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18 December 2015 - NW4072

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

With reference to her intervention in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape, what (a) are the details of the R4,6 billion allocation to housing delivery in the specified municipality, (b) is the role of the Housing Development Agency (HDA) in this regard and (c) are the details of the agreement between the HDA, the specified municipality and her department?

Reply:

(a) We indicated that the Nelson Mandela Intervention is supported by other sector departments, namely the National Treasury, Department of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs and the Department of Water and Sanitation. Further, the projected funding for the intervention will be made available over the MTEF period through various Interdepartmental Grants such as the Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG), the Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG), the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant (MWIG) and the National Skills Fund.

The breakdown of the projected R4.6 billion is at as follows:

Houses (16,191) R1.806 billion

Bethelsdorp 6500 Houses R721m

Kayamnandi 7000 Houses R776m

Walmer 2200 Houses R244m

Chatty (Military Veterans) 491 Houses R65m

Serviced Sites (15,700) R785m

Bulk Infrastructure (link and reticulation) and WWTPs R1.2 billion

Planning (greenfields) R82,1 m

Programme Management R428m

National Skills Fund (Skills Training) R300m

Estimated total R4.6 billion

(b) Role of the HDA

The National Department of Human Settlements (DHS), the Provincial Department of Human Settlements (PDoHS) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) concluded a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Implementation Protocol (IP), wherein the Housing Development Agency was appointed the implementing agent to implement and manage the NMBM Integrated Human Settlements Programme for a period of 4 years (1 July 2015 until 31 March 2019).

(c) Details of Agreement between the HDA, the Municipality and the Department

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), underpinning the institutional, funding and implementation arrangements was signed between the Minister of Human Settlements, the MEC for Human Settlements and the Executive Mayor of the NMBM – 30 June 2015. The three parties constitute the Executive Committee that exercises oversight over the Programme.

The relevant Departmental and Entity Accounting Officers comprising of the Director General, Provincial Head of Department for Human Settlements, City Manager and the Chief Executive Officer of the HDA signed an Implementation Protocol (IP) – 2 July 2015. The IP provides for establishment of a Project Steering Committee (PSC) comprising the Director-General, the Provincial Head of Department for Human Settlements and the City Manager to oversee the implementation of the programme.

The IP stipulates that a Technical Committee be established comprising senior officials from National, Provincial, Metropolitan Municipality and the Housing Development Agency (HDA) as a preferred Implementing Agent. The Committee is tasked with the day-to-day management of the projects forming part of the Programme.

In addition, the agreements provide for the following key elements:

  • The Provincial Department of Human Settlements is the developer for the housing and human settlements programme and projects with regard to construction of houses funded through the HSDG.
  • The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is responsible for all functions relating to spatial planning, bulk infrastructure and preparation of built environment performance plans, and will ensure that the USDG will be aligned to the HSDG allocations and targets and outputs.
  • As Implementing Agent, the Housing Development Agency will undertake the implementation of the Programme in line with an approved implementation plan in conjunction with the Province and Municipality.

18 December 2015 - NW4142

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the estimated (a) percentage and (b) amount of litres of non-revenue water of the Tlokwe City Local Municipality in the North West as at the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) what was the estimated (a) percentage and (b) amount of litres of non-revenue water of the Tlokwe City Local Municipality at the end of the 2010-11 municipal cycle; (3) what are the water demand targets for Tlokwe City Local Municipality as set by her department’s Water Reconciliation Strategies; (4) whether Tlokwe City Local Municipality has a water conservation and water demand management programme; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of each programme?

Reply:

  1. (a) The estimated percentage of non-revenue water the Tlokwe City Local Municipality at the end of 2014/15 municipal cycle was 10,59%.
  1. (b) The estimated amount of litres of non-revenue at the end of 2014/15 municipal cycle was 5.2292m/l per day

(2) (a) The estimated percentage of non-revenue at the end of 2010/11 municipal cycle was 12,9 %.

(2) (b) The estimated amount of litres of non-revenue at the end of 2010/11 municipal cycle was 5.34424m/l per day.

(3) The water demand target for Tlokwe City Local Municipality as set by my department’s Water Reconciliation Strategies is 10%

(4) Yes, the Tlokwe City Council has a Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Plan (WCWDM) in place, and the Business Plan has been submitted to my Department for the Accelerated Community Infrastructure Programme (ACIP) financial support for 2016/17 financial year. The project is also included in the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) to cover the following work:

  • replacement of water meters older than 10 years
  • replacement of bulk water meters
  • leak detection and repairs
  • replacement of old water mains

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18 December 2015 - NW4001

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether her department implemented the recommendation of the 2012 National Education Evaluation and Development Unit’s report dated 2 May 2013, which stated that principals must be held accountable for time use in the school; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes, the Department is implementing the recommendation progressively. The recommendation as contained in the 2012 National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU) report focuses mainly on the role of the Circuit Manager (CM) and principal in time management practices; and Human Resource (HR) policies and procedures including leave management.

Principals are responsible for maintaining efficient time management practices in their schools. Circuit Managers are responsible for ensuring that principals do their jobs in this regard. Circuit Managers must work with principals in schools in which time is not optimally used for teaching and learning. Principals must be assisted to exert firm leadership and sound time keeping practices throughout the school. CMs and principals must be equipped with training in basic HR procedures. Each province needs a strong HR school strategy, including leave management, and a provincial level capacity to deal with problematic cases.

In line with the recommendation, the Department has strengthened the National Strategy for Learner Attainment (NSLA) to monitor and support teaching and learning in schools. One of the key pillars of the NSLA is strong leadership and management. The National Development Plan (NDP) outlines the importance of having sound management in the school to build a strong and coherent set of institutions for delivering quality education, namely “Skilled and dedicated principals to foster a vibrant but disciplined environment that is conducive to learning”. The objectives of the NSLA framework include:

  1. Enhanced accountability at all levels of the system;
  2. Greater focus on basic functionality of schools;
  3. Protecting time for teaching and learning;
  4. Improved support for teaching and learning; and
  5. Increased efforts on time on task.

a) Training has also been offered in provinces for school principals and circuit managers on curriculum management. A total of 1 224 Circuit Managers and 8 020 principals respectively, were trained from March to September 2015. Among others, the training sought to optimise and strengthen the implementation of the time on task in the delivery of curriculum through teaching and learning in schools.

b) The policy on the South African Standard for Principalship has been approved and should be published in a gazette beginning of 2016. The policy foregrounds some key areas for leadership and management in response to the recommendation in the report pertaining to principals, for example:

  1. Leading teaching and learning in the school – five main kinds of leadership;
  2. Managing quality of teaching and learning and securing accountability;
  3. Managing the school as an organisation; and
  4. Managing human resources (staff) in the school.

c) With regard to time management, Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) have their own uniquely tailored programmes to monitor schools according to their contexts. As part of monitoring, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has developed an instrument to verify management documents such as school time tables, class timetables, personal teacher time tables, leave registers, time book/registers, et cetera. District officials (including Circuit Managers) regularly visit schools for monitoring and support purposes in this regard. At both the provincial and district levels the officials analyse the monitoring reports and develop action plans to support schools.  

d) The accountability of school principals will be strengthened through the implementation of the Quality Management System (QMS) for school based educators. The QMS makes provision for principals to agree on and sign work plans with their immediate supervisor (i.e. Circuit Manager). The work plan will have clear deliverables that are time bound. Circuit Managers must work with principals in schools to ensure that time is optimally used for teaching and learning.

Although the QMS was agreed to by all parties to the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) in November 2014, the QMS will be implemented once all parties signs.

18 December 2015 - NW4225

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

(a) What amount has been made available by her department to each province that has been declared a drought disaster area, (b) from which budget will this money be allocated, (c) how soon will it be made available to each province and (d) how will this money be prioritised?

Reply:

(a) Below are amounts for each province that has been declared a drought disaster area:

Province

Budget Requested

Allocated Budget

KwaZulu-Natal

R 502 304 426.33

R 502 304 426.33

Free State

R311 843 331.00

R0

Mpumalanga

R153 710000.00

R0

Limpopo

R114 600 000.00

R0

North West

R222 211000.00

R0

(b) Funds are re-prioritised in my Department’s budget.

(c) The Municipalities in the affected provinces are paid in accordance with their approved drought intervention plans once work has been completed and on receipt of valid invoices with the necessary supporting documentation. The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province is the only province with allocated funds thus far. As of the 8 December 2015, a total of R 214 713 491.16 has been paid and a further R94 451 166.47 is in the process of being paid in KZN.

(d) Funds are prioritised according to need, level of stress (criticality), expected effectiveness, viability & speed of interventions and numbers of households being affected.

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18 December 2015 - NW3968

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, since his undertaking in the Estimates of National Expenditure 2010, the Government took steps to put in place a national long-term strategic plan in order to rectify the failures that were identified (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, has the envisaged specified plan (a) been in place in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012, (iii) 2013, (iv) 2014 and (v) 2015, (b) led to a substantial rectification of the above five deficiencies and (c) enabled the Government’s monitoring and evaluation system to detect which departments were failing the specified plan?

Reply:

In the Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) publication of 2010 which is linked to the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), one of the key objectives was “developing a long term national strategic plan and ensuring a common perspective on government’s policy agenda for the future, taking into account major long term and spatial trends and dynamics”. The ENE describes in detail the planned spending of all national government departments for a period of three years ahead.

(a) We have developed the National Development Plan-Vision 2030. Therefore, this objective was met. I established the National Planning Commission (NPC) to develop a long term vision and strategic plan for our country. The NPC’s mandate was given in the revised Green Paper which was released in February 2010.

After a concentrated period of consultation across the country, the NPC completed the Draft NDP which was handed to me on 11 November 2011. Following further consultations, the final version of the NDP was handed to me on 15 August 2012 at a special joint sitting of Parliament. Almost all political parties represented in Parliament articulated support for the NDP. Cabinet Lekgotla received the NDP on 6 September 2012 and acknowledged it as the strategic framework which would form the basis of future government planning.  

Government adopted the NDP as the cornerstone and blueprint for a future economic and socio-economic development strategy for the country.

Critical steps were undertaken in 2013 to facilitate implementation of the NDP.

  • First, we implemented programmes that did not require additional resources and long lead times
  • Secondly, we prepared the 2014-19 Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) as the first five-year implementation plan of the NDP
  • Thirdly, we have identified areas where implementation of existing policies needs to improve by using methodologies such as Operation Phakisa which is a results-driven approach, involving setting clear plans and targets, on-going monitoring of progress and making these results public.

(b) The National Development Plan (NDP) offers a long-term vision and perspective for the country. It defines a desired destination and identifies the role that different sectors of society need to play in reaching that goal. The NDP aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. The Country can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society. Substantially, the NDP addresses short-termism in planning and enable prioritisation of resources over a long term to achieve government objectives of a better life for all South Africans.

(c) To monitor the implementation of the NDP, government through the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation has established a monitoring and evaluation system. The MTSF which is the implementation plan for the NDP is regularly monitored and quarterly reports are generated and presented to Cabinet to track progress and address challenges where they occur. The MTSF contains 14 outcomes that Government seek to achieve, including identified priorities in the following areas: education, health, safety, economy, skills, infrastructure, rural development, human settlements, local government, environment, international relations, public service, social protection and nation building.

Each of the priority outcomes is coordinated by a Minister and implementation is overseen by Ministerial Implementation Forums comprising ministers who have a specific contribution to each of the identified MTSF indicators and targets. Cabinet receives quarterly reports from the Outcome Coordinating Ministers, engages with the content and provides feedback and direction to ensure implementation is ongoing and is continuously improved. Performance is then published on the Government Programme of Action website.

Through these reports, Cabinet is able to make evidence-based decisions and intervene were necessary.

18 December 2015 - NW4229

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) What are the reasons for the frequent interruptions of the water supply to Delmas in the Victor Khanye Local Municipality in Mpumalanga, (b) what action is being taken to remedy the situation and (c) by what date will the water supply be stabilised; (2) whether she has taken any action against the specified municipality for the violation of the rights of the residents of Delmas to have access to water as enshrined in the Bill of Rights; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The reasons for the water supply interruptions to Delmas is due to the following:

  • Breakages of the pipeline ageing of bulk water pipe line which was made of Asbestos in Sundra, Rietkol and Eloff.
  • Increasing of the pipeline size to increase the volume of water supply in Boetleng.

(1)(b) Remedial actions are as follows:

  • With regards to the Sundra, Rietkol and Eloff areas, the Municipality has made a request to the Provincial Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs(COGTA) for the replacement of the Asbestos Pipeline that will be at an amount of R120000 000.
  • In terms of the Boetleng area, water has been restored and the community is receiving water without any interruptions.

(1)(c) The date which water supply stabilisation in Victor Khanye will be determined by the outcome of the request submission which has been made to the Provincial COGTA.

(2) As indicated above, the temporary disruptions are an unintended consequence of government efforts to redeem the state of infrastructure within the municipality consequently reducing the risk of breakdowns in future. There is regular liaison with the residents on these infrastructure upgrades. Considering that there is no undue intention to deprive residents of their basic rights, my Department supports the infrastructure upgrades. Naturally, most major infrastructure upgrades may render temporary disruptions; these are intended for the good of all residents concerned. Other than supporting the good cause the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) does not deem necessary to pursue action against the municipality at this stage. The DWS will work together with the municipality to ensure that the process is carried out in a manner that will bring reduced impact to the residents.

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18 December 2015 - NW3961

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What is her department’s policy position in respect of the established practice of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to broadcast live coverage of the monthly breakfast briefings of The New Age and (b) what are the relevant details of the (i) cost incurred by the SABC to cover the specified briefings and (ii) who is responsible for paying these costs?

Reply:

(a)   The SABC's core principle in such partnerships is that the SABC maintains its editorial control and objectivity in line with the Editorial policy and conduct. The New Age/ SABC Business Briefings affords SABC news content that is extraordinary. Based on the news value brought about by this partnership, the SABC will continue to seek similar partnerships with other stakeholders with same vision.

  

(b) (i) SABC is responsible for the technical and Editorial production of the broadcast

while The New Age covers logistical costs.

(ii)   This means the SABC provides human resources like Presenters and cameraman while The New Age is responsible for venue hiring costs, breakfast, as well as branding and marketing costs.

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

18 December 2015 - NW4159

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Wana, Ms T to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether there are any investigations into the appointment of the contractor in the Vingerkraal borehole project to supply additional water to Bela-Bela; if not, why not; if so, (a) who is the appointed contractor, (b) what is the scope of the contractor’s work, (c) what is the value of the contract, (d) what process was followed to appoint the contractor, (e) what is the status of the contract and (f) how much water will be provided to Bela-Bela; (2) whether a telemetry system will be installed in Bela-Bela; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

  1. The Vingerkraal Borehole will not be providing water to Bela-Bela but Vingerkraal community only. My Department and the municipality are not aware of any investigations regarding the service providers in Vingerkraal.

(1)(a) The service provider appointed for Vingerkraal is AURECON SOUTH AFRICA (Pty) Ltd employing a Turn - key implementation method to fast track the project.

(1)(b) The summary of scope is: Ground water study and borehole siting drill and equip 2 boreholes, erect 40kl storage tanks in a tank stand, reticulation pipelines and stand taps, and link the new pipelines to existing network.

(1)(c) The total project cost is R1 700 000.00 (excl: VAT) including professional fees and construction works as per (b) above.

(1)(d) The appointed service provider is in the panel of Civil Engineers appointed following the Supply Chain Regulations and policy of the municipality.

(1)(e) Currently the Geohydrology studies are complete with 3 boreholes drilled; borehole testing and quality analysis is in progress.

(1)(f) The drilled borehole will yield ±4 litres/second and will be able to provide 200 kilolitres/day to Vingerkraal community.

(2) (a) The Bela-Bela Local Municipality is busy with a demand management programme which include bulk meter installations for remote monitoring;

(b) The project is funded by Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant (MWIG) and is currently in its design phase for a remote monitoring technology.

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18 December 2015 - NW4232

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)Whether she supports the Draft Strategy to address Air Pollution in Dense Low-income Settlements presented to her department and other departments in 2013; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she has taken any steps to address the ongoing harmful health impacts of domestic fuel burning being suffered by residents of dense low-income settlements; if not, why not; if so, what are the full details of the steps undertaken?

Reply:

(1) Yes, the draft Strategy to address Air Pollution is supported by my Department.

(2) Steps have been taken to address the ongoing harmful health impacts of domestic fuel burning being suffered by residents of dense low-income settlements. These include adjusting the norms and standards of building a BNG housing unit to be in line with agreement reached with the Minister of Energy. The policy and its cost implications was discussed and approved by Human Settlement MinMec in November 2013. The new norm and standard has since been implemented by all Provinces with effect from 1 April 2014. The revised standard provides for building environmental sustainable and energy efficient subsidy financed houses comprised of the installation of ceilings and above ceiling insulation, the plastering of all internal walls and rendering on all external surfaces plus the replacement of Ready Board electrical installation with a fully-fledged basic electrical installation for the whole house. All these new measures lead to a better thermal performing dwelling making it less dependent on cooling and heating and there is no more need for burning fossil fuels for cooking purposes.

The Department remains committed towards the re-development of all informal settlements and is collaborating with municipalities in providing basic services which, in collaboration with the Department of Energy includes the provision of a basic electrical installation for each household

18 December 2015 - NW4125

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the capacity of the water purification plant in Koppies, Free State; (2) whether there are any plans to upgrade the specified plant in the near future; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what are the full details of the quality of the water that was tested from the specified plant in the period 1 January 2014 to 31 October 2015; (4) how will her department assist in preventing sludge from flowing into the Renoster River?

Reply:

  1. The capacity of the water purification plant in Koppies, Free State is 3.5 Mega litres per day.
  2. Yes, there are plans. Through the Accelerated Community Infrastructure Grant (ACIP), electrical and mechanical components of the plant have been refurbished at a cost of R2.5 million. The project was completed in June 2015. There will still be a need to expand the plant further because of the pending developments in Koppies, mainly of new households - a total of 5000 houses over the next 4 Years.
  3. Drinking water quality status for Koppies (January 2015 – October 2015):

Colour Codes

 

97-100%

Excellent

 

95 - ≤ 97

Good

 

90-≤95%

Satisfactory

 

75 - ≤90%

Poor

 

0-≤75%

Critical State

WSA

WTW

Period

2015

Chemical

Physical

Operational

Monitoring Compliance

Ngwathe LM

Koppies

January

February

March

77.8%

99.9%

99.9%

99.9%

99.9%

99.9%

92.9%

90%

63.2%

22.9%

15%

26.7%

   

April

May

June

0%

99.9%

99.9%

0%

99.9%

99.9%

0%

95%

99.9%

0%

27.1%

40.4%

   

July

August

September

99.9%

0%

99.9%

99.9%

0%

99.9%

83.3%

0%

99.9%

8.1%

0%

11.5%

   

October

0%

0%

0%

0.0%

The municipality was advised to pay more attention to its operational monitoring, especially the microbiological quality to prevent water failures. Action taken by the Department for not uploading full data: non-compliance letter was issued to the Ngwathe Local Municipality.

4. The Wastewater Treatment Plant has been refurbished hence no sludge is directly flowing into the river currently. The dried sludge will be disposed (as per the normal practice) through the local and neighboring farmers.

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18 December 2015 - NW4123

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With regard to problems associated with sludge at the wastewater treatment plant in Parys, Free State, how will this problem be resolved to prevent pollution in the specified area; (2) what are the full details of the quality of the water that was tested from the specified plant in the period 1 January 2014 to 31 October 2015; (3) what is the (a) megaliter of water inflow per day and (b) megaliter of water outflow per day at the specified plant?

Reply:

(1) Ngwathe is currently engaged in a process of research and development on how to utilise alternative ways of sludge disposal. The Municipality is currently looking at piloting the use of sewer sludge for producing energy. This energy will drive the plant during purification process, whilst preventing pollution. The sludge is also available for Local and neighbouring farmers.

(2) Refer to the table below for the waste water quality status of Parys Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) (January – October 2015).

Local Municipality

WWTW

Period 2015

Chemical

Physical

Ngwathe LM

Parys

January

February

March

99.9%

0%

99.9%

75%

77.78%

92.86%

   

April

May

June

99.9%

0%

99.9%

0%

0%

88.89%

   

July

August

September

100%

100%

0%

100%

100%

0%

   

October

0%

0%

Colour Codes

 

95-100%

Excellent

 

90 - ≤ 95

Good

 

80- ≤90%

Satisfactory

 

≤ 80%

Poor

(3)(a) 7.4 Mega litres of water inflow per day.

(3)(b) 7.4 Mega litres of water outflow per day.

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17 December 2015 - NW4209

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

(1)(a) What are the different types of toilets that were provided to informal settlements in each of the eight metropolitan municipalities up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) how many of these different types of toilets were provided to each informal settlement in each of the specified metropolitan municipalities, (c) how many of the specified toilets provided are serviced and (d) for each type, how many of these are provided and serviced by the (i) municipality and/or (ii) a contractor of the municipality; (2) what is the total number of informal settlement dwellings in each of the eight metros; (3) what is the average ratio of a shared toilet to households in the informal settlements in each of the eight metro municipalities?

Reply:

(1)(a) My Department in collaboration with the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality piloted a full water borne sanitation solution in the form of communal toilets in the Khayelitsha township (Site C - Section BM and Site B – Section BM). This was provided for in May 2015.

(1)(b) The pilot project saw 10 Communal water borne toilets constructed per site respectively.

(1)(c) The toilets are a full water borne toilet system and will flush into the city’s sewer reticulation network. These toilets will only experience blockages if and when “foreign objects” such as plastic bags, hard papers etc are flushed into the network. The City of Cape Town will service these toilets as part of the reticulation network.

(1)(d) Refer to (1)(c) above.

(1)(d)(i) Both systems (sites) are serviced by the municipality.

(1)(d)(ii) None.

(2) This information is available from the Department of Human Settlements.

(3) The communal toilet facility will accommodate 1:50 households (a single ablution facility will service some 50 households). Informal Settlements are serviced by municipalities with interim services and may differ from one settlement to another but also depending on the density of the settlement.

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17 December 2015 - NW4065

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

Whether as a result of her department’s efforts since 2010, (a) any rapid and extensive facilitation of rental and social housing uptake have occurred year on year, (b) there has been an acceleration in private stakeholder participation and collaboration in joint ventures and (c) facilitation or development of fully integrated human settlements has taken place; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) There are two programmes that focus on the provision of social and rental housing, namely the Social Housing Programme and Community Residential Units Programme. These have gained a measure of improved momentum since 2010 with projects being implemented in seven provinces. Planning is currently underway in the remaining two provinces for CRU. In addition, all the municipalities have approved restructuring zones for social housing developments. The Provinces and various Municipalities have projects in various stages of implementation as part of a project pipeline that extends up to 2019.

Honourable member, we have already acknowledged that we are not doing well in this area hence the current review of the social housing policy with a view to accelerating delivery in social housing.  Once the policy proposals have been agreed to by MinMEC, I will elaborate on changes we are making in respect of this matter.

 

The table below indicates the number of social and CRU units delivered since 2010:

PROVINCE

DELIVERY

 

1 April 2010 to 31 March 2014

1 April 2014 to 30 September 2015

 

Social

Cru

Social

Cru

EC

3 065

0

368

0

FS

3 867

1 094

315

451

GT

11 630

5 278

611

495

KZN

9 103

966

567

239

LP

197

197

0

0

MP

925

794

246

273

NC

352

332

0

0

NW

2 868

468

0

0

WC

10 964

6 096

864

1068

TOTAL

42 971

15 225

2 971

2526

 

(b) The Community Residential Units Programme is a public rental programme, which is funded by government through a subsidy, and as such private stakeholder participation is not mandatory, but is undertaken with relevant communities and stakeholders. The Department in conjunction with the Provinces and Municipalities has however facilitated number collaborative ventures, on various programmes including the Social and Rental Housing Programmes.

In the Social and Rental sector a project in the Free State is in the process of being planned, funded and implemented. It resulted in a locally based mining company (Harmony Gold Mines) donating land and buildings to the local municipality to redevelop. This will result in four hundred and sixty four (464) community residential units being developed as part of the regeneration of the buildings. A second collaborative venture was a fifty hectare land donation by Lonmin Mines in the North West Province for the development of an integrated housing project for the Marikana Community. To date, two hundred and fifty two (252) CRU units are at various stages of completion.

The Social Housing programme is designed to be a private sector driven in a joint venture with government. All social housing projects are implemented privately and/or community led Social Housing Institutions with government contributing towards the cost of the delivery of the unit via a subsidy. The private developers and private investors are encouraged and in fact participate in the programme.

(c) The location of the rental housing project is important hence the social housing projects can only be implemented in areas that have been declared restructuring zones in order to contribute to the achievement of spatial, economic and social restructuring. The restructuring area is an area that provides improved access to socio-economic amenities and transport nodes. Whilst it is not the norm, most of the rental projects form part of a mixed development of different types of human settlement typologies, in a mixed development project can comprise of social housing accommodation, subsidised housing, finance linked bonded houses, retail and commercial development.

In addition, a percentage of projects which will form part of the Catalytic Projects Programme will compromise of social and rental housing and it is pleasing to note a number of the projects will be initiated by private sector developers. At an appropriate time a more informative and comprehensive announcement will be made on the matter.

17 December 2015 - NW4118

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the non-functionality of the wastewater treatment plant in Bela-Bela in Limpopo, she took any steps to intervene in this situation; if not, (a) why not and (b) what steps will her department take to prevent the continued release of 90 litres of untreated wastewater per second; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she intends to upgrade the specified plant in the future; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the relevant details; (3) what is the current capacity of the specified plant?

Reply:

(1)(a) Bela-Bela Waste Water Treatment Plant in Limpopo is installed with three Biofilters, two are fully functional and one is not in working order due to a faulty pump. This process is followed by two humus tanks, both are operational however there is a standby pump that is faulty, thus reducing standby capacity of the plant should the pump in duty fail. The two anaerobic digesters installed are both blocked and non-functional.

(1)(b) The municipality has appointed a service provider to maintain the non-functional components of the waste water treatment plant and the contractor is on site and is anticipated to complete work by end of February 2016.

(2)(a) Yes the plant will be upgraded (b) the municipality has developed a Business Plan to source funding under Accelerated Community Infrastructure Programme (ACIP) for the upgrade of the plant. The Business Plan is still under evaluation.

(3) The capacity of Bela-Bela Waste Water Treatment Plant is 5 mega litres /day.

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17 December 2015 - NW3807

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

(1)(a) What royalties are paid to Lesotho for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and (b) how are the specified royalties calculated; (2) what was the (a) fixed tariff royalty, (b) price of water per cubic meter and (c) total amount of water used in each year since 2000; (3) is there a sliding scale on royalties for the next 10 years; if not, why not; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details of the specified sliding scale?

Reply:

 

(1) Royalties, as defined in the Treaty, are paid to the Government of Lesotho for the benefit of receiving South Africa’s share of the yield from the Orange River through the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), a gravity scheme, rather than through the least cost Orange-Vaal Transfer Scheme (OVTS), a pumping scheme wholly located within South Africa. Royalties are based on the amount of water actually delivered and correspond to 56% of the capital, operation and maintenance and pumping electricity cost savings realised by Republic of South Africa (RSA) through the implementation of the LHWP water transfer component rather than the costlier next best Orange Vaal Transfer Scheme.

In terms of Article 12, Paragraph (10) of The Treaty between Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho, royalties comprise of a fixed and a variable component. The cost savings on capital costs are referred to as fixed royalties since a fixed amount in real terms is paid out as royalties every month. The compensation will be for fifty years and commenced from January 1995.

The variable portion is related to the cost savings on O&M costs and amounts related to the pumping electricity cost savings and these amounts depend on water actually delivered to RSA. The variable component is based on the volume of water delivered to South Africa and is made up of the net benefit on being able to gravitate from LHWP rather than pumping from OVTS. It comprises:

  • The difference in electricity costs. This component is adjusted on a monthly basis in accordance with the Producer Price Index (PPI) and corrected on a yearly basis when the Eskom selling price of electricity becomes available (usually in October of every year), and
  • The difference in operation and maintenance costs, which is also adjusted on a monthly basis in accordance with the PPI.

(2) Refer to table below. Please note that the price per cm3 for both the O&M and the electricity is determined on a monthly basis due to the monthly PPI adjustments, the amounts reflected below are therefore the average price for the year.

(3) No, there is no sliding scale. The royalties are calculated as per (1) above as stipulated in the Treaty.

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17 December 2015 - NW3963

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether the National Treasury in particular is aware of a certain person’s (name and details furnished) alleged (a) amendment of a lease agreement with Airbus leading to its cancellation by Airbus, (b) request for R1.6-billion from the National Treasury to use as down-payment to purchase new aircraft and (c) role in scuppering the partnership deal with Emirates; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, (i) what role did the National Treasury play in supporting or opposing the specified person’s moves and (ii) what was the outcome thereof; (2) whether he will make a statement on the R2.59-billion loss incurred by South African Airways in the 2013-14 financial year and what benefits the country got from the R30-billion that government gave to the SA Airways in bailouts, loan guarantees and grants since 2007?

Reply:

  1. (a) SAA had previous submitted an application in terms of Section 54(2) of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) for approval to amend the A320 purchase
    agreement with Airbus to enter into a lease of 5 A330 aircraft from Airbus. This was approved by the Minister in July 2015. Subsequently, SAA have submitted a further application as required in terms of Section 54(2) of the PFMA to amend the original Section 54(2) approval to provide for amendments to structure of the swap transaction. National Treasury (NT) issued a statement clarifying the outcomes in respect of this application on 3 December 2015. NT is not aware of any
    cancellation by Airbus. To the contrary, NT is aware that Airbus have extended the period for concluding the transaction.

(b) No request for funding has been received by National Treasury from SAA.

(c) NT has been informed that the SAA Board is still consulting on aspects of the
proposed expansion of the existing partnership with Emirates.

2. The question regarding the R2.59 billion loss in 2013/14 should be referred to the Minister of Public Enterprises who was the Executive Authority responsible for SAA over that period.

In total R14.4 billion of guarantees have been provided to SAA and a total of R2.293 billion
in funding has been transferred to SAA since 2007. This information is reported in the
Estimates of National Expenditure and the Budget Review.

Oxford Economics under took a study on the economic benefits arising from SAA’s long-haul international routes during 2014. According to the study, there was a direct contribution of
R350 million to South African GDP, around R800 million extra was generated in tax revenue and 5000 jobs were supported. In addition, the study estimated that, through SAA’s international operations, R5.9 billion was added to GDP in the tourism sector supporting 27000 jobs. The study did not estimate the further positive benefits arising from SAA’s operations for trade, nor did it look at the impact of SAA’s domestic and regional operations.

17 December 2015 - NW4232

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)Whether she supports the Draft Strategy to address Air Pollution in Dense Low-income Settlements presented to her department and other departments in 2013; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she has taken any steps to address the ongoing harmful health impacts of domestic fuel burning being suffered by residents of dense low-income settlements; if not, why not; if so, what are the full details of the steps undertaken?

Reply:

(1) Yes, the draft Strategy to address Air Pollution is supported by my Department.

(2) Steps have been taken to address the ongoing harmful health impacts of domestic fuel burning being suffered by residents of dense low-income settlements. These include adjusting the norms and standards of building a BNG housing unit to be in line with agreement reached with the Minister of Energy. The policy and its cost implications was discussed and approved by Human Settlement MinMec in November 2013. The new norm and standard has since been implemented by all Provinces with effect from 1 April 2014. The revised standard provides for building environmental sustainable and energy efficient subsidy financed houses comprised of the installation of ceilings and above ceiling insulation, the plastering of all internal walls and rendering on all external surfaces plus the replacement of Ready Board electrical installation with a fully-fledged basic electrical installation for the whole house. All these new measures lead to a better thermal performing dwelling making it less dependent on cooling and heating and there is no more need for burning fossil fuels for cooking purposes.

The Department remains committed towards the re-development of all informal settlements and is collaborating with municipalities in providing basic services which, in collaboration with the Department of Energy includes the provision of a basic electrical installation for each household

17 December 2015 - NW3737

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

With regard to the (a) 349 water projects and (b) 171 sanitation projects that are in various stages of pre-implementation and implementation in the prioritised 27 district municipalities, (i) in which municipality is each project situated, (ii) what is the (aa) nature, (bb) total budget and (cc) status of implementation of each project, (iii) who is the implementing agent of each project and (iv) when will each project be completed?

Reply:

(a) Currently, my Department is implementing 329 Water Supply Projects through the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant within the 27 prioritized district municipalities as well as 33 Regional Bulk Schemes. The 33 Bulk Schemes consist of 30 Bulk Water Supply and 3 Bulk Waste Water Schemes. Refer to Annexure A.

(b) The following projects are located in Priority District Municipalities (colour coded in yellow) and a total of 230 Sanitation Projects. Refer to Annexure B.

The Bucket Eradication (BEP) programme is aimed at eradicating the legacy of bucket toilets in use as a form of sanitation in formal areas. This programme in the main seeks to deliver water borne sanitation to peri urban and urban settlements neglected with the provision of sanitation. The programme will include the construction of water and sewer reticulation (which ever is applicable or appropriate) complimented with new Toilet structures (replacing the bucket toilet) with connections to the bulk water and sewer (Waste Water Treatment Works). Alternatively, where water availability is a challenge and bulk infrastructure (Waste Water Treatment Works) not available and or the settlement patterns (low and dispersed settlements) as well as topography does not allow, alternative sanitation solutions will be provided i.e Dry, on site sanitation.

The Rural Household Infrastructure Grant (RHIG) programme seeks to provide basic level of service to households in amongst other the 27 Priority District Municipalities in South Africa (see table). The RHIG Grant allocation takes place in two fold i.e Direct and Indirect Grant. The Division of Revenue Act defines a Schedule 5b grant (which are grants allocated to municipalities for a specific purpose) are direct transfers to District Municipalities whereas Schedule 6B (Allocations-in-kind to municipalities for designated special programmes) grants to Local municipalities. In the main, the solution provided is a dry, on-site sanitation or a Ventilated Improved Pit Latrine (VIP) toilet addressing issues of water scarcity, bulk infrastructure availability, often dispersed settlement patterns and unfavourable topography.

Both Sanitation Projects are funded through a National Treasury Grant and for the 2015/16 financial Year, a total of R975 399 000,00 million is allocated towards the Bucket Eradication Programme and R115 510 million for the Rural Household Infrastructure Grant (RHIG) of which R48 182m is for direct grant (Schedlue 5B) and R67 328m is an Indirect Grant (Schedule 6B).

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With regards to Bucket Eradication Programme, the Implementing Agents in 2014/15 financial year was Public Entities affiliated to the Troika Departments and are as follows:

PROVINCE

IMPLEMENTING AGENT

Eastern Cape

Nurcha

Free State

Bloemwater

Limpopo

Lepelle Northern Water

North West

Magalies Water

Northern Cape

Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA)

Sedibeng Water

However, following a recommendation from the Select Committee on Appropriations, the Department will phase out the use of Public Entities and accordingly, appointed Turnkey Contractors in the provinces where bucket toilets are still prevalent and include North West, Northern Cape, Free State and Eastern Cape.

With regards to the Rural Household Infrastructure Grant (RHIG) my Department will transfer the Direct Grant (allocation) to all Water Services Authorities (WSA’s) for implementation whereas the Indirect Grant (allocation) will see the appointment of suitable contractors by my Department for implementation. Refer to Annexure C.

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17 December 2015 - NW4239

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

What was the vacancy rate at each police station in the (a) City of Tshwane, (b) Nelson Mandela Bay, (c) City of Johannesburg, (d) Ekurhuleni and (e) Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipalities (i) in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2015?

Reply:

Due to the nature of the information that is required which also involves other sections, a request is hereby made for the extension of time in order to provide a quality and accurate information as soon possible.

17 December 2015 - NW4194

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)With reference to her reply to question 2095 on 23 June 2015, (a) will she request copies of the two specified reports from the SA Human Rights Commission and the City of Johannesburg Metro or (b) should Mr I M Ollis himself deliver copies of the specified reports to her personally; (2) what steps will she take to improve the dangerous conditions in the (a) Madala Men's Hostel and (b) Helen Joseph Women's Hostel in Alexandra, Johannesburg?

Reply:

(1) (a) & (b) Dear Honourable member, it is important that the lines of accountability, responsibility and the reporting protocols are observed. Accordingly, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has been requested to make its report available to the Department of Human Settlements on the relevant matters as contained in the press statement released by the SAHRC.

(2) The Department already has a programme, which caters for the City of Johannesburg, which allows for the improvement of the hazardous conditions not only in the hostels but all areas where households find themselves in precarious living conditions. This will include the Madala Men's Hostel and Helen Joseph Women's Hostel in Alexandra, Johannesburg. The City of Johannesburg together with the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements have advised that they will create additional housing opportunities in and around the Alexandra area in order to accommodate families instead of individuals and also relocate individuals and families out of the two hostels mentioned, to available housing opportunities within Alexandra.    

As an interim measure the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng Provincial Department of Human Settlements have access to relevant grants to redress the current “dangerous” conditions referred to and this includes provision of emergency housing in the form of temporary relocation areas and/or structures.

17 December 2015 - NW3911

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether he will take action against the reckless and wasteful expenditure of taxpayers’ money by Eskom, whereby the specified parastatal recently entered into a three-year agreement that is worth R43 million with The New Age to sponsor the specified publication’s breakfast briefings, especially in light of the R20 billion fiscal bail out that he has to find in order to assist Eskom deal with its R225 billion cash flow gap; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Section 83(1)(b) of the PFMA states that if the accounting authority (Board) makes or permits fruitless and wasteful expenditure they may be charged with financial misconduct. It is therefore the responsibility of the accounting authority to ensure that sound controls are put in place to detect and prevent such expenditure from being incurred. The accounting authority is also required to ensure that disciplinary steps are taken against persons who have permitted or incurred fruitless and wasteful expenditure and that such is disclosed in the annual report and annual financial statement of the entity. The process for dealing with a charge of financial misconduct is outlined in the Treasury Regulations.

In this case, the accounting authority must make the determination whether expenditure incurred was fruitless and wasteful. The accountability arrangements applicable to State Owned Entities envisage that if accounting authority (the board) fails to act, then the shareholder Ministry is required to step in. It is only after all of these avenues have been explored that the matter can be investigated by the Auditor-General at the request of relevant authorities or as part of their audit.

17 December 2015 - NW3815

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Has her department complied with all the recommendations made in the SA Human Rights Commission report, report number MP/2011/0134 in respect of the Emalahleni Local Municipality in Mpumalanga; if not, (a) why not and (b) what measures will she take to ensure urgent compliance by the relevant officials of her department; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes my Department did comply with recommendations of the SA Human Rights Commission Report. During 2011/2012 financial year the Department provided training on process control to Emalahleni Local Municipality, extending to all Water Services Authority (WSA) within the Mpumalanga Province. In addition to the training provided the Department undertakes annual symposia on water quality compliance training as part of the blue drop compliance assessment process. The most recent symposium on the assessment tool were held from 30 - 31 July 2015.

As recommended by the report, the Department undertakes regular water quality compliance monitoring aimed at determining the safety of water for human use. The supply and infrastructure monitoring is carried through the blue drop assessment programme.

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17 December 2015 - NW4208

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

(1)Whether the previous suspended Director-General of her department is still receiving his salary; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) why and (b) on what scale is he still being remunerated; (2) whether she can confirm that the current Director-General has been appointed on a level 16 salary even though the specified person is only qualified for a level 14 salary scale; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The previous suspended Director-General, Mr Maxwell Sirenya was appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Eastern Cape: Catchment Management Agency (CMA), in terms of the President’s Minute 45 of 2015 from 1 March 2015 until he reaches the age of 65 years.

(1)(b) Mr Maxwell Sirenya is appointed on salary level 16.

(2) Yes, the Director-General is appointed on salary level 16 and her transfer from the Office of the Premier: Gauteng Provincial Government was approved by the President of the Republic of South Africa on the 26 February 2015.

The Director-General has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (University of the Western Cape);
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (University of the Witwatersrand);
  • Higher Diploma in Education (University of the Witwatersrand);
  • Master’s degree in Psychology (University of the Western Cape); and
  • Advanced Executive Programme (Graduate School of Business Leadership – UNISA).

The Director-General meets the minimum entry requirements in terms of executive management experience and academic qualifications with nine (9) years of experience the public sector.

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17 December 2015 - NW4207

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

(1)How will problems associated with sludge at the wastewater treatment plant in Vredefort in the Free State be resolved to prevent pollution in the area; (2) what are the full details of the quality of the water tested from the specified plant during the period 1 January 2014 to 31 October 2015; (3) what is the mega-liter (a) inflow and (b) outflow per day at the specified plant; (4) why is sewerage overflowing into the oxidation ponds; (5) (a) what (i) was the budget, (ii) was the actual cost for the upgrades done to the specified plant and (iii) are the relevant details of the upgrades done and (b) how many contractors worked on the upgrading of the specified plant?

Reply:

(1) Ngwathe Local Municipality is currently engaged in a process of research and development on how to utilize alternative ways of Sludge disposal. The Municipality is currently looking at piloting the use of sewer sludge for producing energy. This very energy will be used to drive the wastewater treatment plant, whilst preventing pollution. The Sludge is also available for Local and neighbouring farmers. Furthermore activated sludge is needed inside the aeration tanks to improve the process.

(2) The full details of the quality of the water tested from the specified plant can be provided by the specified municipalities for the period in question.

(3) The design capacity of the plant is 5.5Ml/day. Inflow and outflow readings per day can be provided by the Ngwathe Local Municipality.

(4) The sewage is no longer flowing to the oxidation ponds as the plant is operational.

(5) The project was budgeted for R17 000 000.00 and the actual cost is R16 889 500.00. The scope of work included the refurbishment of wastewater treatment works, Outfall sewer line, dry beds and three pump stations. Two main contractors were appointed.

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17 December 2015 - NW4124

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to the non-operation of the Vaalwater wastewater treatment plant in Limpopo since January 2015, how will this problem be resolved to prevent pollution in the area; (2) what are the full details of the quality of the water that was tested from the specified plant in the period 1 January 2014 to 31 October 2015; (3) what is the (a) megaliter of water inflow per day and (b) megaliter of water outflow per day at the specified plant; (4) why is the sewerage overflowing into the oxidation ponds; (5) whatwas the cost of the specified plant’s upgrade?

Reply:

(1) The Vaalwaterwastewater treatment plant in Limpopo is operational.

(2) The quality of the final effluent generally complied with the license requirements except for suspended solids and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) at some points. The test results of the wastewater treatment plant for the period 1 January 2014 to September 2015 are available.

(3)(a) Daily inflow is 1.0 Ml/d at average.

(3)(b) There is no discharge because the plant is designed to discharge by evaporation and irrigation from the maturation ponds.

(4) As per the design process flow, sewage should flow into the oxidation (Maturation) ponds for secondary treatment.

(5) The cost for the upgrade is R3 million.

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17 December 2015 - NW4142

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the estimated (a) percentage and (b) amount of litres of non-revenue water of the Tlokwe City Local Municipality in the North West as at the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) what was the estimated (a) percentage and (b) amount of litres of non-revenue water of the Tlokwe City Local Municipality at the end of the 2010-11 municipal cycle; (3) what are the water demand targets for Tlokwe City Local Municipality as set by her department’s Water Reconciliation Strategies; (4) whether Tlokwe City Local Municipality has a water conservation and water demand management programme; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of each programme?

Reply:

  1. (a) The estimated percentage of non-revenue water the Tlokwe City Local Municipality at the end of 2014/15 municipal cycle was 10,59%.
  1. (b) The estimated amount of litres of non-revenue at the end of 2014/15 municipal cycle was 5.2292m/l per day

(2) (a) The estimated percentage of non-revenue at the end of 2010/11 municipal cycle was 12,9 %.

(2) (b) The estimated amount of litres of non-revenue at the end of 2010/11 municipal cycle was 5.34424m/l per day.

(3) The water demand target for Tlokwe City Local Municipality as set by my department’s Water Reconciliation Strategies is 10%

(4) Yes, the Tlokwe City Council has a Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Plan (WCWDM) in place, and the Business Plan has been submitted to my Department for the Accelerated Community Infrastructure Programme (ACIP) financial support for 2016/17 financial year. The project is also included in the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) to cover the following work:

  • replacement of water meters older than 10 years
  • replacement of bulk water meters
  • leak detection and repairs
  • replacement of old water mains

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17 December 2015 - NW4252

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) How many cases are currently under investigation by the Blue Scorpions in terms of (i) the agricultural sector, (ii) the mining sector, (iii) water service authorities and (iv) any other organ of state and (b) what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

 

My Department through its Enforcement Unit has investigated a total of One Hundred and Three (103) cases in quarter one and two of this financial year. From the 103 cases, fifty six (56) cases were in terms of the agricultural sector, thirty seven (37) cases were in the mining sector, eight (8) cases were in water service authorities and two (2) cases were regarding organs of state. Refer to Annexure A for details of each case investigated.

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Annexure A

(a) No:

Province

(i)(ii)(iii) Sector

CaseID

(b) (i) Water User

(b)(ii) Regulated Water Use Activities

(b)(iii)Authorization Status

Date Investigated

Case Status

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Government [National/Prov]

-

Albert Falls Dam

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorization

01/24/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

40156

Ally Sand

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorization

6/22/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40193

Amanzi Farm

Storing water; Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorization

8/19/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40145

Arum Valley Estates Pty Ltd

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorization

7/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40203

Aslockton Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

No Authorization

9/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Autumn Skies Resources (Pty) Ltd

Taking water from a resource;

Schedule 1

 

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

70097

Burk Mining (Pty) Ltd

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorization

4/9/2013

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

-

Byrne Village Lovu Catchment KZN

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

Schedule 1

07/21/2015

Still under investigation

 

Eastern Cape

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

10087

Central WWTW

Pollution Discharging waste or water containing waste into a water resource;

No Authorisation

9/3/2015

Still under investigation

 

Limpopo

Agriculture

-

CJ Roos Farm

Pollution, Taking water from a resource;

No Authorization

06/03/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40196

Cloverton Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorization

9/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40199

Crover Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorization

9/10/2015

Still under investigation

 

Free State

Agriculture

20757

De Berg 453/0 - De Berg Trust

Taking water from a resource;

Existing Law Water use

8/14/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

-

Department of Agriculture – State Land

Control of emergency incidents

No Authorisation

05/26/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40138

DH Heritage Property (Pty) Ltd

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/7/2015

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

70120

Diacor CC/ Good Hope Mine

Pollution Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

9/15/2015

Still under investigation

 

Limpopo

Agriculture

50059

Ditubatse Business Enterprise CC

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

No Authorisation

8/5/2015

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

70113

E&RKadgame Holdings

Pollution Taking water from a resource; Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characterisctics of a water cource;

No Authorisation

6/24/2015

Still under investigation

 

Gauteng

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

30188

Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality

Pollution

No Authorisation

7/21/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40163

Emagxabeni Community Trust

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

No Authorisation

7/21/2015

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

70109

EmangMmogo Mining (Pty) Ltd.

Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

5/19/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40135

Erf 1623 Dundee

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ;

No Authorisation

5/26/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40147

ERW Trust / Justin Family Trust

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40148

ESTORF

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40149

FreshmarkCanelands

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/8/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40140

GandhilallChunderlall Farm

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/7/2015

Still under investigation

 

Gauteng

Mining

30181

Glen Douglas Dolomite Mine

Taking water from a resource; Discharging waste or water containing waste into a water resource; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource; Removing discharging or disposing of water found underground; Section21k

Existing Law Water use

6/2/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40204

Goodland Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

No Authorisation

9/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Limpopo

Agriculture

50058

Greystone 469/32 Machimane Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

No Authorisation

8/5/2015

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

70115

Guilford Limited

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

6/17/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

-

Hazelmere Systems KZN

Taking water from a resource;

Schedule 1

07/09/2015

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

-

Helpebietjie Manganese Minefirst

Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

05/21/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Hlanganani Plant and Civil

Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

 

05/18/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40143

Honey Glen Family Trust

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

40155

Inter- ocean Sand and Plant Hire

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

7/22/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

40157

Isibaya Manufacturing

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

6/22/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40201

Island View Farm

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

9/10/2015

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

-

Kareepan Manganese Miningfirst

Taking water from a resource;

Schedule 1

05/20/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40200

Kedron Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

9/10/2015

Still under investigation

 

Eastern Cape

Agriculture

-

KleinbeginBoerdery Piggery & Abattoir

Pollution

N/A

06/18/2015

Still under investigation

 

Limpopo

Agriculture

50056

Klipdrift Farm: MakepiseAgri (Pty) Ltd

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

8/13/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Northern Cape

Mining

-

Kudumane Manganese Mining NC

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

 

06/25/2015

Still under investigation

 

North West

Mining

80142

Logibrik Brick Works

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/9/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Gauteng

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

-

Mafube Villiers (Gauteng)

Pollution

No Authorisation

09/15/2015

Still under investigation

 

Limpopo

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

50063

Makhado DorpsRivier Abstraction

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

9/2/2015

Still under investigation

 

Gauteng

Agriculture

30190

Marais Trust- PORTION 216 Oudedorp 376

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

Existing Law Water use

8/6/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40144

Marcel Wittig Family Trust

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Eastern Cape

Agriculture

-

Marlow Boerdery Milking Parlours (EC)

Taking water from a resource;

Schedule 1

08/12/2015

Still under investigation

 

North West

Agriculture

80134

Melrose 524 JP8, Inyati Lodge

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

6/3/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

-

Mondi Paper KZN

engaging in a stream flow reduction activity contemplated in section 36;

 

07/22/2015

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

-

Morokwa Manganese

Taking water from a resource; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

05/19/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Mr. FaizalAkoonjee

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

04/22/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Mr. Vishal Ramlakan Sands

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

04/23/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40146

Neil Witting Family Trust

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40162

New Brough Grange Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

No Authorisation

7/21/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

 

New England Landfill

Pollution

 

05/20/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

40154

Njomane Investment

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

6/24/2015

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

70105

North Cape Mining (Pty) Ltd

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

5/19/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40142

Nundhlal Farm S29.56967” E 31.01504

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/7/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40141

Nundhlal Farm S29.56984” E 31.01596

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/7/2015

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

-

Pensfontein Manganese Mining

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

05/22/2015

Still under investigation

 

Limpopo

Mining

50051

Radoo (Nyakelani) village

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

7/1/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40139

RamnarainPraimrajh Farm

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/7/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40158

RampulShanthee Farm

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/7/2015

Still under investigation

 

Gauteng

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

-

Refengkgotso Waste Water Treatment Works

Pollution; Discharging waste or water containing waste into a water resource through a pipe, canal, sewer, sea outfall or

other conduit;

No Authorisation

06/22/2015

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

70102

Rex Exploration (Pty) Ltd

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

5/20/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Richards Bay Mining Pty Ltd

Engaging in a stream flow reduction activity contemplated in section 36;

No Authorisation

04/23/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

-

Rietfontein and Riet Vallei Farms

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

Water Use License

05/06/2015

Still under investigation

 

Limpopo

Agriculture

50057

Rietvlei Farm Portion 29

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

No Authorisation

8/5/2015

Still under investigation

 

Northern Cape

Mining

70103

Ringside Trading 520 (Pty) Ltd

Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

5/20/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

-

Riverbend(KZN)

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

No Authorisation

09/22/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

-

Riverside Farm KZN

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

No Authorisation

07/22/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

40159

RochRoopnarain Side

Taking water from a resource; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

6/26/2015

Still under investigation

 

North West

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

 

Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Plant

Pollution; Discharging waste or water containing waste into a water resource through a pipe, canal, sewer, sea outfall orother conduit;

 

09/09/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

S & S Mining (KZN)

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

04/23/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Sand Mining (Crocodile Creek Farm)

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

04/23/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Sand Mining (Mr. Byron Biller owner of Inter Ocean)

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

04/23/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

40136

Sand mining activities at Wasbank river in KZN

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

5/26/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Sand Mining Umgeni near N2 Bridge

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

04/23/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Sand Mining Umgeni River

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

04/23/2015

Still under investigation

 

Gauteng

Government [National/Prov]

30169

SANRAL and Tau Pele Construction Company

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

5/6/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Northern Cape

Mining

-

Selective Sands (NC)

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

04/23/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

-

Sendhlm Farm KZN Silverleaf Farm KZN

Storing water;

No Authorisation

07/23/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Sigh Harware and Espirit Investments

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

06/26/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Eastern Cape

Agriculture

-

Spekboomberg Dairy (EC)

Pollution

No Authorisation

08/12/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40198

Stockton Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

9/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Eastern Cape

Agriculture

10072

Stormberg Abattoir

Pollution;

No Authorisation

6/24/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

North West

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

-

Sunderland Ridge WWTW

Pollution; Discharging waste or water containing waste into a water resource through a pipe, canal, sewer, sea outfall orother conduit;

 

08/06/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40195

Sunnyside Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

9/10/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40151

Sunshine

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Limpopo

Agriculture

-

Tia Farming (LP)

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;Discharging waste or water containing waste into a water resource through a pipe, canal, sewer, sea outfall orother conduit;

No Authorisation

08/05/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

-

Tongaat-Hulett Heatonville

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

05/18/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Tri Sand cc

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

06/26/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Ubuntu Sand and Blocks

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

05/18/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mining

-

Umzumbe Mining Company

No Water Use Activities

N/A

04/02/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40205

Valhalla Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

No Authorisation

9/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40197

Vlei Villa Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

9/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Eastern Cape

Agriculture

10067

VleilandLRCopeman

Storing water; Discharging waste or water containing waste into a water resource; Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

No Authorisation

8/12/2015

Still under investigation

 

Eastern Cape

Agriculture

10086

VLR Trust

Engaging in a controlled activity Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource; Section21h;

No Authorisation

9/3/2015

Administrative Enforcement Taken

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

-

Vrystaat Farming Durleigh Farm

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

04/24/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40153

VusiOakford community/ KWA-Zulu Natal Department of Housing

Taking water from a resource;

No Authorisation

7/9/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40161

Wiveton Plant Growers

Taking water from a resource; Storing water; Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse ; Altering the bed; banks, course or characteristics of a water course;

No Authorisation

7/20/2015

Still under investigation

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Agriculture

40206

Wozani Farm

Taking water from a resource; Storing water;

No Authorisation

9/10/2015

Still under investigation

17 December 2015 - NW4266

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)What legal ground justifies the investment by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) of funds from the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) in Lonmin, in light of the fact that this mine is almost bankrupt and that currently and in the foreseeable future no profits will be generated by said mine; (2) whether the PIC and the trustees of the GEPF will be held legally accountable for such an investment in said mine; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) who proposed the possibility of the specified investment and (b) when was it proposed; (4) whether any similar investments are currently under consideration; if so, (a) which investments are under consideration, (b) when will such investments be made and (c) what will be the nature of each investment?

Reply:

According to Information provided by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC):

(1) The PIC is legally authorised to make investments in terms of the mandates granted by its various clients. These mandates allow the PIC to invest in companies that are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the investment in Lonmin is in alignment with these mandates. The investment case for investing in Lonmin at this time is threefold, namely:

  • The long-term fundamentals for the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) support higher prices than what is currently prevailing. These metals will be playing a key role in emissions control measures around the world.
  • Lonmin has a sound asset base whose performance has been impacted by the short-term dip in commodity prices. However, based on the PIC’s outlook for PGM prices, value can be restored.
  • Management has come up with a plan of action that has been reviewed by independent external experts, for the company to be able to withstand the current low price environment.

It is worth noting that the company held a general meeting for shareholders to vote on the rights issue and 88%of the shareholding represented at the meeting, which included the PIC (on behalf of the GEPF and the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), voted for the company to proceed with the rights issue. The outcomes of the voting is a clear indication that other shareholders see the long-term value of the company. Lonmin is a going concern and has neither been declared bankrupt nor has it applied for business rescue.

(2) The PIC invests and manages funds for various clients and this is done in line with mandates granted by various clients. GEPF Trustees are not exposed to direct liability for investing on the JSE. The accountability, legal or otherwise, for these investments and their management is regulated in terms of the mandates. As the investment manager, the PIC takes full accountability for the performance of any such investments once made in terms of the mandate.

(3) Rights issue is a common method through which JSE-listed companies raise funds for various business initiatives. For an example, companies such as Naspers and PSG have recently gone out to the market to raise capital to fund their strategic business initiatives. In the same way, Lonmin approached all the shareholders, including the PIC about the rights issue, whereupon the PIC considered following its rights. The PIC was approached by Lonmin in early November. Following Lonmin’s approach, the PIC subjected the proposal to the internal investment processes, which entail conducting a thorough due diligence on the company and obtaining approval by the relevant committees within the PIC.

(4) The PIC, like all other shareholders, gets approached from time to time by companies with similar requests. However, as a responsible investor we are not at liberty to disclose whether any such transactions are currently being considered as this could be market sensitive information. In instances where we agree to follow our rights and agree to underwrite the rights issue, these companies would publish information in the notices for meetings. The PIC can disclose that it has expressed support for the ArcelorMittal’s rights issue, which will be voted for on the 11th of December 2015. Details of this rights issue is contained in the notice for the ArcelorMittal General Meeting of shareholders.

17 December 2015 - NW4253

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)How many (a) Blue Scorpions posts are there in her department’s Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement unit and (b) of the specified posts are currently filled; (2) what are the qualifications of each Blue Scorpion currently employed by her department?

Reply:

(1)(a) My Department has a total of one hundred and seventy seven (177) positions, forty two (42) of these posts are within the Chief Directorate: Compliance Monitoring at National Office based in Pretoria; forty two (42) of these posts are within the Chief Directorate: Enforcement at National Office based in Pretoria; twenty two (22) of these posts are dedicated to Compliance Monitoring in the Provincial Operations; fourteen (14) of these posts are dedicated to Enforcement in the Provincial Operations; and fifty seven (57) of these posts are performing dual functions (Compliance and Enforcement) within Provincial Operations. Officials use section 124 of the Act to perform Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement mandate of the National Water Act. No officials as yet have been designated as Environmental Management Inspectors (EMIs) in terms of National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Blue Scorpions).

(1)(b) Eighty nine (85) of the specified posts are currently filled.

 

Office/ Provincial Operation

Number of Compliance Monitoring posts

Number of Enforcement posts

Number of posts performing dual functions (CME) at regional level since the function has not been split yet

 

Filled

Level

Filled

Level

Filled

Level

National

33

8-12

16

6-13

0

0

Limpopo

0

8-12

0

0

0

0

North West

0

0

0

0

2

12;13

Northern Cape

3

8-12

0

0

0

0

Western Cape

2

8-12

2

8-12

1

8-12

Eastern Cape

0

0

0

8-12

0

7-12

Gauteng

14

8-12

0

0

1

12-13

KwaZulu-Natal

0

0

0

0

2

10;12

Mpumalanga

0

0

0

0

2

8-10

Free State

0

0

0

0

7

8-12

Total

52

 

18

 

15

 

(2) Refer to Annexure A for the qualifications of each Blue Scorpions currently employed.

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Annexure A

Provincial Operation Regulation/ CD: Compliance Monitoring/ CD: Enforcement

Management/ Compliance Monitoring/ Enforcement

Post description

Qualifications

Head Office (CD: CM)

Management

Acting Chief Directorate

B.Sc, M.Sc and LLB (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Deputy Director

Nat Diploma & B-Tech (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Chief Engineer

B.Eng (Hons) Civil, B.Sc (Hons) Information Systems (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Scientific Manager

B.Sc, B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc, EMI basic training course (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist

B.Sc Environmental Management and post graduated diploma in Integrated Water Resource Management (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist

B.Sc Geology, B.Sc (Hons) Geohydrology (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist

N.D and B-tech in Environmental Science (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist

B.Sc Geology, B.Sc (Hons) Geohydrology (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist

B.Sc Microbiology & Biochemistry, B.Sc (Hons) (Med) Mibrobiology and M.Sc Microbioloty (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Scientist Manager

B.Sc, B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Scientist Manager

B.Sc, M.Sc (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Production Scientist

B.Sc and B.Sc (Hons) (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Graduate Trainee

B.Sc and B.Sc (Hons) (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist

B.Sc and B.Sc (Hons) (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Management (Compliance Monitoring)

Acting Director

B.Sc and MMP & DM (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist

B.Sc Hons (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Deputy Director

BA Environmental Science (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Control Environmental Officer

Nat Diploma in Nuclear (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Environmental Officer Specialised Production

BA Environmental Management (Hons): Waste Management (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Environmental Officer

BA: Environmental Management (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist

B.Sc, B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc (Not designated as EMI – Blue scorpion)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Act Deputy Director

M.Sc

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Production Scientist

B.Sc Chemistry, B.Sc Geohydrology (Hons)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist

B.Sc (Hons)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist

M.Sc degree

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Act Director

ND: Chemical Engineering

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Specialist Engineer

B.Sc (Eng)(Civil), B.Sc (Hons) (Eng)(Civil), M.Eng Structural Engineering

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Specialist Engineer

M.Eng: Water Resource Engineering

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Chief Engineer

B.Sc (Eng)(Civil), B.Eng (Hons) (Civil), M.Eng (Civil)

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Acting Deputy Director

ND: Human Resource Management

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Engineer

B.Eng: Civil Engineering

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Graduate Trainee

ND: Civil Engineering

Head Office (CD: CM)

Compliance Monitoring

Graduate Trainee

ND: Civil Engineering

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

B.Sc (Information Technology Management)

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

B.Com (Information Management): Diploma in Execution Information Technology)

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Chief Development Expert

B.Uris, LLB

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

Grade 12

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

ND in Law; Diploma: Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Assistant Director

B.Sc; BA (Hons) Criminology, Diploma: Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

Bachelor of Earth Science in mining and environmental Geology

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Deputy Director

B.Tech: Water care

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

ND: Human Resources, B Tech: Business Administration

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

BA (Police Science)

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

BA, Higher Education Diploma, National Certificate: Policing

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

Bachelor of Earth Sciences in Hydrology and Water Resource

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

ND: Biotechnology, B.Sc (Hons) Environmental Management

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Assistant Director

B.Sc: Water and Sanitation, enrolled for Hons in Environmental Monitoring and Modelling

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

Studying towards B.Com

Head Office (CD: Enforcement)

Enforcement

Chief Development Expert

LLB

North West

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Deputy Director

ND: Water and Environmental Management

North West

Management (Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement)

Management (Director: Regulation)

B.Sc Chemistry, MBA

KZN

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Deputy Director

B.Sc: Pure & Applied Chemistry, B.Sc (Hons) Environmental Monitoring & Modelling

KZN

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Assistant Director

B.Sc: Environmental Management

Free State

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Control Environmental Officer

ND: Civil Engineering

Free State

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Environmental Officer

ND: Civil Engineering (ECSA)

Free State

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Environmental Officer

M.Tech: Environmental Health

Free State

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Environmental Officer (Production)

B.Sc Environmental Science

Free State

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Biodiversity Officer

B.Sc: Environmental Science

Free State

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Environmental Officer

Diploma in water care

Free State

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Environmental Officer

B.Sc (Hons) Environmental Monitoring and Modelling

Mpumalanga

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Control Environmental Officer

B.Sc (Hons)

Western Cape

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Deputy Director

B.SocSc & LLB

Western Cape

Compliance Monitoring

Assistant Director

BA-Geography & (Hons – IWRM)

Western Cape

Compliance Monitoring

Graduate Trainee

ND: Environmental Management & (final B.Tech Environmental Management year)

Western Cape

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

ND: Marketing, Policing and Environmental Management Inspectorate

Western Cape

Enforcement

Regulatory Inspector

ND: HR, Certificate in Policing, Certificate in Forensic Examination

Northern Cape

Management (Compliance Monitoring)

Director

M.Sc

Northern Cape

Compliance Monitoring

Environmental Officer

B.Tech Nature Conservation, EMI

Northern Cape

Compliance Monitoring

Graduate Trainee

B.Sc

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement

Deputy Director

B.Sc (Hons), Environmental Management, Inspector Profession registered with SACNAPS

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Environmental Officer

B.Sc: Community water service and sanitation

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Environmental Officer

B.Sc: Community water service and sanitation

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Environmental Officer

BESHWR = Honours: Hydrology and Water Resources

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Environmental Officer

PGD = Honours: Integrated Water Resources Management

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Environmental Officer

PGD = Honours: Integrated Water Resources Management

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Environmental Officer

B Tech: Water Care

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist Technician

ND: Water Care

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist Technician

ND: Water Care

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Candidate Scientist Technician

B.Sc: Environmental and Water Science, Post graduate Diploma in Integrated Water Resource Management, B.Sc Hons Hydrology

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Scientific Technician

B Tech: Water Care

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Scientific Technician

B Tech: Water Care

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Scientific Technician

B.Sc: Biological Science

Gauteng

Compliance Monitoring

Deputy Director

B Tech: Water Quality

17 December 2015 - NW4171

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether ethics and integrity officers have been appointed for each national and provincial department; if not, (a) why not, (b) what are the relevant details in each case and (c) by when is it intended that such appointments will be made; if so, what (i) minimum criteria were used for the recruitment of the ethics and integrity officers, (ii) vetting or screening have the incumbents undergone and (iii) training are the incumbents required to attend after commencement of their employment as ethics and integrity officers; (2) (a) what are the details of the job description of an ethics and integrity officer in the public service, (b) what job grade does an ethics and integrity officer occupy in a (i) national and (ii) provincial department and (c) to whom does an ethics and integrity officer report in a (i) national and (ii) provincial department?

Reply:

(1) Yes. There are currently 306 Ethics Officers either appointed or designated in the public service.

(b) Appointments are made in terms of the prescribed public service procedure, with regard to designation, existing employees in their respective departments are assigned a new or additional functions in line with the responsibilities attached to the post of an ethics officer.

(c) (i) Departments follow an open recruitment process to identify and appoint appropriate officials. The grade of the post is determined using the approved Job Evaluation process and System. Departments currently utilise the job description as contained in the Public Service Integrity Management Framework.

(ii) All employees, prior to appointment to the public service, are subject to a background checks, which include credit and criminal record, verification of qualification, disciplinary record, etc.

The DPSA has initiated a process of amending the Public Service Regulations, 2001. One of the objectives is to formalize and standardize the designation and / or appointment of Ethics Officers and provide for more functions relating to the management and promotion of ethics in the public service. This process will be finalised early in 2016.

(iii) The Department of Public Service and Administration together with the National School of Government have development a set of new ethics courses. These courses were finalised and are being rolled-out. These courses include the following:

        • Ethics Management for Local Government
        • Ethics Management Workshop for National and Provincial Government
        • Ethics Module to use in senior management induction
        • Ethics Workshop to use for Ethics Officer Training
        • Ethics Module to use in Compulsory Induction Programme for Public Service

Furthermore, all designated Ethics Officers have been trained on the Financial Disclosure Framework and the use of the e-Disclosure system.

(2) (a) Departments currently utilise the job description as contained in the Public Service Integrity Management Framework. The following functions are performed by ethics officers:-

  • Promote integrity and ethical behaviour in departments;
  • Advise employees on ethical matters;
  • Ensure integrity of organisational policies, procedures and practices;
  • Identify and report unethical behaviour and corrupt activities to the head of department;
  • Manage conflicts of interest, including:
  • Financial disclosures of employees;
  • Application for external remunerative work; and
  • Departmental gift registers.
  • Develop and implement awareness programmes to educate officials on ethics, good governance and anti-corruption measures; and
  • Keep a register of all employees under investigation and those disciplined for unethical conduct.

(d) The job grade is determined using the approved Job Evaluation process and System. Where Ethics Officers are appointed (and not designated), whether in the national or provincial department, the size, risk profile, budget, qualification requirement, etc of the post will determine the job grade.

(d) Ethics officers are generally appointed under programme 1 (administration), and report to the head of Corporate Services or the Director’s-General head of office. However, going forward, ethics officers will report to the Head of the Department (HoD) in terms of the proposed Public Service Regulations.

17 December 2015 - NW4072

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

With reference to her intervention in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape, what (a) are the details of the R4,6 billion allocation to housing delivery in the specified municipality, (b) is the role of the Housing Development Agency (HDA) in this regard and (c) are the details of the agreement between the HDA, the specified municipality and her department?

Reply:

(a) We indicated that the Nelson Mandela Intervention is supported by other sector departments, namely the National Treasury, Department of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs and the Department of Water and Sanitation. Further, the projected funding for the intervention will be made available over the MTEF period through various Interdepartmental Grants such as the Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG), the Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG), the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant (MWIG) and the National Skills Fund.

The breakdown of the projected R4.6 billion is at as follows:

Houses (16,191) R1.806 billion

Bethelsdorp 6500 Houses R721m

Kayamnandi 7000 Houses R776m

Walmer 2200 Houses R244m

Chatty (Military Veterans) 491 Houses R65m

Serviced Sites (15,700) R785m

Bulk Infrastructure (link and reticulation) and WWTPs R1.2 billion

Planning (greenfields) R82,1 m

Programme Management R428m

National Skills Fund (Skills Training) R300m

Estimated total R4.6 billion

(b) Role of the HDA

The National Department of Human Settlements (DHS), the Provincial Department of Human Settlements (PDoHS) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) concluded a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Implementation Protocol (IP), wherein the Housing Development Agency was appointed the implementing agent to implement and manage the NMBM Integrated Human Settlements Programme for a period of 4 years (1 July 2015 until 31 March 2019).

(c) Details of Agreement between the HDA, the Municipality and the Department

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), underpinning the institutional, funding and implementation arrangements was signed between the Minister of Human Settlements, the MEC for Human Settlements and the Executive Mayor of the NMBM – 30 June 2015. The three parties constitute the Executive Committee that exercises oversight over the Programme.

The relevant Departmental and Entity Accounting Officers comprising of the Director General, Provincial Head of Department for Human Settlements, City Manager and the Chief Executive Officer of the HDA signed an Implementation Protocol (IP) – 2 July 2015. The IP provides for establishment of a Project Steering Committee (PSC) comprising the Director-General, the Provincial Head of Department for Human Settlements and the City Manager to oversee the implementation of the programme.

The IP stipulates that a Technical Committee be established comprising senior officials from National, Provincial, Metropolitan Municipality and the Housing Development Agency (HDA) as a preferred Implementing Agent. The Committee is tasked with the day-to-day management of the projects forming part of the Programme.

In addition, the agreements provide for the following key elements:

i) The Provincial Department of Human Settlements is the developer for the housing and human settlements programme and projects with regard to construction of houses funded through the HSDG.

ii) The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is responsible for all functions relating to spatial planning, bulk infrastructure and preparation of built environment performance plans, and will ensure that the USDG will be aligned to the HSDG allocations and targets and outputs.

iii) As Implementing Agent, the Housing Development Agency will undertake the implementation of the Programme in line with an approved implementation plan in conjunction with the Province and Municipality.

17 December 2015 - NW4167

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(a) Whether she intends to invest a higher percentage of the gross domestic product in research and development than the present 0,76% in view of the fact that economies that significantly increase their investment in science, technology and innovation, as research clearly shows, (details furnished) are able to respond faster and more comprehensively to fiscal improvements; if not, why not; if so, by what percentage does she intends to increase investment in research and development for over the medium term?

Reply:

The Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) Strategic Plan (2015-2020) outlines what the DST will do to help achieve this target. For the year 2015/16, for instance, the DST has a budget of R7 482 billion, of which 92,2% (R6,9 billion) is allocated to entities that report to the Minister of Science and Technology. Key funding priorities for the DST over the medium term include developing human capital, creating new knowledge, growing research infrastructure, and encouraging innovation by funding marketable products emerging from research and incubation. All these are essential elements of a policy framework to encourage other actors in the system of innovation to contribute to increasing the investment in R&D at appropriate levels.

The DST is working closely with National Treasury on plans on how the target can be achieved. Across government, there are a number of avenues for investment in science, technology and innovation activities through various departments, their entities as well as work they do with the higher education institutions. Another major part of the effort involves building partnership arrangements with the private sector and international partners that will help leverage further resources for R&D investment.

 

 

17 December 2015 - NW4249

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether any Rand Water pump stations that feed water to any part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng experienced any power outages (a) in (i) August, (ii) September and (iii) October and (b) from 1 November 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (aa) on which dates were power outages experienced, (bb) what was the length of time of each power outage, (cc) which pump stations were affected in each specified case and (dd) what was the effect on the supply of water to Ekurhuleni in each case?

Reply:

(a)(i)August 2015

(a)(ii)

September 2015

(a)(iii) October 2015

(b) November 2015

(b)(aa) days where power outages experienced

(b)(bb) length of time of each power outage

(b)(cc) pump stations affected

(b)(dd) effect on the supply of water to Ekurhuleni

None

None

Power outages occurred

None

None

135 minutes

Mapleton Pump station.

None

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17 December 2015 - NW3904

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has ascertained which municipalities are (a) lacking adequate infrastructure for the full and proper treatment of sewage, (b) releasing effluent from non-compliant or poorly functioning waste water treatment works into streams and dams, (c) unable to provide reliable bulk infrastructure sewerage collection services, (d) still using outdated or inefficient pump stations and (e) falling foul of the South African National Water Policy of 1996 and the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, in respect of not properly protecting aquatic ecosystems; if not, why not in each case; if so, (i) what steps has her department taken to rectify each specified situation fully and rapidly and (ii) to what extent has the specified steps succeeded in doing so?

Reply:

My Department is currently undertaking a comprehensive functional assessment of the 850 waste water treatment plants for South Africa.

The immediate priority and intervention is that my Department has appointed a professional service provider under its Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) programme to deal with the 26 plants in the Vaal River System. This is in line with my Department’s National Campaign entitled War on Water Pollution.

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17 December 2015 - NW4227

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

(a) Which municipalities in Mpumalanga are at risk due to poor water quality, (b) what is the cause of the risk and (c) what action has been taken to resolve the risks?

Reply:

(a) The municipalities in Mpumalanga that are at risk are located within Ehlanzeni, Gert Sibande and Nkangala District Municipalities. Intervention put in place by my Department are as follows:

  • Training on Blue drop compliance;
  • Bulk infrastructure and Water Treatment plant upgrades were necessary;
  • Technical Support;
  • Water Quality Monitoring programme;
  • Development to incident Management and response protocol.

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17 December 2015 - NW3373

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With regard to her reply to question 2064 on 23 June 2015, (a) which companies are currently appointed as professional service providers for her department and (b) what is the appointment period of each professional service provider; (2) (a) what criteria were used to evaluate each category of professional service provider and (b) which companies were appointed in each category; (3)(a) how many projects have been awarded to each professional service provider and (b) what is the (i) nature and (ii) rand value of each contract?

Reply:

(1) There are a total of companies appointed as Professional Service Providers.

(2)(a)(i) The Department has evaluated all the proposals submitted by the Professional Service Providers in terms of the preferential procurement policy regulations, 2011 pertaining to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act no.5 of 2000 (PPPFA). All invited bids were evaluated on the basis of functionality as a criterion taking into account quality, reliability, viability and durability of a service and the bidders’ technical capacity and ability to execute a contract.

(2)(a)(ii) When the bids were invited, the following aspects were clearly specified in the bid documents:

  • Evaluation criteria for measuring functionality

The evaluation criteria may include criteria such as the consultant’s relevant experience for the assignment, the quality of the methodology, the qualifications of the key personnel, transfer of knowledge etc.

- Weight of each criterion

The weight that is allocated to each criterion was not generic but determined separately for each bid on a case by case basis.

- Applicable value

The applicable values that were utilized when scoring each criterion were objective. As a guide, values ranging from 1 being poor, 2 being average, 3 being poor, 4 being very good and 5 being excellent, were utilized.

- Minimum qualifying score for functionality

The minimum qualifying score that was obtained for functionality in order for the bid to be considered further was not generic but specific for each bid. It was determined separately for each bid on a case by case basis. The minimum qualifying score was not prescribed so low that it jeopardized the quality of the service required nor so high that it was restrictive to the extent that it jeopardized the fairness of the SCM system.

(3) Responded to in (1) above.

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15 December 2015 - NW3832

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What percentage of the Media Development and Diversity Agency funding is allocated to (i) print media and (ii) electronic media per annum and (b) what is the reason for giving any of the specified categories more funding as compared to others?

Reply:

(a) Subject to sub-regulation (2), of Section 22 of the MDDA Act 14 of 2002, funds contemplated in section 15(2)(a) of the Act must be allocated by the Board in accordance with the following percentages:

  • Community media projects: at least 60%
  • Small Commercial media projects: at least 25%
  • Research projects: 5%

(b) The reason for giving community media projects more funding is informed by Regulations in terms of Section 22 of the Media Development and Diversity Agency Act of 2002, as enacted in the Government Gazette No. 22570 of 10 October 2003.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

15 December 2015 - NW4126

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)(a) What are the terms of reference of the enquiry that she asked National Treasury to conduct into the manufacturing and procurement process of the Set Top Box tender and (b) what is the deadline for the  (i) completion and (ii) delivery of the report; (2) Whether the report of the specified enquiry will be made public; if not, why not; if so, what are further relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) The scope of investigation covers the supply chain processes followed by the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa in the appointment of Ernest and Young to oversee the procurement process and companies to supply digital terrestrial (DTT), direct to home (DTH), satellite dishes and antennas.

(b)(i) & (ii) The investigation is expected to be finalised by end December 2015.

(2) The sensitivities regarding the information contained in the final report will determine whether the report will be made public or not.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

15 December 2015 - NW3871

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Van Dalen, Mr P to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether, in view of the SA Broadcasting Corporation providing content to new television channels such as Zambezi Magic and GauTV, the relevant actors are paid royalties for such content; if not, why not; if so, when will they start receiving royalties?

Reply:

Not yet, these are recent deals and payment will be made after payment is made to the SABC and the 2015-16 financials are signed-off by the auditors.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

15 December 2015 - NW3873

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether actors who take part in the SA Broadcasting Corporation programmes which are broadcast on international SA Airways flights are paid royalties; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Not yet, these are recent deals and payment will be made after payment is made to the SABC and the 2015-16 financials are signed-off by the auditors.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

15 December 2015 - NW4154

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her reply to question 2953 on 3 November 2015, what is the detailed breakdown of the expense allowances afforded to the (a) Chief Executive Officer, (b) Chief Financial Officer and (c) Chief Operating Officer, as executive board members as indicated in her department’s 2014-15 Annual Report, in terms of their (i) housing allowances, (ii) car allowances, (iii) cell phone allowances, (iv) other cash allowances, (v) entertainment allowances, (vi) subsistence allowances, (vii) benefit replacement allowances, (viii) insurance allowances, (ix) acting allowances and (x) special allowances, in each specified case?

Reply:

The information on the total expense allowance afforded to the CEO, COO, and CFO is contained in the 2015 Annual Report of the SABC.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

15 December 2015 - NW3868

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) Does the SA Broadcasting Corporation have a database of all actors who played a part in programmes that are redistributed on other networks; if so, (a) what process is followed to pay actors royalties when programmes are repeated and (b) how many times have royalties been paid for all programmes which were locally made in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years and redistributed to other networks; (2) in each specified case, (a) what is the name of the programme and (b) what are the names of the actors benefitting from the specified royalties?

Reply:

(1) The SABC has a database of actors. The database is made up of details of actors from recent productions. Historically, databases were not maintained and this means that a list of actors from old productions can only be obtained by watching the tapes and recording the information. Contracts for actors from old productions were also not kept by actors and producers. This complicates the payment of royalties as the SABC has to rely on affidavits and use rates there were averages from the year of production.

(a) It is important to note that repeat fee royalties are not paid on programmes that have been licenced to other networks. Repeat fees are payable only when programmes are rebroadcast on SABC Channels 7 days after the original broadcast. Commercial exploitation fees are payable when content is licenced to other broadcasters.

The SABC together with industry bodies representing producers and actors are discussing a process whereby broadcast royalties are paid out to actors. These discussions are at an advanced stage. In the interim the SABC addresses individual claims as they are made. As mentioned earlier, some payments are made based on contracts from the actors while other payments are made based on affidavits as actors do not have contracts (old productions).

(b) Royalties derived from content exploitation (i.e. licencing of content to other broadcasters/platforms) are paid on a quarterly basis. Royalties have been paid once in 2014-15. None were paid in the preceding financial years.

Royalties paid for repeat fees are paid monthly based on received claims.

(2) (a) Generations and Isidingo

(b) Anga Makubalo, Bawinile Modise, Camilla Waldman, David Phetoe, Katlego Danke, Mandla Gaduka, Menzi Ngubane, Nambitha Mpumlwana, Seputla Sebogodi, Slindile Nodangala, Sophie Ndaba, Thabiso Kokheti, Thami Mnqolo, Thato Molamu, Zenande Mfenyama, Zolisa Xaluva, Chris Basley, Hlubi Mboya, Michele Botes, Robert Whitehead

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

15 December 2015 - NW3869

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) Have actors from the television drama Generations been paid royalties when the right to air the specified television drama was sold to television stations in other African countries, (b) to which television stations were the rights to air the specified television drama sold, (c) what percentage of the profit was paid to the specified actors, (d) were the specified actors represented in the negotiations and (e) how were the royalties paid to the specified actors calculated?

Reply:

a. Payment is not made at point of sale. Payment is made only after the auditors have signed off the financials.

b. Multichoice, Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, Television Jamaica and Swazi TV

c. As per the formula of two per cent of net profit, where net profit is calculated as gross sales less 35% overheads

d. No. The licencing of content is negotiated between the SABC as the content owner and the licencee. The actors are not a part of this as their relationship is with the producer and not with the SABC. The SABC pays them directly currently as this is a contractual obligation that was signed off historically. There is no collecting society currently since PAWE (Performing Arts Workers Equity) is no longer performing that role. PAWE represented some actors in the past and payments were made to the organisation to distribute to its members.

e. As per the formula in the contract (see point c above). Generations actors were paid directly i.e, into their bank accounts

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

15 December 2015 - NW4129

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) (a) How many TV licenses were (i) issued and (ii) renewed by 30 September 2015 and (b) how many were not renewed; (2) (a) what amount is owed to the SA Broadcasting Corporation for unpaid licenses and (b) what is the cost of actions taken to recoup the specified debts?

Reply:

(1)(a) (i) 4 434 000

  (ii) 1 741 000

(b) 2 692 000

(2)(a) R32 502bn

(b) April to 30 September 2015, collection costs were R75.4m, projected for Apr – Mar 2016 is R168m.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

15 December 2015 - NW3870

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Van Dalen, Mr P to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) In respect of how many programmes has the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) sold the rights to air to kykNET; ? (2) whether the affected actors have been receiving royalties from the specified SABC transaction; if not, why not; if so, when did they start receiving royalties?

Reply:

(1) Sixty-nine titles

(2) No. In most instances due to the age of the programmes and the commissioning regimes under which they were made no contractual provision was made for royalties to be paid to actors and as such no payments have been made.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

15 December 2015 - NW3954

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether, with reference to the submission made by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the SA Broadcasting Corporation in the Portfolio Committee on Communications’ meeting on 21 October 2015, she will provide a copy of the independent study referred to by the CFO which was conducted to benchmark the Chief Operating Officer’s (COO’s) salary increase; if not, why not; if so, by when will she provide the (a) specified independent study and (b) record of decisions related to the implementation of the recommendations of the specified study in respect of the COO’s salary increase?

Reply:

(a) The report is a confidential benchmark performed by an external service provider so that the SABC maintains its competitiveness.

(b) Records of decisions are confidential internal documents that should be kept as such.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

15 December 2015 - NW3872

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Van Dalen, Mr P to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether the respective actors are being paid royalties on the Showmax, a netflix-like video-on-demand with the SA Broadcasting Corporation-dramas which was launched by Naspers as part of their variety content; if not, why not; if so, when?

Reply:

Not yet, these are recent deals and payment will be made after payment is made to the SABC and the 2015-16 financials are signed-off by the auditors.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

15 December 2015 - NW3874

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Communications

What was the basis of the statement she made in the meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Communications on 21 October 2015 that royalties accruing to actors from the SA Broadcasting Corporation aired shows will be paid from 2007 only, despite the fact that television started broadcasting in 1976?

Reply:

The SABC has a database of actors. The database is made up of details of actors from recent productions. Historically, databases were not maintained and this means that a list of actors from old productions can only be obtained by watching the tapes and recording the information. Contracts for actors from old productions were also not kept by actors and producers. This complicates the payment of royalties as the SABC has to rely on affidavits and use rates there were averages from the year of production.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

15 December 2015 - NW4153

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) Whether she will provide the exact details of the formalised communications relations agreement with Vietnam entered into by her in October 2015; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the specified formalised agreement includes a programme for the training of journalists; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

(1) & (2) The Department is unable to provide exact details of a formalised communications relations agreement with Vietnam because it has not entered into any agreement with Vietnam.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

15 December 2015 - NW3867

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

Does the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) negotiate with actors to determine the payment of royalties due to them when selling licensed content to other TV stations; if not, (a) why not and (b) are the specified actors paid a percentage of the profit emanating from the specified transaction; if so, (i) how is the percentage profit determined, (ii) how much (aa) does and/or (bb) can the SABC deduct from the selling price before allocating an amount of the profit towards royalties and (iii) how is this determined?

Reply:

(a) The SABC does not sell content, but licences it to other networks and operators. The current standard commissioning agreement makes provision for the amount to be negotiated or for a payment based on two per cent of the net licencing agreement profit made. At this stage the SABC makes provision for payment based on the latter number.

(b) (i) Net profit is calculated at gross licencing revenue less 35% of capped overheads.

(ii) As per the above

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

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