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09 October 2015 - NW3444

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether the Deputy Minister of Small Business Development had undertaken any official international travel since 1 January 2015; if so, in each case, (a) why did she undertake the specified trip, (b) who travelled with her, (c) to which destinations did she travel and (d) what was the total cost of each specified trip?

Reply:

The Deputy Minister of Small Business Development has undertaken official international trips since January 2015.

The Deputy Minister of Small Business Development travelled to Sao Paulo, Brazil from 12 – 18 May 2015 to lead a delegation of women to participate at the 25th Global Summit of Women. The theme of the Summit, Creative Women – Creative Economies, underscored the innovation that women bring to the world’s economies. The Summit’s focus was on innovative and creative solutions by government, business and civil society to advance women’s economic status globally. Travelling with the Deputy Minister were her Official Companion, Head of Office and Assistant Administrator, and the total cost of the trip was R348 366.26.

The Deputy Minister travelled to the United States of America to lead two (2) delegations of SMMEs to the Atlanta Lifestyle Hub Show Atlanta, July Show, and the Santa Fe Folk art market in New Mexico from 07 – 10 July 2015 and 10 – 13 July 2015, respectively. In January 2014, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) launched the South African permanent showroom at the Atlanta Lifestyle Hub for South African high-end products. The main purpose of the permanent showroom is to expose products, including arts and crafts, of SMMEs and Cooperatives to the international markets. The Deputy Minister then proceeded to the Santa Fe International Folk art Market (SFIFM) which features master folk artists from 60 countries, and is proclaimed as the largest consumer market providing opportunities to traditional artisans to showcase handmade goods. The SFIFM provides a platform for traditional art manufacturers to sell their products to a niche market consisting of art galleries, museum, art collectors and antique curators. The Deputy Minister travelled with her Official Companion, Head of Office and Private Secretary at a total cost of R738 218.99

The Deputy Minister accompanied the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) SMME Trade Delegation to Instanbul and Ankara, Turkey from 26 – 31 July 2015. The primary objective of the PBF is to create of a platform of dialogue between the business community and Government. To this end, the PBF has hosted a number of international trade delegations which included countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Vietnam, Mauritius, Tanzania, Cuba, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Brazil, China and more. In each case a Deputy Minister accompanied the delegation, and in this case an invitation was extended to the Deputy Minister of Small Business Development. The Deputy Minister travelled with her Private Secretary at a cost of R83 713.34. The Forum covered the Deputy Minister’s costs.

The Deputy Minister travelled to Maputo, Mozambique to attend the 51st Edition of Maputo International Trade from 29 August – 03 September 2015. Traveling with the Deputy Minister was a Media Liaison Officer, Official Companion, Head of Office and a Private Secretary, and the total cost of the trip was R238 730.45

09 October 2015 - NW3605

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Has her department, together with the Departments of (a) Social Development and (b) Basic Education, undertaken any (i) studies and/or (ii) interventions to address female learners’ inadequate access to (aa) sanitary towels and (bb) proper sanitation facilities in schools, including sanitary bins in bathrooms; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Women has not undertaken studies or interventions on the issue of sanitary towels and/or sanitation facilities in schools.

However, the Departments of Social Development and Basic Education are engaged in this matter.

In addition, there are a number of initiatives on this matter, emanating from the private sector and the non-profit sector.

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Approved by the Minister on

Date………………………..

09 October 2015 - NW3566

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether any state-owned enterprise engaged the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years; if not, why not in each specified case; if so, in each specified case (i) what is the name of the state-owned enterprise, (ii) why were the specified services engaged, (iii) when did the specified services (aa) begin and (bb) end and (iv) what was the (aa) total amount and (bb) breakdown of the specified amount spent by each specified state-owned enterprise?          NW4233

Reply:

ALEXKOR SOC LTD:

Alexkor did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years. 

DENEL SOC LTD:

 

Denel did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years. 

SAFCOL SOC LTD:

SAFCOL did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years. 

 

SOUTH AFRICAN EXPRESS SOC LTD:

SA Express did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years.

TRANSNET SOC LTD:

Transnet did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15

(c) 2015-2016 R1 400 000.00.

ESKOM SOC LTD:

 

Eskom did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the in
the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years.

 

 

 

 

09 October 2015 - NW3630

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

How many farms have been transferred to local communities in and around Alldays, Limpopo, for purposes of land reform; (2) what support is his department providing to the specified communities to ensure their success; (3) has his department been made aware of the practice of driven hunting taking place on some of these farms; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) is it his department’s position to allow the practice of driven hunting to take place on these farms; if not, what steps is his department taking to end this practice; (5) (a) what steps is his department taking to mentor and guide the specified communities with regard to successful game farm ranching and (b) how many of the specified farms (i) were and (ii) are operated as game farms

Reply:

 

  1. 35: 10 farms in terms of the Redistribution Programme and 25 farms in terms of the Restitution Programme.
  2. The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform provides a range of support to emerging farmers through its Recapitalization and Development Programme (RADP); support includes infrastructure development, production inputs, machinery and equipment.
  3. No.
  4. No. Hunting does not fall within the scope of the Department’s portfolio. Information regarding such practices should however be directed to the relevant province or authority.
  5. (a) Training and mentoring of communities with regard to game farm ranching is referred to the Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Department ( LEDET ) since it is their area of specialty.

           (b) (i) 28 farms : 25 Restitution and 3 Redistribution.

          (ii) 25 farms restored in terms of the Restitution Programme were purchased as game farms and are still used as game farms. The remaining 10      farms are currently operated as livestock farms.

09 October 2015 - NW3462

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

(1)With regard to a certain law firm (name furnished) that deals with eviction issues on behalf of his department, (a) what criteria did his department set down to apply to the panel of law firms that get appointed by the specified law firm to assist with eviction matters, (b) how is the quality of legal services that are provided by the specified law firm measured and/or controlled by his department, (c) what measures are set down by his department to determine the merits of cases before they are taken on by the panel of law firms, (d) what total number of cases, where other law firms were appointed by his department, were postponed on the hearing date because of poor preparation by the appointed law firm, (e) how many cases were settled in and/or at court on the first day that they were set down for hearing and (f) how many cases were settled out of court and/or without any litigation being initiated by landowners; (2) with reference to the total number of cases in respect of which (a) his department, (b) the specified law firm and/or (c) members of its panel of law firms offered to pay legal costs of landowners, what is the number of cases where the specified landowners were successful in (i) obtaining an eviction order and/or (ii) defending a land claim; (3) with reference to cases that have come before the Land Claims Court since the appointment of the specified law firm, what is the (a) total number and (b) total cost of cost orders that were made against land occupiers?

Reply:

(1)(a) Relevant legal experience and expertise, knowledge of the regulatory framework governing land reform, representivity (race, gender, and disability), administrative infrastructure and support capacity, national spread, attendance of training, language skills, BEE status of the law firm, community involvement, professional conduct and registration with relevant Law Society and Fidelity Fund.

(b) Panellists submit monthly progress reports; bi-monthly meetings are held between the managing law firm and the Department; provincial reviews held with panellists; managing firm and Departmental officials; LRMF management information system (monitoring and evaluation of each matter) is in place; review of panellist invoices in line with the LRMF fee tariff and monthly review of panellist.

(c) Interviews using questionnaires and farm visits.

(d) None.

(e), (f) Unknown. The Information Management System does not provide for details of this nature and would require scrutiny of each file. The system provides for significant milestones such as: Pending, Closed and, Finalised.

(2)(a),(b),(c) Apart from cost orders made by the Court, no offers were made to pay legal costs of landowners.

 

(i),(ii) Falls away.

(3)(a) 5

(b) R293 077.89

08 October 2015 - NW3637

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister in the Presidency

With reference to his reply to question 3309 on 11 September 2015, on what page of the 2014-15 Annual Report of his department that was tabled in the National Assembly are the specified costs indicated?

Reply:

On page 96 of the Annual Report 2014/15 ‘Travel and Substance’ are listed under Appropriation per Economic Classification under ‘Goods and Services’. Also listed, amongst others, is the Final Appropriation and audited Actual Expenditure in regard to travel and subsistence. But more specifically, the figures obtained from the travel agent show that Minister and Deputy Minister travelled between Cape Town and Johannesburg 35 times at a total cost of R202 488 and 33 times at a total cost of R222 693, respectively during the financial year in question.

08 October 2015 - NW3563

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)Whether with reference to his reply to question 739 on 23 March 2015, with regard to the investigation that was instituted into the leaking of the so-called spy cables has been completed; if not, why not; if so, when was the investigation completed; (2) whether a final report of the investigation was compiled; if not, why not; if so (a) what is the title of the report, (b) on what date was the report (i) completed and (ii) submitted to him and (c) what are the main (i) findings and (ii) recommendations of the report; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. No
  2. No, however a full investigation has been launched into the purported leakage, its veracity and verification will be handled in terms of the protocols governing the management of classified information.
  3. The findings of the investigation will be made available to the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence.

08 October 2015 - NW3527

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Gcume, Ms NP to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)With reference to his reply to oral question 341 on 26 August 2015, (a) who are the members of the task team appointed by the Deputy Minister in The Presidency, (b) on what basis was the task team appointed and (c) what amount are the members of the specified task team remunerated; (2) will the Deputy Minister in The Presidency make the draft National Expansion and Co-ordination Framework on National Youth Service Programme available; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) will the final report of the specified task team be made public; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date will the specified report be made public and (b) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The members of the Task Team appointed by the Minister in The Presidency are:

1.  Dept of Arts and Culture

2.  Dept of Basic Education

3.  City Year South Africa

4.  Department of Communications (GCIS)

5.  COSATU

6.  Dept of Defence

7.  Dept of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

8.  Dept of Human Settlements

9.  Dept of Labour

10. Dept of Public Works

11.  Dept. of Rural Development and Land Reform 

12.  Dept of Social Development

13.  Dept of Higher Education and Training

14.  Lovelife

15.  National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)

16.  Banking Association of SA

17.  Communication Specialist - Ms Jabulile Buthelezi

18.  Construction SETA

19.  National Treasury

20.  Dept of Public Service and Administration

21.  South African Graduates Development Association (SAGDA)

22.  South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

23.  South African Youth Council (SAYC)

24.  Youth in Action

25.  Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

The Task Team was appointed on the basis of including key government departments that have experience in implementing National Youth Service (NYS) programmes, including government departments that may have a strong role to play in the expansion of the NYS.  The Task Team also includes civil society organisations and the private sector so that the views and experiences of these sectors in relation to NYS are incorporated. The work of the Task Team is voluntary and no members are remunerated.

Once the Task Team has concluded on the draft NYS Expansion and Coordination Framework, the Deputy Minister in The Presidency will release the draft framework for public comment and will accordingly engage with relevant stakeholders.

The draft framework will be made public together with a planned stakeholder engagement process.  The inputs gathered will further strengthen the draft framework.   

The final NYS Expansion and Coordination Framework will be submitted to Cabinet for approval and will subsequently be made public.

 

 

 

MINISTER IN THE PRESIDENCY: REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

Private Bag X1000, Pretoria, 0001, Union Buildings, Government Avenue, PRETORIA

Tel: (012) 300 5200, Website: www.thepresidency.gov.za

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NUMBER: 3527

3527. Ms P T van Damme (DA) to ask the Minister in The Presidency:

(1) With reference to his reply to oral question 341 on 26 August 2015, (a) who are the members of the task team appointed by the Deputy Minister in The Presidency, (b) on what basis was the task team appointed and (c) what amount are the members of the specified task team remunerated;

(2) will the Deputy Minister in The Presidency make the draft National Expansion and Co-ordination Framework on National Youth Service Programme available; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) will the final report of the specified task team be made public; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date will the specified report be made public and (b) what are the further relevant details? NW4192E

The members of the Task Team appointed by the Minister in The Presidency are:

1. Dept of Arts and Culture

2.  Dept of Basic Education

3.  City Year South Africa

4.  Department of Communications (GCIS)

5.  COSATU

6.  Dept of Defence

7.  Dept of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

8.  Dept of Human Settlements

9.  Dept of Labour

10. Dept of Public Works

11.  Dept. of Rural Development and Land Reform 

12.  Dept of Social Development

13.  Dept of Higher Education and Training

14.  Lovelife

15.  National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)

16.  Banking Association of SA

17.  Communication Specialist - Ms Jabulile Buthelezi

18.  Construction SETA

19.  National Treasury

20.  Dept of Public Service and Administration

21.  South African Graduates Development Association (SAGDA)

22.  South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

23.  South African Youth Council (SAYC)

24.  Youth in Action

25.  Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

The Task Team was appointed on the basis of including key government departments that have experience in implementing National Youth Service (NYS) programmes, including government departments that may have a strong role to play in the expansion of the NYS. The Task Team also includes civil society organisations and the private sector so that the views and experiences of these sectors in relation to NYS are incorporated. The work of the Task Team is voluntary and no members are remunerated.

 

Once the Task Team has concluded on the draft NYS Expansion and Coordination Framework, the Deputy Minister in The Presidency will release the draft framework for public comment and will accordingly engage with relevant stakeholders.

The draft framework will be made public together with a planned stakeholder engagement process. The inputs gathered will further strengthen the draft framework.

The final NYS Expansion and Coordination Framework will be submitted to Cabinet for approval and will subsequently be made public.

08 October 2015 - NW3354

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister in the Presidency

With regard to the call for nomination of individuals to serve on the National Planning Commission for a new five-year term which closed on 10 April 2015, (a) how many nominations were received, (b) why has no announcement been forthcoming about the appointment of Commissioners and (c) who has been advising the Government on how best to implement the National Development Plan in the absence of a constituted National Planning Commission?

Reply:

A total of 127 nominations were received. On 17 September 2015 President Jacob Zuma announced the appointment of 25 new members of the National Planning Commission in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, for a period of five years.

In regard to the last part of the enquiry, the Honourable Member will recall that Government developed the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF 2014-15) which is the first five year building block to implement the NDP. Government has been implementing, monitoring and reporting on the progress being made on the implementation of the NDP imperative under the guidance of Cabinet and Minister in the Presidency. There was therefore no vacuum in the absence of the National Planning Commission.

07 October 2015 - NW3486

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

(1)With reference to her reply to question 2727 on 31 August 2015 regarding the building demolition cost of R6 282 853, (a) which buildings were demolished, (b) what was the reason for demolishing each of the specified buildings, (c) when was each specified building demolished and (d) what is the name of the company that demolished each of the specified buildings; (2) (a) what is meant by land matters, (b) what are the relevant details of the breakdown of the R11 815 024 that was spent on the specified land matters and (c) who were the recipients of each specified amount; (3) whether her department has taken any steps to date to dredge the Hazelmere Dam of the silt build-up in an effort to restore the storage capacity of the specified dam in anticipation of rainfall; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The following buildings were demolished:

  • Boys' hostel
  • dining hall and Dormitories
  • Green house
  • Fruit room
  • Garage and carport
  • Music room
  • Outside rooms
  • Prayer room
  • Guard house
  • Store room
  • Workshop and storerooms
  • 2x dwellings
  • Garage and rooms.

Other activities under this contract included:

  • Protection of existing graves
  • Construction of a memorial monument
  • Termination and the moving of underground services; sewer, water and electricity
  • Construction of new sewer septic tanks and laying of sewer pipe lines
  • Decommissioning and demolishing of existing sewer septic tanks and
  • Upgrading of the existing alternative access road

(1)(b) The buildings were affected by the raising of the dam wall and were within the dam boundary line.

(1)(c) The buildings were demolished during the contract period, start date 02 February to end date November 2013.

(1)(d) All buildings were demolished by NCG Oosthuizen Investment CC.

(2)(a) All issues related to acquisition of land by my Department.

(2)(b) A review of the cost revealed the changed total as shown in the Table below:

RECIPIENTS

DETAIL BREAKDOWN
EXPENDITURE ON LAND MATTERS
(excl. VAT)

   

Valuator - Turnover Trading 243

R 1 232 758

Land Surveyor - Button & O’Connor INC

R 96 802

Expropriation of properties:

 

Oakford Priory Investments (PTY)

R 10 523 000

Roman Catholic Mission

R 92 447

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

R 11 945 007

(3) My Department did not commence any dredging at Hazelmere as yet. This would be a process to be considered once a dam basin management analyses indicates this to be an economic viable operations option. Continued silt survey records indicated sections of the basin to be prone to sedimentation but this is to be mitigated by the raising of the dam wall.

My Department is in the process of developing dam basin management protocols that will guide on siltation prevention operations as well as dredging where determined as viable.

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07 October 2015 - NW3410

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether, since her reply to question 483 on 4 May 2015 and question 3010 on 1 September 2015, in the light of the poverty of the pensioners of the Transport Pension Fund and the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund, she will consider to expeditiously finalise the adjustment of the 2% rule for the specified pensioners and to urgently investigate the financial status of the specified pension funds in order to give these pensioners an inflation-linked increase at the beginning of 2016 that will be higher than the maximum increase of 2%; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she will consider submitting an application for National Treasury to make a direct payment to these pensioners in order to bring financial relief; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether, in the light of the financial situation of the pensioners, she will consider implementing on an annual basis the parliamentary finding on 1 November 2010 (details furnished) and recommendation regarding a financial injection, further bonuses and inflation-linked increases; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details??

Reply:

  1. As per the response provided to PQ 483, along with the Minister of Finance, I am currently considering the proposal to adjust the pension fund rules to amend the 2% rule and will provide a response in due course.
  2. The rules of the fund stipulate that only when the fund is unable to meet its financial obligations, will there be a requirement for Transnet to inject money into the fund. Should Transnet not be in a position to inject the required funds in order for the Pension fund to meet its financial obligations, then the state will be required to inject funds directly into the fund. At this stage, the fund is able to meet its financial obligations and accordingly there is no legal obligation in terms of the Legal Succession to the South African Transport Services Act of 1989, for either Transnet and/or the State to make a direct payment to the Pension Funds.
  3. Transnet has complied with the recommendations of the Portfolio Committee in as far as the payment of bonuses to the pensioners are concerned. Since 2010, Transnet has to date paid over R2.2 billion in ad hoc bonuses to the pensioners belonging to the TPF and TSDBF. With regard to the recommendation relating to financial injection and inflation-linked increases, please refer to paragraphs 1 and 2 of this response.

 

07 October 2015 - NW3386

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

(1)​(a)(i) What total amount did his department spend on his travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did he undertake between Cape Town and Gauteng in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did his department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for him in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2)(a)(i) what total amount did his department spend on the Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips between Gauteng and Cape Town did the Deputy Minister undertake in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did his department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for the Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?NW3890E

Reply:

The Department requires additional time to respond to this question as the details required needs sufficient time to collate. The Department of Sport and Recreation has a very small finance Directorate and will not be able to respond to this question within the period allocated to reply to questions.

07 October 2015 - NW3375

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

With reference to her media statement on 24 February 2015 on security of water supply (details furnished), (a) at what stage of development is the master plan for water resource infrastructure and (b) what is the estimated date of its completion?

Reply:

(a) The development of a Master Plan for water resource infrastructure is currently in the information gathering stage entailing aspects such as condition assessment of existing infrastructure and updating of the asset management plan.

It should be noted that the Second Edition of the National Water Resource Strategy that was published in 2013 already indicates key information on new water resource infrastructure projects that are currently under development and this shall form part of the master plan.

(b) The development of the Master Plan is estimated to be completed at the end of August 2016.

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07 October 2015 - NW3508

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

(1)(a) How many Gauteng motor vehicle licences were renewed at South African post offices in each month during the period 1 January to 31 August 2015 and (b) what is the total monetary value of the transactions that took place during the specified period; (2) have the specified amounts been paid over to the Gauteng provincial government; if so, (a) what amount was paid over in each case and (b) on what dates were the specified amounts paid?

Reply:

I have been advised by the South African Post Office (SAPO) as follows:-

 

  1. Please see the table below in terms of the number of vehicle licenses renewed during the requested period and the monetary value thereof. Kindly note that the amounts collected are inclusive of the SAPO transaction fees.

MONTH

TRANSACTIONS VOLUMES

AMOUNT COLLECTED

Jan-15

228 170

R 119 299 153.47

Feb-15

177 993

R 99 689 200.01

Mar-15

200 791

R 112 294 174.68

Apr-15

173 128

R 95 966 091.69

May-15

177 244

R 105 498 716.07

Jun-15

169 278

R 102 662 712.57

Jul-15

215 355

R 129 590 982.51

Aug-15

189 843

R 109 654 347.04

Total

1 531 802

R 874 655 378.04

 

2. Please see the table below in terms of the payments made to the Gauteng Provincial Government per month during the requested period. The amounts paid over are exclusive of the SAPO transaction fees.

MONTH

TRANSACTIONS VOLUMES

ACT-EFT-AMNT (BANKED AMOUNTS)

Jan-15

228 170

R 101 785 538.80

Feb-15

177 993

R 89 094 993.31

Mar-15

200 791

R 107 526 815.80

Apr-15

173 128

R 79 614 110.61

May-15

177 244

R 100 417 522.65

Jun-15

169 278

R 91 653 567.64

Jul-15

215 355

R 109 478 868.19

Aug-15

189 843

R 104 154 828.07

Total

1 531 802

R 783 726 245.07

07 October 2015 - NW3371

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

(1)What is the status of the Wentzel Dam’s capacity to deliver water to Schweizer-Reneke in the North West; (2) whether, given the fact that five of the 16 boreholes in Schweizer-Reneke are currently dry, she has taken any measures to prevent a water crisis in the event

Reply:

  1. The Wentzel Dam’s water level has dropped to 22% effective from end August 2015. The volume of water supplied from the Schweizer-Reneke Water Treatment Plant has also dropped from 4 Ml to 2.8 Ml per day. This has resulted in water supply shortages in Schweizer-Reneke Town and Ipelegeng Township.

The most affected are high-lying areas of Ipelegeng which are getting water intermittently during the night. To address this challenge, my Department in collaboration with water services authority, the Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM, implemented the following short term interventions:

  • The Fire and Disaster Unit from the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM is on standby to supply water to the clinics and schools.
  • Two water tanker trucks are currently supplying water to the most affected areas of Ipelegeng Extension 4, 6, 8 and portion of Extension 5.
  • A total of 9X10 000 liters Jojo tanks are placed at Ipelegeng (including clinics, schools, police station) and are being filled from 06H00 until 20H00 on daily basis.

2.  My Department has allocated R5,1 million to Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM under the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant (MWIG) for intervention in addressing the short term water supply issues. Already eight non-functional boreholes have been tested and the results have confirmed dewatering on the aquifers. The scope of work for this funding entails:

  • rehabilitation and refurbishment of existing boreholes;
  • sitting and drilling of new boreholes;
  • equipping of boreholes; and
  • connecting mains.

Furthermore, my Department allocated R1, 589 million to Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM under Accelerated Community Programme (ACIP) to address Water Conservation Demand Management issues in Mamusa Local Municipality. The Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM is in the process of getting Bid approval and the work is anticipated to commence in October 2015.

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07 October 2015 - NW3179

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the MINISTER OF SPOPRT & RECREATION

(a) Whether his department meets the Government’s employment equity target of 2% for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set in 2005; (b) if not, why not; and (c) what are the relevant details? NW3777E PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER QUESTION NUMBER 3179 QUESTION 3179 FROM MS LL VAN DER MERWE (IFP) TO THE MINISTER (a)Whether his department meets the Government’s employment equity target of 2% for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set in 2005; (b)if not, why not; and (c)what are the relevant details? NW3777E REPLY (a) No. The Department is currently at 1.4 % of the desired 2% (b)Given the small size of the department, the 2% minimum target is constituted by 3 people. The department had previously been in excess of the 2% target until the resignation of one staff member. The process to ensure compliance through recruitment is currently underway and the department has an Employment Equity Policy and Employment Equity Plan to guide this process. (c)Not applicable.

Reply:

(a) No. The Department is currently at 1.4 % of the desired 2%

(b) Given the small size of the department, the 2% minimum target is constituted by 3 people. The department had previously been in excess of the 2% target until the resignation of one staff member. The process to ensure compliance through recruitment is currently underway and the department has an Employment Equity Policy and Employment Equity Plan to guide this process.

(c) Not applicable.

07 October 2015 - NW3352

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the reasons for the non-supply of piped water to the Divaal area situated in Ward 2 of the Indaka Local Municipality and within the uThukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, which has been without piped water for six months; (2) whether her department has made alternative arrangements to supply water to the community; if not, why not; (3) whether her department (a) has taken or (b) will take action in order to reinstate piped water supplies to the specified area; if not, why not; if so, (i) what action has been taken and (ii) when will the supply of piped water be restored to the specified area?

Reply:

  1. The Uthukela District Municipality (DM) is the Water Services Authority responsible for providing water services in the Indaka Local Municipality (LM). The area is supplied through the Ekukeveni Water Scheme and the Oliphantskop Dam is the raw water source.

The Divaal area has not been without piped water supply for any extended period. The entire Indaka area has an interrupted water supply i.e. the water supply is not available on a continuous basis due to a shortage of water. The water demand exceeds the available water supply because the Ekuvukeni Water Scheme was designed for a particular area and water demand, however more areas were brought onto and supplied from this water scheme, exceeding the scheme’s design capacity.

The different areas of Indaka LM receive piped water on a rotational basis with each area receiving water supply on different days of the week. Some areas, receive water more than once a week depending on location in the area. This is influenced by the proximity to the water treatment works and the layout of the water scheme. The Divaal area is at the end of the water scheme and receives water once a week on Thursdays.

(2) When an area is not receiving water through the water scheme, the Uthukela DM provides water tankers to fill static water tanks and individual containers so residents have access to water.

(3)(a) The Uthukela DM has identified and is implementing a range of measures to ensure continuous piped water supply in the area.

(3)(b)(i)As part of the drought intervention programme, which is managed by my Department, the UThukela DM is allocated R3 million to implement a borehole programme to improve water availability in the district. Contractors are currently on site conducting investigation of sites to start drilling boreholes. The Uthukela DM has made a further application for R3.5 million under the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant to extend the borehole programme in this area.

(3)(b)(ii)The long term sustainable solution depends on the rollout of the Driefontein Complex Regional Bulk Scheme, a Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant funded project with various phases to ultimately supply water to the region from the Spioenkop Dam.

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07 October 2015 - NW3353

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the reasons for not supplying piped water to the Mazizini area situated in Ward 6 of the Okhahlamba Local Municipality and within the uThukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, which has been without piped water for six months; (2) whether her department has made alternative arrangements to supply water to the community; if not, why not; (3) whether her department (a) has taken or (b) will take action in order to reinstate piped water supplies to the specified area; if not, why not; if so, (i) what action has been taken and (ii) when will the supply of piped water be restored to the specified area?

Reply:

  1. The Mazizini area collectively comprises of two communities, the Newstand and Obonjaneni communities.

The Obonjaneni community currently has no interruptions in water supply and receives piped water from a reservoir which is fed from the KwaMfalazi River. The water is chlorinated at the reservoir.

The Newstand community in Ward 6 is normally supplied by a reservoir which is fed from the Zwelitsha Water Treatment Works (WTW). However, the Zwelitsha WTW currently does not have sufficient capacity to meet the demands of both the Zwelitsha and the Newstand areas.

The Uthukela District Municipality (DM) has therefore opted to supply the affected Newstand Community with water through a production borehole. The water from the production borehole was being pumped into the existing reservoirs which then supplied the community through the existing reticulation network. However, due to the drought currently being experienced in the Kwazulu-Natal Province, the groundwater levels have dropped substantially and there has been very little water in the borehole to pump. This resulted in the pump running dry which caused damage to the pump and the subsequent collapse of the pipe work within the borehole thus leaving the community without piped water supply for the past 6 months. This production borehole will therefore need to be replaced.

(2) The area currently has two (2) functional hand pump boreholes which are supplying approximately 900 community members with water as a temporary measure. These boreholes do not meet the full needs of the community and the Uthukela DM will be deploying water tankers to the area to fill up the reservoirs twice on a weekly schedule.

(3)(a) Yes, my Department has taken steps to reinstate piped water supplies to the area.

(3)(b)(i) As an interim measure the UThukela DM has appointed a service provider to investigate the availability of groundwater in the area and drill additional production boreholes for supply to the affected community.

(3)(b)(ii) This work is planned to commence within September 2015. The Zwelitsha WTW requires an upgrade in order to meet the required demands of both the Zwelitsha and Newstand areas. There is a planned upgrade by the Uthukela DM to increase the Zwelitsha WTW capacity scheduled to start in December 2015.

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07 October 2015 - NW2936

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

(1)With regard to her reply to question 2367 on 14 July 2015, what have been the results of the Metsi a Me project; (2) (a) when did the specified project start and (b) what has been the yearly cost of the specified project since it started; (3) whether her department plans to expand the specified project to other dams; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether raw sewage is still flowing into the dam from the Rietfontein Wastewater Treatment Plant and upstream of the dam; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether her department has put any measures in place to stop the flow of sewage into the Hartebeespoort Dam; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. The results and outcomes since the initiation of the Metsi a Me (Hartbeespoort Dam Integrated Biological remediation Programme - HDRP) is extensively covered within the annual reports, which are consolidated in the Phase I and Phase II progress reports. The outcomes can briefly be summarized in Annexure A.

(2)(a) The Harties Metsi a Me Integrated Biological Remediation Programme) started with the development of the Phase I Business Plan in July 2006 after Rand Water was appointed as Implementing Agent.

(2)(b) The yearly expenditure of the HDRP since it started was:

06/07

07/08

08/09

09/10

10/11

11/12

12/13

13/14

14/15

15/16

TOTAL

998

9,518

24,999

20,500

20,552

18,447

26,837

28,331

17,473

5,580

167,660

* Up to July 2015

(3) My Department plans to expand the successful pilot of the Hartbeespoort Dam Integrated Biological Remediation Programme to full scale implementation in the Hartbeespoort Dam and the upper catchment. This holistic and comprehensive Catchment solutions as developed and pilot implemented for the Hartbeespoort Dam will also be taken to other dams and catchments with additional alternative biological solutions.

(4) The Rietfontein Wastewater Treatment Plant upstream of the dam in the Swart Spruit is not functioning optimally as no refurbishment and upgrading of the Plant have happened since the last visit by the Portfolio Committee of Water and Sanitation. One aerator is still working hence partially treated anaerobic effluent is discharged.

(5) Yes, my Department has put in place measures to stop the flow of raw sewage into the Hartbeespoort Dam from pump stations. To date, the pumping capacity has been restored at the 13 pump stations and work is underway to reinstate the standby capacity (redundancy) as well.

The sewer pump stations owned by Madibeng Local Authority were upgraded and refurbished in the past, but could not be handed back to Madibeng Local Municipality due to outstanding work. The operations and maintenance of these pump stations remain the waste water service responsibility of the Water Services Authority but my Department will continue to support towards complete restoration.

 

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Annexure A

 

The outcomes can briefly be summarised under the following points

  1. Since 2009 more frequent and prolonged clear water has been recorded with a succession to the higher order filamentous algae starting to dominate during these periods with less of the single cellmicrocystis (blue-green) algae;
  1. The improvement of aquatic diversity in the Hartbeespoort dam, as a direct result from the Metsi a Me Programme, is still displaying an increasing trend on all trophic levels with more species and numbers recorded and documented in the bio-monitoring reports. This includes different fish and bird species. The Red Knobbed Coot alone has increased from a few hundred when the Programme started to more than four thousand at the moment. This increase in bird species has also resulted in an additional add on advantage as a natural hyacinth control with the Coot also feeding on the invader plants. The summary of results from the food web restructuring project (removal of undesired bottom feeding fish species - Carp and Catfish) from the Hartbeespoort dam is summarised below:

  Food web Restructuring (Fish Removal)

YEAR

Catfish

Carp

Bi-Catch

Total

Feb ‘08 - Dec ‘09

37527.25

24361.59

3915.31

65804.15

2010/11 (April ‘10 – March ‘11)

9159.30

14416.70

89.30

23665.30

2011/12 (April ‘11 – March ‘12)

34991.10

45856.20

76.50

80923.80

2012/13 (April ’12 - March ‘12)

16878.60

35311.80

18.80

52209.2

2013/14 (April ’13 to March ‘14)

20186.6

29278.5

18.8

49483.9

2014/15 (April ’14 to March ‘15)

9592.4

28280.1

10.8

37883.3

2015/16 (April ’15 to end July)

756.1*

6556.1*

0

7312.2*

Total

129091.35

184060.99

4127.51

317279.85

* Up to July 2015

  1. More than three kilometers of shoreline has already been remediated with Floating Wetlands (960 units of 2x2m) of improved stability and functionality since 2010.
  1. To control (concentrate, contain and remove) algae, hyacinths, litter and debris more than 1.8 km of floating booms with different designed curtains have been constructed and placed at strategic locations around the dam. These are maintained and refurbished annually with continuous improvements.

This has enabled the effective removal of the following algae, hyacinths and debris over the duration of the Programme:

 

07/8

08/9

09/10

10/11

11/12

12/13

13/14

14/15

15/16*

TOTAL

Algae (m3)

6040

5207

4445

360

1570

14515

9690

15335

9008

66170.9

Hyacinth (m3)

4826

9536

9500

10986

25031

24398

48269

46463

34289

213296

Debris (Tons)

15

165

374

1161

656

242

3467

773

550

7403

* Up to July 2015

  1. The first phase of pilot dredging was completed at the dam wall (jelly layer pumping) and is ongoing with the ability for further investigations on the hydrodynamics of the dam during changing flow regime and different weather conditions. The proposed sediment management reports and recommendations are now available for evaluation and consideration.
  1. Awareness programs with different groups visiting (including schools) are ongoing at the Information, Communication and knowledge Centre (ICC), which was developed with the support and sponsorship from Finland (North-South Cooperation between City of Lahti, Bojanala District Municipality & Madibeng Local Authority). The awareness include anti-desertification concepts introducing the “Big Five” actions to Conserve Water and Safe the Environment;
  1. The Phase III Business Plan (HDRP Full Scale Implementation and Extension to other dams and Catchments) is still in a process to be finalized by February 2016.This Phase III Business Plan will also include alternative biological solutions to deal with eutrophication going into the future.
  1. All the different activities constituted in the HDRP were achieved with a professional specialist team and an average annual labor force of 110 employees appointed semi-permanent over the past 9 years:

Metsi a Me Work Creation

20__

07/08

08/09

09/10

10/11

11/12

12/13

13/14

14/15

15/16

Full Time

40

60

75

90

87

85

93

104

111

Temporary

20

30

20

15

20

33

7

   

Roodeplaat Dam

 

90

             

EPWP

       

Average 40

Average 20

     

TOTAL

60

180

95

105

147

138

108

104

111

07 October 2015 - NW3616

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

(1)​What have the total legal costs been to date in respect of (a) past and concluded and (b) present and ongoing cases between him and/or his department and a certain person (name and details furnished) in respect of (i) defamation of character and (ii) broadcasting rights; (2)what was the outcome of each specified past and concluded case; (3)(a) which legal firms represented his department in each of the specified cases and (b) who are the (i) directors and (ii) partners of each of the specified legal firms?NW4284E

Reply:

The Department is currently sourcing the information required from Boxing South Africa and will reply to the question when all information is available.

07 October 2015 - NW3538

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether any parts of Botshabelo Section K and Mangaung still use the bucket system; if so, (a) how many and (b) when is her department planning to completely eradicate the use of the bucket system in the specified areas?

Reply:

(a) Botshabelo has a total of 757 Buckets of which 155 are located in Section K. Buckets are scattered throughout the settlement and mostly on informal stands. Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality has a total of 1 347 Bucket toilets to be eradicated.

(b) My Department does not fund Metropolitan Municipalities for sanitation programmes since such municipalities receive the Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) from the Department of Human Settlements to attend to issues related to the Built Environment which include the provision of municipal services, roads, human settlements etc.

(c) My Department will monitor the programme by the Metro to eradicate all VIP and Bucket Toilets over the next four years.

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07 October 2015 - NW3488

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

1. Is a new forensic audit planned to be undertaken at Eastcape Midlands Technical and Vocational Education and Training College (EastCape TVET College) after the forensic audit originally undertaken by Deloitte and Touche Ltd was set aside by a High Court on procedural grounds; if not, why not; if so (a) when will the new forensic audit take place, (b) what are the terms of reference of the new forensic audit and (c) what has caused the delay in instituting the new forensic audit; (2) (a) how many complaints in respect of alleged (i) irregular payments, (ii) irregular supply chain management procedures, (iii) irregular tenders, (iv) theft, (v) wasteful expenditure, (vi) death threats and (vii) other irregularities have been reported to the management and/or the Board of the EastCape TVET College (aa) during the period 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014 and (bb) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) what are the relevant details of each of the specified complaints and (c) what action has been taken in each case?

Reply:

  1. (a) The Department of Higher Education and Training will be initiating a new forensic investigation at the Eastcape Midlands Technical and Vocational Education and Training College (EMC) in terms of Section 46 of the Continuing Education and Training Act of 2006, as amended. The initiation date will be finalised with the College Council once the situation at EMC has been normalised.

(b) The Terms of Reference of the forensic investigation will be finalised in consultation with the College Council.

(c) The volatile situation related to the unprotected strike and labour unrest delayed the initiation of the new forensic investigation at the College.

2. (a) In 2014, thirteen allegations were made by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU).

(b) The allegations which prompted the forensic audit were:

  • Non recognition of NEHAWU;
  • Employer-Employee Forum;
  • Non implementation of Collective Agreements;
  • Non-consultation;
  • Irregular appointments;
  • Lack of human resource capacity;
  • Corruption;
  • Lack of transformation;
  • Attitude of the Principal;
  • Victimisation of union members;
  • Lack of policies;
  • Unexplained deduction of employees’ salaries; and
  • Wasteful Expenditure.

(c) The outcome of the forensic audit has been interdicted and no action can be taken due to the court ruling.

 

 

 

Compiler/Contact persons:

Contact number:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 3488 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

07 October 2015 - NW3492

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(a) What amount is the EastCape Midlands Technical and Vocational Education and Training College spending annually (i) on its own internal security arrangements internally and (ii) to hire external security firms and (b) what are the (i) names and (ii) details of each external security firm; (2) is there a current budget deficit at specified college; if so, (a) how much is the budget deficit, (b) how did the deficit arise and (c) how does his department intend to resolve the deficit; (3) has any money from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme been used by the college for any purpose other than student loans and bursaries; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. (a) The following table provides details of the amounts spent by Eastcape Midlands Technical and Vocational Education and Training College (EMC) on its internal and external security.

Security

Per month

Amount Spent from January to September 2015

1. Internal

R45,417.00

R408,753.00

2. External

(a) Metro Security Services (3.5 months only)

R239,474.61 per month

R838,161.15

(b) Eagle Eye Security Services and Guarding (monthly)

R622 634.60 per month

R5,603,711.40

Total (9 Months)

R6,850,625.55

(b) The table below provides details of each external firm:

Name of the Firm

Number of Guards

Grades

Commencement Date

Termination Date

Metro Security Services

20

A, B, C and D

26 January 2015

15 May 2015

Eagle Eye Security Services and Guarding

52

A, B, C, D and E

1 March 2014

28 February 2017

NB: It should be noted that Metro Security Services was only appointed to bolster security at

EMC during the unrest.

2) (a) The current operating budget deficit for 2015 is R9.9 million which excludes non-cash items totalling R14.5 million for depreciation and bad debts.

     (b) The budget deficit is predominantly attributable to extraordinary items not budgeted for such as strike related costs in terms of security, repairs to property, legal fees, etc.

(c) Following the conclusion of the employees’ industrial action and restoration of normal operations, a budget review will be undertaken. Whilst there were exceptional strike related costs, there were also savings on certain expenditure items that will mitigate the deficit. A revised budget, including virements will be presented to the College Council before the end of the financial year.

3) Funds from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme have not been utilised by the College for any purposes other than student bursaries.

 

 

Compiler/Contact persons:

Contact number:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 3492 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

07 October 2015 - NW3256

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What (a) total amount did her department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) is the total number of trips that were undertaken; (2) what is the total amount that her department spent on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

  1. The total amount spent on air travel and the total number of trips that were undertaken between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliamentary business for the financial year 2014/2015 was as follows:

(1)(a) The total amount spent on air travel is R 8 436 100.63

(1)(b) The total number of air travel undertaken is 1852 between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliamentary business for the financial year 2014/2015

2. The total amount spent on accommodation and car rental costs in Cape Town for employees attending Parliamentary business for the financial year 2014/2015 was as follows:

(2)(a) The total amount that the department has spent on accommodation is R 4 624 218.12

(2)(b) The total amount that her department spent on car rental costs R 371 270.55

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07 October 2015 - NW3590

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

(1)What amount will (a) her department and/or (b) the Department of Mineral Resources contribute to the (i) construction and (ii) operational costs of the proposed acid mine water desalination plants, (c) how will her department raise the specified funds for the specified plants and (d) will there be any consequences for programmes within her department which might suffer cuts; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she has any plans in place to involve the private sector in the construction and implementation of the proposed project; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what is the projected (a) commencement and (b) completion date of the construction of the specified plants?

Reply:

(1)(a)&(b) For the current financial year, there is no fiscal-derived funding allocated by either my Department or the Department of Mineral Resources for the construction and operation of the proposed acid mine drainage (AMD) desalination plants (long-term solution) project.

(1)(c) The Vaal River System (VRS) Reconciliation Strategy has identified AMD reclamation and beneficial use thereof as one of the key pillars for ensuring water security in the VRS. Since reclaimed AMD will augment the yield of the System and benefits all water users reliant on the VRS, it is proposed that a portion of the AMD desalination cost is recovered through the VRS Raw Water Tariff, which is levied on all water users. The balance of cost is proposed for recovery through an “environmental levy” that may be invoked in the mining sector. This dual cost-recovery mechanism ensures equity by invoking both the “user pays” and “polluter pays” principles. Any funding deficit that may result is likely to be addressed through future fiscal allocations. Having considered the foregoing funding and cost-recovery proposal, my Department was given the approval of the National Treasury to fund the AMD long-term solution project off-budget using the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) borrowing programme (loan facility) and recover cost through the VRS Raw Water Tariff. Supplementation of the cost recovery through the proposed environmental levy is under development.

(1)(d) Irrespective of the funding model that will apply for the proposed desalination of AMD, that model will not jeopardize funding allocations to other programmes.

(2) Any potential role of the private sector in construction and/ or implementation of the proposed project will be in accordance with Government’s policy on public sector procurement for the acquisition of goods and services.

(3) It is projected that construction will commence in 2018 and would last for a minimum of 2 years. Operations are thus likely to be effective from the 2020-2021 financial year.

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07 October 2015 - NW3589

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to the Eskom’s coal-fired power stations and the fact that a number of the specified power stations will be decommissioned in the near future, does Eskom have plans in place to convert the specified coal-fired power stations into natural gas power stations; if not, why not; if so, (a) which power stations will be converted, (b) when will each of the specified power station be converted, (c) where will the natural gas be sourced from and (d) what is the projected cost of the specified conversions?

Reply:

The first coal-fired Power Station to be decommissioned will be Camden Power Station, anticipated to take place in 2020. Eskom has already commenced with a study to look at various options for the current coal fired Power Station fleet. There are currently no firm plans to convert from coal-fired to natural gas. Gas options will depend on the technical feasibility, availability of gas and environmental considerations.

(a) Not applicable.

(b) Not applicable.

(c) Not applicable.

(d) Not applicable.

07 October 2015 - NW3369

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

(1)(a) When will the new water purification plant in Bloemhof in the North West be completed and (b) what will the capacity of the plant be; (2) (a) what is the total cost of the specified plant and (b) how will it be funded; (3) whether any outstanding funding is required to complete the project; if so, (a) what amount and (b) how will it be financed; (4) who will be running the specified plant; (5) which areas will receive water from the specified plant?

Reply:

(1)(a) The new water purification plant in Bloemhof in the North West will be completed in January 2017.

(1)(b) The capacity of the plant is from 10 Mℓ/d to 25 Mℓ/d.

(2)(a) The total cost of the plant is R403 million.

(2)(b) It will be funded by my Department through Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG).

(3) No outstanding funding is required.

(3)(a) Falls away.

(3)(b) Falls away.

(4) The plant will be operated by Sedibeng Water Board on behalf of Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality.

(5) The following areas will receive water from the plant.

  • ScheizerReneke Town;
  • Ipelegeng Township;
  • Bloemhof Town; and
  • Boitumelong Township.

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07 October 2015 - NW3372

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

(1)Whether her department will intervene to address the malfunctioning waste water treatment works in Humansdorp in the Kouga Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department is aware of the disastrous conditions in Vergenoeg due to the spillages from the plant; if so, what plan has she put in place to address the specified matter; (3) whether the specified plant was given a Green Drop score in the last reporting cycle; if not, why not; if so, what was the score; (4) whether her department has taken any action against the specified municipality in terms of any legislation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. No, my Department has not intervened on this matter yet. The Kouga Local Municipality (LM) is the Water Services Authority, Water Services Provider and owner of infrastructure and is responsible for undertaking the necessary upgrades. The Kouga LM has secured funding through the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to upgrade the Kwa Nomzamo Waste Water treatment Works (WWTW). My Department will therefore not intervene until the Kouga LM has shown that they are unable to perform their functions.

My Department has reacted as regulator and catchment manager as follows:

  • A non-compliance letter, dated 25 June 2015, was sent to Kouga LM addressing both the KwaNomzamo WWTW and the Koraal Pump Station. The Kouga LM responded with a reply dated 13 July 2015 (Refer to attached letter).
  • A meeting was held on 24 July 2015 between the officials from my Department and the Kouga LM technical manager to get clarity and progress on this and other matters.

 

2. Yes my Department is aware of the impact the failing WWTW is having on the environment and local communities; hence the actions taken.

The Kouga LM, in their response letter of 13 July 2015, has confirmed a partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in 2013 to upgrade the WWTW; and on 3 June 2014 appointed a PSP to develop upgrade plans. On 4 March 2015 the Technical Report on the Refurbishment and Upgrading of the KwaNomzamo WWTW was received and is progressing to the tendering stage.

Regarding access control and fencing of the works, the Kouga Council approved a budget of R 2,0m to fence the said works. This project was approved by a full Council and a contractor has already been appointed in August 2015.

The Kouga LM is also working with local industries to ensure pre-treatment to reduce the organic and hydraulic load on the KwaNomzamo WWTW.

3. The plant assessment was done during the last green drop assessment in 2013 and the plant received a score of 57.44%. This score placed the WWTW in the category ‘50% – 80% - Fair performance, ample room for improvement’.

4. Yes, My Department has intervened from legal perspective as follows:

  • A non-compliance letter, dated 25 June 2015, was sent to Kouga LM addressing both the KwaNomzamo WWTW and the Koraal Pump Station.
  • Following their attached response dated 13 July 2015, a meeting was held on 24 July 2015 between the officials from my Department and the Kouga LM technical manager to get clarity and progress on this and other matters.

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07 October 2015 - NW3485

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

(1)Which municipalities in each province have been identified as (a) high-risk and (b) in crisis, with regard to their waste water treatment capacity; (2) whether any remedial action is currently being taken to address the situation in each of the specified high-risk municipalities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details for each of the municipalities?

Reply:

(1) Please refer to Annexure A below for the list of prioritised plants.

(2) My Department together with all the Provincial Operations Offices has prioritised these Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) and are all under regular surveillance. This entails that municipalities will develop Corrective Action Plans for those plants, which will be monitored regularly by the Provincial Operations Offices. Site inspections are conducted and progress reports developed and submitted on a quarterly basis. Over and above, these WWTW are prioritised from the support side and allocation of funds is availed to mitigate against the risk associated with operation of each of the works.

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ANNEXURE A

Region

Municipality

Name of WWTW

Actions Taken by Regulation

Associated Cost

Gauteng

None

     

Kwazulu-Natal

Ilembe DM

Amatikulu

  • Conducted a site inspection and a meeting with the WSA
  • The plant is no longer in operation, it will be decommissioned and deregistered from Green Drop System (GDS)
 
 

Umzinyathi DM

Tugela Ferry

  • Conducted a site inspection
  • Presented inspection findings to the WSA
  • Assisted the WSA to develop an action plan,

and to complete water use registration forms

 
 

uMkhanyakude DM

St Lucia, Bethesda-Ubombo, Hluhluwe, Jozini, Ingwavuma-Mosvold, Manguzi Hospital, Hlabisa Hospital, Mkhuze

  • Conducted site inspections
  • Presented inspection findings to the WSA
  • Assisted WSA to develop an action plan,

and to complete water use registration forms

(all these documents were received by DWS).

 
 

uThukela DM

Ladysmith, Winterton, Escourt, Wembezi, Ezakheni, Bergville,Colenso, Ekuvukeni

  • Conducted site inspections
  • Assisted the WSA to develop an action plan, and

to complete water use registration forms

  • (an action plan was received by DWS, a service

Provider has been appointed to improve the

Operations).

 
 

uThungulu DM

Gingindlovu, Mpushini, Ekhombe Hospital, Ekuphumuleni Hospital, Kwabadala, Mbongolwane Hospital, Owen Sithole College, Umlazi-Mtunzini, Nkandla, Catherine Booth

  • Conducted site inspections
  • Presented inspection findings to the WSA
  • Assisted the WSA to develop an action plan, and to

complete water use registration forms

  • The Region is waiting for the action plan
 
 

Zululand DM

Vryheid-Klipfontein, Emondlo, Coronation, Hlobane

  • Conducted site inspections
  • Presented inspection findings to the WSA
  • Assisted WSA to develop an action plan, and to

complete water use registration forms

  • The Region is waiting for the action plan
 
 

uMzinyathi DM

Tugela Ferry

  • Desludged settling tank; Refurbished aerator motor; Refurbished aerator gearbox; Provision of self-powered chlorinator; Refurbished wasted sludge return mechanism

R810 000

(ACIP)

 

uMkhanyakude DM

St Lucia

  • Refurbished Inlet Works Screens; Replaced Inlet Works ultrasonic flow sensor; Refurbished primary and maturation ponds; Removed sludge and weeds/reeds from primary and maturation ponds; Replaced flow controls/sluices from primary and maturation ponds

R2 686 184 (ACIP)

 

uMkhanyakude DM

Mkhuze

  • Desludged all six ponds; repaired three damaged ponds; Installed new lining in ponds

R1 697 805(ACIP)

 

uMkhanyakude DM

Bethesda-Ubombo,

  • Municipality refurbished plant using own funds
 
 

uMkhanyakude DM

Hluhluwe

  • Earmarked for refurbishment in the 2015/2016 national financial year

R5 million (budget) (ACIP)

 

uMkhanyakude DM

Jozini

  • Installation of chlorination system; Structural repairs to all ponds and desludging and disposal; Fencing and Security Gates

R2 022 000 (WSOS)

 

uMkhanyakude DM

Ingwavuma-Mosvold

  • Municipality refurbished plant using own funds
 
 

uMkhanyakude DM

Hlabisa Hospital

  • Municipality refurbished plant using own funds
 
 

uThukela DM

Escourt

  • Refurbish Ultrasonic Flow Sensor; Bridge Corrosion protection; Refurbish bridge drive motor and gearbox;
  • Refurbish central bearing assembly; Refurbish desludge valves and pipework; Degrit and clean; Refurbish circulation pumps; Refurbish external pipework; Bridge Corrosion protection;
  • Refurbish bridge drive motor and gearbox; Refurbish central bearing assembly;
  • Refurbish desludge valves and pipework

R4 260 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Winterton

  • Refurbish inlet screens; Bridge Corrosion protection;
  • Refurbish bridge drive motor and gearbox; Refurbish desludge valves and pipework; Refurbish sludge pumps and motors and pipework/valves

R1 200 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Wembezi

  • Replace submersible pump.
  • To refurbish grit openchsnnel flume,weed control,flow control/sluit,sludge removal.

R960 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Ezakheni

  • Refurbish 2 No. 30kW pumps; Refurbish ultrasonic flow sensor; Refurbish aerator motors (2 No.) and gearbox (1 No.); Refurbish Mixer
  • General corrosion protection
  • Replace access railings; Bridge corrosion protection and replace bridge drive motor
  • Refurbish bridge drive gearbox; Refurbish central bearing assembly
  • Refurbish desludge valves, pipework

R3 340 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Colenso

  • Replaced pump motors and gearboxes; Replaced open channel flume; Refurbish Aerator Motors in both basins
  • Replace aerator gearboxes in both basins; Refurbish mixers in both basins; Replace Access Rails on each basin; Refurbish flow control sluices
  • Weed control - rehabilitate

R3 390 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Ekuvukeni

  • Refurbish inlet screens
  • Refurbish grit removal system
  • Refurbish ultrasonic flow sensor; R efurbish flow control valves; Refurbish aerator motor and gearbox;
  • General corrosion protection
  • Replace handrailing; Refurbish mixer; Refurbish bridge drive gearbox;
  • Refurbish bridge drive motor;
  • Refurbish central bearing assembly; Refurbish desludge valves, pipework; Bridge corrosion protection

R1 350 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Ladysmith

  • Earmarked for refurbishment in the 2015/2016 national financial year

R3 890 000 (ACIP)

 

uThungulu DM

Kwabadala

  • To replace inlet screens, ultrasonic flow sensor, flow controles/sluicecabling and recorders.
  • To refurbish ponds remove weeds/reeds,reinstate ponds.

R960 000

(ACIP)

 

uThungulu DM

Owen Sithole College

  • Refurbish screens; Replace ultrasonic flow sensor and flume; Replace cabling and recorder; Replace aerator motor and gearbox; Replace mixer; Corrosion protection of plant/handrrailing; Replace bridge corrosion protection;
  • Refurbish bridge drive motor and gearbox; Replace desludge valves and pipework

R1 120 000

(ACIP)

 

uThungulu DM

Catherine Booth

  • Replace inlet screen, ultrasonic flow sensor and flume.; To refurbish ponds, ponds, chlorinator, general buiking upgrade. To replace flow controls/sluice,general building upgrade

R490 000

(ACIP)

 

uThungulu DM

Ekuphumuleni Hospital

  • Refurbish screens,bridge drive motor and gearbox. Replace ultrasonic flow sensor and flume. Replace bridge corrosion protection, desludge valves and pipework.

R490 000

(ACIP)

 

uThungulu DM

Mbongolwane Hospital

  • To refurbish grit removal,inlet screen,ultrasoni flow sensor. To replace motors and gearboxes,mixer,switchgear and cabling. To refurbish chlorinator and scales.

R560 000

(ACIP)

 

Zululand DM

Emondlo

  • To refurbish access rails,pipework and valves,switchgear. Ro refurbish pumps and motor, chlorinator,desludge valves,deslidge valves. To refurbish central bearing,bridge corrosion and replace mixer.

R820 000

(ACIP)

 

Coronation

Zululand DM

  • Refurbish Inlet Screens;
  • Replace ultrasonic sensor and cabling and recorder;
  • Refurbish bridge drive motor and gearbox; Refurbish desludge valves and pipework; Bridge corrosion protection; Refurbish aerator motor and gear box; Replace mixer; Refurbish cabling and switchgear; Replace access rails/hand rails; Replace chlorinator; Replace gas leak detection; Replace scales;
  • Corrosion protection

R1 640 000

(ACIP)

Limpopo

Mookgopong LM

Thusang Ponds

   
 

Sekhukhune DM

Groblersdal, Dennilton, Motetema Ponds, Monsterlus-Hlogotlou, Elandkraal, Leeufontein-Mokganyaka, Marble Hall, Jane Furse-Glen Cowie, Phokwane Ponds, Nebo Ponds, Meckleberg-Moroke Ponds

  • RRU Support funding only assisted the following Waste water treatment works in drafting the Risk abatement plan: Lephalale Local Municipality (4 x systems, Zongesien, Witpoort, Paarl, and Monyeke), Vhembe District Municipality (2 x systems Thohoyandou and Makhado), Sekhukhune District Municipality (1 x system, Motetema) and Polokwane Local Municipality
    (1 x system, Mankweng).
  • A workshop was conducted with 4 WSAs that scored below 30% to further clarify the improvement plans required as stipulated in the Assessment report. WSAs were requested to submit an action plan to improve its performance in the underperforming areas as indicated above. Only two (2) WSAs complied, Mopani & Thabazimbi and the region to further assist the three remaining WSA’s to submit their action plans.
  • Through Water Services Operating Grant (WSOG) the department is assisting three WSAs in refurbishment of their WWTW: Polokwane LM ( Seshego, Mankweng WWTW ), Sekhukhune DM (Dennilton, Motetema, Practiseer, Penge and Mapodile Ponds) and Capricorn DM( Lebowakgomo Ponds)

RRU Support:

Lephalale LM: R135 501.

Vhembe DD: R107 140.

Sekhukhune DM:R40 000.

Polokwane LM: R58 717

Sub-total: R341 358.

WSOG:

Polokwane:R14,5Million

Sekhukhune: R14,66million

Capricorn: R4 Million

Sub-total: R33,160 Million

Grand Total: R33,5Million

 

Mopani DM

Giyani , Ga-Kgapane, Modjadjl-Duiwelskloof, Senwamokgope Ponds, Phalaborwa, Lulekani, Lenyenye, Nkowankowa, Namakgale

   
 

Thabazimbi LM

Rooiberg, Northam

   
 

Vhembe DM

Louis Trichardt-Makhado, Makhado-Dzanani Ponds, Waterval-Makhado, Mutale Ponds, Malamulele, Thokoyandou, Tsifulanani Ponds, Mhinga, Nancefield

   
 

Capricorn LM

Sewabarwana Oxidation ponds

 

R4 m (ACIP)

 

Lephalale LM

 

Re-engineering of sewer network in Lephalale town

R6 m (ACIP)

 

Sekhukhune DM

 

Upgrade of WWTW at Greater Tubaste LM

R5 m (ACIP)

     

To dedicated to WWTW flaged high risk by 2013 Green drop report

R5.2 m (ACIP)

Mpumalanga

Mbombela LM

Kabokweni

   
 

DR JS Moroka LM

Vaalbank Oxidation Pond

No support due to the fact that the Oxidation Pond only services Vaalbank SAPS (Police) Station.

N/A

 

Albert Luthuli LM

Mpuluzi-Mayflower, Elukwatini-Eerstehoek, Carolina

Carolina

  • Upgrading of pumps
  • Refurbishment of the chlorination system
  • Refurbishment of aerators
  • Building renovations
  • Cleaning of dams
  • Repairs to the inlet works

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R2.098million

(ACIP)

 

Nkomazi LM

Mhlatikop, Komatipoort, Hector Spruit

Mhlatikop

  • Installation of palisade fencing
  • Construction of mini lab
  • Installation of blowers
  • Upgrading of the inlet works
  • Replacement of pumps
  • Installation of a new chlorine system and shower
  • Installation of flow meters
  • Renovation of buildings

Komatipoort

  • Cleaning of the ponds
  • Installation of a new chlorination system
  • Construction of a pump house and upgrading of pumps at Spar pump station
  • Construction of a pump house and upgrading of pumps at Orlando Spar pump station
  • Construction of a pump house and upgrading of pumps at Crocodile pump station
  • Construction of the Guard house
  • Related pipe works
  • Renovations to buildings

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R5.68million (ACIP)

R11.53million (ACIP)

 

Thembisile Hani LM)

KwaMhlanga Ponds (East) , KwaMhlanga (West

  • Installation of flow meters
  • Upgrade of the outlet works.
  • Installation of disinfection system.
  • Process audit and optimization of the works
  • Construction of fencing and a guardhouse with
  • office and ablution unit
  • Sludge removal

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R3.3million (WSOSG)

 

PixleykaSeme LM

Amersfoort, Perdekop, Volksrust, Vukuzakhe, Wakkerstroom

   
 

Emalahleni LM All 7 plants

Ga-Nala,Rietspruit,Phola, Riverview,Klipspruit,Naawpoort,Ferrobank

RIVERVIEW WWTW:

Inlet WWTW;

  • Installation of new mechanical screen replacing the non functional one
  • Installation of safety grid over open channel.
  • Supply new screen bin.

Primary Settling Tank (PST);

  • Repair Scrum scraper blade.
  • Replace scum removal rubbers.

2 X Small Digesters;

  • Clean digesters.
  • Replace 5 gate valves with new ones.
  • Replace all existing steel pipe work from sludge pump station to digesters.
  • Replace sludge feed and draw off work.
  • Replace hand rails.

1 x Larger Digester;

  • Clean out the digester

Sludge Pump Station;

  • Extension of sludge feed pipe line to both sumps;
  • Replacement of existing KSB sludge pump with motor pump set.
  • Supply and install safety covers over couplings of two pumps.

Aeration Pond;

  • Clean out aeration basin.
  • Supply and install new electric motors for the floating aerators.
  • Supply and install of holding ropes.
  • Replace corroded mild steel pipe sections with stainless steel pipes.
  • Supply and install of two blank flanges fitted with jetting nozzles

Drying Beds;

  • Replace of 32 hand stops on 8 drying beds of 1st section.
  • Replace of 24 hand stops on 12 drying beds of 2nd section

2 X Bio-Filters;

  • Replace centre column and filter arm pipes of bio filter 1.
  • Clean arms and level arms of bio filter 2.

Screw Pump;

  • Replacement of bottom bearing.
  • Replacement of electric motor with 1410 rpm unit.

Final Settling Tank;

  • Repair scum draw off valve mechanism.

Submersible Pumps;

  • Supply and install new 2 submersible pumps.

Humus Pump Station;

  • Replace obsolete pump motor set with suitable equipment.
  • Replace existing pump set.

Inlet Work – electrical Equipment;

  • Moving of inlet flow meter to new (suitable) position.

Stand-By Generator;

  • Supply and install 94 kV diesel powered generator.
  • Supply change over panel from mains to generator

Palisade Walling;

  • Supply and install the new palisade walling around entire plant
  • Supply and installation of the manual sliding gate

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R5.54 million (ACIP)

     

FERROBANK WWTW:

  • Refurbishment of drying beds covering the area of 4920 m2.
  • Refurbishment of mechanical screen
  • Calibration of outlet flow and sludge pump ultrasonic flow meter.
  • Cleaning and unblocking humus tanks.

Primary Treatment;

  • Refurbishment of three Primary. Settling Tanks (3 x PSTs); i.e. cleaning and unblocking of PST #5, #6, and #7.

Secondary Treatment;

  • Mechanical refurbishments of four Bio Filters, i.e. bio filter #1, #2, #3 and #4.

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R5million (ACIP)

 

Bushbuckridge LM

Acornhoek, Dwarsloop, Hoxane, Maviljan, Tintswalo, Mkhuhlu, Thulamahashe

   
 

Msukaligwa LM

BreytenPonds,Breyten ASP,Chrissiesmeer,Davel, Ermelo,Lothair

Breyten

  • Refurbishment of the RAS pumps
  • Refurbishment of inlet pumps
  • Refurbishment of the Aerators shaft and blades
  • Calibratiojn of ultrasonic flow meters
  • Cleaning of the chlorine contact tank
  • Installation of the emergency shower
  • Refurbishment of Aerator gearbox
  • Refurbishment of Aerator motors
  • Refurbishment of drive wheel bearing on SST

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R2.2million (ACIP)

 

Lekwa LM

Morgenzon, Standerton

Standerton

  • Refurbishment of inlet works
  • Refurbishment of 15KW GR pumps
  • Installation of one 15KW GR pump
  • Refurbish MCC (install soft starter,
    motor control unit)
  • Refurbishment of the PST
  • Flushing of biofilters

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R1.7million (ACIP)

 

Dipaleseng LM

Balfour,Grootvlei Eskom,Greylingstad,Grootvlei Mine

Balfour

  • Installation of Aerator no 4 motor and gearbox
  • Installation of vertical spindle mixer no2
  • Installation of two RAS pumps 2.5 and 4.5KW both immersible pumps
  • Refurbishment of the SST
  • Refurbishment of aerator no3

Greylingstad

  • Calibration of inlet flow meters
  • Service and repair bearings on brush aerator
  • New submersible WAS/recycle pump (estimated 5.5kW)
  • New submersible mixer (estimated 2.5 kW)
  • Rebuild effluent flow meter weir
  • Install doors to office building bathroom
  • Install geyser and hot water plumbing to shower

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R1.15million (ACIP)

R0.591million (ACIP)

 
  • Thaba Chwue LM
  • Lydenburg WWTW
  • Refurbishment of Lydenburg WWTW
  • R 6. 971 m (ACIP)
 
  • Emakhazeni LM
  • Machadodrop WWTW
  • Refurbishment of Machadodrop WWTW
  • R 4. 603 m (ACIP)
 
  • Lekwa LM
  • Morgenzon WWTW
  • Refurbishment of Morgenzon WWTW
  • R 3. 415 m (ACIP)
 
  • Dr Pixley ka Seme
  • Wakkerstroom WWTW
  • Refurbishment of Wakkerstroom WWTW
  • R 1. 424 m (ACIP)
         
 
  • Dipaleseng
 
  • Balfour Wastewater Treatment Works
  • All these plants are prioritized under RBIG for the implementation in the third quarter of 2015/16 financial year
 
  • Victor Khanye
 
  • Upgrade of Delmas Waste Water
 
 
  • Victor Khanye
 
  • Upgrade of Botleng Waste Water
 
         

Free State

  • Tswelopele LM
  • Hoopstad, Builtfontein
  • B/G Drop task team established
 
 

Mantsopa LM

Tweespruit, Thaba Patchoa

Tweespruit: site inspection conducted on 12 March 2015. Non compliance letter dated 30 March 2015 issued. No pre-directive or directive issued

B/G Drop task team established

 
 

Matjhabeng LM

Welkom

Refurbishment of Mamahabane Waste Water Treatment Works: Project to start in 2015/16 financial year. Completion expected in March 2016

Upgrading of sewer network in Kutlwanong Stadium area: Project to start in 2015/16 financial year. Completion expected in March 2016

B/G Drop task team established

R3,000,000.00

R3,352,000.00

 

Mafube LM

Namahadi

Upgrading of Namahadi WWTW. The project has been divided into two phases. Phase 1 is more bulk sewer lines and pump stations. Phase 2 is more on upgrading of WWTW. Currently we are on Phase1 which is 35%

B/G Drop task team established

R120,000,000.00

 

Mohokare LM

Rouxville, Smithfield

B/G Drop task team established

 
 

Metsimaholo LM

Deneysville

Deneysville WWTW: Construction of outfall sewer line. The project is at 75%

B/G Drop task team established

R8,000,000.00

 

Dihlabeng LM

Bethlehem

Refurbishment of Bethlehem WWTW: Project completed December 2012

B/G Drop task team established

R2,441,000.00

 

Moqhaka LM

Mashaeng, Mautse

Refurbishment of Kroonstad WWTW. Plant not operational. Project has started, but, not much progress to date. Completion is expected in March 2016

Upgrading of Kroonstad sewer line. Project to be completed in March 2016.

B/G Drop task team established

R36,000,000.00

 

Phumelela LM

Warden, Memel, Vrede

Refurbishment of Warden WWTW. Project completed December 2014 and the plant was operational after intervention

Refurbishment of Vrede WWTW. Project completed December 2014 and the plant was operational after intervention

B/G Drop task team established

R6,560,000.00

R2,700,000.00

 

Tokologo LM

Boshof, Hertzogville, Dealesville

B/G Drop task team established

 
 

Nketoana LM

Arlington, Lindley / Ntha, Petrus Steyn, Reitz

Refurbishments of Petrus Steyn Transfer sewer pump station. Project completed March 2015 and pump station operational

Refurbishment of Lindley and Reitz sewer pump stations. Contractor appointed and implementation to start May 2015

B/G Drop task team established

R1, 800,000.00

R4, 275,000.00

 

Letsemeng LM

Koffiefontein, Jacobsdal, Petrusburg, Luckhoff

Refurbishment of Koffiefontein WWTW: Project under implementation and progress is at 95% and completion planned for end August 2015

B/G Drop task team established

R3,100,000.00

 

Ngwathe LM

Parys, Vredefort, Koppies, Heilbron

Parys: last site inspection conducted in May 2014. The contractor that was busy with the refurbishment was no longer on site and completed his job according to the scope of work. No pre-directive or directive issued

Vredefort: last site inspection conducted in May 2014. On the day of the inspection the contractor was on site at the WWTWs and he indicated that he was finishing up on the work that he did at the plant as well as the pump station. No pre-directive or directive issued

Koppies: Last inspection conducted in September 2013. Major part of the plant was operational with a few infrastructures not operational. Major concern was that there was no chlorination taking place. No pre-directive or directive issued

Heilbron: last site inspection conducted in May 2014. Part of the upgraded plant was completed and operational during the inspection. The process controller mentioned that it was about two months since they have been using the upgraded plant. No pre-directive or directive issued

Refurbishment of Vredefort WWTW: Drying beds have been completed and panel installed, pump stations are refurbished, project expected for completion May 2015.

Refurbishment of Parys sewer: project was completed March 2014 through MIG

B/G Drop task team established

R16,400,000.00

 

Masilonyana LM

Brandfort, Masilo, Verkeerdevlei, Winburg

Brandfort: Last site inspection was conducted in January 2015 and Bloemwater was on site busy with the refurbishment at the plant. No pre-directive or directive issued

  • Refurbishment Theunissen sewer outfall and pump station: Upgrading of the pipe line has been completed
  • Refurbishment Brandfort sewer outfall and pump station: Project is at 95% completion and the sewer spillage has been dealt with.
  • Refurbishment of Winburg sewer transfer pump station and Verkeerdevlei sewer outfall pipe line: refurbishment of the pump station has been completed and upgrading of Verkeerdevlei outfall sewer line is at 85%
  • Upgrading of Winburg WWTW was completed through MIG

B/G Drop task team established

R1,000,000.00

R3,290,000.00

R1,520,000.00

 

Nala LM

Bothaville, Wesselsbron

Construction of a WWTW in Wesselsbron/Monyakeng: Project under implementation and is at 40% and planned to be completed December 2015

B/G Drop task team established

R46,000,000.00

 

Naledi LM

Dewetsdorp, Van Stadensrus, Wepener

  • Refurbishment of Wepener WWTW. The project was completed March 2014.
  • Upgrading of Wepener sewer outfall and refurbishment of two sewer pump stations: This is a new project for the 2015/16 financial year and implementation is expected to start June 2015

B/G Drop task team established

R2,250,000.00

R3,600,000.00

 

Setsoto LM

Ficksburg, Clocolan, Marquard, Senekal

  • Refurbishment of Clocolan WWTW : The refurbishment of the WWTW and three sewer pump station was completed in July 2014
  • Upgrading of Ficksburg Sewer: The project entailed the upgrading of the main sewers and connection of toilets to the sewer system. The project divided into phases due to funding limitations and the last phase which is phase 3 was completed in June 2014 and there are more sewers that still need to be attended to in future. Project completed July 2014

B/G Drop task team established

R5,800,000.00

R16,900,000.00

         
 

Kopanong

 

Phillipolis retrofitting

R 308 (ACIP)

 

Ngwethe LM

 

Refurbishment of Koppies WWTW

R 2. 500 m (ACIP)

         
 

Moqhaka LM

 

Moqhaka Bulk Sewer

All these plants are prioritized under RBIG for the implementation in the third quarter of 2015/16 financial year

 

Ngwathe LM

 

Ngwathe Bulk Sewer

 
 

Tokologo LM

 

Hertzogville Sewer

 
 

Tokologo LM

 

Dealsville Waste Water Package Plant

 
 

Naledi LM

 

Dewetsdorp Sewer

 
 

Mafube LM

 

Frankfort Bulk Sewer

 
 

Mafube LM

 

Tweeling Sewer Pumpstation

 
 

Ngwathe LM

 

Heilbron Sewer and Pumpstation

 
 

Mohokare LM

 

Rouxville Outfall Sewer

 
 

Phumelela LM

 

Memel Refurbishment WWTW and Sewer

 
 

Phumelela LM

 

Memel Refurbishment WWTW

 
 

Masilonyana LM

 

Winburg Upgrading WWTW

 
 

Nketoana LM

 

Petrus Steyn Refurbishment WWTW

 
 

Nketoana LM

 

Petrus Steyn Upgrading WWTP

 
 

Nketoana LM

 

Arlington Refurbishment WWTW

 
 

Nketoana LM

 

Reitz Upgrading WWTP

 
 

Mafube LM

 

Frankfort Bulk Sewer

 
 

Metsimaholo LM

 

Upgrading of Deneysville WWTW

 
 

Mathjabeng LM

 

Mathjabeng Bulk sewer

 

Northern Cape

Kamiesberg LM

Garies;Kamieskroon

RBIG

Vanderkloof: New WWTW under construction.

Petrusville: Identified as part of the RBIG priority list.

Fraserburg: Identified as part of the RBIG priority list.

Colesberg: upgrade complete March 2014.

Keimoes: Identified as part of the RBIG priority list.

(ACIP)

Petrusville: Refurbishment of WWTW.(March 2014)

Port Nolloth: refurbishment of sewer Pump station. (March 2014)

Douglas: Refurbishment of oxidation ponds and pump stations.(March 2015)

Groblershoop:

Poffadder: Refurbishment of pump stations and sewage truck.(March 2014)

Nababeep: refurbishment Pump station (March 2013)

Olifantshoop: refurbishment Pump station (March 2013)

DWS EXP:

 

R 4 816 000 (budget: R 23 231 000) (Vanderkloof)

R18 604 000 (Colesberg) (DWS)

 

R 1 525 913.

(Petrusville ACIP)

R 2 810 000.

(Port Nolloth ACIP

R11 566 000 (Douglas ACIP)

R3 792 000. (Poffadder ACIP)

 

R1 700 000. (Nababeep ACIP)

R1 980 000. (Olifantshoop ACIP)

 

Renosterberg LM

Vanderkloof,Petrusville,Philipstown

   
 

Mier LM

Rietfontein,Askham,Loubos

   
 

Karoo Hoogland LM

Williston,Fraserburg,Sutherland

   
 

Richersveld LM

Port Nolloth

   
 

Umsobomvu LM

Colesburg, Noupoort

   
 

Siyancuma LM

Douglas,Griekwastad,Schmidtsdrift

   
 

Kareeberg LM

Carnavon, Vosburg

   
 

Ubuntu LM

Richmond

   
 

!Kheis LM

Groblershoop,Brandboom,Wegdraai, Topline, Grootdrink

   
 

Khai-Ma LM

Pofadder

   
 

!Kai !Garib LM

Keimoes

   
 

NamaKhoi LM

Nababeep

   
 

Siyathemba LM

Prieska

   
 

Joe Morolong LM

Van Zylrust

   
 

Umsobomvu LM

Colesburg, Noupoort (repeat)

   
 

Hantam LM

Middelpos

   
 

Joe Morolong LM

Hotazel

   
 

Ubuntu LM

Richmond

   
 

Gamagara LM

Dibeng, Olifantshoek

   
 

Siyancuma LM

 

Refurbishment of waste water pumpstation

R 4. 000 m (ACIP)

 

Dikgatlong Lm

 

Refurbishment of Delportshoop WWTW

R 3. 222 m (ACIP)

 

Kamiesberg LM

 

Refurbishment of Kheis evapouration ponds

R 662 (ACIP)

     

Refurbishment of Klipfontein evapouration ponds

R 604 (ACIP)

North West

Moretele LM

Swartdam

Follow up inspection conducted on 24/03/2014

 
 

Kgetleng River LM

Swartruggens, Koster

Department provided funding for refurbishment of the Koster Oxidations Ponds, desludging and cleaning of the lagoons, the upgrading of the inlet works and the refurbishment of the recirculation pumps. The upgrading of a new Koster WWTW is at design stage. Follow up inspection for Koster WWTW was conducted on 30/08/2014

FY2014: R6 000 000

FY2015: R7 850 000

 

Dr Ruth Mompati DM

Vryburg, SchweizerReneke, Bloemhof

Department provided funding to refurbish the Bloemhof WWTW, Work included the repair of the biological filter arms for filter no. 1 and 2. Cleaning of the anaerobic ponds and restoring of sludge drainage equipment, repair of electrical works at inlet works and old works pump controls, repairs to inlet works mechanical equipment including mechanical raking system and de-gritting system, and servicing of pumps in main pump station.

FY2015: R2 954 533

     

The Vryburg WWTW refurbishment business plan was developed and evaluated for the 2015/16 financial year ACIP allocation.

 
     

Follow up inspections for Schweizer Reneke and Bloemhof WWTWs were conducted on 06/06/2014.

 
 

Ngaka Modiri Molema DM

Coligny, Lichtenburg, Itsoseng, Mafikeng, Mmabatho, Zeerust, Delareyville, Sannieshof, Ottosdal, Atamelang

The Business plan has been developed and submitted for funding consideration under ACIP for the refurbishment of Mafikeng WWTW.

 
     

Follow up inspections for Coligny, Lichtenburg, Itsoseng, Mafikeng, Mmabatho, Zeerust, Delareyville, Sannieshof, Ottosdal and Atamelang WWTWs were conducted on 10-11/02/2015

 
 

Moses Kotane LM

Mogwase, Madikwe

Follow up inspection for Mogwase WWTW was conducted on 31/03/2014

 
 

Maquassi Hills LM

Leeudoringstad, Wolmaranstad, Agisanang

Department provided funding for the upgrade of Maquassi WWTW from 4Ml/d to 9 Ml/d .The project is under construction.

R 130 million

     

Follow up inspection for Wolmaranstad WWTW was conducted on 19/02/2014

 
 

Dr RSM DM

 

Bray sewer pump upgrade

R 1. 462 m (ACIP)

 

Dr RSM DM

 

Bloemhof Phase 2

R 3. 500 m (ACIP)

 

Dr RSM DM

 

Refurbishment of sludge drying beds at Vryburg (Naledi)

R 2. 050 m (ACIP)

 

Dr RSM DM

 

Upgrading of booster sewage pumping station in vryburg

R 1. 672 m (ACIP)

 

Ngaka MM DM

 

Refurbishment of Mafikeng and Mmabatho WWTW and sewage pumping stations

R 5. 000 m (ACIP)

Western Cape

Beaufort West LM

Murraysburg

Beaufort West:

(b) Introduction and background:

Although Murraysburg WWTW falls under

Beaufort West Municipality in Western Cape Province, it also falls under Mzimvubu- Tsitsikama CMA which is controlled from the Eastern Cape Provincial Operations. Therefore their authorization is supposed to be handled by Eastern Cape Provincial Operations. Murraysburg WWTW was recently inherited by Beaufort Municipality from Central Karoo District Municipality.

Initial site inspection:

Initial site inspection was done on 20 May 2014, a feedback letter was written to the municipality with recommendations on how they can improve their shortfalls. An email was also sent with the recommendations (see attached), and a feedback meeting was also done to discuss the recommendations and progress with implementation of the recommendations (see attached). A file note was also written and filed (see attached).

(c) Follow up site inspection:

A follow up site inspection was done on 19 January 2015 (see attached 2nd file note). This was done to find out if any of the initial recommendations have been addressed and the progress to date.

Cost incurred include accommodation and transport for the official

 

Matzikama LM

Bitterfontein, Nuwerus

Matsikama:

(b) Site inspection was conducted for Matzikama LM which included inspections of Bitterfontein and Nuwerus in 2014 and recommendations were made in the form a feedback letter. The noted non compliances included registration of systems and operational issues like the frequency of cleaning of screens. All units were in working order.

(c)Follow – up was done in terms of registration of the systems and the current status which reflects that the two works has been authorized under GA.

 
 

Theewaterskloof LM

Greyton

Theewaterskloof

(b) Site inspection was conducted for all the WWTWs in Theewaterskloof including Greyton Oxidation pond System. Feedback letter was send to the Municipality with the recommendations to improve poor maintenance status and improve data submissions of Greyton WWTW.

(c) Follow up was in a form of monitoring of data on GDS and Improvement for data compliance on the green dropd system (GDS) was acknowledged after recommendations send to the municipality. With regards to authorization the works is not yet authorized but they have applied through Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management

 
 

Bergrivier LM

Eendekuil

Bergrivier:

Eendekuil a site inspection was done in 2014. The finding included non compliance with the regulation 2834 regarding number of Process controllers the works is required to have and qualifications. Then section 141 of National Water Act 1998 with regards to data submission on to the GDS and section 19 of NWA 1998 with regards to pollution prevention poor maintenance of the ponds resulting to the accumulation of sludge in the primary pond. The feedback letter was written with the recommendations.

The follow up site inspections has not taken place. But through the monitoring of the GDS and the data is no being loaded into the system ever since.

 
 

Cederberg LM

Graffwater, Elands Bay, Wupperthal, Algeria

Cederberg:

On the 20 November 2014 the municipality was assisted with GDS training which was upon request by the municipality. Site inspections were conducted on all four systems Graffwater, Elands Bay, Wupperthal, Algeria. The feedback letter was written and sent to the municipality and the action plan was received by the department for all their works.

Follow up site inspection has not yet taken place

 
 

Bergrivier LM

Porteville WWTW

Refurbishment and upgarde of Porteville WWTW

R 2.843 m (ACIP funding)

 

Hesseque LM

Albertina WWTW

Refurbishment of Albertina WWTW

R 3. 000 m (ACIP funding)

Eastern Cape

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Chris Hani DM

Molteno, Cradock, Lady Frere, Middelburg,

Tsomo

• Non compliance letters sent to WSA,

• Compliance

Assessment have

been conducted to check progress,

• Training provided for

Green Drop system,

• Advisory support has been given,

• Action Plan not submitted by the WSA's.

Engcobo wwtw =

R1,948m (ACIP-14/15) + R1,2 m-

(ACIP 13/14)

       

Molten - pump station = R3,5m- (ACIP14/15)

Sterkstroom wwtw R3m- (ACIP 13/14),

Tsomo wwtw priority for RRU (total RRU funds for wwtw is R 3.5m for whole Province),

 

Baviaans LM

Rietbron

• Engagement was

done with the WSA

but no progress.

Willowmore wwtw R4,147m (ACIP-12/13),

• Rietbron wwtw priority for RRU.

 

Alfred Nzo DM

Cedarville, Bizana, Ntabankulu

• Compliance

Inspection have been

done,

• Continued engagements are

happening.

• Training on green drop system.

• Action Plan has been provided by the WSA.

Ntabankulu wwtw

targeted for RRU.

 

Sundays River

Valley LM

Enon-Bethesda

• Compliance inspection

have been conducted,

• Non compliance letter issued,

• Re-Training provided

on the green drop

system.

Nil for wwtw

 

KouKamma LM -

Coldstream_!.Misgl.Jnd, St()rms River We !,

Clarkson, Kareedouw-

  • Compliance Inspection has been done.

• Non compliance

letters have been

issued

• IE has been engaged to deal with

Authorizations.

• No action plans submitted by WSA.

R2,930m - Refurbishment of Louterwater (ACIP-15/16)

 

Blue Crane LM

Cookhouse, Pearston, Somerset East

• Compliance Inspections have been done

• Non compliance letters have been

issued.

• No action plans submitted by WSA.

Somerset East wwtw R10 OOO m= (ACIP-13/14) & outfall sewer

R6,243,156m- (ACIP-12/13)

 

ORTambo OM

Flastaff, Lusikisiki,Mqanduli,Mthatha,Ngqeleni,PortSt Johns,Qumbu, Tsolo

• Compliance

Inspections have been

conducted.

• Non compliance letters have been

issued,

• Training has been provided for Green drop

• No action plan submitted.

Port St Johns wwtw

prioritized for RRU.

 

Ndlambe LM

Alexandria/Kwanonkqu, Nolukhanyo, Bushmans Marselle, Port Alfred,

/Ekuphumleni

  • Non compliance letter have been issued

• Training for green drop undertaken.

• No action plan submitted by the WSA

Port Alfred pump stations R4,5m-(ACIP 14/15),

Kenton-on-sea pump stations R1,75m- (ACIP 13/14),

Alexandria prioritized for RRU,

 

Kouga LM

 

Refurbishment of 3 sewer pump station in Jeffrey's Bay

R 4. 535 m (ACIP funding)

 

Ikwezi LM

 

Refurbishment of Sewer pumpstation at Janseville & Klipplaat

R 3.350 m (ACIP funding)

 

Amathole DM

 

Refurbishment of Fort Beaufort Sewage Pump station and optimisation WWTW - Phase 1

R 3. 5 m (ACIP)

Gauteng

Randfonttein LM

Randfontein WWTW

refurbushment of Randfontein WWTW

R 5.000 m (ACIP)

         

07 October 2015 - NW3618

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

Has he engaged the SA Football Association to address the inequality in match fee payments between Banyana Banyana players and Bafana Bafana players; if not, why not; if so, (a) when did the meetings take place and (b) what were the outcomes of the specified meetings?

Reply:

The Minister has taken notice of the inequity in match fee payments amongst women's and men's national teams. The Departmental Review Committee with the Big 5 sporting bodies (Athletics, Netball, Football, Rugby and Cricket) seeks to address this matter amongst the many issues being looked into. The work includes specific support to support the National Women's teams, improvement of match fees, ring fenced funding for development and tournaments and professionalising the women's sport to attract sponsors. The situation is improving and various tailor made strategies are currently being implemented

07 October 2015 - NW3617

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

(1)​Will his department take steps to recover money that was (a) unethically spent and (b) fraudulently earned by two certain persons during their tenures (names and details furnished) at Boxing South Africa, in light of the findings of the investigations against them; if not, why not; if so, what amounts does his department intend to take steps to recover; (2)when will (a) he advertise the vacancy for the position of Chief Executive Officer of Boxing South Africa, (b)(i) applications for the specified position be assessed and (ii) applicants be interviewed and (c) the specified vacancy be filled?NW4285E

Reply:

The Ministry and Department are not aware of money that was unethically spent and fraudulently earned at Boxing South Africa. The vacancy for CEO has been advertised and the process underway.

07 October 2015 - NW3551

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

With reference to the board members of the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority having reportedly spent public funds on their families, (a) what amount of public funds was spent on family members of each specified board member, (b) have any of the funds been recouped and (c) what (i) actions have been taken against the specified board members who misappropriated funds and (ii) measures have been put in place to prevent such actions in the future?

Reply:

a) The investigation commissioned by the Administrator of the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) found no wrongdoing by Board members, but instead made certain findings against some senior staff members of CATHSSETA.

b) Not applicable.

c) (i) Staff members implicated by the findings were formally charged and have since left the organisation.

(ii) To prevent the occurrence of similar fraudulent activities in the future, the Administrator developed new policies and amended existing policies, such as:

  • Risk Management

A Risk Management Framework was developed to address identified shortcomings in the risk register, fraud prevention policy and procedures, and risk management policy.

  • Discretionary Grant Allocations

A Discretionary Grant Policy and Procedures was developed to guide the allocation of discretionary funding.

  • Financial Management and Procurement Procedures

These procedures were amended to improve financial management.

 

 

 

Compiler/Contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 3551 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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07 October 2015 - NW3376

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

(1)In terms of the latest information available to her department, (a) how many waste water treatment works are currently overflowing into nearby water bodies or areas, (b) where are they situated and (c) what is the severity of each spill; (2) what system does her department utilise in order to (a) detect and (b) rapidly respond to sewage spillage and/or overflow from waste water treatment works?

Reply:

(1) The latest information with regard to spillages that have been reported is taken from those received from April 2015 to date. The number of cases reported to my Department are 19 and the cases are captured to include all the 9 provinces. Refer to Annexure A.

(2)(a) My Department through the various provincial offices undertake planned audits for the Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTWs) against their water use license, and also attend to queries received from consumers and those reported through the media as a means to attend to spillages resulting from the WWTWs, pumpstation and manholes.

(2)(b) In areas where spillages are as a result of manholes or pumpstation and municipalities have challenges to address the spillages, the rapid response unit is despatched to the affected municipality. However, Water Service Authorities (WSAs) are able to address spillages in-house if it’s detected early. In cases of a overflow from a WWTWs, nature of overflow dictates intervention and assistance needed. As a result the nature of the overflow will determine if the matter can be addressed rapidly or if it will require the plant to be upgraded to address the overflow.

In areas where it is as a result of overloading due to capacity constraint, such plants are prioritised through various support programmes of my Department for allocation of funds (Regional Bulk Infrastructure, Municipal Infrastructure Grand and Accelerated Community infrastructure programme) to upgrade the plants or in other cases refurbishment to ensure the plant operates efficiently with functional equipments that will be able to handle loading coming into the plant. The overflow as a result of design capacity constraint may not necessarily be addressed rapidly due to the fact that the upgrades are often multi year projects which take longer to construct before the overloading is completely addressed.

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Annexure A

Region

Sector

Investigations & Inspections Reported

Investigations & Inspections Investigated or Inspected

Water User License Yes

Water User License No

Non-compliance Letters

Pre-directives

Severity of each case

Eastern Cape

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

11

11

0

11

0

7

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment hence pre-directives were issued.

Free State

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

1

2

0

0

3

0

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

Gauteng

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

2

2

0

2

0

0

Cases reported were regarded to be severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

Limpopo

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

1

1

0

1

0

0

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

Mpumalanga

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

1

2

0

1

0

1

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

North West

Government [National/Prov]

0

2

0

0

0

1

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

North West

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

2

1

0

2

0

0

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

Western Cape

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

1

2

0

2

0

0

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

National

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

19

23

0

21

3

10

Cases reported not only for wastewater treatment works however also includes manholes that are close to streams and rivers. This has been taken with great urgency and prompted investigations that led to issuing of directives and put those affected WSAs under regulatory surveillance by the department.

07 October 2015 - NW3360

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

In light of the fact that her department is mandated to discharge the Constitutional obligation of providing access to water to every citizen in the country, (a) what (i) joint discussion process has been established with the Department of Human Settlements and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, to ensure that no duplication or overlap of functionality in the carrying out of her department’s stated mandate occurs between these departments, (ii) separate actions are being taken by her department in carrying out its stated mandate, (iii) monitoring procedure is in place, to establish whether or not there is a duplicity of actions between departments, (iv) resolution mechanism exists in instances where two or more departments are found to be carrying out the same actions to ensure that optimal use is made of the available funds and (v) good reason exists for the continuation of this right that is shared by the specified departments and (b) why should the right of water provision not be located within one dedicated department?

Reply:

(a)(i) A joint discussion has already taken place between the Department of Water and Sanitation together with COGTA, the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA), the office of the Presidency’s M&E unit and National Treasury, and a Project Management Office (PMO) has been established to co-ordinate and integrate all water services activities related to sustainable Water Services delivery in the 27 Priority DMs. The Department of Human Settlements is part of this initiative. The PMO will ensure that there is no duplication with regards to the water and sanitation service delivery and will ensure that funding alignment between different Departments and funding sources takes place.

(a)(ii) No separate actions are being undertaken by the Department. As stated above all water services actions are being coordinated through the PMO.

(a)(iii) A monitoring programme is being established to ensure that, once a pipeline of projects has been determined, they are implemented and run effectively. My Department has identified eleven key intervention activities that will be monitored to ensure the implementation of sustainable water and sanitation service delivery. They are:

  1. Demographics;
  2. Service Levels;
  3. Socio-Economics;
  4. Water Services Infrastructure;
  5. Operational and Maintenance;
  6. Associated Services;
  7. Water Resources;
  8. Conservation & Demand Management;
  9. Financial;
  10. Institutional Arrangements; and
  11. Social & Customer Service Requirements.

A 5-year implementation plan will be developed and implementation thereof will be monitored at community and project level. The plan will be developed through a consultancy process at municipal level with relevant role-players and funding initiatives. The plan will be signed off by Council to ensure that no duplication takes place.

(a)(iv) Requesting Honourable member to note that, there are no two Departments which execute identical actions. Each Department finds its mandate in the Constitution, followed by the legislation administered by the respective Department, therefore the need for such a resolution mechanism has not arisen. My Department's mandate is highlighted in Section 3 of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998):

Public trusteeship of nation's water resources

3. (1) As the public trustee of the nation's water resources the National Government, acting through the Minister, must ensure that water is protected, used, developed, conserved, managed and controlled in a sustainable and equitable manner, for the benefit of all persons and in accordance with its constitutional mandate. (2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Minister is ultimately responsible to ensure that water is allocated equitably and used beneficially in the public interest, while promoting environmental values. (3) The National Government, acting through the Minister, has the power to regulate the use, flow and control of all water in the Republic.”

(a)(v) Falls away.

(b) Falls away.

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07 October 2015 - NW3174

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

(1) Whether the Government is or was in any way involved in the Local Action Committee (LAC) of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup Tournament, the SA Football Association (Safa) and the Diaspora Project; if not, (a) in what way was the Government then involved in the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup Tournament, (b) on what legal grounds was the relationship between the Government and Safa founded and (c) what amount did the Government budget for and spend on the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup Tournament and the eventual hosting of this event; if so, (i) what was or is the legal nature and extent of the Government's involvement in each case, (ii) what were the reasons why the LAC's ordinary members (aa) were never aware of any donations made by South Africa to the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) and (bb) could not study and approve the LAC's final, audited financial statements for the 2009-10 financial year and (iii) why did the Diaspora Project specifically target the Concacaf for a donation, rather than places in the diaspora where many more Africans are found, such as in the United Kingdom; (2) whether he is aware that none of the LAC's ordinary members (a) were aware of any donations made by South Africa to the Concacaf and (b) were ever able to study and approve the final, audited financial statements of the LAC for the 2009-10 financial year; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he is aware that none of Safa's ordinary members knew of any donation made by South Africa to the Concacaf?

Reply:

The government's involvement in the Local Organising Commitee (LOC) has been through Various Cabinet resolutions endorsing SAFA's bid to host the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup and also through its representation on the Board of the LOC by various former Ministers and Deputy Ministers. The Government of the Republic of South Africa had accepted and welcomed the Close out report of the Local Organising Committee as adopted and approved by its board. The highest concentration of Africans in the Diaspora, where Africans are also leading governments is not in the UK but the Carribean.

07 October 2015 - NW2660

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)How many households in the jurisdictional area of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality made use of (a) bucket system serviced toilets (b) VIP toilets and (c) pit latrines from (i)(aa) 31 May 2011 and (bb) each calendar year till 31 May 2015 and (ii) 1 June 2015 up to the latest date for which information is available; (2) how many households in the specified municipality are expected to still be using the (a) bucket system serviced toilets (b) VIP toilets and (c) pit latrines by 31 May 2016?

Reply:

(1)(b) The official figure for bucket toilets in the Metro area is 1 585 but a recent survey has indicated that 1 347 buckets are being removed in Mangaung and 757 in Botshabelo giving a total of 2 104. It must however be noted that the majority of these buckets are on informal sites and that all bucket toilets have been eradicated in Thaba Nchu.

(1)(b) The Mangaung Metro has a total of 33 382 VIP toilets.

(1)(c) The spread sheet depicts the number of pit latrines as per a financial year as requested:

HHs with Sanitation Services in MMM

Month Year

Pit Latrines

(aa) May-11

33 745

(bb) May-12

32 998

(bb) May-13

31 255

(bb) May-14

30 825

(bb)May-15

29 823

(ii)(bb) May-16

28 437

(2) Mangaung Metro Municipality has committed itself to eradicate the sanitation backlog which includes all bucket and VIP toilets by 2018. With the current bucket and VIP eradication program, the Metro is expected to have the following backlog which will be addressed annually until the above mentioned eradication date:

HHs with Sanitation Services in MMM

Month Year

(2)(a) Buckets Toilets

(2)(b) Pit Latrines

(2)(c) VIPs

May-16

1 223

28 437

31 468

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07 October 2015 - NW3695

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Mbatha, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

How many students (a) were registered by the (i) Further Education and Training colleges and (ii) universities across the country in 2015 and (b) will be registered by the specified institutions in 2016?

Reply:

a) (i) Public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges have a number of enrolment intakes within an academic year. Headcount enrolments in public TVET colleges across the nine provinces as at 21 August 2015 are tabulated below. This excludes headcount enrolments for Engineering Trimester 3 N1 – N6 programmes, which will only be available on 30 October 2015.

Total Headcount Actual students enrolled as at 21 August 2015

Province

NC(V)
Engineering

NC(V)
Business and General Studies

Engineering

Intro N4 - N6
Business Studies

Other Programmes

TOTAL
Headcount Actual students Enrolled

     

N1 - N3

N4 - N6

     

Eastern Cape

5 600

15 066

10 294

4 959

29 880

2 646

68 445

Free State

1 721

5 273

10 380

4 760

24 744

1 851

48 729

Gauteng

8 426

18 303

38 059

18 122

52 234

4 983

140 127

KwaZulu-Natal

9 800

21 365

20 880

10 259

43 898

10 255

116 457

Limpopo

9 839

16 538

19 622

7 450

32 181

1 044

86 674

Mpumalanga

4 590

6 912

9 133

3 299

9 270

119

33 323

North-West

3 405

6 628

9 886

3 293

14 554

1 017

38 783

Northern Cape

731

1 537

3 686

269

6 814

756

13 793

Western Cape

3 887

10 920

11 403

3 057

25 391

13 369

68 027

National

47 999

102 542

133 343

55 468

238 966

36 040

614 358

Data source: Weekly Enrolment Monitoring as at 21 August 2015.

(ii) Universities have a number of enrolment intakes within an academic year and will be submitting their 2015 enrolment data to the Department on 30 November 2015. The university headcount enrolment target for the 2015 academic year is 1 020 000.

b) The preliminary headcount enrolment targets for the 2016 academic year are as follows:

   (i) Public TVET colleges: 829 000

   (ii) Universities: 1 035 000

 

 

 

Compiler/Contact persons:

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 3695 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr B NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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DATE:

07 October 2015 - NW3370

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

(1)When will the construction of the pipeline from Bloemhof to Schweizer-Reneke in the North West (a) start and (b) be completed; (2) (a) what will be the length of the pipeline and (b) how many mega litres of water will be transported per day, (c) what is the cost of the pipeline and (d) how will it be funded; (3) whether the total cost of the project is already funded; if not, (a) why not and (b) how will it be funded; if so, what are the different (i) amounts and (ii) sources of funding; (4) whether she received an approval from the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) regarding the construction of the pipeline over their property; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether there exists an alternative plan for the pipeline if Sanral does not approve the planned construction on its land; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The construction of the pipeline will commence in March 2016.

(1)(b) The construction of the pipeline will be completed end of September 2016.

(2)(a) The length will be a 72 km and 350 mm diameter pipeline

(2)(b) 6.5 mega litres per day.

(2)(c) The total cost of the pipeline is R 72 million.

(2)(d) It will be funded by my Department through the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG).

(3) Yes, the total cost of the project which is R403 million is already budgeted through RBIG in MTEF period

(3)(a) Falls away.

(3)(b) Falls away.

(3)(b)(i) Falls away.

(3)(b)(ii) Falls away.

(4) Yes, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) granted approval for servitude.

(5) Falls away.

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07 October 2015 - NW3419

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More, Ms E to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether her department meets the Government’s 2% employment equity target for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set in 2005; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Currently, my Department is not meeting the set targets of 2% for the employment of people with disabilities.

However my Department has in 2012, established an Employment Equity (EE) Forum which developed and an approved EE Plan to address issues of gender and disability.

Since the inception of the forum in 2012 there has been a slow but significant movement in the appointment of people with disabilties from 0.28% in April 2011 to 0.76% as at April 2014. Currently, the percentatge of people with disabilities as at July 2015 is 0.78%. (see below movement of appointment PWDs)

My Department plans to target vacant funded posts when advertising for people with disabilities in the future to reach the target of 2% or more, and also work closely with the Directorate Gender and Mainstreaming to address isues of gender and disabilities.

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07 October 2015 - NW3383

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

Whether each water board in the country has an essential service agreement in place; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of each such agreement?

Reply:

Amatola Water

Amatola Water does not have an existing agreement of essential services as this matter is currently being discussed at the Amanzi Bargaining Council in an attempt to have a standardised approach amongst all the Water Boards.

Bloem Water

Bloem Water has an Essential Services Agreement as negotiated with labour, facilitated by the Council for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). The agreement specifies categories of employment designated as essential services such as treatment, security, pipeline teams and artisans. The Amanzi Bargaining Council is currently attending to an Essential Services framework as a guideline for adoption by respective water boards having identified their designated job categories.

Lepelle Northern Water

Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) does not have an Essential Service Agreement. This is due to the fact that organised Labour within LNW is refusing to engage on the same in order to sign one. Organised labour’s reason for refusal is that the agreement is divisive. In case of threatened industrial action we rely on clause 1 (d) of government gazette no 18276, vol 387 dated 12 September 1997 read together with chapter iv of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 as amended.

Magalies Water

Magalies Water does not have an essential services agreement. A draft agreement is in place for all Water Boards at Amanzi Bargaining Council to be discussed at the next council meeting to be held on 17 September 2015.

Mhlathuze Water

Mhlathuze Water (MW) does not have an essential service agreement in place yet. An application was made to declare MW as essential service. After extensive investigation by the Essential Services Committee where presentations were made by MW and NEHAWU, MW was formally declared an essential service on 22 June 2015. The Essential Services Committee undertook to provide an essential service agreement to MW which is still awaited. Since Mhlathuze Water has been declared an essential service, all employees within Mhlathuze Water are deemed essential employees up until the minimum service level agreement is concluded.

Overberg Water

Overberg Water does not have an existing agreement of essential services in place. Engagements are currently planned with the Trade Unions, being the South African Municipal Workers Union and Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union to establish an Essential Services Agreement.

Rand Water

Rand Water, by the nature of its mandate in terms of the Water Services Act, 108 of 1997, performs an essential service in supplying and distributing potable water in its area of supply. As far back as 2004, Rand Water and its Trade Unions at the time, being the South African Municipal Workers Union and the Rand Water Staff Association, established an Essential Services task team to investigate and determine which services are essential. The Rand Water Minimum Services Agreement was signed by all relevant parties on 30 September 2004. In terms of Section 70 of the Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995 (as amended, the Rand Water Minimum Service Agreement was ratified by the Essential Services Committee of the CCMA in 12 January 2005.

In essence the agreement:

    1. Indicates that parties commit to provision of essential services of providing water during any industrial action.
    2. Defines Essential Service/s, Key Posts and Maintenance Service.
    3. Has two annexures of specified positions that are required during strike action.
    4. Directs parties to meet and consult on key posts.

However should there be, deviation or non-compliance to the agreement, Rand Water reserves its right to engage replacement staff.

Amanzi Bargaining Council, to which all water utilities belong, is in the process of developing an industry / sector wide “Minimum Services Agreement”.

Sedibeng Water

Sedibeng Water has a Minimum Service Agreement in place. The agreement provides for minimum services to be provided upon labour engaging on any strike action.

The agreement lists teams that are attached to Water Purification, Maintenance and Distribution functions of the organisation. The agreement ensures that water and sanitation services continue un-interrupted during the strike action.

Umgeni Water

Umgeni Water does not have a signed Minimum Service agreement, it still in a draft format which have been discussed with NEHAWU. We (The Department) are busy engaging NEHAWU to finalise the agreement.

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07 October 2015 - NW3162

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

(1)On what date was the most recent biomonitoring report compiled for (a) Mvoti River, (b) Slang River, (c) Tugela River, (d) Mooi River, (e) Mhlatuze River, (f) Hluhluwe River and (g) Nkomati River; (2) what was the water quality of each specified river as reflected in the report; (3) on what date was the sample for each specified river taken; (4) what was the geographical location where each of the samples were taken?

Reply:

(1) The bio-monitoring reports are compiled on a quarterly basis and are adapted to coincide with the different seasons. The latest available reports are therefore, for the period between April – June 2015.With regards to the Nkomati River, the August 2015 report was finalised.

(2) Refer to the table below for the response on the water quality of each river:

Name of the River

South African Scoring System (SASS) Scores

Average Score Per Taxa (ASPT)

Class

  1. Mvoti River

99

5.5

Fair

 

25

3.13

Poor

  1. Slang River

170

6.54

Good/Natural

  1. Tugela River

69

6.23

Good

 

Too deep to sample- in flood

N/A

  1. Mooi River

120

6.32

Good

  1. Mhlathuze River

118

6.21

Good

  1. Hluhluwe River

No sampling done – the river had stopped flowing, broken to several pools of water.

N/A

  1. Nkomati River

The river is largely fair with 3 monitoring sites showing poor quality and 5 monitoring sites out of 31 monitoring sites showing pristine to good quality water and it is moderately impacted

Please note that in some cases low flows (due to drought) have affected the water quality or ecological state of the rivers.

(3) Refer to the table below for the response on the date of sampling for each river:

Name of the River

Date of Sampling

  1. Mvoti River

3-Jun-2015

 

15-Jun-2015

  1. Slang River

30-May-2015

  1. Tugela River

1-Jun-2015

 

15-Jun-2015

  1. Mooi River

10-Jun-2015

  1. Mhlathuze River

25-May-2015

  1. Hluhluwe River

28-May-2015 (No sampling possible)

  1. Nkomati River

July/August 2014 (dry season) and February/March 2015 (wet season)

(4) Refer to the table below for the response on the geographical location of the rivers:

Name of the River

Coordinates

 

Latitude (S)

Longitude (E)

  1. Mvoti River

-29.159860

30.628690

 

-29.370004

31.304341

  1. Slang River

-27.420670

30.296810

  1. Tugela River

-28.756331

30.150376

 

-29.172622

31.391921

  1. Mooi River

-29.380814

39.660522

  1. Mhlathuze River

-28.746950

31.747450

  1. Hluhluwe River

-28.138560

32.019950

 

The geographical location where samples were taken for Nkomati River are as follows:

Vlakfontein 418 JT, Waterval 424 JT, Ndubazi Ranch 413 JT, Winkelhaak 723 JT, Tjakadstad 730 JT, Hooggenoeg 162 IT, Laaggenoeg 158IT, Nooitgezien 3 IU, Fig Tree 503 JU, Lebombo 186 JU.

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07 October 2015 - NW3286

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

(1)​(a) On what date was a fighting licence issued to the late Phindile Mwelase for her fight on 12 October 2014 with Liz Butler, (b) by which official at Boxing South Africa was the licence issued and (c) what was the position of the official who issued the licence at the time; (2)(a) who are the members of the team appointed to investigate the specified person’s death and (b) from which (i) company or (ii) department were the specified team members appointed; (3)what amount (a) has been budgeted for the investigation of the specified person’s death and (b) has been paid to the investigative team as at 25 August 2015; (4)has the investigative team submitted its (a) preliminary report and (b) final report; if not, (i) why not and (ii) when are the respective deadlines for submission of the specified reports; if so, when did the specified team submit the specified reports?NW4043E

Reply:

The Department is currently sourcing the information required from Boxing South Africa and will reply to the question when all information is available.

07 October 2015 - NW3257

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

(1)​What (a) total amount did his department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) is the total number of trips that were undertaken; (2)what is the total amount that his department spent on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?NW3859E

Reply:

The Department requires additional time to respond to this question as the details required needs sufficient time to collate. The Department of Sport and Recreation has a very small finance Directorate and will not be able to respond to this question within the period allocated to reply to questions.

06 October 2015 - NW3481

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to the close protection contracts entered into with two certain companies (names and details furnished), what amount did (a) the SA Social Security Agency and (b) her department spend on the purchasing of (i) weapons and (ii) ammunition for each of the specified companies; (2) (a) what was the type of each weapon that was purchased, (b) how many units of the specified weapon were bought, (c) what was the date of purchase of each weapon and (d) what is the name of the person the weapon was licensed to; (3) (a) what was the type of each stock of ammunition that was purchased, (b) how many units of the specified ammunition were bought, (c) what was the date of purchase of each stock of ammunition and (d) what is the name of the person the ammunition was licensed to; (4) who gave the authority for the purchase of each (a) weapon and (b) stock of ammunition?

Reply:

  1. None
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable
  4. Not applicable

06 October 2015 - NW3484

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 2478 on 30 July 2015, the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) obtained the specified authorisation from the SA Police Service (SAPS) to provide the services which are not within SASSA’s mandate, which has been the subject of the consultation between the SAPS Crime Intelligence, VIP Protection Services and SASSA since 2013; if not, (a) why not and (b) was the authorisation sought; if so, (i) will she provide proof of such authorisation and (ii) on which date will she provide this proof?

Reply:

 

(a) Refer to PQ 115

(b) Refer PQ 115

(i) Yes

(ii) Documents attached

06 October 2015 - NW3458

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)How many environmental impact assessments have been received by her department since 2009; (2) how many of these were (a) rejected and (b) approved; (3) of the specified approved assessments, how many (a) appeals against their approval were received and (b) of the appeals were upheld?

Reply:

 THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS REPLIES:

(1) Since 01 January 2009 to 10 September 2015, approximately 2850 applications for Environmental Authorisation were received by the department.

(2) (a) Seven applications have been refused authorisation, and

     (b) 1651 have been granted authrorisation. The remainder may have lapsed, withdrawn or are currently being processed.

(3) Since 01 January 2009

     (a) 301 appeals against the issuance of Environmental Authorisations were lodged.

     (b) Of those 301 appeals, 20 were upheld, 29 were varied and 38 were withdrawn following settlements reached between the      parties. The rest of the appeals were dismissed.

 

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06 October 2015 - NW3482

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

With regard to weapons that were purchased by the SA Social Security Agency and her department for two certain companies (names and details furnished), (a) where is each weapon currently held and (b) what is the reason why these weapons do not appear on her department’s asset register?

Reply:

(a) (b) Not applicable

06 October 2015 - NW3504

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)How many learners with disabilities and barriers to learning have been turned away from mainstream and/or full service schools and referred to special needs schools in respect of each province and district as at the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) (a) how many learners with disabilities and barriers to learning are currently on waiting lists to attend (i) mainstream schools and (ii) special needs schools in each province and district and (b) what is the maximum time period that the specified learners may be placed on a waiting list in respect of (i) mainstream schools and (ii) special needs schools; (3) how many officials at (a) district offices and (b) provincial education departments are suitably qualified to determine a learner’s disability in respect of each province and district; (4) how many learners with disabilities or barriers to learning (a) drop out of school and/or (b) do not complete their schooling successfully in respect of each province and district (5) how many learners with disabilities or barriers to learning at mainstream schools (a) completed their compulsory education and (b)(i) found employment and/or (ii) progressed to further education in respect of each province and district?

Reply:

 

1. The number of learners with disabilities and/or barriers to learning that have been turned away from mainstream and/or full service schools and referred to special needs schools in respect of each province and district is not readily available in the Department of Basic Education given that the Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS) Policy has only been promulgated in December 2014 and its rollout plan to scale is starting from 2015 through to 2018.

​2. (a) The number of learners with disabilities and barriers to learning who are currently on waiting lists:

    (i) to attend mainstream schools per province and district is not readily available given that the SIAS Policy implementation has only just commenced in 2015; however, learners currently on waiting lists

    (ii) to attend special schools per province is provided in the table below. The information is not available in disaggregations per district.

Province

Number of Children/Learners on Waiting Lists: 2014

EC

 183

FS

561

GT

155

KZN

 1111

LP

 1027

MP

725

NC

1643

NW

 There are no learners on waiting lists. All learners placed in schools awaiting appropriate placement

WC

147

Most learners identified as needing special school placement are in ordinary/full-service schools receiving support while awaiting placement. 

National total:

5552

(2)  (b) There is no maximum time period specified for learners in respect of

      (i) mainstream schools and

      (ii) special needs schools to be on the waiting lists. Instead, the Admissions Policy advocates for urgent intervention by             a Provincial Head of Department in setting up an assessment and alternative placement process to ensure that                    learners in this situation access education with immediate effect.

(3)   The number of officials at:

(a) District offices; and

(b) Provincial Education Departments that are suitably qualified to determine a learner’s disability in respect of each province and district is not readily available in the DBE as the DBE makes referrals on disabilities to local health professionals and medical practitioners employed by the Department of Health.

4.  (b) Percentage of 7- to 18-year old children with disabilities who are out of schools/educational institutions.

 

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

EC

32.4

45.0

40.0

25.0

33.8

30.8

44.1

22.8

13.1

13.9

19.8

18.0

17.5

FS

14.5

34.4

37.7

12.9

20.4

21.6

25.6

11.0

8.5

6.6

5.7

9.3

11.5

GP

25.0

17.6

11.8

9.5

13.5

20.5

13.6

14.7

10.7

8.0

15.0

3.8

7.6

KZ

45.9

41.4

65.8

29.7

29.6

32.3

36.1

14.9

17.0

10.4

7.8

11.1

10.4

LP

33.5

36.7

31.3

43.0

22.5

33.6

42.5

13.2

8.3

5.4

12.3

15.1

12.7

MP

31.0

32.6

36.3

37.7

34.4

37.6

23.8

5.8

5.6

3.2

5.2

11.5

12.4

NW

35.0

38.0

47.8

25.8

23.2

23.4

36.3

26.7

7.3

14.4

10.4

5.4

7.5

NC

37.2

30.1

25.9

23.4

24.9

31.8

36.0

34.6

11.3

4.1

4.9

14.6

1.4

WC

24.5

36.3

26.5

28.6

24.0

11.9

27.4

9.9

5.0

23.6

13.7

6.3

8.6

SA

31.8

35.1

39.2

25.5

26.4

28.3

30.6

15.0

10.3

9.2

11.1

10.5

11.2

Source: General Household Survey (GHS), 2002-2014, DBE own calculation.

 

5. The number of learners with disabilities or barriers to learning at mainstream schools who:

(a) Percentage of 15- to 24-year olds with disabilities who completed grade 9 and above.

 

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

EC

21.4

8.7

19.5

24.6

35.6

35.6

22.8

20.2

60.4

48.1

25.9

52.1

21.6

FS

32.0

31.3

13.1

46.3

41.8

44.8

41.0

54.0

49.9

53.2

58.1

55.6

66.7

GP

48.8

47.2

47.1

54.0

43.3

40.7

68.2

52.9

58.8

58.8

76.1

84.6

73.2

KZ

41.9

18.8

19.1

35.8

37.5

34.3

37.7

40.8

52.4

56.2

34.8

53.4

39.8

LP

49.7

38.0

27.5

13.2

33.6

33.6

49.3

23.6

43.7

21.2

51.9

49.5

27.6

MP

36.6

43.9

27.9

50.5

39.8

35.4

35.1

60.1

44.8

43.5

54.2

46.8

55.1

NW

47.4

32.9

35.0

44.2

28.3

42.6

52.8

44.1

52.6

46.5

39.2

46.3

40.2

NC

45.9

18.5

21.7

41.9

20.2

48.8

46.1

30.0

33.9

47.1

50.1

51.7

91.1

WC

40.1

37.9

17.2

61.5

32.9

31.2

32.1

34.8

61.4

52.8

73.7

64.1

76.8

SA

39.2

30.3

26.6

39.1

36.8

36.9

43.5

40.3

54.4

49.7

50.2

57.4

51.0

(a)    Source: General Household Survey (GHS), 2002-2014, DBE own calculation.

b.  (i) found employment should be available from the Department of Labour (DoL); as well as

    (iii) progressed to further education in respect of each province and district should be available from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).



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06 October 2015 - NW3422

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1) Whether her Department has developed policies and mechanisms to prevent America and Europe from dumping old computers in the country under the guise of donations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; and (2) Whether her Department has any programme in place (a) to educate the public and (b) create awareness about the risks of cancer and neurological disorders that could be caused by electronic waste?

Reply:

THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS REPLIES:

1. The Department is the competent authority for the Basel Convention which controls the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes and their disposal. The Department ensures that the Basel Convention is complied with by implementing the control system. Developed countries are not allowed to export wastes to developing countries for disposal purposes. Information Technology Association of Canada controls the imports of second-hand goods through the Second-hand Goods Act – by providing conditions for imports of second-hand goods, including electrical and electronic goods, which then ensures that no used goods are imported into the country under the guise of donations.

​2. (a and b)

The Department provides education and awareness training to provinces and municipalities on the legislation and policies developed, which includes the Waste Act; and emphasis is always on prevention for the protection of the environment and health. The Waste Act classifies Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) as hazardous waste. Other regulations that outlines specific measures related to WEEE include the National Waste Information Regulations and Waste Classification and Management Regulations. This information is made available to the public. The Department also envisages that there will be a waste-stream specific education and awareness training programme, linked to the industry waste management plans, which is expected to be provided by the WEEE sector. The programme should provide effective communication that informs EEE consumers about the potential dangers of improper, and the potential value of proper e-Waste treatment and disposal. These campaigns will have to be of a general public nature using various media.


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06 October 2015 - NW3421

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)Whether, in light of the amendment of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act no. 107 of 1998) which provides for measures to deal with electronic waste as hazardous waste, all industries producing electronic waste, lighting and packaging submitted their plans on how to deal with the specified waste; if not, which producers did not submit their plans; if so, what are the relevant details; and (2) Whether she intends to take legal action against all producers who did not submit their plans as required by the specified amendment; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS REPLIES:

1) In July 2015, the Minister published a gazette which gave published notice of her intention, in terms of section 28(1) read with section 28(5) of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008), to require the Paper and Packaging Industry, Electrical and Electronic Equipment Industry and Lighting Industry to prepare and submit their industry waste management plans. The notice invited members of the public to submit comments within thirty (30) days. Once all the comments have been considered, the Minister will then publish a
section 28(1) notice which will require the 3 sectors to submit the plans.

2) The Minister has not yet published a section 28(1) notice requiring the sectors to submit an industry waste management plan. Failure to comply with an approved plan is an offence.

 

 

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