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07 July 2020 - NW1018

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to his reply to question 398 on 12 May 2020, where he indicated that the Provincial Executive Council in the North West has resolved to intervene in the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality by invoking section 139 of the Local Government Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003, to impose a financial recovery plan in the municipality, (a) by what date will the financial recovery plan aimed at improving financial management in the specified municipality be completed and (b) what changes to the (i) municipality’s budget, (ii) revenue-raising measures, (iii) spending limits and (iv) revenue targets will be effected?

Reply:

(a) The process to draft a financial recovery plan commences with a status quo analysis of the municipality after a formal request to draft such a financial recovery plan has been received by the National Treasury. To conduct the status quo analysis, a multi-disciplinary team is required with expertise in financial, legal, human resources and organizational development. The status quo is often conducted on-site as it is impossible to infer the extent of the problems in a municipality from an analysis of the financial statements only. As part of the process, interviews are conducted with key municipal officials and this is normally a week long process.

The COVID-19 pandemic regulations have placed restrictions on travel, thus delaying this particular process. To date, a multi-disciplinary team has been appointed by the National Treasury and assumed duties on the 1st June 2020. Once travel restrictions are lifted, an on-site status-quo assessment will be undertaken to commence with the preparation of the financial recovery plan for the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality.

In addition, the North West Provincial Treasury have also finalized Terms of Reference for the appointment of specialists to provide assistance to the province in the preparation of a financial recovery plan for the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality and other municipalities in the North West.

(b)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) Changes required to these measures will be determined once the status-quo assessment is finalized.

07 July 2020 - NW915

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether the National Treasury awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. No tenders were awarded
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable
  4. Not applicable

07 July 2020 - NW970

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Finance

By what date will the Madibeng Local Municipality (a) complete and (b) submit the 2019-20 Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework budget, which the National Treasury advised that it be revised after having assessed it and found it to be unfunded and unsustainable?

Reply:

(a)(b) The Madibeng Local Municipality revised their 2019/20 Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework as part of the Special Adjustments Budget process initiated by the National Treasury on 8 November 2019. Subsequent to the Provincial Treasury’s assessment, the municipality’s 2018/19 MTREF budget reflected a positive cash position of R69 million from a negative balance of R209 million in the first year of the 2019/20 MTREF period while the two outer years showed marginal surpluses. These surpluses are reflective of the municipality’s strategy to prioritise arrear debt owed to bulk suppliers.

Following the mid-year budget performance assessment in December 2019, the municipal council did not deem it necessary to further adjust the 2019/20 budget.

However, it is important to note that all municipalities are now afforded a further opportunity to adjust their budgets in response to the changes in revenue and expenditure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for this process is 15 June 2020.

07 July 2020 - NW969

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to his reply to question 398 on 12 May 2020, where he indicated that the Provincial Executive Council in the North West has resolved to intervene in the Madibeng Local Municipality by invoking section 139 of the Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003, to impose a financial recovery plan in the municipality, (a) by what date will the financial recovery plan aimed at improving financial management in the specified municipality be completed and (b) what changes to the (i) municipality’s budget, (ii) revenue raising measures, (iii) spending limits and (iv) revenue targets will be effected?

Reply:

a) The preparation of the financial recovery plan for the Madibeng Local Municipality has not yet commenced. Due to the nature of the problems confronting the municipality, a multi-disciplinary team with experience in Financial Management, Human Resources, Legal Skills, Organizational Design and other competencies is required. Some of this expertise does not currently exist within the Municipal Finance Recovery Services Unit of the National Treasury and a process to recruit these skills externally is underway.

It is anticipated that a multi-disciplinary team will be on board by June 2020 and once imposed restrictions on travel are lifted and working conditions return to normal, the team will be able to assist the North West Provincial Treasury and the municipality in drafting a financial recovery plan. Alongside these appointments at National Treasury, the North West Provincial Treasury have also finalized a Terms of Reference for the appointment of specialists to provide assistance to the province in preparing financial recovery plans for the Madibeng municipality and other municipalities in the North West.

(b)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) In order to determine the changes required, a diagnostic assessment will first have to be undertaken by the multi-disciplinary team. Only once this assessment is concluded, will it be possible to determine the changes required in terms of the budget, revenue raising measures, spending limits and revenue targets.

07 July 2020 - NW908

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to his public statement that the new economy after the Covid-19 pandemic should prioritise the employment of South Africans and its youth in particular, (a) what steps will he take to monitor and ensure that his pronouncements were not just grandstanding in the public gallery, (b) by what date will the monitoring measures be in place and steps be taken and (c) what measures has he put in place to enforce compliance?

Reply:

The Honourable Member is advised to seek more specific details on the matter with the department of Employment and Labour.

06 July 2020 - NW1297

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

What was the murder rate per 100 000 persons for (a) children, (b) women, (c) farmers and (d) men in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18, (iii) 2018-19 and (iv) 2019-20 financial years?

Reply:

(a)(b)(c)(d)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is responsible for the production of population estimates. The South African Police Service (SAPS) does not calculate the murder rate, per 100 000 persons, for (a), (b), (c) and (d), due to the complexity of the determination of the population estimates around those variables. Stats SA applies specific models and the SAPS does not have record of the models for population e6timates and computations. The crime statistics for 2019/2020 have not been published by the Minister of Police.

Reply to question 1297 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/07/02

Reply to question 1297 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL, BH CELE, MP

Date: 04/07/2020

06 July 2020 - NW1140

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Mulder, Mr FJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

1. With reference to his reply to question 923 on 2 June 2020, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; 2. Whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; 3. What were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; 4. Whether he will make a statement on the matter? NW1440E QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY Question No 1140 Mr F J Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition With reference to his reply to question 923 on 2 June 2020, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; Whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; What were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; Whether he will make a statement on the matter? NW1440E REPLY I have been provided with the requested information by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Department and following the tabling of the information, no statement appear to be necessary. The information supplied by the CFO is as follows: The service providers for the specified goods are as follows: Service provider Goods provided Total amount (R) Multisurge (Pty) Ltd Masks 69 000 Evergreen Gloves 2 493 Triple N Medical Supplies Gloves, masks, hand sanitiser 117 301   188 794 There were no deviations from standard supply chain management procedures. The procurement for PPE was done in line with the initial Instruction Note from NT in which NT identified and provided a list of suppliers on which the State could urgently procure PPE from identified suppliers. Procurement was assessed and awarded in line with National Treasury prescripts for procurement as per the Health and Safety guidelines issued by the Department of Public Service and Administration due to the Covid-19 pandemic. -End-

Reply:

I have been provided with the requested information by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Department and following the tabling of the information, no statement appear to be necessary.

The information supplied by the CFO is as follows:

1. The service providers for the specified goods are as follows:

 

Service provider

Goods provided

Total amount (R)

Multisurge (Pty) Ltd

Masks

69 000

Evergreen

Gloves

2 493

Triple N Medical Supplies

Gloves, masks, hand sanitiser

117 301

 

 

188 794

2. There were no deviations from standard supply chain management procedures. The procurement for PPE was done in line with the initial Instruction Note from NT in which NT identified and provided a list of suppliers on which the State could urgently procure PPE from identified suppliers.

3. Procurement was assessed and awarded in line with National Treasury prescripts for procurement as per the Health and Safety guidelines issued by the Department of Public Service and Administration due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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06 July 2020 - NW1205

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What progress has been made in the negotiations between the Seriti Holdings, Coalzar and the Industrial Development Corporation regarding the development of the New Largo Coal Fields?

Reply:

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) CEO advises me that the acquisition transaction has been successfully executed and the project is currently in development, including a Bankable Feasibility Study is in the process of being finalised and negotiations are underway with all key stakeholders including Eskom. The IDC has concluded it negotiations with the parties and is now a 22.5% shareholder in New Largo Coal (Pty) Ltd (NLC).

By way of background, at the end of 2015, Anglo American plc announced it would be disposing of its coal assets as part of its restructuring and drive to reduce debt. Amongst the South African coal assets was New Largo Mine, which was at an advanced feasibility study stage at the time of disposal.

The IDC, CoalZar and with the Seriti Consortium agreed to co-bid for the purchase, with the purchase price and pre-implementation costs are being funded by shareholder loans. The purchase price was funded in proportion to shareholding. The IDC funding also included funding on behalf of Employee and Community Trusts and the bankable feasibility study review and completion. Seriti and Coalzar continue to fund the New Largo’s operational costs.

The mine will be strategically developed to support Eskom’s Kusile Power Station. Given New Largo Coal’s proximity to Kusile, I am advised by the IDC that it is well positioned as a supplier, and it is expected that Kusile will purchase approximately 70% of the company’s coal production.

The IDC decided to participate in the transaction, since in its view it facilitates the creation of a significant black industrialist in the coal mining space and supports its strategy of increasing production of energy minerals that ensure security of energy supply. I am advised that the project is expected to create 1 100 direct jobs and 478 construction jobs.

The IDC’s participation in the New Largo Coal project, brings the total value of approvals to black industrialists in the mining sector to R8,4 billion since 1 April 2015, supporting 29 deals (net) in the sector over the period. Total approvals to black industrialists across all sectors totals R25,2 billion since 1 April 2015.

 

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06 July 2020 - NW1298

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

What is the (a) name of each athlete in his department's Operational Excellence Courses Programme and (b) average monthly amount paid to an athlete for participating in the specified programme?

Reply:

  1. There are no South African Police Service (SAPS) athletes on an Operational Excellence Course Programme.
  1. Not applicable.

Reply to question 1298 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/07/02

Reply to question 1298 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL, BH CELE, MP

Date: 04/07/2020

06 July 2020 - NW1244

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Police

(1) What number of new SA Police Service (SAPS) officers have successfully completed training at the latest specified date; (2) what number of (a) active members of the SAPS and (b) SAPS reservists have been deployed during the different stages of the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19: (3) whether his department is on track in terms of training and recruitment to strengthen the police force; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what challenges have been experienced in terms of the filling of vacancies, recruitment and training of new SAPS members’?

Reply:

1. On 13 December 2019, a total of 4 971 new recruits successfully completed their training.

2(a)(b) Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and reservists were and are still deployed for routine operations, for policing services and the enforcement of the coronavirus (COVID-19) preventative measures. It is preferred/recommended that the figures are not provided, for security reasons.

3. The process of finalising the SAPS 2020 Trainee Intake was at an advanced stage. However, it was unfortunately suspended, until further notice, by the Minister of Police, due to the State of National Disaster and subsequent nationwide lockdown, which was announced by the President of the Republic of South Africa, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recruitment plan of the SAPS is currently being reviewed, in order to respond to the COVID-19 restrictions put in place, such as social distancing, restriction/suspension of large gatherings/meetings, etc..

