Questions and Replies

22 March 2019 - NW401

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Mthethwa, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to municipalities that were identified as being dysfunctional and had professionals deployed to them by his department in 2018, what progress has been made in respect of the performance of the specified municipalities?

Reply:

At the beginning of 2018/19 financial year CoGTA identified 87 dysfunctional municipalities that required urgent support. In August 2018 MISA deployed district support teams comprising more than 80 engineers and town planners in 55 out of the 87 identified dysfunctional municipalities. These 55 municipalities were targeted for technical support due to severe challenges in relation to the delivery of municipal infrastructure for basic services. Specifically, they were selected on the basis of the following:

  • 17 Municipalities had their MIG transfers stopped at least three times in the past 5 years, including 2017/18;
  • 18 Municipalities had their MIG transfers stopped at least twice in the past 5 years, including 2017/18; and
  • 20 Municipalities were experiencing different forms of service delivery challenges.

Each district support team deployed in these municipalities is constituted by engineers, construction and project managers, financial accountants, and town and regional planners. The focus of these teams is to build capacity of these municipalities to plan, deliver, operate and maintain infrastructure. A range of support initiatives are being implemented through these teams to enable these municipalities to improve. The support by these teams broadly covers the following areas, among others:

  • Technical support on the upgrading of infrastructure;
  • Project / contract management support;
  • Town Planning / Spatial & Development Planning Support;
  • Assistance in the compilation of ‘sector plans’ (master plans, water conservation and demand management, etc.);
  • Operations and maintenance support;
  • Revenue enhancement strategies; and
  • Policy and by-law reviews, Review and assessment of IDP’s and relevance to service delivery.

1. Progress Made in the 55 Municipalities To Date

Our active interventions and support has led to some progress. There are some distressed municipalities that have improved and which in our view deserve to be removed from the list of 55 dysfunctional municipalities. A total of 24 municipalities have significantly improved in terms of performance since deployment of district support teams. The table below provides a list of municipalities that have achieved significant improvements in performance.

Province

Number of Municipalities in the List of 55

No of Improved Municipalities

List of Improved Municipalities

Eastern Cape

11

6

Mnquma, Sakhisizwe, Matatiele, Mbizana, OR Tambo

Free State

4

2

Masilonyana, Maluti-a-Phofung

Gauteng

3

2

Lesedi, Rand West City

Kwazulu-Natal

10

7

Mpofana, uMgungundlovu DM, uMvoti, Ndwedwe, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Jozini, Inkosi Langalibalele

Limpopo

7

1

Molemole,

Mpumalanga

3

3

Lekwa, Govan Mbeki, Nkangala

Northern Cape

7

1

Kareeberg

North West

6

2

Ditsobotla, Ngaka Modiri Molema

Western Cape

4

1

Laingsburg

Totals

55

24

 

Summary of progress made with regard to performance in the 55 municilalities is demonstrated in the following:

  • Improvement with the monitoring and in spending of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant allocations;
  • Filling of critical technical positions;
  • Support with applications for grant funding;
  • Improvements in revenue collection through introduction of revenue enhancement strategies, e.g. development and implementation of water conservation and demand management plans for Matatiele, Kou Kama, Mose Kotane, Mafube, Letsemeng, uMzinyathi, Ugu, and Abaqulusi;
  • Improved planning and delivery of infrastructure as a result of support provided by the district support teams, e.g. Matjhabeng municipality is being supported with condition assessment of wastewater infrastructure. Ten other municipalities are supported with the development of sector plans, e.g electricity master planning in Madibeng and Spatial Development Framework for Makana;
  • Basic service delivery backlogs assessments are being conducted in five district municipalities, namely West Rand, uThukela, King Cetshwayo, uMgungundlovu, and Capricorn.
  • Framework contracts are being introduced to improve efficiencies in the procurement of goods and services in municipalities;
  • Reduction of adverse audit findings.

A table containing a list of all 55 municipalities highlighting support provided to each one and progress on performance to date is attached as an annexure to the reply.

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22 March 2019 - NW404

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Dlamini-Dubazana, Ms ZS to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether he has taken steps to intervene in the Mpofana Local Municipality which is confronted by a water crisis, as the affected community has requested urgent Government intervention?

Reply:

A three-fold intervention is being implemented in addressing the water issue in the Mpofana Local Municipality.

1. MISA Intervention

In the current financial year (2018/19), the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) is developing a Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Plan for Umgungundlovu District, which is a fundamental step towards water use efficiency and addressing Non Revenue Water.

