the dignity, health and lives of the contingent remain protected considering that many of the decisions to withdraw funding, even before the pandemic, have been made unilateral by her department; (2) whether her department will be investigating the subsidy cuts and delays; if not, what monitoring mechanisms will be enforced going forward; if so, what sanctions will be meted out regarding uncovered wrongdoing?

Reply:

(a) The Department continued with the payment of subsidies and the ongoing monitoring and support to NPOs albeit with delays in some provinces which have now been addressed.1. 

(b) (i) The funding delays were caused by technicalities such as migration from BAS to Central Supplier Database, slow network and lock down interruptions in the finalisation of Service Level Agreements, amongst others. All provinces have addressed the delays, with the exception of North West which is still experiencing technicalities with the migration to the Central Supplier Database.

(ii) I have not been made aware of any funding withdrawal in any of the 9 provinces.

(c) The affected Provinces have consulted the relevant NPO network structures on delays and budget cuts soon after it was communicated by the Provincial Treasuries.

2. Amongst some of the measures to expedite the payment of NPOs, the department is undertaking a rapid assessment survey to determine the causes for the delays and to come up with stringent monitoring mechanisms and steps to remedy this situation. The National Department has since stringently monitored progress on NPO payments and taking drastic steps to remedy this situation.

In addition, the Department has sought approval from National Treasury to seek approval to change from a quarterly to a two-tranche payment system to NPOs through a risk-adjusted differentiated approach that is aimed at reducing administrative burden on the transfer system.

The two-tranche payment system will be implemented at the beginning of the 20210-2022 financial year, as it must be incorporated in the department’s beginning of year projections that are submitted in line with section 40(4)(a) of the PFMA. However, for the new two-tranche payment system to be effective, NPOs need to be compliant as this system runs a risk of either increasing current levels of underspending or NPOs keeping large reserve funds that are not used at the end of the financial year. To date almost all the Provinces have paid up the first and the second quarter payments to eligible organizations that are compliant, thus they are in line with the payment targets. For the third quarter, the status of funding is as follows:

         

Name of Province

Total No of NPOs Eligible

Total No of NPOs Paid

Total % of NPOs Paid

Pending NPO Payments

W Cape

1 819

1 819

100%

0

N Cape

1 014

722

71%

292

Limpopo

2 917

2 635

90%

282

Gauteng

3 326

3 079

92%

247

Free State

1 826

1 821

99.70%

5

Mpumalanga

1 713

1 639

96%

74

E Cape

4 029

4 023

99%

6

KZN

3 586

2 798

76%

788

N West

924

647

70%

277

TOTAL

21 154

19 183

91%

1 972

         

For the remaining 1 972 NPOs that have not been paid, the reasons are varying, but mainly due to the following:

a) Late submission of claims by NPOs.

b) Non-compliance by NPOs

c) For KwaZulu Natal and Northern Cape, claims were processed at 50% where there was no attendance at Service Centres.

  • For Gauteng, specific delays relate to payment of ECDs, particularly in Tshwane which has been identified as having challenges due to changes in the municipal by-law. This is a matter that continues to receive attention both nationally and at the Province.
  • For other provinces, in relation to ECD, the provinces are implementing a special project on payment of outstanding subsidies in compliance with the SA CHILDCARE (PTY) LTD & OTHERS High Court Judgement handed on 20 October 2020.

06 January 2021 - NW1012

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

What is the breakdown of the R1,3 billion Covid-19 support for agriculture in terms of each (a) item and (b) province; (2) whether her department advertised a tender to source the personal protective equipment; if not, why not; if so, (a) who were the service providers, (b) what items were bought and (c) what was the cost of each item; (3) whether she will furnish Mrs A Steyn with a list of all successful applications of farmers; if not, why not, if so, on what date; (4) what (a) amount did each farmer receive in each district, (b) is the name of each farmer who received the Covid-19 financial support and (c) are the contact details of each farmer?

Reply:

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

Breakdown of the R1,3 billion

(a) Items

R 100 million

Land Bank

R 400 million

Production Support (Stimulus Package)

R 20 million

Hygiene

R 1 million

Communication

R 745 million

Production Support (Smallholder & Communal Farmers support)

R 4.1 million

OCR Hardware

(b) There is no breakdown of allocations per province.

2. No. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) sourced personal protective equipment by means of quotations and transversal contracts through emergency procurement process as outlined in National Treasury Instruction Notes No.8 of 2019/2020 and No. 5 of 2020/21.

(a),(b),(c) Falls away.

3. Yes. Please refer to Annexure A.

(4)(a),(b), Please refer to Annexure A.

(c) Minister is unable to divulge the contact details of each farmer without their knowledge and consent.

06 January 2021 - NW2874

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) total number of traditional leaders receive any form of payment from the State, (b) is the provincial distribution of the specified traditional leaders and (c) total amount has the State paid to the traditional leaders over the past five financial years?

Reply:

The Honourable Member is advised that the question asked would require the collation of the latest information from provinces to ensure that a comprehensive response is provided. Accordingly, the Department of Traditional Affairs has written to its Provincial counterparts for them to furnish us with the requested information. The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information once it has been availed by Provinces.

06 January 2021 - NW2262

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) has her department done since the pronouncement by the Auditor-General that the SA Social Security Agency relied on old systems to pay out the R350 grant and therefore might have erroneously paid many persons who did not qualify and/or many who qualified did not get paid and (b) steps has her department taken to correct the resultant errors?

Reply:

a) I must point out that AGSA had access to other databases which SASSA did not have at the time AGSA conducted the validations.

SASSA promptly suspended all accounts that were flagged by AGSA and suspected to be fraudulent. All the suspected accounts are currently under investigation. This will be followed by a recovery process, if it is indeed found that some of those paid were illegible for the Special COVID-19 SRD Grant. It is also worth repeating and bringing it to the attention of the Honourable Member that there were some discrepancies in the AGSA findings, which SASSA highlighted to them. Most of these could be attributed to a time difference between the time the assessment was done by SASSA and when AGSA considered the data. AGSA has acknowledged these findings.

b) From the inception of the grant, we were committed to ensuring that only eligible applicants receive it, considering the unprecedented socio-economic difficulties confronting many individuals and households.

In cases where applicants may have been erroneously excluded, SASSA has reconsidered every application every month. However, every applicant who has been declined has the right to request SASSA to reconsider the decision, should he/she believe that the decision made was incorrect.

06 January 2021 - NW2410

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

(1)Whether, given that a Department of Correctional Services official at St Albans Correctional Centre in the Eastern Cape was caught last week trying to smuggle contraband (narcotics, cell phones and cellular accessories) into the specified facility, the Department of Correctional Services has any mechanisms in place to counteract the common practice whereby prison staff throughout the Republic smuggle packages for inmates in exchange for money; if not, why not; if so, what are the full, relevant details of such mechanisms; (2) What has the Department of Corrections found to be at the core of the specified trend? (3) What total number of cases of this nature involving the practice have been recorded in the past 12 months in each province?

Reply:

(1) In response to these challenges, the Department has reviewed the Vetting policy to include continuous screening and integrity testing of personnel through the implementation of the Voice Stress Analysis.

The Voice Stress Analysis (VSA) is considered as a professional non-invasive investigation system tool used in various risk management processes for emotion detection, personality and risk assessment and investigations. It is also a security investigation tool utilised to gather information in identifying internal fraud, smuggling activities, stop theft of merchandise (Stores), equipment and company funds.

In addition, the Department has a Gang management strategy in place and is currently reviewing the strategy into a Gang Combating Strategy which will be accompanied by implementation plan to counter strategies and new techniques used by the gangs. Amongst the interventions, there is consultation and collaboration with Law Enforcement Agencies under the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster.

This effective collaboration has shown success in combating gangsterism in our facilities and has yielded positive results in management areas with high numbers of incarcerated gang members such as the St Albans Management Area.

Our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are in place which include conducting searches in correctional facilities. Confiscated Contraband such as sim-cards and cellular phones are handed over to Crime Intelligence for further operationalization. Through this collaborative initiatives, numerous officials were arrested for being linked to gangs. We are also in the process of reviewing DCS Security Protocol through the review of B-Order and enhancing such protocol.

Therefore in addressing the challenge at hand, officials are sensitized to comply with Security policies and procedures by ensuring that proper and regular searches of inmates, officials, visitors and services providers are conducted at Access Control points. For any non-compliance, consequence management must be undertaken and criminal cases opened with the SAPS.

The Department is in a process of implementation of Body Scanners in the identified Correctional Facilities within six (6) Management Areas. The aim of the Scanners in question is a threat detection solution which combines ultra-low radiation with maximum visibility, therefore addressing the challenges of smuggling of contrabands i.e. cell phones and drugs among others. It will detect any hidden metals, weapons and drugs in a body of a person. The scanner will be able to search all body cavities without compromising the privacy of individuals and reduce the time taken to manually search inmates, officials and visitors.

Body Scanners have been installed across big facilities, this include:

  1. Gauteng: (Kgosi Mampuru II, Local CC and Johannesburg Med A and B);
  2. Western Cape: (Pollsmoor Max and access control);
  3. Free State: (Groenpunt Max and access control);
  4. Eastern Cape: (St. Albans Max and Medium A);
  5. KwaZulu-Natal (Durban Med A and B); and
  6. Mpumalanga (Barberton Max).

(2) Non adherence to policies and Standard Operating Procedures

(3) The total number of cases of this nature involving the practice recorded in the past 12 months in each province are as follows:

REGION

TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES

EC

17

LMN

9

KZN

14

GP

121

WC

13

FSNC

7

NATIONAL

181

END

The deployment of the use of VSA will aid as a force multiplier and a deterrent to criminal activities and misconduct by officials and would be perpetrators which will ultimately results in the eradication of contrabands in DCS Correctional Centers. It will further more ensure a security competent workforce and the integrity of the Department and State.

END.

06 January 2021 - NW2236

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De Villiers, Mr JN to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What (a) total number of ministerial houses does her department own for the use of Ministers and Deputy Ministers and (b) is the total number of the specified ministerial houses that are (i) currently still being used by former Ministers and/or Deputy Ministers who have not vacated the properties and (ii) what are the names of the specified former Ministers and/or Deputy Ministers who are still living in ministerial houses; (2) whether the specified former Ministers and/or Deputy Ministers are paying market-related rentals for the use of the houses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what is the total number of the ministerial houses which are vacant or standing empty; (4) whether any of the vacant houses are being rented and/or leased out to tenants or any person who is not a Minister or Deputy Minister; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) In Pretoria there are 63 houses for Ministers and Deputy Ministers, and in Cape Town there are 70 houses for Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

(b)(i) In Pretoria there is one house and in Cape Town there is none.

(ii) In Pretoria is former Deputy Minister Mr Gert Oosthuizen. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure’s acting Director General has written to Mr Oosthuizen to vacate the property by end of January 2021.

2. The valuation of the market related rental that the former Deputy Minister has paid so far R240 000.

3. In Pretoria there are nine houses that are vacant, two of the houses will be reallocated, one is reserved for the President of the Pan African Parliament and one house is reserved for decanting purposes.

In Cape Town there are seven vacant houses, three houses will be reallocated and one house has been reserved for decanting.

4. In Pretoria one house has been rented out to a Section 9 institution at a market rent of R60 000 a month.

06 January 2021 - NW2327

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

What statistics does her department have on the (a) number of children at child and youth care centres in each province that are currently receiving treatment for substance abuse, (b) type of treatment the specified children are receiving, (c)(i) ages and (ii) gender, (d) types of substances, including legal and illegal drugs and alcohol, that the children are addicted to, (e) number of children at the specified centres that were successfully rehabilitated over the past five years and (f) other relevant details on children with substance abuse addictions in the centres?

