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22 June 2020 - NW1127

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

In light of the fact that one of the requirements for the unemployed to receive the social relief grant of R350 during the lockdown period to curb the spread of Covid-19 is to have a bank account and in view of the fact that this aspect alienated many who truly need the R350, more so in rural areas like Mpumalanga where traveling to and from town can cost up to R200, (a) in what way has his department made alternative means of ensuring persons can register for the grant even when they don’t meet the whole criteria and (b) how are beneficiaries of this particular grant being assisted in cases of not having (i) an identity document and/or (ii) proof of residence for the homeless?

Reply:

(a) It is not a requirement for any applicant for the special relief grant of R350 per month to have a bank account. The various methods of payment which are available in order to ensure that all citizens are accommodated are:

  • Direct deposits into bank accounts, where the applicant has a bank account and provides that information to SASSA on request;
  • Money transfers into cell phones for those clients who have a cell phone and elect to receive the payment through this channel. The money transfer is then cashed out at one of four participating bank ATMs or at the retail outlets contracted to those banks;
  • Payment through the South African Post Office. This channel is available for all citizens who do not have a bank account, or a mobile phone. Payment is made over the counter on production of an identity document and the SMS notification of payment.

(b) (i) One of the requirements contained in the signed Directions is that the applicant must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee as registered on the Department of Home Affairs database. This implies that applicants without identity documents cannot be accepted. The identity number is one of the very few control measures to ensure that the grant does go to the right person, and for purposes of auditability and accountability cannot be compromised.

(ii) Proof of residence is not a requirement. The only requirement is for the applicant to provide an address on the application – this address could even just be the name of the town in which he/she resides.

22 June 2020 - NW1039

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

(1)What (a) number of institutions and/or projects were funded to the value of R10 million or greater by the National Lottery, (b) was the funding intended for in each case and (c) are the names of the organisations that received such funding in each of the past 10 financial years; (2) whether any (a) audit and/or (b) inspection was conducted for each project in order to ensure that the money was spent on the actual purpose of the allocation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what were the findings in each case?

Reply:

Following an initial reply from the NLC setting out the reasons why they will not be able to provide the requested information within the available time before the Parliamentary Reply was due and requesting additional time, kindly find the supplementary reply submitted by Ms Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission, which is reproduced below.

Response from the National Lotteries Commission:

A total of hundred and fifty (150) organisations were funded to the value of R 10 million or greater by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) in the past 10 financial years. The names of funded organisations and the amounts are highlighted on the attached list (See Annexure A). The NLC has a fully-fledged Monitoring and Evaluation Department that monitors implementation and outcomes of funded projects. All funded organisations signs a Grant Agreement with the NLC with terms and conditions relating to how the grants are to be used. The NLC follows up on these conditions and applies its internal policies in cases on non-compliance. The NLC has sourced the services of a panel of engineers responsible to assist in providing NLC with quality assurance reviews on funded infrastructure projects. The Office of the Auditor General South Africa (AGSA) also conducts in-depth audit into NLC’s funding process. In recent years, the NLC received a negative media coverage from an on-line media publication (GroudUp) alleging a wide range of corruption in relation to certain projects that were funded by the organisation. The NLC Board appointed an audit firm, Sekela Xabiso to investigate the alleged corruption and the investigation is on-going. In addition to that, the Honorable Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition has also appointed an audit firm, Nexia, SAB&T to investigate the same allegations and the investigation is on-going as well. All findings from the relevant assurance bodies (audit/investigation) are/will be analysed and reviewed in order to ensure that proper remedial actions are implemented.”

22 June 2020 - NW1112

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

Whether he will furnish Mr T W Mhlongo with a copy of the report of the benchmarking and fact-finding visit to the United Kingdom by officials of his department in 2019; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

REPORT ON THE BENCHMARKING VISIT TO THE UK UNDERTAKEN BY DAC AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN ROADIES ASSOCIATION ON TECHNICAL SERVICES FROM 24 FEBRUARY TO 01 MARCH 2019

DISCUSSION

The Minister approved that the DG lead a South African delegation on a benchmarking exercise on technical services to the United Kingdom (UK) from 24 February to 01 March 2019. Please find the report on benchmarking study below:

  1. The SA delegation was led by the Director General, Mr Vusumuzi Mkhize, and he was accompanied by the Director: International Relations, Mr John Mogashoa, and Deputy Director: Stakeholder Management in the DG’s Office and President of South Africa Roadies Association, Mr Freddie Nyathela.

Meeting with the British Council

2. The delegation met with the British Council to understand their mandate and work. The meeting was also to introduce the DG to the leadership of the British Council in the UK so as to encourage more collaborative work between the DAC and the British Council and solicit their support where necessary.

3. The Creative Cultural Industries (CCIs) is one of the key focus areas of the British Council. The Council view the CCIs as very critical in promoting economic opportunities and economic growth. The CCIs also addresses the unemployment of young people and promote entrepreneurship.

4. The delegation was informed that the British Council offices wherever they are based their focus on technical skills, mentoring, coaching and partnership. The SA delegation informed the British Council that SA is in the initial stages of planning to build an academy for the arts to train young people in particular in creative skills. The DAC and British Council agreed to continue to work together for possible partnership. The British Council also advised the SA delegation to engage closely with the British Council offices in SA and share areas of common interests for mutual support and partnership.

Meeting with the SA Embassy in the UK

5. The DG outlined the objective of the visit. The Embassy also appraised the DG on the status of relationship between SA and the UK in general and some of the work that is taking place in arts and culture.

6. Some of the issues that the Embassy is currently working on in partnership with the DAC and other partners in the UK are: the statue of O.R Tambo as part of the Heritage Liberation Route project and Edinburgh Festival. The O.R Tambo statue project is at various levels of development as it also involves the rehabilitation of a part of the city where it is installed.

7. The difficulty in finalising the OR Tambo statue is mainly due to the lack of funds to complete the project. The DG promised to look into the project and assist where possible to ensure completion. The Embassy also informed the DG that one of the key events in the UK is the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival that takes place annually between July and August. The DAC involvement in the Festival has somewhat dwindled over the years. There is a need to find a creative way to maintain SA presence at the festival. Some of the ways are to have a stand at the festival to profile and support those South Africa artists who do find their own way to the festival in order to attract relevant decision makers to their event by way of hosting dinner and media engagements.

Meeting with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

8. The festival is the longest running festival in the world having been established in 1947. The festival is only second to the FIFA World Cup in global audience and participation. It receives some of its funding from the British Council and the UK government.

9. One of the most important aspects of the Fringe Festival is the Marketplace where people buy works of art, various programming of the festival takes place and new artists are profiled. The Festival also indicated to the delegation that a programme called “Stage for Life” is available for mentorship and training for technical services in the areas of stage management and technical skills. However the trainee must be partnered with a senior technical person from the festival. Most of this training happens on the lead up to the fringe festival as it offers on the job training in various aspect of the technical services.

10. The Fringe Festival has invited DG to visit the Fringe Festival this year. In return, the festival will develop a programme for the DG that would allow him to meet with the decision makers and to learn how the festival is put together and to understand further the “Stage of Life” training programme.

Meeting with the National Skills Academy

11. The National Skills Academy was set up the by City Council as the voice of the employers for skills and creative industry. The National Skills Academy also focuses on research skills gaps mostly in the backstage as a result of industry not linking with the education institutions. The academy also focuses on apprenticeship, apprenticeship standards and framework. Skills diversity and inclusion and working with EFT colleges and creative cultural industries. The academy also offers courses not only in backstage but offstage as well such as administration. The academy is employer/industry run. Employers form the Board of the academy, are active in course design in terms of their need, help in dealing with marketing and publicity and serve as brokers as well. It is an ever expanding network as more employers are getting more involved in the creative and technical skills training. The focus of the training is also self-employment as most of the jobs are not long term.

12. The National Skills Academy has committed to support and engage South Africa going forward in the development of SA Cultural and Creative Technical Skill Academy.

Meeting with the Backstage Academy

13. The Backstage Academy is nestled in the middle of the creative and technical services industry. The Backstage Academy is a privately funded institution that bridges the gap between industry and education, working closely with the various institutions, practitioners, professions and other partners. Industry partnership is an integral part of what Backstage Academy is all about. There are three core companies to the Backstage Academy, namely: Brilliant, Backstage Academy and Light Structure that makes up the Production Park which is the campus on which Backstage is based or built. The Backstage live events production is made up of Design, Event Management and Sound Engineering and the other aspect to Backstage Academy is Production Futures which is about the future of the industry.

14. The Backstage Academy has a target of 14-18 years old. Each year about 100 students graduate in various fields, study and roles. Key critical success factors or model strategies for Backstage Academy are content development, funding strategies and industry partnerships. Some of the entry requirements to study at Backstage Academy is not related to the academic achievements of students, but issues of attitude and love for the industry, willingness of students to work in local communities and volunteerism are attributes that are required.

Backstage has agreed to partner with South Africa for the development of the SA Cultural and Creative Skills Academy

22 June 2020 - NW1108

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

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 259 on 25 May 2020, he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with a detailed list of the (a) names and (b) job titles of each employee of his department who incurred expenditure on business class flights?

Reply:

In my previous response I advised that all travel in the department has been considered in line with internal policies of the department as well as National Treasury’s Instruction Note No. 04 of 2017/2018 on cost containment related to travel and subsistence.

National Treasury’s Instruction Note No. 04 of 2017/2018 allows for the following air travel arrangements for departments and constitutional institutions:

“5.7.3.2 For flights that are five (5) hours or less, business class tickets may only be purchased for:

  1. Director- Generals or persons holding equivalent ranks in departments;
  2. Persons appointed on grounds of policy considerations in terms of Section 12A of the Public Service Act, 1994 (i.e. advisors to exceutive authorities); and
  3. Accounting officers of constiutional institutions

5.7.3.3 For flights exceeding five (5) hours, business class tickets may only be purchased for:

  1. Directors- General or persons holding equivalent ranks in departments;
  2. Deputy Directors-General and Chief Directors or persons holding equivalent ranks in the department;
  3. persons appointed on grounds of policy considerations in terms of Section 12A of the Public Service Act, 1994 (i.e. advisors to exceutive authorities);
  4. accounting officers of constitutional institutions;
  5. employees at the level of management that report directly to the accounting officer of a constitutional institution;
  6. employees at the level of management that report directly to the officials referred to in paragraph (e) above and
  7. non-executive members serving on any governance committee of a department or constitutional institution.
  8. any other employee to whom authority was granted as indicated in 5.3.7.1.

5.7.3.4 Notwithstanding the provisions of 5.3.7.1, 5.3.7.2 and 5.3.7.3 above, accounting officers or delegated officials of departments and constiutional institutions may approve the purchse of business class tickets:

  1. for employees with disabilities,
  2. for employees with special needs,
  3. in cases where economy class flights are not available, or
  4. where the business class ticket is the same price or cheaper than the economy class ticket to the same destination.

In line with the above provisions, the Director-General, Deputy Directors-General, Chief Directors and officials with disabilities and special needs have travelled business class. The names of persons below the level of DDG who travelled business class, as provided by the Department, is submitted below:

Passenger

Job Title

Moosa Ebrahim

Chief Director

Molefane Maoto

Chief Director

Kruger Niki

Chief Director

Jensma Stieneke

Chief Director

Medupe Moloantoa Sidwell

Chief Director

Le Roux Adriaan

Chief Director

Mene Wamkele

Chief Director

Osman Shareen

Chief Director

Hudson Daryl

Director

Xulu Noziphozandile

Director

Mogashoa Ephraim

Deputy Director

Padayachy Meshendri

Deputy Director

Skosana Vusumuzi Jeffrey

Deputy Director

Ndikandika Nangamso

Executive Assistant

Mkhwebane Precious Nthabeleng

Personal Assistant

-END-

22 June 2020 - NW1173

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

Whether any money was transferred as a loan from the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee to the Commonwealth Bid Committee; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what total amount was transferred, (b) on what date, (c) what was the purpose and conditions of the loan and (d) on what date was the money repaid? NW1478E

Reply:

The Hon. Member may please note SASCOC has not re-opened due to the lockdown.

