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20 July 2020 - NW1066

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) What steps has her Office taken recently, given that the week of 31 May to 7 June 2020 marked the observance of the National Child Protection week, in fulfilling the mandate to promote and protect the rights of children, especially during this time of uncertainty and fears around the coronavirus and interruptions in schools; (2) whether her Office has any plans to ensure that the specified vision is achieved; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply:

1. As a result of COVID-19 lockdown, innovative and new ways of ensuring that children are protected from violence; abuse; neglect and exploitation and reaching out to children whilst in lockdown was and is still done through digital and online media communication.

The theme for 2020 CPW awareness activities, which is within the 365 Days Child Protection programme of action on violence against children, child abuse, neglect and exploitation, is “Let Us All Protect Children, During Covid-19 and Beyond”. This theme put emphasis on the responsibility of every citizen to ensure protection and promotion of the rights of children during this difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CPW activities were conducted from 30 May to 7 June 2020. 30 May 2020 was the official opening of the 2020 CPW with onsite outreach programme at an SOS Children’s Home in Rustenburg since the 31 May 2020 was the National Prayer Day as announced by the President on the 26 May 2020.

The Child Protection Week was marked by an array of activities that were done by various key stakeholders in the child protection sector. The stakeholders included, government, non-governmental organisations; civil society, community based child protection organisations and children themselves. Due to COVID-19 restrictions; messaging was done through social media posting, TV and radio talks on child protection topics.

On the 1 June 2020, the department held a webinar with child ambassadors from 9 provinces to commemorate the International Children’s Day; giving child ambassadors an opportunity to share their experiences on Covid-19 and how it impacts on their lives as children. The aim of International Children’s Day celebration was to draw attention to children’s rights and highlight the progress being made towards the realisation, promotion and protection of the rights of children. International Children’s Day is significant as it is the fulfilment of the right to child participation; to ensure that children are active participants in decision making processes on matters affecting their lives.

On the 2 June 2020 the focus was on Early Childhood Development; with the launch of Vangasali, a Xitsonga expression that means “no child should be left behind- every child counts”. This is a campaign that is meant to find every unregistered ECD services to determine the level of support required to meet the minimum norms and standards for registration. The ECD data will support the opening of the ECD upon the easing of the lockdown. It will assist in determining the support required by the unregistered ECD to meet requirements of registration of ECD in compliance with the Children’s Act during the ECD drive.

On the 6 June 2020, a webinar was hosted by DSD in partnership with UNICEF. The Webinar focussed on the protection of children during online use and violations, strengthening protection measures whilst children are on line as they spend too much time on the net doing school work as some learners are studying and receiving learning material online. Experts, children and a parent participated on the webinar reaching millions of South Africans as this was a live broadcast on SABC. The experts included DSD, UNICEF, UNISA, South African Law Reform Commission, Films and Publications Board as well Google South Africa. The message that came out strongly was the importance of intersectoral collaboration when dealing with online issues as it is cross-cutting; the importance of capacity building and training of key stakeholders including parents and caregivers; research to ensure responsive programing; lastly, the importance of stepping of interventions on the protection of children on online use.

On the 07 June 2020; the department held a symbolic closing of the Child Protection Week at Polokong Children’s Village (Child and Youth Care Center), Evaton, Gauteng Province. This activity was to highlight the stepping up of child protection services into the 365 Days Child Protection campaign; making a national call to step up child protection interventions; creating safety nets within families and communities at large scale for holistic care, development and protection of children whilst promoting their well-being.

(2) It is important to note that Child Protection Week is not the end of protection of children; instead Child Protection Week must be contextualized in the light of stepping up interventions into the 365 Days Child Protection campaign.

The 365 Days Child Protection campaign will be marked by monthly themes where a comprehensive integrated approach will be embraced; continuing with the work that has been started during the CPW activities. The campaign is to ensure that the country address the root and underlying causes of violence to stop it before it occurs; intensifying prevention and early intervention programmes; building capacity of parents, caregivers and families as well as communities, building their resilience to care and protect children.

20 July 2020 - NW268

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) number of children with disabilities between the age of 4 to 18 are grant recipients in each province and (b) are their their disabilities?

Reply:

a) Care dependency grants are paid to the care givers of children who have severe disabilities and therefore require full time care and support. As at May 2020, a total of 157 258 children were benefitting from this grant, of which 148 216 are aged between 4 and 18 years. The spread per province is indicated in the table below:

NUMBER OF CARE DEPENDENT CHILDREN BY AGE AND REGION AS AT 202005

                     

Age

EC

FS

GP

KZN

LP

MP

NC

NW

WC

Grand Total

0

28

17

52

96

13

18

5

5

59

293

1

197

96

293

496

171

131

57

103

273

1817

2

393

161

491

728

355

215

89

195

468

3095

3

569

213

560

875

445

326

135

216

498

3837

4

680

277

745

1136

561

433

193

277

727

5029

5

878

361

961

1500

701

492

236

346

844

6319

6

979

385

1095

1717

825

566

246

445

946

7204

7

1108

422

1150

1945

913

652

302

455

972

7919

8

1253

491

1289

2144

978

705

321

532

995

8708

9

1416

579

1411

2452

1025

716

328

606

1049

9582

10

1540

582

1447

2654

1134

776

377

617

1093

10220

11

1731

652

1541

2944

1242

918

419

732

1174

11353

12

1870

706

1578

3337

1349

918

531

768

1275

12332

13

2124

749

1642

3477

1353

938

500

862

1258

12903

14

2128

733

1656

3732

1377

1005

529

889

1217

13266

15

2270

869

1656

3816

1449

1063

600

945

1176

13844

16

2186

773

1600

3360

1247

911

569

966

1214

12826

17

2165

751

1597

3397

1325

957

532

971

1215

12910

18

611

226

463

1021

355

309

178

305

333

3801

Grand Total

24126

9043

21227

40827

16818

12049

6147

10235

16786

157258

b) SASSA does not capture the disability on the computerised system (Socpen) and therefore is unable to provide the requested detail. Care dependency grants are provided care givers of children under the age of 18 years who require permanent care and support. The applicants must meet the criteria as set in the Social Assistance Act, 2004, which includes compliance with the means test, and confirmation of the severe, permanent condition of the child as confirmed through a medical assessment, before a care dependency grant is awarded.

20 July 2020 - NW1067

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

What total number of (a) applications for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant (i) has her department received to date, (ii)(aa) have been rejected and (bb) are still pending due to incomplete paperwork and (iii) were approved and (b) applicants have received their SRD grants to date?

Reply:

(a)(i) As at 15 June 2020, SASSA had received a total of 6 926 748 complete applications for the special relief grant.

(ii)(aa) A total of 3 277 660 have been rejected

(bb) A total of 1 048 380 are still being processed. All applications received are electronic, so no paperwork or supporting documents are required. The processing which is undertaken is the verification of the information against the multiple databases to ensure that the applicant is not in receipt of income from a social grant, UIF. NSFAS, a salary or a pension.

(iii) A total of 3 258 000 have been approved.

(b) A total of 1 095 090 have been paid as at 15 June 2020.

The difference between the number approved and those already paid is that there are various steps after approval before payment can take place. Applicants are only asked for bank details once the application is approved. Once the bank details are received, the correctness is verified by the banks before deposits can be effected, to ensure that the money goes to the right person. For clients who do not have bank accounts currently the payment is sent to the Post Office. Once the Post Office has opened the account, the applicants are sent notifications to collect their grants at specified Post Offices closer to their residential areas. SASSA will introduce money transfer to mobile numbers as soon as the contracts with banks are signed.

