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20 July 2020 - NW1308

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) (a) What number of (i) Chinese nationals travelled to the Republic in (aa) November 2019, (bb) December 2019, (cc) January 2020, (dd) February 2020 and (ee) March 2020 and (ii) the specified travellers were from Wuhan and (b) what provinces did they visit; (2) whether all the Chinese nationals who had travelled to the Republic in the specified months had left the country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether there have been outbreaks of Covid-19 in the areas where the Chinese nationals had visited during their stay in the Republic; if so, what are the relevant details? QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NO. 1308 DATE OF PUBLICATION: FRIDAY, 19 JUNE 2020 INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER 22 – 2020 1308.Mr J J McGluwa (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs (1)(a) What number of (i) Chinese nationals travelled to the Republic in (aa) November 2019, (bb) December 2019, (cc) January 2020, (dd) February 2020 and (ee) March 2020 and (ii) the specified travellers were from Wuhan and (b) what provinces did they visit; (2)whether all the Chinese nationals who had travelled to the Republic in the specified months had left the country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3)whether there have been outbreaks of Covid-19 in the areas where the Chinese nationals had visited during their stay in the Republic; if so, what are the relevant details?NW1676E REPLY: (1)(a)(i) Month Arrivals Nov-19 11 869 Dec-19 8 932 Jan-20 14 055 Feb-20 4 852 Mar-20 2 022 (1)(a)(ii)The central government of China imposed a lockdown in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei on 23 January 2020. This meant no travel in or out of the city was allowed. In addition to the lockdown, the following should be noted: South African Airways (SAA) terminated operations from Beijing Capital International Airport to O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in November 2019. Air China (CA) operated direct flights from Bao'an (Huangtian) International Airport in Shenzhen and Beijing Capital International Airport to ORTIA daily. Cathy Pacific (CX) operated from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to ORTIA. During the period of the Corona outbreak, all travellers arriving at HKG from China who spend more than 14 days in China were returned. Singapore Airlines (SQ) operated from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) to ORTIA. With the outbreak in China, all travellers arriving at SIN from China who spend more than 14 days in China were returned. Japan and South Korea also informed South Africa through diplomatic channels that South African citizens arriving from China who spend more than 14 days in China during that period would be returned to China. This was followed by more than 30 other countries. (1)(a)(iii)None, as lockdown was imposed on Wuhan and other cities in Hubei from 23 January 2020. This meant no travel in or out of the city was allowed, including international travel to South Africa. (2)Not all Chinese nationals that travelled into the Republic left the country. This is mainly due to the lockdown in Wuhan that did not allow for the return of travellers to curb the spread of COVID19. It should also be noted that some Chinese Nationals entered South Africa on longer term visas for purposes such as study and work Month Arrivals Departures Difference Nov-19 11 869 11 696 173 Dec-19 8 932 12 381 -3 449 Jan-20 14 055 12 829 1 226 Feb-20 4 852 5 050 -198 Mar-20 2 022 2 970 -948 Total: 41 730 44 926 -3 196 (3)This question should be directed to the Department of Health. END

Reply:

(1)(a)(i)

Month

Arrivals

Nov-19

11 869

Dec-19

8 932

Jan-20

14 055

Feb-20

4 852

Mar-20

2 022

(1)(a)(ii) The central government of China imposed a lockdown in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei on 23 January 2020. This meant no travel in or out of the city was allowed.

In addition to the lockdown, the following should be noted:

  • South African Airways (SAA) terminated operations from Beijing Capital International Airport to O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in November 2019.
  • Air China (CA) operated direct flights from Bao'an (Huangtian) International Airport in Shenzhen and Beijing Capital International Airport to ORTIA daily.
  • Cathy Pacific (CX) operated from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to ORTIA. During the period of the Corona outbreak, all travellers arriving at HKG from China who spend more than 14 days in China were returned.
  • Singapore Airlines (SQ) operated from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) to ORTIA. With the outbreak in China, all travellers arriving at SIN from China who spend more than 14 days in China were returned.
  • Japan and South Korea also informed South Africa through diplomatic channels that South African citizens arriving from China who spend more than 14 days in China during that period would be returned to China. This was followed by more than 30 other countries.