22 June 2020 - NW1119

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether, with reference to the findings of the Attorney-General of the United States of America on the alleged US$ 10 million bribe paid to the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) officials to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the identities of (a) co-conspirator 15 and (b) co-conspirator 16 is known; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the names of each co-conspirator; (2) whether he will launch an investigation into the alleged bribe paid through the Diaspora Legacy Fund which was covered up as a Government directive by the former Minister of Sports and Recreation, Mr F A Mbalula; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) will he investigate the report on irregularities raised in the report of the SA Football Association Chief Executive Officer, Mr Dennis Mumble, on certain persons (details furnished)? NW1415E

Reply:

  1. No. The identities of the alleged conspirators and co-conspirators are unknown to the Department and the Ministry.
  2. The Minister has not been presented with the evidence to launch an investigation into the alleged bribe paid to the Diaspora legacy Fund.
  3. The Minister has not been presented with a report on the irregularities raised in the report of the South African Football Association Chief Executive Officer, Mr Dennis Mumble.

22 June 2020 - NW672

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether she, her department and/or any entity reporting to her purchased any personal protection equipment since 1 February 2020; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details of (a) the date on which the equipment was purchased, (b) the name of the supplier where the equipment was purchased, (c) the monetary value of the purchase, (d) the branding that appeared on the purchased equipment, including the branding of any political party, and (e)(i) how and (ii) where was the purchased equipment distributed?

Reply:

PPE procured by the Department of Social Development (DSD) since 1 Feb 2020

REGION

DESCRIPTION

  1. DATE
  1. NAME OF THE SUPPLIER
  1. MONETORY VALUE

(d) BRANDING

(e) HOW AND WHERE WAS THE PURCHASED EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTED

NDSD

Hand sanitiser alcohol free for DSD officials

17 March 2020

EDS Projects

R 1 379.50

None

DSD offices

NDSD

Latex Powder Free disposable gloves for DSD officials

17 March 2020

Time2go Transport and Logistics

R 116 000.00

None

DSD officials

NDSD

Hand sanitiser 70% alcohol for DSD officials

17 March 2020

Time2go Transport and Logistics

R 196 100.00

None

DSD Offices

NDSD

Surgical face masks

30 March 2020

Bioclin

R4 140.00

None

DSD officials

NDSD

80 000 X 1 litre bottles- Alcohol free hand sanitiser for welfare service facilities in the 9 provinces

31 March 2020

Kevali Chemicals

R 6 716 000.00

None

Nine Provinces

NDSD

9 898 boxes of 50 -Surgical face masks for welfare service facilities in the 9 provinces

31 March 2020

Triple N Medical Distributors

R 7 410 137.70

None

Nine Provinces

NDSD

12 092 boxes of 50 -Examination gloves for welfare service facilities in the 9 provinces

31 March 2020

Triple N Medical Distributors

R 2 781 160.00

None

Nine Provinces

NDSD

3 250 x 5 litre bottles - Sanitiser for general surfaces 70% alcohol for welfare service facilities in the 9 provinces

31 March 2020

Triple N Medical Distributors

R 1 870170.25

None

Nine Provinces

NDSD

30 000 masks Surgical face masks for daily visitors to DSD

08 May 2020

Lesole Facilities Management

R 299700.00

None

DSD Officials & visitors

NDSD

5000 cloth masks for DSD officials

20 May 2020

302k Emporium

R 125 005.00

None

DSD Officials

NDSD

Various items -Equipment for the examination room

12 May 2020

Baltimore Media

R 38 822.85

None

DSD Offices

NDSD

4 x sanitary refuse container - Medical waste removal

13 May 2020

Democratic Cleaning Services

R 8 564.16

None

DSD Offices

NDSD

25 machines electronic hand sanitising machines for HSRC, Harlequins, Office Park and GVB Centre

22 May 2020

Cizivax (pty) Ltd

R 109 975.00

None

DSD Offices

NDSD

Sanitising of the HSRC Building, Harlequins Office Park and GVB Centre on a monthly basis for three months

14 May 2020

Amoka Solutions

R 478 818.60

None

DSD Offices

PPE procured by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) since 1 Feb 2020

REGION

DESCRIPTION

  1. DATE
  1. NAME OF THE SUPPLIER
  1. MONETORY VALUE

(d) BRANDING

(e) HOW AND WHERE

SASSA staff at HO

Hand Sanitizers

17/03/2020

STAZA Cleaning Services

18,302.25

None

Emergency Procurement

SASSA staff at HO

Cloth Masks

4/5/2020

Shabalala Thabe Health Services

30,000.00

None

Emergency Procurement

SASSA staff at HO

Handheld Infrared Thermometers

28/04/2020

Imperial Health Services

17,600.00

None

Emergency Procurement

SASSA staf at HO

Disinfection and Sanitation of SASSA Head

24/04/2020

Chegoetso Projects and Services

58,375.00

None

Quotation Process

             

Sassa Limpopo region

500ml Hand Sanitizers

26-Mar-20

MDP Sure Clean

R36,800.00

MDP Sure Clean

 

Sassa Limpopo region

Office Sanitisation

21-Apr-20

Limpopo Supplement Traders

R158,759.23

NONE


The appointed service provider is the cleaning services contractor for the Agency in the Region

Sassa Limpopo region

Face Cloth Masks

1-May-20

Seding sa Tsebo Development Primary Co-Operative

R25,000.00

NONE

The appointed service provider is the contracted school uniform supplier for the Agency in the Region
Registered with the Dept. of Small Business
Due to the delay and lack of response by IHS, the Region a new purchase order was issued as guided by Instruction Note No. 5 of 2020/21

Sassa Limpopo region

20 Litre Handsanitizer

1-May-20

ScrubMobi

R486,000.00

RCC Hand sanitizer

 

Sassa Limpopo region

500 ML Spray Bottles

1-May-20

ScrubMobi

R22,500.00

NONE


Due to the delay and lack of response by IHS, the Region a new purchase order was issued as guided by Instruction Note No. 5 of 2020/21

Sassa Limpopo region

Digital Thermometer (infrared non-contact)

1-May-20

Royal Base General Trading and Projects

R162,000.00

NONE


Due to the delay and lack of response by IHS, the Region a new purchase order was issued as guided by Instruction Note No. 5 of 2020/21

Sassa Limpopo region

Face Shields

8-May-20

Digital and Communication Solutions

R108,000.00

NONE


Purchase order issued as guided by Instruction Note No. 5 of 2020/22

Sassa EC region

Gloves

20-03-2020

Xhobani Security Services

133,400.00

NONE

Emergency Procurement

Sassa EC region

Hand Sanitzers

20-03-2020

Xhobani Security Services

69,230.00

NONE

Emergency Procurement

Sassa EC region

Surgical Masks

20-03-2020

Xhobani Security Services

316,250.00

NONE

Emergency Procurement

Sassa EC region

Gloves - 330 boxes

15/04/2020

My Peace Mali Investments

33,000.00

NONE

Normal Procurement process

Sassa EC region

Hand Sanitzers 25 litres x 55

15/04/2020

My Peace Mali Investments

231,000.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

Sassa EC region

Surgical Masks - 1100

15/04/2020

My Peace Mali Investments

60,500.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

Sassa EC region

Hand Sanitzers (20 x 5 litre)

15/04/2020

Kwasa Food Suppliers

13,000.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

Sassa EC region

Disinfecting and Sanitizing of Regional and Amathole District Offices

15/04/2020

Lucob Cleaning Services

213,948.30

NONE

Normal Procument process

Sassa EC region

Disinfecting and Sanitizing of Chris Hani and Joe Gqabi District Offices

15/04/2020

Colirose Catering and Cleaning Service

129,632.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

Sassa EC region

Disinfecting and Sanitizing of OR Tambo and Alfred Nzo District

28-04-2020

ZEDEK Cleaning services

188,244.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

Sassa EC region

Disinfecting and Sanitizing of Nelson Mandela Metro and Sarah Baartman

28-04-2020

Kaisers Cleaning services

90,897.14

NONE

Normal Procument process

Sassa EC region

Surgical Masks (16000)

28-04-2020

Multi Surge

73,600.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

Sassa EC region

1000 Cloth Masks (Branding)

28-04-2020

Buzwe Bethu Trading

45,000.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

Sassa EC region

Body Thermometer infrared ( 150)

29-04-2020

A D Medical

307,500.23

NONE

Normal Procument process

Nelson Mandela Metro

Hand Sanitzers

19-03-2020

Emilux

1,995.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

 

Facial Shield Masks (40)

14-04-2020

Regent Corporate Administrators 65 CC Golden Sttiches 1 Co Op

2,000.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

 

Cloth Masks (274)

05-04-2020

 

9,590.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

 

Body Thermometer infrared ( 7)

05-05-2020

   

NONE

Normal Procument process

Sarah Baartman District

Hand Sanitzers

24-03-2020

In Your Tank Petroleum (Pty)Ltd

43,400.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

Joe Gqabi District Office

Hand Sanitzers

24-03-2020

Cyber Enginering & Projects

1,984.50

NONE

Normal Procument process

 

Cloth Masks

18-03-2020

Thamtham Investments

1,999.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

 

Cloth Masks

24-04-2020

Kaizen Primary Co-op

1,980.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

Chris Hani District Office

Hand Sanitzers

30-04-2020

Kaizen Primary Co-op

5,000.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

 

Surgical Masks

19-03-2020

Gold Apple

2,000.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

 

Cloth Masks

17-04-2020

24/7 Services

25,990.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

Alfred Nzo District Office

Hand Sanitzers

05-05-2020

Imvelo Sewing Co-op

11,900.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

 

Cloth Masks

18-03-2020

K2012012150 South Africa

1,998.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

Amathole District

Hand Sanitzers

02-05-2020

Sinozinto Multi Purpose Co-Op

8,400.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

 

Facial Shield Masks (40)

23-03-2020

Iviama Trading

1,998.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

 

Cloth Masks and Gloves

19-04-2020

Regent Corporate Administrators 65 CC

1,739.13

NONE

Normal Procument process

   

04-05-2020

Afriwaste Group

135,780.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

OR Tambo District

Cloth Masks (100)

06/05/2020

Cador Multipurpose Co-op

2,000.00

NONE

Normal Procument process

             
             

Sassa NC region

Emergency procurement of Hand Sanitizers(600);Latex gloves (260) and Masks (200)

20-Mar-20

Ideal Lifestyle

320,567.00

 

Emergency Procurement method was used, complying to the Agency's SCM Delegations.

Sassa NC region

5litre Disinfectants (100) and 13600 surgical Masks.

14-Apr-20

Supra Healthcare (KZN)

297,735.00

 

Procurement method used was the National Treasury Instruction No.8 of 2019/2020.

Sassa NC region

500ml -Bottle spray (100); Latex Gloves (55000); 25ltr Liquid Sanitizers (200) and 500ml Gel hand sanitizers (2100).

29-Apr-20

I H S

502,797.00

 

Procurement method used was the National Treasury Instruction no.3 of 2020/2021.

Sassa NC region

Disinfecting and Sanitizing of all SASSA Offices in the Northern Cape

28-Apr-20

Ideal Lifestyle

251,735.00

 

Emergency Procurement method was used, complying with the Agency's SCM Delegations.

Sassa NC region

Body Thermometer infrared ( 64 )

28-Apr-20

New Age Medident

99,200.00

 

Procurement method used was the National Treasury Instruction No.8 of 2019/2020. Procurement request was received on 06 April 2020 before the issuing of Instruction Note 03 of 2020/21.

Sassa NC region

Face cloth Masks (3layers)

28-Apr-20

     

National Treasury Instruction Note 05 of 2020/21

             

Sassa MP region

Supply and delivery of Sanitizers & Disinfectant

31-Mar-20

Masana Hygiene Services

184,894.14

 

Single sourcing

Sassa MP region

Supply and delivery for Protective Items ( masks and hand gloves)

31-Mar-20

Be Sure Events Solutions

3,259,100.00

 

Single sourcing

Sassa MP region

Delivery of disinfectant services for 54 offices

20-Apr-20

Masana Hygiene Services

247,980.25

 

Single sourcing

Sassa MP region

Delivery of disinfectent services for 151 vehicles

20-Apr-20

Masana Hygiene Services

21,706.25

 

Single sourcing

             

Sassa FS region

Pump bottle Hand Sanitzers(806) and 3 Ply Surgical face Masks (15 000)

19/03/2020

Kamatshika Services

573,590.00

 

Variation of an Order

Sassa FS region

5 litre Disinfectants (1000)

19/03/2020

Kamatshika Services

   

Procurement method used was the National Treasury Instruction No.8 of 2019/2020.

Sassa FS region

500ml - SanitizersBottle spray (6 780)

19/03/2020

Kamatshika Services

   

Procurement method used was the National Treasury Instruction No.5 of 2020/2021.

Sassa FS region

Examination gloves (Medium 300 boxes) (Large 682 boxes) (X large 491 Boxes)

19/03/2020

Kamatshika Services

   

Supplier were selected from CSD

Sassa FS region

Body Thermometer infrared ( 55 )

20-May-07

Chubaba Trading

109 999.45

 

Procurement method used was the National Treasury Instruction No.8 of 2019/2020.

