Questions and Replies

11 August 2015 - NW2355

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)For each provincial department of health, (a) who signs off on the (i) tenders and (ii) payments for medication and (b)(i) which pharmaceutical companies are used and (ii) why; (2) with regard to the current medicine shortages, what (a) are the details of each case where the shortages are due to procurement issues and (b) went wrong in each case; (3) whether any of the medicine shortages were due or in part due to acquiring medicines that were not affordable; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) how does his department ensure that the acquisition of medicines is financially viable?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) The following provinces do not have provincial contracts:

  • Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Northern Cape and North West.

Officials in provinces who sign off on provincial tenders are:

  • Eastern Cape: Depot Manager and Director: Supply Chain Management.
  • KwaZulu-Natal: Head of Department.
  • Gauteng: Chairperson of the Provincial Bid Adjudication Committee.
  • Western Cape: Officials according to financial delegations.

(ii) Provincial officials who sign off on the payments for medication are:

 

  • Eastern Cape: Director: Finance at the depot.
  • Free State: CEO, Depot Manager, Head of Pharmaceutical Services and Finance Manager, according to financial delegations.
  • Gauteng: Director: Finance at the medical supplies depot.
  • KwaZulu-Natal: Assistant Manager: Pharmaceutical supply depot.
  • Limpopo: Senior Manager: Pharmaceutical Services and Financial Manager.
  • Mpumalanga: Chief Financial Officer.
  • Northern Cape: Director: Financial Services, Depot Manager, Deputy Director: Finance, Administrative Officers and Clerks according to financial delegations.
  • North West: Head of Department, Chief Financial Officer and Director: Supply Chain Management.
  • Western Cape: Assistant Director as Head of Finance Division at the depot.

(b) (i) The list of pharmaceutical companies is attached as Annexure A.

 

(ii) The companies are contracted using a competitive bidding process. Provinces purchase medicines from these contracted suppliers unless there is a breach of contract.

(2) (a) & (b) Medicine shortage is never a permanent problem. It changes almost everyday. Please supply the list of medicines which you believe we are short of and we will provide you with a reason.

(3) No. Medicines procured on tender are either approved essential medicines or formulary items reviewed by Provincial Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committees. The approval of an essential medicine includes a systematic evaluation of affordability which involves application of various pharmaco-economic tools.

(4) In the tendering process a competitive bidding process is used. Prior to advertisement of tender, provinces submit estimates and sign off on the estimated expenditure. In addition, price negotiations are entered into before a tender is finalised.

END.

11 August 2015 - NW2621

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

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1205 on 11 September 2014, the existing backlogs for water in each of the 23 district municipalities were confirmed by March 2015; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will this process be completed; if so, what is the current backlog information for each of the specified municipalities; (2) with reference to his reply to question 1533 on 18 May 2015, when will the process of updating information for water, sanitation, electricity and waste management be completed; (3) whether the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has been added to the 23 municipalities to be prioritised because of their significant backlogs; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.  The Department of Water and Sanitation has completed the process of compiling the information on water backlogs in respect of each of the 23 priority District Municipalities. The number of priority District Municipalities has since increased to 27. The information is attached as Annexure A.

2. Sanitation, electricity and waste management information for the 23 Priority District Municipalities will be completed by end September 2015.

3. Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has not been added to the 23 priority District Municipalities.

11 August 2015 - NW2628

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

(1)Whether any member of the SA Police Service (SAPS) in each province has been linked to suppliers used by the SAPS for building contracts (a) in the (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13, (iii) 2013-14 and (iv) 2014-15 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2015; if so, in each specified case, what are the names and ranks of the specified SAPS members; (2) (a) whether the prescribed tender process was followed by the SAPS in awarding each specified contract and (b) what was the value of each specified contract; (3) in each of the specified cases, (a) which building contracts exceeded their budgets and (b) by how much?

Reply:

  1. According to information available at the Division: SCM there are no SAPS members linked to any supplier used by the SAPS for building contracts in the mentioned periods. However, on 14 August 2012 during a Police Portfolio Committee Meeting at Parliament (Building Police Stations: SAPS progress report: SAPS Quarterly Performance 2012), Ms Kohler Barnard stated “a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation revealed that 115 SAPS members linked to suppliers for building contracts came to R50 Million …..” (See attached PCOP Minutes - Page 8). Neither this information nor any subsequent progress thereafter has ever been reported to the Division: SCM.
  2. Unknown as this is linked to (1) above.
  3. Unknown as this is linked to (1) above.

Original signed MAJOR GENERAL

ACTING DIVISIONAL COMMISSIONER: SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

RS PILLAY

Date: 27 July 2015

Reply to Question 2628 recommended/not recommended

LIEUTENANT GENERAL

DEPUTY NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

SJP SCHUTTE

Date:

Reply to Question 2628 recommended/not recommended

GENERAL

NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

MV PHIYEGA

Date:

Reply to Question 2628 approved/not approved

MINISTER OF POLICE

NPT NHLEKO, MP

Date:

11 August 2015 - NW2578

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Police

(1)(a) How many operations targeting (i) illegal taverns and/or (ii) shebeens were carried out by the Phoenix Police Station in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) on which dates; (2) (a) what is the total number of arrests that were made, (b) how many persons were charged and (c) for which offences in each case; (3) how many convictions have been secured against operators of (a) illegal taverns and/or (b) shebeens in terms of the Liquor Act, Act 59 of 2003?

Reply:

(1) The station is conducting operations every Thursday of the week and so far there are fifty two (52) illegal taverns and fifty two (52) shebeens identified.

(2) During the operation there were ninety eight (98) arrests and ninety eight (98) persons were charged for dealing in liquor without a license.

(3) The convictions secured for during the operation are three (3) taverns and fifteen (15) shebeens for non-compliance.

11 August 2015 - NW2570

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 635 on 13 March 2015, her department has decided on the number of (a) high and (b) low pressure solar water heaters to be installed in the 2015-16 financial year; if so, what is the total number of each type of solar water heater to be installed?

Reply:

No.

11 August 2015 - NW2711

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in her department 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:

The Minister, Deputy Minister and officials have travelled to China. The details will be specified as soon as the information is available.

11 August 2015 - NW2275

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(1)What action is taken by her department when labour inspectors find that an employee does not have a valid work permit; (2) are employees who are found to not have valid work permits removed from the work place?

Reply:

  1. When Labour inspectors find that an employee does not have a valid work permit, the matter will be reported to Home Affairs who has jurisdiction over such matters.
  2. The Department of Labour does not have a legal mandate or powers to remove such employees from the workplace but will refer the matter to Home Affairs to take further action.

11 August 2015 - NW2393

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Police

(1)With reference to Operation Fiela, since its inception, (a) how many operations have been conducted and (b) in which (i) cities and (ii) areas; (2) how many suspects have been (a) arrested and (b) released (i) on bail and/or (ii) due to no charges being pressed; (3) in respect of each suspect still under detention, where are the specified suspects being detained; (4) how many cases (a) are currently pending before court and/or (b) have resulted in conviction as a result of the specified operation; (5) how many (a) illegal firearms, (b) weapons and (c) illegal narcotics have been confiscated as a result of the specified operation?

Reply:

  1. Reply submitted to Parliament on 6 July 2015.

(2)(a) 3820 Suspects have been arrested.

 

(2)(b)(i) 2867 Suspects have been released on bail and warning to appear in court.

(2)(b)(ii) 284 Suspects have been released due to no charges being pressed.

(3) The suspects who are still under detention are being detained at several Correctional Facilities of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services in all Provinces across the country.

(4)(a) 2795 Cases are still pending on the court roll.

 

(4)(b) 558 Convictions had been secured.

(5) Reply submitted to Parliament on 6 July 2015.

11 August 2015 - NW2564

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether, with reference to her reply to oral question 146 on 10 June 2015, she will make available all the studies referred to in her reply; if not, why not; if so, when?

