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25 October 2022 - NW3161

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether, with reference to his letter to Mr R A Lees dated 2 June 2022, he has found that the concerns regarding certain terms and conditions contained in the agreement entered into between the Department of Public Enterprises and the Takatso Consortium, dealing with the transfer of SA Airways shares to the Takatso Consortium had been attended to, to the satisfaction of the National Treasury; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes, as I communicated to the Honourable Member in my letter dated 2 June 2022, there is no requirement in terms of the Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999 (PFMA) for the Minister of Finance to grant approval or provide concurrence in respect of the Takatso transaction. In terms of Section 54(2) of the PMFA, the Minister of Finance is only required to note the intention of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) to dispose the majority of Government’s shareholding of SAA by selling the Government’s stake in South African Airways SOC Ltd (SAA). Section 54(2) of the PFMA only finds application where a public entity concludes any of the transactions mentioned under the section. Section 54(2)(c) would apply in an event whereby SAA was seeking to dispose a significant shareholding in any of its subsidiaries or was seeking to acquire a significant shareholding in another company. The disposal of a majority shareholding in SAA was already approved by Cabinet and no further approval, concurrence or noting is required from the Minister of Finance in terms of the PFMA.

However, following perusal of the document that the DPE shared with the department in relation to some of the terms and conditions entered into between the DPE and the preferred Strategic Equity Partner, NT took the opportunity to make suggestions to the DPE with some of the terms and conditions of the agreement. We continue to engage with the DPE in relation to the disposal of 51% of Government’s shareholding in SAA.

25 October 2022 - NW3199

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

On what date will she provide a reply to question 2522 that was published on Internal Question Paper No 27 on 26 August 2022?

Reply:

Attached, please see response provided for question 2522:

25 October 2022 - NW3096

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What action has been taken against Sasol Secunda in (a) Mpumalanga and (b) the Free State, as the specified company continues to fail at meeting emission standards in the specified areas?

Reply:

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) is better placed to respond to this question, as it is the competent authority that regulates emission standards as well as activities which result in atmospheric emissions.

25 October 2022 - NW2886

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Herron, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)What is the total cost to the fiscus of (a) the nine provincial legislatures in the 2022-23 financial year and (b) each legislature with regard to (i) salaries of Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs), (iii) support offered to MPLs, (iii) the operating costs of each legislature and (iv) staff salaries of each provincial legislature; (2) what is the total cost to the fiscus of the (a) official vehicles allocated to Members of the Executive Council (MECs) of each provincial legislature, (b)(i) Speakers and (ii) Deputy Speakers in each of the nine provincial legislatures and (c) protectors and drivers provided to MECs of each of the nine provinces?

Reply:

(1)(a)(b) Detailed in the table 1 below is the cost for the Legislatures broken into compensation of employees for MPLs as well as other officials, political support and operational costs for the 2022/23 financial year. A cost to the Legislatures in terms of political support amounts to R675 million. In terms of operational costs (goods and services as well as payments for capital assets) an amount of R1.1 billion has been set aside. The total main appropriation for the Legislatures amounts to R4 billion.

(2) The National Treasury does not have this information readily available in its possession, therefore, we recommend that this type of information be requested from Provincial Legislatures and Provincial Treasuries.

 

25 October 2022 - NW3248

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

How does the National Framework on Rural Education guarantee sustainable living in rural communities and curb migration into cities in search for quality education for the children?

Reply:

The Rural Education Framework aims to:

  • Improve access to, and the quality of education in rural schools.
  • Address the isolation, disconnectedness, as well as the lack of development often associated with rural communities and schools.
  • Provide a basis for the development of context-specific, relevant and sustainable strategies to improve the quality of teaching and learning in rural schools

The Framework moves from the premise that there is no single definition of “rurality”; and therefore, the strategies to address the challenges facing rural education, need to be sensitive and relevant to the different contexts.  In South Africa, rural refers to - 

  • Areas that consist of the tribal lands controlled by traditional leaders;
  • Settings that are sparsely populated and where agriculture is the major means of economic activity;
  • Areas of dense settlement created by colonial and apartheid-driven land settlements; and
  • Mining areas in rural contexts, where mining is no longer active.’

With such an all-encompassing definition, the Framework provides a guide for to provinces, districts and schools in their design of programmes and projects aimed at improving the quality of education and livelihoods.  This is in line with the NDP’s call for an inclusive rural economy which requires multi-sectoral cooperation and collaboration among key stakeholders.

The Framework recognises the centrality of teachers in any attempt to improve the quality of education, especially in rural areas.  One of the challenges that the Framework seeks to address, is the difficulty of attracting quality teachers to rural schools.  It recommends the establishment of Edu-Villages, which will serve as hubs for teacher development, but also provide much-needed accommodation for teachers in rural schools.  These villages will also have infrastructure required for modern day living, so that teachers do not have to go to town to access such services (IT facilities, Early Childhood facilities, etc.)

The Framework also recommends broader community mobilisation and participation in educational affairs.  Such participation should extend to parents playing a role in supporting schools in areas, such as the teaching of Arts and Culture, Sports and Reading and Numeracy.  The bringing in of communities into schools for the teaching of these subject areas, will bring to bear the relevance of what is delivered in rural schools, as these will draw on indigenous knowledge systems, and heighten awareness of the rich cultural resources that are available in rural communities for the benefit of children and education.  This will also highlight the possibilities that exist in rural areas to contribute meaningfully to the rural economy, particularly the potential benefits and marketability of skills related to the Arts, Culture and Sports.

Agriculture is a cornerstone of rural economy.  While it contributes 4% to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), its contribution to the South African economic wellbeing, should not be discounted simply because of the sector’s percentile contribution to the GDP.  Agriculture has both backward and forward linkages to the entire economy, including in the sectors of manufacturing, beverages and food.

The Framework recommends expanding the provision of Agricultural education across the system as a way of developing the love for, and developing the skills amongst learners in this area.  Such skills will be beneficial not only to rural economies, but also the national economy.  Agricultural skills are not only limited to farming.  Agricultural Technology, for example, opens the way for the development of goods that are required for beyond Agriculture.  Learners, who study Agriculture Technology, can provide goods and services that are required for everyday living, and can become entrepreneurs in their own right.

Furthermore, the Framework recommends the development of education initiatives that target young people, such as their use as Education Assistants in schools.  This will assist, not only in employment creation, but also ensuring that learners in rural schools are supported, and enjoy the quality of education offered in rural schools

25 October 2022 - NW2855

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Tambo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy.Mr. Jacob MbeleDirector General

Given the Government’s commitment to COP-26 and a so-called just transition from coal to green energy resources, (a) what steps has his department taken to protect jobs in the coal industry and (b) how does his department rationalise moving away from coal as an energy resource amidst the increased importance of coal in nations such as China?

Reply:

a) The department is initiating social dialogue with other spheres of government, labour, business, employers, workers, communities, and historically marginalised people to solicit their views in the design of a plan to protect jobs as we transition.

b) The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2019) continues to provide a balanced policy mix of coal, renewables, gas, hydro and nuclear as part of our transition from high emitting to low emitting energy sources.

25 October 2022 - NW2838

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Buthelezi, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Finance

What mechanisms and/or measures has the National Treasury put in place to ensure that the R600 million allocated towards flood disaster relief in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape will not be wasted by officials and/or lost through corruption and tender bids?

Reply:

The mechanism to ensure efficient and effective spending of allocations exist in law. Disaster relief grants are appropriated on the budgets of Vote 3: Co-operative Governance and Vote 33: Human Settlements. The allocations to provinces and municipalities are conditional grants in terms of the Division of Revenue Act. The Division of Revenue Act sets out the responsibilities of the National Transferring Officer related to planning, implementation and monitoring. In addition, the accounting officers of these departments’ responsibilities are set out in section 38 of the Public Finance Management Act. Amongst others, accounting officers are responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective spending of resources, and must take appropriate and effective steps to prevent unauthorised, irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

Accounting officers reporting responsibilities are set out in section 40 of the Public Finance Management Act and section 71 of the Municipal Finance Management Act. Section 12 of the Division of Revenue Act sets out the responsibilities of the receiving officer in relation to funds received from national government.

25 October 2022 - NW3164

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George, Dr DT to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)whether, with regard to the value added tax (VAT) registration status of potential vendors, there is any existing difference in the procurement process with regard to how vendors who are (a) VAT registered and (b) not VAT registered are considered; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in what way are they considered differently; (2) whether a VAT-registered vendor has any disadvantage to a vendor who is not VAT-registered; if not, why not; if so, (3) whether any steps will be taken to resolve the disadvantage; if not, why not; if so, what steps will be taken?

Reply:

1. In terms of Regulation 1 of the Preferential Procurement Regulations, 2017 (PPRs, 2017), price is defined as including all applicable taxes less all unconditional discounts. Furthermore, Regulations 6(1) and 7(1) of the PPRs, 2017 state that the formula must be used to calculate points out of 80 or 90 for price (as per definition in the PPR) in respect of tenders with a Rand value equal to or above the prescribed threshold, which price should be inclusive of all applicable taxes.

Therefore, the price used for evaluation of tenders is the price inclusive of all applicable taxes as per regulation 6(1) and 7(1). All applicable taxes certainly will include Value Added Tax (VAT), where applicable, and any other taxes as may be imposed through legislation.

