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14 December 2020 - NW2379

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Social Development

What are the time frames for the conversion of the temporary R350 unemployment grant into a permanent unemployment grant?

Reply:

Cabinet has not taken any decision on the conversion of the special COVID-19 SRD into unemployment.

14 December 2020 - NW2346

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether she will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with documents related to Uprising Youth Development (NPO 153-198) constitution and founding documents, including (a) the names and any other details of the office bearers, (b) the registered address of the NPO, (c) the NPO’s financial statements for the past two financial years, (d) the NPO’s accounting officer’s reports and (e) any available narrative reports of its activities; (2) whether any of the specified documents are outstanding; if so, (a) what submissions are outstanding, (b) for what years and (c) what steps has she taken to ensure compliance?

Reply:

1. Requested information related to Uprising Youth Development (NPO 153-198), as follows:

(a) Constitution which is also a founding document, is attached as annexure (i)

(b) The names of the Office Bearers and the (c) registered address of the NPO as listed in the NPO Registeris attached as annexure (ii)

(c) For the financial year 2017 and 2019: the organisation submitted affidavits with reference to financial disclosure attached annexure (iii).

(d) The organisation submitted narrative reports of its activities for the financial year 2017 and 2019 attached annexure (iv).

(2) The compliance details of the organisation are as follows:

(a) The organisation failed to submit financial and narrative reports for 2018 and 2020.

(b) Steps to ensure compliance; the Department is encouraging non-compliant organisations like this Uprising Youth Development (NPO 153-198)to submit annual reports through a campaign known as “know your NPO status

(c) The Department recognises that some of the organisations that are due for reporting are not able to do so due to the impact of COVID-19; however; the Department has De-registration program which will be implemented effective 01st April 2021.

(d) Therefore; should Uprising Youth Development (NPO 153-198) fail to submit outstanding reports it will be deregistered.

14 December 2020 - NW2214

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the capacity building programmes in the past three financial years to date, (a) what is the total number of programmes that have taken place, (b) what are the details of each programme, (c) on what date did each programme take place, (d) what are the details of each person who conducted each programme, (e) what is the total number of applicants who applied for each programme, (f) what is the total number of applicants who (i) completed and (ii) graduated from each programme, (g) what is the total number of graduates who were employed within the sector after completing each programme and (h) how are all the capacity building programmes monitored?

Reply:

With reference to Capacity Building and training programmes the Honourable member is also referred to the tabled Parliamentary Question no 1104 of 23 September 2020. In addition to the programmes explained in the response the department also implement the following programmes:

CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME: (1) Local Government Capacity Building Programme

YEAR

(b)What are the details of each programme

(c) On which date did each programme take place.

(d)What are the details of each person who conducted each programme.

( service Providers)

(e) What is the total number of applicants who applied for each programme.

(f) What is the total number of applicants who:

(i)Completed each programme

(ii)Graduated from each programme

(g)What is the total number of graduates who were employed within the sector after completing each programme.

2017/18

Peer Learning Network platform for Local Economic Development/ Tourism Practitioners in the provinces and municipalities.

Development of the Framework on Support Provincial and Local Government.

Refer to Quarterly Performance Reports submitted to the PC as well as the Annual Performance Report of 2017/18 and 2018/19 tabled to Parliament

NA

NA

NA

NA

2018/19:

(Peer Learning Network platform for Local Economic Development/ Tourism Practitioners in the provinces and municipalities.)

Local Government Tourism Peer Learning Network Sessions

Refer to Quarterly Performance Reports submitted to the PC as well as the Annual Performance Report of 2017/18 and 2018/19 tabled to Parliament

The two (2) days learning session targeting all the Local Economic Development (LED)/ Tourism Practitioners and Councillors responsible for Economic Development.

Participants do not have to apply. They are in the programme by virtue of being tourism practitioners in provinces and municipalities

LP: 53

EC: 52

MP: 31

NC: 27

FS:32

All were employed already

2019/20

(Peer Learning Network platform for Local Economic Development/ Tourism Practitioners in the provinces and municipalities.)

Local Government Tourism Peer Learning Network Sessions

Refer to Quarterly Performance Reports submitted to the PC as well as the Annual Performance Report of 2018/19 and 2019/20 tabled to Parliament

The two (2) days learning session targeting all the Local Economic Development (LED)/ Tourism Practitioners and Councillors responsible for Economic Development.

Participants do not have to apply. They are in the programme by virtue of being tourism practitioners in provinces and municipalities

WC: 82

KZN: 70

NW:80

GP:74

All were already employed.

CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME: (2) TOURISM RESOURCE EFFICIENCY TRAINING FOR YOUTH (FUNDAMENTALS OF ENERGY MANAGEMENT)

(b) The objectives of this programme is to train young people on the NCPC tourism resource efficiency methodology and ensures that companies save operating costs. Students were selected through interviews.

YEAR

(b)What are the details of each programme

(c) On which date did each programme take place.

(dWhat are the details of each person who conducted each programme.

( service Providers)

( e) What is the total number of applicants who applied for each programme.

(f) What is the total number of applicants who:

(i)Completed each programme

(ii)Graduated from each programme

  1. What is the total number of graduates who were employed within the sector after completing each programme.

2017/18

N6 Tourism Hospitality

Refer to Quarterly Performance Reports submitted to the PC as well as the Annual Performance Report of 2017/18 and 2018/19 tabled to Parliament

In Partnership with the National Cleaner production Centre (NCPC

Adverts placed with public TVETS in the Provinces

Students selected through interviews

Gauteng-17

KZN-20

LP-19

See quarterly Reports and Annual Performance Report

This is linked to green incentive fund and upon completion of the programme, they are able to access the market for assessment of applicants to the fund.

2018/19

N6 Electrical / Mechanical

Refer to Quarterly Performance Reports submitted to the PC as well as the Annual Performance Report of 2017/18 and 2018/19 tabled to Parliament

In Partnership with the National Cleaner production Centre (NCPC

Adverts placed with public TVETS in the Provinces

Students selected through interviews

EC-17

FS -11

WC-15

 

2019/20

N6 Tourism Hospitality

Refer to Quarterly Performance Reports submitted to the PC as well as the Annual Performance Report of 2017/18 and 2018/19 tabled to Parliament

In Partnership with the National Cleaner production Centre (NCPC

Adverts placed with public TVETS in the Provinces

Students selected through interviews

MP-18

NW-22

NC-7

 

(g)What is the total number of graduates who were employed within the sector after completing each programme. –

Not applicable.

(h) How are all the capacity building programmes monitoredQuarterly reports ?

The Department uses various methods and tools to monitor these programmes.Where relevant, site inspections, attendance registers and reports on learnings and the skills offered are used.

14 December 2020 - NW2348

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether she will furnish Ms B S Masango with the constitution and founding documents related to the Mpumalanga Uprising Youth Development (NPO 240-128); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details, including the (a) names and any other details of the NPO’s office bearers, (b) registered address of the NPO, past two years’ financial statements, (c) NPO’s accounting officer’s reports and (d) any available narrative reports of its activities; (2) whether any of the specified documents are outstanding; if so, (a) what submissions are outstanding, (b) for what years and (c) what steps has she taken to ensure compliance?

Reply:

1. Requested information related to Mpumalanga Uprising Youth Development (NPO 240-128), is as follows:

(a) Constitution which is also a founding document, is attached as annexure (i)

(b) The names of the Office Bearers and the (c) registered address of the NPO as listed in the NPO Registeris attached as annexure (ii)

(c) The organisation is newly registered and can only submit annual financial statements and narrative reports after it has completed a full year circle of its financial year, therefore it is due for reporting in the year 2021 September.

(2) The compliance details of the organisation are as follows:

(a) The organisation is still compliant in terms of NPO Act as it is not yet due for reporting.

14 December 2020 - NW2059

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) total number of government-built shacks and/or Temporary Residential Units have been built by her department in the Republic since 1 January 2020 and (b) has been the total cost of each specified unit?

Reply:

According to the information received from Provincial Departments of Human Settlements, Temporary Residential Units (TRUs) have been delivered as per the table below:

Province

Municipality

Project

(a) Number of units completed

(b) Unit Cost

Eastern Cape

Buffalo City

Duncan Village

377

R64 441

Free State

Maluti-a-Phofung

Linda Mkhonto

638

R19 680.97

Gauteng

City of Tshwane

Mooiplaats Mamelodi

48

R64 441

   

Mamelodi Hostels

201

R64 441

 

City of Johannesburg

Ikemeleng

70

Donated units

Limpopo

Greater Tzaneen

Talana Hostel

40

R64 441

14 December 2020 - NW1577

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether her department has procured any personal protective equipment (PPE); if so, what (a)(i) are the details of the PPE, (ii) are the full details of the service provider(s) to whom the contract(s) were awarded and (iii) are the full details of the contracts and (b) where has the procured PPE been allocated to; (2) whether the specified allocation includes the PPE procured for early childhood development centres; if not, what are the details of this procurement contract?

