Questions and Replies

22 September 2015 - NW3105

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether the recently recalled defective rapid HIV test kits came from a batch or batches that were tested for quality by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD); if not, why not; if so, provide a copy of the report(s) issued by the NICD for these batches; (2) how many batches of rapid HIV test kits have been imported by certain suppliers (names furnished) in each case since 1 April 2014; (3) whether each of the specified batches were tested for quality by the NICD before distribution; if not, why not; if so, in respect of each of the batches, (a) what was the batch number, (b) when was an NICD report on the quality of the relevant product issued and (c) what were the findings of each report?

Reply:

(1) Yes the batches were tested by the NICD prior to distribution. Pre distribution reports attached. At the time of initial testing, the batches met the requirements.

Advanced Quality Titima Medical 2015011616_PMS FEB 2015

Advanced Quality Titima Medical 2015010602_PMS JAN 2015

Advanced Quality Titima Medical 201501 615_PMS FEB 2015


(2)

 

SUPPLIER

NO. OF BATCHES RECEIVED AND TESTED

 

ABON

26

 

TITIMA MEDICAL

13

 

ADVANCED QUALITY ARMADA

9


(3) (a)-(c) Reports attached with batch numbers. All reports met the required specifications.

Herewith the batches distributed by Armada / Advanced Quality as from the start of the new tender in 2014:

2014071401

2014071701

2014080101

2014090221

2014091821

2014092308

2014112702

2014121510

2014122409

Total of 9 batches distributed to date.

 

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22 September 2015 - NW2906

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether the country is winning the fight against tuberculosis (TB); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he has found that the current reality with regard to TB indicates that measures currently in place are adequate; if not, (a) what is being done to re-assess the situation urgently and (b) what urgent steps are being taken to bring the situation under control; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) how do these measures compare with best practice in other countries?

Reply:

1. Yes Honourable Member, the Department has definitely made serious strides in the war against TB. The treatment success was 76% in 2009 and it is 89% now. By 2009 70 000 people were dying of TB per annum but now the figure has dropped to 40 000. However, TB still remains the biggest killer in our country.

2. Yes the measures are doing well but we need to do more to eradicate TB. Hence the President announced in the State of the Nation Address this year that we are going to focus on TB.

The Deputy President launched a massive TB screening campaign on 24 March this year, focusing on high prevalence districts, the mineworkers and the inmates in Correctional Service facilities.

We used to have only 9 centralised treatment centres to treat MDR-TB and XDR-TB. Now we have 298 decentralised sites, 272 satellite sites and 150 injection teams to help decentralise management of MDR-TB and XDR-TB.

We have trained 1 700 nurses to manage MDR-TB and 230 of them can even initiate treatment of MDR-TB in the absence of a doctor.

3. According to Stop TB Partnership, the measures in South Africa are far ahead of many countries, for instance there are 700 patients globally who are on Bedaquiline treatment. A total of 400 of these are in South Africa alone. The remainder is scattered all over the world. We are now putting 3 000 on Bedaquiline this financial year.

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22 September 2015 - NW3435

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

Whether, considering reports that South Africa could face as many as 60 000 job losses in 2015, mainly in mining and steel industries, she has put plans in place to turn the situation around?

Reply:

MINISTER OF LABOUR REPLIED:

Both the Department of Mineral Resources and the Department of Labour are handling this matter in terms of applicable legislations, viz; Section 189A of the Labour Relations Act and Section 52 of MPRDA. The CCMA is also fully engaged on this matter.

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22 September 2015 - NW3186

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

(1)What is the basis of the cost of collection of the contract with a certain company (name furnished) and/or its subsidiaries for the installation, maintenance, management and vending related to smart electricity meters in the City of Tshwane, as (a) calculated by the metro and (b) presented to the Council by the specified company and/or its subsidiaries; (2) who calculated the cost of collection on which the actual contract is based; (3) whether the actual cost of collection matches the costs presented in the initial proposal; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is the actual cost of collection?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, since requested the City of Tshwane to provide this information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.



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22 September 2015 - NW3202

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Economic Development

(1) Considering the usefulness of visiting other countries and learning lessons from their practices and experiences, (a) what is the total number of days that he has spent out of the country in (i) 2014 and (ii) from 1 January 2015 up to the latest date for which information is available, (b) which countries did he visit and (c) what useful lessons did he learn; (2) has he put the lessons he has learnt into practice; if so, (3) did the specified lessons yield positive results; if not, why not; if so, what were the results?

Reply:

During the period from 1 January 2014 until 15 September 2015, a total of 18 days were spent outside the country (excluding travel time) on official trips to the United Kingdom, Indonesia, the United States and Switzerland, to meet investors or to showcase examples from South Africa to other policy-makers.

In the course of such engagement, both parties normally share national experiences. The observations of the experience of other countries help to shape the refinement and implementation of our policies. In none of these cases did we take an existing policy or practice from another country and simply implement it, which limits the assessment of their impact on our domestic economy.

Investor feedback has been helpful however in confirming the value of actions taken in respect of the export of scrap metal, the renewable energy programme and the shift of focus of skills training to technical and artisanal skills. In addition, valuable insights have been gained on the importance of infrastructure investment for economic development.

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22 September 2015 - NW3185

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What progress has been made in the (a) investigation and/or (b) prosecution in a certain matter (details furnished) which was formerly investigated by the Specialised Investigating Unit and which is currently with the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit in Pretoria?

Reply:

a)   I wish to inform the Honourable Member that the investigation is at an advanced stage after suffering delays when both the lead investigator in the South African Police Services and prosecutor in the National Prosecuting Authority left the case in the middle before the investigation was completed.

b)   The investigation is anticipated to be finalised during the course of this year (2015).



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22 September 2015 - NW3183

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What amount has been spent on the traveling costs of the (a) Chief Justice and (b) his entourage, including the breakdown of the names of persons and their specific ranks, in the (i) 2012-13 and (ii) 2013-14 financial years?

Reply:

 

(a)  (i) During the period 2012-13, the Chief Justice travelled on official international trips to the Seychelles, Korea, France, Italy, Russia, Germany, Ghana, Mozambique and Mauritius. The total costs for these official trips amounted to R677 214.21

(a)  (ii) In the year 2013-14, the Chief Justice travelled on official international trips to Benin, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, Tanzania, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Nigeria. The total costs for these trips amounted to R879 073.72

(b)  (i) 2012-13 - Chief Justice’s entourage

Official trip to Seychelles

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following Judicial Officers and officials:

  • Justice Y Mokgoro, retired Judge of the Constitutional Court
  • Justice L Theron, Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal
  • Dr G Moshoeu, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Judicial Education Institute
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aid to the Chief Justice

Official trip to Korea

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following persons:

  • Mrs A Mogoeng, Chief Justice’s spouse
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aid to the Chief Justice

Official trip to France, Italy, Russia and Germany

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following Judicial Officers and officials:

  • President L Mpati, President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (All four countries)
  • Justice C Jafta, Justice of the Constitutional Court (All four countries)
  • Dr K De Wee, Acting Secretary General of the Office of the Chief Justice (As he was then) (All four countries)
  • Ms M Sejosengwe, Chief Director: Court Services (As she was then) (All four countries)
  • Mr S Masisi, Director: Executive Support (All four countries)

Official trips to Ghana and Mozambique

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following officials:

  • Ms M Sejosengwe, Chief Director: Court Services (As she was then)
  • Mr S Masisi, Director: Executive Support

Official trip to Mauritius

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following persons:

    • Mrs A Mogoeng, Chief Justice’s Spouse
  • Mr S Masisi, Director: Executive Support
  • Ms R Leyds, Executive Personal Assistant to the Chief Justice.