Arising from a simple reading of the definition of price and the provisions of regulation 6(1) and 7(1) as stated above, price used for evaluation of tenders must be total price, inclusive of all applicable taxes. Such “all inclusive” price is what makes the evaluation comparative. There is no breakdown required to indicate the types of taxes that each supplier is paying. Everyone has a right to bid and to be awarded a bid if they comply with all applicable laws.

It is important to emphasize that as a procurement principle, organs of state may not interfere with a price submitted by a bidder. This includes adding / subtracting VAT from the price submitted by a bidder.

It should be stressed that mandatory registration for VAT is a legislative requirement once enterprises exceed a particular threshold in sales within a 12-month period. Other enterprises may elect voluntary registration for VAT even if they do not meet the mandatory threshold for registration. Institutions are encouraged to contact the South African Revenue Services for guidance on VAT registration requirements, should they so require.

2. Enterprises that by legislation are not required to register for VAT may not be unfairly penalized or advantaged in the evaluation and award of tenders on the basis of not being registered as VAT vendors. In other words, if an enterprise is not required by law to register as a VAT vendor, and in submitting a bid or price quotation thus does not include VAT in its price, an organ of state may not subsequently add VAT to the price submitted by the bidder. In a similar vein, the organ of state may not remove VAT from the bids of other bidders for evaluation purposes.

3. The onus, therefore, rests on the bidder to consider what the “including all applicable taxes” entails when determining the bid/ quotation price and to factor such information into the price submitted by that bidder in the quotation or tender document.

4. Please see response to questions 1 and 2 and above

24 October 2022 - NW3200

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)In view of the vast numbers of children who were left orphaned after having lost their parents and/or primary caregivers due to COVID-19 (details furnished), what (a) steps has her department taken to capacitate orphanages in the Republic to house such children and (b) sustainable measures have been put in place to ensure that orphanages have enough resources to provide equal care to all children; (2) whether her department has worked with the Department of Basic Education to provide mental wellness support to the children; if not, why not; if so, (3) whether she will furnish Ms M D Hlengwa with a detailed report in this regard; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

1. (a) The Department provides continuous support to the orphanage/child and youth care workers which among others include capacity building on any policies, legislation and guidelines that ensure care and protection of the children placed in these facilities

(b) The Department has put in place sustainable measures to ensure that child and youth care centres have enough resources to provide care and protection to all children in need, including orphaned children. The Department provides funding to the State-run and NPO-run child and youth care centres with a unit cost of R4 000 per child per month to these child and youth care centres. In addition, the Department employs qualified and trained Social Workers and Child and Youth Care Workers (subsidised by Government) to provide psychosocial support to all the children.

(2) The Department works collaboratively with the Departments of Basic Education and Health through the Integrated School Health Programme that provides prevention, awareness, and psychosocial care to children identified to be at risk and requiring intensive intervention. The Department also facilitates admission of children in the schools in the areas where the child and youth care centres are located.

3. the following is the information regarding support provided to child and youth care centres per province:

  1. Eastern Cape province is funding 27 Child and Youth Care Centres
  2. Northern Cape province is funding 10 Child and Youth Care Centres
  3. Kwa-Zulu-Natal province is funding 70 Child and Youth Care Centres
  4. Limpopo province is funding 19 Child and Youth Care Centres

24 October 2022 - NW3764

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

What remedial action has she taken to ensure the availability of necessary machines to exhume the outstanding bodies in the KwaZulu-Natal floods?

Reply:

It is the competency of South African Police service to conduct exhumation of bodies. It is recommended that this question be redirected to Ministry of Police to respond accordingly.

 

24 October 2022 - NW2757

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

What total number of the (a) 12 992 589 children who received child support grants in the 2020-21 financial year and (b) 12 787 448 children in the 2019-20 financial year (i) are enrolled in (aa) primary and (bb) high school and (ii) attend school regularly?

Reply:

This is a matter that will henceforth receive attention. So far, the Department had been collaborating with the Department of Basic Education in the identification of National School Financial Aid Scheme-facilitated opportunities for child support grant beneficiaries who are in grade 12 and wishing to proceed to higher education and vocational training.

24 October 2022 - NW3668

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

Following three months of morphine shortages and noting that Barrs is the only supplier of morphine for the public sector in the Republic, (a) what (i) measures have been taken to ensure the introduction of more stakeholders and suppliers of morphine and (ii) is his department doing to counter the crisis and (b) how will the specified interventions be sustainable in the future?

Reply:

It is the Department of Health’s policy to ensure equitable access to quality healthcare through availability of safe, effective and cost-effective medicines at the appropriate level of care. The National Department of Health manages contracts of approximately 1 200 essential medicine items. Contracts are awarded to suppliers following an open tender process in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act. Barrs was appointed to supply morphine powder as the company submitted the highest scoring compliant bid.

(a) (i) morphine is currently available in different formulations from various manufacturers, i.e. morphine tablets, morphine injection and morphine powder. Aside from morphine powder, there were no supply constraints related to the other formulations. The Department has recently been notified of the availability of an oral liquid formulation of morphine which will be placed on tender in the next cycle. Provinces and facilities are able to source this formulation from the identified supplier on a quotation basis.

(ii) At the time of the supply constraint, availability of morphine powder at public sector facilities was 76%. To make up for the shortfall, the National Department of Health (NDOH) sourced the morphine powder from alternative local suppliers using the quotation process. Other formulations of morphine were also available. There was thus no crisis in the public sector. The impact of the supply constraint with morphine powder was felt more keenly in the private sector.

(b) The NDoH will continue to monitor supplier performance and implement actions in mitigation as appropriate based on the root cause leading to the supply constraint.

 

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3570

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Considering that opioid use, particularly a variant known locally as whoonga and/or nyaope, has grown exponentially in the Republic over the past 20 years and that the price of heroine has come down and is now marketed specifically in townships to lower income groups, and against the background of the National Drug Master Plan (details furnished) and international best practice for interventions (details furnished), what is his department’s strategy for dealing with the increase in opioid addiction; (2) how (a) will the specified strategy be adapted to specifically reach those in low income areas and (b) does the strategy support the inclusion of both (i) professional and (ii) non-professional approaches to the recovery of opioid addiction; (3) what programmes are in place to educate the public on the (a) preventative and (b) after-care role of the community in substance-abuse recovery?

Reply:

1. The National Department of Health adopted the Health Sector Drug Master Plan 2019-2025. Among interventions contained in the Health Sector Drug Master Plan are:

  • To develop and implement Medication Assisted treatment, including Opioid Substitution Therapy
  • To collaborate with other key departments in informing the public especially young people on dangers of substance abuse including Opioid use
  • Fully participate in substance abuse initiatives as a member of the Central Drug Authority emanating from the Prevention of and treatment for Substance abuse Act 2008,(Act No. 70. of 2008) led by the Department of Social development

2. (a) - The department is in the process of developing an implementation plan that will encompass access to Opioid Substitution Therapy at Primary Health Care level

- Education messages are distributed using multimedia platforms to ensure that they reach as many people as possible, including those in low income areas.

(b) (i) Yes

(ii) The Department is not clear what is meant by non- professional approaches. The Strategy promotes use of evidence-based interventions for the recovery from Opioid addiction.

3. (a) The National department of Health collaborates on the Ke Moja campaign (A campaign that attempts to curb substance abuse by school children. English translation is “I’m fine without drugs”) as well as the drug awareness week activities as a member of the Central Drug Authority led by the Department of Social Development as a lead Department on substance abuse.

(b) After care role of the community in substance-abuse recovery is the mandate of the Department of Social Development in line with the Prevention of and treatment for substance abuse Act, 2008, (Act no 70 of 2008).

 

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3581

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Given that a recent survey indicated that as many as 40% of doctors want to emigrate and the placement of interns and community service doctors is a challenge (details furnished), what are the full, relevant details of how his department intends to address the specified challenges, particularly the limited resources and safety issues; (2) given that some of the challenges are recurring challenges, what plans are in place to address the recurring challenges with absolving new doctors?

Reply:

1. The introduction of the Medical Internship and Community Service Programme, has ensured a transparent, fair, and equitable process of facilitating the distribution of human resources for health to rural and under serviced areas, thereby improving access to primary health care services.

There are two allocation Cycles each year. Which is, the Annual cycle that allocates a sizeable number of applicants who are eligible by 30th of December to commence duty on 1 January of each year and the Midyear cycle that allocates applicants who could not take up positions in January allowing them to take up posts from July of that year.

The overwhelming demand of medical internship and community service positions since 2017, has put pressure on the public health sector Compensation of Employment (COE) under the stagnant equitable share budget. The matter was further aggravated by general budget cuts in the Public Service. As a result, CoE is negatively affected and Provinces were forced to freeze some of the posts including medical internship and community service posts. This further saw Provinces implementing stringent measures to control filling of positions including key line function posts to avoid over expenditure on CoE.

The growth is outlined in the diagrams below-

Demand growth-

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021*

2022**

Medical Intern

1500

1598

1595

1899

2369

2594

2625

% Change (Cumulative)***

0%

7%

6%

27%

58%

73%

75%

Medical Comm-Serv

1322

1218

1348

1406

1505

1775

2369

% Change (Cumulative)***

0%

-8%

2%

6%

14%

34%

79%

 

Due to increased demands, the Health Departments had to derive means to accommodate the additional demands, as it is a statutory obligation for South African Citizens and Permanent Residents that are eligible to perform medical internship and community services, prior to registering as independent practitioners.

