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05 August 2015 - NW2746

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her comments that the Government is slashing its advertising budget to mainstream newspapers (details furnished), (a) what is her department’s definition of mainstream newspapers and (b) what official publications does her department consider to be mainstream newspapers?

Reply:

(a)   Mainstream newspapers are defined as the dominant or established newspapers in the South African media landscape. This reference is widely understood and used in the collaborative publication Media Landscape 2014, Celebrating 20 Years of South Africa’s Media.

(b)   Therefore the mainstream newspapers referred to are commercial newspapers that fall under the following stables: Times Media Group; Caxton, Independent News and Media SA, and Media24.

MR D LIPHOKO

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

GCIS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

05 August 2015 - NW236

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the recommendation made by the Public Protector, in the report titled Secure in Comfort, that he repays a reasonable percentage of the costs of the measures involved in building his private Nkandla residence, (a) what progress has been made in the determination and calculation of said costs and (b) on what date will the repayment of the said costs be made?

Reply:

All reports, including my report to Parliament, are currently under consideration by the Adhoc Committee on the Police Minister’s Nkandla Report appointed by Parliament. Such committee is still seized with the matter and in the circumstances it would be improper and premature for me to comment.

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04 August 2015 - NW2422

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on advertising in (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

The following Tables reflect the situation in this regard:

(a) The Department of Health

Newspaper

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Sowetan

R564,376.17

R153,029.57

R256,159.31

Daily Sun

R245,149.33

R230,794.39

R175,800.71

(b) Entities

Neither the Council for Medical Schemes, the Office of Health Standards Compliance, nor the South African Medical Research Council spent on advertising in either of the newspapers in questions during the stated period.

The National Health Laboratory Service spent on advertising as follows:

Newspaper

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Sowetan

R226,896.48

Nil

Nil

Daily Sun

Nil

Nil

Nil

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2275

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(1)What action is taken by her department when labour inspectors find that an employee does not have a valid work permit; (2) are employees who are found to not have valid work permits removed from the work place? NW2635E

Reply:

 

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

04 August 2015 - NW2539

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he had used departmental officials to investigate who had instructed HIV-infected women to be sterilised without their written consent and had used that investigation to bring to book those who had transgressed medical ethics and violated the right to bodily integrity safeguarded in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

In June 2012 the Department of Health requested Professor Jack Moodley (Chairperson of the National Committee on Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths), and Dr Nat Khaole (then Acting Chief Director for Maternal and Women’s Health) to investigate allegations that HIV positive women have been sterilized without their consent. They visited two hospitals in Durban, namely, Addington Hospital and King Edward Hospital and found two evidence of systematic abuse of the consent process as alleged by the researchers.

When the issue was first brought to the attention of the Department of Health, I requested that details be provided, including names of the complainants, to enable the Department to investigate the matter fully. However, the Department was informed that the complainants did not wish to be identified to the Department as they were afraid of being victimised, despite our reassurance that I would personally ensure that the complainants are not victimised.

In 2015 the issue of forced sterilisation was raised with the Department of Health again. The Department again requested the NGO, Her Rights Initiative, to provide the names of the complainants, to enable the Department to fully investigate the allegations. In addition, a commitment was made that an independent team would investigate the allegations, if need be. However, to date, there has been great reluctance in providing the Department with the information necessary to investigate this matter.

The Department’s policy on any surgical procedure, including sterilization, is very clear – all surgical procedures require informed consent. In this regard, transgression will not be tolerated and disciplinary action will follow transgression when there is evidence to this effect.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2385

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her reply to oral question 145 on 10 June 2015, what is the (a) name and (b) date of appointment of the permanent Chief Executive Officer of the SA Broadcasting Corporation?

Reply:

(a) Mr Frans Matlala

(b) 01 July 2015

 

 

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

04 August 2015 - NW1294

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to his reply to question 439 on 17 March 2015, (a) how many initiates in each province were admitted to hospital during the 2014-15 summer initiation season and (b) what were the types of injuries suffered by the initiates in this period requiring them to be hospitalised?

Reply:

(a) The table below reflects the details in this regard.

PROVINCE

ADMISSIONS

Eastern Cape

284

Other provinces do not collect this information as the boys arrive at health facilities as general patients and not as initiates. The Eastern Cape Province is able to collect the information because the boys are brought by members of initiation monitoring teams at hospitals.

(b) The types of injuries suffered by the initiates in this period requiring them to be hospitalised were as follows:

  • Penile mutilations including amputations
  • Assaults

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2583

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether, with regard to a South African citizen, Stephen McGowan, who has been held hostage in Mali since November 2011, the Government has taken any steps to secure the specific person’s release; if not; why not; if so, what (a) steps have been taken and (b) are the reasons for the specific person not yet having been released?

Reply:

  1. Yes.

The Government continues to pursue diplomatic channels to secure the release of the South African hostage, Steven McGowan.

(a)  A Task Team chaired by DIRCO was established comprising security departments to oversee this case. The Task Team meets regularly and informs the McGowan’s family of developments. In Mali, the South African Embassy is part of the Troika comprising the Netherlands and Sweden. The Troika holds meetings and engages with the Malian government to get updates on developments regarding this matter. This Troika has since been reduced to two members following the release of the Dutch hostage by the French security forces. Furthermore, a Special Envoy was sent to Mauritania in February 2015 specifically to establish more information on the kidnaping and raise South Africa’s concerns on the continued kidnapping.

(b)  The political and security situation in North Mali makes it difficult for the Malian government to engage with the kidnappers but efforts continues from both the South African and Malian governments to secure Mr McGowan’s release.

UNQUOTE

04 August 2015 - NW871

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether his department or the entities reporting to him provides any type of sponsorships; if not, what is his department’s position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the details of each sponsorship, (b) what is the value of each sponsorship, (c) when were each of these sponsorship deals undertaken and (d) when will each of the sponsorship deals end; (2) whether his department or any of the entities reporting to him intends to enter into any type of sponsorship deal or contract in the (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17 financial years; if not, why not; if so, (i) with whom will each sponsorship deal or contract be made, (ii) what will the terms of each of the sponsorship deals or contracts be, (iii) when will each of the sponsorship deals or contracts (aa) commence and (bb) end and (iv) what is the value of each of the sponsorship deals or contracts?

Reply:

  1. None of the entities reporting to the Minister of Health provided any type of sponsorship.
  2. None of the entities reporting to the Minister of Health intends to enter into any type of sponsorship deal or contract in the 2015 and 2016 financial years and the reasons provided are as follows:
  • The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) - due to the current financial situation; and
  • The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC); the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) and the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) – do not provide any sponsorship deals or contracts.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW1708

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) How many state operated abortion facilities in Mpumalanga are currently operational, (b) what is the legal gestation period to perform an abortion, (c) how accessible is illegal and/or unsafe abortion and (d) what is the cost of an abortion; (2) (a) what were the (i) legal and (ii) illegal abortion statistics for the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years, (b) how many deaths were caused by illegal and/or unsafe abortions, (c) what (i) was the (aa) legal and (bb) illegal and/or unsafe abortion ratio and (ii) were the statistics of children between the ages of 12 and 16 who had abortions and (d) how many of these children had the consent of the parents to do so; (3) whether any study or research has been undertaken by (a) his department or the (b) Mpumalanga Health Department into (i) why women seek abortions from illegal or unsafe providers and (ii) abortion rates in comparison with the rest of the world; if so, in each case what were the findings; (4) what plan of action does his department have in place to prevent unsafe abortion statistics from escalating in Mpumalanga?

Reply:

(1) (a) A total of 6 facilities in Mpumalanga are currently operational.

(b) Please refer to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 (Act No. 92 of 1996)

(c) and (d) The Department of Health provides the service at no cost to the clients if indigent and costs are determined depending on the income of the patient in public hospitals as for any other medical condition.

(2) (a) (i) Legal termination of pregnancy statistics are recorded below:

 

(aa) 2012-2013

(bb) 2013 - 2014

(cc) 2014- 2015

 

3,104

3,046

2,539

(ii) The National and Provincial Departments of Health do not keep a record of illegal abortion statistics.

(b) This is not known as statistics for illegal abortions are not recorded separately.

(c) (i) (aa)-(bb) The Department does not keep a record of separating legal and illegal abortion statistics.

(ii) Statistics of children between the age 12 and 16 years who had terminations of pregnancy over the periods are:

PERIOD

NUMBER

2012-2013

55

2013-2014

49

2014-2015

52

(d) “The provisions of the Choice of Termination Act, Act No. 92 Of 1996: Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act92, 1996. Is applicable with respect to consent.

(3) (a)-(b) No study has been conducted by both National Department of Health or the Mpumalanga Health Department that we are aware off.

(4) The Department of Health provides Termination of Pregnancy (TOP) in the designated health facilities which comply with the prescripts of the CTOP Act for safe performance of the procedure. The Department is continuously conducting value clarification workshops to address the issue of limited TOP services.

In addition the Department is conducting Manual Vacuum Aspiration training in partnership with partners that support the implementation of TOP services has introduced medical abortion services to increase access to this service.

However, the key to reducing unwanted pregnancies is to increase knowledge and access to sexual and reproductive health services. In line with this the department launched a revised Contraceptive Policy and introduced the contraception implant as a new and additional contraception method to increase the range of contraceptives available to woman.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW800

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Kwankwa, Mr NL to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) With reference to the funeral of the late multi-award winning traditional music presenter (name furnished) of uMhlobo Wenene FM under the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), what (a) procedure and (b) criteria is used by (i) her department and (ii) SABC to decide which funerals to broadcast live and/or cover widely;

Reply:

It is the prerogative of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on State Funerals, together with the Presidency, to declare the status of funerals, whether they are national or provincial.

The SABC is then obliged to follow the broadcast coverage, as prescribed in the regulations pertaining to official funerals.

Irrespective of the individual (or public appeal or popularity), the broadcast parameters are clearly stipulated in the regulations.

Whether a funeral is covered “live” or not, is not at the discretion of the SABC, but what is dictated in the regulations.

In the case in question, the deceased was neither honoured with a State or Provincial funeral status.

The SABC did however cover the announcement of his death widely on all our platforms. Television and radio carried extensive obituaries. All the memorial services were covered in all the news bulletins as was the actual funeral.

