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02 March 2022 - NW93

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Mabhena, Mr TB to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) What are the full names of each official in the Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA) who received a combined salary increase of 88% in the past three years, (b) what process was followed when the increases were effected and (c) who approved the increases; (2) whether he will furnish Mr T B Mabhena with the (a) breakdown of the salary increases according to each employee and (b) motivation and/or justification of the salary increases; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the increases were effected as a result of performance; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, will he furnish Mr T B Mabhena with the records of performance appraisal; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (4) in what way has he found were the increases justifiable in relation to the poor performance of the entity, given the fact that the DLCA revenue decreased by 34% in the 2020-21 financial year; (5) whether he has found that a salary increase of 7,3% would have been adequate for senior management in the 2020-21 financial year; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. There are no officials that received a combined salary increase of 88% in the past three years at the DLCA. The salary payments to the executives at the DLCA are provided below in line with the figures audited by AGSA and published in the audited Annual Performance Report of the Entity. All payments to staff at the DLCA are regulated by the Department of Public Service and Administration.

a) In 2018/2019 financial year, the top four executives earned a total of R3,404,000. The average was R 851,000 each. This average is distorted by the executive who worked only two months in the year and resigned. The average for the three executives excluding the resigned manager is 1,098,000.

b) In 2019/20 financial year, there were three (3) executives, who earned a total of
R3,104,000. This resulted to an average of R 1,035,000 each.

c) In 2020/21 financial year, there were three (3) executives, who earned a total of
R3,196,000. The average was R 1,065,000. The difference is due to the fact that the CFO did not act for 12 months.

 Executives

2018/'19

2019/'20

2020/'21

Former CFO

178,000

Resigned

Resigned

Acting CFO

1,038,000

927,000

1,016,000

Senior Manager: Information Technology

109,000

Resigned

Resigned

Senior Manager: Production & Infrastructure

1,061,000

1,107,000

1,111,000

Senior Manager: Risk, Governance & Compliance

1,018,000

1,070,000

1,069,000

 Total

3,404,000

3,104,000

3,196,000

Average

851,000

1,034,667

1,065,333

2. Refer to (1) above

3. Refer to (1) above

4. Refer to (1) above

5. Although the DLCA executives would appreciate the salary increase of 7.3%, all salaries paid to the DLCA executives are aligned to the DPSA directive of which in 2020-21 financial year no increases were paid to the executives/ senior managers.

02 March 2022 - NW147

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Transport

What total amount in Rand has each (a) Minister and (b) Deputy Minister spent on (i) fuel, (ii) tyres, (iii) oil, (iv) toll fees and (v) repairs for their official motor vehicles through the transversal contracts administered by his department since 8 May 2019?

Reply:

The total cost for fuel, tyres, oil and repairs for the official vehicles from May 2019 to December 2021 is R 1 035 615.32.

The cost for E toll from May 2019 to October 2021 is R47 500.00.

The total cost for fuel, tyres, oil, repairs and toll fees is R1 083 115.32.

02 March 2022 - NW135

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)In view of the recent oversight visit by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to various Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) stations and locations in Gauteng, including the train station in Mabopane north of Pretoria which is the subject of ownership contestation (PRASA could not obtain an occupation certificate from the City of Tshwane. Part of the property belongs to Tutuni Investments 31 PTY LTD), what is the (a) current situation regarding the land ownership and (b) reason that a Prasa station is located on private land; (2) (a) how was planning permission granted to construct the station, (b) who granted the permission and (c) on what date was such permission granted; (3) what is the current situation with regard to the security contract; (4) whether any permanent security is in place to prevent ongoing damage and vandalism; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) The Mabopane train station has been built prior to 1980, with the ownership falling under the South African Railway and Harbours Administration (SAR&H). During all the changes in administration, the land ownership has changed as set below.

The station comprises of two interlinked terminals: the railway terminal and the bus terminal. The railway terminal is located on land owned by PRASA and the bus terminal, at the time of construction, was locate on three land parcels:

(1) Portion 3 of Farm Rietgat No 611–JR

(2) Remainder of Farm Boekenhoutfontein No 236–JR

(3) Portion 266 of Farm Rietgat No 611–JR

Land parcel (1), was owned by the State and fell under the jurisdiction of Department of Land Affairs. The Department of Land Affairs agreed to donate this property to the South Africa Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC, currently PRASA). A recommendation to dispose the property was done in 2006 and was approved by the Minister of Land Affairs. National Treasury also granted approval to donate the land parcel to PRASA on 16 May 2007. The State Attorney was appointed to effect the transfer. To date, the transfer has not taken place, however, the State Attorney’s office is reopening the case and will complete the transaction.

In April 2000, Land parcel (2) and (3) were consolidated into a single property known as Farm Mabopane No 702–JR and registered via title deed T73872/2012 in favour of City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (City of Tshwane). According to the Department of Land Affairs, the City of Tshwane had agreed in principle to transfer the portion of land, on which the bus station is located, to PRASA.

In 2008, City of Tshwane transferred the remainder of Farm Mabopane No 702–JR, to Tutuni Investments 31 PTY LTD, No 2008/002145/07.

In 2012, Farm Mabopane No 702–JR, was subdivided to create portions 44 – 58. These newly created portions were registered in favour of various owners. On 28 September 2012, the remainder of the Farm reverted to the City of Tshwane via Title Deed T73872/2012.

Portion 52, which included the portion on which the bus terminal is constructed on, was surveyed via SG Diagram No 2683/2012 by Mr G Pettit (Professional Land Surveyor, PLS0913) and registered in favour of Tutuni Investments 31 PTY LTD, No 2008/002145/07 on 22 August 2012. Less than a month later, on 10 September 2012, the property was endorsed in favour of Permacorp Investments PTY LTD, No 2011/118721/07.

It needs to be noted that:

  • The survey created a property cutting through a building, and
  • Both transactions, registration of the remainder of Farm Mabopane No 702–JR and the portion 52 were handled by the same attorneys Maponya Incorporated.

(b) Portion 3 of Farm Rietgat No 611–JR (donation to PRASA) is with the State Attorney who was appointed to effect the transfer.

The ownership of a portion of Portion 52, on which the station is situated, is still in private ownership after having been transferred by the City of Tshwane in 2008, as stated above. The City of Tshwane committed that they would assist with resolving the issue around the land they sold but has not yet done so. The land must be urgently acquired, either through negotiations or expropriation.

2. (a), (b) and (c)

Project planning for the improvement and upgrade of Mabopane Station commenced during 2013/14. The zoning and land ownership issues was known by PRASA and the City of Tshwane. As the building was in existence and only to be upgraded, the construction team, relied on the provision of subsection 4 of the National Building Regulations and Building Standard Act 103 of 1997 which prescribes that:

“…in respect of any building to be erected by or on behalf of the State, such plans, specifications and certificate as may be prescribed by national building regulation, shall before the commencement of such erection be lodged with the local authority in question for its information and comment”.

Construction work therefore commenced on the basis of subsection 4 as set out above and no building plans were lodged for approval.

However, in 2018, PRASA lodged building plans for the Mabopane Concourse with the City of Tshwane to be considered and/or approved. Following submission of the plans, several meetings were held with the City of Tshwane’s Planning Department and the latter eventually communicated on 27 September 2019 that:

  • the plans submitted to City of Tshwane’s Planning Department by PRASA cannot be supported,
  • the Occupation Certificate cannot be issued due to the Station Precinct, stretching over a number of erven (Erf 611/43, Rietgat and the remaining extend of portion 3 and 52 of Rietgat) and
  • the land parcels and rights is not supporting the current use.

3. There is currently a security contracts in place on the Mabopane – Pretoria corridor. Personnel has been deployed compromising of both PRASA internal security and those sourced through private security companies. To date, there has been no vandalism or crime incidents reported since the deployments.

4. PRASA has deployed 160 permanently employed security officers on the corridor. The private security contract expires in September 2022.

 

02 March 2022 - NW95

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Mabhena, Mr TB to ask the Minister of Transport

In light of the fact that the five-year contract between Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA) and a certain company (name furnished) lapsed on 25 January 2021 and subsequent to that the DLCA took a decision to extend the contract by a further six months to 25 July 2021, what is the (a) current status of the contract and (b) cost of out-of-contract services with the specified company?

Reply:

a) The contract with Muhlbauer ID Services was subsequently terminated on 26 July 2021. The SCM process was followed and the local suppliers (South African) were appointed to provide this service.

b) The total amount paid during the extension from 27 January 2021 to 26 July 2021 amounted to R 8 million which was within the variation threshold (15%/ R15 million) provided by the National Treasury.

23 December 2021 - NW2500

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) is the basis on which (i) the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and (ii) Metrorail are renting diesel locomotives from Transnet, (b) number of Transnet locomotives have been in use under the specified rental, lease and/or loan agreement conditions in the past 36 months and (c) operational costs on the Transnet locomotives were carried by (i) Prasa and (ii) Metrorail during the past 36 months?

Reply:

 

(a). (i) & (ii) Leasing and usage of locomotives does not take place at PRASA Corporate, but happens at regional level.

Gauteng Metrorail is currently leasing shunting locomotives which are primarily supposed to be used for shunting operations in the marshalling yards at Wolmerton and Braamfontein depots.

The Eastern Cape service are operated with diesel locomotives as opposed to electrified motor coaches as PRASA has a 25KV AC overhead voltage as opposed to 3KV DC in other regions/provinces for commuter services.

In the Western Cape diesel locomotives are leased for hauling movements of train sets/wagons/coaches where no Over Head Traction Equipment is available to enable self powering of motor coaches. Metrorail also lease diesel locomotives for shunting purposes of coaches and train sets within the maintenance yards, other related depots as well as for train set rescue in section and emergency during incidents/accidents.

KZN Metrorail is currently leasing shunting locomotives which is primarily used for shunting operations in the Durban marshalling yard and in Springfield maintenance yard.

(b). The number of Transnet locomotives that have been in use under the specified rental, lease and/or loan agreement conditions in the past 36 months are as follows:

Region

Gauteng

Eastern Cape

Western Cape

Kwazulu-Natal

2019/2020

4

8

1

1

2020/2021

4

10

1

1

2021/2022 to

date

8

0

1

1

  1. Operational costs on Transnet locomotives carried by (i) PRASA and (ii) Metrorail:
    1. Refer to response in (a)
    2. Operation cost per region

Region

Amount

Gauteng Region

R80,735,340-75

Eastern Cape Region

R75,288,586-93

Western Cape Region

R11,079,828-00

Kwazulu Natal Region

R2,168,752-32

23 December 2021 - NW2705

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the relevant details of the actual annual expenditure on all roads, including roads that fall under the mandate of the SA National Roads Agency, for each financial year from 2012 to 2021 for expenditure on (a) employees of his department, (b) new road construction and (c) maintenance on existing road infrastructure in the Uthukela district of KwaZulu-Natal?

Reply:

 

The expenditure on the 183.2 km of national roads which are under SANRAL in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu-Natal is summarised in the table below for each financial year. Please note that the employee cost of SANRAL’s regional office in Kwazulu-Natal has been pro-rated in proportion to the network length in the Uthukela District as SANRAL has no employees at municipal level.