Reply:

a) None of the Child and Youth Care Centres is registered to render drug treatment services. Such children are referred to registered treatment centres. Section 28 of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act (Act 70 of 2008) states that children that are dependent on substances must be treated in separate facilities and apart from adults, whether within treatment centres or facilities designated for children. It further states that any Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) that seeks to render treatment services to children who are dependent on substances must comply with conditions for registration, norms and standards for the establishment of treatment centres.

b) Children in the Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCC) specifically Secure Care Programme are children detained in terms of section 191 (2) (h) and (j) who are awaiting trial and or on compulsory residential diversion, sentencing and are receiving therapeutic intervention and Secure care programme as referred through the Child Justice Act, 75 of 2008. The therapeutic interventions are in line to section 191 (3) (b) that is therapeutic and developmental programmes.

In order to select interventions that appear likely to respond to the crime and social problem (s) identified, it important to look at the effective crime prevention practices that have yielded positive results. This is done through the developmental assessment approach wherein the arrested children are assessed by Probation Officers and Social Service Professionals in the secure care programme for identification of their individual personal needs to determine proper intervention either as part of awaiting trial, or compulsory residential diversion and sentencing.

c) The above-mentioned questions are therefore not applicable to children in CYCC, specifically Secure Care programme as the centres are not registered in terms of section 191 (3) ( c) of the Children’s Act which is treatment of children for addiction to dependence-producing substance. This service is already provided for in terms of section 28 of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act (Act 70 of 2008) for children and must not be duplicated.

06 January 2021 - NW2326

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) Which municipalities currently have active and constituted local drug action committees, (b) on what date was each specified committee established and constituted, (c) what number of times has each committee met since 1 January 2018, (d) what are the contact details of each committee’s secretariat and (e) what are the reasons that some municipalities do not have local drug action committees?

Reply:

a) The following municipalities have active Local Drug Action Committees:

Northern Cape Province

Municipality

Date committee was established

Number of times committee met since 1 January 2018

Contact details of committee secretariat

Reasons some municipalities don’t have committee

Kai Garib Municipality

Established and constituted in April 2019

The committee has met two times per quarter since April 2019, the last meeting was February 2020.

Name of the LDAC: Kenhardt

Chairperson: Estelle Fritz

Contact Details: 073 257 0024

None

Tsantsabane Municipality

Established and constituted in April 2019

The committee has met two times per quarter since April 2019, the last meeting was February 2020.

Name of the LDAC: Postmasburg

No number provided

None

J.T.G District

Ga Segonyana/Joe Morolong Municipality

Established and constituted in 2009

The committee has met on a quarterly basis since 2018, the last meeting was held in 18 October 2020.

Chairperson: Segomotsi Pule

Contact Details: 079 8750 231

None

Francis Baard District

Phokwane Municipality

Established and constituted in 2012.

The committee has met on a quarterly basis since 2018.

Dates of their last meetings:

17 May 2020

12 August 2020

15 November 2020

Name of the LDAC: Pampierstadt

Chairperson: Gloria Shuping

Contact Details: 072 499 5205

None

Namakwa District

Nama Khoi Municipality

Established and constituted in June 2019.

The committee has met on a monthly basis since June 2019, the last meeting was 6 March 2020.

Name of LDAC: Komaggas Welfare Forum

Chairperson: Ms. Christine Cloete

Contact Details: 076 715 9666

None

Karoo Hoogland Municipality:

Established and constituted in 2018.

The last meeting was in February 2020.

Name of LDAC: Williston Welfare Forum

Chairperson: Ms. M. Klaaste

Contact Details: 053 391 3025

None

e) Pixley Ka Seme District:

Currently no established LDAC Committee

The sub-program coordinator reported the following reasons that led to non-establishment of LDAC in the district. Programs aimed at community development with regards substance abuse were held integrated with Stakeholders i.e. Carnarvon Community (Kareeberg Municipality) and Richmond Community (Ubuntu Municipality) and Prieska (Siyathemba Municipality). During preparatory meetings it was decided that LDAC needs to be established to ensure follow up on issues raised but no commitment was showed by the very stakeholders who sat in those meetings, especially the Special Programs in the Office of the Mayor.

Failure to get support to the Office of the Mayor creates challenges for the Coordinator and in most instances, they will always show reluctance or lengthy of excuses or even postponement of meetings planned.

The Covid-19 pandemic also brought about its challenges and made it impossible to make follow ups as planned.

North West Province

Municipality

Date committee was established

Number of times committee met since 1 January 2018

Contact details of committee secretariat

Reasons some municipalities don’t have committee

Moretele municipality

18 July 2018

Once a quarter

24 May 2019

18 July 2019

15 November 2019

21 February 2020

AGM 13 MMARCH 2020

Social Development

082 0417 092

The meetings were not held quarterly during to COVID 19.

Moses Kotane municipality

The committee was revived in 2018 and 2019

The committee met in the following dates: 14/08/2018

26/09/2019

09/10/2019

20/11/2019

Social Development

0820431162

None

Kgetleng Municipality

Date LDAC was established

15 March 2020

Number of times committee met since 2018

15/03/2020

10/05/2018

14/06/2018

12/07/2018

03/04/2019

05/06/2019

03/07/2019

07/08/2019

04/09/2019

04/03/2020

Chairperson- Ms Joyce Thoane- 0820443357

Secretariat is circulating

The meetings were not held in 2020 due to Covid 19 and other competing activities. The office will revive the LDAC in 2021/22

Rustenburg municipalaity

Date LDAC was established

2012

Number of times committee met since 2018

2018 May was last meeting

Ms Motshegoa - 0820462538

It is established although meetings have not been held as forums were not active due to Covid 19 Lockdown levels

e) Madibeng municipality: The office intended to have an integrated forum during 2020 but was not able to convene meetings.

LIMPOPO PROVINCE

Municipality

Date committee was established

Number of times committee met since 1 January 2018

Contact details of committee secretariat

Reasons some municipalities don’t have committee

Thulamela municipality

established on 7 June 2017

committee has met ten times since January 2018

The Secretariat is Ms Dudu Baloyi at 076 482 8277.

None

Bela –Bela municipality

The committee was established in September 2016

The committee met six times.

Ms K Nkuna at 014 736 6482.

None

Mogalakwena municipality

The committee was established in June 2016

The committee met six times.

contact person is Mr F Mmola at 079 079 8442.

None

Mookgopong municipality

The committee was established in May 2015

The committee met four times.

contact person is Ms Khomotso Mogotlane at 082 397 5550

None

Tubatse municipality

The committee was established in September 2017

The committee has met four times.

Contact person is Ms Ntsoaki Nkadimeng at 072 177 4747.

None

Makhuduthamaga municipality

The committee was established in September 2017

The committee met four times.

contact person is Mr S Matswetji at 079 913 8409.

None

Elias Motsoaledi municipality

The committee was established in 2017

The committee met four times.

The contact person is Ms Beauty Mamaru at 072 746 6610.

None

Ephraim Mogale municipality

The committee was established in 2017.

The committee met four times.

The contact person is Ms Nancy Lenonyane at 078 732 7374.

 

e) The province is currently struggling to constitute and sustain the Local Drug Action committees (LDACs) mainly due to lack of cooperation from other stakeholders and lack of clarity in terms of resource allocation. LDACs are not yet on board in all municipalities and as such have not yet budgeted for the establishment and allocated personnel or other resources.

Structures that have been established over time could not be sustained and were not led by municipalities.

The Province embarked on programme to resuscitate and establish the LDACs through a process of establishing interim District committees charged with the responsibility and springboard structure for the establishment of LDACs. The meeting to kick-start the process was held on 13 November 2019 and the progress made is as follows:

Capricorn District: A meeting to establish district structures was held on 6 December 2019, but could not finalise the process as stakeholders felt they needed clear mandates from their principals and follow – up meeting was held on 3 March 2020 to constitute the structure. An interim structure was established with plan drafted to capacitate members and allocate responsibilities. The process was interrupted by COVID1 pandemic.

Vhembe District: Meeting to establish an interim district structure was convened on 30 January 2020 but failed to quorate with proper representivity of all relevant stakeholders. The meeting was postponed, but could not reconvene due to COVID-19.

Mopani District: There is no functional LDAC in the district and the meeting to establish the interim committee was held in March 2020, but unfortunately the process was interrupted by COVID -19.

The following provinces did not respond comprehensively:

Western Cape

Province

Name

Contact

Email

Western Cape

Ms Chantelle Pepper

Tel: (+27)21 483 4155

+27 76 398 9662

Chantelle.Pepper@westerncape.gov.za

Eastern Cape Province: Provincial Substance Abuse Coordinator

Province

Name

Contact Details

Email

Eastern Cape

Mr Nkosinathi Gceya

043 605 5194 /083 610 9276

Nkosinathi.Gceya@ecdsd.gov.za

Free State Province: Provincial Substance Abuse Coordinator

Province

Name

Contact details

Email

Free State

Mr Leloko Matsenyane

Mr Charles Makappa

051 409 0545 /083 443 9029

051 409 0668 /083 443 8076

Leloko.Matsenyane@fssocdev.gov.za

Charles.makappa@fssocdev.gov.za

Gauteng Province: Municipal Substance Abuse Coordinators

City of Johannesburg Municipality

Aletta

Mzimela

158 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein

alettam@joburg.org.za

City of Tshwane Municipality

Maureen

Digamela

PO BOX 440, Pretoria,0001

MaureenD@TSHWANE.GOV.ZA

Ekurhuleni Municipality

Thabo

Tonga

P/BAG X1069, Germiston, 1400

Thabo.Tonga@ekurhuleni.gov.za

Merafong Local Municipality

Tshepo

Maloisane

P.O BOX 3, Carletonville, 2500

tmaloisane@merafong.gov.za

Mogale City Local Municipality

Nomvula

Mjuja

PO BOX 94, Krugersdorp, 1740

nomvula.mjuza@mogalecity.gov.za

Rand West City Local Municipality

Norah

Tsholetsane

Cnr Sutherland & Pollock Streets

Norah.Tsholetsane@Randwestcity.gov.za

Emfuleni Local Municipality

Rebecca

Letsoenyo

PO BOX 3,Vanderbijlpark,1900

RebeccaL@emfuleni.gov.za

Midvaal Local Municipality

Sello

Tlhake

PO BOX 9, Meyerton, 1960

SelloT@midvaal.gov.za

Lesedi Local Municipality

Corrie

Venster

PO BOX 201, Heidelberg,1438

corriev@lesedi.gov.za

City of Johannesburg Municipality

Aletta

Mzimela

158 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein

alettam@joburg.org.za

City of Tshwane Municipality

Maureen

Digamela

PO BOX 440, Pretoria,0001

MaureenD@TSHWANE.GOV.ZA

Ekurhuleni Municipality

Thabo

Tonga

P/BAG X1069, Germiston, 1400

Thabo.Tonga@ekurhuleni.gov.za

KwaZulu Natal Province: Substance Abuse Provincial Coordinator

Province

Name

Contact

Email

Kwa Zulu Natal

Ms Cleopatra Dlamini

Tel: 033 341 7925

060 999 0440

Cleopatra.dlamini@kznsocdev.gov.za

Limpopo Province: Substance Abuse Provincial Coordinator

Province

Name

Contact

Email

Limpopo

Mr Tshepo Maxwell Rangata

015 230 4420/082 421 6954

RangataM@dsd.gov.za

Mpumalanga Province: Substance Abuse Provincial Coordinator

Province

Name

Contact

Email

Mpumalanga

Ms Isabella Makushe

013 766 3158/072 226 3460

IsabelMa@dsdmpu.gov.za

Going forward, the plan is to establish Local Drug Action Committees in line with the District Development Model.