 

20 July 2020 - NW1010

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

With regard to the 1200 volunteers recruited by the National Development Agency during the Covid-19 lockdown to assist her department with food distribution, educating families on Covid-19 presentations, verification of applicants for the special Covid-19 social relief grants to fast track the process of this grant over the next six months, what (a)(i) recruitment and (ii) screening processes were followed to select the volunteers, (b) qualifications were required for the selection criteria, (c) number of volunteers were recruited in each province, (d) are the details of the impact made by the volunteers and (e) are the details of the contracts that the volunteers signed?NW1299

Reply:

a) (i). The role of the National Development Agency is the building of the capacity of civil society to provide projects and programmes that alleviate poverty in communities. To this end the NDA has a database comprised of 15 858 CSOs that have been assessed and they provide different kinds of services in communities. In the fight against COVID-19, the NDA selected CSOs from its database as well as from youth-led organisations that are involved in the fight against gender-based violence. The selected Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) provide poverty eradication interventions within their local communities. Through a grant funding intervention, each of the CSOs has enlisted volunteers to reach almost all districts within the country, to facilitate various programmes during the lockdown period.

(ii) The NDA does not directly recruit and enter into an employment relationship with the volunteers. The Volunteers are selected and screened by the CSOs themselves and drawn from their own lists of community workers and filed workers.

b) The volunteers were not required to provide qualifications. However, they have the relevant skills for the work to be done and The CSOs and volunteers were provided training by already established provincial teams which include the Departments of Social Development, Health, SASSA and Municipalities.

c) number of volunteers were recruited in each province

Province

Number of Volunteers

Eastern Cape

92

Free State

40

Gauteng

10

KwaZulu Natal

130

Limpopo

60

Mpumalanga

50

North West

40

Northern Cape

40

Western Cape

110

d) The volunteers have reached a total number of 76679 households and have done the following:

  • assisting communities with distribution of food parcels, support of elderly and disabled persons;
  • dissemination of Covid-19 information at hot spots as well as door-to-door within communities. The volunteers also provide translations of the advocacy material
  • data collection in the households on useful information which can be shared with relevant departments and entities.
  • at an advanced level, and based on their competence, others are assisting with community screening interventions, counselling for Gender Based Violence cases and assisting people who need access to chronic medication to visit the health care facilities.
  • assisting communities with the various registrations to access government relief funds such at the SASSA special relief of distress funds and the Department of Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund for small scale farmers.

e) The NDA has an agreement with the CSOs and not with the volunteers. The appointment letter for the CSOs includes the roles and responsibilities of the CSO in terms of the management of the volunteers, monitoring of the volunteers and Reporting to the NDA.

20 July 2020 - NW940

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

(1)With regard to her department’s role as a vanguard of the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 state of disaster lockdown period, what number of (a) applications for the new social relief grant have been (i) received, (ii) successfully processed and (iii) paid out and (b) foreign nationals have applied for the specified grant; (2) what number of foreign nationals have accessed food parcels since the Covid-19 state of disaster lockdown was announced at the end of March 2020?

Reply:

1. (a)(i) A total of over 15,7 million applications have been received as at 15 June 2020, of which 6,9 million are complete applications.

(ii) 3, 258 000 have been successfully processed and approved for payment

(iii) 1 094 090 have been paid out as at 15 June 2020

(b) To date, the statistics show that 3,336 refugees and 173,898 permanent residents applied for the grant.

(2) A total of 112 foreign nationals have accessed food parcels through the SASSA SRD programme since the Covid-19 state of disaster lockdown was announced at the end of March 2020.

20 July 2020 - NW1068

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

(1)Whether all SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices have personal protective equipment (PPEs) for staff such as gloves, masks, sanitisers and thermometers to screen and protect both citizens and officials; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what total amount has her department budgeted for the procurement of PPEs for the 2020-21 financial year; (3) what steps has her department taken to ensure social distancing in queues at SASSA paypoints?

Reply:

1. All SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) officials have personal protective equipment (PPEs). Officials have been supplied with gloves and masks. Sanitizers have been placed at strategic points within the offices and all persons entering the offices are sanitised. Officials who required gloves are issued with same. All persons, including beneficiaries and officials are screened when entering the offices and records of the screening is kept. In certain instances, front line staff dealing directly with clients have been provided face shields. Offices and vehicles have been disinfection.

2. There was no budget allocated for the procurement of PPEs, however with the arrival of COVID-19, SASSA had to prioritise within its budget to procure PPEs as this was an emergency. An amount of R31,978,051.67 has been set aside as budget for this purpose and actual spend is R11,390,817.76 for the financial year 2020-21.

(3) The measures implemented by SASSA to ensure compliance to the hygiene protocols at all social grant access points include the following:

(i) Splitting the payment file so that older persons and persons with disabilities are paid on the 3rd of each month and all children’s grants are paid on the 5th of each month.

(ii) Additional support has been utilised from volunteers (CDW), the National Development Agency, Department of Social Development and the Department of Co-operative Governance, Offices of Premiers, SANDF, SAPS, Department of Safety and Traditional Affairs to assist with social distancing regulations and queue marshalling.

(iii) Engagements with local authorities has also resulted in support being provided. In some towns entire streets were cordoned off, and chairs placed in the streets, with the minimum distancing between the chairs for older persons to sit while waiting for their turn in the retail outlets and post offices.

(iv) A standing forum exists between SASSA, retailers, Banking Association and Post Office, to plan for the payment cycle. All retailers and the Post Office have implemented measures to ensure that social distancing is maintained at all times.

20 July 2020 - NW388

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

What number of (a) rehabilitation centres have been budgeted for in each province in the current financial year and (b) unfinished government rehabilitation centres are there in each province?

Reply:

 

Province

(a)

(b)

1.

Eastern Cape

One

None

2.

Free State

One

One

3.

Gauteng

One

None

4.

KZN

Two

None

5.

Limpopo

One

None

6.

Mpumalanga

None

None

7.

North West

Two

One

8.

Northern Cape

One

None

9.

Western Cape

Two

None

       

20 July 2020 - NW638

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

What measures has she put in place to enable the SA Social Security Agency to continue receiving applications during the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Reply:

During the period in question, measures were put in place to ensure that the provision of essential services in particular, such payment of social grants, as well as the provision of social relief of distress in the form of food parcels continued uninterrupted.

20 July 2020 - NW402

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Social Development

What number of children of school-going age are on the system of social development in each province?

Reply:

The number of children of school going age on the system of the Department of Social Development per province is as follows:

PROVINCE

NUMBER OF CHILDREN

TYPE OF SERVICES

Eastern Cape

81 006.

As April 2020, EC has a total number of 81 006 children under the age of 18 years placed in Foster Care can be regarded as following within the school going age (Early childhood development, primary and high school).

It must be noted that this number only refers to the number of children placed in Foster Care as confirmed by SASSA-SOCPEN database.

Free State

29 885

The children access various services from the Department.

KZN

68 186

65833 children placed in foster care and 2303 in child and youth care centres.

Gauteng

1,766540

177157 receiving child protection services, 4572 placed in child and youth care centres, 19253 accessing community based prevention and early intervention services, 2750 in crime and prevention support programmes, 751971 in substance abuse prevention and support, 810837 accessing poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihood programmes.

Limpopo

815

(a) There are 555 children of school going age in Child and Youth Care Centres.

(b) 130 children are in secure care centres

(c) 66 Attend Vocational Workshop.

(d) 19 attend AET former ABET.

(e) 43 attend Primary school.

(f) 2 attend Secondary School

Mpumalanga

55 965

The children access various services from the Department.

Northern Cape

351

The children are placed in child and youth care centres: 14 enrolled in ECD centres, 325 in public schools, and 12 in school for children with special needs.

Western Cape

41081

36 251 children in foster care, 330 children in cluster foster care schemes, 4500 children in child and youth Care centres and secure care centres.

North West

344 426

28468 in foster care, 294604 recipients of child support grant, 755 in child and youth care centres, 114 in temporary safe care centres; and 21240 in drop-in centres.

TOTAL

   

20 July 2020 - NW844

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) Which sphere of Government is responsible for accommodating homeless persons, (b) what total amount has been allocated by her department to address this scourge within the boundaries of the City of Ekurhuleni, (c) what number of social workers within (i) Kempton Park, (ii) Edenvale and (iii) Boksburg are assigned to work with homeless persons and (d) what number of homeless persons are there in each specified town?

Reply:

(a) There is currently no clarity at National level in terms of the lead Department dealing with Homelessness. However, the Department of Social development in Gauteng, together with Municipalities are rendering services to homeless people.