The costs for the Chief Justice’s entourage for all the official international trips for the period 2012-13 amounted to R1 122 751. 28.

(b) (ii) 2013-14 - Chief Justice’s entourage

Official trip to Benin

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following officials:

  • Mr S Chiloane, Acting Chief Director: Judicial Policy and Research
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aide to the Chief Justice
  • Mr M Mama, Security Coordinator

Official trips to Germany, United Kingdom, Norway

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following Judicial Officers and officials:

  • President L Mpati, President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (All three countries)
  • Deputy President K Mthiyane, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (All three countries)
  • Justice J Van Der Westhuizen, Justice of the Constitutional Court (Germany only)
  • Justice S Khampepe, Justice of the Constitutional Court (Germany only)
  • Justice J Froneman, Justice of the Constitutional Court (Germany only)
  • Justice C Jafta, Justice of the Constitutional Court (Germany only)
  • Justice R Zondo, Justice of the Constitutional Court (Germany only)
  • Judge President M Leeuw, Judge President of the North West Division of the High Court (United Kingdom and Norway)
  • Judge President D Mlambo, Judge President of the Gauteng Division of the High Court (United Kingdom only)
  • Ms M Sejosengwe, Secretary General of the Office of the Chief Justice (United Kingdom and Norway)
  • Mr S Chiloane, Acting Chief Director: Judicial Policy and Research (All three countries)
  • Mr S Masisi, Director: Executive Support (United Kingdom and Norway)
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aide to the Chief Justice (All three countries)
  • Mr Z Jekeqa, Protocol Coordinator (All three countries)

Official trip to Tanzania

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following officials:

  • Mr S Chiloane, Acting Chief Director: Judicial Policy and Research
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aide to the Chief Justice
  • Mr Z Ntswanti, Deputy Director: Research

Official trips to Malaysia, Qatar and Singapore

The Chief Justice’s entourage for the consisted of the following Judicial officers and officials:

  • President L Mpati, President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (All three)
  • Deputy President K Mthiyane, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Justice S Majiedt, Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Judge President M Leeuw, Judge President of the North West Division of the High Court (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Judge President D Mlambo, Judge President of the Gauteng Division of the High Court (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Judge M Rampai, Acting Judge President of the Free State Division of the High Court, (as he was then) (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Judge N Erasmus, Judge of the Western Cape Division of the High Court (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Judge A Jappie, Judge of the KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court (All three countries)
  • Mr K Nqadala, Regional Court President (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr D Niar, Chief Magistrate (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Dr G Moshoeu, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Judicial Education Institute (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr M Doralingo, Chief Director: Court Administration (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr P Gagai, Director: Judicial Policy (All three countries)
  • Adv E Seema, Director: Superior Courts (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr S Ntsimane, Executive Manager, Information, Communication and Technology (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr G Lesiba, Chairperson of the Integrated Justice System Board (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aide to the Chief Justice (All three countries)
  • Mr Z Jekeqa, Protocol Coordinator (Malaysia and Singapore)

Official trip to Nigeria

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following persons:

  • Mrs A Mogoeng, Chief Justice’s spouse
  • Mr M Mama, Security Coordinator

The costs for the Chief Justice’s entourage for all the international trips for the period 2013-14 amounted to R4 287 509. 48.




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22 September 2015 - NW3509

Leader of Opposition (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Has her Department extended an invitation to the President of Sudan, Mr Omar al-Bashir, to attend the sixth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation which will be hosted in the country on 4 and 5 December 2015; if not, when does her department intend to do so; if so, who authorised the invitation?

Reply:

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation does not extend invitations to Presidents.

 

 

END

22 September 2015 - NW2994

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether her department is in any way involved in research regarding the new nuclear build programme in the country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

REPLY:

 

The Department is not involved in research regarding the new nuclear build programme in the country since the nuclear technology option/choice is yet to be decided on.  However, there are existing initiatives in support of nuclear energy industry that the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is involved in for the development of know-how and technologies in the nuclear technologies fields.

 

These include the Nuclear Engineering Research Chair at North West University; Carbon Materials and Technology Chair at the University of Pretoria; Advanced Materials Initiative (AMI); South African Nuclear Human Asset Research Programme (SANHARP); Masters in Accelerator and Nuclear Science (MANUS) and Masters in Material Science (MatSci) programme, involving the University of Zululand, the University of the Western Cape and iThemba Labs.

 

The focus of the work is as follows:

  • Nuclear safety, which includes radiation effects of mining and routine discharges of Koeberg nuclear power station and also radiation standards and regulations;
  • Nuclear materials beneficiation;
  • Carbon technologies research with emphasis on nuclear graphite technology to support nuclear power generation;
  • Reactor technology research on modelling and simulation of nuclear reactors and their associated power plants and process applications. These models are applied in the analysis, design and optimisation of pressurised water reactors and high temperature reactors;
  • Nuclear project management, nuclear energy economics; and
  • Collaborative research on system analysis of passive safe small modular high temperature gas cooled reactors.




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22 September 2015 - NW3270

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister in The Presidency: Women

(1) What (a) total amount did her 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 her 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) The total amount that the department spent on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year is R1, 442,598.01.

(b) The total number of return trips that were undertaken was 68.

(2) (a) The total amount spent by the department on accommodation in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year is R257, 626.03.

(b) The total amount spent by the department on car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year is R107, 251.02.

 

Approved by the Minister on
Date: 22/09/2015

22 September 2015 - NW3350

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether any (a) specified board member, (b) specified executive management member and (c) any other employee of any specified state owned entities travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

ALEXKOR:

Dates travelled: 28 March 2014 to 03 April 2014

(a) Chairperson

(b) Chief Executive Officer and Chief Legal Officer

(c) None

(i) To explore and source funding on a potential collaboration project relating to Alexkor’s

diversification strategy.

(ii)    (aa) R231,475       TOTAL

        (bb) R167,961       Flights

R 63,514 Accommodation

R NIL Allowance

DENEL:

Dates travelled: 01 to 07 December 2014

(a) None

(b) Group Executive Business Development

(c) None

(i) Represented Denel as part of Presidential visit, combined with a follow-up visit to

the UAE and Saudi Arabia on business projects.

(ii) (aa) R 69 300.00 TOTAL

     (bb) R 45 000.00 (ESTIMATE) Flights

R 18 500.00 Accommodation

R 5 800.00 Allowance

 

Dates travelled: 27 to 29 August 2014

(a) None

(b) Group Executive Business Development

(c) None

(i) Represented Denel as part of the official Defence Committee meeting and to

meet on Denel business with Poly Technologies.

(ii) (aa) R 56 300.00 TOTAL

     (bb) R 45 000.00 (ESTIMATE) Flights

R 8 500.00 Accommodation

R 2 800.00 Allowance

SAFCOL:

Dates travelled: 09 to 15 January 2015

(a) Chairperson

(b) Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer

(c) District Manager

(i) The purpose of the trip was to visit China FOMA, a Chinese State Owned

company with the aim of exploring mutually beneficial projects.

(ii) (aa) R200 654.46 TOTAL

     (bb) R139 525.56 Flights

R NIL Accommodation

R 61 128.90 Allowance

SA EXPRESS:

a)  None
b)  None
c)  None
(i) R0
(ii)   (aa) R0
       (bb) R0

TRANSNET:

Two members from the Acquisition and Disposals Committee (a sub-committee of the Board) accompanied by five members of Transnet’s Executive Management travelled to China to, inter alia, confirm the facilities of locomotive bidders, commission locomotive prototypes and meet Transnet employees who were spending long periods of time in training and capacity building initiatives in China in line with the skills transfer clauses in the contract.

Approximately 185 trainees have been exposed to the training as a consequence of the locomotive contracts in China.

