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18 August 2015 - NW2862

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Whether the vocational curriculum currently being developed will address the needs of learners at primary school level; if not, why not; (2) what are the relevant details of how schools for learners with special needs are expected to adapt the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement in order to allow effective teaching of learners in the specified schools?

Reply:

 

  1. The Skills and Vocational Curriculum currently being developed will address the needs of learners at primary school level, as it is the curriculum which would lead to an exit level qualification at NQF Level 1. The Skills and Vocational Curriculum is being developed at two levels:

(a) A Skills and Vocational Curriculum aligned to the National Curriculum Statement, Grades R to 12, to meet the needs of learners who experience barriers to learning (including learners with moderate intellectual disability) at Grade 6 to 9 level;

(b) A Skills and Vocational Curriculum (also CAPS aligned) to meet the needs of learners with severe intellectual disability at Grade R to 5 level.

2) Both curricula will provide clarity to schools for learners with special needs on how to adapt the National Curriculum Statement for learners with intellectual disability who struggle to meet the academic requirements of the National Curriculum Statement. Apart from the General Subjects (Language, Mathematics and Life Skills) which are adapted to be more functional and practical and less abstract, the Skills and Vocational Subjects are introduced to prepare learners more effectively for the world of work. For learners who do not have cognitive impairments, the Guidelines for Responding to Diversity in the Classroom and the Policy on Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support will be used to adapt the curriculum to meet their individual needs.

18 August 2015 - NW2837

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

(a) Is there any further progress on the negotiations with the National Treasury to extend the budget available for the S12i Tax Incentive and (b) what are the relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

 

(a) The department continues to engage in discussions and deliberations with National Treasury on this matter.

(b) The engagements concern the anticipated increase in applications in the extended period up to December 2017.

18 August 2015 - NW2716

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in his department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(a) total cost and (b) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

 

 
  1. Purpose of visit

(ii)(a) Total Cost

(Rand)

(ii)(b) Breakdown of cost

(Rand)

  1. Minister

Did not travel to China during the 2014-15 financial year.

  1. Deputy Minister

To attend the China International Business Tourism Mart (CIBTM); one of the biggest business tourism events in the Asia region.

341 820.08

Deputy Minister

Flight ticket:

Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fee:

Allowance:

Total:

83 430.00

22 026.00

585.00

625.00

11 317.92

117 983.90

  1. Officials

Ms L Mathopa

Ms N Sifanele

   

Ms L Mathopa

Flight ticket: Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fee:

Shuttle:

Allowance :

Total:

Ms N Sifanele

Flight ticket: Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fees:

Allowance:

Total:

78 859.00

28 630.00

630.00

665.00

870.00

3 797.14

113 451.14

83 430.00

15 456.00

585.00

625.00

10 289.02

110 385.02

  • Ambassador LM Makhubela, Director General (DG).
  • Mr V Tharage, Deputy Director General (DDG): Policy and Knowledge Services.
  • Ms L Mfecane, Deputy Director (DD): Office of the DG.

To attend the 2014 World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit.

To attend the 2014 World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit.

368 216.83

DG:

Flight ticket:

Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fee:

Allowance:

Total:

DDG:

Flight ticket: Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fee:

Allowance:

Total:

DD:

Flight ticket:

Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fee:

Allowance:

Total:

129 683.00

17 259.52

534.90

350.48

6 642.77

154 470.67

105 423.00

17 600.00

534.90

775.00

5 971.00

130 303.90

66 448.00

11 079.52

534.90

350.48

5 009.36

83 442.26

18 August 2015 - NW2722

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Tourism

Does his department have any information that there has been a noticeable impact on the arrival and departure of travellers from various African countries since the outbreak of xenophobic violence against foreign nationals in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal earlier this year?

Reply:

The Statistics South Africa monthly Tourism and Migration Statistical Release provides the available detailed information on arrivals and departures including in transit travelers. The number of tourists excludes in transit travelers and there was a year on year decrease for the period January to end April 2015 of 169 017 tourist arrivals, a decline of 7.19%, from the Africa continent. This was made up of a decline of 169 017 (7.1%) in tourism arrivals from SADC and a decline of 7 073 (11%) from the rest of the continent.

The reasons for the decline in arrivals from the African continent is not necessarily entirely attributable to the unfortunate attacks on foreign nationals.

18 August 2015 - NW2751

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What is the most recent estimated number of (i)cloned or (ii) erroneous vehicle number plates in Gauteng and (b) how does this figure compare to the estimated numbers prior to launch of e-tolling in Gauteng?

Reply:

(a) (i) In terms of the current information that the Department has received the number of cloned motor vehicles that have been captured by our law enforcement systems in and around the Province of Gauteng is ten (10).

(ii) There are no erroneous number plates that have been issued as the system automatically allocates number plates and does not have margin for errors.

(b) I am informed that currently, there has not been an increase in relation to the use of cloned number plates after the roll-out of the Gauteng e-Toll.

Additional information for the Minister:

The Department will be engaging with the SAPS to ensure that there is an interface between the SANRAL and the SAPS systems with regards to the transferring and sharing of information on the cases reported and captured by the various systems.

18 August 2015 - NW2859

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)(a) How many Grade R teachers and/or practitioners are employed in public ordinary schools and (b) what percentage of them are qualified at (i) National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 4, (ii) NQF Level 5 and (iii) NQF Level 6 in each (aa) province and (bb) district; (2) whether qualified Grade R teachers are employed and paid as educators and not practitioners; if not, (a) why not and (b) when this will be

Reply:

(1) (a) How many Grade R teachers and/or practitioners are employed in public ordinary schools and (b) what percentage of them are qualified at (i) National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 4, (ii) NQF Level 5 and (iii) NQF Level 6 in each (aa) province and (bb) district;

Province

aa(b) i

aa(b) ii

aa(b) iii

(a)

 

Level 4

Level 5

NQF 6 & above

Total (Employed)

EC

82%

4%

9%

4 765

FS

22%

19%

53%

1 270

GP

4%

52%

43%

2 710

KZN

74%

6%

17%

6 486

LP

0%

0%

100%

1 080

MP

38%

34%

18%

2 065

NC

42%

41%

15%

736

NW

Not Submitted

WC

30%

37%

30%

1 767

Total

52%

19%

26%

20 879

(bb) Provinces were only able to submit information aggregated at province

level.

(2) Whether qualified Grade R teachers are employed and paid as educators and not practitioners; if not, (a) why not and (b) when this will be the case?

(a) Grade R is currently not fully-funded as part of the mainstream education system. This refers to all funding including compensation of Grade R teachers.

(b) The Department is working towards the universalisation of Grade R by 2019. It is planned that by 2019, Grade R will be fully integrated into the mainstream education system and will accordingly be funded at the same level or fully-funded as part of the mainstream education system.

18 August 2015 - NW2681

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of the Western Cape High Court ruling against his department which set aside the closure of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office on 19 March 2013, what interim measures are in place to address the high number for asylum-seeker applications while the Lebombo Refugee Centre is currently being built; (2) what is the current progress with the construction of the Lebombo Refugee Centre?

Reply:

  1. The Court set aside the decision as indicated above and instructed the department to take a fresh decision, which was taken in November 2013. The department is not aware of a high number of new asylum seekers. According to the annual statistics shared with the public, the number of newcomers continues to decrease from approximately 233 300 in 2009 to 72 000 new applications in 2014. Departmental officials are coping with these numbers. The only bottlenecks remain with the appeal and review cases dealt with by the Refugee Appeal Board and Standing Committee on Refugee Affairs.
  2. The construction of the centre has not yet commenced. The Department of Public Works (DPW) has identified a suitable site in Komatipoort. The site is however zoned for agricultural use. An application was then made by DPW to rezone and subdivide the site. The application was heard by the Tribunal on 31 March 2015. Approval was granted by the Tribunal for the rezoning and subdivision of the site subject to South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) commenting on the access route to the site. SANRAL comments are awaited.

18 August 2015 - NW2598

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With regard to development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, (a) how many (i) primary and (ii) high schools are to be built on the specified property, (b) how many learners will each school accommodate, (c) when will each school be completed and (d) what is the projected total cost of building each specified school?

Reply:

(a); (i), (ii), (b), (c), (d). According to information received from Gauteng Department of Education, no educational sites have been provided during the town planning of the area mentioned. Rietfontein falls within the border of the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipalities and is surrounded by areas such as Greenstone, Linksfield, Modderfontein and Edenvale. At this point there are no sites earmarked for public schooling within the area and no schools are presently planned to be built on the specified sites.

18 August 2015 - NW2831

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to the Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Campaign, how many unannounced visits to centres has her department conducted in each (a) province and (b) district in the (i) 2012-13 and (ii) 2013-14 cycle?

Reply:

(a)(i)

Due to capacity constraints the Kha Ri Gude officials at the DBE were unable to conduct unannounced site visits during the 2012/13 and 2013/14 campaigns.

However all Kha Ri Gude monitors, coordinators and supervisors in each province are required to visit 10 sites per month during the six (6) months of classes. The table below indicates the number of monitors, coordinators and supervisors contracted for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 campaigns.

Year

2012/13

2013/14

Province

Monitors

Coordinators

Supervisors

Monitors

Coordinators

Supervisors

Eastern Cape

10

45

852

10

46

875

Free State

4

16

296

4

16

299

Gauteng

7

27

495

8

28

529

KwaZulu Natal

10

41

792

9

41

800

Mpumalanga

2

17

308

2

17

315

Northern Cape

0

3

46

0

5

84

Limpopo

7

33

610

7

35

642

North West

2

11

186

2

12

196

Western Cape

2

7

100

2

6

101

Total

44

200

3685

44

206

3841

In addition, part of the monitoring of the Kha Ri Gude Campaign includes the verification of learning through site visits to the centres. This function is performed by SAQA. The SAQA reports show positive views of the reality and authenticity of classes. The sites visited during the period 2012/13 and 2013/14 are as follows:

(b)(ii)

PROVINCE

2012/13

2013/14

Eastern Cape

20

38

Free State

3

19

Gauteng

10

42

Kwazulu-Natal

32

64

Limpopo

26

55

Mpumalanga

12

42

Northern Cape

0

13

North West

0

18

Western Cape

0

10

Unfortunately information regarding districts was not available.

The 2013/14 Performance Report of the Auditor General recommended that the monitoring of the Kha Ri Gude Campaign should be strengthened in order to deal with the challenges experienced in the programme relating to fraud and deceased learners amongst others.

The 2014/15 campaign was then strengthened by increasing the capacity of the DBE officials, focusing on unannounced site visits which have assisted the programme to eradicate fraud.

18 August 2015 - NW2850

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the early termination of employment of the Chief Executive Officer of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (name furnished), what (a) were the conditions of the early termination of employment, (b) total compensation has been paid to the specified person, (c) are the respective timeframes in this regard, (d) contracts was the specified person required to sign when employment was terminated and (e) are the reasons for the early termination of employment of the specified person?

Reply:

(a) The standard return of company assets.

(b) Sensitive information / unprocessed.

(c) 1st August 2015 to 30th November 2015.

(d) None.

(e) PRASA Board of Control decided that it was in the best interest of the entity that the then Group Chief Executive Officer be released early.

18 August 2015 - NW2719

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)(a) Whether she has found that it is acceptable to combine Grade R with Grades 1, 2 and/or 3 in multi-grade teaching environments and (b) on what basis her determination has been reached; (2) whether the post provisioning norms and standards will be altered to accommodate her determination; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

  1. (a) It is not acceptable for schools to combine the Grade R class with Grades 1, 2, and 3. The recommendation that the Department of Basic Education is making to all schools that are delivering the curriculum through the multi-grade teaching model, is that the Grade R class should always be a stand-alone class.

(b) The Grade R prepares children to be ready for the primary school by developing their pre-reading, pre-writing and pre-numeracy skills. Children learn these skills through play. The real work of children in the Grade R class is predominantly characterised by play. Therefore, multi-grade primary schools should offer the Grade R class as a stand-alone class that will accord the children the opportunity to be introduced to formal schooling with ease and in a friendly and conducive environment.

2)  There is no need to make a determination on Grade R as the Department does not encourage multi-grade schools to combine Grade R with other grades. The post provisioning norms provide for the posts in Grade R in terms of relevant weighting in line with the ideal maximum class size for Grade R.

18 August 2015 - NW2883

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Is she aware of the situation at Metagong Primary School in Soweto in Gauteng, (a) where teachers have not been paid their monthly salaries for an extended period of time and (b) that in spite of more than R1 million that has been spent on security services for the school, the school has been vandalised numerous times since procuring the security services; if so, what steps has departmental officials taken to remedy the situation?

Reply:

(a) The Gauteng Department of Education is investigating the matter. A full response will be provided once the investigation has been completed and relevant information has been provided to the Department of Basic Education.

(b) The Provincial School Safety Coordinator (Mr Z Nkuna) has reported that the school was never vandalised whilst security was in place, the security was retracted at the end of the month of January 2015 with no reported incidents.

18 August 2015 - NW2810

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether her department will launch an investigation into the verification of the qualifications of top Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) officials; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) how many top PRASA officials were found to have false qualifications; (3) how many of the specified officials have (a) resigned, (b) been suspended with pay and (c) been suspended without pay? NW3282E

Reply:

  1. Yes. The Executive Authority has instructed the Board of PRASA and all other Department of Transport agencies / entities to verify the academic qualifications of all senior officials and to report to the Department by 31st October 2015.
  2. See above response in (1).
  3. (a) One

          (b) One

         (c) none

18 August 2015 - NW2772

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Whether his department supported the publish or perish principle for South African academics at tertiary institutions to ensure that the quality of research and teaching equated with the best in the world and that promotions in the academic sphere were directly related to peer endorsement of academic work; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) details and (b) outcomes of pursuing such a policy?

Reply:

The Department does not support the so-called principle of “publish or perish” for South African academics. The Department supports the development of academics that value teaching, research and community engagement as outlined in the recently approved Staffing South Africa’s Universities Framework (SSAUF). This includes supporting universities to be innovative and produce quality research. We expect that universities have some highly productive researchers, that may not focus much on teaching, and equally that there will be scholars who have a greater focus on teaching. The focus on publishing at all costs regardless of the quality or substance of the research is not supported by the Department.

It should be noted that the Department does not control nor develop policies on the promotions criteria at universities. The Department admits that highly productive academics, whether in the sphere of research or scholarship of teaching, should be recognised. It is also aware that some universities value research as a key criterion for promotion.

The Department has recently published a revised Research Output Policy (2015). The purpose of this policy is to encourage research productivity by rewarding quality research output at public higher education institutions. The policy is not intended to measure all output, but to enhance productivity by recognising the major types of research output produced by higher education institutions, and uses appropriate proxies to determine the quality of such output. While increased productivity is a key driver behind this policy, what has informed the revision was the need to ensure improved quality of subsidised research outputs.

Within the total subsidy funding allocated to universities in 2015/16, R3 billion which is just under 15% of the total block grant of R20.5 billion, is allocated for research output subsidies and implemented through the Research Output Policy. The remainder of the block grant (85%) is linked to teaching inputs and outputs as well as institutional factors. As can be seen, teaching is the area that is allocated the largest proportion of funding.

Since the implementation of the research outputs subsidy in 2005, South Africa’s research outputs have increased at a rate of 13% per annum, which is a substantial return on investment. The Department takes pride that our universities’ research productivity has improved significantly since 2005. South African universities’ research productivity is ranked top in Africa, and recent impact studies show that more South African research is published in high-impact journals than all other Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) member states.

 

 

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MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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17 August 2015 - NW2617

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What was the purpose of the recent trip undertaken by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Media Diversity and Development Agency to the United States of America, (b) how much was spent by her department on the (i) flights and (ii) accommodation for the trip, (c) which airlines were used for the trip and (d) in which hotels did the CEO stay?

Reply:

(a)  To attend the 76th World News Media Congress – 22nd World Editors Forum – 25th World Advertising Forum. The objective of the conference was bring together the industry and to discuss issues affecting the industry.

(b)(i) Flights – R56 334.72

(ii) Accommodation – R38 925.02

(c) Airline – SAA and JetBlue airways

(d) Washington Hilton Hotel

 

 

 

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

17 August 2015 - NW2616

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

With regard to her reply to question 1336 on 23 June 2015, (a) why is the position of Chief Operations Officer (COO) being reviewed, (b) why has the board not appointed a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and (c) in each case, what amount has the acting (i) CEO, (ii) CFO, (iii) COO and (iv) Programme Director earned in respect of each month since their appointment to the specified posts?

Reply:

(a) The rationale to review the position of the COO was based on the fact that the MDDA is a small organisation with a staff compliment of 34. After due consideration, the Board resolved that streamlining the organisational structure would result in a much more efficient and effective organisational performance.

 

 

 

 

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

17 August 2015 - NW2141

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) Did the (i) Tshwane TV, (ii) Soweto TV, (iii) Cape Town Community TV and (iv) Bay Community TV hold at least two meetings annually with their respective communities on (aa) programming and (bb) programme-related matters for the selection and provision of programmes in the (aaa) 2011-12, (bbb) 2012-13, (ccc) 2013-14 and (ddd) 2014-15 financial years and (b) did each specified television station furnish the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa with proof of such meetings as well as the attendance thereof by members of the community in each case?

Reply:

(a)  (i) Tshwane TV

No. Tshwane TV has been having compliance challenges with regards to community participation since the 2012/13 financial year. The problem started after the Licensee’s first Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2011 which then resulted in two controlling structures that were elected in two different AGM’s. The Authority tried to assist the Licensee to convene a properly constituted AGM that would elect a recognized controlling structure in accordance with the Licensee’s founding documents.

The mediation process was abandoned after one of the parties took the matter to Court and a default judgement was then awarded. The Authority is currently assisting Tshwane TV to put structures in place in order to comply with all aspects of their service license pertaining to community participation.

(ii) Soweto TV

Yes. Soweto TV held two annual meetings during the four financial years in question.

(iii) Cape Town Community TV

Cape Town TV reported that they have held two annual meetings for the four financial years in questions. However, ICASA is still awaiting the necessary documentation to confirm this.

(iv) Bay Community TV

Yes Bay Community TV held two annual meetings during the four financial years in question.

(aa) Programming

(bb) Programme related matters

Tshwane TV

See response to the first question.

Soweto TV

Yes, Soweto TV addressed programming and programme related matters at the two annual meetings during the four financial years in question.

Cape Town Community TV

Cape Town TV reported that they have held two annual meeting for the financial years in questions. However, ICASA is still awaiting the necessary documentation to confirm this.

Bay Community TV

Yes, Bay Community TV addressed programming and programme related matters at the two annual meetings during the four financial years in question.

(b)

Tshwane TV

See response to the first question.

Soweto TV

Yes, Soweto TV has provided ICASA with proof of their two annual meetings as well as attendance registers signed by community members.

Cape Town Community TV

Cape Town TV has not yet furnished the Authority with copies of the minutes of the minutes held with the community members.

Bay Community TV

Yes, Bay Community TV has provided ICASA with proof of their two annual meetings as well as the attendance registers signed by members of the community for those meetings for the four financial years in question.

 

 

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

14 August 2015 - NW2684

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

Whether (a) he, (b) his Deputy Ministers and (c) any officials in his department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

I wish to inform the Honourable Member that (a) neither I nor the former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development travelled to China during 2014-15;

(b) the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Deputy Minister of Correctional Services did not travel to China during 2014-2015; and

(c) I have been informed that no officials from all the departments, travelled to China during the 2014-15 financial year.

(i) and (ii) therefore fall away.

14 August 2015 - NW2712

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in her department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii) (aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

 

(a) Minister: No trip to China undertaken.

(i) n/a.

(ii) (aa) n/a.

(ii) (bb) n/a.

(b) Deputy Minister: No trip to China undertaken.

(i) n/a.

(ii) (aa) n/a.

(ii) (bb) n/a.

(c) Officials:

Mr Daan du Toit: 21 to 23 May 2014.

(i) To participate in a bilateral meeting with Mr Xu, DDG MOST and the SKA Strategy and Business Development Committee Meeting 4, in China.

(ii) (aa) Total: R18 113.

(ii) (bb) R8 900 air ticket from Brussels and R9 213 accommodation.

Mr Isaac Maredi, Ms Sunita Kalan and Ms Punkah Mdaka: 22 to 26 September 2014.

(i) To participate in the science park development initiatives in China.

(ii) (aa) Total: R69 933.

(ii) (bb) R33 600 three air tickets, R15 333 travel & subsistence for three officials, R18 000 accommodation for 3 officials and R3 000 for shuttle transport to the airport for three officials.

Officials from the DST: Prof Yonah Seleti: 8 to 10 October 2014.

(i) To attend meetings of the International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research (IGFA) and the Belmont Forum in China.

(ii) (aa) Total: R26 432.

(ii) (bb) R12 213 air ticket, R2 576 travel & subsistence, R11 400 accommodation and R243 for parking at the airport.

Official from the DST: Dr P Mjwara: 15 to 17 October 2014.

(i) To participate in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Board of Directors meeting in China.

(ii) (aa) Total: R53 659.

(ii) (bb) R49 939 air ticket and R3 720 accommodation.

Official from the DST: Mr Bruce Tshilamulele: 27 to 28 October 2014.

(i) To participate in the first Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) workshop on pharmaceutical innovation and development in China.

(ii) (aa) Total: R27 189.

(ii) (bb) R12 213 air ticket, R2 576 travel & subsistence, R11 400 accommodation and R1000 for shuttle transport to the airport.

Official from the DST: Dr Cordelia Sita and Ms Anita Mnisi: 7 to 9 November 2014.

(i) To participate in the BRICS Solid State Lighting (SSL) Working Group Meeting, this takes place every year in China around November.

(ii) (aa) Total: R53 950.

(ii) (bb) R41 050 two air-tickets and R12 900 accommodation.

14 August 2015 - NW2659

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

(1) How many small claims courts were established by his department during the 2014/15 financial year; (2) How may cases were finalised monthly by each of the specified courts? NW3090E

Reply:

  1. 39 new Small Claims Courts were established during the 2014-2015 financial year:

Mitchells Plain (WC), Bergville (KZN), Clanwilliam (WC), Boshof (FS), Herschel (EC), Fouriesburg (FS), Lions River (KZN), Polela (KZN), Phalaborwa (LP), Stilfontein (NW), Glen Grey (EC), Christiana (NW), Calitzdorp (WC), Goodwood (WC), Kuils River (WC), Pearston (EC), Namakgale (LP), Adelaide (EC), Bedford (EC), Wellington (WC), Impendle (KZN), Murraysburg (WC), Hopefield (WC), Mount Ayliff (EC), Heidelberg (WC), Uniondale (WC), Lady Grey (EC), Nkandla (KZN), Pofadder (NC), Piketberg (WC), Mapumulo (KZN), Mtunzini (KZN), Postmasburg (NC), Hanover (NC), Molteno (EC), Hay (NC), Tseki (FS), Laingsburg (WC) and Prince Albert (WC)

30 new Small Claims Courts were established from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014:

Ngotshe (KZN), Elliot (EC), Msinga (KZN), Madikwe (NW), Peddie (EC), Middledrift (EC), Mooi River (KZN), Clocolan (FS), Camperdown (KZN), KwaMhlanga (MP), Mbibana (MP), Mdutjana (MP), St Marks (EC), Mutale (LP), Atteridgeville (GP), Secunda (MP), Dzanani (LP), Vanrhynsdorp (WC), Bultfontein (FS), Williston (NC), Sebokeng (GP), Melmoth (KZN), Reitz (FS), Nqutu (KZN), Hennenman (FS), Virginia (FS), Ventersburg (FS) Sasolburg (FS), Tsakane (GP) and Vuwani (LP)

14 new Small Claims Courts have been established since 1 April 2015:

Babanango (KZN), Libode (EC), Tabankulu (EC), Wodehouse (EC), Indwe (EC), Tsolo (EC), Qumbu (EC), Simon’s Town (WC), Middelburg (EC), Sterkstroom (EC), Tiyani (LP), Barkly East (EC), Kakamas (NC) and Flagstaff (EC)

2. The statistics for the new 39 Small Claims Courts is not yet readily available on the department’s ICMS system which is our main statistics information source as these courts are still being assisted to get registered and trained to use the system. However the 2014/15 national stats for the SCC were as follows:

Matters Finalized - Broken down into Regions:

                 

Regions

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Grand Total

Amount

Average of Days :

Registration to Finalisation Date

Average of Days:

First Hearing Date to Finalization date

Eastern Cape

596

626

603

655

2480

R 10 609 170.11

70.48

 52.97

Free State

267

205

252

279

1003

R 2 988 213.13

56.43

35.08

Gauteng

2711

2940

2217

2430

10298

R 53 338 021.86

39.48

19.87

Kwazulu Natal

870

901

809

816

3396

R 19 196 151.86

111.63

68.89

Limpopo

845

947

825

902

3519

R 12 391 156.03

87.96

60.12

Mpumalanga

419

571

573

374

1937

R 8 626 175.45

83.65

56.41

North West

671

585

497

361

2114

R 8 143 952.28

87.20

37.85

Northern Cape

177

99

85

90

451

R 1 814 831.20

45.93

20.79

Western Cape

740

901

801

890

3332

R 19 972 283.98

                   77.20

27.56

Grand Total

7296

7775

6662

6797

28530

R 137 079 955.90

                   68.38

                 

Matters Finalized - Broken down into Outcomes:

Outcomes

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Grand Total

%

Absolution

131

155

100

143

529

2%

Case Dismissed

559

664

529

500

2252

8%

Case Struck of Roll

2380

2579

2283

2387

9629

34%

Case Withdrawn

81

98

77

103

359

1%

Default Judgement

1316

1284

1150

1526

5276

18%

Judgement Granted

2435

2604

2150

1859

9048

32%

Out of Court Settlement

317

329

272

229

1147

4%

Postponed

77

61

101

46

285

1%

Rescission Granted

 

1

 

4

5

0.02%

Grand Total

7296

7775

6662

6797

28530

100%

 

14 August 2015 - NW2675

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1) With reference to his reply to question 1822 on 8 June 2015, why did he not refer to the docket with CAS number 63/03/2012 in his reply; (2) Why did he state in the specified reply that the investigations were concluded and that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) declined to prosecute when the aforesaid docket is open and currently still being investigated; (3) Will he provide the findings of the Auditor-General stating that there was no wrongdoing; if not, why not; and (4) Has the NPA been contacted by the Department of Trade and Industry to assist in the investigation into the misappropriation of funds by a certain company (name furnished)?

Reply:

I wish to inform the Honourable Member that I have been informed by the National Prosecuting Authority that:


  1. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), South Gauteng indicates that Sandton CAS 63/3/2012 is a case involving theft (shoplifting) of lingerie valued at R99.00 at Woolworths Store in Sandton City on 2 March 2012 committed by a female student, aged 26 years, who appeared in court on 5 March 2012 and the matter was postponed to 20 March 2012. It is however inconceivable that this is a matter that the DA is referring to or interested in. It would assist if the Honourable member of the Democratic Alliance provides more details about the docket the Honourable member is referring to.The Serious and Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU) Johannesburg Office only dealt with and declined to prosecute in Sandton CAS 1242/09/2010. The Special Director SCCU and Director of Public Prosecutions, Gauteng, are currently engaging in evaluating the request to review the said decision declining to prosecute in respect of Sandton CAS 1242/09/2010 where the complainant in the matter was Mr Sheldon Chellakooty and not the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). CAS number 63/03/2012 was never referred to the SCCU.
  2. See response in (1) above.
  3. The findings of the Auditor-General can be obtained from his office. These findings were specifically referred to by the suspect in Sandton CAS 1242/09/2010.
  4. The SCCU Johannesburg office in particular has not been contacted.

13 August 2015 - NW2834

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

(1)With reference to the procurement of locomotives and coaches by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), (a) what discussions did he hold with PRASA: (b) the Department of Transport to ensure that local (i) content and (ii) procurement was possible for the specified locomotives and coaches; (2) was the procurement of locomotives and coaches by PRASA designated by him for local content; if not, why not? NW3307E:

Reply:

1. (a) – (b) (i)-(ii) Numerous engagements were held with PRASA and the Department of Transport (DOT) on both locomotives and coaches procurement to ensure that localisation requirements are fulfilled. Significant inputs were provided on the capabilities of the domestic rolling stock manufacturing sector including comprehensive information on components that should be localised. Efforts to maximise local content are on-going.

The locomotives procurement has been subjected to the National Policy Industrial Participation (NIPP) Programme and discussions on the development of offset projects are advanced. Further, the dti participated in the Rail Inter-Departmental Committee chaired by the DOT so as to provide support and inputs on how the coaches’ procurement can be leveraged to resuscitate and enhance the rail manufacturing capacity and capability.

In addition, engagements with the winning bidder of the coaches tender (Gibela Consortium) are continuing. The contract has provided the department with the opportunity to offer the various incentive programmes to the rolling stock manufacturing firms in order to enable the necessary investments to improve the competitiveness and to meet the Original Equipment Manufacturers’ requirements.

2. The procurement of both coaches and locomotives were not subject to the designation process as the request for proposals were issued before the issuance of the National Treasury Instruction Note ,that provides guidelines for the invitation and evaluation of bids for the procurement of rolling stock sector. This instruction note only came into effect on the 07 December 2011. It is for this reason that the locomotive procurement is subjected to the offset obligation programme as indicated above. Although the designation had not been effected on the coaches’ procurement, the dti played a critical role to ensure the draft policy framework on local content was incorporated into the extensive procurement processes driven by DoT and PRASA, hence the coaches’ tender was issued with a minimum local content of 65%.

 

13 August 2015 - NW2715

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

Whether (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in her department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

No.

13 August 2015 - NW2662

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

How many housing units were completed and delivered in terms of programmes of her department in the jurisdictional area of the Mangaung Metro during the periods (a) 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2011 and (b) 1 July 2011 to 31 May 2015?

Reply:

In terms of the housing programmes of the National Department of Human Settlements, delivery in the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality was as follows:

(a) Total number of housing units completed for the period 01 July 2006 to 30 June 2011: 11 237

(b) Total number of housing units completed for the period 01 July 2011 to 31 May 2015: 5 508

13 August 2015 - NW2723

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a) What was the cost of the building of the Metsi Matsho Resort in QwaQwa in Free State and (b) when will the project be completed; (2) Whether, in view of the poor financial management in the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality which is subject to National Treasury intervention, this project will be handed over to them; if not, what are the relevant details; if so, what measures are in place to ensure that the specified resort is managed efficiently?

Reply:

  1. (a)The Metsi Matsho project is being built over two phases. The budget of the first Phase was R26, 125,000 and the expenditure incurred was R25, 734,505. The second Phase is under implementation. The budget for the second Phase is R28, 851,326.00 and the expenditure as at 31 July 2015 is R10, 964,585.

(b) The first phase started around August 2011 till October 2013. The second Phase commenced in February 2015 and is expected to be completed in January 2016.

(2) Due to the fact that the land belongs to the community, a Trust has been registered and ownership of the project will ultimately vest with the Trust with the support of the Local Municipality. The department will be assisting the Trust to appoint a private sector operator, to ensure that an operator is in place by the time the project is completed. This will be undertaken through a consultative process with the community and will adhere to the PFMA regulations and principals of Supply Chain Management.

13 August 2015 - NW2871

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

(1) Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. (2) What process is followed when deciding on placements; (3) Are graduates able to appeal their placement; if not, why not; if so, how does a student go about appealing a placement?

Reply:

  1. It should be noted that in terms of the contemplated regulations, the Minister shall make a final decision with the regard to the place where a CCS veterinarian shall perform compulsory community service, criteria for the selection of places where Compulsory Community Service (CCS) is to be performed and the placement of veterinary graduates are based on key strategic objectives of the Compulsory Community Service (CCS), namely:

(i) To promote accessibility of veterinary services particularly in under-served and resource poor areas,

(ii) To distribute veterinary profession in an equitable manner thereby rectifying the current state of distribution of veterinary personnel and;

(iii)To provide an opportunity for CCS veterinarians to acquire knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will help their professional development.

  1. The processes followed for the placement of CCS Veterinarians is complex; this is to ensure that applicants are placed in a fair and equitable manner and to ensure that the aforementioned CCS strategic objectives are realised. In this regard, a comprehensive list of selected available places where CCS is to be performed is sent to prospective graduates. In the list, each CCS place is described in detail including the nature of work.

An electronic application must be completed by prospective graduates, and shall be submitted to DAFF. Applicants are required to make a selection of five (5) provinces and three (3) CCS places of their choice per province resulting in fifteen (15) choices per applicant. The applicant must rank their 15 choices in order of preference, i.e. Choices 1 to 15 with choice 1 being the 1st preferred choice and choice 15 being the least preferred choice. The placement process is based on these fifteen (15) ranked choices.

Once all the applications are received the placement process is as follows:

Step 1:

Applicant’s specific choices were assessed in order of their preferred ranking.

Unique choices (meaning no other applicant has chosen that CCS place for that specific choice) will automatically be allocated to that CCS place.

Where there is more than one applicant applying for the same place within the specific choice then applicants should be randomly placed. These processes are to be repeated until all the fifteen (15) choices are exhausted per applicant.

  • For the 2015 cohort, DAFF received a total number of 131 applicants and 110 (84%) applicants were placed during step 1; the rest were subjected to step 2.

 

Step 2:

“Special circumstances”, for example medical conditions, may be considered at the discretion of the placement committee once all the applicant’s fifteen (15) choices are exhausted. Applicants who are not placed after this process are subjected to step 3.

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  • For the 2015 cohort, 5 (4%) applicants were considered for “special circumstances” and the remaining applicants were subjected to step 3.

Step 3:

For applicants that were not placed from the steps above i.e. from their 15 ranked choices, a list of available CCS places are to be sent to the remaining unallocated applicants. Applicants should reapply and rank places according to order of preference. Applicants that are not placed after this process are to be subjected to step 4.

  • For the 2015 cohort, 14 (11%) applicants were considered for special circumstances and the rest were subjected to step 4.

Step 4:

Applicants who are not placed during step 1 to 3, if any, are to be placed randomly to the remaining CCS places. This means that the placement committee will allocate all the remaining applicants to all remaining CCS places without awarding them a chance to choose.

  • For the 2015 cohort 2 (1%) applicants were considered for special circumstances and rest were subjected to step 4.

Step 5:

All applicants are to be informed by DAFF about their placement and should be given a period of one (1) month to swap their placement with a fellow applicant. This provision should be done in writing using a DAFF standard form. Both applicants are expected to give consent and this marks the end of the placement process.

(3) Since the placement process was mostly done by a random selection process based on the number of available CCS posts, as a result, most of the students are placed by chance or if they selected a CCS place that they are not competing with anyone which was also by chance. Based on the above there was no provision for an appeals process because this will disadvantage other students who have already accepted placements that are least suitable to their needs. Step 5 was designed to alleviate any dissatisfaction among the applicants.

12 August 2015 - NW2625

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Social Development

How many people who are receiving a disability grant are visually impaired in each province?

Reply:

When a disability grant is approved, the approval is based on set criteria and is not related to the type of disability. Therefore no such information regarding the specifics of the disability is retained on the database. The system only captures the fact that the beneficiary is disabled and not the type of disability.

12 August 2015 - NW2701

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister of Economic Development

Whether (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in his department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(a) total cost and (b) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

Neither the Minister, Deputy Minister nor Officials of the Economic Development Department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year.

-END-

12 August 2015 - NW2835

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

(1)What discussions did he hold with the Department of Energy regarding the designation of local content for the Government’s proposed nuclear build programme; (2) what steps did he take to ensure that local content requirements were included in the various memoranda of understanding signed by the specified department; (3) what (a) value and/or (b) benefits will the local manufacturing sector derive from the nuclear build programme, including (i) job creation and (ii) investment in manufacturing; (4) has any person from his department been appointed to assist the specified department with local content and procurement; if so, (a) who has been appointed, (b) how were they selected and (c) what qualifications do they hold? NW3308E

Reply:

1-4 Government promulgated the revised Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity 2010 - 2030 (IRP2010) in March 2011. The IRP made provision for 9.6 gigawatts of nuclear capacity expansion.

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) chaired the Nuclear Energy Sub-Working Group (NESWG) on Localisation, Industrialisation and Skills Development, with key economic departments and state owned companies (SOC) as participants, in support of the Nuclear Energy Working Group (NEWG).

The NESWG on Localisation, Industrialisation and Skills Development submitted its reports to the Department of Energy (DoE) dealing with all matters assigned to it.

All documents of the NESWG are classified as Top Secret and are in the possession of the DoE.

The Minister and Department of Energy have a constitutional mandate for national energy and energy related matters, inclusive of nuclear energy. Requests for programme specific information should therefore be directed to the Minister of Energy.

 

12 August 2015 - NW2475

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1011 on 26 May 2015, she can indicate in which quarterly reports all the information requested is contained; if not, can she provide the information as requested in question 1011?

Reply:

The reports are in the quarterly reports that the Department and its entities submit to the Portfolio Committee and the annual reports of each respective financial year.

12 August 2015 - NW2623

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1) How many, (a) properties are leased by the SA Post Office from private companies and (b) of the specified properties have been closed by the lessor due to non-payment of rent; (2) How many, (a) properties are leased by the SA Post Office from the Redefine Group and (b) of the specified properties have been closed by the specified company due to non-payment of rent?

Reply:

  1. (a) The South African Post Office (SAPO) is currently leasing one thousand two

hundred and forty three (1243) properties from private companies. These consist of Retail outlets, Depots, Office Space and Mail Centres.

(b) As of 6 August 2015 a total of six (6) Retail outlets were locked by the land lord due to non-payment of rentals. Four (4) of these Retail Outlets are located in Kwa-Zulu Natal and two (2) in the Witwatersrand region. In addition, electricity has been disconnected by the land lords in five (5) Retail outlets due to non-payment of rental.

In addition to the abovementioned closed offices, a total of twelve (12) Retail outlets have been closed due to eviction by the land lords since March 2015. Furthermore, five (5) Retail Postal Agencies have been closed by the Agents due to non-payment of their monthly allowance.

2. (a) SAPO is leasing eighteen (18) properties from the Redefine Group.

(b) None of the eighteen (18) properties rented from the Redefine Group are closed

12 August 2015 - NW2609

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Mubu, Mr KS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to her reply to question 1560 on 30 April 2015, (a) who are the members of the National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR), (b) what are the qualifications of each specified member and (c) what is the anticipated date on which the NPTR will become operational?

Reply:

(a) and (b)

 

NAME AND SURNAME

Designation

Qualifications

1.

Mr Charles Maluleke

Chairperson

B Com

MBA

2.

Mr Lesedi Dinte

Deputy Chairperson

Baccalaureus Juris

Baccalaureus Legum

3.

Mr Titus Malaza

Member

B Degree Police Science

Masters in Public Administration

 

4.

Professor Imtiaz Vally

Member

Masters in Accountancy

5.

Professor Ntombizozuko Dyani - Mhango

Member

LLB

Master of Legum

Doctor of Law

6.

Ms Divhane Tshivhase

Member

Secondary teachers diploma

B Com

7.

Mr Paul Browning

Member

Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

(C) March 2016

12 August 2015 - NW2838

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

(1) With regard to the procurement of clothing, textiles, and leather goods, how many applications has his department received for exemption from the 100% local content requirement to import raw materials (2) What is the turnaround time for responding to the specified applications (3) Is his department considering ways of making the administrative process for establishing local content in the clothing, textiles and leather goods sector more (a) practical and (b) user friendly? NW 3311E

Reply:

(1) the dti has received a total of 1864 applications from 2012 to date requesting exemption letters for the importation of raw materials which are not readily available in South Africa. These raw materials include polyester, nylon, acrylic fibres and textiles dyes and chemicals. The fibres are converted into finished products after manufacturing the yarns and fabrics in the country. Some technical fabrics which were imported in 2012 are now being woven in the country using high performance yarn like aramid yarns and high performance continuous filament polyester and nylon yarns.

(2) The turnaround time for responding to applications is 48 hours maximum due to high volumes received on a daily basis. The turnaround time is within 24 hours if all documentation including supporting letters from suppliers is provided with the applications.

(3) the dti established the South African Sustainable Textiles and Apparel Cluster (SASTAC) through the Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP) in close collaboration with all stakeholders. SASTAC is undertaking a comprehensive audit of textile manufacturing capacity and capabilities in the country, amongst other programmes. It is also in the process of developing a website which will make this information, inclusive of traceability, available to both Government entities and any potential supplier to government.

12 August 2015 - NW2749

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) When were the respective certificates of compliance for the (i) Gauteng Open Road Tolling, (ii) Transaction Clearing House and (iii) Violations Processing Centre systems issued to the contractor(s) of each of the systems; (2) in each case, (a) who signed the specified certificates and (b) under what conditions were they issued; (3) (a) how many faults were outstanding by the launch date of 3 December 2013, (b) what were the faults with regard to each certificate and (c)(i) how many and (ii) which of the specified faults were categorised as critical or serious faults; (4) (a) why was each of the operations allowed to continue, (b) how was the contractor penalised in accordance with the rules of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers and (c) what were the actual (i) amounts and (ii) dates of payment releases to the contractor in respect of services provided for the period 1 July to 15 December 2013?

Reply:

(1) The commissioning certificates were issued in sections and in accordance with the provisions of the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for design, build and operate projects (FIDIC), being the contract which applies to the project. The commissioning certificate for the sections comprising the Gauteng Open Road Tolling system and the Transaction Clearing House was issued on 18 December 2013 and effective from 2 December 2013. The section certificate for the relevant part of the Violations Processing Centre (VPC) was issued on 30 April 2015 and effective from 15 December 2014. Although the section of the system comprising the VPC was only commissioned with effect from 15 December 2014, it was considered ready for operation from toll commencement based on the contractor's confirmation (and extensive testing, trial operations and pilot testing) that the system and operations were ready from toll commencement. This all in accordance with FIDIC.

(2) The Employer's Representative, in terms of Sub clause 11.6 of FIDIC, issued the section commissioning certificates. Certificates were issued were in terms of Sub clause 11.6 of FIDIC and that in terms of Sub clause 11.5 of FIDIC which provides that:

"i. Issue the Commissioning Certificate to the Contractor, stating the date on which the Works or Section were completed in accordance with the Contract, except for any minor outstanding work and defects which will not substantially affect the use of the Works or Section for their intended purpose…"

(3) There were no "faults" outstanding on the launch date of 3 December 2013. FIDIC contemplates and as will be appreciated from the section of FIDIC recorded above, that the commissioning certificates are issued subject to certain outstanding work and defects. This is addressed in Clause 12 of FIDIC and this is the basis upon which the section completion certificates were issued.

(4) The operations continued based on the requirements of FIDIC and the issuing of the requisite commissioning certificates. Delays were dealt with in accordance with the delay damages provisions of the contract and were applied accordingly where delay occurred. For the period 1 July 2013 to 15 December 2013 the following amounts were paid to the contractor in respect of the services provided.

 

Month

Operations

Jul-13

R 29 827 326.93

Aug-13

R 15 126 538.85

Sep-13

R 30 559 820.76

Oct-13

R 33 290 653.38

Nov-13

R 47 446 297.39

Dec-13

R 80 869 591.90

The followings are to be noted in this regard:

(i) The payments to the contractor, in addition to payments for the services provided by the contractor, payment for the maintenance of all buildings and gantry's maintained by the contractor, payments for systems maintenance, payments in respect of utilities (water and electricity), rentals of customer kiosks and operations undertaken by the contractor including those for the benefit of the road user;

(ii) The contractor was required, at all times, to be operationally ready not knowing the toll commencement date and having regard to the various court cases;

(iii) The increases in payments in October, November and December 2013 should be viewed in light of the ramp-up of operations required for purposes of toll commencement;

(iv) All payments are determined based on a measurement based contract (add-measured contract) and accordingly the contractor is only paid for services actually rendered; and

(v) The December payment is for the full months services not just to 15 December 2013 as a result of the end of the year industry shut down.

12 August 2015 - NW2502

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the President of the Republic

(1) Was he aware of (a) the removal of certain persons (names furnished) by the SA Broadcasting Corporation board and (b) the parliamentary legal opinion commissioned by the Portfolio Committee on Communications (details furnished)? 2. Did he consider the parliamentary legal opinion when appointing a certain person (name furnished); if not, why not; if so, why did he reject the findings of the parliamentary legal opinion? 3. Did he seek legal advice on the specified issue; if so, did the advice differ from that of the parliamentary legal opinion?

Reply:

The three former Non-Executive Directors of the SABC were removed by the Board of Directors of the SABC in terms of section 71 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008.

The Minister of Communications as the shareholder representative in respect of the SABC SOC Ltd had informed me to note the resolution of the SABC Board of Directors in respect of the removal of the said Non-Executive Directors.

In making any appointment, I apply my mind to all aspects deserving of consideration.

12 August 2015 - NW2747

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What (i) advertising and (ii) media space has her department purchased in the 2014-15 financial year (aa) in print, (bb) on radio, (cc) on billboards, or (dd) in any format to promote, advertise, educate or inform the public about the Cape Winelands Toll Project and (b) in each case, (i) where was this space sold in each specified month and (ii) what did it cost in each month?

Reply:

(a) (i) There was no advertising (ii) and no media space purchased by the department in the 2014-15 financial year (aa) in print, (bb) on radio, (cc) on billboards, or (dd) in any format to promote, advertise, educate or inform the public about the Cape Winelands Toll Project and

(b) in each case, (i) no space was sold in each month and (ii) no costs were incurred in each month.

12 August 2015 - NW2756

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Mubu, Mr KS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Has an investigation been lodged into the train collision that took place at Booysens, Johannesburg, on 17 July 2015, (b) when will the specified investigation report be released, (c) who is conducting the specified investigation, (d) what are the total damages caused in the specified collision, (e) what compensation has been paid to passengers thus far and (f) what criteria was used to determine such compensation?

Reply:

(a) A preliminary investigation was conducted immediately after the accident by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR), the preliminary report was released on Monday, 20th July 2015. A Board of Inquiry (BOI) is currently underway to determine the root cause that led to the accident.

(b) It is estimated that the BOI process will take three to four months to finalise.

(c) The RSR has appointed specialists for the BOI with a Chairperson of the BOI, Human Factors Specialist and Signaling Specialist.

(d) The estimated cost of damage to both the Rolling Stock and the Infrastructure is R7 567 999.14

(e) Information not yet complete.

(f) See response in (e).

Ministerial Note:

Criteria used to determine compensation?

In the ordinary course of business, and because passengers who get involved in accidents of the nature this one is would invariably sustain injuries which affect each one of them differently, given the extent of such injuries, an opportunity gets created for claims to arise and for litigation to be instituted, by way of exercise of one’s rights, to recover damages that emanates from such accidents.

Ordinarily, the root cause of these types of accidents would be some negligence on the part of PRASA or its operators, and in full cognisance of the fact that passengers involved are affected and inconvenienced in a variety of ways, PRASA has had to, in the past, recognise that most of the passengers who are affected, require assistance that caters for their immediate medical expenses and other damages of the like, depending on the unique personal circumstances of the affected and injured persons. This recognition has led to some acceptance that indeed it is a responsible act of compassion to assist those very passengers PRASA is out to serve, which assistance normally takes place only in circumstances stated here under:

  • (a)  That an accident, or incident of the nature this one is must have occurred;

          (b) That any passenger so to be assisted, or compensated, must have been involved in such an accident;

          (c) That such an involved passenger must have sustained bodily injuries, alternatively must have experienced traumatic emotional shock, which then necessitate medical treatment;

       (d)  That such an injured passenger must have received treatment, as a result of the accident and the injuries involved, from the hospital, a clinic or any other medical facility were medical treatment would be rendered; and

      (e) That such injuries sustained have resulted in passengers incurring medical and hospital expenses, or loss of income, or that in future there would be a need for medical treatment, and/or that non pecuniary losses, often referred to as general damages, are indicated.

It is against the background above that PRASA would engage with the affected and injured commuters in order that such a determination for the damages suffered, and/or compensation sought, be made. This exercise normally leads to settlements with the different passengers affected, and subsequently to compensation, as may be, depending on the nature of the injuries suffered.

Further, it is to be noted that over and above verifying the details and the information or documents as indicated above, and in respect on non-pecuniary damages, PRASA embarks upon a strict process of assessing damages by relying on useful legal tools and remedies that solely depend on legal authorities given the seriousness of the injury or injuries involved. The assessment of general damages, it must be added, is to a great extent arbitrary and incapable of true economic evaluation. There are strict guidelines, though, that are followed, that are dictated to by documents like the Quantum Yearbook, by Robert Koch, and Quantum of Damages, by Corbett & Buchanan, as an indication of what the estimation of such compensation should be.

There are no statutory limitations on what an affected passenger can recover from PRASA, and such passengers have a constitutional right, on common law grounds, to institute proceedings against PRASA, which they normally do through the assistance of attorneys.

12 August 2015 - NW2591

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1956 on 24 June 2015, she can indicate on which page of the annual report and financial statements the specific requested information is contained; if not, (a) when will she provide the information as requested in the original question and (b) why did she indicate that this information is in the annual report and financial statements; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. & (b) The Honourable Member is referred to Table 18 on Page 51 of SASSA’s

Annual Report 2014/15 Financial Year.

 

12 August 2015 - NW2748

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to tollgates situated in areas outside of Gauteng, (a) what is being done by her department to alleviate the long build-up of queues, especially over weekends, (b) what studies have been undertaken pertaining to vehicle build-up and blockages and trends in this regard and (c) what lessons has her department learnt from these studies?

Reply:

(a) The specified queue lengths are monitored at all plazas. CCTV surveillance systems are in place at the toll plazas to monitor this. All Plazas’ performance and operating efficiency is assessed to ensure adequate capacity exists to meet demand.

Several additional measures, as the circumstance demands, have been implemented at toll plazas that operate at near full capacity. These include the following:

  • The implementation of tandem tolling which is a mechanism of allowing two vehicles to be processed at the same time in a single lane. This allows an increase in throughput of vehicles in comparison with normal lanes.
  • Additional personnel are deployed in the lane area to ensure that motorists who pay toll fees in cash have the correct change, in advance of getting to the toll booth.

Further, to alleviate toll plaza capacity problems and increase vehicle processing speeds, additional, automated electronic toll payment method is being implemented at the toll plazas. This will allow non-stop passage through the lane via payment with an electronic tag. This system has been in operation for over ten years on the Platinum Toll Road, and is in an advanced stage of testing at most of the toll plazas. This will greatly assist with alleviating plaza capacity problems and long queue build-up. As has already been clearly demonstrated at the Platinum Toll Route Plazas, the processing rate of toll lanes dedicated for tag users, is 3 times that of manual payment methods.

(b) Historic traffic volumes, catering for traffic volumes from major events (sporting, cultural, etc.), seasonal traffic shifts, school holidays, long weekends, public holidays, etc. are analysed to plan for the future.

The traffic volumes at the plazas are also regularly monitored and examined. Traffic criteria such as the 30th highest hour traffic volumes and higher than average projected traffic growth rate, which could be indicative of the need to trigger dedicated electronic tag lanes, or a toll plaza expansion is regularly reviewed.

Regular analysis of the traffic volumes is undertaken to optimise the distribution of payment methods available to the road user as well as determining appropriate lane configurations.

(c) Regular traffic and capacity planning together with trained vehicle toll collectors improve the through flow. Flexible lane configuration allows for the accommodation of directional traffic flows so as to minimize the queue length.

The rapid deployment of the automated electronic toll payment method – payment of toll via electronic tag will greatly improve vehicle processing speed at the toll plazas.

Freeway Management Systems and Incident Management, with the assistance of CCTV surveillance of the road network, have facilitated rapid responses to incidents that may impact throughput at the plazas and thereby minimise the impact on traffic flow. These systems can also inform of traffic flows to and from the plaza.

 

12 August 2015 - NW2752

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) criteria and (b) qualifications are used by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her that qualifies a person to be called an engineer?

Reply:

DEPARTMENT

(a) and (b) (i). Reflect the toatal numberof engineers in the Department of Transport irrespective of them not having been e,mployed as engineers. e.g. DDG Hlabisa of Road sis an engineer and soi s many others. All Government Departments that appoint Engineers are guided by the Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) for Engineers that specifies the criteria as well as qualifications that are required for the various categories of Engineers.

1. Road Accident Fund (RAF)

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) does not currently employ engineers in that capacity, nor does the RAF accredit anyone in that capacity.

2. South African National Road Agency (SANRAL)

(a) SANRAL uses the criteria as per the requirements of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) including those bodies who are signatories to the Washington Accord of 1989.

Registration as a professional engineer with ECSA is a statutory requirement for roles which take responsibility for the performance of engineering work. On meeting the criteria the following designations are used as per the ECSA regulations:

Professional Engineer (Pr Eng)

Professional Engineering Technologist (Pr Tech Eng)

Professional Engineering Technician (Pr Eng Techni)

(b) The basic qualifications required to attain the above are a Bachelor of Science in Engineering; Bachelor of Engineering; Bachelor of Technology; and Diploma in Engineering from a University or the then technikons.

3. Road Traffic Management Cooperation (RTMC)

(a) Currently RTMC does not have an engineer in its employ. The candidate should be registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) , and

(b) Possess a B Degree in Civil Engineering or Equivalent qualification if the agency were to employ one.

4. Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA)

(a) For RTIA, the criteria for employing the Engineers would be based on the requirements of the position.

(b) The qualifications required would also be based on the needs of the position as well as those of the Agency

5. Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA)

(a) The incumbent will have to be registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

(b) Qualifications to qualify a person to be called an engineer: Bachelor of Engineering degree or Bachelor of Technology with a focus on Civil/ Transport/ Structural Engineering.

Air Traffic & Navigation Services SOC Limited (ATNS)

(a) Criteria

ATNS employs two types of engineers, namely, Systems Engineer and Senior Systems Engineer. A Systems Engineer is a person who holds a Bachelor’s degree or Bachelor of Technology in Engineering or Science from the university and is eligible for registration as a professional engineer.

The second level of engineer is the Senior Systems Engineer level where professional engineers are appointed. A professional engineer is a person who holds Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and is registered as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

The criteria used for the appointment of engineers, is the academic qualification, years of experience and professional registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a candidate or professional engineer or technologist.

(b) Qualifications

The qualifications used for engineer positions in the company are Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the university (including university of technology).

Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited (ACSA)

(a) Criteria

The Airports Company South Africa defines the need for specific positions based on the nature of the business. Formal structures exist which includes Engineers. The positions in the different Engineering disciplines are clearly defined in terms of a role description detailing:

  • key outputs,
  • qualifications; and
  • competence needed in the position.

(b) Qualifications

People appointed to positions of Engineers in the different disciplines, are required to have a formal B Tech or Engineering degree and/or with a Government Certificate of Competency, depending on the business need.

Further to this, qualifications are verified via a formal verification process with the institutions that issued the qualifications prior to making an appointment into an Engineering position.

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

(a)(b)(i)N/A (ii) the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s criteria and qualification requirements for engineers are as follows:

Engineering Stream within the SACAA

Job Title

Qualifications and Criteria

Mechanical Engineering

Certification Engineer

Qualifications:

BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering

Criteria:

3 year experience as Certification Engineer in the aviation environment.

Electrical Engineering

Certification Engineer

Qualification:

BSc degree in Electrical Engineering

Criteria:

3 year experience as Certification Engineer in the aviation environment.

Aeronautical Engineering

Certification Engineer

Qualification:

BSc degree in Aeronautical Engineering

Criteria:

3 year experience as Certification Engineer in the aviation environment.

Railway Safety Regulator

(a) Criteria – Minimum National Diploma/ Degree

(b) A bachelor degree in engineering and a candidate for registration as a professional engineer or technologist with ECSA.

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

(a) As employee must have obtained a four year university engineering degree to be an engineer.

(b) The qualification for an engineer is a B.Sc (Engineering), B.Eng or any 4 year degree from a recognized university.

Ports Regulator South Africa (PRSA)

The Ports Regulator in terms of its organogram, does not employ engineers, thus this is not applicable.

While it is not applicable to the Ports Regulator, the CEO of the Ports Regulator is an engineer by virtue of being:

(a) accredited as a professional engineer (Pr Eng) by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)

(b) qualified with a university degree in engineering, in his case a masters degree (MSc Eng)

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

(a) The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), as a special agency of the Department of Transport on matters relating to Maritime employs Marine Engineers. Marine engineering is a specialist field which is regulated internationally by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and here in South Africa, those standards are implemented and monitored by SAMSA.

(b) We hire Marine Engineers who holds Certificates of Competency as Chief Engineer[1] of a ship of any propulsion power in accordance with standards set by the IMO, through the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW Convention). These Marine Engineers qualifications are vetted and accepted by the IMO and its member states, e.g. UK, Netherlands, Singapore, Liberia, Philippines, etc. There is no requirement for Marine Engineers to be a member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) to be employed. However, some of them are members through their membership of the South African Institute of Marine Engineers and Naval Architects (SAIMENA)

12 August 2015 - NW2622

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1) Has his department been consulted by the Department of Public Service and Administration in respect of the strategy for e-government; if so, in what form has this consultation taken place; (2) Has the State Information Technology Company been consulted in respect of the specified strategy; if so, (a) in what form has this consultation taken place and (b) how does this strategy align with the (i) 2015 ICT Policy Review Green Paper and (ii) SA Connect programme?

Reply:

(1) No. However the DTPS, DPSA and SITA have been collaborating on matters regarding e-Government and e-Enablement of the prioritised 5 e-Services. The consultations in between the three institutions was conducted through a working group established by the Directors Generals of the two departments as well as the then SITA CEO. The discussions were continued June and Jul 2105 and SITA was tasked by the DPSA on 15 July 2015 to initiate programmes around the prioritised e-Services.

(2) Yes the SITA has been consulted in respect of the specified strategy. SITA, DPSA and DTPS are collaborating on the e-Enablement of the 5 prioritised Services as outlined in the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019 Outcome 12.4.6 and the DPSA Annual Operation Plan 2015/2016. This strategy is aligned with the 2015 ICT Policy Review Green Paper and SA Connect programme.

12 August 2015 - NW2753

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Transport

a)What are the qualifications of the former head of Engineering at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Mr Daniel Mthimkhulu, (b) from which institutions were the specified qualifications received, (c) on what basis was he appointed in his former position, (d) how were his qualifications verified prior to his appointment, (e) why was he suspended, (f) what processes will be followed with the specified person now that he has resigned while on suspension, (g) what are the time frames in this regard and (h) who is currently fulfilling his function?

Reply:

(a) Matric and a few subjects in Mechanical Engineering according to a personnel file.

(b) Matric is from Fundulwazi Senior Secondary school in Sebokeng, whilst the mechanical engineering subjects are from Vaal University of technology.

(c) Mr Mthimkhulu joined Metrorail as an intern in 2000 and went through the ranks to Head: Engineering in PRASA Rail.

(d) Mr. Mtimkhulu may have given his peers the impression that he had the necessary qualifications and thus without being detected slipped through the verification process.

(e) Gross dishonesty and submission of fraudulent qualifications.

(f) PRASA Rail will not accept his resignation however criminal/Fraud charges are being pursued. A legal opinion was requested prior to take the appropriate actions against an employee who submitted his resignation.

(g)  The legal process will take its course.

(h) Acting Executive Manager: Engineering Services Mr Letsane Rathaba.

12 August 2015 - NW2592

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with regard to her reply to question 1960 on 23 June 2015, she can confirm that no international trips were taken to benchmark the different payment systems in (a) 2007, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2013 by (i) her, (ii) any official in her department and (iii) any entities that report to her; if not, why not?

Reply:

The Honourable Member must refer to my previous reply to question 1960 in which I have outlined the international trips undertaken for benchmarking purposes. The Honourable Member must also be clear in terms of what she is asking for because in the previous question the focus was on the period leading up to SASSA’s promulgation and now the question includes this period post SASSA’s establishment.

12 August 2015 - NW2680

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

(1)How many public service employees have completed official training programmes on the procedures, regulations and legislation regarding the management of discipline and incapacity issues in the workplace either through the (a) National School of Government (NSG) or (b) any of the former government schools in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years;

Reply:

  1. The following training courses have been offered on “the management of discipline and incapacity issues in the workplace” during the 2012-2015 period.

Course

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Totals

Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures

80

111

198

-

389

Investigating and Presiding Skills

159

136

145

-

440

PILIR - Policy & Procedure on Incapacity Leave & Ill health

   

324

166

490

         

1319

(2) The NSG has three programmes related to management of discipline and incapacity issues in the workplace. The first is the Grievance and Disciplinary Action Procedures programme. This programme is accredited by the Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA) against 2 (two) registered unit standards which are 12139 and 11286. The number of public service employees successfully accredited for this programme is 86 from 2012-2015. The second programme is the Investigating and Presiding Skills programme. This programme is not accredited, and thus has no registration number. The third programme is on Policy on incapacity and ill-health (PILIR). This programme is also not accredited, and thus has no registration number

(3) The NSG conducts training needs analyses on middle and senior management level for national, provincial and local government entities. Education interventions and capacity requirements are determined against the senior and middle management competency frameworks developed by the DPSA as well as specialised competency requirements in areas such as finance, supply chain management and human resources – which deal with issues of managing discipline and incapacity amongst others. Learning and education programmes provided by the NSG therefore meet the needs of public servants regarding the management of discipline and incapacity issues within the public service.

However, Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) reports from the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency (DPME) as well as various reports by the Public Service Commission (PSC) suggest that departments need to increase the numbers of supervisors and managers undergoing training. Also senior managers attending specific NSG programmes are of the view that their performance has improved, but further training in areas of Human Resource Management such as discipline management is necessary. MPAT reports have indicated the following with regards to the handling of disciplinary cases by all National Departments: 41% non-compliance with legal/regulatory standards; 39% partial compliance; 5% full compliance; and 15% full compliance while “doing things smartly”.

The NSG is currently piloting mandatory training for public service Managers and Supervisors beginning with Performance Management Development System (PMDS) training in an endeavour to further meet the training needs regarding HRM including discipline and incapacity management.

12 August 2015 - NW2593

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

(1)With regard to her department’s report on Old Age Home Condition Assessments (details furnished), what progress has been made regarding (a) maintenance, (b) reconfiguration, (c) refurbishment, (d) renovations and (e) repairs for each specified old age home; (2) what amount has been spent to date on each old age home?

Reply:

At the time of replying to this question the Department was still awaiting a comprehensive response from provincial departments which are responsible for this function. I will furnish the Honourable Member with a reply upon receipt of provincial inputs.

The Member can also look for information through the relevant Provinces.

 

12 August 2015 - NW1434

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Does his 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 current Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) aptly identifies the need to consider the compliance burden and complexity of laws and regulations, and the need to improve consistency and remove unnecessary obstacles to business development. In this regard, capacity has been created in the Presidency to carry out thorough impact assessments of both new and existing legislation and regulations, in order to ensure alignment with the NDP and reduce the risk of unintended consequences.

Government will also streamline and improve the efficiency of regulatory processes, in areas such as building licences, environmental impact assessments, company registration, tax compliance, work permits for scarce skills, mining licences, water licences and access to municipal infrastructure services.

The regulatory burden reduction strategy cuts across a number of legislation/regulatory instruments that are not only administered within the DMR. Capacity for a comprehensive regulatory burden reduction strategy has resultantly been established at a central point in government and constitutes a requirement for the legislation development within government.

12 August 2015 - NW2839

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1) Has his department had discussions with the National Treasury about the proposed new procurement regulations for tenders under R10 million; if so, what are the (a) substance of these discussions and (b) further relevant details; (2) Has his department found that the proposed regulations are at odds with the (a) Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act, Act 53 of 2003 and (b) B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice?NW3312E.

Reply:

  1. and (2)

The National Treasury recently circulated proposed draft amendments to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) Regulations, 2015 for comment. The Department of Trade & Industry (the dti) has since responded officially to the draft amendments to the Regulations through the Office of the Director-General.

In the main, the dti confined its comments to the preference point system, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) and local content. The substance of the comments is contained in the Submission to the National Treasury. An official response is awaited from the National Treasury.

Furthermore the dti has requested a further engagement with the National Treasury to support and clarify its comments, if the need arises. The position of the dti is that public procurement is an important industrial policy instrument and should be appropriately enshrined in any amendments to the Regulations of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act in combination with other policy objectives, inclusive of broad-based black economic empowerment.

12 August 2015 - NW2754

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) are the (i) estimated and (ii) actual costs incurred by the Government in respect of drunken driving and (b) has been the economic impact of drunken driving in each (i) province and (ii) local authority for the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is funded by a levy on fuel sold, which serves as an indirect tax used to fund the payment of compensation and to rehabilitate qualifying persons injured in road crashes. The fuel levy is also used to pay for the loss of support and funeral costs of those qualifying dependents that lost breadwinners in road crashes.

Although drunken driving has an impact on the incidence of road crashes and therefore on the cost of providing compensation, rehabilitation, support and funeral cover; the RAF does not currently maintain information or statistics (a)(i) of the estimated cost, and (ii) actual cost incurred by the RAF as a result of drunken driving and (b) does not have information or statistics of the economic cost of drunken driving in each (i) province and (ii) local authority for the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years.

12 August 2015 - NW2755

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to her reply to question 2495 on 14 July 2015, what (a) empirical evidence was used by her department to come to the conclusions stated in the reply, more specifically that (i) the overall economic impact was positive, (ii) delays on the road network has decreased, (iii) traffic growth of more than 20% in many instances could be accommodated and (iv) the development that took place in the immediate vicinity of upgraded interchanges such as Lynnwood, Atterbury, Garsfontein, John Vorster, Allandale, etcetera reflects the positive impact the road improvement project had on Gauteng and (b) economic studies is her department referring to in the specified reply when she indicates that the project renders a high return on investment and a B:C ratio of 8 to 1?

Reply:

(a) The information used in the formulation of the response to question 2495 on 14 July 2015, included the following

(i) The positive overall economic impact was assessed from:

  1. The information from the toll gantries and SANRAL’s Comprehensive Traffic Observation (CTO) stations located on the freeways and interchange approach roads measuring the alternative road network.
  2. The data recorded at the toll gantries
  3. The original traffic and transport planning studies regarding the travel time savings and how it is linked to economic spin offs (economic reports)

(ii) The measurement of travel time and hence delays for the entire network are obtained from traffic studies which includes a traffic model that was developed and used for this purpose. The original model was calibrated to the 2006 conditions and the current situation has been validated against the traffic data obtained from the GFIP traffic monitoring systems as well as independent data from TomTom. The reduction in the delays on the roads considers all time periods and takes into account the reduction in the duration of the morning and afternoon peak periods where higher traffic volumes are moving through the road network in a shorter time period.

(iii) Traffic volumes and speeds on national and other roads are continually recorded through SANRAL’s Comprehensive Traffic Observations (CTO) programme, which has been in operation since the early 1990s. These consist of physical counting stations installed in the road surface. In addition, in 2006 when the traffic models mentioned above were developed a comprehensive exercise of additional traffic surveys were undertaken at interchanges in the GFIP network. The comparison of the 2006 and 2014 traffic data provided the evidence that there were many instances where traffic increases of more than 20% could be accommodated. At specific locations, i.e. the Malibongwe, William Nicol and Rivonia Interchanges increases in traffic volumes during the morning peak hour were 32%, 25% and 38% respectively. On the freeways, the highest increase in traffic has been on the Albertina Sisulu (R21) freeway, but also in the peak direction on the highly trafficked section of the N1 and N12.

(iv)  Arial photographs pre and post the upgrades of these interchanges reflects the development that has taken place in the immediate vicinity of upgraded interchanges. It should be noted that development rights are dependent on adequate road capacity on the freeways and through interchanges being available to accommodate the traffic generated by the proposed developments. In the past, many of these developments could not take place due to the lack of capacity available at these interchanges

(b) There are two economic studies:

(i) Studies performed by the Business School of the University of Cape Town and ARUP

(ii) A study performed by economist Roelof Botha

12 August 2015 - NW2750

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What steps is her department taking to ensure that law-abiding road users are not inconvenienced by the many errors and wrong invoices sent to them regard to their e-toll bills?

Reply:

The facts show differently. The system correctly captures more than 99% of the number plates & transactions. SANRAL accepts that no system is flawless. However, there are customer service options available to users through customer service centres, call centre, and the web to make e-toll enquiries. Also, the honourable member would appreciate that these so called errors and invoices would be minimized if the honourable member would join me in encouraging road users to register their details on the toll system.