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21 August 2020 - NW1664

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What number of cases of illegal health care practitioners has his department identified in the past year; (2) whether there are plans in place to eradicate the specified trend; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply:

1. The National Department of Health has not identified cases of illegal health care practitioners in the past year however, there have been complaints of illegal practice by unregistered persons to the statutory health professional councils which fall under the mandate of Health as follows:

Statutory Health Professional Council

Number of cases reported

Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

1,384

South African Nursing Council (SANC)

4 (over the past 5 years)

However, the SANC is currently following-up on a number (3,327) of potential cases which were identified during the implementation of the Bargaining Council Resolution that provides for deduction of money from the nurses’ salaries through Persal for payment of annual registration fees with Council.

Most of the cases referred to above were off the SANC register due to non-payment of annual registration fees and invalid identification numbers.

South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC)

1

South African Dental Technicians Council (SADTC)

82 (due to non-payment of annual fees)

Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA)

0 (Stats not kept; complaints referred to the South African Police Service)

2. There are various plans and/or strategies employed by the statutory health professional councils to eradicate the specified trend as follows:

a) Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA): In 2015, as part of the strategies of protecting the public, the HPCSA established a law enforcement and compliance Unit, the Inspectorate Office. The functions of the Inspectorate Office are:

(i) to identify and assist in the investigation and prosecution of persons who practice without being registered with the HPCSA;

(ii) to ensure that healthcare practitioners comply with ethical rules, regulations, the Act and sanctions issued by the disciplinary committee (Professional Conduct Committee);

(iii) to create awareness and educate the public about the health risks presented by ‘bogus practitioners’ or unregistered persons; and

(iv) to collaborate with other law enforcement agencies, authorities and regulators in identifying, investigating, arresting and prosecuting ‘bogus practitioners’ or unregistered persons.

Due to financial resource constraints, there are currently 9 inspectors in the Inspectorate Office. However, the number of inspectors employed can be increased to have a larger national footprint. The inspectors are currently deployed as follows: KZN=1; EC=1; WC=1 and the 6 inspectors rotate between GP, Limpopo, FS, NC, and NW according to trends analysis and need.

In addition to the above, the HPCSA through its Inspectorate Office works with other law enforcement agencies and other regulatory bodies which resulted in significant success in dealing with unregistered persons.

b) South African Nursing Council (SANC):  If and when the SANC becomes aware of any person who may be practicing without being registered with the SANC as a nurse (practicing illegally), the SANC investigates and criminal charges are laid against such a person.

c) South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC): The SAPC regularly conducts monitoring inspections of all registered pharmacies and in doing so, eradicates the prevalence of illegal practice.

In addition, the SAPC’s inspector works in partnership with the HAWKS and the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority in the event of Council being aware of any pharmacy being operated with illegal health practitioners.

The legislation pertaining to the access to medicines further makes it very difficult for non-registered persons to gain access to medicines legally.  

d) South African Dental Technicians Council (SADTC): The SADTC manages registration of practitioners in accordance with the enabling legislation and regulations which provides for payment of penalties for practitioners to be restored to the register and to continue practicing.

In addition, Council opens criminal cases against persons found to be practicing illegally. In 2019 Council successfully managed to close two illegal laboratories, one in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape. Both were operated by unqualified and unregistered persons. The two cases were successfully prosecuted, and both got maximum penalties.

e) Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA): The AHPCSA only has legal jurisdiction over persons registered under that Statutory Health Council. Any person who practices a healthcare legally regulated profession without registration, therefore unlawfully, commits a criminal offence and the matter is reported to the law enforcement authorities.

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21 August 2020 - NW1681

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What: (a) are the details of the current age analysis of the total debt owed by each municipality to Eskom and (b) amount of the debt is made up of (i) principal debt, (ii) interest and (iii) penalties ineach case?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

a) The total debt owed by municipalities as at June 2020 is R43.9 billion, of which R30.9 billion is overdue debt. The details of the age analysis of the total debt owed by each municipality to Eskom, as at June 2020 are set out in Annexure A.

b) (i) and (ii) The total debt of R43.9 billion, is made up of the capital amounts of R32.4 billion, interest of R6.7 billion and VAT of R4.8 billion. The makeup of total debt in terms of capital and interest for each municipality, as at June 2020 is set out in Annexure A.

c) (iii) The total Notified Maximum Demand (NMD) exceedance charge for June 2020 is R46.9 million and R104 million for the financial year to date. This is a penalty for NMD exceedance raised in terms of the NMD Rules approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to discourage future exceedances and is included in the capital amount. The NMD exceedance charge, for each municipality as at June 2020 is set out in Annexure B.

21 August 2020 - NW1627

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) are the relevant details and (b) is the total (i) number and (ii) total amount of all disbursements made available to each province by his department in response to Covid-19 pandemic?

Reply:

(a)-(b) (i)-(ii) The department did not transact any disbursements to each province in response to COVID-19 pandemic. However, National Treasury (NT) did transfer the total amount of R466,392,000 to Provinces through the Provincial Disaster Relief Grant for immediate response to COVID-19 from Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs: National Disaster management Centre. The details of the funds are indicated on the attached approval from NT as Annexure A.

The total allocation in response to COVID-19 for the 2020/21 financial year amounts to R3,450,537,000 (Three billion four hundred and fifty million five hundred and thirty-seven rand) scheduled to be disbursed with effect from August 2020 until March 2021 to all Provincial Departments of Health as per attached Annexure B and Annexure C.

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21 August 2020 - NW1671

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether a certain company (name furnished) that was launched on 6 June 2018 by his department is still being funded through the Black Industrialists Scheme; if so, what is the (a) funding transfer agreement, (b) contract thereof and (c) total amount of funding awarded to the specified company to date?

Reply:

I am advised by the Department that the company referred to in the question has been approved for a R8 million grant funding for machinery and equipment, commercial vehicles and business development services, under the Black Industrialist Scheme in the 2016/2017 financial year. To date an amount of R4,89 million has been disbursed towards machinery and equipment. The project is still active with the balance of R3,1 million available.

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21 August 2020 - NW1610

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to his reply to question 1685 on 18 December 2019, what (a) was the absentee record (ii) in each month in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020, (b) processes, procedures and mechanisms are in place to ensure that staff is always present during all required working hours; (2) what (a) is the current number of vacant positions, (b) measures have been put in place to fill the positions, (c) are the timeframes and deadlines for filling each vacancy respectively and (d) functions will be fulfilled by the vacant posts once they are filled?

Reply:

1. (a)-(ii)(iii) The table below reflect the absentee record (ii) in each month in the past three financial years in South Rand Hospital:

Month

Number of planned leave

Number of unplanned leave

Jul-18

64

94

Aug-18

64

120

Sep-18

49

99

Oct-18

70

110

Nov-18

58

161

Dec-18

43

226

Jan-19

30

181

Feb-19

112

43

Mar-19

171

55

Apr-19

124

45

May-19

171

55

Jun-19

120

45

Jul-19

135

39

Aug-19

271

39

Sep-19

313

60

Oct-19

131

44

Nov-19

160

18

Dec-19

99

33

Jan-20

132

59

Feb-20

141

50

Mar-20

159

81

Apr-20

67

20

May-20

135

38

Jun-20

151

48

(b) After the implementation of unplanned leave control measure, all annual leave that are applied for in advance, irrespective of how many leave days is regarded as planned leave.

  • The unplanned leave control measures were effective from the 18th June 2018 and this is what HR is currently doing:
  • HR is categorising all leave forms submitted to the office per directorate
  • This is to allow identification and areas of the high number of unplanned leave per directorate
  • A specific member with high number of unplanned leave will be identified
  • Relevant supervisor will be informed with the request to investigate reason and provide measures to be instituted.
  • HR has already developed a recording book, to record all received unplanned leave per name and department in order to identify the trends

2. (a) Currently there are 20 permanent vacant posts in South Rand Hospital.

(b) All 20 vacant posts have been advertised in May and June 2020.

(c) Shortlisting and interviews were done during the month of May, June & July 2020. The timeframe to fill the posts after posts became vacant is 4 months.

(d) Current staff do overtime to cover the staff shortage until the post is filled.

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21 August 2020 - NW1564

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

What research has his department conducted in the efforts to study and observe immunity in the South African context as research conducted in Spain on immunity has shown that recovering from Covid-19 does not necessarily result in immunity against the virus?

Reply:

The concept of herd immunity is the indirect protection from a contagious infectious disease such as SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) and related corona viruses and the threshold is crossed when enough people are immune and the number of new cases is are declining. The effectiveness of herd immunity is dependent on several epidemiological principles which include the following:

  • The disease must carry a substantial health risk.
  • The risk of contracting the disease must be high.
  • The vaccine must be effective.
  • The vaccine must be safe.

The COVID-19 virus fits all the above principles, but there is currently no clinically proven vaccine against the virus. The immune response to Covid-19 is currently not yet fully understood and definitive data on post-infection immunity is also lacking.

South Africa has not published results of any immunological studies in response to the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) threat. Such a research is normally conducted by research institutes such as through the Department of Science and Innovation’s research institutions and Councils including entities such as the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

There are several studies initiated by the National Department of Health (NDoH), the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), universities and institutes, including the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), that are currently under consideration to assist the country in understanding the immunological response to the COVID-19 disease and the level of antibody response at an individual level and on a population level. This work is ongoing, and results will be released as they become available.

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21 August 2020 - NW1527

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

(1)What are the details of the events that led to Moody’s downgrading, from Ba1 to Ba 2, of the credit rating of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC); (2) What are the details of the action steps that his department intends to implement to restore the IDC’s credit rating by Moody’s to Ba1; (3) What are the implications of the credit rating downgrade for COVID-19 relief funding which according to his departmentis to be disbursed by the IDC?

Reply:

The Moody’s downgrade of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to Ba2 from Ba1 appear to be based principally on concerns about the preparedness of Government to support public entities, and the timeliness of any decision to offer such support. This follows challenges with timely provision of funding for the Land and Agricultural Development Bank to make payments of maturing credit facilities and payments relating to SAA.

Moody’s recognised that the IDC “is still one of the stronger credits in the country, primarily reflecting the company's high capital buffers.”Moody’s further highlighted that the “IDC has strong capitalisation, with an equity-to-total assets ratio of 66% as of March 2019, which provides significant buffers to absorbunexpected losses and grow the business further.”

Moody’s assessment of the assumption of government support has been reduced from high to strong, and as a result the rating for the IDC to be downgraded. A similar rerating of the Development Bank of SouthernAfrica has been effected, for similar reasons.

As the principal factors relate to Moody’s assumptions on the sovereign, the IDC Board and Management will reinforce the point about the IDC’s capital buffers in engagement with Moody’s.

The IDC’s commitment to the COVID-19 relief funding remains i.e. the COVID-19 relief funding has not been affected by the credit downgradebecause IDC is managing prudently within its Liquidity Framework. The IDC continues to receive funding applications in this regard and perform the necessary credit assessments.

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21 August 2020 - NW1555

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) total number of Covid-19 vaccine trials are taking place in the Republic at the moment, (b) are the names of the companies conducting the specified vaccine trials and (c) safety measures are in place to ensure that the persons who are participating in the vaccine trials are protected?

Reply:

(a) There are currently two (2) ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials in South Africa;

(b) The vaccine trials are conducted by the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit, Wits Health Consortium (ChAdOx1 SARS-CoV-2 Trial) and TASK Applied Science (TASK-008 BCG- CORONA Trial); and

(c) In general, Regulation 30 of the Medicines Act (Act 101 of 1965, as amended) mandates the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to regulate the conduct of all clinical trials in the Republic of South Africa. In carrying out this legislative mandate, SAHPRA is guided by relevant sections of the current South African Good Clinical Practice (SAGCP) Guidelines.