4. The filling of other vacancies in the SAPS is continuing, however, it has not been po9sible to enlist new SAPS member6 to report for training at the various training academies in the country, due to the COVID-19 restrictions and protocols (social distancing, large gatherings/meetings, physical training, etc)

06 July 2020 - NW1156

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)With reference to her reply to question 916 on 5 June 2020, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW1456E

Reply:

1. (a) (c) The following goods were procured:

  • 75 Laptops and 75 Laptop bags from Massmart Stores for a total of R682 350.00.
  • 75 Data cards and 75 Wi-Fi routers through the RT 15/2016 (Vodacom) for R43 038.75.
  • 1000 Masks from Hlathi Developments and Enterprises (Pty) Ltd for R35 750.00

2. No

06 July 2020 - NW1162

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether her department has a strategy to assist existing small, micro and medium enterprises to start conducting business again after the devastating effects that Covid–19 had on their businesses; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) on what date is it envisaged that the department will start rolling out the assistance?

Reply:

To assist existing SMMEs to start conducting businesses again after the effects of Covid-19, the Department of Small Business Development has initiated various programmes to support both formal and informal businesses. The informal and micro-business support schemes include:

  1. The Spaza Support – this scheme is not only meant to su
  2. Small Scale Bakeries and Confectioneries Business Support Scheme;
  3. Small Scale and Micro Clothing, Textile and Leather Business Support Scheme; and
  4. Automotive Aftermarkets Support Scheme.

More dedicated interventions such as those for butcheries, informal restaurants, personal care support are being finalised to support the micro and informal businesses to ensure the most vulnerable sector, which employs the largest number of people is adequately supported. These schemes fit in well with the Cabinet approved Township and Rural Entrepreneurship Programme that the DSBD is expected to implement during this current financial year.

In addition, the Department of Small Business Development is finalising other interventions to support formal SMEs when they return back to business activities during and post-Covid-19 pandemic. These interventions include the Business Viability scheme, which is targeting businesses through the economic recovery phase as we will be ensuring that SMMEs are ready to adjust to the new ways of doing business and ensuring that their business processes are adjusted to suit the new ways of doing business. Another intervention is the small scale manufacturing scheme to support and bolster local manufacturing as part of the department’s localization programme.

Public announcements are made as and when a support programme is ready to be rolled out. The four interventions specified in the first paragraph above, were all in place by the 24 May 2020.

02 July 2020 - NW928

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, fat (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business;

Reply:

  1. The department did not award tenders for Covid-19

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

  1. The is no procurement facilitated through deviations for Covid-19

Not applicable

Not applicable

  1. There were no tenders awarded

02 July 2020 - NW1313

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 1057 on 19 June 2020, and the fact that most municipalities do not apply the principle of no-work-no-pay, resulting in unprotected illegal strikes, the Government engaged with the trade unions to protect the taxpayers and ensure that they receive value for money for taxes and rates that they pay by allowing municipal employees to rather claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 in line with other citizens who are on a no-work-no-pay arrangement; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Minister of Employment and Labour was neither asked nor replied to Question 1057 on 19 June 2020.

02 July 2020 - NW1115

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(a) Who are the directors of Ghunu Diamonds at the Brazil mine in Namaqualand, (b) which licence rights (i) have they applied for and (ii) have been afforded to them, (c) for how long will the licence be valid and (d) what total amount has the company put aside for rehabilitation?

Reply:

a) The members in Ghunu Diamonds CC are Martins Bernardo Paolo Sergio who is a 50% member’s interest holder and Cloete Ghusain who is also a 50% member’s interest holder. All members are South African residence.

b) The corporation holds a prospecting rights with bulk sampling to prospect for diamonds.

c) The right was issued on the 10th September 2015 under reference number NC 30/5/1/1/2/10090 PR to prospect for Diamond (Alluvial) in respect of a Portion of the farm Brazil No 329, in extent of 4043.9282 hectares, situated within the administrative district of Namaqualand. The right was issued for a period of two years ending on the 9th September 2019. The corporation applied for a renewal under reference number NC 30/5/1/1/2/12024, which is now granted pending execution.

d) The rehab amount requested is R210 000.00 and is deemed adequate.

 

DDG: MR

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate TS Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1283

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

With reference to the shift that was approved by the National Treasury of R400 million from the Administration, Rural Development and Land Reform programmes of her department to Alpha and Land Bank at the end of the Fourth Quarter to fund small-scale farmers to address effects of the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure continuity of food security, (a) where did the rest of the funds for the R1,3 billion Covid-19 grant come from and (b) what are the relevant details of the programmes and amounts shifted for Covid-19?

Reply:

a)  The R 1.3 billion Covid-19 grant came from different programmes of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.

b) Please refer to the table below.

Programmes

Relevant Details

Amount

Programme 5

Land Reform

R 147 600 000

 

Agricultural Land Holdings Account (ALHA)

R 923 000 000

Programme 1

Administration

R 129 400 000

Programme 3

Rural Development

R 100 000 000

02 July 2020 - NW1287

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

(1)What is the estimated total cost to be incurred by (a) his department and (b) institutions of higher education and training to prepare for the reopening of their facilities after the easing of the hard lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19; (2) whether (a) his department and/or (b) institutions of higher education and training will be employing additional staff to ensure that (i) social distancing and (ii) other essential health protections have been put in place; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. (a) The Department has allocated R1.1 million and reprioritised R1.5 million for the management of COVID-19 within its offices, i.e. four buildings at head office and six regional offices. The budget is meant to cover the supply of masks to 3 800 employees, procurement of sanitisers, scanners, personal protective equipment for the cleaning staff, decontamination and deep cleaning of offices. In view of the capacity constraints in cleaning services, a service provider had to be procured for deep cleaning and augment the existing capacity for a three months period. In addition to the above, the Department is in the processes of procuring emergency and pyscho-social support services, stands for sanitisers with foot pedals, thermal cameras and digital scanners as the small hand-held scanners are proving to be unreliable. The additional needs will amount to R2.3 million. In total, the Department will incur expenses to the total value of R5.0 million

(b) Letters were sent to universities on 13 May 2020 requesting them to submit costed Teaching, Learning and Assessment Plans, as well as Campus Readiness Plans to the Department by 19 May 2020. Universities submitted costed Campus Readiness Plans, which varied considerably with respect to what institutions wanted to implement and with regards to the funding required and the equipment requested. Funding required varied from as little as R2.1 million to R 402.8 million. Some suggested items were large infrastructure changes that would not be possible. The total cost of the submitted plans was R1.85 billion. This was assessed as unrealistic as many items indicated were unnecessary.

The Department, in consultation with Higher Health who assessed these plans, decided that there are certain legitimate expenses that institutions will incur that they could not have been budgeted for prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Department should consider providing a second COVID-19 Responsiveness Grant (CRG-2) to assist institutions with these costs. The Minister has been requested to approve the re-prioritisation of R526.3 million from the 2020/21 earmarked grants not yet transferred to assist universities to pay for unbudgeted items for campus readiness and health and safety measures over the next period.   

TVET Colleges have been able to reprioritize approximately R780 million from their current 2020 operational budgets to assist with COVID 19 related expenditure.

Total cost to be incurred by Community Education and Training (CET) colleges is
R27 million to prepare for the reopening of their facilities after the easing of the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

(2)  (a) The Department had planned to acquire additional capacity in the form of nurses within the Employee Health and Welfare unit but has since entered into a partnership with the Health and Welfare SETA for the provision of nursing services to do screening and contact tracing. The Department will be increasing its cleaning capacity by employing more cleaners at head office and in colleges, and in particular Community Learning Centres colleges that do not have dedicated cleaners as they are using the Department of Basic Education’s facilities.

(b) (i) Universities’ plans make provision for the employment of additional staff where required. All universities have made provision for physical distancing in their plans.

Social distancing has been prioritised in TVET colleges firstly through the staggered return of different student cohorts over a 7-week period, as well as through the splitting of classes and revision of timetables. These arrangements will not require additional lecturers.

The CET colleges are not employing additional staff; however, the following conditions have been applied in determining the resumption of classes. Only colleges that have satisfied the social distancing requirements have allowed staff and students to return effective from 23 June 2020. The return of different categories of CET college staff to their workstations and students to their learning sites is subject to readiness of the colleges and learning sites as well as appropriate social distancing measures put in place by colleges.

(ii) All universities have made provision for essential health and safety items. The Department has recommended to the Minister that funding through the proposed CRG -2 be approved for the following categories as advised by Higher Health: 

  • Requirements for environmental and regular cleaning in line with the health and safety protocols, including cleaning equipment and material and the appointment of additional cleaning staff.
  • Personal protective equipment appropriate for front-line staff, staff in university clinics and the general student and staff population.  
  • Internal isolation and quarantine facilities (levels 4 - 2 of the risk-adjusted strategy) and external facilities (only if this is necessary after level 1 has been announced and 100% of students have returned to the campus).
  • Clinical support in the form of locums at the university clinic, mental health support, etc.
  • Screening stations and equipment. This may include additional staff.

TVET colleges have been monitored over the last 6 weeks in terms of their readiness to receive staff and students. By mid-June 2020, all the protocols for COVID-19 compliance, as set out by the Department of Health and the Guidelines for PSET institutions for Management of COVID-19, were above 90% readiness. As at 26 June 2020, the state of readiness was at 98%. Higher Health trained staff across all colleges on implementing the protocols.

All CET colleges have assured the Department that personal protective equipment for staff and students were procured from the budget set aside to deal with COVID-19.

02 July 2020 - NW1261

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) pays any retainers to lawyers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each lawyer, (b) amount is each lawyer's monthly retainer and (c) is the total amount of retainers that has been paid to each specified lawyer; (2) what were the total legal fees paid by SASCOC in each financial year since its inception

Reply:

SASCOC indicated that;

1. SASCOC does not pay any retainer to any lawyers. Lawyers are paid as billed for each individual legal matter engaged.

2. Staff members are currently working remotely and will need to go to the office to extract the information required. Therefore we are unable to respond to this question at the moment.

02 July 2020 - NW1146

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Denner, Ms H to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether his department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter? NW1446E

Reply:

  1. Yes, the Department purchased goods below the amount of R500 000.00.

Name of company

(a)

Amount of each transaction

(b)

Service and/or product rendered

(c)

Bidvest

R14 173.45

500 surgical masks

Bidvest

R41 021.88

Sanitizers

Bidvest

R20 100.00

1 200 surgical masks

Biologica Pharmaceuticals

R53 300.00

2 000 surgical masks

Multisurge

R23 000.00

10 infrared thermometers

Womens Edition

R135 000.00

5 litre x 500 sanitisers

Maxitrade 48 General Trading

R126 500.00

5000 cloth masks

Maanda-nes investments

R429 000.00

Decontamination for 12 months

Lechoba Medical Technologies

R13 179.00

200 safety goggles to protect eyes

Training and Consulting

R27 500.00

500 face shield

Kgosigadi Health Solution

R84 604.26

First Aid room goods

Blax Interactive Trading

R96 887.50

Pedal operated sanitisers

Mutanzhela Bidvest Services

R285 000.00

Auto Dispenser, sanitisers x12 months for monthly delivery and refill

(2) Yes, there was a deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures for the procurement of sanitisers.

a) Quotations were sourced immediately after the President announced the Covid-19 National State of Disaster and there was no stock available from other prospective suppliers.

b) Sanitisers for an amount of R41 021.88 were procured from Bidvest.