The Department then created a Human Resources Training Direct Grant (HRTG) to accommodate the shortfall that cannot be covered through the equitable share.

The National Department has established a Ministerial Task Team on safety and security. To date the Ministerial Task Team has developed Security Infrastructure Norms and Standards to ensure a safe and secured work environment in all our public health facilities. Furthermore, we have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the South African Police Services to assist the department in conducting security assessment in all public health facilities.

2. Due to all these challenges as listed above, the Department has taken an informed decision to commission the comprehensive review of the medical internship and community service Policies. The review will amongst others include:

  • A review of the impact of Community Service placements on patient care outcomes (as part to the broader service delivery system), especially in rural areas, with limited resources;
  • A review of the capability and skills development of the Community Service placements during their placement periods;
  • The required pre-Community Service preparation (including curriculum structure and exit competencies across all health professional categories);
  • The required support systems and administrative systems for a successful Community Service programme;
  • The supply line of all graduates and their exit competencies (within the context of the need for a balanced supply line for all health care providers required as part of a multi-disciplinary health care team); and
  • The remuneration scales within the context of human resource policy reform (which includes OSD, rural allowance, etc.) of all health care providers entering the health care system, and the medium-to long-term affordability and sustainability

It is desirable that there be alignment between the Community Service policy review and the Medical Intern programme review, within the context of the broader health service delivery and human resource policy context.

The review should recommend a pragmatic set of options to ensure effective and financially sustainable Medical Internship and Community Service programmes.

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3694

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Tshwaku, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With regard to the Medi-Q Sustainable Health Care Solutions (PTY) which was issued with a license only to be revoked later (details furnished), (a) what are the reasons that SAPHRA is not responding to Medi-Q communication and (b) on what date is it envisaged that SAPHRA will resolve the matter; (2) whether SAPHRA will compensate Med-Q for the income lost by their delaying tactics; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) According to the SAHPRA the matter was responded to through a letter addressed to Medi-Q dated 06 October 2022 which was subsequently acknowledged by the Company through email on the same day

(b) The matter has been resolved.

(2) This matter was resolved in April 2020 following finalisation of an appeal in terms of section 24A of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Act No. 103 of 1965). In August 2022, Medi-Q requested a meeting and SAHPRA responded in October 2022 advising Medi-Q that, this matter was resolved when section 24A appeal was lodged and resolved.

END.

24 October 2022 - NW2962

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether, noting that the SA Post Office is repositioning itself as the Post Office of the future, with no plans to utilise the old red letter deposit boxes that are found across the country and which have become redundant and are in some cases used for ablution and other social ills, particularly by the homeless persons, her department intends to remove the boxes, such as the one located outside 57 Main Street, Townsview, Johannesburg, if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

The programme of removing underutilised red letter deposit boxes is underway. The box at 57 Main Street is scheduled for removal in October 2022.

 

Authorised for submission by

 

MR TINYIKO NGOBENI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

24 October 2022 - NW3127

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 2286 on 22 July 2022, she will furnish Ms A L A Abrahams with a copy of the Bikitsha lease agreement; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what are the detailed expenditure amounts for the (a) cost of temporary accommodation, (b) cost of transportation of SA Social Security assets from the current office to the new site and/or storage, (c) cost for labourers, (d) storage costs, (e) cost of the lease, (f) cost rental of furniture and equipment to be used at the alternative site and (g) additional hire costs for cleaning and security?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Lease agreement is herewith attached.

2. a) Cost of temporary accommodation (Hiring of hall from City of Cape Town) amounted to R 17 696 per month and a total amount of R 53 090.42 for the three month period).

b) Total inclusive relocation cost amounted to R 54 000.

c) Cost for labourers is included in the amount in R54 000 reflected in (b) above. No additional labour was hired.

d) Assets are stored at the current office site in Khayelitsha and the SASSA storage at Bonnytuin in Wynberg, Cape Town. There are no additional storage costs.

e) Cost for the lease of the SASSA office in Khayelitsha is R 43 067.50 per month. The total cost of the lease, from 1 March 2021 to 28 February 2024 is R1 552 796.64.

f) Cost of rental furniture and equipment to be used at alternative sites:

(i) Hiring of heaters and carpets R28 940, 55 per month

ii) Mobile toilet R 9 002, 58 per month

In addition to the rental costs above, folding tables and leads were procured outright to the amount of R 19 837.50

g) There were no additional hire costs for cleaning and security services as contracts are in place for the rendering of these services. Cleaning services are rendered as per the current contract at R 27 750.16. The current security requirements in Khayelitsha were reduced during the renovation period. The monthly amount has accordingly been reduced from R106 913.64 to R 58 901.08.

 

24 October 2022 - NW3642

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she has ever conducted an assessment of the direct annual costs of cable theft and vandalism in municipalities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No. Cable theft and vandalism in municipalities is criminal element which must be dealt with by South African Police Service. It is recommended that the question be redirected to the Ministry of Police to respond to the question accordingly.

 

24 October 2022 - NW2758

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

What total number of the (a) 309 453 children who received foster care grants in the 2020-21 financial year, (b) 154 735 children in the 2019-20 financial year, (c) 386 019 children in the 2018-19 financial year, (d) 416 016 children in the 2017-18 financial year and (e) 440 295 children in the 2016-17 financial year (i) are enrolled in (aa) primary and (bb) high school and (ii) attend school regularly?

Reply:

This is a matter that will henceforth receive the Department’s attention. So far, the Department has been collaborating with the Department of Basic Education to enable the child support grant beneficiaries who are in grade 12 to access the support that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme avails. The Department is also developing a policy on linking recipients of child grants to other government services and, once completed, this will create the momentum for such information to be collected and reported.

24 October 2022 - NW2487

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1)    (a) What (i) total number of employees of her department are currently working from home, (ii) number of such employees have special permission to work from home and (iii) are the reasons for granting such special permission and (b) on what date will such workers return to their respective offices; (2) Whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Department has advised me as follows:

(1)(a)(i) Three (3)

(ii) Nil (0)

(iii) N/A. Employees were instructed to report to office post the lifting of the Covid-19 regulations.

(b) The employees were expected to return to office. Disciplinary action is being taken against those who continue working remotely.

(2) No.

 

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

24 October 2022 - NW3610

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to the reply to question 912 on 14 October 2019, what steps are being taken by his department to (a) remove all advertisements for backstreet abortions (i) from the cyber world and/or social media (ii) pasted illegally on infrastructure such as lamp posts and bridges and (b) stop the illegal sale of the abortion pill to women even into their 3rd term of pregnancy; (2) whether there is a special unit in his department that is trained to deal with the illegal google, phone and posting of the illegal activity of selling an abortion pill to women in order to terminate their pregnancy; (3) (a) where do the illegal sellers get the pill from as it can only be received from a registered doctor at his or her practice, hospital and/or clinic and (b) what control and/or monitoring system is in place to ensure that the pills are not sold illegally and/or stolen from the doctors, clinics and/or hospitals?

Reply:

1. (a) Steps to remove all advertisements for backstreet abortions –

The Department of Health has been working with SAPS to arrest the people who paste illegal adverts and providing illegal Termination of Pregnancy services. Currently, the Department of Health has engaged Municipalities to strengthen the BYLAWS, and make it point that towns are clean. Furthermore, the Department of Health is working with Department of Justice to prosecute those who paste illegal adverts and provide illegal Termination of Pregnancy services in the country. On the other hand, The National Department of Health in collaboration with Provincial Department of Health, has started to place facilities providing Termination of Pregnancy on the Departmental website.

(i) from the cyber world and/or social media

The Department makes use of BWISE as the social media platform to share Sexual and Reproductive Health information including Termination of Pregnancy and information where the people can go to and what to do if one needs to Terminate the Pregnancy. The Department of health, through the Communication unit, monitors information on the social media platform that contributes to the mis-information to the public. Once the unit picks up any mi-information, it issues the correct information or label the mis-information as fake news and re-post the information to the social media platforms.

(ii) pasted illegally on infrastructure such as lamp posts and bridges

The Department of Health has started a campaign called “Action March Against Illegal advert on Termination of Pregnancy” in the country. The action march (actual removing of adverts) against illegal adverts is led by Deputy Minister of Health, Members of Executive Council, Mayors, Department of SAPS, Department of Justice, Traditional Leaders and Healers and other important Stakeholders. The Deputy Minister of Health, MEC, Mayor (District/Local), SAPS Commissioner share the platform on the day of the march, and they make joint statement against illegal Termination of Pregnancy. Furthermore, the Deputy Minister talks to young people/women on the issues that are central to the ToP, which respond to these questions: who is supposed to provide Termination of Pregnancy, where the ToP is supposed to be provided and when is the ToP supposed to be provided according to the ACT 92 of 96

(b) Stop the illegal sale of the abortion pill to women even into their 3rd term of pregnancy

The Provincial Department of Health introduced control book, whereby all ordered abortion pills are entered into the book. The pills are counted daily, in the morning and afternoon as part of stock management.