Reply:

(1)

 

(a)(i) PPE details

(ii)Service provider details

(iii)Full details of the contract

 

Hand sanitiser alcohol free for DSD officials

EDS Projects

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 3 of 2016/17 par 8.2

 

Latex powder free disposable gloves for DSD officials

Time 2 Go Transport And Logistics

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 3 of 2016/17 par 8.2

 

Hand sanitiser 70%alcohol for DSD officials

Time 2 Go Transport And Logistics

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 3 of 2016/17.

 

Alcohol free hand sanitizers for 9 provinces

Kevali Chemicals Group

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 8 of 2019/20.

 

Surgical face masks for welfare service facilities in 9 provinces

Tripple N Medical Distributors

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 8 of 2019/20.

 

Sanitizers for general surface 70% alcohol for welfare service in 9 provinces

Tripple N Medical Distributors

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 8 of 2019/20.

 

Examination gloves for welfare services facility’s in the 9 provinces

Tripple N Medical Distributors

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 8 of 2019/20.

 

Surgical face masks

Bioclin Solutions

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 8 of 2019/20.

 

Surgical face masks for daily visitors to DSD

Lesole Facilities Management

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 5 of 2020/21.

 

Cloth masks for DSD officials

302k Emporium

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 5 of 2020/21.

 

Various items -Equipment for the COVID-19 isolation room

Baltimore Media

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 5 of 2020/21.

 

Sanitary refuse containers - Medical waste removal

Democratic Cleaning Services

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 5 of 2020/21.

 

Surgical face mask

Ingestion Ennovation

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 5 of 2020/21.

 

Hand sanitiser 70%alcohol

Retro Rhythm Trading And Distributions

All Procurement processes followed in compliance with National Treasury Instruction 5 of 2020/21.

 

Thermometer

Zuberi Trade And Service

Processes followed in compliance with the Petty Cash Policy.

(b)

National Department of Social Development as well as all Welfare Services Facilities being subsidized by the Department.

(2)

No.

The procurement of PPE’s for ECD’s was decentralized to the Provincial departments of Social Development and the funding thereof has been provided for as part of the 2020 Special Adjusted Estimates for the division of revenue.

14 December 2020 - NW2169

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What are the full names of the passengers who made use of a Falcon 900 airplane (VIP) from the SA National Defence Force on 8 September 2020 for a flight to Zimbabwe; (2) (a) which of the specified passengers on the specified flight was on an (i) official visit and (ii) unofficial visit, (b) in which capacity did the unofficial passengers act and (c) who gave the unofficial passengers authorisation to be on the flight; (3) what was the (a) official purpose of the visit to Zimbabwe and (b) cost of the return flight; (4) will she be prepared to make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) Ms NN Mapisa-Nqakula, Ms LD Zulu, Ms NP Mokonyane, Mr E Godongwana, Mr A Magashule, Mr MD Legoete, Mr TS Yengeni, Ms NG Gqirana, Mr B Ngobese, Dr MM Chabedi, Dr SMB Makwela.

(2) (a)(i) Ms NN Mapisa-Nqakula, Ms LD Zulu, Ms NG Gqirana, Mr B Ngobese, Dr MM Chabedi and Dr SMB Makwela were on an official visit to Zimbabwe. (ii) and (b) The remainder of the passengers were not on an official Government visit but joined the flight at my invitation.

(3) (a) The Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zimbabwe are both currently members of the SADC Troika. South Africa, as a troop contributing country to the MONUSCO Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been seized over the last two months together with other SADC members and especially the Troika members with discussions on the way forward in regard to the continued existence and composition of the FIB in light of recent changes proposed by the UN. As countries neighbouring Mozambique we have also been engaged bi-laterally and through the meetings of the SADC Troika and SADC as a whole with the disturbing reports emanating from that country in relation to alleged insurgencies and terrorist activities. It is in the context of the above background that I contacted my counterpart, Ms Oppah Chamu Zvipange Muchinguri-Kashiri, the Minister of Defence and War Veterans in the Republic of Zimbabwe to request an official visit to allow us to conduct a bi-lateral meeting to focus on these matters at hand.

(b) The SAAF calculated the total cost of the flight as R232 200.00

(4) No.

14 December 2020 - NW2408

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

With reference to a statement by the National Development Agency early in October 2020 that her department had allocated R100 million from the Criminal Assets Recovery Account to provide financial support to organisations rendering services to victims of crime, gender-based violence and femicide and given that representatives of various civil society groups have voiced their concerns about the distribution process (details furnished) of the specified funding, what (a) are the full, relevant details of the distribution process, (b) criteria are being considered, (c) total number of organisations have received the funding to date and (d) are the names of the specified organisations that received such funding?

Reply:

(a) The Grant Proposal Evaluation Team comprising of NDA, DoSD, Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities and the Interim Steering Committee evaluated 589 qualifying proposals received in response to the NDA’s call for proposals from CSOs rendering services to support victims of gender-based violence and femicide. The Team short-listed and recommended 312 emerging and established CSOs for funding to the value of R 86,100,000, for the NDA Board’s approval. Table 1 below outlines the outcome of the evaluation process per Province.

Province

Number of recommended emerging CSOs

Number of recommended established CSOs

Total number of recommended CSOs

Total amounts of recommended CSOs per Province

Gauteng

8

52

60

R 17 200 000

Eastern Cape

37

30

67

R16 400 000

Western Cape

2

21

23

R 6 700 000

Mpumalanga

3

34

37

R 10 800 000

Free State

3

17

20

R5 700 000

Northern Cape

5

8

13

R3 400 000

North West

4

5

9

R 2 300 000

Limpopo

9

48

57

R16 200 000

KwaZulu-Natal

4

22

26

R7 400 000

 

Total

75

237

312

 

R 86 100 000

(b) The following criteria was used to make a decision on the proposals submitted:

1. Financial and operational capacity- this looked at whether the applicant organisation has experience and capacity to manage the project. The financial and governance capacity of the organisation was also examined. The applicant needed to indicate how the programme would address vulnerable groups such as women, children, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+.

2. Relevance. The relevance was to demonstrate how the proposed programme responds to the Emergency Response Plan (ERAP) to expedite the fight against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF). Additionally the application was to demonstrate how clearly defined and strategically chosen are those involved (intermediaries, final beneficiaries, target groups)?

(c) 168 organisations received their first tranche payments to date. 10 of these organisations have received their second and final tranche.

(d) The names of the organisations that receivedfunding are attached separately.

14 December 2020 - NW1982

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to the early childhood development (ECD) facilities listed as grant beneficiaries of the National Lotteries Commission on 27 July 2020, (a) what was the registration status of each specified ECD facility at the time of receiving the grant and (b) what is their current ECD registration status; (2) whether the the ECD facilities are currently operating; if not, why not?

Reply:

 

Name of the Centre

Physical Address for the Centre

Total number of learners

Registration status before receiving National Lotteries Commission grant

Current registration status

ReatlegileCreche

302 Boskuil Farm,153 Mukile Street,

Makwassie

60

Conditional Registration

Full Registration

Rethabile Creche

1719 Mouma Street,

Leeudovingstand, 26440

45

Conditional Registration

Full Registration

TokologoCreche

2608 Fourth Avenue Tswelelang

Location, Wolmaransstand

65

Conditional Registration

Full Registration

Name of the Centre

Physical Address for the Centre

Total number of learners

Registration status before receiving National Lotteries Commission grant

Current registration status

Tshireletso Day Care Centre

2255 Extension 4, Tswelang,

Wolmaransstand

88

Conditional Registration

Full Registration

Boitshoko Day Care Centre Reaipela ECD

300 Donnakas Street, Tswelelang Location,

Wolmaranstand

35

Full Registration

Full Registration

ItirelengTataiso 

Day Care  Centre

House No A 78, Itireleng Village,

Kagisano Municipality

42

Full Registration

Full Registration

Tlhaping

House DD 94 B, Thibogang Section,

Ganyesa

119

Conditional Registration

Full Registration

Name of the Centre

Physical Address for the Centre

Total number of learners

Registration status before receiving National Lotteries Commission grant

Current registration status

Ithembalethu Day Care

2336 Slovo Section, Lethabong,

Rustenburg

89

Full Registration

Full Registration

Tshedimosetso Early Learning Centre

Stand No. 263E, Seoding Village,

8464 Taung

85

Conditional Registration

Conditional Registration (damaged roof)

