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17 November 2015 - NW3856

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Police

Whether, in line with the applicable provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, his department was incorporating cutting-edge technology and the most innovative ideas in policing political protests and civil activism in our country; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) positive outcomes were achieved by the police in maintaining law and order during the protest actions since 1 January 2015?

Reply:

(a) Yes. The following modern technology and ideas are used to police protests and

gatherings:

  • Water Cannon
  • Long Range Acoustic Device
  • Video cameras
  • Recording devices
  • Mediation and conflict resolution and intensified community relations programmes

(b) The above cutting-edge technology contributed to the following positive

outcomes:

  • No loss of life, minimised physical contact between the participants and the police and improved method of collecting evidence for criminal court purposes.

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17 November 2015 - NW3709

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

Whether any investigation has been conducted into the conduct of a certain person (name and details furnished) for (a) the unlawful appointment of a certain service provider (name furnished) which had earlier been disqualified from the bid process, (b) the incurring of fruitless and wasteful expenditure and (c) exposing the specified municipality to unnecessary litigation; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what is the current status of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3724

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether his department is aware that the upgrading of the access road into Kwanomzamo, Riebeek East, in Makana Municipality scheduled for completion in 2012 has not been completed; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) why was the upgrading of the specified road not completed and (b) when will the upgrading of the specified road be completed; (2) whether the Municipal Infrastructure Grant funding was used to build the specified access road; if not, (a) from what budget were the funds sourced and (b) what was the total cost of the specified project; if so, from where was this grant funding sourced; (3) has there been any attempt to complete this project since 2012; if not, why not; if so, why is the project still incomplete?

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3712

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether a service provider was appointed by the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) to conduct capacity assessments of municipalities prior to the commencement of the current demarcation process; if not, (a) why not and (b) does the specified board have the internal capacity to conduct such an assessment; if so, (i) which service provider was appointed, (ii) what is the status of the specified service provider’s report and (iii) what was the cost of the contract for the research undertaken; (2) whether any reports were generated regarding the capacity of the newly amalgamated municipalities by (a) the MDB, (b) a service provider appointed by the specified board and/or (c) any other body for use in the demarcation process; if not, why not; if so, (i) who conducted the assessments, (ii) what criteria were used during such assessments and (iii) were the reports made available to the public during the public participation process? NW4394E

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3842

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Nkomo, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Health

What is the (a) current status of the renovations in the dental department at the Mamelodi Hospital in Pretoria and (b) envisaged time frame for the completion of the specified renovations?

Reply:

According to the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health -

  1. Specifications have been completed;
  2. The scope and project plan is still to be finalised. This will provide the specifics with regard to the envisaged time-frames to complete the renovations. It is however, expected that it will be completed before the end of this financial year.

END.

17 November 2015 - NW3804

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether the prescribed minimum benefits under the Medical Schemes Act, 131 of 1998, make provision for minimum benefits for people with physical disabilities, in particular for (a) mobility impairments, (b) visual impairments and (ciii) hearing losses; if not, (i) why not and (ii) when will he take steps to address this matter; if so, what are the further relevant details of the specified prescribed minimum benefits; (2) (a) what assistance do public healthcare institutions provide for people with physical disabilities, particularly with reference to (i) mobility enhancing equipment, (ii) visual enhancing equipment and (iii) hearing aids and (b) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1.The Prescribed Minimum Benefits under the Medical Schemes Act,131 of 1998 make provision for minimum benefits for people with physical disabilities such as:

(a) Mobility impairments

Included in the PMBs is rehabilitative therapy such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy up to level of functional plateau; i.e. up to a point where no additional significant improvement from continued therapy is reached. No monetary limit is placed rather a therapeutic value threshold is set. This is a critical clinical intervention to improve the mobility of the physically disabled patient. Additionally, equipment to assist with mobility is included in the PMBs such as wheelchairs. This is dependent on the cause of immobility being a consequence of a PMB condition.

(b) Visual impairment

Currently the PMB package only provides for visual aids such corrective optometry devices. If a member suffers a PMB condition which threatens their vision, the PMB entitlements first include interventions that will prevent the visual loss and secondarily, will reverse such any degree of visual impairment. Thus the PMB package with regards to the visual system is predominantly a secondary and tertiary prevention package, and is highly aligned with National Policy (e.g. cataract surgery and treatment algorithms for Glaucoma). With regards to other supportive health technology such as walking sticks for those with complications for PMBs aligned with national policy and included in their management is corrective medical and surgical interventions.

(c) Hearing losses

Preventative care: Common conditions that cause hearing loss are included in the PMB package and their early and effective management is included as PMB level of care. These include early management of otitis media, rupture of eardrums post-trauma or infection etc. Supportive care for hearing loss as a complication of PMBs is not precluded when other means of restoration such as tympanoplasty have failed.

The PMB framework enables Medical Schemes to institute Managed Care principles in order to ensure members of medical schemes have access to quality healthcare at affordable prices. Bringing down the cost of care via these mechanisms would allow for a more equitable disbursement of risk pool funds to both disabled and non-disabled members of medical schemes.

It is important to note that the PMBs are not an exhaustive and comprehensive list. The Medical Schemes Act, however, provides for a regular revision to the PMB package to identify and proactively address some of the current deficiencies. The revised package under consideration contains a preventative and curative components in line with National policy. It further does not neglect wholesale the supportive measures for irreversible disabilities, albeit with plenty of room for improvement. The PMB package revision is a work in progress with an emphasis on trying to bring it into closer alignment with current national priorities and policy.

2. (a) (i) Public hospitals do provide mobility enhancing equipment (assistive technology) to persons with physical disabilities in the form of crutches, walking aids and wheelchairs (manual and motorized),

(ii) Public hospitals do provide refractive services and issue the relevant visual enhancing equipment in the form of spectacles or readers. In certain instances where refractive services are not available in a public facility, arrangements are made for this to be provided by a service provider from an NGO or private sector,

(iii) Public hospitals do provide audiology services which include testing for hearing loss, and fitting and training on the use of hearing aids.

(b) There are no further relevant details.

END.

17 November 2015 - NW3713

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any investigation is underway into the actions, performance or administration of a certain municipal manager (name and details furnished) in the Free State; if so, (a) what is the (i) nature of the investigation and (ii) current status of the investigation and (b) when is it anticipated that the investigation will be completed; if not, (2) whether he is aware of (a) the serious allegations of corruption and maladministration that have been levelled against the specified person and (b) a Hawks investigation into the specified person; (3) (a) how long has the specified person been acting as municipal manager and (b) what is the specified person’s regular position in the municipality; (4) does the specified person have the requisite qualifications to act as a municipal manager; if so, what are the details of the qualifications; (5) whether he will instruct the political leadership of the municipality to remove the specified person from the specified position as acting municipal manager given the nature of the allegations against the specified person and return the specified person to the person’s previous position; if not, why not; if so, when? NW4395E

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3708

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

Whether any investigation has been conducted into the conduct of a certain person (name and details furnished) for (a) the unlawful appointment of a certain service provider (name furnished) which had earlier been disqualified from the bid process, (b) the incurring of fruitless and wasteful expenditure and (c) exposing the specified municipality to unnecessary litigation; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what is the current status of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3466

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What has the Kouga Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape done to assist the Oyster Bay community to (i) remove sand and (ii) stop sand dune encroachment on streets, public spaces and residential homes, (b) what definite plan does the municipality have to deal with this problem in the future and (c) what is the timeline for all specified assistance?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the Department. We have, however, requested the Kouga Local Municipality to provide this information.

The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information as soon as it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3878

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Basson, Ms J to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to his reply to question 3086 on 8 September 2015, what was the outcome of the investigation into the issues raised in the internal audit report with regard to the payment to Maximum Profit Recovery (Pty) Ltd; (2) whether the external investigator investigated the other allegations in the internal audit report; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3865

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to his reply to question 2600 on 5 August 2015, where he states that the Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital will be relocated to a site opposite the Edenvale Hospital and the Environmental Authorisation compiled by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on 5 June 2015, which states that the relocation of the Sizwe Hospital is not approved in the specified Environmental Authorisation (details furnished), can he explain his reply in relation to the specified condition outlined in the specified Environmental Authorisation compiled by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development?

Reply:

The Gauteng Department of Health agreed to the relocation of the Hospital subject to the developer undertaking to fund the relocation fully at their own cost. It is the duty of the developer to ensure that all approvals (including but not limited to Environmental Authorisation) are obtained prior to any developments and relocation taking place on the site where the Hospital is currently located. It is assumed that until such time that the developer and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and Human Settlements obtain approval to relocate the Hospital, the relocation will not take place.

The Department of COGTA and Human Settlements has since brought to the attention of the Gauteng Department of Health that the developer no longer wished to follow through with terms of relocation as was agreed upon.

END.

17 November 2015 - NW3738

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What was the (a) cash on hand, (b) debtors book and age analysis, (c) collection ratio and (d) monthly operating (i) income, (ii) expenditure and (iii) creditors book and age analysis in respect of each metro municipality for the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a) which capital grants were awarded to each metro in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) what amount was spent in each specified case in respect of each metro municipality; (3) were any capital grant funds utilised for operational expenditure; if so, (a) what amount, (b) have any steps been taken in this regard and (c) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) (b) (c) (d) (i) (ii) (iii) The tables below outlines the cash on hand , debtors age analysis, operating income, expenditure and creditors books for Metropolitan municipalities. The information sourced from the municipal 2014/15 pre-audited financial statements submitted to National Treasury and MFMA Section 71 quarterly report as at June 2015.

Here's the link for table1;2;3;4&5: http://www.pmg.org.za/files/RNW3738-151117.doc

(2) The table below outlines the capital grants that were awarded to each metro in the 2014-15 financial year and the amounts spent in each specified case in respect of each metro municipality. The information sourced from the National Treasury.

(3) The grants are for capital expenditure and any amounts spent on operating expenditure can only be identified through an audit. The Auditor General is currently conducting the municipal audits which will be concluded on the 30th November 2015.

Metropolitan Municipality

Urban Settlement Development Partnership Grant (USDG)

Public Transport Infrastructure Grant

Integrated National Electrification Programme (Municipal) Grant

Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant

 

(a)Allocated in 2014/15 FY

(b)Expenditure in 2014/15 FY

(a) Allocated in 2014/15 FY

(b) Expenditure in 2014/15 FY

(a) Allocated in 2014/15 FY

(b) Expenditure in 2014/15 FY

(a) Allocated in 2014/15 FY

(b) Expenditure in 2014/15 FY

Buffalo City

R673,289,000

R 673,287,715

R -

R -

R20,587,000

R23,285,000

R5,000,000

R5,568,000

Nelson Mandela Bay

R371,602,000

R747,939,811

R167,500,000

R122,238,000

R18,000,000

R18,000,000

R9,000,000

R5,596,000

Mangaung

R654,406,000

R585,876,747

R30,000,000

R15,056,000

R30,200,000

R26,492,000

R5,000,000

R3,917,000

Ekurhuleni

R1,804,532,000

R1,498,622,869

R250,000,000

R271,932,000

R61,000,000

R60,925,000

R -

R -

City of Johannesburg

R1,695,189,000

R1,583,408,494

R553,571,000

R820,665,000

R31,000,000

R25,801,000

R48,461,000

R40,926,000

City of Tshwane

R1,469,450,000

R1,460,205,486

R867,571,000

R848,957,000

R32,000,000

R32,000,000

R75,000,000

R174,998,000

Ethekwini

R1,800,076,000

R1,800,076,000

R654,751,000

R234,698,000

R15,000,000

R42,054,000

R34,255,000

R6,833,000

City of Cape Town

R1,358,879,000

R1,481,930,471

R1,069,140,000

R 776,784,000

R5,000,000

R11,727,000

R30,784,000

R7,397,000

17 November 2015 - NW3635

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

(1)What is the rate in the rand levied on (a) residential property, (b) commercial property and (c) agricultural property in respect of each municipality in the Northern Cape; (2) whether the provisions of the National Treasury Instruction 07 of 2014/2015 are consistently applied in the specified municipalities with regard to the payment of the rate in the rand levied by municipalities; if not, why not, in each case; (3) whether he has found the rate in the rand levied by the Emthanjeni Local Municipality to be fair in comparison to the rates levied by surrounding municipalities; if not, what steps does he intend to take to ameliorate the conditions imposed on agricultural properties?

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3880

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

(1)Whether any investigation is currently underway and/or was conducted into the non-compliance of municipalities with the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act, Act 29 of 2014, in the 2014-15 financial year; if not, why not; if so, which municipalities (a) are being and/or (b) have been investigated; (2) (a) what is the current status of each of the specified investigations and (b) when is it anticipated that the investigations will be completed; (3) what has he found are the causes for the municipalities’ non-compliance with the specified Act; (4) whether he is taking any steps to ensure the compliance of the municipalities with the specified Act; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. No. There is no investigation underway or conducted.

What we regard as important to make a positive change in terms of municipal compliance is instilling culture of compliance with the critical provisions of the Act. This will be an on-going rather than a once-off process. In this regard, the department wrote letters to the relevant municipalities outlining issues of non-compliance and how those matters should be addressed, and it would continue monitoring municipal progress towards resolution of those matters.

2. Not applicable.

3. From the monitoring and assessments conducted, some of the causes were lack of understanding that until certain Council adopted documents (i.e by-laws to give effect to rates policies and resolution levying rates) are published in the relevant Provincial Gazette as required by the law, there is no full compliance with the law.

4. Yes. As already indicated in (1) above, the department is continuing to monitor municipal compliance with the critical provisions of the Act and where required it would provide the necessary guidance. In this regard, in the 2015/16 financial year the department would follow-up with those municipalities that were identified as having been non-compliant, with a view to rectifying those matters with respect of the 2016/17 municipal budget preparation process.