(b) There is no specific budget allocated to the Department of Social development in Gauteng to deal with homeless people including for the City of Ekurhuleni.

(c) There are no specific social workers assigned to work with homeless people. Currently the Social Work Supervisors in the employment of the department are rendering services to the beneficiaries at the Shelter.

(d) There is no database for homeless people in the specified towns but registers are kept in the three shelters. Based on the Registers maintained at the three (3) Shelters for Homeless an average of 192 beneficiaries access the Shelters. This number constantly fluctuates due to the constant movement of the beneficiaries.

17 July 2020 - NW1390

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Whether her Office has a safety plan for orphaned and vulnerable youth exiting Child and Youth Care Centres once they turn 18 years old and are no longer protected by the Children’s Act, Act 38 of 2005, and subsidised by the State to stay in the specified centres; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the specified safety plan?

Reply:

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities does not render direct services to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs), but supports the work done by the Department of Social Development (DSD) in this area.

The DSD has the mandate to deliver direct programmes to the OVCs. The DSD runs Child and Youth Care facilities (drop-in centres) as per Chapter 14 of the Children’s Act, Act 38 of 2005. This includes managing child and youth care centres as indicated in Chapter 13 of the Children’s Act.

A Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) is a facility which provides residential care to more than six children outside the child's family environment in accordance with a residential care programme suited for the individual. In terms of section 191 (3) of Chapter 13 of the Children’s Act, these centres offer: (a) therapeutic programmes designed for the residential care of children outside the family environment; (b) appropriate care and development for children with disabilities or chronic illnesses; (c) therapeutic and developmental programmes; (d) treatment of children for addiction to dependence-producing substances; (e) treatment of children with a psychiatric condition; and (f) assistance to persons when in transition or leaving a child and youth care centre after reaching the age of 18.

Children who have reached the age of 18 years do not exit the Child and Youth Care Centres if they are still within the education system. However, in instances where they are not within the education system or they have reached the age of 21, they are proactively prepared through the “permanency plans” and “individual development plans”, that are developed as part of the national norms and standards for CYCCs in terms of the Children’s Acts section 194 (2) of Chapter 13. The “permanency plans” and “individual development plans” are tailor made to respond to the individual needs of the child, but allow the children to acquire life skills training; job skills; financial support/ bursary and or access to education and training institution. All these programmes are intended to ensure independent living.

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities advocates for improved continuous services for orphaned and vulnerable youth and facilitate access to skills training for those exiting Child and Youth Care Centres, through referral to organisations rendering relevant appropriate services.

16 July 2020 - NW1394

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) What number of other breeding and preservation facilities are currently in the Kruger National Park; (2) whether any of the other bleeding and preservation facilities suffered similar losses as the roan antelope breeding programme; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) whether the Senior Ranger from the roan antelope breeding programme who was dismissed had any verbal and/or written warnings; if so, what (a) number of warnings and (b) were the changes in each case; and (4) whether the specified ranger had a previous disciplinary record; if so, what controls were put in place by the Department in order for him not to regress again?

Reply:

(1) Currently, there are no other animal breeding camps in the Kruger National Park other than the Nwaxitsumbe Roan Bleeding Facility.

(2) In 2012, a total of 45 roan antelope died of Anthrax disease in the Capricorn Breeding Camp during August of that year. The breeding camp was subsequently dismantled in 2014.

(3) Yes, the Senior Ranger from the roan antelope breeding programme was dismissed on 25 April 2014 but challenged his dismissal at the CCMA, and as a result thereof, a Settlement Agreement was reached at the CCMA in terms of which he was re-instated on the 17th of November 2014.

(4) See (3) above

(5) After his reinstatement, the ranger was transferred from Nwanetsi Section to Shangoni Section. There were no further incidents that have been brought to my attention until the incident in 2020

16 July 2020 - NW1372

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

What (a) amount did (i) his department and (ii) each entity reporting to him spend on (aa) legal and (bb) consultant fees (aaa) in each of the past three financial years and (bbb) since 1 april 2020 and (b) are the details of the services contracted in each case?

Reply:

a) (i) My department has spend:

 

(aa) Legal Fees

(bb) Consultant Fees

(aaa) 2017/18

R1 414 873.57

R37 281 073.12

(aaa) 2018/19

R5 436 310.34

R19 621 408.95

(aaa) 2019/20

R6 749 944.78

R35 649 806.82

(bbb) 2020/21

R1 316 551.90

R 972 206.69

     

b) Legal fees were for cases instituted against and by the Department and the details of the services were not contracted in each case. Consultants were appointed to assist the Department in among others, project management and other services and the details of the services were contracted in some cases.

a) (ii) My entities have spend:

Boxing South Africa (BSA)

 

(aa) Legal Fees

(bb) Consultant Fees

(aaa) 2017/18

R0.00

R0.00

(aaa) 2018/19

R0.00

R0.00

(aaa) 2019/20

R1 425 000.00

R0.00

(bbb) 2020/21

R0.00

R0.00

     

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)

 

(aa) Legal Fees

(bb) Consultant Fees

(aaa) 2017/18

R0.00

R0.00

(aaa) 2018/19

R576 000.00

R0.00

(aaa) 2019/20

R773 000.00

R0.00

(bbb) 2020/21

R0.00

R0.00

     

b) Legal fees were for cases instituted against and by my entities and the details of the services were not contracted in each case. Consultants were appointed to assist the entities in among others, project management and other services and the details of the services were contracted in some cases.

16 July 2020 - NW1356

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

What number of applications has his Department (a) received and (b) approved for the (i) removal and/or (ii) relocation of a statue since the enactment of the National Heritage Resources Act, No 25 of 1999, on 28 April 1999. (NO 1726E)

Reply:

The Department does not receive or approve applications for the removal of statues. The National Heritage Resources Act, 1999, (Act No. 25 of 1999) provides for a three-tier heritage resource management system in which heritage resources of national significance are managed by the Department’s entity the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA). Heritage resources of provincial significance are managed by Provincial Heritage Resource Authorities (PHRAs). Heritage of local significance are managed by local authorities. SAHRA would receive applications only if the resources were on a property that is declared as a national heritage site. The removal or relocation of statues would require the issuing of a permit by the relevant PHRA. SAHRA has only participated by commenting on applications made to PHRAs and local authorities.

.The Department through its entity SAHRA has therefore (a) not received any application and (b) not approved any application for the (i) removal and/or (ii) relocation of a statue since the enactment of the National Heritage Resources Act, No 25 of 1999, on 28 April 1999.

16 July 2020 - NW1359

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

What amount was spent on the development of each specified sporting code by (a) the (i) SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and (ii) SA Sporting Trust and (b) any other specified entity in each of the past three financial years?

Reply:

(i) In terms of the National Sport and Recreation Act and the National Sport and Recreation Plan the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee has as its primary focus High Performance of Sport, Preparation and Delivery of Team South Africa to multi-coded international events and secondly to serve as an umbrella body for sport in South Africa. SASCOC therefore does not necessarily develop sporting codes.

(ii) The Sports Trust was formed with its Vision and Mandate to provide sporting infrastructure, kit and equipment and programmes aimed at developing the young people of South Africa. The initiatives of the Trust are multi-coded in nature, this including the infrastructure projects which serve multi-sport. The Trust therefore does not develop individual sporting codes.

16 July 2020 - NW1438

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

What total amount has been paid to a certain company (SEDGARS) by (a) the (i) SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (ii) the SA Sporting Trust and (iii) any national sports federation over the past 10 financial years?

Reply:

The SASCOC and Sports Trust, they are unable to access archived information regarding the rest of the question due to national lockdown regulations.

16 July 2020 - NW1361

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

(1) What total amount in funding has the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) received from (a) his department, (b) the National Lottery, (c) the SA Sporting Trust and (d) any other specified entity in each financial year since its inception; (2) what amount was spent on (a) salaries of SASCOC staff, (b) payments and/or allowances to board members and (c) transfers to (i) sporting codes and (ii) any other specified entity in each specified financial year; (3) what (a) amount was spent on each member of the SASCOC board and senior management on each (i) international trip and (i) local trip, (b) was the date and purpose of each specified trip, (c) was the name of the individual concerned and (d) was the cost and class of (i) flights, (ii) hotel accommodation, (iii) subsistence allowance and (iv) any other specified costs?

