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23 February 2016 - NW168

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether any incidences of negligent discharge of firearms by the National Traffic Police Unit occurred in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (i) investigations were undertaken respectively and (ii) disciplinary steps were taken in each instance; (2) whether all staff members of the National Traffic Police Unit have undergone business competency tests in accordance with the Firearms Control Act, Act 60 of 2000; if not, (a) why not and (b) how many staff members of each specified unit did not undergo business competency tests; if so, (i) how many of the staff members of the specified units undergone business competency tests in accordance with the specified Act and (ii) what were the results of all staff business competency tests undertaken in each instance?

Reply:

  1.  

Year

  1. (b) & (c)
  1. Incident
  1. Investigation Status
  1. Disciplinary steps

(a)2012/13

Officer accidentally discharged a fire arm in his room at the lodge in Colesburg while on deployment.

The case was reported to SAPS, they took the fire arm and it was handed over to Superintendent after 5 months.

The case was dismissed.

There was no internal disciplinary action taken.

(b)2013/14

No case reported

N/A

N/A

(c)2014/15

No case reported

N/A

N/A

     

2. All staff members of the National Traffic Police Unit have undergone business competency tests in accordance with the Firearms Control Act; 2000 (Act No.60 of 2000). In addition members also do maintenance shooting once a year to continue qualifying to possess their official firearms.

22 February 2016 - NW166

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) How long after the arrival of a vehicle into South Africa from abroad does a person have to register such a vehicle locally and (b) what are the penalties if a specified person does not comply with the timeframe to register a vehicle from abroad and continues to drive the specified vehicle on the roads of the Republic?

Reply:

(a).

Regulation 7 of the National Road Traffic Act; 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996) states:

“liability for the registration of a motor vehicle shall arise -in the case of a motor vehicle to be registered for the first time in the Republic - if the motor vehicle was acquired outside the Republic, on the date on which such motor vehicle is brought into the Republic or on the date on which such motor vehicle is cleared in terms of the customs and excise legislation, if applicable”.

(b).

The penalties in terms of operating a vehicle on a public road which is not registered and licenced varies from each magisterial area to the other

In addition, I recommend that the honourable member report to the relevant authorities an incident of this matter where he/she knows thereof.

22 February 2016 - NW9

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Mncwabe, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether he intends to intervene in the (a) crisis at Ethekwini Local Municipality where hundreds of bus drivers and other staff are not being paid timeously and (b) sale and purchase of the bus company at a great loss to the ratepayers?

Reply:

(a) The contracting authority responsible for the bus company concerned (ie. Durban Transport) is the Provincial Department of Transport in Kwazulu Natal. The contractual arrangement between Durban Transport and Ethekwini Municipality is that of an owner and a contractor whereas the Province is the employer. It is the responsibility of the contracting authority (Province) to ensure that the operator exercise the highest degree of diligence in the provision of services and operate the service strictly in accordance with the relevant provisions of the contract. This includes deciding whether the operator has breached or failed to comply with the terms of the contract and taking the necessary action to resolve such matters. The response below was therefore, sought from Ethekwini Municipality, who responded as follows:

A solution has been developed by the City and the operator to address these challenges, and it includes the following:

i. A ring-fenced bank account will be opened to ensure that all revenues due to the company are collected and protected; and that only legitimate business expenses are paid,

ii. An intervention team made up of City and Provincial officials, as well as financial management capacity from the private sector, has been put in place to provide oversight to the management of the bank account, and improve financial planning and management in the company,

iii. An independent adjudicator will be appointed to resolve all the claims and counter-claims between the City and the operator.

iv. As a medium to long-term solution, the City is in the process of finalizing an option for the provision of this service. Having complied with the requirements of Section 78 of the Municipal Systems Act, and resolved to utilize an external mechanism for service provision in the form of a municipal entity, the City is now addressing the requirements of Section 84 of the Municipal Finance Management Act. Officials in my Department will be meeting with City and Provincial transport officials in the third week of February to discuss this proposal by the City. After this meeting, a joint discussion between officials from the National Department, National Treasury, Provincial Treasury, Provincial Department of Transport, Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and the City will be convened to finalize government’s position on the City’s intention to set up a municipal entity.

(b) There is no intention by the City to buy the company. As indicated in (a) above, the City has resolved to establish a municipal entity to provide the service currently provided by Tansnat. The previous processes were all subjected to due diligence processes, to determine fair value.

22 February 2016 - NW3

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)How many road users have since 1 October 2015 purchased e-tags in each month for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP); (2) how many of the e-tage purchased since 1 October 2015 (a) still constitute an active account and (b) are no longer in use; (3) how many road users in each month since 1 October 2015 have made use of the GFIP main roads on which the e-tolling system has been installed; (4) what is the monthly amount collected since 1 October 2015 by the e-tolling system?

Reply:

(1) October 2015: 31 802

November 2015: 24 667

December 2015: 18 845

January 2016: 29 621

(2) (a) October 2015: 28 950

November 2015: 22 558

December 2015: 17 481

January 2016: 27 983

(b) October 2015: 2 852

November 2015: 2 109

December 2015: 1 364

January 2016: 1 638

(3) These numbers are not to be construed as accounts that have been de-activated. Non-active accounts, inter alia, include a change of vehicle ownership for that account unit. The number of individual vehicle license numbers (number plates) that were read for the respective months:

October 2015: 2 672 227

November 2015: 2 669 777

December 2015: 2 792 687

January 2016: 2 651 127

(4) The graph below provides the projected cash flow as well as actual received for the GFIP since toll commencement. Note that the green bars shows the actual collected for the month, whereas the orange bars shows the projected revenue for the month. The projections are revised whenever circumstances changed, in order to project a reasonable cash flow projection.

22 February 2016 - NW170

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Majola, Mr F to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What staff appointments were made by the Road Traffic Management Corporation in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) in each case, was the specified person appointed from the (i) public service and/or (ii) private sector?

Reply:

1) (a) (i) 2012- 2013

(b) (i) Names

Positions

Appointment date

Public/Private Sector

  1. Mr. Michael Mogorosi

Executive Manager: Finance

4 February 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Gift Mbanjwa

Unit Manager: Management Accounting

1 May 2012

Public

  1. Ms Gugulethu Mhlanga

Personal Assistant to the CFO

1 October 2012

Public

  1. Mr. Selebalo Phasha

Manager: Security Services

1 March 2013

Public

  1. Ms Tebogo Masha

Receptionist

1 December 2013

Private

  1. Ms Beauty Manyama

Assistant Auditor

16 April 2012

Private

  1. Ms Onkgopotse Sefanyetso

Accountant

1 September 2012

Private

  1. Mr Edzani Netshipale

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Mpho Netshituni

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

None

  1. Mr. Festus Negondeni

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Lester Sampson

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Private

  1. Ms Simone Burgess

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Percy Mulaudzi

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Khuthadzo Tshikovi

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

None

  1. Mr. Rudzani Muofhe

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Public

  1. Mr Edward Motaung

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Public

  1. Mr. Mmboneni Nenzhelele

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Balanganani Magatshava

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Public

  1. Mr. Vusi Mlojwa

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Private

  1. Ms Ntangadzeni Matibe

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Thihanedzwi Masiagwala

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Public

  1. Mr. Ndivhoniswani Muthamaro

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Public

  1. Ms Elsie Motloutsi

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Private

  1. Ms Fhumulani Nekhumbe

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

None

  1. Mr Hulisani Ratshiendana

Traffic Officer

1 February 2013

Private

  1. Ms Dikeledi Leshaba

Project Administrator

03 April 2012

Private

(ii) 2013 - 2014

Names

Positions

Appointment date

Public/Private

  1. Mr. Kevin Kara-Vala

IT Project Manager

1 August 2013

Public

  1. Advocate Makhosini Msibi

Chief Executive Officer

1 January 2014

Public

  1. Mr. Mphikeleli Jele

Specialist: Traffic Engineering

1 July 2013

Private

  1. Ms Liana Moolman

Senior Manager: Revenue

15 July 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Baatile Mathibe

Chief Information Officer

10 July 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Zakhele Nkabinde

Deputy Chief: NTP

1 August 2013

Public

  1. Mr. David Paul

Senior Manger: Law Enforcement

1 November 2013

Public

  1. Ms Maria Bekker

Senior Manager: Road Safety, Education & Campaigns

1 April 2013

Public

  1. Ms Gabaikanngwe Botha

Manager: Corporate Strategy & Reporting

1 October 2013

Public

  1. Mr. Jonathan Spogter

Manager: Management Accounting

1 June 2013

Public

  1. Ms Zukiswa Sapepa

Manager: Enforcement Standards

1 September 2013

Public

  1. Ms Nombuso Mlotshwa

Senior Application Developer

1 September 2013

Private

  1. Ms Pulane Thibakhoane

Manager: Enforcement Coordination

1 October 2013

Public

  1. Ms David Maboeane

Manager: Traffic Training

1 November 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Thabo Raboshakga

Deputy Manager: Admin Services

1 July 2013

Public

  1. Mr. Frans Mogakala

VIP Driver

1 May 2013

Private

  1. Ms Phokoane Gopane

Payroll Practitioner

15 May 2013

Public

  1. Mr. Macdonald Molepo

Senior Payroll Practitioner

1 June 2013

 
  1. Mr. Stephen Msiza

Deputy Manager: Security Services

4 July 2013

Public

  1. Mr. Nzimeni Novasi

Professional Assistant

4 July 2013

 
  1. Mr. Mohale Malekutu

OD Specialist

1 September 2013

Public

  1. Ms Puleng Khitsane

Deputy Manager: Performance

1 July 2013

Private

  1. Ms Busiwe Dlamini

Deputy Manager: Traffic Training

1 June 2013

Public

  1. Mr. Anton Van Der Zandt

Deputy Manager: Traffic Training

1 June 2013

Public

  1. Ms Precious Cele

Financial Practitioner

1 August 2013

None

  1. Mr. Daniel Busang

Messenger/ Driver

1 May 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Mandla Myeni

OHS Specialist

1 October 2013

Public

  1. Ms Zanele Magagula

SCM Practitioner

15 May 2013

Public

  1. Mr. Ntandazo Somakwabe

Database Administrator

4 June 2013

Private

  1. Ms Priscilla Pataki

Revenue Practitioner

15 May 2013

Private

  1. Ms Annah Mahlangu

Personal Assistant

1 July 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Thato Mosapa

Admin Assistant

1 July 2013

Private

  1. Ms Lerato Mavhungu

Senior Corporate Secretariat Specialist

1 May 2013

Public

  1. Mr. Moeletji Mabuku

Manager: Contract Management

13 June 2013

Private

  1. Ms Metsa Malahlela

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Ms Vanessa Hleza

Team Leader: Call Centre

1 December 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Billy Pila

Team Leader: Call Centre

1 December 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Sidumo Khoza

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Mr. Mahlatse Letsoalo

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Public

  1. Mr. Brian Mulaudzi

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

None

  1. Mr. Paul Matlala

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

None

  1. Ms Busisiwe Mahlangu

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

None

  1. Mr. Zweli Zikalala

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

None

  1. Mr. Tsholanang Phiri

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Ms Xola Maseko

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Mr. Petrus Kutamo

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Ms Tlou Seroka

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Mr. Geoffrey Tshimbiluni

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Mr. Lloyed Ntlemo

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Ms Moshiane Mabala

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Mr. Sanele Magagula

IT Technician

21 June 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Sikhumbuzo Khanyile

IT Technician

21 June 2013

Private

  1. Mr. Papa Djan

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Mr. Lehlohonolo Ngwenya

Call Centre Agent

1 December 2013

Private

  1. Ms Petunia Mohale

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Mr. Mosa Masemola

Team Leader: Call Centre

1 December 2013

Private

  1. Ms Tshepiso Ramotloenya

Call Centre Agent

5 December 2013

Private

  1. Ms Aletta Rankapole

Call Centre Agent

1 December 2013

Private

  1. Ms Dineo Zimba

Call Centre Agent

1 December 2013

Private

  1. Ms Koekie Mathebula

Call Centre Agent

1 December 2013

Private

  1. Ms Modjadji Sebola

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Ms Shonisani Mahwasane

Admin Assistant

1 March 2014

Private

  1. Ms Maleshoane Zimba

Call Centre Agent

1 December 2013

Private

  1. Ms Tandokazi Sibulo

Admin Assistant

7 August 2013

Private


(iii) 2014/15

Names

Positions

Appointment date

Public/Private

  1. Mr M Razwinani

Company Secretary

1 February 2015

Private

  1. Ms NP Mkiva

DH Fin Mng Rev

1 February 2015

Public

  1. Ms NZ Mnguni

HOCEO

1 February 2015

Public

  1. Ms NJ Jolingana

Chief: National Traffic Law Enforcement

1 March 2015

Public

  1. Miss ME Francis

M PAYROLL

1 June 2014

Private

  1. Mrs MP Juma

Manager Corporate Reporting

1 June 2014

Public

  1. Ms JM Manamela

Admin Assistant Travel

1 December 2014

Private

  1. Mr TP Monareng

Messenger Drive

1 May 2014

Private

  1. Mr GV Matshika

AA Mark& Com

1 May 2014

Private

  1. Mrs CP Khokho

Proc Plan Prac

1 October 2014

Private

  1. Mr BS Zwane

Spokesp and Sec

1 February 2015

Public

  1. Mr TH Mabula

Corp Soc Inv Co

1 February 2015

Private

  1. Mr GP Martins

Chief Ops Officer

1 February 2015

Public

  1. Ms MG Gainewe

SM RTI

1 May 2014

Public

  1. Mrs M Fryer

SM Supply Chain

1 June 2014

Private

  1. Mrs M Rubombora

IT Consultant

1 July 2014

Private

  1. Ms T Mautla

Snr Network Eng

16 February 2015

Private

  1. Mr P Ranuga

Head Enterprise

1 November 2014

Private

  1. MS AN Nteyi

Personal Ass

6 June 2014

Private

  1. Mrs Y Strydom

Revenue Financi

9 September 2014

Private

  1. Mr S Ringane

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms MC Mokgohloa

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Miss MD Maila

Supervisor

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms N Olisi

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms JM Nape

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Mr OK Malatji

Supervisor

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Mr L Hlongwane

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Mr MF Nkome

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms NZ Magwaza

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Mr MM Mokalanyane

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms MM Komane

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Miss LM Kgomo

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms B Mafuxwana-Otipa

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Miss JD Kguto

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Mr MJ Nkuna

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Mr MT Engwane

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms RM Ntoroane

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Mr AR Lephogole

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Mr MJ Dolamo

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms EM Phoko

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Miss CL Ndiniza

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Miss L Rashamuse

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Miss KN Mncube

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms EB Mashigo

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms KG Segomoco

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms T Luvhimbi

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Mr AA Mzaza

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms S Mali

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms PN Masimula

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Mr EM Nkoe

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms CK Mogohloane

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Ms HS Thobela

Data Capturer

1 November 2014

Public

  1. Mr DE Hlatshwayo

Snr Network Eng

 

Public

  1. Mr S Mbizwo

Snr Netowrk Eng

 

Public

  1. Mr D Roux

SH Res and Deve

 

Public

  1. Ms DD Wechoemang

GE Human Capital

1 February 2015

Public

  1. Mr M Mokhantso

DH Road Safety

1 February 2015

Public

22 February 2016 - NW4

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether traffic authorities are authorised to issue summonses of arrest in terms of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO), Act 46 of 1998; if so, to which clauses and/or regulations such authorisation is applicable; (2) whether the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) may withdraw AARTO fines that were issued irregularly; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, which clauses and/or regulations support the RTIA in withdrawing such fines; (3) whether the RTIA may withdraw AARTO enforcement orders that were issued irregularly; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on which clauses and/or regulations support the RTIA in withdrawing such enforcement orders?

Reply:

1. The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act does not in any way provide for summons of arrest. Under Criminal Procedure Act, there are two distinct documents which serve two different purposes viz, Summons (section 54) and warrant of arrest. Summons issued by traffic authorities for motorists who have failed to comply with rules of the road to secure appearance in a court of law whilst warrants of arrests are issued in instances where a person who was summoned to appear in court fails to do so without any explanation to the Court or Prosecutor.

In terms of the AARTO Act, the infringer has, as part of elective options, the right to be tried in Court. Under such circumstances, the notice will be cancelled and the local authority will issue summons. The criminal procedure process will then ensue. Secondly, where the violation is classified as an offence under schedule 3 of the AARTO regulations, such person will be dealt with in terms of the criminal procedure processes by way of issuance of a summons by the traffic authority concerned.

2. The RTIA does not issue fines and as such, it does not have the authority or legislative mandate to withdraw fines. This is the full competence of the authority that has issued the infringement. Section 18(6) of the AARTO Act provides for the RTIA to cancel an infringement notice in a case were a representation is allowed.

3. The Registrar of the RTIA is empowered by section 20 of the AARTO Act, to issue enforcement orders. Section 20(4) and (9) gives the Registrar authority to revoke such enforcement orders if the infringer pays the penalty and fees; the infringer applies to the RTIA in the prescribed manner and submits reasons to the satisfaction of the Registrar why an enforcement order must be revoked or the traffic authority applies in the prescribed manner for a revocation of an enforcement order.

22 February 2016 - NW162

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)With reference to her reply to question 3650 on 1 December 2015, how many persons have been suspended with full pay within the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; (2) in each specified case, what (a) is the monetary value of the payments that were made by PRASA for each month in the specified financial years, (b) are the reasons for the suspensions, (c) is the cause of the delay in resolving these matters, (d) is being done to resolve these matters and (e) are the reasons for suspending the specified persons with full pay?

Reply:

  1. (a), (b) and (c) See attached spreadsheet.
  2. (a) See attached spreadsheet.

(b) The reasons are largely various misconduct cases that require intense investigations.

(c) The reasons for the delay in each of the 45 cases can be attributed to shortage of investigating staff, interference by Trade Unions and availability of competent presiding officials within the business.

(d) PRASA is considering contracting external resources to assist chairing the hearings and workshops are ongoing with Trade Unions to embrace the culture of discipline. With regards to investigations, engagements are ongoing since most of the complex investigations arise out of whistle-blowing.

(e) PRASA payment of people whilst suspended is in compliance with Labour Legislation that suspensions should be with full pay until the case has been resolved.

SUSPENSIONS PRASA

TOTAL EMPLOYEES FROM APRIL 2012 TO END MARCH 2015

MONTH

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

COST

Apr-12

49

R 1 693 354.84

May-12

52

R 826 088.50

Jun-12

56

R 1 132 427.29

Jul-12

55

R 526 936.50

Aug-12

43

R 629 743.92

Sep-12

44

R 381 269.58

Oct-12

48

R 427 562.90

Nov-12

55

R 1 046 926.67

Dec-12

74

R 685 183.32

Jan-13

85

R 776 380.61

Feb-13

67

R 613 075.90

Mar-13

64

R 744 852.20

TOTAL COST

 

R 9 483 802.23

Apr-13

56

R 69 706.90

May-13

69

R 771 349.90

Jun-13

65

R 774 211.30

Jul-13

69

R 1 205 592.86

Aug-13

74

R 917 732.76

Sep-13

62

R 1 238 635.45

Oct-13

72

R 854 256.10

Nov-13

65

R 676 097.90

Dec-13

72

R 681 433.43

Jan-14

84

R 1 249 710.39

Feb-14

63

R 598 795.90

Mar-14

64

R 820 755.02

TOTAL COST

 

R 9 858 277.90

Apr-14

68

R 1 243 403.18

May-14

74

R 1 075 369.07

Jun-14

77

R 1 167 082.58

Jul-14

77

R 1 547 841.69

Aug-14

74

R 2 108 047.61

Sep-14

64

R 2 029 532.82

Oct-14

98

R 1 048 966.07

Nov-14

96

R 1 298 015.23

Dec-14

99

R 1 954 646.99

Jan-15

109

R 1 457 473.31

Feb-15

120

R 1 405 544.46

Mar-15

112

R 1 414 013.43

TOTAL COST

 

R 17 749 936.45

TOTAL COST OF ALL 3 FINANCIAL YEARS

 

R 37 092 016.60

19 February 2016 - NW115

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1) What methods and/or processes are followed to track beneficiaries of the Guardian Fund? (2) whether there are any beneficiaries who are not aware of money (a) allocated and (b) payable to them; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether there is any legislation that allows private investigators to work on a commission basis to assist beneficiaries of the specified Fund, as is common practice currently; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) are private investigators allowed to trace eligible beneficiaries and (b) are the specified investigators allowed to receive a percentage-based commission from the specified beneficiaries once they receive their money?