2. The Communications Unit in the Department of Health manages all misinformation posted on google regarding services provided by the Department. The Unit however does not have capacity to monitor and respond to general illegal google, phones and posting of illegal activity of selling an abortion pill to women.

(3) (a) The pills are not schedule 5 and above drugs, they are classified as over the counter medication in other countries, thus making them easily accessible for online purchase from different countries.

(b) The facilities providing ToP services count the pills daily in the morning and afternoon, the officials sign off the control book.

END.

24 October 2022 - NW2981

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) amount was spent on legal fees in relation to the firing of the approximately 600 staff, and in view of the current recruitment drive whereby the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are now advertising for hundreds of new staff and (b) exactly did the truly terrible culling process actually achieve other than decimate the quality of the SABC product across the board, resulting in the concomitant drop in audience and revenue generation?

Reply:

I have been advised by SABC as follows:

a) The Section 189 process was led internally by SABC Executives, i.e. the Chief Operating Officer and Group Executive: Human Resources. The process was facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). No legal costs were incurred during this period. However, as is common knowledge, Organised Labour (BEMAWU) took the SABC to court during the tail-end of this process. The court ruled in favour of the SABC after which BEMAWU appealed. The court also ruled against the union upon appeal. Several individuals also took their cases to the CCMA and Labour Court respectively. The Labour Court upheld its earlier decision and ruled in favour of the SABC in all these cases. The rulings confirmed that the SABC executive followed all elements of procedural and substantive fairness. These matters are now considered closed. In total R 2 133 016.61 was spent on legal fees in the cases related to the S189 process.

b) The reorganisation of the SABC and the reduction in the employee compensation costs were vital elements in efforts to stabilise the finances of the Corporation as it embarked on a cost-cutting exercise. The SABC would have, in all likelihood, been left in a worse financial position were the status quo to have remained.

 

Authorised for submission by

 

MR TINYIKO NGOBENI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

24 October 2022 - NW3568

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether, given that 11% of South African adults now live with diabetes (details furnished), of which Africa has the highest prevalence, and noting that a recent study shows that screening for diabetes-related complications at primary healthcare clinics is very low and that when persons develop complications, it places a greater burden on the already overstretched health system, his department has a plan in place to implement measures to improve screening coverage for persons with diabetes in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) how does his department intend to implement measures to improve screening coverage, particularly within rural healthcare clinics?

Reply:

1. Yes. The Department’s plan to improve screening is informed by the National Strategic Plan for the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2022 – 2027 which includes implementation of the National Non-Communicable Diseases Campaign as well as to strengthen existing initiatives on screening. Some of the measures amongst others include screening for diabetes and other conditions during community events organised by the department. Screening is also conducted at facilities to identify those clients or patients who may be diabetic but are unaware of their condition and those who are diagnosed but are at risk of developing complications. Screening and management of patients are informed by evidence based clinical guidelines and tools including Adult Primary Care and Standard Treatment Guidelines which are updated on a regular basis. These clinical guidelines capacitate health care workers on provision of routine care, when and how to screen for complications and to refer patients, as required.

2. Measures to improve screening coverage, particularly within rural areas are contained in the National Strategic Plan for the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2022 – 2027. Through the National Non-Communicable Diseases Campaign, which is part of the Strategic Plan, screening is rolled out in all districts including those in rural areas. A key objective of the Campaign is to optimise the use of Community Health Workers (CHWs) who trained on Non-Communicable Diseases and who are being capacitated to screen for diabetes and hypertension at community and household levels and link patients to care.

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3476

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

(1)What is the breakdown of the total number of (a)(i) refugees and (ii) asylum seekers living in the Republic, (b) applicants who have lodged appeals and/or multiple appeals after their applications were turned down and (c) Section 22 permits that are inactive as of 1 September 2022 in each case; (2) whether his department has been able to verify whether the holders of the Section 22 permits have exited the country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) to what country and/or nationality do the persons who have been granted asylum and/or refugee status belong?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i) 75 033 Active Refugees

(1)(a)(ii) 165 115 Active Asylum Seekers

(1)(b) 131 858 Appeals before RAASA

(1)(c) 736 372 Inactive Asylum Seekers

2. Asylum seekers can choose to reside anywhere in the Republic. There is no sufficient capacity within the state to confirm if they still reside where they have initially declared or if they have chosen to depart the Republic.

3. Current active Refugees come from the countries listed below:

Afghanistan

East Timor

Liberia

Somalia

Algeria

Egypt

Malawi

Sri Lanka

Angola

Eritrea

Mali

Sudan

Bahamas

Estonia

Morocco

Swaziland

Bangladesh

Ethiopia

Niger

Syria

Benin

Gabon

Nigeria

Tanzania

Bulgaria

Ghana

Oman

Togo

Burundi

Guinea Bissau

Pakistan

Turkey

Cambodia

India

Palestine

Uganda

Cameroon

Iran

Russia

Ukraine

Central African Republic

Iraq

Rwanda

Yemen

Chad

Ivory Coast

Senegal

Zambia

Comoros

Jordan

Serbia

Zimbabwe

Congo

Kenya

Sierra Leone

 

DRC

Lebanon

Solomon Islands

 

END

24 October 2022 - NW3657

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Tambo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What are the reasons that (a) the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority stakeholder engagement committees are controlled by pharmaceutical companies, such as Stavros as the chair of Industry Technical Group and (b) there are no public representatives in the specified forums; (2) whether the forums are also utilised as private regulatory consultations for big pharmacies; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) The Industry Task Group is an industry group set up by industry itself. South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has no say in terms of its constitution. The SAHPRA/Industry Task Group Forum is a platform in place for SAHPRA to engage with the industry. This is Chaired by the Chief Executive Officer of SAHPRA.

(b) SAHPRA cannot comment in the constitution of the Industry Task Group.

2. No, These Forums are stakeholder engagement forums and are not private consultations

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3655

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Tambo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What are the details of all registered COVID-19 vaccines; (2) whether he has found that the public has access to all registered COVID-19 vaccines; if not, what steps of intervention has he taken to fulfil the mandate of equitable access to healthcare; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Covid-19 vaccines registered by SAHPRA:

 Name of Vaccine

Applicant

Registration number

Date of registration

Covid -19 vaccine Janssen (Ad 26 viral vectors)

Janssen Pharmaceutica

550849

30/03/2021

Comirnaty (m RNA)

Pfizer Laboratories

560002

25/01/2022

Coronavac (Sinovac)

Curanto Pharma (Pty) Ltd

560232 

14/06/2022

COVID-19 VACCINE MC PHARMA (Sinopharm BBIP)

MC Pharma (Pty) Ltd

560795

31/01/2022

COVID-19 VACCINE LHC (Sinopharm verocell)

LHC Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd

560647

24/05/2022

Covovax (rS-protein)

Cipla (Pty) Ltd

561236

16/08/2022

2. Covid-19 vaccines which are part of the National Vaccine Programme are accessible to all citizens of South Africa, at both public and private sector facilities, at no cost to the vaccinee Given the breadth of the programme, the Department is thus fulfilling its mandate of ensuring equitable access to healthcare. The two vaccines available as part of the National vaccine programme are Pfizer Laboratory’s Comirnaty vaccine and Janssen Pharmaceutica’s Covid -19 vaccine Janssen. Both vaccines have demonstrated efficacy and safety based on clinical studies that have been undertaken, the results of which have been published in peer reviewed medical journals.

There is no legislation in South Africa that compels manufacturers to limit the sale of medicines and vaccines to government alone. The vaccine manufacturers may market their commodities in accordance with the Medicines and Related Substances Act, (Act 101 of 1965).

Therefore, all other vaccines registered by SAHPRA may be made available to the public should the applicant/manufacturer decide to market the vaccine. However, this is a decision that is made by the applicant/manufacturer.

The department has worked with a wide range of private providers, donors and non-government organisations to establish fixed and mobile vaccination sites, and to ensure that vaccines are available to the public.

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3689

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

Noting the high shortage of theatre nurses across the Republic, what steps has his department put in place to fill relevant vacancies?

Reply:

The Department acknowledges that Theatre Nurses are amongst other imperative categories of Health Care Workers that are marginally available in the Health System, particularly in the Public Health Sector. This amongst others is due to the shortage in numbers and the competition of these resources between the Public Health Sector, Private Sector and Developed Countries.

Further to the above fact, the general budget cuts in the Public Service in the past three financial years (including the Cost of Employment) has negatively affected filling of posts. As a result, not all posts can be filled simultaneously. This has resulted in stringent measures implemented to control filling of positions including key line function posts to avoid over expenditure on CoE.

However, to ensure that services are at least not affected, the Department of Health has implemented the following strategies, amongst others:

  • Prioritisation of the posts in the Annual Recruitment Plan – where funding permits
  • Prioritisation of the posts for conditional grant funding
  • Filling of replacement posts considered and approved weekly
  • Employment of health professionals on contract bases to strengthen capacity
  • Prioritization of these categories for contract employment and to permanent employment where funding permits at the end of their contracts

Awarding of bursaries yearly to internal and external candidates to study further in various disciplines including Theatre Nurses.

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3550

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) is the latest ratio per 1 000 live births to maternal deaths and (b) total number of maternal deaths were preventable?