Khensani Early Learning Centre

12040 Ext 9, Jouberton Location,

Matlosane

126

Full Registration

Full Registration

Name of the Centre

Physical Address for the Centre

Total number of learners

Registration status before receiving National Lotteries Commission grant

Current registration status

Bontle Day Care Centre

256 Savana Section, Ga-Moeka,

Moretele

52

Full Registration

Full Registration

Mercy Kidz Corner

1046 RDP Phase 2, Mathibestand,

Moretele

85

Conditional Registration

Full Registration

Oesi Day Care Centre

House No A 04 Mmadinonyane Village,

Kagisano

50

Conditional Registration

Conditional Registration (damaged roof)

Name of the Centre

Physical Address for the Centre

Total number of learners

Registration status before receiving National Lotteries Commission grant

Current registration status

MolalatladiCreche

E 46 Mmupudung, Jericho,

Madibeng

38

Full Registration

Full Registration

Martha MamogaleCreche

182 Morolong Section, Jericho,

Madibeng

88

Full Registration

Full Registration

Barona Day Care Centre

House No. B 40, Kgokgojane,

Kagisano

25

Conditional Registration

Conditional Registration (septic tank incomplete)

Name of the Centre

Physical Address for the Centre

Total number of learners

Registration status before receiving National Lotteries Commission grant

Current registration status

Obedience Day Care Centre

386 River Side Block Kgomo - Kgomo Village Moretele

20

Not registered

Full Registration

Bray Early Learning Centre

House No. 6 New Town Bray Kagisano Molopo

62

Conditional Registration

Conditional Registration (structure incomplete)

 

National AssemblyWritten Reply: 1982 of 2020

________________________

Approved by the Minister of Social Development

Date……………………….

14 December 2020 - NW2347

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether she will provide Mr M J Cuthbertwith documents related to Uprising Youth Development Project (NPO 058-127), including the NPO’s (a) constitution and founding documents, (b) the names and any other details of the office bearers, (c) the registered address of the NPO, (d) the financial statements of the past two financial years, (e) the NPO’s accounting officer’s reports and (f) any available narrative reports of its activities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any of the specified documents are outstanding; if so, (a) what submissions are outstanding, (b) for what years and (c) what steps has she taken to ensure compliance?

Reply:

1. Requested information related to Uprising Youth Development Project (NPO 058-127), is as follows:

(a) Constitution which is also a founding document, is attached as annexure (i)

(b) The names of the Office Bearers and the (c) registered address of the NPO as listed in the NPO Registeris attached as annexure (ii)

(c) The organisation has never made contact with the Department since its registration date.

(2) The compliance details of the organisation are as follows:

(a) The organisation is non-compliant because it failed to submit financial and narrative reports from year since registration.

(b) Steps to ensure compliance; the Department is encouraging non-compliant organisations like this Uprising Youth Development Project (NPO 058-127)to submit annual reports through a campaign known as “know your NPO status

(c) The Department recognises that some of the organisations that are due for reporting are not able to do so due to the impact of COVID-19; however; the Department has De-registration program which will be implemented effective 01st April 2021.

(d) Therefore; should Uprising Youth Development Project (NPO 058-127) fail to submit outstanding reports it will be deregistered.

14 December 2020 - NW2407

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the recent statement of the spokesperson for the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) that SASSA will no longer issue SASSA cards after the SA Reserve Bank issued a directive that the cards had been compromised and, therefore, the issuing of cards has been discontinued and the system must be replaced before 31 March 2021, she will furnish Ms L L van der Merwe with the relevant details as to (a) what the compromising of the SASSA cards entails and (b) how it was able to take place against the backdrop of multiple social security problems over the past few months; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) whether she can guarantee that the next system whereby SASSA cards will be issued will be secure from similar threats to compromise the cards; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The SASSA cards are actually bank cards issued by the South African Post Office on behalf of Postbank to approved applicants who choose to collect their social grants through the post office. The cards are not managed by SASSA at all.

In 2019, SASSA was alerted to the fact that the master keys for the cards had been compromised in the bank environment. The South African Reserve Bank as the responsible entity for the National Payment System then issued an instruction late in 2019 that all the current SASSA cards would have to be replaced as they are potentially compromised. However, the SARB also set conditions for the improvement of controls within the Postbank environment related to card manufacturing, storage and issuing. These have been addressed by Postbank.

Given the need to replace the cards in circulation, SASSA took a decision not to issue any more of the existing cards, as the need to replace them within a very short period would inconvenience social grant beneficiaries.

Discussions are underway with SAPO and Postbank to ensure that the replacement of the cards is done with the least disruption to the clients.

It must be noted that the potentially compromised cards did not result in any social grant beneficiary losing any social grant money. The fraud that has been experienced by social grant clients has been as a result of poor implementation of controls in the management of the cards within the post office environment, and not because of the security of the card itself.

b) The security lapse for the master keys of the SASSA cards is not something which happened within the past few months, but right at the start of the payment contract with SAPO. It took some time to surface and, once made public, was addressed by the South African Reserve Bank.

c) As explained, SASSA is not the custodian of the cards. These are banking instruments which are managed within a banking environment. Fighting crime and corruption, including the detection of fraud, is a key national priority and SASSA is committed to play its part.

14 December 2020 - NW2465

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) On what date does the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) intend to institutionalise the grant payment system as prescribed by the South African Social Security Agency Act, Act 9 of 2004, and (b) what steps does her department intend to take to protect SASSA from the impending challenges at the SA Post Office?

Reply:

a) SASSA has already assumed responsibility for the payment of social grants. All social grants are processed and extracted for payment off Socpen, which is the mainframe system owned by SASSA, but hosted and maintained by SITA.

The payment of social grants is done by SASSA. Each and every social grant beneficiary has a bank account, into which the grants are paid on a monthly basis. The bank account may be with a commercial bank or Postbank through the SASSA card. The payments all follow the standard bank processes to credit the accounts. Once the account has been credited, the social grant has been paid.

The contract SASSA has with the South African Post Office is for the distribution of the grant payments, through various channels, which include bank ATMs, retailers, post offices and cash pay points.

b) The Department of Social Development and SASSA have been engaging both the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies and the South African Post Office to address the challenges in the Post Office environment. The risks are being actively addressed with the political and administrative leadership, to ensure that this does not impact on the distribution of social grants.

11 December 2020 - NW2737

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether there is a progress report on the Mother Tongue-Based Bilingual Education Pilot Programme in the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, what is the current status of the pilot programme?

Reply:

The Eastern Cape is phasing-in Mother Tongue-Based Bilingual Education per district.  All districts are implementing the programme in a phased-in manner across all districts in 2004 schools.  A report on Mother Tongue-Based Bilingual Education was disseminated in 2019/2020.

11 December 2020 - NW2656

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she has been informed of the allegation of nepotism and misappropriation of funds levelled against a certain person (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what actions has she taken to ensure that the (a) specified matter is investigated and (b) specified person is held accountable?

Reply:

The matter raised in the question falls in the jurisdiction of the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of Mpumalanga not the Minister of Basic Education. Investigation on the matter and holding the Principal accountable can only be done by the MEC of Mpumalanga. 

11 December 2020 - NW3068

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(a). What are the relevant details of the measures and/or plans that he has put in place since he assumed office to nurture and support sport development in rural and township areas, to ensure that young persons from the specified communities will perform at the highest levels in the Republic and (b) how does he monitor the implementation of the specified measures and/or plans?

Reply:

a) My Department in its effort to nurture and support the development of athletes particularly from the disadvantaged communities has an Athlete Support Programme. Each athlete on the programme receives support towards coaching fees, tournament fees, medical and scientific support, attire and sport equipment. In addition, the Department has a Bursary Programme, which caters for athletes who are identified at the School Sport Championships. These athletes are placed at the Sport Focus Schools in their respective Provinces where they receive sport specific support. Through this programme, the athletes receive support towards tuition, coaching, equipment basic subsistence costs.

There is also a Mass Participation and Sports Development programmes, wherein Provinces receives conditional grant to implement this programme in partnership with other stakeholders. The main objective is to provide access and exposure to all school going children and members within those communities. Norms and standards in partnership with stakeholders have been set.

Again there is Active Recreation Programme were the youth from different races participate in National Youth Camps which include indigenous games tournaments. The Department has also identified the Club Development Programme that promotes participation in sport activities as well as the identification of talent at grass roots level through the formalisation of sporting communities. A platform for the identification of talent is therefore generated, with emphasis on marginalised communities, providing the necessary mechanisms to channel talented individuals into mainstream sporting opportunities. Local leagues are supported by providing clubs with equipment has and or attire and Club coordinators are remunerated.