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

04 August 2015 - NW2181

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

Is his department currently involved in a work exchange and/or employment agreement with the Republic of Cuba; if so, (a) what number of Cuban nationals (i) are currently employed and (ii) are due to be employed by his department, (b) what specific work roles are envisaged for the Cuban nationals, (c) what are the specific skill sets of each of the Cuban nationals (i) currently employed and (ii) due to be employed, (d) what are the details of the process followed to ensure that the same skill set was or is not available in the country and amongst South African citizens and (e) what is the total cost of the (i) employment or (ii) prospective employment of such Cuban nationals?

Reply:

Yes.

  1. (i) A total of 210 Cuban medical doctors.

(ii) A total of 26 Cuban medical doctors.

  1. Medical Practitioners.
  1. The following table reflects the details on the skills profile

(i) Currently employed:

Clinical Discipline

Number

Anaesthesia

7

Anatomy

1

Biochemistry

1

Biostatistics

1

Cardiology

1

Clinical Laboratory

1

Dermatology

3

Embryology

1

Ear Nose and Throat

4

Epidemiology

2

Family Medicine

105

Gastroenterology

1

General surgery

13

Internal Medicine

20

Maxillo Facial

3

Neurology

1

Obstetric and Gynaecology

12

Opthalmology

4

Orthopaedics

8

Paediatrics

8

Pathology

1

Pharmacology

1

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

2

Psychiatry

3

Public Health

1

Urology

3

Total

210

(ii) Due to be employed

Clinical Discipline

Number

Cardiology

1

Emergency Medicine

1

Family Medicine

10

Internal Medicine

1

Maxillo Medicine

1

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

1

Opthalmology

2

Orthopaedics

2

Paediatrics

4

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

1

Radiology

1

Rheumatology

1

Total

26

 

  1. It is generally acknowledged that there is a big shortage of medical doctors in the public health care system.
  1. The doctors recruited from Cuba earn the same remuneration as other doctors employed by the Government based on the years of experience and expertise.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2506

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

Why have no (a) disciplinary steps or (b) criminal action taken in the last three financial years against SABC employees responsible for (i) making payments without contracts and (ii) failing to follow procurement processes? ________________________________________________________________

Reply:

Due to the dynamic nature of SABC operations, there are instances where the SABC is required to broadcast without a contract in place, however, endeavours are carried out to regularise the agreements after the fact.

The SABC has initiated a project to review and align the SABC Procurement Policy to PFMA requirements in terms of original tax clearance certificate.

Disciplinary and criminal action has been instituted where warranted.

MR N MUNZHELELE

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

04 August 2015 - NW2273

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

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

Reply:

     (a)  Yes

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

04 August 2015 - NW2356

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the current availability of the drugs (a) bedaquiline and (b) linezolid in the country; (2) whether there are any plans for a wider national roll-out of the specified drugs, including but not limited to (i) mines, (ii) prisons and (iii) other communities heavily affected by tuberculosis; (3) whether there are any financing plans in place for purchasing the specified drugs at affordable and sustainable prices?

Reply:

  1. (a) 60% of patients on bedaquiline are in South Africa, i.e 361 patients in South Africa out of a total of 600 worldwide.

(b) A tender to procure Linezolid is being prepared. Linezolid is available off code in the meantime.

2.  (i) and (ii) For year 1 (1st April 2015 to 31 March 2016) we are prioritising XDR-TB, pre-XDR-TB and MRD-TB with hearing impairment, renal impairment and those to be operated.

Because the main focus will be on XDR-TB, we have started rolling out at our 12 facilities responsible for treating XDR-TB which are:

  • Jose Pearson and Fort Grey Hospitals (Eastern Cape);
  • Dr J S Moroka (Free State);
  • Sizwe Hospital (Gauteng);
  • King Dinuzulu Complex Hospital (KZN);
  • FH Odendaal (Limpopo);
  • Witbank TB Hospital (Mpumalanga);
  • Dr Harry Surtie and West End (Northern Cape);
  • Tshepong Hospital (North West);
  • Brooklyn Chest and Khayelitsha (Western Cape)

The 12 facilities treat all XDR-TB patients in the country.

  • Jose Pearson, Fort Grey, King Dinuzulu, Sizwe and Brooklyn Chest Hospitals treat 50% to 60% of all MDR-TB in the country.
  • So we believe that there will be a good coverage to years 1, 2 and 3;
  • Mines and prisons will follow after 2 to 3 years.

3. A costed plan to make the drugs available has been developed and budgeted for in the HIV Conditional Grant. The drugs will be made available to 3 000 patients in year 1 (1st April 2015 to 31 March 2016), and then gradually increase to 6 000 at the end of year 3.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2109

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)How many foreign nationals did the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) accredit to work as (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) other medical practitioners between 1 January 2010 and 30 April 2015; (2) how many (a) South African medical doctors and (b) South Africans who obtained their qualifications as medical doctors outside of the country were accredited by the HPCSA between 1 January 2010 and 30 April 2015; (3) (a) how many South Africans who qualified as medical doctors outside the country and who applied for accreditation between 1 January 2010 and 30 April 2015 were not successful in their applications and (b) what remedy is available to medical doctors who have taken but failed the HPCSA accreditation examination three or more times; (4) will he make a list of foreign institutions accredited by the HPCSA available to the public; (5) how the skills of doctors who qualified outside of South Africa will be utilised until such doctors obtain proper accreditation from the HPCSA?

Reply:

  1. (a) 1 623;

(b) No nurse is ever registered with the HPCSA;

(c) I do not understand what “other medical practitioners” means.

2. (a) 6 729;

(b) 61;

3.  (a) 22;

(b) There is no remedy available for practitioners who have failed the examination three times.

4. There is currently no list of accredited qualifications obtained outside South Africa.

5. Since registration is a pre-requisite for practising the profession of medicine in South Africa, applicants will not be able to work as medical practitioners until such time as they are appropriately registered with the Medical and Dental Board.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW1445

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Communications

Does her department have a Regulatory Burden Reduction strategy in place; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the strategy?

Reply:

No, the department does not have a Regulatory Burden Reduction Strategy.

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

04 August 2015 - NW2274

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

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

Reply:

 

(a)  The Department of Labour does not have a planning model for the inspection of valid work permits as this is a legislative responsibility of the Department of the Home Affairs and South African Police.

(b)  In its normal work aligned with granting of work permits the Department of Labour mere conducts inspections at work places to determine compliance with prescribed conditions of employment. Furthermore the Department notifies the Department of Home Affairs should it discover employees without valid work permits.

(c)  (i) N/A and (ii) N/A

04 August 2015 - NW2060

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has any plans in place to assist young people to easily access family planning centres in order to prevent teenage pregnancy; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Health has several initiatives to assist young people to access contraceptive and family planning services.

-  Ensuring that all primary health care facilities are adolescent and youth friendly. Facilities that are classified as youth friendly need the following standards:

  • Policies and processes to support adolescent and youth health rights available;
  • Provision of safe and supportive environment;
  • Systems to train and develop staff on youth issues;
  • Individualised care with privacy and confidentiality maintained; and
  • Effective referral systems in place.

The Department has contracted and NGO (loveLife) to assist with the training of clinic personnel and to ensure that standards listed above are in place. We have trained 615 health professionals during the past year and will be training an additional 375 during this financial year.

  • An effort to increase condom use among the youth in particular, the Department has decided to procure coloured and scented male condoms. A contract to supply 50 million coloured and scented condoms has been awarded and 38 million have already been distributed in universities and TVET colleges. The distribution of these condoms is a partnership between the Departments of Higher Education and Training and of Health – the ‘First Things First’ campaign for institutions of higher learning – which has been implemented on an annual basis since 2011. The aim of this campaign is to offer HIV counselling and testing, Medical Male Circumcision (MMC), TB screening, condom distribution, appropriate prevention messages and treatment referrals to the students in Universities and TVETs. Condoms are also distributed during HCT as dual protection against unplanned pregnancies, STIs and HIV. Over 100 000 students were reached in the last financial year;
  • In order to expand the range of contraceptive commodities available the Department introduced the sub-dermal implant in April 2014 and to date more than 850,000 women have had the implant inserted. Although the implant method was not specifically targeted at the youth, earlier indications seem to be showing that the majority of the 850 000 women are actually young people who have never been on any contraception before;
  • In collaboration with Soul City, the Society for Family Health and Stellenbosch University and funding from a development partner, the Department is implementing the ‘Families Matter’ project whose objective is to prepare youth to make informed health choices, including sexual and reproductive health choices. The project is currently running in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Western Cape;
  • With funding from the Department of Health and Global Fund, Soul City is implementing the Rise Women’s clubs (the clubs target young women between 15-24 years of age with health education messages and has currently reached 17,000 young women through 1 000 Rise Young Women’s clubs) and Soul Buddies clubs (to empower primary school children to make healthy life choices). In addition, the Department of Health funds loveLife’s ground breakers programme which is a peer-to-peer programme that focuses on learners in high school and out of school and empowers them to make healthy life choices;
  • As part of the Integrated School Health Programme (which is a collaborative programme between the Departments of Health and of Basic Education), school health teams provide age-appropriate messages and information to learners in both primary and secondary schools.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2002

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

Does his department maintain an updated asset register; if not, why not; if so, what is the (a) total number and (b) value of all motor vehicles recorded on such register?

Reply:

Yes the department maintain an updated asset register.

(a)  Five motor vehicles

(b)  Total value for five vehicles is R2 926 330.69

All these vehicles are more than five years old and purchased as follows;

  • BMW 525i (Kept and being used when other vehicles went for service)

Price; R349 561.40

Purchase date: 30 June 2004

MINISTER

  • Mercedes-Benz E200

Price; R451 804.00

Purchase date: 08 January 2010

  • Mercedes-Benz E500

Price; R760 794.01

Purchase date: 08 January 2010

DEPUTY MINISTER

  • BMW 520d

Price; R466 449.30

Purchase date: 15 February 2011

  • BMW 740i

Price; R897 721.99

Purchase date: 07 March 2011

END.

04 August 2015 - NW1842

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he has set clear criteria for the removal of underperforming hospital managers as per the goals listed in the National Development Plan; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will the criteria be set; if so, what are the criteria?

Reply:

Yes, there are clear criteria set for the removal of underperforming hospital managers as per the goals listed in the National Development Plan (NDP).

END.

03 August 2015 - NW1036

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)What are the (a) details and (b) all relevant dates of all steps that have been taken to facilitate and ensure the effective functioning of his department’s compliance monitoring and enforcement since 1 January 2009;

Reply:

  1. (a) (b) In June 2011, the Department established a compliance and enforcement structure in the Mineral Regulation. In 2013 funding was made available and accordingly utilised to enhance environment authorisation capacity.

(2) (a) (b) National Treasury has allocated funding sufficient to fund 22 positions, which are currently in the process of being filled.

(3)(a) 34 personnel have been appointed and designated.

(b) 28 persons have been successfully trained as Environmental Mineral Resource Inspectors whilst 6 had been previously trained. A further 60 persons will undergo training during this financial year.

(c) See (a) above

(4) The mining sector information will be provided to the Department of Environmental Affairs for inclusion into their relevant report.

Approved/not approved

Adv N.A. Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2015

31 July 2015 - NW2239

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) his department and (bb) entities reporting to him spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department and Entities as follows:-

DEPARTMENT:

  1. Yes

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) Name

Contract Period

Contract terminated

(iii) Termination reason

Contract period paid out

(i)(aa) Amount

S D L Dhlomo

13 July 2009 to 13 January 2011

31 May 2010

The Post of Deputy Director: Subsistence and Travel was not approved on the organisational structure.

The appointment was made irregularly.

The employee’s contract was terminated accordingly. The employee then took the department to arbitration.

1 June 2010 to 13 January 2011

Salary:

R 249 192-70

South African Post Office (SAPO)

(b) Yes,

It is not a practice of the SAPO to pay the remaining value of the contract in cases where Executives leave the organisation before the expiry date of the employment contract. The Executives in the table below were only paid the arbitration awards agreed to, between the employees, their legal representatives, and the company. However, these payments are not linked to the contracted term of employment

See arbitration figures paid since the 2008/9 financial year to current within the SAPO Group.

 

(ii) Name

Job Title

(iii) Reason for Termination

(i)(bb) Settlement Amount

Settlement Date

JP WENTZEL

COO (2 A)

Resignation (Arbitration settlement)

548,058.25

10/07/2011

RM NESHUNZHI

GM (3)

End of Contract (Arbitration settlement - (Contract paid until 31 May 2012)

532,493.50

11/30/2011

MM LEFOKA

GCEO (1)

Resignation (Arbitration settlement)

1,466,810.00

01/24/2012

MS DIAZ

GE (2 B)

Resignation (Disciplinary hearing - Deed of settlement signed) Arbitration settlement

370,217.25

11/28/2013

ME LANCASTER

GE (2 A)

Retrenchment severance package (Voluntary Retrenchment Agreement)

1,698,977.00

12/3/2013

BS BULUNGA

COMPANY SECRETARY (3)

Dismissal (Settlement at CCMA)

404,615.93

26/3/2014

ZADNA

(b) No

ZaDNA has not had an employee’s contract terminated before its stipulated termination.

SENTECH

(b) Yes,

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) Name of Employee

Position

Period

(i)(bb) Amount Spend

(iii) Reason for Settlement

Process

Mr. Cassim Mohammed Siddique

Chief Financial Officer

2010

R 360 000.00

Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

Mosala Mojaki Frederick

Head: Employee Relations

2010

R 257 393.00

Dismissed

Employee lawyer based on the ongoing case with little evidence

Steenkamp Carin

Portfolio Manager: Special Projects

2010

R 515 824.47

Retrenched

Retrenchment

Ramokhufi Rachel Neo

Executive: Strategy and Co-ordination

2010

R 250 698.34

Ongoing disciplinary hearing

Employee lawyer based on the ongoing case with little evidence

Maphalala Jacqueline Nokuthula

Head: Supply Chain

2011

R 67 500

Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

Email

info@pmg.org.za

 

Chief Financial Officer

2012

R 142 482.84

Claimed Constructive - Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

Nevhutalu Tendani Gaylord

Head: Financial Accounting

2012

R 62 000

Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

Emerich Rian

General Manager: Marketing and Sales

2012

R 83 503.27

Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

NEMISA

(b) Yes,

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) To whom were payments Made

Period

(i)(bb) Amount Spend

(iii) Reason for Settlement

Chief Operations Officer

2013-2014

R 779 055.00

Mutual Separation Agreement

BROADBAND INFRACO

(b) Yes,

From 2008-09 up to date, Broadband Infraco had no early terminations of contracts which involved paying out the remainder of an employee’s fixed term contract. However, Broadband Infraco did terminate the employment contract of three (3) employees due to disciplinary processes and after an assessment that it would cost the Company far less to have conclude a mutual separation agreement with each of the employees instead of pursuing long protracted legal proceedings and committing company resources and labour in pursuit of the legal cases against the employees. Refer to the table below:

(ii) Name of employee

Position

Period

(i)(bb) Amount Spend

(iii)Reason for Settlement

Process

Suren Maharaj

Chief Financial Officer

March 2011

R 395 916.50

The Board decided to part ways with the CFO after he was issued with a final written warning for dereliction of duties

Employee had been issued with a Final written warning

S Mapatagane

SHEQ Manager

June 2011

R 123 527.34

The settlement was paid out due to legal costs that were increasing and lawyers for the Company advised on paying the settlement to minimise litigation costs

Employee had been subjected to a disciplinary hearing

Ray Hamilton

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

August 2014

R 400 000

Paid a negotiated settlement for four (4) months for mutual separation with R Hamilton.

Disciplinary Process- he exceeded his delegation of authority

USAASA

(b) Yes,

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) To whom were payments Made

Salary Level

Salary per annum

(i)(bb) Amount Paid

(iii)Reason

Date of Exit

Senior Manager: Human Resources

13

R 540 429

R 135 107

Mutual agreement

31 May 2008

Chief Executive Officer

15

R 1 099 824

R 458 260

Mutual Agreement

31 May 2010

Chief Executive Officer

15

R 1 120 935

R 499 292

Mutual Agreement

30 March 2012

Senior Manager: USAF

13

R 782 883

R 547 000

CCMA Settlement Agreement

30 September 2015

Board Administrator

10

R 405 390

R 99 534

Mutual Agreement

31 December 2014

Payroll Administrator

9

R 296 100

R 74 025

CCMA Settlement Agreement

20 April 2015

SITA

(b) Yes

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) Name

Designation

(i)(bb) Gross Pay Out

Date paid

(iii) Reason for Termination

Blake Mosley-Lefatola

Chief Executive Officer

R 1 439 606.45

May 2013

Early termination of contract (Board Decision)

Nontobeko Ntsinde

Chief Executive Officer

R 574 991.00

June 2013

Unfair termination of contract (Labour Court Decision)

Thandi Zide

SITA Company Secretary

R 550 000.00

August 2013

Unfair Dismissal (CCMA Decision)

Khumbuzo Ntshevheni

Chief Operating Officer

R 1 899 000.00

June 2014

Early termination of contract (Referred to Labour Court and resulted in a Settlement Agreement)

Tshidi Gumbi

Head of Department: Human Resource

R 265 898.52

May 2015

Unfair Dismissal (Referred to CCMA and resulted in a Settlement Agreement)

31 July 2015 - NW2335

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1) Whether there has been any effort by her department to review the regulatory environment in which small businesses operate in an effort to ease their operations; (2) whether, since her reply to question 1766 on 5 June 2015, any transversal agreements have been concluded with other departments; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2696E

Reply:

1. The department intends to review the National Small Business Act, 1996 (Act No. 102 of 1996), read with the National Small Business Amendment Act, 2003 (Act No. 26 of 2003). The reasons to introduce an amending legislation are to provide for the alignment of the Act to the mandate of the department, to provide a framework for business growth,
investment and the facilitation of small business development and promotion.

The areas to be reviewed are as follows:

  1. The definitions of small businesses,
  2. The schedule or sectoral classifications,
  3. Provision for the informal economy,
  4. Provision for the roles of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa),
  5. To institutionalise the coordination of a periodical national survey for SMMEs, and
  6. The role and composition of the Small Business Advisory Council.

2. The department has not concluded any transversal agreements with other departments since the last reply. This is partly due to the complexity of requirements and conditions which must be met and be favourable to all parties. As a result, consultations take longer and require a detailed execution plan with specific deliverables and timelines.

The department, however, intends to conclude and sign a transversal agreement with the National Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by the end of 2015 in which the parties have mutually agreed to collaborate on training and development of co-operatives and SMMEs. The overall aim of this collaboration is to develop and enhance the capacity base of these small businesses to enable them to access procurement opportunities within PRASA. The department will be responsible for the building capacity of the suppliers with regards to technical and business management training whilst DHET, through the relevant Skills Education and Training Authorities (Setas), will provide technical training to co-operatives and SMMEs.

The department also intends to conclude transversal agreements with the following institutions in the near future:

  1. Department of Human Settlements: to focus on procurement opportunities for small businesses and co-operatives in the development of industrial or commercial parks in the Western Cape.
  2. Department of Public Enterprises: to develop and prioritise support and increase opportunities for emerging small businesses and designated groups through diverse small business support programmes.
  3. Massmart: partnership with Massmart is focused on the Supplier Development Programme to improve local procurement linkages for Cooperatives and SMMEs. The programme will focus on three main areas: manufacturing, fresh produce and services to suppliers.
  4. SAB Miller: the focus is on procurement opportunities to improve local linkages for Cooperatives and SMMEs. The programme will focus on three main areas: Maize, Barley and Wheat production.
  5. The Swiss Confederation, represented by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO): the overall goal of the pilot project is to establish a web-based centralized system where Business Development Service Providers (BDSP) register after a quality check, and will be assessed by their clients based on the performance of the service delivered. This will allow for the identification of the skills gap of services providers.

31 July 2015 - NW1641

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

(1) What steps has she taken to engage with the (a) Premier of Gauteng and (b) Small Enterprise Finance Agency to urgently address the state of neglect and disrepair at Gauteng’s township industrial parks; (2) does her department intend to investigate claims by the parks’ tenants that they were promised titles to their premises after 10 years of continuous payment of occupational rent; if not, why not? NW1858E

Reply:

1. (a) Minister is seriously concerned about the poor state of the Gauteng’s township industrial park and although has not engaged with the Premier of Gauteng regarding the matter, the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa), which reports to the Department of Small Business Development, is handling the matters of Gauteng’s township industrial parks.