Reply:

  1. I wish to inform the Honourable member that I have been informed that the Master relies on the details submitted at the time funds are paid into the Guardians Fund. The Master ensures that all available details at the time are recorded on the Guardians Fund System. These details are therefore used to track the beneficiaries of the Fund.
  2. (a) and (b) Yes. It is the Master’s experience that the vast majority of beneficiaries are aware of the funds held for them, and most have been receiving regular payments during their minority. However, there are beneficiaries who are not aware of their dues. The funds so due are termed unclaimed moneys. The Master deals with the advertising of unclaimed moneys of beneficiaries in the manner prescribed in terms of Section 91 of the Administration of Deceased Estates Act in the Government Gazette. In addition to the advertisement of unclaimed moneys, a list of such unclaimed moneys is published on the Departmental website under the Masters’ Branch. The Master’s Office has noticed 550 to 600 monthly visits to the advertised unclaimed moneys on the web page. In addition, during Izimbizo the communities are informed on how to claim monies from the Guardian’s Fund. Radio is also used widely to educate.
  3. (a) and (b) No. The tracing of Guardians Fund beneficiaries, has been an area of serious exploitation in the past. Statutory intervention was made through the provisions of Section 51(1)(f) of the Consumer Protection Act, 2008 (Act No 68 of 2008) which deals with some of the challenges experienced. It is the Department’s view that a tracing agent may not charge commission for work relating to a claim against the Guardian’s Fund.

19 February 2016 - NW148

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)Whether King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is serving a term of imprisonment; if so, (a) for how long, (b) on what date did he start serving his sentence and (c) what is his security classification; (2) whether he (a) receives or (b) has received any special treatment while incarcerated, including (i) a special diet or (ii) accommodation in a single cell; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, (aa) why and (bb) what are the further relevant details in each case? NW148E

Reply:

(1) Yes

(1)(a) 12 years imprisonment

(1)(b) 30 December 2015

(1)(c) The offender in question is classified as a Maximum offender

(2)(a) No

(2)(b) No

(2)(b)(i) As directed by the medical practitioner, offender Dalindyebo was admitted in a private hospital on 08th January until 14th January 2016 and again on 15th January 2016 (to date) and therefore receives food provided in the hospital.

(2)(b)(ii) Offender Dalindyebo was accommodated in a single cell in line with the Correctional Services Act, Act 111 of 1998, as amended.

(2)(b)(aa) An application to be incarcerated in a single cell was considered and approved in terms of section 7(2)(e) of the Correctional Services Act, Act 111 of 1998, as amended.

(2)(b)(bb) The period the offender was incarcerated at the correctional facility he received the prescribed inmate diet.

19 February 2016 - NW108

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)     What are the relevant details of every safety inspection conducted at the (a) Middelburg Townlands, (b) Graspan, (c) Springlake, (d) Klippan, (e) Middelkraal, (f) Kleinfontein, (g) Optimum Coal Holdings, (h) Koornfontein, (i) Vierfontein and (j) Brakfontein coal mines in 2015; (2) whether any orders were issued against any of the specified coal mines after such inspections; if not, why not; if so, (a) in which cases, (b) on what dates were such orders issued and (c) what are the relevant reasons in each case?

Reply:

  1. The Department continuously conducts audits and inspections at all the mines, including the stated mines, to ensure compliance with the legal provisions mainly regarding prevention of fall of ground, transport equipment and machinery accidents as well as exposure of employees to noise and dust (including silica dust).
  2. Yes.

(a), (b) Enforcement measures, including the issuing of Section 54 and 55 orders, were previously issued over the operating period of all the mines.

(c) Some of the orders which were previously issued include on: failure to support the hanging roof, employees working under unsupported roof, inadequate guarding of conveyor belts, poor application of stone dust, inadequate ventilation, failure to declare a working place safe for employees to work in, exposing employees to high dust and noise levels.

 

 

Approved/not approved

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

19 February 2016 - NW28

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether his Ministry has any frozen vacant positions; if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

I wish to inform the Hon Member that the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, has 64 LP10 vacant posts that cannot be filled.

(a) 64.

(b) Specialist Production posts on LP 10-level, namely Deputy Chief State Law Advisers on Occupation Specific Dispensation-level.

(c) The LP 10 posts have been vacant since 24 January 2013 when the Department of Public Service and Administration communicated their embargo decision.

Department of Correctional Services

  1. Total = 85 vacant positions
  1. and (C) Please see table below.

(b) POST DESIGNATION

VACANT DATE

(c) PERIOD VACANT

REGION

COMMISSIONER: CORRECTIONAL SERVICES CH DEPUTY=(C)

20110110

5 YEARS 1 MONTH

HEAD OFFICE

CB4 REINTEGRATION MANAGER

20150901

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

SAO:EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

SAO:EMPLOYEE ASSISTANT PRACTITIONER

20141031

1 YEAR 3 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PNB1 CLINICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER GR 1 PRIM H CARE

20151001

4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PROVISIONING ADMINISTRATION OFFICER (PC)

20150901

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB5 CENTRE COORDINATOR MEDIUM

20150630

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

ARTISAN FOREMAN GRADE A

20150831

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

ARTISAN FOREMAN GRADE A

20150531

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

EDUCATIONIST M4 (DCS)

20150630

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PSYCHOLOGIST GRADE 1

20140101

2 YEARS 1 MONTH

GAUTENG

AO:PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION

20150617

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:NETWORK CONTROLLERS(AC)(AC)

20150630

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB4 SECURITY MANAGER

20150723

6 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:LOGISTICS ADMINISTRATION

20150731

6 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:LOGISTICS ADMINISTRATION

20150901

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

SAO:SUPERVISOR MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB4 SECURITY MANAGER

20150921

4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB6 CENTRE COORDINATOR LARGE

20150901

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB5 CENTRE COORDINATOR MEDIUM

20150901

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PNA2 PROFESSIONAL NURSE GRADE 1 (GENERAL NURSING)

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB4 SECURITY MANAGER

20150531

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PNB2 CLINICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER GR 2 PRIM H CARE

20151001

4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PNB1 CLINICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER GR 1 PRIM H CARE

20151001

4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

ASD:MANAGER HUMAN RESOURCE ADMINISTRATION(AC)

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

SAO:INVESTIGATIONS

20150301

11 MONTHS

GAUTENG

MR5 LEGAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICER GRADE 5

20140701

1 YEAR 7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

ASD:PROGRAM COORDINATION & DEVELOPMENT

20150731

6 MONTHS

GAUTENG

MANAGER PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES ASSISTANT

20150301

11 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PSYCHOLOGIST GRADE 1

20150630

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PNB1 CLINICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER GR 1 PRIM H CARE

20150901

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB5 CENTRE COORDINATOR MEDIUM

20150901

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB4 SECURITY MANAGER

20150531

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

SAO:PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION(AC:CORPOR SERV)

20151001

4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:CAREER MANAGEMENT (FACILITATOR)

20150801

6 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:TRANSPORT CONTROL(KROONSTAD COLLEGE) /HO

20150701

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB4 REINTEGRATION MANAGER

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PSYCHOLOGIST GRADE 1

20150701

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION

20151001

4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

SAO:MESS(CATERERS)

20150701

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

TYPIST GRADE II PRINCIPAL

20151001

4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

SAO:LOGISTIC ADMINISTRATION

20150731

6 MONTHS

GAUTENG

ARTISAN PRODUCTION GRADE A

20150701

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB5 CENTRE COORDINATOR MEDIUM

20151001

4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

SW A4 SOCIAL WORKER GRADE 1

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PNB1 CLINICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER GR 1 PRIM H CARE

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PNB1 CLINICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER GR 1 PRIM H CARE

20150930

4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB1 1 SECURITY OFFICER GRADE 3

20150301

11 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB1 1 SECURITY OFFICER GRADE 3

20150301

11 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB1 1 SECURITY OFFICER GRADE 3

20150301

11 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB1 1 SECURITY OFFICER GRADE 3

20150301

11 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION

20141031

1 YEAR 3 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION

20141001

1 YEAR 4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

SAO:EMPLOYEE ASSISTANT PRACTITIONER

20150930

4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:RECRUITMENT & PLACEMENT(MA)

20141001

1 YEAR 4 MONTHS

GAUTENG

NCB1 3 PAROLE BOARD CLERK GRADE 1

20110401

4 YEARS 10 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB5 CENTRE COORDINATOR MEDIUM

20150912

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

SW A8 SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISOR GRADE 1

20150901

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PNA2 PROFESSIONAL NURSE GRADE 1 (GENERAL NURSING)

20150831

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

EDUCATIONIST M3 (DCS)

20150901

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB4 SECURITY MANAGER

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PNB1 CLINICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER GR 1 PRIM H CARE

20150301

11 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB4 SECURITY MANAGER

20120131

4 YEARS

GAUTENG

CB4 SECURITY MANAGER

20101001

5 YEARS 4 MOTNHS

GAUTENG

CB4 SECURITY MANAGER

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB4 SECURITY MANAGER

20150202

1 YEAR

GAUTENG

ARTISAN FOREMAN GRADE A

20150831

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:TRANSIT & WAREHOUSE

20150501

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:TRANSIT & WAREHOUSE

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:LOGISTICS ADMINISTRATION

20150701

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:PROCUREMENT

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:VOUCHER CONTROL

20150701

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

ARTISAN CHIEF GRADE A

20110401

4 YEARS 10 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PHARMACY SUPERVISOR GRADE 1

20150531

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

NCB1 2 CORRECTIONAL POLICY ADMINISTRATOR GRADE 2

20150801

6 MONTHS

GAUTENG

ARTISAN CHIEF GRADE A

20150101

1 YEAR 1 MONTH

GAUTENG

SW A6 SOCIAL WORKER GRADE 3

20150831

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

SECTION HEAD (EDUCATIONIST DCS)

20150901

5 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB4 SECURITY MANAGER

20150724

6 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:CAREER MANAGEMENT (FACILITATOR)

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

ASD:MANAGER SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:TRANSIT & WAREHOUSE

20150630

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

PROVISIONING ADMINISTRATION OFFICER (PC)

20150601

8 MONTHS

GAUTENG

AO:VOUCHER CONTROL

20150729

6 MONTHS

GAUTENG

CB4 SECURITY MANAGER

20150630

7 MONTHS

GAUTENG

A total of 85 posts are frozen.