In response to the needs of youth living in rural and township areas, DSAC lobbied Parliament to ring-fence 5% of the Sport Infrastructure in the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) to ensure that local sport infrastructure is catered for by the local municipality. The purpose of this intervention was precisely to respond to the needs of young people living in rural and township with talents and aspiration that need to be supported and nurtured by providing adequate sport facilities.

(b). In line with its performance indicator on provision of technical and managerial support to municipalities, the Department has a dedicated Infrastructure Support Unit that provides support to municipalities during implementation of these sport infrastructure projects, including monitoring and ensuring compliance with applicable Norms and Standards.

11 December 2020 - NW2926

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

With reference to his recent instruction that the SA Heritage Resources Agency should conduct the audit of all monuments and statues in the Republic, (a) what criteria will be used to make an assessment of the statues and monuments and (b) how will his department enable public participation in the process?

Reply:

(a). The criteria for assessment for individual monuments and memorials is necessary to establish their cultural significance and suitability to the current South African Context. SAHRA has created four broad categories of assessment namely: community desirability; historical, social and political value; artistic or aesthetic value; and environmental and spatial qualities.

Cultural significance, as based on the National Heritage Resources Act, 1999 (Act 25 of 1999.

(b). There is growing recognition that cultural heritage can benefit Nation Building and Social Cohesion, especially in the formation of personal or collective identities. Community participation then becomes an indispensable component of contemporary preservation practice.

The key focus beyond the materiality and desirability of the statue or memorial will be community participation. SAHRA will be following the legal prescripts as set out in the National Heritage Resources Act, 1999 (Act 25 of 1999) which ensures that meaningful participation take place during decision-making.

Furthermore, SAHRA will be making all decisions in consultation with the relevant Provincial Heritage Resources Authority, local authority and all interested parties.

11 December 2020 - NW2882

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she has been informed that more than 4 000 schools in the Republic are still using pit latrines; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what plans does she have in place to eliminate pit latrines in all the specified schools and (b) by what date will the pit latrines be eliminated?

Reply:

a) The SAFE programme (Sanitation Appropriate For Education) was launched to address the sanitation at 3 898 schools that reportedly were still dependent on basic pit toilets.  Of these 3898 schools, 427 have subsequently been closed (mostly due to rationalisation).  A further 725 of these schools have been assessed and the sanitation has been confirmed to be of an appropriate standard, though some of these sanitation facilities require some form of maintenance.  The remaining 2 747 schools require intervention to eradicate the dependency on basic pit toilets.  These schools are located in EC (997), FS (123), KZN (1 168), LP (298), MP (106), and NW (55).   Of these 2 747 schools, the work has progressed to practical completion at 612 schools.  There are current construction projects at a further 420 of the 2747 schools.

b) The plan is to eradicate the dependency on basic pit toilets at the identified schools by March 2022.    

11 December 2020 - NW2810

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to his reply to question 1070 on 23 July 2020, wherein he indicated that in the case of Minister of Home Affairs v Miriam Ali and Others [2018] ZASCA 169 (SCA) the judgment would be fully complied with by 15 September 2020, (a) what are the reasons that identity documents have not been issued to all successful applicants in the specified case to date and (b) by what date will the identity documents be issued to the successful applicants?

Reply:

The applications in this regard were considered by the Department in terms of Section 4(3) of the South African Citizenship Act and out of six (6) applications, five (5) were conditionally approved and 1 was rejected. The outcome letters were forwarded to their respective legal representatives/attorneys.

The outcome letters clearly outlined that the successful applicants are directed to approach their local front office of the Department to sign declaration of allegiance forms upon which they would be issued with naturalisation certificates. Upon receipt of the naturalisation certificates the applicants would thereafter be eligible to apply for registration of birth and receive birth certificates allocated with identity numbers, successively they would apply for identity documents as a result.

(a) The Department would issue identity documents subsequent to receipt of applications in this regard, in the prescribed manner.

(b) The date to be issued identity documents will be determined by date of receipt of applications in this respect, with the turnaround times currently set at 54 days for the first issue of a green barcoded ID book.

END

 

11 December 2020 - NW2774

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) operating in neighbouring Mozambique and its growing influence in the Southern African Development Community region, what steps has he taken to secure the borders of the Republic in order to protect our citizens from ISIS and similar terrorist organisations?

Reply:

Honourable Member this is a very complex and sensitive matter best left to the South African National Defence Force, Military Intelligence and State Security Agency.

END

11 December 2020 - NW2866

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether, with reference to a process which her department began in 2019 to develop a new subject for Grades R-9 to address a wide range of coding and robotics competencies in order to develop skills and expertise needed to usher in the fourth industrial revolution in the Republic, her department has considered implementing coding and robotics principles into existing subjects rather than introducing a new subject; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department will furnish a progress report on the drafting, consultation and implementation of the new subject; if not, why not; if so, (a) by what date does she envisage the new subject to be introduced into schools and (b) what is the total budget allocation towards the new subject?

Reply:

1. The Curriculum for Coding and Robotics Curriculum for Grades R-9 has been developed as a stand-alone subject for the following reasons:

  • There is not enough space in NS & T as well as in Technology to include enough of the new content without removing too much content in NS&T and Technology which is necessary for learners to acquire.
  • Infusing Coding and Robotics in the existing subject might require reducing the content of the other subjects that might affect the articulation, flow and progression of the subject
  • The notional hours are linked to Annual Teaching Plan (ATP), the content and assessment, new content will interrupt the flow of the content
  • Teachers may fall back to what they are comfortable with, meaning that the new content in the curriculum may never reach the learners effectively if we infuse it
  • Infusing into Life Skills, NS & T and Technology would involve updating three different curriculums as opposed to creating one new one
  • The Coding and Robotics curriculum is more skills focused than theory focused, meaning there is still a large need for the theory knowledge contained in NS & T and Technology
  • The 4IR needs more skills taught to learners and not just a change in focus of subjects that are already offered - more time is needed to prepare learners.

2. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) initiated a process of developing the draft curriculum and Policy Statement for Coding and Robotics for Grade R-9. The development process was highly inclusive of DBE and PED specialists, and stakeholders with expertise and knowledge in the field of Coding and Robotics from business and sistergovernment departments, NAPTOSA, NATU, PEU, SADTU, SAOU, Academia (5 Universities) and NGO Sector.

The Draft Coding and Robotics Curriculum for Grades R -9 was presented and approved at Heads of Education Committee (HEDCOM) and Council of Education Ministers (CEM) and has been submitted to UMALUSI for Evaluation and Quality Assurance. The Draft Curriculum and Assessment Policy statements (CAPS) documents for Coding and Robotics for Grades R-3, Grades 4-6, and Grades 7-9 are developed. A process of gazetting the draft CAPS documents for public comments is underway.

The draft CAPS for Grades R-3 and Grade 7 for Coding and Robotics curriculum will be piloted in 2021-2024 for Grades R-3 in two hundred (200) schools and for Grade7-9 in one thousand (1000) schools. Full implementation in will commence in 2025.

(b)The Department of Basic Education has secured funding for the Grades R-3 from ETDP-SETA and the amount secured is seven million (R7 000 000). A business plan was submitted to the National Treasury requesting funding for the strengthening of Technology subject in Grades4-9 through integration of Coding and Robotics. The amount approved by National Treasury for the request was sixty million R60 000 000.

11 December 2020 - NW2846

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) By what date is it envisaged that his department will fill in vacant positions in De Aar Home Affairs Office and (b) what measures have been put in place to serve the people in Plakkerskamp in Renosterberg Local Municipality, Northern Cape?

Reply:

a) There is no post identified to be filled as critical in the De Aar office as currently all vacant posts are unfunded. It should be highlighted that there is currently a moratorium for filling of posts in the Department due to the budgetary constraints on compensation of employees as per the recent announcement by National Treasury.

b) The Renosterberg municipality is one of four local municipalities that is serviced by the De Aar office. These areas are serviced through Mobile office outreach visits. The mobile itinerary is communicated to the Community Development Workers(CDW’s) and the Department of Social Services amongst other government entities on a monthly basis. This assists us to identify clients in need of our services. The mobile itinerary for December 2020 is as communicated, below:

DATE

LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

TOWN

2-Dec-20

Renosterberg

Petrusville & Van der Kloof

9-Dec-20

Umsobomvu

Noupoort

17-Dec-20

Renosterberg

Phillipstown

23-Dec-20

Emthanjeni

Britstown

     

END

11 December 2020 - NW3041

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What number of (a) learners were enrolled in the Second Chance Programme in each of the past three financial years and (b) the specified learners have completed their National Senior Certificate?

