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14 October 2022 - NW2888

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

(1)What total amount has been invested in the foundry and/or mini-mill industry by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) since 2010, (2) will he furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with an itemised list for each (a) year and (b) individual investment; (3) what is the debt to equity proportions for each investment; (2) what amount has been written off in the same period (a) for each investment and (b) in total?

Reply:

The IDC has approved R14,4 billion of funding in the Foundry and/or mini mill industry since FY 2010, in the following forms: industrial loans of R5,99 billion, equity of R8,44 billion and grants of R4m.

In addition, the IDC provided guarantees of R5,5 billion to companies in the sector.

A supplementary reply will be submitted shortly, with additional information.

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14 October 2022 - NW2770

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the (a) total number of extension officers in each (i) farm and (ii) province, (b) ratio of extension officers in each (i) commercial, (ii) emerging commercial, (iii) smallholding and (iv) subsistence farm in each (aa) province and (bb) district?

Reply:

(a) (i) Extension Practitioners (officers) are allocated to districts and not placed per farm.

(ii) The number of Extension Practitioners (officers) per Province is as follows:

PROVINCE

NUMBER OF EXTENSION PRACTITIONERS

Eastern Cape

496

Free State

115

Gauteng

119

KwaZulu-Natal

522

Limpopo

310

Mpumalanga

146

Northern Cape

43

North West

181

Western Cape

60

TOTAL

  1. 992

(b)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) The current Extension Practitioners are not allocated according to the specified producer categories; hence no ratio is available.

(b)(aa) Ratio per Province

The current ratio of Extension Practitioners to farmers is based on the July 2021 General Household Survey (GHS) by Statistics South Africa which measures the number of households practicing agriculture and is therefore not specific to categories of farmers. The Ratio of Extension Practitioners (officers) to farmers per province (as of September 2022) is outlined below:

PROVINCE

Ratio

Eastern Cape

1:1162

Free State

1:1672

Gauteng

1:2896

KwaZulu -Natal

1:1216

Limpopo

1:2058

Mpumalanga

1:3085

Northern Cape

1:1097

Northwest

1:809

Western Cape

1:977

NATIONAL AVERAGE

1:1 663

The estimated number of farmers as the GHS (July 2021) and the number of Extension Practitioners (officer) per province are shown on the table below:

PDAs

Number of Extension officials

Total number of Extension Officials

Number of households per province

% Of households involved in agriculture

Estimated # farmers [GHS 2021, StatsSA]

Extension to farmer ratio (current)

 

Managers

Extension Practitioners

         

EC

31

496

527

1 725 000

33%

576 150

1 162

FS

11

115

126

952 000

20%

192 304

1 672

GP

8

119

127

5 384 000

6%

344 576

2 896

KZN

60

522

582

3 111 000

20%

634 644

1 216

LP

11

310

321

1 684 000

38%

638 236

2 058

MP

41

146

187

1 399 000

32%

450 478

3 085

NC

8

43

51

363 000

13%

47 190

1 097

NW

31

181

212

1 308 000

11%

146 496

809

WC

8

60

68

2 021 000

3%

58 609

977

TOTAL

209

1 992

2 201

17 947 000

17%

3 086 884

1 663

(b) (bb) The breakdown of Extension Practitioners (officers) per District excludes Managers.

Province

Number of Extension Practitioners per district

Province

Number of Extension Practitioners per district

       

1. Eastern Cape

 

5. Western Cape

 

Sarah-Baartman

35

Cape Winelands

12

Amathole

153

Little Karoo

6

Chris Hani

74

Swartland

5

Joe Gqabi

31

Cape Metropole

8

O.R. Tambo

116

Garden Route

9

Alfred Nzo

87

Northwest

6

Total

496

Overberg

7

   

Central Karoo

5

   

Provincial office

2

   

Total

60

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

2. Free State

 

6. North West

 

Provincial office

9

Bojanala

55

Xhariep

14

Dr Ruth S Mompati

42

Mangaung

23

NMM

58

Thabo M

32

Dr Kenneth Kaunda

26

Lejwe L

21

Total

181

       