Specifically, sub-regulations 30(10)(b) and (c) empower SAHPRA to inspect clinical trial sites and/or withdraw authorization to conduct clinical trials, respectively. Withdrawal can be for reasons of compromised safety of trial participants, or changes in the original science behind the trial, or where the integrity of the data being generated becomes compromised. In addition, SAHPRA, in line with current SAGCP Guidelines, ensures that all protocols have had adequate oversight by registered ethics committees as part of its clinical trial protocol approval process.

All these regulatory measures taken by SAHPRA during protocol approval, and subsequent trial monitoring by both site inspections and safety monitoring reports, serve to ensure that persons participating in all clinical trials conducted in South Africa are protected from harmful and unethical medical conduct.

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21 August 2020 - NW1646

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Tafeni, Ms N to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What legal steps has been taken to hold persons accountable, after a proclamation in 2017 by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, resulting in an investigation by the Special Investigating Unit into corruption of water supply tenders at the Alfred Nzo District Municipality found R300 million looted from the specified municipality?

Reply:

1. The table below provides details of the steps taken by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for each proclamation made by the President in 2017:

Details of the Proclamation

Actions Taken

Civil Litigation

Disciplinary

1. Proclamation R19 of 2017

a) The SIU concluded all investigations and submitted a report to the Honourable President.

b) Criminal matters were referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)

c) Evidence obtained by the SIU resulted in the Hawks arresting eight (8) Municipal officials and one (1) private individual.

The SIU recommended that the Municipality cancel a contract of R2.5 million.

Evidence relating to misconduct against the Acting Municipal Manager, Head of Supply Chain Management and Chief Financial Officer was referred to the Honourable Mayor of Alfred Nzo District Municipality. The said officials resigned and no further action could be taken.

2. Proclamation R36 of 2017

a) The SIU concluded all investigations and submitted a report to the Honourable President.

b) Criminal matters were referred to the NPA

c) Seven (7) cases of Fraud

d) One (1) case in terms of Section 173 of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA)

e) These matters are currently being investigated by the Hawks in the Eastern Cape.

Evidence relating to an undue benefit by the service provider amounting to R60.7 million was referred for purposes of civil litigation. Combined summonses were issued by the Special Tribunal. Pleadings not yet closed and a court date yet to be determined.

Evidence relating to misconduct against the Acting Municipal Manager was referred to the Honourable Mayor of Alfred Nzo District Municipality. The Acting Municipal Manager resigned and no further action could be taken.

2. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has taken the following legal steps:

a) Upon receipt of the SIU’s referral of matters relating to the corruption of water supply tenders at the Alfred Nzo District Municipality to the NPA, case dockets were registered, and prosecutors as well as investigating officers were assigned by the NPA and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) respectively.

b) Case planning was done by the investigating team and prosecutors, whereby two (2) legs of investigations on the matters were undertaken.

c) Police investigations in respect of one (1) of the dockets have been finalised and the charge sheet has been drafted. The case is ready for enrolment and will be placed on the court roll by end August 2020, upon which the accused, who is the service provider to the Municipality, will face charges of fraud.

d) It is anticipated that the investigations, in respect of the other leg, will be finalised in the next two (2) months or so, after which the prosecutor will start to draft the charge sheet so that the case can be placed on the court roll.

21 August 2020 - NW1663

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and making decisions on the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, he used any statistical data on the number of persons who stay in the (a) rural areas and (b) townships; if not, why not; if so, what statistical data did he use to source statistics on the number of persons living in the rural areas and townships?

Reply:

a) The key statistic that we have been monitoring is the rate of spread of new infections i.e. the 7 day rate of change in COVID-19 cases. While the total number of infections are useful, the key statistic is the number of active cases particularly the rate of change of these active cases and the location of new cases.

b) The spread of the infection in South Africa has not been specific to rural areas or townships. The spread of the infection has been driven largely by movement and interaction by persons that are infected. The infection is droplet spread which would spread much easier in densely populated areas. The areas that have been most severely affected are the large Metros such as City of Cape Town, City of Johannesburg, Buffalo City, Nelson Mandela Bay and eThekwini. The more rural areas have been spared to a large extent from widespread infection due to our restriction on movement during level 5 and level 4. You would note to date that the more rural provinces have had much lower rates of infection – Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Northern Cape and Free State. The infection in the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu is concentrated in the urban centres not rural areas.

c) The infection spread within urban areas has affected both the suburbs and the townships. There viral infection has not spared any community in terms of its transmission.

 

The increase in cases from the 5thto the 18th March was 1088% (5 to 58 cases). On the 25 March 2020 when the 21 day lockdown was announced the rate of change for COVID-19 cases decreased to 526% (58 to 362) then to 24% (362 to 1232) then to 33% (1232 to 1641 cases)-coinciding with the 14 day lockdown extension. The relatively slow rate of increase averaged about 47% until lock down level 4. It then gradually started to increase. This data proved that the lockdown achieved the objective of slowing down the rate of increase of cases, thereby giving health care authorities an opportunity to prepare the health system for the anticipated COVID-19 peaks.

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21 August 2020 - NW1609

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to his reply to question 1685 on 18 December 2019, what (a) total number of complaints have been received from patients (i) in each month in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020 and (b)(i) measures and/or processes are in place to ensure that complaints are addressed and resolved and (ii)(aa) timeframes and (bb) deadlines have been put in place in this regard?

Reply:

a) (i) Total number of complaints for 2018/19 and 2019/20

The National Department of Health (NDoH) has developed a web-based application to assist public health facilities to comply with the National Guideline to Manage Complaints, Compliments and Suggestions in the Public Health Sector. The number of complaints as set out in the tables below are according to the web-based application which came into effect on 1 April 2018. It is important to note that not all health facilities are reporting on the system yet, therefore the number of complaints reflect those health facilities that are reporting complaints on the web-based application.

Month

# Complaints received 2018/19

# Complaints received 2019/20

April

1934

2409

May

2065

2664

June

1720

2129

July

1859

2373

August

1973

2396

September

1875

2116

October

2053

2345

November

1961

1889

December

1219

1330

January

2058

2033

February

2164

2098

March

2118

1740

TOTAL

22999

25522

(ii) Total number of complaints from 1 April to 31 July 2020

 Month

# Complaints received 1 April 2020 to 31 July 2020

April

960

May

1021

June

936

July

736

TOTAL

3653

b) (i) Measures and/or processes are in place to ensure complaints are addressed

The National Health Act (Act 61 of 2003) stipulates in Section 18 that, (i) any person may lay a complaint about the manner in which he or she was treated at a health establishment and have the complaint investigated. To this effect the National Department of Health (NDoH) published the National Guideline to Manage Complaints, Compliments and Suggestions in the Public Health Sector which came into effect on 1 April 2018. Provincial workshops were held in November and December 2017 to train staff on the implementation of the Guideline. According to the Guideline a complaint is defined as the dissatisfaction, displeasure, disapproval or discontent expressed verbally or in writing by any person about the specific health services being rendered and or care being provided within the health sector.

The National Health Act, 2003 was amended in 2013 to make provision for the establishment of the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC). The objects of the Office are to protect and promote the health and safety of users of health services by:

  • monitoring and enforcing compliance with prescribed norms and standards
  • ensuring effective management of complaints relating to non-compliance with norms and standards through a Health Ombud.

The first Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru William Makgoba, was appointed on 1 June 2016.

(ii) Time frames and deadline that have been put in place.

According to the National Guideline to Manage Complaints, Compliments and Suggestions in the Public Health Sector, complaints must be resolved within 25 working days.

The National Guideline stipulates that complaints should be lodged at the point of care, i.e. the public health facility where the incident took place. Should the complainant feel that the facility has not addressed his/her concern to their satisfaction, he/she may escalate the complaint in writing to the relevant District Office or the Provincial Health Department. As a last resort when complainants are still aggrieved with the outcome of the District Office or Provincial Health Department’s investigation, they can lodge their complaint with the Health Ombud within the OHSC.

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21 August 2020 - NW522

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether all of the SA Airways Group Companies including (a) SA Airways SOC (Limited), (b) Mango Airlines SOC (Limited), (c) Air Chefs SOC (Limited), (d) SAA Technical SOC (Limited) and (e) SA Airways City Centre SOC (Limited), but not exclusively, are under business rescue; if not, why not?

Reply:

The only company in business rescue is South African Airways SOC Limited (SAA).

SA Airways City Centre SOC (Limited) has been placed in voluntary liquidation before the business rescue proceedings.

None of the other companies in the group are in business rescue as the boards have not placed the companies under voluntary business rescue, nor has any other process in terms of the Companies Act been given effect to.

21 August 2020 - NW1604

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the (a) total breakdown of the type of Covid-19 tests that each private laboratory has conducted since 5 March 2020 and (b) total number of (i) positive and (ii) negative test results that have been reported to date; (2) what is the total (a) breakdown of the type of Covid-19 tests that the public healthcare sector has conducted since 5 March 2020 and (b) number of (i) positive and (ii) negative test results that have been reported to date?

Reply:

The Honourable Member is kindly informed that the information being requested by this question is still being collated to enable the Minister to respond to the Question.

The full answer will be furnished to Parliament as soon as all the information has been received from all the relevant sources.

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21 August 2020 - NW1603

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What total number of ventilators will be provided by his department to each hospital that has a shortage of ventilators to assist with the Covid-19 spread and needs and (b) which hospitals will be receiving ventilators?

Reply:

a) The Department of Health will provide ventilators to hospitals that have shortage of ventilators to assist with the COVID-19 spread and needs. The Department has collaborated with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), to manufacture 10,000 ventilators. These ventilators will be allocated to hospitals that do not have enough ventilators. The table here below shows the production timelines for the ventilators.

Activity

Quantity

Date

1st Batch

250

31 Jul 2020

2nd batch

600

7 Aug 2020

3rd batch

600

14 Aug 2020

4th batch

1,500

19 Aug 2020

5th batch

1,500

21 Aug 2020

6th batch

1,500

24 Aug 2020

7th batch

1,500

26 Aug 2020

8th batch

1,500

28 Aug 2020

9th batch

1,150

31 Aug 2020

Total

10,000

 

b) The list of hospitals that will receive the ventilators is attached as Annexure A.

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21 August 2020 - NW1602

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

What is his department providing to each hospital to subsidise the shortage of infrastructure, including space, beds and equipment, considering the influx of patients due to Covid-19 at hospitals?

Reply:

Priority areas (hot-spots) have already been identified where the creation of surge capacity and additional bed-capacity was of critical importance. The National Department through its Emergency Health Infrastructure Unit is assisting the Provincial Departments of Health and provides capacity in order to create and implement additional surge and bed-capacity, by means of emergency repairs, upgrades, new installations, conversion of existing spaces and additional capacity through temporary emergency structures.

A Rapid Implementation Management team assists with the identification and assessment of sites in priority hotspot areas and assists with the planning and lay-out and utilization of the sites. The assessment and planning includes assessment from a clinical perspective but also architectural, electrical and mechanical engineering, health technology and other engineering services as may be required. Assessment reports of 28 facilities in Gauteng have been completed and various priority projects identified.