06 January 2021 - NW2415

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether any progress has been made on talks between her department and its counterparts in the justice and police departments towards creating a system to co-ordinate and share information and tracking disciplinary cases that have resulted in criminal charges against officials; if not, how soon would she be able to provide relevant details in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details on the talks towards creating the specified system?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has been working with various law enforcement agencies including the Hawks, SAPS, SIU, Assets Forfeiture Unit and the NPA. A Task Team consisting of members from these institutions has been established. The main responsibility of the Task Team is to ensure that the Department’s criminal referrals are prosecuted by NPA. The Department has been providing the list of criminal referrals to the Task Team for monitoring purposes. The Department further provides an update on the disciplinary cases to the Task Team for their noting and monitoring. The Task Team is also responsible for ensuring that there is no duplication of investigations. In the past, different organs of state would investigate the same matters without being aware of this. The Task Team sits once every quarter to discuss the progress on criminal referrals. The Task Team has also been reviewing some of the cases that were closed by NPA without the Department being informed of such a decision. The SIU is responsible for coordinating the meetings of the Task Team.

06 January 2021 - NW2636

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)(a) On what date will the annual reports, including the detailed financial statements, of (i) SA Airways, (ii) Denel, (iii) Transnet, (iv) Eskom and (v) Alexkor for the 2019-20 financial year be tabled in the National Assembly and (b) what are the reasons for the delay in publication of the annual reports; (2) whether any measures are being considered to speed up the auditing processes, the annual reports and financial statements of public enterprises in order to meet the statutory deadlines; if not, what is the reason for this lack of consideration; if so, on what date can full implementation of considered measures be expected?

Reply:

1(a)(i) SA Airways: The Minister wrote to the Speaker of Parliament and the Chairperson of National Council of Provinces on 23 November 2020, informing Parliament that SA Airways is under business rescue. The Auditor-General suspended the audit when the airline was placed in business rescue. The audit will be finalised once the airline recommences operations and the annual report and annual financial statements will thereafter be tabled.

(ii) Denel: The Minister wrote to the Speaker of Parliament and the Chairperson of National Council of Provinces on 30 November 2020. The Department wrote to Parliament as soon as Denel had confirmed to the Department that it was unable to finalize its audit challenges with its external auditors, the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA), prior to 30 November 2020. Denel Board and Management are engaging with the AGSA to resolve certain audit ISSUES. It is anticipated that the annual financial statements and integrated report will be tabled in January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, once the above- mentioned issues are resolved.

(iii) Transnet’s 2020 Integrated Report and audited Annual Financial Statements were tabled by the Minister in Parliament on 09 November 2020. The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises received a briefing from Transnet on 18 November 2020.

(iv) Eskom’s Integrated Report and audited Annual Financial Statements were tabled by the Minister on 12 November 2020. The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises received a briefing from Eskom on 25 November 2020.

(v) Alexkor: The Minister wrote to the Speaker of Parliament and the Chairperson of National Council of Provinces on 30 November 2020, to inform Parliament that Alexkor would not be in a position to table its Annual Financial Statements, Integrated Report and Audit Report due to serious going concern and other audit concerns. The Department wrote to Parliament once it was able to confirm with Alexkor that it was unable to finalize its audit challenges with its external auditors and prepare its AGM documentation prior to 30 November 2020. It is anticipated that the annual financial statements and integrated report will be tabled in January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, once the above- mentioned concerns are resolved.

2 As indicated above Denel, Alexkor, and SAA would not be able to submit the 2020 Integrated Reports and audited annual financial statements to the Minister prior to 30 November 2020 for the reasons set out above. The reports will be tabled in Parliament as soon as the companies are able to submit these reports.

06 January 2021 - NW2313

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)What (a) total number of directors-general (DGs) in the national departments are currently acting in their positions, (b) is the name of each department in which each specified DG is currently employed; (2) whether the DGs who are in acting positions have the correct qualifications; if not, in each case (a) what are their names and (b) in what departments are they currently employed; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to the Public Service Act 103 of 1994, as amended, any information relating to the norms and standards of the Public Service functions, organizational, and governance arrangements, conditions of service and employment practices as well as information Management is the responsibility of the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

Therefore, my colleague, Minister Senzo Mchunu is at the apex of government information on Human Resource employment practices in the Public Service as well as monitoring thereof. I would suggest that this Parliamentary question be re-directed to the relevant institution.

Thank you.

 

06 January 2021 - NW1755

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether she is aware of the de-accreditation of a certain organisation (name furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;  (2)whether the reasons for the specified de-accreditation are sufficiently in line with the conditions of accreditation; if not, what steps will she take to protect the best interest of children being served by this and other organisations that may have suffered the same fate from her department's decision; if so, where is the information published; (3) what (a) number of other organisations have had their re-accreditation declined and (b) were the reasons for the decision in each case?

Reply:

1. Yes. There were concerns about issues of non-compliance. However, the Acting Director-General has since reviewed the decision and granted the organisation in a conditional accreditation for two years, subject to compliance with the Accreditation Guidelines.

2. Yes, the reasons for the de-accreditation are sufficiently in line with the Accreditation Guidelines, which upholds the principle of the best interest of children. Any organisation is required, without exception to comply with these Guidelines.

3. (a) Four Child Protection Organisations were declined accreditation. (b) The reason thereof is none of these organisations were rendering direct services to clients/beneficiaries.

06 January 2021 - NW1855

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Social Development

What are the reasons that early childhood development centres in Mafikeng in the North West have not been supplied with personal protective equipment?

Reply:

According to available data from the North West Provincial Department of Social Development, 422 support packages (which includes PPEs) wee procured and distributed to 59 ECD centres in and around Mafikeng Service Point (see the attached list). In addition, the Provincial Department:

  • Advised ECD centres to conduct self- assessment in line with the published directions. The Department also provided support to ECDs which experienced challenges in conducting electronic self- assessments by means of providing them hard copies of the self- assessment documents.
  • Conducted verification of ECD centres and programmes to ensure compliance with COVID-19 regulations.

NAME OF CENTRE

1. Driehoek crèche

2. Kganya E.L.C

3. Wise Guys ECD

4. Mpha Lesedi E.L.C

5. Ramothibe E.L.C

6. Repholositswe E.L.C

7. Olorato E.L.C

8. Kebadiretse E.L.C

9. Reitshupile E.L.C

10. Lore E.L.C

11. Roma Kideo Day Care Centre

12. Tsibogang Learning Centre

13. Tsibogang M

14. Morwa E.L.C

15. Segai E.L.C

16. Makgabana E.L.C

17. Segoele E.L.C

18. Matsheke E.L.C

19. Maphoana E.L.C

20. Mothusi E.L.C

21. Kelesitse E.L.C

22.. Ntshalele le Ngwana E.L.C

23. Joyland

24. Tshipidi Day Care Centre

25. Gola Monnye E.L.C

26 Mmadinonyane E.L.C

27. Tiroyabone E.L.C

28. Tlhabo Ya Letsatsi Pre School

29 Reatlamela Day Care

30. Tsetse E.L.C

31. Pepeletso E.L.C

32. Marang E.L.C

33. Mmangwana E.L.C

34. Lesedi La Podile E.L.C

35. Lonely Park E.L.C

36. Ramookeng E.L.C

37. Khulani E.L.C

38. Emmanuel E.L.C

39. Karabo & Rea

40. Ntutobolole Creche

41. Kgodisang E.L.C

42. Ngwana Sejo E.L.C

43. Moralo E.L.C

44. Ntataise E.L.C

45. Rotary E.L.C

46. Setumo Park Day Care Centre

47. Tshireletso Day Care Centre

48. Kopano Day Care Centre

49. Marang E.L.C

50. Lonika E.L.C

51. Letlanang E.L.C

52. Victorious E.L.C

53. Mmasehume E.L.C

54. Lerato La Motsadi E.L.C

55. Tsela Ya Botlhe Pre School

56. Mphela Bana E.L.C

57. Lomanyaneng E.L.C

58. Kago E.L.C

06 January 2021 - NW2459

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)Whether his department entered into a contract for the supply and/or operation of electronic monitoring devices (a) in each of the past five financial years and/or (b) since 01 April 2020; if so, in each case, (i) with which company and/or business entity was each contract concluded, (ii) on what date was each specified contract awarded, (iii) what are the details of the reasons why the specified business entities or companies were the successful bidders for each contract, (iv) what are the details of the other bidders for each contract and (v) what were the terms and conditions of each contract; (2) Whether any of the specified contracts are still in operation; if not, (a) why not and (b) on what date was each contract stopped; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) What total amount and for what services did each successful company and/or business entity receive for each contract?

Reply:

(1)(a) DCS has not entered into any contracts for the supply and/or operation of electronic monitoring devices in the last three (03) Financial Years.

(b) N/A

(2) (a) N/A

(b) N/A

(3) N/A

END.

06 January 2021 - NW2374

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

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1552 on 2 December 2019, she (a) was able to obtain the information and (b) will furnish Mr M Waters with all the correspondence sent from her office requesting such information? Reference of the question PQ 1552: Published 15 November 2019 Mr Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs: (1) What number of cable thefts did the City of Ekurhuleni experienced (a) in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2019; (2) What (a) total number of cases were reported with the SA Police Service and (b) are the case numbers of the specified cases; (3) Whether the City of Ekurhuleni is insured against cable theft; if not, why not; if so, does the insurance company require a case number before each claim is paid out? NW2877E

Reply:

1. (a) 2016-2017 City of Ekurhuleni recorded 640 cable theft incidents.

(b) 2017-2018 City of Ekurhuleni recorded 601 cable theft incidents.

c) 2018-2019 City of Ekurhuleni recorded 627 cable theft incidents.

d) Since 1 April 2019 estimated theft incidents are in excess of 1000.

2. (a) See attached.  

b) See attached.

3. The insurance cover for cable theft is included in the first kilometre from the insured premises, and the insurance broker does require a case number.

The policy wording on transmission and distribution lines reads that all equipment and transmission lines other than those on or within one kilometre from the insured structure/premises are excluded from the cover.

06 January 2021 - NW2589

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

In view of the suspension of the Director-General (DG) of her department, what progress has been made in finalising the disciplinary hearing against the DG?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr MC Ramaphosa, has mandated the Minister in the Presidency, Mr Jackson Mthembu, to attend to the matter relating to Director-General Adv Sam Vukela. Minister Mthembu is best placed to provide an update on the matter.

05 January 2021 - NW2985

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What (a) is the total backlog of toxicological reports at the laboratories at present and (b) total number of reports have been outstanding for (i) more than 10 years, (ii) 10-9 years, (iii) 9-8 years, (iv) 8-5 years and (v) 5-1 years; (2) (a) what are the reasons for the specified backlog and (b) how does he intend to eradicate the backlog; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. The table below reflects the details in this regard:

 

Forensic Chemistry Laboratory Cape Town

Forensic Chemistry Laboratory Johannesburg

Forensic Chemistry Laboratory Pretoria

Total

(a) the total backlog of toxicological reports at the laboratories at present

5474

10335*

12 372

28,181

(b) total number of reports outstanding for (i) more than 10 years,

1030

6333

526

7,889

(b) total number of reports outstanding for (ii) 10-9 years,

139

842

1294

2,275

(b) total number of reports outstanding for (iii) 9-8 years,

376

854

1519

2,749

(b) total number of reports outstanding for (iv) 8-5 years,

430

2370

2925

5,725

(b) total number of reports outstanding for (v) 5-1 years;

2484

4132

6108

12,724

*As at 30 September 2020

2. (a) The reasons for the backlogs are:

(i) The number of unprocessed samples indicated in the table above, include approximately 12,315 cases (multiple samples per case) without SAPS CAS (Case Administration System) numbers. The mandate of the Forensic Chemistry Laboratories (FCLs) is to analyse only samples with SAPS CAS numbers – these cases will thus only be tested upon request of the SAPS Investigating Officer or relevant Forensic Pathologist.

