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11 August 2015 - NW2272

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of labour

How many (a) individual claims were lodged with the Compensation Fund and(b) claims were settled through payments to (i) workers and/or (ii) their medical service provider(s) in the (aa) 2010-11, (bb) 2011-12, (cc) 2012-13, (dd) 2013-14, and (ee) 2013-15 financial years?

Reply:

 

Claims Processed between 2010 and 2015

 

Year

Claims Registered

No of Medical Payments

No of claims Paid

2010/2011

215 493

868 284

329 091

2011/2012

141 437

824 924

205 150

2012/2013

196 509

934 834

325 981

2013/2014

310 710

1 817 383

304 234

11 August 2015 - NW2561

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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

Reply:

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

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

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

 

11 August 2015 - NW2584

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

With reference to the new visa regulations, which according to reports from various tourism bodies have adversely affected both the tourism and hospitality industries, has she taken steps to engage with the Minister of Home Affairs in order to mitigate the risk of job losses in either of the specified industries; if so, what steps?

Reply:

I suggest the Honourable member to direct this questions to Minister of Home Affairs or Minister of Tourism.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2718

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 August 2015 - NW2705

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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) No

(a)(i) None

(a)(ii)(aa) R0

(a)(ii)(bb) R0

 

(b) Yes. Deputy Minister Mr Bulelani Gratitude Magwanishe, Deputy Director-General: Manufacturing Enterprises, Mr Kgathatso Tlhakudi and Ms Vuyo Tlali, Chief Director: Manufacturing Enterprises travelled to China on 29 October – 01 November 2014

(b)(i) The delegation attended, and the Deputy Minister delivered an address at the 2014 World Investment Summit in Beijing (generally referred to as COFAIR). COFAIR 2014 was devoted to decrease or eliminate the information asymmetry between investors and investment attraction units, and create opportunities on initiatives for developers and investors in order to promote the worldwide optimal configuration on capital, project and resource. Such a platform is critical for the Department of Public Enterprises as it allows the department an opportunity to introduce new investors to the South African SOCs, and their capabilities.

(b)(ii)(aa) Total cost for the visit is R172, 102.07.

(b)(ii)(bb)

Official

Item

Cost

Totals

Deputy Minister Mr Magwanishe

Flight (Business)

R39, 525.00

R63, 092.14

 

Accommodation

R12, 143.10

 
 

S&T

R11, 424.04

 

DDG: Manufacturing Enterprises Mr Tlhakudi

Flight (Business)

R39, 525.00

R54, 611.81

 

Accommodation

R12, 143.10

 
 

S&T

R5943.71

 

Personal Assistant to the Minister, Ms Makhanya

Flight (Economy)

R23, 355.00

R41, 441.81

 

Accommodation

R12, 143. 10

 
 

S&T

R5943.71

 

All delegation

Car rental for the delegation

R12, 194.72

R12, 194.72

Total costs

R172, 102.07

(c) Yes. Ms Matsietsi Mokholo, Acting Director-General, Ms Jacky Molisane, Deputy Director-General: Strategic Partnerships and Mr Mzwandile Radebe, Chief Director: Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Relations travelled to China from 14 to 19 November 2014.

(c)(i) The purpose of the working visit was the formalization of the establishment of the SASAC/DPE Steering Committee and agree on the Plan of Action for the MOU signed on 03 December 2013. The team also went on the site visit to learn on the management of mega projects.

(c)(ii)(aa) The total cost for the visit is R159 020.21

(c)(ii)(bb)

Official

Item

Cost

Totals

DG Ms Mokholo – R37, 960.39

Flight (Business)

R35, 960.39

R56, 756.14

 

Accommodation

R14, 627.44

 
 

S&T

R6168.31

 

DDG: Strategic Partnerships Ms Molisane

Flight (Business)

R37, 960.39

R59, 245.25

 

Accommodation

R14, 627.44

 
 

S&T

R6657.42

 

Chief Director: Inter-Governmental and Stakeholder Relations Mr Radebe

Flight (Economy)

R10, 992.39

R29, 844.53

 

Accommodation

R14, 627.44

 
 

S&T

R6657.42

 

All delegation

Car rental for the delegation

R13, 174.29

R13, 174.29

Total costs

R159, 020.21

 

11 August 2015 - NW2571

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)       Has her department made any progress in developing alternative and innovative funding arrangements, in light of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s recent decision to dismiss Eskom’s latest tariff increase application; (2) what has she done to reduce Eskom’s dependence on funding from the fiscus since her appointment on 26 May 2014; (3) will she, in light of the restructuring and partial privatisation of Denel in 2002 that led the specified company experiencing a highly successful turnaround whilst remaining 100% state-owned, consider implementing a similar model for the urgent turnaround needed at Eskom; if not, what is her position with regard to the (a) privatisation and/or (b) partial privatisation of Eskom as a means of attracting private capital into the state-owned company; if so, will she concede that the privatisation or partial privatisation of Eskom is a reasonable capital-raising exercise as a way out of the company’s financial plights? NW2945E

Reply:

(1) Eskom will continue executing the funding plan as approved and where there is a gap as a result of the NERSA decision, bridging finance will be sought.

(2) Eskom continues to drive cost containment programmes to drive efficiencies and is reviewing the Eskom business model to optimally manage the operations.

(3)(a) Privatisation of Eskom in any form is not an option which is being considered as it is not aligned with current Government policy direction.

(3)(b) Options of raising capital in a more sustainable manner (other than full or partial privatisation of Eskom Company) are being evaluated and will be tabled for consideration by the relevant stakeholders of Eskom.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2355

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

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

Officials in provinces who sign off on provincial tenders are:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

END.

11 August 2015 - NW2696

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

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

Reply:

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11 August 2015 - NW2572

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Will she provide a copy of the book entitled Defence Technology Made Easy, which was launched by Denel as part of the group’s celebrations of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy; if not, why not; if so, when?

Reply:

Yes, Denel will distribute copies of said book to the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, at the tabling of its Annual Report 2014/15.

11 August 2015 - NW2633

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

11 August 2015 - NW2565

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Economic Development

With regard to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC), what are the names of each of the companies registered to import fuel?

Reply:

ITAC does not have a list of registration of companies to import fuel. ITAC issues import permits for the importation of fuels of tariff heading chapters 27.08 to 27.15.

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11 August 2015 - NW2567

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Energy

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

Reply:

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

07 August 2015 - NW2703

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

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

Reply:

(a) Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi and (c) the officials of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year on two occasions, See details below.

A. 2014 China Mining Congress and Expo (Tianjin-Beijing, 21 - 22 October 2014)

(i) The purpose of the visit:

China Mining is a standing item on the international promotional programme of the DMR. Minister Ramatlhodi led the Department’s participation in 2014. The DMR has participated in the past five sessions of China Mining, including the 2014-15 financial year. The assessment is that it will continue doing so, because the Conference offers South Africa an opportunity to engage with the investment community in the mining sector and to promote the country as a top mining investment destination.

The following officials provided support to the Minister: Dr T. Ramontja (DG Mineral Resources); J. Raphela (DDG Mineral Regulation); P. Mabelebele (Media Liaison Officer); and R. Motau (PA to the Minister).

(ii) (aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of costs of the visit:

Accommodation

R 89 149.24

Air travel

R 276 307.00

TOTAL

R 365 456.24

B. Kimberly Process Certification Scheme

South Africa is a founding member of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in 2003, aimed at preventing trade of conflict diamonds:

  • Plenary Meeting (Guangzhou, 10 - 14 November 2014)

(i) The purpose of the visit: The KP Plenary is the highest decision body of the scheme. Minister Ramatlhodi travelled to China as part of the country’s standing obligation. The following officials provided support to the Minister: Dr T. Ramontja (DG Mineral Resources); R. Muthige (DD Mineral Policy); and T. Sekaya (Assistant PA to the Minister).

(ii) (aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of costs of the visit:

Accommodation

R 169 285.91

Air travel

R 159 636.56

Ground transportation

R 40 300.33

 Total cost

R 369 222.80

  • Intersessional Meeting (Shanghai, 9 - 12 June 2014)

(i) The purpose of the visit: The Intersessional Meeting is implementing structure of decisions taken at the highest decision body of the scheme, KP Plenary. The DMR participated in this Meeting as part of the country’s standing obligation. One DMR official attended the KP Intersessional Meeting: R. Muthige (DD Mineral Policy).

(ii) (aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of costs of the visit:

Accommodation

R 36 200.00

Air travel

R 27 000.00

 Total cost

R 63 200.00

(b) Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant did not travel to China in the 2014-15 financial year.

Approved/not approved

Adv N.A Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2015

07 August 2015 - NW2634

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, in light of South Africa’s international and domestic legal obligations, a court order for the arrest of president Omar al-Bashir of the Sudan for genocide was at any stage issued in terms of the legislation which grants the International Criminal Court jurisdiction in South Africa; if not, why not: if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister wishes to inform the Honorable member that  at the time the original genocide warrant was issued by the International Criminal Court in July 2010 against President Al Bashir, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development received confirmation from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) that the second warrant relating to genocide charge and accompanying statements had been dispatched but that it had not been received at the Department for processing.

Following the receipt of this Parliamentary question, the Department has since forwarded a request to DIRCO urging them to obtain confirmation from South Africa’s Mission in The Hague of the specific date upon which the  original genocide warrant was transmitted to DIRCO for onward transmission to DOJCD. The Department therefore awaits a response in this regard from our Mission in The Hague.

As there had been difficulty locating the whereabouts of the original genocide warrant, the Magistrate’s Court for the District of Pretoria has not as yet been seized with the task of endorsing and ultimately issuing the second warrant against President Al Bashir for crimes of genocide for which he has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on 12 July 2010.

07 August 2015 - NW2357

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether his department has any plans to upgrade the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Gauteng through a private-public partnership; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the (i) relevant details and (ii) applicable timelines and (b) is the estimated cost of such an upgrade; (2) whether any previous attempts have been made to upgrade the hospital through a private-public partnership; if so, (a) when, (b) who were the parties involved and (c) what amount was spent in respect of each attempt?

Reply:

  1. Yes there is a plan to upgrade the Hospital as part of our hospital revitalisation programme – but not necessarily through a private-public-partnership (PPP).
  2. No. The Hospital has had its casualty upgraded before the FIFA 2010 World Cup but not through a PPP. It was done by the Department of Public Works in Gauteng.

END.

06 August 2015 - NW1838

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether any contracts were awarded without complying with Treasury Regulation 16A8.4 in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) how many contracts were awarded, (ii) what are the details of each contract, (iii) to which project was each such contract linked and (iv) what was the value of each contract; (2) whether any officials were (a) implicated, (b) charged and/or (c) dismissed for their involvement, in each case; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department has put any measures in place to stop the contravention of the specified Treasury Regulation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) Yes, there were contracts which were awarded without complying with Treasury Regulation 16A8.4 in 2013/2014.

(1)(b) None in 2014/2015.

(1)(b)(i) Four (4) Contracts were awarded.

(1)(b)(ii) Details of each contract awarded listed below:

Name of supplier

Description of Award

Mihle and Ayola General Trading CC

Supply of Material

TD New Look Construction

Supply of Material

Oratile Kgadi Trading CC

Supply of Material

Meondo Trading 392 CC

Repair and Services

(1)(b)(iii) These goods and services were not linked to specific projects but they were normal day to day operational activities.

(1)(b)(iv) The value of each award is indicated below on the amount column:

Name of supplier

Description of Award

Amount

Mihle and Ayola General Trading CC

Supply of Material

R18 724,50

TD New Look Construction

Supply of Material

R 8 669,00

Oratile Kgadi Trading CC

Supply of Material

R15 340,00

Meondo Trading 392 CC

Repair and Services

R 6 508,00

(2)(a) Yes, they were 3 employees who were implicated.

(2)(b) Letters were issued to the employees concerned. Employee Relations is in the process of drawing up the charges, this process will proceed in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

(2)(c) Measures have been put in place to stop the contravention of Treasury Regulations 16A8.4 where employees are disciplined for the transgression and an internal circular was circulated to all employees.

(3) Yes, measures have been put in place by means of an internal circular to all employees to stop the contravention of the specified Treasury Regulation.

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06 August 2015 - NW239

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Communications to question 1031 on 27 November 2014. The question was to determine total amount that (a) her department and (b) each of its entities (i) spent on or (ii) budgeted for advertising for each month between 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, excluding expenditure transferred though the Department of Communications for advertising.

Reply:

Between, 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has spent funds on advertising as appended hereunder:

  • Departmental Campaign promotion/advertising : R 980 179.16

ADVERTISING: 1 JANUARY 2013 TO 31 JULY 2014

Placement Date:

Media:

Medium

Amount:

       

14 February 2013

SA PRESS ASSOCIATION

Print

60 000.00

19 February 2013

THOBELA FM

Radio

114 000.00

22 April 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

16 092.00

11 June 2013

SABC

Radio

142 614.00

26 June 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

54 628.80

27 June 2013

PICASSO HEADLINE

Print

23 940.00

28 June 2013

ALL MEDIA AFRICA INTERNATIONAL

Print

47 000.00

28 June 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

54 628.80

10 October 2013

KAYA FM D8301

Radio

200 000.00

10 October 2013

ALIVE ADVERTSING D7360

Outdoor

143 838.36

23 October 2013

BENHLE MEDIA BN033/

BETHEL HOUSE MEDIA

Print

15 100.00

04 February 2014

HIGHBURY SAFIKA L9478

Print

27 314.40

11 March 2014

KASHAN ADVERTISING R0154

Print

81 022.80

Total

   

R 980 179.16

  • Departmental Recruitment Advertising : R11 330 928.45

RECRUITMENT ADVERTISING: 1 JANUARY 2013 TO 31 JULY 2014

Placement Date:

Media:

Medium

Amount

       

January 2013

Sunday Times, City Press & New Age

Print

477 351.87

January 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

296 082.95

January 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

433 341.05

February 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

March 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

305 499.98

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

477 351.87

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

359 965.23

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

486 045.71

July 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

436 345.71

August 2013

Legal Brief

Print

73 341.05

September 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

394 299.02

September 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

405 454.98

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

436 345.71

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

394 199.36

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

477 351.87

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

473 351.87

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

433 341.05

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

305 499.98

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

473 352.89

May 2014

Legal Brief

Print

75 155.90

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

352 005.07

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 470.75

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

296 370.30

July 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

465 418.23

TOTAL

   

R11 330 928.45

06 August 2015 - NW2700

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

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

Reply:

(a) Yes, I undertook a trip to China from 09 - 12 September 2014.

(b) No, the Deputy Minister did not travel to China during the 2014/15 financial year.

(c) I was accompanied by my Special Advisor: Mr J Pampallis, Chief Director: International Relations: Mr G Jeppie, Media Liaison Officer: Mr K Nkwanyana, and my Personal Assistant: Ms M Sako.

(i) The purpose of my visit was to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF), which took place in Tianjin, China, from 09 - 12 September 2014. I was requested by the WEF to chair a working session titled “Skilling STEMS (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)” on 11 September 2014.

(ii) (aa) The total cost of the visit was R293 416.62.

(bb) The breakdown of costs are as follows:

  • Flights: R161 485.00
  • Accommodation: R47 354.65
  • Ground transport: R34 892.97
  • Daily allowance: R49 684.00

Compiler/contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2700 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

06 August 2015 - NW2558

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1275 on 19 May 2015, it is not in the interest of the public to disclose the requested information; if not, why not;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW1594

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Mpontshane, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) How many criminal dockets were opened with the SA Police Service for (i) failing to comply with water use authorizations or (ii) using water without authorization as required by the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (2) (a) how many criminal dockets were handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years for offences in terms of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (3) (a) how many criminal dockets for transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, did the NPA decline to prosecute in the specified periods and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (4) how many convictions were secured in each of the specified periods for transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (5) What was the (a) highest monetary fine and (b) longest sentence of direct imprisonment obtained for convictions for offences of transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, in each specified period?

Reply:

(1)(a) My Department has opened a total of Sixty Seven (67) cases with the South African Police Service (SAPS) for contravening the National Water Act (Act no 36 of 1998) (NWA). (i), one (1) case was opened for not complying with water use authorizations and (ii) Fifty Eight (58) were cases opened for engaging in water uses without authorisation.

(1)(b) Below is the region and sector breakdown of criminal cases opened:

Criminal Cases Opened with SAPS

  1. Region
  1. Sectors
 

Mining

Agriculture

Industries

Water Services Authorities

Tourism

Total

Eastern Cape

-

-

-

-

-

-

Free State

-

1

-

7

-

8

Gauteng

2

6

-

-

-

8

KwaZulu-Natal

10

-

1

-

-

11

Limpopo

-

1

-

-

-

1

Mpumalanga

9

14

3

1

1

28

North West

1

2

-

1

-

4

Northern Cape

4

-

-

-

-

4

Western Cape

-

-

2

1

-

3

Total

26

24

6

10

1

67

(2) The relevant Department to answer the question is the South African Police Service (SAPS).

 

(3) The relevant Department to answer the question is the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

(4) The relevant Department to answer the question is the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

(5)(a) The highest monetary fine was One Million Rand (R1 000 000.00) in 2013/2014.

(5)(b) No imprisonment was obtained for convictions for the offences of transgressions of the NWA.

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06 August 2015 - NW2111

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department will provide the results of the surveys on patient satisfaction conducted in health facilities in 2014; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. The Provincial Departments of Health have conducted patient satisfaction surveys in health facilities during 2014/15.2.
  2. Nationally 42% of public health facilities conducted patient satisfaction surveys during 2014/15 financial year;
  3. In total 1 810 334 patients participated in surveys at these facilities, and from these 1 377 851 patients were satisfied with services rendered at public health facilities.
  4. In addition STATSA conducts patients satisfaction surveys as part of the Annual Household surveys.

END.

06 August 2015 - NW2560

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1501 on 12 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW2370

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to Rand Water’s appointment as water service provider to the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality in the 201314 financial year, how many (a) villages had water at the time of the takeover and (b) more villages have received water since the appointment of Rand Water; (2) what is the status of phase one of the reticulation project; (3) what are the reasons for the escalation in the cost of implementation of phase one from R121 million to R278 million as per council reports; (4) what has been the progress of the reticulation project from the 2013-14 to 2014 15 financial years?

Reply:

(1)(a) According to Census 2011, 11,9% of the population in Bushbuckridge had access to piped water in their dwellings, the remaining was supplied with water at Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) standard (i.e Boreholes/communal taps) and Water Carts.

(1)(b) A total of 24 villages have received water since the appointment of Rand Water.

(2) All projects which were implemented under Phase 1 to reticulate 24 villages in Bushbuckridge were completed.

(3) Initially, the scope of the work was under estimated, upon assessment and finalization of technical designs of the projects, it was discovered that bulk of the work was not included in the initial scope of the work, therefore additional budget was required to complete the projects.

(4) The intervention was initiated in the 2013/14 financial year, 24 villages were completed in the 2014/15 financial year and a further
15 villages are currently being reticulated.

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06 August 2015 - NW2557

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1201 on 26 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW2559

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1200 on 12 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW2423

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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

Reply:

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation did not spend any funds on advertising in the Sowetan and the Daily Sun newspapers during the 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 financial years.

06 August 2015 - NW620

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

For each forensic chemistry laboratory in the country, (a) what amount of (i) postmortem and (ii) premortem drunk driving blood alcohol samples were unprocessed as at 28 February 2015 and (b) how many (i) new samples have been received in 2015 and (ii) of these new samples have been processed to date?

Reply:

(a)  (i) Post Mortem unprocessed drunk driving blood alcohol samples:

28 February 2015: 6 980

31 July 2015; 3 964

(ii) Pre Mortem unprocessed drunk driving blood alcohol samples:

28 February 2015: 54 129

31 July 2015; 39 433

(b)  (i) New samples that have been received from January 2015 to 31st July 2015: 41 925

(ii) New samples that have been processed from January 2015 to 31st July 2015: 63 431

This means that new samples received by the 31 July 2015 since the beginning of the year are 41 925, but in that period 63 431 samples were processed.

This is because we have divided all samples into two categories. One category is for new samples which must be done immediately to avoid backlogs. The second category is for historically backlog samples. These are done bit-by-bit as soon as the current samples are done. Hence the 20 000 extra samples are from this backlog category.

END.

05 August 2015 - NW1863

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the average ambulance response time at ODI District Hospital in Mabopane; 2) (a) which area does the specified hospital serve and (b) what is the size of this area in square kilometers; (3) which hospitals serve wards 9, 12, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 24 in Tshwane?

Reply:

  1. The EMS Priority 1 (P1) response rate under 60 minutes in the Odi District is 78.7%;

The EMS Priority 1 (P1) urban response rate under 15 minutes in the Odi District is 40.4%.

The provincial average response times are indicated below:

Indicator

Period

Sort Order

Indicator Name

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

Grand Total

104

EMS call transport rate

89.2

97.7

92.1

90.4

92.5

105

EMS inter-facility transfer rate

0.0

0.0

88.5

90.4

42.9

106

EMS obstetric client transport rate

36.5

31.1

31.9

34.9

33.4

107

EMS operational ambulance coverage (annualized)

 

109

EMS operational Obstetric Emergency Unit coverage

 

110

EMS P1 call response under 60 minutes rate

46.7

100.0

50.0

100.0

78.7

111

EMS P1 rural responses under 40 minutes rate

 

112

EMS P1 urban response under 15 minutes rate

46.7

28.6

50.0

45.0

40.0

334

EMS P1 Urban Maternity and obstetric call under 15 minutes response rate

100.0

100.0

(a)   It serves Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane, Soshanguve and Winterveldt, in Gauteng Province.

(b)    Botshabelo, Hebron, Hoekfontein, Kgabalatsane, Klipgat, Koedoespoort,Kromkuil, Madidi, Makau, Makaunyane, Mothutlung, Odinburg, Rabokala – all in North West Province.

2.  Odi Hospital, which refers to Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital.

END.

05 August 2015 - NW402

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether at any stage during the lengthy and substantial security upgrade at his residence in Nkandla, he had requested either the Minister of Police or the Minister of Public Works or any government official to (a) meet with him, (b) inform him, (c) consult with him or (d) furnish him with progress reports regarding (i) plans and drawings for the security upgrade, (ii) estimated costs of each aspect of the upgrades, (iii) name and details of architectural firms to undertake the drawings and supervise the construction, (iv) name and clearance details of the contractors to do the work and (v) the length of time required for the completion of the project; if not, why not; if so, (aa) what official information did he receive at all stages of the security upgrade project and (bb) how did he respond to the information provided to him 2) Whether at any stage he had raised any queries as to why non-security upgrades were being constructed or provided for at Nkandla; if not, why not?

Reply:

I set out in a detailed report to Parliament the facts and circumstances of which I had knowledge relating to the security enhancements at my Nkandla residence. The report is attached for ease of reference.

NW478E

05 August 2015 - NW623

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What was the intake of (a) interns, (b) community service medical officers and (c) registrars in KwaZulu-Natal in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2011, (iv) 2012, (v) 2013, (vi) 2014 and (vii) 2015; (2) whether there has been a decrease in the intake in any of these categories in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015; if so, what were the reasons for the decrease in each category; (3) (a) what amount was allocated for compensation of these posts in each category (i) in the 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) how was this money actually spent?

Reply:

  1. (a) Interns

Year

Number

  1. 2009
  1. 2010
  1. 2011
  1. 2012
  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015

350

371

374

361

369

384

271

 

(b) Community Service Medical Officers

Year

Number

  1. 2009
  1. 2010
  1. 2011
  1. 2012
  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015

223

229

202

193

198

215

230

 

(c) Registrars

Year

Number

  1. 2009
  1. 2010
  1. 2011
  1. 2012
  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015

150

170

209

194

165

39

0

2.  (a) 2014:

(i)  Interns – Yes.

As a result of the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) reverting to a six-year programme for medical students there were no students in 2014 completing the sixth year and this reduced the number of students that could be placed for internship.

(ii)  Community Service Medical Officers – No decrease.

(iii)  Registrars – Yes, due to limited available funding.

3.  (a) (i) and (ii) No fixed amount was allocated.

(b) (i) 2013-14

Interns: R363,583,000.00

Community Service Medical Officers: R138,136,500.00

Registrars: R471,970,000.00

(ii) 2014-15

Medical Interns: R373,614,200.00

Community Service Medical Officers: R155,466,000.00

Registrars: R430,000,000.00

END.

05 August 2015 - NW2746

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

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

MR D LIPHOKO

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

GCIS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

05 August 2015 - NW1880

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

Since 1 January 2015, has his department installed generators at any of (a) its offices or (b) the offices of the entities reporting to him as a result of load shedding; if so, what is the total cost of the (i) installation and (ii) running of these generators?

Reply:

CIVITAS BUILDING:

(i) No. The National Department of Health has not installed any generator since 1 January 2015.

(ii) The existing generator installation costs were included in the overall major upgrading of the building four which was completed in 2010. The running costs are included in the monthly rental payment to Public Works.

Forensic Chemistry Laboratories buildings (4)

(i) No generators were installed at the three forensic chemistry laboratories ( Pretoria; Johannesburg and Cape Town) since 1st January 2015.. The National Department of Health has not installed any generator since 1 January 2015.

A new generator has been installed at the newly operational Forensic Chemistry Laboratory in Durban (85 Magwaza Maphalala street) on 31 March 2015 at a cost of R294,120.00 as a standard feature for any of our forensic laboratories.

(ii) The maintenance costs are included in the monthly rental payment to the Department of Public Works.

Medical Bureau for Occupational Disease (MBOD) /Compesation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases (CCOD)

(i) No. The National Department of Health has not installed any generator since at the MBOD/ CCOD building since 1 January 2015.

(ii) The generator installation costs were included in the overall major upgrading of the building four which was completed in 2007. The running costs are included in the monthly rental payment to Public Works.

PUBLIC ENTITIES:

The South African Medical Research Council

(i) In the process of replacing the generator at an estimated cost of R1 500 000.00.

(ii) There is no actual fuel consumption data to provide cost nor associated maintenance cost as the installation has not been started. The specifications for fuel consumption for the generator that will be installed are 199 g/kwh to 206 g/kwh at 100% capacity.

The Council for Medical Schemes

(i) In the current year the old generator was replaced at a total cost of R569, 621. The amount includes a trade in / rebate amount on the old generator set.

 

The Council for Medical Schemes has a service level agreement with the supplier to test and maintain the generator at a contractual rate. Actual running costs of the generator for the period 1 January 2015 to 30 May 2015, including total cost paid to the supplier for servicing and replacing parts amounts to R19, 618. R27, 221 was spent on diesel. (The estimated running costs of diesel are estimated at R1, 575 per load shedding event.)

END.

05 August 2015 - NW2631

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department is developing a protocol to (a) document and (b) receive climate refugees; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?NW3006

Reply:

(a)  There is no specific protocol in place for climate refugees. The department is not presently developing a protocol to document climate refugees.

The Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 provides for the documentation of all asylum seekers and refugees respectively in terms of section 22 and 24 (3) of the Act.

Refugee status is granted on merit and on the credibility of each asylum claim in terms of provisions transcribed under section 3 of the Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 which stipulates that, a person qualifies for refugee status for the purposes of this Act if that person –

(i)  Owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted by reason of his or her race, tribe, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group, is outside the country of his or her nationality and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country, or, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his or her former habitual residence is unable or, owing to such fear, unwilling to return to it; or

(ii)  Owing to external aggression, occupation, foreign domination or events seriously disturbing or disrupting public order in either a part or the whole of his or her country of origin or nationality, is compelled to leave his or her place of habitual residence in order to seek refuge elsewhere; or

(iii)  Is a dependant of a person contemplated in paragraph (i) or (ii).

As part of the existing protocol to document refugees, the department provides enabling documents to recognised refugees such as Refugee Certification in terms of section 27(C), Refugee Identity Documents in terms of section 30 (1) and Refugee Travel Documents in terms of section 31.

(b)  The department is not developing a protocol to receive climate refugees. This is because refugee status is already clearly outlined in the current legislation and international protocols. Section 21 of the Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 provides for the reception of all those who - because of reasons indicated in Section 3 of the same Act – have been forced to migrate and seek asylum in South Africa.

Asylum seekers are received, registered, accepted and processed with their claims adjudicated according to the relevant domestic legislation (The Constitution, Refugees Act No 130 of 1998) and international protocols (1951 UN Convention, the 1967 Protocol and the 1969 OAU Protocol).

05 August 2015 - NW2600

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, with regard to the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, the Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital will be moved or relocated; if not, (a) what is to happen to the patients currently at the hospital and (b) where will new patients go to; if so, (i) where is the hospital to be relocated, (ii) at what cost and (iii) when will the relocation commence?

Reply:

Portions 87, 148, 149 were sold through an open tender by the Department of Local Government and Housing. As part of the agreement with the successful bidder, the Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital will be relocated to a site opposite Edenvale Hospital.

(a)   The patience currently at the Hospital will remain at the Hospital until relocation. Any patients that will be at the Hospital when the new premises is complete will be relocated to the new premises.

(b)   New patients will continue to be admitted at the Hospital until the relocation, after which all new patients will be admitted at the new premises.

(i) The Hospital will be relocated to a site opposite Edenvale Hospital;

(ii) As part of the agreement with the successful bidder, the successful bidder will relocate the Hospital at his own cost;

(iii) The relocation will only commence once the developer complete the construction and commissioning of the new premises.

END.

05 August 2015 - NW236

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

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

Reply:

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

NW110E

04 August 2015 - NW1445

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

04 August 2015 - NW2539

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2385

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

(a) Mr Frans Matlala

(b) 01 July 2015

 

 

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

04 August 2015 - NW2275

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

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

Reply:

 

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

04 August 2015 - NW2506

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

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

Disciplinary and criminal action has been instituted where warranted.

MR N MUNZHELELE

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

04 August 2015 - NW2002

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

Yes the department maintain an updated asset register.

(a)  Five motor vehicles

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

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

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

Price; R349 561.40

Purchase date: 30 June 2004

MINISTER

  • Mercedes-Benz E200

Price; R451 804.00

Purchase date: 08 January 2010

  • Mercedes-Benz E500

Price; R760 794.01

Purchase date: 08 January 2010

DEPUTY MINISTER

  • BMW 520d

Price; R466 449.30

Purchase date: 15 February 2011

  • BMW 740i

Price; R897 721.99

Purchase date: 07 March 2011

END.

04 August 2015 - NW1708

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

 

(aa) 2012-2013

(bb) 2013 - 2014

(cc) 2014- 2015

 

3,104

3,046

2,539

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

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

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

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

PERIOD

NUMBER

2012-2013

55

2013-2014

49

2014-2015

52

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

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

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

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

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

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2583

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

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

Reply:

  1. Yes.

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

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

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

UNQUOTE

04 August 2015 - NW2274

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

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

Reply:

 

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

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

(c)  (i) N/A and (ii) N/A

04 August 2015 - NW2109

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

  1. (a) 1 623;

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

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

2. (a) 6 729;

(b) 61;

3.  (a) 22;

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

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

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

END.

04 August 2015 - NW1294

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

PROVINCE

ADMISSIONS

Eastern Cape

284

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

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

  • Penile mutilations including amputations
  • Assaults

END.

04 August 2015 - NW1842

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2060

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

END.

04 August 2015 - NW871

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2422

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

The following Tables reflect the situation in this regard:

(a) The Department of Health

Newspaper

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Sowetan

R564,376.17

R153,029.57

R256,159.31

Daily Sun

R245,149.33

R230,794.39

R175,800.71

(b) Entities

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

The National Health Laboratory Service spent on advertising as follows:

Newspaper

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Sowetan

R226,896.48

Nil

Nil

Daily Sun

Nil

Nil

Nil

END.