NB: All these posts are in Gauteng Region, except that one of CDC: Central services as it is located in Head Office

18 February 2016 - NW177

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Whether his department has issued a transfer permit so that the fishermen in Port Nolloth can catch their quotas of crayfish/lobster at another place due to problems with the renewal of permits to store their catch in Port Nolloth; if not, why not; if so, (a) when was such a permit issued and (b) what are the relevant details

Reply:

The Department received a request to transfer the allocations of the Exemption Holders of the Zone A West Coast Rock Lobster (Nearshore) from Zone A (Areas 1 and 2 - Port Nolloth and Hondeklip Bay) to Zone B (Areas 3 and 4). The request has been declined because the Department and the West Coast Rock Lobster sector have irrevocably committed themselves to a resource recovery plan to rebuild the West Coast Resource Lobster resource to 35% above its 2006 level by 2021.

The objective is to rebuild the 2006 biomass of male West Coast Rock Lobster above the 75 mm CL minimum size limit, by 35% by 2021 (i.e. B75mm(2021/2006) = 1.35. The Department endeavours to promote recovery of the resource as a whole, and of the resource in each of the five super-areas (A1-2, A3-4, A5-6, A7 and A8+), while containing the risk of unintended resource reduction in each of these super-areas. The proportional allocation of the global Total Allowable Catch amongst the five super-areas will differ from year to year to take account of the different recruitments occurring and hence different trends in abundance in each of these super-areas.

However, the request to use the John Ovenstone factory as a holding facility and to nominate specific (Nearshore) Exemption Holders to harvest on behalf of the Zone A (Nearshore) Exemption Holders, respectively, have been approved on 18 January 2016.

18 February 2016 - NW178

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Whether his department received any applications to (a) renew and/or (b) extend the current food processing enterprise permit of Port Lobster in Port Nolloth, Northern Cape; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date was such an application received and (b) what were the outcomes?

Reply:

The Department received an application to extend the current food processing enterprise permit in Port Nolloth on 20 January 2016. The application was approved on 22 January 2016

17 February 2016 - NW16

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Esterhuizen, Mr JA to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether he can furnish information on the measures that his department will put in place to ensure the continued survival and growth of the country’s domestic poultry market, specifically regarding trade policies that may be considered in order to assist local poultry producers to be able to compete better both locally and abroad; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

the dti continues to support the sustainability of the local poultry producers through a number of measures including the import tariff for bone-in chicken which was approved and implemented in September 2014. The anti-dumping duties on frozen bone-in portions against US companies also remain in place. The 65 000 ton exemption from the anti-dumping duty would constitute, in volume terms/tonnage, 13.6% of South Africa’s imports of poultry meat in 2015.

In addition an application for the designation of locally produced poultry meat for government procurement is in the approval process with implementation expected in less than 6 months’ time.

the dti continues to provide incentives for investment into poultry production and animal feed industry in order to help mitigate costs towards competitiveness of the industry. As an example, Astral’s Meadow Feeds investment of R193 251 000 was facilitated through an incentive to the value of R14 433 754 over a period of two years.

A further area of support is the work underway with the SA Poultry Association and DAFF towards opening up new market opportunities. An example is the upcoming mission to the United Arab Emirates.

South Africa and the United States agreed to a developmental component to assist poultry producers in South Africa, particularly historically disadvantaged individuals. This development component will be facilitated by the dti and DAFF together with relevant US stakeholders.

 

16 February 2016 - NW132

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Whether he requested that a review of Proudly South African be conducted; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, when was this review conducted; (2) whether he will make the report of such a review available to Mr G G Hill-Lewis; if not, why not; if so, by when?

Reply:

1. A scoping review of Proudly South Africa (PSA) was undertaken by the dti in the second half of 2014. The purpose of the scoping review was to gather information which could assist engagements with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and the PSA Board, which is constituted by NEDLAC, to strengthen the work of PSA.

2. Yes a copy of the scoping review can be made available to the member.

16 February 2016 - NW161

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What (a) plans and (b) strategies have been put in place by the dti for (i) Armscor and (ii) the SA Defence Industry in order to benefit from the predicted growth in total sector revenues of the global aerospace and defence industry in 2016?

Reply:

 

(a) & (b) (i) (ii) the dti is working closely with the South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industry Association, Armscor, Denel and a range of private sector companies in the aerospace and defence (land and marine) industry.The purpose of this work is to build upon existing domestic value added manufacturing capabilities to increase high value manufacturing both for domestic and export demand; broaden the supplier base; increase employment and contribute to economic growth.

Subject to strategic and confidentiality considerations this work includes stronger deployment of localisation criteria for domestic procurement; the inclusion of aerospace and defence companies in the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP); provision of export support through the Aerospace and Defence Export Council; establishment of Supplier Incentive Scheme for the Aerospace and Defence Industry to further broaden the supplier base and strengthen its integration into the global supply chains and the incorporation of state-owned Aerospace and Defence National Strategic Testing Facilities into the Critical Infrastructure Programme of which the majority are owned by Armscor .

In addition to the above the dti has an Aerospace Industry Support Initiative hosted at and managed by the CSIR. Its intent is to accelerate government strategic objectives such as industrialisation of technologies with stronger emphasis on technology transfer; job creation and industry transformation.

 

15 February 2016 - NW131

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)(a)Why did Proudly South Africa participate in South Africa’s delegation to the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and (b) what was the total cost of their participation, including (i) travel, (ii) subsistence and (iii) the events they hosted or sponsored; (2) how does Proudly South African’s participation at Davos correlate with its mandate?NW131E

Reply:

1. (a)The Chief Executive Officer and staff of Proudly South Africa (PSA) report to a Board appointed through the Trade and Investment Chamber of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC). With the possible exception of members of this Board having participated in their own or other capacity at the World Economic Forum (WEF) representatives of Proudly SA did not travel to the World Economic Forum which took place in Davos, Switzerland.

(b)Consequently, Proudly SA did not incur any costs associated with the World Economic Forum with respect to (i) travel; (ii) subsistence and (iii) events hosted or sponsored.

2. No correlation is possible or required since PSA did not participate.

 

26 January 2016 - NW2722

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

(a) What is the total number of schools in each province that was identified in December 2016 to (i) have been built with inappropriate materials, (ii) lack sanitation facilities, (iii) have pit latrines, (iv) have no water supply and (v) have no electricity connection and (b) in each case, how many schools are due to have the specified deficiencies corrected by the end of the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

(a)  i, ii, iii, iv& iv

Province

Inappropriate

Sanitation

Pit only

Water

Electricity

EC

800

61

1 585

58

187

FS

18

5

196

23

25

GP

20

0

0

0

0

KZN

0

0

1 379

0

343

LP

0

0

932

0

0

MP

16

0

392

0

13

NW

5

0

130

0

3

NC

29

0

10

0

0

WC

129

0

0

0

0

Total

1 017

66

4 625

81

571

(b) The water and sanitation backlogs will be completed in the current 2016/17 financial year and electricity backlogs, which are at different stages of implementation, will be completed in the 2017/18 financial year. Provinces are addressing pit toilets and it is estimated that these will be addressed by the 2018/19 financial year. Inappropriate structures that are part of Accelerated School Infrastructure Development Initiative (ASIDI) will be dealt with by the 2018/19 financial year and additional inappropriate structures that were identified, and are not currently funded, are being factored into the provincial infrastructure programmes. A determination is being made by provinces with the Department of Basic Education (DBE), on the timelines for addressing these.

16 January 2016 - NW2714

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

Whether he has taken any action against the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for allegedly ignoring the court judgment issued on 14 April 2014 with regard to the closing down of an illegal shebeen at 102 Handel Street, Kempton Park West, Kempton Park, Gauteng, if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No.

I have been informed that (i) the Office of the Chief Justice is not in a position to provide a response, as the Court has done its part by delivering the judgment and to date, there has not been any application for contempt of the relevant court order; and (ii), the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gauteng Local Division, has informed me that this matter was heard in the civil court. No criminal case has been opened.

Therefore, the question should be redirected to the Minister of Safety and Security and/or the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

21 December 2015 - NW4264

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What total amount does the Kannaland Local Municipality in the Northern Cape pay for (a) salaries and/or (b) wages in each month; (2) whether the size of the specified municipality’s wage bill is in line with those of municipalities of a similar size; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details;

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Kannaland Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4259

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What amount of capital budget of each metropolitan municipality was spent on refurbishing infrastructure in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years; (2) (a) what are the details of each project and (b) how much was spent on each project; (3) whether any capital funds were used to pay salaries; if so, (a) why and (b) how much?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Metros and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4182

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to his comments at the inter-ministerial briefing on drought held on 13 November 2015, where he requested municipalities to report on the extent of the drought and water shortages they are facing, for each municipality, (a) what is the situation as reported and (b) what assistance is being offered to mitigate the reported water problems?

Reply:

(a) The conditions vary from province to province. Some of the severely affected drought areas are impacted by the wasteful usage of water, lack of maintenance of infrastructure, poor farming practices and non-implementation of measures to mitigate against the impact of drought. The Water and Agricultural Sectors are the most affected. Although some rainfall has fallen in some parts of the country, it has not been sufficient to have a meaningful impact on the drought situation. All the affected stakeholders continue to monitor the conditions on the ground and early warning and advisory information is regularly being disseminated to communities for preparedness and informed decision making.

(b) There are concerted efforts within the Department of Cooperative Governance, key government departments and stakeholders regarding the current drought conditions. The main focus is on the implementation of extraordinary measures to mitigate further impacts of drought such as the enforcement of water restrictions, the repair and maintenance of infrastructure and coordinated efforts on the awareness and advocacy campaigns.

21 December 2015 - NW3806

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) (a) What total amount has the Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) spent on advertising in each month on (i) community radio stations, (ii) community print media entities, (iii) community TV stations and (iv) small commercial publications in the period 1 April 2014 to 30 June 2015, (b) what individual amounts were spent on each (i) community radio station, (ii) community print media entity, (iii) community TV station and (iv) small commercial publication and (c) on what dates were the specified adverts placed; (2) what percentage of the GCIS’s advertising budget is spent on (a) community media and (b) commercial media? NW4550E

Reply:

Minister of Communications:

(1) (a) In the period 1 April 2014 to 30 June 2015, the GCIS has placed advertising to the value of (i) R 5 497 932.58 in community radio stations, (ii) R 0 (nil) in community print media entities, (iii) R 0 (nil) in community TV stations, (iv) R 0 (nil) in small commercial publications as detailed per Annexure A

(b) A summary of the above advertising spend by (i) community radio station, (ii) community print media entity, (iii) community TV station and (iv) small commercial publication is attached as Annexure B.

(c) The dates of the specified adverts and individual radio stations are reflected in Annexure B.

(1) (a) 38% of the GCIS’s advertising budget is spent on community media, (b) 62%

on commercial media as per Annexure C.

MR DONALD LIPHOKO

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEM

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

21 December 2015 - NW4256

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether each metropolitan municipality has taken any steps to enable citizens to become physically fit by (a) providing outdoor gym equipment, (b) initiating fitness programmes and/or (c) any other initiatives; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Metros and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4202

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

What are the reasons for (a) his and (b) the Chairperson of the Municipal Demarcation Board’s failure to (i) table and/or (ii) issue the intergovernmental report commissioned by the Minister of Finance on the financial viability and sustainability of the affected municipalities of the latest round of the redeterminations of their outer boundaries to the North Gauteng High Court, which presided over the case that related to the specified redeterminations?

Reply:

Any matter of concern to the member’s political party should or can be raised in the litigation process if the law permits.

21 December 2015 - NW3955

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to R93 million that was written off by her department as reflected in its 2014-15 Annual Report, (a) what are the names of the (i) companies and/or (ii) persons whose debt was written off and (b) what are the reasons in each case?

Reply:

Minister of Communications:

No debts were written off in the 2014/15 financial year.

MR DONALD LIPHOKO

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEM

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

21 December 2015 - NW4255

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, for each of the metropolitan municipalities, any (a) municipal mayors, (b) deputy municipal mayors, (c) municipal speakers and (d) other municipal official are provided with bodyguards; if so, (i) why are the specified persons provided with bodyguards and (ii) what is the (aa) current monthly cost and (bb) total cost for the 2014-15 financial year in each case?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Metros and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4201

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether he had any form of consultation with (a) the Minister of Finance and/or (b) any other (i) person or (ii) entity regarding the contents of an intergovernmental report commissioned by the Minister of Finance on the latest round of the redeterminations of municipal boundaries to assess the financial viability and sustainability of the specified proposed amalgamations; if not, why not; if so, what were the outcomes in each case?

Reply:

No.

The report referred to by the Honourable Member was submitted to me by the Municipal Demarcation Board on 07 August 2015.

Prior to that, officials from the Department of Cooperative Governance met with their counterparts from the National Treasury to discuss similar related matters from the Minister of Finance and further addressed these matters during the Budget Forum meeting held on 8 June 2015.

It must be further noted that the Municipal Demarcation Board must consider the objectives for demarcation and the factors to be taken into account, as provided in sections 24 and 25 of the Municipal Demarcation Act, when determining or redetermining municipal boundaries.
1. BACKGROUND

1.1 Between December 2014 and April 2015, the Minister after consultation with all the MECs responsible for local government in the provinces, requested the Municipal Demarcation Board (MOB), in terms of section 22(2) of the Municipal Demarcation Act to determine or redetermine the boundaries of various municipalities with a view of optimising the financial viability and sustainability (Tag 1 ).


1.2 In total , 34 requests were made to the MOB, as follows:

 

PROVINCE

NUMBER

PROVINCE

NUMBER

Kwazulu-Natal

11

Limpopo

5

Eastern Cape

5

Mpumalanqa

5

Free State

2

North West

4

Gauteng

1

Northern Cape

1

1.3 Subsequent to that request, on 09 March 2015 the Minister of Finance wrote to the Minister of Cooperative Governance (Tag 2) pledging support to the initiative and suggesting that both Departments should work together to strengthen the proposal for further boundary changes for municipalities. The Minister of Finance proposed that the areas that could be strengthened include:

(i) The proposal should be consulted broadly;
(ii) The future role of district municipalities should be carefully considered;
(iii) The alignment of the new proposals for metros with other proposed urban reforms (including in the NOP and Department of Cooperative Governance's (DCoG's) Integrated Urban Development Framework) should be reviewed;

(iv) The implications for the local government fiscal framework must be established; and (v) Future analysis should take greater account of the structural change in allocations to municipalities that resulted from the implementation of a new local government equitable share formula.

1.4 The Minister of Finance further proposed that officials from the National Treasury (NT) and DCoG should engage further on the proposals as well as on any future proposal for the redemarcation of municipal boundaries before they are submitted to the MOB.

1.5 On 07 August 2015 the Minister received a letter from the MOB (Tag 3) notifying him of a letter from the Minister of Finance (Tag 4) objecting to the proposed municipal boundaries redetermination.

1.6 The main reason cited by the Minister of Finance for this objection was that there is no evidence to suggest that the re-determination of municipal boundaries will contribute towards or stimulate economic growth and development in the area as a whole.

2. DISCUSSION

2.1 On 15 April 2015 a meeting was held between the officials from DCoG and the NT to discuss the correspondence referred to in 1.3 above. It was agreed that there must be greater collaboration in this regard.

2.2 This matter was further discussed at the Budget Forum meeting held on 8 June 2015.

2.3 There have been continuous engagements with the NT, South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) on determining the financial implications in this regard.

2.4 Regarding the claim by the NT that the process of amalgamation is expensive, it should be noted that whilst there will be change management costs involved, the view is that in the long-term, the reduction in the number of non-viable municipalities will have a significant impact on governance issues.

2.5 The argument about the reduced transfer of equitable share allocations to municipalities once amalgamated is a policy matter. If the funds are already in Division of Revenue Act (DoRA), it is assumed that in terms of the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework the funds will be allocated to the municipalities for the next three years. Far and above, the funding formula can be reviewed to accommodate amalgamated municipalities.

2.6 It cannot be factually substantiated that when municipalities are amalgamated there will always be an increase in administrative costs. The non-viable municipalities are actually characterized by bloated organisational establishments.

2. 7 The general claim that the amalgamated municipalities will be less viable can also not be factually substantiated in terms of cost-benefit analysis. Whilst there are lessons to be learnt in the case of the Tshwane merger, it should be taken into consideration that there were many factors which also contributed to the challenges of this merger.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTIONS FOR WRITIEN REPLY

QUESTION NUMBER 2015/4201

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30 NOVEMBER 2015

Herewith a reply drafted by: Recommended


MS B NYEMBE DR MODJADJI MALAHLELA
Acting Executive Manager: Local Government Acting Deputy Director-General: Regional and Legislative Support and Institutional Urban Development and Legislative Support Establishment

Date: 10/12/15 Date 2015-12-11

RECOMMENDED/ ...........................................



MR V MADONSELA
DIRECTOR GENERAL
DATE: 11/12/2015

SUPPORTED/..........................................................

MR A NEL, MP
DEPUTY MINISTER
DATE: 15/12/15


DES VAN ROOYEN, MP
MINISTER
DATE:

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21 December 2015 - NW3959

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

With reference to the R918 million under spending of her department’s Programme 4: Regional Implementation and Support, as indicated in its 2014-15 Annual Report, (a) which (i) regions and (ii) municipalities are affected and (b) what are the full relevant details of each project that is affected in each of the specified (i) regions and (ii) municipalities?

Reply:

(a) A number of projects in various regional offices and municipalities will be affected by the disapproval of rollover in that their completion date will be delayed due to budgetary shortfall.

(b)(i) The risk will however be mitigated by the reallocation and prioritisation of the 2015/16 allocation towards some of the affected projects on rollover disapproval.

(b)(ii) This will delay the implementation of new projects which were to start in 2015/16 as their allocation would be reprioritised towards rollover.

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21 December 2015 - NW3829

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

(1) Whether she or her Department contacted or been contacted by any organ of state in the United States of America in respect of the on-going investigation and indictment into allegations of corruption in respect of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Soccer tournament; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the relevant details of the communication? NW4575E

Reply:

  1. No contact has been made with my Department by an organ of state in the United States of America in respect of the on-going investigation and indictment into allegations of corruption in respect of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Soccer tournament. However, my Department contacted the US Embassy on 2 June 2015 to request (a) a copy of the indictment issued by the US Attorney General regarding bribery allegations against the South African Government and/or its officials in the awarding of the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa and (2) for the US Attorney General to share with the South African Government any information, evidence and related aspects of its investigation of the allegations.
  2. Furthermore, at the request of my Department, the South African Ambassador to Washington, Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu requested a meeting with the US Department of Justice. On 26 October 2015, the Mission informed the Department that the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Shaun Abrahams and the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Nomgcobo Jiba were scheduled to arrive in Washington DC on 26 October 2015 at the invitation of the FBI to discuss the bribery allegations against the South African Government and/or its officials in the awarding of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  3. The National Prosecuting Authority is the South African authority that is handling this issue.

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21 December 2015 - NW3688

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATIONinter

(1) Whether, with reference to the reply to question 103 of 27 March 2002, in which her predecessor stated in paragraph four that the South African Government would continue to ensure the safety and security of all its citizens, their property as well as South African-owned companies operating in foreign countries, the Government (a) still subscribes to the undertaking as contained in the said reply and (b) considers itself legally bound to it; if so, (2) Why was there a lack of assistance for farm owners in Zimbabwe during the extensive alienation campaign by the Zimbabwean government in the period prior to the signing of an investment protection agreement between South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2009; (3) What does the Government propose to do to add substance to the said undertaking in respect of farms, properties and businesses that had already been alienated in Zimbabwe before the commencement of the said investment protection agreement; (4) Whether the Government is considering the drafting of legislation to create an opportunity to institute claims against Zimbabwe, where the Zimbabwean government’s assets in South Africa can accordingly be claimed as compensation for South African citizens; if not, why not, seen against the background of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and relevant international law; if so, what are the further relevant details? NW4356E

Reply:

1(a) Indeed, the South African government subscribes fully to the undertaking that was made in March 2002 to ensure the safety and security of all its citizens, their property as well as South African-owned companies operating in foreign countries.

(b) It is our responsibility as Government, to protect South African citizens and their properties in foreign countries. And, we shall continue to carry out this responsibility.

2 We would not agree with the assertion that there was lack of assistance from Government on the matter of the South African farmers in Zimbabwe. Since 2000, the South African government has engaged the government of Zimbabwe regarding the issue of land reform as it affected South African farmers. Our engagements were constrained though by the absence of a legal instrument such as the investment protection agreement between the two countries. The South African government nevertheless continued to engage the government of Zimbabwe to intercede on behalf of South African farmers within the provisions of the International diplomatic conventions and applicable South African Legal Instruments.

3. The South African Government will continue to engage diplomatically with relevant Zimbabwean authorities, in accordance with the provisions of international conventions and applicable South African Legal instruments. Further, recourse for compensation is available under the applicable Zimbabwean law, the Acquisition of Farm Equipment and Material Act of 2004, which stipulates that compensation is only paid for improvements on the land and equipment. The matter of compensation remains open for discussion and negotiation between the affected farmer and relevant Zimbabwean authorities. As Government, we have highlighted this recourse to the South African farmers. Instrument between DTI and counterpart.

4. No, the South African Government is currently not considering drafting any additional legislation on this matter. We believe that the affected South African farmers can pursue the existing recourse.

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21 December 2015 - NW2140

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What amount has the SA Broadcasting Corporation budgeted to upgrade its gym at Auckland Park to a wellness studio (details furnished), (b) what is the difference between a gym and a wellness studio which motivated for a wellness studio, (c) how much does the current gym cost per annum to (i) staff and (ii) maintain and (d) how much will the envisaged wellness studio cost per annum to (i) staff and (ii) maintain? NVV2451E

Reply:

(a) Business Case still to be compiled.
(b) They are complimentary to each other as it is a service offered to staff to improve on their wellness.
(c) R1 .9million
a. Gym is managed and
b. maintained by the current service provider
(d) same as above
a. same as above
b. same as above

Parliamentary question 2140 of 2015

21 December 2015 - NW4236

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What amount was spent on legal fees by the Tlokwe City Local Municipality in the North West in the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) what is the breakdown of the specified amounts?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Tlokwe City Local Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW3863

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Chance, Mr R to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)(a) What was the purpose of her overseas trip in October 2015, (b) which countries did she visit, (c) who did she meet and (d) what were the relevant outcomes of each meeting; (2) what was the total cost of the specified trip?

Reply:

1. (a) The Minister of Small Business Development received an invitation

from the CEO of the Women Forum for Economy and Society, Ms. Jacqueline Franjou, to attend the 11th edition of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting on the Economy and Society in Deauville, France.

The Minister of Small Business Development also received an invitation from Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) to attend and participate in the 11th Session of the South Africa- UK Bilateral Forum in London.

(b) The Minister of Small Business Development visited France and the United Kingdom in October 2015 respectively.

(c) In France, the Minister spoke at the 11th edition of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting where the Minister engaged with women from different parts of the world including; Minister’s and Deputy Ministers, high level female entrepreneurs and executives, global thought leaders and think tanks, financiers, and youth innovators, amongst others.

In London, the Minister met with Minister’s in the Economic Cluster from the United Kingdom and fellow South African Ministers, (as part of the official Bi-Lateral proceedings).

Minister also met with the UK Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Hon Sajid Javid and Ms. Baroness Scotland, Prime Minister Cameron’s Trade Envoy to South Africa.

Minister held a Business Breakfast Dialogue with Members of the South African Business Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom.

Minister also spoke at the Chatham House Business Round Table on the important role of SMME’s and Cooperatives in advancing economic growth and development.

(d) In France the meeting discussed the important role women play in entrepreneurship, and provided the South African and continental experience and perspectives as it relates to SMME development. Attendees were impressed at South Africa’s experience and strides made to integrate women into the mainstream economy through strong economic policies and institutions. This created an interest for some to consider using these best practices learnt from South Africa.

During the bilateral engagement, and as part of the Economic Working Group, discussions centred on the economic partnership between South Africa and the United Kingdom. Both sides agreed to strengthen relations in this regard, with specific focus on increasing the levels of trade and investment, particularly amongst SMME’s in high end productive sectors, such as ICT, services sector and Agro-processing, amongst others. Both sides adopted a Joint Communique which focused on strengthening strategic sectors, increasing as well as creating and strengthening regional value chains.

Both the Meetings with the UK Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and Prime Minister Cameron’s Trade Envoy to South Africa focussed on strengthening relations between the two countries as it relates to SMME development. The key focus areas included partnership in skills development, and vocational training, particularly in ICT, and Infrastructure Development, amongst other sectors. Discussions also included identifying opportunities for both sides in critical sectors such as; manufacturing and advanced manufacturing, Green Economy, and services sectors amongst other high end productive sectors. Support was also leveraged for the Departments newly launched Centres of Entrepreneurship. In addition, discussions included possible exchanges with Universities and Technical colleagues on entrepreneurship development.

The Business Breakfast Dialogue (as arranged by BrandSA) with the South African Chamber of Business in London focussed on the role of the Department of Small Business Development, including its products on offer for SMME’s and Cooperatives. In addition, it included discussing possible mechanisms of increasing the levels of trade between the two countries, as well as possible support to South African companies operating in the United Kingdom, and those returning to South Africa. Lastly, the meeting focused on the importance of the partnership between government and the private sector in jointly working together to improve the economy as well as contributing to job creation.

The Chatham House Round-Table focussed on South Africa’s experience in the SMME and Cooperatives space against the background of the establishment of the Department of Small Business Development. Discussions also included garnering support for the implementation of the National Development Plan. In addition, the round table emphasised the importance of the private sector in economic development. South Africa also emphasised the importance of regional integration within the context of creating regional value-chains and increasing intra-African Trade, and thereby advanced support for Agenda 2063. Lastly, both sides noted that we face similar challenges – especially as it relates to SMME development, and agreed that it was important to share experiences to this end.

2. The total estimated cost of the trips is approximately R689 600.

21 December 2015 - NW3833

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) How regularly is Vuk’unzenzele published, (b) how many copies of the specified newspaper are distributed in each (i) province and (ii) town and (c) in which towns is the specified newspaper distributed?

Reply:

Minister of Communications

  1. Vuk’uzenzele is a monthly newspaper, however since August 2015, the frequency of the newspaper has changed from once-a-month to twice-a-month production (one edition per fortnight) with the exception of December and January months when it’s published once a month. The paper is also available online as an App for Android and Apple phones and tablets.
  1. Vuk’uzenzele is distributed as follows;
  2. Refer to Annexure A

(ii) Vuk’uzenzele is being distributed through Bulk Drop and Knock and Drop distribution to 166 bulk points (87 285 copies) and 1 391 urban areas (762 715) via knock and drop situated in and around towns, townships and rural areas. (Refer to Annexure B)

 

MR DONALD LIPHOKO

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEM

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

21 December 2015 - NW4152

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any of the entities reporting to her (i) purchased and/or (ii) leased any buildings in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, (aaa) what is the (aaaa) cost and (bbbb) size of the specified buildings, (bbb) why was it bought or leased, (ccc) what will it be used for, (ddd) who will occupy it and (eee) approximately how many persons will occupy the total space of each building?

Reply:

Department of Communications

Since inception, the Department of Communications has not purchased or leased any buildings considering that it is housed within the Government Communications and Information Systems

Government Communications and Information Systems

(a) (i) The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has not purchased any buildings.

(ii) GCIS has a combination of self-managed and Department of Public Works managed leases for its offices in all nine provinces which

(see Annexure A with respect to (aaa), (bbbb), (bbb), (ccc), (ddd) and (eee)

South African Broadcasting Corporation

(a) See attached response as Annexure B for further details

Media Development and Diversity Agency

(b) (i) MDDA has not bought any building

(ii) Yes

(aaa) (aaaa) 2012-13 R1,920,208.08

2013-14 R2,100,960.48

2014-15 R2,278,688.64

(bbbb) 2012-13 1400 square meters, and 30 parking bays

2013-14 1400 square meters, and 30 parking bays

2014-15 1400 square meters, and 30 parking bays

(bbb) The decision to lease is based on various factors including availability of funds, the size of the organisation and staff complement.

(ccc) The premises leased are used for administrative activities of the MDDA

(ddd) MDDA staff

(eee) MDDA’s budgeted staff complement of 32

Brand South Africa

(b) (i) Brand South Africa has not bought any building

(ii) Yes

(aaa) (aaaa) 2012-13 R1,722,880

2013-14 R2,933,378 (acquired additional space)

2014-15 R3,171,756 (acquired additional space)

(bbbb) 2012-13 Approximately 1,711.43m2

2013-14 Approximately 1,711.43m2

2014-15 Approximately 1,711.43m2

(bbb) The building was leased for Locality and proximity to the stakeholders.

(ccc) The building is used for administrative purposes and facilitating meetings and marketing events when required.

(ddd) The building currently accommodates the employees of BRAND SA

(eee) The number of people that occupy the building space:

2012-13, 33 out of 43 funded positions;

2013-14 32 out of 43 funded positions;

2014-15 41 out of 57 funded positions

Film and Publications Board

(b) (i) Brand South Africa has not bought any building

(ii) Yes

(aa) 1. Gauteng Head Office

2. Durban Regional Office

3. Cape Town Regional Office

(aaa) (aaaa) 2012-13 R 3,247,344

2013-14 R 3,204,015

2014-15 R 3,756,160

(bbbb) Size of the Gauteng Head Office is 1,775 m2

(bbb) For office accommodation/administration/regional compliance monitoring

(ccc) For office accommodation/administration/regional compliance monitoring),

(ddd) FPB employees

(eee) 79 employees

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa

(b) (i) ICASA has not bought any building

(ii) Yes

(aa) 1. Cape Town

2. Bloemfontein

3. Port Elizabeth

4. Sandton

5. Durban

(aaa)

1. Cape Town:

2012-13 R0

2013-14 R0

2014-15 R57,130.42 monthly

2. Bloemfontein:

2012-13 R72,732.00 monthly

3. Port Elizabeth

2012-13 R113,000.00 monthly

4. Sandton

2012-13 R1,418,311.00

2013-14 R1,536,562.68

2014-15 R1,664,720.98

5. Durban

2013-14 R108,988.53

(bbb) 1. Cape Town 109 square meters

2. Bloemfontein 827 square meters

3. Port Elizabeth 791 square meters

4. Durban 591

(ccc) & (ddd) For use and occupation

(eee) 1. Cape Town: 12

2. Bloemfontein: 11

3. Port Elizabeth: 11

4. Sandton: 249

5. Durban 11

MR J RANTETE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

21 December 2015 - NW4023

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 3656 on 3 November 2015, she will provide a comprehensive answer to all questions posed; if not, why not; if so, by when can the comprehensive reply be expected?

Reply:

The Department of Communications is of the view that the reply provided to Parliamentary Question 3656 is comprehensive enough, unless if the Honourable member can be more specific.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

21 December 2015 - NW4060

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether his department has taken steps to strengthen the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in order to promote the development of Information Communication Technology infrastructure that is reliable, secure and affordable; if not, why not; if so, (a) how has ICASA been strengthened, (b) what has ICASA done with its additional powers and (c) to what extent does South Africa now have Information Communication Technology infrastructure that is robust, reliable, secure and most importantly, affordable?

Reply:

(1) The Ministry of Communications has taken steps to strengthen the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in order to promote the development of Information Communication Technology infrastructure that is reliable, secure and affordable. The Minister will be tabling the ICASA Amendment Bill 2016 to specifically address these issues. Some of the issues will also be dealt with in the Green Paper on Broadcasting Policy Review:

(a) ICASA will be strengthened once we finalized and agree on the policy positions in the Green Paper and Bill.

(b) ICASA will use its additional powers, if any will be given, once the above processes have been finalized.

(c ) The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services is the one addressing infrastructure issues, Ministry of Communications is now dealing with media and content issues

MR J RANTETE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

21 December 2015 - NW4030

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any of the entities reporting to her purchased any 2015 Rugby World Cup (i) tickets, (ii) clothing and/or (iii) other specified paraphernalia; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, (aa) what (aaa) are the details and (bbb) is the total cost of the items purchased, (bb)(aaa) how many items were purchased and (bbb) why, (cc)(aaa) to whom has each specified item been allocated and (bbb) why have the specified items been allocated to the specified persons and (dd)(aaa) on what basis was the decision taken to purchase each specified item and (bbb) on whose authority was the decision taken to make the specified purchases?

Reply:

Department of Communications

(a) The Department of Communications has not purchased any 2015 Rugby World Cup tickets, clothing and other specified paraphernalia.

South African Broadcasting Corporation

(b) (i) No tickets were bought, the Production crew accessed the games through accreditation?

(ii) 4600 Rugby Shirts were bought for Some Staff members, as part of the Bok Friday Marketing campaign to create awareness and interest of the campaign to support our on air HABASHWE campaign.

(iii) None

(aa) None

(bbb) Total Cost of T-Shirts is 1.8 Million

(bb)(aaa) 4600

(bbb) Rugby Shirts were bought for some Staff members, as part of the Bok Friday Marketing campaign to create awareness and interest of the campaign to support our on air #HABASHWE campaign

(cc)(aaa) allocation was to most of SABC Employees including on air personalities within our RADIO NEWS TV Platforms and the SABC Staff

(dd)(aaa) the items were purchased to drive the SABC On Air and Below the line brand campaign of #HABASHWE,

(bbb) The Operations Committee of the SABC took the decision.

Media Development and Diversity Agency

(b) The Media Development and Diversity Agency has not purchased any 2015 Rugby World Cup tickets, clothing and other specified paraphernalia.

Brand South Africa

(b) (i) There were no tickets purchased for the Rugby 2015 World Cup,

(ii) Yes there was clothing

(iii) Yes there was paraphernalia

(aa) Scarves, Hand held South African Flags and South African flag branded tote bags.

(aaa) 500 scarves were distributed and 500 South African Flag branded tote bags and 500 hand held South African flags were purchased

(bbb) The total value for the scarves distributed is R40 000 (taken from the BSA existing stock), South African Flag branded tote bags purchased for GBP1257.60 and South African hand held flags is R9975.00

(bb)(aaa) 500 scarves, 500 South African hand held flags and South African Flag branded tote bags

(cc)(aa) The above stated collateral was distributed to all the fan zones

(bbb) To create awareness about South Africa

(dd)(aaa) The decision to purchase each specified item was on the basis of Brand South Africa to market South Africa as a brand.

(bbb) The decision was taken on the Acting Chief Marketing Officer Brand South Africa delegation of authority.

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa

(b) ICASA has not purchased any 2015 Rugby World Cup tickets, clothing and other specified paraphernalia.

Film and Publications Board

(b) FPB has not purchased any 2015 Rugby World Cup tickets, clothing and other specified paraphernalia.

MR J RANTETE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

21 December 2015 - NW3066

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

a) How does her department define red tape and b) what (i) specific interventions/or (ii) systems have been implemented to (aa) identify and (bb) reduce red tape in (aaa) her department and (bbb) the entities reporting to her?

Reply:

(a) Red tape in the department of international relations and cooperation is seen as an obstructive bureaucratic routine or procedure that unduly hinders an official action.

(b) Specific interventions to reduce red tape in the department are to emphasise the application of SMART principles (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) in the execution of its duties, roles and responsibilities.

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21 December 2015 - NW4183

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether any of the metropolitan municipalities have any average-speed-overdistance cameras installed in the municipality; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details in each case and (b) has there been any positive results from the installation of these cameras?

Reply:

The following response is based on the information provided by three Metropolitan Municipalities, City of Cape Town, eThekwini and Mangaung. The remaining five Metropolitan Municipalities, Buffalo City, City of Joburg, City of Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Ekurhuleni did not meet the deadline for submission of responses. Attempts are being made to obtain the information from the outstanding Metropolitan Municipalities and will be made available on receipt

thereof.

Hereunder are the responses from the responded Metropolitan Municipalities.

Reply by City of Cape Town

(a)"Yes, the City of Cape Town has average-speed-over-distance cameras installed on the M5, Nelson Mandela Boulevard and the N2 incoming.

(b) Yes, there has been a dramatic reduction in road accidents and fatality rates within four months following the installation of the cameras. 11


Reply by eThekwini Metro

(a) "This Municipality does not have any average speed over distance cameras, reason being that the majority of roads into and out of EThekwini are Provincial Roads and not Municipal roads, thus a Provincial mandate.

(b) Secondly it is not really practical in an urban environment where speeding is a short-distance-location problem with the road geometry and environment changing so much over the length. Generally, congestion and traffic signals/stop control would negate its effectiveness. In an urban environment it is the spot speed that is of concern and not the average speed per se. "


Reply by Mangaung Metro

(a) "Yes, the Municipality has procured fixed and mobile cameras. However, the average speed limit prosecution over extended distance requires that where the average offender is not immediately stopped and charged, the issuing authority that wants to use the camera for prosecution purposes shall obtain written permission from the Director of Public Prosecutions for the roads or sections of roads where it intends on doing such prosecution whether such camera is fixed or mobile. Each case is dealt with according to its own merits to make for the operational guidelines in order to ensure the accuracy and reliability of measurements results for fair prosecution the decision whether or not to prosecute still remains in the discretion of the prosecutor.

(b) Yes high volume of speed offenders are apprehended day and night it must a/so be noted that preparations using distance over time measuring

equipment prior to the instrument being used for prosecution purposes should be adhered to , site selection for the equipment to be used in any traffic condition provided that a clear view of identified markers must be visible and adherence to operational procedures for prosecuting guidelines for speed measuring equipment and traffic light violations monitoring equipment.
 

 

21 December 2015 - NW3274

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Police

(1)What (a) total amount did his department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) is the total number of trips that were undertaken; (2) what is the total amount that his department spent on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

(1)(a), (b) and (2)(a) and (b)

The information pertaining to the South African Police Service between Gauteng and Cape Town based on an internal survey is as follows:

(1)(a) R2 062 377.37 spent on commercial air travel.

(1)(b) 371 commercial trips.

(2)(a) R855 862.98

(2)(b) Nil

21 December 2015 - NW2991

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

(1) If, given the fact that the protection of investment treaty between SA and Zimbabwe does not retroactively make provision for the protection of the property rights of SA citizens against confiscation and/or illegal occupation before the treaty entered into force, she has had any discussions with the Zimbabwean Government to discuss compensation for the group of South Africans whose property was taken from them unlawfully and which is not protected by the protection of investment treaty; if not, why not, seen against the background of the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the RSA, 1996, and applicable international law; if yes, what are the relevant details; (2) If she is considering taking steps to promote the rights of SA citizens who, before the coming into force of the treaty, were disadvantaged by the Zimbabwean authorities and/or illegal occupiers, and to claim compensation for their losses; if not, why not; seen against the background of the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the RSA, 1996, and applicable international law; if yes, what are the relevant details; (3) What steps will she take with regard to the current unlawful confiscation of the property rights of South African citizens in Zimbabwe by the Zimbabwean Government and/or illegal occupiers?

