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02 September 2015 - NW3277

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(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?NW3880E

Reply:

(1) According to the department’s travel records, officials undertook 769 official trips to Cape Town in the 2014/15 financial year, amounting to R3 567 438.00. The trips included the attendance of Parliamentary business as well as to attend other official engagements and duties. The department’s travel records do not differentiate between Parliamentary business and other official business. All costs incurred for air travel, car rental and accommodation was in line with National Treasury’s cost containment measures.

(2) For the 769 official trips the total amount spent on accommodation is R764 926.85 and the amount spent on car rental is R226 819.12.

 

 

02 September 2015 - NW3056

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) How does (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him define red tape and (b) what (i) specific interventions and/or (ii) systems have been implemented to (aa) identify and (bb) reduce red tape in (aaa) his department and (bbb) the entities reporting to him?

Reply:

Responses provided by the Department of Home Affairs, Government Printing Works and Electoral Commission are given below:

(i)  Department of Home Affairs

(a) Red tape is defined as the excessive bureaucracy or procedures marked by complexities of processes which in most cases result in delays or failure to take any action.

(b)(i-ii) The department has put in place policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures to ensure smooth operations in compliance with the laws and mandate of the department.

(aa-bb) The department’s audit coverage plan focuses on various auditable areas with a sole purpose of identifying weaknesses in the internal control environment and reduces bottlenecks.

(ii) According to the Government Printing Works

(a) The Government Printing Works (GPW) might define red tape as bureaucratic processes that hinder and slow the work of the organisation. However it is not a term that the GPW uses in its business processes as it is very imprecise.

(b)(i-ii) As a government-owned manufacturing concern, the GPW does not encounter much “red tape” in its work, and has not needed to devise specific processes to deal with such red tape.

(iii) According to the Electoral Commission

(a) The Electoral Commission does not use a peculiar definition of red tape. It applies the common use of the term based on the South African Concise Oxford Dictionary. This dictionary defines the term as follows: “excessive bureaucracy or adherence to rules, especially in public business”

(b)(i-ii) In terms of the Regulations on Party Liaison the Electoral Commission has established Party Liaison Committees (PLC’s) in the three spheres of government. The primary function of the PLC’s is a consultations mechanism with political parties. These structures also provide crucial feedback on the efficacy on the systems and processes of the Electoral Commission. Based on some of these feedback legislative and operational policies are amended to reduce red-tape.

Ahead of elections the Electoral Commission commissions a Voter Participation Survey. This survey, on a representative sample basis, collects the views of South African citizens on the forthcoming elections. A special area of focus in this survey is the barriers to participation. Based on the outcome of the survey appropriate adjustments are made to the programmes of the Electoral Commission in order to ameliorate barriers to voter participation.

Furthermore on Election Day, a Voter Satisfaction Survey is commissioned on a representative sample of voting stations. This survey collect the vies of voters on their experiences of the voting process including assessing areas such as coercion to voting or voting for a particular political party, the simplicity of the voting process, the secrecy of the vote, the helpfulness of voting staff etc. The results of the voting satisfaction survey are used in planning subsequent electoral events including by elections.

02 September 2015 - NW3156

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What is the typical amount of time it takes for an identity document to be issued to a South African citizen who was not born in South Africa; (2) what is the reason for the discrepancy in the time-periods it takes to issue the same document to natural-born South African citizens and citizens not born in South Africa?

Reply:

  1. The turnaround time to issue and process a first time application is 54 working days and 47 working days for a re-issue of an identity document applied for.
  2. There is no discrepancy in time-periods. Sometimes there are internal processes of verifying the authenticity of supporting documents submitted that may impact on the time-period eg. verification of the authenticity of the Permanent Residence Permit.

02 September 2015 - NW2858

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Majola, Mr F to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her reply to question 2503 on 29 July 2015, in which she stated that a total amount of R167 872, 72 was spent by her department on international flights whilst in Annexure 1 no reference is made to any international flights, (a) how many international flights has she undertaken since her appointment up to 3 August 2015 and (b) in each case, what (i) were the destinations, (ii) airlines were used and (iii) class did she fly?

Reply:

(a) Minister had undertaken 6 international trips since Minister’s appointment until 3 August 2015.

(b) 

(i) London, Gaborone, Swaziland, Mozambique, USA and China

(ii) South African Airways

(iii) 2 economy and 4 business class flights

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

02 September 2015 - NW2928

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)How many marriages have been solemnised in terms of the Civil Union Act, Act 17 of 2006, since the specified Act took effect; (2) how many marriages solemnised in terms of the specified Act have ended in divorce; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. 9821 marriages.
  2. For accurate information the Honourable Member is referred to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development who is the custodian of finalising divorces.
  3. No.

02 September 2015 - NW3305

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(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? NW3914E

Reply:

  1. (a) (i) (ii) (b) (i) (ii) (aa) (bb)

Residential accommodation for the Minister in Cape Town and Pretoria is provided for by the Department of Public Works therefore there are no additional costs relating to hotel or other accommodation.

Travel Cost

Number of Trips

Hotel Accommodation in Cape Town

Hotel Accommodation in Pretoria

R 75,372.00

15

R 0

R 0

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

Residential accommodation for the Deputy Minister in Cape Town and Pretoria is provided for by Department of Public Works therefore there are no additional costs relating to hotel or other accommodation.

Travel Cost

Number of Trips

Hotel Accommodation in Cape Town

Hotel Accommodation in Pretoria

R 119,175.00

20

R 0

R 0

01 September 2015 - NW3033

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 809 on 26 March 2015, the post of director-general has been advertised and filled after 21 April 2015; if not, (a) why is the specified post still vacant and (b) when will it be filled?

Reply:

The post of Director-General was advertised and filled on 13 August 2015.

01 September 2015 - NW3001

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)    (a) How many electricity substations between Stilfontein and Orkney were stripped of material by zama-zamas in the past five years and (b) what were the costs in each case; (2) whether these cases of theft were reported to the SA Police Service; if not, why not; if so, how many cases; (3) whether any arrests were made in this regard; if not, why not; if so, how many; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1)(a) A total of 27 (twenty seven) substations have been impacted, at some substations incidents occurred more that than once, in total there have been 49 (forty nine) incidents in the past five years.

(b)

Incident no

Site / Scene of Crime

Total actual losses

1

Orkney, munic substation

R 1 000.00

2

Orkney, munic substation

R 800.00

3

Zandpan Shaft 1

R 150 000.00

4

Zandpan Shaft one 88 kv DS

R 6 500.00

5

Zandpan shaft on

R 10 000.00

6

Zandpan

R 300000.00

7

Stilfontein town substation

R 3 000.00

8

Buffels Pioneer

R 2 500.00

9

Harties no 8

R 10 000.00

10

Harties no 5 D.S

R 18 000.00

11

Western Reefs 4 D.S

R 8 990.00

12

Buffels East D.S

R 22 000.00

13

Western Reefs 4 D.S

R 35 000.00

14

Harties no 5 , 88kv D.S.

R 22 000.00

15

Harties Vent

R 400 000.00

16

Buffels Pioneer

R 11 000.00

17

Western reefs 4

R 30 000.00

18

Vaal Reefs 2

R 60 000.00

19

Western reefs 4

R 90 000.00

20

Harties 8 substation

R 2 500.00

21

Buffels Orangia

R 90 000.00

22

Buffels Mill

R 51 750.00

23

Buffels Mill

R 50 000.00

24

Harties 5 substation

R 80 000.00

25

Kanana substation

R 3 000.00

26

Stilfontein town substation

R 500 000.00

27

Harties no 8

R 5 000 000.00

28

Harties no 8

R 300 000.00

29

Harties no 8

R 2 250.00

30

Buffels Pioneer 88kv D.S.

R 70 000.00

31

Buffels Pioneer 88kv D.S.

R 12 612.00

32

Hartebeest sub station

R 17 000.00

33

Pioneer Substation

R 2 000.00

34

Buffels Pioneer 88kv D.S.

R 30 000.00

35

Buffels Pioneer

R 7 000.00

36

Scott shaft D.S

R 15 000.00

37

Buffels Mill 88 kv D.S

R 7 000.00

38

Orkney munic substation

R3 500 000.00

39

Matlosana Mall substation

R 40 000.00

40

Harties 4

R 15 000.00

41

Orkney Munic Substation

R 5 000.00

42

Harties Mill 88/11kw

1 200 000.00

43

Buffels Mill

R 8 000.00

44

Buffels Mill

R 1 726.00

45

Harties shaft

R 30 000.00

46

Harties mill

R 800 000.00

47

Matlosana mall substation

R 500 000.00

48

Buffels Pioneer

R 5050.00

49

Harties shaft 4

R 10 000.00

 

TOTAL LOSS

R13 513 678.00

(2) Yes, 49 (forty nine) cases were reported to the South African Police Services.

(3) Yes, 95 (ninety five) arrests were made.

 

(4) The criminal prosecution in this regard is the jurisdiction of Ministry of Police and have been reported as such.

01 September 2015 - NW2973

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she intends to foster a partnership with the Expanded Public Works Programme to utilise (a) unemployed matriculants to assist in schools as (i) administrative staff or (ii) teacher aides and (b) less qualified unemployed persons to assist in schools as (i) gardeners, (ii) cleaners or (iii) maintenance staff; if not, will she consider such an arrangement; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a)  There is an already existing partnership with the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) which is co-ordinated by the Chief Directorate on Special Programmes Office (SPO) in the Department of Social Development (DSD). Provincial Education Departments utilise unemployed matriculations to assist in schools as:

    (i) Administrative Staff; and

   (ii) Teacher Aides.

(b) Less qualified persons are part of the PEDs as:

  (i) Gardeners;

  (ii) Cleaners; and

 (iii) Maintenance Staff.

In addition to the programmes above, the following programmes are part of the Expanded Public Works Programme:

 (i) Early Childhood Development (ECD): The ECD programme provides ECD practitioners with the necessary skills to increase their capacity to generate an income while providing education and care to young children in ECD centres.

(ii) Kha Ri Gude: Volunteers are paid a stipend to provide illiterate adults an opportunity to learn to read and write; and

(iii) The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP): This programme which employs community members as volunteer food handlers to provide food to children from needy families and thus addressing malnutrition, it employs gardeners to tend school gardens, and also Administrative Assistants and unemployed youth, who do financial tracking and data capturing in schools.

Regular sector meetings are held to monitor and support implementation.

01 September 2015 - NW3010

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Since her reply to question 483 on 4 May 2015, what is the status of the process around the rule of a 2% increase for pensions paid to members of the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transport Pension Fund which will make it possible for these pension funds to pay increases of more than 2% to their members if the funds are available; (2) Why did Transnet not pay the customary bonus to pensioners earning R15 000 and less per year and, if it is still going to be paid, when will this bonus be paid; (3)(a) What travel benefits/concessions (i) were and (ii) are available for trips by (aa) train and (bb) aircraft for pensioners belonging to the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transport Pension Fund and (3)(b) Why were the amendments introduced? NW3549E

Reply:

  1. The proposed rule amendments, which have been approved by the Board of Trustees of the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transnet Sub Fund of the Transport Pension Fund as well as the Transnet Board of Directors, are currently being considered by myself and the Minister of Finance.

(2) The ex gratia payments made by Transnet to qualifying pensioners of the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transnet Sub Fund of the Transport Pension Fund are discretionary amounts. No decision has been taken by Transnet to make a payment in the 2015 calendar year.

(3)(a) Travel benefits/concessions available for trips by (aa) train and (bb) aircraft for pensioners belonging to the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transport Pension Fund, are, to the extent provided for, contained in each individuals service conditions with Transnet at date of retirement.