Reply:

Maternal mortality ration is internationally reported as ratio/ 100 000 live births.

a) The Department of Health collates the information on maternal mortality ratio through District Health Information System (DHIS) as a routine data collection system and also through the National Committee on Confidential Enquiries on Maternal Deaths (NCCEMD) process. DHIS collates information on the number of maternal deaths only and not the contributory factors to the cause of maternal deaths. This assists in reporting real time data on number of maternal deaths. The latest ratio is of maternal deaths is 110.7 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births according to Q2 (July to September 2022) Source DHIS Accessed 19/10/2022.

b) The report on total number of preventable maternal deaths is generated through the perinatal review meetings where the contributory factors to the maternal deaths is assessed. The information is then collated and analysed by the National Committee on Confidential Enquiries on Maternal Deaths (NCCEMD), referred here above. NCCEMD then generates the triennial report on number of preventable maternal deaths. The latest Saving mothers report was released for 2017-2019 triennium, which reported (613/982) 62.4 % rate of preventable maternal deaths.

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3667

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the fact that his department is currently vaccinating people with Mnra and vector COVID-19 vaccine and on 31 January 2022 the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority approved inactivated COVID-19 vaccine (details furnished), what is his department doing to ensure that inactivated COVID-19 vaccine is included in the national vaccination programme?

Reply:

South Africa has procured vaccines from two manufacturers for use in the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. Based on the current vaccination rate, South Africa currently has sufficient stock of COVID-19 vaccines to meet current requirements. There are thus no immediate plans to purchase additional vaccines. Both vaccines have demonstrated efficacy and safety based on clinical studies that have been undertaken, the results of which have been published in peer reviewed medical journals.

There is no legislation in South Africa that compels manufacturers to limit the sale of medicines and vaccines to government alone. The vaccine manufacturers may market their commodities in accordance with the Medicines and Related Substances Act, (Act 101 of 1965).

Therefore, all other vaccines registered by SAHPRA may be made available to the public should the applicant/manufacturer decide to market the vaccine. However, this is a decision that is made by the applicant/manufacturer.

 

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3227

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) is the total number of children who were orphaned due to the death of both parents and/or caregivers over the COVID-19 period and (b) total number of the specified children have been placed in foster care?

Reply:

a) According to information received from provinces, there is no statistics on children orphaned due to the death of both parents and/or caregivers over the COVID-19 period as the cause of death of parents and/ caregivers is not captured on statistical records, rather children are categorised as orphans. Only Mpumalanga recorded a total number of 4 134 children during that period.

b) There are children in need of care and protection that were placed in foster care during the outbreak of the pandemic, however this is not necessarily children who were orphaned due to the death of both parents and/or caregivers over the COVID-19 period.

24 October 2022 - NW3635

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What total number of SA Social Security Agency (i) offices have security guards and (ii) security guards have not received their compensation, (b) are security guards paid (i) monthly or (ii) weekly and (c) what total amount in compensation is outstanding in terms of weeks and/or months (i) in each province and (i) nationally in each case?

Reply:

a) i)The table below illustrates the total number of security guards per province

Province Name

Number of Guards

Head Office

14

Eastern Cape

260

Free State

121

Gauteng

151

KwaZulu Natal

324

Limpopo

132

Mpumalanga

144

Northern Cape

162

North West

208

Western Cape

280

ii) Security guards are not employed by SASSA but by service providers

b) i) and ii) SASSA does not compensate security guards. Compensation of the security guards is strictly between the service provider and the security guards

c) and ii) Not applicable

24 October 2022 - NW3209

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

Excluding beneficiaries of community dialogues and awareness programmes, nongovernmental organisations and/or community-based services, what is the total number of beneficiaries of direct-care services offered by staff employed by her department with regard to (a) children in need of care and protection, (b) shelters for victims of crime and violence, (c) substance abuse services and (d) older persons’ residential facilities and service centres in each province and in each financial year in the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2021?

Reply:

(a) Children in need of care and protection,

YEAR PROVINCE

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Eastern Cape

27 716

24 653

26 520

22 966

21 143

Free State

No inputs received

Gauteng

70182

81306

93996

83612

94116

Kwa- Zulu Natal

26855

16436

17055

16477

22886

Limpopo

25 124

4 457

4 936

5 035

3 267

Mpumalanga

35 488

36 968

33161

28 308

22 590

Northern Cape

11393

8928

9676

8681

5115

North West

No inputs received

Western Cape

21 804

22 472

22 456

25 534

14 305

(b) Shelters for victims of crime and violence,

YEAR

PROVINCE

2016/17

2017/18

2018

2019

2020

 

Eastern Cape

26 792 (information not disaggregated according to years. The number is for the period 2016 - 2021)

Free State

No inputs received

Gauteng

No inputs received

Kwa-Zulu Natal

3033

3532

3767

3970

2438

 

Limpopo

1605

1612

727

1436

927

 

Mpumalanga

2523

5679

2631

1728

2587

 

Northern Cape

2397

3661

2908

3389

2934

 

North West

No inputs received

Western Cape

The department supports NGOs in furtherance of this of this objectives

(c) Substance abuse services,

YEAR

PROVINCE

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Eastern Cape

No inputs received

Free State

No inputs received

Gauteng

1227708

1345136

1535365

2046279

2876576

Kwa-Zulu Natal

379 776

377 436

380 875

315 627

3754

Limpopo

634

766

1676

802

521

Mpumalanga

4154

3638

4653

2252

1616

Northern Cape

323

785

787

546

186

North West

No inputs received

Western Cape

3871

3611

3741

3512

1609

(d) Older Person’s residential facilities and service

YEAR;

PROVINCE

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Eastern Cape

26 792

Free State

No inputs received

Gauteng

128

119

119

116

113

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

499 812

Limpopo

120

120

120

120

85

 

Mpumalanga

No inputs received

Northern Cape

8253

3111

1864

1870

500

 

North West

No inputs received

Western Cape

No inputs received

24 October 2022 - NW3153

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What are the details of the amounts that are still owed to the SA Post Office creditors in the past five financial years; 2) Whether the SA Post Office has been dealing with any court actions in the past five financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

1. 

Liabilities in 'R million

Mar-18

Mar-19

Mar-20

Mar-21

Mar-22

           

Trade Creditors and accruals

577

669

692

1,088

1,422

Rental

190

124

89

243

364

Statutory

102

150

108

1,396

2,443

Salary Debt

     

150

150

Total

869

943

889

2,877

4,379

2. In the past five years (2018/2019 to 2021/2022) SAPO has been dealing with the following, ongoing, court actions:

MATTER

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

STATUS

Mrwetyana Family

(Uyinene Mrwetyana)

The Mrwetyana family issued a summons in November 2020 against SAPO and Others following the murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana allegedly by an employee of SAPO at Clareinch Post Office, Cape Town. The claim is for delictual and consequential damages.

Matter is still in progress with settlement negotiations underway. The initial settlement offer was rejected.

Postnet (PN)

SAPO lodged a complaint with ICASA around 2019 to challenge unlawful competition contrary to the Postal Services Act for doing business in the reserved area of under 1kg. SAPO was successful and the ICASA tribunal (Complaints and Compliance Committee – “CCC”) recommended a ruling against PN, which ICASA endorsed for PN to stop its unlawful competition. But PN and their professional association, SAEPA, is challenging the ruling/order, by having it reviewed. They also lodged an High Court application to interdict SAPO from implementing the ruling/order, and not allowing PN to do business whilst the matter is continuing. There are currently interlocutory and counter-applications between ICASA, PN and SAEPA.

Matters are still in progress.

The Interdict against SAPO is still in place.

VC IT Insight (VCII) (BMC Management Tools & CHM Vuwani)

VCII sued SAPO in 2017 for approximately R14.9 million, for purchasing BMC Management Tools. It was not indicated that the actual purchase was from VCII instead of CHM VUWANI, whom was a BMC Partner. SAPO applied to the High Court to have the “contract” set aside, declared invalid, reviewed and to reclaim R10.38m from VCII, which has been paid. SAPO did not pay the balance of R14.9 million pending the outcome of investigations and the Court’s decision as to the validity of the contract.

Matter still in progress. The judicial review application by SAPO will be heard in the High Court when a date has been set for trial.

Koninklijke JOH Enschede B.V

SAPO was issued with a summons in 2015 for non-payment in respect of Madiba Stamps and Folders under a verbal agreement. SAPO made some partial payment in this regard. There were staff members disciplined and dismissed for this. SAPO had issued a judicial review to review and set aside the “agreement”. SAPO filed its founding affidavit, the plaintiff filed its answering affidavit and SAPO thereafter filed its replying affidavit. A trial date will be applied for at the Registrar of High Court, South Gauteng. SAPO is also claiming back the partial payment which was made previously. Delays in concluding the legal matters were mainly caused by SAPO being unable to pay its Attorneys in due time.

Matters still in progress in the High Court.

Medipos

A Settlement Agreement involving post-retirement medical aid benefits was made an Order of Court by the Supreme Court of Appeal. On 25 August 2022 the Constitutional Court reaffirmed the decision and declined to grant SAPO leave to appeal the Supreme Court judgement. On 6 September 2022, Medipos brought an application in terms of Rule 8 seeking urgent relief to enforce the original Court judgement.

On 11 September 2022, the SAPO Board reached out to the Medipos Board of Trustees regarding the implementation of the Constitutional Court judgement. Engagements are still ongoing.