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21 August 2020 - NW1544

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Whether he will disclose the recipient(s) of the R5 billion allegedly paid to an Eskom service provider by mistake; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) What steps has he taken to: (a) Bring those persons responsible for the reckless conduct to book and (b) Retrieve the R5 billion?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

1. The R5.5 billion is the total value of Eskom’s claim against Tegeta Resources and Exploration, which is in business rescue.

Relevant details are as follows:

Tegeta is a company owned by Oakbay which is a Gupta related company. Tegeta owns the Optimum coal mine.

The Business rescue proceedings of the Optimum coal mine commenced in February 2018 when the Optimum Board of Directors resolved to place the company under voluntary business rescue and proceeded to file a notice of commencement of business rescue proceedings with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission on 19 February 2018. The Optimum coal mine had been supplying coal to Hendrina Power Station.

Eskom has submitted a claim of approximately R5.5 billion against Optimum in these proceedings, composed of undelivered coal and poor quality of delivered coal:

A. pre - commencement (of business rescue) September 2016 to January, 2018 = R1,1 billion ( 1,1 million tons)

B. post – commencement (of business rescue process) February, 2018 to December, 2018

= R4.4 billion (3.8 million tons of Coal)

At a meeting of creditors convened on 10 December 2019, the quantum of Eskom’s claim was challenged and it was resolved to refer Eskom’s claim for determination by an independent expert. Creditors contended that Eskom’s claim is inflated and as such Eskom should not have been afforded voting rights on the contingent and disputed part of its claim in Optimum. Eskom’s disputed claim was determined by way of an expedited arbitration presided over by retired judge Fritz Brand, jointly appointed by the creditors.

At the arbitration hearing held in March 2020, the majority of creditors (excluding Oakbay – also a creditor in Optimum), Eskom and the BRPs reached an agreement regarding the quantum of Eskom’s claims. Eskom’s claim, both pre- and-post-business rescue, was determined to be the sum of R1 276 031 278.48 (one billion two hundred and seventy six million thirty one thousand two hundred and seventy eight rand and forty eight cents). Eskom’s voting share was determined at 24% to be exercised by Eskom in any manner it wishes to do.

Current Status of BR proceedings:

During the arbitration hearing in March it was also agreed that the revised business rescue plan would be published on or before the 2 April 2020. It was further agreed that the meeting of creditors, to vote on the preferred offer and adopt the business rescue plan, would be convened on or about 20 April 2020. The BRPs did not publish the plan in April due to the 2 remaining bidders, namely Lurco and IZM, failing to secure funding to acquire the mine.

In light of the above, in May 2020 the BRPs invited other prospective bidders to submit proposals to acquire the mine. Bids were submitted mid-June 2020 and the BRPs are currently reviewing the offers received from the 3 bidders. Eskom currently awaits the outcome of the review. Preferred bidders will be incorporated in the revised BR plan to be published in due course.

Towards the end of June 2020, the BRPs also received an alternative proposal to rescue the mine. The alternative offer was submitted by Centaur Ventures Ltd, one of the largest creditors of Optimum. According to the BRPs, the alternative plan, if supported by the BRPs and creditors, will also be incorporated in the revised business rescue plan and be triggered in the event that the preferred bidders fail to secure sufficient funding to acquire the assets. Eskom has not yet been furnished with the alternative proposal for consideration.

The BRPs have not committed to a specific date for publication of the revised business rescue plan. In the event that the revised plan is published end July, 2020 then the meeting of creditors for purposes of voting and adopting the plan would have to be convened early August i.e. within 10 days of the date of publication of the plan.

2. (a) Not applicable.

(b) As explained in (1) above, Eskom submitted a claim in the business rescue proceedings which are still underway.

21 August 2020 - NW1529

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture to question 197 on 27 May 2020, (a) for what specified purpose did the National Lottery allocate R4 million to the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and (b) on what date (i) did (SASCOC) apply for the money and (ii) was the money transferred to SASCOC?

Reply:

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

Response from the National Lotteries Commission:

The South AfricanSports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) applied for funding relating to Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on the 14th July 2014. The application was adjudicated on the 28th May 2015 and an amount of R 4 000 000.00 was granted. The approved funds were paid directly to SASCOC.”

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21 August 2020 - NW1651

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What (a) total number of (i) vacant posts were available across the Republic for nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers in February 2020 and (ii) the specified vacancies have since been filled and (b) is the number of doctors and nurses that is now needed to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic; (2) whether there is a required number of professionals in the Republic; if not, what measures will he put in place to ensure that there is no shortage of healthcare workers; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) (i) The total number of vacant posts that were available across the Republic for nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers in February 2020 was 33 398.

(ii) A total number of 17150 health professionals (i.e. nurses, doctor and other related health care professions) have since been appointed from February to June 2020. This accounts for 34%of the 33 398 vacancies listed above.

(b) The National Department of Health used the Model of Demand based on the projected number of infections per district to determine the Surge Capacity demand during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Model is applied to the population and Covid-19 caseloads using 85% of Public hospital general beds and 100% of ICU and High Care beds for Covid-19 care. The Model, estimates that the Public Health Sector will require an additional 1 200 Doctors and 18 000 Nurses of various categories.

(2) A total of 7 416 health professionals were already contractedacross the provinces to fill the gap in the HR requirements. A database for workforce candidates containing 942 doctors and 1 261 as well as 144 other categories of staff is accessible to provinces to recruit staff from and some provinces also have databases with potential candidates available. Recruitment is continuing.

Based on the directions issued by the Minister of Health in April, the recruitment process should be shortened by advertising a post and effecting appointments within a period of a week

Budget motivations are submitted to Provincial Treasuries and to NDoH for consideration.

Other sources for healthcare workers include the following:

  • Health Professionals working in the private sector can be appointed on sessional basis
  • 176 health professionals from Cuba is assisting South Africa in the response to COVID-19. The necessary registrations have been completed and they have been deployed across all provinces. They are authorised to work in any province. Since the projected peaks differ between provinces, this cadre could be deployed to areas with the highest need
  • Volunteers: Provinces placed advertisements for volunteers to assist in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Foreign nationals: The Foreign Workforce Management Unit (FWM) of the National Department of Health is facilitating the recruitment and placement of all “Foreign Health Workers” who present themselves for employment and study opportunities in South Africa. Policy guidelines for registration and employment of foreign qualified health professionals in South Africa are in place.
  • Final year students: NDoH engaged with Deans of Health Sciences Faculties and Principals of Nursing Colleges to facilitate deployment of final year students to assist with care of COVID-19 patients e.g. in field hospitals. Postgraduate nursing students returned to workplaces to support the COVID-19 response. Final year nursing students will write examinations by the end of August and will thereafter available for the surge capacity.
  • Interns and Com Serve: There is an existing ICSP database. Health professionals in this category that are not currently employed or due to complete their terms, can be contracted to supplement the surge capacity
  • Retired health professionals: Based on the directions issued by the Minister of Health in April, all retired personnel may be requested to fill in positions on a temporary basis to assist in responding to the pandemic. Retired employees can be deployed to low risk areas to relief staff to attend to COVID-19 patients.

The following additional areas are pursued to expand the resource base:

  • Non-Governmental Organisations and Community based organisations: The directions issued by the Minister of Health in April also makes provision for community service personnel, extended public works programme workers, CBOs and NGOs to fill in positions on a temporary basis to assist in responding to the pandemic. Provinces can engage with these sectors to identify possible capacity. Possible down referral of patients to suitable sectors should be considered as well as increasing the capabilities of homebased caregivers and Community Health workers to strengthen home care.
  • South African Military Health Services (SAMHS): SAMHS can support Provinces in the response to COVID-19 in terms of the role of the South African Defence Force (SANDF) in Disaster Management. Provinces should liaise with SAMHS in the province.

The following measures are implemented to reduce the demand on human resources during the pandemic:

  • Provincial Health Departments are reprioritising health care services. This can include the identification of routine and elective services that can immediately be deferred or moved to other settings or non-affected areas or identification of alternative service providers e.g. from hospitals to PHC settings, private sector or NGOs.
  • Co-ordination with the private sector is done to optimise all the resources available in the province. Discussions at National level resolved to contract the private sector on a global fee inclusive of beds, hospital staff, equipment and consumables where additional capacity is needed, especially for critical care beds. A Service Level Agreement (SLA) template is available.
  • In provinces with metros, metros are engaged to identify services that can be redirected from provincial facilities to municipal clinics and health centres to free up provincial staff for the COVID-19 response. Alternatively, metro staff can be seconded to the field hospitals or other COVID-19 settings.
  • Alternative service delivery mechanisms are to be considered, e.g. allowing pharmacists to extend ordinary prescriptions for people with chronic conditions provided they are controlled on treatment.

END.

21 August 2020 - NW1563

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What steps has he taken to regulate the price that is charged for Covid-19 testing; (2) what is the total (a) breakdown of the type of Covid-19 tests that the public healthcare sector has conducted since 5 March 2020 and (b) number of (i) positive and (ii) negative test results that have been reported to date?

Reply:

1. There are no regulations that allow for capping of prices in the private sector. Discussions have been held with the private laboratories to bring down their prices. The private laboratories were charging different prices, with some charging up to R1,400 per test. Following these discussions all private laboratories reduced their prices to R850 per test.

2. Free testing in the private sector will be difficult as private laboratories have to recover their costs. In the public sector patients do not pay if they are not on medical aid.

END.

21 August 2020 - NW1654

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) informed his decision to lower the days of isolation for those who tested positive for Covid-19 from 14 to 10 days and (b) is the scientific basis for the specified decision?

Reply:

a) The initial recommendation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for persons that tested positive for COVID-19 was 14 days.

Recent evidence has shown that this isolation period can be safely shortened.

The WHO, the United States Centre for Disease Control (US-CDC), Public Health England (PHE) and the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) have recommended shorter isolation periods.

These bodies recommend the following:

Guideline

Severity

 

Mild

Severe

Asymptomatic

WHO

(27 May 2020)

10 (+3) days after onset of symptoms

10 days after +ve test

US CDC

(05 May 2020)

10 days after onset of symptoms

ECDC

(8 April 2020)

8 days after onset of symptoms

14 days after onset of symptoms

Unclear

UK PHE

(14 June 2020)

7 days after onset of symptoms

7 days after +ve test (or 7 days after onset of symptoms if symptoms develop)

The National Department of Health has taken the cautious approach and adopted the WHO’s recommendation on isolation duration.

b) The decision was based on the best available scientific evidence. The evidence shows that the median time for viral shedding is approximately 8 days.[1],[2],[3],[4] These studies use in vitro cell cultures as a surrogate measure for viral shedding, however have relatively small sample sizes.

These studies were also used to inform the recommendation made by the WHO, US-CDC, ECDC, and PHE.

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  1. Wolfel R, Corman VM, Guggemos W, Seilmaier M, Zange S, Muller MA, et al. Virological assessment of hospitalized patients with COVID-2019. Nature. 2020.

  2. Bullard J, Dust K, Funk D, Strong JE, Alexander D, Garnett L, et al. Predicting infectious SARS-CoV-2 from diagnostic samples. Clin Infect Dis. 2020.

  3. Arons MM, Hatfield KM, Reddy SC, Kimball A, James A, Jacobs JR, et al. Presymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections and Transmission in a Skilled Nursing Facility. N Engl J Med. 2020;382(22):2081-90.