Reply:

The studies will be used to inform government’s decision process for procurement of the Nuclear New Build Programme.

11 August 2015 - NW2739

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Basic Education

1) (a) When was the Cool Air Secondary School in KwaZulu-Natal built, (b) how many students are currently attending the school, (c) how many teachers are employed at the school and (d) how many teaching days were lost in the 2014 academic year due to teacher sick leave: (2) (a) what amount was spent on infrastructure maintenance in 2014. (b)(i) what budget has been allocated for infrastructure maintenance in the in the academic year and (ii) what hill this be spent on and (c) are any major upgrades planned for the school in the next three years? (2) (a) what amount was spent on infrastructure maintenance in 2014. (b)(i) what budget has been allocated for infrastructure maintenance in the in the academic year and (ii) what hill this be spent on and (c) are any major upgrades planned for the school in the next three years?

Reply:


The response below was received from the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department,

1. (a) The school was handed over to the community in September 1983.

(b) The current enrolment at the school is 1050.

(c) A total o£ 34 educators are employed at the school.

(d) This information is not readily available to the Department of Basic Education. The information has been requested from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education. Once the in Formation has been received, it will be Forwarded accordingly.

2. (a) The school spent is R92 124.01 on infrastructure maintenance in 2014.

(b) (i) An amount of R62 729.16 has been allocated for maintenance from the Norms and Standards allocation to the school.

(ii) The allocation will be utilized to conduct day to day maintenance of the school.

(c) The school is prioritized for maintenance related works. which includes electrification and roofing works (including gutters. downpipes and ceiling boards) in the current financial year.

11 August 2015 - NW2685

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

Whether (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in his department 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:

(a) and (c) Yes. (i) The purpose of the visit was to lead an MPSA delegation to Beijing, China to attend the 2014 Global City Information Forum (GCIF) from 2 to 6 November 2014, (ii)(aa)(bb) auditing process has not been completed, the costs will covered in the 2014-2015 Audited Financial Statements of the Annual Report for the Department of Public Service and Administration to Parliament.

(b) No

11 August 2015 - NW2273

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(a) Do all labour inspectors have access to the necessary equipment to conduct their inspections properly and (b) what is her department doing to adequately capacitate the labour inspectors who do not have access to the necessary equipment?

Reply:

(a) Yes

(b) The Department makes provision for the procurement of the necessary or required equipment.

11 August 2015 - NW2561

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to her reply to question 1622 on 26 May 2015, (a) are there currently railway lines available to transport coal from the mines in Waterberg to the power stations in Mpumalanga, (b) how many trucks in respect of each day will Eskom require to transport coal from the mines in Waterberg to the power stations in Mpumalanga and (c) what has been her assessment of the impact of the specified additional trucks on our already heavy congested roads?

Reply:

(a) There is rail infrastructure available; however the current capacity is limited.

(b) Eskom does not currently require coal from the Waterberg and will not use trucks if so required. The cost will be too high.

(c) This has not been considered as trucking of coal from the Waterberg has not been considered.

 

11 August 2015 - NW1393

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What number of (i) financial, (ii) forensic and/or (iii) other investigations that were commissioned by his department have been completed since 1 April 2013 and (b) in each case, what are the relevant details on the (i) investigation including a synopsis of the facts and findings of each case, (ii) persons or third parties responsible for each investigation, (iii) total cost to date of each investigation and (iv) appropriate steps taken against officials and third parties implicated of wrongdoing in the findings of the investigations?

Reply:

The investigation reports are not made public and they remain confidential between the employee and the employer in terms of the disciplinary code.

(a)  (i) One.
(ii) Five.
(iii) Three.

(b) Financial:

Facts / Findings

Parties responsible

Total cost

Steps taken

Misuse of state vehicle

Employee & Employer

Cost not determined

 


Forensic: All forensic audits have been referred to the Accountant General.


Other Investigations:

Facts / Findings

Parties responsible

Total cost

Steps taken

Abuse of leave

Employee vs employer

Cost is not yet determined

Draft in progress

Alleged Assault

Employee vs employer

No cost

Disciplinary hearing in progress

Alleged corruption related to leave forms

Employee vs employer

No Cost

Investigation in progress

END.

11 August 2015 - NW2596

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

(1)How many (a) vehicles does the detective division at the Edenvale Police Station currently have and (b) of the specified vehicles are currently in working condition; (2) how many (a) detectives are there at the Edenvale Police Station and (b) dockets is each detective currently investigating; (3) whether the detectives at the Edenvale Police Station will receive additional vehicles; if not, how are the detectives expected to investigate cases without enough vehicles; if so, (a) how many additional vehicles will the detectives at Edenvale Police Station receive and (b) when?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Detective division at Edenvale Police Station currently has 11 vehicles.

(1)(b) Nine (9) vehicles are currently in working condition.

(2)(a) There are 27 detectives at the Edenvale Police Station.

(2)(b) Each detective is currently investigating ± 80 dockets.

(3) Yes, the Edenvale Detective Service will receive additional vehicles for the 2015/2016 financial year.

(3)(a) 2 vehicles are planned for the Edenvale Detective Service.

(3)(b) Within the 2015/2016 financial year.

Signed by Lt Gen V Moonoo

DIVISIONAL COMMISSIONER: DETECTIVE SERVICE

Date: 27 July 2015

Reply to question 2596 recommended

Signed LIEUTENANT GENERAL

DEPUTY NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: POLICING

KJ SITOLE (SOE)

Date: 28 July 2015

Reply to question 2596 recommended

 

Signed GENERAL

NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

MV PHIYEGA

Date: 29 July 2015

Reply to question 2596 approved/not approved

MINISTER OF POLICE

NPT NHLEKO, MP

Date:

11 August 2015 - NW2672

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)With reference to the audit report completed for and on behalf of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) by Ms. Joubert, the chief auditor for CEF, relating to the Lesedi Biogas Project, has the specified report been made available to the Auditor-General; (2) (a) who was the accounting officer instructed by the CEF to ensure that the Lesedi Biogas matter was reported to the appropriate bodies, (b) what documents were sent to the (i) Auditor-General, (ii) Department of Public Service and Administration and (iii) Public Service Commission; (3) why has the CEF failed to take the necessary steps in terms of section 86 of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999; (4) with reference to the two executives implicated in the Lesedi Biogas matter who are leaving the CEF, were post termination hearings held as stated in the Labour Relations Act, Act 66 of 1995; if not, why not? NW3103E

Reply:

  1. Yes.
  2. The CEF Management reported the matter to the National Prosecuting Authority, case number: CAS 65/3/2012. CEF made several follow-ups and the NPA assured CEF that the matter was under investigation and had also been referred to the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit. All the necessary project documents were made available to the (i) AG for the full audit. No documents were sent to (ii) DPSA and the (iii) Public Service Commission as the staff members implicated for possible wrong-doing had left the employ of CEF.
  3. This has been done. The CEF Management reported the matter to the National Prosecuting Authority, case number: CAS 65/3/2012. CEF made several follow-ups and the NPA assured CEF that the matter was under investigation and had also been referred to the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit.
  4. No. The implicated executive had resigned from their employment with CEF. This was a voluntary resignation and was not related to this matter. At the time when the matter was investigated by our Auditors, the implicated employees had already resigned. As indicated above, charges were laid, the matter was referred to the Special Crimes Unit/ National Prosecuting Authority.

11 August 2015 - NW2567

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1968 on 19 June 2015, the Independent Power Producer Office is accountable to her department; if so, when will she answer question 1968 as originally submitted?

Reply:

The IPP Office is funded by fees collected from prospective bidders.

11 August 2015 - NW2274

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(a) What proposals for the revision of planning models for the inspection of valid work permits have been completed by her department, (b) how do these propose to protect vulnerable workers and (c)(i) when and (ii) where will it be published? NW2634E

Reply:

  1. The Department of Labour does not have a planning model for the inspection of valid work permits as this is a legislative responsibility of the Department of the Home Affairs and South African Police.
  2. In its normal work aligned with granting of work permits the Department of Labour mere conducts inspections at work places to determine compliance with prescribed conditions of employment. Furthermore the Department notifies the Department of Home Affairs should it discover employees without valid work permits.
  3. (i) N/A and (ii) N/A

11 August 2015 - NW2597

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Police

(1)What is the name of the officer who is currently under investigation for three alleged cases of police brutality (details furnished), (b) what are the reasons for not placing the specified officer on special leave and (c) who is conducting the specified investigation; (2) whether the SA Police Service has taken any measures to ensure that the specified police officer will not try to (a) influence the investigation and/or (b) intimidate witnesses while on duty?

Reply:

  1. Constable DM Mapatlare.

(1)(b) The member was served with a notice of contemplated suspension/transfer. He submitted a representation in reply to this notice. The Provincial Commissioner is presently considering the member’s representation and will make a decision with regards to the suspension/transfer.

(1)(c) Capt Bakker from Provincial Legal Services.

(2)(a) Yes. The member was served with a notice of contemplated suspension/transfer.

(2)(b) Yes. The member was served with a notice of contemplated suspension/transfer.

11 August 2015 - NW1489

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What number of (i) financial, (ii) forensic and/or (iii) other investigations that were commissioned by his department have been completed since 1 April 2013 and (b) in each case, what are the relevant details on the (i) investigation including a synopsis of the facts and findings of each case, (ii) persons or third parties responsible for each investigation, (iii) total cost to date of each investigation and (iv) appropriate steps taken against officials and third parties implicated of wrongdoing in the findings of the investigations?

Reply:

(a)(i) Nil

(a)(ii) Three (3) – Detailed forensic accounting investigations

(a)(iii) Nil

(b)(i) Durban-Central CAS 2001/08/2005: Fraud and/or Theft against the principal member of Durban Bay Trust Company Limited. Durban Bay Trust Company Limited offered services dealing with participation bonds, loans and investments, as well as the administration of deceased estates. It was alleged that during the period 1996 to 2005 the accused and /or associated entities accepted capital from members of the public to invest, inter alia, on the stock exchange and property. They also operated a trust dealing with estates; and trust monies were used to repay investors.

PARK ROAD CAS 476/06/2003: The accused together with other accomplices operated an investments scheme in the Vaal Triangle from about the mid 1990’s to approximately June 2002. The accused started a cash loan business in the Vaal Triangle which was later expanded to six cash loan outlets in the Vaal Triangle. The accused acquired a close corporation during 1998, through which the accused’s family elicited deposits from the public to finance the cash loan enterprises. The investors were promised a return of 10% interest per month on their investments. The operation of the accused and the family came to the attention of the Department of Trade and Industry during 1999. The accused also acquired another company during 2001 in which shares were issued without complying with legal requirements.

KABEGA PARK CAS 277/05/2004: The accused conducted a fraudulent pyramid scheme. The evidence disclosed that the funds obtained from investors were primarily deposited in the bank account of a company. The accused also channeled some of the funds through an account in the name of his father-in-law.

(b)(ii) Durban-Central CAS 2001/08/2005: LMD Africa Forensics (Pty) Ltd.

PARK ROAD CAS 476/06/2003: Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo Audit Advisory Forensics

KABEGA PARK CAS 277/05/2004: Deloitte & Touche Registered Auditors, Risk Advisory and Legal

(b)(iii) Durban-Central CAS 2001/08/2005: R432 313.31

PARK ROAD CAS 476/06/2003: R357 033.75

KABEGA PARK CAS 277/05/2004: R282 282.24

(b)(iv) Durban-Central CAS 2001/08/2005: Accused was sentenced to 5

years imprisonment

PARK ROAD CAS 476/06/2003: Accused was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment, suspended in full for 5 years and 36 months correctional supervision.

KABEGA PARK CAS 277/05/2004: The accused was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

11 August 2015 - NW2615

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the President of the Republic

Has he granted a certain person (name and details furnished) a presidential pardon in terms of section 84(2)(j) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if so, (a) on what date was the presidential pardon granted and (b) what facts were considered in arriving at the decision to pardon the specified person?

Reply:

No pardon has been granted to the individual in question.

11 August 2015 - NW2742

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

Does the Chief Financial Officer of the Unemployment Insurance Fund have a turnaround strategy for the Compensation Fund and (b) what does the plan entail?

Reply:

 

  1. Yes. We have put together a plan that aims to address the basic bottlenecks in service delivery and sound financial management. It entails focusing on improving the financial administration, improving the levels of customer service in the Fund, addressing human resource constraints in the Fund.
  2. This is to be achieved by addressing the system deficiencies that prevent performance of basic financial management functions, improving access to benefits for clients though a number of initiatives which include easing the process of access to chronic medication, filling the critical vacancies required in the adjudication of claims and addressing all systems problems that contribute to slow rate of processing claims.

NW3173E

11 August 2015 - NW2629

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2395 on 6 July 2015, the requested information is now available; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will the information become available; if so, what are the relevant details of the requested information?

Reply:

Yes, the requested information is now available. Please see the reply to Question in Parliament number 2395.

11 August 2015 - NW2588

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether the Public Service Commission (PSC) has completed its report into the appointment of General Manager Fraud Compliance for the SA Social Security Agency; if so, (a) when was the report completed and (b) when was it sent to the Minister of Social Development; (2) whether the PSC received a legal opinion from the Department of Social Development to address the issues that were raised in the report; if so, (a) when was such a legal opinion received and (b) what was the PSC’s response in this regard; (3) what are the findings of the report; (4) can he provide a full and complete copy of the report?

Reply:

  1. The Public Service Commission submitted a draft report on the investigation into the appointment of the General Manager Fraud Compliance at the SA Social Security to the Minister of Social Development on 12 September 2013 for comments.

(2)(a) The Public Service Commission received a legal opinion on the draft report on the 14 October 2014

(2)(b) The Public Service Commission withdrew its draft report after consideration of the comments received from the Department of Social Development. The decision to withdraw the report was based on the fact that the Public Service Commission’s jurisdiction does not extend to public entities.

3.  The Public Service Commission did not issue a final report.

4.  There is no full and complete report by the Public Service Commission on the matter.

11 August 2015 - NW2599

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)With regard to Terenure Extension 79 Portion 270 of the Farm Zuurfontein 33-IR in Gauteng, (a) when did her department sell the land, (b) what was the selling price and (c) to whom was the land sold; (2) given that all the government schools in the area are overcrowded, what was the justification for selling the land; (3) considering that a 1000 housing units are to be built on the specified piece of land, has her department conducted any study as to where all the children living there will attend school; if not, why not; if so, which schools will be accommodating these children? NW2974E

Reply:

 

1. (a) (b) (c) (2) Information received from Gauteng Department of Education indicates that the piece of land referred to has not been sold.

2.  The Gauteng Department of Education is aware of the application for township establishment and has objected to the proposal as there is a need for educational sites in the area. Studies done in this area has shown that there is a need for this site, for the construction of a school in the future.

11 August 2015 - NW2573

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Energy

Is her department considering to source electricity from energy ships and power barges run by the company Karpower; if not, why not; if so, when can the citizens expect to have these ships producing electricity on our shores?

Reply:

Yes, we have issued a Request for Information in relation to any initiative to relieve the grid constraints, including through power barges. The Request for Information results have been collated and the procurement process will follow within the next 2 months.

11 August 2015 - NW2696

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in her department 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:

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11 August 2015 - NW2758

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

1.Does his Department own the vessels (a) Susan Kruger; (b) The Dias and (c) Sikhululekile; if not (i) what is the (aa) name and (bb) registration number of the company that owns each specified vessel and (ii) which vessels transport staff and tourists to Robben Island; 2. Does his Department contract with private vessel owners to transport staff and tourists to Robben Island; if so, what are the names of the private vessel owners?

Reply:

  1. The then, Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, which was split into two separate departments in 2002, owned the vessels, Susan Kruger and The Dias. The Robben Island Museum owns the vessel Sikhululekile.

(i)(aa) the vessels are owned by Government, (bb) the registration numbers of the companies are not required because the vessels are owned by Government, and (ii) all three vessels transport staff and tourist when operational.

   2. The Robben Island Museum does contract with private vessel owners to transport staff and tourists to Robben Island, namely:- Heritage Charters; Nauticat Charters; Southern Right Charters; Silver Buckle Trade 21 CC; Ferry Charters (Schooner Cruisers Pty Ltd); Waterfront Expeditions and Thembekile Maritime Services.


 

11 August 2015 - NW2718

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) Whether she has determined the staff complement required for the efficient operation of (a) public ordinary schools and (b) special needs school hostels; if not, when will such a determination be completed; if so, what is her determination in each case: (2) whether posts required to operate a school hostel must be provided and funded by the relevant provincial department of education; if not, (a) why not and (b) how will these posts be funded; if so, what posts are currently being provided and funded; (3) whether posts at school hostels are differently graded according to responsibility or skill level; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether district officials are required to monitor conditions at school hostels; if not, why not; if so, what are the requirements of such monitoring?

Reply:

(1) Whether she has determined the staff complement required for the efficient operation of (a) public ordinary schools and (b) special needs school hostels; if not, when will such a determination be completed; if so, what is her determination in each case;

(1) (a) Norms and Standards for provisioning of school-based educators posts and support staff (administrative and grounds) are determined nationally in terms of the Post Provisioning Norms (PPN) and the policy on provisioning of support staff to schools. Both policies provides for the determination of post allocation based. mainly, on the number of learners. Therefore, allocation of posts based on the norms and standards will ensure that each school has the adequate number of posts for both educators and non-educators to enable it to operate efficiently.

(b) There is currently no national determination on the norms for staffing of special schools hostels. Each Provincial Education Department (PED) determines the norms and standards with regards to staffing. There is a process to develop comprehensive national norms and standards for the resourcing of special and full service schools. The provisioning for both professional and non-professional support staff is pan of the process.

(2) Whether posts required to operate a school hostel must be provided and funded by the relevant provincial department of education; if not, (a) why not and (b) how will these posts be funded; if so, what posts are currently being provided and funded;

(a) Where norms and standards are determined, such posts must be funded by the PED in line with the provincial norms and standards. information has been requested from all PEDs and a full response will be provided once the information is received.

(3) Whether posts at school hostels are differently graded according to responsibility or skill level; if not, why not; if so, what arc the relevant details;

(3) As indicated above, the norms and standards for provisioning of personnel in hostels is determined at provincial level. information on provision and post levels has been requested from PEDs and will be provided as soon as it is received.

(4) Whether district officials are required to monitor conditions at school hostels; if not, why not; if so, what are the requirements of such monitoring?

(4) Yes, District Officials are required to monitor conditions at school hostels as part of their monitoring of schools.

School hostels are monitored in line with the Department of Basic Education Guidelines for the provision of boarding facilities in public ordinary schools and Provincial Education Department Hostel Policies for Public Ordinary Schools.

11 August 2015 - NW1830

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)How many persons are employed as (a) provincial office officials, (b)(i) district or (ii) circuit officials working in (aa) an administrative position or (bb) a psycho-social or special needs support position, (c) educators in schools and (d) support staff in schools in each provincial education department; (2) whether any guideline exists for the ratio of learners to (a)(i) provincial and/or (ii) district employees and (b) psycho-social or special needs support staff; if not, (aa) why not and (bb) what guideline does she utilise to determine whether provincial education budgets for compensation of employees are being allocated efficiently; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2050E

Reply:

  1. How many persons are employed as (a) provincial office officials, (b)(i) district or (ii) circuit officials working in (aa) an administrative position or (bb) a psycho-social or special needs support position, (c) educators in schools and (d) support staff in schools in each provincial education department.

Response:

PROVINCE

(a) Provincial Office (staff)

(b) (i) District Office (staff)

(b) (ii) (aa) Administrative posts at District

(b) (ii) (bb) Psycho-social/ special needs posts at schools

(c) Educators at schools

(d) Support staff at schools

Total

LIMPOPO

628

1 041

1 723

0

52 155

2 130

57 677

NORTHERN CAPE

             

GAUTENG

1 408

17 728

16 275

3 374

54 226

4 966

97 977

KWAZULU-NATAL

814

2 822

 

373

87 876

13 087

104 972

WESTERN CAPE

869

573

-

107

30 818

7 147

39 514

EASTERN CAPE

790

3 532

-

60

53 950

5 648

63 980

FREE STATE

746

1 444

-

86

21 403

4 838

28 517

MPUMALANGA

478

785

162

9

30 058

5 122

36 614

NORTH WEST

850

899

-

749

24 260

2 986

29 744

TOTAL

6 583

28 824

18 160

4 758

354 746

45 924

458 995

NOTE: All figures indicated as received from Provincial Education Departments’(PED).

2. (a)(i) No, there is no guideline for the ratio of learners to provincial employees.

(ii) No, there is no guideline for the ratio of learners to district employees.

(b) Yes, there is a guideline for the ratio of learners to psycho-social or special needs support staff.

(aa) Different norms apply for determining staffing at various levels. Staffing at provincial and district level is determined in terms of conventional methods of determining organisational structures and post establishments which consider the nature and magnitude of the work using work study and job evaluation. These are not based on the number of learners. In addition, the Department has developed the Policy on Organisation, Roles and Responsibilities of Districts (GG No. 36324) which provides for norms to take into account the extent of support the schools require based on distances travelled and poverty ranking.

The Department is currently developing comprehensive norms and standards for resourcing of full service and special schools, which will include provisioning of professional and other support staff to schools. The existing norms on provisioning of professional support staff to schools that are based on learner numbers or ratios provide only for the provisioning of a therapist and senior posts at schools.

(bb) The ‘Technical Guidelines (including the Guidelines for Costing and Budgeting for Compensation of Employees) for the Preparation of Expenditure Estimates for the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF)’ annually published by the National Treasury are used to guide the allocation of budgets for compensation of employees.

11 August 2015 - NW2580

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

(1)On which dates were Operation Fiela operations carried out in the eThekwini Municipality, (b) on which areas were the specified operations focused and (c) what was the cost of each specified operation; (2) (a) how many persons (i) were arrested and (ii) have been charged following each operation and (b) for which offences in each case; (3) whether operations were conducted in the (a) Chatsworth and/or (b) Phoenix areas, both of which are known to be drug hotspots; if not, why not; if so, on which dates in each case?

Reply:

  1. (b) See Table 1 below.

(c) See Table 1 below.

 

2.(a)(i)(ii) See Table 1 below.

(b) See Table 1 below.

 

(3) (a) Yes;

(b) Yes, see Table 2 below.

TABLE 1

Seven (7) SAPS Clusters within eThekwini Municipality: Durban Central, Chatsworth, Brighton Beach, Pinetown, Phoenix, Umlazi and Inanda.

  1. CLUSTER

DURBAN CENTRAL

Date of Operation

2015/05/05 – 2015/05/06

Focus Area of Operation

Point

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

No cost - members worked for time due

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of drugs

03

03

Trespassing

08

08

Date of Operation

2015/05/05 - 2015/05/06

Focus Area of Operation

Durban CBD & Taxi Ranks

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

No costs – members worked flexi hours

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Illegal Foreign Nationals

36

36

Non Compliance 2nd Hand Goods Act

18

18

Date of Operation

2015/05/21 - 2015/05/22

Focus Area of Operation

Durban CBD & Taxi Ranks

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

No costs – members worked flexi hours

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of drugs

02

02

Road traffic act

21

21

Illegal Foreign Nationals

09

09

Assault common

01

01

Malicious Damage to Property

01

01

Date of Operation

2015/05/28 – 2015/05/29

Focus Area of Operation

Durban CBD & Taxi Ranks

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

No costs – members worked flexi hours

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of drugs

02

02

Illegal Foreign Nationals

07

07

Possessions of dangerous weapon

01

01

Date of Operation

2015/06/11 – 2015/06/12

Focus Area of Operation

Point

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

No cost – members worked for time due

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of drugs

04

04

Trespassing

13

13

Date of Operation

2015/06/25

Focus Area of Operation

Durban CBD & Taxi Ranks

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

No costs – members worked flexi hours

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of drugs

02

02

Illegal Foreign Nationals

09

09

Date of Operation

2015/07/17

Focus Area of Operation

Durban CBD & Taxi Ranks

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

No costs – members worked flexi hours

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of drugs

01

01

Wanted for the possession and or use of depended producing substances (Max ID)

04

04

Date of Operation

2015/07/23 - 2015/07/24

Focus Area of Operation

Point

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

No cost – members worked for time due

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of drugs

02

02

Illegal Foreign Nationals

11

11

Contravention Regulation 26 Sub Section 88(e) of Local Authorities Act, Act 19 of 1974.

Loitering for the purpose of Prostitution

06

06

  1. CLUSTER

CHATSWORTH

Date of Operation

2015/05/08

2015/05/14

2015/05/15

2015/05/20

2015/06/05

2015/06/08

2015/06/19

2015/07/03

Focus Area of Operation

2015/05/08 (Bayview, Bellair, Mariannhill)

2015/05/14 (Lamontville)

2015/05/15 (Bellair)

2015/05/20 (Chatsworth)

2015/06/05 (Bellair)

2015/06/08 (Bellair)

2015/06/19 (Bellair)

2015/07/03 (Chatsworth)

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

Bayview: R48 000-00

Bellair: R50 250-00

Chatsworth: R49 000-00

Kwandengezi: R32 250-00

Lamontville: R54 500-00

Mariannhill: R64 250-00

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Bayview (2015/05/08)

Contravention of the Domestic Violence Act

01

01

Possession of dagga

01

01

Dealing in liquor

02

02

Illegal Foreign Nationals

12

12

Mariannhill (2015/05/08)

Illegal Foreign Nationals

56

56

Bellair (2015/05/08)

House Breaking and Theft

01

01

Bellair (2015/05/14)

Assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm

02

02

Possession of Drugs

04

04

Lamontville (2015/05/14)

Illegal Foreign Nationals

03

03

Possession of dagga

01

01

Dealing in liquor

01

01

Bellair (2015/06/05)

Possession of drugs

02

02

Possession of suspected Stolen Property (Sect 36 of the Criminal Procedure Act, Act 51 of 1977)

03

03

Bellair (2015/06/08)

Possession of drugs

02

02

Bellair (2015/06/19)

Possession of drugs

02

02

Chatsworth (2015/05/20)

Possession of cocaine

02

02

Possession of heroine

03

03

Possession of dagga

01

01

Possession of rock cocaine

01

01

Possession of dangerous weapons

01

01

Illegal Foreign Nationals

02

02

Chatsworth (2015/07/03)

Contravention of Section 2 of the Camping Act, Act 57/2003

75

75

  1. CLUSTER

BRIGHTON BEACH

Date of Operation

2015/06/27

Focus Area of Operation

Wentworth

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

R 87 385.86

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Dealing in dagga

01

01

Possession of dagga

02

02

  1. CLUSTER

PINETOWN

Date of Operation

2015/07/10

Focus Area of Operation

Pinetown

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

No cost to the State. All members worked normal hours.

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of dagga

04

04

Possession of woonga

01

01

Possession of heroin

01

01

Theft

01

01

Illegal Foreign Nationals

05

05

Drinking in public

01

01

Urinating in public

01

01

  1. CLUSTER

PHOENIX CLUSTER

Date of Operation

2015/05/12

Focus Area of Operation

Phoenix, Tongaat, Verulam

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

No cost to the State. All members worked normal hours.

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of dagga

03

03

Date of Operation

2015/06/02

Focus Area of Operation

Phoenix, Tongaat, Verulam

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

No cost to the State. All members worked normal hours.

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of dagga

01

01

Possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition

01

01

Possession of heroin

01

01

Possession of illegal cigarettes

01

01

  1. CLUSTER

UMLAZI CLUSTER

Date of Operation

2015-04-30

2015-05-08

2015-05-29

2015-06-13

2015-07-03

2015-07-09/10

2015-07-17

2015-07-23

Focus Area of Operation

  1. Umlazi Glebe lands hostel and Umlazi

sections;

  1. Isipingo CBD, Malukazi and Prospecton;

(iii) Kwamakhutha areas;

(iv) Folweni areas;

(v) Amanzimtoti areas, Umbumbulu Areas, Umkomaas and Bhekithemba SAPS areas Ngonyameni and Umlazi sections

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

Operations are conducted utilizing members on duty with no additional cost to the State.

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of Unlicensed Firearm

03

03

Kidnapping

05

05

Illegal Foreign Nationals

54

54

Possession of Dagga

15

15

Dealing in liquor without license

24

24

Assault with the intend to cause grievous bodily harm

33

33

House breaking and theft

06

06

Theft

10

10

Armed Robbery

04

04

Attempted Murder

03

03

Possession of Dangerous weapon

03

03

Drunken Driving

09

09

Murder

04

04

Contravention of the National Road Traffic Act, Act 93 of 1996

12

12

Malicious damage to property

02

02

Contravention of Section 11 of the eThekwini Municipality Informal Trading By Law, 2014

08

08

  1. CLUSTER

INANDA CLUSTER

Date of Operation

2015-05-01 18:00 TO 02:00

Focus Area of Operation

Inanda and KwaMashu

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

+- R260 000

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of Dagga

19

19

Illegal Foreign Nationals

04

04

Reckless and Negligent Driving

02

02

Dealing in Liquor

06

06

Use of Vehicle without owner’s consent

01

01

Possession of Dangerous Weapons

04

04

Date of Operation

2015-05-16 20:00 to 04:00

Focus Area of Operation

Inanda and KwaMashu

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

+- R150 000

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of Dagga

04

04

Dealing in Liquor

06

06

Possession of Dangerous Weapons

02

02

Date of Operation

2015-07-17 20:00 TO 04:00

Focus Area of Operation

Inanda and KwaMashu

Estimate Cost of Operation

(Including external role players cost)

+- R50 000

 

Arrests

Offence

Number of arrests

Number of persons charged

Possession of Dagga

01

01

Dealing in Liquor

06

06

Illegal Foreign Nationals

02

02

Drunken Driving

02

02

TABLE 2

CLUSTER

CHATSWORTH

Date(s) of Operation

2015/05/08

 

2015/06/20

 

2015/06/03

CLUSTER

PHOENIX

Date(s) of Operation

2015/05/12

 

2015/06/02

11 August 2015 - NW2595

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

(1)Whether, with reference to the Minister of Social Development’s replies to questions 115 and 116 on 17 March 2015 and 9 March 2015, respectively, and in light of his responsibility for the protection of whistleblowers and any citizen who may experience a threat against his or her life, he is aware that the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) was providing close protection services to the (a) staff members of SASSA, (b) the Minister of Social Development’s spokesperson and (c) spokesperson’s children; if so, (2) on what statutory provisions and/or regulations could SASSA rely to provide the specified services?

Reply:

(1)(a) No, SAPS is providing protection to the Minister of Social Development.

(1)(b) No.

(1)(c) No.

(2) This question can best be responded to by SASSA.

11 August 2015 - NW2555

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Police

(1)Whether, in view of the allegations that a certain company (name furnished) enjoys police protection and that the Tactical Response Team of the SA Police Service (SAPS) has been specially assigned as the specified company’s private security guards for the distribution of its product for the past two years, he can provide detailed information on the reasons why the specified company is allegedly receiving special treatment and police protection which is not received by other competitors in the market; (2) why does the SAPS allegedly protect the specified company that is alleged to be involved in tax evasion and illicit financial flows which has a negative impact on the country’s tax base; (3) what is his policy position on the alleged protection of the specified company by the SAPS Tactical Response Team being equivalent to the privatisation of this SAPS unit as it was during the apartheid era when the former SA Police was also used for purposes other than the protection of its citizens; (4) whether he has instituted an investigation into these allegations; if so, (a) who was found to be responsible and (b) what steps did he take to deal with the perpetrators?

Reply:

  1. The SAPS has not specifically assigned the Tactical Response Team as the specified Company’s private security guards for the distribution of its product for the past two years.

The SAPS has different Task Teams comprising different SAPS Units to deal with specific crime threats and patterns, including the robbery of trucks. The operations of these Task Teams are guided by the available intelligence, modus operandi and crime patterns.

2. The SAPS protects all people of South Africa and execute its Constitutional mandate without fear or favour.

(3) The SAPS does not have a policy position for a specified company. The SAPS does its work in accordance with Section 205(3) of the Constitution which is applicable to all people of South Africa.

(4) No investigation was instituted against any member of the SAPS.

(a) Not applicable.

(b) Not applicable.

11 August 2015 - NW2743

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

Why has she waited so many years before taking drastic steps to address the shortcomings of the Compensation Fund?

Reply:

There were interventions put in place in the Compensation Fund to address the shortcomings; therefore it was premature to take drastic steps before assessing the full impact of the interventions.

11 August 2015 - NW2575

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)With reference to the three executives (Nosiviwe Nokwe-Macamo, Lindiwe Mthimunye-Bakoro and Andrew Diepenaar) at PetroSA who were recently placed on forced leave pending an investigation into their performance, what are the detailed reasons for suspending each of the three executives; (2) Has the investigation into the specified three executives been concluded; if not, why not; if so, what are the detailed results of the investigations? NW2950E

Reply:

  1. PetroSA will declare a substantial loss of approximately R15 billion for the financial year ending 31 March 2015.

In discharging its fiduciary duty, the Board of Directors of PetroSA resolved to conduct an investigation into the causes of the substantial loss and PetroSA's poor performance as well as the role played by PetroSA's executive team including the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), the Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO) and the Vice President – Upstream in relation thereto. The Board of Directors formed the prima facie view that PetroSA's poor financial performance was, at least in part, attributable to the three executives given their role, duties and responsibilities as employees of PetroSA.

2. The investigation is currently still in progress. It was envisaged that the investigation would be completed within a period of approximately two months. At this stage, it is anticipated that the investigation will be completed towards the end of August. In light of the fact that the investigation is still underway, no results are available.

11 August 2015 - NW813

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

(1) Whether he has given clear directions to the National Executive that the National Development Plan (NDP) was to be implemented in its entirety and that particular attention was to be given to correcting and remedying the weaknesses that were identified in the NDP as impacting negatively on growth and on job creation; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) outcomes and (b) relevant details thereof; (2) Whether he was willing to charge the Deputy President, who played an integral role in the production of the NDP, to drive its implementation across all areas of the Government; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) outcomes and (b) relevant details thereof?

Reply:

I have together with the Executive agreed about how the National Development Plan (NDP) will be implemented as a result Vision 2030 that has been translated into the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019 as the first 5-year implementation plan. This has informed the development of 5-year Strategic Plans and Annual Performance Plans of all government departments, as well as the allocation of resources from the National Fiscus.

Government departments have produced quarterly progress on the implementation of the MTSF 2014-2019 for Q1, Q2 and Q3 of 2014/15, which have been tabled before and considered by the Executive. The Deputy President as part of the Executive is involved in the implementation and monitoring of the NDP Vision 2030 and the MTSF 2014-2019.

11 August 2015 - NW2627

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2393 on 6 July 2015, all the requested information is now available; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will the information become available; if so, what are the details of the information so requested?

Reply:

Question 2393 has been replied to and the requested information was provided.

11 August 2015 - NW2566

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Energy

With reference to her reply to question 1612 on 26 May 2015, what were the reasons for not referring the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2013 to Cabinet?

Reply:

The policy adjustment process is not yet completed.

11 August 2015 - NW1246

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Is a digital representation of his signature used in circumstances where he is unable to personally sign official documents; (2) are any other government officials empowered to sign documents on his behalf; if so, what are the (a) names and (b) positions of the specified officials?

Reply:

I sign all official and executive documents personally.

11 August 2015 - NW2633

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the SA National Roads Agency (SANRAL) in any stage has applied for the certification or exemption from certification of the e-toll system and related technology in terms of the Trade Metrology Act, Act 77 of 1973, and/or the later Legal Metrology Act, Act 9 of 2014, and other supporting legislation applicable to certification; if not, why not; if yes, what are the applicable details? NW3008A The GFIP e-toll system comprises a number of components, only certain of which are regulated by the legislation referred to. In the case of the camera equipment installed on the GFIP system, this equipment complies with the technical requirements of SANS 1795, Part 5 on data capturing and recording devices for road traffic law enforcement. With regard to other equipment used and in the absence of specific technical regulations, this matter is being handled by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) in terms of the legal Metrology Act of 1973. The CEO of the NRCS will set requirements and conditions for use of the equipment in terms of section 22 of the Legal Metrology Act. It must further be noted that SANRAL has a classification system in place for the motor vehicles and a representation procedure for users who wish to query the classification of a motor vehicle for a specific transaction. In the event that there is any dispute regarding the classification of the vehicle and having regard to the representation procedure already applied by SANRAL, the actual size of the vehicle (length, width and height) may be verified by having regard to the specifications as provided by the vehicle manufacturer.

Reply:

The GFIP e-toll system comprises a number of components, only certain of which are regulated by the legislation referred to. In the case of the camera equipment installed on the GFIP system, this equipment complies with the technical requirements of SANS 1795, Part 5 on data capturing and recording devices for road traffic law enforcement.

With regard to other equipment used and in the absence of specific technical regulations, this matter is being handled by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) in terms of the legal Metrology Act of 1973.

The CEO of the NRCS will set requirements and conditions for use of the equipment in terms of section 22 of the Legal Metrology Act.

It must further be noted that SANRAL has a classification system in place for the motor vehicles and a representation procedure for users who wish to query the classification of a motor vehicle for a specific transaction. In the event that there is any dispute regarding the classification of the vehicle and having regard to the representation procedure already applied by SANRAL, the actual size of the vehicle (length, width and height) may be verified by having regard to the specifications as provided by the vehicle manufacturer.

11 August 2015 - NW2568

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Energy

With reference to her reply to question 2074 on 9 June 2015, what are the relevant details of the proper financial provisions made with reference to the nuclear build programme?

Reply:

The Nuclear New Build Programme Funding requirement is being discussed within National Treasury.

11 August 2015 - NW2744

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(1)Why did she transfer a certain person (details furnished) from the Compensation Fund without first instituting disciplinary proceedings against the specified person; (2) will disciplinary proceedings still be initiated against the specified person; if not, why not?

Reply:

 

  1. At this point transfer is the best solution
  2. No, reason being no misconduct has been established.

11 August 2015 - NW2579

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Police

(1)(a) How many operations targeting (i) illegal taverns and/or (ii) shebeens were carried out by the Chatsworth Police Station in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) on which dates; (2) (a) what is the total number of arrests that were made, (b) how many persons were charged and (c) for which offences in each case; (3) how many convictions have been secured against operators of (a) illegal taverns and/or (b) shebeens in terms of the Liquor Act, Act 59 of 2003?

Reply:

  1. The station has conducted ten (10) operations in the 2014/15 financial year as per below dates and there were six (6) illegal taverns and/ or shebeens identified:

28/03/2015, 15/05/2014, 22/12/2014, 03/07/2014, 26/01/2015, 24/07/2014, 27/09/2014, 26/09/2014, 24/10/2014 and 25/10/2014

2. During the operation there were five (5) arrests and five (5) persons charged for dealing in liquor without a license, Chatsworth CAS 618/03/2015 Manufacturing Liquor without a Licence, Chatsworth CAS 490/06/2014 Selling Liquor without Licence, Chatsworth CAS 529/06/2014 Selling Liquor without a Licence, Chatsworth CAS 52/06/2014 Selling Liquor without a Licence, Chatsworth CAS 531/06/2014 Failing to comply with conditions of Licence.

3.  The convictions secured for during the operation were two(2) Chatsworth CAS 490/06/2014, CAS 531/06/2014 and two(2) withdrawn, Chatsworth CAS 529/06/2014 and 52/06/2014.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2576

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)Has PetroSA been in discussions with the company James Street Capital Partners; if so, what were the nature of these discussions; (2) were any agreements signed between the two companies; if so, what are the relevant details of each of these agreements; (3) are there still any ongoing discussions taking place between PetroSA and the specified company; if so, what are the relevant details of these discussions; (4) did the specified company withdraw a business proposal to solve one of the business problems within PetroSA; if not, what is the status of this business proposal by the specified company; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of this proposal and (b) why was the business proposal withdrawn? NW2951E

Reply:

  1. During the first half of 2015, PetroSA representatives had exploratory discussions with James Street Capital Partners (JSCP). In these exploratory discussions JSCP expressed an interest in partnering with PetroSA in the trading function of the business. In the three meetings held with JSCP representatives, PetroSA outlined the workings of its procurement policy and procedures, and the requirement to always adhere to these. The discussions with JSCP never materialised into any agreements.
  2. No agreements were concluded with JSCP.
  3. There are no ongoing discussions with JSCP.
  4. PetroSA policies require the National Oil Company to perform a due-diligence probe on the company that is presenting a proposal. The policies also stipulate that such potential partners need to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. In the case of JSCP, their proposal could not be progressed as the process of verification was never finalised.

11 August 2015 - NW2636

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether, given the fact that the Public Service already broadly reflects the national demographics of the country, he will consider scrapping affirmative action in the Public Service; if not, (a) why not and (b) which constitutional provisions are still forcing the Government to enforce affirmative action, when the requirement that the Public Service should broadly reflect the national demographics has already been achieved; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister for Public Service and Administration (MPSA) is not a custodian of the Employment Equity Act, (Act 55 of 1998). Compliance with the Employment Equity Act, Act 55 of 1998 (EEA) falls under the purview of the Minister of Labour who receives periodic compliance reports from all employers in the country, including state organs, much of the information requested in this question concerns compliance with the EEA. Therefore, the Minister of Labour is in a better position to reply to this question.

11 August 2015 - NW2626

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Ms k Steyn [DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

With regard to the current drought in South Africa, (a) which regions have been declared drought areas, (b) what assistance is his department currently providing to affected farmers, (c) what are the details of (i) current and (ii) projected losses to the agricultural sector as a result of the brought, (d) what impact does this drought have an the country's food security and je) aside from any assistance provided to farmers, what other steps is his department taking to minimise the impact of this drought? NW3001E

Reply:


(a) Requests for declaration were submitted to the relevant Provincial Disaster Management Centers (PDMCs) by the Provincial Departments of Agriculture as declaration of state disaster is a competency of the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCOG) as per the Disaster Management Act (Act 57 of 2002). The role of sector departments is to make requests and submissions to DCOG regarding declarations, The declarations are made available through Government Gazette.

(b)The drought reports were submitted to relevant Provincial Disaster Management Centres (PDMCs) by the Provincial Departments of Agriculture for the declaration of state of disaster as well as funding requests to National Treasury as per the procedure prescribed in the Disaster Management Act (57 of 2002). Government continues to consult with relevant stakeholders since Disaster Risk Management is a shared responsibility. Furthermore "is DAFF continues Io assist in terms of the Disaster Management Act (Act57 of 2002) through the dissemination of Agrometeorological Advisories for prevention and mitigation of disaster risks. Drought assessments continue to undertaken to monitor the conditions by both Provincial Department and DAFF as well as provided advisories to farming communities.

Attached please find here: Question Continued

11 August 2015 - NW2604

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Van Dalen, Mr P to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)(a) What are the names of each of the proposed sites where the new nuclear power plants will be built and (b) where are each of these sites located; (2) whether any environmental impact assessments have been done at each of these sites; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what were the detailed findings of these assessments; (3) in respect of each of the proposed sites, are there currently transmission lines in place to connect the power generated from the nuclear power station to the national power grid? NW2979E

Reply:

  1. (a) and (b) Thyspunt in the Eastern Cape

Dunefontein in the Western Cape

Bantamsklip in the Western Cape

Brazil in Northern Cape

Schulpfontein in the Western Cape

KwaZulu-Natal the names of sites and locations yet to be identified investigated in detail

2. (a) The Environmental Impact Assessment has been done for Thyspunt, Dunefontein and Batamsklip

(b) The detailed findings of the assessments of these sites are public available on Eskom Nuclear's 1 EIA website.

The Brazil and Schulpfontein sites were scoped out during scoping phase

The EIA has not started in potential sites in KwaZulu-Natal as these still have to be confirmed

3. The transmission to the grid is contained in the EIA report.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2342

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to her reply to question 1192 on 18 May 2015, (a) why could she not provide the details required in paragraphs (1) and (2) of the question, given that her department provides the majority of the funding for the National Education Collaboration Trust and (b) what are the relevant details as requested?

Reply:

The responses below are for previously asked question 1192 from 1 – 2 and were sourced from the National Education Collaboration Framework (NECT).

  1. (a)

The NECT is a Trust founded on the basis of the Trust Law. It is a public benefit organisation with the primary objective to improve the quality of schooling and systems for monitoring and supporting schools. The NECT is guided by the Education Collaboration Framework (ECF) which is a blueprint for partnership between government and other social partners which aims to:

  • influence and support the implementation of government’s education reform;
  • increase the effectiveness, value for money and sustainability of private sector social investment in education; and
  • improve educational outcomes.

The names of the trustees are provided below in line with the stakeholder categories:

Business (Business Leadership South Africa): Sizwe Nxasana (Chairman), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FirstRand Limited; Mark Lamberti, CEO of Imperial Holding; and Futhi Mtoba, TeachSA

Government: Minister AM Motshekga, MP and Acting Director-General, Mr SG Padayachee

Unions: Nkosana Dolopi, South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) Deputy Secretary-General and Basil Manuel, NAPTOSA President

Civil Society: Prof Brian Figaji

Chief Executive Officer: Godwin Khosa

The following managers are officials comprising the NECT:

The CEO, two (2) Education Specialists, the Chief Finance Officer (CFO), the Office Manager, two secondees, four trainees and three administrators.

(1)(b)

The NECT is governed by the Trust Deed and its various committee charters. The NECT has procurement policies as well as staff manuals that govern the conduct and the operations of the NECT.

EXCO Members: Sizwe Nxasana (chairperson), Mark Lamberti, Futhi Mtoba, Nkosana Dolopi, Minister AM Motshekga, MP; Acting Director-General, Mr SG Padayachee

Audit and Risk Committee: Sizwe Nxasana, Mark Lamberti, Futhi Mtoba (Chairperson), Nkosana Dolopi, Minister AM Motshekga, MP

  1. (c) (i) (ii)

See attached Excel spreadsheet Annexure A on meetings held.

2(a) (i) (ii) (iii)

The terms of reference of the NECT are set out in the Education Collaboration Framework (ECF) which draws from Chapter 9 of the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Education Action Plan 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2019. The ECF was drafted out of consultations involving over 100 role-players in education from a cross-section of education stakeholders. It was launched by the then Deputy President, Mr Motlanthe, at the Presidential Guesthouse on 16 July 2013. The plans and targets for 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 are set out in the Interim Integrated Report published in December 2014, that can be downloaded from www.nect.org.za.

11 August 2015 - NW2670

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1821 on 9 June 2015, what (a) were the relevant details of the undertaking between the Central Energy Fund (CEF) and Lesedi Biogas and (b) amount of funding was given to Lesedi Biogas; (2) was the funding to the Lesedi Biogas project stopped due to actual or suspected fraud; if so, (a) when did the CEF become aware of the suspected or actual fraud and (b) when did the funding to this project cease; (3) what (a) steps did the CEF take to recover the funds given to Lesedi Biogas and (b) amount was (i) recovered and (ii) lost; (4) why was the Lesedi Biogas matter only reported to the National Prosecuting Authority in March 2012? NW3101E

Reply:

  1. (a) the undertaking was to further development the project,

(b) the amount spent was R2.2million.

2. (a) No, funding was stopped because the project did not achieve certain required conditions.

(b) funding ceased during May 2009.

3. The matter was reported to the Commercial Crimes Unit for Investigation.

4. The CEF internal investigation commenced towards end of 2010 and was finalized in 2011. The matter was immediately reported to the National Prosecuting Authority after being considered internally.

11 August 2015 - NW2677

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Van Dalen, Mr P to ask the Minister of Energy

With reference to the (a) Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of SA (PetroSA), (b) Petroleum Agency South Africa (PASA), (c) Strategic Fuel Fund Association (SSF) and (d) African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation (AEMFC), (i) what are the (aa) names, (bb) qualifications and (cc) salaries of each of the board members at each of these entities and (ii) how long has each of the board members been on the board of each of the entities?

Reply:

 

(a) Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa SOC Ltd (PetroSA)

Board Status

Director

Appointment Date

Term Ends

Qualifications and Experience

Remunerated. Yes/No

Fee per meeting

Mr O Tobias

14/11/2014

13/11/2017

BA LLB

PMD

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R22 136.12

Ms J May-Ntwane

14/11/2014

13/11/2017

BA

Cert In Public Relations

Dip Human Resource Management

BA Hons (Anthropology)

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R22 136.12

Mr W Steenkamp

14/11/2014

13/11/2017

Cert. Management

MBA (Still Studying)

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R22 136.12

Mr W Ngubane

14/11/2014

13/11/2017

B Compt

Dip Acc

CA (SA)

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R22 136.12

Mr M Mkhize

(DOE)

01/02/2015

31/01/2018

BSc (Chem Eng)

B Com

MBL

Cert. Legislative Drafting

No

 

Mr S Mokuena

1/1/2013

31/12/2015

BSc Electrical Engineering.

MBA

GCC Mines and Works

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R22 136.12

Mr. S Mthethwa (CEF Chief Executive Officer)

01/01/2015

TFN

B Com. (Acc)

B Compt. (Hons)

H Dip in Acc

CA (SA)

No

 

Ms N Nokwe (Chie Executive Officer)

01/03/2012

Linked to her term of Office

BSc

MSc Petrochemical Engineering

Certificate in Int Mgmt.

No

 

Ms L Bakoro

(Chief Financial Officer)

01/03/2014

Linked to term of Office as CFO

B Com,

Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting,

Post Graduate Diploma in Tax Law. M Com,

CA (SA)

No

 

(b) Petroleum Agency (PASA)

Board Status

Director

Appointment Date

Term Ends

Qualifications and Experience

Remunerated. Yes/No

Fee per Meeting

Mr P Fusi (Chair)

01/07/2015. Second term

30/06/2018

BSc Chemical Engineering,

MBA

Not remunerated in his personal capacity

 

Ms T Ramuedzisi (DOE)

01/07/2009

Until Further Notice

BSc Computer Science and Mathematics,

BSc (Hons) Computer Science,

MDP

MBA

No

 

Ms R Nkambule (DMR)

01/07/2009

Until Further Notice

Information not received.

No

 

Ms J Luthuli

01/03/2015. Second Term

28/02/2018

BCom

B Compt (Hons)

CA (SA)

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R14 757.22

Mr Nengovhela

17/12/2014. First term

16/12/2017

B Admin. Post grad Diploma-Labour Relations. B Com (Honours). Management Advanced Program. LLM Labour Law. Int. Executive Development Program.

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R14 757.22

(c) SFF

Current Board Status

Director

Appointment Date

Term Ends

Qualifications and Experience

Remunerated. Yes/No

Fee per Meeting

Dr S Mthembi-Mahanyele (Chairperson)

1/2/2012

Until Further Notice

Senior Teachers Diploma,

BA – Ed,

Honorary Doctorate (PhD) (Honorius Causa)

Post Grad Dip in Economic Principles,

Post Grad Dip in Financial Economics.

MSc Public Policy and Management

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R22 136.12

Mr. E Cloete

(DOE representative)

21/8/2013 First Term

21/8/2016

BSC.

H Dip Education

Cert Economics and Public Finance

No

 

Mr. L Mulaudzi

(DOE representative)

1/9/2012. First Term

1/9/2015

N Dip. Public Management and Administration,

Executive National Security Program,

Programme in Housing Policy Development

No

 

Ms R. Van Wyk

1/12/2012 (Appointed to BARC 01/03/2011. Appointed Interim BARC Chair 01/08/2011. Reappointed BARC Chair 01/03/2012. Appointed Director 01/12/2012)

1/12/2015

CA(SA),

MBA,

Dip. Advanced Banking

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R14 757.22

Amb. B. Gila (Chief Executive Officer)

1/01/2013

Until Further Notice (linked to term of office)

Advocate of the High Court

Former Ambassador to Venezuela.

No

 

Mr K Vilakazi

17/12/2014

16/12/2017

BCom,

B Compt (Hons) / CTA

CA (SA)

MBL

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R14 757.22

Mr S Gounden

17/12/2014

16/12/2017

Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting - Auditing, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting & Taxation,

CA (SA)

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R14 757.22

(d) African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation (AEMFC)

Current Board Status

Director

Appointment Date

Term Ends

Qualifications and Experience

Remunerated. Yes/No Subcommittee

Fee per meeting

Mr A Mngomezulu

07/12/2011 (Appointed as Director 12/07/2007. Reappointed in 2010 for one year. Appointed Interim Chair 22/09/2011. Reappointed 07/12/2011)

Until Further Notice

BSc Honours Geology.

Grad Dip Engineering,

Mining Economics

No

 

Mr S Madondo

(Chief Executive)

01/04/2007

(linked to his term of office as CEO)

BSc Applied Maths,

BSc. (Hons) Mathematical Statistics, MBA

No

 

Dr. Z Rustomjee

01/12/2012 (Appointed 12/07/2007. Reappointed 30/03/2010. Reappointed 12/07/2011. Term ended 12/07/2012)

30/11/2015

Pr.Eng,

PhD Economics,

MPhil Development Economics,

MSc. Industrial Engineering,

BSc.(Hons)Chemical Engineering,

MIChem.E,

MSAIChe.

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R14 757.22

Ms B Mdyesha (Executive)

01/12/2012

(linked to term of office as CFO)

BSc Statistics

Post Grad Diploma in Accounting

B Com. (Hons)

CA (SA)

No

 

Mr. S Mthethwa

(CEF Chief Executive Officer)

01/01/2015

TFN

B Com. (Acc)

B Compt. (Hons)

H Dip in Acc

CA (SA)

No

 

Mr J Lekgetha

17/12/2014

16/12/2017

B Com. (Acc)

CFA (SA)

H Dip in Tax Law

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R14 757.22

Ms P Rammutla

17/12/2014

16/12/2017

B Com (Acc)

B Com (Hons)

CA (SA)

Yes. Earnings reflected in Audited Annual Financial Statements.

R14 757.22