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28 July 2015 - NW1335

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Communications

What amount was owed to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa for unpaid broadcasting licence fees by (a) all spheres of government and (b) entities reporting to national government departments as at 31 March 2015?

Reply:

(a) None

(b) Only South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), which is exempted from paying an annual license fee.

 

 

 

 

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

28 July 2015 - NW2438

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

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

Reply:

(a)(b)(i)(ii)(aa)(bb)(cc)

The Departments:

The Sowetan

   

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

111,444 .27

176,592.50

239,974.07

The Daily Sun

   

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

-

-

38,136.42

The Entities:

The South African Cities Network (SACN)

The SACN did not spend any amount on advertising in Sowetan and Daily Sun in the 2012 /13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial year.

South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

The Sowetan

   

Total

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

 

-

R50, 940,90

R73, 051,20

R123,992,10

The Daily Sun

     

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

 

-

-

-

 

Municipal Demarcation Board

The Sowetan

   

Total

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

 

R267,471,36

-

R30,834,70

R298 306,06

The Daily Sun

     

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

 

R380,933,25

R298,981,26

-

R679 851,54

28 July 2015 - NW2286

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

With reference to her reply to question 1898 on 29 May 2015, what amount has been spent on (a) purchasing, (b) installing, (c) operating cost, including fuel, and (d) maintaining generators in each calendar year in the period 1 May 2008 to 1 January 2015?

Reply:

The Department of Human Settlements:

(a) & (b) The amount spent by the Department of Human Settlements on purchasing and installation of a generator is R1 784 859,00.

(c) The amount for operating costs (fuel) since the generator was purchased R 22 956.00.

(d) There are no maintenance costs incurred thus far.

The Entities:

(a) There are eight (8) public entities reporting to the Minister of Human Settlements, only the following three public entities have purchased generators:

  • EAAB spent R391 006.40 on the 11th March 2014;
  • NURCHA has spent R 288 635 in 2007; and
  • NHBRC has spent R 700 000.00.

(b) Installation cost for the generators of NHBRC and NURCHA was included in the purchasing amount. EAAB has spent R 10 000.00 for installation.

(c) Spending on operational cost, including fuel:

  • The HDA is responsible for the refuelling of the generator. The average cost to refuel the generator is R 4000.00, based on 4x4 hour load shedding per month;
  • NURCHA has spent R 69 223.00;
  • EAAB has spent R 9 763.84 from 12/05/2014 to 01/01/2015; and
  • NHBRC has spent R 134 982.82 (This includes: Diesel = R 93 091.49; SMS Commander = R 10 545.00; and SDM Controller = R 31 346.33)

(d) Maintenance of generators

  • EAAB has spent R 15 298.80 to maintain the generators from 23/09/2014 to 01/01/2015;
  • NURCHA has spent R 13 800.00 per annum
  • NHBRC has spent R 64 655.63 for the service and maintenance of the generators since 1 April 2013.

28 July 2015 - NW2459

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

Whether, with reference to the employment contract of Mr K Ngema he has established that the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council (EMMC) was misled by the A-CORP (19-2012) report (details furnished) where it is stated that the duration of the specified person’s contract is from 17 August 2009 to 16 August 2014; if not, how was the EMMC allowed to contravene (a) its own resolution (details furnished), (b) the appointment periods stated in the amended Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, (c) the SA Local Government Association circular 14/2012 (details furnished) and (d) a judgment by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in case 5238/12 (details furnished); if so, (i) what action does he intend taking and (ii) who wrote the confidential report?

Reply:

I am not aware to these assertions.

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

According to Section 106 (4)(b)of the Municipal Systems Act, the MEC must table a report in the relevant provincial legislature, detailing within 90 days from the date of my request to him, to conduct the investigation. The MEC is required to simultaneously send a report to me, the Minister of Finance, and the NCOP.

I will await the outcome of the investigation to determine whether or not there are findings that enable me to provide specific responses in respect of sub-questions (a)(b)(c)(d) and (i)(ii).

28 July 2015 - NW2210

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether the Government has committed funds over the medium term to establish any new town or city as a result of any new set of compelling economic reasons; if not, why not; if so, (a) what was the rationale for doing so, (b) where is this new town or city to be located, (c) what information was shared with Parliament to get its input on the advisability of establishing such a new town or city, (d) what costs will the Government have to carry over the medium term and (e) when did the Cabinet have the opportunity to study the feasibility report and accept the desirability to proceed with the establishment of such a town or city?

Reply:

Government has not taken any decision to establish new cities, and thus no funds have been set aside for this purpose. It should also be noted that development of cities can evolve from small towns or urban nodes that grow as a result of increased economic activities and population growth. Examples of such areas include towns such as Lephalale, which is growing rapidly due to increased economic activities and public infrastructure investments in the area. Furthermore, the location, desirability and growth of such areas are informed by municipalities Spatial Development Frameworks. It is, therefore, the responsibility of municipalities to approve such developments. However, as new and substantial economic hubs develop in new towns and cities, government will assist these municipalities to acquire appropriate planning and other technical capability to manage these new challenges and opportunities.

28 July 2015 - NW2448

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

Whether she has found that the lack of work placements is due to the delays by employers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what ways are employers responsible for the delay in work placements?

Reply:

No. the law has only been in place for few months hence cannot make a realistic analysis of what the real cause of the delays are at this stage.

28 July 2015 - NW2468

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

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

Reply:

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

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

28 July 2015 - NW2219

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Communications:

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

Reply:

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

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



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

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP
MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS
DATE:

ATTACHED FIND HERE: QUESTION NUMBER 2305 OF 2015

28 July 2015 - NW2528

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to the tour undertaken by the Cuban Five to South Africa, what amount did her department spend on (a) accommodation, (b) flights, (c) meals, (d) in-country transport and (e) entertainment for the five men and their family?

Reply:

R0

28 July 2015 - NW1330

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What discussions (i) have been or (ii) are being held with her department regarding the long-standing debts owed to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa for broadcast licensing fees by (aa) the SA Police Service and (bb) the SA National Defence Force, (b) when were these meetings held, (c) what was the purpose of the meetings and (d) what was the outcome, in each case?

Reply:

(a) The SAPS and SANDF are not holders of Broadcasting Licences.

 

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

28 July 2015 - NW2295

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)With reference to the consolidated report on the audit outcomes of local government for the 2013-14 financial year, what are the names of the 87 auditees for which the Auditor-General reported findings of possible fraud or improper conduct in supply chain management processes for investigation by management; (2) How many findings for investigation were reported for each auditee? NW2656E

Reply:

The department is currently gathering the information required to respond to this question as it is not information that is readily available. After the details of the 87 auditees referred to in the General report have been received from the Auditor General, each of these municipalities will be requested to provide the details of the cases that constituted the total of the irregular expenditure in question in order to respond to part two of the question.

The response will be provided as soon as possible after this information is made available.

28 July 2015 - NW2349

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the present monitoring and evaluation capability within her department?

Reply:

The monitoring and evaluation component of the Department is currently at a level of a Sub-directorate, and consists of a Deputy Director and an Assistant Director. A process currently is underway with DPSA to review the organisational structure.

28 July 2015 - NW2467

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

Whether he is aware that a certain person (EMMC) refused to call a council meeting in order to deliberate over the alleged financial irregularities (details furnished BB40 and BB41), which contravened a council resolution and certain statutory provisions (details furnished BB39); if so, what action is he taking against the specified person for failing to adhere to the law?

Reply:

I am not aware to these assertions.

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

I will await the outcome of the investigation to determine whether or not there are findings that will enable me to provide a response to this question.

28 July 2015 - NW2466

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Chance, Mr R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance andTraditional Affairs

Whether the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council executive mayor implemented the council resolution (details furnished BB43) which compelled the executive mayor to recover unauthorised, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure from a certain person as contemplated in section 32(2) of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003; if not, what action does he intend taking in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I am not aware of these assertions.

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

28 July 2015 - NW2460

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

(1)Why did a certain official (Mr K Ngema) ignore the memorandum from the Legal and Administrative Services department of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council (which in paragraph 5 refers to the supply Chain management Policy details furnished) by allowing the bid adjudication committee to continue awarding said tenders as recommended by the bid evaluation committee, in terms of the bid adjudication committee’s delegated powers; (2)Whether his department will take any action in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2828E

Reply:

  1. No, as stated in my response to PQ2015/2459, I am not aware of these assertions.
  2. Again as stated in my previous response to PQ2015/2459, I intend writing to the MEC responsible for local government in Gauteng, in terms of Section 106(4)(b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No.32 of 2000), requesting him to commission an investigation into the matter.

28 July 2015 - NW2387

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

(1)How many operational members of the SA Police Service (SAPS) did not have a driving licence (a) in the (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12, (iv) 2012-13, (v) 2013-14 and (vi) 2014-15 financial years and (b) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) how many of the specified members of SAPS have since acquired a driving licence in the case of each financial year or period; (3) how many of the operational SAPS members with driving licences have a licence to drive an official vehicle?

Reply:

The information is not readily available and must be obtained from the provinces.  A request is hereby made for an extension in order for us to provide quality and correct information as soon as it is received.

28 July 2015 - NW2484

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

(1)Whether there was an audit committee in place in each (a) metropolitan municipality and (b) municipality that received a disclaimer or adverse audit opinion for the 2013-14 financial year; if not, why not; if so, (i) what are the qualifications and relevant experience of each member of each audit committee and (ii) how many times did the specified committee meet in the 2013-14 financial year; (2) were any reports from each specified committee tabled and considered in each relevant municipal council; if not, why not?

Reply:

The question asked by Honourable member, Mr K J Mileham, must be directed to National Treasury, as it is the competent authority to provide the information requested. National Treasury monitors Audit Committees in terms of sec 166 of the Municipal Finance Management Act.

28 July 2015 - NW2449

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

Whether she has found that there are challenges in matching suitable candidates with the requirements of employers ; if so, what steps will she take to ensure that these challenges are overcome?

Reply:

No. The law has only been in place for few months hence cannot make a realistic diagnosis of the challenges in matching suitable candidates with the requirements of the employers at this stage.

28 July 2015 - NW2068

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

(1)How many municipal managers are currently suspended and/or prevented from performing their roles and functions in their municipalities; (2) in respect of each case, (a) who is the municipal manager, (b) what municipality are they from, (c) when were they placed on suspension and (d) what is the misconduct with which they have been charged?

Reply:

(1) The Department is not aware of any municipal managers that are prevented from performing their functions but rather municipal managers who have been suspended from work for breach of conduct.

(2) According to information furnished by provinces, the following are municipal managers that have been placed on suspension by municipalities:

Province

Municipal Manager

Municipality

Date placed on suspension

Nature of misconduct

Eastern Cape

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Ikwezi LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

 

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Inkwanca LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Free State

Mr PI Radebe

Mafube LM

5 January 2015

Council decision to implement consequence management due to Auditor-General audit opinion of a disclaimer over the past 5 years.

Gauteng

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Province

Name of municipal manager

Name of the municipality

Date of suspension

Nature of misconduct

KwaZulu-Natal

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Endumeni LM

26 March 2014

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

 

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Imbabazane LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

 

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Indaka LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

 

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Vulamehlo LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Limpopo

Mr TM Maake

Mopani DM

1 February 2015

Financial misconduct

 

Mr Ntwane

Thabazimbi LM

10 December 2014

Maladministration, misappropriation of funds and non-compliance with supply chain procedures

 

Mr M Mathivha

Thulamela LM

28 April 2015

Fruitless expenditure

 

Ms C Mamitla

Polokwane LM

4 May 2015

Financial misconduct

 

Mr MF Ramaphakela

Lepelle-Nkumpi LM

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Details not furnished. Province requested to obtain information.

Mpumalanga

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

North West

Mr K Rabanye

Mahikeng LM

29 November 2014

Corruption and maladministration

 

Mr J Bhine

Ditsobotla LM

3 April 2013

Gross maladministration

 

Mr J Makade

Ventersdorp LM

11 October 2014

Maladministration

Northern Cape

Mr TF Leeuw

Magareng LM

20 April 2015

Maladministration

 

Mr M Fillis

Ubuntu LM

5 March 2015

Corruption and maladministration

Western Cape

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

28 July 2015 - NW2470

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)With regard to the letter from a certain person (name and details furnished) from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council (EMMC) dated 3 September 2012 requesting condonation of irregular expenditure to the value of R819 million (details furnished) and National Treasury’s response (details furnished), why was the National Treasury not aware or made aware of (a) all the irregular expenditure in the (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12 financial years, (b) bids above R10 million under appeal and (c) bids above R10 million under investigation, in total over R7,2 billion (details furnished); (2) did the application for condonement by the specified city manager give a full picture of the irregular expenditure in the municipality; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the National Treasury intends to take any relevant action (a) prescribed by applicable legislation in respect of this matter in general and (b) against the specified person (name and details furnished) of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether the National Treasury will conduct a forensic audit of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Council’s (EMMC) finances; if not, why not; if so, when will the forensic audit commence?

Reply:

(a) Section 62(1)(d) of the Municipal Finance Management (MFMA) provides that the Accounting Officer must take all reasonable steps to ensure that unauthorized, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure or other losses are prevented. Furthermore section 125(2)(d) of the MFMA requires that the notes to the annual financial statements must include particulars of any material losses or any material irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure, including in the case of a municipality, any material unauthorized expenditure that occurred during the financial year and whether these are recoverable.

From the above it is clear that the legislation places the obligation to make public and disclose particulars of any irregular expenditure incurred, including taking steps to prevent such expenditure from being incurred, on the Accounting Officer. Moreover, the legal principle underpinning the MFMA is that the Accounting Officer and Council are responsible for implementation of the MFMA and to ensure appropriate corrective measures are taken.

b) The Honorable member to note that section 62 of the Municipal Systems Act sets out the process to be followed when aggrieved persons are dissatisfied with decisions taken by a municipality. The process provides for appeals to be dealt with by the municipality within its internal governance structures. There is no requirement in section 62 for decisions with regard to the outcomes of appeals to be reported to the National Treasury. Information in this regard is therefore only available at institutional level and therefore National Treasury was not made aware of the extent of the appeals.

c) With regards to supply chain management disputes or objections, regulations 49 and 50 of the Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulations provide the procedure to be followed. The regulations provide that such disputes be first investigated internally by the municipality before it escalates the matter to the provincial or national treasury. It is therefore clear that the National Treasury will not be aware of supply chain management disputes unless a municipality or the relevant treasury was unable to resolve the matter through its internal processes. The details of such information will be available at institutional level.

(2) Correspondence was received from the City Manager dated 3 September 2012. However, this only provided information of irregular expenditure relating to the request for condonement. As mentioned earlier, the detailed information on all irregular expenditure is maintained within the municipality and in this instance was not shared with National Treasury.

(3) (a) Section 32(2) of the MFMA provides that the Municipal Council must recover all irregular expenditure incurred unless the municipal council has, after an investigation by a council committee, certified the expenditure as irrecoverable and has written it off. It is therefore clear that legislatively, the municipal council is the only appropriate structure who should take action in relation to the irregular expenditure that has been incurred. Information in this regard is therefore best obtained from the municipality concerned.

(b) Section 171 of the MFMA defines when an accounting officer of a municipality commits an act of financial misconduct. To further support the implementation of this section and chapter 15 as a whole, the Municipal Regulations on Financial Misconduct Procedures and Criminal Proceedings (“Financial Misconduct Regulations”) was promulgated on 31 May 2014 which sets out processes to be followed by municipalities in dealing with allegations of financial misconduct. The regulations provide that as a start, allegations has to be dealt with by the municipal council through its internal established structures that deals with disciplinary matters. This relevant matter will therefore be referred to the Executive Mayor of this specific municipality for his further handling consistent with the provisions of the Financial Misconduct Regulations.

(4) The National Treasury will not be conducting any forensic audit at the municipality at this stage as the information at hand indicate that the Office of the Public Protector is in the process of conducting an investigation at the municipality. The National Treasury will await the outcome thereof.

28 July 2015 - NW2527

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Did (a) she or (b) any officials from her department give instructions to any person or persons on duty at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria, Gauteng, to (i) authorise and (ii) facilitate the departure of any (aa) diplomats or (bb) delegates from the base on 15 June 2015; if so, what are the name(s) of this person or persons; (2) did (a) she or (b) any official from her department give any instructions to any person or persons on duty at the airbase (i) not to disclose or (ii) conceal the identity of any (aa) diplomat, (bb) delegate or (cc) passenger on any aircraft departing from the airbase on 15 June 2015; if so, on what authority did she or any official from her department issue such a directive?

Reply:

I cannot reply to this question as the matters raised are currently sub judice.

28 July 2015 - NW2396

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, since his reply to question 2029 on 17 November 2014, the information requested is now readily available within his department and will be provided; (2) (a) what is the (i) status and (ii) findings of the investigation and (b) what engagement has his department had with Vrede District Municipality in the Free State? NW2761E

Reply:

(1) Yes, the Department has received the information from the Phumelela Local Municipality.

(2) (a) (i) &(ii) According to the information received, the municipality did not utilize its budget in respect of the farm Krynauwslust in the Vrede district of the Free State; hence, no irregularities were reported (b) In the context of the preceding question, the Department did not engage with the Vrede District Municipality. Instead, the Department exchanged correspondence with the Phumelela Local Municipality on this matter

27 July 2015 - NW2543

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

With reference to his reply to question 1705 on 26 May 2015 and to question 1485 on 30 April 2015, when does he intend to finalise the (a) investigation into the actions of the Midvaal Local Authority, (b) report of the Special Investigative Unit regarding the specified local authority, (c) signing off of the specified report by the President and (d) steps to be taken against any institutions or persons identified in the specified report?

Reply:

The SIU Report is still in process of legal review by the SIU. The reason for this process taking so long is that the lead investigator passed away. As a result a new investigator had to be assigned to re-engage the whistleblowers to clarify certain aspects of the investigation.

27 July 2015 - NW2421

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising in (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years? NW2787E

Reply:

(a) (i) The Department of Basic Education spent R50 800 on advertising in the Sowetan Newspaper during the period (aa) 2012 - 2013 while R14 080 was spent during the period (bb) 2013-14 and a further R 29.611.20 in the (cc) 2014-15 financial years

(ii) The Department of Basic Education spent R 56,640.00 on advertising in the Daily Sun Newspaper during the period (aa) 2012 -2013, R28,240.00 during the period (bb) 2013-14 and R 67 929 in the (cc) 2014-15 financial years

(b) Umalusi (i) Umalusi did not spend on advertising in the Sowetan during the period (2012 - 15) (ii) Umalusi did not spend on advertising in the Daily Sun during the (aa) 2012-13 and the (bb) 2013-14 financial years, R 93 270.44 was spent during the (cc) 2014-15 financial year.

(b) South African Council for Educators (SACE) did not spend any money on advertising in the (i) Sowetan nor did it spend in the (ii) Daily Sun during the (aa) 2012-2013, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years.

27 July 2015 - NW2283

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Ms A T Lovemore (DA) to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

(1) What (a) are the details of the baseline assessments carried out in February 2015 prior to the commencement of the piloting of three alternative interventions in selected schools in the districts of (i) Ngaka Modiri Molema and (ii) Dr Kenneth Kaunda in April 2015 and (b) methodology was utilised in each of the interventions: (2) who (a) developed and (b) provided the training to the teachers involved in the specified interventions: (3) whether the teachers' abilities to teach reading skills were assessed either before or after the training; if not, why not: if so, what are the relevant details: (4) what are the relevant details of other alternative interventions to address reading and literacy being (a) piloted. (b) implemented and (c) planned elsewhere in the country.? NW2644F.

Reply:

(1) What (a) are the details of the baseline assessments carried out in February 2015 prior to the commencement of the piloting of three alternative interventions in selected schools in the districts of (i) Ngaka Modiri Molema and (ii) Dr Kenneth Kaunda in April 2015 and (b) methodology was utilised in each of the interventions;

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is evaluating three new interventions aimed at improving early grade reading. The evaluation is being conducted through a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) to evaluate the causal impacts of the following three interventions: (i) a teacher training course focused specifically on the teaching of Setswana reading and literacy. accompanied by scripted lesson plans and graded reading materials; (ii) an on-site support programme to teachers from reading coaches, accompanied by scripted lesson plans and graded reading materials; (iii) and a package designed to improve parent involvement in - and monitoring of - learning to read.

Each intervention is being implemented in a group of 50 schools over a period of two years in North-West Province (specifically, in the education districts of Ngaka Modiri Molema and Dr Kenneth Kaunda). A further 80 schools have been selected as a comparison group.

The project has two arms: 1) a service provider undertaking the implementation of the project interventions. 2) An independent service provider conducting the assessment of the project's impact.
The separation of the services required is in line with best practices to maintain objectivity between implementers of the interventions and assessors of the impact in order to attain objective findings.
Both service providers have been appointed.

(1a)
In line with the RCT design and project plan. a baseline assessment of all the 230 schools in the research project was conducted from 3-24 February 2015 by the appointed service provider. The service provider was not informed of the distinct groups of schools as part of the mechanisms to eliminate a bias.

The service provider that conducted the baseline assessment is still in the process of finalising the data collected. The DBE, in partnership with a Research Team of local and international experts, will then process the data and compile a baseline report by October 2015.

(1b)
The same assessment methodology was used in the baseline assessment for all 230 schools in the research project. The baseline assessment consisted of the testing of 20 Grade I learners in each of the 230 schools in the research project. The test focused on pre-literacy skills and was administered orally by an independent fieldworker in Setswana. In addition, questionnaires were administered to the Grade 1 teachers and school principals. A home background questionnaire was also administered.

(2) Who (a) developed and (b) provided the training to the teachers involved in the specified interventions;

As indicated above, the DBE appointed a second service provider to implement all three interventions in the research project according to the approved Terms of Reference. Each of the three interventions requires specific deliverable5 from the service provider; the same applies for the interventions based on teacher training and on-site support. The service provider has considerable experience in running similar training programmes in the sector and has therefore developed and improved the content over a period of time. The content was then adapted for this project by the service provider. The training and on-site support is provided by employees of the service provider, including former teachers who are fluent in Setswana.

The Terms of Reference specify that all material developed/used for the research interventions must be Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) aligned. A Reference Group consisting of the implementation service provider, representative from the North West Provincial Education Department (PED), Subject Advisors from the Ngaka Modiri Molema District and the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District as well as DBE officials in the Curriculum Branch has ken established to review the materials used for the project.

(3)Whether the teachers' abilities to teach reading skills were assessed either before or after the training; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

The study did not administer any substantive assessment of teacher knowledge or pedagogical skill for those teachers receiving the training programme. The research design would require that such a test would be valuable if it were administered to all teachers in the evaluation. i.e. also those teachers in the control group.

The research design in its current format. as it follows an RCT methodology, would have allowed the testing of only the 50 schools in the intervention (i) a teacher training course focused specifically on the reaching of Setswana reading and literacy. accompanied by scripted lesson plans and graded reading materials. This would provide the DBE with information on these schools only but the same information would not be available for the remaining 180 schools, and thus no comparison would be possible. Therefore. testing only those teachers who are participating in the training programme would have been of limited value.

The DBE did. however. administer teacher questionnaires in all 230 schools as pan of the data collection effort. These questionnaires collect information about teaching beliefs and practices (thus providing some indication of pedagogical knowledge). The DBE will again collect this information at the end of the interventions to examine whether teachers improved their knowledge of effective teaching methods through the programme. A small component of the teacher questionnaire administered at baseline was also a short reading fluency test in Setswana.


This was a very rudimentary assessment, but it will enable the department to explore whether the success of a training programme depends on the teacher's own reading fluency. The DBE plans on assessing reading fluency after the intervention again, to see whether their own reading fluency might have improved through the training.

All the data collected in this project will be made available for public release for further research purposes once the project reaches completion. i.e. no sooner than July 2017.

(4) What are the relevant details of other alternative interventions to address reading And literacy being (a) piloted, (b) implemented and (c) planned elsewhere in the county?

a) Piloted

The Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) is currently being piloted in 1000 schools nationally in Grades 1 to 3 in all 11 official languages.

b) Implemented

The resuscitation of the Drop All and Read programme is being implemented nationally. The English Across the Curriculum (EAC) programme is being implemented in Grades 4 to 12 to support the acquisition of English as the Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT). The provision of Workbooks. reading resources, the hosting of the annual National Spelling Bee Competition, the establishment of reading clubs and the implementation of the Annual National Assessments (ANA) in Grades I to 9 in 2015 is aimed at improving reading and literacy outcomes.


c) Planned elsewhere in the country? The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) has rolled out literacy projects in the Foundation and intermediate phases in targeted districts in KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Mpumalanga. This project i s currently being replicated in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.

27 July 2015 - NW2347

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

Whether the Chief Justice undertook any international trips in the (a) 2014-15 financial year and (b) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) to which countries, (ii)(aa) how many persons formed part of the Chief Justice’s delegation and (bb) what is their official designation and (iii) what class of (aa) transport and (bb) accommodation was utilised for each person forming part of the delegation?

Reply:

(a) Yes.

(b) Yes.

2014 / 2015 Financial year:

The Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa is, in accordance with section 165 of the Constitution, the Head of the Judiciary, an independent arm of the State and by virtue of his position, receives invitations from various international judicial bodies which he sometimes has to honour. Additionally, the Chief Justice is also one of the Vice-Presidents of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa, a body comprising 34 members of Constitutional Courts and Constitutional Councils in Africa, established to promote constitutional justice within the Continent and responsible for ensuring compliance with the Constitution. He is also a member of the Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum, a body comprising of all the Chief Justices in the Southern and East Africa intended to deal with issues affecting the Judiciary in the SADC region. The Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa is also a member of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice comprising of 71 Constitutional Courts, Councils and Supreme Courts, with the aim of promoting constitutional justice.

(i) Turkey

In April 2014, the Chief Justice attended the 2nd Congress of the Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions, and the 52nd Anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Turkey, in his capacity as the Vice-President of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa which was held in Instanbul, Turkey, at the invitation of the President of the Turkish Constitutional Court. The Chief Justice gave a speech at the conference and also chaired a session on “The Role of the Constitutional and Supreme Courts in the Protection of Constitutional Order”.

(ii) (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Acting Director: Executive Support Services; and the Security Coordinator.

(i) Nigeria

In July 2014, the Chief Justice attended and addressed a Judicial Reforms Conference at the invitation of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association which was held in Abuja, Nigeria.

(ii) (aa) Five.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services; Executive Personal Assistant to the Chief Justice; and the Security Coordinator.

(i) Zambia

In September 2014, the Chief Justice attended the Annual General Meeting of the Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum at the invitation of the acting Chief Justice of Zambia.

(ii) (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services; and the Protocol Coordinator.

(i) South Korea

In September 2014, the Chief Justice attended the 3rd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice of which the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa is a member, at the invitation of the President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Korea and the President of the Venice Commission. The Chief Justice chaired a session and gave remarks on “Constitutional Instruments Enhancing / Dealing with / for Social Integration.

  1. (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services; and the Security Coordinator.

(i) United Kingdom

In October 2014, the Chief Justice attended the Opening of the Legal Year in England and Wales at the invitation of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice of the Ministry of Justice of the United Kingdom.

  1. (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services; and the Security Coordinator.

(i) Singapore

In October 2014, the Chief Justice went to Singapore and delivered a Lecture on “Twenty Years of the South African Constitution – Origins, Aspirations and Deliveryto the Singapore Academy of Law at the invitation of the Chief Justice of Singapore and President of the Singapore Academy of Law. The Office of the Chief Justice in Singapore paid for the air travel and accommodation for the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa and his Spouse.

  1. (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Director: Executive Support Services; Executive Personal Assistant; and the Security Coordinator.

(i) Swaziland

In November 2014, the Chief Justice was requested by the Executive Committee of the SADC Lawyers Association, International Commission of Jurists and the Justices of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa to discuss concerns regarding the Swaziland Judiciary.

  1. (aa) Two.

(bb) Director: Executive Support Services and the Security Coordinator.

(i) Mozambique

In February 2015, the Chief Justice attended the Fifth Session of the Executive Bureau of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA) as Vice President of the CCJA, at the invitation of the President of the CCJA.

  1. (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services and the Security Coordinator.

(i) United Kingdom

In February 2015, the Chief Justice attended and addressed the Global Law Summit marking the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta at the invitation of the Ministry of Justice of the United Kingdom.

  1. (aa) Three

(bb) Director: Executive Support Services; Protocol Coordinator; the Security Coordinator.

The following is applicable to all the official visits abroad for the 2014 / 2015 financial year as listed above:

 

  1. (aa) The Director-General of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, in consultation with the Secretary-General of the Office of the Chief Justice, approved that the relevant officials may use air travel in business class to render the required in transit close proximity support to the Chief Justice as provided for in paragraph 3.2 of the Handbook for Members of the Executive and Presiding Officers, the “Ministerial handbook”. The Office of the Chief Justice uses the Ministerial Handbook as a guide in the absence of an approved handbook for the Judiciary. The referred paragraph stipulates as follows: “In cases where Members perform official functions by virtue of their office, and where this is in their opinion warranted, a member (or members, as the nature of the official duty prescribe) of the Private Office staff may accompany them and stay in the same hostelry and travel in the same class at Government expense”.

(bb) To enable the members of the delegation to render close proximity support to the Chief Justice whilst in the foreign country and in keeping with the provisions of paragraph 3.2 of the Ministerial handbook as quoted in paragraph (iii) (aa) above, the Director-General of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, in consultation with the Secretary-General of the Office of the Chief Justice, approved that the delegation use the same accommodation as the Chief Justice.

2015 / 2016 Financial year

(i) Republic of Gabon

In May 2015, the Chief Justice attended the Third Congress of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA) in his capacity as Vice President of the CCJA, at the invitation of the President of the CCJA. The Chief Justice chaired a session on the “The Synthesis of Responses to the Questionnaire by the Anglophone Constitutional Courts and Councils.”

  1. (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services; and the Security Coordinator.

  1. (aa) The Secretary-General of the Office of the Chief Justice, approved that the relevant officials may use air travel in business class to render the required in transit close proximity support to the Chief Justice as provided for in paragraph 3.2 of the Handbook for Members of the Executive and Presiding Officers, the “Ministerial handbook”. The Office of the Chief Justice uses the Ministerial Handbook as a guide in the absence of an approved handbook for the Judiciary. The referred paragraph stipulates as follows: “In cases where Members perform official functions by virtue of their office, and where this is in their opinion warranted, a member (or members, as the nature of the official duty prescribe) of the Private Office staff may accompany them and stay in the same hostelry and travel in the same class at Government expense”.

(bb) To enable the members of the delegation to render close proximity support to the Chief Justice whilst in the foreign country and in keeping with the provisions of paragraph 3.2 of the Ministerial handbook as quoted in paragraph (iii) (aa) above, the Secretary-General of the Office of the Chief Justice, approved that the delegation use the same accommodation as the Chief Justice.

27 July 2015 - NW2323

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)Whether steps (a) have been or (b) are to be taken to prevent the use of unauthorised communication devices within prisons; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) how many unauthorised communication devices have been (a) confiscated from remand detainees and (b) convicted prisoners (i) in the (aa) 2009 10, (bb) 2010 11, (cc) 2011 12, (dd) 2012 13, (ee) 2013 14 and (ff) 2014 15 financial years and (ii) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest date for which information is available; (3) what (a) type and (b) quantity of communication devices were confiscated from (i) remand detainees and (ii) convicted prisoners in the case of each financial year and time period?

Reply:

(1)(a)&(b) Yes, the Department is / has taken various steps to prevent or reduce the use of unauthorized communication devices within Correctional Centres. These steps include the following:

  • The launching of a Back-2-Basics security campaign aimed at reasserting the importance of basic security measures and competencies such as searching of persons and goods.
  • As part of broader engagements, the Department is part of an inter-departmental process exploring technical counter-measures in part response to gangs as a security threat group. This is a conscious effort to partner with other state law enforcement agencies in finding sustainable solutions to the holistic challenges (including integrity management of personnel).
  • The searching of inmate cells and belongings at irregular (extraordinary) times to find and remove unauthorized communication devices that may have entered the Correctional facilities.
  • The installation of cell phone detection systems in various Correctional Centres to assist officials in the identification and removing of unauthorized communication devices. Cell phone detection systems have been installed (or are currently in the process of being installed) at 39 Correctional Centres.
  • The Department is also in the process of installing 14 Body Scanners at 7 Correctional Centres to further assist officials.
  • The Department has initiated a process of engagement with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to explore various technical and/or legal solutions – including but not limited to cellphone jamming.

(2)&(3) In response to questions 2 and 3 the following information is provided in table format:

(2)How many unauthorised communication devices have been confiscated from:

(i)(aa) 200910,

(i)(bb) 201011

(i)(cc) 201112,

(i)(dd) 201213

(i)(ee) 201314

(i)(ff) 201415

(ii)1 April 2015 up to 31 May 2015

2(a) Remand detainees

2899

4276

7238

10399

9394

13119

2498

3(a)(i) Type and quantity of communication devices confiscated

Cell phones

1712

2908

4808

6722

6167

8482

1693

SIM Cards

1187

1368

2422

3665

3214

4616

792

DSTV Walker device

0

0

0

2

2

5

0

Chargers

0

0

8

10

10

12

13

Cell phone watch

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Memory cards

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

Memory sticks (usb)

0

0

 

0

0

1

0

2(b) Convicted Inmates

1191

2865

5479

7594

11976

15482

4003

3(a)(ii) Type and quantity of communication devices confiscated

Cell phones

767

2071

3614

5227

8070

9447

2430

SIM Cards

346

673

1677

2100

3395

5486

1475

DSTV Walker device

0

0

0

1

11

4

2

Chargers

0

0

0

0

8

28

3

Cell phone watch

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Memory sticks

3

8

11

4

6

3

3

Memory cards

72

99

173

259

475

486

89

Cellphone battery

0

0

0

0

4

7

0

Modem

3

3

4

3

3

2

1

Drifter

0

0

0

0

3

19

0

Bank cards

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

Hard drive

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

27 July 2015 - NW279

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What Road Accident Fund roadshows were hosted in the 2013-14 financial year in each province and (b) what were the (i) budgets and (ii) expenditure for each roadshow in each province?

Reply:

In the 2013-14 financial year -

(a) the following national Road Accident Fund roadshows were hosted:

in the following provinces:

(b)(i) the budget for the respective roadshows were:

(b)(ii) the expenditure for the respective roadshows were:

Balfour

Mpumalanga

R 350 000

R 72 053.40

Mamelodi

Gauteng

R 350 000

R 145 400.00

Cape Town - Nyanga

Western Cape

R 350 000

R 100 000.00 

Venda - Thohoyandou

Limpopo

R 350 000

R 215 266,00

Welkom - Thabong

Free State

R 350 000

R 184 268.60

Mafikeng - Barolong

North West

R 350 000

R 264 063.00

Eastern Cape - Mt. Frere

Eastern Cape

R 350 000

R 201 708.00

Kwazulu Natal - Port Shepstone

Kwazulu Natal

R 350 000

R 197 831.34

Polokwane

Limpopo

R 350 000

R 185 668.6

Kimberley

Northern Cape

R 350 000

R 599 014.54

Bloemfontein - Mangaung

Free State

R 350 000

R 547 692.04

Port Elizabeth: Kwa - Zakhele

Eastern Cape

R 350 000

R 75 580.00

Bushbuckridge

Mpumalanga

R 350 000

R 122 655.00

Upington

Northern Cape

R 350 000

R 298 930.98

Eastern Cape - Umthatha

Eastern Cape

R 350 000

R 486 401.52

Gauteng - Soweto

Gauteng

R 350 000

R 228 994.42

Durban - Umlazi

Kwazulu Natal

R 350 000

R 332 458.00

Secunda

Mpumalanga

R 350 000

R 259 269.75

In the 2013-14 financial year the Road Accident Fund assisted a total of 20 490 people at RAF on the Road.

27 July 2015 - NW2545

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With reference to the perceived inconsistency in the manner in which the Department of Correctional Services is handling medical parole applications, (a) how many applications for parole were received in the 2013-14 financial year, (b) how many of the specified applications were successful and (c) how many of the applicants whose applications were not successful died in incarceration?

Reply:

(a) One hundred and twelve (112) applications for medical parole were received in the 2013-2014 financial year.

(b) Thirty eight (38) applications were recommended by the Medical Parole Advisory Board (MPAB) and out of this thirty seven (37) were successfully released. One (01) not released due to lack of family support.

(c) Fifty nine (59) applications were not recommended by the MPAB for medical parole as they did not meet criteria for release. None of these applicants died whilst incarcerated.

For the remaining fifteen (15):

  • Seven (7) died before they could be examined by the Medical Parole Advisory Board (MPAB):
  • One (1) died whilst awaiting further medical examination and
  • Seven (7) are awaiting further review by the MPAB.

27 July 2015 - NW2394

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1) How many witnesses have (a) been attacked or (b) died while under witness protection (i) in the (aa) 2009/10; (bb) 2010/11, (cc) 2011/12, (dd)2012/13, (ee) 2013/14 and (ff) 2014/15 financial years and (ii) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest date for which information is available; (2) How many of the specified incidences resulted in investigations (a) which are still in progress and (b) which have been completed in respect of each specified financial year or time period; (3) How many investigated cases were found to involve breaches in security committed by members of SA Police Service in respect of each specified financial year or time period?

Reply:

The Office for Witness Protection (OWP) is an independent covert office and is a sub-programme of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. Its mandate is derived from the Witness Protection Act 112 of 1998.

Witness protection, in terms of the Witness Protection Act, is not a police or prosecution function; therefore the honourable Minister of Police is not the correct minister to respond to the said questions (as in PQ 2395).

Regarding the question posed to the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, I wish to inform the Honorable member as follows:               

  1. For the financial periods 2001/02 up to 2014/15 and current financial year up to date, no witness or their related person/s were attacked, threatened or killed while in the programme.
  2. Falls away.
  3. Falls away.

27 July 2015 - NW2453

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) What are the detailed relevant reasons for suddenly and completely aborting theMmamabula Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) drafted between Eskom and the independent power producer, CIC Energy, which allowed for a potential electricity supply of 4 800MW and the proposed Mmamabula Energy project; (2) has she found that (a) the project could have contributed to preventing the occurrence of load-shedding and (b) aborting this project was a mistake; (3) who were the key decision-makers responsible for aborting this project

Reply:

(1) An intergovernmental agreement was signed between the governments of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and Botswana in 2006. Further to this an MOU was signed between Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and Eskom in 2006 giving effect to PPA discussions. Following this, the PPA negotiations commenced between Eskom and CIC Energy. CIC Energy presented a commercial offer to Eskom in March 2009. Eskom indicated that it would defer its decision on the offer until such time as an appropriate enabling environment had been created and the funding model resolved. These events were then superseded by the gazetting of the Integrated Resources Plan 2010 (IRP 2010) and the Regulations on New Power Generation projects by the Department of Energy (DoE). This put the onus of procurement on DoE. The Honorable Member is therefore advised to redirect this particular question to the Minister of Energy.

(2)(a) This is unknown. As an example the new and smaller Moropule B power plant in Botswana is experiencing significant time delays and performance issues. Assuming the construction of Mmamabula was concluded on time and performed reliably, the level of reduction in load shedding would have been commensurate with the capacity purchased by the RSA. Therefore, load shedding may not have been possible to prevent even with this project in commercial operation at this time.

(2)(b) I am not in a position to respond on the entire project as the power to stop or commence with the project lies with the developer. Eskom is not aware of whether or not the developer engaged with the DoE regarding advancing the project further. The Honorable Member is advised to redirect the question to the Minister of Energy.

(3) The Honorable Member is advised to redirect the question to the Minister of Energy.

27 July 2015 - NW2039

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs:

(1) Whether the (a) Joe Gqabi, (b) Elundini Local Municipality, (c) Senqu Local Municipality, (d) Maletswai Local Municipality and (e) Gariep Local Municipality have any disaster management plans in place; if not, why not; if so, (i) what is the (aa) name, and (bb) contact details of each responsible official, (ii) which organisations serve on each respective disaster committee; and (iii) how many disasters were handled by each municipality since 2009. (2) Whether each specified municipality has firefighting equipment; if not, why not; if so, in each case: a) What equipment is available; b) Where is it held; c) What is the: (i) name, (ii) contact details of the official who is responsible for the equipment; and d) What is the maintenance plans for this equipment?

Reply:

Attached find here: Reply

27 July 2015 - NW2143

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

With reference to his reply to question number 338 on 12 March 2015, has his department determined whether or not the forensic investigation referred to was commissioned; if not, why not; if so, what remedial action was taken?

Reply:

According to the information received from the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, there was no record of a forensic investigation report on the matter. There is no record of the alleged report being tabled at the Council of Makhado Municipality.

27 July 2015 - NW2409

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

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

Reply:

  1. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development spent the following amounts on advertising:

Publication

(aa) 2012/2013

(bb) 2013/2014

(cc) 2014/2015

  1. Sowetan

N.A.

R1,899,151.22

R2,207,842.37

  1. Daily Sun

N.A.

R2,184,923.24

R1,894,286.46

  1. (i)Legal Aid SA:

Publication

(aa) 2012/2013

(bb) 2013/2014

(cc) 2014/2015

  1. Sowetan

R60,374.40

R154,967.04

R90,944.64

  1. Daily Sun

R112,039.20

R186,732.00

R149,385.60

(iii) National Prosecuting Authority:

Publication

(aa) 2012/2013

(bb) 2013/2014

(cc) 2014/2015

  1. Sowetan

R28,892.16

R18,374.76

R275,193.26

  1. Daily Sun

N. A.

N.A.

R59,635.68

 

(ii) Special Investigation Unit:

The SIU has reported that they have not spent on advertising in the Sowetan and Daily Sun newspapers in the period in question.

Department of Correctional Services

The details pertaining to amount spent on advertising are as follows:

(i) The Sowetan

(aa) 2012-13 financial year : None

(bb) 2013-14 financial year : None

(cc) 2014-15 financial year : R59 540.83

(ii) The Daily Sun

(aa) 2012-13 financial year : None

(bb) 2013-14 financial year : None

(cc) 2014-15 financial year: None

Office of the Chief justice and judicial administration

The Office of the Chief Justice did not place any advertisements in the (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun newspapers in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years, consequently no monies were spent towards advertising.

27 July 2015 - NW2542

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

(1)Whether any unit attached to the (a) SA Police Service (SAPS) or (b) SA Revenue Service (Sars) has investigated the amounts which (i) a certain person (name furnished) and (ii) two officials of the Local Action Committee (LAC) for Fifa’s 2010 Soccer World Cup Tournament received from (aa) Fifa, (bb) the Government or (cc) any other person/s associated with Fifa, which were allegedly not declared by them and on which no tax was paid; if so, (aaa) when was the investigation undertaken, (bbb) who led the investigation, (ccc) when was the investigation finalised and (ddd) whether a recommendation was made to prosecute a person or persons in this regard; (2) whether, consequential to the specified investigation, a certain person (name and details furnished) from the Special Revenue Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority decided to prosecute a person or persons; if not, who took the decision to institute prosecutions; (3) whether (a) steps were taken to prosecute a person or persons and (b) the prosecution was carried out; if not, why not; if so, what was the outcome of this case; (4) Whether he will investigate such claims? NW2914E

Reply:

The Minister wishes to inform the Honorable member as follows:

  1. Questions regarding investigations by the South African Police Service and the SA Revenue Service should be submitted to the Minister of Police and the Minister of Finance, respectively, as it does not fall within the line function of my Ministry.
  2. I have been informed that the National Prosecuting Authority is not aware of such a matter being referred to the prosecutor.
  3. Falls away.
  4. Yes. If more substantiated can be provided.

27 July 2015 - NW2123

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(a) What does her department mean by vulnerable workers and (b) can she provide a definition as used by her department? (b) can she provide a definition as used by her department?

Reply:

Vulnerable workers are workers in ordinary employment who are less likely to have formal working arrangements and are therefore likely to lack decent working conditions, inadequate or no social security, no voice through a trade union and are characterised by inadequate earnings and difficult conditions of work. Often their fundamental workers’ rights are undermined or violated willy-nilly.

27 July 2015 - NW2099

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With relation to the Municipal Demarcation Board and the ward delimitation of the Umshwathi Local Municipality, (a) What public consultation has taken place with residents of the municipality; and (b)(i) When and (ii) where did this take place?

Reply:

The following response is based on information provided by the Municipal Demarcation Board.

A consultation meeting was held with the municipal leadership of Umshwathi Local Municipality including traditional leaders, representatives from the IEC, members of the public and other interest groups.

(a) (i) The meeting took place at 10h00 on the 04 of May 2015.
(ii) It was held at a community hall in Cool Air.

27 July 2015 - NW2282

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

(1)With reference to the third party funds administered by his department, (a) how many officials are, in terms of their (i) employment contracts and (ii) key performance areas, responsible for and involved in the process of the administration of third party funds and (b) how many of the specified officials have been vetted by his department in the last 12 months; (2) what amounts have been lost from the third party funds due to (a) theft and/or (b) maladministration (i) in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years and (ii) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (3) In respect of each financial year or period, (a) how many departmental officials were subjected to disciplinary processes as a result of the specified losses and (b) what portion of the specified losses was the subject of each disciplinary hearing?

Reply:

  1. (a) It is confirmed that 2 813 officials are involved in the administration of Third Party Funds at courts throughout the country.

(b) A total of 354 of these officials have been vetted during the previous financial year (2014/15).

(2) The current registered receivables for Third Party Funds for the financial years under question include R 3, 160, 615.80 registered in the 2012/13 financial year (0.05% of the value of all transactions that occurred during the year), R 7, 804, 641.23 registered in the 2013/14 financial year (0.13% of the value of all transactions that occurred during the year) and R 4, 360, 332.81 registered in the 2014/15 financial year (0.07% of the value of all transactions that occurred during the year). These receivables relate to dishonored cheques, maintenance overpayments and shortages. Shortages include amounts for theft, fraud, system errors and break-ins. Shortages account in general for 93% of receivables at financial year end. The receivables registered are systematically being investigated and finalized as per the Treasury Regulations and Departmental Prescripts. After such investigation should the amounts not be recovered, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development stands as security should amounts be written-off and as such these activities have no impact on maintenance being paid to the beneficiaries. When write-offs occur within the ambit of the Treasury Regulations and Departmental prescripts, it would be appropriately reflected in the financial statements of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and audited as appropriate.

The department established the following controls to limit and prevent shortages in TPF in future:

  1. Daily reconciliation of monies at court level being submitted electronically for review by the regional supervisory staff;
  2. Weekly review of reconciliations submitted by National Office;
  3. Follow-up on corrective measures being implemented on a weekly basis by National Office;
  4. Consistent national effort with SITA to address system errors on JDAS that has led to a clear understanding of the system challenges that were 95% resolved at the financial year end of 2014/15 and will be finalized in the 2015/16 financial year;
  5. Physical Security and Programmatic Security to prevent Cyber Crime;
  6. Appropriate training at grass-roots level and supervisory level; and
  7. Appointment of financial technically proficient staff that can review reconciliations and fulfill oversight functions at the required levels.

3) The following numbers of officials were subjected to disciplinary processes as a result of the specified losses for the amounts stated for each financial year in question. Please take note that such disciplinary processes may have taken place in different financial years as to when the actual registration of the receivables occurred.

FINANCIAL YEAR

(a) NUMBER OF OFFICIALS

(b) AMOUNT (R)

2012/2013

87

2, 525, 622.45

2013/2014

56

1, 138, 621.01

2014/2015

43

1, 839, 635.60

April & May 2015

5

769, 807.78

27 July 2015 - NW2233

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee’s contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008/2009 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) his department and (bb) entities reporting to him spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

The Minister wishes to inform the Honorable member that:

(a) The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has no instance where the remainder of any employee’s contract was paid out before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year to date.

(b) (i) Yes, out of the entities reporting to the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, the National Prosecuting Authority has paid out employee contracts before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract. The details are as follows:

(bb) (i) Payout Amount

(ii) To Whom

(iii) Reason for early termination

R7,500,000

Mr Vusi Pikoli, NDPP 2005 – 2009

Payment made as a result of settlement agreements reached between the NDPP and the Presidency.

R17,357,233

Mr Mxolisi Nxasana, NDPP 2013 – 2015

Payment made as a result of settlement agreements reached between the NDPP and the Presidency.

(b) (ii)Legal Aid SA, the Office of the Chief Justice and the Special Investigating Unit have confirmed that there were no employees that were paid out their contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract.

The Department of Correctional Services or its entities does not have any employees whose contracts were terminated before the expiry of such contracts, and no paid outs made for the remainder of their contracts.

The Office of the Chief Justice was proclaimed as a National Department in 2010. From 2010 to 2015, the Office of the Chief Justice has not paid out the remainder of any employees’ contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of their contracts.

27 July 2015 - NW2115

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

(1)On what grounds was Mr M Mlandu the previous Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Director of Strategy and Planning fired; (2) whether it is the practice that persons appointed in accordance with section 56 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, are appointed, suspended or fired by a resolution of a council meeting; if so, can he provide a copy of the decision by Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to fire Mr M Mlandu; (3) whether he intends to take any action on this matter; if not, why not; if so, what action? NW2426E

Reply:

According to information submitted by the Gauteng Provincial Department of CoGTA:

  1. Mr M Mlandu was charged with gross misconduct, unlawfully and improperly obtained documents, gross dishonesty and incompatibility. He was found guilty by the presiding officer who imposed dismissal as a sanction. Mr Mlandu has referred the matter to the Bargaining Council and the matter will be dealt with in July 2015.
  2. The municipal council is empowered to appoint, suspend and dismiss section 56 managers. In this particular case, a Council resolution was not passed as the decision to terminate the employment of Mr Mlandu, was delegated to the Executive Mayor by the Council.
  3. The Local Government: Disciplinary Regulations for Senior Managers, 2011 (‘‘the Regulations’’), regulation 10(6) provides that the presiding officer must, by not less than ten days after the last day of the hearing, provide the municipality and senior manager or his or her representative with a written reasons for the findings and a copy of the sanction.

Regulation 12(2) of the Regulations provides that the presiding officer must submit a record of the proceedings to the municipal council, within ten days after imposing the sanction. Regulation 12(3) of the Regulations further provides that the municipality must implement the sanction imposed by the presiding officer and report the outcome of any disciplinary hearing within fourteen days after the finalisation of such disciplinary hearing to the Minister and MEC responsible for local government in the province.

The findings of the disciplinary hearing were never presented before the Municipal Council which is a requirements in terms of Regulation 12(2) of the Regulations. The municipality will be advised to adhere to the process as provided in regulation 12 of the Regulations.

27 July 2015 - NW2547

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, in light of the substantive number of repeat offenders after they have completed their sentences or released on parole, he has found that the country’s system of rehabilitation of offenders is contributing positively in the war against crime; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes, the country’s system of rehabilitation of offenders is contributing positively in the war against crime. The Department’s philosophy of corrections is based on the ideals contained in the South African Constitution where it is stated that all South Africans should contribute to maintaining and protecting a just, peaceful and safe society in our country. There are thus inherent in the correctional system inter alia two obligations that the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) strives to adhere to, viz. the protection of society and creating opportunities for the correcting of offending behaviour and development and care of offenders.

Rehabilitation consists of various programmes, interventions and services to inmates in correctional centres as well as community corrections. These include amongst others, correctional programmes, social work services, psychological services, skills development and training, education, health care services, etc. Services to sentenced offenders are based on a comprehensive assessment as contained in their individual Correctional Sentence Plans (CSPs).

Rehabilitation services are geared to address individual needs as well as the offending behaviour and other factors such as substance abuse that might have contributed to committing of a crime. While the department is confident that this holistic approach contributes to the war against crime, we cannot wage this war alone. The department in its efforts to address offending behaviour and prevent re-offending needs the continued partnership with other government departments as well as civil society. While the offenders serve their sentence the department uses all its available resources to bring about a changed mind-set, while also developing skills and improving the educational levels, in an effort to release people with a greater sense of responsibility and better prospects to be law abiding. However, it is imperative that immediate families and society at large keep in contact with offenders and support them while being incarcerated, but more importantly upon their release from DCS facilities. This continued support would go a long way in addressing the tendency to fall back into crime due to lack of support, unemployment and substance abuse. Some of our programmes even consist of relapse prevention and coping plans to assist sentenced offenders coping with the challenges they are faced with upon release.

In addition and to assist in objectively establishing the impact of our rehabilitation efforts, we have partnered with University of South Africa (UNISA) who is currently busy with research to determine the impact of some of our rehabilitation programmes in Gauteng. This is an initial pilot phase. The results of this pilot will determine future impact research.

The department has developed clear targets for all our services, programmes and interventions to ensure participation of offenders both in our centres and within the community corrections system.

Through sport, recreation, arts, culture and library programmes and services, the department is assisting in the preparation of offenders for release, employment and self‐sufficiency. These programmes are structured and coordinated to be geared towards building and supporting self‐sufficiency and necessary for reducing the likelihood of offenders becoming involved in criminal activities.

The provisioning of Skills Development Programmes is aimed at reducing recidivism by ensuring that offenders are provided with Skills programmes that will assist them not only in the job market but also to create employment opportunities for themselves. The Department of Correctional Services is also partnering with the external service providers and government departments e.g. Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), in ensuring that the programmes offered are accredited by the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA’s). Between October 2014 and March 2015, 1732 offenders were trained on different accredited trade related programmes e.g. furniture making, electrical, upholstery, building and plastering etc. These programmes were funded from by DHET through the National Skills Fund (NSF).

The work opportunities that are provided to offenders as part of offender rehabilitation in the Departmental Production Workshops and Agriculture/farms do contribute positively in the war against crime. The Departmental Production Workshops and Agriculture/

farms, provide the following to rehabilitate offenders and to contribute positively in the war against crime:

  • Opportunity for skills utilization and skills development, as well as work opportunities in the Departmental Production Workshops and Agriculture/farms.

The Department has 21 farms (mix farming-both animal and plant production) and 96 small sites (for vegetable and fruit production), as well as 19 textile workshops, 10 wood- and 10 steel workshops, furthermore there are 6 bakeries nationally, and one (1) shoe factory.

The offenders in the Departmental Production Workshops and Agriculture/farms are exposed to various technical fields, viz.:

  • Production Workshops: wood machining, cabinet making, wood polishing, upholstery, sheet metal working, welding, fitting and turning, spray painting, shoe manufacturing, clothing manufacturing and textile machine mechanics as well as baking (bread baking).
  • Agriculture/farming: vegetable, fruits, piggery, beef, dairy, agronomy, broiler/chicken production, layers/egg production, sheep and goats farming, abattoir operation/butcher, agro-processing, tractor as well as equipment operation.

The technical skills that are imparted to offenders in the Departmental Production Workshops and Agriculture/farms empower the offenders with technical knowledge, through which, upon their release, offenders can be employable and or create job opportunities, furthermore they can be self-sustained.

As part of offender rehabilitation, during 2014/2015 financial year, on average 1559 of offenders have worked in Production Workshops per day, meanwhile in Agriculture 3275 of offenders have worked per day, thus acquiring various technical skills in Production Workshops and Agriculture.

Education and participation in educational programmes is central in the department’s approach to provide opportunities for personal development of offenders as part of the rehabilitation process.

The Department is currently focused on the strengthening of the registered schools to ensure compliance to Department of Basic Education (DBE) policies and standards and to address the pass rate of the grade 12 learners. The Department reached the desired outcome of the establishment of 14 full time schools by 2014. The expansion and increase of the number of full time schools will be considered after all the currently registered schools have complied with the DBE Policies and Regulations. A Compulsory Education Task Team was established to ensure that all offenders without a qualification equal to Grade 9 or Adult Education and Training (AET) Level 4 are enrolled in the education programme. In 2015 participation of offenders in all the available education programmes stands at 16 444.

Acknowledging the efforts by the DCS in the rehabilitation of offenders, one should also acknowledge that no guarantee can be given that an ex-offender will not reoffend, due to various external factors that are beyond the control of DCS, e.g. lack of support from family and community, poverty, unemployment, etc.

The South African Department of Correctional Services has taken a deliberate and conscious decision to put rehabilitation at the center of all its activities in order to ensure that ex-offenders return to society as law-abiding and self-supporting individuals. In this process the Department is aware of the fact that corrections is a societal responsibility, therefore the Department is working very closely with civil society organizations and other government departments in its rehabilitation efforts.

Achievements

  • There is a notable increase in parolee and probationer compliance levels in South Africa. Of the 71, 623 Daily average community corrections caseload, 51 634 are parolees and 18 545 probationers, whose compliance levels are at 98% and 95% respectively. This was done through the establishment of community corrections satellite offices as well as service points managed in consultation with stakeholders. These interventions help build credibility and public trust in the system increasing more non-custodial sentencing by the judiciary.
  • The introduction of the innovative Electronic Monitoring System which was launched in July 2014 marked another milestone in the modernisation of correctional services. Since its rollout, cumulatively 1009 people were tagged and currently 604 persons are monitored by this system. Electronic Monitoring System has enabled the department to effectively track offenders on 24-7-365 basis. During the 2015/16 financial year at least 1000 people can be tagged at any given time.
  • Major strides were made in advancing victim participation in the parole system in line with Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 and Correctional Services Act, 1998, which provide a framework for consultation of victims of crime in parole considerations. The department is committed to ensuring effective social reintegration with more involvement and participation by victims, families and communities.
  • Significant progress was made in championing the implementation of restorative justice model as an integral part of broadening access to justice and enhancing the criminal justice range. In order to improve victim and community participation at various stages of corrections. The Department introduced the victim offender mediation and dialogue, thus far 1541 victims and 3738 offenders have participated in these restorative justice initiatives in the last financial year alone.
  • DCS has made concerted efforts to explore a possibility of reducing the period of criminal record for ex-offenders particularly for minor and non-violent cases as part of enhancing rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into their respective communities as productive and law-abiding citizens.

 

  • DCS has made courageous efforts to introduce a concept of Halfway House in 2012 in order to enhance social reintegration of offenders and to reunite offenders with their families especially those who did not have support systems at their time of release from the correctional centre. There are seven (7) halfway houses which have established through partnerships. These include the following :

REGION

HALFWAY HOUSE

NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Gauteng

Naturena

House of Glory

Eastern Cape

Vezokuhle

Vezokuhle Youth Development Project

LMN

Lehae la Batho

New Life After Prison

 

Klerksdorp

Dream Team Foundation

 

XILEMBENI

Nomasojabula

Western Cape

Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

 

Realistic

Realistic

  • Halfway houses have contributed positively towards minimizing chances of re-offending and reduction on overcrowding in correctional centres. The total numbers of eighty four (84) residents were successfully reintegrated. The majority of offenders who went through halfway houses were assisted to find permanent employment and others have started their own businesses through the assistance from Non-Governmental Organisations.
  • Greater strides were made with regard to building partnerships with academic institutions to use learners from these institutions to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to conduct profiles of community of origin of offenders. The provision of community profiles will effectively assist the Department to identify needs and risks of offenders who are due to return those particular communities and to guide services and interventions targeting offender behaviour. The profiles of community of origin of offenders are the key indicators of rehabilitation and successful reintegration of offenders
  • DCS has partnered with state agencies and departments, Non-Profit Organisations, academic institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations, and other relevant external stakeholders to broaden the scope and spread of interventions to correct offending behaviour.
  • These partnerships have led to 76 parolees being employed permanently by the Working-on-Fire programme. To improve offender reintegration, 212 parolees and probationers were provided with start-up tools to enable them to open their own businesses and thereby contributing to employment creation. These partnerships have added employment opportunities for parolees in the current financial year. There are also numerous cases of successful rehabilitation/reintegration including businesses operated by ex-offenders who have been provided with start-up tools, who have in turn employed other offenders/community members.
  • The employability of ex-offenders is the key indicator of successful reintegration. In numerous interactions former offenders who have remained law-abiding citizen for years but they are finding it extremely difficult to maintain or retain their employment after employers had discovered that they have criminal record. A criminal record is a barrier to a successful reintegration of offenders because the majority of employers are reluctant to hire ex-offenders, thereby relapsing into life of crime as means of survival. The Department of Correctional Services is in the process of providing inputs on the expungement of a criminal record to the South African Law Reform Commission.

27 July 2015 - NW2339

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

Whether parole has been approved to a certain person (name and details furnished); if not, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No, parole has not been approved for the mentioned offender. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on 22 October 1999 for Robbery x 4; Rape x 2; attempted murder; assault grievous bodily harm (GBH); attempted escape x 2; housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances; housebreaking with intent to steal; theft; unlawful possession of fire-arm x 5 and unlawful possession of ammunition x 3.

The offender was considered by the Minister of Correctional Services on 11 October 2013 for possible placement on parole. The Minister decided that the offender should be reconsidered during October 2015. During this period, the following should inter alia be addressed:

  • Offender needs to undergo individual Psychotherapy in order to address his anger towards females and needs to attend counselling sessions to address parental guidance and communication styles.
  • A copy of the judgement on conviction and sentence be obtained.
  • The profile reports of the accomplices of the offender should be subjoined to the National Council for Correctional Services and Minister during October 2015.

27 July 2015 - NW2290

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)(a) How many family advocate offices are there, (b) at which courts are the specified offices situated and (c) how many social workers dealing with custody matters are at each of the specified offices; (2) (a) which welfare organisations does his department rely upon to deal with custody matters and (b) what financial subsidy does his department give each welfare organisation? NW2651E

Reply:

  1. The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services wishes the Honourable member to know that there are a total of 25 Family Advocate Offices countrywide. A full description of the services are as follows:
  1. Name of Office
  1. Location
  1. Number of Social Workers dealing with custody matters

Family Advocate Pretoria

4th Floor, Die Meent Building, c/o Thabo Sehume & Pretorius Streets

12

Family Advocate Johannesburg

94 Pritchard Street, 13th Floor, Schreiner Chambers, Johannesburg

10

Family Advocate Palm Ridge

Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court

1

Family Advocate Vossman

Vossman Magistrate’s Court

2

Family Advocate Nelspruit

No 3 Marloth Street, Nelspruit

7

Family Advocate Polokwane

Wyndom park Building, 23 Rabie Street, Polokwane

7

Family Advocate Sibasa

Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court

2

Family Advocate Mafikeng

461/805 Steve Biko Drive, Unit 2, Mmabatho

4

Family Advocate Rustenburg

Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court

1

Family Advocate Kimberley

5th Floor, New Public Building (Magistrate Court), c/o Knight & Stead Street, Kimberley

7

Family Advocate Upington

Upington Magistrate’s Court

2

Family Advocate Durban

15th Floor Maritime House, 143 Grove Street Durban

10

Family Advocate Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court

6

Family Advocate New Castle

New Castle Magistrate’s Court

3

Family Advocate Ntuzuma

Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court

1

Family Advocate Cape Town

55 Union Castle Building, 10th Floor ,c/o House Street & St George’s Mall, Cape Town

10

Family Advocate George

Batleur Park Building, Cnr Cathedral & Cradock Street, George

3

Family Advocate Worcester

67 High Street, Worcester

2

Family Advocate Mitchells Plein

Mitchells Plein Magistrate’s Court

1

Family Advocate Port Elizabeth

No. 1 Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth

10

Family Advocate East London

29 St Peters Road , Southernwood, East London

4

Family Advocate Graaff Reinett

Graaff Reinett Magistrate’s Court

3

Family Advocate Mthatha

29 St Peters Road , Southernwood, East London

2

Family Advocate Bloemfontein

163 A Nelson Mandela Drive, 2nd Floor Sanlam Building, Bloemfontein

8

Family Advocate Welkom

Welkom Magistrate’s Court

2

2. (a) The office of the Family Advocate does not rely on external Welfare Organisations for Custody matters but obtains collateral reports from the following organisations when necessary:

PROVINCE

ORGANISATIONS

LIMPOPO

  • Child Welfare
  • Suid Afrikaanse Vroue Federasie
  • Huis Maroela
  • Families South Africa (FAMSA)

GAUTENG

  • Department of Social Development

MPUMALANGA

  • N. A.

NORTH WEST

  • Mental Health
  • Suid Afrikaanse Vroue Federasie
  • Child Welfare SA

EASTERN CAPE

  • Families South Africa (FAMSA)
  • Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging( ACVV)
  • Christelike Maatskaplike Raad (CMR)
  • Department of Social Development

FREE STATE

  • Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging( ACVV)
  • Christelike Maatskaplike Raad (CMR)
  • Department of Social Development

WESTERN CAPE

  • Child Welfare
  • Badisa
  • Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging (ACVV)
  • CMC
  • Ukakhanya
  • Parent Centre
  • Child Line
  • Mosaic
  • Litha labantu
  • Valley development projects

NORTHERN CAPE

  • Families South Africa (FAMSA)
  • Department of Social Development
  • Child Welfare
  • NG Welsyn
  • Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging (ACVV)
  • South African National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (SANCA)

2. (b) No subsidies are paid out to welfare organisations by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

24 July 2015 - NW2336

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)What is the Emfuleni Local Municipality’s intention with the Kwa-Masiza Hostel, comprising of 42 four-storey buildings situated on portion 61 of the Farm Sebokeng, number 574, registration division IQ, Gauteng;

Reply:

(1) The Emfuleni Local Municipality together with the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements is in the process of refurbishing the Kwa-Masiza hostel. After the completion of the project, the units will be rented out to qualifying beneficiaries. Currently, occupants who do not qualify for the rental programme are being relocated to BNG houses in Golden Gardens. These beneficiaries have been screened, verified and approved through the Provincial and National subsidy approval process. This approach is being followed in order to create space for the contractor to refurbish units at Kwa-Masiza Hostel.

(2) (a) A total amount of R52 000 000 was spent in the 2012/2013 financial year. Due to budget constraints only R46 000 000 was available during this budgeting period. It must be noted that there were other expenses incurred e.g.: provision of Temporary Relocation Units which are used to accommodate occupants from the hostel during renovations. As the financial year progressed, funds were sourced from projects which delivered slower than planned to cover for these expenses; hence the total amount spent exceeded the original budget allocated.

(b) During the first year of construction (2012/2013), the contractor installed water and sewer services inside the premises. Some original hostel residents are still occupying the units whilst the Department continues with the relocation process to Golden Gardens as mentioned above. No new refurbished units were completed to date and therefore no families have taken occupation.

(3) (a) Occupants that have been approved for BNG houses are being moved to Golden Gardens and the Department is assisting with the relocations. To date, more than 800 qualifying families have been moved from Kwa-Masiza hostel to Golden Gardens and the department has provided transport to assist with relocation.

(b) Water and sewer services were not in an acceptable condition as there were a number of leaks and burst pipes. The contractor has been appointed to upgrade the system for every block and each unit will have running water after completion. The contractor has been requested to provide water stand pipes to the hostel blocks which do not have water in the interim. Electricity has not been operating for the past couple of years as the occupants were not paying for these services.

After the power was cut off by the authorities, the occupants then resorted to illegal connections from the adjacent township. The department is now busy with the refurbishment of the entire electrical network. Once completed, all the units will be legally connected and every occupant will be responsible for paying their respective electrical consumption bills. Qualifying beneficiaries that will be allocated to the newly refurbished hostel units are those whom qualify to benefit from the Community Residential Units Programme and will be liable for rent and electricity payments.

(4) The water canal is not part of the scope of work of the contractor appointed by the Department of Human Settlements. However, Emfuleni Local Municipality are currently busy with an investigation into the storm water canal which is located on the west side of the property. Once this study has been concluded, a decision will be taken regarding the best possible option available for the ducting of water.

(5) Notice must be taken that there is VIVCA 20 and VIVCA 41 whose directors were the same people and Kwa - Masiza Hostel was owned by VIVCA 20.

It was determined in 2008 that Kwa-Masiza Hostel was not fit for human habitation and that necessary measures were to be taken to address the situation. Several measures such as a feasibility study to be carried out by the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing (now Human Settlements) into possible development of the property, were adopted to correct the situation. It would be necessary to mention that Emfuleni held rights in the property before such measures could be realised and thus Council resolved as per Mayoral Committee resolution of 22-07- 2008 ( item G1.6) and Council resolution of 30-09 2008 (Item A 1040) that the property should be expropriated.

The previous offer by VIVCA 20 for the sale of the property for the written offer, as was requested by the municipality’s Attorneys of Record, is for the sale of the properties in question for an amount of R15 million The offer entailed that Emfuleni Local Municipality shall relinquish all its claims against VIVCA, including the one that is being pursued via the involuntary liquidation application instituted by Emfuleni Local Municipality against VIVCA 41. The Municipal valuation of the property put its value at just above R18,9 million in 2009, which can reasonably be assumed to be the current value. The debt owed to the Municipality by VIVCA 20 was last computed to be R3 665 678.92 and the ArcelorMittal Bond of about R5 million excluding interest thus the offer for R15 million.

It was however discovered that there has been misrepresentation of facts relating to the alleged Bond held over the property by ArcelorMittal. The Bond was payable immediately and VIVCA 20 had failed to pay such and that the debt had accumulated interest. Contact was then made with ArcelorMittal and they ceded its rights over the bond in respect of Kwa Masiza in favour of Emfuleni Local Municipality to the value of R10m (the initial bond of R5m had attracted interest of R5m) The condition put forward by ArcelorMittal is for the Emfuleni Local Municipality to acknowledge the donation and put an advertisement to this effect as a contribution towards the rehabilitation of Kwa-Masiza. Taking the above into consideration, VIVCA was paid the sum of R5m by way of entering into a sales agreement with the municipality rather than giving it the money as compensation for expropriation.

24 July 2015 - NW2364

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)Whether her department is assisting the running of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s department of human settlements due to allegations of corruption in the specified department; if not, why did her department assist; if so; what are the relevant details of the alleged corruption;

Reply:

(1) I wish to refer the Honourable member to the statement issued by the Cabinet giving approval for the intergovernmental Human Settlement Programme to assist the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBM) in the implementation of the Human Settlements Programmes. The statement referred to is attached.

(2) Yes. However, I am currently not in position to provide any information regarding investigations conducted or yet to be conducted.

22 July 2015 - NW2392

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

(1)What (a) is the cause of the delay in the implementation of the Integrated Justice System Programme and (b) sanctions (i) are to be implemented and (ii) have been implemented in respect of departments of the SA Police Service (SAPS) who fail to meet deadlines and targets of the specified programme;

Reply:

(1)(a) The Integrated Justice System (IJS) Programme comprises a number of Departmental Sub-Programmes of which each is overseen by the respective Departmental Government IT Officer (GITO) and a Senior Departmental Business representative, who represent the participating departments at the IJS Board that is chaired by the Department of Justice and Correctional Services (DOJ&CS).

Overall coordination of the IJS Programme is provided by the appointed IJS Programme Management Office (IJS PMO) personnel on behalf of the IJS Board that are under the auspice of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD).

Notwithstanding the deliverables which have already been achieved, there are at least three (3) major factors that contribute to the delay in the implementation of IJS, which includes:

  • The network capacity constraints and sites upgrades to support the latest technologies.

There have been delays in setting up the contracts for the NNUP, by SITA. It has taken at least 3 x years before there could be some significant advancement in carrying out the Network upgrades, the process which was finally handled by SAPS in December 2014; when constraints in advancing the NNUP via SITA could not be resolved.

The long lead times for network capacity upgrades therefore impact on the rate at which new technology can be deployed.

  • Ability to source and retain technical expertise / technologies / solutions to execute on services required.

SITA has reported a generic difficulty in appointing and retaining skilled technical expertise to execute some critical services, such as architectural services, both within the IJS Programme as well as within the Departmental Programme. This impacts on timely finalization of projects.

  • Other Departments’ network capacity and system applications delays.

This delay impact negatively on the testing and rolling out of SAPS upgrade integration developments, which are intended to share / transmit the information within the value chain.

Further details may be obtained from the IJS Board Chairperson in this regard.

(1)(b) Although accountability vests with each department, sanctions for non-performance of Departments should also be handled at IJS Board level as coordinating and monitoring mechanism. These details may also be obtained from the IJS Board Chairperson and/or DOJ&CS, which is the overall, lead Department driving the IJS Programme.

(2) The South African Police Service (SAPS) in essence has a decentralised system for its procurement and supply chain management and not a centralised system, except for certain items such as weapons, ammunition and clothing. The adequacy of the central environment in order to promote compliance is also an important aspect that has to be taken into account. This is in accordance with and in terms of section 217 of the Constitution, the PFMA, the regulations of the PPPFA and National Treasury Regulations whereby delegations have been granted to all Divisions, Provinces, Clusters and Accounting Stations to procure according to the delegation of authority as well as to manage their own assets according to SAPS prescripts. This also includes procurement actions from transversal contracts that have been established by National Treasury.

22 July 2015 - NW2399

The Leader of the Opposition to ask the Minister of Police

Was he (a) instructed to adhere to and/or (b) informed with regard to the provisions of diplomatic immunities and privileges, published in the Government Gazette No. 38860 on 5 June 2015 and granted to diplomats travelling to attend the African Union Summit in Johannesburg; if so, (i) on which date was he instructed and/or informed to do so and (ii) by whom?

Reply:

  1. Not applicable.
  2. Notice was taken of the provisions of diplomatic immunities and privileges as published in the Government Gazette No. 38860 of 5 June 2015, applicable to the attendants of the African Union Summit;
  3. at a Cabinet meeting held on 10 June 2015;
  4. by the relevant departments.

22 July 2015 - NW2314

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the rail construction facilities in Ekurhuleni, has there been any (a) tender notices and/or (b) requests for proposals issued by Gibela to the local communities; if so, in each case, (i)(aa) on what date were they issued and (bb) what are their relevant details and (ii)(aa) what recruitment agency has been appointed and (bb) on what date was the specified agency appointed?

Reply:

 

(a) No

(b) No

(i)(aa) Not applicable

(i)(bb) Not applicable

(ii)(aa) I am informed that a Recruitment Process Outsourcing was appointed to work with the Department of Labour to process matters of adjacent community involvement.

(ii)(bb) I am also informed that the Recruitment Process Outsourcing Company was appointed by Gibela in April 2015.

22 July 2015 - NW2154

The Leader of the Opposition to ask the Deputy President

(1)With regard to his constitutionally mandated duties to oversee the Government's Anti-Poverty and Short-Term Job Creation Programmes, (a) what progress has been made in respect of skills development initiatives and (b) how many further education and training colleges have been recapitalised in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years as part of the specified programme;

Reply:

The responsibilities of the Deputy President with respect to anti-poverty programmes and short-term job creation programmes are not constitutionally mandated. They are responsibilities assigned by the President.

In terms of the Constitution, the role of the Deputy President is to assist the President in the execution of the functions of government, as stated in section 91(5), and he is responsible for the powers and functions assigned to him by the President, in terms of section 92(1).

The role of the Deputy President with respect to anti-poverty programmes and short-term job creation programmes, working with the Inter-Ministrial Committee, includes:

  • Providing strategic oversight to enable rapid scaling up of short-term job creation while managing associated risks.
  • Coordinating multiple stakeholders and addressing institutional and other obstacles.
  • Building accords with partners outside government, especially labour, business and communities.
  • Ensuring that the programmes reach the most marginalised people and communities in our country.

  • Supporting innovative approaches to creating employment, and creating opportunities for cross-cutting learning.

The initiatives that form part of these programmes are implemented through the relevant departments.

  • National Skills Fund

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has been advancing the strategic objectives of the National Skills Development Strategy III through the Discretionary Funding Window for skills development of the National Skills Fund (NSF). This is done by providing financial support to projects that contribute towards improvement of human capacity. The acquisition of skills and knowledge by beneficiaries is meant to enhance their participation in the economy.

To date, the NSF has provided funding for state-owned companies, namely Denel and South African Airways Technical (SAAT), Eskom and Transnet, which has together amounted to R430 679 128. The total number of beneficiaries is 2 583 evenly spread across all nine provinces of South Africa.

Eskom will train 1 250, Transnet 1 000, Denel 197 and SAAT 136 artisans. Eskom and Transnet will train artisans in various trades, such as welders, electricians, fitters, tool makers, and mechanics, whereas Denel and SAAT will train artisans in aircraft related trades such avionics, aircraft structures and aircraft electricians.

The apprenticeship training is in progress and at various completion phases. The majority of learners at Denel and Transnet will be preparing for trade tests in 2015.

  • Maritime Skills Development

Furthermore, the NSF made a grant for maritime skills development, which commenced on 21 August 2012. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) project seeks to unlock the potential opportunities lying in the maritime sector.

The total funding for SAMSA amounts to R93 610 300 targeting 420 beneficiaries across various programmes, which include the following:

  • National Cadetship Programme for 150 learners;
  • Conversion of unemployed mechanical engineers, targeting 100 learners;
  • Training on board the SA Agulhas for 120 learners;
  • Subvention for 30 lecturers;
  • Assisting 20 learners with disabilities across the programme.
  • TVET College Infrastructure

The TVET Infrastructure Programme entails the building of 12 new campuses and refurbishment of 2 existing campuses. The new campuses are evenly spread across the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The total funding of the programme is R2.5 billion.

Ingwe TVET College campuses in the rural part of the Eastern Cape are also receiving new and refurbished workshops and trade testing centres. Funding for infrastructure and capacity building is R187 000 000.

No funding for recapitalisation was allocated to TVET colleges in the 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial years. The Recapitalisation Project started in 2005 with the planning phase and an allocation of R50 million. Over the 2006 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), R1.860 billion was allocated to fund and recapitalise 50 TVET colleges:

Strategic Objectives

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

Total

R’000

  1. Human Resources Development

23 025

23 323

25 676

70 724

  1. Development of Systems and Procedures

27 905

28 020

36 345

92 270

  1. Upgrading of Infrastructure

174 312

174 622

195 368

544 302

  1. Upgrading of College Sites

25 603

38 118

16 836

80 557

  1. Buying or building of infrastructure

59 406

136 364

283 862

479 632

  1. Purchase of Equipment

118 739

153 913

183840

456 492

  1. Develop programme/curriculum material

41 011

40 640

53 242

134 893

Total

470 001

595 000

795 169

1 860 170

Of the total budget allocation (R1.860 billion) indicated in the table above, 98 percent had been spent by the end of the project (2008/09). The unspent committed funds at the end of the project were rolled over and transferred to TVET colleges in the following financial year (2009/10) to complete these projects.

  • National Rural Youth Service Corps Programmes (NARYSEC)

The National Rural Youth Service Corps (NARYSEC) project aims to recruit and develop youth aged 18-35 years to be trained as para-professionals in the rural areas. The specific objectives of the programme are:

  • Skills development of the rural youth through the TVET colleges which will result in the youth obtaining a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level certificate;
  • Practical work experience for 6 months at the workplace;
  • Ensuring that participants obtain NQF credits after completion of each training phase; and,
  • Exit strategy linked to further study, increased employment opportunities, deployment opportunities, cooperatives or business opportunities.
  • Expanded Public Works Programme

One of the most notable initiatives undertaken is the implementation of the third phase of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which began on 1 April 2014, and which aims to create 6 million work opportunities by 31 March 2019.

The EPWP created 1,103,983 work opportunities in the 2014/2015 financial year. Of these, 563,031 were taken up by the youth. To intensify efforts for the participation of youth in the EPWP, the Non-State Sector (NPO Programme) has collaborated with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to bring 2 000 young people to participate in the programme for a duration of three years starting from the 2014/2015 financial year.

The training provided by EPWP targets skills that the economy demands. It is envisaged that the youth from the Supervision of Construction Processes Learnership Programmes and Artisan Development Programmes will be absorbed into the formal economy.

  • Small Business Development

The Department of Small Business Development has undertaken the following initiatives as measures to reduce poverty and to create opportunities for poor and marginalised individuals to begin to earn decent incomes through jobs or self-employment:

  • The establishment of Centres for Entrepreneurship at further education and training institutions and higher education institutions funded by DHET to educate students in entrepreneurship. The department is in collaboration with five institutions of higher learning: Ekurhuleni West College in Gauteng, False Bay Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Western Cape, Gert Sibande TVET in Mpumalanga, Orbit College in North West and the Durban University of Technology in KwaZulu-Natal to host and implement the Centres for Entrepreneurship. The colleges are rolling out awareness campaigns to students on self-employment and entrepreneurship as career options.
  • The National Informal Businesses Upliftment Strategy, which was launched in 2014, supports local chambers, business associations and municipal local economic development offices to deliver and facilitate access to upliftment programmes that will provide business skills and infrastructure support to informal businesses.
  • The Department of Small Business Development collaborated with the Department of Energy to undertake the Renewable Energy Youth Cooperatives initiative, which focused on establishing youth cooperatives in the rural Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Eight youth cooperatives were trained at the Engcobo, Mbashe, Ubuhlebezwe and Ingwe local municipalities in technical skills to install, repair and maintain solar water heating equipment, as well as business skills to run a cooperative enterprise.
  • The department developed the Mass Youth Enterprise Creation programme (MYECP) and the Youth Business Support Development (YBSD) initiatives designed to provide non-financial and financial business support to youth enterprises.
  • Jobs Fund

The Jobs Fund leverages on existing capacity in the public and private sector through co-financing projects with the potential to contribute significantly to sustainable job creation. Through this collaboration, the Fund aims to improve the employment prospects of young people and foster innovative approaches to job creation. The Jobs Fund complements rather than displaces other public funding programmes. The Fund offers once-off grants in the areas of enterprise development, infrastructure, support for work seekers and institutional capacity building.

About 40 259 permanent jobs were created by Jobs Fund supported projects in 2014/15. Of these, 18 567 went to youth and 24 522 went to women. About 46,348 persons received training over this period. Of these 26,561 were youth and 29,825 were women.

  • Entrepreneurship

The Economic Development Department worked with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and its subsidiaries to provide funding for young entrepreneurs, with R144 million approved by the IDC for youth-led investment projects in the past 12 months. In the same period, the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) disbursed R310 million to youth-owned businesses.

The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) is now tracking jobs on about 40 infrastructure projects, which currently employ an estimated 95 000 young workers.

While the youth unemployment rate has not decreased in this period, the number of new jobs created for young people rose by 240 000 in the past 12 months. However, 500 000 young people entered the labour market, so while jobs are being created for young people, they are not yet on the scale required.

The collective measurable impact of the initiatives that have been undertaken as part of the anti-poverty programme in lowering youth unemployment is yet to be determined with the assistance of Statistics South Africa.

22 July 2015 - NW135

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1892 of 27 November 2014, (a) how many media training sessions did she complete from the date of her appointment to 31 January 2015, (b) what was the total amount spent on each training session, (c) what was the duration of each session, (d) which modules have been completed and (e) how many modules are still to be completed;

Reply:

  1. The status quo remains. Minister did not attend further training.
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable

MR D LIPHOKO

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

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MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

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