Reply:

1) a) SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee has received a total of R201,361,000 from the Department since the 2006 / 07 Financial Year.

SASCOC has not been able to provide the information due to national lockdown.

16 July 2020 - NW1360

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

Since the inception of the (a) SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and (b) SA Sporting Trust, what (i) salaries and/or allowances and (ii) other specified payments including bonuses, were paid to each specified board member?

Reply:

The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee and the Sports Trust has not been able to provide the information about salaries, allowances and bonuses due to national lockdown restrictions.

16 July 2020 - NW1344

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee receives detailed reports from the sport psychologist after every game; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so; what were the reasons given for the stress of athletes at each game, as stipulated in each of the past four Olympic Games reports?

Reply:

The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC has not been able to access information due to national lockdown restrictions.

16 July 2020 - NW1393

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether the Department found that the 12+ roan antelope that died in 2019 had been purchased; if so, (a) from which location(s) were they purchased, (b) from whom were they purchased, (c) on what date(s) were the antelope purchased, (d) what was the cost of each specified antelope and (e) what number of breeding pairs were purchased; (2) whether the Department found that the 12+ roan antelope that died in 2019 had been captured; so, were they captured in the Kruger National Park and moved b the Nwaxitsumbe Breeding Camp; and (3) whether the Department found that the 12+ roan antelope that died in 2019 were donated; if so, (a) why were they donated and (b) what was the value of the donation?

Reply:

 

  1. None of the roan antelope that died in the Nwaxitsumbe Bleeding Camp had been purchased.

They were not captured, nor were they donated and none of them were planned for donation.

a) Not applicable.

b) Not applicable.

c) Not applicable.

d) Not applicable.

e) Not applicable.

(2) None of the roan antelope that died were captured anywhere prior to their death. These particular antelopes were the offspring of roan antelope in the camp. They were originally captured in Malawi as part of a breeding programme and subsequently moved to the Nwaxitsumbe Breeding Camp. They are the result of several generations of breeding in the Kruger National Park.

(3) None of the roan antelope that died had been donated and none were they planned for donation

a) Not applicable.

b) Not applicable.

Regards

MS B CREECY

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

DATE: 17/7/2020

16 July 2020 - NW1417

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether any employee of any national federation was appointed as a manager of a national team; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the name of each employee, (b) which national team was each specified employee made a manager of and (c) on which specified federation rules do such appointments rely?

Reply:

The responses received from federations are as follows;

SOUTH AFRICAN TABLE TENNIS BOARD

No employee of the South African Table Tennis Board (SATTB) was appointed as a manager of a national team. The employees of the SATTB are not employed to travel with national teams as managers.

SOUTH AFRICAN POWERLIFTING FEDERATION

The SA Powerlifting Federation does not have any employees, and is run by volunteers. The National teams are chosen by the SAPF Selection Committee, and managed by SAPF President Hannie Smith and SAPF VP (International) Heather Leighton when competing overseas.

ROLLERSPORT SOUTH AFRICA

Roller Sport South Africa only has one person whom is paid an honorarium monthly for assistance in the office. Ms. Kgadi Serage was selected as a Manager of a Junior team in 2008 and 2009. We don’t have a specific ruling on staff and team management positions. The selection committee selects the team staff according to the best suited for the specific needs of the team selected.

ROWING SOUTH AFRICA

Response from Rowing South Africa (RowSA) – National Rowing Federation affiliated to SASCOC and FISA (international Rowing association). RowSA do not appoint employees as managers. RowSA select volunteers based on impact and input into assisting with selection policy etc.

SOFTBALL SOUTH AFRICA

Softball South Africa does not have appointed employees.

16 July 2020 - NW1371

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

(1) How did the human resources department of the National Arts Council (NAC) respond to the appointment of a Compliance Manager and Covid-19 Manager by the Chief Executive Officer; (2) whether human resources processes were followed; if not, what processes were followed; if so, were the specified positions (a) advertised to allow permanent staff to apply and (b) within the organogram of the NAC; (3) whether his department has budgeted for the salaries of the two positions; if not, who approved the two appointments; if so, what are the relevant details of the salaries of the two positions; (4) in what other entities in his department has an appointment been made to a Covid-19 Manager position? NW1742E

Reply:

1. According to NAC, There was no appointment of a Compliance Manager and Covid-19 Manager at the National Arts Council.

16 July 2020 - NW1370

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

(1).     With reference to his reply to question 688 on 12 May 2020, (a) by what date will all beneficiaries get their relief funding and (b) what total number of beneficiaries have benefited from the allocated R 150 million thus far; (2). whether he will furnish Mr T W Mhlongo with an accurate list of beneficiaries, including the (a) name of each specified beneficiary and (b) amount received in each case; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3). what (a) amount of the allocated R 150 million was not used and (b) will the specified amount be used for?

Reply:

1. (a) once the process of adjudication is done.

(b) that will be known once the process is complete.

2. (a) (b) the list of beneficiaries, was circulated to Members of the Portfolio Committee.

3 (a)(b) the process of adjudication is still going on, once the process of reconciliation is done and the funds are dispersed we will able to know exactly.

16 July 2020 - NW1343

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Since its return to international sport, what total number of medals has the Republic won at each specified (a) international and (b) continental games for (i) able-bodied, (ii) persons with disabilities and (iii) youth sport?

Reply:

The information on international participation and performance of Team South Africa resides with the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). Due to national lockdown regulations SASCOC is unable to access archived records.

16 July 2020 - NW1436

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

(a) On what date was the SA Sporting Trust established, (b) what amount of money has his department given to the SA Sporting Trust in each financial year, (c)(i) who is employed at SA Sporting Trust and (ii) what are their salaries and positions and (d) in which financial years since its inception did the SA Sporting Trust submit audited financial statements?

Reply:

a) The Sports Trust was established in 1994.

b) The Department is unable to retrieve information that reflect the period 1994-2008/2009 due to national lockdown regulations. Regarding amounts transferred to the Sports Trust for the period 2009 / 2010 to 2019 / 2020 financial years (10 financial years). The transfers made during this period amount to R193,705,000.

The Sports Trust is unable to access archived information regarding the rest of the question due to national lockdown regulations.

16 July 2020 - NW1437

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

(1) What (a) total amount has the SA Sporting Trust receive in each financial year since its inception and (b) is the (i) name of the donor and (ii) amount of each donation; (2) what total amount was spent in each financial year on (a)(i) salaries and/or allowances, (ii) office rentals, (iii) sponsoring of specified events, (iv) travelling and accommodation and (v) funding the development of sport and (b) any other specified expenses? NW1808E

Reply:

The following is the response received from the Sports Trust;

The Sports Trust is unable to access archived information regarding the rest of the question due to national lockdown regulations.

15 July 2020 - NW1117

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What are the details of the additional support that were made available to the Community Corrections division of the Department of Correctional Services to enable it to properly and effectively deal with the monitoring of the 19 000 inmates to be released as part of the programme to decrease overpopulation of correctional centres amid the Covid-19 pandemic?

Reply:

Community Corrections is ready to admit and monitor all 19 000 cases to be placed on parole. Prior to the special remission in 2019 the number of offenders was 71523, Community Corrections had 1854 personnel entrusted with the monitoring of parolees and probationers. After the remission the number of parolees and probationers decreased to 56632, the ratio of a member to parolee is currently one is to 30 (1:3). The release of 19000 would not have an impact on the current resources since it will be reverting to the same resources.

 

Caseloads used

Month

Filled

Caseloads

Ratio
No Offenders per Official

Ratio
No Offenders per Social Worker

02-Apr-20

April

1851

55515

1:29

1:474

23-Apr-20

May

1855

55350

1:29

1:477

28-May-20

June

1854

55882

1:30

1:485

18-Jun-20

June

1854

56632

1:30

1:492

15 July 2020 - NW1230

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

What measures has he put in place to ensure that train and minibus commuters practice social distancing?