17 November 2015 - NW3888

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What are the details of all court cases in which the Camdeboo Local Municipality has been involved (i) in the (aa) 2013-14 and (bb) 2014-15 financial years and (ii) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) what was the outcome of each specified case and (c) what are the details of the costs incurred by the specified municipality in each specified case?

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

17 November 2015 - NW3764

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to his reported disclosure last year (details furnished) that out of 278 Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) in municipalities, 170 were not qualified, what is the statistics with regard to qualifications of CFOs in municipalities as at 1 September 2015?

Reply:

The response is based on the information provided by National Treasury.

As at 01 September 2015, out of 227 filled chief financial officer posts, 151 meet the requirements, in terms of the Local Government: Regulations on Minimum Competency Levels.

17 November 2015 - NW3889

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 311 on 12 March 2015, a certain person (name and details furnished) now complies with the minimum competency levels required of municipal accounting officers; if not, (a) what are the details of the competency levels which the specified person does not comply with and (b) what action has been and/or will be taken by his department to ensure that the specified municipality is managed by a fully compliant manager; if so, when did the specified person achieve full compliance with the specified competency levels?

Reply:

The information requested will be obtained from the appropriate authority. The information will be communicated to the Hon Member when it is available.

16 November 2015 - NW3628

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)What total number of houses did her department plan to build for military veterans (a) in the (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13, (iv) 2013-14 and (v) 2014-15 financial years and (b) from 1 April 2015 to the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) how many of the intended total number of houses were (a) allocated and (b) handed over to beneficiaries in each of the specified financial years and time period; (3) how were (a) beneficiaries identified and (b) houses allocated in each of the specified financial years and time period?

Reply:

I wish to advise the Honourable member that details of the implementation of the special housing assistance dispensation for military veterans was concluded with the gazetting of the Military Veterans Regulations only on 19 February 2014 through Government Gazette No 37355 of 2014. This paved the way for proper planning and implementation of the programme. Accordingly, during my budget vote speech in July 2014, I indicated that We will establish a dedicated Branch, headed by a DDG, to ensure that all 5 854 indigent military veterans receive houses in less than three years”. In essence, planning for the delivery of houses for the military veterans commenced in the 2014/15 financial year. 'Prior, those military veterans whom were classified as indigent benefited from the normal housing programme for the indigent.

In addition, I am the first to admit to the slow delivery of houses to military veterans during the Govan Mbeki Awards on 13 August 2015, I indicated that:

First we are going to prioritise the military veterans. Their plight is a sad one that does need to be repeated here. In view of the extreme insensitivity that is very easily attached to the delays that have been experienced by our military veterans, I would like to indicate, on behalf of government, that we care very deeply concerned about their plight. The delay has not been deliberate, but I have now taken a decision that we will prove our worth to them.

The Deputy Ministers of Military Veterans and Human Settlements and I have met with various groupings of military veterans in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal and I have taken the decision that we will complete the more than 5 000 houses for military veterans who are on our database in the current financial year. The Military Veterans Housing Programme will be a national Ministerial programme. It will be coordinated by the Deputy Minister of Human Settlements as a national project, resources for the project will be ring-fenced and the military veterans themselves will appoint a national task team, through the Deputy Minister of Military Veterans and who will work closely with the Deputy Minister of Human Settlements. It is my intention that by March 2016 there should be no military veteran on our data base who is not housed through our intervention.

I responded to question 3217 posed by an Honourable Gana on this important matter of military veterans as follows:

Honourable member, we are currently in the final stages of concluding contractual agreements on this matter to ensure that we complete the more than 5 000 houses for military veterans who are on our database in the current financial year. Once this is done, I will provide a progress report to the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements”.

Beneficiaries were sourced from the database that is provided by the Department of Military Veterans. In instances where excluded beneficiaries approach provincial officials, they forward names of those beneficiaries to the Department of Military Veterans for verification whether they qualify to be military veterans or not.

Allocation of houses follows the extensive verification exercise to confirm beneficiaries' availability and extent of their qualification for housing assistance. In some instances Military Veterans Associations do take part in the verification exercise done by provinces.

16 November 2015 - NW3792

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Police

(1)What are the relevant details of the agreement between him and his Chinese counterpart for the provision of Mandarin lessons to police officers in the Eastern Cape; (2) which accreditation institution certified (a) the specified course and (b) the qualifications of the instructors that will provide the specified course?

Reply:

The South African Government and the Chinese Government signed an Agreement in respect of Police Co-Operation dated 25 April 2000. The areas of co-operation include training and development, teaching Mandarin is part of training and development.

Chinese Language (Mandarin) lessons are provided by the Chinese Embassy in South Africa that also coordinates the sessions in collaboration with the SAPS. Chinese language trainers are also provided by the Chinese Embassy in South Africa.

16 November 2015 - NW3802

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What is the current composition of the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) and (b) under which statutory mandate(s) does NATJOINTS operate?

Reply:

(a) The composition of the NATJOINTS is informed by the core membership of the JCPS DG Cluster, and includes the following:

 Correctional Services

 Defence

 Home Affairs

 Justice and Constitutional Development

 National Intelligence Coordinating Committee (NICOC)

 South African Police Service

 State Security Agency (SSA)

 South Africa Revenue Services (SARS)

 Communications

 Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)

 Civilian Secretariat for Police

 Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC)

 International Relations and Cooperation

 National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)

 National Treasury

 Social Development

 Stats SA

Co-opted departments/agencies include:

  • Transport
  • Basic Education
  • Higher Education and Training
  • Co-operative Governance/Disaster Management
  • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
  • Airport Company of South Africa (ACSA)
  • ESKOM
  • TELKOM
  • Metro Police
  • Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Agriculture (DAFF)
  • Border Management Agency (BMA)
  • Labour
  • Small Business Development
  • Trade & Industry
  • Health, amongst others

(b) The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) is responsible for the development and implementation of operational safety plans, providing a safe and secure environment at big events, prioritise peace and stability of the country as well as handling issues of immigration and maritime security. The Committee is chaired by SAPS and meets every month providing regular reports to the DG’s. The Committee contributes to Outcome 3 of the MTSF. (Sub-Outcome 1: Reduced levels of contact crime and Sub-outcome 5: Ensure Domestic Stability).

16 November 2015 - NW3778

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Police

(1)Whether the Government is co-operating with other countries in order to update its capacity and capability in respect of policing cybercrime using the latest technology; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether, as a result of the specified international co-operation, the SA Police Service has been able to make significant progress in apprehending and prosecuting an increasing number of cyber criminals in South Africa from 1 January 2010 to 31 July 2015; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. Yes, the South African Police Service is co-operating with other countries in order to update its capacity and capabilities in Policing Cyber Crime.

During 2011 and 2012 investigating officers of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units (FCS), Division Detective Service, received training on the online sexual exploitation of children. This training was presented through KINSA (Kids Internet Safety Alliance) by the experienced law enforcement officers from Canada and Australia. The investigating officers also received soft tools with which to detect, identify and investigate computer facilitated crimes.

During 2014 investigating officers from the FCS unit also received training, which lasted for 5 weeks, presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the United States of America (USA).

Between 2012 and 2014 investigating officers within the Detective Service also received training in the Peoples Republic of China, relating to the investigation of Cyber Crime.

The Division Crime Intelligence cooperates with other law enforcement Agencies in operational requests for investigations on certain cases and also on training interventions.

The cooperation with other countries includes training programmes developed to enhance the capabilities of members of SAPS to investigate cybercrime. In this regard, the Council of Europe, through the Global Action on Cybercrime (GLACY) Project, allocated funding for three years to build capacity and skills by providing the SAPS, DOJ, SSA, NPA and Judges with training for first responders, the development of cybercrime policy and cybercrime strategy.

The GLACY Project will continue for 36 months (November 2013 – October 2015). The specific objective of this project is to enable criminal justice authorities to engage in international cooperation on cybercrime and electronic evidence on the basis of the Budapest Convention on cybercrime.

Furthermore, there was an international conference on assessing the threat of cybercrime that took place on 26 and 27 March 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. An invitation in this regard was extended to the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service to nominate suitable representatives to attend the conference. The Division Crime Intelligence nominated three (3) senior officers who attended a training session in Sri Lanka. The conference was attended by other member countries namely Mauritius, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Sri-Lanka, South Africa and Tonga.

The Division also nominated members who attended the 1st responder training for law enforcement training course on 17 to 21 November 2014 held at the St George Hotel in Centurion which was also provided through the GLACY project.

Strengthening interaction and co-operation between the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) and International Law Enforcement Agencies and Prosecutorial Authorities, through the use of Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA), and communications on a formal and informal basis, specifically relating to the utilization of Information Communication Technology (ICT), proved essential in identifying the unique characteristics, crime patterns and criminal entrepreneurial tendencies associated with Organised transnational cybercrime.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), in order to address National Priority Offences pertaining to serious cybercrime and technology enabled crime, cooperated with Law Enforcement Agencies and Prosecuting Authorities of the United Kingdom, United States of America, France, Canada, Nederland’s, Ghana, thereby establishing international benchmarking standards relating to competence and best practice investigative methodologies in addressing cybercrime.

2. Yes, significant progress has been made in the apprehension and prosecution of Cyber criminals.

During 2013 SAPS conducted an undercover operation, “Operation Spade”, after information had been received from law enforcement officers of Canada. Several arrests were made and these cases are pending in court. The operation and investigation is still continuing.

During 2014 members of the SAPS together with FBI agents arrested a computer web administrator in the Eastern Cape. The suspect had been responsible for the abuse of more than one thousand children in the USA.

During 2015 and undercover operation, “Operation Cloud 9”, was registered and investigated in conjunction with law enforcement officers of Belgium and the USA (FBI). During take down operations, arrests were made in Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng relating to the manufacturing, possession and distribution of child pornography. Cases against the arrested suspects are still pending in court.

 

On 26 November 2011 the Cybercrime Intelligence Unit, Division Crime Intelligence, assisted in tracing a suspect named Zenwa Ugo Chukukere who was wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for cybercrime cases. The SAPS members were commended for the speedy arrest of the Nigerian national wanted by the FBI for conspiracy to commit wire fraud (internet fraud) to the value of $ 20 000 000.00 (US dollars).

On 20 May 2014 a joint operation between the DPCI, Crime Intelligence, South African Tactical Response Team, Department of Home Affairs, Interpol, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was conducted where 12 people were arrested in South Africa and 10 were arrested in the United States and Canada for cybercrime related activities.

The suspects were part of an international cybercrime syndicate operating from South Africa and in the USA and Canada. The investigation was initiated by HSI special agents in October 2011 after US law enforcement was contacted by a Mississippi resident who fell prey to a “sweetheart scam”. The syndicate purchased shipping labels from US Postal Service, Federal Express, United Parcel Service and DHL using fraudulent credit card information and stolen identities over a number of years. Once the merchandise reached South Africa, it was advertised for sale on the internet. The Division Crime Intelligence also assisted in this operation by identifying and confirming the addresses of the suspects. Interpol was also involved in facilitating the coordination of this operation.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), emanating from international cooperation with law enforcement agencies and prosecuting authorities, initiated a criminal investigation during 2013, relating to transnational cybercrime. The operation named Scams “R” Us focused on a South African based cybercrime criminal enterprise, involved in mass-marketing fraud by purchasing merchandise from international distributors with stolen identity information and credit card particulars obtained from international hackers, and as a direct result of mutual cooperation between Law enforcement agencies of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The DPCI was able to coordinate this operation resulting in twenty (20) individuals being simultaneously arrested in the Republic of South Africa, Canada and the United States of America. This operation continued with the DPCI further cooperating with the United Kingdom Authorities which led to the latter making a profound breakthrough by arresting a main fugitive associated with the identified criminal enterprise at Heathrow International Airport.

16 November 2015 - NW3846

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Police

(1)How many cases related to liquor confiscation were opened in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) were all the specified cases recorded correctly on the operational planning and monitoring system; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. According to the Operational Planning and Monitoring System (OPAM) a total of 37 979 cases were opened for financial year 2014/2015.
  2. Yes, the above includes J543 fines issued (First Information of Crime (FIC)) and case dockets registered. The above cases recorded according to the following fields:
  • Unlicenced liquor premises closed down
  • Unregistered distributors closed down
  • Unregistered macro-manufacturers closed down
  • Unregistered micro-manufacturers closed down

16 November 2015 - NW3799

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Police

Whether SA Police Service officers receive specific training on the provisions of the (a) Electoral Act, Act 73 of 1998, and (b) Local Government: Municipal Electoral Act, Act 27 of 2000; if so, in each case, (i) what is the (aa) nature and (bb) content of the specified training and (ii) how many officers (aa) have been trained to date and (bb) are expected to complete such training before 1 February 2016?

Reply:

  1. & (b) Yes, the SA Police Service (SAPS) officers receive specific training to prepare them for National and Local Government elections in terms of the Electoral Act, Act 73 of 1998 and Municipal Electoral Act, Act 27 of 2000. The SAPS and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) work closely together in the preparation of the SAPS members for all elections. Regular meetings take place and progress is reported to the National Joint Operations Committee (NATJOC) and Election Priority Committee.

(i)(aa) & (bb) The SAPS Election Security training consists of the following:

Unit 1: An overview of the Electoral Commission

  • Vision, Mission, Values and Mandate of the lEC
  • Electoral operations

Unit 2 An overview of the National and Provincial Elections

  • Acts and regulations that govern the elections in South Africa.
  • Voting procedure

Unit 3 Stakeholders in a Voting Station

  • Roles of electoral staff and stakeholders

Unit 4: Security for Elections

  • Election Security Framework
  • Obstruction of election officials
  • Security Checklists for Electoral Operations and the Protection of Polling stations, IEC Buildings and the key personnel.
  • Security Contingency Plan for Voting Stations

(ii)(aa) The following table reflects the number of members trained in the above-mentioned interventions since 2008.