(3) Most of the purchases were done via the National Treasury Convid-19 contract list.

(4) No statement will be made on the matter.

02 July 2020 - NW1301

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

1) With reference to the reply to question 834 on 29 May 2020, (a) what progress has the Department made in establishing the stakeholder forum, (b) who has been invited to the specified forum, (c) how is the Department advertising for stakeholder inclusion on the platform, (d) who is the departmental contact person for queries on the stakeholder platform, and (e) is there a time-frame for the establishment of the stakeholder forum; and 2) whether there is a time-frame for th9 69Bbliahment and conclusion of a health study, given the urgency of the health concern in the area; if so, (a) by what date will the health study be commissioned, (b) who will be appointed to conduct the health study on air pollution in the South Durban Basin, and (c) wh0 I9 the contact person/s in the Department commissioned to initiate the health study?

Reply:

1 a) Progress in establishing the stakeholder forum has been severely impacted by the lockdown restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently a stakeholder mapping exercise i9 Underway aimed at ensuring that all affected stakeholders are part of the forum. This exercise is being undertaken in conjunction with the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and the KwaZulu-Natal Province, which have provided a database of existing air quality stakeholders in the South Durban Basin (SDB).

(b) The stakeholders that have been identified for the mapping exercise and inclusion in the forum are Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO's) /Community Based 0ganÏ98tI0n8 (CBO's) that are active in air quality issues in the SDB, industry organisations in the SDB (specifically those who have an impact on air quality), departments responsible for air quality management across all three spheres of government, academia and any other interested and affected parties that may be identified in due course

(c) As already indicated, the Department is working closely with the municipal and provincial officials who have provided the Department with a database of existing air quality stakeholders. The database has been used to announce the establishment of the forum as well as the stakeholder mapping exercise currently under way. Prior to the lockdown restrictions, the plan was to hold community gatherings in the SDB as a means of introducing the forum. This plan will be implemented once the restrictions Ioosen up enough to allow community gatherings to take place

(d) The contact person in the Department is Vumile Senene (Director: Air Quality Management Service), Tel: (012) 399-9217, Email: vesenene@environment.gov.za

e) Completion of the initial stakeholder mapping and •on-boarding sessions' for stakeholders happened at the end of June 2020. The on-boarding sessions will assist the stakeholder to contribute to the terms of reference for the forum and other related aspects. The first virtual meeting will take place on 22 July 2020 and the Department has already sent out a letter to identified stakeholders introducing the forum.

(2) (a) The process to conduct the South Durban health study has been initiated by the department. The department, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and the Provincial government are in the process of concluding the Terms of Reference (TORs) for the study. The TORs will then be consulted with the various stakeholders, which include indU9tdes, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and academia. The Department is determined to use available channels to expedite inputs from all affected and interested parties. As such the first stakeholder consultation will be conducted on 22 July 2020 and it will be a virtual meeting given the Covid-19 restrictions on both travel and meeting/gatherings .

b) Once the TORs are finalised, the government Supply Chain Management process will be followed to appoint a qualified and suitable service provider. Any potential service provider is allowed to submit a proposal, which will be evaluated following the Supply Chain Management process and National Treasury Regulations. The plan is to conclude the appointment of the service provider during this financial year and start the actual work in the next financial year (2021/22). Given the financial constraints and the experience with the precious health studies conducted in the Highveld and Vaal Triangle Air shed priority areas, this study is planned for a maximum of 36 months.

c) The National Air Quality Officer, Dr Thuli Khumalo, is the person responsible for the health study. Her contact details are: tkhumalo@encironment.gov.za Tel (012) 3998187.

Regards

MS B D CREECY,

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE EWIRONMENT

DATE: 2/07/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1271

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What (a) number of employees of the National Library of South Africa have been sitting at home on full salaries since 2017 because of disciplinary cases, (b) is the status of their hearings and (c) number of positions do an employee have in an acting capacity? NW1638E

Reply:

(a) The NLSA does not have any employees sitting at home pending disciplinary hearings.

(b) N/A

(c) 

Year

Number of Acting Positions

2017

4

2018

1

2019

7

2020 (to date)

5

02 July 2020 - NW1276

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

In light of the fact that the Department is responsible for implementing control activities and operations on the Roodeplaat dam according to the 2014 Strategic Plan for the integrated Control of Aquatic Weeds in Roodeplaat Dam, what (a) control activities have been undertaken by the Department since the directive to local stakeholders to stop spraying, on 7 February 2020, (b) urgent actions will be taken to deal with the complete average of the rowing course by water hyacinth, and (c) process will be undertaken to ensure that reasonable expenses incurred by the community are reimbursed given that the community surrounding the Roodeplaat Dam needed b step in and fund water hyacinth control activities from December 2018 to February 2020to present an environmental crisis?

Reply:

The control of Roodeplaat Dam is covered under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Environment, forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), and the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (DHSW&S). DHSW&S appointed DEFF as the implementing agent to control all Invasive Alien Species (AIS) on the dam, including Water Hyacinth (Eichhomia cassipes] which is the major aquatic weed present on the Roodeplaat Dam.

a) The 2014 Strategic Plan for the Control of Aquatics Weeds in Roodeplaat Dam is currently under review due to the National Water Act amendment regarding the application of Section 21 (i) and Section 21 (c) permit applications. This requires that any activities that are implemented on the dam needs to be approved by the DHSW&S. The directive to stop all spraying on Roodeplaat dam was given by the DHSW&S at a stakeholder's meeting held on the 7th of February 2020.


b) DEFF has been working on the permit needed to commence activities on the dam for the manual

removal, biological and potential harvesting of biomass. The Department submitted a proposal for a Section 21 (c) permit for the algal control programme that occurred In March 2020, prior the SA Rowing championships event. This was approved, and assisted the swing event to go ahead due to the removal of the cyanobacterial blooms on the dam. The COVID-19 lockdown temporarily stopped all implementation activities such as the manual removal of the Water Hyacinth biomass from the dam and the release of biocontroI agents.


c) DEFF is currently in the process of directly appointing contractors to manually remove the Water Hyacinth biomass on the dam, but first needs to ensure that and safety compliance measures are in place. Furthermore, COVID-18 risk assessment training must be done with the contractors before allowing them to start work again. The stakeholders around the dam agreed to assist in the control of the Water Hyacinth, in the stakeholder's meeting held on 7 February 2020. DHSW&S informed stakeholders of their responsibilities on the dam, ‹elating b the National Water Act. It was indicated that the stakeholders' assistance in this regard is a responsibility under the National Water Act and, as such, they will not be compensated.

Regards

MS B D CREECY,

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

DATE: 3/07/2020

 

02 July 2020 - NW1260

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee has provided any loans to individuals; if so, what (a) are the names of the individuals, (b) was the amount of the loan, (c) were the conditions of the loan and were they met and (d) was the motivation in awarding the loan? NW1626E

Reply:

SASCOC indicated that no loans are provided to staff as per policy and standard operating procedures.

02 July 2020 - NW1259

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Whether any athlete and/or coaches representing the Republic in sporting codes had to pay (a) partially and/or (b) fully for the costs of participating in (i) international, (ii) continental and (iii) regional games and/or tournaments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (aa) which athletes and/or coaches had to pay, (bb) to which games and/or tournaments was this applicable, (cc) what amount did each athlete and/or coach pay, (dd) what amount of funding did SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee receive to cover the costs of athletes and coaches in each case and (ee) what are the reasons that the funding was insufficient to cover the full costs of athletes and coaches? NW1625E QUESTION 1259 FOR WRITTEN REPLY INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 22-2020, DATE OF PUBLICATION 19-06- 2020: “Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture” Whether any athlete and/or coaches representing the Republic in sporting codes had to pay (a) partially and/or (b) fully for the costs of participating in (i) international, (ii) continental and (iii) regional games and/or tournaments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (aa) which athletes and/or coaches had to pay, (bb) to which games and/or tournaments was this applicable, (cc) what amount did each athlete and/or coach pay, (dd) what amount of funding did SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee receive to cover the costs of athletes and coaches in each case and (ee) what are the reasons that the funding was insufficient to cover the full costs of athletes and coaches? NW1625E REPLY: SASCOC indicated that no athlete that represents the Republic as part of Team SA that is delivered by SASCOC to any multi-coded sporting event has to pay anything. Team SA is funded by grants and sponsorships.

Reply:

SASCOC indicated that no athlete that represents the Republic as part of Team SA that is delivered by SASCOC to any multi-coded sporting event has to pay anything. Team SA is funded by grants and sponsorships.

02 July 2020 - NW1239

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Reurces and Energy.Mr

1 What are the current fuel reserves at all the Republic’s fuel refineries and depot5; 2 whether domestic shortages are foreseen; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, 3 whether fuel is currently being exported to neighbouring countries; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1605E

Reply:

  1. The feel reserves at each of the refineries and depots are a function of the market share of each of the oil companies as well as company policy.
  2. No domestic shortages are foreseen, Currently all the refineries are operational with the exception of the Milnerton Refinery which is on a planned maintenance shutdown. It is expected to be back online by the first week of July 2020.
  3. Yes. Oil Companies have individual contracts with neighbouring countries such as Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana, and they supply them accordingly

02 July 2020 - NW1200

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

With reference to the shift that was approved by the National Treasury of R400 million from the Administration, Rural Development and Land Reform programmes of her department to Alpha and Land Bank at the end of the Fourth Quarter to fund small-scale farmers to address effects of the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure continuity of food security, (a) where did the rest of the funds for the R1,3 billion Covid-19 grant come from and (b) what are the relevant details of the programmes and amounts shifted for Covid-19?

Reply:

a) The funds were shifted from Programmes, 1, 3 and 5 of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.

b) Please refer to the table below.

Programmes

Relevant Details

Amount

Programme 5

Land Reform

R 147 600 000

 

Agricultural Land Holdings Account (ALHA)

R 923 000 000

Programme 1

Administration

R 129 400 000

Programme 3

Rural Development

R 100 000 000

02 July 2020 - NW56

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether, with reference to the presentation made to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on 3 December 2019, he has found that section 71 of the Municipal Financial Management Act, Act 56 of 2003, reports produced by some municipalities are inaccurate, be they overstated or understated; (2) (a) which municipalities have in the past six months produced section 71 reports that are inaccurate and (b) what is the (i) nature and (ii) extent of the inaccuracy in each case; (3) what correspondence has National Treasury, alone or in conjunction with other departments, had with the specified municipalities in respect of inaccurate section 71 reports?