  4. Van Kampen JJA, van de Vijver DAMC, Fraaii PLA, et.al. Shedding infectious virus in hospitalized patients with coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19):duration and key determinants. medRxiv. 2020;2019:2020.06.08.20125310. doi: 10.1101/2020.06.08.20125310. (Pre-print)

21 August 2020 - NW1611

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

Whether he will provide Mr M J Cuthbert with a detailed list of all (a) logistics, (b) catering, (c) venue hire, (d) musician hire and (e) advertising terms of the budget spent for all National Lottery roadshows that took place in the 2019-20 financial year? [

Reply:

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

2019/20 Activities

Total Budget Spent

A summary of activities attached

a) Logistics

R 5 723 997.37

 

b) Catering

R 1 509 085.20

 

c) Venue hire

R 879 758.42

 

d) Music hire

R 65 000.00

 

e) Advertising

R 2 612 647.75

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21 August 2020 - NW1509

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

(1)       What measures has her department put in place to attend to the dire need for professional staff such as nurses, psychologists and therapists in (a) ordinary schools and (b) schools for learners with special educational needs; (2) whether she intends to make use of students performing their community service year to assist the specified schools; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) (b) The Department of Basic Education (DBE)  has developed the National draft Guidelines for Resourcing and Inclusive Education system. The proposed guidelines deal with resourcing as it relates to the inclusive education system as a whole. This system comprises Special Schools, Special Schools/Resource Centres, Full-service Schools, Ordinary Public Schools, and District-based Support Teams. It addresses barriers in two focal areas: 1) teaching and learning and 2) psycho-social and health support.

The document motivates for the development of an integrated and holistic approach which does not separate support provisioning of special and ordinary schools from that of districts and aims at strengthening support to all learners who experience barriers to learning in the system on a continuum from low to high intensity support.

The Guidelines must be seen as a key procedure to ensure the transformation of the education system towards an inclusive education system in line with the prescripts of Education White Paper 6 on Special Needs Education: Building an Inclusive Education and Training System (2001). Furthermore it calls for the appointment of healthcare professionals within the education system, in all educational institutions and offices so that learners are provided with a holistic intervention approach. The guidelines are being costed by provincial Education Departments PEDs), and a phased in strategy will be used to ensure that critical healthcare professional posts needed by provinces are filled.

(2) Community service students are required by government to complete their community service year in a clinical institution. This allows them to put into practice their clinical knowledge, so as to gain clinical experience. If the clinical institution (hospital/clinic) provides an outreach community programme, where the student can provide services to a an educational institution, the Department of Basic Education would by all means accept the services to be rendered by the community service individual. The department also encourages Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to allow students still obtaining their degree/diploma to do their clinical practicals in different education institutions so that the student has an all rounded experience and gains insight of the education system. An example of such an initiative will be the expose of student social workers who perform their practicals at schools and also have been appointed to provide services to schools in the community in which they are based in.

20 August 2020 - NW1116

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

With reference to the deployment of members of the Emergency Support Team (EST) from the Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North-West region to work at the KwaZulu-Natal regional head office of the Department of Correctional Services in Pietermaritzburg, (a) on what date did the deployment commence and (b) what has been the total costs related to (i) the deployment, (ii) travel and subsistence, (iii) accommodation and (iv) any additional payment to the relevant EST members?

Reply:

Emergency Support Team (EST) from the Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North-West Region were deployed to work at the KwaZulu-Natal Reginal office.

(a) The deployment commenced on 24 April 2020 and ended on 22 May 2020.

(b)(i - iv)

EXPENDITURE

AMOUNT

Subsistence & Travel (S&T)

R78 721.04

Fuel

R30 556.45

Overtime

R92 317.06

Toll gates

R2 912.89

Standby allowances

R40 698.00

Public holidays

R33 229.52

Total Sunday allowance

R20 762.37

Accommodation

R855 653.00

TOTAL DEPLOYMENT COST

R1 154 850.33

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20 August 2020 - NO9

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Meshoe, Rev KR to ask the Deputy President

Whether, in view of COVID-19 infections which are increasing at an alarming rate in the Republic, the Government and/or the National Coronavirus Command Council intends to investigate claims of a certain doctor (name and details furnished) of a 100 percent success rate in the treatment of all COVID-19 patients since March 2020, whose remedy had also drawn the attention of a United States senator and presidential advisors; if not, why not; if so, by what date will the specified investigation be launched?

Reply:

We note the very important question raised which relates to a doctor who is based in Texas, in the United States of America.

 

We are all focused on flattening the curve of coronavirus infections in our country, hence government has led a robust country response under the auspices of the National Coronavirus Command Council. Much progress has been made in this regard. We have substantively reduced the number of new infections and increased the number of recoveries now at 88.6 percent.

We also are looking forward to the development of potential treatments, and a vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic, hence the Minister of Health has followed up on these claims in earnest. The President is working with other global leaders to ensure that once the vaccine is found, it is equitably accessible to all countries including South Africa.

 

The Department of Health has advised us that the drug in question has not been approved to treat people infected with the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. To this end, the Department of Health will continue to issue guidelines for the use of government approved drugs in all our health facilities for COVID-19 patients.

 

As a nation, we see value in participating in clinical trials that comply with the highest ethical standards. Our participation will ensure that we contribute to the body of knowledge, and secure our access to therapeutics when they are ready for clinical application.

 

We welcome all well-founded, and lawful scientific trials for the development of government approved drugs including vaccine trials that will assist our country to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we must caution against rushing to embrace unproven, and unscrupulous claims of COVID-19 drugs, treatments and vaccines that may derail our government’s efforts to deal with this pandemic.

 

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20 August 2020 - NW1561

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department is still issuing the food parcels that were distributed at the beginning of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus to indigent persons and those whose income was affected; if not, why not; if so, what number of persons does the programme reach in each month?

Reply:

Yes, The Department is still issuing the food parcels that were distributed at the beginning of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus to indigent persons and those whose income was affected;

From the beginning of Covid-19 response till the end of Quarter 1 (April - June), the programme has distributed a total of 800 968 food parcels to about 4 004 840persons.

The programme reach in each month is as follows:

March food parcel distribution to households per province

Province

Food parcels distributed

Estimated number of people reached

(5/household)

Eastern Cape

0

0

Free State

0

0

Gauteng

807

4 035

Kwa Zulu Natal

0

0

Limpopo

0

0

Mpumalanga

0

0

Northern Cape

0

0

North West

0

0

Western Cape

16 788

83 940

Total

17 595

87 975

April food parcel distribution to households per province

PROVINCE

Food Parcels Distributed

Estimated number of people reached

(5/Household)

Eastern Cape

8 054

40 270

Free State

14 732

73 660

Gauteng

58 944

294 720

Kwa Zulu Natal

20 156

100 780

Limpopo

36 772

183 860

Mpumalanga

27 817

139 085

Northern Cape

25 554

127 770

North West

18 396

91 980

Western Cape

44 518

222 590

Total

254 943

1 274 715

May food parcel distribution to households per province

Province

Food Parcels Distributed

Estimated number of people reached

(5/Household)

Eastern Cape

23 415

117 075

Free State

33 020

165100

Gauteng

106 598

532 990

Kwa Zulu Natal

12 120

60 600

Limpopo

52 692

263 460

Mpumalanga

56 212

281 060

Northern Cape

24 672

123 360

North West

7 638

38 190

Western Cape

22 780

113 900

Total

339 147

1 695 735

June food parcel distribution to households per province

Province

Food Parcels Distributed

Estimated number of people reached

(5/Household)

Eastern Cape

860

4 300

Free State

860

4 300

Gauteng

129 190

645 950

Kwa Zulu Natal

18 184

90 920

Limpopo

18 245

91 225

Mpumalanga

860

4 300

Northern Cape

860

4 300

North West

860

4 300

Western Cape

860

4 300

Total

170 779

853 895

20 August 2020 - NW1598

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)Whether she was asked in her official capacity as the Minister of State Security by the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, to discuss the legal matter between a certain person (name furnished) and the Republic of Botswana while planning to meet with the President of the Republic of Botswana, Mr M E K Masisi, at the beginning of July 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details, (b) how did she respond to the specified request and (c) on what statutory or any other grounds did she rely to accept the President’s request to intervene in a private matter; (2) whether she has ever held any discussions in her official capacity as the Minister of State Security with President M E K Masisi regarding the allegations levelled against the specified person by the Republic of Botswana; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether she has ever been asked in her official capacity as the Minister of State Security to intervene in the private matters of any of her colleagues; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) on what statutory and/or any other grounds did she rely in order to intervene in the private matters of any of her colleagues; (4) why did she cancel her planned visit to the Republic of Botswana at the beginning of July 2020; (5) whether she intends to travel to the Republic of Botswana in the remainder of 2020 to discuss matters surrounding the (a) Southern African Customs Union and/or (b) allegations levelled against the said person; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(1) The Minister has never been asked by the President to intervene on the matter in question.

Any legal matter between South Africa and any other country would be dealt with through the appropriate channels and instruments, such as mutual legal assistance. The Ministry responsible for the Civilian Intelligence structures is not one of such instruments.

(2) There has never been a discussion between the President of Botswana and the Minister on this matter.

(3) None.

(4) The visit was cancelled because of other commitments.

(5) Purpose for which the visit was intended remains valid, therefore, a visit in the near future cannot be rulled out.

20 August 2020 - NW1859

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether her department has done any assessment of the imminent danger that terrorist attacks may pose to the security of the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the imminent danger and the readiness of the SA National Defence Force to protect and defend the Republic against such attacks?

Reply:

1. Defence Intelligence regularly compiles regional assessments that outlines the security situation in the Southern African Development Community, including the developments in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique.

2. The assessments are shared with the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) if and when required.

20 August 2020 - NO12

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Luzipo, Mr S to ask the Deputy President

In light of the current challenges of energy supply and efficiency as well as the Government’s commitment to an integrated energy mix, what capacity demands can other alternative sources of energy, such as independent power producers, provide to mitigate Eskom’s shortfall on electricity demand?

Reply:

South Africa is a country endowed with abundant energy resources. Coal, nuclear, solar power, and wind power all play a central role in the socio-economic development of our country, while simultaneously providing the necessary infrastructure and economic base for the country to become an attractive host for foreign investments in the energy sector. Successful and sustainable utilisation of all possible energy carriers in our country is vital for energy security, sustainable economic growth and development.

Cabinet approved the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 which is our blueprint, spelling out our energy mix objectives to meet electricity demand between now and the year 2030. Eskom generation capacity forms a significant part of our energy supply into the future and hence our attention to resolve its plant performance and financial challenges. As in all sectors of the economy, the state does not have sufficient resources to go it alone. The energy sector is therefore not an exception.

During the 2020 State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa committed to the following, amongst others:

  • A Section 34 Ministerial Determination will be issued to give effect to the Integrated Resource Plan 2019, enabling the development of additional grid capacity from renewable energy, natural gas, hydro power, battery storage and coal.
  • The procurement of emergency power from projects that can deliver electricity into the grid within 3 to 12 months from approval, will be initiated.
  • Measures to be introduced to enable municipalities in good financial standing to procure their own power from Independent Power Producers will be put in place.

    The Eskom Political Task Team was appointed and has been seized with ensuring that we accelerate processes to provide additional energy capacity through the implementation of the Emergency Energy Procurement Programme. Concurrence has been received from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to the Section 34 determination by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to procure an additional 2 000 MW as pronounced by President Ramaphosa. This will in total enable the development of additional 11 813MW of power from 2022 which is in addition to the 2000MW under emergency procurement. It will further be in addition to the Bid Window 4 contribution to the grid.

