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28 February 2022 - NW36

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

(1). With reference to the 25th edition of the SA Music Awards held in Sun City, North West in 2019, what was the total amount in sponsorship which was offered by his department? (2). whether his department will provide Mrs V van Dyk with access to and/or furnish her with a copy of the agreements entered into with the Recording Industry of South Africa; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3). whether his department will furnish Mrs V van Dyk with reports subsequently submitted by the beneficiary for the purpose of assessing (a) compliance with the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, and Treasury policies and (b) the fulfilment of the conditions that were set by the agreements; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Department allocated a grant of R2 500 000.00 (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND RAND ONLY) to the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA) for the implementation of the 2019 South African Music Awards (SAMAs). Since 1995, the SAMAs have grown to be part of the South African entertainment calendar attracting many participants, fans and media followers. Given their popularity to the public, the SAMAs are also a good platform for marketing local content and one of the drivers of cultural tourism. An estimated 5070 guests attended the awards in 2019 and about 4.5 million viewers tune in to SABC 1 to watch the event live broadcast.

Apart from the awards, RISA also conducted education and awareness campaigns to educate emerging and aspiring artists about music business and Copyrights.

2. The Constitution of the Republic sets out the powers of Parliament and this include the powers to oversee the work of various Departments and public institutions. Within the prescripts of the Constitution and other related legislation and all protocol observed, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture would be obliged to provide Mrs V van Dyk in her capacity as the member of the legislature with access to and/or furnish her with the copy of the 2019 agreement between the Department and RISA.

3. Abiding by the parameters laid down in the Constitution as well as the Promotion of Access to Information Act, the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and other relevant legislation/s and all protocol observed, the Department would be in a position to furnish or provide access to honourable Mrs Van Dyk with the SAMA 2019 report.

28 February 2022 - NW79

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Social Development

What are the details of the progress that has been made on the investigation of the new venture training programme of the Unemployment Insurance Fund that resulted in a financial loss of R23,2 million?

Reply:

The matter was referred to the Internal Audit Division for further investigation in December 2021, for determination of losses suffered, employees responsible for the irregularity, root causes of the irregularity, and internal control deficiencies that require correction.

In addition, an internal audit of the third-party funds received from the UIF and subsequently transferred to Regenesys, has concluded and recommended that further investigation be undertaken on the utilisation of the funds. The NDA has since obtained approval from National Treasury to participate in the NT 012-2020, Panel of Professional Forensic Investigation Firms, and a request for a forensic investigation on this transaction will be issued to the panel before the end of the current financial year.

28 February 2022 - NW37

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

(1). What was the total amount of the initial budget allocation for TeamSA for the TokyoOlympic Games; (2). what is the breakdown of the total costs for (a) travel, (b) pre-game camps and holding camp, (c) on site per games meetings, (d) competition and non-competition wear, (e) ticketing, (f) allowance and professional services, (g) sending of formalities, (h) medical care, (i) insurance and contingencies and (j) athletes incentives?” NW41E

Reply:

1. As per Service Level Agreement (SLA), article 6.1A.2, a total amount of R7.403, 103.53 (Seven Million four hundred and three thousand, one hundred and three rand and fifty three cents) was earmarked for as initial budget allocation for TeamSA for the Tokyo Olympic Games; SASCOC also utilised part of its Annual Grant from DSAC to cover other expenses on the delivery of the Olympic Games as outlined in the SLA on SASCOC’s Obligations. The National Lotteries Commission allocated R 6,650,000.00 for the Delivery of Team to Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games.

2. The breakdown of total costs for travel:

a

Travel (Local, International, and Excess Baggage/Freight)

R3 705 022,72

b

Holding/Quarantine Camp (No Pre-Game Camps Due to

COVID-19)

R596 502,20

c

On-Site per Games Meetings (Site visit to Tokyo did Not

Take Place)

N/A

d

Competition and Non-Competition Wear (Main Sponsor,

Mr Price)

R678 026,88

e

Ticketing (COVID no Spectators)

N/A

f

Allowance and Professional Services (Per Diems and Professional Services for Athletes and Officials, including

Press Attache/Videographer/Photographer)

R4 300 667,68

g

Sending of Formalities (No Banquet)

N/A

h

Medical Care (Screening, Testing, Consumables,

CMO/CLO, CP, Medical Team)

R1 753 781,68

i

Insurance (Santam) and Contingencies

R63 880,00

j

Athletes Incentives (Paid by DSAC and NLC)

R4 400 000.00

Total

R15 497 881.16

28 February 2022 - NW64

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(a) What are the reasons for the slow spending by his department which resulted in R85 million declared unspent funds due to vacant posts not being filled and (b) how will this impact the filling of posts in technical and vocational education and training colleges, given that R35 million unspent due to vacancies, and Community Education and Training colleges had R50 million unspent on vacancies?

Reply:

The projected unspent amount of R85 million on the compensation of employees’ budget relates only to the posts vacated as a result of natural attrition during the 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years within the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. Natural attrition increased by 2% during the periods mentioned above, mainly due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and resignations, contract expiry and death, at 4.1% and 6.1% respectively. The vacancy rate in 2019/20 was 9.2% and 19% in 2020/21, an increase of 10% in 2020/21. The processes of recruitment and selection were inadvertently affected in 2020 and 2021 due to the impact of the national state of disaster and the lockdown leading to the cumulative effect on the 2021/22 budget. In addition, the Post Provisioning Norms (PPN) for the TVET Colleges could not be fully implemented in 2021/22 as a result of none or late submission of pertinent information by colleges. This resulted in delays in finalising verification processes, as well as transfer of staff to PERSAL. In the 2021/22 financial year, only 24 of the 50 colleges were able to process the PPN with the remaining 26 colleges to be processed from 1 April 2022.

With respect to the Community Education and Training Colleges, projected unspent budget of R50 million, it is due to Persal systemic issues, as the National Treasury could not process the adjustments programmatically, which led to the department adopting a manual phased in approach in effecting salary adjustments, starting in May and completing in September 2021. It should be noted that standardisation entailed a manual process of conversion of payments of salaries from stipends to standardized notches inclusive of benefits such as pension, medical,13th cheque and housing allowances. Whilst CET lecturers were paid the once of gratuity and 1.5% adjustments as per the PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2021, lecturers were paid pro-rated amounts and not the full gratuities as per the directive from the Department of Public Service and Administration, which also led to paying a lesser amount than it was planned for. The standardisation processes have now mostly been undertaken with mop ups now being done to ensure full implementation by 31 March 2022.

Finally, it has to be noted that from September to November 2021 there was a moratorium on the filling of posts for both TVET, CET and Head Office due to transition management.

28 February 2022 - NW66

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

What amount was spent on the inaugural functions of the Vice-Chancellors of (a) the University of South Africa, (b) Fort Hare University and (c) the University of Cape Town?

Reply:

The Department allocates funds to universities through the block grant and earmarked grants, outlined in a Ministerial Statement every year. University budgets are approved by their Councils, who have the decision-making responsibility on budgeting issues. The block grant funding is discretionary, and guided by university’s own budget processes. The earmarked grants are subject to specific reporting requirements, including the Infrastructure and Efficiency Grant (IEG) where the funds benefit the greater university community. The Department therefore does not budget for any inaugural ceremonies at universities. Herewith responses from the three institutions:

(a) The total cost for the Investiture of the VC of Unisa amounted to R648 783.00 amongst other things the cost included the following;

  • Live Stream at R127 742
  • Catering at R341 167
  • Entertainment at R93 000

(b) The total cost for the inauguration of the VC of Fort Hare was R134 050.73. The inauguration of Professor Sakhela Buhlungu in 2017 was a joint inauguration ceremony for the Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, as Advocate Ntsebeza was also newly appointed. The Table below reflects the breakdown of the amounts spent:

Catering

R25 000.00

Academic gown and bonnet: Chancellor*

R33 375.00

Academic gown and bonnet: Vice-Chancellor*

R25 385.00

Courier cost: gowns and bonnets

R350.00

Flights and accommodation for the Chancellor and his spouse

R14 940.73

Draping of the hall and sound system

R35 000.00

TOTAL

R134 050.73

*Although the costs of the gowns and bonnets for the Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor were once-off payments, this attire is of course always worn by the Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor for all formal academic functions of the University. Although these costs have been included in the calculation of the cost of the inauguration, these costs are therefore not strictly speaking ‘inauguration function costs.’ 

(c) The current UCT Vice-Chancellor was installed as Vice-Chancellor at a UCT graduation ceremony in 2018.  The additional expenses incurred for the installation, over and above those of the graduation ceremony, was in the order of R300 000.

