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11 March 2022 - NW134

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 220 on 4 June 2021 regarding the property belonging to her department located at the corner of Jubilee Crescent and Andries Pretorius Street in Somerset West (details furnished), she has been informed of the current condition of the building; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) immediate steps does her department intend to take to address the matter and (b) are the (i) plans for the building and (ii) time frames for the (aa) repairs, (bb) Investment Analysis undertaken to ascertain the future utilisation of the property and (cc) Structural Report?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1 (a) I have been informed by the Department that the building was boarded up to prevent any unlawful occupation.

(b) (i) The outcome of the Investment Analysis report recommended that the portion of land on which the damaged house is situated be subdivided and sold on the open market, subject to obtaining all the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities.

(ii) (aa) The damaged house will not be repaired as the intention is to sell the property via open tender.

(bb) The investment analysis report has been finalised, and the outcome was that the property be sold on an open market, subject to obtaining all the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities.

(cc) The outcome of the report recommended that the property be sold on an open market, subject to obtaining all the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities.

 

11 March 2022 - NW15

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

In respect of road works in KwaZulu-Natal in the 2020-21 financial year, what (a) total number of contractors received contracts from (i) the SA National Roads Agency and (ii) his department, (b) are the names of the specified contractors, (c) are the relevant details of the work that each contract entailed, (d) are the roads on which the work took place and (e) is the date of completion for each contract?

Reply:

(a)(i)

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

Number

Name of Contractor

Type of work

National Route

Estimated Completion Date

1

Geomech Africa (Pty) Ltd

GEOTECHNICAL DRILLING SERVICES FOR THE UPGRADING OF NATIONAL ROUTE 2 BETWEEN UMTENTWENI INTERCHANGE (SECTION 22, KM 34.8) AND HIBBERDENE INTERCHANGE (SECTION 23, KM 5.3)

N2

June 2021

 

Geomech Africa (Pty) Ltd

GEOTECHNICAL DRILLING SERVICES FOR THE UPGRADE OF NATIONAL ROUTE 2, SECTION 32 FROM PONGOLA (KM 30.80) TO THE MPUMALANGA BORDER (KM 70.16)

N2

June 2021

 

Geomech Africa (Pty) Ltd

GEOTECHNICAL DRILLING INVESTIGATION FOR THE DESIGN OF THE UPGRADE TO NATIONAL ROUTE 2 SECTION 24 AND SECTION 25 BETWEEN LOVU RIVER (KM 12.0) AND UMLAAS CANAL (KM 2.7)

N2

October 2021

2

Leomat Construction (Pty) Ltd

WIDENING OF NATIONAL ROUTE R22 SECTION 5, THROUGH KWANGWANASE TOWN

R22

June 2023

3

Martin & East (Pty) Ltd

MANUFACTURE OF A TEMPORARY VEHICLE RESTRAINT CONCRETE BARRIER SYSTEM FOR THE UPGRADING OF NATIONAL ROUTES 2 AND 3 IN THE EASTERN REGION

N2 & N3

April 2023

4

Raubex Construction (Pty) Ltd

THE UPGRADE OF NATIONAL ROUTE 3, SECTION 2 FROM DARDANELLES (KM 26.6) TO LYNNFIELD PARK (KM 30.6)

N3

June 2024

 

Raubex Construction (Pty) Ltd

THE UPGRADE TO NATIONAL ROUTE 3, SECTION 2, FROM CATO RIDGE (KM 20,2) TO DARDANELLES (KM 26,6).

N3

April 2025

 

Raubex Construction (Pty) Ltd

THE UPGRADING OF NATIONAL ROUTE 2 FROM KWAMASHU INTERCHANGE, SECTION 25 (KM 28.6) TO UMDLOTI RIVER BRIDGE, SECTION 26 (KM 14.0)

N2

December 2025

5

Raubex KZN (Pty) Ltd

PERIODIC MAINTENANCE OF THE NATIONAL ROUTE N2, BETWEEN SECTION 21, IZINGOLWENI (KM 101.1) AND SECTION 22, MURCHISON (KM 18.4)

N2

June 2022

 

Raubex KZN (Pty) Ltd

PERIODIC MAINTENANCE OF NATIONAL ROUTE 2 SECTION 22 FROM MTAMVUNA RIVER

(KM 0.00) TO KANDANDLOVU (KM 12.40) - Package 1

N2

April 2022

 