Reply:

PRASA is planning to resume limited commuter rail services in the following corridors by 1 July 2020:

    • Pretoria to Pienaarspoort
    • Cape Town to Retreat Service
    • Port Elizabeth to Uitenhage Service
    • East London to Berlin

In preparing for the resumption of rail services the following social distancing measures are being put in place:

1. Train Sets:

Social Distance Markings

2. Stations:

Social Distance Markings (Platforms)

Social Distance Markings (Ticket Sales Points)

Training for Station/ Front-line staff (COVID-19 Awareness)

Isolation Area (Stations & Workplace)

3. Workplace Environment

Social Distance Markings

4. Risk & Compliance

Conduct Workplace and Service Resumption Risk Assessments

Compliance Audits & Inspections

Monitoring of crowd controlling officials & front-line staff

5. Procurement of Personal Protective Equipment

Train Set Marking Material

Platform Marking Paint

Workplace Marking Tape

6. Human Capital Management

Develop COVID-19 Employee-related procedures (Resumption of Work & Protocols)

Induction of the Staff on the COVID-19 procedures

7. Communication

COVID-19 Health & Safety Awareness (Internal & External)

Stakeholder Engagements

8. Security

Procurement of Private Security on Stations

Procurement of Platform Marshalls

Crowd Control Procedure

Training for Platform Marshalls (COVID-19 Awareness, Basic First Aid etc.)

Public Transport response

In accordance with Directions No 43272, section 9(3) published by the Department of Transport, it is prescribed that taxis must not carry more than 70% of their licensed passenger carrying capacity for social distancing purposes.

14 July 2020 - NW502

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) What number of houses for veterans have been built in Mogqaka Local Municipality in Free State in the past three years, (b) how were the veterans vetted to ensure that they are veterans and (c) what are the names of the veterans who were found to be eligible beneficiaries and to whom these houses were allocated; (2) whether she will furnish Mrs N I Tarabella Marchesi with a list of the names of the veterans to whom these houses were allocated?

Reply:

(1) number of houses per financial year

(a) 2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

(a) There are four (4) completed and occupied houses, three (3) in Kroonstad and one (1) in Viljoenskroon.

Additional to that there are two (2) houses that are at completion stage and four (4) are still outstanding in Kroonstad.

(b) The vetting process was conducted by the Department of Military Veterans in conjunction with Military Veterans Associations.

(c) Refer to the attached beneficiary list marked as Annexure A

(2) Refer to the attached beneficiary list marked as Annexure A

14 July 2020 - NW770

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

(1) What is the breakdown of the number of public servants who (a) had their workloads reduced significantly and are working part-time at home, (b) are currently working full-time from home and (c) are working full-time at their normal workplaces due to the Covid-19 pandemic; (2) whether the Government is still paying full salaries to public servants whose workloads have been reduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) What arrangements have been put in place to make sure that public servants, especially those in management earning more than a million rand per annum, are not being paid from taxpayers’ money for work that they have not done during the Covid-19 epidemic

Reply:

1. Shortly after the lockdown was announced, the Minister for the Public Service and Administration issued directions in respect of service delivery and business continuity for the Public Service during the COVID-19 pandemic. These directions were communicated to departments under cover of DPSA Circular 15 of 2020, dated 25 March 2020. In essence, the directions provided that each head of department must determine appropriate work arrangements for his or her department to ensure continued service delivery during the lockdown whilst also preventing the spread of COVID-19. These arrangements should also include remote working arrangements where possible.

Due to the unique circumstances and service delivery requirements of departments, these arrangements would differ from department to department. It should also be understood that the numbers of public servants working either from their normal workplaces or remotely from home, would fluctuate constantly due to changing circumstances and work requirements.

A survey was conducted in departments to determine work arrangements during the various lockdown levels. The responses received from departments to date are captured in Annexure A.

2. During the national lockdown all public servants will continue to receive their full salaries.

The salaries of public servants are protected in terms of the provisions of the Public Service Act, 1994. Section 34 of the Act provides that the salary of an employee shall not be reduced without his or her consent except in terms of section 38 of the Act (that deals with wrongly granted remuneration), an act of Parliament or a collective agreement.

3. As far as members of the Senior Management Service (SMS) are concerned, the directions issued by the Minister for the Public Service and Administration in respect of service delivery and business continuity referred to above, provided that all members of the SMS must be available during the lockdown to render the services required of them.

14 July 2020 - NW201

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What steps does he intend to take against repeat offenders and parolees who allegedly repeatedly commit a very large percentage of crimes and violate their parole conditions?

Reply:

In September 2019, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) initiated a process to consider possible review of the parole policy with the purpose of tightening the consideration process in respect of offenders sentenced for sexual and aggressive offences.

A discussion document on the review of the minimum detention period to be served by offenders who have committed offences relating to gender based violence, sexual and aggressive offences was drafted and submitted to State Law Advisers during September 2019 for an opinion. This document proposed that such category of offenders should be considered for parole after serving two thirds of sentence instead of half of sentence as prescribed by Section 73 of the Correctional Services Act, 1998 (Act 111 of 1998).

It is therefore important to indicate that any legislation or legislative amendment which adversely affects subjects cannot be applied retrospectively. This means that any amendment to the current minimum detention periods will not impact offenders already serving their sentences or persons who would have committed offences before coming into operation of the amended minimum detention period.

In addition, the Department is also considering enforcing compliance with placement conditions by ensuring that offenders whose parole has been revoked will have to serve the remainder of their sentence in a Correctional Centre. If the remainder of the sentence is more than 05 years or if the offender is serving a sentence of life imprisonment, placement on parole must be considered on completion of 05 years of the portion of the sentence which remained after parole was cancelled.

This proposal will serve as a deterrent to parolees from violating placement conditions as failure to comply will result in them serving the remainder of the sentence in a Correctional Centre as opposed to the maximum two years further profile as prescribed by Section 75 (6) Act 111 of 1998.

Parole forms part of the total rehabilitation programme in correcting offending behaviour and may include continuation of programmes aimed at reintegration whilst in the system of community corrections. It is regarded as an aid to the social re-integration of an offender and a mechanism to manage the risk an offender may pose to the community through monitoring by Community Corrections.

Upon re-admission the offender will be assessed to establish the reason(s) for his/her violation of parole conditions and/or repeat offending. The following selection of Correctional Programmes is available to address the reason(s) for violation of parole conditions and/or repeat offending:

  • New Beginnings Orientation

The New Beginnings Orientation Programme aims to empower newly admitted offenders to become more aware of themselves as well as the surrounding of the correctional setting in order to cope in the correctional centre.

  • Anger Management (“Anger In Anger Out”)

Raises offender awareness on the causes and symptoms of anger and how to manage anger. The programme assists offenders to unlearn old habits associated with aggression and learn healthy ways of dealing with and expressing anger.

  • Cross Roads

Equips offenders with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to become responsible, law-abiding and productive citizens in order to facilitate their successful reintegration into society.

  • Restorative Justice Orientation

Orientate offenders on the Restorative Justice System. Prepare Offenders

for involvement in Restorative Justice programmes options.

  • Preparatory programme on Sexual Offences (“Think before you act”)

The programme assists offenders to identity the possible causes of their deviant sexual behaviour and to empower them with information on the biological development and sexual development of human beings.

  • Substance Abuse (“Stop to start”)

The main purpose of the Substance Abuse programme is to help offenders gain insight into the negative effects of substance abuse.

  • Behaviour Modification Programme on Gangsterism

The main objective is to raise awareness amongst offenders on gang related activities and specifically the negative consequences thereof.

  • Economic crime (fraud related) Programme

The Economic Crime Programme (fraud category) targets fraud and related offences, which are more organized in nature (e.g. syndicates).

  • Economic Crime (theft related) Programme

The Economic Crime Programme (theft category) targets theft and related offending behaviour (e.g. stolen food from a supermarket).