(ii) Of the 28,181 unprocessed cases as at 30 November 2020, only 16,550 cases contain CAS numbers.

(b) The following measures are employed to address the backlog:

  • The laboratories are working overtime on weekends in order to decrease the backlog.
  • Cases are prioritized for Court purposes, to assist families of the deceased to finalize insurance claims, or when children are involved.
  • In terms of the Toxicology samples without CAS numbers, another engagement with Pathologists will take place to further discuss this matter with them. It should be seriously considered to destroy the toxicology cases that do not have CAS numbers.
  • Urgent filling of crucial vacancies.
  • There will be an engagement with the National Treasury to source additional funding for a building for the Pretoria Forensic Chemistry Laboratory. There were discussions with the CSIR which has space, however, the issue is lack of funding.

3. I will make a statement at the appropriate time.

END.

05 January 2021 - NW3064

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What contingency measures are in place to curb the spike in the spread of COVID-19 in the (a) Eastern Cape and (b) Western Cape, taking into consideration that the staff is fatigued and under pressure; (2) whether the Government is considering to reintroduce hard lockdowns; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Department has observed the increasing Covid-19 positive numbers in the two Provinces, as you may be aware I have personally visited Eastern Cape and Western Cape, met with the leadership in both Provinces, jointly agreed on measures to be taken.

The Department has placed WHO experts in the two Provinces to assist with the resurgence. I have also deployed teams from National to work with the various provinces including Eastern Cape and Western Cape to develop resurgence plans.

 

In Eastern Cape additional doctors and nurses were employed to address Human Resource shortages. Further in Eastern Cape, specifically in Nelson Mandela Bay and Sara Baartman, community testing sites have been established, and these have increased access to testing for many communities.

Compliance monitoring has been strengthened including Environmental Health Practitioners and other law enforcement agencies are monitoring non-compliant outlets and closing down those found to be non-compliant.

  • Curfew between 10pm and 4am
  • Alcohol sale has been restricted to Monday to Thursday.

Additional measures

Evidence is showing us that gatherings provide an opportunity for the virus to spread, with social gathering recorded as super spreaders.

Drastically reducing numbers or stopping social gatherings should be considered to ease the pressure in our hospitals.

All patients on chronic medication are urged to adhere to their treatment to reduce emergency admissions due to non-adherence to treatment.

Stricter measures are being taken in Taxis or busses and trains if passengers and drivers are not wearing masks. Passengers also have a responsibility to demand a safe environment.

2. A decision on whether or not to reintroduce a hard lockdown is taken after careful consideration and in consultation with the relevant stakeholders, keeping in mind the health of the nation as a priority, as well as the socioeconomic impact such a decision would have to the country.

END.

05 January 2021 - NW2654

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, since the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) released a report on the forced sterilisation of HIV-positive women, he has held any meeting(s) with the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities to determine their actioned response to the CGE Report; if not, why not, since he has continuously declared gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) a pandemic and it is actually pandemics such as GBFV that demand concomitant action; if so, what are the relevant details including (a) the date on which the meeting(s) took place, (b) who participated in the meeting(s), (c) what was the determined response and (d) what is the current status?

Reply:

The report of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) on the forced sterilisation of HIV positive women is deeply concerning and we condemn in the strongest terms the violation of all human rights, including the rights of people living with HIV.

The issue of the sterilisation of HIV positive women was handled directly by the National Department of Health and the CGE and reports have been submitted by the Department to the CGE.

Interventions to prevent the recurrence of the alleged coerced procedures include the revision of the policy on sterilisations, revision of the informed consent form (including translating the form into all official languages) and the inclusion of the informed consent form as part of the standard maternity record. 

The National Department of Health has also appointed an independent obstetrician to review the hospital records of each patient cited in the report and to provide an opinion on each case.

The matter of sterilisation in the form of tubal ligations is a health competence and there is a continuous interaction between the National Department of Health and the CGE.

I am confident that the Department of Health has the necessary competence to address this problem. 

05 January 2021 - NW3090

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with a full and detailed report of the number of patients in each province who passed away due to heart attacks while they were recovering from COVID-19; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether it was due to a possible intake and/or the amount of medication that was administered; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether any similarity traits have been identified; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. DATCOV data provides us with Case Fatality Ratio among Covid-19 admissions with chronic cardiac disease, by province, South Africa, 5 March-28 November 2020, n=2097

Province

Died

Total admissions

CFR (%)

Eastern Cape

132

294

44,9

Free State

64

208

30,8

Gauteng

175

531

33,0

Kwazulu-Natal

169

482

35,1

Limpopo

8

32

25,0

Mpumalanga

15

37

40,5

North West

27

94

28,7

Northern Cape

26

67

38,8

Western Cape

113

352

32,1

SOUTH AFRICA

729

2097

34,8

*Note*: The surveillance platform does not include fields on myocardial infarction (heart attacks) as a complication of CovidD-19.

2. Assessment of cause of heart attack, and association of medication as a contributing factor would need to be done on a per patient basis. Many clinical considerations around the patient’s condition, history, and medication management would need to be considered. It is thus difficult to comment broadly on this issue.

South Africa has an adverse drug reporting process, whereby medication associated adverse effects are reported to a central point and important trends are captured to inform future use of products.

Cardiotoxicity is the occurrence of heart electrophysiology dysfunction or muscle damage. The heart becomes weaker and is not as efficient in pumping and circulating blood. Certain medications can cause cardiotoxicity. On the question of whether there was a specific medication administered, that she is concerned about, the Honourable Member is requested to supply this detail for us to investigate.

The Clinical Management Guidelines, version 5, August 2020 outlines the management of Covid-19, as well as, medications that can be used. These can be accessed at: http://www.health.gov.za/index.php/component/phocadownload/category/628. Management of Covid-19 is generally supportive, however key medications used in hospitalised Covid-19 patients with specific indications are: dexamethasone or heparin, which are not associated with known Cardiotoxicity.

As part of the overall management of the patient, the clinicians and team balance risk and benefits of all treatments used to ensure the patient, based on their clinical state, has the best expected outcome.

3. A detailed of assessment of individual patients will be needed to assess any drug causality, and any similarity of traits.

END.

05 January 2021 - NW3063

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to a certain person who was admitted as a patient at the Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital on 18 October 2020 and was discharged and dropped off at his home on 9 November 2020 in a completely paralysed state (details furnished), what (a) are the reasons that the specified hospital conducted itself in this manner and subjected the specified person to such a gruesome treatment and (b) measures will he put in place to ensure that the person is (i) given treatment and (ii) compensated for medical negligence?

Reply:

According to the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health –

a) The treatment of the patient was as a result of miscommunication between the patient and the junior doctors. The patient presented at J Dumane clinic on 18 October 2020 with a history of diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and cerebral atrophy. The patient is on chronic medication for the medical conditions stated above. He was transferred to Thelle Mogoerane Hospital through an ambulance. The paramedics who transferred the patient reported that the patient was unable to walk at the date of admission at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital. The patient was admitted at the Hospital and was seen on a daily basis by the internal medicine team. The patient was discharged on 09 November 2020 with a follow-up date for medical outpatient department of 25 November 2020 and was given medicine to take home.

b) (i) Following a complaint which was lodged, a team of clinicians from the province and the district held a meeting with the family of the patient on 02 December 2020. During this meeting, the doctor provided clarity to the family about the diagnosis and the condition of the patient including interventions that were made. During the discussions it was discovered that there was miscommunication between the junior doctor and the family and an apology was conveyed to the family through the doctor. This was done as part of redress for the patient and the family.

(ii) With regards to the treatment given to the patient, the department has since appointed a social worker to ensure that the patient is placed at Steppingstone Hospice in Alberton. The Social Worker discussed this arrangement with the family. The doctor and the social worker have planned for the patient to be transferred to the hospital for medical review on the set date. The district has provided the patient with a wheelchair. The province and district have identified the need to strengthen communication between families and clinicians and to ensure that there is an adequate patient discharge plan which includes district services of this nature to ensure appropriate continuity of care. From the discussion between the family and the clinical team including with the Social Worker, the family accepted the intervention made by the Department and therefore there is no need for compensation.

END.

05 January 2021 - NW2980

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Dlomo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With regard to Human Resources for Health being a critical pillar of the Presidential Health Compact, what impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on the human resources in health since the first positive case was reported in the Republic in March 2020; (2) what (a) total number of (i) doctors, (ii) nurses, (iii) community healthcare workers, (iv) other healthcare professionals and (v) foreign national healthcare professionals have been employed since then and (b) number of the specified healthcare personnel will be retained post the COVID-19 pandemic?

Reply:

(1) The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on human resources in health since the first positive case in the Republic has been enormous. As on 31 October 2020, there were 35 145 confirmed cases of health workers in the public sector of which 25% were in the Eastern Cape, followed by 24% in Gauteng and 18 % in KwaZulu-Natal. During this time 339 public sector health workers died in hospital. Of these 26% was from Eastern Cape, 24% from KwaZulu-Natal and 15% from Gauteng. As a result, as the Ministry, we developed a Strategy to protect the health and safety of health workers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The objectives of the Strategy amongst others include the following:

  1. Protect the physical health of health care workers through prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 infections
  2. Promote mental health of healthcare workers through psychological support
  3. Provide social support for health workers
  4. Education and training of health workers in screening, clinical management and care of Covid-19 suspect or positive persons and occupational health and safety, including training in Infection prevention and control in accordance with national guidelines
  5. Maintain / establish ongoing communication with health workers.

(2) (a) (i) The PERSAL table below indicates the total number of South African citizen doctors that have been appointed from March 2020 up until October 2020

Medical Officer (SA's) Appointed from March 2020 - October 2020

Job Title Description

Total

MEDICAL OFFICER

1863

MEDICAL OFFICER (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

233

MEDICAL OFFICER (INTERN)

276

MEDICAL OFFICER (SESSIONS)

3

MEDICAL SPECIALIST (SUB-SPECIALITY) GRADE 1

13

MEDICAL SPECIALIST

352

MEDICAL SPECIALIST (REGISTRAR)

1

REGISTRAR (MEDICAL)

185

Total

2926

(ii) The PERSAL table below indicates the total number of South African citizen Nurses that have been appointed from March 2020 up until October 2020

Nurses (SA's) Appointed from March 2020 - October 2020

Job Title Description

Total

ASSISTANT MANAGER NURSING (HEAD NURSING SERV)

2

ASSISTANT MANAGER NURSING (PRIMARY H CARE)

9

ASSISTANT MANAGER NURSING (SPECIALITY UNIT)

9

ASSISTANT MANAGER NURSING AREA

12

CLINICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER (PRIM H CARE)

194

DEPUTY MANAGER NURSING (LEVEL 1 & 2 HOSPITAL)

3

LEARNERSHIP (NURSING)

2

LECTURER NURSING

52

MANAGER NURSING (LEVEL 3 HOSPITAL)

14

NURSE STUDENT

72

NURSING ASSISTANT

3574

OPERATIONAL MANAGER NURSING (PRIMARY H CARE)

75

OPERATIONAL MANAGER NURSING (SPECIALITY UNIT)

28

PRINCIPAL NURSING COLLEGE (SINGLE NURSING CA)

1

PROFESSIONAL NURSE (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

649

PROFESSIONAL NURSE (GENERAL NURSING)

4887

PROFESSIONAL NURSE (SPECIALITY NURSING)

365

STAFF NURSE

4284

Total

14232

(iii) The PERSAL table below indicates the total number of South African citizen Community Healthcare Workers that have been appointed from March 2020 up until October 2020.