Sassa FS region

Face cloth Masks (3layers) 1300

20-May-07

Chubaba Trading

   

Procurement method used was the National Treasury Instruction No.5 of 2020/2021.

Sassa FS region

Surgical Masks 1400 boxes (50 masks per box)

20-May-07

Chubaba Trading

   

Supplier were selected from CSD

Sassa FS region

Plastic Face Shield

20-May-07

Chubaba Trading

   

Supplier were selected from CSD

Sassa KZN region

Emergency procurement of 5liters Sanitzers (32) and disposable hand gloves (30)

18-Mar-20

Uminathi EMS

R26,519.00

 

Emergency Procurement method was used, complying to the Agency's SCM Delegations.

Sassa KZN region

Emergency procurement of 500ml Hand Sanitizers (400), 5l Hand Sanitizers (20) and 1l Hand Sanitizers (100)

18-Mar-20

Ukumhlophe Investment Trading

R69,000.00

 

Emergency Procurement method was used, complying to the Agency's SCM Delegations.

Sassa KZN region

Emergency procurement of 500ml Hand Sanitizers (2100), 20L Hand Sanitizers (20), Disposable Gloves (2000) and Disposable Masks (5800)

18-Mar-20

Sbonisiwe Investment

R656,995.00

 

Emergency Procurement method was used, complying to the Agency's SCM Delegations.

Sassa KZN region

Emergency procurement of 500ml Hand Sanitizers (280), 100ml Hand Sanitizers (924), Surgical Gloves (51 boxes) and Disposable Masks (1280)

20-Mar-20

Syahamba Trading Enterprise

R236,127.00

 

Emergency Procurement method was used, complying with the Agency's SCM Delegations.

Sassa KZN region

Disinfecting and Sanitizing of all SASSA Offices in KZN Region

24-Apr-20

Mthanti Construction and Projects

R293,634.69

 

Scope expansion in terms of sub-paragraph 9.1 of the National Treasury Instruction Note 3 or 2016/2017 Procurement method was used and Agency's SCM Delegations.

Sassa KZN region

Emergency procurement of Cloth Masks (4000)

24-Apr-20

Mandingozeli Primary Co-operative

R180,000.00

 

Emergency Procurement method was used, complying to the Agency's SCM Delegations before National Treasury issued any Instruction notes,

Sassa KZN region

Surgical Gloves (3600) and N95 - Mask Respirator (500).

28-Apr-20

I H S

R526,665.00

 

Procurement method used was the National Treasury Instruction no.3 of 2020/2021.

 

Digital Body thermometer Infrared non contact (120), 500ml -Bottle spray (1000) ;5ltr Liquid Sanitizers (900) and 500ml Gel hand sanitizers (3600).

28-Apr-20

I H S

R712,395.00

 

Procurement method used was the National Treasury Instruction no.3 of 2020/2021.

             

Sassa NW region

Emergency procurement of Hand Sanitzers(600);Latex gloves (260) and Masks (200)

20-Mar-20

OLWE2 PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY

R 538,500.00

 

Emergency Procurement method was used, complying to the Agency's SCM Delegations.

Sassa NW region

1. Surgical Masks (5000)
2. Hand Sanitzers(70) 20L
3. Latex gloves (400)
4. 500ML empty bottles (1200)

24-Mar-20

MKHWEBENI NAYE TRADING

R 359,300.00

 

Emergency Procurement method was used, complying to the Agency's SCM Delegations.

Sassa NW region

1. Hand Sanitzers(520)
2.Latex gloves (1000)

28-Mar-20

UMZANSI IT

R 417,571.20

 

Quotations: The National Treasury approved list of suppliers were invited, they responded by saying they don’t have stock due to high volume demand, normal suppliers were invited

Sassa NW region

1. Mask N95 (95)
2.Latex gloves (40)
3. Setrile devices, UV-C indoor sterile air

16-Mar-20

4 MLK TRADING ENTERPRISES

R 249,861.65

 

Quotations: The procurement process was embarked on before the Treasury instruction note 3

Sassa NW region

Surgical Mask 3 PLY (541)

30-Apr-20

DOUBLE V GROUP

R 432,800.00

 

Quotations: The National Treasury approved list of suppliers were invited, they did not respond. Normal suppliers were invited in compliance with Treasury Practice note No. 5 of 2020/21.

Sassa NW region

Thermometer

5-May-20

DOUBLE V GROUP

R133,100.00

 

Emergency Procurement method was used, complying with the Agency's SCM Delegations.
(A survey was conducted from different suppliers to assess the ability to deliver, the appointed supplier was awarded based on the stock availability and the capacity to deliver immediately). The prices charged were based on what the market was offering at that time, and the fact that the items were urgently needed for staff at local Offices, we had to use availability of stock and ability to deliver immediately.

Sassa NW region

Cloth mask

7-May-20

IKGODISENG SEWING PROJECT PRIMARY COOPERATIVE LIMITED

   

The cooperative were appointed for the delivery of cloth masks

Sassa NW region

Face shield mask

7-May-20

REFILWEJUNIOR (PTY) LTD

R 83,190.00

 

Quotations: The National Treasury approved list of suppliers were invited, they did not respond normal suppliers were invited normal suppliers were invited in compliance with Treasury Practice note No. 5 of 2020/21.

Sassa NW region

Social distancing floor marking tapes

6-May-20

KEFILWE MOD TRADING ENTERPRISE

24,000.00

 

Quotations: Normal suppliers were invited normal suppliers were invited in compliance with Treasury Practice note No. 5 of 2020/21.

Sassa GP region

Procurement of Hand Sanitizers (150), Latex gloves (1000) and Masks (200).

20-Mar-20

Mbeu Protection Services

R204,930.00

 

Request for Quotation (RFQ) in line with section 3.3 of National Treasury Practice Note 3 2007/2008 read together with National Treasury Instruction Note 3 of 2019/2020.

Sassa GP region

Procurement of 5litre Hand Soaps (500), 5 litre bleach (500) and 500 litre myth elated spirit (500) and 5000 hygiene bar soaps and 100 20 Litre Containers.

20-Mar-20

CJJ Holdings

R354,670.00

 

Request for Quotation (RFQ) in line with section 3.3 of National Treasury Practice Note 3 2007/2008 read together with National Treasury Instruction Note 3 of 2019/2020.

Sassa GP region

Procurement of 1200 Sanitizer.

20-Mar-20

Nobhula Events and Marketing

R333,600.00

 

Request for Quotation (RFQ) in line with section 3.3 of National Treasury Practice Note 3 2007/2008 read together with National Treasury Instruction Note 3 of 2019/2020.

Sassa GP region

Procurement of 5000 3Ply surgical Mask

10-Apr-20

Majodina Group (Pty) Ltd

R103,500.00

 

Request for Quotation (RFQ) in line with section 3.3 of National Treasury Practice Note 3 2007/2008 read together with National Treasury Instruction Note 3 of 2019/2020.

Sassa GP region

Procurement of 1000 Sanitizers (500ml)

8-Apr-20

Epic Securities

R80,000.00

 

Request for Quotation (RFQ) in line with section 3.3 of National Treasury Practice Note 3 2007/2008 read together with National Treasury Instruction Note 3 of 2019/2020.

Sassa GP region

Disinfecting and Sanitizing of 50 SASSA Offices in the Gauteng Region

23-Apr-20

Xamhunto Trading Enterprise

R494,385.00

 

Request for Quotation (RFQ) in line with section 3.3 of National Treasury Practice Note 3 2007/2008 read together with National Treasury Instruction Note 5 of 2020/2021.

Sassa GP region

Procurement of surgical masks, 70 infrared thermometers, desk disinfectants (500ml), and saniters (500ml spray).

23-Apr-20

Majodina Group (Pty) Ltd

R366,535.00

 

Request for Quotation (RFQ) in line with section 3.3 of National Treasury Practice Note 3 2007/2008 read together with National Treasury Instruction Note 5 of 2020/2021.

Sassa GP region

Procurement of Face Shield (1000) and Examination Gloves.

23-Apr-20

Servimax55cc

R187,000.00

 

Request for Quotation (RFQ) in line with section 3.3 of National Treasury Practice Note 3 2007/2008 read together with National Treasury Instruction Note 5 of 2020/2021.

             

Sassa WC region

Hand Sanitizers 500ml

3/23/2020

Lechoba Medical

R309,825

 

RTCOVID19-008

Sassa WC region

Surgical Masks

3/23/2020

Triple N Medical

R221,340

 

RTCOVID19-007

Sassa WC region

Protective Gloves

3/25/2020

Evergreen Latex

R81,030

 

RT76-2020

Sassa WC region

Thermometer

3/25/2020

Multi Surge

R92,000

 

RTCOVID19-018

Sassa WC region

Protective Gloves

4/21/2020

National Treasury

R15,180

 

NT Instruction No3 of 2020/21

Sassa WC region

Plastic Shields

5/6/2020

Creative Graphics

R103,500

 

Normal Procurement

Sassa WC region

Cloth Masks

4/26/2020

Playtime Productions

R36,000

 

Normal Procurement

Sassa WC region

Desensitizing of WC SASSA 32 Sites and Vehicles

4/30/2020

The Specialists Franchise Holdings

R110,459

 

Emergency Procurement

Sassa WC region

Sanitizers, Cloves and Masks

TBC

Pronto Clean

R110,216

 

Emergency Procurement

PPE procured by the National Development Agency (NDA) since 1 Feb 2020

   
 

Description

a) Date Purchased

b) Name of supplier

c) Value

d) Branding

e) How and where distributed

 

Hand sanitizers

25 March 2020

Amanadaana Holdings

R70,000

None

NDA Head Office

NDA Provincial and District offices (by courier)

 

Surface Disinfectants

25 March 2020

Amanadaana Holdings

R65,000

None

NDA Head Office

NDA Provincial and District offices (by courier)

 

Protective cover bodysuits - 520 suits

8 April 2020

Motla Investments

R414,278.80

None

52 CSO’s in 52 Districts as part of NDA’s Volunteer Programme (by courier)

 

Non-sterile Gloves - 20 boxes of 100 pairs each

8 April 2020

Motla Investments

R187,200

None

52 CSO’s in 52 Districts as part of NDA’s Volunteer Programme (by courier)

 

Medicated hand sanitizers (70% alcohol) – 520 bottles

8 April 2020

Motla Investments

R75,530

None

52 CSO’s in 52 Districts as part of NDA’s Volunteer Programme (by courier)

 

Surgical masks (RT 296-08-271) – 4160 masks

8 April 2020

Motla Investments

R116,480

None

52 CSO’s in 52 Districts as part of NDA’s Volunteer Programme (by courier)

             

 

22 June 2020 - NW1113

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

(1) What were the salaries of certain persons (details furnished) in the (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17, (d) 2017-18 and (e) 2018-19 financial years; (2) what is the variance in staff costs between the senior management salary band and top management band in the (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17, (d) 2017-18 and (e) 2018-19 financial years?

Reply:

1. The salaries for the specified individuals were as follows:

Name

2014/15

(a)

2015/16

(b)

2016/17

(c)

2017/2019

(d)

2019/20

(e)

CEO- Rosemary Mangope

1,296,226

1,556,926

1,771,453

1,725,888

1,820,812

Interim CEO - Zolani Mkiva (25 September 2018 to 31 January 2019)

 

     

460,720

CFO- Dumisani Dlamini(1 April to 30 November 2017)

753,769

1,475,781

1,661,388

1,374,843

 

CFO- Thami Kubheka

190,838

       

CFO(Appointed 24 January 2018)- Karen Son

 

 

 

227,688

1,365,016

Executive Salaries Total

3,032,707

3,432,841

2,240,833

3,328,419

3,646,548

2. The variance in staff costs between the senior management salary band and top management band were as follows:

 

2014/15

(a)

2015/16

(b)

2016/17

(c)

2017/2019

(d)

2019/20

(e)

Arts Development Manager- Julie Diphofa

902,841

906,945

1,050,838

1,235,678

1,219,273

Finance Manager- Dakalo Mandiwana

504,402

892,415

949,956

941,776

 

Finance Manager- Reshma Bhoola

       

955,376

IT Manager- Krishna Perumal

705,509

       

IT Manager- Itumeleng Sikhosana

 

463,667

750,858

802,988

851,167

Communications & Marketing Specialist- Carol Maluleke

472,914

       

Communications & Marketing Specialist- Janet Molekwa

 

567,467

731,514

808,881

800,253

Council Secretary- Mary-Anne Makgoka

675,326

692,804

747,811

806,961

252,614

Project Manager in CEO's Office- Rosie Katz

 

616,917

160,000

   

Project Manager in CEO's Office- Denzil Jones

 

50,000

600,000

377,296

 

HR Manager (1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018)- Total Matsepa

     

463,477

 

HR Manager (Appointed 24 January 2018)- Thabiso Selai

     

149,223

900,244

Senior management salaries

3,260,991

4,190,215

4,990,977

5,586,280

4,978,927

Variance

(1,020,157.88)

(1,157,508.00)

(1,558,136.00)

(2,257,861.00)

(1,332,379.00)

22 June 2020 - NW1107

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

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 259 on 25 May 2020, he will furnish Mr M.J Cuthbert with the (a) names and (b) job titles of each employee of his department who has been on sabbatical leave since 1 January 2019; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) whether any of the specified employees have subsequently applied for an additional period of sabbatical leave; if so, what are the relevant details of the additional period of leave (a) requested and (b) granted in each case? [NW1403E]

Reply:

I have requested the additional information and am advised as follows:

1. The names and the job titles of the relevant employees as per question 259 on 25 May 2020 who have taken sabbatical leave since 1 January 2019 and the details are as follows:

No

(a)

Name of employee

(b)

Job title

Details

     

Period

Duration

Details

1.