TOTAL NUMBER OF MEMBERS TRAINED IN ELECTORAL ACT FOR PERIOD 2008 TO 2015 (Report date 2015-10-22)

 

FINANCIAL YEAR

COURSE DESCRIPTION

2008/2009

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

2013/2014

2014/2015

TOTAL

3448 ELECTORAL ACT

( ACT OF 1998 ) WORKSHOP

1 968

825

3 135

23 132

903

46 350

76 313

3608 ELECTRORAL OFFI-CERS COURSE

 

 

 

374

90

729

1193

3610 ELECTION ACT WORKSHOP (TRAIN THE TRAINER)

 

 

63

46

976

240

1325

TOTAL

1 968

825

3 198

23 552

1 969

47 319

78 831

(ii)(bb) The training of the master trainers will be done from January 2016 and all SAPS members earmarked for deployment at the 2016 Local Government Elections should be trained by the middle of May 2016.

16 November 2015 - NW3796

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to the annual report of the SA Police Service for the 2014-15 financial year (details furnished), what were the (a) reasons for the provision of operational protection by the Protection and Security Services (PSS) at the 103rd ANC celebrations in January 2015 in Cape Town and (b) costs of the deployment of PSS (i) personnel and (ii) vehicles?

Reply:

(a) To provide comprehensive security cover to all identified dignitaries (e.g. Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Premiers etc.) attending the event.

(b) (i) R 351, 926.00

(ii) 293

(iii) 10

16 November 2015 - NW3774

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Malema, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

How does he intend to address weaknesses in the prisoner parole system that allows persons with money and connections, such as certain persons (Shabir Shaik, Tony Yengeni and Oscar Pistorious), to get out of jail without serving their full sentences, while persons who are not well-known spend almost the entirety of their sentences behind bars?

Reply:

All offenders have a right to be considered for placement upon completion of the required minimum detention period, irrespective of their social standing. Offenders who meet the set criteria for consideration of parole will have their placement approved irrespective of whether they have money or not.

Legal representation is not a prerequisite for consideration for parole, medical parole or correctional supervision as such offenders who cannot afford legal representatives are not disadvantaged during consideration for placement. In fact offenders do not have to apply for consideration for placement on parole or under correctional supervision as they are automatically identified as and when they become eligible for consideration.

The two of the three mentioned individuals were both sentenced in terms of section 276(1)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Act, Act 51 of 1977. In line with the provisions of section 73(7)(a) of the Correctional Services Act, 1998 (Act No. 111 of 1998, they , like all other offenders sentenced under the same provisions, qualified to be considered for placement under correctional supervision after serving 1/6 of sentence. There are a number of other offenders who have been placed under correctional supervision after serving 1/6 of their sentences who have not received media attention.

One of the three mentioned individuals was placed on parole on medical grounds on 3 March 2009 in terms of the provisions of Section 79 of the Correctional Services Act, Act No. 111 of 1998, before it was amended. Therefore, he was considered in terms of the then applicable legislation. The medical parole legislation was reviewed and Section 14 of the Correctional Services Amendment Act, Act No. 5 of 2011, which introduced the new medical parole system, came into effect on 01 March 2012.

Parole, medical parole or correctional supervision does not remit the sentence meted out by a court in that offenders placed out, either on parole, medical parole or correctional supervision, are expected to serve the remainder of their sentences in the community under close supervision of officials of the Department of Correctional Services until expiry of their sentences.

16 November 2015 - NW3805

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

(a) What was the cost of producing the annual reports for the (i) Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa and (ii) Universal Service and Access Fund for the year ended 31 March 2015, (b) how many copies of the annual reports were produced in each case and (c) what (i) company or (ii) entity was contracted to produce the annual reports in each case?

Reply:

(a) The overall cost producing the USAASA annual reports for the year ended 31 March 2015 was a VAT inclusive sum of R265 486. 68 broken down as follows:

Item Description (Initial USAASA Copies

VAT Inclusive Total ‘R’

Project Management Costs

33 858. 00

Copywriter / Editor Package

15 475. 50

Strategic/Executive/Creative Directors

50 507. 70

DTP, Design, Layout & Electronic Assembly

24 453. 00

Photography Package

14 250. 00

Consumables Laserproof Colour A4 & CD

5 785. 50

Agency Fee

34 627. 73

Printing 250 USAASA Copies

26 926. 80

TOTAL

205 884. 23

Item Description (Additional USAASA Copies)

VAT Inclusive Total ‘R’

250 Copies USAASA

48 041. 88

DTP. Design & Layout

4 560. 00

Agency Fee

7000. 57

TOTAL COST

59 602. 45

The overall cost producing the USAF annual reports for the year ended 31 March 2015 was a VAT inclusive sum of R206 808.12 broken down as follows:

Item Description (Initial USAASA Copies

VAT Inclusive Total ‘R’

Project Management Costs

33 858. 00

Copywriter / Editor Package

15 475. 50

Strategic/Executive/Creative Directors

50 507. 70

DTP, Design, Layout & Electronic Assembly

24 453. 00

Photography Package

14 250. 00

Consumables Laserproof Colour A4 &CD

5 785. 50

Agency Fee

34 627. 73

Printing 250 USAF Copies

34 111. 08

TOTAL

213 068. 51

Item Description (Additional USAF Copies)

VAT Inclusive Total ‘R’

250 Copies USAF

36 179. 04

DTP. Design & Layout

4 560. 00

Agency Fee

7 000. 57

TOTAL COST

47 739. 61

(b) Total number of 2014/15 annual report copies produced as follows:

  • USAASA – 500 copies
  • USAF – 500 copies

(c) Active 8 Branding was contracted to produce all the USAASA and USAF 2014/15 annual reports and services provided included the annual report design, layout, editorial services and printing. This company is part of a panel of communications service providers that was appointed by the Agency to provide printing services amongst other communications-related services.

16 November 2015 - NW3801

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Police

(1)Whether he can provide a detailed list of police stations that have (a) fully, (b) partially and (c) not yet implemented the rural safety strategy plan; (2) what is the detailed breakdown of the average response rate for identified (a) rural and (b) rural-urban mix police stations for (i) Alpha, (ii) Bravo and (iii) Charlie incidents?

Reply:

(1)(a)(b)(c) Yes, the detailed list of police stations which have fully, partially or not yet implemented the rural safety strategy plan is as follows, broken down per Province:

1. Eastern Cape

1.1 Rural police stations

1.1.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Addo

2

Afsondering

3

Aliwal North

4

Avondale

5

Balfour

6

Barkly East

7

Bathurst

8

Baviaanskloof

9

Bell

10

Bityi

11

Bizana

12

Bluewater

13

Bholo

14

B0lotwa

15

Bridge Camp

16

Burgersdorp

17

Cala

18

Cedarville

19

Chalumna

20

Chungwa

21

Coffee Bay

22

Cofimvaba

23

Committees

24

Cookhouse

25

Cradock

26

Dalasile

27

Dordrecht

28

Doringkloof

29

Elands Height

30

Elliot

31

Elliotdale

32

Engcobo

33

Ezibeleni

34

Flagstaff

35

Floukraal

36

Fort Brown

37

Glen Grey

38

Hamburg

39

Healdtown

40

Henderson

41

Hlababomvu

42

Hofmeyr

43

Hogsback

44

Ida

45

Ilinge

46

Indwe

47

Jamestown

48

Katkop

49

Kei Bridge

50

Kenton On Sea

51

Kinkelbos

52

Kleinbulhoek

53

Kolomane

54

Khubusidrift

55

Kwaaiman

56

Kwandengane

57

Lady Frere

58

Lady Grey

59

Libode

60

Lukholweni

61

Lusikisiki

62

Macleantown

63

Maclear

64

Madeira

65

Maletswai

66

Maluti

67

Matatiele

68

Mbizeni

69

Mhlungisi

70

Middelburg

71

Molteno

72

Mooiplaas

73

Mount Ayliff

74

Mount Fletcher

75

Mount Frere

76

Moyeni

77

Mpisi

78

Mqanduli

79

Mthatha

80

Mtontsasa

81

Mzamba

82

Ngangelizwe

83

Ngqeleni

84

Ntabankulu

85

Ntabethemba

86

Palmietfontein

87

Phumalanga

88

Port St Johns

89

Punzana

90

Queenstown

91

Qumbu

92

Rhodes

93

Riebeeck East

94

Rietbron

95

Rossouw

96

Scenery Park

97

Seafield

98

Seven Fountains

99

Sterkspruit

100

Sterkstroom

101

Steve Vukile Tshwete

102

Steynsburg

103

Storms River

104

Sulenkama

105

Tabase

106

Tamara

107

Tarkastad

108

Thomas River

109

Thornhill Ciskei

110

Thornhill

111

Thina Falls

112

Tsolo

113

Tsomo

114

Tyefu

115

Tylden

116

Ugie

117

Venterstad

118

Whittlesea

119

Wolwefontein

120

Zamuxolo

121

Zele

1.2 Rural-urban mix police stations

1.2.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Aberdeen

2

Adelaide

3

Alexandria

4

Alice

5

Alicedale

6

Bedford

7

Berlin

8

Bhisho

9

Butterworth

10

Cathcart

11

Centane

12

Dimbaza

13

Fort Beaufort

14

Graaff-Reinet

15

Hankey

16

Idutywa

17

Jansenville

18

Joubertina

19

Kareedouw

20

Kei Mouth

21

Kei Road

22

Keiskammahoek

23

Kidds Beach

24

King William's Town

25

Kirkwood

26

Klipplaat

27

Komga

28

Middledrift

29

Msobomvu

30

Ndevana

31

Ngqamakhwe

32

Patensie

33

Paterson

34

Pearston

35

Peddie

36

Seymour

37

Somerset East

38

Steytlerville

39

Stutterheim

40

Willowmore

41

Willowvale

2. Free State

2.1 Rural police stations

2.1.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Goedemoed

2

Glen

3

Heuningspruit

4

Kommissiepoort

5

Roadside

6

Steunmekaar

7

Tierpoort

8

Verkykerskop

9

Vierfontein

10

Viljoensdrif

11

Wanda

2.2 Rural-urban mix police stations

2.2.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Arlington

2

Bethlehem

3

Clarens

4

Fouriesburg

5

Lindley

6

Paul Roux

7

Petrus Steyn

8

Reitz

9

Rosendal

10

Boshof

11

Brandfort

12

Bultfontein

13

Dealesville

14

Hertzogville

15

Hoopstad

16

Theunissen

17

Verkeerdevlei

18

Winburg

19

Clocolan

20

Ficksburg

21

Marquard

22

Senekal

23

Jacobsdal

24

Luckhoff

25

Petrusburg

26

Kroonstad

27

Maokeng

28

Steynsrus

29

Viljoenskroon

30

Excelsior

31

Hobhouse

32

Ladybrand

33

Cornelia

34

Mafube

35

Tweeling

36

Villiers

37

Bloemspruit

38

Bainsvlei

39

Bayswater

40

Navalsig

41

Deneysville

42

Oranjeville

43

Zamdela

44

Boithuso

45

Botshabelo

46

Dewetsdorp

47

Rouxville

48

Smithfield

49

Van Stadensrus

50

Wepener

51

Zastron

52

Hennenman

53

Ventersburg

54

Virginia

55

Edenburg

56

Fauresmith

57

Jagersfontein

58

Philippolis

59

Reddersburg

60

Springfontein

61

Trompsburg

62

Edenville

63

Heilbron

64

Koppies

65

Parys

66

Vredefort

67

Memel

68

Vrede

69

Warden

70

Allanridge

71

Bothaville

72

Odendaalsrus

73

Wesselsbron

74

Park Road

75

Welkom

76

Sasolburg

77

Soutpan

78

Koffiefontein

79

Tweespruit

80

Harrismith

81

Kestell

82

Namahadi

83

Phuthaditjhaba

84

Tseki

85

Selosesha

86

Thaba-Nchu

87

Bethulie

88

Gariepdam

2.2.2 Not implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Kagisanong

2

Makwane

3

Tseseng

3. Gauteng

3.1 Rural police stations

3.1.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Welbekend

2

Hekpoort

3

The Barrage

3.2 Rural-urban mix police stations

3.2.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Putfontein

2

Boschkop

3

Bronkhorstspruit

4

Cullinan

5

Ekangala

6

Bekkersdal

7

Carletonville

8

Fochville

9

Westonaria

10

Akasia

11

Magaliesburg

12

Muldersdrift

13

Randfontein

14

Tarlton

15

Kameeldrift

16

Erasmia

17

Orange Farms

18

Devon

19

Nigel

20

Dube

21

Hammanskraal

22

Temba

23

Olifantsfontein

24

De Deur

25

Heidelberg

26

Kliprivier

27

Meyerton

28

Ratanda

29

Vaal Marina

30

Vereeniging

4. KwaZulu-Natal

4.1 Rural police stations

4.1.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Amangwe

2

Babanango

3

Besters

4

Boston

5

Ceza

6

Cramond

7

Dalton

8

Dududu

9

Ekombe

10

Ekuvukeni

11

Elandslaagte

12

Ematimatolo

13

Ematsheni

14

Evatt

15

Ezibayeni

16

Franklin

17

Gowan Lea

18

Groenvlei

19

Hattingspruit

20

Helpmekaar

21

Hlabisa

22

Hlobane

23

Ibisi

24

Impendle

25

Ingogo

26

Ingwavuma

27

Intsikeni

28

Kingsley

29

Magudu

30

Mahlabathini

31

Maphumulo

32

Mehlomnyama

33

Mid Illovo

34

Mpungamhlophe

35

Msinga

36

Msinsini

37

Muden

38

Ndumo

39

Ndwedwe

40

Newark

41

Ngome

42

Nkandla

43

Nondweni

44

Nsuze

45

Ntabamhlope

46

Ntambanana

47

Paddock

48

Rietvlei

49

Sawoti

50

Swartberg

51

Taylors Halt

52

Thornville

53

Upper Tugela

54

Van Reenen

55

Wartburg

56

Weenen

57

Wembezi

4.1.2 Partially implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Bishopstowe

2

Ezinqoleni

3

Gamalakhe

4

Glendale

5

Harburg

6

Nhlanhleni

7

Nyoni

8

St Faiths

9

Umbumbulu

10

New Hanover

4.1.3 Not implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Mbongolwane

2

Normandien

3

Umsunduzi

4.2 Rural-urban mix police stations

4.2.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Bergville

2

Bulwer

3

Colenso

4

Creighton

5

Dannhauser

6

Donnybrook

7

Dundee

8

Empangeni

9

Emanguzi

10

Eshowe

11

Esikhaleni

12

Estcourt

13

Ezakheni

14

Glencoe

15

Gingindlovu

16

Gluckstadt

17

Greytown

18

Hammarsdale

19

Harding

20

Hibberdene

21

Hillcrest

22

Highflats

23

Himeville

24

Howick

25

Inanda

26

Inchanga

27

Ixopo

28

Jozini

29

Kokstad

30

Kranskop

31

Kwadukuza

32

Kwandengezi

33

Ladysmith

34

Louwsburg

35

Margate

36

Mbazwana

37

Melmoth

38

Mooi River

39

Mondlo

40

Mpophomeni

41

Mtunzini

42

Mkhuze

43

Nongoma

44

Nottingham Road

45

Nquthu

46

Paulpietersburg

47

Pongola

48

Port Shepstone

49

Plessislaer

50

Scottburgh

51

Richmond

52

Sundumbili

53

Ulundi

54

Umhlali

55

Umzinto

56

Umzimkhulu

57

Utrecht

58

Verulam

59

Vryheid

60

Wasbank

61

Winterton

4.2.2 Partially implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Amanzimtoti

2

Bhekithemba

3

Camperdown

4

Charlestown

5

Folweni

6

Hluhluwe

7

Kwamakhutha

8

Kwambonambi

9

Kwamsane

10

Mandeni

11

Mpumalanga

12

Mtubatuba

13

Port Edward

14

Southport

15

Tongaat

16

Umkomaas

4.2.3 Not implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Hilton

2

Madadeni

3

Newcastle

4

Osizweni

5. Limpopo

5.1 Rural police stations

5.1.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Pienaarsrivier

2

Rooiberg

3

Rust De Winter

4

Tuinplaas

5

Giyani

6

Hlanganani

7

Malamulele

8

Saselamani

9

Sekgosese

10

Dennilton

11

Groblersdal

12

Hlogotlou

13

Laersdrift

14

Marble Hall

15

Motetema

16

Nebo

17

Roossenekal

18

Zaaiplaas

19

Apel

20

Jane Furse

21

Lebowakgomo

22

Malipsdrift

23

Masemola

24

Sekhukhune

25

Bulgerivier

26

Saamboubrug

27

Tolwe

28

Tom Burke

29

Villa Nora

30

Witpoort

31

Elandskraal

32

Gilead

33

Magatle

34

Mahwelereng

35

Tinmyne

36

Zebediela

37

Mara

38

Mphephu

39

Tshilwavhusiku

40

Tshitale

41

Waterpoort

42

Waterval

43

Dorset

44

Naboomspruit

45

Rankin's Pass

46

Roedtan

47

Vaalwater

48

Masisi

49

Tshamutumbu

50

Gravelotte

51

Hoedspruit

52

Lulekani

53

Namakgale

54

Mankweng

55

Morebeng

56

Sebayeng

57

Maleboho

58

Mashashane

59

Matlala

60

Senwabarwana

61

Seshego

62

Cumberland

63

Dwaalboom

64

Hoopdal

65

Levubu

66

Makuya

67

Mutale

68

Siloam

69

Tshaulu

70

Vuwani

71

Burgersfort

72

Leboeng

73

Mecklenburg

74

Ohrigstad

75

Tubatse

76

Bolobedu

77

Haenertsburg

78

Letsitele

79

Maake

80

Ritavi

5.1.2 Not implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Rakgwata

2

Mokwakwaila

5.2 Urban-rural mix police stations

5.2.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Bela-Bela

2

Lephalale

3

Mokopane

4

Makhado

5

Modimolle

6

Musina

7

Phalaborwa

8

Botlokwa

9

Polokwane

10

Westenburg

11

Alldays

12

Mogwadi

13

Northam

14

Thabazimbi

15

Thohoyandou

16

Modjadjiskloof

17

Tzaneen

6. Mpumalanga

6.1 Rural police stations

6.1.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Acornhoek

2

Bushbuckridge

3

Calcutta

4

Hazyview

5

Mhala

6

Balfour

7

Ekulindeni

8

Elukwatini

9

Fernie

10

Hartebeeskop

11

Mayflower

12

Kwaggafontein

13

Mmametlake

14

Siyabuswa

15

Tweefontein

16

Vaalbank

17

Verena

18

Dientjie

19

Maartenshoop

20

Kabokweni

21

Masoyi

22

Matsulu

23

Dirkiesdorp

24

Amersfoort

25

Wakkerstroom

26

Kaapmuiden

27

Mbuzini

28

Tonga

29

Kriel

30

Pienaar

31

Schoemansdal

6.2 Rural-urban mix police stations

6.2.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Skukuza

2

Greylingstad

3

Grootvlei

4

Val

5

Belfast

6

Dullstroom

7

Machadodorp

8

Waterval Boven

9

Badplaas

10

Carolina

11

Breyten

12

Chrissiesmeer

13

Davel

14

Ermelo

15

Lothair

16

Kwamhlanga

17

Graskop

18

Sabie

19

Low's Creek

20

Ngodwana

21

Kanyamazane

22

Amsterdam

23

Mahamba

24

Piet Retief

25

Sheepmoor

26

Charl Cilliers

27

Embalenhle

28

Leslie

29

Morgenzon

30

Perdekop

31

Volksrust

32

Komatipoort

33

Malelane

34

Delmas

35

Ogies

36

Sundra

7. North West

7.1 Rural police stations

7.1.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Amalia

2

Atamelang

3

Bedwang

4

Bethanie

5

Biesiesvlei

6

Boons

7

Boshoek

8

Bray

9

Cyferskuil

10

Ganyesa

11

Hebron

12

Ipelegeng

13

Itsoseng

14

Jericho

15

Kgomotso

16

Klerkskraal

17

Lehurutshe

18

Lethabong

19

Lomanyaneng

20

Madibogo

21

Makapanstad

22

Mmakau

23

Mokopong

24

Morokweng

25

Piet Plessis

26

Reivilo

27

Setlagole

28

Sun City

29

Vorstershoop

7.1.2 Partially implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Assen

2

Buffelshoek

3

Groot Marico

4

Klipgat

5

Madikwe

6

Makgobistad

7

Mothutlung

8

Motswedi

9

Nietverdiend

10

Ottoshoop

11

Tshidilamolomo

7.1.3 Not implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Kanana

2

Khuma

3

Mooifontein

7.2 Rural-urban mix police stations

7.2.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Bloemhof

2

Boitekong

3

Christiana

4

Brits

5

Delareyville

6

Hartbeespoortdam

7

Huhudi

8

Ikageng

9

Jouberton

10

Koster

11

Klerksdorp

12

Lethlabile

13

Lichtenburg

14

Makwassie

15

Marikana

16

Mogwase

17

Orkney

18

Ottosdal

19

Potchefstroom

20

Phokeng

21

Rustenburg

22

Sannieshof

23

Stilfontein

24

Taung

25

Vryburg

26

Wolmaransstad

27

Zeerust

7.2.2 Partially implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Coligny

2

Hartbeesfontein

3

Mahikeng

4

Mmabatho

5

Mooinooi

6

Pudimoe

7

Schweizer-Reneke

8

Stella

9

Swartruggens

10

Ventersdorp

7.2.3 Not implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Leeudoringstad

8. Northern Cape

8.1 Rural police stations

8.1.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Norvalspont

2

Boetsap

3

Deben

4

Dingleton

5

Kathu

6

Olifantshoek

7

Plooysburg

8

Bathlaros

9

Bothithong

10

Heuningvlei

11

Kuruman

12

Mothibistad

13

Severn

14

Tsineng

15

Van Zylsrus

16

Wrenchville

17

Onseepkans

8.2 Rural-urban mix police stations

8.2.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Brandvlei

2

Calvinia

3

Fraserburg

4

Loeriesfontein

5

Middelpos

6

Nieuwoudtville

7

Sutherland

8

Williston

9

Carnarvon

10

Loxton

11

Vanwyksvlei

12

Vosburg

13

Britstown

14

Colesberg

15

De Aar

16

Hanover

17

Kuyasa

18

Noupoort

19

Petrusville

20

Philipstown

21

Richmond

22

Sunrise

23

Victoria West

24

Barkly West

25

Delportshoop

26

Roodepan

27

Hartswater

28

Jan Kempdorp

29

Pampierstat

30

Warrenton

31

Windsorton

32

Belmont

33

Hopetown

34

Strydenburg

35

Vanderkloof

36

Augrabies

37

Kakamas

38

Keimoes

39

Kenhardt

40

Campbell

41

Douglas

42

Griekwastad

43

Modder River

44

Aggeneys

45

Pella

46

Pofadder

47

Alexander Bay

48

Kleinsee

49

Port Nolloth

50

Danielskuil

51

Lime Acres

52

Postmasburg

53

Marydale

54

Niekerkshoop

55

Prieska

56

Garies

57

Hondeklip Bay

58

Kamieskroon

59

Komaggas

60

Nababeep

61

Springbok

62

Steinkopf

63

Vioolsdrif

64

Groblershoop

65

Kanoneiland

66

Noenieput

67

Pabalello

68

Rietfontein

69

Rosedale

70

Upington

71

Witdraai

9. Western Cape

9.1 Rural police stations

9.1.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Beaufort West

2

Leeu-Gamka

3

Murraysburg

4

Genadendal

5

Grabouw

6

Riviersonderend

7

Villiersdorp

8

Porterville

9

Prince Alfred Hamlet

10

Saron

11

Tulbagh

12

Albertinia

13

Groot Brakrivier

14

Heidelberg

15

Riversdale

16

Still Bay

17

Uniondale

18

Gans Bay

19

Kleinmond

20

Napier

21

Struisbaai

22

Calitzdorp

23

De Rust

24

Ladismith

25

Philadelphia

26

Riebeek-Wes

27

Franschhoek

28

Groot-Drakenstein

29

Klapmuts

30

Darling

31

Eendekuil

32

Laaiplek

33

Moorreesburg

34

Redelinghuys

35

St Helena Bay

36

Doring Bay

37

Lambertsbaai

38

Lutzville

39

Vanrhynsdorp

40

Ashton

41

Barrydale

42

Bonnievale

43

De Doorns

44

Laingsburg

45

Montagu

46

Rawsonville

47

Suurbraak

48

Swellendam

9.1.2 Partially implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Prince Albert

2

Stanford

3

Dysselsdorp

4

Hopefield

5

Piketberg

6

Elands Bay

7

Graafwater

8

Klawer

9

Nuwerus

10

Mcgregor

9.1.3 Not implemented

NO

RURAL POLICE STATIONS

1

Wolseley

2

Touws River

9.2 Rural-urban mix police stations

9.2.1 Fully implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Caledon

2

Ceres

3

Kwanonqaba

4

George

5

Knysna

6

Kwanokuthula

7

Pacaltsdorp

8

Plettenberg Bay

9

Thembalethu

10

Bredasdorp

11

Hermanus

12

Gordons Bay

13

Somerset West

14

Brackenfell

15

Kraaifontein

16

Kuilsrivier

17

Atlantis

18

Melkbosstrand

19

Philippi

20

Oudtshoorn

21

Malmesbury

22

Paarl

23

Wellington

24

Cloetesville

25

Stellenbosch

26

Vredenburg

27

Vredendal

28

Robertson

9.2.2 Partially implemented

NO

RURAL-URBAN MIX POLICE STATIONS

1

Durbanville

2

Mbekweni

3

Saldanha

4

Citrusdal

5

Clanwilliam

6

Langebaan

7

Macassar

(2)(a)(b) The average reaction time for rural and urban rural stations is still under consideration as Organizational Development is currently busy finalising the system design and capturing of information on the efficiency index system which will assist in determining the average reaction time for the identified areas. The system will also assist in determining the distances to be travelled by the response vehicles while attending to Alpha, Bravo and Charlie Complaints.

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether there were any requests for deviation from the mandatory cost containment measures specified in the National Treasury Instruction 01 of 2013-14; if not, why not; if so, in each specified case (a) what was the name of the (i) department, (ii) constitutional institution and/or (iii) public entity listed in Schedule 2 and 3 of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, that requested the deviation, (b) when was the deviation requested, (c) what was the nature of the deviation requested, (d) what was the motivation for the deviation requested, (e) was the request for the deviation (i) approved and/or (ii) denied and (f) why was the deviation (i) approved and/or (ii) denied?

Reply:

The Office of the Accountant-General has since implementation of the National Treasury Instruction 01 of 2013-14 received many requests from departments and entities on implementation of the cost containment measures. We have also made available a set of frequently asked questions that deal with issues raised most frequently with this office.

The Accountant-General has set up an Exemption Committee to evaluate all requests for deviation from accounting standards and Treasury Instructions. Deviations are only granted in very rare circumstances.

In addition to the general queries dealt with by the Accountant-General, the office has received the following deviation requests in the past 12 months:

INSTITUTION

REQUEST

APPROVED/NOT APPROVED

REASON

DATE OF REQUEST

DEPARTMENTS MOTIVATION

Brand-South Africa

Request to hold 3 additional credit cards to carry out operations in foreign countries.

NOT APPROVED

The entity was advised to use alternative payment methods as they could not provide evidence that payments in foreign countries could only be made using credit cards.

27 February 2015

 

Presidency

(Ex-post facto approval) To request approval for the upgrade of Group B hired vehicles to executive class vehicles for the National Orders Advisory Council Members.

NOT APPROVED

Vehicles in a category other than category B may be hired with prior written approval of the Accounting Officer, where a different class of vehicle is required for a particular terrain or to cater for special needs of an employee in terms of paragraph 4.18 of the Treasury Instruction. Therefore, the ex-post facto approval is not granted and non-compliance to this Treasury Instruction may be reported as such.

29 May 2014

 
 

To deviate from the Cost Containment measure for travel and subsistence - SCM officials to travel to Cape Town to perform asset verification

NOT APPROVED

National Treasury has concluded that no compelling reasons were found to grant approval for this deviation.

29 May 2014

 
 

Request to exceed the daily accommodation limit of R3000 for officials attending the – SONA/ officials accompanying President Zuma during the Treasury Budget Vote in Cape Town/ The special Advisor to the Deputy President accompanying the Principal/ Officials attending the National Orders Award Ceremony/ official GM as hotels were fully booked.

DEVIATION NOT NECESSARY

In terms of paragraph 4.16 of the Treasury Instruction, Accounting Officers is given an authority to approve accommodation costs that exceed R 1300 :

a)During Peak Holiday periods

b)When South Africa is hosting an event in the country or in a particular geographical area that results in an abnormal increase in the number of local and/or international guests in the country or in that particular geographical area.

29 May 2014

 
 

Legal and Executive Services invited to attend an urgent consultation in Cape Town to discuss the way forward on a Constitutional Court Judgment Matters.

NOT APPROVED

There were no compelling reasons found to grant approval for this deviation.

29 May 2014

 
 

Approval to procure business class ticket for an official to accompanying Deputy President to United Kingdom, University of Oxford due to medical reasons.

DEVIATION NOT NECESSARY

In terms of paragraph 4.9 of the Treasury Instruction, the Accounting Officer may approve the purchase of business class tickets for employees with disabilities or for those with special needs.

Therefore approval from National Treasury is not required where the Accounting Officer has granted such approval in terms of paragraph 4.9

29 May 2014

 
 

Request to arrange catering for the Cabinet and its Committee meetings

DEVIATION NOT NECESSARY

In terms of paragraph 4.23 of the Treasury Instruction, Departments may not incur catering expenses for internal meetings i.e. for meetings attended only by persons in its employ, unless approved by the Accounting Officer.

Therefore approval from National Treasury is not required where the meetings indicated in this deviation were internal meetings and approval was granted by the Accounting Officer in terms of paragraph 4.23 for catering expenses incurred.

29 May 2014

 
 

Request to retain commissioners appointed in May 2010 for a fixed period ending in April 2015.

APPROVED

The Treasury Instruction was issued after the Commissioners were appointed, The Presidency to retain all these Commissioners until the end of their contracts in April 2015.

29 May 2014

 
 

Request to fly business class for officials as they are required to fly for about 20 hours in the economy class and still be fresh to work on arrival.

NOT APPROVED

The National Treasury can only consider deviations from this Treasury Instruction on a case by case basis.

29 May 2014

 
 

Request to exceed prescribed threshold of R1300 as support staff of principals is often required to reside in close proximity to the hotels where the principals reside.

NOT APPROVED

The National Treasury can only consider deviations from this Treasury Instruction on a case by case basis.

29 May 2014

 
 

The Presidency would like to be exempted from the restrictions relating to the approvals for the use of 4X4 vans as we would not timeously know the conditions of the road and the state of the terrain at the projects sites.

DEVIATION NOT NECESSARY

Where a different class of vehicle is required to cater for a particular terrain or special needs of an employee, such vehicles may only be hired with the prior written approval of the Accounting Officer.

29 May 2014

 
 

Request to exceed the number of employee travelling to Parliament on official duty/ travelling by air to other centres to attend an official engagement on the same matter.

DEVIATION NOT NECESSARY

Accounting Officer is allowed to pre-approve a higher number of officials

29 May 2014

 
 

Request to exceed the R2 000 entertainment allowance per person per financial year.

DEVIATION NOT NECESSARY

The Accounting Officer has the authority to approve allowance that is higher than R2000 if satisfied that there are sufficient and sound reasons to do so.

29 May 2014

 

Independent Electoral Commission(IEC)

The entity requested permission to serve alcohol at two functions namely, a gala dinner held immediately after election results are announced

DEVIATION NOT NECESSARY

Information submitted to NT indicated that the international guests attending the dinner will include Foreign Ministers who are delegates in the AU and Members of Parliament of various SADC countries who are in the SADC Parliamentary Forum delegation. Therefore on the basis that these international guests are considered to be Foreign Dignitaries, exception c) of paragraph 4.25 would be applicable and no exemption was therefore required.

25 February 2014

 

Independent Electoral Commission(IEC)

Secondly alcohol was to be served at a dinner to be held for sponsors. Therefore request for exemption from of Paragraph 4.25 of the Treasury Instruction 01 of 2013/2014 was requested.

NOT APPROVED

Upon review of the entity’s submission in relation to the dinner for sponsors, National Treasury found that there are no compelling grounds on which to grant the deviation.

25 February 2014

 

Department of Defence (DOD)

Engagement with consultants:

The use of casual workers and laboratory services will be classified as outsourced services whilst the technicians for repairs of equipment will be classified as contractors for all minor and major assets

NOT APPROVED

In the DOD, consultants exclude for example casual workers, technicians for equipment repairs and the use of laboratory services that are classified as outsourced.

16 April 2014

All contracts relating to consultancy services procured by the DOD will be subject to the provisions contained in the National Treasury Instruction 01 of 2013/2014 paragraphs 4.1 to 4.5.

 

Team Building and Social Events:

Most of the social and year end functions are used to honour and recognise identified employees that have gone out of their way to ensure service delivery and perform well in their areas of work. It is good management practice that top management recognise high performers with a view to motivate others to do likewise.

NOT APPROVED

Treasury does not grant blanket approval for these kind of events

16 April 2014

 
 

Uniqueness of the DOD:

Officials of the Defence Intelligence and Special Forces Operation are officials employed within the establishment of the DOD and any expenditure related and incurred by the DOD on travel, accommodation, subsistence, catering and events of such officials shall be subject to the provisions of the Treasury Instruction.

NOT APPROVED

The Cabinet resolved in its discussion on 23 October 2013, that all PFMA compliant institutions must implement cost containment measures in their institutions to contain operational costs and to eliminate non-essential expenditure

16 April 2014

 
 

Air Travel:

The two (2) staff members of the Secretary for Defence and the CSANDF to travel business class for efficiency and security reasons.

NOT APPROVED

After careful consideration pertaining to the requests made for deviation, the National Treasury cannot grant blanket approvals for deviations of:

Services and Divisional Chiefs to travel business class for flights less than five (5) hours.

16 April 2014

 
 

Accommodation costs

Exceed R1300

NOT APPROVED

The accounting officer of the DOD is allowed to approve amounts in excess of R1 300 in line with paragraph 4.16 of the Treasury Instruction

16 April 2014

 
 

Vehicle hire:

Application for foreign dignitaries on the class of vehicle that may be utilised for their official visits to South Africa.

APPROVED

To reiterate, the Treasury Instruction does not apply to foreign dignitaries hence there is no limitation on the class of vehicle that may be utilised for their official visits to South Africa, but it is expected that fiscal prudence is observed.

16 April 2014

 

State Security Agency

Team Building and Social Events

The SSA was urged to ensure that paragraph 4.26 of the Treasury Instruction is implemented accordingly within the department in order to ensure compliance.

Furthermore, it should be noted that wellness programmes do not form part of cost containment measures and should not be confused with the items listed above.

NOT APPROVED

SSA’s environment is necessary due to the nature of the business. Part of this is employee wellness and essential for the efficient functioning of teams performing and supporting intelligence and counterintelligence operations.

   

State Security Agency

Foreign Intelligence Services (FIS):

Foreign Intelligence Services (FIS) are Intelligence Operatives from other countries that SSA liaise Intelligence Information with, e.g. the CIA.

DEVIATION NOT REQUIRED

These are considered foreign dignitaries and the Treasury Instruction on cost containment measures does not apply.

6 October 2014

 
 

Accommodation Cost

It is noted in your correspondence that the SSA has special operative work which requires officials of the SSA to stay in accommodations booked in line with their respective operative field of work.

APPROVED

The National Treasury after consideration of your request hereby grants the SSA to deviate from paragraph 4.15 of the Treasury Instruction provided that the domestic accommodation is approved by the accounting officer prior to the expenditure being incurred

6 October 2014

 
 

Air Travel

Request to not comply with cost containment measures

NOT APPROVED

After careful consideration of the SSA’s request to deviate from paragraph 4.17 of the treasury instruction the National Treasury found that there were no compelling reasons to grant a blanket approval as deviations can only be considered for approval on case by case basis.

6 October 2014

 
 

Vehicle Hire

Request to not comply with cost containment measures

NOT APPROVED

After careful consideration of the SSA’s request to deviate from paragraph 4.17 of the treasury instruction the National Treasury found that there were no compelling reasons to grant a blanket approval as deviations can only be considered for approval on case by case basis.

6 October 2014

 

Department of Defence

Team building (sponsored events)

NOT APPROVED

There are no compelling reasons.

20 October 2014

The aim for the request was to obtain National Treasury’s approval to utilise sponsorships in kind for the Inter Departmental Potjiekos event.

Department of Justice & Constitutional Development

Deviations From Cost Containment Measures Related To Judges

APPROVED

Given the constitutional independence of the courts, separate from the legislative and executive arms of the state, and specific laws regulating the appointment and conditions of service of judges and magistrates, it is clear that the members of the judiciary are not employees of the DoJ&CD. Therefore paragraphs 4.6 and 4.22 of the NT Instruction do not apply to the members of the judiciary and there is no need for a deviation.

30 January 2014

 

Department of Military Veterans (DMV)

Accommodation Cost

NOT APPROVED

After careful consideration and taking into account paragraph 4.16 of the National Treasury Instruction 01 of 2013/2014, the National Treasury has found that there were no compelling grounds on which to grant an exemption. The accounting officer of DMV is further advised to ensure that appropriate expenditure control measures are in place and the spirit of containing costs is prioritised within the department at all times.

4 February 2014

The DMV is experiencing problems with finding domestic hotel accommodation for a maximum amount of one thousand three hundred per night per person especially in the main cities such as Cape Town, Durban, Polokwane, Nelspruit etc. This is having a negative impact on service delivery in the DMV.

Mpumalanga Gambling Board

Request for deviation from the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures (Domestic Hotel Accommodation; Hiring of Vehicles and Entertainment allowances & Social functions)

NOT APPROVED

National Treasury reviewed and assessed the Department’s requests and found that there were no compelling grounds on which to grant any exemption.

18 February 2014.

Hotels around Mpumalanga at or below the rate of R1300 including dinner are generally not conducive for our board members because of safety issues, and other practical factors which have been raised by board members and board committee members

Group ‘B’ cars are considered not adequately safe for trips to certain areas, and for long distance travel, the resultant health and safety risks created by use of substandard vehicles are unacceptable to the board.

The nature of the MGB is such that the Executives are expected to host other stakeholders from time to time and in the normal course of business, therefore the R2000 limit is viewed as insufficient in certain instances.

The MGB conducts wellness functions and sports days twice a year at least as a form of teambuilding initiatives. It has been a tradition and included as part of staff retention policies of this organization that annual yearend functions are observed.

Eastern Cape DoLGTA

Request for deviation from the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures(Domestic Hotel accommodation

NOT APPROVED

National Treasury reviewed and assessed the Department’s request and found that there were no compelling grounds on which to grant an exemption

02 October 2014

The MEC had appointed an external investigation team to internally investigate issues raised by a labour union in the department and the department was responsible for the accommodation thereof, the preferred place of accommodation was the East London Garden Court of which the cost was exceeding R1 300 limit.

Eastern Cape Social Development

Request for deviation from the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures(Domestic Hotel Accommodation

NOT APPROVED

National Treasury reviewed and assessed the Department’s request and found that there were no compelling grounds on which to grant an exemption

05 November 2014

Few challenges encountered by the department with regards to accommodation when trying to implement the NT instruction.

EC Provincial Treasury

Request for condonation of irregular expenditure incurred due to non-compliance with the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures – Accommodation(irregular expenditure amounting to R161 860.91)

NOT APPROVED

No other compelling reasons to condone the Irregular Expenditure

05 June 2015

There was value for money derived from the transaction.

EC Provincial Treasury

Request for condonation of irregular expenditure incurred due to non-compliance with the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures – Accommodation(irregular expenditure amounting to R279 896.30)

APPROVED

The entity was only aware of the instruction only after the orders were placed

05 June 2015

The entity was only aware of the instruction only after the orders were placed

EC Cooperatives Department and Traditional Affairs

Request for deviation from the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures - Hotel Accommodation and Hiring of Vehicles

NOT APPROVED

National Treasury reviewed and assessed the Department’s request and found that there were no compelling grounds on which to grant an exemption

11 August 2015

Rooms currently sourced at the limit rate of R1300 are not suitable for employees at level 15 and above.

Group B rental cars not comfortable and affects effective participation by level 15 and above officials in crucial meetings.

Public Investment Corporation

Request for deviation from the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures - International and Specialised Consulting Services and Hiring of Vehicles

Approved in terms of section 79 of the PFMA

National Treasury granted the entity a departure from paragraph 4.2 of Treasury Instruction 1 of 2013/2014 as it relates to the remuneration of specialised and international consultants.

Group C vehicles may only be hired when 3 or more persons are going to travel in the vehicle.

11 April 2014

Expenditure relates to the remuneration of specialised and international consultants.

The Travel Policy of the PIC limits car hire to Group B for all employees and only provides for employees to hire Group C in instances where more than one person is going to travel in the vehicle. Group C vehicles may only be hired when 3 or more persons are going to travel in the vehicle.

Public Investment Corporation

Request for deviation from the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures - Hotel Accommodation; Travel and Subsistence and Expenses related to entertainment allowances and events.

NOT APPROVED

There were no compelling reasons on which to grant an exemption

11 April 2014

The entity has its only policy limiting the costs of accommodation to R2 000 per night.

The entity claimed that business class provides flexibility and it is reliable and employees are able to work on arrival to their destinations.

The entity claimed that the set allowance for entertainment is not sufficient for entertaining potential key or foreign clients and high level delegations.

South African Revenue Services (SARS)

Request for deviation from the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures–Accommodation, travel and related costs; Consultants’ and Employee’s travel and subsistence costs; Expenses related to catering and events; Team Building

NOT APPROVED

National Treasury could not grant a blanket departure

04 April 2014

SARS was of the view that the accommodation clause only apply to Time-Based Contracts and not Lump Sum(Firm Fixed Price) Contracts and no suitable accommodation for SARS officials;

SARS wanted to accommodate disabled officials in selection of suitable cars to be used to travel for officials purposes;

SARS was hoping NT can re-consider the impact of the removal of social functions, team building exercises and year-end functions on employee satisfaction.

South African Revenue Services (SARS)

Request for deviation from the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures - Fees/rates and related costs

APPROVED

The National Treasury noted that SARS operates in a highly specialised and competitive industry which is unregulated and also strives at all times to procure services of consultants through appropriate processes. After careful consideration, the National Treasury granted SARS a departure

04 April 2014

SARS operates in a highly specialised and competitive industry which is unregulated and also strives at all times to procure services of consultants through appropriate processes. SARS find it not always possible to find appropriate experts within the parameters of the Public Service remuneration scales.

Transnet

Request for deviation from the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures - Travel and Subsistence

NOT APPROVED

Blanket departures are not provided especially where there are financial implications. Such departures are only considered on a case by case basis after considering the motivations provided by the applicants.

16 May 2014

Transnet claimed that effectively the Business Class flight option as per their current Transnet travel policy would be the most cost effective for them.

Financial Intelligence Centre

Request for deviation, expenditure in excess of the maximum threshold for domestic hotel accomodation

NOT APPROVED

National Treasury did not find any compelling reasons to condone the irregular expenditure relating to expenditure in excess of the maximum threshold for domestic hotel accommodation of R1300

24 June 2015

Limited accommodation option

Financial Intelligence Centre

Request for deviation from the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures – accommodation

NOT APPROVED

National Treasury did not find any compelling reasons to condone the irregular expenditure relating to expenditure in excess of the maximum threshold for domestic hotel accommodation of R1300

16 April 2015

The cheapest accommodation was more than R1300

Financial Services Board

Request for deviation from the national treasury instruction 01 of 2013/2014: cost containment measures – accommodation

APPROVED

 

22 April 2015

It was impractical to book FSB delegates out of Sun City as delegates were required to arrive early at the conference and leave late and the roads outside Sun City can be dangerous.

Department of Science and Technology

National Department

Request to deviate from paragraph 4.15 Domestic accommodation of R1300 per night.

NOT APPROVED

No compelling grounds on which to grant an exemption as R1300 is reasonable amount to pay for domestic accommodation.

12 March 2014

 

Inkomati Catchment Management Agency (ICMA)

Schedule 3A entity

Request to deviate from paragraph 4.26 to arrange a team-building event.

NOT APPROVED

No compelling grounds on which to grant an exemption, advised to ensure appropriate expenditure management control measures are in place.

25 March 2014

 

National Research Foundation (NRF)

Schedule 3A entity

Request for exemption from Treasury Regulation 31.2.5 in order to use multiple credit cards and travel lodge card per geographic location.

NOT APPROVED

No compelling grounds on which to grant an exemption as usage of alternative methods for payment will allow the entity to still meet its operational requirements.

28 November 2013

Operational requirements

National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (NURCHA)

Schedule 3A entity

Request to deviate from paragraph 4.26 to arrange a team-building event.

NOT APPROVED

No compelling grounds on which to grant an exemption, advised to ensure appropriate expenditure management control measures are in place.

18 November 2014

 

Free State Provincial Treasury

Request to deviate from paragraph 4.7 and 4.8 regarding air travel.

NOT APPROVED

No compelling grounds on which to grant an exemption.

03 August 2015

 

Free State Provincial Treasury

Request to deviate from paragraph 4.15 and 4.16 for Executive member VIP Protectors to exceed limit of R1300 domestic accommodation per night.

APPROVED

Executive Member VIP Protectors need to be in close proximity to their assigned Executive Member and to fulfil their duties cannot be in different accommodation to the Executive member

10 December 2014

 

Department of Trade and Industry

Delegation of any deviation from paragraph 4.6 of the Treasury Instruction No 1 of 2013/2014 to the Director-General of the Department of Mineral Resources (to approve business class travel)

NOT APPROVED

The National Treasury does not grant blanket approvals for institutions to deviate from cost containment measures as this process has to be done on a case by case basis. It is also worthy to note that approvals for deviations in terms of section 79 of the PFMA cannot be sub-delegated to any other functionary unless directed otherwise by the Minister in terms of section 10 of the PFMA.

04 September 2014

 

Department of Transport

(ACSA and ATNS)

Deviation from the rates that were prescribed in paragraph 4.2 of the National Treasury Instruction 01 of 2013/2014.

NOT APPROVED

DoT requires the services of an accounting firm. DoT should consider another organ of state like the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to provide the required service?, If no other organ of state can provide the required service, then DoT can proceed to acquire the services of an appropriate service provider in line with relevant supply chain management prescripts and taking into account the paragraph 4.2 of the National Treasury Instruction 1 of 2013/2014.

10 March 2014

 

Department of Trade and Industry

Deviation from the amount of R1300 per night for domestic accommodation in paragraph 4.15 of the National Treasury Instruction 01 of 2013/2014.

NOT APPROVED

The contents of Treasury Instruction No.1 of 2013/2014 on Cost Containment Measures was consulted extensively with Cabinet, the Minister’s Committee on the Budget and with the Director-General of The Presidency, all who agreed that R1300 was a reasonable amount to pay for domestic accommodation.

12 February 2014

 

Department of Energy

Approval to deviate from the following paragraphs:

Paragraph 4.6 and 4.7 as there are persons with special needs in the department.

NO DEVIATION REQUIRED

Paragraph 4.9 of the Treasury Instruction provides for the accounting officer to approve the purchase of business class tickets for employees with disabilities or for those with special needs. Deviation is therefore not required in this instance.

6 March 2014

 
 

Paragraph 4.8 as there are circumstances when the Minister/Deputy Minister or the DG needs to be accompanied by officials who do not qualify as per this paragraph.

APPROVED

Business class tickets may be purchased for the Minister, Deputy Minister, the Director-General and any advisor to the Minister appointed in terms of section 12A of the Public Service Act, 1994.

   
 

Paragraph 4.15 as the department finds it extremely difficult to obtain accommodation at the rate of R1 300 per night per person (including dinner, breakfast and parking).

NOT APPROVED

The contents of Treasury Instruction No.1 of 2013/2014 on Cost Containment Measures was consulted extensively with Cabinet, the Minister’s Committee on the Budget and with the Director-General of The Presidency, all who agreed that R1300 was a reasonable amount to pay for domestic accommodation.

   

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Constitutional Institution

Request to deviate from paragraph 4.26 to arrange a team-building event.

NOT APPROVED

No compelling grounds on which to grant an exemption, advised to ensure appropriate expenditure management control measures are in place.

11 December 2014

Operational requirements

North West Provincial Treasury

Accommodation cost: The accounting officer to approve amounts in excess of R 1300 in line with paragraph 3(a) and 3(b) of Treasury Instruction.

To allow delegates to sleep at the same venue where the organised event is hosted.

NOT APPROVED

The National Treasury found no compelling reasons to grant a blanket approval of a higher limit of R 1800 for urban businesses that are not registered in the rural Supply Chain Management data base.

The cost containment does not prohibit the use of accommodation in the same venue where there is a conference or other non-specifies event provided that the department has complied with the supply chain management and cost containment measures.

09 December 2014

NW wanted to have two different accommodation limits for rural as opposed to city hotels. They wanted a higher rate of R1800 for city hotels.

To support the organised central venue for accommodation ad also be allowed to meet the expected cost charged by the supplier

North West Provincial Treasury

Approval for the Head of Department to reside in the same hotel as Executive Authority as a Private Member of stuff in terms of chapter 8, paragraph 1.1.1 & 1.1.2 of the Ministerial handbook.

NOT APPROVED

The National Treasury found no compelling reason to grant a blanket approval for the Head of Department to reside in the same hotel as the Executive authority and it is worthy to mention that the Head of Department does not fall within the category of private stuff member for the Executive authority.

09 December 2014

They wanted accomplice staff to the Executive authority including the Head of Departments not to be restricted by the Cost containment measures in this regard.

13 November 2015 - NW3884

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

With regard to the amount of R352 million allocated to the drought-stricken municipalities of KwaZulu-Natal, (a) how was this amount determined and (b) what audit or study was used to determine the amount required to alleviate the effects of the drought?

Reply:

(a) Following the Premier’s declaration of a Provincial State of Disaster in selected Municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, I as the Minister of Water and Sanitation issued a Directive to my Director-General on 20 December 2014 to provide R352.4 million for interventions to mitigate the impact of the drought. The amount was determined at a meeting between my Director-General, Head of Department of the Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and the Water Services Authorities (WSAs) on
8 December 2014.

The Provincial Department of CoGTA collected, collated and co-ordinated the evaluation of the WSAs implementation plans. The provincial Drought Relief Implementation Plan dated 22 January 2015 highlighted that an estimated R669.7 million was required to alleviate the drought in the Province and an application for the balance of the funding was made to National Disaster Management Centre.

(b) The WSAs submitted their implementation plans to the CoGTA who then coordinated the evaluation of the plans.

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13 November 2015 - NW3445

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Finance

What are the reasons for the National Treasury's decision to decline the request by the SA Police Service to establish the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) as a separate operational programme?

Reply:

The reasons to decline the request from the South African Police Service (SAPS) were communicated to the SAPS. Therefore, the Honourable Member is advised to engage with the Minister of Police and SAPS on this matter.

13 November 2015 - NW3952

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What are the reasons that the application for funding from the National Lottery Board by the Edenvale Child Welfare Centre was declined? 2) (a) When last was funding by the specified board approved for the specified centre and (b) what amount was allocated to the specified centre? NW4818E

Reply:

According to the response received from NLC:

  1. The organisation’s name is Child Welfare South Africa Edenvale. They applied under the Early Childhood Development Infrastructure targeted call which opened on 14 December 2014 and closed on 13 February 2015. This being a focused call towards providing suitable accommodation for the advancement of Early Childhood Development through either a building or container. The application from the organisation unfortunately only applied for operational cost. Furthermore the objectives of the organisation are not focusing on early childhood development as outlined in the call and this is why the application was declined.

Please see paragraph 13, page 5 of the “Charities sector targeted call 2014 guidelines and information required” attached hereto as annexure A for the objectives of the call.

  1. (a) The organisation was last approved for funding on 13 June 2013 and paid on 28 November 2013.

(b) The amount allocated was R308,000.00 (Three hundred and Eight Thousand Rands). This was towards operations with a large portion of the allocation awarded for salaries.

 

13 November 2015 - NW3448

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)Whether (a) her department, (b) the Gauteng provincial government and/or (c) the City of Tshwane (i) have and/or (ii) intend to facilitate the handover of title deeds to homeowners in Block S, Mabopane, for the property purchased from the former Bophuthatswana administration;\ (2) (a) how many title deeds are still held by (i) her department, (ii) the Gauteng provincial government and (iii) the City of Tshwane and (b) will she provide a list of homeowners who are entitled to the specified title deeds; (3) when is the transfer of the specified title deeds expected to be finalised?

Reply:

(1) The City of Tshwane has confirmed its commitment to ensure that residents in Block S, Mabopane are issued with title deeds, for properties purchased from the former Bophuthatswana administration. In order to facilitate the handover of title deeds for Mabopane Block S, the City of Tshwane, with the support of the North West Housing Corporation (NWHC) has established the account balances of the properties concerned, and in so doing, ensured that account statements were hand delivered to the respective purchasers.

The account balances are required in order that clearance certificates can be issued based on the settlement of any outstanding balances or arrangements to that effect. Once the necessary administrative processes are completed, the residents will be informed accordingly and title deeds issued.

(2) (a) There are currently two types of properties in the Mabopane block S area. The old stock defined as pre-1994 housing and new stock defined as post-1994 housing. All the properties classified as old stock will be transferred and issued title deeds free of charge to residents.

The transfer of the majority of the Mabopane Block S Properties that form part of the new stock portfolio will only be effected as and when the purchasers’ settle the outstanding balance of the purchase price with the North West Housing Corporation (NWHC).

This has been communicated to residents in the sale and offer to purchase agreement which categorically states that: “the Purchaser agrees and shall be liable for all transfer costs in respect of the property being purchased and the purchaser is liable for the conveyancing fees prior to the registration process, after which, a title deed will be released to the purchaser.”

(b) On the 1st of November 2015 the NWHC will begin the process of regularisation of the properties within the City of Tshwane and the process is expected to be concluded on March 2016. However exact frames cannot be guaranteed as transfer of properties will be dependent on whether the purchasers has fully complied with the terms of agreement in respect of the instalment sale agreement.

To date, there are 39 fully paid properties in Mabopane Unit S, 100 in Mabopane Unit U, 71 in Mabopane Unit X. A firm of conveyancers, Koikanyang Incorporated has been appointed to transfer all fully paid properties into the names of the purchasers subject to the purchasers settling the necessary conveyancing fees.

(3) As indicated in 2 above and as far as the Mabopane Block S new stock houses are concerned; residents are still servicing the balances on their purchase prices. The North West Housing Corporation has since written letters to those who have settled their purchase price balances advising them of such and the documents that need to be submitted for the transfer of properties to be initiated. It must be noted that the purchaser is liable for the conveyancing fees prior to the registration process, after which, a title deed will be released to the purchaser. 

The City of Tshwane Human Settlements Department is being assisted by the City Group Legal Counsel Division to establish a process to investigate and apply urgent remedial action on the speedy opening of the outstanding township registers, where possible. The City has also sought, through its MMC: Housing and Human Settlements, to escalate the matter to the MEC: Human Settlements, Public Safety and Liaison Department: North West Provincial Government and the MEC: Gauteng Department of Human Settlements for in ensuring the existing administrative delays are removed to allow for the transfers to take place and title deeds issued.

12 November 2015 - NW3835

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 2725 on 4 September 2015, was the registration of children and procurators a variation of the (a) scope and (b) price of the contract with Cash Paymaster Services; if not, what was it since the registration of the specified categories was done in addition to the re-registration of the 9 082 251 persons that were projected in her department’s costing template; if so, (i) what is the process that the SA Social Security Agency follows in terms of its supply chain processes to vary the scope or price of a contract and (ii) was the specified process followed?

Reply:

Please refer to my reply to question 3797 on this matter.

12 November 2015 - NW3816

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to her reply to question 2725 on 4 September 2015, (a) how does one become a procurator and (b) what are the details of the procurators uploaded onto the social pension system; (2) how does the SA Social Security Agency verify that the grants received by a procurator are actually given to a beneficiary?

Reply:

Please refer to my reply to question 3797 on this matter.

12 November 2015 - NW3733

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)With reference to his reply to question 3441 on 2 October 2015, what was the total remuneration amount earned by (a) Monwabisi Kalawe and (b) Wolf Meyer in the 2014-15 financial year in any capacity besides that of director; (2) what are the reasons for the disparity between the remuneration amounts paid to (a) Monwabisi Kalawe and (b) Wolf Meyer as directors of the SA Airways Group in comparison with that of the (i) board chairperson Duduzile Myeni and (ii) other 10 directors?

Reply:

1) (a) M Kalawe         R4 552 981.00

(b) W Meyer           R3 661 080.00

2) (a)(b) The CEO and the CFO are permanent full time employees of the company. They are also executive Directors which mean they are compensated to ensure execution of strategy and business imperatives. Their remuneration is based on a Total Cost of Earnings principle on their remuneration base at the time of negotiating appointment offers, industry/ market factors, and the ability of SAA to attract candidates for these executive positions. Annual increases are based on performance.

(i)(ii) The Chairperson and Non-Executive Directors are rewarded Director Fees in accordance with market practice and benchmarking against fees for Non-Executive Directors of the Board. Fees paid are determined on the basis of either an annual retainer fee or as per meeting fee.  The quantum of the fee established is based on the number of board meetings attended as well as the number of board sub-committees that they serve on.

12 November 2015 - NW3798

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 2725 on 4 September 2015, any negotiations with regard to the cost of re-registration were ever held prior to the commencement of the project; if not, why not; if so, (a) what was agreed to during such negotiations and (b) on what date(s) were the negotiations (i) conducted and (ii) concluded; (2) whether the Bid Adjudication Committee of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) recommended the implementation of the specified re-registration project; if not, (a) who gave the approval for the payment of the specified project without the recommendation of the Bid Adjudication Committee, (b) when was the decision taken, (c) can she provide (i)(aa) the record of decision, (bb) the meeting minutes and/or (cc) all notes relevant in this regard and (ii) the documentation on the approval for the payment of the additional amount with regard to the specified project; (3) whether, with reference to the specified reply, SASSA was not informed upfront what the cost would be of the registration process; if not, why did SASSA not negotiate with CPS before CPS started with the registration process? (2) whether the Bid Adjudication Committee of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) recommended the implementation of the specified re-registration project; if not, (a) who gave the approval for the payment of the specified project without the recommendation of the Bid Adjudication Committee, (b) when was the decision taken, (c) can she provide (i)(aa) the record of decision, (bb) the meeting minutes and/or (cc) all notes relevant in this regard and (ii) the documentation on the approval for the payment of the additional amount with regard to the specified project; (3) whether, with reference to the specified reply, SASSA was not informed upfront what the cost would be of the registration process; if not, why did SASSA not negotiate with CPS before CPS started with the registration process? (2) whether the Bid Adjudication Committee of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) recommended the implementation of the specified re-registration project; if not, (a) who gave the approval for the payment of the specified project without the recommendation of the Bid Adjudication Committee, (b) when was the decision taken, (c) can she provide (i)(aa) the record of decision, (bb) the meeting minutes and/or (cc) all notes relevant in this regard and (ii) the documentation on the approval for the payment of the additional amount with regard to the specified project; (3) whether, with reference to the specified reply, SASSA was not informed upfront what the cost would be of the registration process; if not, why did SASSA not negotiate with CPS before CPS started with the registration process? (2) whether the Bid Adjudication Committee of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) recommended the implementation of the specified re-registration project; if not, (a) who gave the approval for the payment of the specified project without the recommendation of the Bid Adjudication Committee, (b) when was the decision taken, (c) can she provide (i)(aa) the record of decision, (bb) the meeting minutes and/or (cc) all notes relevant in this regard and (ii) the documentation on the approval for the payment of the additional amount with regard to the specified project; (3) whether, with reference to the specified reply, SASSA was not informed upfront what the cost would be of the registration process; if not, why did SASSA not negotiate with CPS before CPS started with the registration process?

Reply:

Please refer to my reply to question 3797 on this matter.

12 November 2015 - NW3759

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether, in the interest of inter-generational equity and of responsible financial management, the Government regularly paid off national debt as and when it came due during the period 31 August 2014 to 31 August 2015, rather than rolling it forward and heaping the burden on the next generation; if not, (a) why not and (b) what consequence will the rising national debt have on the present and succeeding generations; if so, (i)(aa) how frequently and (bb) in what amounts were the debts being paid off to reduce state debt escalation and (ii) what success was being achieved by the Government in this regard; (2) whether he will make a statement on state debt and inter-generational equity and the extent to which the Government was upholding this principle?

Reply:

  1. (a) Government borrows money to finance the main budget balance and maturing debt. Government will only be able to pay down its existing stock of debt once it runs substantial budget surpluses over an extended period. Over the period under review budget deficit realised and government was therefore not in a position to repay maturing debt. As a result, over the period 31 August 2014 to 31 August 2015 the maturing debt of R38.4 billion was refinanced through issuing new debt instruments.

(b) As published in the 2015 MTBPS the ratio of government debt to GDP continues to stabilize. Revenue growth will continue to outpace spending growth, narrowing the budget deficit from 3.8 per cent in 2015/16 to 3.0 per cent in 2018/19. Over this period government will restore the primary balance ensuring a sustainable fiscal path resulting in lowering the rate of growth in the stock of debt.

  1. (aa) NA

(bb) NA

(ii) NA

2. The 2015 Budget and 2015 MTBPS are aimed at ensuring long-term fiscal sustainability, which is a defining feature of intergenerational equity.

As stated in the 2015 Budget there is a long-term (or structural) imbalance between revenue and expenditure. This imbalance is being addressed by the increase in taxes which was implemented in 2015/16 and the reduction in the rate of expenditure growth. The bulk of the slowdown in spending growth has been targeted at government consumption. Government proposed a long-term fiscal guideline which aligns spending limits in the outer year of the MTEF with the long-term path of GDP growth.

The budget also aims to change the composition of spending, in order to ensure that government debt is used to fund expenditures with a long-term impact. Despite higher wage bill projections, government’s current balance will move into surplus over the medium term. Over the same period the capital financing requirement will remain broadly unchanged at about 3.8 per cent of GDP, financed in part by the current surplus. Achieving current surpluses over the medium-term suggests that government will borrow to finance capital and not current expenditure. The downward revision to GDP, shortfalls in revenue and the weaker exchange rate have led to an upward revision of the debt-to-GDP ratio. However, the debt-ratio trend stabilises in the years ahead as a result of continued restraint in expenditure growth and improvements in the budget balance.

12 November 2015 - NW3797

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to her reply to question 2725 on 4 September 2015, particularly the fact that Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) did not cost for the re-registration when it was clear in the request for proposals that recipients, beneficiaries, children and procurators are to be registered, why then did the SA Social Security Agency accept confirmation that CPS will only charge for the registration of other beneficiaries and not for (a) children and (b) procurators; (2) with reference to her reply to the specified question, is the statement that the re-registration of all beneficiaries, children and procurators was part and parcel of the long-term, not a contradiction of the statement that the extension and the inclusion of the children and procurators at the same time that enrolment was taking place was agreed to in a management meeting held in June 2012, within the same document?

Reply:

I have taken legal advice that this matter is before the Gauteng High Court (case 21904/2015) and therefore will await the outcome of this case.

12 November 2015 - NW3836

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 2725 on 4 September 2015, can she provide the (a) minutes of the management meeting held in June 2012 where the registration of additional children and procurators was discussed, (b) attendance register of the management officials who were present at the specified meeting and (c) actual agenda of the specified meeting?

Reply:

Please refer to my reply to question 3797 on this matter.

12 November 2015 - NW3671

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Finance

What was the (a) total amount and (b) breakdown of such amounts spent (i) by each specified department and (ii) on each specified service provider in respect of the transversal supply and delivery of toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, paper serviettes, disposable wipes, dressing towels, draw pads, medical underpads, baby and adult diapers and inconvenience pads (aa) in the (aaa) 2010-11, (bbb) 2011-12, (ccc) 2012-13, (ddd) 2013-14 and (eee) 2014-15 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2015?

Reply:

(a) According to statistics obtained, participating government institutions have spent an estimated amount of R179 675 926 between 2010 and 2015 on this contract. Of which R120 120 892 was spent during 2010-2012 contract cycle and R59 555 033 was spent during 2013-2015 contract cycle.

(b) To break this information down per department per year is a challenge as some departments enter comprehensive cleaning contracts that include the supply of toilet paper.

12 November 2015 - NW3780

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether the request for a meeting (details furnished) to discuss with her the concern regarding the unilateral deductions that some SA Social Security Agency officials were making from pensioners each month in different parts of the country has been granted; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

As I have stated previously, I have set up a Ministerial Task Team made up of senior officials from the Department, SASSA, Black SASH and community organizations to look into this matter of illegal or unauthorised deductions and to recommend possible remedial actions, some of which we are currently implementing.

When I received the Honourable Member’s correspondence on this issue, I accordingly advised that we join our efforts by working jointly with the Task Team in order to avoid unnecessary duplication. This would have enabled the Honourable Member to familiarize himself with the work of the Task Team and the various measures we are currently implementing to address this matter. An impression created through sensational and misleading media articles that I don’t take this matter seriously is very unfortunate, especially from the Honourable Member who knows that we have been constantly briefing the Portfolio Committee about various measures we are implementing in this regard.

Unfortunately, the Honourable Member chose to conveniently hijack this serious matter in order to score cheap and warranted political points by publishing false media articles about how the Department and Government as a whole is handling this matter. This is an act of extreme political desperation for a political party that does not have a political agenda.

I take this matter seriously and I have instructed both the Department and SASSA to take necessary legislative measures to swiftly clamp down on illegal and fraudulent deductions.

11 November 2015 - NW3866

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What is the total number of cases of duplicate identity documents (IDs) that were reported in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013, (d) 2014 and (e) since 1 January 2015; (2) how many of the specified cases have been resolved; (3) (a) how many cases are still pending resolution and (b) what is the cause of the delays in resolving these cases; (4) what (a) reason(s) has his department identified in respect of the duplication of IDs that are issued and (b) measures are being implemented by his department to prevent this from happening in the future?

Reply:

(1) There are two categories of duplicate cases, namely where one person

has multiple identity numbers and multiple persons sharing one identity

number.

(1)(a) The total number of cases that were reported in 2011 in each category

were ( opening balances ):

  • one person with multiple identity numbers : 460 000
  • multiple persons sharing one identity number : 49 233

(1)(b) The total number of cases that were reported in 2012 in each category

were ( opening balances ):

  • one person with multiple identity numbers : 100 701
  • multiple persons sharing one identity number : 38 318

(1)(c) The total number of cases that were reported in 2013 in each category

were ( opening balances ):

  • one person with multiple identity numbers : 65 523
  • multiple persons sharing one identity number : 27 639

(1)(d) The total number of cases that were reported in 2014 in each category

were ( opening balances ):

  • one person with multiple identity numbers : 13 349
  • multiple persons sharing one identity number : 12 420

(1)(e) The total number of cases that were reported since 1 January 2015 to

date in each category were ( opening balances ):

  • one person with multiple identity numbers : 3 609
  • multiple persons sharing one identity number : 9 908

(2) The total number of the specified cases which have been resolved in

each category are as follows :-

one person with multiple identity numbers : 558 853

multiple persons sharing one identity number : 40 494

(3)(a) The number of cases which are still pending resolution in each

category are:

  • one person with multiple identity numbers : 12 464
  • multiple persons sharing one identity number : 8 739

(3)(b) The causes of delays in resolving cases are:

 

  • Clients not lodging applications in offices.
  • Delays by clients in submitting the required supporting documents;
  • Non-submission of supporting documents in cases of identity numbers that were acquired fraudulently ;
  • Complexity of cases results in time-consuming investigations.

(4)(a) The reasons identified for the duplication of identity numbers have

been identified as:

  • Mis-identification of fingerprints during the previous manual verification process;

 

  • The swapping of fingerprints;
  • The theft of birth certificates for children who have not yet applied for an identity document.

(4)(b) The measures put in place by the Department to prevent the

duplication of identity numbers in the future are:

  • The introduction of HANIS (Home Affairs National Information System) in 2007 to digitise all good quality manual fingerprint records;

 

  • The introduction of the live capture system where clients’ fingerprints are captured live ;
  • The introduction of unabridged birth certificates where both parents are linked;
  • Registration of birth at an early stage i.e. within 30 Days.

10 November 2015 - NW3855

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)Whether (a) he and/or (b) officials from his department met frequently with the board and management of the SA Post Office (SAPO) in July, August and September 2015 to examine its precarious financial situation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether his department has a workable plan to (a) make SAPO economically viable without any handouts and/or (b) solicit the help of business rescue experts to help save SAPO from crashing to the floor; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether he will make a statement on the Government’s position regarding the 51% sale of equity to the private sector; if not, why not; if so, when?

Reply:

  1. The Minister (a) and officials (b) of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) have met frequently with the SAPO Management and Board. Discussions were mainly to facilitate the implementation of the Strategic Turnaround Plan (STP). These included discussions on financial challenges and how to assist SAPO in addressing challenges at hand. As a result of these engagements, the Department facilitated financial requests to the National Treasury and also participated in SAPO's negotiations with the commercial banks on the borrowing requirements.

(2)(a) SAPO's Strategic Turnaround Plan (STP) has been developed and approved by Cabinet. Its effective implementation requires effective leadership and funding. As part of supporting SAPO's turnaround, the Department has recognised the need to stabilise SAPO's leadership. The Board was appointed in August 2015 and the appointment of the Group CEO and COO are also being fast tracked.  To-date there has been more focus on the implementation of cost cutting initiatives. There is currently a need to implement revenue generation initiatives and these require funding. It is envisaged that effective implementation of the STP will enable the entity to be economically viable.  Furthermore, the Department facilitated and opened doors for SAPO's engagements with the National Government Departments in order to encourage them to utilise SAPO's services as part of Government supporting the entity's turnaround.  To-date meetings were held with 21 Government Departments and the DTPS led all the initial engagements. The Department also facilitated SAPO's engagements with the National Treasury on the need to effect Cabinet Lekgotla's decision to ensure that over 30 percent of Government business is given to SAPO. We are awaiting the relevant Instruction Notice to be issued to give effect to this Cabinet decision.

(2)(b) No. There has been no decision to put SAPO on business rescue yet. However, some of its subsidiaries may be considered, if necessary.

(3) No. There has been no such consideration by Government.

 

09 November 2015 - NW2919

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to request Cabinet and selected South African economists to examine the crisis that is overwhelming the Government of Greece with a view to seek advice on what pro-active steps the South African Government should take without delay to prevent a similar kind of tragic fate from overtaking the citizens of the country as a result of any grave mistake and fiscal indiscipline that the Government might be making; if not, why; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Cabinet and government in general pay close attention to developments in other parts of the world, including Greece, with a view of understanding their implications for our country. Our main focus is on taking steps that will grow the South African economy in order to create jobs and bring about inclusive growth and development leading to employment and improved quality of life.

We have steered the South African economy with diligence and care during the most trying global economic crisis that began in 2008. It is through the efforts of all South Africans, those who are in government and those outside of it, working together that has made it possible for our economy to weather the storm.

Government also remains focused on ensuring continued fiscal sustainability, which is extensively discussed in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement recently tabled in Parliament. 

We plan to continue implementing the National Development Plan, (NDP), and operational plans within the NDP such as the New Growth Path and Industrial Policy Action Plan in order to ensure that we meet our economic development targets.

09 November 2015 - NW3756

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, in view of his urgent and impassioned call to the workers of the country to tighten their belt and the repeated messages from the Minister of Finance for government at all levels to do the same, he has: (a) Requested Cabinet to ascertain to what extent there has been full compliance across government levels in respect of belt-tightening; (b) obtained information from Cabinet about persons who are flouting the call for belt-tightening; (c) urged disciplinary action to taken immediately against persons who are compromising the fragile position of the fiscus; (d) together with the Deputy President met with the Minister of Finance to ascertain from him the state of the fiscus and the viability of state spending; and (e) met with the Minister of Public Works to ascertain from him the exact extent to which spending on prestigious projects has been drastically curbed this year in line with the call belt-tightening; if not, why is he not practicing in government what he is preaching to the hard-pressed workers of the country; if so, what is his position with regard to each issue?

Reply:

The government is on record as having taken concrete steps to contain expenditure and ensure fiscal discipline.

In the 2014 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) Government lowered its expenditure ceiling by R25 billion, R10 billion in 2015/16 and R15 billion in 2016/17. These budget reductions focused on non-essential goods and services, funding for long outstanding vacancies and transfers to entities with cash reserves.

Government is stepping up cost-containment measures to ensure that spending plans deliver greater value for money. The Treasury Instruction on Cost Containment Measures is going to be revisited to adjust thresholds and to introduce additional measures to contain costs especially around the hosting and attendance at conferences. In addition, procurement reforms are being rolled out to improve efficiency, reduce red tape and stamp out corruption. These reforms are underpinned by specific Treasury Instructions that have been issued by the Minister of Finance. Compliance with such instructions will be monitored as part of the annual audit process. Where non-compliance is identified by the Auditor General, appropriate disciplinary procedures will be implemented.

09 November 2015 - NW3922

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

(a) How many overseas trips did a certain person (Mr Asogan Moodley) of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications take since 1 January 2015, (b) what were the (i) dates, (ii) destinations and (iii) reasons of each specified trip and (c) what was the (i) cost of each specified trip and (ii) class of travel of each specified trip?

Reply:

 

Entity

Person in question

(a)

(b)

(b)(i)

(b)(ii)

(b)(iii)

(c)(i)

(c)(ii)

National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

Mr Asogan

Moodley

None

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

09 November 2015 - NW2536

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he had declared to the World Economic Forum on Thursday 4 June 2015 that (a) the country had such a strong anti-corruption culture that even the Head of State was thoroughly investigated nd (b) taxpayer’s money could not be taken by people in Government for their own use; if not, (i) what did he say in this respect and (ii) how did he substantiate that declaration; if so, on what evidence did he base such statements considering that many instances of corrupt practices are annually laid bare by the Auditor-General, Public Protector or investigative journalism and when investigations are instituted they are either (aa) thwarted when they come too close to political elites, (bb) seldom followed-up with prosecution and (cc) rendered futile as happened with the investigation and recommendations of the Public Protector in respect of the R246 million spent on security upgrade of his private residence at Nkandla; 2. Whether he will make a statement on whether he had requested the Hawks to investigate whether a certain person (name furnished) had received a bribe of R20 million or more from a certain company (name and details furnished) in order to show the nation and the world that he was very serious about fighting graft no matter who was involved ?

Reply:

Since the advent of our democracy, our country has placed the fight against corruption high on its agenda.

This has continued throughout the administrations including the current fifth administration.

The South African Anti-Corruption landscape was set by the drafting of the government’s anti-corruption framework in 2001. The country committed to align itself with international best practice, and established a sound anti-corruption and ethics framework, inclusive of strong policies and legislative measures.

In this regard a plethora of measures have since been adopted to eradicate corruption. We have however not become complacent and are further strengthening these measures in line with our commitments in the National Development Plan and the Medium Term Strategic Framework to ensure that we -

  • Have a resilient anti-corruption system, which includes the strengthening the multi-agency anti-corruption endeavours, strengthening the protection of whistle-blowers, ensuring greater central oversight over the awarding of large tenders or tenders of long duration as well as empowering the tender compliance monitoring office to investigate corruption and guaranteeing that there is the value for money regarding procured goods and services;
  • strengthen the accountability and responsibility of public servants;
  • create a transparent and responsive public service; and
  • strengthen judicial governance and the rule of law.

It is actually because government has dedicated a lot of effort to combating corruption, both in the public and the private sector, that corruption has occupied a priority space in public dialogue.

South Africa also has a well-developed legal framework for fighting corruption. The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Act, 2004, is one of the most important pieces of legislation enacted by Parliament to fight corruption in the country.

The Anti-Corruption Task Team under the leadership of the Anti-Corruption Inter-Ministerial Committee is playing a very important role in driving the government strategy to fight corruption.

A wide range of anti-corruption agencies are given powers in terms of the different legislation to fight corruption in the country. These agencies, amongst others, include, the Special Investigating Unit, the Auditor-General, the Public Protector , the Public Service Commission, the South African Police Service and the National Prosecuting Authority.

Other measures strengthening the anti-corruption work of government include the following;

  • The Public Service Special Anti-Corruption Unit, which was established to enhance and consolidate the fight against corruption in the public service and the work done within the Department of Public Service and Administration, established to fast-track the processing of the disciplinary cases within the public service and to curb corruption.
  • The work done by the Directorate Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks).
  • The Special Investigation Unit (SIU), which was established by law as an independent statutory body that fights corruption through investigations and litigation, and which is currently processing several proclamations from the President directing it to probe maladministration and corruption within the public service.
  • The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), within the National Prosecuting Authority, which is tasked to seize assets of people involved in crime or corruption
  • The NPA’s Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit and the various SCC regional courts, which have been prioritising corruption cases, and
  • The Multi-Agency Working Group which was set up by the Minister of Finance to coordinate and investigate corruption related to supply chain management practices.

The fight against corruption is a continuous and dynamic process. As new manifestations of corruption are revealed, gaps in the existing approach, strategies, interventions and application of existing legislation and policies are identified for strengthening and review.

09 November 2015 - NW3715

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

How many trip(s) has he taken to (i) Brazil, (ii) the Russian Federation, (iii) India and (iv) the People’s Republic of China since 1 April 2015, (b) on what date was each specified trip undertaken, (c) what was the purpose of each specified trip(s) and (d) which government (i) officials and/or (ii) presidential staff accompanied him on each specified trip(s)?

Reply:

Since 1 April 2015 I have undertaken one Working Visit to China from 2-4 September 2015, to attend the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the Chinese Peoples’ War of Resistance against the World Anti-Fascist War.

I was accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and the Deputy Minister of Energy.

The staff included senior managers as well as personal support staff such as researchers, protocol officers, media officers and security personnel.

07 November 2015 - NW4149

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

Whether, since his reply to question 3830 on 3 November 2015 and since his reply to oral question 303 on 19 August 2015, (a) he, (b) his department and/or (c) the National Prosecuting Authority have been (i) contacted and/or (ii) been in contact with the Legal Attaché of the United States of America’s (USA’s) Federal Bureau of Investigations since 1 July 2015 in respect of the USA’s Attorney General’s investigation and indictment of corruption with regard to the 2010 Soccer World Cup tournament; if not, why have they not contacted USA law enforcement authorities to initiate preliminary investigation to establish the identity of the two South Africans mentioned in the indictment; if so, in each case (aa) how many times was contact made, (bb) how was the contact conducted and (cc) what are dates of the discussions?

Reply:

In terms of Government protocol, Sport and Recreation South Africa as the department cannot contact the Legal Attaché of the United States of America's (USA's) Federal Bureau of Investigations, directly. It has been done via DIRCO. Ministry has already written to the Minister at DIRCO requesting her to solicit all the information and evidence that the USA Government purports to have in their possession. Further to this we have also interacted with Minister of Justice upon his receipt of the indictment from the USA government with the Legal Attaché of the United States of America's (USA's) Federal Bureau of Investigations, and agreed with the Minister of Justice that the matter be referred to the IMC on Corruption, DIRCO and Chairperson of Anti-Corruption.

06 November 2015 - NW3851

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Mahlalela, Mr AF to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he intends to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s amnesty committee dated 27 November 2000 in relation to the application of a certain person (name furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I wish to inform the Honourable Member that Mr Voice Morris Sambo was refused amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) because he failed to make full disclosure.

The TRC nevertheless recommended that despite the refusal of Mr Sambo’s application, the Committee is of the view that in the light of the continued and considerable harassment that the applicant was subjected to and particularly in the light of the extremely harsh sentence that the applicant received, that this is an appropriate case for executive intervention. Accordingly, the TRC recommended that the Ministries of Justice and Correctional Services investigate the matter with a view to affording the applicant an appropriate reduction in sentence.

Sentences are, however, imposed by the courts. I as Minister of Justice of and Correctional Services, have no power to reduce a sentence or to pardon those who have been found guilty and sentenced by the courts.

I would recommend however, that Mr Sambo consider the following two (2) options:

Firstly, applying for a Presidential pardon to the President of the Republic of South Africa, who has the power to pardon offenders sentenced to direct imprisonment. It is the prerogative of the President whether to grant or not to grant pardon.

Secondly, if Mr Sambo meets the minimum requirements for parole, he can submit his application to be considered for parole to the Parole Board.