The Umgungundlovu Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Plan will be finalised on the 19th March 2019 and includes:

  • Assessment of water infrastructure (Water Treatment Plants, Reservoirs, Pump Stations, Boreholes, Meters and Stand pipes) for current and future demands.
  • Assessment of Supply Reservoirs, Bulk Meters, Water Sources and pipelines.
  • Analysis of billing, metering issues and vandalism of water meters.

2. Joint Program between UMgungundlovu DM, Mpofana LM and Umgeni Water

Umgungundlovu District Municipality is aware of the issue of inconsistent supply of water to certain areas in Mpofana, including concerns about water quality. A joint strategy to overcome water challenges for Mpofana Local Municipality has been developed by a team consisting of Mpofana LM, UMgungundlovu DM and Umgeni Water representatives.

This joint programme seeks to minimise the risks of water supply interruptions to Mpofana Local Municipality, whilst the municipality is implementing the bulk water scheme and other projects that will bring will bring relief to the constrained water supply in Mpofana.

The strategy lists the long medium and short term interventions to ensure consistent water supply to the area of Mpofana and is attached as Annexure “A’’ for ease of reference.

3. Section 139 (b) Intervention to Mpofana Local Municipality

On the 08th December 2017 the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Executive Council resolved to intervene at Mpofana Municipality using section 139 (1)(b) of the constitution, due to service delivery and financial management challenges faced by the municipality. The Intervention Steering Committee which comprise of KZN CoGTA, COGTA National, MISA, SALGA, Provincial Treasury, the Municipality and other sector departments meet monthly to track the progress in addressing challenges faced by the municipality which are captured in the Sec 139 Intervention Recovery Plan. The Intervention Recovery Plan aims to address the challenges identified in the five Back to Basics Pillars i.e. Institutional Transformation and Development, Good Governance and Public Participation, Municipal Financial Viability and Management as well as Local Economic Development. The intervention is still in effect.

The uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM) is one of the ten district municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal. It is the water service authority (WSA) and water service provider (WSP) to six of its seven local municipalities i.e. uMshwati, uMngeni, Mpofana, Mkhambathini, Impendle and Richmond Local Municipalities. The Msunduzi Municipality, has its own WSA status and does not form part of the strategy as it is not the responsibility of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality.

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22 March 2019 - NW651

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is the total number of staff members who are employed in each (a) South African embassy and (b) consulate?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is attached.

22 March 2019 - NW403

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Ngwezi, Mr X to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and TraditionalAffairs

What measures has he put in place to recover debt owed to municipalities by national and provincial departments and state-owned entities as nonpayment affects the efforts of municipalities to deliver basic services to communities?

Reply:

The debt owed to municipalities by national and provincial government departments remains a challenge.

The debt owed by organs of state was R6.3 billion as at 31 December 2016 and R9.7 billion as at 31 December 2018, and the debt continue to grow due to accruing interest and insufficient funds allocation by organs of state to service arrears.

Some of the reasons include insufficient budget allocations by organs of state to service current year debt and historic debt.

COGTA, in collaboration with Treasury, has structures in place to assist municipalities to recover the amounts owed by organs of state and to facilitate the resolution of disputes between organs of state and municipalities.

These structures discuss the debt owed to the municipalities, evaluate progress on the reconciliation of intergovernmental debt undertaken by municipalities and organs of state, billing challenges, progress on payments and find amicable solution on challenges. The structures and measures put in place include:

  • The National COGTA has undertaken an initiative to support municipalities through simplified revenue project which is aimed at enhancing the municipal revenue management and debt collection system;
  • Provincial intergovernmental debt forums/sessions – this structure is championed by Provincial COGTAs and/ Provincial Treasuries;
  • The department participates in the National Public Works Steering Committee, which focus on amount owed by Provincial and National Public Works;
  • Chief Financial Officers’ forum;
  • National Treasury monitors the movement of the debt of various organs of state through MFMA section 71 reports.

The Inter Ministerial Task Team dealing with debts owed by municipalities to Eskom and Water Boards (IMTT) recommended the installation of electricity and water prepaid metering infrastructure. This will be one of the effective tools to eliminate the municipal debt, as the municipal service will be on a prepayment system nationwide.

Organs of state are urged to prioritise municipal services in their budgets. There is a process underway to request the National Treasury team responsible for monitoring Provincial and National budgets to ensure that municipal services are prioritized in municipal budgets.