Fezile D

16

   

Total

115

   

3. Gauteng

 

7. Northern Cape

 

Germiston

40

John Taolo Gaetsewe

12

Pretoria

41

Frances Baard

7

Randfontein

38

ZF Mgcawu

8

Total

119

Namakwa

7

   

Pixley ka Seme

9

   

Total

43

4. KwaZulu-Natal

 

8. Mpumalanga

 

Amajuba

46

Bohlabela

34

Ugu

50

Ehlanzeni

29

Ethekwini

33

Gert Sibande

33

uThukela

29

Nkangala

50

uMkhanyakude

52

Total

146

King Cetshwayo

73

9. Limpopo

 

Zululand

71

Capricorn

72

Umzinyathi

38

Mopani

53

Ilembe

45

Sekhukhune

59

Harry Gwala

41

Vhembe

93

Umgungundlovu

44

Waterberg

33

Total

522

Total

310

       
   

GRAND TOTAL

1 992

14 October 2022 - NW2846

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

1) Whether, with reference to the perceived ambivalence of the Government towards Informal Settlements and poor development of implementation and capacity mechanisms, there has been any proactive programmes her Department initiated to tackle this, if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details thereof; 2) Whether she has found that the specified programmes have been successful in dealing with the deficiencies that surround the construction of viable housing; if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The Informal Settlements Upgrading Programme was instituted in terms of section 3(4) (g) of the Housing Act, 1997 (Act No. 107 of 1997), (The Housing Act) and is reffered to as the National Housing Programme: Upgrading of Informal Settlements. The programme seeks to facilitate the structured in situ upgrading of informal settlements as opposed to relocation to achieve, tenure security, health & security and empowerment etc.

In 2019/2020, the National Department of Human Settlements in consultation with the National Treasury introduced the Informal Settlements Upgrading Partnership Grant (ISUPG), this was an attempt by the Department to ensure that there is a focus on the upgrading of informal settlements projects within the sector. The main objective of the Grant was to strengthen the policy in relation to the Informal Settlements Upgrading Programme, for both provinces and metropolitan municipalities. The Grant seeks to ensure the provision of basic services such as water, electricity, roads, stormwater, refuse removal and sanitation services to households.

To support the implementation of the Grant, a total budget of R14.7 billion was reprioritised from the Human settlements Development Grant (HSDG) and Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) in 2020/21 and 2021/2022. The funds were set aside to support the upgrading of 231 000 households in informal settlements over the medium-term.

2. In terms of finding out whether the identified programmes have been successful in dealing with the deficiencies that surround the construction of viable housing, it must be noted that the introduction of the dedicated Informal Settlements Upgrading Partnership Grant was in 2019/2020 and actual implementation started during the 2021/22 financial year, thus it is still too early for the Department to pronounce on the success or failure of the Grant in dealing with the deficiencies that surround the construction of viable housing. However, the non-financial performance of the programme in provinces and municipalities was provided and reported that 610 informal settlements were upgraded by provinces and 674 by metropolitan municipalities during the 2021/22 financial year. Furthermore, a total of 21 075 sites were provided with basic services such as electricity, water and sanitation by provinces and a total of 3 596 sites by metropolitan municipalities in 2021/22.

14 October 2022 - NW3086

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

(1)Whether, he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with a list of legal service providers who have rendered legal services on a consultancy and/or other basis to the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) since the 2021-22 financial year; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with a list of lawyers and/or law firms that are part of the NLC’s selection panel of legal practitioners that are regularly used for legal matters involving the NLC; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The National Lotteries Commission has furnished me with a response to the question.

It provides a list of law firms. I have requested that additional details be provided in respect of the specific matters covered in each of the specific briefs given to each law firm. Attention is also drawn to the reply to Parliamentary Question 606.

The reply of the NLC is attached hereto. A supplementary reply will be tabled if warranted, once the further information I have requested has been received.