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08 September 2015 - NW3109

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

(1)With regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnished), on what basis can the applicant crudely ignore a request for a risk management plan from a provincial department; (2) why did the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development insist on such a risk management plan?

Reply:

This question should be re-directed to the Ministry of Rural Development and Land Affairs, which is the competent authority to respond.

08 September 2015 - NW3111

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

(1)With regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnisned), he has found that the health of the nearby residents will not be placed in danger with the proposed development and possible disturbance of anthrax graves; (2) whether he intends to stop the development due to the specified health risks; if not, why not; if so, when?

Reply:

This question should be re-directed to the Ministry of Rural Development and Land Affairs, which is the competent authority to respond.

08 September 2015 - NW3086

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With regards to the inaction of the Municipal Manager in response to an internal audit report of the Madibeng Local Municipality, dated September 2014, in which the Municipal Manager is informed (on page 12 – 13) that a cheque requisition form for an amount of R2 217 469.35 was not signed by the person who requested it, not approved by the Director, Chief Financial Officer or the Municipal Manager, will he investigate this matter; if not; why not; if so, ( a ) when and ( b ) what are the relevant details; (2) What services were rendered to the municipality by Maximum Profit Recovery (Pty) Ltd to justify the payment of R2 217 469.35?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the municipality:

1. The Madibeng Local Municipality has appointed an external investigator to investigate the issues raised on the internal audit report. The investigation will also cover the payment made to Maximum Profit Recovery (Pty) Ltd. The investigation is expected to be finalised by the end of September 2015.

2. Maximum Profit Recovery (PTY) Ltd was appointed to render Value Added Tax (VAT) recovery service at a commission rate of 15% of the amount recovered from the South African Revenue Services (SARS). The outcome of the investigation will determine whether or not it was justifiable for the municipality to pay Maximum Profit Recovery (Pty) Ltd.

08 September 2015 - NW2796

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

With reference to his reply to question 660 on 31 March 2015, what ( a ) is the status on the investigation done by Deloitte and Touche and (b ) was the outcome of the investigation by the specified company; (2) whether he intends to make the report available; if so, when will he make the report available to the public; (3) whether the report exposed the names of the ( a ) persons and ( b ) service providers involved; if so, (4) whether he intends to provide the list of ( a ) names and ( b ) service providers mentioned in the specified report?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the Provincial Treasury in Kwazulu Natal:

  1. The investigation being conducted by Deloitte and Touche within the Umkhanyukude District Municipality is at various stages:
  • Some of the allegations are already the subject of disciplinary enquiries within the municipality (with the assistance of Deloitte);
  • Some of the allegations have been referred to the Province’s Anti-Corruption Task Team in order for a criminal case to be opened.

 

2. The Department is in consultation with the Province to determine whether or not the report is at a stage where it could be made available to the public;

3. The names of the people and the service providers implicated are covered in the report;

4. Depending on the outcome of the consultations with the Province, the names of the people and service providers implicated could be made available.

08 September 2015 - NW3110

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

Whether all municipal managers implemented section 81 of the National Credit Act, Act 34 of 2005, regarding loan deductions from salaries of municipal employees; if not, which municipalities did not comply? NW3651E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has, however, engaged the Provincial Department responsible for Local Government to solicit the relevant information from municipalities. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

08 September 2015 - NW2853

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

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2143 on 27 July 2015, a forensic investigation was not commissioned, despite the Makhado Municipal Council having resolved to conduct the specified investigation on the matter as indicated in his reply to question 338 on 12 March 2015, if not, how does he reconcile his reply to question 2143 on 27 July 2015 with the fact that the investigation was not commissioned; if so, (a) who took the decision not to commission the forensic investigation, (b) what date was the decision taken not to commission the investigation and (c) on what grounds was the decision taken not to commission the investigation?

Reply:

The Department is currently conducting further consultations with the province to establish why a forensic investigation was not commissioned as per the Council resolution. A reply on the matter will be provided once the information is available from the province.

08 September 2015 - NW2999

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

With regard to the National Treasury's capital expenditure report on infrastructure that amounts to R19, 1 billion or 30.6% of the main capital budget of R62,5 billion which is a clear indication that roads are not being build, water taps are running dry and infrastructure is unattended, (a) what is the current infrastructure backlog in municipalities, in particular with regard to the infrastructure of (i) roads and (ii) water and sanitation and (b) what amount of the budget is made available for infrastructure backlogs for municipalities in the 2015-16 financial year?

Reply:

(a) (i) According to Stats SA, in 2011 condition data was only available for 64% of the metropolitan roads network, and 80% of paved roads and 12% of gravel metropolitan roads were in a fairly good condition. Outside of the metropolitan areas, the Department of Transport indicates that road condition data is only available for approximately 4% of the municipal roads. In 2014 the South African National Roads Agency estimated the extent of the municipal roads network to be approximately 250 000 km. It estimated that R32 billion would be required to rehabilitate paved municipal roads and to re-gravel municipal roads. The cost of paving all the unpaved municipal roads is not known.

(ii) According to research carried out by the Department of Water and Sanitation, of the 1622 water supply schemes under municipal management, 9% are dysfunctional and 48% require urgent refurbishment and improved maintenance. According to the DWS 2013 Strategic Overview of the Water Sector in SA, 64% of Municipal Waste Water Treatment Works required urgent refurbishment and improved maintenance. The Department of Water and Sanitation has estimated the required national intervention cost of the backlog of municipal water infrastructure, excluding the metropolitan municipalities, to be R79 billion. The Department of Water and Sanitation has estimated the value of the backlog of sanitation infrastructure, excluding the metropolitan municipalities, to be in the order of R50 billion. Both include backlogs of a capital nature and backlogs of maintenance.

(b) The total Municipal Infrastructure Grant allocation for 2015/16 is R15 billion. This is for capital and refurbishment projects only. Municipalities are expected to fund maintenance from their own revenue and their equitable share allocation.

