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01 July 2022 - NW2277

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What (a) is the name of each company that has invested in the Saldanha Special Industrial Development Zone, (b) is the total amount in Rands that each company has invested to date and (c) are the details of the industry and/or business that each company conducts? [

Reply:

I advise the Honourable Member that the management of the SEZ is with the Provincial government and queries should be directed to the appropriate sphere.

To assist with the question, the Department sent the question to the CEO of Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), who provided the following information:

(A)

Investor Names

(B)

Investment Amount

(Rm)

(C)

Industry / Sector

(D)

Status of Operations

West Coast Corrosion Protection (WCCP) [SEZ Facility]

25,00

Manufacturing, repair & installation

Operational

Off-Shore Supply Base Saldehco

92,00

Maritime

Operational

Anchora Enterprises

1400,00

Maritime

Construction to commence

Cape Oceans Terminals

2000,00

Energy

Construction to commence

New Tenant SEZ Facility

1500,00

Medical

Lease negotiation underway

New Tenant SEZ Facility

1300,00

Renewable

Lease negotiation underway

Chemie Tech/Goal

900,00

Chemicals

Delay in environmental permits

ALE/Mammoet (Q1’21)

24,00

Logistics

Contract Completed

Absolute Wind (Q1’21)

2,50

Logistics

Contract Completed

Rennies (Q1’21 & Q4’20)

1,08

Logistics

Operational

Total

7244,58

   

a) Column A – name of companies that have invested;

b) Column B – total amount invested to date by each company; and

c) Column C – details of the industry / business conducted by each company.

Column D indicates the actual operational status of each investment. Only three (3) companies are operational and the rest are at different stages of: contracting, lease drafting, or to commence with construction. The SEZ does not yet wish to have details of two tenants published until the transactions have been completed.

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01 July 2022 - NW2308

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)What are the details of all the housing contractors who have entered into business with Government in the past five financial years (2) Whether any of the contractors defaulted in the completion of any projects; if not what is the position in this regard. If so, what (a) number and (b) are the recorded reasons?

Reply:

1. The implementation of housing delivery as well as appointment of contractors is the function of the provinces. The list of contractors has been requested and obtained from the provinces since they are responsible for appointment and contract management.

The details of all the housing contractors who have entered into business with Government in the past five financial years in all provinces are as follows:

A total of 2 970 contractors have entered into business with Provinces. The details of those contractors per province are attached as Annexure A.

2. (a) 95 contractors defaulted in the completion of the projects; contractors that have not defaulted have completed or are still constructing the projects that are not yet complete.

(b) Reasons for defaulting include:

  • Poor performance by the contractor;
  • Lack of bulk infrastructure;
  • Contractor Cash flow challenges;
  • Untraceable beneficiaries;
  • Legal land requirements;
  • Replacements of beneficiaries;
  • Change of local authorities;
  • Scarcity and price escalation of building material;
  • Project surrendered due to cost escalation;
  • Covid-19 challenges;
  • Unbuildable sites and missing beneficiaries;
  • Delays with beneficiary administration;
  • Social issues;
  • Change of local authorities;
  • Delays in Water Licence (WULA) approval and variation order delays.

The details of defaulting contractors per province are attached as Annexure A.

PROVINCE

(1) NUMBER OF CONTRACTORS

(2a) NUMBERS

OF DEFAULTERS

(2b) SUMMARY OF REASONS

EC

818

4

Poor performance and cash follow constrains

FS

123

0

No defaulters reported by the Province

GP

97

3

Poor performance

KZN

652

62

Poor performance; Bulk infrastructure; Cash flow; Untraceable beneficiaries; Legal land requirements; Replacements of beneficiaries; Change of local authorities; Scarcity and price escalation of building material; Project surrendered due to cost escalation; Covid-19 challenges; Unbuildable sites and missing beneficiaries; Delays with beneficiary administration; Social issues; Change of local authorities; Delays in Water Licence (WULA) approval and Variation order delays

LP

400

14

Poor performance

MP

182

5

Contractors failed to commence with the work after site hand over and poor performance

NC

66

0

No defaulters reported by the Province

NW

285

0

No defaulters reported by the Province

WC

347

7

Poor performance and cash flow challenges

TOTAL

2 970

95

 

01 July 2022 - NW2354

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Given that a few years ago the Tambo Memorial Hospital in Boksburg was deemed unfit for human habitation and an occupational health hazard, what are the reasons that the specified building is still being used; (2) whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with the 2017 Health and Safety Report of the specified hospital; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (3) given that some portions of the hospital still have asbestos buildings and noting that the structural damages are worrisome, (a) how are the specified issues being addressed and (b) by what date will the hospital either (i) be moved to an alternative site and/or (ii) start with infrastructural maintenance projects?

Reply:

1. The province is aware of the bad infrastructural condition that the Tambo Memorial hospital is in and had embarked on a feasibility study with the intention of revitalizing the entire facility. Initially the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health (GPDOH) wanted to construct two new facilities, a 350 bed District Hospital, and 800 bed Tertiary Hospital respectively on different sites. However, the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) currently has no land (site) allocated for both facilities. Following the peer review meetings of July 2016, it was decided that the Tambo Memorial will now be a single 600 bed Regional Hospital, but no site was available. The Peer Review Committee in August 2017 proposed the decanting and diversion of critical services and demolish the existing facility to build on current site. The City of Ekurhuleni (COE) was tasked to assist with Identification of a suitable site. The City of Ekurhuleni was also requested to assist in identifying and donating any suitable nearby land (Around 30 000 and 40 000m2). During a meeting held between MEC of GDID and MEC of GPDOH on 14 June 2018, it was decided that this project will only proceed to construction once the financial position of the department improves.

2. There is an amount of R40 million that has been allocated under the Provincial Equitable Share funding for the Major Refurbishments of the facility as well as the OHS Compliance Services. This project is still on the early stages on planning.

3. In terms of the maintenance, there is also a maintenance and repairs project that is underway and has been allocated a budget of R13 million for 2022/23 financial year. Subsequent to that there is an allocation of R1 million that has been allocated for the installation of a 500kva generator which has already been installed on the 04/11/2021.

END.

01 July 2022 - NW2416

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What measures has her department put in place to ensure that Putuma Junior Secondary School in the Mbhashe Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape has proper sanitation infrastructure?

Reply:

The information requested in the question falls within the Executive purview of the Member of the Executive Council of the Eastern Cape Department of Education, not the Minister of Basic Education.

01 July 2022 - NW2359

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether there is an updated database of unemployed professional built environment graduates in terms of each (a) professional category, (b) gender, (c) age, (d) province and (e) region in the Council for the Built Environment; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how regular is the database updated; (2) who is responsible for updating the database; (3) how is the database used to ensure that the persons recorded on it are given opportunities and/or employment?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has an unemployed database of Professionals, Graduates, Qualified Artisans and National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) students. The database (a) professional category field is provided, (b) gender- segregation is included (c) age is determined from the ID number field, (d) province specification is included, (e) the database does not have a region field; instead, the fields that are provided for are Local and the District Municipalities. Based on that one is able to determine which regions the persons fall under.

2. DPWI unemployed professional built environment graduates database link is available on the department’s website therefore it updates automatically as people register their information.

The link is http://www.publicworks.gov.za/DPWI_Unemployed_Database.html

3. DPWI sources applications of persons to participate on all Developmental Programmes utilising the unemployed database. Professionals and Qualified Artisans are appointed on special projects where additional capacity is required within the department, and further to provide mentorship to the trainees.

01 July 2022 - NW2269

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). Whether he will provide Mrs. V van Dyk with a copy of the latest safeguarding policy of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (2). whether the safeguarding policy makes provision for coaches who are facing criminal charges in all federations to be suspended; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (3). whether any coaches have been suspended since the new policy was adopted; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in which federation was each coach coaching. (4) whether the head coach of Swimming South Africa has been suspended; if not, why no if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes, a copy of the revised policy is attached. This policy is scheduled to be approved at the upcoming Annual General Meeting in November 2022. We have also attached the currently endorsed policy for ease of reference.

2. SASCOC encourages all its members to follow their internal due processes (as determined by their respective Safeguarding Policies and Constitution) and only when such matters are escalated to SASCOC and after due process is exhausted, the case will be forwarded to the Case Management Panel for guidance. It must be noted that, where criminal charges have been laid against a specific coach, and the matter is in the hands of the law enforcement Authorities, in such cases, SASCOC and its members will not get involved except to allow the Justice process to take its course.

3. SASCOC indicates that it has no record of any coaches suspended.

4. SASCOC in its response indicated that their considered view is that the question should be directed to and addressed by Swimming SA. They are in a better position to give clarity on the matter.

 

01 July 2022 - NW2315

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she has been informed of the allegations of racism that black parents and pupils suffer at the hands of white teachers at Vaalpark Articon High School; if not; what is the position in this regard; if so, what action has she undertaken to address racism at the specified school?

Reply:

The management and Governance of this school is the competence of provincial authority of the Free State Province's Member of the Executive Council (MEC)  for Education.  The Honourable member is advised to refer the question to the MEC.

01 July 2022 - NW2235

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

What total amount (a) has the (i) department, (ii) Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and (iii) Compensation Fund spent on legal cases in the past five years and (b) of the specified legal fees were as a result of cases brought against the department, UIF and/or Compensation Fund?

Reply:

1. The Department of Employment and Labour incurred the R 68, 391, 612.98 in respect of legal fees.

  • The table below shows a breakdown of the legal fees paid for a five period:

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

Total

R 12 795 110.78

R 16 062 038.78

R 14 247 235.29

R 9 443 086.69

R 15 844 141.44

R 68 391 612.98

2. The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has in the past five years spent a total amount of R 6, 344, 778.21 on legal cases brought to UIF.

  • The table below shows a breakdown of the legal fees paid for a five period:

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

Total

R554,456.83

R401,667.71

R1,493,572.20

R1,646,577.75

R2,248,503.72

R6,344,778.21

3. The Compensation Fund spent R 50 885 557.69 on legal costs in the past five years; and all these fees were as a result of cases brought against the Fund.

01 July 2022 - NW2176

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What incentives, since 29 May 2019, has his department (a) proposed and (b) introduced in order for the private sector to create jobs?

Reply:

1. The Department has provided incentives through funding provided by the Unemployment Insurance Fund to different private sector institutions for job creation interventions.

The UIF has set aside R 551 million for the three projects to benefit 19 921 beneficiaries in KwaZulu-Natal in the following skills disciplines: 14 771 Chief Food Handlers; 5 000 Enterprise Development (mixed farming systems); and 150 Fibre Optic Technicians.

The UIF signed a R 201 498 000 funding Agreement for job placement of 7 810 unemployed beneficiaries in KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, North West and Western Cape

The UIF entered into a R 10 136 175 150 agreement to train and place 150 unemployed beneficiaries in jobs in the Western Cape in the following fields:

Horticulture 30, Generic Management 30, Early Childhood 30, Clothing Manufacturing 30, and Tourism 30.

The UIF participates in the implementation of an Equine Business Management Learnership project targeting to train and create jobs for 50 unemployed beneficiaries in the Eastern cape on a co-funding basis at a total budget of R 20 000 000.00 (twenty million rand). The UIF contributes R 15 000 0000 and the partner contributes R 5 000 000 towards the costs.

The UIF entered into a Funding Agreement to fund a Youth Technology Development Project targeting to train and create jobs for 500 unemployed youth at a total budget of R 96 760 750.00 (ninety-six thousand seven hundred and sixty thousand, seven hundred and fifty rand) where the UIF contributes R 70 151 543.75 (seventy million, one hundred and fifty one thousand, five hundred and forty three rand, seventy five cent) and the partner contributes R 26 609 206.25 (twenty-six million, six hundred and nine thousand, two hundred and six rand, twenty five cent). This project is implemented in the Eastern Cape Province.

The UIF entered into a R 238 506 003.75 agreement to implement a programme to train and place 5 000 unemployed beneficiaries in Assistant Chef, Cook Convenience, Fast Food, Table Attendant and Barista programmes and place them in jobs in post the UIF Funding in Gauteng, KZN, North West, and the Western Cape over three years. This is a co-funded project where the UIF contributes R 220 618 053.47 (Two Hundred and Twenty Million, Six Hundred and Eighteen Thousand and Fifty-Three Rand, Forty-Seven Cents only) and Summit R 17 887 950.28 (Seventeen Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty-Seven Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Rand, Twenty-Eight Cents only).

01 July 2022 - NW2336

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Health

What are the details of the shortage of doctors in rural villages in (i) Limpopo and (ii) the Eastern Cape?

Reply:

Generally, it remains a challenge to recruit health professionals, particularly doctors to underserved and rural areas despite all measures taken by Government to introduce additional emoluments, which amongst others include payment of rural allowance. However, in response to the specific question by the honourable member, the Provincial Departments of Health of Limpopo and Eastern Cape, respectively informed as follows:

(i) Limpopo Department of Health has 12.37% vacancy rate in rural areas.

(ii) Eastern Cape Department of Health has 50-60% vacancy rate in rural areas.

The reason these two Provinces are unable to recruit to their full capacity, amongst others, is because of poor infrastructure, no recreational facilities, lack of medical equipment in those deep rural institutions and the shortage of nurses. The rural allowance is no longer attracting the doctors more especially when they get married. Less chances to specialize like in the Regional Hospitals.

END.

01 July 2022 - NW2402

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What is being done to address the numerous problems (details furnished) at the Thaba Tshwane precinct owned by her department in Tshwane, which have been allowed to accumulate and need urgent attention, including basic service delivery issues that need to be attended to urgently to make them safe and habitable instead of being a gross violation of human rights?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has a designated call centre which allows all its clients to log qualifying calls for the department's attention. This ensures that urgent and emergency works are attended to as and when they get registered for attention and remedy.

Matters related to poor housekeeping, which may affect safety and habitability and impact essential service delivery, remain the responsibility of the client department, which has its processes and procedures for ensuring the implementation of works allocated to them in line with the signed Service level agreement (SLA). The DOD has stopped all projects in the design phase and requested that DPWI only continue with specific projects in the tender and execution stages. Thaba Tshwane is an Endowment property owned by the DOD; therefore, any project related to the road infrastructure must be managed between the DOD and the Municipality. The client department is also responsible for prioritising funds for the registration of project/s to deal with infrastructure requirements that may require works of a Capex nature.

01 July 2022 - NW2270

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1)Whether he declared his intention at the signing of the shareholder compact on 10 March 2022, to call for the renaming of the Afrikaanse Taalmonument; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the mandate of the National Heritage Council (NHC) in terms of changing the names of heritage sites and (b) role has the NHC been playing in delivering its mandate, specifically in terms of intensifying support for the promotion of the history and culture of all our people; (2) whether he has found that the NHC supports his renaming initiative; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (3) whether he has found that by renaming the Afrikaanse Taalmonument he will be infringing on the constitutional rights of the Afrikaans-speaking people and their heritage; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. No such policy has been made by the Department or the Ministry to remove Afrikaans from the name of the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en monument. So there will be no name change on the atm. We have charged our entities to ensure that as part of the language development, the entity should take on board at least one indigenous language.

01 July 2022 - NW2352

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) is the total number of hospitals in the Republic, (b)(i) number of the total number of hospitals have psychiatric units and (ii) percentage of the hospitals have psychiatric units (aa) nationally and (bb) provincially and (c) total number of beds are available for mental health patients (i) nationally and (ii) provincially, detailing a breakdown of such hospitals in each province?

Reply:

(a) 357;

b) According to the Provincial Departments of Health, Table 1 below reflects the situation in this regard.

(i) There are 44 hospitals that have psychiatric inpatient units.

(ii) (aa) 12.3% of hospitals that have psychiatric inpatient units nationally

(bb) The percentage of hospitals that have inpatient units provincially is shown below on Table 1.

Table 1:

Province

(a) total number of hospitals in the Republic

(b)(i) hospitals that have psychiatric units

(b)(ii) Percentage of the hospitals that have psychiatric units (b/a *100)

Eastern Cape

63

3

4.7%

Free State

31

2

6%

Gauteng

37

9

24.3%

Kwa-Zulu

72

10

14%

Limpopo

40

9

22,5%

Mpumalanga

29

3

10.3%

Northwest

19

2

10.5%

Northern Cape

14

0

0%

Western Cape

52

6

11.5%

South Africa

357

44

12.3%

(i) There are 14004 total number of beds are available for mental health patients and

(ii) Provincially as shown on the Table 2 below.

Table 2

Province

Total beds

Eastern Cape

1816

Free State

927

Gauteng

2478

KwaZulu-Natal

3028

Limpopo

1569

Mpumalanga

329

North West

1446

Northern Cape

344

Western Cape

2067

National Total

14004

1. EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

(c) Hospital Name

Total number of beds are available for mental health patients

 

Standalone Psychiatric Hospital

Designated Mental Health Inpatient Units

72hr Assessment Facilities

1. Cecilia Makiwane Hospital

-

50

-

2. Umthata Hospital

-

60

-

3. Dora Nginza Hospital

-

39

-

4. Elizabeth Donkin Psychiatric Hospital

163

-

-

5. Fort England

313

-

-

6. Komani

440

-

-

7. Tower

400

-

-

8. Mount Ayliff

-

-

2

9. Madzikane KwaZulu (Mary Theresa)

-

-

2

10. St Elizabeth

-

-

2

11. Holy cross

-

-

2

12. St Patrick

-

-

2

13. Canzibe

-

-

2

14. Bambisana

-

-

5

15. Taylor Bequest Hospital Matatiele)

-

-

12

16. St Lucy’s

-

-

2

17. Zitulele

-

-

2

18. Madwaleni

-

-

2

19. Tafalofefe

-

-

2

20. Bisho

-

-

32

21. Butterworth

-

-

2

22. Victoria

-

-

10

23. Fort Beaufort Provincial

-

-

2

24. S.S Gida

-

-

13

25. All Saints

-

-

2

26. Frontier

-

-

40

27. Hewu

-

-

10

28. Glengrey

-

-

23

29. Cala

-

-

2

30. Cofimvaba

-

-

2

40. Cradock

-

-

2

41. Empilisweni

-

-

8

42. Aliwal North

-

-

2

43. Nompumelelo

-

-

2

44. Settlers

-

-

28

45. Port Alfred

-

-

18

46. Midland

-

-

2

47. Andries Vosloo

-

-

2

48. Humansdorp

-

-

2

49. Dora Nginza

-

-

30

50. Uitenhage

-

-

40

51. Livingstone

-

-

40

Total

1316

149

351

2. FREE STATE PROVINCE

(c) Hospital Name

Total number of beds are available for mental health patients

 

Standalone Psychiatric Hospital

Designated Mental Health Inpatient Units

72hr Assessment Facilities

         

1. Free State Psychiatric Complex

760

-

-

 

2. Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli

-

30

-

 

3. Boitumelo Hospital

-

47

-

 

4. Diamant district hospital

-

-

2

 

5. Embekweni district hospital

-

-

2

 

6. Stoffel Coetzee district hospital

-

-

2

 

7. Tromsburg/Albert Nzula hospital

-

-

2

 

8. Botshabelo district hospital

-

-

2

 

9. Dr J.S Moroka district hospital

-

-

2

 

10. Pelonomi regional hospital

-

-

2

 

11. National Hospital

-

-

12

 

12. Univesitas central hospital

-

-

0

 

13. Bongani regional hospital

-

-

18

 

14. Katlehong district hospital

-

-

2

 

15. Thusanong district hospital

-

-

2

 

16. Mohau district hospital

-

-

2

 

17. Winburg district hospital

-

-

2

 

18. Nala district hospital

-

-

2

 

19. Mafube district hospital

-

-

2

 

20. Parys district hospital

-

-

2

 

21. Metsimaholo (Fezi Ngubentombi)district hospital

-

-

10

 

22. Tokollo district hospital

-

-

2

 

23. Elizabeth Ross district hospital

-

-

2

 

24. Phekolong district hospital

-

-

2

 

25. Phutoloha district hospital

-

-

2

 

26. J.D Newberry district hospital

-

-

2

 

27. Thebe district hospital

-

-

2

 

28. Itemoheleng district hospital

-

-

2

 

29. Dihlabeng regional hospital

-

-

2

 

30. Nketoane district hospital

-

-

2

 

31. Mantsopa district hospital

-

-

2

 

32. Phumelela district hospital

-

-

2

 

Total

760

77

90

 

3. GAUTENG PROVINCE

Hospital Name

Total number of beds are available for mental health patients

 

Specialized Psychiatric Hospital

Mental Health Inpatient Units

72hr Assessment Facilities

         

Weskoppies Hospital

732

 

 

 

Sterkfontein Hospital

585

 

 

 

Tara H. Moss Hospital

141

 

 

 

Cullinan Care & Rehabilitation Centre

300

 

 

 

Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

 

165

 

 

Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

 

40

 

 

Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital

 

48

 

 

Steve Biko Academic Hospital

 

20

 

 

Helen Joseph Tertiary Hospital

 

30

 

 

Tembisa Tertiary Hospital

 

30

 

 

Kalafong Tertiary Hospital

 

 

20

 

Leratong Regional Hospital

 

40

 

 

Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital

 

20

 

 

Kopanong District Hospital

 

30

 

 

Pholosong Regional Hospital

 

 

24

 

Tambo Memorial Regional Hospital

 

 

26

 

Mamelodi Regional Hospital

 

 

28

 

Sebokeng Regional Hospital

 

 

30

 

Jubilee District Hospital

 

 

50

 

Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital

 

 

30

 

South Rand District Hospital

 

 

32

 

Pretoria West District Hospital

 

 

15

 

Bertha Gxowa District Hospital

 

 

8

 

Carletonville District Hospital

 

 

8

 

Dr Yusuf Dadoo District Hospital

 

 

8

 

Odi District

 

 

12

 

Heidelberg District Hospital

 

 

6

 

Provincial total

1758

423

297

 

4. KWA ZULU-NATAL PROVINCE

(c) Hospital Name

Total number of beds are available for mental health patients

 

Standalone Psychiatric Hospital

Designated Mental Health Inpatient Units

72hr Assessment Facilities

         

1. Ekuhlengeni

884

-

-

 

2. Fort Napier

370

-

-

 

3. Townhill

280

-

-

 

4. Umngeni

464

-

-

 

5. Umzimkhulu

320

-

-

 

6. King (Dinuzulu) George V

-

68

-

 

7. Ladysmith Hospital

-

10

-

 

8. Port Shepston Hospital

-

32

-

 

9. the St. Benedictine

-

-

15

 

30. GJ Crooks

-

-

8

 

31. Northdale

-

-

10

 

32. Edendale

-

15

   

33. Church of Scotland

-

-

20

 

34. Charles Johnson

-

-

17

 

35. Dr Prixley Ka Seme

-

26

   

36. Vryheid

-

-

15

 

37. Murchison Hospital

-

-

12

 

38. St Francis

-

-

16

 

39. Greytown Hospital

-

-

11

 

40. Estcourt

-

-

12

 

41. Stanger (General Justice Gizenga Mpanza)

-

20

   

42. Umphumulo

-

-

2

 

43. Addington

-

 

20

 

44. KE VIII

-

20

   

45. RK Khan

-

20

   

46. Prince Mshiyeni

-

25

   

47. Mahatma Gandhi

-

-

18

 

48. Wentworth

-

-

8

 

49. Madadeni

250

     

50. Hillcrest

-

-

10

 

51. Ngwelezane Hospital

-

30

-

 

Total

2568

266

194

 

5. LIMPOPO PROVINCE

(c) Hospital Name

Total number of beds available for mental health patients

 

Standalone Psychiatric Hospital

Designated Mental Health Inpatient Units

72hr Assessment Facilities

1.Botlokwa

-

-

10

2.Mankweng

-

20

 

3.F W Knobel

-

-

2

4.Seshego

-

-

16

5.Lebowakgomo

-

-

19

6.Zebediela

-

-

4

7.Polokwane

-

-

10

8.Helena Franz

-

-

14

9.Thabamoopo

500

-

 

10.C N Phathudi

-

-

10

11.Evuxakeni

354

-

 

12.Kgapane

-

-

14

13.Letaba

-

40

 

14.Maphuta-Malatji

-

-

20

15.Nkhensani

-

15

-

16.Sekororo

-

-

8

17.Van Velden

-

-

1

18.Matlala

-

15

 

19.Groblersdaal

-

-

2

20.Philadelphia

-

-

20

21.Dilokong

-

-

15

22.Mecklenburg

-

-

2

23.St Ritas

-

-

12

24.Jane Furse

-

 

12

25.Donald Fraser

-

36

 

26.Elim

-

40

 

27.Hayani

250

-

 

28.Louis Trichardt

-

-

0

29.Malamulele

-

16

 

30.Messina

-

-

4

31.Siloam

-

30

-

32.Tshilidzini

-

13

-

33.George Masebe

-

-

12

34.F H Odendaal

-

-

4

35.Warmbad

-

-

5

36.Thabazimbi

-

-

4

37.Ellisrus

-

-

3

38.Witpoort

-

-

2

39.Mokopane

-

-

24

40.Voortrekker

-

-

4

Total

1104

212

253

6. MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

(c) Hospital Name

Total number of beds available for mental health patients

 

Standalone Psychiatric Hospital

Designated Mental Health Inpatient Units

72hr Assessment Facilities

1.Witbank

-

26

12

2. Rob Ferreira

-

30

10

3. Tintswalo

-

50

10

4. Tonga

-

-

10

5. Themba

-

-

27

6. Matikwane

-

-

8

7. Mapulaneng

-

-

4

8. Sabie

-

-

6

9. Matibidi

-

-

5

10. Barberton

-

-

6

11. Lydenburg

-

-

4

12. Embhuleni

-

-

20

13. Carolina

-

-

2

14. Ermelo

-

-

8

15. Standerton

-

-

12

16. Elsie Ballot

-

-

4

17. Amajuba

-

-

6

18. Bethal

-

-

6

19. Piet Retief

-

-

6

20. Evander

-

-

4

21. HA Grove

-

-

4

22. Waterval Boven

-

-

2

23. Middelburg

-

-

8

24. Impungwe

-

-

4

25. Kwamhlanga

-

-

12

26. Bernice Samuel

-

-

3

27. Mmamethlake

-

-

8

28. Shongwe

-

-

12

Total

0

106

223

7. NORTHWEST

(c) Hospital Name

Total number of beds available for mental health patients

 

Standalone Psychiatric Hospital

Designated Mental Health Inpatient Units

72hr Assessment Facilities

1. Bophelong

384

-

-

2.Witrand

(Profound intellectual disability services)

982

-

-

3.Taung hospital

-

20

-

4.Job- Shimankana Tabane

-

60

-

5.Klerksdorp / Tshepong

-

-

30

6.Mahikeng Provincial

-

-

46

7.Potchefstroom

-

-

11

Total

1366

80

 

8. NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

(c) Hospital Name

Total number of beds are available for mental health patients

 

Standalone Psychiatric Hospital

Designated Mental Health Inpatient Units

72hr Assessment Facilities

         

1. Kimberly Mental Health

287

-

 -

 

2. Kuruman Hospital

-

-

5

 

3. Tshwaragano Hospital

-

-

9

 

4. Calvinia

-

-

2

 

5. Springbok Hospital

-

-

2

 

6. De Aar

-

-

2

 

7. Prieska

-

-

2

 

8. Manne Dipico Hospital

-

-

2

 

9. Harry Surtie Hospital

-

-

8

 

10. Kakamas Hospital

-

-

2

 

11. Postmasburg Hospital

-

-

2

 

12. Connie Voster Hospital

-

-

2

 

13. Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe

-

-

15

 

14. Prof ZK Matthews

-

-

2

 

15. Hartswater Hospital

-

-

2

 

Total

287

 

57

 

9. WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

(c) Hospital Name

Total number of beds are available for mental health patients

 

Standalone Psychiatric Hospital

Designated Mental Health Inpatient Units

72hr Assessment Facilities

         

1. Alexandra - intellectual disability

300

-

 -

 

2. Lentegeur - General Adult psychiatry, Intellectual Disability and Forensics

690

-

-

 

3. Stikland - General Adult Psychiatry, Psychogeriatrics and Detox

423

-

   

4. Valkenberg - General Adult Psychiatry and Forensics

391

-

   

5.Mitchell’s Plain

   

44

 

6. Khayelitsha

-

-

55

 

7. Helderberg

-

-

12

 

8. Karl Bremer

-

-

36

 

9. Eerste River

-

-

30

 

10. Falsebay

-

-

9

 

11. Victoria

-

-

15

 

12. Somerset

-

-

32

 

13. Worcester

-

24

   

14. Paarl

-

30

   

15. George

-

12

   

16. Tygerberg

-

42

   

17. Groote Schuur

 

25

30

 

Total

1804

 133

263

 

The Mental Health Care Act provides for designation of specialized standalone psychiatric hospitals and inpatient units/wards attached to general hospitals, which are also referred to as designated psychiatric hospitals. This is a concurrent function of the National Director-General of Health and the Provincial Heads of Departments.

The Act further provides for a list of health establishments to conduct 72-hours assessment for involuntary mental health care, with designated beds for this purpose. Other general hospitals render 72-hours assessment in medical wards as there are no dedicated beds for this service in those hospitals. This is the prerogative of the Provincial Heads of Departments. The list above provides only health establishments that have dedicated beds for 72 hours assessment services.

END.

01 July 2022 - NW2331

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether he has been informed of Mrs Erna Jansen van Vuuren (details furnished) who was admitted to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Sunday, 22 May 2022, with stage 4 cancer and who died on Wednesday, 25 May 2022; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the reasons that the specified patient was placed in a tent outside the specified hospital when the patient was admitted; (2) whether he has been informed if the patient received sufficient medical treatment during the stay in the tent; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the treatment received; (3) whether he has been informed of the (a) reason that the patient was initially admitted and (b) cause of death; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. Yes, I have been informed about the said patient, including why she was admitted I have also been informed that the patient received adequate medical treatment whilst she was in the tent.

I wish to raise my concern regarding exposing patient’s names and conditions I as in the public domain as in the Department of Health we are bound by the patient-doctor confidentiality, however I wish to respond as follow regarding the context of patients being admitted into the tent is as follows:

  • The response to the COVID-19 pandemic at Steve Biko Academic Hospital wanted additional infrastructure to manage the COVID-19 suspected and confirmed patients and limiting risk of exposure to patients who were confirmed to be virologically negative.
  • Tents are well ventilated and fully equipped as wards. This was the immediate response to the then rapidly progressing pandemic, where semi-formal structures were erected.
  • The semi-formal structures added an additional 30 beds to treat the COVID-19 patients and remedy the challenges with space and enabled Steve Biko Academic Hospital to as far as possible, continue with rendering the non-COVID-19’s highly specialised services and not to utilize the regular patient beds to accommodate person under investigations (PUIs).
  • Tents have enabled Steve Biko Academic Hospital to be in the position to successfully manage Priority 1 and Priority 3 COVID-19 suspected patients.
  • As with all patients who had respiratory symptoms, the patient in question presented to Steve Biko Academic Hospital and admitted as a person under investigation (PUI) on the 22/05/22 and was admitted to Ward 8.2, gynaecology ward on the 24/05/22 where the patient subsequently demised on the 25/05/2022 at 11h35min.
  • The details regarding the detailed treatment of the said patient are available and will not presented here as these are deemed confidential as per patient doctor confidentiality.

2. No, I will not make any statement regarding this matter, this to maintain patient-doctor relationship in accordance with health care professionalism. The matter was raised as a complaint and the prescribed complaints management processes were followed. The patient received an optimal treatment for her condition.

END.

01 July 2022 - NW2296

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the (a) Justice Moseneke Inquiry on Free and Fair Local Government Elections during COVID-19, (b) Ministerial Advisory Committee Report on Electoral Reform, (c) Task Team to review some permits that were issued by his department since 2004 and (d) investigation within the Government Printing Works (GPW) on the loss of financial data and loss of curricula vitae, what (i) were the total costs incurred and (ii) were the (aa) fees billed and (bb) scope of the deliverables of each external service provider and/or individual?

Reply:

a) Justice Moseneke Inquiry on Free and Fair Local Government Elections during COVID-19

(i) The total fees incurred were R 2 544 169,09

(ii)(aa) Justice Moseneke waived his entitlement of R 800 000 being fees payable to him in favour of the University of Pretoria while R 849 000 was paid to the team of researchers and administrative support personnel.

(bb) The deliverable in respect of the Moseneke Inquiry was a report in terms of section 14(4) of the Electoral Commission Act 51 of 1996 on the likelihood or otherwise that the Commission would be able to ensure that the general elections of municipal councils in 2021 would be free and fair in view of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Justice Moseneke presented the report on 20 July 2021.

(b&c) Ministerial Advisory Committee Report on Electoral Reform and Task Team to review some permits that were issued by his department since 2004

(i) Total expenditure budget allocated to both committees is R10 000 000 per annum and Total expenditure costs incurred for both committees is R9 144 000.

(ii)(aa) Fees were billed in line with National Treasury regulations and DPSA hourly fee rates for such Committees.

(ii)(bb) Ministerial Advisory Committee on Electoral Reform

The Honourable Roos is part of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs and the report will be tabled before the Committee in due course.

(ii)(bb) Task Team to review some permits that were issued by his department since 2004

The Honourable Roos is a member of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs and the report of the Task Team will be tabled before the Committee in due course.

(d) Investigation within the Government Printing Works (GPW on the loss of financial data:

(i) The total budget allocated was R 3 771 156,70.

(ii)(aa) The review panels’ remunerations were determined in accordance with National Treasury regulations and DPSA hourly rates for Committees. .

(ii)(bb) The Honourable Roos is part of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs and the report will be tabled before the Committee in due course.

Loss of Curricula Vitae

  • An internal investigation was done by the Security Management Unit and the matter was also further referred to the Hawks. No external service provider was utilized to do investigation.
  • Consequently, no financial implications were incurred by the GPW.

 

END

01 July 2022 - NW2415

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) total number of backlogs on surgeries do hospitals have across the Republic as a result of the delays caused by COVID-19 and (b) steps have been taken to deal with the backlogs?

Reply:

The Provincial Departments of Health provided the information as follows:

a) Table below

Province

Total number of backlogs on surgeries

Eastern Cape

5373

Free State

1923

Gauteng

13433

KwaZulu Natal

Waiting for response

Limpopo

4229

Mpumalanga

190

North West

5531

Northern Cape

Waiting for response

Western Cape

77139

Gauteng Province

Hospital Name

(b)What steps have been taken to deal with the backlogs

 

Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic hospital,

Charlotte Maxeke Academic hospital,

Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital,

Steve Biko Academic Hospital,

Tembisa Provincial Tertiary Hospital,

Kalafong Provincial Tertiary Hospital,

Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital

Chris Hani Baragwanath

  • There is a plan to purchase 1 boiler or convert existing ones from coal to gas
  • Contractors sourced to repair and maintain tunnel washers
  • Purchasing disposable linen to compensate for the shortfalls
  • Electronic theatre booking system
  • Contractor appointed for repair and maintained Autoclaves
  • Two additional gas sterilizers have been ordered
  • Appointing a dedicated clinical Manager to oversee all 46 theatre efficiencies
  • Washing linen outside (privately) or using Masakhane, Danswart, Edenvale Laundry services, etc.
  • From the local DID information, the plans are aligned with the presentation

Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

  • District outreach surgical teams provide services once a week per quarter and spent time in a district conducting various surgeries utilising all hospitals (Rural Health Matters campaign).
  • A team of volunteers (orthopaedics and anaesthetics) from other provinces form part of the outreach teams.
  • Through the National Health Insurance Grant, public patients are taken to accredited private service providers (hospitals) where surgery is conducted as part of addressing the surgical backlog.

Dr George Mukhari Academic hospital

  • In- and outreach activities for procedures that can be done at a lower level of care will be planned once our Covid numbers are declining on a regular basis.
  • Surgical department’s theatre allocations have been reduced due to the shortage of staff. Surgical bookings and scheduled operations are cancelled, and the ones admitted are postponed and have to wait longer for their operations in the ward.
  • Theatre has 14 posts in-active: 4 vacant consultant posts and 6 registrar post (Maternity) and 4 vacant medical officer posts (Interviewed April and awaiting appointment).
  • Outreach is only done if the cluster hospital allocates the anaesthetist otherwise the bookings will be cancelled.

Steve Biko Academic hospital

  • Utilizing other facilities within the cluster for procedure appropriate to each hospital

Tembisa hospital

  • Resumed all Elective Surgery post COVID waves/ surge
  • Re-purposed and re-allocated COVID Theatre back to General surgery, and re-allocated a second theatre for Ophthalmology
  • We also re-purposed COVID wards to increase post-operative care space
  • Conducted Cataract Blitz for a week (25-29 October 2021) and achieved a total of 74 cataract operations
  • Allocated extra theatre on Fridays for Urology
  • Renovation of Burn’s Theatre to increase the number of functional theatres
  • Allocated an extra Community Service Medical Officer for Anaesthesia

Kalafong hospital

  • Dedicate specific “catch-up” days e.g., surgical cataract marathons in Ophthalmology.
  • Additional Orthopaedics list on Fridays.
  • Weekly Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology lists.
  • Optimization of theatre utilization in collaboration with cluster hospitals (Pretoria West District Hospital).
  • Constant supervision on change over times in between cases not to be more than 10 minutes, thereby improving the efficiency.
  • Rescheduling of elective surgeries; Planning to increase High Care Unit beds;
  • Beefing up of human resource through sessional appointments for specialists and nursing agencies for nurses.

Rahima Moosa Hospital

  • Theatre time allocating for the year organized in blitz weeks.
  • Workable additional plant to operate at Yusuf Dadoo and South Rand Hospital requires appointment of medical officers in surgery and anaesthesia for mobile teams to these institutions.

Limpopo Province

Hospital Name

(b)What steps have been taken to deal with the backlogs

 

Letaba,

Mokopane,

Philadelphia

St Ritas

Tshilidzini

Mankweng

Pietersburg

  • District outreach surgical teams provide services once a week per quarter and spent time in a district conducting various surgeries utilising all hospitals (Rural Health Matters campaign).
  • A team of volunteers (orthopaedics and anaesthetics) from other provinces form part of the outreach teams.
  • Through the National Health Insurance Grant, public patients are taken to accredited private service providers (hospitals) where surgery is conducted as part of addressing the surgical backlog.
  • Lists of patients are coordinated by the tertiary hospitals that have the overall information on patients that need surgery.

Mpumalanga Province

Hospital Name

(b)What steps have been taken to deal with the backlogs

 

Rob Ferreira

Witbank

Mapulaneng

Themba

Ermelo

  • The hospitals have rescheduled all non-emergency operations.
  • The suspension of operating non-emergency cases was lifted, and operations are back to normal.
  • Shortage of specialists however also contribute to the backlog.
  • The tertiary hospitals conduct outreach service where minor orthopaedic operations in the district hospitals are performed.

Northwest Province

Hospital Name

(b)What steps have been taken to deal with the backlogs

 

Klerksdorp/Tshepong

Job Shimankana Tabane

Mafikeng Provincial

Joe Morolong Memorial

Potchefstroom

  • Implementation of surgical blitz
  • Providing theatre services during the weekends and extended hours to reduce backlogs
  • Utilization of all available theatres to improve efficiency
  • Public/Private partnership where it is feasible

Free State Province

Hospital Name

(b)What steps have been taken to deal with the backlogs

 

Universitas

Pelonomi

Dihlabeng

Bongani

  • Monthly monitoring of waiting time
  • Marathons arranged if department notices backlog
  • Patient education to ensure patients show up for appointments
  • A team on call for emergency theatres
  • Sometimes using theatre at private hospitals
  • Recruitment of additional staff
  • Increase of theatre time
  • Prioritizing according to severity or quality of life
  • Conducting Blitz over weekends
  • Outreach to district hospitals

Eastern Cape Province

Hospital Name

(b)What steps have been taken to deal with the backlogs

 

Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital

Livingstone hospital

Port Elizabeth Provincial hospital

Frere Hospital

Cecilia Makiwane Hospital

Dora Nginza hospital

Frontier hospital

 

Western Cape Province

Hospital Name

(b)What steps have been taken to deal with the backlogs

 

Alan Blyth Hospital

Beaufort West

BreedeValey

Caledon

Ceres

Citrusdarl

Clanwilliam

Eerste River

False Bay

George

Groote Schuur

Helderberg

Hermanus

Karl Bremer

Khayelitsha

Knysna

Laingsburg

Mitchells Plain

Montagu

Mossel Bay

Murraysburg

New Somerset

Otto du Plessis

Oudtshoorn

Paarl

Prince Albert

Red Croos War Memorial Children

Riversdale

Robertson

Stellenbosch

Swartland

Swellendam

Tygerburg

Victoria

Vredenburg

Vredendal

Wesfleur

Worcester

Operations increased by dedicated budget increase and efficiency gains

KZN NATAL State Province

Hospital Name

(b)What steps have been taken to deal with the backlogs

 

Madadeni Hospital

King Edward Hospital

RK Khan Hospital

IALCH

Ngwelezana Hospital

Port Shepstone Regional

Murchison Hospital

GJ Crookes Hospital

Grey’s Hospital

Harry Gwala Regional Hospital

Northdale Hospital

Manguzi Hospital

Mosvold Hospital

Ladysmith Regional Hospital

  • Catch up has been done by increasing theatre times
  • Elective slates done over the weekend to catch up. Camps have also been planned
  • Increase theatre times
  • Use after hours to reduce backlog
  • Elective theatre slates run even after hours
  • Electives commenced in 2021
  • Emergencies are given priority
  • Maximum utilization of theatres with added slates on weekends.
  • Weekend camps are planned

The hospital is increasing theatre time. Additional days added

  • Weekend cataract camps held to reduce the backlog
  • Additional half day theatre planned for every Thursday
  • No waiting for emergencies or malignancies as these were all done under emergency slates. No new dates given but electives are called back according to priority and bed availability.
  • For GIT procedures i.e. endoscopy and colonoscopy- are limited to emergencies only, e.g. GI bleeds, malignancy and selected elective cases after discussion with a specialist.
  • There is a plan to conduct a marathon (i.e. request for 2 theatres to do only elective cases)
  • Theatre time increased

Information from NC still outstanding.

END.

01 July 2022 - NW2184

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1) Noting that the Government Communications Information System (GCIS) publishes the Vuk’uzenzele newspaper which is distributed digitally and physically countrywide and is the only national publication that is focused on the key priorities of the Government, with an emphasis on service delivery programmes and the opportunities created by the Government, what systems does GCIS have in place in order to measure the impact of the specified publication?

Reply:


GCIS conducts impact assessment of GCIS products/publications through primary research using independent service providers under the management of the GCIS research unit. In terms of Vuk'uzenzele, impact studies are undertaken using both quantitative and qualitative research on the print and digital versions. The research is conducted to assess awareness, required content detail and relevance. The research also informs changes to format, content or platform where necessary. The research is conducted with the main focus on primary target audience being the Rooted Realists (mostly located in rural areas) as per Government Segmentation Model developed by GCIS, however does not exclude other population segments.
 

GCIS continually assess the impact through qualitative research where we have found that the readers appreciate the newspaper immensely, find the information useful and tend to keep the paper for future reference. Our quantitative research demonstrates that we require more resources to reach the entire segment (Rooted Realist).
 

Thank You.

01 July 2022 - NW2353

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What has been the total number of specialist trained nurses over the past 10 years and (b) where have they been allocated during the specified period?

Reply:

(a) According to the information as received from the South African Nursing Council (SANC) the total number of specialist nurses who completed their studies and registered as nursing specialists over the past 10 years period, is 52 887, as per table below:

Nurse category

Output per year

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Grand Total

Specialist Nurses

5185

6321

4722

6211

6010

5494

4941

5530

3508

4965

52 887

*Statistics obtained from South African Nursing Council

(b) According to the records as drawn from the Persal System on 31 May 2022, the table below indicate the number of nursing specialists appointed in the public service, in each province, over the reporting 10 years period (per financial year):

*Data extracted from the PERSAL System dated 31 May 2022

It is important to inform the Honourable Member that the trend of high number of production of specialist nurses vs low number of appointment (in the public sector) is because of a number of factors but not limited to:

(i) Some nurse specialists are absorbed by the private sector after qualifying as specialists;

(ii) Some nurse specialists especially ICU trained prefer to work for agencies as proven during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic;

(iii) Some nurses underwent training towards non-clinical specialty programs such as Nursing Management and Nursing Education, as a way of preparing themselves for future career prospects when they apply to be managers etc. Incidentally, these two programs are the ones with higher production (see SANC data). It has also been empirically proven that sometimes nurses study for these programs to add bars on their epaulets as each one has a distinct bar, silver and white respectively;  

(iv) Some specialist nurse already employed within an Organization, may study towards a specialty of their choice as part of life-long learning not necessarily to be absorbed within that specialty. As an example, a nurse educator at a college may further pursue studies in Primary Health Care (PHC), so that they can teach PHC in the future but already employed as Specialist (nurse educator); and

(v) Finally, in contrast, another example is psychiatric nurses who decide to study for the Occupational Nursing specialty just out of curiosity but not necessarily to work in an OHS environment.

END.

01 July 2022 - NW2294

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1619 on 18 June 2021, he is now in a position to provide Mr. T W Mhlongo with the proposed timelines; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will he be in a position to furnish the proposed timelines; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Departmental Task Team on amalgamation has mapped a process towards the merger of the National Arts Council and the National Film and Video Foundation. The estimated timeline for the merger of the two entities will be informed by the conclusion of the enactment of the new legislation.

In this instance it is estimated that a period of 18 to 24 months is required for the drafting of the legislation and undertaking the consultation process before the draft bill is submitted to the National Assembly.

01 July 2022 - NW2403

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

With reference to the problems relating to maintenance at Radio Uitkyk in Thaba Tshwane (details furnished), which have been raised by residents over the past two years to no avail, what does her department intend to do about (a) cutting the grass on a regular basis, (b) fixing the vandalised electrical substations in Radio Uitkyk, (c) the on-going non-working streetlight issues and (d) commensurate security risks in Radio Uitkyk?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

The department has a designated call centre which allows all its clients to log qualifying calls for the department's attention. This ensures that urgent and emergency works are attended to when they get registered for attention and remedy.

There are no outstanding calls for the electrical substation at Radio Uitkyk and the streetlights. However, the department has raised a security concern with the client department responsible for safeguarding property allocated to them.

Matters related to poor housekeeping and security remain the responsibility of the client department, which has its processes and procedures for ensuring the implementation of works allocated to them in line with the signed Service level agreement (SLA). Thaba Tshwane is an Endowment property owned by the DOD; therefore, any project related to the road infrastructure must be managed between the DOD and the Municipality.

01 July 2022 - NW2374

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1457 on 13 May 2022, he has received the information from the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date will he furnish Mr M S F de Freitas with the information?

Reply:

According to the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health, the tables below reflect the details in this regard:

  1.  
  2.  
  3.  

1. With reference to the South Rand Hospital in (a) each of the past three financial years and (b) the current financial year, what was the (i) allocated budget and expenditure, (ii) average expenditure in each month for water, electricity, security and security services, food and catering services, maintenance and upgrades, cleaning services, medical, consumables and disposables and (iii)(aa) maximum bed capacity and (bb) average bed occupancy in each month;

2. what is the (a) staff complement currently in each department of the hospital and (b) total number of posts that are unfilled currently in each department?

  1. (a)       The tables below reflect the details in this regard.

            (b)       (iii)       (aa)     Maximum bed capacity of the hospital is 278.

                                    (bb)     Average bed occupancy is 60% because of reduced COVID-19 admissions.

(2)       (a)-(b) The following table reflects the details in this regard.

 

Department

(a)

Staff complement currently

(b)

Posts that are unfilled

Executive Management

7

1

Administration Staff

76

3

Medical Staff

45

2

Clinical Support Staff

52

0

Nursing Staff

332

7

Support Services

137

2

Hospital Board members

5

0

Total

657

15

 

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01 July 2022 - NW2293

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2300 on 18 November 2021, he is now in a position to furnish Mr. T W Mhlongo with a copy of the conference resolutions; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will he be in a position to furnish a copy of the conference resolutions; if so, (i) on what date and (ii) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

May the Honourable Member be specific as to which Conference is referring too?

01 July 2022 - NW2272

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

What is the current status of the development of policy measures (i) VC 9109 and (ii) VC 9110 by his department, as gazetted on 1 March 2021, to transition our domestic lighting away from old, outdated and inefficient lighting technologies that often get dumped in our market, to newer and more energy-efficient technologies such as light-emitting diode bulbs and (b) by what date is it envisaged that the new policy measures will be adopted; 2) whether he intends to table the proposed new policy measures in the National Assembly for its consideration and input prior to adopting them; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. I am advised that the proposed specifications were published for public comment and that the dtic has considered the comments and is currently finalizing the publication of the Compulsory Specification for Performance of general service lamps (VC 9109); and the Safety of general service lamps (VC 9110).

The new specifications are expected to be published in the Government Gazette by September 2022.

2. The Department does not table technical regulations/compulsory specifications at the National Assembly prior to implementation. The matter is regulated by section 13(1) of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act, 2008 (Act No. 5 of 2008) which prescribes the process for finalizing regulations. The Honourable Member is encouraged to provide any submission on the matter to the Department within the next two weeks. Although the deadline for public comment has passed, I will request the Department to take these into account prior to submitting their final report to me. the dtic and the technical agencies would be subject to oversight by the National Assembly through the Portfolio Committee in relation to the work they have undertaken.

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01 July 2022 - NW2342

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) is the current maintenance budget of his department for public health facilities, (b) has been the (i) budget allocated by his department for each province targeted towards maintenance and (ii) expenditure of public health facilities for each province and (c) is the detailed breakdown of such (i) budgets and (ii) expenditure for each public health facility throughout the Republic?

Reply:

(a)-(b) According to the Provincial Departments of Health, the Table below provides the details in this regard, regarding the 2022/23 maintenance allocations per province:

c) The attached Annexure A – covers (c) (i) and (ii) questions regarding the breakdown of maintenance budget and expenditure per facility and per province.

END.

01 July 2022 - NW1569

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Tafeni, Ms N to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What reasons did the principal of Lindelani Senior Secondary School in the Alfred Nzo region give for suspending a learner on the basis of being pregnant?

Reply:

The Minister and Department of Basic Education are not directly responsible for the operation of schools. The Honourable Member of Parliament is advised to refer the question to the relevant provincial education department.

01 July 2022 - NW2322

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

(1)Whether the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone is still within its project timelines and scope; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the details of the current status of the project; (2) whether the issue of the Environmental Impact Assessment has been resolved; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) of the 21 000 jobs envisaged to be created by the project, what total number of (a) jobs are going to benefit the residents of Limpopo and (b) businesses from Limpopo stand to benefit?

Reply:

The project is under the control and management of the Limpopo province.

The Department has contacted the CEO of Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (MMSEZ) in order to respond to the questions posed, and the CEO has furnished the department with the following reply:

1. The project is behind schedule due to delays in the process of securing Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) authorisation on time. The timelines for the implementation of the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (MMSEZ) are dependent on amongst others, the granting of the environmental authorisation. The environmental authorisation granted on 23rd February 2022 is currently the subject of an appeal process. As a result, no development can take place on the site until the appeal processes are completed.

2. Environmental authorisation was granted on 23rd February 2022 and currently undergoing appeal process.

3. It is anticipated that majority of the job opportunities to be created in the MMSEZ will benefit the people of Limpopo, based on the available skills. Priority will be given to local entrepreneurs for the majority of business opportunities in line with the existing government policies and regulations. A comprehensive enterprise development strategy has been developed for the integration and empowerment of local Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) in the implementation of the project.

The Honourable Member is encouraged to engage directly with the province and the SEZ Management to get more details about the project.

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01 July 2022 - NW2251

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Mulder, Mr FJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

(a) Which development projects, such as Yekani Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd in East London, were established with the financial support of the Industrial Development Corporation during the past 10 financial years, (b) what were the amounts that were invested in each project, (c) which of the specified endeavours have since failed and (d) what are the reasons for their failure in each case; (2) Whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The IDC provides funding for companies based on the mandate to industrialise the economy and support broadening the base of the economy. A number of IDC investments are successful whilst some projects fail, for a range of reasons. These reasons may include changes in market conditions resulting in changes in either demand or costs, failure by investors to adhere to their commitments and counter-party challenges.

As a development finance institution, the IDC will normally take a higher risk profile than commercial banks.

The IDC publishes information in its annual reports on loans and equity approvals or disbursements that it makes and the level of impairment to its book, which includes amounts written off. In a number of cases, the IDC pursues recovery of funds where there is a legal basis for doing so, for example, that an investor has applied the funds for purposes different to what is in the funding agreement.

I have requested the IDC to review a number of its transactions in East London with a view to identifying common or unique reasons for investment projects failing or succeeding and will provide the Honourable Member with a supplementary reply on conclusion of the study, citing specific project details as appropriate.

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01 July 2022 - NW2185

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister in the Presidency

With regard to the recruitment of 22 graduate interns in line with the Presidential Youth Employment Programme in the 2021-22 financial year with the aim of alleviating unemployment amongst young graduates and providing opportunities to gain work experience, what (a) are the details of how the graduates were recruited, (b) is the duration of the internship, (c) is the total cost of the programme to the Office of the Presidency and (d) support is given to the graduates when they exit the programme?

Reply:

(a) What are the details of how the graduates were recruited?

 The advert was published through the DPSA Public Service Vacancy Circular;

 Received applications were recorded and screened;

 Prospective Candidates were shortlisted as per the departmental Recruitment and Selection Policy;

 Interviews were conducted;

 Recommended candidates were subjected to suitability checks including( criminal records and verification of qualifications);

 Successful candidates were appointed.

(b) What is the duration of the internship?


All graduate Interns were appointed on a 24 months contract as per the DPSA Determination on Employment of Persons on Developmental Programmes.

(c) What is the total cost of the programme to the Office of the Presidency (Government Communication and Iformation System -GCIS)?


The total cost of 22 graduate interns for the period of 24 months is R 3 562 833.12, paid monthly as stipend to all Interns. The cost is defrayed from the Compensation of Employees budget of the Department.


(d) What support is given to the graduates when they exit the programme?


The GCIS Graduate Internship Programme is one of the departmental skills pipeline programmes meant to develop and nurture skills required by the GCIS. It is provided for in the DPSA Determination on Employment of Persons on Developmental Programmes.

This Programme has been the strongest tool the GCIS uses to attract youth into the permanent establishment of the Department. The GCIS Internship Programme is an integral part of the Department’s overall Human Resource Strategy, integrating Human Resource Development initiatives and Human Resource Planning processes of the Department. The Programme is linked to building capacity for technical and specialist communication professions addressing scarce and critical skills essential to the Department’s mandate.

The Internship Programme further provides a talent pool from which to recruit when vacancies are available. In the year under review 17 Graduate Interns were permanenltly appointed into the establishment of the Department.

Due to budgetary constraints and the unavailability of suitable positions(entry level), the Department released some of the Interns into the mainstream economy at the end of the contract. They leave the Department having ammased a lot of valuable skills through on the job-training, mentoring and coaching interventions. In addition all Interns are taken through the compulsory Workplace Readiness Training Programme- The Breaking the Barrier to Entry ( BB2E).


Thank You.

01 July 2022 - NW2310

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

On what date is it envisaged that the national Government will provide the funding requested by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government to assist in the rebuilding of all damaged roads, following the floods?

Reply:

Section 19(6) of the DORA allows us, in the case of disasters, to spend money outside the grant conditions and through a joint request with the NDMC. According to the National Treasury as soon as the Appropriation Bill and DORA Bill is enacted, the DORA can then be amended to make additional provisions in the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant that will be ring fenced for rebuilding of all damaged roads due to the floods.

As soon as the above processes are completed, the approved funds will be transferred.

01 July 2022 - NW2312

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to his reply to question 1517 on 6 June 2022, what measures have been put in place to (a) better incentivise top engineers and other relevant technical skills, particularly at provincial and municipal levels in order to keep them from leaving for the private sector and (b) ensure that business forums do not disrupt projects and make claim to percentages where work has not been done?

Reply:

a\) The Minister of Public Service and Administration has determined, in terms of section 3(3)(c), read with section 5(4) of the Public Service Act, 1994, GPSSBC Resolutions 3, 5, 6, and 9 of 2009, effective from 1 July 2009 the Occupation Specific Dispensation (post and salary structures) for Engineers.

Road Authorities have an instrument that is used as an incentive for persons employed by the Government through the payment of the OSD Allowances to the qualifying staff.

As the Department of Transport, there is an opportunity provided and available for Road Authorities to send their engineering graduates for practical training at the SANRAL Technical School. There are no cost implications for the Road Authorities, except for the travelling and accommodation for the staff they send to the SANRAL Technical School.

b) The measures put in place at SANRAL are (i) the implementation of their Transformation Policy and the establishment Project Liaison Committees, wherein there is on-going stakeholder engagements taking place to avoid project disruptions.

In the event of problems experienced with persons or organisations trying to exhort money from the Contractors, these matters are reported to the South African Police Services who have prioritised their operations to deal with such matters.

01 July 2022 - NW2273

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

With reference to the directive issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications on 18 February 2020, what are the reasons that the process to strengthen existing and introduce new minimum energy performance standards has stalled after the successes of those introduced by VC 9006 and VC 9008, which have resulted in major energy savings on water heaters and other household appliances; 2) by what date is it envisaged that the process to strengthen existing and introduce new minimum energy performance standards will progress?

Reply:

The Department has provided a brief report on the work done on updating the previously approved standards. It does not adequately explain the need for the time taken and I have requested a more detailed reply. A supplementary reply will be furnished within a week.

I have also requested the Department to review the processes to ensure that they are not cumbersome and that duplications in processes are removed, as part of the red-tape review.

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01 July 2022 - NW2183

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether his Office has put in place any plans in order to refurbish the (a) studios and (b) Imbizo Centre that are located within Parliament and are reportedly no longer utilised as a result of technological infrastructural challenges; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the full plans, including the (i) costs and (ii) timelines?

Reply:

a) GCIS can confirm that the Imbizo Centre and Cape Town Radio station are not operating due to technological infrastructure challenges. We have set aside in our current baseline a budget over the next three years to refurbish the Imbizo centre. With the available budget, it is envisaged that the refurbishment will be completed in the 2024/2025 financial year.

b) The costs to address the GCIS technological infrastructure challenges is estimated to be R10m. GCIS’s current budget is unable to absorb its costs. A funding request to address various GCIS Information and Communication Technology has been submitted to the National Treasury. The operational cost plans and timelines will only be committed once the departments have received a positive response from the National Treasury.

Thank You.

01 July 2022 - NW2395

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether his department has an email address for members of the public who would like to ask any questions from his department and/or make any queries; if not, why not; if so, what is the email address. (2) whether his department has a call-centre number that the public can call if they have any issue in the sector; if not, why not; if so, what is the contact number that is dedicated to answer public queries? (3) what are the details of all communication channels at the disposal of the sport, arts, and culture sector to communicate with his department?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Department has an email to the office of the Director General (DG’s office): Directorgeneral@dsac.gov.za They also use an email address of the Head of Communications advertised on our website.

2. Yes, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture currently has a dedicated Call Centre which is used to handle enquiries relating to all relief programmes including Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) Programme. The current call centre was effectively utilised during all COVID – 19 relief measures that the Department embarked upon.

The Department during the COVID – 19 relief measures and based on the number of enquiries received was able to conclude that there is a need to improve on the existing call centre and that process in well underway.

The improved Call Centre System will serve as an upgrade to the existing call centre by implementing the automating processes that will be able to handle all departmental enquires coming from various programmes despite their magnitude including MGE. The current call centre number is 0800 724 4278 and the same number will be retained for the newly improved call centre.

3. Department has several platforms to communicate its programmes / campaigns to the public and which the public can always access. Those platforms are as follows:

(i) DSAC Social Media platforms.

(ii) Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/sportartsculturersa

(iii) Twitter: https://twitter.com/SportArtsCultur

(iv) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sportartsculturersa/

(v) YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOfYRLd7cwKj5ReAt_nLsNw/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0

(vi) Website: www.dsac.gov.za

01 July 2022 - NW2194

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1293 on 18 November 2019, wherein he indicated that the second phase of the Ekandustria Revitalisation Programme has not been initiated as yet pending funding approval, the second phase of the programme has been started and/or completed; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date did it commence and/or was it completed; (2) (a) what was the quantum of budget set aside for the specified programme in the (i) 2019-20, (ii) 2020-21 and (iii) 2021-22 financial years, (b) what phases and deliverables were completed in the specified financial years for the programme, (c) what further phases and deliverables are planned for the (i) 2022-23 and (ii) 2023-24 financial years and (d) what are the budgetary estimates for expenditure in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 financial years for the programme?

Reply:

Industrial Parks fall within the responsibility of Provinces and in some instances, municipalities. The dtic considers requests for funding for infrastructure improvements, typically on areas such as fencing and security. The Department has tabled a report on SEZs and Industrial Parks at the Portfolio Committee of Trade and Industry, addressing the challenges with the existing model and the need for reform.

The Department has provided more details on developments relating to the Ekandustria Industrial Park, which I set out below.

It advises that the Ekandustria Industrial Park application for Phase 2, was submitted on 10 November 2020 by Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA) to DBSA. This was to solicit assistance from DBSA to finalise the Bill of Quantity and Project Schedule before submission to the dtic. The department has not adjudicated on the application from MEGA for Ekandustria due to incomplete information and delays in responding to requests to provide the outstanding information. In an effort to assist the Province, the IDC based PMU project support team has been requested to provide support.

In respect of the second part of the question, the Department advises:

(a) (i) – (iii)

There was no budget sum set aside because the Phase 2 application has not been submitted for the 3-years in question.

(b) No Phases were delivered and implemented prior to application approval being granted.

(c) (i) – (ii)

Further Phase development is dependent on Phase 2 approval being granted and successfully implemented.

(d) There are no budgetary estimates applicable since no application has been approved for the said period.

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01 July 2022 - NW2295

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Whether, 17 with reference to his reply to question 820 on 1 April 2022, he is now in a position to provide Mr T W Mhlongo with the requested information; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date does he envisage that he will be in a position to furnish the requested information; if so, (i) on what date and (ii) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The difficulty we encounter, the records the Honorable Member requires are more than five years old. In terms of National Treasury Regulation 17.2 of March 2005, the institutions of state including government departments are allowed to dispose of the documents when five years have lapsed.

The documents we had when I responded to question 820, were not the relevant documents.

01 July 2022 - NW2268

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). With reference to the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State, what (a) total number of (i) legal cases and (ii) disciplinary cases have been ongoing from 1 January 2019 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) is the (i) status, (ii) reason for each case and (iii) total amount spent on each specified case. (2). what is the total amount spent on the (a) upliftment of artists and (b) legal fees? (3). whether the recommendations of the (a) Bonakude and (b) Morar forensic investigation reports have been implemented; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

Total number of cases 16.

(i) Legal cases = 3 cases

(ii) Disciplinary cases = 13 cases

(3) Recommendations of Bonakude and Morar report

a) Morar report’s recommendations are fully implemented

b) Bonakude report’s recommendations are 90% implemented. Process is already underway to conclude the remaining 10%.

01 July 2022 - NW2304

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the intervention into the administration and governance of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality in terms of section 139(7) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, what progress has been made to address the failure of the municipality to render basic services in respect of the (a) maintenance of roads and (b) removal of solid waste on a sustainable basis?

Reply:

a) Maintenance of Roads

The current road infrastructure network is in a very poor state within the Municipality and maintenance needs to be prioritised. On 02 May 2022, The Acting HOD: Engineering Services commenced his services, and the critical road maintenance areas were identified for urgent attention and priority. Road maintenance is dependent on a fully functioning fleet department within the municipality which is operating at suboptimal level.

Current interventions and priorities on Road Maintenance

The municipality has urgently undertaken roads assessments to identify the critical roads in needs of repairs. These repairs are categorised as pothole repairs and complete re-sealing of critical roads. There are continuous pothole repairs on-going across the metro and re-sealing of roads of estimated 18,8km of length which has started 25 May 2022 and will be complete by end of June 2022. The current benefitting areas are Ward 19(Vista Park), Ward 30(Botshabelo), Ward 31(Botshabelo) and Ward 41(Thaba Nchu). The road maintenance will continue as planned from July 2022 onwards.

(b) Removal of Solid Waste on a sustainability basis (Integrated Waste Management)

Current interventions and priorities

  • Maintenance - Southern Landfill site was inaccessible due to the lack of maintenance and illegal dumping around access roads.
  • Resources was deployed to clean access roads.
  • Law enforcement was deployed to assist with enforcement of illegal dumping around entrances.
  • Workers from the Presidential Employment Programme (PEP) were deployed to assist with cleaning.
  • The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment has procured the services of a contractor for 12 months to assist on the Southern Landfill site.
  • Commencement date of the service provider was 01 June 2022. However, the service provider is not on site yet. The Intervention Team planned meeting with management from the service provider on 16 June 2022 for planning and identification of critical activities.
  • Vehicle reallocation from the Southern to Northern site will commence as soon as the service provider is on site to assist with maintenance and operational matters on the Southern site. This will also provide augment maintenance of current fleet that is not operational.
  • Fleet assessment -Fleet status quo analysis has been conducted to determine critical fleet that needs urgent attention. As mentioned, the current compactor fleet that deliver domestic waste collection is currently operating at under 40%, that make it impossible to deliver proper domestic waste collection within the Metro.

Key priorities for waste and fleet management in the next 30 days.

  • Provide status quo and request support and intervention by the Acting Chief Financial Officer.
  • Provide status quo and request support and assistance from National Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment for possible assistance regarding Yellow Fleet by:
  • Revisit current waste collection practices to streamline service in line with current challenges.
  • Development of strategies to strengthen management oversight and accountability and consequence management.
  • Standardisation of reporting mechanisms to ward councillors
  • Boost and improve morale of workers.

Summary

The success of the intervention as well as the efforts to stabilize the current dysfunctional Waste Management system of the Municipality will and must be supported by proper tools and equipment. The Intervention Team is committed to provide the necessary direction and support to stabilize the current challenges experienced by our communities. Further interaction is urgently needed between Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment and National Treasury to investigate measures of support as most of the grand funding resources within the Municipality has been allocated in the 2022/2023 budget.  

01 July 2022 - NW2303

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the intervention into the administration and governance of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality in terms of section 139(7) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, what progress has been made in respect of revenue and expenditure management?

Reply:

Revenue Management

As part of revenue raising mechanisms, the Intervention Team will be undertaking stakeholder engagement including Premier’s Office and Public Works to discuss and agree on payment arrangement of outstanding debt owed to the Municipality by government departments.

Regarding disconnection of water services and collections, the Municipality has insufficient institutional capacity and resources to execute disconnections. Therefore, the Intervention Team will source expertise to assist with issuing notices to discontinue services of non-paying consumers failing to conclude payment arrangements with the municipality.

In addition, The Intervention Team is partnering with CENTLEC (municipal entity responsible for electricity reticulation and distribution) by entering Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen coordinate efforts and strategies to collect debt generally owed to the Municipality.

Expenditure Management

The intervention team is implementing corrective measures to reduce excessive overtime and acting allowances that has been paid in the past. These includes enforcing the legislative requirement that pre-approval is to be obtained for any overtime to be worked, limiting the monthly overtime to between 40 - 60 hours per employee where overtime is to be worked and filling of critical vacancies that are funded. 

The repairs and maintenance of critical service delivery fleet and equipment is to be prioritized to further alleviate excessive and unauthorized overtime expenditures. This will also by and large significantly reduce the expenditure on contracted services provided there is proper planning, coordination, and control of resources by responsible departments within the city.

The Intervention Team has commenced discussions with Bloemwater on cost of bulk water supply which is unfordable to the Metro. The Metro is in discussions with Bloemwater to review the current outdated service level agreement and review bulk water tariffs. There is a plan to refurbish and upgrade the Masselpoort Water Treatment Plant in the 2022/23 budget year which will diversify the Metro’s sorurces for bulk water supply. The Intervention Team is currently implementing water conservation demand management plan whereby it is envisaging to reduce water losses from 46% to below 20% within the next five years.

01 July 2022 - NW2387

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What are the details regarding (a) the private property being leased by the SA Social Security Agency in Khayelitsha, (b) tender processes and documents, (c) monthly lease payment and lease agreement, (d) conditions of the property and (e) certificate of occupation?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

a) The Department has informed me that the office accommodation required is 999.45 square meters to be constructed on erf 809 at corner Phakamani Road and Vati Street in Khayelitsha.

b) It was an open tender. See attached the advertisement and PA13 register of bids received (see advert and PA as Annexure A).

c) The monthly rental will be R150 305.00 (see lease agreement as Annexure B)

d) The property is to be constructed.

e) Not yet in place, it will be available upon completion.

30 June 2022 - NW2278

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What are the details of the (a) medium- and (b) long-term plans of Transnet for the (i) development of additional infrastructure and (ii) maintenance of current infrastructure at the Saldanha Bay harbour?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

a) Medium Term Plans

The following infrastructure development projects are intended to materialize in the short- to medium-term and is illustrated below:

a) Land reclamation next to the current iron ore stockyard for the increase of the iron ore stockpile area (short-medium term) as well as additional space for new Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facilities (medium-long term).

b) LNG Floating Ship Regasification Unit (FSRU) infrastructure connected to the new LNG facilities (extension of land in dunes area and oyster dam reclamation).

c) The existing Mossgas Quay converts to maritime engineering berth together with additional maritime engineering berths as provision for dedicated facilities for rig and ship repair.

d) One additional maritime engineering berth for ship repairs adjacent (southern side) to the break bulk Multi Purpose Terminal (MPT) berths.

e) One additional dry bulk berth adjacent (south) of the new ship/rig repair berth.

f) Break Bulk (MPT) extension towards the north providing one additional Break Bulk (MPT) berth at the Break Bulk terminal.

b) Long Term Plans

The following infrastructure development projects are intended to materialize in the long-term and is illustrated in Annexure B:

a) New proposed land-based LNG storage area inside the port limits.

b) Decommissioning of the LPG Multi Buouy Mooring (MBM) Facility at end of life, and subsequent replacement with fixed LNG and LPG berths (eastern side of the port).

c) Expansion of the Offshore Supply Base.

An aerial view of the port indicating the specific berths that are referred to above are provided in Annexure C.

(i) Development of additional infrastructure for the Port of Saldanha

Background

Future port development is planned for and indicated on the Port Development Framework Plans (PDFP). The PDFP aims to provide a flexible spatial guideline within which the port can develop over the next 30 years. It is defined as a spatial framework within which future port services can be provided.

The planning process comprises of the agreement and alignment of planning objectives, the assessment of the current state of port infrastructure and its associated cargo throughput or functional role, analysis of potential and latent capacity and a comprehensive cargo demand forecast. The outcome of this work defines the temporal and spatial demand for future freight handling facilities, leading to the drafting of several port developments options (PDO). The preferred development is then subjected to further rigorous evaluation in terms of cost benefit analysis, phasing to meet demand, inter-model and other port relationships and opportunity and constraint analyses, leading to the final PDFP.

The following port development framework plans (PDFP’s) are based on the approved 2019 PDFP’s. The 2022 updated PDFPs have been submitted to TNPA head office for approval.

(ii) Maintenance of current infrastructure at the Port of Saldanha

Background

Maintenance of current infrastructure is performed using the Transnet Asset Maintenance Policies and Procedures. This typically follows annual inspections, and identification of short-term maintenance requirements, and budgeted for on a 3 year rolling cycle, using operational budget (OPEX).

For medium term maintenance requirements, these typically are for extensive refurbishment activities, such a midlife refurbishment of assets, or rehabilitation that adds significant remaining useful life to the assets. These are placed onto the Capital investment corporate plan (CAPEX).

Maintenance activities typically have a short to medium term planning cycle that comprises a window of up to ten years.

(a) Short to medium term maintenance plans

At present, there are three main refurbishment programs identified over the 10-year period:

  • Refurbishment of Quay and Jetty Infrastructure – which covers Fenders, Mooring Hooks and Concrete repairs;
  • Road and Rail Upgrade – which covers 3 phased refurbishment and upgrade projects for the port road network;
  • Refurbishment of Main Breakwater and Causeway rock revetments – which covers coastal protection structures critical to the port operation;

Maintenance activities typically have a short to medium term planning cycle that comprises a window of up to ten years. Where assets are identified for replacement due to end-of-life consideration beyond this planning period or where any upgrade as per the original design or intended use becomes applicable, budget planning would consider CAPEX requirements. Such events would normally require significant planning and alignment of operational activities and could be included on the PDFP’s. This would allow for coordinated planning by all stakeholders to ensure minimal impact on operational activities.

30 June 2022 - NW2148

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Herron, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(a)(i) How many litres of diesel did Eskom use for the purposes of power and/or electricity generation in the 2021-22 financial year and (ii) what was the total cost of that diesel consumption, (b) what total number of days in the current calendar year since 1 January 2022 has Eskom implemented load shedding and (c)(i) how many litres of diesel has Eskom used to generate power and/or electricity in this calendar year since 1 January 2022 and (ii) what is the total cost of that diesel consumption?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom:

(a)(i) In the 2021/22 financial year, 571 295 617 litres of diesel were burnt.

(a)(ii) The total cost of diesel consumption was R 6 407 million.

(b) Eskom implemented loadshedding for 50 days from 1 January 2022 to 2 June 2022. Five (5) days were at Stage 1; 35 days were at Stage 2; four (4) days were at Stage 3; and six (6) days were at Stage 4.

(c ) (i) The amount of diesel consumed at Eskom’s Ankerlig and Gourikwa OCGTs, as well as the associated cost for the current year, 2022 (January to May) is 272 911 112 litres consumed.

(c ) (ii) The total cost of the diesel consumption from January to May 2022 is R 3 843 million.

30 June 2022 - NW2267

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

1) Whether the SA Airways (SAA) Captain, Vusi Khumalo, has been and/or is to be appointed as the SAA Manager: Aviation Training; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the aviation training qualifications held by the specified person that makes him a suitable person for appointment to the specified position. 2) What are the details of (a) the processes followed to identify a suitable person for the position and (b) all persons who were considered for appointment to the position? 3) What are the detailed reasons for concluding that Captain Khumalo was the candidate best suited for the position? 4) Whether Captain Khumalo was paid the Voluntary Severance Package (VSP) offered to SAA staff during the Business Rescue process; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the details of the procedure followed that resulted in his re-employment at SAA and (b) did Captain Khumalo repay SAA for the VSP payments made to him?

Reply:

According to the information received from SAA

1. Captain Vusi Khumalo has indeed been appointed to the position of Manager: Aviation Training Organisation (ATO) for a fixed term of three years.

2. His appointment came after a comprehensive, rigorous, and interrogative process where he emerged as the best candidate, and there is no doubt that he is the right person for the job. He not only knows the inner workings of SAA, but those of the industry and has clear ideas on what priorities need to be set in terms of driving the implementation of sustainable developmental solutions and align our training needs with business objectives and priorities to enhance optimum performance.

3. Captain Khumalo’s role will include expanding the mandate of the ATO to attract external business and turn it into a profit center. Furthermore, his role will include transformation, monitoring and evaluating the impact of learning and developmental interventions on performance across the airline. Captain Khumalo is a well-known and a respected figure in our company and the industry and has the full support of the Board and Executive team in his new position.

4. Yes, Captain Khumalo did receive the VSP, but the norm is that after a 12-month period and as required by the business, those that have previously taken packages can be brought back into any position, especially those that are multi skilled like Captain Khumalo. The position was advertised after the previous incumbent retired, shortlisting and interviews were conducted in line with the SAA recruitment and selection processes.

30 June 2022 - NW2236

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

What (a) is the total number of identified employers that should contribute towards the Compensation Fund and (b) total number of employers have filled their annual returns in the 2021 Return on Earnings year?

Reply:

(a) The total number of identified employers that should contribute towards the Compensation Fund as at 31 May 2022 is 520 860.

(b) The total number of employers who had submitted the 2021 ROE by the end of 31 May 2022 is 204 822

30 June 2022 - NW2177

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether any of the existing (a) functions, (b) responsibilities and/or (c) programmes of (i) his department and (ii) departmental entities reporting to him are being transferred to Productivity South Africa; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) are they and (bb) is the rationale in each case?

Reply:

The Department of Employment and Labour, as a consequence of the change in its mandate is in a process of internal engagement on the reconfiguration of the Department. The could be functions that are transferred to certain entities of the Department, including Productivity South Africa. For now, no such a decision has been made but purely suggestions.

30 June 2022 - NW2237

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

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 621 on 12 March 2022, wherein he stated that there are 28 596 users registered on CompEasy compared to 45 336 that were registered on the previous system, the 28 596 number reported exclude Compensation Fund users and relates to employers only; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what total number of the (a) 28 596 users are registered employer representatives and (b) users are registered representatives of medical service providers (2) what (a) are the reasons that there is such a massive difference of 16 740 users between currently registered users versus previously registered users and (b) happened to the users previously transacting with the Compensation Fund who are not registered any longer?

Reply:

1. The 28 596 are users registered in the Compensation Fund’s CompEasy system of which:

a) 14 974 are Employer representatives

b) 10 632 are Medical Service Provider representatives and; 2 990 are Third Party users representing either Medical Service Providers or Employers, or both.

2. 

a) Reasons why more users registered in previous systems versus now is unknown.

b). A communication was sent to all users during 2019 who were in the previous system informing them of the eminent change of systems and the new requirements for access on the new CompEasy system.

30 June 2022 - NW2398

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

With reference to her reply to question 835 on 22 April 2022, what was the outcome of the disciplinary process of the National Home Builders Registration Council against the Aventino Group Pty (Ltd)?

Reply:

The NHBRC has finalised its investigation and concluded that it is unable to take disciplinary steps against this home builder based on the investigations conducted by the SIU and its internal resources. The NHBRC lacks jurisdiction on the matter as the Temporary Residential Units (TRUs) in question are not “homes” as defined in the Housing Consumer Protection Measures Act, 1998 (Act No. 95 of 1998).

30 June 2022 - NW2201

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether he has held any engagements with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eskom, Mr André de Ruyter, who announced that he expects load-shedding to happen for 295 days in the next 12 months, which is about 80% of the time next year, in order to understand the basis of his claim; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether the explanation given by the CEO has been sufficient so as to convince him that the CEO and the management of Eskom know what they are doing; if not, what is the position in this regard, if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Minister, Department Officials, Eskom Board of Directors, Eskom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Management meet on a regular basis to discuss Generation performance challenges and plans to improve the performance. The Eskom’s worst-case scenario is assumption of unplanned unavailability between 13 500 MW and 15 000 MW for winter and between 14 500 MW and 16 000 MW for summer, this shows that 104 days of loadshedding could be expected in 2022 winter and 191 days of loadshedding could be expected in the 2022/23 summer. These result in total of the 295 days of load shedding. The Generational Recovery Plan (including Maintenance Recovery Programme) has been implemented to improve Generation performance. Eskom has been implementing defects correction mechanism plan to improve Energy Availability Factor (EAF) at Medupi and Kusile power stations. Eskom will require additional capacity of between 4 000MW to 6 00MW to minimise load shedding.

2. The explanation given by the Eskom CEO has been sufficient that the CEO and Management know what they are doing in turning around Generation performance. I have got confidence of Eskom CEO and management to turnaround Eskom’s Generation Performance and reduce loadshedding that is affecting our economy.

At the same time, the board, management and staff are being directed to make energetic and urgent efforts to avert as much load shedding as possible- recognising the deleterious effect it has on households and businesses.

Additional Information for the Minister

Eskom never plans to loadshed. The System Operator (SO) evaluates the adequacy of the power system at the beginning of each season (1 April – 31 August for winter and 1 September – 31 March for summer) based on the maintenance requirements of the generation fleet, the anticipated demand from the customers and the unplanned breakdowns of generators. The capacity unavailable due to breakdowns, is highly volatile and uncertain, leading the SO to resort to scenario planning based on the range of unplanned unavailability of generation capacity.

For the 2022 winter, the SO determined that the unplanned unavailability of generation capacity would be in the range of 12 000 MW – 15 000 MW based on a trend analysis of the previous five years performance. For the 2022/23 summer, this range is between 13 000 MW – 16 000 MW (subject to review in August 2022).

This was broken down into three scenarios which were further analysed:

• The optimistic scenario: with unplanned unavailability below 12 000 MW for winter and below 13 000 MW for summer, this illustrates those 0 days of loadshedding would be expected in winter 2022, while 16 days of loadshedding could be expected in summer 2022/23.

• The realistic scenario: with unplanned unavailability between 12 000 MW and 13 500 MW for winter and between 13 000 MW and 14 500 MW for summer, this shows that 37 days of loadshedding could be expected in 2022 winter and 132 days of loadshedding could be expected in summer 2022/23.

• The extreme scenario: with unplanned unavailability between 13 500 MW and 15 000 MW for winter and between 14 500 MW and 16 000 MW for summer, this shows that 104 days of loadshedding could be expected in the 2022 winter and 191 days of loadshedding could be expected in the 2022/23 summer. This is the total of the 295 days referred to.

The unplanned unavailability varies dynamically in time with variances in excess of 4 000 MW in a single week being common. To achieve 295 days of loadshedding in summer and winter combined, the unplanned unavailability would need to remain at 15 000 MW for every hour of winter and at 16 000 MW for every hour of summer for the 12-month period, and that is unlikely.

30 June 2022 - NW2299

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What are the details of the sources of the funds to be used for the repayment of the TNUS 22 GMTN Dollar Bonds issued by Transnet that amount to a total of 1,0 billion US Dollar, which fall due on 26 July 2022?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

Transnet SOC (“Transnet”) plans to raise USD ($1 billion) (~ZAR15, 6 billion) in both the domestic and international capital markets to settle the USD $1,0 billion (an obligation that is due on 26 July 2022). Transnet has also appointed Joint Lead Managers (JLMs) who will assist Transnet to access the capital markets to raise the USD $1,0 billion (~ZAR15, 6 billion).

30 June 2022 - NW2179

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to the funding of the SA Airways operations, what (a) were the budgeted losses in the 2021-22 financial year, (b) are the projected budgeted losses for the 2022-23 financial year, (c) were the actual losses incurred in the 2021-22 financial year and (d) are the details of the sources of funds that (i) funded the 2021-22 losses and (ii) will fund the 2022-23 losses?

Reply:

We confirm that the operations of the airline are being funded from the working capital that was provided to the airline by Government as part of the R10.5 billion for implementing the business rescue plan. As soon as the audited fiancials are ready, these will be made public.

 

30 June 2022 - NW2238

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Chabangu, Mr M to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

With reference to his reply to question 483 on 11 March 2023, wherein he mentioned that 39 057 medical invoices were rejected in the 2021-22 financial year, what are the top five reasons for the rejections in numbers?

Reply:

The top Five rejection reasons for medical invoices:

 

Rejection Reason

Number of invoices

No medical report

11 759

No Pre-authorisation

8 098

Duplicate invoice

4 112

Liability not accepted

1 972

Exempted Employer claim

1 078