  • Murder and Related Offences (“Changing lanes”)

It targets behaviour of offenders serving sentences for Murder and Related Offences. The programme aims to assist offenders to understand contributing factors towards aggressive behaviour. It further aims to create understanding of human behaviour and emotions as well as to motivate offenders to strive towards emotional intelligence by developing their own individual coping plans.

  • Robbery and Related Offences (“Change is possible”)

The programme targets Robbery and Related Offences. The crime category of Robbery and Related Offences is an “umbrella” for all the following crimes (armed robbery hijacking aeroplane, hijacking truck, hijacking Motor Vehicle). The programme aims to assist the offender to develop insight into his/her own situation that contributed to the crime, to develop insight into the impact of the offence and thereafter to develop a personal plan with specific goals without any involvement in crime.

  • Pre-Release Programme

The objective of the Pre-Release Programme is to prepare offenders for successful reintegration into society by providing them with skills and information to enable them to cope with possible challenges they may face after their release. The programme is compulsory to offenders with Correctional Sentence Planss who are to be released.

  • Programme for Female Offenders

The programme is divided into four sub-programmes due to comprehensive information. It empowers women with general life skills like, emotional health and wellbeing, learning from own mistakes, parental skills and problem solving skills. It addressed addictive behavior, give knowledge about relationships and help offenders with information to build their careers.

The release of an offender on the expiry of his/ her sentence (unconditionally) is not the ideal manner of release for the majority of offenders because of the following:

  • No management of risk takes place as the offender is released into the community without any control or supervision whatsoever, and
  • No phased re-integration under controlled circumstances takes place with the result that support systems can easily fail however the Department of Correctional Services would have no mandate to provide further support.

Although some parolees have committed serious offences in the recent past, it should be noted that Community Corrections has a caseload of 52 736 parolees and probationers of which 99.27% are complying with their placement conditions.

END

14 July 2020 - NW422

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Shelembe, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

In light of the allegations that her department did not pay for some members of the military veterans in January 2019, but only paid in October 2019, what plans does her department have in place to ensure that school fees for qualifying military veterans are paid on time to learning institutions as required by the Military Veterans Act, Act 18 of 2011?

Reply:

The Department earlier started a decentralisation process of benefits with education support as a first benefit to provinces. The process relied on provincial coordinators to collect invoices to all schools across the country. The process started well until the national lockdown. The lockdown hampered the plan and DMV is only paying those invoices that are sent through by parents and schools that have recently opened.

Plans for collaboration with other provincial departments of education are underway, wherein the DMV is planning to transfer tuition and school fees to provincial Departments to pay invoices quicker. This will also assist in easy access of this benefit and other benefits to military veterans and their dependents.

14 July 2020 - NW1141

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Mulder, Mr FJ to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

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

Reply:

1. I have been informed that all procurement to date at individual transaction level, was below R500 000 and guided by departmental delegations to various post levels. Regional and court level procurement started on 20 February 2020 and National Office centralised bulk procurement on 21 April 2020.

(a), (b) and (c) The total expenditure for bulk centralised procurement at national level amounted to R3, 073 million; and the total procurement at Regional Office level amounted to R9, 927 million.

The following is a list of commodities procured nationally and the relevant service provider after competitive procurement processes were followed, through quotations.

Service provider

a)

Value

b)

Commodity

c)

Quantity

Okp Technologies

 R494 200.00

Gloves

280 000

Fenpot Direct Cc

R445 200.00

Face Masks - Durable/ Reusable

30 000

Orca Autobody And Restoration

R 378 320.65

Surgical Face Visor

3 348

Betaclean Chemicals &Cleaning Services

R 308 016.00

Hand Sanitizers Spray Bottles 1 litres

6 696 1 litres

Givy's Cuisine

R488 000.00

Hand Sanitizers 5 litres

1600 5 litres

Kaprivi Generals (Pty) Ltd-

R460 000.00

Hand Liquid Soap 5 Litres

4000 5 litres

Motsweding Medical Suppliers

R499 750.00

Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer

250

The following table summarises the expenditure at Regional Office level:

Free State

R696 592

KwaZulu-Natal

R893 269

Western Cape

R1 506 986

Eastern Cape

R986 233

Mpumalanga

R943 575

Northern Cape

R707 156

North West

R1 010 144

Limpopo

R1 818 870

Gauteng

R1 364 545

Total

R9 927 370

2. This procurement was in full compliance with departmental prescripts and delegations. A formal circular on emergency procurement was issued which guided procurement.

3. The reason for procurement at a specific service provider was guided by the outcome of a competitive process (minimum 3 quotations). In the case of emergency procurement, some commodities were procured through petty cash at local pharmacies or suppliers.

13 July 2020 - NW1409

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

(1) (a) What are the reasons that the consular services is not available to South African citizens for other legal purposes, as the website of her department indicates that legalisation of documents for economic puposes will be made availableunder Covid-19 lockdown alert level 4, while the Republic is currently under alert level 3 of the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 and(b) by what date will this necessary service be available; (2) Whether sanitisation measures have been put in place; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details’? NW1780E

Reply:

  1. (a) The Department of International Relations and Cooperation adheres to its consular services mandate to serve the Public in terms of legalisation of documents which entails Authentications, Apostilles and End User Certificates for various objectives.

    (b)  The Department is currently serving the Public accordingly during alert Level three (3) of National Lockdown.

2. Yes, the sanitisation measures have been put in place which include ensuring adherence to the following Government COVID19 pandemic regulations:

  • Temperature scanners have been installed
  • Hand satizers have been installed in all entrances to the building and inside the building public use places
  • Movable hand sanitizers available in public place to support frontline staff and the Public.
  • Counter window shields have been installed to secure frontline staff and the Public.
  • Masks heve been and continue to be made available for use by frontline and essential staff during the various levels of lockdown.
  • Signs indicating various safety measures in line with the Covid-19 regulations are put in all public places in and around the O.R Tambo Building these include regular washing of hands,social distancing and wearing masks

13 July 2020 - NW1339

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

Whether she will declare Early Childhood Development an essential service; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?                        `

Reply:

The Early Childhood Development function still legally rests with the Department of Social Development; and the Department of Basic Education has no legal standing to make such a declaration. That said, the South African courts have encouraged a restrictive interpretation of ‘essential services’, and the Essential Services Committee has previously ruled that education should not be deemed an essential service. The Department of Basic Education will apply these same principles to Early Childhood Development practitioners.

13 July 2020 - NW1357

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       What (a) was the amount of the tender that her department has awarded for the refurbishment of the Bedfordview High School in Gauteng in the 2016-17 financial year and (b) amount of the specified tender was spent; (2) (a) why was the project never finished and (b) on what date will the project commence for finalisation?

Reply:

The question has been referred to the Gauteng Department of Education for a response and will be provided as soon as the response is received.

13 July 2020 - NW1266

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

(1)       What total number of (a) educators have declared that they suffer from comorbidities since 1 June 2020 and (b) the specified educators are currently working from home; (2) what are the details of the work that the educators who are working from home are conducting; (3) whether she will take any steps to address the vacancies left by the educators who cannot teach from home; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1(a) As at 23 June 2020, 16 168 educators had declared co-morbidities. The processing of applications is ongoing, and therefore the numbers are not final.

 (b) The number of educators who work from home, will be finalised once the process of approving and granting all concessions has been completed. Collective Agreement 1 of 2020 provides for a concession for educators employed in terms of the Employment of Educators Act, 1998 (Act No.76 of 1998), (EEA), who are at risk in terms of the listed COVID-19 risk factors. The concession provides for measures to accommodate such educators in the workplace or working from home.  Therefore, not all educators will  work from home.

2. The work that the educators working from home perform, depends on the nature of work and the availability of resources or tools of trade. Therefore, the work could range from conducting classes remotely to basic level preparing lesson plans, all within the official job description of the educator.

3. A substitute will be provided where needed. Provision of a substitute and the type of a substitute provided, will depend on the extent of work the educator at home is able to accomplish. This may range from a fully qualified substitute to fully replace an educator at home to a teacher aid or assistant that will act under the guidance of the educator at home, or another educator present at  school.        