Reply:

(1) Yes, reporting through the section 71 reports have been inconsistent in the last months. There have been cases of overstatement and sometimes understatements but the former more prevalent. The newly regulated (1 July 2017) Municipal Standard Chart of Account (mSCOA) requires that municipalities upload their budget and financial information in a data string format to the Local Government portal across the six mSCOA regulated segments. This is the first municipal financial year that the section 71 report is compiled by using the figures from the mSCOA data strings. Previously (prior to 01 July 2019) the National Treasury allowed parallel reporting and used data from return forms that was submitted to the Local Government Database to prepare the section 71 reports. The introduction of the mSCOA is intended to improve reporting to a substantially accurate level in the future, however, most municipalities are still getting used to the mSCOA requirement, therefore, inconsistencies in the current reporting are observed. Municipalities are making an effort to submit credible section 71 reports.

(2)(a) In as far as the submission of credible data is concerned, the defaulting municipalities differ from month-to-month.

(2)(b)(i) At the core (nature) of the problem is:

  • The incorrect use of the mSCOA chart and municipal accounting practices by municipal officials;
  • Municipalities are not locking their adopted budgets or their financial systems at month-end to ensure prudent financial management;
  • Poor or no ICT upgrades (servers, hardware and software) and maintenance, resulting in the ICT environment not being able to cope with the modern technology required to implement mSCOA; and
  • Some municipalities are still not budgeting, transacting and reporting directly in or from their core financial systems. Instead they prepare their budgets and reports on excel spreadsheets and then import the excel spreadsheets into the system. Often this manipulation of data lead to unauthorised, irregular, fruitful and wasteful (UIFW) expenditure as well as fraud and corruption as the controls that are built into the core financial systems are not triggered and transactions go through that should not.

(2)(b)(ii) Before each quarterly Section 71 publication, the municipalities receive their submitted financial figures in the publication report format and are asked to verify the accuracy of the financial data. They are given 5 days to make any corrections. Publication reports are re-issued until the municipality is satisfied. The accuracy of section 71 information is then signed off by the respective Municipal Manager and Chief Financial Officer.

As the National Treasury has no access to municipal financial systems, inaccuracy of submissions compared to the figures carried within the financial systems cannot be determined. The signatures of the Municipal Manager and Chief Financial Officer indicate to the National Treasury that the municipality agrees with the representation of their figures in the Section 71 publication.

(3) The improvement of the credibility of the data strings is a priority for National and Provincial Treasuries and is analysed monthly upon successful submission of the data strings. The findings of the analysis are shared by the National and provincial treasuries with the respective municipalities. Municipalities are required to correct any errors in the data strings in the next month and non-compliance letters are send to those municipalities that are persistently not complying with the mSCOA Regulations. Technical assistance to correct errors and training are also provided to ensure that municipalities submit credible information.

02 July 2020 - NW1273

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether the Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Council (NAC) (a) created two senior positions of Compliance Manager and Covid-19 Manager and (b) appointed temporary staff into the specified positions; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, (i) who has been appointed in the positions, (ii) how long have they been with the NAC and (iii) what are their qualifications; (2) whether the Council approved the (a) creation of the positions and (b) appointments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so what are the relevant details? NW1640E

Reply:

1. (a) No. The CEO did not create two senior positions of Compliance Manager and Covid-19 Manager.

(b) (i) – (iii) and (2) Falls off as indicated above.

02 July 2020 - NW999

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)Given the reports of positive cases of Covid-19 at some mines, what steps does his department intend to take to better manage the situation at mines; (2) what is his current position on the Covid-19 testing of miners, in light of guidelines that his department published last week that did not involve physical testing, but only the screening of patients which involves only questioning the patients about their movement and coming into contact with the virus and ignoring asymptomatic patients?

Reply:

1.  The Department has promulgated a Guideline for the Compilation of a Mandatory Code of Practice for the Mitigation and Management of Covid-19 Outbreak. For instance, the Guideline requires the employers to ensure that employees returning from areas which are regarded as hotspots of COVID-19 are quarantined for 14 days before they return to work. Also, there must be vigorous screening and testing at the mines as well as to ensure that hygiene practices and the provision of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) are maintained.

Further, the Department conducts inspections to ensure that effective measures are implemented on the mitigation and management of COVID-19 and issue instructions where necessary to ensure compliance with the legal provisions.

2. The Guideline issued by the Department does not require for only screening to be done but for employees to also be tested. In fact, most of the cases reported by the sector were asymptomatic and were as a result of the DMRE requirement for testing to be done.

The mines are also required through the Guideline to work in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) when conducting contact tracing.

 

Chief Inspector Mines

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate T S Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe, MP

Minister of Mineral Resource and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1270

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

(1) Whether his department will share the details in order to access the audited financial statements of the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) that it claims to have in its possession; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (2) what (a) amount has his department allocated to the leadership of the current CCIFSA and (b) was the purpose of the allocated funds; (3) whether he has found a lack of transparency from the current CCIFSA; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1637E

Reply:

1. The Department will make available all narrative and financial reports of the previous CCIFSA board within its disposal upon request.

2. (a) The Department has allocated the sum R2, 5 million to the current CCIFSA.

(b) The purpose for this allocation is ensure that CCIFSA hosts a policy conference as resolved in the last CCIFSA election conference.

(3) No. There is no lack of transparency.

02 July 2020 - NW986

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) is the total cost for the approved recapitalisation programme of March 2019, (b)(i) number of commodity organisations were appointed to implement the specified programme and (ii) are the names of such commodity organisations and (c) total amount has each organisation been paid to date; (2) what (a) is the role of the Entsika Foundation in the implementation of the recapitalisation programme and (b) total amount has the specified foundation been paid to date?

Reply:

1. The Recapitalisation and Development Programme (RADP) no longer exists in the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform. The new Land Development Support Programme (LDS) was introduced to implement projects identified under the Stimulus Package. The implementation is done through commodity organisations and some financial institutions. Thus far, 146 farmers have been approved for the Stimulus Package an farms are at different levels of implementation of Business Plans that were compiled with the assistance of Commodity Organisations.

(a) The total cost approved for the LDS policy in March 2019 is R 1 272 686 995,87.

(b)(i) Seven (7).

(b)(ii),(c) Please refer to the table below.

Number

(b)(ii) Names of the Commodity Organisation

(c) Amount Paid To date

1

National Emerging Red Meat Producers Organisation (NERPO)

R 139 475 117.73

2

GFADA (Grain Farmers Development Association)

R 64 431 316.66

3

Grain SA

R 0.00

4

SAPA (South African Poultry Association)

R 0.00

5

Potato SA

R 0.00

6

Citrus Growers Association

R 0.00

7

Deciduous Fruits Development Chamber (DFDC)

R 0.00

(2)(a) The role of Entsika Foundation in the implementation of the LDS programme was to conduct farm assessment, monitoring and evaluation. Entsika Foundation has since completed its work and exited the programme.

(b) The amount of R 143 016 641.12 was paid to the Entsika Foundation.

02 July 2020 - NW1302

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

1. Whether beaches are open under Alert Level 3 to fisherfolk with permit for recreational fishing; if not, why not; if so, what as the relevant details; 2. whether there is a daily curfew for commercial, recreational and small-scale fisherfolk to operate; if so, what are the relevant details; 3. whether marine protected area that permit fishing are open to fisherfolk with permit for recreational fishing; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 4. whether harbours are open to fisherfolk with permits for recreational fishing; I not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; and 5. what regulations govern the number of individuals who are permitted on private fishing vessels

Reply:

 

  1. Beaches are open under Alert Level 3 to fisherfolk with permits for commercial, small-scale and recreational fishing.
  2. The Disaster Management Regulations and the Fisheries Directive under Alert Level 3 set no curfew for the operations of commercial, recreational and/or small-scale fisherfolk.
  3. During Lockdown Alert Level 3, Marine Protected Areas that are zoned for fishing are still open to fisherfolk with permit for recreational fishing
  4. Commercial Fishing Harbour remain open to fisherfolk with permit for recreational fishing. Although it is important to note that due b security concerns, ports under the National Ports Authority (TNPA) remain heavily regulated, with some ports having a restriction on recreational fishing and others having designated and open areas for the public, with relevant permit, to fish.
  5. Determination of safe staffing levels (or the number of individuals who are permitted on private fishing vessels) is the e9pon9Ïbility of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), and this is done in terms of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1951 (Act No. 57 of 1951) section 68(1),72a(2) and 194(1).

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

DATE: 2/7/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1258

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether, with reference to his reply to oral question 188 on 27 May 2020, the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) paid any money to the Commonwealth Bid Committee in the (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18 financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) on what date was the money paid, (ii) what total amount did SASCOC pay to the Commonwealth Bid Committee, (iii) what were the reasons for the payment and (iv) what amount has been paid back to SASCOC? NW1624E

Reply:

SASCOC indicated that no monies where ever paid to the Commonwealth Bid Committee. All expenses for the Commonwealth bid were paid directly to service providers by SASCOC.

02 July 2020 - NW1303

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

By what date does she envisage will the list of prohibited fish species that apply to recreational fishing be aligned with the International Union for Conservator of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species?

Reply:

All the twelve (12) prohibited fish species that apply to the South African recreational fishing sector as listed in Table 4 of the Recreational Fishing Brochure have been listed with the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species under different categories.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY FISHERIE8 AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Date: 3/7/2020

02 July 2020 - NW497

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)What (a) is the name of each state-owned entity that paid dividends to the State in the past 10 financial years and (b) amount was paid in each financial year; (2) (a) what amount has been paid and/or granted to any specified state-owned entity over the past 10 financial years in respect of (i) bail outs and (ii) Government guarantees, (b) in which financial years were the payments made and (c) what is the name of each entity that received a bail out or guarantee?

Reply:

1. State-owned entities reporting to the Minister of Finance, namely, Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and South African Special Risk Insurance Association (SASRIA), paid dividends to the state in the last 10 years:

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2. Over the past 12 years, government has allocated about R162 billion to the financially distressed state-owned companies (SOCs). These allocations generally provide short-term support to the relevant distressed SOC as a result of various reasons. Of the total allocations, Eskom accounts for 82 per cent. In 2019/20, government allocated R49 billion to Eskom and committed R112 billion in the medium-term funding. For more details on the bail outs and government guarantees extended to each respective SOC, please refer to the attached annexure A and B.