    We are concerned about the disruptive nature and negative impact power interruptions have on the economy. To mitigate against current load shedding and load reduction, Government has also initiated a number of initiatives that include:
  • Eskom procurement of power from private companies through short term power contracts under the Short Term Power Purchase Programme. It is expected that the final contract will be awarded by no later than the end of September 2020. Further, measures to expedite this process are being explored.
  • The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy procurement programme of 2000 MW with Eskom as the buyer.
  • The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy enabling generation for own use through inclusion of distributed capacity in the IRP 2019, as well as amendments to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Act.
  • Financially sustainable municipalities being enabled to procure own power generation as off-takers from Independent Power Producers or through public, private partnerships.

Therefore, private power generation by consumers or Independent Power Producers will play a significant role in helping close the demand and supply role as a result of the lower than expected Eskom generation plant Energy Availability Factor.

In summary, a combination of generation for own use, municipal generation and Independent Power Producers can play a significant role in helping close the supply and demand gap due to Eskom plant challenges.

Partnership with Independent Power Producers is in alignment with the National Development Plan goals of job creation, skills development and improving the livelihoods of people. We are optimistic that this will provide the necessary capital investment in the sector and will further contribute to the diversification of both the supply and nature of energy production.

We remain optimistic that the Independent Power Producers, in partnership with Eskom will provide a sustainable and complementary solution to our electricity generation challenges.

As we continue to sharpen our resolve towards the realisation of the National Development Plan, we need to find innovative and affordable funding mechanisms for the participation of black entrepreneurs in the energy space, which will allow the development of black industrialists, as well as ensuring participation of black entrepreneurs in the main stream economy.

It is government’s position that South Africa cannot address inequality, poverty and unemployment without economic empowerment of historically disadvantaged groups such as black people, women, youth and people with disabilities without the support of the private sector. As we move forward, we need to accelerate the participation of youth and women in the energy sector in particular.

 

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20 August 2020 - NW1263

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What progress has her department made in (a) compiling and (b) finalising a (i) reliable and (ii) accessible Immovable Assets Register?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) embarked on the Immovable Asset Register (IAR) Enhancement Programme to address management assertions in order to ensure that the IAR is complete and credible.

The historical context of the IAR and various sources of data is considered in addressing the completeness and accuracy of the register. This include the compliance with the Public Finance Management Act, Government Immovable Asset Management Act, and National Treasury guidelines including the National Treasury Immovable Asset Guide section 3.2 (b).

Reconciliation of the IAR is done considering the following:

  • Deeds records
  • Property Management Information System
  • DRDLR Vesting Data (LAW)
  • Devolved Properties - deemed provincial properties linked to the devolved budget for rates
  • Original title deeds - aktex records or copies of the title deed
  • Chief Surveyor General - CSG information on surveyed land parcels
  • User Asset Management Plans (U-AMPs)
  • Points of Interest and security clusters - police, prisons, courts & defence.
  • Other National or Provincial IARs

Given the above activities, it must be borne in mind that the IAR changes from time to time to take account of the numerous entries which occur as a result of the completed infrastructure projects, section 42 transfers in line with PFMA, disposal of properties, and the rectification of erroneously registered and vested properties.

AdetailedreconciliationofDPWIpropertiesagainsttheDeedsrecordsand IARsofotherNationalandProvincialcustodianswasconducted between 2011 and 2013.Thisexercisewas followed by physical verification and high level condition assessment of DPWI properties between 2014 and 2016.

In addition DPWI applied the deemed cost model on immovable assets in order to eliminate the historically recorded R1 values contained in the Immovable Asset Register. For example, the total value of immovable assets as at 31 March 2013 was only R3.5billion because most assets were recorded at R1 due to the lack of historical cost information/values. The total value of immovable assets is now more than R120billion since the 2016/17 financial year.

A detailed reconciliation of DPWI properties against the Deeds records and IARs of other National and Provincial custodians is conducted twice annually.

DPWI has also recruited young graduates, experienced project managers and other specialists on contract to maintain the IAR, but most importantly to reduce reliance on service providers in line with Auditor-General’s recommendation. Physical verification is being conducted by these contract specialists since June 2015 in order to comply with the relevant GRAP standards and Section 13 (d) of GIAMA.

Furthermore, the maintenance of data is managed by the DPWI specialists, GIS professionals, and accountants with articles, chartered accountants, data analysts, administrators, and property managers.

Significant progress has been made in addressing historical and legacy issues affectingnationalandprovincialcustodiansofimmovableassets.Landparcelsto bevested(confirmationofownershipintermsoftheConstitution)underDPWIhave been recorded in the IAR on the basis of substance overform.

(b)(i), (ii) DPWI is currently reviewing all its systems to finally move towards a more reliable and complete IAR.

20 August 2020 - NW446

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

What was the total number of parolees in the Republic as at 29 February 2020?

Reply:

The total number of parolees in the South African system as on 29 February 2020 is as follows:

Probationers

Parolees

Awaiting Trial Person (ATPs)

Total

7 371

45 914

1252

54537

END

20 August 2020 - NW1866

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Legwase, Ms TI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the average age of the permanent infantry force of the SA National Defence Force?

Reply:

(1) The average age of the permanent infantry force of the SA National Defence Force is 38 years.

(a) South African Infantry Corp (SAIC) members are deemed to be members from the rank of Rifleman (Rfn) up to Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col). Members above the rank of Lt Col are part of the SA Staff Corps (SA St C), and no longer part of the SAIC, although their original mustering may have been in the SAIC.

(b) Average ages of members of the SAIC by rank group are as follows:

  1. Rifleman - 34 years.
  2. Lance Corporal - 44 years.
  3. Corporal - 46 years.
  4. Sergeant - 48 years.
  5. Staff Sergeant - 51 years.
  6. Warrant Officer (Class 2) - 53 years
  7. Warrant Officer (Class 1) - 55 years
  8. Second Lieutenant - 33 years
  9. Lieutenant - 36 years
  10. Captain - 41 years
  11. Major - 46 years
  12. Lieutenant Colonel - 50 years

20 August 2020 - NW1863

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Modise, Ms M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

In view of the fact that the Republic only has three military hospitals, what plans are put in place to ensure that health facilities are available to military veterans during the Covid-19 pandemic in provinces that do not have military hospitals as it is the obligation of her department to ensure that military veterans have access to health facilities that can be easily accessible in provinces?

Reply:

The Department of Military Veterans through its MoU with the South African Military Healthcare Services (SAMHS), provides for Military Veterans to be authorized for referral to the nearest Public or Private healthcare facility/hospital, where SAMHS does not have such facilities. This provision continues to be applicable during the Covid 19 pandemic.

20 August 2020 - NW1795

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works andInfrastructure

Whether,with reference to there solution by the Cabinet in October 2019 that 14000 hectares could be released for human settlement development,her department has taken any steps to release any of the identified land; if not, why not; if so, (a) which exact pockets of land were transferred in each municipality and(b)what are the time frames for the release of all 14000 hectares?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has approved a total of 14 land parcels measuring 1004.0186 hectares to be released for human settlements purposes.

a) The land transfer is at various stages. Currently,no land transfers have taken place due to requirement of legislation that National Treasury endorsement must be obtained on properties that are transferred below market value. In this instance, two land parcels out of the fourteen land parcels arewiththeNationalTreasuryforconsiderationwhilstthe market valuation offive land parcels have been approved by the Land Affairs Board and will be submitted to National Treasury.

The DPWI has informed me that valuation of the seven parcels of land will be considered by the Land Affairs Board and submitted to National Treasury before the end of August.

b) The Department has prioritised the release of 47 land parcels measuring 1416.8195 hectares within this financial year. The remaining land parcels will be prioritised for release in 2021-22 financial year pending receiving formal requests with supporting documentation,includingdevelopmentplans,whichwillprovideanindicationofexact extent of land to be released. DPWI will process these requests subject toavailability of the identified properties and completion of feasibilityinvestigations.

The delay in transfers is caused by the requirement of National Treasury for market value. To speed up the process, DPWI has requested that National Treasury consider municipal value instead of market value. DPWI cannot skip these processes of the Land Affairs Board and the National Treasury as it is required by legislation.

20 August 2020 - NO11

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Deputy President

Whether, the 70% of government spend on established white owned businesses to the exclusion of black youth, particularly young black women who only get 30%, (a) is in line with the Government’s vision of stimulating and supporting rural and township economy through the implementation of empowerment models in building a capable State and (b) he has found that this lack of will to govern perpetuates this disparity which entrenches the existing inequality?

Reply:

Whereas it is not evident from where the statistics cited in the question is derived from, whenever we have responded to questions in Parliament on the revitalisation of rural and township economies, we have emphasised the objective of ensuring that we transform townships and villages from labour and consumption reserves into thriving productive investment hubs that contribute to broader economic transformation of previously marginalised communities.

To achieve this, government policy seeks to bring Historically Disadvantaged Individuals and their businesses into the main stream economy. According to the National Treasury, it is not correct that 70 percent of government spend is allocated to established white owned businesses. The opposite is in fact true, where government spend has been used to transform the economy by sourcing from black-owned enterprises.

Further details on procurement by the state from these enterprises can be sourced from the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer in the National Treasury.

Failure to adequately empower women and capacitate youth compromises efforts and campaigns dedicated towards social cohesion and nation-building. In our effort to empower women and the youth, government’s approach is centred on promoting and supporting local businesses, whilst we emphasise the involvement of local communities.

The National Treasury will release statistics on these categories of business in terms of Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) Objectives at the end of September 2020 for the 2019/2020 financial year, and up to August 2020 for the current financial year. The National Treasury has commenced a process to modernise and automate public procurement system as part of strengthening the system.

This is to enhance oversight and reporting including addressing of fragmented procurement systems in the different spheres of government and entities running separate systems and insufficient standardised transactional data being centrally collected. It is intended that procurement will be better reported on including all spend across all of government by designated groups according to the PPPFA objectives frequently and regularly.

This will assist us in examining the spread of the procurement spend and categories of goods and services rendered and where possible, identify gaps and areas of the economy that requires further intervention. These interventions are critical if we are to promote inclusive economic growth and equitable employment opportunities.

This government remains steadfast in its commitment to implement legislation, policies, regulations and programmes which seek to redress the legacy of apartheid with a particular focus on black women and youth. Inequalities are indeed deeply entrenched and will require continued, purposeful action by all.

 

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20 August 2020 - NW1864

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Modise, Ms M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) Whether there are any soldiers of the SA National Defence Force who are currently patrolling on the ground during level 3 of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus and (b) on which areas are the soldiers focusing?

Reply:

a) The Defence Force has deployed personnel in support of other Government Departments to mitigate against COVID-19 pandemic. The deployed forces include health care services, engineering capabilities and lockdown enforcement elements.

b) The focus is on support to the SAPS, Health and Humanitarian Assistance, health care and water purification.

20 August 2020 - NW1865

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Mmutle, Mr TN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What has been the progress of the investigations into the alleged heavy-handed conduct of some soldiers of the SA National Defence Force during their deployment to enforce the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus?

Reply:

Ser No

Area Office

CAS No

Offence

Status

01

Wynberg MP

09/04/2020

Common Assault, a journalist alleged that he was driving behind a Military Convoy in Masiphumelele Township in Cape Town where he observed an SANDF member assaulting a civilian with a wooden stick

A case docket was referred to LEGSATO Cape Town and was withdrawn on 03 June 2020

Other cases were reported to the South African Police Services and progress can only be obtained from SAPS.

20 August 2020 - NW1867

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Maake, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether her department has a spending plan for the funds allocated for the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the plan?