 

(1)(a)(iii) None, as lockdown was imposed on Wuhan and other cities in Hubei from 23 January 2020. This meant no travel in or out of the city was allowed, including international travel to South Africa.

(2) Not all Chinese nationals that travelled into the Republic left the country. This is mainly due to the lockdown in Wuhan that did not allow for the return of travellers to curb the spread of COVID19. It should also be noted that some Chinese Nationals entered South Africa on longer term visas for purposes such as study and work

Month

Arrivals

Departures

Difference

Nov-19

11 869

11 696

173

Dec-19

8 932

12 381

-3 449

Jan-20

14 055

12 829

1 226

Feb-20

4 852

5 050

-198

Mar-20

2 022

2 970

-948

Total:

41 730

44 926

-3 196

(3) This question should be directed to the Department of Health.

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20 July 2020 - NW1206

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)       Whether the Government has conducted any studies into the vulnerabilities of 5G (a) networks and (b) supply chains; if not, why not; if so, (i) what is the title of each study, (ii) when was each study conducted and (iii) what were the findings of each study; (2) Whether the Government has conducted any studies into security vulnerabilities of 5G network supply chains, including the so-called back doors that allow for call or data intercepts; if not, why not; if so, (a) what is the title of each study, (b) when was each study conducted and (c) what were the findings of each study?

Reply:

I have been advised by the department as follows: -

1. The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has not conducted any studies into the alleged vulnerabilities of 5G

(a) networks; and,

(b) does not target any supplier(s).

The DCDT relies on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) studies. The DCDT has no preference on suppliers of 5G.

(2) The DCDT has not conducted any studies into the security vulnerabilities of 5G network supply chains. The DCDT is not aware of “so-called back door” call and/or data intercepts.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

20 July 2020 - NW1176

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of the upcoming Local Government Elections in 2021, what measures has his department put in place to ensure that all eligible voters have proper identity documents, in particular voters in the rural areas where Home Affairs offices are few?

Reply:

  • The Department of Home Affairs has a constitutional obligation to provide equitable and quality service to the population of the Republic of South Africa residing in both rural and urban areas. The Department through its footprint development and optimisation strategy adopted a multi-channel strategy to deliver its services and this strategy utilizes the combination of traditional distribution channels (Physical Infrastructure), non-traditional channels (Mobile Units), partnerships with Public and Private organizations and the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to deliver on its services as well as to improve Geographic access to its service and quality of services the department delivers. The department established its distribution channels through the utilization of a scientific method to assess the provision and location of its services which includes the Geographic information system that assist the department to determine the optimal number and locations of traditional channels it requires to meet the service delivery needs of the population residing in both rural and urban areas.
  • The provision of the Department’s distribution channels is determined by the Accessibility models that the Department utilises in order to determine optimal locations to establish its facilities.
  • The Department has 412 offices accross the country through which services are rendered to the public.
  • The Department has also increased its roll-out to 26 Banks where clients can lodge applications for Smart ID Cards.
  • Mobile Units are also being equiped with the new live capture technology for deployment to rural areas.
  • Provincial offices, through the Stakeholder Forum structures that has been established at Provincial, district and local municipality levels, mobilizes communities where they live to apply and collect their identity documents applied for.
  • It is a standard practice for DHA to align its operating hours to that of the IEC during voter registration dates as well as on the actual election day(s).

END

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 - NW1111

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether any (a) person and/or (b) entity paid the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to appear on a certain programme (name furnished); if so; (a) what are the names of each person and/or entity, (b) what amount did they pay in each case and (c) was the money declared in the SABC financials?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

(a) & (b) No

(a) N/A

(b) N/A

(c) N/A

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

20 July 2020 - NW1307

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) Whether, in view of his admission during a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on 9 June 2020 that he knew of Covid-19 from other countries, he will confirm that he was aware of the outbreak of Covid-19 since November 2019; (2) what steps did he take to prevent (a) Chinese nationals from travelling to the Republic at that stage and (b) residents of Wuhan specifically from travelling to the Republic; (3) whether his department put any measures in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic when he became aware of the outbreak in November 2019?