  1. Section 96(a) of the Municipal Systems Act, states that municipalities must collect all money that is due and payable and section 96(b) state that municipality must adopt, maintain and implement a credit control and debt collection policy, which is consistent with its rates and tariff policies and complies with the provision of the Municipal Systems Act.
  2. Section 75(A)(1) of Municipal Systems Act empowers a municipality to levy and recover fees, charges or tariffs in respect of any function or service of the municipality and recover collection charges and interest on any outstanding amount.
  3. The credit control and debt collection policies adopted by municipalities are clear on debt collection; however, the municipalities still encounters challenges of collecting money that is due and payable mainly due to culture of non-payment and internal control deficiencies on the municipal systems.
  4. The following are contributing factors to culture of non-payment and internal control deficiencies on the municipal systems
  • Lack of debt reconciliation between municipalities and organ of state;
  • Incorrect billing by some of the municipalities;
  • Billing statements are not issued timeously and/not issued to the rightful owner within organ of state;
  • Payments not allocated timeously to the relevant accounts by municipalities;
  • Insufficient budget allocation by organ of state to service current year debt and historic debt;
  • Inadequate budgeting for municipal services and property rates by organ of state

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22 March 2019 - NW604

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What number of waste management depots are in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, (b) where is each depot situated, (c) which geographical areas does each depot cover in relation to waste collection and (d) what number of households and businesses are within the collection area of each depot; (2) what is the minimum ratio of refuse collection trucks to households or businesses to ensure that refuse is collected at least once a week in line with the National Environmental Management Act, Act 62 of 2008; (3) what (a) was the (i) optimal and (ii) actual number of refuse collection trucks at each depot in the municipality on 1 October 2018, (b)(i) number of the trucks were not in working order and (ii) number of days has each truck not been in working order and (c) are the reasons that each truck has not been in working order? NW727E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has written a letter to the Provincial Department responsible for Local Government in Gauteng to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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22 March 2019 - NW186

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) What qualifications should the person responsible for the armoury at the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) have, (b) what qualification does the incumbent official have and (c) does the incumbent official meet the minimum requirements; (2) whether, due to the fact that the EMPD armoury audit has still not been finalised, the EMPD can add more weapons to the register; if so, what policy provision allows them to do so; (3) (a) whether he will provide Mr M Waters with a full list of all the weapons bought or ordered by the EMPD in the (i) 2017-18 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2018 and (b) what are the financial implications for the purchasing of the specified weapons; (4) are any of these weapons currently being used by the EMPD; if so, (a) what number is being used and (b) in which divisions

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has engaged the Gauteng Provincial Department responsible for Local Government to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW391

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2248 on 13 September 2018, he has been informed of a report submitted to the Emfuleni Local Council, reference O/MM/AA6/Finance/Reports 2018/FS 124-18, for irregular expenditure by the specified municipality for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, which indicates a payment of R43 334 546,27 made by the municipality to a certain law firm (name furnished) for representation of employees to the SA Local Government Bargaining Council held in Benoni; (2) whether he and/or his department intends to recover any of the legal costs; if not, why not; if so, (a) why was the amount not included in the specified reply and (b) what steps has he taken or will he take to recover the irregular expenditure; (3) whether he has been informed that the municipality paid the legal costs of the employees in instances where it was not liable to do so; (4) whether the specified attorneys will continue to deliver legal services to the municipality; if not, what steps does he and his department intend to take to terminate the services of the attorneys; if so, why?NW415E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has engaged the Gauteng Provincial Department responsible for Local Government to obtain the relevant information from Emfuleni Local Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW598

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What number of criminal charges were brought against members of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department over the past 24 months, (b) what was the outcome of each specified case and (c) at which police station were the charges laid?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has written a letter to the Provincial Department responsible for Local Government in Gauteng to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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22 March 2019 - NW607

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the reasons that residents in the (a) Kempton Park and (b) Germiston areas within the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality are experiencing constant sporadic and unreliable refuse collection services; (2) (a) in what number of instances has the municipality transgressed the National Environmental Management Act, Act 107 of 1998, by failing to collect refuse once a week within seven days this calendar year, (b) which areas were affected, (c) what are the reasons for each transgression and (d) what steps is the municipality taking to ensure that it provides basic services to residents according to applicable legislation? NW730E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has written a letter to the Provincial Department responsible for Local Government in Gauteng to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW400

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Shelembe, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, in light of the lack of information in communities regarding service delivery budget and implementation that often results in angry protests, he has found that all municipalities are complying with section 77 of the Municipal Structures Act, Act 117 of 1998, as required by law to ensure that there are frequent meetings with communities; if not; what is the position in this regard; if so; what are the relevant details?