Reply:

(a): Over the past three financial years, the following number of learners enrolled for the Second Chance Matric Programme:

2017

2018

2019

TOTAL

117 223

117 661

106 385

341 269

 

(b): Over the past three financial years, the following number of learners were supported to complete their enrolled subjects and/ or their National Senior Certificate:

Year

June SC

Mar/Jun NSC PT

Jun Multiple Exam Opportunity MEO

 

2019

600

517

6 320

7 437

2018

642

510

5 836

6 988

2017

772

759

Not available

1 531

2016

651

892

Not available

1 543

TOTAL

17 499*

 

* It should be noted that the Second Chance Matric Programme (SCMP) also aims to support adult learners to achieve subject passes, which may not necessarily result in the completion of matric with every learner. For an example, a learner who has already obtained matric but have a Maths level 3, may enrol for the Programme so that she may improve her Maths passes. After receiving the support of the SCMP, such a learner may obtain an improved pass of level 5 and thereby qualify for an academic programme in an institution of higher learning. Such learners are not included in the information above (Table B).

11 December 2020 - NW2855

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

1. Whether, with reference to the Republic’s women’s soccer team, Banyana-Banyana, which has once again made the Republic proud by winning the seventh Women’s Championship title of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations on 7 November 2020, and noting the worrying reports that the players were not paid throughout the tournament, he will confirm the veracity of the reports; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the details of the circumstances that led to the non-payment of players; 2. what (a) measures will his department put in place to ensure payment structures are fairer for the players in future and (b) initiatives has his department undertaken to deal with the lack of adequate sponsorship for Banyana-Banyana?

Reply:

1. My department has noted the concern of players not being paid throughout the COSAFA tournament, however, it should be understood that remuneration of players is an administrative matter, which falls within the ambit of the Federation.

Involvement in such administrative matters by the Ministry is provided for and guided by section 13 of the National Sport and Recreation Act. The South African Football Association (SAFA) has also indicated that the payment and contractual relationship with the Team is an internal matter they are seized with.

(2)(a). Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 13 of National Sport and Recreation Act, DSAC is in the process of developing a National Policy to address carious affecting Woman Sport in general, not only in football.

(b). The Department does not deal with code specific matters as this falls within the administrative ambit of the respective Federations. However, SAFA has indicated that the lack of financial support for Women Sport in South Africa is well known and documented. The National Policy developed by DSAC seeks to address such issues, including sponsorships for Women Sport.

11 December 2020 - NW2787

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What total number of the (a) 12 452 072 children who received child support grants in the 2018-19 financial year, (b) 12 269 084 children in the 2017-18 financial year and (c) 12 081 375 children in the 2016-17 financial year (i) are enrolled in (aa) primary and (bb) high school and (ii) attend school regularly?

Reply:

a) b)  c) (i) (aa) (bb) & (ii)

 

 

Table 1: Total number of learners who received child support grants and attend school, by phase, from 2018 to 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATA YEAR

PRIMARY

SECONDARY

COMBINED

SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION
 CENTRES (SNE)

TOTAL
LEARNERS

2018

 5 198 811

 2 490 900

  969 471

  217 945

 8 877 127

2019

 5 468 742

 2 881 247

 1 005 639

  82 448

 9 438 076

2020

 16703 878

 8 246 050

  994 439

  518 338

 9 672 788

Source: EMIS & Social Pension System (SOCPEN) dataset 2018 -2020

 

Note1: Data for 2016-17 financial year is substituted by recent data for 2020

Note2: Data reported is based on academic year instead of financial year.

11 December 2020 - NW2912

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

(1). With reference to the communication between the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) and the Government regarding the Republic’s undertaking to give the Caribbean $10 million and that FIFA should pay the amount on behalf of the SA Government, including the letter from Dr M Oliphant on 4 March 2008 (details furnished) and the confirmation of the payments by the former Minister, MrFikileMbalula, that the SA Football Association (SAFA) paid the $10 million (details furnished), who in SAFA authorised such a payment; (2). whether the payment was deducted from the proceeds from World Cup 2010; if not, why not; if so, (a) how was the specified amount calculated and (b) what are the further relevant details; (3). whether there are any documents that were signed by the recipient as documentary proof of receipt of payment from SAFA; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW3737E

Reply:

1)(2) and (3) The Department is further consulting to get more information on this matter.

However, the South African Football Association (SAFA) when consulted indicated that the 2010 FIFA World Cup was an event that was fully funded by FIFA. SAFA indicated that they will send the questions to FIFA for a response.

In addition, they indicated that the 2010 FIFA World Cup operations were closed in 9 years ago in 2011.

 

11 December 2020 - NW2967

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

Whether he has obtained the requested information since his reply to question 1051 on 8 June 2020; if not, by what date is it envisaged that he will obtain the requested information; if so, what are the relevant details of the requested information?

Reply:

Efforts to get the responses from Netball SA regarding the said Parliamentary Question has been unsuccessful. The Department continues to follow up with Netball SA.

In November of 2020, I wrote a letter to SASCOC impressing upon them the importance to respond to all Parliamentary questions with honesty and on time. I will direct SASCOC to copy all sport federation this letter.

11 December 2020 - NW3091

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

(1). With reference to his reply to question 2223 on 30 October 2020, what are the detailsof all (a) income and (b) expenditure of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup and (c) assets of the legacy trust, including but not limited to (i) buses, (ii) laptops and/or c0+omputers, (iii) generators and (iv) speed fencing; (2). what is the cash bank balance of the 2010 Soccer World Cup Legacy Trust Fund? NW3921E

Reply:

The South African Football Association in its response indicated the following;

1. a) and b) That the revenue for the operation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup was in a form of a grant from FIFA where all expenditure and accounts were approved by FIFA. In addition, the 2010 FIFA World Cup LOC closed in 2011 having accounted to the funder and owners of the tournament, FIFA.

c) i) ii) iii) and iv) That the 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust has no assets.

2. That the 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust is a Trust established by FIFA. The Trustees include FIFA's CFO; Head of Development and Head of Sustainability. The Trust accounts to the Trustees therefore will revert after presenting its financial report to the trustees

11 December 2020 - NW3080

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

In light of the fact that before his death, the late legend of arts and culture, Mr M W Moteke of DikwenatseBotsetsaMatsepe was still busy building a cultural home for different cultures at Tafelkop next to Groblersdal in the Sekhukhune District, Limpopo and the place remains incomplete till today, how will he assist Dikwenatse Botsetsa Matsepe to complete the legacy of the great legend for the benefit of future generations?

Reply:

(a). My Department has not been informed about the Cultural village in question and there is no correspondence forwarded to the department to this effect.

The honorable member is advised to approach the Limpopo Department of Sport, Arts and Culture regarding the unfinished cultural village for assistance.

11 December 2020 - NW2748

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, with regard to the fact that the E R Mocwaledi Primary School in the Phokwane Local Municipality, in the Northern Cape, is a school that was originally designed to equip learners with skills like cooking and wood work with focus of learners with special educational needs (details furnished), she intends to convert the school into a special educational needs school to accommodate special learners with special educational needs within the specified municipality and surrounding areas; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No, the registration or change of registration status for schools is a provincial function. 

11 December 2020 - NW2605

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

(1)What total (a) number of provincial departments have underperformed in the 2019-20 financial year and (b) amount was paid for performance bonuses to the specified underperforming departments in the specified financial year; (2) what total (a) number of departments within the national Government have underperformed in the 2019-20 financial year and (b) amount was paid for performance bonuses to the specified underperforming departments in the specified financial year?

Reply:

The Department received the question, reviewed its contents against its mandate and has determined that the most appropriate respondent should be the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

11 December 2020 - NW3042

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What number of (a) learners were enrolled for the multiple examination opportunity in the past three financial years and (b) the specified learners have completed their National Senior Certificate?

Reply:

The Table below represents the number of Multiple Examination Opportunity (MEO) candidates that did not write all six subjects in November 2017 and November 2018. These candidates would have written the remaining subjects in the  subsequent examination in June 2018 and June 2019. The candidates that opted for the Multiple Examination opportunity in November 2019, would have written the remaining subjects in the June 2020 examination. However this examination due to COVID-19, has been combined with the November 2020 examination and the examination is currently in progress.

Hence the table below represents the number of MEO learners that enrolled in November 2017 and November 2018 and the number that achieved the NSC after completing their examination in June 2018 and June 2019, respectively.