Reply:

1. The central government of China imposed a lockdown in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei on 23 January 2020. This was followed by a declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March 2020 that declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. The knowledge thus held by the Minister would be similar to any other person with access to international and social media regarding the manifestation of the virus (COVID-19).

2. (a) None as the central government of China imposed a lockdown in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei on 23 January 2020. This meant no travel in or out of the city was allowed.

               In addition to the lockdown, the following should be noted: 

  • South African Airways (SAA) terminated operations from Beijing Capital International Airport to O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in November 2019.
  • Air China (CA) operated direct flights from Bao'an (Huangtian) International Airport in Shenzhen and Beijing Capital International Airport to ORTIA daily.
  • Cathy Pacific (CX) operated from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to ORTIA. During the period of the Corona outbreak, all travellers arriving at HKG from China who spend more than 14 days in China were returned.
  • Singapore Airlines (SQ) operated from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) to ORTIA. With the outbreak in China, all travellers arriving at SIN from China who spend more than 14 days in China were returned.
  • Japan and South Korea also informed South Africa through diplomatic channels that South African citizens arriving from China who spend more than 14 days in China during that period would be returned to China.  This was followed by more than 30 other countries.

 

Upon arrival in South Africa, Port Health screens all travellers (including Chinese Nationals) on international flights before admission into the country.

The declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March 2020 that declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic was followed by an announcement by the President of the Republic of South Africa declaring a national state of disaster on 26 March 2020.  

 

3. Since the state of disaster declared by the President of the Republic of South Africa on 26 March 2020, all borders remain closed except for limited categories of movement as provided for in the Disaster Management Act and Regulations.

END

 

 

20 July 2020 - NW1208

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)What is the Government’s position regarding the concern of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance that the 5G equipment of a certain company (name furnished) has been proven to have the so-called back doors installed in network equipment that compromises the confidentiality and security of network communications traffic; (2) Whether she has been informed about the European Union’s Toolbox for 5G security initiative; if not; what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether the Republic is involved in any way in the European Union’s Toolbox for 5G security initiative; if not; why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) What other initiatives are underway to investigate the security and integrity of the Republic's mobile telecommunications networks?

Reply:

I have been advised by the department as follows: -

1. There is no position as South Africa is not a member of or affiliated with “Five Eyes” an intelligence alliance comprising of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and US who are or were parties to the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence, military intelligence, and human intelligence.

2. The Minister and department have not discussed this issue.

3. No.

(4) South Africa’s mobile operators have been responsible for rollout of secure 2G, 3G and 4G networks. This rollout was enhanced by their appropriate multi-vendor strategy of avoiding dependence on one supplier and avoidance of suppliers regarded as high risk. Without dictating the 5G rollout investment, it is the view of Government that the 5G roll-out would follow and consider the same risk principle.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

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 - NW1072

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What are the relevant details of the (a) recruitment and screening process and (b) criteria and qualifications needed by the 1 200 volunteers recruited by the National Development Agency during the Covid-19 lockdown to assist her department in food distribution, educating families on Covid-19 presentations and verification of applicants for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant to fast-track the process of the specified grant over the next six months; (2) what (a) is the (i) allocation of volunteers for each province and (ii) impact of the specified volunteers to date and (b) are the contact details of the volunteers?

Reply:

1 (a) -   When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in early March 2020, the NDA crafted a quick response to the pandemic at a time when there was lack of information about the virus, particularly in townships and rural areas. A Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) Volunteer programme was initiatedto build the capacity of civil society organisations to provide community-based responses to challenges facing them.