Reply:

  1. Since 2000, the South African government has been in discussion with the government of Zimbabwe with regard to the issue of land reform and how it affected South African farmers in Zimbabwe. However the discussions were constrained by the absence of an investment protection mechanism between the two countries. The Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (BIPPA) was signed in 2009 in Harare and came into force in 2010, but Article 11 thereof, does not provide for retrospective application. The South African government, none the less continues to engage the government of Zimbabwe to intercede on behalf of South African farmers within the provisions of the International conventions and applicable South African Legal Instruments.
  2. The available steps for compensation include provision for the matter to be negotiated between the affected farmer and the relevant Zimbabwean Authorities. The applicable Zimbabwean law in this regard will be the Acquisition of Farm Equipment and Material Act of 2004, which stipulates that compensation is only paid for improvements on the land and equipment.
  3. The steps that the Department takes upon receipt of information that South Africans’ rights have been infringed, is to engage diplomatically with the relevant Zimbabwean authorities, in accordance with the provisions of international conventions and applicable South African legal instruments

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21 December 2015 - NW3921

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether the Government provides any form of funding to any of the various foreign (a) embassies and/or (b) diplomatic missions located in the country; if not, what is her department’s position in this regard; if so, which state’s (i) embassy and/or (ii) diplomatic mission is funded by the Government and (iii) what amount did the country pay to the specified state in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

Quote:

  1. Yes, funding is provided to a foreign Embassies
  2. & (ii) The Funding is provided to the Embassy of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic as well as the Palestine Embassy
  3. The amount paid by the country to the Embassy of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic is as follows:
  4. 2012-13: R 1 464 000
  5. 2013-14: R 1 610 000
  6. 2014-15: R 1 610 000
  7. The amount paid by the country to the Palestine Embassy is as follows:
  8. 2012-13: R 1 393 000
  9. 2013-14: R 1 393 000
  10. 2014-15: R 1 393 000

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21 December 2015 - NW4185

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

Whether any of the metropolitan municipalities measure the average time it takes to fix (a) potholes, (b) street lights and (c) traffic lights; if not, why not; if so, (i) which metros, (ii) what is the average time in each case, (iii) how is this measured and (iv) what is the specified municipality doing to improve performance in this area?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the metropolitan municipalities and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4188

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

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 151 on 26 February 2015, (i) he has received the outstanding information; (ii) if not, why not; if so, (iii) when will the specified information be provided?

Reply:

Yes.

( 1) (i) The following response is a follow up on Parliamentary Question 151 dated 26 February 2015 whereby only five (5) out of thirty (30) municipalities submitted the requested information. Of the twenty five (25) remaining municipalities, sixteen (16) have since submitted the outstanding information to the Limpopo Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Limpopo: COGHSTA). The legal costs incurred for 2012/13 and 2013/14 financial years are tabulated in Annexure "A" hereto;

(ii) Nine (9) municipalities did not meet the deadline for submission of responses. However, the municipalities have been requested to respond accordingly; and

(iii) The outstanding information from nine (9) municipalities will be delivered to the Honourable Member as soon as it has been received by the Limpopo: COGHSTA.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NUMBER 2015/4188
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04 DECEMBER 2015
 

Herewith a reply drafted by: Recommended

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Acting Executive Manager: LG LS & IE Acting Deputy Director-General: R& UD & LS

Date: 10/12/15 Date: 2015/12/11

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DIRECTOR-GENERAL
DATE: 11/12/2015

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DATE: 11/12/2015

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21 December 2015 - NW4258

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) How many vacancies are there currently in each metropolitan municipality in respect of each job (i) category and (ii) level and (b) for how long has each specified post in each job (i) category and (ii) level been vacant?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Metros and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.

 

21 December 2015 - NW4224

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) Whether South Africa voted in the vote taken on 30 October 2015 in respect of the resolution to accept, among other states, the State of Israel as a member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space Affairs; if not, why not; if so, in what committee did South Africa vote; (2) Whether the specified resolution will be made available to the public; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the further relevant details; (3) Did South Africa vote in favour of the specified resolution; if not, why not; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

In response to (1), yes South Africa did vote on the 30th of October 2015 during the United Nations General Assembly 4th Committee’s meeting on the draft decision A/C.4/70/L.7 entitled “Increase in the membership of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space”.

In response to (2), the specific decision as well as background information on the United Nations General Assembly 4th Committee issues, is available to the public and can be found on the United Nations website at: http://www.un.org/en/ga/fourth/70/documentation.shtml

In response to (3), a recorded vote was requested during which South Africa voted in the affirmative. The voting process called specifically for the inclusion of all applicants namely: Qatar, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, and Israel. Furthermore, South Africa was a part of the general consensus which reflected 117 Member States voting “yes” with, 21 “abstentions” and 1 voting “no”.

21 December 2015 - NW4228

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

(1)Whether each of the five provinces which have been declared drought disaster areas have been gazetted; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will this be done; if so, on what date in each case; (2) (a) how much money has been allocated for drought relief for each affected province and (b) from which budgets will the specified funds be allocated; (3) (a) which areas are affected in each province, (b) what kind of intervention measures are planned and (c) when will the specified measures commence?

Reply:

  1. Yes. All the provinces have been gazetted. The details are in the table below:

Province

Gazette date for drought

  1. KwaZulu-Natal

17 December 2014 and

20 November 2015

  1. North West

24 July 2015

  1. Free State

4 September 2015

  1. Limpopo

13 November 2015

  1. Mpumalanga

25 November 2015 (Premier’s Notice)

2. (a) The National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) allocated an amount of R24.6 million to KwaZulu-Natal in March 2015 as the province was the first to declare a state of drought disaster in this current drought cycle. The amount was made available to address immediate needs regarding water supply for human consumption in the declared areas. The Department of Water and Sanitation also allocated an amount of R352 million for affected municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

(b) The funds allocated to KwaZulu-Natal by the National Disaster Management Centre is from the Disaster Grant within the departmental budget vote. The indication from the Department of Water and Sanitation is that allocated funds were reprioritised from existing departmental grants.

3. (a) Areas affected in provinces:

Province

Areas affected by drought

  1. KwaZulu-Natal

Ugu District Municpality

  • Hibiscus Coast
  • Umdoni
  • Umzumbe
  • Vulamehlo
  • Umuziwabantu

Umgungundlovu District Municipality

  • uMshwathi
  • Richmond
  • Mpofana
  • Mkhambathini

Uthukela District Municipality

  • Emnambithi/ Ladysmith
  • Indaka
  • Umtshezi
  • Imbabazane

Amajuba District Municipality

  • Newcastle
  • eMadlangeni
  • Dannhauser

Umzinyathi District Municipality

  • Umvoti
  • Nqutu
  • Msinga
  • Endumeni

Zululand District Municipality

  • AbaQulusi
  • Ulundi
  • eDumbe
  • Nongoma
  • uPhongolo

uMkhanyakude District Municipality

  • Umhlabuyalingana
  • Jozini
  • Big Five False Bay
  • Hlabisa
  1. North West

Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality

Ruth Mompati District Municipality

Bojanala District Municipality

Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality

  1. Free State

Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality

  • Mantsopa
  • Setsoto
  • Dihlabeng
  • Nketoana
  • Maluti-a-Phofung
  • Phumelela

Fezile Dabi District Municipality

  • Moqhaka
  • Ngwathe
  • Metsimaholo
  • Mafube

Xhariep District Municipality

  • Letsemeng
  • Kopanong
  • Mohokare
  • Naledi

Lejweleputswa District Municipality

  • Masilonyana
  • Tokologo
  • Tswelopele
  • Matjhabeng
  • Nala

Mangaung Metropolitan (Premier’s Notice)

  1. Limpopo

Capricorn District Municipality

  • Aganang
  • Polokwane
  • Molemole
  • Blouberg
  • Lepelle-Nkumpi

Mopani District Municipality

  • Greater Giyani
  • Greater Tzaneen
  • Greater Letaba
  • Baphalaborwa
  • Maruleng

Sekhukhune District Municipality

  • Elias Motswaledi
  • Ephraim Mogale
  • Greater Tubatse
  • Makhuduthamaga
  • Feta-Kgomo

Waterberg

  • Bela-Bela
  • Modimolle
  • Mookgophong
  • Mogalakwena
  • Lephalale
  • Thabazimbi

Vhembe

  • Makhado
  • Mutale
  • Musina
  • Thulamela
  1. Mpumalanga

(Premier’s Notice)

  • Chief Albert Luthuli Local municipality
  • Msukaligwa Local municipality
  • Mkhondo Local municipality
  • Dr J.S. Moroka Local municipality
  • Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme Local municipality
  • Thembisile Hani Local municipality
  • Dipaleseng Local municipality
  • Govan Mbeki Local municipality
  • Lekwa Local municipality
  • Emakhazeni Local municipality
  • Thaba Chweu Local municipality
  • Nkomazi Local municipality
  • Bushbuckridge Local municipality
  • Umjindi Local municipality

(b) The priority currently regarding interventions is to address the immediate needs of the affected communities. The priority is on water for human consumption, water for livestock consumption as well as livestock feed.

(c) The implementation of specified measures have commenced already by the various sector departments. The affected sector departments have reprioritised resources from existing resources to address drought related challenges in the affected areas.

21 December 2015 - NW4251

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng has been approached by Rand Water to assist in installing a telemetry system at all its reservoirs; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified municipality approached and (b) what was the response of the specified municipality; (2) (a) what has he found it would cost to install a telemetry system at all the reservoirs in the Ekurhuleni metro and (b) by when could this be done?

Reply:

This information has been requested from the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and will be communicated to the Honorable Member when it is available.