25 August 2015 - NW2736

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

In relation to the Manase Report into corruption and maladministration in the Ethekwini Municipality, how many officials have been dismissed as a result of internal disciplinary action stemming from the report; (2) What criminal charges have been brought against (a) current or (b) former officials stemming from the report; (3) What cost recovery proceedings have been initiated against (a) current of (b) former officials stemming from the report; (4) What action has been taken against politicians implicated in the report?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality:

  1. Two (2) officials were charged with misconduct following the recommendations of the Manase report were dismissed.
  2. In line the resolution of Council, the City Manager referred all the matters that required investigation by the police to the Anti-corruption Task Team for consideration of possible criminal action. The report from the ACTT is still outstanding.
  3. The Manase report recommended recovery from a number of officials involved in irregular expenditure. (a) The current criminal investigation will assist to determine which amounts were proceeds of crime, which would enable recovery. (b) One million rand was recovered from the two dismissed officials, dismissed for fraud. This amount was taken from their pension.
  4. Council referred the matters relating to Councillors to the Ethics Committee. Disciplinary action was taken against the ten (10) Councillors who were implicated. One Councillor is no longer a Councillor and two are deceased. The other Councillors were fined according to the quantum of transgression. The fines ranged from R8248,19 to R19500,22. Arrangements were made by the Councillors to pay the fines.

25 August 2015 - NW2819

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

(1)Whether the whereabouts and status of the mayoral chain of each metropolitan municipality are known; if so, (a)(i) where and (ii) how is each specified mayoral chain secured and (b) what is the current value of each specified mayoral chain; (2) is each specified mayoral chain insured for full replacement value; if not, (a)(i) when and (ii) under what circumstances did the mayoral chain or elements thereof go missing and (b) was any claim instituted against the municipal insurance for the loss of the mayoral chain or elements thereof; (3) in cases where the whereabouts of the mayoral chain is not known, has any criminal case been opened relating to the loss of the mayoral chain or elements thereof; if not, why not; if so, what is the current status of the case?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, requested all the Metropolitan Municipalities, to provide the information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.

25 August 2015 - NW2818

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

Whether any income and expenditure reports for the Mantsopa Local Municipality in the Free State have been tabled before the Municipal Council in the past 12 months; if not, why not; if so, (a) when was each report tabled, (b) what was the total operational income and expenditure reported in each case and (c) how much was owed to creditors in each aging category in each report?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, requested the Province and Mantsopa Local Municipality, to provide the information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.

25 August 2015 - NW2661

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

(1)With respect to the report by the Auditor-General that 233 contractual awards to councillors, employees of councils and close family members of councillors to a value of R165 million were made by the local government in the Free State in the 2013-14 financial year, (a) how many contracts of this nature were made in each municipality and (b) what was the value of each specified contract made in respect of each of the municipalities in the Free State during the specified period; (2) (a) what are the names of the councillors that received rewards of this nature, (b) which municipalities are they from and (c) what amount did they receive due to each specified contract during the specified period; (3) what are the names of the (a) family members, (b) councillors that they are related to and (c) municipality that they belong to?NW3092E

Reply:

I do not have the information regarding sub-questions (1), (2) and (3).

The MEC responsible for Local Government in Free State, is being requested to commission an investigation into the matter.

25 August 2015 - NW2821

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

(1) Whether any municipal managers are remunerated in excess of the Upper Limit of Total Remuneration Package Payable to Municipal Managers and Managers Directly Accountable to Municipal Managers; if so, what is the (a) name, (b) qualification(s) and (c) municipality of the relevant municipal manager in each case; (2) Whether a waiver was (a) requested and (b) granted by him in each case; (3) What is the (a) remuneration amount and (b) amount in excess of the upper limit in each case; and (4) Whether any action has been taken to address the amounts paid to municipal managers remunerated in excess of the Upper Limit of Total Remuneration Package Payable to Municipal Managers and Managers Directly Accountable to Municipal Managers; if not, why not; if so, what steps have been taken in this regard? NW3294E

Reply:

  1. The first Notice on the total remuneration packages payable to municipal managers was issued on 29 March 2014, with the express provision that it becomes applicable from 1 July 2014. According to transitional measures contained in Item 11 of the Notice, the Notice does not apply to serving municipal managers whose contracts were concluded before the commencement of the Notice (i.e. 1 July 2014); meaning that such senior manager remuneration will continue to be governed in terms of their employment contracts until the contracts have lapsed or terminated.
  2. (a) A total of twenty (20) applications to waive the provisions of the Notice were received by the Minister.

(b) No application of waiver was granted by the Minister.

3.  No waiver was granted.

4.  Please refer to the response on (3) above.

25 August 2015 - NW2735

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the 2014-15 budget for the eThekwini Municipality, (a) what amount was made available for block sum allocations to each ward, (b) what was the (i) block sum allocation in each ward used for and (ii) cost thereof and (c)(i) what consultation was done with ward councillors, (ii) in what manner and (iii) on what dates did the consultations take place?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, requested the Province and eThekwini Municipality, to provide the information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.

25 August 2015 - NW2724

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

(1)Whether the appointment of the municipal manager of Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality in the North West complied with relevant legislation and regulations; if not, (a) why not and (b) what action will he take in this regard; if so, what (i) are the qualifications of the specified municipal manager and (ii) process was followed in the municipal manager’s appointment; (2) What is the gross annual remuneration, total cost to company, of the municipal manager of Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality; (3) Whether such remuneration is within the Upper Limits for the Total Remuneration of Municipal Manager as promulgated in the Government Gazette; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) Whether the contract of the municipal manager was approved by the municipal council of Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality prior to the signing thereof; if not, (a) why not and (b) what action will he take in this regard; if so, (i) when was it tabled before council for consideration, (ii) what was the resolution of the council in this regard, (iii) when was the contract signed and (iv) by whom?

Reply:

  1. (a) The Local Government: Regulations on Appointment and Conditions of Employment of Senior Managers, which came into effect on 17 January 2014, requires that a person appointed as the municipal manager of a municipality must have a Bachelor degree in Public Administration/ Social Sciences/ Law, or equivalent. According to information at the disposal of the Department, the municipal manager of Lekwa Teemane Local Municipality holds a National Diploma in Town and Regional Planning, Certificate in Local Government Finance Management and a short course certificate in Public Management and Governance. As it stands, the Minister is not able to make a conclusive decision whether the qualifications of the municipal manager comply with the prescribed requirements due to lack of evidence or proof that his qualifications were subjected to an evaluation by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to determine if his qualifications are equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree.

   (b)  The MEC for local government in the North-West Province has been requested to investigate this matter, which will include an evaluation of the municipal manager’s qualifications by SAQA. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the MEC will submit a formal report to the Minister in terms of section 54A(7)(b) of the Municipal Systems Act, whereafter the Minister will determine the course of action, if any.

  (i)   National Diploma in Town and Regional Planning, Certificate in Local Government Finance Management and a short course certificate in Public Management and Governance.