(b) The travel benefits/concessions of retired employees of Transnet have not been amended. Employees on Management levels in Transnet relinquished their travel benefits/concessions in lieu of a percentage remuneration adjustment from approximately October 2006 until April 2007, when their remuneration was changed from a basic pay plus benefits dispensation to a total cost to company approach. As their conditions of employment had changed they were required to sign new contracts of employment. Thus, from the date of conversion, they also no longer qualified for travel benefits/concessions after retirement. Management level employees who joined Transnet from 2007 onwards were not entitled to free travel benefits. Despite these changes, employees on Non-Management levels have retained their travel benefits/concessions, both during their employment and upon retirement and these benefits have not been amended.

 

01 September 2015 - NW3007

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether she had (a) investigated the reasons for the resignation of senior post holders in the SA Airways during the period 1 January 2011 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) launched any investigation to examine the serious allegation by a specified person (name and details furnished) who resigned in July 2015 regarding alleged major unlawful interventions by nonexecutive board members in the supply chain; if not, why not, in each case; if so, in each case, what (i) are the details of (aa) irregularities and/or (bb) failed governance that were discovered by the specified investigations and (ii) action has she taken to address the alleged problems, interference and irregularities?

Reply:

As the Honorable Member is most probably aware, SAA currently reports to National Treasury. The Honorable Member is thus advised to redirect her question to the Minister Finance.

 

01 September 2015 - NW2614

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Masango, Mr SJ to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What investigations have been conducted into motor vehicle testing stations (i) in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years, (b) who conducted the specified investigations, (c) what were the conclusions in respect of each investigation, (d) how many persons have been charged in respect of each month in each province as a results of each specified investigations, (e) what were the specified persons charged in each case with and (f) when were the specified persons charged in each case?

Reply:

The information regarding investigations of testing stations and their operation lies at Provincial and local level, therefore the Department has requested such information from the relevant authorities, which is herewith submitted in response to the question.

Table 1 deals with response to questions (i) aa), bb) and cc), d) and f)

Table 2 and 3 deals with the responses to questions in (c) and e). Table 4 deals with the response to question (b)

EASTERN CAPE

EC Table 1

Nature of investigations

Financial year

Number of Investigations per year

Number of investigations pending for year

Number of persons charged as result of investigations per year

Vehicles passed without being present at testing station

2012-13

None

None

N/A

 

2013-14

None

None

N/A

 

2014-15

None

None

N/A

Testing stations that passed a vehicle that was failed by another testing station

2012-13

None

None

N/A

 

2013-14

None

None

N/A

 

2014-15

None

None

N/A

Examiners of vehicles that pass a vehicle that is not roadworthy

2012-13

None

None

N/A

 

2013-14

None

None

N/A

 

2014-15

None

None

N/A

Other investigations

2012-13

None

None

N/A

 

2013-14

None

None

N/A

 

2014-15

None

None

N/A

EC Table 2

Conclusion of Investigations

Number of instances per Financial year

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Testing station registration suspended

None

None

None

Testing station registration cancelled

None

None

None

Examiner registration suspended

None

None

None

Examiner registration cancelled

None

None

None

Examiner resigned before completion of investigation

None

None

None

Other testing station staff - fired

None

None

None

Vehicles retested

N/A

N/A

N/A

Other:

-

-

-

EC Table 3

 No

Nature of Charges (Short summary)

 1

 

 N/A

EC Table 4

Persons/Organisations that conducted investigations

Involved in Investigation
Yes / No

Number of Instances

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

N/A

-

South African Police Service

N/A

-

HAWKS

N/A

-

Inspectorate of Testing stations

N/A

-

Provincial Monitoring Units

N/A

 

Other (specify):

-

-

FREE STATE

FS Table 1

Nature of investigations

Financial year

Number of Investigations per year

Number of investigations pending for year

Number of persons charged as result of investigations per year

Vehicles passed without being present at testing station

2012-13

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 

2014-15

 -

Testing stations that passed a vehicle that was failed by another testing station

2012-13

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 

2014-15

 -

Examiners of vehicles that pass a vehicle that is not roadworthy

2012-13

 -

 

2013-14

1

1

1

 

2014-15

 -

Other investigations

2012-13

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 

2014-15

 -

FS Table 2

Conclusion of Investigations

Number of instances per Financial year

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Testing station registration suspended

 -

Testing station registration cancelled

 -

Examiner registration suspended

 -

Examiner registration cancelled

 -

Examiner resigned before completion of investigation

 -

Other testing station staff - fired

 -

Vehicles retested

 -

Other:

 -

 

 -

FS Table 3

 No

Nature of Charges (Short summary)

 1

 Examiners of vehicles Mr. TA Tau & MR Minnie of Welkom VTS was departmentally charged for declaring unroadworthy vehicle at Welkom VTS during August 2013. The matter was reported to Departmental Employee Relations Section on the 1st of September 2013 but nothing materialised ever since.

FS Table 4

Persons/Organisations that conducted investigations

Involved in Investigation
Yes / No

Number of Instances

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

 -

South African Police Service

 -

HAWKS

 -

Inspectorate of Testing stations

 -

Provincial Monitoring Units/Provincial Inspectorate Unit

 Provincial Inspectorate Unit: Free State

1

GAUTENG

GP Table 1

Nature of investigations

Financial year

Number of Investigations per year

Number of investigations pending for year

Number of persons charged as result of investigations per year

Vehicles passed without being present at testing station

2012-13

 10

0

26

 

2013-14

 0

 0

 

2014-15

 0

0

 0

Testing stations that passed a vehicle that was failed by another testing station

2012-13

 0

 

2013-14

 0

 

2014-15

 0

0

0

Examiners of vehicles that pass a vehicle that is not roadworthy

2012-13

 10

0

26

 

2013-14

 0

 

2014-15

 2

0

Other investigations

2012-13

 0

0

 

2013-14

 0

0

 

2014-15

 0

0

GP Table 2

Conclusion of Investigations

Number of instances per Financial year

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Testing station registration suspended

 4

 0

Testing station registration cancelled

 0

0

Examiner registration suspended

 0

0

Examiner registration cancelled

 0

Examiner resigned before completion of investigation

 0

0

Other testing station staff - fired

 0

0

0

Vehicles retested

 0

0

0

Other:

0

0

GP Table 3

 No

Nature of Charges (Short summary)

 1

 

 Fraud – certified vehicles road worthy while the vehicles were not at the testing station

GP Table 4

Persons/Organisations that conducted investigations

Involved in Investigation
Yes / No

Number of Instances

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

 -

South African Police Service

 Yes

 26

HAWKS

 -

Inspectorate of Testing stations

 -

Provincial Monitoring Units

 Yes

 2

Other (specify):National Task Team

 Yes

 26

KWAZULU-NATAL

KZN Table 1

Nature of investigations

Financial year

Number of Investigations per year

Number of investigations pending for year

Number of persons charged as result of investigations per year

Vehicles passed without being present at testing station

2012-13

 -

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 -

 

2014-15

 -

 -

Testing stations that passed a vehicle that was failed by another testing station

2012-13

1

1

 

 

2013-14

 -

 -

 

2014-15

 -

 -

Examiners of vehicles that pass a vehicle that is not roadworthy

2012-13

5

1

 -

 

2013-14

7

3

 -

 

2014-15

1

3

 -

Vehicle Testing Stations that pass a vehicle that is not roadworthy

2012-13

2

 -

 

2013-14

5

 -

 

2014-15

1

1

-

Other investigations

2012-13

 -

 -

 

2013-14

 1

 1

 -

 

2014-15

 -

 1

 -

KZN Table 2

Conclusion of Investigations

Number of instances per Financial year

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Testing station registration suspended

 -

-

1

Testing station registration cancelled

 -

 -

 -

Examiner registration suspended

 -

 -

 -

Examiner registration cancelled

 -

2

1

Examiner resigned before completion of investigation

 -

 -

 -

Other testing station staff - fired

 -

 -

 -

Vehicles retested

 -

 -

 -

Other:

 -

 -

 -

KZN Table 3

 No

Nature of Charges (Short summary)

 1

 Examiner of vehicles not present at VTS when vehicles were being passed – CAS886/9/2013

 

 2

 Entrapment operation – CAS 504/12/2013 & CAS 506/12/2013

 

KZN Table 4

Persons/Organisations that conducted investigations

Involved in Investigation
Yes / No

Number of Instances

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

 -

 -

South African Police Service

 -

 -

HAWKS

 -

 -

Inspectorate of Testing stations

YES

9

Provincial Monitoring Units

YES

5

Other (specify):RTMC

YES

1

LIMPOPO

LIM Table 1

Nature of investigations

Financial year

Number of Investigations per year

Number of investigations pending for year

Number of persons charged as result of investigations per year

Vehicles passed without being present at testing station

2012-13

 0

0

0

 

2013-14

 0

0

1

 

2014-15

 0

  0

0

Testing stations that passed a vehicle that was failed by another testing station

2012-13

 0

0

0

 

2013-14

 0

0

0

 

2014-15

 0

0

0

Examiners of vehicles that pass a vehicle that is not roadworthy

2012-13

 2

2

2

 

2013-14

 2

2

2

 

2014-15

 3

2

3

Other investigations

2012-13

 0

0

0

 

2013-14

 0

0

0

 

2014-15

 0

0

0

LIM Table 2

Conclusion of Investigations

Number of instances per Financial year

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Testing station registration suspended

 0

 0

 0

Testing station registration cancelled

 0

 0

 0

Examiner registration suspended

 0

 0

 2

Examiner registration cancelled

 0

 0

 0

Examiner resigned before completion of investigation

 0

 1

 2

Other testing station staff - dismissed

 0

 0

 1

Vehicles retested

 0

 0

 0

Other:

 0

 0

 0

LIM Table 3

 No

Nature of Charges (Short summary)

 1

 2012-13: - 2 (two) Examiners of vehicles were suspended for issuing roadworthy certificates without testing the vehicles. Their cases are still under investigation by the Anti-Corruption Unit under the Limpopo Department of Transport (LDoT).

 

 

2013-14: - 2 officials, both Management Representatives (Management Reps.) were charged with the case of issuing roadworthy certificates without testing the vehicles under Polokwane CAS 145/09/2013 Fraud: Issuing of certificate of road worthiness without testing the vehicle and Project Organised Crime SAPS as per Enquiry Number 02/05/2014 Disciplinary enquiry.

 

2014-15: - 2 officials, 1 (one) Examiner and 1 (one) Management Rep. were charged with the case of issuing certificates of roadworthiness vehicles without such vehicles being in a roadworthy condition or ever being presented for roadworthy tests CAS Number 142/03/2015 Northam SAPS and CAS Number 145/03/2015 Northam SAPS. The two officers resigned but the station proceeded with disciplinary hearings resulting in the Examiner receiving a no guilt verdict and the Management Rep. a guilty verdict and dismissed. The case of the third official, i.e. an examiner who is alleged to have issued a certificate of road worthiness without testing the vehicle is still under investigation.

 2

Contravening Regulations 140(1) and 141of the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996) read together with the Code of Practice SABS 10047.

LIM Table 4

Persons/Organisations that conducted investigations

Involved in Investigation
Yes / No

Number of Instances

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

 No

 0

South African Police Service

 No

 0

HAWKS

 No

 0

Inspectorate of Testing stations

 No

 0

Provincial Monitoring Units

 Yes

 1

Other (specify): National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit (NTACU)

 Yes

 1

Anti-Corruption Unit under Limpopo Department of Transport

Yes

5

MPUMALANGA

MPL Table 1

Nature of investigations

Financial year

Number of Investigations per year

Number of investigations pending for year

Number of persons charged as result of investigations per year

Vehicles passed without being present at testing station

2012-13

 0

 0

 0

 

2013-14

 1

 0

 1

 

2014-15

 1

 1

 1

Testing stations that passed a vehicle that was failed by another testing station

2012-13

 0

0

0

 

2013-14

 0

0

0

 

2014-15

 0

0

0

Examiners of vehicles that pass a vehicle that is not roadworthy

2012-13

 0

0

0

 

2013-14

 2

0

 2

 

2014-15

 1

1

1

Other investigations

2012-13

 -

 -

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 -

 -

 

2014-15

-

-

-

MPL Table 2

Conclusion of Investigations

Number of instances per Financial year

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Testing station registration suspended

 0

 1

 0

Testing station registration cancelled

 0

 0

 0

Examiner registration suspended

 0

 0

 0

Examiner registration cancelled

 0

 0

 0

Examiner resigned before completion of investigation

 0

 0

 0

Other testing station staff - fired

 0

 0

 0

Vehicles retested

 0

 0

 0

Other: Two eNaTis end users resigned before investigation was completed

 0

 1

 0

MPL Table 3

 No

Nature of Charges (Short summary)

 1

 

 Piet Retief Cas: 33/09/2013 (Fraud) Withdrawn by the court as a results of insufficient evidence..

 2

 Contravening Regulation 140(1) of the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996

MPL Table 4

Persons/Organisations that conducted investigations

Involved in Investigation
Yes / No

Number of Instances

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

 No

 -

South African Police Service

 Yes

 2

HAWKS

 No

 -

Inspectorate of Testing stations

 No

 -

Provincial Monitoring Units

 Yes

 3

Other (specify):

 None

 -

NORTH WEST

NW Table 1

Nature of investigations

Financial year

Number of Investigations per year

Number of investigations pending for year

Number of persons charged as result of investigations per year

Vehicles passed without being present at testing station

2012-13

 1

-

 

2013-14

 1

 -

 

2014-15

 2

 -

Testing stations that passed a vehicle that was failed by another testing station

2012-13

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 

2014-15

 -

Examiners of vehicles that pass a vehicle that is not roadworthy

2012-13

 1

 -

 

2013-14

 1

 -

 

2014-15

 2

Other investigations

2012-13

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 

2014-15

 -

NW Table 2

Conclusion of Investigations

Number of instances per Financial year

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Testing station registration suspended

 -

Testing station registration cancelled

 -

Examiner registration suspended

 -

Examiner registration cancelled

 1

Examiner resigned before completion of investigation

 1

Other testing station staff - fired

 -

Vehicles retested

 -

Other:

 -

NW Table 3

 No

Nature of Charges (Short summary)

 1

 

 Issuing a roadworthy certificate without testing the vehicle

 2

 Vehicles passed without being present at testing station

 

NW Table 4

Persons/Organisations that conducted investigations

Involved in Investigation
Yes / No

Number of Instances

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

 Yes

 1

South African Police Service

 Yes

 1

HAWKS

 -

 -

Inspectorate of Testing stations

 Yes

 2

Provincial Monitoring Units

 Yes

 1

Other (specify):

 -

 -

NORTHERN CAPE

NC Table 1

Nature of investigations

Financial year

Number of Investigations per year

Number of investigations pending for year

Number of persons charged as result of investigations per year

Vehicles passed without being present at testing station

2012-13

 -

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 -

 

2014-15

 1

 -

Testing stations that passed a vehicle that was failed by another testing station

2012-13

 -

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 -

 

2014-15

 -

 -

Examiners of vehicles that pass a vehicle that is not roadworthy

2012-13

 -

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 -

 

2014-15

 1

Other investigations

2012-13

 -

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 -

 

2014-15

 -

 -

NC Table 2

Conclusion of Investigations

Number of instances per Financial year

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Testing station registration suspended

 -

 -

Testing station registration cancelled

 -

 -

Examiner registration suspended

 -

 -

Examiner registration cancelled

 1

Examiner resigned before completion of investigation

 -

 -

Other testing station staff - fired

 -

 -

Vehicles retested

 -

 -

Other:

 -

 -

 

 -

 -

NC Table 3

 No

Nature of Charges (Short summary)

 1

 FRAUD

 

NC Table 4

Persons/Organisations that conducted investigations

Involved in Investigation
Yes / No

Number of Instances

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

 -

 -

South African Police Service

 YES

 1

HAWKS

 -

Inspectorate of Testing stations

 -

Provincial Monitoring Units

 YES

 1

WESTERN CAPE

WC Table 1

Nature of investigations

Financial year

Number of Investigations per year

Number of investigations pending for year

Number of persons charged as result of investigations per year

Vehicles passed without being present at testing station

2012-13

 Cannot confirm

 -

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 

2014-15

 -

Testing stations that passed a vehicle that was failed by another testing station

2012-13

 Do not have stats. Report on eNaTIS?

 -

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 

2014-15

 -

Examiners of vehicles that pass a vehicle that is not roadworthy

2012-13

 2

 -

 -

 

2013-14

 3

 -

 -

 

2014-15

 Cases under investigation

 -

 -

Other investigations

2012-13

 -

 

2013-14

 -

 

2014-15

 -

WC Table 2

Conclusion of Investigations

Number of instances per Financial year

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Testing station registration suspended

0

0

0

Testing station registration cancelled

0

0

0

Examiner registration suspended

0

 3

0

Examiner registration cancelled

 2

 0

0

Examiner resigned before completion of investigation

 0

 0

 0

Other testing station staff - fired

 0

 1

 0

Vehicles retested

 0

Other:

 2 cases pending

 25 cases pending

 3 cases pending

WC Table 3

 No

Nature of Charges (Short summary)

 1

 MOST CASES ARE CORRUPTION

 

WC Table 4

Persons/Organisations that conducted investigations

Involved in Investigation
Yes / No

Number of Instances

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

 -

South African Police Service

 Y

 13

HAWKS

 Y

 16

Inspectorate of Testing stations

 -

Provincial Monitoring Units

 -

Other (specify):

 -

31 August 2015 - NW2727

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

(1)What (a) amount has been spent on the project to raise the Hazelmere Dam wall to date and (b) are the relevant details of the expenditure; (2) what (a) was the annual percentage increase in sedimentation of the Hazelmere Dam over the past five years, (b) impact has this had on the storage capacity of the dam and (c) are the causes of the increased sedimentation; (3) whether any action has been taken to reduce and halt further sedimentation of the dam in future; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The total amount spent to end July 2015 is R41 713 943 (excl. VAT).

(1)(b) The relevant detail of expenditure is as follows:

DESCRIPTION

EXPENDITURE TO END JULY 2015
(excl. VAT)

   

ENVIRONMENTAL

R 399 319

LAND MATTERS

R 11 815 024

DESIGN AND SUPERVISION

R 23 216 748

CONSTRUCTION

 

- Dam

R 0

- Demolition of Buildings

R 6 282 853

TOTAL (excl. VAT)

R 41 713 943

(2)(a) The Hazelmere Dam has indicated an average of 0.72% increase in sedimentation over a 36 year period.

(2)(b) The storage capacity has been reduced from 23,94 million m3 to 17,675 million m3

(2)(c) Increased erosion in the catchment combined with increased sand-mining activities.

(3) Unlawful water uses through sand mining activities that contribute to sedimentation have been investigated on the Mdloti River upstream and downstream of the dam; and enforcement actions taken. A Catchment Management Forum also exists to deal with issues and concerns raised by water users within the catchment.

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31 August 2015 - NW2934

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

(1)Why is the Groblersdal Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality not in working order; (2) whether her department has done anything to assist the specified municipality to get the specified plant in working order; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) has any water tests been done at the specified plant’s outlet into the Olifants River since 1 January 2010; if not, why not; if so, what are the results of the specified tests; (4) has she taken any action against the specified municipality or any individual for polluting the river; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) what is the specified plant’s current Green Drop status?

Reply:

 

  1. The plant is currently not in working order because the plant was affected by floods during 2014. In addition, theft and vandalism of mechanical and electrical equipment contributed to the plant not working properly.

(2) My Department has not done any intervention since the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality proactively appointed the Lepelle Northern Water Board under a bulk contract to operate and maintain the plant. The Lepelle Northern Water is in the process of finalizing the appointment of a service provider to refurbish the Works (the process is at adjudication stage of appointment of the service provider). It is envisage that the plant will be fully restored to its normal operational status during December 2015.

(3) Yes, tests have been done at the plant's outlet. Test results are attached as Annexure A.

  1. Yes, a non-compliance notification has been issued to the municipality for not taking reasonable measures to prevent pollution from occurring. However, the municipality is in the process to refurbish mechanical and electrical components of the waste water plants. This is set to improve the quality of effluent prior to discharge.

(5) 29.76 %.

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31 August 2015 - NW3087

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

(a) How many dams are owned by her department, (b) where is each specified dam located and (c) what is the (i) storage capacity, (ii) current level and (iii) safety-risk status of each specified dam?

Reply:

(a) There are 320 dams on the departmental register country wide.

(b) Refer to Appendix A for locations of all the dams.

(c)(i) Appendix A also gives the storage capacity of each dam, e.g. Gariep Dam approximate storage capacity is 5 342 923 000 m3 {or 5 x 106 (x 1000 m3)}. The rest of the dams can be determined in similar manner.

(c)(ii) Appendix B gives the weekly state of departmental reservoirs and the level can be read on the last column of the table, e.g. Reservoir level of Gariep on the 17 August 2015 was 69.7 % full.

(c)(iii) The National Water Act 36 of 1998 Section 117 (c) defines a dam with a safety risk as a dam which contains 50 000 m3 of water and has a wall of a vertical height of more than five meters (5 m), measured as the vertical difference between the lowest downstream ground elevation on the outside of the dam wall and the non-overspill crest or the general top level of the dam wall. Therefore according to this definition, all the departmental dams are considered dams with a safety risk.

To deal with the question of safety-risk status of each specified dam, reference is made to Section 2 (1) of Dam Safety Regulations Government Notice R 139 of 24 February 2012, (hence forth referred to as "Regulations"), which states: "Every dam with a safety risk must be classified in accordance with this regulation 2 on the basis of its size and hazard potential to determine the level of control over safety of the structure that is applicable in terms of these Regulations".

These two parameters, i.e. dam size and hazard potential are utilised as stipulated in Tables 1 and 2 of the Regulations' annexure to determine the Category classification of the dam as stipulated in Table 3 of the Regulations. It is this category classification which is used as an indicator for safety risk 'status' associated with the dam.

In the attached Appendix A Column AC gives the size classification; Column AD gives hazard rating potential classification and Column AE gives the category classification, e.g. Gariep Dam, Category classification is 3, i.e. Size classification = Large and Hazard rating classification = High.

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31 August 2015 - NW3060

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

How does (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him define red tape and (b) what (i) specific interventions and/or (ii) systems have been implemented to (aa) identify and (bb) reduce red tape in (aaa) his department and (bbb) the entities reporting to him?

Reply:

(a)  the dti and its entities define red tape as rules, regulations, and / or bureaucratic procedures and processes which are excessively complex and which impose unnecessary delay(s), inaction and / or costs which exceed their benefits, and / or is no longer effective in achieving the purpose for which they were originally created. Red tape results in undesirable economic, business and / or social impacts or outcomes as a result of negatively impacting on productivity. Red tape involves excessive, or unevenly enforced, regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents effective action or decision-making (Source: the dti & CoGTA Guidelines for Reducing Municipal Red Tape, 2012)

(b)  In the area of reducing regulatory constraints, the dti launched a red tape reduction programme in collaboration with the Department of Co-operative Governance to target local municipalities so that they could reduce administrative processes and regulations on small businesses. The programme has initially targeted 12 municipalities across the country. It is aimed at addressing unnecessary regulatory burdens in order for SMMEs to fully take advantage of business opportunities emanating from local Municipalities and beyond.

In addition, the Companies Act, 2008 has simplified the company regime in that it allows for a one man business to register as a private company and to then grow towards a big corporation or public company without the burden of re-registering.

Private companies are no longer required to file audited financial statements. Audits are only required from companies that have an economic impact due to the number of employees, turnover and extent of the business activities. Private companies can now file independently reviewed statements. Independent review is a quality assurance mechanism that is less stringent than a full scale audit which is more costly.

The Companies Act has also decriminalised compliance transgressions. The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) can now issue compliance notices in instances that were just defined as criminal offences under the previous companies Act of 1973.

the dti is also working on the integrated registration system which will be co-ordinated with SARS, and Statistics SA. Registration must be at one point and all entities that play a role must automatically access information from one central point.

(aa) These guidelines have been informed by the results of the 2011/2012 National Red Tape Reduction Piloting involving 12 municipalities and funded by the dti and CoGTA and with support from SALGA.

(bb) The SMME Payment Assistance Hotline facilitated payments to small businesses exceeding R350 million. This function has been transferred to the Department of Small Business.

Response from the Entities

Entity

(ii)(b)(i)

(ii)(b)(ii)(aa)

(ii)(b)(ii)(bb)

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

Partnering with banks to offer integrated company registration and bank account services which enable customers to perform both activities through one process. To date company registration inclusive of Bank account openings have gone live with FNB and Standard Bank

   

Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)

The ECIC has implemented processes to ensure that there are efficient processes to allow for quick turnaround times in order to implement the mandate

Process reviews are initiated whenever bottlenecks are identified, there is currently a process underway to review the procurement process, delegation matrix and there are initiatives that are underway such as ERP system to improve business processes.

National Credit Regulator (NCR)

The NCR has a delegation matrix which outlines approval/authority limits. The limits are limited to the Accounting Authority; CEO; Executive Committee; CFO and Managers. This matrix helps with expediting decision making and implementation.

National Consumer Tribunal (NCT)

The NCT assesses applications filed with it against the filing requirements contained in its rules to ensure that filings meet the requirements as set and advises filing parties if any requirements were not met. This ensures that matters adjudicated on by the Tribunal, meets the filing requirements and that the matters can be dealt with at a hearing. In addition, the NCT conducts regular workshops with all its stakeholders to ensure that all parties are aware of the specific requirements set by legislation to assist in speedy resolution of cases.

The NCT does not enforce any other processes over and above what is required by legislation.

Not applicable, as the NCT does not enforce any process over and above filing requirements set by legislation in order for matters to be adjudicated on, therefore no additional red tape created.

Not applicable, as the NCT does not enforce any process over and above filing requirements set by legislation in order for matters to be adjudicated on, therefore no additional red tape created.

National Empowerment Fund (NEF)

As a national development finance institution the NEF was established to be a driver and thought leader in promoting and facilitating black economic participation through the provision of financial and non-financial support to black empowered businesses, as well as to promote a culture of savings and investment among black people. In its quest for excellence the NEF has adopted a Strategy referred to as the NEF Power of 3, which strives to achieve and is anchored on answering telephonic enquiries within 3 rings; returning client calls within 3 hours; attending to walk-in clients within 3 minutes; taking up to a maximum of 3 months to fully assess applications for funding from application to disbursement of funds to clients; resolving complaints within 3 days and acknowledging receipt of all applications within 3 days.

The NEF identifies the market failures that confront black entrepreneurs as follows:

  • Limited own capital;
  • Limited management skills, including financial, marketing and technical expertise;
  • Limited access to affordable capital;
  • Lack of accurate and reliable financial information;
  • Challenges with compiling good-quality business plans;
  • Lower bargaining and strong competition from established businesses with entrenched market dominance, and
  • Lack of access to local and international markets.

The NEF continuously reviews its application processes to see how it can help reduce what is commonly referred to as turn-around times. In pursuit of the quest for excellence management has been given delegation of authority by the Board of Trustees to introduce a number of interventions that will enable entity to reduce red tape, namely:

  • Introduction of a Credit Committee that sits daily/weekly depending on the number of applications to be considered for approvals ranging from R250,000 up to R1.5 million;
  • Greater empowerment to senior managers heading business units to decide on due diligences on deals at a higher threshold. For example Managers can perform due diligences on deals up to R10 million, whereas in the past this was limited to R3 million;
  • The Investment Committee that constitutes Senior Managers chaired by EXCO members [Fund Management Investment Committee (FMIC)] convenes on a weekly basis and can approve transactions of up to R5 million;
  • The EXCO Investment Committee, which is chaired by the CEO, meets weekly and can approve up to R15 million deal sizes;
  • The Post-Investment Monitoring Committee, chaired by the General Counsel (EXCO member), has the delegated authority to approve “head-room” facilities equivalent to 10% of total approved amounts into existing investee companies. These amounts will ensure that where businesses face a cash-flow crunch, these amounts can be deployed immediately to address challenges faced by entrepreneurs on a daily basis as they are unable to attract private sector short-term facilities from commercial banks, such as overdraft and bridging facilities by virtue of them lacking a trading history. Finally, in compliance with Treasury Regulation 8.2.3 which requires public entities to unless specifically provided in contract with a service provider, pay creditors within 30 days of the invoice being presented. The NEF conducts regular interactions with both staff and service providers to train them on the NEF’s internal process requirements. The NEF further conducts annual audits aimed at determining progress in ensuring that creditors are paid within 30 days. Based on the latest internal audit findings, the NEF’s control framework was found to have been satisfactorily applied through the period to ensure that creditors are paid on time.

National Gambling Board (NGB)

Rules and regulations are in place within the NGB. The understanding is that actions and decisions taken by public officials are subject to oversight through monitoring adherence to rules and regulations so as to guarantee that there is reporting and accountability to demonstrate that Government initiatives are met.

Internal controls are in place within the NGB to ensure that the various pillars of Governance are in place.

Areas of non- compliance with rules and regulations will give rise to adverse audit finding by the office of the Auditor General.

On this basis no specific interventions have been implemented to reduce red tape or to do away with any rules and regulation

National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

The amendment of the Lotteries Act allows for the allocation of differentiated grants. This means that organisations applying for smaller grants will have fewer and less stringent requirements to be met in order to be considered for a grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). The amended Act also makes provision for full time Distributing Agencies, appointed for a period of five years, to adjudicate on applications for funding. This is envisaged to improve turnaround times. The Lotteries Act also requires the process from application to adjudication to be a maximum of 150 days. The National Lotteries Commission can only put this to the test once the full time Distributing Agencies have been appointed. The National Lotteries Commission is committed to pay all grants within the prescribed 60 days of receiving duly compliant grant agreements. In recent years, the NLC has engaged with its stakeholders through its National Indabas, and Provisional Workshops and Help Desks by interacting and educating prospective applicants on the application process. It is also an opportunity to learn of the challenges faced by stakeholders. This has resulted in the doubling of the applications received by the NLC in the last call for applications. The NLC has established offices in each of the provinces to give greater access to applicants and beneficiaries.

National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA)

In the case of NMISA there is no deliberate implementation of red tape. The organisation is structured as a flat organisational structure with clear delegations of authority to enhance efficiency in operations and eliminate complexity. This is especially emphasised for areas where there is direct contact with the clients at service delivery points such as the signature of calibration certificates to industry. This is delegated to divisional directors and experts. The accreditation the quality standard ISO 17025 and ISO Guide 34 ensures that red tape is avoided when dealing with the public and clients.

National Regulator For Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

There are procedural guidelines in various business units to deal with the processing of applications.

Applications for various forms of authorization are recorded upon receipt and when finalised.

When the backlog is identified, manpower is increased by using field inspectors and overtime is offered to all inspectors available to work.

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

The SABS has 5 main service delivery programmes.

  • Standards Development and Promotion
  • Certification
  • Testing
  • Training Academy, and
  • SABS Design Institute
  • An improvement request query (IRQ) system is used to systematically manage customer feedback and
  • complaints regarding the accessibility and quality of the SABS services;
  • Customer satisfaction surveys are occasionally commissioned to assess the customer experience;
  • Deloitte Fraudline that customers use to report issues that point to red tape; and
  • The SABS internal audit process, which includes the management of accreditation for conformity assessment services.

The SABS has is in the process of implementing a number of systems to improve productivity and through these processes, the opportunities to reduce red tape are implemented. The systems include:

  • The Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for managing laboratory testing processes;
  • e-Committee for management of standards development committees and projects; and
  • The Automation of Certification Business Process.

In addition, the SABS is embarking on a modernisation programme (through ICT) whose roadmap is currently under review at the Board.

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

As accreditation requires strict compliance to international standards, the lack of clearer communication was identified as the main contributor to perceived red tape. In this regard, SANAS conduct annual Communication meetings with its customers as well as increased its print communication to monthly and quarterly reports.

Identification comes through Internal Audits as well as international peer reviews.

The second phase of the SANAS Shanduka project aimed at automating the accreditation administration process through ICT, will contribute towards minimising the time and information required to apply for accreditation.

National Consumer Commission (NCC)

The NCC has revised its strategy during the latter part of 2012 with a view to improving service delivery in line with its legislative mandate. Internal controls, policies, standard operating procedures, delegations of authority and charters have been put in place relating to compliance with applicable legislation, policies, directives and decision making.

Delivery as per the annual performance plan is monitored regularly at which monthly performance and financial reports are canvassed. Executive Committee meetings are held at least once every quarter at which management committee reports, amongst other things, are canvassed. Moreover, regular meetings are held with stakeholders. Decisions impacting on the public are disseminated via the various media. Internal controls, policies, standard operating procedures, delegations of authority and charters are revised regularly in order to improve operations and service delivery.

The NCC has recently developed its Service Delivery Improvement Programme (SDIP) which provides for turnaround times for the majority of services. This is monitored on an ongoing basis by the management and executive committees of the NCC.

Companies Tribunal (CT)

The requirements and procedures for filing of applications and complaints are determined by the Companies Act 71 of 2008 and Companies Regulations made in terms of the Act.

Companies Tribunal produced the Practice Guidelines for filing of applications for adjudication and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) complaints to simplify the procedures.

 

31 August 2015 - NW2913

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Maluleke, Ms B to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether, with reference to the delegation of the former Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs by the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, in response to a letter written by a resident from Ngobi regarding a water crisis in the specified area, she undertook a follow-up intervention since her appointment; if so, what progress has been made in resolving the specified water crisis?

Reply:

The Moretele Local Municipality (LM) has implemented and completed the upgrade of the Transactie Well Field water supply augmentation project which consists of a 10 km pipeline, chlorination house, equipping 10 boreholes, 10 pump house structures and 2.5 mega litres per day (Ml/day) reservoir. The total cost of the project amounted to R11 million. This project has increased the water storage capacity in the area from 0.35 Ml to 2.85 Ml (an increase of 2.5 Ml). The system is currently operational and people are receiving water, though the water supply source is not sufficient to deal with the current demand. To augment water supply in the area of the Moretele LM is providing tankering until a lasting and sustainable solution is found.

Long Term Plan

On 16 July 2014; my Department, the Moretele LM and Magalies Water signed a tripartite agreement to conduct a study for bulk water supply in Moretele including the Moretele North Portion. The study is at an advance stage, whilst the Moretele South is under Construction in Klipdrift and the Moretele North is under detail design which incorporates the entire Ngobi Village through the supply from Klipvoor.