                                                   

13 July 2020 - NW1180

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

What options will her department provide parents who (a) are unable to provide their children with home schooling, (b) are too afraid and refuse to send their children to school due to the threat of contracting Covid-19 and (c) do not have means to continue with online learning at home?

Reply:

(a)The Department has put measures in place for parents to contact the Circuit or the school to make arrangements for learners to be supported while they are at home. Parents are therefore advised to contact the school to receive such support. 

(b) Response same as in (a) above.

(c) Response same as in (a) above.

13 July 2020 - NW1415

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

(a) What number of invoices from private contractors to her department currently remain unpaid for longer than 30 days and (b) in each case, what (i) are the details of the (aa) contractor and (bb) services rendered and (ii) what (aa) is the date of each invoice and (bb) are the reasons that the invoice were not paid within 30 days?

Reply:

(a) Currently there are no invoices from private contractors that remain unpaid for longer than 30 days 

(b) N/A (i) N/A 

(aa) N/A   (bb) N/A 

(ii) (aa) N/A (bb) N/A

13 July 2020 - NW1427

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

With reference to her reply to question 681 on 18 May 2020, (a) why is she unable to provide the information on construction undertaken and/or commissioned by her department and (b) by what date will she provide the requested information?

Reply:

(a) The project is implemented by the Gauteng Department of Education and not by the Department of Basic Education; and on receipt of the question, it is referred to the relevant implementing department for a response. 

(b)  The response received from the Gauteng Department of Education is attached.

13 July 2020 - NW1355

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

(1)Whether he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with a list of legal service providers who have rendered legal services on a consultancy and/or other basis to the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) over the past five financial years; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with a list of lawyers and/or law firms that are part of the NLC’s selection panel of legal practitioners that are regularly used for legal matters involving the NLC; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether a certain firm and/ or person (names furnished) has ever rendered services to the NLC in any of the above specified capacities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1725E

Reply:

I have been furnished with a reply to the question submitted, by Ms Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission, which is reproduced below.

Reply by the National Lotteries Commission, Ms Thabang Mampane:

  1. “The panels for the past financial years (2015/16 to date) were established following a supply chain process as prescribed by the Public Finance Management Act (No.1 of 1999 as amended) (“PFMA”), National Treasury Regulations- Practice Notes, Instructions, Circulars and Letters, Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (No. 5 of 2000) (“PPPFA”) and Regulations, 2011, Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act (No. 46 of 2013, amongst other legislation, as well as NLC’s Supply Chain Management Policy. The NLC’s panel of attorneys list for the past financial years (2015/16 to date) are detailed as below. The NLC did not have a panel prior to the years depicted herein.”

Table 1:

Bid Number

Name of Legal Firm

Duration

End-Date

RFP/2013-4HL

M.L Mateme Incorporated (PTY) LTD

36 Months

1-May-17

RFP/2013-4HL

Gildenhuys Malatji Incorporated

36 Months

1-May-17

RFP/2013-4HL

Routledge Modise Attorney (T/A Hogan Lovells)

36 Months

1-May-17

RFP/2013-4HL

Rooth and Wessels Incorporated (PTY) LTD

36 Months

1-May-17

RFP/2013-4HL

Maponya Inc

36 Months

1-May-17

RFP/2013-4HL

Denga Incorporated (PTY) LTD

36 Months

1-May-17

RFP/2013-4HL

Poswa Incorporated

36 Months

1-May-17

RFP/2013-4HL

Adams & Adams

36 Months

1-May-17

RFP/2013-4HL

Ngeno & Mteto Inc

36 Months

1-May-17

RFP/2013-4HL

Malebye Incorporated

36 Months

1-May-17

Table 2:

Bid Number

Name of Legal Firm

Duration

End-Date

NLC/2017-3

Raphela Inc Attorney

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Padi Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Nozuko Nxusani Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Morare Thobejane Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Moche Attorneys

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Malebye Motaung Mthembu Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Manong Pilane Mokotedi Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Diale Mogashoe Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Ndobela Lamola Inc.

36 Months

22-Aug-20

Table 3:

Bid Number

Name of Legal Firm

Duration

End-Date

NLC/2019-2

Malatji Kanyane Inc

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Spoor & Fischer

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Moeti Kanyane Inc

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Gildenhys Malatji Inc

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Cheadle Thompson & Hayson Inc

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Ramushu Mashile Twala

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Mfenyana Attorneys

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Lannard Paul Cowen

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Mathopo Mashimane Mulangaphume

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Poswa Inc

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Hogan Lovells

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Maphosa Attorneys

36 Months

31-Aug-22

2. “The NLC’s panel of attorneys regularly used for legal matters involving the NLC depends on their areas of expertise/legal scope and/or availability including urgency, where applicable. The issue of capacity and/or resources are considered while an attempt is made to reach as many as possible. On the list below, all but two law firms have done work for the NLC. Since this is a panel, the NLC endeavours’ to ensure that as many law firms as possible are allowed the opportunity to do work, though this is not a guarantee. The details are as follows:”

Table 4:

Bid Number

Name of Legal Firm

Duration

End-Date

NLC/2017-3

Raphela Inc Attorney

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Padi Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Nozuko Nxusani Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Morare Thobejane Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Moche Attorneys

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Malebye Motaung Mthembu Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Manong Pilane Mokotedi Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Diale Mogashoe Inc

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2017-3

Ndobela Lamola Inc.

36 Months

22-Aug-20

NLC/2019-2

Malatji Kanyane Inc

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Spoor & Fischer

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Moeti Kanyane Inc

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Gildenhys Malatji Inc

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Cheadle Thompson & Hayson Inc

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Ramushu Mashile Twala

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Mfenyana Attorneys

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Lannard Paul Cowen

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Mathopo Mashimane Mulangaphume

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Poswa Inc

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Hogan Lovells

36 Months

31-Aug-22

NLC/2019-2

Maphosa Attorneys

36 Months

31-Aug-22

“All the Legal Firms that are on the panel were utilized by the NLC, with the exception of Ramushu Mashile Twala and Mathopo Mashimane Mulangaphume.”

(3) “Ramulifho Inc. or Lesley Ramulifho is not on the NLC panel of attorneys. Ramulifho Inc. has rendered legal services for labour related issues to the then National Lotteries Board now the NLC. This was approximately around 2014, prior to the advent of the panel of legal service providers.”

-END-

13 July 2020 - NW1089

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

(1)       Whether any determination has been made of the (a) full cost of running a public ordinary school that is considered adequately resourced with regard to teaching and non-teaching staff, infrastructure, school furniture and equipment, (b) funding supplied by the provincial departments to run such a school and (c) shortfall in funding which must be covered by the school and the school community; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) whether such a determination will be made; if so, on what date; (3) whether any determination has been made of the (a) ability of no-fee schools to cover such a shortfall in funding to achieve adequate resourcing and (b) situation in schools where it has not been possible to cover the shortfall; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (4) (a) which natural or juristic person bears the responsibility for fundraising at a school and (b) how is performance by principals and other employees from the provincial department formally recognised in this regard (5) whether she has any plans to encourage school communities to assist with the funding of schools; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) Whether any determination has been made of the (a) full cost of running a public ordinary school that is considered adequately resourced with regard to teaching and non-teaching staff, infrastructure, school furniture and equipment, (b) funding supplied by the provincial departments to run such a school and (c) shortfall in funding which must be covered by the school and the school community; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case;

    (b) The schools are funded as follows for the current year for the Non-Personnel Non-Capital (NPNC):

PROVINCE

NO FEE PER LEARNER ALLOCATION

FEE PAYING PER LEARNER ALLOCATION Q4

FEE PAYING PER LEARNER ALLOCATION Q5

Gazetted Target per learner amount

R 1 466

R 735

R 254

EC

R 1 466

R 735

R 254

FS

R 1 466

R 735

R 254

GT

R 1 466

R 735

R 735

KZN

R 955

R 522

R 179

LP

R 1 466

R 735

R 254

MPU

R 1 370

R 692

R 240

NC

R 1 134

R 765

R 354

NW

R 1 466

R 735

R 254

WC

R 1 466

R 1 200

R 395

 

The above table indicates the affordability levels of Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) against the approved national targets for funding of public ordinary schools.