(ii) The process followed in the municipal manager’s appointment will be determined once a full report on the appointment of the municipal manager has been received from the MEC.

2.  The total annual remuneration package of the Municipal Manager of Lekwa Teemane is R970 920-00.

3.   Yes, the total remuneration of the Municipal Manager is within the upper limits for the total remuneration payable to municipal managers, inclusive of the 20% market premium allowance as provided for in clause 10(4) of the Notice on upper limits of the total remuneration packages payable to senior managers under Government Notice No. 225 as published in Government Notice No. 37500 of 29 March 2014.

4.   Section 57 of the Municipal Systems Act requires that a person may be appointed as a municipal manager of a municipality only in terms of a written employment contract with the municipality complying with the provisions of this section and that the employment contract be entered into with the municipality represented by the mayor or executive mayor. On 3 March 2015, the Lekwa Teemane municipal council resolved to appoint a successful candidate and further directed that the employment contract be entered into between the successful candidate and the municipality represented by the mayor.

 (a)  There is no legal requirement for the employment contract to be tabled before council prior to the signing thereof.

 (b) (i) and (ii) Not applicable.

      (iii) The employment contract was signed on 16 April 2015.

     (iv) The contract was entered into between the municipal manager and municipality represented by the mayor.

25 August 2015 - NW2770

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether his department (a) studied the latest reports of the Auditor-General in respect of municipal councils and (b) has taken any actions against municipalities that transgressed the Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003, either by sidestepping its provisions or blatantly acting in defiance of the specified Act and/or in any way negating its prescripts; if not, why not; if so, (i) which municipalities did he act against (ii) in what manner and (iii) to what end?

Reply:

(a) Yes, the department has studied the latest report of the Auditor-General in respect of municipalities.

(b)  The Minister cannot directly take any action before a municipality is given time to do so as prescribed in the Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003 (MFMA). The Minister has, however, initiated the following measures:

 (i)  Introduced an item in the MinMEC meeting’s agenda, whereby the MECs report on how municipalities, in their respective provinces, are performing on the five pillars of Back to Basics (B2B), which if not performed will result into issues in the audit reports.

(ii)  Giving special attention to the fifty (50) municipalities that received disclaimed audit opinion, with particular emphasis on 25 disclaimers in the past five consecutive years.

(iii)  Partnering with the National Treasury to roll out the Financial Management Capacity Maturity Model to understand gaps to ensure support measures are targeted and customised accordingly.

(iv)  Ensure that the competency regulations are complied with.

25 August 2015 - NW2822

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

(1)Whether any chief financial officers (CFO) in local, metropolitan, district municipalities or any other municipal entities do not meet the qualifications criteria for employment in such a position; if so, (a) what is the (i) name, (ii) qualifications and (iii) entity or municipality at which the specified person is employed and (b) what action has been taken in this regard; (2) (a) how many vacancies exist at CFO level in local, metropolitan, district municipalities or any other municipal entities and (b) what is the average duration that the positions have been vacant?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, requested all the Provinces, to provide the information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.

25 August 2015 - NW2713

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

Whether (a) he, (b) his Deputy Ministers and (c) any officials in his department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

(1) No.

11 August 2015 - NW2621

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

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1205 on 11 September 2014, the existing backlogs for water in each of the 23 district municipalities were confirmed by March 2015; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will this process be completed; if so, what is the current backlog information for each of the specified municipalities; (2) with reference to his reply to question 1533 on 18 May 2015, when will the process of updating information for water, sanitation, electricity and waste management be completed; (3) whether the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has been added to the 23 municipalities to be prioritised because of their significant backlogs; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.  The Department of Water and Sanitation has completed the process of compiling the information on water backlogs in respect of each of the 23 priority District Municipalities. The number of priority District Municipalities has since increased to 27. The information is attached as Annexure A.

2. Sanitation, electricity and waste management information for the 23 Priority District Municipalities will be completed by end September 2015.

3. Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has not been added to the 23 priority District Municipalities.

28 July 2015 - NW2210

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether the Government has committed funds over the medium term to establish any new town or city as a result of any new set of compelling economic reasons; if not, why not; if so, (a) what was the rationale for doing so, (b) where is this new town or city to be located, (c) what information was shared with Parliament to get its input on the advisability of establishing such a new town or city, (d) what costs will the Government have to carry over the medium term and (e) when did the Cabinet have the opportunity to study the feasibility report and accept the desirability to proceed with the establishment of such a town or city?

Reply:

Government has not taken any decision to establish new cities, and thus no funds have been set aside for this purpose. It should also be noted that development of cities can evolve from small towns or urban nodes that grow as a result of increased economic activities and population growth. Examples of such areas include towns such as Lephalale, which is growing rapidly due to increased economic activities and public infrastructure investments in the area. Furthermore, the location, desirability and growth of such areas are informed by municipalities Spatial Development Frameworks. It is, therefore, the responsibility of municipalities to approve such developments. However, as new and substantial economic hubs develop in new towns and cities, government will assist these municipalities to acquire appropriate planning and other technical capability to manage these new challenges and opportunities.

28 July 2015 - NW2469

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether a certain person (Mr M Mlandu was dismissed by a certain person (name and details furnished BB48 Mr L Gumbi) at the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council (EMMC) following a council resolution; if not, why not; if so, what is the (a) number and (b) date of the council resolution; (2)was he informed of the specified dismissal as required by the Disciplinary Regulations for Senior Managers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3)what is his position with regard to the action of the EMMC in this regard; if not, why not; if so, why?NW2837E

Reply:

(1)No, I have not investigated the matter and therefore am not aware of the details pertaining the matter.

(2)I intend writing to the MEC responsible for local government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4) (a) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission an investigation into the matter.

(3) Falls off.

28 July 2015 - NW2466

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Chance, Mr R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance andTraditional Affairs

Whether the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council executive mayor implemented the council resolution (details furnished BB43) which compelled the executive mayor to recover unauthorised, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure from a certain person as contemplated in section 32(2) of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003; if not, what action does he intend taking in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I am not aware of these assertions.

I intend writing to the MEC responsible for local government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4)(b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission an investigation into the matter.

28 July 2015 - NW2068

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

(1)How many municipal managers are currently suspended and/or prevented from performing their roles and functions in their municipalities; (2) in respect of each case, (a) who is the municipal manager, (b) what municipality are they from, (c) when were they placed on suspension and (d) what is the misconduct with which they have been charged?