 

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31 August 2015 - NW3089

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

What (a) are the most prevalent water weeds found in the Umdloti River in KwaZulu-Natal, (b) percentage coverage do the specified water weeds have and (c) effect has the weeds had on the siltation levels of the specified river and its impoundments?

Reply:

(a) The most prevalent water weeds found in the Umdloti River are Water Lettuce and Hyacinth.

(b)  Upstream from the Hazelmere Dam the prevalence is negligible, whereas on the downstream portion the coverage of Water Lettuce is approximately 50% and that of Hyacinth is about 30%.

(c) The impact of the aquatic weed has very little to insignificant impact, especially since it is controlled.

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31 August 2015 - NW2695

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

Whether (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in her department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

Neither me, the Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, nor any officials of my Department travelled to China during the 2014-2015 financial year.

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31 August 2015 - NW2603

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

(1)Why does her department allow sand mining in the riverbed of the Karongwe River in Limpopo which forms part of a protected area under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; (2) whether she will take any action to stop the sand mining; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. My Department is not the responsible authority for any mining authorization. We regulate water activities in a water course. The competent authority for granting mining permits is the Department of Mineral Resources.
  2. A site investigation was conducted on 25 July 2015, by the Department’s enforcement team together with the SAPS. Upon completion of the investigation, my Department will, through its enforcement team, deal with the transgressor appropriately both administratively and criminally.

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31 August 2015 - NW2912

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Majeke, Ms CN to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether she has been informed of the water crisis in Greenville Village, in Mthatha, which has been without water for more than four weeks; if so, what plans has her department put in place to resolve the specified crisis; if not, (2) whether her department intends to investigate the situation with an intention to (a) resolve the crisis and (b) ensure that water is provided?

Reply:

  1. My Department has not been informed of the water crisis in Greenville Village, in Mthatha which has allegedly been without water for more than four weeks.
  2. Upon receiving of this question, my Department’s Provincial Office: Eastern Cape investigated the matter and found out that water supply to Greenville Village was deliberately switched off by the O R Tambo District Municipality due to non-payment of water bills and there is nothing wrong with the water supply system. This area consists of government properties with some informal dwellings built around the houses. However, the OR Tambo District Municipality is carting water to the informal settlement of Kwa-Mpuku which is adjacent to the formal settlement. They have since put two Jojo tanks which are filled timeously. It will be further investigated if the houses are occupied legally which would enable Public Works to pay for the services rendered.

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31 August 2015 - NW3116

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

With reference to the agro-processing industry, (a) what discussions has he had with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries regarding land capping on farms and (b) how will this affect (i) agro-processing and (ii) job creation?

Reply:

(A)   The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has a constitutional mandate to develop the agro-processing, sector with primary agricultural production the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). Discussions regularly take place between the two departments and other stakeholders with respect to the supply and security of supplier of feed-stocks into agro-processing value-chains. To the best of the Departments knowledge no existing or future projected security supply concerns have been raised by stakeholders in this regard.

(b)  i and ii) Since the matter of ‘land capping’ is a constitutional mandate of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, member D W Macpherson should address his question to the appropriate Minister.

31 August 2015 - NW3091

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

How many bucket toilets are located in the (a) formal and (b) informal areas of each municipality in Gauteng?

Reply:

(a) There are no bucket toilets located in the formal areas of each municipality in Gauteng.

(b) There are no bucket toilets located in the informal areas of each municipality in Gauteng. Informal areas utilise chemical toilets as a form of sanitation.

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31 August 2015 - NW2601

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

(1)(a) When was the nine boreholes and package plant with a reservoir completed in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, and (b) what was the total cost of the project; (2) whether the plant is currently in use; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what is the capacity of the plant in mega litres per day?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Hoedspruit Package Plant with an elevated tank (which is used as a reservoir) and seven boreholes and not nine, as per the question raised, were constructed and commissioned on 28 May 2014 by the Mopani District Municipality to augment the supply of water from the Drankensig Water Treatment Plant owned by the National Department of Public Works. The initiative emanated from the 2011/2012 Maruleng Flood Disaster.

(1)(b) The total cost of the project was R11 972 303.00.

(2) The Package Plant is in use, however; the clear water pump has currently burnt out and the Mopani District Municipality has issued an order for repairs which will be installed by the end of August 2015.

(3) The capacity of the plant is 0.35Ml/d.

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31 August 2015 - NW2577

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What provisions are being made to assist the municipalities of (a) uMshwathi, (b) Richmond and (c) Mkhambathini with water relief to (i) residents, (ii) commercial farmers and (iii) subsistence farmers?

Reply:

The Umgungundlovu District Municipality (DM) is the Water Services Authority (WSA) responsible for water provision in the uMshwathi, Richmond and Mkhambathini Local Municipalities (LMs). The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is assisting with water relief to the Umgungundlovu DM by the provisioning of water services through the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) and the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MWIG).

(a) The Umgeni Water is implementing the uMshwathi Regional Bulk pipeline which is co-funded by Umgeni Water and the DWS’s RBIG programme. The secondary bulk components of the scheme are being implemented by the Umgungundlovu DM with support from the DWS’s MWIG programme. The scheme will supply water from the Mgeni supply system to the uMshwathi LM area.

(b) The Umgeni Water has recently commissioned the Eston bulk pipeline which is supplying water from the Mgeni supply system to the Richmond area. The scheme was co-funded by the Umgeni Water and DWS through the RBIG programme.

(c) There are no projects being supported by the DWS in the Mkhambathini LM. Support for water for commercial and subsistence farmers is the responsibility of the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and an Inter-Ministerial Task Team has been established to address the impacts of the current drought in the Province. The Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has provided inputs on the drought interventions in the Province at consultation sessions that are being led by the Disaster Management Unit of the Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

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31 August 2015 - NW3118

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Atkinson, Mr P to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has any plans to provide water and sanitation to the residents of Eikenhof informal settlement in Southern Johannesburg; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The City of Johannesburg is the Water Service Authority which provides services to the Eikenhof informal settlement in the southern part of Johannesburg. The City of Johannesburg through the Joburg Water is providing the following basic water and sanitation services:

  • 6 Communal stand-pipes for water; and
  • 500 Ventilated Improved Pit-latrines (VIP’s).

The City of Johannesburg/ Joburg Water has plans in place to install 400 VIP in the current 2015/16 financial year.

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31 August 2015 - NW3088

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

(1)With regard to the most recent water quality monitoring statistics, (a) which 10 South African rivers are considered the most high risk due to levels of faecal coliform and (b) on which dates were the tests conducted on the specified rivers; (2) what is the (a) percentage risk and (b) planned remedial action for each specified river?

Reply:

  1. The Department of Water and Sanitation through the National Microbial Monitoring Programme (NMMP) provide the information needed to assess and manage the potential health risks to water uses related to faecal pollution of South African’s surface water resources. (a) The NMMP points are hotspots related and all the registered sites (217) are considered high risk and ranking them depend on a number of factors i.e. season, low and high rainfall period, year of assessment etc and (b) monitoring is an on-going process on a monthly/fortnightly basis.
  2. The potential health risk associated with the use of faecal polluted water is based on four water uses or fitness for uses; namely
  • Drinking untreated water;
  • Drinking after limited treatment (domestic treatment);
  • Irrigation of crops that can be eaten raw; and
  • Full or partial contact/recreational activities.

(2)(a) All the reports (i.e. Annual/quarterly state of water & NMMP bi-monthly) indicate that there is a high risk (100 % risk) associated with drinking untreated water directly from all NMMP hotspots sites / rivers and the risks varies (low, moderate and high) for other fitness for uses at a given period.

(2)(b) The main source of faecal pollution is discharges from poorly maintained or dysfunctional sewage treatment plants into these hotspots rivers and the Department has come up with the Green Drop System to ensure proper management of waste water treatment works or progressive improvement in their operation so as not to impact negatively on the water bodies into which they discharge (i.e. to improve the quality of the effluent). The water use upgrades licenses of other wastewater treatment plants are being assessed and there is ongoing intervention by the Department to assist the municipalities experiencing challenges. The Department is aware that there are still areas (i.e. villages & some informal settlements) experiencing challenges with regard to basic sanitation services (pit latrines/bucket system) and the possible impact and threat they can pose to water resources if not well managed. Municipalities with challenges are being assisted to get access to the Municipal Infrastructure Grant to address sanitation needs.

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28 August 2015 - NW2916

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department is using undercover agents to discover (a) how departmental offices are functioning and (b) what (i) malpractices and (ii) human rights abuses are being committed there; if not, why not; if so, what are the (aa) relevant details of the investigations and (bb) outcomes thereof?

Reply:

The department does not use undercover agents, as there is no law permitting the department to use undercover agents.

28 August 2015 - NW2795

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether any unit connected with the SA Revenue Service (SARS) has conducted an investigation into the amounts received by (a) a certain person (name furnished) and (b) two officials of the Local Organising Committee for Fifa’s 2010 Soccer World Cup Tournament from (i) Fifa, (ii) the Government and/or (iii) any other person or persons connected to Fifa, which allegedly were not declared by the specified persons and on which no tax was paid; if so, as regards this investigation, (aa) when was it conducted, (bb) by whom was it led, (cc) when was it finalised and (dd) whether any recommendation was made to prosecute a person or persons in this regard; (2) whether, arising from the specified investigation, SARS decided to prosecute a person or persons; if not, who took the decision to institute actions; (3) whether (a) any steps were taken to prosecute a person or persons and (b) this action was followed through; if not, why not; if so, what was the end result of the case; (4) whether he will investigate such allegations?

Reply:

(1)(a)(b)(i)(ii)(iii)(aa)(bb)(cc)(dd)(2)(3)(a)(b)(4)

Due to the secrecy provisions contained in Section 69 of the Tax Administration Act No. 28 of 2011, SARS is prohibited from disclosing any taxpayer information (Including whether or not a taxpayer is subject to an audit/ investigation) to any person other than a SARS official. SARS is, therefore, unfortunately not in a position to respond to the above request.

28 August 2015 - NW3073

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(a) How does her department and entities reporting to her define red tape and (b) what specific interventions and/or systems have been implemented to identify and reduce red tape in her department and the entities reporting to her.

Reply:

(a) Historically the concept of ‘red tape’ was introduced as an instrument for standardised, systematic procedures for bureaucratic approval across nation-states but in current times this concept has become synonymous with time-consuming, lengthy systems for issues that are simple to resolve.

(b) To eliminate the latter, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has ensured one consolidated approach for State Owned Company (SOC) to report to the Department based on key areas defined in the shareholder compacts and corporate plans.

These performance areas are reported on quarterly basis in the SOC quarterly reports to the Department with sector team engagements on any concerns or areas for improvement. With regard to the PFMA applications, the Department maintains a register which ensures adherence within the stipulated timelines.

Indeed, the intention with SOC quarterly reporting to DPE is for data accuracy to inform DPE decisions to fully optimise the SOC as key instruments of a developmental state.

 

27 August 2015 - NW2812

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What total amount has been allocated to each province for the provision of Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years; (2) are there any memoranda of understanding between her and the (a) Minister of Basic Education and (b) Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs with regard to the specified ECD services; (3) how often has her department engaged in the supervision of all ECD centers to ensure that they comply with requisite norms and standards?

Reply:

1.

PROVINCE

FINANCIAL YEAR

ALLOCATED BUDGET R’000

Eastern Cape

2013/14

R188, 753,400

 

2014/15

R 173,621,000

Gauteng

2013/14

R284, 000.000

 

2014/15

R 321, 870,000

Limpopo

2013/14

R240, 000.000

 

2014/15

R227, 000,000

North West

2013/14

R55,000.000

 

2014/15

R 54,330,000

Northern

Cape

2013/14

R71, 026.000

 

2014/15

R76,030,000

Western

Cape

2013/14

R282,927,000

 

2014/15

R231, 581,000

Free State

2013/14

R161.541.000

 

2014/15

R175, 498,000

Mpumalanga

2013/14

R185, 296. 320

 

2014/15

R192 ,283,000

Kwazulu

Natal

2013/14

R211, 333.000

 

2014/15

R219, 108,000

2. The Department of Social Development does not have any memoranda of Understanding with both the Departments. What is in place are the Terms of Reference, agreed upon among the Interdepartmental Committee for ECD which includes the departments mentioned in the question. The South African Integrated Programme of Action for ECD: Moving Ahead was approved by Cabinet on 18 September 2013, which outlines the roles and responsibilities of all Departments that deals with ECD issues.

3. According to the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, the provincial head of social development must conduct inspections at the prescribed intervals of partial care facilities in the province to enforce the provisions of this Act. Each province conducts monitoring of ECD centres on a quarterly basis, based on their targets for the quarter.

27 August 2015 - NW2983

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Economic Development

How much did the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) spend on (a) print, (b) radio, (c) television, (d) online and (e) outdoor advertising in the 2014/2015 financial year; 2. What are the names of every (a)publication, (b) radio station, (c) television station and (d) website and (e) the exact location of every billboard location which carried IDC advertising; 3. What amount was spent on each advertising category?

Reply:

The Industrial Development Corporation reports that is spent the following sums on advertising in the 2014/15 financial year, for specified advertising categories:

  1. Print media: R9.3 million
  2. Radio: R11.8 million
  3. Television: R6.3 million
  4. Online: R1.1 million
  5. Outdoor advertising: nil

Question 2 and 3

Media category

Publication/station

 

Digital

BD Live

 
 

Cadreon

 
 

Clicks2customers

 
 

Dash of Lime

 
 

Entrepreneur.ZA.Com

 
 

Forestry SA.co.za

 
 

IOL

 
 

ITWEB

 
 

Jewellery Biz News

 
 

MiningMx

 
 

MSN

 
 

News 24

 
 

Perform Digital

 
 

Pop I Media Innovations

 
 

SA Forestry Magazine.co.za

 
 

Sowetan Digital

 
 

The Times

 
 

Yahoo

 
 

Yonder Media

 
     

Magazine

Agbiz Congress

 
 

Business Hi-Lite

 
 

Business Times : Beneficiation

 
 

Businessbrief

 
 

CSI Handbook

 
 

Durban Chamber Directory

 
 

Engineering News

 
 

Food Trade SA Directory

 
 

Infocom

 
 

Jewellery Biz News Connect (Directory)

 
 

KZN Top Business

 
 

Mining Weekly

 
 

MiningMX

 
 

MiningMX Yearbook

 
 

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 
 

SA Jewellery News

 
 

Savca Directory

 
 

Sawubona Magazine

 
 

The Thinker Magazine

 
 

Truesight Communications t/a Hluma Magazine

 
     

Newspaper

Alex News

 
 

Beeld - Sake Beeld

 
 

Brits Pos

 
 

Business Day

 
 

Business Report (Star, Cape Times, Pretoria News, Mercury)

 
 

Cape Argus

 
 

Cape Times

 
 

Capricon Voice

 
 

City Press

 
 

City Press - Business

 
 

Daily Dispatch

 
 

Daily News

 
 

Daily Sun

 
 

Daily Voice Cape Town

 
 

De Aar Echo

 
 

Diamond Fields Advertiser

 
 

Die Burger - Sake Burger

 
 

Die Volksblad

 
 

Die Volksblad - Sake Volksblad

 
 

Eastern Cape Industrial & Business News

 
 

Eastern Cape Today

 
 

Eastern Free State Issue

 
 

Excelsior News

 
 

Free State Sun

 
 

Gemsbok

 
 

Greater Alex Today Newspaper

 
 

Highveld Tribune

 
 

Ilanga

 
 

Isolezwe

 
 

Kalahari Bulletin

 
 

Kathu Gazette

 
 

Klerksdorp Record

 
 

Letaba Herald

 
 

Lowvelder/Laevelder

 
 

Mafikeng Mail

 
 

Mail & Guardian

 
 

Mangaung Issue

 
 

Middelburg Herald

 
 

Mpumalanga News

 
 

Noordwester/Oewernuus

 
 

Overvaal

 
 

Polokwane Express

 
 

Polokwane Observer

 
 

Pretoria News

 
 

Rapport

 
 

Rustenburg Herald

 
 

Son

 
 

Sosh Times

 
 

SowetanNewpapers

 
 

Sunday Times

 
 

Sunday Times-Business Times

 
 

The Herald

 
 

The Mercury

 
 

The Star

 
 

Victoria West Messenger

 
 

Vukani (Inc)

 
     
 

Weekend Post

 
 

Weekend Review

 
 

Witness

 
     

Radio

702 Talk Radio

 
 

Capricorn FM

 
 

Energy FM

 
 

Kaya FM

 
 

KFM

 
 

Lesedi FM (Sesotho)

 
 

Metro FM

 
 

MunghanaLonene FM (Tsonga)

 
 

OFM

 
 

Power FM

 
 

RSG (Radiosondergrense)

 
 

SAFM

 
 

Ukhozi FM (Zulu)

 
 

UmhloboWenene FM (Xhosa)

 
     

Television

ANN7 (Africa News Nertworks )

 
 

Business Day TV

 
 

ENCA

 
 

ETV

 
 

MNET

 
 

SABC 1

 
 

SABC 2

 
 

SABC 3

 
 

SSHD4

 
 

Supersport HD6

 
 

Supersport 7

 
 

Supersport HD 2

 
 

Supersport HD5

 
     
     

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27 August 2015 - NW2989

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1) Does his department conduct lifestyle audits of its employees; if not, why not; if so, when was the last lifestyle audit conducted; (2) is there any monitoring of employee expenditure patterns; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) has any employee ever been found guilty to have accepted money for (a) issuing a license or (b) not issuing a stoppage order, if so, what are the relevant details of each specified case?

Reply:

  1. No, the department does not conduct lifestyle audits of its employees. No, there is no monitoring of employee expenditure patterns because there has never been any reason to do so;
  2. (a) Yes, the matter was referred to the relevant law enforcement agency.
  3. Yes, the matter was referred to the relevant enforcement law agency.

27 August 2015 - NW2981

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Economic Development

(a) What amount has his department spent on accommodation for him in the period 25 May 2014 until 6 August 2015 and (b) in each case, (i) what are the names of the establishments where he stayed, (ii) where are the specified establishments located, (iii) how many nights did he spend at each establishment and (iv) what was the daily rate paid on each occasion?

Reply:

During the period until 6 August 2015, hotels were used once for domestic travel and on four occasions for international travel.

The domestic travel was to eThekwini for a three-night stay, at a cost of R5 753.

The international travel entailed official trips to the United Kingdom, Indonesia, the United States and Switzerland. This involved 12 nights accommodation at hotels. Of these, accounts have been received and paid for in respect of three of the trips, totalling R54 663 for eight nights stay in hotels. One account is still outstanding from DIRCO who secures hotel accommodation on behalf of the Ministry.

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27 August 2015 - NW2905

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with reference to Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), she intends to promulgate a policy for social workers to make enquiries about the extent in which a mother was exposed to alcohol during pregnancy when a child with problematic behaviour is taken to a children’s home or another form of care; if not, how does she intend to deal with this need for information in the diagnosis of FASD children; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No; the Department of Social Development does not have nor intend having a policy for Social Workers to make enquiries about the extent in which a mother was exposed to alcohol during pregnancy when a child with problematic behavior is taken to children’s home or another form of care .

However, the Department of Social Development has assessment tools that are being administered when children including children with FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) are admitted to a children’s home or another form of care. The assessment tools provide the social workers with background information of every child including the family circumstances of the child. Additionally social workers can access information from other health care workers to assess the impact of the family and environmental circumstances on the behavior of the child.

27 August 2015 - NW2982

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Economic Development

(a) What amount has his department spent on consultants since 26 May 2014 until 6 August 2015 and (b) in each case, (i) what (aa)are the names of the consultants, (bb) amount was each consultant paid and (cc) was the nature of their work and (ii) for what period were the specified consultants contracted to his department?

Reply:

The Department spent R168 744 during the period for a co-sourcing contract with the Business Innovation Group to provide support for the internal audit function in the EDD, covering performance information and transfers/subsidies to entities of the Department.

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26 August 2015 - NW2951

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

What maintenance has his department conducted at each agricultural college(a) in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2011, (iv) 2012, (v) 2013 and (vi) 2014 and (b) since 1 January 2015?

Reply:

In 2009, my Department conducted a study to assess the level of compliance of the twelve Colleges against the approved Norms and Standards the Governance and Financing Framework for ATIs. The assessment study report revealed that no single College complied fully with the established Norms and Standards albeit in differing degrees. Flowing from the approved Norms and Standards and the Governance and Financing Framework for ATIs including the findings of the compliance study, a Revitalisation Plan for the Colleges of Agriculture was developed.

The Colleges Revitalization Plan (CRP) is guided by the following critical pillars:

  • Pillar 1: Improvement of Infrastructure and equipment
  • Pillar 2: Curriculum review with emphasis on value addition
  • Pillar 3: Accreditation and registration of Colleges
  • Pillar 4: Leadership development and change management
  • Pillar 5: Strengthening of Information and Communication Technology including Colleges Governance

In support of the process of revitalizing the Colleges of Agriculture, my Department approached the National Treasury in 2009/10 to present the case of the twelve Colleges and to solicit funding for their improvement. My Department commenced with its National Treasury approved and funded Colleges Revitalization Plan in 2011/12 financial year. Since then, my Department has been allocating a substantial amount of money to Colleges to augment their equitable budget.

A total amount of R2 236 705 009.00 (two billion two hundred and thirty six million seven hundred and five thousand and nine rand only) has been spent on Colleges of Agriculture between 2009 and January 2015.

A total amount of R1 907 356 342.00 (one billion nine hundred and seven million three hundred and fifty six thousand and three hundred and forty two rand only) has been spent on Goods and Services and Compensation of Employees (Annexure A).

A total amount of R329 348 667.00 (three hundred and twenty nine million three hundred and forty eight thousand and six hundred and sixty seven rand only) has been spent on Colleges of Agriculture since 2011/12 through Colleges Revitalization Plan (Annexure B).

Annexure C presents a list of major infrastructure support provided to Colleges by my Department through the Colleges Revitalization Plan since 2011/12.

26 August 2015 - NW2950

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

What is (a) the status of the current discussions about moving agricultural colleges to the Department of Higher Education and Training and (b) his position on this potential move? NW3454E.

Reply:

(a). Cabinet has already approved that the two Departments appoint a Joint Technical Task Team (JTTT) to spearhead the process and modalities for the transfer. The JTTT has been officially appointed and has started working on the processes.

(b). The transfer of Colleges to the Department of Higher Education and Training is a Cabinet decision. My responsibility is to facilitate the implementation of the decision together with the Minister of Higher Education and Training.

26 August 2015 - NW2886

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

With reference to his reply to question 42 on 27 February 2015 wherein he stated that the total expenditure on the Vukani Aviation cadet pilot programme is R68 million as at February 2015, what were the agreed programme performance targets for the specified signed contracts in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; (2) what were (a) the reported achievements of the specified programme and (b) the reasons for non-performance on the specified financial years; (3) (a) how many cadets were actively participating in the commercial pilot license training and (b) what was the amount of the specified contracts as at 12 February 2015; (4) when is the specified programme expected to be completed?

Reply:

  1. The Department concluded one contract with Vukani Aviation, which commenced on 8 January 2013 covering a period of 36 months and includes the information on the requested financial years.

The Vukani Aviation Cadet Pilot Scheme Programme has the following targeted outcomes:

Programme

Target

Aviation Awareness: Recruitment and Selection

500

Psychometrics Test

500

Simulation

100

Life Skills Programmes

60

Commercial Pilot License

60

It should be noted that the cadets were split into 3 groups of 20, to allow for reasonable instruction time.

(2) (a) A summary of achievements since the inception of the programme are as follows:

  • Training

Training Programmes

Learners who completed the Commercial Pilot License and Advanced Pilot Training

4

Learners currently undergoing Commercial Pilot License Training

19

Learners who have obtained their Commercial Pilot License and currently undergoing Advanced Pilot Training

15

Cadets who have found employment after completing the Commercial Pilot License and Advanced Pilot Training

5

Total students who dropped out / dismissed / absconded

17

Total

60

  • Aviation Awareness: Recruitment and Selection - The aviation awareness portion of the project started on 16 February 2013 targeting 500 learners. Vukani Aviation visited rural and township based schools in five provinces, as well as utilizing radio stations and local newspapers to ensure greater awareness and project reach. According to the data provide to us, over 10 000 students were reached through this awareness campaign.
  • Psychometric Test: 189 Psychometric tests were done.
  • Simulation: 100 Learners were shortlisted and went through the simulation process.

Life Skills Programmes: The planned target for the Life Skills Programme was 60 learners, with 50 learners benefitting whilst 10 learners left the programme before completing all the required activities.

(b) The intention was that all 60 cadets would complete all the required tasks and flight hours in a period of 18 months, which proved to be difficult due to the following reasons:

  • According to Vukani Aviation, the Private Pilot License Ground School component took longer than anticipated, as the cadets struggled with mastering the required content and some were given more than the required attempts to accomplish certain tasks.
  • During the period leading up to the funeral of the late President Nelson Mandela, flight schools around Gauteng lost almost a month of flying time due to restrictions placed on the Gauteng airspace.

(3) (a) 9 Cadets have completed the Commercial Pilot License and Advanced Pilot Training with 5 cadets already having found employment, 19 learners are currently undergoing Commercial Pilot License Training and 15 learners are currently undergoing Advanced Pilot Training.

(b) The total budgeted programme cost is R77 070 921.00.

(4)  The entire programme, as per the contract with Vukani Aviation, is expected to be completed by 31 December 2015.

 

 

 

Compiler/Contact persons:

Contact number:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2886 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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DATE:

26 August 2015 - NW2989

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1) Does his department conduct lifestyle audits of its employees; if not, why not; if so, when was the last lifestyle audit conducted; (2) is there any monitoring of employee expenditure patterns; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) has any employee ever been found guilty to have accepted money for (a) issuing a license or (b) not issuing a stoppage order, if so, what are the relevant details of each specified case?

Reply:

  1. No, the department does not conduct lifestyle audits of its employees.
  2. No, there is no monitoring of employee expenditure patterns because there has never been any reason to do so;
  3. (a) (b) Yes, the matter was referred to relevant law enforcement agency.

Approved/not approved

 

 

Adv N Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/ 2015

26 August 2015 - NW2745

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) Has her department ordered an investigation into the refusal of senior managers of the Government Communications Information Service (GCIS) to co-operate with the National Communications Task Team (NCTT) (details furnished); if so, what are the (a) terms of reference of the investigation and (b) time frames when the investigation is to be completed; (2) (a) how many workshops were held between the NCTT and GCIS, (b) on what dates were these workshops held, (c) where were the workshops held and (d) what were the outcomes of these workshops? NW3177E

Reply:

The Minister of Communications received the report from the National Communication Task Team (NCTT). The report is currently being evaluated. All matters relating to the NCTT will be responded to once the Minister concludes with the evaluation and expresses her opinion on how the process will be carried forward.

 

 

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

26 August 2015 - NW2790

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Whether he has requested or will be requesting a seminar or bosberaad with departmental officials and private sector experts to understand the implications of the report of the International Labour Organisation released in February 2015, entitled Farm Workers’ Living and Working Conditions in South Africa: key trends, emergent issues and underlying and structural problems, and in particular to address the point that outdated assumptions and oversimplifications continue to fuel unhealthy polarisation in the perceptions and views of key players in agriculture; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) when will he make a statement regarding the failure of the Government as highlighted in the specified report?

Reply:

Although I am fully aware of the ILO study on farm workers living and working conditions in South Africa, the report that was issued in February 2015 was just a draft for input by affected stakeholders. The ILO final report on farm workers living and working conditions in South Africa was only finalized and published on 21 July 2015.

I am arranging a briefing from the International Labour Organisation on the findings of the study. Consequently, I will interact with Ministers of Labour and Rural Development and Land Reform to have an integrated approach to the recommendations of the report. We will then consult with relevant stakeholders in the agriculture sector to discuss and develop a sector action plan to address challenges addressed in the report.

26 August 2015 - NW2768

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether National Treasury intends to undertake a countrywide road show to explain to citizens (a) what debt the Government was incurring in their name in order to fund its annual undertakings, (b) how it was proposing to manage and pay off the specified debt so that the country does not become another Greece or Puerto Rico in the next decade and in such specified process solicit the citizen’s support for incurring the specified debt so that they could not say, in the near future, that they knew nothing about such debt and therefore want no involvement in taking responsibility to pay off the specified debt and/or be subjected to severe austerity measures; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) National Treasury makes significant efforts to communicate publicly its fiscal strategy and implications for the debt outlook. Extensive budget information is released to the legislature and the public in general. According to the international Open Budget Index survey, South Africa ranks as one of the top countries for transparency and accountability. Parliament holds public hearings after the tabling of each Budget Review and Medium Term Budget Policy Statement. As part of its budget outreach programme, National Treasury representatives travel around South Africa presenting the fiscal outlook to universities and civil society organisations. The National Treasury conducts domestic investor roadshows and communicates regularly with the media on the implications of the fiscal framework for the national debt outlook.

The debt that government will incur over the coming decade is set out in the publicly available budget documents tabled in parliament in February each year. Provisions are made for debt that is falling due, with the details outlined in chapter 7 of 2015 Budget Review. A more detailed breakdown is published in the annual Debt Management Report, which is available on the National Treasury website.

(b) Government manages the debt outlook by narrowing the deficit over time while mitigating refinancing risk (i.e. the risk that government will not be able to raise money to finance the budget deficit and repay debt at any scheduled point, or will have to do so at high cost). In order to close the deficit, government has raised taxes and reduced the rate of expenditure growth. The budget also aims to change the composition of borrowing, in order to ensure that government debt is used to fund infrastructure spending with a positive long-term impact.

The medium-term borrowing strategy focuses on mitigating the risks presented by the sharp increase in loan repayments in 2017/18 and beyond. To meet these high loan repayments, cash has been generated from higher long-term borrowing in 2014/15. Over the medium term, the cash will be used to pay down short-term borrowing. Government also makes use of a bond-switch programme to ease pressure on targeted areas of the bond redemption profile by exchanging short-term for longer-term debt.

26 August 2015 - NW2921

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Whether he interacted with his counterpart in China during his recent visit to that country to ascertain why the Beijing Institute of Technology, North Western Polytechnical University, Xidian University, Shenyang Aerospace University, Ningbo University and South China University of Technology were so pivotal to knowledge production and economic growth in China; if not, why not; if so, (a) what useful lessons do the specified universities and other universities have to offer South Africa and (b) when will he implement policies derived from such lessons?

Reply:

No, I did not interact with my counterpart during my recent visit to China as I was invited by the Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa to form part of his delegation. I therefore followed the Deputy President’s programme and accompanied him to all his meetings.

However, there are many useful lessons that other universities in China can offer South Africa. There are on-going collaborations between various Chinese and South African Universities, e.g. the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch have partnered with Northeast Normal and Hunan Universities.

A Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS), based at Stellenbosch University, has been established to analyse China-related research by collaborating with scholars from Africa, China and other international academic centres with similar interests, and publishes regular discussion papers, policy briefings and short opinion pieces on current issues. CCS also hosts visiting academics and government officials within the China Forum that provides a platform to discuss and debate on China-African related subjects.

CCS has co-operative linkages with key universities and institutions pursuing both research collaboration and exchange undertakings, prioritising linkages with Chinese institutions that include Beijing University, Tsinghua and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. CCS is also home to the Confucius Institute, the first institution of its kind established in Africa.

 

 

Compiler/Contact persons:

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

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DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2921 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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DATE:

26 August 2015 - NW2855

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

What was the purpose of her attendance at the annual Lifestyle Show Hub in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 8 July 2015, (b) who attended the event with her and (c) what amount was spent by her department on (i) flights and (ii) accommodation for (aa) her and (bb) those who attended the show with her?

Reply:

(a)The Deputy Minister of Small Business Development has extended an invitation to Minister Muthambi F to attend both the Atlanta Lifestyle Hub Show and the Santa FE Folk Art Market events with other role-players to represent the country in these important gatherings.

(b)South African delegation:

1. The Minister

2. Chief of Staff

3. Protector

4. Assistant Director in the office of the DG

(C)FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR SUPPORT STAFF

Item

People

Exchange rate

Days

Cost

Accommodation:

Atlanta

Santa FE

3

$275

$ 289

9

R10 226.46

R10 747.08

Ground Transport

Atlanta

Santa FE

3

$85

$100

9

R 6 321.78

R 9 916.56

Ticket, service fees and insurance

3

 

9

R349 823.16

Travel and Subsistence Daily Allowance

3

$106.40

9

R30 226.59

Total

     

R417 261.63

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR MINISTER

Item

People

Exchange rate

Days

Cost

Accommodation:

Atlanta

Santa FE

1

$515

$580

9

R6 383.79

R7 183.30

Ground Transport

Atlanta

Santa FE

1

$170

$195

9

R12 643.62

R19 337.28

VIP Services at airport

1

$100

9

R 2 479.14

Ticket, service fees and insurance

1

   

R116 607.72

Travel and Subsistence Daily Allowance

1

106.40

9

R11 619.70

Total

     

R176 254.55

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL ACTING

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

26 August 2015 - NW2792

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Whether the Government has developed or was developing a policy and funding plan to allow the country’s rural population to have access to biodigesters in order to create biogas for domestic cooking and electricity purposes as is happening in India and/or to stimulate large-scale production of purified biogas for fuel as in China; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the biogas initiatives in the country that are led by the Government and (b) how extensive is the roll-out of the specified initiatives in the country’s rural population?

Reply:

(a) What are the relevant details of the biogas initiatives in the country that are led by the Government?

The Department and the ARC completed a pilot phase of the Biodigester project in the Thabo Mofutsanyane District (Free State province) that started in June 2012 and just concluded in June 2015 as part of the mitigation and adaptation to climate variability and change in the Thabo Mofutsanyane District (Free State Province). This project was rolled-out in Thabo Mofutsanyane District with a number of beneficiaries, mainly community livestock farmers who received training and had the biodigesters equipment purchased for them. 

The ultimate goal of the project was to enhance agricultural productivity by promoting the adoption of an integrated crop-livestock system that effectively mitigates, adapts to and reduces vulnerabilities to climate change. It is also aimed at introducing and encouraging agricultural practices in rural communities that have the potential of mitigating climate change and adapting to adverse effects of climate change and the use of biogas for domestic cooking and electricity purposes.