Redefine Properties Limited

A liquidation application was brought by Redefine Properties (Pty) Ltd which is SAPO’s landlord in some postal outlets.

The matter was settled between the parties.

Blue Turtle Technologies (Pty) Ltd

The IT software provider filed a liquidation application and a provisional liquidation order was granted on 6 June 2022, with a rule nisi. Final liquidation was scheduled for 24 August 2022.

The matter was settled between the parties.

Zaliwa (Pty) Ltd

SAPO received a Notice of Motion for liquidation on 22 August 2022. SAPO is currently dealing with the matter and a court date has not yet been allocated.

The matter is pending.

Authorised for submission by

 

MR TINYIKO NGOBENI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

24 October 2022 - NW3656

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Tambo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Health

Noting that a certain person (details furnished) has interest by virtue of being a subsidiary of Aspen, which is a direct beneficiary, (a) how and (b) what (i) are the reasons that the chairperson of the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority board became a member of the COVID-19 vaccine procurement board and (ii) does he make of the possibility of conflict of interest in this regard?

Reply:

The assertions made in the question have no substance since there has never been a COVID-19 vaccine procurement board and the Chair of SAHPRA has never been involved in vaccine procurement. The SAHPRA Chair is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 Vaccines (VMAC).

(a) (b) (i) (ii) Not applicable

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3551

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What (a) is the current vacancy rate at Mental Health Review Boards (MHRBs) in each province, (b) is the title of each vacant position, (c) total amount of the budget is allocated for the functioning of the MHRBs in each province and (d)(i) total number of the boards are currently non-functional and (ii) what are the reasons; (2) what total number of primary healthcare facilities (a)(i) offer mental health services at the first point of care and (ii) what is the name of each clinic and (b)(i) do not offer mental healthcare services at the first point of care and (ii) what is the name of each facility? NW4349E

Reply:

The information is as follows, according to the Provincial Departments of Health:

1. The following table reflects the details in this regard.

Province

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)(i)

(d)(ii)

EC

13 %

2x community members

R 5 187 471

0

N/A

FS

0%

N/A

R 412 000

The province has asked that in the adjustment budget, this amount be increased to R1 600 000

0

N/A

GP

0%

N/A

R12 000 000

0

N/A

KZN

25%

Legal person,

Community member and a Mental Health Care Practitioners

R 11 399 000

1

Two resigned and one in the process of being filled after contract ended

LIMP

5%

Community Representative

R2 676 000

1

One member passed on

MPU

0

N/A

3 452 000

0

N/A

NC

0

N/A

R1 141 051

0

N/A

NW

0%

N/A

R1 220 000

0

N/A

WC

10%

Mental health care practitioner

R4 446 000

0

N/A

(2) (a) (b) (i) The following table reflects the details in this regard.

Province

2(a) (i)

2 (b)(i)

Eastern Cape

775

None

Free State

218

None

Gauteng

368

None

KwaZulu-Natal

611

None

Limpopo

482

None

Mpumalanga

291

None

Northern Cape

163

None

North West

315

None

Western Cape

333

None

Please note that the numbers for the clinics in the above table are confined to fixed full time primary health care facilities and excludes mobile and satellite clinics.

2. (a)(ii) The names of primary health care facilities offering mental health care services per province are attached.

(b) (ii) The names of primary health care facilities that do not offer mental health care services per province is attached.

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3569

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, in view of recent research that calculates that overweight and obesity issues are costing the Republic’s health system R33 billion a year (details furnished) and that this suggests an urgent need for preventative, population-level interventions to reduce overweight and obesity rates, his department has a strategy in place to address the specified issues; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The cited research estimated the direct healthcare costs associated with treatment of weight-related conditions which included cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory diseases, and digestive diseases. The Department has strategies in place to address obesity and weight related conditions.

The strategy for the prevention and control of obesity in South Africa 2015 – 2020, has six goals dealing with intersectoral collaboration, importance of physical activity, prevention in early childhood, accessibility to healthy food choices, education of communities, and surveillance and monitoring and evaluation. This strategy has been reviewed using interrogation of the theory of change in line with South Africa’s international policy commitments and national legislation, policy and plans, a literature review of international and national good practices, wide stakeholder engagement through online survey, physical meetings, and a national workshop. The outcome of the review informed the drafting of the updated Obesity Strategy with set goals, specific objectives, and activities to reduce obesity rates in South Africa. The focus of the draft updated Obesity Strategy is on empowering South Africans to make healthy choices by enabling equitable access to healthy food, physical activity opportunities and a capacitated health care system that supports the prevention and management of obesity. The updated Obesity Strategy will be finalised by the end of this financial year (2022/23).

 

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3175

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1) What are the (a) full details of the qualifications of the newly appointed head of news (name furnished) and (b) reasons that the previously necessary qualifications of a relevant MA degree and broadcast experience were dropped in the advertisement for the crucial position; (2) whether the previous qualifications and experience requirements were dropped in order to enable the hiring of the specified person; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) given the mass lay-off of staff, what are the reasons that the person was given permission to hire his own secretary despite the fact that there are secretaries available on the staff; (4) whether she has been informed that the person does not attend meetings; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the specified person’s explanation and (b) will the person be disciplined for the dereliction of duty; (5) whether she will furnish Ms D Kohler with a full record of the attendance and income for each SA Broadcasting Corporation Board member for the duration of their tenure; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

I have been informed by the SABC as follows:

1. (a) The qualifications of the newly appointed head of news are as follows:

(i) Honours Degree (NQF 8) in Journalism

(ii) LLB Degree (NQF 8)

(iii) Post Graduate Diploma in Arts (NQF 8 equivalent)

(iv) Post Graduate Certificate - Management Advancement Programme

(b) The position of Group Executive: News and Current Affairs was advertised as per the SABC’s Recruitment and Selection Policy. The necessary approvals were obtained accordingly and the whole recruitment and selection process was fully compliant. All verification processes were duly undertaken, including psychometric tests. As per the advertisement, the inherent minimum requirements of the job are Journalism qualification (NQF 6/) or equivalent plus Post Graduate business qualification (NQF 8). MA/MBA was recommended.

2. The above job qualification requirements were fully met and exceeded by the current incumbent as per his qualifications stated in (a) above. The required working experience is 10 years’ work experience in News, Current Affairs and International broadcasting of which five years should be at Senior Manager Level and this was the second most important minimum requirement.

The above work experience requirements were also fully met and exceeded by the current incumbent which is evident in his CV which reflects 25 years overall relevant experience, that is:

(i) His Reporter experience began in 1996 to 2006.

(ii) His Functional leadership continued from 2007 to 2015.

(iii) His General Leadership continued from 2016 to 2021.

3. All Group Executive positions (including the Head of News) have secretary posts in their approved structures. This is consistent across the Corporation. The secretary serves the entire division, not the respective head of the division, in their performance of the divisional administrative functions. The appointment of the secretary was therefore not unique in the case of the Head of News as the secretary serves the entire division. The position was also advertised both internally and externally which allowed for any internal/external candidates to apply for the post. As such, the SABC is not aware of any available secretary that have been overlooked.

4. The current incumbent is part of the Group Executive Committee and attends all these meetings unless work engagements take preference. He is not an Executive Director and as such he is not part of Board meetings unless there is a specific reason for him to attend.

5. The required information is obtainable in the Annual Report which is duly audited by the Auditor-General.

 

Authorised for submission by

 

MR TINYIKO NGOBENI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

24 October 2022 - NW3287

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

(1)Whether, considering that there is evidence to suggest that vulnerable children are being offered for sale on social media platforms by South Africans acting as fake lawyers and/or adoption practitioners (details furnished), her department has been informed that social media is allegedly being used as a platform for human trafficking; if not, why not; if so, what steps has her department taken to stop the unlawful practice and protect vulnerable children; (2) whether her department collaborates with other departments on programmes to educate South Africans on official adoption channels; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. No, the Department has not been informed that social media is allegedly being used as a platform for human trafficking of vulnerable children by South Africans acting as fake lawyers and/or adoption practitioners.

2. Yes, the Department collaborate with other government departments on programmes to educate South Africans on official adoption channels. Other departments like the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and the Department of Home Affairs participate when awareness campaigns to promote adoption services are conducted.

24 October 2022 - NW2801

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Van Zyl, Ms A M to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether it is her department’s policy and therefore mandatory that learners must make use of a scholar transport in order to benefit from the government’s feeding scheme at the school; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the policy confers powers to a school governing body to determine whether learners benefit from feeding schemes; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. No, participation in the learner transport programme is not a precondition for participating in the NSNP. 

2. No policy confers powers to the school governing body to determine whether learners benefit from the Programme.  Participation in the NSNP is determined by the Department of Basic Education in collaboration with the Provincial Education Departments and the National Treasury.

24 October 2022 - NW3323

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether she will furnish Ms A L A Abrahams with the details of all National Development Agency (NDA) offices in each province that are rented by the NDA and/or the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (2) what is the (a) monthly and/or annual rental amount for each office and (b) name of the lessor of each office in each province?