Community Healthcare Workers (SA's) Appointed from March 2020 - October 2020

Job Title Description

Total

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

31203

Total

31203

(iv) The PERSAL table below indicates the total number of South African citizen other healthcare professionals have been appointed from March 2020 up until October 2020

Other Health Related Professions (SA's) Appointed from March 2020 - October 2020

Job Title Description

Total

ARCHITECT PRODUCTION GRADE A

1

ARTISAN PRODUCTION GRADE A

18

ASD: PHARMACOVIGILANCE

2

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH GRADE 1

2

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY GRADE 2

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR RADIOGRAPHY GRADE 1

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: CLINICAL SUPPORT L9

2

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: EPIDERMIOLOGICAL RESEARCH

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: TECHNICAL SUPPORT L9

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-SENIOR: CLINICAL SUPPORT L10

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-SENIOR: HEALTH L10

27

AUDIOLOGIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

2

AUDIOLOGIST GRADE 1

12

BOARD MEMBER

5

BOARD OF SURVEY COMMITTEE: MEMBER

18

CARE GIVER

164

CASE MANAGER

2

CHIEF AUDIOLOGIST GRADE 1

1

CHIEF DIETICIAN GRADE 1

1

CHIEF DIRECTOR: HEALTH FACILITIES L14

1

CHIEF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST GRADE 1

1

CHIEF PHYSIOTHERAPIST GRADE 1

4

CHIEF RADIOGRAPHER GRADE 1

8

CHILD MINDER

2

CLINICAL ASSOCIATES

64

CLINICAL ENGINEER TECHNICIAN ASSISTANT

1

CLINICAL MANAGER (DENTAL) GRADE 1

1

CLINICAL MANAGER (MEDICAL)

14

CLINICAL PROGRAMME COORDINATOR GRADE 1

21

CLINICAL TECHNOLOGIST GRADE 1

13

COMM LIAISON OFFICER

1

COMMUNITH HEALTH COUNCELLOR

96

COMMUNITY CARE CCG(SUPERVISOR)

15

COMMUNITY CARE GIVER

1106

COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICER

60

COUNCILLOR

15

COVID 19: SCREENER

7

COVID-SPRAYERS

159

DD: COMMUNITY OUTREACH SERVICES

1

DENTAL ASSISTANT GRADE 1

39

DENTAL PRACTITIONER

1

DENTAL SPECIALIST

7

DENTAL TECHNICIAN

2

DENTAL THERAPIST GRADE 1

2

DENTIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

3

DENTIST GRADE 1

69

DEPUTY DIRECTOR DQIM

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: WOMENS HEALTH

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY L12

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES POLICY DEVELO

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: HEALTH PROGRAMMES L11

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: HOSPITALS L11

2

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: LSA MANAGEMENT (HEAD OFFICE) L11

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: SPEECH THERAPIST & AUDIOLOGIST L11

18

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: TB HOSPITALS L12

22

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: TB SERVICES L11

3

DEPUTY DIRECTOR- SENIOR: CLINICAL SUPPORT L12

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR- SENIOR: HEALTH L12

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR- SENIOR: ORTHOTIC & PROSTHETIC L12

1

DEVELOPMENTAL YOUTH

1110

DIAGNOSTIC RADIOGRAPHER (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

7

DIETICIAN

40

DIETICIAN (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

2

DIR: COMMUNITY OUTREACH SERVICES

1

ECM SCANNING OPERATOR

4

ELECTRO ENCEPHALOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT GRADE 1

1

EMERGENCY CALL CENTRE AGENT

5

EMERGENCY CARE OFFICER

841

EMERGENCY CARE TECHNICIAN

24

EMS COURSE CO-ORDINATOR GRADE 4

1

EMS LECTURER (PARAMEDIC)

11

EMS SHIFT LEADER GRADE 4

1

EMS STATION MANAGER GRADE 3

1

ENGINEER CANDIDATE

1

ENGINEER PRODUCTION GRADE A

1

ENGINEER PRODUCTION GRADE C

1

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN CANDIDATE

1

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN PRODUCTION GRADE A

3

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN PRODUCTION GRADE C

1

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST PRODUCTION GRADE A

1

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER (COMMUNITY SERV)

292

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER GRADE 1

76

EPWP WORKER HAST

1

FORENSIC PATHOLOGY OFFICER

97

FORENSIC TOXICOLOGIST

2

GISC TECHNOLOGIST PRODUCTION GRADE A

1

GRADUATE

6

HEAD CLINICAL DEPARTMENT (MEDICAL) GRADE 1

2

HEAD CLINICAL UNIT (DENTAL) GRADE 1

1

HEAD CLINICAL UNIT (MEDICAL) GRADE 1

14

HEALTH CARE WORKER ASSISTANT

1

HEALTH PROMOTERS

12

HOME BASED CARER

7259

HOSPITAL BOARD MEMBER

54

HTS COUNSELLOR

209

INDUSTRIAL TECHNICIAN GENERAL ENGINEERING PROD

2

INDUSTRIAL TECHNICIAN SUPERVISOR CLINICAL ENGINEER

1

INTERN - LEARNERSHIP

598

INTERN (COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRADUATE)

2

INTERN: EPWP OPERATOR

232

INTERNSHIP (CARPENTRY) L6

2

INTERNSHIP (PLUMBING) L6

4

INVIGILATOR

1

LAY COUNCELLOR

1590

LEARNER

84

LEARNERSHIP (CARPENTRY) L2

16

LEARNERSHIP (ELECTRICITY) L2

2

LEARNERSHIP (PHARMACY) L4

4

LEARNERSHIP (PLUMBING) L2

7

MALARIA SPRAYER

386

MAMMOGRAPHY RADIOGRAPHER GRADE 1

1

MEDICAL ORTHOTIST & PROSTHETIST GRADE 1

10

MEDICAL PHYSICIST GRADE 1

3

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST

6

MEMBER OF HOSPITAL BOARD

7

MIDDLE MANAGER (SOCIAL WORKER)

1

MIDDLE MANAGER CLINICAL SUPPORT L11

1

MMC TRADITIONAL COORDINATOR

44

MORTUARY ASSISTANT

20

MORTUARY ATTENDANT

4

NUCLEAR MEDICINE RADIOGRAPHER

4

NUTRITIONIST GRADE 1

4

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER

1

OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENIST GRADE 1

2

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

40

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

10

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TECHNICIAN

3

OPTOMETRIST

7

ORAL HYGIENIST

10

ORTHOPAEDIC FOOTWEAR TECHNICIAN

2

PARAMEDIC

31

PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT

2

PATIENT TRACER & HEALTH AWARENESS MOBILISER

265

PHARMACIST

123

PHARMACIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

82

PHARMACIST (INTERN)

45

PHARMACIST ASSISTANT (BASIC)

39

PHARMACIST ASSISTANT (POST-BASIC)

276

PHARMACOLOGIST(CLINICAL)

1

PHARMACY SUPERVISOR GRADE 1

4

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

58

PHYSIOTHERAPIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

6

PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSISTANT GRADE 1

2

PHYSIOTHERAPY TECHNICIAN GRADE 1

3

PODIATRIST GRADE 1

7

PSYCHOLOGIST

59

PSYCHOLOGIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

26

PSYCHOLOGIST (INTERN)

3

RADIATION ONCOLOGY RADIOGRAPHER

7

RADIOGRAPHER

140

REGISTRAR (DENTAL)

5

REVIEW BOARD MEMBER

6

SAFETY OFFICER SENIOR L8

1

SOCIAL AUXILIARY WORKER GRADE 1

9

SOCIAL WORKER

106

SPECIAL ADVISOR

1

SPECIALISED AUXILIARY SERVICES OFFICER

2

SPECIALISED AUXILIARY WORKER (DENTAL)

12

SPECIALISED AUXILIARY WORKER (LABS)

1

SPECIALISED AUXILIARY WORKER (MORTUARY)

2

SPECIALISED AUXILIARY WORKER (PHYSIO)

1

SPECIALIST FORENSIC INVESTIGATOR

1

SPECIALIST PSYCHIATRY PRINCIPAL L13

1

SPEECH THERAPIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

1

SPEECH THERAPIST AND AUDIOLOGIST

18

SPEECH THERAPIST AND AUDIOLOGIST (COMMUNITY SERV)

1

SPEECH THERAPIST GRADE 1

19

SPEECH THERAPY ASSISTANT GRADE 1

2

SPRAY OPERATOR

354

STERILIZATION OPERATOR PRODUCTION

8

STERILIZATION OPERATOR: SUPERVISOR

1

STOMATOLOGIST

2

STUDENT: RADIOGRAPHY

1

TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

1

TECHNICIAN/TECHNOLOGIST(IT)

1

THERAPEUTIC & MEDICAL SUP SERV PROGRAMME CO GR1

1

TRADESMAN AID

20

ULTRASOUND RADIOGRAPHER GRADE 1

7

VOCATIONAL COUNSELLOR PRINCIPAL L8

1

WORK INSPECTOR INFRASTRACTURE

5

Total

16995

(v) The table below indicates the total of Foreign National healthcare and related professionals that have been employed since from March 2020 up until October 2020.

Foreign Citizenship Health Related Professions: Appointed from March 2020 - October 2020

Job Title Description

Total

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER SENIOR

1

ASD: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ADMIN RELATED

5

ASSISTANT MANAGER BIOMEDICAL ENGENEER

4

ASSISTANT MANAGER MEDICAL PHYSICS

1

BIO MEDICAL ENGINEER

3

BOARD OF SURVEY COMMITTEE: MEMBER

2

CLINICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST

3

CLINICAL MANAGER (MEDICAL) GRADE 1

6

CLINICAL TECHNOLOGIST

3

COMMUNITH HEALTH WORKER

17

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER PRODUCTION GRADE A

1

CONSULTANT

1

DD: BIOSTATISTICS

1

DD: BIOSTATISTICS TECHNOLOGY

1

DD: EPIDEMIOLOGY & DISEASE SURVEILLANCE

3

DD: EPIDEMIOLOGY TECHNOLOGY

3

DENTIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

2

DENTIST GRADE 3

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR FINANCE

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

2

DEPUTY DIRECTOR MEDICAL TECHNICAL SERV GRADE 1

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

3

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (BIOSTATICS

3

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: INFORMATION

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: INFORMATION MANAGEMENT(EPIDEMIOL)

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR:IT MANAGEMENT L11

2

DEPUTY DIRECTOR_ADMIN RELATED

2

DEPUTY MANAGER HYGIENE&EPIDEMOLOGY

2

DIAGNOSTIC RADIOGRAPHER (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

1

ENGINEER

3

EPIDEMIOLOGIST

1

EPIDEMIOLOGY TECHNOLOGIST (NON-OSD)

4

FAULT MANAGEMENT CONTROLLER

1

FORENSIC TOXICOLOGIST

1

HEAD CLINICAL UNIT (MEDICAL)

2

HEALTH TECHNOLOGIST

4

HEALTH TECHNOLOGY (NON-OSD)

3

HYGIENE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY

1

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (BIOSTATICS)

1

MAMMOGRAPHY RADIOGRAPHER GRADE 2

1

MANAGER ADMINISTRATION

1

MEDICAL OFFICER (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

14

MEDICAL OFFICER (INTERN)

10

MEDICAL OFFICER

519

MEDICAL SPECIALIST (SUB-SPECIALITY) GRADE 1

1

MEDICAL SPECIALIST

30

MIDDLE MANAGER(ADMINISTRATION)

4

MIDDLE MANAGER(HEALTH)

1

MIDDLE MANAGER (HUMAN RESOURCE)

2

NA1 NURSING ASSISTANT GRADE 1

4

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST GRADE 1

1

OPTOMETRIST GRADE 1

1

PHARMACIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

21

PHARMACIST (INTERN)

2

PHARMACIST ASSISTANT (POST-BASIC) GRADE 1

3

PHARMACIST GRADE 1

13

PHARMACY SUPERVISOR GRADE 1

1

PHYSIOTHERAPIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

1

PHYSIOTHERAPIST GRADE 1

2

PNA1 PROFESSIONAL NURSE (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

5

PROFESSIONAL NURSE (GENERAL NURSING)

25

PNA5 OPERATIONAL MANAGER NURSING GRADE 1 GENERAL

1

PNB1 CLINICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER GR 1 PRIM H CARE

1

PNB1 PROFESSIONAL NURSE GRADE 1 SPECIALITY NURSING

5

PND1 LECTURER NURSING GRADE 1

1

PROVISIONING ADMINISTRATION CLERK GRADE II SENIOR

1

PSYCHOLOGIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

1

PSYCHOLOGIST GRADE 1

2

QUANTITY SURVEYOR CHIEF GRADE B

1

RADIOGRAPHER GRADE 1

2

REGISTRAR (DENTAL)

1

REGISTRAR (MEDICAL)

16

SN1 STAFF NURSE GRADE 1

3

STUDENT NURSE

1

Grand Total

797

(b) At the time of reporting, the Provinces were not in a position to upfront indicate the numbers of health care workers who will be retained as that is reliant on the service delivery needs and availability of budget.