All costs related to such travel are capitalised as per the contract and are included in the cost of the contracts as announced.

ESKOM:

(a) No board member travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year.

(a)(i) Not applicable.

(a)(ii)(aa) Not applicable.

(a)(ii)(bb) Not applicable.

(b) Yes, 1 executive member travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial years.

(b)(i) The executive member travelled to China to attend the Annual GO2015 (organization for

large power grid operators, in excess of 50GW).

(b)(ii)(aa) R42 658.83.

(b)(ii)(bb)

Flight ticket

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

R33 482.00

R0

R2 675.83

R6 501.00

(c) Yes, 23 employees travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial years.

(c)(i)

The following employees travelled to China for the following purpose:

Employee

reason for trip

1

Observe supplier audit

2

Department of Trade and Industry(DTI) outward mission

3

Factory evaluations

4

Intergovernmental meeting

5

Observe supplier audit

6

Factory Acceptance Testing for equipment for Ingula

7

Observe supplier audit

8

Factory accreditation

9

Attend DTI Nuclear Energy Investments

10

Official Visit – Accompanying Minister of Energy

11

Factory Acceptance Testing for equipment for Ingula

12

Global efficiency lighting forum

13

IMWA conference in China (sponsored)

14

Factory accreditation

15

High Voltage (HV) testing

16

Executive Committee + Conference

17

IHA board meeting

18

Factory Evaluations

19

Accompany Minister of Energy on an official visit

20

Observe Supplier Audit

21

Accompany Minister of Energy on an official visit

22

Factory evaluations

23

Accompany Department of Energy

(c)(ii)(aa) R 552 254.44

(c)(ii)(bb)

No of Employee

Flight ticket

(R)

Transport

(R)

Accommodation

(R)

Meals

(R)

Total

(R)

1

13 946.17

0

8 650.00

2 265.13

24 861.30

2

16 440.78

440.00

26 060.00

327.03

43 267.81

3

6 616.00

0

9 968.12

217.62

16 801.74

4

16 061.39

0

17 169.78

1 380.20

34 611.37

5

13 946.17

0

8 650.00

2 007.05

24 603.22

6

11 144.00

0

4 861.52

1 166.82

17 172.34

7

13 946.17

3 315.00

8 650.00

2 355.80

28 266.97

8

31 611.00

1 060.20

7 138.36

236.84

40 046.40

9

11 899.00

0

6 251.60

285.65

18 436.25

10

16061.39

0

4652.90***

0

20 714.29

11

10 706.00

0

8400.00

1 034.00

20 140.00

12

*

*

*

*

0

12

**

**

**

**

0

14

13 343.00

0

9560.00

0

22 903.00

15

6 616.00

4 635.60

7 112.54

743.69

19 107.83

16

9 177.00

396.94

10 596.68

815.35

20 985.97

17

13 528.00

0

22 881.99

0

36 409.99

18

6 616.00

0

8 605.35

535.68

15 757.03

19

16 061.39

0

17 169.78

1 436.93

34 668.10

20

13 946.17

0

8 650.00

0

22 596.17

21

16 061.39

0

17 169.78

1 596.20

34 827.37

22

6 616.00

1 095.72

9 579.60

5 415.70

22 707.02

23

16 061.39

0

17 169.78

139.10

33 370.27

TOTAL

280 404.41

10 943.46

238 947.78

21 958.79

552 254.44

*Sponsored by UNEP

**Sponsored by UFS

***This amount was deducted from the employee’s salary.


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22 September 2015 - NW3273

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

(1) What (a) total amount did her 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 her department spent on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

REPLY:

1(a) The total amount her department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year were as follows:

  • 2014/2015: R 439 893.90

1(b) the total number of trips that were undertaken was as follows;

  • 2014/2015: 75 Trips

 

2(a) the total amount that her department spent on accommodation was as follows:

  • 2014/2015: R 210 542.21

2(b) the total amount that her department spent car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year were as follows

  • 2014/2015: R 115 795.21



END

22 September 2015 - NW2925

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether his department meets the Government’s 2% employment equity target for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set in 2005; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Office of the Chief Justice received its own budget vote with effect from 1 April 2015. I can report that to date the employment equity rate for the employment of persons with disabilities in the Office of the Chief Justice is at 1.2% which is below the national target of 2% by 0.8%.



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22 September 2015 - NW2984

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether the Cool Air Community Hall in Cool Air, Kwazulu-Natal, was owned by the former Services Board before 1994; if so, (a) when was the hall transferred to the uMshwathi Local Municipality and (b) what process was followed; (2) what arrangements have been put in place for Cool Air Secondary School to make use of the hall?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, since requested the uMshwathi Local Municipality to provide this information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.

END

22 September 2015 - NW3207

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(1) What is the failure rate in each subject constituting the Emergency Medical Care and Rescue Diploma at the Central University of Technology in the Free State; (2) have there been student protests concerning aspects of the specified failure rate, if so, what are the relevant details of these protests; (3) is the University aware that the life of one of the lecturers (name furnished), who is in charge of one or more of these courses has been threatened; (4) (a) has the University received and taken cognisance of (i) a petition requesting the specified person to be removed from the course and (ii) numerous affidavits from signatories to that petition stating that it was signed under false pretences and (b) is the specified person continuing to teach the course; (5) Has the University intervened at any stage in the programme or any of its component courses in order to alter the pass rate after these protests; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department does not manage the affairs of any university and the following responses to the above questions have been obtained from the Central University of Technology (CUT):

  1. The success rate of the Emergency Medical Care (EMC) programme is currently below 50% compared to the university average of 76%. Ten students graduated on 4 September 2015 with the Diploma in EMC with 87 students at years two and three levels in the programme.
  2. No student protests have occurred, however some of the students reported the challenges experienced in the programme to the media. The Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic and Research, Acting Dean and Head of Department (HOD) engaged with the students and staff to discuss and put strategies in place to address the concerns raised by students and staff.
  3. Yes, the university is aware that the life of Mr RG Campbell, one of the lecturers in charge of one or more of these courses, has been threatened. The University has put processes in place to deal with the matter according to its internal policies.
  4. Yes, the university took cognisance of this petition and alleged false pretences. The Dean, HOD and Director of Human Resources have had several engagements with the particular staff member and students. This matter has been resolved and the lecturer has continued lecturing from July 2015.
  5. The following interventions were implemented by the university during 2014/15:
  • A task team was established to monitor the EMC programme at a strategic level for the period January to June 2015;
  • Accreditation by the Professional Board for Emergency Care;
  • Appointment of an Internal Review Panel;
  • Improvement of the staffing situation in the EMC programme;
  • Strengthening of student academic support;
  • Increase in the effectiveness and efficiency of the Work-Integrated Learning programme to ensure that sufficient placement opportunities for students are secured;
  • Improvement in communication structures;
  • Regular meetings between CUT and the Professional Board;
  • Interventions by Senate; and
  • Regular interventions by university management.




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22 September 2015 - NW3198

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the appointment of a certain person (name and details furnished), who was found guilty by a forensic audit of nepotism, intimidation of external auditors and irregular investment and procurement transactions at the Technology Innovation Agency, he will take steps to ensure the City Manager terminates the specified person’s contract; if not, why not?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We are, however, still investigating the matter and the Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as we get it.


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22 September 2015 - NW3024

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Does any of his department’s employees own (a) mining or (b) prospecting rights; (2) does his department have a policy regarding the issuing of the specified rights to its employees; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the specified policy?

Reply:

  1. (a) (b) No
  2. The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) policy provides that all employees shall declare all remunerative work done outside the department and the Head of the Department shall approve.