Reply:

(1) The Department is not aware of any municipal managers that are prevented from performing their functions but rather municipal managers who have been suspended from work for breach of conduct.

(2) According to information furnished by provinces, the following are municipal managers that have been placed on suspension by municipalities:

Province

Municipal Manager

Municipality

Date placed on suspension

Nature of misconduct

Eastern Cape

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Ikwezi LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

 

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Inkwanca LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Free State

Mr PI Radebe

Mafube LM

5 January 2015

Council decision to implement consequence management due to Auditor-General audit opinion of a disclaimer over the past 5 years.

Gauteng

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Province

Name of municipal manager

Name of the municipality

Date of suspension

Nature of misconduct

KwaZulu-Natal

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Endumeni LM

26 March 2014

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

 

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Imbabazane LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

 

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Indaka LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

 

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Vulamehlo LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Limpopo

Mr TM Maake

Mopani DM

1 February 2015

Financial misconduct

 

Mr Ntwane

Thabazimbi LM

10 December 2014

Maladministration, misappropriation of funds and non-compliance with supply chain procedures

 

Mr M Mathivha

Thulamela LM

28 April 2015

Fruitless expenditure

 

Ms C Mamitla

Polokwane LM

4 May 2015

Financial misconduct

 

Mr MF Ramaphakela

Lepelle-Nkumpi LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Mpumalanga

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

North West

Mr K Rabanye

Mahikeng LM

29 November 2014

Corruption and maladministration

 

Mr J Bhine

Ditsobotla LM

3 April 2013

Gross maladministration

 

Mr J Makade

Ventersdorp LM

11 October 2014

Maladministration

Northern Cape

Mr TF Leeuw

Magareng LM

20 April 2015

Maladministration

 

Mr M Fillis

Ubuntu LM

5 March 2015

Corruption and maladministration

Western Cape

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

28 July 2015 - NW2155

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

(1) Whether, with reference to the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Nomusa Dube's statement in her budget speech on 14 May 2015, that Mpofana Local Municipality has returned to a good state of health, he has found accordingly; if not, why not; if so, what is the basis for his finding; (2) will effective service delivery now take place in the specified municipality; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) has he now found that the specified municipality is financially viable; if not, what action does he intend taking with regard to the municipality; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2467E

Reply:

(I), (2) and (3) The Honourable Member should note that by-elections-to elect a new Municipal Council in the Mpofana Local Municipality with held on 26 November 2014. Before this by-election was held, a recovery plan was circulated to relevant stakeholders for input. The recovery plan covered the following priority areas:

(i) Municipal Institutional Development and Transformation
(ii) Municipal Financial Viability and Management;
(iii) Basic Service Delivery;

(iv) Local Economic Development

(v) Good Governance and Public Participation; and

(vi) Cross Cutting Issues.

From the assessment made by the KZN CoGTA Department, it appeared that Mpofana Local Municipality would still be in a vulnerable state when the section 139(1) (c) intervention terminated after the by-election was held. The Provincial Executive therefore took a resolution to replace this intervention with a directive issued in terms of section 139(1) (a) of the Constitution after the by-election. This directive, which was envisaged to expire at the end of March 2015, provided that the municipality must fulfil the following:

(i) Adopt by Council Resolution, the exit strategy in respect of the close-out report of the intervention in terms of section 139(1) (c) of the Constitution, and accept the continuation and provision of support by KZN CoGTA or any other stakeholder during the period of the intervention;

(ii) Accept a resource deployed by CoGTA to assist the municipality to implement the exit strategy;

(iii) Ensure that the Municipal Manager and all senior managers account in respect of all indicators included in the exit strategy, on a monthly basis;
(iv) Attend all Steering Committee meetings convened by KZN CoGTA on interventions; and

(v) Develop a strategy of addressing imminent service delivery protests.


In the notice of the termination of the intervention, it was reported that the Mpofana Local Municipality has made substantial progress on its exit strategy and also complied with the above directive. It was also reported that the remaining issues on the exit strategy will be implemented by the municipality, with ongoing support from KZN CoGTA and other sector departments. Strategies to address outstanding issues were developed and these strategies were integrated into the Back to Basics approach.

Apart from the above notice, a presentation of the close-out report which was prepared by the Ministerial Representative has highlighted several overall achievements of this intervention. Some of these achievements are the following:

(i) Portfolio committees and MPAC have been established, and meetings of the Municipal Council and portfolio committees convene every month;
(ii) An Interim Finance Committee was established to address cash flow problems;
(iii) There has been a revival of ward committees and the newly elected councillors, who have since undergone capacity building programmes, hold public meetings in all wards;

(iv) As most service delivery challenges revolve around water shortages, the municipality and Umgungundlovu DM are working much closer than before to address the problem;

(v) Successful resolution of the litigation matter between the municipality and Tai Yuen Textiles; and

(vi) Sporadic service delivery protests have been promptly addressed, and there has been an improvement in meeting legislative compliance deadlines.

The achievements made during this intervention partly address the challenges that were prevalent in the municipality, which led to the intervention, such as the absence of an Internal Audit Committee. These achievements also address some of the challenges which were identified in the Back to Basics Support Plan for Mpofana Local Municipality, such as serious backlogs in water provision.

Notwithstanding these achievements, it appears that there are still several challenges among those that were identified shortly before the intervention was invoked, which still remain unaddressed. Examples of these are losses in the sale of electricity, due to illegal connections, and poor debt recovery. In addition to these, the presentation of the close-out report lists further challenges in this municipality. Some of these challenges are:

(i) Very weak internal audit and audit committee, and the skills audit process is long overdrawn and still incomplete;
(ii) The projected budget is in deficit, and there is a lack of relevant capacity in managing municipal finances within the Budget and Treasury Office (BTO), which will delay the financial turnaround;

(iii) The municipality owes grant funds, used for operational reasons, and there is no reflection in the budget on how this will be paid back;
(iv) Inadequate project management and coordination at a technical level delays project implementation;
(v) Ability to manage Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) and other grants is inadequate, and there is inadequate development planning capacity; and
(vi) No risk management.


In light of the challenges still prevalent in the Mpofana Local Municipality, the MEC will closely monitor and provide the necessary support to the municipality, working together with the relevant KZN Back to Basics Task Team.