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

i) The department of Defence has not been allocated an additional amount by National Treasury. Following the budget estimate of Rb4.5 estimate the department of defence was allocated Rb3.0 on the 24th of June 2020 for COVID-19 expenses.

ii) The breakdown of R3.0 billion is as follows;

(a) R763.4 million for Cost of Employment (CoE/personnel costs), and;

(b) R2.2 billion for goods and Services and Capital equipment.

(ii) As of the 31st of July 2020, personnel costs totalling R476 million have been paid to SANDF personnel, and orders of goods and services amounting of R1.5 billion have been placed of which R1.1 billion been delivered and paid. (R753 million for PPE and minor medical equipment)

(iv) Procurement of additional equipment for a field hospital (SAMHS) is in the process of being finalised.

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

Covid 19 Spending Plan:

The Department of Military Veterans (DMV), in response to the Covid 19 pandemic, developed a Covid 19 Response Plan. In order to execute the plan, the DMV prioritised funds, following the guidelines provided by National Treasury, 2020 Special Adjustment of Budget. An amount of R4.3 million has been set aside to spend on Covid 19 related items.

Details of the Plan:

In an attempt to remain compliant with matters related to Covid 19 pandemic, the plan includes amongst other things, the procurement of Masks, Gloves,

Goggles, Face Shields, Temperature Scanners, Sanitizers, various detergents and cleaning materials, amongst other things.

20 August 2020 - NO8

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Deputy President

With reference to the Moral Regeneration Movement’s fervent support for the Government’s Covid-19 pandemic lockdown (details furnished), what are the relevant details of its vision that (a) the nation’s moral fiber, which is an essential component of the social cohesion, needs to be authentically and wholesomely reconstructed and

Reply:

The Moral Regeneration Movement came into existence as a result of former President Nelson Mandela’s resolve, that while the new dispensation needed to meet tangible material needs of previously dehumanised black majority, it was also necessary that there be a commensurate programme that would focus on rekindling the very basic moral fibre of the South African society that had almost been destroyed by years of colonialism and apartheid oppression.

Colonialism, racialism and apartheid were at their very core immoral and extremely violent, and the negative impact they have made on communities is abysmal. Therefore, from the very beginning, it was envisaged that there would be a national programme on moral regeneration led by civil society and supported by government and other key sectors of society, including business and the religious fraternity.

 

In appreciating this historical context and the lived social reality of being an integral part of the continent, the moral regeneration vision draws sustenance from the African moral ethic of Ubuntu, which appeals to humanity’s interdependence and interconnectedness.

 

As this question relates to the statement issued by the Moral Regeneration Movement in April this year following the introduction of the Nationwide Lockdown, it is important to reiterate that the Moral Regeneration Movement is an independent civil society formation that takes its own position on a variety of issues, some of which we may agree with, while others we may not necessarily agree with.

 

It is to be noted that the very same statement makes reference to minimising corruption. Our position is contrary. As government of the African National Congress, we seek to eliminate corruption in all its forms and manifestations. That is why we have said on numerous occasions that where any acts of corruption are proven, we are determined to act without any fear or favour against those involved.

 

To this end, as Government, we have developed an overarching National Anti- Corruption Strategy which is aimed at:

 

  • Rejuvenating a national dialogue and direct energy towards practical mechanisms to reduce corruption and improve ethical practice across sectors and amongst citizens in South Africa.

 

  • Providing a robust conceptual framework and strategic pillars to guide anti- corruption approaches across relevant sectors in the country, and
  • Support coordination between government, business and civil society efforts to reduce corruption and improve accountability and ethical practice, while providing tools for monitoring progress towards a less corrupt society.

 

For us as a nation, in order to achieve these goals, we should all work together and appreciate that moral regeneration is a fundamental pillar of building a cohesive and caring society that is grounded on ethical values.

 

As a Patron of the Moral Regeneration Movement, we therefore support those programmes of the Moral Regeneration Movement that seek to build the nation and enhance social cohesion in line with the vision of a new society, as articulated in our National Development Plan – a society that is non-racial, non-sexist and democratic.

 

We wish to emphasise that the various programmes of the Moral Regeneration Movement must go deeper into interrogating the root causes of social ills that continue to plague our society. These programmes must also seek to address the deep inequalities that exist in our society. Such inequalities further manifest in acts of sexism, patriarchal tendencies and economic exclusion of women. Until these inequalities are addressed, we will not achieve our dream of a cohesive and united society.

 

The Moral Regeneration Movement seeks to address some of these challenges that are inherent to issues of inequality in our society. In its work and articulation of the vision for a better South Africa, the Moral Regeneration Movement advocates for the Charter of Positive Values as an expression and interpretation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights from a perspective of ordinary people. This is the key tool it has adopted and advocates for, in order to rebuild South Africa’s moral fibre. At the heart of this programme are values of responsibility and accountability, honesty and integrity, equity and equality among others.

There have been some disturbing reports during the nationwide lockdown period that related to increased levels of gender based violence, human rights abuses, and the destruction of schools in certain areas. Government and many civil society formations strongly condemned these incidents which clearly sought to undermine the rule of law. Such incidents are manifestations of deep societal problems that need condemnation by all of us, and for stronger partnerships across society as a response as well as immediate action.

 

That is why the Movement is currently implementing an action plan that contains tangible strategic interventions in rekindling basic morality and ethics. It has for its part, continued sponsoring community dialogues on gender based violence and femicide as a way to engender positive behavioural change. These public engagements are currently being rolled out mainly through virtual platforms.

 

The Movement is also collaborating with the South African Local Government Association on the programme to promote ethical leadership. Through this initiative, Councillors are taken through orientation on the fundamentals of ethical leadership thus ensuring that we reduce the propensity or inclination for corrupt activities. This programme needs to be supported so that it reaches all other levels of leadership in society.

 

The violent service delivery protests and anarchy that we observe in some communities from time to time, and which undermine the rule of law, are in many instances as a result of lack of ethical leadership and corruption associated with service delivery.

 

Nation building is not an event, but a social engineering process that needs to fester across society over time. We are all called upon to act in ways that counter social attitudes and practices that are at odds with the society we seek to build, as envisioned in our Constitution.

 

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20 August 2020 - NO7

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Mofokeng, Ms JM to ask the Deputy President

With reference to the theme Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development and upon the Republic’s assumption of the Chair of the African Union (AU), the Government committed to promote women’s economic inclusion and strengthening the fight against gender-based violence, which are challenges faced by women in Africa that have all been exacerbated by the novel coronavirus, what therefore are the details of his role in assisting the President in efforts towards building a better Africa as the Envoy to South Sudan in silencing the guns on the continent, with particular reference to (a) protecting women and children and (b) fighting gender- based violence?

Reply:

South Africa continues to be at the frontline of championing the implementation of the African Union theme for the year, of “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development”. The flagship initiative of Silencing the Guns is at the core of activities led by the African Union, towards ensuring that Africa is a more peaceful and stable continent.

Amidst various challenges encountered such as the unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic, we are forging ahead with this work, towards laying a foundation for achieving the objectives linked to Agenda 2063. At the centre of this agenda, is prioritising mechanisms that promote a dialogue-centred approach to conflict prevention, mediation and resolution of conflicts to ensure that peace and a culture of tolerance is entrenched.

 

Alongside leading these African Union efforts, South Africa continues to play a role of assisting in the implementation of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan. Our role is to ensure that the Revitalised Government of National Unity achieves all elements they have set out, to attain national reconciliation, national healing and that permanent and sustainable peace is restored to enable South Sudan to prosper and where its people realise their full human potential.

 

Evidence across all conflict spots, demonstrates that at the receiving end of conflict is always the ordinary people, mostly women and children who bear the brunt of immeasurable pain and disruption to their lives. In conflict, women and children often face the daunting task of keeping families together after displacement by providing food, clothing and shelter. With our humanitarian intervention in South Sudan, women are the majority of beneficiaries. The same is true for the Central African Republic, where the conflict of over the past two decades has had a dramatic impact on women and children.

 

To date, South Africa has been championing interventions in the region, which are focused on facilitating high level national dialogues, reconciliation support, offering high level advisory services and the necessary technical support required for building and strengthening the political and economic infrastructure required for sustainable democracy. We do this, for we believe that conflict is not good for our continent as it stunts growth and development. It breeds discontent and it is a recipe for disaster.

 

In our engagements with leaders on the continent, we have always advocated for international, regional and national strategies which are gender responsive, and focused on the advancement of the rights of women and girls.

This year the world also marks 25 years since the Beijing Declaration: Platform for Action that was adopted by the United Nations, which advocated strongly for the rights of women and gender equality to be prioritised. As we mark the historic Beijing Declaration, we also need to guard against regressing on the gains made in the global fight against all forms of violence against women and other forms of gender-based violence and femicide.

 

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS for instance, nearly one in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner, non-partner sexual violence or both in their lifetime.

 

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1820 further highlights that, sexual violence is “a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, instil fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or an ethnic group.” In such instances, rape is used to demoralise and destabilise entire communities. Women and children are often the most vulnerable to this war tactic during times of conflict.

 

As we have said, these challenges have been exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which is heavily affecting the livelihoods, socio-economic stability and security of many families and communities in Africa. This pandemic has shown that women and girls are disproportionally affected, often finding themselves at the forefront of fighting the disease.

 

We can all agree that more needs to be done at individual country level as well as globally to eradicate such violations. We have always advocated for strategies that would commit Member States of the African Union to ensure access to justice for victims and survivors of gender-based violence, protecting women and girls in humanitarian situations across Africa, and establishing of humanitarian corridors for accessing aid.

We are encouraged that the African Union recognises gender equality as a fundamental human right, and an integral part of regional integration, economic growth and social development. To this end, the African Union has developed a strategy for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, to ensure the inclusion of women in Africa’s development agenda. This Gender Empowerment strategy is a timely intervention to address imbalances and gender inequities.

 

We are confident that all parties and stakeholders in South Sudan, will ensure that peace holds and that women are not hindered in playing a leading role in the rebuilding of the country and all its institutions.

 

South Africa shall continue to support such efforts, as we do with the capacity training programme that supports peace-building efforts. The training focuses on increasing existing mediation capacity of women.

 

The Capacity Training Programme in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation attracts international women, the majority of which are from African Member States to the African Union. This programme has trained 26 women leaders, including those from the Republic of South Sudan in the current year.

 

In conclusion, we have always sought to ensure that our commitment to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of human rights is among the guiding principles that inform South Africa’s engagement with South Sudan, and the rest of Africa.

 

-En

20 August 2020 - NW1875

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

What (a) total number of houses that were built for military veterans are currently illegally occupied and (b) steps has her department taken to address the issue?

Reply:

(a)

Military VeteransHousesillegally occupied

  1. Gauteng

Region

Name of project

No: of units

West Rand

Westonaria Borwa

21

Johannesburg

Lufhereng EXT 1

12

Sedibeng

Savannah city

27

 

Tshepong

20

 

Golden Gardens

5

Tshwane

Nellmapiusext 22

33

 

Rama City

15

TOTAL

133

2. Eastern Cape

Municipality

Name of project

N0: of units

Chris Hani

Lukhanji

26

TOTAL

26

3. Kwa-Zulu Natal

In Kwa-Zulu Natal there is no housing project for Military Veterans to date. The Military Veterans in the province illegally occupied the 40 sqm Breaking New Ground houses, normal RDP houses. Refer to the table hereunder;

Municipality

Name of project

N0: of units

Ethekwini

Cornubia

34

Ethekwini

Philani Valley

23

Ethekwini

Harmmonds Farm

7

Ethekwini

Kingsburgh West

33

Msunduzi

Aloe Ridge Social Housing

261

TOTAL

358

4. No houses have been invaded in the following Provinces;

a. Limpopo

b. North West

c. Free State

d. Mpumalanga

e. Western Cape

f. Northern Cape

(b)The Department of Military Veterans has agreed with role-players such as the Department of Human Settlements, the Housing Development Agency and Contractors to submit the approved allocation lists of Military Veteransso that the names should be linked to stand numbers before construction on housing projects commences.