Raubex KZN (Pty) Ltd

PERIODIC MAINTENANCE OF NATIONAL ROUTE 2 SECTION 22 FROM KANDANDLOVU

(KM 12.40) TO MBIZANA RIVER (KM 24.00) - Package 2

N2

April 2022

 

Raubex KZN (Pty) Ltd

RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SLOW LANE ON NATIONAL ROUTE 3 SECTION 3 FROM SANCTUARY ROAD INTERCHANGE (KM 15.2) TO LINK ROAD (KM 21.2)

N3

August 2022

6

Rumdel Construction Cape (Pty) Ltd

THE UPGRADE TO NATIONAL ROUTE 3, SECTIONS 2 AND 3 FROM LYNNFIELD PARK (KM30.6) TO ASHBURTON (KM0.8)

N3

January 2025

7

Tau Pele Construction (Pty) Ltd

PERIODIC MAINTENANCE ON NATIONAL ROUTE 2, SECTION 29 FROM EMPANGENI T-JUNCTION (km 13.00) TO km 28.80

N2

July 2022

 

Tau Pele Construction (Pty) Ltd

PERIODIC MAINTENANCE ON NATIONAL ROUTE 2, SECTION 29 FROM km 28.8 TO ETEZA WEIGHBRIDGE (km 44.6)  - Package 2

N2

July 2022

8

Telegenix Trading 799 (Pty) Ltd

MOOI RIVER TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE OPERATIONS

N3

May 2026

9

Trench and Blasting (Pty) Ltd

THE PROVISION OF CRUSHED AGGREGATE FROM THE RCL 9 QUARRY FOR THE UPGRADE OF THE N3 BETWEEN CATO RIDGE TO NEW ENGLAND ROAD

N3

August 2026

10

Triamic Construction (Pty) Ltd

CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW KOKSTAD INTERCHANGE AND TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE ON NATIONAL ROUTE 2, SECTION 21 (KM 6.4)

N2

November 2023

10 March 2022 - NW615

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       What total number of temporary teachers are employed in all public schools; (2) whether her department has any plans to place such teachers in permanent positions; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) There are three categories of educators appointed in a temporary capacity. Those appointed in posts that are temporary in their nature or posts that are additional to the declared school post establishment. These include educators appointed in temporary posts such as Dinaledi posts, growth posts, class size reduction posts etc. Those that are appointed against vacant substantive promotional posts. This is to address the temporary workload increase as a result of the vacant promotional post. And those that are appointed in vacant substantive post level one posts. These are vacant post level one posts that are part of the post establishment of a school and are filled through matching and placement in order to ensure that there is a teacher in front of the class and are continuously being converted to permanent in terms of section 6B of the Employment of Educators Act (EEA) and Collective Agreement 1 of 2018. Therefore only the latter group can be converted to permanent if they meet the requirements of the posts.

As of the end of December 2021, there were 8 713 temporary educators that were appointed in vacant substantive post level one posts.

(2) As indicated above these educators are continuously being considered for permanent placement upon confirmation by the Head of Department after consultation with the school governing body and confirmation that they meet the requirements of the post.

10 March 2022 - NW247

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Tafeni, Ms N to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What assistance is provided to families of learners in public schools who cannot afford to buy books and stationery?

Reply:

The procurement of textbooks and stationery are managed by Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) through their allocated budgets for Learning and Teaching Support Materials(LTSM). The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has developed catalogues for Grades R-12 from which Provinces have to procure textbooks for all their learners in different grades. The DBE delivers only workbooks for Grades R to 9 to about 24 000 public schools. In addition, DBE has developed state owned resources for Reading ( Grades 1-3 Readers and Big books in 11 Languages) Physical Sciences, Natural Science and Technology and Mathematics in selected Grades and provinces have been provided with DVDs with these materials for printing. For stationery, provinces have been provided with allocations on LTSM to procure for all learners. These state owned resources were also made available on DVDs and are accessible through the DBE website.

10 March 2022 - NW228

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What action has she taken to ensure that the Mjokwane Secondary School in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga, which was declared a science school, is provided with sufficient (a) number of teachers and (b) learner support material, such as computers?

Reply:

What action has she taken to ensure that the Mjokwane Secondary School in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga, which was declared a science school, is provided with sufficient (a) number of teachers and (b) learner support material, such as computers?