Reply:

1. The NDA has 12 offices across the country, 8 of these offices are rented through private property providers; 2 are still under procurement as previous leases has lapsed, 2 are district offices have been offered rent free by Provincial Departments of Social Development for NDA use staff use working in the districts. The NDA does not have any office acquired through or provided by the Department of Public Works. Table 1 below provides the details for each office. The Gauteng provincial office share the same office with the NDA Headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Table 1: NDA Current Office Space by province, lessor & occupancy arrangement

 

Name of province or Office

Name of lessor

Occupancy arrangement

1

Gauteng and National Office

Orion Real Estate (Ltd)

Private rental

2

Freestate provincial office

SKG Properties

Private rental

3

Eastern Cape provincial office

SKG Properties

Private rental

4

KwaZulu Natal provincial office

Delta Property Group

Private rental

5

KwaZulu District office

Umhlathuze Municipality

Free Space from Municipality

6

Limpopo Provincial office

N/A

Under Procurement

7

Limpopo District Office

Department of Social Development

Free Space from DSD

8

Mpumalanga

SKG Properties

Private rental

9

Northern Cape

N/A

Under Procurement

10

North West provincial office

Kakapa Skills Development Institute

Private rental

11

Western Cape provincial office

Michian Properties CC

Private rental

12

Western Cape District Office

Rainbow Place Properties

Private rental

2. On the second question response to the question of (a) the monthly and or annual rental amounts, these are presented in the table below in column 3 for monthly rentals and column 4 for annual rentals per office and (b) the question on the name of the lessor and each office and province is detailed in Table 2 below. Column 1 provide the name of the province where the office is located and column 2 provide the name of the lessor of the office space.

Table 2: NDA Offices lessors, monthly & annual rental & Province

Name of province or Office

Name of lessor

Average Monthly Rental

Average Annual Rental

Gauteng and National Office

Orion Real Estate ( Ltd)

R 489 536,69

R 5 874 440,28

Freestate provincial office

SKG Properties

R 49 369,11

R 592 429,32

Eastern Cape provincial office

SKG Properties

R 32 997,92

R 395 975,04

KwaZulu Natal provincial office

Delta Property Group

R 53 966,89

R 647 602.68

KwaZulu District office

Umhlathuze Municipality

Free Rental

Free Rental

Limpopo Provincial office

N/A

Under Procurement

Under Procurement

Limpopo District Office

Department of Social Development

Free Rental

Free Rental

Mpumalanga

SKG Properties

R 36 693,95

R 440 327,41

Northern Cape

Under Procurement

Under Procurement

Under Procurement

North West provincial office

Kakapa Skills Development Institute

R 38 515, 83

R 462 189,97

Western Cape provincial office

Michian Properties CC

R 43 129,37

R 517 552,50

Western Cape District Office

Rainbow Place Properties

R 65 501,76

R 786 021,22

 

24 October 2022 - NW2919

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

(1)What (a) is her department doing to ensure that it plays a key role in supporting young women who become teenage mothers and (b) are the full details of the interventions that her department has implemented in communities with high teenage pregnancies; (2) whether, considering the call she has made to the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to support her in the fight against teenage pregnancies, she has found that her department has a healthy relationship with NGOs and that they are given the requisite support; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW3545E

Reply:

1 (a) Teenage pregnancy and childbearing is a serious problem and concern throughout the country. Research has shown that teenage pregnancy increases the vulnerability of young women and has negative health consequences. These vulnerabilities include economic exclusion and inter-generational poverty owing to disruption of education and social stigma. Teenage parenting disrupts family functioning as teenagers may not be ready and equipped to assume parenting responsibilities which, consequently, are transferred to the older members of the family.

(b) In supporting teenage mothers, the Department of Social Development developed and implements teenage parents programme. This programme is aimed at assisting teenage parents to rebuild their lives and live their dreams. The programme addresses various topics that focus on strengthening parental skills, developing character, coaching teenage parents on decision-making processes, enabling them to make the right choices.

The teenage parenting programme is provided in a group setting under the guidance of trained Social Service Professionals. Thorough assessment of the group is done to determine the members’ respective challenges and expectations to ensure that topics that the group discusses are responsive to their lived realities.

Social Service Practitioners in all the provinces have been capacitated on the teenage parenting programme. Notwithstanding, there is still a need to capacitate more Social Service Professionals to ensure that they rollout the programme to more beneficiaries. To this end, the Department will continue to provide this training to additional Social Service Professionals during 2022/23 financial year.

In addressing teenage pregnancy the Department prioritised its interventions in provinces with high teenage pregnancy rate, namely KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West. The Department adopted an integrated multi-sectoral approach, working with the Departments of Basic Education and Health.

One of the critical issues that is being given attention are the modalities of reporting cases of youth and child pregnancies by all the stakeholders. Most importantly is the coordination of efforts in addressing teenage and youth pregnancy. The following interventions have been implemented:

  1. Dialogues were collaboratively conducted by DSD, DoH and DBE in EC, KZN, LP and GP to enable teenagers and stakeholders to engage on issues that affect them and make recommendations for the development of the action plan to address the matter.
  2. In addition, and in partnership with Provincial DSD and stakeholders, the Department facilitated roundtable discussions and dialogues to assess gaps in service provision and deliberate on interventions that are required to address teenage pregnancy. These were held on 24 March 2022 in EC, OR Tambo District, Ngquza Hill Local Municipality Lusikisiki, and 16-17 March 2022 in Zululand District, Ulundi and King Cetswayo District Municipality. Key stakeholders in these dialogues were children, parents, community members Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, National Prosecuting Authority, South African Police Services, Non-Profit Organisations, Traditional Leaders and Religious Leaders.
  3. Ezabasha dialogues strengthening Integrated School Health Programme were also held in Vhembe District.
  4. Both the Minister and Deputy Minister of Social Development engaged children who fell pregnant. These engagements were designed to communicate messages of encouragement to the young people, and were focussed on urging them to build a better life through education. These took place during the commemoration of the 2022 Child Protection Month and Child Protection Week in Lusikisiki and uMfolozi Local Municipality.
  5. Department of Health committed to bring to school mobile clinics to ensure access to reproductive health and contraceptives to school.
  6. These dialogues culminated in the development of an Integrated Community Based Intervention Plan that addresses the issues that emanated from the dialogues. A monitoring plan is attached to the plan.
  7. The department continues with massive media campaign through television, national and community radio stations to educate communities about teenage pregnancy, contributory factors and measures to take when children are exploited and sexually abused.
  8. Profiling and assessment of children who fell pregnant was done with psychosocial support services provided, linking pregnant teenagers and their families with available resources within their respective communities.
  9. The Department continues to implement prevention and early intervention programmes and plans to upscale the provision of social behavioural change programmes. These programmes include:
    1. Ezabasha Reproductive Health dialogues and programme;
    2. RISIHA- Community Based Prevention and Early programmes; and
    3. ChommY and You only live once (Yolo) for children between the ages of 10-14 and 15-24 respectively.

      10. Intergenerational dialogues on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, as well as training on Intergenerational Communication on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Training is also conducted on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) for out of school youth; and

        11. Advocating on the replication of Nzululwazi Model to promote sexual and reproductive health in schools identified by Basic Education schools that has higher learner pregnancy.

(2) The Department acknowledges that NGOs are a critical partner in the delivery of social development services. The Department strives to work harmoniously with the NGO sector as they have a common goal of improving the lives of the South Africans. It is against this backdrop that the Department strives to have a healthy relationship with NGOs and provide the requisite support to enable them to render prevention and early intervention services.

24 October 2022 - NW3611

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 912 on 14 October 2019, in which he confirmed that the illegal sale of medication and fake doctors was out of control and the fact that the Medicines and Related Substances Act, Act 19 of 1965, is in place to combat the illegal sale of medication from cars and/or any other avenues and the practice of fake doctors for abortions, his department keeps a record of the babies who are aborted at seven to nine months and are found dead or alive in (a) landfill sites, (b) dumping sites, (c) dams and (d) sewage and drains; if not, why not; if so, (2) whether his department follows up on any of the specified cases into how the babies landed at the specified sites; if not, why not; if so, does the investigating process include finding where the babies came from?

Reply:

(1)(a)-(d) The Department of Health does not collect or collate the data of illegal abortions of babies who are aborted at seven to nine months. Any case of dumped or abandoned babies are reported to the police department as criminal records. The department, further does not classify babies that are seen at its facilities into how they were born, such that the record does exist of babies that were either found (a) landfill (b) dumping sites (c) dams (d) sewage or drains.

(2) Department of Heath does not follow up on any of the specified cases into how the babies landed at the specified sites. South African Police Services is mandated to conduct any criminal activity of which dumping the baby is one of them.

END.

24 October 2022 - NW2697

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)In light of the arrest of the Pakistani kingpin who fraudulently issued visas and passports to Pakistani nationals, what (a) charges did he bring against corrupt Home Affairs officials and (b) action will be taken to deter such behavior; (2) whether he and/or his department will formally lay charges against all Pakistani nationals who fraudulently obtained South African documents and visas, and compromised our national security; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he and/or his department will screen all visas, identity documents and passports issued to all Pakistani nationals, to verify whether they are holders of legally issued passports; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what steps will he take against non-citizens who acquired South African documents illegally?

Reply:

(1)(a) Home Affairs officials who were found to be working with the Pakistan Kingpin have been taken to DC and expelled from the Department. Others have been arrested for fraud and corruption and the cases are ongoing. The Hawks are still continuing the investigations and we expect more arrests.