28 February 2022 - NW10

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)Whether, given that every year thousands of students are left with uncertainty on their applications with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for bursaries to see them through the academic year and that 2022 is no different as students and their desperate parents complain about being unable to reach NSFAS offices, he is aware of the administrative inefficiencies (details furnished) at NSFAS offices; if not, why not; if so, what steps does he intend to take in this regard; (2) whether he will meet with four students (names and details furnished) and their parents who have been frustrated by the lack of efficient communication from NSFAS; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether his department has ever executed oversight at the operations of NSFAS; if not, why not; if so, have the challenges been addressed; (4) what has he found to be the reasons that the NSFAS administration are not delivering effective services?

Reply:

1. NSFAS has improved its application processes, for the first time SASSA beneficiaries received real-time funding decisions. NSFAS has integrated its systems with SASSA, Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and the South African Revenue Services (SARS) to ensure accuracy and efficiency of funding decisions. It should be noted that NSFAS received approximately 900,000 applications of which 30% of the students received real-time funding decision. Using an example of four students is not a true and fair reflection of the performance of NSFAS. Whilst i am aware of some remaining challenges at NSFAS, NSFAS is addressing these matters.

2. As indicated above NSFAS, verifies household income through SARS data. All the students mentioned in the correspondence were advised by NSFAS of their funding decision and were deemed to not be eligible for NSFAS funding as their household income as per the SARS data is above the eligibility threshold.  NSFAS has an appeals process to cater for instances where economic circumstances might have changed between the submission of tax information and the time of application. All potential beneficiaries are given an opportunity to appeal as it is the case with the four potential beneficiaries that have been submitted.  The NSFAS records indicate that the four applicants have submitted an appeal on 4 February 2022 and will be processed by NSFAS accordingly. 

3.Yes, the Minister appointed the Board with the responsibility of governance and operational oversight to NSFAS.  The Board advises the Minister of any challenges that the entity may experience. Furthermore, the DHET engages with NSFAS in various platforms to provide oversight and address any challenges that the entity might be facing. NSFAS submits quarterly reports to the Department on its performance.

4. The Ministerial Committee of Inquiry (MCI) submitted its report into the business processes, systems and capacity of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation on 11 March 2021. The Committee made a number of findings and recommendations.  The NSFAS Board provided the Minister with a written report on the areas where work is already underway to respond to the findings and recommendations of the report, planned actions in response to the report and the Board’s formal response to the report. The report was submitted to the Department on 24 November 2021. It should be noted that the administrative budget funding model of NSFAS has not moved with the increase in the demand for NSFAS funding and has not changed with the mandate of NSFAS from being a loan scheme to a full bursary scheme. NSFAS administration budget only accounts for 0.9% of the funds that it administers, while best practice is that administration budget should at least be 10%. This is a matter that is being addressed between NSFAS, DHET and National Treasury.

28 February 2022 - NW87

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). What are the new revised international standards prescribed for anti-doping for sport codes that the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) had to comply with from 2021; (2). whether SAIDS has amended their policy and procedures for compliance; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how did the sport codes respond to the amendments?

Reply:

(1). The revised World Anti-Doping Code came into effect in January 2021. The revised Code includes mandatory compliance to the following International anti-doping standards:

  • International Standard for Education
  • International Standard for Testing and Investigations
  • International Standard for the Protection of Personal Information.

(2). In 2020 SAIDS sent a draft of the 2021 South African Anti-Doping Rules to all national sports federation and stakeholders in sport. These sports entities were granted a three-month period to provide comment and feedback on the National Anti-doping Rules.

No significant comments were received that necessitated amending the initial draft. Subsequently, the SA Anti-Doping Rules were adopted by the Board of SAIDS and came into force in January 2021. These rules were amended to include the additional rules and obligations of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code and the UNESCO Convention Against Doping in Sport.

28 February 2022 - NW24

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

Whether his department has the capacity to ensure compulsory sports participation at schools in townships and rural areas; if not, what is needed for this to be realised; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

School Sport remains an extra-curricular activity within the Department of Basic Education. This implies that, it remains an option to accommodate within the school’s programme, when all other core-curricular activities have been addressed. To this end, only Physical Education, through the Life Orientation Subject, remains a compulsory subject within the school’s curriculum. The implementation and the enforcement of the curriculum remain the function of the Department of Basic Education and as the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, we co-operate in the implementation of School Sport through the Memorundam of Agreement. The Minister therefore, cannot make, anything compulsory to the Department of Basic Education.

28 February 2022 - NW65

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

What amount did his department (a) budget for and (b) spend on the renovations of the official residence of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa?

Reply:

The Department allocates funds to universities through the block grant and earmarked grants, outlined in a Ministerial Statement every year. University budgets are approved by their Councils, who have the decision-making responsibility on budgeting issues. The block grant funding is discretionary, and guided by university’s own budget processes. The earmarked grants are subject to specific reporting requirements, including the Infrastructure and Efficiency Grant (IEG) where the funds benefit the greater university community. The Department therefore did not budget for the UNISA VC’s house renovations.

The University was requested to respond and the total cost for the Cloghereen Renovations amounted to R 2 050 842.  This includes kitchen upgrades, floors, walls, electricals, plumbing and wet works. The total budgeted amount was R2 031 869.

28 February 2022 - NW88

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

1. Whether all sport codes have given their cooperation to the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) whose legislative mandate it is to ensure doping control and investigations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 2. with reference to education and research programmes, how has COVID-19 impacted the work of SAIDS?

Reply:

(1) The overwhelming majority of national sports federations cooperate actively with SAIDS and pro-actively engage on matters pertaining to drugs that affect their athletes. In 2018 SAIDS fined the national federation, Body-Building SA for the high number of doping positives and repeated doping offenses at their national championships over a four year period. A fine of R300 000 (three hundred thousand rand) was levied. The transgressions continued in 2019 and 2021. The fine was in line with the articles in the SA Anti-Doping Rules and the World Anti-Doping Code. The matter was escalated to SASCOC in 2019. The then acting CEO refused to act against the federation. The matter has been resent to the new president of SASCOC and the DDG of DSAC. SAIDS identified the amount owing to it by Body-Building SA in our presentation to the Portfolio Committee in 2020.

Towards the end of 2021, the SA Wrestling Federation President threatened to sue SAIDS after one of the national wrestlers was charged with an anti-doping rule violation. SA Wrestling did not follow through with their threats and the wrestler was sanctioned by SAIDS.

(2) The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown had an effect across the board on all our operations. National sports federations were very pro-active in utilising technologies such as Zoom and webinars to collaborate on learning opportunities for their athletes and coaches. All education unit exceeded their performance targets of delivering anti-doping education sessions through virtual channels to different sport audiences.

All athletes who represented South Africa at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo went through an education webinar with our anti-doping education team, prior to leave SA.

28 February 2022 - NW25

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

(1) Whether, in light of the recent reopening of the Hip-Hop Museum in Newtown with the backing of his department, his department has backed a Maskandi museum or similar project in the past; if not, why not; if so, what are the full, relevant details; (2). whether his department has any plans to support similar initiatives in the future?

Reply:

1. The Ministerial media engagement to promote the relationship that the Department has with the Hip-Hop Museum was held on 3 February 2022. The event was not held to open the Hip-Hop Museum. The Department also did not build the Hip-Hop Museum.

The event was held to profile the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture engineering and contribution to the Cultural and Creative Industry (CCI) Recovery and Reconstruction Plan. The event was also aimed to promote the projects and programmes, which are beneficiaries of the CCI Recovery and Reconstruction Plan Interventions and the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme. The project is aimed at profiling all institutions that have benefitted through the CCI Recovery and Reconstruction Plan Interventions and the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme.

2. The Department is open to consider collaborating and supporting any project that seeks to promote the development of our heritage and cultures as it provide economic opportunities to our people including the promotion of the Maskandi music.

My department has over years consciously promoted and continue to promote Maskandi. We held national conference in 2018 specifically for Maskandi on strategies of assisting the Maskandi genre.

We support annual South African Traditional Music Awards through our entity National Heritage Council. In our cultural diplomacy program we include Maskandi as we criss cross the world. The last of such was the visit to Angola where a Maskandi group was part of the program led by Dr Buselaphi Gxowa. Our support of Maskandi to fill up Moses Mabhida stadium led by Khuzani Mpungose to mention but a few

28 February 2022 - NW81

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What are the reasons that 19 funded vacant posts have been frozen in the 2021-22 financial year and (b) by what date will the specified vacancies be filled?

Reply:

(a) Due to a moratorium that was placed during March 2018 on the process of filling posts as well as the financial constraints experienced by the Department as a result of the drastic budget cuts to the compensation budget, the Department could not fill all its vacant posts and commenced with a process of prioritising critical posts to be filled.

The National Department did not freeze any vacant posts on its approved post establishment during 2021-22 financial year.