(a) number of teachers

There are norms and standards which stipulate learners teacher ratio. Mjokwane Secondary School is treated like any other public school in the country in terms of the number of teachers which this school should have. If there are vacant posts, the management of the school would follow all the necessary procedures to appoint teachers.  

(b) learner support material, such as computers

The same applies with learner materials, there are also norms and standards which govern how learner materials should be distributed. All schools in the country operate homogeneously in term of learner materials. For an example, one learner gets one textbook for a subject a learner is offering. Schools which offer Computer Applications Technology (CAT) have computers. Mjokwane Secondary School does not offer CAT hence computer at this school is primarily used for administration purposes. Kindly note the subjects offered at Mjokwane Secondary School from their 2021 Grade 12 Results:

 

10 March 2022 - NW625

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What total number of schools in (i) the Eastern Cape and (ii) KwaZulu-Natal are still without scholar transport, (b) by what date will each specified school that needs assistance from her department with scholar transport be provided with such assistance and (c) what is the total budget allocation by her department for scholar transport for each specified province?

Reply:

a) (i) 00 and (ii) 397

b) The shortage of scholar transport in KwaZulu Natal is attributed to shortages in funding from the Equitable Share. Discussions are however, ongoing with the respective Provincial Treasury to ensure that the Learner Transport Programme in KwaZulu Natal is funded, adequately. The Sector is also working towards an integrated sectoral school infrastructure planning, in trying to ensure that schools are build where there is a massive need, to relief pressure off the Learner Transport Programme. In the interim, the Sector is also working closely with the Department of Transport through the Shova Khalula Bicycle Programme, with the primary target being learners in rural, remote and poorly resourced areas, who walk longer distances to schools are provided with bicycles. The intended outcome is to reduce travel time for learners and improve school attendance thereby providing relief to the Learner Transport programme.

c) (i) Eastern Cape-R791 380 256.52 and (ii) KwaZulu Natal-R457 000 000.00

10 March 2022 - NW594

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) lessons has his department learnt from COVID-19 about the state of public health provision in the Eastern Cape and (b) measures does his department intend to put in place to revamp the state of public health in that province?

Reply:

a) Covid-19 showed that there are challenges within the province that are because of fiscal constraints and the impact of medico-legal litigations which impact quality of care provisioning. This was also because of critical staff shortage because of the fiscal constraints impact. Further exacerbating staff morale. The pull of these already tight resources to mitigate Covid-19 resulted in service backlogs in other priority programmes such as HIV and Aids, TB, and Immunisation.

b) The department has developed a five-pillar strategic approach to mitigate and improve the quality of care within the province. These are –

(i) Financial sustainability.

(ii) Medico-legal mitigation strategy

(iii) Service Optimisation.

(iv) Digitalisation and eHealth implementation.

(v) Healthy Communities initiatives with focus on:

  • Maternal and child health.
  • Communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Mental health.
  • Clinical governance.
  • NHI implementation strategies.

On Covid-19 mitigation, the department had an intra-action review sessions in-between the covid-19 waves and shared the lessons were learnt that led to improvement of the response. These included:

(i) Empowering the Community Health Workers to use oxymeters for monitoring home isolated patients and educating communities to seek early intervention and hospital admissions.

(ii) Increased bed capacity to ensure all patients could be accommodated. This was further supported with increased oxygen point availability.

(iii) Improved clinical protocols and monitored management of patient care by clinical managers including ensuring all patients were seen daily including weekends.

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10 March 2022 - NW74

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With regard to the bulk water supply by Magalies Water to Region 5 of the City of Tshwane, Gauteng, what is the status of the repair and/or replacement project of the 210m water supply pipeline at Wilge Dam that was washed away in December 2019, which affects water supply to the Refilwe, Cullinan, Rayton, Petra Diamond Mine and Zonderwater areas. (2) In light of the fact that the inability of Magalies Water to resolve the issue is causing water shortages for residents and reservoir levels to run low, what is the deadline for the full restoration of the bulk water supply. (3) What measures are being put in place to (a) deal with power supply issues and/or (b) erect temporary power supply solutions as Magalies Water cites Eskom power outages as the reason for regular bulk water shortages to the area?