Table 1: SANRAL Annual Expenditure Uthukela District (R Million)

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

(a) Employee

Cost

R2.2

R2.3

R2.6

R2.8

R3.0

R3.2

R3.4

R3.5

R3.7

R4.1

(b) New road

construction

R0.0

R0.0

R0.0

R15.6

R0.0

R0.0

R0.0

R0.0

R0.0

R0.0

(c) Maintenance

R189.5

R187.5

R322.2

R218.6

R153.7

R132.9

R90.9

R206.3

R206.6

R229.8

23 December 2021 - NW2690

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, whilst our train services are in the lowest state ever and the bank balance of the Railway Safety Regulator is at its highest ever, it is his and/or his department’s position that the current Fine-Driving system adequately contributes to rail safety; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

Penalties fees are charged in terms of section 45A of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act NO.16 of 2002 as amended and the penalty fee model developed in terms of the Penalty Fee Regulation of 2011.The penalty fees are approved by the Minister of Transport and published in the Government Gazette. The purpose of imposing such penalties is to: (i) Promote, improve and achieve sustained compliance with the National Railway Safety Regulator so that incidents where penalties are reduced over a period of time; and to (ii) promote safe railway operations.

The RSR uses various tools to regulate the rail industry which includes; issuing of safety permits, issuing penalties (fines) in accordance with the Act, conducting safety awareness and training of operators, developing standards, conducting audits, investigations and inspections to monitor compliance with the RSR regulatory tools, with the main aim of improving safe railway operations. As indicated issuing of penalties (fines) is only one of the instruments used by the RSR and it is intended to serve as a deterrent from contravening the Act. The issuance of penalties is not intended to be a revenue generating tool. It should be noted that the RSR does not budget for penalties. Penalty revenue for 2019/20 and 2020/21 amounted to R770 000 and R800 000 respectively.

The significant bank balance that the RSR has, is as a result of the entities implementation of its 2018 financial recovery plan and 2021 financial sustainability plan.

23 December 2021 - NW2675

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the reasons that so little progress and improvement has been made by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR), given that according to the latest State of Safety Report by the RSR a total of 3 392 operational occurrences (details furnished) have been recorded during the past year and security-related incidents per million train kilometres have increased by 105%?

Reply:

 

During the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, operators experienced a significant increase in both recorded and unrecorded theft and vandalism security-related incidents on their assets and infrastructure. The RSR continued to advocate for means to curb these incidents throughout the rail sector influence and stakeholders. State agencies, private security employed to guard assets and infrastructure and law enforcement agencies, such as the South African Police Services (SAPS) have been actively engaged by the RSR to employ proactive measures to arrest perpetrators of these incidents. These activities included the RSR making submissions during the National Rail Crime Combating Forum under the guidance of the SAPS for action, including proactive investigations for possible prosecutions.

The 105% does not mean it is an increase between two financial periods but between 2010/11 and 2018/19 reporting. The immediate comparison between the 2019/20 and 2020/21 reporting period, reflects a decrease from 9 996 to 8 052 security-related incidents. This represents a 19% decrease.

23 December 2021 - NW2713

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

1. Whether, with regard to the SA Airways (SAA) flights to and/or from Brussels on and/or around 24 February 2021, he will furnish Mr R A Lees with a copy of the full investigation report on the Alpha Floor incident that occurred during the SAA flights; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 2. What are the relevant details of (a) any complaints and/or charges received from any Belgium and/or other jurisdictions and/or authorities regarding any regulation breaches allegedly committed during the SAA flights and (b) the consequences and/or action taken as a result of the specified complaints and/or charges? NW3227E

Reply:

 

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

1. Unlike the occurrences i.e., accidents/serious incidents conducted under either ICAO Annex 13 or Part 12 of the Civil Aviation Regulations, the SAA Alpha Floor investigation was conducted under Section 73 of the Civil Aviation Act (Act 13 of 2009).

“Section 73 reads -

2. In addition to the functions referred to in subsection (1) the Civil Aviation Authority has the following functions:

m) to investigate aircraft accidents and aircraft incidents that the Aviation Safety Investigation Board has determined not to investigate in terms of Chapter 4 and for purposes of regulatory compliance with this Act;”

Investigations conducted under the above regulation are meant to determine regulatory compliance and therefore they are not published nor shared with the public as they present the compliance status of the operator and may also include punitive action taken against the operator or licence holder by the Regulator. Regulatory compliance inspections, audits and investigations are of a confidential nature as they may contain individual organisation’s sensitive information.

(2) The SACAA, did not receive nor is aware of any complaints and/or charges received from any Belgium and/or other jurisdiction and/or authority regarding any regulatory breaches allegedly committed by SAA. Our investigation though did reveal that the Alpha Floor activation at OR Tambo for the outbound flight to Brussels was not the first one the operator had experienced; an enforcement action has been taken against the operator for a failure to report both the last occurrence and the three previous occurrences.

23 December 2021 - NW2632

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Transport

What steps is his department taking to improve the functionality of trains in eThekwini?

Reply:

 

The eThekwini Rolling Stock fleet has been severely affected by the following:

  • Theft and vandalism;
  • Old railway lines affecting the condition of the rolling stock wheels.

The above mentioned resulted in the loss of coaches which could not be recovered through internal maintenance processes.

PRASA has appointed a panel of external service providers for a period of 36 months through a Maintenance Support Contract to assist with the recovery of coaches as well as reliability improvement which will result in the functionality of trains.

In addition, PRASA is also concluding the procurement of Mission Critical Components contract, which will also improve the availability of spares and sustainability of rolling stock.

With regards to infrastructure, rehabilitation work is planned for the Durban-KwaMashu line as follows:

  • Substation rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation of the Over Head Tract Equipment (OHTE) system\Replace stolen signalling equipment
  • Track rehabilitation\installation of backup fibre
  • Bridges project
  • Station rehabilitation

Infrastructure work on the Durban-Umlazi lines will cover the following:

  • Substation rehabilitation
  • Tunnels rehabilitation
  • Signalling rehabilitation
  • Perway rehabilitation
  • Installation
  • Bridges rehabilitation
  • Station rehabilitation

23 December 2021 - NW2706

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the relevant details of the actual annual expenditure on all roads that fall under the mandate of the SA National Roads Agency for each financial year from 2012 to 2021 for expenditure on (a) employees of his department, (b) new road construction and (c) maintenance on existing road infrastructure for KwaZulu-Natal?

Reply:

 

The expenditure on the 1321 km of national roads under SANRAL in KwaZulu-Natal, including the portion of the N3 concessioned to the N3 Toll Concessionaire is summarised in the table below per financial year.

Table 1: SANRAL Annual Expenditure in Kwazulu-Natal (R Million)

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

(a) Employee Cost

R12.4

R13.4

R16.8

R18.5

R20.0

R22.8

R24.5

R25.8

R26.7

R32.2

(b) New road

construction

R98.5

R65.9

R242.4

R260.8

R266.3

R593.5

R562.5

R442.0

R275.9

R62.8

(c) Maintenance

R1 204.0

R1 475.1

R1 691.4

R1 916.5

R1 637.7

R1 128.9

R1 230.6

R1 179.7

R988.6

R918.0

10 December 2021 - NW2399

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What amount has the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) (a) allocated in the budget and (b) actually paid to (i) contractors and (ii) internal Prasa security for securing assets in each of the past three financial years?

Reply:

a) The total amount PRASA allocated in the budget for the past three financial years is R3,857,356,575-49.

b) Please refer to the breakdown in the table link below for the actual amount paid for securing assets in each of the past three financial years.

https://pmg.org.za/files/RNW2399-2021-12-10.pdf

10 December 2021 - NW2383

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department has conducted a rail infrastructure audit; if not, why not; if so, what percentage of the infrastructure network is (a) functional and (b) carries (i) goods and (ii) passengers?

Reply:

An infrastructure audit has been undertaken by PRASA, with the below breakdown per region:

(a) Please see response below.

(b) (i) Goods fall within the portfolio of the Department of Public Enterprises

(ii) Please see response below.

Gauteng Region

17% of the network is functional

  • 2 lines under electric traction (TFR Vereeniging & Saulsville)
  • 2 lines under diesel traction (Naledi & Leralla)

List of functioning lines:

  • TFR Vereeniging – Union (249 patronage per day)
  • Saulsville – Pretoria (1973 patronage per day)
  • Naledi – Johannesburg (4096 patronage per day)
  • Leralla – Germiston (6142 patronage per day)

Kwa-Zulu Natal

47% of the network is functional

 

List of functioning lines:

  • Umlazi – Durban (9830 patronage per day)
  • TFR Cato Ridge – Durban (5830 patronage per day)
  • Kelso - Durban Partially Functional from Umkomaas to Durban (1660 patronage per day)

Western Cape

 

40% of the network is functional

List of functioning lines:

  • Kraaifontein - Cape Town via Monte Vista (4583 patronage per day)
  • Cape Town - Langa via Mutual (325 patronage per day)
  • TFR Cape Town - Malmesbury (429 patronage per day)
  • Cape Town – Retreat via Athlone (1112 patronage per day)
  • Cape Town – Simon’s Town (3257 patronage per day)

Eastern Cape

The infrastructure network utilised by PRASA in the Eastern Cape belongs to Transnet Freight Rail (TFR)

List of functioning lines:

  • TFR Gqeberha - Uitenghage (466 patronage per day)
  • TFR East London - Berlin (5826 patronage per day)

10 December 2021 - NW2354

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Transport

What measures has he put in place to resolve the long-standing strike by truck drivers across the Republic?

Reply:

My Department participates in the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) which is constituted by the President of Republic of South Africa, led by Minister of Labour. The IMC amongst others is responsible to deal with migration of foreign nationals for employment and related opportunities. Departments constituting the IMC are tasked with the responsibilities of developing an implementation plan to arrest the problems affecting the Road Freight and Logistics Industry.

The Implementation Plan had four action steps, being the review of legislation, review of policy, inspections of all companies in the truck industry and roadblocks, vehicle check points as well as high visibility patrols at affected routes. The Department of Transport and its entities, i.e, the RTMC and CBRTA participates in inspections of road freight companies, roadblocks and vehicle checks.

In addition to the above activities, my Department has proposed the insertion of Regulation 116A in the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000, which still recognises a professional driving permit issued by countries within the SADC and prescribed territories. These professional driving permits shall in line with the proposed amendment be valid only when operating a motor vehicle registered in the country that issued any such professional driving permit and further that South African registered trucks shall only be operated by drivers who possess a South African issued professional driving permit.

10 December 2021 - NW2294

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What (a) total number of buses are currently registered in the Autopax fleet of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and (b) is the breakdown of (i) vehicle types and (ii) year of purchase of the specified buses; (2) what total number of the passenger buses were in daily use in the past financial year versus the prior financial year?

Reply:

(1) (a) The total number of buses registered in the Autopax fleet is 428.

(b) The breakdown of (i) vehicle types and (ii) year of purchase of specified buses is tabulated below:

Vehicle type

Number of vehicles

Year of purchase

MAN 26.310 6x2 FOCNR City to City

5

2009

M/Benz 24.360 6x2 0500 ORSD Andare City to City

262

2010

M/Benz 24.360 6x2 0500 ORSD Paradiso Trans-Lux

156

2010

MAN Lion Explorer

5

2009

Total

428

 

2. The total number of passenger buses in daily use during the 2021 financial year (April 2020 – March 2021) is 66. Number of passenger buses in daily use during the 2020 financial year (April 2019 – March 2020) is 117.

10 December 2021 - NW2278

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Transport

What interventions has he put in place to assist truck drivers who queue for more than 30km from Lebombo Port of Entry every day and who are being robbed in the process?

Reply:

The challenges affecting the flow of cross-border traffic are because of the delays which are being experienced on the Mozambican side of the border owing to several new processes and requirements which were recently introduced. This has resulted in significant delays and vehicle pileup on the Mozambican side, as well as on the South African side. Due to the infrastructure layout on the border approach road, vehicles tend to queue on the side of the road all the way to the border mouth. The law enforcement of the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) is therefore, supporting the South African Police Service (SAPS) to detect and prosecute criminal elements who target truck drivers to ensure their safety. The Road Transport Inspectorate of the C-BRTA, under the Road Traffic Management Corporation, is also working with the Provincial Traffic and Nkomazi Local Traffic to control traffic flow with a view to reduce build up in traffic. Furthermore, the C-BRTA is engaging with Mozambican counterparts to urgently address the challenges with a view of mitigating against increased congestion at the Lebombo Port of Entry.

10 December 2021 - NW2295

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What total amount of Bus Rapid Transit System funding did the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) transfer to each of the 13 cities in the past three financial years; (2) what total amount has been paid by Sanral to a certain company (name furnished) since the beginning of their engagement, distinguishing between (a) contract agreement and (b) operational agreement payments?

Reply:

1. The SA National Roads Agency (SANRAL) mandate does not include public transport, as such SANRAL has not made any Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System funding transfers to any of 13 cities in the past three financial years.

2. SANRAL has made payments to Electronic Toll Collection (Pty) Ltd, (ETC), in which Kapsch TrafficCom (Sweden and Austria) has 25% direct shareholding, for the development of an Account Based Ticketing (ABT) module as part of the SANRAL Transaction Clearing House (TCH) system to enable pilot projects to commence at selected cities. The Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) systems of the BRT’s will interface to the SANRAL ABT module for account hosting and transaction processing.

a) The amount that was paid to date to ETC for the ABT module project is R1,711,282.65, excluding VAT for development and integration of the module on the SANRAL TCH.

b) No operational costs have been incurred to date as the project is still in the development stages and has not gone operational

10 December 2021 - NW2179

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Chabangu, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

What progress has he made to ensure that trains are running efficiently again in the major cities in the Republic?

Reply:

PRASA, in its quest to restore the operations of public commuter and passenger rail transport is executing the following programs: -

a) PRASA has prioritised the rehabilitation of what is themed Presidential Projects in the Mabopane Line in Gauteng, and Central Line in the Western Cape.

b) Several other key corridors and lines across the country are also project listed for rehabilitation and completion within the current financial year up to 2022/23.

c) PRASA has put in multiple strategic processes to ensure that security challenges are resolved as soon as possible to secure the safety of all passengers and employees.

10 December 2021 - NW1757

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Transport

What is the national backlog in respect of the issuing of operating licences to taxi operators, (b) what has he found to be the cause of the delays and (c) on what date is it envisaged he will fix the problem?

Reply:

Currently, the issuing of operating licenses to Taxi operators is the responsibility of the Provincial Regulatory Entities (PREs) in the respective Provinces. In order to determine a national backlog in respect of the issuing of operating licenses to Taxi operators, the Department, on 05 November 2021, requested each of the nine (9) Provinces to submit details of their backlogs, the causes of the delays and indications of when the backlogs will be dealt with.

To date, only seven (7) Provinces have responded, namely the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Kwa Zulu Natal, Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga province. The Gauteng and North West Provinces have not yet responded. The Eastern Cape and Western Cape Provinces have indicated that they have no backlog in respect of issuing of operating licenses to Taxi operators in their Provinces.

There is a combined total of seven thousand nine hundred and twenty (7920) applications in backlog in respect of the issuing of operating licenses to Taxi operators as reported by Kwa-Zulu Natal, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Free State Provinces. The reasons for the delays vary between the slowness and unreliability of the NLTIS system and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is envisioned that the backlog will be dealt with and finalized by 31 March 2022.

The table below depicts the responses received from Provinces in respect of the backlog in numbers, reasons for the delay and envisioned dates to finalize the backlog per Province.

Province

a) Backlog

b) Reasons for the delay

(c) Date to finalize the backlog

Gauteng

No response received

-

-

North West

No response received

-

-

Western Cape

No backlog reported

-

-

Eastern Cape

No backlog reported

-

-

Mpumalanga

No backlog reported

 

-

Free State

821 applications

Restrictions imposed by the National Lockdown.

31 March 2022

Northern Cape

2698 applications

COVID-19 protocols and restrictions

31 March 2022

Kwa-Zulu Natal

2859 applications

Taxi operators are not uplifting the operating licenses due to vehicles being repossessed or due to reduced profit collections on operations.

Applications are cancelled on the system in accordance with the National Land Transport Regulation time-frames.

Limpopo

1542 applications

Lack of evidence of demand/supply of transport information from ITPS of municipalities in the province.

31 March 2023

10 December 2021 - NW2360

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Transport

What steps will his department take to mitigate the increasing incidents of the overloading of learners on small taxis and bakkies operating as scholar transport, which result in injury and death in the case of accidents?

Reply:

The National Learner Transport Policy of 2015, National Land Transport Act of 2009 and National Road Traffic Act of 1993 regulate and manage the safety of learner transport services.

The Road Traffic Management Cooperation (RTMC) is empowered by the Act, to act on public transport operators who disregard the provisions of the Road Traffic Act and compromise the safety of passengers and other road users. Overloading of passengers is strictly forbidden and different punitive measures are being exercised to ensure compliance with the Act.

Regulation 250 of the National Road Traffic Act of 1993 provides that no person shall on a public road convey school children in the goods compartment of a motor vehicle for reward.

The Department together with the Road Traffic Management Cooperation (RTMC) and provinces will continue to strengthen the enforcement of the Act and its regulations to ensure zero tolerance to these violations.

10 December 2021 - NW2275

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) What total number of senior staff members of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has been and/or was suspended since 2019 and (b) on what charges; (2) what total number of the suspended Prasa members (a) have been reinstated, (b) are still suspended and/or (c) had their services terminated; (3) with reference to the specified Prasa members who have been reinstated, are still suspended and/or had their services terminated, at what cost has this taken place in each specified case, including (a) salary and benefits expenses to Prasa and (b) legal costs; (4) with reference to the Prasa members who are still suspended, (a) what is the next expected step and (b) by what date does he envisage will the specified step be implemented?

Reply:

1. (a) The total number of senior staff members of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) that has been and/or was suspended since 2019 and (b) on what charges are listed in the table below:

(a)

Financial Year

(b)

Charges

2019/20

TOTAL = 17

Participating in the irregular appointment of private security providers

 

Failing breathalyser test when reporting for duty and colluding with competitors.

 

Procurement related irregularities

 

Misconduct:

  • sexual harassment
  • nepotism and violation of recruitment policy
  • gross dishonesty
  • gross negligence
  • dereliction of duties
  • damage to company property
  • theft
  • operational irregularities

2020/21

TOTAL = 14

Procurement related irregularities

 

Misconduct:

  • gross dishonesty
  • gross negligence
  • dereliction of duties
  • damage to company property
  • operational irregularities

2021/22

TOTAL = 11

Procurement related irregularities

 

Theft

 

Sexual harassment

2. The total number of the suspended PRASA members which (a) have been reinstated, (b) are still suspended and/or (c) had their services terminated are listed below:

Financial Year

(a)

Reinstated

(b)

Still Suspended

(c)

Service Terminated

2019/20

5

46

18

2020/21

12

36

30

2021/22

9

22

14

3. With reference to the specified PRASA members who have been reinstated, are still suspended and/or had their services terminated, the cost at which this has taken place in each specified case, including (a) salary and benefits expenses to Prasa and (b) legal costs are listed below:

(a)

FY2020/21: EMPLOYEE COST TO COMPANY

PRASA Corporate

R5,316,062-92

AUTOPAX

R1,228,945-43

PRASA CRES

R2,460,022-63

PRASA Rail

R13,497,814-55

PRASA Tech

R6,951,264-48

TOTAL

R29,454,110-01

(a)

FY2021/22: EMPLOYEE COST TO COMPANY

PRASA Corporate

R6,680,079-48

AUTOPAX

R492,277-49

PRASA CRES

R4,709,643-24

PRASA Rail

R3,617,636-63

PRASA Tech

R593,538-19

TOTAL

R16,093,175-03

(b)

FY2021/22: LEGAL COSTS

Internal disciplinary hearings

R11,024,796-36

CCMA

R7,309,533-83

Labour Court

R5,766,758-82

TOTAL

R24,101,089-01

 

4. With reference to the PRASA members who are still suspended, (a) the next expected step and (b) by which date the specified step is envisaged to be implemented is listed below.

(a)

BUSINESS UNIT

PROGRESS STATUS

PRASA Corporate

  • 4 Senior members: disciplinary hearing in progress for Procurement related irregularities
  • One manager: still under investigation for Gross dishonesty and fraud allegations

AUTOPAX

  • Disciplinary Hearings in progress for gross negligence, false declaration, shortages and theft

PRASA CRES

  • Disciplinary hearings are in progress for all suspended employees for procurement related irregularities

PRASA Rail

  • Disciplinary hearings are in progress for all suspended employees for various acts of misconduct

PRASA Technical

  • One Employee undergoing disciplinary process
  • Attorneys appointed to finalise charges and proceed with disciplinary hearing in another matter

(b) Dates

The matters are all at different stages of either the investigation or the disciplinary process. It is not possible to give an exact date of the next step for each matter, since this is influenced by a number of factors, like the complexity of the matter, the availability of the parties, the stage of the investigation by either internal or external investigators, etc.

10 December 2021 - NW2464

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Transport

What immediate interventions will be implemented by his department regarding the taxi riots in Atteridgeville, which are affecting the transportation of pupils to school during the examination period?

Reply:

The Department enquired about the taxi riots in Atteridgeville from the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport as well as the Taxi Industry in the Tshwane Region. Their response is that they are not aware of such an occurrence of taxi riots in that area.

10 December 2021 - NW2400

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the pending final court ruling on the Langa rail occupancy matter, what are the full details of the measures that (a) his department and (b) the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa have put in place to relocate the rail occupants?

Reply:

a) There is currently in excess of 7800 households in the Western Cape Province who have illegally occupied the PRASA railway reserve along the Central Line. The areas occupied covers the rail reserves in Langa, Phillipi and Khayelitsha. Therefore, it is currently impossible for PRASA to rehabilitate or upgrade railway infrastructure or resume commuter rail services in the Central Line.

The Department, together with the National Departments of Human Settlements, Public Works & Infrastructure, Western Cape Provincial Departments of Human Settlements, Transport and Public Works, the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality and PRASA has decided that a joined approach will be taken to come up with sustainable solutions to be able to relocate households who have illegally occupied the railway reserve. In order to effect this decision, the parties has decided to enter into an Implementation Protocol that will facilitate decisions taken to find suitable alternative land to resettle the households and to ensure a process to restore the rail services in the Central Line corridor.

b) PRASA is working together with the Western Cape Department of Human Settlement and the City of Cape Town to identify suitable parcels of land and to install minimum services on this land to relocate the illegal occupants. Two (2) land parcels were identified in Eersterivier offered by the National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and the Western Cape Provincial Department of Transport and Infrastructure for the Langa Relocation Program.

The Court Order stipulates that the relocation should take place on or before 26th November 2021, subject to conditions, including implementation of services which will necessitate preparation of the two land parcels. To access the identified state land, a motivation was made to the City of Cape Town to undertake an internal application to declare these two land parcels as emergency relocation sites so that immediate access could be obtained and land preparation could resume. On 22 September 2021, PRASA and the Housing Development Agency made this application to the City of Cape Town. On 18 October 2021, the City of Cape Town declined the application on the basis that there is threat of opposition from a Developer owning an Estate in the Eersterivier area and that there is a petition from the receiving community in opposition of the relocation.

PRASA is currently addressing the matter through intensive consultations with the City of Cape Town, WC Provincial Government, the Eersterivier receiving community and the Langa affected communities. The consultations are currently on-going.

 

09 December 2021 - NW2441

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What is the current number of manual authorisations (MAs) served by the Railway Safety Regulator on rail sections owned by (a) the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and (b) Transnet respectively; (2) when looking at each of these sections being declared as an MA, (a) which 10 are the longest and most frequently found to be unsafe and (b) on what date was each of the specified sections mentioned for the first time?

Reply:

1.   Railway Operators are required to report occurrences and incidents as prescribed by SANS 3000-1 by contacting the RSR Contact Centre, using the National Information Management System (NIMS) and a designated occurrence reporting email address. These occurrence statistics are reported and recorded to the RSR according to mandatory categories included in the South African National Standard on Railway Safety Management. These reportable categories operational occurrences and security incidents include derailments, collisions signals passed at danger, level crossing occurrences and security incidents such as theft and vandalism. Manual Train Authorisations are a daily procedural arrangement and are not reportable to the RSR. The RSR does not serve the authorisations, it is the Operator’s responsibility.

Safe train movement relies on the effective combination of all aspects of a railway system. Train control and communications systems play an important in this respect. Asset condition and maintenance faults also contribute to manual authorizations. That is, faulty signalling cables, defective rail, rail washaways or security violations like theft and vandalism of railway assets.

Manual train authorization is an accepted fallback method of train operations during abnormal conditions.

The required information can be obtained from the Operators.

09 December 2021 - NW2566

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether, given that this year marks 15 years since the inception of the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme (TRP) and that the allowance has been increased to encourage a higher uptake of what should bring about safe, effective, reliable, affordable and accessible taxi operations by introducing new taxi vehicles designed to undertake public transport functions, and noting that in the 2019-20 financial year less than 2 000 taxis have been scrapped while over R5 billion has been paid in scrapping allowances to date, he has found that the TRP has succeeded in the specified objectives; if not, wat is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether, given the continued low uptake amongst taxi owners, he has found that the TRP should be continued; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Taxi Recapitalisation Programme (TRP) has been successful in that to date, 77 763 old and unsafe minibus taxi vehicles have been removed from active operation and over R5 billion of support has been provided to an industry that transports approximately 69% of the public commuters daily while not receiving operational subsidy from government. Only minibus taxi vehicles older than 04 September 2006 are processed for scrapping and only if they are in possession of a valid operating license. As a result, the slow uptake in scrapping cannot simply be attribute to lack of interest from operators but it is equally a consequence of not meeting the requirements.

2. The objective of the TRP goes beyond the scrapping of old taxi vehicles. It forms a key pillar of the national programme to improve public transport, and is focused on the two pillars of improving the safety of passengers using the taxi mode, and the transformation and empowerment of the taxi industry. The South African public transport system consists of the rail, bus and minibus taxi services, with the latter being the only public transport service not receiving operational subsidy.

According to the National Household Travel Survey, the minibus taxi commuters account for approximately 69% of public transport users for work, school and other purposes. Over and above being the main mode of transporting public transport passengers, the taxi industry forms a critical and complex part of the South African economy with its business operations and activities. As a critical strategy in transforming and integrating the public transport system, the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme is aimed, amongst others, at:

  • replacing old unsafe taxi vehicles with safe compliant vehicles,
  • promoting modal integration through addressing the fragmentation in the minibus taxi industry, and
  • promoting the formalisation of the taxi industry and its operations into business units thereby facilitating modal integration and effective structuring and institutionalisation of the taxi industry.

Therefore, the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme will be an ongoing programme that ensures the use of safe and compliant vehicles for the majority of commuters and also provide a form of capital subsidy to the industry to incentivise compliance.

09 December 2021 - NW2666

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

Given the mass movement of persons during the election campaigns in the period 1 September 2021 to 1 November 2021, what (a) additional measures were put in place to ensure that social distancing and the relevant COVID-19 protocols were adhered on all forms of transportation, (b) support was given to the public in relation to personal protective equipment in taxis, trains and buses and (c) was the success rate of each measure put in place?

Reply:

a) PRASA started to provide services under COVID-19 on the 01 July 2020 operating under difficult conditions of stolen and vandalised rail network infrastructure while operating limited services to ensure that staff is familiar with the handling of customers under the Covid-19 conditions. Limited services were introduced, and the limited number of stations were identified for the stoppage of trains to avoid overcrowding. Measurers were put in place to mitigate the spread of the pandemic in all modes of transport.

However, there were no additional measures put in place during the period from 1 September 2021 to 1 November 2021 across all modes.

b) No Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was provided to the public and passengers on taxis, trains and buses over this period. A number of municipalities provided PPEs and sanitisers to public transport operators before this period.

c) Because there were no additional measures introduced for the said period, the success rate was not measured.

09 December 2021 - NW2609

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What (a) number of municipalities are in arrears on motor vehicle license fees payable to his department and (b) amount does each municipality owe; (2) what number of municipalities are (a) having licence paper withheld as a result of outstanding monies and (b) at risk of losing their agencies as a result of outstanding monies; (3) what other measures will be taken against the defaulting municipalities?

Reply:

Question 1: What (a) number of municipalities are in arrears on motor vehicle license fees payable to his department and (b) amount does each municipality owe;

Response:

A) The national department of transport is not responsible for the collection of licence fees, it is the provincial departments of transport that are responsible for the collection of the licence fees.

It is worth noting that the DLCA only withhold driving licence cards for DLTCs that have been in arrears for more than 90 days without entering into or honouring the payment arrangement. As at 1 November 2021, the DLCA withheld cards for 9 DLTCs that are in arrears for more than 90 days. Refer to the Age analysis below.

Name

120+ Days

90 Days

Category : 2 - KWAZULU-NATAL

   

Estcourt/Wembezi DLTC

R -

R 20,372.54

Eshowe DLTC

R -

R 22,199.00

     

Category : 3 - EASTERN CAPE

   

Komga DLTC - Great Kei Municipality

R 190.94

R 12,878.11

     

Category : 4 - WESTERN CAPE

   

Eastridge / Mitchells Plain DLTC

R -

R 2,942.00

Riversdale DLTC (incl.1067)

R -

R 8,096.50

     

Category : 7 - NORTHWEST

   

Ventersdorp DLTC/ JB Marks Mun

R 15,326.00

R -

Wolmaranstad Reg Auth

R 13,750.17

R 0.48

     

Category : 9 - NORTHERN CAPE

   

Upington DLTC / Khara Hais

R -

R 37,213.27

Springbok DLTC Nama Khoi

R 15,465.15

R 24,411.00

Furthermore, the following process is followed before cards are withheld:

  1. 30 days outstanding - The DLCA will telephonically liaise with DLTCs that are owing invoices for more than 30 days which a view of trying to obtain results for late payment.
  2. 60 days outstanding - Reminder letters are sent to remind DLTCs that their invoices are outstanding for more than 60 days and must come up with a payment plan to address the debt owing with is in line with the DLCA policies.
  3. 90 days outstanding - When no feedback is received from the above steps, DLCA will then resolve to withhold cards until we have an active payment plan or the amount owing is paid in full.
  4. 120 days outstanding - interest is charged on all invoices that have been outstanding for than 120 days.

B) This question is no more relevant, kindly be referred to the 1A above.

Question 2: What number of municipalities are (a) having licence paper withheld as a result of outstanding monies and (b) at risk of losing their agencies as a result of outstanding monies;

  1. The National Department of Transport is not responsible for withholding of the licence paper, however it is worth noting that municipalities themselves procure the face value documents directly from the GPW OR alternatively from the provincial department of transport.
  2. The national department of transport does not enter into any agency agreement with municipalities for that reason the department is not aware of any risk where municipalities are losing their agencies.

Question 3: What other measures will be taken against the defaulting municipalities?

The national department of transport cannot take any measures against the defaulting municipalities because of the explanation furnished at the 1A and 1B above.

The action to be taken is contained within agency agreements concluded by provinces and their agents and the decision to act is the sole prerogative of the province concerned as custodian of the function of vehicle and driving licences.

09 December 2021 - NW2543

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme and taxis returned and scrapped under the programme, what total number of taxis have been scrapped (a)(i) in each province and (ii) in each month in the past three financial years and (b) to date?

Reply:

(a)(i)(ii) Annual Scrapping Statistics – Financial Year 2018/19:

Province

Apr 18

May 18

Jun 18

Jul 18

TOTAL

Eastern Cape

5

30

34

57

126

Free State

3

7

14

5

29

Gauteng

4

23

51

75

153

KwaZulu-Natal

18

25

56

54

153

Limpopo

-

11

15

6

32

Mpumulanga

2

10

30

7

49

Northern Cape

-

-

2

-

2

North West

-

10

21

13

44

Western Cape

14

29

34

101

178

TOTAL

46

145

257

318

766

Note: Vehicles were scrapped for a 4 month period (April – July 2018) only in this financial year as the previous TRP contract ended in September 2018.

 

(a)(i) Annual Scrapping Statistics – Financial Year 2019/20:

Province

May 19

Jun 19

Jul 19

Aug 19

Sep 19

Oct 19

Nov 19

Dec 19

Jan 20

Feb 20

Mar 20

TOTAL

Eastern Cape

-

-

-

-

12

34

16

39

95

30

55

281

Free State

-

-

-

-

14

2

19

11

11

5

3

65

Gauteng

18

22

37

22

34

50

71

64

68

22

49

457

KwaZulu-Natal

-

19

47

30

30

51

28

59

81

53

63

461

Limpopo

-

-

-

12

1

21

18

60

14

24

15

165

Mpumulanga

-

-

-

-

3

8

37

21

9

38

62

178

Northern Cape

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

10

2

1

-

13

North West

-

-

-

4

5

25

27

32

24

13

8

138

Western Cape

-

-

-

-

10

36

24

49

22

19

25

185

TOTAL

18

41

84

68

109

227

240

345

326

205

280

1 943

Note: New RTRP contract concluded on 13 March 2019 with actual scrapping of vehicles only commencing in May 2019 on a staggered site establishment approach.

(a)(i)(ii) Annual Scrapping Statistics – Financial Year 2020/21:

Province

Apr 20

May 20

Jun 20

Jul 20

Aug 20

Sep 20

Oct 20

Nov 20

Dec 20

Jan 21

Feb 21

Mar 21

TOTAL

Eastern Cape

 

 

32

32

9

24

32

17

21

18

32

17

234

Free State

 

 

6

16

-

8

2

1

8

1

-

8

50

Gauteng

 

 

21

29

15

88

31

78

34

-

58

62

416

KwaZulu-Natal

 

 

39

27

37

54

61

58

63

39

70

104

552

Limpopo

 

 

1

20

18

8

5

8

5

5

6

3

79

Mpumulanga

 

 

19

29

33

21

16

15

18

9

17

9

186

Northern Cape

 

 

2

-

3

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

6

North West

 

 

4

-

7

6

6

-

4

9

1

10

47

Western Cape

 

 

16

17

18

41

16

23

47

11

36

9

234

TOTAL

-

-

140

170

140

250

170

200

200

92

220

222

1 804

Note: There was no scrapping of vehicles during April and May 2020 due to the hard lockdown imposed during COVID.

  1. Annual Scrapping Statistics – Current Financial Year 2021/22 to date:

Province

Apr 21

May 21

Jun 21

Jul 21

Aug 21

Sep 21

Oct 21

Nov 21

TOTAL

Eastern Cape

26

26

20

7

29

29

63

49

249

Free State

3

6

9

10

13

8

2

16

67

Gauteng

30

63

26

9

50

23

20

33

254

KwaZulu-Natal

-

113

3

75

40

113

7

55

406

Limpopo

8

6

4

4

9

7

10

4

52

Mpumulanga

8

-

23

17

18

10

7

13

96

Northern Cape

5

3

10

-

6

3

6

-

33

North West

-

-

1

-

1

-

1

-

3

Western Cape

9

28

24

9

22

27

43

31

193

TOTAL

89

245

120

131

188

220

159

201

1 353

09 December 2021 - NW2501

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What total number of trains (i) have been manufactured at the Gibela Rail Manufacturing Plant in Ekurhuleni in each month of each year since the opening of the factory and (ii) have been sold and (b) to which countries were the trains sold?

Reply:

a) As at 19 November 2021, a total number of 61 new trains have been manufactured at the local factory in Dunottar. A further 18 new trains were manufactured in Brazil and deliver to PRASA.

(i) The total number of trains that have been manufactured at the Gibela Manufacturing Plant in Ekhurhuleni in each month of each year since the opening of the factory is listed below:

Year

Month

Number of trains manufactured

Total per year

2018

December

1

1

2019

February

1

8

 

March

1

 
 

April

1

 
 

June

1

 
 

September

1

 
 

October

1

 
 

November

1

 
 

December

1

 

2020

January

1

20

 

February

1

 
 

March

2

 
 

July

4

 
 

August

1

 
 

September

3

 
 

October

2

 
 

November

4

 
 

December

2

 

2021

January

2

32

 

February

3

 
 

March

4

 
 

April

2

 
 

May

4

 
 

June

2

 
 

July

4

 
 

August

4

 
 

September

4

 
 

October

2

 
 

November

1

 

(ii) As at 19 November 2021, 51 new trains have been produced at the local factory and delivered to PRASA in terms of the Manufacturing and Supply Agreement entered into between PRASA and Gibela. The delivery of further 10 trains in currently in progress.

b) The Gibela Factory currently only manufactures trains for PRASA in terms of a Manufacturing and Supply Agreement.

09 December 2021 - NW2567

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

Noting that once a taxi is scrapped and the Government has paid out R124 000 to the owner, which in essence is money derived from tax contributions in the hands of the National Treasury, (a) what happens to the vehicle that has been written-off, (b) are such vehicles re-sold, sold for parts and/or scrap-metal and (c) is this income returned to the National Treasury?

Reply:

a) Vehicles processed under the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme (TRP) and Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme (RTRP) are surrendered by the owner/applicant to the appointed service provider.

b) Old Taxi Vehicles (OTVs - minibus taxi vehicles older than 4 September 2006) processed for scrapping are physically compacted and the bales of scrap metal are sold.

The panel vans that were unlawfully converted to operate as taxis, are scrapped through the Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Program following the remedial action by the Public Protector. However, because they are not defined as OTVs, only spare parts that are not safety critical components, are salvaged and sold. The chassis, body and remaining parts are physically compacted and the bales of scrap metal sold.

c) The revenue generated from the sale of the scrap metals bales and spare parts is ring fenced and accounted for by the appointed service provider for the benefit of the minibus taxi industry. Therefore, no income is returned to National Treasury.

25 November 2021 - NW2374

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

What steps has he taken to alleviate the plight of the creative sector, who have engaged with the offices of his department repeatedly, trying to meet with officials in order to resolve the longstanding challenges faced by this sector in the republic?

Reply:

The officials from the department are engaging the creatives through various meetings, with the latest having been held on the Monday 22nd November 2021.

19 November 2021 - NW1843

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether he will furnish Mrs M O Clarke with (a) a maintenance schedule for the properties of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) in terms of (i) cutting the grass, (ii) picking up litter and (iii) the maintenance of fences and (b) a schedule and plan on how Transnet and Prasa plan to secure residents of Transnet and Prasa railway properties against crime; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; 2) on what date will the missing fences around the specified properties be replaced?

Reply:

1. (a) (i & ii) A schedule for grass cutting and cleaning at Station and Workplace

facilities is on a periodic basis as reflected in table 1 below. The grass cutting service is included as one of those performed by the contractors as PRASA does not appoint a contractor for one specific service but covers a range of services included in the table below.

AREA

TASK SPECIFICATION

FREQUENCY

 

Waste Collection and Disposal

Empty and clean all waste baskets, receptacles

Continuously

   

Remove all waste to a specified and designated area

Continuously

Platforms &

Railway tracks

 

 

 

 

 

Platform areas

 

Sweep platforms

daily

   

Remove papers and other foreign objects

Continuously

 

 

Sweep the railway tracks.

Every three months

 

Railway tracks. Note: Commuters work under protection on tracks and only during the off-peak)

Remove papers and other foreign objects – Clean the railway tracks up to 200m beyond the edges of both sides of the platforms

daily

 

Grass and weeds

Remove Grass and Weed

Weekly

Table 1: Schedule for grass cutting and cleaning at Station and Workplace facilities

(iii) After the unprecedented levels of vandalism and theft of assets, PRASA’s strategy to maintain fences at station level includes putting in place 3 years fencing maintenance contracts which will attend to all maintenance issues related to fencing.

These will support the stations which are due to receive improvements under the National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP) and the Alternative Building Technology (ABT) Projects. Stations earmarked to receive improvements are in the 12 priority corridors.

The tenders for these programmes have been advertised on various platforms such as eTender. These will then be evaluated and awarded to successful bidders for execution and are due to be completed before end of March 2022.

The purpose of these projects is to restore functionality at stations which includes the repairs or replacement of fences, painting of platform lines, lighting, provision of water and working toilets, ticket offices among other functional requirements.

(b) Security is not deployed at leased houses. The few that are not leased we do checks on these properties on the routes by security. Limited security is however deployed at commercial buildings that are not leased. The deployment will increase over the next month as it forms part of our total security deployment plan and intervention which will have a total of 4500 extra security guards excluding our internal guards, totalling 7000 people on the ground covering PRASA assets and infrastructure.

2. The 3 years fencing maintenance contracts will then be used to maintain these newly restored fences. The tenders for the three (3) years fencing maintenance contracts will be advertised before end of the financial year.

19 November 2021 - NW1778

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Mey, Mr P to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether, with reference to the settlement of the class action on 11 December 2019 between Transnet and the Transnet pensioners who are members of two pension funds, namely the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transport Pension Fund, he has been informed that in spite of the implementation of the specified settlement in 2020, it has still not been implemented for members of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa Sub Fund, notwithstanding a court order (details furnished) to the effect; if so, (a) what is the reason for this and (b) by what date will the delay be addressed, with an indication of the necessary deadlines in order to prevent legal action from being taken against his department for disregarding the specified court order; if not, (2) whether he will soon take steps to determine the reasons for the delays and how to address them, with an indication of the necessary deadlines in order to prevent legal action from being taken against his department for disregarding the specified court order; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. (a) The court order has not yet been implemented. This court order will be

implemented by the PRASA Sub Fund of the Transport Pension Fund upon the approval of the Fund Rule amendments this implies.

“In terms of the Transnet Pension Fund Act (Act 62 of 1990 as amended), the responsibility to approve amendments to the Special Rules of the PRASA Sub Fund of the Transport Pension Fund rests with the Minister of Public Enterprises with concurrence by the Minister of Finance. The relevant proposed amendments to the Special Rules of the PRASA Sub Fund is currently receiving attention by the Minister of Public enterprise.”

(b) In terms of PRASA protocol, all rule amendments for the pension funds are channelled through Transnet. The proposed amendments to the PRASA Special Rules were circulated to the Office of the Transnet Chief Financial Officer on 12 April 2021.

2. Regular follow ups have been made with Transnet and the matter will now be escalated to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) for intervention as the submissions were made in April 2021 already.

3. I will not be making any statement on the matter.

07 October 2021 - NW1842

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) What are the details of the (a) national and provincial departments involved in the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway project in Ekurhuleni, (b) budgets (i) allocated and (ii) spent by the national and provincial departments to the specified project and (c) duration of the specified contract; (2) what (a) company was awarded the tender and (b) was the monetary value of the tender; (3) (a) what are the full relevant details of Transnet’s involvement in the contract and (b) how does Transnet anticipate to get rail to the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway; (4) what total amount has (a) his department and (b) Transnet spent on the court cases regarding the roads designs and environmental impact assessments of the project to date?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet:

(1)(a) Not applicable to Transnet.

(1)(b)(i) and (ii) Not applicable to Transnet.

(1)(c) The concession was a 20 year concession for the Design, Build, Financing, Operating and Maintenance of Private Rail Terminal.

(2)(a) Southern Palace Joint Venture was awarded the tender. The Joint Venture company comprised of Southern Palace Group, Ferrovie stat o del Italia, Makoya Logistics.

(2)(b) The estimated capital investment into the terminal was R1.8bn

(3)(a) Transnet issued a Request for Proposal (CRAC-KGG-21543) for the development of a Private Rail Terminal at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway. Transnet was to acquire the required land for the Terminal and was responsible for the Bulk services and the Arrival and Departure yard investment. The concessionaire was responsible for the Design, Build, Financing, Operation and Maintenance of the terminal for 20 years. The Concessionaire was unable to provide the financial guarantees to proceed with the project as required by the RFP and bid award and the concession was cancelled. The transaction is under investigation by the Special Investigation Unit.

Subsequent to the award, the Concession was withdrawn and cancelled by Transnet as the Concessionaire failed to provide the required bidder guarantees.

(3)(b) The terminal would have been positioned adjacent to a section of the existing Gauteng Freight Ring rail infrastructure. No additional rail infrastructure was required

(4) (a) Not Applicable to Transnet

(4) (b) Transnet has not incurred any cost relating to court cases related to the road designs and environmental impact assessments.

04 October 2021 - NW2035

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 898 on 20 April 2018, operating costs stated, only include the limited kerbside services; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how is the huge cost of limited kerbside services justified; (2) whether the operational costs include payments of consultants; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what amount is to be paid to consultants in each year, (b) on what date will the consultants contracts come to an end and (c) what is the purpose of employing consultants in each case?

Reply:

1. The operational costs were for kerbside services of up to 22 buses by 2019/2020. During 2020/2021, the services expanded to 40 buses. It is envisaged that trunk stations will be operational in 2021/2022.

Due to delays in procuring buses and concluding minibus negotiations, the earlier projection of R258 million in operating costs for 2018/19 did not materialise and the City projects R214 million for 2021/2022.

The DoT has expressed concern at these costly interim operating costs and interim compensation and has requested that the City attempt to minimise costs and maximise revenues even prior to full trunk station operations commencing.

The City is currently exploring how it can reduce any contractual costs without jeopardising minibus operator negotiations.

2. The operations costs exclude consultants and are direct payments to the bus operating company.

(a), (b), and

(c) Consulting costs fall under the Project Management line item and are estimated at R57 million for 2021/2022. This covers professional services related to stakeholder consultation, contract monitoring and optimisation, system planning, minibus negotiations, universal access for people with disabilities, etc.

The DoT has informed all cities repeatedly over the past three years, that consulting costs via general purpose project management procurements is to be minimised and ultimately avoided and that specific specialised consulting services should be procured directly on a needs basis without costly Intermediary sub-contracting arrangements.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

3. It is recommended that the EA approves the reply, should he concur with its content.

MS KHIBI MANANA

ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL: PUBLIC TRANSPORT

DATE:

MR M.E. MOEMI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DATE:

DECISION

Reply approved/amended.

MINISTER F.A. MBALULA, MP

MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

DATE:

Date: 15/02/2018

Private Bag X 193, 159 Cnr. Struben and Bosman, Forum building, Pretoria, 0001, Tel; 012 309 3172, Fax: 012 328 5926

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER

QUESTION 2035 (QUESTION PAPER NO 19, 27 AUGUST 2021) FOR WRITTEN REPLY IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

2035. Mr C H H Hunsinger (DA) to ask the Minister of Transport:

(1) Whether, with reference to the reply to question 898 on 20 April 2018, operating costs stated, only include the limited kerbside services; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how is the huge cost of limited kerbside services justified;

(2) whether the operational costs include payments of consultants; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what amount is to be paid to consultants in each year, (b) on what date will the consultants contracts come to an end and (c) what is the purpose of employing consultants in each case?

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REPLY:

. The operational costs were for kerbside services of up to 22 buses by 2019/2020. During 2020/2021, the services expanded to 40 buses. It is envisaged that trunk stations will be operational in 2021/2022.

Due to delays in procuring buses and concluding minibus negotiations, the earlier projection of R258 million in operating costs for 2018/19 did not materialise and the City projects R214 million for 2021/2022.

The DoT has expressed concern at these costly interim operating costs and interim compensation and has requested that the City attempt to minimise costs and maximise revenues even prior to full trunk station operations commencing.

The City is currently exploring how it can reduce any contractual costs without jeopardising minibus operator negotiations.

 

2. The operations costs exclude consultants and are direct payments to the bus operating company.

(a), (b), and

(c) Consulting costs fall under the Project Management line item and are estimated at R57 million for 2021/2022. This covers professional services related to stakeholder consultation, contract monitoring and optimisation, system planning, minibus negotiations, universal access for people with disabilities, etc.

The DoT has informed all cities repeatedly over the past three years, that consulting costs via general purpose project management procurements is to be minimised and ultimately avoided and that specific specialised consulting services should be procured directly on a needs basis without costly Intermediary sub-contracting arrangements.

MINISTER F.A. MBALULA, MP

MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

DATE:

04 October 2021 - NW2108

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 687 on 3 April 2019, his department has withheld any transfers; if not, why not; if so, (a) what amount has been withheld, (b) from what date were transfers withheld and (c) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

a) There were no transfers that were withheld, in the 2018/2019 financial year for the municipality.

b) Not Applicable.

c) Even though transfers were not withheld, a portion of the Public Transport Network Grants (PTNG) Allocations was stopped, in terms of the Division of Revenue Act (DoRA) section 19, in order to mitigate and reduce the municipality’s low expenditure trajectory.

An amount totalling R90 million was effectively stopped, made up of an initial R48,5 million identified by National Treasury and Department of Transport as part of the expenditure review. An additional R41,5 million was volunteered by the municipality.

The municipality’s original PTNG allocation amounting to R694,6 million was reduced to R604,6 million.

The stopped R90 million allocation was subsequently reallocated, in terms of DoRA section 20, to other municipalities within the PTNG programme, based on their capacity to absorb further allocations.

 

04 October 2021 - NW2107

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

On what date did the (a) Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) kerbside and (b) trunk route both become fully operational; (2) whether negotiations with taxi associations have been completed; if not, what are the obstacles preventing finalisation of the negotiations; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) on what date were all the pedestrian bridges (a) completed and (b) opened?

Reply:

(1)(a) The BRT kerbside operations of the City of Ekurhuleni’s Bus Transport commenced in October 2017 with an introductory service (operating with limited buses). In January 2019, the system was expanded further North, to commence from Tembisa Hospital. The kerbside operations use portions of the dedicated lanes, except in areas where construction is underway at stream crossings and trunk stations.

(b) The BRT trunk route operations are planned to commence from September 2021 in a staged approach. The operations of the trunk route have been delayed by the construction of median trunk stations and the stream crossing. The trunk route is expected to be fully operational during the 2021/2022 financial year as the stations are at practical completion and significant progress has been made on the stream crossings construction.

2. The following processes needs to be completed:

  • Registration process (identification of affected operators) – negotiations canonly be undertaken with the affected operators;
  • Cost component of the Business Value Surveys (revenue information hasbeen signed off); and
  • Execution of the Market Share Surveys.

As a result, negotiations can only be undertaken after all the above relevant Industry Transition processes have been completed.

(3)(a) Construction of the pedestrian bridges was completed in June 2019.

(b) The bridges are not yet fully open pending completion and operationalization of the median trunk station in September 2021. Pedestrians have however been allowed to use the bridges to cross the trunk route since completion in June 2019.

04 October 2021 - NW1119

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has established an Independent Accident/Incident Investigation Board; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the board including, but not exclusively, (a) details of the members of the board, (b) details of the payments made to each member of the board for each year of its existence and (c) details of all accidents and/or incidents that the board has investigated since it was established; (2) whether an annual budget was allocated for the operations of the board since its establishment; if not, why not; if so, (a) from which financial year has an annual budget for the board been allocated and (b) what are the details of the budget in each financial year since it was established; (3) whether the allocated budget was spent in each financial year; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the expenditure; (4) what are details of the person(s) and/or institution(s) that are conducting an investigation into the alleged Alpha Floor incident that occurred during an SA Airways flight on or about 24 February 2021?

Reply:

1. Section 10 of the Civil Aviation Act 13 of 2009, which was supposed to establish the Aviation Safety Investigation Board, as an independent entity for investigation of aircraft accidents and incidents is not in force. The Chapter dealing with aircraft accident and incident investigation is part of the Civil Aviation Bill which is currently before parliament. An independent aircraft accident and incident investigation board will, therefore, be established upon proclamation of the Bill.

2. The Board has not yet been established. The budget will be appropriated upon the approval of the Civil Aviation Bill.

3. There is no allocation for the Board as it does not exist.

4. The Accident and Incident Investigation Division of SACAA is conducting the investigation in an independent manner in line with the Ministerial Order issued by the then Minister of Transport. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the incident report will be made public.

30 September 2021 - NW2217

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether (a) the investigation and (b) report into the SA Airways (SAA) Alpha Floor incident that occurred during the SAA flights to and/or from Brussels on or about the 24 February 2021 have been concluded; if not, (i) what are the reasons for non-completion and (ii) by what date will the investigation and report be completed; if so, what are the details of the (aa) findings and (bb) recommendations?

Reply:

The investigation and (b) report into the SA Airways (SAA) Alpha Floor incident that occurred during the SAA flights to and/or from Brussels on or about the 24 February 2021 have been concluded (i) N/A (ii) The investigation was completed on 08 June 2021. The report was handed over to the operator and they were given a time to respond to the report addressing the contents of identified issues.

(aa) The findings of the investigations were as follows:

Similar occurrences happened in 2014 and in 2015 and were never reported to the SACAA.

Relating to this specific incident of February 2021, when performing the engine run Procedure Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM) _71-00-00-860-845-A_Engine_Automatic_Start) the reset of the Fuel Control and Monitoring Computers (FCMC) 1&2 was not performed. Because the FCMC 1&2 was not performed and the AC remained powered since the engine run, the Zero Fuel Weight (ZFW) inserted at the time of the engine run was still present in the FCMC when the engines were started again at 21:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

If the crew entered the ZFW, in the Multi-Function Display Unit (MCDU) INIT B page, as per “Cockpit preparation” Specific Operating Procedure (SOP), this new ZFW was necessarily different from the one actually recorded in the FCMC (107,9T) leading to the display of the amber scratchpad message - REENTER WEIGHT/CENTER OF GRAVITY (CG) - on the MCD and the request to re-enter the ZFW and the ZFWCG even if they were correct. Had this been performed, the new ZFW value would have been taken into account by the FCMC.

The pre-departure check of the Gross Weight (Comparison of the load sheet Gross Weight with the Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitor (ECAM) Gross Weight (GW)) included in the “Before Eng Start” SOP was not performed. If done, the discrepancy would have been identified and the ZFW entered for the second time in the MCDU INIT B page, would have forced the new ZFW to be taken into account by the FCMC.

Although the Flight crew correctly assessed the situation and actioned the appropriate measures to contain the very short Alpha Floor alert that occurred, it is evident that both the flight crew and the ground crew did not execute any of the two procedures in place which are established to prevent this occurrence.

(bb) recommendations include the following:

  1. SAA to document and record aircraft de-energizing methods and sessions as an occurrence.
  2. The procedure of weight review before engine start, must be added into the pre-flight checklist.
  3. SAA to create a SOP compliance procedure/checklist.
  4. Ground and flight crew to attend CRM course together.
  5. SAA to report any safety jeopardising action to the SACAA within a 12-hour period.
  6. SAA to report to SACAA as to why previous Alpha-Floor incidents were not reported and propose how the organisation intends to rectify this shortcoming.
  7. SACAA to consider taking enforcement action against SAA for failing to report these since 2014. (This recommendation has been implemented - Operator was issued with a financial penalty).

30 September 2021 - NW1814

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Chabangu, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the Road Accident Fund has finalised the case of Tsepo Tshaka Tsubella (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The question relates to Personal Information of the claimant, as regulated by the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013. In the absence of consent by the claimant the personal information requested cannot be disclosed in this reply and the claimant, who is legally represented, is advised to direct his enquiry to the Road Accident Fund.

 

30 September 2021 - NW2216

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the SA Civil Aviation Authority aircraft that crashed on 23 January 2020 has been replaced; if not, (a) why not and (b) on what date will it be replaced; if so, what are the details of the replacement aircraft including but not exclusively the (i) make of aircraft, (ii) aircraft specifications, (iii) cost of the aircraft, (iv) age of the aircraft and (v) date of acquisition?

Reply:

The SACAA aircraft that crashed on 23 January 2020 has not been replaced to date (a) Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, SACAA’s financial position has been negatively affected. With its current financial position, SACAA cannot afford a replacement aircraft. In the interim the SACAA has appointed an external service provider to conduct calibration (b) SACAA is considering replacing the aircraft at the end of the next financial year (2022/23) or beginning of 2023/24 financial year, subject to the availability of funds; (i) SACAA is looking for an aircraft that will be able to withstand the low flying required when calibration is conducted; (ii) the specifications of the aircraft are contained in a document that was publicly advertised as part of the tender processes. The document is too bulky to be included in this response. However, a copy thereof can be provided to the honourable Member, if so required; (iii) the estimated cost of acquiring the required aircraft ranges between $6.5 million - $8 million excluding VAT and any other taxes that might be payable; (iv) the SACAA intends to buy an aircraft that will be able to carry out the required work, whether it is new, or a new second hand will be determined by what the organisation can afford at the point of acquisition; (v) estimated procurement date will be determined by the availability of funds and the financial position of the SACAA, and this will be reviewed on an annual basis.

30 September 2021 - NW2250

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the traffic officers who are permanently stationed at Komatipoort, Mpumalanga, are permanently deployed there on special duty; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) for how long and (b) what is the budget for the specified operation?

Reply:

There are 3 independent deployments daily at the border post precinct area, namely the CBRTA, RTMC and the Mpumalanga Provincial Traffic as follows;

CBRTA:

The Cross-Border Road Transport Agency does not have traffic officers permanently stationed at Komatipoort, Mpumalanga. There are however two (2) profiling officers who are based in Mpumalanga who go to Komatipoort occasionally to support law enforcement and to collect relevant cross border information.

a) Not applicable; they go there as and when a need arises.

b) Not applicable; it is part of normal operations.

RTMC:

Road Transport Inspectorate from Nelspruit (Mpumalanga) deploys six officers at Komatipoort port of entry daily from 06:00 to 14:00 and 14:00 to 22:00 to enforce the Cross Border Road Transport Act.

a) Deployment is for the duration of the shift; and

b) There is no special or additional budget.

 

MPUMALANGA PROVINCIAL TRAFFIC

The Province of Mpumalanga has a Traffic Station at Komatipoort for Traffic activities in and around Komatipoort including the Port of Entry. This office consists of twenty-three (23) officials. There is no special or additional budget for daily deployment.

28 September 2021 - NW2121

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the investigation and report into the crash of the SA Civil Aviation Authority aircraft that crashed near George in the Western Cape on 23 January 2020 have been completed; if not, (a) what are the reasons that the investigation and report have not been completed and (b) by what date will the investigation and report be completed; if so, what are the details of the findings and recommendations?

Reply:

The investigation and report into the crash of the SA Civil Aviation Authority aircraft that crashed near George in the Western Cape on the 23 January 2020 have not yet been completed.

a) The accident could not be investigated by the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation (AIID). The Minister therefore delegated the investigation of the ZS-CAR aircraft accident to the Ethiopian Aircraft Accident Investigations Board (AAIB). The Ethiopian investigators arrived in South Africa on 24 January 2021 and commenced with the Investigation of the ZS-CAR aircraft accident on 25 January 2021.

b) It is envisaged that the Ethiopian AAIB will issue the Final Report by end of March 2022

 

28 September 2021 - NW2173

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether he will furnish Mr M K Montwedi with a list of the North West roads (a) planned and approved by his department to be tarred and/or paved in the financial year ending March 2022 and (b) completion status thereof; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

A list of North West roads planned and approved by the North West Department of Public Works and Roads to be tarred or paved in the financial year ending March 2022 is provided on Table A below.

Table A: Upgrading of North West Roads

Project No.

Project Name (a)

Status of the Project (b)

PWRT 91/13

Upgrading from gravel to surface standard of Road D201 from Pampierstad to Matlapaneng to N18

Procurement Stage, advertised on 07 July 2021

Closing date for advert – 9 August 2021 @ Evaluation Stage

PWRT 99/13

Upgrading from gravel to surface standard of Road D520 from Mokolokwe to Bethanie

Procurement Stage, Advertised on 05 May 2021

Closing date for advert – 9 June 2021 @ Evaluation Stage

PWR 30/15

Upgrading from gravel to surface standard of Road P66/1 (Kgomo Kgomo to P65/1) and Road D614 / Z614 (P65/1 to Lebotlwaane to Tlholwe) and Road Z619 from Tlholwe to Ga - Habedi) and D639 from Moretele to Ga - Habedi)- phase 3 of 10km

Procurement Stage, Advertised on 19 May 2021

Closing Date for Advert 17 June 2021 @ Evaluation Stage

PWR 75/16

Upgrading from gravel to surface standard of Road Z422 from intersection of Albert Luthuli Road through Lokaleng and Mogosane village to Tlapeng (30km)

Procurement Stage, Advertised on 07 July 2021

Closing Date for Advert 05 August 2021 @ Evaluation Stage

PWRT 120/12

Upgrading from gravel to surface standard of Road D327 from Ganyesa to Vragas to Madinonyane (57km), Phase II of road D327 from Vragas to the Bnorthen Cape border and of Road Z389 from road D327 to Madinonyane

Procurement Stage, Advertised on 21 April 2021

Closing Date for Advert 26 May 2021 @ Adjudication Stage

PWR 58/17

Upgrading from gravel to surface standard(tar) of Road Z482 from Madibogo through Madibogopan to the intersection at D1727 between Stella and Delareyville, 13km

Procurement Stage, Advertised on 25 August 2021

Closing Date for Advert 29 September 2021

PWR 105/18

Upgrading from gravel to surface standard of Road from Gopane passing villages Maphephane, Mmutshweu, Ga-seane to Lobatleng; Road D417 (Lobatleng to Motswedi) of approx 27km ( phase II 13KM)

Procurement Stage, Advertised on 19 May 2021

Closing Date for Advert 17 June 2021 @ Evaluation Stage

 

28 September 2021 - NW2027

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)With reference to the Cabinet announcement on 21 October 2020 regarding non-executive members of the Board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, what (a) are the legal requirements for the proper composition and constitution of the specified board, including but not exclusive to the (i) maximum number of board members, (ii) minimum number of board members, (iii) details of any qualifications required of one or more of the board members and (iv) entities, state departments and/or organisations that must have representatives on the board and (b) are the details of the representatives from (i) his department, (ii) National Treasury and (iii) the SA Local Government Association (Salga) who were appointed following the announcement; (2) what are the details of all the members of the board, including the representatives from his department, National Treasury and SALGA as at 15 August 2021; (3) whether he has found that the board is properly and/or legally constituted; if not, (a) why not and (b) what (i) action has been taken to rescind all decisions made and action taken by and/or influenced by a certain administrator (name furnished) who allegedly was unlawfully appointed to act as the administrator and (ii) are the details of all remuneration and benefits paid to and/or accrued to the specified administrator; (4) whether the recovery of the payments and benefits made to and/or accrued to the unlawfully appointed administrator were recovered; if no recoveries were made, why not; if so, who were benefits recovered from?

Reply:

1 (a) Section24 of the Legal Succession to the South African Transport Services Act, 1989 (Act No. 9 of 1989 is the legal framework for the Board Composition and it provides as follows-

24 (1) The affairs of the corporation shall be managed by the Board of Control of not more than 11 members including the Chairman, who shall be appointed and dismissed by the Minister

(ii) The Act do not expressly indicate the maximum but provides that not more than 11 members.

(iii) Section 24 (2)(d) provides that three of the members of the Board of Control shall have expertise and experience in the management of a private enterprise.

(iv) Section 24(2)(a)(b)(bA) and (c) provides that one of the members of the Board of Control shall be an officer in the (a) Department of Transport

(b) Department pf Finance

(c) Department of State Expenditure

(d) South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

 

(b) The details of the Departmental Representatives are as follows-

(i) Dept. of Transport: Mr Ngwako Makaepea

(ii) Dept. of Finance: Mr Themba Zulu

(iii) SALGA: Mr Xolile George

2. The details of the Board members are as follows-

NO

NAME

GENDER

RACE

EXPERTISE

DESIGNATION

1.

Mr. Leonard Ramatlakane

Male

African

Governance

Chairperson

2.

Adv. Smanga Sethene

Male

African

Legal

Non-Executive

3.

Mr. Mukhuba Matodzi

Male

African

Mechanical Engineering

Non-Executive

4.

Ms. Boitumelo T Mokgoko

Female

Black

Chartered Accountant

Resigned

5.

Mr. Dinkwanyane K Mohuba

Male

African

Governance

Non-Executive

6.

Dr Allison E Lewis

Female

White

Civil Engineering

Resigned

7.

Ms. Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo

Female

African

Private Sector Enterprise

Non-Executive

8.

Ms. Thinavhuyo N Mpye

Male

African

Chartered Accountant

Non-Executive

9.

Mr Ngwako Makaepea

Male

African

DoT Rep

Non-Executive

10.

Mr Themba Zulu

Male

African

Dept. of Finance

Non-Executive

11g.

Mr Xolile George

Male

African

SALGA Rep

Non-Executive

1. Yes the Board is properly constituted with nine (9) members and has two vacancies, the process of filling those vacancies is underway, however, the Board if quorating.

a) See the response in 3 above (N/A)

b) (i)The Western Cape High Court declared the appointment of the Administrator unlawful and thus reviewed and set aside. The Court however did not declare that the decisions therein taken by the Administrator were also unlawful, invalid and set aside as such there is no need to review those decisions.

(ii) Mr Mpondo’s remuneration package R5 450 549.00 p annum. He did not contribute to the PRASA Provident Fund. He did not receive any other benefits.

2. There were no recoveries made and reference is made to (b) (i) above.

28 September 2021 - NW2196

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) On what date will he finally make an announcement on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng, (b) what is the delay in making the announcement and (c) by what date will he ask Cabinet for a final decision on e-tolls?

Reply:

As the honourable Member may be aware, Department tabled various funding options around the Electronic Toll on Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) for Cabinet decision, however, after consideration of the options, Cabinet directed that both the Department and Treasury jointly, re-look at the options and re-submit to Cabinet for consideration.

(a) The date for announcement on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng cannot be determined at this stage as the discussions around funding for the system continue to take place, focusing on the various financial options available.

(b) The delay on the announcement is that the process to pronounce on the future of the e-toll take time as the two Ministers (Transport and Finance) had to first meet and in their meeting they agreed that further studies be conducted to inform the decision to be made.

(c) It is important to note that the Department is committed to finding a workable solution that does not ‘drown the country in debt’ but is equally sensitive to the public’s issues and once it is clear on the sustainable model, a submission will then be made for Cabinet final decision

20 September 2021 - NW739

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Transport

In light of the fact that one of the biggest hindrances to the Special Investigating Unit carrying out their mandate with regard to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) was the lack of paperwork and records which have disappeared and cannot be traced, including many of the contracts that were signed between Prasa and service providers, what steps will he be taking to (a) ensure the recovery of paperwork and records of such contracts and (b) investigate how (i) the records went missing in the first place and (ii) payments on contracts were honoured if no records of such contracts exist? NW860E

Reply:

a) PRASA will request all service providers that are currently rendering services where physical contract documentation could not be traced to submit copies of the signed contract agreements with PRASA.

b) (i) PRASA has signed a Secondment Agreement with SIU to investigate all contracts that were identified in the Public Protector Derailed report and flagged also by AGSA as irregular. Such investigation would shed light on how contract documents went missing in the first place and what corrective measures should be taken against responsible individuals. Internally the key challenge is on non-availability of documents and SIU seems to be having capacity constraints. SIU has indicated that the capacity challenges are being addressed and the investigations will be finalised in June 2021.

(ii) The process to pay for services where contract documentation is missing requires end-user departments to compile the necessary submissions with relevant source documents and confirmation of receipt of goods or services for approval by the GCEO and Finance prior to processing of any payment, especially for goods and services of a critical nature that PRASA cannot afford to operate without. In instances where payments have been processed without the necessary documents, based on the SIU investigation, appropriate corrective action will be taken against responsible individuals.

 

20 September 2021 - NW2180

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Chabangu, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department has put any COVID-19 relief measures in place to assist small, medium- and micro enterprises to pay less at toll gates on the national roads; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The revenue losses suffered by SANRAL due to traffic reductions during lockdown, is estimated around R650 million. However, SANRAL continued to apply frequent user discounts of 20% to 40% (Class 1) and local user discounts of 40% to 90% (Class 1) on all its routes, regardless of this loss in revenue. SMME’s therefore continue to benefit from these discounts all over the country. Details of the discounted rates are available on SANRAL’s website and in the published Gazette of 11 February 2021 – Vol 668.

It must be emphasised that by awarding contracts SANRALs contribution to SMMEs is far more significant and sustainable. Therefore, SANRAL endeavoured to ensure it continues to contribute significantly to the recovery of the country’s economy by continuing to speed up its construction programme. This was done despite challenges in the changing procurement environment to adjust to lockdown regulations. To this end, SANRAL awarded 64% more construction projects in 2020/21 financial year than in the prior year. More details of SANRAL’s contribution to SMMEs, such as the Supplier Development Desk, is published in the Integrated Report of 2021 and on SANRALs website.

13 September 2021 - NW2120

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), (a) at which South African airports have the Instrument Landing Systems (ALS) not been operational and/or switched off in the period 1 January 2020 to 15 August 2021, (b) on what dates were the systems not operating, (c) what are the reasons that the systems were not operating, (d) what are the relevant details of the persons who have been held accountable for the systems not being operational, (e) what are the reasons that no person has been held accountable, (f) what are the relevant details of the persons and/or entities who were responsible for the maintenance of the ALS during the specified period and (g) what are the relevant details of the persons and/or entities who have been responsible for the maintenance of the ALS as at 15 August 2021?

Reply:

The SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), (a) During the period 01 January 2020 and 15 August 2021 the following Instrument Landing Systems were switched off / were non-operational:

(a)

Station

Facility

Description

(b)

Unserviceable Dates

(b)

Serviceable Dates

(c)

Reasons why the systems were not operating.

(d) (e)

Details of the persons who have been held accountable for the systems not being operational

(f) (g)

what are the relevant details of the persons and/or entities who were responsible for the maintenance of the ALS during the specified period

FAPP

ILS

FAPP ILS RWY

August 2020

N/A

System unserviceable

Airport Management

The maintenance of ILS facilities is the responsibility of the airport management.

FAKN

ILS

KMIA ILS RWY 05

29-30 March 2021

31-Mar-21

25 days extension expired

The SACAA Flight Inspection Unit aircraft crashed on 23 January 2020 and the organisation went on a tender to source a service provider to conduct the calibration for its clients. The tender was approved, and an SLA signed in April 2020. The service provider appointed sub-contracted equipment and crew from a European company. Due to Covid-19 the service provider could not reposition the aircraft from Europe to South Africa due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. There were delays in obtaining a Foreign Operator Permit from the Air Service Licencing Council due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

All the major airports are equipped with modern based technology such as GNSS and RNAV approaches, in addition to the standard VOR approaches. So, being without an ILS doesn’t leave an airport stranded with traffic that cannot land in bad weather. They can also use the GNSS/RNAV approaches to achieve the same effect.

At the time of submitting this report all ILSes were operational and within the regulated parameters except for those where the owners opted not to calibrate.

 

FALA

ILS

Lanseria ILS RWY 05

27-Mar-21

18-May-21

FALA Airport closed down due travel restriction

   

 FAOR

ILS 03R

OR Tambo ILS 03R

10-Aug-20

22-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   
 

ILS 21L

OR Tambo ILS 21L

10-Aug-20

23-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   
 

ILS 03L

OR Tambo ILS 03L

10-May-21

11-May-21

Exemption not yet granted

   
 

ILS 21R

OR Tambo ILS 21R

10-May-21

11-May-21

Exemption not yet granted

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

FACT

ILS 19

Cape Town ILS 19

13-Aug-20

25-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   
 

ILS 01

Cape Town ILS 01

13-Aug-20

26-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

FALE

ILS 06

King Shaka ILS 06

06-May-20

02-Sep-20

Maintenance failure that needed flight calibrations resulting in the equipment NOTAM'd off air

   
 

ILS 24

King Shaka ILS 24

02-Jul-20

31-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 FAEL

ILS 29

East London ILS

16-Aug-20

12-Sep-20

Exemption Not Granted

   
 

ILS 11

East London ILS

16-Aug-20

11-Sep-20

Exemption Not Granted

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 FAPE

ILS 08 

 Port Elizabeth ILS 08

18-Aug-20

14-Sep-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   
 

ILS 26

 Port Elizabeth ILS 26

18-Aug-20

28-Sep-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

FAGG

ILS

George ILS 11

10-Jul-20

29-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   
 

ILS

George ILS 29

10-Jul-20

28-Aug-20

Exemption Period Lapsed

   

 

13 September 2021 - NW1883

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George, Dr DT to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, with reference to the approval by the City of Ekurhuleni Municipal Council of item: A-TP (01-2021) in its virtual sitting on 28 January 2021, which sought to pay interim compensation to the Ekurhuleni taxi industry for the operation of phase 1 of the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network project, the National Treasury has found that the compensation is necessary; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, will the National Treasury be ensuring that the approved item is actioned; (2) (a) what is the total figure in respect of the approved recommendation stating that the payment of R10,00 fare per passenger on the Harambee Service between Tembisa-ORTIA and extension to Bartlett to affected taxi operators for the daily passenger revenue loss, which will be from the R17,00 per passenger fare collected, (b) what are the reasons that the amount to be paid has not been capped and (c) which taxi associations are part of the Ekurhuleni taxi industry; (3) whether the National Treasury has received correspondence from the caucus of a certain political party (name furnished) on this matter; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) In line with the Public Transport Action Plan and Strategy of 2007, the National Land Transport Act (NLTA) of 2009 and the Division of Revenue Act (DORA) Public Transport Network Grant framework, provision is made for the payment of compensation to incumbent public transport operators whose businesses will be affected by the implementation of Integrated Public Transport Networks (IPTN’s).

The interim compensation item is contained in periodic project progress reports that are submitted to the National Department of Transport and National Treasury.

The NDoT has informed the City that the interim compensation started in 2017/18 and was expected to be replaced by a final compensation agreement by 2018/19. The City is therefore required to urgently conclude a final negotiated compensation agreement that is based on an accurate valuation of the operating licences that will be affected.

2(a) R3.6 million.

2(b) The interim compensation agreement makes provision of R10.00 per fare paying passenger for the compensation of daily passenger revenue loss.

2(c) The Ekurhuleni Taxi Industry (ETI) comprises of the following Associations:-

LIST OF TAXI ASSOCIATIONS WITH COE AREA

No.

Taxi Association

Abbreviation

 

Johannesburg Tembisa Taxi Association

JJTA

 

Kempton Park Taxi Association

KETA

 

Birchleigh Oakmoor Taxi Association

BOTA

 

Lethabong Taxi Association

LETA

 

Tembisa Pretoria Taxi Association

TEPTA

 

Tembisa Alexandra Taxi association

TATA

 

Tembisa Local Taxi Association

TELTA

 

Tembisa Long distance Taxi Association

TELDTA

 

Benoni Taxi Association

BTA

 

Greater Brakpan Taxi Association

GBTA

 

Springs Long Distance Taxi Association

SLDTA

 

Springs Taxi Association

STA

 

Nigel Taxi Association

NTA

 

Daveyton-Kempton Park Taxi Association

DKTA

 

Zonkizizwe Taxi Association

ZOTA

 

Vosloorus Boksburg District Taxi Association

VBDTA

 

Katlehong People’s Taxi Association

KAPTA

 

Reiger Park Boksburg District Taxi Association

RTA

 

Greater Germiston Taxi Association

GGTA

 

Greater Alberton Taxi Association

GATA

 

Bushbuck Transport Services

BTS

 

Thaba-Bosiu Express Services

TBES

 

Thahameso Nthwanatsatsi Thusanang

TNT

LIST OF TAXI ASSOCIATIONS WITH COE AREA

No.

Taxi Association

Abbreviation

 

Germiston-Natalspruite LD Taxi Association

GNLDTA

 

Germiston Limpopo LDTA

GLLDTA

 

Ezibeleni Sterkspruite LDTA

ESLDTA

 

Germiston- Jane Furse LDTA

GJFLDTA

 

Inkanyezi LDTA

INLDTA

 

Thuthukani LDTA

TLDTA

 

Zamokhuhle LDTA

ZLDTA

 

Taung-Bophirima LDTA

TBLDTA

 

Izizwezomsinga LDTA

IZLDTA

CROSS-BORDER OPERATORS REGISTERED WITH THE CROSS-BORDER ROAD TRANSPORT AGENCY (CBRTA), OPERATING THE CROSS-BORDER ROUTES FROM WITHIN THE AREA OF JURISDICTION:

No.

Taxi Association

Abbreviation

1.

Boksburg Cross-Border Taxi Association

 

2.

Ekurhuleni Cross-Border Taxi Association

 

3.

Kempton Park Taxi Association (Cross-Border members)

KETACB

4.

Benoni Taxi Association (Cross-Border members)

BTACB

5.

Springs Long Distance Taxi Association (Cross-Border members)

SLDTACB

6.

Springs Cross-Border Taxi Association

SLDTACB

7.

Thaba-Bosiu Express Taxi Association (members)

TBES

8.

Kopanang Dikila Makaota Cross-Border Tax Association???

KDMCBTA

9.

Thahameso Nthwanatsatsi Thusanang Taxi Association

TNT

10

AMR Chitova Bus Express (Pty) Ltd

 

11

LJ Mokhabela Bus Company

 

(3) The NDoT has not been informed of the abovementioned correspondence by National Treasury and requests that this be sent directly to the Director General of the Department of Transport.