Approved/not approved

Adv N.A Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources



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22 September 2015 - NW3329

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Matshobeni, Ms A to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a)(i) What total amount did his department spend on his travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did he undertake between Cape Town and Gauteng in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did his department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for him in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a)(i) what total amount did his department spend on the Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips between Gauteng and Cape Town did the Deputy Minister undertake in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did his department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for the Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

  1. (a) (i) Spent on travel                          R184 543.72

              (ii) Trips undertaken                        27 trips

          (b) (i) Total amount spent on hotel       R0.00

              (ii) Total amount spent on residential or other accommodation:

                     (aa) Cape Town R0.00

                     (bb) Pretoria R0.00

 

     2.   (a) (i) Deputy Minister spent on travel    R160 358.38

               (ii) Trips undertaken                         25 trips

           (b) (i) Total amount spent on hotel         R0.00

               (ii) Total amount spent on residential or other accommodation:

                        (aa) Cape Town R0.00

                        (bb) Pretoria R0.00

END

22 September 2015 - NW2938

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

(1)What is the scope of the section 139(1)(b) intervention at Madibeng Local Municipality in the North West; (2) (a) what will be the cost of rehabilitating the water and sanitation infrastructure in the specified municipality and (b) how will this be funded; (3) whether income from water and sanitation to the specified municipality will be ring-fenced; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, since requested the North West Provincial Government to provide this information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.
 

 

END

22 September 2015 - NW3341

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Why did Transnet not pay out the bonus expected by the middle of 2015 to pensioners who are members of the Transport Pension Fund and the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and are drawing a pension of R15 000 or less per year?

Reply:

As responded to in PQ3010 submitted on 27 August 2015, the ex gratia payments made by Transnet to qualifying pensioners of the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transnet Sub Fund of the Transport Pension Fund are discretionary amounts. No decision has been taken by Transnet to make a payment in the 2015 calendar year.




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22 September 2015 - NW3170

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) What is her department’s position in respect of the statement by Eskom’s spokesperson that Eskom’s financial issues were only partly responsible for the country’s rolling blackouts; (2) whether this is an indication of a greater Government culpability in respect of the blackouts; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.   Eskom’s financial issues are responsible for load shedding in as far as limited funding for maintenance and restrictions on diesel purchases for Open Cycle Gas Turbines are concerned.

​2.  In the main load shedding has been caused by maintenance deferred in the past which resulted in a backlog of maintenance and decline in plant reliability.



END

22 September 2015 - NW3319

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

1. Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2649 on 18 August 2015, he has any scientific facts at hand which prove that English as a medium of instruction will offer all persons access to institutions of higher education, given that there are many areas in the country where the persons are not at all proficient or have very poor communication skills in English; (2) whether he will endeavour to protect all the indigenous official languages, including Afrikaans, against the dominant nature of English in order to prevent English from eventually displacing the other languages, which will lead to entirely English-speaking institutions of higher education, as is the case with the University of Johannesburg; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. There is no need for scientific facts to validate the response provided in my reply to question 2649. The response is validated by the fact that all schools in South Africa teach English, either as a first language or second language, whilst other African languages, including Afrikaans, are also taught as a first or second language, depending on the geographical area or school types. This therefore makes English a common or cross cutting language for all matriculants entering University, something that cannot be said for all other African languages. As mentioned previously, this does not detract from the development of all African languages, which is a necessary process. The fact that some students are not proficient in English is a separate matter, however the fact remains that they have been exposed to English in comparison to other African languages.
     
  2. I would like to indicate that a similar parliamentary question, published in internal question paper no. 25 of 2014, was posed to me. Therefore, the honourable member should refer to my response to question 2319 of November 2014.




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22 September 2015 - NW3211

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

(1)Whether the requisite supply chain management processes were followed in the appointment of a certain company (name and details furnished) by the Elias Motsoaledi Municipality in Limpopo; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the specified company’s tax compliance status was verified with the SA Revenue Service; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) on what date was the specified company appointed by the specified municipality, (b) what amount has been paid by the municipality to the specified company since its appointment and (c) why was it deemed necessary to appoint a company to render the specified service; (4) why are the services of the specified company still needed considering that all the game on the farm have already been sold off; (5) why did the specified security company not prevent the cutting and flattening of the fence around the farm, which resulted in nearby hawkers clearing trees on the farm for firewood?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, since requested the Elias Motsoaledi Municipality to provide this information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.




END

22 September 2015 - NW3437

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

Will (a) the suspension of a certain person (name and details furnished)be lifted and/or (b) a disciplinary hearing take place; if so, (i) when in each case and (ii) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

MINISTER’S REPLY

  1. The certain person is not on suspension and as such the question in its entirety is not relevant.



    END

22 September 2015 - NW3295

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

(1) (a)(i) What total amount did his department spend on his travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did he undertake between Cape Town and Gauteng in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did his department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for him in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a)(i) what total amount did his department spend on each Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips between Gauteng and Cape Town did each Deputy Minister undertake in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did his department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for each Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

(1)(a) (i) The Department spent R479 694 on my air travel costs between Pretoria and Cape Town for the 2014/15 financial year; and R508 844 for car rentals, which comes to a total of R988 538;

        (ii) I undertook 47 trips between Cape Town and Gauteng to attend Parliamentary business in Cape Town for the specified financial year;

(b)(i) I spent R32 023 on hotel accommodation; and

   (ii) regarding residential and other accommodation, this information is not readily available, as I live in my own house in Pretoria, Gauteng when in Pretoria; and I live in the Parliamentary Village in Cape Town when in Parliamentary session in Cape Town.

(2)(a)(i) Regarding the costs of the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Department spent an amount of R202 926 on air travel for 2014/15 and R154 662 for car rentals, which comes to a total of R357 588;

(ii) 67 trips were undertaken between Cape Town and Gauteng by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development;

(b)(i) An amount of R972.00 was spent on hotel accommodation for the relevant Deputy Minister; and

(ii) regarding residential and other accommodation, this information is not readily available, as the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development lives in his own house in Gauteng; and he lives in the Parliamentary Village in Cape Town when in Parliamentary session in Cape Town.


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22 September 2015 - NW2802

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department meets the Government’s 2% employment equity target for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set in 2005; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No, the Department has not yet met this target. However, the Department has disabled people who refuse to be classified as such. Hence the Department dropped below 1% on this target.

END.

22 September 2015 - NW3330

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

(a)(i) What total amount did her department spend on her travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did she undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for her in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

(a) (i) The department spent R275, 905 on travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year for the Minister.

(ii) The Minister undertook 27 trips between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year

(b) (i) (aa) Not applicable.
(ii) (aa) Not applicable.

(i) (bb) Not applicable.

(ii) (bb) Not applicable

Approved by the Minister on
Date
: 18/09/2015

22 September 2015 - NW3212

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

(1)Whether the Elias Motsoaledi Municipality has contracted any person or company to provide refuse removal services in the municipality; if so, (a) what is the name of the person or company and (b) what is the (i) value and (ii) duration of the specified contract; (2) whether the specified contractor uses (a) tools, (b) vehicles and (c) fuel owned by (i) drivers and (ii) labourers employed by the specified municipality when undertaking the refuse removal services; if not, does the specified contractor only use its own equipment and staff; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, since requested the Elias Motsoaledi Municipality to provide this information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.





END

22 September 2015 - NW2820

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

(1)Whether a closeout report has been submitted for the term of a certain person (name furnished) as administrator of Makana Local Municipality; if not, (a) why not and (b) when can such a report be expected; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether, if such a report has been submitted, each key objective as identified in the person’s letter of appointment was achieved; if not, why not; if so, what is the current status thereof; (3) what is the current financial status of the municipality as at the end of the administration period in terms of (a) creditors in each aging category, (b) debtors in each aging category and (c) cash-on-hand; (4) what was the financial status of the municipality at the start of the administration period in terms of (a) creditors in each aging category, (b) debtors in each aging category and (c) cash-on-hand?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, since requested the Eastern Cape Provincial Government to provide this information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.