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05 January 2021 - NW2937

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to instruct the Special Investigating Unit to launch an investigation, and make public the findings thereof, into the role of government departments and/or institutions in aiding and abetting the self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary Bushiri, to leave the Republic, despite the court having ordered the couple to remain within the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the exact details of the (a) envisaged date when the investigation will be conducted, (b) terms of reference of the investigation and (c) envisaged date of publication of the findings; (2) whether his Cabinet has taken any steps to respond to his announcement made at the Joint Sitting of Parliament in September 2019 that all who live in South Africa must be legally permitted to do so and that police and immigration officials who take bribes in return for fraudulent documents must be dealt with firmly; if not, why not, if so, what are the details of the progress made in this regard to date?

Reply:

1. The circumstances surrounding the departure of Mr Shepherd Bushiri and Ms Mary Bushiri from South Africa is currently under investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation and there is no indication at this stage that this is matter that requires an investigation by the Special Investigating Unit.

2. The statement to which the Honourable Member refers reflects the current legal position, which the law enforcement agencies are required to – and which they continue to – enforce.

05 January 2021 - NW3048

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether his department is currently undertaking any research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living with HIV/Aids; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether his department has collected data on the total number of persons living with HIV/Aids who have died from COVID-19-related illnesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes currently there are three research studies that have been conducted through collaboration between the Department of Health research sectors and universities.

a) Parker et al (2020) study findings suggested that PLHIV with COVID-19 might have a high probability of admission to hospital, but had similar presentations, comorbidities and outcomes when compared with the HIV-negative study population.

b) Boule et al. (2020) Collaboration between Western Cape Department of Health and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (2020) study suggested consideration of people with HIV and tuberculosis as being at elevated risk of severe COVID-19. Additionally the study also suggested that HIV was associated with a doubling of COVID-19 mortality risk.

c) Pillay et al (2020) analysis showed that HIV and TB were not the most common comorbidities in individuals who died from COVID-19.

2. It should be noted that HIV is not a notifiable condition, it is not reported in the death certificate. The National Department of Health currently is not collecting any COVID-19 related co-morbidity details. All deaths are reported to the Department of Home Affairs; the cause of death is recorded in the death certificate.

References

a) Parker A, Koegelenberg C.F.N, Moolla M.S et al. 2020. High HIV prevalence in an early cohort of hospital admissions with COVID-19 in Cape Town, South Africa. S Afr Med J 2020; 110(6):463-465. https://doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.2020v110i6.14809

b) Boule A, Davies M, Hussey, H et al. 2020. Western Cape Department of Health & NICD. 2020. HIV and risk of COVID-19 death: a population cohort study from the Western Cape Province, South Africa. Clinical infectious diseases, ciaa198. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciaa1198. Published 29 August 2020.

c) Pillay-van Wyk,V, Bradshaw D, Groenewald P. 2020. COVID-19 deaths in South Africa: 99 days since South Africa’s first death. S Afr Med J 2020; 110(11):1093-1099. https://doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i11.15249

END.

05 January 2021 - NW3096

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether, with reference to the capacity-building exercise in Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom which was attended by12 Members of the Executive Council (MEC), nine Provincial Managers, nine District Managers and three National Officials, as stated in his department’s Annual Report for the 2019-20 financial year, he will furnish the relevant details as to which (a) MECs, (b) Provincial Managers, (c) District Managers and (d) National Officials attended the capacity-building programme; if not, why not; if so, (i)(aa) on what dates and (bb) by which persons was the programme planned and undertaken and (ii) who approved the plans and programme; (2) whether a full report was submitted on the outcomes of the trip and/or programme; if not, why not; if so, by what date will the specified report be submitted to the Portfolio Committee on Health?

Reply:

1. The details of the dates and names of persons that travelled are outlined in the table below. However only nine Members of the Executive Councils (MECs) attended and not 12 as stated in the question.

 

TURKEY

THAILAND

UNITED KINGDOM

TOTAL

DATE

2nd - 6th Dec 2019

27th Jan - 3rd Feb 2020

25th -29th Nov 2019

 

MEC

Dr Bandile Masuku (GP)

Ms Sasekani Manzini (MPU)

Dr Phophi C Ramathuba (LP)

Ms Nomafrench Mbombo (WC)

Ms Montseng Tsiu (FS)

Ms Nomagugu Simelane- Zulu (KZN)

Mr Madoda Sambatha (NW)

MEC Mase Manapole (NC)

MEC Sindiswa Gomba (EC)

9

HOD

Ms Jeanette Hunter (NW)

Ms Priscilla Monyobo(FS) (Acting)

Dr Sandile Tshabalala (KZN)

Dr Thobile Mbengashe (EC)

Dr Keith Cloete (WC) (Acting HoD)

Dr Steven Jonkers (NC)

Prof. Mkhululi Lukhele (GP)

Dr Beth Engelbrecht (WC)

8

DISTRICT MANAGEMENT

Ms Puleng Malefakgotla (NW)

Mr Papi Maarohanye (FS)

Mr A Hlongwane (KZN)

Mr Simon Kaye (WC)

Dr Alastair Kantani (NC)

Ms Nomathemba Mazibuko (NC)

Dr Zolela Ngcwabe (GP) (Travel cancelled and replaced by Dr Adiel Chikobvu)

Ms Sindiswa Gede (EC)

Ms Nanana Hlatshwayo (MPU)

Dr NM Ndwambi (LP) (Travel not approved at last minute by HoD)

Dr Ariel Torres ( Free State)

Dr Lenyatso Modisane (GP)

Dr David Leburu (NW)

13

NDOH OFICIALS

Mr Mbulelo Cabuko

Ms Nellie Malefetse

Dr Aquina Thulare

Ms Nellie Malefetse

Mr Mbulelo Cabuko (Health Information System)

Ms Nellie Malefetse

3

SPECIAL ADVISORS

 

Dr Qiniso Langisa (Special Advisor to KZN MEC)

Dr Bayeni Special Advisor to MEC Eastern Cape

(2)

(ii) The programme and plans were considered by the National Health Council on the 25th July 2019 and finally approved for implementation on 15th August 2019.

(2) The study tour report was submitted to the National Department of Health as per standard operating procedures. The report is of an operational nature and still has to be fully considered by the National Health Council. It will be shared with the Portfolio Committee as soon as it has been presented to the National Health Council.

END.

05 January 2021 - NW3095

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to the capacity-building exercise in Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom which was attended by 33 officials (details furnished), as stated in his department’s Annual Report for the 2019-20 financial year, what was the (a) cost of (i) air tickets, (ii) transport and (iii) VIP transport for the 33 officials for the entire trip, (b) total of the subsistence and travel paid to the officials and (c) total cost of accommodation for the trip, including bed and breakfast; (2) (a) from which budget were the expenses paid and (b) what was the duration of the trip in terms of number of days?

Reply:

The question asked by the Honourable Member is acknowledged. However, given the nature of the details required in terms of (a) cost of (air tickets, (ii) transport, and (iii) VIP transport for the officials that travelled including (b) total subsistence and (c) cost of the accommodation for the trip, the National Department of Health is still in the process of collating this detail from the relevant provincial Departments of Health. Once fully collated, the information will be submitted for the Honourable Member’s consideration.

END.

05 January 2021 - NW2696

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to petitions, memorandums and any similar documents that have been handed to her and/or her department during the lockdown period by members of the public and/or any organisation, what are the relevant details in each case with regard to (a) what documents have been received, (b) on what dates the documents were received, (c) from which individuals and/or organisations the documents were received, (d) what the detailed content of the documents were and (e)(i) what steps were taken by her department with regard to the documents and (ii) on what dates were such steps taken?

Reply:

a) What documents have been received.

1. A memorandum from the Restaurants Association of South Africa (RASA), National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC), Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and Liquor Traders Association of South Africa (LTASA)

b) On what dates the documents were received.

21 July 2020

c) From which individuals and/or organisations the documents were received.

2. Wendy Alberts, CEO of Restaurant Association of South Africa

3. Lucky Ntimane, Convener of the National Liquor Traders Council

4. Sean Robinson, Chairperson of the Liquor Traders Association of South Africa

d) What the detailed content of the documents were.

See Annexure A (the memrandum from RASA and others)

e) (i) What steps were taken by the department with regard to the documents.

Though the Minister went to recieve the memorandum and also copied on the memorandum, the submission was addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Therefore, regarding any action that would have been taken only the Presidency can provide clarification.

(ii) On what dates were such steps taken.

See (i) above.

05 January 2021 - NW3062

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

Whether there has been any shortage of psychiatric medication in the Republic since the outbreak of the coronavirus; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how serious is the shortage and (b) what steps has he taken to ensure that the wellbeing of psychiatric patients is not compromised?

Reply:

The medicine supply chain is long and complex, with interruptions at any point in the supply chain affecting medicine availability at the facility. These interruptions may relate to, inter alia, the shortage of the active ingredients, regulatory issues affecting formulation, logistical challenges, inadequate volumes produced relative to the ordered quantity and inadequate quantities being ordered. Medicine shortages is a global problem affecting all countries for the reasons outlined above.

South Africa has experienced constrained supply of psychiatric medicines. The challenges precede the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The reason for the shortage of each drug differs and includes a shortage of the active pharmaceutical ingredient, the manufacturer is unable to supply ordered quantities within the contracted timelines, production problems, and industrial action at local production facilities.

(a) The shortages are considered to be very serious.

(b) Steps taken in mitigation include sourcing of stock from alternative suppliers, where possible, as well as the issuing of circulars recommending use of available alternative agents that are considered to be therapeutically equivalent. Where partial deliveries are made by contracted suppliers availability is managed at the district level through stock rotation among facilities.

The supply issues related to the availability of Citalopram and Fluoxetine; have been resolved. However, South Africa is experiencing shortages of four drugs (Amitriptyline, Chlorpromazine, Haloperidol and Olanzapine).

END.

05 January 2021 - NW2368

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether, with reference to the High-level Review Panel into the State Security Agency, he has established a task team, consisting of expertise within and outside the State Security Agency, to explore in detail the practical and other implications of the re-separation of the services and other possible architectural changes; if not, by what date will such a task team be established; if so, (a) on what date was the task team established, (b) what is the (i) name and (ii) professional designation of each person serving on the task team, (c) what are the details of the mandate of the task team, (d) on which dates has the task team met since its establishment and (e) what are the details of the progress the task team has made in exploring the practical and other implications of architectural changes to the Republic’s intelligence structures; (2) whether, in line with the report’s recommendations, the titles of State Security Agency and Minister and/or Ministry of State Security will be changed to reflect the determination to return the role and philosophy of the democratic intelligence capacity back to their constitutional origins; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2943E

Reply:

A Ministerial Implementation Task Team (MITT) has been established in accordance with the recommendations of the High Level Review Panel (HLRP) report. The Ministerial Implementation Task Team was established on 28 July 2020.

