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11 June 2020 - NW639

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is the role that her department has given municipal councillors in distributing food parcels during the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Reply:

The Department has not given municipal councillors any role in distributing food parcels during the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department assigned Provincial, District and Local DSD officials and its Agencies to handle the food parcels distribution.

11 June 2020 - NW997

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

(1)Given that Monday, 25 May 2020, is marked Africa day, and seeing that indigenous African languages are faced with the unique challenge of adapting to a fast-changing technological era, what steps has his department taken to promote the ideal of a multilingual society as espoused in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; (2) whether he has found that there are digitised efforts and carved-out spaces for indigenous languages within the digital space for them to not only survive, but also to thrive in the ever-changing technological era; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), through the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR), established the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR). SADiLaR has an enabling function, with a focus on all official languages of South Africa, supporting research and development in the domains of language technologies and language-related studies in the humanities and social sciences. The Centre supports the creation, management and distribution of digital language resources, as well as applicable software, which are freely available for research purposes through its online repository.

The resources include language datasets (for all official South African languages, including the indigenous languages) as well as high-level resources, such as natural language processing tools that are developed for use in applications, such as machine translation engines for local languages, automatic speech recognition systems, text-to-speech systems, speech-to speech translation systems, interactive communication systems, and a variety of text-related applications, such as grammar and spelling checkers, online electronic dictionaries, and so forth.

SADiLaR plays a strategic role in ensuring the constitutional imperative is achieved in the long term to ensure that the historically diminished use and status of the indigenous languages of the people of South African are redressed and positive measures are taken to elevate the status and advance the use of these languages.

The Recognition of Prior Learning is an initiative of the DSI, which through the implementation of the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Act No 6 of 2019, aims to recognise the skills of indigenous practitioners in various IKS domains. The initiative focuses on the development of a competency-based qualification to be registered on the National Qualifications Framework. The Department is currently working with IK practitioners (Traditional Health Practice IK domain), to scope their

competencies of their various cultural settings, and has so far documented competencies in isiZulu, Setswana and TshiVenda languages. The workshops with IK practitioners are conducted in the vernacular languages of the IK practitioners. To this end, the IK occupations and accompanying competencies that are documented in the vernacular languages serve as a principle and as a means to promote and preserve the languages of the knowledge systems in its own context.

The National Recordal System (NRS) of the DSI supports the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Act No 6 of 2019 (herein after referred as the IK Act) through the registration of IK. The initiative promotes the recording of IK in vernacular languages using multimedia technology (recording of audio, video, images and transcriptions of each recorded IK story), as a means to preserve IK for future generations so that the context is not lost. Further hereto, the aim is to protect the IK from biopiracy and misappropriation, and to enable the sharing of benefits to the local and rural communities who have registered such IK in the system, should the knowledge be used by any 3rd party, following the various legal prescripts of the IK Act, No 6 of 2019. A key element of the NRS in the promotion of the vernacular languages is by having IK recorders from the participating communities to implement the documentation of IK. In this way, the youth are exposed to the value of their community IK, and through using their languages they are able to capture extensions of the very rich IK that are held by their own communities. The registered IK is held in a digital repository that stores, provide access to, transmit, manage and secure the registered indigenous knowledge via the digital platform.

(2) The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources provides a digital space for language resources and tools as part of its online repository available at https://repo.sadilar.org/. SADiLaR, through its nodes, focuses on ensuring African Languages are digitised, relevant text and speech processing technologies are developed, terminology development is supported through the creation of wordnets (which are large lexical databases containing nouns, verbs, etc. and their relationships) and language testing and training projects.

SADiLaR funds and supports a range of projects related to indigenous languages in collaboration with SADiLaR’s nodes (consisting of University of Pretoria (Department of African Languages); University of South Africa (Department of African Languages); CSIR (HLT Research Group); North-West University (Centre for Text Technology); and Inter-Institutional Centre for Language Development and Assessment (ICELDA). Projects relate to digitization, semantics and terminology, language development and teaching resources, speech resources, and text resources and technologies.

Collaboration between the North-West University, University of Pretoria and the CSIR in the area of Human Language Technologies predates the establishment of the SADiLaR. The development of a Human language technologies (HLT) speech-activated multilingual service delivery platform was funded from the European Union Government Budget Support programme, between 2014 and 2017. The platform is aimed at providing technology tools necessary for delivering information and services to South African citizens in their language of choice, in an affordable and sustainable manner. The focus was on the development of core technologies in automatic speech recognition (ASR) and text to speech (TTS) using mobile phones as the primary communication channel, furthermore, providing an HLT-enabled solution for website accessibility to print-disabled and low literate end-users.

The aim of the solution was to enable access to information and promote multilingualism. The solution involved the integration of TTS voices in South African English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa with the Non-Visual Desktop Access screen reader. Cape Access (CA) of the Western Cape Government was identified as a possible government partner following a need expressed to make their websites more accessible. CA identified 11 eCentres in which to pilot this technology. A demographics survey was conducted at these eCentres to determine who the typical visitors to these eCentres are and how they operate. After this, eCentre managers were trained on how to use the technology and the technology was subsequently installed and piloted at these eCentres.

The HLT-enabled solution which was also piloted at Kaleidoscope SA (Institute for the Blind). This pilot aimed at allowing blind students to use the Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader with local languages as a basis for receiving training. Kaleidoscope SA offers formal qualifications (N4 & N5) in a number of fields to blind students.

Furthermore, an activity aimed at assessing communication practices and needs of multilingual persons using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) was undertaken. The research was undertaken in collaboration with the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) at the University of Pretoria and entailed the integration of CSIR Text-to-Speech (TTS) voices with AAC software. Two sets of evaluations were held and the local voices evaluated were South African English, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Afrikaans and Setswana.

The DSI is also currently funding the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Research (CAIR), which has a node at North West University. This particular node’s area of expertise is led by a Multilingual Speech Technologies (MuST) research group focused at the creation and use of speech technologies in the less-resourced languages.

SADiLaR, through its involvement with the UNESCO Year of Indigenous languages, reached more than 850 participants directly through language celebration events. These events created a space for academics, lecturers, students (undergraduates – postgraduates), broader public as well as profound contributors in the various languages to interact, and were held across South Africa at various universities in cooperation with the National Lexicography Units of South Africa. These events culminated in SADiLaR taking part in the Language Technologies for All conference with a focus on Enabling Linguistic Diversity and Multilingualism Worldwide, creating awareness of how the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap is directly contributing toward linguistic diversity and multilingualism through SADiLaR.

SADiLaR is also brainstorming its COVID-19 response, in particular to allow for “Rapid situational awareness in emerging situations like natural disasters or disease outbreaks”. This requires availability of Human Language Technology not only for the official languages of the country, but all languages spoken in South Africa.

11 June 2020 - NW385

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

What progress has her department made in respect of its commitment to implement the findings of the Commission for Gender Equality report on shelter services to abused women and children?

Reply:

The DSD has been in constant engagement with the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) in terms of providing general the status update on the issues that were raised by the report.

The Department has developed a draft Intersectoral policy framework on the provision of sheltering services. The policy is meant to address amongst others the various roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders in the provision of the sheltering services. The Victim Support Service (VSS) Bill and Policy that were presented to Cabinet and approved in December 2019, are part of the legislation frameworks that are key in the responding to issues of sheltering services. The VSS Bill is in progress to be published for public comments.

It is critical to highlight that the Department is continuing with the partnership forged with the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. The partnership is meant to increase the numbers of shelters across the country. So far, infrastructures/buildings considered to be provide sheltering services for abused women and children have been identified in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

It is critical to highlight that most of the deadlines indicated in the areas forming part of the report, have been drastically effected by the COVID-19 situation that is facing the country.

The deadlines that were proposed will now be reviewed to execute this activities in 2020/2021.Below are the specifics in terms of the areas raised by the report that the Department is addressing:

The late payment of tranches severely undermines the functioning of shelters. In turn, the CGE recommends that urgent action on the part of DSD is taken to instil safeguards within its contract management system wherein it provides clear pre-warning of required payments and in turn accountability of those officials responsible for effecting the payments whom do so late. The DSD is afforded the ambit to devise its own safeguard. Although, it must be effective and able to be rolled out throughout the nine provinces. The safeguard including time frames for roll out to the nine provinces must be provided to the CGE within three months of release of this report.

The DSD has developed a draft Sector Funding Policy that is meant to provide guidance across all nine provinces in terms standardised funding and implementation of funding model that is consistence across all province.

The draft Sector Funding Policy has been presented for consideration and approval to Minister and Members of Executive Council (MINMEC) meeting that was held in the current quarter. The MINMEC will make inputs and the approval of the policy will take place in last quarter of this financial year.

The National DSD in the current 2019/20 resume the implementation of the multi-year (3yrs) contract with National NGOs of which is another way of fast-tracking payment to services provider. This approach going forward will be proposed to provinces as it will cut-down on administration burden that are often resulting in delays.

The DSD to finalise its policy regarding GBV Prevention Programme for LGBTIQA+ Persons within six months from the date of release of this report, including clear directives to shelters to comply and not unfairly disseminate against LGBTIQA+ persons, including a clearly communicated complaints process for survivors to report any discriminatory action on the part of a shelter.

DSD has conducted consultations in 2017/18 which included various stakeholders across all nine province on the development of GBV prevention guideline for LGBTIQ+ persons. The document has been presented in the first and second quarters of this financial year to the Provincial and National Task Team for LGBTI led by the Department for Justice for endorsement. In quarter three and four the document will be presented to other stakeholders for inputs and endorsement. DSD funded shelters were consulted widely on the guideline document.

An admission criteria that will be LGBTIQ+ friendly will be included on the guideline document to be finalised by 31 March 2021. Furthermore, the DSD will identify and support three Shelters that will be piloted as LGBTIQ+ friendly shelter to create a model that can be replicated across the country.

Provincial DSDs have been motivated across all nine provinces to incorporate in their funding criteria preference of funding NGOs that are prioritising services to LGBTIQ+ persons. For example, Gauteng DSD in the current financial year is funding organisation (BadumetseBatho centre) that is providing services to LGBTI community in the Sedibeng areas and the following are the components funded: 1 Social Work post, 1 Social Auxiliary Work post and 20 volunteers for the NGO.

The guideline document is in the last phase of development whereby it is presented to various stakeholders for inputs. This is done through internal DSD workforce with a number of other competing demands. Hence it has not yet been finalized as per the CGE proposed timeline of six months. It will be available a refined draft by 31 March 2020.

DSD after consulting key stakeholders to provide the CGE with:

A standardised policy detailing the manner and criteria to fulfil when survivors wish to apply for extension at a shelter. This should also include a costing analysis wherein the costs of extensions are forecast and budgeted for and a clear complaints mechanism for survivors to appeal any negative decision.

The DSD in the current financial year is developing an Intersectoral Policy on sheltering services and it will include a detailed criteria to be fulfilled in instance where a victim/survivor need to apply for an extension of stay at a shelter. A draft Policy on Sheltering service will be available for consultation by 31 March 2020.

The Department has undertaken a process of costing analysis on the implementation of the Policy and Bill on Victim Support Services and that process covers cost analysis of the shelters. Deloitte was appointed as a service provider and by 31 March 2020 a cost analysis report that covers shelters will be available.

A standardised policy detailing the monitoring of survivors after existing the shelter including clear indicators to determine if the survivor is adjusting favourably.

The DSD has developed a draft Victim Support Services Policy and Bill that were presented to Cabinet on 03 December 2019 for endorsement to gazette for public comments by March 2020. Both the VSS Policy and Bill are designed to serve the purpose of monitoring and evaluation of Victim Support Services including shelters across all nine provinces. Both documents will incorporate monitoring and evaluation of services at different levels, by district office, provinces and national office. The oversight will also be conducted by other different stakeholders including Chapter Nine Institutions and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME). DSD provinces will be monitored through the monthly and quarterly reports on indicators that they are implementing.

The aspect of monitoring the victim/survivor favourable adjustment will be prioritised in the development of the monitoring tools.

The two policies as per recommendations 4.1 and 4.2 must be provided to the CGE within six months after release of the investigative report.

Both Policies: Intersectoral Policy on Sheltering Services and Victim Support Services Policy will be shared with CGE by 31 March 2020 as draft documents. They are both still in development phases hence and need to undergo approval processes hence the department could not share them as per the timeline of six month proposed.

DSD in consultation with key stakeholders:

1. To standardise salaries and/or stipends of persons employed by shelters, including detailing criteria. Such standardisation must be taken into account during the budget allocation provided to shelters.

2. Detail and set the educational requirements and core skills needed for the requisite job roles in shelters.

Skills Development in Provinces for Shelters are not Accredited

The Department developed the Victim Support Services (VSS) Policy and Bill which were approved by Cabinet in December 2019. The VSS Policy and Bill, amongst other elements, will be addressing the regulation of the provision of sheltering services, registration of Victim Support Services facilities and accreditation of programmes rendered in the shelters including skills development programmes in shelters.