Reply:

​1.1 Certainly, municipalities are required by law to put in place mechanisms and processes to encourage communities to participate in the affairs of municipality. This is provided for in chapter 4 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000.

1.2 Furthermore, Schedule 1 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 makes provision for councillors as elected public representatives to be accountable to local communities and report back at least quarterly to their constituencies on council matters, including the performance of the municipality in terms of established indicators.

1.3. In order to ensure that councillors fulfil their obligation to communities, a Code of Conduct has been developed and makes provision for the following:

(i) Attendance of meetings-A councillor must attend each meeting of the municipal council and a committee which that councillor is a member (i.e. Ward Committee meetings and Community feedback meetings); and

(ii) Sanctions for not attending meetings-A municipal council may impose a fine as determined by the standing rules and orders of the municipal council on a councillor for not attending to meetings which that councillor is required to attend.

1.4  Although the legislation requires of councillors to convene community feedback meetings quarterly, the norm across most of the municipalities is that feedback meetings are convened on a monthly basis and councillors are required to produce portfolio of evidence to that effect i.e. attendance registers, minutes/reports of such meetings. Reports indicate that, of the total 4392 wards across the country, feedback meetings have been convened in approximately 90% of wards. Other community engagement mechanisms being used by municipalities are i.e. Integrated Service Delivery Models (War Rooms), IDP forums and ICT platforms i.e. social media platform.

1.5  In an effort to provide support and monitor performance in municipalities, the department introduced the Back to Basics Programme (B2B) that is anchored on five pillars, which involve putting people and their concerns first, creating conditions for delivering quality municipal services, good governance, among other things.

1.6  The following is an analysis report conducted through B2B by municipalities on the frequency of Ward Committee meetings:

  • The average number of Ward Committee meetings for the municipalities that reported in terms of the monthly B2B reporting was 15,09 per month in 2017/18, which was an increase from the 7,18 in 2016/17. This was to be expected given that Ward Committees first had to be established in the 2016/17 financial year after the August 2016 local government elections.
  • Per province, the lowest average of meetings per month in 2017/18 was reported by Free State municipalities (5.15) and Northern Cape (5,67). The Northern Cape municipalities were also the lowest in 2016/17 (1,49) followed by Free State municipalities (4,40).
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1.7  The following is an analysis report on the frequency of Ward Councillor Report back meetings:

  • The average number of Ward Councillor Report Back meetings for reporting municipalities in the country was an average of 6.17 meetings per month in 2016/17, which increased to an average of 10.75 in 2017/18.
  • Per province, the lowest average of meetings per month in 2017/18 was reported by Free State municipalities (4.21), followed by Northern Cape municipalities (6.03) and they were also amongst the lowest in 2016/17, 5.20 for Free State and 2,03 for Northern Cape. Western Cape (3.23) municipalities also reported a low average of monthly meetings in 2016/17 with 3,23 but this increased to an average of 8,19 in 2017/18.

2. BACKGROUND

2.1 Chapter 4 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 requires of municipalities to develop a culture of community participation that complements formal representative government with a system of participatory governance and must for this purpose-

  • Encourage, and create conditions for, the local community to participate in the affairs of the municipality, including in—
  • the preparation implementation and review of its integrated development plan in terms of Chapter 5;
  • the establishment, implementation and review of its performance management system in terms of Chapter 6:
  • the monitoring and review of its performance, including the outcomes and impact of such performance, the preparation of its budget; and strategic decisions relating to the provision of municipal services in

2.2 Councillors and staff to foster community participation; and use its resources, and annually allocate funds in its budget for this purpose.

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22 March 2019 - NW441

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What amount does the Government spend on average (a) in respect of each student and (b) annually for students studying at (i) universities and (ii) technical vocational education and training colleges?

Reply:

(a) -(b)(i) The total state budget for university subsidies for the 2017 university academic year was R34.067 billion, as stated in table one of the annual Ministerial Statement on University Funding. This allocation was for 1 036 984 individual students. On average, government subsidised each university student with an amount of R32 852 in the 2017 academic year.

It is important to note that this amount does not include the funding provided by government through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to individual poor and working-class students to support them to pay university fees and their daily expenses while studying.