(1)(b) The actions taken are divided into four (4) main categories. Viz:

  • Consequence Management as dismissals, arrest and charges of fraud and corruption.
  • The Department has just created and filled a new post of Chief Director Prevention and Analysis. This job is to analyse all our systems, pick up gaps and weaknesses and provide a way to close up such weaknesses in order to prevent fraud.
  • Technology improved, e.g. moving away from our old biometric system which has only fingerprint and a photo to a new one which has a fingerprint, a photo, iris recognition, facial recognition and a palm print.
  • Changing our standard operating procedures e.g. in the past third parties could go to any Home Affairs office to collect a passport and hand it over to the owner. Now after this event, a passport can only be collected from the office where it was applied for, and only the owner can collect it after activity if in the office with their own fingerprint.

2. Yes, we certainly are doing so, and not only for Pakistani Nationals, but for all people who fraudulently obtain our documents.

3. A team that was led by former Director-General in the Presidency, Dr Cassius Lubisi was commissioned to review all visas and permits that was issued by the Department to all foreign nationals (Not only Pakistani nationals) since 2004 to the end of 2021. Some of their findings have already been handed over to the hawks. The team also recommended that we appoint a multidisciplinary team consisting of investigators, data analysis, forensic experts, senior councils and IT experts. This team will be given the reports and do a deep-drive investigations into them so that they may prepare dockets, put up team to trace and deport and retrieve our documents. We are in the process of acquiring such a team through our procurement processes.

4. We follow legal procedures to retrieve our documents. Having done so, the person will be illegal and liable for deportation.

END

24 October 2022 - NW3604

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What number of lifestyle surveys has his department conducted since the introduction of the Health Promotion Levy in 2018, (b) what are the outcomes of each specified survey and (c) how is the information gathered from the surveys applied to combat lifestyle diseases in the Republic?

Reply:

a) (i) The Department commenced the Dietary Intake survey in 2019 but it could not be completed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

(ii) The Department completed the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) in 2021.

b) (i) The results of the Dietary Intake Survey will become available in June 2023.

(ii) The GATS results provide statistics on tobacco use, cessation, second hand smoke, economics and the role of other players in the environment including the media. This survey is available on the internet.

Results from surveys (international and national) are used to inform strategies for combating burden of disease conditions.

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3177

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What are the reasons that the SA Broadcasting Corporation did not cover the Comrades Marathon on 28 August 2022?

Reply:

I have been informed by the SABC as follows:

In 2019 the SABC entered into a year-long contract with Athletics South Africa (ASA). This lapsed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During negotiations for a new ASA agreement, including securing the rights to broadcast the Comrades Marathon, the SABC learnt that ASA had already signed an exclusive contract with SuperSport for all premium ASA content, including the Comrades Marathon. This is despite the public broadcaster being open to negotiating a non-exclusive deal with ASA - allowing maximum rights revenue for the federation while ensuring most South Africans had access to premium athletic events.

The only recourse thereafter was for the SABC to sublicense these premium events from SuperSport. However, SuperSport's initial terms were unacceptable to the SABC as it wanted the public broadcaster to only broadcast the event a week after the event. After further negotiations it was eventually agreed, through ASA, that the highlights could be flighted within a few hours after the event. Also, the SABC would gain access to live coverage of the start and end of the Comrades Marathon as well as live updates. SuperSport further insisted on including clauses that severely limited where and how the SABC could broadcast the event, including a prohibition on carrying the content on the SABC Sports Channel (across all platforms).

SuperSport had previously tried to insert similar clauses in other sublicense agreements offered to the SABC and which were rejected. Consequently, SuperSport's actions forced the SABC to lodge a complaint of anti-competitive behaviour to the Competition Commission. The Competition Commission is currently dealing with the matter.

Authorised for submission by

 

MR TINYIKO NGOBENI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

24 October 2022 - NW3176

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether any member of the Board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation has attempted to influence the reporting of current affairs by instructing the Head of News, formerly Ms Magopeni, not to cover certain items of national interest; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been informed by the SABC as follows:

A special committee was set up to investigate the allegations. It was then found that the allegations were untrue. This report was made public by the SABC.

 

Authorised for submission by

 

MR TINYIKO NGOBENI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

24 October 2022 - NW3746

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

By what date will she ensure that the community of the Reutlwile informal settlement in Rustenburg Local Municipality is provided with an adequate supply of water?

Reply:

It is responsibility of Municipalities working together with Department of Water and Sanitation to provide water to communities. It is recommended that the question be redirected to the Ministry of Water and Sanitation as a lead department.

 

24 October 2022 - NW3686

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has any measures put in place to absorb interns on a full-time basis after their completion of internship programmes in the public health sector; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

There are various Internship programmes offered in the health fields of studies. In most instances, the graduates are required to perform a compulsory one-year community service programme in accordance with the Community Service Policy, after completing their Internship Programme.

It is the responsibility of the Department of Health to provide these graduates with a platform to perform the required Community Service Programme. On completion of the said Community Service Programme, only graduates who are recipients of bursaries from the Public Services are given contract employments to work-back their bursary obligations in terms of their Bursary Contracts with the respective Provinces that offered them bursary.

All other graduates after completion of their community service, are given an ample opportunity to apply for available positions as advertised in the Public Service and/or the Private Sector and there is no automatic absorption.

END.

24 October 2022 - NW3208

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

What is the total number of (a) child and youth care centres, (b) centres offering diversion programmes for children in conflict with the law, (c) halfway houses and treatment centres, (d) older persons’ residential facilities and service centres and (e) community-based service points that are managed and staffed by her department in each province in each financial year in the period 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2021.

Reply:

(a) The Department of Social Development has 29 Child and youth care centres/CYCC for children in conflict with the law that are rendering diversion programmes countrywide. These centres are managed and staffed by each provincial DSD, each financial year in the period 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2021.

(b) There are nine Diversion programmes provided in CYCC for Children in conflict with the law are as follows (Attached Annexure A):

In the mirror programme which addresses sexual offending,

Wakeup call programme that addresses prevention, early intervention, and statutory intervention of substance abuse.

Rhythm of life personal development skills programme that is socialising, encourages and motivates the children to make right choices.

Reverse your thinking that attends to the child in conflict with the law and his/her family to address harm causes by crime by mediation, negotiation, using apology and restoration.

(c) There are 13 public treatment centres and 1 halfway house that are managed and staffed by the Department of Social Development (Attached Annexure B). Currently the Department of Social Development does not have Community Based Service points for substance abuse.

(d) Older persons’ residential facilities and service centres

Financial Years

Number of Residential facilities

Number of Service Centres

2016/2017

72

164

2017/2018

72

167

2018/2019

72

158

2019/2020

74

155

2020/2021

73

155

24 October 2022 - NW3425

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) programmes have been put in place to ensure that youngsters do not turn to juvenile inmates due to crime involvement and (b) total number of social workers are allocated to focus on such programmes?

Reply:

(a)The Department of Social Development as mandated by the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, Probation Services Act 116 of 1991 and the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 provides programmes and interventions to children at risk and in conflict with the law.

These interventions includes amongst others implementation of services to children at risk and in conflict with the law included in the Integrated Social Crime Prevention Strategy (ISCPS). The main objective of ISCPS is to identify and promote innovative partnership-driven ways of reducing the current levels of crime and preventing crime from taking place.

The Strategy is implemented in all the provinces with the anticipated outcome of addressing social ills that are a contributory factor to committal of criminal activities that may lead to youth imprisonment.

  1. The department conducts advocacy, education and awareness programmes in communities, schools, and institutions of higher learning in all provinces. These programmes are implemented on an ongoing basis by multi-disciplinary stakeholders, Probation officers who are social workers specialising in social crime prevention, probation services, Restorative justice and child justice services. The said advocacy, education and awareness programmes are implemented in a form of workshops, training, dialogue, debates, research and development and monitoring of the implementation of an integrated intervention plan. The strategy also emphasises the implementation of the secondary and tertiary prevention.
  2. In line with the implementation of secondary prevention, the department, has developed social crime prevention and therapeutic programmes. These programmes focuses on the implementation of on life skills development, anger management, restorative justice, anti-substance abuse, sexual education, reintegration, and aftercare of persons. The said programmes have a valid status of accreditation and are published in Government Gazette No: 46059 Vol 681 of 18 March 2022.
  3. Tertiary prevention: These are unification, reunification, rehabilitation and reintegration of persons back to their individual self, families and the community at large through the implementation of restorative justice programmes.
  4. Aligned to the broad Anti-Gangsterism strategy led by SAPS the department has developed the Anti-Gangsterism strategy that deals with the education and awareness on the dangers of joining gangs. To date the department have reached to the following high risk hotspot districts: (Dr Ruth Mompati, Johannesburg metro, Amajuba, Lejweleputswa, Gert Sibanda, Nkangala, Vhembe, Mopani, Buffalo City, Xhariep, eThekwini South district and Francis Baard).
  5. The department implements a policy framework on the accreditation of diversion services in South Africa. This policy is implemented in three-fold; by ensuring accreditation of the civil society organisations that implements prevention and diversion programmes.

(b) There are 639 social workers or probation officers as referred to in Probation Services Act 116 of 1991 that have been allocated to render probation services.