Furthermore, the Department has embarked on the project of ensuring that skills development programmes that are rendered in shelters across all nine provinces are accredited. This exercise is conducted in consultation with various SETAs including the Department line function SETA, the Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA). A draft capacity building plan for the sector will be in place by 31 March 2020 developed by the National VEP Technical which will cover proposed accredited training for shelters.

The deployment of 200 social workers are not recognising previous experience and not looking at unemployment of current NGO service providers

The DSD appointed in December and January 200 social workers across all nine provinces to deal with the fight against GBV. They were all provided with training on trauma debriefing and psychosocial support services. All provinces resumed the processes of permanent appointment however, some were affected by the lockdown period to conclude permanent appointments. Therefore, all 200 Social Workers appointment will be finalized post the lockdown period.

The Department failed to implement the NAWONGO judgement and an explanation needs to be provided in this regard

Post the Nawongo judgement, the Department acknowledged that it requires additional capacity to assist with implementation of the 2014 court approved policy, as the policy required a change of organisational functions, systems, processes and structures. The Free State Department therefore approached KPMG, who assisted in drafting of the funding policy and costing models in line with the 2014 court approved policy.

These were sent to court and the court accepted them as working progress. This was aimed at supporting the Department with the implementation of the policy.

There were extensive consultations between the national and provincial departments of social development, more specifically DSD Free State and National and Provincial Treasuries; as well as with the NPO sector, on how the Court approved policy will be implemented.

These reforms were prescribed around the time where provincial budgets were negatively affected by the global economic crises, resulting to no additional funds becoming available to the provinces since the 2010/11 financial year. Most provinces were affected by means of a declining budget growth rate which was more or less in line with the inflation over the years thus leaving no room for expansion or response to budget pressures. The sluggish growth of the provincial budget happened in the midst of increasing demand to fund improvement in conditions of service (annual salary adjustments) as well compensation of employees’ pressures from core service delivery departments such as Education and Health. In prior years funding for annual salary adjustments was catered for by National Treasury, however over the last few years; provinces were and are still expected to fund such adjustments within their own constrained allocations.

A case in point is with the commencement of the 2019/20 budget processes, where National and Provincial Treasuries already alluded that there will be no additional funding over the MTEF, as National Treasury indicated to the province that growth is fragile and that there is a subdued growth in tax revenue.

Given the above, the challenges that led to the Department not fully implementing the NAWONGO Court judgement are as follows:

a) Implementation of the 2014 Policy was objectively impossible without the unqualified support and financial backing of National Treasury.

b) Funding for welfare services must still take place within the budgeting process which is beyond the relevant department’s control.

c) The current NPO budget which does not cover the core costs of even one service (i.e. out of 11 statutory services and 29 other services) and

d) The NPO budget has decreased in real terms each year since the court case and therefore, the provisions of the Nawongo Court judgement could not be realized in terms of the core cost of services.

e) The costing model that was developed in partnership with KPMG was rejected by the National Treasury as it was declared to be expensive, in light of the budget constraints and therefore it could not be implemented.

Only increased funding for transfers to NPOs will ensure the full compliance with the court order. The implication is that there are other parties that are necessary to increase the funding of the Department, i.e. the Executive Council of Provinces, Provincial Treasuries, and the National Treasury.

The Commission is concerned about The Department’s ability to monitor and evaluate provinces

The Victim Support Services Policy and Bill caters for monitoring and evaluation of Victim Support Services facilities including shelters in provinces, development of monitoring tools and systems. It also includes monitoring and evaluation of these services at different levels, by district office, provinces and national office. The oversight will also be conducted by other different stakeholders including Chapter Nine Institutions and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME). Provinces are monitored through the monthly and quarterly reports on indicators that they are implementing.

 

11 June 2020 - NW830

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) On what date was her department’s labour relations appeal committee appointed, (b) what are the relevant details of the process followed in appointing the specified panel, (c) what are the (i) names and (ii) professional designations of each member of the panel, National Assembly written Reply: 830 of 2020 (d) what are the powers and functions of the panel and (e) on what statutory grounds does the panel rely to perform its functions and duties? NW1037E

Reply:

a) The appeals committee was appointed on 25 May 2019.

b) The then Minister was requested to consider and appoint an Appeals Authority.

c) (i) Adv. Zandile Gail Mpungose, (Chairperson); Adv. Sivalingam Pather; Mr James Cornwall; and Mr James Makiwane.

(ii) Adv. Mpungose – attorney in private practice;

Adv. Pather – is a Director of Labour Relations in the National Prosecuting Authority.

Mr Cornwall – retired / former chief negotiator for the employer in the Public Health and Welfare Sectoral Bargaining Council.

Mr Makiwane – Former manager of Labour Relations in the private sector.

d) The Committee considers appeals referred to the Minister and takes a final decision on whether to uphold the sanction or appeal. Such outcomes are then communicated to the appellant.

e) The Appeals Panel derives its authority from clause 8 of the Disciplinary Code and Procedures for the Public Service (Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 1 of 2003.

11 June 2020 - NW845

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) What number of nonprofit organisations (NPOs) that dealt with (a) children, (b) the elderly, (c) domestic violence and (d) substance abuse were registered in each of the past three financial years; (2) what number of the specified NPOs closed down for each category in each specified financial year?

Reply:

  1. The following are categories of registrations:

Area of service

Theme

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

Family services

Including Substance Abuse, family life/parent education, family violence shelters

1107

1131

1271

Victim Support

Victim violence shelters and services

679

699

770

Services to Children

 

49482

50538

53761

 

Adoption Services

14

18

20

 

Child Protection

314

308

331

 

Child welfare, child services, day care

36927

35870

37536

 

Children’s Homes

863

816

860

 

Community –Based Care Services for Children

1813

1885

2128

 

ECD and Partial Care Centres

7818

9700

10870

 

Homes for Children with Special Needs

286

320

333

 

Schools of Industry/ Reform Schools

480

412

413

 

Secure Care

97

129

151

 

Temporary Safe Care/ Place of Safety

870

1080

1119

Services to people with disabilities

Homes, recreation and other specialized services for people with disabilities

3423

3626

4162

Services to the elderly

Elderly care; recreation, meal programs and other services geared towards senior citizens

6941

7146

7360

2. The NPO Database captures those NPOs that opt to wind up and those that opt to Voluntary Deregister. Below is a total number:

Area of service

Dissolved (wound up) in terms of section 23(2)

Voluntary Deregistered: according to section 23(1)

Family services

4

1

Victim Support

0

4

Services to Children

3

46

Services to people with disabilities

3

7

Services to the elderly

1

12

Totals

11

70

 

11 June 2020 - NW777

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) number of state rehabilitation facilities are in each province, (b) is the capacity in each case, (c) is the (i) name and (ii) location of each facility, (d) treatments does each facility offer and (e) is the duration of stay for each type of addiction?

Reply:

The Department has established state treatment centres in all the nine provinces. The total number of (a)state treatment centres in the country are thirteen (13) centres. The breakdown of treatment centres in provinces is as follows: Gauteng (1) Dr FF Ribeiro treatment treatmentcentre; Limpopo (1)Seshegotreatment centre; Northern Cape (1) Northern Cape treatment centre; Eastern Cape (1) Ernest Malgastreatment centre; Western Cape (2)Denovo and Kensington treatment centres; KwaZulu Natal(2)Madadeni and Newlands Park treatment centres; Mpumalanga (2) centres Swartfointen and Nkangala treatment centres; Free State (1)Botshabelo treatment centres ; and North West (2)Taung and J B Marks treatment centres. Taung treatment centre (North West) and Botshabelo (Free State) are not yet operational.

The bed capacity in each centre (b)and the location of the centres(c)is as follows:

Province and name of the centre

  1. Bed capacity

(c) Location

Gauteng DrFF Ribeiro centre

300

Zonderwater

Cullinan, Pretoria

Limpopo Seshego centre

72

Seshego Zone 1

Polokwane, Limpopo

Northern Cape Northern Cape centre

40

R31 National road,

Kimberly

Eastern Cape Ernest Malgas centre

38

New Brighton 2,

Port Elizabeth

Western Cape Denovo centre

120

Old Paarl Road

Kraaifontein,

Cape Town

Western Cape Kensington centre

30

Kensington Road

Maitland,

Cape Town

KwaZulu Natal Madadeni centre

44

Madadeni Township, Newcastle

KwaZulu Natal Newlands Park centres

100

New Land West-Newlands Park, Durban

Mpumalanga - Swartfointen centre

50

R40 Road

White River,

Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga -Nkangala centre

Operationalisation underway

it will have 50 bed capacity

Nkangala district:

Blesfontein Farm

Ogies

Free State - Botshabelo centre

Construction is underway: will have 40 bed capacity

Botshabelo, Bloemfontein

North West - J B Marks

40 capacity

Tlokwe-Potchefstroom

North West - Taung

Once operational it will have 20 bed capacity

Greater Taung Nr.1 Village

State treatment centres (d) have started to implementSubstance Use Disorders (SUD) treatment, in an inpatient treatment setting. The SUDtreatment include the medical and psychosocial treatment services. The treatment is also based on individual service users’ treatment needs identified during the assessment process.

The treatment modalities that are usedare individual therapeutic counselling, therapeutic group counselling and family therapy. In terms of treatment regime for specific drugs, the centres observe the Department of Health Standard Treatment Guidelines for Essential Medicines List, of South Africa.

(e).The treatment period/duration range from 6 weeks to 16 weeks based on the needs of each service user.

11 June 2020 - NW31

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)In view of the High Court judgment granting her department an extension on all lapsed foster care grants in November 2019, what is the current backlog of foster care grants in each province; (2) whether all lapsed foster care orders will be completed before the new deadline of November 2020; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The foster care orders that were due to lapse on 28 November 2019 for the respective provinces are as follows:

E. Cape: 896

Free State: 2041

Gauteng: 4 281

KZN: 12 445

Limpopo: 3 051

Mpumalanga:486

N. Cape: 345

N. West: 2 045

W. Cape: 4 888

These orders are now deemed to be valid by the North Gauteng High Court Order that was issued on 26 November 2019 therefore, there is no backlog of lapsed foster care orders.

2. Foster care orders that will be completed before the new deadline of November 2020;

EASTERN CAPE:

The Eastern Cape Province will ensure extension of all foster care orders affected by the NGHCO, before it expires on 26 November 2020. As already indicated above on the interpretation and implementation of the North Gauteng High Court Order and the Eastern Cape Province intersectoral position on the management of these foster care orders so as to avoid having all the affected orders lapsing on the same day when the NGHCO expires on 26 November 2020. Intersectoral collaboration and provision of tools of trade to social workers at service offices brought about the success in relation to the 2017 Judgement. The following measures which will ensure extension of foster care orders beyond 26 November 2020 will continue:

  • Case-flow Meetings with Presiding Officers and Social Workers / Case Managers.
  • Monthly engagements with Department of Social Development and SASSA Senior Management as well as Judicial Cluster Heads with their Sub Cluster Heads for strategic decisions and monitoring on implementation of resolutions taken for management of foster care.
  • DSD – Social Workers to approach courts with a social work report and the required documentation as provided for in the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 as amended with all the relevant parties appearing before the Presiding Officer as required.
  • Allocation of court dates and issuing of orders for child protection matters
  • Judiciary to prioritize issuing of court orders affected by North Gauteng High Court.
  • DSD Social Workers to ensure that all orders issued by courts are collected and submitted to SASSA, captured and updated on the system by SASSA
  • South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) expedite capturing and updating of all orders issued by the courts and submitted to them by DSD respectively.
  • The three entities at local level will continue meeting on a weekly basis to ensure reconciliation of figures, jointly looking at the draft final report to be submitted to the Provincial Office as well as ensuring that all orders due to lapse are extended and updated on SOCPEN.
  • Sharing of resources by the three entities when the need arise.
  • Funding of Designated Child Protection Organisations rendering child protection services.
  • Implementation of s186 of the Children’s Act (that allows long term placement until the child turns 18) which will subsequently ease the current high caseloads of orders due for extension.
  • Form 30 Applications (for screening of prospective foster parents and adoptive parents against Part B of the Child Protection Register) continue to be sent to National DSD timeously to ensure a shortened response time by National DSD.
  • Timeous submission of a list of all children who have applied for Unabridged Birth Certificates to National DSD for possible exemption from paying as well as expediting processing by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • The Province will continuously ensure that the budget is available for advertisements in line with Regulation 56 of the Children’s Act (tracing parents of children found to be in need of care and protection which is a key requirement for all alternative care placements including foster care order extensions).
  • Eastern Cape Province will continue addressing shortages of social workers and social work supervisors, filling Departmental vacant funded posts as well as funding of Designated Child Protection Organizations (DCPOs).
  • The Province will continue with its efforts in providing tools of trade for social workers at service office level.

FREE STATE:

At the time of the expiry of the North Gauteng High Court Order, 2041 orders were due to lapse, but all these orders are deemed valid in line with the North Gauteng High Court Order extension. The Provincial and District Plans are reviewed to ensure the management of the extension of foster care orders in the Province.

GAUTENG:

Gauteng Province is committed to finalise all lapsed orders by end of November 2020. However, the extension of the foster care orders is dependent on other Stakeholders including, Department of Justice, Home Affairs, etc.

Furthermore, there are challenges experienced from some of the Stakeholders, such as:

  • Different interpretation of the High Court ruling
  • Requirement of a Police Clearance Certificate for extension of Orders which has cost implications for the client.
  • Delay in getting court dates.
  • Requirement of an Unabridged Birth Certificate which has cost implications for the client.

KZN:

The Province of KwaZulu-Natal has implemented various strategies to ensure effective implementation of the North Gauteng High Court Order Interim Regime issued 26 November 2019 in order to meet the new deadline date. The strategies include amongst others:

  • Facilitation of the Foster Care Mondays by District Directors and Foster Care Fridays facilitated by the Service Office Managers that will take form of working sessions between Social Development and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) with the following outputs at the end of each working session:
  • Number of foster care orders captured
  • Reconciled foster care statistics
  • Weekly Report on Foster Care for onward submission at Head Office.
  • Monthly foster care meetings to be facilitated by the Chief Director, Social Welfare Services to track and monitor implementation of the North Gauteng High Court Order Interim Regime issued 26 November 2019.
  • Provincial Intersectoral Foster Care meetings quarterly to be facilitated by the Acting Deputy Director General, Developmental Welfare Services between Department of Justice, Department of Home Affairs for purposes of identifying challenges that might have a negative impact towards effective implementation of the North Gauteng High Court Order Interim Regime issued 26 November 2019 and development of integrated interventions to address the identified challenges.

LIMPOPO:

All the foster care cases covered by North Gauteng High Court Order will have been completed by November 2020. The Province has developed action plans in the districts which are monitored on weekly basis to ensure that the cases are attended to.

MPUMALANGA:

All court orders projected to lapse by November 2020 will be attended to before the expiry of the

North Gauteng High Court Order on Foster Care.

NORTHERN CAPE:

The Northern Cape, Department of Social Development, has systems in place to monitor the implementation of the NGHCO. There is a good working relationship between DSD, SASSA and Department of Justice. The Department of Social Development in the Northern Cape Province resolve to implement the provisions of the Children’s Act in full.

NORTH WEST:

The Province will ensure the review of all the foster care orders that are due to lapse in 2020 and extend all eligible placement s through intensifying monthly monitoring of performance at all levels and capacitating all 18 alternative care units.

WESTERN CAPE:

The North Gauteng High Court Order granted on the 26th of November 2019 deemed all foster care orders valid until 25 November 2020.

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has a provincial foster care management plan in place to manage foster care in the province to ensure that orders are extended before the termination of the current High Court Order. This plan is dependent on the other processes in collaboration with other departments namely:

a) Social workers to approach the children's coats with any timelines to obtain foster care orders for the full duration of the two years or beyond in terms of section 186 of the Children's Act 38 of 2005.

b) Regions were cautioned against issuing confirmation letters for the duration of the current North Gauteng High Court Order to prevent a repetition of a large number of foster care orders lapsing simultaneously on 25 November 2020.

c) The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to extend foster care orders for two years or beyond.

d)Form 30 notifications are to be issued within the required timeframe by the National Department of Social Development.

e) Birth certificates of children in the alternative care system to be issued timelessly by the Department of Home Affairs.

f) Foster care orders to be submitted to SASSA timeously to ensure the continuation of the foster child grants.

The Western Cape remains committed to ensure the care and protection of children in the alternative care system

11 June 2020 - NW627

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether the Gender-Based Violence Command Centre has compiled statistics on gender-based violence; if not, why not; if so, what number of (a) calls has the centre received and (b) these calls were reported to the SA Police Service?

Reply:

a) Yes, the Gender Based Violence Command Centre compiles/records statistics. See below records of calls, USSDs as well as SMSs recorded:

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(b)

All Gender Based Violence emergency calls are referred to SA Police Service. However, not all received calls are reported or referred to SA Police Service. It is dependent on the merit of case as well as the present issue of the client. The Gender Based Violence Command Centre is equipped with Social Work Practitioners who provides immediate psychosocial social support services including emotional support through trauma counselling and victim containment.

11 June 2020 - NW829

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to the SA Social Security Agency’s (SASSA) proposed new operating model that will result in the clustering of regions to enable effective service delivery, (a) on what authority is the Chief Executive Officer currently implementing the proposed model and (b) what are the details of the strategic considerations that were taken into account when formulating the proposed cluster model; (2) whether SASSA obtained the relevant approval for the implementation of the proposed model from the Department of Public Service and Administration, the National Treasury and her department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the cluster head positions displayed on SASSA’s website were evaluated and graded; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what dates were the positions evaluated and graded and (b) what were the outcomes in each case; (4) whether the secondment of the cluster heads from other positions at SASSA were in line with the (a) current SASSA policy on secondments and (b) Public Service Act regulations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether the proposed model will support SASSA in delivering essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1036E

Reply:

(1)(a)

The SASSA Act No 9 of 2004, Section 6.1 (a) stipulates that the CEO is responsible for the management of the Agency subject to the direction of the Minister. This in essence includes inter alia the review of the operating model to enable the efficient service delivery.

The proposed model is not yet implemented since it is still on route for approval by the three Ministers in line with section 7(2) of the SASSA Act, 2004.

Kindly note that the three Regional Executive Managers are seconded on a temporary basis to manage two additional Regions each for the period of six months which will lapse at the end of October 2020. It should be noted that the said employees are not compensated as a result of the job enlargement and consultations took place before they were seconded. The secondments are in line with the Staffing Practices Policy of SASSA.

(b)

The CEO, in consultation with EXCO, identified the need to review and streamline the current operating model, business processes and Organisational structure to ensure alignment to the strategic direction of the Agency.

The following strategic considerations were taken into account:

  • The National Development Plan
  • The President’s expectations, the Minister’s expectations, the CEO’s expectations and the Stakeholder’s expectations
  • The strategic direction of the Agency in alignment with its Mandate
  • The CEO extensively consulted with internal stakeholders through roadshows across the Provinces
  • The assessment of the current operating model and the desired “future” state
  • The segregation of functions between Core and Support functions
  • The composition of EXCO as well as the synergy between EXCO and the Regional Executive Managers
  • The rationalisation of Organisation Structure i.eSpan of control, lines of reporting, delegations of Authority, staff complement, the evaluation and grading system
  • Different and yet complementary roles with respect to strategic, tactical and operational planning

(2) SASSA is in the process of obtaining the necessary approval from the Minister, in consultation with the Ministers of Finance and Public Service and Administration. At this stage there is no approval therefore implementation cannot be effected as it is depended on approval by the three Ministers.

(3) (a) The Regional Executive Manager’s positions were evaluated and graded at salary level 15. The newly proposed Cluster Head positions are not yet evaluated and graded as the said process will follow after the approval by the relevant structures.

(b) The outcomes of the evaluation and grading processes is dependent on the approval of the operating model by the Ministers. In the event that the operating model is approved, the said job will be subjected to the evaluation and grading process.

(4) The secondment of the cluster heads is in line with:

  1. The current SASSA Staffing Practices Policy which states that “the secondment of a staff member from another Branch/Department/Organisation may be considered when the need exists to fill a vacant post on a temporary basis”.
  2. Section 62 of the Public Service Regulations, 2016, which states that “a secondment may only take place if the employee or person being seconded has the necessary competency and the period of secondment does not exceed 12 calendar months, unless due to operational reasons determined otherwise by the Minister”.

The secondments of the Cluster Heads were approved in line with the above legislative framework, policy provision and Human Capital Management Delegations for a period of six months, effective from 01 May 2020 until 31 October 2020. The seconded employees have the necessary competencies since they have occupied the same position i.e Regional Executive Managers for more than seven years.

As already mentioned, the three Regional Executive Managers were duly consulted and they accepted additional responsibilities at no additional costs to the Agency. Whether the operating model is approved or not approved, relevant Human Resources (HR) interventions will be effected.

(5) The operating model was developed in October 2019 which was before the realisation of the COVID 19 pandemic. As a result, the proposed model did not directly address the COVID-19 pandemic, however the Agency developed a broad Risk Plan that ensured the efficient rendering of essential services during any calamity.This was based on the SWOT as well as the PESTLE Analysis deliberations conducted during the proposed operating model sessions. SASSA has subsequently adopted a Risk Plan with mitigating strategies which incorporates COVID 19 pandemic. Same will beincluded in the operating model if approved.

11 June 2020 - NW624

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Social Development

What measures is her department putting in place to ensure that families that deserve relief through food parcels, but cannot afford to call the number they are supposed to call, receive the food parcels?

Reply:

Social relief of distress in the form of food parcels, provided by SASSA is distributed in accordance with the provisions of the Social Assistance Act. For every applicant who calls in, an application form is completed and approved, prior to the delivery of the support.

In addition to individual requests for assistance, SASSA has also accepted referrals from the provincial coordinating structures, NGOs and civil society organisations. Where these referrals have been received, SASSA has contacted the citizens on the lists provided and completed the application form telephonically.

The various channels through which applications can be lodged have been implemented in an effort to ensure that everyone in need has been able to apply.

11 June 2020 - NW433

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the Government’s position regarding the agricultural exports to China in light of the current coronavirus pandemic?

Reply:

The Department’s position is that agricultural exports to China will and should continue in line with the existing sanitary and phytosanitary prescripts.

COVID 19 pandemic has not affected the exports of animal and plant products to China.

  • Wool exports are going according to plan and local purchases are still ongoing. The last wool auction as reported by Cape Wool industry was only 0.7% down which is normal. Because of the global uncertainties, with movement restrictions all over the world, the wool prices are expected to temporarily go down. The meat export is still going well to date.
  • Exports of Apples, Table Grapes and Citrus to China is on-going in line with agreed protocols and no changes have been observed since the outbreak of Coronavirus and no restrictions to market access has been observed. Containers are cleared at the ports in China, with no hold ups or delay. All the necessary inspections for Production Units, Packhouses and Inspection Points have been done and approval has been granted by China.
  • With regard to other preclearance or special programmes:

1. Japan-Exports of Citrus and Barlinka Grapes 2) Mexico - Exports of Apples 3) Taiwan - Exports of Apples 4) South Korea - Exports of Citrus – For these markets, there is a requirement for pre-inspections to be conducted in South Africa by inspectors from those countries before consignments leave the South African shores. In an attempt to adhere to the travel restrictions for incoming visitors from high risk countries, the Department proposed to those countries the following:

  • Departmental inspectors who are familiar with the export programme undertake the required preclearance inspections; and
  • provide the necessary reports and records to the importing country.

Feedback is awaited from the trading partners on the proposed alternative inspection protocol.

2. United States of America (USA) – Exports of Flower Bulbs, Apples, Pears, Table Grapes and Citrus- the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USA Preclearance inspector who is based in Cape Town is currently inspecting Table Grapes to USA and the volume has tripled as compared to the past ten years.

With regard to field inspections for Apples, Pears and Citrus, the USDA had granted approval for exports without field inspections. The Department is also in communication with USDA with regards to the intended visit of four (04) USA inspectors who are due to come to South Africa for preclearance of consignments of citrus to be exported to the USA for the current season.

11 June 2020 - NW828

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What are the full relevant details of the causes of the glitches that resulted in the (a) nonpayment and (b) double payment of the social grants of some beneficiaries on 4 May 2020; (2) whether any person(s) has or have been identified as being responsible for causing the specified glitch(es); if so, (3) whether any disciplinary action has been or will be taken against the specified persons; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (4) whether the affected beneficiaries will be required to repay the double payment of social grants; if not, (a) what is the position in this regard and (b) how will the overpayments be recovered; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The challenges experienced with the May payment file were as a result of multiple factors. Firstly, technical development was required to implement the decision to split the payment files to ease congestion at access points. This required the separation of grants for older persons and persons with disabilities together with the child grants that are received by these beneficiaries, from the stand alone children’s grants.

The second technical adjustment which was required was the addition of the top up amounts announced by the President in his relief package designed to provide the most vulnerable members of our society with the ability to withstand the effects of the pandemic and in particular the lockdown. The addition of the top up amounts required programmatic changes, as the system is programmed to read the means test requirements when any increase is affected. For the top up amounts, the means test requirements had to be by-passed.

Both the above changes were implemented within a relatively short space of time, and there was not sufficient time to complete the full automation of the extraction process prior to the extraction of payments.

Furthermore, the naming convention of files had to change to accommodate the split of the grant types, as well as an extraction of less than 500 000 records per file to meet the Bank transfer requirements. This resulted in some manual intervention being required with the extraction of files.

During the manual extraction, some of the files between Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal as well as Free State and Northern Cape were mixed, resulting in 457 044 transactions for KwaZulu-Natal not being extracted; 435 004 for Western Cape being extracted in duplicate; and 165 412 transactions for Northern Cape being extracted in duplicate.

The challenge between Free State and Northern Cape records were picked up on Thursday, 30 April 2020 and the double payments were recalled through the approved banking process.

The challenge with the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape files was only picked up late on Sunday, 3 May 2020. While the recall files were sent to the banks through the South African Reserve Bank, not all the double payments could be reversed in time, before beneficiaries starting accessing their money.

a) The non-payments for KwaZulu-Natal were addressed through the extraction of a second file in the evening of 3 May and sent to the banks on 4 May. By 5 May all beneficiaries had access to their funds.

B) While a number of the double payments were reversed in time by the banks, some were not done in time, and the beneficiaries were able to access the double payment. The final numbers will only be confirmed after the reconciliations are complete.

2. A full investigation is underway. Given the changes in standard procedures and the manual interventions required in a usually automated environment; shortcomings of additional controls, both within the SITA and the SASSA environment, were identified. The implementation of these controls will be addressed to ensure that a similar situation does not occur in the future.

3. Since the matter is still under investigation, no disciplinary action has been taken yet. A decision as to consequences to be implemented will be made on conclusion of the investigation.

4. The affected beneficiaries will be expected to repay the amounts received in error, in terms of Section 17 of the Social Assistance Act, 2004. Immediately the error was picked up, SASSA communicated broadly, appealing to beneficiaries to return the money they should not have received, or to leave the second payment in their account. Some heeded the call and repaid the amount to SASSA, while banks were able to reverse a significant number of the double payments.

a) For those who withdrew and utilised the funds that they were not entitled to, there will be no payment of the grant in June, as they effectively received the June money in advance. Those who, on personal submission, indicate that they are unable to repay the amount in a single amount, will be allowed to sign an acknowledgement of debt and repay the amount over a 3 month period. The refund will be deducted directly from their social grant payments for the next 3 months, with their consent.

11 June 2020 - NW146

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether her department is planning to introduce an alternative for the cash pay-points for the approximately 200 000 beneficiaries of SA Social Security grants who are still paid cash at pay-points; if so, (a) what are the alternatives and (b) on what date will they be introduced; (2) what (a) are the names of all the cash-in-transit companies that SA Post Office (i) has used and (ii) is currently using to deliver cash for social grants at cash pay-points and (b) process was followed to procure the services of each of these companies?

Reply:

1(a) SASSA, working together with SAPO, is still exploring possible alternatives to the cash pay points. No final decision has been made yet and no date has been set for implementation.

(b) All parties involved in the grant payment process agree that it is important that we move away from cash payments due to the security issues and the high cost of delivering cash to pay points. The only viable alternative that is been seriously considered is exploring the move to existing and future cashless payment platforms such as more use of cards at ATMs, Point of Sale platforms and Mobile solutions. No alternative payment channel will be introduced until it has been tested and confirmed that it is fit for purpose.

2(a) (i) and (ii) SAPO uses Fidelity Security Service (Pty) Ltd to pay beneficiaries at Cash Pay Points.

(b) Two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) were issued to appoint a service provider for the provision of cash at pay points:

Interim Solution

RFP/26/18/19/ Cash Conveyance and Handling/RA – this RFP was issued as an interim measure (using cash bags) whilst the long -time process (using cash dispensers) was in the process.

A close RFP was issued on 16 August 2018 to five companies. The close bid process was approved by National Treasury. Four of the five companies that were invited indicated that they will not participate in the RFP process some indicating that they did not have the capacity to provide the service.

Fidelity Security Services (Pty) Ltd was the only bidder that responded and the tender was awarded to them. The contract was for a period of six months commencing from 1 October 2018 up until 31 March 2019 to allow for the long-term solution to be finalised.

Long-Term Solution

RFP/18/19/36 Cash Conveyance and Handling Processing and Dispensing Service for SASSA Grant Payouts/KN .

An open tender process was advertised on the National Treasury e-Tender portal on 13 August 2018. Only two bidders submitted proposals (G4S Cash Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd and Fidelity Security Services (Pty) Ltd).

G4S Cash Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd was disqualified due to not complying fully with the tender requirements. The tender was awarded to Fidelity Security Services (Pty) Ltd for the period of two years commencing on 1 May 2019 up until 30 April 2021.

3. (a) All tenders above R10m falls within the delegation of the Board of Directors for approval. However on the 10 November 2017 the Board of Directors resolved that The GCEO (Mr Mark Barnes) and the GCOO (Ms Lindiwe Kwele) were duly authorised to engage, negotiate, take decisions and sign any documents relating to the provision of payment services and systems for social assistance without referring back to the Board of Directors for guidance. The appointment of the CIT Company for both Interim and Long term solutions was therefore duly approved by the two delegated officials.

3. (b) The contracts for both RFP/26/18/19/ Cash Conveyance and Handling/RA and RFP/18/19/36 Cash Conveyance and Handling Processing and Dispensing Service for SASSA Grant Payouts/KN are attached.

 

10 June 2020 - NW936

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Breedt, Ms T to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. No. The position taken by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development was to provide a COVID-19 Support Relief to qualifying Small-holder and Communal farmers. This was a grant process where qualifying farmers would be issued a voucher. The department procured Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) through either a price quotation process or Transversal Contracts in line with National Treasury Instruction Note 08 of 2019/2020 and Instruction Note 05 of 2020/2021: Emergency Procurement in Response to the National State of Disaster.

(a),(b),(c) Falls away.

2. No.

(a),(b) Falls away.

3. Falls away.

4. No.

10 June 2020 - NW1088

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What (a) number of teachers (i) were given laptops since 2014 and (ii) are still waiting for laptops and (b) was the total cost of the specified laptops?

Reply:

The Department of Basic Education has not provided teachers with laptops. The Provincial Education Departments were responsible for the provision of laptops to teachers; and are therefore, the custodians of this information. The Honourable Members is also reminded that the Provincial Education Departments are the employers of educators by law.  Therefore. matters related to the provision of teaching support materials are the responsibility of the Provincial Education Departments.

10 June 2020 - NW978

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Given the state of the overcrowding in classrooms and the current lack of sufficient budgets, how will her department ensure that social distancing protocols are adhered to in schools during the (a) phasing in and (b) full opening of all schools?

Reply:

·Provide mobile classrooms

(a) (b)The Department of Basic Education developed the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Containment and Management of COVID-19, for childcare facilities, schools and school communities, to guide provinces in responding to COVID-19. These include, measures to enforce social distancing for learners; as well as compliance with good hygiene practices to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus amongst learners. In order to address social distancing protocols during the phasing-in and full opening of schools, provinces are providing mobile classrooms for additional spaces, as well  as identifying additional spaces like school halls to address any additional needs for space.  In addition, a vriety of options for timetabling are being considered.

10 June 2020 - NW1024

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether her department received any funds for the Expanded Public Works Programme in the past four financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details (2) whether any of the specified funds were earmarked for capital and/or infrastructure-related projects; if so, (a) what are the names of the projects, (b) where are the specified projects situated, (c) what is the value of each project and (d) what number of jobs have been created by each project. (3) what process was followed to appoint project (a) implementers and (b) consultants in each case; (4) whether funds were transferred to project implementers in a lump sum or through progress payment; (5) whether any projects have been delayed due to maladministration or corruption; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) which projects have been affected and (b) what action has been taken in each case?

Reply:

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 29/05/2020

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 18/2020

1024. Mrs D van der Walt (DA) to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

(1)       Whether her department received any funds for the Expanded Public Works Programme in the past four financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details

(1) EPWP funds received are as follows:

2016/17

R369 045 000.00

2017/18

R112 997 000.00

2018/19

R0.00

2019/20

R0.00

(2) The funds were allocated for Kha Ri Gude Food handlers

(a) Not applicable

(b) Not applicable

(c) Not applicable

(d) Not applicable

 

(3) Not applicable

(4) Not applicable

(5) Not applicable                    

10 June 2020 - NW1087

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether learners are allowed to write their National Senior Certificate examinations in a language of their choice; if not, why not; if so, how will this be implemented?

Reply:

In terms of current policy, as articulated in the Regulations on the Conduct, Administration and Management of the National Senior Certificate Examinations,15 (2),  the candidate, unless otherwise stated, must respond to the question paper in the language of learning and teaching. Currently, at the Grade 12 level, the learner is either taught through the medium of English or Afrikaans. Hence, provision is currently made only for learners to respond in English or Afrikaans, in their non-language subjects.

However, the Department is currently investigating the option of providing candidates with question papers that are presented both in the language of learning and teaching and in the mother tongue of the learner. This option will first be piloted in either Grade 10 or Grade 11; and based on the outcome in this pilot, it will considered for implementation in the  high stakes Grade 12 examination.                 

09 June 2020 - NW505

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

1)     Whether a certain person (Thato Abrahams) has attended any official meetings and/or gatherings at (a) the Ministry, (b) the department and (c) any of the entities reporting to her; if so, what were the reasons for the specified person attending each meeting; (2) Whether the specified person was remunerated for attending any meeting; if so, what (a) total amount was the person paid and (b) were the reasons for the remuneration?

Reply:

I was advised by the department and entities as follows:

1(a),(b)&(c) The Ministry, Department and entities have indicated that the specified person did not attended any official meetings and/or gatherings.

2(a) Not applicable

(b) Not applicable

MR J MTHEMBU, MP

ACTING MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

09 June 2020 - NW736

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) What (a) number of train stations have been vandalised in Gauteng over the past three financial years, including signal equipment, substations, cables and any other operational equipment and (b) does he envisage will the total cost be to replace all the vandalised equipment; (2) (a) which train lines have been impacted, (b) what (i) was the optimal train service and (ii) is the current train service, (c) what number of commuters make use of each affected train line daily, (d) how were commuters informed of the reduction in train services and (e) what alternative transport arrangements has his department made for commuters; (3) what is the estimated daily loss in revenue for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa?

Reply:

1. (a) The number of train stations that have been vandalised over the past three financial years, including signal equipment, substations, cables and any other operational equipment is:

Incidents (vandalised)

2018

2019

2020

TOTAL

Stations

37

42

94

173

Signal equipment

298

469

221

988

Substations

7

15

20

42

Cables

760

585

488

1833

(b) Theft and vandalism has been increasing over the years and the cost to restore the vandalized equipment is in excess of R2bn. This cost covers the following:

  • Both Conventional and Modern Signalling System
  • Signals and Train Detection Cables including Battery Banks at Signalling Equipment Rooms
  • Multiple spans of Contact and Catenary wire Overhead Track Equipment (OHTE)
  • Transformers, Rectifiers and various components at substations

2. (a) Train lines which have been impacted are:

Gauteng West

Gauteng East

Gauteng North

Vereeniging via Midway

Daveyton – Dunswart both lines 24

Mabopane – Pretoria

Westgate

Springs – Germiston all lines 24

De Wildt – Pretoria

Faraday

Germiston – Katlehong via India & Germiston East 34

Saulsville – Pretoria

Naledi to New Canada

Germiston – Knights – Elandsfontein 12

Pretoria – Pienaarspoort

Randfontein line

Germiston – Johannesburg all lines 12

Pretoria – Johannesburg

Midway – Oberholzer

   

New Canada – George Goch

   

(b) (i) Optimal train service was:

Gauteng West

Gauteng East

Gauteng North

Vereeniging via Midway

66 trips weekday

Daveyton – Dunswart both lines

24 trips per weekday

Mabopane – Pretoria

103 trips per weekday

Westgate

16 trips weekday

Springs – Germiston all lines

24 trips per weekday

De Wildt – Pretoria

42 trips per weekday

Faraday

20 trips weekday

Germiston – Johannesburg all lines

12 trips per weekday

Saulsville – Pretoria

48 trips per weekday

Naledi to New Canada

144 trips weekday

Germiston - Kwesine

Pretoria – Pienaarspoort

127 trips per weekday

Randfontein line

46 trips weekday

 

Pretoria – Johannesburg

68 trips per weekday

Midway – Oberholzer

14 trips weekday

   

New Canada – George Goch

Included in Vereenigin & Naledi trips

   

(ii) Current Service – pre lockdown train trips and during lockdown no services are running

Gauteng West

Gauteng East

Gauteng North

Vereeniging via Midway

0 trips per day

Daveyton – Dunswart

No train service due to all lines not available

Mabopane – Pretoria

0 trips per day

Westgate

0 trips per day

Springs – Dunswart

Single line working up and down

24 trips per weekday

De Wildt – Pretoria

0 trips per day

Faraday

0 trips per day

Germiston – Johannesburg

Shuttle hauled by diesel locomotive

Saulsville – Pretoria

0 trips per day

Naledi to New Canada

74 trips per day

(before lockdown vandalism)

Elandsfontein – Germiston – Johannesburg

Shuttle hauled by diesel locomotive to connect with the Pretoria train service at Elandsfontein

Pretoria – Pienaarspoort

69 trips per weekday

Randfontein line

26 trips per day

Germiston – Kwesine

A service between Elsburg – Kwesine was implemented. Commuters connected trains to Germiston with the Meyerton – Vereeniging service at Elsburg

Pretoria – Johannesburg

10 trips per day

Midway – Oberholzer

0 trips per day

6 shuttle (express) trips between Randfontein and Oberholzer per day

   

New Canada – George Goch

0 trips per day

All trains are travelling via Langlaagte

   

c) Based on the 2018 census, the number of commuters making use of each affected train line daily, are:

Gauteng West

Gauteng East

Gauteng North

Vereeniging via Midway

95 686

Olifantsfontein – Elandsfontein

95 921

Mabopane – Pretoria

154 512

Westgate

2 508

Daveyton – Germiston

108 543

De Wildt – Pretoria

1 679

Faraday

194

Germiston – Johannesburg

37 711

Saulsville – Pretoria

38 162

Naledi to New Canada

78,277

Germiston – Kwesine

43 200

Pretoria – Pienaarspoort

147 800

Randfontein line

46 260

 

Pretoria – Johannesburg

21 388

Midway – Oberholzer

2 620

   

New Canada – George Goch

5 109

   

d) For every incident where trains were reduced, Metrorail Marketing and Communications Department notified employees, commuters and the public at large via media. Please note that the information below is based on a single incident. This is then replicated in other areas when the train service in that area/corridor is also reduced.

When the train service is reduced, Metrorail employs the following platforms to notify affected commuters and the public at large:

  • E-mail
  • Media statement / alert
  • Metrorail Gauteng Facebook page
  • Twitter - @metrorailgp
  • Go Metro (no longer operational since November 2019, but was used before when it was active)
  • Face-to-face meetings with Commuter Forums
  • Information Offices at stations
  • Radio train traffic updates (free slots)
  • In-house produced posters
  • Commuter WhatsApp groups
  • Commuters can also call stations and Information Centers
  • Train service information updates also posted at some stations

e) Per region in Gauteng the following alternative transport arrangements were made for commuters:

Gauteng West:

Buses are used as alternative transport, but the service could not be sustained due to operational constraints and budget challenges at Autopax. Between Randfontein and Oberholzer a shuttle is running.

Gauteng East:

Alternative transport could not be provided due to budget being depleted to acquire buses from Autopax and the magnitude of the corridors to be provided for was really high in terms of demand and availability.

Gauteng North:

Diesel locomotive shuttle services were introduced but could not be sustained and could not cover all the corridors due to insufficient numbers of diesel locomotives available as well as continuous theft that resulted in hanging wires all over on different places on different days.

3. The estimated daily loss in revenue, based on the 2019/2020 Revenue Budget (excluding Covid-19 Lockdown), for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is:

Gauteng West

Amount

Gauteng East

Amount

Gauteng North

Amount

Vereeniging via Midway

R77,429

Olifantsfontein – Elandsfontein

R65,607

Mabopane – Pretoria *

R95,125

West Gate

R1,425

Daveyton - Germiston

R53,856

De Wildt – Pretoria *

R15,223

Faraday

R465

Germiston – Johannesburg

R10,178

Saulsville – Pretoria **

R35,212

Naledi to New Canada

R70,290

Germiston – Kwesine

R36,684

Pretoria – Pienaarspoort

R85,255

Randfontein line

R25,766

   

Pretoria – Johannesburg

R14,556

Midway to Oberholzer

R6,476

       

New Canada to George Goch

R870

       

Johannesburg

R61,593

       

Total

R244,314

Total

R166,325

Total

R245,371

Total estimated daily loss in revenue is R656,010

* Mabopane and De Wildt Corridors were suspended in December 2019

** Saulsville corridor was suspended in March 2020 before the Covid-19 Lockdown was implemented

09 June 2020 - NW856

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

With reference to the price paid by her department for the recent upgrading of the Beitbridge border post fence, the quotation of which was based on a 2016 pricing which was amortised to bring it in line with 2020 pricing, (a) how did the contractor cover the additional security required during the construction, which was substantial and not originally costed into the quote, without changing the cost price and (b) what were the details of the mitigating factors for the high cost of the upgrading of the specified fence in the 2016 quote, when the cost of the construction was justified in part on the basis that it was a fast-track job which required additional workers and plant hire to meet the time frame?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me that the matter of security on all material remained the responsibility of the contractor and the contractor covered the costs. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) remains responsible for securing the border.

b) The Department further informed me the mitigating measure was premised on the fact that the tender went through a competitive bidding process. With reference to the published tenders on the DPWI website, the tender for Beitbridge land port of entry (WCS052500) was awarded in October 2016. The costing was also premised on 2016 baseline. The rates are complex as they are inclusive, and the contractor covered the costs.

09 June 2020 - NW886

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

1. It is unquestionable that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about and at some point exacerbated the challenges faced by the country and the world in totality. Thus, it is necessary that integrated solutions are found and implemented to navigate through the Covid-19 virus and its impact to the overall society. As such the South African Government is providing leadership by putting in place the integrated mechanisms to help to directly and indirectly deal with this unprecedented pandemic and its impact to the economy. This is exhibited by stimulus package announced by our President and is further unpacked below.

In general and currently, the Department is not intending to create a special Covid-19 financial relief fund for small businesses in the transport sector because these entities registered through the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) are eligible and qualify to apply to existing Government Covid-19 relief programmes. However, the Government will, through the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) provide relief to all SMMEs. This financial relief is provided through the R500billion Covid-19 relief financial interventions highlighted in the preceding paragraph. It is intended to provide business owners particularly of small enterprises with funding or payment relief and opportunities to help them navigate and thrive through this tough time.

These programmes are and not limited to:

  • Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Covid-19 relief fund is to benefit all employees and employers including small enterprises functioning within the transport sector. This is an emergency relief for employers to be able to pay employees who have been temporarily laid off as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown measures;
  • The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) Covid-19 relief fund is for businesses, which are negatively affected, directly or indirectly, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is important to note that the creation and existence of this Department is to put in place mechanisms that will create an environment in which small enterprises across the economy of South Africa inclusive of the transport s sector operate in a fair and conducive environment;
  • The DSBD Business Growth Resilience Facilities is for enterprises geared to take advantage of supply opportunities resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic or shortage of goods in the local market.
  • SMME Relief Finance Scheme. This is a soft-loan funding for businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus for all businesses with a turnover of less than R300 million; and
  • Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) Debt Restructuring is for businesses that are currently Sefa-funded are able to apply for a moratorium on loan repayments if the COVID-19 virus has negatively affected them.

An exception is with the Taxi Industry as you are all aware that it provides public transport for approximately 60% of passengers. As part of the relief measures for small businesses in distress, taxis financed by the National Taxi Finance administered by SEFA will be granted a 3 months repayment holiday. The dire effects of the lockdown on the taxi industry is noted and intergovernmental consultations on a Taxi Industry Relief Efforts are at an advanced stage. The Departments of Transport, Small Business Development, Employment and Labour, Trade Industry and Competition as well as National Treasury have agreed to support the industry and are currently looking at various modalities of assistance. At the time the lockdown was declared, we were in the process of finalizing our plans for the hosting of the National Taxi Indaba, which will be held sometime later this year. The aim is to address a number of critical economic issues confronting the industry. Among the key issues to be considered by the Indaba is a sustainable economic empowerment model for the taxi industry. This will include a public transport-funding model, which must include a possible subsidy regime, in which the taxi industry is a full participant. It is of paramount importance to note that the SANTACO, the governing structure of the taxi industry in the country under the governance of the Department, announced a R3.5 billion relief funds to help cushion the industry through the Covid-19 pandemic.

In view of the above Government interventions, it is important for Government to pool limited resources to ensure most enterprises are cushioned through these tough and unprecedented times. All Government interventions should aim towards providing integrated Covid-19 financial reliefs. In addition, it is vital to avoid duplicating efforts and ensure that double dipping by individuals and enterprises is avoided at all cost. Secondly, the Department will continue to support efforts of creating a conducive environment for small enterprises in the transport sector. Thus, the legislation of Government including the Broad-Based Black Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act 53 of 203 as amended will be applied to help small enterprises and to facilitate transformation of the transport sector. I must acknowledge that not all these Covid-19 virus relief funds may be enough. In the next phase, Government must look at options to increasing these financial support mechanisms to rebuild and stimulate the economy.

(2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Response

For more details, see question 1 response above. Of course, my Department would like to emphasize that the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and supported by laws such the B-BBEE Act will be implemented to create an inclusive growing economy and to transform the transport sector particularly the aviation, road freight and maritime industries. The Covid-19 crisis provides an opportunity for the Department to work towards speeding-up the process to re-instituting the Transport Sector B-BBEE Council to facilitate transformation of the transport sector so that equal opportunities are created for black women, black people with disabilities and black youth. The process to re-institute the Council is at the advance stage. The Council will spearhead the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of B-BBEE and transformation in the transport sector. It is important to note that Government will not compromise the provision of the constitution and will continue to ensure compliance to relevant legislation.

Let me take this opportunity to provide my total support to my colleague, the Minister of Tourism, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane in support of the Black Business Council for implementing the B-BBEE Act 53 of 2003 as amended even though there are some distractors in the country. The intention of this Government is to achieve the envisioned 2030 goals set by the National Development Plan that 9 out of 10 new jobs will be generated by micro, small and medium businesses. Hence, all our efforts should make use of every opportunity inclusive of the Covid-19 crisis to transform the overall economic society of South Africa and create a conducive environment for micro, small and medium enterprises to help or economy.

09 June 2020 - NW694

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What measures have been introduced by his Department of Justice to deal with the increase in the number of domestic violence-related incidents reported at the SA Police Service since 26 March 2020?

Reply:

1. The upsurge in the number of domestic violence cases has been globally reported as one of the serious ramifications of the COVID-19 lockdown. As expounded by the Executive Director of UN Women, Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Confinement is fostering the tension and strain created by security, health, and money worries. It is increasing isolation for women with violent partners, separating them from the people and resources that can best help them. It’s a perfect storm for controlling and violent behaviour behind closed doors. And in parallel, as health systems are stretching to breaking point, domestic violence shelters are also reaching capacity, a service deficit made worse when centres are repurposed for additional Covid-19 response.’

2. In anticipation of domestic violence cases taking a dramatic upswing during the national lockdown, on 30 March 2020, I have issued Alert Level 5 of COVID-19 Directions for court operations, which listed domestic violence applications for protection orders among the justice essential services. However, the Level 5 Directions restricted courts from conducting criminal proceedings, unless for bail applications and reviews thereof. During the period 26 March to 30 April 2020, the district courts dealt with the following applications:

PROTECTION ORDERS APPLICATIONS IN TERMS OF THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT, 1998 (ACT NO. 116 OF 1998): PERIOD 26 MARCH TO 30 APRIL 2020

Province

Total Caseload Considered

Outcome

 

Number of New Applications

Registered (26 March – 30 April 2020)

Number of Applications Pending before 26 March 2020

Number of Interim Protection Orders Granted

Number of Summons Issued

Number of Final Orders issued

Total Number of Applications Considered

EC

1 580

507

1 143

565

379

2 087

FS

762

379

466

363

312

1 141

GP

3 159

284

1 632

810

1 001

3 443

KZN

1 474

268

1 108

110

524

1 742

LIMP

982

861

750

287

806

1 843

MP

626

297

528

175

220

923

NC

165

163

229

43

56

328

NW

706

214

375

42

75

492

WC

810

252

545

317

200

1 062

TOTAL

10 264

3 225

6 776

2 712

3 573

13 061

 

3. As against the global trend, it has been recently reported that South Africa has in fact taken a divergent experience in this area. In April 2020, the South African Medical Research Council modelling suggested that the hospital trauma admissions have declined by 66% since the alcohol-free national lockdown[1]. The rate of patients admitted for injuries inflicted as a result of violent crimes has drastically gone down in South Africa. Just recently, SAPS also reported a steep decline in the number of reported domestic violence cases. On 22 April 2020, the Minister of Police, Mr Bheki Cele announced that The national picture reflects a decrease by 69.4% from 9 990 cases between 29 March and 22 April last year (2019) to 3,061 since the lockdown until 20 April 2020, meaning a difference of 6,929.’[2]

 

4. Similarly, our courts registered a further decline in the number of new applications for domestic violence protection orders received during the COVID-19 Lockdown:

New Applications for the Domestic Violence Protection Orders

All Provinces

January 2020

February 2020

March 2020

26 March to 30 April 2020

 

22 211

18 112

14 404

10 264

Note: From these figures, since January 2020, our courts have been experiencing a persistent drop in the number of these new applications. Therefore, the ban of alcohol during the lockdown may not be the only contributor to the decrease of domestic violence cases.

5. Despite this sudden unexplainable drop in the domestic violence cases, the Department has introduced in our courts a number of measures to address the domestic violence epidemic:

a) In March 2020, shortly before the national lockdown, the Department introduced the Justice Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) to fast-track the finalisation of domestic violence matters and most importantly, to provide a catalogue of victim-support services aimed at creating a victim-centric justice experience, which is more caring, fast and effective. Due to the COVID-19 National Lockdown restrictions, the RRI is currently in operation, but in a minimal scale. The RRI is championed by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr John Jeffery, and the plan is to increase its footprint to more district courts post-COVID-19 epidemic.

b) There’s a chronic tendency among certain victims of domestic violence to minimize the experience of abuse due to a number of emotional challenges which include denial, shame, embarrassment and fear of exposure. Ambivalence often drives these victims out of the court system back into the cycle of violence where they would stay trapped until they die. In curbing potential femicide cases, the Department has introduced the Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment Tool in courts which provides a set of questions intended to open the eyes of the victim to the harmful realities and the fatal consequences of violence in his/her relationship, and to take appropriate actions. The tool was developed with government stakeholders, including SAPS, and also with the participation of the civil society. It is also available in our website.

c) It is often not easy for a victim of domestic violence to leave an abusive relationship. In an effort to protect their lives whilst leaving with their abusers during this Lockdown period, the Department has distributed to courts the booklet titled: My Safety Plan against Domestic Violence, which encourages the victims to make their personalized safety plans. The Plan guides the victims in identifying measures of safety, i.e. at the shared residence, during a violent attack, when planning to escape from the shared residence, etc. These include identifying trustworthy rescue persons, removing items from the house which might be used as dangerous weapons, packing an escape bag, identifying the safe escape route from the house, and selecting a safe house or shelter to where the planned escape will be made. The Department is in a process of distributing the Safety Plan to shelters to ensure that no survivor leaves the shelter without having planned. The Safety Plan can also be accessed from the Department’s website.

d) With the increasing figures of reported cases of violence in domestic relationships and femicide, the need for the review of the Domestic Violence Act, 1998 (Act No. 116 of 1998) became more pressing. The Department has published the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) Amendment Bill for public comments. The Bill seeks to amend the DVA to, inter alia, tighten safety measures of a protection order, and to introduce obligations to other government functionaries so as to increase stakeholder support and cooperation in the implementation of the Act.

The closing date for comments was on 24 April 2020. The Department is now considering comments for incorporation into the Bill. The Bill will be introduced in Parliament in the current financial year.

  1. Prof Charles Perry, SAMRC: Opinion by Bhekisisa: ‘Could SA’s Lockdown ‘Experiment’ help chart a path to a sober, les violent country?’

  2. Daily Maverick: Gender-based violence during lockdown in SA: Looking for answersWhy is South Africa not showing the rise in domestic violence cases reported elsewhere in the world? Chandre Gould is a Senior Research Fellow, Justice and Violence Prevention, ISS Pretoria; 11 May 2020

09 June 2020 - NW292

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Keetse, Mr PP to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether any persons (details furnished) own shares in a company that received funding from the Public Investment Corporation in the form of a loan or through the purchase of shares since he assumed office; if so, (a) what is the name of the company, (b) what amount and (c) for what purpose?

Reply:

I wish to inform the Honourable Member that I am not aware of any business transaction involving the purchase of shares through a loan advanced by Public Investment Corporation.

09 June 2020 - NW579

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What amount did it cost to complete the Laersdrift Bus Road Project, (b) who were the (i) contractors and (ii) sub-contractors and (c) what number of local persons were employed in the project?

Reply:

Background

This Laersdrift Bus Road Project is a project is being implemented by the Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality and not by the Department of its Transports or its Entities. The MIG registered amount for the project is R23 593 338.00 VAT Inclusive. The project has been implemented in two phases during 2016/17 and 2018/19 financial years.

Phase 1A

Entailed 600m of asphalt road in Laersdrift with concrete v-drain on one side of the road and kerbing on the other side, storm water culvert crossings including road furniture. The project was completed in the 2016/17 FY at a cost of R5 000 000.00 for both construction and professional fees.

Phase1B

Entails 1.62km of asphalt road in Laersdrift with concrete v-drain on one side of the road and kerbing on the other side, storm water culvert crossings including road furniture. This includes construction of a connection to the R555 provincial road as per SANRAL standards. The project commenced in the 2018/19 FY and overlapped to the 2019/20 FY at a cost of R 13 692 298.31 VAT Inclusive (Both Construction and Professional fees) in the 2018/19 FY and R 3 083 323.78 VAT Inclusive (Both Construction and Professional fees) to date. The current progress is 95% complete overall.

a) (i) According to data received, this is a multiyear project still in progress and egistered for R23 593 338 million, of which R16, 036, 210 million was spent as at the end of 15 May 2020.

b) (i) Phase 1 A : Consulting Engineers: Dikgabo Consulting Engineers

Main contractor: AL Mphago JV /HM Eyethu

Subcontractors:

  1. Matlapeng Mahuma Construction
  2. BJM Transport
  3. Phehli Trading Enterprise (Pty)Ltd
  4. Marula Tubatse

Phase 2B: Consulting Engineers: Dikgabo Consulting Engineers

Main contractor: Mothage Phadima Construction

Subcontractors:

  1. Ndlamama Transport and Projects

(c) According to the data extracted from Expanded Public Works Project (EPWP) office:

  • Two (2) Full Time Equivalent Jobs (FTE) was created for the 2018/2019, the breakdown being eleven (11) Job Opportunities, of which six (6) job opportunities were for women and nine (9) job opportunities were youth.
  • During the 2019/2020, it was reported nine (9) Full Time Equivalent Jobs (FTE) was created, the breakdown being twenty nine (29) Job Opportunities, of which nine (9) job opportunities were for women and twenty nine(26) job opportunities were youth.
  • No data is currently available for the 2020/2021 financial year.

09 June 2020 - NW814

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

What amount has his department budgeted for (a) sanitisers and (b) masks that public transport commuters need to curb the spread of Covid-19?

Reply:

The Department did not for see the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at the commencement of the previous financial year and had therefore not budgeted for the pandemic. The department has however approached the National Treasury to solicit an approval for the reprioritization of the budget to provide for the non-pharmaceutical interventions to respond to the pandemic and to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. Approval is awaited for the request from the National Treasury

09 June 2020 - NW450

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What number of (a) crimes against children were successfully prosecuted in each year since the establishment of Part A of the Child Protection Register and (b) the specified names were submitted to the Department of Social Development for placement onto Part A of the Child Protection Register; (2) What number of persons were convicted of crimes that would warrant their names being placed on Part B of the Child Protection Register in accordance with Chapter 7 of the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005), for every financial year since the Child Protection Register came into effect?

Reply:

1. (a) The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) does not keep crime statistics specifically for crimes committed by children or crimes against children. The NPA only collate diversion statistics with respect to offences committed by children in line with the Child Justice Act.

(b) The registrars or clerks of the court have submitted 2458 names to the Department of Social Development in terms of section 114 of the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act 38 of 2005) for placement onto Part A of the Child Protection Register (Form 25).

Year

Number of Form 25s submitted

2013/2014

70

2014/2015

330

2015/2016

453

2016/2017

412

2017/2018

424

2018/2019

411

2019/2020 to date

358

Total

2458

The Children’s Act, 2005 came into operation on 1 April 2010 expecting clerks of the court to forward the names of children in terms of section 114 of the Children’s Act, 2005 for placement onto Part A of the Child Protection Register (Form 25) to the Registrar of the National Child Protection Register. The Department of Social Development reported that this section was not fully implemented by the courts. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development issued Circular 61of 2013 in 2013 to the courts to ensure compliance and to perform quality checks on the information submitted to the Registrar of the National Child Protection Register for placement on the Register. There may be instances where the numbers submitted by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to the Registrar differ from the numbers recorded on the Register and this is due to the fact that the Registrar receive information from various sources as provided for in section 114(1)(a) of the Children’s Act, 2005).

(2) The Registrars or clerks of the court have submitted 662 names to the Department of Social Development in terms of section 122 of the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act 38 of 2005) for placement onto Part B of the Child Protection Register (Form 28).

Year

Number of Form 28s submitted

2013/2014

44

2014/2015

69

2015/2016

59

2016/2017

67

2017/2018

145

2018/2019

135

2019/2020 to date

143

Total

662

There may be instances where the numbers submitted by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to the Registrar of the National Child Protection differ from the numbers recorded on the Register and this is due to the fact that the Registrar receive information from various sources, such as the South African Council of Educators (SACE) as provided for in section 120(1)(c) of the Children’s Act, 2005).

The Registrar of the National Child Protection Register reported in 2017/18 to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development that some courts were submitting information on Forms 28 in instances where no finding was made in relation to unsuitability to work with children. The Department responded by conducting refresher training in 2018/19 on the submission of information to the Registrar of the National Child Protection Register in conjunction with the Registrar of the National Child Protection Register, the latter conducted the training. The training sessions were conducted as follows:

Province

Date

Western Cape

26 and 27 July 2018

Limpopo

7 August 2018

Gauteng

10 October and 13 August 2018

Eastern Cape

23 August 2018

Mpumalanga

21 August 2018

Northern Cape

23 October 2018

Free State

25 and 26 October 2018

North West

31 October 2018

KwaZulu-Natal

2017/2018

09 June 2020 - NW560

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

By what envisaged date wills his Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, finalise its organisational realignment process in line with the recommendations of the Auditor-General of South Africa?

Reply:

I wish to inform the Honourable Member that I regard the finalization of the organizational re-alignment process of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development as of critical importance, and I have therefore directed the Acting Director-General to appoint a designated official in his office to manage this in consultation with the Human Resources Management Unit, which has done a lot of incremental work in this regard.

It is a worrying fact that the Departmental organisational structure has not been reviewed for a period of decade. This has had a negative effect in the Department’s ability and capability to meet its performance targets. I have discussed sharply with the Acting Director-General regarding the delay in reviewing the structure and the high vacancy rate in the Senior Management echelon which I have explained in a separate related Parliamentary Question.

I can report that several critical Senior Management vacancies were in the process of being filled or advertised immediately before the processes were halted due to the declaration of the national state of disaster and the subsequent national lockdown. Amongst these is the acting appointment of the Solicitor-General which we were able to conclude just few days before the announcement of the lockdown by the President. Mr Fhedzisani Pandelani has been appointed for three (3) years, and this will allow the Department enough time to reconfigure the Offices of the Solicitor-General and those of the State Attorneys to address the current capacity challenges in this important institution which are well documented.

We have also resumed some of the processes to fill some of the vacant posts which we are able to do during the current level four (4) lockdown phase. The Department has also solicited services of the Government Technical Assistance Centre (GTAC), an agency of the National Treasury, to provide the requisite technical skills to review the Department’s structure.

In terms of the Project Charter which the Department received from GTAC, the complete review of the structure will be finalised by November 2020. This will enable the Department to implement the new structure from the beginning of 2021.

09 June 2020 - NW925

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Mulder, Dr CP to ask the Minister of Communications

1. Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. The Department did not award any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic. Items procured such as masks, gloves, hand sanitisers and decontamination of premises (office buildings) were below R500 000 and supply chain processes were followed.

(a) None

(b) N/A

(c) N/A

2. No deviations from the standard supply chain management procedures.

(a) None

(b) N/A

3. N/A

4. N/A

MR J MTHEMBU, MP

ACTING MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

09 June 2020 - NW959

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

(a) What extraordinary expenditure has her Department incurred as a result of Covid-19 since the start of the new financial year, (b) from which budget and/or line item was the money sourced, (c) who authorised the expenditure and (d) what is the impact of the expenditure on the programme from which the money was taken?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, including its Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE), collectively referred to as “the Department”, has incurred, and continues to incur, both ordinary and extraordinary expenditure in line with its mandate the provision of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), the cleaning of its facilities, decontamination of facilities (including Presidency and courts) and quarantine facilities as requested by Department of Health (DOH). To date, an amount of R 47 049 676 has been spent.

b) The money was sourced from various line items of the budget after taking into consideration the lower expenditure on items due to the lockdown. These included budget items on travel, recruitment, goods and services and infrastructure projects due to low or no expenditure due to lockdown. The funds were shifted in terms of the Disaster Management Act and its Regulations.

c) The expenditure was authorised in line with the Department’s finance delegations of authority at various branches at Head Office and the eleven (11) Regional Offices.

d) The impact is negligible, if any, as funds were shifted from programmes that had no activities due to inter alia the restrictions imposed by the national lockdown.

09 June 2020 - NW817

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether her department has given a concise definition for the term 5G or Fifth Generation wireless communications systems as there appears to be no standardised form of the term; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply:

5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology network adopted by 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a standards organisation which develops protocols for mobile telecommunications. 5G is a new globally accepted standard of technology after 3G, 4G and LTE/LTE advanced. 5G is identified by the following use cases: enhanced mobile broadband communications, massive machine type communications, ultra-reliable and low latency communications, and Internet of Things that virtually connects everything and everyone.

 

MR J MTHEMBU, MP

ACTING MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

09 June 2020 - NW740

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entities reporting to her, sponsored political party (i) advertisements, (ii) events and/or (iii) paraphernalia in the 2018-19 financial year; if so, (aa) which political party was sponsored and (bb) what was the monetary value of the sponsorship in each case?

Reply:

I was advised by the Department and entities as follows:

(a)& (b) The Department and entities did not sponsor any political parties in the 2018/19 financial year.

  1. None
  2. None
  3. None

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

MR J MTHEMBU, MP

ACTING MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

09 June 2020 - NW674

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he, his department and/or any entity reporting to him purchased any personal protection equipment since 1 February 2020; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details of (a) the date on which the equipment was purchased, (b) the name of the supplier where the equipment was purchased, (c) the monetary value of the purchase, (d) the branding that appeared on the purchased equipment, including the branding of any political party, and (e)(i) how and (ii) where was the purchased equipment distributed?

Reply:

Yes, the Department procured personal protective equipment in an effort to combat the spread of the COVID19 virus.  All details of the purchases are provided in Annexure 01.

09 June 2020 - NW165

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he has been informed of a meeting on 17 September 2019 between certain parties (names and details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 2) whether he has been informed that a certain person has allegedly accepted a position which was followed by a favourable decision to the other party (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 3) whether he intends taking any steps in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

Reply:

  1. No, I have not been informed of such meeting. Any individual meetings between a Judge and/or members of the public, would not be reported to my office.
  2. Neither have I been informed of any appointment to any position, accordingly.
  3. I have no power to take disciplinary action against Judges. This is done by the Judicial Service Commission.

09 June 2020 - NW933

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Mey, Mr P to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Department did not foresee the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at the commencement of the previous financial year and had therefore not budgeted for the pandemic nor planned for any tenders in the Annual Procurement Plan related hereto. However, the department had followed all the available prescripts by the National Treasury in the COVID-19 procurement processes.

Quotations were sourced in line with the provisions of the relevant Treasury Instructions and a process of a multiple award approach was utilised to meet the necessary volumes requested in the distribution for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Wear. Accordingly the following suppliers were part of the multiple award total R24 731 292.41

i. Ecko-Green Environmental Services

ii. C Square Consumer Connectedness

iii. Mistralog

The following Products were supplied by the companies in this award:

i. PENDO-FOG disinfectant fogging machine;

ii. 20/25 Liter Disinfectant refil for the PENDO-FOG

iii. 1 Liter Sanitizers bottles

iv. 20 Liter Sanitizer refill

v. PPE Disposable Coveralls

vi. Surgical Masks

vii. Surgival gloves (only in round 1)

(2) There was no deviation made on the standard Emergency Procurment Prescripts

a) He reason for acquisition of the products was that an urgent intervention was required to assist in providing the taxi industry (driver’s and Marshall) with COVID-19 related goods, to curb the spead of the virus in the Public transport environment.

b) Quotations were sourced from multiple companies, evaluated in terms of normal procurement prescripts relating to CSD registration, tax compliance etc, and awarded as a multiple award to curb cost. There has been full compliance with the National Treasury Prescripts in terms of National Treasury Instruction Note Nr.3 of 2016/201/Section 8.1 and 8.2

(3) Companies first had to comply with prescribed procurement processes, including registration on CSD and tax compliance. Qualified bidders were then evaluated on price, per specific item.

(4) If deemed necessary by the house.

09 June 2020 - NW330

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) What is the Government’s position on immediately prosecuting persons based on information revealed in the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to Inquire into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State (Zondo Commission), instead of waiting for the Commission to conclude and (b) on what statutory grounds does the Government rely in this regard; 2) whether any person has been arrested or charged for allegedly abetting and/or being involved in criminal acts of state capture based on revelations made in the Zondo Commission; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)’s position is that criminal investigations and consideration for prosecution is a parallel process and is not reliant on the completion of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture (“Zondo Commission”). There have been some challenges regarding the sharing of evidence, which the NPA is trying to address.

2. There are considerations to amend the regulations of the State Capture Commission to facility the sharing of information between the Commission and the Independent Directorate.

The NPA would welcome interim reports from the Commission so that the Investigating Directorate (ID) would be able to assess the evidence, relevant to ID investigations, that has been collected by the Commission.

3. Several investigations are currently underway and there are matters that are under consideration for prosecution. The following matters are before courts:

i. State Owned Enterprises (SOE) Cases

Eskom (Kusile Power Station) – Former Eskom executives (Mr Hlakudi and Mr Masango) and co-accused were arrested and appeared in court in December 2019. Their next court appearance date is 25 May 2020.

ii. High Level Public and Private Corruption

Bosasa – Mr Angelo Agrizzi and Mr Andries van Tonder (former Chief Operations Officer (COO) and COO of Bosasa, respectively), Mr Linda Mti (former National Commissioner of Correctional Services) and Mr Patrick Gillingham (former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Department of Correctional Services [DCS]), were arrested and charged with corruption, money laundering and fraud related to tender contracts at the DCS in February 2019.

iii. Security Sector Cases

a) SAPS – Manthata and Others - appeared before the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Palm Ridge on 17 March 2020, on charges of fraud and corruption as well as contravention of the PFMA. Case postponed to 5 May 2020 for disclosure. The case relates to allegations of fraud and corruption committed towards the SAPS during procurement of blue lights.

b) SAPS – S v T Khoza (Shezi Matter) Lt Gen Shezi was arrested and the matter was placed on the roll in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Pretoria in December 2019. The matter will be before court on 27 March 2020 to set a trial date. Disclosure has been made and charges have been drafted. The matter relates to allegations of corruption.

c) NPA – Ms Jackie Lepinka appeared before court and matter postponed to 24 April 2020. The accused is charged with Theft, Fraud, Unauthorised access to or modification of computer material, in contravention of section 40(a)(2)(a) of the NPA Act; and unlawful disclosure in contravention of section 41 (6)(b) of the NPA Act.

09 June 2020 - NW958

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

(1)(a) What role did she play in the decision-making process around the recent emergency upgrading of the Beitbridge border post fence and (b) who gave the final approval for the procurement to proceed; (2) whether she was given regular updates on the progress of the recent emergency upgrading of the specified fence; if so, what action did she take when red flags started to emerge?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1)(a) My role was limited to issuing a directive for the emergency securing of the South African Border to the Director General, Chief Financial Officer and the Deputy Director General: Construction Management. The first focus was on the Beitbridge Border Post and identified hotspots at this borderline between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

(b) The delegated authority for tender approval was the National Bid Adjudication Committee (NBAC).

(2) I received regular updates on the construction until completion. I also requested the Auditor-General of South Africa to do an independent audit and also asked the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure’s Internal Anti-Corruption Unit to do an investigation.

09 June 2020 - NW478

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, since 1 January 2006, any persons have been prosecuted under the provisions of section 173 of the Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003; if so, (a)(i) what number of persons have been prosecuted under these provisions and (ii) in relation to which municipalities, (b) which of these prosecutions (i) have been withdrawn, either provisionally or completely and (ii) have led to convictions and (c) what were the sentences that were handed down in the cases that have been successfully prosecuted; (2) whether any persons have been prosecuted under the provisions of section 119 of the Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, since 1 January 2001; if so, (a)(i) what number of persons have been prosecuted under these provisions and (ii) in relation to which municipalities, (b) which of these prosecutions (i) have been withdrawn, either provisionally or finally and (ii) have led to convictions and (c) what were the sentences that were handed down in the cases that have been successfully prosecuted?

Reply:

1. There were a number of prosecutions conducted under the provisions of Section 173 of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), Act No. 56 of 2003 in the period from 1 January 2006, as outlined in the table below:

(a)(i) Number of persons prosecuted in terms of section 173 of the MFMA

67

ii) Names of Municipalities involved

  1. Eastern Cape

a) Mbizana Local Municipality

b) Cacadu Municipality

c) Senqu Local Municipality

d) Koukamma Municipality

e) Amahlati Local Municipality

f) Buffalo City Municipality

g) Nelson Mandela Bay Metro

h) Ikwezi Local Municipality

2. Northern Cape

Hoogland Municipality

3. Gauteng

West Rand District Municipality

4. Western Cape

a) Oudsthoorn Municipality

b) George/ Eden Municipality

c) ClanWilliam/Cederberg Municipality

d) Swellendam Municipality

e) Paarl Municipality

5. Free State

a) Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality

b) Dihlabeng Local Municipality

c) Moqhaka Local Municipality

d) The Nala Local Municipality

(b)(i) Municipalities where prosecutions were withdrawn

a) Mbizana Local Municipality

b) Oudtshoorn Municipality

c) ClanWilliam Municipality

d) Swellendam Municipality

e) Paarl Municipality

(ii) and c) Municipalities and cases where convictions were attained, and sentences imposed

a) Cacadu Municipality, in S v Khanyisa Majokweni and another

i The 2 accused were convicted for contravening section 173 of the MFMA.

ii.  Accused 1 was sentenced to a fine of R 1 500.00 or 90-days imprisonment, which was wholly and conditionally suspended for 5 years.

iii. Accused 2 was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, wholly and conditionally suspended for 5 years.

b) Senqu Local Municipality in re S v Mxolisi Yawa and 6 others

i. 5 of the 7 accused were convicted for contravening section 173 of the MFMA

ii. Accused 1 was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment wholly and conditionally suspended for 5 years

iii. Accused 2 was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment wholly and conditionally suspended for 5 years

iv. Accused 5 was sentenced to a fine of R5000 wholly and conditionally suspended for 5 years

v. Accused 6 was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment wholly and conditionally suspended for 5 years

vi. Accused 7 was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment wholly and conditionally suspended for 5 years

c) Hoogland Municipality, in re S v Marius Botha

i. The accused was convicted for contravening section 173 of the MFMA

ii. He was sentenced to a fine of R5 000.00 or 12 months imprisonment.

d) Oudtshoorn Municipality, in re S v Pietersen

i. The accused was convicted for contravening section 173 of the MFMA

ii. He was sentenced to 5 direct years imprisonment, which was reduced to 2 years direct imprisonment on appeal to the Western Cape High Court

iii. Applications to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court were dismissed.

Municipalities and cases where there were acquittals

a) Senqu Local Municipality, in re S v Mxolisi Yawa and 6 others (2 persons were acquitted)

b) Koukamma Municipality, in re S v Sinaw Amandla Construction and 3 others

c) Oudtshoorn Municipality, in re S v Pietersen and 5 others

Municipalities and cases which are partly heard before court

a) Hoogland Municipality, in re S v Marius Botha

b) West Rand Municipality, in re S v TZ Mokhatla and 2 others

c) George/ Eden Municipality, in re S v Cecil Afrika

d) Amahlati Local Municipality, in re S v Mlonzi and 2 others

e) Buffalo City Municipality, in re

i S v Zambodla and another, and

ii. S v Ndzele and 5 others

f. Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, in re S v Mkaza and 5 others

g. Ikwezi Local Municipality, in re S v Gutas

h. Cacadu Municipality, in re S v Diniso and 5 others

i. Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality, in re S v Tsupa and 8 others

j. Dihlabeng Local Municipality, in re S v Molatseli and 2 others

k) Moqhaka Local Municipality, in re S v Mqwati and 3 others

l) The Nala Local Municipality, in re S v Christopher Mokomela and 3 others

2. No person has been prosecuted under the provisions of section 119 of the Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000.

09 June 2020 - NW610

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the relevant details of government assistance that will be provided to small unsubsidised bus transport operators during the period of the national lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19?

Reply:

a) The Covid-19 pandemic has negatively affected many small businesses and most of them are struggling to stay afloat because they either cannot operate under the lockdown or the volume of their passenger numbers has significantly decreased. In this regard, government has established multiple relief funds under the Department of Small Business Development (and its entities) and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (and its entities) aimed at t providing financial relief and assistance to business in distress. The Department of Transport has been encouraging the unsubsidized small bus operators to approach these schemes for relief.

08 June 2020 - NW1052

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

(1) Whether he has been informed of any coaches who have been charged with sexual misconduct against players of Netball South Africa (Netball SA) in any province in the past three financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) are there any outstanding cases and (b) what are the further relevant details; (2) whether he was informed of an incident of sexual misconduct involving a KwaZulu-Natal coach in 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, where did the incident allegedly occur; (3) whether there was any formal complaint that was lodged against the specified KwaZulu-Natal coach; if so, (a) who lodged the complaint, (b) what legal steps were initiated and (c) what action was taken by Netball SA in this regard? NW1342E

Reply:

The Minister has not been informed of any coaches who have been charged with sexual misconduct against players of Netball South Africa.

The Minister has not been informed of an incident of sexual misconduct involving a KwaZulu-Natal coach in 2018.

The Minister is not aware of any formal complaint that was lodged against the KwaZulu-Natal coach.

These are matters of conduct of the members of the federations which invariably make them administrative in nature. Therefore, fall within the ambit of the Federation to deal with. However as with any case of sexual misconduct, the Ministry condemn any such behaviour and urge the federations to take appropriate action to protect athletes and all involved in sport.

08 June 2020 - NW1032

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a)(i) On what date and (ii) how was the National Registrar of Tourist Guides appointed, (b) what are the details of other candidates who were available to be appointed as Registrar, (c) what criteria were used to appoint the Registrar, (d) why was the incumbent chosen as Registrar, (e) on what date (i) did the term of the current Registrar commence and (ii) will the term end and (f) what remuneration, infrastructure and facilities are provided for the Registrar?

Reply:

(a)(i) On what date and (ii) how was the National Registrar of Tour Guides appointed?

Ms Morongoe Ramphele, the National Registrar of Tourist Guides was appointed on 01 July 2017 by the Minister of Tourism and gazetted accordingly as per notice 768 of 2017.

(b) What are the details of other candidates who were available to be appointed as Registrar?

Not applicable. This is a designation and not an appointment that requires applications

(c) What criteria were used to appoint the Registrar?

Minister is empowered to designate an official of the department to serve as a Registrar of Tourist Guides in terms of Section 48 (1) of the Tourism Act., no 3 of 2014

(d) Why was the incumbent chosen as Registrar?

Section 48 (1) of the Tourism Act, no. 3 of 2014 states that the Minister must appoint a suitably qualified officer in the Department as the National Registrar and publish his or her name in the Government Gazette. There is a greater alignment between the Branch Tourism Sector Support Services, and the advancement of Tourist Guides’ development, promotion and governance of their work, hence the designation of the DDG thereof.

(e) On what date (i) did the term of the current Registrar commence and (ii) will the term end?

(i) 01 July 2017 (ii) Not applicable

(f) What remuneration, infrastructure and facilities are provided for the Registrar?

 

No additional remuneration infrastructure and facilities for the Registrar as it is a designation of an official

However, the Directorate: Tourist Guiding Management is responsible for the implementation of the guiding mandate with access to all the necessary infrastructure and facilities provided to all staff in the Department.

08 June 2020 - NW1046

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the directive she issued on 26 March 2020 requiring that all Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) employees be paid during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 until 16 April 2020 (details furnished), organisations are exempted from paying EPWP employees from 16 April 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether EPWP employees can claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund after 16 April 2020; if so, (a) is the employer obligated to claim on behalf of the employee and (b) what other sources of income are available to EPWP employees who cannot work; (3) whether organisations are still required to pay the employees during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) measures are in place to monitor that this is being done, (b) measures will be taken against (i) companies and (ii) departments who do not pay their EPWP employees and (c) enforcement mechanisms are in place to ensure adherence?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1) Subsequent to the Directive of 26 March 2020 and the Clarification Note of 29 March 2020 issued by the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, on 13 May 2020 the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure issued a further Clarification Notes aligning the payment of EPWP workers with the Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (C19 TERS) benefit. This benefit is applicable for the duration of the lock down, subject to a valid EPWP contract in place and the conditions of C 19 TERS. The Clarification Note of 13 May 2020 was issued to all Accounting Officers coordinating and implementing the EPWP across all the three spheres of government advising the Accounting Officers of the applicability of the C19 TERS benefit. The circular clarified that participants who had valid contracts during the lockdown period whether paid or not in at work during the lockdown may claim through C19 TERS. This was to ensure that public bodies, who were financially under pressure, and could not pay the participants would now be in a position to pay the said participants.

(2) Yes. EPWP participants are entitled to Unemployment Insurance Fund benefits, subject to the Unemployment Insurance Fund Act, No. 63 of 2001. UIF can be claimed by participants in the event the EPWP contract had or will come to an ended and such participants are eligible for UIF benefits. In the event a valid contract exists, C 19 TERS applies.

(a) C 19 TERS, provides for the employer to claim on behalf of its employees. C19 TERS is not compulsory. It is a benefit to assist employers to pay employees during the lock down, protecting the employees from the adverse impact such as the loss of income or are required to take annual leave in terms of section 20 (10) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997.

(b) In the event an EPWP participant is not eligible for C 19 TERS and UIF benefits, then the participant may apply for the Social Relief of Distress Grant through the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

(3) The payment of EPWP participants is addressed in point 1 and point 2 of this response.

(a) The monitoring of compliance by public bodies paying EPWP participants during the lockdown period has been developed and onc it would be institutionalised and public bodies informed through, a circular, on how to report this information in the EPWP Reporting System.

(b) (i) and (ii) The EPWP Ministerial Determination, section 13, places the responsibility of payments to EPWP participants on the employers. Section 12 and 13 of the EPWP Ministerial Determination further stipulates that all employers must keep a record of all payments made to workers. Thus, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), as the coordinator of the EPWP, is not mandated nor empowered to take any measures against companies or public body (employer) that have not paid their EPWP employees during the lockdown.

(c) The EPWP Ministerial Determination is sub-regulation to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997. The enforcement of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 and its sub-regulation is the mandate of the Department of Employment and Labour.

08 June 2020 - NW1048

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

Whether an assessment has been done by her department on the state of the fence along the South Africa-Zimbabwe border; if not, (a) on what date is it envisaged that an assessment will be undertaken and (b) is there an overall strategic plan by her department to deal with the repair, maintenance and construction of border fences in totality; if so, what (i) is the overall condition of the fence, (ii) are the particular hotspot areas that require immediate attention and (iii) is the total budget allocation for the repair to border fences in the 2020-21 financial year?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) Yes, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me that an assessment was done for the +700km borderline fencing and patrol roads as part of town planning/ site clearance process for the integrated reconstruction of borderline fencing and patrol roads along the South Africa-Zimbabwe borderline.

b) Historically, the function to repair, maintain and construct border fences has been undertaken by various Government stakeholders which resulted in a fragmented planning for borderline fencing based on border incursion at the time A comprehensive approach to the entire border fencing scenario for South Africa is currently being informed as a priority by conducting a Site Assessment and Clearance, which will support feasibilities and the overall strategic plan to deal with the repair, maintenance and construction of borderline fences in totality.

(i) Based on the condition assessments undertaken during the site clearance processes, the overall condition of the borderline fences is considered poor and porous.

(ii) Yes, according to the assessment mentioned above done there are hotspot areas that require maintenance and replacement of fencing where there are illegal crossings. From historical reports, the other areas of concern have been agricultural fences around portions of Lesotho (to stem livestock theft) as well as a portion of the northern border with Zimbabwe, a part of the border between South Africa and Mozambique adjacent to the Kruger National Park as well as portions of border between SA and Swaziland (for illegal entry to South Africa).

(iii) The total budget allocation for the repair to border fences in the 2020-21 financial year is R 21 million.

08 June 2020 - NW1058

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

(1) Whether Netball South Africa (Netball SA) asked for a police clearance report on a certain person (name furnished) when it considered to reinstate the specified person; if not, why not; if so, was any legal opinions requested on the matter; (2) whether any psychological assessment was undertaken to evaluate the impact of the person’s possible return on the players; if so, what were the findings; (3) whether the person has been reappointed by Netball SA; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on whose recommendation was the person appointed and (b) in what capacity? NW1348E

Reply:

a) The Federation has indicated that it requires more time to retrieve the information due to the lockdown.

08 June 2020 - NW1043

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

Whether, given the disruption to the academic calendars for the years 2020 and 2021, her department has made any changes to the planned implementation of Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) in schools; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the further relevant details and (b) is the next phase and/or plan for the schools that were piloted for CSE?

Reply:

Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is implemented through the Life Skills and Life Orientation subjects. In light of the disruptions of the school calendar due to COVID-19, CSE implementation in the pilot schools will be revised according to the amended Annual Teaching Plan (ATP) after re-opening. .

08 June 2020 - NW992

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Sukers, Ms ME to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Given that the face of education is changing and that the perception exists that her department approaches education as a one-size-fits-all, which largely undermines alternative educational approaches such as cottage schools and/or independent tutor centres that may prove to be more flexible in meeting the current educational crisis, how is her department willing to engage with the specified alternative education providers and render its assistance to them; (2) whether the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training is willing to offer the Quality Promotion meeting online and waive any fees, if fees are payable for the specified meeting?

Reply:

(1) The perception about the so-called “one-size-fits-all” approach to education that is alleged to be used by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) may have to have its merit put under scrutiny and be engaged on further. The DBE remains committed to engaging with whosoever displays a potential to contribute meaningfully in the quest for quality basic education provisioning in the country.

(2) The Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training is an autonomous entity and any intentions of engaging with it may have to be addressed directly to it.

08 June 2020 - NW1053

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

By what date will Netball South Africa table its financial statements with the Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture?

Reply:

a) The Federation presents information including the financial statements upon invitation by the Portfolio Committee on Sport, Arts and Culture

08 June 2020 - NW1049

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether, in light of the fact that the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has endured several leadership and management scandals, and that a survey of most sports organisations allegedly shows negative sentiments towards SASCOC (details furnished), he has found that SASCOC is fulfilling the function it was set out to do; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The problems encountered by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee have been well documented with the solutions clearly articulated in the Zulman Committee of Enquiry Report.

It is evident that the effectiveness and efficiency of the SASCOC has consequently been adversely affected by the administrative lapses articulated in the report. A view which has been held by the Ministry upon acceptance of the Zulman Committee of Enquiry Report.

It is on this basis that the Department has invested its efforts in working with SASCOC with a view of turning around the fortunes of the organisation in order to set it on a sound administrative position geared towards effective delivery of its mandate and betterment of South African high performance sport and sport in general.

Whilst progress has been made in terms of the implementation of critical reforms within SASCOC due cognisance is given to the fact that the most critical milestone of the Quadrennial General Meeting is still outstanding. It is the Department’s conviction that this would usher in an era of stability for the organisation.

08 June 2020 - NW1050

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether, in light of the fact that the National Olympic Committee of South Africa (NOCSA) was a better organisation assisting the federations that needed representation at the International Olympic Committee, his department intends to (a) revive (i) NOCSA, (ii) NOCSA Able Bodies and (iii) NOCSA Disabled Bodies to accommodate smaller sporting codes, while allowing soccer, rugby and cricket, which are affiliated to International Federation of Association Football , World Rugby and the International Cricket Council respectively to manage themselves and (b) only deal with Commonwealth and Africa Games; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) Whether, with regard to the R70 million that NOCSA had in the bank when it was changed to SASCOC (details furnished), he intends to institute a forensic audit into how the money was spent; if not, why not; if so, (a) by what date and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

1 (a) Prompted by what was perceived to be poor performance of the South African Team at the 2000 Olympic Games, the then Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Ngconde Balfour convened a session of Stakeholders on 27th of November 2000. The result of this session was the appointment of the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) which was charged with the responsibility of investigating High Performance Sport in South Africa, identifying shortcomings in the system and formulate possible interventions. The outcome of this process saw the dissolution of the South African Sports Commission, Disability Sport South Africa, United School Sport Association of South Africa and the National Olympic Committee of South Africa to create the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee. This with the fundamental rationale of streamlining the sport structures in South Africa.

(b) In November 2011 the entire sport and recreation fraternity converged in Midrand to review the sport landscape and its pillars. This process resulted in the affirmation of the existing sport structures. The sector emerged with the National Sport and Recreation Plan which has guided sport and recreation development in the country thus far.

(c) It therefore follows that empirical evidence and a well thought out process would guide future review of the institutional and structural arrangement in sport with the sole purpose of optimizing administrative effectiveness and efficiency in order to promote performance of athletes and teams.

2) The Ministry has not been presented with any information and or tangible evidence relating to the use of R70,000,000 that NOCSA had in the bank account when changed to SASCOC that warrants an investigation including forensic audit.

08 June 2020 - NW1051

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

(1)In what capacity was a certain person (name furnished) serving in Netball South Africa (Netball SA) in 2013; (2) whether the person was working with young girls at Netball SA; if so, (a) what age group was the person working with, (b) what complaints were brought against the person and (c) on what allegations was the person suspended and/or fired by the previous President of Netball SA; (3) (a)(i) on what basis and (ii) on whose suggestion did Netball SA want the person back, (b)(i) did anyone within Netball SA appeal against the suggestion and (ii) why and (c) on what date did discussions to bring the person back start? NW1341E

Reply:

The Federation has indicated that it requires more time to retrieve the information due to the lockdown.