Ms Z Kobue

Deputy Director: Technology Architecture

1 March 2019 to 30 November 2019

9 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards an MBA

2.

Ms J.K.M

Maifadi

Assistant Director: MCEP

1 April 2019 to 30 November 2019

8 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards an MBA

3.

Mr M.M

Mahlangu

Administrative Assistant

1 October 2019 to 31 August 2020

10 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Business Management

4.

Ms A.T

Mashimbyi

Assistant Director: SACU

1 May 2019 to 30 November 2019

7 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards an MBA

5.

Mr N.S.C Nkuna

Director: Communication and Marketing

26 July 2019 to 25 January 2020

6 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards an MBA

6.

Ms R Raluthaga

Trade and Industry Advisor

1 August 2019 to 31 October 2019

3 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Public Management

7.

Ms R Ramdhani

Deputy Director: Chemicals and Allied Industries

16 August 2019 to 15 November 2019

3 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation

8

Ms B.P

Phatlane

Trade and Industry Advisor

16 January 2019 to 31 March 2019

2½ months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Public Administration

9.

Mr D.M Ndhlela

Deputy Director: Regional Industrial Development

1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

12 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a PhD

10.

Ms A.T.V

Lebuso

Director: Organisational Development and Transformation

1 February 2018 to 31 January 2019

12 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Industrial/

Organisational Psychology

11.

Ms A.A Ontong

Director: Human Resource Development

3 April 2018 to 3 April 2019

12 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a PhD

12.

Mr S.J Melodi

Investigator

1 September 2019 to 31 December 2019

4 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Law

13.

Mr A.N

Makhuvela

Deputy Director: Capital Equipment and Allied Industries

1 October 2019 to 28 February 2020

5 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Masters in Management (Public Policy)

14.

Ms J Scholtz

Chief Operating Officer

9 February 2018 to 8 February 2019

12 months

Attendance of classes towards an MBA

15.

Ms J.R Vass

Chief Director: Skills for the Economy

1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

12 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a PhD

16.

Ms P.Q Myeki

Deputy Director: Industrial Climate Change Response

1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

12 months

Research and writing a dissertation towards a Doctorate in Business Administration

(2) None of the employees have subsequently applied for an additional period of sabbatical leave.

-END-

22 June 2020 - NW703

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

(1)(a) Which companies have been selected to partner with her department and the SA Social Security Agency to provide food relief to needy families during the national state of disaster and (b) what is the value of the contracts awarded to each company;

Reply:

1. (a) List of SASSA approved service providers is attached as Annexure A

The Department did not select new service providers to partner with the Department to provide food relief to needy families during the national state of disaster as Provincial Implementing Agents (PIAs) that operate Provincial Food Distribution Centres (PFDCs) were already appointed to provide food to households in need through the Community Nutrition and Development Centres (CNDCs).

 

However, the Department partnered with the Solidarity Fund to fund food parcels which was allocated to provinces through the PIAs as reflected on section (b) below.

(b) The value of the contracts awarded to Implementing Agents (NPOs) was:

PROVINCE

IMPLEMENTING AGENT

VALUE OF CONTRACTS

Eastern Cape

ADRA-SA

R4 812 756.00

Free State

ADRA-SA

R8 514 876.00

Gauteng

Kagisano

R2 221 272.00

Kwa Zulu Natal

Action Development Agency

R9 625 512.00

Limpopo

Makotse Women’s Club

R3 517 014.00

Mpumalanga

Kago Ya Bana

R2 036 166.00

Northern Cape

Thabang

R4 072 422.00

North West

Motswedi wa sechaba

R4 997 862.00

Western Cape

Ilithalabantu

R3 702 120.00

Total

National

R43 500 000.00

(b) The contracts entered into with the service providers are not limited to a specific value or number of food parcels. They are contracted to provide social relief of distress in the form of food parcels as and when ordered by SASSA. Provision of food parcels is needs based, hence the inability to contract any service provider for a specific number of food parcels. The appointment of service providers is based on the unit price per food parcel. The budget for the service is included in the provincial allocation for social relief of distress and not per service provider.

2. DSD ensures that the most part of the R700 spent on a food contents = 94% and only 6% is on (b) transport, (c) security and (d) packing of each food parcel;

The value (R1200) of a relief parcel is inclusive of all costs, including the food items, storage, transport, packaging and delivery. The various items are not separately costed. Relief parcels are delivered to specific identified delivery points by the service provider, on each order issued by SASSA.

(3) The remainder of the 250 000 food parcels is being distributed by the Solidarity Fund, only 58,000 are being delivered jointly with DSD. The Remaining 170,000 food parcels are being independently delivered by the Solidarity Fund in partnership with NGOs. The Fund is reaching vulnerable households through three channels:

I. 25% through the Department of Social Development’s 235 Community Nutrition and Development Centres (CNDCs) –

  • The Solidarity Fund has partnered with DSD to enable the delivery of once off food parcels to approximately 58,750 families who previously benefited from cooked meals prepared by 235 CNDCs (whose operations have been affected by the COVID-19 lock-down)
  • The Solidarity Fund and DSD entered into agreement with the existing Provincial Implementing Agents in each province to make these deliveries.

II. 50% through large national food distribution Non-Profit Organisations that have expansive reach across the country through their own network of >400 community based organisations (CBOs)

    • Food Forward South Africa
    • Afrika Tikkun
    • Islamic Relief
    • Lunchbox Fund

III. 25% through a range of Community Based Organisations and Faith Based Organisations at provincial and local level. These include but are not limited to the South African Council of Churches, the Nedlac Community Constituency, C-19 People’s Coalition, Hope Africa, Community Chest, SA Youth Movement, Rural Democracy Trust, Inqaba Yokulinda, and Hlanganisa among others.  A full list of partners will be published shortly.

The Solidarity Fund’s food parcels have been distributed across all 9 provinces. They have been allocated across provinces according to the percentage of people below the poverty line that live within each province.

Food relief is being provided through food parcels and will run until mid-May. As of 10 May, 2020, the Fund had already distributed 218,413 parcels to households (87% of 250,000 target) and the full 250,000 parcels have been delivered to CBOs that are making their final household deliveries in the coming days. The map below shows the national coverage to date.

Total deliveries by 10 May

Total delivered by 10 May

NW905E

22 June 2020 - NW1054

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

On which provisions in the Lockdown Regulations did he rely to declare that an essential service certificate issued by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission is a compulsory requirement for businesses to operate during the Lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19? [

Reply:

The essential service certificates issued by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) were not a compulsory requirement for businesses to operate during the Lockdown.

The CIPC provided a service to businesses, registered under the Companies Act, to register as essential service providers.

The status of the CIPC certificate was made clear in a statement issued by the Department on 26 March 2020. It was stated that possession of a CIPC certificate did not constitute permission to operate during the Lockdown and that companies should be guided by the Regulations as to whether they were permitted to operate.

The information on the number of companies which operated as essential (and later, ‘permitted’ services) enabled government to keep a record of the number of workers who were employed at such companies This information was important when considering the level of movement of workers outside their homes during the early phases of the lockdown; and the appropriate transport directions and regulations. It provided law enforcement officers with proof that a company’s senior management certified that it was an essential service.

Almost 500 000 companies registered on the CIPC’s Bizportal website, as essential service providers and, later, as permitted service providers under Alert Level 4.

I decided not to issue Directions that would have required companies to register, even though I was advised that the Lockdown Regulations would have permitted me to issue such Directions. I took the view that it was preferable to allow companies to determine whether their business fell within the definition of essential services in terms of the Lockdown Regulations.

With effect from 1 June 2020, and the start of Alert Level 3, the concepts of essential and permitted services no longer apply. The CIPC has therefore stopped issuing the certificates.

-- END --

 

22 June 2020 - NW1109

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

(1)What (a) are the names of the top 50 organisations in the past 10 financial years that received the highest amount of funding from the National Lottery and (b) was the value of funding in each case in each specified financial year; (2) Whether the National Lottery has conducted audits on the specified organisations to ensure that the money allocated in the specified financial years was indeed spent on what was stated; if so, (a) which organisations and/or entities were audited, (b) in which year and (c) what were the adverse findings? NW1405E

Reply:

Following an initial reply from the NLC setting out the reasons why they will not be able to provide the requested information within the available time before the Parliamentary Reply was due and requesting additional time, kindly find the supplementary reply submitted by Ms Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission, which is reproduced below.

“The names of top 50 funded organisations and the amounts are highlighted on the attached list (See Annexure A). The NLC has a fully-fledged Monitoring and Evaluation Department that monitors implementation and outcomes of funded projects. All funded organisations signs a Grant Agreement with the NLC with terms and conditions relating to how the grants are to be used. The NLC follows up on these conditions and applies its internal policies in cases on non-compliance. The NLC has sourced the services of a panel of engineers responsible to assist in providing NLC with quality assurance reviews on funded infrastructure projects. The Office of the Auditor General South Africa (AGSA) also conducts in-depth audit into NLC’s funding process. In recent years, the NLC received a negative media coverage from an on-line media publication (GroudUp) alleging a wide range of corruption in relation to certain projects that were funded by the organisation. The NLC Board appointed an audit firm, Sekela Xabiso to investigate the alleged corruption and the investigation is on-going. In addition to that, the Honorable Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition has also appointed an audit firm, Nexia, SAB&T to investigate the same allegations and the investigation is on-going as well. All findings from the relevant assurance bodies (audit/investigation) are/will be analysed and reviewed in order to ensure that proper remedial actions are implemented.”

22 June 2020 - NW1045

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether he has convened any Ministers and Members of Executive Councils meetings since the start of the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date was each meeting held and (b) what was on the agenda of each meeting

Reply:

Since the start of the national lockdown, engagements with members of the Provincial Executive Councils included the following:

1. Meetings convened by the Presidency and attended with Premiers, on discussions related to the Covid-19 pandemic were held as follows:  

  • 4 April,
  • 18 April,
  • 16 May, and
  • 17 June.

2. Discussions were held between Deputy Ministers and Provincial MECs in May/June 2020, to discuss the regulation of liquor sales under Lockdown Level 3. A meeting of the Ministry with the MECs in the Economic Development Portfolio was held on 17 June 2020, covering a briefing on Covid-19 recovery plans at provincial level and views on the sale of alcohol.

-END-

19 June 2020 - NW1026

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) At what Covid-19 alert level will religious marriage officers be able to marry people again and (b) how are the marriages to be registered with his department; (2) whether it is possible for weddings to take place in private homes and with a limited number of close relatives present, with agreed social distancing and other preventative health measures strictly observed, as is the case with funerals; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1316E

Reply:

1. (a) At level 3, starting from 1st June 2020, religious marriage officers can solemnise marriages under the existing marriages Act (1961).

(b) All requirements for solemnisation must be complied with. Such marriages solemnised by religious marriage officers must be submitted within three (3) days from solemnisation at an office where such marriage officers resort. Once all the paper work shall have been submitted at the nearest office, Department of Home Affairs (DHA) officials would then register such marriages.

2. DHA’s mandate is limited to registering the marriages; matters relating to wedding officiation falls outside the scope of DHA’s mandates.

END

19 June 2020 - NW879

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

1. The Department of Public Service and Administration will not be offering any Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses as this is not within the mandate of the department to provide relief to any private organisation.