Reply:

1.  A temporary raw water pipeline and pump station was installed by the Petra Diamond Mine in December 2019 after the flood damage of the Wilge Dam infrastructure. The temporary pumping system can supply on average, 11 Ml/d to the users. The average demand in Cullinan for the past financial two years was about 10 – 10.5 Ml/d which has been met by the Cullinan WTW. There have been interruptions to supply that are due to power outages.

(2) The Wilge Dam infrastructure, including the pumps, pipeline which was damaged by the flooding is owned and maintained by the Petra Diamond Mines. The Petra Diamond Mine is in the process of repairing the damaged infrastructure. The following progress has been made in this regard:

  • Detailed designs and Bill of Quantities for the Civils, Mechanical Electrical and Control & Instrumentation (C&I) designs have been completed
  • The Environmental Authorisation was received from Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Currently awaiting approvals for Water Use License Application from the Department of Water and Sanitation DWS.
  • Tenders for appointment of Contractors have been advertised and appointment of contractors is expected to be concluded by end of April
  • Construction is expected to start in May/June 2022. The expected Project completion date is January/February 2023.

(3) Magalies Water has a contract with the City of Tshwane (CoT) for power supply. Power supply interruptions are therefore reported to the CoT for investigation and resolution, whether the interruptions are a result of challenges with their own infrastructure or Eskom related. Interventions to resolve power supply outage challenges include:

  • Engagements with the CoT to improve the unreliable electricity supply
  • Formal correspondence to CoT, requesting that Magalies Water be exempted from load shedding as this negatively impacts bulk water supply
  • The installation of standby generators was explored and found to be unaffordable
  • The raw reserved buffer dam has been cleaned and repaired and recommissioned.
  • Magalies Water is also exploring the possibility of the Petra Diamond Mine to supply the Cullinan WTW with electricity as alternative power supply.

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10 March 2022 - NW141

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

On what date (a) will construction of the water pipeline from the Xhariep Dam to the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality commence and (b) is the construction envisaged to be completed?

Reply:

a)  Construction of the water pipeline from Xhariep Dam to Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is scheduled to start in July 2025. The next phase of the project will comprise of detailed designs, securing funding and contracting agreements.

b) It is envisaged that the project will be completed by June 2029.

10 March 2022 - NW472

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Nodada, Mr BB to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) is the current backlog of schools requiring (i) sanitation, (ii) electricity, (iii) water, (iv) replacement due to inappropriate materials and (b) total number of the schools was provided with the specified infrastructure in the (i) 2019-20 and (ii) 2020-21 financial years?

Reply:

a) (i) 35 of the scope on the ASIDI programme

    (ii) The scope for electricity is completed

    (iii) 101 of the scope defined on the ASIDI programme

    (iv) 41 of the scope defiend on the ASIDI programme

 

b) (i) Sanitation: 544 on the ASIDI & SAFE programmes

        Electricity: Scope completed

        Water: 87 on the ASIDI programme

        Inappropriate Structures: 28 on the ASIDI programme

    (ii) Sanitation: 263 on the ASIDI and SAFE programmes

        Electricity: Scope completed

        Water:  100 on the ASIDI programmes 

        Inappropriate Structures: 32 on the ASIDI programme

10 March 2022 - NW19

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)In light of the water shortages experienced by the residents in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality area and surrounding areas, specifically in Umlazi, where residents at times go hours and even days without running water and experience periodical cut-offs, what interventions has his department made in this regard, including (a) mechanisms, (b) processes and (c) procedures that have been implemented to avoid future water cuts;

Reply:

a) The municipality rations water supply to avoid total collapse of the water supply infrastructure. The water rationing is done on a daily basis at night-time where demand for water is less allowing the infrastructure to build up storage. This is done from 20H00 to 03H00.

The Department of Water and Sanitation instructed eThekwini Metro as the WSA within its jurisdiction to undertake an investigation on the ongoing water supply interruptions within and surrounding Umlazi areas. The report indicated short, medium, and long terms solutions to mitigate the water supply challenges in the Umlazi areas.

The table below shows the short, medium, and long terms solutions that eThekwini Metro has initiated and planned to undertake to stabilize the Umlazi water system:

Item

Intervention

Description

Budget Required

Funding Source

Financial Year

1.

Short Term

Dedicated day to day operation and maintenance of Umlazi water supply system

R560 000 per month (outsourced excluding internal costs)

Internal O&M Budget

2021/2022

2.

Medium Term

Optimized maintenance of the Umlazi water supply system

R560 000 per month (outsourced excluding internal costs)

Internal O&M Budget

2021/2022

3.

Long Term

Replacement and Upgrade of the Umlazi water supply system

R2 billion (including bulk and distribution networks)

Not funded yet

N/A

Water supply into Umlazi system comes from Durban Heights Water Treatment Works (DHWTW) located in Reservoir Hills through the twin southern aqueduct lines, 1200mm steel and a 950mm diameter pipes. This aqueduct supplies Shallcross, Chatsworth, Northdene, Queensburgh, St Wendolins, Washington Heights, Welbedatch and ultimately Umlazi (including Nsimbini, Folweni and Golokodo).

The condition of the 950mm diameter pipe has deteriorated over the past four years which caused frequent major leaks that required major repairs resulting to a decision to isolate all sections of this pipe. The impact of the pipe isolation resulted in reduced system input volume to all downstream areas (Chatsworth, Shallcross, St Wendolins, Nagina, Northdene, Queensburgh, Welbedatch, Umlazi, Folweni, Nsimbini and Golokodo). This affected most the critical points (furthest and highest points), Umlazi 2 which supplies C, F, G, H, N & W Sections and ultimately Nsimbini, Folweni and Golokodo.

(a-c) The municipality, together with its water service provider (Umgeni Water) is in the process of refurbishing and upgrading bulk infrastructure which includes upgrade and replacement of bulk pipelines. The refurbishment of Reservoir 3 began in November 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by August 2022.

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10 March 2022 - NW686

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

(1)       (a) How is the equitable share calculation to provinces made and (b) what is the formula that is used for the portion allocated to public ordinary schools; (2) whether there is an allocation to public special needs schools; if not, (a) why not and (b) how are the learners of such schools funded; if so, what is the formula that is used; (3) whether there is an allocation for learners outside the compulsory school-going age of 7 to 15 years; if not, (a) why not and (b) how are such learners funded; if so, how is it calculated?

Reply:

Answer: 1(a): In terms of the equitable share, 48% of the overall budget should be allocated to Basic Education in the provinces but this is not always the case. The allocation of the budget (i.e. equitable share) in the provinces is the prerogative of the Provincial Executive.

Answer 1(b):  The Public Ordinary Schools’ operations are funded through the National Norms and Standards for School Funding (NNSSF). The NNSSF takes into account the quintile (Q) ranking of the schools which is pro poor with the poorest (Q1 to Q3) which are no fee schools receiving the highest subsidy. 

Answer question 2: The Department of Basic Education (DBE) does not have policy relating to the funding of Special schools.  The draft policy was not approved due to budget constraints. The DBE has developed Guidelines for Resourcing for Inclusive Education System in a quest to guide the PEDs whilst working towards a policy document in this regard.

Answer question 3: According to the National Treasury 2022 Budget, the equitable share formula for basic education is based on the age cohort 5 to 17 for school-going age and not 7 to 15. Table 2 is an example of the 2022 Budget. There is no earmarked or specific funding for learners above 17 years. The same allocation for the age cohort 5 to 17 is also extended to learners above 17 years. 

10 March 2022 - NW434

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

With reference to a media statement by her department on 20 February ( details furnished), the Memorandum of understanding that was signed between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Ireland and two South Africa – Ireland Joint Commission for Co-operation that were held in 2019 and 2022 respectively, what are the full, relevant details of the (a) specified economic  cooperation that has been promoted during the bilateral meetings and (b) rand value to the South African economy?

Reply:

a) Bilateral political and economic relations between South Africa and Ireland are strong, the direct investment volume of Irish companies in South Africa is estimated at R23.66 billion with an average project size of around R815.51 million per project. In total, there are twenty (20) Irish companies in South Africa who employ an estimated 8 000 people. These include investments in sectors such as renewable energy, agriculture and ICT. The export basket from South Africa Ireland in 2020 was composed of both primary agricultural products such as citrus fruits, apples and grapes, and value-added products such as tools; motor vehicles; chemical wood pulp, and mineral products such as coal; while the import basket from Ireland into SA consisted of mainly value-added products such as medicaments, powered aircraft, automatic data processing machinery, orthopaedic appliances, among others. South African products such as vegetables and fruit showed significant improvement in exports to Ireland.

b) During 2021 South African exports amounted to R 2, 661,777,372 compared to R 1,715,160,914 in 2020. The balance of trade is still very much in Ireland's favour as Irish exports to South Africa amounted to R 6, 570 billion compared to R 6, 501 billion in 2020.

09 March 2022 - NW497

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister of Police

What are the (a)(i) names and (ii) ages of the victims of a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened in KwaThema, City of Ekurhuleni, on or about 14 January 2022 in which a vehicle of SA Police Service was involved (b) names of the officers involved;

Reply:

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09 March 2022 - NW226

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Police

(1) What is his official position regarding the case registered against the National Commissioner by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate; (2) Whether the Commissioner will step down to allow the investigation to take place; if not, why not, if so by what date?

Reply:

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09 March 2022 - NW595

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Whether he has identified any improvements in the current programmes to extend the reach of water safety lessons to all citizens; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Significant strides and efforts continue to be made in educating particularly learners on water safety. Some of leading initiatives being, Swimming South Africa’s Water Safety Education, popular Learn to Swim, Ocean Splash Water Safety, Lifesaving Water Safety Awareness.

One of the major barriers to ensuring that the current programmes reach all the corners of the country remains access to facilities such as swimming pools. Inadequate provision of swimming pools and poor maintenance thereof by the Municipalities has a direct impact on rate at which water safety programmes are rolled out.

09 March 2022 - NW216

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)What systems has she put in place to measure the performance of the Commissioners of the Public Service Commission; (2) whether she has found that the (a) systems work and (b) Commissioners are doing what they are expected to do; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the further relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1) Section 196 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, (the Constitution), regulates the Public Service Commission (PSC). Key provisions relevant to the question at hand provide as follows:

(a) Section 196(1) of the Constitution provides that there is a single PSC for the Republic.

(b) Section 196 (4)(e) of the Constitution provides that the PSC must report on its activities and the performance of its functions, including any finding it may make and directions and advice it may give, and provide an evaluation of the extent to which the values and principles set out in Section 195 are complied with.

(c) Section 196 (5) of the Constitution provides that the PSC is accountable to the National Assembly.

(d) Section 196 (6) of the Constitution provides that the PSC must, in terms of subsection (4)(e), report at least once a year to the National Assembly, and in respect of its activities in a province, to the legislature of that province.

(e) Section 196 (7) of the Constitution provides that PSC has the following 14 commissioners appointed by the President:

(i) five commissioners approved by the National Assembly; and

(ii) one commissioner for each province nominated by the Premier of the province

Commissioners are envisaged to form part of a single PSC, and required to follow the same polices and decision making processes of the PSC. Given the above, the PSC reports annually to the National Assembly on its activities in terms of section 196 (4)(e) of the Constitution, 1996, as a single entity.

Commissioners are appointed in terms of section 196 (7) of the Constitution and not in terms of the Public Service Act and therefore not accountable to the Minister for the Public Service and Administration. The PSC’s budget is appropriated through the Minister. The National Assembly is regarded as the employer and responsible for the performance of the PSC.

It is also worth mentioning that during discussions on the legislative process around the Public Service Commission Amendment Act, 2019, the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration/ Performance Monitoring & Evaluation agreed that Parliament should set the criteria for renewal and the assessment of the performance of Commissioners and that it is not a function of the PSC. The PSC did provide input on this to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee in November 2021.

2)Please refer to response above.

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09 March 2022 - NW592

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

What value has he found the sport, arts and culture sectors added to the economic value chain of the republic since 1 april 2017 in terms of (a) the number of jobs that were created and (b) promoting a socially cohesive society with a national identity?

Reply:

The cultural and creative economy makes a significant contribution to the economy and employment in South Africa. The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) research funded by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture through Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) reports that Cultural and Creative Industry (CCI) contributed R74.4bn to the country's GDP between 2016 and 2018. In the report titled Economic Mapping of the Cultural and Creative Industries in South Africa 2020 (SACO 2020) it was found that the core creative industries contributed 3.05% to the South African GDP in 2017, that is R155 billion, and the supporting industries had a share of 2.24% of the GDP at R115 billion, which is a total share of 5.29% of the GDP. In 2018 the direct impact (also called “Value Added”) of the CCIs was R74.39 billion which accounts for 1.7% of South Africa’s GDP. Furthermore, in same period of 2018, the CCIs contributed R271.9 billion to the capital stock of South Africa.