The MITT is chaired by the Deputy Minister for the State Security Agency (SSA), Mr Zizi Kodwa, who is the political champion for the task team. The Deputy Chairperson is Mr Thabo Mokwena, who has qualifications in economics, corporate finance and strategy. Mr Mokwena has experience as an Accounting Officer for SALGA.

The MITT is also comprised of external professionals and experts. The external experts includes former members of the intelligence community, academics and other experts in the field of security, intelligence, policy, legal and legislative formulation. Once the process of vetting external members is concluded, their names will be made available.

The MITT further consists of internal experts from various branches within the SSA who among them have a range of strategic and analytical expertise in intelligence, policy, legal and human resources, among others.

The names of members of the SSA form part of the broader operational framework and therefore remain classified and privileged in accordance with Section 10 (4) (a) of the Intelligence Services Act 65 of 2002, as amended, which protects the identities of members of the Agency.

The mandate of the MITT is to unpack the recommendations of the Panel into a concrete plan of action and coordinate the implementation of the recommendations. It will develop a comprehensive strategy and business case for implementation. The MITT will also ensure the review of white paper, and finalise the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill (GILAB) legislation.

Since its establishment, the MITT has met on the following dates:

  • 5 August 2020 (MITT virtual meeting)
  • 11 August 2020 (Technical task team meeting)
  • 04 September 2020 (Workstream management meeting)

A draft Business Case and draft General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill has been developed and contain practical and other implications of architectural changes of the civilian intelligence structures. Furthermore, regulations and policies are being reviewed in this regard.

The MITT is mandated to advise and provide options on the nomenclature and the philosophical posture of the civilian intelligence services.

05 January 2021 - NW2934

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to his statement at the third annual South African Investment Conference held on 18 November 2020, that the Republic’s automotive sector has over the past few months developed and manufactured 20 000 ventilators for COVID-19 patients, (a) who produced the ventilators, (b)(i) on what date and (ii) where were the ventilators produced and (c) in which hospitals are the ventilators placed?

Reply:

At the beginning of the COVID-19 national state of disaster, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) with the support of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), established the National Ventilator Project (NVP) to draw on expertise and know-how in South Africa to develop ventilators for use on COVID-19 patients.

This was necessitated by a global shortage of all types of ventilators and it also fitted in well with the re-imagined industrial strategy, which is focused on finding opportunities to manufacture product locally.

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), which houses a number of engineers who are working on the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project, was mandated to manage the national effort to design, develop and produce the respiratory ventilators to support the government’s response to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency was used because of the experience its engineers gained in the development of complex systems for the MeerKAT radio telescope system in the Karoo, the precursor to the SKA.

The project drew in many companies and public entities based in South Africa, from engineers, to automotive component manufacturers and production specialists.

Based on advice from clinicians, the project elected to focus in the initial phase on the production of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) ventilators, which were identified as the ones most appropriate to support COVID-19 patients.

A total of 20,000 CPAP ventilators have now been produced in South Africa under the NVP. These ventilators have been produced by two locally licensed manufacturers, namely the state-owned Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African Ventilator Emergency Project (SAVE-P) – a consortium of companies.

Production began in late July 2020 and the final units were completed during the month of November 2020. The 20.000 units produced include the following:

  • 18,000 Venturi-type CPAP devices manufactured through a contract with the CSIR; and
  • 2,000 blender-type CPAP devices manufactured by SAVE-P.

The CSIR ventilator systems were assembled and packaged by Akacia Medical in the Western Cape. Individual components for the CPAP-ventilator were manufactured by a consortium of industry partners in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, including the Central University of Technology and firms such as Black Capital Systems, Andani Futuretech Manufacturing, UV Tooling, Sola Medical, Gabler Medical and Pitchline Engineering. All manufacturing was done for the CSIR.

The SAVE-P consortium incorporates manufacturers located in Cape Town, Pinetown, Durban, Midrand and Alberton, consisting of MCR Manufacturing, Reef Engineering, Bosch, Executive Engineering, Rhomberg Instruments, Dowclay Products, ISO Health SA, Pegasus Steel, NAACAM, AFRIT, Corruseal, New Age Medical Supplies, Aveti and Non-Ferrous Metal Works.

The development, production and procurement cost for the 20,000 units was funded through a R250 million donation from the Solidarity Fund.

On 24 August 2020, the Solidarity Fund handed over the first units to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. The project managers advised that units have already been distributed to 69 public healthcare facilities in each of the nine provinces. A list of those hospitals which have received CPAP devices are attached to this reply as Annexure A.

In addition to the 20,000 devices produced by CSIR and SAVE-P with funding support from the Solidarity Fund, a further 300 devices have been produced by Sabertek on a commercial basis. The project managers advise that 100 of these units have been purchased already, with some units exported to Malaysia and Namibia.

We are pleased that the combination of lockdown measures early in the pandemic, which flattened the curve of infection, and the National Ventilator Project enabled the health-care system to provide the necessary ventilation support when required. A longer-term legacy of the project is that there are now 20,000 more CPAP ventilators available for use than before the pandemic.

ANNEXURE A: List of public healthcare facilities which have received CPAP ventilators from the NVP

Province:

Facility name:

   

Eastern Cape

Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital

 

Frere Hospital

 

Livingstone Hospital

 

Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital

 

Cecilia Makiwane Hospital

 

Frontier Hospital

 

Dora Nginza Hospital

 

Mthatha General Hospital

 

St Elizabeth's Hospital

Free State

Universitas (C) Hospital

 

Pelonomi Hospital

 

Boitumelo Hospital

 

Bongani Hospital

 

Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli Hospital

Gauteng

Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

 

Pholosong Hospital

 

Far East Rand Hospital

 

Leratong Hospital

 

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

 

Sebokeng Hospital

 

Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital

 

Dr George Mukhari Hospital

 

Helen Joseph Hospital

 

Tambo Memorial Hospital

 

Steve Biko Academic Hospital

 

Kalafong Hospital

 

Tembisa Hospital

 

Edenvale Hospital

 

Rahima Moosa Hospital

 

Mamelodi Hospital

 

Qualihealth

KwaZulu-Natal

Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital

 

King Edward VIII Hospital

 

Ngwelezana Hospital

 

Grey's Hospital

 

Addington Hospital

 

King Dinuzulu Hospital

 

Mahatma Gandhi Hospital

 

Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital

 

RK Khan Hospital

 

St Aidans Hospital

 

Edendale Hospital

 

Madadeni Hospital

 

Newcastle Hospital

 

Pixely Isaka ka Seme

 

General Justice Gizenga Hospital

 

Queen Nandi Regional Hospital

 

Port Shepstone Hospital

 

Ladysmith Hospital

Limpopo

Mankweng Hospital

 

Pietersburg Hospital

 

Letaba Hospital

 

Philadelphia Hospital

 

St Rita's Hospital

 

Tshilidzini Hospital

 

Mokopane Hospital

Mpumalanga

Rob Ferreira Hospital

 

Witbank Hospital

 

Mapulaneng Hospital

 

Themba Hospital

 

Ermelo Hospital

North West

Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital

 

Klerksdorp-Tshepong Tertiary Hospital

 

Mahikeng Provincial Hospital

 

Joe Morolong Memorial Hospital

 

Potchefstroom Hospital

Northern Cape

Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital

 

Dr Harry Surtie Hospital

Western Cape

Groote Schuur Hospital

05 January 2021 - NW3058

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the three envoys, former Heads of State Ms Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Mr Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and Mr Kgalema Motlanthe that he, as the Chair of the African Union (AU), sent to meet with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr Abiy Ahmed, to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the northern Tigray region, what (a) are the details of the outcomes of the meeting in light of the fact that the Ethiopian government has continued with military operations in the specified region, (b) other interventions will the AU undertake to arrive at a peaceful resolution of conflict in the region and (c) interventions will South Africa be seeking from the United Nations Security Council to assist in the peaceful resolution of the conflict in the region?

Reply:

Acting in my capacity as Chair of the African Union (AU), I appointed three AU Special Envoys to Ethiopia, namely, former Presidents Joaquim Chissano (Mozambique), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia) and Kgalema Motlanthe (South Africa).

The Envoys visited Ethiopia on from 25 to 28 November 2020 where they met various senior Ethiopian Government officials including President Sahle-Work Zewde and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.

The Envoys provided me with information pertaining to their visit through a Zoom meeting on 15 December 2020.

The Special Envoys were informed by the Ethiopian Government interlocutors, including the Prime Minister, that the attack by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) on the Northern Command military base of the Ethiopian Federal Government, were acts of treason.

In response, the Special Envoys emphasised the need for an inclusive dialogue, with all stakeholders comprising the Prime Minister, all the political parties, including the TPLF and other institutions. The Special Envoys have also informed me that that the humanitarian situation is of serious concern.

During the conflict, all the borders were closed and UN agencies were not allowed to deliver the support needed. It was not only the people of Tigray who suffered, but also citizens in other areas. In one case, a UN convoy was attacked. The situation has now improved and aid has started to flow.

I have held a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Abiy on the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue and also used this opportunity to also discuss the Tigray conflict.

Further to this, I will hold a follow-up meeting with the Special Envoys. It would likely be necessary for them to travel to Ethiopia again.

My involvement in this crisis is contingent upon South Africa’s Chairship of the African Union (AU), which will be relinquished in February 2021.

In conclusion, I wish to stress that the United Nations Secretary-General has deferred discussion on the Tigray crisis at the United Nations, including placing the issue on the agenda of the Security Council, to provide the African Union with an opportunity to deal with this matter.

05 January 2021 - NW2580

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the President of the Republic

(a) What is the official status in Government of the document entitled Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness: Towards an Economic Strategy for South Africa prepared by the National Treasury in 2019 and (b) how has its recommendations been incorporated into the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan he announced on Thursday, 15 October 2020?

Reply:

The document entitled Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness: A Contribution Towards a Growth Agenda for the South African Economy, prepared by the National Treasury, outlines a number of specific reforms that can promote economic transformation, inclusive growth and competitiveness.

This document provides a framework for government’s thinking about the critical structural reforms that are required to raise the potential growth rate of the South African economy.

The Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan that was presented in Parliament on 15 October 2020 sets out the vision and action plan to guide South Africa’s economic recovery and reconstruction effort.

The plan sets out a range of immediate and short-term measures that will be taken to rebuild confidence, kick-start the economy and continue to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. These measures are accompanied by a set of structural reforms that will enable faster, more inclusive growth and employment over the medium to long term.

Many of these reforms are drawn from the framework provided by the document entitled Economic Transformation, Inclusive Growth, and Competitiveness: A Contribution Towards a Growth Agenda for the South African Economy.

Reforms to modernise network industries, reduce barriers to entry, facilitate regional trade and integration, promote labour-absorbing sectors, and re-imagine our industrial policy are cornerstones of both documents.

05 January 2021 - NW2256

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the President of the Republic

(a) What (i) is the background and (ii) are the relevant details to the donation of personal protective equipment by the Government to the government of Cuba and (b) why did a senior office bearer of a particular political organization (details furnished) play a significant leading role at the handover of this equipment in Havana, Cuba?

Reply:

The South African Government has entered into a government to government agreement with the Republic of Cuba. In the area of health, the collaboration focuses on the provision of qualified Cuban doctors to work in rural or disadvantaged areas of South Africa and medical training for young South Africans in Cuba.

In addition, a Cuban Health Brigade of 187 medical personnel arrived in South Africa in April 2020 to support the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under a bilateral agreement between Cuba and South Africa’s armed forces, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has a number of students who are studying in Cuba. This programme started in 2014 and is ongoing.

In June 2020, some of the SANDF students completed their studies. Due to travel restrictions in many parts of the world and because there were no commercial flights to or from Cuba, the SANDF chartered an aircraft from South African Airways to collect the students.

The aircraft also carried a consignment of goods, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitary towels and toiletries, to the SANDF students who had not completed their studies and were remaining in Cuba and to the South African medical students on behalf of the Department of Health.

The SANDF also received a request to transport a consignment of PPE that had been donated by private individuals in South Africa to the government of Cuba. Since there was space on the aircraft, the SANDF agreed to carry this consignment.

The South African government has not made any donation of personal protective equipment to the government of Cuba.

Neither the SANDF nor the Department of Health has details related to the involvement of a senior office bearer of a particular political party.

04 January 2021 - NW3069

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department has conducted any studies on the phenomenon of ukuthwala and its impacts on young girls in the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, (a) how prevalent is the practice and (b) what measures has she put in place to protect young girls and/or young orphaned girls in particular?

Reply:

The department conducted the study on Ukuthwala: Baseline Assessment on the Prevalence and Perceptions about Harmful Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children in the OR Tambo District Municipality, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa (November 2011 and will be updated in 2020).

The study revealed the following impacts on young girls in the Eastern Cape:

Health: Young girls may be married to an older more experienced partners and therefore get exposed to sexually transmitted infection including HIV – partners who are less likely to test for HIV before the incident of ukuthwala. Girls below the age of 18 have small pelvises and are not ready for child-bearing, this puts them at risk hence higher morbidity and mortality rates. There is poor access to sexual reproductive health services and delayed testing for HIV during pregnancy resulting to late enrolment to Prevention of Mother to Child HIV Prevention program.

Education: Early school dropout by child brides may lead to increased economic dependency to the male partner. Early school dropout further perpetuates discrimination and low status of women and girls.

Emotional: Isolation and depression as a result of unrealistic expectations from the family and the husband to assume makoti duties while she is physically and emotionally not ready for this responsibility.

(a) Ukuthwala was found to be amongst practices that are prevalent in OR Tambo district and widely practiced although respondents were not clear about its origins however they participated in the practice. The frequencies of occurrence of these practices vary with the practice some occurring daily others weekly and monthly while others occur every six months and yearly. The findings also show that the majority of the people in OR Tambo district do not know the decision makers on these cultural practices. Men were identified as key decision makers when it comes to Ukuthwala.

The research found that it is not clear how the decision makers got their powers but the findings seem to suggest that only a small proportion of the population have knowledge on how decision makers got the powers to determine when these practices should happen. Ukuthwala was identified as one of the practices that is mostly disliked by the communities. The findings suggest that cultural marriages are more commonly practiced than civil marriages.

(b) The following institutions have been engaged in public education:

Office of the Premier (OTP); the Chapter 9 Institutions: CRL Rights Commission; The Public Protector; Commission for Gender Commission and the SA Human Rights Commission.

Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders; the Civil Society Organizations; the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund; the Children’s Institute; South African Council for Educators; Traditional Leaders in the Province; Government Departments and a joint program implemented by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that was funded by the Department for International Development was implemented and output three of this program focused on social change interventions conducted through community dialogues. The program also invested in building the capacity of traditional leaders on their role in gender based violence prevention efforts.

UNFPA also took a delegation from OR Tambo District led by the then Executive Mayor Zoleka Chapha with a provincial delegation from the House of Traditional leaders, OTP and COGTA to Amhara Region Ethiopia on a South-South learning exchange. Ethiopia had previously had a similar challenge but had been able to reverse this picture through social behavior change programs and social change program.

An integrated approach was used utilising key community leadership, government Departments, civil society organizations from 2009 in OR Tambo District. This involved door to door visits, community dialogues and focus groups discussions.

The purpose was to discuss the practice of ukuthwala and to find out how communities at different age groups feel about the practice.

Household profiling conducted in June 2012 reaching 396 households in the following sub-locations – Buthulo, Mathambo and Gqibelana Locations and Hlabathi J.S.S.

Awareness Campaign on promotion of safety and healthy lifestyle was conducted in June 2012 during June 16 Youth Celebrations.

A Family Resource Centre was established to educate women and families about Human Rights and Children’s rights and to address all gender and family issues.

There is after school program for orphaned and vulnerable children in the area. The program provides life skills to the children and the volunteers assist with homework and holiday programs.

Conclusion: During 2021-2022 this subject has emerged as the focus again and this will be dealt with through a social norms change program that will be technically supported by partners like UNFPA. This will also extend the focus districts to OR Tambo and Alfred Nzo. It is also worth noting that this practice is a hidden practice and it happens in the furthest and left behind populations, these are the populations that will be prioritized in the coming financial year.

04 January 2021 - NW3040

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What is the total number of (a) SA Post Office (SAPO) branches that have been earmarked to disburse SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) grants and (b) the specified offices that are still operational; (2) what (a) is the total number of persons who are solely reliant on the SAPO for the payment of their SASSA grant and (b) is the breakdown of the number for each province; (3) what is the (a) breakdown for each province of the number of recipients that use bank ATMs and (b)(i) number of beneficiaries and (ii) percentage who have chosen to receive their grants through SAPO; (4) what is the (a) number of beneficiaries and (b) percentage of beneficiaries who have chosen to receive their grants through card payments?

Reply:

(1) a) A total of 1 374 post offices provide disbursement services for the social grants. The provincial split is indicated in the table below:

Branch Summary

Region

Branches

Eastern Cape

166

Gauteng

302

KwaZulu-Natal

213

Free State

115

North West

112

Limpopo

141

Mpumalanga

99

Northern Cape

65

Western Cape

161

Total

1,374

(b) The list is attached as Annexure A

2(a) Social grants are paid by SASSA. All social grants are paid through a direct deposit into the beneficiary bank accounts, regardless of whether this is a private bank account or the SASSA card account. SAPO is responsible for the disbursement of social grants for those clients who access their grants using the SASSA card. The total number of persons who use the SASSA card to access their grant is 8,105,671.

(b) The breakdown per province is as follows:

SAPO is responsible, in terms of the contract to ensure multiple access channels for grant beneficiaries to access their grants. Of the total number using the SASSA card to access their grants, approximately 93% access their grants through the National Payment System – that is at bank ATMs and retailer point of sale devices; while 5% access their grants over the counter at post offices, and 2% access their grants through the remaining 1 740 cash pay points.

The actual numbers fluctuate monthly, as beneficiaries have the right to choose which channel they utilise. There are no designated cash beneficiaries.

The table below indicates the numbers of clients who use the SASSA card to access their grants through the various channels. There is unfortunately no provincial breakdown of these numbers.

PAYMENT CHANNELS STATISTICS

Month

SAPO Branches

NPS ( Retailers)

NPS (ATM)

Cash Pay Points

Total

April

315 716

2 396 250

5 184 787

96 910

7 993 663

May

287 537

2 367 234

5 153 083

254 051

8 061 905

June

327 439

2 322 316

5 225 329

225 926

8 101 010

3(a) SASSA pays a total of 11 509 390 social grant beneficiaries monthly (as at December 2020). The breakdown per province is as follows:

(b)(i) The number of beneficiaries who have chosen to receive their grants through SAPO by using the SASSA card total 8,105,671 while 3,403,719 or 29,6% receive the grants directly into their private bank accounts.

(ii) The percentage who have chosen to receive their grants through SAPO is 70.4%

4(a) Every beneficiary receives their social grant directly into their bank accounts. As indicated above, 8 105 671 receive their grants directly into their SASSA cards.

(b) The percentage of SASSA cards used in the payment environment is 70,4% of the total beneficiary population.

04 January 2021 - NW3021

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What is the justification of (a) charging persons with mobile devices the cost of a television (TV) licence and (b) transferring all the income of TV licences derived from mobile devices to the SA Broadcasting Corporation?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

On 09 September 2020, Cabinet, approved the publication of the Draft White Paper on Audio and Audio-Visual Content Services Policy Framework: A New Vision for South Africa 2020, for public consultation and comments. The department has since gazetted the Draft White Paper (No. 43797, Vol. 664) for public comments which has now been extended till 15 February 2021 to give the stakeholders enough time to engage with the complex proposals raised within the Policy Framework.

Section 4.2.2.3. of the draft White Paper, with reference to the SABC and licence matters propose that:

”provisions of the financial matters and staffing of the Corporation are necessary, although they require review and consequential amendments to the TV licence fee section to broaden the definition and collection system for television licences and to strengthen enforcement mechanisms and penalties of non-payment”.

Achievement of the above will be determined by the submissions expected from all South Africans towards the draft White Paper.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

04 January 2021 - NW3092

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, with reference to the subsidy that the Tutela Springs Family Care, NPO 001/188, receives from her department, she will indicate the reasons that (a) the subsidy for October 2020 was not paid and (b) no payment was made as at 16 November 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she has been informed that the late payment caused the organisation and its staff and social workers significant hardship and dire financial circumstances; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps will be taken to ensure payment is made on time in future?

Reply:

The Honourable Member to indicate the place where the said organisation is situated in order for the Department to provide a response.

04 January 2021 - NW2842

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Social Development

What are the reasons that her department has not paid Tswelopele Educational Programme despite the court judgment?

Reply:

The Honourable Member to indicate the place where the said organisation is situated in order for the Department to provide a response.

04 January 2021 - NW2955

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) has been the ratio of grant recipients to the population since 27 April 1994 and (b) is the proportion for each year to date?

Reply:

The table below indicates the numbers of grant recipients per year as at 31 March of each year, from 1996/97, expressed as a percentage of the populations estimates. Unfortunately, the data from 1994 is not available, as this had not yet been consolidated into a single database, but was managed provincially.

FINANCIAL YEAR

Daily Stats as at 31 March

Population Estimates

% Share

1996/97

3 018 909

41 226 700

7%

1997/98

2 832 156

42 130 500

7%

1998/99

2 923 718

43 054 306

7%

1999/00

3 034 381

43 685 699

7%

2000/01

3 864 463

44 560 644

9%

2001/02

4 033 384

45 454 211

9%

2002/03

4 969 666

46 429 823

11%

2003/04

6 494 115

46 586 607

14%

2004/05

9 421 654

46 888 200

20%

2005/06

10 974 076

47 390 900

23%

2006/07

12 015 059

47 850 700

25%

2007/08

12 423 739

48 687 000

26%

2008/09

13 072 173

49 320 500

27%

2009/10

14 057 365

49 991 300

28%

2010/11

14 935 832

50 586 757

30%

2011/12

15 407 194

50 586 757

30%

2012/13

16 106 110

52 982 000

30%

2013/14

15 932 473

54 002 000

30%

2014/15

16 642 643

54 956 900

30%

2015/16

16 991 634

55 908 900

30%

2016/17

17 200 525

56 521 900

30%

2017/18

17 509 995

57 725 600

30%

2018/19

17 811 745

58 775 022

30%

2019/20

18 290 592

59 622 350

31%

04 January 2021 - NW3070

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

In light of recent reports that there are more than 14 000 homeless persons in Cape Town, what kind of intervention has her department offered to assist homeless women and children in particular?

Reply:

All women and children are assessed and provided with psychosocial support and social relief if needed. Part of the process is also to try and reunify them with their families.

During lockdown, the Western Cape Department of Social Development established a 60 bed family shelter, specifically focusing on single women/parents and their children that are homeless. The Department is planning on expanding it to 90 bed spaces by the end of March 2021.