(b) So far Sefa has reported that it will engage with the Office of the Premier of Gauteng through the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) in order to understand the Gauteng Province’s plans for property revitilisation. Sefa is in the process of conducting visits to the industrial parks to determine the extent of neglect and disrepair on these industrial parks: this includes assessing the physical state of these properties in order to perform all the necessary repairs and maintenance to these properties in the coming months.

 

2. Sefa has done investigations to the validity of these claims, and has so far obtained some information on the matter dating back to 1999. During the 2014/15 financial year, Sefa held discussions with the Tenants Association on the terms and conditions of transfer of ownership of these properties. Sefa is now in a process to meet individual Tenants Associations to discuss the framework for the transfer of ownership of these properties to tenants who qualify under the initial framework for transfer.

31 July 2015 - NW2550

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

In respect of each province and district, (a) how many Grade 12 learners and (b) what percentage of Grade 12 learners in public ordinary schools are (i) enrolled to study Mathematics for the 2015 academic year, (ii) registered to write the Mathematics National Senior Certificate Examination for the 2015 academic year and (iii) targeted to be studying Mathematics in the (aa) 2015, (bb) 2016, (cc) 2020 and (dd) 2030 academic years?

Reply:

(i)(a) and (i)(b)

(ii)(a) and (ii)(b)

In terms of the data provided below, the number enrolled to study and the number registered to write the Mathematics NSC examination for the 2015 academic year are the same.

PROVINCE

Province

Total Enrolled

Maths Enrolled

% Maths

EASTERN CAPE

92 059

41 265

44.8

FREE STATE

35 246

11 847

33.6

GAUTENG

112 192

37 920

33.8

KWAZULU-NATAL

172 796

90 219

52.2

LIMPOPO

103 276

41 851

40.5

MPUMALANGA

56 133

21 059

37.5

NORTH WEST

33 844

10 867

32.1

NORTHERN CAPE

12 852

3 384

26.3

WESTERN CAPE

56 331

17 195

30.5

NATIONAL

674 729

275 607

40.8

DISTRICT

PROVINCE

DISTRICT

TOTAL ENROLLED

MATHS ENROLLED

% MATHS

EASTERN CAPE

BUTTERWORTH

4 614

2 559

55.5

EASTERN CAPE

COFIMVABA

2 069

1 529

73.9

EASTERN CAPE

CRADOCK

1 032

185

17.9

EASTERN CAPE

DUTYWA

5 819

3 536

60.8

EASTERN CAPE

EAST LONDON

7 779

2 693

34.6

EASTERN CAPE

FORT BEAUFORT

2 178

521

23.9

EASTERN CAPE

GRAAFF-REINET

985

133

13.5

EASTERN CAPE

GRAHAMSTOWN

1 222

301

24.6

EASTERN CAPE

KING WILLIAMS TOWN

6 005

1 506

25.1

EASTERN CAPE

LADY FRERE

2 044

961

47.0

EASTERN CAPE

LIBODE

7 696

3 954

51.4

EASTERN CAPE

LUSIKISIKI

5 342

2 735

51.2

EASTERN CAPE

MALUTI

2 622

1 563

59.6

EASTERN CAPE

MBIZANA

4 499

2 384

53.0

EASTERN CAPE

MT FLETCHER

2 365

1 006

42.5

EASTERN CAPE

MT FRERE

3 246

1 716

52.9

EASTERN CAPE

MTHATHA

6 933

4 964

71.6

EASTERN CAPE

NGCOBO

2 871

1 597

55.6

EASTERN CAPE

PORT ELIZABETH

9 775

2 911

29.8

EASTERN CAPE

QUEENSTOWN

3 325

1 056

31.8

EASTERN CAPE

QUMBU

3 088

1 708

55.3

EASTERN CAPE

STERKSPRUIT

3 015

901

29.9

EASTERN CAPE

UITENHAGE

3 535

846

23.9

FREE STATE

FEZILE DABI

5 527

1 684

30.5

FREE STATE

LEJWELEPUTSWA

7 516

2 370

31.5

FREE STATE

MOTHEO

11 738

3 922

33.4

FREE STATE

THABO MOFUTSANYANA

9 044

3 586

39.7

FREE STATE

XHARIEP

1 421

285

20.1

GAUTENG

EKURHULENI NORTH

10 096

3 769

37.3

GAUTENG

EKURHULENI SOUTH

11 744

3 666

31.2

GAUTENG

GAUTENG EAST

8 144

1 982

24.3

GAUTENG

GAUTENG NORTH

2 173

651

30.0

GAUTENG

GAUTENG WEST

7 388

2 063

27.9

GAUTENG

JOHANNESBURG CENTRAL

9 578

2 800

29.2

GAUTENG

JOHANNESBURG EAST

8 067

3 224

40.0

GAUTENG

JOHANNESBURG NORTH

7 580

2 812

37.1

GAUTENG

JOHANNESBURG SOUTH

6 733

2 262

33.6

GAUTENG

JOHANNESBURG WEST

5 295

1 448

27.3

GAUTENG

SEDIBENG EAST

2 987

1 020

34.1

GAUTENG

SEDIBENG WEST

6 187

1 953

31.6

GAUTENG

TSHWANE NORTH

7 034

2 444

34.7

GAUTENG

TSHWANE SOUTH

11 340

5 177

45.7

GAUTENG

TSHWANE WEST

7 846

2 649

33.8

KWAZULU-NATAL

AMAJUBA

9 727

4 400

45.2

KWAZULU-NATAL

ILEMBE

9 521

5 240

55.0

KWAZULU-NATAL

PINETOWN

21 180

8 274

39.1

KWAZULU-NATAL

SISONKE

7 104

2 944

41.4

KWAZULU-NATAL

UGU

12 189

5 736

47.1

KWAZULU-NATAL

UMGUNGUNDLOVU

15 257

6 620

43.4

KWAZULU-NATAL

UMKHANYAKUDE

14 792

7 167

48.5

KWAZULU-NATAL

UMLAZI

23 204

12 022

51.8

KWAZULU-NATAL

UMZINYATHI

10 506

6 728

64.0

KWAZULU-NATAL

UTHUKELA

11 512

6 404

55.6

KWAZULU-NATAL

UTHUNGULU

20 163

12 758

63.3

KWAZULU-NATAL

ZULULAND

17 641

11 926

67.6

LIMPOPO

CAPRICORN

25 262

11 403

45.1

LIMPOPO

GREATER SEKHUKHUNE

21 945

9 417

42.9

LIMPOPO

MOPANI

19 483

5 828

29.9

LIMPOPO

VHEMBE

26 822

11 404

42.5

LIMPOPO

WATERBERG

9 764

3 799

38.9

MPUMALANGA

BOHLABELA DISTRICT

11 562

4 624

40.0

MPUMALANGA

EHLANZENI DISTRICT

16 546

5 846

35.3

MPUMALANGA

GERT SIBANDE DISTRIC

14 020

5 394

38.5

MPUMALANGA

NKANGALA DISTRICT

14 005

5 195

37.1

NORTH WEST

BOJANALA PLATINUM DI

12 638

4 168

33.0

NORTH WEST

DR. K. KAUNDA DISTRI

6 615

2 216

33.5

NORTH WEST

DR. R.S. MOMPATI DIS

5 870

1 534

26.1

NORTH WEST

NGAKA M. MOLEMA DIST

8 721

2 949

33.8

NORTHERN CAPE

FRANCES BAARD

4 764

1 370

28.8

NORTHERN CAPE

JOHN TAOLO GAETSEWE

2 721

934

34.3

NORTHERN CAPE

NAMAQUA

1 051

227

21.6

NORTHERN CAPE

PIXLEY KA SEME

1 757

331

18.8

NORTHERN CAPE

Z F MGCAWU

2 559

522

20.4

WESTERN CAPE

CAPE WINELANDS EDUCA

8 313

2 104

25.3

WESTERN CAPE

EDEN & CENTRAL KAROO

6 199

1 219

19.7

WESTERN CAPE

METRO CENTRAL EDUCAT

9 332

3 789

40.6

WESTERN CAPE

METRO EAST EDUCATION

8 622

2 500

29.0

WESTERN CAPE

METRO NORTH EDUCATIO

10 538

3 685

35.0

WESTERN CAPE

METRO SOUTH EDUCATIO

9035

2 975

32.9

WESTERN CAPE

OVERBERG EDUCATION D

1919

376

19.6

WESTERN CAPE

WEST COAST EDUCATION

2373

547

23.1

The source is (Data as from the Examination Computer System as at 14 July 2015.)
Note:

The data presented is preliminary data extracted from the examination data base. The DBE is currently verifying the data. Final data will be available in August. 

(iii) The number of Grade 12 learners targeted to be studying Mathematics in the (aa) 2015, (bb) 2016, (cc) 2020 and (dd) 2030 academic years, are as follows:

PROVINCES

2015

2016

2020

2030

EC

39992

41992

51041

62219

FS

10616

11147

13549

16516

GP

40691

42726

51933

63306

KZN

80503

84529

102745

125246

LP

39203

41163

50034

60991

MP

21389

22458

27298

33276

NW

12024

12625

15346

18706

NC

3461

3634

4417

5384

WC

18385

19305

23465

28603

TOTAL

266264

279579

339828

414247

31 July 2015 - NW2534

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether his department and/or the Government was pursuing any programme or implementing any policy to make townships in South Africa economically viable through (a) incubating small manufacturing businesses and transferring these to qualifying entrepreneurs in the townships, (b) developing suitable small factories in the townships, supported with the necessary infrastructure, to attract families or groups to set up small-scale manufacturing businesses, (c) interacting with other relevant departments and stakeholders to promote artisanal businesses using township creativity and talent, (d) setting up a one-stop business and manufacturing service and support centers in each township to provide assistance with regulations and skills transfer and (e) creating a scheme for township entrepreneurs to obtain affordable family or group loans; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) The department is in the process of development a Township and Rural Economic Development Strategy that will be aimed at supporting informal businesses, SMMEs, Co-operatives, youth, gender, people with disabilities, and rural enterprises. The support will range from the provision of financial and non-financial support to the creation of an enabling legislative and regulatory environment.

Currently, the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) works closely with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda) in relation to government’s small business incubation programme called the Seda Technology Programme (STP). Seda is the custodian of the government’s incubation programme and provides incubating businesses with non-financial and affordable rental space. Sefa in turn, provides financial support in the form of working capital, asset financing and revolving loan facilities to qualify businesses in these incubation centres.

(b) Sefa, administers a property portfolio comprising a mixture of commercial and industrial properties in the provinces of Gauteng, North-West, Free State, Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. These are old properties that were inherited from the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), now known as Business Partners, and are located in townships and peri-urban areas and provide affordable industrial premises to manufacturing enterprises. As at 31 March 2015, sefa provided support to 958 entrepreneurs through its property portfolio. These are old properties which were

(c) The department, together with the Departments of Arts and Culture, Economic Development and Tourism, Sports and Culture, provincial investment promotion agencies and the South African Bureau of Standards work together to promote artisanal businesses using township creativity and talent. The National Craft and Design Coordinating Body (NCDCB), in which all the stakeholders mentioned are represented, monitors the implementation of the craft and design programmes at national and provincial level. The NCDCB also serves as a platform through which government departments and the provincial agencies coordinate the information on the craft and design programmes.

31 July 2015 - NW2379

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What is the status of the revision of the Electronic Communications Amendment Act, Act 1 of 2014? No:

Reply:

The Department is not reviewing the Electronic Communications Amendment Act, Act 1 of 2014, as amendment Acts are normally not reviewed.

30 July 2015 - NW2610

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Mubu, Mr KS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) To what extent have the payments of e-tolls increased since the implementation of the new dispensation announced by the Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, and (b) how do these payments compare to the payments of the 12-month period prior to the announcement of the dispensation?

Reply:

  1. The graph below depicts the monthly cash receipts since the announcement of the new dispensation.

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  1. The graph below depicts the monthly cash flow comparison for the 12 months prior to the announcement of the new dispensation.

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30 July 2015 - NW2589

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1650 on 9 June 2015, she will provide a copy of the Integrated Community Registration Outreach Programme concept document?

Reply:

This question has already been replied to and the Integrated Community Registration Outreach Programme (ICROP) concept document was sent for the Honourable Member’s attention on 16 July 2015.

30 July 2015 - NW2608

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Mubu, Mr KS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What has been the funding model of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) to date, (b) what (i) processes, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms are in place to ensure the integrity of the specified funding model and (c) why has an expression of interest been called for by the RTMC?

Reply:

(a) In line with Section 24 (1) of the Road Traffic Management Corporation, Act No 20 of 1999 the RTMC is funded from:

  • monies prescribed, subject to section 48(1)(b) which must include transaction fees charged by the Corporation for the sale of services; -  transaction fees for vehicle licenses
  • penalties and fines payable to the RTMC as an issuing authority in terms of Section 32 of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, 1998 (Act No. 46 of 1998);-
  • infringement fees issued by NTP (interest on invested cash balances); and
  • monies appropriated by Parliament - grant from the Department of Transport.

(b) what (i) processes, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms are in place to ensure the integrity of the specified funding model

The legislative framework governing RTMC and the Treasury Regulations are in place to ensure integrity of the funding model.

(c) The financial sustainability assessment that was conducted in house amongst others proved that the financial dependency of RTMC on Government funding is not sustainable. Developing a sustainable funding model warrants scientific and intellectual proneness and specialty of a particular type in ensuring long term sustainability.

30 July 2015 - NW2478

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 1289 on 19 May 2015, did the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) obtain authorisation from the SA Police Service to provide the services which are not within SASSA’s mandate; if not; why was no authorisation sought; if so, will she provide proof of such authorisation?

Reply:

SASSA has been in consultation with SAPS Crime Intelligence and VIP Protection Services on this matter since 2013.

30 July 2015 - NW2613

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the SA Civil Aviation Authority, (a) how many persons have written the (i) Air Law and Procedures Exam or (ii) any other exam in each month in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years, (b) what have the average results been, (c) what are the respective registration fees for each exam, (d) how are the exams assessed, (e) what investigations have taken place into the (i) process, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms associated with these exams in the specified financial years, (f) who conducted these investigations, (g) what conclusions were reached in these investigations and (h) how were these conclusions reached?

Reply:

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

With reference to the SA Civil Aviation Authority, (a)(i)(ii)(aa),(bb),(cc)

  • The number of examinations written for the 2012-2013 financial year, including Air Law and Procedures was 23686.
  • The number of examinations written for the April 2013 to December 2014, including Air Law and Procedures was 21773.
  • The number of examinations written for the period January 2014 to 31 March 2015, which included Air Law and Procedures was 24186.
  • The SACAA introduced a new examination system in January 2014, and as such monthly statistics for the specified period could not be automatically generated. The legacy system did not have the capabilities for such reporting.

(b) It is not possible to generate the average percentage per assessment or paper by using the current reporting template. However, in all cases, a print-out is provided to the examinee on completion of the examination, which indicates in what aspect of the syllabus a deficiency was encountered.

(c) The examination fees are published in the Civil Aviation Regulations 2011, Part 187, Regulation 187.01.9 (e)(ii) which is R260 per online examination and Regulation 187.01.9 (e)(iii) which is R370 per hand written examination.

(d) The SACAA makes use of reputable examination system, known as “Question Mark Perception” (QMP). The QMP provides for a learning syllabus (which is published and known to the examinee through the Appendices contained in the South African Civil Aviation Technical Standards of 2011, Document SA-CATS 61) that forms the foundation of a database of questions to be populated. Four detractors (answers) are provided in the database for each question and the student is then provided with four answers, from which the correct one must be chosen.

The QMP, through its pre-set assessment criteria, generates an examination paper for each examinee when they enter into the examination system. No two examination papers are the same. Each examination paper uses the same pre-set assessment criteria in the system to examine competency across the entire set syllabus.

Examinees are required to select the correct answer from the four answers provided for each question. On completion of the exam, the examinee requests the system to assess and the system then immediately provides the assessment mark.

(e) (i), (ii) and (iii) No investigation was conducted during the 2012-2013 financial year. No investigation was conducted during the 2013-2014 financial year. Only one (1) investigation was conducted during the 2014-2015 financial year. The investigation was initiated as the result of a complaint received from a member of the public and a holder of an expired Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence, who alleged that the questions used in the Air Law and Procedures examination were inappropriate, irrelevant and designed in such a way that no person can get the right answers. The complainant was of the view that such amounted to “fraud and that the SACAA was fleecing the public by continuously collecting examination fees whilst they knew that no person could pass such examinations”.

(f)(g) and (h) The investigation was conducted by the SACAA’s Internal Forensic Unit, with the assistance of an independent aviation expert. Among others, the investigation probed the examination admission process and procedures, question formulation, suitability, appropriateness and relevance.  The investigation also focused on determining the suitability, appropriateness and relevance of examination questions. The investigation revealed and concluded that whilst there was slight room for future improvement on the processes and procedures of admitting candidates into the examination room; the Air Law and Procedures examination questions were suitable, appropriate and relevant to the establishment of the candidate’s theoretical knowledge and competency. The investigation, therefore, found no evidence to support the allegations levelled against the SACAA.

30 July 2015 - NW2605

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) What tests have been undertaken by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications pertaining to (i) road safety and (ii) vehicle safety in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years and (b) In each case, (i) what were the outcomes of each specified test, (ii) when was each specified test undertaken and (iii) under what conditions were the specified tests undertaken?

Reply:

a) i) The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) ensures that all new vehicle models and certain safety critical replacement components that fall within the domain of its compulsory specifications and specific provisions of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996), comply with all relevant requirements before they are offered for sale in South Africa. The NRCS is mandated to ensure new manufactured and imported regulated products are in compliance with the set requirements. In addition to this initial approval, market surveillance activities ensure that manufacturers and importers that offer products for sale, continually comply with the requirements, after initial approval has been granted. Product samples are inspected during the approval process. During its market surveillance activities, the NRCS may sample products to confirm compliance.

a) ii) The NRCS is not responsible for roadworthiness of vehicles and components in use during the life cycle of the product. This obligation resides with the National Department of Transport and the National Road Traffic Act.

a.a (and b i, ii and iii):

In the 2012-13 period 5867 products were approved as they met with the requirements of the relevant compulsory specifications. Test reports from accredited laboratories independent of the NRCS, confirmed the compliance of these products. In addition, 4326 market surveillance activities confirmed compliance of products to the relevant compulsory specifications. There were no instances of non-compliance confirmed in 20 samples where non- compliance was suspected. Samples of trucks, tow-bars, brake friction material, replacement glass and lights were verified against the requirements of the compulsory specifications at the time of approval and during market surveillance. Test conditions are specified in the relevant standard referred to in the compulsory specification for a particular product.

a.b and b i; ii and iii):

In the 2013-14 period 5800 products were approved as they met with the requirements of the relevant compulsory specifications. Test reports from accredited laboratories independent of the NRCS, confirmed the compliance of these products. In addition, 4054 market surveillance activities confirmed compliance of products to the relevant compulsory specifications. There were 9 non-compliant products confirmed in sample testing where non-compliance was suspected. Relevant sanctions were imposed on these clients. Samples of tow-bars, brake friction material, replacement glass and lights were verified against the requirements of the compulsory specifications at the time of approval and during market surveillance. Test conditions are specified in the relevant standard referred to in the compulsory specification for a particular product.

a.c and b I; ii and iii):

In the 2014-15 period 3602 products were approved as they met with the requirements of the relevant compulsory specifications. Test reports from accredited laboratories independent of the NRCS, confirmed the compliance of these products. In addition, 4511 market surveillance activities confirmed compliance of products to the relevant compulsory specifications. There were no instances of non-compliance confirmed in 19 samples tested where non- compliance was suspected. Samples of trucks, tow-bars, brake friction material, replacement glass and lights were verified against the requirements of the compulsory specifications at the time of approval and during market surveillance. Test conditions are specified in the relevant standard referred to in the compulsory specification for a particular product.

In terms of the NRCS Act: Act No 5 of 2008, the sanctioning process is an internal mechanism used by the Regulator to prevent the entry of non-compliant products into the market. However, such information specific to the company/client cannot legally be made public.

30 July 2015 - NW2530

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)What are the details of each of the foreign trips he undertook since his appointment with regard to the (a)(i) country or (ii) city visited, (b) cost of each trip and (c) reason for each such trip; (2) whether each specified trip has been of benefit to the country; if not, why was each trip undertaken; if so, how did each trip benefit the country?

Reply:

1.(a)(i) Country

1. (a) (ii) City

1. (b) Cost

(Rand)

1. (c) Reason(s) for the trip

2. Benefit

Brazil

(21-25 September 2014)

Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo

R 111 957.74

Opening of South African Tourism’s (SAT) office in Brazil.

To preside over the Ubuntu Awards and the South African stand at the Associacao Basiliera de Agencias de Viagens (ABAV) Travel Tradeshow

To interact with the Brazilian Outbound Tour Operators (Travel Trade) and visit WHS

To sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism.

Brazil features in the Top 20 source markets for inbound tourists to South Africa (SA). In addition, in 2013, Brazil was the second largest source market for tourists from the Americas to SA and number one in Latin America. In 2013, SA welcomed 82 802 Brazilian tourists, which was a 5.6% increase from the 2012 statistics (78 376) with a total foreign direct spend of R893 million. Therefore, the opening of the South African Tourism (SA Tourism) Office in Brazil is a direct response to the increasing importance of the Brazilian market to the growth of the SA tourism sector. In 2013, a total of 9.1 million Brazilians travelled abroad, recording a 12% increase from the previous year, with SA capturing 1% of these tourists. [NB: The motivation is based on 2013 statistics because the SA Tourism office was opened in 2014]

In addition, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism with Brazil was a response to the growing importance of Brazil as a source market. It is the first such agreement with a South American country. The signing of this MoU also means that SA has now entered into bilateral tourism MOUs with all BRICS countries and is in a position to share best practices on Responsible Tourism with Brazil, for example. Brazil was the first country in the world to develop standards for Responsible Tourism, followed by SA in 2011. One of the key learning areas will revolve around the strategies and/or incentives Brazil put in place to encourage tourism companies to incorporate Responsible Tourism practices in their businesses.

The Minister had an opportunity to interact with both SA and Brazilian trade during the visit. The Minister gave opening remarks at the South African Airways (SAA) convened buyer-seller workshop on the side-lines of the ABAV Travel Tradeshow, where there were 39 SA exhibitors and 32 Brazilian buyers. The Minister also participated at the first Ubuntu Awards in Brazil where Brazilian tour operators, travel agents and media organisations that have worked in the spirit of partnership with SA to effectively market the destination were recognised. These efforts increased SA’s visibility in the Brazilian market and assured the travel trade that the SA Government acknowledges their role in growing SA’s market share.

All these events took place during the “Meet South Africa Week” where other SA entities such as SAA, Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN), SA Tourism, SA inbound tour operators, and SA Consulate-General in Sao Paolo participated. On 24 September 2015, the Minister hosted Brazilian journalists at a media breakfast.

Uzbekistan

(29 - 30 September 2014 Turkey

1-3 October 2014 Samarkand )

Turkey & Samarkand

R 197 919.41

To attend the 99th Session of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Executive Council (Exco) and 5th meeting of the Working Group on Official Development Assistance (ODA).

South Africa serves on the Executive Committee of the UNWTO until 2017. Together with the General Assembly, Exco is a mandatory session. The UNWTO is a United Nations agency charged with global governance of the tourism sector and responsible/sustainable development of the tourism economy, including ethics. It is also among the key centres of knowledge development and exchange for the tourism sector globally. South Africa contributes to the governance of the global tourism sector and the UNWTO Secretariat through serving in the Exco.

South Africa is the Chair of the UNWTO Working Group on ODA. The objectives of the working group are to assist the UNWTO to seek full ODA eligibility for multilateral ODA and explore ways of mobilising extra-budgetary resources for tourism development in ODA-eligible developing countries.

During South Africa’s term as Chair, the working group engaged with prominent members of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and developed a Tourism for Development Facility (TDF) which is a mechanism of mobilising extra-budgetary resources.

The Minister used the opportunity to meet with tour operators and to strengthen relations in Turkey en-route to Samarkand. Turkey is a developing source market for tourist arrivals to SA.

United Kingdom & Netherlands

(03-06 November 2014)

London & Amsterdam

R119 506.01

To attend the World Travel Market (WTM) including meetings with key stakeholders (trade partners and industry associations) and media engagements.

To deliver the Keynote address at the Ubuntu Awards.

To participate as a Panel Member of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) & WTM Ministers’ Summit with the Theme: The legacy imperative of mega events.

To attend the World Responsible Tourism Awards.

The key event during this visit was the SA Tourism stand at the World Travel Market – showcasing South Africa together with some of its products to countries around the world. The Travel Market was also used to meet with Tourism counterparts around the world to strengthen relations.

The Minister presented the SA Tourism Ubuntu awards to South Africa’s travel and trade partners who have excelled in selling the destination to travellers from the United Kingdom (UK). The UK is one of South Africa’s top overseas source markets for tourist arrivals.

Namibia

(23 to 24 February 2015)

Windhoek

R 7 489.39

The Minister met with his counterpart,
Mr Herunga: Minister of Environment and Tourism during the 5th International Symposium and Annual Conference of the Partners of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism.

The Symposium and the Annual Conference of the Partners presented South Africa with the opportunity to advance its responsible tourism programme through networks, partnerships, knowledge exchange and potential project support. South Africa’s participation at this international event is important in that it positions the country as a leader in responsible tourism practices in the region, on the continent and globally. Ministers also took the opportunity to exchange lessons learnt on how to strengthen community-based tourism.

Germany & Italy

(2-5 March 2015 Berlin

6-7 March 2015 Italy )

Berlin & Milan

R 162 201.85

To attend the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) Berlin, Germany and to visit the South African Tourism (SA Tourism) office in Milan, Italy.

ITB is a leading business platform for global tourism.
SA Tourism has been participating at ITB for a number of years. The SA Tourism stand accommodates products from South Africa.

ITB 2015, for the first time in its history, hosted a Minister’s Roundtable with the theme: Opportunities and Risks of mega sporting events for Tourism. Minister participated as a panel member at this platform. The latter provided South Africa with the opportunity to share our tourism experiences stemming from hosting events like the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The Minister had the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges for Germany as a key source market for tourist arrivals to South Africa. The event also provided a good opportunity for the Minister to engage with the German Media as well as with media from other countries.

This was Minister’s first visit to the SA Tourism’s office in Italy. This provided an opportunity for Minister to meet the staff and to get a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges to position South Africa as a preferred tourist destination for Italian residents. Minister also had the opportunity to meet with key tour operators that sell South and Southern Africa to Italian residents.

Russia & United Arab Emirates

(16-20 March 2015)

Moscow

R 167 843.67

To attend the Moscow International Tourism Trade Fair (MITT) and to participate in the South African Trade and Media engagement session in Moscow, Russia.

The Minister’s visit to the Russian Federation was a result of discussions following a meeting with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, H.E Mikhail Petrakov. The meeting was convened at the request of the Russian Ambassador and the focus of the meeting was on the issues relating to tourism cooperation between South Africa (SA) and the Russian Federation. During the meeting the Russian Ambassador extended an invitation, on behalf of the Russian Minister.

MITT created a unique opportunity for the department to use the visit to Russia to gain a deeper understanding of the Russian trade and the tourism market, and to share the department’s future plans for the Russian market with the SA mission officials in charge of tourism portfolio. Russia has been identified as a priority market and a source of future tourism growth for SA.

The eThekwini Declaration of 2013 raised tourism as an area BRICS should explore. Brazil as incoming Chair in 2013 proposed a MoU on which South Africa provided comments. South Africa explored opportunities to get the BRICS tourism Ministers to meet and formalise tourism cooperation within the BRICS forum. The main reason is to optimise travel and tourism flow and also to advance the African tourism agenda within BRICS. In view of Russia becoming the Chair of BRICS, the Minister used this opportunity to raise tourism issues with the Russian Deputy Minister responsible for tourism.

(15-16 March 2015)

Dubai

The cost included in the Russia trip (connection)

To promote South Africa as a tourism destination in advance of the outgoing holiday season in the UAE;

To establish contact between the governments of South Africa and the UAE to promote tourism cooperation between the two countries;

To engage the main role players in the tourism industry in the UAE to promote South Africa as a suitable tourism destination.

The Ministerial mission comprised of meetings with travel agencies and tour operators; major airlines representatives that have a wide reach within the Middle East region; as well as a meeting with Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. The aim of the meetings was to understand their product needs and support required for them to sell South Africa as a tourism destination. The engagements allowed the Minister to better understand the market and also address issues relating to promoting South Africa as a tourism destination. The trip has resulted in a familiarisation trip to South Africa by a group of tour operators from the UAE in June 2015 as well as the participation of tour operators from the UAE at Indaba 2015 as buyers of South African products.

United States of America (USA) & Spain

(13-14 April 2015)

New York

R174 618.16

To officiate at the 6th Ubuntu Awards which is an annual event that is hosted by South African Tourism.

The Ubuntu awards honours South African Tourism’s outstanding trade partners in business and leisure travel. South African Tourism invited the Minister to deliver a keynote address at the event.

The Minister also interacted with trade on emerging challenges including the issue of Ebola virus which negatively affected travel decisions in the US markets.

(15-16 April 2015)

Madrid

The cost is included in the USA trip. (connection)

To address the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 15th Global Summit.

The WTTC Global Summit is established as a key annual event in the Travel and Tourism calendar and is the global leaders’ forum for travel and tourism. The theme was ‘Disruption and Reinvention in the tourism sector’. The Minister was invited to deliver a speech on South Africa.

Through discussions held during the summit, it was concluded that the tourism industry has the constant ability to re-invent itself as world events pose new challenges and opportunities to the sector. The sector was encouraged to embrace the power of people for its future successes. These people includes tourism consumers, world’s citizens, governments, entrepreneurs of tomorrow and people employed within the sector.

The Minister’s participation in the WTTC promotes public private partnership. South Africa (both government and industry) benefits from the developments, deliberations and thematic issues emanating from the WTTC summit. South Africa also benefits from the research and knowledge that is generated by the WTTC to get deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges in key source markets.

Seychelles

(24-26 April 2015)

Victoria

R 54 173.04

To attend the International Carnival of Victoria.

The Minister of Tourism in Seychelles has with South Africa’s support, initiated discussion for the establishment of a chapter for Tourism within the African Union Secretariat. The visit provided the opportunity for an informal bilateral between the two Ministers.

Participating in the Carnival assisted South Africa in developing a regional tourism footprint and to showcase our culture. The Carnival also added to a better understanding of other African countries in terms of culture and heritage.

Relationship-building in the region and continent is crucial for the growth of our continent. There are also three countries which are members of BRICs, namely, Brazil, India and China who are already participating in the carnival. This will further strengthen the partnership in the tourism space.

The marketing of our country through the media coverage will be profound in showcasing our attractions in Africa, Europe, South America and Asia.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

(4-5 May 2015)

Dubai

R 67 303.35

To attend the 2015 UNWTO Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum on Intra Arab Tourism and to establish contact between the governments of South Africa and the Middle East region.

To engage the main role players in the tourism sector in the Middle East to promote South Africa as a suitable tourism destination.

To attend the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between South African Tourism and Emirates airlines to promote South Africa as a tourist destination.

The ATM is the largest travel trade exhibition in the Middle East and eight South African companies participated in the exhibition. The South African stand was officially opened by the Minister and an opportunity was provided to engage the tourism trade from the region as well as various media that were present for the opening. This enabled the tourism trade to better understand South Africa’s value proposition as a tourism destination.

The Minister also met with a number of his counterparts from the Middle East as well as Mr Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UNWTO and Mr David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) during the Ministerial Forum. This assisted in establishing relations with Ministers counterparts in the Middle East region.

Croatia

(27-29 May 2015)

Rovinj

R 111 831.38

To attend the 100th Session of the UNWTO Exco and 6th meeting of Working Group on ODA.

As a member of the Executive Council (Exco) of the UNWTO for the period 2014-2017, South Africa continues to contribute to the governance of the global tourism sector and the UNWTO Secretariat. South Africa benefits from the research and knowledge that is generated by the UNWTO on various issues such as trends, thematic issues, etc.

South Africa is the Chair of the UNWTO Working Group on Official Development Assistance (ODA). With South Africa as chair, the working group contributed to the historic 100th session of the Exco by developing a Tourism for Development Facility which is a mechanism to be used by UNWTO for mobilising extra-budgetary resources for tourism development in ODA-eligible developing countries. The Exco endorsed the Tourism for Development Facility. The working group has achieved its objectives and will cease to exist in September 2015.

Zimbabwe

(18 June 2015)

Harare

R 27 549.34

The Minister was invited by his Zimbabwean counterpart to be a panellist and guest speaker at the Ministerial Roundtable Discussions during the Sanganai World Tourism Expo organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality of the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe in collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe.

The roundtable discussions aimed at addressing issues impacting negatively on tourism growth and development in the region such as poverty, Ebola, lack of air connectivity and visa.

The Minister’s participation in these events is in line with strengthening regional integration. Minister also participated in roundtable discussions on issues pertaining to unlocking regional tourism growth potential

The participation by the Minister in events like the Sanganai Tourism Expo opened opportunities for Ministers to address issues for the development of tourism in the region and to share best practises.

Zimbabwe is currently the Chair of the SADC Tourism Ministers as well as the Commission for Africa under the UNWTO.

30 July 2015 - NW2581

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1) With regard to the recently established National Export Advisory Council, how will the council enable the unlocking of opportunities and unleashing of barriers to trade whilst dealing with developmental issues and facilitating market access;

Reply:

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY

 

The National Export Advisory Council (NEAC) will facilitate access to targeted international markets by prioritising the resources and supporting the exporters to enter foreign markets and service continental infrastructure projects. NEAC will facilitate the eradication of trade barriers in the targeted markets (as informed by the Export Diversification Strategy) whilst dealing with the developmental issues as defined by the “four gear concept” of the International Trade Center, which places emphasis on the developmental impacts of the export sector and its synchronicity with the national development goals

The NEAC structure will provide direction, co-ordination and oversight in order to enhance the trade and business environment and improving the competitiveness of companies and sectors. The NEAC approach is modelled on ITC’s Four Functional Gear Concept of Competitiveness and Development which informs the draft Integrated National Export Strategy (INES). The four gears comprise 1) Border-in or supply-side issues dealing with capacity development, capacity diversification, skills and entrepreneurship development; 2) Border or business environment dealing with infrastructure, trade facilitation and cost of doing business; 3) Border-out or demand-side issues dealing with market access, in-market support and strategic export promotion; and the developmental issues such as export-related employment, transformation efforts and regional development. The three competitiveness gears of should reinforce other each, whilst powering the 4) developmental gear resulting in a combined competitiveness-development focus for the country. The NEAC structure will deal with all four gears in unlocking regulatory or institutional bottlenecks in order to improve competitiveness and drive exports.

Question

(2) (a) who are the members that serve on the specified council and (b) how were they chosen;

Response

(2) (a) NEAC will comprise the Ministries involved directly or indirectly in the export development and export promotion regulatory and policy framework, State Owned Enterprises, 5 Proxies of Export formations (including Export councils, Export clubs, Joint Action Groups, Industry associations, Chamber of Commerce) Business Unity South Africa, Black Business Council, Provincial Investment and Promotion Agencies etc.

(2) (b) The aforementioned members are recommended on their respective roles in advancing the national export agenda contributing to the realization of the National Development Plan and New Growth Path imperatives.

Question

(3) what remuneration will each council member receive;

Response

(3) The remuneration package of the council member are not determined as yet as we are awaiting the finalisation of the Regulatory Impact Assessment for the establishment of the National Export Development and Promotion Bill, the outcome thereof will inform the modality of NEAC.

The Bill which is being explored will provide for the establishment of structure/s with the functions to represent and promote the interests of the export community and to advise national, provincial and local spheres of government on policy imperatives in order to advance the national export agenda.

Question

(4) what costs will be incurred by the specified council to do its work;

Response

The costs have not been determined for the aforementioned reason (Awaiting the outcome of the National Export Development and Promotion Bill that will inform the modality of NEAC and the needs of the potential beneficiaries).

Question

(5) has (a) a business plan and (b) key objectives been developed for the specified council; if so, what are the relevant details in each case? NW2956E

Response

(5) (a) A business plan will be compiled upon the conclusion of the Regulatory Impact Assessment for the establishment of the National Export Development and Promotion Bill. It will be important to consider the proposed structure within a national responsive institutional framework in order to address the current fragmentation and the on-going strengthening of NEAC’s capacity.

(b) The key objectives of the council will be developed upon the conclusion of the Regulatory Impact Assessment for the establishment of the National Export Development and Promotion Bill.

30 July 2015 - NW2607

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What matters have been investigated by her department’s Accident and Incident Investigations Division in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years, in each case, (b) when were the specified investigations (i) initiated and (ii) concluded and (c) what were the outcomes in respect of each investigation?

Reply:

(a) The Accident and Incident Investigation Division investigates all major crashes that occur on the roads. Major crashes are defined as: (i) crashes where five or more people died, (ii) crashes where there are four or more vehicles involved with a fatality, (iii) crashes involving transportation of hazardous substances and there is a fatality and (iv) any crash that the Corporation may deem necessary to investigate.

  1. In 2012 -13 there were 107 major crashes investigated
  2. In 2013 – 14 there were 122 major crashes investigated
  3. In 2014 – 15 there were 109 major crashes investigated

(b) (i) Investigations were initiated as soon as a crashes occurred and (ii) concluded on average after three months.

(c) (i) In 2012-13, 99 cases were referred to the SAPS for prosecution.

(ii) In 2013-14, 118 cases were referred to the SAPS for prosecution.

(iii) In 2014-15, 71 cases were referred to the SAPS for prosecution.

 

30 July 2015 - NW2426

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Economic Development

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on advertising in (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

EDD, Competition Commission, Competition Tribunal and ITAC did not spend any amount on advertising in the Sowetan and The Daily Sun for the 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial years.

IDC

(aa) 2012-13: IDC did not spend on advertising in the Sowetan and The Daily Sun during this period.

(bb) 2013-14 : Sowetan - Total spent was R 514 601.10

Daily Sun - Total spent was R 674 568.00

(cc) 2014-2015: Sowetan - Total spent was R 59 580.00

Daily Sun - IDC did not spend on advertising during this period

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30 July 2015 - NW2249

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) his department and (bb) entities reporting to him spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

  1. Department of Higher Education and Training:

Financial Year

(i) Amount paid

on early

termination

(ii) Name of

employee

(iii) Reasons for

early

termination

2010/11

R711 187.43

Ms R Munusamy

Settlement agreement

2012/13

R685 200.00

Mr PS Mvelase

Unresolvable working practices

  1. At the time of compilation, eighteen of the twenty-six entities indicated that they did not pay out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination, since the 2008/09 financial year up to the latest specified date. The information received from the eight entities is attached as Annexure A. The Department is following up on the outstanding information from one entity.

Compiler/Contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2249 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

29 July 2015 - NW2346

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)With reference to her call for written submissions on the draft amendment regulations in terms of the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996, pertaining to the national curriculum statement grades R to12, and specifically, the proposed insertion into the regulations of sub-regulation 4A(iD), requiring that mathematics be a compulsory subject choice in the event that any of the listed subjects are selected for study, (a) from whom was comment on this proposal received and (b) what was the content of the comment; (2) whether she has made a decision in respect of the proposal; if not, (a) why not and (b) what action will she now take with regard to this proposal; if so, (i) what decision has been taken, (ii) why was the decision taken and (iii) when will it be (aa) gazetted and (bb) implemented?

Reply:

1 (a) 38 individual responses and 1 (one) group submitted proposals in this regard.

  1. S Pillay

2. Mr T Botha: Administrator: Life Sciences Member List

3. M Tekere: Geography teacher

4. Ms L Kroll: Brainline

5. P Esterhuysen, HOD Wykeham College

6. Ms L Rodwell: Holy Rosary School

7. N Simamane: Geography teacher

8. Mr KB Mbatha: Dwaleni High School

9. Ms M Mokoka: Limpopo Education Dept

10. Mr A Nxele: Eastern Cape Education Dept

11.Mehmoodbhge

12.Ms U Pillay: Geography teacher

13 CT: Ndwandwe

14. VT Miya: Amaphisi High School

15. Ms I Grimsell: St Dominic’s College

16. Ms E Haffajee: Maritzburg Muslim School for Girls

17. V Govender: Mountview Secondary School

18. Mr Provost: Pinelands High School

19. P Oosthuysen: Holy Rosary School

20. J Lucas: Holy Rosary School

21. B Blampied: Lady of Fatima Dominican Convent School

22. JC Steimann: John Vorster Technical School

23.  Ms S Wiese: GED

24. K Clover: Cedar House School

25. T du Plessis: Milnerton High School

26. A Davey: St Patrick’s College

27. M Smith: St Andrew’s College

28. Mr G Keats, Moderator for Geography

29. Mr B Hughes: Bridge House School

30. Ms J Brown Beaulieue: College:

31. Mr DA Collins: Teacher

32. Dr A Crowe: Lecturer at UCT

33. HL Janse van Rensburg: False Bay High School

34. Ms N Masurei: Pinelands High School

35. Ms M Blignaut: St Catherine’s

36. Ms S Webber: DSG School

37. Mr C Nowlan: Weston Agricultural College

38. Ms Anne Oberholzer: Independent Examinations Board

39. A group of Geography teachers in the Limpopo Province, comprising of 131 individuals.

1(b) Responses to the Government Gazette were as follows:

31 respondents are not in favour of the proposal, especially the coupling of Mathematics with Economics (2 respondents), Geography (24 respondents) and Life Sciences (7 respondents). Seven (7) respondents are in favour of coupling of Mathematics, Accounting and Physical Sciences; one (1) is in favour of coupling Mathematics with Physical Sciences only. One (1) respondent was in favour of the proposal of coupling Mathematics with all the listed subjects.

2. Not yet.

(a) The Minister is still considering the proposals and hence no decision has been taken yet.

(b) The proposals have been taken to relevant structures such as Heads of Education Committee for discussions and will then be considered by the Council of Education Ministers (CEM).

(i) No decision has been taken.

(ii) No decision has been taken yet.

(iii) (aa) The Minister will, after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers, pronounce the decision.

(bb) The amendments will be implemented in the month of January following the year of approval.

29 July 2015 - NW2256

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Labour

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her has paid out the remainder of any employee’s contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) her department and (bb) entities reporting to her spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

The Department of Labour and entities are governed by laid down procedures, policies and legislations in managing employer and employee relations. Further more, monies paid out for any reason are reflecting in Annual Reports which Honourable member has access to.

29 July 2015 - NW2130

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

With reference to the expenditure on payments of the National Teacher Awards ceremony for 2014-15, (a) what total amount was spent on this event, (b) how was this amount made up, (c) what is the amount overspent on the event, (d) what is the reason for the over-expenditure and (e) who authorised the over-expenditure?

Reply:

 

(a) R22.2 million

(b) The amount of R22.2 million was spent on the following:

  • 2014 Build-up process costs (transportation, accommodation, adjudication training, provincial ceremonies,
  • The 15th Annual NTA event: Transportation, Printing and Distribution costs, accommodation, prizes, audio-visual, catering and related event costs.
  • Corporate gifts for the national event;
  • Sign language interpreters for the national event;
  • Television production for the national event; and
  • Advocacy for the national event and travel agency and professional conference organiser fees.

(c) Over-expenditure amounted to R6 488 396,57

(d) The overspending on this programme is due to the fact that the NTAs expenditure was higher than the available funds for the period under review. The NTA has been earmarked as a critical instrument for the acknowledgement and advocacy attached to the strategic priority to support the professionalisation of teachers at all levels, across the curriculum, and focuses on the inclusion of all learners and teachers within the sector. The 15th Annual NTA was utilised to elevate and celebrate all teachers across the country that serve South Africa.

(e) The R6 488 396.57 over-expenditure was approved by the Acting Director-General of the Department of Basic Education after all due procedures for approval had been followed in order to ensure that the objectives of the NTA were met.

29 July 2015 - NW2446

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

(a) When will her department’s 1 000 Libraries Campaign start, (b) until when will the specified campaign run, (c) what is the total cost of the specified campaign, (d) how will schools be prioritised, (e) which schools have been identified for the specified campaign and (f) how will these libraries be resourced with (i) books and (ii) staff?

Reply:

(a) The Department of Basic Education’s 1000 Libraries campaign started at the beginning of the current financial year.

(b) The campaign targets 1000 schools in 2019 and there will be at least 1000 additional libraries every year until 2019.

(c) The total cost of the campaign has not been determined yet.

(d) Because it is starting phase, softer criteria were used for 2015. The criteria that were used for the selection of the schools are as follows:

  • There must be an existing structure;
  • The structure must have minimal resources;
  • The structure must be located within a functioning-school environment; and

However, the aim is to reach all schools which have no libraries.

(e) A total of 1 000 schools have been identified across the nine provinces.

(f) (i)Normal procurement procedures will be used and, in addition, donations will be received.

(ii)The Department of Basic Education is partnering with the ETDP SETA to place assistant school librarians in the identified schools. Staffing is going to be a major challenge.

29 July 2015 - NW2157

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)(a) How many rural schools does her department provide with sport resources in each (i) province and (ii) education district and (b) what are the relevant details of these resources; (2) what progress has been made in (a) rolling out sport programmes in these schools in each (i) province and (ii) education district and (b) what are the relevant details of the progress?

Reply:

1(a) The Department of Basic Education does not have a budget to provide schools with sport resources. The schools budget for sport through funding from Norms and Standards or sponsorship from private companies. The Department of Sport and Recreation, however, has allocated 40% of the total allocation of the Mass Participation and Sport development grant to school sport. Each province has 10% to purchase equipment for disadvantaged schools identified through participation in school leagues. The 5% is allocated to purchase attire for disadvantaged schools that are registered for the school sport programme and participating in school leagues. The information of the schools and their location resides with Provincial Departments of Sport and Recreation.

2. The schools that are provided with equipment are monitored and supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation, as well as officials from the Department of Basic Education at District level. The officials ensure the participation of the supported schools in school league programme and the specific codes of sport. The report with the analysis is currently being drafted by the Department of Sport and Recreation.

29 July 2015 - NW2215

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Labour

What is preventing the medical aid portion of the Compensation Fund from being privatised or operated by a private medical aid administrator, such as Medscheme, Discovery Health or Old Mutual?

Reply:

The Portfolio Committee on Labour was briefed by the Department of Labour through the Director General where the Department of Labour presented its plan and programmes to turn the Fund around. Also SCOPA was briefed on the same work plan approximately in the Month of June 2015. At this stage there are no intentions to privatise the medical aid portion.

29 July 2015 - NW2404

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)In respect of each province and district, (a) how many Grade 10 learners and (b) what percentage of Grade 10 learners in public ordinary schools are (i) enrolled to study Mathematics for the 2015 academic year and (ii) targeted to be studying Mathematics in the (aa) 2015, (bb) 2016 and (cc) 2020 academic years; (2) in respect of each province and district, (a) how many Grade 11 learners and (b) what percentage of Grade 10 learners in public ordinary schools are (i) enrolled to study Mathematics for the 2015 academic year and (ii) targeted to be studying Mathematics in the (aa) 2015, (bb) 2016 and (cc) 2020 academic years?

Reply:

The dataset for 2015 is not available yet for both LURITS and Annual School Survey.

  • The Annual School Survey dataset will be available in February 2016.
  • All learners and educators will be uploaded on LURITS by 30 September 2015.

28 July 2015 - NW2219

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Communications:

Whether the Government will request the SA Broadcasting Corporation to precede one or more of its evening broadcasts in an indigenous language with a five minute vocabulary introduction in English, so as to enable listeners who wish to learn that indigenous language to prepare themselves with the necessary vocabulary to follow the news and thus begin to learn that language; if not, why not; if so, what steps will she take in this regard? NW2576E

Reply:

If news were required to give up five minutes of the bulletin, the SABC will hardly be left with enough time to do the stories that are already limited.

The SABC Television and SABC Education are already providing an invaluable service as per its mandate and the ICASA license conditions



MR N MUNZHELELE
[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
DATE: 24/07/15

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP
MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS
DATE:

ATTACHED FIND HERE: QUESTION NUMBER 2305 OF 2015

28 July 2015 - NW2482

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

(1) How many recommendations of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities have not been acted upon by the relevant organ of state since 1 January 2009; (2) in respect of each case, (a) what was the recommendation not acted upon, (b) why was the recommendation not acted upon and (c) who is responsible for the inaction; (3) how many legal cases has the Commission embarked upon or become involved in either as a party to the case, or as an amicus curiae, as a result of the non-implementation of its recommendations since I January 2009; (4) in respect of each specified case, (a) who were the parties to the case, (b) what was the recommendation not acted upon and (c) what was the outcome of the case? NW2851E

Reply:

ATTACHED FIND HERE: Reply

28 July 2015 - NW2513

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her reply to question 1031 on 14 November 2014, on what basis can she justify spending more money advertising on Tshwane TV than advertising on SABC 3 given that Tshwane TV has a viewership equating 1,5% of the viewership of SABC 3 (details furnished)? NW2884E

Reply:

Advertising is audience centred. Tshwane n/ was selected as the preferred community television station for campaigns as they have the highest amount of viewers among community television stations and that they met the targeted audience the programme was intended for.

The GClS uses scientific methods to determine which media best reach our audiences, as determined by the AMPS, TAMS, RAMS surveys that the SA Advertising Research Foundation (SAARF) conducts.


 

MR D LIPHOKO
[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL
GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS
DATE: 24 July 2015


MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP
MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS
DATE:


Parliamentary question 2513 of 2015
 

28 July 2015 - NW2468

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether he is aware that certain persons holding executive positions at the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council (details furnished: a. Executive Mayor, b. Speaker of Council, MMC Finance and the d. Chief Whip), all received a letter (details furnished BB39) stipulating the financial mismanagement at the specified Metro; if so, what action did each of the above person take with regard to all the allegations in the letter; (2)What is his position with regard to the action taken in respect of each case; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2836E

Reply:

(1)No, as stated in my response to PQ2015/2467, I have not investigated the matter and therefore am not aware of the details pertaining the matter.

(2)I intend writing to the MEC responsible for local government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4)(b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission an investigation into the matter.