2. Not applicable as no financial or other relief will be provided by the department.

19 June 2020 - NW1035

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What number of foreign national workers had their (a) applications submitted by their companies for their April wages to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF)’s Covid19 TERS benefit and (b) April benefit approved and processed by the UIF by 15 May 2020?

Reply:

a) A total of 421 210 Unemployment Insurance Fund Covid-19 TERS Foreign National workers’ applications were submitted by employers for the month of April.

b) Out of the 421 210 Foreign Nationals workers UIF Covid-19 applications submitted by employers a total of 114 059 applications were approved and processed by the Unemployment Insurance Fund by 15 May 2020.

19 June 2020 - NW270

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

What number of employees have been found to have criminal records in (a) The Ministry, (b) her department and (c) all entities reporting to her; 2. What mechanisms has her department put in place to conduct vetting of potential employees to ensure that persons with criminal records are not employed as public servants in her department?

Reply:

The Departments and Entities has advised me as follows:

1(a) None

(b) None

(c) At FPB, ICASA, ZADNA, Nemisa, USAASA and Sentech, there are no employees with criminal records

BBI has embarked on a vetting process for all employees in October 2019. It is still awaiting one (1) employee’s result, which is expected before end of the financial year 2019/20.

SAPO has 147 employees with criminal records.

SITA has confirmed 130 employees have criminal records.

SABC has one employee with a criminal record.

2 All new employees, on assumption of duty, are under an obligation to apply for security clearance from State Security, as their appointment is subject to security clearance being obtained. Should they fail to obtain such clearance the Department, will terminate after having adhered to due process, the employment relationship. In addition, the Department, now request an SAP69 from SAPS before appointment to ensure the person to be appointed has no criminal record before appointment.

Further, prior to appointment, the department submits the fingerprints of potential employees to the South African Police Services [SAPS] Criminal Record Center for criminal checks due to long delays from the State Security Agency [SSA] to provide the outcomes of security checks/vetting of potential employees.

MS STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

19 June 2020 - NW313

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether a certain person (name and details furnished) has been transferred and/or is currently employed in (a) any other position in the Public Service or (b) a ministerial office; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what position does the specified person currently hold?

Reply:

a) Yes, He is currently employed in the Public Service

b) He is not in a Ministerial office, but in the Presidency, employed as a Special Advisor to the Deputy President

 

19 June 2020 - NW910

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Marawu, Ms TL to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(1) What (a) measures are in place to ensure that those who were drawing on the Unemployment Insurance Fund are removed from the system upon securing a permanent job, (b) steps will he take regarding the employment equity tables to provide for a small quota of non-South African nationals and (c) percentage quota will be reserved for other nationals; (2) whether the percentage quota that will be reserved for other nationals will reflect the shortage of scarce and critical skills; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1199E

Reply:

1. What (a) measures are in place to ensure that those who were drawing on the Unemployment Insurance Fund are removed from the system upon securing a permanent job

(a) There are statutory measures that are in place to ensure that those who were drawing on the Unemployment Insurance Fund are removed from the system upon securing a permanent job. These measures are outlined in the provisions of the Unemployment Insurance Contribution Act, 4 of 2002 (“the Act”). The provisions of section 10 (1) and (2) of the Act respectively place a duty on every employer; which the Act applies to, to register with the Unemployment Insurance Fund and before the seventh day of each month, submit to the Unemployment Insurance Commissioner information relating to:

(i) The termination of the employment of any employee; and

(ii) The appointment of any employee by the employer

(b) The Department of Employment and Labour is in a process of drafting a Labour Migration Policy (LMP). The LMP is one of the Sub-themes of the National Employment Policy (NEP) that we are currently working on. The LMP covers a range of topics that include amongst others, work visas for scarce and critical skills, quotas of foreign nationals in the labour market etc. once we have completed we will publish this policy for public comment.

2. Yes, it will reflect the shortage of scarce and critical skills. Our policies provide for the importation of skills in an event that they do not exist in the country.

19 June 2020 - NW1158

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Mulder, Dr CP to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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

Reply:

1. Yes, the Department did procurement for goods and services below the amount of R 500 000.00 in connection to the Covid- 19 pandemic.

The table below provides replies to questions 1 a, b and c, 2 and 3.

 

  1. 1(a). Name of the Business
 
  1. (b)Amount

 

1.(c)Goods Purchased

2. Deviation (Yes/No)

1.1

Lechoba Medical Technologies

R121 502.10

Hand Sanitizers

No

To protect the employees against virus infection

1.2

NJU Projects & General Trading

R 63 000.00

Body Temperature Thermal Cameras

No

To screen the employees when entering the building

1.3

Flamingo Moon trading

R 23 460.00

Face Masks

No

To protect the employees against virus infection

1.4

Esizwe Group

R 5 088.00

Comfort Face Shields

No

To protect the employees against virus infection

1.5

Fortistle

R 48 875.00

Face Masks

No

To protect the employees against virus infection

1.6

Promed Technologies

R 13 570.00

Gloves

No

To protect the employees against virus infection

1.7

Ayanda Multiserve

R 22 500.00

Comfort Face Shields

No

To protect the employees against virus infection

1.7

Yellotec

R 2 591.88

Body Temperature Thermal Cameras

No

To screen the employees when entering the building

1.9

Motlokwa & Farm Holdings

R 1 100.00

Spray Bottles (empty)

No

To fill Disinfection Chemical

1.10

Multisurge

R 13 800.00

Disinfection Chemical

No

To protect the employees against virus infection

(4) No

19 June 2020 - NW1057

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the fact that most municipalities do not apply the principle of no-work-no-pay, resulting in unprotected illegal strikes, the Government engaged with the trade unions to protect the taxpayers and ensure that they receive value for money for taxes and rates that they pay by allowing municipal employees to rather claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 in line with other citizens who are on a no-work-no-pay arrangement; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The most relevant department to respond to the question on labour related enquiries is the Department of Employment and Labour.

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW1037

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether the Unemployment Insurance Fund has commissioned actuarial research into its financial sustainability of the Fund in the event of mass-scale job losses; if so, (a) who was the service provider and (b) what were the detailed findings?

Reply:

The Unemployment Insurance Fund did not commission Actuarial Research into its financial sustainability in the event of mass-scale job losses.

a) Not applicable since no actuarial Research conducted on sustainability of the Fund in the event of mass-scale job losses.

b) Not applicable since no actuarial Research conducted on sustainability of the Fund in the event of mass-scale job losses.

Our Actuaries have presented the following scenarios:

Scenario

Implications for finances of the UIF

   

Unemployment rate peaks at 41.4% and COVID19TERS benefits cost R48Billion

UIF becomes financially unsound as no Insurance Capital left and required to “borrow from future” by using 5% of accumulated credits. Sufficient funds should be available to pay benefits on a PAYG basis.  

It is possible that the fund could return to financial soundness in 10 years.

Unemployment rate peaks at 41.4% and COVID19TERS benefits cost R68Billion

UIF becomes financially unsound as no Insurance Capital left and required to “borrow from future” by using 60% of accumulated credits. Sufficient funds available.

It is unlikely that the fund could return to financial soundness in 10 years without a contribution increase and will essentially operate on a PAYG basis

Unemployment rate peaks at 53.7% and COVID19TERS benefits cost R48b

All accumulated credits will be depleted and the UIF would also need to borrow against beneficiaries and service providers to pay claims.

Taking liquidity of assets into account, the fund will not be able to pay all claims when due and may need to put RAF-style measures in place to prioritise / structure payments

Unemployment rate peaks at 53.7% and COVID19TERS benefits cost R68b

Possible remedies for the dire financial position of the fund under this scenario could include:

• Additional funding from Treasury

• Temporary increase in contribution rate

• Reduction in benefit

19 June 2020 - NW938

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

(1) (a) What number of illegal migrants were deported back to their countries of origin since the start of the national state of disaster due to the Covid-19 pandemic and (b) to which countries were they deported; (2) what are the time frames for the repatriation of the migrants who are currently at the Bellville and Wingfield repatriation camps? NW1227E

Reply:

1. A total number of 1,376 illegal foreigners were deported since lockdown; comprising:

  1. 488 Mozambicans,
  2. 705 Zimbabweans,
  3. 178 Basotho and,
  4. 5 Swazi.

2. Refugees and asylum seekers have status in the country and cannot be repatriated, including those with appeals at the Standing Committee on Refugee Affairs (SCRA) and the Refugee Appeal Board (RAB).

END

19 June 2020 - NW1000

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) Until what date will the Cuban health care workers who travelled to the Republic to render assistance with the Covid-19 pandemic, be needed, (b) by what date will all the Cuban health care workers return to Cuba, (c) to whom will the remuneration for the services of the health care workers be paid and (d) which country will pay for the return of the health care workers; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. (a) South Africa appreciates the help from the Cuban Government. The Cuban health care workers will stay as long as needed and the current arrangement is for a period of 12 months, and reviewed quarterly;

(b) It is expected that if all goes as planned the Cuban brigade will travel back to Cuba on the month of May 2021;

(c) The salaries for the Cuban health care workers will be paid to the health care workers individual bank accounts, like any other employee employed in the South African Public Health Sector;

(d) In accordance with the signed Government-to-Government Agreement between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Cuba, the air transport at the end of the contract will be at the expense of the receiving Country.

2. As the statement was made when the Cuban brigade arrived in South Africa, it will be necessary for the government of the Republic of South Africa to make a statement when they leave, to thank them for their selfless service in assisting the Republic in its fight against COVID-19.

END.

19 June 2020 - NW1056

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to her assertion that the sale and use of tobacco products is associated with increased risk of the spread of SARS-CoV-2, which she used to justify the prohibition of tobacco product sales, what is the scientific rationale and empirical basis for the prohibition; (2) whether she and/or her department assessed the countervailing hypothesis that nicotine actually minimises the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, as suggested by data showing a disproportionate under-representation of habitual smokers in infection cases; if not, why not; if so, what conclusions have been drawn in this regard? NW1346E

Reply:

A detailed information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW1139

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether her department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered;

Reply:

The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW996

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

Given the trend in some countries around the world to resume sporting activities without spectators, what is his department’s position regarding the implementation of the same in the Republic, especially with non-contact sport?

Reply:

The Regulations published in Government Gazette Notice No. 608 of 28 May 2020 made under section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002) has made provision for the easing of the lockdown to permit the return to play in the Sporting Sector at Level 3.

The Minister has consulted the sector and has received their proposed plans on the resumption of play.

As required by the regulations, the Minister has finalised directions and has submitted them to the relevant structures. Once approved, the directions will be signed by the Minister and gazetted for implementation by the sporting sector.

19 June 2020 - NW437

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

What (a) number of (i) films and/or (ii) publications were classified XX by the Film and Publications Board in the past three years, (b) is the title of each specified film and/or publication and (c) was the reason for the XX classification in each case?

Reply:

I have been advised by FPB as follows:

a) (i) None

(ii) None

b) None

c) None

MS STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

19 June 2020 - NW991

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Thring, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

At what alert level will the employees of religious organisations be able to resume their weekday administrative duties, as well as financial and compliance functions from the office, including but not limited to the payment of salaries, essential information technology support, the co-ordination of feeding schemes and essential building maintenance, subject to the observance of standard hygiene and health protocols that would apply as in any other workplace?

Reply:

According to Disaster Management Act , 2002: (Act No 57 of 2002) Determination of Alert Levels and Hotspots, “movement of persons 33 (1) a person may leave his / her place of residence to – (a) perform any service as permitted under Alert Level 3, (b) travel to and from work.

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW1216

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether she has been informed about the allegations that expert scientific advice is ignored when determining regulations for each alert level in the fight to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the (a) details of the scientific evidence that is considered when determining regulations regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and (b) further relevant details; (2) what method is used to determine the causal link between existing interventions and the current infection and death rate statistics; (3) what are the reasons that (a) recoveries and (b) deaths continue to be factored into the calculation of the risk of exposure to Covid-19; (4) what (a) is the legal authority and constitutional and statutory justification and (b) are the decision making powers of the National, Provincial and Local Command Councils?

Reply:

1. I have not been informed about allegations that expert scientific advise is ignored. Decisions regarding the COVID – 19 pandemic are made by the Cabinet, where all members including the Minister of Health are present.