28 July 2015 - NW2460

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

(1)Why did a certain official (Mr K Ngema) ignore the memorandum from the Legal and Administrative Services department of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council (which in paragraph 5 refers to the supply Chain management Policy details furnished) by allowing the bid adjudication committee to continue awarding said tenders as recommended by the bid evaluation committee, in terms of the bid adjudication committee’s delegated powers; (2)Whether his department will take any action in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2828E

Reply:

  1. No, as stated in my response to PQ2015/2459, I am not aware of these assertions.
  2. Again as stated in my previous response to PQ2015/2459, I intend writing to the MEC responsible for local government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4)(b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission an investigation into the matter.

28 July 2015 - NW2489

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

(1)What is his department doing to assist municipalities to enforce the applicable local government legislation relating to water pollution in all municipalities in the country? (2) What are the details of each water pollution case that municipalities are involved in with regard to (a) the area, (b) a description of the situation, (c) the environmental impact and (d) the method of intervention?

Reply:

This information is not readily available. It will take some time to assemble the information.

28 July 2015 - NW2262

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

Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount

Reply:

Departments of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

  1. Yes

(aa)(i) Amount

(aa)(ii) Person

(aa)(iii) Reason

R2 443 574.83

Ms Lindiwe Gail Msengana-Ndlela

Re-determination of term of office

The CRL Rights Commission

(bb)(i) Amount

(bb)(ii) Person

(bb)(iii) Reason

R 1 397 711.20

Adv. Moreroa (former CEO)

Based on certain complaints received by the Commission, the Commission initiated an internal investigation into such complaints. During the course of the investigation, the CEO reached an agreement with the Commission to terminate his services and therefore the investigation was suspended.

The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB)

  1. Yes

(bb)(i) Amount

(bb)(ii) Person

(bb)(iii) Reason

R385 683.00

Clayton Sebastiaan Swart

During January and February 2014, the former Chief Executive Officer made offers of employment to three candidates, although the Board had taken a decision that the three candidates should not be appointed. The Board overturned the decision of the former Chief Executive Officer that the employment offers be retracted and invalidated. The three candidates took the matter to court, after which the matter was settled out of court.

R192 827.00

Thandokuhle Ignatias Ngoza

 

R143 717.00

Tsholanang Sinatra Polori

 

R1 691 622.00

Gabusile Caroline Gumbi-Masilela

The former Chief Executive Officer was suspended by the previous Board on 12 February 2014, pending an investigation. In March 2014, the new Board and the former Chief Executive Officer reached an out of court agreement resulting in the termination of the employment contract.

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

The South African Local Government Association has not paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date.

The South African Cities Network (SACN)

The South African Cities Network has not paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date.

28 July 2015 - NW2396

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, since his reply to question 2029 on 17 November 2014, the information requested is now readily available within his department and will be provided; (2) (a) what is the (i) status and (ii) findings of the investigation and (b) what engagement has his department had with Vrede District Municipality in the Free State? NW2761E

Reply:

(1) Yes, the Department has received the information from the Phumelela Local Municipality.

(2) (a) (i) &(ii) According to the information received, the municipality did not utilize its budget in respect of the farm Krynauwslust in the Vrede district of the Free State; hence, no irregularities were reported (b) In the context of the preceding question, the Department did not engage with the Vrede District Municipality. Instead, the Department exchanged correspondence with the Phumelela Local Municipality on this matter

28 July 2015 - NW2482

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

(1) How many recommendations of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities have not been acted upon by the relevant organ of state since 1 January 2009; (2) in respect of each case, (a) what was the recommendation not acted upon, (b) why was the recommendation not acted upon and (c) who is responsible for the inaction; (3) how many legal cases has the Commission embarked upon or become involved in either as a party to the case, or as an amicus curiae, as a result of the non-implementation of its recommendations since I January 2009; (4) in respect of each specified case, (a) who were the parties to the case, (b) what was the recommendation not acted upon and (c) what was the outcome of the case? NW2851E

Reply:

ATTACHED FIND HERE: Reply

28 July 2015 - NW2438

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

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on advertising in (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

(a)(b)(i)(ii)(aa)(bb)(cc)

The Departments:

The Sowetan

   

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

111,444 .27

176,592.50

239,974.07

The Daily Sun

   

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

-

-

38,136.42

The Entities:

The South African Cities Network (SACN)

The SACN did not spend any amount on advertising in Sowetan and Daily Sun in the 2012 /13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial year.

South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

The Sowetan

   

Total

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

 

-

R50, 940,90

R73, 051,20

R123,992,10

The Daily Sun

     

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

 

-

-

-

 

Municipal Demarcation Board

The Sowetan

   

Total

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

 

R267,471,36

-

R30,834,70

R298 306,06

The Daily Sun

     

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

 

R380,933,25

R298,981,26

-

R679 851,54

28 July 2015 - NW2462

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

(1) Whether he is aware that a certain official (Mr K Ngema) from the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality wrote to the bid adjudication committee (BAC) (BB7 Attached)requesting that they use a new form to change their operating procedures in order to ensure that all tenders above R10 million be forwarded to the specified person; (2) Whether he is aware that the specified official requested that the new procedure be applied retrospectively to three tenders that have already been adjudicated by the bid adjudication committee; if so, what is his position in this regard? NW2830E

Reply:

I am not aware of these assertions, nor, have not investigated this matter and therefore, I have not established any facts surrounding this matter.

I intend writing to the MEC responsible for Local Government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4)(b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission and investigation into the matter.

28 July 2015 - NW2483

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

(1)In each (a) metropolitan, (b) local and (c) district municipality, what is the total amount currently owed for rates and service charges by municipal councillors and/or traditional leaders serving on municipal councils which is over 90 days; (2) in respect of each case, (a) who is the councillor or traditional leader involved, (b) what is the amount owed and (c) has a repayment agreement been reached with the councillor and/or traditional leader; if so, when will the amount be repaid in full; (3) whether any action has been taken against such councillors and/or traditional leaders in terms of section 13 and 14 of the Code of Conduct for Municipal Councillors; if not, why not; if so, (a) who is the councillor and/or traditional leader involved and (b) what action has been taken; (4) whether his department will take any action against the (a) municipality, (b) speaker of the municipal council and (c) municipal council in cases where no action has been taken in this regard?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, requested all the Provinces to provide this information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.

28 July 2015 - NW2467

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether he is aware that a certain person (EMMC) refused to call a council meeting in order to deliberate over the alleged financial irregularities (details furnished BB40 and BB41), which contravened a council resolution and certain statutory provisions (details furnished BB39); if so, what action is he taking against the specified person for failing to adhere to the law?

Reply:

I am not aware to these assertions.

