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16 March 2021 - NW491

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Will she furnish Ms E L Powell with (a) an update on progress at the Dodoma Avenue Housing Development in KwaZulu-Natal and (b) the details of (i) any project timeline delays, (ii) the primary construction contractor, (iii) any sub-contractors, (iv) the name of site engineers, (v) the name of the design architect, (vi) costs initially budgeted for the development, (vii) full costs incurred to date including the estimated date of beneficiary hand-over and (viii) reasons for delays and additional costs incurred?

Reply:

(a) The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Department of Human Settlements has indicated that the Dodoma Avenue Housing Development forms part of a sub-phase of the broader Kennedy Road Housing Project. The project consist of 45 units. Currently, all 45 units are at roof level.

(b)(i) The unforeseen reasons for the delay of the construction programme by a further 12 months include the following:

  • objections received from ratepayers in the surrounding area;
  • disputes over labour rates resulting in work stoppages;
  • social challenges from adjacent informal settlements;
  • Covid-19 impact, and
  • Geotechnical constraints.

(ii) to (v) I am constrained and prohibited by the document titled “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly” from providing the Honourable Member with the names of the primary contractor, the sub-contractors, site engineer, and the design architect as requested. The document referred to states that:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

(vi) I am informed that the original budget for the implementation of the project was R 14 613 997, 57.

(vii) The cost incurred to date is R 10 440 174, 08 and the beneficiary handover will take place on a phased basis on completion of sections of the project, which will be completed by July 2021.

(viii) The additional cost of approximately R2 000 000 was incurred due to the following:

    • the need for stabilizing work, retaining structures as recommended by an independent assessment of soil conditions;
    • additional time related costs and remedial works due to stoppages and invasions of completed housing units, and
    • additional assessments due to claims of ancestral graves at the Dodoma Avenue site.

 

 

16 March 2021 - NW767

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(a) Who were the service providers who received contracts in respect of the R45,7 million budget for cleaning services in community education colleges and (b) on what date did the service providers (i) start and (ii) complete their services in each case?

Reply:

(a) The cleaning services allocation of R45.7 million is for the 2021/22 financial year, which is effective from 1 April 2021. The appointment of service providers will be done by each Community Education and Training (CET) college following their supply chain management policies and processes for procurement. The cleaning services are for Community Learning Centres and Satellite Centres that fall under each CET college.

(b) (i) Each CET college will appoint a service provider in the 2021/22 financial. The first tranche of funds, i.e. 25%, will be transferred to CET colleges in April 2021.

(b) (ii) The colleges will contract the services for a period of 12 months, i.e. April 2021 to March 2022, as the funds are for the 2021/22 financial year. There are preliminary funding allocated for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 financial years amounting to R54.5 million and R51.2 million, respectively.

16 March 2021 - NW280

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

(1)What are the (a) reasons for and (b) relevant details of the Armscor expenses on fines and penalties of R690 000 during the 2019-20 financial year; (2) whether any investigations were done into this matter; if not, why not; if so, was anyone held accountable for the specified expenses?

Reply:

Armscor disclosed an amount of R585 000 relating to penalties in the 2019/20 Annual Report. Of this amount R 190 000 was relating to the 2019/20 financial period and R395 000 to the 2018/19 financial period.

These penalties were levied on Armscor’s facilities (Protechnik, Flamengro and Ergotech) in the execution of work for the Department of Defence where services/products were delivered late and were therefore penalised. Late deliveries occured due to a lack of of capacity due to resignations as well as technical dificulties experienced.

The services rendered were in relation to :

  • Non enginerring work on the upgrade of the SANDF’s mobile defence laboratory technology demonstrator ;
  • Increasing the range of current artillery systems in the SANDF ;
  • Development and testing of sample body armour sizes for SANDF males and females.

The reasons for all penalties levied were investigated and the appropriate corrective actions taken in terms of Armscor’s disciplinary processes.

16 March 2021 - NW279

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

(1)What are the reasons and justifications for the (a) Armscor expenses on consultants and (b) professional fees of R44 296 000 during the 2019-20 financial year; (2) whether a certain company (name furnished) was one of the beneficiaries of business; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what total amount did the specified company receive?

Reply:

1. For the 2019/2020 financial year, Armscor incurred R44 296 000 for consultants and professional fees. The fees incurred were in relation operational expenditure for the following reasons:

  • Contractor services related to building maintanance (electric, pest weed and pollution), security services, infrastructure upgrade project (to upgrade facility to comply with DPWI requirements for the rental of facility on the behalf of the DOD), ICT related services (normal course of business services of equipment and ICT software), expertise for the implementation of integrated reporting and cleaning services
  • Expert services required for statutory audit , ie. valuation of properties, actuarial valuation of Armscor’s post retirement medical liability,
  • Facility accreditaitons, which are required for facilities to operate and generate revenue

2. Armscor last paid Fever Tree during the 2018/2019 financial year, and no payment was made to Fever Tree during the 2019/2020 financial year.

16 March 2021 - NW509

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)Whether any staff member in his department (a) performed work in addition to the responsibilities related to his or her work, outside normal working hours, in the past five financial years and (b) has been performing such work during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what number of staff members and (ii) in what job or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether approval for such work was obtained in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the policy of his department in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved, (c) what number of contraventions of this policy were brought to the attention of the National Treasury in the past five financial years and (d) what steps have been taken against the transgressors?

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND INNOVATION

1(a) Yes employees on salary levels 4 to 12 performed approved remunerated overtime and standby duty.

1(b) The information is available in the employee’s personal files and it is reported in the annual report.

(i) 51 staff members.

(ii) 11 Deputy Directors.

14 Assistant Directors.

1 Senior Administrative Officer.

1 Supply Chain Management Practitioner.

2 Senior Administration Clerk.

14 Security Officers.

2 Maintenance Officers.

1 Auxiliary Services Practitioner.

3 Human Resources Practitioners.

2 Senior Secretaries.

2(a) The departmental overtime policy provides for 15 hours per week of pre-authorized overtime work. Standby duty is regulated by Public Service Co-ordination Bargaining Chamber (PSCBC) Resolution 3 of 1999 and is also pre-authorized.

2(b) The authority is delegated to the Chief Director: Human Resources.

2(c) No contraventions of both the policy and PSCBC regulations were identified by the Auditor-General and reported to National Treasury.

2(d) No transgressions were identified.

DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

(1) (a) Yes, there are employees who have performed remunerative work outside the public service.

(b)   It is through the mandatory disclosure of financial interests, where officials disclose all their financial interests, and information obtained from other governmental structures such as the Public Service Commission, National Treasury database, Department of Public Service and Administration, and Auditor-General.

2015/16 financial cycle:  According to departmental records, eight officials requested approval, seven were approved and one was withdrawn. Five officials did not apply for permission to perform remunerative work outside the public service.

2016/17 financial cycle:  According to departmental records, six officials requested approval and all were approved. Eight officials did not apply for permission to perform remunerative work outside the public service

2017/18 financial cycle: According to departmental records, five officials requested approval, four were approved and one was withdrawn. 

2018/19 financial cycle:  According to departmental records, eight applications were received and all were approved.

2019/20 financial cycle:  According to departmental records, fifteen officials requested approval and all were approved.

2020/21 financial cycle:  There are twenty applications that are being processed.

(i) A total number of 62 applications were received for remunerative work outside public service.

(ii) According to the analysis, most of the applications are related to lecturing in private institutions, invigilation, counselling and some working for their own private businesses.

(2) According to information at the Department's disposal, the majority of employees who perform remunerative work outside the public service do apply for and obtain approval in line with the DPSA determination. However, those who do not apply are subjected to consequence management.
(a) The Department applies the Public Service Act, 1994, the Public Service Regulations, 2016 and its applicable determinations.  Employees can perform other remunerative work provided that they have obtained written permission to do so from the Executive Authority/Accounting Officer, in terms of Section 30 of the Act. If any employee did not obtain written permission to perform other remunerative work, disciplinary action against such an employee will be instituted as consequence management.

(b) According to the Public Service Regulations, the delegated powers are vested with the Director-General of the Department.

(c) No contraventions were brought to the attention of the National Treasury as it is not required; however, all contraventions are reported to the Minister for the Public Service and Administration.

(d) The Department has invoked appropriate disciplinary steps in line with the misconduct provisions of Section 16A (2) of the Public Service Act of 1994.

16 March 2021 - NW762

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(a) On what date will the outstanding laptops promised to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme students be rolled out, (b) what is the time frame and (c) how will students who have not received their laptops be assisted in the interim?

Reply:

(a)  NSFAS is expecting the first batch of laptops to arrive on 18 April 2021. 

(b)  Distribution to students who have opted to participate in the digital learning device scheme will commence once institutions have confirmed registration data of students with NSFAS.

(c)  All universities have developed multimodal teaching and learning plans and are putting in place several measures to support students.

16 March 2021 - NW736

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Whether his department has released the Guidelines for the Bursary Scheme for Students in Public Universities 2021 to universities and colleges in all provinces; if not, (a) why not, (b) on what date will the guidelines be sent to the institutions and (c) what is the impact of his department’s failure in this regard on the commencement of classes at the institutions awaiting the guidelines; if so, on what date were the guidelines sent?

Reply:

(a) The university funding guidelines could not be finalized given the uncertainties about the demand for funding and the available budget, which was addressed by Minister Nzimande in his media statement on 8 March 2021. The Bursary Rules and Guidelines policy document, which governs the administration and management of bursaries in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, were distributed to colleges in November 2020.

(b) The funding guidelines for universities for 2021 will be finalised as soon as Cabinet has made a determination in this regard. The Department, in collaboration with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, conducted regional capacity-building workshops for college officials on the revised policy document from November 2020 to December 2020.

(c) The 2021 Guidelines have been kept as close as possible to the 2020 Guidelines.

16 March 2021 - NW750

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, at the time that he appointed a certain person (name and details furnished) on 29 May 2019, he was informed of the serious allegations of sexual harassment levelled against the specified person by an employee of a certain political organisation (name furnished) prior to the 2019 general election; if not, what steps will he be taking now that the allegations have become public; if so, what (a) measures did he put in place to investigate the allegations and (b) were the appropriate reasons for appointing the specified person in the face of the allegations?

Reply:

I was not aware of the allegations at the time of the appointment of the person.

I am informed that the relevant internal processes of the political party concerned were followed with respect to these allegations, in line with the law applicable to such complaints by an employee as well as the political party’s policy on sexual harassment, and that this process was concluded.

16 March 2021 - NW419

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Shelembe, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to section 20(2) of the Military Veterans Act, Act 18 of 2011, which gives powers to the Military Veterans Appeals Board to confirm or set aside any decision taken by her department, and difficulties experienced by the Appeals Board in enforcing its findings when it differs with the decisions taken by her department, (a) what steps does she intend to take to enhance the independence and authority of the Appeals Board and (b) on what date was her last meeting with the Appeals Board to discuss progress on appeals

Reply:

(a) There is a process underway to review the provisions of the Act.

(b) The last meeting was held on 13th October 2020 with the Deputy Minister.

16 March 2021 - NW481

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(a) What is the nature of his discussions with the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on reasonable data to students and (b)(i) how and (ii) on what date will this be rolled out?

Reply:

a) The Ministers of Higher Education, Science and Innovation and Communications and Digital Technologies met on 30 March 2020 and agreed on the importance of data for students and established a Ministerial Task Team (MTT) on zero-rating to advise the Ministers on the implementation of affordable access to data for education and training purposes over the short, medium and long term.

The two Ministers also met with all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on the urgent implementation of zero-rating and data bundles. 

b) The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies also published the government's call for telecommunication companies to provide free access to educational websites to support online teaching and learning. According to Section 9.1 of the Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions issued under Regulation 10(8) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002) (Government Notice No 417 of 26 March 2020), “electronic communications service licensees must provide zero-rated access to local educational content websites”.

The Department of Higher Education and Training has adopted a hybrid approach combining zero-rating and “educational data bundles”.  The Departments of Higher Education and Training, and Communications and Digital Technologies, concluded the negotiation on the standardisation of data pricing and conditions with MNOs early in April 2020. Students across the board made use of these offers through their institutions. 

The November 2020 report received from universities shows that data bundle provision to students remains high across the system. The average across the system for all undergraduate students is 94%. Some of the reasons for lower than 100% deployment at some institutions include students not submitting their cell phone numbers; incorrect cell phone numbers submitted; no device to connect with; no connectivity; and service provider glitches; including some SIM-cards being blocked for various reasons.

Nationally only 10% of National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funded students in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges have access to data. Data for NSFAS funded TVET students will only become effective when devices are made available to students in 2021.

The zero-rating of Departmental and public institutions’ websites is 97% completed. This is following directions issued under Regulation 10(8) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002) (Government Notice No 417 of 26 March 2020). Service providers providing zero-rating include Electronic Communications Service Licensees (Mobile Network Operators and Internet Service Providers).

As of 1 June 2020, private higher education institutions and colleges, and private publishers’ websites were also implemented. The full list of websites that have been zero-rated has been published on the individual institutional and Departmental websites.

16 March 2021 - NW538

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

1. What position does a certain person (name furnished) occupy at the SA Post Office? 2. Whether the specified person is authorised to (a) enter into contractual agreements and/or (b) contract or appoint official representatives on behalf of the SA Post Office; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

1. Acting Group Executive Sales/Commercial

2. (a) In terms of the Board approved Generic Delegation of Authority, Group Executives (EXCO members) have the authority to sign off contractual agreements on behalf of SAPO, depending on the value, nature, complexity and type of contract and delegation of Authority or sub-delegation of authority (if permitted).

(b) See reply (a) above in as far as it relates to contract/s. It further depends on the nature, type etc and exigency of the appointment of the official representatives and in which capacity such official is officially appointed by SA Post Office SOC Ltd.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

16 March 2021 - NW503

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1)      Whether any staff member in her department (a) performed work in addition to the responsibilities related to his or her work, outside normal working hours, in the past five financial years and (b) has been performing such work during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what number of staff members and (ii) in what job or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether approval for such work was obtained in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the policy of her department in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved, (c) what number of contraventions of this policy were brought to the attention of the National Treasury in the past five financial years and (d) what steps have been taken against the transgressors?

Reply:

The Department has advised me as follows:

(1)(a) Yes

(b) By completion and submission of application of approval for Other Remunerative Work and financial disclosures on an annual basis

(i) It differs each year based on the number of applications received each year. (refer to the table below developed from the actual applications and disclosures).

(ii) It differs each year based on the applications received and disclosures made. (refer to the table below developed from the actual applications and disclosures).

Table 1: This table provides the employees that have applied for and disclosed their other remunerative work performed in the past five years:

No

Level

Other Remunerative Work approved and disclosed in the financial disclosures

   

2019/20

2018/19

2017/18

2016/17

2016/15

 

Chief Director

2

3

3

3

1

 

Director

5

1

4

3

5

 

Deputy Director

2

2

2

2

1

 

Assistant Director

2

2

1

1

1

 

Other lower levels

1

1

1

3

1

(2)   Yes

(a) The policy is in line with the Public Service Act section 30 and Public Service Regulations 2016. The Financial Disclosures Policy further requires employees that are required to complete financial disclosures to disclose any other remunerative work performed. In line with the policies and legislation including section 195 of the RSA Constitution, employees are made aware that they have to complete the relevant forms to request permission to perform other remunerative work, disclose any other remunerative work in their financial disclosures and to ensure:

  • The Work of the Department is prioritised (comes first);
  • They cannot use the Department’s resources to conduct the other remunerative work;
  • They are prohibited from doing business with an organ of state (Regulation 13(c) of the Public Service Regulations 2016; and
  • They cannot perform the work during office hours.

(b) There are different levels where they are considered such as:

  1. Supervisor: - to consider if the work will not interfere with the employee’s Departmental duties and recommend for approval;
  2. Ethics Officer: - to ensure the correctness of the form and compliance with the relevant legislation and policies; and
  3. Executive Authority or Delegated Authority: - Approval.

(c) None

(d) N/A

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

16 March 2021 - NW476

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to his reply to question 2256 on 5 Jan 2021, (a) who are the private individuals he refers to, (b) how did they, as private individuals, come to know about the SA National Defence Force charter and (c) is a similar service available to all private South Africans who wish to make donations-in-kind to recipients abroad, so long as there is space on the aircraft?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans that the donation of personal protective equipment to Cuba was coordinated by the former South African Ambassador to Cuba, Amb Phatse Justice Piitso.

It was through his interactions with the Cuban Mission in South Africa that the former Ambassador got to know about the flight organised by the SANDF to collect its members and to carry personal supplies to SANDF members and South African medical students training and studying in Cuba. The arrangement was between the Embassy of Cuba and the donor.

This arrangement was made under the exceptional circumstances resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, which included limitations on commercial air travel.

This service would not be available to private organisations and individuals under normal circumstances.

16 March 2021 - NW449

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Tambo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

What (a) total number of students who graduated from universities and/or universities of technology during the period 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2020 did not receive their official transcripts and qualification documents due to outstanding fees and (b) are the relevant details of the (i) name of each specified university and/or university of technology, (ii) number of relevant students at each such university and (iii) amount owed to each university?

Reply:

No.

University

Number of students who did not receive degree certificates due to outstanding fees    (period 2010 – 2020)

Fee amount outstanding for these students

System(s) is in place for students to access their results if they are owing resources to the university.

 

1

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

The current situation is that both the Certificates and Academic Records are released to students even if they owe fees to the University. Management is considering the matter with a view to make representation to Council to review same.

R1 130 000 000.00

 

2

Central University of Technology

12 985

R1 782 552 433.72

No information provided.

3

Durban University of Technology

5 155

R99 134 074.40

Graduation certificates are withheld for those in arrears. Assistance is provided to those seeking employment and/or access to studies at other institutions by sending an academic transcript (student record) to these institutions directly. Graduates also receive a letter indicating completion of studies.

4

Mangosuthu University of Technology

3 870

R74 678 403.16

No information provided.

5

Mpumalanga University

No response

6

Nelson Mandela University

820

R62 857 952.00

To assist our students in gaining employment, the University has a standard process in place as a concession by providing proof of completion of qualifications directly to potential employers. The students owing the University fees approach the University and provide the University with the contact details of the potential employers.

7

North-West University

766

R18 750 358.17

NWU does not withhold any transcripts and that any person who had studied at the NWU has access to his/her full academic record.

8

Rhodes University

378

R15 246 000.00

Options for payment plans.

Students receive a letter of invitation to graduation so that they participate in graduation. 

Where prospective employers request, and with the student’s permission, results are sent to the prospective employers.

Parchments are released to students owing less than R1 000.

9

Sefako Makgatho University

No response

10

Sol Plaatje University

 

 

Since 2016 to 2020, SPU did not withhold any degree certificates and academic transcripts.

11

Stellenbosch University

568

R18 831 981.40

Students with outstanding debt at graduation are allowed to attend the ceremony, but do not receive their degree certificate.  They receive a communique to contact the student fees office to enter into a monthly payment arrangement. Where students are unable to afford a monthly payment arrangement, they are required to sign an acknowledgement of debt form. Once either the monthly payment arrangement or acknowledgement of debt is in place, the official academic transcripts are sent directly to potential employers/other tertiary institutions upon the graduate’s request.

12

Tshwane University of Technology

11 255

R4 401 096 000.00

No Information provided.

13

University of Cape Town

325

R14 077 628.79

Outstanding fees are regulated by Council policy and the Council approved UCT policy is explicit: qualifier students with outstanding balances on their fee account will not receive an academic transcript and will not be permitted to graduate.  At UCT, in cases where a transcript is withheld, and where students so request, UCT issues written confirmation to a prospective employer that the student concerned has met qualification requirements. This provision assists the student in applying for and being considered for a job.

14

University of Fort Hare

5 922

R285 977 088.00

No information provided.

15

University of Johannesburg

7 722

R537 674 000.00

No information provided.

16

University of KwaZulu-Natal

17 840

R868 000 000.00

Every graduate is entitled to an official academic record/transcript on application and an official letter confirming ‘Degree Complete’, again on application and payment of the a fee.

On settlement of fees outstanding and the requisite ‘fee clearance’, a graduate can formally request to be issued with their withheld degree/diploma certificate(s).

17

University of Limpopo

10 345

R342 579 200.45

All students are allowed to attend their graduation ceremonies. They are also provided with a transcript of academic record for free, and the University does confirm with a potential employer that the affected student has complied with the requirements for a particular qualification. Each student is expected to make a payment plan with the University. The certificate is released upon full settlement of the debt.

18

University of Pretoria

1 092

R34 872 944.53

It should also be noted that the University has and will make available official transcripts, at the request of a student, to a potential employer so as not to prevent gainful employment of University

graduates.

PS: It should be noted that 1 597 students who owe the University a total amount of R29 898 160.68 received their official transcripts and qualification documents as they have entered into payment plans with the University.

19

University of South Africa

No response

20

University of the Free State

4 023

R64 968 521.11

Students who owe fees may request their academic records from the Deputy Registrar: Student Academic Services. There is a process in place to assist these students by sending the relevant documents directly to their potential employer or educational institution.

21

University of the Western Cape

No response

22

University of the Witwatersrand

3 426

R224 320 052.50

It should be noted that students who have fees outstanding can request their official academic transcript reflecting their results and degree completion. The transcript does indicate that there is an outstanding amount owed to the University. We do however assist students with a letter to confirm that their conduct was satisfactory if they have a debt outstanding should they require this for work purposes. Students who have not graduated are also assisted with letters confirming the completion of their degree for work purposes. Students who can bring the total amount of their debt down to an amount of R15 000 can sign an Acknowledgement of Debt, which enables them to graduate.

23

University of Venda

1 405

R42 592 027.82

Students can view their results on the students’ portal but certificates are withheld.

24

University of Zululand

5 450

R83 227 792.00

Students are furnished with a letter confirming that they have graduated but due to outstanding fees, their certificates have not been issued, which they may furnish to external parties.

25

Vaal University of Technology

3 402

R118 873 105.00

No information provided.

26

Walter Sisulu University 

20 088

R526 000 000.00

No information provided.

Total

106 494

R10 403 730 362.60

 

 

The submission is based on responses received from 21 universities as at 8 March 2021.

15 March 2021 - NW666

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional AffairsQUESTION

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?

Reply:

(a) Yes, the Department of Cooperative Governance makes use of use of private security firms

(b) N/A

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

Wenzile Phaphama Security Services

Security Services for provision of 24/7 guarding services in five Departmental buildings.

R 33 769 546,72

3 years (1 June 2018-31 May 2021)

Delco Distributors

Provides rented security equipment such walkthrough metal detectors and X-ray machine in four Departmental buildings

R 385 825,20

12 months (1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021)

15 March 2021 - NW664

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?

Reply:

a) For the office accommodation the Department of Basic Education has signed a Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement for its head office. The agreement provides security as part of the services provided.

  1. Sethekgo Private Party,
  2. The Private Party security services are provided for the securing of the perimeter, CCTV monitoring and access control to the building,
  3. The Department pays a single unitary fee to the Private Party,
  4. The PPP agreement is for a 25 year period. 

           

   For the Administrator at the North West Provincial Education Department the response is as follows:

                   i)  Wise Training Centre.

                   ii) To provide protection for the Administrator as an intervention due to the

North West Province which was placed under Administration, Section100 (1) (b).

                   iii) R206 906.00

                   iv) 1 November 2020 to 30 April 2021.

(b) Umalusi:

    (i) Rise Security Services (PTY) LTD

    (ii) The security company provides perimeter security services, access control to the building as well as emergency reaction unit.

    (iii) Contract value is R3,276,136.00

    (iv) Contract period 01 October 2018 -30 September 2021

(b) SACE 

The South African Council for Educators makes use of a private security company for its Head Office in centurion and for its Limpopo Provincial office makes use of the school security (Tom Naude).

(i) For the SACE Head Office in Centurion WANGIS security services provides the service; (ii) The security contract entered into with the provider is to offer security services by securing of the perimeter and access control for the SACE building. (iii) R 437 400 (iv) The contact is for a 12-month period 

(i) For the SACE Limpopo provincial office – School security (Tom Naude). (ii) The security agreement entered into with the school security is to offer security services by assisting with access control. (iii) R10 000 MONTHLY (iv) The contract is for the duration of our lease agreement 2 years.

15 March 2021 - NW754

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

(1)(a) What is the total number of school infrastructure projects which were (i) stopped and (ii) delayed during the 2020-21 financial year in each province, (b) which schools were affected in each case, (c) which were (i) new projects, (ii) upgrades, (iii) maintenance and (iv) repairs and (d) what is the total cost of each project’s (i) initial costs and (ii) savings by halting the projects; (2) whether any of the projects will continue during 2021-22 financial year; if not, why not; if so, on what date is it envisaged the projects will resume?

Reply:

1. (a) (b) (c) Breakdown of projects cancelled or postponed during 2020/21 financial year (d) No savings were realised as these projects were stopped or delayed as a result of budget cuts as a result of COVID 19. The budget for these projects was reallocated to address COVID 19 requirements.

2. All those projects that could not be addressed in the 2020/21 financial year will be carried over to 2021/22 MTEF for implementation. The infrastructure budget will be revised to make sure that all other projects that were planned for 2021/22 MTEF are not negatively affected.

 

Province

Projects stopped or delayed

EC

R114m for 17 new and replacement projects, R105m for 15 Upgrades and additions and R9m for 1 refurbishment project.

FS

R120m for 17 upgrades and additions as well as 44 maintenance projects.

GP

R9m for 55 new and replacements, R35m for 47 upgrades and additions, R162 for 168 rehabilitation and refurbishments and R17m for 32 maintenance projects.

KZN

R78m for 22 new and replacement schools and R222m for 400 repairs and renovations projects

LP

R50m for 7 new and replacement projects and R135m for 101 refurbishment and rehabilitation projects.

MP

R56m for 24 new and replacement projects, R48m for 435 maintenance projects and R56m for 249 upgrades and additions

NW

R143m for 24 new and replacement projects and R16m for 4 upgrades and additions

NC

R41m for 51 upgrades and additions and R40m for 22 new and replacements projects

WC

R159m for 200 maintenance projects

SUMMARY                                          1 938 Projects

New and Replacements

168 Projects

Upgrades and additions

388 Projects

Rehabilitation and refurbishment

269 Projects

Repairs and renovations

400 Projects

Maintenance

 

711 Projects

 

15 March 2021 - NW789

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to some secondary schools that are constantly failing to produce results every year in Limpopo (names furnished) and another nine schools that achieved a zero matric pass rate in Limpopo for the 2020 academic year, what special attention will she be giving to the specified schools this year, that was not given over the past few years?

Reply:

Annually, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) identifies and classifies schools according to the support required. Differentiated support plans are developed based on the identified needs of the school which include training of teachers, extra lessons and resources for learners such as study guides, regular oversight and monitoring visits by Districts, the Province and the DBE. 

Provinces are also required to submit such support and intervention plans as well as quarterly reports to the DBE for monitoring purposes to ensure turn-around strategies are implemented and are yielding results.  

15 March 2021 - NW552

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Nodada, Mr BB to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What is the breakdown of the total number of learners in each (a) Grade and (b) province who have been unaccounted for in the period 15 March 2020 to 15 February 2021?

Reply:

Learner drop-out statistics are not available at this point. Based on the information provided by the Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) during the DG's weekly one-on-one virtual meetings with PEDs, provinces are still collating the drop-out statistics. As they work out drop-out-statistics, PEDs are identifying learners who do not physically come to school, but have not dropped out, because they are learning from home.  These are learners who have comorbidities or other illnesses, as well as those who are in the home education programme.

15 March 2021 - NW756

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

(1)       Whether, with regard to Masinakane Special School for learners with intellectual disabilities in Mpumalanga, she has been informed that (a) there is no hostel as undertaken, (b) learners have to sleep in (i) classrooms and (ii) boardroom and (c) there is an urgent need for mobile showers; if not, why not; if so, (2) will the hostel be built on the school property to avoid crossing of main road; if not, why not; if so, on what date will the hostel be built to accommodate the learners?

Reply:

The question has been referred to the Mpumalanga Department of Education and a response will be submitted as soon as it is received.

15 March 2021 - NW634

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional AffairsQUESTION

Whether she has been informed that the George Municipality in the Western Cape had sold land to developers that was meant for middle-income housing; if not, why not; if so, what measures has she taken to prevent municipalities from disposing of land that could be used for low-cost housing?

Reply:

No, the Minister has not been informed that the George Municipality has sold land to developers that was meant for middle-income housing.

In terms of section 9(1)(b) of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013, the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform must monitor compliance with the development principles and norms and standards for the performance of land use management functions.

15 March 2021 - NW715

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Nodada, Mr BB to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(a) What number of learners who are eligible for learner transport do not benefit from the service and (b) what is the reason for this situation?

Reply:

a) There are 751 318 Learners who are in need of Learner Transport nationally; and 616 126 of these learners are being transported, which leaves out 135 192 Learners who are eligible for learner transport and are not benefiting from the service.

b) The reason for not transporting these learners is purely attributed to insufficient funding, as the demand for learner transport exceeds the budget allocated; which result in the exclusion of a number of qualifying learners.

12 March 2021 - NW63

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What (a) total amount has the National School of Government spent on consultants in the period between 1 January and 31 December 2020 and (b) are the relevant details of the (i) name of each specified consultant, (ii) work done by each consultant and (iii) amount paid to each consultant?

Reply:

The National School of Government reporting to the Minister of Department of Public Service and Administration

(a) Spent a total amount of R15,089,360.38 on consultants for the period between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020. It should be noted that whilst the details below are reflected as payments to consultants, they do not necessarily represent the outsourcing of services for which the NSG employs people to render. For example, internal audit services are outsourced hence they appear below, inclusive of fees paid to external members of the audit committee.

Further, it should be noted that the NSG operates a Training Management IT

system which requires specialists to manage linked to the term of the contract of the software solution. Also included are the services of a temporary nurse who was contracted to provide screening services for COVID-19. Finally, we also reflect fees paid to independent contractors who are an extension of training arm. Money paid to these independent training contractors are recovered through the training fees charged to learners.

i.e. 2019/20 – 01 January 2020 – 31 March 2020 = R 9 667 710,85

2020/21 – 01 April 2020 – 31 December 2020 = R 5 421 649,53

(b) Relevant details: IT Related – Outsourced services

(i) Name of Consultant

(ii) Work done

(iii) Amount paid

2019/20 January – March 2020

2020/21 April – December 2020

The Training Room online

Management of the Moodle eLearning platform

R1,467,226.18

R290,151.17

R1,177,075.01

Esoftware Solutions

Management of the Training Management System

R736,894.16

R383,523.86

R353,370.30

Bytes System Integration

Outsourced ICT services

R2,021,343.81

R500,656.89

R1,520,686.92

(b) Relevant details: Professional Services

(i) Name of Consultant

(ii) Work done

(iii) Amount paid

2019/20 January – March 2020

2020/21 April – December 2020

Lunika Incorporated

Internal auditing services

R587,867.36

R222,701.39

R365,165.97

Nkosi

Audit Committee Member

R39,861.00

R12,978.00

R26,883.00

Peense

Audit Committee Member

R81,576.00

R81,576.00

R0.00

Shikwane

Audit Committee Member

R54,721.00

R54,721.00

R0.00

Van Der Nest

Audit Committee Member

R12,978.00

R12,978.00

R0.00

(b) Relevant details: Research

(i) Name of Consultant

(ii) Work done

(iii) Amount paid

2019/20 January – March 2020

2020/21 April – December 2020

Blue Oceans Information Solution

Research and Development Consultants

R338,100.00

R0.00

R338,100.00

De Waal Research

Research and Development Consultants

R18,960.00

R0.00

R18,960.00

Kula Development and Business

Research and Development Consultants

R149,130.00

R0.00

R149,130.00

Lokisa Human Development Solution

Research and Development Consultants

R21,000.00

R0.00

R21,000.00

(b) Relevant details: Nurse – Covid-19 screening

(i) Name of Consultant

(ii) Work done

(iii) Amount paid

2019/20 January – March 2020

2020/21 April – December 2020

Revolution Human Capital

Professional nurse – covid-19 screening at the department

R117,142.19

R0.00

R117,142.19

(b) Relevant details: Training related (recovered from training fees)

(i) Name of Consultant

(ii) Work done

(iii) Amount paid

2019/20 January – March 2020

2020/21 April – December 2020

Various Experts as per attached spreadsheet (attached)

Training of National and Provincial departments and Local Government

R9,387,290.68

R8,107,934.54

R1,279,356.14

(b) Relevant details: Verification Agencies

(i) Name of Consultant

(ii) Work done

(iii) Amount paid

2019/20 January – March 2020

2020/21 April – December 2020

Honeycomb Bee Rating

Verification of B-BBEE status

R51,750.00

0.00

R51,750.00

SA Qualifications Authority

Verification of qualifications

R3,520.00

R490.00

R3,030.00

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12 March 2021 - NW57

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

What (a) are the relevant details of the communications expenditure on COVID19,

Reply:

The Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS) implemented a multimedia communication campaign in respect of COVID-19 aimed at informing citizens and creating awareness about the Pandemic. Various Media Platforms were utilized in order to ensure that all segments of the population are reached. To date the ad spend summary is as per the below table:

GCIS COVID 19 AD SPEND SUMMARY (Media Buying)

PUBLICATION

APPROVED ORDERS (COMMITTED AMOUNT)

INVOICES RECEIVED

COMMITMENTS BALANCE

TV

R22 818 029,00

R18 399 325,50

R4 418 703,50

Radio

R16 893 447,51

R15 090 006,14

R1 803 441,37

Production/Creative Agencies

R 6 000 000,00

R5 915 799,38

R84 200,62

Outdoor

R13 303 730.21

R7 905 850,75

R4 400 879,46

TOTAL

R59 015 206.72

R47 310 981,77

R10 707 224,95

(b) proportion of black-owned advertisement agencies and/or companies were used

  • Molibiz - 100% Black owned and 75% black woman owned.
  • Cut-2-Black – B-BBEE Status level 1 of contributor.

(c) proportion of the budget that went to black-owned media for

(i) radio

  1. Of the R16 893 447.51 spent on Radio, R2 746 592.37 which translates to 17.5% of the total radio budget was spent on black owned media owners/stations.
  2. Of the total budget R10 996 477,80 was spent on SABC and on 60 community stations translating to 65% of the total radio budget.

Please see the below table for reference.

RADIO AD SPEND

SUPPLIER

ORDER AMOUNT

 % SHARE

BEE STATUS

Mediamark (Igagasi FM, Kaya FM,

R1 268 185,38

7.5%

All 3 stations are 100% black owned

Motswako Media

R457 988,00

3%

100% black owned

MSG Group Sales

R620 572,61

4%

100% black owned

YFM

R399 846,38

3%

 

Total black owned media owners/stations

R2 746 592.37

17.5%

 

SABC Radio

R10 036 477,80

63%

Public Broadcaster

Community Radio (60 stations)

R960 000.00

5.6%

 

Total SABC & Community

R10 996 477,80

65%

 

Other commercial radio Media owners / stations

R3 150 577.34

17.5%

 

Total Radio Adspend

R 16 893 447.51

 

(ii) television broadcasters

Of the R22 818 029.00 spent on television broadcasters, R9 580 374.00 was spent on black media owners as per the below table which translates to 41% of the total television budget. Furthermore, R12 499 355.00 of the R22 818 029.00 was spent on free to air and public broadcasters which translates to 54% of the television budget. The distribution of the budget is as follows:

SUPPLIER

 Total cost

BLACK OWNED

SABC TV

R 12 499 355,00

Public Broadcaster

     

ETV/ ENCA

R 8 453 374.00

Free to Air / Black owned

MVM Multimedia

R 828 000,00

Black owned (Soweto TV)

Zallywood

R 299 000,00

Black owned (Tshwane & Gau TV )

(iii) outdoor

Of the total R13 303 730.21 which was spent on Outdoor Media for this campaign, R10 413 674.17 was spent on 22 Black Media owners for the procurement of Billboards, Wall Murals and in taxi television. This translates to 78% of the total budget and the table below depicts the distribution of the budget amongst the approved suppliers:

BLACK OWNED OUTDOOR MEDIA OWNERS

Global Touch

R 997 000,00

Black owned

Huffing Post

R 733 643,65

Black female owned

Esona Communications

R 518 693,00

Black female owned

Luvuno Media

R 45 670,00

Black owned

Owakhe Media

R 422 050,00

Black owned

Platinum Outdoor Media

R 195 000,00

Black owned

Kemvest

R 217 494,90

Black owned

Bahn Media

R 128 620,00

Black owned

Rivoni Advertising

R 572 284,00

Black owned

Kwame Media

R 304 750,00

Black owned

The Guyz Media

R 282 900,00

Black owned

BLK Mercury

R 106 925,00

Black owned

Outsmart Outdoor Media

R 619 655,12

Black female owned

Hluma Media

R 213 854,00

Black owned

Sumep Media

R 1 132 119,00

Black owned

Kena Media

R 2 052 074,95

Black owned

Placement Media

R 314 709.00

Black owned

Tswalanang

R 308 200.00

Black owned

Keys Communications

R 525 992.17

Black owned

Indaba Billboards

R 140 061.00

Black owned

Tema Media

R 245 732.00

Black female owned

Sondlo & Knopp

R 336 246,89

Black owned

Total AD Spent on Black Outdoor Billboard Owners R10 413 674.17

 

(d) Total amount was spent in production of video adverts for both television and social media?

A total amount of R3 562 544,46 was spent on the production of video adverts for TV and Social Media.

Thank You.

11 March 2021 - NW258

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he has been informed that the Themba Hospital at the Kabokweni informal settlement in the Ehlanzeni District Municipality in Mpumalanga has an intermittent water supply, which makes it difficult for all involved at the specified hospital to adhere to COVID-19 protocols; if not, why not; if so, what steps has he taken to ensure that the hospital has a sufficient water supply?

Reply:

According to the Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Health, the Department has noted water challenges in Kabokweni and Themba Hospital due to lack of / failure to provide bulk water supply from City of Mbombela municipality. The Department has subsequently installed two boreholes and procured two water tankers to supply the hospital with water in order to address water shortages at the facility. The Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport and City of Mbombela they are also assisting the Department with their own water tankers.

It must be noted that these tankers will remain in the hospital until Municipality bulk water supply is restored.

END.

11 March 2021 - NW596

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Whether, with regard to COVID-19 that left nearly half of the Republic’s mothers and children going hungry last year, as revealed in the 2020 South African Child Gauge report, presented by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town (details furnished), her Office has conducted a study of its own; if not, why not; if so, what were the findings of the study?

Reply:

The Department conducted an electronic survey during April/May 2020, to determine the initial impact of the lockdown on the lives and livelihoods of women. This survey was not able to reach a sufficiently large enough number of respondents across the country to make any conclusive findings. It was further limited to access to some women’s organisations only who responded but they too were unable to reach women in the community level because of level 5 lockdown restrictions. However the survey findings enabled the DWYPD to facilitate that GBVF and the services thereof, be included in the regulations as essential service.

The DWYPD also collaborated with UN Women on the various surveys through CATI (use of cellular mobile technology) approach to reach a few thousands of respondents. The findings indicate that hunger by women and children was a growing problem at the start of the lockdown but eased somewhat with the provisions of the food parcels to indigent households and the social protection relief measures put in place by Government.

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Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date _____________________

11 March 2021 - NW408

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) is the rate of HIV/Aids transmission from mother to child that his department recorded in the past year, (b) has his department identified to be the most contributing factor to this rate and (c) measures has he implemented to ensure that this does not persist?

Reply:

(a) Data from the District Health Information System (DHIS) indicate that in the calendar year 2020, infant PCR test positivity rate is 0.51% at birth, 0.69% around 10 weeks and 0.23% at 18 months;

(b) Mother-to-child-transmission of HIV remains multi-factorial and thus interventions are developed at each possible point of infection. It could be (1) high viral load due to new infection during prenatal and post-natal period or pregnant women not virally suppressed, (2) pregnant women who are not aware of their HIV status, (3) women who develop drug resistance/ or treatment failure;

(c) The PMTCT guideline was revised in 2019 to address the mother to child transmission of HIV by introducing the following interventions:

  • HIV negative pregnant women are retested for HIV at every basic antenatal care visit and at labour and delivery, and those who test HIV positive are initiated on ART immediately;
  • Maternal viral load monitoring for pregnant HIV positive women done at ANC, at the time of delivery and another viral load monitoring at 6 months post-delivery to identify mothers who are at higher risk of transmitting HIV to their infants/babies;
  • Enhanced infant prophylaxis where HIV exposed infants whose mothers has high viral load or the viral load is unknown receive HIV prophylaxis until their mothers are virally suppressed thus reducing the risk of transmission.

END.

11 March 2021 - NW532

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) Whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with a list of all the additional sites that are being used to administer the vaccines; (2) what are the reasons that children are not prioritised in the vaccine roll-out plan; (3) whether he has found that the vaccines that have already been developed will be effective against the different variants of the Coronavirus that is estimated to be 50% more transmissible; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The list of vaccination sites for the Sisonke phase 3b study is attached;

2. The vaccine has not been study in children hence we are not sure about the efficacy and safety of these vaccines in children;

3. We have good evidence from clinical trials  to support the efficacy of the Johnson&Johnson vaccine against the 501Y.V2 variant. In vitro studies suggest that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are effective as well against the 501Y.V2. We are awaiting the data relating to the effectiveness of the Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V vaccines against the 501Y.V2. In terms of Astra Zeneca and Novovax the studies to date suggest these vaccines have diminished effectiveness and the Ministerial Advisory Committee does not support the use of these vaccines at this stage.

END.

11 March 2021 - NW369

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the fact that viruses mutate frequently and that chances of any vaccine working for more than a year is unlikely, (a) what assurances can he give that the COVID-19 vaccines will work and (b) for what period will the vaccines work?

Reply:

a) Vaccines are approved for use after clinical trials are successful and the data is assessed by regulators. Regulators must consider claims of the efficacy of the vaccine as part of the market authorization. SAHPRA will perform this function in South Africa hence all vaccines we procure will be efficacious.

b) The regulator and research will conduct regular assessment of the vaccine against new and emerging variants. The timelines for the effectiveness of the vaccine is dependent on various factors including the type of variants that emerge and the rate of these mutations.

END.

11 March 2021 - NW556

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

(a) Who has she found to have been responsible for wrongly allocating funds to Programme 4 instead of Programme 5 in Quarter 3 and (b) what steps will her Office take to ensure that these errors do not recur?

Reply:

a) The officials responsible for the misallocation is the Director Finance, Senior State Accountant and the Accounting Clerk. The misallocation does not relate to allocation of funds. It relate to a payment of an invoice that was erroneously paid from programme 4 instead of programme 5.

b) The 3 officials take responsibility for the honest mistake as this is the first time such a mistake occurred in the past 9 financial years and the Director Finance already had a discussion with the other 2 officials regarding the seriousness of misallocation of amounts and indicated that the 3 of them must take the responsibility for the mistake and going forward all payments must be thoroughly checked to ensure that similar cases will not recur.

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Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date _____________________

11 March 2021 - NW293

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to his reply to question 628 on 25 November 2020, and in view of the fact that Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT) has been banned in 34 countries around the world because of the severe health risks it poses to persons, in particular to unborn foetuses and animals, and with evidence also showing that mosquitoes have become immune to DDT and pyrethroids, what are the reasons that the Republic is still using DDT; (2) whether his department has an awareness programme in place that advises citizens on the (a) use of DDT and (b) effects thereof on their health; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme) DDT Expert Group in its eighth meeting reaffirmed the continued need for DDT for IRS (Indoor Residual Spraying)-based malaria vector control in specific settings. South Africa is one of these settings in which DDT is indicated for malaria control owing to high level pyrethroid resistance in the major malaria vector mosquito species Anopheles funestus. Two factors support the continued need for DDT. Firstly, an anticipated resurgence in malaria cases and deaths, as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic and cyclone Eloise, necessitates the use of DDT as a highly effective insecticide with proven efficacy over a very long period. Secondly, in South Africa DDT plays a role in resistance management via a mosaic strategy that also utilizes pyrethroid insecticides. New vector control products and tools are on the horizon and are expected to provide new modes of action for IRS as supplementary methods, but continued financing will be essential to support the epidemiological trials necessary to inform international and local policy.

2. In 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a review on the human health effects of DDT and its metabolites in relation to DDT use for malaria control. The conclusions were that relevant exposure scenarios for the general population in countries using IRS are not of concern, because DDT and DDE (Dichloro-Diphenyldichloro-Ethylene) serum levels in sprayed households were generally below potential levels of harm. Recent findings showed weak associations between exposure to DDT and its breakdown product DDE and symptoms and diagnoses of allergies from an IRS area in Vhembe, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Another recent study reported that prenatal exposure to DDT, in Limpopo, a communitybased education programme was developed to reduce insecticide exposure from IRS. Community presentation through drama and song were implemented in 16 IRS pilot villages. The results showed an increase in the attendees’ knowledge of precautions to take before and after spraying, suggesting that the approach has promise to limit exposure to IRS insecticides.

It is especially important to note however that all insecticides have potentially harmful effects on human health, but their use is nevertheless necessary for the control of malaria, a potentially fatal disease. It should also be noted that malaria vector control via the use of insecticides, especially DDT, has reduced malaria incidence in South Africa by at least 95%, enabling South Africa to adopt an elimination strategy that will ultimately require fewer amounts of insecticide as malaria control becomes more targeted.

END.

11 March 2021 - NW600

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What impact did COVID-19 have on HIV programmes on low-income and middle-income areas; (2) whether there were notable disruptions to the antiretroviral therapy provision; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) It should be noted that HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support services in public health services were not shut down during the hard lock down for Covid-19 restrictions. Health care facilities remained opened as essential services during this time. However, due to restrictions of movement, the performance for HIV testing subsequently decreased as community testing stopped.

Facility staff were deployed and assigned to do Covid-19 activities, HIV activities were not fully covered.

HIV and other PHC services were negatively impacted by deployment of facility staff as they were assigned to Covid-19 activities. The effect was noted in the delivery of services, which negatively affected the clinical assessment, registration of new HIV patients, and they could not be initiated on ART.

The staff members who contracted Covid-19, were not replaced and facilities were closed for decontamination over a period of time as prescribed by guidelines for decontamination. These activities affected delivery of services, as facilities were closed. Some of the reasons given were that patients were locked down as taxis were not available (not working) and law enforcement officials were stopping clients from moving around without asked for reasons (therefore couldn’t come to health facilities).

Lack of public transport and patients’ fear of contracting Covid-19 when visiting the facilities led to patients not accessing HIV services. There was a decline in new patients initiated on ART and total number of patients remaining on ART (TROA) during Covid-19. The programme experienced high missed appointments and high lost to follow up (LTFU) of patients.

Proactively, before the hard lockdown, the HIV programme enrolled all stable patients on ART in the external pick up points for collection of treatment at facilities closer to their homes and work.

In some areas, where there was support of development partners, medication was delivered to client’s homes.

(2) There were notable disruptions:

1. There was a shortage of drugs supplies in some facilities due to an influx of clients from other facilities (could have been closed due to Covid-19 or patients went to nearest facility as there were restrictions on traveling or could have moved to other province and were locked down in there). These actions affected the ordering of ARVs and planning of facilities as they received more patients than planned.

2. There was a notable disruption to the antiretroviral therapy provision in the country that resulted from failure of suppliers to deliver on time and courier services shut down due to Covid-19 restrictions.

3. The locking of international borders led to low production, due to lack of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), this negatively affected delivery of ARVs to the country.

END.

11 March 2021 - NW407

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

Whether there are any plans in place to combat the spike in cases of rabies in the Republic which have led to some fatalities; if not, why not; if so, what are the full, relevant details?

Reply:

In 2020, a total of seven cases of human rabies was laboratory confirmed in South Africa, six of which originated in eThekwini District, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Province and one in Limpopo (LPP) Province. This compares to 10 laboratory-confirmed human cases in 2019.

In addition, three children were identified in 2020 who had dog bites/exposure and died of clinically compatible rabies disease. These cases could not be confirmed in the laboratory and were classified as probable cases in the provinces of KZN (n=1), LPP (n=1) and Eastern Cape (n=1).

To date, for 2021, 1 case of human rabies was reported from eThekwini, KZN.

The provinces that reported rabies cases during 2020 and 2021 have put in place prevention activities and plans. KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Limpopo have put the following measures in place:

Actions taken in KZN

  • A circular informing all districts was released;
  • There are On-going health education and awareness campaigns, which is being among the affected communities;
  • There is ongoing training of Health Care Workers;
  • Rabies meetings were held by eThekwini District with role players;
  • A One health approach is in place, in collaboration with Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD);
  • Alerts were sent out by DALRRD with real time surveillance maps and
  • Animal rabies vaccination campaigns were completed in the affected areas.

Challenges identified by eThekwini District

  • Patients presented late to health care facilities for medical help.
  • Cultural beliefs resulted in delayed health seeking behavior by patients.
  • Patients did not complete their vaccines according to the schedule given.
  • There were delays in reporting on the notifiable medical conditions (NMC) system by health practitioners.

The DALRRD is responsible for controlling rabies in animals; most human rabies cases were as a result of dog bites. The DALRRD have also been experiencing challenges such as:

  • too many stray dogs were roaming in the community;
  • dog owners were not vaccinating their dogs on time;
  • there was a need for further rabies education in the community and
  • a high number of government vehicles were hijacked while rendering animal health services, including dog vaccinations.

Eastern Cape noted that despite the Covid-19 response having priority, the following were conducted:

  • Routine surveillance of animal bites in humans were conducted (which was a proxy for suspected human rabies);
  • Healthcare workers at the facility level were trained on case management;
  • Treatment protocols were developed and distributed to health facilities;
  • routine surveillance of rabies among animals by Veterinary Services are ongoing.
  • Health promotion activities were conducted in high risk areas, especially when there were animal cases reported by Veterinary Services.

Rabies control in Limpopo are as follows:

  • Health talks for the communities were conducted in collaboration with DALRRD.
  • The DALRRD also vaccinated dogs; this is ongoing.
  • Annual rabies awareness days were celebrated every year jointly with DALRRD.
  • Politicians were engaged in promoting rabies prevention messages in the community.
  • The province ensured that rabies post exposure prophylaxis was available in facilities.
  • Refresher training for health workers were conducted and is ongoing.
  • Health education on rabies were conducted for traditional healers.

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11 March 2021 - NW413

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he will furnish Ms N N Chirwa with the full, relevant details on the final agreement stages with the pharmaceutical company, Johnson & Johnson, that he alluded to on Wednesday, 10 February 2021, in the Portfolio Committee on Health with regard to the (a) date on which the meetings between the specified company and the Government took place, (b) issues that were negotiated during all the proceedings with the company and (c) way forward in relation to procuring the specified vaccine; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

As I had indicated previously the discussion held between Johnson&Johnson is subject to a non-disclosure agreement that government had to sign off on before discussions regarding access to them could be held. While we would certainly prefer to disclose as much information as possible this condition of non-disclosure is in place from all manufacturers. Nevertheless we can share some information with the Honourable Member.

(a) There were six formal meetings between Johnson&Johnson and the Department of Health between June 2020 and December 2020. In the period 1 January 2021 and 1 March 2021 there have also been six formal meetings. In addition, there has been significant exchange of email correspondence between officials and Johnson&Johnson.

(b) While there were various issues discussed in the meetings over the past 9 months the key issues are the following:

    • The characteristics of the vaccine-type of vaccine, storage, mechanism of action, dosing, administration requirements;
    • The anticipated date for completion of the phase 3 study;
    • The anticipated quantity of vaccine that can be delivered and the timelines for delivery;
    • The price of the vaccine;
    • The conditions in the advanced purchase agreement including liability, payment conditions, delivery dates, penalty clauses;
    • Access to the excess Johnson&Johnson trial doses following the pausing of the Astra Zeneca vaccine rollout;
    • Structure of the phase 3b study, logistics, reporting co-ordination, dose delivery dates.
    • The proposed contractual agreement from Johnson&Johnson has been reviewed by National Treasury and concurrence has been obtained. The agreement has been signed off for 11million doses with an option for an additional 20m doses based on availability of stock. The Johnson&Johnson vaccine is the most cost-effective vaccine for the following reasons:
    • it provides high level of protection against hospitalisation and death from clinical studies in South Africa;
    • It is effective against the 501Y.V2 variant;
    • Single dose vaccine;
    • It is stored at fridge temperature;
    • Price is lower compared to other vaccines

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11 March 2021 - NW267

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

Whether the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been found to be effective against the variant of the coronavirus detected in the Republic; if not; why not; if so, on what date(s) (a) were the tests concluded and (b) was the specified vaccine approved?

Reply:

a)  On 29 January 2021 Johnson&Johnson released the results of their phase 3a clinical trial done in various countries including South Africa. The results of the trial indicate that the vaccine is 85% effective against preventing hospitalization and severe Covid-19 and 100% effective against death. The vaccine is also effective against the 501Y.V2 variant which is predominant in South Africa and was 57% effective in preventing moderate to severe symptoms.

b) The Johnson&Johnson vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States of America. We anticipate that Johnson and Johnson will also submit a similar application to SAHPRA for consideration.

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11 March 2021 - NW242

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he has been informed of the role that Dr Wouter Basson played during apartheid in fermenting plans to kill black persons; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the reasons that justify his continued registration as a medical practitioner in the Republic?

Reply:

According to the Acting Registrar of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Dr. Wouter Basson is still on the register of medical practitioners in terms of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act No. 56 of 1974) (“the Act”). The Acting Registrar further indicated that Dr. Basson is legally entitled to remain on the register of medical practitioners until he is removed from the register in terms of section 19 of the Act.

The HPCSA charged Dr. Wouter Basson with, and found him guilty of, unprofessional conduct on 18 December 2013. Dr. Basson was, inter alia, charged and found guilty of the following charges – Coordination of the production of drugs.

Having been found guilty of unprofessional conduct on 04 February 2015 and during the sentencing proceedings, Dr. Basson applied for the recusal of two of the members of the professional conduct committee arguing bias. The professional conduct committee which consisted of three members dismissed Dr. Basson’s application for recusal of two of its members. Dr. Basson thereafter applied to the High Court for the review and setting aside the dismissal of his application for the recusal of two members of the professional conduct committee.

The High Court dismissed Dr. Basson’s application for the review and setting aside the professional conduct committee’s refusal of his application for the recusal of the two members of the professional conduct committee.

Dr. Basson appealed to the Supreme Court of Appeal against the High Court’s dismissal of his review application, and the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld his appeal on 17 January 2018 and directed that the matter be remitted back to the High Court for a decision on the review application.

On 27 March 2019, the High Court granted the application for the review and setting aside of the professional conduct committee’s refusal of the application for recusal of two of its members.

The HPCSA unsuccessfully applied for leave to appeal the decision of the High Court. The HPCSA then unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal. The HPCSA applied for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court, and on 05 February 2020, the Constitutional Court dismissed the HPCSA’s application for leave to appeal the ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Dr. Basson’s successful recusal of the two members of the professional conduct committee vitiated the entire professional conduct proceedings with the result that the professional conduct proceedings against Dr. Basson will now have to commence de novo (afresh) before the newly constituted Protecting the public and guiding the professions President: Prof M S Nemutandani, Vice President: Dr. S Sobuwa, Acting Registrar/CEO: Dr. MA Kwinda professional conduct committee and the HPCSA is preparing to commence these proceedings against Dr. Basson afresh.

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11 March 2021 - NW533

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Which vaccines will be rolled out to health-care specialists as compared to citizens; (2) whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with the full list of the names of the suppliers of the vaccines; (3) whether he has found that his department has sufficient cold storage facilities to store the incoming vaccines effectively; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with a list of essential workers who will be prioritised for the vaccines?

Reply:

1. We are currently providing healthcare workers with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Thereafter we will access the Pfizer vaccine for healthcare workers and persons eligible for phase 2. The commercial stock of Johnson and Johnson vaccines will become available in mid quarter two. Thereafter the rollout programme will be based on these two vaccines;

2. Johnson&Johnson Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals;

3. A team has been investigating the cold storage capacity in South Africa and has been able to quantify the storage capacity across the country. The Johnson&Johnson vaccine is stored at fridge temperature for which there is adequate storage capacity. The Pfizer vaccine is stored at -70 degrees hence there is need for specialised storage facilities which we have secured. The team has been planning the logistics related to the storage, delivery and administration for each of the vaccines. South Africa has a vaccine programme that delivers close to 20m doses of vaccines annually so there is existing infrastructure, systems and human resources. This programme is on a much larger scale however vaccinations are not new for the department. 

4. The Department did provide an initial list of essential workers  that would make up phase two which included civil servants in particular sectors of the economy. Subsequently we have received representation from a number of sectors motivating for inclusion as essential workers. We are engaging with these matters and will provide a final list in the next couple of weeks.

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11 March 2021 - NW531

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(a) On what date did the shipment of Cuban COVID-19 medicine worth R235 million reach our shores, (b)(i) what quantity of the medicine was destroyed and (ii) how was the medicine destroyed and (c)(i) who will be held accountable for such a huge loss and (ii) how will the loss be recompensed?

Reply:

The Department of Health has not been involved in the procurement of a “Cuban Covid-19 medicine” hence we cannot respond to this question. It must be referred to the Department of Defence.

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11 March 2021 - NW409

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, given that a number of interns and community service doctors were not paid salaries for January in Gauteng, were there other doctors in these categories who were not paid and/or experienced any delays throughout the Republic from 1 January 2020 to date; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) total number and (b) were the reasons for the delays and non-payment?

Reply:

The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the 2020 learning programs at Higher Education Institutions, resulting in Medical Students completing their final year studies late in December 2020. There was also a recorded delay for serving medical interns who were transitioning to community service: medical officer posts from 1 January 2021. The delayed completion, impacted on the finalization of the professionals registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), which is amongst others, one of the requirement for commencement of duty in a health facility.

Despite all these challenges, Provincial Departments of Health made provision to ensure viable appointments of health professionals (i.e. medical interns and community service doctors) are captured and finalized as soon as all the required documents are receipt.

The National Department of Health hereby confirms that Provincial Departments of Health across all Provinces, despite the challenges outlined above, managed to capture and finalize appointments of medical interns and community service and salaries have been paid successfully in this professionals bank accounts during the periods 31 January 2021 to 15 February 2021.

The only remaining challenge was in the Northern Cape where one medical intern and one community service doctor, who commenced duty from 1 January 2021 have not yet received salary due to the fact that at the time of capturing the appointment on the PERSAL System, the Northern Cape Provincial Treasury deactivated the appointment functionality in the Province for all Departments due to over expenditures encountered.

 

The Acting Head of Health Department (HoD) engaged the Acting Head of Provincial Treasury on the matter. The Province have since been given back the appointment function on PERSAL temporarily. The appointments have now been captured on the System and emoluments are due to be paid by 15 March 2021 backdated to January 2021 to the affected doctors.

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11 March 2021 - NW257

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) total number of posts are vacant at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria, (b) are the reasons that his department has struggled to fill the specified vacancies and (c) impact has he found the vacancies have on the ability of the specified hospital to provide quality health care?

Reply:

a) According to the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health, (a) the number of vacant funded posts as at 25 February 2021 is 544 posts. The breakdown is as follows:

Row Labels

Number of Posts

Administration Staff

34

Allied Professionals

79

Allied Support Staff

6

Clinical Professionals

119

Management Professionals

1

Nursing Professionals

238

Support Staff

67

Grand Total

544

The process of replacing vacated posts is a decentralised function and the Hospital Management ensures that vacated posts are filled continuously on a monthly basis with priority given to core functions (i.e. health professions categories).

(b) Some of the reasons that the Hospital has struggled with to fill the specified vacancies include but not limited to a recurring challenge of limited skills of Specialised Nurses Categories in the Country (limited resources available). The recruitment of Clinicians is also a challenge as some of the candidates prefer to work in other Academic and Tertiary Institutions like Steve Biko Academic Hospital and Dr. George Mukhari Academic Hospital lose out because of their geographic area. The Hospital is also affected by the budget reductions under Cost of Employer (COE) experienced in the public health sector and the filing of most or all the 544 posts will result in over-expenditure.

(c) To mitigate this challenge, management appoints experienced Professional Nurses in those speciality areas who are capable of dealing with work demands. Continuous support is given to these nurses through training programmes and supervision. The Hospital has further put in place mechanisms to minimise the impact of vacant posts on service delivery through task sharing, overtime and rotation of staff.

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11 March 2021 - NW557

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Given the impact that COVID-19 has had on youth and unemployment, what measures has her Office put in place to address the challenge of youth unemployment?

Reply:

Covid-19 is having massive implications for the economy, mainly hitting hard the unemployed youth. As a result, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), an agency reporting to the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) has put in place the following measures in the 2020/ 2021 financial year up to 31 December 2020 (Q3):

(ii) The Youth Micro Enterprise Relief Fund, which provided relief funding to 1104 youth entrepreneurs;

(iii) The NYDA Grant programme, which provided 930 youth entrepreneurs with start-up and survivalist funding. Of the grant recipients 63% were male and 37% were female and most grants were disbursed in Gauteng at 18%, Mpumalanga at 15%, Eastern Cape at 15% KwaZulu Natal at 12% and Limpopo at 12%. The least were disbursed in North West at 9%, Western Cape at 7%, Free State at 6% and Northern Cape at 6%;

(iv) The NYDA Job Placements programme, placed 1845 young people into jobs, with more females than males placed at 63% females vs 37% males placed. Gauteng had the highest placements at 28% and Northern Cape at 25%, whilst Limpopo was at 9%, KwaZulu Natal at 14%, Free State at 0%, Eastern Cape at 8%, Mpumalanga and North West at 11% and 6% respectively;

(v) 1575 youth have been supported through non-financial business development interventions;

(vi) 1164 young people have been capacitated with skills to enter the job market; and

(vii) 2095 young people have been capacitated with skills to participate in the economy.

It is worthy to note that, the DWYPD developed a Cabinet approved National Youth Policy (NYP) 2020-2030. The NYP 2030 was launched on the 05th of March 2021 and, amongst others, proposes policy priorities to tackle long term structural and systematic youth unemployment. Key amongst these are measures to ensure economic transformation, entrepreneurship support, and provision of second chance opportunities for improved participation and inclusion of vulnerable youth.

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Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date _____________________

11 March 2021 - NW414

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Given that his department had stated on more than one occasion that the decision to opt for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was because it was immediately available, on what date(s) did the procurement take place; (2) with regard to other vaccines, (a) on what dates did the Government procure the different vaccines and (b) from which manufacturers in each

Reply:

1. The terms sheet with the Serum Institute of India was signed on the 7th January 2021.

2. The terms sheet for Pfizer was signed on 15 January 2021. The terms sheet for Johnson & Johnson was signed on 05 January 2021.

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11 March 2021 - NW370

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

Whether any long-term safety studies have been done to ensure that the vaccines do not cause (a) cancer, (b) seizures, (c) heart disease, (d) allergies and (e) autoimmune diseases seen with other vaccines; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The COVID 19 vaccines were developed over 12 months in order to respond to the global crisis relating to the COVID 19 pandemic. The clinical trials that were done in the development of the vaccines did not identify cancer, seizures, heart disease, allergies and autoimmune disease as adverse events. There is also no data to suggest that vaccines in general cause any of these conditions.  Nevertheless we have implemented a pharmacovigilance programme to monitor any adverse events should they arise and will take the appropriate steps should they arise.

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11 March 2021 - NW508

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether any staff member in his department (a) performed work in addition to the responsibilities related to his or her work, outside normal working hours, in the past five financial years and (b) has been performing such work during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what number of staff members and (ii) in what job or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether approval for such work was obtained in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the policy of his department in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved, (c) what number of contraventions of this policy were brought to the attention of the National Treasury in the past five financial years and (d) what steps have been taken against the transgressors?

Reply:

1. (a) Yes

(b) Yes, information available from 2017/2018 – 2020/21

Financial Year

Applications Received

Applications Approved (i)

Job categories of approved applications (ii)

2017-18

12

1

Environmental Health

2018-19

7

5

Health Attaché’;

Environmental Health,

Supply Chain Management,

Stakeholder Support and Liaison

Demand and Acquisition (Supply Chain)

2019-20

9

5

Internal Audit (X3)

Admin Clerk

Intern

2020-21

6

3

Stakeholder Support and Liaison (HIV/AIDS)

Demand and Acquisition (Supply Chain)

Environmental Health.

2. Fourteen (14) applications were approved from 2017/18 – 2020/21.

a) Permission to perform remunerative work outside employment is granted in terms of section 30 of the Public Service Act, 1994, as amended;

b) RWOPS applications by employees at salary levels 2-14 are approved by the Director General. Applications by employees at level 15 are approved by the Executive Authority;

c) A total of 2 applications were found to have a conflict of interest in 2019/20 and 1 employee was found to have conflict of interest in 2020/21.

d) Disciplinary measures were initiated against the transgressors.

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11 March 2021 - NW505

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(1)Whether any staff member in his department (a) performed work in addition to the responsibilities related to his or her work, outside normal working hours, in the past five financial years and (b) has been performing such work during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what number of staff members and (ii) in what job or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether approval for such work was obtained in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the policy of his department in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved, (c) what number of contraventions of this policy were brought to the attention of the National Treasury in the past five financial years and (d) what steps have been taken against the transgressors?

Reply:

(1) In its records the Department of Employment and Labour found no employee who (a) performed work in addition to the responsibilities related to his /her work, outside working hours, in the past five financial years

(b) There are no employees who have been performing such work during the 01 April 2014 up to current.

(i) Zero number of staff members

(ii) Zero number of job or categories of specified staff.

(2) No approval was granted (a) if cases of this nature are received the Department of Employment and Labour utilise Section 30 of the Public Service Act, 1994 and Guide on other Remunerative work in the Public Service (b) if applications of this nature are received they then get considered by the Ethics Office and approval if there is any need for permission to be granted that is done by the Accounting Officer and the Executive Authority respectively, (c) Zero as the Department did not have cases,(d) No transgressors identified. If any transgressors are found disciplinary action get instituted.

 

11 March 2021 - NW429

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Mkhonto, Ms C N to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(1)What (a) is the total number of health and safety labour inspectors in the Republic and (b) number is located in each province; (2) whether he has done any assessment of the effectiveness of the labour inspectors; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) Total number of health and safety inspectors in the republic?

Province

# Inspectors (includes vacancies)

TOTAL

674

(b) Number of inspectors per Province?

Provinces

Number of Inspectors (includes vacancies)

EC

66

FS

70

GP

118

KZN

167

LP

62

MP

39

NC

27

NW

47

WC

78

TOTAL

674

This number includes the five hundred new inspectors that have just joined the Department

2. The only assessment that has been done so far relates to the degree to which the inspectors are able to achieve their targets as well as the quality of work that they produce with specific regards to OHS inspectors, the majority of them are new and are still undergoing training, mentoring and coaching.

Inspectors are required to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the Standard Operating Procedures when conducting inspections and reporting thereof.

In observing the inspections conducted and the notices served, the provinces are deemed to be effective in their reach and in terms of their footprint. Inspectors have risen to the ocassion over this period of COVID-19.

Table: Total number of OHS inspections for Public and Private sector (April 2020 to January 2021)

Province

Total Inspections

Number Compliant

% Compliant

Number Noncompliant

% Compliant

% Non-Compliance

EC

2228

1585

71

643

71

29

FS

4948

2825

57

2123

57

43

GP

2200

1947

89

253

89

12

KZN

4476

2357

53

2119

53

47

LP

1059

405

38

654

38

62

MP

1904

643

34

1261

34

66

NC

846

356

42

490

42

58

NW

1412

808

57

604

57

43

WC

5180

2690

52

2490

52

48

TOTAL

24253

13616

56

10637

56

44

11 March 2021 - NW599

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) is the rate of HIV/Aids transmission from mother to child that his department has recorded in 2020, (b) has his department identified to be the most contributing factor to this rate and (c) measures has his department implemented to ensure that this does not persist?

Reply:

Please refer to Question 408 and its response.

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11 March 2021 - NW555

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

(1)What is the status of the post of Chief Director: Governance and Compliance; (2) whether the post has been advertised; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date does her Office expect to complete the process?

Reply:

1. The post of Chief Director: Governance and Compliance, Rights of Persons with Disabilities, is funded, vacant and in the process of recruitment;

2. The post has been advertised with a closing date of 12 March 2021 and the selection and appointment process is expected to complete by 31 July 2021.

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Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date _____________________

11 March 2021 - NW368

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, in light of the fact that new vaccines are additionally contaminated with aluminium, mercury and possibly formaldehyde, his department has ensured that the manufacturers of the vaccines disclose what other toxins they contain; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The current Covid vaccines assessed by SAHPRA and approved for emergency use do not contain any of these mentioned materials. In general, as part of the quality review of manufacturing, formulation and control of the vaccine, SAHPRA checks for all excipients and any possible impurities from these and from active substances used as well as their interactions and degradation products and establish if they are in acceptable safe limits, if not they are not approved.

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11 March 2021 - NW251

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the constant mutations of the coronavirus which poses challenges for effective vaccination, what steps has he taken to ensure that the vaccines that the Government has now ordered will be effective against the different variants of the coronavirus?

Reply:

Government is constantly engaging experts and scientists to keep abreast of any new variants that are emerging and the efficacy of the various vaccines that are currently available on the global market. This includes getting clinical and scientific advisories from relevant Ministerial Advisory Committees. Furthermore, part of our risk management strategy includes ensuring that we actively engage with various vaccine manufacturers and suppliers to ensure that the population has access to a diversity of vaccines as part of the vaccination roll-out campaign.

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has as its mandate, a responsibility to ensure that vaccines approved for use are efficacious. In this context SAHPRA requires that all vaccine manufacturers provide evidence of the efficacy of their vaccines against variants.  

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