(ii) On average, government subsidised each student at a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college with an amount of R45 929 in the 2019 academic year based on a Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) basis. This amount is based on the 2019/20 available budget of R12.976 billion (80% State subsidy plus 20% NSFAS Tuition Bursaries, excluding any allowances) and the funded 282 526 FTE students for the 2019 academic year as contained in the TVET colleges’ enrolment plans.

22 March 2019 - NW20

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1679 on 19 June 2018, his department has been able to obtain the relevant information from the (a) Cederberg, (b) Drakenstein, (c) George, (d) Hessequa and (e) Knysna Local Municipalities?

Reply:

Yes, the relevant information was obtained from the (a) Cederberg, (b) Drakenstein, (c) George, (d) Hessequa and (e) Knysna Local Municipalities.

A Parliamentary question was received regarding the details of the number of persons who were appointed at Senior Management level in municipalities since July 2016.

1. DISCUSSIONS

2.1 Section 54A and 56 of the Systems Act prescribe that:

a) if the post of a Municipal Manager or a Manager directly accountable to the Municipal Manager becomes vacant, the municipal council must advertise the post in a print-media circulating nationally and select from the pool of candidates a suitable person who complies with the prescribed requirements for appointment to the post;

b) a person appointed as a Municipal Manager or Manager directly accountable to the Municipal Manager must at least have the skills, expertise, competencies and qualifications as prescribed;

c) a municipal council must appoint a Municipal Manager;

d) a municipal council after consultation with the Municipal Manager, must appoint a Manager directly accountable to the Municipal Manager;

e) a decision to appoint a Municipal Manager or Manager directly accountable to the Municipal Manager is null and void if the person appointed does not meet the prescribed skills, expertise, competencies and qualifications;

f) the municipal council must within 14 days of appointment inform the MEC responsible for local government of the appointment process and outcome;

g) the MEC for local government must within 14 days of receipt of the information referred to above and after satisfying himself/ herself that the appointment complies with the prescribed requirements and that the appointment was made in accordance with the Systems Act. Submit a copy thereof to the Minister within 14 days of receipt;

h) the municipal council must re-advertise the post if there is no suitable candidate who complies with the prescribed requirements and

i) the municipal council may, in special circumstances and on good cause shown, apply in writing to the Minister to waive the skills, expertise, competencies and qualifications as prescribed if it is unable to attract the suitable candidates.

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22 March 2019 - NW83

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What are the details of the (a) qualification(s) and (b) relevant experience of each (i) municipal manager, (ii) chief financial officer, (iii) technical manager, (iv) planning manager and (v) electrical engineer at the (aa) Ba-Phalaborwa, (bb) Letaba, (cc) Maruleng and (dd) Tzaneen Local Municipalities in Limpopo?

Reply:

Municipality

Designation

Qualification

Experience

Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality

Municipal Manager

Bachelor Degree of Administration

10 years

 

Chief Financial Officer

Bachelor of Commerce Degree

5 years

 

Technical Manager

Bachelor of Science Degree

5 years

 

Planning Manager

Bachelor Honours Degree in Spatial Planning

5 years

 

Electrical Engineer

Baccalaureus in Ingenieurswese

44 years

Letaba Local Municipality

Municipal Manager

Master of Public Administration

5 years

 

Chief Financial Officer

Bachelor of Commerce

10 years

 

Technical Manager

Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering

15 years

 

Planning Manager

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning

10 years

 

Electrical Engineer

National N6 Diploma in Electrical Engineering

7 years

Maruleng Local Municipality

Municipal Manager

Vacant

Not applicable

 

Chief Financial Officer

Vacant

Not applicable

 

Technical Manager

Bachelor of Technology in Engineering: Civil: Urban Engineering

5 years

 

Planning Manager

Vacant

Not applicable

 

Electrical Engineer

N6 National Certificate in Engineering Studies

4 years

Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality

Municipal Manager

Bachelor of Technology in Public Management

7 years

 

Chief Financial Officer

Bachelor Accounting Sciences Honours

9 years

 

Technical Manager

Bachelor of Technology Engineering: Civil (Urban Engineering)

11 years

 

Planning Manager

Master of Development

7 years

 

Electrical Engineer

Bachelor of Technology in Engineering

18 years

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NO. 2019/83 WRITTEN REPLY: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

1. BACKGROUND

1.1  A Parliamentary question was received regarding the details of the qualification(s) and relevant experience of each municipal manager, chief financial officer, technical manager, planning manager and electrical engineer at the Ba-Phalaborwa, Letaba, Maruleng and Tzaneen Local Municipalities in Limpopo.