It is revealed in the preliminary SACO 2022 CCI Mapping Study that in 2015 the cultural and creative economy made up 5.6% of jobs in 2017 it increased to 5.9% and in 2019 to 6% of all employment in the country.

Further the Department has several interventions that it has and continues to implement; ranging from the Presidential Employment Stimulus Program; Creation of spaces; the Community Arts Development Program; the Visual Arts and Design Program; the Public Art Program; the National and Provincial Flagship Projects (including Festivals; Exhibitions and Cultural Events); amongst others. For an example; the Presidential Employment Stimulus Program has translated into a creation more than 36 000 jobs; as a result contributing to employment; reconstruction and recovery of the sector. The Department has also implemented an intervention that is part of ensuring that there an enabling environment through creation of spaces where the cultural and creative industries can thrive. Already great progress has been made in venturing into Limpopo; Mpumalanga and North West which are the only provinces that did not have Performing Arts Institutions at the calibre of those in Western Cape; Gauteng; Free State and KwaZulu Natal. The Flagship projects focus on preservation and promotion of culture in the country; through partnership with key stakeholders and alignment to the Social Cohesion and Nation building agenda

These and other programs mentioned above are key in bringing in a sense of identity; reflecting and encouraging local content; and promotion of the national identity.

My Department, through the community library grant, is employing a total number of 2489 contract staff to manage and provide access to library and information services to the citizens. In 2020/21, as part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus package, the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) was allocated an amount of R60 million in response to the job losses that came as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Half of the amount, R30 million was allocated to the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa (NARSSA) for the digitisation of archival records and the remaining R30 million to NLSA for the digitization of newspapers and periodicals. The allocation was mainly to be used towards the appointment of 326 unemployed youth and the procurement of digitisation equipment. As a result thereof, 453 youth benefited from the project which commenced in November 2020 to December 2021. In addition to this, 12 unemployed youth were also appointed at NARSSA to assist with cleaning services. They were appointed in September 2020 and are still in the employ of the Department. Investigations are underway to see the possibility of extending their contracts for additional 12 months.

08 March 2022 - NW257

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What total number of (a) persons are currently employed in the Public Service and (b) the specified persons will reach a retirement age in 2025?

Reply:

a) The number of persons currently employed in the Public Service as at 14 February 2022 is 1 230 835.

b) The total number of persons that will reach the retirement age of 65 in 2025 is 131 176.

Source: PERSAL

End

08 March 2022 - NW447

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

(1) What is the current backlog in terms of the total number of refugee and/or asylum-seeker applications; (2) What is the nature of the assistance offered by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to his department in order to fix the asylum and refugee management system; (3) What total number of section 22 asylum-seeker visas in terms of the Refugees Act, Act 130 of 1998, have been granted by his department in 2021?

Reply:

1. The backlogs are with SCRA and RAASA. Hitherto, SCRA has already cleared past backlogs in other four RROs, with 24 000 files remaining at Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre. All these files are already on paperless platform and are awaiting final enhancements which should be finalized early March 2022 before they are loaded on the SCRA platform for finality.

RAASA backlog opening balance is 123 500 and the newly recruited members have already started to consider these files.

(2) The Department of Home Affairs has entered into a multiyear agreement with the United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) for the implementation of the Backlog Project aimed at providing support to the Refugee Appeal Authority to finalise and deliver appeal decisions. The project aims to introduce support mechanism that will not only address the existing backlog, but to put in place new systems and capacity to prevent new backlogs from forming. The agreement sets out the essential elements of the project and relevant obligations of the parties over a period of four years. For the full four years of the project, UNHCR will contribute to the recruitment of additional 36 members of the Refugee Appeal Authority.

On 25 January 2022 I met the UN Assistant Higher Commissioner for Protection to review this partnership and related work. In that meeting it was agreed that as part of the next five-year period, an assessment focusing at the first instance asylum process will be undertaken to enhance the already done work in ensuring that these kinds of backlog do not reoccur. The assessment report will determine further assistance, if any.

(3) The numbers are as follows:

Month

Cape Town

Durban

Musina

Gqeberha

Desmond Tutu

Total

April

216

318

33

76

582

1225

May

2654

4405

1252

131

4630

13072

June

3059

3629

3039

1087

8335

19149

July

3409

3765

1143

396

5864

14577

August

3123

3455

847

281

10123

17829

September

1742

2255

945

295

9764

15001

October

1030

1271

469

139

4124

7033

November

835

924

365

119

3294

5537

December

403

496

220

111

1713

2943

Total

16471

20518

8313

2635

48429

96366

END

08 March 2022 - NW347

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Mabhena, Mr TB to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the Railway Safety Regulator has completed an investigation into (a) the incident where an empty Transnet Freight Rail Blue train derailed at the Union Station Loop in Germiston on Sunday, 7 November 2021 and (b) two Blue train coaches derailing within the Salvokop Blue Train train-yard in January 2022; if not, what are the reasons that no investigation has taken place; if so, will he furnish Mr T B Mabhena with a copy of the report?

Reply:

Operators are required to investigate all occurrences and report the to the Railway Safety Regulator. The type of investigations the Railway Safety Regulator conducts is where occurrences result in any of the following:

 (i) Multiple (more than one) injury or fatality in any occurrence category.

(ii) Significant damage to property including assets.

(iii) Significant environmental damage.

(iv) Any occurrences on the network which may attract significant public interest or may give rise to a possible evacuation of a community or part thereof, occurrences which may affect the normal public road usage or an injury/death to a public figure.

a) On 7 November 2021, at approximately 00h35, it was reported that Transnet Freight Rail Blue Train that was staged at Union station had run away and derailed at SCAW SA siding. The Railway Safety Regulator responded to the occurrence site to determine facts which contributed to derailment.

Transnet Freight Rail has indicated that they are conducting a Board of Inquiry (BOI) into the cause of the derailment to establish facts surrounding the occurrence and develop recommendations aimed at reducing the recurrence of the occurrence. The BOI is expected to be concluded by end of February 2022.

b) On 16 January 2022, at 11h18, it was reported that a Blue Train derailed during shunting at the Transnet Freight Rail yard in Pretoria at 11h00. No injuries were sustained, with no impact on assets and operations.

This occurrence does not meet the requirements for the Railway Safety Regulator to respond to site in accordance with the Railway Safety Regulator procedures, since it did not result in fatalities and/or injuries to operators’ employees, members of the public and passengers. There were no injuries sustained and no impact to assets and operations as a result of this occurrence.

08 March 2022 - NW525

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Seitlholo, Mr IS to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) year of manufacture, (d) price and (e) purchase date of each vehicle purchased for use by (i) him and (ii) the Deputy Minister since 29 May 2019?

Reply:

(i) I never purchased any vehicle since 29 May 2019. The vehicle I am using

was purchased before I arrived in the department.

(ii) Deputy Minister

a) BMW

b) 520d

c) 2019

d) R668 000.00

e) Order was issued on 19 December 2019

END

08 March 2022 - NW174

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether he and/or his department ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by his department in this regard?

Reply:

No such correspondence was ever received by the Department of Transport.

Matters of recruitment, selection appointment and placement of CEOs and Board Chairperson and Board Members of State Entities as well as Director General of Departments are governed by respective legislative and regulatory prescript as applicable in the Public Sector.

The Department of Transport ensures full compliance with all such laws, regulations and process

(a)(b) (c) Not applicable

08 March 2022 - NW206

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, in light of the recent reports that material from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa was found being melted and processed at a scrap yard in Johannesburg around 31 January 2022, his department has conducted an investigation in this regard; if not, why not; if so (a) who has been held responsible and (b) what total amount in damages has been recorded?

Reply:

a) PRASA, is currently running multiple investigations into scrap metal theft, and together with law enforcement agencies, is running multi-disciplinary operations in the pursuit of combatting crime (with investigation continuing to close down on syndicates).

On 31 January 2022, the Minister of Transport, joined PRASA’s ongoing operations, where there were multiple incidents and raids conducted that resulted in arrests.

To date there has already been 1 500 arrests due to these operations with many receiving lengthy prison sentences.

b) Damages, over the period from the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020 to date, is in excess of R1,2 billion.

08 March 2022 - NW563

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Chabangu, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department quantified the extent of potholes in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the details of the extent of the problem and (b) total amount would it cost the department to fix all the potholes?

Reply:

Background

The department of Transport has made an assessment on the condition of road network in South Africa based on the road condition data available from the various road authorities, which is summarised for paved roads in Table 1 and for gravel roads in Table 2 below.