2. All decisions  of the Cabinet are informed by the  epidemiology of the pandemic.

3. Internationally, new case, accumulated cases, recoveries and deaths are recorded, likewise in South Africa.

4. Decisions regarding COVID-19 are made by Cabinet.

 

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW1215

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether she has found that there is any regulation that has been imposed by the National Coronavirus Command Council since 26 March 2020 as a measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic that suspended or limited fundamental human rights; if not, how was this conclusion reached; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what steps were taken to ensure that regulations and/or measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic that are premised on international best practice were adjusted to meet the existing challenges in the Republic, in particular the risks of famine amongst persons who have lost their income and access food; (3) what (a) are the full relevant details of how the existing real-time information measures up with the initial projections or models upon which a national disaster was declared and a national lockdown to curb the spread of the virus was imposed and (b) adjustments have been made to the initial strategies to align them with reality; (4) what are the reasons that the curbing measures are applied wholesale and throughout the Republic whilst certain provinces such as the Northern Cape have clearly shown very small increases and a high recovery rate in infections? NW1520E

Reply:

1. It is important to indicate that there is no regulation that has been imposed by National Coronavirus Command Council as a measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19.

2. The National Executive of SA Government considers reports from the Minister of Health and NATJOINTS. These measures incorporate best practices obtained from international stakeholders such as World Health Organization. Government introduced a broad package to provide for those persons who have lost their income, this includes the provision of food.

3. a. The issues related to projections and models are located within the Department of Health. Accordingly this aspect of the question should be referred to the Department of Health.

b. The government adopted the Risk Adjusted Strategy to align with the prevailing reality in dealing with COVID-19 nationally.

c. The measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 are applied in all nine provinces throughout the country. In addition these measures aim to prevent inter-provincial spread by restricting travel between provinces and for those provinces that are currently having lower levels of infection to prepare their health care facilities.

 

Thank you

 

19 June 2020 - NW1004

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, in light of the fact that the multinational corporation Johnson and Johnson will stop selling talc-based baby powder in the United States and Canada after paying out billions of dollars in lost legal battles over claims that the product causes cancer, talc-based baby powder will continue to be sold in the Republic; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the full relevant details?

Reply:

The View of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Prevention and Control of Cancer

a) The Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Prevention and Control of Cancer (MACC) sees no reason to withdraw the Johnson and Johnson talc-based baby powder from the South African market as long as it is asbestos free.

b) The relevant details are as follows:

  1. Talcum powder is made from a substance called talc whose components are magnesium, silicon and oxygen.
  2. Talcum powder is used in cosmetic products such as baby powder, adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products
  3. In its natural form some talc contains asbestos which is known to cause cancer and it was linked to ovarian cancer in 1958.
  4. Globally, guidelines inform that all cosmetic products which contained talc in them had to be free from detectable amounts of asbestos.
  5. Johnson and Johnson’s talc powder is no longer being used in the USA following a class action court case where Johnson and Johnson were ordered to pay billions of dollars’ compensation to women with ovarian and other genitourinary cancers allegedly caused by the use of talc powder on their genitalia. Although this judgement went against Johnson and Johnson, the evidence that talc powder is carcinogenic is very limited as confirmed by the National Cancer Institute.
  6. Talcum powder used to contain asbestos which is a known carcinogen but is no longer the case

END.

19 June 2020 - NW1214

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the reasons that informed the decision to declare Covid-19 a national disaster instead of a provincial or local disaster; (2) what data was used to classify the disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act, Act 57 of 2002? NW1519E

Reply:

1. Section 23 (4) – (6) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2020), provides for the classification of either a local, provincial or national disaster. Section 23 (6) states that “ a disaster is a national disaster if it affects

(a) More than one province, or

(b) A single province which is unable to deal with effectively.

 By the time it was classified as a national disaster there were already cases in three provinces.

The WHO provided information regarding the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world.

Our National Department of Health provided information on the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout South Africa.  The first SA case was identified on the 5th of March 2020 infection numbers were doubling two to three days had spread across SA including KZN, Gauteng and Western  Cape. On the 15 March 2020 when the National Disaster was classified and declared there already 61 cases.

 

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW1080

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

(1)What is the total expected reduction in his departments’ budget by Treasury in light of Covid-19; (2) whether the reduction will be spread evenly throughout his department; if not, (a) why not and (b)(i) how will it be distributed between programmes and entities and (ii) on what principles?

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

(1) The Department did not receive official communication from National Treasury on the budget reductions. The Department is waiting for the announcement to be made by Parliament.

(2) Not applicable

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND INNOVATION

(1) R1 759 479 000. This amount is made up of R1 435 304 000 budget cuts and R324 175 000 for COVID-19 initiatives.

(2) The reduction will not be spread evenly throughout the department.

2 (a) Programmes have different budgets for implementing different initiatives.

2b (i)

Budget cuts per programme

Programme

Compensation of employees R’000

Goods and services R’000

Transfers and subsidies

R’000

Total

R’000

Administration

18 995

22 987

-

41 982

Technology Innovation

5 769

9 978

50 000

65 747

International Cooperation and Resources

5 946

14 422

14 925

35 293

Research Development and Support

4 339

6 055

926 144

936 538

Socio-economic Innovation Partnerships

4 951

-

55 375

60 326

Total

40 000

53 442

1 046 444

1 139 886

Budget cuts per entity (Parliamentary Grants)

 

R’000

Technology Innovation Agency

45 586

South African National Space Agency

18 209

National Research Foundation

96 610

Council for Science and Industrial Research

99 765

Academy of Science of South Africa

2 790

Human Science Research Council

32 459

Total

295 418

(ii) Principles

Programmes

  • There is an anticipated savings on compensation of employees’ budget as the filling of vacancies will delay due to the pandemic.
  • Savings to be realized from goods and services budget due to the lockdown, for example: Travel, events, etc.
  • Various factors were considered under transfers and subsidies budget:
    • Projects that would not be feasible to implement due to the pandemic, for example: infrastructure, science awareness, etc.
    • Projects that were allocated funds during the last quarter of the financial year and the prospect of spending the new money (2020/21) were slim.
  • There are however other areas where the cuts will have a negative impact, these include; the Human Capital Development. The department proposed these cuts in order to reach the 20% stipulated by National Treasury. These challenges were presented by the department to the National Treasury.

Entities

  • 10% cut was proposed on the entities’ parliamentary grants across the board.
  • A lesser percentage (as opposed to 20% requested by National Treasury) was proposed in order to minimize the impact of the cuts to entities.
  • Entities are also expected to make some savings on areas where there will be no or minimal activities during the lockdown.
  • Based on the above, the department is satisfied that the proposal is fair, however it was noted that entities which rely on external revenue might be negatively impacted as the revenue has declined substantially due to the prevailing conditions.
  • The department has discussed the entities that are affected by decline of external revenue with the National Treasury for possible amnesty.

19 June 2020 - NW1125

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to an oversight visit by the Portfolio Committee on Health to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in February 2020, where it was found that the number of infants and children suffering from malnutrition and kwashiorkor had increased, (a) what is the overall status of malnutrition and kwashiorkor cases of children reported around the Republic, (b) how does his department plan on intervening for mothers and children who suffer from malnutrition behind recovery at hospitals and (c) what measures have been put in place to ensure interventions go beyond hospital care?

Reply:

We are not aware of the oversight visit conducted by the Portfolio Committee on Health from Parliament. However the response is as follows:

a) The number of children under five years of age admitted to public sector hospitals during 2018/19, 2019/20 and the first quarter of 2020/2021 is shown in the table below. It should be noted that in line with World Health Organisation recommendations, children with kwashiorkor are classified as having Severe Acute Malnutrition and are not counted separately.

 

No of children under-five years of age admitted with Moderate acute malnutrition (MAM)

No. of children under five years admitted with Severe acute malnutrition (SAM)

2018/19

6,057

11,280

2019/20

6,159

11,089

     

Feb 2020

534

1,129

March 2020

479

991

April 2020

272

596

The reduction in cases during April may be a reflection of level 5 lockdown regulations. The shift in focus to COVID-19 activities did not allow for active case finding of children at risk of severe acute malnutrition, and caregivers of children may have lacked access to transport to the facilities. Data may also be incomplete if data capturers were not on duty.

b) All children with severe acute malnutrition admitted in health facilities are managed according to standardised guidelines and protocols. The Department has also prioritised nutritional assessment and classification of all children who are admitted to ensure that cases of malnutrition are not missed.

All provinces have been requested to draft response plans focusing on addressing the prevention and management of children with acute malnutrition in the context of COVID-19 during and after the lockdown.

A draft national guidance framework has been developed and shared with provinces to ensure that key issues such as ensuring the availability of key commodities and supplies is ensured.

c) The national guidance framework on nutrition response in the context of COVID-19 shared with provinces to guide development of province/ district response plan has outlined key priorities including:

  • Ensuring that Community Health Workers screen, identify and refer children with severe acute malnutrition – this is part of their routine activities, but was not done during lockdown as Community Health Workers were focussed on community screening and testing for COVID-19;
  • Prevention strategies e.g. breastfeeding promotion and support, promotion of appropriate complementary feeding;
  • Forecasting the need for essential nutrition supplies (e.g. F-75, F-100, Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), micronutrient supplements, MUAC tapes, etc.) for 2-3 months, and ensure adequate storage conditions;
  • Increasing the amount of nutritional supplements provided to outpatients to reduce the frequency of follow-up visits;
  • Consider task shifting for community health workers to provide nutrition supplements during home visits for follow-up patients with missed appointments or hard to reach areas;
  • Ensure linkages and referral systems to the Department of Social Development of SAM cases through social workers to benefit from social protection measures such as social relief for distress and food parcels.

END.

19 June 2020 - NW245

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, in light of the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) that is proposed for development within the Vhembe District Municipality in Limpopo, her department undertook an assessment of how the agricultural sector, which is one of Limpopo’s primary sources of income, will be impacted by the construction of several mines, industries and coal-fired power stations in the area, particularly in terms of the limited water resources and associated impact of acid mine drainage on existing water resources; (2) whether the Department of Water and Sanitation conducted an in-depth (a) analysis of the water resource availability and (b) a climate change vulnerability assessment for the water resources in the Southern African region and/or neighbouring countries that are required to supply the SEZ with water; if so, (3) whether this study includes areas immediately under water stress and/or which are likely to be under water stress within 5-10 years and beyond; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether the Department of Water and Sanitation compiled a list of regions within the vicinity of the proposed SEZ that face imminent water insecurity; if not, why not; if so, will she furnish Ms E L Powell with the list of these regions; (5) whether the Department of Water and Sanitation has determined the status of water resources and water services infrastructure required to ensure that communities are provided with water services in a progressive and prioritised manner taking into consideration the limited resources available and are not prejudiced by the supply demands of the SEZ; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) proposed for Vhembe District Municipality in Limpopo is an integrated industrial development at Musina on a 60 square kilometre development polygon. Twenty three (23) core plants to be constructed at the site include a coal wash plant, a coke plant, a heat recovery power generation plant of 390 Mega Watt capacity, thermal power, ferrochrome, ferromanganese, silicon manganese, vanadium-titanium magnetite, high manganese steel, high vanadium steel, stainless steel factory, lime, cement, and refractory plants at a designated site. The plants form a connected sequence of energy and metallurgy production, from coal mining, coal wash, coking plant, power plant ferroalloy plant, iron making to steel manufacturing.

Several core plant and enabling local infrastructure comprising roads, rail sidings, air transport terminals, electricity grid, sewer and potable water facilities will be required at the SEZ polygon. Other feeder linear infrastructure like roads, rail, and electricity grids, will need to be developed or upgraded for supply of raw materials and transport of manufactured products to markets.

Current and potential source mines for input raw materials like coal, ferrochrome, manganese, vanadium, iron ore, silicon ore, nickel ore and limestone have been identified in various Provinces of South Africa, and neighbouring countries like Zimbabwe and Botswana. The minerals from neighbouring countries will require the upgrade of import and export terminals, and the upgrade of infrastructure like the road and rail bridges over the Limpopo River.

The potential raw ore source mines are widely geographically distributed beyond Limpopo in South Africa as far as Northern Cape for instance for manganese, Rustenburg and Thabazimbi for ferrochrome and iron ore. Other countries like Zimbabwe are also potential supply areas for coal and ferrochrome at which the stricter environmental standards across the two countries shall be applied as per standard adopted international practice. Hence, the potential impacts of the SEZ activities spread beyond Limpopo, but the assessment of impacts and benefits will of necessity transact at the local, linear and the regional level.

Whilst of necessity the assessment focuses on the potential negative impacts on agriculture, potential benefits also warrant exploration. These benefits include increased market access due to increased population in the area, and potential expansion of agricultural production in both Zimbabwe and South Africa due to increased water availability arising from the water resources developments for the SEZ.

With respect to assessments of impacts of the contemplated development on agriculture in Limpopo, it is important to note that the core, feeder and enabling facilities are in the planning phase. The planning of the relevant infrastructure is progressing and shaping over time. To that end, the assessments of impacts of the contemplated activities continue to evolve as more information becomes available. The activities’ impact on the different areas is regulated by various competences and authorisations will be issued by various spheres of government.

