Questions and Replies

04 March 2015 - NW45

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

(1) Whether primary schools in the Eastern Cape have had one of their assigned posts allocated for a teacher of an African language and for isixhosa, in particular; if so, does this post assignment apply to all primary schools in the province; (2) whether these appointees will be responsible for the teaching of an African language as part of the Incremental Introduction of African Languages (IIAL) programme: if not, why are schools required to appoint an isiXhosa teacher; if so, why is it necessary to appoint a full-time educator at this stage in the implementation of IIAL; (3) why these posts have not been allocated in addition to the number of posts that would ordinarily have been required at affected primary schools; (4) whether the llAL programme will operate as planned in the 2015 academic year; if not, (a) why not and (b) what are the detailed plans for the programme; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) Whether primary schools in the Eastern Cape have had one of their assigned posts allocated for a teacher of an African language and for isiXhosa, in particular; if so, does this post assignment apply to all primary schools in the province;

The introduction of IsiXhosa in Grades 1 and 8 in 201 5 in the Eastern Cape is a provincial initiative which complements the national HAL programme. The posts are only allocated to schools that are currently not offering an African Language or isixhosa, that is, mainly the former Model C schools. The number of posts to be allocated is determined in terms of the post provisioning process. Affected schools are allocated an additional post(s) from the pool of ad-hoc posts, determined as part of the total post basket of the province.

27 February 2015 - NW165

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Mr S Mokgalapa (DA) to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

(1) With reference to the reply of the Minister of Communications to question 1031 on 27 November 2014, what was the total amount that (a) her department and (b) each of its entities (i) spent on and/or (ii) budgeted for advertising for each month between 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, excluding expenditure transferred through the Department of Communications for advertising; (2) does such figure for each month represent the (a) total value of advertising that appeared in the media in that month, (b) amount paid in that month for advertising that may have appeared previously or (c) amount paid in advance for advertising that appeared at a later date; (3) in each specified case, what amount did (a) her department and (b) each of its entities spend on advertising in (i) print, (ii) radio, (iii) television, (iv) online and (v) outdoor; (4) in each specified case, what is the breakdown of advertising by (a) her department and (b) each of its entities in terms of (i) name of and (ii) amount spent on each (aa) publication, (bb) radio station, (cc) television station, (dd) website and (ee) billboards location in each province?

Reply:

The Department of Women is a new department which has just been established. It is for this reason that the question is not applicable to it.

 

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Date: 26/02/2015.

27 February 2015 - NW223

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Ntobongwana, Ms P to ask the Minister of Women in The Presidency:

Why does her office not have accurate and comprehensive data on gender-based violence that reveals the extent and magnitude of the problem while it could assist to reduce such violence against women in society?

Reply:

The Department of Women is still in the process of establishing its own systems and processes that will enable it to gather, capture, store and use such data as one of the tools to curb violence against women in our society.

 

 

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Date: 24/02/2015

25 February 2015 - NW47

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

(1) Which schools in Malamulele? Limpopo, were prevented from opening for the 201 5 academic year as a result of protests; (2) In each school, what is the number of affected learners in each grade; (3) in each school, what measures will be taken to ensure that all learners who have not attended schools since the beginning of January 2015 will be provided with an opportunity to attend a catch-up programme, and (b) when will she start taking these measures: (4) When will the catch-up programmes begin? ( 5 ) What measures will be taken to prevent protestors from closing schools in Malamulele in the future?

Reply:

(1) Which schools in Malamulele, Limpopo, were prevented from opening for the 2015 academic year as a result of protests;

Approximately 149 schools were prevented from opening for the 201 5 academic year. A list ofthe affected schools is attached. The impasse at Malamulele has, however, now been resolved. Schools in the area have opened for the first time in 201 5 allowing for learning and teaching to commence in the hundred and forty nine (149) schools that were affected.

(2) In each school, what is the number of affected learners in each grade?

A list of schools and the number of learners that were affected per grade is captured in the table attached. The information on learners is however based on 2014 statistics as the schools have only just reopened and statistics for 2015 are currently being verified.

(3) in each school, what measures will be taken to ensure that all learners who have not attended schools since the beginning of January 2015 will be provided with an opportunity to attend a catch-up programme, and (b) when will she start taking these measures;

The Provincial Department of Education has developed a catch up plan to make up for lost time.

(4) When will the catch-up programmes begin?

The commencement date for the Catch-up Programme is not yet finalised.

(5) What measures will be taken to prevent protestors from closing schools in Malamulele in the future? NW48E

The Department of Basic Education will continue to work with School Governing Bodies and communities to ensure that all schools are protected at all times. The situation in Malamulele is however unique in that the community is at the centre of the activities that pose a threat to schooling and schools.

25 February 2015 - NW7

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

( I ) Whether, in view of the public controversy surrounding a certain person (name furnished) arising from the finding of the Public Protector that the said person had not been truthful about having matriculated and notwithstanding the kind of role model such a person may project, she proceeded to invite the person to speak to successful matriculants at the launch of the 2014 matriculation results; if not. what is the position in this regard, if so, (a) how and why did she arrive at the decision to invite the said person and (b) what is her position with regard to the person's statement to the matriculants at the launch that there are certificated people and educated people in the world; (2) whether it is her position that matric certification is unnecessary to one's education and should therefore not be striven for?

Reply:

(a) The SABC owns the venue that was used for the announcement of the NSC 2014 results. The SABC, as a host organisation, therefore determines who represents the SABC at the event.

(b) The statement, in this particular instance, is taken out of context and therefore the Minister has no position on it.

(2) The National Senior Certificate is the most important qualification in the schooling sector and the Department of Basic Education is the custodian of this qualification and therefore the question posed in this case is irrelevant.

25 February 2015 - NW60

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Boshoff, Ms H to ask the Minister of Basic Education

When will her department conduct an inspection at the Dowerglen High School in order to determine whether any learners qualify to participate in the school feeding scheme? NW62E

Reply:

In terms of the National School Nutrition Programme Conditional Grant Framework in the Division of Revenue Act (DORA), the Department has a mandate to provide meals to all learners in quintile I to 3 primary and secondary schools, as well as identified special schools in line with the specified budget allocated by National Treasury. Dowerglen High School is a quintile 5 school and currently falls outside the mandate of the NSNP.

25 February 2015 - NW58

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) How many learners attending schools in the Edenvale area were caught (a) in possession of drugs and (b) dealing in drugs in the (i) 2012 and (ii) 2013 academic years; (2) at which schools did the above learners attend; (3) what were the consequences for the learner in each case? (2) at which schools did the above learners attend; (3) what were the consequences for the learner in each case?

Reply:

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has entered into a Collaborative Partnership Protocol with the South African Police Service (SAPS) in 2011. The Protocol is an acknowledgement that safety is a shared responsibility between both the Departments. Officials from both Departments have committed themselves to promote the safety of everyone at school and to combat school violence as captured in the delivery agreement of both Ministries. Action Plan 2019 (Goal 10) is also enhanced through this partnership as it ensures that children remain effectively in schools until they turn 15 years old. One of the commitments of the Partnership Protocol is to prevent and manage alcohol and drug use amongst learners in schools.

1. According to information received from SAPS two learners were arrested (a) for the possession of illegal drugs (b) and none for dealing in illegal substances (i) during 2012 and (ii) 2013 academic years.

2. The two learners were from Edenglen High School and Don Materra Child and Youth Care Centre.

3. Both learners were arrested for possession of illegal drugs and both cases were withdrawn at Court. The learner from Edenglen High School was suspended and the learner from Don Materra Child and Youth Care Centre was transferred to another institution.

25 February 2015 - NW57

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(a) What are the reasons that the Dowerglen High School situated in Edenvale, Gauteng, receives an inadequate budget from the department given that all the learners are from disadvantaged communities and (b) when will this issue be rectified?

Reply:

(a) Dowerglen High School is a fee-charging school ranked in quintile 5 with an enrolment of 422. The school has been ranked by the Gauteng Department of Education according to the relative poverty of the community surrounding the school. The school received an allocation of R530 per learner for 2014/15. This allocation was above the national 2014 quintile 5 per learner benchmark of R183. The total allocation paid to the school for 2014/15 is R223.660.

The school can apply to the Gauteng Department of Education to be re-ranked, or to be voluntarily declared a no-fee school in order for their allocation to be more than what they are receiving now.

12 December 2014 - NW2799

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Filtane, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration:

How does he intend to mitigate against possible labour unrest resultant from non-approval of probations and payment of pay progression?

Reply:

To date nothing has been brought the attention of the department about possible industrial action as a result of non-approval of probations and payment of pay progression. However, if there are disputes emanating from the violation of some of the clauses in the conditions of service of employees, there are processes to be followed, which will enable for such issues to be resolved.

12 December 2014 - NW2163

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1) Have the revised proposals for the disciplinary code and regulations been submitted to the Public Service Bargaining Council; if not, why not; if so, (a) when was it submitted and (b) when can a decision on this matter be expected; (2) is he confident that a revised code will improve the turnaround time and serious backlogs currently experienced with disciplinary cases in the public service; if not, why not; if so, when will such an improvement be reflected in the statistics of the public service? NW2614E

Reply:

(1) (a)(b) Yes, the revised disciplinary code and procedure has been tabled for negotiation at the Public Service Bargaining Council during the negotiation, a decision on this matter can be expected when the negotiation is concluded.

(2) Yes, we are confident that the revised code will improve the turnaround time for concluding disciplinary cases in the public service, improvement will be reflected when the revised disciplinary code is fully implemented.

12 December 2014 - NW2937

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

(1) What are the names of the schools that were gazetted for closure in the relevant provincial gazette, as required by Section 33( I) of the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996, in each province, in the (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 financial years; (2) what are the names of the schools that have been deemed closed through learners moving to alternative schools in each province, in the (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 financial years; (3) what are the names of the schools that have merged in each province, in the (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 financial years? NW3581E

Reply:

The above questions are addressed in the annexure provided as the response is composed of extensive lists of schools as requested by the parliamentary query.

Attached find here: Annexure A

12 December 2014 - NW2464

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour:

How many work days has her department lost to (a) sick leave and (b) strike action in the (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years?

Reply:

Sick leave

(a)(i) 2011-12 = 56 165.5 days

(a)(ii) 2012-13 = 49 790 days

(a)(iii) 2013-14 = 71 094 days


Strike action

(b)(i)

(b)(ii)

(b)(iii)


2011-12 = 6 working days

2012-13 = 0 working days

2013-14 = 0 working days

11 December 2014 - NW2460

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources:

How many work days has his department lost to (a) sick leave and (b) strike action in the (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and (iii) 2013-14 financial years?

Reply:

(a) The Department captured (lost) the following number of sick leave days in the years as indicated below:

(i) 15 767 in 2011/2012 financial year.

(ii) 15 646 in 2012/2013 financial year.

(iii) 21 214 in 2013/2014 financial year.


(b) The Department was not affected by any strike action during the periods indicated above.

 

 

Adv N.A Ramatlhodi
Minister of Mineral Resources
Date Submitted:· .. ........ .. .. ./. ................ ./2014

11 December 2014 - NW2653

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

Whether the recommendations made in the Ministerial Committee on Rural Education Report of 2005 were implemented; if not, (a) why not and (b) which recommendations were not implemented; if so, what are the relevant details? NW3298E

Reply:

Yes, all the key recommendations made in the Ministerial Committee on Rural Education Report of 2005 have been implemented through the various programmes that the Department is rolling out in all provinces.

11 December 2014 - NW2754

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) How many investigations by the Special Investigating Unit into the SA Police Service (i) were (aa) undertaken and (bb) completed in the (aaa) 2012-13 and (bbb) 2013-14 financial years and (ii)(aa) are currently underway and (bb) have been completed since 1 April 2014 and (b) what was the outcome of each completed investigation in each specified financial year? NW3404E

Reply:

(a)(i)(aa) The SIU conducted one investigation into the South African Police Service (SAPS). Although two Proclamations (R42 of 2010 and R73 of 2010) were issued by the President in respect of the SAPS, . Proclamation R73 of 2010 simply extended the period of investigation that had been set out in the initial Proclamation. The matters that the SIU was required to investigate were as follows:

alleged procurement irregularities relating to:
• procurement of a new two-way radio communication network for the Eastern Cape Province (Tetra);

• National Police Day 2009/10 and 2010/11:

• procurement of police uniforms;

• procurement of lntenda Procure Solutions; and
• procurement of solar panels (Boschkop Police Station)

- devolution of functional responsibilities from DPW to SAPS
-building and/or renovations of 33 Police Stations conflicts of interest

Re: (a)(i)(bb) and (a)(ii) The investigation relating to the SAPS has been finalised and the SIU is in the process of compiling the Report to be submitted to the President.

(b) The outcomes are as follows
• criminal referral letters were sent in respect of 16 persons
• disciplinary referral letters were sent in respect of 116 SAPS members
• an acknowledgement of debt to the value of R496 000 was obtained
• In respect of the Eastern Cape Tetra contract, the SIU is considering approaching the High Court for an order cancelling the contract and recommending criminal and disciplinary action against certain SAPS officials.
 

11 December 2014 - NW2659

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) Whether she supports the proposed twinning of schools in Gauteng: if not, why not; if so, what rationale underpins this support;(2) whether she is satisfied that the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996. (SASA) adequately provides for the twinning project; if not, why not; if so, what legal provisions of SASA does she rely on to allow her confidence in the legitimacy of the project;(3) whether she intends to expand the twinning project to other provinces; if so, what are the relevant details;(4) whether the development of social cohesion has been identities as a core function of her department and the nine provincial departments of education; if so. What has led to this position? (2) whether she is satisfied that the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996. (SASA) adequately provides for the twinning project; if not, why not; if so, what legal provisions of SASA does she rely on to allow her confidence in the legitimacy of the project; (3) whether she intends to expand the twinning project to other provinces; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether the development of social cohesion has been identities as a core function of her department and the nine provincial departments of education; if so. What has led to this position? NW3304E

Reply:

I) I support the principle behind the twinning of schools. The rationale behind the twinning is that it is the quickest way of addressing the inequalities that exist in the sector in terms of resources and skills transfer of principals, teachers and school governors.

2) Section 588 (4)and (5) provide the Head of Department (HOD) with wide powers to deal with underperforming schools. Section 58(4) specifically provides that the HOD must take all reasonable steps to assist a school indentified in terms of subsection ( I) in addressing the underperformance. Section 58(5), although indicating which specific steps the Head of Department must consider. does not limit the steps that the HOD can take to remedy the underperfom1ance at a school. Twinning of a school is one of the options that could be considered.

3) The twinning project is at the moment still a Gauteng initiative. The Council of Education Ministers and I have not yet explored its possibilities. It is an initiative that requires research, massive stakeholder consultation and review of legislation before considering it as a possibility.

4) Yes, social cohesion. although not a core function of the department, is part of the department's delivery of Outcome 14 in the MTSF (2014-2019). It is promoted by the department through Curriculum. Teacher Development and Care and Support Branches.

Why? Schools are increasingly being recognized as a key contributor to promoting national unity and solidarity among the different social groups in a country. Given the legacy of apartheid and the high prevalence of social problems challenging our current democratic state, schooling can contribute to achieving cohesive communities that are more effective in supporting education, and achieving social and economic goals. The NDP tasks schools to promote social cohesion, constitutional values, active citizenry and appreciation of diversity.

11 December 2014 - NW2998

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration:

Whether, with regard to the implementation of the Use of Official Language Policy Act, Act 12 of 2012 and since the reply of the Minister of Arts and Culture to question 990 on 6 June 2013, his department implemented the Act; if not, when will the Act be implemented; if so, which languages have been adopted as official languages of his department?

Reply:

The Department is in the process of putting together a policy framework to enable effective implementation of the Use of Official Language Policy Act within the Department. It is envisaged that the policy will be adopted and implemented at the beginning of 2015

11 December 2014 - NW2582

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

Whether she has ascertained through departmental inspections and any other means that (a) all schools had separate toilets for boys and girls, (b) all school toilets were clean. hygienic and functioning at all times, (c) all schools provided information in close proximity to toilets on how and why hands had to be thoroughly washed and dried as an essential habit to be acquired for good health. (d) all schools provided sanitary pads for girls and (e) all schools provided separate bins for the disposal of used sanitary pads; if not, why not: if so. what are the details of her enquiry into the matter of school toilets? NW3219E

Reply:

(a) The provision of sanitation facilities in the education sector is separated into male and female facilities. furthermore the Regulations Relating to Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for public School infrastructure provide guidance for the separation of these facilities based on the enrolment range per gender and the number of sanitary fixtures required to respond to the enrolment range, this addresses aspects on the number of boys & girls in a school against the number of toilets. basins. boys urinals. Grade R toilets and Unisex toilets catering for persons with disabilities.

(b) Yes. Not all toilets are clean, hygienic and functional at all times. Some areas use the pit system which is not easy to maintain. Another challenge that renders school toilets not functional at all times is the lack of water supply to schools. In some cases, the toilets are old, unrepaired and sewerage systems not being regularly serviced by local municipalities.

(c) Yes. during monitoring, one of the areas observed is whether learners practice hand washing before meals. Posters on hand washing and general hygiene which were developed and distributed to schools are often observed on display to be integrated in Life Orientation by educators. Nutrition Education is a key pillar of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP).

(d) Schools are not obliged to provide sanitary pads for girls. There are programmes with external partners that provide sanitary pads and reproductive health programmes to selected disadvantaged schools.

(e) The Department does not have the details on the provision of bins to dispose of sanitary pads in schools.

11 December 2014 - NW2867

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Boshoff, Ms H to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

(1) (a) With reference to the Emakhazeni boarding school in Machadodorp in Mpumalanga, what was the total cost for the building of this school and boarding facilities. (b) how many learners will be accommodated in the school, (c) which grades will be catered for, (d) why is this school still not functional, (e) what are the relevant details of the infrastructure delays the school has experienced. (f) when will the school (i) be fully functional and (ii) begin a full academic programme and (g) how many farm or rural schools are planned to be closed down with the opening of this school: (2) (a) what are the relevant details of any interviews for teacher placements and support staff that have taken place, (b) how many teachers and support staff will be accommodated at this school and (c) where will the teachers be accommodated; (3) will the school be designated as a no-fee school; (4) will the (a) school or (b) department facilitate transport to meetings for Student Government Board members who reside far from the school; (5) has the necessary interaction taken place with the Department of Roads and Transport to ensure that learners will have access to transport to return home during weekends and holidays and back again? NW3509E

Reply:

Attached find here: Response

11 December 2014 - NW2325

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether the Government’s (a) processes and (b) procedures were now in place to ensure that any state employee who (i) was dismissed from service on account of any impropriety or (ii) resigned to avoid being subjected to disciplinary proceedings had his or her details entered in an up-to-date register to preclude such a person from ever being employed within the public service again; if not, why not; if so, how was a certain person (name furnished) appointed as chief financial officer of a public entity (name furnished) after being suspended from a certain government department (name furnished)? NW2908E

Reply:

(a)(b) Government is in a process of revising the Public Service Disciplinary Code and Procedure and also Chapter 7 of the SMS Handbook. This Disciplinary Code and Procedure has been tabled for negotiations at the Bargaining Council, (i)(ii) the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) working with the National Treasury will ensure that the PERSAL system respond to this kind of a need to ensure that public servants who commit acts of misconduct are precluded from entering the public service, including state institutions.

11 December 2014 - NW2870

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

(1) With reference to her reply to question 958 on 18 September 2014, what are the steps in the process of planning to ensure that a sufficient number of Grade R practitioners obtain accredited qualifications in order to satisfy future demands; (2) what exactly she meant. with regard to her reply to paragraph (3) of question 958 that "Since Grade R has been identified as national priority 1 00% coverage of Grade R will be funded through the national fiscus"? NW3513E

Reply:

(I) The Department of Basic Education has developed a comprehensive plan aimed at guiding the Provincial Education Departments on the Upgrading of Grade R practitioners. The plan clearly indicates options available for practitioners in different NQF levels and provides the admission requirement for each option.

PEDs have since identified practitioners and their qualification levels. From a total of 15 000 practitioners that are under-qualified, the DBE has set a target of 5 000 new practitioners per year to be supported to complete a qualification (either a BEd Foundation Phase or Diploma in grade R teaching). Currently. 3 400 (68%) practitioners have been enrolled in institutions to complete either the BEd or Diploma in Grade R teaching.

To increase the capacity of HEIs to offer the Diploma in Grade R teaching. The DBE has approached HE!s in each province the Provincial Teacher Education and Development Committees to offer the diploma. UNlSA, University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria are in the process of developing this qualification. Currently. only four (4) institutions offer this qualification namely North West University, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, SANTS and Lyceum.

(2) The source of funding the expansion of Grade R has historically been the national fiscus and will continue to be so going forward. This funding is included in the equitable share transfers to provinces. Provinces are expected to, amongst others; prioritize the expansion of Grade R \Vi thin their provincial education budgets.

11 December 2014 - NW2764

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services:

(1) Whether he received an invitation to the wedding of Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia; if so, (2) Whether he attended any of the wedding festivities between 30 April and 3 May 2013; if so, (3) Whether he stayed overnight at the venue; if so, (a) what accommodation did he use, (b) who paid for the said accommodation, (c) what mode of transport did he use to attend the wedding festivities and (d) who paid for the travel costs? NW3416E

Reply:

 

(1) No.

(2) No.

(3) (a)- (d) falls away.

 

11 December 2014 - NW3008

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, with regard to the implementation of the Use official Language Policy Act, Act 12 of 2012 and since the reply of the Minister of Arts and Culture to question 990 on 6 June 2013, her department implemented the Act; if not, when will the Act be implemented; if so, which languages have been adopted as official languages of her department? NW3652E

Reply:

The Act is not yet implemented

The Department of Arts and Culture has extended the date of implementation to 2 May 2015.

The Act will probably be implemented on the above date.

11 December 2014 - NW2765

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration:

(1) Whether he received an invitation to the wedding of Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia; if so, (2) whether he attended any of the wedding festivities between 30 April and 3 May 2013; if so, (3) whether he stayed overnight at the venue; if so, (a) what accommodation did he use, (b) who paid for the said accommodation, (c) what mode of transport did he use to attend the wedding festivities and (d) who paid for the travel costs?

Reply:

(1) Yes. Members of the Executive usually receive invitations from individuals and institutions, invited in their private capacity or official capacity. Weddings are generally private.

(2) No.

(3) Falls away.

09 December 2014 - NW2962

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Robinson, Ms D to ask the Minister of Women in The Presidency:

Whether she intends to pay bonuses to staff in her department; if, (a) what criteria has been used to award bonuses, (b) how many members will be receiving bonuses,(c) what total amount will be spent on staff bonuses and (d) was this amount budgeted? NW3607E

Reply:

Chapter 4, clause 15.3 of the SMS Handbook guides the awarding of bonuses to SMS members while the DPSA Employee Performance Management and Development System Framework (for levels 12 and below) guides the awarding of bonuses to levels 12 and below. In terms of clause 9.5 of this framework, departments must not spend more than 1.5% of their remuneration budget for bonuses.

The information requested will be available in Annual Reports once these are tabled in Parliament.


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09 December 2014 - NW2672

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport:

(a) How is her department involved in the feasibility study on the expansion of the Gautrain, (b) what is the progress of the feasibility study to date and (c) when will this feasibility study be completed?

Reply:

(a) The Department is represented on the Gauteng Provincial Integrated Transport Planning Steering Committee established by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport as well as the Project Steering Committee dealing with the detailed feasibility studies related to the expansion of the Gauteng rail network.

(b) The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport approved the 25 year Gauteng Integrated Transport Master Plan (ITMP25) which, based on pre-feasibility studies, identified possible rail extension to the Gauteng rail network. The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is undertaking feasibility studies in terms of National Treasury's Public Private Partnership regulations and has appointed Transaction Advisors in October 2014.

(c) The feasibility is scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2015.

09 December 2014 - NW2384

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Women in The Presidency:

(1) what are the details of the programmes that she will implement in the 2014-15 financial year to ensure that women are empowered economically; (2) what are the relevant targets and indicators?

Reply:

 (1) The department plays an oversight role and does not implement programs. However we will work closely with other government departments, agencies and the private sector to promote women's socio-economic empowerment in the country.

(2) Not applicable.

09 December 2014 - NW2670

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport:

With reference to her department's replies to question 480 on 25 July 2014 and question 1130 on 17 September 2014, has the report on the Gautrain tunnel water leakage been completed as indicated, if so, what (a) are the solutions listed in this report and (b) steps are being implemented as result of the specified report? nw3315e

Reply:

(a) The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has received a report titled Tunnel Remedial Works (Principles) from the Bombela Concession Company. The report sets out a preliminary proposal that the section of tunnel be lined with waterproof membrane. This concept consists in a double water-barrier system made of a waterproofing membrane over the full periphery of the tunnel liner and a concrete liner, with water-stops at construction joints.

(b) The specific details for the waterproofing is not yet available, however, Bombela has indicated that the operations plan and preliminary designs of the waterproofing will be ready by the end of November 2014. The detailed construction plans are likely to be ready by the end of March 2015.

09 December 2014 - NW1985

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Transport:

Why are there delays in the issuing of licenses by the SA Maritime Safety Authority?

Reply:

As far as we know there are no unnecessary delays in issuing of licenses and certificates. In this instance, clarity is requested as to which specific license is being referred to herein.

03 December 2014 - NW2376

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

Whether, with regard to her reply to question 1572 on 10 October 2014, her department has subsequently been furnished with the relevant infom1ation? NW2968E

Reply:

Yes, the Gauteng Education Depa11ment has furnished the Minister's office with the relevant information. (See attached).

02 December 2014 - NW2741

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Did (a) his department and/or (b) any entities reporting to it owe money to any Gauteng municipalities at the end of the 2013-14 financial year; if so, in respect of each specified municipality (i) what is the name of the municipality, (ii) what was the total amount owed, (iii) what was the nature of the debt, (iv) for how long has the debt been outstanding and (v) what plans are in place to recover the debt owed to the municipality by (aa) his department and/or (bb} any entities reporting to it?

Reply:

 

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

a)Dept.

No

Falls away

b)Entities

Council for Geoscience
(CGS) No.

Falls away

 

MINTEK Yes.

City of Johannesburg
-

R2 181 508.72

Rates & Taxes and electricity consumption

Less than 30 days.

The outstanding amount has already been paid

 

State Diamond Trade (SDT), No

Falls Away

 

South African Diamonds and Precious Metals Regulator (SADPMR), No.

Falls Away

 

Mine Health and Safety Council {MHSC), No.

Falls Away

Adv. NA Ramatlhodi
Minister of Mineral Resources
Date Submitted:-........./........./2014

01 December 2014 - NW2591

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of State Security:

What amount has his department spent on promotional magazines in the (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 financial years?

Reply:

The State Security Agency (SSA) did not spend any amount on promotional magazines for the period under review.

01 December 2014 - NW2377

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

With reference to her reply to question 1966 on 24 October 20 14, (a) what steps does she intend to take to ensure that Con Amore School adheres to the norms and standards for the distribution of teaching posts to schools and (b) by \\hat date will this be done?

Reply:

(a) The Post Provisioning process involves the declaration of a basket of posts by the MEC for the province. The posts are distributed by the Provincial Department of Education using the Post Provisioning model and tool. It must be noted that given the distributive nature of post provisioning the ideal class size cannot ah\a)S be achieved in all schools and classes.

The Learners at Con Amore School were correctly weighted as prescribed in the Norms and Standards for Post provisioning. The allocation for Con Amore School is captured the table below.

 

District

Emis

Name

Post Establishment 2014

Post Establishment 2015

     

Lle 2013

PL11

HOD

DEPUTY

PRINCIPAL

TOTAL
2014

Lle 2014

PL11

HOD

DEPUTY

PRINCIPAL

TOTAL
2015

EN

260075

CON AMRESKOOL/SCHOOL

314

18

7

2

1

28

324

18

8

2

1

29

This school will be gaining I post in 2015. No further steps need to be taken as the school has been informed as to their new post establishment for 2015. It is now the responsibility of the Principal to utilize allocated personnel effectively.

(b) The new post establishment for 2015 has been issued to the school with the effective date of I January 2015. The responsibility now lies with the Principal of the school to utilize the allocated personnel correctly.

28 November 2014 - NW1926

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Greyling, Mr LW to ask the Minister of Energy

(1) With reference to the reply to question 3125 on 11 December 2013 in respect of the (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 financial years, (i) when has (aa) she and (bb) the former Minister of Energy visited the Russian Federation and (ii) in respect of each visit, which (aa) persons, (bb) businesses and/or (cc) organisations accompanied them, (iii) what meetings were held during these visits and (iv) what was discussed during each of these meetings; (2) (a) what was the total cost of each visit, (b) what is the detailed breakdown of the costs involved and (c) who paid for each item respectively?

03 November 2014 - NW1838

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

(1) What were the legal costs incurred by each (a) local, (b) district and (c) metropolitan municipality in the (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and (iii) 2013-14 financial years

Reply:

(1) The detailed report on legal costs expenditure is attached to this parliamentary question. Legal costs incurred by municipalities per each province for financial years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 is as follows:

Attached find here: Legal costs incurred by municipalities per each province for financial years

30 October 2014 - NW1954

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Did she stay at Sun City Hotel in the North West during the Gupta wedding; if so, (a) who paid for the accommodation and (b) what was the cost?

Reply:

Not applicable.


 

Approved by the Minister on
Date: 28/10/2014