(c) It should be noted that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Mpumalanga (MP) and Northern Cape (NC) are not funding at the required levels of funding.

Schools are mandated to draw-up their budgets in terms of section 38 of the South African Schools Act (SASA), 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996) each year, taking into account all available sources of funding. This would mean that schools would then take into account the funding by the Department, even if it is not at the national target, as well as any funding source that is available to the school like school fees, donor funding etc. it therefore, cannot be said that schools operate on a shortfall, all plans that could not be accommodated in one year, are deferred to the following year.

It should also be indicated that no fee schools that are underfunded, have a right to charge compulsory fees in terms of paragraph 163 of the National Norms and Standards for School Funding (NNSSF); and to date, there is no record of a school that acted on this right.

2. Not applicable for the Non-Personnel Non-Capital (NPNC) costs.

3. Not applicable for the NPNC

4. (a) The School Governing Body is responsible for fundraising at their respective schools, in terms of section 20 (1) h & (2) and 36 of the SASA; (b) The DBE does not keep such information.

5. The Department has guidelines which encourages parents to contribute towards the running of schools. See attached

13 July 2020 - NW1265

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

(1)       What total number of learners have benefited from and/or used online learning that was provided by various schools during the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus; (2) whether online learning is an option to be used going forward; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how will it be implemented?

Reply:

(1) The Department of Basic Education (DBE) does not keep a record of learners accessing Online Learning, as different approaches are employed by providers of Online Learning. 

(2) Yes. Education systems across the world, have adopted remote learning as an approach.  The DBE, Department of Communication and Digital Technologies (DCDT), and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) are in the process of establishing a Virtual Classroom solution that will provide online learning. This process is still at the initial stage.

13 July 2020 - NW1429

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

With reference to her reply to question 735 on 11 May 2020, (a) why is she unable to provide information on construction undertaken and/or commissioned by her department and (b) by what date will she provide the requested information?

Reply:

(a) The project is implemented by the Gauteng Department of Education and not by the Department of Basic Education; and on receipt of the question, it is referred to the relevant implementing department for a response. 

(b)  The response received from the Gauteng Department of Education is attached.

10 July 2020 - NW1444

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

(1)       Whether her department requested the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) to assist Grade 12 learners by providing locally-produced 32-inch television sets which saw the USAF-IDTV/01/2020 tender being put out; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, why was the specified tender cancelled only to be put out again under a different reference number; (2) why did USAASA deem it fit to provide TV sets to learners instead of other technological devices such as laptops and/or tablets; (3) which areas in the seven provinces are earmarked to receive the TV sets; (4) by what date does USAASA envisage to complete the whole process from the bidding to the delivery of the TV sets to households; (5) (a) what total number of Grade 12 learners have applied to receive a TV set and which schools are the learners from, (b) which company and/or companies won the bid to supply the TV sets to Grade 12 learners and (c) for what total amount, including the relevant breakdown of costs, was the tender awarded to?

Reply:

(1) - (5) The Department of Basic Education is a beneficiary to a project initiated and implemented by USAASA, an agency of the Department of Communication and Digital Technologies. All the administration and the rollout of the project rest with USASSA. The Honourable Member is therefore advised to direct the question to the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, which may have all the answers to the questions.

09 July 2020 - NW1779

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the webinar hosted by SA Tourism on 29 April 2020, (a) who, by individual name and organisation was invited to attend this webinar, (b) what criteria were used when inviting the specified invitees, (c) who attended the webinar, (d) what (i) was the outcome of the meeting and (ii) resolutions were agreed to, (e) by what date is a follow-up meeting set to take place and (f) what steps have been taken with the aim of meeting the resolutions that were agreed to (i) on each specified date and/or (ii) as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply:

With reference to the webinar hosted by SA Tourism on 29 April 2020(State of Tourism Sector):

a) Who, by individual name and organisation was invited to attend this webinar?

The webinar was attended by about 3800 participants who logged in on the day. We are not in a position to provide the names as the participation was voluntary from the tourism trade that registered to attend.

b) What criteria were used when inviting the specified invitees?

As mentioned above, attendance to the webinar was voluntary and no participant was individually invited. The webinar was promotedthrough relevant tourism sector associations and digital platforms, and people registered to be part of it. The target audience wasthe tourism trade across the value chain.

c) Who attended the webinar?

As in question (a) and (b), the webinar was attend by about3800 participants representing various sub-sectors of the tourism industry i.e. Tour Operators, Accommodation, experiences etc.

d) What:

(i) Was the outcome of the meeting?

The main agenda of the webinar was “The Path Towards the Recovery of the Sector”. The Minister shared a presentation on working towards the sector’s recovery. The outcome was that industry members had an opportunity to make input into the plan.

(ii) Resolutions were agreed to?

That the inputs recieved from the webinar would be considered in the development of the recovery plan.

e) By what date is a follow-up meeting set to take place?

There was no follow-up date. The Minister regularly engages with various stakeholders across the tourism value chain. In relation to the recovery plan, the Minister hosted another webinar with industry on

14 August 2020.

f) What steps have been taken with the aim of meeting the resolutions that were agreed to

(i) On each specified date?

Inputsreceivedfrom the webinar were consideredin the recovery plan development.

(ii) As at the latest specified date for which information is available?

Not applicable.

09 July 2020 - NW1397

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

With reference to her department’s presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 4 June 2020, from which budget did her department get extra funding to be able to settle more land claims than planned in the Third and Fourth Quarters of the 2019-20 financial year; (2) What number of land claims (a) that were settled by her department in the 2019-20 financial year were as a result of court judgments and (b) did her department refer to courts in each province in the specified financial year?

Reply:

1. Additional funding was obtained from Programme 1: Administration (R18.9 million), Programme 2: National Geomatics Management Services (R15.9 million) and Programme 5: Land Reform (R95.1 million).

2. (a) 42

(b)

Province

Referral

EASTERN CAPE

1

FREE STATE

0

GAUTENG

0

KWAZULU NATAL

3

LIMPOPO

2

MPUMALANGA

1

NORTHERN CAPE

0

NORTH WEST

1

WESTERN CAPE

0

TOTAL

8

END

09 July 2020 - NW1414

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

How will the expenditure on personal protective equipment for Covid-19 compliance be funded by (a) her department and (b) each provincial department for the (i) 2020-21 (ii) 2021-22 and (iii) 2022-23 financial years?

Reply:

(a) (i)  Funded by the reprioritising the 2020/21 budget from low-spending items like subsistence and travel to procurement of PPE

     (ii)  Funded by the reprioritising the 2021/22 budget from low-spending items like subsistence and travel to procurement of PPE

     (iii) Funded by the reprioritising the 2022/23 budget from low-spending items like subsistence and travel to procurement of PPE

(b) (i)  Will be funded by each province form their 2020/21 equitable share allocations; and where applicable from conditional grants allocations as per the revised conditional grant frameworks.

     (ii) Will be funded by each province form their 2021/22 equitable share allocations; and where applicable from conditional grants allocations as per the revised conditional grant frameworks.

     (iii) Will be funded by each province form their 2022/23 equitable share allocations; and where applicable from conditional grants allocations as per the revised conditional grant frameworks.

09 July 2020 - NW1388

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

Whether there has been any progress in the introduction of coding and robotics in Grades R to 3 in 200 schools so far; if not, why not; if so, what are the full, relevant details?

Reply:

The implementation of Coding and Robotics in 2021 in Grade R-3 was to be preceded by piloting of the curriculum in 2020, starting March 2020. The pilot was interrupted by Covid-19, and has been moved to 2021.  

09 July 2020 - NW1428

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

With reference to her reply to question 733 on 11 May 2020, (a) why is she unable to provide information on construction undertaken and/or commissioned by her department and (b) by what date will she provide the requested information?

Reply:

(a) The project is implemented by the Gauteng Department of Education and not by the Department of Basic Education; and on receipt of the question, it is referred to the relevant implementing department for a response. 

(b)  The response received from the Gauteng Department of Education is attached