02 July 2020 - NW1078

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

What (a) total number of applications for Covid-19 relief funding have been received in each province to date, (b) number of the specified applications have been (i) approved and (ii) rejected in each case in each province and (c) was the Rand value of each (i) approved and (ii) rejected application in each province; (2) whether her department only allocates Covid-19 funding relief to qualifying persons according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds is her department’s Covid-19 funding relief only allocated to persons according to the specified Act, (b) what number of the applications for relief funding were approved in this regard and (c) what form of Covid-19 funding relief will be made available to other persons in the agriculture sector?

Reply:

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

Province

  •  

(a) Applications Received

​(b) (i) Applications Approved

b. (ii) Applications Rejected

(c)(i),(ii) Rand Value Approved Applications

Eastern Cape

10 608

1 627

8 981

R 65 694 654.50

Free State

5 384

389

4 995

R 17 197 596,77

Gauteng

1 299

991

308

R 38 471 000,00

KwaZulu Natal

4 695

2 786

1 909

R 99 741 480,61

Limpopo

7 776

2 030

5 746

R 86 465 940,34

Mpumalanga

5 439

825

4 614

R 38 953 637,76

North West

8 645

2 988

5 657

R 69 114 248,00

Northern Cape

8 861

1 428

7 433

R 46 050 944,00

Western Cape

2 440

1 555

885

R 58 128 746,00

2. No.

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

02 July 2020 - NW1188

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(a) How will the Government assist to create opportunities for illegal miners in Namaqualand to mine legally and (b) what proposals are being put in place in this regard?

Reply:

(a) The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (Act 28 of 2002) as amended, allows any person (legal/natural) to apply for either mining rights, prospecting rights or mining permits. The department has a Small Scale Mining Section which is responsible to assisting those who are struggling financially to apply for permits or rights. Applications can be accepted and processed only where there is no existing applications or rights issued for the same mineral and land. Illegal activities that are taking place in Namaqualand are in respect of areas that are part of rights already issued to other entities. It is unfortunate that others resort to conducting illegal mining instead of approaching the Department for assistance.

(b) There was a process initiated by the department to engage the legal right holders before national lockdown to work on a plan to accommodate the illegal miners in the area. The department also advised the illegal miners to form Cooperatives so that they can be collectively assisted (where possible), and only on areas where no entity holds a right or permit. NW1493E

DDG: MR

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate TS Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1272

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether the National Library of SA (NLSA) has appointed a certain person (name and details furnished) into a director level position; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how does the appointment of the specified person relate to the NLSA recruitment and selection policy and (b) what scarce skills does the specified person have? NW1639E

Reply:

1. Yes, the NLSA appointed the Director: Graduate Development Programme.

(a) The NLSA’s Recruitment and Selection Policy was followed as it relates to head hunting as the appointment was on a short-term fixed contract.

(b) The person has project management training and experience working in LIS projects continentally and internationally.

Due policy processes governing appointment of personnel in the National Library of South Africa were not observed fully in the appointment of this director, subsequent to this I have written to the Chairperson of the Board directing that an Investigation be instituted on the matter and a report be sent to me in fourteen working days.

02 July 2020 - NW279

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(a) Why is (i) a moratorium on all evictions from farms not yet in place and (ii) her department not addressing the issue of communities that are still being evicted from farms, particularly by farm owners and (b) what steps does she intend to take to deal with the specified issues?

Reply:

(a) (i) South Africa has a constitutional dispensation that recognises and protects the rights of those who lawfully occupy land that belong to others whilst simultaneously protecting the rights of those who own land. There’s currently no moratorium on eviction from farms since there’s no law authorising a moratorium and further, because any law seeking to provide for a moratorium is unlikely to survive constitutional scrutiny.

(ii) It is not correct that the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) does not address the issue of evictions from farms. It needs to be appreciated that whilst the Legislature has passed laws to provide statutory recognition of occupation rights to persons that lawfully occupy land, such laws do provide for situations where occupation rights may be lawfully terminated and therefore evictions may then follow. There are however balancing safeguards in that evictions are subjected to a judicial process and self-help measures by landowners are criminalised. The Department therefore addresses eviction matters within the provisions of existing land tenure laws.

In addition to the above during this time of national disaster, Regulation 36(1) issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 enables any competent court to grant an order for the eviction of any person from land in terms of the provisions of Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 0f 1997,provided that any order of eviction shall be stayed and suspended until the last day Alert Level 3, unless a court decides that it is not just and equitable to stay and suspend the order until the last day of the Alert Level 3 period. All legal representatives appointed for farm dwellers have been made aware of these Regulations and courts are enforcing them.

(b) The following measures will be put in place:

  • Promote awareness regarding the existence of statutory tenure rights and mechanisms that are designed to support the observance or protection of such rights through local media, art and direct interaction with farm dwellers;
  • improve access to justice for those with insecure land tenure through collaboration with Legal Aid South Africa and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development; and targeted acquisition of land in areas that are prone to evictions as well as in areas that are in close proximity to, or are habited by farm dwellers.

02 July 2020 - NW971

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) What is the quantum of the Financial Management Grant that is administered by the National Treasury to strengthen the financial management capacity of the Madibeng Local Municipality, (b) what is the time period of the specified grant, (c) how is the grant administered and (d) what safeguards are in place to ensure that the grant is properly spent?

Reply:

a) The quantum of the Financial Management Grant to Madibeng Local Municipality amounted to R2 235 000 for the 2019/20 financial year, as published in the Division of Revenue Act.

b) This is a conditional grant and in terms of the framework covers a next three-year period.

c) The grant is administered through transfers to the municipality, reports received from the municipality, and is in terms of their municipal support plan.

d) Section 12 of the Division of Revenue Act provides the checks and balances as wll as the framework within which the grant is implemented. It also stipulates the roles and responsibility of the receiving officer. Municipalities must submit to NT regular reports on spending, which are aligned to their support plans. Moreover, the grant and its utilization is submit to the external audit process undertaken by the Office of the Auditor-General.

01 July 2020 - NW1252

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What amount of research and analysis was conducted by the National Registrar of Tourist Guides in each month (i) in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020, (b) what were the (i)(aa) objectives and (bb) nature of the specified research and analysis and (ii) outcomes and findings of each research and analysis project respectively and (c) how was this data used in each respective case?

Reply:

a) What amount of research and analysis was conducted by the National Registrar of Tourist Guides in each month:

The initiatives that the department has implemented in terms of research and analysis are individual projects that run over a financial year rather than on a monthly basis."

(i) In the past three financial years:

2017/2018

Research was conducted on the following topic: “A Policy Review of the Tourist Guiding Sector in South Africa.’’

2018/2019

Research was conducted on the following topics: ‘’ The Indigenous Story-Teller (IST)’’ and “Cross-Border Themed Tourism Routes in the Southern African Region: practice and potential.”

2019/2020

None

(ii) Since 1 April 2020

None

b) What were the:

(i)

Topic (s)

(aa) Objectives

(bb) Nature of the specified research and analysis

A Policy Review of the Tourist Guiding Sector in South Africa

To conduct a policy review of the practicalities of the tourist guiding sector in South Africa - one that would identify challenges and suggest improvements.

South Africa has a legislative system in place with regards to tourist guides, however, there was to be a need for renewal and refinement so as to further optimise the sector. The research focussed on global practices, policy gaps, challenges, training needs etc. with recommendations for improvements.

The Indigenous Story-Teller (IST)

To develop a strategy for the inclusion of the IST within the tourist guiding domain.

To look at ways of using IST to: extend the tourism domain so as to be more inclusive of local communities, enhance the authenticity of the tourist experience and contribute to the transformation of the sector.

Cross-Border Themed Tourism Routes in the Southern African Region: practice and potential

To develop and test a model for the development and implementation of guided cross-border themed tourism routes according to existing and potential tourism niche markets.

This was a continuation of the research done on Cross-Border Guiding in Southern Africa but focused on understanding the tourism products in cross-border themed tourism routes in the SADC region and the possibility of integrating routes to enhance a cross-border niche tourism experience.

(ii) Outcomes and findings of each research and analysis project respectively.

 

Topic (s)

Outcomes

A Policy Review of the Tourist Guiding Sector in South Africa

Recommendation to simplify and streamline the guiding sector and for the Department to have more control of the various functions associated with guiding e.g. training and compliance.

The Indigenous Story-Teller (IST)

It recommends the creation of a new tourist guiding classification to add to the established three levels of tourist guiding already regulated and monitored within the country. It suggests the possible addition of a unit standard which will enable the culture guide to facilitate and provide a platform for the inclusion of the IST in the tourism sector. Culture guides will therefore be elevated to a position where they are enabled to facilitate the inclusion of the IST in the tourism offering and mediate between the IST and the tourist group as an intercultural communicator.

Cross-Border Themed Tourism Routes in the Southern African Region: practice and potential

A toolkit which the sector could utilize to creatively diversify the experience dimension of the tourist offering is an outcome of this research. The report also maps out a range of potential avenues of collaborative themed route experiences within the SADC region with examples of 8 themed cross-border tourism routes unpacked for further consideration.

c) How was this data used in each respective case?

In all the research that was conducted, the data was analysed to identify trends, best practices, gaps and challenges and to make recommendations for improvement and enhancements.

 

Topic (s)

How data was used

A Policy Review of the Tourist Guiding Sector in South Africa

Data was used to identify gaps in the legislation pertaining to tourist guides and make recommendations for amendments to the Tourism Act, no. 3 of 2014.

The Indigenous Story-Teller (IST)

The proposal to incorporate IST into the guiding domain was one of the areas recommended for inclusion in the Amendment Act. This will further be looked at when the qualification review process for guiding commences.

Cross-Border Themed Tourism Routes in the Southern African Region: practice and potential

Cross-border guiding is another area that the qualification review process will look at. The tourism routes and experiences that were identified through this research will create opportunities for tourist guides that wish to engage in this type of niche guiding.

01 July 2020 - NW1106

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the State visit by German Chancellor, Ms Angela Merkel, to the Republic on 6 February 2020, (a) what discussions took place pertaining to tourism, (b) what resolutions and/or agreements were reached in this regard and (c) how will her department monitor the implementation of the resolutions and/or agreements?

Reply:

The Minister of Tourism, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, did not participate in meetings during the German Chancellor’s State Visit to the Republic of South Africa that took place on 6 February 2020.

a) what discussions took place pertaining to tourism,

  • N/A

(b) what resolutions and/or agreements were reached in this regard and

  • N/A

(c) how will her department monitor the implementation of the resolutions and/or agreements?

  • N/A

01 July 2020 - NW1254

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the National Registrar of Tourist Guides and his/her duties, (a) what efforts have been undertaken to facilitate the growth and development of the tourist guiding sector in each month (i) in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020 and (b) how were these efforts rolled out and actioned in each case respectively?

Reply:

(a) What efforts have been undertaken to facilitate the growth and development of the tourist guiding sector:

The initiatives that the department has implemented in terms of promoting and developing the guiding sector are individual projects that run over a financial year rather than on a monthly basis.

i) In the past three financial years:

Year

Facilitation of growth and development of the tourist guiding sector

2017/2018

Implemented training and up-skilling initiatives as follows:

  • Adventure Guiding (NQF2) in Northern Cape
  • Culture Guiding (NQF2) in Northern Cape
  • Culture Guiding (NQF2) in North West
  • Adventure Guiding (NQF4) in KwaZulu-Natal
  • Culture Guiding (NQF2) & Customer Service Training in Limpopo

2018/2019

Implemented training and up-skilling initiatives as follows:

  • Adventure Guiding (NQF4) in Eastern Cape
  • Nature and Culture Guiding (NQF2) in Limpopo
  • Nature Guiding (NQF4) in KwaZulu-Natal

2019/2020

Implemented up-skilling initiatives as follows:

  • Mandarin Language Training (HSK1) – Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng

ii) Since 1 April 2020

Year

Facilitation of growth and development of the tourist guiding sector

2020/2021

In the process of implementing up-skilling initiatives as follows:

  • Mandarin Language Training (HSK1) – Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

(b) How were these efforts rolled out and actioned in each case respectively?

2017/18

Training Initiative

Details

Roll-out

Adventure Guiding (NQF2) in Northern Cape

12 learners were selected to undergo training. All 12 were deemed competent as adventure guides (hiking).

  • The Department recruited and selected suitable candidates in collaboration with the Northern Cape Provincial Registrar.
  • The Department procured the services of a suitable training provider to implement the training.
  • Learners completed their theory, practicals and final assessments before receiving certificates of competencies.
  • The Department monitored the training programmes and finalized all reporting on conclusion of the training programme.

Culture Guiding (NQF2) in Northern Cape

15 learners were selected to undergo training. Only 10 completed and were deemed competent as culture guides.

  • The Department recruited and selected suitable candidates in collaboration with the Northern Cape Provincial Registrar.
  • The Department procured the services of a suitable training provider to implement the training.
  • Learners completed their theory, practicals and final assessments before receiving certificates of competencies.
  • The Department monitored the training programmes and finalized all reporting on conclusion of the training programme.

Culture Guiding (NQF2) in North West

10 learners were selected to undergo training. All 10 were deemed competent as culture guides.

  • The Department recruited and selected suitable candidates in collaboration with the North West Provincial Registrar.
  • The Department procured the services of a suitable training provider to implement the training.
  • Learners completed their theory, practicals and final assessments before receiving certificates of competencies.
  • The Department monitored the training programmes and finalized all reporting on conclusion of the training programme.

Adventure Guiding (NQF4) in KwaZulu-Natal

16 guides were selected to undergo training. All 16 were deemed competent as adventure guides (hiking).

  • Guides were Identified by Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
  • Beneficiaries were community guides operating on a freelance basis without the requisite qualifications.
  • The Department partnered with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the KZN Provincial Registrar to implement the training.
  • The Department procured the services of a suitable training provider to implement the training.
  • Learners completed their theory, practicals and final assessments before receiving certificates of competencies.
  • The Department monitored the training programmes and finalized all reporting on conclusion of the training programme..

Culture Guiding (NQF2) & Customer Service Training in Limpopo

8 learners were selected to undergo training. All 8 were deemed competent as culture guides and in customer service.

  • Guides were identified by Mapungubwe World Heritage Site, SANParks.
  • Beneficiaries were employed by SANParks and required up-skilling.
  • The Department partnered with SANParks and the LP Provincial Registrar to implement the training.
  • The Department appointed SANParks as the implementing agency for the project.
  • Learners completed their theory, practicals and final assessments before receiving certificates of competencies.
  • The Department monitored the training programmes and finalized all reporting on conclusion of the training programme.

2018/19

Training Initiative

Details

Roll-out

Adventure Guiding (NQF2) in Eastern Cape

20 learners were selected to undergo training. All 20 were deemed competent as adventure guides (hiking).

  • Candidates were identified by the Eastern Cape Provincial Registrar.
  • The Department procured the services of a suitable training provider to implement the training.
  • Learners completed their theory, practicals and final assessments before receiving certificates of competencies.
  • The Department monitored the training programmes and finalized all reporting on conclusion of the training programme.

Nature and Culture Guiding (NQF2) in Limpopo

15 learners were selected to undergo training. All 15 completed and were deemed competent as nature and culture guides.

  • The Department recruited and selected suitable candidates in collaboration with the Limpopo Provincial Registrar.
  • The Department procured the services of a suitable training provider to implement the training.
  • Learners completed their theory, practicals and final assessments before receiving certificates of competencies.
  • The Department monitored the training programmes and finalized all reporting on conclusion of the training programme.

Nature Guiding (NQF4) in KwaZulu-Natal

10 learners were selected to undergo training. All 10 were deemed competent as culture guides.

  • The guides were identified by iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority to complete their NQF4 training.
  • The Department appointed iSimangaliso as the implementing agency for the project.
  • Learners completed their theory, practicals and final assessments before receiving certificates of competencies.
  • The Department monitored the training programmes and finalized all reporting on conclusion of the training programme.

2019/20

Training Initiative

Details

Roll-out

Mandarin Language Training (HSK1)

20 learners were selected from the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng. All 20 completed the training and were deemed competent.

  • Candidates were identified by the Department in collaboration with the respective Provincial Registrars.
  • The Department procured the services of a suitable training provider to implement the training.
  • Learners completed their theory, practicals and final assessments before receiving certificates of competencies.
  • The Department monitored the training programmes and finalized all reporting on conclusion of the training programme.

2020/21

Training Initiative

Details

Roll-out

Mandarin Language Training (HSK1)

20 learners were selected from Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Recruitment and selection was conducted in collaboration with the respective Provincial Registrars.
  • The Department will procure the services of a suitable training provider to implement online training given the Covid-19 risks.
  • The Department is currently working on the logistics and envisages training to commence in the third quarter.

01 July 2020 - NW1105

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a)By what date will the Mandela capture site in KwaZulu-Natal have infrastructure that lights it up after sunset, (b) what was the cost of each line item related to the construction of the site, (c) what number of months were spent on the construction of the specified site, (d) what is the tourism statistics in each month (i) for the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020 and (e) what amount in terms of income has the site generated.

Reply:

It is important to note that the Department of Tourism is not responsible for this site. The property (Nelson Mandela Capture Site) is owned by the Umgeni Municipality. The operations are managed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Department has provided funding for the construction of the entrance gate, driveway, partial fencing and landscaping in 2018/19. The lighting infrastructure was not part of this scope of work and relates to separate work that was done by the Umngeni Municipality.

(a) - (d) Not applicable

The Honourable Member is advised to approach the owning entity, namely the Umgeni Municipality for the information that he requested.

01 July 2020 - NW1138

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 930 on 28 May 2020, her department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the names of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. The Department purchased goods and services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic.

a) Name of Company

b)Amount

c)Goods/Service Acquired

Lathi Warehouse and Distribution

R8 750,00

Thermal Scanners

ECM Technologies (PTY)Ltd

R49 162,50

Hand Sanitisers

Tara Health Care (PTY) Ltd

R217 940,00

Hand Sanitisers& Face Masks

Seloro Media (PTY)Ltd

R24 500,00

Face Masks

Total Resource Corporation Africa

R1 480,00

Thermal Scanner

Queenswood Pharmacy

R1 950,00

Thermal Scanner

Clicks

R920,00

Hand Sanitisers and Masks

Builders Warehouse

R550,00

Sanitiser Dispensers

Servest Hygiene & Servest Interior Solutions

R1 782,50

Hand Sanitisers

Clicks

R474,60

Hygiene Wipes

Builders Warehouse

R427,90

Sanitiser Dispensers

Servest Hygiene & Servest Interior Solutions

R1 782,50

Hand Sanitisers

Waverley Pharmacy

R1 299,90

Thermal Scanner

Lynwood Road Pharmacy

R1 985,40

Hand Sanitisers and Masks

The Laser House

R1 875,00

Desk Shields

The Laser House

R1 875,00

Desk Shields

Lynwood Road Pharmacy

R1 990,60

Hand Sanitisers and Masks

Pest Control Experts (PTY)Ltd

R54 500,00

Disinfecting and Sanitising of Building

Lathi Warehouse and Distribution

R32 200,00

Masks

Masana Hygiene Services (PTY)Ltd

R11 316,00

Rental of Hygiene Equipment

Talking Heads Advertising(PTY)Ltd

R1 800,00

Marketing material for the Tourism Relief Fund

Lynwood Road Pharmacy

R1 997,50

Hand Sanitisers

Ackermans Pharmacy

R374,00

Face Masks

Mopani Pharmacy

R307,00

Hand Sanitisers and Masks

Brooklyn Pharmacy

R245,00

Hand Sanitisers and Masks

Pick and Pay

R1 997,50

Hand Sanitisers

2.There was no deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions.

3. Most of the purchases were below R 2000 and were paid from petty cash. The goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies who had stock available and was lowest in price.

4. No statement will be made on the matter.

01 July 2020 - NW1253

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the National Registrar of Tourist Guides and his/her duties, (a) what information was published to promote and develop the tourist guiding sector in each month (i) in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020, (b) how was the information (i) published and (ii) distributed and (c) what information was contained in each instance respectively?

Reply:

a)  What information was published to promote and develop the tourist guiding sector in each month

(i) In the past three financial years:

Years

Information published to promote and develop the guiding sector

2017/2018

Bi-annual tourist guiding newsletters, information on awareness initiatives such as International Tourist Guide Day, Lilizela Tourism Awards, Tourist Guide Awareness Inspections and information pertaining to training initiatives to develop the guiding sector.

2018/2019

Bi-annual tourist guiding newsletters, tourist guide information booklets, information on awareness initiatives such as International Tourist Guide Day, Lilizela Tourism Awards, Tourist Guide Awareness Inspections and information pertaining to training initiatives to develop the guiding sector.

2019/2020

Information on awareness initiatives such as International Tourist Guide Day, Lilizela Tourism Awards, Tourist Guide Awareness Inspections and information pertaining to training initiatives to develop the guiding sector.

(ii) Since 1 April 2020

Year

Information that was published to promote and develop the tourist guiding sector

2020/2021

Information pertaining to training initiatives to develop the guiding sector.

(c) How was the information

Information

(i) Published

(ii) Distributed

Tourist Guide Newsletter

In a digital format targeting registered tourist guides and key guiding stakeholders

Electronically to all registered tourist guides on the database and via social media platforms.

Information Booklets

Printed booklets targeting consumers and unregistered tourist guides

Handed out during awareness inspections.

Awareness Initiatives

In digital format targeting registered tourist guides and key guiding stakeholders.

Electronically to all registered tourist guides on the database and via social media platforms including the departmental website.

Training Initiatives

In digital format targeting registered tourist guides and key guiding stakeholders.

Electronically to all registered tourist guides on the database and via social media platforms including the departmental website.

(c) What information was contained in each instance respectively?

Information

(i) Information contained in published format

(ii) Information contained in distributed format

Tourist Guide Newsletter

Information about departmental programmes on guiding and information pertinent to tourist guides.

Same as published format.

Information Booklets

Booklet for consumers - information about the use of registered tourist guides and the consequences of non-compliance and where to access information on guides.

Booklet for unregistered tourist guides – information on how to register and the consequences of non-compliance.

Same as published format.

Awareness Initiatives

Information and outcome of awareness initiatives.

Same as published format.

Training Initiatives

Adverts on training initiatives targeting new entrants.

Adverts for registered tourist guides on up-skilling initiatives.

Same as published format.

01 July 2020 - NW412

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(a) Why is her department’s report for the 2019-20 financial year not tabled yet, (b) what were the main reasons for the extension of the original delay in tabling the specified report and (c) by what date does her department intend to table the report?

Reply:

Honourable Member, the 2019/20 annual reports of both the Department of Human Settlements and the Department of Water and Sanitation are only due by 30 September 2020.

01 July 2020 - NW950

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the Tourism Indaba and its support to small-, medium- and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) within the Tourism sector, (a) what opportunities have been provided for SMMEs (i) in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 January 2020, (b)(i) which SMMEs have benefited and (ii) how, in each case, (c) how have the specified SMMEs been subsequently monitored and measured, (d) what are the annual statistics of the specified time period on SMME product participation in the Tourism Indaba, (e) what businesses of any description and size have participated in the Tourism Indaba (i) in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 January 2020 and (f) which of the specified businesses were (i) local and (ii) foreign businesses?

Reply:

(a) What opportunities have been provided for SMMEs (i) in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 January 2020,

In an effort to extend international market access support offered under the Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP) to smaller and emerging enterprises on a domestic level, the department collaborated with SA Tourism to introduce the Hidden Gems initiative that provides a dedicated exhibition platform at the Africa’s Travel Indaba (ATI) show as an important global business-to-business platform to afford enterprises business linkage opportunities and to exhibit their offerings to both local and global buyers.

Participants on the Hidden Gems platform were selected by SA Tourism and the department with additional funding support from the department’s Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP) programme. It sees the department and SA Tourism partnering with industry and Provinces, to stimulate improved market access on a domestic level for small and emerging businesses in the tourism sector.

(i) Past three Financial Years

Opportunities

2017/18

Department of Tourism in collaboration with SA Tourism, facilitated the market access platform for 90 SMMEs, representing nine provinces at Africa’s Travel Indaba (ATI) 2017.

Pre-selection process and training

Prior to participation at ATI, a total of 311 SMMEs registered for the pre-selection training sessions arranged in each of the nine provinces. A total of 284 of the 311 registered SMMEs from across all provinces participated in a 5-day training session on various aspects of product development, packaging, pricing, marketing, tradeshow participation, contract negotiation, etc. Due to space and budget limitations only 90 SMME could attend the ATI. The training was conducted as part of the process to select the 90 SMMEs that represent the provinces roughly equal to participate at the ATI 2017

National and provincial stakeholders were invited to serve on the selection committee to assist in the selection of SMMEs for training and marketing platforms. Each training session was attended by them as part of the adjudication process. The top 90 SMMEs were selected following pitch presentations by each participant.

Peer to Peer Pre-Exhibition Mentorship Workshop

The selected 90 SMMEs participated in a six-week Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Programme to help prepare them further for participation at the ATI exhibition.

Exhibition

A specially designed pavilion with dedicated exhibition and meeting space was created to cater for the 90 SMMEs to showcase their offerings.

Speed Marketing Networking event

A speed networking event was hosted a day before the start of ATI. The benefit of hosting the event just before the exhibition was to ensure that relations established could be further reinforced throughout the duration of the exhibition. All 90 SMMEs were directly introduced to the 45 key trade members whereby they presented their offerings.

2018/19

In an effort to ensure a greater impact of the Hidden Gems support provided during 2017/18, the Minister requested that the 90 enterprises continue to be supported for an additional two years and that the group be expanded with additional small and emerging enterprises drawn from the department’s Enterprise Development initiatives (e.g. incubators and business support). An additional 45 enterprises were selected from the department’s database of enterprises already enrolled in the enterprise development initiatives to bring the number of enterprises to benefit from market access support at the ATI 2018 to 135.

Pre-exhibition training session

Since all selected enterprises already benefitted from a structured training programme in the previous year or were already enrolled in the department’s enterprise development initiatives, training prior to ATI2018 involved a one-day pre-exhibition session which focused on the effective ways of working in a trade show platform.

The training provided key insights on the following:

  • The importance of establishing business linkages with global buyers
  • The importance of forging partnerships with local DMCs
  • Opportunities on joint marketing initiatives with the industry value chain

Exhibition

SA Tourism again provided a dedicated exhibition pavilion for the 135 SMMEs, representing all nine provinces at ATI 2018. Based on lessons learnt from the previous year, enterprises were positioned and grouped by province.

Networking event

A collaboration between SA Tourism and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal saw the facilitation of special SMMEs networking event where a number of enterprises shared their success stories. The event further provided an opportunity for SMMEs to forge relations.

In addition to the above supported enterprises benefitted from extensive media coverage by SA Tourism and ATI media partners

2019/20

The same 135 SMMEs that were supported in 2018/19 were invited to participate at ATI in 2019 – This included the initial 90 that were benefitting for a third year as requested by the Minister, and the group of 45 that was added in 2018/19 that were benefitting for the second time in 2019. However, due to a change in the date of the ATI as a result of the 2019 national election, not all 135 were able to attend anymore. As a result, the 2019 ATI saw participation of 121 of the 135 selected enterprises.

SA Tourism in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, provided a market access platform for 121 SMMEs, representing nine provinces at Africa’s Travel Indaba (ATI)2019. The platform included the following interventions:

Pre-exhibition Social Media Training

Similar to the situation in 2018, all supported enterprises already benefitted from structured training programmes and additional training was limited to a focussed one-day session prior to ATI 2019. In this regard, SA Tourism in partnership with Facebook, conducted a one-day digital marketing and social media session for the SMMEs. The main objective of the session was to equip the SMMEs with current tools to enhance their business profiles through digital platforms and further enhance their presence in social media platforms.

Exhibition

Similar to 2018, SA Tourism provided a dedicated and specially designed exhibition pavilion for the 121 enterprises from all nine provinces to showcase their offerings.

SMMEs Trade Directory

A trade directory was designed showcasing all the SMMEs that participated at Africa’s Travel Indaba. The directory was distributed to media, local and international buyers.

Welcome Networking event

Durban Tourism in collaboration with SA Tourism and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal organised an official welcome event for hosted buyers and media. The platform provided an opportunity for SMMEs to establish relations with buyers and other participating stakeholders.

Like in previous years the supported enterprises were awarded extensive media coverage by SA Tourism and ATI media partners

  1. Since 1 April 2020

Preparations for Hidden Gems support at the ATI 2020 (scheduled to take place between 12 and 14 May 2020) were well underway at this time. However, the event was cancelled due to the risks posed by the COVID 19 pandemic and the impacts of the resultant lockdown conditions on the tourism sector.

Following a third year of support, the initial group of 90 effectively exited the Hidden Gems support after ATI 2019, but the department and SAT was still committed to supporting the remaining 45 for a third time in 2020.

To ensure a sizable group of around 100 enterprises on the Hidden Gems pavilion at the 2020 ATI, a decision was made to select at least another 55 small and emerging enterprises on a once-off basis (i.e. one year of support) from both the Enterprise Development database and the initial group of Hidden Gems trainees (284 in 2017/18).

This approach would have allowed SAT and the department to honour its commitment to those enterprises that it undertook to support for three years and allow for a review of the Hidden Gems initiative based on lessons learnt and an opportunity to start with a new cycle of support with improved processes, training support, market exposure, etc.

(b)(i) which SMMEs have benefited and (ii) how, in each case,

i) which SMMEs have benefited

(ii) how, in each case

From 2017-2019, 135 SMMEs benefited from participation in the ATI programme. Representation was almost equal from each province.

Participation at ATI as outlined under section (a) per financial year, above

With respect to the nature of benefits received, it is difficult to accurately quantify the flow through and ongoing benefits from the relationships developed with buyers through participation in one or two trade shows (e.g. the conversion of business takes a period of between 1-3 years form the start of the relationship).

The main benefit was that, these enterprises were afforded an opportunity to meet with both international and domestic buyers in a business to business trade environment, which they would probably not have been able to do, if there was no support.

Not only did the Hidden Gems provide a conducive platform for such engagements between small and emerging enterprises and prospective buyers, but it also covered most of the costs associated with this including return airfare, 4 - 5 nights of accommodation, networking sessions, media exposure, etc.

(c) how have the specified SMMEs been subsequently monitored and measured,

The participation of supported enterprises was monitored by officials from both SA Tourism and the department throughout the duration of each ATI event. This includes amongst others confirmation of participation at different times of each show day, providing assistance when and where required, directing walk-in traffic to enterprises, etc.

Supported enterprises are also generally required to provide feedback on the volume and value of meetings with buyers at the end of each day. This was supported by a post-event questionnaire which each supported enterprise is required to complete to allow for the measurement of deals signed and leads generated, estimations on the volume and value of business that is likely to be generated, the potential impact on future expansion and job creation as well as feedback on challenges experienced and elements of the hidden gems programme that could be improved.

(d) what are the annual statistics of the specified time period on SMME product participation in the Tourism Indaba,

2017/18: 90 Participants

2018/19 135 Participants

2019/20 121 Participants out of the 135 invited attended due to the change of the initial ATI dates because of the National Elections 2019.

1 April 2020 Approximately 100 participants were supposed to attend (including the 45 that were on their second year of support as well as around 55, which were still in a process of being selected by time the event was cancelled due to COVID- 19)

(e) what businesses of any description and size have participated in the Tourism Indaba

(i) in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 January 2020 and

(i) Past three Financial Years

Description of Businesses

Size of Business

2017/18

The participating SMMEs included the following:

  • Accommodation: – B&Bs, Guest Houses, Game Lodges, Boutique Hotels
  • Tour Operators
  • Professional Conference Organisers
  • Attractions

As part of the initial selection criteria, the qualifying business were SMMEs that were in operation for at least 6 months with an annual turnover of not exceeding R5 million.

2018/19

The participating SMMEs included the following:

  • Accommodation – B&Bs, Guest Houses, Game Lodges, Boutique Hotels
  • Tour Operators
  • Professional Conference Organisers
  • Attractions

Similar criteria as 2017 as these are the same SMMEs with the additional new 45 enterprises.

2019/20

The participating SMMEs included the following:

  • Accommodation – B&Bs, Guest Houses, Game Lodges, Boutique Hotels
  • Tour Operators
  • Professional Conference Organisers
  • Attractions

These are the same SMMEs from 2017 and 2018 thus the criteria and size were the same.

Since 1 April 2020

 

Preparations were underway for the ATI 2020 however the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Approximately 100 SMMEs were due to participate at the exhibition.

45 of these would have been the same as in 2018 and 2019, while the additional 55-odd would have been newly selected.

(f) which of the specified businesses were (i) local and (ii) foreign businesses?

(i) All business that were selected were local and (ii) none were foreign.

01 July 2020 - NW1148

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Denner, Ms H to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 987 on 4 June 2020, his department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; (2) Whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) What were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; (4) Whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Department of Public Service and Administration purchased goods and services below the amount of R500 000.00 connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1(a) SAFARMEX Medical Logistics, Ment Medical and Waste (Pty) Ltd, Tripharma (Pty) Ltd, BAJU Cleaning Chemicals, Breakthrough Co-operative Limited, Vitee General Dealer, Monabo Hygiene Service, Supra Latex (Pty) Ltd, Cognitive Medicals (Pty) Ltd, Sikelela Medical and Dental Supplies, Mramazing The Stylist and Tebelelo Solutions.

1(b)

  • SAFARMEX Medical Logistics - R69 893.55
  • Ment Medical and Waste (Pty) Ltd. - R122 700.00
  • Tripharma (Pty) Ltd. - R5 999.30
  • BAJU Cleaning Chemicals. - R34 500.00
  • Breakthrough Co-operative Limited. - R21 395.00
  • Vitee General Dealer. - R72 500.00
  • Monabo Hygiene Service. - R117 886.50
  • Supra Latex (Pty) Ltd - R5 520.00
  • Cognitive Medicals (Pty) Ltd. - R407 855.00
  • Sikelela Medical and Dental Supplies - R19 752.40
  • Mramazing The Stylist - R3 600.00
  • Tebelelo Solutions - R46 904.89

1(c)

  • SAFARMEX Medical Logistics - 50x Automated hand sanitizer dispensers and 200x 1 litre hand sanitizer.
  • Ment Medical and Waste (Pty) Ltd. - 1000x Masks, 1000x Aprons and 1000x Gloves.
  • Tripharma (Pty) Ltd. - Two Infrared Thermometers.
  • BAJU Cleaning Chemicals. - Hand Sanitizer, 600x 200ml bottles.
  • Breakthrough Co-operative Limited. – 1100x Cloth Face Masks.
  • Vitee General Dealer. - 2500x Packets of Disinfectant wipes.
  • Monabo Hygiene Service. - Disinfecting Batho Pele Building.
  • Supra Latex (Pty) Ltd - Four Infrared Thermometers.
  • Cognitive Medicals (Pty) Ltd. - PPE's and consumables.
  • Sikelela Medical and Dental Supplies - 15x Wall mounted automatic hand sanitizer dispensers and 100x litres of sanitizer for the dispensers.
  • Mramazing The Stylist – 240x Cloth Face Masks.
  • Tebelelo Solutions - 120x 200ml hand sanitizer, 120x Face shields, 300x Aprons, 48x 1 Litre Handheld spray sanitiser, 100x 1 litre Hand Sanitiser to refill spray bottles and 120x Sanitising wipes.

(2)

  • SAFARMEX Medical Logistics Deviation approved.
  • Ment Medical and Waste (Pty) Ltd. - No Deviation.
  • Tripharma (Pty) Ltd. Deviation approved.
  • BAJU Cleaning Chemicals. – No Deviation.
  • Breakthrough Co-operative Limited. – No Deviation.
  • Vitee General Dealer. – No Deviation.
  • Monabo Hygiene Service. – Deviation approved.
  • Supra Latex (Pty) Ltd – No Deviation.
  • Cognitive Medicals (Pty) Ltd. – Deviation approved.
  • Sikelela Medical and Dental Supplies – No Deviation.
  • Mramazing The Stylist - R3 600.00 – No Deviation.
  • Tebelelo Solutions - R46 904.89 – No Deviation.

2(a)(b)

    • SAFARMEX Medical Logistics – Deviation on the basis that it was the only supplier on National Treasury’s Transversal Contracts RT32-2019 and RT76-2019 who had stock from the excess of thirty suppliers engaged.
    • Tripharma (Pty) Ltd. – Deviation on the basis that from eleven (11) suppliers approached, only two responded with quotations instead of at least three quotation as prescribed by the SCM processes. Tripharma was the cheapest.
    • Monabo Hygiene Service. – Deviation on the basis that from the three (3) quotations received, two of the service providers did not quote according to specification.
    • Cognitive Medicals (Pty) Ltd. – Deviation approval on the basis that Cognitive quoted an amount of R407 855.00 which was cheaper than the other three quotations received which exceeded R500 000.00. The second quote amounted to R662 707.50, the third R944 625.00 and lastly

R1 305 083.50. The quotations which exceeded R500 000.00 were not considered as they were above the “Request for Quotation” threshold.

(3)

  • SAFARMEX Medical Logistics - 50x Automated hand sanitizer dispensers and 200x 1 litre hand sanitizer for Batho Pele Building for the use by staff and visitors.
  • Ment Medical and Waste (Pty) Ltd. - 1000x Masks, 1000x Aprons and 1000x Gloves for in-house Cleaners to use during cleaning operations.
  • Tripharma (Pty) Ltd. - Two Infrared Thermometers to check body temperature of DPSA officials and visitors entering the Department.
  • BAJU Cleaning Chemicals. - Hand Sanitizer, 600x 200ml bottles for DPSA officials who make use of public transport.
  • Breakthrough Co-operative Limited. – 1100x Cloth Face Masks for the issuing and use by DPSA officials.
  • Vitee General Dealer. – 2500x Packets of Disinfectant wipes for the issuing thereof to DPSA officials for the disinfection of workstations and submissions.
  • Monabo Hygiene Service. - Disinfecting Batho Pele Building. Disinfection of the building prior to officials returning to work in a staggered approach.
  • Supra Latex (Pty) Ltd - Four Infrared Thermometers. Additional two thermometers for the use at Batho Pele Building and two for the use at the Thusong Service Centre located at Maponya Mall in Soweto.
  • Cognitive Medicals (Pty) Ltd. - PPE's and consumables. Replenishment of PPE’s and consumables to be used by DPSA officials at Batho Pele Building.
  • Sikelela Medical and Dental Supplies - 15x Wall mounted automatic hand sanitizer dispensers and 100x litres of sanitizer for the dispensers to be used at the Thusong Service Centre at Maponya Mall.
  • Mramazing The Stylist – 240x Cloth Face Masks for officials at the Thusong Service Centre at Maponya Mall.
  • Tebelelo Solutions - 120x 200ml hand sanitizer, 120x Face shields, 300x Aprons, 48x 1 Litre Handheld spray sanitiser, 100x 1 litre Hand Sanitiser to refill spray bottles and 120x Sanitising wipes for officials at the Thusong Service Centre at Maponya Mall.

(4) The Minister will make a statement on the matter should the need arise.

30 June 2020 - NW1286

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

With reference to the proposed establishment of a university for crime detection in Hammanskraal, (a) what are the relevant details of what is meant by a university for crime detection, (b) on what statutory and other grounds would an institution with such a narrow mandate qualify as a university, (c) what disciplines would be taught and assessed by such an institution, (d) what degrees and other qualifications would such an institution offer and (e) what are the details of the (i) timelines or time frames and (ii) budget for the establishment of such an institution?

Reply:

(a)    In the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA), the President announced that “to improve the quality of general and specialised SAPS investigations, we are establishing a Crime Detection University in Hammanskraal”. This was understood as a directive to work towards the establishment of a specialised public higher education institution that would offer qualifications on the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework in fields linked to crime detection. 

(b)    In terms of the Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997, as amended), the proposed institution for crime detection in Hammanskraal cannot be established immediately as a university. The Act allows for new institutions to be established as either Higher Education Colleges or University Colleges.  The decision on whether this institution will be established as a university college or a higher education college will be dependent on the outcome of a feasibility study that must be undertaken. 

A higher education college is an institution that is established by the Minister, as an independent institution, to offer a scope and range of qualifications that is defined as relatively narrow, possibly in a specific field, e.g. Crime Detection, or a small range of fields, e.g. Crime Detection, Safety and Security, and Military Studies. It is likely to have a relatively small student population, e.g. less than 5 000 students when it is fully operational. It will offer a range of qualifications and skills programmes. The qualifications would include higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, undergraduate degrees and postgraduate diplomas accredited through the Council on Higher Education (CHE). The institution could also offer short skills programmes or occupational programmes accredited through the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). Once the college is fully established and it shows potential to grow further and expand, it could then be declared as a university college, under the governance structure of an established university.

A university college is an institution established by the Minister, under the governance of an existing university, with the intention to grow its student numbers and programmes to cover a scope and range of activities that would enable it over time to be recognised as a fully-fledged university. While the institution would initially start with a small number of programmes in a limited number of fields, e.g. Crime Detection and Safety and Security, it would be planned to grow over time to cover a wider range of related fields and programmes in higher education including undergraduate, honours, Masters and Doctoral degree programmes. It may also offer a limited number of programmes accredited by the QCTO. A university college may be declared to be established as a fully-fledged university when it meets the requirements to be established as such, i.e. when it has grown and developed to such an extent that it has the scope and range of operations that allows it to be defined as a university.

(c)    The disciplines taught at such an institution will be determined by a feasibility study and could include a range of disciplines within policing and security studies that will develop professional and occupational knowledge and skills required to bolster capacity in policing, crime detection and prevention capabilities, and will involve an investigative capacity, including the use of forensic methodical approaches and technology, data analytics, criminal and evidentiary law, and investigative practice. The feasibility study should provide guidance on how this public higher education institution would be differentiated based its mandate and mission. 

(d)    Through the feasibility study a determination will be made on the institutional type, i.e. whether it will be a higher education college or a university college to start with and what the Programme Qualification Mix of the public higher education institution should be.

(e)   (i) A project plan has been developed for Ministerial approval to set out the process and deliverables towards the production of a feasibility study for the two new higher education institution mentioned in the 2020 SONA. The feasibility study must aim to address a number of critical issues including, the size and shape of the new institution; its site(s) of establishment, land assembly and spatial framework; supply and sustainability of required engineering services; environmental sustainability; socio-economic impact analysis; and the digital technology requirements for a contemporary higher education institution.  A project management team will be set up to manage the process. The feasibility study will be undertaken in the current financial year and will determine the time lines for the establishment and development of the institution in line with a costed plan.

 (ii) Funding for the new public higher education institution, in line with the findings of the feasibility study and plan, must be secured from the Vote. In terms of the Higher Education Act, a new institution can only be established once funding is appropriated for that purpose, as this is required before the institution can be legally established.