END

22 September 2015 - NW3626

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What cases are currently being investigated by the various Specialised Commercial Crimes Units across the country and (b) which of the specified cases are currently before the courts?

Reply:

a)     The Commercial Crimes Investigation Units are currently investigating Common law and Statutory Crimes relating to Fraud, Electronic Banking Crimes , Municipal Fraud, Theft ,Corruption ,Money Laundering ;Counterfeit Goods Act , Prevention Of Organised Crime Act; Exchange Control Regulations Act ;Companies Act; National Credit Act; Forgery and Uttering; Advanced Fee Fraud ;Copyright Act; Customs & Excise Act, Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, Income Tax Act, Tobacco Control Amendment Act, Tobacco Products Control Act, Value Added Tax Act ;Social Assistance Act.

b)      A total of 4726 cases are currently in court.

22 September 2015 - NW3259

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Public Works

(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) The total amount spent on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town on officials of the Department of Public Works attending official Parliamentary business during the 2014/15 financial year is R238 670.94

     (b) The total number of trips undertaken is 48.

2.  (a) The total amount spent on accommodation is R79 666.50

     (b) The total cost of car rental was R25 844.61

 

22 September 2015 - NW3184

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Did he advise the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, of the request of the former National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Mxolisi Nxasana, to have (a) Ms Nomgcobo Jiba and (b) Mr Lawrence Mwrebi suspended or removed from office?

Reply:

Yes.

22 September 2015 - NW3187

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

(1)Whether a cost-benefit analysis was conducted on the installation of smart electricity meters in the City of Tshwane by a certain company (name furnished) and/or any of its subsidiaries; if not, why not; if so, did the specified analysis indicate financial threats or challenges arising from the proposal; (2) (a) what are the cost implications of the withdrawal by the municipality from the specified contract and (b) what amount (i) has been spent on this contract to date and (ii) is anticipated to be spent in terms of future costs associated with the specified contract; (3) whether (a) he, (b) his department or (c) the National Treasury issued any advice with regard to the specified contract; if so, (i) what was the nature of the advice and (ii) did the municipality followed the advice given; (4) whether he will instruct or advise the municipality and/or the municipal council to take any action against the mayor and/or the municipal manager of Tshwane to (a) recover the funds which have been spent to date and (b) initiate the necessary disciplinary action in this regard; if not, what steps will he take to minimise such expenditure in future; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, since requested the City of Tshwane to provide this information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.



END

22 September 2015 - NW3379

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) How many registered farms are owned by each of the 25 municipalities in the Northern Cape and (b) what is the (i) name and (ii) size of each farm?

Reply:

This question can better be responded to by Rural Development and Land Reform as the competent authority.





END

22 September 2015 - NW3081

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

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

Reply:

Departments of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

a) Red Tape refers to unduly strict regulations that often make it difficult for small emerging enterprises to thrive and hinders aggressive competition with medium and macro enterprises that do business with government. It also refers to rules, regulations, and I or bureaucratic procedures and processes which are excessively complex and which impose unnecessary delay(s), inaction and I or costs which exceed their benefits, and I or is no longer effective in achieving the purpose for which they were originally created. Red tape results in undesirable economic, business and I or social impacts or outcomes as a result of negatively impacting on productivity.

(b) (i) The department has implemented key actions to facilitate a progressive improvement in the payment of suppliers, within the prescribed 30-day period, such as the centralisation of the receipt and recording of invoices as well as an integrated order and payment tracking system.

In addition to the above, the Departments are currently implementing parts of the Shared Services Model between DCOG, OTA and MISA and are working together with National Treasury's Technical Assistance Unit to enhance and refine the model. Lastly, the department is also implementing the automated submission system, which will improve efficiency in decision making processes within the departments.

South African Cities Network

1. The South African Cities Network (SACN) (ii) defines red tape as an expression used to describe rigid conformity to formal rules that may hinder or slow down the decision-making process.

(b)(i) The SACN believes in early submission of documentation that requires approval to allow enough time for the recipient to thoroughly engage with the documentation without compromising the deadlines

(ii) The Annual Performance Plan assists in forward planning and eventual execution of tasks and this is reviewed on a monthly basis to ensure we are still working within the correct timeframes.

South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

1. (ii) Red tape refers to excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making.

(b)(i) Development of an automated procurement system to eliminate the lengthy manual processes to ease decision-making and action or implementation.

(c) (ii)(aa)(bb) Systems implemented to enhance efficiencies without compromising on compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Automated requests, workflows, approvals and reporting have been implemented to ensure effective service delivery.

Municipal Demarcation Board (MOB)

1. (a)(ii) Defines Red tape as the excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making.

(b)(i) No specific interventions have been implemented;
(b)(ii) (aa) and (bb) Systems and processes have been implemented to enhance efficiency without compromising on compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Applicable work processes, public and stakeholder consultation forums, reporting and approval structures have been implemented to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission)


(1)(a)(ii)

The CRL Rights Commission defines red tape as the duplication of processes that lead to waste of resources and strict adherence to official rules and formalities.

(b )(i)(bbb)

The Commission has streamlined its internal process and developed Standard Operating Procedures with the view of improving efficiency. Furthermore, these were processed through internal governance structures of the Entity and communicated to general staff.

The CRL Rights Commission utilise the strategic plan and annual performance plan to ensure that there are no duplication in functions and that every program deliver on a unique specialisation in the mandate of the Commission. In planning ahead it helps the Commission to be able to reach its goals without having to deal with unplanned and other issues that just crop up.

22 September 2015 - NW3382

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

Whether, in light of paragraph 39 of the judgment of Judge President D Mlambo in the case of the SA Litigation Centre versus the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and 11 others, case number 27740/2015, the National Director of Public Prosecutions will institute criminal proceedings against any individuals; if not, why not; if so, (a) which individuals, (b) what will they be charged with and (c) when will they be charged?

Reply:

The Respondents are appealing the matter. Judgment in the application for leave to appeal is awaited. As such, we deem it prudent for the appeal processes to be finalised before we consider the matter.




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22 September 2015 - NW3473

None to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1) What is the official policy with regard to travel undertaken by regional court presidents (a) domestically and (b) internationally in respect of the (i) number of trips which may be undertaken and (ii)(aa) number and (bb) position and/or status of persons forming part of such delegations; (2)(a) how many (i) domestic and (ii) international trips were undertaken by each regional court president in the past 12 months and (b) what (i) number of persons formed part of the delegation, (ii) was the position and/or status of each person in the delegation and (iii) was the total cost of the trip?

Reply:

 

1. Regulations in terms of the Magistrates Act, 1993 (Act No 90 of 1993) does not prescribe the number of trips that may be undertaken domestically or internationally. Furthermore neither does the said regulation advocate the number as well as position and/or status of persons forming part of such delegations.

Regulation 47 reads as follows:

(i) All official journeys of which itineraries are submitted shall be authorised by the head of office who shall ensure that the journeys are necessary and in the interest of the administration of justice”

(ii) The head of office referred to in subregulation (1) shall consider each application for an official journey, having regard to costs, availability of transport, route, timespan and any other relevant circumstances.

With the exclusion of the Director-General, Deputy Directors-General and persons holding equivalent ranks, paragraph 8.4.10.5.1 of the Departmental Financial Instructions (DFI) limits the number of employees travelling on official duty to address the same matter to three (3).

In addition paragraph 8.4.10.12 of the DFI specifies the following with regards to international travel:

“International travel must be limited to meetings or events that are considered absolutely critical and the number of employees attending such meetings or events must be limited to those employees that are directly involved in the subject matter related to such meetings or events”.