20 August 2020 - NW1666

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)What are the criteria for top secret security clearance that is required for a senior appointment in the State Security Agency; (2) whether Mr Robert McBride attained security clearance and complied with the specified criteria; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. The criteria for Top Secret security clearance are multiple and include the successful completion of the vetting process that includes

1.1 Verification of the subject’s/applicant’s records as reflected in databases:

  • criminal records;
  • financial records;
  • personal information; or
  • any other information that is relevant to determine the security clearance of a person.
  •  

1.2 The positive outcome following a vetting fieldwork investigation. For a Top-Secret Security Clearance, the process entails the following:

  • Full record checks on databases (as mentioned above);
  • A subject/applicant interview;
  • Two (2) interviews with references;
  • One (1) work enquiry; and
  • A polygraph examination and evaluation.

(1.2.2) Regarding the later point, all resultant reports (subject/applicant and combined References’ Interview Report; Investigation Memorandum, and Investigation Diary and Polygraph report.) are then sent to the Evaluation division.

(1.2.2) In assessing the reports, the Evaluator will consider the following in his/her risk summary as per the Legislation:

  • Integrity;
  • Loyalty to the State and the relevant institution; and
  • Non-susceptibility to extortion and blackmail;
  • Non-amenability to bribes and non-susceptibility to being compromised due to his or her behaviour or vulnerabilities.

These qualities are critical criteria for employment in a position requiring Top Secret security clearance.

(1. 3) Based on the Evaluator’s recommendations – emergent from records, interviews and investigations – on whether to issue, degrade, withdraw or refuse to grant a security clearance, the State Security Agency’s (SSA’s) Director-General signs off on the vetting result.

2. Regarding Mr Mc Bride’s security clearance:

2.1 On 5 October 2018, the request for the vetting of Mr Mc Bride to the level of a Top Secret level was received from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

2.2  His employment at the IPID was later terminated.

2.2 On 23 April 2020, the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) requested the SSA to transfer his Top Secret clearance to them.

2.3 On 29 June 2020, the SSA Acting Director-General enquired about the progress on the vetting of the said subject.

2.4 On 30 June 2020, the SSA Human Resource Consultant enquired about the vetting of the said subject.

2.5 On 1 July 2020, the subject was contacted to avail himself for a personal interview and it followed all the steps outlined above.

2.6 As per the approved Standard Operating Procedure (VA01/2010) on Vetting Fieldwork Investigation, a Polygraph test for a Top-Secret Clearance is required. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a Polygraph examination could not be conducted, the specific reason being that the procedure would require the Polygraph Examiner to be in close proximity of the subject in a closed area for an extended period; thus exposing them (polygraph examiner/subject) to a possible transmission of the virus.

2.7 Nonetheless, given that all the other tests resulted in a positive outcome, the security clearance was issued on condition that as soon as the COVID-19 infection rate flattens, the Polygraph examination will be conducted.

2.8 Accordingly, a Top-Secret security clearance procedure was conducted on Mr Mc Bride and a Top-Secret security clearance was issued on the basis of the information currently available to the SSA.

2.9 A Top-Secret Clearance was issued on 14 July 2020.

3. Not at this stage.

19 August 2020 - NW1470

Mohlala, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What measures has her department put in place to guarantee bulk infrastructure that will transfer water to the people of Cinci in Ward 11 KwaMbonambi in the King Cetshwayo District in KwaZulu-Natal and (b) by what date will this infrastructure be in place to finally provide the community with access to water?

Reply:

Ward 11 of uMfolozi Municipality receives water from Nseleni Bulk Water Supply Pipeline through the Nseleni Pump Station, which receives its supply from the City of uMhlathuze. The existing Nseleni bulk water pipeline supplies water to Upper Nseleni, Khoza, Nseleni Town and KwaMbonambi areas. This pipeline is connected to the Mandlazini bulk reservoirs in Richards Bay with the Mzingazi Water Treatment Works (WTW) connected to the Mzingazi Lake as the source. The water supply from Nseleni is currently pumped for 18 - 24hrs/day into two reservoirs, the Shandu/Baqoge and Mawombe Reservoirs.

In addition, there are four operational boreholes within the aforementioned Ward. The Cinci borehole near Mawombe Stadium has one standpipe.

There are a number of illegal connections in the area that have a negative effect on the water supply to the Shandu/Baqoge and Mawombe Reservoirs. There is an area known as Mgababa located in-between the abovementioned reservoirs that does not have a reticulation system. The community in Mgababa has connected illegally on the rising main to Mawombe Reservoir resulting in the Mawombe reservoir receiving limited water.

The Councillor together with the strike committee members have been engaged to assist in dealing with the illegal connections. However, more illegal connections have been made to the pumping main, cutting water supply to the Mawombe reservoir. The situation is exacerbated by the limited water supply from the City of uMhlathuze because the area was affected by the drought.

The King Cetshwayo District Municipality is planning to augment bulk water supply to the Cinci area through the installation of an additional reservoir between the two existing reservoirs to service the Mgababa area thereby releasing water to the Mawombe Reservoir. This project will be implemented in 2021.

While the uMfolozi Municipality is attending to all water supply challenges within its area of jurisdiction, the priority is to address backlogs in areas where there is no water supply infrastructure services. These areas are currently being serviced through water tankers.

19 August 2020 - NW1659

Mohlala, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department records water lost due to water leaks; if not, why not; if so, what (a) total volume of water has the Republic lost due to water leaks since the beginning of 2019, (b) are the names of the top 10 municipalities that have lost more water than others and (c) plan has she put in place to prevent loss of water through water leakages?

Reply:

(a) Through the water balance information submitted by Water Service Authorities (WSAs), the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) makes determinations of water losses. The last comprehensive analysis on water losses and non-revenue water (NRW) was undertaken in 2016/17. The total volume of water lost as a result of leakages from pipes and reservoirs was estimated at 1150.079 million m3/annum at the time.

(b) The table below indicates the ten (10) WSAs that had the highest water losses:

No.

Name of the Water Service Authority

1.

City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

2.

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

3.

City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality

4.

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

5.

Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality

6.

City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality

7.

Emfuleni Local Municipality

8.

uThukela District Municipality

9.

Mopani District Municipality

10.

Mbombela Local Municipality

(c) The WSAs are mandated by the Water Services Act, Act 108 of 1997 to prevent and act on water losses within their distribution networks. The Department of Water and Sanitation provides support to municipalities through different programmes to manage the demand and reduce water losses. The various measures being implemented to support municipalities to prevent, reduce and manage water losses include: 

  • The No Drop programme which is a tool to regulate municipal performance against set Regulations and best management principles for water loss and demand management. 
  • The No Drop Guideline, which focuses on the key requirements (water resource balance diagram, water balance, Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WCWDM) Strategy) that are building blocks to planning for implementation of WCWDM projects. Municipalities have been trained on the use of the No Drop.
  • There is also continuous capacity building programmes on WCWDM for municipalities. Training includes how to benchmark leakages, planning and implementation of WCWDM projects, International Water Association (IWA) water balance methods, etc.
  • The Reconciliation and All Towns strategies (intended to ensure the water resource balance) have WCWDM as one of the priority intervention programmes for all municipalities. The Departmental forums and engagements are used to stress the importance of WCWDM aligned to these strategies. In these forums, Municipalities are expected to report on their implementation of WCWDM efforts.
  • The Department is also evaluating and commenting on the Water Services Development Plans (WSDPs) and master plans of municipalities. These plans should indicate the actions and interventions designed to conserve water and enhance water demand management.
  • The DWS also has various projects that are funded either under Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) or Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG), that also address water losses in municipalities
  • The DWS through the cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has built the training centre/ facility for Non-Revenue Water and water losses management. A number of municipality officials have already attended this training.

The Department further monitors water losses within the 8 (eight) largest water supply systems on an annual basis. The 8 large Water Supply Systems (WSS) supply water to the 8 metropolitan municipalities and other major cities. These areas serve 33.9 million people, which is equivalent to 57 % of the country’s total population. The total input volume in these areas is about 2 662 661 000 m³/a compared with national 4 046 463 000 m³/a (65 % total urban water consumption). These are areas of economic significance with the total gross value added of between 20-40%. 

19 August 2020 - NW1318

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)In view of her department’s Covid-19 lockdown directives which continue to keep early childhood development (ECD) centres closed under alert level 3 risk-adjusted lockdown, resulting in many ECD centres being under severe financial strain and/or facing permanent closure, what financial and/or other relief packages will her department provide to registered ECD centres to assist them to re-open once they are allowed to; (2) whether her department will procure and/or financially subsidise personal protective equipment for the learners and staff at the ECD centres?

Reply:

(1) The Department of Social Development is not in the financial position to provide any additional financial support to registered ECD centres that remain closed under the state of national disaster as there is no budget specifically allocated for this purpose. However,on 9 May 2020, the Minister of Social Development issued Directions that “The Department must continue to subsidize the early childhood development centres during the state of national disaster” (See Government Notice 517 published in Government Gazette No 43300 of 9 May 2020). This Direction immediately waived the requirement that early childhood development programmes that already receive subsidy need to submit a new application for funding for the 2020/2021 financial while the national state of disaster is in place. The collective amount being paid annually towards this funding is R3.1 billion, targeting early childhood development programmes in poor communities in particular. This funding continues to be paid out to early childhood development centres through the nine provincial departments of social development, which is a provincial competency as contemplated in section 93(1) of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. This is a significant step that is intended to buffer the impact of the measures implemented during the national state of disaster risk-adjusted lockdown.

(2) The Department is currently in discussion with the National Treasury to repurpose the current ECD infrastructure conditional grant towards supporting early childhood development programmes with personal protective equipment for personnel and staff. If successful, priority will be given to those unfunded registered ECD programmes serving poor communities as required in terms of section 93(4)(a) of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005; and unregistered ECD programmes serving poor communities will also be considered. It should be noted that provision of ECD programmes is private and NPOdriven, government only regulates and subsidise these programmes.

19 August 2020 - NW1387

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

With reference to her reply to question 703 on 22 June 2020 regarding the value of the contracts awarded to service providers for the delivery and distribution of food parcels, what is the detailed breakdown of the products and services received according to each specified contract in each province?

Reply:

The content of the food parcels issued by SASSA in each province was standardised. The content of the food parcels is as follows:

Food item

Brand Name

Weight

Quantity

Maize Meal

Ace, white Star, Iwisa, Impala, Pitsana or equivalent in nutritional value.

12,5kg

1

Nutritional

Supplement

Movite Porridge or approved substitute with equivalent in nutritional value.

1 kg

2

Cooking Oil

Sunflower cooking oil or equivalent in nutritional value.

750 ml

2

Pilchards

Glendryck, Saldhana, Lucky Star or equivalent in nutritional value.

400 g tins

6

Soya Mince

Imana, Knorrox, Top Class, Vitamince, Mealtime, Trojan or equivalent in nutritional value.

1 kg

3

Sugar

Huletts, Illovo, Selati or equivalent in nutritional value.

2,5 kg

1

Sugar Beans

Econo, Imbo, Plaza, Olympic or equivalent in nutritional value.