Due to the reduction in the compensation budget of the Department, not all funded vacant posts may be filled, and the Department is currently undergoing a prioritisation process in this regard.

The Department also identified other critical skills that are required in the Organisation, these include data analysts, researchers, economists and policy developers. This will necessitate a re-prioritisation of posts thus impacting on the vacant posts.

The prioritisation process is crucial as it will ensure that the Department does not overspend on the compensation budget over the medium term.

(b) The filling of vacant posts is an ongoing process, as one post is filled, another becomes vacant. The filling of posts are therefore always at various stages of the recruitment process.

28 February 2022 - NW59

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Social Development

What total number of (a) offenders were registered on the Child Protection Register in each province for the periods (i) 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017, (ii) 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018, (iii) 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019, (iv) 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 and (v) 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 and (b) applications were received through (i) a Form 29 (Annexure B of the Regulations) and (ii) a Form 30 in each province for each period?

Reply:

a) I would like to first inform the Honourable Member that for any offender’s name to be registered on the Child Protection Register (CPR), the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development through the courts, provides the Department of Social Development with all convictions of all people charged with child abuse, neglect or exploitation.

It is the legislative competence of courts to decide and declare any person unsuitable to work with children. The courts and forums such as the South African Council of Educators (SACE) have an important role in declaring any person unsuitable to work with children based on convictions and disciplinary proceedings.

The breakdown of the number of persons registered on the CPR is as follows:

(i) 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017 is 23,

(ii) 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 is 509,

(iii) 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019 is 144,

(iv) 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 is 148

(v) 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 is 359 and

(b) Not applicable. Form 29 (Annexure B of the Regulations) and Form 30 applications are received from employers and individuals as per the requirements of the Children’s Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).

The total number of Form 29 and 30s registered on the Child Protection Register are as follows:

Period

(b)(i) Form 29

(b)(ii) Form 30

1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017

34 721

65 440

1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018

48 989

91 094

1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019

34 243

34 243

1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020

1 731

45 233

1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021

45 023

90 070

Total

164 707

326 080

 

28 February 2022 - NW80

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether the National Treasury has responded to the application from the National Development Agency for condonation of irregular transactions dating back from 2013-2019 to the value of R96,1 million; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the outcome of the application?

Reply:

This matter is ongoing and discussion are currently underway between the NDA and the National Treasury.

25 February 2022 - NW155

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether he and/or his department ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by his office in this regard?

Reply:

Honourable Member, there is no positive trace results of such a correspondence or memo from the records, from the Ministry and Office of the Director General. The conclusion therefore is that such correspondence was not received.

25 February 2022 - NW132

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)(a) At what stage is the construction of the (i) Tlotlang-Thuto Secondary School and (ii) Loretlweng Primary School in the North West province, (b) what number of learners will be accommodated at each school on completion; (2) whether each of the specified school projects has been referred to the Special Investigations Unit for investigation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the proclamation number; (3) what (a) are the reasons for the cessation of work on the school projects and (b) is the anticipated time frame for the finalisation of the projects; (4) what (a) was the original budget for each school and (b) amount has been spent to date on each school?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1.0I have been informed by the Administrator that the various stages of construction are as follows:

a. (i) Tlotlang Thuto Secondary School – 98%

a. (ii) Loretlweng Primary School – 25%

b.

(i) Tlotlang Thuto Secondary School – 400 Learners

(ii) Loretlweng Primary School – 930 Learners

Both schools were handed over to Special Investigating Unit by the Minister on instruction, dated 24/07/2020.

2. Poor quality of work, Poor workmanship, Inherent structural instability of the proprietary system utilised by the contractor / proprietor of the building system.

23. e Department has taken the decision not to proceed with the project due to structural challenges identified with the construction method being declared unsafe by specialists who advised the complete demolition of the existing structures. Both construction contracts have been terminated.

(a) Tlotlang-Thuto Secondary School –

(i) R 41 356 312.38 (Contractor only)

R 51 819 451.67 (Contractor & Consultants excluding disbursements)

(ii) Loretlweng Primary School – R 46 886 401.08 (Contractor only)

R 56 787 571.00 (Contractor & Consultants excluding disbursements)

b) (i0 Tlotlang Thuto Secondary School – R35 777 620.05

    (ii) Loretlweng Primary School – R15 182 979.82

25 February 2022 - NW367

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What (a) plans are in place in terms of the maintenance, repair and refurbishment of the Magistrate’s House, Erf 3121276000, at 6 Darling Street in Aberdeen in the Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality, which is a heritage building and is falling apart and (b) other buildings are earmarked for repairs and maintenance in line with heritage requirements in the Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality in the next three financial years?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

a) I have been informed by the Department that the subject property, house no. 06 Darling Street, Aberdeen was allocated to a Mr Mxolisi Mdze in the form of a Caretakership Agreement that was signed between National Department Public Works & Infrastructure and Mr Mxolisi Mdze. This took place in February 2018 when the house was returned to DPWI by the Department of Justice because DOJ did not have a further need for the property. The signing of a Caretakership Agreement is an interim arrangement until a decision about the future utilisation of the property is made. Routine maintenance is the responsibility of the Caretaker. On-site inspections took place and Occupancy Certificates were signed in year 2020 and year 2021.

The house is included on the list of surplus properties earmarked for disposal. A decision about the future use of the property is pending. The decision will determine whether to refurbish and rezone the house for State use, refurbish and keep the house as stock but let it out to generate revenue or dispose of the house permanently in line with conditions determined by the South African Heritage Resource Agency.

b) The Gqeberha region has one other building that is earmarked for repairs and maintenance in line with heritage requirements in the Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality in the next three financial years namely, the Refurbishment of the Willowmore Magistrate Office: Financial tender date is planned for September 2023.

25 February 2022 - NW254

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

Given the Republic’s high unemployment rate and the shortage of staff across all public hospitals, what plans have been put in place to recruit and employ the health COVID19 contract workers permanently?

Reply:

The department acknowledges the magnitude of health care services provided by the health COVID-19 contract workers in assisting with addressing the required daily routine health services to the public, assisting with responses to the fourth wave demands and also the vaccination drive.

However, it is not possible for the department to employ the health COVID-19 contract workers permanently as their services are of a temporary nature (for the Pandemic) and that funding for their positions is through the Covid-19 earmarked funding and the Presidential Stimulus package, which is only for a specific period. Ideally, the Stimulus package was meant to support hospitals in responding to COVID -19 demands by addressing the capacity requirements at the peak of the pandemic.

END.

25 February 2022 - NW200

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Tourism

What number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days, (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case and (c) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled?

Reply:

 

 

(aa) 30 days

(bb) 60 days

(cc) 90 days

(dd) 120 days

a) (i) Department

15

11

10

42

b) Total amount outstanding in each case

R131 658-51

R78 515-10

R54 254-53

R286 931-02

 

(a)(ii) Entity

None

None

None

None

  1. Total amount outstanding in each case

None

None

None

None

c) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled?

(i) Department intends to conclude payment of these outstanding invoices by 15 March 2022

(ii) Not applicable

25 February 2022 - NW111

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

(1) In light of the fact five security guards were killed at the Goudkoppies landfill site in Devland, Johannesburg, on 11 January 2022, what steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all staff at landfill sites across the Republic; (2) whether there are any other nationally managed landfill sites that are targeted by criminals; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) where are the sites located and (b) what has been the nature of the criminal activity; (3) what impact will the Devland killings have on the functioning of the specified sites?

Reply:

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25 February 2022 - NW368

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(a) What progress has been made in terms of the application to rent Portion 1008 of the Farm Hartbeespoort 419JQ for the purposes of a shooting range in Brits, given the level of compliance already attained by the applicant, (b) on what basis is the permission being withheld for such an extraordinarily long time and (c) what is the perceived time frame for the finalisation of the application?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) I have been informed by the Departments that the Department acknowledges that it has received an application to rent a Portion 1008 of the Farm 419JQ at Hartebeespoort in 2019. However the bid to let out State-owned properties was subsequently cancelled in order to review the leasing terms that were offered and to align the letting out strategy to the disposal policy and property empowerment policy.

b) Permission is not being withheld. However, DPWI experienced delays internally due to internal consultation between branches and with the executive authority before the circular could be finalised.

c) The letting out circular was approved on the 19 November 2021 and planning is underway to invite interested bidders to submit their proposals on the letting out of identified State-owned properties. The projected timeline of advert is March 2022.

25 February 2022 - NW238

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What are the details of her department’s policy for leasing of state-owned houses; (2) whether she has found any discrepancies regarding how the specified policy is implemented by the various provinces; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the details of the discrepancies and (b) action has she taken to correct the discrepancies?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. The policy used by the Department on the leasing of State-owned houses is called the Immovable Asset Disposal Policy.

2. A standard business process on the letting out of State-owned properties is used by the Department at various Regional Offices. The Department has identified the need to enhance its strategy on the letting out of unutilised State-owned properties in order to realise highest and best use of the properties and to increase the revenue generation.

(b) The Department has developed a Circular on letting out of unutilised State-owned properties which will ensure optimal utilistion of State-owned houses.

25 February 2022 - NW230

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

What scientific evidence did he rely on (a) when he declared that persons who test positive for COVID-19, but do not have any symptoms do not need to isolate anymore and (b) in respect of the risks of transmission posed by not isolating persons who test positive?

Reply:

The decision that asymptomatic persons who test positive for COVID-19 infection do not need to isolate was based on advice from the COVID-19 Ministerially Advisory Committee. This is a committee of scientists that have been advising the Minister and the country on Covid-19 throughout the duration of the pandemic. The evidence underlying this decision can be summarised as follows:

From a public health perspective, the utility of isolation is dependent on rapidly identifying individuals with COVID-19. There is good evidence that the rate of case ascertainment in South Africa during the fourth wave (Omicron variant) is low and this due to a number of reasons including:

  • There has been a small percentage of cases (perhaps 16%) that are symptomatic.
  • Only a limited proportion of symptomatic cases access testing, and even when testing is performed, they come out with false negative results, leading to only a small proportion of positive cases are identified.
  • By the time that the cases are correctly identified and timeously isolated, the onward transmission has likely already occurred between the person testing and the release of the results. This is due to SARS-CoV-2’s high transmissibility around the time of symptom onset, including substantial pre-symptomatic transmission.

At the same time, isolation has a substantial economic and social burden in the current climate, including significantly reducing economic and other activities especially amongst health care workers. On an individual level, extended periods of isolation can result in loss of income, loss of employment, and loss of schooling time.

The period of isolation should therefore be seen as a trade-off between its (limited) benefits and its costs, rather than as an effort to reduce the chances of onward transmission to zero for the small proportion of cases that are identified.

Asymptomatic persons are less likely to transmit the virus, and it is difficult to know when the period for which they are infectious starts and ends. As a result, the costs of isolating asymptomatic cases are considered to outweigh the benefits thereof. It should be noted that though people with asymptomatic infection do not have to isolate, such people should be advised to engage in COVID avoidance practises such as observing strict mask wearing, avoiding social gatherings and avoiding socially meeting with others in indoor spaces.

END.

25 February 2022 - NW186

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by (i) his department and (ii) each entity reporting to him for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days, (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case and (c) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard.

(a)(i) NDOH

a)(i) What number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by his department

(aa) 30 days

(bb) 60 days

(cc) 90 days

(dd) 120 days

c) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled

National Department of Health

3,513

Nil

Nil

Nil

3,513

Payment dates will depend on the identification of funding to allow settlement of outstanding medico-legal claims received from Provincial Health Departments.

(b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case

 

Nil

Nil

Nil

R72,080,183.92

 

(a)(ii) Entities

a) (ii)What number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by each entity reporting to him

(aa) 30 days

(bb) 60 days

(cc) 90 days

(dd) 120 days

c) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled

Council for Medical Schemes

10

1

1

1

7

The outstanding amounts for 30 days, 60 days and 90 days will be settled In February. However, the outstanding amounts for 120 days will be settled once the queries with the billings and Service Level Agreement are resolved.

(b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case

 

R2,548.80

R26,580.94

R8,711.63

R2,690,826.82

 

National Health Laboratory Service

10,043

6

2,247

1,287

5,318

The NHLS aims to pay the total outstanding amount by the 31 March 2022, however, it must be noted that the NHLS total current payables amount stands at an amount of R785 million as at the end of 31 January 2022. Currently the NHLS has paid its suppliers an average of R607 million per month (R6,078m – 1 April 2021 to 31 January 2022). The NHLS’s ability and endeavour to pay its suppliers accurately and timeously is demonstrated by the NHLS’s creditors days being 29.61 days as at the end of January 2022.

(b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case

 

R5,882,763

R62,445,992

R60,596,022

R200,258,904

 

South African Health Products Regulatory Authority

5

2

Nil

1

2

Payment will be made by 28 February 2022 or earlier depending on disputes being cleared.

(b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case

 

R286,259

Nil

R21,866

R18,873,189

 

South African Medical Research Council

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

(b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Office of Health Standards Compliance

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

(b) what is the total amount outstanding

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

END.

25 February 2022 - NW156

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether he and/or the National Treasury ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by the National Treasury in this regard?

Reply:

The National Treasury does not have any record of receipt of the correspondence dated June 2020.

a) No record of receipt of this document.

b) No record of receipt of this document.

c) National Treasury continue to apply the prescripts defined in the Public Service Act and Regulations related to employment.

25 February 2022 - NW116

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether a certain company (name furnished) has all the relevant waste storage licences in each province; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, will he furnish Ms E R Wilson with copies of the licences; (2) where is each medical waste disposal site located that the company uses to dispose waste in each province; (3) where are the furnaces of the company located for the disposal of body parts in each province?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard, as received from the provinces.

PROVINCE

1. Whether a certain company (name furnished) has all the relevant waste storage licences in each province; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, will he furnish Ms E R Wilson with copies of the licences

2. where is each medical waste disposal site located that the company uses to dispose waste in each province;

3. where are the furnaces of the company located for the disposal of body parts in each province?

1. Eastern Cape

The Company, Buhle Waste has the relevant storage licences in the Eastern Cape (attached).

The disposal site is Enviro-Serv Waste Management and Landfill site – Holfontein in Springs.

Averda in George – Western Cape

Averde in Klerksdorp – North West

2. Free State

Free State Health has currently signed an agreement with Limpopo DoH to participate on contract HEDP 027/18/19

  • Validity of agreement is from 01/09/2020 - 30/04/2022.
  • Contractor: Buhle Waste (Pty) Ltd (attached).

Buhle Waste Waste (Pty) Ltd uses the following treatment plant for disposal:

  •  Averda (Pty) Ltd located in Gauteng (COVID -19 waste  and anatomical waste).
  • Biomed  (Pty) Ltd located in Gauteng Ekurhuleni ( Infectious waste and sharp waste).
  • Buhle (Pty) Ltd Treatment plant in Polokwane, Limpopo (Infectious and sharps waste)
  • Enviro-Serv (Pty) Ltd  located in Roodepoort, Gauteng ( COVID-19 waste , anatomical waste and pharmaceutical waste).

Buhle Waste Waste (Pty) Ltd uses the following treatment plant for disposal of anatomical waste:

 

  • Averda (Pty) Ltd located in Klerksdorp
  • Enviro-Serv (Pty) Ltd  located in Gauteng (Roodepoort).

3. Gauteng

No response received

No response received

No response received

4. Kwa-Zulu Natal

Buhle Waste has a waste storage in Mkhondeni in Umsunduzi Municipality. The license is attached.

The waste is being disposed in Holfontein landfill site in Gauteng

Anatomical waste is being incinerated in Averda, Klerksdorp, North West and Enviro-Serv in Roodepoort, Gauteng.

5. Limpopo

The company (Buhle Waste (Pty) Ltd) has a licenced storage in Limpopo Province license 12/9/11/L/1906103812/5/Rand variation 12/9/11/L/200211114048/5/V

(attached).

Enviro-Serv Waste Management in Holfontein: Located in portion 23&24 of the farm Holfontein 71 IR and Portion 8 of the farm Moderfontein, Benoni , Ekurhuleni 236 IR Metropolitan Municipality.

Biomed: Located in 13 Licon Road Dunswart, Benoni, Ekurhuleni, Metropolitan Gauteng Province

Averda SA (Pty) Ltd located at Goudweg Street Dawnkinsville Klerksdorp, North West.

6. Mpumalanga

Buhle Waste does not have waste storage facility in the Province,

The service provider uses five (5) treatment plants for disposal.


A. Enviro-Serv@Roodeport
Pixer Rd, Rand leases
Roodepoort
1724

B. Biomed@Benoni
13 Lincoln rd
BENONI
1505

C. AVERDA@City Deep,
82 Heidelburg rd
Citydeep
2197


D. AVERDA@Klerksdorp
Golden Ave,
Dawkinsville,
Klerksdorp 2571

E. Limpopo WT@buhle Waste
25 Freedom Dr
Seshego
0751

Eviro-Serv in Roodepoort, Gauteng


Averda in Klerksdorp, North West

7. Northern Cape

Tshenolo Waste does not have waste storage facility in the Province, They transport waste for disposal after collection using cooler trucks (Trucks with freezers).

There is no waste disposal site in the Northern Cape or treatment site.

No treatment site in the Northern Cape.

8. North West

Tshenolo and Putting Waste Services does not have waste storage facilities in the Province.

Tshenolo and Putting Waste Services does not have waste disposal sites in the Province.

Putting Waste Services uses Averda SA (Pty) Ltd City Deep Treatment Facility in Gauteng Province.

9. Western Cape

Both Compass and Averda has Waste Management Licences in place for handling, storage and treatment of HCRW

Averda make use of two (2) HCRW treatment and storage sites; this is Averda, Killarney Gardens in Cape Town, Du Noon area and also Optimum Waste Treatment and storage facility in George, Garden Route District.

Compass Medical Waste Services has a treatment and storage facility at Blackheath, Cape Town.

Compass Medical Waste Services make use of BCL Medical Waste Services Delft for disposal and treatment of anatomical waste

Averda make use of their Optimum Incinerator for disposal and treatment of anatomical waste.

NB.

  1. Information still outstanding from Gauteng Department of Health
  2. “Name furnished” refers to Buhle Waste (Pty) Ltd.
  3. Five (5) Provinces (Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Free State, Eastern Cape & Limpopo) has contracted Buhle Waste (Pty) Ltd for Health Care Risk Waste (HCRW) management.

END.

25 February 2022 - NW259

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Health

What total number of (a) persons are employed as nurses in the Public Service and (b) the specified persons will reach a retirement age in 2025? FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NO. 259 DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 10 FEBRUARY 2022 (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 01) Ms H O Mkhaliphi (EFF) to ask Minister of Health: What total number of (a) persons are employed as nurses in the Public Service and (b) the specified persons will reach a retirement age in 2025? NW273E REPLY: The current total number of persons employed as nurses (all categories of nursing) in the Public Health Sector is 149 025. The current retirement age in the Republic of South Africa is 65 years (Public Service Act, 1994, as amended). The total number of nurses that will reach this retirement age in the year 2025 is 1 359 which is 0.9% of the total number nurses employed in the Public Health Sector. END.

Reply:

a) The current total number of persons employed as nurses (all categories of nursing) in the Public Health Sector is 149 025.

b) The current retirement age in the Republic of South Africa is 65 years (Public Service Act, 1994, as amended). The total number of nurses that will reach this retirement age in the year 2025 is 1 359 which is 0.9% of the total number nurses employed in the Public Health Sector.

END.

25 February 2022 - NW273

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What (a) steps has she taken to date to assess the damage caused by the fire in the parliamentary precinct and (b) total amount will it cost to refurbish Parliament?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

a) On 11 February 2022, The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure appointed an Implementing Agent (COEGA), which mainly consists of Structural Engineers to determine the structural integrity of the buildings damaged by the fire as part of the first phase.

The second phase has commenced, as the first phase has been completed, to conduct a full assessment on the extent of the damage and scoping for the restoration project.

b) The total cost to repair is yet to be determined once the full assessment has been concluded.

25 February 2022 - NW243

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) is the current state of the commission for forcefully sterilising women and (b) has been done to date to ensure compensation, psychological support, medical intervention and the other commitments made by his department to the victims of forced sterilisation?

Reply:

(a) The Independent Committee appointed by the Ministry of Health to accelerate the implementation of redress to complainants of forced/coerced sterilization has concluded its work. Unfortunately, the CGE was unable to provide the committee with particulars of the 48 women identified in the report as women who were allegedly coerced into sterilisation due to their HIV status. Instead, names of 106 women were finally submitted to the committee of which only 16 were part of the original list.

After further searching a final list of 24 women’s names were submitted by the CGE (of an original allegation of 48 women) with only 14 accompanied by affidavits. The CGE was also not confident that they had identified the women that they originally believed had made allegations. A further complication was that most cases were many years old (2005 to 2010) so patient records were incomplete or completely missing. The committee did what they could to document the details but could confirm that a tubal ligation had been done in only 4 cases.

Despite best endeavours the detailed clinical histories of the women from the original group of complainants could not be adequately verified. There are no grounds to proceed to compensation at this stage other than continued health care in public health facilities.

Since this matter is of such importance it is imperative that the medico-legal reform process in the department for the health sector is being pursued with vigour to address the plight of the 82 who attended a dialogue although they were not part of those in the CGE report.

Rather than pursue a separate committee consideration is being given to amending the terms of reference of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Maternal Child and Women’s Health to include strengthening of action around sterilisation or women, with specific guidance from:

  • South African Maternal, Perinatal and Neonatal Health Policy (23-6-2021)
  • Sterilisation Act [No. 44 of 1998]

(b) All the women who reported to have medical problems associated with the sterilization were evaluated at major public hospitals in the country (16 in KwaZulu Natal and 8 in Gauteng) and the report is available.

Psychological services were initiated by the Office of the Premier in KZN for women who attended the dialogue. In addition, HODs in various provinces were asked to ensure that each woman is supported with appropriate clinical and psychological care in the public hospital closest to their place of residence. The responsibility for ongoing clinical and psychological care is part of the clinical services that will be provided in the public health services of the provinces.

To my knowledge there was no commitment from the Department to compensate the alleged victims. There is no mechanism for financial reward for any damages to be determined by the department. The intention of the medico-legal reform process also is not to provide financial compensation but to ensure that the health needs of the patient are assured.

END.

25 February 2022 - NW248

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

Whether her department has determined the environmental impact of sewage spills that are experienced by communities in many municipalities across the Republic; if not; why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

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25 February 2022 - NW112

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

(1) what is the volume of groundwater used by Zululand Anthracite Colliery on a monthly basis; (2) whether there is an immediate danger to the health of surrounding communities and animal life due to the approximately 1, 5 million litres of liquid coal that were spilled into the Umfolozi River system following the collapse of a slurry dam at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the dangers and (b) what steps is her department taking to address the dangers; (3) whether the spillage will initiate a review of the current water licence granted to the Zululand Anthracite Colliery; if not, why not, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

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25 February 2022 - NW249

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

In light of the fact that , due to ineffective municipal treatment plant plants and sewage effluent, aquatic weeds have flourished in South African water resources that had so far been rich in nutrients, what steps and/or intervention has her department taken to help eradicate these invasive plants?

Reply:

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25 February 2022 - NW106

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to his department receiving an unqualified audit with findings from the Auditor-General for 2020-21, what (a) were the findings regarding the specified audit report and (b) consequence management has been put in place by his department; (2) whether there are distinct timelines factored into the consequence management system; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what (a) was the nature of the transgressions and (b) departments were guilty; (4) what disciplinary actions have been taken against implicated officials who committed offences such (a) as irregular expenditure and the amounts thereof and (b) noncompliance with the law, regulations and documents, internal policies and procedures; (5) what control system has been put in place to ensure proper record keeping in order to ensure that complete, relevant and accurate information is accessible and available to support financial and performance reporting?

Reply:

(1) (a) Material misstatements of receivables, payables, immovable tangible assets, and commitments identified by the auditors in the submitted financial statement were corrected. Effective and appropriate steps were not taken to prevent irregular expenditure, as required by section 38(1)(c)(ii) of the PFMA and treasury regulation 9.1.1. The majority of the irregular expenditure disclosed in the financial statements was caused by contravention of procurement processes. Some of the contracts were awarded to suppliers whose tax matters had not been declared by the South African Revenue Service to be in order, as required by treasury regulation 16A9.1(d). Some of the contracts were awarded to bidders who did not submit a declaration on whether they are employed by the state or connected to any person employed by the state. Some of the goods and services of a transaction value above R500 000 were procured without inviting competitive bids, or deviations were approved by the accounting officer, but it was practical to invite competitive bids.

(b) The Department has a Loss Control Committee which will investigate and determine if there are any officials accountable. Subsequently, appropriate measures in line with the labour relations prescripts will be applied.

(2) The labour relations directives and prescripts have prescribed timelines on dealing with consequence management once accountability issues have been dealt with and determined.

(3) (a) Non-compliance with the prescripts such as Public Financial Management Act no.1 of 1999, National Treasury Instruction note 3 of 2016/2017, Departmental Policy and SARS requirements;

(b) Departments that were guilty are as follows:

a) Nature of Transgression

b) Guilty Department

AGSA had indicated that the transaction did not meet the definition of emergency procurement in terms of National Treasury prescripts. Management should have requested pre-approval from National Treasury. The service was to render emergency support services to Project Management Office (PMO) during Covid-19.

Supply Chain Management

AGSA had indicated that the transaction did not meet the definition of emergency procurement in terms of National Treasury prescripts. Management should have requested pre-approval from National Treasury. The service was to investigate an urgent transaction on expenditure that was deemed irregular.

Supply Chain Management

AGSA had indicated that the transaction was Non-compliant with Local production and content for designated sector and noncompliance with tax requirements on foreign procurement. The services were for emergency procurement of vaccines for the country.

Affordable Medicines

AGSA had indicated that the services were rendered outside the approved period without sourcing the necessary approval from the accounting officer / delegated official / approving authority such as National Treasury.

Workforce Management

The service was for rendering of strategic communication services for NHI and emergency communication for Covid-19: Non adherence with SCM processes and National Treasury prescripts on emergency procurement.

NHI and Communication

4. (a) Other cases have been sent for assessment in terms of the Irregular Expenditure Framework as published by National Treasury, dated 16 May 2019 to determine whether the transactions are indeed irregular or not. Some of these transactions have been sent to the Office of the Accountant-General to determine if indeed the findings of AGSA are valid or not in terms of the Mechanism for Resolving Disagreement Between the Auditor (AGSA) and Auditee dated 01 June 2021, the auditee in this cases is (NDOH). Some of the officials implicated in the cases mentioned had been suspended and disciplinary hearings are underway/ in progress.

Below is the table indicating all transactions declared irregular by AGSA in terms of NDOH Final Management Letter. The table below provide details in so far as question 4(a) is concerned on the nature, the amount and the status.

Nature of the services

Amount

Status on Disciplinary Action

Non-compliance with the law, regulations and documents, internal policies and procedures

According to AGSA, the transaction did not meet the definition of emergency procurement in terms of National Treasury prescripts. Management should have requested pre-approval from National Treasury. The service was to render emergency support services to PMO during Covid-19.

R14 671 755

Referred to NT to mediate between AGSA and NDOH to determine if transaction are irregular.

Non-compliance with NT instruction note.

According to AGSA, the transaction did not meet the definition of emergency procurement in terms of National Treasury prescripts. Management should have requested pre-approval from National Treasury. The service was to investigate an urgent transaction on expenditure that was deemed irregular.

R592 250

Referred to NT to mediate between AGSA and NDOH to determine if transactions are irregular.

Non-compliance with NT instruction note.

Non-compliance with Local production and content for designated sector and non-compliance with tax requirements on foreign procurement. The service was for emergency procurement of vaccines for the country.

R4 350 502

Referred for assessments to determine if the transgression is non-compliance or irregular.

Non-compliance with SARS requirements

Services were rendered outside the approved period without sourcing the necessary approval from the accounting officer / delegated official /approving authority such as National Treasury.

R14 984 000

Referred for assessments to determine if the transgression is non-compliance or irregular.

Non-compliance with NT instruction note.

The service was for rendering of strategic communication services for NHI and emergency communication for Covid-19: Non adherence with SCM processed and National Treasury prescripts on emergency procurement.

R150 000 000

Disciplinary hearings are currently in emotion.

Non-compliance with NT Instruction.

(b) The status above encompasses both non-compliance and irregular expenditure.

(5) The National Department of Health developed and implemented the online National Quarterly Reporting System (NQRS) in 2017 to ensure quarterly progress on the Annual Performance Plan (APP) is tracked and on-line evidence storage. The system tracks progress towards attaining the objectives and targets set in the APP, highlighting achievements, deviations, factors enhancing or inhibiting progress, as well as corrective action when targets are not achieved. The Portfolio of Evidence for reported performance is uploaded on the online NQRS to support indicator performance reports. By Day 6 of the reporting month, the Quarterly Performance Information is captured and signed-off by Directors/Cluster Managers together with the Portfolio of Evidence which is uploaded on the online NQRS. The Quarterly Performance on APP targets is reviewed and signed off by Branch Managers. The Internal Audit Unit of the National Department of Health reviews the Performance Information and supporting evidence every quarter and reports to the Audit and Risk Committee. The primary objective is to review reported Performance Information against the Portfolio of Evidence and provide feedback to the Department to address any shortcomings identified. The NQRS system provides a single online storage for all Performance Information updated during quarterly reporting which is also used by Auditor General for auditing purposes

END.

25 February 2022 - NW99

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

In light of the apparent dumping of 1,500 tons of toxic chemicals off St Helena Bay by the vessel NS Qingdao, what (a) are the names of the chemicals that have been dumped and (b) measures is her department taking to reduce the toxicity of the dumped chemicals?

Reply:

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25 February 2022 - NW115

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) On what date was the tender for waste disposal that was awarded to a certain company (name furnished) advertised in each province by his department and (b) what number of bidders applied as service providers for the disposal of medical waste; (2) what (a) was the total monetary value of each of the top five bidders, (b) is the value of the tender awarded to the specified company and their joint venture partners in each province and (c) amount has his department paid the specified company to date?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard, as received from the provinces.

Province , Tender No. & Description

(1) (a) Date of Advertisement

(1) (b) Names of Bidders who Applied as SP

(1) (a) Name(s) a of Successful Bidder

(2) (a) Total Value of Top 5 Bidders

(2) (b) Value of Tender Awarded incl JV Partners

(2) (c ) Total Amount Paid to a Successful Bidder To Date

EASTERN CAPE

SCMU3-18/19-0461-HO: Supply of Containers, Safe and Effective Handling of HCRW, Through Appropriate Segregation, Packaging, Carting Storage, Loading, Transportation,

Treatment And Safe Disposal Of Health Care Risk Waste/Medical From PHC Facilities, Nursing Colleges, Ems, And Forensic Pathology, Psychiatric Hospitals And Tb Hospitals For A Period Of 36 Months With An Option To Extend For 24 Months.

01 February 2019

1. Phuting Medical Waste

2. Wastegro Project

3. Seane Medical Waste JV Diponto Investment

4. Compass Waste Services JV DOH Enterprise

5. Compass Medicall Waste Services

6. Enerwaste Solution

7. Mampuru Waste Management CC

8. Zikhumbuze Aborist and General Service

9. Ecocycle Waste Solution (Pty) Ltd

10. Power Sprinks JV Vikela Afrika Waste Care CC

11. Tshenolo Waste (Pty) Ltd

12. Buhle Waste (Pty) Ltd

13. Cycle Sol CC

Buhle Waste

Bidder 1 – R214 582 468.81

Bidder 2 – R316 069 497.15

Bidder 3 – R325 535 297.26

R214 582 468.80

(value based on rates and indicative quantities)

FY 20/21 - R44 264 070,38

FY 21/22 - R48 862 888,33

(Based on actual waste collected)

LIMPOPO

HEDP027/18/19: Collection, Treatment & Disposal of Health Care Risk Waste

14 December 2018

1. Stericycle Medical Waste Management

2. NTC Group JV Ngwako a Maloa Farming

3. Averda South Africa

4. Q Waste Management Services

5. Enerwaste Solutions

6. Ingwe Waste Management Services

7. Tshenolo Waste

8. Buhle Waste

9. Seane Medical Waste

Buhle Waste

Compass Medical Waste Services

Eco-cycle Waste Solutions

Limpopo Supllements Traders

Per kg = R28.00

Training cost = R700.00 pp

Service & Repair = No charge

Chest Freezer outright purchase

130L = R2 279.05

195L = R2 564.00

207L = R2 659.05

210L = R2 659.05

270L = R3 609.05

285L = R3 609.05

320L = R5 129.05

530L = R5 984.05

R160,369,231,55

MPUMALANGA

Heal/038/19/MP: Provision of Health Care Waste Management for Mpumalanga Department of Health for a period of three (03) years

Tender Bulletin No. 276

Advertised: 09 April 2019

Closing: 06 May 2019

1. Vumani Waste Solution

2. Erner Waste Solutions Gauteng

3. Ingwe Waste/Hitekani Trading

4. Healthcare Waste Services

5. Compass Medical Waste Service

6. Tshenolo Waste (Pty) Ltd

7. Mampuru Waste Management

8. Averda South Africa (Pty) Ltd

9. Cinding Enterprise

10. Zenzeleni Cleaning and Transport

11. Nyembe Waste Management JV Clinix Medical Waste Management

12. Buhle Waste (Pty) Ltd

Buhle Waste Medical (Pty) Ltd

None of the Service Providers were evaluated in terms of the Preferential Points

Tendered Rates

R 124 824 713,13

Kwazulu Natal Department of Health is currently participating on contract awarded by Mpumalanga Province and approval to participate was obtained. The participation is in line with Treasury Regulation 16A6.6 which states that "The accounting officer or accounting authority may, on behalf of the department, constitutional institution, or public entity, participate in any contract arranged by means of a competitive bidding process by another organ of State, subject to written approval of such organ of State and the relevant contractors."

KWAZULU-NATAL

HEAL/038/19/ MP: Appointment of the service provider for the provision of healthcare waste management for Mpumalanga Department of Health for a Period of 3 Years

Date Advertised 9 April 2019 (Bid information and Document available online): Duration 3 year period from 1/12/2019 to 30/11/ 2022

1. Vumani Waste Solution

2. Ener Waste Solutions Gauteng

3. Ingwe Waste/ Hitekani Trading

4. Buhle Waste (Pty) Ltd

5. Healthcare Waste Services

6. Compass Medical Waste Services

7. Tshenolo Waste (Pty) Ltd

8. Mampuru Waste Management

9. Averda South Africa (Pty) Ltd

10. Cinding Enterprise

11. Zenzeleni Cleaning and Transport

Nyembe Waste Management

Buhle Waste

Refer to Mpumalanga Department Contract Heal/038/19/MP

Refer to Mpumalanga Department Contract Heal/038/19/MP

Fin Year 2019/2020

R 63 753 398.63 (From 1/12/2019 to 31/03/2020)

Fin Year 2020/2021

R 159 409 734.90

Fin Year 2021/2022

R 130 685 862.96 (1 April 2021 to 31st December 2021)

Grand Total R354,004,326.73

Northern Cape did not award to Buhle Waste

NORTHERN CAPE

NCDOH/ENV/001/2018: Removal of medical waste

10 March 2017

1. Tshenolo Waste

2. Buhle Waste

3. Eco Cycle

4. Compass Waste

5. Averda

6. Thari Waste

Tshenolo Waste (Pty) Ltd

 

R 154 008 00.00

R 214 799 626,89

North West did not award to Buhle Waste

NORTH WEST

NWDOH 270/2019: Supply Of Containers, Collection, Removal, Transportation And Treatment Of Health Care Risk Waste (Hcrw) And Final Disposal Of Residues From Public Health Care Facilities Of The North West Department Of Health For A Period Of Four (04) Years

20 February 2019

1. Reagetswe Trading and Waste Management services

2. Dodi Medical waste Enterprise

3. Enerwaste Solutions

4. Averda South Africa

5. Phuting Medical Waste

6. Buhle Waste

7. Seane Medical Waste.

8. Ingwe Waste Man

9. Anele Masego Project JV Vikela Waste Management

10. Mohaumolotsi Civils Works

11. Nyembe Waste Management

12. Tshenolo Waste Management

13. T & T Group & Projects

14. Black Stone Enviro Solutions

15. HealthCare Waste Services

16. Compass Medical Services

17. Mampuru Waste Management CC

18. Golden Skips PTY LTD

Phuting Medical Waste

Tshenolo Waste Management

Value not applicable as it is as in when required

N/A

1.R 49,008,676.60

2.R 37,449,215.37

WESTERN CAPE

Indicated that they do not have a contract with Buhle Waste

We still await information from Gauteng and Free State Provinces. This will be submitted to Parliament as soon as it is received.

END.

25 February 2022 - NW168

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De Villiers, Mr JN to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether she and/or her department ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by her department in this regard?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

There are no records of correspondence received from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy, and/or in any other format.

a) As indicated above there are no records of any correspondence received either on the 20 June 2020 or any other date

b) There are no records of any correspondence received as indicated above

c) The matter is not applicable due to the fact that there are no records of any correspondence received from the political organisation ( details furnished).

25 February 2022 - NW183

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Khumalo, Dr NV to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(a) What number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by (i) his department and (ii) each entity reporting to him for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days, (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case and (c) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled?

Reply:

(a) None. The latest report (ie. for January 2022) on the list of invoices paid after thirty (30) days, and invoices older than thirty (30) days but not yet paid from receipt by the Department reflects as a ‘NIL’ report, and by taking in to consideration that the current month is February 2022, the received invoices would currently be within thirty (30) days. Hence, there are no invoices that are more than 30, 60, 90 or 120 days within the Department of Employment and Labour.

(b) In relation to the 'NIL' report, there is no total outstanding amount.

(c) Since there is no outstanding amount, the above question is not applicable.

REPLY: The Entities: https://pmg.org.za/files/RNW183-220225.xlsx

 

 

25 February 2022 - NW157

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

Whether she and/her department ever received correspondence from a certain political organization (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by her department in this regard?

Reply:

Attached find here: Reply

25 February 2022 - NW114

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What was the outcome of the investigation by the Eastern Cape Health Department into a certain company (name furnished) after it was revealed that hazardous waste, including body parts, were accumulating at their West Bank facility; (2) whether he will furnish the Portfolio Committee on Health with the report and recommendations of the investigation as a matter of urgency; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (3) whether the specified company has a waste storage licence; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, will he furnish Ms E R Wilson with a copy of the licence; (4) where is the medical waste disposal site of the company located in the Eastern Cape; (5) whether the company has a furnace facility in order to ensure the appropriate disposal of medical waste and body parts in particular; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to the Eastern Department of Health -

(1) An inspection was carried out by the Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) from Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and a report was written with full recommendations to the company. It was established that the company was operating legally and at the site that is suitable for storage of medical waste as per the investigation.

(2) The report of the investigation is attached (Annexure A).

(3) The company has registered with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DFFE) for a waste storage licence for two (2) sites in Eastern Cape, East London and Gqeberha (Annexure B).

(4) The company has no medical waste disposal site located in Eastern Cape, but has arrangments with companies outside the province where it disposes medical waste.

(5) The company makes use of the following facilities which are equiped for appropriate disposal of medical waste and body parts:

  1. Averda in George – Western Cape
  2. Averda in Klerksdorp – North West

END.

25 February 2022 - NW184

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) What number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by (i) the National Treasury and (ii) each entity reporting to him for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days, (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case and (c) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled?

Reply:

NATIONAL TREASURY

(a)(i)(aa)

(a)(i)(bb)

(a)(i)(cc)

(a)(i)(dd)

(b)

(c)

5 Supplier invoices

Nil

Nil

Nil

R9 228,78

Before end of February 2022

       

R9 228,78

 
       

R9 228,78

 
       

R9 228,78

 
       

R758 540,00

 

INDEPENDENT REGULATORY BOARD FOR AUDITORS

As at 11 February 2022 the IRBA is not aware of any invoice older than 30 days due for payment.

OFFICE OF THE TAX OMBUD

a) What number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid each entity reporting to him for more than

(aa) 30 days, - None

(bb) 60 days, - None

(cc) 90 days - None

(dd) 120 days – None

(b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case - None

(c) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled? - None

GTAC

a) What number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by entity reporting to NT entity (GTAC)

Question no

No of invoices

aa) 30 days

0

bb) 60 days

0

cc) 90 days

0

dd) 120 days

0

b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case? Zero amount

c) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled? No applicable

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES PENSION FUND (GEPF)

The details of unpaid supplier invoices are listed below:

Number of unpaid invoices

30 days

60 days

90 days

120 days

Date to be paid

16

R1 300 729

R 2 450

R1 026 375

N/A

24 Feb 2022

Total Payable Amount R 2 329 554

ACCOUNTING STANDARDS BOARD

We have no unpaid invoices exceeding 30 days or more.

OFFICE OF THE OMBUD FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES PROVIDERS (FAIS OMBUD)

The following table provides the information as requested relating to the amounts outstanding to suppliers based on their aging.

No

Description

Current

1 to 30 days

31 to 60 days

61 to 90 days

Over 90 days

Total outstanding

1

Total outstanding

-

-

644,39

5 000,00

6 974,21

12 618,60

2

Number of suppliers

0

0

1

1

2

4

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*

**

***

 
               

 

Legends

*

The Office is awaiting the credit note of R644,39 from the supplier in order to remove the balance from the aging report. The adjustment of the insurance policy has given rise to the credit note.

**

The Office is awaiting the credit note of R5,000.00 from the supplier in order for the account balance to be corrected. The disposal of an asset resulted in the adjustment of the insurance policy which has given rise to the credit note.

***

An amount of R400,00 is owed to a supplier. However, given the inability to contact the supplier, it may seem that the supplier is no longer trading. Once confirmation of this is received, the financial records will be adjusted accordingly.

The remaining amount is still in dispute with the supplier and payment will be effected once the matter has been resolved between the office and the supplier. The dispute relates to the non-delivery of certain goods.

Of the R12,618.60 reflected in our records, a total amount of R5,644.39 relate to credit notes that need to be received and processed. Therefore, this amount is not actually owed to suppliers. The remaining amount of R6,974.21 relating to two suppliers will be paid over to the suppliers once the dispute is resolved with the one supplier and the existence of the other supplier is confirmed.

FINANCIAL SECTOR CONDUCT AUTHORITY (FSCA)

(aa) 30 days,

Answer: None

(bb) 60 days,

Answer: One

(cc) 90 days,

Answer: None

(dd) 120 days,

Answer: two

a) what is the total amount outstanding in each case

Answer: over 30 Days R25,000.00 and over 120 Days R16,165.00

Total outstanding; R41,165.00

b) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled?

Answer: Invoices under query with the service providers, envisaged to be resolved and paid within the next 30 days.

LAND AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA

As at end 31 January 2022 Land Bank had 123 invoices owed to 85 vendors. All invoices were settled in February 2022.

As at 16 February 2022 the following remains outstanding and is envisaged to be paid by 28 February 2022.

aa) 30 days – 3 Invoices owed to 3 vendors amounting to R332 372.64

bb) 60 days – 1 invoice owed to 1 vendor amounting to R7 436.54

cc) 90 days – no invoices outstanding

dd) 120 days – 1 invoice outstanding owed to 1 vendor for the amount of R304 200.00

GOVERNMENT PENSIONS ADMINISTRATION AGENCY (GPAA)

The Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) has a 99% rate on paying invoices on or before 30 days, see the below response:

1. 30 days, No outstanding supplier’s invoices on this period.

2. 60 days, No outstanding supplier’s invoices on this period.

3. 90 days, Two unpaid invoices valued at R206 634.00

One matter valued at R203 034.00 are subject to a dispute. The supplier did not complete the building renovations and payment is subject to the resolution of the dispute.

The other, an amount of R3 600.00 was retuned by the bank due to incorrect banking details. The service provider has been engaged to provide the correct banking details and should be resolved shortly.

DEVELOPMENT BANK OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (DBSA)

(a)& (b)

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c) the amounts outstanding will be settled within the next 30 days.

SASRIA SOC LTD

The table below depicts the number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by Sasria, the total amount outstanding and the envisaged settlement date:

CO-OPERATIVE BANKS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (CBDA)

The CBDA does not have invoices that have not been paid for more than 30 days. A monitoring tool is implemented to track the invoices received as well as ensure that any query or dispute is resolved within 30 days of receipt.

PUBLIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION

There are no supplier invoices outstanding for more than 30 days.

The rest of the questions fall away.

SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE (SARS)

South African Revenue Service – Outstanding payments

 

(aa) more than 30 days

(bb) more 60 days

(cc & dd) more than 90 days)

(a) Number of invoices

44

32

62

(b) Total amount outstanding

R1,682,119.93

R 2,987,788.79

R 4,183,355.50

(c) By what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled

The population outstanding invoices relates to 16 creditors that is currently under investigation to determine reason for non-payment and will be resolved by 28 February 2022 through either payment or requesting credit notes from service providers/suppliers if not valid goods or services. Internal communications have been issued to remind all SARS employees of timeous payment of invoices in April 2021 as per Treasury Regulations and related instruction notes and a follow up internal communication in terms of attracting interest on late account and the related consequences in terms of the Fruitless and wasteful expenditure framework was issued on 11 February 2022 reminding employees of the importance to pay service providers/suppliers on time.

FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTRE (FIC)

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OFFICE OF THE PENSION FUNDS ADJUDICATOR (OPFA)

As at 17 February 2022, the OPFA has no unpaid invoices older than 30 days.

25 February 2022 - NW255

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

Whether it is his department’s policy that persons who have not claimed their Unemployment Insurance Fund benefits after three months of being unemployed must forfeit the benefits; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

In terms of the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) as amended (1 November 2019), specially on section1 prescript 12 months’ period for which a beneficiary can claim and the Fund to accept claims within the prescribed period of 12 months.

Should the client not apply within the prescribed period, the claim is rejected by the Fund. However, the client can appeal against that decision if the client has satisfactory reasons why their claim should still be positively considered. The appeal process is extensively covered in the UI Act.

25 February 2022 - NW369

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What progress has been made in the procurement process for the appointment of the task team of engineers and other professionals to assess the extent of the damage at the parliamentary precinct following the fire on 2 January 2022; (2) whether a suitably qualified fire safety expert forms part of the task team; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department will be employing the services of a fire safety expert during the renovation process to ensure strict compliance with fire safety requirements going forward; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether her department is currently engaged in the process of ensuring adherence to the various fire safety legislation requirements in the rest of the parliamentary precinct; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) The Department appointed an Implementing Agent (COEGA), whose team consists mainly of Structural Engineers, to determine the structural integrity of the buildings damaged by the fire and safety. This team will commence with investigations, for the first phase.

The second phase, which will commence once the investigation has been concluded, entails conducting a full assessment on the extent of the damage and scoping for the restoration project. A full team of consultants will be executing this assessment through the same Implementing Agents.

(2) No. The structural integrity of the buildings first has to be determined before further investigations can proceed and safety is part of that.

(3) Yes. The Department will be employing the services of a fire expert.

(4) Yes, a policy document will be developed to attend to all buildings on the Parliamentary Precinct with specific reference to fire protection. The current legislation will be looked at to ensure compliance with the latest SANS requirements. The policy will focus on protecting the building as well as the occupants within the building.

25 February 2022 - NW253

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Mkhonto, Ms C N to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

Whether, given the high number of illegal dumping sites in the Republic compromising the health and wellbeing of communities, her department has a policy in place to monitor the total number of illegal dumping sites in each municipality; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, to which extent has she found that (a) the respective municipal bylaws, including the enforcement thereof, are in compliance with the her department’s policy and/or (b) municipalities have capacity to deal with illegal dumping?

Reply:

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25 February 2022 - NW108

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Seitlholo, Mr IS to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What are the (a) relevant details of the progress of the rebuilding of the Kokomeng Police Station and (b) current timelines for the completion of the station; (2) whether she will furnish Mr I S Seitlholo with the relevant details regarding the rebuilding; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1. (a) I have been informed by the Department that the damages incurred at the police station as a result of community protest.

DPWI assessed the damages and the work was to be done though a quotation, estimated below R500 000.00. The scope of work for the repairs was developed by DPWI and the service provider appointed. When the service provider and the Project Manager went to the site for handover 12 December 2018, they found that the entire building was vandalised further, beyond the initial damages that resulted from the community protest.

It was discovered that SAPS vacated the building without notifying DPWI. SAPS was requested to confirm the funding for the rebuilding of the Police Station. A reminder letter was sent to Provincial office of SAPS on 4 December 2020, following numerous correspondence, to confirm if it is still in need of the service and for the confirmation of funding.

(b) The SAPS is yet to confirm funding. Upon confirmation of funding DPWI will commence with planning and design processes including the development of timelines for the rebuilding of the Police Station.

2. The relevant details of rebuilding will be communicated as soon as the budget is confirmed by SAPS.

25 February 2022 - NW246

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the fact that the Matlapaneng Clinic in Ward 3 of the Greater Taung Local Municipality caters for six villages in total, and in view of the fact that patients are often met with a shortage of staff and often return without receiving assistance, on what date is it envisaged that other clinics will be built in the area so as to offer relief to the Matlapaneng Clinic?

Reply:

Matlapaneng Clinic within the Greater Taung Sub-District operates 24 hour, 7 days a week service and renders the full package of primary health care services. This Clinic refers to Pudimong Community Health Center which is 8 km away. There are two clinics within the neighbouring villages to Matlapaneng, namely Leshobo Clinic and Mokgareng Clinic and both clinics are within 13 km from Matlapaneng Clinic.

Matlapaneng Clinic has 13 professional nurses and 3 Enrolled Nursing Assistants. The Clinic provides services to a population of 3,608 from the Matlapaneng Village, with an average headcount of 1,431 per month.

The province is of the view that there is currently no need to build another clinic within the surrounding villages, because the priority is in other villages where there are no clinics at all.

END.

25 February 2022 - NW113

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

(1) Whether the numbers of rhino are available on a monthly basis; if not, why not; if so, will the numbers be published on a monthly basis as received, including the numbers of rhinos that were poached; (2) what is the estimated rhino population for Kruger National Park 2031,taking into account the 2011 rhino population, the current rhino numbers and the negative birth rate caused by poaching; (3) whether she has found that the current enumeration formula for rhinos is effective and providing accurate results; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

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25 February 2022 - NW185

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

(a) what number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her for more than (aa) 30 day, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days, (dd) 120 days, (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case and (c) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amount will be settled?

Reply:

Attached find here: Reply

25 February 2022 - NW158

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he and/or his department ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by his department in this regard?

Reply:

No, neither my office nor the Department of Health received any such correspondence.

(a), (b), (c) Not applicable.

END.

25 February 2022 - NW172

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether she and/or her department ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by her department in this regard?

Reply:

(a)- (c) The Ministry of Tourism does not have a record of such correspondence or the receipt thereof. As for the Department of Tourism no such correspondence was received.

25 February 2022 - NW250

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

(1) How have marine protected areas, that make up to 5% of the Republic’s coastline, since 2019 improved the quality of marine life in our waters in terms of improved fishing stocks;(2) whether she has found that there has been an improvement in fishing stock that translate into benefit for small-scale fishers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevnt details?

Reply:

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