I intend writing to the MEC responsible for Local Government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4)(b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission and investigation into the matter.

I will await the outcome of the investigation to determine whether or not there are findings that will enable me to provide a response to this question.

28 July 2015 - NW2468

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether he is aware that certain persons holding executive positions at the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council (details furnished: a. Executive Mayor, b. Speaker of Council, MMC Finance and the d. Chief Whip), all received a letter (details furnished BB39) stipulating the financial mismanagement at the specified Metro; if so, what action did each of the above person take with regard to all the allegations in the letter; (2)What is his position with regard to the action taken in respect of each case; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2836E

Reply:

(1)No, as stated in my response to PQ2015/2467, I have not investigated the matter and therefore am not aware of the details pertaining the matter.

(2)I intend writing to the MEC responsible for local government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4)(b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission an investigation into the matter.

28 July 2015 - NW2459

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

Whether, with reference to the employment contract of Mr K Ngema he has established that the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council (EMMC) was misled by the A-CORP (19-2012) report (details furnished) where it is stated that the duration of the specified person’s contract is from 17 August 2009 to 16 August 2014; if not, how was the EMMC allowed to contravene (a) its own resolution (details furnished), (b) the appointment periods stated in the amended Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, (c) the SA Local Government Association circular 14/2012 (details furnished) and (d) a judgment by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in case 5238/12 (details furnished); if so, (i) what action does he intend taking and (ii) who wrote the confidential report?

Reply:

I am not aware to these assertions.

I intend writing to the MEC responsible for local government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4) (b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission an investigation into the matter.

According to Section 106 (4)(b)of the Municipal Systems Act, the MEC must table a report in the relevant provincial legislature, detailing within 90 days from the date of my request to him, to conduct the investigation. The MEC is required to simultaneously send a report to me, the Minister of Finance, and the NCOP.

I will await the outcome of the investigation to determine whether or not there are findings that enable me to provide specific responses in respect of sub-questions (a)(b)(c)(d) and (i)(ii).

28 July 2015 - NW2484

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

(1)Whether there was an audit committee in place in each (a) metropolitan municipality and (b) municipality that received a disclaimer or adverse audit opinion for the 2013-14 financial year; if not, why not; if so, (i) what are the qualifications and relevant experience of each member of each audit committee and (ii) how many times did the specified committee meet in the 2013-14 financial year; (2) were any reports from each specified committee tabled and considered in each relevant municipal council; if not, why not?

Reply:

The question asked by Honourable member, Mr K J Mileham, must be directed to National Treasury, as it is the competent authority to provide the information requested. National Treasury monitors Audit Committees in terms of sec 166 of the Municipal Finance Management Act.

28 July 2015 - NW2465

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Chance, Mr R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether he is aware that a certain person (Mr K Ngema) made applications to the National Treasury on 3 September 2012 (details furnished BB9) requesting condonation of irregular expenditure to the value of R819 million and of National Treasury approval (details furnishedBB13), while bids above R10 million that did not go out to tender in the specified period totaled over R7.2 billion (details furnishedBB10,BB11, BB12); (2)whether he intends to take any action in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2833E

Reply:

(1) No, as ststed in my response to PQ2015/2464 I am not aware of these assertions.

(2) I intend writing to the MEC responsible for local government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4)(b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission an investigation into the matter.

28 July 2015 - NW2294

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

(1)How many qualified and registered engineers are employed by each metropolitan municipality on a permanent basis? (2) What is the field of specialisation of each specified engineer in respect of civil engineering, electrical engineering and any other engineers employed; (3) (a) how many vacancies exist for qualified and registered engineers in each metropolitan municipality, (b) what is the job title of each vacancy and (c) since what date has each position been vacant; (4) Whether there are any criteria determining the number of engineers in each field to be employed by each type of municipality; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) where is this codified? NW2655E

Reply:

The following response is based on the information provided by Ekurhuleni, EThekwini, City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane, City of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay and Mangaung Metropolitan municipalities. The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality did not meet the deadline for submission of responses. However, the municipality has been requested to respond accordingly. The information will be delivered to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received:

1)

Municipality

Qualified and Registered engineers

City of Johannesburg

68

Ekurhuleni Metro

170

City of Tshwane

328

Mangaung

10

City of Cape Town

547

EThekwini

55

Nelson Mandela Bay

53

2)

Municipality

Field of specialisation of each specified engineer in respect of civil engineering, electrical engineering and any other engineers employed

Ekurhuleni

Energy :71 Engineers

Roads and storm water : 44 engineers

Water and sanitation:55 engineers

City of Tshwane

74 Engineers/ Engineer Technologists

185 engineers/technologists

67 Civil Engineers/ Engineer Technologists

2 Civil Engineers/ Engineer Technologists

City of Johannesburg

  • Technical Engineers (Water);
  • Civil Engineering (Water);
  • Civil Engineering;
  • Capital Planning Engineering;
  • Chemical Engineering;
  • Electrical Engineering:
  • Network Planning;
  • Network & Services Planning;
  • Network operations;
  • Electrification;
  • Electrical Technology;
  • Plant Test;
  • Roads Engineers:
  • Local Roads Planning;
  • Economic Roads Planning;
  • Road Safety;
  • Storm water Planning;
  • Freight Standards and Compliance; and

Freight Infrastructure Support.

Mangaung

8: Civil Engineering

2: Project Engineering

City of Cape Town

2: Chemical Engineers

134: Civil Engineers

11: Construction Engineers

2: Development Engineers

31: Electrical Engineers

208: Engineers I ii iii iv

12: Mechanical Engineers

2: Network Engineers: 2

145: Project Engineers

EThekwini

55: Civil Engineers

Information on other engineers is outstanding.

Nelson Mandela Bay

53 Civil engineers

3)

Municipality

  1. how many vacancies exist for qualified and registered engineers in each metropolitan municipality
  1. what is the job title of each vacancy and
  1. since what date has each position been vacant

Ekurhuleni

44 vacancies

See attached

See attached

City of Tshwane

96 vacancies

  • Job titles vary between Chief engineers, engineering consultant/technologist and engineers and engineering technicians
  • 80 positions since December 2013
  • Transport Department, 45 positions since the structure was approved. They are unfunded.
  • Tshwane Rapid Transit: The 4 positions are all new. They are unfunded and part of the current approved structure.

City of Johannesburg

16 vacancies

  • 1 :Manager: Technical Co-ordination;
  • 1 :Senior Engineer: Local Roads Planning;
  • 1 :Senior Engineer: Economic Roads Planning;
  • 2 :Manager Regional Storm water Planning Region;
  • 3 :Manager: Network Planning;
  • 1 :Manager: Road Safety Engineer;
  • 1 :Manager: Freight Standards and Compliance;
  • 1 :Manager: Freight Infrastructure Support;
  • 1 :Network & Services Planning;
  • 1 :Network operations;
  • 1 :Electrification;
  • 1 :Capital Planning; and
  • 1 :Plant Test.
 

Mangaung

45 vacancies

Job Title: Engineer in Training//Senior// First Engineer

The majority of vacant posts are new posts on the MMM structure and have been created with effect from August 2012.

City of Cape Town

55 vacancies

Senior Professional Officer: Tenders and

05-May-15

   

Professional Officer

30-Apr-15

   

Principal Professional Officer

21-Apr-15

   

Senior Professional Officer

21-Apr-15

   

Senior Professional Officer

21-Apr-15

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Apr-15

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Apr-15

   

Waste Water Treatment Works Manager

01-Apr-15

   

Pump Station Manager

05-Mar-15

   

Professional Officer

01-Mar-15

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Mar-15

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Feb-15

   

Head: Asset Management Water

01-Feb-15

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Feb-15

   

Senior Professional Officer

20-Jan-15

   

Principal Professional Officer

01-Jan-15

   

Senior Professional Officer: Infra Man

01-Jan-15

   

Bulk Water Storage & Conveyance Specialist

01-Jan-15

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Dec-14

   

Professional Officer

25-Nov-14

   

Professional Officer

25-Nov-14

   

Professional Officer

25-Nov-14

   

Professional Officer

25-Nov-14

   

Professional Officer

18-Nov-14

   

Senior Professional Officer

18-Nov-14

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Nov-14

   

Co-ordinator: Transmission System Developer

01-Nov-14

   

Professional Officer

01-Nov-14

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Nov-14

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Nov-14

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Nov-14

   

Head: Water Laboratory

01-Oct-14

   

Professional Officer

01-Oct-14

   

Professional Officer

01-Aug-14

   

Professional Officer

01-Jul-14

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Jul-14

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Jul-14

   

Head: Fleet Management

01-Jun-14

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-May-14

   

Head: Quantity Survey

04-Apr-14

   

Senior Professional Officer

18-Mar-14

   

Senior Professional Officer

01-Mar-14

   

Professional Officer

01-Jan-14

   

Head: Public Transport Survey & Analysis

01-Dec-13

   

District Manager: Waste Water Ops

01-Sep-13

   

Principal Professional Officer

07-Aug-13

   

Director: HS Planning & NHP Implementati

01-Aug-13

   

Principal Professional Officer

01-Aug-13

   

Chief Mechanical Design Engineer

01-Jul-13

   

Head: Integrated Waste Man Strat & Pol

25-Jun-13

   

Bulk Water Scheme Manager

01-Feb-13

   

Principal Professional Officer: IMS-DS

01-Jan-13

   

District Manager: Waste Water Ops

01-Jan-13

   

Professional Officer

01-Oct-12

   

Pump Station Manager

01-Sep-12

EThekwini

69 vacancies

Professional engineer

31/05/2014

   

Professional engineer

29/06/2011

   

Professional engineer (chemical)

01/07/2012

   

Professional engineer (chemical)

01/07/2012

   

Professional engineer (chemical)

01/07/2012

   

Professional engineer (chemical)

06/12/2010

   

Professional engineer (electrical)

02/05/2014

   

Professional engineer (electronics)

31/10/2014

   

Professional engineer (mechanical)

06/07/2014

   

Senior professional engineer (civil)

31/05/2012

   

Senior professional engineer (civil)

01/12/2014

   

Information is outstanding

Nelson Mandela Bay

16 vacancies

16 technicians

5 technicians: 2010

2 technicians: 2011

2 technicians: 2012

2 technicians: 2013

4 technicians: 2014

 

4)

Municipality

Whether there are any criteria determining the number of engineers in each field to be employed by each type of municipality; if not, why not; if so,

b) what are the relevant details and

c) where is this codified

City of Johannesburg

Positions are determined in terms of the approved Organisational Structure and the service delivery requirements

This is determined in terms of the approved Organisational Structure.

This is determined in terms of the approved Organisational Structure.

Ekurhuleni

The number of engineers needed is determined in collaboration with the relevant Head of Department by means of a functional analysis and work study.

City of Tshwane

Service Infrastructure –Water and Sanitation , Transport Department and TRT

The details are on approved structure of the department

The details are on approved structure of the department

 

Transport Department and TRT

Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure

Mangaung

Not provided

Not aware of any criteria determining the number of engineers in each field.

City of Cape Town

Yes.

Competency framework for local government occupational streams

Knowledge, experience and qualifications

Not provided

EThekwini

Yes

ECSA and Water Services Act requirement

ECSA and Water Services Act

Nelson Mandela Bay

Yes

1 Professional engineer.

4 technologist and technicians

ECSA and SAICE

 

28 July 2015 - NW2461

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

(1)Whether he is aware that a certain person (Mr K Ngema) further delegated his powers (details furnished letters attached BB5 and BB6) by approving a requisition of a (Chief Financial Officer) and authorising the specified official to procure intelligent water meters from a contract of another organ of state; (2)Whether he is aware that the internal audit investigation found that the specified person’s unlawful delegation of his powers led to the forging of the specified documents and subsequent defrauding of (Madibeng Municipality); if not, why not; if so, what steps has he taken in this regard? NW2829E

Reply:

I am not aware of these assertions.

I intend writing to the MEC responsible for local government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4)(b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission an investigation into the matter.

 

28 July 2015 - NW2464

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Chance, Mr R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether he is aware that a certain person (Mr K Ngema) sent letters (details furnished BB29) to the members of the Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC); (2)Why did the specified person compel BAC members to give a line of evidence that contradicts the minutes of the BAC meeting on 18 April 2011 and the appointment letter of Lesira Teq PTY LTD (details furnished BB28); (3)What is his position on this course of action by the specified person? NW2832E

Reply:

I am not aware of these assertions.

I intend writing to the MEC responsible for Local Government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4) (b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission an investigation into the matter.

I will await the outcome of the investigation to determine whether or not there are findings that will enable me to provide specific responses in respect of sub-questions (1),(2) and (3).

27 July 2015 - NW2099

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With relation to the Municipal Demarcation Board and the ward delimitation of the Umshwathi Local Municipality, (a) What public consultation has taken place with residents of the municipality; and (b)(i) When and (ii) where did this take place?

Reply:

The following response is based on information provided by the Municipal Demarcation Board.

A consultation meeting was held with the municipal leadership of Umshwathi Local Municipality including traditional leaders, representatives from the IEC, members of the public and other interest groups.

(a) (i) The meeting took place at 10h00 on the 04 of May 2015.
(ii) It was held at a community hall in Cool Air.

27 July 2015 - NW2143

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

With reference to his reply to question number 338 on 12 March 2015, has his department determined whether or not the forensic investigation referred to was commissioned; if not, why not; if so, what remedial action was taken?

Reply:

According to the information received from the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, there was no record of a forensic investigation report on the matter. There is no record of the alleged report being tabled at the Council of Makhado Municipality.

27 July 2015 - NW2115

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

(1)On what grounds was Mr M Mlandu the previous Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Director of Strategy and Planning fired; (2) whether it is the practice that persons appointed in accordance with section 56 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, are appointed, suspended or fired by a resolution of a council meeting; if so, can he provide a copy of the decision by Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to fire Mr M Mlandu; (3) whether he intends to take any action on this matter; if not, why not; if so, what action? NW2426E

Reply:

According to information submitted by the Gauteng Provincial Department of CoGTA:

  1. Mr M Mlandu was charged with gross misconduct, unlawfully and improperly obtained documents, gross dishonesty and incompatibility. He was found guilty by the presiding officer who imposed dismissal as a sanction. Mr Mlandu has referred the matter to the Bargaining Council and the matter will be dealt with in July 2015.
  2. The municipal council is empowered to appoint, suspend and dismiss section 56 managers. In this particular case, a Council resolution was not passed as the decision to terminate the employment of Mr Mlandu, was delegated to the Executive Mayor by the Council.
  3. The Local Government: Disciplinary Regulations for Senior Managers, 2011 (‘‘the Regulations’’), regulation 10(6) provides that the presiding officer must, by not less than ten days after the last day of the hearing, provide the municipality and senior manager or his or her representative with a written reasons for the findings and a copy of the sanction.

Regulation 12(2) of the Regulations provides that the presiding officer must submit a record of the proceedings to the municipal council, within ten days after imposing the sanction. Regulation 12(3) of the Regulations further provides that the municipality must implement the sanction imposed by the presiding officer and report the outcome of any disciplinary hearing within fourteen days after the finalisation of such disciplinary hearing to the Minister and MEC responsible for local government in the province.

The findings of the disciplinary hearing were never presented before the Municipal Council which is a requirements in terms of Regulation 12(2) of the Regulations. The municipality will be advised to adhere to the process as provided in regulation 12 of the Regulations.

27 July 2015 - NW2039

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

(1) Whether the (a) Joe Gqabi, (b) Elundini Local Municipality, (c) Senqu Local Municipality, (d) Maletswai Local Municipality and (e) Gariep Local Municipality have any disaster management plans in place; if not, why not; if so, (i) what is the (aa) name, and (bb) contact details of each responsible official, (ii) which organisations serve on each respective disaster committee; and (iii) how many disasters were handled by each municipality since 2009. (2) Whether each specified municipality has firefighting equipment; if not, why not; if so, in each case: a) What equipment is available; b) Where is it held; c) What is the: (i) name, (ii) contact details of the official who is responsible for the equipment; and d) What is the maintenance plans for this equipment?

Reply:

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25 May 2015 - NW1626

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

(1) What (a) is the entire budget and (b) amount was spent thus far on the renovation of the palaces of Mpumalanga's (i) King Makhosoke II and (ii) King Mabhoko; (2) what is the budget for the building of four new Traditional Council offices; (3) what (a) benefits did the royal households of Mpumalanga receive from the Government in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) is the rand values of these benefits? NW 1843E

Reply:

(1) (a) The entire budget for the refurbishment was R 2 million.

(1) (b) An amount of R 2 million was spent on the renovations.

(i) For King MakhosokeII an amount of R 1 million was spent.

(ii) For King Mabhoko Ill an amount of R 1 million was spent.

(2) The budget for the construction of the Traditional Council offices was R10 million.

(3) The Honourable Member is requested to note that the Department does not provide any benefits to the royal households. The Provincial government budgets for administrative grants for traditional councils/king's council as well as funding for cultural events.

25 May 2015 - NW1672

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Ms N I Tarabella Marches1 (DA) to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs:

(1) With reference to his replies to question 939 on 14 April 2015 and question 953 on 14 April 2015, how does he reconcile the requirements of section 24 and 25 of the Municipal Demarcation Act, Act 27 of 1998, with his conclusion that the lkwezi Local Municipality should be merged with the Baviaans and Camdeboo municipalities?

Reply:

(1) The response to question 953 clearly states that the request that was made to the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) was done after consultation with the Eastern Cape Province.

Subsequent to receiving the request from the Minister, it is the prerogative of the MDB to apply the provisions of sections 24 and 25 of the Municipal Demarcation Act when determining or redetermining municipal boundaries.

The final assessment and decision on any determination or redetermination of municipal boundaries rests with the MDB, and neither the Ministry nor the Department has any legislative authority to make any decision in this regard.

12 March 2015 - NW194

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

(1) With reference to the reply of the Minister of Communications to question 1031 on 27 November 2014, what was the total amount that (a) his department and (b) each of its entities (i) spent on and/or (ii) budgeted for advertising for each month between 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, excluding expenditure transferred through the Department of Communications for advertising; (2) does such figure for each month represent the (a) total value of advertising that appeared in the media in that month, (b) amount paid in that month for advertising that may have appeared previously or (c) amount paid in advance for advertising that appeared at a later date; (3) in each specified case, what amount did (a) his department and (b) each of its entities spend on advertising in (i) print, (ii) radio, (iii) television, (iv) online and (v) outdoor; (4) in each specified case, what is the breakdown of advertising by (a) his website and (ee) billboards location in each province?

Reply:

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03 November 2014 - NW1838

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

(1) What were the legal costs incurred by each (a) local, (b) district and (c) metropolitan municipality in the (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and (iii) 2013-14 financial years

Reply:

(1) The detailed report on legal costs expenditure is attached to this parliamentary question. Legal costs incurred by municipalities per each province for financial years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 is as follows:

Attached find here: Legal costs incurred by municipalities per each province for financial years