 

 

November 2017

November 2018

Province

MEO Enrolled

MEO Achieved

MEO Enrolled

MEO Achieved

EC

6 485

185

12 848

414

FS

2 241

128

3 130

395

GP

8 036

806

10 064

1 052

KZ

21 125

1 443

30 705

2 126

LP

13 365

815

16 899

1 105

MP

10 372

1 773

6 470

677

NC

1 512

116

2 085

113

NW

4 377

552

5 164

438

WC

1 215

18

1 463

33

NAT

68 728

5 836

88 828

6 353

11 December 2020 - NW2913

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

(1). Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2223 on 30 October 2020, he will furnish Mr M Waters with a breakdown of how the amount of R450, 726, 816 paid to the SA Football Association (SAFA) was arrived at; (2). what (a) was the total monetary value of the gate takings of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) World Cup 2010 tournament, (b) total amount was paid to SAFA and (c) was the monetary value of VAT on the sale of tickets; (3). whether any member of the Board of Directors of the FIFA World Cup 2010 served on the ticketing revenue committee; if not, why not; if so, who served on the ticketing committee?NW3738E

Reply:

1)(2) and (3) The South African Football Association (SAFA) in its response indicated that the 2010 FIFA World Cup was an event that was fully funded by FIFA.

SAFA indicated that they would send the honourable member’s questions to FIFA for a response. In addition, it indicated that the 2010 FIFA World Cup operations were closed 9 years ago in 2011.

11 December 2020 - NW3078

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she has investigated the circumstances leading to the leaks of the 2020 matric questions papers; if not, why not; if so, what (a) measures has she put in place to ensure that it does not happen in future and (b) actions will she take to ensure that the integrity of the 2020 matric year examinations is not undermined because of the leaks?

Reply:

The Department of Basic Education has established a National Investigation Team comprising of the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA); Universities South Africa (USAf), Umalusi as observer, the Department of Basic Education, one member of the National Examinations Irregularities Committee (NEIC) and an independent Examinations Consultant. The National Investigation Task Team (NITT) has been mandated to determine the extent of the spread of the leakage, the origin of the leak and measures that will be taken to ensure the credibility of the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination and prevent a future occurrence of this nature. The investigation is ongoing and the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) has also been engaged and they are at an advanced stage of the investigation.   

(a) in terms of ensuring that this does not happen in the future, the Department has commenced with an audit of the entire value chain from origination of question papers to the delivery of question papers to examination centres. The purpose of this audit is to establish the weak points in the system with a view to strengthening these weak points and the  security will be doubled at all points in the system. The DBE will also appoint an independent Investigator to conduct a comprehensive audit of the entire examination system, inclusive of the Information Technology systems that are used to evaluate what new technologies can be utilised in future years to improve and modernise the examination system.

(b) In terms of the integrity of the 2020 NSC examinations, the Department has made a decision to rewrite nationally the question papers in Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2. Umalusi has indicated based on a preliminary investigation report  that these two question papers have been compromised and therefore to restore the integrity of the examination in these two question papers, the decision to rewrite both these question papers on 15 December 2020 and 17 December 2020, has been taken.        

11 December 2020 - NW2947

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to his statement on 10 July 2019 that only 391 of 1445 health facilities handling births have Home Affairs officials and his commitment that the specified officials will be available at all 1445 health facilities (details furnished), what (a) total number of additional health facilities now have Home Affairs offices since July 2019 and (b) is the plan to cover all health facilities by the end of the current five-year term in 2024?

Reply:

(a – b) Follow-up to my Budget Vote statement on 10 July 2019, the Department of Home Affairs embarked on a large-scale project to roll-out online birth registration system in all 1445 health facilities. The project roll-out plan was adopted as outlined below:

Milestones

Estimated Completion Timeframe

Optimisation of 41 Priority 1 health facilities

2019/20 Financial year

Optimisation of 210 Priority 2&3 health facilities

2021/22 Financial year

Optimisation of 127 Priority 4 & 5 health facilities

2022/23 Financial year

Roll-out of birth registration system in 1067 new Priority 4 & 5 health facilities

2023/24 Financial year

The activities of the project involve optimisation of existing health facilities with DHA presence with the aim of enhancing network connectivity and space. The project commenced with the optimisaiton of 47 priority 1 (high actual births delivered) health facilities which were completed during 2019/2020 financial year. The next stage is the roll-out of 210 priority 2 and priority 3 health facilities which will be completed by the end of 2021/22 financial year. Due to COVID-19 regulations, the department could not implement the second stage of the project this financial year and had to roll the stage over to the next financial year. The third stage involves rolling out of online birth registration in 127 priority 4 and 5 health facilities and 1067 priority 5 health facilities will be completed in 2024/25 financial year.

The Department of Home Affairs depended heavily on network connectivity for the registration of birth and this project incorporated provision of uninterruptable network in all 1445 health facilities. The department has provided uninterruptable network, in a form of a router and UPS, in 160 health facilities and is in the process of procuring the services of the service provider to provide network in the remaining 1285 health facilities by the end of 2024/25 financial year. The process of connecting the 1285 health facilities has been with SITA to publish the Bid for the connection. The Business case for the Specification for the Health facilities has already been sent to SITA for the Publication of the Bid.

END

11 December 2020 - NW2635

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to the general decline in the enrolment of students in various subjects, most notably mathematics and science since January 2016, what (a) plans is her department implementing to address the general decline in enrolment for mathematics and science subjects and (b) was the total number of teachers who majored in mathematics and science subjects in the Republic in the 2019 and 2020 academic years?

Reply:

The Department of Basic Education makes R400 000 000 (four hundred million Rands) available to the nine (9) Provincial Education Departments (PEDS) by means of ring-fenced funding as the Mathematics, Science and Technology Conditional Grant. Programmes funded by the MST Grant are implemented by the PEDs; and are intended to increase learner participation rate as well as to improve the quality of learner performance.  In addition, provision is made for interventions specifically aimed at supporting girl learners.  In the event a PED has difficulty recruiting teachers of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, the DBE has, for almost a decade, also partnered with TEACH SA to provide good quality university graduates who can be deployed where needed.  The placement of these young graduates reduces the likelihood of learners dropping Mathematics and Physical Sciences. This programme ensures provision of an academically qualified person to schools that may otherwise would not have  been able to employ a teacher of these subjects.

11 December 2020 - NW2471

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What number of children (a) have returned to school and (b) who have returned to school are currently receiving their food from the National School Nutrition Programme?

Reply:

a) The number of learners that have returned and benefitting from the school nutrition programme were 9 057 395 as at 23 October 2020.  

b) Provincial statistics show that the number of learners that received meals (October) was 9 057 395.

11 December 2020 - NW2815

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(a) What number of schools in each province still have asbestos classrooms, (b) what is the name of each school, (c) what number of asbestos classrooms does each specified school have and (d) by what date will all asbestos classrooms be replaced?

Reply:

(a) (b) (c) (d) The attached report indicates the number of schools which still have asbestos classrooms, the names of the schools, number of asbestos classrooms in each school and the estimated dated for the replacement of  these classrooms.

10 December 2020 - NW2384

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has provided any assistance to the 700 families that were displaced by the floods in Mamelodi, Gauteng; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Three privately owned land parcels measuring 26.7471 hectares in Mamelodi Township were acquired to accommodate inter alia the Mamelodi flood victims. To date 155 households who mainly resided in churches and schools were relocated into permanent serviceable stands on a part of the acquired land parcels.

10 December 2020 - NW2512

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department intends to build houses for the residents of the Foreman and Punters informal settlements in Ward 25 in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in Durban, who have been promised houses for the past 20 years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date?

Reply:

The eThekwini Metropolitan municipality has conducted pre-feasibility studies (Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study and Geo-technical study and Land Ownership) on the occupied land of Foreman and Punters informal settlements and the findings reveal that it is not feasible to develop the two informal settlements. Consequently, the process of land acquisition for the privately owned adjacent land is being undertaken to plan and develop. However, the incremental services are provided to the informal settlement.

Foreman and Punters Informal settlements is undevelopable due to unstable soil condition and people will be relocated to Cornubia Phase 2. Feasibility studies were conducted and the settlements are B2 categories according to the National Upgrade Support Programme (NUSP) which means that these will be complete relocations. The beneficiaries list is not approved, however there are ring fenced lists for both settlements which are used to monitor and ensure that these settlements are not growing.

These settlements have electricity, water standpipes and ablution facilities. The City assists the victims in cases of disaster incidents. Cornubia phase 2 project is currently at tender stage for services. The relocation is anticipated to commence by June 2022.

10 December 2020 - NW2876

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

How will her department ensure that action will be taken with regard to the (a) contamination of water, (b) rehabilitation of water infrastructure and (c) dysfunctional meter system in Clewer in the Emalahleni Local Municipality, Mpumalanga?

Reply:

a) Honourable Member, on 02 December 2020, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) conducted an investigation at Clewer in the Emalahleni Local Municipality. The investigation revealed that there was sewage overflow from a manhole located outside a residential property which is flowing into the tributary of Brugspruit River. In accordance with Section 19 (3) and 53 (1) of the National Water Act, the DWS issued a Directive to the Municipality to rectify the non- compliance identified in the area.