1.2  The Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000) provides a legal framework for local public administration, makes a provision for the Minister to regulate the setting of uniform standards for municipal staff systems and procedures, and empowers municipalities to adopt policies and procedures that are consistent with uniform standards set by the Minister.

1.3  The Local Government: Regulations on Appointment and Conditions of Employment of Senior Managers (“the Regulations”) promulgated in terms of sections 72 read with 120 of the Systems Act issued under GN No. 21 and published in Government Gazette No. 37245 of 17 January 2014, set out the criteria for appointment/ minimum competency requirements for senior managers in fulfilment of the Minister’s regulatory powers cited above.

1.4  In the main, the Regulations prescribe a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field, experience and successful completion of a competent competency rating as the entry requirements for appointment to a vacant senior manager position.

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22 March 2019 - NW601

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With regard to the fire on 26 August 2018 at a house in Sycamore Street, Cresslawn, Kempton Park, what (a) are the reasons that emergency services did not answer the first several calls made at around 01:00am, (b) is the time recorded that a call was made to the emergency services notifying them of the fire and (c) time did the fire fighters arrive at the scene; 2) What are the reasons that (a) there was no water in the fire engine tanks, (b) the hose connection did not fit the nearest fire hydrant and (c) the fire fighters only started dousing the flames at 02.50am; 3) What actions have been taken with regard to a missing laptop and the safe being tampered with; 4) Whether he will initiate a full inquiry to investigate all of the above? NW724E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member was obtained by the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) from the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE). The response to the question and its sub-components by the CoE is as outlined below.

1)

a) Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) confirms that the well alight house in Sycamore Street Kempton Park was serviced on the 26th of August 2018 by firefighting crews from Kempton Park Fire station, which is the primary firefighting station in the area. It is important to note that the emergency call centre receives a high volume of calls on its emergency lines from community members reporting emergencies, hence the result in overloading of the emergency lines and delays in answering all the calls. The primary role and objective of Emergency Services is to render quality service delivery to the entire community and take preventative measures to save lives and properties from fires. Thus, at all times, Fire Engines and Ambulances are always ready to respond to all emergencies that the City of Ekurhuleni is legally expected to respond to. The city also has capabilities to respond and support other cities beyond its borders.

b) DEMS would like to highlight that the first call received was at 01:27 in the morning and the firefighting crew from the Kempton Park fire station as primary responders, rapidly responded accordingly to the address given, 11 Sycamore road Kempton Park. It took firefighting crews only eight minutes to arrive on the scene after pulling out of the station to the address.

c) Firefighters arrived on the scene of fire eight minutes after leaving the Kempton Park Fire Station.

2) On arrival of fire engines from Kempton Park fire station i.e. (i) Major Industrial Pumper, (ii) Hydraulic Platform (HP) and (iii) Grass Unit, part of the house`s roof had already collapsed. Immediate intervention was initiated to extinguish the blaze. Water from the first arriving Major Pumper was used prior to connection from the water tanker which responded from Tembisa. The first Major pumper that arrived on scene had 3 400 litres of water in the tank, which can be emptied within minutes depending on the number of discharge hoses in use and the diameter thereof. On arrival of the water tanker which had 12 000 litres capacity tank, relay pumping was initiated to complement water from the first pump. HP is a fire engine without a water tank as per specifications. It consists of a hydraulically operated extension ladder which has water way leading to the tip of the same ladder. Its main purpose is to rescue people from high rise buildings and it gets its water supply from other pumpers, water tankers and water sources such as hydrants. In this case, it was not utilised because the structure was a single-storey building. The CoE, for illustrative purposes has attached pictures of the hydraulic platform and the water tanker that was utilised on this incident as outlined below:

Picture 1: Hydraulic Platform based in Kempton Park

Picture 2: Type of water tanker used

  1. With regard to water hydrant connections, there are two main types of connections that are used within the Fire Brigade services and these are bayonet type or screw type standpipes. Both types of connection stand-pipes are part of the basic equipment readily available in the fire engines. Bayonet standpipe fits on a bayonet water hydrant outlet and the screw type standpipe is compatible with a screw type system water hydrant. It is important to note that these connections are not marked hence a Firefighter must open the lid and inspect before connecting the correct stand pipe. The correct standpipe was used on the day to sustain relay water supply to the fire through the pumps. Laying out of attack lines was done swiftly because firehoses are pre-packed. Thus, firefighting was initiated immediately on arrival. The CoE, for illustrative purposes has attached pictures of the different types of standpipes as outlined below: