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14 July 2015 - NW2496

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Masango, Mr SJ to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the Learner Transport Policy that was tabled in and approved by Cabinet, (a) on what date was the policy approved, (b) what criteria were used to approve the specified policy and (c) in each case, what (i) detailed plans, (ii) timelines, (iii) milestones and (iv) budgets were approved to implement the specified policy in each province?

Reply:

  1. The Policy was approved by Cabinet on the 27 May 2015
  2. The policy provides a framework in support of other public transport legislation through which learner transport must be provided
  3. (i) (ii) (iii) Detailed implementation plans with timelines, milestones are developed by the provinces.(iv) budgets for implementation are allocated by provinces

14 July 2015 - NW1849

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

How many public servants have successfully completed (a) Module 1 and (b) all the further modules of the Compulsory Induction Programme for public servants since its inception?

Reply:

(1) (a)(b) 10 087 public servants have successfully completed Module of the Compulsory Induction Programme and 3 685 public servants have completed all further Modules of the Compulsory Induction Programme.

14 July 2015 - NW2318

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)Has her department undertaken any (a) research and/or (b) investigation into (i) the environmental impact of plastic shopping bags and/or (ii) potentially banning the use of plastic shopping bags; if not, why not; if so, what were the findings of such (aa) research and/or (bb) investigation; (2) Does her department have a policy position with regard to the banning of plastic shopping bags; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

(1)

(a)(i) Research on environmental impacts of plastic shopping bags:

The department undertook a study to determine the impact of the Plastic Regulations in 2007. The impact of plastics on the environment is well documented through various institutions and as such the department does not have to undertake additional research but will rather use the already existing information.

(a)(ii) Research on potentially banning shopping bags:

The department is currently undertaking a study to determine possible management options for plastic waste in the country as part of the finalisation of the plastics and packaging industry waste management plan which will include alternative ways of managing plastics bags. With new and emerging technologies there are other innovative ways of managing plastic with the potential to create jobs. Only when all other options have been explored would we then consider the option of banning plastic bags.

(b)(i) Investigation into environmental impacts of shopping bags:

See (a)(i) above

(b)(ii) Investigation into potentially banning the use of plastic bags:

See (a)(ii) above.

(2) The department may consider banning plastics bags as an option within the comprehensive assessment of the management of plastic waste in South Africa. It will include this option in the finalisation of the Industry Waste Management Plan (IndWMP) for Plastics, Paper and Packaging. This IndWMP will facilitate and promote the recycling sector for this waste stream including plastic bags which will also determine the most appropriate management option for this waste stream.

 

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14 July 2015 - NW2334

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

(1)What is the current status of the Sedibeng Regional Sewerage Scheme (SRSS); (2) (a) what factors are currently holding up the implementation of the SRSS and (b) what steps are being taken to resolve these hold-ups; (3) when is the SRSS expected to become operational and (b) what interim measures are currently in place in the Southern Gauteng region to limit the impact on development in each affected municipality; (4) who is the current implementing agent of the SRSS?

Reply:

  1. The Sedibeng Regional Sanitation Scheme (SRSS) comprises construction upgrade of the following works:
  • The Sebokeng Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) upgrade – construction started in August 2013, Progress for these works is at 35% complete on civil works;
  • The Meyerton WWTW upgrade – construction started in March 2015 and construction work is progressing very well. Currently, progress for the civil contractor is around 8% complete; and
  • The feasibility studies for the proposed 150 mega-litres Regional WWTW has started in April 2015 and expected to be completed by November 2015. The Implementation Readiness Studies and Preliminary designs are expected to be completed by April 2016.

(2)(a) The source of delays in the implementation of the entire SRSS were as a result of the change of the Implementation Agent (IA) from the Municipalities (Emfuleni and Midvaal LMs) to Rand Water and secondly, the legal process to cede the service providers from the LMs to Rand Water. However, some of the professional service providers ceding processes experienced legal changes, this involved the Supervising Engineer for the SRSS, which ended up at High Court and subsequently resolved in an out of court settlement.

 

(2)(b) All the legal processes have been completed and work is currently being undertaken as mentioned in paragraph 1 above.

(3)(a) The implementation of the SRSS will take between 5 to 7 years to complete.

(3)(b) Additional development in both Midvaal and Sebokeng will be connected to both Meyerton WWTW and Sebokeng WWTW, which are being upgraded. Outfall sewer lines are included as part of scope to connect new developments such as Savanna City.

(4) Rand Water is appointed as the IA by the Minister of Water and Sanitation.

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14 July 2015 - NW2244

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

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) her department and (bb) entities reporting to her spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

 

(a) The Department of Water and Sanitation had two employees whose contracts were paid out before the contractually stipulated date of termination amounting to R2 274 513.50 for the 2008-09 financial year.

(a)(ii) Payouts were made to NJ Ngele amounting to R2 251 602.00 and OO Ayaya amounting to R22 911.59.

(a)(iii) The reasons for the early terminations were: NJ Ngele - The employer paid the employee 24 months of the employee's salary as per settlement agreement; OO Ayaya - The employer discharged the employee from the Public Service. An amount of R22 911.59 in terms of leave discounting was paid to the employee.

(b) None of the entities reporting to me has paid out remainder of any employee’s contract for the 2008-09 financial year.

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14 July 2015 - NW2402

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Police

Since his reply to question 2324 on 18 June 2015, what progress has been made with regard to case 32/5/15 reported at the Edenvale Police Station?

Reply:

Edenvale CAS 32/05/2015, the matter is still under investigation. Positive fingerprints were lifted on the scene, but he owner of the fingerprints is still not identified; meaning that the suspect is still unknown. Once identified, he/she will be traced.

14 July 2015 - NW2363

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

(1)What are the relevant details of each outstanding water use license agreement in respect of each province? (2) What is the (a) date on which the application for a water use license was made, (b) reason for delay and (c) expected date of finalisation?

Reply:

(1) The relevant details of outstanding water use licence applications (WULAs) in respect of each Province appear on Table 1 below.

Table 1: WULAs in process at the Department

Provincial Operation

Initial Assessment

Outstanding Information

Finalizing Assessment

Awaiting decision

Total

Eastern Cape

17

50

25

0

92

Free State

39

35

20

1

95

Gauteng

43

38

12

4

97

KwaZulu-Natal

6

33

10

0

49

Limpopo

52

24

125

0

201

Mpumalanga

266

30

31

1

328

Northern Cape

29

17

27

2

75

North West

123

38

40

0

201

Western Cape

121

10

57

0

188

Head Office

24

74

11

95

204

Total

720

349

358

103

1530

(2)(a) The year on which the application was made as depicted in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Year of application of water use licences in the Department

Provincial Operation

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Eastern Cape

0

11

8

26

30

17

92

Free State

0

16

16

22

41

0

95

Gauteng

3

12

23

15

43

1

97

KwaZulu-Natal

0

16

9

9

15

0

49

Limpopo

1

16

42

67

75

0

201

Mpumalanga

0

74

102

47

77

28

328

Northern Cape

0

2

13

23

28

9

75

North West

20

38

45

49

43

6

201

Western Cape

8

4

25

49

80

22

188

Head Office

96

67

27

13

1

0

204

Total

128

256

310

320

433

83

1530

(2)(b) Reasons for delays in water use licence applications are:

  • Outstanding information from applicants, mainly in a form of technical on site studies.
  • Complexity of applications and volumes of supporting documents.
  • Internal specialist inputs are intensive and hence the turnaround time is protracted.

(2)(c) The expected dates of completion of the water use licence application.

Table 3: Expected dates of completion of the water use licence applications per category

Category

Number of WULAs

Expected date of completion

Initial Assessment

720

30-Mar-16

Outstanding Information

349

30-Dec-15

Finalizing Assessment

358

31-Oct-15

Await decision

103

30-Sep-15

Total

1530

 

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14 July 2015 - NW1304

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

What steps is her department taking to prevent raw sewerage flowing from Kwa-Thatha through Phaphamani into the Belmont Valley in Makana Municipality?

Reply:

Requesting that the Honorable Member to refer to the response to NA 1305.

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14 July 2015 - NW2237

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) her department and (bb) entities reporting to her spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

 

(a) Yes

(aa)

(i) R580 597,82

(ii) Ms MP Mbengashe, Chief Director

(iii) The parties agreed to terminate the contract.

iSimangaliso

(b) No

(bb)

(i) N/A

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

South African Weather Service

(b) No

(bb)

(i) N/A

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

South African National Parks

(b) No

(bb)

(i) N/A

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

South African National Biodiversity Institute

(b) No

(bb)

(i) N/A

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

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14 July 2015 - NW2420

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

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

Reply:

Requesting the Honourable Member to refer to the response in NA 1128 published on 26 March 2015.

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14 July 2015 - NW2316

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether her department has had any engagement with the City of Tshwane regarding (a) a dam in Midas, Mabopane, Ward 22 and (b)(i) health, (ii) safety and (iii) environmental risks associated with the specified dam; (2) whether her department will conduct a health and safety assessment in respect of the specified dam; (3) whether her department intends to engage with the municipality to address the safety concerns of the local community?

Reply:

(1) The Department of Water and Sanitation had no previous engagements with the City of Tshwane regarding health, safety or environmental risk of a dam in Midas.

(2) No complaints about the query have been received by my Department and no health and safety assessment was therefore planned.

(3) Yes, my Department has engaged with the City of Tshwane municipality regarding this issue and met incidentally with a community leader on 18 June 2015 during the site visit. According to the representative of the community, they get their services from the City of Tshwane. Madibeng Municipality will also be approached through my sector support unit to address the matter further.

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14 July 2015 - NW2367

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

(1)Whether the cyanobacteria is present in the (a) Hartebeespoort Dam, (b) Vaal Dam, (c) Spitskop Dam, (d) Barberspan, (e) Koppies Dam and (f) Chrissiesmeer; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she can provide the results of each of the water tests done at each of the specified dams since 1 January 2011; if not, why not; if so, what are the results in each case; (3) whether she has taken any steps to resolve the problem of the presence of cyanobacteria in the specified dams; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what danger does the bacteria cyanobacteria pose to standing water bodies?

Reply:

  1. The Department does not currently monitor Barberspan or Chrissiesmeer for cyanobacteria, as they do not form part of the National Eutrophication Monitoring Programme (focused on dams). Both Barberspan and Chrissiesmeer are viewed as wetlands and will form part of the National Wetlands Monitoring Programme, which is currently being designed and will be implemented in 2016. For the other dams, the most recently available cyanobacterial counts are listed in the table below:

Dam

Cyanobacterial count (cells/ml)

(including Anabeana, Arthrospira, Cylindrospermopsis, Lyngbya, Merismopedia, Microcystis and Oscillatoria

Hartbeespoort

22 342

Vaal

33 524

Spitskop

7 851

Koppies

Not available

2. Results can be provided for all the dams since 2011 as requested, except Barberspan and Chrissiesmeer. The data information can be viewed on the Directorate’s website - https://www.dwa.gov.za/iwqs.

3. Addressing cyanobacteria in dams requires a multidisciplinary approach with its foundation in catchment management.  Nutrient loading resulting from run-off in catchment where the dam is located, is the main reason for cyanobacterial blooms.

This loading takes place as a result of, inter alia, overloaded and / or dysfunctional waste water treatment works and agricultural run-off. DWS addresses this through collaboration with and guidance to local authorities, whom is responsible for operating these waste water treatment works.  The Green Drop project is an example of this, where the efficient operation of wastewater treatment works by municipalities is audited and scored.  Based on the outcome of this evaluation, guidance is provided by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to municipalities to assist them with adhering to the license conditions of the waste water treatment works. 

The DWS has also recently acquired the services of Cuban engineers to assist local municipalities with the improved operation of their waste water treatment works.

The Department developed a set of guidelines for eutrophication management, including best agricultural practices which, if implemented by farmers, will reduce the nutrient loading resulting from agricultural run-off.

A specific project on the Hartbeespoort Dam to address the water quality remediation, which includes the treatment of cyanobacterial blooms, is the Metsi a Me project.  This is a multidisciplinary project which addresses the remediation of dam specific water quality.

There is currently no similar scale projects on the other dams mentioned in the question, as these dams’ issues are addressed on a catchment base.

(4)    Cyanobacteria, when present in high numbers in the water column, and under conducive environmental conditions, can release a toxin, microcystin, which could pose a health risk if untreated water is consumed by humans and animals.  In addition, when the algal blooms die off and decompose, it can result in unpleasant smells, impacting on recreational users.                                        

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14 July 2015 - NW2303

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether Coal of Africa was granted a water licence for its operations in the (a) Makhado Local Municipality and (b) Musina Local Municipality in Limpopo; if not, why not; if so, (i) on what date was it granted and (ii) what are the terms of the licence agreement?

Reply:

(a) Coal of Africa was not granted a water licence for its operations in the Makhado Local Municipality. Their water use licence (WUL) application is still being processed by the Department of Water and Sanitation.

(b)(i) Coal of Africa was granted a WUL for its operations in the Musina Local Municipality.

(b)(ii) The water use licence for Coal of Africa in respect of its operations in the Musina Local Municipality was granted on 29 March 2011. The water use licence was granted for a period of five years on the terms stipulated in WUL, which are confidential to the applicant. Coal of Africa plans to continue with the mine, consequently they have applied for another water use licence for the same area covered by the licence granted in 2011.

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14 July 2015 - NW2546

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Police

Whether he has any plans to arrange for satellite police stations to be established in (a) Okholweni, Ward 1 in Nquthu, (b) Mfongosi, Ward 9 in Nkandla and (c) Emabhuqwini, Ward 2 in Nkandla, as the specified areas are plagued by stock theft and senseless murders; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a)  Okholweni: Ward 1

 

  • There is no place called Okholweni, the area is called Ukwalwini/ Ntabasibahle. Ward 1 is served by two stations namely Nquthu, and SAPS Ekombe. The biggest parts of Ward 1 are policed by SAPS Ekombe.
  • There are no plans to establish a satellite police station within the area.
  • The reasons are as follows:
  • During an Accessibility Study, consultation with the community was conducted by this office and there was no need/ request identified for the establishment of a Satellite police station in this area.
  • The area in question is within an 18km radius from the main police station. The province is currently focussing on areas with longer distances for prioritization of establishment of satellite police stations.
  • Melmoth Stock Theft Unit investigates all Stock Theft Related cases within the Ekombe policing precinct.

(b)Mfongosi: Ward 9:

  • There is already an established satellite station, Mfongosi under SAPS Ekombe.

(c)Emabhuqwini: Ward 2:

  • There are no plans to establish a satellite police station within the area.
  • The reasons are as follows:
  • During an Accessibility Study, consultation with the community was conducted by this office and there was no need/ request identified for the establishment of Satellite police stations in this area.
  • The area in question is within an 18km radius from the main police station. The province is currently focussing on areas with longer distances for prioritization of establishment of satellite police stations.
  • Melmoth Stock Theft Unit is investigates all Stock Theft Related cases within the Ekombe policing precinct.

14 July 2015 - NW2223

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

Whether the Government had conducted any in depth analysis of townships and informal settlement areas to determine whether the residents who stay there were enjoying their full rights as set out in section 24(a) and (b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

Yes

LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

The environment sector is mandated to ensure environmental sustainability in terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act No. 108 of 1996); the National Environmental Management Act, Act 107 of 1998 (NEMA), as amended; as well as other Specific Environmental Management Acts (SEMAs). The right to a safe and healthy environment which is not dangerous to human life, which is enshrined in the Constitution, makes it imperative that there should be a balance between addressing the current development needs and protecting the natural environment. The principles set out in Chapter 1 of the Constitution lay a solid foundation on how environmental justice could be realised and participation in environmental governance ensured. The NEMA and all its SEMAs are all premised on these principles, and embedded in them are specific provisions, tools, systems and structures to ensure that the environmental right is realised and the above principles are adhered to.

In response to these legislative imperatives, the environmental sector (National and Provincial Departments of Environmental Affairs) in consultation with other stakeholders (South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and municipalities developed a five year Local Government Support Strategy for the Environment Sector, 2014-2019. In drafting the strategy, a survey was conducted to determine the level of capacity of municipalities to deal with environmental management and governance. The questionnaire specifically sought to determine the level of compliance by all 278 municipalities with NEMA and SEMAs. Questionnaires were differentiated in terms of municipal geographic location (inland/coastal) and environmental functions each municipality is expected to perform. The scores (converted into percentages) were then used to divide municipalities into three categories as follows: 0-29% = Establishment Phase, 30-59% = Consolidation Phase,
60% upwards = Sustainability Phase. The results of the survey were as follows:

  • Local Municipalities (LMs): 51% establishment phase, 41% consolidation phase, 8% sustainability phase
  • District Municipalities (DMs): 32% establishment phase, 48% consolidation phase, 20% sustainability phase
  • Metropolitan Municipalities (Metros): 0% establishment phase, 11% consolidation phase, 89% sustainability phase

Based on these findings, the implementation plan was developed to address challenges identified. In 2014/15, specific focus was given to the establishment and formalisation of environmental governance structures within municipalities to provide a platform of engagement with all citizens on environmental governance structures. These structures were successfully established and they are now operational. The performance of these structures is monitored through the 2015/16 Implementation Plan, and reports are provided to the relevant Intergovernmental Structures. Below is an outline of specific interventions for key thematic areas i.e. Air Quality and Climate Change; Waste Management.

  1. AIR QUALITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Prior to the advent of democracy, little was known about the quality of ambient air that the majority of the citizens of South Africa were breathing, as well as the potential health impact of that quality of air. However, since the dawn of democracy a number of measures have been put into motion to address this challenge. The use of coal and other energy sources that result in air pollution poses a major threat to citizens enjoying their full rights as set out in section 24(a) and (b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Since the promulgation of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (Act No. 39 of 2004) and the subsequent development of its National Framework for Air Quality Management in South Africa, the Department has facilitated, in partnership with the different spheres of government; the initiation of ambient air quality monitoring programmes.

The main objectives for monitoring are to provide information fundamental to decision-making; identifying air pollution that is non-compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS); and defining intervention strategies to evaluate the efficacy of air quality management strategies. Ambient air quality monitoring is also being used to identify areas in need of restoration and their prioritisation, such as in the national air quality priority areas of Vaal Triangle, Highveld and Waterberg-Bojanala. Currently, there are close to 85 government owned ambient air quality monitoring stations across the country. The stations monitor a range of criteria pollutants, including ozone (O3), particulate matter (both PM10 and PM2.5), carbon monoxide (CO), sulphur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (nitrogen dioxide NO2, and nitric acid NO), lead (Pb), hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and the relevant meteorological parameters.

The observations from the ambient air quality monitoring networks have informed the development of air quality management plans (AQMPs) by all spheres of government, in accordance with the air quality management challenges faced. Municipalities, for example, are required to have these AQMPs incorporated in their Integrated Development Plans (IDPs). This requirement elevates air quality issues in the planning processes of each of the municipalities.

The Department has developed priority area AQMPs, and has allocated specific funding for the implementation of these plans. In addition, and as part of the implementation of these plans, the Department has established Implementation Task Teams (ITTs) and Multi-Stakeholder Reference Group (MSRGs). These structures, amongst other things, facilitate the participation of communities in tackling air quality challenges facing them. There has been an increase in the participation of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in these areas, and the Department acknowledges that awareness is key in addressing air quality issues in these areas.

The Department is also in the final stages of developing the Strategy to Address Pollution in Dense, Low Income Communities. The objectives of this strategy are:

  • to establish a forum that will ensure that the interventions that address air pollution in dense low-income communities are carried out in a coordinated manner, with integration of policies and interventions from various departments/institutions;
  • to facilitate, through the forum, the implementation of interventions within air pollution priority areas in order to ensure the air that is not harmful to health and wellbeing;
  • to plan and co-ordinate the implementation of future interventions to address the problem; and
  • to monitor and report progress annually to the Minister of Environmental Affairs.

The strategy offers a great opportunity for all the identified role players to work together and improve on the gains made thus far in tackling air quality challenges that are faced by the citizens of the Republic.

2.  WASTE MANAGEMENT

Government through Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) undertakes surveys at different intervals to establish trends in many different aspects, including provision of services. The Department works closely with Stats SA in relation to monitoring waste service in the country.

Waste services seem to be low in rural areas. However, we have discovered that this could be due to lack of understanding of the different service levels for waste services. The National Waste Collection Standards prescribe different service levels for different geographic areas. The Department is therefore currently capacitating municipalities on these collection standards. Municipalities are in turn required to educate their communities to ensure accurate reporting.

The Department also developed a number of waste management tools/measures to protect the environment and human health of all South African citizens by making sure that impact is managed appropriately.

These include:

  • Waste Management and Classification Regulations; Norms and Standards for Assessment of Waste for Disposal; and Norms and Standards for Assessment of Landfill for waste disposal – which regulates the management classification of wastes in a manner that supports and implements the provisions of the Waste Act and prescribes the requirements and timeframes for management of certain wastes, among others.
  • Draft Healthcare Risk Waste Management Regulations – which sets minimum requirements for management of waste from healthcare facilities, from cradle to grave.
  • Licenses to ensure that facilities are operated in compliance with environmental legislation, ensuring that impacts are managed to protect the environment and human health.

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14 July 2015 - NW2488

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

(1)What is her department doing to enforce the applicable legislation relating to water pollution; (2) what are the details of each of the water pollution cases her department is involved in with regard to (a) the area, (b) a description of the situation, (c) the environmental impact and (d) the method of intervention?

Reply:

(1) My Department through the Enforcement Unit among other units ensures that all pollution cases reported are investigated and rectification measures are taken where non-compliance is detected.

In instances whereby pollution of a water resource is precisely detected to be occurring or might be occurring, my Department institutes administrative enforcement action prescript in Sections 19 and 20 of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998) (NWA) with the objective of ensuring prevention and remedying effects of pollution and control of emergency incident.

My Department may lay criminal or civil charges against responsible person for unlawfully and intentionally or negligently committing any act or omission which pollutes or likely to pollute a water resource.

My Department also actively participates in the Inter-Departmental Enforcement Task Team comprising of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and Department of Minerals Resources (DMR) to ensure intensified collective approach against polluters.

(2) Further details cannot be furnished as it may prejudice the outcome of some administrative action and criminal prosecution taken by the Department, which is sub judice according to the National Prosecution Authority.

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14 July 2015 - NW2495

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What has been the economic impact of the e-toll system on the Gauteng province since its introduction, (b) how was this impact measured and (c) how was the impact on traffic congestion on roads in Gauteng measured and ascertained?

Reply:

(a) I am informed that the overall economic impact was positive. As a result of the additional road capacity, delays on the road network were substantially decreased, and traffic growth of more than 20% in many instances could be accommodated. Improvements in travel speeds/reduced congestion was also confirmed by independent studies (refer to reports from Congestion survey by Tom Tom). Furthermore, the development that took place in the immediate vicinity of upgraded interchanges such as Lynnwood, Atterbury, Garsfontein, John Vorster, Allandale, etc reflects the positive impact the road improvement project had on Gauteng. As was demonstrated in various economic studies, the project renders a high return on investment and a B:C ratio of 8 to 1. The Panel to investigate the social and economic impact of the GFIP made amongst others the following conclusions (the full report is available from the Gauteng Province):

The impact of the GFIP in the GCR economy;

Reduced Travel time benefits:

  • 45 000 hours at morning peak
  • Average speed increase of 64 km/hr (without GFIP) to 100 km/hr (with GFIP)
  • Average speed increase on secondary routes from 40km/hr to 48 km/hr

Reduced vehicle operating costs (5% to 20% depending on route and distance)

  • Reduced fuel consumption
  • Reduced maintenance costs

Improved logistics efficiencies

Improved travel conditions

  • Enhanced safety
  • Rapid response emergency services and prevention of secondary accidents (1 400 / month)

(b)Sees (a) above

(c) SANRAL has various counting stations on the freeway network as well as parallel routes to the freeway network that counts traffic on an ongoing basis. The graphs below provides an indication, based on the situation in 2014, what the impact of the GFIP on traffic speeds on both the freeways and supporting road network was with and without the toll roads as well as before and after the tolling of the freeways commenced.

As can be seen from the graphs below, the conditions on the freeways and alternative roads are substantially better than what it would have been if the GFIP was not implemented, even after toll collection commenced.

Freeways & Alternatives Routes. See Annexure A

13 July 2015 - NW2087

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Luzipo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether the (a) Chief Executive Officer and the (b) Chief Financial Officer of the Council for Geoscience have resigned; if so, (i) what are the reasons in each case and (ii) what steps has he taken in each case?

Reply:

(a) Yes, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has resigned.

(b) No, the Chief Financial Officer has not resigned.

(i) The Chief Executive Officer indicated that the time had come for him to move on to other interests.

(ii) An Acting CEO, Mr Simon Sikhosana has been appointed until a new CEO is appointed and assumes office.

 

 

 

Approved/not approved

Adv N.A. Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2015

13 July 2015 - NW1857

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

(a) How many invoices of creditors and suppliers to the SA Post Office have remained unpaid for more than (i) 30 days, (ii) 60 days, (iii) 90 days or longer as at 13 May 2015.

Reply:

SAPO RESPONSE:

           

 

Number

Current

Number

+ 30

Number

+ 60

Number

+ 90

Number

+ 120

Total Unpaid Suppliers

1969

1 804.00

879.00

664.00

1 742.00

Amongst outstanding R000.

     

-166782511.47

-54466162.78

(b) In each case, what is the (i) name of the company/supplier concerned, (ii) amount outstanding per company/supplier and (iii) reason for non-payment?   

SAPO RESPONSE:   Reason the company is having turnaround challenges (cash flow) it is trying to overcome with its turnaround strategy implementation.

13 July 2015 - NW1873

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

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

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department and Entities as follows:-

(a)   DEPARTMENT

The Department has not installed generators in its offices; it is currently renting offices that have generators installed by the landlord.

  1. Not applicable
  2. No costs

(b)

.ZADNA

Zadna has not installed generators in its offices; it is currently renting offices that have generators installed by the landlord.

  1. Not applicable
  2. No costs

NEMISA

No, the building had an already existing generator from occupation of the building.

(ii) January 2015

  • Petrol: R 2 000
  • Service: R0

February 2015

  • Petrol: R2 000
  • Service: R 3 311.70

 

March 2015:

  • Petrol: R0
  • Service:R0

April 2015:

  • Petrol: R 2 000
  • Service: R0

May 2015:

  • Petrol: R0
  • Service: R0

June 2015:  

  • Petrol: R2000
  • Service: R0

Total cost to date: R 11 311.70

THE SOUTH AFRICAN POST OFFICE (SAPO)

SAPO has not installed any generators as of January 1, 2015.

Broadband Infraco (BBI)

Broadband Infraco has not had to installed any generators or expand on its existing fleet of mobile generators as a result of load shedding since 1 January 2015.

SENTECH

SENTECH has not installed any generator at any of its offices since January 2015 due to load shedding.

SENTECH already has generators installed as part of its normal operations of ensuring that its offices have standby power.

SENTECH has standby generator capability at most of its infrastructure sites to protect services against normal power disruptions to ensure services continuity. The Eskom load shedding situation does impact sites without back-up power and increase operating costs due to increased standby plant running hours and associated maintenance and fuel costs.

Most of SENTECH sites have Stand by Generators (STG’s) already installed. From January 2015, a new STG was installed at Kroonstad as a replacement due to the failure of the existing one. SENTECH is also installing STG’s at its three Greenfield stations at Harrismith, Holy Cross and Ngqeleni. The installations at these three sites form part of SENTECH’s normal installation on all new transmitter sites to ensure continuous service during power outages.

The installation cost per site is as follows:

Harrismith STG: R535 244. 25

Holy Cross STG: R445 553. 00

Ngeleni STG: R437 759. 50

Kroonstad STG: R267 133. 75

Total R1 685 690. 50

Towards the end of the previous financial year and during severe load shedding periods, SENTECH reviewed energy expenditure and determined that SENTECH plants were running 30% more than normal, meaning that operating costs will increase accordingly. The following amount has been spent on fuel for generating standby energy.

Monthly Cost

Jan-2015 668 917

Feb-2015 1 085 850

Mar-2015 535 739

Apr-2015 1 120 166

May-2015 759 142

Jun-2015 300 651

Total 4 470 465

USAASA

USAASA has a generator provided by the landlord in 2010.  No other generator has been purchased since January 2015. The running of this generator is R31, 661.10 annually.

SITA

SITA has installed a rented generator for the SITA Centurion Data Centre, commissioned in January 2015.

The table below reflects the costs associated with preparing the site prior to installation of the generator as well as monthly costs for the rental of the generator installed at SITA’s National Key point (NKP) Centurion Data Centre:

No

Activity

(ii) Running Cost from January 2015 to June 2015

(i) Cost of installation

1.

2200 kVA Diesel Generator rental for per month

R 1 624 500

(R 270 750 x 6 months)

 

2.

Cable Laying which was done as the first step

 

R 4 224 156

3.

Electrical control panels for generators which was installed to connect the new generator to the SITA existing grid

 

R 1 026 000

4.

Alarm systems to enable early warning via SMS messaging

 

R 273 600

5.

Project Management Fee to manage the above

 

R 927 070

6.

Diesel fuel (One fill at deliver)

 

R 95 760

 

TOTAL COST

R 1 624 500

R 6 546 586

13 July 2015 - NW2538

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

Whether in respect of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, Act 16 of 2013 and the regulations that came into effect on 1 July 2015, he had taken into account the finding of the Constitutional Court, CCT 117/14 regarding the review outcomes of Judicial Tribunals used as a tool by Premiers and provincial Members of the Executive Council of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning to regulate planning and developmental matters within municipalities as well as to help process the estimated 1,5 million or title deeds not yet issued to beneficiaries of the Reconstruction and Development Programme housing; if not, why not; if so, what is his department planning to do with the difficulties that have arisen with the judgment?

Reply:

Yes. The Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013 (Act No 16 of 2013) and its regulations have taken due consideration of the Constitutional Court Judgment, CCT 117/13, and confirms the municipality as a decision making authority of first instance.    

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, through its various deeds registries, assists in the process of registering title in respect of RDP housing by expediting the registration of RDP Housing related deeds. This is done upon request to the  Registrar of Deeds by the relevant sphere of government which is the registered owner of the land in respect of which a township register has been opened.

13 July 2015 - NW2414

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of State Security

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

Reply:

  1. The State Security Agency (SSA) has spent the following amounts on advertising in the Sowetan and The Daily Sun:

 

Financial Year

Sowetan

The Daily Sun

2012-13

R 5 315.71

0

2013-14

0

0

2014-15

0

0

13 July 2015 - NW2401

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With regards to the tender for the construction of a dedicated cruise liner terminal at the Cape Town harbour (a) what are the reasons for the delay in awarding this tender and (b) when will the specified tender be awarded?

Reply:

(a) Transnet SOC Ltd (“Transnet”) strictly adheres to the set procurement procedures for good governance. The delay was due to the first RFP (“Request for a Proposal”) being declared a non-award as a result the bidders not achieving the minimum threshold as per the request. The second RFP closed on 5 February 2015 and Corporate Governance processes had to be adhered to and the preferred bidder was only approved on 28 May 2015.

(b) Transnet informed the preferred bidder of its appointment on 4 June 2015. The process of negotiating a suitable Terminal Operator Agreement with the preferred bidder and Transnet is currently underway. As announced on 1 July 2015, V&A Waterfront (Pty) Ltd was awarded the preferred bidder status.

 

13 July 2015 - NW1399

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Van Dalen, Mr P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) What number of (i) financial, (ii) forensic and/or (iii) other investigations that were commissioned by his department have been completed since 1 April 2013 and (b) in each case, what are the relevant details on the (i) investigation including a synopsis of the facts and findings of each case, (ii) persons or third parties responsible for each investigation, (iii) total cost to date of each investigation and (iv) appropriate steps taken against officials and third parties implicated of wrongdoing in the findings of the investigations?

Reply:

TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES

A (i) Financial investigations = 1 case

(ii) Forensic investigations = 0

(iii) Other investigations =18 cases

B NATURE OF INVESTIGATION 2013

DATE

NATURE OF MISCONDUCT

DETAILS OF INVESTIGATION

RESPONSIBLE PERSON

COST INCURRED BY DMR LABOUR RELATIONS OFFICER IN CONDUCTING INVESTIGATION (S&T/Accommodation/Transport)

STEPS TAKEN

27.09.2013

Unauthorized use of GG vehicle

Employee subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

Employment Relations Management (ERM)

N/A

Employee was charged with misconduct and was suspended for one month without pay and recovery of 132 Kilometres travelled (R425.00)

18.06.2013

Perform remunerative work outside Public Service without permission from Director General as required by Public Service Act

Employee subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

ERM

R1710

The employee was found guilty and dismissed. The employee lodge an appeal against the sanction. The appeal Authority Committee reduced the sanction of dismissal to three month suspension without pay.

05.03 2013

Absenteeism and reporting to work under the influence of liquor.

  1. Employee was referred to rehabilitation centre.

2. Employee relapsed and continue to absent himself from work. The employee was subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

ERM

N/A

The employee was found guilty and dismissed. Employee lodged an appeal and it was upheld

31.10.2013

Issuing of fraudulent blasting certificate

Employee was subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

ERM

R3760.00

The employee was dismissed and the matter was referred to the HAWKS

11.07.2013

Absenteeism

Employee referred to rehabilitation centre

ERM

R6 456.44

Rehabilitation

02.04.2013

Poor performance

Employee was subjected to disciplinary

ERM

N/A

Employee found not guilty. Case closed

           

B NATURE OF INVESTIGATION 2014

DATE

NATURE OF MISCONDUCET

DETAILS OF INVESTIGATION

RESPONSIBLE PERSON

COST OF INVESTICATION

STEPS TAKEN

27.03.2014

Misuse of state property

Employee was subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

ERM

N/A

Employee was dismissed. Employee appealed against the sanction. Sanction was reduced to one month suspension without pay.

01.07.2014

Failure to honour an appointment with a client

Employee was found guilty of misconduct and informal process disciplinary instituted.

ERM

3978.14

Verbal warning

17.07.2014

Dereliction of duties

Employee was subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

ERM

N/A

Employee was found not guilty

07.10.2014

Non-compliance with Risk and Safety standard procedures

Employee was subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

ERM

N/A

One month suspension without pay and written warning. Employee appealed and the sanction was upheld.

07.10.2014

Non-compliance with Risk and Safety standard procedures

Employee was subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

ERM

N/A

Employee was found not guilty

07.10.2014

Non-compliance with Risk and Safety standard procedures

Employee was subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

ERM

N/A

Employee was found not guilty

07.10.2014

Dereliction of duties and absenteeism

Insufficient evidence to charge the employee. Case closed

ERM

N/A

Case closed due to insufficient evidence to charge the employee

25.02.2014

Disclosure of confidential information

Employee was subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

Audit

N/A

Employees was suspended for one month without pay

           

B NATURE OF INVESTIGATION 2015

 

DATE

NATURE OF MISCONDUCT

DETAILS OF INVESTIGATION

RESPONSIBLE OFFICIAL

COST OF THE INVESTIGATION

STEPS TAKEN

21.01.2015

Negligence: appointment of employee on a wrong level

Informal disciplinary hearing instituted against the employee

ERM

R2280.00

Written Warning

21.01.2015

Negligence: appointment of employee on a wrong level

Informal disciplinary hearing instituted against the employee

ERM

R2280.00

Written Warning

30.01.2015

Unauthorised use of GG vehicle

Employee subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

ERM

R17536.00

One month suspension without pay and a written warning

13.03.2015

Failure to disclose private business

Insufficient evidence to charge employees with misconduct. Case closed

ERM

N/A

Case closed

25.03.2015

Employee forged signatures of her supervisors when claiming S&T claims

Employee was subjected to a formal disciplinary hearing

ERM

R1140.00

Employee dismissed from work. The case has been referred to Legal Service and Security Risk to process legal claims to recover R475 120.79 and institute criminal case process against Ms Snyer.

TOTAL

     

R39 140. 58

 

 

 

Approved/not approved

Adv N.A. Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2015

13 July 2015 - NW2424

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

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

Reply:

(a),(b)(i),(ii),(aa),(bb),(cc) Please refer to the table below.

 

(a)(i),(ii),(aa),(bb),(cc) Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

(b)(i),(ii)(aa),(bb),(cc) Ingonyama Trust Board

  1. Sowetan
  1. Daily Sun
  1. Sowetan
  1. Daily Sun

(aa)

123 747.66

(aa)

239 947.12

Nil

(bb)

1 544 549.69

(bb)

164 625.57

 

(cc)

200 950.30

(cc)

253 528.70

 

Total R1 869 247. 65

 

Total R658 101.39

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13 July 2015 - NW1722

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether the Government was acting proactively and responsively to stop the actual and prospective haemorrhaging of mining jobs in our country by engaging all parties and exploring all possible solutions; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) relevant details and (b) outcomes thereof?

Reply:

  1. Yes, The Department has set up a Task Team under the auspices of the Mining Industry Growth Development and Employment Task Team (MIGDETT) that is tasked with saving of jobs in the mining industry.

(a) The department has been constantly engaging mining companies that have announced shedding of jobs to report on intended mine closure and to ensure companies follow the MPRDA processes (in terms of section 52) and implement the Social and Labour Plan (on downscaling) and engage proactively the department of Labour.

(b)  The stakeholders has met and developed terms of reference which were approved by MIGDETT principals. These are currently implemented.

 

 

 

Approved/not approved

Adv N.A. Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2015

13 July 2015 - NW2428

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

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

Reply:

  1. DMR

(aa) 2012-2013

(bb) 2013-2014

(cc) 2014-2015

  1. Sowetan
 

R0.00

R0.00

R27 453,60

(ii) Daily Sun

 

R0.00

R32 491.37

R31 824.00

(b) Entities

(aa) 2012 - 2013

(bb) 2013 - 2014

(cc) 2014 - 2015

  1. Sowetan

Council for Geoscience

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

Mine Health and Safety Council

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

Mintek

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

State Diamond Trader

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

South African Diamond and Precious Metal Regulator

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

  1. Daily Sun

Council for Geoscience

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

Mine Health and Safety Council

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

Mintek

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

State Diamond Trader

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

South African Diamond and Precious Metal Regulator

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

All the entities reporting to the Minister never advertised in either the Sowetan or Daily Sun.

Adv N.A Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2015

13 July 2015 - NW2365

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)When will his department publish a National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report for the mining sector; (2) how many staff members of his department were responsible for assessing compliance with environmental management plans or programmes in each region in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years; (3) how many staff members of his department were responsible for enforcement action for failure to comply with environmental management plans or programmes in each region in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years? NW2729E

Reply:

(1) The mining sector report will be included in the report published annually by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

(2) (a) 71

(b) 106

(3) (a) 71

(b) 115

 

 

 

Approved/not approved

Adv N.A Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2015

13 July 2015 - NW1170

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) How many sick leave days were taken by employees of his department in the 2013-14 financial year and (b) what was the total cost thereof in rand?

Reply:

(a) 7069 sick leave days taken in 2013 / 2014 financial year; and

(b) R9 619 213 was the total cost

 

 

 

Adv N.A Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2015

13 July 2015 - NW912

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

What amount was spent by (a) his department and (b) state entities reporting to him on (i) tickets and (ii) sponsorships on The New Age Breakfast Briefings for the last three financial years?

Reply:

(a) (b) The department and Entities has not spent any money to

(i) Tickets –The New Age Breakfast Briefings for the last three financial years by all the entities reporting to the Minister of Mineral Resources.

(ii) Sponsorships – There were no sponsorships made available for The New Age Breakfast Briefings in the last three years by all the department and entities reporting to the Minister of Mineral Resources.

 

 

 

 

Approved/Not Approved

Adv N.A Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2015

13 July 2015 - NW2430

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES

(a) (i) Sowetan

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) R 298 771.20

(cc) None

 

STATE-OWNED COMPANIES

TRANSNET

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) R 1 597 103.52

(bb) R 3 288 342.91

(cc) R 678 508.12

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

ALEXKOR

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

DENEL

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) None

(bb) R 114 000.00

(cc) R 758 456.48

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

SAFCOL

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

SAX

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

ESKOM

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) R 1 470 000.00

(bb) R 1 180 000.00

(cc) R 1 050 000.00

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) R 540 000.00

(bb) R 100 000.00

(cc) R 150 000.00

 

13 July 2015 - NW1583

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Esterhuizen, Mr JA to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

What are the full details regarding the reasons why voices of communities affected by mining are still not being heard at negotiations and excluded from discussions or representation on the draft framework for sustainable mining?

Reply:

As part of the Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry and the Special Presidential Package (SPP) initiative, the communities at municipalities and provincial levels are being consulted during the implementation phase.

 

 

 

 

Approved/not approved

Adv N.A. Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2015

13 July 2015 - NW2366

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

(1) With reference to his reply to question 463 on 13 April 2015, have the workers on (a) Magwa and (b) Majola tea plantations in the Eastern Cape been paid as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, are all payments up to date; (2) has any further funding been provided to (a) Magwa and (b) Majola tea plantations; if so, (i) how much funding has been provided to each specified plantation and (ii) by whom; (3) (a) what is his department’s long-term plan in relation to the two specified tea plantations and (b) what steps does he intend taking to get them functioning again?

Reply:

  1. With reference to his reply to question 463 on 13 April 2015, have the workers on (a) Magwa and (b) Majola tea plantations in the Eastern Cape been paid as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, are all payments up to date;
  • Yes the monies for the worker payments for 2015/16 have been paid to the respective estates.

2. has any further funding been provided to (a) Magwa and (b) Majola tea plantations; if so, (i) how much funding has been provided to each specified plantation and (ii) by whom;

  • No further funding additional to that paid over for wages is available, However, a request for additional funding to value of R 66 mil for the revitalisation of the two estates has been prepared and submitted to treasury. A response is awaited.

3.(a) what is his department’s long-term plan in relation to the two specified tea plantations and (b) what steps does he intend taking to get them functioning again?             

  • Yes, long term plans have been developed and includes, amongst others, institutional reforms, market oriented production and support from private stakeholders and labour. Diversification to alternative enterprises is part of the proposed steps.            
  • A submission for the funding of the long term development plan has been submitted to Treasury for potential funding

13 July 2015 - NW1886

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

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

Reply:

(a) (b) No.

(i) N/A

(ii) N/A

 

 

 

 

Approved/not approved

Adv N.A. Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2015

13 July 2015 - NW2533

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of State Security

Did his department begin informal investigations into five non-governmental organizations who have taken the Government to court on several occasions if so; (a) which five organizations (b) when will the investigation be completed and (c) to whom will the report of the investigation be submitted?

Reply:

No

10 July 2015 - NW2348

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to the presentation made to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on 2 June 2015 (a) what are the full details of each of the mobile schools, (b) how many learners are enrolled in each of the specified schools, (c) on what dates were each of the specified mobile schools established, (d) how many teachers are employed in each mobile school, (e) what is the reason for the establishment of the mobile schools and (f) for how long will the specified schools remain mobile schools?

Reply:

 

(a) See attached spread sheet

(b) See attached spread sheet

(c) See attached spread sheet

(d) See attached spread sheet

(e) Schools build of prefabricated modular structures are constructed when schools are urgently required to avoid/ reduce overcrowding of existing schools or to avoid a situation where the Department will not be able to accommodate learners at all, especially at the beginning of an academic year.

(f) Many of these schools are in excellent to fair conditions and there is no reason to replace these particular schools at this stage. There is no fixed date by when these schools will be replaced as the replacement is determined by the condition of the structures. The planned dates for the replacement of those specific schools that require replacement are indicated on the attached spread sheet.

The responses from three provinces are still outstanding and these will be provided as soon as they are received.

10 July 2015 - NW806

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether, as the Commander-in-Chief of the defence force, and in respect of the role the Government plays in continental peace efforts, the security forces are in a state of readiness as a fully trained and equipped force to respond to unforeseen and unconventional attacks both from within and outside the Republic; (2) whether the Government has or intends to have bilateral agreements with other tried and tested countries on unconventional warfare in order to train our personnel?

Reply:

  1. Yes, all South African National Defence Force (SANDF) forces deployed internally and externally are mission ready in terms of both training and equipment.
  2. 2.Yes, the SANDF has Memoranda of Understanding (MOU’s) with other armed forces in the African continent and beyond in line with the policies of our government and our continental and international obligations. Military training opportunities are exchanged between these friendly forces on continuous basis.

09 July 2015 - NW2445

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) With reference to the purchase of school furniture for 845 schools in the Eastern Cape in the 2014-1 5 financial year, (a) which schools benefitted from this purchase, (b) did all 845 schools receive the school furniture, (c) how many desks were delivered to each school and (d) what is the number of furniture delivered to (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary schools; (2) does her department intend to provide the other schools in the Eastern Cape with desks where there is a shortage; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2812E

Reply:

(1) (a) See annexure A
(b) The 845 schools are the schools which will be provided with furniture in the 2015 /16 financial year. Deliveries to these schools will commence in July 2015.

(c) As indicated above, deliveries to these schools will commence when the schools reopen in July 2015.

(d) 138 201 desks are to be delivered (i) 75 330 are primary school desks, (ii) 62 871 are secondary schools desks.

(2) The deliveries to the Eastern Cape by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) are a special intervention by the Department and future interventions will only be considered as and when the need arises and based on the funding resources available to the Department of Basic Education for such an intervention.

09 July 2015 - NW2443

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) In respect of each province, does her department maintain a database of all educators who are employed at schools for learners with special educational needs together with their relevant qualifications: if not. (a) why not and (b) which provinces do maintain such a database; (2) how many (a) qualified, (b) unqualified and (c) underqualified educators are employed for each (i) grade and (ii) subject at schools for learners with special educational needs in each province; (3) in respect of each province, what measures have been put in place to ensure that the specified (a) unqualified and (b) underqualified educators at the specified schools attain the required qualifications; (4) in respect of each province, does her department have measures in place to ensure quality learning by learners taught by (a) unqualified or (b) underqualified educators at the specified schools; (5) whether target dates have been set by her department by which all educators employed by provincial departments at schools for learners with special educational needs must be qualified; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Attached find here: Reply

09 July 2015 - NW2442

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) For each province, (a) how many provincial education departments have developed district-based support teams to support the implementation of the Education White Paper 6 of July 2001, (b) are the specified teams fully functional in accordance with the Framework for the Establishment of District-based Support Teams and (c) how many (i) staff members and (ii) principals at schools for learners with special educational needs are assisting the district-based support teams; (2) which provinces supply her department with comprehensive records of all schools for learners with special educational needs; (3) for each province, (a) how many schools have provided the relevant district offices with the relevant progression and promotion schedules and (b) what measures are in place from district level to ensure that learners at the specified schools are benefitting educationally; (4) for each province, how many of the district-based support teams liaise with other government departments such as (a) Health and (b) Social Development to provide support to schools for learners with special educational needs through the services of health professionals?

Reply:

(1)(a) All nine provinces have developed District-Based Support Teams (DBSTs) to support the implementation of Education White Paper 6 of July 2001 as has been reported in the Progress Report on the Implementation of Education White Paper 6 of May 2015.

(b) A survey conducted on the functionality of District-Based Support Teams has shown that all 81 Districts in the country have functional District-Based Support Teams. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is currently in the process of collecting detailed information on the constitution of each District-Based Support Teams so as to ensure that there is transversal representation.

(c) In the absence of norms for representation of (i) teachers and (i) principals of special schools on the DBSTs, no statistics can be provided. However. District offices involve expert teachers and lead principals of special schools in capacity building programmes of the DBST on an ad hoc basis.

(2) All nine provinces submit comprehensive data on special schools to the DBE on an annual basis through the Annual Special School Survey which is completed in September of each year.

(3) The Directorate: Education Management and Governance monitors that:

(a) all schools submit progression and promotion schedules to the district offices; and

(b) The Inclusive Education Units ensure, with the support of the Curriculum Units, that learners, who are repeating and have been progressed without meeting the grade requirements, are supported through the School-Based Support Teams. The DBE is currently in the process of finalising guidelines to support schools and teachers to provide effective support to these learners who have additional support needs, in line with the Policy on Screening, Identification. Assessment and Support (SIAS) of 2014.

(4) All District-Based Support Teams liaise with:


(a) the Department of Health through the Integrated School Health Programme as well as with;

(b) the regional offices of the Department of Social Development. The DBE is currently collaborating with the Department of Health to align the services of health professionals appointed respectively by the Departments of Basic Education and Health so as to make optimal use of these scarce services.

The Policy on Screening. Identification. Assessment and Support (SIAS) outlines the roles and responsibilities of these three government departments in this regard.

09 July 2015 - NW2444

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) With regard to (a) public and (b) private schools, how many (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary schools are there in each province; (2) what is the total number of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools to be built as part of the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Institute Programme in each province?

Reply:

ATTACHED FIND HERE: RESPONSE

08 July 2015 - NW2408

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister in The Presidency Women:

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising in (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years? NW2774E

Reply:

Not applicable.

07 July 2015 - NW2235

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) her department and (bb) entities reporting to her spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

According to the Department of Military Veterans

None

According to the Castle Control Board:

None

07 July 2015 - NW2030

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

(1) How many cases relating to her department were reported via the (a) National Anti-Corruption Hotline and (b) Presidential Hotline (i) in the (aa) 2013-14 and (bb) 2014-15 financial years and (ii) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest date for which information is available; (2) whether, in the case of each specified financial year or period, any of the reported cases resulted in (a) an investigation, (b) departmental disciplinary hearings and/or (c) referrals for criminal prosecution; if so, what was the outcome of each of the specified processes; (3) what criteria were adopted in the decision to investigate a complaint? NW2293E

Reply:

Department of Military Veterans

National Anti-Corruption Hotline

(1) (a) (i) (aa) 2013/14 - One case, (bb) 2014/15 None, (ii) None

(2) (a) None, (b) departmental disciplinary hearing conducted, outcome resulted in dismissal (c) None

(3) Labour Relations

Presidential Hotline

Number of case reported via the (b) Presidential Hotline in the 2013-14 Financial years as per reporting Platform the ITSM7 System, the DMV Department received a total of 106 incidents /cases

(I) 2014-15 Financial Years: The Department received 934 Cases

From 1 April 2015 up to the latest date for, which information is available, the DMV received only 3 calls. All the calls have so far been resolved. The DMV currently uphold 100% resolution rate on all calls logged within the Presidential hotline.

  1. All the reported cases (a) require that we liaise, consult and collaborate with relevant units that deal with that specific benefit within the DMV.

(b) none (c) none

2. All complaints come to the Presidential Hotline through the ITSM7 System. Cases are investigated as soon as are logged into the system in order to adhere to the Presidential Hotline Service standard of 3 day’s response time.

07 July 2015 - NW2343

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

(1)With reference to the 31 variables assessed by the former Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation’s Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) in the 2012-13 financial year, (a) what remedies have been implemented by her department to address the 15 weaknesses highlighted by the specified assessment results of the MPAT and (b) in the case of each weakness, list its corresponding corrective measure; (2) why did her department not appear before the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration as well as Performance Monitoring and Evaluation when invited to do so in the 2012-13 financial year; (3) what is the current MPAT assessment of her department?

Reply:

(1)

a) The Department of Defence utilises MPAT results to improve on its management practices and internal controls. This is achieved by means of continuously endeavouring to improve on good practice as per the prescribed MPAT standards.

b) After the DOD received the MPAT 1.3 (2012-13) results during mid-December 2014, a Departmental Instruction, approved by the Accounting Officer, was issued (DS/DPSP/R/501/13/4 dated 10 December 2014) to address the development of improvement plans. Key performance areas, which received a result of “partial compliance” or “non-compliance” with MPAT standards, had to compile an action plan to ensure improvement and/or full adherence to MPAT standards. Compliance with these action plans was monitored through the normal DOD’s performance reporting processes.

Improvement / actions to be taken to address the weaknesses as indicated by assessment results are listed in Appendix A.

2.  The Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration as well as Performance Monitoring and Evaluation took place on 05 November 2014 in the Strand Towers Hotel, Cape Town. Selected departments with poor MPAT results were invited to appear before this Committee, The DOD was not one of the departments invited to appear on that occasion.

3.  The moderated MPAT 1.4 results were received during the end of May 2015. The average DOD score is 2.1.

07 July 2015 - NW2425

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

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

Reply:

(a)  The Department did not use the Sowetan and Daily Sun newspapers for advertising during the years in question.

(b)  At the time of compilation, eighteen out of twenty-six entities responded to the request for information, with ten entities indicating that they had not advertised in the Sowetan and Daily Sun in the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 financial years. The responses from the eight entities are listed in the table below.

(b) Public Entity

(i) Amount spent on advertising in the Sowetan

(ii) Amount spent on advertising in the Daily Sun

 

(aa) 2012/13

(bb) 2013/14

(cc) 2014/15

(aa) 2012/13

(bb) 2013/14

(cc) 2014/15

  1. Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA)

R48 675.00

R66 470.00

R0.00

R0.00

R0.00

R0.00

  1. Education, Training and Development Practices (ETDPSETA)

R28 169.84

R129 558.94

R95 891.72

R0.00

R0.00

R49 709.02

  1. Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA)

R59 211.20

R16 545.39

R0.00

R19 794.62

R22 855.87

R0.00

  1. Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA)

R0.00

R0.00

R0.00

R29 913.60

R32 558.40

R0.00

  1. Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA)

R40 530.96

R0.00

R0.00

R0.00

R0.00

R0.00

  1. National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

R21 523.20

R0.00

R60 575.04

R0.00

R0.00

R0.00

  1. Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)

R0.00

R0.00

R 6 019.20

R0.00

R0.00

R0.00

  1. Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA)

R42 237.00

R19 243.20

R78 454.80

R0.00

R0.00

R0.00

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

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MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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