 

b) The administrative enforcement action will direct the Municipality to submit and implement an infrastructure rehabilitation plan in order to restore the quality of the water source.

(c) The investigators did not discover any dysfunctional meter system in the area. However, it should be noted that the DWS does not have a mandate to monitor meter systems in the municipality. The legislative mandate of the Department of Water and Sanitation is to ensure that the country’s water resources are protected, managed, used, developed, conserved and controlled in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all people and the environment.

The Water Services Act, 1997 refers to municipalities as Water Service Authorities (WSAs) responsible for distribution (reticulation) of water and to supply sanitation services. The Water Services Act in section 3 outlines the right of access to basic water supply and sanitation which mandates that “everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation” and places the responsibility on Water Services Authorities to ensure that they develop a Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) to ensure the realisation of this right.

Section 11 of the Water Services Act, 1997 mandates that “every Water Services Authority has the duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.”

10 December 2020 - NW2884

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

By what date will she ensure that the community of Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape, who has been without water for more than six years, gets bulk water infrastructure supply that will connect them to water?

Reply:

The town of Aliwal North has a reliable and sustainable water supply. However, the department is aware that the Joe Gqabi District Municipality (JGDM) has water distribution constraints to the extent that there is a moratorium on further developments until the water services are upgraded in line with the recently compiled Aliwal North Water Master Plan. The JGDM has short and medium term plans in line with the District’s Water Services Master Plan to improve water services as follows:

a) Alternative sources such as boreholes and springs are developed and utilised as alternate standby sources.

b) The Aliwal Spa Hot Water Springs have been identified as alternative raw water sources. However, pre-treatment of water from this source is required.

c) Projects for construction of two raw water off-channel storage dams at the water works (MIG funded) and replacement of asbestos cement bulk pipeline and leaking valves (WSIG funded) have already commenced

d) Funding is being sought for further short term plans to:

  • Build a new 2 Ml Clear Water Sump and install a high lift pump at the WTW,
  • Build a 1,2Ml reservoir and a 400kl elevated tank at the springs; and install a high pressure gravity main.

e) Medium Term Plans:

  • Upgrade of WTW by 2,5Ml and installation of a desalination/package plant at the springs,
  • Replacement of the old 200mm asbestos cement rising main and upgrade of pump station and main reservoir at the springs.

10 December 2020 - NW2618

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

(1)What qualifications are needed for the post of Deputy Director-General (DDG) within the national Government; (2) whether he has found that all DDGs have the necessary qualifications in each department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the relevant details of all DDGs within the national departments, (b) are the current qualifications of each DDG and (c) number of persons are acting as DDGs?

Reply:

(1) The qualifications required for a post of Deputy Director-General (DDG) are regulated in the Directive on compulsory capacity development, mandatory training days and minimum entry requirements for the Senior Management Service which was implemented on 1 April 2015. The qualifications for a Deputy Director-General post is an undergraduate qualification and a post graduate qualification (NQF level 8) as recognized by SAQA.

(2) All Deputy Director-General posts at National departments serve at Cabinet and the Minister for the Public Service and Administration performs an oversight. Should a candidate not meet the requirement, the Cabinet Memorandum does not serve at Cabinet so the appointment is not effected. Departments are often advised through circulars not only on the requirements for post but all regulatory requirements to fill posts including DDG level.

(a) The relevant details of all DDGs in National departments according to PERSAL indicates that there are currently 201 DDG posts in National government of which 135 are filled and 66 are vacant. Prior to 1 April 2015 there was no prescription on the educational requirements. In terms of professionalization, and the expected requirements, mobility is linked to the said qualifications. An individual will not be able to progress to higher levels without the said qualifications. Should a DDG have been appointed prior to 1 April 2015 such a DDG cannot be discriminated against if they currently occupy a DDG post. Should such DDGs apply for another DDG post or a Head of Department post they will not qualify in the event that they have not met the inherent requirements.

(b) The current qualification requirement is an undergraduate qualification and a post graduate qualification (NQF level 8) as recognized by SAQA as well as the inherent requirements of the post. All DDGs appointed with effect from 1 April 2015 must be in possession of those requirements. The information on qualifications for DDGs in posts is based on the data captured by departments may be incomplete or not captured and or updated on PERSAL. Where no information is reflected the department has not captured the qualification, Annexure A.

(c) An employee at a level below a DDG or at the level of a DDG can be appointed to act in a DDG post, therefore there are circumstances where employees are acting laterally. Acting in a post is not captured on PERSAL as the period are generally short. However, when an employee is receiving an acting allowance such acting in a higher post is captured on PERSAL. Based on PERSAL, there are currently six (6) Chief Directors receiving an acting allowance in DDG posts.

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10 December 2020 - NW2597

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

(1)What are the relevant details of costs for services rendered of all tenders awarded by (a) her department and any entity reporting to her, and (b) the Housing Development Agency to a certain company (name furnished) during the period 1 May 2019 until 31 October 2020; (2) with reference to all specified tenders awarded, what are the relevant details of (a) tender advertisements in respect of any awards made, (b) all bids received in respect of each specified advertisement, (c) any authorised deviations from existing tender specifications in respect of tender awards, (d) any extensions granted in respect of contract terms, (e) any additional costs incurred on tender awards, (f) any additional costs added to extend scope

Reply:

(1)(a)(b) I have been informed that the National Department of Human Settlements, the Community Schemes Ombud Service, the Estate Agency Affairs Board, the National Housing Finance Corporation, the National Home Builders Registration Council, the Social Housing Regulatory Authority, and the Housing Development Agency have not awarded any tenders to the company referred to by the Honourable Member during the period 1 May 2019 to31 October 2020.

(2) Falls away.

10 December 2020 - NW3031

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) Where does the Nzhelele Water Scheme project in the Musina Local Municipality start, (b) for how many kilometres does it run and (c) where does it end; (2) (a) what is the length of the cement canal in kilometres and (b) where does the cement part of the canal (i) start and (ii) end; (3) (a) on what date was the scheme constructed and (b) what (i) is the total amount of the budget that was allocated for the construction and (ii) were the actual costs?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Nzhelele Water Scheme starts at the site of the Nzhelele Dam. The canal section of the scheme starts 14 km downstream of the dam at coordinates 22°42'13.08"S 30° 6'19.49"E.

(b) The Nzhelele Canal is approximately 69 km in length.

(c) The Nzhelele Canal ends at the Doreen settlement at coordinates 22°29'52.40"S 30°15'5.98"E.

(2) The entire canal was constructed with concrete. The length of the canal is as indicated above in (1)(b).

(3) The Nzhelele Water Scheme was completed in 1960, and the department does not have information relating to the budget and actual costs of the scheme.

10 December 2020 - NW2822

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

How effective has she found the COVID-19 interventions to have been in areas of water and sanitation supply to help the Republic to curb the spread of the coronavirus?

Reply:

The COVID-19 Water intervention Programme (Phase 1) supplied about 1 335 million litres of water to targeted communities in the period between 28 March and 31 August 2020. These communities were thus provided with an interim form of water supply to assist the Water Services Authorities (municipalities) in their areas of jurisdiction. This intervention allowed these communities to have access to water to allow for hand washing and other hygiene purposes.

As a means to improve the sustainability and efficacy of these interventions, an allocation of R689 million from the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) was made directly to the relevant municipalities to connect the tanks to water sources and ensure sustainable water supply.

Further, it should be noted that the legislative mandate of the Department of Water and Sanitation is to ensure that the country’s water resources are protected, managed, used, developed, conserved and controlled in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all people and the environment.

The Water Services Act, 1997 refers to municipalities as Water Service Authorities (WSAs) responsible for distribution (reticulation) of water and to supply sanitation services. The Water Services Act in section 3 outlines the right of access to basic water supply and sanitation which mandates that “everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation” and places the responsibility on Water Services Authorities to ensure that they develop a Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) to ensure the realisation of this right.

Section 11 of the Water Services Act, 1997 mandates that “every Water Services Authority has the duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.”

 

09 December 2020 - NW3049

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

(1)In commemoration of World Aids Day and the 16 Days of Activism against Women and Children Abuse, and in light of the fact that young women aged 16 to 24 years are the most vulnerable to HIV/Aids infection, what programmes has her Office embarked on that will assist in decreasing the rate of HIV/Aids infection among young women; (2) Given that gender-based violence plays a major role in HIV/Aids transmission, how does her departmental programmes practically link gender-based violence initiatives to HIV/Aids prevention? NW3877E

Reply:

1. The Department’s mandate is to regulate socio-economic transformation and implementation of the empowerment and participation of women, youth and persons with disabilities. The Minister and Deputy Minister are members of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC). In terms of their role, they influenced programmatic interventions at the SANAC Inter Ministerial Commission meeting and the extended SANAC Plenary held in November 2020, in planning towards the commemoration of World Aids Day and advocated for heightened focus on young women.

2. The Director General and the CEO of SANAC met recently to discuss areas of alignment. Their focus was on how the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) interlinks with the National Strategic Plan for HIV& AIDS, and key programmes to focus on collectively. These included, amongst others, services to young women as the hardest hit sector and the LGBTQIA+ community. Further, the Deputy Minster is the chairperson of the prevention pillar of the NSP. A prevention Technical Task Team on HIV&AIDS and NSP has been formed in support of this pillar. It is meant to facilitate key interventions that reflects the interlink of HIV&AIDS and GBVF. One of the focus areas is Sexual, Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) of young women. Workshops with relevant stakeholders in this regard are taking place.

09 December 2020 - NW2935

Mkhonto, Ms C N to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What total (a) amount has the Compensation Fund spent on consultants between 1 March and 31 October 2020 and (b) number of consultants were appointed by the Commissioner to work directly in his office?

Reply:

a) The amount spent on consultants by the Compensation Fund for the period 1 March to 31 October 2020 is R 6,795,618.78

b) There are no consultants appointed by the Commissioner to work directly in his office.

09 December 2020 - NW2914

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Whether she will furnish Mr L Mphithi with the details of the recruitment process that was followed for the appointment of a person in the position of Chief Director: Rights of People with Disabilities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Recruitment process that was followed for the appointment of a person in the position of Chief Director: Advocacy and Mainstreaming, Rights of Persons with Disabilities was as follows:

1. Advertising

The post of Chief Director: Advocacy and Mainstreaming, Rights of Persons with Disabilities with reference no. DWYPD 002/2020 was amongst those posts advertised on 22 December 2019 in the media in the City Press / Rapport and the DPSA Circular 02 of 2020 on 10 January with the closing date of 31 January 2020.

2. Response handling

Response handling was done internally, all applications received were captured on the selection grid with a total number of 96 applicants.

3. Selection Committee

The selection committee appointed by the Executive Authority, consisted of three (3) members; namely a Deputy Director-General, (female) from the Department of Tourism as chairperson, Acting Chief Operations Officer (female) from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and a Chief Director (male) from the Department.

The selection committee members, including the HR representative, signed the declaration form as expected to maintain confidentiality and objectivity.

4. Selection process - virtual

The selection committee did a pre-screening to include those applicants who were assessed as having met the minimum post requirements and have completed and submitted all required documents. The selection committee concurred commonalities to finally short list three suitable applicants.

5. Security Clearance and Reference Check

Security screening were conducted in collaboration with the Directorate: Security Management; and references checks were also conducted.

6. Interview process - virtual

All shortlisted candidates were subjected to a 60-minute similar technical exercise prior to their interviews that was intended to test relevant technical competencies of the job and each of the candidates were scored on the basis of their performance during their interviews to enable the panel members to recommend the successful candidate to the delegated authority for appointment.

The selection committee reached consensus at the end of the interview process on the nomination(s) to be made; the necessary motivation for the recommended as well as candidates not recommended were provided to the HR representative.

A runner-up candidate was recommended to be appointed in the event where the recommended candidate declines the offer for any reason.

The selection committee signed the certificate of confirmation of nomination for appointment to the advertised post with the necessary motivation.

7. Competency Assessment

The selection panel recommended the top two preferred candidates to attend the generic managerial competency assessment in compliance with the Department of Public Service and Administration Directive on the Implementation of Competency-Based Assessment.

8. Recommendations/Approvals

A request submission for approval of the delegated authority was prepared for appointment to fill the advertised post of Chief Director: Advocacy and Mainstreaming, Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

09 December 2020 - NW2915

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Whether she will furnish Mr L Mphithi with the advertisement used for the position of Chief Director: Rights of People with Disabilities in her Office; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

There were two versions of the advertisement, namely (i) an abridged version that was published in the City Press / Rapport on 22 December 2019 and (ii) a comprehensive version that was published in the DPSA Vacancy Circular No. 02 of 2020 on 10 January 2020 and on the Departmental website and Intranet.

(i) CITY PRESS / RAPPORT

Chief Director: Advocacy and Mainstreaming, Rights of Persons with Disabilities (reference: DWYPD/002/2020). Preference will be given to applicants with disabilities.

Salary package: R 1,251,183 fully inclusive remuneration package per annum (salary level 14). National Office, Pretoria.

Purpose of the Post: to ensure maintenance and implementation of a 365 days integrated national disability inclusion campaign. Provide technical support for collaborative and coordinated implementation of the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Requirements for the Post: undergraduate qualification (NQF level 7) in Disability Studies, Economic Sciences, Human Rights Law, Social Sciences. Post-Graduate qualification (NQF level 8) in Disability and/or Management Studies will be an added advantage. Minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience at senior managerial level. In-depth knowledge and ability to apply international treaties and instruments impacting on the lives of persons with disabilities, understanding disability from a socio-political and human rights perspective, sound understanding of universal design and access theory and application, inclusive of reasonable accommodation support measures as well as advocacy and mainstreaming approaches.

(ii) DPSA VACANCY CIRCULAR, DEPARTMENTAL WEBSITE AND INTRANET

Post: Chief Director: Advocacy and Mainstreaming, Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ref no: DWYPD/002/2020)

Note that preference will be given to applicants with disabilities

Salary: R 1,251,183 fully inclusive remuneration package per annum (salary level 14) Centre: Pretoria

Requirements: Appropriate undergraduate qualification (NQF level 7) in Disability Studies, Economic Sciences, Human Rights Law, Social Sciences. Post-Graduate qualification (NQF level 8) in Disability and/or Management Studies will be an added advantage. Minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience at senior managerial level. In-depth knowledge and ability to apply international treaties and instruments impacting on the lives of persons with disabilities, understanding disability from a socio-political and human rights perspective, sound understanding of universal design and access theory and application, inclusive of reasonable accommodation support measures as well as advocacy and mainstreaming approaches. Good understanding of government decision-making and procedures. Ability to work across spheres of government and interact at a senior level. Advanced planning, organisational and communication skills. Strong strategic capability and skills in policy analysis, analytical thinking, programme and project management, financial and people management skills. Solution-orientated and ability to work under tight deadlines and manage stressful situations. The successful applicant will be subject to personal security vetting at a top secret level.

Duties: To ensure maintenance and implementation of a 365 days integrated national disability inclusion campaign. Provide technical support for collaborative and coordinated implementation of the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Facilitate development of partnership projects aimed at accelerating and advancing the realisation of socio-economic rights of children and adults with disabilities. Facilitate and support standardisation and embedding of universal access and design across public service delivery value chains. Facilitate embedding of disability inclusion in government-wide decision-making processes through, among others, effective support services to the National Disability Rights Machinery. Ensure effective management of the Chief Directorate, inclusive of full compliance with all legal and public sector prescripts.

09 December 2020 - NW2924

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

With regard to South Africa being expected to take over as Chair of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the month of December 2020, what (a) issues has her department prioritised for the chairmanship of the UNSC and (b) linkages have been made by her department for South Africa, as current chair of the African Union (AU), to prioritise the AU theme of Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020 for the Chairmanship?

Reply:

(a) In keeping with its focus of promoting the African Agenda, South Africa will use its forthcoming Presidency to highlight the strengthening of AU-UN cooperation and to focus on preventative diplomacy, conflict prevention and resolution on the African Continent. In addition to the events proposed by South Africa, the programme of the work of the UNSC for December 2020 includes mandated reporting cycles and predetermined meetings of the Council. Matters scheduled in December, include, inter alia, the mandate renewal of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); the situation in Sudan; the authorisation for action on addressing piracy of the coast of Somalia; the situations in Guinea-Bissau, South Sudan, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Israel/Palestine; and, Iran’s compliance with its obligations in terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran nuclear-deal).

(b) South Africa’s second and final Presidency during its current term as an elected member of the UNSC will witness the convergence of (i) South Africa’s chairing of the African Union (AU); (ii) the Presidency of the UNSC; and, (iii) the final month of the AU’s ambition to silence the guns on the Continent by 2020. To prioritise the silencing of guns on the African Continent, South Africa has scheduled two debates during the month with a focus on the resolution of conflicts on the African Continent. These are a debate on “Sustaining Peace: Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, held at Ministerial level held on 3 December and a debate on “Cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organisations (AU)”, held at Presidential level on 4 December. These discussions give focus on the efforts of the United Nations and the African Union to ensure sustainable peace on the African Continent.