  • The NDA identified CSOs who were already implementing community-based programmes through volunteers and field workers. As a result, CSOs enlisted volunteers from their own organisations including beneficiaries of their normal programme activities.

Honourable members to note that the programme was implemented in two phases. Phase 1 is comprised of 580 volunteers and Phase 2 comprised of 2000 volunteers.

1 (b) -   The volunteers were not required to provide qualifications. However, they have the following relevant skills for the work to be done:

- Communication skills, including reading and writing in order to assist communities in interpreting and explaining the information on Covid-19;

- Ability to assist community members to apply for Social Relief of Distress Grants and other social protection services provided to communities;

- Knowledge of the communities in which they work, including identification of most vulnerable households.

Additionally, the CSOs and volunteers were provided training by already established provincial teams which include the Departments of Social Development, Health, SASSA and Municipalities.

(2) (a) (i) – the allocation of volunteers per Province is as follows:

Province

Number of Volunteers

Eastern Cape

  1.  

Free State

  1.  
  •  
  1.  

KwaZulu Natal

  1.  
  •  
  1.  
  •  
  1.  

North West

  1.  

Northern Cape

  1.  

Western Cape

  1.  

TOTAL

  1.  

(2)(a) (ii) impact of the specified volunteers to date:

The volunteers have reached a total number of 145 947households 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 e.g. household sources of energy data for donation of safe energy products.
  • 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 social relief of distress funds and the Department of Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund for small scale farmers.

 

(2)(b) what are the contract details of the volunteers?

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 - 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 - NW1177

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

On what date will he submit the Immigration Bill to Parliament for consideration?

Reply:

The Draft Immigration Bill is still been developed in consultations with relevant stakeholders. It will however be submitted to Parliament for consideration, once the review of the White Paper on International Migration has been undertaken and finalised.

END

20 July 2020 - NW1142

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Mulder, Mr FJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

  1. Yes. The names of the suppliers, the specified goods and or services, the amount of each transaction, and the specified goods and or services are listed on the attached EXCEL spreadsheet.
  2. Yes, some of the goods and services were procured in accordance with the prevailing emergency procurement instruction notes issued by National Treasury. The detail of each case is listed on the attached EXCEL spreadsheet.
  3. To provide the officials of the Department and clients visiting its offices with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and to sanitize offices where cases of Covid 19 were reported.
  4. No.

END

20 July 2020 - NW1193

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) remedial actions have been taken regarding the escape of at least 37 foreign nationals from the Lindela Repatriation Centre on 3 May 2020, (b) sanctions have been taken against the security service provider and (c) actions have his department taken to ensure that the payment dispute between security staff and the service provider have been resolved?

Reply:

(a) A criminal charge was opened at the Krugersdorp Police Station and the investigation has been transferred to the SAPS Gauteng Provincial Office for further investigation.

(b) The penalty to be levied on the company will be measured contractually and according to the Conventional Penalties Act to quantify the damage suffered by the department.

(c) The service provider, Enviromongz, requested the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) to conduct an inspection of the Lindela Holding Facility, and it was confirmed that they were not in breach of any laws regarding the shift patterns, as well as the payment of wages and salaries. The PSIRA findings have been communicated with Lindela officials and staff.

END

 

20 July 2020 - NW1236

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Mabhena, Mr TB to ask the Minister of Transport

(a)Whether the Road Accident Fund has introduced a policy to no longer make use of the services of private lawyers to investigate and settle claims; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes, the Road Accident Fund has put forth such a policy for implementation. There is a court ruling which has went against the RAF, extending the panel of attorneys’ service level agreement by a further six months. The matter is now sub judice, because this ruling is being appealed by the Minister and the RAF

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.

20 July 2020 - NW1278

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to the recommendations of the 2018 Dimension Data investigation into issues raised with the State IT Agency (SITA) regarding downtime at offices of his department, what (a) total number of the 32 areas of Home Affairs responsibility have been completed, (b) total number of the two areas of SITA responsibility have been completed, (c) has his department done to address the power issues at their front offices with the involvement of the Department of Public Works, (d) has his department done to deal with the challenges caused by Telkom trunk failures and (e) total number of the 398 obsolete network devices owned by his department have been updated?

Reply:

a) Nine (9) areas have been completed and these include the migration of the following systems into SITA data centres from SARS i.e. SMS Gateway, e-Home Affairs, BQMS and e-Visa. Eighteen (18) areas are in progress and five (5) have not started.

b) The two (2) areas that are part of SITA’s responsibility involve switching centres across the country and one has been completed and another one is in progress.

c) We have installed generators in all Live Capture offices.

d) The Department engaged SITA with regard to the Telkom Trunk Failures to review our Service Level Agreements with SITA in order to improve support turnaround times.

e) The Department is currently addressing the issue of obsolete network devices by doing a technology refresh of the Network Equipment, namely Routers and Switches, in a phase approach.

The Department has managed to purchase the following new Network devices:

  • 2018/19 - 100 Routers and 60 Switches
  • 2019/20 - 50 Routers and 40 Switches
  • 2020/21 - 30 Routers and 30 Switch
  • END

 

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 - NW1207

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)Whether the Government interacted with certain companies (Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson) that are suppliers of 5G equipment; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what was the nature of the specified engagement; (2) Whether Government has indicated a preference for any of the specified suppliers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, why?

Reply:

I have been advised by the department as follows: -

(1) The department engages with these companies on an ad hoc basis to discuss among other issues, the following:

a) Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprise (SMME) development;

b) Skills development; and,

c) Technology trends.

There has been on-going engagement with Ericsson regarding innovation. Furthermore, the department has engaged Huawei on skills development and participated at its workshop.

(2) The SA Government has no preference of supplier, hence the methodology by mobile operators to utilise a multi-vendor approach in their roll-out.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

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 - NW1191

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 187 on 1 June 2020, his department engaged in any public participation process regarding the new Home Affairs Access Model for the optimal location of front offices to ensure that accessibility modelling done on a computer makes sense on the ground?

Reply:

1. The development of DHA Access Model adopts scientific methodologies rather than a subjective approach in the determination of optimal locations for its service points to ensure provision of equitable access to its services. However, the department conducted the Customer Satisfaction survey in 2018 which confirmed that the department’s service points are not located optimally and not fairly distributed.

2. The Accessibility Modelling that is done on the computer utilises the accessibility modelling software which applies and run three accessibility models, that is, Expansion, Reduction and Relocation Model. These accessibility models takes into account realities on the ground, including demographics of the population (distribution, composition and concentration of the population), geographical areas within the country and spatial information related to geographic coordinates of the existing offices, road network and distance norms and mode of transport available to citizens.

To be more specific, the following information pertaining to realities on the ground is incorporated into the accessibility modelling software during the process to determine optimal locations:

  • 1.1 Demographic information on the distribution of the population, using Population Census 2011, Community Survey 2016 and Population estimates.
  • 1.2 Existing geographic areas, that is, urban and rural areas, including villages, towns and suburbs from where the target population is located; The target population for the department’s services is the total population and every individual interact with the department more than five times in their lifetime.
  • 1.3 The road network including information on the speed limits for different types of roads within the country and different modes of transport; Road network information, including national, secondary and tertiary roads and footpaths which are used create distance tables that provide information on the distance from each geographic place to every other geographic place. This information provides better link between communities, DHA service points and the road network
  • 1.4 The geographic coordinates of existing service points which are used to determine the service delivery gap and the actual distance citizens currently travels to the department’s service points
  • 1.5 Geographic access norms and standards and population parameters for different types of service points are also incorporated into Accessibility Model. The imported geographic access norms and standards include:
  • Distance norm, the emphasis is on the distance that citizens travel to reach DHA service points. The revised distance norm for the department’s services is 25km in Urban areas and 20km in rural areas.
  • Population threshold of DHA service points, which provides the minimum number of beneficiaries which can be served at different types of DHA service point per year.
  • 1.6 Furthermore, the department has further integrated the geographic access norms in other standards which take into consideration the quality and affordability of DHA services and the needs of people with physical and other vulnerabilities. These include:
  • Service standards, these covers the turnaround times, operating times, processing times, the cost and quality dimensions of DHA services
  • Internal capacity standards, provides adequate staffing, productivity and infrastructure required for different types of services points
  • Facility standards, includes physical accessibility standards and space specifications which are used to develop DHA Model office required for the construction of new service points and refurbishment and reconfiguration of existing service points.
  • 1.7 Accessibility statistics are generated and maps showing optimum locations of service points produced using ArcMap.

2. The model begins locating the optimal sites for facilities based on where the largest concentrations of beneficiaries are located. Facilities are continually added until all optimally located sites have been identified. As each of the facilities is added, the accessibility model takes into consideration competition between services points for beneficiaries situated nearby and the location of facilities is continually adjusted to ensure that beneficiaries’ area allocated to their closest service point.

It must be noted that optimal sites might not be identified in some areas, particularly where geographic access standards and population parameters of the different types of service points could not be met. In such instances, the department considers other ways in which access to DHA services can be improved. The department, uses mobile services, participate in Thusong Centre and further uses eHomeAffairs as complementary channels to its facilities.

3. The DHA Access Model will provide the total number of facilities as well as the total number of mobile visiting points required for the department in order to meet the service delivery needs of the people and attain its Constitutional mandate.

4. In conclusion, accessibility modelling conducted on a computer takes into consideration realities on the ground and services provided to clients on an equal basis, for example, every client is to travel a maximum of 25 km to DHA service points in urban areas and every client residing in rural areas travels a maximum of 20 km to DHA service point. Therefore, the primary goal of the DHA Access Model is to:

  • Assess the distances that citizens currently travel to the department’s service points in order to identify the gaps in provision of services
  • Address the needs of citizens to access facilities within urban and rural areas in an equitable manner and
  • Develop strategies on affordable solutions to improve geographic access to the department’s services

The DHA Access Model is based on a 25km distance norms in urban areas and 20km distance norm in rural areas. Once the Model is finalised, the department will conduct consultative workshops and meetings with stakeholders and beneficiaries to get an understanding of a reasonable distance from their perspective given the socio-environmental and economic factors. The department will continue improving geographic access to its services through the reduction of distance norms given the changes in the distribution of the population, composition and concentration of the population, changes to socioeconomic and other characteristics, including migration, changes to human settlement patterns and new developments.

END

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 - 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 - 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 - NW1194

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether she will provide Ms A L A Abrahams with the details of the (a) memorandum of understanding and (b) service-level agreement between her department and a certain nonprofit organisation (details furnished) that received a contract from her department for the distribution of food relief across the Republic; if not, why not; if so, by what date, in each case; (2) what is the total (a) amount in Rand that was paid to the specified nonprofit organisation to date and (b) number of households in each province which (i) received food relief from the organisation and (ii) are yet to receive food relief from the organisation?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Minister will provide the requested information.

2. (a) the pledge letter and (b) the contract signed by the Acting Director-General Mr Toni, to commission the services of KIRINOX across the country are attached.

3. (a) An amount of R50 million was paid by 31 May 2020.

(b)(i) The contract was to supply a relief package consisting of food, personal protective equipment (PPEs), blankets and mattresses to the homeless people in shelters (not to households). The table below reflects the number of shelters and individuals who receive the relief package by the end of the contract on 31 May 2020. These numbers still need to audited and may fluctuate when compared to the final audited close-out report.

Province

Beneficiary

Shelter

EC

934

25

GP

381

5

WC

14 400

26

KZN

34

1

MPU

2 000

14

LIM

466

5

FS

500

5

NC

244

3

NW

1 692

22

Delivered

20 651

106

(ii) There are no outstanding items for delivery of food relief from KIRINOX at the conclusion of the project on 31 May 2020.

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.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

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

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 - 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 - 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.

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 - 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

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 - 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.