For the geographically distributed source mines, the Special Economic Zone polygon with its multiple plants, and enabling local and feeder linear infrastructure, relevant and strict protocols of assessment before authorization shall be followed on a case by case basis for each facility, to comply with the relevant environmental legislation, including for the protection of water resources to minimize negative impacts.

My department has a precautionary approach which is followed, and shall be followed to guide the management of water at the mine and SEZ site, and the issuance of any authorisations. The assessment hierarchy prioritises zero discharge of contaminated effluent, the re-circulation and reuse of water to minimise the taking from resources and discharge, and containment and treatment before discharge of any contaminated water. This precautionary approach applies to all water streams that are identified at the sites, including storm water and any other wastewater streams from raw and product stockpiles. It will be the condition of the authorisations, if any, that the facilities shall be subject to long term monitoring during the life of the facilities. The post closure rehabilitation with associated financial provisioning is also a standard practice as per the legislation.

For the supply of water to the SEZ, my Department is investigating a number of potential local and international water sources to augment the limited resources in the area. The aim is to minimize and mitigate any impact on existing lawful water users as guided by section 27 of the National Water Act.

2. My Department conducted an in-depth study of the analysis of the water resource availability in the area. We issued a report called Limpopo Water Management Area North Reconciliation Strategy. This study identified that there are limited water resources in the Musina area, where the SEZ is located. A further update for the local Musina area is ongoing, and will be part of the outcomes of the water resource planning study for the area. The reconciliation study is available on my Department’s website at http://www.dws.gov.za/projects.aspx. I have also attached a copy to this response as Annexure A for your ease of reference.

My Department conducted a Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment of Water Resources in the Limpopo WMA during 2016/17. This assessment identified and proposed possible measures to deal with current and future Risk and Vulnerability of Water Resources due to Climate Change in the Limpopo Water Management Area. The assessment proposed solutions to deal with the climate change risk and vulnerability on water resources, namely: (i) improvement of water governance, (ii) further infrastructure development, operation and maintenance, as well as (iii) strengthening water management. The Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment report is attached to this response as Annexure B for your ease of reference.

Furthermore, a climate change vulnerability assessment is also implicit when a water reconciliation study is conducted. The water availability assessment study analyses past hydrological data and stochastically simulates flows. This takes into account the recent trends in climate.

My Department shall be initiating further studies to confirm water sources for the SEZ. These sources include both local and international potential sources. In this regard, the studies will among other things assess the climate change assessments in the source and water use region at a wider spatial scale.

The Zimbabwe-South Africa Joint Water Commission is about to initiate planning studies to investigate water resource development options in Zimbabwe for the benefit of both countries. Since the signing of the agreement, the technical teams of both countries have been continuously meeting to initiate the joint studies and to make updates on water related issues of mutual interest to both parties.

My Department has set up institutional structures with all co-basin states to co- manage common river basins. As part of these Commissions function is to assess the water availability and come to decisions on how to best use common rivers.

3. The Reconciliation Strategy covers the Musina-Makhado SEZ and surrounding areas. It had a planning horizon of 25 years to 2040. It is updated at 3-5 year intervals. The study is all encompassing, and is not only limited to water stressed areas, but also identifies the water demands, water surplus areas and explores the means to balance the water needs over time.

4. My Department did compile a regional water availability assessment, indicating the water situation in each area, and the potential sources. Areas that face imminent water insecurity within the vicinity of the proposed SEZ are contained in the Reconciliation Strategy which is available under Integrated Water Resource Planning on the Department’s Website (http://www.dws.gov.za/projects.aspx ).

5. The Assessment of Water Resources is a dynamic exercise through the Reconciliation Strategies and the updating thereof. My Department undertakes planning investigations for the progressive and prioritised water supply, which mainly entails Bulk Raw Water Supply Infrastructure.

The Water Services Infrastructure refers to Water Treatment Works, Potable Water Pipelines, Reservoirs and Reticulation, which is the responsibility of the Municipality. It is financed through the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG), which is a Conditional Grant for developing new bulk water and sanitation infrastructure as well as refurbish, upgrade and replace aging bulk water and sanitation infrastructure. Furthermore, the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) facilitates the Implementation of various water and sanitation projects to accelerate backlog reduction and enhance sustainability of services.

The Special Economic Zone development planned will effectively supplement the water in the overall area of Musina. The anticipated population growth from the industrial hub is included in the estimates of water that will be required in the area.

 

19 June 2020 - NW431

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)What is the name of each official in each (a) national and (b) provincial department who has been suspended for more than 60 days; (2) What are the reasons for each disciplinary action being instituted against each official; (3) What is the (a) period of each suspension and (b) cost thereof; (4) What are the reasons that the cases have not yet been concluded? NW612E

Reply:

(1) (a) Tag A provide the names of officials from National Departments who have been suspended for more than 60 days.

(b) Tag B provide the names of officials from Provincial Departments who have been suspended for more than 60 days.

(2) Tags A and B provide reasons for each disciplinary action instituted against each official.

(3) Tag A and B provide (a) the period and (b) the cost of each suspension.

(4) Tag A and B provide the reasons why the cases have not being concluded.

(5) These responses are those of the departments which have submitted their information to the Department

19 June 2020 - NW921

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Mulder, Mr FJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. The Department followed all three National Treasury’s Instruction notes numbers 8 of 2019/2020, 3 of 2020/2021 and 5 of 2020/2021 in respect to all procurement relating to the COVID 19 pandemic. The details of each transaction are disclosed in the attached spreadsheet.
  2. The method of procurement is indicated in the spreadsheet.
  3. The reason for which the specified business was awarded the specified bid is also indicated in the spreadsheet.

END

19 June 2020 - NW269

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)What was the total amount that was spent on international travel by (a) her and (ii) her spouse and (b) the Deputy Minister and (ii) her spouse since 1 May 2019; (2) what was the (a)(i) purpose and (ii) breakdown of each trip undertaken in terms of the (aa) date on which the trip took place and (bb) total number of persons who were part of the delegation, (b) costs of flights, (c) cost of accommodation, (d) hotels used in each case, (e) total subsistence and travel allowance approved for each member of each delegation on each trip and (f) cost of special vehicles and/or chauffeur driven transport? NW357E

Reply:

I have been advised by the department as follows:

(1)(a) R1, 397,393.62

(1)(a)(ii) R212,236.93

(1)(b) R374, 413.28

(1)(b)(ii) R0.00

(2)(a)(i) Refer to the attached

(a)(ii)(aa) Refer to the attached

(a)(ii)(bb) Refer to the attached

(b) Total cost for flights – R3, 212,273.22

(c) Total cost for accommodation – R1, 435,681.07

(d) Refer to the attached

(e)Total subsistence and travel allowance – R506, 882.48

(f) Total cost for ground transport – R479, 949.64

MS STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

19 June 2020 - NW1055

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What total number of submissions did the Government receive (a)(i) in support of lifting the prohibition on tobacco products sales during the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 and (ii) what were the main points of motivation and/or rationale advanced for the support and (b)(i) in opposition to lifting the prohibition on tobacco products sales during the national lockdown and (ii) what were the main points of motivation and/or rationale advanced; (2) whether she will furnish Mr Z N Mbhele with copies of all submissions as an annexure?

Reply:

The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW943

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Ngwezi, Mr X to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(1) What number of persons have claimed from the Compensation Fund for cases where Covid-19 is acquired occupationally since the Covid-19 pandemic has hit our shores; (2) whether any technical glitches were experienced through the Compensation Fund’s computer system (name furnished); if not, what has his department identified to be the hold up; if so, what are the full relevant details of what is being done to address the specified glitches in order to speed up the process?

Reply:

1. The Compensation Fund has received and registered 168 claims related to COVID-19.

2. There haven’t been any glitches reported to date with regards to registration and adjudication of COVID-19 claims.

19 June 2020 - NW1079

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

Whether any budget roll-over was requested by her department (a) in the 2019-20 financial year and (b) since 1 April 2020; if so, what (i) amount has been (aa) requested and (bb) granted and (ii) has the specified fund been used for?

Reply:

(a) Yes.

(i) (aa) R101,3 million.

(bb) R4,9 million.

(ii) Fund was earmarked for payments for capital assets: Upgrade of laboratory infrastructure and equipment.

(b) No rollover was applied for since 1 April 2020.

(i),(aa),(bb),(ii) Falls away.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM (DRDLR):

(a) Yes, a request to roll over unspent funds for the construction of the new head office premises from the 2018/19 financial year to the 2019/20 financial year was submitted to National Treasury.

(i) (aa) 46.7 million.

(bb) None.

(ii0 Not granted.

(b) No.

(i),(aa),(bb),(ii) Falls away.

19 June 2020 - NW1121

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

By what date is it envisaged that his department will fill the 13% vacancy rate at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (details furnished)?

Reply:

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Lesia confirmed that as at 31 May 2020, the vacancy rate of the Hospital stood at 11,77%, since the process to fill the vacant posts is ongoing.

The details are as follows:

1. Management

One post of Senior Manager: Nursing was filled; and the successful candidate assumed duty on 01 June 2020. The processes are underway to fill the following posts:

  • 1 Quality Assurance Manager: 01 July 2020
  • 1 Senior Clinical Manager: 01 January 2021

2. Administration

As at 31 May 2020, vacancies for Administration cadre stood at 171 reduced from the 202 number as mentioned above.

  • 31 Administration Clerks were appointed and commenced work on 01 June 2020.
  • 34 posts are in the process of being filled for 01 July 2020.
  • 21 posts are in the process of being filled around August and September, respectively.

3. Allied Support

Only 1 Specialised Auxiliary Services post has been filled because the department is prioritising the critical l posts.

4. Support

41 support staff have been appointed; and 26 Cleaners have assumed duty on Monday 15 June 2020.

5. Medical

Medical posts are filled on a continuous basis.

  • A replacement process is adopted for vacated posts in the Hospital for clinicians. It is for this reason that the 95 vacant posts were reduced to 68 as at 31 May 2020, with 27 appointments confirmed.
  • The Department/Hospital has a generic open advertisement that allows recruitment of medical staff as and when it is required.

6. Nursing

Like with Medical posts, there is an open advertisement for nursing positions. 10 posts from the 253 vacant posts will be filled from 01 July 2020 as applicants received offers, and they have confirmed start date.

The National Department of Health will engage the Gauteng Department of Health to further assist Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital to access the Disaster Management Funds in order to fill the outstanding critical vacant posts.

END.

19 June 2020 - NW237

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

Who has been acting as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the State Information Technology Agency since the resignation of certain person (name furnished); 2. Whether any steps have been taken to fill the CEO position permanently, if not, why not; if so, 3. Whether any prospective applicants were interviewed; if not, why not; if so, what number of applicants were interviewed; 4. Whether any steps of the applicants were found to be suitable for the position; if not, (a) why not and (b) what further steps are being taken to recruit a permanent CEO?

Reply:

I have been advised by SITA as follows:

1. The position of CEO has been vacant since 31 March 2019, after the employment contract of the previous incumbent came to an end. Mr Ntutule Tshenye was then appointed as an acting Chief Executive Officer, whilst the process of sourcing a replacement candidate was underway.

2. Yes, the recruitment process was initiated on 28 April 2019. Inputs were received from key stakeholders, the candidates were sourced through the SITA Website, Sunday Times and Linkedin. The pool of potential candidates was not satisfactory. The then Board of Directors requested additional CVs to be sourced through recruitment agencies.

3. Two (2) shortlisting sessions were held. The first session of the considered CVs received via SITA’s Website, Sunday Times and Linkedin was held on 28 May 2019 and the second session was held on 14 June 2019 to consider CVs received via the recruitment agencies. Five (5) candidates were shortlisted and interviewed on 28 June 2019 and none of the candidates were found suitable for the position.

4. The second phase of the recruitment process was initiated by the previous Board of Directors where the approach was to utilize the services of headhunting firms specialising in executive search. This process required a deviation from the current recruitment panel, which was requested from National Treasury, however it was not granted. The term of office expired for the Board of Directors expired on 31 December 2019. The Minister appointed and Executive Caretaker and Accounting Authority, Mr Luvuyo Keyise from 28 January 2020 and the acting tenure of Mr Ntutule Tshenye ceased on 28 January 2020. As a result, the recruitment process did not proceed.

MS STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

19 June 2020 - NW1120

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) Who are all the suppliers of the personal protective equipment (PPE) that his department will be providing, (b) what is the total number of the PPEs that has been supplied and (c) what total monetary value did the PPE cost; (2) whether there are any PPEs that are sourced locally in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) The suppliers that the Department of Health have used to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are as follows:

No.

Supplier

1.

BARRS Pharmaceutical Industries

2.

Unicore Holdings (Pty) Ltd

3.

Mr First Aid (Pty) Ltd

4.

Biologica Pharmaceuticals

5.

X-Business Resources

6.

SciProfs

7.

Tammy Taylor Nails

8.

Lora Medical Supplies

9.

Libera Management Services

(b) The total number of PPE that has been supplied is depicted on the table below as follows:

Item / Commodity

Quantity

Masks Respirator N95/FFP2/KN95

40 715

Masks Surgical / Medical

54 900

Masks Cloth

3 400

Face Shields

15

Gloves Examination Sterile

12 000

Gloves Examination Non-Sterile

8 000

Gloves Surgical

12 000

Safety Goggles

2 000

Boot Covers

2 000

Aprons

3 000

Coveralls

2 000

Hand Sanitizers

78 522

Infrared Thermometers

350

TOTAL

218 902

 

(c) The total monetary value of PPE cost is R 6 853 123.44.

2. All PPE were sourced from local suppliers as depicted on the table under the response to question 1. (a).

 

END.

19 June 2020 - NW988

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Denner, Ms H to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(1) Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names each tender awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. The Department of Employment and Labour did not award any tenders connected to Covid-19 pandemic. Only Personal Protective Equipment was procured during this period and that was done through the prescribed emergency procedures.

(a) Not applicable; because there were no tenders awarded during the period in question.

(b) Not applicable; because there were no tenders awarded during the period in question.

(c) Not applicable; because there were no tenders awarded during the period in question.

(2). (a) and (b) Not applicable; because there were no tenders awarded during this period

(3) Not applicable; because there were no tenders awarded during the period in question.

(4) Emergency procurement procedure had to be applied to procure Personal Protective Equipment for all the Department of Employment and Labour officials declared as essential services, especially the Labour Inspector who had to ensure compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations during all levels of the lockdown.

19 June 2020 - NW998

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)In view of reports that clinics and other essential healthcare providers for other illnesses are being shunned due to fear of contracting Covid-19, as well as the general fear of harassment from the SA Police Service and/or SA National Defence Force, what steps has his department taken to ensure that persons are still able to receive other essential medical care during the Covid-19 pandemic; (2) what total number of deaths were caused by (a) tuberculosis and (b) HIV and/or Aids-related illnesses since the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 began; (3) whether the specified number of deaths caused by such illnesses has increased as the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 continues; if not, why not; if so, what has his department identified as the reason for the increase?

Reply:

1. The Department of Health has been implementing the Central Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution (CCMDD) programme. The CCMDD programme is a National Department of Health (NDoH) initiative to improve access to chronic medicines to stable patients by enabling them to collect their repeat medicines from a convenient collection point near their home or place of employment thereby decreasing the patient volumes in health care facilities.

  • (a) Eligible patients collect their diabetes, hypertension, ARVs and other chronic medication for free from a convenient pick-up point like Dis-Chem, Clicks, Pick n Pay or even a local spaza shop. Majority of these service providers have been open during the National lockdown, allowing clients to collect their treatment without interruption.
  • (b) The majority of these service providers have been open during the National lockdown, allowing clients to collect their treatment without interruption. However, lockdown restrictions created a confusion around availability of public transport services to access these service outlets.
  • (c) In health facilities, before and during the lockdown patients were given 2-3 month Tenofovir + Lamivudine + Dolutegravir (TLD) supply and 2 months Tenofovir +Emtricitibine + Efavirenz (TEE) supply;

2. The Department of Health has also strengthened in-facility processes and support to People Living with HIV (PLHIV) on ART in order to maintain adherence. Tracking and tracing (telephonically and then in-person) of clients lost to follow-up is ongoing in majority of our facilities during lockdown;

  • (i) The Department of Health has developed messaging for PLHIV and people living with TB regarding the importance of treatment. These various messages have been sent to clients through SMS and social media;
  • (ii) The Department of Health in partnership with the SABC and other partners, have initiated COVID-19 radio programme. This communication is cutting across all health programmes in relation to the pandemic through daily pre-recorded interviews in all SABC radio stations, to address what needs to happen during the lockdown period regarding treatment adherence and access to services.

(2) The registered deaths from the civil registration system are maintained by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and the Department of Health is not in a position to provide the requested information.

(3) The Department of Health is not able to provide the requested analysis because of access restrictions to the civil registration system data, which is hosted by the Department of Home Affairs.

END.

18 June 2020 - NW1126

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to his undertakings that the Republic’s participation in vaccination trials for coronavirus as the country is part of the Health Emergency Solidarity Trial under the auspices of the World Health Organizations and further made an assertion that fears raised by society around this should not be the case as the nature and ethics of the trials are unfounded because times have changed, in what way (a) have the ethics of the trials changed from their historical association with the abuse of human rights and dignity and (b) will the Republic be participating as guinea pigs and/or as collaborators of the scientific process from initial stages and not just on the receiving end?

Reply:

a) The World Health Organisation (WHO) Solidarity Trial is a global study that is evaluating therapeutic interventions to support the treatment of patients admitted with COVID-19. This protocol describes a randomised trial among adults (age ≥18 years) hospitalised for COVID-19 that randomly allocates them between four treatment arms, each to be given in addition to the usual standard of care in the participating hospital. Randomisation is proposed into the following 4 arms: a) Standard of care; b) Remdesivir; c) Lopinavir-Ritonavir with Interferon β1b; and hydrochloroquine. This trial will be subjected to South African research standards to protect human rights through regulatory approval for clinical trials and ethics, besides similar processes being undertaken at a global level. The ethical review is rigorous and robust in ensuring that a relevant Research Ethics Committee protects potential participants by taking into account potential risks and benefits for the community in which the research will be carried out. In line with ethical principles, the Ethics Committee ensures protection of individual autonomy through informed consent; protecting participants against grievous bodily harm, and justice in assessing risks and benefits of the study

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) is statutorily obliged to ensure that medicines, drugs and other health care products available in the country comply with the requirements for safety, quality and efficacy. It is also authorised to terminate a trial when serious breaches of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) occur, and where participants in clinical trials have had, their safety or well-being compromised. To date, a number of clinical trials have been approved in South Africa to determine the effectiveness of different therapeutic interventions to treat and prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection. SAHPRA has reviewed and approved one COVID-19 vaccine trial application submitted by Professor Shabir Madhi who is one of South Africa’s leading vaccinology experts and is the director of Wits University and the Medical Research Council Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit (RMPRU). The proposed vaccine study will be undertaken by RMPRU, in partnership with the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute and the Setshaba Research Unit, organised under the auspices of Wits University’s flagship vaccinology programme, the African Leadership in Vaccinology Expertise (ALIVE).

b) The South African Solidarity Trial Team is led by Prof Helen Rees and senior academics and clinicians from eight medical schools who have made major contributions to the study design. These researchers have been conducting community advocacy, as well as engaging communities and healthcare workers on the ground.

The leading hospitals in South Africa are:

• Livingston Tertiary Hospital and Dora Nginza Hospital (Nelson Mandela University)

• Dr George Mukhari Hospital (Sefako Makgatho Health Science University)

• Tygerberg Hospital (Stellenbosch University)

• Groote Schuur Hospital (University of Cape Town)

• Military Hospital, NHLS Universitas Hospital, Pelonomi Hospital and a private hospital with Mediclinic (University of Free State)

• King Edward Addington and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

• Steve Biko Academic Hospital (University of Pretoria)

• Baragwanath and Charlotte Maxeke (Wits University)

The candidate COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved for study was developed by Oxford University in the UK and is called ChAdOx1. The Oxford University vaccine developers have completed the early Phase 1 trials in the UK and have demonstrated that the vaccine is safe and immunogenic. There is now a second phase clinical trial being undertaken in the UK to determine the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. There are over 1200 participants already enrolled, and a further 9,000 participants to be enrolled over the next few months. Brazil and Kenya will also be involved in clinical trials of the same vaccine. In South Africa, it is proposed that 2000 volunteers will be recruited to join the study, with similar numbers to be enrolled in the study planned in Brazil. The ability of RMPRU to lead the proposed study has been assessed and approved by the governing regulatory authorities in South Africa.

COVID-19 vaccine development is proceeding at an unprecedented speed, with many of the world’s leading scientific institutions contributing to this effort. There are currently over 100 vaccines in development and clinical trials have been undertaken in the UK, USA and France. For products such as vaccines, it is critically important that studies are performed in Southern Hemisphere countries including in the African region, concurrently with studies in Northern Hemisphere countries. This allows evaluation of the efficacy and safety of candidate vaccines to be assessed in a global context, failing which the introduction of many life-saving vaccines into public immunization programmes for Low Middle Income Countries (LMICs) frequently lags behind that in High Income Countries (HIC). Furthermore, if South Africa participates in the development of a vaccine it places an ethical obligation on the vaccine developers to allow early access to that vaccine in the countries where the research was undertaken.

END.

18 June 2020 - NW1129

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Health

What is the new strategy for curbing new community infections for coronavirus since the lockdown has not manifested tangible outcomes of reducing new infections in communities?

Reply:

The strategy for curbing infections in communities is in keeping with the World Health Organisation’s recommendations, which is to undertake contact tracing, community screening and testing - which has now evolved into targetted community screening, especially in the hotspots (where there is greater than 5 cases per 100 000 population). The National Department of Health is also working closely with its provincial counterparts to also ensure hospital readiness for COVID-19. Moreover, community messaging on social distancing and hygiene practices are being stepped up in provinces, especially where the hotspots have been identified. A revised testing strategy will prioritise those persons who are at very high risk and are symptomatic.

The lockdown has been effective in managing new infections. The mathematical models have shown us that we would have had a five times higher mortality if the lockdown was not implemented.

Additionally the lockdown provides the health system an opportunity to plan for the surge of infections. The lockdown has achieved both these objectives reducing new infections and providing the healthcare system with more time to prepare for the surge.

The new strategy is a risk adjusted model of alert levels based on the level of infection and the health system capacity in an area. The health system must focus its energy and resources on these areas where there are high levels of infection. These areas are different from other areas where there is little or no infection. The areas with low risk do not require the stringent restriction that areas of high risk require. There is little value in a generalised lockdown when the reality is that there are specific areas of the country that are of high risk (Hotspot). These areas require intervention to curb the spread of infection. The risk adjusted approach is intended to focus our attention on areas that are at high risk. This is a much more efficient approach to responding to COVID-19.

END.

18 June 2020 - NW1128

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to the admission by The Presidency that information regarding Covid19 was intentionally withheld from the public stating managing of panic as a reason to do so, (a) which information in particular was kept away from the public, (b) how has and/or will this affect public response to lockdown regulations and (c) what is the true status of hospitals in handling the pandemic?

Reply:

a) We cannot respond specifically on this question as it is a matter that was relating to The Presidency. It is best that this question is addressed to The Presidency;

b) As indicated above it is not clear what information The Presidency was referring to therefore we cannot provide more details in this regard;

c) The details are as follows:

(i) The Modelling consortium Incident Management Team has developed detailed projections and recommendations of the hospital requirements in all provinces including isolation beds, general beds and critical care beds;

(ii) A National Hospital Readiness Task Team has been established comprising of clinicians, disaster management experts and experienced hospital managers. The role of this team is to provide guidance and support to the provinces on all aspects of hospital readiness;

(iii) The Department has developed a surge strategy, which guides the provinces in various areas of health system support. The strategy also includes guidance on the management of the various categories of the covid-19 patients. Alongside this strategy, a detailed guidance has already been provided to all hospitals on all aspects of hospital readiness including in the form of Action Plans. Ten of these plans have already been provided to the hospitals covering: Preparation, Area allocation, Command and Control, Bed Statistics, Safety, Communication, Assessment, Decontamination, Surge capacity and Triage;

(iv) All hospitals have been provided with an on-line assessment of readiness including: equipment requirements, oxygen requirements, operational management, case management, infection prevention and control, human resources, infrastructure, medicines, linen, supply chain and support services;

(v) Hospitals have been provided with detailed clinical guidelines for the clinical management of patients;

(vi) Ventilators that were donated by the US Government have been distributed to hospitals in Gauteng, Western Cape and Eastern Cape Provinces;

(vii) All provinces have developed and have started implementing detailed hospital readiness strategies;

(viii) The bed allocation for the covid-19 response is as follows:

  • General beds = 12 029;
  • High Critical Beds = 2 309;
  • High care beds = 13 129.

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