Paragraph 8.4.10.5.3 prescribes that prior approval from the Minister is required for magistrates’ travelling abroad.

2.  (i) domestic trips: please see attached.

    (ii) The Magistrates Commission only dealt with one application by a Regional Court President to travel abroad in the past 12 months from Regional Court President J Wessels.  She received an invitation by UN: Women And UNFPA In Partnership With UNDP And UNODC To The Global Technical Consultation On The Police And Justice Sector’s Response To Violence Against Women And Girls - Marrakech, 1 to 4 July 2014. 

Travel to and accommodation in Marrakech were carried by the organisers.  

The Magistrates Commission also indicated that Ms Wessels took no delegation with her. There was therefore no expenditure by the Regional Court Presidents on overseas trips



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22 September 2015 - NW3322

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a)(i) What total amount did her department spend on her travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did she undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for her in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a)(i) what total amount did her department spend on the Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did the Deputy Minister undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for the Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

The information on travel and accommodation costs requested is contained in the respective 2014-15 Annual Report of the Department of Defence that was tabled in Parliament.


END

22 September 2015 - NW2996

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister in the Presidency

How many (a) government departments have systems in place to promote ethical behaviour in order to comply with Management Performance Assessment Tool Standard, Assessment of Policies and Systems to Ensure Professional Ethics and (b) of the specified departments meet the specified standard at Level 3 or higher?

Reply:

The Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) standard on assessment of Policies and Systems to ensure Professional Ethics seeks to promote:

  • compliance with chapters 2 and 3 of the Public Service Regulations, 2001;
  • chapter 9 of the SMS Handbook (2003);
  • Financial Disclosure Framework;
  • section 6 of the Public Sector Integrity Management Framework;
  • section 195 of the Constitution; and
  • the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, Act 3 of 2000.

The elements that are assessed in the standards are on:

  • whether members of the Senior Management Service (SMS) in departments are complying with the requirements to submit their financial disclosures by 31 May of each financial year; and
  • whether disciplinary action is taken against SMS members who do not comply with these requirements.
  • In addition, the standard assesses whether departments have mechanisms of communicating sections or provisions of the Public Service Code of Conduct to new and existing employees on an annual basis.

    a)   Whilst the 2014 MPAT assessment results are still being finalised, the results show that there was a notable improvement between 2012 and 2013 assessments, with the average compliance moving from 1.8 in 2012 to 2.8 in 2013. The total number of departments that complied with this standard are 118 out of a total of 152 departments.

    b)   90 departments (24 national and 66 provincial) met the level 3 requirements of the standard whilst 28 departments (9 national and 19 provincial) exceeded the requirements.

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22 September 2015 - NW3266

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of Communications

1) What (a) total amount did her 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 her 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) R 723 000.00

    (b) 120 Trips

2. (a) R 92 000.00

    (b) R 44 000.00



END

22 September 2015 - NW3262

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Labour

(1) What (a) total amount did her department spent 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 her department spent on accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

 

The Annual Report of the Department that I tabled during September 2015 provides information on the expenses incurred by the Department including travelling and accommodation both locally and abroad by all our officials. The Auditor General audited all this information. The Annual Financial Statements format did not however allow us to provide a breakdown of this information in the manner that the Honourable member requires.

22 September 2015 - NW3364

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What amount has his department spent on overseas travel for (i) the Deputy Minister (ii) the Director-General and (iii) the Deputy Directors-General. In the period 1 May 2014 until 1 September 2015 (b) what was the purpose of each specified visit in each case. (c) what were the destinations and (d) what amount was spent on (i) flights (ii) accommodation and (iii) daily allowances?

Reply:

 

(a) How much was spent

(b) Purpose of the Visit

(c) Destination

(d) (i)

Flights

(d) (ii)

Accommodation

(d) (iii)

Daily allowances

(i) Deputy Minister

Total:

R 191 764.88

To attend the China Incentives. Business Travel & Meetings (CIBTM) in China and World Youth & Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) in Dublin.

China: Beijing

Date: 17 - 19 September 2014

Ireland: Dublin

Date: 22 - 25 September 2014

Flight:

R 114 212.00

Accommodation:

R 51 917.79

Allowance:

R 25 635.09

 

Total:

R 73 390.97

To attend the Indian Ocean Rim Association(IORA) First Tourism and Travel Mart in Seychelles

Seychelles: Mahe

Date: 21 - 22 November 2014

Flight:

R 59 603.39

Accommodation:

Complementary

Allowance:

R 13 787.58

 

Total:

R 73 291.04

To attend the World Exhibition for Incentive Travel. Meeting and Events (IMEX) 2015 and to participate in the IMEX Politicians Forum to be held in Villa Kennedy Hotel in Frankfurt

Germany: Frankfurt

Date: 19 - 21 May 2015

Flight :

R 67 436.72

Accommodation:

Complementary

Allowance

R 5 854.32

 

Total:

R 122 651.19

To attend a South East Asia Tourism Trade Roadshow in Malaysia. Singapore and Indonesia.

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

Date:16 - 17 August 2015

City: Singapore:

Date: 17 August 2015

Indonesia: Jakarta

Date: 18 - 19 August 2015

Flight:

R 84 960.72

Accommodation:

R 28 600.00

Advance:

R 9 090.47

(ii) Director General

Not applicable

The DG did not travel overseas for the period 1 May 2014 - 1 September 2015

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(iii) Deputy Director-General

Policy and Knowledge Management

Not applicable

The DDG: PKS did not travel overseas for the period 1 May 2014 -- 1 September 2015

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(iii) Deputy Director General

Domestic Tourism Management

Total:

R 97 842.95

To attend the 5th Carnival International de Victoria in Seychelles

Seychelles: Mahe

Date: 22 - 27 April 2015

Flight:

R 49 904.72

Accommodation:

R 33 120.00

Allowance:

R 14 818.23

 

Total:

R 73 338.01

Attended the Home Stay Study Tour in Malaysia

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

15 - 22 August 2015

Flight: R66 341.72

Accommodation:

R 2000.00

Allowance:

R 4 996.29

(iii) Deputy Director General

International Tourism Management

Total:

R 99 856.37

To attend IMEX and related side meeting

Germany. Frankfurt

17 - 23 May 2014

Flight:

R 61 624.00

Accommodation:

R 30 462.07

Allowance:

R 7 770.30

 

Total:

R 24 879.70

To attend the SADC Meeting

Zambia: Livingstone

17 - 21 June 2014

Flight:

R 6 924.00

Accommodation:

R 13 616.00

Allowance:

R 4 339.70

 

Total:

R 105 135.84

To attend the World Youth Student Conference where South Africa was announced as the host for the 2015 Conference

Ireland. Dublin

21 - 28 September 2014

Flight:

R 68 966.00

Accommodation:

R 17 500.85

Allowance:

R 18 668.99

 

Total:

R135 193.82

To attend the World Travel Market

United Kingdom: London

02 - 07 November 2014

Flight:

R 84 475.39

Accommodation:

R 37 999.98

Allowance:

R 12 718.45

 

Total:

R 76 984.48

To attend and present a paper at the 13th Global Forum on Tourism Statistics and UNWTO Special Workshop on Tourism Statistics

Japan: Nara

14 - 21 November 2014

Flight:

R62 385.39

Accommodation:

R 6 115.47

Allowance:

R 8 483.62

 

Total:

R 18 618.15

To attend the Extra Ordinary SADC Meeting

Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls

25 - 29 November 2014

Flight:

R 7 122.39

Accommodation:

R 7 530.89

Allowance:

R 3 964.87

 

Total:

R 97 927.03

To attend the ITB and visit SA Tourism’s offices

Germany: Berlin

Italy. Milan

02 - 08 March 2015

Flight:

R 65 358.39

Accommodation:

R 23 996.76

Allowance:

R 8 571.88

 

Total:

R108 888.15

To attend the 100th UNWTO Executive Council meeting. South Africa through the National Department of Tourism was elected to serve on the Executive Council of the UNWTO for the period 2014- 2017.

Croatia: Rovinj

25 - 29 May 2015

Flight:

R 83 938.72

Accommodation:

R 17 564.99

Allowance:

R 7 384.44

 

Total:

R 26 064.40

To attend the 54th RETOSA Board and Annual General meetings

Malawi: Lilongwe

28 July 2015

Flight:

R 14 520.72

Accommodation:

R 8 920.00

Allowance:

R 2 623.68

(iii) Deputy Director General/ Chief Operations Officer

Not applicable

The COO did not travel overseas for the period 1 May 2014 -1 September 2015

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

22 September 2015 - NW2967

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Police

(1)Whether the SA Police Service(SAPS) has policies or guidelines for enforcing legislation on sex work and suspected sex workers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether SAPS members are trained about the specified policies or guidelines; (3) whether the specified training includes (a) apprehending suspected sex workers, (b) searching their person and (c) identifying suspected sex workers; (4) (a) how many complaints against SAPS members regarding (i) assault and/or (ii) abuse of suspected sex workers have been received in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years and (b)(i) what were the outcomes of the specified investigations and (ii) what action has been taken against the specified SAPS members?

Reply:

  1. Submitted to Parliament on 6 September 2015.
  2. Submitted to Parliament on 6 September 2015.
  3. Submitted to Parliament on 6 September 2015.
  4. The following replies are provided based on the information retrieved:

(4)(a) Complaints against SAPS members regarding:

(4)(a)(i) Assault complaints:

(4)(a)(i)(aa) 2012/2013 = 1

(4)(a)(i)(bb) 2013/2014 = 13

(4)(a)(i)(cc) 2014/2015 = 2

(4)(a)(ii) Abuse of suspected sex workers:

(4)(a)(ii)(aa) 2012/2013 = 2

(4)(a)(ii)(bb) 2013/2014 = 4 (including unlawful arrest)

(4)(a)(ii)(cc) 2014/2015 = 8

(4)(b) Investigations and outcomes:

(4)(b)(i) Outcomes of the specified investigations:

Of the 32 allegations/complaints against members, seven criminal cases were registered. Of the seven cases registered against members, three were withdrawn in court, two were still being investigated by IPID, one was finalized as nolle proseque while the remaining one is still on the court roll.

(4)(b)(ii) Action has been taken against the specified SAPS members:

One member received a written warning (Mufuleni - DR 32/2014) and findings against other two members were that departmental steps were not required (Cape Town DR 308 and 309/2014).

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22 September 2015 - NW3255

Leader of Opposition (DA) to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) Following the recommendations of the reports of the (a) Public Protector (b) Special Investigating Unit and (c) Inter-Ministerial Committee on the irregular expenditure related to the private Nkandla residence of the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, what (i) remedial, (ii) disciplinary and (iii) other actions have been taken against (aa) officials and (bb) staff in his department to date; (2) (a) what action has his department taken to recover monies from (i) contractors, (ii) staff and (iii) suppliers who were identified and found to have contributed to the irregular expenditure related to the President’s specified residence; (3) has his department recovered any monies from the specified persons or companies to date; if so, what amount has been recovered?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works

(1) (a), (b) and (c) (i) The Department of Public Works has taken the following remedial action:

  • Improved systems and training of staff members
  • Appropriate delegation of authority to Regional Offices was implemented to ensure operational effectiveness in service delivery. As a form of control to ensure that Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes are adhered to, all successful tenders awarded by Regional Offices are now reviewed at the Head Office by the Compliance Inspectorate to check for compliance with the SCM framework prior to being confirmed.
  • A change management programme is being implemented in the Department that seeks to build on three fundamentals underlying infrastructure delivery. These include business process re-engineering through the implementation of the Infrastructure Delivery Management System (IDMS), human resource capacity development, as well as governance and accountability improvements.

          The IDMS, which was developed in partnership between the Public Works sector (national and provincial), along with             National Treasury, is a best practice methodology for the delivery of infrastructure. Its implementation will result in                 improved achievement of infrastructure delivery targets with respect to time, quality and budget.

  • The Department of Public Works, with the assistance of the State Security Agency (SSA), has embarked on a vetting project of all its SCM officials. The vetting of SCM officials at the Head Office has been prioritized, as well as at the Regional Offices that have a significant portfolio of Prestige projects (Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria Regional Office).
  • As part of the overall DPW Turnaround Strategy, the Department has concluded a detailed review of its business processes, which resulted in extensive business process re-engineering to vastly improve the SCM system. The 7-year reform path for SCM business processes began with a phase of the correction of inefficiencies to stabilisation (2014 – 2017) and will move ultimately to standardization, integration and optimization of the SCM business process (to take place during the period 2017 – 2020). This will ensure that DPW supply chain management is fully compliant with the regulatory framework and will also be able to meet its business requirements effectively. The SCM reform initiatives are pursued in collaboration with National Treasury’s Chief Procurement Office. The Department of Public Works was selected by the Minister of Finance as a pilot site for the implementation of general procurement reforms in the public sector.
  • The DPW has reviewed its SCM Policy, which now promotes stricter governance and compliance. The SCM policy is to be reviewed annually. For every SCM activity that is performed, there is a mapped out process flow with activity checklists, templates and reports. Utilisation of the mentioned documentation now enhances compliance, thereby contributing to reducing irregular expenditure.
  • The organizational structure of SCM has also been reviewed and a new structure was developed to meet business requirements. The structure is geared to focus on the support of the various functional streams of the Department through the correct mix of skills sets and competencies. The new structure provides for adequate segregation of duties and thus conflicts of interest will be avoided.
  • The Department’s Inspectorate and Compliance Unit is now a key role player in SCM processes prior to the award of every bid or quotation. This unit verifies that every SCM activity leading up to the recommendation of the bid has been complied with. Only upon receipt of the approved compliance checklist, will the bid be forwarded to the relevant committee for approval.
  • The Department is examining the guidelines, policies, norms and standards for the implementation of security measures at the private and official residences of the Executive and the Legislature in general, as well as certain administrative buildings, for consultation with the security cluster departments. It is envisaged that these consultations as well as those planned with the Department of Public Service and Administration will result in a refined procedural framework with respect to the implementation of physical security measures for tabling before Cabinet.

(ii) The following disciplinary action has been taken against the staff in DPW:

  • The investigation by Special Investigating Unit (SIU) indicated that 12 employees or former employees of the Department were probably guilty of misconduct due to acts and omissions in 30 separate matters related to the appointment of contractors for the security upgrades at President’s residence in Nkandla.
  • The Department has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the 12 officials. One official has since pleaded guilty with a sanction of two months suspension without pay and a final written warning and barred from participating in procurement processes for three years until he has undergone training. Disciplinary cases with respect to the remaining 11 employees are still on hold pending the high court application for media access to the disciplinary hearings by various media houses.

(iii) (aa) and (bb) No other action has been taken against officials or staff of the Department of Public Works.

(2) (a) (i), (ii) and (iii) The SIU investigation into the conduct of contractors/service providers has provided a basis for civil action against the architect, Mr M Makhanya for the recovery of R155 million. As the Principal Agent, Mr Makhanya bore the overall responsibility for the project.

The civil claim against the Principal Agent was instituted by the SIU on 11 August 2014 for the recovery of R155 324 516.49, being the amount of losses suffered by the Department for over-billing. The matter is before court and the hearing is pending.

(3) See the paragraph (2) (a) (i), (ii) and (iii) above. There is currently no basis in terms of a finding to warrant recovery of money from any staff member of DPW.

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22 September 2015 - NW3402

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he intends to immediately introduce amendments to the Public Protector Act, 1994 (Act No 23 of 1994), to ensure that information requested by the Public Protector from any organ of state is not (a) withheld to the extent that the Public Protector has to resort to the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No 2 of 2000), to get it, (b) made so difficult to access that it has to be clawed out in dribs and drabs as happened with the investigation into the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), (c) falsified or given in a manner that casts doubt on its authenticity, (d) given without proper authentication or certification and (e) delayed to the point that the report has to be finalized without the required information; if not, why not; if so, when does he propose to introduce such amendments to help facilitate the work of the Public Protector?

Reply:

No. I believe the provisions of the Public Protector Act, Act 23 of 1994, has adequate provisions to deal with the issues the Hon Member raises.

Section 7 deals with investigations by the Public Protector, some of the relevant provisions being –

(a) subsection (3)(a) which provides that the Public Protector may request any person at any level of government or performing a public function to assist him or her in the performance of his or her functions with regard to any particular investigation;

(b) subsection (4)(a) which provides that the Public Protector may, by subpoena, direct any person to submit an affidavit or to appear before him or her to give evidence or to produce any document in his or her possession or under his or her control which has a bearing on the matter being investigated; and

(c) subsection (4) (b) which empowers the Public Protector to request an explanation from any person whom he or she reasonably suspects of having information which has a bearing on the matter being investigated.

 

Section 7A deals with entering upon premises by the Public Protector. It provides, among others, that the Public Protector is competent, subject to the authority of a warrant issued by a magistrate or judge, to enter, or authorize another person to enter, any premises and to make such investigation or inquiry as may be necessary and to seize anything which may have a bearing on an investigation. This section even recognises the need to use force to gain entry should the need arise.

Section 9 deals with contempt of the Public Protector and provides that no person may insult the Public Protector or do anything in connection with an investigation which, if the investigation had been proceedings in a court of law, the conduct in question would have amounted to contempt of court.

Section 11 provides for offences and penalties. In terms of section 11(1) a person who contravenes section 9, referred to above, or who interferes with the functioning of the office of the Public Protector as contemplated in section 181(4), referred to above, is guilty of an offence. In terms of section 11(3) any person who, without just cause, refuses or fails to comply with a direction or request under section 7(4), referred to above, or refuses to answer any question put to him or her or who gives an answer which to his or her knowledge is false, is guilty of an offence. The penalty for these offences is a fine not exceeding R40 000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.




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22 September 2015 - NW3326

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Economic Development

Has it at any stage since 11 May 2009 been his policy position for a devaluation of the rand by the SA Reserve Bank?

Reply:

Since October 2010, Cabinet has supported a more competitive and stable exchange rate. This does not involve a “devaluation of the rand by the SA Reserve Bank”.

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22 September 2015 - NW3474

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

(1)What is the official policy with regard to travel undertaken by (a) judge presidents and (b) deputy judge presidents of superior courts (i) domestically and (ii) internationally in respect of the (aa) number of trips which may be undertaken and (bb)(aaa) number and (bbb) position and/or status of persons forming part of such delegations; (2) (a) how many (i) domestic and (ii) international trips were undertaken by each specified judge president and deputy judge president in the past 12 months and (b) what (i) number of persons formed part of the delegation, (ii) was the position/status of each person in the delegation and (iii) was the total cost of each specified trip?

Reply:

 

 

(1) The Judges Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act & Regulations, 2001, does not prescribe the number of trips that may be undertaken domestically or internationally and the number, position and status of persons forming part of such delegations. However, Paragraph 8.4.11.5.3.(i) of the Departmental Financial Instructions of the Office of the Chief Justice provides that “official travelling of Judicial Officers to foreign countries must be approved by the Chief Justice”.

In line with the above, the established practice is that the relevant Judge who wishes to travel abroad must first approach the Head of Court with the request. The Head of Court will apply his/her mind and formally agree that the Judge may travel abroad accordingly provided that (1) the allocation of cases onto the court roll will be managed accordingly; and (2) the administration of justice will not be negatively affected. Such permission from the Head of Court as well as the detailed request by the Judge who wishes to travel, are then presented to the Chief Justice for consideration and approval.

2. (a) (i) The following domestic trips (air flights) were undertaken by Judges President and Deputy Judges President from 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015:

  • L Mpati: President of the SCA – 1 trip
  • B Waglay: JP – 15 trips
  • CT Sangoni: JP – 4 trips
  • AS Jappie: JP – 9 trips
  • M Molemela: JP – 7 trips
  • F Kgomo: JP – 4 trips
  • M Leeuw: JP – 1 trip
  • M Hlope: JP – 1Trip
  • Y Meer: AJP – 9 trips
  • M Mojapelo: DJP – 4 trips
  • J Traverso: DJP -1 trip
  • A Ledwaba: DJP – 1 trip

(ii) No international trips were undertaken by Judges President or Deputy Judges President during the period.

(b) No officials were part of any delegation for any Judge President or Deputy Judge President.



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22 September 2015 - NW3134

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to the section 139(1)(b) intervention in Makana Local Municipality, (a) why was the contract of a certain person (name and details furnished) not renewed, (b) what are the terms of reference for the newly appointed person (name and details furnished) to that position, (c) what are the relevant details of the specified person’s remuneration package and (d) has the appointment of the specified person been approved by (i) the National Council of Provinces and (ii) him; (2) whether the specified person is currently employed by his department; if so, what are the (a) relevant details of the specified person’s employment and (b) specified person’s (i) qualifications and (ii) professional work experience?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, since requested the Eastern Cape Provincial government to provide this information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is submitted to us.




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22 September 2015 - NW3343

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) With reference to her reply to question 2926 on 25 August 2015, how many rail accidents involving (a) Spoornet, (b) Prasa and (c) Metrorail trains took place (i) in (aa) 2010, (bb) 2011, (cc) 2012, (dd) 2013 and (ee) 2014 and (ii) from 1 January 2015 until the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) (a) how many passengers in each accident in each separate year (i) were injured and (ii) died, (b) where did each specified accident take place and (c) what was the cause of each specified accident; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

It should be noted that with reference to the question on the number of accidents, the Honourable member, Dr PJ Groenewald (FF-Plus) is asking the same question he had asked in PQ 2926 and I have already provided a response in that regard. The only difference is that this time Dr Groenewald focuses on PASSENGERS whereas in the previous PQ on this matter, his focus was on PERSONS in general. For the record, the Honourable member should take note that Transnet does not operate passenger trains at all and questions related to the operations of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) should be referred to the Minister of Transport.




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22 September 2015 - NW3345

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether any insurance money was paid out due to damages sustained after pressure tests at the Duvha Power Station; if not, why not; if so, what (a) amount was paid out for repair work, (b) amount was paid out due to loss of business and (c) other amounts were paid out by the insurers; (2) whether the full amount that was paid out for repairs to the damaged units was, indeed, utilised for the specified repairs; if not, (a) why not, (b) what amount was utilised for the repairs and (c) what was the remaining money used for; (3) whether any repair work on the damaged units has already commenced; if not, why not; if so, when will the repair work be completed; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) The insurance claim has not yet been concluded and no money has been paid out.

(2) Not applicable as no money has been paid to Eskom.

(3) The Duvha Unit 3 Recovery Project execution strategy has not yet been approved by the Eskom Board. Only preservation and site preparation work has commenced. Timelines into recovery will only be definite once a service provider has been appointed.

(4) The relevant stakeholders will be kept abreast of these developments as required.



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