About 13 biogas digesters for generation of bio-gas for cooking and/lighting from livestock manure were installed and they are operational. The farmer training was conducted and provided an opportunity to promote renewable energies and inform farmers on the possibility of self-energy generation. Capacity building and job creation was achieved through training of the local youth on biogas digester installation. Relevant weather and climate information was distributed to farmers during the planning and implementation of their agricultural activities via sms. The findings of this pilot project will assist with the climate change adaptation and mitigation measures (in the form of strategies and/or polices) for the country.

(b)  How extensive is the roll-out of the specified initiatives in the country’s rural population?

This pilot project is currently been rolled out to three Provinces namely: Eastern Cape, North West and Limpopo targeting ten (10) small scale farmers per Province from the financial year 2015/16 to 2017/18. The project aims at raising awareness of climate change among different stakeholders in the agricultural community. It will promote the integrated crop-livestock production system. The beneficiaries in these provinces, mainly livestock farmers will be trained and have biodegesters purchased for them and installed. 

Biogas could be used to generate a large portion of the peaking power required and thereby effect very large cost savings for the country. More funding and resources are however, needed to roll it out at a larger scale.

26 August 2015 - NW2949

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

(1) What is the current language policy at each of the Agricultural Colleges; (2) Is there any change expected in the specified language policy; (3) What is the breakdown of the home language spoken by students at each of the specified Colleges?NW3453E

Reply:

(1). Currently Agricultural Colleges do not have language policies, but their academic rules and procedures clearly state their respective mediums of instruction, the following Colleges Glen, Owen Sithole, Cedara, Taung, Fort Cox, Tsolo, Madzivhandila and Tompi Seleka use English as their medium of instruction.

Elsenburg and Potchefstroom Colleges use a 50/50 (English or Afrikaans) medium of instruction; this is due to the fact that almost all classes are multilingual. The practice is that the lecturer teaches in either English or Afrikaans or both. The audio- visual aids are in the other language that is not being used by the lecturer i.e. English or Afrikaans. The class notes and student guides are available in both English and Afrikaans.

Grootfontein College uses a parallel mode of instruction where tuition is in English to one group (non-Afrikaans) and Afrikaans to the other group.

(2). There is no change expected in the language policy or guidelines of the following Colleges Glen, Owen Sithole, Cedara, Taung, Potchefstroom, Fort Cox, Tsolo, Madzivhandila and Tompi Seleka as they are experiencing no challenges in their respective Institutions regarding the medium of instruction.

Elsenburg College is overseeing a process to inform and sensitise staff and the student body on best practice regarding the current language approach. A Task Team has been established to consult with corresponding institutions on matters related to language policies, options and plans. The College Council will thereafter present a framework to the Department for consideration. A process of consultation with stakeholders, including students and industry representative bodies, regarding the proposed policy framework is envisaged after which a process to draft and adopt a language policy and plan for the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute will be initiated, in accordance with the approved framework.

My Department has initiated processes of amending the current medium of instruction at Grootfontein College with the aim of developing a language policy which will introduce English as a new medium of instruction.

(3). Breakdown of home language spoken by students at each of the specified Colleges is presented on Attachment A;

26 August 2015 - NW2877

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) How regular does the Media Diversity and Development Agency (MDDA) monitor community radio stations that it has funded, (b) which stations are being monitored by the MDDA and (c) in each case, (i) on what dates and (ii) in what manner have the stations been monitored in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years? NW3350E MINISTRY: COMMUNICATIONSREPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Private Bag X 745, Pretoria, 0001, Tel: +27 12 473 0164 Fax: +27 12 473 0585 Tshedimosetso House,1035 Francis Baard Street, Tshedimosetso House, Pretoria, 1000 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NUMBER: 2877 of 2015 DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07 AUGUST 2015 MS V VAN DYK (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS (a) How regular does the Media Diversity and Development Agency (MDDA) monitor community radio stations that it has funded, (b) which stations are being monitored by the MDDA and (c) in each case, (i) on what dates and (ii) in what manner have the stations been monitored in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years? NW3350E REPLY: MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS The MDDA has a grant funding cycle that that runs from 12 to 18 months. Projects are monitored twice during the project funding cycle. Funding is allocated in four tranches and each tranche is released after satisfactory reporting and compliance with the Grant in Aid Agreement and monitoring. Due to cost saving, site visits are conducted once during the life cycle of projects. Project report on quarterly basis, this is another form of close monitoring. All Radio Stations are monitored on the following: i. Attainment of intended project objectives as of inception ii. Governance and institutional stability iii. Financial Management iv. Financial Sustainability and revenue generation v. Community Participation vi. Partnerships vii. Compliance and non-compliance with the Grant in Aid Agreement i. MDDA conducts monitoring on all the funded community radio stations. The dates for monitoring are determined based on the status quo of the projects, funds disbursed and the reporting cycle of each project. Due to cost saving, site visits are conducted once during the life cycle of a project (Average project lifecycle would normally be 14 months). Oversight monitoring is conducted if there is delayed reporting. ii. In the previous three financial years the projects have been monitored through: Desktop monitoring Site visits monitoring and evaluation Project reporting Annual evaluation using different methodologies such as formative, summative and clarificative where required Board Members undertake Provincial site visit on a random basis MR NN MUNZHELELE DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING] DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS DATE: MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP) MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS DATE

Reply:

(a) The MDDA has a grant funding cycle that that runs from 12 to 18 months. Projects are monitored twice during the project funding cycle. Funding is allocated in four tranches and each tranche is released after satisfactory reporting and compliance with the Grant in Aid Agreement and monitoring. Due to cost saving, site visits are conducted once during the life cycle of projects. Project report on quarterly basis, this is another form of close monitoring.

(b)  All Radio Stations are monitored on the following:

i. Attainment of intended project objectives as of inception

ii. Governance and institutional stability

iii. Financial Management

iv. Financial Sustainability and revenue generation

v. Community Participation

vi. Partnerships

vii. Compliance and non-compliance with the Grant in Aid Agreement

(c) i. MDDA conducts monitoring on all the funded community radio stations. The dates for monitoring are determined based on the status quo of the projects, funds disbursed and the reporting cycle of each project. Due to cost saving, site visits are conducted once during the life cycle of a project (Average project lifecycle would normally be 14 months). Oversight monitoring is conducted if there is delayed reporting.

ii. In the previous three financial years the projects have been monitored through:

  1. Desktop monitoring
  2. Site visits monitoring and evaluation
  3. Project reporting
  4. Annual evaluation using different methodologies such as formative, summative and clarificative where required
  5. Board Members undertake Provincial site visit on a random basis

 

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

26 August 2015 - NW2876

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

(a) How many community radio stations have been funded by the Media Development and Diversity Agency since 2004, (b) how many of these community radio stations are still operational, (c) which stations are not operational, (d) what are the reasons for their inability to operate, (e) how much (i) funding, (ii) equipment and (iii) training was provided to the community radio stations that are no longer operational and (f) what happens to the equipment once the station is no longer operational? NW3349E MINISTRY: COMMUNICATIONSREPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Private Bag X 745, Pretoria, 0001, Tel: +27 12 473 0164 Fax: +27 12 473 0585 Tshedimosetso House,1035 Francis Baard Street, Tshedimosetso House, Pretoria, 1000 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NUMBER: 2876 of 2015 DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07 August 2015 MS V VAN DYK (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS (a) How many community radio stations have been funded by the Media Development and Diversity Agency since 2004, (b) how many of these community radio stations are still operational, (c) which stations are not operational, (d) what are the reasons for their inability to operate, (e) how much (i) funding, (ii) equipment and (iii) training was provided to the community radio stations that are no longer operational and (f) what happens to the equipment once the station is no longer operational?NW3349E REPLY: MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS The MDDA has funded 103 Community Radio Stations since 2004 in 57 district municipalities in South Africa. Of the 103 community radio stations currently on the MDDA’s disbursement profile, ninety nine (99) are fully operational. Four (4) out of 103 three stations currently on MDDA’s disbursement profile are not operational. They are as follows: i Franchoek FM (Western Cape – Cape Wine Lands District Municipality) ii Motsitle Community Radio (North West – Bojanala District Municipality) iii Qwa Qwa FM (Free State – Thabo Mofutsanyane District Municipality) iv Blouberg Community Radio (Limpopo Province – Capricorn District Municipality) During the grant funding cycle, MDDA pays for the insurance of broadcast equipment. Once the grant funding agreement expires, stations are supposed to continue with the insurance. (i) Cumulatively grants totalling R 280 million have been awarded since 2004 to date. (ii) 55 community radio stations have received digital broadcast infrastructure to the value of R47, 236,885.00 (iii) Not applicable. Currently all radio stations are operational, however in terms of the Grant in Aid Agreement and the NPO Act/ including the constitutions of the entities MDDA funds there is a clause that provides for such equipment to be transferred to a project of similar objectives. MR NN MUNZHELELE DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING] DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS DATE: MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP) MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS DATE:

Reply:

(a) The MDDA has funded 103 Community Radio Stations since 2004 in 57 district municipalities in South Africa.

(b) Of the 103 community radio stations currently on the MDDA’s disbursement profile, ninety nine (99) are fully operational.

(c) Four (4) out of 103 three stations currently on MDDA’s disbursement profile are not operational.

They are as follows:

i Franchoek FM (Western Cape – Cape Wine Lands District Municipality)

ii Motsitle Community Radio (North West – Bojanala District Municipality)

iii Qwa Qwa FM (Free State – Thabo Mofutsanyane District Municipality)

iv Blouberg Community Radio (Limpopo Province – Capricorn District Municipality)

(d) During the grant funding cycle, MDDA pays for the insurance of broadcast equipment. Once the grant funding agreement expires, stations are supposed to continue with the insurance.

(e) (i) Cumulatively grants totalling R 280 million have been awarded since 2004 to date.

(ii) 55 community radio stations have received digital broadcast infrastructure to the value of R47, 236,885.00

(iii) Not applicable.

(f) Currently all radio stations are operational, however in terms of the Grant in Aid Agreement and the NPO Act/ including the constitutions of the entities MDDA funds there is a clause that provides for such equipment to be transferred to a project of similar objectives.

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

26 August 2015 - NW2954

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her reply to question 453 on 27 November 2014, (a) when is the envisaged start and end date for the Information for Empowerment Dialogues, (b) which (i) stakeholders and (ii) towns and cities will be visited,(c) how many officials will participate and (d) what is the budgeted costs for the specified dialogues? NW3458E MINISTRY: COMMUNICATIONSREPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Private Bag X 745, Pretoria, 0001, Tel: +27 12 473 0164 Fax: +27 12 473 0585 Tshedimosetso House,1035 Francis Baard Street, Tshedimosetso House, Pretoria, 1000 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NUMBER: 2954 of 2015 DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14 AUGUST 2015 MR G R DAVIS (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS: With reference to her reply to question 453 on 27 November 2014, (a) when is the envisaged start and end date for the Information for Empowerment Dialogues, (b) which (i) stakeholders and (ii) towns and cities will be visited,(c) how many officials will participate and (d) what is the budgeted costs for the specified dialogues? NW3458E REPLY: MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS The Minister of Communications received the report from the National Communication Task Team (NCTT). The report is being evaluated. All matters relating to the NCTT will be appropriately responded to once the Minister concludes with the evaluation of the report and expresses her opinion on how the process will be carried forward. MR NN MUNZHELELE DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING] DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS DATE: MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP) MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS DATE:

Reply:

The Minister of Communications received the report from the National Communication Task Team (NCTT). The report is being evaluated. All matters relating to the NCTT will be appropriately responded to once the Minister concludes with the evaluation of the report and expresses her opinion on how the process will be carried forward.

 

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE: