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05 July 2019 - NW194

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the details of the initiatives undertaken by the National Khoi and San Council in each province since its establishment to address its aims of (a) joining fellow African leaders and communities in the recognised legislative framework regulating traditional leadership in the Republic, (b) ensuring the recognition of the Khoi and San’s traditional knowledge to certain indigenous biological resources, (c) advocating for the (i) developmental and (ii) human rights concerns of the Khoi and San communities, (d) ensuring that the Khoisan languages become official languages and (e) addressing the historical issues relating to land of the Khoisan;\ (2) what has the Council found to be the five top issues or concerns raised by the Khoisan communities in each province?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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05 July 2019 - NW130

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

(1)With regard to the firearm audit of the City of Ekurhuleni (details furnished) where 357 firearms are unaccounted for, (a) what are the names of the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officers to whom each of the 357 unaccounted firearms were last assigned to, (b) what action has been taken against each specified EMPD officer and (c) how many of the specified firearms have been used in crimes; (2) what action has her department taken against the head of the armoury for the 357 cases of unaccounted firearms?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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05 July 2019 - NW107

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she can provide a detailed progress report regarding the back-dated payment of salaries to izinduna; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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16 April 2019 - NW740

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

What total number of (a) municipal wards in the country currently have households that are not connected to running water and (b) households are not connected to running water in each specified ward?

Reply:

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

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16 April 2019 - NW603

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

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1996 on 25 July 2018, the information has been submitted by the municipality; if so, will he furnish Mr T R Majola with full copies of each quality test?

Reply:

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

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16 April 2019 - NW739

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

What total number of (a) municipal wards in the country currently have households that are, not connected to electricity and (b) households are not connected to electricity in each specified ward?

Reply:

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

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16 April 2019 - NW606

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

What number of vacant funded posts are in the waste management department within the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, (b) what are the grading levels of the posts and (c) how long has each position been vacant?

Reply:

a) Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has a total of eight hundred and nine (809) vacant funded posts in the Waste Management Department.

b) The Grade Levels of the positions range from Classic Scale 3 to Classic Scale 14.

c) All positions have been vacant since the approval of the organisational structure of the municipality in 2015.

1.1 A parliamentary question was received requesting the following:

(a) What number of vacant funded posts are in the waste management department within the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality?

(b) What are the grading levels of the posts?

(c) How long has each position been vacant?

1.2 Section 66 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 32 (Act No.32 of 2000) (“Systems Act”) provides that:

  1. A municipal manager, within a policy framework determined by the municipal council and subject to any applicable legislation, must develop a staff establishment for the municipality and submit to the municipal council for approval.
  2. No person may be employed in a municipality unless the post to which he or she is appointed, is provided for in the staff establishment of that municipality.
  3. A decision to employ a person in a municipality, and any contract concluded between the municipality and that person in a municipality and that person in consequence of the decision, is null and void if the appointment was made in contravention of subsection (3).

1.3 The Regulations on Appointment and Conditions of Employment of Senior Managers, 2014 provides that:

(1) ”A municipal manager must, within 180 days of the promulgation of these regulations, review the municipality’s staff establishment having regard to the principles set out in these regulations, the functions and powers listed in Part B of Schedule 4, Part B of Schedule 5 to the Constitution, Chapter 5 of the Municipal Structures Act, and based on―

  • (a) a municipality’s strategic objectives; and
  • (b) a municipality’s core and support functions

(2) Notwithstanding subregulation (1), a municipality must at least provide for the following departments on the staff establishment to—

(a) provide development and town planning services;

(b) provide public works and basic services to communities;

(c) provide community services;

(d) manage the finances of a municipality; and

(e) render corporate support services.

(3) The municipal manager must review the municipality’s staff establishment within 180 days in any of the following instances:

(a) The election of a new municipal council;

(b) the adoption of the integrated development plan of the municipality as contemplated in section 25 of the Act;

(c) material changes to the functions of the municipality; or

(d) the determination of new municipal boundaries.

(4) The staff establishment must provide for―

(a) permanent posts; and

(b) fixed term posts.

(5) In the case of fixed term posts, the municipal manager must have due regard to the following:

(a) The financial implications of such post to the municipality;

(b) any existing contractual obligations of the incumbent manager and the financial implications thereof on the budget of the municipality;

(c) the need of the municipality to retain institutional memory and scarce skills, and to promote stability and continuity within the municipality; and

(d) the sustainability of the municipality.

(6) The municipal manager must, within 14 days of finalising the staff establishment, submit the staff establishment, a detailed report and recommendations on the draft staff establishment to the municipal council for approval.

(7) The report contemplated in subregulation (6) must outline the process followed in developing the staff establishment, which must include

a) a summary of the mandate and service delivery priorities of the municipality and how the proposed staff establishment addresses thes

b) a summary of the proposed posts that are envisaged to―

  1. materially change;
  2. change to a limited or non-material degree;
  3. be abolished; and
  4. not be affected by the changes;

(c) a motivation of the proposed changes, including an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of the current staff establishment;

(d) job descriptions, duties, functions, competency requirements and responsibilities according to which one or more posts of the same grade are established, including the grading or relative size and value of a job;

(e) details of the financial implications of the changes including, but not limited to, the outcomes of job evaluation processes, remuneration costs for senior managers, costs for relocation, new facilities and equipment, if any;

(f) non-financial implications of the changes, including the impact on existing staff, key stakeholders and other processes within the municipality;

(g) a project plan that specifies the timeframes within which the implementation is envisaged take place; and

(h) the stakeholders and change management requirements.

(8) The municipal council must at its next meeting following receipt of the staff establishment, approve the staff establishment, with or without amendments, as proposed by the municipal manager”.

1.4 The following response was received from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality:

(a) Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has a total of eight hundred and nine (809) vacant funded posts in the Waste Management Department.

(b) The Grade Levels of the positions range from Classic Scale 3 to Classic Scale 14.

(c) All positions have been vacant since the approval of the organisational structure of the municipality in 2015.

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26 March 2019 - NW405

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the status of the intervention in terms of section 139(1)(b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, in the administration of the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

26 March 2019 - NW402

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

What measures will he put in place to curb the scourge of young men losing their lives while undergoing cultural circumcision, especially in the Eastern Cape?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW187

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What number of power outages have the suburbs of Glen Marais and Edleen, which are situated in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council (EMC) boundaries experienced in each of the past three calendar years; (2) what (a)(i) were the reasons and (ii) was the duration of the power outages in each case and (b) what time of day did the specified outages take place; (3) whether he found the EMC negligent and therefore responsible for any of the outages; if so, whether residents can submit claims against the EMC; (4) (a) on what date will (i) the EMC upgrade the infrastructure in the area to prevent further outages and (ii) work commence and be completed on the upgrades and (b) what is the cost of the upgrade; (5) does the EMC have a plan to ensure that all the relevant sub-stations are not damaged during the upgrades and that fuses are not stolen?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW185

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

(1)What (a) number of vehicles does the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) currently have for (i) EMPD precincts, (ii) Specialised Units and (iii) Head Quarters and (b) is the make, model and year of each vehicle; (2) (a) what number of the specified vehicles are currently out of commission in each of the divisions, (b) for how long has each vehicle been out of commission and (c) what are the reasons for each vehicle being out of commission; (3) is the number of available vehicles in accordance with the Norms and Standards for a Law Enforcement Agency; if not, what (a) number of additional vehicles does each division need in order to meet the norms and standards and (b) will the financial cost be in order to purchase the needed vehicles? NW195E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW615

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to the more than 280 title deeds that were handed to the Tswelopele Local Municipality by attorneys in May 2017 in the names of various beneficiaries, (a) what is the number of title deeds that have thus far been handed out to beneficiaries, (b) what happened to the other outstanding title deeds, (c) why has the process taken so long, (d) by what date can this process be envisaged to be completed and (e) why did 30 residents have to protest before receiving their title deeds in Ward 7; (2) do the specified 30 title deeds form part of the title deeds that were received in May 2017; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW377

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether the appointment of the Acting Municipal Manager of !Kheis Local Municipality on a month-to-month basis following the conclusion of a three-month appointment in the same position relied on section 54A of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000; if not, (a) why does the appointment not rely on the legislation and (b) what action will he take to rectify the appointment; (2) whether the specified municipality has embarked on a process to appoint a permanent municipal manager; if not, by what date will the municipality start the process of appointing a permanent municipal manager; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) by what date is a permanent appointment expected; (3) whether he will consider to urgently intervene in the specified municipality in terms of section 139 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date does he intend to intervene?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW24

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

What (a) number of (i) technicians and (ii) artisans are employed by (aa) his department and (bb) each municipality and (b) is the profession of each technician and artisan?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW188

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) What number of licencing centres does the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council currently have, (b) where are they situated, (c) what is the staff structure of each centre, (d) what number of the specified posts are filled and (e) what number of funded vacancies are there at each centre; (2) (a) by what date will all funded vacancies be filled and (b) what will the financial implications be for the filling of unfilled vacancies; (3) what number of (a) online applications and (b) walk-in applications did each centre receive for learners licences, drivers licences, renewal of licences and renewal of professional driving permits for the past three calendar years?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW463

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

(1)(a) What number of boreholes were drilled by Mopani District Municipality in Ward 3, Tzaneen in the (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (iii) 2017-18 financial years, (b) what number of boreholes were drilled in each village of the specified ward, (c) who was the contractor in each case, (d) what was the total monetary value of each contract and (e) what was the success rate of each borehole; (2) whether communities are now receiving water in each case; if not, why not; if so; what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW190

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What budget has been put aside for maintenance and the upgrade of the water purification plants at (a) Lydenburg, (b) Sabie and (c) Graskop which falls under the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality (i) in each of the past three municipal financial years and (ii) since 1 July 2018; (2) what percentage of flocculent has been used at each specified purification plant in the past six months; (3) how many of the tanks at the purification plants must be constantly filled with flocculants; (4) whether the sludge dams at the purification plants are operational; if not, (a) why not and (b) since what date have operations been shut down; if so, since what date; (5) whether the pump filters at the purification plants are replaced regularly; if not, why not; if so, on what date were they last replaced?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW9

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Has his department been informed of the crisis regarding huge outstanding payments to third parties such as pension funds, medical aids and the SA Revenue Service by various municipalities; if so, can he provide Mr W W Wessels with a list of the relevant municipalities and the amounts owed to each third party; (2) does his department have a plan to intervene in municipalities that are guilty of utilising third party deductions for operational expenditure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) has his department been informed of syndicates of municipal officials that paid third party deductions to their own bank accounts; if not, will his department investigate such allegations; if so, what is the relevant details; (4) how is his department assisting municipal officials who are at retirement age but whose pensions are affected by the non-payment of contributions to the respective pension fund by municipalities; (5) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW191

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What budget has been put aside for maintenance and the upgrade of the water purification plants at (a) Dullstroom, (b) Belfast, (c) Machadodorp and (d) Waterval Boven which fall under the Emakhazeni Local Municipality (i) in each of the past three municipal financial years and (ii) since 1 July 2018; (2) what percentage of flocculent has been used at each specified purification plant in the past six months; (3) how many of the tanks at the purification plants must be constantly filled with flocculants; (4) whether the sludge dams at the purification plants are operational; if not, (a) why not and (b) since what date have operations been shut down; if so, since what date; (5) whether the pump filters at the purification plants are replaced regularly; if not, why not; if so, on what date were they last replaced?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW14

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2434 on 13 November 2017 and his reply to question 1225 on 30 July 2018, his department has received the information; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the information be available; if so, (i) what number of kings are currently recognised by the Government as traditional leaders and (ii) what is the name of (aa) each king and (bb) the tribe over which the specified senior traditional leader rules; (2) what amount has each specified tribal chief received in remuneration in each year since 1 January 2012; (3) what (a)(i) movable and (ii) immovable benefits did each specified senior traditional leader receive in each specified year and (b) did the costs amount to in each case; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW88

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What projects have been implemented to improve the living conditions and welfare of animals at the zoos in (i) East London and (ii) Bloemfontein, (b) what is the current status of each project and (c) by what date is each project expected to be completed?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW26

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the total number of employees in each (a) municipality and (b) municipal entity?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW541

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2435 on 13 November 2017 and the reply to question 1224 on 30 July 2018, his department has received the information; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the information be available; if so, (i) what number of tribal chiefs are currently recognised by the Government as traditional leaders, (ii) what is the name of each tribal chief and (iii) over which tribe does each specified tribal chief rule; (2) what amount has each tribal chief received in remuneration in each year since 1 January 2012; (3) what (a)(i) movable and (ii) immovable benefits did each tribal chief receive in each specified year and (b) did the costs amount to in each case; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW663

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

What is the Government’s stance regarding the action taken by the Ingonyama Trust Board to cancel existing permission to occupy and to replace them with lease agreements?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW378

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the details of the processes followed by the Maruleng Local Municipality in Limpopo to appoint (a) the municipal manager and (b) each manager in terms of section 57 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000; (2) whether he has found that each of the specified appointments complied with the provisions of the specified Act and related legislation; if not, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he has found that the specified municipal officials possess the minimum competencies, as required by the Municipal Regulations on Minimum Competency Levels; if not, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW462

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

(1)What (a) number of boreholes were drilled by the Mopani District Municipality in Joppie Village, Tzaneen, Limpopo in the (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (iii) 2017-18 financial years, (b) was the total cost of each borehole, (c) number of boreholes were drilled in the backyards of residents, (d) was the reason for drilling in citizens’ backyards, (e) number of boreholes produced water and turned out to be unused and (f) number of boreholes were drilled on the property of traditional leaders and/or headmen; (2) were all unused boreholes covered for the safety of the community; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) will action be taken against alleged negligent officials and contractors after the death of a minor child (details furnished) in an unused uncovered borehole on 5 November 2018; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW426

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the details of the process followed to (a) call for nominations of Commissioners of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission) and (b) shortlist the candidates to appear before the selection panel for the CRL Commission; (2) (a) what is the name of each person serving on the selection panel, (b) what criteria were used to appoint the specified persons to serve on the selection panel and (c) on what date will the selection panel meet to interview candidate Commissioners; (3) on what date will the interviews for the CRL Commissioners take place?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW656

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What has his department done so far to realise the rights contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for the benefit of the indigenous peoples in South Africa, with specific reference to the Khoi and San peoples; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) (a) to what extent the findings of the Human Rights Commission's report on the rights of the Khoi and San have been taken into account, (b) what findings have indeed been implemented and (c) what are outstanding?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW620

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

What steps does his department or the Government intend to take in order to arrest the collapse of the Msunduzi Local Municipality?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW232

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

Whether, with reference to the investigation conducted by the KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs department in 2012 on request by the former Mayor of Umhlathuze, Mr Elphias Mbatha, where allegations of corruption, maladministration and nepotism were made, and in light of the fact that the Auditor-General keeps on highlighting that the report has not been tabled in council nor given to the public, any plans are in place to resolve the matter?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

25 March 2019 - NW29

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

Whether any municipality or municipal entity awarded contracts or tenders to certain companies (details furnished) between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2018; if so, (a) what service did each company render, (b) what was the monetary value of each tender or contract, (c) what was the duration of the tender, (d) who approved the tender and (e) did the tender comply with all the National Treasury and departmental procurement regulations?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW417

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

Whether, with regard to the Presidential Proclamation of 2014 that provided that izinduna should be paid a salary, funds have been budgeted and allocated for the remuneration of izinduna; if not, why not; if so, what amount?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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25 March 2019 - NW539

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2436 on 13 November 2017 and the reply to question 1223 on 30 July 2018, his department has received the information; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the information be available; if so, (i) what number of senior traditional leaders are currently recognised by the Government as traditional leaders, (ii) what is the name of each senior traditional leader and (iii) over which tribe does each specified senior traditional leader rule; (2) what amount has each senior traditional leader received in remuneration in each year since 1 January 2012; (3) what (a)(i) movable and (ii) immovable benefits did each senior traditional leader receive in each specified year and (b) did the costs amount to in each case; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

25 March 2019 - NW224

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, since he served in Cabinet, he (a)(i) was ever influenced by any person and/or (ii) influenced any of his department’s employees to take any official administrative action on behalf of any (aa) member, (bb) employee and/or (cc) close associate of the Gupta family and/or (b) attended any meeting where any of the specified persons were present; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

25 March 2019 - NW1

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) Where in the process the consideration and appointment of new commissioners currently is and (b) what the next step is as the imminent commencement date of the new commissioners’ 5-year term is 1 March 2019; (2) whether a selection panel in terms of section 11(1)(c) of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities Act, Act 19 of 2002, has already been appointed; if not, why not; if so, what are the names of the persons serving on the panel; (3) whether the names of the persons who have been nominated and/or short-listed as new commissioners will be made public; if so, (a) where and (b) on what date?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

25 March 2019 - NW420

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

Whether any remedial action has been taken following a report by the Auditor-General that in KwaZulu-Natal a total amount of R368 709 in salaries had been paid to 29 dead izinduna, that R6 million had been paid to izinduna who are full-time employees of Government and that some R2 million had been lost as a result of paying 37 izinduna more than the stipulated salary; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

22 March 2019 - NW601

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

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

Reply:

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

1)

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

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

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

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

Picture 1: Hydraulic Platform based in Kempton Park

Picture 2: Type of water tanker used

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