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19 March 2021 - NW297

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

(1). With reference to the Iziko Museum, (a) what are the relevant details of the Court Yard project, (b) on what date was the project approved, (c) what was the budget allocation, (d) what work needed to be done, (e) on what date was it supposed to be completed and (f) what is the total amount that has been spent; (2). whether the project (a) has been completed and (b) is currently in use; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1). (a).

Project Name : COURTYARD PROJECT

Public Entity : IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN MUSEUM

Location : The Company Gardens, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, Western Cape.

The Museum building complex is sited within the Company Gardens and comprises several interlinked buildings which range from the historically significant, main entrance building, (Block A), through the various infill additions and extensions to the early 1980’s, heavily serviced, late brutalist Courtyard Building, (Block C).

Work under this contract extends throughout this complex and involves specialised heritage work in the oldest building on the entrance side, incorporates work to some of the earlier interlinking buildings previously altered and extended, includes work to the high ceilinged Whale Well. The work focusses mainly on the mountain side Courtyard Building (Block C) which is extensively updated, upgraded, structurally strengthened and extended with construction of five floors on piled foundations within the internal courtyard carrying new sixth and seventh floors which cantilever over the original building.

Project Description, scope and objectives:

The project was undertaken to increase the research collections’ storage capacity, to update safety services and to expand the visitor experience.

Alterations and additions were undertaken to update, extend and complement existing museum facilities, including those for the receiving, preparation, research, safe keeping, conservation and select display of scientific natural history specimens. Considerable additional specialized protected storage has been provided, much with close climate control. Also provided are new education and conference facilities, laboratories and management facilities. All services within Blocks C and D have been updated and fire safety in particular has been significantly improved with the range of fire suppression systems implemented including water, foam and inert gas systems. Electronic access control, monitoring and low UV energy efficient lighting is provided.

Work comprised alterations and restoration of various areas within the historic buildings (comprising Blocks A and B) of the Museum Complex; installation of digital display lighting and construction of a new plant room at roof level within the Whale Well (Block B); stripping, alterations and extensive reconstruction of the 1980’s research and collection building, (Block C) and the construction within its courtyard of a new five storey infill structure on extensive piled foundations.

This infill structure supports the new sixth floor which cantilevers over the existing building and houses a multi-purpose, sub-divisible conference facility with breakaway and entertainment areas and a full catering kitchen. Above this the new top, seventh floor accommodates meeting rooms and the executive offices of the eleven national museums in Cape Town, Iziko Museums of South Africa.

Block D, (the building with its two courtyards, which link Block C and the Planetarium) is extensively reconfigured for education facilities and offices, with one light well repurposed as a usable, planted courtyard and the other courtyard roofed, provided with Amphitheatre style seating and integrated with the adjacent classrooms and meeting areas.

New fire protection services installed as part of the works include fail-safe pumped water storage, gas, foam and sprinkler fire suppression systems; energy efficient reverse-cycle heating, ventilation and air conditioning; interactive digital touch-screen displays, two new passenger lifts and a new goods lift; computerised bio-metric access control, digital security cameras, a stand by generator and new electrical, security and alarm infrastructure. Low energy consumption lighting with minimal damaging ultra-violet light output has been installed.

Facilities includes:

  • specialised storage and conservation facilities for specimens preserved in volatile, flammable and hazardous substances which make extensive use of mobile racking to maximise efficiency, and
  • specialised, separate safe marine mammal and terrestrial vertebrates wet dissection areas with purpose made tables incorporating down draft extraction for health and safety reasons, served by a travelling mono-rail crane which links to new cold and freezer rooms, the high hazard tank storage facility and vehicle loading docks,
  • the fossil specimen preparation laboratory,
  • taxidermy, maceration and specimen preparation areas,
  • workshop, display preparation, spray-room and associated design facilities,
  • conference facilities, breakaway rooms, catering facilities and support functions,
  • education facilities and classrooms, including roofing and internalising a courtyard for teaching purposes,
  • removal of redundant facilities and structure to provide additional display and teaching facilities in Blocks A and B,
  • the executive, finance and administration offices,
  • the research and special collections library,
  • the bio-diversity teaching and demonstration laboratory,
  • scanning electric microscope room and digital X-ray room.

Inert gas, foam or water fire suppression systems, appropriate to the various collections protect these areas and two on-site water storage tanks on piled foundations with autonomous pumps ensure adequate supply, independent of external power or water to separate fire hydrant, hose reel and sprinkler systems. Ground water has been tapped for reticulated for irrigation purposes.

(b). The project was approved on the 20th May 2005 (as per Procurement Instruction document)

(c). The budget allocated was R 339 303 043.19

(d). The work needed to be done was specialised storage and the other facilities noted above were required, obsolete infrastructure and services needed to be updated, fire and general safety and security improved and the structure of the building strengthened as this was showing stress cracks and signs of overloading before any new facilities were added. Some inappropriate modifications to the buildings needed to be removed, original spaces reinstated and their building fabric restored.

Inadequate fire suppression systems in Blocks C and D needed upgrading and replacement with energy efficient systems.

(e). The Original Practical Completion Date was 30 June 2014

Contract Commencement Date and duration: 29 June 2012. (24 months) Site Handover Date: 14 January 2013 (Award delayed due to adjudication process & non-availability of site).

(f). The total amount that has been spent including professional fees is R 319 403 705, 55

2.(a). The project/works reached the stage of practical completion in terms of the building contract on 14 August 2020 when the last few areas of the works were handed over to the User Department. The contractor is currently attending to snags prior to achievement of the contractual stage of Works Completion, anticipated to be achieved by end March 2021 with Final Completion early in July 2021.

(b). Yes, it is currently in use

19 March 2021 - NW104

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)With regard to the Nzhelele Water Scheme Project in the Musina Local Municipality, (a) who are the specific beneficiaries of the Nzhelele water scheme and (b) what is the water allocation for each beneficiary; (2) whether there are any costs for the account(s) of the beneficiaries; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the costs; (3) whether there are any accounts that are in arrears; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what amount is in arrears; (4) whether there are any considerations to introduce a pipeline with flow meters, if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply:

(1) The details of the beneficiaries and allocations is attached as Annexure A

Further, the Honourable Member will be aware that the document titled “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly” prohibits Members of Parliament, including Members of the Executive, from providing names of people or companies. The document referred to states that:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

(2) The status of the accounts is indicated in Annexure B

(3) The status of the accounts in arrears is indicated in Annexure C

(4) The replacement of concrete lining for the E canal (length 2.70 km) where the soil around the canal is very dispersive and often obstructs the canal when rainfall occurs with pipeline is being considered. The repair of flow measurement structures at water delivery points will be addressed through the ongoing rehabilitation of Nzhelele Water Canal.

ANNEXURE A

No.

Customer Type

WU Sector

Registered Volume

Volume MU

Interval Type

1

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

4,317,600.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

2

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

3,902,640.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

3

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

72,240.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

4

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

36,120.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

5

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

87,360.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

6

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

72,240.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

7

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

108,360.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

8

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

215,880.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

9

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

122,640.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

10

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

80,640.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

11

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

3,651.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

12

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

431,760.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

13

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

719,880.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

14

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

288,120.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

15

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

612,360.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

16

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

360,360.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

17

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

180,600.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

18

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

2,144,520.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

19

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

1,430,520.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

20

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

72,240.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

21

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

719,880.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

22

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

3,597,720.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

23

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

719,880.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

24

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

14,280.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

25

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

237,720.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

26

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

624,120.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

27

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

571,200.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

28

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

1,619,520.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

29

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

466,200.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

30

Company

Industry (Non-Urban)

182,500.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

31

Company

Industry (Non-Urban)

189,000.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

32

Company

Industry (Non-Urban)

3,650.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

33

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

201,600.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

34

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

57,960.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

35

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

86,520.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

36

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

648,480.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

37

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

580,440.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

38

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

719,880.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

39

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

71,400.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

40

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

72,240.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

41

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

66,360.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

42

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

504,000.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

43

Individual

Agriculture: Irrigation

461,160.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

44

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

1,186,920.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

45

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

1,070,160.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

46

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

176,400.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

47

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

180,600.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

48

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

215,880.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

49

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

336,000.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

50

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

504,000.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

51

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

72,240.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

52

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

1,187,760.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

53

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

72,240.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

54

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

50,400.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

55

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

57,960.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

56

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

126,000.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

57

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

431,760.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

58

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

153,400.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

59

Company

Agriculture: Irrigation

215,880.00

Cubic Metres

Per Year

ANNEXURE B

 

BP Type

30+ Days

60+ Days

90+ Days

120+ Days

150+ Days

180+ Days

Total

 

Company

-

-

-

- 2,986.37

-

-

- 2,986.37

 

Company

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Company

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Company

27.60

-

-

- 32,673.14

-

-

- 32,645.54

 

Company

718.61

-

359.30

33,951.44

-

- 3,021.04

32,008.31

 

Company

-

-

-

0.45

-

-

0.45

 

Company

164.05

-

82.03

14,144.17

-

-

14,390.25

 

Company

-

-

-

- 968.12

-

968.12

-

 

Individual

2,504.05

-

1,252.02

38,406.81

-

219,123.06

261,285.94

 

Individual

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Individual

12,997.23

-

6,498.60

205,154.72

-

1,201,862.90

1,426,513.45

 

Company

16,823.39

-

8,560.52

324,481.32

-

1,343,869.73

1,693,734.96

 

Company

6,147.03

-

3,127.59

115,679.11

-

495,568.80

620,522.53

 

Company

8,432.73

-

4,290.87

162,451.34

-

673,679.88

848,854.82

 

Company

1,628.63

-

827.47

33,401.07

-

127,006.20

162,863.37

 

Company

50,118.15

-

25,176.02

693,156.36

-

3,826,074.30

4,594,524.83

 

Company

81,048.01

-

41,266.44

1,626,484.69

-

6,354,486.23

8,103,285.37

 

Company

20,379.57

-

10,343.64

334,519.49

-

1,638,799.85

2,004,042.55

 

Company

4,610.61

-

2,305.32

102,541.76

-

329,411.81

438,869.50

 

Company

19,824.05

-

9,912.02

280,137.91

-

1,874,860.81

2,184,734.79

 

Company

44,646.13

-

22,323.07

729,356.92

-

3,124,191.93

3,920,518.05

 

Company

101,379.04

32,488.69

28,349.17

51,585.90

8,664.64

463,720.23

686,187.67

 

Company

741.39

-

370.70

30,025.38

-

- 91,791.17

- 60,653.70

 

Individual

14,479.56

-

7,239.78

273,654.30

-

1,157,180.89

1,452,554.53

 

Company

2,755.19

-

1,377.65

31,273.11

-

283,852.64

319,258.59

 

Company

10,833.99

-

5,417.00

113,544.15

-

1,130,532.39

1,260,327.53

 

Individual

3,470.47

-

1,735.21

44,216.71

-

438,707.39

488,129.78

 

Individual

14,739.02

-

7,369.51

83,441.25

-

1,868,118.97

1,973,668.75

 

Individual

1,035.81

-

517.90

27,860.29

-

66,319.89

95,733.89

 

Individual

16,525.18

-

8,262.58

229,294.95

-

1,586,307.39

1,840,390.10

 

Company

7,830.50

-

3,915.25

415,801.96

-

314,324.53

741,872.24

 

Company

193.69

-

116.77

20,019.17

-

-

20,329.63

 

Company

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Company

127.45

-

82.77

14,190.05

-

-

14,400.27

 

Individual (I)

520.40

-

260.21

7,514.83

-

46,090.25

54,385.69

 

Company

1,734,563.96

-

-

-

-

-

1,734,563.96

 

Company

29,946.91

-

14,973.46

2,581,874.50

-

-

2,626,794.87

 

Individual

36.91

-

18.44

691.82

-

3,026.83

3,774.00

 

Company

1,972.15

-

986.09

33,365.49

-

163,750.62

200,074.35

 

Company

25,247.35

-

12,623.70

521,175.36

-

1,944,691.78

2,503,738.19

 

Company

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Company

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Company

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Company

12,127.11

-

6,063.54

209,014.96

-

992,889.57

1,220,095.18

 

Company

4,801.79

-

2,400.92

95,994.37

-

363,046.40

466,243.48

 

Company

3,393.55

-

1,696.75

68,241.16

-

256,096.63

329,428.09

 

Individual

15,852.86

-

7,926.44

168,519.86

-

1,704,002.34

1,896,301.50

 

Individual

35,585.32

-

17,792.63

405,605.78

-

3,841,617.95

4,300,601.68

Total Outstanding

 

2,308,229.44

32,488.69

265,821.38

10,084,145.28

8,664.64

37,739,368.10

50,438,717.53

 

ANNEXURE C

 

30+ Days

60+ Days

90+ Days

120+ Days

150+ Days

180+ Days

Total

 

-

-

-

2,986.37

-

-

2,986.37

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

27.60

-

-

32,673.14

-

-

32,645.54

 

718.61

-

359.30

33,951.44

-

- 3,021.04

32,008.31

 

-

-

-

0.45

-

-

0.45

 

164.05

-

82.03

14,144.17

-

-

14,390.25

 

-

-

-

968.12

-

968.12

-

 

2,504.05

-

1,252.02

38,406.81

-

219,123.06

261,285.94

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

12,997.23

-

6,498.60

205,154.72

-

1,201,862.90

1,426,513.45

 

16,823.39

-

8,560.52

324,481.32

-

1,343,869.73

1,693,734.96

 

6,147.03

-

3,127.59

115,679.11

-

495,568.80

620,522.53

 

8,432.73

-

4,290.87

162,451.34

-

673,679.88

848,854.82

 

1,628.63

-

827.47

33,401.07

-

127,006.20

162,863.37

 

50,118.15

-

25,176.02

693,156.36

-

3,826,074.30

4,594,524.83

 

81,048.01

-

41,266.44

1,626,484.69

-

6,354,486.23

8,103,285.37

 

20,379.57

-

10,343.64

334,519.49

-

1,638,799.85

2,004,042.55

 

4,610.61

-

2,305.32

102,541.76

-

329,411.81

438,869.50

 

19,824.05

-

9,912.02

280,137.91

-

1,874,860.81

2,184,734.79

 

44,646.13

-

22,323.07

729,356.92

-

3,124,191.93

3,920,518.05

 

101,379.04

32,488.69

28,349.17

51,585.90

8,664.64

463,720.23

686,187.67

 

741.39

-

370.70

30,025.38

-

- 91,791.17

- 60,653.70

 

14,479.56

-

7,239.78

273,654.30

-

1,157,180.89

1,452,554.53

 

2,755.19

-

1,377.65

31,273.11

-

283,852.64

319,258.59

 

10,833.99

-

5,417.00

113,544.15

-

1,130,532.39

1,260,327.53

 

3,470.47

-

1,735.21

44,216.71

-

438,707.39

488,129.78

 

14,739.02

-

7,369.51

83,441.25

-

1,868,118.97

1,973,668.75

 

1,035.81

-

517.90

27,860.29

-

66,319.89

95,733.89

 

16,525.18

-

8,262.58

229,294.95

-

1,586,307.39

1,840,390.10

 

7,830.50

-

3,915.25

415,801.96

-

314,324.53

741,872.24

 

193.69

-

116.77

20,019.17

-

-

20,329.63

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

127.45

-

82.77

14,190.05

-

-

14,400.27

 

520.40

-

260.21

7,514.83

-

46,090.25

54,385.69

 

1,734,563.96

-

-

-

-

-

1,734,563.96

 

29,946.91

-

14,973.46

2,581,874.50

-

-

2,626,794.87

 

36.91

-

18.44

691.82

-

3,026.83

3,774.00

 

1,972.15

-

986.09

33,365.49

-

163,750.62

200,074.35

 

25,247.35

-

12,623.70

521,175.36

-

1,944,691.78

2,503,738.19

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

12,127.11

-

6,063.54

209,014.96

-

992,889.57

1,220,095.18

 

4,801.79

-

2,400.92

95,994.37

-

363,046.40

466,243.48

 

3,393.55

-

1,696.75

68,241.16

-

256,096.63

329,428.09

 

15,852.86

-

7,926.44

168,519.86

-

1,704,002.34

1,896,301.50

 

35,585.32

-

17,792.63

405,605.78

-

3,841,617.95

4,300,601.68

Total Outstanding

2,308,229.44

32,488.69

265,821.38

10,084,145.28

8,664.64

37,739,368.10

50,438,717.53

19 March 2021 - NW436

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Whether he has taken any steps to deal with the alleged racism in South African cricket since the revelations by a certain person (name furnished) on the manner that he was treated while playing for the South African national team; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes, I have engaged Cricket South Africa on the alleged racism in South African cricket. To this end Cricket South Africa has indicated that it is taking restorative steps towards ensuring that all issues of discrimination brought up by former cricket players will indeed be attended to.

The Interim Board of Cricket South Africa has endorsed the rollout programme of the Social Justice and Nation Building Project and Mr. Makhaya Ntini remains an integral part of the rollout of this programme and the specific issues that he raised will be handled as part of the processes of the office of the ombudsperson.

Once ready, the Social Justice and Nation Building Project rollout process will begin with public hearings, which will culminate to a report and action plan by the Independent Cricket Ombudsman.

19 March 2021 - NW179

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What measures have been taken since 27 March 2020 to provide special assistance for South African citizens abroad who were unable to renew their passports due to lockdown regulations, particularly to investigate the issues being faced by these citizens; (2) has any contact been made with governments of countries with large expatriate communities of South African citizens to find solutions to the problems created by the inability to renew passports; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) given the slow appointment systems to accept passport renewal applications at South African missions abroad that have been in place from time to time, have any measures been put in place to transport manual applications quicker; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) with the e-visa system needing to be in place in every mission by 2024, are there any plans in place to allow e-home affairs applications with biometrics to be done at the South African mission or visa partner in order that manual applications do not need to be posted to South Africa via the diplomatic pouch; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW182E

Reply:

1. South African Missions abroad provided limited services to South African citizens during lockdown. This included applications for passports and emergency travel certificates for those who wanted to return to South Africa.

2. No contact was made with governments of countries with large expatriate communities of South African citizens because South African citizens abroad were allowed to apply for passports during lockdown.

3. The transportation of applications and official correspondence from South African Diplomatic Missions abroad is done in term of Article 27 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961and is done via Diplomatic Bag which is administered by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

4. Yes, the Department is considering the installation of the eHome Affairs and Live Capture System in the Missions abroad in order to reduce the turnaround times for South Africans living abroad. In July 2019, an IT team visited the UK Mission and concluded that before such installation is done a network security review should be conducted by the State Security Agency (SSA) before implementation, in order to prevent vulnerabilities and cyber-attacks and the implementation plan will be finalized during the 2021/2022 financial year.

END

19 March 2021 - NW85

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to the vaccination programme of the Republic and the goal of vaccinating 60% of the population in order to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 and considering that the Minister of Health has identified undocumented migrants as posing a risk towards achieving the specified goal, how does he plan to go about (a) identifying and (b) documenting all undocumented migrants in line with the mandate of his department?

Reply:

(a–b) Primary function to vaccinate is that of the Department of Health. However, the DHA’s Inspectorate Unit is provided for within the Immigration Act 2002, has the mandate to conduct investigations and enforcement operations that will assist with the identification of persons who are undocumented or have an illegal status in the Republic. Such persons may be detained and dealt with under Departmental Regulations.

END

19 March 2021 - NW405

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether there is a plan to house the illegal occupiers of the Woodstock Hospital in Cape Town who have refused to vacate the premises until they are provided with an alternative housing solution; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The matter raised by the Honourable Member falls within the ambit of the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, hereinafter referred to as the City.

Nevertheless, I have been advised that the City has approached the High Court for an application that consists of three phases:

  • to conduct a survey to establish the profile and circumstances of the occupiers as well as the total number of occupiers that are currently residing at the property unlawfully. 
  • to engage with those occupiers that will be rendered homeless should they be evicted and to determine a solution for them.  
  • the final phase will be the eviction of those unlawful occupiers who do not qualify for emergency accommodation and refuse to vacate the property to be relocated elsewhere.   

The purpose of the survey is to determine the number of illegal occupants, their identities, monthly income and eligibility for state-subsidised housing and whether any illegal occupants fall within the vulnerable groups as stated in Section 4 of the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from Unlawful Occupation of Land Act No. 19 of 1998 (‘Pie Act’)

I am informed that the City is aware of its constitutional obligations in this matter, hence it launched Part 1 of the application to survey the illegal occupants, because Section 26 of the Constitution provides that “everyone has a right to access to adequate housing”. Section 26(2) confers a duty upon the State to progressively facilitate access to adequate housing within its available resources.

The issue of alternative accommodation will be addressed once the survey has been completed, as the results of the survey will be a consideration in the eviction proceedings.

19 March 2021 - NW328

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1).Whether the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee intends to send any officials to the Tokyo Olympics; if not, why not; if so, what (a) total number of officials, (b) are their names and positions in each case and (c) will be the cost to send each specified official, including (i) flight costs, (ii) accommodation costs and (iii) any other specified costs; (2). Whether any of the specified athletes will be subsidising any official; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, which officials will be subsidised?

Reply:

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee in its response indicated the following;

1). As per the IOC/Tokyo accreditation guidelines, officials (management, coaches, mechanics, grooms, doctors, physiotherapists and administrators) form part of the overall team and are essential to ensure athlete performance.

(a). SASCOC will only know the final number of officials once all athletes and teams have qualified.

(b). The names and positions of the officials will only be known by mid-June 2021 at final team announcement.

(c). All countries receive a travel grant from Tokyo to cover all team members (athletes and officials). All team members stay at an Athlete Games Village at no cost. This includes full board and lodging.

2). Athletes will not be subsiding any official that is part of Team SA. Officials are part of Team South Africa as part of support to the athletes. As per IOC/IF Guidelines all teams, need support of management, coaches and medical to enable athletes to focus on their optimal performance.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee provided the tables below illustrating the breakdown of athletes and officials.

 

19 March 2021 - NW157

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) is the total number of water tankers that have operated in the KwaMashu area in each year since 2010 and (b) is the total amount spent on the (i) water tankers and (ii) bulk infrastructure in the above mentioned area in each specified year?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation is unable to provide the total amount spent on water tankers in the KwaMashu area in eThekwini since 2010 as this responsibility falls within the mandate of eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.                                      

The Honourable Member is therefore advised to address the question to my colleague, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), as that Department is responsible for the oversight of municipalities.

Honourable Member, it is important to distinguish the functions of various government departments and the different spheres of government when it comes to access to water and sanitation services.

  • The Department of Water and Sanitation is the custodian of water and in terms of the National Water Act is responsible for ensuring that water as a resource is allocated equitably and used beneficially in the public interest, while promoting environmental values.
  • Schedule 4B of the Constitution places the function of provision of water services to local government (municipalities).
  • Section 154 of the Constitution places a responsibility on national and provincial government to support and regulate local government in carrying out this mandate.
  • Section 3 of the Water Services Act outlines the right of access to basic water supply and sanitation which mandates that “everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation” and places the responsibility on Water Services Authorities to ensure that they develop a Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) to ensure the realisation of this right.
  • Section 4 of the Water Services Act sets conditions for the provision of water services.
  • Section 9 of the Water Services Act prescribes that the Minister may from time to time develop compulsory national norms and standards for water services which outline the exact levels of services that municipalities must provide.
  • Section 10 of the Water Services Act provides norms and standards for setting tariffs for the provision of water services.
  • Section 11 of the Water Services Act mandates that “every Water Services Authority has the duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.”
  • Section 84(1) d of the Municipal Structures Act mandates that municipalities are responsible for the provision of potable water and domestic waste water disposal systems.

19 March 2021 - NW182

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

With reference to the informal settlement on Main Reef Road, in Brakpan, Gauteng, known as Plastic City what: a) steps are being taken by his department to seal off the old and inactive mines in the area, considering that it has become a hotbed of illegal mining and associated criminal activities, b) steps are being taken (i) to protect critical infrastructure from illegal mining in this area and (ii) jointly by his department and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to ensure that mineral rights and environmental legislation obligations are being met; and c) steps will his department be taking in future to stop illegal mining in the area? NW185E

Reply:

a) The department has sealed three shafts in and around Plastic City informal settlement in 2019.

b) Through the Department’s continuous monitoring and evaluation initiatives, it has been made aware that illegal miners have mined under some roads, causing it to collapse. To this end, the Department with the assistance of MINTEK is investigating this issue further. Furthermore, the SAPS together with Ekurhuleni Municipality will be consulted to have a lasting solution in this regard.

c) The Department will continue enforcing the laws that prohibit mining without the necessary authorisations (mining right and environmental authorisation) together with other law enforcement agencies. The Department is also participating in joint law enforcement forums aimed at strengthening investigations and prosecutions of these types of organised crimes that deprives the country of its mineral resources-based revenues, causing massive environmental damage with impacts on society.

19 March 2021 - NW464

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

(a). What total number of curatorial positions in the various collections are vacant at present at the Iziko Museums of South Africa and (b)(i) how long have the specified positions been vacant and (ii) what has he found to be the reason(s) for this?

Reply:

a) There are 20 curatorial positions. There are 5 vacancies

b) (i) One position since 2016 and four since 2020 to date

(ii) There have been retirements and resignations. The institution was in the process of filling some of these positions with the limited funding it had but the global pandemic struck and financial austerity measures were imposed by National Treasury. This has severely affected the recruitment of staff at the Iziko Museums of South Africa.

19 March 2021 - NW299

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

(1). With reference to the Iziko Museum, on what date (a) will the electrical and other problems of the Old Town House be fixed and (b) will the building be reopened to the public; (2).(a). who is the person responsible for maintenance of the specified house and (b) what are the reasons that it has not been done; (3). whether there is a timeline to finish the upgrading; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a). The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is the custodian in terms of section 4 of the Government Immovable Asset Management Act (GIAMA), 2007 (Act no. 19 of 2007 and in terms of the Day to Day Maintenance Guidelines must pay “for services which falls within the scope of the Day to Day Maintenance Services obliged for an amount exceeding R100 000”, this amount was previously R30 000.

In terms of GIAMA, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) is the user and is required to fund day to day maintenance of R100 000 and less for buildings, including Iziko Old Townhouse (IOTH), occupied by Iziko Museums, one of its public entities. So when there were two electrical fires at IOTH that caused the closure of the building, Iziko Museums immediately attended to the repairs required which amounted to about R55 000.00 and due to the age of the building also commissioned an Architect to inspect and estimate the scope of work further electrical work required. The assessment was that the electrical wiring needed to be replaced as it was a fire hazard. DPWI was informed accordingly.

An Architect with heritage experience was appointed to manage the repair and maintenance project to address safety issues to ensure that the IOTH infrastructure is compliant with health and safety requirements.

(b). The building will be reopened to the public once the building has been declared compliant in terms of health and safety requirements.

2(a). As indicated in paragraph (1)(a) above, the Minister of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has been appointed as the custodian of the immovable assets which vest in the national sphere of government and is thus the caretaker of the state-owned building IOTH in terms of GIAMA. In terms of the Day to Day Maintenance Guidelines, DPWI is responsible for all work exceeding R100 000 and as the user, DSAC is responsible for all work costing R100 000 and the Department has delegated this responsibility to Iziko Museums.

(b). This work exceeds R100 000, so this question should be posed to the Minister of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) who is appointed as custodian of state-owned buildings and, in terms of GIAMA section 4(2), is the caretaker of state-owned buildings such as the IOTH and thus responsible for repairs and maintenance of R100 000 and more and specifically those projects related to health and safety.

(3). As indicated in paragraph (1)(a) above, the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture is not the custodian of state-owned buildings and as user is only required to fund repairs and maintenance projects of R100 000 and below, but DSAC has nevertheless previously allocated R9.51million to develop a five-year Conservation and Maintenance Plan for the nine state-owned buildings occupied by Iziko Museums so Architects developed the following documents for each of the nine buildings:

  • As-Built Drawings;
  • An Existing Building Condition Report;
  • A Conservation Management Plan; and
  • A five-year Conservation and Maintenance Plan.

In terms of the South African National Heritage Resources Act, 1999 (Act No. 25 of 1999), all heritage buildings must be managed in terms of a Conservation and Maintenance Plan (CMP) to protect the heritage resource. The CMP for the nine buildings submitted to the provincial authority Heritage Western Cape (HWC) for approval, but only eight were approved as the CMP for one building had been mislaid.

Although not required, DSAC also allocated R1 509 248, 00 for the repair and maintenance of buildings occupied by Iziko Museums. A Project Manager with architectural and heritage experience was appointed and applications for repair and renovation permits were submitted to HWC in terms of the South African National Heritage Resources Act, 1999 (Act No. 25 of 1999).

A project implementation plan was developed and the project brief for the tender to appoint a Contractor to carry out repair and renovation, including painting services, at IOTH and other buildings occupied by Iziko. The Contractor for the repair and renovation and painting services for buildings occupied by Iziko Museums, including IOTH, will be appointed by 30 April 2021.

As DPWI did not allocate funding for this health and safety project, DSAC also allocated the amount of R4 395 212 for the electrical wiring that must be replaced at IOTH as it was a fire hazard.

Although HWC had approved a permit for repair and maintenance as well as the CMP for IOTH, Iziko Museums was informed that a further permit application is required for the electrical repairs. The tender documentation to appoint a Contractor to do the electrical repairs has been prepared, but it cannot be advertised until the permit approval is received as there might be further stipulations from HWC that would need to be incorporated in the scope of work, as was the case with the permit applications for painting the buildings.

HWC issued permits for the repair and renovation of IOTH as well as other buildings occupied by Iziko more than a year after Iziko Museums had submitted the applications, so timelines are dependent on how long HWC will take to issue a permit for electrical work to be carried out at IOTH.

19 March 2021 - NW8

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Given the reports of persons illegally entering the Republic due to corruption at the border gates and a lack of physical border infrastructure in some areas, (a) what steps has he taken to ensure that the physical infrastructure of borders will be properly set up to prevent illegal entry into the Republic and (b) by what date does he envisage the process will be finalised?

Reply:

a) The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure is currently responsible for Border infrastructure at Ports of Entry and along the borderline, however the Border Management Authority is putting plans to address Infrastructure challenges which impact on the processing of people and goods at Ports on Entry as part of its legal mandate.

The plans include the redevelop of six land Ports of Entry as One-Stop Border Posts (OSBP). It is intended that these infrastructural improvements will enable the secure and efficient processing of people and goods at Beit Bridge; Maseru Bridge; Ficksburg; Oshoek; Kopfontein and Lebombo Ports of Entry.

b) It is anticipated that the OSBPs will be operational by 2024.

END

19 March 2021 - NW427

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What action has he taken to discourage seabed mining, as bulk sediment mining of the deep seafloor is likely to have a severe and negative impact on sensitive seabed habitats and the ecosystem services that they provide, and given that the competency to consider and approve mining licences lies with his department? NW482E

Reply:

Although the primary aim lies along advancing development premised on the principles of sustainable development, where any proposed mining along and within seabed could potentially pose severe and/or irreversible damage to ecosystem in question even with mitigation measures in place such application cannot be granted or approved.

The provisions of section 48 of the MPDRA which list out area over which prospecting or mining is prohibited. If the area constitutes such an area as per the assessment made, the Minister can invoke the provisions of section 49 of the MPRDA and restrict or prohibit mining over such relevant seabed.

19 March 2021 - NW108

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

a) What initiatives and/or programmes does his department offer to homeless persons in the Republic to ensure that they have (i) identity documents and their children have (ii) birth certificates and (b) is this service free of charge for homeless persons?

Reply:

a) (i) & (ii)

The Department of Home Affairs does not have specific initiatives and/or programmes for homeless persons.

However, the department assists only in cases of disaster wherein the disaster management from various municipalities provides a disaster management report and certificate in order for the department to determine the kind of service required as well as the cost element attached to it. Upon receiving of the latter mentioned documents, the department may waive the fees of those affected.

(b) The services for registration of first issuance of identity documents and birth certificates is free of charge.

END

19 March 2021 - NW358

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What total number of police stations in the Republic have outstanding service accounts in terms of (i) water and (ii) electricity usages; b) in which provinces are the specified stations located; and c) what are the relevant details of the outstanding amounts with regard to each of the stations?

Reply:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is responsible for paying municipal services (electricity, water, refuse and sanitation) on behalf of client departments, including the South African Police Services (SAPS). The municipal accounts that DPWI has with various municipalities across the country are in the name of DPWI. On a monthly basis, DPWI receives the municipal accounts, verifies the accuracy of the property listed, confirms if it was not paid before, after which the invoices are processed. At the end of the month, a report is drawn from the system for all payments made on behalf of client department and invoices are issued against client departments, such as SAPS, to pay DPWI within 30 days. It takes an average of over 90 days for client departments to settle their invoices with DPWI as part of recovery on payments made on behalf of clients departments.

a) & b) I have been informed by the Department that the total number of police stations in the Republic that have outstanding current service accounts in terms of water and electricity usage and the provinces that they are located are captured in the table below:

Regional Office

Province

Number of Police Stations

Outstanding Water Service Accounts

Outstanding Electricity Service Accounts

Polokwane

Limpopo

109

R 170 791.32

R 1 818 618.59

Bloemfontein

Free State

49

R 716 341.79

R 5 406 809.17

Cape Town

Western Cape

315

R 985 000.00

R 755 545.00

Kimberley

Northern Cape

116

R 272 708.55

R 1 640 572.88

Mmabatho

North West

118

R 471 522.39

R 3 848 218.12

Nelspruit

Mpumalanga

87

R -

R -

Umtata

Eastern Cape

70

R 799 411.66

R 1 185 471.82

Durban

Kwa-Zulu Natal

23

R 12 878.44

R 534 412.98

Johannesburg

Gauteng

139

R 638 451.11

R 1 043 972.70

Pretoria

Gauteng

40

 R 1 936 990.52

R 1 828 873.53

Port Elizabeth

Eastern Cape

18

R 187 370.34

R 189 966.47

Grand Total

1086

R 6 191 466.12

R 18 252 461.26

c) There are other services being rendered by DPWI such as refuse, sanitation and property rates that are being serviced and paid on a monthly basis by the department. Payments of invoices to suppliers and service providers including municipalities on services rendered remains key deliverables for DPWI and the Ministry.

In some instances, the outstanding accounts include certain charges where some municipalities have levied interest on certain accounts as a result of, what they believed, were overdue accounts while in actual fact payments were made and not timeously allocated by municipalities.

DPWI continues to have regular sessions (including remote sessions) about timeous allocations of monies paid and corrections of incorrect billed services with municipalities. The persistent challenge experienced by the department is where some municipalities do not have adequate ICT infrastructure to remotely connect and be able to address some queries raised by the department related to incorrect statements and/or outstanding amounts.

DPWI’s commitment to ensure that all valid invoices are settled within 30 days on receipt of statements and invoices, or the agreed period with stakeholders, remains unwavering, hence the improved trajectory over the past couple of months of settling invoices within 30 days.

19 March 2021 - NW463

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

In light of the Annual Report of the Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) wherein it was stated that R9,5 million was spent on plans from an architectural firm to provide Iziko with five-year plans, (a) on what date was the specified amount paid and (b) what annual amount was spent on the buildings under Iziko`s care since the specified date?

Reply:

a) Payments were made according to the project plan in the contract with the appointed Architectural firm from 2016/2017 financial year to date.

b) Since 2016/2017 the Iziko Museums of South Africa spent R2 004 651 on day to day maintenance. Iziko has spent R 7 996 395 on the Conservation Maintenance plan to date.

19 March 2021 - NW394

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

In light of her department’s most recent available Annual Report 2018-19 on its official website, which indicates that her department employed 35 professionals and managers who were foreign nationals, what (a) total number of foreign nationals currently fill the positions and (b) are the reasons that the roles are not filled by South Africans?

Reply:

Department of Human Settlements:

(a) Only one foreign national is employed by the Department of Human Settlements and the appointment was done in terms of Regulation 66(1) (a) of the Public Service Regulations, 2016.

(b) The official was recommended on consideration of her previous working history. The official has the requisite expertise, experience and reliability required for the post.

Department of Water and Sanitation

(a) As of the end of the 2019/20 financial year, the total number of foreign nationals within the Department of Water and Sanitation was 29.

(b) Reasons for the department to employ the employees referred to in (a) include:

  • Scarcity of qualified and experienced persons available locally or they are available but do not meet the applicable employment criteria
  • Technical areas of work in the department for which persons require advanced knowledge in a specified subject area or science
  • The department has also entered into a bilateral agreement with the government of the Republic of Cuba on 6 February 2020 on cooperation in water resources management and water supply which will run up to 2024. The Cuban Specialists employed in various engineering and scientific disciplines are deployed in infrastructure operation clusters, regional offices and the Department’s Head Office. Among the areas of cooperation agreed upon by the parties are:
  • Capacity building through training and skills transfer to officials responsible for operation and maintenance of water infrastructure throughout the water value chain at national, regional and local government levels;
  • Operations and maintenance of water infrastructure in various clusters and provinces, where there is a dire shortage of technical skills.
  • Provision of training and mentoring to local candidate engineers and artisans

 

19 March 2021 - NW169

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the Performance Agreement that he signed with the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, what (a) programmes have been put in place to date to tackle gender-based violence (GBV) in his department, (b) change interventions, such as men against GBV sessions, have been implemented within his department (c) is the total number of officials that have been vetted against the National Register For Sex Offenders?

Reply:

a) Employee Wellness programmes dealing with Gender Based Violence and Femicide implemented.

(i) Counselling services for employees and their immediate families offered

(ii) Awareness campaigns conducted throughout the provinces.

b) Men’s forum established as an agent of change and capacity awareness programmes for men implemented on combating GBV and Femicide conducted throughout the Provinces issues including sexual harassment in the workplace.

c) Officials have been vetted within the Department but not against the National Register of Sex Offenders.

END

19 March 2021 - NW256

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What are the reasons that only 10 houses were built in the R92 million housing project which was aimed at building houses for the residents of the KwaZenzele informal settlement near Endicott in the Lesedi Local Municipality, which was started 13 years ago?

Reply:

Honourable Member, the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements has advised that the total planned units for Kwazenzele Ext 1 is 6424 housing units. However, the current available bulk capacity can only cater for 345 housing units in the first phase of development. The budget for the implementation of the first phase of development (i.e. 345 housing units) is R92 725 175. This amount includes the installation of services such as water and sewer as well as the construction of roads and storm water drainage.

Further, I have been informed that the Developer was appointed in 2018 to start with the construction work. The construction of services required that High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) be installed as the area is dolomitic. The installation of these pipes takes time and require specialised skill to install because any future leak can create sinkholes. The Developer appointed to complete the project was given ample time to complete the project but due to unsatisfactory performance, the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements decided not to extend the contract when it lapsed on the 31st March 2020. The process for the appointment of a replacement contractor is at a final stage. To date, R13 655 175.00 has been spent on the project.

19 March 2021 - NW440

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(a) What are the reasons that her department has not tabled the 2019-20 Annual Report and Financial Statements in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, and National Treasury Regulations guiding time frames and (b) by what date will the specified report be tabled in Parliament?

Reply:

Honourable Member, the annual report referred to was tabled on 09 March 2021.  

The reasons for the late tabling of the 2019/20 Annual Report of the Department of Water and Sanitation are set out in my letters to the Speaker and were subsequently referred to the Portfolio Committee for deliberation. For ease of reference, I have attached the parliamentary paper referred to Announcements, Tabling’s and Committee Reports (ATC), wherein my letters were published.

19 March 2021 - NW156

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What is the total amount that has been spent on (a) water tankers and (b) bulk infrastructure in Ward 3, uMzinyathi, in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in each financial year since 2010?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation is unable to provide the total amount spent on water tankers and bulk infrastructure in Umzinyathi in eThekwini since 2010 as this falls within the responsibility of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.

The Honourable Member is therefore advised to address the question to my colleague, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), as that Department is responsible for the oversight of municipalities.    

Honourable Member, it is important to distinguish the functions of various government departments and the different spheres of government when it comes to access to water and sanitation services.

  • The Department of Water and Sanitation is the custodian of water and in terms of the National Water Act is responsible for ensuring that water as a resource is allocated equitably and used beneficially in the public interest, while promoting environmental values.
  • Schedule 4B of the Constitution places the function of provision of water services to local government (municipalities).
  • Section 154 of the Constitution places a responsibility on national and provincial government to support and regulate local government in carrying out this mandate.
  • Section 3 of the Water Services Act outlines the right of access to basic water supply and sanitation which mandates that “everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation” and places the responsibility on Water Services Authorities to ensure that they develop a Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) to ensure the realisation of this right.
  • Section 4 of the Water Services Act sets conditions for the provision of water services.
  • Section 9 of the Water Services Act prescribes that the Minister may from time to time develop compulsory national norms and standards for water services which outline the exact levels of services that municipalities must provide.
  • Section 10 of the Water Services Act provides norms and standards for setting tariffs for the provision of water services.
  • Section 11 of the Water Services Act mandates that “every Water Services Authority has the duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.”
  • Section 84(1) d of the Municipal Structures Act mandates that municipalities are responsible for the provision of potable water and domestic waste water disposal systems.

19 March 2021 - NW155

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What is the total number of water tankers that operated in Ward 3, uMzinyathi, in eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in each year since 2010?

Reply:

The matter raised by the Honourable Member falls within the ambit of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.

The Honourable Member is therefore advised to address the question to my colleague, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), as that Department is responsible for oversight over municipalities.

Honourable Member, it is important to distinguish the functions of various government departments and the different spheres of government when it comes to access to water and sanitation services.

  • The Department of Water and Sanitation is the custodian of water and in terms of the National Water Act is responsible for ensuring that water as a resource is allocated equitably and used beneficially in the public interest, while promoting environmental values.
  • Schedule 4B of the Constitution places the function of provision of water services to local government (municipalities).
  • Section 154 of the Constitution places a responsibility on national and provincial government to support and regulate local government in carrying out this mandate.
  • Section 3 of the Water Services Act outlines the right of access to basic water supply and sanitation which mandates that “everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation” and places the responsibility on Water Services Authorities to ensure that they develop a Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) to ensure the realisation of this right.
  • Section 4 of the Water Services Act sets conditions for the provision of water services.
  • Section 9 of the Water Services Act prescribes that the Minister may from time to time develop compulsory national norms and standards for water services which outline the exact levels of services that municipalities must provide.
  • Section 10 of the Water Services Act provides norms and standards for setting tariffs for the provision of water services.
  • Section 11 of the Water Services Act mandates that “every Water Services Authority has the duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.”
  • Section 84(1) d of the Municipal Structures Act mandates that municipalities are responsible for the provision of potable water and domestic waste water disposal systems.

19 March 2021 - NW102

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

With regard to the Nzhelele Water Scheme Project in the Musina Local Municipality in the past 12 months, what (a) maintenance was done by her department on the water canal, (b) was the financial implication to her department thereof, (c) is the maintenance backlog on the canal and (d) is the projected cost of the maintenance backlog?

Reply:

a) I have been informed that in the last 12 months the Department of Water and Sanitation’s Northern Operations has carried out repairs to the Nzhelele Mount Steward Syphon 2/3. In addition, maintenance activities of the irrigation system are scheduled as indicated below:

  • Canal D (total length 7.10 km),
  • Canal E (total length 2.7 km)
  • Canal A (total length 2.74 km)
  • Clearing of vegetation and cutting of branches overhanging above the canal
  • Application of herbicide
  • Removal of debris, algae and sediment from the canal
  • Grading of the access roads
  • Construction of gabions
  • Repairing of damaged sluices
  • Earthwork in dispersive soil at E Canal

b) The budget for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the canal is R 2.4 million.

c) The maintenance backlog will be addressed through ongoing rehabilitation and maintenance of the canal as indicated above.

d) The budget for these activities is R 2.4 million.

19 March 2021 - NW298

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

With reference to the Iziko Museum, (a) how long has the Michaelis Collection been stored, (b) where is it stored and (c) what is it worth?

Reply:

(a). The Collection has been in storage since 31 December 2015.

(b). The Michaelis Collection is stored in the Iziko storerooms for security reasons.

(c). For security reasons, the Iziko Museums would not like to disclose the value of the said Collections.

19 March 2021 - NW432

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

In view of the recurring management problems at the Makana Local Municipality, leading to its inability to provide basic services such as clean water to its residents, what steps has she taken to ensure that the specified municipality is able to guarantee access to clean water for its residents?

Reply:

Makana Local Municipality, which forms part of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province governs the town of (Makhanda) as well as the towns and villages of Alicedale, Seven Fountains, Riebeeck East and Fort Brown. The Municipality has been slacking in the provision of basic service for several years, and this has been aggravated by persistent drought conditions that has been prevalent for over five years to date. The drought is by far the worst droughts in history, resulting in very low dam levels which led to the town experiencing various water crisis.

There have been several challenges pertaining to service delivery in Makhanda especially the provision of clean water to the residents, however the municipality has several projects in place that seek to address these challenges. It must be noted that for the provision of "clean water" by Makhanda; a number of matters have to be addressed through interventions. There was the identification of the problems’ source first, then interventions were / are being implemented to address the problems, and that is addressing the matter of ensuring the provision of clean water.

This response highlights the interventions that the Municipality undertook, and or is undertaking to provide clean water; the interventions therefore translate to the projects that are aimed at addressing:

  • Aging Infrastructure issues (leakages, overflows from reservoirs. etc, to avoid wastage and ensure that the clean water supply demand is met).
  • The capacity of the existing infrastructure issues (the need to meet existing and future demand).
  • The issue of the sufficiency of the available clean water supply (balancing demand versus supply).
  • The need to identify and provide future potential water sources (to augment clean water supply for future growing demand).

The interventions listed below highlight the projects that were implemented over the years to ensure consistent water supply to Makhanda residents, as well as ensuring that the current and future resources and infrastructure support the goal of supplying clean water to the Makhanda communities.

1. WORK DONE TO GUARANTEE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER.

The Municipality is in the process of responding to the water infrastructure challenges and therefore the development of a comprehensive Infrastructure Asset Management Plan has already commenced. Projects that will ensure increased water supply capacity to meet the demand have also commenced, as well as the development of a comprehensive Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Strategy.

​1.1 Water Conservation Demand Management Projects:

      1. Makana embarked on a water loss management study (meter audit and pressure control study), which has identified problem areas and solutions. The solutions include prioritization of new meters, replacement of old meters and billing system database cleansing.
      2. Water Conservation & Demand Management projects resulting in meter replacement; repairs to leaks; refurbishment of pumps; management of water supply.
      3. Capital funding was secured from the Department of Water Affairs for the bulk water supply (James Kleynhans) amounting to R150 million. The project is being implemented by Amatola Water Board and there is satisfactory progress on site. Upon completion, the project will increase James Kleynhans Water Treatment works capacity from 10ML to 20ML/day. A tender was awarded in December 2020 for the supply of 2 electric motors. The electric motors were delivered on the 25th of February 2021; and that boosted the number of standby motors at the JKWTW.
      4. The reservoir and water pipeline for ward 12 (Rhodes University and Monument) was constructed at a cost of R4.7 million;

The projects in the table below are currently at different stages of implementation:

Name of the project

Amount

% complete

Refurbishment of Riebeek East WTW

6 955 044

100%

Refurbishment of Jameson and Milner Dam

10 000 000

100%

Refurbishment of Alicedale WTW

10 147 495

100%

Purchase James Kleynhans Pump Set

1 220 000

100%

Fencing of Bothas Hill Reservoirs

1 301 739

100%

Feasibility Study of investigation of water supply to Makhanda West from James Kleinhans WTW

1 421 079

100%

Replacement of Asbestos pipes in water reticulation network in Grahamstown

4 007 617

Contractor appointed

Waainek Bulk Water Supply Refurbishment (Multi-year Project)

8 932 226

33%

Groundwater Development (Boreholes)

  1. 798 857

100%

2.. Water Crisis Disaster Management Projects:

      1. Water loss management through leak repairs (Mobisam), zone and domestic meter installation, in a bid to realise revenue enhancement.
      2. Repair or replacement; upgrading and expansion of telemetry system at reservoirs (Tantyi and Bothas Hill).
      3. Upgrading of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), computer system used for monitoring and control of infrastructure, (all, excluding Seven Fountains).
      4. Refurbishment and or replacement of pump sets and equipment (i.e. pumps, motors, electricity supply, inlet screen, valves, etc.) at pump stations; (new motor from ACTOM (motor no. 4) was procured, and the pump (Pumps No.3 and No.4) were refurbished at James Kleynhans Pump Station.
      5. Cleaned, refurbished and secured two reservoirs (Reservoir No.1 and Botha’s Hill).

3. SUPPORT BY MISA AND NATIONAL COGTA

MISA is providing technical support in terms of civil work on infrastructure and the electrical engineer is normally on site at the James Kleynhans Water Treatment Works. MISA also provides funding for the rehabilitation and maintenance of Grahamstown CBD road, Somerset, Hill and New Road.

The support is also given to municipality on MIG Projects planning, implementation and monitoring processes as well as ensuring the development of response plan to service delivery challenges.

National Cogta has allocated MIG funding to deal with all the persistence service delivery challenges including Water and Sanitation.

19 March 2021 - NW445

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What steps has he taken to prevent cases of identity fraud from happening and (b) how much of this practice has he found is due to corruption by Home Affairs officials?

Reply:

a) Counter Corruption and Security Services has been established within the Department with a revised mandate to conduct constant research, analysis, implementation and monitoring with a view of preventing corruption and raising awareness around fraud and corruption. However the Department has partnered with the Department of Health (DoH) to ensure that each child is allocated with a birth certificate on the spot, by registering birth at health facilities. This will curb identity theft from the onset as an ID number gets allocated and remains with the child for life. The primary purpose is to ensure a credible population register, not vulnerable to theft and fraud.

With live capture the Department is able to identify applicants through online verification which has a direct interface with our Home Affairs National Identification System (HANIS) to identify persons through biometrics. Furthermore, during collection of Smart Identity cards, online verification is also performed to ensure that the correct enabling document is handed over to the appropriate clients. Moreover, the South African Smart ID card and passport have enhanced security features. The Department is moving away from paper to a paperless environment. The Department is thereby progressively phasing out the manual application process.

In addition, in terms of the Departments’ Information Security Policy, a model was built around proactive risk assessment and risk management where all users responsible for registering and capturing births and identity related applications within the domain of the organization, are assigned with biometric fingerprint authentication, to detect and hold users accountable for fraudulent activities.

b) Processes are evaluated by Branch Counter Corruption and Security Services to identify security breaches, vulnerabilities and loopholes and reports drafted and send to relevant sections to implement recommendations. However, each time Branch: Civics (CS) improve systems to close loopholes, criminals also changes their Modus Operandi against what has been put in place to prevent Identity Fraud. As they change their methods, Counter Corruption also found ways to identify those gaps and CS will implement by closing gaps where possible.

Identity Fraud does in most instances start from Birth Registration, especially Late Registration of Birth (LRB), where birth is registered after 30 days of even later than that.

In that regard, committee were composed or formed in Provinces to sit and interview applicants in categories in order verify where and when did that birth occurred and in that case that is where in most cases foreign nationals “buy parents” to assist them obtain birth certificates and then Identity documents.

From the beginning of financial year 2020 – 2021, 33 cases of Identity fraud were investigated divided as follows:

• Quarter One (1) 14 cases were investigated

• Quarter Two (2) 5 cases were investigated

• Quarter Three (3) 8 cases were investigated

• Quarter Four (4) 6 cases were investigated

Finalised cases are not yet reported but will be reported by the end quarter 4.

END

19 March 2021 - NW189

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

a) In light of the fact that numerous Home Affairs offices in different provinces experience ongoing information, communications and technology (ICT) system challenges, what (a) is the ICT licensing agreement in terms of daily applications to be processed, (b)(i) total number of Home Affairs offices were fully operational in the period 1 March 2020 to 31 December 2020 and (ii) were the reasons for closure of offices in each case and (c) is the total number of staff according to the organogram compared to the actual number of staff at Home Affairs offices in each province?

Reply:

a) There’s no maximum limit on the number of daily applications to be processed in terms of licence agreements. The performance is dependent on systems and personnel numbers.

b) It should be noted that no office could be fully operational due to the effect of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions and capacity challenges. Please refer to the attached Excel Annexure

(b)(i)

PROVINCE

b(i) total number of Home Affairs offices were fully operational in the period 1 March 2020 to 31 December 2020

EASTERN CAPE

12 were fully operation of 53

FREE STATE

23

GAUTENG

33 Offices

KZN

13 offices operational of which 3 offices only operational at level 1 lockdown

MPUMALANGA

37 out of 58

LIMPOPO

42

NORTH WEST

8

NORTHERN CAPE

15

WESTERN CAPE

28

(b)(ii) It should be noted that offices were not entirely closed due to ICT challenges

PROVINCE

b(ii) what were the reasons for closure of offices in each case

EASTERN CAPE

Mainly COVID-19 case detection and decontamination of offices, scarcely electricity challenges and renovations, closed by organised labour

FREE STATE

Mainly COVID-19 case detection and decontamination of offices, scarcely electricity challenges and renovations, closed by organised labour

GAUTENG

Mainly COVID-19 case detection and decontamination of offices, scarcely electricity challenges and renovations, closed by organised labour

KZN

Mainly COVID-19 case detection and decontamination of offices, and scarcely electricity challenges and renovations

MPUMALANGA

Mainly COVID-19 case detection and decontamination of offices, scarcely electricity challenges and renovations, closed by organised labour and water outages

 

LIMPOPO

None

NORTH WEST

Mainly COVID-19 case detection and decontamination of offices, scarcely electricity challenges and renovations, closed by organised labour and water outages

NORTHERN CAPE

Mainly COVID-19 case detection and decontamination of offices, scarcely electricity challenges and renovations, closed by organised labour and water outages

WESTERN CAPE

Mainly COVID-19 case detection and decontamination of offices
Prohibition orders issued by the Department of Labour

(c) Number of staff according to the organogram (approved posts) compared to the actual number of staff at Home Affairs offices in each Province, at 31 January 2021.See the table below:

PROVINCE

POSTS ACCORDING TO ORGANOGRAM

ACTUAL NUMBER OF STAFF

Eastern Cape

1699

630

Free State

755

349

Gauteng

3185

1207

Kwa-Zulu Natal

1915

602

Limpopo

1379

604

Mpumalanga

1233

394

North West

919

412

Northern Cape

568

244

Western Cape

1090

509

Grand total

12743

4951

END

19 March 2021 - NW29

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a)(i) What total number of refugees from the Southern African Development Community countries have received refugee status in the Republic and (ii) where are they housed and (b) are all the refugees receiving (i) social assistance and (ii) medical assistance?

Reply:

(a)(i) According to DHA system, there are currently 40 455 persons from the SADC region with the recognised refugee status.

(ii) South African government has signed the 1951 United Nations Convention without any reservations, including settlement and encampment, whilst other Member States have signed the Convention with the obligation to settlements and encampment in order to house and control the movement of refugees and asylum seekers. Therefore, in South Africa asylum seekers and refugees reside where they wish to, if there are those that are indigent they are able to approach UNHCR to seek assistance for accommodation, whilst refugees do qualify to apply for RDP houses.

(b)(i) Not all refugees are indigent and dependant on social grants. Those who require such assistance do approach the Department of Social Development that would subject them to the necessary means test like South African citizens and receive grant if they qualify.

(ii) Section 27(1) (a) of the Bill of Rights provide that; everyone has the right to have access to ¬health care services, including reproductive health care. Therefore, the Department of Health has its protocols and procedures to deal with persons who attend their health facilities.

END

19 March 2021 - NW465

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

(a). On what date last has each building under the care of the Iziko Museums of South Africa been painted and (b) how regularly does the five-year plan suggest that the specified buildings should be painted?

Reply:

a) The exterior of the Iziko Koopmans de Wet Museum was painted in 2010, the Iziko Slave Lodge was painted in February 2020 and the façade of the Bo-Kaap Museum was painted in October 2020. The Custodian (DPWI) of state-owned buildings funded only the painting of the exterior of the Iziko Slave Lodge and did not fund the painting of any other buildings over the past ten years.

b) The Five-year Conservation and Maintenance Plan states that the paint and decorative finishes of the external walls require a complete repaint every five years. The external woodwork should be repainted every three to five years.

19 March 2021 - NW262

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) total number of cases of gender mislabeling mistakes has his department made over the past five years, (b) number of the specified cases have been resolved and (c) is the normal turnaround time for resolving the cases?

Reply:

(a&b) The Department does not promote gender mislabelling mistakes hence there is no discriminatory practice by the Department on the basis of colour, race, religion or gender. Our officials have been duly trained to be humane, caring and responsive in delivering quality services to the all the applicants in a fair-minded manner. The Department will investigate and resolve any case reported immediately upon receipt thereof, where required. Accordingly, the Department urges members of the public who may have thus been affected, should not hesitate to report such cases.

The Department cannot specify the gender mislabelling mistakes per se, however the response outlined per annum below is an indication of the total number of gender cases finalised which is inclusive of amendment and rectification applications over the past five years:

2016: 18155

2017: 18820

2018: 11301

2019: 11948

2020: 5255

(c) The normal turnaround time for resolving such cases is six (6) to eight (8) weeks.

END

19 March 2021 - NW231

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether, in light of the fact that the residents of Ndwedwe Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, have raised the alarm that for eight years they have not had safe sources of water and as a result they are forced to share storm water with cattle and at times have been forced to utilise urine-contaminated water (details furnished), her department (a) intends to conduct onsite inspection of water infrastructure in Ndwedwe and (b) has any plans to repair and upscale water and sanitation infrastructure in Ndwedwe; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details of the plans and estimated project timeline?

Reply:

(a) The Ndwedwe Local Municipality (LM) falls under iLembe District Municipality (DM) which is a water service authority within its area of jurisdiction. This entails that its mandate is to provide both water and sanitation services to all of its four local municipalities (Ndwedwe LM, Mandini LM, KwaDukuza LM and Maphumulo LM). The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will work together with the iLembe DM to conduct an investigation regarding the residents’ complaint of not having safe water sources for domestic use. This approach will allow a coordinated solution to resolving the alleged water insecurity within the Ndwedwe LM areas. Our regional office in Kwa-Zulu Natal will conduct an onsite inspection to verify the current status of water supply in the area.

(b) I am informed that Ndwedwe LM has nineteen (19) wards and the level of service in these wards ranges from rudimentary to more reliable bulk water supply systems. Wards 1 to 9, 16 and 17 are supplied through small localized water supply schemes or stand-alone water schemes. The iLembe DM is aware that some of the water sources have been vandalized in some of the infrastructure of these small schemes and that has led to some not being able to supply water sustainably. In cases where the normal supply is affected, water shedding is applied and water tankers are used to augment the supply. These are monitored by the ward committee members and councillors

(c) For wards 10 to 15, 18 and 19, these areas are supplied through the existing bulk water supply scheme. Communities under wards 13 and 14 are supplied from the Umgeni Water bulk water supply system. Currently, these areas are receiving water intermittently due to shortages from the Umgeni bulk supply. As a result, the municipality is receiving 9 ML instead of 12 ML, and the 9 ML is distributed to wards 10 to 15, 18 and 19. Umgeni Water has completed the upgrade of the pumping system from the Hazelmere Waterworks, and is awaiting an upgrade of the electrical transformer to supply pump station 1, which will be done by eThekwini Metro (anticipated to be completed during 2021). To ensure there is sufficient storage, the iLembe DM has completed reservoirs 3 and 4 so that, once the transformer to supply the pump station 1 is completed, the system will be back to its normal supply. In addition, areas affected by the current construction were informed by the iLembe DM, water tankers are made available to augment the supply and are monitored by the ward committee members and councillors.

19 March 2021 - NW283

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether she will furnish Ms E L Powell with all the relevant details of all (a) consequence management, (b) punitive action and (c) disciplinary action taken against (i) public representatives, (ii) Human Settlements Command Centre executive members, (iii) provincial officials, (iv) municipal officials and (v) employees of the Housing Development Agency in the instances that the specifications of the National Housing Code: Volume 4: Part 3: Emergency Housing Programme were not adhered to in the provision of Temporary Residential Units in the period 1 March 2020 and 1 October 2020; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The Honourable member is referred to my reply to her questions 90 and 113, which are attached for ease of reference.

I also wish to remind the Honourable Member that the National Department of Human Settlements (NDHS) is not responsible for the implementation of Human Settlements Programmes. These are implemented by provinces and municipalities. The NDHS is responsible for developing policy and set norms and standards for the human settlements sector.

However, challenges encountered in the implementation of human settlements programmes are discussed at Human Settlements MinMEC and Joint MinMEC meetings with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA).

19 March 2021 - NW32

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What steps has his department taken to address the complaints of the Clewer Community in the eMalahleni Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, as submitted to his department on 1 August 2020, with regard to the blasting operations and dust at the Anglo American Khwezela Colliery which causes cracks in houses in Clewer? NW34E

Reply:

 

The Department investigated the complaints. The outcomes of the investigation were that Khwezela Colliery air blast and ground vibration exceeded the limits of 125dB and 5mm per second, respectively.  

The Department issued Khwezela colliery with instruction to comply with the air blast limit of 115 dB and ground vibration limit 5 mm per second. Secondly, colliery was instructed to conduct a follow up structural survey on all the affected houses in proximity of the mine, determine if the damages to the houses were caused by blasting from the mine and fix all the houses that were damaged due to mine blasts. The mine must also review their blast design to ensure that they are able to comply with the air blast and ground vibration limits. The mine was also issued with an instruction to reduce the dust levels that were emanating from the dragline.

19 March 2021 - NW73

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

In light of the discovery of a second major gas find off the coast of South Africa that has put the Republic on the global energy map with even more discoveries expected in the future, how does his department intend to ensure that (a) it takes full advantage of the discovery and (b) the gas finds will be a significant boost for energy production in the Republic?

Reply:

a) The department is finalising the Upstream Petroleum Bill to further augment the regulations governing the oil and gas sector.

b) As per the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2019), South Africa continues to pursue a diversified energy mix that reduces reliance on a single or a few primary energy sources. Natural Gas forms part of the country’s energy mix.

19 March 2021 - NW255

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

By what date will she ensure that the communities of (a) Mpeko, (b) Mgababa, (c) Qheto and (d) Ntloko in Ngqushwa in the Eastern Cape have access to clean water?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has confirmed that the mentioned villages of Mpeko, Mgababa, Qeto and Ntloko in Ngqushwa Local Municipality have existing infrastructure, although it is compromised by illegal connections. The water supplied to the villages is being treated at Peddie Regional Scheme which is operated by the Amathole District Municipality.

Furthermore, Amathole District Municipality (ADM) is currently embarking on a number of initiatives to improve the reliability of water supply to the Ngqushwa area through the Infrastructure Services Grant (WISIG) funded by DWS. The initiatives include water conservation and demand management initiatives, Implementation of the Rural Yard Connection Policy (in order to control the illegal connections) and refurbishment of existing infrastructure. The Refurbishment Project includes the following:

Remedial Works to the Chalumna Bulk Gravity Main:

  • Replacement of approximately 2400m of existing 250mm to 450mm diameter AC pipe with new mPVC pipe of equivalent or better class and size to that of the parent pipe
  • Construction of 21 No air valve installations;
  • Repair or replacement of 18 No. existing damaged air valve installations; Reconstruction of 3 No. existing scour valve installations;
  • Construction of 1 No. new scour valve installation;
  • Construction of 2 No. new in-line isolating valve installations; and
  • Construction of 10 no. cross connection chambers.

Augmentation of the Wesley Bulk Main:

  • Construction of approximately 6500m of new 160mm diameter pipe, in parallel to the existing 110/160 mm diameter Wesley Bulk Main; complete with associated fittings and structures.

Completion of the Glenmore Bulk Main:

  • Construction of approximately 20m of new 200 mm diameter pipe, to join the existing Glenmore main to the Glenmore Rural Water Supply Scheme (RWSS) command reservoir; complete with associated fittings and structures.

New Connections to the Bulk Mains:

  • Construction of 7 No. new connections to the existing bulk mains.
  • Road Crossings:
  • Directional drilling and installation of water pipes under the N2, R72 and R345 roads respectively.

Flow Control Valves:

  • Installation of 10 No. flow control valves, varying in size from 50mm to 110 mm, at the entrances to existing reservoirs, complete with chambers; and
  • Construction of new and/or repair of existing pipework and fittings, as well as chambers.

New Pipework and Connections:

  • Install new pipework and complete with fittings, connections, cross-connections and the likes to unlock capacity bottlenecks at Peddie town and to various rural villages supplied from the Sandile RWSS.

Village Reticulation:

  • Construction of some 2400m of new buried reticulation pipelines, varying in size from 50mm to 110mm in diameter, complete with the requisite fittings, chambers; and
  • Construction of 20 No. new communal standpipes, complete with the requisite fittings and chambers.

While these interventions will bring some relief, it is has been determined that the water demand exceeds the water supply, and therefore a second phase of the project, which is still at a planning phase, has been initiated to further address water shortages. In the interim, Amathole District Municipality will continue to ration water in order to distribute the water equally to all villages. When necessary, ADM will cart water in trucks to any community where water is disrupted beyond the current operational plan.

19 March 2021 - NW18

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Shaik Emam, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, given the fact that citizens of Israel are able to travel to the Republic without a visa, but that Palestinians are not allowed the same privileges, as they have to apply for visas and comply with stringent conditions, he will elaborate on the (a) reasons why Israel is being treated differently and (b) measures that his department intends to implement in order to remedy the situation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

It is correct that passport holders of Israel are not required to be in possession of port of entry visas for holiday and business visits. This decision was, however, not taken by the Minister of Home Affairs, but by Cabinet. The decision and the countries who benefitted from the decision is documented in Cabinet Memorandum number 8 of 1992, dated 23 April 1992. In so far as Palestine is concerned, the Minister of Home Affairs has already approved a submission seeking a waiver of visa requirements for diplomatic and official/service passport holders. Currently the necessary protocols are being applied in order to conclude a reciprocal visa waiver agreement between the two countries. In so far as normal passport holders are concerned, the Department of Home Affairs is exploring ways in which to lower the restrictive travel measures which applies to Palestine nationals. The latter process is more extensive and requires wider consultation which is not the case with diplomatic and official/service passport holders

END

19 March 2021 - NW234

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, with reference to the recent research by energy experts which found that there is currently 5000 MW that can be added to the grid and which can go a long way to stave off loadshedding, his department has plans to procure new capacity; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details? NW237E

Reply:

The 5000 MW referred to in the question is in relation to potential from users generating their own power and not power available to be procured by the State.

With regard of procurement of additional power by the State, the Department is currently finalising the evaluation and appointment of preferred bidders for 2000 MW of power under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Programme.

The Department also plan to procure additional power in line with the already gazetted Section 34 Determination as follows:

19 March 2021 - NW254

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

By what date will she ensure that the residents who were evicted from the Jacaranda informal settlement, Ward 15 in the Matlosana Local Municipality in the North West, are either returned to the land from which they were evicted and/or provided with alternative accommodation?

Reply:

Honourable Member, I have been informed that the City of Matlosana will first undertake the capturing of the affected residents on the National Housing Needs Register (NHNR). This will be followed by a socio-economic study to determine their various levels of needs. Qualifying residents will be re-allocated housing opportunities under appropriate programmes of the Department of Human Settlements.

Further, I have been informed that Jacaranda Extension 11 has been included under the Special Presidential Infrastructure Programme (or Catalytic Human Settlements Project). The Municipality will conclude all the aforementioned processes of pre-qualification and allocation of stands by 16 April 2021.

 

I wish to state that queue-jumping by invading the land will not be permitted, and the Court Order will be executed. Residents are urged not to invade the land and to allow all construction activities to be completed so that units can be delivered for all qualifying beneficiaries.

19 March 2021 - NW327

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether any (a) sports teams and/or (b) individuals participating in the Tokyo Olympic Games will have to pay fully and/or partially for the cost to participate in the games; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) to which teams and/or athletes does this pertain, (ii) what number of persons are affected, (iii) what are the reasons that the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee will not be covering the full cost for each team and/or individual to participate and (iv) what is the breakdown of the costs for each team and/or individual, including (aa) flights, (bb) accommodation and (cc) any other specified costs? NW331

Reply:

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee in its response indicated the following;

a). No, sports teams and/or individuals as members of Team South Africa participating in the Tokyo Olympic Games will not have to pay fully and/or partially for the cost to participate in the games.

(i)(ii).The position in this regard is that the SASCOC mandate is to deliver Team South Africa to multi-coded games and therefore funding must be sourced to cover the cost for Team delivery. SASCOC is working hard to secure the necessary funding to deliver the team to Tokyo.

(iii). However, if SASCOC is not successful in raising all the required funding to deliver the team to Tokyo the SASCOC General Assembly, at its AGM on 23 November 2019 resolved that should SASCOC not raise all the required funding, the participating National Federations will raise the necessary funding to assist SASCOC to deliver Team South Africa to Tokyo.

(iv). The budget is being reworked based on sponsors being signed and other potential funders so a cost per team member should be available mid-March 2021.

 

19 March 2021 - NW270

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

What (a) are the relevant details of his department’s plan for distributing the relief grant to artists and (b) have been the major stumbling blocks towards ensuring that the relief grant reaches as many artists as possible?

Reply:

A). The department had reprioritized funds and set aside R150 million towards relief efforts for arts practitioners. The disbursement of these funds was implemented through calls for applications. To date, three phases of call outs have been made, with the third one still in process. It is anticipated that no less than 9000 artists would have benefitted from the interventions.

b). The challenges experienced have mainly centred around verification of applicants by different state structures that are offering similar benefits in order to avoid double dipping to ensure the limited funds reach as many beneficiaries as possible.

18 March 2021 - NW580

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether the National Treasury has undertaken any studies and/or assessment projects to determine the reason why certain municipalities consistently fail to collect more than 80% of debt owed to them by consumers in any given financial year; if not, why not; if so, what (a) were the main findings of the assessment and (b) measures do municipalities have to put in place to ensure consistent and effective debt collection?

Reply:

Yes, National Treasury has appointed Revenue and Budget Advisors in seven (7) provinces. These advisors have undertaken a baseline assessment on revenue and budget management in municipalities in each of the seven Provinces through a tool called the “Survey Monkey” which is a questionnaire based assessment. The results of the assessments are collated into a support plan for the respective municipality.

a) The following are the main findings impacting on the revenue potential of the municipality:

Covid-19 impact - During the total lockdown some businesses had to close and a large number of customers lost their jobs and did not earn an income, consequently, their ability to honour the municipal account was affected, thus, increasing the consumer debt drastically. As the result unemployment increased and these consumers failed to register as indigent beneficiaries, causing the outstanding debt to increase.

On the municipal operations side:

Effective Credit Control - Although municipalities have Credit Control Policies in place, the ability to implement them efficiently is a challenge. The officials are reluctant to implement the credit control for various unethical benefits and there is no political will to support the implementation thereof. Additionally, municipalities lack of resources to implement the credit control policy effectively.

Bad Debt Write-off – Where the situation warrants a debt write-off, municipalities fail to correct their records timeously especially in cases where there is uncollectable debt due deceased estates and indigent households.

An effective Customer Care strategy is most neglected in municipalities. This unit is not well capacitated and lack the prerequisite skill to manage a “Help Desk” with a proper control over the handling of queries. Subsequently, feedback to the customer regarding their queries are very poor resulting in a very unhappy customer.

Poor Infrastructure (Water and Electricity Networks) - Due to the poor and dilapidated infrastructure, proper credit control cannot be implemented. With poor infrastructure, illegal connections cannot be controlled. The Free Basis Services of the indigent households cannot be monitored and the indigent household cannot be restricted or disconnected when the allocated consumption is exceeded.

Billing System and Inaccurate Billing - Incorrect and inaccurate billing pose a challenge in the municipalities. The communities in the various municipalities are dissatisfied with the municipal bills and public confidence suffers, communities are unwilling to pay for the bills issued and as such, municipal debt gradually accumulates and the municipal collection rates fall.

Illegal Connections is a huge area of concern. A lot of consumers use adverse methods not to pay for the consumption. In some municipalities the technical staff seems to promote illegal connections by bypassing the system for a bribe. This behavior is unacceptable and seriously impacts on the finances of the municipality.

Indigent management – The observation is that most municipalities do have an approved and adopted Indigent policy. Indigents are not properly vetted and several households that can afford to pay for services are benefiting unjustly.

Customer information – Capturing of customer information is a critical task in municipalities. Incorrect information and outdated information makes it difficult to implement credit control when required. Equally, credit checks are not adequately undertaken and municipalities lack the methodology to do credit check for new accounts.

Non-payment Culture - Culture on non-payment for municipal services is throttling the finances. Even customers that can afford to pay are reluctant to pay due to fear that municipal finances will be misappropriated.

b) The first and foremost the responsibility rests with the municipality to self-correct, put in efficient processes and procedures. These are underpinned by adequate policy formulation and oversight responsibilities. This means that governance and leadership is essential and critical to ensure that prudent financial management practices are carry out. This is complimented with well-functioning system as an enabler to bill and collect what is due to the municipality. Proper asset management serves as a conduit for efficient revenue generation in municipalities. Many municipalities underperform on their budgets for repairs and maintenance which is allocated to ensure that their revenue generating infrastructure are optimized thus impacting on a sustainable and reliable delivery of service.

18 March 2021 - NW89

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(a) What is the total number of (i) land reform claims that have been finalised since inception and (ii) cases that are still in court, (b) will she furnish Ms A Steyn with a list indicating each case and (c) since what year has each case been in court?

Reply:

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

(a)(i)

PROVINCE

TOTAL FINALISED

   

E CAPE

17,663

F STATE

3,278

GAUTENG

11,323

KZN

1,243

LIMPOPO

4,485

MPLANGA

2,999

N CAPE

3,193

N WEST

2,216

W CAPE

17,070

TOTAL

64,422

(ii) 359 cases are in court

(b) Lists attached per Province

(c) Refer to each Provincial list where the year that each case has been in court is captured.

 

END

18 March 2021 - NW785

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) total number of land restitution claims are in areas that have been declared national parks and/or provincial nature reserves in the Republic, (b) are the names of the restitution claims and (c) settlement arrangements has her department put in place to settle the specified land claims?

Reply:

a) 140

(b) (c) Attached as Annexure A

18 March 2021 - NW507

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether any staff member in the National Treasury (a) performed work in addition to the responsibilities related to his or her work, outside normal working hours, in the past five financial years and (b) has been performing such work during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what number of staff members and (ii) in what job or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether approval for such work was obtained in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the policy of the National Treasury in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved, (c) what number of contraventions of this policy were brought to the attention of the National Treasury in the past five financial years and (d) what steps have been taken against the transgressors?

Reply:

(1) (a) Yes

(b) The Public Service Regulations in this regard came into effect in August 2016. It should further be noted that the approval is only valid for a period of one year from date of approval. Below are the current valid cases:

(i) Number of Staff Members (25)

(ii) Job or work categories are the specified staff members employed

11

Economic Cluster

1

Human Resources

1

Security Management

11

Financial Cluster

1

Information Technology

(2) Approval was granted to all employees doing other remunerative work outside public service.

a) National Treasury is guided by the provisions of the Public Service Regulations, 2016 and associated procedures

b) All cases are sent to the Director-General for consideration and approval

c) No contraventions were identified following an investigation of such cases

d) There were no transgressors

18 March 2021 - NW90

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of hectares have been (a) claimed under restitution and (b) transferred in each province; (2) what (a) number of hectares were transferred to claimants where title deeds registered in the names of the claimants were issued and (b) are the reasons where a title deed has not been transferred into the names of beneficiaries in each case

Reply:

1. (a) Project Kuyasa is in the final stages of consolidating and updating the database on statistics on the work of the Commission including the determination and confirmation of the hectares claim on number of outstanding claims lodged.

(b)

Province

Hectares transferred

Eastern Cape

18 811

Free Sate

60 828

Northern Cape

633 791

Gauteng

6 191

North West

507 475

KwaZulu-Natal

504 391

Limpopo

558 650

Mpumalanga

346 220

Western Cape

10 832

TOTAL

2 647 189

2. (a) 2.6 million hectares

(b) Attached as Annexure A

END

18 March 2021 - NW84

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Finance

What are the full relevant details of the shortfall in businesses receiving 40% of the R500 billion stimulus package in loan (details furnished)?

Reply:

I presume that the Honourable Member is referring to the R200 billion Loan Guarantee Scheme (LGS), which is 40 per cent of the broader government-led R500 billion package that was announced by the President on 20 April 2020.

Firstly, there is no shortfall, or grant or loan, that any business is entitled to receive directly from the R200 billion scheme. Since it was introduced on 4 May 2020, the purpose of the loan guarantee scheme was to assist financially distressed businesses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As stated in my response to a previous Parliamentary Question, No 1346 [NW1716E] on 24 August 2020, National Treasury entered into a partnership with the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and the Banking Association South Africa, to launch the Covid-19 loan guarantee scheme on May 2020, to make it easier for banks to lend more than they normally would have, to small businesses during the lockdown, to assist them in their efforts to survive the pandemic. When the scheme launched, it applied to small businesses with a turnover below R300 million. On 27 July 2020, the scheme was improved and this turnover limit was abolished and replaced with a maximum loan R100 million per loan to qualifying businesses. Banks were to fund such loans from their own funds, using their own balance sheets. Government would only pay from the fiscus if these small businesses defaulted on their payments to their bank, and only after the bank had taken the initial losses, as follows:

  • First loss is absorbed by the lending bank, 2% on each Covid-19 guaranteed loan;
  • Second loss is indirectly absorbed by the lending bank – there is a guarantee fee with the SARB of 0.5%;
  • Third loss is also absorbed by the lending bank to a maximum of 6% of the Covid-19 guaranteed loans; and
  • Fourth loss is the guarantee provided, to be paid by Government.

As of February 2021, banks had provided R17.8 billion in relief to 13 173 approved beneficiaries. It should be noted that the actual take-up was lower than initially expected, as the demand for such loans was low, possibly because many small businesses were reluctant to take up additional debt, given the uncertainty around how long the pandemic would last. Companies may not want to re-invest and borrow more until they feel more confident about the future strength of the economy. In addition, even before the loan guarantee scheme took effect, many banks took their own initiatives to assist their customers, by allowing for payment holidays and other forms of forbearance, which provided significantly more relief than the loan guarantee scheme.

It is important to note that the National Treasury and the SARB never intended for the guarantee to be called in full, and expected only a relatively small portion of the R200 billion to be paid. Any call on the guarantee would impact negatively on our fiscal framework and our efforts to stabilise the debt-to-GDP ratio. As such, any underutilized portion of the scheme cannot be regarded as a “shortfall” nor should there be any expectation that it can be used to fund other programmes, as it would effectively increase such debt-to-GDP.

There is regular information on the take-up of the loan guarantee scheme, which is published in Treasury documents like the 2021 Budget Review, as well as on the website of the Banking Association South Africa at https://www.banking.org.za/news/jan-loan-scheme-update/ .

18 March 2021 - NW606

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether procurement legislation will be adhered to in the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Please note that the procurement of the Covid-19 vaccines is a line function responsibility of the Department of Health. The Department of Health is the sole procurer of Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa on behalf of the public and private sector.

The National Treasury plays an advisory; compliance monitoring; and oversight role in the procurement of the Covid-19 vaccines.

Insofar as the role of the National Treasury in this regard is concerned, the NT will ensure that procurement legislation is complied with which includes the appropriate requests and approvals for departures from procurement procedures in line with Treasury Regulation 16A6.4 and SCM Instruction Note 3 of 2016/2017 (Preventing and Combating Abuse in the SCM System).

The National Treasury engages with the Department of Health on an ongoing basis prior and during the vaccine procurement process, particularly in respect of departures from procurement procedures.

The funding and procurement of the vaccines are kept central (through the National Department of Health). This allows for comprehensive central control of procurement, governance and the spending of funds. This approach also minimizes the opportunities for corruption, provides for central record keeping of agreements and centralised contact with manufacturers.

18 March 2021 - NW667

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?

Reply:

OFFICE OF THE MILITARY OMBUD

Ser No

Question

Response

 

a.

b.

1.

Mr T C R Walters (DA) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans: Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?

The Office of the Military Ombud is utilising a private security firm. The details wrt the question posed are as follows:

a) Name of Security Firm: Wenzile Phaphama Trading and Projects.

b) Purpose: A security assessment was done and according to the recommendations received it was essential for the Office to acquire the services of a physical security.

c) Value: R854,324,60

d) Duration of Contract. 01 September 2019 – 31 August 2021

ARMSCOR

Yes Armscor SOC Ltd and the R&D Facilities do make use of private security

For the Gauteng area (HQ building, Protechnik and Gerotek)

-Tyeks Security Services

- Guarding services

- R24 886 076.16

- 3 years from 1 October 2020

Westen Cape (IMT building)

- TDP Enterprise and Projects

- Guarding services

- R 3 125 021.76

- 3 years from 1 November 2020

Northen Cape (Alkanpan test range)

- Bomogale Enterprise (Pty) Ltd

- Guarding services

- R11 088 255.20

- 3 years from 1 October 2020

CASTLE CONTROL BOARD

The Castle Control Board (CCB) does not utilise private security.

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

Curretly the Department of Military Veterans is not making use of the private security firm. The DMV Head Office is guarded by the SANDF Reserve Force members with effect from 01 April 2020 to date as a temporary measure. The landlords provide security services for Provincial Offices.

The department has commenced with the process of procuring the Private Security Service Provider for the DMV Head Office.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

The Department of Defence is house within ARMSCOR and all security needs of the Department are taken care of by ARMSCOR.

DEFENCE FORCE SERVICE COMMISSION

The Defence Force Service Commission does not make use of a private security company.

17 March 2021 - NW253

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Transport

What has he found to have been the impact of the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions on public transport;

Reply:

(1) Since the move to alert level 3 public transport operators operating shorter trips were allowed to carry 100% of the loading capacity of their vehicles whereas for longer trips the permissible loading capacity remained at 70%. These relaxations were coupled with other mitigating factors such as the mandatory wearing of masks and allowing for ventilation. To this end there has been no indication that public transport has been the main contributor in the spread of the virus. This, therefore, implies that measures put in place when the carrying capacity restrictions were relaxed yielded positive results.

(2) The fact that public transport has thus far not been detected as the main contributor to the spread of the virus, is to a large extent proof that operators are generally complying with specified regulations.

 

17 March 2021 - NW412

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

What are the relevant details of the exact process that ordinary citizens should follow when registering for the COVID-19 vaccination?

Reply:

The Electronic Vaccination System is built to be agile and responsive to the Vaccine Roll-out programme within the principles of inclusion – the system should not be excluding anyone that wants to be vaccinated. The registration system for beneficiaries is built to respond to the phases of the Vaccine Rollout programme and the sequencing of the population within the phases.

The enormity and importance of the vaccination programme requires that the administration of vaccines be appropriately captured and monitored. The Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS) has been developed to capture vaccination events digitally and provide data to its data analytics platform to monitor and report on vaccinations.

The EVDS, which is a web-based application accessible through multiple devices, including mobile and desktop devices, is critical to the success of the vaccine roll-out programme. It should be noted that although digital systems will be used and all vaccinations will be digitally recorded, those without access to digital technology must not and will not be excluded. All steps of the vaccination process will also be available through walk-in services where members of the public will be assisted for registration.

To streamline the vaccination, process a vaccination beneficiary register is required. A pre-vaccination registration functionality forms part of the EVDS., This pre-registration component of the EVDS is providing the public with two options for registration, i.e Self-Registration and Assisted Registration:

  • The Self Registration will require the members of the Public as identified per phase and sequencing to log into a web portal and register themselves;
  • For those members of the public that do not have the means and ability to do self-registration, the function of assisted registration will be made available in walk in centres and at vaccination sites.

END.