2 kg

1

Bread Flour

Golden Cloud, Sasko, Snowflake or equivalent in nutritional value.

2,5 kg

1

Tea Bags

Five Roses, Glen, Teaspoon Tips, Joko, Trinco, Rooibos or equivalent in nutritional value.

100 tea bags

2

Yeast

NCP, Anchor, Super bake or equivalent in nutritional value.

10 g

2

Peanut Butter

Skippy, Black Cat, Yum Yum or equivalent nutritional value.

800g

1

Milk

Full cream powder milk (must be “Real Diary” OR

Full cream long life milk (1 box of 6 L).

1 kg

1 Box

1

6 L

Toothpaste

All brands acceptable (consider price).

100 g

2

Washing Soap(VI)

Sunlight Bar Soap or equivalent.

500g

2

Sanitary towels

All brands (consider price) 8 towels per pack.

Pack of 8

3

The services rendered by the contracted suppliers was to deliver food parcels on receipt of an order from SASSA.

The attached Annexure confirms the amount paid to each service provider for the provision of food parcels in the period of April and May. Payments made in June are not yet available, as the BAS system is not yet closed for the month of June.

19 August 2020 - NW1319

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What number of (a) new and (b) renewed SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) grant recipients are currently on waiting lists to see an assessment doctor in each province; (2) what is the prescribed duration in number of days and months that a grant recipient will need to wait to see an assessment doctor in each province; (3) what number of assessment doctors are currently assigned to each province; (4) how does her department and SASSA intend to address the growing backlog?

Reply:

1. All clients seeking to apply for disability related grants are booked at SASSA Local Offices using the Electronic Medical Assessment Statistical Template. Such clients are booked for an assessment at a particular assessment site on a particular date and there is no differentiation between new and existing beneficiaries. Thebooking is to assist the Agency to monitor service demands and monitor the time it takes for clients before they are assessed. As at 29 June 2020, status is as below:

Region

Assessments

Eastern Cape

835

Free State

309

Gauteng

2 553

KwaZulu-Natal

1 632

Limpopo

1 664

Mpumalanga

1 165

Northern Cape

359

North West

4 574

Western Cape

4 945

Total

19 053

2. SASSA strives to ensure that all clients booked are assessed within a month and clients waiting for more than a month are referred to as backlogs.Programme managers are required to come up with innovative measures to address backlogs and avoid the emergence of backlogs. The current numbers have been exacerbated as a result of the lockdown and closure of SASSA Local Offices under level 5; as well as the limited resources at local offices during levels 4 and 3.

3. SASSA implements a hybrid model for disability management, which relies on both contracted medical officers as well as medical officers from Department of Health. The numbers of doctors provided by Department of Health is not a fixed number – it depends on resources available within the various assessment sites.

The total number of doctors contracted directly by SASSA is 475 nationally. The number per province is indicated below:

Region

Contracted doctors

Eastern Cape

28

Free State

44

Gauteng

52

KwaZulu-Natal

134

Limpopo

72

Mpumalanga

27

Northern Cape

80

North West

28

Western Cape

10

Total

475

4. All requests for assessments are captured on the Electronic Medical Assessment Template (EMAST) which flags all clients waiting more than 30 days for an assessment from the date of booking. In such situations programme managers are expected to either add a resource in the form of a doctor, another assessment day within that week or recruit either doctor from other further areas and in certain instance ask for services of doctors from neighbouring provinces.

The backlog has been exacerbated as a result of the lockdown. Limited disability related services at Local Offices have resumed under Level 3 lockdown. A strategy has been developed to progressively resume with the assessment related activities as from 1 July 2020. The ability to provide these services does depend on the ability for assessments to be undertaken, as there is still limited access to health facilities.

The strategy prioritises the following categories of applicants in order of priority:

  • Those who were assessed prior to lockdown but who were unable to complete the application process;
  • Those who were booked for assessments but could not be seen as a result of the lockdown – these clients will be rebooked for assessments;
  • Urgent new applications, where the assessment is already done by the health facility and only the application needs to be done;
  • New applications in accordance with available capacity of assessing doctors.

The number of assessments booked per assessment schedule has been reduced to 20 from 40 to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocols related to sanitation, social distancing and hygiene.

A particular challenge exists in Western Cape, where the majority of the assessments are undertaken in health facilities. The ability of SASSA to accept new applicants for disability grants is there for seriously, negatively impacted by this. In order to address this, SASSA Western Cape has been granted authority to deviate from normal tender processes by National Treasury to appoint doctors in the George and Boland areas through a closed bidding process by approaching all doctors listed on the HPCSA database as a fairness measure.

19 August 2020 - NW1562

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether she has been informed that the Premier of Mpumalanga, Ms Refilwe Mtshweni allegedly divided the people of Dr J S Moroka Local Municipality in Nkangala by giving councillors of a certain organisation (name furnished) food parcels to distribute to only 14 of the 31 wards of the specified municipality at the beginning of May 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps has she taken in this regard?

Reply:

The Department is not aware of this allegation. The Department did not issue any food parcels to the Premier for distribution to any community.

19 August 2020 - NW1242

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

What number of social workers are currently employed by (a) the (i) State and (ii) private sector and (b) nongovernmental organisations?

Reply:

The number of social workers currently employed by

(a)(i) The State is 14 599.

(a)(ii) The department does not have statistics of social workers employed in the private sector.

(b) Non-governmental organisations is 1 970

19 August 2020 - NW1496

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, since the Minister of Finance, Mr T Mboweni, tabled the Special Adjustments Budget on 24 June 2020, she has found that the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) is confident that it will be able to pay all 3,2 million approved applicants, including qualifying asylum-seekers, from the new revised budget that was provided to her department; (2) what total number of (a) asylum-seekers and/or (b) foreign nationals will receive the R350 grant from SASSA?

Reply:

1. Yes, the funding is adequate for the 3,2 million beneficiaries referred to. However, it should be noted that the number of approved applications now stand at 4 424 720. The budget is adequate to cover these and the projected number of asylum seekers and special permit holders who are expected to apply. Should these numbers increase in line with projections done by SASSA, the funds allocated will not be sufficient.

2. It’s not possible to predict exactly how many foreign nationals will receive the grant. We do however know that in the country there are:

(a) 173 036 refugees, of which 2 288 have been approved as at 15 July 2020; and

(b) 188 296 asylum seekers,

(c) 178 615 Special Permit Holders from Zimbabwe,

(d) 25 382 Special Permit Holders from Lesotho,

(e) 1 686 Special Permit Holders from Angola;

who may qualify for the Special Covid SRD if they meet the other qualifying criteria.

In addition, the special relief grant has been approved for 115 670 permanent residents in South Africa (non- South African citizens who hold permanent residence status).

19 August 2020 - NW1579

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) are the details of the origin and development of the Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) programmes to be implemented by the social services professionals (SSPs), (b) are the details regarding the training of SSPs in this SBC programme, (c) is the implementation plan of the SBC programme in communities across the Republic, (d) time lines are attached to the implementation of the SBC programme in communities across the Republic and (e) is the budget attached to the development, training and implementation of the programme?

Reply:

The HIV pandemic has over the years taught us that biomedical approaches alone are not able to prevent and stem out the spread of new infections, hence a multi-sectoral approach is required to respond to the epidemic.

a) In 2008, UNAIDS noted that new HIV infections were not declining in most countries including South Africa, but continued to increase rapidly. This therefore prompted UNAIDS to call uponall countries to engage in a ‘know your epidemic, know your response’ exercise to allow governments to understand the drivers of the epidemic in order to base HIV prevention efforts on evidence and not on perceptions.The Human Science Research Council (HSRC) therefore conducted a study called Know Your Epidemic, Know Your Response in 2011 for South Africa. This study found that HIV is more than a health issue but a developmental issue because factors that fuel HIV&AIDS are due to human behaviour as well as social and structural in nature andtherefore a social approach was required in addressing these factors. This assisted South Africa to develop the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (NSP) 2012-2016 which mandated the Department of Social Development (DSD) to lead the goal on addressing social and structural drivers of HIV because DSD’s mandate and commitment is on social transformation and we focus mainly on facilitating human development and improving the quality of lives of people by addressing the social and structural barriers to this quality of life.

DSD therefore developed a Compendium of Social and Behaviour Change programmes using the social ecology approachwhich aims at addressing all levels of society, including the individual, interpersonal relationships, family, communities, and systems. The social ecology model has enabled DSD to develop (1) social and behaviour change programmes that seek to address risky behaviours with a view to motivate behaviour change within individuals and social units by use of a range of educational, counseling, motivational, peer-group, skills-building approaches, and community normative approaches which are delivered in small interactive groups; as well as (2) incorporate structural strategies that already exist in the Department (such as social grants, poverty alleviation programmes) which seek to change the context that contributes to individuals’ vulnerability and risk to HIV. The following are the compendium of social and behaviour change programmes which DSD has developed: YOLO, ChommY, Families Matter programme, Men Championing Change programme, Boys Championing Change programme, Community Capacity Enhancement programme and Traditional Leaders programme. These programmes are implemented alongside DSD’s existing programmes that target the structural drivers of the pandemic e.g. social grants and food security programmes. These programmes target different target groups within the social ecology model.

b) The Department partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) since 2011. This partnership assisted the Department to establish a Government Capacity Building and Support Program (GCBS) which aims at strengthening the capacity of the Department of Social Development to respond to HIV&AIDS. The GCBS programme assisted in training Social Services Professionals (SSPs) on the compendium of social and behaviour change programmes in the country. A Train-the-Trainer approach was adopted for each programme and this has ensured that each province has a pool of SSPs that are able to cascade and roll-out the trainings in each district.To-date, a total number of 1 694 SSPs were trained on the social and behaviour change programmes since 2017. The Department also partnered with the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) to roll-out the training of Non Profit Organisations (NPOs) on the compendium of social and behaviour change programmes.SANAC has to-date trained 557 SSPs in all 9 provinces since 2016. The Department had planned to train a further 300 SSPs for this financial year 2020/21, however this has been reviewed to 100 SSPs due to the lockdown restrictions since the trainings are face-to-face with interactive exercises and role-modelling. These trainings will commence in November 2020. Each SSP will be trained on each of the seven (7) social and behaviour change programmes mentioned under (a) above. Each training comprises a minimum of 4 days. This means that each SSP requires a total number of 28 days to complete the entire Compendium of Social and Behaviour Change programmes.

c) These seven (7)social and behaviour change programmes, mentioned above under (a), are implemented together as a package within the same given community, in an integrated manner. Each programme has a Facilitator’s Manual and a Participant’s Manual. The implementation of these programmes is complemented by other DSD existing programmes such as the KeMoja programme. TheDepartment is currently funding 17 NPOs in the country, since 2016, to implement the compendium of social and behaviour change programmes in 30 Districts which have the highest rate of new HIV infections. The NPOs have appointed SSPs that implement the programmes using different approaches which include interactive group facilitated workshops for the different target groups, as well as facilitated community dialogues which include YOLO Jam Sessions, Community Capacity Enhancement sessions, Boys Assemblies, Men’s Lounges, National and District Men’s Parliaments.

d) Implementation of these social and behaviour change programmes commenced in 2016 and is still continuing in all 9 provinces in the 30 districts in the country. Due to budgetary constraints, the Department is not able to expand the implementation of the programmes to all 52 districts.

e) The entire budget for the training and implementation of the social and behaviour change programmes for the 2020/21 financial year is R93m. This budget is for all nine (9) provinces and it is not enough to cater for all 52 Districts.